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The Idols of Babylon and the One True God46:1 Bel bows down; Nebo stoops;their idols are on beasts and livestock;these things you carry are borneas burdens on weary beasts.
2 They stoop; they bow down together;they cannot save the burden,but themselves go into captivity.
3 “Listen to me, O house of Jacob,all the remnant of the house of Israel,who have been borne by me from before your birth,carried from the womb;
4 even to your old age I am he,and to gray hairs I will carry you.I have made, and I will bear;I will carry and will save.
5 “To whom will you liken me and make me equal,and compare me, that we may be alike?
6 Those who lavish gold from the purse,and weigh out silver in the scales,hire a goldsmith, and he makes it into a god;then they fall down and worship!
7 They lift it to their shoulders, they carry it,they set it in its place, and it stands there;it cannot move from its place.If one cries to it, it does not answeror save him from his trouble.
8 “Remember this and stand firm,recall it to mind, you transgressors,
9 remember the former things of old;for I am God, and there is no other;I am God, and there is none like me,
10 declaring the end from the beginningand from ancient times things not yet done,saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,and I will accomplish all my purpose,’
11 calling a bird of prey from the east,the man of my counsel from a far country.I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass;I have purposed, and I will do it.
12 “Listen to me, you stubborn of heart,you who are far from righteousness:
13 I bring near my righteousness; it is not far off,and my salvation will not delay;I will put salvation in Zion,for Israel my glory.”
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The Humiliation of Babylon47:1 Come down and sit in the dust,O virgin daughter of Babylon;sit on the ground without a throne,O daughter of the Chaldeans!For you shall no more be calledtender and delicate.
2 Take the millstones and grind flour,put off your veil,strip off your robe, uncover your legs,pass through the rivers.
3 Your nakedness shall be uncovered,and your disgrace shall be seen.I will take vengeance,and I will spare no one.
4 Our Redeemer—the Lord of hosts is his name—is the Holy One of Israel.
5 Sit in silence, and go into darkness,O daughter of the Chaldeans;for you shall no more be calledthe mistress of kingdoms.
6 I was angry with my people;I profaned my heritage;I gave them into your hand;you showed them no mercy;on the aged you made your yoke exceedingly heavy.
7 You said, “I shall be mistress forever,”so that you did not lay these things to heartor remember their end.
8 Now therefore hear this, you lover of pleasures,who sit securely,who say in your heart,“I am, and there is no one besides me;I shall not sit as a widowor know the loss of children”:
9 These two things shall come to youin a moment, in one day;the loss of children and widowhoodshall come upon you in full measure,in spite of your many sorceriesand the great power of your enchantments.
10 You felt secure in your wickedness;you said, “No one sees me”;your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray,and you said in your heart,“I am, and there is no one besides me.”
11 But evil shall come upon you,which you will not know how to charm away;disaster shall fall upon you,for which you will not be able to atone;and ruin shall come upon you suddenly,of which you know nothing.
12 Stand fast in your enchantmentsand your many sorceries,with which you have labored from your youth;perhaps you may be able to succeed;perhaps you may inspire terror.
13 You are wearied with your many counsels;let them stand forth and save you,those who divide the heavens,who gaze at the stars,who at the new moons make knownwhat shall come upon you.
14 Behold, they are like stubble;the fire consumes them;they cannot deliver themselvesfrom the power of the flame.No coal for warming oneself is this,no fire to sit before!
15 Such to you are those with whom you have labored,who have done business with you from your youth;they wander about, each in his own direction;there is no one to save you.
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27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow,for you do not know what a day may bring.
2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;a stranger, and not your own lips.
3 A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty,but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.
4 Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming,but who can stand before jealousy?
5 Better is open rebukethan hidden love.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend;profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
7 One who is full loathes honey,but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.
8 Like a bird that strays from its nestis a man who strays from his home.
9 Oil and perfume make the heart glad,and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.
10 Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend,and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity.Better is a neighbor who is nearthan a brother who is far away.
11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad,that I may answer him who reproaches me.
12 The prudent sees danger and hides himself,but the simple go on and suffer for it.
13 Take a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger,and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for an adulteress.
14 Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice,rising early in the morning,will be counted as cursing.
15 A continual dripping on a rainy dayand a quarrelsome wife are alike;
16 to restrain her is to restrain the windor to grasp oil in one’s right hand.
17 Iron sharpens iron,and one man sharpens another.
18 Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit,and he who guards his master will be honored.
19 As in water face reflects face,so the heart of man reflects the man.
20 Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied,and never satisfied are the eyes of man.
21 The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,and a man is tested by his praise.
22 Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestlealong with crushed grain,yet his folly will not depart from him.
23 Know well the condition of your flocks,and give attention to your herds,
24 for riches do not last forever;and does a crown endure to all generations?
25 When the grass is gone and the new growth appearsand the vegetation of the mountains is gathered,
26 the lambs will provide your clothing,and the goats the price of a field.
27 There will be enough goats’ milk for your food,for the food of your householdand maintenance for your girls.
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By Faith 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
2 For by it the people of old received their commendation.
3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.
4 By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.
5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.
6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
7 By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
9 By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise.
10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.
11 By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.
12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.
15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return.
16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son,
18 of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.”
19 He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.
20 By faith Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau.
21 By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff.
22 By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones.
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.
24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,
25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.
26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.
27 By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.
28 By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.
29 By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.
31 By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.
32 And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—
33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.
35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life.
36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.
37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated—
38 of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
39 And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised,
40 since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.
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