Samaria has not committed half the sins you have; you have done more abominable deeds than they did. 1 You have made your sisters appear righteous with all the abominable things you have done.
Her prophets coat their messages with whitewash. 1 They see false visions and announce lying omens for them, saying, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says,’ when the Lord has not spoken.
So I have poured my anger on them, and destroyed them with the fire of my fury. I hereby repay them for what they have done, 1 declares the sovereign Lord.”
therefore, as surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, I will deal with you according to your anger, and according to your envy, by which you acted spitefully against them. I will reveal myself to them when I judge you.
They will not defile themselves with their idols, their detestable things, and all their rebellious deeds. I will save them from all their unfaithfulness 1 by which they sinned. I will purify them; they will become my people and I will become their God.
When they placed their threshold by my threshold and their doorpost by my doorpost, with only the wall between me and them, they profaned my holy name by the abominable deeds they committed. So I consumed them in my anger.
They will not come near me to serve me as priest, nor will they come near any of my holy things, the things which are most sacred. They will bear the shame of the abominable deeds they have committed.
But if he gives a gift from his inheritance to one of his servants, it will be his until the year of liberty; 1 then it will revert to the prince. His inheritance will only remain with his sons.
Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, for all his deeds are right and his ways are just. He is able to bring down those who live 1 in pride.
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.
But the one who did not know his master’s will 1 and did things worthy of punishment 2 will receive a light beating. 3 From everyone who has been given much, much will be required, 4 and from the one who has been entrusted with much, 5 even more will be asked. 6
As he approached the road leading down from 1 the Mount of Olives, 2 the whole crowd of his 3 disciples began to rejoice 4 and praise 5 God with a loud voice for all the mighty works 6 they had seen: 7