Isaiah 46-49English Standard Version (ESV)
The Idols of Babylon and the One True God
46 Bel bows down; Nebo stoops;
3 “Listen to me, O house of Jacob,
5 “To whom will you liken me and make me equal,
8 “Remember this and stand firm,
12 “Listen to me, you stubborn of heart,
The Humiliation of Babylon
47 Come down and sit in the dust,
5 Sit in silence, and go into darkness,
8 Now therefore hear this, you lover of pleasures,
10 You felt secure in your wickedness;
12 Stand fast in your enchantments
14 Behold, they are like stubble;
Israel Refined for God's Glory
48 Hear this, O house of Jacob,
3 “The former things I declared of old;
6 “You have heard; now see all this;
9 “For my name's sake I defer my anger;
The Lord's Call to Israel
12 “Listen to me, O Jacob,
14 “Assemble, all of you, and listen!
17 Thus says the Lord,
20 Go out from Babylon, flee from Chaldea,
22 “There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.”
The Servant of the Lord
49 Listen to me, O coastlands,
5 And now the Lord says,
7 Thus says the Lord,
The Restoration of Israel
8 Thus says the Lord:
13 Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
14 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me;
15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child,
19 “Surely your waste and your desolate places
22 Thus says the Lord God:
24 Can the prey be taken from the mighty,
1 Peter 5English Standard Version (ESV)
Shepherd the Flock of God
5 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight,[a] not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you;[b] not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother as I regard him, I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it. 13 She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings, and so does Mark, my son. 14 Greet one another with the kiss of love.
Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
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