Tuesday, August 30, 2005

II Evangelicals 16:7 - 25 (STRIV)

All quotations are from the Standard-Text Revised International Version (STRIV), unless otherwise noted.

7 It is reported to me that there is pride among you about the treatment you have received at the hands of the Romans. 8 You say, "Jesus Christ told us that we would be persecuted in his name, and we are being persecuted, therefore we must be doing his work." 9 And you take pains to exaggerate the resistance you encounter, and foolishly undertake plans which have nothing to do with spreading the Good News to your countrymen. 10 Word has it that some of you are even campaigning to become officials of the Roman government!

11 Shouldn't you rather be filled with grief that, instead of being seen as honorable citizens, you are seen as criminals and politicians? 12 I implore you to use the discernment which comes from the Holy Spirit, and remember your calling. 13 For your mission is not to enforce the morality of the Lord through the state, but to make it appealing, through your behavior and by your example. 14 As Jesus instructed us to love one another, and to love our neighbors, so too do I instruct you to express your faith through your love, for surely no good can come of tainting your faith with the compromises inherent in politics. 15 Let Caesar govern what is Caesar's, while you govern your own flesh.

16 Yet some of you will say, "But how then shall we be persecuted for Jesus' sake?" 17 Foolish ones! Persecution is not a badge, that you might display it upon your clothing and be honored for your suffering! 18 Our Lord did not save you so that you might be proud of suffering for him; rather, you are to share the Good News with others. 19 Have you forgotten so soon everything that he taught you? How can you spread his word if you are martyrs? 20 As it is written, "It is better to be a live rabbit than to be a dead eagle."a 21 To place yourselves in harm's way deliberately, to argue with your neighbors, to attempt to use the state to impose the law of God on others, will only lead others to rebel against God's law: 22 you may as well do as the heathens do, and blow yourself up with explosives. 23 For what can a corpse do to reveal the love of God? What speech does a dead body have?

24 Therefore I implore you to desist from your political efforts, and reclaim some humility in the face of God, while you may still turn back. 25 For the Lord will not work through the proud or undiscerning.


a 20 Plat. 3:5

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Monday, August 29, 2005

Affirmations 3:1 - 20 (STRIV)

All quotations are from the Standard-Text Revised International Version (STRIV), unless otherwise noted.


[3] 1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for all things under Heaven:

2 a time to be born and a time to rejoice over birth,
a time to plant and a time to water,
3 a time to heal and a time to recover,
a time to build and a time to assemble,
4 a time to laugh and a time to giggle,
a time to dance and a time to be drunk,
5 a time to feel good and a time to feel even better,
a time to love and a time to embrace,
6 a time to compliment others and a time to receive compliments.

7 What does the worker gain from his toil? I have seen the workmen at the end of the day, tired, yet proud of their achievements, proud of the labor they put into their work, 8 and rejoicing in the opportunity to be employed. 9 For God has made everything beautiful in its own time, and all people are in their appointed stations. 10 Work is a delight in itself, and overcoming obstacles causes us all, rich or poor, free or slave, to develop our sense of self-worth. 11 There is nothing better than for a man to be joyful while working to serve his master.

12 Then I turned my thoughts to wisdom,
and also decoration and leisure,
13 which is a very good thing.a
14 No home, I saw, is beyond the need
for decoration and cleaning,
and no dwelling is perfectly painted.
15 Just as light is better than darkness,
so too is expensive cheese and wine
better than cheap.

16 "Am I wise?" I asked myself.
And the answer came: "Yes, you are most wise,
17 you are beautiful, you attract positive energy
to yourself all day long, 18 and
when you sleep, your problems melt away.
19 No obstacle comes against you which cannot be overcome,
and you learn from all adversity which comes against you.
20 People find you attractive, and good company,
and you know all that you need to know."

a 13 Some mss.: and that's a very good thing.

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Chad 11:1 - 8 (STRIV)

All quotations are from the Standard-Text Revised International Version (STRIV), unless otherwise noted.

[11] 1 Then the disciples came to Jesus, asking him, "Teacher, how should we pray?"

