2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12
The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw.
O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen?
Or cry to you "Violence!" and you will not save?
Why do you make me see wrong-doing and look at trouble?
Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention
So the law becomes slack and justice never prevails. The wicked
surround the righteous-- therefore judgment comes forth
I will stand at my watchpost, and station myself on the rampart;
I will keep watch to see what he will say to me, and what he
will answer concerning my complaint.
Then the LORD answered me and said: Write the vision; make it
plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it.
For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of
the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it
will surely come, it will not delay.
Look at the proud! Their spirit is not right in them, but the
righteous live by their faith.
You are righteous, O LORD, and your judgments are right.
You have appointed your decrees in righteousness and in all
My zeal consumes me because my foes forget your words.
Your promise is well tried, and your servant loves it.
I am small and despised, yet I do not forget your precepts.
Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and your law
is the truth.
Trouble and anguish have come upon me, but your commandments are
Your decrees are righteous forever; give me understanding that I
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians
in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus
We must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters,
as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the
love of everyone of you for one another is increasing.
Therefore we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God
for your steadfastness and faith during all your persecutions
and the afflictions that you are enduring.
To this end we always pray for you, asking that our God will
make you worthy of his call and will fulfill by his power every
good resolve and work of faith,
so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and
you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus
He entered Jericho and was passing through it.
A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector
and was rich.
He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd
he could not, because he was short in stature.
So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because
he was going to pass that way.
When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him,
"Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your
So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him.
All who saw it began to grumble and said, "He has gone to
be the guest of one who is a sinner."
Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, "Look, half of
my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have
defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as
Then Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this
house, because he too is a son of Abraham.
For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost."