A Song of the going up.
1 To you my eyes are lifted up, even to you whose seat is in the heavens.
2See! as the eyes of servants are turned to the hands of their masters, and the eyes of a servant-girl to her owner, so our eyes are waiting for the Lord our God, till he has mercy on us.
3Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us: for all men are looking down on us.
4For long enough have men of pride made sport of our soul.
1If only my head was a stream of waters and my eyes fountains of weeping, so that I might go on weeping day and night for the dead of the daughter of my people!
2If only I had in the waste land a night’s resting-place for travellers, so that I might go away, far from my people! for they are all untrue, a band of false men.
3Their tongues are bent like a bow to send out false words: they have become strong in the land, but not for good faith: they go on from evil to evil, and they have no knowledge of me, says the Lord.
4Let everyone keep watch on his neighbour, and put no faith in any brother: for every brother will certainly be tricking his brother, and every neighbour will go about saying evil.
5Everyone will make sport of his neighbour with deceit, not saying what is true: their tongues have been trained to say false words; they are twisted, hating to come back.
6There is wrong on wrong, deceit on deceit; they have given up the knowledge of me, says the Lord.
7So the Lord of armies has said, See, I will make them soft in the fire and put them to the test; this I will do because of their evil-doing.
8His tongue is an arrow causing death; the words of his mouth are deceit: he says words of peace to his neighbour, but in his heart he is waiting secretly for him.
9Am I not to send punishment for these things? says the Lord: will not my soul take payment from such a nation as this?
10Give yourselves to weeping, crying out in sorrow for the mountains; and for the fields of the waste land send up a song of grief, because they are burned up, so that no one goes through; there is no sound of cattle; the bird of the heavens and the beast are in flight and are gone.
11And I will make Jerusalem a mass of broken stones, the living-place of jackals; and I will make the towns of Judah a waste, with no man living there.
12Who is the wise man able to see this? who is he to whom the word of the Lord has come, so that he may make it clear? why is the land given to destruction and burned up like a waste place, so that no one goes through?
13And the Lord said, Because they have given up my law which I put before them, giving no attention to my voice and not being guided by it;
14But they have been walking in the pride of their hearts, going after the Baals, as their fathers gave them teaching.
15So the Lord of armies, the God of Israel, has said, I will give them, even this people, bitter plants for food and bitter water for drink.
16And I will send them wandering among the nations, among people strange to them and to their fathers: and I will send the sword after them till I have put an end to them.
17This is what the Lord of armies has said: Take thought and send for the weeping women, so that they may come; and send for the wise women, so that they may come:
18Let them quickly make cries of sorrow for us, so that drops may be flowing from our eyes till they are streaming with water.
19For a sound of weeping goes up from Zion, a cry, How has destruction come on us? we are overcome with shame because we have gone away from our land; he has sent us out from our house.
20But even now, give ear to the word of the Lord, O you women; let your ears be open to the word of his mouth, training your daughters to give cries of sorrow, everyone teaching her neighbour a song of grief.
21For death has come up into our windows, forcing its way into our great houses; cutting off the children in the streets and the young men in the wide places.
22The bodies of men will be falling like waste on the open fields, and like grain dropped by the grain-cutter, and no one will take them up.
23This is the word of the Lord: Let not the wise man take pride in his wisdom, or the strong man in his strength, or the man of wealth in his wealth:
24But if any man has pride, let it be in this, that he has the wisdom to have knowledge of me, that I am the Lord, working mercy, giving true decisions, and doing righteousness in the earth: for in these things I have delight, says the Lord.
25See, the day is coming, says the Lord, when I will send punishment on all those who have circumcision in the flesh;
26On Egypt and on Judah and on Edom and on the children of Ammon and on Moab and on all who have the ends of their hair cut, who are living in the waste land: for all these nations and all the people of Israel are without circumcision in their hearts.
1Give ear to the word which the Lord says to you, O people of Israel:
2This is what the Lord has said: Do not go in the way of the nations; have no fear of the signs of heaven, for the nations go in fear of them.
3For that which is feared by the people is foolish: it is the work of the hands of the workman; for a tree is cut down by him out of the woods with his axe.
