This is the history of the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that Yahweh a God made the earth and the heavens.
The whole earth was of one language and of one speech.
It happened, as they traveled east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they lived there.
They said one to another, "Come, let’s make bricks, and burn them thoroughly." They had brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar.
They said, "Come, let’s build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top reaches to the sky, and let’s make ourselves a name, lest we be scattered abroad on the surface of the whole earth."
Yahweh came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built.
Yahweh said, "Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is what they begin to do. Now nothing will be withheld from them, which they intend to do.
Come, let’s go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech."
So Yahweh scattered them abroad from there on the surface of all the earth. They stopped building the city.
Therefore its name was called Babel, because there Yahweh confused the language of all the earth. From there, Yahweh scattered them abroad on the surface of all the earth.
This is the history of the generations of Shem. Shem was one hundred years old and became the father of Arpachshad two years after the flood.
Now this is the history of the generations of Terah. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran became the father of Lot.
Abram and Nahor took wives. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran who was also the father of Iscah.
Now let a little water be fetched, wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree.
I will get a morsel of bread so you can refresh your heart. After that you may go your way, now that you have come to your servant." They said, "Very well, do as you have said."
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.
Now, therefore, swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son’s son. But according to the kindness that I have done to you, you shall do to me, and to the land in which you have lived as a foreigner."
Abraham complained to Abimelech because of a water well, which Abimelech’s servants had violently taken away.
Abraham took sheep and cattle, and gave them to Abimelech. Those two made a covenant.
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.
Blessed is the man who doesn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers;
The wicked are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
Why do the nations rage, and the peoples plot a vain thing?
Now therefore be wise, you kings. Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
a Yahweh, how my adversaries have increased!
Many are those who rise up against me.
Many there are who say of my soul,
“There is no help for him in God b.”
I will not be afraid of tens of thousands of people
who have set themselves against me on every side.
You sons of men, how long shall my glory be turned into dishonor?
Will you love vanity, and seek after falsehood?
Many say, "Who will show us any good?"
Yahweh, let the light of your face shine on us.
The arrogant shall not stand in your sight. You hate all workers of iniquity.
From the lips of babes and infants you have established strength, because of your adversaries, that you might silence the enemy and the avenger.
Yahweh examines the righteous, but the wicked and him who loves violence his soul hates.
aHelp, Yahweh; for the godly man ceases.
For the faithful fail from among the children of men.
Everyone lies to his neighbor.
They speak with flattering lips, and with a double heart.
May Yahweh cut off all flattering lips,
and the tongue that boasts,
who have said, "With our tongue we will prevail.
Our lips are our own.
Who is lord over us?"
“Because of the oppression of the weak and because of the groaning of the needy,
I will now arise,” says Yahweh;
“I will set him in safety from those who malign him.”
The wicked walk on every side,
when what is vile is exalted among the sons of men.
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt.
They have done abominable works.
There is none who does good.
They have all gone aside.
They have together become corrupt.
There is none who does good, no, not one.
Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge,
who eat up my people as they eat bread,
and don’t call on Yahweh?
You frustrate the plan of the poor,
because Yahweh is his refuge.
Don’t fret because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness.
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither like the green herb.
The wicked borrow, and don’t pay back, but the righteous give generously.
I have seen the wicked in great power, spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil.
Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts. You teach me wisdom in the inmost place.
a Why do you boast of mischief, mighty man?
God’s loving kindness endures continually.
No, in your heart you plot injustice. You measure out the violence of your hands in the earth.
Their poison is like the poison of a snake; like a deaf cobra that stops its ear,
Let them vanish as water that flows away. When they draw the bow, let their arrows be made blunt.
Let them be like a snail which melts and passes away, like the stillborn child, who has not seen the sun.
so that men shall say, "Most certainly there is a reward for the righteous. Most certainly there is a God who judges the earth."
For I was envious of the arrogant,
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
They are free from burdens of men,
neither are they plagued like other men.
Therefore pride is like a chain around their neck.
Violence covers them like a garment.
They scoff and speak with malice.
In arrogance, they threaten oppression.
He will cover you with his feathers. Under his wings you will take refuge. His faithfulness is your shield and rampart.
They pour out arrogant words. All the evildoers boast.
a I will sing of loving kindness and justice. To you, Yahweh, I will sing praises.
I will set no vile thing before my eyes. I hate the deeds of faithless men. They will not cling to me.
Remember, Yahweh, against the children of Edom, the day of Jerusalem; who said, "Raze it! Raze it even to its foundation!"
A wise son listens to his father‘s instruction, but a scoffer doesn’t listen to rebuke.
An evildoer heeds wicked lips. A liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.
He who covers an offense promotes love; but he who repeats a matter separates best friends.
A friend loves at all times; and a brother is born for adversity.
Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than he who is perverse in his lips and is a fool.
It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; but every fool will be quarreling.
A good name is more desirable than great riches, and loving favor is better than silver and gold.
Don’t be envious of evil men; neither desire to be with them:
for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about mischief.
The schemes of folly are sin. The mocker is detested by men.
for a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again; but the wicked are overthrown by calamity.
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.
An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.
For lack of wood a fire goes out. Without gossip, a quarrel dies down.
Let another man praise you,
and not your own mouth;
a stranger, and not your own lips.
Better is open rebuke
than hidden love.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend;
although the kisses of an enemy are profuse.
Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart; so does earnest counsel from a man’s friend.
Don’t forsake your friend and your father’s friend.
Don’t go to your brother’s house in the day of your disaster:
better is a neighbor who is near than a distant brother.
Proverbs 27:13 [ESV]
Take a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger,
and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for an adulteress.
He who blesses his neighbor with a loud voice early in the morning,
it will be taken as a curse by him.
