So know and understand: From the issuing of the command 1 to restore and rebuild Jerusalem 2 until an anointed one, a prince arrives, 3 there will be a period of seven weeks 4 and sixty-two weeks. It will again be built, 5 with plaza and moat, but in distressful times.
Let the priests, those who serve the Lord, weep from the vestibule all the way back to the altar. 1 Let them say, “Have pity, O Lord, on your people; please do not turn over your inheritance to be mocked, to become a proverb 2 among the nations. Why should it be said 3 among the peoples, “Where is their God?”
Lord, I have heard the report of what you did; 1 I am awed, 2 Lord, by what you accomplished. 3 In our time 4 repeat those deeds; 5 in our time reveal them again. 6 But when you cause turmoil, remember to show us mercy! 7
I listened and my stomach churned; 1 the sound made my lips quiver. My frame went limp, as if my bones were decaying, 2 and I shook as I tried to walk. 3 I long 4 for the day of distress to come upon 5 the people who attack us.
Therefore you must wait patiently 1 for me,” says the Lord, “for the day when I attack and take plunder. 2 I have decided 3 to gather nations together and assemble kingdoms, so I can pour out my fury on them – all my raging anger. For 4 the whole earth will be consumed by my fiery anger.
But Paul said to the police officers, 1 “They had us beaten in public 2 without a proper trial 3 – even though we are Roman citizens 4 – and they threw us 5 in prison. And now they want to send us away 6 secretly? Absolutely not! They 7 themselves must come and escort us out!” 8
So now you and the council 1 request the commanding officer 2 to bring him down to you, as if you were going to determine 3 his case 4 by conducting a more thorough inquiry. 5 We are ready to kill him 6 before he comes near this place.” 7
(I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh.) 1 For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.
and he is divided. An unmarried woman 1 or a virgin 2 is concerned about the things of the Lord, to be holy both in body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the things of the world, how to please her husband.
if indeed you remain in the faith, established and firm, 1 without shifting 2 from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has also been preached in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become its servant.
Now as for you, the anointing 1 that you received from him 2 resides 3 in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you. But as his 4 anointing teaches you about all things, it is true and is not a lie. Just as 5 it 6 has taught you, you reside 7 in him.
Do not be afraid of the things you are about to suffer. The devil is about to have some of you thrown 1 into prison so you may be tested, 2 and you will experience suffering 3 for ten days. Remain faithful even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown that is life itself. 4
But the leaders of the Philistines became angry with him and said 1 to him, “Send the man back! Let him return to the place that you assigned him! Don’t let him go down with us into the battle, for he might become 2 our adversary in the battle. What better way to please his lord than with the heads of these men? 3
When the king passed by, he called out to the king, “Your servant went out into the heat 1 of the battle, and then a man turned aside and brought me a prisoner. 2 He told me, ‘Guard this prisoner. If he ends up missing for any reason, 3 you will pay with your life or with a talent 4 of silver.’ 5
They replied, 1 “A man came up to meet us. He told us, “Go back to the king who sent you and tell him, ‘This is what the Lord says: “You must think there is no God in Israel! That explains why you are sending for an oracle from Baal Zebub, the god of Ekron. 2 Therefore you will not leave the bed you lie on, for you will certainly die.”’”
Look, I am ready to build a temple to honor 1 the Lord my God and to dedicate it to him in order to burn fragrant incense before him, to set out the bread that is regularly displayed, 2 and to offer burnt sacrifices each morning and evening, and on Sabbaths, new moon festivals, and at other times appointed by the Lord our God. This is something Israel must do on a permanent basis. 3
I sent all my servants the prophets to warn you over and over again. They said, “Every one of you, stop doing the evil things you have been doing and do what is right. 1 Do not pay allegiance to other gods 2 and worship them. Then you can continue to live in this land that I gave to you and your ancestors.” But you did not pay any attention or listen to me.