The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday September 23, 2018 (NIV)

Isaiah 41:17-43:13

17 “When the poor and needy search for water and there is none,
and their tongues are parched from thirst,
then I, the Lord, will answer them.
I, the God of Israel, will never abandon them.
18 I will open up rivers for them on the high plateaus.
I will give them fountains of water in the valleys.
I will fill the desert with pools of water.
Rivers fed by springs will flow across the parched ground.
19 I will plant trees in the barren desert—
cedar, acacia, myrtle, olive, cypress, fir, and pine.
20 I am doing this so all who see this miracle
will understand what it means—
that it is the Lord who has done this,
the Holy One of Israel who created it.

21 “Present the case for your idols,”
says the Lord.
“Let them show what they can do,”
says the King of Israel.[a]
22 “Let them try to tell us what happened long ago
so that we may consider the evidence.
Or let them tell us what the future holds,
so we can know what’s going to happen.
23 Yes, tell us what will occur in the days ahead.
Then we will know you are gods.
In fact, do anything—good or bad!
Do something that will amaze and frighten us.
24 But no! You are less than nothing and can do nothing at all.
Those who choose you pollute themselves.

25 “But I have stirred up a leader who will approach from the north.
From the east he will call on my name.
I will give him victory over kings and princes.
He will trample them as a potter treads on clay.

26 “Who told you from the beginning
that this would happen?
Who predicted this,
making you admit that he was right?
No one said a word!
27 I was the first to tell Zion,
‘Look! Help is on the way!’[b]
I will send Jerusalem a messenger with good news.
28 Not one of your idols told you this.
Not one gave any answer when I asked.
29 See, they are all foolish, worthless things.
All your idols are as empty as the wind.

The Lord’s Chosen Servant

42 “Look at my servant, whom I strengthen.
He is my chosen one, who pleases me.
I have put my Spirit upon him.
He will bring justice to the nations.
He will not shout
or raise his voice in public.
He will not crush the weakest reed
or put out a flickering candle.
He will bring justice to all who have been wronged.
He will not falter or lose heart
until justice prevails throughout the earth.
Even distant lands beyond the sea will wait for his instruction.[c]

God, the Lord, created the heavens and stretched them out.
He created the earth and everything in it.
He gives breath to everyone,
life to everyone who walks the earth.
And it is he who says,
“I, the Lord, have called you to demonstrate my righteousness.
I will take you by the hand and guard you,
and I will give you to my people, Israel,
as a symbol of my covenant with them.
And you will be a light to guide the nations.
You will open the eyes of the blind.
You will free the captives from prison,
releasing those who sit in dark dungeons.

“I am the Lord; that is my name!
I will not give my glory to anyone else,
nor share my praise with carved idols.
Everything I prophesied has come true,
and now I will prophesy again.
I will tell you the future before it happens.”

A Song of Praise to the Lord

10 Sing a new song to the Lord!
Sing his praises from the ends of the earth!
Sing, all you who sail the seas,
all you who live in distant coastlands.
11 Join in the chorus, you desert towns;
let the villages of Kedar rejoice!
Let the people of Sela sing for joy;
shout praises from the mountaintops!
12 Let the whole world glorify the Lord;
let it sing his praise.
13 The Lord will march forth like a mighty hero;
he will come out like a warrior, full of fury.
He will shout his battle cry
and crush all his enemies.

14 He will say, “I have long been silent;
yes, I have restrained myself.
But now, like a woman in labor,
I will cry and groan and pant.
15 I will level the mountains and hills
and blight all their greenery.
I will turn the rivers into dry land
and will dry up all the pools.
16 I will lead blind Israel down a new path,
guiding them along an unfamiliar way.
I will brighten the darkness before them
and smooth out the road ahead of them.
Yes, I will indeed do these things;
I will not forsake them.
17 But those who trust in idols,
who say, ‘You are our gods,’
will be turned away in shame.

Israel’s Failure to Listen and See

18 “Listen, you who are deaf!
Look and see, you blind!
19 Who is as blind as my own people, my servant?
Who is as deaf as my messenger?
Who is as blind as my chosen people,
the servant of the Lord?
20 You see and recognize what is right
but refuse to act on it.
You hear with your ears,
but you don’t really listen.”

21 Because he is righteous,
the Lord has exalted his glorious law.
22 But his own people have been robbed and plundered,
enslaved, imprisoned, and trapped.
They are fair game for anyone
and have no one to protect them,
no one to take them back home.

23 Who will hear these lessons from the past
and see the ruin that awaits you in the future?
24 Who allowed Israel to be robbed and hurt?
It was the Lord, against whom we sinned,
for the people would not walk in his path,
nor would they obey his law.
25 Therefore, he poured out his fury on them
and destroyed them in battle.
They were enveloped in flames,
but they still refused to understand.
They were consumed by fire,
but they did not learn their lesson.

The Savior of Israel

43 But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you.
O Israel, the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.
For I am the Lord, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom;
I gave Ethiopia[d] and Seba in your place.
Others were given in exchange for you.
I traded their lives for yours
because you are precious to me.
You are honored, and I love you.

“Do not be afraid, for I am with you.
I will gather you and your children from east and west.
I will say to the north and south,
‘Bring my sons and daughters back to Israel
from the distant corners of the earth.
Bring all who claim me as their God,
for I have made them for my glory.
It was I who created them.’”

Bring out the people who have eyes but are blind,
who have ears but are deaf.
Gather the nations together!
Assemble the peoples of the world!
Which of their idols has ever foretold such things?
Which can predict what will happen tomorrow?
Where are the witnesses of such predictions?
Who can verify that they spoke the truth?

10 “But you are my witnesses, O Israel!” says the Lord.
“You are my servant.
You have been chosen to know me, believe in me,
and understand that I alone am God.
There is no other God—
there never has been, and there never will be.
11 I, yes I, am the Lord,
and there is no other Savior.
12 First I predicted your rescue,
then I saved you and proclaimed it to the world.
No foreign god has ever done this.
You are witnesses that I am the only God,”
says the Lord.
13 “From eternity to eternity I am God.
No one can snatch anyone out of my hand.
No one can undo what I have done.”

Footnotes:

  1. 41:21 Hebrew the King of Jacob. See note on 14:1.
  2. 41:27 Or ‘Look! They are coming home.’
  3. 42:4 Greek version reads And his name will be the hope of all the world. Compare Matt 12:21.
  4. 43:3 Hebrew Cush.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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Ephesians 2

Made Alive with Christ

Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world.[a] He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.

But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Oneness and Peace in Christ

11 Don’t forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders. You were called “uncircumcised heathens” by the Jews, who were proud of their circumcision, even though it affected only their bodies and not their hearts. 12 In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope. 13 But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.

14 For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. 15 He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups. 16 Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.

17 He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. 18 Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.

A Temple for the Lord

19 So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. 20 Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. 21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. 22 Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.

Footnotes:

  1. 2:2 Greek obeying the commander of the power of the air.
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Psalm 67

Psalm 67

For the choir director: A song. A psalm, to be accompanied by stringed instruments.

May God be merciful and bless us.
May his face smile with favor on us. Interlude

May your ways be known throughout the earth,
your saving power among people everywhere.
May the nations praise you, O God.
Yes, may all the nations praise you.
Let the whole world sing for joy,
because you govern the nations with justice
and guide the people of the whole world. Interlude

May the nations praise you, O God.
Yes, may all the nations praise you.
Then the earth will yield its harvests,
and God, our God, will richly bless us.
Yes, God will bless us,
and people all over the world will fear him.

New Living Translation (NLT)

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Proverbs 23:29-35

29 Who has anguish? Who has sorrow?
Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining?
Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
30 It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns,
trying out new drinks.
31 Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is,
how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down.
32 For in the end it bites like a poisonous snake;
it stings like a viper.
33 You will see hallucinations,
and you will say crazy things.
34 You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea,
clinging to a swaying mast.
35 And you will say, “They hit me, but I didn’t feel it.
I didn’t even know it when they beat me up.
When will I wake up
so I can look for another drink?”

New Living Translation (NLT)

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09/22/2018 DAB Transcript

Isaiah 39:1-41:16, Ephesians 1:1-23, Psalms 66:1-20, Proverbs 23:25-28

Today is the 22nd day of September. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It’s great to be here with you today as we close down another week. And we just keep moving forward, day by day, step by step. So as we close this week down, we’ll be going back into the book of Isaiah and then when we get to the New Testament, we are at the book of Ephesians. And we’ll talk about that when we get there. But first, Isaiah 39:1 - 41:16. And we’ve been reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week, which is what we’ll do today.

