Isaiah 44Isaiah 451 Timothy 2
And now, give ear, O Jacob my servant, and Israel whom I have taken for myself:
The Lord who made you, forming you in your mother's body, the Lord, your helper, says, Have no fear, O Jacob my servant, and you, Jeshurun, whom I have taken for myself.
For I will send water on the land needing it, and streams on the dry earth: I will let my spirit come down on your seed, and my blessing on your offspring.
And they will come up like grass in a well-watered field, like water-plants by the streams.
One will say, I am the Lord's and another will give himself the name, Jacob another will put a mark on his hand, I am the Lord's, and another will take the name of Israel for himself.
The Lord, the King of Israel, even the Lord of armies who has taken up his cause, says, I am the first and the last, and there is no God but me.
If there is one like me, let him come forward and say it, let him make it clear and put it in order before me: who has made clear in the past the things to come? let him make clear the future to me.
Have no fear, be strong in heart have I not made it clear to you in the past, and let you see it? and you are my witnesses. Is there any God but me, or a Rock of whom I have no knowledge?
Those who make a pictured image are all of them as nothing, and the things of their desire will be of no profit to them: and their servants see not, and have no knowledge so they will be put to shame.
Whoever makes a god, makes nothing but a metal image in which there is no profit.
Truly, all those who make use of secret arts will be put to shame, and their words of power are only words of men: let them all come forward together they will all be in fear and be put to shame.
The iron-worker is heating the metal in the fire, giving it form with his hammers, and working on it with his strong arm: then for need of food his strength gives way, and for need of water he becomes feeble.
The woodworker is measuring out the wood with his line, marking it out with his pencil: after smoothing it with his plane, and making circles on it with his instrument, he gives it the form and glory of a man, so that it may be placed in the house.
He has cedars cut down for himself, he takes an oak and lets it get strong among the trees of the wood he has an ash-tree planted, and the rain gives it growth.
Then it will be used to make a fire, so that a man may get warm he has the oven heated with it and makes bread: he makes a god with it, to which he gives worship: he makes a pictured image out of it, and goes down on his face before it.
With part of it he makes a fire, and on the fire he gets meat cooked and takes a full meal: he makes himself warm, and says, Aha! I am warm, I have seen the fire:
And the rest of it he makes into a god, even his pictured image: he goes down on his face before it, giving worship to it, and making prayer to it, saying, Be my saviour for you are my god.
They have no knowledge or wisdom for he has put a veil over their eyes, so that they may not see and on their hearts, so that they may not give attention.
And no one takes note, no one has enough knowledge or wisdom to say, I have put part of it in the fire, and made bread on it I have had a meal of the flesh cooked with it: and am I now to make the rest of it into a false god? am I to go down on my face before a bit of wood?
As for him whose food is the dust of a dead fire, he has been turned from the way by a twisted mind, so that he is unable to keep himself safe by saying, What I have here in my hand is false.
Keep these things in mind, O Jacob and you Israel, for you are my servant: I have made you you are my servant O Israel, I will not let you go out of my memory.
I have put your evil doings out of my mind like a thick cloud, and your sins like a mist: come back to me for I have taken up your cause.
Make a song, O heavens, for the Lord has done it: give a loud cry, you deep parts of the earth: let your voices be loud in song, you mountains, and you woods with all your trees: for the Lord has taken up the cause of Jacob, and will let his glory be seen in Israel.
The Lord, who has taken up your cause, and who gave you life in your mother's body, says, I am the Lord who makes all things stretching out the heavens by myself, and giving the earth its limits who was with me?
Who makes the signs of those who give word of the future come to nothing, so that those who have knowledge of secret arts go off their heads turning the wise men back, and making their knowledge foolish:
Who makes the word of his servants certain, and gives effect to the purposes of his representatives who says of Jerusalem, Her people will come back to her and of the towns of Judah, I will give orders for their building, and will make her waste places fertile again:
Who says to the deep, Be dry, and I will make your rivers dry:
Who says of Cyrus, He will take care of my sheep, and will do all my pleasure: who says of Jerusalem, I will give the word for your building and of the Temple, Your bases will be put in place.
The Lord says to the man of his selection, to Cyrus, whom I have taken by the right hand, putting down nations before him, and taking away the arms of kings making the doors open before him, so that the ways into the towns may not be shut
I will go before you, and make the rough places level: the doors of brass will be broken, and the iron rods cut in two:
And I will give you the stores of the dark, and the wealth of secret places, so that you may be certain that I am the Lord, who gave you your name, even the God of Israel.
Because of Jacob my servant, and Israel whom I have taken for myself, I have sent for you by name, giving you a name of honour, though you had no knowledge of me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other there is no God but me: I will make you ready for war, though you had no knowledge of me:
So that they may see from the east and from the west that there is no God but me: I am the Lord, and there is no other.
I am the giver of light and the maker of the dark causing blessing, and sending troubles I am the Lord, who does all these things.
Let righteousness come down, O heavens, from on high, and let the sky send it down like rain: let the earth be open to give the fruit of salvation, causing righteousness to come up with it I the Lord have made it come about.
Cursed is he who has an argument with his Maker, the pot which has an argument with the Potter! Will the wet earth say to him who is working with it, What are you doing, that your work has nothing by which it may be gripped?
Cursed is he who says to a father, To what are you giving life? or to a woman, What are you in birth-pains with?
The Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, says, Will you put a question to me about the things which are to come, or will you give me orders about my sons, and the work of my hands?
I have made the earth, forming man on it: by my hands the heavens have been stretched out, and all the stars put in their ordered places.
I have sent him out to overcome the nations, and I will make all his ways straight: I will give him the work of building my town, and he will let my prisoners go free, without price or reward, says the Lord of armies.
The Lord says, The workmen of Egypt, and the traders of Ethiopia, and the tall Sabaeans, will come over the sea to you, and they will be yours they will go after you in chains they will come over: and they will go down on their faces before you, and will make prayer to you, saying, Truly, God is among you and there is no other God.
Truly, you have a secret God, the God of Israel is a Saviour!
All those who have gone against him will be put to shame the makers of images will be made low.
But the Lord will make Israel free with an eternal salvation: you will not be put to shame or made low for ever and ever.
For this is the word of the Lord who made the heavens he is God the maker and designer of the earth who made it not to be a waste, but as a living-place for man: I am the Lord, and there is no other.
I have not given my word in secret, in a place in the underworld I did not say to the seed of Jacob, Go into a waste land to make request of me: I the Lord say what is true, my word is righteousness.
Come together, even come near, you nations who are still living: they have no knowledge who take up their image of wood, and make prayer to a god in whom is no salvation.
Give the word, put forward your cause, let us have a discussion together: who has given news of this in the past? who made it clear in early times? did not I, the Lord? and there is no God but me a true God and a saviour there is no other.
Let your hearts be turned to me, so that you may have salvation, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is no other.
By myself have I taken an oath, a true word has gone from my mouth, and will not be changed, that to me every knee will be bent, and every tongue will give honour.
Only in the Lord will Jacob overcome and be strong: together all those who were angry with him will be put to shame and come to destruction.
In the Lord will all the seed of Israel get their rights, and they will give glory to him.
1 Timothy 2
My desire is, first of all, that you will make requests and prayers and give praise for all men
For kings and all those in authority so that we may have a calm and quiet life in all fear of God and serious behaviour.
This is good and pleasing in the eyes of God our Saviour
Whose desire is that all men may have salvation and come to the knowledge of what is true.
For there is one God and one peacemaker between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
Who gave himself as an offering for all witness of which was to be given at the right time
And of this I became a preacher and an Apostle (what I say is true, not false,) and a teacher of the Gentiles in the true faith.
It is my desire, then, that in every place men may give themselves to prayer, lifting up holy hands, without wrath or argument.
And that women may be dressed in simple clothing, with a quiet and serious air not with twisted hair and gold or jewels or robes of great price
But clothed with good works, as is right for women who are living in the fear of God.
Let a woman quietly take the place of a learner and be under authority.
In my opinion it is right for a woman not to be a teacher, or to have rule over a man, but to be quiet.
For Adam was first formed, then Eve
And Adam was not taken by deceit, but the woman, being tricked, became a wrongdoer.
But if they go on in faith and love and holy self-control, she will be kept safe at the time of childbirth.