2 And Jesus responded to them, "When you pray, you ought to say:

3 "'Father, who resides in Heaven,
blessings on your name.
4 Watch us today earn our daily bread,
we who are your followers and therefore sinless.
5 Punish those who transgress against us, and
strengthen our hands to torture those who do not worship you.
6 And lead us not into temptation,
but ignore it if we sin anyway,
7 for we cannot bear witness for you if we are embarrassed.a
8 For thine is the nation, and the power, and the glory,
Forever and ever. Amen.'"

a7 Some mss. do not contain verse 7.

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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Ernesto 1:1 - 34 (STRIV)

All quotations are from the Standard-Text Revised International Version (STRIV), unless otherwise noted.


[1] 1 The words of Ernesto, son of Juan. A vision concerning the people of the LORD during the reigns of Ronald, George, Bill, and Georgewalker, kings of America.

2 Then the LORD spoke to me, saying, "Ernesto! Arise, and take down the words I am about to speak to you." 3 And the angel of the LORD appeared before me, and said, "Behold, I have the word of the LORD, which you are to deliver to the people of America, that they might know that I am God." 4 And I was much afraid, and fell upon my face, saying, "But, LORD, I am not a wise man, that anyone should listen to me, nor am I eloquent of speech. 5 Send someone else, for I will certainly fail you."

6 And the angel of the LORD struck me on the cheek, and said, "Tempt not the LORD to anger! 7 He has declared you worthy to bear his message; therefore you will bear it. 8 He will make you able; you shall not fail. 9 His words will be upon your lips; his voice shall issue from your throat."

10 And these were the words of the LORD:

11 America drives her Hummer,
America has the beauty of a dream.
12 I know her landscapes, my hands
shaped her mountains and
formed her seas and rivers.

13 Yet she is unfaithful: America
will not cleave to her LORD;
14 she prefers the gods of the heathens,
the green paper gods,
the cathode ray gods,
the gods of inflated pig's bladders.
15 America laughs at me; she says,
16 "The LORD is old-fashioned;
his ways are not mine; he is unattractive
to me, I will spurn him."

17 My righteous rage boils against her.

18 Give unto me all your dedication, America;
give unto me all of your precious things.
19 I require your devotion and your obedience,
lest I cast you away from me,
into the hands of the communists and the terroristsa,
20 lest I wipe your land from the earth
and mourn for your people.

21 America did tremble;
her people cried out in a loud voice,
22 "LORD, have mercy upon us!"
Yet I held to the instrument of my wrath.
23 She cried, "I will obey you, LORD,
you alone will I worship. I will
rid myself of my false idols."
24 And I replied, "Of all the peoples
in the world, only you are my chosen ones,
only you can be the instrument of my will
on the earth, 25 and bring about my plans
for the end of time. 26 Yet you refuse to
give yourself over wholly; I desire
your obedience but you withhold it from me."

27 And my righteous rage boiled against her.

28 Give unto me all your dedication, America;
give unto me all of your precious things.
29 Cast away your precious laws, your ideals,
lest I smite thee with your enemies the communists,
30 lest I allow the terrorists to enterb your cities,
lest I wipe your land from the earth
and mourn for your people.

31 Yet I caused America's heart to be softened toward me;
America now loves me with her full dedication.
32 "Even the LORD is not loved automatically;
even he must threaten his children with annihilation,
yet he is a loving father who provides for them."c
33 All require love, from the lowliest slave
to the almighty creator of mankind.

34 Yet my righteous rage boiled against her.


aSome ms.: feminists
bSome ms.: infiltrate; Septaguint seep into
cSee also Gloria 2:12-13.

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Friday, August 19, 2005

Presentation 7:1 - 8:23 (STRIV)

All quotations are from the Standard-Text Revised International Version (STRIV), unless otherwise noted.


[7] 1 After this a great sight appeared in the heavens.
2 I saw a despicable beast, with seven heads and ten jowls, seated on a high throne, clothed in the finest gold and silver, 3 and all around him were lesser beasts in a circle, praising his name. 4 Each of the lesser beasts had the face of an animal of the field: some were like unto sheep, and some were like unto oxen, and there were many others besides, each of its own kind. 5 The lesser beasts were covered in eyes, yet the eyes were closed, and they had each one a bottle which was like wine, yet it was not wine, and they drank from them continually.

