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Jeremiah 5-6 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Chapter 5

Universal Corruption

Roam the streets of Jerusalem,
    look about and observe,
Search through her squares,
    to find even one
Who acts justly
    and seeks honesty,
    and I will pardon her!
They say, “As the Lord lives,”
    but in fact they swear falsely.
    Lord, do your eyes not search for honesty?
You struck them, but they did not flinch;
    you laid them low, but they refused correction;
They set their faces harder than stone,
    and refused to return.
I thought: These are only the lowly,
    they behave foolishly;
For they do not know the way of the Lord,
    the justice of their God.
Let me go to the leaders
    and speak with them;
For they must know the way of the Lord,
    the justice of their God.
But, one and all, they have broken the yoke,
    torn off the harness.
Therefore, lions from the forest slay them,
    wolves of the desert ravage them,
Leopards keep watch round their cities:
    all who come out are torn to pieces,
For their crimes are many,
    their rebellions numerous.
Why should I pardon you?
    Your children have forsaken me,
    they swear by gods that are no gods.
I fed them, but they commit adultery;
    to the prostitute’s house they throng.
They are lustful stallions,
    each neighs after the other’s wife.
Should I not punish them for this?—oracle of the Lord;
    on a nation like this should I not take vengeance?
10 Climb her terraces, and ravage them,
    destroy them completely.
Tear away her tendrils,
    they do not belong to the Lord.
11 For they have openly rebelled against me,
    both the house of Israel and the house of Judah—
    oracle of the Lord.
12 They denied the Lord,[a]
    saying, “He is nothing,
No evil shall come to us,
    neither sword nor famine shall we see.
13 The prophets are wind,
    and the word is not with them.
    Let it be done to them!”
14 Therefore, thus says the Lord, the God of hosts,
    because you have said this—
See! I make my words
    a fire in your mouth,
And this people the wood
    that it shall devour!—
15 Beware! I will bring against you
    a nation from far away,
    O House of Israel—oracle of the Lord;
A long-lived nation, an ancient nation,
    a people whose language you do not know,
    whose speech you cannot understand.
16 Their quivers are like open graves;
    all of them are warriors.
17 They will devour your harvest and your bread,
    devour your sons and your daughters,
Devour your sheep and cattle,
    devour your vines and fig trees;
With their swords they will beat down
    the fortified cities in which you trust.

18 Yet even in those days—oracle of the Lord—I will not completely destroy you. 19 And when they ask, “Why has the Lord our God done all these things to us?” say to them, “As you have abandoned me to serve foreign gods in your own land, so shall you serve foreigners in a land not your own.”

20 Announce this to the house of Jacob,
    proclaim it in Judah:
21 Pay attention to this,
    you foolish and senseless people,
Who have eyes and do not see,
    who have ears and do not hear.
22 Should you not fear me—oracle of the Lord
    should you not tremble before me?
I made the sandy shore the sea’s limit,
    which by eternal decree it may not overstep.
Toss though it may, it is to no avail;
    though its billows roar, they cannot overstep.
23 But this people’s heart is stubborn and rebellious;
    they turn and go away,
24 And do not say in their hearts,
    “Let us fear the Lord, our God,
Who gives us rain
    early and late,[b] in its time;
Who watches for us
    over the appointed weeks of harvest.”
25 Your crimes have prevented these things,
    your sins have turned these blessings away from you.
26 For criminals lurk among my people;
    like fowlers they set traps,
    but it is human beings they catch.
27 Their houses are as full of treachery
    as a bird-cage is of birds;
Therefore they grow powerful and rich,
28     fat and sleek.
They pass over wicked deeds;
    justice they do not defend
By advancing the claim of the orphan
    or judging the cause of the poor.
29 Shall I not punish these things?—oracle of the Lord;
    on a nation such as this shall I not take vengeance?
30 Something shocking and horrible
    has happened in the land:
31 The prophets prophesy falsely,
    and the priests teach on their own authority;
Yet my people like it this way;
    what will you do when the end comes?

