1First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone,2for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.3This is good, and it pleases God our Savior,4who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God and one mediator between God and man, a man, Christ Jesus, 6who gave Himself-a ransom for all, a testimony at the proper time. 7For this I was appointed a herald, an apostle (I am telling the truth; I am not lying), and a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
8Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or argument.9Also, the women are to dress themselves in modest clothing, with decency and good sense; not with elaborate hairstyles, gold, pearls, or expensive apparel,10but with good works, as is proper for women who affirm that they worship God.11A woman should learn in silence with full submission.12I do not allow a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; instead, she is to be silent.13For Adam was created first, then Eve.14And Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and transgressed.15But she will be saved through childbearing, if she continues in faith, love, and holiness, with good sense.
1You nations, come here and listen; you peoples, pay attention! Let the earth hear, and all that fills it, the world and all that comes from it. 2The Lord is angry with all the nations- furious with all their armies. He will set them apart for destruction, giving them over to slaughter. 3Their slain will be thrown out, and the stench of their corpses will rise; the mountains flow with their blood. 4All the heavenly bodies will dissolve. The skies will roll up like a scroll, and their stars will all wither as leaves wither on the vine, and foliage on the fig tree.
5When My sword has drunk its fill in the heavens it will then come down on Edom and on the people I have set apart for destruction. 6The Lord's sword is covered with blood. It drips with fat, with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams. For the Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah, a great slaughter in the land of Edom. 7The wild oxen will be struck down with them, and young bulls with the mighty bulls. Their land will be soaked with blood, and their soil will be saturated with fat. 8For the Lord has a day of vengeance, a time of paying back [Edom] for its hostility against Zion. 9[Edom's] streams will be turned into pitch, her soil into sulfur; her land will become burning pitch. 10It will never go out-day or night. Its smoke will go up forever. It will be desolate, from generation to generation; no one will pass through it forever and ever. 11The desert owl and the hedgehog will possess it, and the great owl and the raven will dwell there. [The Lord] will stretch out a measuring line and a plumb line over her for [her] destruction and chaos. 12No nobles will be left to proclaim a king, and all her princes will come to nothing. 13Her palaces will be overgrown with thorns; her fortified cities, with thistles and briers. She will become a dwelling for jackals, an abode for ostriches. 14The wild beasts will meet hyenas, and one wild goat will call to another. Indeed, the screech owl will stay there and will find a resting place for herself. 15The sand partridge will make her nest there; she will lay and hatch her eggs and will gather [her brood] under her shadow. Indeed, the birds of prey will gather there, each with its mate. 16Search and read the scroll of the Lord: Not one of them will be missing, none will be lacking its mate, because He has ordered it by my mouth, and He will gather them by His Spirit. 17He has ordained a lot for them; His hand allotted their portion with a measuring line. They will possess it forever; they will dwell in it from generation to generation.
1The wilderness and the dry land will be glad; the desert will rejoice and blossom like a rose. 2It will blossom abundantly and will also rejoice with joy and singing. 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 weak hands, steady the shaking knees! 4Say to the faint-hearted: "Be strong; do not fear! Here is your God; vengeance is coming. God's retribution is coming; He will save you." 5Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped. 6Then the lame will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute will sing for joy, for water will gush in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; 7the parched ground will become a pool of water, and the thirsty land springs of water. In the haunt of jackals, in their lairs, there will be grass, reeds, and papyrus. 8A road will be there and a way; it will be called the Holy Way. The unclean will not travel on it, but it will be for him who walks the path. Even the fool will not go astray. 9There will be no lion there, and no vicious beast will go up on it; they will not be found there. But the redeemed will walk [on it], 10and the ransomed of the Lord will return and come to Zion with singing, crowned with unending joy. Joy and gladness will overtake [them], and sorrow and sighing will flee.
65Lord, You have treated Your servant well, just as You promised. 66Teach me good judgment and discernment, for I rely on Your commands. 67Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word. 68You are good, and You do what is good; teach me Your statutes. 69The arrogant have smeared me with lies, but I obey Your precepts with all my heart. 70Their hearts are hard and insensitive, but I delight in Your instruction. 71It was good for me to be afflicted so that I could learn Your statutes. 72Instruction from Your lips is better for me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
73Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding so that I can learn Your commands. 74Those who fear You will see me and rejoice, for I put my hope in Your word. 75I know, Lord, that Your judgments are just and that You have afflicted me fairly. 76May Your faithful love comfort me, as You promised Your servant. 77May Your compassion come to me so that I may live, for Your instruction is my delight. 78Let the arrogant be put to shame for slandering me with lies; I will meditate on Your precepts. 79Let those who fear You, those who know Your decrees, turn to me. 80May my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes so that I will not be put to shame.
81I long for Your salvation; I put my hope in Your word. 82My eyes grow weary [looking] for what You have promised; I ask, "When will You comfort me?" 83Though I have become like a wineskin [dried] by smoke, I do not forget Your statutes. 84How many days [must] Your servant [wait]? When will You execute judgment on my persecutors? 85The arrogant have dug pits for me; they violate Your instruction. 86All Your commands are true; people persecute me with lies-help me! 87They almost ended my life on earth, but I did not abandon Your precepts. 88Give me life in accordance with Your faithful love, and I will obey the decree You have spoken.
89Lord, Your word is forever; it is firmly fixed in heaven. 90Your faithfulness is for all generations; You established the earth, and it stands firm. 91They stand today in accordance with Your judgments, for all things are Your servants. 92If Your instruction had not been my delight, I would have died in my affliction. 93I will never forget Your precepts, for You have given me life through them. 94I am Yours; save me, for I have sought Your precepts. 95The wicked hope to destroy me, but I contemplate Your decrees. 96I have seen a limit to all perfection, but Your command is without limit.