Introduction to the book of Ephesians:

Okay. So, like we said at the beginning, we completed the book of Galatians yesterday, which is a letter and a letter from the Apostle Paul. Which brings us to the book of Ephesians, which is also a letter from the Apostle Paul to the Ephesians. And this letter is quite a bit different than many of Paul’s other letters, including Galatians. Which leads some biblical scholars to propose that maybe Paul didn’t write this letter, but that someone else had written it in his name. But other scholars would argue that the circumstances surrounding Ephesians and the way these letters, these early letters of Paul, were passed around among the churches, have way more to do with the nuances in Ephesians than who the writer is. So, the Apostle Paul we’ve been getting to know pretty well since we began the book of Acts. Spent three years in Ephesus among the community that he’d established. At that time, the city was one of the most important in the Roman Empire. And as a thriving and cosmopolitan port city, Ephesus had become a melting pot of ideas and culture. But Paul didn’t write this letter to combat false teaching, he didn’t write it to correct misbehavior. He knew his readers. He spent a lot of time among them, which makes this letter even more compelling. Because in Ephesians, we get a sense of the big picture. The big story that’s going on in our faith. Vast mountaintop vistas lead us to consider the massive implications of what God has been and continues to do among his children. As we go through this letter, if you’ll pay attention to what is being said and the implications of what is being said, it is absolutely astounding. One of the things that makes this big picture so captivating is the environment that Paul wrote this from. So, as we learn from the book of Acts, Paul had been arrested in Jerusalem and then he was held in custody in Ceserea Maritima for two years. And then he was pressured to have his case tried in Jerusalem, but as a Roman citizen, Paul knew going back to Jerusalem was probably going to put him in a position to be assassinated since that’s what the plans had been. So, as a Roman citizen, he appealed to Caesar and then he endured this crazy journey by ship to Rome, where he was incarcerated awaiting his trial before the emperor. And it was from this imprisonment in Rome that Paul likely wrote Ephesians. Probably around 60 AD. And knowing that Paul was in captivity when he wrote this letter will make what we read all the more poignant because Paul’s imprisonment, it would have cast doubt on the validity of his message. If people are out saying, this guy, the Apostle Paul, this is what he teaches, but he’s in prison in Rome. That sort of messes with his credibility because unbelievers who are hearing this message and awakening to this message, they’re not signing up to go to prison like Paul. But this didn’t discourage Paul from writing way beyond his circumstance and detailing a spiritual awareness that cannot be altered by imprisonment and can’t be altered by any trial of life. So, Paul poured out his heart and hope in Ephesians. And there are passages in this letter that could be pondered for days. And should be pondered for days. Paul wrote from his heart and appealed to the hearts of his readers. And if we’ll approach this letter with that in mind, it can have the very effect it was intended to have on the Ephesians in our own lives. And so, we begin. Ephesians chapter 1.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for another week. You have been faithful. Another week that we can claim and declare that. And we can look forward into the coming week and know that You will always be faithful. And we pray, Holy Spirit, come. We want to be faithful to You as You are to us. And we confess our shortcomings and we acknowledge our need for mercy and grace every moment of everyday. And we acknowledge Your love, Your profound love for us. And we rest that You are our father and we are Your children. You will always come for us. Come Holy Spirit, we pray. In Jesus name, we ask. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise: 

Hey, what’s up everybody? It’s Miguel from Santa Rosa. Gentlemen, I have a word for you, especially with all the gentlemen that have been calling in lately with struggles with sexual sin and pornography. So, check this out. It was last weekend on Saturday. Today is Wednesday. I was playing some soccer and I did a slide where I probably shouldn’t of, in some pretty hard turf and I got a pretty nasty abrasion on my shin now. It’s probably about 8” x 3”. Sorry for the imagery there for those that are squeamish. But here’s the deal, is that every single day that I’ve had this thing it’s been so irritating. It’s been so painful. Man it is terrible. Every single day I got a get up and I got to put a bandage on this thing to keep it sterile, keep it safe, to allow it to heal. Every day I get home from work, I gotta take that thing off and I gotta treat it and that O go to sleep and I wake up I’ve got to put a bandage on it again. And now as I drive to work this morning I’m like, hold up, check this out. Some you guys have a wound, an irritating thorn in the flesh, I’m telling you, you need a new bandage every day. Every day. Get a word every day. Look, it doesn’t take a whole lot of Google searching to find good Bible verses to fight sexual temptation. There are so many out there. Just a quick Google search will show you a lot. Get a new one every day. Memorize it every single morning. Cause you need this. You gotta protect that thing, you gotta keep it sterile, you gotta keep it healthy. That’s the way that I see healing. See, my wound is healing day by day by day. It’s not gone yet. I’m asking for healing in Jesus’ name. He’s given me the tools to do it. So, gentlemen, get yourself a word, get yourself a bandage. Allow that thing to heal. Bless you guys.

Hi this is Lori from Bakersfield California. It’s been a while since I’ve called but I still listen every day. I just got done listening to Lisa the Encourager about Jesus saying, I am the vine and you are the branches. Thank you for that Lisa. I was blessed to hear you talk about that. My favorite reference to this is in John 15. My job in California revolves around agriculture and I want to share a practical knowledge regarding grapevines and vineyards. To produce quality fruit a branch must be raised up from the ground and pruned. Once the branch begins to produce fruit the vine has to be trained using a crossarm or __ trellis to shade the branch and fruit, particularly with table grapes. With God as the vine dresser, he prunes and trains the branches. Then Jesus, as the vine, covers and shades the branches and fruit so the branch can produce and the fruit can remain beautiful. Lisa’s comments reminded me of this and God leaned on me to share. Abide in Jesus and seek his cover. God bless you all.

Hey DAB family this is Byron out in Florida. The last few days we’ve been reading in the book of Galatians and that book has been on my heart for well over a year now. What Paul is basically saying in Galatians is, look guys, Jesus died for your sins and He paid the full cost for your salvation. So, why is that you’re trying to live out the Christian life in terms of what you do instead of what He did?. See, God has a larger life planned for each of us that is bigger, more exciting, more daring, more expansive than anything we could plan for ourselves even in our wildest dream. And as we begin to live into that life that God has for us there will be confusion and there will be pain and there will be loss as God tears apart all the old structures that we use to hold ourselves up and makes room for the larger life that He’s setting aside for us. And as we begin to receive that life we will get things. I just found out a few days ago that I got the promotion I was looking for. God gave me what I needed when I needed it. But I got more than that. From all of that God has shown me that what I have is Him, that he will provide for me and my family, promotion or no promotion, whatever the circumstances will be. And if I have that I have more than anything. And God has the same thing set aside for each of you. If you’re willing to let him tear apart your old life and stretch you into the new larger full life that He has for the __. I love you all you all and God is worthy of all glory and I’ll talk you guys another time. God bless.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible. This is Isabel from Australia again. I was so great to be able to ring up again and just be able to share with you. I love you’s all. I’ve been praying for a lot of you’s always ringing up and I’m always praying for you every time I hear the prayer requests coming again. But I still would like some more prayer for my children, for my daughter and for my son, for Priscilla and Joseph. Joseph is addicted to drugs. He was in a relationship for three years and he’s broken his relationship and he’s had a baby and my granddaughter __ the same month. He left his partner when his baby was only 11 months old and now he’s with another woman. I just feel that this has been so planned by the enemy to destroy his life. This woman is really not for him. The mother of the daughter, I believe is a woman for his life, but she has gone also through a lot of not problems herself. Her name is Chanentel my granddaughters name is Arianna. They both need a lot of prayer. So, if you can please pray for them and please pray for my son that he returns to the things of God, that he…he leaves his woman and he starts going back to…you know…his first partner with my granddaughter and that the Lord can just be with my granddaughter too because she really misses him like anything. She’s 16 months but she so clever. She really understands and she’s hurting too. And it’s just too much abuse because my ex and their father was abusive man and also her ex-partner, her father was an abusive man too. So, all these things have really affected my son. So, if you can please pray for Joseph. He really needs prayer. And just help me because I’m struggling as a mom as I’ve always had to be a mom and a father for both of my kids all the time. I’ve been sort of basically a single parent for many years. So, please pray for my kids cause I really need this prayer. Thank you Daily Audio Bible. May God bless you. I love you’s all. And thank you Brian and Jill for this amazing podcast. God bless you.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday September 22, 2018 (NIV)

Isaiah 39:1-41:16

Hezekiah’s Folly

39 At that time(A) Merodach-baladan son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a gift to Hezekiah since he heard that he had been sick and had recovered. Hezekiah was pleased with the letters, and he showed the envoys his treasure house—the silver, the gold, the spices, and the precious oil—and all his armory, and everything that was found in his treasuries.(B) There was nothing in his palace and in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them.(C)

Then the prophet Isaiah came to King Hezekiah and asked him, “What did these men say, and where did they come to you from?”

Hezekiah replied, “They came to me from a distant country, from Babylon.”

Isaiah asked, “What have they seen in your palace?”

Hezekiah answered, “They have seen everything in my palace. There isn’t anything in my treasuries that I didn’t show them.”

Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord of Armies:(D) ‘Look, the days are coming when everything in your palace and all that your fathers have stored up until today will be carried off to Babylon; nothing will be left,’ says the Lord.(E) ‘Some of your descendants—who come from you, whom you father—will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’”

Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord that you have spoken is good,” for he thought: There will be peace and security during my lifetime.(F)

God’s People Comforted

40 “Comfort, comfort my people,”(G)
says your God.
“Speak tenderly to[a] Jerusalem,
and announce to her
that her time of forced labor is over,
her iniquity(H) has been pardoned,(I)
and she has received from the Lord’s hand
double for all her sins.”(J)

A voice of one crying out:

Prepare the way of the Lord in the wilderness;(K)
make a straight highway for our God in the desert.(L)
Every valley will be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill will be leveled;
the uneven ground will become smooth
and the rough places, a plain.(M)
And the glory of the Lord will appear,(N)
and all humanity[b] together will see it,(O)
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.(P)

A voice was saying, “Cry out!”
Another said,[c] “What should I cry out?”
“All humanity is grass,(Q)
and all its goodness is like the flower of the field.(R)
The grass withers, the flowers fade
when the breath[d] of the Lord blows on them;[e]
indeed, the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flowers fade,(S)
but the word of our God remains forever.”(T)

Zion, herald of good news,
go up on a high mountain.(U)
Jerusalem, herald of good news,(V)
raise your voice loudly.
Raise it, do not be afraid!
Say to the cities of Judah,
“Here is your God!” (W)
10 See, the Lord God comes with strength,
and his power establishes his rule.(X)
His wages are with him,(Y)
and his reward accompanies him.
11 He protects his flock like a shepherd;(Z)
he gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them in the fold of his garment.
He gently leads those that are nursing.

12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
or marked off the heavens with the span of his hand?(AA)
Who has gathered the dust of the earth in a measure
or weighed the mountains on a balance
and the hills on the scales?
13 Who has directed[f] the Spirit of the Lord,
or who gave him counsel?(AB)
14 Who did he consult?
Who gave him understanding(AC)
and taught him the paths of justice?
Who taught him knowledge
and showed him the way of understanding?
15 Look, the nations are like a drop in a bucket;
they are considered as a speck of dust on the scales;
he lifts up the islands like fine dust.
16 Lebanon’s cedars are not enough for fuel,
or its animals enough for a burnt offering.(AD)
17 All the nations are as nothing before him;
they are considered by him
as empty nothingness.(AE)

18 With whom will you compare God?
What likeness will you set up for comparison with him?(AF)
19 An idol?—something that a smelter casts
and a metalworker plates with gold
and makes silver chains for?(AG)
20 A poor person contributes wood for a pedestal
that will not rot.[g]
He looks for a skilled craftsman
to set up an idol that will not fall over.(AH)

21 Do you not know?(AI)
Have you not heard?
Has it not been declared to you
from the beginning?
Have you not considered
the foundations of the earth?(AJ)
22 God is enthroned above the circle of the earth;
its inhabitants are like grasshoppers.(AK)
He stretches out the heavens like thin cloth(AL)
and spreads them out like a tent to live in.(AM)
23 He reduces princes to nothing(AN)
and makes judges of the earth like a wasteland.
24 They are barely planted, barely sown,
their stem hardly takes root in the ground
when he blows on them and they wither,
and a whirlwind carries them away like stubble.(AO)

25 “To whom will you compare me,(AP)
or who is my equal?” asks the Holy One.
26 Look up[h] and see!
Who created(AQ) these?
He brings out the stars by number;
he calls all of them by name.(AR)
Because of his great power and strength,
not one of them is missing.

27 Jacob, why do you say,
and, Israel, why do you assert:
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
and my claim is ignored by my God”?(AS)
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,(AT)
the Creator of the whole earth.
He never becomes faint or weary;
there is no limit to his understanding.(AU)
29 He gives strength to the faint
and strengthens the powerless.
30 Youths may become faint and weary,
and young men stumble and fall,
31 but those who trust in the Lord
will renew their strength;(AV)
they will soar on wings like eagles;(AW)
they will run and not become weary,
they will walk and not faint.

The Lord versus the Nations’ Gods

41 “Be silent before me, coasts and islands!(AX)
And let peoples renew their strength.
Let them approach; let them testify;
let’s come together for the trial.
Who has stirred up someone from the east?(AY)
In righteousness he calls him to serve.[i][j](AZ)
The Lord hands nations over to him,(BA)
and he subdues kings.
He makes them like dust with his sword,
like wind-driven stubble with his bow.
He pursues them, going on safely,
hardly touching the path with his feet.
Who has performed and done this,
calling the generations from the beginning?
I am the Lord, the first
and with the last(BB)—I am he.”(BC)

The coasts and islands see and are afraid,
the whole earth trembles.(BD)
They approach and arrive.
Each one helps the other,
and says to another, “Take courage!”
The craftsman encourages the metalworker;(BE)
the one who flattens with the hammer
encourages the one who strikes the anvil,
saying of the soldering, “It is good.”
He fastens it with nails so that it will not fall over.(BF)

But you, Israel, my servant,(BG)
Jacob, whom I have chosen,(BH)
descendant of Abraham, my friend(BI)
I brought[k] you from the ends of the earth
and called you from its farthest corners.
I said to you: You are my servant;
I have chosen you; I haven’t rejected you.(BJ)
10 Do not fear, for I am with you;(BK)
do not be afraid, for I am your God.(BL)
I will strengthen you; I will help you;
I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand.(BM)

11 Be sure that all who are enraged against you
will be ashamed and disgraced;(BN)
those who contend with you
will become as nothing and will perish.
12 You will look for those who contend with you,
but you will not find them.
Those who war against you
will become absolutely nothing.
13 For I am the Lord your God,(BO)
who holds your right hand,
who says to you, ‘Do not fear,
I will help you.
14 Do not fear, you worm Jacob,(BP)
you men[l] of Israel.
I will help you’—
this is the Lord’s declaration.
Your Redeemer(BQ) is the Holy One of Israel.(BR)
15 See, I will make you into a sharp threshing board,
new, with many teeth.
You will thresh mountains and pulverize them
and make hills into chaff.(BS)
16 You will winnow them(BT)
and a wind will carry them away,
a whirlwind will scatter them.
But you will rejoice in the Lord;
you will boast in the Holy One of Israel.

Footnotes:

  1. 40:2 Lit Speak to the heart of
  2. 40:5 Lit flesh
  3. 40:6 DSS, LXX, Vg read I said
  4. 40:7 Or wind, or Spirit
  5. 40:7 Lit it
  6. 40:13 Or measured, or comprehended
  7. 40:20 Or who is too poor for such an offering, or who chooses mulberry wood as a votive gift; Hb obscure
  8. 40:26 Lit Lift up your eyes on high
  9. 41:2 Or Righteousness calls him to serve
  10. 41:2 Lit to his foot
  11. 41:9 Or seized
  12. 41:14 LXX reads small number; DSS readdead ones

Cross references:

  1. 39:1-8 : 2Kg 20:12-19; 2Ch 32:31
  2. 39:2 : 2Kg 18:15-16
  3. 39:2 : 2Ch 32:25
  4. 39:5 : Is 28:14; Zch 7:4; 8:1,18
  5. 39:6 : 2Kg 24:13; 25:13-15; Jr 20:5
  6. 39:8 : 2Ch 32:26
  7. 40:1 : Is 12:1; 49:13; 51:3,12; 52:9; 61:2; 66:13; Jr 31:10-14; Zph 3:14-17; 2Co 1:4
  8. 40:2 : Is 13:11
  9. 40:2 : Lv 26:41,43; Is 27:9
  10. 40:2 : Ex 22:7-8; Jr 16:18; Zch 9:12; Rv 18:6
  11. 40:3 : Mal 3:1; 4:5-6
  12. 40:3 : Mt 3:3; Mk 1:3; Lk 3:4; Jn 1:23
  13. 40:4-5 : Lk 3:5-6
  14. 40:5 : Is 35:2
  15. 40:5 : Is 52:10; Jl 2:28
  16. 40:5 : Is 1:20; 34:16; 58:14
  17. 40:6-8 : 1Pt 1:24-25
  18. 40:6 : Jb 14:2; Ps 102:11; 103:15
  19. 40:8 : Jms 1:11
  20. 40:8 : Is 55:11; 59:21; Mk 13:31; Lk 21:33
  21. 40:9 : Is 52:7
  22. 40:9 : Is 61:1
  23. 40:9 : Is 25:9; 35:2
  24. 40:10 : Is 59:16-18
  25. 40:10 : Is 62:11; Rv 22:12
  26. 40:11 : Jr 31:10; Ezk 34:12-14,23,31; Mc 5:4; Jn 10:11,14-16
  27. 40:12 : Is 48:13; Heb 1:10-12
  28. 40:13 : Rm 11:34; 1Co 2:16
  29. 40:14 : Jb 21:22; Col 2:3
  30. 40:16 : Ps 50:9-11; Mc 6:6-7; Heb 10:5-9
  31. 40:17 : Is 29:7
  32. 40:18 : Ex 8:10; 15:11; 1Sm 2:2; Is 40:25; 46:5; Mc 7:18; Ac 17:29
  33. 40:19 : Is 2:20; 30:22; 41:7; 44:10
  34. 40:20 : 1Sm 5:3; Is 44:9-15; 46:6-7; Jr 10:3-5
  35. 40:21 : Ps 19:1; 50:6; Is 37:26; Ac 14:17; Rm 1:19-20
  36. 40:21 : Is 48:13; 51:13
  37. 40:22 : Nm 13:33
  38. 40:22 : Jb 9:8; Is 37:16; 42:5; 44:24
  39. 40:22 : Jb 36:29; Ps 18:11; 19:4; 104:2
  40. 40:23 : Jb 12:21; Ps 107:40; Is 34:12
  41. 40:24 : Ps 1:4; Is 41:2,16; 64:6; Ezk 17:10,24; Nah 1:4
  42. 40:25 : Is 46:5; Ac 17:29
  43. 40:26 : Is 42:5; 48:12-13
  44. 40:26 : Ps 147:4-5
  45. 40:27 : Is 7:13; 49:4,14
  46. 40:28 : Gn 21:33; Ps 90:2
  47. 40:28 : Ps 147:5; Rm 11:33
  48. 40:31 : Jb 17:9; Ps 103:5; 2Co 4:8-10,16; 12:9
  49. 40:31 : Ex 19:4; Dt 32:11; Lk 18:1; 2Co 4:1,16; Gl 6:9; Heb 12:3
  50. 41:1 : Is 11:11; Hab 2:20; Zch 2:13
  51. 41:2 : Is 41:25; 45:1-3; 46:11; Rv 16:12
  52. 41:2 : Is 42:6
  53. 41:2 : 2Ch 36:23; Ezr 1:2
  54. 41:4 : Is 43:10; 44:6; Rv 1:8,17; 22:13
  55. 41:4 : Is 43:13; 46:4; 48:12
  56. 41:5 : Ps 67:7
  57. 41:7 : Is 40:19
  58. 41:7 : Is 40:20; 46:7
  59. 41:8 : Is 42:19; 43:10; 44:1-2,21; 45:4; 48:20; 49:3; 54:17; Ezk 28:25; 37:25; Lk 1:54
  60. 41:8 : Is 42:1; 43:10,20; 44:1-2; 45:4; 49:7; 65:9,15,22
  61. 41:8 : 2Ch 20:7; Jms 2:23
  62. 41:9 : Is 43:5-7
  63. 41:10 : Gn 26:24; 28:15; Is 43:5; Jr 1:19; 15:20; 42:11
  64. 41:10 : Ezk 34:31
  65. 41:10 : Ex 15:6,12; Ps 18:35; 48:10; 63:8; 138:7; 139:10
  66. 41:11 : Is 45:24
  67. 41:13 : Is 43:3
  68. 41:14 : Jb 25:6; Ps 22:6
  69. 41:14 : Is 43:14; 44:6,24; 47:4; 48:17; 49:7,26; 54:5,8; 59:20; 60:16; 63:16
  70. 41:14 : Is 1:4
  71. 41:15 : Mc 4:13; Hab 3:12
  72. 41:16 : Jr 51:2
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Ephesians 1

Greeting

Paul,(A) an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will:(B)

To the faithful saints(C) in Christ Jesus[a] at Ephesus.[b](D)

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

God’s Rich Blessings

Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens in Christ.(E) For he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before him.[c](F) He predestined us to be adopted as sons through Jesus Christ for himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace(G) that he lavished on us in the Beloved One.(H)

In him we have redemption(I) through his blood, the forgiveness(J) of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he richly poured out on us with all wisdom and understanding.[d] He made known to us the mystery of his will,(K) according to his good pleasure that he purposed in Christ(L) 10 as a plan for the right time[e]—to bring everything together in Christ,(M) both things in heaven and things on earth(N) in him.(O)

11 In him we have also received an inheritance,[f] because we were predestined(P) according to the plan of the one who works out everything in agreement with the purpose of his will, 12 so that we who had already put our hope(Q) in Christ might bring praise to his glory.(R)

13 In him you also were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit(S) when you heard the word of truth,(T) the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed. 14 The Holy Spirit is the down payment(U) of our inheritance, until the redemption of the possession, to the praise of his glory.

Prayer for Spiritual Insight

15 This is why, since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 I never stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father,[g] would give you the Spirit[h](V) of wisdom and revelation(W) in the knowledge of him. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope(X) of his calling,(Y) what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power(Z) toward us who believe, according to the mighty working of his strength.

God’s Power in Christ

20 He exercised this power in Christ by raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand(AA) in the heavens(AB) 21 far above every ruler and authority, power and dominion, and every title given,[i](AC) not only in this age but also in the one to come.(AD) 22 And he subjected everything under his feet[j](AE) and appointed him[k] as head(AF) over everything for the church, 23 which is his body,(AG) the fullness(AH) of the one who fills all things(AI) in every way.

Footnotes:

  1. 1:1 Or to the saints, the believers in Christ Jesus
  2. 1:1 Other mss omit at Ephesus
  3. 1:4 Or in his sight. In love
  4. 1:8 Or on us. With all wisdom and understanding
  5. 1:10 Or the fulfillment of times
  6. 1:11 Or In him we are also an inheritance,
  7. 1:17 Or the Father of glory
  8. 1:17 Or a spirit
  9. 1:21 Lit every name named
  10. 1:22 Ps 8:6
  11. 1:22 Lit gave him
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Psalm 66

Psalm 66

Praise for God’s Mighty Acts

For the choir director. A song. A psalm.

Let the whole earth shout joyfully to God!(A)
Sing about the glory of his name;
make his praise glorious.(B)
Say to God, “How awe-inspiring are your works!
Your enemies will cringe before you
because of your great strength.(C)
The whole earth will worship you
and sing praise to you.
They will sing praise to your name.”(D)Selah

Come and see the wonders of God;(E)
his acts for humanity[a] are awe-inspiring.
He turned the sea into dry land,
and they crossed the river on foot.(F)
There we rejoiced in him.(G)
He rules forever by his might;
he keeps his eye on the nations.(H)
The rebellious should not exalt themselves.(I)Selah
Bless our God, you peoples;
let the sound of his praise be heard.(J)
He keeps us alive[b]
and does not allow our feet to slip.(K)

10 For you, God, tested us;
you refined us as silver is refined.(L)
11 You lured us into a trap;
you placed burdens on our backs.(M)
12 You let men ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water,
but you brought us out to abundance.[c](N)

13 I will enter your house with burnt offerings;
I will pay you my vows(O)
14 that my lips promised
and my mouth spoke during my distress.(P)
15 I will offer you fattened sheep as burnt offerings,
with the fragrant smoke of rams;
I will sacrifice bulls with goats.(Q)Selah

16 Come and listen, all who fear God,
and I will tell what he has done for me.(R)
17 I cried out to him with my mouth,
and praise was on my tongue.(S)
18 If I had been aware of malice in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened.(T)
19 However, God has listened;
he has paid attention to the sound of my prayer.(U)
20 Blessed be God!
He has not turned away my prayer
or turned his faithful love from me.(V)

Footnotes:

  1. 66:5 Or for the descendants of Adam
  2. 66:9 Lit He sets our soul in life
  3. 66:12 Or a place of satisfaction
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Proverbs 23:25-28

25 Let your father and mother have joy,(A)
and let her who gave birth to you rejoice.

26 My son, give me your heart,
and let your eyes observe my ways.
27 For a prostitute is a deep pit,(B)
and a wayward woman is a narrow well;
28 indeed, she sets an ambush like a robber(C)
and increases the number of unfaithful people.

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09/21/2018 DAB Transcript

Isaiah 37:1-38:22, Galatians 6:1-18, Psalms 65:1-13 , Proverbs 23:24

Today is the 21st day of September. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian and it is a pleasure and an honor to be here with you today to do our daily tradition, right? To take the next step forward in the Scriptures and just allow God’s word to wash into our lives, to wash over us to allow peace to come into our presence right now, wherever it is we are, whether we’re in car or on the train or in the shower or wherever we are, whatever we’re doing, we simply exhale. All of the things that are stressing us out can wait a few minutes. God wants to come into the center of all this, and allow His word to come and wash over us. And, so, we trust Him in that. So, we’re reading from the book of Isaiah and we’re past the halfway point in the book of Isaiah. We’ve been reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week and today we’ll read Isaiah chapter 37 verse 1 through 38 verse 22.

Commentary:

Okay. So, we concluded Paul’s letter to the Galatians today, which means we’ll be moving into another letter, the letter to the Ephesians tomorrow. But in his final chapter, Paul told us some of his final thoughts. And some of those final thoughts are immediate counsel to our lives. He said, carry one another’s burdens. In this way you will fulfill the law of Christ, right? So, that’s chapter 6 verse 2 and that one verse right there is something to meditate on, like, continually. We are to shoulder one another’s burdens, which is what we do here every day through prayer. But we’re to do this in everything. In this way we will fulfill the law of Christ. So, we can deduce that the law of Christ then is outward facing toward one another. And Paul clarifies that. For if anyone considers himself to be something when he is nothing, he’s deceiving himself. So, like we were saying yesterday we’re free to deceive ourselves, we’re free to be deceived, if that’s what we want to use our freedom for. But again, deceiving ourselves, creating a false reality, and living a lie seems counterproductive. Paul goes on to say that each person can examine his own work then he can take pride in himself alone and not compare himself with someone else for everybody’s got their own load to carry on. And we need to remember that when we’re swept into this game of comparison, when we are trying to find our identity based upon how well we are doing versus how someone else is doing. It’s not helpful. It pulls us toward envy, which is deadly. It’s a poison to our souls. The way that we combat this is to keep our eyes on the path that we are walking, to keep our eyes on the road as it were, right? We’re driving in a car, we’re moving down the highway, we’re doing the speed limit, we’re watching where were going. If we start looking around at everyone, and I don’t just mean being aware. If we start looking around and comparing our car to their cars and we’re looking behind us, and we’re looking to our sides, we’re not looking where were going. It’s not going to go well. We each have a unique path. When we keep our eyes on that path while being outwardly focused and shouldering one another’s burdens of our brothers and sisters around us, then  we can truly celebrate whatever God is doing in anyone’s life because God is continuing to lead our lives forward an is doing what he needs to do in our lives and we can rejoice because were all moving toward shalom, we’re all moving toward wholeness, and we’re all being knit together as the body of Christ, one in the Spirit.

Prayer:

Father, we invite You into that. It’s a constant thing. It’s continual that we are invited toward envy. Everything in our culture pulls us toward what we don’t have and what someone else might. And what we don’t have but if we did have become the magic that will make our lives work. None of those things are true. You are the author of life. You are the only one who can make life work because You created life. And we are sitting here comprehending these words of this prayer because of that fact. You have given us life and it is a gift. And when we spend that gift of life by simply comparing it with someone else’s story or our own deficits we’re missing the point. We rejoice in You and we thank You for this gift of life and we invite Your Holy Spirit to lead us on our path. Come Jesus we pray. In Your mighty name, we ask. Amen.

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09/20/2018 DAB Transcript

Isaiah 33:14-36:L22, Galatians 5:13-26, Psalms 64:1-10, Proverbs 23:23

Today is the 20th day of September. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure, of course, every day and an honor to be here with you for lots of reasons. You’re very cool and I think it’s awesome that we can be together like this and we’re a community all over the world taking the next step forward and the very reason that we’ve come together is to do that, to allow God’s word to speak to us. So we’re reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week. Isaiah chapter 33 verse 10 through 36:22 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, we talked about two different paths and two different outcomes in the book of Isaiah. Yesterday and we see the same kind of thing today in the book of Galatians, two different paths and their outcomes - the path of the sinful nature the path of union with the Holy Spirit. So, Paul wrote, for the flesh desires what is against the Spirit and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh. These are  opposed to each other so that you don’t do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit you’re not under the law, right? So, two paths that are opposed to each other and are going in different directions that will end up in different places. So, we can see that we can choose the path that submits to sin, because it’s fighting for control. But how do we define that? Are there signs that reveal whether we’re choosing that path and whether we’re submitting ourselves to sin. According to Paul, there are. And in his own words. the works of the flesh are obvious - sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. So, let’s just spend just a moment. And that’s a pretty good list. And we need to process it. And we can understand how sexual morality or lustful pleasures or drunkenness and wild parties would make the list, right? We’ve probably been warned against these since we entered puberty, but what about jealousy? What about envy? What about outbursts of anger? Have we ever considered that these are walking the path of the sinful nature? And we might think well, what’s the big deal? Everybody gets mad. For Paul, the big deal was that these do not lead us into anything other than more bondage. So yeah, you’re free to become in more bondage if that’s what you want to use your freedom on. But put in those terms it’s awfully counterproductive, right? And Paul is trying to contrast and reveal a freedom in Christ Jesus that is a boundless, right? So, let’s think about it. How free have you felt when you are burning with jealousy or comparing your life with someone else’s in envy? How free does that feel? I mean, did you get like the sense of complete wholeness the last time you had an uncontrollable outburst of rage? Right? When was the last time lust gave you this deep sense of spiritual joy? According to Paul, if these behaviors dominate our lives it’s because we’ve chosen the path of the sinful nature, and he tells us where the path leads. He says, let me tell you again as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the kingdom of God. So, some stuff to think about. Thankfully, Paul didn’t say that anyone who fails in these areas is hopelessly lost. Rather, the person who lives into that way of being, the one who walks not path will not inherit the kingdom of God. So, are we walking that path? If we are then it’s not gonna probably end where we had hoped it would. But, like we said, this is a contrast, there is another path that was outlined in our reading today, the path of the Spirit. And what does that path look like? Paul said, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things. Now those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. So, we can see the contrast pretty starkly and we can decide which one of these paths is heading in the direction that we were hoping to end up in because we’re going to have to follow the path that leads to where it is that were trying to go, right? Otherwise, we’re not going to get there. And this is often the case with the Scripture. The Bible continually shows us that our thoughts and our words and our deeds become the path we are walking and it reveals to us where those paths are leading so that we can understand where we’re going and that our choices have outcomes. So we’ve considered the path of the sinful nature and the path of walking in the Spirit. What path are you on? What path do you want to be on? As has always been the case, the choice is ours.

Prayer:

Father, we invite You into that because if we’re going to be honest we’re going to have to confess that we’re trying to walk both roads, a little of this a little of that, a little for You, Lord, and a little for us. I’ll give You my worship but I’m going to hold onto that bitterness because I think it defines me and gives me permission to lash out at other people for the deficits that I feel inside myself. This is childish behavior Lord and we confess it. You are inviting us to grow up in You, You are showing us the path that leads to life. You’ve told us in advance that it’s a narrow one and few find it. And is it any wonder that we’re so distracted? But we want to walk the path that leads to life, following Your Holy Spirit, allowing the Spirit to plant the fruit of the Spirit in our lives so that it grows up a bountiful harvest and overwhelms the weeds that we keep nurturing. And we confess we’ll never…we’ll never be able to do it in our own strength. We simply are not capable. And that’s not what You’re expecting. You’re expecting that we would surrender to the fact that we can’t do it and allow Your Holy Spirit to come and guide us. And our job isn’t to figure everything out. Our job is to be submissive and surrender to You, trusting You, knowing that You will only lead us into the truth, knowing that You would never do something that would hurt us. Everything that You would do in our lives is only for our good always and forever. We trust You Lord. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday September 21, 2018 (NIV)

Isaiah 37-38

Hezekiah Seeks Isaiah’s Counsel

37 When King Hezekiah heard their report,(A) he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth,(B) and went to the Lord’s temple. He sent Eliakim, who was in charge of the palace, Shebna the court secretary, and the leading priests, who were wearing sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz. They said to him, “This is what Hezekiah says: ‘Today is a day of distress, rebuke, and disgrace.(C) It is as if children have come to the point of birth, and there is no strength to deliver them.(D) Perhaps the Lord your God will hear all the words of the royal spokesman, whom his master the king of Assyria sent to mock the living God,(E) and will rebuke him for the words that the Lord your God has heard. Therefore offer a prayer for the surviving remnant.’”(F)

So the servants of King Hezekiah went to Isaiah, who said to them, “Tell your master, ‘The Lord says this: Don’t be afraid(G) because of the words you have heard, with which the king of Assyria’s attendants have blasphemed me.(H) I am about to put a spirit(I) in him and he will hear a rumor and return to his own land, where I will cause him to fall by the sword.’”(J)

Sennacherib’s Letter

When the royal spokesman heard that the king of Assyria had pulled out of Lachish,(K) he left and found him fighting against Libnah.(L) The king had heard concerning King Tirhakah of Cush,(M) “He has set out to fight against you.” So when he heard this, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 10 “Say this to King Hezekiah of Judah: ‘Don’t let your God, on whom you rely, deceive you(N) by promising that Jerusalem won’t be handed over to the king of Assyria. 11 Look, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the countries: they completely destroyed them. Will you be rescued? 12 Did the gods of the nations(O) that my predecessors destroyed rescue them—Gozan,(P) Haran,(Q) Rezeph, and the Edenites in Telassar? 13 Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of[a] Sepharvaim, Hena, or Ivvah?’”

Hezekiah’s Prayer

14 Hezekiah took the letter from the messengers’ hands, read it, then went up to the Lord’s temple and spread it out before the Lord.(R) 15 Then Hezekiah prayed(S) to the Lord:

16 Lord of Armies, God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim,(T) you are God(U)—you alone(V)—of all the kingdoms of the earth.(W) You made the heavens and the earth.(X) 17 Listen closely, Lord, and hear;(Y) open your eyes, Lord, and see.(Z) Hear all the words that Sennacherib has sent to mock the living God.(AA) 18 Lord, it is true that the kings of Assyria have devastated all these countries and their lands. 19 They have thrown their gods into the fire, for they were not gods(AB) but made from wood and stone(AC) by human hands.(AD) So they have destroyed them. 20 Now, Lord our God, save us from his power so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, Lord, are God[b](AE)—you alone.(AF)

God’s Answer through Isaiah

21 Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent a message to Hezekiah: “The Lord, the God of Israel, says, ‘Because you prayed to me about King Sennacherib of Assyria, 22 this is the word the Lord has spoken against him:

Virgin Daughter Zion(AG)
despises you and scorns you;
Daughter Jerusalem shakes her head(AH)
behind your back.
23 Who is it you have mocked(AI) and blasphemed?
Against whom have you raised your voice
and lifted your eyes in pride?(AJ)
Against the Holy One of Israel!(AK)
24 You have mocked the Lord through[c] your servants.
You have said, “With my many chariots(AL)
I have gone up to the heights of the mountains,
to the far recesses of Lebanon.
I cut down its tallest cedars,
its choice cypress trees.
I came to its distant heights,
its densest forest.
25 I dug wells and drank water in foreign lands.[d]
I dried up all the streams of Egypt
with the soles of my feet.”(AM)

26 Have you not heard?(AN)
I designed it long ago;
I planned it in days gone by.(AO)
I have now brought it to pass,
and you have crushed fortified cities(AP)
into piles of rubble.
27 Their inhabitants have become powerless,
dismayed, and ashamed.
They are plants of the field,
tender grass,
grass on the rooftops,
blasted by the east wind.[e]

28 But I know your sitting down,
your going out and your coming in,(AQ)
and your raging against me.
29 Because your raging against me
and your arrogance have reached my ears,(AR)
I will put my hook in your nose(AS)
and my bit in your mouth;(AT)
I will make you go back
the way you came.

30 “‘This will be the sign for you:(AU) This year you will eat what grows on its own, and in the second year what grows from that. But in the third year sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 31 The surviving remnant of the house of Judah will again take root(AV) downward and bear fruit upward. 32 For a remnant(AW) will go out from Jerusalem, and survivors from Mount Zion. The zeal of the Lord of Armies will accomplish this.’(AX)

33 “Therefore, this is what the Lord says about the king of Assyria:

He will not enter this city,
shoot an arrow here,
come before it with a shield,
or build up a siege ramp against it.
34 He will go back
the way he came,
and he will not enter this city.

This is the Lord’s declaration.

35 I will defend this city and rescue it
for my sake(AY)
and for the sake of my servant David.”(AZ)

Defeat and Death of Sennacherib

36 Then(BA) the angel of the Lord(BB) went out and struck down one hundred eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies! 37 So King Sennacherib of Assyria broke camp and left. He returned home and lived in Nineveh.(BC)

38 One day, while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword and escaped to the land of Ararat.(BD) Then his son Esar-haddon(BE) became king in his place.

Hezekiah’s Illness and Recovery

38 In those days Hezekiah became terminally ill.(BF) The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz came and said to him, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Set your house in order,(BG) for you are about to die; you will not recover.’”[f]

Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord. He said, “Please, Lord, remember how I have walked before you faithfully and wholeheartedly,(BH) and have done what pleases you.”[g](BI) And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah: “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the Lord God of your ancestor David says: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Look, I am going to add fifteen years to your life.[h](BJ) And I will rescue you and this city from the grasp of the king of Assyria; I will defend this city.(BK) This is the sign to you(BL) from the Lord that he will do what[i] he has promised:[j] I am going to make the sun’s shadow that goes down on the stairway of Ahaz go back by ten steps.’”(BM) So the sun’s shadow[k] went back the ten steps it had descended.

A poem by King Hezekiah of Judah after he had been sick and had recovered from his illness:

10 I said: In the prime[l] of my life(BN)
I must go to the gates of Sheol;(BO)
I am deprived of the rest of my years.
11 I said: I will never see the Lord,
the Lord in the land of the living;(BP)
I will not look on humanity any longer
with the inhabitants of what is passing away.[m]
12 My dwelling is plucked up and removed from me
like a shepherd’s tent.(BQ)
I have rolled up my life like a weaver;(BR)
he cuts me off from the loom.(BS)
By nightfall[n] you make an end of me.(BT)
13 I thought until the morning:
He will break all my bones like a lion.
By nightfall you make an end of me.
14 I chirp like a swallow or a crane;
I moan like a dove.(BU)
My eyes grow weak looking upward.
Lord, I am oppressed; support me.(BV)

15 What can I say?
He has spoken to me,
and he himself has done it.
I walk along slowly all my years(BW)
because of the bitterness of my soul.(BX)
16 Lord, by such things people live,(BY)
and in every one of them my spirit finds life;
you have restored me to health(BZ)
and let me live.(CA)
17 Indeed, it was for my own well-being
that I had such intense bitterness;(CB)
but your love has delivered me
from the Pit of destruction,(CC)
for you have thrown all my sins behind your back.(CD)
18 For Sheol cannot thank you;
Death cannot praise you.(CE)
Those who go down to the Pit
cannot hope for your faithfulness.
19 The living, only the living can thank you,
as I do today;
a father will make your faithfulness known to children.(CF)
20 The Lord is ready to save me;
we will play stringed instruments
all the days of our lives
at the house of the Lord.(CG)

21 Now Isaiah(CH) had said, “Let them take a lump of pressed figs and apply it to his infected skin, so that he may recover.” 22 And Hezekiah had asked, “What is the sign that I will go up to the Lord’s temple?”

Footnotes:

  1. 37:13 Or king of Lair,
  2. 37:20 are God supplied for clarity; see v. 16
  3. 37:24 Lit by the hand of
  4. 37:25 DSS, 2Kg 19:24; MT omits in foreign lands
  5. 37:27 DSS; MT reads rooftops, field before standing grain
  6. 38:1 Lit live
  7. 38:3 Lit what is good in your eyes
  8. 38:5 Lit days, also in v. 10
  9. 38:7 Lit this thing
  10. 38:7 Lit said
  11. 38:8 Lit And the sun
  12. 38:10 Lit quiet
  13. 38:11 Some Hb mss, Tg read of the world
  14. 38:12 Lit From day until night, also in v. 13

Cross references:

  1. 37:1-35 : 2Kg 19:1-34
  2. 37:1 : Gn 37:34; 2Sm 3:31; 1Kg 21:27; Is 3:24
  3. 37:3 : Is 22:5; 26:16; 33:2; Nah 1:7; Hab 3:16
  4. 37:3 : Is 26:17-18; 66:9; Hs 13:13
  5. 37:4 : Dt 5:26; 1Sm 17:26,36; Jr 10:10
  6. 37:4 : Is 1:9; 46:3
  7. 37:6 : Is 7:4; 35:4
  8. 37:6 : Ps 44:7,13-16; Is 52:5; Rm 2:24
  9. 37:7 : Nm 5:14; Is 19:14; Hs 4:12; Zch 13:2; 2Tm 1:7
  10. 37:7 : Is 37:36-38
  11. 37:8 : Jos 10:31-32
  12. 37:8 : Nm 33:20; Jos 10:29
  13. 37:9 : Is 18:1; 20:5
  14. 37:10 : Is 36:14-15
  15. 37:12 : Is 36:18
  16. 37:12 : 2Kg 17:6; 18:11
  17. 37:12 : Gn 11:31; 12:1-4; Ac 7:2
  18. 37:14 : Dt 22:17; 1Kg 8:22; Ezk 2:10
  19. 37:15 : 2Ch 32:20
  20. 37:16 : Ex 25:22; Nm 7:89; 1Sm 4:4; 2Sm 6:2; Ps 80:1; 99:1
  21. 37:16 : Dt 10:17; 2Sm 7:28; Ps 86:10; 90:2; 136:2-3
  22. 37:16 : 1Kg 8:39; Neh 9:6; Ps 4:8; 83:18; 86:10; Rv 15:4
  23. 37:16 : 2Ch 36:20; Ps 68:32; Rv 11:15
  24. 37:16 : Ex 20:11; Neh 9:6; Ps 146:6; Ac 4:24
  25. 37:17 : 2Ch 6:40; Ps 17:6; Dn 9:18
  26. 37:17 : Is 42:5; 45:12; Jr 10:12
  27. 37:17 : Is 37:4
  28. 37:19 : Dt 32:17; 2Ch 13:9; Jr 2:11; 5:7; 16:20; Hs 8:6; Ac 19:26; Gl 4:8
  29. 37:19 : Dt 4:28; 28:36,64; 29:17; Ezk 20:32
  30. 37:19 : Is 2:8,20; 17:8; 31:7; 41:24,29; 44:9-20; 46:6
  31. 37:20 : Jos 4:24; 1Kg 8:60; 20:13; Is 45:3,6
  32. 37:20 : Is 37:16
  33. 37:22 : Lm 2:13; Is 1:8; 3:16-17; 4:4; 52:2; 62:11
  34. 37:22 : Jb 16:4; Ps 22:7; 109:25; Jr 18:16; Lm 2:15
  35. 37:23 : Ps 74:10,18; Is 37:4; Gl 6:7
  36. 37:23 : Is 2:11; 5:15,21
  37. 37:23 : Gn 12:3; Ex 23:22
  38. 37:24 : Ex 14:26-28; 15:4,19; Dt 20:1; Jos 11:4-9; 2Ch 16:8; Ps 68:17
  39. 37:25 : Dt 11:10; 1Kg 20:10
  40. 37:26 : Is 40:21,28
  41. 37:26 : Is 5:19; 10:5-6; 14:24-26; 22:11; 46:11; Jr 18:11; Ac 2:23; 4:27-28; 1Pt 2:8
  42. 37:26 : Is 34:13
  43. 37:28 : Ps 139:1
  44. 37:29 : Is 10:12
  45. 37:29 : Ezk 19:9; 29:4; 38:4
  46. 37:29 : Is 30:28
  47. 37:30 : Ex 3:12; 1Sm 2:34; 1Kg 13:3; Is 7:14; 38:7; Jr 44:29; Lk 2:12
  48. 37:31 : Is 27:6
  49. 37:32 : Ezr 9:14; Is 10:20-22
  50. 37:32 : 2Kg 19:31; Is 9:7; 59:17; Jl 2:18; Zch 1:14
  51. 37:35 : Is 43:25; 48:9,11
  52. 37:35 : 1Kg 11:13,32-38; 2Kg 20:6; Ezk 34:23
  53. 37:36-38 : 2Kg 19:35-37; 2Ch 32:21
  54. 37:36 : Gn 16:7-11; Ex 3:2; Nm 22:22-35; Jdg 6:11-12; 2Sm 24:16; Ps 34:7
  55. 37:37 : Gn 10:11; Jnh 1:2; 3:3; 4:11; Zph 2:13
  56. 37:38 : Gn 8:4; Jr 51:27
  57. 37:38 : Ezr 4:2
  58. 38:1-8 : 2Kg 20:1-6,9-11; 2Ch 32:24
  59. 38:1 : 2Sm 17:23
  60. 38:3 : Gn 17:1; 1Kg 2:4; 3:6; 8:23; 2Kg 18:5-6; Ps 26:3
  61. 38:3 : Dt 6:18
  62. 38:5 : 2Kg 18:2,13
  63. 38:6 : Is 31:5; 37:35
  64. 38:7 : Is 37:30
  65. 38:8 : Jos 10:12-14
  66. 38:10 : Ps 102:24
  67. 38:10 : Ps 107:18
  68. 38:11 : Ps 27:13; 116:9
  69. 38:12 : 2Co 5:1,4; 2Pt 1:13-14
  70. 38:12 : Jb 7:6; Heb 1:12
  71. 38:12 : Jb 6:9
  72. 38:12 : Jb 4:20; Ps 73:14
  73. 38:14 : Is 59:11; Ezk 7:16; Nah 2:7
  74. 38:14 : Jb 17:3; Ps 119:122
  75. 38:15 : 1Kg 21:27
  76. 38:15 : 1Sm 1:10; Ezk 27:31; Jb 3:20; 7:11; 10:1
  77. 38:16 : Ps 119:71,75
  78. 38:16 : Ps 39:13
  79. 38:16 : Ps 119:25
  80. 38:17 : Heb 12:11
  81. 38:17 : Jb 33:18,30; Ps 103:4; 106:23; Ezk 20:17; Jnh 2:6
  82. 38:17 : Is 43:25; Jr 31:34; Mc 7:19
  83. 38:18 : Ps 6:5; 30:9; 88:10-12; 115:17
  84. 38:19 : Dt 6:7; 11:19; Ps 78:5-7
  85. 38:20 : Ps 23:6; 116:17-19
  86. 38:21-22 : 2Kg 20:7-8
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Galatians 6

Carry One Another’s Burdens

Brothers and sisters, if someone is overtaken in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual, restore such a person with a gentle(A) spirit,[a](B) watching out for yourselves so that you also won’t be tempted.(C) Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.(D) For if anyone considers himself to be something when he is nothing,(E) he deceives himself. Let each person examine his own work,(F) and then he can take pride in himself alone, and not compare himself with someone else. For each person will have to carry his own load.

Let the one who is taught the word share(G) all his good things with the teacher. Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a person sows he will also reap, because the one who sows to his flesh will reap destruction from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit(H) will reap eternal life(I) from the Spirit. Let us not get tired(J) of doing good,(K) for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us work(L) for the good(M) of all, especially for those who belong to the household(N) of faith.(O)

Concluding Exhortation

11 Look at what large letters I use as I write to you in my own handwriting. 12 Those who want to make a good impression in the flesh(P) are the ones who would compel you to be circumcised(Q)—but only to avoid being persecuted(R) for the cross(S) of Christ. 13 For even the circumcised don’t keep(T) the law themselves, and yet they want you to be circumcised in order to boast about your flesh. 14 But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. The world has been crucified to me through the cross, and I to the world. 15 For[b] both circumcision and uncircumcision(U) mean nothing; what matters instead is a new creation.(V) 16 May peace come to all those who follow this standard, and mercy even to the Israel(W) of God![c]

17 From now on, let no one cause me trouble, because I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.(X) 18 Brothers and sisters, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.(Y) Amen.

Footnotes:

  1. 6:1 Or with the Spirit of gentleness
  2. 6:15 Other mss add in Christ Jesus
  3. 6:16 Or And for those who follow this standard, may peace and mercy be upon them, even upon the Israel of God, or And as many who will follow this standard, peace be upon them and mercy even upon the Israel of God.
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Psalm 65

Psalm 65

God’s Care for the Earth

For the choir director. A psalm of David. A song.

Praise is rightfully yours,[a]
God, in Zion;
vows to you will be fulfilled.(A)
All humanity will come to you,
the one who hears prayer.(B)
Iniquities overwhelm me;
only you can atone for our rebellions.(C)
How happy is the one you choose
and bring near to live in your courts!
We will be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
the holiness of your temple.[b](D)

You answer us in righteousness,
with awe-inspiring works,
God of our salvation,
the hope of all the ends of the earth
and of the distant seas.(E)
You establish the mountains by your power;
you are robed with strength.(F)
You silence the roar of the seas,
the roar of their waves,
and the tumult of the nations.(G)
Those who live far away are awed by your signs;
you make east and west shout for joy.(H)

You visit the earth and water it abundantly,
enriching it greatly.
God’s stream is filled with water,
for you prepare the earth in this way,
providing people with grain.(I)
10 You soften it with showers and bless its growth,
soaking its furrows and leveling its ridges.(J)
11 You crown the year with your goodness;
your carts overflow with plenty.[c](K)
12 The wilderness pastures overflow,
and the hills are robed with joy.(L)
13 The pastures are clothed with flocks
and the valleys covered with grain.(M)
They shout in triumph; indeed, they sing.(N)

Footnotes:

  1. 65:1 Or Praise is silence to you, or Praise awaits you
  2. 65:4 Or house, your holy temple
  3. 65:11 Lit your paths drip with fat
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Proverbs 23:24

24 The father of a righteous son will rejoice greatly,
and one who fathers a wise son will delight in him.(A)

Cross references:

  1. 23:24 : Pr 10:1; 23:15; 29:3
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday September 20, 2018 (NIV)

Isaiah 33:10-36:22

10 “Now I will rise up,”(A) says the Lord.
“Now I will lift myself up.
Now I will be exalted.
11 You will conceive chaff;(B)
you will give birth to stubble.
Your breath is fire that will consume you.
12 The peoples will be burned to ashes,
like thorns cut down and burned in a fire.
13 You who are far off, hear what I have done;
you who are near,(C) know my strength.”
14 The sinners in Zion are afraid;
trembling seizes the ungodly:
“Who among us can dwell with a consuming fire?(D)
Who among us can dwell with ever-burning flames?”
15 The one who lives righteously
and speaks rightly,(E)
who refuses profit from extortion,
whose hand never takes a bribe,
who stops his ears from listening to murderous plots
and shuts his eyes against evil schemes(F)
16 he will dwell on the heights;
his refuge will be the rocky fortresses,
his food provided, his water assured.
17 Your eyes will see the King in his beauty;(G)
you will see a vast land.(H)
18 Your mind will meditate on the past terror:
“Where is the accountant?[a]
Where is the tribute collector?[b]
Where is the one who spied out our defenses?” [c]
19 You will no longer see the barbarians,
a people whose speech is difficult to comprehend—
who stammer in a language that is not understood.(I)
20 Look at Zion, the city of our festival times.
Your eyes will see Jerusalem,
a peaceful pasture,(J) a tent that does not wander;
its tent pegs will not be pulled up
nor will any of its cords be loosened.(K)
21 For the majestic one, our Lord, will be there,(L)
a place of rivers and broad streams
where ships that are rowed will not go,
and majestic vessels will not pass.(M)
22 For the Lord is our Judge,
the Lord is our Lawgiver,(N)
the Lord is our King.
He will save us.(O)
23 Your ropes are slack;
they cannot hold the base of the mast
or spread out the flag.
Then abundant spoil will be divided,
the lame will plunder it,
24 and none there will say, “I am sick.”
The people who dwell there
will be forgiven(P) their iniquity.(Q)

The Judgment of the Nations

34 You nations, come here and listen;
you peoples, pay attention!(R)
Let the earth and all that fills it hear,
the world and all that comes from it.(S)
The Lord is angry with all the nations,
furious with all their armies.(T)
He will set them apart for destruction,(U)
giving them over to slaughter.
Their slain will be thrown out,
and the stench of their corpses will rise;(V)
the mountains will flow[d] with their blood.(W)
All[e] the stars in the sky(X) will dissolve.
The sky will roll up like a scroll,(Y)
and its stars will all wither
as leaves wither on the vine,
and foliage on the fig tree.(Z)

The Judgment of Edom

When my sword has drunk its fill[f](AA) in the heavens,
it will then come down on Edom(AB)
and on the people I have set apart for destruction.
The Lord’s sword is covered with blood.
It drips with fat,
with the blood of lambs and goats,
with the fat of the kidneys of rams.(AC)
For the Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah,(AD)
a great slaughter in the land of Edom.
The wild oxen will be struck[g] down with them,
and young bulls with the mighty bulls.
Their land will be soaked with[h] blood,
and their soil will be saturated with fat.
For the Lord has a day of vengeance,(AE)
a time of paying back Edom
for its hostility against Zion.
Edom’s streams will be turned into pitch,
her soil into sulfur;(AF)
her land will become burning pitch.
10 It will never go out—day or night.
Its smoke will go up forever.(AG)
It will be desolate, from generation to generation;
no one will pass through it forever and ever.(AH)
11 Eagle owls[i] and herons[j] will possess it,
and long-eared owls and ravens will dwell there.(AI)
The Lord will stretch out a measuring line
and a plumb line over her
for her destruction and chaos.(AJ)
12 No nobles will be left to proclaim a king,
and all her princes will come to nothing.
13 Her palaces will be overgrown with thorns;
her fortified cities, with thistles and briers.(AK)
She will become a dwelling for jackals,
an abode[k] for ostriches.(AL)
14 The desert creatures will meet hyenas,
and one wild goat will call to another.
Indeed, the night birds will stay there
and will find a resting place.
15 Sand partridges[l] will make their nests there;
they will lay and hatch their eggs
and will gather their broods under their shadows.
Indeed, the birds of prey will gather there,
each with its mate.(AM)
16 Search and read the scroll of the Lord:(AN)
Not one of them will be missing,
none will be lacking its mate,
because he has ordered it by my[m] mouth,
and he will gather them by his Spirit.
17 He has cast the lot for them;
his hand allotted their portion with a measuring line.
They will possess it forever;(AO)
they will dwell in it from generation to generation.

The Ransomed Return to Zion

35 The wilderness and the dry land will be glad;
the desert will rejoice and blossom like a wildflower.[n](AP)
It will blossom abundantly
and will also rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon.(AQ)
They will see the glory of the Lord,(AR)
the splendor of our God.(AS)
Strengthen the weak hands,
steady the shaking knees!(AT)
Say to the cowardly:
“Be strong; do not fear!
Here is your God; vengeance is coming.(AU)
God’s retribution is coming; he will save you.”(AV)
Then the eyes of the blind will be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped.(AW)
Then the lame will leap like a deer,(AX)
and the tongue of the mute will sing for joy,(AY)
for water will gush in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;(AZ)
the parched ground will become a pool,
and the thirsty land springs.(BA)
In the haunt of jackals,(BB) in their lairs,
there will be grass, reeds, and papyrus.
A road will be there and a way;(BC)
it will be called the Holy Way.(BD)
The unclean will not travel on it,(BE)
but it will be for the one who walks the path.(BF)
Fools will not wander on it.
There will be no lion there,
and no vicious beast will go up on it;
they will not be found there.
But the redeemed will walk on it,
10 and the redeemed of the Lord will return(BG)
and come to Zion with singing,
crowned with unending joy.
Joy and gladness will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee.(BH)

Sennacherib’s Invasion

36 In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah,(BI) King Sennacherib of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them. Then the king of Assyria sent his royal spokesman, along with a massive army, from Lachish(BJ) to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. The Assyrian stood near the conduit of the upper pool, by the road to the Launderer’s Field.(BK) Eliakim son of Hilkiah, who was in charge of the palace, Shebna the court secretary,(BL) and Joah son of Asaph, the court historian, came out to him.

