A Deal with Death
14 Therefore hear the word of the Lord,(A) you scoffers(B)
who rule this people in Jerusalem.
15 For you said, “We have made a covenant with Death,
and we have an agreement with Sheol;
when the overwhelming catastrophe[a] passes through,(C)
it will not touch us,
because we have made falsehood our refuge
and have hidden behind treachery.”
16 Therefore the Lord God said:
“Look, I have laid a stone(D) in Zion,
a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation;(E)
the one who believes will be unshakable.[b](F)
17 And I will make justice the measuring line
and righteousness the mason’s level.”(G)
Hail will sweep away the false refuge,
and water will flood your hiding place.
18 Your covenant with Death will be dissolved,
and your agreement with Sheol will not last.
When the overwhelming catastrophe passes through,
you will be trampled.
19 Every time it passes through,
it will carry you away;
it will pass through every morning—
every day and every night.
Only terror(H) will cause you
to understand the message.[c]
20 Indeed, the bed is too short to stretch out on,
and its cover too small to wrap up in.
21 For the Lord will rise up as he did at Mount Perazim.(I)
He will rise in wrath, as at the Valley of Gibeon,(J)
to do his work, his unexpected work,
and to perform his task, his unfamiliar task.
22 So now, do not scoff,
or your shackles will become stronger.
Indeed, I have heard from the Lord God of Armies
a decree of destruction for the whole land.(K)
God’s Wonderful Advice
23 Listen and hear my voice.
Pay attention and hear what I say.
24 Does the plowman plow every day to plant seed?
Does he continuously break up and cultivate the soil?
25 When he has leveled its surface,
does he not then scatter black cumin and sow cumin?
He plants wheat in rows and barley in plots,
with spelt as their border.
26 His God teaches him order;
he instructs him.
27 Certainly black cumin is not threshed
with a threshing board,
and a cart wheel is not rolled over the cumin.
But black cumin is beaten out with a stick,
and cumin with a rod.
28 Bread grain is crushed,
but is not threshed endlessly.
Though the wheel of the farmer’s cart rumbles,
his horses do not crush it.
29 This also comes from the Lord of Armies.
He gives wondrous advice;
he gives great wisdom.(L)
Woe to Jerusalem
29 Woe to Ariel,[d] Ariel,
the city where David camped!(M)
Continue year after year;
let the festivals recur.
2 I will oppress Ariel,
and there will be mourning and crying,
and she will be to me like an Ariel.
3 I will camp in a circle around you;
I will besiege you with earth ramps,
and I will set up my siege towers against you.
4 You will be brought down;
you will speak from the ground,
and your words will come from low in the dust.
Your voice will be like that of a spirit from the ground;(N)
your speech will whisper from the dust.
5 Your many foes[e] will be like fine dust,(O)
and many of the ruthless, like blowing chaff.
Then suddenly, in an instant,(P)
6 you will be punished by the Lord of Armies
with thunder, earthquake, and loud noise,
storm, tempest, and a flame of consuming fire.(Q)
7 All the many nations(R)
going out to battle against Ariel—
all the attackers, the siege works against her,
and those who oppress her—
will then be like a dream, a vision in the night.(S)
8 It will be like a hungry one who dreams he is eating,
then wakes and is still hungry;
and like a thirsty one who dreams he is drinking,
then wakes and is still thirsty, longing for water.
So it will be for all the many nations
who go to battle against Mount Zion.
9 Stop and be astonished;
blind yourselves and be blind!
They are drunk,[f] but not with wine;
they stagger,[g] but not with beer.(T)
10 For the Lord has poured out on you
an overwhelming urge to[h] sleep;(U)
he has shut your eyes (the prophets)
and covered your heads (the seers).(V)
11 For you the entire vision will be like the words of a sealed document.(W) If it is given to one who can read and he is asked to read it,[i] he will say, “I can’t read it, because it is sealed.” 12 And if the document is given to one who cannot read and he is asked to read it,[j] he will say, “I can’t read.”
