Isaiah 47-49 New International Version (NIV)
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 Thessalonians 4 New International Version (NIV)
Living to Please God
4 As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control your own body[a] in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; 6 and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister.[b] The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. 7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8 Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.
9 Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
Believers Who Have Died
13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
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