2We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers.3We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.4For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you,5because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.6You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.7And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.8The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it,9for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,10and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
1A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.2The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD—3and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;4but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.5Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.6The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.7The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.8The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.9They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORDas the waters cover the sea.10In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.11In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the Mediterranean.12He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth.13Ephraim’s jealousy will vanish, and Judah’s enemies will be destroyed; Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah, nor Judah hostile toward Ephraim.14They will swoop down on the slopes of Philistia to the west; together they will plunder the people to the east. They will subdue Edom and Moab, and the Ammonites will be subject to them.15The LORD will dry up the gulf of the Egyptian sea; with a scorching wind he will sweep his hand over the Euphrates River. He will break it up into seven streams so that anyone can cross over in sandals.16There will be a highway for the remnant of his people that is left from Assyria, as there was for Israel when they came up from Egypt.
1In that day you will say: “I will praise you, LORD. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me.2Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense ; he has become my salvation.”3With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.4In that day you will say: “Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.5Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.6Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”
1A prophecy against Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw:2Raise a banner on a bare hilltop, shout to them; beckon to them to enter the gates of the nobles.3I have commanded those I prepared for battle; I have summoned my warriors to carry out my wrath— those who rejoice in my triumph.4Listen, a noise on the mountains, like that of a great multitude! Listen, an uproar among the kingdoms, like nations massing together! The LORD Almighty is mustering an army for war.5They come from faraway lands, from the ends of the heavens— the LORD and the weapons of his wrath— to destroy the whole country.6Wail, for the day of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.7Because of this, all hands will go limp, every heart will melt with fear.8Terror will seize them, pain and anguish will grip them; they will writhe like a woman in labor. They will look aghast at each other, their faces aflame.9See, the day of the LORD is coming —a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger— to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it.10The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light. The rising sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light.11I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.12I will make people scarcer than pure gold, more rare than the gold of Ophir.13Therefore I will make the heavens tremble; and the earth will shake from its place at the wrath of the LORD Almighty, in the day of his burning anger.14Like a hunted gazelle, like sheep without a shepherd, they will all return to their own people, they will flee to their native land.15Whoever is captured will be thrust through; all who are caught will fall by the sword.16Their infants will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses will be looted and their wives violated.17See, I will stir up against them the Medes, who do not care for silver and have no delight in gold.18Their bows will strike down the young men; they will have no mercy on infants, nor will they look with compassion on children.19Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms, the pride and glory of the Babylonians,will be overthrown by God like Sodom and Gomorrah.20She will never be inhabited or lived in through all generations; there no nomads will pitch their tents, there no shepherds will rest their flocks.21But desert creatures will lie there, jackals will fill her houses; there the owls will dwell, and there the wild goats will leap about.22Hyenas will inhabit her strongholds, jackals her luxurious palaces. Her time is at hand, and her days will not be prolonged.
1Praise the LORD.Blessed are those who fear the LORD, who find great delight in his commands.2Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.3Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever.4Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.5Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.6Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever.7They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD.8Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.9They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever; their horn will be lifted high in honor.10The wicked will see and be vexed, they will gnash their teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.