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|GT - Justice and Fairness||B1 - Jeremiah's Letter to the Jews in Babylonia||B6 - A Prayer for Mercy||B10 - The Suffering Servant||B13 - Jeremiah's Sorrow for His People||B18 - Jesus Is Anointed at Bethany. The Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem||B21 - Jesus' Love for Jerusalem|
|B2 - Jeremiah's Message about the Prophets||B7 - Faith||B11 - The Prayer of Confession||B14 - War against Edom||B22 - The Word of Life|
|RR - Jeremiah's Message about the Prophets. The LORD's Burden||B3 - God's Assurance to Israel||B8 - The Spies||B12 - A Good Land to Be Possessed||B15 - God the Ruler of the World||B19 - Jesus Goes to the Temple. The Question about Jesus Authority||B23 - The Witness about Jesus Christ. Eternal Life|
|B4 - Words of Hope||B9 - Evening Prayer for Help||B16 - Thanksgiving to God for His Justice|
|B5 - Living in the Light||B17 - The LORD of the World and the Idols of Babylon||B20 - The Unbelief of the People|
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|GT - Exo 23||Bible citations||Bibles online||Commentary||Bible Terms>>||Dict||S&H||Strong's>>||KJV & NAS||Heb||Gr||S&H|
KJV - 1 Thou shalt not raise a false report:
NRSV - 1 You shall not spread a false report...
TEV - "Justice and Fairness" - 1 "Do not spread false rumors, and do not help a guilty man by giving false testimony. 2 Do not follow the majority when they do wrong or when they give testimony that perverts justice. 3 Do not show partiality to a poor man at his trial. 4 "If you happen to see your enemy's cow or donkey running loose, take it back to him. 5 If his donkey has fallen under its load, help him get the donkey to its feet again; don't just walk off. 6 "Do not deny justice to a poor man when he appears in court. 7 Do not make false accusations, and do not put an innocent person to death, for I will condemn anyone who does such an evil thing. 8 Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe makes people blind to what is right and ruins the cause of those who are innocent.
|RR - Jer 23||Bible citations||Bibles online||Commentary||Bible Terms>>||Dict||S&H||Strong's>>||KJV & NAS||Heb||Gr||S&H|
25 I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. 26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;
31 Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that use their tongues, and say, He saith. 32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the Lord, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the Lord. 33 And when this people, or the prophet, or a priest, shall ask thee, saying, What is the burden of the Lord? thou shalt then say unto them, What burden?
37 Thus shalt thou
say to the prophet, What hath the Lord answered thee? and, What hath the
NRSV - 23 Am I a God near by, says the LORD, and not a God far off?
25 I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in my name, saying, "I have dreamed, I have dreamed!" 26 How long? Will the hearts of the prophets ever turn back -- those who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart?
31 See, I am against the prophets, says the LORD, who use their own tongues and say, "Says the LORD." 32 See, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams, says the LORD, and who tell them, and who lead my people astray by their lies and their recklessness, when I did not send them or appoint them; so they do not profit this people at all, says the LORD. 33 When this people, or a prophet, or a priest asks you, "What is the burden of the LORD?" you shall say to them, "You are the burden,...
37 Thus you shall ask the
prophet, "What has the LORD answered you?" or "What has the LORD
Anchor Bible: Jeremiah: - "23 Am I a God who is near -- Yahweh's word -- and not a God far off?
25 I have heard what they have said -- the prophets who preach lies in my name, saying, 'I've had a dream! I've had a dream!' 26 How long is this to go on? Is [my name (?)] at all in the minds of the prophets who preach lies, who are prophets of their own deluded thinking,
31 Believe me, I am against the prophets -- Yahweh's word -- who, using their own speech, put forth what purports to be a prophecy. 32 Believe me, I am against the prophets who preach fradulent dreams -- Yahweh's word -- and who, by repeating them, mislead my people with their mendacious claptrap. I never sent them or commissioned them! They are of no benefit to this people whatsoever -- Yahweh's word." 33 "And if this people -- or a prophet or a priest -- should ask you, 'What is the massa [that is, the utterance] of Yahweh?' say to them 'You are the massa [that is, the burden],...
