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Judgment on Judah and Jerusalem3:1 For behold, the Lord God of hostsis taking away from Jerusalem and from Judahsupport and supply,all support of bread,and all support of water;
2 the mighty man and the soldier,the judge and the prophet,the diviner and the elder,
3 the captain of fiftyand the man of rank,the counselor and the skillful magicianand the expert in charms.
4 And I will make boys their princes,and infants shall rule over them.
5 And the people will oppress one another,every one his fellowand every one his neighbor;the youth will be insolent to the elder,and the despised to the honorable.
6 For a man will take hold of his brotherin the house of his father, saying:“You have a cloak;you shall be our leader,and this heap of ruinsshall be under your rule”;
7 in that day he will speak out, saying:“I will not be a healer;in my house there is neither bread nor cloak;you shall not make meleader of the people.”
8 For Jerusalem has stumbled,and Judah has fallen,because their speech and their deeds are against the Lord,defying his glorious presence.
9 For the look on their faces bears witness against them;they proclaim their sin like Sodom;they do not hide it.Woe to them!For they have brought evil on themselves.
10 Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them,for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.
11 Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him,for what his hands have dealt out shall be done to him.
12 My people—infants are their oppressors,and women rule over them.O my people, your guides mislead youand they have swallowed up the course of your paths.
13 The Lord has taken his place to contend;he stands to judge peoples.
14 The Lord will enter into judgmentwith the elders and princes of his people:“It is you who have devoured the vineyard,the spoil of the poor is in your houses.
15 What do you mean by crushing my people,by grinding the face of the poor?”declares the Lord God of hosts.
16 The Lord said:Because the daughters of Zion are haughtyand walk with outstretched necks,glancing wantonly with their eyes,mincing along as they go,tinkling with their feet,
17 therefore the Lord will strike with a scabthe heads of the daughters of Zion,and the Lord will lay bare their secret parts.
18 In that day the Lord will take away the finery of the anklets, the headbands, and the crescents;
19 the pendants, the bracelets, and the scarves;
20 the headdresses, the armlets, the sashes, the perfume boxes, and the amulets;
21 the signet rings and nose rings;
22 the festal robes, the mantles, the cloaks, and the handbags;
23 the mirrors, the linen garments, the turbans, and the veils.
24 Instead of perfume there will be rottenness;and instead of a belt, a rope;and instead of well-set hair, baldness;and instead of a rich robe, a skirt of sackcloth;and branding instead of beauty.
25 Your men shall fall by the swordand your mighty men in battle.
26 And her gates shall lament and mourn;empty, she shall sit on the ground.
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4:1 And seven women shall take hold of one man in that day, saying, “We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name; take away our reproach.”
The Branch of the Lord Glorified2 In that day the branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and honor of the survivors of Israel.
3 And he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem,
4 when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgment and by a spirit of burning.
5 Then the Lord will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory there will be a canopy.
6 There will be a booth for shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.
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Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart3:1 My son, do not forget my teaching,but let your heart keep my commandments,
2 for length of days and years of lifeand peace they will add to you.
3 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;bind them around your neck;write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 So you will find favor and good successin the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes;fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your fleshand refreshment to your bones.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealthand with the firstfruits of all your produce;
10 then your barns will be filled with plenty,and your vats will be bursting with wine.
11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s disciplineor be weary of his reproof,
12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,as a father the son in whom he delights.
Blessed Is the One Who Finds Wisdom13 Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,and the one who gets understanding,
14 for the gain from her is better than gain from silverand her profit better than gold.
15 She is more precious than jewels,and nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;those who hold her fast are called blessed.
19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;by understanding he established the heavens;
20 by his knowledge the deeps broke open,and the clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son, do not lose sight of these—keep sound wisdom and discretion,
22 and they will be life for your souland adornment for your neck.
23 Then you will walk on your way securely,and your foot will not stumble.
24 If you lie down, you will not be afraid;when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden terroror of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes,
26 for the Lord will be your confidenceand will keep your foot from being caught.
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,when it is in your power to do it.
28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.
29 Do not plan evil against your neighbor,who dwells trustingly beside you.
30 Do not contend with a man for no reason,when he has done you no harm.
31 Do not envy a man of violenceand do not choose any of his ways,
32 for the devious person is an abomination to the Lord,but the upright are in his confidence.
33 The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked,but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous.
34 Toward the scorners he is scornful,but to the humble he gives favor.
35 The wise will inherit honor,but fools get disgrace.
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Greeting 1:1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness,
2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began
3 and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior;
4 To Titus, my true child in a common faith:
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
Qualifications for Elders5 This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you—
6 if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination.
7 For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain,
8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.
9 He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
10 For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party.
11 They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach.
12 One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.”
13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,
14 not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth.
15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled.
16 They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.
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