6 The beast on the throne proclaimed, "The LORD has abandoned us because we give shelter to feminazis." 7 And all the lesser beasts sang in a loud voice, "Dittos."

8 Then the beast on the throne proclaimed, "We must close our borders against the immigrants, lest there be famine in the land," 9 and all the lesser beasts cried out, "Dittos."

10 Then the beast on the throne proclaimed, "The LORD brings poverty to the poor, and riches to the wealthy, and he will surely destroy any who take from the rich or give to the poor." 11 And the lesser beasts answered him, "Dittos, dittos, megadittos in the highest."

12 Then the lesser beasts prostrated themselves before the throne, singing,

13 "None other is like unto thee,
none other has the wisdom of the LORD.
14 You are worthy to receive
dittoes, dittoes, and megadittoes,
forever and ever, 15 for the LORD speaks
through you. 16 Surely those who
revere your name will be preserved
forever and ever, even guarded
from that fire which is to come."

17 And then the angel of the LORD who was with me said, "Go and measure the circumference of the throne of the beast," and I was given a measuring rod. 18 And I went to measure the circumference, yet I never reached the end, for the end of the throne was always just beyond my arms. 19 And I said to the angel, "The throne is too large; I am unable to measure it," 20 but the angel of the LORD said, "Even so, the LORD will blot it out forever; no trace of it will remain."


[8] 1 After this I saw a large city with a single gate, guarded by a great warrior, yet the city was empty, its market silent, and the warrior had an unfamiliar name inscribed in the wall above him. 2 And I asked the angel who was with me the meaning of the vision, and he said, 3 "The great city before you had many gates, and one by one, the people sold their gates to the warriors of other lands, 4 and their gates were fused together and closed, sold and abandoned and traded, 5 until no one could enter or exit the town, and all who were in it starved, and the name of the town is Monopoly."

6 Then I was taken to a lake, where a man was in a boat fishing, and there were many fish in the boat, yet the man continued. 7 And I asked the angel of the LORD why the man continued to fish when he had many fish in the boat. 8 The angel of the LORD said, "Let the fish be revealed," and I saw that the fish the man had caught were of an inedible kind, and also they were all about an eighth of a reshasha in length. 9 "Where are the other fish?" I asked the angel who was with me, and he replied, 10 "The others all consumed one another, and only this kind, because it is poisonous, was left in the lake."


a That is, about one inch (2.5 cm)

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Friday, August 12, 2005

Phyllis 2:1-25 (STRIV)

All quotations are from the Standard-Text Revised International Version (STRIV), unless otherwise noted.

1 Then the prophetess Phyllis proclaimed, in the name of the LORD,

2 "We have heard of a chariot,
full of the swords of the kingdom,
3 with bridled horses and
an unobstructed path before it.
4 We have heard of the place where
many are buried, near the travelers' wells,
in the wilderness. 5 The soldiers
outside the city talk to one another;
their horses, near starving, are restless.
6 The men talk in loud, boasting tones;
they are never silent.

7 "This is no place for festivity;
this is no place for new wine.
8 This is no place for light-heartedness
or for dancing; 9 the men and the women
share no beds.

10 "Angels of the LORD, deliver him my message!
LORD, heed the call of your people and respond!
11 Our enemies surround us; we are in grave danger.
Whose people are we to be? To which god do we
belong? 12 On the hillside, the chariots gather,
more soldiers arrayed against the city of the LORD.
13 I cover my windows against the sun;
Moonlight guides my feet as I work.

14 "This is no place for festivity;
this is no place for new wine.
15 This is no place for light-heartedness
or for dancing; 16 the markets are silent,
the temples empty.

17 "We have heard of the terrors in Canaan;
messengers from Gilead have reached us.
18 Do you know, LORD, of the terrors in
Bethel? Here we may not even venture
by the city walls, lest our enemies see us.
19 Our stores of grain are depleted;
our oil and flour will not see a third sunrise.
20 The musicians are silent; their harps
and flutes decay, and no one sings.

21 "What use is it to plan for the future?
What purpose to raise children?
22 Nothing can be the same for us.
No messages can reach other cities;
no one can come to our aid but the LORD.

23 "This is no place for festivity;
this is no place for new wine.
24 This is no place for light-heartedness
or for dancing; 25 my husband holds no
charms for me."

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