This version was produced by members of the
Catholic Biblical Association of America through the patronage of the Bishops’ Committee of the Confraternity of Christian
Doctrine. Though I am not
Catholic, I came across this bible at a book sale and thought I could garner knowledge from its informative introductions. It is a translation (not a paraphrase)
from either the original or the oldest available sources of the sacred texts.
In addition to studying the original Aramaic, Greek and Hebrew, the translators
also conferred with the manuscripts of the Septuagint and Cave 4 and Cave 11 of Qumran.
What follows here are verses that stood out to me in my readings.
the Lord’s messenger said to her: “You are now pregnant and shall bear a son; you shall name him Ishmael, for
the Lord has heard you, God has answered you. He shall be a wild ass of a man, his hand against everyone, and everyone’s
hand against him; in opposition to all his kin shall he encamp.”
Again the Lord’s messenger called to Abraham from heaven and said: “I swear
by myself, declares the Lord, that because you acted as you did in not withholding from me your beloved son, I will bless
you abundantly and make your descendants as countless as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore; your descendants
shall take possession of the gates of their enemies.”
That Pharaoh had the same dream twice means that the matter has been reaffirmed by God and that
God will soon bring it about.
Lord himself will fight for you; you have only to keep still.
“Therefore, if you hearken to my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my
special possession, dearer to me than all other people, though all the earth is mine.”
“You shall not wrong any widow or orphan. If ever you wrong them and they
cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry. My wrath will flare up, and I will kill you with the sword; then your own
wives will be widows, and your children orphans.”
“You shall not repeat a false report. Do not join the wicked in putting your hand,
as an unjust witness, upon anyone.”
“Since the life of a living body is in its blood, I have made you put it on the altar, so that atonement may
thereby be made for your own lives, because it is the blood, as the seat of life, that makes atonement. That is why
I have told the Israelites: No one among you, not even a resident alien, may partake of blood.”
“Since the life of every living body is its blood, I
have told the Israelites: You shall not partake of the blood of any meat. Since the life of every living body is its
blood, anyone who partakes of it shall be cut off.”
The Lord is slow to anger and rich in kindness, forgiving wickedness and crime; yet not declaring
the guiltless guilty, but punishing children to the third and fourth generation for their fathers’ wickedness.
“Forty days you spent in scouting the land; forty years
shall you suffer for your crimes: one year for each day. Thus you will realize what it means to oppose me. I,
the Lord, have sworn to do this to all this wicked community that conspired against me: here in the desert they shall die
to the last man.”
is not man that he should speak falsely, nor human, that he should change his mind. Is he one to speak and not act,
to decree and not fulfill?
if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land before you, those whom you allow to remain will become as barbs in your
eyes and thorns in your sides, and they will harass you in the country where you live.”
“For you are a people sacred to the Lord, your God; he
has chosen you from all the nations on the face of the earth to be a people peculiarly his own.”
“He therefore let you be afflicted with hunger, and then
fed you with manna, a food unknown to you and your fathers, in order to show you that not by bread alone does man live, but
by every word that comes forth from the mouth of the Lord.”
“For you are a people sacred to the Lord, your God, who has chosen you from all
the nations on the face of the earth to be a people peculiarly his own.”
Since then no prophet has arisen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.
He had no equal in all the signs and wonders the Lord sent him to perform in the land of Egypt against Pharaoh and all his
servants and against all his land.
On this day, when the Lord delivered up the Amorites to the Israelites, Joshua prayed to the Lord, and said
in the presence of Israel: Stand still, O sun, at Gibeon, O moon, in the valley of Aijalon! And the sun stood still,
and the moon stayed, while the nation took vengeance on its foes. Is this not recorded in the Book of Jashar?
The sun halted in the middle of the sky; not for a whole day did it resume its swift course. Never before or since was
there a day like this, when the Lord obeyed the voice of a man; for the Lord fought for Israel.
“Take great care, however, to love the Lord, your God.
For if you ever abandon him and ally yourselves with the remnant of these nations while they survive among you, by intermarrying
and intermingling with them, know for certain that the Lord, your God, will no longer drive these nations out of your way.
