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An Oracle Concerning Cush18:1 Ah, land of whirring wingsthat is beyond the rivers of Cush,
2 which sends ambassadors by the sea,in vessels of papyrus on the waters!Go, you swift messengers,to a nation tall and smooth,to a people feared near and far,a nation mighty and conquering,whose land the rivers divide.
3 All you inhabitants of the world,you who dwell on the earth,when a signal is raised on the mountains, look!When a trumpet is blown, hear!
4 For thus the Lord said to me:“I will quietly look from my dwellinglike clear heat in sunshine,like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.”
5 For before the harvest, when the blossom is over,and the flower becomes a ripening grape,he cuts off the shoots with pruning hooks,and the spreading branches he lops off and clears away.
6 They shall all of them be leftto the birds of prey of the mountainsand to the beasts of the earth.And the birds of prey will summer on them,and all the beasts of the earth will winter on them.
7 At that time tribute will be brought to the Lord of hostsfrom a people tall and smooth,from a people feared near and far,a nation mighty and conquering,whose land the rivers divide,
to Mount Zion, the place of the name of the Lord
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An Oracle Concerning Egypt 19:1 An oracle concerning Egypt.Behold, the Lord is riding on a swift cloudand comes to Egypt;and the idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence,and the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.
2 And I will stir up Egyptians against Egyptians,and they will fight, each against anotherand each against his neighbor,city against city, kingdom against kingdom;
3 and the spirit of the Egyptians within them will be emptied out,and I will confound their counsel;and they will inquire of the idols and the sorcerers,and the mediums and the necromancers;
4 and I will give over the Egyptiansinto the hand of a hard master,and a fierce king will rule over them,declares the Lord God of hosts.
5 And the waters of the sea will be dried up,and the river will be dry and parched,
6 and its canals will become foul,and the branches of Egypt’s Nile will diminish and dry up,reeds and rushes will rot away.
7 There will be bare places by the Nile,on the brink of the Nile,and all that is sown by the Nile will be parched,will be driven away, and will be no more.
8 The fishermen will mourn and lament,all who cast a hook in the Nile;and they will languishwho spread nets on the water.
9 The workers in combed flax will be in despair,and the weavers of white cotton.
10 Those who are the pillars of the land will be crushed,and all who work for pay will be grieved.
11 The princes of Zoan are utterly foolish;the wisest counselors of Pharaoh give stupid counsel.How can you say to Pharaoh,“I am a son of the wise,a son of ancient kings”?
12 Where then are your wise men?Let them tell youthat they might know what the Lord of hosts has purposed against Egypt.
13 The princes of Zoan have become fools,and the princes of Memphis are deluded;those who are the cornerstones of her tribeshave made Egypt stagger.
14 The Lord has mingled within her a spirit of confusion,and they will make Egypt stagger in all its deeds,as a drunken man staggers in his vomit.
15 And there will be nothing for Egyptthat head or tail, palm branch or reed, may do.
Egypt, Assyria, Israel Blessed16 In that day the Egyptians will be like women, and tremble with fear before the hand that the Lord of hosts shakes over them.
17 And the land of Judah will become a terror to the Egyptians. Everyone to whom it is mentioned will fear because of the purpose that the Lord of hosts has purposed against them.
18 In that day there will be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the Lord of hosts. One of these will be called the City of Destruction.
19 In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at its border.
20 It will be a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry to the Lord because of oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and deliver them.
21 And the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day and worship with sacrifice and offering, and they will make vows to the Lord and perform them.
22 And the Lord will strike Egypt, striking and healing, and they will return to the Lord, and he will listen to their pleas for mercy and heal them.
23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will come into Egypt, and Egypt into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.
24 In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth,
25 whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.”
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13:1 A wise son hears his father’s instruction,but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
2 From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good,but the desire of the treacherous is for violence.
3 Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life;he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
5 The righteous hates falsehood,but the wicked brings shame and disgrace.
6 Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless,but sin overthrows the wicked.
7 One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
8 The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth,but a poor man hears no threat.
9 The light of the righteous rejoices,but the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
10 By insolence comes nothing but strife,but with those who take advice is wisdom.
11 Wealth gained hastily will dwindle,but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
13 Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself,but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.
14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,that one may turn away from the snares of death.
15 Good sense wins favor,but the way of the treacherous is their ruin.
16 Every prudent man acts with knowledge,but a fool flaunts his folly.
17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble,but a faithful envoy brings healing.
18 Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction,but whoever heeds reproof is honored.
19 A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul,but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools.
20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
21 Disaster pursues sinners,but the righteous are rewarded with good.
22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.
23 The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food,but it is swept away through injustice.
24 Whoever spares the rod hates his son,but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.
25 The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite,but the belly of the wicked suffers want.
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Warning Against Neglecting Salvation 2:1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.
2 For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution,
3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard,
4 while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
The Founder of Salvation5 For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking.
6 It has been testified somewhere,“What is man, that you are mindful of him,or the son of man, that you care for him?
7 You made him for a little while lower than the angels;you have crowned him with glory and honor,
8 putting everything in subjection under his feet.”Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him.
9 But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.
11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers,
12 saying,“I will tell of your name to my brothers;in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.”
13 And again,“I will put my trust in him.”
And again,“Behold, I and the children God has given me.”
14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,
15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.
16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham.
17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
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