You also lived your lives 1 in this way at one time, when you used to live among them.
For the culmination of all things is near. So be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of prayer. 1
which you commanded us through your servants the prophets with these words: 1 ‘The land that you are entering to possess is a land defiled by the impurities of the local residents! 2 With their abominations they have filled it from one end to the other with their filthiness.
Even when they were in their kingdom and benefiting from your incredible 1 goodness that you had lavished 2 on them in the spacious and fertile land you had set 3 before them, they did not serve you, nor did they turn from their evil practices.
So 1 I again considered 2 all the oppression 3 that continually occurs 4 on earth. 5 This is what I saw: 6 The oppressed 7 were in tears, 8 but no one was comforting them; no one delivers 9 them from the power of their oppressors.
1 So I will give their wives to other men and their fields to new owners. For from the least important to the most important of them, all of them are greedy for dishonest gain. Prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit.
“‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Clap your hands, stamp your feet, and say, “Ah!” because of all the evil, abominable practices of the house of Israel, for they will fall by the sword, famine, and pestilence. 1
My eye will not pity you; I will not spare 1 you. 2 For I will hold you responsible for your behavior, 3 and you will suffer the consequences of your abominable practices. 4 Then you will know that I am the Lord!
Soon now I will pour out my rage 1 on you; I will fully vent my anger against you. I will judge you according to your behavior. I will hold you accountable for all your abominable practices.
She did not abandon the prostitution she had practiced in Egypt; for in her youth men had sex with her, fondled her virgin breasts, and ravished her. 1
And you see and hear that this Paul has persuaded 1 and turned away 2 a large crowd, 3 not only in Ephesus 4 but in practically all of the province of Asia, 5 by saying 6 that gods made by hands are not gods at all. 7
for it is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be in fear, for it does not bear the sword in vain. It is God’s servant to administer retribution on the wrongdoer.
But if a widow has children or grandchildren, they should first learn to fulfill their duty 1 toward their own household and so repay their parents what is owed them. 2 For this is what pleases God. 3
and has a reputation for good works: as one who has raised children, 1 practiced hospitality, washed the feet of the saints, helped those in distress – as one who has exhibited all kinds of good works. 2
When 1 the days of their feasting were finished, 2 Job would send 3 for them and sanctify 4 them; he would get up early 5 in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to 6 the number of them all. For Job thought, “Perhaps 7 my children 8 have sinned and cursed 9 God in their hearts.” This was Job’s customary practice.