“I, the Lord, promise 1 that a new time will certainly come 2 when I will raise up for them a righteous branch, 3 a descendant of David. He will rule over them with wisdom and understanding 4 and will do what is just and right in the land. 5
I will turn the land of Egypt into a desolation in the midst of desolate lands; for forty years her cities will lie desolate in the midst of ruined cities. I will scatter Egypt among the nations and disperse them among foreign countries.
a human face toward the palm tree on one side and a lion’s face toward the palm tree on the other side. They were carved on the whole temple all around;
In the days of those kings the God of heaven will raise up an everlasting kingdom that will not be destroyed and a kingdom that will not be left to another people. It will break in pieces and bring about the demise of all these kingdoms. But it will stand forever.
“Look! I am about to bring 1 a nation against you, family 2 of Israel.” The Lord, the God who commands armies, is speaking. “They will oppress 3 you all the way from Lebo-Hamath 4 to the Stream of the Arabah.” 5
And also on that day,” says the Lord who rules over all, “I will remove 1 the names of the idols from the land and they will never again be remembered. Moreover, I will remove the prophets and the unclean spirit from the land.
Simon Peter told them, “I am going fishing.” “We will go with you,” they replied. 1 They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts 1 of the earth.”
When they did not find them, they dragged 1 Jason and some of the brothers before the city officials, 2 screaming, “These people who have stirred up trouble 3 throughout the world 4 have come here too,
And we all agree, 1 our religion contains amazing revelation: 2 He 3 was revealed in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, 4 seen by angels, proclaimed among Gentiles, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.
for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by his sacrifice.
For all the nations 1 have fallen 2 from the wine of her immoral passion, 3 and the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have gotten rich from the power of her sensual behavior.” 4
When Pharaoh stubbornly refused 1 to release us, the Lord killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of people to the firstborn of animals. 2 That is why I am sacrificing 3 to the Lord the first male offspring of every womb, but all my firstborn sons I redeem.’
So Moses gave to the Gadites, the Reubenites, and to half the tribe of Manasseh son of Joseph the realm of King Sihon of the Amorites, and the realm of King Og of Bashan, the entire land with its cities and the territory surrounding them. 1
He eliminated 1 the pagan priests whom the kings of Judah had appointed to offer sacrifices 2 on the high places in the cities of Judah and in the area right around Jerusalem. (They offered sacrifices 3 to Baal, the sun god, the moon god, the constellations, and all the stars in the sky.)
Josiah also got rid of 1 the ritual pits used to conjure up spirits, 2 the magicians, personal idols, disgusting images, 3 and all the detestable idols that had appeared in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem. In this way he carried out the terms of the law 4 recorded on the scroll that Hilkiah the priest had discovered in the Lord’s temple.
Also their neighbors, from as far away as Issachar, Zebulun, and Naphtali, were bringing food on donkeys, camels, mules, and oxen. There were large supplies of flour, fig cakes, raisins, wine, olive oil, beef, and lamb, 1 for Israel was celebrating. 2
may your ear be attentive and your eyes be open to hear the prayer of your servant that I am praying to you today throughout both day and night on behalf of your servants the Israelites. I am confessing the sins of the Israelites that we have committed 1 against you – both I myself and my family 2 have sinned.