1This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work.2A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach;3not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous;4one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence5(for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?);6not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil.7Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.8Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money,9holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience.10But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless.11Likewise their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.12Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.13For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.14These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly;15but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.16And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.
1Now it came to pass in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah that Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them.2Then the king of Assyria sent the Rabshakeh with a great army from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. And he stood by the aqueduct from the upper pool, on the highway to the Fuller's Field.3And Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came out to him.4Then the Rabshakeh said to them, "Say now to Hezekiah, 'Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: "What confidence is this in which you trust?5I say you speak of having plans and power for war; but they are mere words. Now in whom do you trust, that you rebel against me?6Look! You are trusting in the staff of this broken reed, Egypt, on which if a man leans, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him.7But if you say to me, 'We trust in the Lord our God,' is it not He whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away, and said to Judah and Jerusalem, 'You shall worship before this altar'?" '8Now therefore, I urge you, give a pledge to my master the king of Assyria, and I will give you two thousand horses--if you are able on your part to put riders on them!9How then will you repel one captain of the least of my master's servants, and put your trust in Egypt for chariots and horsemen?10Have I now come up without the Lord against this land to destroy it? The Lord said to me, 'Go up against this land, and destroy it.' "11Then Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah said to the Rabshakeh, "Please speak to your servants in the Aramaic language, for we understand it; and do not speak to us in Hebrew in the hearing of the people who are on the wall."12But the Rabshakeh said, "Has my master sent me to your master and to you to speak these words, and not to the men who sit on the wall, who will eat and drink their own waste with you?"13Then the Rabshakeh stood and called out with a loud voice in Hebrew, and said, "Hear the words of the great king, the king of Assyria!14Thus says the king: 'Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you;15nor let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord, saying, "The Lord will surely deliver us; this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria." '16Do not listen to Hezekiah; for thus says the king of Assyria: 'Make peace with me by a present and come out to me; and every one of you eat from his own vine and every one from his own fig tree, and every one of you drink the waters of his own cistern;17until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards.18Beware lest Hezekiah persuade you, saying, "The Lord will deliver us." Has any one of the gods of the nations delivered its land from the hand of the king of Assyria?19Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim? Indeed, have they delivered Samaria from my hand?20Who among all the gods of these lands have delivered their countries from my hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem from my hand?' "21But they held their peace and answered him not a word; for the king's commandment was, "Do not answer him."22Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came to Hezekiah with their clothes torn, and told him the words of the Rabshakeh.
1And so it was, when King Hezekiah heard it, that he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord.2Then he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz.3And they said to him, "Thus says Hezekiah: 'This day is a day of trouble and rebuke and blasphemy; for the children have come to birth, but there is no strength to bring them forth.4It may be that the Lord your God will hear the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to reproach the living God, and will rebuke the words which the Lord your God has heard. Therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.' "5So the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah.6And Isaiah said to them, "Thus shall you say to your master, 'Thus says the Lord: "Do not be afraid of the words which you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me.7Surely I will send a spirit upon him, and he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land." ' "8Then the Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah, for he heard that he had departed from Lachish.9And the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, "He has come out to make war with you." So when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,10"Thus you shall speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying: 'Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you, saying, "Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria."11Look! You have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands by utterly destroying them; and shall you be delivered?12Have the gods of the nations delivered those whom my fathers have destroyed, Gozan and Haran and Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Telassar?13Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah?' "14And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord.15Then Hezekiah prayed to the Lord, saying:16"O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.17Incline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God.18Truly, Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations and their lands,19and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were not gods, but the work of men's hands--wood and stone. Therefore they have destroyed them.20Now therefore, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord, You alone."21Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, "Thus says the Lord God of Israel, 'Because you have prayed to Me against Sennacherib king of Assyria,22this is the word which the Lord has spoken concerning him: "The virgin, the daughter of Zion, Has despised you, laughed you to scorn; The daughter of Jerusalem Has shaken her head behind your back!23"Whom have you reproached and blasphemed? Against whom have you raised your voice, And lifted up your eyes on high? Against the Holy One of Israel.24By your servants you have reproached the Lord, And said, 'By the multitude of my chariots I have come up to the height of the mountains, To the limits of Lebanon; I will cut down its tall cedars And its choice cypress trees; I will enter its farthest height, To its fruitful forest.25I have dug and drunk water, And with the soles of my feet I have dried up All the brooks of defense.'26"Did you not hear long ago How I made it, From ancient times that I formed it? Now I have brought it to pass, That you should be For crushing fortified cities into heaps of ruins.27Therefore their inhabitants had little power; They were dismayed and confounded; They were as the grass of the field And the green herb, As the grass on the housetops And grain blighted before it is grown.28"But I know your dwelling place, Your going out and your coming in, And your rage against Me.29Because your rage against Me and your tumult Have come up to My ears, Therefore I will put My hook in your nose And My bridle in your lips, And I will turn you back By the way which you came." '30"This shall be a sign to you: You shall eat this year such as grows of itself, And the second year what springs from the same; Also in the third year sow and reap, Plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them.31And the remnant who have escaped of the house of Judah Shall again take root downward, And bear fruit upward.32For out of Jerusalem shall go a remnant, And those who escape from Mount Zion. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.33"Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the king of Assyria: 'He shall not come into this city, Nor shoot an arrow there, Nor come before it with shield, Nor build a siege mound against it.34By the way that he came, By the same shall he return; And he shall not come into this city,' Says the Lord.35'For I will defend this city, to save it For My own sake and for My servant David's sake.' "36Then the angel of the Lord went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses--all dead.37So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went away, returned home, and remained at Nineveh.38Now it came to pass, as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, that his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Ararat. Then Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place.
97Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.98You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; For they are ever with me.99I have more understanding than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation.100I understand more than the ancients, Because I keep Your precepts.101I have restrained my feet from every evil way, That I may keep Your word.102I have not departed from Your judgments, For You Yourself have taught me.103How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!104Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way.105Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.106I have sworn and confirmed That I will keep Your righteous judgments.107I am afflicted very much; Revive me, O Lord, according to Your word.108Accept, I pray, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, And teach me Your judgments.109My life is continually in my hand, Yet I do not forget Your law.110The wicked have laid a snare for me, Yet I have not strayed from Your precepts.111Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, For they are the rejoicing of my heart.112I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes Forever, to the very end.113I hate the double-minded, But I love Your law.114You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word.115Depart from me, you evildoers, For I will keep the commandments of my God!116Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live; And do not let me be ashamed of my hope.117Hold me up, and I shall be safe, And I shall observe Your statutes continually.118You reject all those who stray from Your statutes, For their deceit is falsehood.119You put away all the wicked of the earth like dross; Therefore I love Your testimonies.120My flesh trembles for fear of You, And I am afraid of Your judgments.