to open their eyes so that they turn 1 from darkness to light and from the power 2 of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share 3 among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’
So then, 1 if she is joined to another man while her husband is alive, she will be called an adulteress. But if her 2 husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she is joined to another man, she is not an adulteress.
and from Jesus Christ – the faithful 1 witness, 2 the firstborn from among the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth. To the one who loves us and has set us free 3 from our sins at the cost of 4 his own blood
When Pharaoh stubbornly refused 1 to release us, the Lord killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of people to the firstborn of animals. 2 That is why I am sacrificing 3 to the Lord the first male offspring of every womb, but all my firstborn sons I redeem.’
But in the seventh year 1 you must let it lie fallow and leave it alone so that the poor of your people may eat, and what they leave any animal in the field 2 may eat; you must do likewise with your vineyard and your olive grove.
You should not consider it difficult to let him go free, for he will have served you for six years, twice 1 the time of a hired worker; the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.
My servants will bring the timber down from Lebanon to the sea. I will send it by sea in raft-like bundles to the place you designate. 1 There I will separate the logs 2 and you can carry them away. In exchange you will supply the food I need for my royal court.” 3
I will make myself available to you,’ 1 says the Lord. 2 ‘Then I will reverse your plight 3 and will regather you from all the nations and all the places where I have exiled you,’ says the Lord. 4 ‘I will bring you back to the place from which I exiled you.’
The Lord God of Israel who rules over all 1 says, “I will restore the people of Judah to their land and to their towns. When I do, they will again say 2 of Jerusalem, 3 ‘May the Lord bless you, you holy mountain, the place where righteousness dwells.’ 4
Fields will again be bought with silver, and deeds of purchase signed, sealed, and witnessed. This will happen in the territory of Benjamin, the villages surrounding Jerusalem, the towns in Judah, the southern hill country, the western foothills, and southern Judah. 1 For I will restore them to their land. 2 I, the Lord, affirm it!’” 3
“Raise up battle flags throughout the lands. Sound the trumpets calling the nations to do battle. Prepare the nations to do battle against Babylonia. 1 Call for these kingdoms to attack her: Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz. 2 Appoint a commander to lead the attack. 3 Send horses 4 against her like a swarm of locusts. 5
“‘Therefore, this is what the sovereign Lord says: Take note 1 that I am against your wristbands with which you entrap people’s lives 2 like birds. I will tear them from your arms and will release the people’s lives, which you hunt like birds.
But Paul said to the police officers, 1 “They had us beaten in public 2 without a proper trial 3 – even though we are Roman citizens 4 – and they threw us 5 in prison. And now they want to send us away 6 secretly? Absolutely not! They 7 themselves must come and escort us out!” 8