1It is necessary to boast; it is not helpful, but I will move on to visions and revelations of the Lord.2I know a man in Christ who was caught up into the third heaven 14 years ago. Whether he was in the body or out of the body, I don't know; God knows.3I know that this man-whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows-4was caught up into paradise. He heard inexpressible words, which a man is not allowed to speak.5I will boast about this person, but not about myself, except of my weaknesses.6For if I want to boast, I will not be a fool, because I will be telling the truth. But I will spare you, so that no one can credit me with something beyond what he sees in me or hears from me,7especially because of the extraordinary revelations. Therefore, so that I would not exalt myself, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to torment me so I would not exalt myself.8Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away from me.9But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may reside in me.10So because of Christ, I am pleased in weaknesses, in insults, in catastrophes, in persecutions, and in pressures. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
11I have become a fool; you forced it on me. I ought to have been recommended by you, since I am in no way inferior to the "super-apostles," even though I am nothing.12The signs of an apostle were performed among you in all endurance-not only signs but also wonders and miracles.13So in what way were you treated worse than the other churches, except that I personally did not burden you? Forgive me this wrong!
14Look! I am ready to come to you this third time. I will not burden you, for I am not seeking what is yours, but you. For children are not obligated to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.15I will most gladly spend and be spent for you. If I love you more, am I to be loved less?16Now granted, I have not burdened you; yet sly as I am, I took you in by deceit!17Did I take advantage of you by anyone I sent you?18I urged Titus [to come], and I sent the brother with him. Did Titus take advantage of you? Didn't we walk in the same spirit and in the same footsteps? 19You have thought all along that we were defending ourselves to you. [No], in the sight of God we are speaking in Christ, and everything, dear friends, is for building you up.20For I fear that perhaps when I come I will not find you to be what I want, and I may not be found by you to be what you want; there may be quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorder.21I fear that when I come my God will again humiliate me in your presence, and I will grieve for many who sinned before and have not repented of the uncleanness, sexual immorality, and promiscuity they practiced.
1Adam, Seth, Enosh, 2Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, 3Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, 4Noah, Noah's sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 5Japheth's sons: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. 6Gomer's sons: Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah. 7Javan's sons: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Rodanim. 8Ham's sons: Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan. 9Cush's sons: Seba, Havilah, Sabta, Raama, and Sabteca. Raama's sons: Sheba and Dedan. 10Cush fathered Nimrod, who was the first to become a great warrior on earth. 11Mizraim fathered Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim,12Pathrusim, Casluhim (the Philistines came from them), and Caphtorim. 13Canaan fathered Sidon, his firstborn, and Heth,14the Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites,15Hivites, Arkites, Sinites,16Arvadites, Zemarites, and Hamathites. 17Shem's sons: Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, Aram, Uz, Hul, Gether, and Meshech. 18Arpachshad fathered Shelah, and Shelah fathered Eber.19Two sons were born to Eber. One of them was named Peleg, because the earth was divided during his lifetime, and the name of his brother was Joktan.20Joktan fathered Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah,21Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah,22Ebal, Abimael, Sheba,23Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab. All of these were Joktan's sons. 24Shem, Arpachshad, Shelah, 25Eber, Peleg, Reu, 26Serug, Nahor, Terah, 27and Abram (that is, Abraham).
28Abraham's sons: Isaac and Ishmael. 29These are their family records: Nebaioth, Ishmael's firstborn, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam,30Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadad, Tema,31Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. These were Ishmael's sons. 32The sons born to Keturah, Abraham's concubine: Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. Jokshan's sons: Sheba and Dedan. 33Midian's sons: Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All of these were Keturah's sons. 34Abraham fathered Isaac. Isaac's sons: Esau and Israel. 35Esau's sons: Eliphaz, Reuel, Jeush, Jalam, and Korah. 36Eliphaz's sons: Teman, Omar, Zephi, Gatam, and Kenaz; and by Timna, Amalek. 37Reuel's sons: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah.
