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Genesis 1      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear    
The Creation

       1.In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  2.The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.  3.Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.  4.God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.  5.God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

       6.Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”  7.God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.  8.God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.

       9.Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.  10.God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good.  11.Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so.  12.The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.  13.There was evening and there was morning, a third day.

       14.Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;  15.and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so.  16.God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.  17.God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,  18.and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.  19.There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

       20.Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.”  21.God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good.  22.God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”  23.There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.

       24.Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so.  25.God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.

       26.Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  27.God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  28.God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”  29.Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;  30.and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so.  31.God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.



Genesis 2      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear    
The Creation of Man and Woman

       1.Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts.  2.By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.  3.Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

       4.This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made earth and heaven.  5.Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the LORD God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground.  6.But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground.  7.Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.  8.The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed.  9.Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

       10.Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers.  11.The name of the first is Pishon; it flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold.  12.The gold of that land is good; the bdellium and the onyx stone are there.  13.The name of the second river is Gihon; it flows around the whole land of Cush.  14.The name of the third river is Tigris; it flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

       15.Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.  16.The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely;  17.but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”

       18.Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”  19.Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.  20.The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him.  21.So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place.  22.The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.   

23.The man said,
           “This is now bone of my bones,
            And flesh of my flesh;
            She shall be called Woman,
            Because she was taken out of Man.”  

24.For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.  25.And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.



Isaiah 43:8-13      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
Israel Is God’s Witness
8.Bring out the people who are blind, even though they have eyes,
          And the deaf, even though they have ears.
9.All the nations have gathered together
          So that the peoples may be assembled.
          Who among them can declare this
          And proclaim to us the former things?
          Let them present their witnesses that they may be justified,
          Or let them hear and say, “It is true.”
10.“You are My witnesses,” declares the LORD,
           “And My servant whom I have chosen,
           So that you may know and believe Me
           And understand that I am He.
           Before Me there was no God formed,
           And there will be none after Me.
11.“I, even I, am the LORD,
           And there is no savior besides Me.
12.“It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed,
           And there was no strange god among you;
           So you are My witnesses,” declares the L
           “And I am God.
13.“Even from eternity I am He,
           And there is none who can deliver out of My hand;
           I act and who can reverse it?”



Isaiah 44      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
The Blessings of Israel
1.“But now listen, O Jacob, My servant,
          And Israel, whom I have chosen:
2.Thus says the LORD who made you
          And formed you from the womb, who will help you,
          ‘Do not fear, O Jacob My servant;
          And you Jeshurun whom I have chosen.
3.‘For I will pour out water on the thirsty land
          And streams on the dry ground;
          I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring
          And My blessing on your descendants;
4.And they will spring up among the grass
          Like poplars by streams of water.’
5.“This one will say, ‘I am the LORD’S’;
          And that one will call on the name of Jacob;
          And another will write on his hand, ‘Belonging to the L
          And will name Israel’s name with honor.

       6.“Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts:
          ‘I am the first and I am the last,
          And there is no God besides Me.
7.‘Who is like Me? Let him proclaim and declare it;
          Yes, let him recount it to Me in order,
          From the time that I established the ancient nation.
          And let them declare to them the things that are coming
          And the events that are going to take place.
8.‘Do not tremble and do not be afraid;
          Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it?
          And you are My witnesses.
          Is there any God besides Me,
          Or is there any other Rock?
          I know of none.’”

The Folly of Idolatry

       9.Those who fashion a graven image are all of them futile, and their precious things are of no profit; even their own witnesses fail to see or know, so that they will be put to shame.  10.Who has fashioned a god or cast an idol to no profit?  11.Behold, all his companions will be put to shame, for the craftsmen themselves are mere men. Let them all assemble themselves, let them stand up, let them tremble, let them together be put to shame.

       12.The man shapes iron into a cutting tool and does his work over the coals, fashioning it with hammers and working it with his strong arm. He also gets hungry and his strength fails; he drinks no water and becomes weary.  13.Another shapes wood, he extends a measuring line; he outlines it with red chalk. He works it with planes and outlines it with a compass, and makes it like the form of a man, like the beauty of man, so that it may sit in a house.  14.Surely he cuts cedars for himself, and takes a cypress or an oak and raises it for himself among the trees of the forest. He plants a fir, and the rain makes it grow.  15.Then it becomes something for a man to burn, so he takes one of them and warms himself; he also makes a fire to bake bread. He also makes a god and worships it; he makes it a graven image and falls down before it.  16.Half of it he burns in the fire; over this half he eats meat as he roasts a roast and is satisfied. He also warms himself and says, “Aha! I am warm, I have seen the fire.”  17.But the rest of it he makes into a god, his graven image. He falls down before it and worships; he also prays to it and says, “Deliver me, for you are my god.”

