Isaiah 57Isaiah 582 Timothy 2
The upright man goes to his death, and no one gives a thought to it and god-fearing men are taken away, and no one is troubled by it for the upright man is taken away because of evil-doing, and goes into peace.
They are at rest in their last resting-places, every one going straight before him.
But come near, you sons of her who is wise in secret arts, the seed of her who is false to her husband, and of the loose woman.
Of whom do you make sport? against whom is your mouth open wide and your tongue put out? are you not uncontrolled children, a false seed,
You who are burning with evil desire among the oaks, under every green tree putting children to death in the valleys, under the cracks of the rocks?
Among the smooth stones of the valley is your heritage they, even they, are your part: even to them have you made a drink offering and a meal offering. Is it possible for such things to be overlooked by me?
You have put your bed on a high mountain: there you went up to make your offering.
And on the back of the doors and on the pillars you have put your sign: for you have been false to me with another you have made your bed wide, and made an agreement with them you had a desire for their bed where you saw it
And you went to Melech with oil and much perfume, and you sent your representatives far off, and went as low as the underworld.
You were tired with your long journeys but you did not say, There is no hope: you got new strength, and so you were not feeble.
And of whom were you in fear, so that you were false, and did not keep me in mind, or give thought to it? Have I not been quiet, keeping myself secret, and so you were not in fear of me?
I will make clear what your righteousness is like and your works you will have no profit in them.
Your false gods will not keep you safe in answer to your cry but the wind will take them, they will be gone like a breath: but he who puts his hope in me will take the land, and will have my holy mountain as his heritage.
And I will say, Make it high, make it high, get ready the way, take the stones out of the way of my people.
For this is the word of him who is high and lifted up, whose resting-place is eternal, whose name is Holy: my resting-place is in the high and holy place, and with him who is crushed and poor in spirit, to give life to the spirit of the poor, and to make strong the heart of the crushed.
For I will not give punishment for ever, or be angry without end: for from me breath goes out and I it was who made the souls.
I was quickly angry with his evil ways, and sent punishment on him, veiling my face in wrath: and he went on, turning his heart from me.
I have seen his ways, and I will make him well: I will give him rest, comforting him and his people who are sad.
I will give the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace, to him who is near and to him who is far off, says the Lord and I will make him well.
But the evil-doers are like the troubled sea, for which there is no rest, and its waters send up earth and waste.
There is no peace, says my God, for the evil-doers.
Make a loud cry, do not be quiet, let your voice be sounding like a horn, and make clear to my people their evil doings, and to the family of Jacob their sins.
Though they make prayer to me every day, and take pleasure in the knowledge of my ways: like a nation which has done righteousness, and has not given up the rules of their God, they make requests to me for the right orders, it is their delight to come near to God.
They say, Why have we kept ourselves from food, and you do not see it? why have we kept ourselves from pleasure, and you take no note of it? If, in the days when you keep from food, you take the chance to do your business, and get in your debts
If keeping from food makes you quickly angry, ready for fighting and giving blows with evil hands your holy days are not such as to make your voice come to my ears on high.
Have I given orders for such a day as this? a day for keeping yourselves from pleasure? is it only a question of the bent head, of putting on haircloth, and being seated in the dust? is this what seems to you a holy day, well-pleasing to the Lord?
Is not this the holy day for which I have given orders: to let loose those who have wrongly been made prisoners, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the crushed go free, and every yoke be broken?
Is it not to give your bread to those in need, and to let the poor who have no resting-place come into your house? to put a robe on the unclothed one when you see him, and not to keep your eyes shut for fear of seeing his flesh?
Then will light be shining on you like the morning, and your wounds will quickly be well: and your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will come after you.
Then at the sound of your voice, the Lord will give an answer at your cry he will say, Here am I. If you take away from among you the yoke, the putting out of the finger of shame, and the evil word
And if you give your bread to those in need of it, so that the troubled one may have his desire then you will have light in the dark, and your night will be as the full light of the sun:
And the Lord will be your guide at all times in dry places he will give you water in full measure, and will make strong your bones and you will be like a watered garden, and like an ever-flowing spring.
And your sons will be building again the old waste places: you will make strong the bases of old generations: and you will be named, He who puts up the broken walls, and, He who makes ready the ways for use.
If you keep the Sabbath with care, not doing your business on my holy day and if the Sabbath seems to you a delight, and the new moon of the Lord a thing to be honoured and if you give respect to him by not doing your business, or going after your pleasure, or saying unholy words
Then the Lord will be your delight and I will put you on the high places of the earth and I will give you the heritage of Jacob your father: for the mouth of the Lord has said it.
2 Timothy 2
So then, my child, be strong in the grace which is in Christ Jesus.
And the things which I have said to you before a number of witnesses, give to those of the faith, so that they may be teachers of others.
Be ready to do without the comforts of life, as one of the army of Christ Jesus.
A fighting man, when he is with the army, keeps himself free from the business of this life so that he may be pleasing to him who has taken him into his army.
And if a man takes part in a competition he does not get the crown if he has not kept the rules.
It is right for the worker in the fields to be the first to take of the fruit.
Give thought to what I say for the Lord will give you wisdom in all things.
Keep in mind Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, who came back from the dead, as my good news gives witness:
In which I put up with the hardest conditions, even prison chains, like one who has done a crime but the word of God is not in chains.
But I undergo all things for the saints, so that they may have salvation in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
This is a true saying: If we undergo death with him, then will we be living with him:
If we go on to the end, then we will be ruling with him: if we say we have no knowledge of him, then he will say he has no knowledge of us:
If we are without faith, still he keeps faith, for he will never be untrue to himself.
Put these things before them, giving them orders in the name of the Lord to keep themselves from fighting about words, which is of no profit, only causing error in their hearers.
Let it be your care to get the approval of God, as a workman who has no cause for shame, giving the true word in the right way.
But take no part in wrong and foolish talk, for those who do so will go farther into evil,
And their words will be like poisoned wounds in the flesh: such are Hymenaeus and Philetus
Men whose ideas are all false, who say that the coming back from the dead has even now taken place, overturning the faith of some.
But God's strong base is unchanging, having this sign, The Lord has knowledge of those who are his: and, Let everyone by whom the name of the Lord is named be turned away from evil.
Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but others of wood and earth, and some which are honoured and some without honour.
If a man makes himself clean from these, he will be a vessel for honour, made holy, ready for the master's use, ready for every good work.
But keep yourself from those desires of the flesh which are strong when the body is young, and go after righteousness, faith, love, peace, with those whose prayers go up to the Lord from a clean heart.
And put away foolish and uncontrolled questionings, seeing that they are a cause of trouble.
For it is not right for the Lord's servant to make trouble, but he is to be gentle to all, ready in teaching, putting up with wrong,
Gently guiding those who go against the teaching if by chance God may give them a change of heart and true knowledge,
And so they may get themselves free from the net of the Evil One, being made the prisoners of the Lord's servant, for the purpose of God.