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500 passages about God’s heart for the nations
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- show God’s desire to have the earth filled with an ethnically diverse group of people who worship Him.
- show God’s aid to the Israelites in war against foreign nations. The end goal was so that the nations would see God’s power and join the Israelites in worshiping the One True God.
- show how God purposefully uses weak people to defeat strong people through His power. This is important to know for anyone going against the evil spiritual forces in control of unreached people groups (the nations).
- show how God scattered the Israelites through the exile, then restored them to their land. In the same way, God has scattered His followers throughout the earth, then will gather them to their inheritance, the New Earth.
God's desire throughout the Bible is to be worshipped by all nations, all people, and to fill earth.
He will always preserve a remnant of worshippers and this remnant will include representatives from every people group in the New Earth.
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Yahweh, at times, wants the foreign nations to worship Him (1 Kings 8:60) and at other times He commands Israel to destroy the foreign nations (Deut 7:16). How do you make sense of this?
To quote Christopher Wright in The Mission of God "In the macro-cultural worldview of the ancient Near East, the assumption (shared by Israel) was that the events on earth mirrored events in the heavenly realm. The fate of human armies reflected the cosmic battles of the gods."
In other words, if the Israelite army was victorious, Yahweh was seen by the nations as the most powerful, but if the other armies won, their gods were seen as the most powerful.
Also related is Yahweh's desire for the purity of Israel so that they could best reflect His glory to the nations, so the Israelites were not allowed to intermarry with other nations and they had to destroy any hint of the conquered nations foreign gods and customs.
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Scattering / Gathering
God scattered the nations from the Tower of Babel, but will gather all of the nations in the New Jerusalem.
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Weak / Strong
It's important to know that God purposefully uses weak things to conquer strong things because when we reach previously unreached people groups, we will be going up against evil forces stronger than us. But with God's help, we will be stronger than those evil forces and God will get the glory.
God blessed them, and God said to the them, "Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it..."
(God wants His worshipers to fill the earth!)
God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth."
Now the LORD said to Abram,
“Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;
And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;
And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
Abraham is to become a great and powerful nation, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed through him.
And all the nations of the earth will be blessed by your [Abraham’s] offspring because you have obeyed my command.
I will make your [Isaac’s] offspring as numerous as the stars of the sky, I will give your offspring these lands, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring.
May peoples serve you, [Jacob], and nations bow down to you. Be master over your brothers; may your mother’s sons bow down to you. Those who curse will be cursed and those who bless you will be blessed.
Your [Jacob’s] offspring will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out toward the west, the east, the north, and the south. All the peoples of the earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. Look, I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go. I will bring you back to this land, for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.
God also said to him [Israel]: I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply. A nation, indeed an assembly of nations, will come from you, and kings will descend from you.
He said to me [Jacob], “I will make you fruitful and numerous; I will make many nations come from you, and I will give this land as an eternal possession to your future descendants.”
The scepter will not depart from Judah, or the staff from between his feet, until He whose right it is comes and the obedience of the peoples belongs to Him.
However, I [the Lord] have let you [Pharaoh] live for this purpose: to show you My power and to make My name known in all the earth.
Now if you will listen to Me and carefully keep my covenant, you will be My own possession out of all the peoples, although all the earth is Mine, and you will be My kingdom of priests and My holy nation.
God chose Israel to demonstrate to the peoples His holiness. They were to be a kingdom of priests – people tasked with reconciling others to God.
How will it be known that I [Moses] and Your people have found favor in Your sight unless You go with us? I and Your people will be distinguished by this from all the other people on the face of the earth.
The success of a people group (Israelite, Hittite, Jebusite etc), especially their army, was directly connected to the strength of their God/god(s). Moses asks a rhetorical question, “God, if you don’t go with us, how will other people groups know that Yahweh is God?”
I [the Lord] will perform wonders in all nations in the presence of all your people that have never been done in all the earth or in any nation. All the people you live among will see the Lord’s work, for what I am doing with you is awe-inspiring.
I am going to drive out before you the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. Be careful not to make a treaty with the inhabitants of the land you are going to enter; otherwise, they will become a snare among you. Instead, you must tear down their altars, smash their sacred pillars, and chop down their Asherah poles.
I will drive out nations before you and enlarge your territory…
You must not live according to the customs of the nations I am going to drive out before. Because they did all these things, I abhorred them. And I promised you: You will inherit their land; since I will give it to you to possess, a land flowing with milk and honey.
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, so that you would no longer be slaves. I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to live in freedom.
Yet in spite of this, while they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject or abhor them so as to destroy them and break my covenant with them, since I am the Lord their God. For their sake I will remember the covenant with their fathers, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations to be their God; I am the Lord.
the people living in the land are strong, and the cities are large and fortified.
If You kill this people [Israel] with a single blow, the nations that have heard of Your fame will declare, ‘Since the Lord wasn’t able to bring this people into the land He swore to give them, He has slaughtered them in the wilderness.’
The Lord also said, ‘Get up, move out, and cross the Arnon Valley. See, I have handed Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land over to you. Begin to take possession of it; engage him in battle. This very day I will put the terror and fear of you on all the nations under heaven. They will hear reports of you and tremble and be in anguish because of you.
“I commanded Joshua at the time: Your own eyes have seen everything the Lord your God has done to these two kings. The Lord will do the same to all the kingdoms you are about to enter. Don’t be afraid of them, for the Lord your God fights for you.
See, I have taught you decrees and laws as the Lord my God has commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of it. Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about these decrees and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.”
Because He loved your fathers, He chose their descendants after them and brought you out of Egypt by His presence and great power, to drive out before you nations greater and stronger than you and to bring you in and give you their land as an inheritance, as is now taking place.
Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you.
When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess, and He drives out many nations before you – the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites,Canaanites, Perizites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations more numerous and powerful than you – and when you the Lord your God delivers them over to you and you defeat them, you must completely destroy them. Make no treaty with them and show them no mercy.
Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, because they will turn your sons away from Me to worship other gods. Then the Lord’s anger will burn against you, and He will swiftly destroy you.
Instead, this is what you are to do to them: tear down their altars, smash their standing pillars, cut down their Asherah poles, and burn up their carved images. For you are a holy people belonging to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be His own possession out of all the peoples on the face of the earth.
The Lord was devoted to you and chose you, not because you were more numerous than all the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But because the Lord loved you and kept the oath He swore to your fathers, He brought you out with a strong hand and redeemed you from the place of slavery, from the power of Pharoah king of Egypt.
You must destroy all the peoples the Lord your God is delivering over to you and not look on them with pity. Do not worship other gods, for that will be a snare to you.
If you say to yourself, ‘These nations are greater than I; how can I drive them out?’ do not be afraid of them. Be sure to remember what the Lord you God did to Pharoah and all Egypt: the great trials that you saw, the signs and wonders, the strong hand and outstretched arm, by which the Lord your God will do the same to all the peoples you fear.
Don’t be terrified of them, for the Lord your God, a great and awesome God, is among you. The Lord your God will drive out these nations before you little by little… The Lord your God will give them over to you and throw them into great confusion until they are destroyed… No one will be able to stand against you; you will annihilate them.
You must burn up the carved images of their gods. Don’t covet the silver and gold on the images and take it for yourself, or else you will be ensnared by it, for it is abhorrent to the Lord your God.
“Listen, Israel: Today you are about to cross the Jordan to go and drive out nations greater and stronger than you with large cities fortified to the heavens. The people are strong and tall, the descendants of the Anakim. You know about them and you have heard it said about them, ‘Who can stand up to the sons of Anak?’
But understand that today the Lord your God will cross over ahead of you as a consuming fire; He will devastate and subdue them before you. You will drive them out and destroy them swiftly, as the Lord your God has told you.
the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will drive out nations greater and stronger than you are.
Destroy completely all the places where the nations you are driving out worship their gods – on the high mountains, on the hills, and under every flourishing tree. Tear down the altars, smash their sacred pillars, burn up their Asherah poles, cut down carved images of their gods, and wipe out their names from every place.
When the Lord your God annihilates the nations before you, which you are entering to take possession of, and you drive them out and live in their land, be careful not to be ensnared by their ways after they have been destroyed before you.
When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not imitate the detestable customs of those nations.
Everyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord, and the Lord your God is driving out the nations before you because of these detestable things. You must be blameless before the Lord your God.
When you go out to war against your enemies and see horses, chariots, and an army larger than yours, do not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt, is with you. When you are about to engage in battle, the priest is to come forward and address the army. He is to say to them: ‘Listen Israel: Today you are about to engage in battle with your enemies. Do not be fainthearted. Do not be afraid, alarmed, or terrified because of them. For the Lord your God is the One who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.
However you must not let any living thing survive among the cities of these people the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance. You must completely destroy them – the Hittite, Amorite, Canaanite, Perizzite, Hivite, and Jebusite – as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that they won’t teach you to do all the detestable things they do for their gods, and you sin against the Lord your God.
