16 A king is not saved by a large army;
a warrior will not be rescued by great strength.(A)
17 The horse is a false hope for safety;
it provides no escape by its great power.(B)

18 But look, the Lord keeps his eye on those who fear him—
those who depend on his faithful love(C)
19 to rescue them from death
and to keep them alive in famine.(D)

20 We wait for the Lord;(E)
he is our help and shield.(F)
21 For our hearts rejoice in him(G)
because we trust in his holy name.(H)
22 May your faithful love rest on us, Lord,
for we put our hope in you.(I)

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The Coming of the Son of Man

25 “Then there will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars; (A) and there will be anguish on the earth among nations bewildered by the roaring of the sea and the waves.(B) 26 People will faint from fear and expectation of the things that are coming on the world, because the powers of the heavens will be shaken.(C) 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud(D) with power and great glory.(E) 28 But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift your heads, because your redemption is near.”(F)

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13 while we wait for the blessed hope,(A) the appearing of the glory(B) of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. 14 He gave himself for us(C) to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for himself a people for his own possession,(D) eager to do good works.

15 Proclaim these things; encourage and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard[a] you.

Christian Living among Outsiders

Remind them to submit(E) to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to slander no one, to avoid fighting, and to be kind, always showing gentleness(F) to all people. For we too were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved by various passions(G) and pleasures,(H) living in malice and envy, hateful, detesting one another.

But when the kindness of God our Savior and his love for mankind appeared,(I) he saved us(J)—not by works of righteousness that we had done,(K) but according to his mercy(L)—through the washing of regeneration(M) and renewal by the Holy Spirit.(N) He poured out his Spirit on us abundantly(O) through Jesus Christ our Savior so that, having been justified by his grace,(P) we may become heirs with the hope of eternal life.(Q)

Footnotes

  1. 2:15 Or despise

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