Lamentations 1-2 English Standard Version (ESV)
How Lonely Sits the City
1 How lonely sits the city
2 She weeps bitterly in the night,
3 Judah has gone into exile because of affliction[a]
4 The roads to Zion mourn,
5 Her foes have become the head;
6 From the daughter of Zion
7 Jerusalem remembers
8 Jerusalem sinned grievously;
9 Her uncleanness was in her skirts;
10 The enemy has stretched out his hands
11 All her people groan
12 “Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?
13 “From on high he sent fire;
14 “My transgressions were bound[f] into a yoke;
15 “The Lord rejected
16 “For these things I weep;
17 Zion stretches out her hands,
18 “The Lord is in the right,
19 “I called to my lovers,
20 “Look, O Lord, for I am in distress;
21 “They heard[g] my groaning,
22 “Let all their evildoing come before you,
The Lord Has Destroyed Without Pity
2 How the Lord in his anger
2 The Lord has swallowed up without mercy
3 He has cut down in fierce anger
4 He has bent his bow like an enemy,
5 The Lord has become like an enemy;
6 He has laid waste his booth like a garden,
7 The Lord has scorned his altar,
8 The Lord determined to lay in ruins
9 Her gates have sunk into the ground;
10 The elders of the daughter of Zion
11 My eyes are spent with weeping;
12 They cry to their mothers,
13 What can I say for you, to what compare you,
14 Your prophets have seen for you
15 All who pass along the way
16 All your enemies
17 The Lord has done what he purposed;
18 Their heart cried to the Lord.
19 “Arise, cry out in the night,
20 Look, O Lord, and see!
21 In the dust of the streets
22 You summoned as if to a festival day
Hebrews 12 English Standard Version (ESV)
Jesus, Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith
12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Do Not Grow Weary
3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. 4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
12 Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. 14 Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; 16 that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. 17 For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears.
A Kingdom That Cannot Be Shaken
18 For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest 19 and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. 20 For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” 21 Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, 23 and to the assembly[a] of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
25 See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27 This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, 29 for our God is a consuming fire.
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