Whoever sheds man’s blood, his blood will be shed by man, for God made man in his own image.
I will make of you a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great. You will be a blessing.
Then Yahweh rained on Sodom and on Gomorrah sulfur and fire from Yahweh out of the sky.
It happened at that time, that Abimelech and Phicol the captain of his army spoke to Abraham, saying, "God is with you in all that you do.
Moreover you shall provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God: men of truth, hating unjust gain; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.
2 Kings 3:16
He said, "Thus says Yahweh, ‘Make this valley full of trenches.‘
Why do the nations rage, and the peoples plot a vain thing?
The kings of the earth take a stand, and the rulers take counsel together, against Yahweh, and against his Anointed [a], saying,
"Let’s break their bonds apart, and cast their cords from us."
Ask of me, and I will give the nations for your inheritance, the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession.
You shall break them with a rod of iron. You shall dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel."
Now therefore be wise, you kings. Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
Serve Yahweh with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Give sincere homage to the Son c, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath will soon be kindled. Blessed are all those who take refuge in him.
No, in your heart you plot injustice. You measure out the violence of your hands in the earth.
Therefore pride is like a chain around their neck.
Violence covers them like a garment.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day;
Shall the throne of wickedness have fellowship with you, which brings about mischief by statute?
a I will sing of loving kindness and justice. To you, Yahweh, I will sing praises.
By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down. Yes, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
For there, those who led us captive asked us for songs. Those who tormented us demanded songs of joy: "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"
If I forget you, Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill.
Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I don’t remember you; if I don’t prefer Jerusalem above my chief joy.
Remember, Yahweh, against the children of Edom, the day of Jerusalem; who said, "Raze it! Raze it even to its foundation!"
He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to Yahweh.
Also to punish the righteous is not good, nor to flog officials for their integrity.
The terror of a king is like the roaring of a lion. He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life.
The king’s heart is in Yahweh’s hand like the watercourses. He turns it wherever he desires.
He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous"; peoples shall curse him, and nations shall abhor him—
but it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and a rich blessing will come on them.
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools!
for riches are not forever,
nor does even the crown endure to all generations.
When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
The king by justice makes the land stable, but he who takes bribes tears it down.
Mockers stir up a city, but wise men turn away anger.
lest they drink, and forget the law,
and pervert the justice due to anyone who is afflicted.
Open your mouth for the mute,
in the cause of all who are left desolate.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
and serve justice to the poor and needy.”
Her husband is respected in the gates,
when he sits among the elders of the land.
when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from its midst, by the spirit of justice, and by the spirit of burning.
The burden of Damascus: “Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap.
The cities of Aroer are forsaken. They will be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.
“ It will happen in that day that the glory of Jacob will be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh will become lean.
In that day, their strong cities will be like the forsaken places in the woods and on the mountain top, which were forsaken from before the children of Israel; and it will be a desolation.
Ah, the uproar of many peoples, who roar like the roaring of the seas; and the rushing of nations, that rush like the rushing of mighty waters!
The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters: but he will rebuke them, and they will flee far off, and will be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like the whirling dust before the storm.
The confused city is broken down. Every house is shut up, that no man may come in.
The city is left in desolation, and the gate is struck with destruction.
Therefore a strong people will glorify you. A city of awesome nations will fear you.
For in this mountain the hand of Yahweh will rest.
Moab will be trodden down in his place, even like straw is trodden down in the water of the dunghill.
He will spread out his hands in its midst, like one who swims spreads out hands to swim, but his pride will be humbled together with the craft of his hands.
At that time, Merodach Baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah; for he heard that he had been sick, and had recovered.
Hezekiah was pleased with them, and showed them the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, the spices, and the precious oil, and all the house of his armor, and all that was found in his treasures. There was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah didn’t show them.
Then Isaiah the prophet came to king Hezekiah, and asked him, "What did these men say? Where did they come from to you?"