37 This is what you shall say to the prophet, 'What answer did Yahweh give you?' or, 'What did Yahweh say?'
TEV - "Jeremiah's Message about the Prophets" - 23 "I am a God who is everywhere and not in one place only. 24 No one can hide where I cannot see him. Do you not know that I am everywhere in heaven and on earth? 25 I know what those prophets have said who speak lies in my name and claim that I have given them my messages in their dreams. 26 How much longer will those prophets mislead my people with the lies they have invented? 27 They think that the dreams they tell will make my people forget me, just as their fathers forgot me and turned to Baal. 28 The prophet who has had a dream should say it is only a dream, but the prophet who has heard my message should proclaim that message faithfully. What good is straw compared with wheat? 29 My message is like a fire and like a hammer that breaks rocks in pieces. 30 I am against those prophets who take each other's words and proclaim them as my message. 31 I am also against those prophets who speak their own words and claim they came from me. 32 Listen to what I, the LORD, say! I am against the prophets who tell their dreams that are full of lies. They tell these dreams and lead my people astray with their lies and their boasting. I did not send them or order them to go, and they are of no help at all to the people. I, the LORD, have spoken."
"The LORD's Burden" - 33 The LORD said to me, "Jeremiah, when one of my people or a prophet or a priest asks you, "What is the LORD's message?' you are to tell him, "You are a burden to the LORD, and he is going to get rid of you.' 34 If one of my people or a prophet or a priest even uses the words "the LORD's burden,' I will punish him and his family. 35 Instead, each one should ask his friends and his relatives, "What answer has the LORD given? What has the LORD said?' 36 So they must no longer use the words "the LORD's burden,' because if anyone does, I will make my message a real burden to him. The people have perverted the words of their God, the living God, the LORD Almighty. 37 Jeremiah, ask the prophets, "What answer did the LORD give you? What did the LORD say?' 38 And if they disobey my command and use the words "the LORD's burden,' then tell them that 39 I will certainly pick them up and throw them far away from me, both them and the city that I gave to them and their ancestors. 40 I will bring on them everlasting shame and disgrace that will never be forgotten."
John Bright (The Anchor Bible: Jeremiah, New York: Doubleday, 1965, p. 153) comments:
The point hinges on a pun on the word massa. This word, which derives from the root ns ("to lift up"), may on the one hand have the force of a lifting up of the voice, thus of a "prophetic utterance," and on the other hand of a thing physically to be lifted up, a "burden." The massa of Yahweh is that the people are a massa. In vss. 34-40 the wordplay is developed in a slightly different direction. It appears that some have been using the word sarcastically, in the sense that Yahweh's utterance is a burden to them; they are therefore forbidden to use the word at all.
Critical scholars are almost unanimous in the opinion that only vs. 33 is from Jeremiah, the rest being a late editorial addition. Vs. 33 (proplerly translated by RSV [and by NRSV] is entirely in accord with Jeremiah's thought, but vss. 34-40 are foreign to his thinking. The latter are from the late scribe or rabbi who considered it improper to use the term the burden of the Lord to refer to God's word.
The word translated burden is massa, from a root meaning "to lift up." It frequently has the literal meaning "a burden," as in vs. 33b: You are the burden [of the Lord], which he finds difficult to bear. It was also a technical term for a message or oracle of God, as in Nah. 1:1; Hab. 1:1, Mal. 1:1; et al. The usage may have originated in the idea that the message of the prophet was a burden placed by God upon the prophet, which he in turn was expected to place on the nation or individual. It was most often used of messages foretelling catastrophe and doom...
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|B1 - Jer 29||Bible citations||Bibles online||Commentary||Bible Terms>>||Dict||S&H||Strong's>>||KJV & NAS||Heb||Gr||S&H|
KJV - 8 thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. 9 For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name:
11 For I know the thoughts
that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil,
to give you an expected end.
NRSV - 8 ...thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let the prophets and the diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream, 9 for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name;...
11 For surely I know the
plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm,
to give you a future with hope.
TEV - "Jeremiah's Letter to the Jews in Babylonia" - 8 I, the LORD, the God of Israel, warn you not to let yourselves be deceived by the prophets who live among you or by any others who claim they can predict the future. Do not pay any attention to their dreams. 9 They are telling you lies in my name. I did not send them. I, the LORD Almighty, have spoken.' 10 "The LORD says, "When Babylonia's seventy years are over, I will show my concern for you and keep my promise to bring you back home. 11 I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. 12 Then you will call to me. You will come and pray to me, and I will answer you. 13 You will seek me, and you will find me because you will seek me with all your heart. 14 Yes, I say, you will find me, and I will restore you to your land. I will gather you from every country and from every place to which I have scattered you, and I will bring you back to the land from which I had sent you away into exile. I, the LORD, have spoken.'
|B2 - Jer 23||Bible citations||Bibles online||Commentary||Bible Terms>>||Dict||S&H||Strong's>>||KJV & NAS||Heb||Gr||S&H|
KJV - 28 The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the Lord.
