Sorry for the delay. I got burned out from all the other stuff I’ve been doing.
Sing praises, daughter Zion; rejoice, Israel;
rejoice and exult with all your heart, daughter Jerusalem.
The Lord has borne away your judgment;
he has turned away your enemies.
The Lord, the King of Israel, is in your midst;
you need fear no further harm.
In that day they will say to Jerusalem,
Do not be afraid, Zion; do not let your hands grow weak.
The Lord your God in your midst is mighty; he himself will save you.
He will rejoice over you in gladness,
renew in his love,
exult over you in praise,
as on a festival day,
those of you who sorrow,
that no more will you have rebuke upon them.
Behold, I shall slay all those who will harm you in that time;
and I will cure those who cannot walk,
and those who have been cast out I will gather together;
and I will place them in praise, and in a name,
in all the land of their confusion,
in the time when I shall lead them back,
and in the time when I shall gather them together.
For I will give you into a name,
and into the praise of all the peoples of the earth,
when I shall turn back your captivity before your very eyes-says the Lord.
Rejoice in the Lord always; and again, I say, rejoice. May your modesty be made known to all people. The Lord is nearby. Of no matter be worried, but in all prayer and supplication, with giving of thanks, make known your request with God. And may the peace of God, which is beyond all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds, by Christ Jesus.
Therefore he said to the crowds who went out to be baptized by him, “Seed of vipers! Who warned you to flee the coming wrath? Therefore bring forth fruit worthy of repentance, and do not undertake to say, ‘We have Abraham for a father’, for I say to you, God can raise up sons of Abraham from these stones. And already the axe is held at the roots of the tree; therefore every tree not bearing good fruit shall be cut off, and thrown into fire.”
And the crowd asked him saying, “Then what shall we do?”
And he answered and said to them, “Whoever has two shirts should give to whoever has none, and whoever has food should do likewise.”
And also there came publicans to be baptized, and they said to him, “Master, what shall we do?”
And he said to them, “Require nothing more than is due you.”
And there also questioned him soldiers, saying, “And us, what shall we do?”
And he said to them, “Do not intimidate anyone, nor blackmail them; and be content with your allowance.”
And the people waited, and thought in their hearts about John, if he might not be that Christ. And answering John said to everyone, “I indeed baptize you in water, but there comes a stronger than me, of whom I am not worthy to unfasten his sandal strap; he will baptize you in the holy spirit and fire, whose fan is in his hand, and he will purge his floor, and gather the wheat in his barn, and the chaff burn in inextinguishable fire.” And with many other things he proclaimed the good news to the people.