28There you shall serve gods (Elohim) , the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. 29But from there you shall seek TheIAM (Yahweh) your God (Elohim) , and you shall find him, when you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul. 30When you are in oppression, and all these things are come on you, in the latter days you shall return to TheIAM (Yahweh) your God (Elohim) , and listen to his voice: 31for TheIAM (Yahweh) your God (Elohim) is a merciful God (El) ; he will not fail you, neither destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which he swore to them. 32For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God (Elohim) created man on the earth, and from the one end of the sky to the other, whether there has been [any such thing] as this great thing is, or has been heard like it? 33Did ever a people hear the voice of god (Elohim) speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and live? 34Or has God (Elohim) tried to go and take him a nation from the midst of [another] nation, by trials, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by an outstretched arm, and by great terrors, according to all that TheIAM (Yahweh) your God (Elohim) did for you in Egypt before your eyes? 35It was shown to you so that you might know that TheIAM (Yahweh) is God (Elohim) . There is no one else besides him. 36Out of heaven he made you to hear his voice, that he might instruct you: and on earth he made you to see his great fire; and you heard his words out of the midst of the fire. 37Because he loved your fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought you out with his presence, with his great power, out of Egypt; 38to drive out nations from before you greater and mightier than you, to bring you in, to give you their land for an inheritance, as at this day. 39Know therefore this day, and lay it to your heart, that TheIAM (Yahweh) he is God (Elohim) in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is none else. 40You shall keep his statutes, and his commandments, which I command you this day, that it may go well with you, and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land, which TheIAM (Yahweh) your God (Elohim) gives you, forever.
1The hand of TheIAM (Yahweh) was on me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of TheIAM (Yahweh) , and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. 2He caused me to pass by them all around: and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and behold, they were very dry. 3He said to me, Son of man, can these bones live? I answered, Lord (Adonai) TheIAM (Yahweh) , you know. 4Again he said to me, Prophesy over these bones, and tell them, you dry bones, hear the word of TheIAM (Yahweh) . 5Thus says the Lord (Adonai) TheIAM (Yahweh) to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. 6I will lay sinews on you, and will bring up flesh on you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am TheIAM (Yahweh) . 7So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, an earthquake; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8I saw, and, behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh came up, and skin covered them above; but there was no breath in them. 9Then he said to me, Prophesy to the wind, prophesy, son of man, and tell the wind, Thus says the Lord (Adonai) TheIAM (Yahweh) : Come from the four winds, breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live. 10So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up on their feet, an exceedingly great army. 11Then he said to me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are clean cut off. 12Therefore prophesy, and tell them, Thus says the Lord (Adonai) TheIAM (Yahweh) : Behold, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, my people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. 13You shall know that I am TheIAM (Yahweh) , when I have opened your graves, and caused you to come up out of your graves, my people. 14I will put my Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land: and you shall know that I, TheIAM (Yahweh) , have spoken it and performed it, says TheIAM (Yahweh) . 15The word of TheIAM (Yahweh) came again to me, saying, 16You, son of man, take one stick, and write on it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write on it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and [for] all the house of Israel his companions: 17and join them for you one to another into one stick, that they may become one in your hand. 18When the children of your people shall speak to you, saying, Will you not show us what you mean by these? 19tell them, Thus says the Lord (Adonai) TheIAM (Yahweh) : Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his companions; and I will put them with it, [even] with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in my hand. 20The sticks whereon you write shall be in your hand before their eyes. 21Say to them, Thus says the Lord (Adonai) TheIAM (Yahweh) : Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, where they are gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: 22and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all; and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all;
29Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? 30Those who stay long at the wine; those who go to seek out mixed wine. 31Don't look at the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly. 32In the end, it bites like a snake, and poisons like a viper. 33Your eyes will see strange things, and your mind will imagine confusing things. 34Yes, you will be as he who lies down in the midst of the sea, or as he who lies on top of the rigging: 35"They hit me, and I was not hurt! They beat me, and I don't feel it! When will I wake up? I can do it again. I can find another."
1Don't be envious of evil men; neither desire to be with them: 2for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about mischief. 3Through wisdom a house is built; by understanding it is established; 4by knowledge the rooms are filled with all rare and beautiful treasure. 5A wise man has great power; and a knowledgeable man increases strength; 6for by wise guidance you wage your war; and victory is in many advisors. 7Wisdom is too high for a fool: he doesn't open his mouth in the gate. 8One who plans to do evil will be called a plot master (Baal) . 9The schemes of folly are sin. The mocker is detested by men. 10If you falter in the time of trouble, your strength is small. 11Rescue those who are being led away to death! Indeed, hold back those who are staggering to the slaughter! 12If you say, "Behold, we didn't know this;" doesn't he who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, doesn't he know it? Shall he not render to every man according to his work? 13My son, eat honey, for it is good; the droppings of the honeycomb, which are sweet to your taste: 14so you shall know wisdom to be to your soul; if you have found it, then there will be a reward, your hope will not be cut off. 15Don't lay in wait, wicked man, against the habitation of the righteous. Don't destroy his resting place: 16for a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again; but the wicked are overthrown by calamity. 17Don't rejoice when your enemy falls. Don't let your heart be glad when he is overthrown; 18lest TheIAM (Yahweh) see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him. 19Don't fret yourself because of evildoers; neither be envious of the wicked: 20for there will be no reward to the evil man; and the lamp of the wicked shall be snuffed out. 21My son, fear TheIAM (Yahweh) and the king. Don't join those who are rebellious: 22for their calamity will rise suddenly; the destruction from them both - who knows?
1For every high priest, being taken from among men, is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2The high priest can deal gently with those who are ignorant and going astray, because he himself is also surrounded with weakness. 3Because of this, he must offer sacrifices for sins for the people, as well as for himself. 4Nobody takes this honor on himself, but he is called by God, just like Aaron was. 5So also the AnointedOne (Kristos) didn't glorify himself to be made a high priest, but it was he who said to him, "You are my Son. Today I have become your father." 6As he says also in another place, "You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek." 7He, in the days of his flesh, having offered up prayers and petitions with strong crying and tears to him who was able to save him from death, and having been heard for his godly fear, 8though he was a Son, yet learned obedience by the things which he suffered. 9Having been made perfect, he became to all of those who obey him the author of eternal salvation, 10named by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek. 11About him we have many words to say, and hard to interpret, seeing you have become dull of hearing. 12For although by this time you should be teachers, you again need to have someone teach you the rudiments of the first principles of the oracles of God. You have come to need milk, and not solid food. 13For everyone who lives on milk is not experienced in the word of righteousness, for he is a baby. 14But solid food is for those who are full grown, who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern good and evil.
1Therefore leaving the teaching of the first principles of the AnointedOne (Kristos) , let us press on to perfection - not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works, of faith toward God, 2of the teaching of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3This will we do, if God permits. 4For concerning those who were once enlightened and tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5and tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the age to come, 6and then fell away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance; seeing they crucify the Son of God for themselves again, and put him to open shame. 7For the land which has drunk the rain that comes often on it, and brings forth a crop suitable for them for whose sake it is also tilled, receives blessing from God; 8but if it bears thorns and thistles, it is rejected and near being cursed, whose end is to be burned.