NRSV - 28 Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let the one who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? says the LORD.
TEV - "Jeremiah's Message about the Prophets" - 23 "I am a God who is everywhere and not in one place only. 24 No one can hide where I cannot see him. Do you not know that I am everywhere in heaven and on earth? 25 I know what those prophets have said who speak lies in my name and claim that I have given them my messages in their dreams. 26 How much longer will those prophets mislead my people with the lies they have invented? 27 They think that the dreams they tell will make my people forget me, just as their fathers forgot me and turned to Baal. 28 The prophet who has had a dream should say it is only a dream, but the prophet who has heard my message should proclaim that message faithfully. What good is straw compared with wheat? 29 My message is like a fire and like a hammer that breaks rocks in pieces.
|B3 - Isa 41||Bible citations||Bibles online||Commentary||Bible Terms>>||Dict||S&H||Strong's>>||KJV & NAS||Heb||Gr||S&H|
KJV - 15 Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff. 16 Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them:
NRSV - 15 Now, I will make of you a threshing sledge, sharp, new, and having teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and crush them, and you shall make the hills like chaff. 16 You shall winnow them and the wind shall carry them away, and the tempest shall scatter them....
TEV - "God's Assurance to Israel" - 14 The LORD says, "Small and weak as you are, Israel, don't be afraid; I will help you. I, the holy God of Israel, am the one who saves you. 15 I will make you like a threshing board, with spikes that are new and sharp. You will thresh mountains and destroy them; hills will crumble into dust. 16 You will toss them in the air; the wind will carry them off, and they will be scattered by the storm. Then you will be happy because I am your God; you will praise me, the holy God of Israel.
|B4 - Isa 40||Bible citations||Bibles online||Commentary||Bible Terms>>||Dict||S&H||Strong's>>||KJV & NAS||Heb||Gr||S&H|
KJV - 4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: 5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
NRSV - 4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. 5 Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."
TEV - "Words of Hope" - 3 A voice cries out, "Prepare in the wilderness a road for the LORD! Clear the way in the desert for our God! 4 Fill every valley; level every mountain. The hills will become a plain, and the rough country will be made smooth. 5 Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind will see it. The LORD himself has promised this."
|B5 - Eph 5||Bible citations||Bibles online||Commentary||Bible Terms>>||Dict||S&H||Strong's>>||KJV & NAS||Heb||Gr||S&H|
KJV - 14 Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
NRSV - 14 ..."Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."
TEV - "Living in the Light" - 11 Have nothing to do with the worthless things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light. (12 It is really too shameful even to talk about the things they do in secret.) 13 And when all things are brought out to the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed; 14 for anything that is clearly revealed becomes light. That is why it is said, "Wake up, sleeper, and rise from death, and Christ will shine on you."
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|B6 - Psa 123||Bible citations||Bibles online||Commentary||Bible Terms>>||Dict||S&H||Strong's>>||KJV & NAS||Heb||Gr||S&H|
KJV - 1 Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.
NRSV - 1 To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
TEV - "A Prayer for Mercy" - 1 LORD, I look up to you, up to heaven, where you rule. 2 As a servant depends on his master, as a maid depends on her mistress, so we will keep looking to you, O LORD our God, until you have mercy on us. 3 Be merciful to us, LORD, be merciful; we have been treated with so much contempt. 4 We have been mocked too long by the rich and scorned by proud oppressors.
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KJV - 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
NRSV - 1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval.
TEV - "Faith" - 1 To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see. 2 It was by their faith that people of ancient times won God's approval. 3 It is by faith that we understand that the universe was created by God's word, so that what can be seen was made out of what cannot be seen. 4 It was faith that made Abel offer to God a better sacrifice than Cain's. Through his faith he won God's approval as a righteous man, because God himself approved of his gifts. By means of his faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.