Now if you faithfully obey the Lord your God and are careful to follow all His commands I am giving you today, the Lord your God will put you far above all the nations of the earth.
The Lord will establish you as His holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. Then all the peoples on the earth will see that you are called by the Lord’s name, and they will stand in awe of you.
Just as the Lord was glad to cause you to prosper and to multiply you, so He will also be glad to cause you to perish and to destroy you. You will be deported from the land you are entering to possess. Then the Lord will scatter you among the people from one end of the earth to the other
Indeed, you know how we lived in the land of Egypt and passed through the nations where you traveled. You saw their detestable images and idols made of wood, stone, silver, and gold, which were among them. Be sure there is no man woman, clan, or tribe among you today whose heart turns away from the Lord our God to go and worship the gods of those nations. Be sure that there is no root among you bearing poisonous and bitter fruit.
When all these things happen to you – the blessings and the curses I have set before you – and you come to your senses while you are in the all the nations where the Lord your God has driven you, and you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey Him with all your heart and all your soul by doing everything I am giving you today, then He will restore your fortunes, have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you. Even if your exiles are at the ends of the earth, He will gather you and bring you back from there. The Lord your God will bring you into the land your fathers possessed, and you will take possession of it.
The Lord your God is the One who will cross ahead of you. He will destroy these nations before you, and you will drive them out.
When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance and divided the nations and divided the human race, He set boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the angels of God. But the Lord’s portion is His people, Jacob, His own inheritance.
The Lord your God did to the Jordan just what He had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we crossed over. This is so that all the people of the earth may know that the Lord’s hand is mighty, and so that you may always fear the Lord your God.
For it was the Lord’s intention to harden their hearts, so that they would engage Israel in battle, be completely destroyed without mercy, and completely annihilated, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
So Joshua summoned all Israel, including its elders, leaders, judges, and officers, and said to them, “I am old, getting on in years, and you have seen for yourselves everything the Lord you God did to all these nations on your account, because it was the Lord your God who was fighting for you. See, I have allotted these remaining nations to you as an inheritance for your tribes, including all the nations I have destroyed, from the Jordan westward to the Mediterranean Sea. The Lord you God will force them back on your account and drive them out before you, so that you can take possession of their land, as the Lord your God promised you.
Be very strong, and continue obeying all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, so that you do not turn from it to the right or left and so that you do not associate with these nations remaining among you. Do not call on the names of their gods or make an oath to them; do not worship them or bow down to them. Instead, remain faithful to the Lord your God, as you have done to this day.
The Lord has driven out great and powerful nations before you, and no one has been able to stand against you to this day. One of you routed a thousand, because the Lord your God was fighting for you.
For if you turn away and cling to the rest of these nations remaining among you, and if you intermarry or associate with them or they with you, know for certain that the Lord your God will not continue to drive these nations out before you.
For the Lord our God brought us and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, the place of slavery and performed these great signs before our eyes. He also protected us all along the way we went and among all the peoples whose land we traveled through. The Lord drove out before us all peoples, including the Amorites who lived in the land.
You are not to make a covenant with the people who are living in this land, and you are to tear down their altars. But you have not obeyed Me. What is this you have done? Therefore I now say: I will not drive out these peoples before you.
But they [the Israelites] settled among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. The Israelites took daughters for themselves, gave their own daughters to their sons, and worshiped their gods.
The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many people for Me to hand the Midianites over to you, or else Israel might brag: ‘I did it myself.’
Saul responded, “Am I not a Benjamite from the smallest of Israel’s tribes and isn’t my clan the least important of all the clans of the Benjamite tribe?”
I [David] come against you [Goliath] in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel’s armies – you have defied Him. This day the Lord will hand you over to me… and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.”
I [God] have been with you [David] wherever you have gone, and I have destroyed all your enemies before you.
And who is like your people Israel – the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for Himself, and to make a Name for Himself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations and their gods from before your people, who redeemed you from Egypt?
King David dedicated these articles to the Lord, as he had done with the silver and gold from all the nations he had subdued: Edom and Moab, the Ammonites and the Philistines, and Amalek.
In the same way that the Israelites were to plunder (take the possessions of) their enemies, we are to plunder Satan and the evil forces that currently have ownership of unreached people groups.
You have appointed me [David] the head of nations; a people I had not known serve me. Foreigners submit to me grudgingly; as soon as they hear they obey me. Foreigners lose heart and come trembling from their fortifications.
The Lord lives – may my rock be praised! God, the rock of my salvation, is exalted. God – He gives me vengeance and casts down peoples under me. He frees me from my enemies. You exalt me above my adversaries; You rescue me from violent men.
Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing about Your name.
From all nations people came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.
Even for the foreigner who is not of Your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of Your name – for they will hear of your great name, mighty hand, and outstretched arm, and will come and pray toward this temple – may You hear in heaven, Your dwelling place, and do according to all the foreigner asks You for. Then all the people on the earth will know Your name, to fear You as Your people Israel do and know that this temple I have built is called by Your name.
For You, Lord God, have set them [Israel] apart as Your inheritance from all the people on earth
[may the Lord be with Israel] so all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God. There is no other!
King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the world in riches and in wisdom. The whole world wanted an audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom that God had put in his heart.
King Solomon loved many foreign women in addition to Pharoah’s daughter: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women from the nations that the Lord had told the Israelites about, “Do not intermarry with them, and they must not intermarry with you, because they will turn you away from Me to their gods.” Solomon was deeply attached to these women and loved them. He had 700 wives and 300 concubines, and they turned his heart away from the Lord.
I will give one tribe to his [David’s] son, so that My servant David will always have a lamp before Me in Jerusalem, the city I chose for Myself to put My name there.
They [the Israelites] also built for themselves high places, sacred pillars, and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every green tree; there were even male shrine prostitutes in the land. They imitated all the abominations of the nations the Lord had possessed before the Israelites.
Elisha said, “Don’t be afraid, for those who are with us outnumber those who are with them.”
Then Elisha prayed, “Lord please open his eyes and let him see.” So the Lord opened the servant’s eyes. He looked and saw that the mountain was covered with horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
When they [the Israelites] came to the camp’s edge, they discovered that there was not a single man there, for the Lord had caused the Aramean camp to hear the sound of chariots, horses, and a great army.
He [Ahaz] followed the ways of the kings of Israel and even sacrificed his own son in the fire, engaging in the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites.
This disaster [deporting Israel to Assyria / Babylon] happened because the people of Israel had sinned against the Lord their God who had brought them out of the land of Egypt from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt and because they had worshiped other gods. They lived according to the customs of the nations that the Lord had possessed before the Israelites and the customs of the kings of Israel had introduced.
They [Israel] burned incense on all the high places just like those nations that the Lord had driven out before them.
They pursued worthless idols and became worthless themselves, following the surrounding nations the Lord had commanded them not to imitate
They [the Israelites] worshiped the whole heavenly host and served Baal.
They feared the Lord, but their also worshiped their own gods according to the custom of the nations where they had been deported from.
The Lord was with him [Hezekiah], and wherever he went, he prospered, He rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him. He defeated the Philistines as far as Gaza and its borders, from watchtower to fortified city.
Lord God of Israel who is enthroned above the cherubim, You are God – You alone – of all the kingdoms of the earth. You made the heavens and the earth.
Now, Lord our God, please save us from his [Sennacherib’s] hand so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you are the Lord God – You alone.
That night the angel of the Lord went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians.
I will abandon the remnant of my inheritance and hand them over to their enemies. They will become plunder and spoil to all their enemies.
So David’s fame spread throughout every land, and the Lord made all the nations fear him.
Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to the Lord, all the earth. Proclaim His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations. His wonderful works among all peoples.
Ascribe to the Lord, families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory of His name; bring an offering and come before Him. Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth.
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, “The Lord is king!”
And say, “Save us, God of our salvation; gather us and rescue us from the nations so that we may give thanks to Your holy name and rejoice in Your praise.
And who is like your people Israel – the one nation on earth whose God went out to redeem a people for Himself, and to make a name for Yourself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations from before your people, whom You redeemed from Egypt.
David captured 1,000 chariots, 7,000 horsemen, and 20,000 foot soldiers.
King David dedicated these articles to the Lord, as he had done with the silver and gold from all the nations he had subdued: Edom and Moab, the Ammonites and the Philistines, and Amalek.
When David looked up and saw the angel of the Lord standing between earth and heaven, with his drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem
David said, “My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the Lord should be of great magnificence and fame and splendor in the sight of all the nations."
Even for the foreigner who is not of Your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of Your great name and Your mighty hand and outstretched arm: when he comes and prays toward this temple, may you hear in heaven in Your dwelling place, and do all the foreigner asks You for. Then all the peoples of the earth will know Your name, to fear You as Your people Israel do
they [Israel] will become his [Shishak’s, king of Egypt] servants so that they may recognize the difference between serving Me and serving the kingdoms of the land.