Hezekiah said, "They have come from a country far from me, even from Babylon."
Then he asked, "What have they seen in your house?"
Hezekiah answered, "They have seen all that is in my house. There is nothing among my treasures that I have not shown them."
‘Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have stored up until this day, will be carried to Babylon. Nothing will be left,’ says Yahweh.
‘They will take away your sons who will issue from you, whom you shall father, and they will be eunuchs in the king of Babylon’s palace.‘"
Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, "Yahweh’s word which you have spoken is good." He said moreover, "For there will be peace and truth in my days."
But now thus says Yahweh who created you, Jacob, and he who formed you, Israel: "Don’t be afraid, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by your name. You are mine.
I gave my back to the strikers, and my cheeks to those who plucked off the hair; I didn’t hide my face from shame and spitting.
No weapon that is formed against you will prevail;
and you will condemn every tongue that rises against you in judgment.
This is the heritage of the servants of Yahweh,
and their righteousness which is of me,” says Yahweh.
For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her righteousness go forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns.
The nations shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of Yahweh shall name.
You shall no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall your land any more be termed Desolate: but you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for Yahweh delights in you, and your land shall be married.
I have set watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day nor night: you who call on Yahweh, take no rest,
and give him no rest, until he establishes, and until he makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
Isaiah 62:10 [ESV]
Go through, go through the gates;
prepare the way for the people;
build up, build up the highway;
clear it of stones;
lift up a signal over the peoples.
saying, "There was a judge in a certain city who didn’t fear God, and didn’t respect man.
When you hear of wars and disturbances, don’t be terrified, for these things must happen first, but the end won’t come immediately."
Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
He questioned him with many words, but he gave no answers.
So Pilate then took Jesus, and flogged him.
Now about that time, King Herod stretched out his hands to oppress some of the assembly.
He killed James, the brother of John, with the sword.
When he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This was during the days of unleavened bread.
When he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of four soldiers each to guard him, intending to bring him out to the people after the Passover.
Peter therefore was kept in the prison, but constant prayer was made by the assembly to God for him.
The same night when Herod was about to bring him out, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains. Guards in front of the door kept the prison.
When they were past the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which opened to them by itself. They went out, and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.
Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers about what had become of Peter.
When Herod had sought for him, and didn’t find him, he examined the guards, and commanded that they should be put to death. He went down from Judea to Caesarea, and stayed there.
Now Herod was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon. They came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus, the king’s personal aide, their friend, they asked for peace, because their country depended on the king’s country for food.
On an appointed day, Herod dressed himself in royal clothing, sat on the throne, and gave a speech to them.
The high priest, Ananias, commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth.
When the governor had beckoned to him to speak, Paul answered, "Because I know that you have been a judge of this nation for many years, I cheerfully make my defense,
For if I have done wrong, and have committed anything worthy of death, I don’t refuse to die; but if none of those things is true that they accuse me of, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar!"
This I also did in Jerusalem. I both shut up many of the saints in prisons, having received authority from the chief priests, and when they were put to death I gave my vote against them.
For the woman that has a husband is bound by law to the husband while he lives, but if the husband dies, she is discharged from the law of the husband.
Let every soul be in subjection to the higher authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those who exist are ordained by God.
Therefore he who resists the authority, withstands the ordinance of God; and those who withstand will receive to themselves judgment.
For rulers are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil. Do you desire to have no fear of the authority? Do that which is good, and you will have praise from the same,
for he is a servant of God to you for good. But if you do that which is evil, be afraid, for he doesn’t bear the sword in vain; for he is a servant of God, an avenger for wrath to him who does evil.
Therefore you need to be in subjection, not only because of the wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.
For this reason you also pay taxes, for they are servants of God’s service, attending continually on this very thing.
Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
Love doesn’t harm a neighbor. Love therefore is the fulfillment of the law.
The seventh angel sounded, and great voices in heaven followed, saying, "The kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ. He will reign forever and ever!"