Iron sharpens iron;
so a man sharpens his friend’s countenance.
Proverbs 27:21 [NIV]
The crucible for silver,
and the furnace for gold;
but man is tested by the praise he receives.
Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain,
yet his foolishness will not be removed from him.
He who is often rebuked and stiffens his neck will be destroyed suddenly, with no remedy.
When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
Whoever loves wisdom brings joy to his father; but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
Mockers stir up a city, but wise men turn away anger.
Don’t give your strength to women,
nor your ways to that which destroys kings.
lest they drink, and forget the law,
and pervert the justice due to anyone who is afflicted.
a Who can find a worthy woman?
For her price is far above rubies.
Her husband is respected in the gates,
when he sits among the elders of the land.
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain;
but a woman who fears Yahweh, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands!
Let her works praise her in the gates!
Seven women shall take hold of one man in that day, saying, "We will eat our own bread, and wear our own clothing: only let us be called by your name. Take away our reproach."
In that day, Yahweh’s branch will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the beauty and glory of the survivors of Israel.
It will happen, that he who is left in Zion, and he who remains in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even everyone who is written among the living in Jerusalem;
The burden of Damascus: “Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap.
The fortress shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria. They will be as the glory of the children of Israel ,” says Yahweh of Armies.
In that day, people will look to their Maker, and their eyes will have respect for the Holy One of Israel.
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!
At evening, behold, terror! Before the morning, they are no more. This is the portion of those who plunder us, and the lot of those who rob us.
The earth also is polluted under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, and broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, and those who dwell therein are found guilty. Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.
The confused city is broken down. Every house is shut up, that no man may come in.
From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs. Glory to the righteous! But I said, “I pine away! I pine away! woe is me!” The treacherous have dealt treacherously. Yes, the treacherous have dealt very treacherously.
Therefore a strong people will glorify you. A city of awesome nations will fear you.
As the heat in a dry place will you bring down the noise of strangers; as the heat by the shade of a cloud, the song of the dreaded ones will be brought low.
He has swallowed up death forever! The Lord Yahweh will wipe away tears from off all faces. He will take the reproach of his people away from off all the earth, for Yahweh has spoken it.
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.
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."
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."
Thus says Yahweh, "Where is the bill of your mother’s divorce, with which I have put her away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities were you sold, and for your transgressions was your mother put away.
Why, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it can’t redeem? or have I no power to deliver? Behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stink, because there is no water, and die for thirst.
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.
Behold, the Lord Yahweh will help me; who is he who shall condemn me? Behold, they all shall wax old as a garment, the moth shall eat them up.
Behold, all you who kindle a fire, who adorn yourselves with torches around yourselves; walk in the flame of your fire, and among the brands that you have kindled. You shall have this of my hand; you shall lie down in sorrow.
For he grew up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no good looks or majesty. When we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
Behold, they may gather together, but not by me: whoever shall gather together against you shall fall because of you.
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.
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.
For as a young man marries a virgin, so your sons shall marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you.
and give him no rest, until he establishes, and until he makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
Yahweh has sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, "Surely I will no more give your grain to be food for your enemies; and foreigners shall not drink your new wine, for which you have labored:
but those who have garnered it shall eat it, and praise Yahweh; and those who have gathered it shall drink it in the courts of my sanctuary."
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.
They shall call them The holy people, The redeemed of Yahweh: and you shall be called Sought out, A city not forsaken.
I will lay sinews on you, and will bring up flesh on you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am Yahweh.
” ‘In that day each of you will invite his neighbor to sit under his vine and fig tree,’ declares the LORD Almighty.”
"For, behold, the day comes, it burns as a furnace; and all the proud, and all who work wickedness, will be stubble; and the day that comes will burn them up," says Yahweh of Armies, "that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
You shall tread down the wicked; for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I make," says Yahweh of Armies.
" Even now the axe lies at the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that doesn’t bring forth good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire.
His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his threshing floor. He will gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire."
He said to them, "Is it lawful on the Sabbath day to do good, or to do harm? To save a life, or to kill?" But they were silent.
For they said, "Not during the feast, because there might be a riot of the people."
For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want to, you can do them good; but you will not always have me.
Matthew; Thomas; James, the son of Alphaeus; Simon, who was called the Zealot;
Or those eighteen, on whom the tower in Siloam fell, and killed them; do you think that they were worse offenders than all the men who dwell in Jerusalem?
I tell you, no, but, unless you repent, you will all perish in the same way."
The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they scoffed at him.
The chief priests and the scribes sought to lay hands on him that very hour, but they feared the people — for they knew he had spoken this parable against them.
When you hear of wars and disturbances, don’t be terrified, for these things must happen first, but the end won’t come immediately."
The disciples told him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to stone you, and are you going there again?"
When she recognized Peter’s voice, she didn’t open the gate for joy, but ran in, and reported that Peter was standing in front of the gate.
They said to her, "You are crazy!" But she insisted that it was so. They said, "It is his angel."
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.
The people shouted, "The voice of a god, and not of a man!"
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!"
Therefore he who resists the authority, withstands the ordinance of God; and those who withstand will receive to themselves judgment.
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.
Give therefore to everyone what you owe: taxes to whom taxes are due; customs to whom customs; respect to whom respect; honor to whom honor.
Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not give false testimony,"[a] "You shall not covet," [b] and whatever other commandments there are, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." [c]
Love doesn’t harm a neighbor. Love therefore is the fulfillment of the law.
Let us walk properly, as in the day; not in reveling and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and lustful acts, and not in strife and jealousy.
For there are certain men who crept in secretly, even those who were long ago written about for this condemnation: ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into indecency, and denying our only Master, God, and Lord, Jesus Christ.