Then Asa cried out to the Lord his God: “Lord, there is no one besides You to help the mighty and those without strength. Help us, Lord our God, for we depend on You, and in Your name we have come against this multitude. Lord, You are our God. Do not let a mere mortal hinder You.”
So the Lord routed the Cushites before Asa and before Judah, and the Cushites fled.
For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to show Himself strong for those whose hearts are completely His.
Lord God of our ancestors, are You not the God who is in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand, and no one can stand against You. Are You not our God who drove out inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and who gave it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend?
Look how they [the Ammonites, Moabites, and the inhabitants of Mount Seir] repay us by coming to drive us out of Your possession that You gave us as an inheritance. Our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this vast multitude that comes to fight against us. We do not know what to do, but we look to You.
Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s
They [the Israelites] were gathering the plunder for three days because there was so much.
The terror of God was on all the kingdoms of the lands when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel.
He [Ahaz] burned sacrifices in the valley of Ben Hinnom and sacrificed his children in the fire, engaging in the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites.
Don’t be afraid or discouraged before the king of Assyria or before all the multitude with him, for there are more with us than with him. He has only human strength, but we have the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.
“This is what King Sennacherib of Assyria says: ‘What are you trusting in, you who remain under the siege of Jerusalem? Isn’t Hezekiah misleading you to give over to death by famine and thirst when he says, “The Lord our God will deliver us from the power of the king of Assyria”?...
Don’t you know what I and my fathers have done to all the peoples of the lands? Have any of the national gods of the lands been able to deliver their land from my power? Who among all the gods of these nations that my father utterly destroyed was able to deliver his people from my power, that your God should be able to do the same for you?
So now, don’t let Hezekiah deceive you, and don’t let him mislead you like this. Don’t believe him, for no god of any nation or kingdom has been able to deliver his people from my power or the power of my fathers. How much less will your gods deliver you from my power!”… He wrote letters to mock the Lord God of Israel, saying against Him: Just like the national gods of the lands that did not deliver their power from my power, so Hezekiah’s God will not deliver His people from my power.
King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz prayed about this and cried out to heaven, and the Lord sent an angel who annihilated every brave warrior, leader, and commander in the camp of the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria returned with shame to his land.
All the leaders of the priests and the people multiplied their unfaithful deeds, imitating all the detestable practices of the nations, and they defiled the Lord’s temple that He had consecrated in Jerusalem.
We have been unfaithful to our God by marrying foreign women from the surrounding peoples, but there is still hope for Israel in spite of this…
Therefore make a confession to the Lord God of your fathers and do His will. Separate yourselves from the surrounding peoples and your foreign wives.
“If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples. But if you return to Me and carefully observe my commands, even though your exiles were banished to the ends of the earth, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place where I chose to have My name dwell.
The wall was completed in 52 days, on the twenty-fifth day of the month Elul. When all out enemies heard this, all the surrounding nations were intimidated and lost their confidence, for they realized that this task had been accomplished by our God.
You gave them [the Israelites] kingdoms, and people and assigned them to be a boundary.
The royal scribes were summoned on the thirteenth day of the first month, and the order was written exactly as Haman had commanded. It was intended for the royal satraps, the governors of each of the provinces, and the officials of each ethnic group and written for each province in its own script and to each ethnic group in its own language. It was written in the name of King Ahaseurus and sealed with the royal signet ring. Letters were sent by couriers to each of the royal provinces telling the officials to destroy, kill, and annihilate all the Jewish people – young and old, women and children – and plunder their possessions
The king’s edict gave the Jews in each and every city the right to assemble and defend themselves, to destroy, kill and annihilate every ethnic and provincial army hostile to them, including women and children, and to take their possessions as spoils of war.
Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance,the ends of the earth your possession
Ask of Me, and I will make the nations Your inheritance and the ends of the earth Your possession.
Lord, our Lord, how magnificent is Your name throughout the earth! You have covered the heavens with Your majesty.
You have rebuked the nations.
Sing to the Lord, who dwells in Zion; proclaim His deeds among the nations.
God – He gives me vengeance and subdues the peoples under me. He frees me from my enemies. You exalt me above my adversaries; You rescue me from violent men.
Therefore, I will praise You, Lord, among the nations; I will sing about Your name.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands… Their message has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the inhabited world.
All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord. All the families of the nations will bow down before You, for kingship belongs to the Lord; He rules over the nations.
All who prosper on earth will eat and bow down; all those who go down to the dust will kneel before Him – even the one who cannot preserve His life.
He [God] loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of His unfailing love.
Let the whole earth tremble before the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
The Lord frustrates the counsel of the nations; He thwarts the plans of the peoples.
You drove out nations with Your hand; to settle them, You crushed the peoples.
Through You we drive back out foes; through Your name we trample out enemies. For I do not trust in my bow, and my sword does not bring me victory. But You give us victory over our foes
You hand us over to be eaten like sheep and scatter us [Israelites] among the nations.
Let your arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies; let the nations fall beneath your feet.
I will perpetuate your memory through all generations; therefore the nations will praise you forever and ever.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts His voice, the earth melts.
“Stop your fighting – and know that I am God, exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.”
Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.
He subdued nations under us, peoples under our feet.
Sing a song of wisdom, for God is King of all the earth. God reigns over the nations; God is seated on His holy throne. The nobles of the nations assembled with the people of the God of Abraham, for the kings of the earth belong to God; He is greatly exalted.
His [God’s] holy mountain, rising splendidly, is the joy of the whole earth.
Your name, God, like Your praise, reaches to the ends of the earth.
Gather My faithful ones to Me, those who made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.
God, bring down the nations in wrath.
I will praise You, Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations.
God, be exalted above the heavens; let Your glory be over the whole earth.
You, Lord God of Hosts, God of Israel, rise up to punish all the nations.
You answer us in righteousness, with awe-inspiring works, God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth.
You silence the roar of the seas, the roar of their waves, and the tumult of the nations. Those who live far away are awed by Your signs; You make east and west shout for joy.
Shout joyfully to God all the earth! Sing the glory of His name; make His praise glorious. Your enemies will cringe before You because of Your great strength. All the earth will worship You and sing praise to You. They will sing praise to Your name.
Come and see the works of god; His acts toward mankind are awe-inspiring.
Praise our God, you peoples; let the sound of His praise be heard.
May God be gracious to us and bless us; look on us with favor so that Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.
Let the peoples praise You, God; let all the peoples praise You. Let the nations rejoice and shout for joy, for You judge the peoples with fairness and lead the nations on earth.
Let the peoples praise You, God, let all the peoples praise You.
The earth has produced its harvest; God, our God, blesses us. God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear Him.
God arises. His enemies scatter, and those who hate Him flee from His presence.
Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth; sing praise to the Lord.
And may he [the king] rule from sea to sea and from the Euphrates to the ends of the earth.
And let all kings bow down to him [the king], all nations serve him.
May all nations be blessed by him [the king] and call him blessed
May His glorious name be praised forever; the whole earth is filled with His glory.
From heaven You pronounced judgment. The earth feared and grew quiet when God rose up to judge and to save all the lowly of the earth.
You are the God who works wonders; You revealed Your strength among the peoples.
He drove out nations before them. He apportioned their inheritance by lot and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents.
Pour out Your wrath on the nations that don’t acknowledge You, on the kingdoms that don’t call on Your name… Before our eyes, let vengeance for the shed blood of Your servants be known among the nations.
You transplanted a vine from Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.
Rise up, God, judge the earth, for all the nations belong to You.
May they [Israel’s enemies] know that You alone – whose name is Yahweh – are the Most High over all the earth.
All the nations You have made will come and bow down before You, Lord, and will honor Your name.
For He will give His angels orders concerning you, to protect you in all your ways.
For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods.
Sing a new song to the Lord; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonderful works among all peoples. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.
Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; bring an offering and enter His courts. Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth. Say among the nations: “The Lord reigns.”
He [God] will judge the world with righteousness and the peoples with His faithfulness.
The Lord reigns! Let the earth rejoice; let the many coasts and islands be glad.
The heavens proclaim His righteousness; all the peoples see His glory. All the gods must worship Him…
For You, Lord, are Most High over all the earth; You are exalted above all gods.
The Lord made His salvation known and revealed His righteousness to the nations. He has remembered His love and His faithfulness to Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Shout to the Lord, all the earth; be jubilant, shout for joy and sing.
He [God] will judge the world righteously and the peoples fairly.
The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble; He sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake. Great is the Lord in Zion; He is exalted over all the nations. Let them praise Your great and holy name – He is holy.
Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth.
The nations will fear the name of the Lord, all the kings of the earth will revere Your glory.
He looked down from His Holy heights – the Lord gazed out from heaven to earth – to hear a prisoner’s groaning, to set free those condemned to die, so that they might declare the name of the Lord in Zion and His praise in Jerusalem, when peoples and kingdoms are assembled to serve the Lord.
The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all. Praise the Lord all His angels of great strength, who do His word, obedient to his command. Praise the Lord, all His armies, His servants who do His will.
Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done.
So He [God] raised His hand against them with an oath that He would make them fall in the desert and would disperse their descendents among the nations, scattering them throughout the lands.
They [Israel] did not destroy the peoples as the Lord commanded them, but mingled with the nations and adopted their ways…
Therefore the Lord’s anger burned against His people, and He abhorred His own inheritance. He handed them over to the nations; those who hated them ruled them.
Save us, Lord our God, and gather us from the nations, so that we may give thanks to Your holy name and rejoice in Your praise.
Let the redeemed of the Lord proclaim that He redeemed them from the hand of the foe and has gathered them from the lands – from the east and the west, from the north and the south.
Give us aid against our foe, for human help is worthless. With God we will perform valiantly; He will trample our foes.
He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.
From the rising of the sun to its setting, let the name of the Lord be praised. The Lord is exalted above the nations, His glory above the heavens.
Praise the Lord, all nations! Glorify Him, all peoples!
All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.
He [God] struck down many nations and slaughtered mighty kings
The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by human hands… those who make them are just like them, as are all who trust in them.
All the kings on earth will give You thanks, Lord, when they hear what You have promised. They will sing of the Lord’s ways, for the Lord’s glory is great.
The Lord is good to everyone; His compassion rests on all He has made. All you have made will praise You, Lord; the godly will bless You. They will speak of the glory of Your kingdom and will declare Your might, informing all people of Your mighty acts and of the glorious splendor of Your kingdom.
The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem; He gathers Israel’s exiled people.
kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers of the earth… Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted. His majesty covers heaven and earth.
Let the exaltation of God be in their [the Israelites’] mouths and a two-edged sword in their hands, inflicting vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, binding their kings with chains and their dignitaries with iron shackles, carrying out judgment decreed against them. This honor is for all His godly people. Hallelujah!
When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is: Fear God and keep His commands, because this is for all humanity.
In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all the nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob.”
Raise the war cry, you nations, and be shattered! Listen all you distant lands. Prepare for battle and be shattered! Prepare for battle and be shattered! Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted; propose your plan, but it will not stand, for God is with us.
On that day the remnant of Israel and the survivors of the house of Jacob will no longer depend on the one who struck them, but they will faithfully depend on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. The remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the Mighty God.
On that day the root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples. The nations will seek Him, and His resting place will be glorious.
On that day the Lord will extend His hand a second time to recover – from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and the coasts and islands of the west – the remnant of His people who survive.
He will lift up a banner for the nations and gather the dispersed of Israel; He will collect the scattered of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
There will be a highway for the remnant of His people who will survive from Assyria.
Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done, and proclaim that His name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for He has done glorious things. Let this be known throughout the earth.
Listen, an uproar among the kingdoms, like nations being gathered together! The Lord of Hosts is mobilizing an army for war. They are coming from a far land, from the distant horizon – the Lord and the weapons of His wrath – to destroy the whole country [Babylon].
This is the plan prepared for the whole earth, and this is the hand stretched out against all the nations.
Ah! The roar of many peoples – they roar like the roaring of the seas. The raging of the nations – they rage like the raging of mighty waters. The nations rage like the raging of many waters. He rebukes them and they flee far away.
From the ends of the earth we hear songs: The Splendor of the Righteous One.
On that day the Lord will punish the host of heaven above and the kings of earth below. They will be gathered together like prisoners in a pit.
The Lord of Hosts will prepare a feast for all the peoples on this mountain – a feast of aged wine, choice meat, finely aged wine. On this mountain He will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples; the sheet that covers all nations; He will swallow up death for ever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; He will remove the disgrace of His people from all the earth.
On that day it will be said, “Look, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He has saved us.
In days to come, Jacob will take root. Israel will blossom and bloom and fill the whole world with fruit.
you Israelites will be gathered one by one. On that day a great trumpet will be blown, and those lost in the land of Assyria will come, as well as those dispersed in the land of Egypt; and they will worship the Lord at Jerusalem on the holy mountain.
At the uproar of Your army, the peoples flee; when You rise up the nations scatter.
Come near, you nations, and listen; pay attention, you peoples! Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, the world and all that comes out of it! The Lord is angry with all nations; His wrath is on all their armies… All the heavenly bodies will dissolve.
and the ransomed of the Lord will return and come to Zion with singing, crowned with unending joy.
“Beware that Hezekiah does not mislead you [Eliakim, Hilkiah, and Shebna - Israelites] by saying, ‘The Lord will deliver us.’ Has any one of the gods of the nations delivered his land from the hand of the king of Assyria?” - the field commander of Assyria
Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: “Lord of Hosts, God of Israel, who is enthroned above the cherubim, You are God alone – of all the kingdoms of the earth. You made the heavens and the earth.
Now, Lord our God, save us from his [Sennacherib’s] hand so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord – You alone.
Then the angel of the Lord went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians.
And the glory of the Lord will appear and all humanity will see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
Look, the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are considered as a speck of on the scales… All the nations are as nothing before Him; they are considered by Him as nothingness and emptiness.
He [Yahweh] gives strength to the weary and strengthens the powerless.
I brought you [Israel] from the ends of the earth and called you from its farthest corners.
This is My Servant; I strengthen Him, this is My Chosen One; I delight in Him. I have put my Spirit on Him; He will bring justice to the nations.
I, the Lord, have called you for a righteous purpose, and I will hold you by your right hand. I will keep you, and I make you a covenant for the people and a light to the nations.
Sing a new song to the Lord; sing His praise from the ends of the earth
Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north give them up: Give them up! and to the south: Do not hold them back! Bring my sons from far away, and My daughters from the ends of the earth – everyone called by My name and created for My glory…
All the nations are gathered together, and the peoples are assembled.
I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches from secret places, so that you may know that I, the Lord, the God of Israel call you by your name.
I am the Lord and there is no other; there is no God but Me, so that all may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is no one but Me.
I made the earth and created man on it. It was my hands that stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host.
This is what the Lord says: The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush and the Sabeans, men of stature, will come over to you and will be yours; they will follow you and will be yours; they will follow you, they will come over in chains; and bow down to you. They will confess to you: God is indeed with you and there is no other; there is no other God.
Gather together and come; assemble, you fugitives from the nations.
Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth. For I am God, and there is no other. By Myself I have sworn; Truth has gone from My mouth, a word that will not be revoked: Every knee will bow to Me, every tongue will swear allegiance
And now, says the Lord, who formed me from the womb to be His servant, to bring Jacob back to Him so that Israel might be gathered to Him;
He [God] says, “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”
For this is what the Lord says: “Even the captives of a mighty man will be taken, and the prey of a tyrant will be delivered; I will contend with the one who contends with you, and I will save your children.
I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh, and they will be drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine. Then all flesh will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
Listen to Me, My people, hear Me, My nation: Instruction will go out from Me, My justice will become a light to the nations. My righteousness is near, My salvation appears, and My arms will bring justice to the nations.
The Lord has displayed His holy arm in the sight of all the nations; all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.
many nations will marvel at Him [Jesus] (LXX)
Therefore I will give Him the many as a portion, and He will receive the mighty as spoil, because He submitted Himself to death
For you will spread out to the right and to the left, and your descendents will possess nations and inhabit desolate cities.
Since I have made him [David] a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples, so you will summon a nation you do not know, and nations who do not know you will run to you. For the Lord your God, even the Holy One of Israel, has glorified you.
And the foreigners who convert to the Lord, minister to Him, love the Lord’s name, and are His servants, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it, and who hold firmly to My covenant – I will bring them to My holy mountain and let them rejoice in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar, for My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
This is the declarations of the Lord God who gathers the dispersed of Israel: “I will gather to them still others besides those already gathered.”
But whoever takes refuge in Me will inherit the land and possess My holy mountain.
Nations will come to your [Zion’s] light, and kings to the brightness of your radiance.
Raise your eyes and look around: they will all gather and come to you; your sons will come from far away, and your daughters will be carried on your hip.
Then you will see and be radiant, and your heart will tremble and rejoice, because the riches of the sea will become yours, and the wealth of the nations will come to you.
Foreigners will build up your [Zion’s] walls, and their kings will serve you. Although I struck you in My wrath, yet I will show mercy to you with My favor. Your gates will always be open; they will never be shut day or night so that the wealth of the nations may be brought into you, with their kings being led in procession. For the nation and the kingdom that will not serve you will perish; those nations will be annihilated.
The sons of your oppressors will come and bow down to you; all who reviled you will fall down on their faces at your feet. They will call you the City of the Lord, Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
The least will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am the Lord; I will accomplish it quickly in its time.
