11/9/13

From Ben Fronczek.... Jesus Said, “Don't Worry”







Jesus Said, “Don't Worry”


Jesus Discusses Worry



I read something about worry this week that I thought was interesting. It made a lot of sense. Someone wrote this. “Worry is a thin stream of fear that trickles through the mind. If encouraged it cuts a wide channel that drains away all other thoughts.” Isn’t that so true? If you allow that worry to linger and if you encourage that worry in your heart, then all other constructive thoughts are taken out of your mind. So, the Lord tells us not to worry. Even though the Lord says we are not to worry the fact of the matter is we do a whole lot of worrying, don’t we?

But then there is another side: I heard this story: A young boy was driving a hayrack down the road when the wagon fell over in front of a farmer’s house. The farmer came out, saw the young boy crying and said, “Son, don’t worry about this, we can fix it. Right now dinner’s ready. Why don’t you come in and eat with us and then I’ll help you put the hay back on the rack.”
The boy said, “No, I can’t. My father is going to be very angry with me.” The farmer said, “Now don’t worry, just come in and have some lunch and you’ll feel better.” The boy said, “I’m just afraid my father is going to be very angry with me.”
The farmer and the young boy went inside and had dinner. Afterwards, as they walked outside to the hayrack, the farmer said, “Now, son, don’t you feel better after that great meal?”
The boy said, “Yes but I just know that my father will be very angry with me.” The farmer said, “Nonsense. Where is your father anyway?” The boy said, “He’s under that wagon.”

I guess some things are worth worrying about. Surveys have been taken and they reveals that only 8 out of a hundred thing that we worry about are really worth our concern. But people in our society today are worried about everything. Fear has gripped people’s hearts and paralyzed them.   

People are anxious about:
 
- How they look – What they are wearing 
– How much money they have in the bank 
– Rising gas prices 
– Falling stock prices 
– falling home values 
– Foreclosures 
–Job security 
– Even, Are their children going to turn out right

They worry about:
- The government 
-Their Health 
– Who they will marry 
– If they are married, how long it will last 
– even the end of the world.

This has led to all sorts of health issues:
Sleeplessness 
– Tension headaches 
– Frustration 
– Irritability 
– High blood pressure 
– Ulcers 
– Heart disease
– Inability to relax.

How unfortunate that Christians have joined the ranks of those who worry and fret about everything. We have taken our cue from the world around us.
We have allowed Satan to defeat us and cause us to stumble. Instead of trusting in the power, provision and protection of our sovereign God we have grown use to living anxiety plagued lives. In our text, Jesus’ command is meant to keep his followers from getting hurt. Worry hurts. It affects people and their relationship. It strangles us. It chokes us.  It destroys faith. It leads to a lot of trouble.

In Matthew 6:25 Jesus said,  

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?”

The Lord Jesus is emphatic in trying to get this point across to His children. Throughout this section of Scripture He commands that we are not to be anxious. Over and over He says, DO NOT WORRY {OR BE ANXIOUS}
Medical doctors will tell you that worry inflicts both physical and psychological damage. What’s far worse than both of those outcomes is the fact that worry is sin. When we worry we are displaying unbelief in our Heavenly Father’s ability to care for us. Jesus is saying, “Stop Worrying!”  Literally: “Do not even start!”
In our text, what does Jesus tell us not to worry about?  Food, or what we will drink, What we will wear, how long we are going to live, our future. In out text Jesus provides three suggestions for a worry-free life. Notice that these  suggestions require attitude, life, and value adjustments. It requires repentance, seeking divine help, and an honest to goodness evaluation of our lives.

1. So first of all one needs to MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION. WHO YOU ARE GOING TO SERVE
The “therefore” in verse 25 refers back to what Jesus said in the previous text. 
In verse 24 He said
, 24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

So first of all we need to make a decision who we are going to serve. Ultimately, who we serve will determine whether we turn out to be worriers or worshippers.  A worry-free life is first of all the result of making the right decision as to who and what is going to be the most important and primary focus in my life. If you trust in your material possessions and money you are going to have a life full of worry and concern because there is no stability when you build your life on things that are here today and can be gone tomorrow.

2. WE NEED TO TRUST IN THE FATHER (6:26, 32)  Someone once wrote, wrote, “Worry is the warning light that God is really not first in my life.”
Twice in the text, Jesus points to the heavenly Father as reason for not worrying. God and His love and ability far exceed our ability and understanding and offers security.  

Prov. 3:5-6  
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

If you think about it having Father in Heaven who is God of the universe, and always being worried sick about everything is silly. Why should we worry when our heavenly Father owns all and controls all? Jesus points out the obvious, “worry is useless.” It is a futile exercise, a total waste of time, of effort, of energy. What does he say in verse 27? He said you can’t add a single hour to your life by worrying. We need to believe God’s Word and trust His promises He has given us:
 
In Phil. 4:19 Paul writes,
 “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

Do you believe that?  I think that there are many followers of Christ who need to re-discover Father God. He is not like some of our earthly fathers who were flawed, uncaring, unable, maybe even undependable. Our Father in Heaven is not like that. He know you and loves you and promises to work all things out for the benefit of those who love Him (Romans 8:28)  In this text Jesus lets us know that He knows exactly what we need. He said ‘Don’t you think that if the Father cares for the birds of the air and the plants of the field that He not going to take care you and me; His sons, and daughters who are created in His very image?’  We need to wake up to the reality that we really have a God and Father in Heaven who cares for us and our needs.

#3. And then WE NEED TO GET OUR OWN PRIOERITIES RIGHT (6:33)
In vs. 6:33 Jesus tells us that instead of worrying about food, water, clothes and the like, we should seek out God’s kingdom and righteousness. This is not a new theme that Jesus introduces here, rather we find this throughout the Sermon on the Mount. To care for God’s business and understand His ways will assure us that God will take care for you. So again, Jesus raises the bar. He said,  ‘People who do not know God run after and worry about these other things, but you are different. Pursue God’s kingdom, make it a priority, make it your ambition, make it your goal..’  

So what does it mean to seek His kingdom above all?
I think first of all we need to wake up to the reality of God’s kingdom. That there is more to life than what we can hears, see, touch, taste, and smell. There is a whole spiritual realm that is infinitely more broad and complex than our little world. And our God and Father is lord over it all and wants us to enjoy it’s blessings; if we will only open our eyes and seek Him. And He made it all available to us thru Jesus and what He did on the cross. We can become a active part of that Kingdom if we accept Jesus sacrifice for us, allow Him to remove our sin in the waters of baptism, and continue to trust Him as Lord. To seek God’s righteousness involves wanting God’s righteousness. It is a gift He offers us. As a Christian we should want it. We should want it to please God and help ourselves become what we were meant to be. We should want to see God’s righteousness demonstrated in our own life as we ministering to the poor, the weak, those sick.  I should desire that every department of my life be placed under His care, direction, and plan; my home, my marriage, my family, in my work, my relationships, my finances, future, and so on.

Conclusion:
Worry is attitude unbecoming of the child of God. Worship is better. To fret is a useless endeavor. To believe is better. If you have lived in worry, it is time to make some important changes. Make the right decision. “When you take care of God’s business you can rest assured God will take care of your personal business.”

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From Jim McGuiggan... Paul's Use of the Term "Israel"

Paul's Use of the Term "Israel"

Does Paul use the word Jew or Israel to speak of non-Jews? I don't think he does. Let's take a look at the book of Romans. "Jew" occurs eleven times, "Israel" occurs eleven times and "Israelite" occurs twice. Out of these twenty-four occurrences only two are disputed. They're in 2:28-29 and 11:26. There is 9:6, of course, which has a varied history in the dispute.

I'm of the opinion that when Paul uses either word he means a physical descendant of Abraham through Jacob. But there are some Jews (as just defined) who have the faith of Abraham and have faith in Jesus Christ and some that have neither. A Messianic Jew is a physical Jew that has faith in Jesus Christ. He is an Israelite. The non-believing Jew is also an Israelite.

9:6 says that not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. There are some that have descended from Israel (Jacob) who are not Israel. He doesn't say, "physical Israel isn't Israel." He says, "not all physical Israelites are Israel." But notice that he is speaking of physical Jews!

The word "Israel" is understood by many to mean "true Israel" by which they mean the non-ethnic, cosmopolitan Christian church. But this is out of touch with Paul's aim in chapters 9—11, which is to vindicate God's faithfulness. The claim is that God made promises to physical Israel and if Paul's gospel is true then God has been faithless. And why is that? Because according to Paul the mass of Israel is unsaved. Part of Paul's response is 9:6. He insists that not all physical Jews are part of Israel because it takes more than Jacob's flesh to constitute (true) Israel. Not all Abraham's descendants were his children (9:7-8). A true Israelite is a descendant of Abraham through Jacob that has the faith of Abraham. Acts 3:22-23 says that Jews who reject the Messiah will be "cut off from among his people."

Paul agreed with his Master (John 8:31-44) that there are Jews and Jews, Abraham's children and Abraham's children. Christ said he knew his critics were Abraham's children and then he goes on to deny that they are Abraham's children and that someone else was their father. Gentiles are nowhere near either John 8 or Romans 9:6-7.

This lays the groundwork for Romans 2:28-29. The real Jew, Paul insists, is the Jew that lives out the meaning of circumcision. We need to remember what Paul is doing in this section of Romans. He has shown that the Gentiles are under condemnation for sin and now he is bringing Israel under judgement. In this section he is showing that Israel, physical Jews, have bragged on possessing the Torah, the Sabbath and circumcision but it was all external to them because they didn't have the torah written on their hearts. In this section when Paul implicitly denies their Jewish status it's on moral and spiritual grounds. The prophet Ezekiel insisted that his Jewish peers were Amorites and Hittites (16:45). They were Israel but they weren't "true" Israelites. Neither the prophet nor Paul was saying that others were Israelites. They were denying that external Israellites were (true) Israelites.

The other text in dispute is Romans 11:26. In 11:2 Elijah appeals against Israel and in 11:7 what Israel sought she failed to get. In 11:11 God brings in Gentiles to make Israel jealous and Paul calls them his "own people" in contrast to Gentiles (11:14). Gentiles are warned not to dismiss Israel because God hasn't jettisoned them. He would do the same to Gentiles if they turned to unbelief and he will save Israel if they come to faith (11:13-24). And how does he explain in 11:25-26 the Jewish rejection of the Messiah and the consequences that flowed from it? "Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved." (See 11:7 on the hardening of Israel.) 11:28-31 continues to contrast Gentiles with "them".

To accept that "Israel" all the way through this section speaks of physical Israelites and then to make 11:26 a figurative, non-ethnic and cosmopolitan church is too difficult to swallow. And when we remember that "all Israel will be saved" is part of Paul's defense of God's faithfulness to his promises to Israel (see 9:1-6) we must allow "Israel" to be "Israel".

For Paul "Israel" was divided into two. Those who were Israel after the flesh and who rejected the Messiah and those who were Israel and had the faith of Abraham who believed that God could give life to the dead (see Romans 4:18-25). The non-believing and believing Israel were both Israel as you can see simply by reading the texts.

So what does he mean when he says, "all Israel will be saved"? Scholars like N.T. Wright say that "Israel" in that text is the New Covenant people regardless of ethnic background. I don't think that's correct. The Gentiles are tempted to arrogance, believing that God has dumped the people he made promises to (Israel—9:1-5) just to let them in (11:19). Paul insists that God has never been faithless to Israel and that not a single Israelite would be lost because the Messiah came from them to save them (11:26-29). But the true Israelite was an Israelite that was not only physically kin to the patriarchs but one who had their faith (see 9:5). All of these—without exception—will be saved. More on this later with a brief look at Galatians 6:16. See All Israel will be saved (1).


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From Mark Copeland... Spiritual Maturity In Christ (Colossians 2:1-8)


                     "THE EPISTLE TO THE COLOSSIANS"

                  Spiritual Maturity In Christ (2:1-8)

INTRODUCTION

1. In Col 1:28-29, we saw that Paul's primary goal in his labors was to
   "present every man perfect in Christ Jesus."  That is, that they be
   "spiritually mature in Christ."

2. This being the case, we are not surprised to find Paul now writing to
   the Colossians of:
   a. His great concern for them - Col 2:1-3
   b. The reason for this concern - Col 2:4-5
   c. Some exhortations in light of his concern - Col 2:6-8

3. From these eight verses, there are a couple of things we can glean
   concerning the subject of "Spiritual Maturity In Christ"

[First, from verses 1-5 we can take note of several...]

I. INDICATIONS OF SPIRITUAL MATURITY (1-5)

   A. A DEEP CONCERN FOR OUR BRETHREN IN CHRIST (1)
      1. Remember that Paul is an example of spiritual maturity and thus
         worthy of our emulation - 1Co 11:1
      2. We see that he had a concern for his brethren (notice 2Co 11:
         28-29 also), even for those he personally had not seen!
      3. Epaphras likewise demonstrated this "mark" of maturity - Col 4:
         12-13
      4. Do we have such concern for our brethren?

   B. A HEART THAT IS ENCOURAGED (2)
      1. The KJV uses the word "comforted"
      2. It is the Will of God that we serve Him with hearts that are
         full of comfort and encouragement
         a. Such was the concern of Jesus - Lk 21:34; Jn 14:1,27
         b. Such was the frequent prayer of Paul - 2Th 2:16-17
      3. A "troubled, anxious heart" is not the mark of a mature
         Christian!
      4. Consider the example of Paul in facing impending death - 2 Ti4:6-8,17-18

   C. A HEART KNIT TOGETHER IN LOVE WITH OTHER CHRISTIANS (2)
      1. I.e., a love similar to that experienced by David and Jonathan 
         - 1 Sa 18:1
      2. The brethren at Colosse were well on their way in this regard 
         - Col 1:4
      3. How about us?  Are we developing hearts "knit together in
         love"?

   D. A FULL ASSURANCE OF UNDERSTANDING (2)
      1. Similar to having hearts that are encouraged, we need to have a
         strong assurance concerning ourselves and our salvation!
      2. Of course, this assurance comes as we increase our
         "understanding" concerning the basis of our salvation
      3. Indeed, the Word of God was so written to increase that
         understanding, and provide the assurance of our salvation 
         - 1Jn 5:13; 3:19; note also Ro 15:4
      4. As one matures in Christ, this "assurance" will increase, and
         it is indeed one of the "riches" we have in Christ!

   E. A KNOWLEDGE OF THE MYSTERY OF GOD (2)
      1. I.e., an understanding of the gospel, which once was hidden,
         but has now been revealed - cf. Ep 3:3-6; Ro 16:25-26
      2. Thus, a good knowledge of the gospel of Christ is essential to
         maturity in Christ
      3. Are we increasing in this knowledge?

   F. GOOD ORDER AND STEADFASTNESS OF FAITH (5)
      1. The word "order"...
         a. From taxis {tax'-is}, a military term, suggestive of men
            marching in proper order and precision, as in a drilling
            exercise
         b. This suggests that a mature Christian is one whose walk as a
            disciple is in proper line with what is expected
      2. The word "steadfastness" is a word which goes right along with
         this idea of marching in a straight line
      3. What is our "life of faith" like?
         a. Are we progressing in order, steadfast in our progress?
         b. Or are we wavering constantly?

[These are but a few indications of spiritual maturity.  If they are 
found in our lives, it is a good sign that progress is being made!

From verses 6-8, we can also learn of some...]

II. STEPS TO SPIRITUAL MATURITY (6-8)

   A. RECEIVE CHRIST AS "LORD" (6)
      1. This the Colossians had done
      2. Today, many seem to want Jesus just as a "Savior," but not as
         "Lord"
      3. That is, they profess to want Him as "their personal Savior,"
         but then do not obey Him in what He commands them
      4. Yet God has made Him both! - cf. Ac 2:36
      5. Until we enthrone Christ as Lord in our lives, we cannot hope
         to become "perfect" (complete, mature) in Christ
      6. Again, Paul provides a good example - e.g., Ga 2:20

   B. WALK IN CHRIST (6-7)
      1. Having received Christ as Lord, we must now "walk" (or live)
         in Him
      2. Verse 7 explains what it means to "walk in Christ"
         a. "rooted" - Christ must be the FOUNDATION and SOURCE OF
            NUTRITION in our lives (like tree depends upon its roots)
         b. "built up in Him" - allowing ourselves to become the kind of
            building He would have us to be
         c. "established in the faith" - well taught and grounded in the
            teachings of Christ, and living by them
         d. "abounding in it with thanksgiving" - ever overflowing with
            an attitude of gratitude

   C. BEWARE... (8)
      1. To grow spiritually, we must beware of dangers which would
         hinder our spiritual growth
      2. Otherwise, in our zeal to grow we can easily be misled by false
         doctrines which promise an easy route to spiritual maturity,
         but do not deliver on that promise!
      3. Thus the need for "negative preaching" as the occasion may call
         for it

CONCLUSION

1. Our next lesson will look at some of those false doctrines those at
   Colosse were facing which promised much, but gave nothing of true
   value

2. For the moment, let's close by asking two questions:
   a. Why should we even be concerned with growing in spiritual maturity
      in Christ?
      1) Because in Him "are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and
         knowledge" - Col 2:3
      2) Because He has warned of what will occur if we do not mature
         and "bear fruit" - Jn 15:1-2
   b. How does one initially receive Christ as Lord?
      1) By doing what He says, i.e., the Father's will - Lk 6:46; Mt 7:21
      2) This includes the command to repent and be baptized, for in so
         doing one receives the remission of sins as they also "put on
         Christ" (i.e., "receive Christ") - Ac 2:36-38; Ga 3:26-27

Executable Outlines, Copyright © Mark A. Copeland, 2011

From Gary... Bible Reading and Study November 9




Bible Reading and Study  


November 9


The World English Bible



Nov. 9
Isaiah 53-56
Isa 53:1 Who has believed our message? To whom has the arm of Yahweh been revealed?
Isa 53:2 For he grew up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form nor comeliness. When we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
Isa 53:3 He was despised, and rejected by men; a man of suffering, and acquainted with disease. He was despised as one from whom men hide their face; and we didn't respect him.
Isa 53:4 Surely he has borne our sickness, and carried our suffering; yet we considered him plagued, struck by God, and afflicted.
Isa 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed.
Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray. Everyone has turned to his own way; and Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isa 53:7 He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he didn't open his mouth. As a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he didn't open his mouth.
Isa 53:8 He was taken away by oppression and judgment; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living and stricken for the disobedience of my people?
Isa 53:9 They made his grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in his death; although he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
Isa 53:10 Yet it pleased Yahweh to bruise him. He has caused him to suffer. When you make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed. He shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of Yahweh shall prosper in his hand.
Isa 53:11 After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light and be satisfied. My righteous servant will justify many by the knowledge of himself; and he will bear their iniquities.
Isa 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out his soul to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Isa 54:1 "Sing, barren, you who didn't bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you who did not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife," says Yahweh.
Isa 54:2 "Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of your habitations; don't spare: lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes.
Isa 54:3 For you shall spread aboard on the right hand and on the left; and your seed shall possess the nations, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
Isa 54:4 "Don't be afraid; for you shall not be ashamed: neither be confounded; for you shall not be disappointed: for you shall forget the shame of your youth; and the reproach of your widowhood you shall remember no more.
Isa 54:5 For your Maker is your husband; Yahweh of Armies is his name: and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; the God of the whole earth shall he be called.
Isa 54:6 For Yahweh has called you as a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, even a wife of youth, when she is cast off," says your God.
Isa 54:7 "For a small moment have I forsaken you; but with great mercies will I gather you.
Isa 54:8 In overflowing wrath I hid my face from you for a moment; but with everlasting loving kindness will I have mercy on you," says Yahweh your Redeemer.
Isa 54:9 "For this is like the waters of Noah to me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah shall no more go over the earth, so have I sworn that I will not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.
Isa 54:10 For the mountains may depart, and the hills be removed; but my loving kindness shall not depart from you, neither shall my covenant of peace be removed," says Yahweh who has mercy on you.
Isa 54:11 "You afflicted, tossed with storms, and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in beautiful colors, and lay your foundations with sapphires.
Isa 54:12 I will make your pinnacles of rubies, and your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones.
Isa 54:13 All your children shall be taught of Yahweh; and great shall be the peace of your children.
Isa 54:14 In righteousness you shall be established: you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not be afraid; and from terror, for it shall not come near you.
Isa 54:15 Behold, they may gather together, but not by me: whoever shall gather together against you shall fall because of you.
Isa 54:16 "Behold, I have created the smith who blows the fire of coals, and brings forth a weapon for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
Isa 54:17 No weapon that is formed against you will prevail; and you will condemn every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of Yahweh, and their righteousness which is of me," says Yahweh.
Isa 55:1 "Come, everyone who thirsts, to the waters, and he who has no money; come, buy, and eat; yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Isa 55:2 Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which doesn't satisfy? listen diligently to me, and eat you that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
Isa 55:3 Turn your ear, and come to me; hear, and your soul shall live: and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
Isa 55:4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander to the peoples.
Isa 55:5 Behold, you shall call a nation that you don't know; and a nation that didn't know you shall run to you, because of Yahweh your God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he has glorified you."
Isa 55:6 Seek Yahweh while he may be found; call you on him while he is near:
Isa 55:7 let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to Yahweh, and he will have mercy on him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Isa 55:8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," says Yahweh.
Isa 55:9 "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isa 55:10 For as the rain comes down and the snow from the sky, and doesn't return there, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, and gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
Isa 55:11 so shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing I sent it to do.
Isa 55:12 For you shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing; and all the trees of the fields shall clap their hands.
Isa 55:13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree; and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to Yahweh for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off."
Isa 56:1 Thus says Yahweh, "Keep justice, and do righteousness; for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.
Isa 56:2 Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who holds it fast; who keeps the Sabbath from profaning it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil."
Isa 56:3 Neither let the foreigner, who has joined himself to Yahweh, speak, saying, "Yahweh will surely separate me from his people;" neither let the eunuch say, "Behold, I am a dry tree."
Isa 56:4 For thus says Yahweh, "To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and hold fast my covenant:
Isa 56:5 to them I will give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name better than of sons and of daughters; I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.
Isa 56:6 Also the foreigners who join themselves to Yahweh, to minister to him, and to love the name of Yahweh, to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath from profaning it, and holds fast my covenant;
Isa 56:7 even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples."
Isa 56:8 The Lord Yahweh, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says, "Yet will I gather others to him, besides his own who are gathered."
Isa 56:9 All you animals of the field, come to devour, yes, all you animals in the forest.
Isa 56:10 His watchmen are blind, they are all without knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they can't bark; dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber.
Isa 56:11 Yes, the dogs are greedy, they can never have enough; and these are shepherds who can't understand: they have all turned to their own way, each one to his gain, from every quarter.
Isa 56:12 "Come," say they, "I will get wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and tomorrow shall be as this day, a day great beyond measure."



 
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 53 1
Who has believed our message? and to whom has the arm of Yahweh been revealed?
Who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of Jehovah been revealed?
Who hath given credence to that which we heard? And the arm of Jehovah, On
whom hath it been revealed?
Isaiah 53 2
For he grew up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he has no form nor comeliness; and when we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
For he shall grow up before him as a tender sapling, and as a root out of dry ground: he
hath no form nor lordliness, and when we see him, there is no beauty that we should
desire him.
Yea, he cometh up as a tender plant before Him, And as a root out of a dry land, He
hath no form, nor honour, when we observe him, Nor appearance, when we desire
him.
Isaiah 53 3
He was despised, and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and as one from whom men hide their face he was despised; and we didn`t respect him.
He is despised and left alone of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief, and
like one from whom [men] hide their faces; -- despised, and we esteemed him not.
He is despised, and left of men, A man of pains, and acquainted with sickness, And
as one hiding the face from us, He is despised, and we esteemed him not.
Isaiah 53 4
Surely he has borne our infirmities, and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken,
struck of God, and afflicted.
Surely *he* hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; and we, we did regard him
stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Surely our sicknesses he hath borne, And our pains -- he hath carried them, And
we -- we have esteemed him plagued, Smitten of God, and afflicted.
Isaiah 53 5
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was on him; and with his stripes we are healed.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the
chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed.
And he is pierced for our transgressions, Bruised for our iniquities, The
chastisement of our peace [is] on him, And by his bruise there is healing to us.
Isaiah 53 6
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way; and Jehovah
hath laid upon him the iniquity of us all.
All of us like sheep have wandered, Each to his own way we have turned, And
Jehovah hath caused to meet on him, The punishment of us all.
Isaiah 53 7
He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he didn`t open his mouth; as a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he didn`t open his mouth.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, but he opened not his mouth; he was led as a lamb
to the slaughter, and was as a sheep dumb before her shearers, and he opened not his
mouth.
It hath been exacted, and he hath answered, And he openeth not his mouth, As a
lamb to the slaughter he is brought, And as a sheep before its shearers is dumb,
And he openeth not his mouth.
Isaiah 53 8
By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who [among them] considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living for the disobedience of my people to whom the stroke [was due]?
He was taken from oppression and from judgment; and who shall declare his generation?
for he was cut off out of the land of the living; for the transgression of my people was he
stricken.
By restraint and by judgment he hath been taken, And of his generation who doth
meditate, That he hath been cut off from the land of the living? By the
transgression of My people he is plagued,
Isaiah 53 9
They made his grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in his death; although he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
And [men] appointed his grave with the wicked, but he was with the rich in his death,
because he had done no violence, neither was there guile in his mouth.
And it appointeth with the wicked his grave, And with the rich [are] his high
places, Because he hath done no violence, Nor [is] deceit in his mouth.
Isaiah 53 10
Yet it pleased Yahweh to bruise him; he has put him to grief: when you shall make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see [his] seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of Yahweh shall prosper in his hand.
Yet it pleased Jehovah to bruise him; he hath subjected [him] to suffering. When thou
shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see a seed, he shall prolong [his] days, and
the pleasure of Jehovah shall prosper in his hand.
And Jehovah hath delighted to bruise him, He hath made him sick, If his soul doth
make an offering for guilt, He seeth seed -- he prolongeth days, And the pleasure
of Jehovah in his hand doth prosper.
Isaiah 53 11
He shall see of the travail of his soul, [and] shall be satisfied: by the knowledge of himself shall my righteous servant justify many; and he shall bear their iniquities.
He shall see of [the fruit of] the travail of his soul, [and] shall be satisfied: by his
knowledge shall my righteous servant instruct many in righteousness; and *he* shall
bear their iniquities.
Of the labour of his soul he seeth -- he is satisfied, Through his knowledge give
righteousness Doth the righteous one, My servant, to many, And their iniquities
he doth bear.
Isaiah 53 12
Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the
strong; because he poured out his soul to death, and was numbered with the transgressors: yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Therefore will I assign him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with
the strong: because he hath poured out his soul unto death, and was reckoned with the
transgressors; and he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Therefore I give a portion to him among the many, And with the mighty he
apportioneth spoil, Because that he exposed to death his soul, And with
transgressors he was numbered, And he the sin of many hath borne, And for
transgressors he intercedeth.
Isaiah 54 1
Sing, barren, you who didn`t bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you who did not
travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, says Yahweh.
Exult, thou barren, that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and shout for joy, thou
that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the
children of the married wife, saith Jehovah.
Sing, O barren, she hath not borne! Break forth with singing, and cry aloud, She
hath not brought forth! For more [are] the sons of the desolate, Than the sons of
the married one, said Jehovah.
Isaiah 54 2
Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of your habitations; don`t spare: lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes.
Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thy habitations:
spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes.
Enlarge the place of thy tent, And the curtains of thy tabernacles they stretch out,
Restrain not -- lengthen thy cords, And thy pins make strong.
Isaiah 54 3
For you shall spread aboard on the right hand and on the left; and your seed shall possess the nations, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
For thou shalt spread abroad on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall possess
nations, and they shall make desolate cities to be inhabited.
For right and left thou breakest forth, And thy seed doth nations possess,
Isaiah 54 4
Don`t be afraid; for you shall not be ashamed: neither be you confounded; for you shall not be put to shame: for you shall forget the shame of your youth; and the reproach of your widowhood shall you remember no more.
Fear not, for thou shalt not be ashamed; neither be thou confounded, for thou shalt not be
put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the
reproach of thy widowhood any more.
And desolate cities they cause to be inhabited. Fear not, for thou art not ashamed,
Nor blush, for thou art not confounded, For the shame of thy youth thou forgettest,
And the reproach of thy widowhood Thou dost not remember any more.
Isaiah 54 5
For your Maker is your husband; Yahweh of Hosts is his name: and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; the God of the whole earth shall he be called.
For thy Maker is thy husband: Jehovah of hosts is his name, and thy Redeemer, the Holy
One of Israel: the God of the whole earth shall he be called.
For thy Maker [is] thy husband, Jehovah of Hosts [is] His name, And thy Redeemer
[is] the Holy One of Israel, `God of all the earth,` He is called.
Isaiah 54 6
For Yahweh has called you as a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, even a wife of youth, when she is cast off, says your God.
For Jehovah hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and as a wife of
youth, that hath been refused, saith thy God.
For, as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, Called thee hath Jehovah, Even a
youthful wife when she is refused, said thy God.
Isaiah 54 7
For a small moment have I forsaken you; but with great mercies will I gather you.
For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
In a small moment I have forsaken thee, And in great mercies I do gather thee,
Isaiah 54 8
In overflowing wrath I hid my face from you for a moment; but with everlasting lovingkindness will I have mercy on you, says Yahweh your Redeemer.
In the outpouring of wrath have I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with
everlasting loving-kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith Jehovah, thy Redeemer.
In overflowing wrath I hid my face [for] a moment from thee, And in kindness age-
during I have loved thee, Said thy Redeemer -- Jehovah!
Isaiah 54 9
For this is [as] the waters of Noah to me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah shall no more go over the earth, so have I sworn that I will not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.
For this is [as] the waters of Noah unto me, since I have sworn that the waters of Noah
should no more go over the earth: so have I sworn that I will no more be wroth with thee,
nor rebuke thee.
For, the waters of Noah [is] this to Me, In that I have sworn -- the waters of Noah Do
not pass again over the earth -- So I have sworn, Wrath is not upon thee, Nor
rebuke against thee.
Isaiah 54 10
For the mountains may depart, and the hills be removed; but my lovingkindness shall not depart from you, neither shall my covenant of peace be removed, says Yahweh who has mercy on you.
For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my loving-kindness shall
not depart from thee, neither shall my covenant of peace be removed, saith Jehovah, that
hath mercy on thee.
For the mountains depart, and the hills remove, And My kindness from thee
departeth not, And the covenant of My peace removeth not, Said hath thy loving
one -- Jehovah.
Isaiah 54 11
you afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in beautiful colors, and lay your foundations with sapphires.
[Thou] afflicted, tossed with tempest, not comforted! Behold, I will set thy stones in
antimony, and lay thy foundations with sapphires;
O afflicted, storm-tossed, not comforted, Lo, I am laying with cement thy stones,
And have founded thee with sapphires,
Isaiah 54 12
I will make your pinnacles of rubies, and your gates of emeralds, and all your border of precious stones.
and I will make thy battlements of rubies, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy
borders of precious stones.
And have made of agate thy pinnacles, And thy gates of carbuncle stones, And all
thy border of stones of delight,
Isaiah 54 13
All your children shall be taught of Yahweh; and great shall be the peace of your children.
And all thy children [shall be] taught of Jehovah, and great shall be the peace of thy
children.
And all thy sons are taught of Jehovah, And abundant [is] the peace of thy sons.
Isaiah 54 14
In righteousness shall you be established: you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not be afraid; and from terror, for it shall not come near you.
In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression, for thou
shalt not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near thee.
In righteousness thou establishest thyself, Be far from oppression, for thou fearest
not, And from ruin, for it cometh not near unto thee.
Isaiah 54 15
Behold, they may gather together, but not by me: whoever shall gather together against you
shall fall because of you.
Behold, they shall surely gather together, [but] not by me: whosoever gathereth together
against thee shall fall because of thee.
Lo, he doth diligently assemble without My desire, Who hath assembled near thee?
By thee he falleth!
Isaiah 54 16
Behold, I have created the smith who blows the fire of coals, and brings forth a weapon for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
Behold, it is I who have created the smith that bloweth in the fire of coal, and that
bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the destroyer to ravage.
Lo, I -- I have prepared an artizan, Blowing on a fire of coals, And bringing out an
instrument for his work, And I have prepared a destroyer to destroy.
Isaiah 54 17
No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of Yahweh, and their righteousness which is of me, says Yahweh.
No weapon that is prepared against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that riseth
against thee in judgment, thou shalt condemn. This is the inheritance of the servants of
Jehovah; and their righteousness is of me, saith Jehovah.
No weapon formed against thee prospereth, And every tongue rising against thee,
In judgment thou condemnest. This [is] the inheritance of the servants of Jehovah,
And their righteousness from me, an affirmation of Jehovah!
Isaiah 55 1
Ho, everyone who thirsts, come you to the waters, and he who has no money; come you, buy, and eat; yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters; and he that hath no money, come ye,
buy, and eat: yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price!
Ho, every thirsty one, come ye to the waters, And he who hath no money, Come ye,
buy and eat, yea, come, buy Without money and without price, wine and milk.
Isaiah 55 2
Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which doesn`t satisfy? listen diligently to me, and eat you that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
Wherefore do ye spend money for [that which is] not bread? and your labour for that
which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye [that which is] good, and let
your soul delight itself in fatness.
Why do ye weigh money for that which is not bread? And your labour for that
which is not for satiety? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat good, And your soul
doth delight itself in fatness.
Isaiah 55 3
Turn your ear, and come to me; hear, and your soul shall live: and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
Incline your ear, and come unto me; hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an
everlasting covenant with you, the sure mercies of David.
Incline your ear, and come unto me, Hear, and your soul doth live, And I make for
you a covenant age-during, The kind acts of David -- that are stedfast.
Isaiah 55 4
Behold, I have given him for a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander to the peoples.
Behold, I have given him [for] a witness to the peoples, a prince and commander to the
peoples.
Lo, a witness to peoples I have given him, A leader and commander to peoples.
Isaiah 55 5
Behold, you shall call a nation that you don`t know; and a nation that didn`t know you shall run to you, because of Yahweh your God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he has glorified you.
Behold, thou shalt call a nation thou knowest not, and a nation [that] knew not thee shall
run unto thee, because of Jehovah thy God, and the Holy One of Israel; for he hath
glorified thee.
Lo, a nation thou knowest not, thou callest, And a nation who know thee not unto
thee do run, For the sake of Jehovah thy God, And for the Holy One of Israel,
Because He hath beautified thee.
Isaiah 55 6
Seek you Yahweh while he may be found; call you on him while he is near:
Seek ye Jehovah while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.
Seek ye Jehovah, while He is found, Call ye Him, while He is near,
Isaiah 55 7
let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to
Yahweh, and he will have mercy on him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him
return unto Jehovah, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will
abundantly pardon.
Forsake doth the wicked his way, And the man of iniquity his thoughts, And he
returneth to Jehovah, and He pitieth him, And unto our God for He multiplieth to
pardon.
Isaiah 55 8
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says Yahweh.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith Jehovah.
For not My thoughts [are] your thoughts, Nor your ways My ways, -- an affirmation
of Jehovah,
Isaiah 55 9
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and
my thoughts than your thoughts.
For high have the heavens been above the earth, So high have been My ways above
your ways, And My thoughts above your thoughts.
Isaiah 55 10
For as the rain comes down and the snow from the sky, and doesn`t return there, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, and gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but
watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the
sower, and bread to the eater:
For, as come down doth the shower, And the snow from the heavens, And thither
returneth not, But hath watered the earth, And hath caused it to yield, and to
spring up, And hath given seed to the sower, and bread to the eater,
Isaiah 55 11
so shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void,
but it shall do that which I please, and it shall accomplish that for which I send it.
So is My word that goeth out of My mouth, It turneth not back unto Me empty, But
hath done that which I desired, And prosperously effected that [for] which I sent
it.
Isaiah 55 12
For you shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall
break forth before you into singing; and all the trees of the fields shall clap their hands.
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills shall
break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
For with joy ye go forth, And with peace ye are brought in, The mountains and the
hills Break forth before you [with] singing, And all trees of the field clap the
Isaiah 55 13
Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir-tree; and instead of the brier shall come up the
myrtle-tree: and it shall be to Yahweh for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress, and instead of the nettle shall come up the
myrtle; and it shall be to Jehovah for a name, for an everlasting sign [that] shall not be
cut off.
Instead of the thorn come up doth fir, Instead of the brier come up doth myrtle,
And it hath been to Jehovah for a name, For a sign age-during -- it is not cut off!
Isaiah 56 1
Thus says Yahweh, Keep you justice, and do righteousness; for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.
Thus saith Jehovah: Keep ye judgment and do righteousness; for my salvation is near to
come, and my righteousness to be revealed.
Thus said Jehovah: `Keep ye judgment, and do righteousness, For near [is] My
salvation to come, And My righteousness to be revealed.`
Isaiah 56 2
Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who holds it fast; who keeps the Sabbath from profaning it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil.
Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that holdeth fast to it; that keepeth
the sabbath from profaning it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.
O the happiness of a man who doth this, And of a son of man who keepeth hold on
it, Keeping the sabbath from polluting it, And keeping his hand from doing any
evil.
Isaiah 56 3
Neither let the foreigner, who has joined himself to Yahweh, speak, saying, Yahweh will surely separate me from his people; neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.
And let not the son of the alien, that hath joined himself to Jehovah, speak saying, Jehovah
hath entirely separated me from his people; neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a
dry tree;
Nor speak let a son of the stranger, Who is joined unto Jehovah, saying: `Jehovah
doth certainly separate me from His people.` Nor say let the eunuch, `Lo, I am a
tree dried up,`
Isaiah 56 4
For thus says Yahweh of the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and hold fast my covenant:
for thus saith Jehovah: Unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things
that please me, and hold fast to my covenant,
For thus said Jehovah of the eunuchs, Who do keep My sabbaths, And have fixed on
that which I desired, And are keeping hold on My covenant:
Isaiah 56 5
To them will I give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name better than of sons and of daughters; I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.
even unto them will I give in my house and within my walls a place and a name better
than of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.
I have given to them in My house, And within My walls a station and a name,
Better than sons and than daughters, A name age-during I give to him That is not
cut off.
Isaiah 56 6
Also the foreigners who join themselves to Yahweh, to minister to him, and to love the name of Yahweh, to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath from profaning it, and holds fast my covenant;
Also the sons of the alien, that join themselves to Jehovah, to minister unto him and to
love the name of Jehovah, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from
profaning it, and holdeth fast to my covenant;
And sons of the stranger, who are joined to Jehovah, To serve Him, and to love the
name of Jehovah, To be to Him for servants, Every keeper of the sabbath from
polluting it, And those keeping hold on My covenant.
Isaiah 56 7
even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.
even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar: for my
house shall be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.
I have brought them unto My holy mountain, And caused them to rejoice in My
house of prayer, Their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices [Are] for a pleasing
thing on Mine altar, For My house, `A house of prayer,` Is called for all the peoples.
Isaiah 56 8
The Lord Yahweh, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says, Yet will I gather [others] to him,
besides his own who are gathered.
The Lord Jehovah, who gathereth the outcasts of Israel, saith: Yet will I gather [others] to
him, with those of his that are gathered.
An affirmation of the Lord Jehovah, Who is gathering the outcasts of Israel: `Again
I gather to him -- to his gathered ones.`
Isaiah 56 9
All you animals of the field, come to devour, [yes], all you animals in the forest.
All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, all ye beasts in the forest.
Every beast of the field, Come to devour, every beast in the forest.
Isaiah 56 10
His watchmen are blind, they are all without knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they can`t bark; dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber.
His watchmen are all of them blind, they are without knowledge; they are all dumb dogs
that cannot bark, dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber:
Blind [are] his watchmen -- all of them, They have not known, All of them [are]
dumb dogs, they are not able to bark, Dozing, lying down, loving to slumber.
Isaiah 56 11
Yes, the dogs are greedy, they can never have enough; and these are shepherds who can`t
understand: they have all turned to their own way, each one to his gain, from every quarter.
and the dogs are greedy, they know not to be satisfied, and these are shepherds that
know not how to discern: they all turn to their own way, every one for his gain, even to
the last of them:
And the dogs [are] strong of desire, They have not known sufficiency, And they
[are] shepherds! They have not known understanding, All of them to their own
way they did turn, Each to his dishonest gain from his quarter:
Isaiah 56 12
Come you, [say they], I will get wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and tomorrow shall be as this day, [a day] great beyond measure.
Come, [say they,] I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to-
morrow shall be as this day, [and] much more abundant.
`Come ye, I take wine, And we drink, quaff strong drink, And as this day hath been
to-morrow, Great -- exceeding abundant!`

