6The sword of the Lord is full of blood, it is fat with the best of the meat, with the blood of lambs and goats, with the best parts of the sheep: for the Lord has a feast in Bozrah, and much cattle will be put to death in the land of Edom.
2It will be flowering like the rose; it will be full of delight and songs; the glory of Lebanon will be given to it; the pride of Carmel and Sharon: they will see the glory of the Lord, the power of our God.
10Even those whom he has made free, will come back again; they will come with songs to Zion; on their heads will be eternal joy; delight and joy will be theirs, and sorrow and sounds of grief will be gone for ever.
1 Timothy 2
1Cursed are those who go down to Egypt for help, and who put their faith in horses; looking to war-carriages for salvation, because of their numbers; and to horsemen, because they are very strong; but they are not looking to the Holy One of Israel, or turning their hearts to the Lord;
4For the Lord has said to me, As a lion, or a young lion, makes an angry noise over his food, and if a band of herdsmen come out against him, he will not be in fear of their voices, or give up his food for their noise: so the Lord of armies will come down to make war against Mount Zion and its hill.
8Then the Assyrian will come down by the sword, but not of man; the sword, not of men, will be the cause of his destruction: and he will go in flight from the sword, and his young men will be put to forced work.
6For the foolish man will say foolish things, having evil thoughts in his heart, working what is unclean, and talking falsely about the Lord, to keep food from him who is in need of it, and water from him whose soul is desiring it.
14For the fair houses will have no man living in them; the town which was full of noise will become a waste; the hill and the watchtower will be unpeopled for ever, a joy for the asses of the woods, a place of food for the flocks;
1Ho! you who make waste those who did not make you waste; acting falsely to those who were not false to you. When you have come to an end of wasting, you will be made waste, and after your false acts, they will do the same to you.
15He whose ways are true, and whose words are upright; he who gives no thought to the profits of false acts, whose hands have not taken rewards, who will have no part in putting men to death, and whose eyes are shut against evil;
20Let your eyes be resting on Zion, the town of our holy feasts: you will see Jerusalem, a quiet resting-place, a tent which will not be moved, whose tent-pins will never be pulled up, and whose cords will never be broken.
23Your cords have become loose; they were not able to make strong the support of their sails, the sail was not stretched out: then the blind will take much property, the feeble-footed will make division of the goods of war.
1 Timothy 1
9With the knowledge that the law is made, not for the upright man, but for those who have no respect for law and order, for evil men and sinners, for the unholy and those who have no religion, for those who put their fathers or mothers to death, for takers of life,
10For those who go after loose women, for those with unnatural desires, for those who take men prisoners, who make false statements and false oaths, and those who do any other things against the right teaching,
16But for this reason I was given mercy, so that in me, the chief of sinners, Jesus Christ might make clear all his mercy, as an example to those who in the future would have faith in him to eternal life.
4And you will be made low, and your voice will come out of the earth, and your words will be low out of the dust; and your voice will come out of the earth like that of a spirit, making bird-like noises out of the dust.
8And it will be like a man desiring food, and dreaming that he is feasting; but when he is awake there is nothing in his mouth: or like a man in need of water, dreaming that he is drinking; but when he is awake he is feeble and his soul is full of desire: so will all the nations be which make war on Mount Zion.
11And the vision of all this has become to you like the words of a book which is shut, which men give to one who has knowledge of writing, saying, Make clear to us what is in the book: and he says, I am not able to, for the book is shut:
13And the Lord said, because this people come near to me with their mouths, and give honour to me with their lips, but their heart is far from me, and their fear of me is false, a rule given them by the teaching of men;
14For this cause I will again do a strange thing among this people, a thing to be wondered at: and the wisdom of their wise men will come to nothing, and the sense of their guides will no longer be seen.
16You are turning things upside down! Is the wet earth the same to you as the one who is forming it? will the thing made say of him who made it, He made me not: or the thing formed say of him who gave it form, He has no knowledge?
23But when they, the children of Jacob, see the work of my hands among them, they will give honour to my name; yes, they will give honour to the Holy One of Jacob, and go in fear of the God of Israel.