But you will be called the Lord’s priests; they will speak of you as ministers of our God; you will eat the wealth of the nations, and you will boast in their riches.
Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the Lord has blessed.
For as the earth brings forth its growth, and as a garden enables what is sown to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.
I will not keep silent because of Zion, and I will not keep still because of Jerusalem until her righteousness shines like a bright light, and her salvation like a flaming torch. Nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory.
Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen on your walls; they will never be silent, day or night. You, who remind the Lord, no rest for you! Do not give rest until He establishes and makes her Jerusalem the praise of the earth.
Go out, go out through the gates; prepare a way for the people! Build it up, build up the highway; clear away the stones! Raise a banner for the peoples. Look, the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth, “Say to Daughter Zion: Look, your salvation is coming, His reward is with Him, and His recompense is before Him.”
I crushed nations in My anger; I made them drunk with My wrath and poured out their blood on the ground.
If only You would tear the heavens open and come down, so that mountains would quake at Your presence – as fire kindles the brushwood, and fire causes water to boil – to make Your name known to your enemies, so that nations will tremble at Your presence.
I was sought by those who did not ask; I was found by those who did not seek Me. I said: Here I am, here I am, to a nation that was not called by My name.
For this is what the Lord says: I will make peace flow to her [the new Jerusalem] like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flood
Knowing their works and their thoughts, I have come to gather all nations and languages; they will come and see My glory.
I will establish a sign among them, and I will send survivors from them to the nations...who have not heard of My fame or seen my glory. And they will proclaim My glory among the nations. They will bring all your brothers from all the nations as a gift to the Lord on horses and chariots, in litters, and on mules and camels, to My holy mountain Jerusalem…
All mankind will come to worship Me
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow to build and to plant.
At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne of the Lord, and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the Lord.
“If you, Israel, will return, then return to Me,” declares the Lord. If you put your detestable idols out of my sight and no longer go astray, and if in a truthful, just and righteous way you swear, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, then the nations will invoke blessings by Him [the Lord] and in Him they will boast.”
I will scatter them among nations that they and their fathers have not known.
Lord, there is no one like You. You are great; Your name is great in power. Who should not fear You, King of the nations? It is what You deserve. For among all their kingdoms, there is no one like You.
But the Lord is the true God; He is the living God and eternal King. The earth quakes at His wrath, and the nations cannot endure His rage.
Pour out Your wrath on the nations that don’t recognize You and on the families that don’t call on Your name
the nations will come to You from the ends of the earth, and they will say, “Our fathers inherited only lies, worthless idols of no benefit at all.” Can one make gods for himself? But they are not gods. “Therefore, I am about to inform them, and this time I will make them know My power and My might; then they will know that My name is Yahweh.”
Therefore, this is what the Lord says: Ask among the nations, Who has heard things like these? Virgin Israel has done a most terrible thing… I will scatter them before the enemy like the east wind.
“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!”
I will gather the remnant of My flock from all the lands where I have banished them, and I will return them to their grazing land. They will become fruitful and numerous. I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them.
This is what the Lord, the God is Israel, said to me [Isaiah]: “Take this cup of wrath from My hand and make all the nations I am sending you to drink from it…
“…I will be found by you” – the Lord’s declaration – “and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and places where I banished you” – the Lord’s declaration. “I will restore you to the place I deported you from.”
‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will being my people Israel and Judah back from captivity and restore them to the land I gave their ancestors to possess.’
I will bring destruction on all the nations where I have scattered you; however, I will not bring destruction on you.
I will gather them from remote regions of the earth… Nations hear the word of the Lord, and tell it among the far off coastlands! Say: The One who scattered Israel will gather him.
He [God] will watch over him [Jacob / Israel] as a shepherd guards his flock, for the Lord has ransomed Jacob and redeemed him from the power of one stronger than he.
your children will return from the enemy’s land
I am about to gather them from all the lands where I have banished them in My wrath, rage and great fury, and I will return them to this place and make them live in safety.
This city [Jerusalem] will bear on My behalf a name of joy, praise, and glory before all nations of the earth, who will hear of all the good I will do for them. They will tremble with awe because of all the peace I will bring about for them.
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, all his army, all the earthly kingdoms under his control, and all other nations were fighting against Jerusalem and all its surrounding cities.
‘Don’t be afraid of the king of Babylon whom you now fear; don’t be afraid of him’ – this is the Lord’s declararation – because I am with you to save you and deliver you from him.
Instead, Johanen son of Kareah and all the army officers led away all the remnant of Judah who had come back to live in the land of Judah from all the nations where they had been scattered.
I will bring destruction on all the nations where I have banished you, but I will not bring destruction on you. I will discipline you with justice, but I will by no means leave you unpunished.
The Chaldeans will become plunder; all her plunderers will be fully satisfied.
Israel is a stray lamb, chased by lions. The first who devoured him was the king of Assyria; the last who crunched his bones was Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. Therefore, this is what the Lord of Hosts, the God if Israel, says: “I am about to punish the king of Babylon and his land just as I punished the king of Assyria."
I will return Israel to his grazing land, and he will feed on Carmel and Bashan; he will be satisfied in the hill country of Ephraim and Gilead. In those days and at that time – this is the Lord’s declaration – one will search for Israel’s guilt, but there will be none, and for Judah’s sins, but they will not be found, for I will forgive those I leave as a remnant.
Completely destoy her [Babylon]. Leave her no survivors. Look, I [God] am against, you arrogant one – this is the declaration of the Lord of hosts – because your day has come, the time when I will punish you.
Israelites and Judeans alike have been oppressed. All their captors hold them fast; they refuse to release them. Their Redeemer is strong; the Lord of Hosts is His name. He will fervently plead their case so that He might bring rest to the earth but turmoil to those who live in Babylon.
At the sound of Babylon’s conquest the earth will quake; a cry will be heard among the nations.
completely destroy her [Babylon’s] entire army
Babylon was a golden cup in the Lord’s hand making the whole earth drunk. The nations drank her wine; therefore, the nations go mad.
Babylon will sink and never rise again because of the disaster I am bringing on her.
Is this the city [Jerusalem] that was called the perfection of beauty, the joy of the whole earth?
This is what the Lord God says: I have set this Jerusalem in the center of the nations, with countries all around her.
I will execute judgments within you in the sight of the nations…
I will execute judgments against you [Israel] and scatter all your survivors to every direction of the wind.
So you will be a disgrace and a taunt, a warning and a horror, to the nations around you when I execute judgments against you in anger, wrath and furious rebukes. I, the Lord, have spoken.
Yet I will leave a remnant when you are scattered among the nations…then your survivors will remember Me among the nations where they are taken captive
This is what the Lord God says: Though I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.
Therefore say: This is what the Lord God says: I will gather you from the peoples and assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.
When they arrive there, they will remove all its detestable things and all its abominations from it. And I will give them one heart and put a new spirit within them; I will remove their heart of stone from their bodies and give them a heart of flesh, so they may follow My statutes, keep My ordinances, and practice them. Then they will be My people and I will be their God.
They will know that I am the Lord when I disperse them among the nations and scatter them among the countries.
Your fame spread among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through My splendor, which I bestowed on you.
I swore to them in the wilderness that I would disperse them among the nations and scatter them among the countries.
I will bring you from the peoples and gather you from the countries where you were scattered, with a strong hand, an outstretched arm, and outpoured wrath.
When I bring you from the peoples and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered, I will accept you as a pleasing aroma. And I will demonstrate My holiness through you in the sight of the nations.
I will disperse you among the nations and scatter you among the countries; I will purge your uncleanness. You will be profaned in the sight of the nations. Then you will know that I am the Lord.
These things will be done to you because you acted like a prostitute with the nations, defiling yourself with their idols.
This is what the Lord God says: When I gather the house of Israel from the peoples where they are scattered and demonstrate My holiness through them in the sight of the nations, then they will live in their own land, which I gave to My servant Jacob.
For this is what the Lord God says: See, I Myself will search for My flock and look for them. As a shepherd looks for his sheep on the day he is among his scattered flock, so I will look for My flock. I will rescue them from all the places where they have been scattered on a cloudy and dark day. I will bring them out from the peoples, gather them from the countries, and bring them into their own land.
“I dispersed them among the nations and they were scattered among the countries. I judged them according to their conduct and actions. When they came to the nations where they went, they profaned My holy name, because it was said about them: These are the people of the Lord, yet they had to leave His land in exile. Then I had concern for My holy name, which the house of Israel profaned among the nations where they went.
Therefore, say to the house of Israel: This is what the Lord God says: It is not for your sake that I will act, house of Israel, but for My holy name, which you profaned among the nations where you went. I will honor the holiness of My great name, which has been profaned among the nations – the name you have profaned among them. The nations will know that I am Yahweh” – this is the declaration of the Lord God – “when I demonstrate My holiness through you in their sight.
