This is what the Lord says: “Because Damascus has committed three crimes 1 – make that four! 2 – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 3 They ripped through Gilead like threshing sledges with iron teeth. 4
This is what the Lord says: “Because Tyre has committed three crimes 1 – make that four! 2 – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 3 They sold 4 a whole community 5 to Edom; they failed to observe 6 a treaty of brotherhood. 7
This is what the Lord says: “Because the Ammonites have committed three crimes 1 – make that four! 2 – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 3 They ripped open Gilead’s pregnant women 4 so they could expand their territory.
This is what the Lord says: “Because Israel has committed three covenant transgressions 1 – make that four! 2 – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 3 They sold the innocent 4 for silver, the needy for a pair of sandals. 5
And also on that day,” says the Lord who rules over all, “I will remove 1 the names of the idols from the land and they will never again be remembered. Moreover, I will remove the prophets and the unclean spirit from the land.
“But woe to you Pharisees! 1 You give a tenth 2 of your mint, 3 rue, 4 and every herb, yet you neglect justice 5 and love for God! But you should have done these things without neglecting the others. 6
When a woman gives birth, she has distress 1 because her time 2 has come, but when her child is born, she no longer remembers the suffering because of her joy that a human being 3 has been born into the world. 4
And as you Philippians know, at the beginning of my gospel ministry, when I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in this matter of giving and receiving except you alone.
And if you address as Father the one who impartially judges according to each one’s work, live out the time of your temporary residence here 1 in reverence.
So also 1 Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring towns, 2 since they indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire 3 in a way similar to 4 these angels, 5 are now displayed as an example by suffering the punishment of eternal fire.
He left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said, “Please let me kiss my father and mother goodbye, then I will follow you.” Elijah 1 said to him, “Go back! Indeed, what have I done to you?”
Sometimes I think, “I will make no mention of his message. I will not speak as his messenger 1 any more.” But then 2 his message becomes like a fire locked up inside of me, burning in my heart and soul. 3 I grow weary of trying to hold it in; I cannot contain it.
“People will no longer need to teach their neighbors and relatives to know me. 1 For all of them, from the least important to the most important, will know me,” 2 says the Lord. “For 3 I will forgive their sin and will no longer call to mind the wrong they have done.”
Are you looking for great things for yourself? Do not look for such things. For I, the Lord, affirm 1 that I am about to bring disaster on all humanity. 2 But I will allow you to escape with your life 3 wherever you go.”’”