52:7 How beautiful upon the
mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who
brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion,
"Your God reigns."
Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing
for joy; for in plain sight they see the return of the LORD to
Break forth together into singing, you ruins of Jerusalem; for the
LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem.
The LORD has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the
nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of
1:1 Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various
ways by the prophets,
but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he
appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the
He is the reflection of God's glory and the exact imprint of God's
very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When
he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand
of the Majesty on high,
having become as much superior to angels as the name he has
inherited is more excellent than theirs.
For to which of the angels did God ever say, "You are my Son;
today I have begotten you"? Or again, "I will be his
Father, and he will be my Son"?
And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,
"Let all God's angels worship him."
Of the angels he says, "He makes his angels winds, and his
servants flames of fire."
But of the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, is forever and
ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God,
your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your
And, "In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth, and the
heavens are the work of your hands;
they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like
like a cloak you will roll them up, and like clothing they will be
changed. But you are the same, and your years will never
1:1 In the beginning was
the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came into being through him, and without him not one
thing came into being. What has come into being
in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might
believe through him.
He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the
He was in the world, and the world came into being through him;
yet the world did not know him.
He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept
But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave
power to become children of God,
who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the
will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his
glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and