For I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries, and will bring you into your own land.
This land [Israel] that was desolate has become like the Garden of Eden. The cities that were once ruined, desolate and destroyed are now fortified and inhabited. Then the nations that remain around you will know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate.
I am going to take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them into their own land.
My servant David will be king over them, and there will be one shepherd for all of them.
When My sanctuary is among them forever, the nations will know that I, the Lord sanctify Israel.
In the last years you will enter a land that has been restored from war and regathered from many people to the mountains of Israel, which had long been a ruin.
It will happen in the last days, God, that I will bring you against My land so that the nations may know Me, when I show Myself holy through you in their sight.
every human being on the face of the earth will tremble before Me.
I will display My greatness and holiness, and will reveal Myself in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.
So I will make My holy name known among My people Israel and will no longer allow it to be profaned. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.
They [Israel] will take the loot from those who looted them and plunder from those who plundered them.
I will display My glory among the nations, and all the nations will see the judgment I have executed and the hand I have laid on them. From that day forward the house of Israel will know that I am the Lord their God. And the nations will know that the house of Israel went into exile on account of their iniquity, because they dealt unfaithfully with Me.
When I bring them back from the people and gather them from the countries of their enemies. I will demonstrate My holiness through them in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord their God when I regather them to their own land after having exiled them among the nations. I will leave none of them behind.
A herald [of Nebuchadnezzar] loudly proclaimed, “People of every nation and language, you are commanded: When you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music, you are to fall down and worship the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. But whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire.
All the inhabitants of the earth are counted as nothing, and He does what He wants with the army of heaven and the inhabitants of the earth.
Your Majesty [Belshazzar], the Most High God gave sovereignty, greatness, glory, and majesty to your predecessor, Nebuchadnezzar. Because of the greatness He gave him, all peoples, nations, and languages were terrified and fearful of him. He killed anyone he wanted and kept alive anyone he wanted; he exalted anyone he wanted and humbled anyone he wanted. But when his heart was exalted and his spirit became arrogant, he was deposed from his royal throne and his glory was taken from him.
Then King Darius wrote to those of every people, nation, and language who live in all the earth: “May your prosperity abound. I issue a decree that in all my royal dominion, people must tremble in fear before the God of Daniel:
For He is the living God, and He endures forever; His kingdom endures forever; His kingdom will never be destroyed, and His dominion has no end. He rescues and delivers; He performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth, for He has rescued Daniel from the power of lions.
I [Daniel] continued watching in the night visions, and I saw One like a son of man coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was escorted before Him. He was given authority to rule, and glory, and a kingdom; so that those of every people, nation, and language should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will not be destroyed.
As I [Daniel] was watching, this horn made war with the holy ones and was prevailing over them until the Ancient of Days arrived and a judgment was given in favor of the holy ones of the Most High, for the time had come, and the holy ones took possession of the kingdom.
But the court will convene, and his [the beast’s] dominion will be taken away, to be completely destroyed forever. The kingdom, dominion, and greatness of the kingdoms under all of heaven will be given to the people, the holy ones of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and the rulers will serve and obey Him.
“Don’t be afraid, Daniel,” he said to me, “for from the first day that you purposed to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your prayers were heard. I have come because of your prayers. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me for 21 days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me after I had been left there with the kings of Persia.
Do you know why I’ve come to you? I must return at once to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I leave, the prince of Greece will come. No one has the courage to support me against them except Michael, your prince.
My God will reject them because they have not listened to Him; they will become wanderers among the nations.
The Lord raises His voice in the presence of His army. His camp is very large; Those who carry out His command are powerful.
Let the priests, the Lord’s ministers, weep between the temple porch and the altar. Let them say: “Have pity on Your people, Lord, and do not make Your inheritance a disgrace, an object of scorn among the nations. Why should it be said among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’”
Then the Lord became jealous for His land and spared His people. The Lord answered His people:
Look, I am about to send you grain, new wine, and olive oil. You will be satiated with them, and I will no longer make you a disgrace among the nations.
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved
Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for holy war; rouse the warriors; let all the men of war advance and attack!
Come quickly; all you surrounding nations; gather yourselves. Bring down Your warriors there, Lord.
I will shake the house of Israel among all the nations, as one shakes a sieve, but not a pebble will fall to the ground… In that day I will restore the fallen booth of David: I will repair its gaps, restore its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old so that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations that are called by My name.
For the Day of the Lord is near, against all the nations. As you have done, so it will be done to you; what you deserve will return on your own head. For as you have drunk on My holy mountain, so all the nations will drink continually. They will drink and gulp down and be as though they had never been.
Should I not care about the great city Ninevah, which has more than 120,000 people…?
I will indeed gather all of you, Jacob; I will collect the remnant of Israel. I will bring them together like sheep in a pen, like a flock in the middle of its fold
In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s house will be established at the top of the mountains and will be raised above the hills. People will stream to it, and many nations will come and say, “Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us about His ways so we may walk in His paths.”
I [the Lord] will assemble the lame and gather the scattered. I will make the lame into a remnant, those far removed into a strong nation. Then the Lord will rule over them in Mount Zion from this time on and forever.
You will go to Babylon; there you will be rescued; there the Lord will redeem you from the power of your enemies.
Rise and thresh, Daughter Zion, for I will make your horns iron and your hooves bronze, so you can crush many peoples. Then you will devote what they plundered to the Lord, their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.
Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah; One will come from you to be ruler over Israel for Me. His origin is from antiquity, from eternity…
I will take vengeance in anger and wrath against the nations that have not obeyed Me.
Nations will see and be ashamed of all their power. They will put their hands over their mouths, and their ears will become deaf. They will like the dust like a snake; they will come trembling out of their hiding places like reptiles slithering on the ground. They will tremble before the Lord our God; they will stand in awe of You.
the earth trembles at His presence – the world and all who live in it.
Though they [Ninevah] are strong and numerous, they will still be mowed down, and he will pass away.
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord’s glory, as the waters cover the sea.
But the Lord is in His holy temple; let everyone on earth be silent in His presence.
His [God’s] splendor covers the heavens, and the earth is full of His praise.
You march across the earth with indignation; You trample down nations in wrath.
Seek the Lord, all you humble of the earth, who carry out what He commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be concealed on the day of the Lord’s anger.
Therefore, as I live – the declaration of the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel – Moab will be like Sodom and the Ammonites like Gemorrah… the remnant of My people will plunder them; the remainder of My nation will possess them. This is what they get for their pride, because they have taunted and acted arrogantly against the people of the Lord of Hosts. The Lord will be terrifying to them when He starves all the gods of the earth.
Then all the distant coastlands of the nations will bow in worship to Him, each in its own place.
For my decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, in order to pour out My indignation on them, all My burning anger; for the whole earth will be consumed by the fire of My jealousy.
For I will then restore pure speech to the peoples so that all of them may call on the name of Yahweh and serve Him with a single purpose.
I will gather those who have been driven from the appointed festivals… Yes, at that time I will deal with all who afflict you. I will save the lame and gather the scattered; I will make those who were disgraced throughout the earth receive praise and fame. At that time I will bring you back, yes, at the time I will gather you. I will make you famous and praiseworthy among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes. Yahweh has spoken.
For the Lord of Hosts says this: Once more, in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all the nations so that the treasures of all the nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,” says the Lord of Hosts. “The silver and gold belong to Me” – the declaration of the Lord of Hosts. “The final glory of this house will be greater than the first,” says the Lord of Hosts.
“Go, Zion! Escape, you who are living with Daughter Babylon.” For the Lord of Hosts says this: “He has sent Me [Jesus] for His glory against the nations who are plundering you, for anyone who touches you touches the pupil of His eye. I will move against them with My power, and they [the Babylonians] will become plunder for their own servants [Israel]. Then you will know the Lord of Hosts has sent Me.”
Daughter Zion, shout for joy and be glad, for I am coming to dwell among you” – the Lord’s declaration. “Many nations will join themselves to the Lord on that day and become My people. I will dwell among you, and you will know that the Lord of Hosts has sent Me to you. The Lord will take possession of Judah as His portion in the Holy Land, and He will once again choose Jerusalem. Let all people be silent before the Lord, for He is coming from His holy dwelling.
People who are far off will come and build the Lord’s temple, and you will know that the Lord of Hosts has sent Me to you.
I scattered them with a windstorm over all the nations that had not known them.
The Lord of Hosts says this: “I will save My people from the land of the east and the land of the west. I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem. They will be My people, and I will be their faithful and righteous God.
As you have been a curse among the nations, house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you, and you will be a blessing.