       18.They do not know, nor do they understand, for He has smeared over their eyes so that they cannot see and their hearts so that they cannot comprehend.  19.No one recalls, nor is there knowledge or understanding to say, “I have burned half of it in the fire and also have baked bread over its coals. I roast meat and eat it. Then I make the rest of it into an abomination, I fall down before a block of wood!”  20.He feeds on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him aside. And he cannot deliver himself, nor say, “Is there not a lie in my right hand?”

God Forgives and Redeems
21.“Remember these things, O Jacob,
    And Israel, for you are My servant;
     I have formed you, you are My servant,
     O Israel, you will not be forgotten by Me.
22.“I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud
    And your sins like a heavy mist.
    Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.”
23.Shout for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done it!
    Shout joyfully, you lower parts of the earth;
    Break forth into a shout of joy, you mountains,
    O forest, and every tree in it;
    For the LORD has redeemed Jacob
    And in Israel He shows forth His glory.
24.Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb,
    “I, the LORD, am the maker of all things,
    Stretching out the heavens by Myself
    And spreading out the earth all alone,
25.Causing the omens of boasters to fail,
    Making fools out of diviners,
    Causing wise men to draw back
    And turning their knowledge into foolishness,
26.Confirming the word of His servant
    And performing the purpose of His messengers.
    It is I who says of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be inhabited!’
    And of the cities of Judah, ‘They shall be built.’
    And I will raise up her ruins again.
27.It is I who says to the depth of the sea, ‘Be dried up!’
    And I will make your rivers dry.
28.It is I who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd!
    And he will perform all My desire.’
    And he declares of Jerusalem, ‘She will be built,’
    And of the temple, ‘Your foundation will be laid.’”



Isaiah 45      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
God Uses Cyrus
1.Thus says the LORD to Cyrus His anointed,
          Whom I have taken by the right hand,
          To subdue nations before him
          And to loose the loins of kings;
          To open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:
2.“I will go before you and make the rough places smooth;
          I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars.
3.“I will give you the treasures of darkness
          And hidden wealth of secret places,
          So that you may know that it is I,
          The L
ORD, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.
4.“For the sake of Jacob My servant,
          And Israel My chosen one,
          I have also called you by your name;
          I have given you a title of honor
          Though you have not known Me.
5.“I am the LORD, and there is no other;
          Besides Me there is no God.
          I will gird you, though you have not known Me;
6.That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun
          That there is no one besides Me.
          I am the L
ORD, and there is no other,
7.The One forming light and creating darkness,
          Causing well-being and creating calamity;
          I am the L
ORD who does all these.

God’s Supreme Power
       8.“Drip down, O heavens, from above,
           And let the clouds pour down righteousness;
           Let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit,
           And righteousness spring up with it.
           I, the L
ORD, have created it.

       9.“Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker—
           An earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth!
           Will the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you doing?’
           Or the thing you are making say, ‘He has no hands’?
10.“Woe to him who says to a father, ‘What are you begetting?’
            Or to a woman, ‘To what are you giving birth?’”

       11.Thus says the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker:
            “Ask Me about the things to come concerning My sons,
            And you shall commit to Me the work of My hands.
12.“It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it.
            I stretched out the heavens with My hands
            And I ordained all their host.
13.“I have aroused him in righteousness
            And I will make all his ways smooth;
            He will build My city and will let My exiles go free,
            Without any payment or reward,” says the L
ORD of hosts.

       14.Thus says the LORD,
            “The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush
            And the Sabeans, men of stature,
            Will come over to you and will be yours;
            They will walk behind you, they will come over in chains
            And will bow down to you;
            They will make supplication to you:
            ‘Surely, God is with you, and there is none else,
            No other God.’”

       15.Truly, You are a God who hides Himself,
            O God of Israel, Savior!
16.They will be put to shame and even humiliated, all of them;
            The manufacturers of idols will go away together in humiliation.
17.Israel has been saved by the LORD
            With an everlasting salvation;
            You will not be put to shame or humiliated
            To all eternity.

       18.For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it a waste place, but formed it to be inhabited),
            “I am the L
ORD, and there is none else.
19.“I have not spoken in secret,
            In some dark land;
            I did not say to the offspring of Jacob,
            ‘Seek Me in a waste place’;
            I, the L
ORD, speak righteousness,
            Declaring things that are upright.

