12 You will be righteous, Lord,(A)
even if I bring a case against you.
Yet, I wish to contend with you:(B)
Why does the way of the wicked prosper?(C)
Why do all the treacherous live at ease?
2 You planted them,(D) and they have taken root.
They have grown and produced fruit.
You are ever on their lips,[a]
but far from their conscience.[b](E)
3 As for you, Lord, you know me; you see me.(F)
You test whether my heart is with you.(G)
Drag the wicked away like sheep to slaughter(H)
and set them apart for the day of killing.
4 How long will the land mourn(I)
and the grass of every field wither?
Because of the evil of its residents,
animals and birds have been swept away,(J)
for the people have said,
“He cannot see what our end will be.”[c](K)
The Lord’s Response
5 If you have raced with runners
and they have worn you out,
how can you compete with horses?
If you stumble[d] in a peaceful land,
what will you do in the thickets of the Jordan?(L)
6 Even your brothers—your own father’s family—
even they were treacherous to you;(M)
even they have cried out loudly after you.(N)
Do not have confidence in them,
though they speak well of you.
7 I have abandoned my house;(O)
I have deserted my inheritance.
I have handed the love of my life
over to her enemies.
8 My inheritance has behaved toward me
like a lion in the forest.
She has roared against me.
Therefore, I hate her.(P)
9 Is my inheritance like a hyena[e] to me?
Are birds of prey circling her?
Go, gather all the wild animals;(Q)
bring them to devour her.
10 Many shepherds have destroyed my vineyard;
they have trampled my plot of land.(R)
They have turned my desirable plot
into a desolate wasteland.
11 They have made it a desolation.
It mourns, desolate, before me.
All the land is desolate,
but no one takes it to heart.(S)
12 Over all the barren heights in the wilderness
the destroyers have come,
for the Lord has a sword that devours
from one end of the earth to the other.
No one has peace.(T)
13 They have sown wheat but harvested thorns.(U)
They have exhausted themselves but have no profit.(V)
Be put to shame by your harvests
because of the Lord’s burning anger.(W)
14 This is what the Lord says: “Concerning all my evil neighbors who attack the inheritance that I bequeathed to my people, Israel, I am about to uproot them(X) from their land, and I will uproot the house of Judah from them. 15 After I have uprooted them, I will once again have compassion(Y) on them and return each one to his inheritance and to his land. 16 If they will diligently learn the ways of my people(Z)—to swear by my name, ‘As the Lord lives,’ just as they taught my people to swear by Baal—they will be built up among my people. 17 However, if they will not obey, then I will uproot and destroy that nation.”(AA)
This is the Lord’s declaration.
3 Then the word of the Lord came to me a second time: 4 “Take the underwear that you bought and are wearing,[g] and go at once to the Euphrates[h] and hide it in a rocky crevice.”(AC) 5 So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as the Lord commanded me.
6 A long time later the Lord said to me, “Go at once to the Euphrates and get the underwear that I commanded you to hide there.” 7 So I went to the Euphrates and dug up the underwear and got it from the place where I had hidden it, but it was ruined—of no use at all.
8 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 9 “This is what the Lord says: Just like this I will ruin the great pride of both Judah and Jerusalem.(AD) 10 These evil people, who refuse to listen to me, who follow the stubbornness of their own hearts,(AE) and who have followed other gods to serve and bow in worship—they will be like this underwear, of no use at all. 11 Just as underwear clings to one’s waist, so I fastened the whole house of Israel and of Judah to me”(AF)—this is the Lord’s declaration—“so that they might be my people for my fame, praise, and glory,(AG) but they would not obey.
The Wine Jars
12 “Say this to them: ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Every jar should be filled with wine.’ Then they will respond to you, ‘Don’t we know that every jar should be filled with wine?’ 13 And you will say to them, ‘This is what the Lord says: I am about to fill all who live in this land—the kings who reign for David on his throne, the priests, the prophets, and all the residents of Jerusalem—with drunkenness. 14 I will smash them against each other, fathers and sons alike—this is the Lord’s declaration. I will allow no mercy, pity, or compassion to keep me from destroying them.’”(AH)
The Lord’s Warning
15 Listen and pay attention. Do not be proud,
for the Lord has spoken.
16 Give glory to the Lord your God(AI)
before he brings darkness,
before your feet stumble
on the mountains at dusk.
You wait for light,
but he brings darkest gloom[i]
and makes total darkness.
17 But if you will not listen,
my innermost being will weep in secret
because of your pride.
My eyes will overflow with tears,
for the Lord’s flock(AJ) has been taken captive.
