1I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord.2I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows.3And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows—4was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell.5I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses.6Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say,7or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.8Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.9But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.10That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
11I have made a fool of myself, but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the “super-apostles,” even though I am nothing.12I persevered in demonstrating among you the marks of a true apostle, including signs, wonders and miracles.13How were you inferior to the other churches, except that I was never a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong!14Now I am ready to visit you for the third time, and I will not be a burden to you, because what I want is not your possessions but you. After all, children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.15So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well. If I love you more, will you love me less?16Be that as it may, I have not been a burden to you. Yet, crafty fellow that I am, I caught you by trickery!17Did I exploit you through any of the men I sent to you?18I urged Titus to go to you and I sent our brother with him. Titus did not exploit you, did he? Did we not walk in the same footsteps by the same Spirit?19Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? We have been speaking in the sight of God as those in Christ; and everything we do, dear friends, is for your strengthening.20For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder.21I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged.
8The sons of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put and Canaan.9The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabta, Raamah and Sabteka. The sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan.10Cush was the father of Nimrod, who became a mighty warrior on earth.11Egypt was the father of the Ludites, Anamites, Lehabites, Naphtuhites,12Pathrusites, Kasluhites (from whom the Philistines came) and Caphtorites.13Canaan was the father of Sidon his firstborn, and of the Hittites,14Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites,15Hivites, Arkites, Sinites,16Arvadites, Zemarites and Hamathites.
17The sons of Shem: Elam, Ashur, Arphaxad, Lud and Aram. The sons of Aram:Uz, Hul, Gether and Meshek.18Arphaxad was the father of Shelah, and Shelah the father of Eber.19Two sons were born to Eber: One was named Peleg, because in his time the earth was divided; his brother was named Joktan.20Joktan was the father of Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah,21Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah,22Obal, Abimael, Sheba,23Ophir, Havilah and Jobab. All these were sons of Joktan.24Shem, Arphaxad, Shelah,25Eber, Peleg, Reu,26Serug, Nahor, Terah27and Abram (that is, Abraham).
32The sons born to Keturah, Abraham’s concubine: Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah. The sons of Jokshan: Sheba and Dedan.33The sons of Midian: Ephah, Epher, Hanok, Abida and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah.
38The sons of Seir: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, Dishon, Ezer and Dishan.39The sons of Lotan: Hori and Homam. Timna was Lotan’s sister.40The sons of Shobal: Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho and Onam. The sons of Zibeon: Aiah and Anah.41The son of Anah: Dishon. The sons of Dishon: Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran and Keran.42The sons of Ezer: Bilhan, Zaavan and Akan.The sons of Dishan : Uz and Aran.
43These were the kings who reigned in Edom before any Israelite king reigned: Bela son of Beor, whose city was named Dinhabah.44When Bela died, Jobab son of Zerah from Bozrah succeeded him as king.45When Jobab died, Husham from the land of the Temanites succeeded him as king.46When Husham died, Hadad son of Bedad, who defeated Midian in the country of Moab, succeeded him as king. His city was named Avith.47When Hadad died, Samlah from Masrekah succeeded him as king.48When Samlah died, Shaul from Rehoboth on the river succeeded him as king.49When Shaul died, Baal-Hanan son of Akbor succeeded him as king.50When Baal-Hanan died, Hadad succeeded him as king. His city was named Pau, and his wife’s name was Mehetabel daughter of Matred, the daughter of Me-Zahab.51Hadad also died. The chiefs of Edom were: Timna, Alvah, Jetheth,52Oholibamah, Elah, Pinon,53Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar,54Magdiel and Iram. These were the chiefs of Edom.
3The sons of Judah: Er, Onan and Shelah. These three were born to him by a Canaanite woman, the daughter of Shua. Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the LORD’s sight; so the LORD put him to death.4Judah’s daughter-in-law Tamar bore Perez and Zerah to Judah. He had five sons in all.5The sons of Perez: Hezron and Hamul.6The sons of Zerah: Zimri, Ethan, Heman, Kalkol and Darda —five in all.7The son of Karmi: Achar, who brought trouble on Israel by violating the ban on taking devoted things.8The son of Ethan: Azariah.9The sons born to Hezron were: Jerahmeel, Ram and Caleb.
10Ram was the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, the leader of the people of Judah.11Nahshon was the father of Salmon, Salmon the father of Boaz,12Boaz the father of Obed and Obed the father of Jesse.13Jesse was the father of Eliab his firstborn; the second son was Abinadab, the third Shimea,14the fourth Nethanel, the fifth Raddai,15the sixth Ozem and the seventh David.16Their sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail. Zeruiah’s three sons were Abishai, Joab and Asahel.17Abigail was the mother of Amasa, whose father was Jether the Ishmaelite.
