12Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;13for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.14Do all things without complaining and disputing,15that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,16holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.17Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.18For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.19But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state.20For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state.21For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus.22But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel.23Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me.24But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly.25Yet I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need;26since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick.27For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.28Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful.29Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem;30because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.
1And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,2"Son of man, set your face toward Jerusalem, preach against the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel;3and say to the land of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord: "Behold, I am against you, and I will draw My sword out of its sheath and cut off both righteous and wicked from you.4Because I will cut off both righteous and wicked from you, therefore My sword shall go out of its sheath against all flesh from south to north,5that all flesh may know that I, the Lord, have drawn My sword out of its sheath; it shall not return anymore." '6Sigh therefore, son of man, with a breaking heart, and sigh with bitterness before their eyes.7And it shall be when they say to you, 'Why are you sighing?' that you shall answer, 'Because of the news; when it comes, every heart will melt, all hands will be feeble, every spirit will faint, and all knees will be weak as water. Behold, it is coming and shall be brought to pass,' says the Lord God."8Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying,9"Son of man, prophesy and say, 'Thus says the Lord!' Say: 'A sword, a sword is sharpened And also polished!10Sharpened to make a dreadful slaughter, Polished to flash like lightning! Should we then make mirth? It despises the scepter of My Son, As it does all wood.11And He has given it to be polished, That it may be handled; This sword is sharpened, and it is polished To be given into the hand of the slayer.'12"Cry and wail, son of man; For it will be against My people, Against all the princes of Israel. Terrors including the sword will be against My people; Therefore strike your thigh.13"Because it is a testing, And what if the sword despises even the scepter? The scepter shall be no more," says the Lord God.14"You therefore, son of man, prophesy, And strike your hands together. The third time let the sword do double damage. It is the sword that slays, The sword that slays the great men, That enters their private chambers.15I have set the point of the sword against all their gates, That the heart may melt and many may stumble. Ah! It is made bright; It is grasped for slaughter:16"Swords at the ready! Thrust right! Set your blade! Thrust left-- Wherever your edge is ordered!17"I also will beat My fists together, And I will cause My fury to rest; I, the Lord, have spoken."18The word of the Lord came to me again, saying:19"And son of man, appoint for yourself two ways for the sword of the king of Babylon to go; both of them shall go from the same land. Make a sign; put it at the head of the road to the city.20Appoint a road for the sword to go to Rabbah of the Ammonites, and to Judah, into fortified Jerusalem.21For the king of Babylon stands at the parting of the road, at the fork of the two roads, to use divination: he shakes the arrows, he consults the images, he looks at the liver.22In his right hand is the divination for Jerusalem: to set up battering rams, to call for a slaughter, to lift the voice with shouting, to set battering rams against the gates, to heap up a siege mound, and to build a wall.23And it will be to them like a false divination in the eyes of those who have sworn oaths with them; but he will bring their iniquity to remembrance, that they may be taken.24"Therefore thus says the Lord God: 'Because you have made your iniquity to be remembered, in that your transgressions are uncovered, so that in all your doings your sins appear--because you have come to remembrance, you shall be taken in hand.25Now to you, O profane, wicked prince of Israel, whose day has come, whose iniquity shall end,26thus says the Lord God: "Remove the turban, and take off the crown; Nothing shall remain the same. Exalt the humble, and humble the exalted.27Overthrown, overthrown, I will make it overthrown! It shall be no longer, Until He comes whose right it is, And I will give it to Him." '28"And you, son of man, prophesy and say, 'Thus says the Lord God concerning the Ammonites and concerning their reproach,' and say: 'A sword, a sword is drawn, Polished for slaughter, For consuming, for flashing--29While they see false visions for you, While they divine a lie to you, To bring you on the necks of the wicked, the slain Whose day has come, Whose iniquity shall end.30'Return it to its sheath. I will judge you In the place where you were created, In the land of your nativity.31I will pour out My indignation on you; I will blow against you with the fire of My wrath, And deliver you into the hands of brutal men who are skillful to destroy.32You shall be fuel for the fire; Your blood shall be in the midst of the land. You shall not be remembered, For I the Lord have spoken.' "
1Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying,2"Now, son of man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? Yes, show her all her abominations!3Then say, 'Thus says the Lord God: "The city sheds blood in her own midst, that her time may come; and she makes idols within herself to defile herself.4You have become guilty by the blood which you have shed, and have defiled yourself with the idols which you have made. You have caused your days to draw near, and have come to the end of your years; therefore I have made you a reproach to the nations, and a mockery to all countries.5Those near and those far from you will mock you as infamous and full of tumult.6"Look, the princes of Israel: each one has used his power to shed blood in you.7In you they have made light of father and mother; in your midst they have oppressed the stranger; in you they have mistreated the fatherless and the widow.8You have despised My holy things and profaned My Sabbaths.9In you are men who slander to cause bloodshed; in you are those who eat on the mountains; in your midst they commit lewdness.10In you men uncover their fathers' nakedness; in you they violate women who are set apart during their impurity.11One commits abomination with his neighbor's wife; another lewdly defiles his daughter-in-law; and another in you violates his sister, his father's daughter.12In you they take bribes to shed blood; you take usury and increase; you have made profit from your neighbors by extortion, and have forgotten Me," says the Lord God.13"Behold, therefore, I beat My fists at the dishonest profit which you have made, and at the bloodshed which has been in your midst.14Can your heart endure, or can your hands remain strong, in the days when I shall deal with you? I, the Lord, have spoken, and will do it.15I will scatter you among the nations, disperse you throughout the countries, and remove your filthiness completely from you.16You shall defile yourself in the sight of the nations; then you shall know that I am the Lord." ' "17The word of the Lord came to me, saying,18"Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross to Me; they are all bronze, tin, iron, and lead, in the midst of a furnace; they have become dross from silver.19Therefore thus says the Lord God: 'Because you have all become dross, therefore behold, I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.20As men gather silver, bronze, iron, lead, and tin into the midst of a furnace, to blow fire on it, to melt it; so I will gather you in My anger and in My fury, and I will leave you there and melt you.21Yes, I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of My wrath, and you shall be melted in its midst.22As silver is melted in the midst of a furnace, so shall you be melted in its midst; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have poured out My fury on you.' "23And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,24"Son of man, say to her: 'You are a land that is not cleansed or rained on in the day of indignation.'25The conspiracy of her prophets in her midst is like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they have devoured people; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in her midst.26Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.27Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people, and to get dishonest gain.28Her prophets plastered them with untempered mortar, seeing false visions, and divining lies for them, saying, 'Thus says the Lord God,' when the Lord had not spoken.29The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy; and they wrongfully oppress the stranger.30So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.31Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads," says the Lord God.
1Thus says the Lord: "Where is the certificate of your mother's divorce, Whom I have put away? Or which of My creditors is it to whom I have sold you? For your iniquities you have sold yourselves, And for your transgressions your mother has been put away.2Why, when I came, was there no man? Why, when I called, was there none to answer? Is My hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver? Indeed with My rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness; Their fish stink because there is no water, And die of thirst.3I clothe the heavens with blackness, And I make sackcloth their covering."4"The Lord God has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned.5The Lord God has opened My ear; And I was not rebellious, Nor did I turn away.6I gave My back to those who struck Me, And My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.7"For the Lord God will help Me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set My face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed.8He is near who justifies Me; Who will contend with Me? Let us stand together. Who is My adversary? Let him come near Me.9Surely the Lord God will help Me; Who is he who will condemn Me? Indeed they will all grow old like a garment; The moth will eat them up.10"Who among you fears the Lord? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness And has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord And rely upon his God.11Look, all you who kindle a fire, Who encircle yourselves with sparks: Walk in the light of your fire and in the sparks you have kindled-- This you shall have from My hand: You shall lie down in torment.