6The word about the Beasts of the South. Through the land of trouble and grief, the land of the she-lion and the voice of the lion, of the snake and the burning winged snake, they take their wealth on the backs of young asses, and their stores on camels, to a people in whom is no profit.
14And he will let it be broken as a potter’s vessel is broken: it will be smashed to bits without mercy; so that there will not be a bit in which one may take fire from the fireplace, or water from the spring.
18For this cause the Lord will be waiting, so that he may be kind to you; and he will be lifted up, so that he may have mercy on you; for the Lord is a God of righteousness: there is a blessing on all whose hope is in him.
23And he will give rain for your seed, so that you may put it in the earth; and you will have bread from the produce of the earth, good and more than enough for your needs: in that day the cattle will get their food in wide grass-lands.
26And the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times greater, as the light of seven days, in the day when the Lord puts oil on the wounds of his people, and makes them well from the blows they have undergone.
28And his breath is as an overflowing stream, coming up even to the neck, shaking the nations for their destruction, like the shaking of grain in a basket: and he will put a cord in the mouths of the people, turning them out of their way.
30And the Lord will send out the sound of his great voice, and they will see his arm stretched out, with the heat of his wrath, and the flame of a burning fire; with a cloud-burst, and storm, and a rain of ice.
33For a place of fire has long been ready; yes, it has been made ready for the king; he has made it deep and wide: it is massed with fire and much wood; the breath of the Lord, like a stream of fire, puts a light to it.
2 Thessalonians 3
1In that day the Lord, with his great and strong and cruel sword, will send punishment on Leviathan, the quick-moving snake, and on Leviathan, the twisted snake; and he will put to death the dragon which is in the sea.
9So by this will the sin of Jacob be covered, and this is all the fruit of taking away his punishment; when all the stones of the altar are crushed together, so that the wood pillars and the sun-images will not be put up again.
11When its branches are dry they will be broken off; the women will come and put fire to them: for it is a foolish people; for this cause he who made them will have no mercy on them, and he whose work they are will not have pity on them.
13And it will be in that day that a great horn will be sounded; and those who were wandering in the land of Assyria, and those who had been sent away into the land of Egypt, will come; and they will give worship to the Lord in the holy mountain at Jerusalem.
7And further, these are uncertain through wine, and have gone out of the right way through strong drink: the priest and the prophet are uncertain through strong drink, they are overcome by wine, they have gone out of the way through strong drink; their vision is false, they go wrong in their decisions.
13For this cause the word of the Lord will be to them rule after rule, line after line, here a little, there a little; so that they may go on their way, and falling back may be broken, and taken in the net.
15Because you have said, We have made death our friend, and with the underworld we have made an agreement; when the overflowing waters come through they will not come near us; for we are looking to false words for help, taking cover in what is untrue:
17And I will make right decision the measuring-line, and righteousness the weight: and the ice-storm will take away the safe place of false words, and the secret place will be covered by the flowing waters.
18And the help you were looking for from death will come to nothing, and your agreement with the underworld will be broken; when the overflowing waters come through, then you will be overcome by them.
22And now, take care that you do not make sport of him, or your bands will be made strong; for I have had word from the Lord, the Lord of armies, of an end, of a complete end, which is to come on all the land.
2 Thessalonians 2
13But it is right for us to give praise to God at all times for you, brothers, loved by the Lord, because it was the purpose of God from the first that you might have salvation, being made holy by the Spirit and by faith in what is true:
17And it will be after the end of seventy years, that the Lord will have mercy on Tyre, and she will go back to her trade, acting as a loose woman with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth.
18And her goods and her trade will be holy to the Lord: they will not be kept back or stored up; for her produce will be for those living in the Lord’s land, to give them food for their needs, and fair clothing.
2And it will be the same for the people as for the priest; for the servant as for his master; and for the woman-servant as for her owner; the same for the one offering goods for a price as for him who takes them; the same for him who gives money at interest and for him who takes it; the same for him who lets others have the use of his property as for those who make use of it.
16From the farthest part of the earth comes the sound of songs, glory to the upright. But I said, I am wasting away, wasting away, the curse is on me! The false ones go on in their false way, yes, they go on acting falsely.
18And it will be that he who goes in flight from the sound of fear will be overtaken by death; and he who gets free from death will be taken in the net: for the windows on high are open, and the bases of the earth are shaking.
1 Thessalonians 5
14And our desire is that you will keep control over those whose lives are not well ordered, giving comfort to the feeble-hearted, supporting those with little strength, and putting up with much from all.
1And God said all these words:
2I am the Lord your God who took you out of the land of Egypt, out of the prison-house.
3You are to have no other gods but me.
4You are not to make an image or picture of anything in heaven or on the earth or in the waters under the earth:
5You may not go down on your faces before them or give them worship: for I, the Lord your God, am a God who will not give his honour to another; and I will send punishment on the children for the wrongdoing of their fathers, to the third and fourth generation of my haters;
6And I will have mercy through a thousand generations on those who have love for me and keep my laws.
7You are not to make use of the name of the Lord your God for an evil purpose; whoever takes the Lord’s name on his lips for an evil purpose will be judged a sinner by the Lord
8Keep in memory the Sabbath and let it be a holy day.
9On six days do all your work:
10But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; on that day you are to do no work, you or your son or your daughter, your man-servant or your woman-servant, your cattle or the man from a strange country who is living among you:
11For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and the sea, and everything in them, and he took his rest on the seventh day: for this reason the Lord has given his blessing to the seventh day and made it holy.
12Give honour to your father and to your mother, so that your life may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
13Do not put anyone to death without cause.
14Do not be false to the married relation.
15Do not take the property of another.
16Do not give false witness against your neighbour.
17Let not your desire be turned to your neighbour’s house, or his wife or his man-servant or his woman-servant or his ox or his ass or anything which is his.
18And all the people were watching the thunderings and the flames and the sound of the horn and the mountain smoking; and when they saw it, they kept far off, shaking with fear.
19And they said to Moses, To your words we will give ear, but let not the voice of God come to our ears, for fear death may come on us.
20And Moses said to the people, Have no fear: for God has come to put you to the test, so that fearing him you may be kept from sin.
21And the people kept their places far off, but Moses went near to the dark cloud where God was.
22And the Lord said to Moses, Say to the children of Israel, You yourselves have seen that my voice has come to you from heaven
23Gods of silver and gods of gold you are not to make for yourselves.
24Make for me an altar of earth, offering on it your burned offerings and your peace-offerings, your sheep and your oxen: in every place where I have put the memory of my name, I will come to you and give you my blessing.
25And if you make me an altar of stone do not make it of cut stones: for the touch of an instrument will make it unclean.
26And do not go up by steps to my altar, for fear that your bodies may be seen uncovered.
1Now these are the laws which you are to put before them.
2If you get a Hebrew servant for money, he is to be your servant for six years, and in the seventh year you are to let him go free without payment.
3If he comes to you by himself, let him go away by himself: if he is married, let his wife go away with him.
4If his master gives him a wife, and he gets sons or daughters by her, the wife and her children will be the property of the master, and the servant is to go away by himself.
5But if the servant says clearly, My master and my wife and children are dear to me; I have no desire to be free:
6Then his master is to take him to the gods of the house, and at the door, or at its framework, he is to make a hole in his ear with a sharp-pointed instrument; and he will be his servant for ever.
7And if a man gives his daughter for a price to be a servant, she is not to go away free as the men-servants do.
8If she is not pleasing to her master who has taken her for himself, let a payment be made for her so that she may go free; her master has no power to get a price for her and send her to a strange land, because he has been false to her.
9And if he gives her to his son, he is to do everything for her as if she was his daughter.
10And if he takes another woman, her food and clothing and her married rights are not to be less.
11And if he does not do these three things for her, she has the right to go free without payment.
12He who gives a man a death-blow is himself to be put to death.
13But if he had no evil purpose against him, and God gave him into his hand, I will give you a place to which he may go in flight.
14But if a man makes an attack on his neighbour on purpose, to put him to death by deceit, you are to take him from my altar and put him to death.
15Any man who gives a blow to his father or his mother is certainly to be put to death.
