1 At this, my heart became frightened, and it has been moved from its place.
2 Pay close attention to the alarm of his voice and to the sound that proceeds from his mouth.
3 He beholds everything under the heavens, and his light reaches beyond the ends of the earth.
4 After this, a noise will sound; he will thunder with the voice of his greatness, and it will not be tracked down, yet his voice will be obeyed.
5 God will thunder with his voice miraculously, for he performs great and unsearchable things.
6 He commands the snow to descend on earth, and the winter rains, and the shower of his strength.
7 He signs the hand of all men, so that each one may know his works.
8 The beast will enter his hiding-place, and he will remain in his cave.
9 From the interior, a storm will come forth, and a cold winter from the north.
10 As God breathes out, frost forms, and the waters are poured forth very widely again.
11 Crops desire clouds, and the clouds scatter their light.
12 It shines all around, wherever the will of him that governs them will lead, to anywhere he will command, over the whole face of the earth,
13 whether in one tribe, or in his own region, or in whatever place of his mercy that he will order them to be found.
14 Listen to these things, Job. Stand up and consider the wonders of God.
15 Do you know when God ordered the rains, so as to show the light of his clouds?
16 Do you know the great paths of the clouds, and the perfect sciences?
17 Are not your garments hot, when the south wind blows across the land?
18 Perhaps you have made the heavens with him, which are very solid, as if they had been cast from brass.
19 Reveal to us what we should say to him, for, of course, we are wrapped in darkness.
20 Who will explain to him the things that I am saying? Even while a man is still speaking, he will be devoured.
21 Although they do not see the light, the air will be thickened suddenly into clouds, and the wind, passing by, will drive them away.
22 Riches arrive from the north, and fearful praise reaches out to God.
23 We are not worthy to be able to find him. Great in strength, great in judgment, great in justice: he is indescribable.
24 Therefore, men will fear him, and all those who seem to themselves to be wise, will not dare to contemplate him.
1 And his son Judas, who was called Maccabeus, rose up in his place.
2 And all his brothers assisted him, along with all those who had joined themselves to his father. And they fought the battle of Israel with rejoicing.
3 And he expanded the glory of his people, and he clothed himself with a breastplate like a giant, and he surrounded himself his weapons of war in battles, and he protected the camp with his sword.
4 In his actions, he became like a lion, and like a young lion roaring in the hunt.
5 And he pursued the wicked and tracked them down. And those who disturbed his people, he burned with fire.
6 And his enemies were repelled by the fear of him, and all the workers of iniquity were troubled. And salvation was well-directed in his hand.
7 And he provoked many kings, and he gave joy to Jacob by his works, and his memory will be a blessing for all generations.
8 And he traveled through the cities of Judah, and he destroyed the impious out of them, and he turned wrath away from Israel.
9 And he was renowned, even to the utmost part of the earth, and he gathered together those who were perishing.
10 And so Apollonius gathered together the Gentiles, with a numerous and great army from Samaria, to make war against Israel.
11 And Judas knew about it, and he went forth to meet him. And he struck him and killed him. And many fell down wounded, and the rest fled away.
12 And he took away their spoils. And Judas took possession of the sword of Apollonius, and he fought with it during all his days.
13 And Seron, the leader of the army of Syria, heard that Judas had gathered together a company of the faithful and an assembly with him.
14 And he said, “I will make a name for myself, and I will be glorified in the kingdom, and I will defeat Judas in warfare, and those who are with him, who have spurned the word of the king.”
15 And he prepared himself. And the camp of the impious went up with him, with strong auxiliaries, so as to act with vengeance upon the sons of Israel.
53 A fainting hath taken hold of me, because of the wicked that forsake thy law.
54 Thy justifications were the subject of my song, in the place of my pilgrimage.
55 In the night I have remembered thy name, O Lord: and have kept thy law.
56 This happened to me: because I sought after thy justifications.
57 HETH. O Lord, my portion, I have said, I would keep the law.
58 I entreated thy face with all my heart: have mercy on me according to thy word.
59 I have thought on my ways: and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.
1 Paul and Sylvanus and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians, in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Grace and peace to you, from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We ought to give thanks always to God for you, brothers, in a fitting manner, because your faith is increasing greatly, and because the charity of each of you toward one another is abundant,
4 so much so that we ourselves even glory in you among the churches of God, because of your patience and faith in all of your persecutions and tribulations that you endure,
5 which are a sign of the just judgment of God, so that you may be held worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer.
6 For certainly, it is just for God to repay trouble to those who trouble you,
7 and to repay you, who are being troubled, with a repose with us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with the Angels of his virtue,
8 granting vindication, by a flame of fire, against those who do not know God and who are not obedient to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 These shall be given the eternal punishment of destruction, apart from the face of the Lord and apart from the glory of his virtue,
10 when he arrives to be glorified in his saints, and to become a wonder in all those who have believed, in that day, because our testimony has been believed by you.
11 Because of this, too, we pray always for you, so that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may complete every act of his goodness, as well as his work of faith in virtue,
12 in order that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, in accord with the grace of our God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.