1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,2To Timothy, my dear son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.4Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy.5I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.
6For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.7For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.8So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.9He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,10but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.11And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher.12That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.13What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus.14Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
15You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes.16May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains.17On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me.18May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus.
1“Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, look around and consider, search through her squares. If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I will forgive this city.2Although they say, ‘As surely as the LORD lives,’ still they are swearing falsely.”3LORD, do not your eyes look for truth? You struck them, but they felt no pain; you crushed them, but they refused correction. They made their faces harder than stone and refused to repent.4I thought, “These are only the poor; they are foolish, for they do not know the way of the LORD, the requirements of their God.5So I will go to the leaders and speak to them; surely they know the way of the LORD, the requirements of their God.” But with one accord they too had broken off the yoke and torn off the bonds.6Therefore a lion from the forest will attack them, a wolf from the desert will ravage them, a leopard will lie in wait near their towns to tear to pieces any who venture out, for their rebellion is great and their backslidings many.7“Why should I forgive you? Your children have forsaken me and sworn by gods that are not gods. I supplied all their needs, yet they committed adultery and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.8They are well-fed, lusty stallions, each neighing for another man’s wife.9Should I not punish them for this?” declares the LORD. “Should I not avenge myself on such a nation as this?10“Go through her vineyards and ravage them, but do not destroy them completely. Strip off her branches, for these people do not belong to the LORD.11The people of Israel and the people of Judah have been utterly unfaithful to me,” declares the LORD.12They have lied about the LORD; they said, “He will do nothing! No harm will come to us; we will never see sword or famine.13The prophets are but wind and the word is not in them; so let what they say be done to them.”14Therefore this is what the LORD God Almighty says: “Because the people have spoken these words, I will make my words in your mouth a fire and these people the wood it consumes.15People of Israel,” declares the LORD, “I am bringing a distant nation against you— an ancient and enduring nation, a people whose language you do not know, whose speech you do not understand.16Their quivers are like an open grave; all of them are mighty warriors.17They will devour your harvests and food, devour your sons and daughters; they will devour your flocks and herds, devour your vines and fig trees. With the sword they will destroy the fortified cities in which you trust.18“Yet even in those days,” declares the LORD, “I will not destroy you completely.19And when the people ask, ‘Why has the LORD our God done all this to us?’ you will tell them, ‘As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods in your own land, so now you will serve foreigners in a land not your own.’20“Announce this to the descendants of Jacob and proclaim it in Judah:21Hear this, you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear:22Should you not fear me?” declares the LORD. “Should you not tremble in my presence? I made the sand a boundary for the sea, an everlasting barrier it cannot cross. The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail; they may roar, but they cannot cross it.23But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts; they have turned aside and gone away.24They do not say to themselves, ‘Let us fear the LORD our God, who gives autumn and spring rains in season, who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.’25Your wrongdoings have kept these away; your sins have deprived you of good.26“Among my people are the wicked who lie in wait like men who snare birds and like those who set traps to catch people.27Like cages full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; they have become rich and powerful28and have grown fat and sleek. Their evil deeds have no limit; they do not seek justice. They do not promote the case of the fatherless; they do not defend the just cause of the poor.29Should I not punish them for this?” declares the LORD. “Should I not avenge myself on such a nation as this?30“A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land:31The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?
1“Flee for safety, people of Benjamin! Flee from Jerusalem! Sound the trumpet in Tekoa! Raise the signal over Beth Hakkerem! For disaster looms out of the north, even terrible destruction.2I will destroy Daughter Zion, so beautiful and delicate.3Shepherds with their flocks will come against her; they will pitch their tents around her, each tending his own portion.”4“Prepare for battle against her! Arise, let us attack at noon! But, alas, the daylight is fading, and the shadows of evening grow long.5So arise, let us attack at night and destroy her fortresses!”6This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Cut down the trees and build siege ramps against Jerusalem. This city must be punished; it is filled with oppression.7As a well pours out its water, so she pours out her wickedness. Violence and destruction resound in her; her sickness and wounds are ever before me.8Take warning, Jerusalem, or I will turn away from you and make your land desolate so no one can live in it.”9This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Let them glean the remnant of Israel as thoroughly as a vine; pass your hand over the branches again, like one gathering grapes.”10To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to me? Their ears are closedso they cannot hear. The word of the LORD is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it.11But I am full of the wrath of the LORD, and I cannot hold it in. “Pour it out on the children in the street and on the young men gathered together; both husband and wife will be caught in it, and the old, those weighed down with years.12Their houses will be turned over to others, together with their fields and their wives, when I stretch out my hand against those who live in the land,” declares the LORD.13“From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit.14They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace.15Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush. So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when I punish them,” says the LORD.16This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’17I appointed watchmen over you and said, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But you said, ‘We will not listen.’18Therefore hear, you nations; you who are witnesses, observe what will happen to them.19Hear, you earth: I am bringing disaster on this people, the fruit of their schemes, because they have not listened to my words and have rejected my law.20What do I care about incense from Sheba or sweet calamus from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable; your sacrifices do not please me.”21Therefore this is what the LORD says: “I will put obstacles before this people. Parents and children alike will stumble over them; neighbors and friends will perish.”22This is what the LORD says: “Look, an army is coming from the land of the north; a great nation is being stirred up from the ends of the earth.23They are armed with bow and spear; they are cruel and show no mercy. They sound like the roaring sea as they ride on their horses; they come like men in battle formation to attack you, Daughter Zion.”24We have heard reports about them, and our hands hang limp. Anguish has gripped us, pain like that of a woman in labor.25Do not go out to the fields or walk on the roads, for the enemy has a sword, and there is terror on every side.26Put on sackcloth, my people, and roll in ashes; mourn with bitter wailing as for an only son, for suddenly the destroyer will come upon us.27“I have made you a tester of metals and my people the ore, that you may observe and test their ways.28They are all hardened rebels, going about to slander. They are bronze and iron; they all act corruptly.29The bellows blow fiercely to burn away the lead with fire, but the refining goes on in vain; the wicked are not purged out.30They are called rejected silver, because the LORD has rejected them.”
1I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from?2My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.3He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber;4indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.5The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand;6the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.7The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life;8the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.