16Any man who gets another into his power in order to get a price for him is to be put to death, if you take him in the act.
17Any man cursing his father or his mother is to be put to death.
18If, in a fight, one man gives another a blow with a stone, or with the shut hand, not causing his death, but making him keep in bed;
19If he is able to get up again and go about with a stick, the other will be let off; only he will have to give him payment for the loss of his time, and see that he is cared for till he is well.
20If a man gives his man-servant or his woman-servant blows with a rod, causing death, he is certainly to undergo punishment.
21But, at the same time, if the servant goes on living for a day or two, the master is not to get punishment, for the servant is his property.
22If men, while fighting, do damage to a woman with child, causing the loss of the child, but no other evil comes to her, the man will have to make payment up to the amount fixed by her husband, in agreement with the decision of the judges.
23But if damage comes to her, let life be given in payment for life,
24Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
25Burning for burning, wound for wound, blow for blow.
26If a man gives his man-servant or his woman-servant a blow in the eye, causing its destruction, he is to let him go free on account of the damage to his eye.
27Or if the loss of a tooth is caused by his blow, he will let him go free on account of his tooth.
28If an ox comes to be the cause of death to a man or a woman, the ox is to be stoned, and its flesh may not be used for food; but the owner will not be judged responsible.
29But if the ox has frequently done such damage in the past, and the owner has had word of it and has not kept it under control, so that it has been the cause of the death of a man or woman, not only is the ox to be stoned, but its owner is to be put to death.
30If a price is put on his life, let him make payment of whatever price is fixed.
31If the death of a son or of a daughter has been caused, the punishment is to be in agreement with this rule.
32If the death of a man-servant or of a woman-servant is caused by the ox, the owner is to give their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox is to be stoned.
33If a man makes a hole in the earth without covering it up, and an ox or an ass dropping into it comes to its death;
34The owner of the hole is responsible; he will have to make payment to their owner, but the dead beast will be his.
35And if one man’s ox does damage to another man’s ox, causing its death, then the living ox is to be exchanged for money, and division made of the price of it, and of the price of the dead one.
36But if it is common knowledge that the ox has frequently done such damage in the past, and its owner has not kept it under control, he will have to give ox for ox; and the dead beast will be his.
1Wisdom has made her house, putting up her seven pillars.
2She has put her fat beasts to death; her wine is mixed, her table is ready.
3She has sent out her women-servants; her voice goes out to the highest places of the town, saying,
4Whoever is simple, let him come in here; and to him who has no sense, she says:
5Come, take of my bread, and of my wine which is mixed.
6Give up the simple ones and have life, and go in the way of knowledge.
7He who gives teaching to a man of pride gets shame for himself; he who says sharp words to a sinner gets a bad name.
8Do not say sharp words to a man of pride, or he will have hate for you; make them clear to a wise man, and you will be dear to him.
9Give teaching to a wise man, and he will become wiser; give training to an upright man, and his learning will be increased.
10The fear of the Lord is the start of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One gives a wise mind
11For by me your days will be increased, and the years of your life will be long.
12If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if your heart is full of pride, you only will have the pain of it.
13The foolish woman is full of noise; she has no sense at all.
14Seated at the door of her house, in the high places of the town,
15Crying out to those who go by, going straight on their way, she says:
16Whoever is simple, let him come in here: and to him who is without sense, she says:
17Drink taken without right is sweet, and food in secret is pleasing.
18But he does not see that the dead are there, that her guests are in the deep places of the underworld.
1The book of the generations of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
2The son of Abraham was Isaac; and the son of Isaac was Jacob; and the sons of Jacob were Judah and his brothers;
3And the sons of Judah were Perez and Zerah by Tamar; and the son of Perez was Hezron; and the son of Hezron was Ram;
4And the son of Ram was Amminadab; and the son of Amminadab was Nahshon; and the son of Nahshon was Salmon;
5And the son of Salmon by Rahab was Boaz; and the son of Boaz by Ruth was Obed; and the son of Obed was Jesse;
6And the son of Jesse was David the king; and the son of David was Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah;
7And the son of Solomon was Rehoboam; and the son of Rehoboam was Abijah; and the son of Abijah was Asa;
8And the son of Asa was Jehoshaphat; and the son of Jehoshaphat was Joram; and the son of Joram was Uzziah;
9And the son of Uzziah was Jotham; and the son of Jotham was Ahaz; and the son of Ahaz was Hezekiah;
10And the son of Hezekiah was Manasseh; and the son of Manasseh was Amon; and the son of Amon was Josiah;
11And the sons of Josiah were Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the taking away to Babylon.