       20.“Gather yourselves and come;
            Draw near together, you fugitives of the nations;
            They have no knowledge,
            Who carry about their wooden idol
            And pray to a god who cannot save.
21.“Declare and set forth your case;
            Indeed, let them consult together.
            Who has announced this from of old?
            Who has long since declared it?
            Is it not I, the L
            And there is no other God besides Me,
            A righteous God and a Savior;
            There is none except Me.
22.“Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth;
            For I am God, and there is no other.
23.“I have sworn by Myself,
            The word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness
            And will not turn back,
            That to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance.
24.“They will say of Me, ‘Only in the LORD are righteousness and strength.’
            Men will come to Him,
            And all who were angry at Him will be put to shame.
25.“In the LORD all the offspring of Israel
            Will be justified and will glory.”  



Isaiah 55      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
The Free Offer of Mercy
1.“Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters;
          And you who have no money come, buy and eat.
          Come, buy wine and milk
          Without money and without cost.
2.“Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
          And your wages for what does not satisfy?
          Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
          And delight yourself in abundance.
3.“Incline your ear and come to Me.
          Listen, that you may live;
          And I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
          According to the faithful mercies shown to David.
4.“Behold, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
          A leader and commander for the peoples.
5.“Behold, you will call a nation you do not know,
          And a nation which knows you not will run to you,
          Because of the L
ORD your God, even the Holy One of Israel;
          For He has glorified you.”

       6.Seek the LORD while He may be found;
          Call upon Him while He is near.
7.Let the wicked forsake his way
          And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
          And let him return to the L
          And He will have compassion on him,
          And to our God,
          For He will abundantly pardon.
8.“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
          Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the L
9.“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
          So are My ways higher than your ways
          And My thoughts than your thoughts.
10.“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
           And do not return there without watering the earth
           And making it bear and sprout,
           And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
11.So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
           It will not return to Me empty,
           Without accomplishing what I desire,
           And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
12.“For you will go out with joy
           And be led forth with peace;
           The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,
           And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
13.“Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up,
           And instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up,
           And it will be a memorial to the L
           For an everlasting sign which will not be cut off.”   



Numbers 23      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
The Prophecies of Balaam

       1.Then Balaam said to Balak, “Build seven altars for me here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me here.”  2.Balak did just as Balaam had spoken, and Balak and Balaam offered up a bull and a ram on each altar.  3.Then Balaam said to Balak, “Stand beside your burnt offering, and I will go; perhaps the LORD will come to meet me, and whatever He shows me I will tell you.” So he went to a bare hill.

       4.Now God met Balaam, and he said to Him, “I have set up the seven altars, and I have offered up a bull and a ram on each altar.”  5.Then the LORD put a word in Balaam’s mouth and said, “Return to Balak, and you shall speak thus.”  6.So he returned to him, and behold, he was standing beside his burnt offering, he and all the leaders of Moab.

7.He took up his discourse and said,
          “From Aram Balak has brought me,
          Moab’s king from the mountains of the East,
          ‘Come curse Jacob for me,
          And come, denounce Israel!’
8.“How shall I curse whom God has not cursed?
          And how can I denounce whom the L
ORD has not denounced?
9.“As I see him from the top of the rocks,
          And I look at him from the hills;
          Behold, a people who dwells apart,
          And will not be reckoned among the nations.
10.“Who can count the dust of Jacob,
           Or number the fourth part of Israel?
           Let me die the death of the upright,
           And let my end be like his!”

       11.Then Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I took you to curse my enemies, but behold, you have actually blessed them!”  12.He replied, “Must I not be careful to speak what the LORD puts in my mouth?”

       13.Then Balak said to him, “Please come with me to another place from where you may see them, although you will only see the extreme end of them and will not see all of them; and curse them for me from there.”  14.So he took him to the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.  15.And he said to Balak, “Stand here beside your burnt offering while I myself meet the LORD over there.”  16.Then the LORD met Balaam and put a word in his mouth and said, “Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak.”  17.He came to him, and behold, he was standing beside his burnt offering, and the leaders of Moab with him. And Balak said to him, “What has the LORD spoken?”

