Isaiah 1-3New International Version (NIV)
1 The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
A Rebellious Nation
2 Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth!
4 Woe to the sinful nation,
5 Why should you be beaten anymore?
7 Your country is desolate,
10 Hear the word of the Lord,
Your hands are full of blood!
16 Wash and make yourselves clean.
18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”
21 See how the faithful city
24 Therefore the Lord, the Lord Almighty,
27 Zion will be delivered with justice,
29 “You will be ashamed because of the sacred oaks
The Mountain of the Lord
2 This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:
2 In the last days
the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
3 Many peoples will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
5 Come, descendants of Jacob,
The Day of the Lord
6 You, Lord, have abandoned your people,
10 Go into the rocks, hide in the ground
12 The Lord Almighty has a day in store
19 People will flee to caves in the rocks
22 Stop trusting in mere humans,
Judgment on Jerusalem and Judah
3 See now, the Lord,
4 “I will make mere youths their officials;
5 People will oppress each other—
6 A man will seize one of his brothers
8 Jerusalem staggers,
10 Tell the righteous it will be well with them,
12 Youths oppress my people,
13 The Lord takes his place in court;
16 The Lord says,
18 In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces, 19 the earrings and bracelets and veils, 20 the headdresses and anklets and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms, 21 the signet rings and nose rings, 22 the fine robes and the capes and cloaks, the purses 23 and mirrors, and the linen garments and tiaras and shawls.
24 Instead of fragrance there will be a stench;
Titus 3New International Version (NIV)
Saved in Order to Do Good
3 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.
3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
9 But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. 10 Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. 11 You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.
12 As soon as I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, because I have decided to winter there. 13 Do everything you can to help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way and see that they have everything they need. 14 Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.
15 Everyone with me sends you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith.
Grace be with you all.
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