23No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach's sake and your frequent infirmities.24Some men's sins are clearly evident, preceding them to judgment, but those of some men follow later.25Likewise, the good works of some are clearly evident, and those that are otherwise cannot be hidden.
1Let as many bondservants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and His doctrine may not be blasphemed.2And those who have believing masters, let them not despise them because they are brethren, but rather serve them because those who are benefited are believers and beloved. Teach and exhort these things.3If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness,4he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions,5useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself. 6Now godliness with contentment is great gain.7For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.8And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.9But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.11But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.12Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.13I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate,14that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ's appearing,15which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords,16who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.17Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.18Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share,19storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.20O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge--21by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.
1"They say, 'If a man divorces his wife, And she goes from him And becomes another man's, May he return to her again?' Would not that land be greatly polluted? But you have played the harlot with many lovers; Yet return to Me," says the Lord.2"Lift up your eyes to the desolate heights and see: Where have you not lain with men? By the road you have sat for them Like an Arabian in the wilderness; And you have polluted the land With your harlotries and your wickedness.3Therefore the showers have been withheld, And there has been no latter rain. You have had a harlot's forehead; You refuse to be ashamed.4Will you not from this time cry to Me, 'My father, You are the guide of my youth?5Will He remain angry forever? Will He keep it to the end?' Behold, you have spoken and done evil things, As you were able."6The Lord said also to me in the days of Josiah the king: "Have you seen what backsliding Israel has done? She has gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and there played the harlot.7And I said, after she had done all these things, 'Return to Me.' But she did not return. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.8Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also.9So it came to pass, through her casual harlotry, that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees.10And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense," says the Lord.11Then the Lord said to me, "Backsliding Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.12Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say: 'Return, backsliding Israel,' says the Lord; 'I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I am merciful,' says the Lord; ' I will not remain angry forever.13Only acknowledge your iniquity, That you have transgressed against the Lord your God, And have scattered your charms To alien deities under every green tree, And you have not obeyed My voice,' says the Lord.14"Return, O backsliding children," says the Lord; "for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion.15And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.16Then it shall come to pass, when you are multiplied and increased in the land in those days," says the Lord, "that they will say no more, 'The ark of the covenant of the Lord.' It shall not come to mind, nor shall they remember it, nor shall they visit it, nor shall it be made anymore.17At that time Jerusalem shall be called The Throne of the Lord, and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem. No more shall they follow the dictates of their evil hearts.18In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given as an inheritance to your fathers.19"But I said: 'How can I put you among the children And give you a pleasant land, A beautiful heritage of the hosts of nations?' "And I said: 'You shall call Me, "My Father," And not turn away from Me.'20Surely, as a wife treacherously departs from her husband, So have you dealt treacherously with Me, O house of Israel," says the Lord.21A voice was heard on the desolate heights, Weeping and supplications of the children of Israel. For they have perverted their way; They have forgotten the Lord their God.22"Return, you backsliding children, And I will heal your backslidings." "Indeed we do come to You, For You are the Lord our God.23Truly, in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, And from the multitude of mountains; Truly, in the Lord our God Is the salvation of Israel.24For shame has devoured The labor of our fathers from our youth-- Their flocks and their herds, Their sons and their daughters.25We lie down in our shame, And our reproach covers us. For we have sinned against the Lord our God, We and our fathers, From our youth even to this day, And have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God."
1"If you will return, O Israel," says the Lord, "Return to Me; And if you will put away your abominations out of My sight, Then you shall not be moved.2And you shall swear, 'The Lord lives,' In truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; The nations shall bless themselves in Him, And in Him they shall glory."3For thus says the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem: "Break up your fallow ground, And do not sow among thorns.4Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, And take away the foreskins of your hearts, You men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, Lest My fury come forth like fire, And burn so that no one can quench it, Because of the evil of your doings."5Declare in Judah and proclaim in Jerusalem, and say: "Blow the trumpet in the land; Cry, 'Gather together,' And say, 'Assemble yourselves, And let us go into the fortified cities.'6Set up the standard toward Zion. Take refuge! Do not delay! For I will bring disaster from the north, And great destruction."7The lion has come up from his thicket, And the destroyer of nations is on his way. He has gone forth from his place To make your land desolate. Your cities will be laid waste, Without inhabitant.8For this, clothe yourself with sackcloth, Lament and wail. For the fierce anger of the Lord Has not turned back from us.9"And it shall come to pass in that day," says the Lord, "That the heart of the king shall perish, And the heart of the princes; The priests shall be astonished, And the prophets shall wonder."10Then I said, "Ah, Lord God! Surely You have greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, Saying, 'You shall have peace,' Whereas the sword reaches to the heart."11At that time it will be said To this people and to Jerusalem, "A dry wind of the desolate heights blows in the wilderness Toward the daughter of My people-- Not to fan or to cleanse--12A wind too strong for these will come for Me; Now I will also speak judgment against them."13"Behold, he shall come up like clouds, And his chariots like a whirlwind. His horses are swifter than eagles. Woe to us, for we are plundered!"14O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, That you may be saved. How long shall your evil thoughts lodge within you?15For a voice declares from Dan And proclaims affliction from Mount Ephraim:16"Make mention to the nations, Yes, proclaim against Jerusalem, That watchers come from a far country And raise their voice against the cities of Judah.17Like keepers of a field they are against her all around, Because she has been rebellious against Me," says the Lord.18"Your ways and your doings Have procured these things for you. This is your wickedness, Because it is bitter, Because it reaches to your heart."19O my soul, my soul! I am pained in my very heart! My heart makes a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, Because you have heard, O my soul, The sound of the trumpet, The alarm of war.20Destruction upon destruction is cried, For the whole land is plundered. Suddenly my tents are plundered, And my curtains in a moment.21How long will I see the standard, And hear the sound of the trumpet?22"For My people are foolish, They have not known Me. They are silly children, And they have no understanding. They are wise to do evil, But to do good they have no knowledge."23I beheld the earth, and indeed it was without form, and void; And the heavens, they had no light.24I beheld the mountains, and indeed they trembled, And all the hills moved back and forth.25I beheld, and indeed there was no man, And all the birds of the heavens had fled.26I beheld, and indeed the fruitful land was a wilderness, And all its cities were broken down At the presence of the Lord, By His fierce anger.27For thus says the Lord: "The whole land shall be desolate; Yet I will not make a full end.28For this shall the earth mourn, And the heavens above be black, Because I have spoken. I have purposed and will not relent, Nor will I turn back from it.29The whole city shall flee from the noise of the horsemen and bowmen. They shall go into thickets and climb up on the rocks. Every city shall be forsaken, And not a man shall dwell in it.30"And when you are plundered, What will you do? Though you clothe yourself with crimson, Though you adorn yourself with ornaments of gold, Though you enlarge your eyes with paint, In vain you will make yourself fair; Your lovers will despise you; They will seek your life.31"For I have heard a voice as of a woman in labor, The anguish as of her who brings forth her first child, The voice of the daughter of Zion bewailing herself; She spreads her hands, saying, 'Woe is me now, for my soul is weary Because of murderers!'
1A Song of Ascents. In my distress I cried to the Lord, And He heard me.2Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips And from a deceitful tongue.3What shall be given to you, Or what shall be done to you, You false tongue?4Sharp arrows of the warrior, With coals of the broom tree!5Woe is me, that I dwell in Meshech, That I dwell among the tents of Kedar!6My soul has dwelt too long With one who hates peace.7I am for peace; But when I speak, they are for war.