All you animals of the field and forest, come and eat!
Israel's watchmen are blind, all of them, they know nothing; all of them are mute dogs, they cannot bark; they dream, lie down, and love to sleep.
Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen on your walls; they will never be silent, day or night. You, who remind the LORD, no rest for you!
I appointed watchmen over you [and said:] Listen for the sound of the ram's horn. But they protested: We won't listen!
"Son of man, I have made you a watchman over the house of Israel. When you hear a word from My mouth, give them a warning from Me.
"Son of man, speak to your people and tell them: Suppose I bring the sword against a land, and the people of that land select a man from among them, appointing him as their watchman,
"As for you, son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. When you hear a word from My mouth, give them a warning from Me.
It is like a man on a journey, who left his house, gave authority to his slaves, gave each one his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to be alert.
And what I say to you, I say to everyone: Be alert!"
Those slaves the master will find alert when he comes will be blessed. I assure you: He will get ready, have them recline at the table, then come and serve them.
And men from among yourselves will rise up with deviant doctrines to lure the disciples into following them.
Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning each one of you with tears.
So then, we must not sleep, like the rest, but we must stay awake and be sober.
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account, so that they can do this with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
Be alert and strengthen what remains, which is about to die, for I have not found your works complete before My God.
So don't be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, or of me His prisoner. Instead, share in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God,
Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
This is why I endure all things for the elect: so that they also may obtain salvation, which is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.
But you have followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, and endurance,
along with the persecutions and sufferings that came to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. What persecutions I endured! Yet the Lord rescued me from them all.
In fact, all those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
The next day we left and came to Caesarea, where we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the Seven, and stayed with him.
And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,
No one should despise your youth; instead, you should be an example to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
Practice these things; be committed to them, so that your progress may be evident to all.
make full proof of
by the power of miraculous signs and wonders, and by the power of God's Spirit. As a result, I have fully proclaimed the good news about the Messiah from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum.
I have become its minister, according to God's administration that was given to me for you, to make God's message fully known,
And tell Archippus, "Pay attention to the ministry you have received in the Lord, so that you can accomplish it."