66 aThus says the Lord:
b“Heaven is my throne,
2 cAll these things my hand has made,
dBut this is the one to whom I will look:
3 e“He who slaughters an ox is like one who kills a man;
he who presents a grain offering, like one who offers fpig's blood;
gThese have chosen their own ways,
4 hI also will choose harsh treatment for them
and bring itheir fears upon them,
jbecause when I called, no one answered,
kbut they did what was evil in my eyes
have said, l‘Let the Lord be glorified,
mrendering recompense to his enemies!
7 n“Before she was in labor
For nas soon as Zion was in labor
10 o“Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her,
from her glorious abundance.”1
p“Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river,
and qyou shall nurse, you shall be carried upon her hip,
so rI will comfort you;
syour bones shall flourish like the grass;
and tthe hand of the Lord shall be known to his servants,
15 “For behold, uthe Lord will come in fire,
and vhis chariots like the whirlwind,
18 “For I know2 their works and their thoughts, and the time is coming3 ato gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and shall see my glory, 19 and I will set a sign among them. And from them bI will send survivors to the nations, to cTarshish, dPul, and dLud, who draw the bow, to eTubal and eJavan, fto the coastlands far away, gthat have not heard my fame or seen my glory. And they shall declare my glory among the nations. 20 hAnd they shall bring all your brothers from all the nations ias an offering to the Lord, on horses and in chariots and in litters and on mules and on dromedaries, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says the Lord, just as the Israelites bring their grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the Lord. 21 jAnd some of them also I will take for priests and for Levites, says the Lord.
22 “For as kthe new heavens and the new earth
so lshall your offspring and your name remain.
23 mFrom new moon to new moon,
24 “And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against me. For ntheir worm shall not die, otheir fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”
4 sthough I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 tcircumcised on the eighth day, uof the people of Israel, vof the tribe of Benjamin, ua Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, wa Pharisee; 6 xas to zeal, ya persecutor of the church; zas to righteousness under the law,1 blameless. 7 But awhatever gain I had, bI counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of cthe surpassing worth of dknowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I ehave suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having fa righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but gthat which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—10 hthat I may know him and ithe power of his resurrection, and jmay share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may kattain the resurrection from the dead.
12 Not that I have already lobtained this or mam already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: nforgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for othe prize of the upward pcall of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are qmature think this way, and if in anything ryou think otherwise, sGod will reveal that also to you. 16 Only tlet us hold true to what we have attained.
17 Brothers, ujoin in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk vaccording to the example you have in us. 18 For wmany, of whom I have often told you and now tell you xeven with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 yTheir end is destruction, ztheir god is their belly, and athey glory in their shame, with bminds set on earthly things. 20 But cour citizenship is in heaven, and dfrom it we eawait a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform four lowly body gto be like his glorious body, hby the power that enables him even ito subject all things to himself.
74 O God, why do you scast us off forever?
Remember Mount Zion, zwhere you have dwelt.
3 Direct your steps to athe perpetual ruins;
4 Your foes have broared in the midst of your meeting place;
5 They were like those who swing faxes
in a forest of trees.2
6 And all its gcarved wood
7 They hset your sanctuary on fire;
8 They ksaid to themselves, “We will utterly subdue them”;
9 We do not see our lsigns;
mthere is no longer any prophet,
10 How long, O God, nis the foe to scoff?
11 Why odo you hold back your hand, your right hand?
Take it from the fold of your garment3 and destroy them!
12 Yet pGod my King is from of old,
13 You qdivided the sea by your might;
14 You crushed the heads of tLeviathan;
15 You usplit open springs and brooks;
you vdried up ever-flowing streams.
you have established wthe heavenly lights and the sun.
17 You have xfixed all the boundaries of the earth;
you have made ysummer and winter.
18 zRemember this, O Lord, how the enemy scoffs,
and aa foolish people reviles your name.
19 Do not deliver the soul of your bdove to the wild beasts;
cdo not forget the life of your poor forever.
20 Have regard for dthe covenant,
for ethe dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.
let hthe poor and needy praise your name.
22 Arise, O God, idefend your cause;
jremember how the foolish scoff at you all the day!
kthe uproar of those who rise against you, which goes up continually!