They will be like a tree planted near a stream whose roots spread out toward the water. It has nothing to fear when the heat comes. Its leaves are always green. It has no need to be concerned in a year of drought. It does not stop bearing fruit.
You are the one in whom Israel may find hope. 1 All who leave you will suffer shame. Those who turn away from you 2 will be consigned to the nether world. 3 For they have rejected you, the Lord, the fountain of life. 4
He led me out by way of the north gate and brought me around the outside of the outer gate that faces toward the east; I noticed 1 that the water was trickling out from the south side.
John answered them all, 1 “I baptize you with water, 2 but one more powerful than I am is coming – I am not worthy 3 to untie the strap 4 of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 5
For when Moses had spoken every command to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats with water and scarlet wool and hyssop and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and lower 1 your nets for a catch.”
The men of Ai killed about thirty-six of them and chased them from in front of the city gate all the way to the fissures 1 and defeated them on the steep slope. 2 The people’s 3 courage melted away like water. 4
A blacksmith works with his tool 1 and forges metal over the coals. He forms it 2 with hammers; he makes it with his strong arm. He gets hungry and loses his energy; 3 he drinks no water and gets tired.
So then I, the Lord who rules over all, 1 have something to say concerning the prophets of Jerusalem: 2 ‘I will make these prophets eat the bitter food of suffering and drink the poison water of judgment. 3 For the prophets of Jerusalem are the reason 4 that ungodliness 5 has spread throughout the land.’”
They will come back shedding tears of contrition. I will bring them back praying prayers of repentance. 1 I will lead them besides streams of water, along smooth paths where they will never stumble. 2 I will do this because I am Israel’s father; Ephraim 3 is my firstborn son.’”
When his voice thunders, the waters in the heavens roar. He makes the clouds rise from the far-off horizons. He makes the lightning flash out in the midst of the rain. He unleashes the wind from the places where he stores it.
He issued a proclamation and said, 1 “In Nineveh, by the decree of the king and his nobles: No human or animal, cattle or sheep, is to taste anything; they must not eat and they must not drink water.
These two have the power 1 to close up the sky so that it does not rain during the time 2 they are prophesying. They 3 have power 4 to turn the waters to blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague whenever they want.