The Greek word which RSV translates "assurance" has been understood in three ways: (a) From early times, some translators and commentators have thought it had the meaning "substance" or"underlying reality" which it has in 1.3 (God's own being). This interpretation is chosen by KJV "substance"; Knox and NEB text "gives substance to our hopes." (b) Most translations understand the word as "assurance" or "conviction": RSV and NEB footnote "assurance"; Phps "full confidence"; NAB "confident assurance"; or verbal expressions like to be sure; Mft "we are confident." (c) Some French translations have "guarantee," perhaps because "the word was often used in legal documents of the time for the title-deeds of a piece of property" (TNT note)...
|B8 - Num 13||Bible citations||Bibles online||Commentary||Bible Terms>>||Dict||S&H||Strong's>>||KJV & NAS||Heb||Gr||S&H|
KJV - 1 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.
17 And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain: 18 And see the land, what it is;
21 So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob, as men come to Hamath.
25 And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.
27 And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. 28 Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great:
30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. 31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. 32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof;
33 And there we saw
the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our
own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
NRSV - 1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 "Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites; from each of their ancestral tribes you shall send a man, every one a leader among them."
17 Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said to them, "Go up there into the Negeb, and go up into the hill country, 18 and see what the land is like,...
21 So they went up and spied out the land from the wilderness of Zin to Rehob, near Lebo-hamath.
25 At the end of forty days they returned from spying out the land.
27 And they told him, "We came to the land to which you sent us; it flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 Yet the people who live in the land are strong, and the towns are fortified and very large; and besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there.
30 But Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, "Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it." 31 Then the men who had gone up with him said, "We are not able to go up against this people, for they are stronger than we." 32 So they brought to the Israelites an unfavorable report of the land that they had spied out, saying, "The land that we have gone through as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants;...
33 There we saw the
Nephilim (the Anakites come from the Nephilim); and to ourselves we seemed
like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them."
TEV - "The Spies" - 1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 "Choose one of the leaders from each of the twelve tribes and send them as spies to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites." 3 Moses obeyed and from the wilderness of Paran he sent out leaders, as follows: 4 tribe: Reuben, leader: Shammua son of Zaccur; 5 tribe: Simeon, leader: Shaphat son of Hori; 6 tribe: Judah, leader: Caleb son of Jephunneh; 7 tribe: Issachar, leader: Igal son of Joseph; 8 tribe: Ephraim, leader: Hoshea son of Nun; 9 tribe: Benjamin, leader: Palti son of Raphu.
16 These are the spies Moses sent to explore the land. He changed the name of Hoshea son of Nun to Joshua. 17 When Moses sent them out, he said to them, "Go north from here into the southern part of the land of Canaan and then on into the hill country. 18 Find out what kind of country it is, how many people live there, and how strong they are. 19 Find out whether the land is good or bad and whether the people live in open towns or in fortified cities. 20 Find out whether the soil is fertile and whether the land is wooded. And be sure to bring back some of the fruit that grows there." (It was the season when grapes were beginning to ripen.) 21 So the men went north and explored the land from the wilderness of Zin in the south all the way to Rehob, near Hamath Pass in the north.
25 After exploring
the land for forty days, the spies returned 26 to Moses, Aaron, and
the whole community of Israel at Kadesh in the wilderness of Paran. They
reported what they had seen and showed them the fruit they had brought.
27 They told Moses, "We explored the land and found it to be rich and
fertile; and here is some of its fruit. 28 But the people who live there
are powerful, and their cities are very large and well fortified. Even
worse, we saw the descendants of the giants there. 29 Amalekites live in
the southern part of the land; Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in
the hill country; and Canaanites live by the Mediterranean Sea and along
the Jordan River." 30 Caleb silenced the people who were complaining
against Moses, and said, "We should attack now and take the land; we
are strong enough to conquer it." 31 But the men who had gone with
Caleb said, "No, we are not strong enough to attack them; the people
there are more powerful than we are." 32 So they spread a false report
among the Israelites about the land they had explored. They said, "That
land doesn't even produce enough to feed the people who live there.
Everyone we saw was very tall, 33 and we even saw giants there, the descendants
of Anak. We felt as small as grasshoppers, and that is how we must have
looked to them."
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KJV - 6 There be many that say, Who will shew us any good?
NRSV - 6 There are many who say, "O that we might see some good!...
