1 “Woe to the apostate children,” says the Lord! “You made counsel, but not through Me, and covenants, but not of My Spirit, so as to add sins to sins.
2 You proceeded to go down to Egypt, but did not ask Me, so as to be helped by Pharaoh and protected by the Egyptians. †
3 For the protection of Pharaoh shall be your shame, and there shall be disgrace for those who trust in Egypt.
4 For there are rulers at Tanis, evil messengers. In vain shall they labor
5 in seeking a people who will not profit, help or benefit them, but they shall be for them a shame and a disgrace.”
6 The vision of the quadrupeds in the desert: In affliction and distress they carry their wealth on the backs of donkeys and camels—amid lions and lion’s cubs, and vipers and the offspring of flying vipers—to a nation that will not profit or benefit them, but will be for them a shame and a disgrace.†
7 For the Egyptians shall help you utterly in vain. Tell them, “This consolation of yours is in vain.”
8 Now therefore, sit and write these things on a tablet in a book, for these things shall be for the time to come, even forever.
9 For this is a disobedient people, false children, children who are unwilling to hear the law of God.†
10 They say to the prophets, “Do not report to us”; and to those who see visions, “Do not speak to us, but speak and declare to us another deception.
11 Turn us aside from this way; remove this path from us, and take away from us the Holy One of Israel.”
12 Therefore thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel: “Because you disobeyed these words, and hoped in falsehood and grumbled and were confident in this respect;
13 therefore, this sin shall be to you like a wall ready to fall when a strong city is taken, whose fall is immediately present.
14 Its fall shall be like the breaking of a clay vessel, like that of a small jar, so as not to find among them even a fragment with which to take away fire, or draw a little water.”
15 For thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel: “When you return and groan, then you will be saved and know where you were. When you trusted in vain things, vain was your strength, and you did not will to listen.”†
16 But you said, “We will flee on horses”—therefore you shall flee. You also said, “We will ride on swift horses”—therefore those who pursue you shall be swift.
17 One thousand shall flee at the voice of one; at the voice of five, many shall flee, until you are left as a pole upon a mountain, and as one holding a banner on a hill.
18 And again God will wait, that He may have compassion on you; and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you, because the Lord our God is a judge, and where will you leave behind your glory? Blessed are all those who abide in Him.†
19 For a holy people shall dwell in Zion; and Jerusalem cried with wailing, “Have mercy on me.” He will have mercy on you at the sound of your cry. When He sees this, He will listen to you.
20 The Lord will give you the bread of affliction and scant water; and those leading you astray will no longer approach you, but your eyes shall see those leading you astray.†
21 Your ears shall hear words behind you leading you astray, saying, “This is the way; let us walk in it,” either to the right hand or to the left.
22 You will also remove your idols plaited with silver and covered with gold. You will grind them to powder and scatter them like the water of an indisposed woman, and thrust them away like dung.
23 Then there will be rain for the seed of your land, and the bread of produce of your land’s increase will be plenteous and rich. In that day your cattle will feed in rich and large pastures.
24 Your bulls and the oxen that work the ground will eat straw prepared with winnowed barley.
25 On every high mountain and on every high hill there will be streams in that day, when many perish and the towers fall.
26 In that day, the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be sevenfold, when the Lord heals the wound of His people and the pain of your plague.
27 Behold, the name of the Lord comes after a long time, a burning anger. The teaching of His lips is with glory, a revelation full of wrath, and the wrath of His anger shall devour like fire.
28 His breath, like an overflowing stream in a valley, shall reach up to the neck and be divided, to trouble the nations for their vain error; and error shall pursue and overtake them.
29 Must you always be glad, and go into My holy places continually, as those who keep a feast, and must you always go with a flute, as those who are glad when they go into the mountain of the Lord, to the God of Israel?
30 God will cause His glorious voice to be heard, and He will show the anger of His arm with anger and wrath, and the flame of a devouring fire. He shall strike violently with thunderbolts, and His wrath shall be as water and violent hail.
31 For through the voice of the Lord, the Assyrians will be defeated, as He strikes them with the rod.†
32 And it shall happen to him on every side, that those from whom his hope of assistance was, and in whom he trusted, shall themselves, in turn, make war on him with flutes and harps.
33 For you will be required before many days: Was it prepared for you also to reign? No, God prepared for you a deep valley, wood laid down, fire and much wood. The anger of the Lord shall be as a valley burning with brimstone.
18 And they tested God in their hearts By asking food for their souls;
19 And they slandered God and said, “Why is God unable to prepare a table in the desert?
20 Since He struck the rock, and waters flowed, And brooks flooded, Is He also unable to give us bread Or to prepare a table for His people?”
21 Therefore, the Lord heard and was enraged, And fire was kindled in Jacob, And wrath arose against Israel,
22 Because they did not believe in God, Nor put their hope in His salvation.
23 And He commanded the clouds above And opened the doors of heaven;
24 And He rained manna for them to eat And gave them the bread of heaven;
25 Man ate the bread of angels; He sent them food in abundance.
26 He took away the south wind from heaven, And with His power He brought in the southwest wind;
27 He rained flesh on them like dust And winged birds like the sand of the sea,
28 And they fell in the midst of their camp, All around their tents;
29 And they ate and were well filled, And He brought them their own desire;
30 They were not deprived of their desire. While their food was still in their mouth,
31 The wrath of God rose up against them, And killed their wealthy ones And shackled Israel’s chosen ones.
32 In all these things they still sinned And did not believe in His wonders;
33 And their days ended in folly And their years with haste.
34 When He killed them, they sought Him out, And turned back, and rose up early before God;
35 They remembered God was their helper, And the Most High God their redeemer.
36 But they deceived Him with their mouth And lied to Him with their tongue,
37 For their heart was not right with Him, Neither were they faithful to His covenant.
Proverbs of Solomon 16
11 The son of a king is in the light of life, And those acceptable to him are as a cloud of the latter rain.
12 The abodes of wisdom are more to be chosen than gold, And the abodes of discernment are more to be chosen than silver.†
13 The paths of life turn away from evil, And the ways of righteousness are length of life;
14 He who receives instruction shall be in good things, And he who heeds rebukes shall become wise;†
15 He who guards his own ways shall keep his own soul, And he who loves his life shall use his mouth sparingly.
1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles—†
2 if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, †
3 how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already,†
4 by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ),
5 which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets:†
6 that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel,†
Paul’s Apostolic Commission
7 of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.
8 To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,†
9 and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ;
10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, †
11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,
12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.†
13 Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.†
Prayer for Deification
14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,†
15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,†
16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,
17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—†
19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Doxology to the Father
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,†
21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.