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.
“I have shown love to you,” says the Lord, but you say, “How have you shown love to us?” “Esau was Jacob’s brother,” the Lord explains, “yet I chose Jacob
“They will belong to me,” says the Lord who rules over all, “in the day when I prepare my own special property. 1 I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him.
Thus whenever you do charitable giving, 1 do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in synagogues 2 and on streets so that people will praise them. I tell you the truth, 3 they have their reward.
“For this reason I 1 am sending you prophets and wise men and experts in the law, 2 some of whom you will kill and crucify, 3 and some you will flog 4 in your synagogues 5 and pursue from town to town,
For although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or give him thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts and their senseless hearts 1 were darkened.
But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who calls himself a Christian 1 who is sexually immoral, or greedy, or an idolater, or verbally abusive, 2 or a drunkard, or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person.
But if we are afflicted, 1 it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort that you experience in your patient endurance of the same sufferings that we also suffer.
Then Sarai said to Abram, “You have brought this wrong on me! 1 I allowed my servant to have sexual relations with you, 2 but when she realized 3 that she was pregnant, she despised me. 4 May the Lord judge between you and me!” 5
Then Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law who were going to marry his daughters. 1 He said, “Quick, get out of this place because the Lord is about to destroy 2 the city!” But his sons-in-law thought he was ridiculing them. 3
They 1 must not discriminate in judgment, but hear the lowly 2 and the great alike. Nor should they be intimidated by human beings, for judgment belongs to God. If the matter being adjudicated is too difficult for them, they should bring it before me for a hearing.
Boaz replied to her, 1 “I have been given a full report of 2 all that you have done for your mother-in-law following the death of your husband – how you left 3 your father and your mother, as well as your homeland, and came to live among people you did not know previously. 4
He lifts the weak 1 from the dust; he raises 2 the poor from the ash heap to seat them with princes and to bestow on them an honored position. 3 The foundations of the earth belong to the Lord, and he has placed the world on them.
Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, says, ‘I really did say 1 that your house and your ancestor’s house would serve 2 me forever.’ But now the Lord says, ‘May it never be! 3 For I will honor those who honor me, but those who despise me will be cursed!
Let me 1 return so that I may die in my own city near the grave of my father and my mother. But look, here is your servant Kimham. Let him cross over with my lord the king. Do for him whatever seems appropriate to you.”