But we ought to thank God always for you, brothers and sisters 1 loved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning 2 for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.
But we command you, brothers and sisters, 1 in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from any brother who lives an undisciplined 2 life 3 and not according to the tradition they 4 received from us.
So be patient, brothers and sisters, 1 until the Lord’s return. 2 Think of how the farmer waits 3 for the precious fruit of the ground and is patient 4 for it until it receives the early and late rains.
Therefore, remember from what high state 1 you have fallen and repent! Do 2 the deeds you did at the first; 3 if not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place – that is, if you do not repent. 4
But I have this against you: You tolerate that 1 woman 2 Jezebel, 3 who calls herself a prophetess, and by her teaching deceives 4 my servants 5 to commit sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. 6
We said to my lord, ‘We have an aged father, and there is a young boy who was born when our father was old. 1 The boy’s 2 brother is dead. He is the only one of his mother’s sons left, 3 and his father loves him.’
The time 1 for Israel to die approached, so he called for his son Joseph and said to him, “If now I have found favor in your sight, put your hand under my thigh 2 and show me kindness and faithfulness. 3 Do not bury me in Egypt,
surely you would not want to wait until they were old enough to marry! 1 Surely you would not remain unmarried all that time! 2 No, 3 my daughters, you must not return with me. 4 For my intense suffering 5 is too much for you to bear. 6 For the Lord is afflicting me!” 7
Taking an oath, David again 1 said, “Your father is very much aware of the fact 2 that I have found favor with you, and he has thought, 3 ‘Don’t let Jonathan know about this, or he will be upset.’ But as surely as the Lord lives and you live, there is about one step between me and death!”
Her brother Absalom said to her, “Was Amnon your brother with you? Now be quiet, my sister. He is your brother. Don’t take it so seriously!” 1 Tamar, devastated, lived in the house of her brother Absalom.
You seem to love your enemies and hate your friends! For you have as much as declared today that leaders and servants don’t matter to you. I realize now 1 that if 2 Absalom were alive and all of us were dead today, 3 it would be all right with you.
When the king passed by, he called out to the king, “Your servant went out into the heat 1 of the battle, and then a man turned aside and brought me a prisoner. 2 He told me, ‘Guard this prisoner. If he ends up missing for any reason, 3 you will pay with your life or with a talent 4 of silver.’ 5
“Everything that has happened to us has come about because of our wicked actions and our great guilt. Even so, our God, you have exercised restraint 1 toward our iniquities and have given us a remnant such as this.
Was it not because of things like these that King Solomon of Israel sinned? Among the many nations there was no king like him. He was loved by his God, and God made 1 him king over all Israel. But the foreign wives made even him sin!
For the music director; according to the al-tashcheth style; 2 a prayer 3 of David, written when he fled from Saul into the cave. 4 Have mercy on me, O God! Have mercy on me! For in you I have taken shelter. 5 In the shadow of your wings 6 I take shelter until trouble passes.
The Beloved about Her Lover: I was asleep, but my mind 1 was dreaming. 2 Listen! 3 My lover 4 is knocking 5 at the door! 6 The Lover to His Beloved: “Open 7 for me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my flawless one! My head is drenched with dew, my hair with the dampness of the night.”
Your own wickedness will bring about your punishment. Your unfaithful acts will bring down discipline on you. 1 Know, then, and realize how utterly harmful 2 it was for you to reject me, the Lord your God, 3 to show no respect for me,” 4 says the Lord God who rules over all. 5