1 Shout out to God, all the earth. Erupt with joy to the one True God! 2 Sing of the glory due His name! Offer Him the most magnificent praises! 3 Say to God, “All You have done is wondrous and causes fear! Your power is mighty, and Your enemies pretend to submit to You. 4 The entire earth will bow down to worship You and will sing glory-songs to You; they will sing praises to Your name!
5 Come and witness the True God’s endless works. His miraculous deeds done on behalf of humanity inspire fear. 6 He transformed the sea into dry land; our people passed through the river on foot! Rejoice in Him; celebrate what He did there! 7 By His great might, He rules forever; His eyes watch over all the nations, so no one should go up against Him.
8 Everyone, bless our True God! Let praise-filled voices be heard near and far—at home and on foreign soil! 9 Praise the One who gives us life and keeps us safe, who does not allow us to stumble in the darkness.
66:4Literally, selah, likely a musical direction from a Hebrew root meaning “to lift up”
47 So, look! the days are coming when I will punish Babylon’s idols. Her whole land will suffer humiliation, and her dead will lie unburied within her borders. 48 Then the heavens and the earth and all that is within them will shout for joy over the disaster that comes upon Babylon, For the destroying armies will march against Babylon from out of the north.
49 As the slain of Israel fell, so must Babylon fall. As the slain of all the earth fell, so must Babylon fall. 50 You who escape the blade of the sword must get out now. Don’t delay! Remember Me in that distant land; remember the Eternal, and think fondly of Jerusalem. 51 In that bittersweet moment, the remnant of My people will say, “We are ashamed—we have been insulted by invaders, and disgrace covers our faces When we think of foreigners entering the holy places of the Eternal’s temple and defiling it by their presence.”
52 But I, the Eternal One, declare that the day will come when I will punish Babylon’s images and idols; and the groans of her dying will echo through the land. 53 No matter how high she reaches or how strong her defenses, I will send enemies to destroy her.
So says the Eternal.
54 Listen! Hear the cry that comes from Babylon. It is the sound of great destruction in the land of Chaldea. 55 For the Eternal is destroying Babylon; He will drown out the piercing sound of her cries As wave after wave of her enemies roars in, crashing against her, with the deafening sound of battle in the air. 56 A destroyer is coming to attack Babylon; her mighty warriors will be captured. Their weapons will be broken. For the Eternal is a just God who pays accordingly, and He will repay Babylon in full.
57 Eternal One: I will make her leaders and wise men drunk as well as her governors, leaders, and mighty warriors. And when they fall asleep, they will sleep forever,
So says the King, whose name is the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies.
58 Eternal One: The wide and sturdy walls of Babylon will be toppled, and her massive city gates will be set on fire. The people toiled to build those walls, but it was all in vain. Prisoners from other lands exhausted themselves to build this city, but their work went up in flames.
8 Now, brothers and sisters, let me tell you about the amazing gift of God’s grace that’s happening throughout the churches in Macedonia. 2 Even in the face of severe anguish and hard times, their elation and poverty have overflowed into a wealth of generosity. 3 I watched as they willingly gave what they could afford and then went beyond to give even more. 4 They came to us on their own, begging to take part in this work of grace to support the poor saints in Judea.5 We were so overwhelmed—none of us expected their reaction—that they truly turned their lives over to the Lord and then gave themselves to support us in our work as we answer the call of God. 6 That’s why we asked Titus to finish what he started among you regarding this gracious work of charity. 7 Just as you are rich in everything—in faith and speech, in knowledge and all sincerity, and in the love we have shown among you[a]—now I ask you to invest richly in this gracious work too.
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