Chapter 6

The Enemy at the Gates

Seek refuge, Benjaminites,
    from the midst of Jerusalem!
Blow the trumpet in Tekoa,
    raise a signal over Beth-haccherem;
For disaster threatens from the north,
    and mighty destruction.
Lovely and delicate
    daughter Zion, you are ruined!
Against her, shepherds come with their flocks;[c]
    all around, they pitch their tents against her;
    each one grazes his portion.
“Prepare for war against her,
    Up! let us rush upon her at midday!”
“Woe to us! the day is waning,
    evening shadows lengthen!”
“Up! let us rush upon her by night,
    destroy her palaces!”
    For thus says the Lord of hosts:
Hew down her trees,
    throw up a siege mound against Jerusalem.
Woe to the city marked for punishment;
    there is nothing but oppression within her!
As a well keeps its waters fresh,
    so she keeps fresh her wickedness.
Violence and destruction resound in her;
    ever before me are wounds and blows.
Be warned, Jerusalem,
    or I will be estranged from you,
And I will turn you into a wilderness,
    a land where no one dwells.
    Thus says the Lord of hosts:
Glean, glean like a vine
    the remnant of Israel;
Pass your hand, like a vintager,
    repeatedly over the tendrils.
10 To whom shall I speak?
    whom shall I warn, and be heard?
See! their ears are uncircumcised,
    they cannot pay attention;
See, the word of the Lord has become for them
    an object of scorn, for which they have no taste.
11 But the wrath of the Lord brims up within me,
    I am weary of holding it in.
I will pour it out upon the child in the street,
    upon the young men gathered together.
Yes, husband and wife will be taken,
    elder with ancient.
12 Their houses will fall to others,
    their fields and their wives as well;
For I will stretch forth my hand
    against those who dwell in the land—oracle of the Lord.
13 Small and great alike, all are greedy for gain;
    prophet and priest, all practice fraud.
14 They have treated lightly
    the injury to my people:
“Peace, peace!” they say,
    though there is no peace.
15 They have acted shamefully, committing abominations,
    yet they are not at all ashamed,
    they do not know how to blush.
Therefore they will fall among the fallen;
    in the time of their punishment they shall stumble,
    says the Lord.
16     Thus says the Lord:
Stand by the earliest roads,
    ask the pathways of old,[d]
“Which is the way to good?” and walk it;
    thus you will find rest for yourselves.
    But they said, “We will not walk it.”
17 I raised up watchmen[e] for them:
    “Pay attention to the sound of the trumpet!”
    But they said, “We will not pay attention!”
18 Therefore hear, O nations,
    and know, O earth,
    what I will do with them:
19 See, I bring evil upon this people,
    the fruit of their own schemes,
Because they did not pay attention to my words,
    because they rejected my law.
20 Of what use to me is incense that comes from Sheba,
    or sweet cane from far-off lands?
Your burnt offerings find no favor with me,
    your sacrifices do not please me.
21     Therefore, thus says the Lord:
See, I will place before this people
    obstacles to trip them up;
Parents and children alike,
    neighbors and friends shall perish.
22     Thus says the Lord:
See, a people comes from the land of the north,
    a great nation, rising from the very ends of the earth.
23 Bow and javelin they wield;
    cruel and pitiless are they.
They sound like the roaring sea
    as they ride forth on horses,
Each in his place for battle
    against you, daughter Zion.
24 We hear news of them;
    our hands hang helpless,
Anguish takes hold of us,
    pangs like a woman in childbirth.
25 Do not go out into the field,
    do not step into the street,
For the enemy has a sword;
    terror on every side!
26 Daughter of my people, dress in sackcloth,
    roll in the ashes.
Mourn as for an only child
    with bitter wailing:
“How suddenly the destroyer
    comes upon us!”
27 [f]A tester for my people I have appointed you,
    to search and test their way.
28 Arch-rebels are they all,
    dealers in slander,
bronze and iron, all of them,
    destroyers they are.
29 The bellows are scorched,
    the lead is consumed by the fire;
In vain has the refiner refined,
    the wicked are not drawn off.
30 “Silver rejected” they shall be called,
    for the Lord has rejected them.

Footnotes:

  1. 5:12 They denied the Lord: the people act as though God does not matter and will not interfere.
  2. 5:24 Rain early and late: autumn and spring rains respectively. Appointed weeks of harvest: the seven weeks between the Passover (Dt 16:9–10) and the feast of Weeks (Pentecost), when it did not ordinarily rain.
  3. 6:3 Shepherds come with their flocks: foreign invaders with their armies.
  4. 6:16 Pathways of old: history and the lessons to be learned from it.
  5. 6:17 Watchmen: the prophets who, like Jeremiah, had upheld God’s moral law.
  6. 6:27–30 God appoints Jeremiah to be a “tester” of his people. The passage uses the metaphor of the refining of silver: the silver was extracted from lead ore, but the process in ancient times was inexact, so that sometimes all that was left was a scummy mess, to be thrown out.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Scripture texts, prefaces, introductions, footnotes and cross references used in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC All Rights Reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

