he cried out to the Lord, who pointed out to him a piece of wood. When he threw it into the water, the water became fresh. It was here that God, in making statutes and ordinances for them, put them to the test.
Indeed, lover of the peoples, all the holy ones are at your side; They follow at your heels, carry out your decisions.
Life and love you granted me, and your providence has preserved my spirit.
In his hand is the soul of every living thing, and the life breath of all mortal flesh.
But there is a spirit in human beings, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding.
My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit; a contrite, humbled heart, O God, you will not scorn.
He will call upon me and I will answer; I will be with him in distress; I will deliver him and give him honor.
Make me understand the way of your precepts; I will ponder your wondrous deeds.
By me princes govern, and nobles, all the judges of the earth.
The crucible for silver, and the furnace for gold, but the tester of hearts is the Lord.
See, I refined you, but not like silver; I tested you in the furnace of affliction.
and enter into peace; They rest upon their couches, the sincere, who walk in integrity.
until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was pronounced in favor of the holy ones of the Most High, and the time arrived for the holy ones to possess the kingship.
But those with insight shall shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament, And those who lead the many to justice shall be like the stars forever.
The house of Jacob will be a fire, the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau stubble. They will set it ablaze and devour it; none will survive of the house of Esau, for the Lord has spoken.
He will sit refining and purifying silver, and he will purify the Levites, Refining them like gold or silver, that they may bring offerings to the Lord in righteousness.
When you did not hesitate to get up and leave your dinner in order to go and bury that dead man,
For God, the ruler of all, has turned that day from one of destruction of the chosen people into one of joy for them.
Let us condemn him to a shameful death; for according to his own words, God will take care of him.”
For they will see the death of the wise one and will not understand what the Lord intended, or why he kept him safe.
fools that we were! His life we accounted madness, and death dishonored.
Resplendent and unfading is Wisdom, and she is readily perceived by those who love her, and found by those who seek her.
one is the entry into life for all, and in one same way they leave it.
I shall govern peoples, and nations will be my subjects—
For in fire gold is tested, and the chosen, in the crucible of humiliation.
“Whoever obeys me will judge nations; whoever listens to me will dwell in my inmost chambers.
Come plague and bloodshed, fiery heat and drought, plunder and ruin, famine and death.
he said: “Woe is me! Why was I born to see the ruin of my people, the ruin of the holy city— To dwell there as it was given into the hands of enemies, the sanctuary into the hands of strangers?
Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear.
Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you that you who have followed me, in the new age, when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory, will yourselves sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.
Whoever chooses to do his will shall know whether my teaching is from God or whether I speak on my own.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.
When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart,
ruin and misery are in their ways,
For in hope we were saved. Now hope that sees for itself is not hope. For who hopes for what one sees?
Do you not know that the holy ones will judge the world? If the world is to be judged by you, are you unqualified for the lowest law courts?
For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,
For we know that if our earthly dwelling, a tent, should be destroyed, we have a building from God, a dwelling not made with hands, eternal in heaven.
At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it.
In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, gird up the loins of your mind, live soberly, and set your hopes completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Then I heard something like the sound of a great multitude or the sound of rushing water or mighty peals of thunder, as they said: “Alleluia! The Lord has established his reign, our God, the almighty.
Then I saw thrones; those who sat on them were entrusted with judgment. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, and who had not worshiped the beast or its image nor had accepted its mark on their foreheads or hands. They came to life and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years.