65:17 For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come
65:18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about
to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight.
65:19 I will rejoice
in Jerusalem, and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress.
65:20 No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old person
who does not live out a lifetime; for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth, and one who falls short
of a hundred will be considered accursed.
65:21 They shall build houses
and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
65:22 They shall
not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people
be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
65:23 They shall
not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they shall be offspring blessed by the LORD -- and their descendants
65:24 Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will
65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw
like the ox; but the serpent -- its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the LORD.
118:1 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever!
118:2 Let Israel say, ‘His steadfast love endures for ever.’
Let the house of Aaron say, ‘His steadfast love endures for ever.’
Let those who fear the LORD say, ‘His steadfast love endures for ever.’
Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me in a broad place.
118:6 With the LORD on my side I do not fear.What can mortals do to me?
The LORD is on my side to help me; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in mortals.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
All nations surrounded me; in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side; in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
118:12 They surrounded me like bees; they blazed like a fire of thorns; in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
118:13 I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the LORD helped me.
118:14 The LORD is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.
118:15 There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous: ‘The right
hand of the LORD does valiantly;
118:16 the right hand of the LORD is exalted;
the right hand of the LORD does valiantly.’
118:17 I shall not die, but I
shall live, and recount the deeds of the LORD.
118:18 The LORD has punished me
severely, but he did not give me over to death.
118:19 Open to me the gates of
righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD.
This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it.
I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
118:24 This is
the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
118:25 Save us,
we beseech you, O LORD! O LORD, we beseech you, give us success!
is the one who comes in the name of the LORD. We bless you from the house of the LORD.
The LORD is God, and he has given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar.
118:28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God, I will extol you.
118:29 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures for ever.
3:6 Now we command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from believers who are living
in idleness and not according to the tradition that they received from us.
For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with you,
3:8 and we did not eat anyone's bread without paying for it; but with toil and labor we worked night and day,
so that we might not burden any of you.
3:9 This was not because we do not have
that right, but in order to give you an example to imitate.
3:10 For even
when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat.
3:11 For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work.
3:12 Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their
3:13 Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is
21:5 When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to
God, he said,
21:6 "As for these things that you see, the days will come when
not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down."
They asked him, "Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?"
21:8 And he said, "Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, 'I am he!' and,
'The time is near!' Do not go after them.
21:9 "When you hear of wars and
insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately."
21:10 Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom;
21:11 there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and
there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.
21:12 "But before
all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be
brought before kings and governors because of my name.
21:13 This will give
you an opportunity to testify.
21:14 So make up your minds not to prepare
your defense in advance;
21:15 for I will give you words and a wisdom that none
of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict.
21:16 You will
be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death.
21:17 You will be hated by all because of my name.
21:18 But not
a hair of your head will perish.
21:19 By your endurance you will gain your
passages quoted from the New Revised Standard Version.