This is what the Lord says: “Because Edom has committed three crimes 1 – make that four! 2 – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 3 He chased his brother 4 with a sword; he wiped out his allies. 5 In his anger he tore them apart without stopping to rest; 6 in his fury he relentlessly attacked them. 7
He prayed to the Lord and said, “Oh, Lord, this is just what I thought 1 would happen 2 when I was in my own country. 3 This is what I tried to prevent 4 by attempting to escape to Tarshish! 5 – because I knew 6 that you are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger 7 and abounding 8 in mercy, and one who relents concerning threatened judgment. 9
(2:1) 1 Look! A herald is running 2 on the mountains! A messenger is proclaiming deliverance: 3 “Celebrate your sacred festivals, O Judah! Fulfill your sacred vows to praise God! 4 For never again 5 will the wicked 6 Assyrians 7 invade 8 you, they 9 have been completely destroyed.”
I thought, 1 ‘Certainly you will respect 2 me! Now you will accept correction!’ If she had done so, her home 3 would not be destroyed 4 by all the punishments I have threatened. 5 But they eagerly sinned in everything they did. 6
The speaker went on to say, “This is a curse 1 traveling across the whole earth. For example, according to the curse whoever steals 2 will be removed from the community; or on the other hand (according to the curse) whoever swears falsely will suffer the same fate.”
If you do not listen and take seriously 1 the need to honor my name,” says the Lord who rules over all, “I will send judgment 2 on you and turn your blessings into curses – indeed, I have already done so because you are not taking it to heart.
But I say to you that anyone who is angry with a brother 1 will be subjected to judgment. And whoever insults 2 a brother will be brought before 3 the council, 4 and whoever says ‘Fool’ 5 will be sent 6 to fiery hell. 7
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back. 1 Then 2 your reward will be great, and you will be sons 3 of the Most High, 4 because he is kind to ungrateful and evil people. 5
As you are going with your accuser before the magistrate, 1 make an effort to settle with him on the way, so that he will not drag you before the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, 2 and the officer throw you into prison.
The next day, because the commanding officer 1 wanted to know the true reason 2 Paul 3 was being accused by the Jews, he released him and ordered the chief priests and the whole council 4 to assemble. He then brought 5 Paul down and had him stand before them.
But I have nothing definite 1 to write to my lord 2 about him. 3 Therefore I have brought him before you all, and especially before you, King Agrippa, 4 so that after this preliminary hearing 5 I may have something to write.
God publicly displayed 1 him 2 at his death 3 as the mercy seat 4 accessible through faith. 5 This was to demonstrate 6 his righteousness, because God in his forbearance had passed over the sins previously committed. 7
For God achieved what the law could not do because 1 it was weakened through the flesh. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and concerning sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,
No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. 1 And God is faithful: He 2 will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, 3 but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it.
For see what this very thing, this sadness 1 as God intended, has produced in you: what eagerness, what defense of yourselves, 2 what indignation, 3 what alarm, what longing, what deep concern, 4 what punishment! 5 In everything you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.
But 1 he said to me, “My grace is enough 2 for you, for my 3 power is made perfect 4 in weakness.” So then, I will boast most gladly 5 about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in 6 me.
For I am afraid that somehow when I come I will not find you what I wish, and you will find me 1 not what you wish. I am afraid that 2 somehow there may be quarreling, jealousy, intense anger, selfish ambition, 3 slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorder.
I went there 1 because of 2 a revelation and presented 3 to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. But I did so 4 only in a private meeting with the influential people, 5 to make sure that I was not running – or had not run 6 – in vain.