10/27/13

From Ben Fronczek... Danger of Being Ungrateful







Danger of Being Ungrateful

Everyone knows the story of David and Goliath. Most people know the story of David and Bathsheba. Fewer people know the story of David, Nabal, and Abigail.
It concerns those times when we un grateful or even feel insulted or not appreciated.
 
In this story we see a surprising response from David which we may not expect from a man after God’s own heart. But thanks to the wisdom of a godly woman, David comes to his senses and calms down. The story can be read in 1 Samuel 25:1-38. (click on verse to read)

Rabbi Moshe P. Weisblum wrote  It is basic human nature to want to feel appreciated, acknowledged and grateful for a job well done, for our efforts, our time, our talents, our skills. A simple thank you goes a long way.”    

When was the last time you said to yourself, “I did so much for so-and-so, but it seems like they don’t feel appreciate it?,” or “This relationship seems like a one way street. There’s no reciprocation.” Sometimes in our personal life, we may feel unappreciated by our own family members, wives, husbands, parents, siblings, and children. Even friends and acquaintances sometimes seem to take our friendship for granted. The same is true of bosses and co-workers. And sometimes it can even be a fair and generous boss who is not appreciated by his or her employees. Do you know someone who has ever felt underappreciated? It happens more often than not.

The feeling of being used and unappreciated is a painful feeling. Like David it can change and mess with our head if we are not careful. Every day we encounter people who need encouragement: A caregiver drags with exhaustion. A single parent feels lost. A spouse who feels unappreciated. A newly hired worker is discouraged because of his mistakes. A widow faces the raw wounds of her grief. A store clerk wonders if human  courtesy exists. Mom’s and dad's that simply feel used by their kids. The words we speak to those around us are so very important and are a way to show Christ’s love and give support to those who are in need.

What about you? Are you good at telling others how grateful you are? I’m not just talking about thanking God. Today I would like to focus more on how well we show our gratitude towards those around us. Like Nabel, if you ask most people if they are ungrateful, they will probably reply, “Of course not!”  However, this attitude is so ingrained in some of our lives, we are blind to it and do not see how ungrateful we really are.

But how can you tell if you are ungrateful? Are there things that identify an ingratitude attitude?  And if so, what can you do about it?

Webster’s Dictionary defines “Ingratitude” as: “Forgetfulness of, or poor return for, kindness received.” It can also be defined as not appreciating or valuing what you have, or have been given. Unexpressed gratitude is also ingratitude!”

What about an example of Ingratitude in Christ’s Day   Most are familiar with the many Bible accounts of Christ’s miracles. He walked on water, turned water into wine, fed thousands of people from a small amount of food, cast out demons and healed many people. But, although He healed many, how many do you think actually came back to thank Him?

Luke’s gospel records one such miraculous healing. In this account, Christ healed ten lepers. 

Luke 17:12-19
Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosymet him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Between these lines I can almost hear how sad Jesus was. Of the ten lepers, only one returned to thank Christ. Think of that statement. Only one of the ten thanked Him for healing them of an awful disease! Even though Jesus’ reaction was not quite the same as David’s, it obviously hurt when those people did not come back to say, “Thank you.”

All too often the sad reality is that we do not realize how much our lack of gratitude can affect others.

How many of those people around us feel unappreciated by their own family members, wives, husbands, parents, siblings, and children, even our friends or acquaintances that we come in contact with.  And what kind of effect is it having on their heart?

What kind of effect does it have on you? 

What I am proposing today is that we need to Encouraging Others by showing our gratitude:

#1) Ask God to show you those who are overwhelmed—the single parent, the abandoned spouse, or stressed out father who needs a word of hope, or a friend who feels weighed down by their spouse’s infidelity or their parent’s impending death. Bring them a flower or a cup of coffee and tell them, “I know this is a hard time, but never forget that I’ve got your back and I am praying for you.”
When we see a young mother trying to deal with tired, whiny children. Give them a hug and encourage them and let them know, “You’re doing fine. With little kids, some days are hard. But you’re a great mom.”

#2) Affirm the caregivers. Try to understand the physical and emotional drain that often accompanies such a responsibility of taking care of one’s elderly and sometimes sick parents or loved one.  Watch for chances to tell caregivers, “I know it’s not easy, but God can see what you do for your loved one and is very pleased.”

#3) Be sensitive to the needs of the grieving long after a death. I still feel sad at times at the loss of my dad. And we need to realize the even though a friend who may have experienced such a loss can paste a smile on their face and say they are ‘OK’, realize that they may still be hurting, lonely, and sad in the inside.

#4) Show appreciation and gratitude to those you work with everyday. The grind of the workplace needs the oil of kind and affirming words like: “I appreciate your diligence what you do here.” “I’m really glad that you are here. It makes a real difference.” “Thanks for helping me out here”. “Good work.”

#5) Spread the fragrance of Christ through appreciation and gratitude to people in the service industries. Thank, and even tip those who do those menial tasks for you; Waitresses, check out lady, garbage man, mailman, paper boy, etc. Let them know that they are appreciated!

#6) Build up your family members with public and private words of affirmation. “Thanks for working so hard on the yard.” “I appreciate you doing so much around the house.”  “Wow, you are a great bargain hunter.” “Thank you so much for filling the gas tank for me.” “I’m so blessed to have you as a child.” “Mom, dad, I can never say thank you enough.”  Whatever it takes, show your gratitude regularly. It will pay of in the long run.

#7) Also it good to Remember Your Spiritual Family Thank those who do their best to serve Christ in some manner. Satan seems to work overtime to discourage them. If someone goes out of their way to serve or does something special in their service to Christ encourage them and show your appreciation.

Don’t underestimate the power of encouragement. Sometimes it won’t cost you anything but your kind words. But other times it takes a bit more effort to lift someone up after they get feeling unappreciated and discouraged.  Abigail made a serious effort to pick David back up and show her appreciation.

Let encouragement and sharing you gratitude become a lifestyle.

Proverbs 15:4 says 
“The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life,”

And 25:11 says 
A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”

And of course Hebrews 10:24-25 that says,
“consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

My encouragement today is that you make it a daily practice to spread the fragrance of Christ’s love to others through showing your appreciation to those you come in contact with.  Don’t make the mistake of becoming an ungrateful person.

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From Jim McGuiggan... All Israel will be saved (2)

All Israel will be saved (2)

Whatever we make of Romans 11:26 we need to remember that it is Paul's triumphant assurance that God is faithful to his commitments. Chapters 9—11 have many difficulties but there's no doubt about what Paul's means to say: In the face of much that bewilders and behind much that has a God-denying look there is a God who can be trusted to keep his promises. Some have looked at 9—11 and walked away fuming. When Paul is done writing it he bursts into praise that just won't be kept imprisoned (11:33-36). Maybe if we knew what he knew and saw what he saw we'd burst into praise as well. "Qohelet" in Ecclesiastes 1 watches the sun rise and set, rise and set, rise and set. "See," he said, "everything is empty and pointless. Nobody cares. There's nothing but the same old same old." Jesus saw the sun rise and the sun set, rise and set, rise and set. "See," he said, "how kind the Holy Father is. He makes the sun to rise on the righteous and the unrighteous." They both saw the same thing...and yet, they didn't, did they? We read Romans 9—11 and ponder. Paul's reads it after he has written it and burst into praise and says to his secretary, "Add this, 'Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God'..."

Paul believed that God hardened Israel (11:7-10,25). Certainly Israel herself was in on the hardening process but Paul, following prophets before him and guided by God to see the present correctly, doesn't mince words. God blinded Israel and bowed their back. See The Hardened Heart in the Exodus lessons. But it wasn't the whole of Israel that was hardened; it was part of Israel. And the part that was hardened was not the righteous because God doesn't harden the hearts of righteous people. He hardens only those who are committed to unrighteousness and even then it is for a specific purpose. Hardened Israel had no grounds for complaint. It wasn't that they were righteous and God hardened their hearts against him. Their history revealed a pattern of apostasy and unrighteous behavior and when the Messiah appeared that bent for resisting God bottomed out and Israel suffered awful loss (11:12). What Israel (as a whole) had wanted they missed, but the remnant got it (11:7). They weren't blinded. They weren't hardened. They didn't suffer loss. They, and Paul was one of them (11:1-2) were proof that God hadn't rejected the children of Abraham through Jacob. It's nonsense to think that in Palestine that the bulk of Israel rejected Christ. James reminds Paul in Acts 21:20 of the many thousands of Jews that believed. In the scattered countries of the world the masses would not have heard of Jesus and therefore did not reject him. But that's another discussion.

The hardened were those who were lost before Jesus came along. It's a serious mistake to think that the hardening made them unbelievers. No, they were hardened because they were already unbelievers. With the coming of the Christ the plot thickened and revealed the hidden depths of Israel's lostness. This isn't anti-Semitism. Paul's quarrel with Israel is a lover's quarrel. And it isn't anti-Gentile to say that Gentile hands were covered with the blood of the Jewish Redeemer. Romans 11:32 says that God concluded all humans under sin that he might have mercy on them all. But we need to make up our mind to this: those that are hardened are unsaved! It isn't that unbelievers can't turn back to God and be saved—they certainly can (11:20,23). But while they are hardened in unbelief they are unsaved! Putting it in terms Peter used in Acts 3:22-23, those who reject the Messiah are cut off from among his people. However conciliatory we wish to be we're compelled to say that those who reject Jesus Christ as Lord are lost.

That means that Paul does not see a problem when he asserts that "all Israel will be saved" while equally insisting that "some of Israel will not be saved." But it is Israel he has in mind, ethnic Jews, not a non-ethnic, cosmopolitan community called "the church". When he says all Israel will be saved and some of Israel will not be saved he is talking about ethnic Israel!

The hardened are unsaved and it was God who hardened them. And why did God harden Israel? He hardened them that through them he might bring fullness of blessing to the Gentiles (11:12,30). And why did he bring fullness to the Gentiles? That Israel might feel the loss of their blessings and turn back to God in Christ (10:19-20, 11:11,14 and 15:27). When did God harden Israel? More than once, as the prophets testify. But in Paul's era it centers on the rejection of Jesus Christ to whom Israelites and Gentiles were privileged to look for salvation (see 15:8-12).

But what is Gentiles "fullness"? It can mean the "full number or complement" and that's how the NIV and the RSV render it. But it has many and various meanings. In 11:12 the NIV renders the same word as "fullness" (no word of "full number") and the RSV renders it "full inclusion". Paul uses the word (pleromati) in 15:29 to speak of the complete richness of Christ's blessing. The RSV leaves it as "fullness". I think the "fullness" of the Gentiles in 11:26 is the spiritual wealth with which God will bless the Gentiles. 

Note the contrasts in 11:11-12.  We have:

Jewish fall—Gentile salvation

Jewish fall—World riches

Jewish loss—Gentile riches

Jewish loss—Gentile fullness

There is nothing about "numbers" in the section. There is plenty about loss and gain and impoverishment and fullness. God hardens unbelieving Israel and it results in the crucifixion of the Messiah and that opens the door for rich Gentile blessing.

©2004 Jim McGuiggan. All materials are free to be copied and used as long as money is not being made.

Many thanks to brother Ed Healy, for allowing me to post from his website, the abiding word.com.

From Mark Copeland... The Virtue Of Gentleness (Philippians 4:5)







                     "THE EPISTLE TO THE PHILIPPIANS"

                      The Virtue Of Gentleness (4:5)

INTRODUCTION

1. Among several general exhortations which Paul includes in this last
   chapter of his epistle to the Philippians, we find the following
   admonition:

    "Let your gentleness (moderation,KJV) be known be known to
    all men. The Lord is at hand." - Php 4:5

2. The virtue referred to in this verse is a very important one, and well
   worth the time in this lesson taking a closer look at it.

[We begin by noticing...]

I. THE NATURE OF THIS VIRTUE

   A. DEFINITION OF "GENTLENESS"... (from Barclay)
      1. The word epi-ei-kei-a is one of the most untranslatable words in
         Greek
      2. The difficulty can be seen by the various translations given it:
         a. Patience (Wycliffe)
         b. Softness (Tyndale, Cranmer)
         c. The patient mind (Geneva Bible)
         d. Modesty (Rheims Bible)
         e. Forbearance (Revised Version)
         f. Moderation (King James Version)
         g. Sweet Reasonableness (Matthew Arnold)

   B. DESCRIPTION OF "GENTLENESS"... (from Erdmans)
      1. It describes that courtesy and graciousness which should
         characterize a Christian gentleman
      2. The term indicates something of "the power of yielding"
         a. The ability to give way to the wishes of others
         b. The poise of soul which enables one to sacrifice his own
            rights, not by necessity, but out of generosity and sympathy
      3. It is the opposite of stubbornness and thoughtlessness
      4. It was embodied in the man Jesus Christ - cf. 2Co 10:1

   C. "GENTLENESS", THEN... (as defined by Pulpit Commentary)
      1. Is the opposite of contention, rigor and severity
      2. Is the spirit that enables a man to bear injuries with patience,
         and not demand all that is rightly his due, for the sake of
         peace
      3. A good example of where this virtue is to be applied is seen in
         1Co 6:1-7 (note the willingness to be defrauded enjoined by
         the apostle Paul)

[Perhaps with a better grasp of the nature of this virtue, let's now 
examine...]

II. THE DISPLAY OF THIS VIRTUE

   A. IT IS TO BE A PERSONAL QUALITY OF ALL CHRISTIANS...
      1. Notice that Paul says "Let YOUR gentleness..."
      2. Elders especially must display this virtue - 1Ti 3:3
      3. So also should teachers - 2Ti 2:24-26 (not the same word used
         here, but the same idea)
      4. Indeed, ALL Christians are to display this virtue - Tit 3:1-2
      5. For good reason, for it is a part of that "heavenly wisdom"
         which comes from above - Jm 3:17

   B. IT IS TO BE KNOWN TO ALL MEN...
      1. This is the difficult part of the exhortation
         a. It is easy to be considerate, kind, and gentle toward some
            persons
         b. There are others, however, toward whom it is difficult to
            show a spirit of gentleness
      2. The hard task, and the real test, is to display this
         "gentleness" or "sweet reasonableness" toward...
         a. The unkind
         b. The thankless
         c. The perverse

[But as we continue on with our text, there is good reason to do so...]

III. THE REASON AND MOTIVE FOR DISPLAYING THIS VIRTUE

   A. "THE LORD IS AT HAND"...
      1. This may possibly mean "the Lord is nearby"
      2. Or it could refer to either meeting the Lord at death or at His
         final coming, both events are always imminent!
      3. He who is our Judge is ever watchful, ever aware of our conduct
         and treatment of others
      4. One day we will have to answer to this Judge!

   B. THE DANGER OF NOT DISPLAYING "GENTLENESS"...
      1. If we are not gentle in our treatment of others, do we expect
         Him to be gentle in His treatment of us?
      2. Remember the "Parable Of The Unforgiving Servant"? - Mt 18:21-35
      3. Also, James warning in Jm 2:13

CONCLUSION

1. The display of this virtue has great advantages...
   a. It can contribute much to the comfort of life and the peace of
      society, by reducing friction between people - e.g., Pr 15:1
   b. It can contribute to promoting the gospel of Christ (as we
      demonstrate by our example the "gentleness" found throughout the
      gospel message)

2. Are we a "gentle people"?  May we ever be, for "the Lord is at hand"!

Speaking of the Lord being at hand, are you living a life pleasing to
Him...?

Executable Outlines, Copyright © Mark A. Copeland, 2011

From Gary.... Bible Reading and Study October 27




Bible Reading and Study    


October 27


The World English Bible


Oct. 27
Isaiah 1-4

Isa 1:1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
Isa 1:2 Hear, heavens, and listen, earth; for Yahweh has spoken: I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.
Isa 1:3 The ox knows his owner, and the donkey his master's crib; but Israel doesn't know, my people don't consider.
Isa 1:4 Ah sinful nation, a people loaded with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken Yahweh. They have despised the Holy One of Israel. They are estranged and backward.
Isa 1:5 Why should you be beaten more, that you revolt more and more? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
Isa 1:6 From the sole of the foot even to the head there is no soundness in it: wounds, welts, and open sores. They haven't been closed, neither bandaged, neither soothed with oil.
Isa 1:7 Your country is desolate. Your cities are burned with fire. Strangers devour your land in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
Isa 1:8 The daughter of Zion is left like a shelter in a vineyard, like a hut in a field of melons, like a besieged city.
Isa 1:9 Unless Yahweh of Armies had left to us a very small remnant, we would have been as Sodom; we would have been like Gomorrah.
Isa 1:10 Hear the word of Yahweh, you rulers of Sodom! Listen to the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah!
Isa 1:11 "What are the multitude of your sacrifices to me?," says Yahweh. "I have had enough of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed animals. I don't delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of male goats.
Isa 1:12 When you come to appear before me, who has required this at your hand, to trample my courts?
Isa 1:13 Bring no more vain offerings. Incense is an abomination to me; new moons, Sabbaths, and convocations: I can't bear with evil assemblies.
Isa 1:14 My soul hates your New Moons and your appointed feasts. They are a burden to me. I am weary of bearing them.
Isa 1:15 When you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you. Yes, when you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood.
Isa 1:16 Wash yourselves, make yourself clean. Put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes. Cease to do evil.
Isa 1:17 Learn to do well. Seek justice. Relieve the oppressed. Judge the fatherless. Plead for the widow."
Isa 1:18 "Come now, and let us reason together," says Yahweh: "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Isa 1:19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;
Isa 1:20 but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured with the sword; for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken it."
Isa 1:21 How the faithful city has become a prostitute! She was full of justice; righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers.
Isa 1:22 Your silver has become dross, your wine mixed with water.
Isa 1:23 Your princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves. Everyone loves bribes, and follows after rewards. They don't judge the fatherless, neither does the cause of the widow come to them.
Isa 1:24 Therefore the Lord, Yahweh of Armies, the Mighty One of Israel, says: "Ah, I will get relief from my adversaries, and avenge myself of my enemies;
Isa 1:25 and I will turn my hand on you, thoroughly purge away your dross, and will take away all your tin.
Isa 1:26 I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called 'The city of righteousness, a faithful town.'
Isa 1:27 Zion shall be redeemed with justice, and her converts with righteousness.
Isa 1:28 But the destruction of transgressors and sinners shall be together, and those who forsake Yahweh shall be consumed.
Isa 1:29 For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which you have desired, and you shall be confounded for the gardens that you have chosen.
Isa 1:30 For you shall be as an oak whose leaf fades, and as a garden that has no water.
Isa 1:31 The strong will be like tinder, and his work like a spark. They will both burn together, and no one will quench them."
Isa 2:1 This is what Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
Isa 2:2 It shall happen in the latter days, that the mountain of Yahweh's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it.
Isa 2:3 Many peoples shall go and say, "Come, let's go up to the mountain of Yahweh, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths." For out of Zion the law shall go forth, and the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem.
Isa 2:4 He will judge between the nations, and will decide concerning many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Isa 2:5 House of Jacob, come, and let us walk in the light of Yahweh.
Isa 2:6 For you have forsaken your people, the house of Jacob, because they are filled from the east, with those who practice divination like the Philistines, and they clasp hands with the children of foreigners.
Isa 2:7 Their land is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures. Their land also is full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots.
Isa 2:8 Their land also is full of idols. They worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made.
Isa 2:9 Man is brought low, and mankind is humbled; therefore don't forgive them.
Isa 2:10 Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust, from before the terror of Yahweh, and from the glory of his majesty.
Isa 2:11 The lofty looks of man will be brought low, the haughtiness of men will be bowed down, and Yahweh alone will be exalted in that day.
Isa 2:12 For there will be a day of Yahweh of Armies for all that is proud and haughty, and for all that is lifted up; and it shall be brought low:
Isa 2:13 For all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, for all the oaks of Bashan,
Isa 2:14 For all the high mountains, for all the hills that are lifted up,
Isa 2:15 For every lofty tower, for every fortified wall,
Isa 2:16 For all the ships of Tarshish, and for all pleasant imagery.
Isa 2:17 The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be brought low; and Yahweh alone shall be exalted in that day.
Isa 2:18 The idols shall utterly pass away.
Isa 2:19 Men shall go into the caves of the rocks, and into the holes of the earth, from before the terror of Yahweh, and from the glory of his majesty, when he arises to shake the earth mightily.
Isa 2:20 In that day, men shall cast away their idols of silver, and their idols of gold, which have been made for themselves to worship, to the moles and to the bats;
Isa 2:21 To go into the caverns of the rocks, and into the clefts of the ragged rocks, from before the terror of Yahweh, and from the glory of his majesty, when he arises to shake the earth mightily.
Isa 2:22 Stop trusting in man, whose breath is in his nostrils; for of what account is he?
Isa 3:1 For, behold, the Lord, Yahweh of Armies, takes away from Jerusalem and from Judah supply and support, the whole supply of bread, and the whole supply of water;
Isa 3:2 the mighty man, the man of war, the judge, the prophet, the diviner, the elder,
Isa 3:3 the captain of fifty, the honorable man, the counselor, the skilled craftsman, and the clever enchanter.
Isa 3:4 I will give boys to be their princes, and children shall rule over them.
Isa 3:5 The people will be oppressed, everyone by another, and everyone by his neighbor. The child will behave himself proudly against the old man, and the base against the honorable.
Isa 3:6 Indeed a man shall take hold of his brother in the house of his father, saying, "You have clothing, you be our ruler, and let this ruin be under your hand."
Isa 3:7 In that day he will cry out, saying, I will not be a healer; for in my house is neither bread nor clothing. You shall not make me ruler of the people.
Isa 3:8 For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen; because their tongue and their doings are against Yahweh, to provoke the eyes of his glory.
Isa 3:9 The look of their faces testify against them. They parade their sin like Sodom. They don't hide it. Woe to their soul! For they have brought disaster upon themselves.
Isa 3:10 Tell the righteous "Good!" For they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.
Isa 3:11 Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them; for the deeds of his hands will be paid back to him.
Isa 3:12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. My people, those who lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths.
Isa 3:13 Yahweh stands up to contend, and stands to judge the peoples.
Isa 3:14 Yahweh will enter into judgment with the elders of his people, and their leaders: "It is you who have eaten up the vineyard. The spoil of the poor is in your houses.
Isa 3:15 What do you mean that you crush my people, and grind the face of the poor?" says the Lord, Yahweh of Armies.
Isa 3:16 Moreover Yahweh said, "Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with outstretched necks and flirting eyes, walking to trip as they go, jingling ornaments on their feet;
Isa 3:17 therefore the Lord brings sores on the crown of the head of the women of Zion, and Yahweh will make their scalps bald."
Isa 3:18 In that day the Lord will take away the beauty of their anklets, the headbands, the crescent necklaces,
Isa 3:19 the earrings, the bracelets, the veils,
Isa 3:20 the headdresses, the ankle chains, the sashes, the perfume bottles, the charms,
Isa 3:21 the signet rings, the nose rings,
Isa 3:22 the fine robes, the capes, the cloaks, the purses,
Isa 3:23 the hand mirrors, the fine linen garments, the tiaras, and the shawls.
Isa 3:24 It shall happen that instead of sweet spices, there shall be rottenness; instead of a belt, a rope; instead of well set hair, baldness; instead of a robe, a girding of sackcloth; and branding instead of beauty.
Isa 3:25 Your men shall fall by the sword, and your mighty in the war.
Isa 3:26 Her gates shall lament and mourn; and she shall be desolate and sit on the ground.
Isa 4:1 Seven women shall take hold of one man in that day, saying, "We will eat our own bread, and wear our own clothing: only let us be called by your name. Take away our reproach."
Isa 4:2 In that day, Yahweh's branch will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the beauty and glory of the survivors of Israel.
Isa 4:3 It will happen, that he who is left in Zion, and he who remains in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even everyone who is written among the living in Jerusalem;
Isa 4:4 when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from its midst, by the spirit of justice, and by the spirit of burning.
Isa 4:5 Yahweh will create over the whole habitation of Mount Zion, and over her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory will be a canopy.
Isa 4:6 There will be a pavilion for a shade in the daytime from the heat, and for a refuge and for a shelter from storm and from rain.



 
The Composite Bible
The World English Bible
Darby's Translation
Young's Literal Translation

The Composite Bible is a effort to understand the Bible by considering it from different perspectives and different levels of literalcy. First, read the World English Bible (the least literal-black text) for comprehension of the text. Next, read both the World English Bible with the Darby Translation (more literal-blue text)to make comparisons and lastly, read all three versions (Young's is the most literal translation- red text) at one time to obtain an overview of the text. Doing this will make you think about what the Scriptures are actually saying and avoid reading in a superficial manner.
Isaiah
Isaiah 1 1
The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
The vision of Isaiah the son of Amos, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the
days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
The Visions of Isaiah son of Amoz, that he hath seen concerning Judah and
Jerusalem, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
Isaiah 1 2
Hear, heavens, And listen, earth; for Yahweh has spoken: I have nourished and brought up
children, And they have rebelled against me.
Hear, [ye] heavens, and give ear, [thou] earth! for Jehovah hath spoken: I have nourished
and brought up children; and they have rebelled against me.
Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth, For Jehovah hath spoken: Sons I have
nourished and brought up, And they -- they transgressed against Me.
Isaiah 1 3
The ox knows his owner, And the donkey his master`s crib; But Israel doesn`t know, My
people don`t consider.
The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master`s crib; Israel doth not know, my people
hath no intelligence.
An ox hath known its owner, And an ass the crib of its master, Israel hath not
known, My people hath not understood.
Isaiah 1 4
Ah sinful nation, A people laden with iniquity, A seed of evil-doers, Children who deal
corruptly! They have forsaken Yahweh. They have despised the Holy One of Israel. They are
estranged and backward.
Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that corrupt
themselves! They have forsaken Jehovah; they have despised the Holy One of Israel; they
are turned away backward.
Ah, sinning nation, a people heavy [with] iniquity, A seed of evil doers, sons --
corrupters! They have forsaken Jehovah, They have despised the Holy One of Israel,
They have gone away backward.
Isaiah 1 5
Why should you be beaten more, That you revolt more and more? The whole head is sick, And the whole heart faint.
Why should ye be smitten any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick,
and the whole heart faint.
Wherefore are ye stricken any more? Ye do add apostacy! Every head is become
diseased, and every heart [is] sick.
Isaiah 1 6
From the sole of the foot even to the head there is no soundness in it: Wounds, welts, and
open sores. They haven`t been closed, neither bandaged, neither soothed with oil.
From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in him; wounds, and
weals, and open sores: they have not been dressed, nor bound up, nor mollified with oil.
From the sole of the foot -- unto the head, There is no soundness in it, Wound, and bruise, and fresh smiting! They have not been closed nor bound, Nor have they softened with  ointment.
Isaiah 1 7
Your country is desolate. Your cities are burned with fire. Strangers devour your land in
your presence, And it is desolate, As overthrown by strangers.
Your country is desolate; your cities are burned with fire; your land, strangers eat it up
in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
Your land [is] a desolation, your cities burnt with fire, Your ground, before you
strangers are consuming it, And a desolation as overthrown by strangers!
Isaiah 1 8
The daughter of Zion is left as a booth in a vineyard, As a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, As a besieged city.
And the daughter of Zion is left, as a booth in a vineyard, as a night-lodge in a cucumber-
garden, as a besieged city.
And left hath been the daughter of Zion, As a booth in a vineyard, As a lodge in a
place of cucumbers -- as a city besieged.
Isaiah 1 9
Unless Yahweh of hosts had left to us a very small remnant, We would have been as Sodom; We would have been like Gomorrah.
Unless Jehovah of hosts had left us a very small residue, we should have been as Sodom, we
should have been like unto Gomorrah.
Unless Jehovah of Hosts had left to us a remnant, Shortly -- as Sodom we had been,
To Gomorrah we had been like!
Isaiah 1 10
Hear the word of Yahweh, you rulers of Sodom. Listen to the law of our God, you people of
Gomorrah.
Hear the word of Jehovah, rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, people of
Gomorrah!
Hear the word of Jehovah, ye rulers of Sodom, Give ear to the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah,
Isaiah 1 11
What are the multitude of your sacrifices to me?, says Yahweh. I have had enough of the burnt offerings of rams, And the fat of fed animals. I don`t delight in the blood of bulls, Or of lambs, Or of male goats.
To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith Jehovah. I am sated
with burnt-offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and in the blood of bullocks, and of
lambs, and of he-goats I take no pleasure.
`Why to Me the abundance of your sacrifices? saith Jehovah, I have been satiated
[with] burnt-offerings of rams, And fat of fatlings; And blood of bullocks, and
lambs, And he-goats I have not desired.
Isaiah 1 12
When you come to appear before me, Who has required this at your hand, to trample my courts?
When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this from your hand -- to tread my
courts?
When ye come in to appear before Me, Who hath required this of your hand, To trample My courts?
Isaiah 1 13
Bring no more vain offerings. Incense is an abomination to me; New moons, Sabbaths, and
convocations: I can`t bear with evil assemblies.
Bring no more vain oblations! Incense is an abomination unto me, -- new moon and
sabbath, the calling of convocations -- wickedness and the solemn meeting I cannot bear.
Add not to bring in a vain present, Incense -- an abomination it [is] to Me, New
moon, and sabbath, calling of convocation! Rendure not iniquity -- and a restraint!
Isaiah 1 14
My soul hates your New Moons and your appointed feasts; they are a trouble to me; I am weary of bearing them.
Your new moons and your set feasts my soul hateth: they are a burden to me; I am wearied
of bearing [them].
Your new moons and your set seasons hath My soul hated, They have been upon me
for a burden, I have been weary of bearing.
Isaiah 1 15
When you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; yes, when you make many
prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you; yea, when ye make
many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
And in your spreading forth your hands, I hide mine eyes from you, Also when ye
increase prayer, I do not hear, Your hands of blood have been full.
Isaiah 1 16
Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil;
Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; -- cease
to do evil,
Wash ye, make ye pure, Turn aside the evil of your doings, from before Mine eyes,
Cease to do evil, learn to do good.
Isaiah 1 17
learn to do well; seek justice, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the
widow.
learn to do well: seek judgment, gladden the oppressed, do justice to the fatherless, plead
for the widow.
Seek judgment, make happy the oppressed, Judge the fatherless, strive [for] the widow.
Isaiah 1 18
Come now, and let us reason together, says Yahweh: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Come now, let us reason together, saith Jehovah: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall
be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Come, I pray you, and we reason, saith Jehovah, If your sins are as scarlet, as snow
they shall be white, If they are red as crimson, as wool they shall be!
Isaiah 1 19
If you be willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land:
If ye be willing and hearken, ye shall eat the good of the land;
If ye are willing, and have hearkened, The good of the land ye consume,
Isaiah 1 20
but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured with the sword; for the mouth of Yahweh
has spoken it.
but if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of Jehovah
hath spoken.
And if ye refuse, and have rebelled, [By] the sword ye are consumed, For the mouth of Jehovah hath spoken.
Isaiah 1 21
How is the faithful city become a prostitute! she who was full of justice! righteousness
lodged in her, but now murderers.
How is the faithful city become a harlot! It was full of judgment; righteousness used to
lodge in it, but now murderers.
How hath a faithful city become a harlot? I have filled it [with] judgment, Righteousness  lodgeth in it -- now murderers.
Isaiah 1 22
Your silver is become dross, your wine mixed with water.
Thy silver is become dross, thy wine is mixed with water:
Thy silver hath become dross, Thy drink polluted with water.
Isaiah 1 23
Your princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves; everyone loves bribes, and follows
after rewards: they don`t judge the fatherless, neither does the cause of the widow come to them.
thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves; every one loveth presents, and
hunteth after rewards; they judge not the fatherless, and the cause of the widow cometh not unto them.
Thy princes [are] apostates, and companions of thieves, Every one loving a bribe, and pursuing rewards, The fatherless they judge not, And the plea of the widow cometh not to  them.
Isaiah 1 24
Therefore says the Lord, Yahweh of Hosts, the Mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of my
adversaries, and avenge me of my enemies;
Therefore saith the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel: Ah! I will ease me of
mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies.
Therefore -- the affirmation of the Lord -- Jehovah of Hosts, the Mighty One of
Israel: Ah, I am eased of Mine adversaries, And I am avenged of Mine enemies,
Isaiah 1 25
and I will turn my hand on you, and thoroughly purge away your dross, and will take away all your tin;
And I will turn my hand upon thee, and will thoroughly purge away thy dross, and take
away all thine alloy;
And I turn back My hand upon thee, And I refine as purity thy dross, And I turn
aside all thy tin,
Isaiah 1 26
and I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning:
afterward you shall be called The city of righteousness, a faithful town.
and I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning.
Afterwards thou shalt be called, Town of righteousness, Faithful city.
And I give back thy judges as at the first, And thy counsellors as in the beginning,
After this thou art called, `A city of righteousness -- a faithful city.`
Isaiah 1 27
Zion shall be redeemed with justice, and her converts with righteousness.
Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and they that return of her with righteousness.
Zion in judgment is redeemed, And her captivity in righteousness.
Isaiah 1 28
But the destruction of transgressors and sinners shall be together, and those who forsake
Yahweh shall be consumed.
But the ruin of the transgressors and of the sinners [shall be] together; and they that
forsake Jehovah shall be consumed.
And the destruction of transgressors and sinners [is] together, And those
forsaking Jehovah are consumed.
Isaiah 1 29
For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which you have desired, and you shall be confounded for the gardens that you have chosen.
For they shall be ashamed of the terebinths that ye have desired, and ye shall blush for
the gardens that ye have chosen.
For [men] are ashamed because of the oaks That ye have desired, And ye are
confounded because of the gardens That ye have chosen.
Isaiah 1 30
For you shall be as an oak whose leaf fades, and as a garden that has no water.
For ye shall be as a terebinth whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.
For ye are as an oak whose leaf is fading, And as a garden that hath no water.
Isaiah 1 31
The strong will be like tinder, and his work like a spark. They will both burn together,
and no one will quench them.
And the strong shall be for tow, and his work a spark; and they shall both burn together,
and there shall be none to quench [them].
And the strong hath been for tow, And his work for a spark, And burned have both
of them together, And there is none quenching!
Isaiah 2 1
The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
The thing that Isaiah son of Amoz hath seen concerning Judah and Jerusalem:
Isaiah 2 2
It shall happen in the latter days, that the mountain of Yahweh`s house shall be established
on the top of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; and all nations shall flow to
it.
And it shall come to pass in the end of days, [that] the mountain of Jehovah`s house shall
be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all
the nations shall flow unto it.
And it hath come to pass, In the latter end of the days, Established is the mount of Jehovah`s house, Above the top of the mounts, And it hath been lifted up above the heights, And  flowed unto it have all the nations.
Isaiah 2 3
Many peoples shall go and say, Come you, and let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his  paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem.
And many peoples shall go and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah, to
the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his
paths. For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and Jehovah`s word from Jerusalem.
And gone have many peoples and said, `Come, and we go up unto the mount of
Jehovah, Unto the house of the God of Jacob, And He doth teach us of His ways, And
we walk in His paths, For from Zion goeth forth a law, And a word of Jehovah from Jerusalem.
Isaiah 2 4
He will judge between the nations, and will decide concerning many peoples; and they shall
beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not
lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall reprove many peoples; and they shall
forge their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-knives: nation shall
not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
And He hath judged between the nations, And hath given a decision to many
peoples, And they have beat their swords to ploughshares, And their spears to
pruning-hooks, Nation doth not lift up sword unto nation, Nor do they learn any more -- war.
Isaiah 2 5
House of Jacob, come, and let us walk in the light of Yahweh.
House of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of Jehovah.
O house of Jacob, come, And we walk in the light of Jehovah.`
Isaiah 2 6
For you have forsaken your people the house of Jacob, because they are filled [with customs] from the east, and [are] soothsayers like the Philistines, and they clasp hands with the children of foreigners.
For thou hast cast off thy people, the house of Jacob, because they are filled [with what
comes] from the east, and use auguries like the Philistines, and ally themselves with the
children of foreigners.
For Thou hast left Thy people, the house of Jacob. For they have been filled from
the east, And [are] sorcerers like the Philistines, And with the children of strangers strike hands.
Isaiah 2 7
Their land is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land
also is full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots.
And their land is full of silver and gold, and there is no end of their treasures: their land
also is full of horses, and there is no end of their chariots.
And its land is full of silver and gold, And there is no end to its treasures, And its
land is full of horses, And there is no end to its chariots,
Isaiah 2 8
Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their
own fingers have made.
And their land is full of idols; they bow themselves down to the work of their own hands,
to that which their fingers have made.
And its land is full of idols, To the work of its hands it boweth itself, To that which its fingers have made,
Isaiah 2 9
Man is bowed down, and mankind is humbled; therefore don`t forgive them.
And the mean man shall be bowed down, and the great man shall be brought low: and do
not thou forgive them!
And the low boweth down, and the high is humbled, And Thou acceptest them not.
Isaiah 2 10
Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust, from before the terror of Yahweh, and from the
glory of his majesty.
Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, from before the terror of Jehovah, and
from the glory of his majesty.
Enter into a rock, and be hidden in dust, Because of the fear of Jehovah, And
because of the honour of His excellency.
Isaiah 2 11
The lofty looks of man shall be brought low, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and Yahweh alone shall be exalted in that day.
The lofty eyes of man shall be brought low, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed
down, and Jehovah alone shall be exalted in that day.
The haughty eyes of man have been humbled, And bowed down hath been the
loftiness of men, And set on high hath Jehovah alone been in that day.
Isaiah 2 12
For there shall be a day of Yahweh of Hosts on all that is proud and haughty, and on all
that is lifted up; and it shall be brought low;
For there shall be a day of Jehovah of hosts upon everything proud and lofty, and upon
everything lifted up, and it shall be brought low;
For a day [is] to Jehovah of Hosts, For every proud and high one, And for every lifted up and low one,
Isaiah 2 13
and on all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and on all the oaks of Bashan, and upon all the cedars of Lebanon, high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan;
And for all cedars of Lebanon, The high and the exalted ones, And for all oaks of
Bashan,
Isaiah 2 14
and on all the high mountains, and on all the hills that are lifted up,
and upon all the lofty mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up;
And for all the high mountains, And for all the exalted heights,
Isaiah 2 15
and on every lofty tower, and on every fortified wall,
and upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall;
And for every high tower, And for every fenced wall,
Isaiah 2 16
and on all the ships of Tarshish, and on all pleasant imagery.
and upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant works of art.
And for all ships of Tarshish, And for all desirable pictures.
Isaiah 2 17
The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be brought
low; and Yahweh alone shall be exalted in that day.
And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be
brought low; and Jehovah alone shall be exalted in that day:
And bowed down hath been the haughtiness of man, And humbled the loftiness of
men, And set on high hath Jehovah alone been in that day.
Isaiah 2 18
The idols shall utterly pass away.
and the idols shall utterly pass away.
And the idols -- they completely pass away.
Isaiah 2 19
Men shall go into the caves of the rocks, and into the holes of the earth, from before the
terror of Yahweh, and from the glory of his majesty, when he arises to shake mightily the
earth.
And they shall go into the caves of the rocks, and into the holes of the earth, from before
the terror of Jehovah, and from the glory of his majesty, when he shall arise to terrify the
earth.
And [men] have entered into caverns of rocks, And into caves of dust, Because of the fear of Jehovah, And because of the honour of His excellency, In His rising to terrify the earth.
Isaiah 2 20
In that day men shall cast away their idols of silver, and their idols of gold, which have
been made for them to worship, to the moles and to the bats;
In that day men shall cast away their idols of silver and their idols of gold, which they
made [each] for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats;
In that day doth man cast his idols of silver, And his idols of gold, That they have
made for him to worship, To moles, and to bats,
Isaiah 2 21
to go into the caverns of the rocks, and into the clefts of the ragged rocks, from before the
terror of Yahweh, and from the glory of his majesty, when he arises to shake mightily the
earth.
to go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the fissures of the cliffs, from before the terror
of Jehovah, and from the glory of his majesty, when he shall arise to terrify the earth.
To enter into cavities of the rocks, And into clefts of the high places, Because of the fear of Jehovah, And because of the honour of His excellency, In His rising to terrify the earth.
Isaiah 2 22
Cease you from man, whose breath is in his nostrils; for wherein is he to be accounted of?
Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils; for what account is to be made of him?
Cease for you from man, Whose breath [is] in his nostrils, For -- in what is he esteemed?
Isaiah 3 1
For, behold, the Lord, Yahweh of Hosts, does take away from Jerusalem and from Judah stay and staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water;
For behold, the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, will take away from Jerusalem and from Judah stay
and staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water,
For, lo, the Lord, Jehovah of Hosts, Is turning aside from Jerusalem, And from
Judah, stay and staff, Every stay of bread, and every stay of water.
Isaiah 3 2
the mighty man, and the man of war; the judge, and the prophet, and the diviner, and the
elder;
the mighty man and the man of war, the judge and the prophet, and the diviner and the
elder,
Hero and man of war, judge and prophet, And diviner and elder,
Isaiah 3 3
the captain of fifty, and the honorable man, and the counselor, and the expert artificer, and
the skillful enchanter.
the captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the clever among
artificers, and the one versed in enchantments.
Head of fifty, and accepted of faces, And counsellor, and the wise of artificers, And the intelligent of charmers.
Isaiah 3 4
I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.
And I will appoint youths as their princes, and children shall rule over them.
And I have made youths their heads, And sucklings rule over them.
Isaiah 3 5
The people shall be oppressed, everyone by another, and everyone by his neighbor: the child shall behave himself proudly against the old man, and the base against the honorable.
And the people shall be oppressed one by the other, and each by his neighbour; the child
will be insolent against the elder, and the base against the honourable.
And the people hath exacted -- man upon man, Even a man on his neighbour,
Enlarge themselves do the youths against the aged, And the lightly esteemed
against the honoured.
Isaiah 3 6
When a man shall take hold of his brother in the house of his father, [saying], You have
clothing, be you our ruler, and let this ruin be under your hand;
When a man shall take hold of his brother, in his father`s house, [and shall say:] Thou hast
clothing; be our chief, and let this ruin be under thy hand;
When one layeth hold on his brother, [Of] the house of his father, [by] the garment,
`Come, a ruler thou art to us, And this ruin [is] under thy hand.`
Isaiah 3 7
in that day shall he lift up [his voice], saying, I will not be a healer; for in my house is
neither bread nor clothing: you shall not make me ruler of the people.
he will lift up [his hand] in that day, saying, I cannot be a healer, and in my house there
is neither bread nor clothing; ye shall not make me a chief of the people.
He lifteth up, in that day, saying: `I am not a binder up, And in my house is
neither bread nor garment, Ye do not make me a ruler of the people.`
Isaiah 3 8
For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen; because their tongue and their doings are
against Yahweh, to provoke the eyes of his glory.
For Jerusalem stumbleth and Judah falleth, because their tongue and their doings are
against Jehovah, to provoke the eyes of his glory.
For stumbled hath Jerusalem, and Judah hath fallen, For their tongue and their
doings [are] against Jehovah, To provoke the eyes of His glory.
Isaiah 3 9
The show of their face testifies against them. They declare their sin as Sodom. They don`t
hide it. Woe to their soul! For they have done evil to themselves.
The look of their face doth witness against them, and they declare their sin as Sodom:
they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have brought evil upon themselves.
The appearance of their faces witnessed against them, And their sin, as Sodom,
they declared, They have not hidden! Wo to their soul, For they have done to
themselves evil.
Isaiah 3 10
Say you of the righteous, that [it shall be] well [with him]; for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
Say ye of the righteous that it shall be well [with him], for they shall eat the fruit of their
doings.
Say ye to the righteous, that [it is] good, Because the fruit of their doings they eat.
Isaiah 3 11
Woe to the wicked! [it shall be] ill [with him]; for what his hands have done shall be done to
him.
Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill [with him], because the desert of his hands shall be rendered unto him.
Wo to the wicked -- evil, Because the deed of his hand is done to him.
Isaiah 3 12
As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. My people,
those who lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths.
[As for] my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. My people!
they that guide thee mislead [thee], and destroy the way of thy paths.
My people -- its exactors [are] sucklings, And women have ruled over it. My people
-- thy eulogists are causing to err, And the way of thy paths swallowed up.
Isaiah 3 13
Yahweh stands up to contend, and stands to judge the peoples.
Jehovah setteth himself to plead, and standeth to judge the peoples.
Jehovah hath stood up to plead, And He is standing to judge the peoples.
Isaiah 3 14
Yahweh will enter into judgment with the elders of his people, and the princes of it: It is you who have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses:
Jehovah will enter into judgment with the elders of his people and their princes,
[saying:] It is ye that have eaten up the vineyard: the spoil of the poor is in your houses.
Jehovah into judgment doth enter With elders of His people, and its heads: `And
ye, ye have consumed the vineyard, Plunder of the poor [is] in your houses.
Isaiah 3 15
what do you mean that you crush my people, and grind the face of the poor? says the Lord,
Yahweh of Hosts.
What mean ye that ye crush my people, and grind the faces of the afflicted? saith the
Lord, Jehovah of hosts.
What -- to you? ye bruise My people, And the faces of the poor ye grind.` An
affirmation of the Lord, Jehovah of Hosts, And Jehovah saith:
Isaiah 3 16
Moreover Yahweh said, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with
outstretched necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a  tinkling with their feet;
And Jehovah said, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched-
out neck and wanton eyes, and go along mincing, and making a tinkling with their feet;
`Because that daughters of Zion have been haughty, And they walk stretching out
the neck, And deceiving [with] the eyes, Walking and mincing they go, And with
their feet they make a tinkling,
Isaiah 3 17
therefore the Lord will strike with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and Yahweh will lay bare their secret parts.
therefore the Lord will make bald the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and
Jehovah will lay bare their secret parts.
The Lord also hath scabbed The crown of the head of daughters of Zion, And
Jehovah their simplicity exposeth.
Isaiah 3 18
In that day the Lord will take away the beauty of their anklets, and the headbands, and the
crescents;
In that day the Lord will take away the ornament of anklets, and the little suns and
crescents,
In that day doth the Lord turn aside The beauty of the tinkling ornaments, And of
the embroidered works, And of the round tires like moons,
Isaiah 3 19
the pendants, and the bracelets, and the mufflers;
the pearl-drops, and the bracelets, and the veils,
Of the drops, and the bracelets, and the mufflers,
Isaiah 3 20
the headdresses, and the ankle chains, and the sashes, and the perfume-boxes, and the amulets;
the head-dresses, and the stepping chains, and the girdles, and the scent-boxes, and the
amulets;
Of the bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, And of the bands, And of the
perfume boxes, and the amulets,
Isaiah 3 21
the rings, and the nose-jewels;
the finger-rings, and the nose-rings;
Of the seals, and of the nose-rings,
Isaiah 3 22
the festival robes, and the mantles, and the shawls, and the satchels;
the festival-robes, and the tunics, and the mantles, and the wallets;
Of the costly apparel, and of the mantles, And of the coverings, and of the purses,
Isaiah 3 23
the hand-mirrors, and the fine linen, and the turbans, and the veils.
the mirrors, and the fine linen bodices, and the turbans, and the flowing veils.
Of the mirrors, and of the linen garments, And of the hoods, and of the vails,
Isaiah 3 24
It shall happen that instead of sweet spices there shall be rottenness; and instead of a belt, a
rope; and instead of well set hair, baldness; and instead of a robe, a girding of sackcloth;
branding instead of beauty.
And it shall come to pass, instead of perfume there shall be rottenness; and instead of a
girdle, a rope; and instead of well-set hair, baldness; and instead of a robe of display, a
girding of sackcloth; brand instead of beauty.
And it hath been, instead of spice is muck, And instead of a girdle, a rope, And
instead of curled work, baldness, And instead of a stomacher a girdle of sackcloth.
Isaiah 3 25
Your men shall fall by the sword, and your mighty in the war.
Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the fight;
For instead of glory, thy men by sword do fall, And thy might in battle.
Isaiah 3 26
Her gates shall lament and mourn; and she shall be desolate and sit on the ground.
and her gates shall lament and mourn; and, stripped, she shall sit upon the ground.
And lamented and mourned have her openings, Yea, she hath been emptied, on the
earth she sitteth!
Isaiah 4 1
Seven women shall take hold of one man in that day, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own clothing: only let us be called by your name; take away our reproach.
And seven women shall take hold of one man in that day, saying, Our own bread will we
eat, and with our own garments will we be clothed; only let us be called by thy name; --
take away our reproach!
And taken hold have seven women on one man, In that day, saying, `Our own bread
we do eat, And our own raiment we put on, Only, let thy name be called over us,
Remove thou our reproach.`
Isaiah 4 2
In that day shall the branch of Yahweh be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be excellent and comely for those who are escaped of Israel.
In that day there shall be a sprout of Jehovah for beauty and glory, and the fruit of the
earth for excellency and for ornament for those that are escaped of Israel.
In that day is the Shoot of Jehovah for desire and for honour, And the fruit of the
earth For excellence and for beauty to the escaped of Israel.
Isaiah 4 3
It shall happen, that he who is left in Zion, and he who remains in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even everyone who is written among the living in Jerusalem;
And it shall come to pass that he who remaineth in Zion, and he that is left in Jerusalem,
shall be called holy, -- every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem;
And it hath been, he who is left in Zion, And he who is remaining in Jerusalem,
`Holy` is said of him, Of every one who is written for life in Jerusalem.
Isaiah 4 4
when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst of it, by the spirit of justice, and by the spirit of burning.
when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have
scoured out the blood of Jerusalem from its midst, by the spirit of judgment, and by the
spirit of burning.
If the Lord hath washed away The filth of daughters of Zion, And the blood of
Jerusalem purgeth from her midst, By the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.
Isaiah 4 5
Yahweh will create over the whole habitation of Mount Zion, and over her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory [shall be spread] a covering.
And Jehovah will create over every dwelling-place of mount Zion, and over its
convocations, a cloud by day and a smoke, and the brightness of a flame of fire by night:
for over all the glory shall be a covering.
Then hath Jehovah prepared Over every fixed place of Mount Zion, And over her
convocations, A cloud by day, and smoke, And the shining of a flaming fire by
night, That, over all honour a safe-guard,
Isaiah 4 6
There shall be a pavilion for a shade in the day-time from the heat, and for a refuge and for a covert from storm and from rain.
And there shall be a tabernacle for shade by day from the heat, and for a shelter and for a
covert from storm and from rain.
And a covering may be, For a shadow by day from drought, And for a refuge, and
for a hiding place, From inundation and from rain!

Study Questions
Who did Israel provoke ______________? 1:4

The LORD called Israel to __________________? 1:18

With what shall Zion be redeemed? 1:27

Why hide? 2:10

Why will the daughters of Zion be stricken? 3:16-17

What will be substituted for a sweet smell? 3:24

The LORD will create? 4:5



The World English Bible


Oct. 27
1 Thessalonians 4

1Th 4:1 Finally then, brothers, we beg and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, that you abound more and more.
1Th 4:2 For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
1Th 4:3 For this is the will of God: your sanctification, that you abstain from sexual immorality,
1Th 4:4 that each one of you know how to possess himself of his own vessel in sanctification and honor,
1Th 4:5 not in the passion of lust, even as the Gentiles who don't know God;
1Th 4:6 that no one should take advantage of and wrong a brother or sister in this matter; because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as also we forewarned you and testified.
1Th 4:7 For God called us not for uncleanness, but in sanctification.
1Th 4:8 Therefore he who rejects this doesn't reject man, but God, who has also given his Holy Spirit to you.
1Th 4:9 But concerning brotherly love, you have no need that one write to you. For you yourselves are taught by God to love one another,
1Th 4:10 for indeed you do it toward all the brothers who are in all Macedonia. But we exhort you, brothers, that you abound more and more;
1Th 4:11 and that you make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, even as we instructed you;
1Th 4:12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and may have need of nothing.
1Th 4:13 But we don't want you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning those who have fallen asleep, so that you don't grieve like the rest, who have no hope.
1Th 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.
1Th 4:15 For this we tell you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left to the coming of the Lord, will in no way precede those who have fallen asleep.
1Th 4:16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with God's trumpet. The dead in Christ will rise first,
1Th 4:17 then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. So we will be with the Lord forever.
1Th 4:18 Therefore comfort one another with these words. 



 
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1 Thessalonians

 
1 Thessalonians 4 1
Finally then, brothers, we beg and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that, as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, -- that you abound more and more.
For the rest, then, brethren, we beg you and exhort you in [the] Lord Jesus, even as ye
have received from us how ye ought to walk and please God, even as ye also do walk, that
ye would abound still more.
As to the rest, then, brethren, we request you, and call upon you in the Lord Jesus,
as ye did receive from us how it behoveth you to walk and to please God, that ye
may abound the more,
1 Thessalonians 4 2
For you know what charge we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
For ye know what charges we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
for ye have known what commands we gave you through the Lord Jesus,
1 Thessalonians 4 3
For this is the will of God: your sanctification, that you abstain from sexual immorality,
For this is [the] will of God, [even] your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication;
for this is the will of God -- your sanctification; that ye abstain from the whoredom,
1 Thessalonians 4 4
that each one of you know how to possess himself of his own vessel in sanctification and  honor,
that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honour,
that each of you know his own vessel to possess in sanctification and honour,
1 Thessalonians 4 5
not in the passion of lust, even as the Gentiles who don`t know God;
(not in passionate desire, even as the nations who know not God,)
not in the affection of desire, as also the nations that were not knowing God,
1 Thessalonians 4 6
that no one should take advantage of and wrong a brother or sister in this matter; because theLord is an avenger in all these things, as also we forewarned you and testified.
not overstepping the rights of and wronging his brother in the matter, because the Lord
[is] the avenger of all these things, even as we also told you before, and have fully testified.
that no one go beyond and defraud in the matter his brother, because an avenger
[is] the Lord of all these, as also we spake before to you and testified,
1 Thessalonians 4 7
For God called us not for uncleanness, but in sanctification.
For God has not called us to uncleanness, but in sanctification.
for God did not call us on uncleanness, but in sanctification;
1 Thessalonians 4 8
Therefore he who rejects, doesn`t reject man, but God, who has also given his Holy Spirit to  you.
He therefore that [in this] disregards [his brother], disregards, not man, but God, who has given also his Holy Spirit to you.
he, therefore, who is despising -- doth not despise man, but God, who also did give His Holy Spirit to us.
1 Thessalonians 4 9
But concerning brotherly love, you have no need that one write to you. For you yourselves are taught by God to love one another,
Now concerning brotherly love ye have no need that we should write to you, for ye
yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
And concerning the brotherly love, ye have no need of [my] writing to you, for ye
yourselves are God-taught to love one another,
1 Thessalonians 4 10
for indeed you do it toward all the brothers who are in all Macedonia. But we exhort you,
brothers, that you abound more and more;
For also ye do this towards all the brethren in the whole of Macedonia; but we exhort you,
brethren, to abound still more,
for ye do it also to all the brethren who [are] in all Macedonia; and we call upon
you, brethren, to abound still more,
1 Thessalonians 4 11
and that you make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, even as we charged you;
and to seek earnestly to be quiet and mind your own affairs, and work with your [own]
hands, even as we charged you,
and to study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own
hands, as we did command you,
1 Thessalonians 4 12
that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and may have need of nothing.
that ye may walk reputably towards those without, and may have need of no one.
that ye may walk becomingly unto those without, and may have lack of nothing.
1 Thessalonians 4 13
But we don`t want you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning those who have fallen asleep, so that you don`t grieve like the rest, who have no hope.
But we do not wish you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them that are fallen asleep,
to the end that ye be not grieved even as also the rest who have no hope.
And I do not wish you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen
asleep, that ye may not sorrow, as also the rest who have not hope,
1 Thessalonians 4 14
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so those who have fallen asleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
For if we believe that Jesus has died and has risen again, so also God will bring with him
those who have fallen asleep through Jesus.
for if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, so also God those asleep through
Jesus he will bring with him,
1 Thessalonians 4 15
For this we tell you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left to the coming of the Lord, will in no way precede those who have fallen asleep.
(For this we say to you in [the] word of [the] Lord, that *we*, the living, who remain to the
coming of the Lord, are in no way to anticipate those who have fallen asleep;
for this to you we say in the word of the Lord, that we who are living -- who do
remain over to the presence of the Lord -- may not precede those asleep,
1 Thessalonians 4 16
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with God`s trumpet. The dead in Christ will rise first,
for the Lord himself, with an assembling shout, with archangel`s voice and with trump of
God, shall descend from heaven; and the dead in Christ shall rise first;
because the Lord himself, in a shout, in the voice of a chief-messenger, and in the
trump of God, shall come down from heaven, and the dead in Christ shall rise first,
1 Thessalonians 4 17
then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. So we will be with the Lord forever.
then *we*, the living who remain, shall be caught up together with them in [the] clouds,
to meet the Lord in [the] air; and thus we shall be always with [the] Lord.
then we who are living, who are remaining over, together with them shall be
caught away in clouds to meet the Lord in air, and so always with the Lord we shall be;
1 Thessalonians 4 18
Therefore comfort one another with these words.
So encourage one another with these words.)
so, then, comfort ye one another in these words.


Study Questions

The will of God is? 4:3

God has called us to? 4:7

What shall precede our meeting Christ in the air at His coming? 4:17,18