Instead they will be a snare and a trap for you, a scourge for your sides and thorns for your eyes, until you perish from
this good land which the Lord, your God, has given you.”
God’s way is unerring; the promise of the Lord is fire-tried; he is a shield
to all who take refuge in him.
-2 Samuel 22:31
the Gentiles shall know that there is One who redeems and delivers Israel.
-1 Maccabees 4:11
When the sun shone on the gold and bronze shields, the mountains gleamed with their
brightness and blazed like flaming torches.
Thus, in dealing with other nations, the Lord patiently waits until they reach the full measure of
their sins before he punishes them; but with us he has decided to deal differently, in order that he may not have to punish
us more severely later, when our sins have reached their fullness. He never withdraws his mercy from us. Although
he disciplines us with misfortunes, he does not abandon his own people.
-2 Maccabees 6:14-16
God is wise in heart and mighty in strength; who has withstood him and remained unscathed?
“Grace and favor you granted me, and your providence
has preserved my spirit.”
Almighty! we cannot discover him, pre-eminent in power and judgment; his great justice owes no one an accounting.
Rise, O Lord, let not man prevail; let the nations be judged
in your presence. Strike them with terror, O Lord; let the nations know that they are but men.
The Lord is king forever and ever; the nations have perished
out of his land. The desire of the afflicted you hear, O Lord; strengthening their hearts, you pay heed to the defense
of the fatherless and the oppressed, that man, who is of earth, may terrify no more.
Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all who dwell in the world
revere him. For he spoke, and it was made; he commanded, and it stood forth. The Lord brings to nought the plans
of nations; he foils the designs of peoples. But the plan of the Lord stands forever; the design of his heart, through
all generations. Happy the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he has chosen for his own inheritance.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May those who love you
prosper! May peace be within your walls, prosperity in your buildings.
They who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which is immovable; which forever stands.
Mountains are round about Jerusalem; so the Lord is round about his people, both now and forever.
For the Lord has chosen Zion; he prefers her for his dwelling.
“Zion is my resting place forever; in her will I dwell, for I prefer her. I will bless her with abundant provision,
her poor I will fill with bread. Her priests I will clothe with salvation, and her faithful ones shall shout merrily
can I go from your spirit? From your presence where can I flee? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I
sink to the nether world, you are present there. If I take the wings of the dawn, if I settle at the farthest limits
of the sea, even there your hand shall guide me, and your right hand hold me fast.
I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made; wonderful are your works.
My soul also you knew full well.
the number of the stars; he calls each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power: to his wisdom there is no limit.
This is the fate of everyone greedy of loot: unlawful gain
takes away the life of him who acquires it.
A worthy wife is the crown of her husband, but a disgraceful one is like rot in his bones.
Just as you know not how the breath of life fashions the human frame in the mother’s
womb, so you know not the work of God which he is accomplishing in the universe.
I adjure you, daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles and hinds of the field, do not
arouse, do not stir up love before its own time.
of Songs 2:7
For wickedness, of its nature cowardly, testifies in its own condemnation, and because of a distressed conscience,
always magnifies misfortunes.
not your hand be open to receive and clenched when it is time to give.
Say not: “Who can prevail against me?” for the Lord will exact the punishment.
Say not: “I have sinned, yet what has befallen me?” for the Lord bides his time.
Come now, let us set things right, says the Lord: Though your sins be like scarlet,
they may become white as snow; though they be crimson red, they may become white as wool.
Get behind the rocks, hide in the dust, from the terror of the Lord and the splendor
of his majesty!
Men will go into caves in the
rocks and into holes in the earth, from the terror of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty, when he arises to overawe
They go into caverns in the
rocks and into crevices in the cliffs, from the terror of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty, when he arises to overawe
The Lord said: Because the daughters
of Zion are haughty, and walk with necks outstretched ogling and mincing as they go, their anklets tinkling with every step,
the Lord shall cover the scalps of Zion’s daughters with scabs, and the Lord shall bare their heads.
Instead of perfume there will be stench, instead of the girdle,
a rope, and for the coiffure, baldness; for the rich gown, a sackcloth skirt. Then, instead of beauty: your men will
fall by the sword, and your champions, in war; her gates will lament and mourn, as the city sits desolate on the ground.
