1Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead),2and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia:3Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ,4who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,5to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.6I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,7which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.8But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.9As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.10For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.11But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.12For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.13For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it.14And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.15But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb and called me through His grace,16to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood,17nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.18Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days.19But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord's brother.20(Now concerning the things which I write to you, indeed, before God, I do not lie.)21Afterward I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.22And I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea which were in Christ.23But they were hearing only, "He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy."24And they glorified God in me.
1The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Philistines, before Pharaoh attacked Gaza.2Thus says the Lord: "Behold, waters rise out of the north, And shall be an overflowing flood; They shall overflow the land and all that is in it, The city and those who dwell within; Then the men shall cry, And all the inhabitants of the land shall wail.3At the noise of the stamping hooves of his strong horses, At the rushing of his chariots, At the rumbling of his wheels, The fathers will not look back for their children, Lacking courage,4Because of the day that comes to plunder all the Philistines, To cut off from Tyre and Sidon every helper who remains; For the Lord shall plunder the Philistines, The remnant of the country of Caphtor.5Baldness has come upon Gaza, Ashkelon is cut off With the remnant of their valley. How long will you cut yourself?6"O you sword of the Lord, How long until you are quiet? Put yourself up into your scabbard, Rest and be still!7How can it be quiet, Seeing the Lord has given it a charge Against Ashkelon and against the seashore? There He has appointed it."
1Against Moab. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: "Woe to Nebo! For it is plundered, Kirjathaim is shamed and taken; The high stronghold is shamed and dismayed--2No more praise of Moab. In Heshbon they have devised evil against her: 'Come, and let us cut her off as a nation.' You also shall be cut down, O Madmen! The sword shall pursue you;3A voice of crying shall be from Horonaim: 'Plundering and great destruction!'4"Moab is destroyed; Her little ones have caused a cry to be heard; 5For in the Ascent of Luhith they ascend with continual weeping; For in the descent of Horonaim the enemies have heard a cry of destruction.6"Flee, save your lives! And be like the juniper in the wilderness.7For because you have trusted in your works and your treasures, You also shall be taken. And Chemosh shall go forth into captivity, His priests and his princes together.8And the plunderer shall come against every city; No one shall escape. The valley also shall perish, And the plain shall be destroyed, As the Lord has spoken.9"Give wings to Moab, That she may flee and get away; For her cities shall be desolate, Without any to dwell in them.10Cursed is he who does the work of the Lord deceitfully, And cursed is he who keeps back his sword from blood.11"Moab has been at ease from his youth; He has settled on his dregs, And has not been emptied from vessel to vessel, Nor has he gone into captivity. Therefore his taste remained in him, And his scent has not changed.12"Therefore behold, the days are coming," says the Lord, "That I shall send him wine-workers Who will tip him over And empty his vessels And break the bottles.13Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, As the house of Israel was ashamed of Bethel, their confidence.14"How can you say, 'We are mighty And strong men for the war'?15Moab is plundered and gone up from her cities; Her chosen young men have gone down to the slaughter," says the King, Whose name is the Lord of hosts.16"The calamity of Moab is near at hand, And his affliction comes quickly.17Bemoan him, all you who are around him; And all you who know his name, Say, 'How the strong staff is broken, The beautiful rod!'18"O daughter inhabiting Dibon, Come down from your glory, And sit in thirst; For the plunderer of Moab has come against you, He has destroyed your strongholds.19O inhabitant of Aroer, Stand by the way and watch; Ask him who flees And her who escapes; Say, 'What has happened?'20Moab is shamed, for he is broken down. Wail and cry! Tell it in Arnon, that Moab is plundered.21"And judgment has come on the plain country: On Holon and Jahzah and Mephaath,22On Dibon and Nebo and Beth Diblathaim,23On Kirjathaim and Beth Gamul and Beth Meon,24On Kerioth and Bozrah, On all the cities of the land of Moab, Far or near.25The horn of Moab is cut off, And his arm is broken," says the Lord.26"Make him drunk, Because he exalted himself against the Lord. Moab shall wallow in his vomit, And he shall also be in derision.27For was not Israel a derision to you? Was he found among thieves? For whenever you speak of him, You shake your head in scorn.28You who dwell in Moab, Leave the cities and dwell in the rock, And be like the dove which makes her nest In the sides of the cave's mouth.29"We have heard the pride of Moab (He is exceedingly proud), Of his loftiness and arrogance and pride, And of the haughtiness of his heart."30"I know his wrath," says the Lord, "But it is not right; His lies have made nothing right.31Therefore I will wail for Moab, And I will cry out for all Moab; I will mourn for the men of Kir Heres.32O vine of Sibmah! I will weep for you with the weeping of Jazer. Your plants have gone over the sea, They reach to the sea of Jazer. The plunderer has fallen on your summer fruit and your vintage.33Joy and gladness are taken From the plentiful field And from the land of Moab; I have caused wine to fail from the winepresses; No one will tread with joyous shouting-- Not joyous shouting!34"From the cry of Heshbon to Elealeh and to Jahaz They have uttered their voice, From Zoar to Horonaim, Like a three-year-old heifer; For the waters of Nimrim also shall be desolate.35"Moreover," says the Lord, "I will cause to cease in Moab The one who offers sacrifices in the high places And burns incense to his gods.36Therefore My heart shall wail like flutes for Moab, And like flutes My heart shall wail For the men of Kir Heres. Therefore the riches they have acquired have perished.37"For every head shall be bald, and every beard clipped; On all the hands shall be cuts, and on the loins sackcloth--38A general lamentation On all the housetops of Moab, And in its streets; For I have broken Moab like a vessel in which is no pleasure," says the Lord.39"They shall wail: 'How she is broken down! How Moab has turned her back with shame!' So Moab shall be a derision And a dismay to all those about her."40For thus says the Lord: "Behold, one shall fly like an eagle, And spread his wings over Moab.41Kerioth is taken, And the strongholds are surprised; The mighty men's hearts in Moab on that day shall be Like the heart of a woman in birth pangs.42And Moab shall be destroyed as a people, Because he exalted himself against the Lord.43Fear and the pit and the snare shall be upon you, O inhabitant of Moab," says the Lord.44"He who flees from the fear shall fall into the pit, And he who gets out of the pit shall be caught in the snare. For upon Moab, upon it I will bring The year of their punishment," says the Lord.45"Those who fled stood under the shadow of Heshbon Because of exhaustion. But a fire shall come out of Heshbon, A flame from the midst of Sihon, And shall devour the brow of Moab, The crown of the head of the sons of tumult.46Woe to you, O Moab! The people of Chemosh perish; For your sons have been taken captive, And your daughters captive.47"Yet I will bring back the captives of Moab In the latter days," says the Lord. Thus far is the judgment of Moab.
1A Contemplation of David. A Prayer when he was in the cave. I cry out to the Lord with my voice; With my voice to the Lord I make my supplication.2I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble.3When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk They have secretly set a snare for me.4Look on my right hand and see, For there is no one who acknowledges me; Refuge has failed me; No one cares for my soul.5I cried out to You, O Lord: I said, "You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.6Attend to my cry, For I am brought very low; Deliver me from my persecutors, For they are stronger than I.7Bring my soul out of prison, That I may praise Your name; The righteous shall surround me, For You shall deal bountifully with me."