1:4 Now the word of the
LORD came to me saying,
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you
were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the
Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Truly I do not know how to speak,
for I am only a boy."
But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a boy'; for
you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak
whatever I command you,
Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says
Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the LORD
said to me, "Now I have put my words in your mouth.
See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck
up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to
71:1 In you, O LORD, I take
refuge; let me never be put to shame.
In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear
to me and save me.
Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for you
are my rock and my fortress.
Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp
of the unjust and cruel.
For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth.
Upon you I have leaned from my birth; it was you who took me from
my mother's womb. My praise is continually of you.
13:1 If I speak in the
tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a
noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and
all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains,
but do not have love, I am nothing.
If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so
that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or
or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or
it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,
endures all things.
Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end;
as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to
For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part;
but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end.
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child,
I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to
face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I
have been fully known.
And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest
of these is love.
4:21 Then he began to say
to them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your
All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that
came from his mouth. They said, "Is not this Joseph's
He said to them, "Doubtless you will quote to me this
proverb, 'Doctor, cure yourself!' And you will say, 'Do here also
in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at
And he said, "Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the
But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of
Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months,
and there was a severe famine over all the land;
yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath
There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet
Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the
When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage.
They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of
the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl
him off the cliff.
But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.