1 Thus says the Lord: “Heaven is My throne, and earth is the footstool of My feet. What kind of house will you build for Me? Or what kind is the place of My rest?†
2 For My hand made all these things, and all these things are Mine,” says the Lord; “and upon whom will I show respect, but to the humble and the peaceful and to him who trembles at My words.
3 But the lawless man who sacrifices a calf is as he who kills a dog; and he who offers a grain offering, as he who offers the blood of a pig; and he who offers incense for a memorial, as he who is a blasphemer. These chose their ways and their abominations, which their soul willed.
4 But I will choose their mockeries, and I will repay them; because I called, but they did not obey Me; I spoke, but they did not listen; but they did evil in My sight, and things I did not will, they chose.”
5 Hear the word of the Lord, you who tremble at His word. Speak, our brethren, to those who hate us and detest us, that the Lord’s name may be glorified and seen in their gladness, so they may be ashamed.†
6 A voice of crying from the city, a voice from the temple, the voice of the Lord is fully repaying His enemies.
7 “Before she travails in labor to give birth, before the pain of birth pangs comes on, she escapes it and bears a male.†
8 Who has heard such a thing, and who has seen anything like this? Has the earth travailed in one day, or has a nation given birth at once? For Zion travailed and gave birth to her children.†
9 But I raised this expectation, yet you did not remember Me,” says the Lord. “Behold, do I not cause one woman to beget, but another to be sterile?” says God.
10 “Be glad, O Jerusalem, and celebrate holy days in her. All you who love her, rejoice exceedingly, and all you who mourn over her;†
11 that you may nurse and be satisfied by the breast of her consolation; that you may take pleasure in nursing because of the entrance of her glory.”
12 For thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will turn to them like a river of peace and like a brook, to flood them with the glory of the Gentiles. Their children shall be taken up on shoulders and comforted on knees.
13 Like someone a mother comforts, so also will I comfort you, and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”
14 You shall see, and your heart will rejoice. Your bones shall rise up like a pasture, and the Lord’s hand shall be known by those who fear Him; but He shall threaten the disobedient.
15 For behold, the Lord shall come like a fire, and His chariots like a sudden blast of wind, to render His vengeance with anger and His renunciation with a flame of fire.†
16 For all the earth shall be judged in the fire of the Lord, and all flesh with His sword; and many shall be wounded by the Lord.
17 “Those who purify and cleanse themselves in the gardens and porches, who eat the meat of a pig or any abomination, they shall be destroyed together at the same time,” says the Lord;
18 “and I know their works and their reasoning. I am coming to gather all the nations and tongues, and they shall come and see My glory.
19 And I will leave signs upon them, and those among them who are saved, I will send forth to the Gentiles: to Tarshish, and Pul and Lud and Tubal, and to Greece and to the coastlands far off, to those who have not heard My name, nor seen My glory; and they shall declare My glory among the Gentiles.†
bookmarked20 They shall bring your brethren from among all the Gentiles as a gift to the Lord, with horses and chariots, in litters drawn by mules and covered with sunshades, to the holy city of Jerusalem,” says the Lord, “just as the children of Israel would bring Me their sacrifices with psalms into the house of the Lord.†
21 I shall take some of them to be My priests and Levites,” says the Lord.
22 “For just as the new heaven and the new earth which I make shall remain before Me,” says the Lord, “so shall your seed and your name remain.
23 It shall come to pass from month to month and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall worship before Me in Jerusalem,” says the Lord.
24 “They shall go forth and see the dead bodies of the men who transgressed against Me, for their worm shall not die, and their fire shall not be extinguished; and they shall be a vision to all flesh.”
28 He sent darkness, and it grew dark; And they rebelled against His words.
29 He turned their waters into blood, And He killed their fish.
30 Their land produced frogs In the chambers of their kings.
31 He spoke and the dog-fly came, And gnats in all their borders.
32 He gave them hail for rain; Fire burned up their land;
33 And He smote their vineyards and their fig trees, And He shattered every tree in their domain.
34 He spoke, and the locust came, And the caterpillar without number,
35 And ate up all the grass in their land, And devoured the fruit of their land.
36 And He smote all the firstborn in their land, The firstling of all their labor.
37 He led them out with silver and gold, And there was not among their tribes one who was feeble.
38 Egypt was gladdened by their exodus, For fear of them fell upon them.
39 He spread a cloud as a cover for them, And a fire to give them light at night.
40 They asked, and the quails came, And He filled them with the bread of heaven.
41 He split the rock, and the waters flowed; The rivers ran in the waterless places.
42 For He remembered His holy word Which He gave to His servant Abraham.
43 He brought out His people with exceeding joy, And His chosen ones with gladness.
44 And He gave them the lands of the nations, And they inherited the labors of the peoples,
45 So they might keep His ordinances, And seek out His law.
Proverbs of Solomon 22
27 Do not be a companion to an angry man And do not associate with a quick-tempered friend,†
28 Lest you learn his ways And receive a snare for your soul.
29 Do not give yourself as surety because you respect a person, For if you do not have the wherewithal to make compensation, They will take your bed out from under you.
30 Do not remove the eternal landmarks your fathers established.†
31 An observant man and one astute in his business Should be present with kings, And he should not be present with slothful men.
The Supreme Revelation of the Son of God
1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,†
2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;†
3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.†
Christ’s Dominion Over Creation
5 For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You” ? And again: “I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son” ?†
6 But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” †
7 And of the angels He says: “Who makes His angels spirits And His ministers a flame of fire.”
8 But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. †
9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”
Christ Without Beginning, Creator of All
10 And: “You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. †
11 They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment;
12 Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail.”
13 But to which of the angels has He ever said: “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool” ?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?†