1 The destroyer is as good as dead, you who have not been destroyed! The deceitful one is as good as dead, the one whom others have not deceived! When you are through destroying, you will be destroyed;when you finish deceiving, others will deceive you! 2 Lord, be merciful to us! We wait for you. Give us strength each morning. Deliver us when distress comes. 3 The nations run away when they hear a loud noise; the nations scatter when you spring into action! 4 Your plunder disappears as if locusts were eating it; they swarm over it like locusts. 5 The Lord is exalted, indeed, he lives in heaven; he fills Zion with justice and fairness. 6 He is your constant source of stability; he abundantly provides safety and great wisdom; he gives all this to those who fear him. 7 Look, ambassadors cry out in the streets; messengers sent to make peace weep bitterly. 8 Highways are empty; there are no travelers. Treaties are broken; witnesses are despised, human life is treated with disrespect. 9 The land dries up and withers away; the forest of Lebanon shrivels up and decays. Sharon is like the arid rift valley; Bashan and Carmel are parched. 10“Now I will rise up,” says the Lord.“ Now I will exalt myself; now I will magnify myself.11 You conceive straw, you give birth to chaff; your breath is a fire that destroys you. 12 The nations will be burned to ashes; like thorn bushes that have been cut down, they will be set on fire.
Date: 7th-5th Centuries B.C.E. (based on scholarly estimates)
25 The one who loves his life destroys it, and the one who hates his life in this world guards it for eternal life. 26 If anyone wants to serve me, he must follow me, and where I am, my servant will be too. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. 27 “Now my soul is greatly distressed. And what should I say? ‘Father, deliver me from this hour’? No, but for this very reason I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that stood there and heard the voice said that it had thundered. Others said that an angel had spoken to him. 30 Jesus said, “This voice has not come for my benefit but for yours. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. 32And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”33 (Now he said this to indicate clearly what kind of death he was going to die.)