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The Redemption of Israel 27:1 In that day the Lord with his hard and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will slay the dragon that is in the sea.
2 In that day,“A pleasant vineyard, sing of it!
3 I, the Lord, am its keeper;every moment I water it.Lest anyone punish it,I keep it night and day;
4 I have no wrath.Would that I had thorns and briers to battle!I would march against them,I would burn them up together.
5 Or let them lay hold of my protection,let them make peace with me,let them make peace with me.”
6 In days to come Jacob shall take root,Israel shall blossom and put forth shootsand fill the whole world with fruit.
7 Has he struck them as he struck those who struck them?Or have they been slain as their slayers were slain?
8 Measure by measure, by exile you contended with them;he removed them with his fierce breath in the day of the east wind.
9 Therefore by this the guilt of Jacob will be atoned for,and this will be the full fruit of the removal of his sin:when he makes all the stones of the altarslike chalkstones crushed to pieces,no Asherim or incense altars will remain standing.
10 For the fortified city is solitary,a habitation deserted and forsaken, like the wilderness;there the calf grazes;there it lies down and strips its branches.
11 When its boughs are dry, they are broken;women come and make a fire of them.For this is a people without discernment;therefore he who made them will not have compassion on them;he who formed them will show them no favor.
12 In that day from the river Euphrates to the Brook of Egypt the Lord will thresh out the grain, and you will be gleaned one by one, O people of Israel.
13 And in that day a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were lost in the land of Assyria and those who were driven out to the land of Egypt will come and worship the Lord on the holy mountain at Jerusalem.
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Judgment on Ephraim and Jerusalem28:1 Ah, the proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim,and the fading flower of its glorious beauty,which is on the head of the rich valley of those overcome with wine!
2 Behold, the Lord has one who is mighty and strong;like a storm of hail, a destroying tempest,like a storm of mighty, overflowing waters,he casts down to the earth with his hand.
3 The proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraimwill be trodden underfoot;
4 and the fading flower of its glorious beauty,which is on the head of the rich valley,will be like a first-ripe fig before the summer:when someone sees it, he swallows itas soon as it is in his hand.
5 In that day the Lord of hosts will be a crown of glory,and a diadem of beauty, to the remnant of his people,
6 and a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment,and strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.
7 These also reel with wineand stagger with strong drink;the priest and the prophet reel with strong drink,they are swallowed by wine,they stagger with strong drink,they reel in vision,they stumble in giving judgment.
8 For all tables are full of filthy vomit,with no space left.
9 “To whom will he teach knowledge,and to whom will he explain the message?Those who are weaned from the milk,those taken from the breast?
10 For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept,line upon line, line upon line,here a little, there a little.”
11 For by people of strange lipsand with a foreign tonguethe Lord will speak to this people,
12 to whom he has said,“This is rest;give rest to the weary;and this is repose”;yet they would not hear.
13 And the word of the Lord will be to themprecept upon precept, precept upon precept,line upon line, line upon line,here a little, there a little,that they may go, and fall backward,and be broken, and snared, and taken.
A Cornerstone in Zion14 Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scoffers,who rule this people in Jerusalem!
15 Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death,and with Sheol we have an agreement,when the overwhelming whip passes throughit will not come to us,for we have made lies our refuge,and in falsehood we have taken shelter”;
16 therefore thus says the Lord God,“Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion,a stone, a tested stone,a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation:‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’
17 And I will make justice the line,and righteousness the plumb line;and hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,and waters will overwhelm the shelter.”
18 Then your covenant with death will be annulled,and your agreement with Sheol will not stand;when the overwhelming scourge passes through,you will be beaten down by it.
19 As often as it passes through it will take you;for morning by morning it will pass through,by day and by night;and it will be sheer terror to understand the message.
20 For the bed is too short to stretch oneself on,and the covering too narrow to wrap oneself in.
21 For the Lord will rise up as on Mount Perazim;as in the Valley of Gibeon he will be roused;to do his deed—strange is his deed!and to work his work—alien is his work!
22 Now therefore do not scoff,lest your bonds be made strong;for I have heard a decree of destructionfrom the Lord God of hosts against the whole land.
23 Give ear, and hear my voice;give attention, and hear my speech.
24 Does he who plows for sowing plow continually?Does he continually open and harrow his ground?
25 When he has leveled its surface,does he not scatter dill, sow cumin,and put in wheat in rowsand barley in its proper place,and emmer as the border?
26 For he is rightly instructed;his God teaches him.
27 Dill is not threshed with a threshing sledge,nor is a cart wheel rolled over cumin,but dill is beaten out with a stick,and cumin with a rod.
28 Does one crush grain for bread?No, he does not thresh it forever;when he drives his cart wheel over itwith his horses, he does not crush it.
29 This also comes from the Lord of hosts;he is wonderful in counseland excellent in wisdom.
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17:1 Better is a dry morsel with quietthan a house full of feasting with strife.
2 A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefullyand will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
3 The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,and the Lord tests hearts.
4 An evildoer listens to wicked lips,and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.
5 Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker;he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
6 Grandchildren are the crown of the aged,and the glory of children is their fathers.
7 Fine speech is not becoming to a fool;still less is false speech to a prince.
8 A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of the one who gives it;wherever he turns he prospers.
9 Whoever covers an offense seeks love,but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.
10 A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understandingthan a hundred blows into a fool.
11 An evil man seeks only rebellion,and a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12 Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubsrather than a fool in his folly.
13 If anyone returns evil for good,evil will not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water,so quit before the quarrel breaks out.
15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteousare both alike an abomination to the Lord.
16 Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdomwhen he has no sense?
17 A friend loves at all times,and a brother is born for adversity.
18 One who lacks sense gives a pledgeand puts up security in the presence of his neighbor.
19 Whoever loves transgression loves strife;he who makes his door high seeks destruction.
20 A man of crooked heart does not discover good,and one with a dishonest tongue falls into calamity.
21 He who sires a fool gets himself sorrow,and the father of a fool has no joy.
22 A joyful heart is good medicine,but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23 The wicked accepts a bribe in secretto pervert the ways of justice.
24 The discerning sets his face toward wisdom,but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is a grief to his fatherand bitterness to her who bore him.
26 To impose a fine on a righteous man is not good,nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.
27 Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
28 Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
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4:1 Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.
2 For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.
3 For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said,“As I swore in my wrath,‘They shall not enter my rest,’”
although his works were finished from the foundation of the world.
4 For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.”
5 And again in this passage he said,“They shall not enter my rest.”
6 Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience,
7 again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted,“Today, if you hear his voice,do not harden your hearts.”
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on.
9 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God,
10 for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.
11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.
12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Jesus the Great High Priest14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
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