TEV - "Evening Prayer for Help" - 4 Tremble with fear and stop sinning; think deeply about this, when you lie in silence on your beds. 5 Offer the right sacrifices to the LORD, and put your trust in him. 6 There are many who pray: "Give us more blessings, O LORD. Look on us with kindness!" 7 But the joy that you have given me is more than they will ever have with all their grain and wine. 8 When I lie down, I go to sleep in peace; you alone, O LORD, keep me perfectly safe.
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|B10 - Isa 53||Bible citations||Bibles online||Commentary||Bible Terms>>||Dict||S&H||Strong's>>||KJV & NAS||Heb||Gr||S&H|
KJV - 1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?
NRSV - 1 Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
TEV - "The Suffering Servant" - 1 The people reply, "Who would have believed what we now report? Who could have seen the LORD's hand in this? 2 It was the will of the LORD that his servant grow like a plant taking root in dry ground. He had no dignity or beauty to make us take notice of him. There was nothing attractive about him, nothing that would draw us to him. 3 We despised him and rejected him; he endured suffering and pain. No one would even look at him -- we ignored him as if he were nothing.
|B11 - Neh 9||Bible citations||Bibles online||Commentary||Bible Terms>>||Dict||S&H||Strong's>>||KJV & NAS||Heb||Gr||S&H|
KJV - 6 Thou, even thou, art Lord alone;
11 And thou didst divide the sea before them, so that they went through the midst of the sea on the dry land;
12 Moreover thou leddest them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and in the night by a pillar of fire, to give them light in the way wherein they should go.
21 Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, so that they lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled not.
23 Their children also
multipliedst thou as the stars of heaven, and broughtest them into the land,
concerning which thou hadst promised to their fathers, that they should
go in to possess it.
NRSV - 6 ...You are the LORD, you alone;...
11 And you divided the sea before them, so that they passed through the sea on dry land,...
12 Moreover, you led them by day with a pillar of cloud, and by night with a pillar of fire, to give them light on the way in which they should go.
21 Forty years you sustained them in the wilderness so that they lacked nothing; their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell.
23 You multiplied their
descendants like the stars of heaven, and brought them into the land that
you had told their ancestors to enter and possess.
TEV - "The Prayer of Confession" - 6 And then the people of Israel prayed this prayer: "You, LORD, you alone are LORD; you made the heavens and the stars of the sky. You made land and sea and everything in them; you gave life to all. The heavenly powers bow down and worship you. 7 You, LORD God, chose Abram and led him out of Ur in Babylonia; you changed his name to Abraham.
9 "You saw how our ancestors suffered in Egypt; you heard their call for help at the Red Sea. 10 You worked amazing miracles against the king, against his officials and the people of his land, because you knew how they oppressed your people. You won then the fame you still have today. 11 Through the sea you made a path for your people and led them through on dry ground. Those who pursued them drowned in deep water, as a stone sinks in the raging sea. 12 With a cloud you led them in daytime, and at night you lighted their way with fire.
18 They made an idol in the shape of a bull-calf and said it was the god who led them from Egypt! How much they insulted you, LORD! 19 But you did not abandon them there in the desert, for your mercy is great. You did not take away the cloud or the fire that showed them the path by day and night. 20 In your goodness you told them what they should do; you fed them manna and gave them water to drink. 21 Through forty years in the desert you provided all that they needed; their clothing never wore out, and their feet were not swollen with pain. 22 "You let them conquer nations and kingdoms, lands that bordered their own. They conquered the land of Heshbon, where Sihon ruled, and the land of Bashan, where Og was king. 23 You gave them as many children as there are stars in the sky, and let them conquer and live in the land that you had promised their ancestors to give them. 24 They conquered the land of Canaan; you overcame the people living there. You gave your people the power to do as they pleased with the people and kings of Canaan.
|B12 - Deu 8||Bible citations||Bibles online||Commentary||Bible Terms>>||Dict||S&H||Strong's>>||KJV & NAS||Heb||Gr||S&H|
KJV - 7 For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;
10 When thou hast eaten
and art full, then thou shalt bless the Lord thy God for the good land which
he hath given thee.
NRSV - 7 For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills,
10 You shall eat your
fill and bless the LORD your God for the good land that he has given you.