“Now, I will let you know what I mean to do to my vineyard:
take away its hedge, give it to grazing, break through its wall, let it be trampled! Yes, I will make it a ruin: it
shall not be pruned or hoed, but overgrown with thorns and briers; I will command the clouds not to send rain upon it.”
Therefore, as the tongue of fire licks up stubble, as dry grass
shrivels in the flame, even so their root shall become rotten and their blossom scatter like dust; for they have spurned the
law of the Lord of hosts, and scorned the word of the Holy One of Israel. Therefore the wrath of the Lord blazes against
his people, he raises his hand to strike them; when the mountains quake, their corpses shall be like refuse in the streets.
For all this, his wrath is not turned back, and his hand is still outstretched.
“Against an impious nation I send him, and against a people under my wrath I
order him to seize plunder, carry off loot, and tread them down like the mud of the streets.”
The Lord gave a warning through Isaiah, the son of Amoz: Go and take off the sackcloth
from your waist, and remove the sandals from your feet. This he did, walking naked and barefoot. Then the Lord
said: Just as my servant Isaiah has gone naked and barefoot for three years as a sign and portent against Egypt and Ethiopia,
so shall the king of Assyria lead away captives from Egypt, and exiles from Ethiopia, young and old, naked and barefoot, with
buttocks uncovered [the shame of Egypt]. They shall be dismayed and ashamed because of Ethiopia, their hope, and because
of Egypt, their boast.
in the Lord forever! For the Lord is an eternal Rock.
On that day, the Lord shall beat out the grain between the Euphrates and the Wadi of Egypt, and
you shall be gleaned one by one, O sons of Israel.
On that day the Lord of hosts will be a glorious crown and a brilliant diadem to the remnant of his people.
Then suddenly, in an instant, you shall be visited by the Lord
of hosts, with thunder, earthquake, and great noise, whirlwind, storm, and the flame of consuming fire.
And the trickster uses wicked trickery, planning crimes: how to ruin the poor with
lies, and the needy when they plead their case.
That which makes her seasons lasting, the riches that save her, are wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is
Look to Zion, the city of our
festivals; let your eyes see Jerusalem as a quiet abode, a tent not to be struck, whose pegs will never be pulled up, nor
any of its ropes severed.
thus says the Lord concerning the king of Assyria: He shall not reach this city, nor shoot an arrow at it, nor come
before it with a shield, nor cast up siegeworks against it. He shall return by the same way he came, without entering
the city, says the Lord. I will shield and save this city for my own sake, and for the sake of my servant David.
The angel of the Lord went forth and struck down one hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. Early the
next morning, there they were, all the corpses of the dead.
You have given me health and life; thus is my bitterness transformed into peace. You have
preserved my life from the pit of destruction, when you cast behind your back all my sins.
Who has cupped in his hand the waters of the sea, and marked off the heavens with a
span? Who has held in a measure the dust of the earth, weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?
Do you not know or have you not heard? The Lord is the
eternal God, creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint nor grow weary, and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny.
Fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed; I am your God.
I will strengthen you, and help you, and uphold you with my right hand of justice.
I, the Lord, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the
hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to bring
out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.
You are my witnesses, says the Lord, my servants whom I have chosen to know and believe
in me and understand that it is I. Before me no god was formed, and after me there shall be none. It is I, I the
Lord; there is no savior but me.
the Lord shall comfort Zion and have pity on all her ruins; her deserts he shall make like Eden, her wasteland like the garden
of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of song.
He grew up like a sapling before him, like a shoot from the parched earth; there was
in him no stately bearing to make us look at him, nor appearance that would attract us to him. He was spurned and avoided
by men, a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity, one of those from whom men hide their faces, spurned, and we held him
in no esteem. Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured, while we thought of him as stricken,
as one smitten by God and afflicted. But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins, upon him was the chastisement
that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed.
This is for me like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah should never again deluge the earth;
so I have sworn not to be angry with you, or to rebuke you. Though the mountains leave their place and the hills be
shaken, my love shall never leave you nor my covenant of peace be shaken, says the Lord, who has mercy on you.
