Weekly Scripture

Isaiah 65:17-25 New Century Version (NCV)

A New Time Is Coming

17 “Look, I will make new heavens and a new earth,
    and people will not remember the past
    or think about those things.

18 My people will be happy forever
    because of the things I will make.
I will make a Jerusalem that is full of joy,
    and I will make her people a delight.

19 Then I will rejoice over Jerusalem
    and be delighted with my people.
There will never again be heard in that city
    the sounds of crying and sadness.

20 There will never be a baby from that city
    who lives only a few days.
And there will never be an older person
    who doesn’t have a long life.
A person who lives a hundred years will be called young,
    and a person who dies before he is a hundred will be thought of as a sinner.

21 In that city those who build houses will live there.
    Those who plant vineyards will get to eat their grapes.

22 No more will one person build a house and someone else live there.
    One person will not plant a garden and someone else eat its fruit.
My people will live a long time,
    as trees live long.
My chosen people will live there
    and enjoy the things they make.

23 They will never again work for nothing.
    They will never again give birth to children who die young.
All my people will be blessed by the Lord;
    they and their children will be blessed.

24 I will provide for their needs before they ask,
    and I will help them while they are still asking for help.

25 Wolves and lambs will eat together in peace.
    Lions will eat hay like oxen,
    and a snake on the ground will not hurt anyone.
They will not hurt or destroy each other
    on all my holy mountain,”
says the Lord.

New Century Version (NCV)The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Luke 21:5-19 New Century Version (NCV)

The Temple Will Be Destroyed

Some people were talking about the Temple and how it was decorated with beautiful stones and gifts offered to God.

But Jesus said, “As for these things you are looking at, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another. Every stone will be thrown down.”

They asked Jesus, “Teacher, when will these things happen? What will be the sign that they are about to take place?”

Jesus said, “Be careful so you are not fooled. Many people will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the One’ and, ‘The time has come!’ But don’t follow them.

When you hear about wars and riots, don’t be afraid, because these things must happen first, but the end will come later.”

10 Then he said to them, “Nations will fight against other nations, and kingdoms against other kingdoms.

11 In various places there will be great earthquakes, sicknesses, and a lack of food. Fearful events and great signs will come from heaven.

12 “But before all these things happen, people will arrest you and treat you cruelly. They will judge you in their synagogues and put you in jail and force you to stand before kings and governors, because you follow me.

13 But this will give you an opportunity to tell about me.

14 Make up your minds not to worry ahead of time about what you will say.

15 I will give you the wisdom to say things that none of your enemies will be able to stand against or prove wrong.

16 Even your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends will turn against you, and they will kill some of you.

17 All people will hate you because you follow me.

18 But none of these things can really harm you.

19 By continuing to have faith you will save your lives.

New Century Version (NCV)The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.