64:1 O that you would
tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would
quake at your presence--
as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil--
to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations
might tremble at your presence!
When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down,
the mountains quaked at your presence.
From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has
seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him.
You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your
ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself
We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous
deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our
iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold
of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered
us into the hand of our iniquity.
Yet, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our
potter; we are all the work of your hand.
Do not be exceedingly angry, O LORD, and do not remember iniquity
forever. Now consider, we are all your people.
80:1 Give ear, O
Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are
enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth
before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and
come to save us!
Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people's
You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to
drink in full measure.
You make us the scorn of our neighbors; our enemies laugh among
Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be
But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom
you made strong for yourself.
Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will
call on your name.
1:3 Grace to you and
peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God
that has been given you in Christ Jesus,
for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and
knowledge of every kind--
just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you--
so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for
the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be
blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his
Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
13:24 "But in
those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and
the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the
heavens will be shaken.
Then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in clouds' with great
power and glory.
Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the
four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
"From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch
becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is
So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he
is near, at the very gates.
Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all
these things have taken place.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
"But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels
in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come.
It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts
his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the
doorkeeper to be on the watch.
Therefore, keep awake--for you do not know when the master of the
house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow,
or at dawn,
or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly.
And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake."