I will turn your festivals into funerals, 1 and all your songs into funeral dirges. I will make everyone wear funeral clothes 2 and cause every head to be shaved bald. 3 I will make you mourn as if you had lost your only son; 4 when it ends it will indeed have been a bitter day. 5
I saw the sovereign One 1 standing by the altar 2 and he said, “Strike the tops of the support pillars, 3 so the thresholds shake! Knock them down on the heads of all the people, 4 and I will kill the survivors 5 with the sword. No one will be able to run away; 6 no one will be able to escape. 7
Lord, you have been active from ancient times; 1 my sovereign God, 2 you are immortal. 3 Lord, you have made them 4 your instrument of judgment. 5 Protector, 6 you have appointed them as your instrument of punishment. 7
I asked, “What are these going to do?” He answered, “These horns are the ones that have scattered Judah so that there is no one to be seen. 1 But the blacksmiths have come to terrify Judah’s enemies 2 and cut off the horns of the nations that have thrust themselves against the land of Judah in order to scatter its people.” 3
“The Lord who rules over all says, ‘If you live 1 and work according to my requirements, you will be able to preside over my temple 2 and attend to my courtyards, and I will allow you to come and go among these others who are standing by you.
The Lord who rules over all says, ‘In those days ten people from all languages and nations will grasp hold of – indeed, grab – the robe of one Jew and say, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”’” 1
Indeed, I am about to raise up a shepherd in the land who will not take heed to the sheep headed to slaughter, will not seek the scattered, and will not heal the injured. 1 Moreover, he will not nourish the one that is healthy but instead will eat the meat of the fat sheep 2 and tear off their hooves.
Edom 1 says, “Though we are devastated, we will once again build the ruined places.” So the Lord who rules over all 2 responds, “They indeed may build, but I will overthrow. They will be known as 3 the land of evil, the people with whom the Lord is permanently displeased.
“I wish that one of you would close the temple doors, 1 so that you no longer would light useless fires on my altar. I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord who rules over all, “and I will no longer accept an offering from you.
“There will be harsh condemnation for the hypocrite who has a valuable male animal in his flock but vows and sacrifices something inferior to the Lord. For I am a great king,” 1 says the Lord who rules over all, “and my name is awesome among the nations.”
“I 1 will come to you in judgment. I will be quick to testify against those who practice divination, those who commit adultery, those who break promises, 2 and those who exploit workers, widows, and orphans, 3 who refuse to help 4 the immigrant 5 and in this way show they do not fear me,” says the Lord who rules over all.
After they had gone, an 1 angel of the Lord 2 appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, for Herod 3 is going to look for the child to kill him.”
If 1 your hand or your foot causes you to sin, 2 cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than to have 3 two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire.
Jesus 1 answered them, “I tell you the truth, 2 if you have faith and do not doubt, not only will you do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen.
Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Look! The feast I have prepared for you is ready. 1 My oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.”’
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 1 you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! 2 How often I have longed 3 to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but 4 you would have none of it! 5
He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. He 1 gave them to his 2 disciples to serve the people, and he divided the two fish among them all.
Then 1 as the men 2 were starting to leave, 3 Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three shelters, 4 one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah” – not knowing what he was saying.