1Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters,2not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come.3Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.4He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.5Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things?6And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time.7For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.9The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie,10and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.11For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie12and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
13But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.14He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.15So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.16May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,17encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
1In that day, the LORD will punish with his sword— his fierce, great and powerful sword— Leviathan the gliding serpent, Leviathan the coiling serpent; he will slay the monster of the sea.2In that day— “Sing about a fruitful vineyard:3I, the LORD, watch over it; I water it continually. I guard it day and night so that no one may harm it.4I am not angry. If only there were briers and thorns confronting me! I would march against them in battle; I would set them all on fire.5Or else let them come to me for refuge; let them make peace with me, yes, let them make peace with me.”6In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit.7Has the LORD struck her as he struck down those who struck her? Has she been killed as those were killed who killed her?8By warfare and exile you contend with her— with his fierce blast he drives her out, as on a day the east wind blows.9By this, then, will Jacob’s guilt be atoned for, and this will be the full fruit of the removal of his sin: When he makes all the altar stones to be like limestone crushed to pieces, no Asherah poles or incense altars will be left standing.10The fortified city stands desolate, an abandoned settlement, forsaken like the wilderness; there the calves graze, there they lie down; they strip its branches bare.11When its twigs are dry, they are broken off and women come and make fires with them. For this is a people without understanding; so their Maker has no compassion on them, and their Creator shows them no favor.12In that day the LORD will thresh from the flowing Euphrates to the Wadi of Egypt, and you, Israel, will be gathered up one by one.13And in that day a great trumpet will sound. Those who were perishing in Assyria and those who were exiled in Egypt will come and worship the LORD on the holy mountain in Jerusalem.
1Woe to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards, to the fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley— to that city, the pride of those laid low by wine!2See, the Lord has one who is powerful and strong. Like a hailstorm and a destructive wind, like a driving rain and a flooding downpour, he will throw it forcefully to the ground.3That wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards, will be trampled underfoot.4That fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley, will be like figs ripe before harvest— as soon as people see them and take them in hand, they swallow them.5In that day the LORD Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people.6He will be a spirit of justice to the one who sits in judgment, a source of strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.7And these also stagger from wine and reel from beer: Priests and prophets stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions, they stumble when rendering decisions.8All the tables are covered with vomit and there is not a spot without filth.9“Who is it he is trying to teach? To whom is he explaining his message? To children weaned from their milk, to those just taken from the breast?10For it is: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that ; a little here, a little there.”11Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people,12to whom he said, “This is the resting place, let the weary rest”; and, “This is the place of repose”— but they would not listen.13So then, the word of the LORD to them will become: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that; a little here, a little there— so that as they go they will fall backward; they will be injured and snared and captured.14Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scoffers who rule this people in Jerusalem.15You boast, “We have entered into a covenant with death, with the realm of the dead we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by, it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place.”16So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.17I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place.18Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the realm of the dead will not stand. When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by, you will be beaten down by it.19As often as it comes it will carry you away; morning after morning, by day and by night, it will sweep through.” The understanding of this message will bring sheer terror.20The bed is too short to stretch out on, the blanket too narrow to wrap around you.21The LORD will rise up as he did at Mount Perazim, he will rouse himself as in the Valley of Gibeon— to do his work, his strange work, and perform his task, his alien task.22Now stop your mocking, or your chains will become heavier; the Lord, the LORD Almighty, has told me of the destruction decreed against the whole land.23Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say.24When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually? Does he keep on breaking up and working the soil?25When he has leveled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cumin? Does he not plant wheat in its place,barley in its plot,and spelt in its field?26His God instructs him and teaches him the right way.27Caraway is not threshed with a sledge, nor is the wheel of a cart rolled over cumin; caraway is beaten out with a rod, and cumin with a stick.28Grain must be ground to make bread; so one does not go on threshing it forever. The wheels of a threshing cart may be rolled over it, but one does not use horses to grind grain.29All this also comes from the LORD Almighty, whose plan is wonderful, whose wisdom is magnificent.
1Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.2Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.”3Let the house of Aaron say: “His love endures forever.”4Let those who fear the LORD say: “His love endures forever.”5When hard pressed, I cried to the LORD; he brought me into a spacious place.6The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?7The LORD is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies.8It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans.9It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.10All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the LORD I cut them down.11They surrounded me on every side, but in the name of the LORD I cut them down.12They swarmed around me like bees, but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the LORD I cut them down.13I was pushed back and about to fall, but the LORD helped me.14The LORD is my strength and my defense ; he has become my salvation.15Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!16The LORD’s right hand is lifted high; the LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!”17I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.18The LORD has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death.19Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.20This is the gate of the LORD through which the righteous may enter.21I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.22The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;23the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.24The LORD has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.25LORD, save us! LORD, grant us success!26Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. From the house of the LORD we bless you.27The LORD is God, and he has made his light shine on us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.28You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you.29Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.