1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,2To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer4or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith.5The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.6Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk.7They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.8We know that the law is good if one uses it properly.9We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,10for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine11that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
12I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.13Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.14The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.15Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.16But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.17Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
18Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well,19holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.20Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.
1Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the LORD.2Yet he too is wise and can bring disaster; he does not take back his words. He will rise up against that wicked nation, against those who help evildoers.3But the Egyptians are mere mortals and not God; their horses are flesh and not spirit. When the LORD stretches out his hand, those who help will stumble, those who are helped will fall; all will perish together.4This is what the LORD says to me: “As a lion growls, a great lion over its prey— and though a whole band of shepherds is called together against it, it is not frightened by their shouts or disturbed by their clamor— so the LORD Almighty will come down to do battle on Mount Zion and on its heights.5Like birds hovering overhead, the LORD Almighty will shield Jerusalem; he will shield it and deliver it, he will ‘pass over’ it and will rescue it.”6Return, you Israelites, to the One you have so greatly revolted against.7For in that day every one of you will reject the idols of silver and gold your sinful hands have made.8“Assyria will fall by no human sword; a sword, not of mortals, will devour them. They will flee before the sword and their young men will be put to forced labor.9Their stronghold will fall because of terror; at the sight of the battle standard their commanders will panic,” declares the LORD, whose fire is in Zion, whose furnace is in Jerusalem.
1See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice.2Each one will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.3Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen.4The fearful heart will know and understand, and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.5No longer will the fool be called noble nor the scoundrel be highly respected.6For fools speak folly, their hearts are bent on evil: They practice ungodliness and spread error concerning the LORD; the hungry they leave empty and from the thirsty they withhold water.7Scoundrels use wicked methods, they make up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just.8But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.
9You women who are so complacent, rise up and listen to me; you daughters who feel secure, hear what I have to say!10In little more than a year you who feel secure will tremble; the grape harvest will fail, and the harvest of fruit will not come.11Tremble, you complacent women; shudder, you daughters who feel secure! Strip off your fine clothes and wrap yourselves in rags.12Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vines13and for the land of my people, a land overgrown with thorns and briers— yes, mourn for all houses of merriment and for this city of revelry.14The fortress will be abandoned, the noisy city deserted; citadel and watchtower will become a wasteland forever, the delight of donkeys, a pasture for flocks,15till the Spirit is poured on us from on high, and the desert becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field seems like a forest.16The LORD’s justice will dwell in the desert, his righteousness live in the fertile field.17The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.18My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.19Though hail flattens the forest and the city is leveled completely,20how blessed you will be, sowing your seed by every stream, and letting your cattle and donkeys range free.
1Woe to you, destroyer, you who have not been destroyed! Woe to you, betrayer, you who have not been betrayed! When you stop destroying, you will be destroyed; when you stop betraying, you will be betrayed.2LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.3At the uproar of your army, the peoples flee; when you rise up, the nations scatter.4Your plunder, O nations, is harvested as by young locusts; like a swarm of locusts people pounce on it.5The LORD is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with his justice and righteousness.6He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.7Look, their brave men cry aloud in the streets; the envoys of peace weep bitterly.8The highways are deserted, no travelers are on the roads. The treaty is broken, its witnesses are despised, no one is respected.9The land dries up and wastes away, Lebanon is ashamed and withers; Sharon is like the Arabah, and Bashan and Carmel drop their leaves.10“Now will I arise,” says the LORD. “Now will I be exalted; now will I be lifted up.11You conceive chaff, you give birth to straw; your breath is a fire that consumes you.12The peoples will be burned to ashes; like cut thornbushes they will be set ablaze.”13You who are far away, hear what I have done; you who are near, acknowledge my power!14The sinners in Zion are terrified; trembling grips the godless: “Who of us can dwell with the consuming fire? Who of us can dwell with everlasting burning?”15Those who walk righteously and speak what is right, who reject gain from extortion and keep their hands from accepting bribes, who stop their ears against plots of murder and shut their eyes against contemplating evil—16they are the ones who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress. Their bread will be supplied, and water will not fail them.17Your eyes will see the king in his beauty and view a land that stretches afar.18In your thoughts you will ponder the former terror: “Where is that chief officer? Where is the one who took the revenue? Where is the officer in charge of the towers?”19You will see those arrogant people no more, people whose speech is obscure, whose language is strange and incomprehensible.20Look on Zion, the city of our festivals; your eyes will see Jerusalem, a peaceful abode, a tent that will not be moved; its stakes will never be pulled up, nor any of its ropes broken.21There the LORD will be our Mighty One. It will be like a place of broad rivers and streams. No galley with oars will ride them, no mighty ship will sail them.22For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us.23Your rigging hangs loose: The mast is not held secure, the sail is not spread. Then an abundance of spoils will be divided and even the lame will carry off plunder.24No one living in Zion will say, “I am ill”; and the sins of those who dwell there will be forgiven.
33Teach me, LORD, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end.34Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart.35Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.36Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.37Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.38Fulfill your promise to your servant, so that you may be feared.39Take away the disgrace I dread, for your laws are good.40How I long for your precepts! In your righteousness preserve my life.41May your unfailing love come to me, LORD, your salvation, according to your promise;42then I can answer anyone who taunts me, for I trust in your word.43Never take your word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws.44I will always obey your law, for ever and ever.45I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.46I will speak of your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame,47for I delight in your commands because I love them.48I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees.49Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope.50My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.51The arrogant mock me unmercifully, but I do not turn from your law.52I remember, LORD, your ancient laws, and I find comfort in them.53Indignation grips me because of the wicked, who have forsaken your law.54Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge.55In the night, LORD, I remember your name, that I may keep your law.56This has been my practice: I obey your precepts.57You are my portion, LORD; I have promised to obey your words.58I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.59I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes.60I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.61Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law.62At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws.63I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts.64The earth is filled with your love, LORD; teach me your decrees.