38Seir's sons: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan. 39Lotan's sons: Hori and Homam. Timna was Lotan's sister. 40Shobal's sons: Alian, Manahath, Ebal, Shephi, and Onam. Zibeon's sons: Aiah and Anah. 41Anah's son: Dishon. Dishon's sons: Hamran, Eshban, Ithran, and Cheran. 42Ezer's sons: Bilhan, Zaavan, and Jaakan. Dishan's sons: Uz and Aran. 43These were the kings who ruled in the land of Edom before any king ruled over the Israelites: Bela son of Beor. Bela's town was named Dinhabah.44When Bela died, Jobab son of Zerah from Bozrah ruled in his place.45When Jobab died, Husham from the land of the Temanites ruled in his place.46When Husham died, Hadad son of Bedad, who defeated Midian in the country of Moab, ruled in his place. Hadad's town was named Avith.47When Hadad died, Samlah from Masrekah ruled in his place.48When Samlah died, Shaul from Rehoboth on the Euphrates River ruled in his place.49When Shaul died, Baal-hanan son of Achbor ruled in his place.50When Baal-hanan died, Hadad ruled in his place. Hadad's city was named Pai, and his wife's name was Mehetabel daughter of Matred, daughter of Me-zahab.51Then Hadad died. Edom's chiefs: Timna, Alvah, Jetheth,52Oholibamah, Elah, Pinon,53Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar,54Magdiel, and Iram. These were Edom's chiefs.
3Judah's sons: Er, Onan, and Shelah. [These] three were born to him by Bath-shua the Canaanite woman. Er, Judah's firstborn, was evil in the Lord's sight, so He put him to death.4Judah's daughter-in-law Tamar bore him Perez and Zerah. Judah had five sons in all. 5Perez's sons: Hezron and Hamul. 6Zerah's sons: Zimri, Ethan, Heman, Calcol, and Dara-five in all. 7Carmi's son: Achar, who brought trouble on Israel when he was unfaithful [by taking] what was devoted to destruction. 8Ethan's son: Azariah. 9Hezron's sons, who were born to him: Jerahmeel, Ram, and Chelubai. 10Ram fathered Amminadab, and Amminadab fathered Nahshon, a leader of Judah's descendants. 11Nahshon fathered Salma, and Salma fathered Boaz. 12Boaz fathered Obed, and Obed fathered Jesse. 13Jesse fathered Eliab, his firstborn; Abinadab was [born] second, Shimea third,14Nethanel fourth, Raddai fifth,15Ozem sixth, and David seventh. 16Their sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail. Zeruiah's three sons: Abishai, Joab, and Asahel. 17Amasa's mother was Abigail, and his father was Jether the Ishmaelite. 18Caleb son of Hezron had children by [his] wife Azubah and by Jerioth. These were Azubah's sons: Jesher, Shobab, and Ardon.19When Azubah died, Caleb married Ephrath, and she bore him Hur.20Hur fathered Uri, and Uri fathered Bezalel.21After this, Hezron slept with the daughter of Machir the father of Gilead. Hezron had married her when he was 60 years old, and she bore him Segub.22Segub fathered Jair, who possessed 23 towns in the land of Gilead.23But Geshur and Aram captured Jair's Villages along with Kenath and its villages-60 towns. All these were the sons of Machir father of Gilead.24After Hezron's death in Caleb-ephrathah, his wife Abijah bore him Ashhur the father of Tekoa. 25The sons of Jerahmeel, Hezron's firstborn: Ram, his firstborn, Bunah, Oren, Ozem, and Ahijah.26Jerahmeel had another wife named Atarah, who was the mother of Onam. 27The sons of Ram, Jerahmeel's firstborn: Maaz, Jamin, and Eker. 28Onam's sons: Shammai and Jada. Shammai's sons: Nadab and Abishur.29Abishur's wife was named Abihail, who bore him Ahban and Molid. 30Nadab's sons: Seled and Appaim. Seled died without children. 31Appaim's son: Ishi. Ishi's son: Sheshan. Sheshan's descendant: Ahlai. 32The sons of Jada brother of Shammai: Jether and Jonathan. Jether died without children. 33Jonathan's sons: Peleth and Zaza. These were the descendants of Jerahmeel. 34Sheshan had no sons, only daughters, but he did have an Egyptian servant whose name was Jarha.35Sheshan gave his daughter in marriage to his servant Jarha, and she bore him Attai. 36Attai fathered Nathan, and Nathan fathered Zabad. 37Zabad fathered Ephlal, and Ephlal fathered Obed. 38Obed fathered Jehu, and Jehu fathered Azariah. 39Azariah fathered Helez, and Helez fathered Eleasah. 40Eleasah fathered Sismai, and Sismai fathered Shallum. 41Shallum fathered Jekamiah, and Jekamiah fathered Elishama. 42The sons of Caleb brother of Jerahmeel: Mesha, his firstborn, fathered Ziph, and Mareshah, his second son, fathered Hebron. 43Hebron's sons: Korah, Tappuah, Rekem, and Shema. 44Shema fathered Raham, who fathered Jorkeam, and Rekem fathered Shammai. 45Shammai's son was Maon, and Maon fathered Beth-zur. 46Caleb's concubine Ephah was the mother of Haran, Moza, and Gazez. Haran fathered Gazez. 47Jahdai's sons: Regem, Jotham, Geshan, Pelet, Ephah, and Shaaph. 48Caleb's concubine Maacah was the mother of Sheber and Tirhanah.49She was also the mother of Shaaph, Madmannah's father, and of Sheva, the father of Machbenah and Gibea. Caleb's daughter was Achsah. 50These were Caleb's descendants. The sons of Hur, Ephrathah's firstborn: Shobal fathered Kiriath-jearim; 51Salma fathered Bethlehem, and Hareph fathered Beth-gader. 52These were the descendants of Shobal the father of Kiriath-jearim: Haroeh, half of the Manahathites,53and the families of Kiriath-jearim-the Ithrites, Puthites, Shumathites, and Mishraites. The Zorathites and Eshtaolites descended from these. 54Salma's sons: Bethlehem, the Netophathites, Atroth-beth-joab, and half of the Manahathites, the Zorites,55and the families of scribes who lived in Jabez-the Tirathites, Shimeathites, and Sucathites. These are the Kenites who came from Hammath, the father of Rechab's family.
1A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet. According to Shigionoth. 2Lord, I have heard the report about You; Lord, I stand in awe of Your deeds. Revive [Your work] in these years; make [it] known in these years. In [Your] wrath remember mercy! 3God comes from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah His splendor covers the heavens, and the earth is full of His praise. 4[His] brilliance is like light; rays are flashing from His hand. This is where His power is hidden. 5Plague goes before Him, and pestilence follows in His steps. 6He stands and shakes the earth; He looks and startles the nations. The age-old mountains break apart; the ancient hills sink down. His pathways are ancient. 7I see the tents of Cushan in distress; the tent curtains of the land of Midian tremble. 8Are You angry at the rivers, Lord? Is Your wrath against the rivers? Or is Your rage against the sea when You ride on Your horses, Your victorious chariot? 9You took the sheath from Your bow; the arrows are ready to be used with an oath. Selah You split the earth with rivers. 10The mountains see You and shudder; a downpour of water sweeps by. The deep roars with its voice and lifts its waves high. 11Sun and moon stand still in [their] lofty residence, at the flash of Your flying arrows, at the brightness of Your shining spear. 12You march across the earth with indignation; You trample down the nations in wrath. 13You come out to save Your people, to save Your anointed. You crush the leader of the house of the wicked and strip [him] from foot to neck. Selah 14You pierce his head with his own spears; his warriors storm out to scatter us, gloating as if ready to secretly devour the weak. 15You tread the sea with Your horses, stirring up the great waters.
16I heard, and I trembled within; my lips quivered at the sound. Rottenness entered my bones; I trembled where I stood. Now I must quietly wait for the day of distress to come against the people invading us. 17Though the fig tree does not bud and there is no fruit 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 triumph in the Lord; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation!