The (A)vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem (B)in the days of (C)Uzziah, (D)Jotham, (E)Ahaz, and (F)Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

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10 Hear the word of the Lord,
    you rulers of (A)(B)Sodom!
Give ear to the teaching[a] of our God,
    you people of (C)Gomorrah!
11 (D)“What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?
    says the Lord;
I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
    and the fat of well-fed beasts;
I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
    or of lambs, or of goats.

12 “When you come to (E)appear before me,
    who has required of you
    this trampling of my courts?
13 Bring no more vain offerings;
    incense is an abomination to me.
(F)New moon and Sabbath and the (G)calling of convocations—
    I cannot endure (H)iniquity and (I)solemn assembly.
14 Your (J)new moons and your appointed feasts
    my soul hates;
they have become a burden to me;
    I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you (K)spread out your hands,
    I will hide my eyes from you;
(L)even though you make many prayers,
    I will not listen;
    (M)your hands are full of blood.
16 (N)Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
    remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes;
(O)cease to do evil,
17     learn to do good;
(P)seek justice,
    correct oppression;
(Q)bring justice to the fatherless,
    plead the widow's cause.

18 “Come now, (R)let us reason[b] together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as (S)white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
    they shall become like wool.
19 (T)If you are willing and obedient,
    you shall eat the good of the land;
20 but if you refuse and rebel,
    you shall be eaten by the sword;
    (U)for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 1:10 Or law
  2. Isaiah 1:18 Or dispute

God Himself Is Judge

A Psalm of (A)Asaph.

50 (B)The Mighty One, God the Lord,
    speaks and summons the earth
    (C)from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Out of Zion, (D)the perfection of beauty,
    (E)God shines forth.

Our God comes; he (F)does not keep silence;[a]
    before him is a devouring (G)fire,
    around him a mighty tempest.
(H)He calls to the heavens above
    and to the earth, that he may judge his people:
“Gather to me my faithful ones,
    who made (I)a covenant with me by sacrifice!”
(J)The heavens declare his righteousness,
    for (K)God himself is judge! Selah

(L)“Hear, O my people, and I will speak;
    O Israel, I will testify against you.
    (M)I am God, your God.
Not for your sacrifices (N)do I rebuke you;
    your burnt offerings are continually before me.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 50:3 Or May our God come, and not keep silence

22 “Mark this, then, you who (A)forget God,
    lest I tear you apart, and there be (B)none to deliver!
23 The one who (C)offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
    to one who (D)orders his way rightly
    I will show the (E)salvation of God!”

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By Faith

11 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of (A)things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by (B)the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of (C)things that are visible.

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By faith (A)Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place (B)that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in (C)the land of promise, as in a foreign land, (D)living in tents (E)with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to (F)the city that has (G)foundations, (H)whose designer and builder is God. 11 By faith (I)Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered (J)him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and (K)him as good as dead, were born descendants (L)as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.

13 These all died in faith, (M)not having received the things promised, but (N)having seen them and greeted them from afar, and (O)having acknowledged that they were (P)strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, (Q)they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed (R)to be called their God, for (S)he has prepared for them a city.

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32 (A)“Fear not, little (B)flock, for (C)it is your Father's good pleasure to give you (D)the kingdom. 33 (E)Sell your possessions, and (F)give to the needy. (G)Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with (H)a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 (I)For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

You Must Be Ready

35 (J)“Stay dressed for action[a] and (K)keep your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are (L)waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and (M)knocks. 37 (N)Blessed are those servants[b] whom the master finds (O)awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, (P)he will dress himself for service and (Q)have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! 39 (R)But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour (S)the thief was coming, he[c] would not have left his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be (T)ready, for (U)the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 12:35 Greek Let your loins stay girded; compare Exodus 12:11
  2. Luke 12:37 Or bondservants
  3. Luke 12:39 Some manuscripts add would have stayed awake and

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