Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.
No lions will be there, no ferocious wild animals will be on it -- they will not be found there. Those delivered from bondage will travel on it,
Let those delivered by the Lord speak out, those whom he delivered from the power of the enemy,
1 Peter 1:18
You know that from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors you were ransomed -- not by perishable things like silver or gold,
They were singing a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals because you were killed, and at the cost of your own blood you have purchased for God persons from every tribe, language, people, and nation.
"I made myself available to those who did not ask for me; I appeared to those who did not look for me. I said, 'Here I am! Here I am!' to a nation that did not invoke my name.
"'For this is what the sovereign Lord says: Look, I myself will search for my sheep and seek them out.
"Which one of you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go look for the one that is lost until he finds it?
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost."
But a time is coming -- and now is here -- when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such people to be his worshipers.
I have other sheep that do not come from this sheepfold. I must bring them too, and they will listen to my voice, so that there will be one flock and one shepherd.
You will no longer be called, "Abandoned," and your land will no longer be called "Desolate." Indeed, you will be called "My Delight is in Her," and your land "Married." For the Lord will take delight in you, and your land will be married to him.
And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Your conduct must be free from the love of money and you must be content with what you have, for he has said, "I will never leave you and I will never abandon you."
For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. He has chosen you to be his people, prized above all others on the face of the earth.