You people of this generation, listen to what the Lord says. “Have I been like a wilderness to you, Israel? Have I been like a dark and dangerous land to you? 1 Why then do you 2 say, ‘We are free to wander. 3 We will not come to you any more?’
I will do so because these people 1 have rejected me and have defiled 2 this place. They have offered sacrifices in it to other gods which neither they nor their ancestors 3 nor the kings of Judah knew anything about. They have filled it with the blood of innocent children. 4
I 1 hear many whispering words of intrigue against me. Those who would cause me terror are everywhere! 2 They are saying, “Come on, let’s publicly denounce him!” 3 All my so-called friends 4 are just watching for something that would lead to my downfall. 5 They say, “Perhaps he can be enticed into slipping up, so we can prevail over 6 him and get our revenge on him.
For take note, I am already beginning to bring disaster on the city that I call my own. 1 So how can you possibly avoid being punished? 2 You will not go unpunished! For I am proclaiming war against all who live on the earth. I, the Lord who rules over all, 3 affirm it!’ 4
The Lord said, “Go stand in the courtyard of the Lord’s temple. 1 Speak out to all the people who are coming from the towns of Judah to worship in the Lord’s temple. Tell them everything I command you to tell them. Do not leave out a single word!
This will happen to them because they have done what is shameful 1 in Israel. They have committed adultery with their neighbors’ wives and have spoken lies while claiming my authority. 2 They have spoken words that I did not command them to speak. I know what they have done. I have been a witness to it,’ says the Lord.” 3
Thus there was found in this man Daniel, whom the king renamed Belteshazzar, an extraordinary spirit, knowledge, and skill to interpret 1 dreams, solve riddles, and decipher knotty problems. 2 Now summon 3 Daniel, and he will disclose the interpretation.”
“Then I wanted to know the meaning 1 of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others. It was very dreadful, with two rows of iron teeth and bronze claws, and it devoured, crushed, and trampled anything that was left with its feet.
Even now they persist in sin! 1 They make metal images for themselves, idols that they skillfully fashion 2 from their own silver; all of them are nothing but the work of craftsmen! There is a saying about them: 3 “Those who sacrifice 4 to the calf idol are calf kissers!” 5
You also say, ‘How tiresome it is.’ You turn up your nose at it,” says the Lord who rules over all, “and instead bring what is stolen, lame, or sick. You bring these things for an offering! Should I accept this from you?” 1 asks the Lord.
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
So Jesus answered them, 1 “I tell you the solemn truth, 2 the Son can do nothing on his own initiative, 3 but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father 4 does, the Son does likewise. 5
So do not let them persuade you to do this, 1 because more than forty of them 2 are lying in ambush 3 for him. They 4 have bound themselves with an oath 5 not to eat or drink anything 6 until they have killed him, and now they are ready, waiting for you to agree to their request.” 7
So then, do not judge anything before the time. Wait until the Lord comes. He will 1 bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the motives of hearts. Then each will receive recognition 2 from God.
Already you are satisfied! Already you are rich! You have become kings without us! I wish you had become kings so that we could reign with you!
keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set out for him he endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. 1
They were shown 1 that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things now announced to you through those who proclaimed the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven – things angels long to catch a glimpse of.
Whoever speaks, let it be with 1 God’s words. 2 Whoever serves, do so with the strength 3 that God supplies, so that in everything God will be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong 4 the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.
These men are 1 dangerous reefs 2 at your love feasts, 3 feasting without reverence, 4 feeding only themselves. 5 They are 6 waterless 7 clouds, carried along by the winds; autumn trees without fruit 8 – twice dead, 9 uprooted;
You must 1 observe the Sabbath 2 rather than doing anything you please on my holy day. 3 You must look forward to the Sabbath 4 and treat the Lord’s holy day with respect. 5 You must treat it with respect by refraining from your normal activities, and by refraining from your selfish pursuits and from making business deals. 6