12And after the taking away to Babylon, Jechoniah had a son Shealtiel; and Shealtiel had Zerubbabel;
13And Zerubbabel had Abiud; and Abiud had Eliakim; and Eliakim had Azor;
14And Azor had Zadok; and Zadok had Achim; and Achim had Eliud;
15And Eliud had Eleazar; and Eleazar had Matthan; and Matthan had Jacob;
16And the son of Jacob was Joseph the husband of Mary, who gave birth to Jesus, whose name is Christ.
17So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the taking away to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the taking away to Babylon to the coming of Christ, fourteen generations.
18Now the birth of Jesus Christ was in this way: when his mother Mary was going to be married to Joseph, before they came together the discovery was made that she was with child by the Holy Spirit.
19And Joseph, her husband, being an upright man, and not desiring to make her a public example, had a mind to put her away privately.
20But when he was giving thought to these things, an angel of the Lord came to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, have no fear of taking Mary as your wife; because that which is in her body is of the Holy Spirit.
21And she will give birth to a son; and you will give him the name Jesus; for he will give his people salvation from their sins.
22Now all this took place so that the word of the Lord by the prophet might come true,
23See, the virgin will be with child, and will give birth to a son, and they will give him the name Immanuel, that is, God with us.
24And Joseph did as the angel of the Lord had said to him, and took her as his wife;
25And he had no connection with her till she had given birth to a son; and he gave him the name Jesus.
1Now the Lord came to him by the holy tree of Mamre, when he was seated in the doorway of his tent in the middle of the day;
2And lifting up his eyes, he saw three men before him; and seeing them, he went quickly to them from the door of the tent, and went down on his face to the earth;
3And said, My Lord, if now I have grace in your eyes, do not go away from your servant:
4Let me get water for washing your feet, and take your rest under the tree:
5And let me get a bit of bread to keep up your strength, and after that you may go on your way: for this is why you have come to your servant. And they said, Let it be so.
6Then Abraham went quickly into the tent, and said to Sarah, Get three measures of meal straight away and make cakes.
7And running to the herd, he took a young ox, soft and fat, and gave it to the servant and he quickly made it ready;
8And he took butter and milk and the young ox which he had made ready and put it before them, waiting by them under the tree while they took food.
9And they said to him, Where is Sarah your wife? And he said, She is in the tent.
10And he said, I will certainly come back to you in the spring, and Sarah your wife will have a son. And his words came to the ears of Sarah who was at the back of the tent-door.
11Now Abraham and Sarah were very old, and Sarah was past the time for giving birth.
12And Sarah, laughing to herself, said, Now that I am used up am I still to have pleasure, my husband himself being old?
13And the Lord said, Why was Sarah laughing and saying, Is it possible for me, being old, to give birth to a child?
14Is there any wonder which the Lord is not able to do? At the time I said, in the spring, I will come back to you, and Sarah will have a child.
15Then Sarah said, I was not laughing; for she was full of fear. And he said, No, but you were laughing.
16And the men went on from there in the direction of Sodom; and Abraham went with them on their way.
17And the Lord said, Am I to keep back from Abraham the knowledge of what I do;
18Seeing that Abraham will certainly become a great and strong nation, and his name will be used by all the nations of the earth as a blessing?
19For I have made him mine so that he may give orders to his children and those of his line after him, to keep the ways of the Lord, to do what is good and right: so that the Lord may do to Abraham as he has said.
20And the Lord said, Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is very great, and their sin is very evil,
21I will go down now, and see if their acts are as bad as they seem from the outcry which has come to me; and if they are not, I will see.
22And the men, turning from that place, went on to Sodom: but Abraham was still waiting before the Lord.
