Lamentations 1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
Jerusalem in Affliction
1 How lonely sits the city
2 She weeps bitterly in the night,
3 Judah has gone into captivity,
4 The roads to Zion mourn
5 Her adversaries have become [d]the master,
6 And from the daughter of Zion
7 In the days of her affliction and roaming,
8 Jerusalem has sinned gravely,
9 Her uncleanness is in her skirts;
12 “Is it nothing to you, all you who [l]pass by?
13 “From above He has sent fire into my bones,
14 “The yoke of my transgressions was [m]bound;
15 “The Lord has trampled underfoot all my mighty men in my midst;
16 “For these things I weep;
17 Zion [n]spreads out her hands,
18 “The Lord is righteous,
19 “I called for my lovers,
20 “See, O Lord, that I am in distress;
21 “They have heard that I sigh,
22 “Let all their wickedness come before You,
God’s Anger with Jerusalem
2 How the Lord has covered the daughter of Zion
2 The Lord has swallowed up and has not pitied
3 He has cut off in fierce anger
4 Standing like an enemy, He has bent His bow;
5 The Lord was like an enemy.
6 He has done violence to His [s]tabernacle,
7 The Lord has spurned His altar,
8 The Lord has [u]purposed to destroy
10 The elders of the daughter of Zion
11 My eyes fail with tears,
12 They say to their mothers,
13 How shall I console[aa] you?
14 Your prophets have seen for you
15 All who [ab]pass by clap their hands at you;
16 All your enemies have opened their mouth against you;
17 The Lord has done what He purposed;
18 Their heart cried out to the Lord,
19 “Arise, cry out in the night,
20 “See, O Lord, and consider!
21 “Young and old lie
22 “You have invited as to a feast day
Obadiah New King James Version (NKJV)
The Coming Judgment on Edom
1 The vision of Obadiah.
Thus says the Lord God concerning Edom
2 “Behold, I will make you small among the nations;
5 “If thieves had come to you,
6 “Oh, how Esau shall be searched out!
8 “Will I not in that day,” says the Lord,
Edom Mistreated His Brother
10 “For violence against your brother Jacob,
12 “But you should not have gazed[c] on the day of your brother
15 “For the day of the Lord upon all the nations is near;
Israel’s Final Triumph
17 “But on Mount Zion there shall be [h]deliverance,
19 The [i]South shall possess the mountains of Esau,
James 5 New King James Version (NKJV)
Rich Oppressors Will Be Judged
5 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! 2 Your riches [a]are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. 4 Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of [b]Sabaoth. 5 You have lived on the earth in pleasure and [c]luxury; you have [d]fattened your hearts [e]as in a day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.
Be Patient and Persevering
7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. 8 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord [f]is at hand.
9 Do not [g]grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be [h]condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! 10 My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. 11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.
12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into [i]judgment.
Meeting Specific Needs
13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 [j]Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, [k]fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.
Bring Back the Erring One
19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save [l]a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.
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