13 The Lord said:
These people approach me with their speeches(X)
to honor me with lip-service,[k]
yet their hearts are far from me,
and human rules direct their worship of me.[l]
14 Therefore, I will again confound these people
with wonder after wonder.(Y)
The wisdom of their wise will vanish,(Z)
and the perception of their perceptive will be hidden.
15 Woe to those who go to great lengths
to hide their plans from the Lord.(AA)
They do their works in the dark,
and say, “Who sees us? Who knows us?” (AB)
16 You have turned things around,
as if the potter were the same as the clay.
How can what is made say about its maker,
“He didn’t make me”?(AC)
How can what is formed
say about the one who formed it,
“He doesn’t understand what he’s doing”?
17 Isn’t it true that in just a little while
Lebanon will become an orchard,
and the orchard will seem like a forest?(AD)
18 On that day the deaf will hear(AE)
the words of a document,
and out of a deep darkness
the eyes of the blind will see.
19 The humble will have joy
after joy in the Lord,
and the poor people will rejoice(AF)
in the Holy One of Israel.(AG)
20 For the ruthless one will vanish,
the scorner will disappear,(AH)
and all those who lie in wait with evil intent
will be killed—
21 those who, with their speech,
accuse a person of wrongdoing,
who set a trap for the one mediating at the city gate
and without cause deprive the righteous of justice.(AI)
22 Therefore, the Lord who redeemed Abraham(AJ) says this about the house of Jacob:
Jacob will no longer be ashamed,
and his face will no longer be pale.
23 For when he sees his children,
the work of my hands within his nation,
they will honor my name,
they will honor the Holy One of Jacob(AK)
and stand in awe of the God of Israel.(AL)
24 Those who are confused will gain understanding,
and those who grumble will accept instruction.
Condemnation of the Egyptian Alliance
30 Woe to the rebellious children!(AM)
This is the Lord’s declaration.
They carry out a plan,(AN) but not mine;
they make an alliance,
but against my will,
piling sin on top of sin.
2 Without asking my advice
they set out to go down to Egypt(AO)
in order to seek shelter under Pharaoh’s protection
and take refuge in Egypt’s shadow.(AP)
3 But Pharaoh’s protection will become your shame,
and refuge in Egypt’s shadow your humiliation.(AQ)
4 For though his[m] princes are at Zoan(AR)
and his messengers reach as far as Hanes,
5 everyone will be ashamed
because of a people who can’t help.
They are of no benefit, they are no help;
they are good for nothing but shame and disgrace.(AS)
Through a land of trouble and distress,
of lioness and lion,
of viper and flying serpent,(AU)
they carry their wealth on the backs of donkeys
and their treasures on the humps of camels,
to a people who will not help them.
7 Egypt’s help is completely worthless;
therefore, I call her:
Rahab Who Just Sits.(AV)
8 Go now, write it on a tablet in their presence
and inscribe it on a scroll;
it will be for the future,
forever and ever.
9 They are a rebellious people,
children who do not want to listen to the Lord’s instruction.
10 They say to the seers, “Do not see,”
and to the prophets,
“Do not prophesy the truth to us.
Tell us flattering things.(AX)
11 Get out of the way!
Leave the pathway.