18 Say to the king and the queen mother:(AK)
Take a humble seat,
for your glorious crowns
have fallen from your heads.
19 The cities of the Negev are under siege;
no one can help them.
All of Judah has been taken into exile,
taken completely into exile.
20 Look up and see
those coming from the north.(AL)
Where is the flock entrusted to you,
the sheep that were your pride?
The Destiny of Jerusalem
21 What will you say when he appoints
close friends as leaders over you,
ones you yourself trained?
Won’t labor pains seize you,(AM)
as they do a woman in labor?
22 And when you ask yourself,
“Why have these things happened to me?”
it is because of your great guilt(AN)
that your skirts have been stripped off,(AO)
your body exposed.[j]
23 Can the Cushite change his skin,
or a leopard his spots?
If so, you might be able to do what is good,(AP)
you who are instructed in evil.
24 I will scatter you[k] like drifting chaff(AQ)
before the desert wind.
25 This is your lot,
what I have decreed for you—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
because you have forgotten me(AR)
and trusted in lies.(AS)
26 I will pull your skirts up over your face
so that your shame might be seen.(AT)
27 Your adulteries and your lustful neighing,(AU)
your depraved prostitution
on the hills, in the fields—
I have seen your abhorrent acts.
Woe to you, Jerusalem!
You are unclean—
for how long yet?(AV)
14 This is the word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought:(AW)
2 Judah mourns;
her city gates languish.(AX)
Her people are on the ground in mourning;
Jerusalem’s cry rises up.(AY)
3 Their nobles send their servants[l] for water.
They go to the cisterns;
they find no water;
their containers return empty.
They are ashamed and humiliated;
they cover their heads.(AZ)
4 The ground is cracked
since no rain has fallen on the land.
The farmers are ashamed;(BA)
they cover their heads.
5 Even the doe in the field
gives birth and abandons her fawn
since there is no grass.
6 Wild donkeys stand on the barren heights(BB)
panting for air like jackals.
Their eyes fail
because there are no green plants.
7 Though our iniquities testify against us,
Lord, act for your name’s sake.
Indeed, our rebellions(BC) are many;
we have sinned against you.(BD)
8 Hope of Israel,(BE)
its Savior in time of distress,
why are you like a resident alien in the land,
like a traveler stopping only for the night?
9 Why are you like a helpless man,
like a warrior unable to save?(BF)
Yet you are among us, Lord,(BG)
and we bear your name.
Don’t leave us!
10 This is what the Lord says concerning these people:
- 12:2 Lit are near in their mouth
- 12:2 Lit kidneys
- 12:4 LXX reads see our ways
- 12:5 Or you are secure
- 12:9 Hb obscure
- 13:1 Lit around your waist
- 13:4 Lit wearing around your waist
- 13:4–7 Perhaps a place near Anathoth with the same spelling as the river
- 13:16 Or brings a shadow of death
- 13:22 Lit your heels have suffered violence
- 13:24 Lit them
- 14:3 Lit little ones
- 12:1 : Ezr 9:15; Neh 9:8,33; Ps 119:137
- 12:1 : Jb 9:14–15; 13:13–28; 23:2–17
- 12:1 : Ps 73
- 12:2 : Ps 1:3; Jr 17:7–8
- 12:2 : Ps 28:3; Is 29:13
- 12:3 : Ps 139; Jr 1:5
- 12:3 : Ps 7:9; Jr 11:20
- 12:3 : Jr 11:19
- 12:4 : Is 24:4–7; Jr 4:28; 23:10
- 12:4 : Zph 1:3
- 12:4 : Dt 32:20; Jb 22:13; Jr 29:11
- 12:5 : Jr 50:44
- 12:6 : Jn 1:11
- 12:6 : Jr 11:19
- 12:7 : Ezk 8:1–11:25
- 12:8 : Hs 9:15; Am 6:8
- 12:9 : Is 56:9; Jr 7:33
- 12:10 : Is 63:18
- 12:11 : Is 42:25
- 12:12 : 2Ch 15:5; Is 48:22; Ezk 13:16
- 12:13 : Lv 26:16; Dt 28:38; Hs 8:7; Mc 6:15; Hg 1:6