No weapon fashioned against you shall prevail; every tongue
you shall prove false that launches an accusation against you. This is the lot of the servants of the Lord, their vindication
from me, says the Lord.
just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile
and fruitful, giving seed to him who sows and bread to him who eats, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it
shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.
Thus says the Lord: Observe what is right, do what is just;
for my salvation is about to come, my justice, about to be revealed. Happy is the man who does this, the son of man
who holds to it; who keeps the sabbath free from profanation, and his hand from any evildoing. Let not the foreigner
say, when he would join himself to the Lord, “The Lord will surely exclude me from his people”; nor let the eunuch
say, “See, I am a dry tree.” For thus says the Lord: To the eunuchs who observe my sabbaths and choose what
pleases me and hold fast to my covenant, I will give, in my house and within my walls, a monument and a name better than sons
and daughters; an eternal, imperishable name will I give them.
For thus says he who is high and exalted, living eternally, whose name is the Holy
One: On high I dwell, and in holiness, and with the crushed and dejected in spirit, to revive the spirits of the dejected,
to revive the hearts of the crushed. I will not accuse forever, nor always be angry; for their spirits would faint before
me, the souls that I have made. Because of their wicked avarice I was angry, and struck them, hiding myself in wrath,
as they went their own rebellious way. I saw their ways, but I will heal them and lead them; I will give full comfort
to them and to those who mourn for them, I, the Creator, who gave them life.
“Why do we fast, and you do not see it? Afflict ourselves, and you take
no note of it?” Lo, on your fast day you carry out your own pursuits, and drive all your laborers. Yes,
your fast ends in quarreling and fighting, striking with wicked claw. Would that today you might fast so as to make
your voice heard on high! Is this the manner of fasting I wish, of keeping a day of penance: that a man bow his head
like a reed, and lie in sackcloth and ashes? Do you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord? This, rather,
is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; setting free the oppressed, breaking
every yoke; sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; clothing the naked when you see
them, and not turning your back on your own.
For Zion’s sake I will not be silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, until her vindication
shines forth like the dawn and her victory like a burning torch.
Sacred to the Lord was Israel, the first fruits of his harvest; should anyone presume to partake
of them, evil would befall him, says the Lord.
Yet even in those days, says the Lord, I will not wholly destroy you. And when they ask, “Why has the
Lord done all these things to us?” say to them, “As you have forsaken me to serve strange gods in your own land,
so shall you serve strangers in a land not your own.”
Should you not fear me, says the Lord, should you not tremble before me? I made the sandy
shore the sea’s limit, which by eternal decree it may not overstep. Toss though it may, it is to no avail; though
its billows roar, they cannot pass.
Not like these is the portion of Jacob: he is the creator of all things; Israel is his very own tribe, Lord of hosts
is his name.
You know, O Lord, that man is
not master of his way; man’s course is not within his choice, nor is it for him to direct his step.
They have sown wheat and reaped thorns, they have tired themselves
out to no purpose; they recoil before their harvest, the flaming anger of the Lord.
For, as close as the loincloth clings to a man’s loins, so had I made the whole
house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, says the Lord; to be my people, my renown, my praise, my beauty.
But they did not listen.
the Ethiopian change his skin? The leopard his spots? As easily would you be able to do good, accustomed to evil
as you are.
Blessed is the man who trusts
in the Lord, whose hope is the Lord. He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the
stream: it fears not the heat when it comes, its leaves stay green; in the year of drought it shows no distress, but still
See how they say to me, “Where
is the word of the Lord? Let it come to pass!” Yet I did not press you to send calamity; the day without
remedy I have not desired. You know what passed my lips; it is present before you.
Jeremiah was heard prophesying these things by the priest Pashhur,
son of Immer, chief officer in the house of the Lord. So he had the prophet scourged and placed in the stocks at the
upper Gate of Benjamin in the house of the Lord. The next morning, after Pashhur had released Jeremiah from the stocks,
the prophet said to him: Instead of Pashhur, the Lord will name you “Terror on every side.” For thus says
the Lord: Indeed, I will deliver you to terror, you and all your friends. Your own eyes shall see them fall by the sword
of their enemies. All Judah I will deliver to the king of Babylon, who shall take them captive to Babylon or slay them
with the sword. All the wealth of this city, all it has toiled for and holds dear, all the treasures of the kings of
Judah, I will give as plunder into the hands of their foes, who shall seize it and carry it away to Babylon. You, Pashhur,
and all the members of your household shall go into exile. To Babylon you shall go, you and all your friends; there
you shall die and be buried, because you have prophesied lies to them.
