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28TheIAM (Yahweh) opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, "What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?" 29Balaam said to the donkey, "Because you have mocked me, I wish there were a sword in my hand, for now I would have killed you." 30The donkey said to Balaam, "Am I not your donkey, on which you have ridden all your life long to this day? Was I ever in the habit of doing so to you?" He said, "No." 31Then TheIAM (Yahweh) opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of TheIAM (Yahweh) standing in the way, with his sword drawn in his hand; and he bowed his head, and fell on his face. 32The angel of TheIAM (Yahweh) said to him, "Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come forth as an adversary, because your way is perverse before me: 33and the donkey saw me, and turned aside before me these three times. Unless she had turned aside from me, surely now I would have killed you, and saved her alive." 34Balaam said to the angel of TheIAM (Yahweh) , "I have sinned; for I didn't know that you stood in the way against me. Now therefore, if it displeases you, I will go back again." 35The angel of TheIAM (Yahweh) said to Balaam, "Go with the men; but only the word that I shall speak to you, that you shall speak." So Balaam went with the princes of Balak. 36When Balak heard that Balaam had come, he went out to meet him to the City of Moab, which is on the border of the Arnon, which is in the utmost part of the border. 37Balak said to Balaam, "Didn't I earnestly send to you to call you? Why didn't you come to me? Am I not able indeed to promote you to honor?" 38Balaam said to Balak, "Behold, I have come to you: have I now any power at all to speak anything? The word that God (Elohim) puts in my mouth, that shall I speak." 39Balaam went with Balak, and they came to Kiriath Huzoth. 40Balak sacrificed cattle and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes who were with him. 41It happened in the morning, that Balak took Balaam, and brought him up into the high places of Baal; and he saw from there the utmost part of the people.
49As Babylon has caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the land. 50You who have escaped the sword, go, don't stand still; remember TheIAM (Yahweh) from afar, and let Jerusalem come into your mind. 51We are confounded, because we have heard reproach; confusion has covered our faces: for strangers are come into the sanctuaries of TheIAM (Yahweh) 's house. 52Therefore, behold, the days come, says TheIAM (Yahweh) , that I will execute judgment on her engraved images; and through all her land the wounded shall groan. 53Though Babylon should mount up to the sky, and though she should fortify the height of her strength, yet from me shall destroyers come to her, says TheIAM (Yahweh) . 54The sound of a cry from Babylon, and of great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans! 55For TheIAM (Yahweh) lays Babylon waste, and destroys out of her the great voice; and their waves roar like many waters; the noise of their voice is uttered: 56for the destroyer is come on her, even on Babylon, and her mighty men are taken, their bows are broken in pieces; for TheIAM (Yahweh) is a God (El) of recompenses, he will surely requite. 57I will make drunk her princes and her wise men, her governors and her deputies, and her mighty men; and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake up, says the King, whose name is TheIAM (Yahweh) of Armies. 58Thus says TheIAM (Yahweh) of Armies: The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly overthrown, and her high gates shall be burned with fire; and the peoples shall labor for vanity, and the nations for the fire; and they shall be weary. 59The word which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah the son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, when he went with Zedekiah the king of Judah to Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. Now Seraiah was chief quartermaster. 60Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that should come on Babylon, even all these words that are written concerning Babylon. 61Jeremiah said to Seraiah, When you come to Babylon, then see that you read all these words, 62and say, TheIAM (Yahweh) , you have spoken concerning this place, to cut it off, that none shall dwell therein, neither man nor animal, but that it shall be desolate forever. 63It shall be, when you have made an end of reading this book, that you shall bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of the Euphrates: 64and you shall say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise again because of the evil that I will bring on her; and they shall be weary. Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.
1Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he began to reign; and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. 2He did that which was evil in the sight of TheIAM (Yahweh) , according to all that Jehoiakim had done. 3For through the anger of TheIAM (Yahweh) did it happen in Jerusalem and Judah, until he had cast them out from his presence. Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon. 4It happened in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and encamped against it; and they built forts against it round about. 5So the city was besieged to the eleventh year of king Zedekiah. 6In the fourth month, in the ninth day of the month, the famine was severe in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the land. 7Then a breach was made in the city, and all the men of war fled, and went forth out of the city by night by the way of the gate between the two walls, which was by the king's garden; (now the Chaldeans were against the city all around;) and they went toward the Arabah. 8But the army of the Chaldeans pursued (Radaph) after the king, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho; and all his army was scattered from him. 9Then they took the king, and carried him up to the king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath; and he gave judgment on him. 10The king of Babylon killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes: he killed also all the princes of Judah in Riblah. 11He put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in fetters, and carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison until the day of his death.
