1Let the Lord be praised. Happy is the man who gives honour to the Lord, and has great delight in his laws.
2His seed will be strong on the earth; blessings will be on the generation of the upright.
3A store of wealth will be in his house, and his righteousness will be for ever.
4For the upright there is a light shining in the dark; he is full of grace and pity.
5All is well for the man who is kind and gives freely to others; he will make good his cause when he is judged.
6He will not ever be moved; the memory of the upright will be living for ever.
7He will have no fear of evil news; his heart is fixed, for his hope is in the Lord.
8His heart is resting safely, he will have no fear, till he sees trouble come on his haters.
9He has given with open hands to the poor; his righteousness is for ever; his horn will be lifted up with honour.
10The sinner will see it with grief; he will be wasted away with envy; the desire of the evil-doers will come to nothing.
1And there will come a rod out of the broken tree of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots will give fruit.
2And the spirit of the Lord will be resting on him, the spirit of wisdom and good sense, the spirit of wise guiding and strength, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;
3And he will not be guided in his judging by what he sees, or give decisions by the hearing of his ears:
4But he will do right in the cause of the poor, and give wise decisions for those in the land who are in need; and the rod of his mouth will come down on the cruel, and with the breath of his lips he will put an end to the evil-doer.
5And righteousness will be the cord of his robe, and good faith the band round his breast.
6And the wolf will be living with the lamb, and the leopard will take his rest with the young goat; and the lion will take grass for food like the ox; and the young lion will go with the young ones of the herd; and a little child will be their guide.
7And the cow and the bear will be friends while their young ones are sleeping together.
8And the child at the breast will be playing by the hole of the snake, and the older child will put his hand on the bright eye of the poison-snake.
9There will be no cause of pain or destruction in all my holy mountain: for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the sea is covered by the waters.
10And in that day, the eyes of the nations will be turned to the root of Jesse which will be lifted up as the flag of the peoples; and his resting-place will be glory.
11And in that day the hand of the Lord will be stretched out the second time to get back the rest of his people, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the sea-lands.
12And he will put up a flag as a sign to the nations, and he will get together those of Israel who had been sent away, and the wandering ones of Judah, from the four ends of the earth.
13And the envy of Ephraim will be gone, and those who make trouble for Judah will come to an end: Ephraim will have no more envy of Judah, and there will be an end of Judah’s hate for Ephraim.
14And they will be united in attacking the Philistines on the west, and together they will take the goods of the children of the east: their hand will be on Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon will be under their rule.
15And the Lord will make the tongue of the Egyptian sea completely dry; and with his burning wind his hand will be stretched out over the River, and it will be parted into seven streams, so that men may go over it with dry feet.
16And there will be a highway for the rest of his people from Assyria; as there was for Israel in the day when he came up out of the land of Egypt.
1And in that day you will say I will give praise to you, O Lord; for though you were angry with me, your wrath is turned away, and I am comforted.
2See, God is my salvation; I will have faith in the Lord, without fear: for the Lord Jah is my strength and song; and he has become my salvation.
3So with joy will you get water out of the springs of salvation.
4And in that day you will say, Give praise to the Lord, let his name be honoured, give word of his doings among the peoples, say that his name is lifted up.
5Make a song to the Lord; for he has done noble things: give news of them through all the earth.
6Let your voice be sounding in a cry of joy, O daughter of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.
1The word of the Lord about Babylon which Isaiah, the son of Amoz, saw.
2Put up a flag on a clear mountain-top, make a loud outcry to them, give directions with the hand, so that they may go into the doors of the great ones.
3I have given orders to my holy ones, I have sent out my men of war, those of mine who take pride in their power, to give effect to my wrath.
4The noise of great numbers in the mountains, like the noise of a strong people! The noise of the kingdoms of the nations meeting together! The Lord of armies is numbering his forces for war.
5They come from a far country, from the farthest part of heaven, even the Lord and the instruments of his wrath, with destruction for all the land.
6Send out a cry of grief; for the day of the Lord is near; it comes as destruction from the Most High.
7For this cause all hands will be feeble, and every heart of man be turned to water;
8Their hearts will be full of fear; pains and sorrows will overcome them; they will be in pain like a woman in childbirth; they will be shocked at one another; their faces will be like flames.
9See, the day of the Lord is coming, cruel, with wrath and burning passion: to make the land a waste, driving the sinners in it to destruction.
10For the stars of heaven and its bright armies will not give their light: the sun will be made dark in his journey through the heaven, and the moon will keep back her light.
11And I will send punishment on the world for its evil, and on the sinners for their wrongdoing; and I will put an end to all pride, and will make low the power of the cruel.
12I will make men so small in number, that a man will be harder to get than gold, even the best gold of Ophir.
13For this cause the heavens will be shaking, and the earth will be moved out of its place, in the wrath of the Lord of armies, and in the day of his burning passion.
14And it will be that, like a roe in flight, and like wandering sheep, they will go every man to his people and to his land.
15Everyone who is overtaken will have a spear put through him, and everyone who goes in flight will be put to the sword.
16Their young children will be broken up before their eyes; their goods will be taken away, and their wives made the property of others.
17See, I am driving the Medes against them, who put no value on silver and have no pleasure in gold.
18In their hands are bows and spears; they are cruel, violently putting the young men to death, and crushing the young women; they have no pity for children, and no mercy for the fruit of the body.
19And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beautiful town which is the pride of the Chaldaeans, will be like God’s destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
20People will never be living in it again, and it will have no more men from generation to generation: the Arab will not put up his tent there; and those who keep sheep will not make it a resting-place for their flocks.
21But the beasts of the waste land will have their holes there; and the houses will be full of crying jackals, and ostriches will have their place there, and evil spirits will be dancing there.
22And wolves will be answering one another in their towers, and jackals in their houses of pleasure: her time is near, and her days of power will quickly be ended.
1 Thessalonians 1
1Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.
2We give praise to God at all times for you, keeping you in memory in our prayers;
3Having ever in mind your work of faith and acts of love and the strength of your hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father;
4Being conscious, my brothers, dear to God, that you have been marked out by God’s purpose;
5Because our good news came to you, not in word only, but in power, and in the Holy Spirit, so that you were completely certain of it; even as you saw what our behaviour to you was like from our love to you.
6And you took us and the Lord as your example, after the word had come to you in much trouble, with joy in the Holy Spirit;
7So that you became an example to all those who have faith in Christ in Macedonia and Achaia.
8For not only was the word of the Lord sounding out from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God is made clear; so that we have no need to say anything.
9For they themselves give the news of how we came among you; and how you were turned from images to God, to the worship of a true and living God,
10Waiting for his Son from heaven, who came back from the dead, even Jesus, our Saviour from the wrath to come.