Moreover, you will come away from Egypt with your hands covering your faces in sorrow and shame 1 because the Lord will not allow your reliance on them to be successful and you will not gain any help from them. 2
And I will smash them like wine bottles against one another, children and parents alike. 1 I will not show any pity, mercy, or compassion. Nothing will keep me from destroying them,’ 2 says the Lord.”
I said, 1 “Lord, you know how I suffer. 2 Take thought of me and care for me. Pay back for me those who have been persecuting me. Do not be so patient with them that you allow them to kill me. Be mindful of how I have put up with their insults for your sake.
He said through them, 1 ‘Each of you must turn from your wicked ways and stop doing the evil things you are doing. 2 If you do, I will allow you to continue to live here in the land that I gave to you and your ancestors as a lasting possession. 3
Marry and have sons and daughters. Find wives for your sons and allow your daughters get married so that they too can have sons and daughters. Grow in number; do not dwindle away.
For I, the Lord, affirm 1 that I will be with you and will rescue you. I will completely destroy all the nations where I scattered you. But I will not completely destroy you. I will indeed discipline you, but only in due measure. I will not allow you to go entirely unpunished.” 2
‘I will certainly regather my people from all the countries where I will have exiled 1 them in my anger, fury, and great wrath. I will bring them back to this place and allow them to live here in safety.
“My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds 1 have allow them to go astray. They have wandered around in the mountains. They have roamed from one mountain and hill to another. 2 They have forgotten their resting place.
of the land. This will be his property in Israel. My princes will no longer oppress my people, but the land will be allotted to the house of Israel according to their tribes.
Shepherd your people with your shepherd’s rod, 1 the flock that belongs to you, 2 the one that lives alone in a thicket, in the midst of a pastureland. 3 Allow them to graze in Bashan and Gilead, 4 as they did in the old days. 5
The Lord is slow to anger 1 but great in power; 2 the Lord will certainly not 3 allow the wicked 4 to go unpunished.He marches out 5 in the whirlwind and the raging storm; dark storm clouds billow like dust 6 under his feet. 7
You are too just 1 to tolerate 2 evil; you are unable to condone 3 wrongdoing. So why do you put up with such treacherous people? 4 Why do you say nothing when the wicked devour 5 those more righteous than they are? 6
“I tell you the truth, 1 whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven.
But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 1