18Caleb son of Hezron had children by his wife Azubah (and by Jerioth). These were her sons: Jesher, Shobab and Ardon.19When Azubah died, Caleb married Ephrath, who bore him Hur.20Hur was the father of Uri, and Uri the father of Bezalel.21Later, Hezron, when he was sixty years old, married the daughter of Makir the father of Gilead. He made love to her, and she bore him Segub.22Segub was the father of Jair, who controlled twenty-three towns in Gilead.23(But Geshur and Aram captured Havvoth Jair, as well as Kenath with its surrounding settlements—sixty towns.) All these were descendants of Makir the father of Gilead.24After Hezron died in Caleb Ephrathah, Abijah the wife of Hezron bore him Ashhur the father of Tekoa.
25The sons of Jerahmeel the firstborn of Hezron: Ram his firstborn, Bunah, Oren, Ozem and Ahijah.26Jerahmeel had another wife, whose name was Atarah; she was the mother of Onam.27The sons of Ram the firstborn of Jerahmeel: Maaz, Jamin and Eker.28The sons of Onam: Shammai and Jada. The sons of Shammai: Nadab and Abishur.29Abishur’s wife was named Abihail, who bore him Ahban and Molid.30The sons of Nadab: Seled and Appaim. Seled died without children.31The son of Appaim: Ishi, who was the father of Sheshan. Sheshan was the father of Ahlai.32The sons of Jada, Shammai’s brother: Jether and Jonathan. Jether died without children.33The sons of Jonathan: Peleth and Zaza. These were the descendants of Jerahmeel.34Sheshan had no sons—only daughters. He had an Egyptian servant named Jarha.35Sheshan gave his daughter in marriage to his servant Jarha, and she bore him Attai.36Attai was the father of Nathan, Nathan the father of Zabad,37Zabad the father of Ephlal, Ephlal the father of Obed,38Obed the father of Jehu, Jehu the father of Azariah,39Azariah the father of Helez, Helez the father of Eleasah,40Eleasah the father of Sismai, Sismai the father of Shallum,41Shallum the father of Jekamiah, and Jekamiah the father of Elishama.
42The sons of Caleb the brother of Jerahmeel: Mesha his firstborn, who was the father of Ziph, and his son Mareshah, who was the father of Hebron.43The sons of Hebron: Korah, Tappuah, Rekem and Shema.44Shema was the father of Raham, and Raham the father of Jorkeam. Rekem was the father of Shammai.45The son of Shammai was Maon, and Maon was the father of Beth Zur.46Caleb’s concubine Ephah was the mother of Haran, Moza and Gazez. Haran was the father of Gazez.47The sons of Jahdai: Regem, Jotham, Geshan, Pelet, Ephah and Shaaph.48Caleb’s concubine Maakah was the mother of Sheber and Tirhanah.49She also gave birth to Shaaph the father of Madmannah and to Sheva the father of Makbenah and Gibea. Caleb’s daughter was Aksah.50These were the descendants of Caleb. The sons of Hur the firstborn of Ephrathah: Shobal the father of Kiriath Jearim,51Salma the father of Bethlehem, and Hareph the father of Beth Gader.52The descendants of Shobal the father of Kiriath Jearim were: Haroeh, half the Manahathites,53and the clans of Kiriath Jearim: the Ithrites, Puthites, Shumathites and Mishraites. From these descended the Zorathites and Eshtaolites.54The descendants of Salma: Bethlehem, the Netophathites, Atroth Beth Joab, half the Manahathites, the Zorites,55and the clans of scribes who lived at Jabez: the Tirathites, Shimeathites and Sucathites. These are the Kenites who came from Hammath, the father of the Rekabites.
1A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet. On shigionoth.2LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, LORD. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.3God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran.His glory covered the heavens and his praise filled the earth.4His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden.5Plague went before him; pestilence followed his steps.6He stood, and shook the earth; he looked, and made the nations tremble. The ancient mountains crumbled and the age-old hills collapsed— but he marches on forever.7I saw the tents of Cushan in distress, the dwellings of Midian in anguish.8Were you angry with the rivers, LORD? Was your wrath against the streams? Did you rage against the sea when you rode your horses and your chariots to victory?9You uncovered your bow, you called for many arrows. You split the earth with rivers;10the mountains saw you and writhed. Torrents of water swept by; the deep roared and lifted its waves on high.11Sun and moon stood still in the heavens at the glint of your flying arrows, at the lightning of your flashing spear.12In wrath you strode through the earth and in anger you threshed the nations.13You came out to deliver your people, to save your anointed one. You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness, you stripped him from head to foot.14With his own spear you pierced his head when his warriors stormed out to scatter us, gloating as though about to devour the wretched who were in hiding.15You trampled the sea with your horses, churning the great waters.16I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us.17Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,18yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.19The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.