Rid us of the Holy One of Israel.”(AY)
- 28:15 Or whip; Hb obscure, also in v. 18
- 28:16 Lit will not hurry
- 28:19 Or The understanding of the message will cause sheer terror
- 29:1 Or Altar Hearth, or Lion of God; Hb obscure, also in v. 2
- 29:5 Lit foreigners
- 29:9 LXX, Tg, Vg read Be drunk
- 29:9 Tg, Vg read wine; stagger
- 29:10 Lit you a spirit of
- 29:11 Lit If one gives it to one who knows the document, saying, “Read this, please”
- 29:12 Lit who does not know the document, saying, “Read this, please”
- 29:13 Lit their mouth and honor me with its lips
- 29:13 Lit their fearing of me is a taught command of men
- 30:4 Or Judah’s
- 30:6 Or Southland
- 28:14 : Is 1:10; 39:5,8; 66:5
- 28:14 : Is 29:20
- 28:15 : Is 8:7–8
- 28:16 : Is 8:14; 26:4
- 28:16 : Mt 21:42; Mk 12:10; Lk 20:17; Ac 4:11; 1Co 3:11; Eph 2:20
- 28:16 : Rm 9:33; 1Pt 2:6
- 28:17 : 2Kg 21:13; Is 5:16; 30:18; 61:8; Am 7:7–9
- 28:19 : 2Ch 29:8; Jr 15:4; 24:9; 29:18
- 28:21 : 2Sm 5:20; 1Ch 14:11
- 28:21 : Jos 10:10,12; 2Sm 5:25; 1Ch 14:16
- 28:22 : Is 10:22–23; Rm 9:27–28
- 28:29 : Is 9:6; Jr 32:19
- 29:1 : 2Sm 5:9
- 29:4 : Is 8:19
- 29:5 : Is 17:13; 41:15–16
- 29:5 : Is 17:14; 30:13; 47:11; 1Th 5:3
- 29:6 : Ex 9:23; 19:16,19; 20:18; 1Sm 2:10; 12:18; Jb 40:9; Ps 77:18; Zch 14:5; Rv 4:5; 11:13
- 29:7 : Mc 4:11–12; Zch 12:9
- 29:7 : Jb 20:8; Ps 73:20; Is 17:14
- 29:9 : Lk 1:15
- 29:10 : Ps 69:23; Is 6:9–10; Mc 3:6
- 29:10 : Rm 11:8
- 29:11 : Is 8:16; Dn 12:4,9; Mt 13:11; Rv 5:1
- 29:13 : Ezk 33:31; Mt 15:8–9; Mk 7:6–7
- 29:14 : Is 6:9–10; 28:21; 65:7; Hab 1:5
- 29:14 : Is 44:25; Jr 8:9; 49:7; 1Co 1:19
- 29:15 : Ps 10:11,13; Is 28:15; 30:1
- 29:15 : Jb 22:13; Is 57:12; Ezk 8:12
- 29:16 : Rm 9:20
- 29:17 : Ps 84:6; 107:33,35; Is 32:15
- 29:18 : Is 35:5; 42:18–19; 43:8; Mt 11:5; Mk 7:37
- 29:19 : Ps 69:32; Is 49:13
- 29:19 : Is 1:4
- 29:20 : Is 28:14
- 29:21 : Is 32:7; Am 5:10,12
- 29:22 : Is 41:8; 51:2; 63:16
- 29:23 : 2Sm 23:1; Ps 24:6; 76:6; 114:7; Is 2:3
- 29:23 : Is 5:16; 8:13
- 30:1 : Dt 21:18–21; Is 1:2,23; 30:9; 65:2
- 30:1 : Is 29:15
- 30:2 : Is 31:1; Jr 43:7
- 30:2 : Is 36:9
- 30:3 : Is 20:5–6; 36:6; Jr 42:18,22
- 30:4 : Is 19:11
- 30:5 : Jr 2:36
- 30:6 : Is 13:1
- 30:6 : Dt 8:15
- 30:7 : Ps 87:4; 89:10; Is 51:9; Ezk 29:3,7
- 30:9 : Is 30:1
- 30:10 : 1Kg 22:8,13; Jr 6:14; 23:17,26; Ezk 13:8–16; Rm 16:18; 2Tm 4:3–4
- 30:11 : Is 1:4; 41:14–20; 43:14; 45:11; 48:17; 49:7; 54:5; 55:5; 60:9,14
23 Before this faith(A) came, we were confined under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith was revealed.(B) 24 The law, then, was our guardian until Christ,(C) so that we could be justified by faith. 25 But since that faith(D) has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for through faith you are all sons of God in Christ Jesus.