Whenever I speak, I must cry out, violence and outrage is my message; the word of the
Lord has brought me derision and reproach all the day. I say to myself, I will not mention him, I will speak in his
name no more. But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones; I grow weary holding it in,
I cannot endure it.
royal house of Judah: Hear the word of the Lord, O house of David! Thus says the Lord: Each morning dispense justice,
rescue the oppressed from the hand of the oppressor, lest my fury break out like fire which burns without being quenched,
because of the evil of your deeds.
my word like fire, says the Lord, like a hammer shattering rocks?
Upon this I awoke and opened my eyes; but my sleep was sweet to me.
Thus says the Lord who made the earth and gave it form and
firmness, whose name is Lord: Call to me, and I will answer you; I will tell to you things great beyond reach of your knowledge.
Then Jerusalem shall be my joy, my praise, my glory, before
all the nations of the earth, as they hear of all the good I will do among them. They shall be in fear and trembling
over all the peaceful benefits I will give her.
The princes were enraged, and had Jeremiah beaten and thrown into prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe, which
they were using as a jail. And so Jeremiah entered the vaulted dungeon, where he remained a long time.
And so they took Jeremiah and threw him into the cistern of
Prince Malchiah, which was in the quarters of the guard, letting him down with ropes. There was no water in the cistern,
only mud, and Jeremiah sank into the mud.
My portion is the Lord, says my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
“And I will establish for them, as an eternal covenant, that I will be their
God, and they shall be my people; and I will not again remove my people Israel from the land I gave them.”
said to him, “Then why did Moses command divorce and the promulgation of a divorce decree?” “Because
of your stubbornness Moses let you divorce your wives,” he replied; “but at the beginning it was not that way.”
Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, you frauds! You are
like white-washed tombs, beautiful to look at on the outside but inside full of filth and dead men’s bones. Thus
you present to view a holy exterior while hypocrisy and evil fill you within.
“Remember, I have told you all about it beforehand; so if they tell you, ‘Look,
he is in the desert,’ do not go out there; or ‘He is in the inner-most rooms,’ do not believe it.
As the lightning from the east flashes to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
God who is mighty has done great things for me, holy is his
name; His mercy is from age to age on those who fear him.
All this is the work of the kindness of our God; he, the Dayspring, shall visit us in his mercy.
Give, and it shall be given to you. Good measure pressed
down, shaken together, running over, will they pour into the fold of your garment. For the measure you measure with
will be measured back to you.
is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nothing hidden that will not be made known. Everything you have said
in the dark will be heard in the daylight; what you have whispered in locked rooms will be proclaimed from the rooftops.
This caused many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and
had seen what Jesus did, to put their faith in him. Some others, however, went to the Pharisees and reported what Jesus
had done. The result was that the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. “What
are we to do,” they said, “with this man performing all sorts of signs? If we let him go on like this, the
whole world will believe in him. Then the Romans will come in and sweep away our sanctuary and our nation.”
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Have faith
in God and faith in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places; otherwise, how could I have told
you that I was going to prepare a place for you? I am indeed going to prepare a place for you, and then I shall come
back to take you with me, that where I am you also may be. You know the way that leads where I go.”
It shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will
pour out a portion of my spirit on all mankind: Your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions and
your old men shall dream dreams. Yes, even on my servants and handmaids I will pour out a portion of my spirit in those
days, and they shall prophesy. I will work wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below: blood, fire, and
a cloud of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of that great and glorious
day of the Lord. Then shall everyone be saved who calls on the name of the Lord.
For the God who made the world and all that is in it, the Lord of heaven and earth,
does not dwell in sanctuaries made by human hands; nor does he receive man’s service as if he were in need of it.