18.Then he took up his discourse and said,
           “Arise, O Balak, and hear;
           Give ear to me, O son of Zippor!
19.“God is not a man, that He should lie,
           Nor a son of man, that He should repent;
           Has He said, and will He not do it?
           Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
20.“Behold, I have received a command to bless;
            When He has blessed, then I cannot revoke it.
21.“He has not observed misfortune in Jacob;
           Nor has He seen trouble in Israel;
           The L
ORD his God is with him,
           And the shout of a king is among them.
22.“God brings them out of Egypt,
           He is for them like the horns of the wild ox.
23.“For there is no omen against Jacob,
           Nor is there any divination against Israel;
           At the proper time it shall be said to Jacob
           And to Israel, what God has done!
24.“Behold, a people rises like a lioness,
           And as a lion it lifts itself;
           It will not lie down until it devours the prey,
           And drinks the blood of the slain.”

       25.Then Balak said to Balaam, “Do not curse them at all nor bless them at all!”  26.But Balaam replied to Balak, “Did I not tell you, ‘Whatever the LORD speaks, that I must do’?”

       27.Then Balak said to Balaam, “Please come, I will take you to another place; perhaps it will be agreeable with God that you curse them for me from there.”  28.So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor which overlooks the wasteland.  29.Balaam said to Balak, “Build seven altars for me here and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me here.”  30.Balak did just as Balaam had said, and offered up a bull and a ram on each altar.



Isaiah 66:1-2      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
Heaven Is God’s Throne
1.Thus says the LORD,
          “Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool.
          Where then is a house you could build for Me?
          And where is a place that I may rest?
2.“For My hand made all these things,
          Thus all these things came into being,” declares the L
          “But to this one I will look,
          To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word



Jeremiah 23      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
The Coming Messiah: the Righteous Branch

       1.“Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture!” declares the LORD2.Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: “You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to attend to you for the evil of your deeds,” declares the LORD3.“Then I Myself will gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and bring them back to their pasture, and they will be fruitful and multiply.  4.“I will also raise up shepherds over them and they will tend them; and they will not be afraid any longer, nor be terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the LORD.

       5.“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD,
          “When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch;
           And He will reign as king and act wisely
           And do justice and righteousness in the land.
6.“In His days Judah will be saved,
           And Israel will dwell securely;
           And this is His name by which He will be called,
         ‘The L
ORD our righteousness.’

       7.“Therefore behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when they will no longer say, ‘As the LORD lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of Egypt,’  8.but, ‘As the LORD lives, who brought up and led back the descendants of the household of Israel from the north land and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ Then they will live on their own soil.”

False Prophets Denounced
9.As for the prophets:
         My heart is broken within me,
         All my bones tremble;
         I have become like a drunken man,
         Even like a man overcome with wine,
         Because of the L
         And because of His holy words.
10.For the land is full of adulterers;
           For the land mourns because of the curse.
           The pastures of the wilderness have dried up.
           Their course also is evil
           And their might is not right.
11.“For both prophet and priest are polluted;
            Even in My house I have found their wickedness,” declares the L
12.“Therefore their way will be like slippery paths to them,
            They will be driven away into the gloom and fall down in it;
            For I will bring calamity upon them,
            The year of their punishment,” declares the L

       13.“Moreover, among the prophets of Samaria I saw an offensive thing:
            They prophesied by Baal and led My people Israel astray.
14.“Also among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a horrible thing:
            The committing of adultery and walking in falsehood;
            And they strengthen the hands of evildoers,
            So that no one has turned back from his wickedness.
            All of them have become to Me like Sodom,
            And her inhabitants like Gomorrah.

.“Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets,
           ‘Behold, I am going to feed them wormwood
            And make them drink poisonous water,
            For from the prophets of Jerusalem
            Pollution has gone forth into all the land.’”

       16.Thus says the LORD of hosts,
          “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you.
           They are leading you into futility;
           They speak a vision of their own imagination,
           Not from the mouth of the L
17.“They keep saying to those who despise Me,
           ‘The L
ORD has said, “You will have peace”’;
            And as for everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart,
            They say, ‘Calamity will not come upon you.’
18.“But who has stood in the council of the LORD,
            That he should see and hear His word?
            Who has given heed to His word and listened?
19.“Behold, the storm of the LORD has gone forth in wrath,
            Even a whirling tempest;
            It will swirl down on the head of the wicked.
20.“The anger of the LORD will not turn back
            Until He has performed and carried out the purposes of His heart;
            In the last days you will clearly understand it.
21.“I did not send these prophets,
            But they ran.
            I did not speak to them,
            But they prophesied.
22.“But if they had stood in My council,
            Then they would have announced My words to My people,
            And would have turned them back from their evil way
            And from the evil of their deeds.

