1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope,2To Timothy, a true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.3As I urged you when I went into Macedonia--remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine,4nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith.5Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,6from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk,7desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.8But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully,9knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,10for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine,11according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust.12And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry,13although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.14And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.15This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.16However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.17Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.18This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,19having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck,20of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.
1Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, And rely on horses, Who trust in chariots because they are many, And in horsemen because they are very strong, But who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, Nor seek the Lord!2Yet He also is wise and will bring disaster, And will not call back His words, But will arise against the house of evildoers, And against the help of those who work iniquity.3Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; And their horses are flesh, and not spirit. When the Lord stretches out His hand, Both he who helps will fall, And he who is helped will fall down; They all will perish together.4For thus the Lord has spoken to me: "As a lion roars, And a young lion over his prey (When a multitude of shepherds is summoned against him, He will not be afraid of their voice Nor be disturbed by their noise), So the Lord of hosts will come down To fight for Mount Zion and for its hill.5Like birds flying about, So will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem. Defending, He will also deliver it; Passing over, He will preserve it."6Return to Him against whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted.7For in that day every man shall throw away his idols of silver and his idols of gold--sin, which your own hands have made for yourselves.8"Then Assyria shall fall by a sword not of man, And a sword not of mankind shall devour him. But he shall flee from the sword, And his young men shall become forced labor.9He shall cross over to his stronghold for fear, And his princes shall be afraid of the banner," Says the Lord, Whose fire is in Zion And whose furnace is in Jerusalem.
1Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, And princes will rule with justice.2A man will be as a hiding place from the wind, And a cover from the tempest, As rivers of water in a dry place, As the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.3The eyes of those who see will not be dim, And the ears of those who hear will listen.4Also the heart of the rash will understand knowledge, And the tongue of the stammerers will be ready to speak plainly.5The foolish person will no longer be called generous, Nor the miser said to be bountiful;6For the foolish person will speak foolishness, And his heart will work iniquity: To practice ungodliness, To utter error against the Lord, To keep the hungry unsatisfied, And he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.7Also the schemes of the schemer are evil; He devises wicked plans To destroy the poor with lying words, Even when the needy speaks justice.8But a generous man devises generous things, And by generosity he shall stand.9Rise up, you women who are at ease, Hear my voice; You complacent daughters, Give ear to my speech.10In a year and some days You will be troubled, you complacent women; For the vintage will fail, The gathering will not come.11Tremble, you women who are at ease; Be troubled, you complacent ones; Strip yourselves, make yourselves bare, And gird sackcloth on your waists.12People shall mourn upon their breasts For the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.13On the land of my people will come up thorns and briers, Yes, on all the happy homes in the joyous city;14Because the palaces will be forsaken, The bustling city will be deserted. The forts and towers will become lairs forever, A joy of wild donkeys, a pasture of flocks--15Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, And the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, And the fruitful field is counted as a forest.16Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, And righteousness remain in the fruitful field.17The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.18My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places,19Though hail comes down on the forest, And the city is brought low in humiliation.20Blessed are you who sow beside all waters, Who send out freely the feet of the ox and the donkey.
1Woe to you who plunder, though you have not been plundered; And you who deal treacherously, though they have not dealt treacherously with you! When you cease plundering, You will be plundered; When you make an end of dealing treacherously, They will deal treacherously with you.2O Lord, be gracious to us; We have waited for You. Be their arm every morning, Our salvation also in the time of trouble.3At the noise of the tumult the people shall flee; When You lift Yourself up, the nations shall be scattered;4And Your plunder shall be gathered Like the gathering of the caterpillar; As the running to and fro of locusts, He shall run upon them.5The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high; He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness.6Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, And the strength of salvation; The fear of the Lord is His treasure.7Surely their valiant ones shall cry outside, The ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.8The highways lie waste, The traveling man ceases. He has broken the covenant, He has despised the cities, He regards no man.9The earth mourns and languishes, Lebanon is shamed and shriveled; Sharon is like a wilderness, And Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.10"Now I will rise," says the Lord; "Now I will be exalted, Now I will lift Myself up.11You shall conceive chaff, You shall bring forth stubble; Your breath, as fire, shall devour you.12And the people shall be like the burnings of lime; Like thorns cut up they shall be burned in the fire.13Hear, you who are afar off, what I have done; And you who are near, acknowledge My might."14The sinners in Zion are afraid; Fearfulness has seized the hypocrites: "Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?"15He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, He who despises the gain of oppressions, Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, Who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, And shuts his eyes from seeing evil:16He will dwell on high; His place of defense will be the fortress of rocks; Bread will be given him, His water will be sure.17Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; They will see the land that is very far off.18Your heart will meditate on terror: "Where is the scribe? Where is he who weighs? Where is he who counts the towers?"19You will not see a fierce people, A people of obscure speech, beyond perception, Of a stammering tongue that you cannot understand.20Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts; Your eyes will see Jerusalem, a quiet home, A tabernacle that will not be taken down; Not one of its stakes will ever be removed, Nor will any of its cords be broken.21But there the majestic Lord will be for us A place of broad rivers and streams, In which no galley with oars will sail, Nor majestic ships pass by22(For the Lord is our Judge, The Lord is our Lawgiver, The Lord is our King; He will save us);23Your tackle is loosed, They could not strengthen their mast, They could not spread the sail. Then the prey of great plunder is divided; The lame take the prey.24And the inhabitant will not say, "I am sick"; The people who dwell in it will be forgiven their iniquity.
33Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, And I shall keep it to the end.34Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.35Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it.36Incline my heart to Your testimonies, And not to covetousness.37Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive me in Your way. 38Establish Your word to Your servant, Who is devoted to fearing You.39Turn away my reproach which I dread, For Your judgments are good.40Behold, I long for Your precepts; Revive me in Your righteousness.41Let Your mercies come also to me, O Lord-- Your salvation according to Your word.42So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me, For I trust in Your word.43And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, For I have hoped in Your ordinances.44So shall I keep Your law continually, Forever and ever.45And I will walk at liberty, For I seek Your precepts.46I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings, And will not be ashamed.47And I will delight myself in Your commandments, Which I love.48My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments, Which I love, And I will meditate on Your statutes.49Remember the word to Your servant, Upon which You have caused me to hope.50This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life.51The proud have me in great derision, Yet I do not turn aside from Your law.52I remembered Your judgments of old, O Lord, And have comforted myself.53Indignation has taken hold of me Because of the wicked, who forsake Your law.54Your statutes have been my songs In the house of my pilgrimage.55I remember Your name in the night, O Lord, And I keep Your law.56This has become mine, Because I kept Your precepts.57You are my portion, O Lord; I have said that I would keep Your words.58I entreated Your favor with my whole heart; Be merciful to me according to Your word.59I thought about my ways, And turned my feet to Your testimonies.60I made haste, and did not delay To keep Your commandments.61The cords of the wicked have bound me, But I have not forgotten Your law.62At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You, Because of Your righteous judgments.63I am a companion of all who fear You, And of those who keep Your precepts.64The earth, O Lord, is full of Your mercy; Teach me Your statutes.