137TZADI You are righteous, TheIAM (Yahweh) . Your judgments are upright. 138You have commanded your statutes in righteousness. They are fully trustworthy. 139My zeal wears me out, because my enemies ignore your words. 140Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them. 141I am small and despised. I don't forget your precepts. 142Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness. Your law is truth. 143Trouble and anguish have taken hold of me. Your commandments are my delight. 144Your testimonies are righteous forever. Give me understanding, that I may live. 145KUF I have called with my whole heart. Answer me, TheIAM (Yahweh) ! I will keep your statutes. 146I have called to you. Save me! I will obey your statutes. 147I rise before dawn and cry for help. I put my hope in your words. 148My eyes stay open through the night watches, that I might meditate on your word. 149Hear my voice according to your loving kindness. Revive me, TheIAM (Yahweh) , according to your ordinances. 150They draw near who follow (Radaph) after wickedness. They are far from your law. 151You are near, TheIAM (Yahweh) . All your commandments are truth. 152Of old I have known from your testimonies, that you have founded them forever. 153RESH Consider my affliction, and deliver me, for I don't forget your law. 154Plead my cause, and redeem me! Revive me according to your promise. 155Salvation is far from the wicked, for they don't seek your statutes. 156Great are your tender mercies, TheIAM (Yahweh) . Revive me according to your ordinances. 157Many are my persecutors (Radaph) and my adversaries. I haven't swerved from your testimonies. 158I look at the faithless with loathing, because they don't observe your word. 159Consider how I love your precepts. Revive me, TheIAM (Yahweh) , according to your loving kindness. 160All of your words are truth. Every one of your righteous ordinances endures forever. 161SIN AND SHIN Princes have persecuted (Radaph) me without a cause, but my heart stands in awe of your words. 162I rejoice at your word, as one who finds great spoil. 163I hate and abhor falsehood. I love your law. 164Seven times a day, I praise you, because of your righteous ordinances. 165Those who love your law have great peace. Nothing causes them to stumble. 166I have hoped for your salvation, TheIAM (Yahweh) . I have done your commandments. 167My soul has observed your testimonies. I love them exceedingly. 168I have obeyed your precepts and your testimonies, for all my ways are before you. 169TAV Let my cry come before you, TheIAM (Yahweh) . Give me understanding according to your word. 170Let my supplication come before you. Deliver me according to your word. 171Let my lips utter praise, for you teach me your statutes. 172Let my tongue sing of your word, for all your commandments are righteousness. 173Let your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts. 174I have longed for your salvation, TheIAM (Yahweh) . Your law is my delight. 175Let my soul live, that I may praise you. Let your ordinances help me. 176I have gone astray like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I don't forget your commandments.
1But I say that so long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a bondservant, though he is Lord (Kurios) of all; 2but is under guardians and stewards until the day appointed by the father. 3So we also, when we were children, were held in slavery under the elemental principles of the world. 4But when the fullness of the time came, God sent out his Son, born to a woman, born under the law, 5that he might redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of children. 6And because you are children, God sent out the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, "Abba, Father!" 7So you are no longer a bondservant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through the AnointedOne (Kristos) . 8However at that time, not knowing God, you were in slavery to those who by nature are not gods. 9But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, why do you turn back again to the weak and miserable elemental principles, to which you desire to be in slavery all over again? 10You observe days, months, seasons, and years. 11I am afraid for you, that I might have wasted my labor for you. 12I beg you, brothers, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You did me no wrong, 13but you know that because of weakness of the flesh I preached the Good News to you the first time. 14That which was a temptation to you in my flesh, you didn't despise nor reject; but you received me as an angel of God, even as AnointedOne (Kristos) Jesus. 15What was the blessing you enjoyed? For I testify to you that, if possible, you would have plucked out your eyes and given them to me. 16So then, have I become your enemy by telling you the truth? 17They zealously seek you in no good way. No, they desire to alienate you, that you may seek them. 18But it is always good to be zealous in a good cause, and not only when I am present with you. 19My little children, of whom I am again in travail until the AnointedOne (Kristos) is formed in you - 20but I could wish to be present with you now, and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you. 21Tell me, you that desire to be under the law, don't you listen to the law? 22For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the handmaid, and one by the free woman. 23However, the son by the handmaid was born according to the flesh, but the son by the free woman was born through promise. 24These things contain an allegory, for these are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children to slavery, which is Hagar. 25For this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and answers to the Jerusalem that exists now, for she is in slavery with her children. 26But the Jerusalem that is above is free, which is the mother of us all. 27For it is written, "Rejoice, you barren who don't bear. Break forth and shout, you that don't travail. For more are the children of the desolate than of her who has a husband." 28Now we, brothers, as Isaac was, are children of promise. 29But as then, he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now. 30However what does the Scripture say? "Throw out the handmaid and her son, for the son of the handmaid will not inherit with the son of the free woman." 31So then, brothers, we are not children of a handmaid, but of the free woman.