Rather, it is he who gives to all life and breath and everything else. From one stock he made every nation of mankind
to dwell on the face of the earth. It is he who set limits to their epochs and fixed the boundaries of their regions.
They were to seek God, yes to grope for him and perhaps eventually to find him – though he is not really far from any
one of us. ‘In him we live and move and have our being,’ as some of your own poets have put it, ‘for
we too are his offspring.’ If we are in fact God’s offspring, we ought not to think of divinity as something
like a statue of gold or silver or stone, a product of man’s genius and his art. God may well have overlooked
bygone periods when men did not know him; but now he calls on all men everywhere to reform their lives. He has set the
day on which he is going to ‘judge the world with justice’ through a man he has appointed – one whom he
has endorsed in the sight of all by raising him from the dead.
I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God leading everyone who believes
in it to salvation, the Jew first, then the Greek. For in the gospel is revealed the justice of God which begins and
ends with faith; as Scripture says, “The just man shall live by faith.”
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against the
irreligious and perverse spirit of men who, in this perversity of theirs, hinder the truth. In fact, whatever can be
known about God is clear to them; he himself made it so. Since the creation of the world, invisible realities, God’s
eternal power and divinity, have become visible, recognized through the things he has made. Therefore these men are
inexcusable. They certainly had knowledge of God, yet they did not glorify him as God or give him thanks; they stultified
themselves through speculating to no purpose, and their senseless hearts were darkened. They claimed to be wise, but
turned into fools instead; they exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images representing mortal man, birds, beasts,
and snakes. In consequence, God delivered them up in their lusts to unclean practices; they engaged in the mutual degradation
of their bodies, these men who exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the
Creator – blessed be he forever, amen! God therefore delivered them up to disgraceful passions. Their women
exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, and the men gave up natural intercourse with women and burned with lust for one
another. Men did shameful things with men, and thus received in their own persons the penalty for their perversity.
But now the justice of God has been manifested apart from the
law, even though both law and prophets bear witness to it – that justice of God which works through faith in Jesus Christ
for all who believe. All men have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God. All men are now undeservedly justified
by the gift of God, through the redemption wrought in Christ Jesus.
At the appointed time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for us godless men.
It is rare that anyone should lay down his life for a just man, though it is barely possible that for a good man someone may
have the courage to die. It is precisely in this that God proves his love for us: that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.
we know that all creation groans and is in agony even until now. Not only that, but we ourselves, although we have the
Spirit as first fruits, groan inwardly while we await the redemption of our bodies. In hope we were saved. But
hope is not hope if its object is seen; how is it possible for one to hope for what he sees? And hoping for what we
cannot see means awaiting it with patient endurance.
Yet in all this we are more than conquerors because of him who has loved us. For I am certain that neither
death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor powers, neither height nor depth
nor any other creature, will be able to separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
For if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord, and believe
in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery lest you be conceited: blindness has
come upon part of Israel until the full number of Gentiles enter in, and then all Israel will be saved.
And now, brothers, I beg you through the mercy of God to offer
your bodies as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this
age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that you may judge what is God’s will, what is good, pleasing
But you, how can you sit in
judgment on your brother? Or you, how can you look down on your brother? We shall all have to appear before the
judgment seat of God. It is written, “As surely as I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bend before me and
every tongue shall give praise to God.” Every one of us will have to give an account of himself before God.
So may God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace
in believing so that through the power of the Holy Spirit you may have hope in abundance.
Of this wisdom it is written: “Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it
so much as dawned on man what God has prepared for those who love him.”
-1 Corinthians 2:9
No one can lay a foundation other than the one that has been laid, namely Jesus Christ.
If different ones build on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay or straw, the work of each will be
made clear. The Day will disclose it. That day will make its appearance with fire, and fire will test the quality
of each man’s work. If the building a man has raised on this foundation still stands, he will receive his recompense;
if a man’s building burns, he will suffer loss. He himself will be saved, but only as one fleeing through fire.
-1 Corinthians 3:11-15
For us there is one God, the
Father, from whom all things come and for whom we live; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom everything was made and through
whom we live.
