I will come
You have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet you ask, "How have we wearied [Him]?" When you say, "Everyone who does evil is good in the LORD's sight, and He is pleased with them," or "Where is the God of justice?"
Our God is coming; He will not be silent! Devouring fire precedes Him, and a storm rages around Him.
On high, He summons heaven and earth in order to judge His people.
"Gather My faithful ones to Me, those who made a covenant with Me by sacrifice."
The heavens proclaim His righteousness, for God is the judge. Selah
before the LORD, for He is coming-- for He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness and the peoples with His faithfulness.
before the LORD, for He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world righteously and the peoples fairly.
"Therefore, this is what the Lord God says to them: See, I Myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep.
Since you have pushed with flank and shoulder and butted all the weak ones with your horns until you scattered them all over,
I will save My flock, and they will no longer be prey for you. I will judge between one sheep and another.
For we know the One who has said, Vengeance belongs to Me, I will repay, and again, The Lord will judge His people.
It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!
You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, because the Lord's coming is near.
Brothers, do not complain about one another, so that you will not be judged. Look, the judge stands at the door!
And Enoch, in the seventh [generation] from Adam, prophesied about them: Look! The Lord comes with thousands of His holy ones
to execute judgment on all, and to convict them of all their ungodly deeds that they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things ungodly sinners have said against Him.
Yet you ask, "For what reason?" Because the LORD has been a witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have acted treacherously against her, though she was your marriage partner and your wife by covenant.
"Listen, My people, and I will speak; I will testify against you, Israel. I am God, your God.
Listen, My people, and I will admonish you. Israel, if you would only listen to Me!
because they have committed an outrage in Israel by committing adultery with their neighbors' wives and have spoken a lie in My name, which I did not command them. I am He who knows, and I am a witness." [This is] the LORD's declaration.
Listen, all you peoples; pay attention, earth and everyone in it! The Lord God will be a witness against you, the Lord, from His holy temple.
[["Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You devour widows' houses and make long prayers just for show. This is why you will receive a harsher punishment.]]
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to make one proselyte, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as fit for hell as you are!
"Woe to you, blind guides, who say, 'Whoever takes an oath by the sanctuary, it means nothing. But whoever takes an oath by the gold of the sanctuary is bound by his oath.'
Blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the sanctuary that sanctified the gold?
Also, 'Whoever takes an oath by the altar, it means nothing. But whoever takes an oath by the gift that is on it is bound by his oath.'
Blind people! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift?
Therefore the one who takes an oath by the altar takes an oath by it and by everything on it.
The one who takes an oath by the sanctuary takes an oath by it and by Him who dwells in it.
And the one who takes an oath by heaven takes an oath by God's throne and by Him who sits on it.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You pay a tenth of mint, dill, and cumin, yet you have neglected the more important matters of the law-- justice, mercy, and faith. These things should have been done without neglecting the others.
Blind guides! You strain out a gnat, yet gulp down a camel!
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence!
Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup, so the outside of it may also become clean.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men's bones and every impurity.
In the same way, on the outside you seem righteous to people, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous,
and you say, 'If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we wouldn't have taken part with them in shedding the prophets' blood.'
You therefore testify against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.
Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers' sins!
"Snakes! Brood of vipers! How can you escape being condemned to hell?
This is why I am sending you prophets, sages, and scribes. Some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will flog in your synagogues and hound from town to town.
So all the righteous blood shed on the earth will be charged to you, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.
"Whoever turns to mediums or spiritists and prostitutes himself with them, I will turn against that person and cut him off from his people.
If a man commits adultery with a married woman-- if he commits adultery with his neighbor's wife-- both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death.
A man or a woman who is a medium or a spiritist must be put to death. They are to be stoned; their blood is on their own hands."
Do not misuse the name of the LORD your God, because the LORD will punish anyone who misuses His name.
Do not commit adultery.
Do not give dishonest testimony against your neighbor.
Do not desire your neighbor's wife or covet your neighbor's house, his field, his male or female slave, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
"Do you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and follow other gods that you have not known?
Then do you come and stand before Me in this house called by My name and insist: We are safe? As a result, you are free to continue doing all these detestable acts!
"Look, every prince of Israel within you has used his strength to shed blood.
Father and mother are treated with contempt, and the foreign resident is exploited within you. The fatherless and widow are oppressed in you.
You despise My holy things and profane My Sabbaths.
There are men within you who slander in order to shed blood. People who [live] in you eat at the mountain [shrines]; they commit immoral acts within you.
Men within you have sexual intercourse with [their] father's wife, and violate women during their menstrual impurity.
One man within you commits an abomination with his neighbor's wife; another wickedly defiles his daughter-in-law; and [yet] another violates his sister, his father's daughter.
People who [live] in you accept bribes in order to shed blood. You take interest and profit [on a loan] and brutally extort your neighbors. You have forgotten Me." [This is] the declaration of the Lord God.
Then he said to me, "This is the curse that is going out over the whole land, for every thief will be removed according to what is written on one side, and everyone who swears [falsely] will be removed according to what is written on the other side.
I will send it out,"-- the declaration of the LORD of Hosts-- "and it will enter the house of the thief and the house of the one who swears falsely by My name. It will stay inside his house and destroy it along with its timbers and stones."
Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit God's kingdom? Do not be deceived: no sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals,
thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, or swindlers will inherit God's kingdom.
Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity,
idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions,
envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar, about which I tell you in advance-- as I told you before-- that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Marriage must be respected by all, and the marriage bed kept undefiled, because God will judge immoral people and adulterers.
But the cowards, unbelievers, vile, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars-- their share will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death."
Outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.
"You must not exploit a foreign resident or oppress him, since you were foreigners in the land of Egypt.
"You must not mistreat any widow or fatherless child.
If you do mistreat them, they will no doubt cry to Me, and I will certainly hear their cry.
My anger will burn, and I will kill you with the sword; then your wives will be widows and your children fatherless.
"You must not oppress your neighbor or rob [him]. The wages due a hired hand must not remain with you until morning.
"Do not oppress a hired hand who is poor and needy, whether one of your brothers or one of the foreigners residing within a town in your land.
You are to pay him his wages each day before the sun sets, because he is poor and depends on them. Otherwise he will cry out to the LORD against you, and you will be held guilty.
Do not deny justice to a foreign resident [or] fatherless child, and do not take a widow's garment as security.
'Cursed is the one who denies justice to a foreign resident, a fatherless child, or a widow.' And all the people will say, 'Amen!'
Don't rob a poor man because he is poor, and don't crush the oppressed at the gate,
for the LORD will take up their case and will plunder those who plunder them.
Don't move an ancient property line, and don't encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
for their Redeemer is strong, and He will take up their case against you.
Woe for the one who builds his palace through unrighteousness, his upper rooms through injustice, who makes his fellow man serve without pay and will not give him his wages,
who says: I will build myself a massive palace, with spacious upper rooms. He will cut windows in it, and it will be paneled with cedar and painted with vermilion.
Are you a king because you excel in cedar? Your own father, did he not eat and drink? He administered justice and righteousness, then it went well with him.
He took up the case of the poor and needy, then it went well. Is this not what it means to know Me? [This is] the LORD's declaration.
But you have eyes and heart for nothing except your own unjust gain, shedding innocent blood and committing extortion and oppression.
Look! The pay that you withheld from the workers who reaped your fields cries out, and the outcry of the harvesters has reached the ears of the Lord of Hosts.
Now above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. Your "yes" must be "yes," and your "no" must be "no," so that you won't fall under judgment.
This means one must not transgress against and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger of all these offenses, as we also previously told and warned you.
Abraham replied, "I thought, 'There is absolutely no fear of God in this place. They will kill me because of my wife.'
On the third day Joseph said to them, "I fear God-- do this and you will live.
The Hebrew midwives, however, feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt had told them; they let the boys live.
But you should select from all the people able men, God-fearing, trustworthy, and hating bribes. Place [them] over the people as officials of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens.
The governors who preceded me had heavily burdened the people, taking food and wine from them, as well as a pound of silver. Their subordinates also oppressed the people, but I didn't do this, because of the fear of God.
[For the choir director. [A psalm] of David, the LORD's servant.] An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: There is no dread of God before his eyes,
To fear the LORD is to hate evil. I hate arrogant pride, evil conduct, and perverse speech.
Wickedness is atoned for by loyalty and faithfulness, and one turns from evil by the fear of the LORD.
But the other answered, rebuking him: "Don't you even fear God, since you are undergoing the same punishment?
And why not say, just as some people slanderously claim we say, "Let us do evil so that good may come"? Their condemnation is deserved!