1Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you,2and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.3But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.4And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you.5Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.6But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us.7For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you;8nor did we eat anyone's bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you,9not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us.10For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.11For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies.12Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.13But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.14And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed.15Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.16Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.17The salutation of Paul with my own hand, which is a sign in every epistle; so I write.18The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
1"Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! Add year to year; Let feasts come around.2Yet I will distress Ariel; There shall be heaviness and sorrow, And it shall be to Me as Ariel.3I will encamp against you all around, I will lay siege against you with a mound, And I will raise siegeworks against you.4You shall be brought down, You shall speak out of the ground; Your speech shall be low, out of the dust; Your voice shall be like a medium's, out of the ground; And your speech shall whisper out of the dust.5"Moreover the multitude of your foes Shall be like fine dust, And the multitude of the terrible ones Like chaff that passes away; Yes, it shall be in an instant, suddenly.6You will be punished by the Lord of hosts With thunder and earthquake and great noise, With storm and tempest And the flame of devouring fire.7The multitude of all the nations who fight against Ariel, Even all who fight against her and her fortress, And distress her, Shall be as a dream of a night vision.8It shall even be as when a hungry man dreams, And look--he eats; But he awakes, and his soul is still empty; Or as when a thirsty man dreams, And look--he drinks; But he awakes, and indeed he is faint, And his soul still craves: So the multitude of all the nations shall be, Who fight against Mount Zion."9Pause and wonder! Blind yourselves and be blind! They are drunk, but not with wine; They stagger, but not with intoxicating drink.10For the Lord has poured out on you The spirit of deep sleep, And has closed your eyes, namely, the prophets; And He has covered your heads, namely, the seers.11The whole vision has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one who is literate, saying, "Read this, please." And he says, "I cannot, for it is sealed."12Then the book is delivered to one who is illiterate, saying, "Read this, please." And he says, "I am not literate."13Therefore the Lord said: "Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,14Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work Among this people, A marvelous work and a wonder; For the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, And the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden."15Woe to those who seek deep to hide their counsel far from the Lord, And their works are in the dark; They say, "Who sees us?" and, "Who knows us?"16Surely you have things turned around! Shall the potter be esteemed as the clay; For shall the thing made say of him who made it, "He did not make me"? Or shall the thing formed say of him who formed it, "He has no understanding"?17Is it not yet a very little while Till Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, And the fruitful field be esteemed as a forest?18In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, And the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness.19The humble also shall increase their joy in the Lord, And the poor among men shall rejoice In the Holy One of Israel.20For the terrible one is brought to nothing, The scornful one is consumed, And all who watch for iniquity are cut off--21Who make a man an offender by a word, And lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate, And turn aside the just by empty words.22Therefore thus says the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: "Jacob shall not now be ashamed, Nor shall his face now grow pale;23But when he sees his children, The work of My hands, in his midst, They will hallow My name, And hallow the Holy One of Jacob, And fear the God of Israel.24These also who erred in spirit will come to understanding, And those who complained will learn doctrine."