-1 Corinthians 8:6
has been sent you that does not come to all men. Besides, God keeps his promise. He will not let you be tested
beyond your strength. Along with the test he will give you a way out of it so that you may be able to endure it.
-1 Corinthians 10:13
“All things are lawful,” but not all are advantageous.
“All things are lawful” – which does not mean that everything is constructive.
-1 Corinthians 10:23
Yet, in the Lord, woman is not independent of man nor man independent
of woman. In the same way that woman was made from man, so man is born of woman; and all is from God.
-1 Corinthians 11:11-12
Thanks be to God, who unfailingly leads us on in Christ’s
triumphal train, and employs us to diffuse the fragrance of his knowledge everywhere!
-2 Corinthians 2:14
We are afflicted in every way possible, but we are not crushed;
full of doubts, we never despair. We are persecuted but never abandoned; we are struck down but never destroyed.
-2 Corinthians 4:8-9
This means that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old order has passed away; now all is new!
“Five times at the hands of the Jews I received forty lashes less one; three times I was beaten
with rods; I was stoned once, shipwrecked three times; I passed a day and a night on the sea.”
-2 Corinthians 11:24-25
May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith, and may charity
be the root and foundation of your life. Thus you will be able to grasp fully, with all the holy ones, the breadth and
length and height and depth of Christ’s love.
If you are angry, let it be without sin. The sun must not go down on your wrath; do not give the devil
a chance to work on you.
everything you do, act without grumbling or arguing; prove yourselves innocent and straightforward, children of God beyond
reproach in the midst of a twisted and depraved generation – among whom you shine like the stars in the sky while holding
fast to the word of life. As I look to the Day of Christ, you give me cause to boast that I did not run the race in
vain or work to no purpose.”
Dismiss all anxiety from your minds. Present your needs to God in every form of prayer and in petitions
full of gratitude. Then God’s own peace, which is beyond all understanding, will stand guard over your hearts
and minds, in Christ Jesus.
in him and built up in him, growing ever stronger in faith, as you were taught, and overflowing with gratitude. See
to it that no one deceives you through any empty, seductive philosophy that follows mere human traditions, a philosophy based
on cosmic powers rather than on Christ.
In baptism you were not only buried with him but also raised to life with him because you believed in the power of
God who raised him from the dead. Even when you were dead in sin and your flesh was uncircumcised, God gave you new
life in company with Christ. He pardoned all our sins. He canceled the bond that stood against us with all its
claims, snatching it up and nailing it to the cross. Thus did God disarm the principalities and powers. He made
a public show of them and, leading them off captive, triumphed in the person of Christ.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, God will bring
forth with him from the dead those also who have fallen asleep believing in him. We say to you, as if the Lord himself
had said it, that we who live, who survive until his coming, will in no way have an advantage over those who have fallen asleep.
No, the Lord himself will come down from heaven at the word of command, at the sound of the archangel’s voice and God’s
trumpet; and those who have died in Christ will rise first. Then we, the living, the survivors, will be caught up with
them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Thenceforth we shall be with the Lord unceasingly.
-1 Thessalonians 4:14-17
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, may God our Father who loved
us and in his mercy gave us eternal consolation and hope, console your hearts and strengthen them for every good work and
-2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
And the truth is this: “God
is one. One also is the mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all.”
This truth was attested at the fitting time.
Wonderful, indeed, is the mystery of our faith, as we say in professing it: “He was manifested
in the flesh, vindicated in the Spirit; seen by the angels; preached among the Gentiles, believed in throughout the world,
taken up into glory.”
-1 Timothy 3:16
Scripture is inspired of God and is useful for teaching – for reproof, correction, and training in holiness so that
the man of God may be fully competent and equipped for every good work.
-2 Timothy 3:16-17
For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but, following
their own desires, will surround themselves with teachers who tickle their ears. They will stop listening to the truth
and will wander off to fables.
-2 Timothy 4:3-4
one another daily while it is still “today,” so that no one grows hardened by the deceit of sin. We have
become partners of Christ only if we maintain to the end that confidence with which we began.