Sons and Heirs
27 For those of you who were baptized into Christ have been clothed with Christ.(E) 28 There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free,(F) male and female;(G) since you are all one(H) in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs(I) according to the promise.(J)
4 Now I say that as long as the heir(K) is a child, he differs in no way from a slave, though he is the owner(L) of everything. 2 Instead, he is under guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. 3 In the same way we also, when we were children, were in slavery under the elements[a] of the world.(M) 4 When the time came to completion, God sent his Son,(N) born of a woman,(O) born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.(P) 6 And because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son(Q) into our[b] hearts, crying, “Abba,[c] Father!” (R) 7 So you are no longer a slave(S) but a son,(T) and if a son, then God has made you an heir.(U)
Paul’s Concern for the Galatians
8 But in the past, since you didn’t know God,(V) you were enslaved to things[d] that by nature are not gods. 9 But now, since you know God,(W) or rather have become known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless(X) elements?(Y) Do you want to be enslaved to them all over again? 10 You are observing special days, months, seasons, and years.(Z) 11 I am fearful for you, that perhaps my labor for you has been wasted.
12 I beg you, brothers and sisters: Become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You have not wronged me; 13 you know[e] that previously I preached the gospel to you because of a weakness of the flesh. 14 You did not despise or reject me though my physical condition was a trial for you.[f] On the contrary, you received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus himself.
15 Where, then, is your blessing? For I testify to you that, if possible, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me. 16 So then, have I become your enemy because I told you the truth?(AA) 17 They court you eagerly, but not for good. They want to exclude you from me, so that you would pursue them. 18 But it is always good to be pursued[g] in a good manner—and not just when I am with you. 19 My children,(AB) I am again suffering labor pains(AC) for you until Christ is formed in you. 20 I would like to be with you right now and change my tone of voice, because I don’t know what to do about you.
Sarah and Hagar: Two Covenants
21 Tell me, you who want to be under the law, don’t you hear the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham(AD) had two sons, one by a slave(AE) and the other by a free woman. 23 But the one by the slave was born as a result of the flesh, while the one by the free woman was born through promise. 24 These things are being taken figuratively, for the women represent two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai(AF) and bears children into slavery—this is Hagar.(AG) 25 Now Hagar represents Mount Sinai in Arabia(AH) and corresponds to the present Jerusalem,(AI) for she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem above(AJ) is free, and she is our mother. 27 For it is written,(AK)
Rejoice, childless woman,(AL)
unable to give birth.
Burst into song and shout,
you who are not in labor,
for the children of the desolate woman will be many,
more numerous than those
of the woman who has a husband.[h](AM)
28 Now you too, brothers and sisters, like Isaac,(AN) are children of promise.(AO) 29 But just as then the child born as a result of the flesh persecuted the one born as a result of the Spirit,(AP) so also now.(AQ) 30 But what does the Scripture say? “Drive out the slave and her son, for the son of the slave will never be a coheir with the son of the free woman.”[i](AR) 31 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of a slave but of the free woman.(AS)
- 4:3 Or spirits, or principles
- 4:6 Other mss read your
- 4:6 Aramaic for father
- 4:8 Or beings
- 4:12–13 Or 12 Become like I am, because I—inasmuch as you are brothers and sisters—am not requesting anything of you. You wronged me. 13 You know
- 4:14 Other mss read me
- 4:18 Lit zealously courted
- 4:27 Is 54:1
- 4:30 Gn 21:10
- 3:23 : Jd 3
- 3:23 : Lk 10:21
- 3:24 : Mt 5:17; Col 2:17; Heb 9:10
- 3:25 : Jd 3
- 3:27 : Pr 31:25
- 3:28 : Jn 8:33
- 3:28 : Rm 10:12; 1Co 12:13; Gl 5:6
- 3:28 : Jn 17:11
- 3:29 : Rm 4:14; 8:17
- 3:29 : Rm 4:13
- 4:1 : Nm 26:52–62
- 4:1 : Col 3:22
- 4:3 : Rm 7:6; 2Pt 2:20
- 4:4 : Jn 5:19; Heb 1:2
- 4:4 : Gn 3:15; Lk 2:7; Php 2:7
- 4:5 : Dt 14:1; Mt 5:9
- 4:6 : Ac 16:7; Rm 5:5,20; 8:9,16; 2Co 3:17
- 4:6 : Mk 14:36; Rm 8:15
- 4:7 : Mt 10:24; Rv 1:1
- 4:7 : Dt 14:1; Mt 5:9
- 4:7 : Nm 26:52–62; Rm 4:14; 8:17
- 4:8 : Jn 7:28; Php 3:8
- 4:9 : Pr 2:6; Php 3:8
- 4:9 : Mk 14:17; Rm 15:26
- 4:9 : Col 2:8
- 4:10 : Rm 14:5; Col 2:16
- 4:16 : Eph 4:15
- 4:19 : 1Th 2:11
- 4:19 : 1Co 4:15; Jms 1:18
- 4:22 : Gn 16:15; Jn 8:37; Heb 2:16
- 4:22 : Rm 8:15,21; Heb 2:15
- 4:24 : Ex 16:1
- 4:24 : Gn 16:1
- 4:25 : Is 21:13; Jr 25:24; Ezk 27:21; Gl 1:17
- 4:25 : Mt 23:37; Ac 8:1
- 4:26 : Heb 12:22; Rv 3:12; 21:2,10
- 4:27 : Ac 15:15
- 4:27 : Gn 11:30; Lk 1:7
- 4:27 : Is 54:1
- 4:28 : Ps 105:9; Jms 2:21
- 4:28 : Gn 12:7; Rm 9:8; Gl 3:29
- 4:29 : Ps 51:11; Jn 1:33; Ac 2:4; Rm 8:9; Gl 5:25; Ti 3:5; Rv 3:22
- 4:29 : Gn 21:9
- 4:30 : Gn 21:10
- 4:31 : 1Pt 3:6
Trust in God Alone
For the choir director: according to Jeduthun.(A) A psalm of David.
3 How long will you threaten a man?
Will all of you attack[a]
as if he were a leaning wall
or a tottering fence?(E)
4 They only plan to bring him down
from his high position.
They take pleasure in lying;
they bless with their mouths,
but they curse inwardly.(F)Selah
5 Rest in God alone, my soul,
for my hope comes from him.(G)
6 He alone is my rock and my salvation,(H)
my stronghold; I will not be shaken.(I)
7 My salvation and glory depend on God, my strong rock.
My refuge is in God.(J)
8 Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts before him.
God is our refuge.(K)Selah
9 Common people are only a vapor;
important people, an illusion.
Together on a scale,
they weigh less than[b] a vapor.(L)
10 Place no trust in oppression
or false hope in robbery.(M)
If wealth increases,
don’t set your heart on it.(N)
- 62:0 : Ps 39
- 62:1 : Ps 33:20; 37:39
- 62:1–2 : Dt 32:15; 2Sm 22:47
- 62:2 : Ps 37:24; 55:22
- 62:3 : Is 30:13
- 62:4 : Ps 4:2; 55:21
- 62:5 : Ps 71:5
- 62:6 : Ps 89:26; 95:1
- 62:6 : Ps 16:8; 21:7
- 62:7 : Ps 18:2
- 62:8 : Ps 91:2; 118:8–9
- 62:9 : Ps 39:5–6,11; Ec 1:2; Is 40:17
- 62:10 : Pr 22:16
- 62:10 : Jb 31:24–25; Pr 11:28; Mk 4:19; 1Tm 6:10,17–19
- 62:11 : Jb 40:5
- 62:12 : Mt 16:27; Rm 2:6; Rv 22:12
19 Listen, my son, and be wise;
keep your mind on the right course.
20 Don’t associate with those who drink too much wine(A)
or with those who gorge themselves on meat.(B)
21 For the drunkard and the glutton will become poor,
and grogginess will clothe them in rags.(C)