       23.“Am I a God who is near,” declares the LORD,
           “And not a God far off?
24.“Can a man hide himself in hiding places
            So I do not see him?” declares the L
           “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the L

       25.“I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy falsely in My name, saying, ‘I had a dream, I had a dream!’  26.“How long? Is there anything in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, even these prophets of the deception of their own heart,  27.who intend to make My people forget My name by their dreams which they relate to one another, just as their fathers forgot My name because of Baal?  28.“The prophet who has a dream may relate his dream, but let him who has My word speak My word in truth. What does straw have in common with grain?” declares the LORD29.“Is not My word like fire?” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock?  30.“Therefore behold, I am against the prophets,” declares the LORD, “who steal My words from each other.  31.“Behold, I am against the prophets,” declares the LORD, “who use their tongues and declare, ‘The Lord declares.’  32.“Behold, I am against those who have prophesied false dreams,” declares the LORD, “and related them and led My people astray by their falsehoods and reckless boasting; yet I did not send them or command them, nor do they furnish this people the slightest benefit,” declares the LORD.

       33.“Now when this people or the prophet or a priest asks you saying, ‘What is the oracle of the LORD?’ then you shall say to them, ‘What oracle?’ The LORD declares, ‘I will abandon you.’  34.“Then as for the prophet or the priest or the people who say, ‘The oracle of the LORD,’ I will bring punishment upon that man and his household.  35.“Thus will each of you say to his neighbor and to his brother, ‘What has the LORD answered?’ or, ‘What has the LORD spoken?’  36.“For you will no longer remember the oracle of the LORD, because every man’s own word will become the oracle, and you have perverted the words of the living God, the LORD of hosts, our God.  37.“Thus you will say to that prophet, ‘What has the LORD answered you?’ and, ‘What has the LORD spoken?’  38.“For if you say, ‘The oracle of the LORD!’ surely thus says the LORD, ‘Because you said this word, “The oracle of the LORD!” I have also sent to you, saying, “You shall not say, ‘The oracle of the LORD!’”’  39.“Therefore behold, I will surely forget you and cast you away from My presence, along with the city which I gave you and your fathers.  40.“I will put an everlasting reproach on you and an everlasting humiliation which will not be forgotten.”



Acts 17:22-34      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Sermon on Mars Hill

       22.So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects.  23.“For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you.  24.“The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands;  25.nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things;  26.and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation,  27.that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;  28.for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’  29.“Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man.  30.“Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent,  31.because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”

       32.Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some began to sneer, but others said, “We shall hear you again concerning this.”  33.So Paul went out of their midst.  34.But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.



Isaiah 46      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
Babylon’s Idols and the True God
1.Bel has bowed down, Nebo stoops over;
          Their images are consigned to the beasts and the cattle.
          The things that you carry are burdensome,
          A load for the weary beast.
2.They stooped over, they have bowed down together;
          They could not rescue the burden,
          But have themselves gone into captivity.

       3.“Listen to Me, O house of Jacob,
          And all the remnant of the house of Israel,
          You who have been borne by Me from birth
          And have been carried from the womb;
4.Even to your old age I will be the same,
          And even to your graying years I will bear you!
          I have done it, and I will carry you;
          And I will bear you and I will deliver you.

       5.“To whom would you liken Me
          And make Me equal and compare Me,
          That we would be alike?
6.“Those who lavish gold from the purse
          And weigh silver on the scale
          Hire a goldsmith, and he makes it into a god;
          They bow down, indeed they worship it.
7.“They lift it upon the shoulder and carry it;
          They set it in its place and it stands there.
          It does not move from its place.
          Though one may cry to it, it cannot answer;
          It cannot deliver him from his distress.

       8.“Remember this, and be assured;
          Recall it to mind, you transgressors.
9.“Remember the former things long past,
          For I am God, and there is no other;
          I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10.Declaring the end from the beginning,
           And from ancient times things which have not been done,
           Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
           And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
11.Calling a bird of prey from the east,
           The man of My purpose from a far country.
           Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass.
           I have planned it, surely I will do it.
12.“Listen to Me, you stubborn-minded,
           Who are far from righteousness.
13.“I bring near My righteousness, it is not far off;
           And My salvation will not delay.
           And I will grant salvation in Zion,
           And My glory for Israel.  



Revelation 4      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Scene in Heaven

       1.After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.”  2.Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne.  3.And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance.  4.Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads.

