Judah on Trial
2 Listen, heavens, and pay attention, earth,(H)
for the Lord has spoken:
“I have raised children[b] and brought them up,
but they have rebelled against me.(I)
3 The ox knows its owner,
and the donkey its master’s feeding trough,
but Israel does not know;
my people do not understand.”(J)
4 Oh sinful nation,
people weighed down with iniquity,(K)
brood of evildoers,(L)
They have abandoned(M) the Lord;
they have despised(N) the Holy One of Israel;(O)
they have turned their backs on him.
5 Why do you want more beatings?
Why do you keep on rebelling?
The whole head is hurt,
and the whole heart is sick.
6 From the sole of the foot even to the head,(P)
no spot is uninjured(Q)—
wounds, welts, and festering sores
not cleansed, bandaged,
or soothed with oil.
7 Your land is desolate,
your cities burned down;(R)
foreigners devour your fields
right in front of you—
a desolation, like a place demolished by foreigners.
8 Daughter Zion(S) is abandoned
like a shelter in a vineyard,
like a shack in a cucumber field,
like a besieged city.
9 If the Lord of Armies(T)
had not left us a few survivors,(U)
we would be like Sodom,
we would resemble Gomorrah.(V)
10 Hear the word of the Lord,(W)
you rulers of Sodom!
Listen to the instruction of our God,
you people of Gomorrah!(X)
11 “What are all your sacrifices to me?”
asks the Lord.
“I have had enough of burnt offerings and rams
and the fat of well-fed cattle;
I have no desire for the blood of bulls,
lambs, or male goats.(Y)
12 When you come to appear before me,
who requires this from you—
this trampling of my courts?
13 Stop bringing useless offerings.(Z)
Your incense is detestable to me.
New Moons and Sabbaths,(AA)
and the calling of solemn assemblies(AB)—
I cannot stand iniquity(AC) with a festival.
14 I hate your New Moons and prescribed festivals.
They have become a burden to me;
I am tired of putting up with them.
15 When you spread out your hands in prayer,(AD)
I will refuse to look at you;
even if you offer countless prayers,
I will not listen.(AE)
Your hands are covered with blood.(AF)
Purification of Jerusalem
16 “Wash yourselves. Cleanse yourselves.(AG)
Remove your evil deeds from my sight.
Stop doing evil.(AH)
17 Learn to do what is good.
Correct the oppressor.[c]
Defend the rights of the fatherless.
Plead the widow’s cause.
18 “Come, let’s settle this,”(AJ)
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are scarlet,
they will be as white as snow;(AK)
though they are crimson red,
they will be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
you will eat the good things of the land.(AL)
20 But if you refuse and rebel,
you will be devoured by the sword.”(AM)
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.(AN)
21 The faithful town—
what an adulteress[d] she has become!
She was once full of justice.
Righteousness once dwelt in her,
but now, murderers!
22 Your silver has become dross to be discarded,
your beer[e] is diluted with water.
23 Your rulers are rebels,
friends of thieves.(AO)
They all love graft
and chase after bribes.(AP)
They do not defend the rights of the fatherless,
and the widow’s case never comes before them.(AQ)
24 Therefore the Lord God of Armies,
the Mighty One of Israel, declares:
“Ah, I will get even with my foes;
I will take revenge against my enemies.(AR)
25 I will turn my hand against you(AS)
and will burn away your dross completely;[f]
I will remove all your impurities.(AT)
26 I will restore your judges(AU) to what they were at first,
and your advisers to what they were at the start.
Afterward you will be called the Righteous City,(AV)
a Faithful Town.”
27 Zion will be redeemed by justice,
those who repent, by righteousness.(AW)
28 At the same time both rebels and sinners will be broken,
and those who abandon the Lord will perish.
29 Indeed, they[g] will be ashamed of the sacred trees
and you will be embarrassed because of the garden shrines
you have chosen.(AY)
30 For you will become like an oak
whose leaves are withered,
and like a garden without water.(AZ)
31 The strong one will become tinder,
and his work a spark;
both will burn together,(BA)
with no one to extinguish the flames.(BB)
The City of Peace
2 The vision that Isaiah(BC) son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:
2 In(BD) the last days(BE)
the mountain of the Lord’s house(BF) will be established
at the top of the mountains
and will be raised above the hills.
All nations will stream to it,(BG)
3 and many peoples will come and say,
“Come, let’s go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob.(BH)
He will teach us about his ways
so that we may walk in his paths.”
For instruction will go out of Zion
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4 He will settle disputes among the nations
and provide arbitration for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plows
and their spears into pruning knives.(BI)
Nation will not take up the sword against nation,
and they will never again train for war.(BJ)
The Day of the Lord
5 House of Jacob,
come and let’s walk in the Lord’s light.(BK)
6 For you have abandoned(BL) your people,
the house of Jacob,
because they are full of divination from the East
and of fortune-tellers(BM) like the Philistines.(BN)
They are in league[h] with foreigners.
7 Their[i][j] land is full of silver and gold,
and there is no limit to their treasures;
their land is full of horses,
and there is no limit to their chariots.(BO)
8 Their land is full of worthless idols;(BP)
they worship the work of their hands,
what their fingers have made.(BQ)
9 So humanity is brought low,
and each person is humbled.
Do not forgive them!(BR)
10 Go into the rocks(BS)
and hide in the dust
from the terror of the Lord(BT)
and from his majestic splendor.(BU)
11 The pride of mankind[k] will be humbled,(BV)
and human loftiness will be brought low;
the Lord alone will be exalted on that day.
12 For a day belonging to the Lord of Armies is coming
against all that is proud and lofty,(BW)
against all that is lifted up—it will be humbled—
13 against all the cedars of Lebanon,(BX)
lofty and lifted up,
against all the oaks of Bashan,(BY)
14 against all the high mountains,(BZ)
against all the lofty hills,
15 against every high tower,(CA)
against every fortified wall,
16 against every ship of Tarshish,(CB)
and against every splendid sea vessel.
17 The pride of mankind will be brought low,
and human loftiness will be humbled;
the Lord alone will be exalted on that day.(CC)
18 The worthless idols will vanish completely.
19 People will go into caves in the rocks(CD)
and holes in the ground,
away from the terror of the Lord
and from his majestic splendor,
when he rises to terrify the earth.(CE)
20 On that day people will throw
their worthless idols of silver and gold,(CF)
which they made to worship,
to the moles and the bats.
21 They will go into the caves of the rocks
and the crevices in the cliffs,
away from the terror of the Lord
and from his majestic splendor,(CG)
when he rises to terrify the earth.
22 Put no more trust in a mere human,
who has only the breath in his nostrils.(CH)
What is he really worth?