Indeed, God’s word is living and effective, sharper than
any two-edged sword. It penetrates and divides soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the reflections and thoughts
of the heart. Nothing is concealed from him; all lies bare and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render an
Although by the time you should
be teaching others, you need to have someone teach you again the basic elements of the oracles of God; you need milk, not
solid food. Everyone whose food is milk alone is ignorant of the word that sanctifies, for he is a child. Solid
food is for the mature, for those whose faculties are trained by practice to distinguish good from evil.
For when men have once been enlightened and have tasted the
heavenly gift and become sharers in the Holy Spirit, when they have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age
to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to make them repent again, since they are crucifying the Son of God for
themselves and holding him up to contempt. Ground which drinks in the rain falling on it again and again, and brings
forth vegetation useful to those for whom it is cultivated, receives the blessing of God. But if it bears thorns and
thistles, it is worthless; it is soon cursed, and finally is burned.
For Christ did not enter into a sanctuary made by hands, a mere copy of the true one;
he entered heaven itself that he might appear before God now on our behalf. Not that he might offer himself there again
and again, as the high priest enters year after year into the sanctuary with blood that is not his own; if that were so, he
would have had to suffer death over and over from the creation of the world. But now he has appeared at the end of the
ages to take away sins once for all by his sacrifice. Just as it is appointed that men die once, and after death be
judged, so Christ was offered up once to take away the sins of many; he will appear a second time not to take away sin but
to bring salvation to those who eagerly await him.
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
For our God is a consuming fire.
I turned around to see whose voice it was that spoke to me. When I did so I saw
seven lampstands of gold, and among the lampstands One like a Son of Man wearing an ankle-length robe, with a sash of gold
about his breast. The hair of his head was as white as snow-white wool and his eyes blazed like fire. His feet
gleamed like polished brass refined in a furnace, and his voice sounded like the roar of rushing waters. In his right
hand he held seven stars. A sharp, two-edged sword came out of his mouth, and his face shone like the sun at its brightest.
“Because you have kept my plea to stand fast, I will
keep you safe in the time of trial which is coming on the whole world, to test all men on earth. I am coming soon.
Hold fast to what you have lest someone rob you of your crown.”
After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth; they held in
check the earth’s four winds so that no wind blew on land or sea or through any tree. I saw another angel come
up from the east holding the seal of the living God. He cried out at the top of his voice to the four angels who were
given power to ravage the land and the sea, “Do no harm to the land or the sea or the trees until we imprint this seal
on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” I heard the number of those who were so marked – one hundred
and forty-four thousand from every tribe of Israel.
Then the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star fall from the sky to the earth. The star was given
the key to the shaft of the abyss; he opened it and smoke poured out of the shaft like smoke from an enormous furnace.
The sun and the air were darkened by the smoke from the shaft. Out of the smoke, onto the land, came locusts as powerful
as scorpions in their sting. The locusts were commanded to do no harm to the grass in the land or to any plant or tree
but only to those men who had not the seal of God on their foreheads. The locusts were not allowed to kill them but
only to torture them for five months; the pain they inflicted was like that of a scorpion’s sting. During that
time these men will seek death but will not find it; they will yearn to die but death will escape them.
A certain wisdom is needed here; with a little ingenuity anyone
can calculate the number of the beast, for it is a number that stands for a certain man. The man’s number is six
angel followed the others and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast or its image, or accepts its mark
on his forehead or hand, he too will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger.
He will be tormented in burning sulphur before the holy angels and before the Lamb, and the smoke of their torment shall rise
forever and ever. There shall be no relief day or night for those who worship the beast or its image or accept the mark
of its name.”
the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison. He will go out to seduce the nations in all four
corners of the earth, and muster for war the troops of Gog and Magog, numerous as the sands of the sea. They invaded
the whole country and surrounded the beloved city where God’s people were encamped; but fire came down from heaven and
devoured them. The devil who led them astray was hurled into the pool of burning sulphur, where the beast and the false
prophet had also been thrown. There they will be tortured day and night, forever and ever.
I saw no temple in the city. The Lord, God the Almighty,
is its temple – he and the Lamb. The city had no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God gave it light, and
its lamp was the Lamb. The nations shall walk by its light; to it the kings of the earth shall bring their treasures.
During the day its gates shall never be shut, and there shall be no night.