A Short Time
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ye who do not know what will be on the morrow, (for what is your life? It is even a vapour, appearing for a little while, and then disappearing,)
Therefore be full of delight, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the earth and to the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great rage, knowing he has a short time.
And now for a little space there hath been favour from Jehovah our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.
And the devil, leading him up into a high mountain, shewed him all the kingdoms of the habitable world in a moment of time.
For John indeed baptised with water, but ye shall be baptised with the Holy Spirit after now not many days.
standing afar off, through fear of her torment, saying, Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! for in one hour thy judgment is come.
and cast dust upon their heads, and cried, weeping and grieving, saying, Woe, woe, the great city, in which all that had ships in the sea were enriched through her costliness! for in one hour she has been made desolate.
For they indeed chastened for a few days, as seemed good to them; but he for profit, in order to the partaking of his holiness.
and if those days had not been cut short, no flesh had been saved; but on account of the elect those days shall be cut short.
But this I say, brethren, the time is straitened. For the rest, that they who have wives, be as not having any:
and cast him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, that he should not any more deceive the nations until the thousand years were completed; after these things he must be loosed for a little time.
Jesus knew therefore that they desired to demand of him, and said to them, Do ye inquire of this among yourselves that I said, A little while and ye do not behold me; and again a little while and ye shall see me?
Wherein ye exult, for a little while at present, if needed, put to grief by various trials,
But the God of all grace who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, when ye have suffered for a little while, himself shall make perfect, stablish, strengthen, ground:
For our momentary and light affliction works for us in surpassing measure an eternal weight of glory;
And after not many days the younger son gathering all together went away into a country a long way off, and there dissipated his property, living in debauchery.
Boast not thyself of to-morrow, for thou knowest not what a day will bring forth.