The Throne and Worship of the Creator

       5.Out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God;  6.and before the throne there was something like a sea of glass, like crystal; and in the center and around the throne, four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind.  7.The first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle.  8.And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say,

9.And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him  who lives forever and ever,  10.the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

       11.“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created
           all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”



Ephesians 3      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Paul’s Stewardship

       1.For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—  2.if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you;  3.that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief.  4.By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,  5.which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit;  6.to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel,  7.of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power.  8.To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,  9.and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things;  10.so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.  11.This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord,  12.in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.  13.Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory.

       14.For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,  15.from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,  16.that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,  17.so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  18.may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,  19.and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

       20.Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,  21.to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.



Joel 2      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
The Terrible Visitation
1.Blow a trumpet in Zion,
          And sound an alarm on My holy mountain!
          Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,
          For the day of the L
ORD is coming;
          Surely it is near,
2.A day of darkness and gloom,
          A day of clouds and thick darkness.
          As the dawn is spread over the mountains,
          So there is a great and mighty people;
          There has never been anything like it,
          Nor will there be again after it
          To the years of many generations.
3.A fire consumes before them
          And behind them a flame burns.
          The land is like the garden of Eden before them
          But a desolate wilderness behind them,
          And nothing at all escapes them.
4.Their appearance is like the appearance of horses;
          And like war horses, so they run.
5.With a noise as of chariots
          They leap on the tops of the mountains,
          Like the crackling of a flame of fire consuming the stubble,
          Like a mighty people arranged for battle.
6.Before them the people are in anguish;
          All faces turn pale.
7.They run like mighty men,
          They climb the wall like soldiers;
          And they each march in line,
          Nor do they deviate from their paths.
8.They do not crowd each other,
          They march everyone in his path;
          When they burst through the defenses,
          They do not break ranks.
9.They rush on the city,
          They run on the wall;
          They climb into the houses,
          They enter through the windows like a thief.
10.Before them the earth quakes,
           The heavens tremble,
           The sun and the moon grow dark
           And the stars lose their brightness.
11.The LORD utters His voice before His army;
           Surely His camp is very great,
           For strong is he who carries out His word.
           The day of the L
ORD is indeed great and very awesome,
           And who can endure it?
12.“Yet even now,” declares the LORD,
           “Return to Me with all your heart,
           And with fasting, weeping and mourning;
13.And rend your heart and not your garments.”
           Now return to the L
ORD your God,
           For He is gracious and compassionate,
           Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness
           And relenting of evil.
14.Who knows whether He will not turn and relent
           And leave a blessing behind Him,
           Even a grain offering and a drink offering
           For the L
ORD your God?
15.Blow a trumpet in Zion,
           Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly,
16.Gather the people, sanctify the congregation,
           Assemble the elders,
           Gather the children and the nursing infants.
           Let the bridegroom come out of his room
           And the bride out of her bridal chamber.
17.Let the priests, the LORD’S ministers,
           Weep between the porch and the altar,
           And let them say, “Spare Your people, O L
           And do not make Your inheritance a reproach,
           A byword among the nations.
           Why should they among the peoples say,
           ‘Where is their God?’”

Deliverance Promised
18.Then the LORD will be zealous for His land
           And will have pity on His people.
19.The LORD will answer and say to His people,
           “Behold, I am going to send you grain, new wine and oil,
           And you will be satisfied in full with them;
           And I will never again make you a reproach among the nations.
20.“But I will remove the northern army far from you,
           And I will drive it into a parched and desolate land,
           And its vanguard into the eastern sea,
           And its rear guard into the western sea.
           And its stench will arise and its foul smell will come up,
           For it has done great things.”

       21.Do not fear, O land, rejoice and be glad,
           For the L
ORD has done great things.
22.Do not fear, beasts of the field,
           For the pastures of the wilderness have turned green,
           For the tree has borne its fruit,
           The fig tree and the vine have yielded in full.
23.So rejoice, O sons of Zion,
           And be glad in the L
ORD your God;
           For He has given you the early rain for your vindication.
           And He has poured down for you the rain,
           The early and latter rain as before.
24.The threshing floors will be full of grain,
           And the vats will overflow with the new wine and oil.
25.“Then I will make up to you for the years
           That the swarming locust has eaten,
           The creeping locust, the stripping locust and the gnawing locust,
           My great army which I sent among you.
26.“You will have plenty to eat and be satisfied
           And praise the name of the L
ORD your God,
           Who has dealt wondrously with you;
           Then My people will never be put to shame.
27.“Thus you will know that I am in the midst of Israel,
           And that I am the L
ORD your God,
           And there is no other;
           And My people will never be put to shame.