- 12:13 : Is 55:2
- 12:13 : Jr 4:26; 25:37–38
- 12:14 : Jr 1:10; 18:7–8
- 12:15 : Jr 30:18; 31:20; 33:26; 42:12
- 12:16 : Is 2:2–4; Mc 4:1–5
- 12:17 : Is 60:12
- 13:1 : Ex 39:27–29; Lv 16:4; Ezk 44:17–18
- 13:4 : Jr 51:63
- 13:9 : Lv 26:19
- 13:10 : Jr 16:12
- 13:11 : Dt 4:3–4; 10:20
- 13:11 : Dt 26:19; Ezk 16:8–14
- 13:14 : Lm 2:2,17,21; 3:43
- 13:16 : Jos 7:19; 1Sm 6:5; Ps 29:1–2
- 13:17 : Ps 80:1; 95:7; Jr 23:1–4
- 13:18 : 2Kg 24:12; Jr 22:26
- 13:20 : Jr 1:13–15; 4:6; 10:22
- 13:21 : Ps 48:6; Is 13:8; 21:3; 42:14; Jr 4:31; 6:24; 22:23; 30:6; 50:43; Mc 4:9–10; 1Th 5:3
- 13:22 : Jr 5:6; 30:15
- 13:22 : Ezk 16:37–39; Hs 2:3,10; Nah 3:5
- 13:23 : Ec 5:1; Jr 4:22; Hs 5:4
- 13:24 : Jb 13:25; Ps 83:13; Is 40:24
- 13:25 : Ps 106:21; Jr 2:32; 18:15; Ezk 22:12; 23:35; Hs 8:14
- 13:25 : Jr 3:23
- 13:26 : Is 47:2–3; Jr 49:10; Nah 3:5
- 13:27 : Jr 2:23–24; 5:8
- 13:27 : Hs 8:5
- 14:1 : Jr 17:8
- 14:2 : Is 3:26
- 14:2 : 1Sm 5:12
- 14:3 : Est 6:12; 7:8
- 14:4 : Jl 1:11
- 14:6 : Jr 2:24
- 14:7 : Jr 2:19; 3:6,22; 5:6
- 14:7 : Is 64:5; Jr 3:25; 8:14; 14:20; Lm 3:42; 5:16; Dn 9:5,11
- 14:8 : Jr 17:13; 50:7
- 14:9 : Is 59:1
- 14:9 : Ex 29:45
- 14:10 : Jr 5:31; Am 8:12
- 14:10 : Hs 8:13
1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:8
To the church of the Thessalonians(C) in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace to you and peace.[b]
2 We always thank God for all of you, making mention of you constantly in our prayers. 3 We recall, in the presence of our God and Father,(D) your work produced by faith,(E) your labor motivated by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.(F) 4 For we know, brothers and sisters loved(G) by God,(H) that he has chosen you,(I) 5 because our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, in the Holy Spirit,(J) and with full assurance. You know how we lived among you(K) for your benefit, 6 and you yourselves became imitators of us and of the Lord when, in spite of severe persecution, you welcomed the message(L) with joy from the Holy Spirit. 7 As a result, you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia(M) and Achaia.(N) 8 For the word of the Lord rang out from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place that your faith[c](O) in God has gone out. Therefore, we don’t need to say anything, 9 for they themselves report[d] what kind of reception(P) we had from you: how you turned(Q) to God from idols(R) to serve the living(S) and true(T) God 10 and to wait(U) for his Son(V) from heaven, whom he raised from the dead(W)—Jesus, who rescues us(X) from the coming wrath.(Y)
2 For you yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our visit(Z) with you was not without result. 2 On the contrary, after we had previously suffered(AA) and were treated outrageously in Philippi,(AB) as you know, we were emboldened by our God to speak the gospel of God to you in spite of great opposition. 3 For our exhortation didn’t come from error or impurity(AC) or an intent to deceive.(AD) 4 Instead, just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted(AE) with the gospel,(AF) so we speak, not to please people, but rather God,(AG) who examines our hearts.(AH) 5 For we never used flattering speech, as you know, or had greedy(AI) motives(AJ)—God is our witness(AK)— 6 and we didn’t seek glory(AL) from people, either from you or from others. 7 Although we could have been a burden as Christ’s apostles,(AM) instead we were gentle[e] among you, as a nurse[f] nurtures her own children. 8 We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.
