1As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.2Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.3Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.4There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;5one Lord, one faith, one baptism;6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.7But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.8This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.”9(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions ?10He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)11So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,12to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up13until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.14Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.16From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
1I looked, and I saw the likeness of a throne of lapis lazuli above the vault that was over the heads of the cherubim.2The LORD said to the man clothed in linen, “Go in among the wheels beneath the cherubim. Fill your hands with burning coals from among the cherubim and scatter them over the city.” And as I watched, he went in.3Now the cherubim were standing on the south side of the temple when the man went in, and a cloud filled the inner court.4Then the glory of the LORD rose from above the cherubim and moved to the threshold of the temple. The cloud filled the temple, and the court was full of the radiance of the glory of the LORD.5The sound of the wings of the cherubim could be heard as far away as the outer court, like the voice of God Almighty when he speaks.6When the LORD commanded the man in linen, “Take fire from among the wheels, from among the cherubim,” the man went in and stood beside a wheel.7Then one of the cherubim reached out his hand to the fire that was among them. He took up some of it and put it into the hands of the man in linen, who took it and went out.8(Under the wings of the cherubim could be seen what looked like human hands.)9I looked, and I saw beside the cherubim four wheels, one beside each of the cherubim; the wheels sparkled like topaz.10As for their appearance, the four of them looked alike; each was like a wheel intersecting a wheel.11As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the cherubim faced; the wheels did not turn about as the cherubim went. The cherubim went in whatever direction the head faced, without turning as they went.12Their entire bodies, including their backs, their hands and their wings, were completely full of eyes, as were their four wheels.13I heard the wheels being called “the whirling wheels.”14Each of the cherubim had four faces: One face was that of a cherub, the second the face of a human being, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.15Then the cherubim rose upward. These were the living creatures I had seen by the Kebar River.16When the cherubim moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the cherubim spread their wings to rise from the ground, the wheels did not leave their side.17When the cherubim stood still, they also stood still; and when the cherubim rose, they rose with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in them.18Then the glory of the LORD departed from over the threshold of the temple and stopped above the cherubim.19While I watched, the cherubim spread their wings and rose from the ground, and as they went, the wheels went with them. They stopped at the entrance of the east gate of the LORD’s house, and the glory of the God of Israel was above them.20These were the living creatures I had seen beneath the God of Israel by the Kebar River, and I realized that they were cherubim.21Each had four faces and four wings, and under their wings was what looked like human hands.22Their faces had the same appearance as those I had seen by the Kebar River. Each one went straight ahead.
1Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the gate of the house of the LORD that faces east. There at the entrance of the gate were twenty-five men, and I saw among them Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah son of Benaiah, leaders of the people.2The LORD said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who are plotting evil and giving wicked advice in this city.3They say, ‘Haven’t our houses been recently rebuilt? This city is a pot, and we are the meat in it.’4Therefore prophesy against them; prophesy, son of man.”5Then the Spirit of the LORD came on me, and he told me to say: “This is what the LORD says: That is what you are saying, you leaders in Israel, but I know what is going through your mind.6You have killed many people in this city and filled its streets with the dead.7“Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: The bodies you have thrown there are the meat and this city is the pot, but I will drive you out of it.8You fear the sword, and the sword is what I will bring against you, declares the Sovereign LORD.9I will drive you out of the city and deliver you into the hands of foreigners and inflict punishment on you.10You will fall by the sword, and I will execute judgment on you at the borders of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD.11This city will not be a pot for you, nor will you be the meat in it; I will execute judgment on you at the borders of Israel.12And you will know that I am the LORD, for you have not followed my decrees or kept my laws but have conformed to the standards of the nations around you.”13Now as I was prophesying, Pelatiah son of Benaiah died. Then I fell facedown and cried out in a loud voice, “Alas, Sovereign LORD! Will you completely destroy the remnant of Israel?”
14The word of the LORD came to me:15“Son of man, the people of Jerusalem have said of your fellow exiles and all the other Israelites, ‘They are far away from the LORD; this land was given to us as our possession.’16“Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Although I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.’17“Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.’18“They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols.19I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.20Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.21But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their vile images and detestable idols, I will bring down on their own heads what they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD.”22Then the cherubim, with the wheels beside them, spread their wings, and the glory of the God of Israel was above them.23The glory of the LORD went up from within the city and stopped above the mountain east of it.24The Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the exiles in Babylonia in the vision given by the Spirit of God. Then the vision I had seen went up from me,25and I told the exiles everything the LORD had shown me.
1“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations.2He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets.3A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;4he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”5This is what God the LORD says— the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it:6“I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles,7to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.8“I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.9See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.”
10Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them.11Let the wilderness and its towns raise their voices; let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice. Let the people of Sela sing for joy; let them shout from the mountaintops.12Let them give glory to the LORDand proclaim his praise in the islands.13The LORD will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies.14“For a long time I have kept silent, I have been quiet and held myself back. But now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant.15I will lay waste the mountains and hills and dry up all their vegetation; I will turn rivers into islands and dry up the pools.16I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.17But those who trust in idols, who say to images, ‘You are our gods,’ will be turned back in utter shame.
18“Hear, you deaf; look, you blind, and see!19Who is blind but my servant, and deaf like the messenger I send? Who is blind like the one in covenant with me, blind like the servant of the LORD?20You have seen many things, but you pay no attention; your ears are open, but you do not listen.”21It pleased the LORDfor the sake of his righteousness to make his law great and glorious.22But this is a people plundered and looted, all of them trapped in pits or hidden away in prisons. They have become plunder, with no one to rescue them; they have been made loot, with no one to say, “Send them back.”23Which of you will listen to this or pay close attention in time to come?24Who handed Jacob over to become loot, and Israel to the plunderers? Was it not the LORD, against whom we have sinned? For they would not follow his ways; they did not obey his law.25So he poured out on them his burning anger, the violence of war. It enveloped them in flames, yet they did not understand; it consumed them, but they did not take it to heart.