TEV - "A Good Land to Be Possessed" - 5 Remember that the LORD your God corrects and punishes you just as a father disciplines his children. 6 So then, do as the LORD has commanded you: live according to his laws and obey him. 7 The LORD your God is bringing you into a fertile land -- a land that has rivers and springs, and underground streams gushing out into the valleys and hills; 8 a land that produces wheat and barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and honey. 9 There you will never go hungry or ever be in need. Its rocks have iron in them, and from its hills you can mine copper. 10 You will have all you want to eat, and you will give thanks to the LORD your God for the fertile land that he has given you.
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KJV - 19 I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.
NRSV - 19 ...I cannot keep silent; for I hear the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.
TEV - "Jeremiah's Sorrow for His People" - 19 The pain! I can't bear the pain! My heart! My heart is beating wildly! I can't keep quiet; I hear the trumpets and the shouts of battle. 20 One disaster follows another; the whole country is left in ruins. Suddenly our tents are destroyed; their curtains are torn to pieces. 21 How long must I see the battle raging and hear the blasts of trumpets?
|B14 - 2Ch 20||Bible citations||Bibles online||Commentary||Bible Terms>>||Dict||S&H||Strong's>>||KJV & NAS||Heb||Gr||S&H|
KJV - 1 the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.
3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
13 And all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. 14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the Lord in the midst of the congregation; 15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude;
17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem:
20 And they rose early
in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they
went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants
of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established;
believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. 21 And when he had consulted
with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise
the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise
the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.
NRSV - 1 ...the Moabites and Ammonites, and with them some of the Meunites, came against Jehoshaphat for battle.
3 Jehoshaphat was afraid; he set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
13 Meanwhile all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. 14 Then the spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the middle of the assembly. 15 He said, "Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the LORD to you: "Do not fear or be dismayed at this great multitude;...
17 This battle is not for you to fight; take your position, stand still, and see the victory of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.'...
20 They rose early in
the morning and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went
out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, "Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants
of Jerusalem! Believe in the LORD your God and you will be established;
believe his prophets." 21 When he had taken counsel with the people,
he appointed those who were to sing to the LORD and praise him in holy splendor,
as they went before the army, saying, "Give thanks to the LORD, for
his steadfast love endures forever."
TEV - "War against Edom" - 1 Some time later the armies of Moab and Ammon, together with their allies, the Meunites, invaded Judah. 2 Some messengers came and announced to King Jehoshaphat: "A large army from Edom has come from the other side of the Dead Sea to attack you. They have already captured Hazazon Tamar." (This is another name for Engedi.) 3 Jehoshaphat was frightened and prayed to the LORD for guidance. Then he gave orders for a fast to be observed throughout the country.
13 All the men of
Judah, with their wives and children, were standing there at the Temple.
14 The spirit of the LORD came upon a Levite who was present in the crowd.
His name was Jahaziel son of Zechariah; he was a member of the clan of Asaph
and was descended from Asaph through Mattaniah, Jeiel, and Benaiah. 15 Jahaziel
said, "Your Majesty and all you people of Judah and Jerusalem, the
LORD says that you must not be discouraged or be afraid to face this large
army. The battle depends on God, not on you. 16 Attack them tomorrow
as they come up the pass at Ziz. You will meet them at the end of the valley
that leads to the wild country near Jeruel. 17 You will not have to fight
this battle. Just take up your positions and wait; you will see the LORD
give you victory. People of Judah and Jerusalem, do not hesitate or
be afraid. Go out to battle, and the LORD will be with you!" 18 Then
King Jehoshaphat bowed low, with his face touching the ground, and all the
people bowed with him and worshiped the LORD. 19 The members of the Levite
clans of Kohath and Korah stood up and with a loud shout praised the LORD,
the God of Israel. 20 Early the next morning the people went out to the
wild country near Tekoa. As they were starting out, Jehoshaphat addressed
them with these words: "Men of Judah and Jerusalem! Put your trust
in the LORD your God, and you will stand your ground. Believe what his prophets
tell you, and you will succeed." 21 After consulting with the people,
the king ordered some musicians to put on the robes they wore on sacred
occasions and to march ahead of the army, singing: "Praise the LORD!
His love is eternal!"
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KJV - 1 O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.
NRSV - 1 O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things. His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory.
TEV - "God the Ruler of the World" - 1 Sing a new song to the LORD; he has done wonderful things! By his own power and holy strength he has won the victory. 2 The LORD announced his victory; he made his saving power known to the nations. 3 He kept his promise to the people of Israel with loyalty and constant love for them. All people everywhere have seen the victory of our God.
