A Song of the going up. Of Solomon.
1 If the Lord is not helping the builders, then the building of a house is to no purpose: if the Lord does not keep the town, the watchman keeps his watch for nothing.
2It is of no use for you to get up early, and to go late to your rest, with the bread of sorrow for your food; for the Lord gives to his loved ones in sleep.
3See, sons are a heritage from the Lord; the fruit of the body is his reward.
4Like arrows in the hand of a man of war, are the children of the young.
5Happy is the man who has a good store of them; he will not be put to shame, but his cause will be supported by them against his haters.
1The sin of Judah is recorded with a pen of iron, and with the sharp point of a jewel it is cut on their hearts of stone, and on the horns of their altars for a sign to them:
2Their altars and their wood pillars under every branching tree, on the high hills and the mountains in the field.
3I will give your wealth and all your stores to be taken away in war without a price, because of your sins in every part of your land.
4And your hand will have to let go your heritage which I gave you; and I will make you a servant to your haters in a land which is strange to you: for you have put my wrath on fire with a flame which will go on burning for ever.
5This is what the Lord has said: Cursed is the man who puts his faith in man, and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart is turned away from the Lord.
6For he will be like the brushwood in the upland, and will not see when good comes; but his living-place will be in the dry places in the waste land, in a salt and unpeopled land.
7A blessing is on the man who puts his faith in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.
8For he will be like a tree planted by the waters, pushing out its roots by the stream; he will have no fear when the heat comes, but his leaf will be green; in a dry year he will have no care, and will go on giving fruit.
9The heart is a twisted thing, not to be searched out by man: who is able to have knowledge of it?
10I the Lord am the searcher of the heart, the tester of the thoughts, so that I may give to every man the reward of his ways, in keeping with the fruit of his doings.
11Like the partridge, getting eggs together but not producing young, is a man who gets wealth but not by right; before half his days are ended, it will go from him, and at his end he will be foolish.
12A seat of glory, placed on high from the first, is our holy place.
13O Lord, the hope of Israel, all who give you up will be put to shame; those who go away from you will be cut off from the earth, because they have given up the Lord, the fountain of living waters.
14Make me well, O Lord, and I will be well; be my saviour, and I will be safe: for you are my hope.
15See, they say to me, Where is the word of the Lord? let it come now.
16As for me, I have not said; Let the day of trouble come to them quickly; and I have not been hoping for the death-giving day; you have knowledge of what came from my lips; it was open before you.
17Be not a cause of fear to me: you are my safe place in the day of evil.
18Let them be put to shame who are attacking me, but let me not be shamed; let them be overcome with fear, but let me not be overcome: send on them the day of evil, and put them to destruction twice over.
19This is what the Lord has said to me: Go and take your place in the doorway of Benjamin, where the kings of Judah come in and by which they go out, and in all the doorways of Jerusalem;
20And say to them, Give ear to the word of the Lord, you kings of Judah, and all the people of Jerusalem who come in by these doors:
21This is what the Lord has said: See to yourselves, that you take up no weight on the Sabbath day, or take it in through the doors of Jerusalem;
22And take no weight out of your houses on the Sabbath day, or do any work, but keep the Sabbath day holy, as I gave orders to your fathers;
23But they gave no attention and would not give ear, but they made their necks stiff so that they might not give ear and might not get teaching.
24And it will be, that if with all care you give ear to me, says the Lord, and take no weight through the doorways of this town on the Sabbath day, but keep the Sabbath day holy and do no work in it;
25Then through the doors of this town there will come kings and princes, seated on the seat of David, going in carriages and on horseback, they and their princes, and the men of Judah and the people of Jerusalem: and this town will keep its place for ever.
26And they will come from the towns of Judah, and from the places round about Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and from the lowlands, and from the mountains, and from the South, with burned offerings and offerings of beasts and meal offerings and perfume and offerings of praise, to the house of the Lord.
27But if you do not give ear to me, to keep the Sabbath day holy, and to let no weight be lifted and taken through the doors of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day: then I will put a fire in its doorways, burning up the great houses of Jerusalem, and it will never be put out.
