Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.
But as for you, Israel, my servant, and you, Jacob, whom I have taken for myself, the seed of Abraham my friend:
For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your saviour; I have given Egypt as a price for you, Ethiopia and Seba for you.
And now, give ear, O Jacob my servant, and Israel whom I have taken for myself:
If now you will truly give ear to my voice and keep my agreement, you will be my special property out of all the peoples: for all the earth is mine:
Israel is a wandering sheep; the lions have been driving him away: first he was attacked by the king of Assyria, and now his bones have been broken by Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon.
And if those days had not been made short there would have been no salvation for any, but because of the saints those days will be made short.
And if the Lord had not made the time short, no flesh would have been kept from destruction; but because of the saints he has made the time short.
But it is not as if the word of God was without effect. For they are not all Israel, who are of Israel:
What then? That which Israel was searching for he did not get, but those of the selection got it and the rest were made hard.
I have even
The Lord says to the man of his selection, to Cyrus, whom I have taken by the right hand, putting down nations before him, and taking away the arms of kings; making the doors open before him, so that the ways into the towns may not be shut;
Who says of Cyrus, He will take care of my sheep, and will do all my pleasure: who says of Jerusalem, I will give the word for your building; and of the Temple, Your bases will be put in place.
For when I came by, I was looking at the things to which you give worship, and I saw an altar with this writing on it, TO THE GOD OF WHOM THERE IS NO KNOWLEDGE. Now, what you, without knowledge, give worship to, I make clear to you.
But at that time, having no knowledge of God, you were servants to those who by right are no gods:
That you were at that time without Christ, being cut off from any part in Israel's rights as a nation, having no part in God's agreement, having no hope, and without God in the world.
1 Thessalonians 4:5
Not in the passion of evil desires, like the Gentiles, who have no knowledge of God;