The Lord of Hosts says this: “Peoples will yet come, the residents of many cities; the residents of one city will go to another, saying: Let’s go at once and plead for the Lord’s favor and to seek the Lord of Hosts. I am also going. Many peoples and strong nations will come to seek the Lord of Hosts in Jerusalem and to plead for the Lord’s favor.” The Lord of Hosts says this: “In those days, 10 men from nations of every language will grab the robe of a Jewish man tightly, urging: Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”
The bow of war will be removed, and He will proclaim peace to the nations. His dominion will extend from sea to sea, from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.
I will whistle and gather them because I have redeemed them; they will be as numerous as they once were. Though I sow them among the nations, they will remember Me in the distant lands; they and their children will live and return. I will bring them back from the land of Egypt and gather them from Assyria.
On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who try to lift it will injure themselves severely when all the nations of the earth gather against her [Jerusalem].
The residents of Jerusalem are my strength through the Lord of Hosts, their God
On that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the one who is weakest among them will be like David on that day, and the house of David will be like God, like the Angel of the Lord, before them. On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that came against Jerusalem.
A day of the Lord is coming when your plunder will be divided in your presence. I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem for battle… Then the Lord will go out to fight against those nations as He fights on a day of battle.
On that day [the day of the Lord] Yahweh will become King over all the earth – Yahweh alone, and His name alone.
Judah will also fight at Jerusalem and the wealth of the surrounding nations will be collected: gold, silver, and clothing in great abundance.
Then all the survivors of the nations that came up against Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to celebrate the Festival of Booths.
For My name will be great among the nations, from the rising of the sun to its setting. Incense and pure offerings will be presented in My name in every place because My name will be great among the nations,” says the Lord of Hosts.
“For I am a great King,” says the Lord of Hosts, “and My name will be feared among the nations.”
The all the nations will consider you [Israel] fortunate, for you will be a delightful land,” says the Lord of Hosts.
I tell you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.
Summoning His 12 disciples, He gave them authority over unclean spirits, to drive them out and to heal every disease and sickness.
You will even be brought before governors and kings because of Me, to bear witness to them and to the nations.
Here is My Servant whom I have chosen, My beloved in whom My soul delights; I will put My Spirit on Him, and He will proclaim justice to the nations… The nations will put their hope in His name.
How can someone enter a strong man’s [Satan’s] house and steal his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house.
anyone who does not gather with Me scatters
the kingdom of heaven is like a large net thrown into the sea. It collected every kind of fish, and when it was full, they dragged it ashore, sat down, and gathered the good fish into containers, but threw out the worthless ones. So it will be at the end of the age.
I assure you: Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing its fruit.
You will be hated by all nations because of My name.
This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all nations. And then the end will come.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days: The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not shed its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the celestial powers will be shaken.
Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the land will mourn; and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. He will send out his angels with a loud trumpet, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.
When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him
I assure you: Wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what this woman [who anointed Jesus] has done will also be told in memory of her.
“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
The He [Jesus] went up the mountain and summoned those He wanted, and they came to Him. He also appointed 12 – He also named them apostles – to be with Him, to send them out to preach, and to have authority to drive out demons.
And they [the Twelve] were driving out many demons
Then He began to teach them: “Is it not written, My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations?”
And the good news must first be proclaimed to all nations.
But in those days, after that tribulation: The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not shed its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the celestial power will be shaken.
Then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. He will send out the angels and gather His elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky.
Then He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
Now, Master, You can dismiss Your slave [Simeon] in peace, according to Your word. For my eyes have seen Your salvation. You have prepared it in the presence of all peoples – a light for revelation to the nations and glory to Your people Israel.
as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah: A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight! Every valley will be filled, and every mountain and hill will be made low; the crooked will become straight, the rough ways smooth, and everyone will see the salvation of God.
So he [the devil] took Him [Jesus] up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. The Devil said to Him, “I will give you their splendor and all this authority, because it has been given over to me, and I can give it to anyone I want. If You, then, will worship me, all will be Yours.”
Summoning the Twelve, He gave them power and authority over all the demons, and the power to heal diseases. Then He sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
He [Jesus] said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a lightning flash. Look, I have given you the authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy; nothing will ever harm you.
Anyone who is not with Me is against Me, and anyone who does not gather with Me scatters
bring here these enemies of mine, who did not want me to rule over them, and slaughter them in my presence
They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive into all the nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled by the nations until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
Then there will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars; and there will be anguish on earth among the nations bewildered by the roaring sea and waves. People will faint from fear and expectation of the things that are coming on the world, because the celestial powers will be shaken.
“…everything written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. He also said to them, “This is what is written: the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead the third day, and repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem."
The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
Just as Moses lifter up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.
For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
For this is the will of My Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
I assure you: Anyone who believes has eternal life.
Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, he should come to Me and drink! The one who believes in Me, as the Scriptures has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.”
I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.
But I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock, one shepherd.
“I [Jesus] am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live. Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die – ever. Do you believe this?”
[Ananias prophesied] Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but also to unite the scattered children of God.
As for Me, if I am lifted up from the earth I will draw all people to Myself.
the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over Me.
By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.
May they [believers] be completely one, so the world may know You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me.
As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
And it will be in the last days, says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all humanity… and whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
For the promise is for you and for your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call.
You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your forefathers, saying to Abraham, And in your seed all families of the earth will be blessed.
There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved.
You [God] said through the Holy Spirit, by the mouth of our father David Your servant: Why did the nations (Gentiles, ethnos) rage, and the peoples plot futile things? The kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers assembled together against the Lord and against His Messiah.
Our forefathers in turn received it and with Joshua brought it in when they possessed the nations that God drove out before our fathers, until the days of David.
But the Lord said to him [Ananias about Paul], “Go! For this man is My chosen instrument to carry My name before nations (Gentiles, ethnos), kings, and the sons of Israel.
Then Peter began to speak: “In truth, I understand that God doesn’t show favoritism, but in every nation the person who fears Him and does righteousness is acceptable to Him.
All the prophets testify about Him that through His name everyone who believes in Him will receive forgiveness of sins.
The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the nations (Gentiles, ethnos) also. For they heard them speaking in other languages and declaring the greatness of God.
The apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the nations (Gentiles, ethnos) had welcomed God’s message also.
As I [Peter] began to speak, the Holy Spirit came down on them, just as on us [Israelites] at the beginning. There I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ Therefore, if God gave them the same gift that He also gave to us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, how could I possibly hinder God?”
When they heard this they became silent. Then they glorified God, saying, “So God has granted repentance resulting in life to even the nations [Gentiles]
And for about 40 years He put up with them in the desert; then after destroying seven nations in the land of Canaan, He gave their land to them as an inheritance.
Then Paul and Barnabas boldly said: “It was necessary that God’s message be spoken to you first. But since you reject it, and consider yourselves unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the nations (Gentiles, ethnos)! For this is what the Lord has commanded us:
I have appointed you as a light for the nations (Gentiles, ethnos), to bring salvation to the ends of the earth.”
When the Gentiles heard this, they rejoiced and glorified the message of the Lord, and all who had been appointed to eternal life believed.
In past generations He allowed the nations to go their own way, although He did not leave Himself without a witness, since He did good: giving you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, and satisfying your hearts with food and happiness.
After they [Paul and Barnabas] arrived and gathered the church together, they reported everything God had done with them, and that He had opened the door of faith to the nations (Gentiles, ethnos).
When they had been sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenecia and Samaria, explaining in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and they created joy among all the brothers.
Peter stood up and said to them: “Brothers, you are aware that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the nations (Gentiles, ethnos) would hear the gospel message and believe. And God, who knows the heart, testified to them by giving the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us. He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith.
Then the whole assembly fell silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul describing all the signs and wonders God had done through them among the nations (Gentiles, ethnos)
Simon Peter has reported how God first intervened to take from the nations (Gentiles, ethnos) a people for His name. And the words of the prophet agree with this, as it is written:
After these things I will return and will rebuild David’s tent, which has fallen down. I will rebuild its ruins and will set it up again, so that those who are left of mankind may seek the Lord – even all the nations (Gentiles, ethnos) who are called by My name, says the Lord who does these things, which have been known from long ago.
Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to repent
“Your [Israelites’] blood is on your own heads! I am clean. From now on I [Paul] will go to the nations (Gentiles, ethnos).”
After greeting them, he related one by one what God did among the nations (Gentiles, ethnos) through his ministry.
Then He [Jesus] said to to me, “Go, because I will send you far away to the nations (Gentiles, ethnos).”
For I [Jesus] have appeared to you [Paul] for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and a witness of things you have seen, and of things in which you have seen Me. I will rescue you from the people and from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.
[I, Paul, am testifying] to nothing else than what the prophets and Moses said would take place – that the Messiah must suffer, and that as the first to rise from the dead, He would proclaim light to our people and to the nations (Gentiles, ethnos).
let it be known that this saving work has been sent to the nations (Gentiles, ethnos); they will listen!
We have received grace and apostleship through Him to bring about the obedience of faith among all nations, on behalf of His name
Now I want you to know, brothers, that I often planned to come to you (but was prevented until now) in order that I might have a fruitful ministry among you, just as among the rest of the nations (Gentiles, ethnos).