1The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,
2Up! go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let my words come to your ears.
3Then I went down to the potter’s house, and he was doing his work on the stones.
4And when the vessel, which he was forming out of earth, got damaged in the hand of the potter, he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make it.
5Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
6O Israel, am I not able to do with you as this potter does? says the Lord. See, like earth in the potter’s hand are you in my hands, O Israel.
7Whenever I say anything about uprooting a nation or a kingdom, and smashing it and sending destruction on it;
8If, in that very minute, that nation of which I was talking is turned away from its evil, my purpose of doing evil to them will be changed.
9And whenever I say anything about building up a nation or a kingdom, and planting it;
10If, in that very minute, it does evil in my eyes, going against my orders, then my good purpose, which I said I would do for them, will be changed.
11Now, then, say to the men of Judah and to the people of Jerusalem, This is what the Lord has said: See, I am forming an evil thing against you, and designing a design against you: let every man come back now from his evil way, and let your ways and your doings be changed for the better.
12But they will say, There is no hope: we will go on in our designs, and every one of us will do what he is moved by the pride of his evil heart to do.
13So this is what the Lord has said: Make search among the nations and see who has had word of such things; the virgin of Israel has done a very shocking thing.
14Will the white snow go away from the top of Sirion? will the cold waters flowing from the mountains become dry?
15For my people have put me out of their memory, burning perfumes to that which is nothing; and because of this, I will put a cause of falling in their ways, even in the old roads, and will make them go on side-roads, in a way not lifted up;
16Making their land a thing of wonder, causing sounds of surprise for ever; everyone who goes by will be overcome with wonder, shaking his head.
17I will send them in flight, as from an east wind, before the attacker; I will let them see my back and not my face on the day of their downfall.
18Then they said, Come, let us make a design against Jeremiah; for teaching will never be cut off from the priest, or wisdom from the wise, or the word from the prophet. Come, let us make use of his words for an attack on him, and let us give attention with care to what he says.
19Give thought to me, O Lord, and give ear to the voice of those who put forward a cause against me.
20Is evil to be the reward of good? for they have made a deep hole for my soul. Keep in mind how I took my place before you, to say a good word for them so that your wrath might be turned away from them.
21For this cause, let their children be without food, and give them over to the power of the sword; and let their wives be without children and become widows; let their men be overtaken by death, and their young men be put to the sword in the fight.
22Let a cry for help go up from their houses, when you send an armed band on them suddenly: for they have made a hole in which to take me, and have put nets for my feet secretly.
23But you, Lord, have knowledge of all the designs which they have made against my life; let not their evil-doing be covered or their sin be washed away from before your eyes: but let it be a cause of falling before you: so do to them in the time of your wrath.
1Make clear to them that they are to put themselves under rulers and authorities, to do what they are ordered, to be ready for every good work,
2To say no evil of any man, not to be fighters, to give way to others, to be gentle in behaviour to all men.
3For in the past we were foolish, hard in heart, turned from the true way, servants of evil desires and pleasures, living in bad feeling and envy, hated and hating one another.
4But when the mercy of God our Saviour, and his love to man was seen,
5Not by works of righteousness which we did ourselves, but in the measure of his mercy, he gave us salvation, through the washing of the new birth and the giving of new life in the Holy Spirit,
6Which he gave us freely through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
7So that, having been given righteousness through grace, we might have a part in the heritage, the hope of eternal life.
8This is a true saying; and it is my desire that you may give certain witness about these things, so that those who have had faith in God may give attention to good works. These things are good and of profit to men;
9But have nothing to do with foolish questionings, and lists of generations, and fights and arguments about the law; for they are of no profit and foolish.
10A man whose opinions are not those of the church, after a first and second protest, is to be kept out of your society;
11Clearly he is in error and a sinner, being self-judged.
12When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis: for it is my purpose to be there for the winter.
13Send Zenas, the man of law, and Apollos on their journey with all care, so that they may be in need of nothing.
14And let our people go on with good works for necessary purposes, so that they may not be without fruit.
15All who are with me send you their love. Give our love to our friends in the faith. Grace be with you all.