1I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—2for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.3This is good, and pleases God our Savior,4who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.5For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,6who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.7And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.8Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.9I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes,10but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.11A woman should learn in quietness and full submission.12I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.13For Adam was formed first, then Eve.14And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.15But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.
1Come near, you nations, and listen; pay attention, you peoples! Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, the world, and all that comes out of it!2The LORD is angry with all nations; his wrath is on all their armies. He will totally destroy them, he will give them over to slaughter.3Their slain will be thrown out, their dead bodies will stink; the mountains will be soaked with their blood.4All the stars in the sky will be dissolved and the heavens rolled up like a scroll; all the starry host will fall like withered leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree.5My sword has drunk its fill in the heavens; see, it descends in judgment on Edom, the people I have totally destroyed.6The sword of the LORD is bathed in blood, it is covered with fat— the blood of lambs and goats, fat from the kidneys of rams. For the LORD has a sacrifice in Bozrah and a great slaughter in the land of Edom.7And the wild oxen will fall with them, the bull calves and the great bulls. Their land will be drenched with blood, and the dust will be soaked with fat.8For the LORD has a day of vengeance, a year of retribution, to uphold Zion’s cause.9Edom’s streams will be turned into pitch, her dust into burning sulfur; her land will become blazing pitch!10It will not be quenched night or day; its smoke will rise forever. From generation to generation it will lie desolate; no one will ever pass through it again.11The desert owl and screech owl will possess it; the great owl and the raven will nest there. God will stretch out over Edom the measuring line of chaos and the plumb line of desolation.12Her nobles will have nothing there to be called a kingdom, all her princes will vanish away.13Thorns will overrun her citadels, nettles and brambles her strongholds. She will become a haunt for jackals, a home for owls.14Desert creatures will meet with hyenas, and wild goats will bleat to each other; there the night creatures will also lie down and find for themselves places of rest.15The owl will nest there and lay eggs, she will hatch them, and care for her young under the shadow of her wings; there also the falcons will gather, each with its mate.16Look in the scroll of the LORD and read: None of these will be missing, not one will lack her mate. For it is his mouth that has given the order, and his Spirit will gather them together.17He allots their portions; his hand distributes them by measure. They will possess it forever and dwell there from generation to generation.
1The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus,2it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God.3Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way;4say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”5Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.6Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.7The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.8And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it.9No lion will be there, nor any ravenous beast; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there,10and those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
65Do good to your servant according to your word, LORD.66Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands.67Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.68You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.69Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies, I keep your precepts with all my heart.70Their hearts are callous and unfeeling, but I delight in your law.71It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.72The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.73Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands.74May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word.75I know, LORD, that your laws are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.76May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.77Let your compassion come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight.78May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause; but I will meditate on your precepts.79May those who fear you turn to me, those who understand your statutes.80May I wholeheartedly follow your decrees, that I may not be put to shame.81My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word.82My eyes fail, looking for your promise; I say, “When will you comfort me?”83Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget your decrees.84How long must your servant wait? When will you punish my persecutors?85The arrogant dig pits to trap me, contrary to your law.86All your commands are trustworthy; help me, for I am being persecuted without cause.87They almost wiped me from the earth, but I have not forsaken your precepts.88In your unfailing love preserve my life, that I may obey the statutes of your mouth.89Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.90Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures.91Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you.92If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.93I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life.94Save me, for I am yours; I have sought out your precepts.95The wicked are waiting to destroy me, but I will ponder your statutes.96To all perfection I see a limit, but your commands are boundless.