“And you, son of man, this is what will happen on the day I take 1 from them their stronghold – their beautiful source of joy, the object in which their eyes delight, and the main concern of their lives, 2 as well as their sons and daughters: 3
Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom on account of your splendor. I threw you down to the ground; I placed you before kings, that they might see you.
I am enraged at the shepherds and will punish the lead-goats. For the Lord who rules over all has brought blessing to his flock, the house of Judah, and will transform them into his majestic warhorse.
(3:19) 1 “For indeed the day 2 is coming, burning like a furnace, and all the arrogant evildoers will be chaff. The coming day will burn them up,” says the Lord who rules over all. “It 3 will not leave even a root or branch.
For who concedes you any superiority? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you received it, why do you boast as though you did not?
But I have not used any of these rights. And I am not writing these things so that something will be done for me. 1 In fact, it would be better for me to die than – no one will deprive me of my reason for boasting! 2
For if I have boasted to him about anything concerning you, I have not been embarrassed by you, 1 but just as everything we said to you was true, 2 so our boasting to Titus about you 3 has proved true as well.
because I know your eagerness to help. 1 I keep boasting to the Macedonians about this eagerness of yours, 2 that Achaia has been ready to give 3 since last year, and your zeal to participate 4 has stirred up most of them. 5
Remember the whole way by which he 1 has brought you these forty years through the desert 2 so that he might, by humbling you, test you to see if you have it within you to keep his commandments or not.
So he humbled you by making you hungry and then feeding you with unfamiliar manna. 1 He did this to teach you 2 that humankind 3 cannot live by bread 4 alone, but also by everything that comes from the Lord’s mouth. 5
The Annals of the Prophets include his prayer, give an account of how the Lord responded to it, record all his sins and unfaithful acts, and identify the sites where he built high places and erected Asherah poles and idols before he humbled himself. 1
For the music director; a well-written song 2 by David. It was written when Doeg the Edomite went and informed Saul: “David has arrived at the home of Ahimelech.” 3 Why do you boast about your evil plans, 4 O powerful man? God’s loyal love protects me all day long! 5
Does an ax exalt itself over the one who wields it, or a saw magnify itself over the one who cuts with it? 1 As if a scepter should brandish the one who raises it, or a staff should lift up what is not made of wood!