4They make it beautiful with silver and gold; they make it strong with nails and hammers, so that it may not be moved.
5It is like a pillar in a garden of plants, and has no voice: it has to be lifted, for it has no power of walking. Have no fear of it; for it has no power of doing evil and it is not able to do any good.
6There is no one like you, O Lord; you are great and your name is great in power.
7Who would not have fear of you, O King of the nations? for it is your right: for among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you.
8But they are together like beasts and foolish: the teaching of false gods is wood.
9Silver hammered into plates is sent from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the expert workman and of the hands of the gold-worker; blue and purple is their clothing, all the work of expert men.
10But the Lord is the true God; he is the living God and an eternal king: when he is angry, the earth is shaking with fear, and the nations give way before his wrath.
11This is what you are to say to them: The gods who have not made the heavens and the earth will be cut off from the earth and from under the heavens.
12He has made the earth by his power, he has made the world strong in its place by his wisdom, and by his wise design the heavens have been stretched out.
13At the sound of his voice there is a massing of waters in the heavens, and he makes the mists go up from the ends of the earth; he makes the thunder-flames for the rain, and sends out the wind from his store-houses.
14Then every man becomes like a beast without knowledge; every gold-worker is put to shame by the image he has made: for his metal image is deceit, and there is no breath in them.
15They are nothing, a work of error: in the time of their punishment, destruction will overtake them.
16The heritage of Jacob is not like these; for the maker of all things is his heritage: the Lord of armies is his name.
17Get your goods together and go out of the land, O you who are shut up in the walled town.
18For the Lord has said, I will send the people in flight like a stone from the land at this time, troubling them so that they will be conscious of it.
19Sorrow is mine for I am wounded! my wound may not be made well; and I said, Cruel is my disease, I may not be free from it.
20My tent is pulled down and all my cords are broken: my children have gone from me, and they are not: no longer is there anyone to give help in stretching out my tent and hanging up my curtains.
21For the keepers of the sheep have become like beasts, not looking to the Lord for directions: so they have not done wisely and all their flocks have been put to flight.
22News is going about, see, it is coming, a great shaking is coming from the north country, so that the towns of Judah may be made waste and become the living-place of jackals.
23O Lord, I am conscious that a man’s way is not in himself: man has no power of guiding his steps.
24O Lord, put me right, but with wise purpose; not in your wrath, or you will make me small.
25Let your wrath be let loose on the nations which have no knowledge of you, and on the families who give no worship to your name: for they have made a meal of Jacob, truly they have made a meal of him and put an end to him and made his fields a waste.
2 Timothy 3
1But be certain of this, that in the last days times of trouble will come.
2For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, uplifted in pride, given to bitter words, going against the authority of their fathers, never giving praise, having no religion,
3Without natural love, bitter haters, saying evil of others, violent and uncontrolled, hating all good,
4False to their friends, acting without thought, lifted up in mind, loving pleasure more than God;
5Having a form of religion, but turning their backs on the power of it: go not with these.
6For these are they who go secretly into houses, making prisoners of foolish women, weighted down with sin, turned from the way by their evil desires,
7Ever learning, and never coming to the knowledge of what is true.
8And as James and Jambres went against Moses, so do these go against what is true: men of evil minds, who, tested by faith, are seen to be false.
9But they will go no farther: for their foolish behaviour will be clear to all men, as theirs was in the end.
10But you took as your example my teaching, behaviour, purpose, and faith; my long waiting, my love, my quiet undergoing of trouble;
11My punishments and pain; the things which came to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; the cruel attacks made on me: and the Lord made me free from them all.
12Yes, and all whose purpose is to be living in the knowledge of God in Christ Jesus, will be cruelly attacked.
13Evil and false men will become worse and worse, using deceit and themselves overcome by deceit.
14But see that you keep to the teaching you have been given and the things of which you are certain, conscious of who has been your teacher;
15And that from the time when you were a child, you have had knowledge of the holy Writings, which are able to make you wise to salvation, through faith in Christ Jesus.
16Every holy Writing which comes from God is of profit for teaching, for training, for guiding, for education in righteousness:
17So that the man of God may be complete, trained and made ready for every good work.