1But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.2People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,3without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,4treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—5having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.6They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires,7always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.8Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected.9But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.10You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance,11persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them.12In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,13while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,15and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,17so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
1Oh, that my head were a spring of water and my eyes a fountain of tears! I would weep day and night for the slain of my people.2Oh, that I had in the desert a lodging place for travelers, so that I might leave my people and go away from them; for they are all adulterers, a crowd of unfaithful people.3“They make ready their tongue like a bow, to shoot lies; it is not by truth that they triumph in the land. They go from one sin to another; they do not acknowledge me,” declares the LORD.4“Beware of your friends; do not trust anyone in your clan. For every one of them is a deceiver,and every friend a slanderer.5Friend deceives friend, and no one speaks the truth. They have taught their tongues to lie; they weary themselves with sinning.6You live in the midst of deception; in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me,” declares the LORD.7Therefore this is what the LORD Almighty says: “See, I will refine and test them, for what else can I do because of the sin of my people?8Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaks deceitfully. With their mouths they all speak cordially to their neighbors, but in their hearts they set traps for them.9Should I not punish them for this?” declares the LORD. “Should I not avenge myself on such a nation as this?”10I will weep and wail for the mountains and take up a lament concerning the wilderness grasslands. They are desolate and untraveled, and the lowing of cattle is not heard. The birds have all fled and the animals are gone.11“I will make Jerusalem a heap of ruins, a haunt of jackals; and I will lay waste the towns of Judah so no one can live there.”12Who is wise enough to understand this? Who has been instructed by the LORD and can explain it? Why has the land been ruined and laid waste like a desert that no one can cross?13The LORD said, “It is because they have forsaken my law, which I set before them; they have not obeyed me or followed my law.14Instead, they have followed the stubbornness of their hearts; they have followed the Baals, as their ancestors taught them.”15Therefore this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “See, I will make this people eat bitter food and drink poisoned water.16I will scatter them among nations that neither they nor their ancestors have known, and I will pursue them with the sword until I have made an end of them.”17This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Consider now! Call for the wailing women to come; send for the most skillful of them.18Let them come quickly and wail over us till our eyes overflow with tears and water streams from our eyelids.19The sound of wailing is heard from Zion: ‘How ruined we are! How great is our shame! We must leave our land because our houses are in ruins.’ ”20Now, you women, hear the word of the LORD; open your ears to the words of his mouth. Teach your daughters how to wail; teach one another a lament.21Death has climbed in through our windows and has entered our fortresses; it has removed the children from the streets and the young men from the public squares.22Say, “This is what the LORD declares: “ ‘Dead bodies will lie like dung on the open field, like cut grain behind the reaper, with no one to gather them.’ ”23This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches,24but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.25“The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh—26Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab and all who live in the wilderness in distant places. For all these nations are really uncircumcised, and even the whole house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart.”
1Hear what the LORD says to you, people of Israel.2This is what the LORD says: “Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the heavens, though the nations are terrified by them.3For the practices of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel.4They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.5Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good.”6No one is like you, LORD; you are great, and your name is mighty in power.7Who should not fear you, King of the nations? This is your due. Among all the wise leaders of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you.8They are all senseless and foolish; they are taught by worthless wooden idols.9Hammered silver is brought from Tarshish and gold from Uphaz. What the craftsman and goldsmith have made is then dressed in blue and purple— all made by skilled workers.10But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King. When he is angry, the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure his wrath.11“Tell them this: ‘These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish from the earth and from under the heavens.’ ”12But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.13When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.14Everyone is senseless and without knowledge; every goldsmith is shamed by his idols. The images he makes are a fraud; they have no breath in them.15They are worthless, the objects of mockery; when their judgment comes, they will perish.16He who is the Portion of Jacob is not like these, for he is the Maker of all things, including Israel, the people of his inheritance— the LORD Almighty is his name.
17Gather up your belongings to leave the land, you who live under siege.18For this is what the LORD says: “At this time I will hurl out those who live in this land; I will bring distress on them so that they may be captured.”19Woe to me because of my injury! My wound is incurable! Yet I said to myself, “This is my sickness, and I must endure it.”20My tent is destroyed; all its ropes are snapped. My children are gone from me and are no more; no one is left now to pitch my tent or to set up my shelter.21The shepherds are senseless and do not inquire of the LORD; so they do not prosper and all their flock is scattered.22Listen! The report is coming— a great commotion from the land of the north! It will make the towns of Judah desolate, a haunt of jackals.
23LORD, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps.24Discipline me, LORD, but only in due measure— not in your anger, or you will reduce me to nothing.25Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the peoples who do not call on your name. For they have devoured Jacob; they have devoured him completely and destroyed his homeland.
1I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven.2As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till he shows us his mercy.3Have mercy on us, LORD, have mercy on us, for we have endured no end of contempt.4We have endured no end of ridicule from the arrogant, of contempt from the proud.