The Promise of the Spirit
       28.“It will come about after this
           That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;
           And your sons and daughters will prophesy,
           Your old men will dream dreams,
           Your young men will see visions.
29.“Even on the male and female servants
           I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

The Day of the LORD
30.“I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth,
           Blood, fire and columns of smoke.
31.“The sun will be turned into darkness
           And the moon into blood
           Before the great and awesome day of the L
ORD comes.
32.“And it will come about that whoever calls on the name of the LORD
           Will be delivered;
           For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
           There will be those who escape,
           As the L
ORD has said,
           Even among the survivors whom the L
ORD calls.



Romans 1      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The Gospel Exalted

       1.Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,  2.which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures,  3.concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh,  4.who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,  5.through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake,  6.among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ;

       7.to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

       8.First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world.  9.For God, whom I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly I make mention of you,  10.always in my prayers making request, if perhaps now at last by the will of God I may succeed in coming to you.  11.For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established;  12.that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine.  13.I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that often I have planned to come to you (and have been prevented so far) so that I may obtain some fruit among you also, even as among the rest of the Gentiles.  14.I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.  15.So, for my part, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.

       16.For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  17.For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.”

Unbelief and Its Consequences

       18.For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,  19.because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.  20.For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.  21.For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  22.Professing to be wise, they became fools,  23.and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

       24.Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.  25.For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

       26.For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,  27.and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.

       28.And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,  29.being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips,  30.slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,  31.without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful;  32.and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.




1 Timothy 2:1-8      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
A Call to Prayer

       1.First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,  2.for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.  3.This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,  4.who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  5.For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,  6.who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.  7.For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

       8.Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.



Romans 11      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Israel Is Not Cast Away

       1.I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.  2.God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel?  3.“Lord, THEY HAVE KILLED YOUR PROPHETS, THEY HAVE TORN DOWN YOUR ALTARS, AND I ALONE AM LEFT, AND THEY ARE SEEKING MY LIFE.”  4.But what is the divine response to him? “I HAVE KEPT for Myself SEVEN THOUSAND MEN WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BAAL.”  5.In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice.  6.But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.

       7.What then? What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened;

8.just as it is written,

9.And David says,


       11.I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous.  12.Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be!  13.But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry,  14.if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them.  15.For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?  16.If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too.

       17.But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree,  18.do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you.  19.You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”  20.Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear;  21.for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either.  22.Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off.  23.And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.  24.For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree?

       25.For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in;

26.and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written,


28.From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers;  29.for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.  30.For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience,  31.so these also now have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy.  32.For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.

       33.Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!  34.For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR35.Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN 36.For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.



Matthew 6:1-15      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Giving to the Poor and Prayer

       1.“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.

       2.“So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.  3.“But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,  4.so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

       5.“When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.  6.“But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

       7.“And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.  8.“So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

       9.“Pray, then, in this way:
          ‘Our Father who is in heaven,
          Hallowed be Your name.

       10.‘Your kingdom come.
            Your will be done,
            On earth as it is in heaven.

       11.‘Give us this day our daily bread.

       12.‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

       13.‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]

14.“For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  15.“But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.



John 3:1-21      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
The New Birth

       1.Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews;  2.this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”  3.Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

       4.Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?”  5.Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  6.“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  7.“Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’  8.“The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

       9.Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be?”  10.Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things?  11.“Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony.  12.“If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?  13.“No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man.  14.“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up;  15.so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.

       16.“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  17.“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.  18.“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  19.“This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.  20.“For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.  21.“But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”




2 Thessalonians 2      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Man of Lawlessness

       1.Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him,  2.that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.  3.Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,  4.who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.  5.Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things?  6.And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed.  7.For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.  8.Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming;  9.that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,  10.and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.  11.For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false,  12.in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.

       13.But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.  14.It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  15.So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.

       16.Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace,  17.comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.



The word apostasy comes directly from the Greek Word: ἀποστασία, apostasía (from aphístemi, "leave, depart," which is derived from apó, "away from" and histémi, "stand") – properly, departure (implying desertion); apostasy – literally, "a leaving, from a previous standing."



James 1      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Testing Your Faith

       1.James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
       To the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings.

       2.Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,  3.knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4.And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

       5.But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  6.But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.  7.For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord,  8.being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

       9.But the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position;  10.and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away.  11.For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away.

       12.Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.  13.Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.  14.But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.  15.Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.  16.Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.  17.Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.  18.In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.

       19.This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;  20.for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.  21.Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.  22.But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.  23.For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror;  24.for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.  25.But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.

