Lamentations 4-5 New Living Translation (NLT)
God’s Anger Satisfied
4 How the gold has lost its luster!
2 See how the precious children of Jerusalem,[a]
3 Even the jackals feed their young,
4 The parched tongues of their little ones
5 The people who once ate the richest foods
6 The guilt[b] of my people
7 Our princes once glowed with health—
8 But now their faces are blacker than soot.
9 Those killed by the sword are better off
10 Tenderhearted women
11 But now the anger of the Lord is satisfied.
12 Not a king in all the earth—
13 Yet it happened because of the sins of her prophets
14 They wandered blindly
15 “Get away!” the people shouted at them.
16 The Lord himself has scattered them,
17 We looked in vain for our allies
18 We couldn’t go into the streets
19 Our enemies were swifter than eagles in flight.
20 Our king—the Lord’s anointed, the very life of our nation—
21 Are you rejoicing in the land of Uz,
22 O beautiful Jerusalem,[e] your punishment will end;
Prayer for Restoration
5 Lord, remember what has happened to us.
8 Slaves have now become our masters;
19 But Lord, you remain the same forever!
Hebrews 2 New Living Translation (NLT)
A Warning against Drifting Away
2 So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it. 2 For the message God delivered through angels has always stood firm, and every violation of the law and every act of disobedience was punished. 3 So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak? 4 And God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose.
Jesus, the Man
5 And furthermore, it is not angels who will control the future world we are talking about. 6 For in one place the Scriptures say,
“What are mere mortals that you should think about them,
Now when it says “all things,” it means nothing is left out. But we have not yet seen all things put under their authority. 9 What we do see is Jesus, who for a little while was given a position “a little lower than the angels”; and because he suffered death for us, he is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone. 10 God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that he should make Jesus, through his suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into their salvation.
11 So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters.[d] 12 For he said to God,
“I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters.
13 He also said,
“I will put my trust in him,”
14 Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had[g] the power of death. 15 Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.
16 We also know that the Son did not come to help angels; he came to help the descendants of Abraham. 17 Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters,[h] so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. 18 Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.
Psalm 103 New Living Translation (NLT)
A psalm of David.
1 Let all that I am praise the Lord;
6 The Lord gives righteousness
7 He revealed his character to Moses
19 The Lord has made the heavens his throne;
20 Praise the Lord, you angels,
Let all that I am praise the Lord.
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