Ben Sira 10:1-18 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Chapter 10

A wise magistrate gives stability to his people,
    and government by the intelligent is well ordered.
As the people’s judge, so the officials;
    as the head of a city, so the inhabitants.
A reckless king destroys his people,
    but a city grows through the intelligence of its princes.
Sovereignty over the earth is in the hand of God,
    who appoints the right person for the right time.
Sovereignty over everyone is in the hand of God,
    who imparts his majesty to the ruler.

The Sin of Pride

No matter what the wrong, never harm your neighbor
    or go the way of arrogance.
Odious to the Lord and to mortals is pride,
    and for both oppression is a crime.
Sovereignty is transferred from one people to another
    because of the lawlessness of the proud.
Why are dust and ashes proud?[a]
    Even during life the body decays.
10 A slight illness—the doctor jests;
    a king today—tomorrow he is dead.
11 When a people die,
    they inherit corruption and worms, gnats and maggots.

12 The beginning of pride is stubbornness
    in withdrawing the heart from one’s Maker.
13 For sin is a reservoir of insolence,
    a source which runs over with vice;
Because of it God sends unheard-of afflictions
    and strikes people with utter ruin.
14 God overturns the thrones of the proud
    and enthrones the lowly in their place.
15 God plucks up the roots of the proud,
    and plants the lowly in their place.
16 The Lord lays waste the lands of the nations,
    and destroys them to the very foundations of the earth.
17 He removes them from the earth, destroying them,
    erasing their memory from the world.
18 Insolence does not befit mortals,
    nor impudent anger those born of women.

Footnotes:

  1. 10:9–10 The general implication is that a slight illness today may be followed by death tomorrow. The uncertainty of life leaves no room for pride.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Scripture texts, prefaces, introductions, footnotes and cross references used in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC All Rights Reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

2 Timothy 3 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Chapter 3

The Dangers of the Last Days.[a] But understand this: there will be terrifying times in the last days. People will be self-centered and lovers of money, proud, haughty, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, irreligious, callous, implacable, slanderous, licentious, brutal, hating what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, as they make a pretense of religion but deny its power. Reject them. For some of these slip into homes and make captives of women weighed down by sins, led by various desires, always trying to learn but never able to reach a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so they also oppose the truth—people of depraved mind, unqualified in the faith. But they will not make further progress, for their foolishness will be plain to all, as it was with those two.

Paul’s Example and Teaching.[b] 10 You have followed my teaching, way of life, purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra, persecutions that I endured. Yet from all these things the Lord delivered me. 12 In fact, all who want to live religiously in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13 But wicked people and charlatans will go from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. 14 But you, remain faithful to what you have learned and believed, because you know from whom you learned it, 15 and that from infancy you have known [the] sacred scriptures, which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 [c]All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness,[d] 17 so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Footnotes:

  1. 3:1–9 The moral depravity and false teaching that will be rampant in the last days are already at work (2 Tm 3:1–5). The frivolous and superficial, too, devoid of the true spirit of religion, will be easy victims of those who pervert them by falsifying the truth (2 Tm 3:6–8), just as Jannes and Jambres, Pharaoh’s magicians of Egypt (Ex 7:11–12, 22), discredited the truth in Moses’ time. Exodus does not name the magicians, but the two names are widely found in much later Jewish, Christian, and even pagan writings. Their origins are legendary.
  2. 3:10–17 Paul’s example for Timothy includes persecution, a frequent emphasis in the Pastorals. Timothy is to be steadfast to what he has been taught and to scripture. The scriptures are the source of wisdom, i.e., of belief in and loving fulfillment of God’s word revealed in Christ, through whom salvation is given.
  3. 3:16–17 Useful for teaching…every good work: because as God’s word the scriptures share his divine authority. It is exercised through those who are ministers of the word.
  4. 3:16 All scripture is inspired by God: this could possibly also be translated, “All scripture inspired by God is useful for….” In this classic reference to inspiration, God is its principal author, with the writer as the human collaborator. Thus the scriptures are the word of God in human language. See also 2 Pt 1:20–21.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Scripture texts, prefaces, introductions, footnotes and cross references used in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC All Rights Reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

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