Lamentations 3-5New International Version (NIV)
3 [a]I am the man who has seen affliction
4 He has made my skin and my flesh grow old
7 He has walled me in so I cannot escape;
10 Like a bear lying in wait,
13 He pierced my heart
16 He has broken my teeth with gravel;
19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
28 Let him sit alone in silence,
31 For no one is cast off
34 To crush underfoot
37 Who can speak and have it happen
40 Let us examine our ways and test them,
43 “You have covered yourself with anger and pursued us;
46 “All our enemies have opened their mouths
49 My eyes will flow unceasingly,
52 Those who were my enemies without cause
55 I called on your name, Lord,
58 You, Lord, took up my case;
61 Lord, you have heard their insults,
64 Pay them back what they deserve, Lord,
4 [b]How the gold has lost its luster,
2 How the precious children of Zion,
3 Even jackals offer their breasts
4 Because of thirst the infant’s tongue
5 Those who once ate delicacies
6 The punishment of my people
7 Their princes were brighter than snow
8 But now they are blacker than soot;
9 Those killed by the sword are better off
10 With their own hands compassionate women
11 The Lord has given full vent to his wrath;
12 The kings of the earth did not believe,
13 But it happened because of the sins of her prophets
14 Now they grope through the streets
15 “Go away! You are unclean!” people cry to them.
16 The Lord himself has scattered them;
17 Moreover, our eyes failed,
18 People stalked us at every step,
19 Our pursuers were swifter
20 The Lord’s anointed, our very life breath,
21 Rejoice and be glad, Daughter Edom,
22 Your punishment will end, Daughter Zion;
5 Remember, Lord, what has happened to us;
19 You, Lord, reign forever;
Hebrews 10:19-39New International Version (NIV)
A Call to Persevere in Faith
19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[a] and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”[b] 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32 Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. 33 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34 You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. 35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For,
“In just a little while,
39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.
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