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The Compassion of the Lord55:1 “Come, everyone who thirsts,come to the waters;and he who has no money,come, buy and eat!Come, buy wine and milkwithout money and without price.
2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,and your labor for that which does not satisfy?Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,and delight yourselves in rich food.
3 Incline your ear, and come to me;hear, that your soul may live;and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,my steadfast, sure love for David.
4 Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples,a leader and commander for the peoples.
5 Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know,and a nation that did not know you shall run to you,because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel,for he has glorified you.
6 “Seek the Lord while he may be found;call upon him while he is near;
7 let the wicked forsake his way,and the unrighteous man his thoughts;let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,so are my ways higher than your waysand my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heavenand do not return there but water the earth,making it bring forth and sprout,giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;it shall not return to me empty,but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
12 “For you shall go out in joyand be led forth in peace;the mountains and the hills before youshall break forth into singing,and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle;and it shall make a name for the Lord,an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”
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Salvation for Foreigners56:1 Thus says the Lord:“Keep justice, and do righteousness,for soon my salvation will come,and my righteousness be revealed.
2 Blessed is the man who does this,and the son of man who holds it fast,who keeps the Sabbath, not profaning it,and keeps his hand from doing any evil.”
3 Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say,“The Lord will surely separate me from his people”;and let not the eunuch say,“Behold, I am a dry tree.”
4 For thus says the Lord:“To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,who choose the things that please meand hold fast my covenant,
5 I will give in my house and within my wallsa monument and a namebetter than sons and daughters;I will give them an everlasting namethat shall not be cut off.
6 “And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord,to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord,and to be his servants,everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it,and holds fast my covenant—
7 these I will bring to my holy mountain,and make them joyful in my house of prayer;their burnt offerings and their sacrificeswill be accepted on my altar;for my house shall be called a house of prayerfor all peoples.”
8 The Lord God,who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares,“I will gather yet others to himbesides those already gathered.”
Israel’s Irresponsible Leaders9 All you beasts of the field, come to devour—all you beasts in the forest.
10 His watchmen are blind;they are all without knowledge;they are all silent dogs;they cannot bark,dreaming, lying down,loving to slumber.
11 The dogs have a mighty appetite;they never have enough.But they are shepherds who have no understanding;they have all turned to their own way,each to his own gain, one and all.
12 “Come,” they say, “let me get wine;let us fill ourselves with strong drink;and tomorrow will be like this day,great beyond measure.”
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28:1 The wicked flee when no one pursues,but the righteous are bold as a lion.
2 When a land transgresses, it has many rulers,but with a man of understanding and knowledge,its stability will long continue.
3 A poor man who oppresses the pooris a beating rain that leaves no food.
4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,but those who keep the law strive against them.
5 Evil men do not understand justice,but those who seek the Lord understand it completely.
6 Better is a poor man who walks in his integritythan a rich man who is crooked in his ways.
7 The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding,but a companion of gluttons shames his father.
8 Whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profitgathers it for him who is generous to the poor.
9 If one turns away his ear from hearing the law,even his prayer is an abomination.
10 Whoever misleads the upright into an evil waywill fall into his own pit,but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.
11 A rich man is wise in his own eyes,but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.
12 When the righteous triumph, there is great glory,but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves.
13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
14 Blessed is the one who fears the Lord always,but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bearis a wicked ruler over a poor people.
16 A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor,but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.
17 If one is burdened with the blood of another,he will be a fugitive until death;let no one help him.
18 Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered,but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.
19 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
20 A faithful man will abound with blessings,but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
21 To show partiality is not good,but for a piece of bread a man will do wrong.
22 A stingy man hastens after wealthand does not know that poverty will come upon him.
23 Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favorthan he who flatters with his tongue.
24 Whoever robs his father or his motherand says, “That is no transgression,”is a companion to a man who destroys.
25 A greedy man stirs up strife,but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched.
26 Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool,but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
27 Whoever gives to the poor will not want,but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.
28 When the wicked rise, people hide themselves,but when they perish, the righteous increase.
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Sacrifices Pleasing to God 13:1 Let brotherly love continue.
2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
3 Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.
4 Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.
5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
6 So we can confidently say,“The Lord is my helper;I will not fear;what can man do to me?”
7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
9 Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.
10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat.
11 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp.
12 So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood.
13 Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured.
14 For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.
15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.
16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
18 Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.
19 I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner.
Benediction20 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant,
21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Final Greetings22 I appeal to you, brothers, bear with my word of exhortation, for I have written to you briefly.
23 You should know that our brother Timothy has been released, with whom I shall see you if he comes soon.
24 Greet all your leaders and all the saints. Those who come from Italy send you greetings.
25 Grace be with all of you.
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