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.
For, as it is written: The name of God is blasphemed among the nations (Gentiles, ethnos) because of you.
For we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from works of law. Or is God for Jews only? Is He not also for Gentiles? Yes, for Gentiles too, since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.
And he [Abraham] received the sign of circumcision as a seal of righteousness he had by faith while still uncircumcised. This was to make him the father of all who believe but are not circumcised, so that righteousness may be credited to the them also.
This is why the promise is by faith, so that it may be according to grace, to guarantee it to all descendants – not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of Abraham’s faith. He is the father of us all in God’s sight. As it is written: I have made you the father of many nations. He believed in God, who gives life to the dead and calls things into existence that do not exist. Against hope, with hope he believed, so that he became the father of many nations.
So then, as through one trespass there is condemnation for everyone, so also through one righteous act there is life-giving justification for everyone.
For the Scripture tells Pharaoh: For this reason I raised you up: so that I may display My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed in all the earth.
what if God, desiring to display His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience objects of wrath ready for destruction? And what if He did this to make known the riches of His glory on objects of mercy that He prepared beforehand for glory – on us whom He also called, not only from the Jews but also from the nations (Gentiles, ethnos)?
So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ. But I ask, “Did they not hear?” Yes, they did: Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the inhabited world.
by their [Israel’s] stumbling, salvation has come to the nations (Gentiles, ethnos) to make Israel jealous. Now if their stumbling brings riches for the world, and their failure riches for the nations (Gentiles, ethnos), how much more will their full number bring!
a partial hardening has come to Israel until the full number of the nations (Gentiles, ethnos) has come in.
Now I say that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of the truth of God, to confirm the promises to the fathers, and so that Gentiles may glorify God for His mercy. As it is written: Therefore I will praise You among the nations, and I will sing psalms to Your name.
Again it says: Rejoice, you nations, with His people! And again: Praise the Lord, all you nations! all the peoples should praise Him! And again, Isaiah says: The root of Jesse will appear, the One who rises to rule the nations; in Him the nations will hope.
because of the grace given me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the nations (Gentiles, ethnos), serving as a priest of God’s good news. My purpose is that the offering of the nations (Gentiles, ethnos) may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit… For I would dare not say anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to make the nations (Gentiles, ethnos) obedient by word and deed
So my aim is to evangelize where Christ has not been named, in order that I will not be building on someone else’s foundation.
Now to Him who has power to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the sacred secret kept silent for long ages, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic Scriptures, according to the command of the eternal God, to advance the obedience of faith among all nations
Yet to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is God’s power and God’s wisdom.
Do you not know that we will judge angels?
For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.
But if, in fact, our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. Regarding them: the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us.
And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised.
For although we are walking in the flesh, we do not wage war in a fleshly way, since the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds.
But He said to me (Paul), “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me… For when I am weak, then I am strong.
He [Jesus] is not weak toward you, but powerful among you. In fact, He was crucified in weakness, but He lives by God’s power. For we also are weak in Him, yet toward you we will live with Him by God’s power.
they [Israelites recognized as important] saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel for the uncircumcised, just as Peter was for the circumcised. For He who was at work with Peter in the apostleship to the circumcised was also at work with me among the nations (Gentiles, ethnos). When James, Peter, and John, recognized as pillars, acknowledged the grace that had been given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to me and Barnabas, agreeing that we should go to the nations (Gentiles, ethnos) and they to the circumcised.
Now the Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith and foretold the good news to Abraham, saying, All the nations will be blessed in you. So those who have faith are blessed with Abraham, who had faith.
The purpose was that the blessing of Abraham would come to the nations (Gentiles, ethnos) in Christ Jesus, so that we could receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
for you [Galatians] are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to the promise.
He [God] demonstrated this power in the Messiah by raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His right hand in the heavens – far above every ruler and authority, power and dominion, and every title given, not only in this age, but also in the one to come.
This was not made known to people in other generations as it is now revealed to His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: the nations (Gentiles, ethne) are co-heirs, members of the same body, and partners of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
This grace was given to me [Paul] – the least of all the saints! – to proclaim to the nations (Gentiles, ethnos) the incalculable riches of the Messiah
This is so that God’s multi-faceted wisdom may now be made known through the church to the rulers and authorities in the heavens.
For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in heaven.
by Him [Jesus] everything was created, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities
God wanted to make known among the nations (Gentiles, ethnos) the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
For in Him the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily, and you have been filled by Him, who is head over every ruler and authority.
He [Christ] disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them through the cross.
But the Lord is faithful; He will strengthen and guard you from the evil one.
He [Jesus] was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.
we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of everyone, especially those who believe.
But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the proclamation might be fully made through me, and all the nations (Gentiles, ethnos) might hear.
Are they [angels] not all ministering spirits sent out to serve those who are going to inherit salvation?
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death--that is, the devil.
After He was perfected, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Conduct yourselves honorably among the nations (Gentiles, ethnos), so that in a case where they speak against as those who do evil, they may, by observing your good works, glorify God in a day of visitation.
Now that He has gone into heaven, He is at God’s right hand, with angels, authorities, and powers subjected to him.
Be sober! Be on the alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.
For if God didn’t spare the angels who sinned, but threw them down into Tartarus and delivered them to be kept in chains of darkness until judgment…
The one who commits sin is of the Devil, for the Devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God was revealed for this purpose: to destroy the Devil’s works.
Everyone who has been born of God does not sin, because His seed remains in him; he is not able to sin, because he has been born of God. This is how God’s children – and the Devil’s children – are made evident.
You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them [evil spirits], because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
We know that we are of God, and the whole world is under the sway of the evil one.
and He [the Lord] has kept, with eternal chains in darkness for the judgment of the great day, angels who did not keep their own position but deserted their proper dwelling.
Yet Michael the archangel, when he was disputing with the Devil in a debate about Moses’ body…
The victor and the one who keeps My works to the end: I will give him authority over the nations – and He will shepherd them with an iron scepter; He will shatter them like pottery – just as I have received this from My Father.
And they [the 24 elders] sang a new song: You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals; because You were slaughtered, and You redeemed people for God by Your blood and from every tribe and language and people and nation. You made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they will reign on the earth.
After this I looked, and there was a vast multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language, which no one could number, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were robed in white with palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: Salvation belongs to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!
Then another symbolic display appeared in heaven: There was a great fiery red dragon having seven heads and 10 horns, and on his heads were seven crowns. His tail swept away a third of the stars in heaven and hurled them to the earth. And the dragon stood in front of the woman [Israel] who was about to give birth, so that when she did give birth he might devour her child. But she [Israel] gave birth to a Son – a male who is going to shepherd all nations with an iron scepter
Then war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels also fought, but he could not prevail, and there was no place for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was thrown out – the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the one who deceived the whole world. He was thrown to earth, and his angels with him.
And he [the beast] was permitted to wage war against the saints and to conquer them. He was also given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All those who live on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name was not written from the foundation of the world in the book of like of the Lamb who was slaughtered.
Then I saw another angel flying in mid-heaven, having the eternal gospel to announce to the inhabitants of the earth – to every nation, tribe, language and people. He spoke with a loud voice: “Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come. Worship the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.
A second angel followed, saying: “It has fallen, Babylon the Great has fallen, who made all nations drink the wine of her sexual immorality, which brings wrath.
They sang the song of God’s servant Moses, and the song of the Lamb: Great and awe-inspiring are Your works, Lord God, the Almighty; righteous and true are Your ways, King of the Nations. Lord who will not fear and glorify Your name? Because You alone are holy, because all the nations will come and worship before You, because Your righteous acts have been revealed.
The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. Babylon the Great was remembered in God’s presence; He gave her the cup filled with the wine of His fierce anger.
For all the nations have drunk the wine of her [Babylon’s] sexual immorality, which brings wrath. The kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown wealthy from her excessive luxury.
the light of a lamp will never shine in you [Babylon] again; and the voice of a groom and bride will never be heard in you again. All this will happen because your merchants were the nobility of earth, because all the nations were deceived by your sorcery, and the blood of prophets and saints, and all those slaughtered on earth, was found in you.
The armies that were in heaven followed Him on white horses, wearing pure white linen. From His mouth [Jesus’] came a sharp sword, so that with it He might strike the nations.
Then I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies gathered to wage war against the rider on the horse and against His army.
Then I saw an angel coming down with the key to the abyss and a great chain in his hand. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent who is the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world, and bound him for 1,000 years. He threw him into the abyss, closed it, and put a seal on it so that he could no longer deceive the nations until the 1,000 years were completed. After that, he must be released for a short time.
The nations will walk in its [The New Jerusalem’s] light and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. Each day its gates will never close because it will never be night there. There will bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.
the leaves of the tree [of life] are for healing the nations