m“Build up, build up, prepare the way,
15 For thus says nthe One who is high and lifted up,
who inhabits eternity, whose name is oHoly:
p“I dwell in the high and holy place,
and also qwith him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit,
rto revive the spirit of the lowly,
16 sFor I will not contend forever,
17 Because of the iniquity of his tunjust gain I was angry,
18 I have seen his ways, ubut I will heal him;
I will lead him vand restore comfort to him and his mourners,
u“and I will heal him.
20 aBut the wicked are like the tossing sea;
21 bThere is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”
clift up your voice like a trumpet;
ddeclare to my people their transgression,
2 eYet they seek me daily
3 f‘Why have we fasted, and you see it not?
Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure,1
gand oppress all your workers.
5 hIs such the fast that I choose,
ia day for a person to humble himself?
jto loose the bonds of wickedness,
to undo the straps kof the yoke,
to let the oppressed2 go free,
7 Is it not lto share your bread with the hungry
mand not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
8 nThen shall your light break forth like the dawn,
oand your healing shall spring up speedily;
pyour righteousness shall go before you;
qthe glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
If you take away rthe yoke from your midst,
sthe pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
10 tif you pour yourself out for the hungry
nthen shall your light rise in the darkness
and you shall be ulike a watered garden,
12 vAnd your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
13 w“If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath,
from doing your pleasure3 on my holy day,
zI will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father,
afor the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
59 Behold, bthe Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save,
2 cbut your iniquities have made a separation
3 dFor your hands are defiled with blood
4 eNo one enters suit justly;
fthey conceive mischief and give birth to iniquity.
6 gTheir webs will not serve as clothing;
7 hTheir feet run to evil,
ino one who treads on them knows peace.
jwe hope for light, and behold, darkness,
10 kWe grope for the wall like the blind;
lamong those in full vigor we are like dead men.
mwe moan and moan like doves;
nwe hope for justice, but there is none;
ospeaking oppression and revolt,
14 pJustice is turned back,
The Lord saw it, and it displeased him7
16 qHe saw that there was no man,
17 rHe put on righteousness as a breastplate,
and wrapped himself in szeal as a cloak.
18 tAccording to their deeds, so will he repay,
uto the coastlands he will render repayment.
19 vSo they shall fear the name of the Lord from the west,
21 “And as for me, zthis is my covenant with them,” says the Lord: “My Spirit that is upon you, aand my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouth of your offspring, or out of the mouth of your children's offspring,” says the Lord, “from this time forth and forevermore.”
 58:3 Or pursue your own business
 58:6 Or bruised
 58:13 Or business
 58:13 Or pursuing your own business
 58:13 Hebrew or speaking a word
 58:14 Or of the land
 59:15 Hebrew and it was evil in his eyes
 59:19 Hebrew a narrow river
1 Paul and Timothy, servants1 of Christ Jesus,
2 dGrace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 eI thank my God fin all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 gbecause of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began ha good work in you iwill bring it to completion at jthe day of Jesus Christ. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you kin my heart, for you are all lpartakers with me of grace,4 both min my imprisonment and in nthe defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For oGod is my witness, phow I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And it is my prayer that qyour love may abound more and more, rwith knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, sand so be pure and blameless tfor the day of Christ, 11 filled uwith the fruit of righteousness that comes vthrough Jesus Christ, wto the glory and praise of God.
12 I want you to know, brothers,5 that what has happened to me has really xserved to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard6 and yto all the rest that zmy imprisonment is for Christ. 14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold ato speak the word7 without fear.
15 bSome indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16 The latter do it out of love, cknowing that I am put here for dthe defense of the gospel. 17 The former proclaim Christ eout of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.
Yes, and I will rejoice, 19 for I know that fthrough your prayers and gthe help of hthe Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 as it is my eager expectation and hope ithat I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full jcourage now as always Christ kwill be honored in my body, lwhether by life or by death. 21 For to me mto live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 nI am hard pressed between the two. My desire is oto depart and pbe with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 qConvinced of this, rI know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your sprogress and tjoy in the faith, 26 so that in me uyou may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
 1:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface
 1:1 Or bishops; Greek episkopoi
 1:1 Or servants, or ministers; Greek diakonoi
 1:7 Or you all have fellowship with me in grace
 1:12 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verse 14
 1:13 Greek in the whole praetorium
 1:14 Some manuscripts add of God
71 iIn you, O Lord, do I take refuge;
3 Be to me a rock of jrefuge,
you have kgiven the command to save me,
for you are my lrock and my fortress.
4 mRescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,
5 For you, O Lord, are my nhope,
6 Upon you I have leaned ofrom before my birth;
you are he who ptook me from my mother's womb.
7 I have been as qa portent to many,
8 My rmouth is filled with your praise,
9 sDo not cast me off in the time of old age;
12 O God, be not vfar from me;
O my God, wmake haste to help me!
13 May my accusers be xput to shame and consumed;
ywith scorn and disgrace may they be covered
who zseek my hurt.
14 But I will ahope continually
and will bpraise you yet more and more.
15 My cmouth will tell of your righteous acts,
for dtheir number is past my knowledge.
18 So even to eold age and gray hairs,
O God, fdo not forsake me,
19 Your grighteousness, O God,
You who have done hgreat things,
O God, iwho is like you?
20 You who have jmade me see many troubles and calamities
will krevive me again;
22 I will also praise you with lthe harp
O mHoly One of Israel.
my soul also, which you have nredeemed.
24 And my otongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long,
for they have been pput to shame and disappointed
and hthe scoffer is an abomination to mankind.
10 If you ifaint in the day of adversity,
 24:9 Or scheming