2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
O children of Zion, be glad and rejoice in the LORD your
God; for he has given the early rain for your
vindication, he has poured down for you abundant rain,
the early and the later rain, as before.
The threshing floors shall be full of grain, the vats
shall overflow with wine and oil.
I will repay you for the years that the swarming locust
has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my
great army, which I sent against you.
You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the
name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with
you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.
You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and
that I, the LORD, am your God and there is no other. And
my people shall never again be put to shame.
Then afterward I will pour out my spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old
men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see
Even on the male and female slaves, in those days, I
will pour out my spirit.
I will show portents in the heavens and on the earth,
blood and fire and columns of smoke.
The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to
blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD
Then everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be
saved; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be
those who escape, as the LORD has said, and among the
survivors shall be those whom the LORD calls.
Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion; and to you shall
vows be performed,
O you who answer prayer! To you all flesh shall come.
65:3 When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us, you forgive
Happy are those whom you choose and bring near to live
in your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness
of your house, your holy temple.
By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God
of our salvation; you are the hope of all the ends of
the earth and of the farthest seas.
By your strength you established the mountains; you are
girded with might.
You silence the roaring of the seas, the roaring of
their waves, the tumult of the peoples.
Those who live at earth's farthest bounds are awed by
your signs; you make the gateways of the morning and the
evening shout for joy.
You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it;
the river of God is full of water; you provide the
people with grain, for so you have prepared it.
You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges,
softening it with showers, and blessing its growth.
You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks
overflow with richness.
The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird
themselves with joy,
the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys
deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together
As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation,
and the time of my departure has come.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith.
From now on there is reserved for me the crown of
righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will
give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all
who have longed for his appearing.
At my first defense no one came to my support, but all
deserted me. May it not be counted against them!
But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that
through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all
the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the
The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save
me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever
and ever. Amen.
He also told this parable to some who trusted in
themselves that they were righteous and regarded others
"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a
Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus,
'God, I thank you that I am not like other people:
thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax
I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.'
But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even
look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and
saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!'
I tell you, this man went down to his home justified
rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will
be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be