23And Abraham came near, and said, Will you let destruction come on the upright with the sinners?
24If by chance there are fifty upright men in the town, will you give the place to destruction and not have mercy on it because of the fifty upright men?
25Let such a thing be far from you, to put the upright to death with the sinner: will not the judge of all the earth do right?
26And the Lord said, If there are fifty upright men in the town, I will have mercy on it because of them.
27And Abraham answering said, Truly, I who am only dust, have undertaken to put my thoughts before the Lord:
28If by chance there are five less than fifty upright men, will you give up all the town to destruction because of these five? And he said, I will not give it to destruction if there are forty-five.
29And again he said to him, By chance there may be forty there. And he said, I will not do it if there are forty.
30And he said, Let not the Lord be angry with me if I say, What if there are thirty there? And he said, I will not do it if there are thirty.
31And he said, See now, I have undertaken to put my thoughts before the Lord: what if there are twenty there? And he said, I will have mercy because of the twenty.
32And he said, O let not the Lord be angry and I will say only one word more: by chance there may be ten there. And he said, I will have mercy because of the ten.
33And the Lord went on his way when his talk with Abraham was ended, and Abraham went back to his place.
For the chief music-maker. Of David.
1 In the Lord put I my faith; how will you say to my soul, Go in flight like a bird to the mountain?
2See, the bows of the evil-doers are bent, they make ready their arrows on the cord, so that they may send them secretly against the upright in heart.
3If the bases are broken down, what is the upright man to do?
4The Lord is in his holy Temple, the Lord’s seat is in heaven; his eyes are watching and testing the children of men.
5The Lord puts the upright and the sinner to the test, but he has hate in his soul for the lover of violent acts.
6On the evil-doer he will send down fire and flames, and a burning wind; with these will their cup be full.
7For the Lord is upright; he is a lover of righteousness: the upright will see his face.
21In that same hour he was full of joy in the Holy Spirit and said, I give praise to you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have kept these things secret from the wise and the men of learning, and have made them clear to little children: for so, O Father, it was pleasing in your eyes.
22All things have been given to me by my Father: and no one has knowledge of the Son, but only the Father: and of the Father, but only the Son, and he to whom the Son will make it clear.
23And, turning to the disciples, he said privately, Happy are the eyes which see the things you see:
24For I say to you that numbers of prophets and kings have had a desire to see the things which you see, and have not seen them, and to have knowledge of the things which have come to your ears, and they had it not.
25And a certain teacher of the law got up and put him to the test, saying, Master, what have I to do so that I may have eternal life?
26And he said to him, What does the law say, in your reading of it?
27And he, answering, said, Have love for the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and for your neighbour as for yourself.
28And he said, You have given the right answer: do this and you will have life.
29But he, desiring to put himself in the right, said to Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
30And Jesus, answering him, said, A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he got into the hands of thieves, who took his clothing and gave him cruel blows, and when they went away, he was half dead.
31And by chance a certain priest was going down that way: and when he saw him, he went by on the other side.
32And in the same way, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, went by on the other side.
33But a certain man of Samaria, journeying that way, came where he was, and when he saw him, he was moved with pity for him,
34And came to him and put clean linen round his wounds, with oil and wine; and he put him on his beast and took him to a house and took care of him.
35And the day after he took two pennies and gave them to the owner of the house and said, Take care of him; and if this money is not enough, when I come again I will give you whatever more is needed.
36Which of these three men, in your opinion, was neighbour to the man who came into the hands of thieves?
37And he said, The one who had mercy on him. And Jesus said, Go and do the same.
38Now, while they were on their way, he came to a certain town; and a woman named Martha took him into her house.
39And she had a sister, by name Mary, who took her seat at the Lord’s feet and gave attention to his words.
40But Martha had her hands full of the work of the house, and she came to him and said, Lord, is it nothing to you that my sister has let me do all the work? Say to her that she is to give me some help.
41But the Lord, answering, said to her, Martha, Martha, you are full of care and troubled about such a number of things:
42Little is needed, or even one thing only: for Mary has taken that good part, which will not be taken away from her.