1 Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me like a trumpet blast. The voice said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.” 2...

3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. 4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ...

1 Bel and Nebo, the gods of Babylon,bow as they are lowered to the ground.They are being hauled away on ox carts.The poor beasts stagger under the weight.2 Both the idols and their owners are bowed down.The gods cannot protect the people,and the people cannot...

1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us,but to your name goes all the gloryfor your unfailing love and faithfulness.2 Why let the nations say,“Where is their God?”3 Our God is in the heavens,and he does as he wishes.4 Their idols are merely things...

1 The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” 2 “Of course we may eat...

1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God...

1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where...

1 Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot—yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root.2 And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,the Spirit of counsel and might,the Spirit of knowledge and...

1 In Caesarea there lived a Roman army officer named Cornelius, who was a captain of the Italian Regiment. 2 He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly to God. 3 One...

10 I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. 11 For some...

1 Save me, O God,for the floodwaters are up to my neck.2 Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire;I can’t find a foothold.I am in deep water,and the floods overwhelm me.3 I am exhausted from crying for help;my throat is parched.My eyes are swollen...

1 We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves. 2 We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. 3 For even Christ didn’t live to please himself. As the...

1 The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.” 3 But Jonah got up and went in the opposite...

1 O God, we have heard it with our own ears—our ancestors have told usof all you did in their day,in days long ago:2 You drove out the pagan nations by your powerand gave all the land to our ancestors.You crushed their enemiesand set our...

3:1 Jesus went into the synagogue again and noticed a man with a deformed hand. 2 Since it was the Sabbath, Jesus’ enemies watched him closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath. 3 Jesus said to...

1 See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. 2 Dear friends, we...

1 One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, 2 and he began to teach them. 3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,for the Kingdom of...

1 This letter is from James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.I am writing to the “twelve tribes”—Jewish believers scattered abroad.Greetings!2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when...

1 Sing a new song to the Lord,for he has done wonderful deeds.His right hand has won a mighty victory;his holy arm has shown his saving power!2 The Lord has announced his victoryand has revealed his righteousness to every nation!3 He has remembered his promise...

1 Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. The land of Zebulun and Naphtali will be humbled, but there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between the...

9 Rejoice, O people of Zion!Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem!Look, your king is coming to you.He is righteous and victorious,yet he is humble, riding on a donkey—riding on a donkey’s colt.10 I will remove the battle chariots from Israeland the warhorses from Jerusalem.I...

1 “Look at my servant, whom I strengthen.He is my chosen one, who pleases me.I have put my Spirit upon him.He will bring justice to the nations.2 He will not shoutor raise his voice in public.3 He will not crush the weakest reedor put out...

1 Listen to me, all you in distant lands!Pay attention, you who are far away!The Lord called me before my birth;from within the womb he called me by name.2 He made my words of judgment as sharp as a sword.He has hidden me in the...

1 At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2 (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. 4 And because Joseph was a...

14 Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. 15 Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out...