 Study Questions
What will "My righteous servant" do? 53:11
 
The Holy One of Israel is also called? 54:5f
 
God's word will not always do its intended work due to man's stubbornness, true or false? 56:11
 
What will God give to the eunuchs that please Him? 56:4-7



The World English Bible

Nov. 9
2 Timothy 3

2Ti 3:1 But know this, that in the last days, grievous times will come.
2Ti 3:2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3 without natural affection, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, no lovers of good,
2Ti 3:4 traitors, headstrong, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God;
2Ti 3:5 holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power thereof. Turn away from these, also.
2Ti 3:6 For of these are those who creep into houses, and take captive gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,
2Ti 3:7 always learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
2Ti 3:8 Even as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so do these also oppose the truth; men corrupted in mind, reprobate concerning the faith.
2Ti 3:9 But they will proceed no further. For their folly will be evident to all men, as theirs also came to be.
2Ti 3:10 But you did follow my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, steadfastness,
2Ti 3:11 persecutions, and sufferings: those things that happened to me at Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. I endured those persecutions. Out of them all the Lord delivered me.
2Ti 3:12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
2Ti 3:13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
2Ti 3:14 But you remain in the things which you have learned and have been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them.
2Ti 3:15 From infancy, you have known the holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith, which is in Christ Jesus.
2Ti 3:16 Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness,
2Ti 3:17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.


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2 Timothy
2 Timothy 3 1
But know this, that in the last days, grievous times will come.
But this know, that in [the] last days difficult times shall be there;
And this know thou, that in the last days there shall come perilous times,
2 Timothy 3 2
For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
for men shall be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, evil speakers,
disobedient to parents, ungrateful, profane,
for men shall be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, evil-
speakers, to parents disobedient, unthankful, unkind,
2 Timothy 3 3
without natural affection, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, no lovers of
without natural affection, implacable, slanderers, of unsubdued passions, savage, having
no love for what is good,
without natural affection, implacable, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, not
lovers of those who are good,
2 Timothy 3 4
traitors, headstrong, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God;
traitors, headlong, of vain pretensions, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God;
traitors, heady, lofty, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God,
2 Timothy 3 5
holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power thereof. Turn away from these, also.
having a form of piety but denying the power of it: and from these turn away.
having a form of piety, and its power having denied; and from these be turning
away,
2 Timothy 3 6
For of these are those who creep into houses, and take captive gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,
For of these are they who are getting into houses, and leading captive silly women, laden
with sins, led by various lusts,
for of these there are those coming into the houses and leading captive the silly
women, laden with sins, led away with desires manifold,
2 Timothy 3 7
always learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
always learning, and never able to come to [the] knowledge of [the] truth.
always learning, and never to a knowledge of truth able to come,
2 Timothy 3 8
Even as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so do these also oppose the truth; men corrupted in mind, reprobate concerning the faith.
Now in the same manner in which Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, thus these also
withstand the truth; men corrupted in mind, found worthless as regards the faith.
and, even as Jannes and Jambres stood against Moses, so also these do stand against
the truth, men corrupted in mind, disapproved concerning the faith;
2 Timothy 3 9
But they will proceed no further. For their folly will be evident to all men, as theirs also came to be.
But they shall not advance farther; for their folly shall be completely manifest to all, as
that of those also became.
but they shall not advance any further, for their folly shall be manifest to all, as
theirs also did become.
2 Timothy 3 10
But you did follow my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, steadfastness,
But *thou* hast been thoroughly acquainted with my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith,
longsuffering, love, endurance,
And thou -- thou hast followed after my teaching, manner of life, purpose, faith,
long-suffering, love, endurance,
2 Timothy 3 11
persecutions, and sufferings; those things that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; those persecutions that I endured. Out of them all the Lord delivered me.
persecutions, sufferings: what [sufferings] happened to me in Antioch, in Iconium, in
Lystra; what persecutions I endured; and the Lord delivered me out of all.
the persecutions, the afflictions, that befel me in Antioch, in Iconium, in Lystra;
what persecutions I endured, and out of all the Lord did deliver me,
2 Timothy 3 12
Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
And all indeed who desire to live piously in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
and all also who will to live piously in Christ Jesus shall be persecuted,
2 Timothy 3 13
But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
But wicked men and juggling impostors shall advance in evil, leading and being led
astray.
and evil men and impostors shall advance to the worse, leading astray and being
led astray.
2 Timothy 3 14
But you remain in the things which you have learned and have been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them.
But *thou*, abide in those things which thou hast learned, and [of which] thou hast been
fully persuaded, knowing of whom thou hast learned [them];
And thou -- be remaining in the things which thou didst learn and wast entrusted
with, having known from whom thou didst learn,
2 Timothy 3 15
From infancy, you have known the sacred writings which are able to make you wise to salvation through faith, which is in Christ Jesus.
and that from a child thou hast known the sacred letters, which are able to make thee
wise unto salvation, through faith which [is] in Christ Jesus.
and because from a babe the Holy Writings thou hast known, which are able to
make thee wise -- to salvation, through faith that [is] in Christ Jesus;
2 Timothy 3 16
Every scripture inspired by God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness,
Every scripture [is] divinely inspired, and profitable for teaching, for conviction, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness;
every Writing [is] God-breathed, and profitable for teaching, for conviction, for
setting aright, for instruction that [is] in righteousness,
2 Timothy 3 17
that the man of God may be complete, furnished completely to every good work.
that the man of God may be complete, fully fitted to every good work.
that the man of God may be fitted -- for every good work having been completed.

 Study Questions
Who will suffer persecution? 3:12
 
What is scripture profitable for? 3:16,17