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KJV - 6 destructions are come to a perpetual end:
7 But the Lord shall
endure for ever:
NRSV - 6 The enemies ... you have rooted out; the very memory of them has perished.
7 But the Lord sits enthroned forever,...
TEV - "Thanksgiving to God for His Justice" - 3 My enemies turn back when you appear; they fall down and die. 4 You are fair and honest in your judgments, and you have judged in my favor. 5 You have condemned the heathen and destroyed the wicked; they will be remembered no more. 6 Our enemies are finished forever; you have destroyed their cities, and they are completely forgotten. 7 But the LORD is king forever; he has set up his throne for judgment. 8 He rules the world with righteousness; he judges the nations with justice.
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KJV - 22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
NRSV - 22 Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.
TEV - "The LORD of the World and the Idols of Babylon" - 22 "Turn to me now and be saved, people all over the world! I am the only God there is. 23 My promise is true, and it will not be changed. I solemnly promise by all that I am: Everyone will come and kneel before me and vow to be loyal to me. 24 "They will say that only through me are victory and strength to be found; but all who hate me will suffer disgrace. 25 I, the LORD, will rescue all the descendants of Jacob, and they will give me praise.
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KJV - 1 Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.
12 On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. 14 And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, 15 Fear not, daughter of Sion; behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.
17 The people therefore
that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him
from the dead, bare record. 18 For this cause the people also met him, for
that they heard that he had done this miracle.
NRSV - 1 ...Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.
12 The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord -- the King of Israel!" 14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it; as it is written: 15 "Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion. Look, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt!"
17 So the crowd that
had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him
from the dead continued to testify. 18 It was also because they heard that
he had performed this sign that the crowd went to meet him.
TEV - "Jesus Is Anointed at Bethany" - 1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus went to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, the man he had raised from death.
Entry into Jerusalem" - 12 The next day the large crowd that
had come to the Passover Festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.
13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting,
"Praise God! God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord! God bless
the King of Israel!" 14 Jesus found a donkey and rode on it, just as
the scripture says, 15 "Do not be afraid, city of Zion! Here comes
your king, riding on a young donkey." 16 His disciples did not
understand this at the time; but when Jesus had been raised to glory, they
remembered that the scripture said this about him and that they had done
this for him. 17 The people who had been with Jesus when he called Lazarus
out of the grave and raised him from death had reported what had happened.
18 That was why the crowd met him -- because they heard that he had performed
this miracle. 19 The Pharisees then said to one another, "You see,
we are not succeeding at all! Look, the whole world is following him!"
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KJV - 14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.
23 And when he was
come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came
unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these
things? and who gave thee this authority?
NRSV - 14 The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he cured them.
23 When he entered the
temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he
was teaching, and said, "By what authority are you doing these things,
and who gave you this authority?"
TEV - "Jesus Goes to the Temple" - 14 The blind and the crippled came to him in the Temple, and he healed them. 15 The chief priests and the teachers of the Law became angry when they saw the wonderful things he was doing and the children shouting in the Temple, "Praise to David's Son!" 16 So they asked Jesus, "Do you hear what they are saying?" "Indeed I do," answered Jesus. "Haven't you ever read this scripture? "You have trained children and babies to offer perfect praise." 17 Jesus left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.
about Jesus Authority" - 23 Jesus came back to the Temple; and
as he taught, the chief priests and the elders came to him and asked, "What
right do you have to do these things? Who gave you such right?"
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KJV - 37 though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: 38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?
NRSV - 37 Although he had performed so many signs in their presence, they did not believe in him. 38 This was to fulfill the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah: "Lord, who has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?"
TEV - "The Unbelief of the People" - 36b After Jesus said this, he went off and hid himself from them. 37 Even though he had performed all these miracles in their presence, they did not believe in him, 38 so that what the prophet Isaiah had said might come true: "Lord, who believed the message we told? To whom did the Lord reveal his power?"
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KJV - 31 there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee. 32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.
NRSV - 31 ...some Pharisees came and said to him, "Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you." 32 He said to them, "Go and tell that fox for me, "Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work.
TEV - "Jesus' Love for Jerusalem" - 31 At that same time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, "You must get out of here and go somewhere else, because Herod wants to kill you." 32 Jesus answered them, "Go and tell that fox: "I am driving out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I shall finish my work.' 33 Yet I must be on my way today, tomorrow, and the next day; it is not right for a prophet to be killed anywhere except in Jerusalem.