       26.If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.  27.Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.



Isaiah 40      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Hebrew Interlinear  
The Greatness of God
1.“Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God.
2.“Speak kindly to Jerusalem;
          And call out to her, that her warfare has ended,
          That her iniquity has been removed,
          That she has received of the L
ORD’S hand
          Double for all her sins.”

       3.A voice is calling,
          “Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness;
          Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.
4.“Let every valley be lifted up,
          And every mountain and hill be made low;
          And let the rough ground become a plain,
          And the rugged terrain a broad valley;
5.Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed,
          And all flesh will see it together;
          For the mouth of the L
ORD has spoken.”
6.A voice says, “Call out.”
          Then he answered, “What shall I call out?”
          All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.
7.The grass withers, the flower fades,
          When the breath of the L
ORD blows upon it;
          Surely the people are grass.
8.The grass withers, the flower fades,
          But the word of our God stands forever.

       9.Get yourself up on a high mountain,
          O Zion, bearer of good news,
          Lift up your voice mightily,
          O Jerusalem, bearer of good news;
          Lift it up, do not fear.
          Say to the cities of Judah,
          “Here is your God!”
10.Behold, the Lord GOD will come with might,
           With His arm ruling for Him.
           Behold, His reward is with Him
           And His recompense before Him.
11.Like a shepherd He will tend His flock,
           In His arm He will gather the lambs
           And carry them in His bosom;
           He will gently lead the nursing ewes.

       12.Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand,
           And marked off the heavens by the span,
           And calculated the dust of the earth by the measure,
           And weighed the mountains in a balance
           And the hills in a pair of scales?
13.Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD,
           Or as His counselor has informed Him?
14.With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding?
           And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge
           And informed Him of the way of understanding?
15.Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
           And are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales;
           Behold, He lifts up the islands like fine dust.
16.Even Lebanon is not enough to burn,
           Nor its beasts enough for a burnt offering.
17.All the nations are as nothing before Him,
           They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless.

       18.To whom then will you liken God?
           Or what likeness will you compare with Him?
19.As for the idol, a craftsman casts it,
           A goldsmith plates it with gold,
           And a silversmith fashions chains of silver.
20.He who is too impoverished for such an offering
           Selects a tree that does not rot;
           He seeks out for himself a skillful craftsman
           To prepare an idol that will not totter.

       21.Do you not know? Have you not heard?
           Has it not been declared to you from the beginning?
           Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22.It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
           And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
           Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain
           And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
23.He it is who reduces rulers to nothing,
           Who makes the judges of the earth meaningless.
24.Scarcely have they been planted,
           Scarcely have they been sown,
           Scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth,
           But He merely blows on them, and they wither,
           And the storm carries them away like stubble.
25.“To whom then will you liken Me
           That I would be his equal?” says the Holy One.
26.Lift up your eyes on high
           And see who has created these stars,
           The One who leads forth their host by number,
           He calls them all by name;
           Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power,
           Not one of them is missing.

       27.Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel,
           “My way is hidden from the L
           And the justice due me escapes the notice of my God”?
28.Do you not know? Have you not heard?
           The Everlasting God, the L
ORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth
           Does not become weary or tired.
           His understanding is inscrutable.
29.He gives strength to the weary,
           And to him who lacks might He increases power.
30.Though youths grow weary and tired,
           And vigorous young men stumble badly,
31.Yet those who wait for the LORD
           Will gain new strength;
           They will mount up with wings like eagles,
           They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.



John 15      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
Jesus Is the Vine—Followers Are Branches

       1.“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.  2.“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.  3.“You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.  4.“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.  5.“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.  6.“If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.  7.“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  8.“My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.  9.“Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.  10.“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.  11.“These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.

Disciples’ Relation to Each Other

       12.“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.  13.“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.  14.“You are My friends if you do what I command you.  15.“No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.  16.“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.  17.“This I command you, that you love one another.

Disciples’ Relation to the World

       18.“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.  19.“If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.  20.“Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.  21.“But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.  22.“If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.  23.“He who hates Me hates My Father also.  24.“If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well.  25.“But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law, ‘THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE.’

       26.“When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me,  27.and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning.



Hebrews 12:4-17      New American Standard Bible (NASB)     Greek Interlinear  
A Father’s Discipline

4.You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin;

5.and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons,


7.It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?  8.But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.  9.Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?  10.For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.  11.All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

       12.Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,  13.and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.

       14.Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.  15.See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;  16.that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.  17.For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.


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