- 1:1 : Pr 29:18; Dn 8:1; Ob 1; Nah 1:1; Hab 2:2–3
- 1:1 : Is 2:1; 13:1
- 1:1 : 2Ch 26:3–5
- 1:1 : 2Kg 15:32–38
- 1:1 : 2Kg 16:1–4
- 1:1 : 2Kg 18:1–8
- 1:1 : Hs 1:1; Mc 1:1
- 1:2 : Dt 4:26; 32:1; Is 30:1; Mc 1:2
- 1:2 : Is 30:1
- 1:3 : Jr 8:7
- 1:4 : Is 13:11
- 1:4 : Is 14:20; Mt 3:7
- 1:4 : Dt 4:31
- 1:4 : Nm 14:11; Dt 31:20; Pr 5:12; Is 5:24
- 1:4 : Is 5:19,24; 10:20; 12:6; 29:19; 30:11–15
- 1:6 : Jb 2:7
- 1:6 : Ps 38:3
- 1:7 : Lv 26:33; Dt 28:51–52; Is 6:11–12; Jr 44:6
- 1:8 : Is 10:32; 37:22; Zch 2:10; 9:9
- 1:9 : 1Sm 17:45
- 1:9 : Is 10:21–22
- 1:9 : Gn 19:24–25; Is 3:9; 13:19; Rm 9:29
- 1:10 : Is 28:14
- 1:10 : Is 3:9; Ezk 16:46–49,55; Rv 11:8
- 1:11 : 1Sm 15:22; Jr 6:20; Hs 6:6; Am 5:21–24; Mt 23:23; Mk 12:33
- 1:13 : Mal 1:10
- 1:13 : Nm 28:11; 1Ch 23:31
- 1:13 : Ex 12:16; Lv 23:36
- 1:13 : Is 13:11
- 1:15 : 1Kg 8:22
- 1:15 : Is 59:2; Jr 7:16; Ezk 8:18; Am 5:23; Hab 1:2; Zch 7:13
- 1:15 : Pr 1:28; Is 59:1–3; Mc 3:4
- 1:16 : Ps 26:6; Is 4:4; 52:11
- 1:16 : Jr 25:5
- 1:17 : Dt 16:20; 1Kg 3:11; Ps 89:14; Is 10:2; 11:4; Am 5:15; Zch 7:9
- 1:18 : Is 41:1,21; 43:26; Mc 6:2
- 1:18 : Ps 51:7; Is 43:25; 44:22; Rv 7:14
- 1:19–20 : Dt 30:15–20
- 1:20 : Jr 12:12
- 1:20 : Is 24:3; 40:5; 58:14; Mc 4:4
- 1:23 : Hs 5:10
- 1:23 : Ex 23:8; Mc 7:2–6
- 1:23 : Ex 22:22; Dt 24:17; Is 10:2; Jr 5:28; Ezk 22:7; Zch 7:10
- 1:24 : Is 35:4; 59:18; Jr 46:10
- 1:25 : Ps 81:14; Is 5:25; Am 1:8
- 1:25 : Ezk 22:20; Mal 3:3
- 1:26 : Is 60:17; Mt 19:28
- 1:26 : Is 33:5; 60:14; 62:1–2; Zch 8:3
- 1:27 : Rm 3:26
- 1:29 : Is 2:8; 57:5; Hs 4:13
- 1:29 : Is 65:3; 66:17
- 1:30 : Ps 1:3; Is 64:6
- 1:31 : Is 5:24; 9:19; 26:11; 33:11–14
- 1:31 : Is 66:24; Mt 3:12; Mk 9:43
- 2:1 : 2Kg 19:2; 20:1; 2Ch 26:22; 32:20; Is 1:1; 13:1
- 2:2–4 : Mc 4:1–4; Rm 2:20
- 2:2 : Nm 24:14; Dt 4:30; Ezk 38:16; Hs 3:5
- 2:2 : 2Ch 33:15; Is 27:13; 66:20
- 2:2 : Ps 22:27; Is 56:7; Zch 14:10
- 2:3 : Is 29:23; 45:23; 60:13; 66:18
- 2:4 : Is 11:6–9; 32:17–18; Jl 3:10
- 2:4 : Ps 72:3,7; Is 9:7; Hs 2:18; Zch 9:10
- 2:5 : Ps 27:1; 43:3
- 2:6 : Dt 31:17; Ps 94:14; Is 1:4
- 2:6 : Lv 19:26; Dt 18:10–14; 2Kg 21:6; 2Ch 33:6; Jr 27:9; Mc 5:12
- 2:6 : Jdg 14:3; 1Sm 6:2; 2Kg 1:2–6
- 2:7 : Dt 17:17
- 2:8 : Is 10:10–11; 19:1–3; 31:7; Jr 2:28
- 2:8 : Is 41:21–29; 44:9–17
- 2:9 : Ex 34:7
- 2:10 : Rv 6:15
- 2:10 : 1Sm 11:7; 2Ch 14:14; 17:10; 19:7; Is 2:19,21
- 2:10 : 2Th 1:9
- 2:11 : Ps 18:27; Is 2:17; Mc 2:3; 2Co 10:5
- 2:12 : Mal 4:1
- 2:13 : Ps 29:5; Is 14:8; Hs 14:5
- 2:13 : Ezk 27:6; Zch 11:2
- 2:14 : Is 40:4
- 2:15 : Is 25:12; Zph 1:16
- 2:16 : 1Kg 10:22; Is 23:1,14; 60:9
- 2:17 : Mt 25:13
- 2:19 : Is 2:10
- 2:19 : Ps 18:7; Is 13:13; 24:1,19–20; Hg 2:6–7; Heb 12:26
- 2:20 : Is 30:22; 31:7
- 2:21 : Is 2:10
- 2:22 : Ps 39:11; 144:4; 146:3; Jr 17:5; Jms 4:14
2 Corinthians 10
Paul’s Apostolic Authority