The Pharisees who came to warn Jesus of Herod's intentions posed as friends, but they might have guessed that he would be suspicious of the unwonted solicitude for his safety and would recognize that they were actually in collusion with Herod. Herod earned himself the title of fox because, not daring to take direct action against Jesus at the height of his Galilean popularity, he tried to drive him from his tetrarchy by this devious intimidation, subtly disguised as friendship. Jesus' retort is that he will not be deflected by threats from the course he has set himself. When the time comes for him to leave Herod's territory -- and the day cannot be long delayed -- he will move on towards Jerusalem, driven not by threats but by the inner compulsion of his mission. In the meantime he is in no danger: Herod has no right to usurp the position, which Jerusalem occupies by long usage, as killer of the messengers of God.
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KJV - 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
18 No man hath seen
God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father,
he hath declared him.
NRSV - 11 He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God,
16 From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
18 No one has ever seen
God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father's heart, who has
made him known.
TEV - "The Word of Life" - 6 God sent his messenger, a man named John, 7 who came to tell people about the light, so that all should hear the message and believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came to tell about the light. 9 This was the real light -- the light that comes into the world and shines on all mankind. 10 The Word was in the world, and though God made the world through him, yet the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to his own country, but his own people did not receive him. 12 Some, however, did receive him and believed in him; so he gave them the right to become God's children. 13 They did not become God's children by natural means, that is, by being born as the children of a human father; God himself was their Father. 14 The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw his glory, the glory which he received as the Father's only Son. 15 John spoke about him. He cried out, "This is the one I was talking about when I said, "He comes after me, but he is greater than I am, because he existed before I was born." 16 Out of the fullness of his grace he has blessed us all, giving us one blessing after another. 17 God gave the Law through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is the same as God and is at the Father's side, he has made him known.
Joh 1:18 - KJV wording: the only begotten son, which is in the bosom of the Father - corrected translation consistent with the original Greek text: the being who is the same as God, who is the only one born of God, who is in the lap of the Father or: the only divine son, who is in the lap of the Father
The original Greek of this verse is as follows:
Theon <2316> oudeis<3762> heoraken <3708> popote, <4455> monogenes <3439> Theos <2316> ho <3588> on <5607> eis <1520> ton <3588> kolpon <2859> tou <3588> patros <3962> ekeinos <1565> exegesato <1834>.
A word by word translation would be as follows:
God <2316> no one <3762> has seen <3708> ever, <4455> only-born <3439> divine * <2316> the one <3588> being <5607> in <1520> the <3588> bosom (chest or lap) <2859> of the <3588> Father <3962> that one <1565> declared (explained) <1834>.
* divine: literally God (Theos), but the anarthrous grammatical construction in Greek makes it an adjective, meaning divine, godly, or the same as God
The KJV with Strong's numbers is as follows:
No man <3762> hath seen <3708> God <2316> at any time <4455>; the only begotten <3439> Son <5207>, which <3588> is <5607> in <1520> the <3588> bosom <2859> of the <3588> Father <3962>, he <1565> hath declared <1834> [him].
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KJV - 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
20 And we know that
the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may
know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus
Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. 21 Little children, keep
yourselves from idols. Amen.
NRSV - 11 And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
20 And we know that
the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know
him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ.
He is the true God and eternal life. 21 Little children, keep yourselves
TEV - "The Witness about Jesus Christ" - 6 Jesus Christ is the one who came with the water of his baptism and the blood of his death. He came not only with the water, but with both the water and the blood. And the Spirit himself testifies that this is true, because the Spirit is truth. 7 There are three witnesses: 8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and all three give the same testimony. 9 We believe man's testimony; but God's testimony is much stronger, and he has given this testimony about his Son. 10 So whoever believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his own heart; but whoever does not believe God, has made a liar of him, because he has not believed what God has said about his Son. 11 The testimony is this: God has given us eternal life, and this life has its source in his Son.
"Eternal Life" - 18 We know that no child of God keeps on sinning, for the Son of God keeps him safe, and the Evil One cannot harm him. 19 We know that we belong to God even though the whole world is under the rule of the Evil One. 20 We know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we know the true God. We live in union with the true God -- in union with his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and this is eternal life. 21 My children, keep yourselves safe from false gods!
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