Isaiah 46-49 New International Version (NIV)
Gods of Babylon
46 Bel bows down, Nebo stoops low;
3 “Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob,
5 “With whom will you compare me or count me equal?
8 “Remember this, keep it in mind,
The Fall of Babylon
47 “Go down, sit in the dust,
4 Our Redeemer—the Lord Almighty is his name—
5 “Sit in silence, go into darkness,
8 “Now then, listen, you lover of pleasure,
12 “Keep on, then, with your magic spells
48 “Listen to this, you descendants of Jacob,
“From now on I will tell you of new things,
12 “Listen to me, Jacob,
14 “Come together, all of you, and listen:
16 “Come near me and listen to this:
“From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret;
And now the Sovereign Lord has sent me,
17 This is what the Lord says—
20 Leave Babylon,
22 “There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.”
The Servant of the Lord
49 Listen to me, you islands;
5 And now the Lord says—
7 This is what the Lord says—
Restoration of Israel
8 This is what the Lord says:
“In the time of my favor I will answer you,
“They will feed beside the roads
13 Shout for joy, you heavens;
14 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
19 “Though you were ruined and made desolate
22 This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“See, I will beckon to the nations,
24 Can plunder be taken from warriors,
25 But this is what the Lord says:
“Yes, captives will be taken from warriors,
1 Peter 5 New International Version (NIV)
To the Elders and the Flock
5 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
5 In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
12 With the help of Silas,[b] whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.
13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark. 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love.
Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
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