10 Now I, Paul, myself, appeal to you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble among you in person but bold toward you when absent. 2 I beg you that when I am present I will not need to be bold with the confidence by which I plan to challenge certain people who think we are living according to the flesh.(A) 3 For although we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh, 4 since the weapons of our warfare(B) are not of the flesh, but are powerful(C) through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments 5 and every proud thing that is raised up against the knowledge(D) of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ. 6 And we are ready to punish any disobedience, once your obedience is complete.
7 Look at what is obvious.[a] If anyone is confident that he belongs to Christ,(E) let him remind himself of this: Just as he belongs to Christ, so do we. 8 For if I boast a little too much about our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up(F) and not for tearing you down, I will not be put to shame. 9 I don’t want to seem as though I am trying to terrify you with my letters. 10 For it is said, “His letters are weighty and powerful, but his physical presence is weak and his public speaking amounts to nothing.” 11 Let such a person consider this: What we are in our letters, when we are absent, we will also be in our actions when we are present.
12 For we don’t dare classify or compare ourselves with some who commend(G) themselves. But in measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves to themselves,(H) they lack understanding.(I) 13 We, however, will not boast beyond measure but according to the measure of the area of ministry that God has assigned(J) to us, which reaches even to you. 14 For we are not overextending ourselves, as if we had not reached you, since we have come to you with the gospel of Christ. 15 We are not boasting beyond measure about other people’s labors. On the contrary, we have the hope(K) that as your faith increases, our area of ministry will be greatly enlarged, 16 so that we may preach the gospel to the regions beyond you(L) without boasting about what has already been done in someone else’s area of ministry.(M) 17 So let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.[b](N) 18 For it is not the one commending himself who is approved, but the one the Lord commends.(O)
God Judges the Proud
For the choir director. A Maskil of David. When Doeg the Edomite went and reported to Saul, telling him, “David went to Ahimelech’s house.”(A)
1 Why boast about evil, you hero!(B)
God’s faithful love is constant.(C)
2 Like a sharpened razor,
your tongue devises destruction,
3 You love evil instead of good,
lying instead of speaking truthfully.(E)Selah
4 You love any words that destroy,
you treacherous tongue!(F)
5 This is why God will bring you down forever.
He will take you, ripping you out of your tent;
he will uproot you from the land of the living.(G)Selah
6 The righteous will see and fear,
and they will derisively say about that hero,[a](H)
7 “Here is the man
who would not make God his refuge,
but trusted in the abundance of his riches,
taking refuge in his destructive behavior.”(I)
8 But I am like a flourishing olive tree
in the house of God;(J)
I trust in God’s faithful love forever and ever.(K)
9 I will praise you forever for what you have done.
In the presence of your faithful people,
I will put my hope in your name, for it is good.(L)
- 52:6 Lit about him