- 1:1 : Ac 15:22; 2Co 1:19; 2Th 1:1; 1Pt 5:12
- 1:1 : Ac 16:1; 1Tm 1:2
- 1:1 : Ac 17:1
- 1:3 : Php 4:20
- 1:3 : Rm 3:28; 9:32; Gl 2:16; 5:6; 2Th 1:11; Heb 6:1; Jms 2:14–26; Rv 2:19
- 1:3 : Ac 15:26
- 1:4 : Jn 3:16; Rv 12:11
- 1:4 : Dt 33:12; 2Th 2:13
- 1:4 : Mt 24:22; Eph 1:4
- 1:5 : Jn 1:33; Ac 2:4; Rm 8:9; 1Co 2:4; Gl 5:25; Ti 3:5; Rv 3:22
- 1:5 : Ac 20:18; 1Th 2:10
- 1:6 : Heb 4:12
- 1:7 : Ac 16:9
- 1:7 : Ac 18:12
- 1:8 : Gl 2:16
- 1:9 : Ac 17:1–9
- 1:9 : 1Pt 2:25
- 1:9 : Gn 31:19; 1Co 8:4
- 1:9 : Dt 5:26
- 1:9 : Jn 4:23; 1Jn 5:20
- 1:10 : Jd 21
- 1:10 : Heb 1:2
- 1:10 : Mt 17:9; Jn 5:25
- 1:10 : Mt 27:43
- 1:10 : Rm 2:5; 1Th 5:9; Rv 6:16
- 2:1 : Ac 17:1–9
- 2:2 : Ac 16:19–24
- 2:2 : Php 1:1
- 2:3 : 1Th 4:7
- 2:3 : Ps 10:7
- 2:4 : Lk 16:11
- 2:4 : Ac 15:7; Gl 2:7; 1Tm 1:11
- 2:4 : Jn 5:44; 12:43; 1Co 4:5; 2Co 10:18; Gl 1:10; Php 3:19; 1Th 2:15; 1Pt 3:4
- 2:4 : Ps 17:3; Pr 21:2; Rm 8:27
- 2:5 : Eph 5:3
- 2:5 : Mk 12:40; Lk 20:47; Jn 15:22; Ac 27:30; Php 1:18
- 2:5 : Rm 1:9
- 2:6 : Php 3:19
- 2:7 : Ac 1:2; Jd 17
Faith amid Confusion
A psalm of Asaph.(A)
1 God, the nations have invaded your inheritance,
desecrated your holy temple,
and turned Jerusalem into ruins.(B)
2 They gave the corpses of your servants
to the birds of the sky for food,
the flesh of your faithful ones
to the beasts of the earth.(C)
3 They poured out their blood
like water all around Jerusalem,
and there was no one to bury them.(D)
4 We have become an object of reproach
to our neighbors,
a source of mockery and ridicule
to those around us.(E)
5 How long, Lord? Will you be angry forever?
Will your jealousy keep burning like fire?(F)
6 Pour out your wrath on the nations
that don’t acknowledge you,
on the kingdoms that don’t call on your name,(G)
7 for they have devoured Jacob
and devastated his homeland.(H)
8 Do not hold past iniquities[a] against us;
let your compassion come to us quickly,
for we have become very weak.(I)
9 God of our salvation, help us,(J)
for the glory of your name.
Rescue us and atone for our sins,
for your name’s sake.(K)
10 Why should the nations ask,
“Where is their God?” (L)
Before our eyes,
let vengeance for the shed blood of your servants
be known among the nations.(M)
11 Let the groans of the prisoners reach you;
according to your great power,
preserve those condemned to die.(N)
12 Pay back sevenfold to our neighbors(O)
the reproach they have hurled at you, Lord.(P)
13 Then we, your people, the sheep of your pasture,(Q)
will thank you forever;
we will declare your praise
to generation after generation.(R)
- 79:8 Or hold the sins of past generations
- 79:0 : 1Ch 16:5,7
- 79:1 : Jr 26:18; Lm 1:10; Mc 3:12
- 79:2 : Dt 28:26; Jr 7:33; 16:4
- 79:3 : Jr 14:16; 16:4; 22:19
- 79:4 : Ps 44:13–14; 80:6; Dn 9:16
- 79:5 : Ps 74:10; 78:58; 80:4
- 79:6 : Ps 14:4; Jr 10:25
- 79:7 : Ps 53:4
- 79:8 : Ps 142:6; Is 64:9
- 79:9 : 1Ch 16:35; Ps 85:4
- 79:9 : Ps 25:11; 106:8; Jr 14:7
- 79:10 : Ps 42:3,10; 115:2
- 79:10 : Dt 32:43; Ps 94:1–2; Jr 46:10
- 79:11 : Ps 102:20
- 79:12 : Lv 26:21,28
- 79:12 : Ps 74:10,18,22
- 79:13 : Ps 74:1; 100:3
- 79:13 : Ps 89:1; Is 43:21
30 I went by the field of a slacker
and by the vineyard of one lacking sense.
31 Thistles had come up everywhere,
weeds covered the ground,(A)
and the stone wall was ruined.
32 I saw, and took it to heart;
I looked, and received instruction:
33 a little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the arms to rest,
34 and your poverty will come like a robber,
and your need, like a bandit.(B)