Gold tried in the fire

   
Gold tried in the fire  
   
   
8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.

 

11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

 

13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

 
   
   
23 The burden of Tyre. Howl, ye ships of Tarshish; for it is laid waste, so that there is no house, no entering in: from the land of Chittim it is revealed to them.  
2 Be still, ye inhabitants of the isle; thou whom the merchants of Zidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished.  
3 And by great waters the seed of Sihor, the harvest of the river, is her revenue; and she is a mart of nations.  
4 Be thou ashamed, O Zidon: for the sea hath spoken, even the strength of the sea, saying, I travail not, nor bring forth children, neither do I nourish up young men, nor bring up virgins. Lukewarm
5 As at the report concerning Egypt, so shall they be sorely pained at the report of Tyre.  
6 Pass ye over to Tarshish; howl, ye inhabitants of the isle.  
7 Is this your joyous city, whose antiquity is of ancient days? her own feet shall carry her afar off to sojourn.  
8 Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants are princes, whose traffickers are the honourable of the earth? Eyesalve
9 The Lord of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth. Eyesalve
10 Pass through thy land as a river, O daughter of Tarshish: there is no more strength.  
11 He stretched out his hand over the sea, he shook the kingdoms: the Lord hath given a commandment against the merchant city, to destroy the strong holds thereof.  
12 And he said, Thou shalt no more rejoice, O thou oppressed virgin, daughter of Zidon: arise, pass over to Chittim; there also shalt thou have no rest.  
13 Behold the land of the Chaldeans; this people was not, till the Assyrian founded it for them that dwell in the wilderness: they set up the towers thereof, they raised up the palaces thereof; and he brought it to ruin.  
14 Howl, ye ships of Tarshish: for your strength is laid waste.  
15 And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot. Gold to those whom God loves and disciplines
16 Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.  
17 And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the Lord will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth. Gold to those whom God loves and disciplines
18 And her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to the Lord: it shall not be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for them that dwell before the Lord, to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing. White raiment
   
   
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;  
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.  
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.  
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:  
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. Gold, White raiment, Eyesalve
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.  
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.  
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.  
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.  
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When Jerusalem is compassed with armies

   
When Jerusalem is compassed with armies  
   
   
5 And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said,  
6 As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.  
7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?  
8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.  
9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.  
10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:  
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.  
12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. Rejection of sent ones
13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.  
14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:  
15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. The Spirit speaks
16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.  
17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.  
18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.  
19 In your patience possess ye your souls.  
20 And when ye shall see Jerusalemcompassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Heavenly Jerusalem

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21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. Forsake what you have and what you are

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22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.  
23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.  
24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.  
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;  
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.  
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.  
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.  
   

Seventy Years

   
Seventy Years  
   
   
15 And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot.  
16 Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.  
17 And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the Lord will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth.  
18 And her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to theLord: it shall not be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for them that dwell before the Lord, to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing.  
   
   
11 And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.  
   
12 And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the Lord, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations.  
   
For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the Lord.  
10 For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.  
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith theLord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Promise fulfilled
   
   
In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans;  
In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.  
   
Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh month, even those seventy years, did ye at all fast unto me, even to me?  
And when ye did eat, and when ye did drink, did not ye eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves?  
Should ye not hear the words which the Lord hath cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof round about her, when men inhabited the south and the plain?  
   
   
28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

 
   

Scattered and Peeled

   
Scattered and Peeled  
   
   
18 Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:  
2 That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled! Flood
3 All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye.  
4 For so the Lord said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.  
5 For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away and cut down the branches.  
6 They shall be left together unto the fowls of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them.  
7 In that time shall the present be brought unto the Lord of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the Lord of hosts, the mount Zion. Flood
   
   
   
8 And he discovered the covering of Judah, and thou didst look in that day to the armour of the house of the forest.  
9 Ye have seen also the breaches of the city of David, that they are many: and ye gathered together the waters of the lower pool.  
10 And ye have numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses have ye broken down to fortify the wall.  
11 Ye made also a ditch between the two walls for the water of the old pool: but ye have not looked unto the maker thereof, neither had respect unto him that fashioned it long ago.  
12 And in that day did the Lord God of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:  
   
   
   
8 Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants are princes, whose traffickers are the honourable of the earth?  
The Lord of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth.  
10 Pass through thy land as a river, O daughter of Tarshish: there is no more strength. Flood
11 He stretched out his hand over the sea, he shook the kingdoms: the Lord hath given a commandment against the merchant city, to destroy the strong holds thereof.  
12 And he said, Thou shalt no more rejoice, O thou oppressed virgin, daughter of Zidon: arise, pass over to Chittim; there also shalt thou have no rest.  
   
   
People of Tyre, your harbor is destroyed!
You will have to become farmers just like the Egyptians.

 

CEV
   

Love God, Love your neighbor

   
Love God, Love your neighbor  
   
Strong and Courageous  
21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour. Love your neighbor
   
Humble and Gentle  
By humility and the fear of the Lordare riches, and honour, and life. Love your God
   
   
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  
38 This is the first and great commandment.  
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.  

Merciful and Humble

   
Merciful and Humble  
   
   
15 And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.  
16 Therefore thus saith the Lord; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the Lord of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.  
   
   
26 For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded.  
27 Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness.  
28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.  
29 But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high.  
30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.  
31 This also shall please the Lord better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.  
32 The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.  
33 For the Lord heareth the poor, and despiseth not hisprisoners.  
   
   

Do not belong to the world

   
Do not belong to the world  
   
   
15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.  
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.  
   
   
19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?  
20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.  
21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.  
22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.  
23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.  
24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.  
   
   
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  
   
   
9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.  
10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.  
11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.  
12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.69 Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul.  
13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.  
14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  
15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.  
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.  
18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.  
19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.  
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be onein us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.  
24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.  
25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.  
26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.  
   
   
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69 Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul.  
2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.  
3 I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.  
4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.  
5 O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.  
Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel.  
7 Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face.  
I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children.  
9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.  
10 When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach.  
11 I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them.  
12 They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.  
13 But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O Lord, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.  
14 Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.  
15 Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.  
16 Hear me, O Lord; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.  
17 And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily.  
18 Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.  
19 Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee.  
20 Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.  
21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.  
22 Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.  
23 Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake.  
24 Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them.  
25 Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents.  
26 For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded.  
27 Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness.  
28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.  
29 But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high.  
30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.  
31 This also shall please the Lord better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.  
32 The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.  
33 For the Lord heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners.  
34 Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein.  
35 For God will save Zion, and will build the cities of Judah: that they may dwell there, and have it in possession.  
36 The seed also of his servants shall inherit it: and they that love his name shall dwell therein.