Isaiah 48-49 New International Version (NIV)
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,
Colossians 4 New International Version (NIV)
4 Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.
2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
7 Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant[a] in the Lord. 8 I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our[b] circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts. 9 He is coming with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you. They will tell you everything that is happening here.
10 My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.) 11 Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. These are the only Jews[c] among my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. 13 I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis. 14 Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings. 15 Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house.
16 After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.
17 Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.”
18 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.
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