1"Woe to the rebellious children," says the Lord, "Who take counsel, but not of Me, And who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, That they may add sin to sin;2Who walk to go down to Egypt, And have not asked My advice, To strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, And to trust in the shadow of Egypt!3Therefore the strength of Pharaoh Shall be your shame, And trust in the shadow of Egypt Shall be your humiliation.4For his princes were at Zoan, And his ambassadors came to Hanes.5They were all ashamed of a people who could not benefit them, Or be help or benefit, But a shame and also a reproach."6The burden against the beasts of the South. Through a land of trouble and anguish, From which came the lioness and lion, The viper and fiery flying serpent, They will carry their riches on the backs of young donkeys, And their treasures on the humps of camels, To a people who shall not profit;7For the Egyptians shall help in vain and to no purpose. Therefore I have called her Rahab-Hem-Shebeth. 8Now go, write it before them on a tablet, And note it on a scroll, That it may be for time to come, Forever and ever:9That this is a rebellious people, Lying children, Children who will not hear the law of the Lord;10Who say to the seers, "Do not see," And to the prophets, "Do not prophesy to us right things; Speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits.11Get out of the way, Turn aside from the path, Cause the Holy One of Israel To cease from before us."12Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel: "Because you despise this word, And trust in oppression and perversity, And rely on them,13Therefore this iniquity shall be to you Like a breach ready to fall, A bulge in a high wall, Whose breaking comes suddenly, in an instant.14And He shall break it like the breaking of the potter's vessel, Which is broken in pieces; He shall not spare. So there shall not be found among its fragments A shard to take fire from the hearth, Or to take water from the cistern."15For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: "In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength." But you would not,16And you said, "No, for we will flee on horses"-- Therefore you shall flee! And, "We will ride on swift horses"-- Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift!17One thousand shall flee at the threat of one, At the threat of five you shall flee, Till you are left as a pole on top of a mountain And as a banner on a hill.18Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him.19For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; You shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; When He hears it, He will answer you.20And though the Lord gives you The bread of adversity and the water of affliction, Yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore, But your eyes shall see your teachers.21Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way, walk in it," Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.22You will also defile the covering of your graven images of silver, And the ornament of your molded images of gold. You will throw them away as an unclean thing; You will say to them, "Get away!"23Then He will give the rain for your seed With which you sow the ground, And bread of the increase of the earth; It will be fat and plentiful. In that day your cattle will feed In large pastures.24Likewise the oxen and the young donkeys that work the ground Will eat cured fodder, Which has been winnowed with the shovel and fan.25There will be on every high mountain And on every high hill Rivers and streams of waters, In the day of the great slaughter, When the towers fall.26Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, And the light of the sun will be sevenfold, As the light of seven days, In the day that the Lord binds up the bruise of His people And heals the stroke of their wound.27Behold, the name of the Lord comes from afar, Burning with His anger, And His burden is heavy; His lips are full of indignation, And His tongue like a devouring fire.28His breath is like an overflowing stream, Which reaches up to the neck, To sift the nations with the sieve of futility; And there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, Causing them to err.29You shall have a song As in the night when a holy festival is kept, And gladness of heart as when one goes with a flute, To come into the mountain of the Lord, To the Mighty One of Israel.30The Lord will cause His glorious voice to be heard, And show the descent of His arm, With the indignation of His anger And the flame of a devouring fire, With scattering, tempest, and hailstones.31For through the voice of the Lord Assyria will be beaten down, As He strikes with the rod.32And in every place where the staff of punishment passes, Which the Lord lays on him, It will be with tambourines and harps; And in battles of brandishing He will fight with it.33For Tophet was established of old, Yes, for the king it is prepared. He has made it deep and large; Its pyre is fire with much wood; The breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone, Kindles it.
1Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the Lord!2Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!3They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways.4You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently.5Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes!6Then I would not be ashamed, When I look into all Your commandments.7I will praise You with uprightness of heart, When I learn Your righteous judgments.8I will keep Your statutes; Oh, do not forsake me utterly!9How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.10With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!11Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You!12Blessed are You, O Lord! Teach me Your statutes!13With my lips I have declared All the judgments of Your mouth.14I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, As much as in all riches.15I will meditate on Your precepts, And contemplate Your ways.16I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.17Deal bountifully with Your servant, That I may live and keep Your word.18Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law.19I am a stranger in the earth; Do not hide Your commandments from me.20My soul breaks with longing For Your judgments at all times.21You rebuke the proud--the cursed, Who stray from Your commandments.22Remove from me reproach and contempt, For I have kept Your testimonies.23Princes also sit and speak against me, But Your servant meditates on Your statutes.24Your testimonies also are my delight And my counselors.25My soul clings to the dust; Revive me according to Your word.26I have declared my ways, and You answered me; Teach me Your statutes.27Make me understand the way of Your precepts; So shall I meditate on Your wondrous works.28My soul melts from heaviness; Strengthen me according to Your word.29Remove from me the way of lying, And grant me Your law graciously.30I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me.31I cling to Your testimonies; O Lord, do not put me to shame!32I will run the course of Your commandments, For You shall enlarge my heart.