“Son of man, sing a lament for Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say to him: “‘You were like a lion 1 among the nations, but you are a monster in the seas; you thrash about in your streams, stir up the water with your feet, and muddy your 2 streams.
Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but prefer that the wicked change his behavior 1 and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil deeds! 2 Why should you die, O house of Israel?’
“And you, son of man, say to your people, 1 ‘The righteousness of the righteous will not deliver him if he rebels. 2 As for the wicked, his wickedness will not make him stumble if he turns from it. 3 The righteous will not be able to live by his righteousness 4 if he sins.’ 5
“This is what you must say to them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: As surely as I live, those living in the ruins will die 1 by the sword, those in the open field I will give to the wild beasts for food, and those who are in the strongholds and caves will die of disease.
“Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake that I am about to act, O house of Israel, but for the sake of my holy reputation 1 which you profaned among the nations where you went.
“As for you, son of man, this is what the sovereign Lord says: Tell every kind of bird and every wild beast: ‘Assemble and come! Gather from all around to my slaughter 1 which I am going to make for you, a great slaughter on the mountains of Israel! You will eat flesh and drink blood.
You saw that a stone was cut from a mountain, but not by human hands; it smashed the iron, bronze, clay, silver, and gold into pieces. The great God has made known to the king what will occur in the future. 1 The dream is certain, and its interpretation is reliable.”
He said to me, “Daniel, you are of great value. 1 Understand the words that I am about to 2 speak to you. So stand up, 3 for I have now been sent to you.” When he said this 4 to me, I stood up shaking.
“Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘Your wife will become a prostitute in the streets 1 and your sons and daughters will die violently. 2 Your land will be given to others 3 and you will die in a foreign 4 land. Israel will certainly be carried into exile 5 away from its land.’”
Her 1 leaders take bribes when they decide legal cases, 2 her priests proclaim rulings for profit, and her prophets read omens for pay. Yet they claim to trust 3 the Lord and say, “The Lord is among us. 4 Disaster will not overtake 5 us!”
(2:1) 1 Look! A herald is running 2 on the mountains! A messenger is proclaiming deliverance: 3 “Celebrate your sacred festivals, O Judah! Fulfill your sacred vows to praise God! 4 For never again 5 will the wicked 6 Assyrians 7 invade 8 you, they 9 have been completely destroyed.”
“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.
Then, if anyone prophesies in spite of this, his father and mother to whom he was born will say to him, ‘You cannot live, for you lie in the name of the Lord.’ Then his father and mother to whom he was born will run him through with a sword when he prophesies. 1
But as the man 1 went out he began to announce it publicly and spread the story widely, so that Jesus 2 was no longer able to enter any town openly but stayed outside in remote places. Still 3 they kept coming 4 to him from everywhere.
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back. 1 Then 2 your reward will be great, and you will be sons 3 of the Most High, 4 because he is kind to ungrateful and evil people. 5
Then Pilate said, 1 “So you are a king!” Jesus replied, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world – to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to 2 my voice.”
The other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, 1 “Unless I see the wounds 2 from the nails in his hands, and put my finger into the wounds from the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe it!” 3
‘And in the last days 1 it will be,’ God says, ‘that I will pour out my Spirit on all people, 2 and your sons and your daughters will prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.
After removing him, God 1 raised up 2 David their king. He testified about him: 3 ‘I have found David 4 the son of Jesse to be a man after my heart, 5 who will accomplish everything I want him to do.’ 6