14"So when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not" (let the reader understand), "then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.15Let him who is on the housetop not go down into the house, nor enter to take anything out of his house.16And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.17But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!18And pray that your flight may not be in winter.19For in those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be.20And unless the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days.21Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'Look, He is there!' do not believe it.22For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.23But take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand.24"But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light;25the stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.26Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.27And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven.28"Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.29So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near--at the doors!30Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.31Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.32"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.33Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.34It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch.35Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming--in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning--36lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping.37And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!"
1But Solomon took thirteen years to build his own house; so he finished all his house.2He also built the House of the Forest of Lebanon; its length was one hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits, with four rows of cedar pillars, and cedar beams on the pillars.3And it was paneled with cedar above the beams that were on forty-five pillars, fifteen to a row.4There were windows with beveled frames in three rows, and window was opposite window in three tiers.5And all the doorways and doorposts had rectangular frames; and window was opposite window in three tiers.6He also made the Hall of Pillars: its length was fifty cubits, and its width thirty cubits; and in front of them was a portico with pillars, and a canopy was in front of them.7Then he made a hall for the throne, the Hall of Judgment, where he might judge; and it was paneled with cedar from floor to ceiling. 8And the house where he dwelt had another court inside the hall, of like workmanship. Solomon also made a house like this hall for Pharaoh's daughter, whom he had taken as wife.9All these were of costly stones cut to size, trimmed with saws, inside and out, from the foundation to the eaves, and also on the outside to the great court.10The foundation was of costly stones, large stones, some ten cubits and some eight cubits.11And above were costly stones, hewn to size, and cedar wood.12The great court was enclosed with three rows of hewn stones and a row of cedar beams. So were the inner court of the house of the Lord and the vestibule of the temple.13Now King Solomon sent and brought Huram from Tyre.14He was the son of a widow from the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a bronze worker; he was filled with wisdom and understanding and skill in working with all kinds of bronze work. So he came to King Solomon and did all his work.15And he cast two pillars of bronze, each one eighteen cubits high, and a line of twelve cubits measured the circumference of each.16Then he made two capitals of cast bronze, to set on the tops of the pillars. The height of one capital was five cubits, and the height of the other capital was five cubits.17He made a lattice network, with wreaths of chainwork, for the capitals which were on top of the pillars: seven chains for one capital and seven for the other capital.18So he made the pillars, and two rows of pomegranates above the network all around to cover the capitals that were on top; and thus he did for the other capital.19The capitals which were on top of the pillars in the hall were in the shape of lilies, four cubits.20The capitals on the two pillars also had pomegranates above, by the convex surface which was next to the network; and there were two hundred such pomegranates in rows on each of the capitals all around.21Then he set up the pillars by the vestibule of the temple; he set up the pillar on the right and called its name Jachin, and he set up the pillar on the left and called its name Boaz.22The tops of the pillars were in the shape of lilies. So the work of the pillars was finished.23And he made the Sea of cast bronze, ten cubits from one brim to the other; it was completely round. Its height was five cubits, and a line of thirty cubits measured its circumference.24Below its brim were ornamental buds encircling it all around, ten to a cubit, all the way around the Sea. The ornamental buds were cast in two rows when it was cast.25It stood on twelve oxen: three looking toward the north, three looking toward the west, three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east; the Sea was set upon them, and all their back parts pointed inward.26It was a handbreadth thick; and its brim was shaped like the brim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It contained two thousand baths.27He also made ten carts of bronze; four cubits was the length of each cart, four cubits its width, and three cubits its height.28And this was the design of the carts: They had panels, and the panels were between frames;29on the panels that were between the frames were lions, oxen, and cherubim. And on the frames was a pedestal on top. Below the lions and oxen were wreaths of plaited work.30Every cart had four bronze wheels and axles of bronze, and its four feet had supports. Under the laver were supports of cast bronze beside each wreath.31Its opening inside the crown at the top was one cubit in diameter; and the opening was round, shaped like a pedestal, one and a half cubits in outside diameter; and also on the opening were engravings, but the panels were square, not round.32Under the panels were the four wheels, and the axles of the wheels were joined to the cart. The height of a wheel was one and a half cubits.33The workmanship of the wheels was like the workmanship of a chariot wheel; their axle pins, their rims, their spokes, and their hubs were all of cast bronze.34And there were four supports at the four corners of each cart; its supports were part of the cart itself.35On the top of the cart, at the height of half a cubit, it was perfectly round. And on the top of the cart, its flanges and its panels were of the same casting.36On the plates of its flanges and on its panels he engraved cherubim, lions, and palm trees, wherever there was a clear space on each, with wreaths all around.37Thus he made the ten carts. All of them were of the same mold, one measure, and one shape.38Then he made ten lavers of bronze; each laver contained forty baths, and each laver was four cubits. On each of the ten carts was a laver.39And he put five carts on the right side of the house, and five on the left side of the house. He set the Sea on the right side of the house, toward the southeast.40Huram made the lavers and the shovels and the bowls. So Huram finished doing all the work that he was to do for King Solomon for the house of the Lord:41the two pillars, the two bowl-shaped capitals that were on top of the two pillars; the two networks covering the two bowl-shaped capitals which were on top of the pillars;42four hundred pomegranates for the two networks (two rows of pomegranates for each network, to cover the two bowl-shaped capitals that were on top of the pillars);43the ten carts, and ten lavers on the carts;44one Sea, and twelve oxen under the Sea;45the pots, the shovels, and the bowls. All these articles which Huram made for King Solomon for the house of the Lord were of burnished bronze.46In the plain of Jordan the king had them cast in clay molds, between Succoth and Zaretan.47And Solomon did not weigh all the articles, because there were so many; the weight of the bronze was not determined.48Thus Solomon had all the furnishings made for the house of the Lord: the altar of gold, and the table of gold on which was the showbread;49the lampstands of pure gold, five on the right side and five on the left in front of the inner sanctuary, with the flowers and the lamps and the wick-trimmers of gold;50the basins, the trimmers, the bowls, the ladles, and the censers of pure gold; and the hinges of gold, both for the doors of the inner room (the Most Holy Place) and for the doors of the main hall of the temple.51So all the work that King Solomon had done for the house of the Lord was finished; and Solomon brought in the things which his father David had dedicated: the silver and the gold and the furnishings. He put them in the treasuries of the house of the Lord.
1Do not rejoice, O Israel, with joy like other peoples, For you have played the harlot against your God. You have made love for hire on every threshing floor.2The threshing floor and the winepress Shall not feed them, And the new wine shall fail in her.3They shall not dwell in the Lord's land, But Ephraim shall return to Egypt, And shall eat unclean things in Assyria.4They shall not offer wine offerings to the Lord, Nor shall their sacrifices be pleasing to Him. It shall be like bread of mourners to them; All who eat it shall be defiled. For their bread shall be for their own life; It shall not come into the house of the Lord.5What will you do in the appointed day, And in the day of the feast of the Lord?6For indeed they are gone because of destruction. Egypt shall gather them up; Memphis shall bury them. Nettles shall possess their valuables of silver; Thorns shall be in their tents.7The days of punishment have come; The days of recompense have come. Israel knows! The prophet is a fool, The spiritual man is insane, Because of the greatness of your iniquity and great enmity.8The watchman of Ephraim is with my God; But the prophet is a fowler's snare in all his ways-- Enmity in the house of his God.9They are deeply corrupted, As in the days of Gibeah. He will remember their iniquity; He will punish their sins.10"I found Israel Like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers As the firstfruits on the fig tree in its first season. But they went to Baal Peor, And separated themselves to that shame; They became an abomination like the thing they loved.11As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird-- No birth, no pregnancy, and no conception!12Though they bring up their children, Yet I will bereave them to the last man. Yes, woe to them when I depart from them!13Just as I saw Ephraim like Tyre, planted in a pleasant place, So Ephraim will bring out his children to the murderer."14Give them, O Lord-- What will You give? Give them a miscarrying womb And dry breasts!15"All their wickedness is in Gilgal, For there I hated them. Because of the evil of their deeds I will drive them from My house; I will love them no more. All their princes are rebellious.16Ephraim is stricken, Their root is dried up; They shall bear no fruit. Yes, were they to bear children, I would kill the darlings of their womb."