The royal spokesman said to them, “Tell Hezekiah:

The great king, the king of Assyria, says this: What are you relying on?[o] You[p] think mere words are strategy and strength for war. Who are you now relying on that you have rebelled against me?(BM) Look, you are relying on Egypt, that splintered reed of a staff(BN) that will pierce the hand of anyone who grabs it and leans on it. This is how Pharaoh king of Egypt is to all who rely on him.(BO) Suppose you say to me, ‘We rely on the Lord our God.’ Isn’t he the one whose high places and altars Hezekiah has removed, saying to Judah and Jerusalem, ‘You are to worship at this altar’?(BP)

“Now make a deal with my master, the king of Assyria. I’ll give you two thousand horses if you’re able to supply riders for them! How then can you drive back a single officer among the least of my master’s servants? How can you rely on Egypt for chariots and horsemen?(BQ) 10 Have I attacked this land to destroy it without the Lord’s approval? The Lord said to me, ‘Attack this land and destroy it.’”

11 Then Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah said to the royal spokesman, “Please speak to your servants in Aramaic,(BR) since we understand it. Don’t speak to us in Hebrew[q] within earshot of the people who are on the wall.”

12 But the royal spokesman replied, “Has my master sent me to speak these words to your master and to you, and not to the men who are sitting on the wall, who are destined with you to eat their own excrement and drink their own urine?”

13 Then the royal spokesman stood and called out loudly in Hebrew:

Listen to the words of the great king, the king of Assyria! 14 This is what the king says: “Don’t let Hezekiah deceive you,(BS) for he cannot rescue you. 15 Don’t let Hezekiah persuade you to rely on the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord will certainly rescue us! This city will not be handed over to the king of Assyria.’”

16 Don’t listen to Hezekiah, for this is what the king of Assyria says: “Make peace[r] with me and surrender to me. Then every one of you may eat from his own vine and his own fig tree(BT) and drink water from his own cistern 17 until I come and take you away to a land like your own land—a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards. 18 Beware that Hezekiah does not mislead you by saying, ‘The Lord will rescue us.’(BU) Has any one of the gods of the nations(BV) rescued his land from the power of the king of Assyria? 19 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad?(BW) Where are the gods of Sepharvaim? Have they rescued Samaria from my power?(BX) 20 Who among all the gods of these lands ever rescued his land from my power? So will the Lord rescue Jerusalem from my power?”

21 But they kept silent; they didn’t say anything, for the king’s command was, “Don’t answer him.”(BY) 22 Then Eliakim son of Hilkiah, who was in charge of the palace, Shebna the court secretary, and Joah son of Asaph, the court historian, came to Hezekiah with their clothes torn and reported to him the words of the royal spokesman.

Footnotes:

  1. 33:18 Lit counter
  2. 33:18 Lit weigher
  3. 33:18 Lit who counts towers
  4. 34:3 Or melt, or dissolve
  5. 34:4 DSS read And the valleys will be split, and all
  6. 34:5 DSS read sword will appear
  7. 34:7 Or will go
  8. 34:7 Or will drink its fill of
  9. 34:11 Or Pelicans
  10. 34:11 Or hedgehogs
  11. 34:13 DSS, LXX, Syr, Tg; MT reads jackals, grass
  12. 34:15 Or Arrow snakes, or Owls
  13. 34:16 Some Hb mss; other Hb mss, DSS, Syr, Tg read his
  14. 35:1 Or meadow saffron; traditionally rose
  15. 36:4 Lit What is this trust that you trust
  16. 36:5 Many Hb mss, DSS, 2Kg 18:20; MT reads I
  17. 36:11 Lit Judahite, also in v. 13
  18. 36:16 Lit a blessing

Cross references:

  1. 33:10 : Ps 12:5; Is 2:19,21
  2. 33:11 : Ps 7:14; Is 26:18; 59:4; Jms 1:15
  3. 33:13 : Is 18:2; Eph 2:17
  4. 33:14 : Is 30:27,30; 66:15; Heb 12:29
  5. 33:15 : Ps 15:2; 24:4; Is 58:6-11
  6. 33:15 : Ps 119:37
  7. 33:17 : Is 6:5; 24:23; 33:21-22; Zch 9:9
  8. 33:17 : Is 54:2-3
  9. 33:19 : Dt 28:49-50; Is 28:11; Jr 5:15
  10. 33:20 : Ps 46:5; 125:1-2; Is 32:18
  11. 33:20 : Is 54:2
  12. 33:21 : Rm 8:31
  13. 33:21 : Is 41:18; 43:19-20; 48:18; 66:12
  14. 33:22 : Is 1:10; 51:4,7; Jms 4:12
  15. 33:22 : 2Sm 22:3; 23:5; 2Kg 19:19,34; Is 25:9; 35:4; 38:20
  16. 33:24 : Is 40:2; 44:22; Jr 50:20; Mc 7:18-19; 1Jn 1:7-9
  17. 33:24 : Is 13:11
  18. 34:1 : Ps 49:1; Is 1:2; 41:1; 43:9; 45:20
  19. 34:1 : Ps 24:1; Is 6:3; 42:5
  20. 34:2 : Is 13:5; Jr 10:10; 50:13
  21. 34:2 : Jos 6:21; 1Sm 15:3; Is 11:5; 24:1,6; 43:28
  22. 34:3 : Is 14:21; 18:6; Ezk 39:17; Jl 2:10; Am 4:10; Rv 19:17-19
  23. 34:3 : Ps 46:2-3
  24. 34:4 : 2Kg 17:16; 21:3,5; 23:4-5
  25. 34:4 : Rv 6:12-14
  26. 34:4 : Ps 102:25-27; Is 13:10; 51:6; Ezk 32:7-8; Jl 3:15; Mt 24:29; Mk 13:24-25; 2Pt 3:10,12
  27. 34:5 : Dt 32:41-43; Jr 46:10; Ezk 21:3-5
  28. 34:5 : Nm 20:14-21; Is 63:1; Jr 49:7-8,20; Ezk 25:12-14; 35:1-15; Jl 3:19; Am 1:11-12; Ob 1-14; Mal 1:4
  29. 34:6 : Is 25:6; 30:32; Jr 46:10; 51:40; Ezk 39:17; Zph 1:7-9
  30. 34:6 : Gn 36:33; Is 63:1; Jr 49:13,22
  31. 34:8 : Is 13:6; 35:4; 47:3; 61:2; 63:4
  32. 34:9 : Gn 19:24; Dt 29:23; Ps 11:6; Is 30:33; Ezk 38:22
  33. 34:10 : Is 1:31; 66:24; Rv 14:11; 19:3
  34. 34:10 : Is 13:20-22; Ezk 29:11; Mal 1:3-4
  35. 34:11 : Is 13:21-22; 14:23; Zph 2:14
  36. 34:11 : 2Kg 21:13; Is 24:10; Lm 2:8
  37. 34:13 : Is 32:13
  38. 34:13 : Ps 44:19; Is 13:22; Jr 9:11; 10:22; Mal 1:3
  39. 34:15 : Dt 14:13
  40. 34:16 : Ps 40:7; 139:16; Is 8:16; 30:8; Dn 7:10; Mal 3:16; Rv 20:12
  41. 34:17 : Nm 24:18
  42. 35:1 : Ps 65:12; Is 6:11; 7:21-25; 27:10; 32:15; 41:18-19; 51:3; 55:12-13
  43. 35:2 : Sg 2:1; 5:15; 7:5; Is 33:9
  44. 35:2 : Ex 16:7,10; Lv 9:6,23; Nm 29:6; Is 40:5; Ezk 1:28; 3:23
  45. 35:2 : Ps 45:3-4; 96:6; 104:1; 145:5,12; Is 2:10,19,21; 53:2; 63:1; Ezk 16:14
  46. 35:3 : Heb 12:12
  47. 35:4 : Is 1:24; 34:8; 47:3; 59:17; 61:2; 63:4
  48. 35:4 : Is 33:22
  49. 35:5 : Is 29:18; 32:3-4; 42:7,16,18; 50:4; Mt 11:5; Lk 7:22; Jn 9:6-7
  50. 35:6 : Zph 3:19; Mt 11:5; 15:30-31; 21:14; Ac 3:1-8; 8:7; 14:8-10
  51. 35:6 : Ex 4:11; Mk 7:32; 9:25
  52. 35:6 : Is 41:18; 43:19; Jn 7:38-39
  53. 35:7 : Is 49:10
  54. 35:7 : Is 13:22; 34:13
  55. 35:8 : Is 40:3; 42:16; 43:16,19; 49:11; 51:10; 57:14; 62:10
  56. 35:8 : Is 4:3; 52:1; Mt 7:13-14; 1Pt 1:15-16
  57. 35:8 : Is 52:1; Rv 21:27
  58. 35:8 : Ps 139:24; Is 2:3; 8:11; 30:21; 42:24; 48:17; 58:13
  59. 35:10 : Is 51:11
  60. 35:10 : Is 65:19; Rm 9:2; Rv 21:4
  61. 36:1-22 : 2Kg 18:13,17-37; 2Ch 32:1-16,18
  62. 36:2 : Jos 15:20,39
  63. 36:2 : Is 7:3
  64. 36:3 : Is 22:15,20-21
  65. 36:5 : 2Kg 18:7
  66. 36:6 : Ezk 29:6-7
  67. 36:6 : Is 30:3-7
  68. 36:7 : Dt 12:2-5; 2Kg 18:4-5
  69. 36:9 : Is 20:5; 30:2-5,7; 31:3
  70. 36:11 : Ezr 4:7; Dn 2:4
  71. 36:14 : Is 37:10
  72. 36:16 : 1Kg 4:25; Mc 4:4; Zch 3:10
  73. 36:18 : Is 37:10
  74. 36:18 : 1Ch 5:25; Is 37:12
  75. 36:19 : Is 10:9-11; 37:11-13; Jr 49:23
  76. 36:19 : 2Kg 17:6
  77. 36:21 : Pr 26:4
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Galatians 5:13-26

13 For you were called(A) to be free, brothers and sisters; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity[a] for the flesh, but serve one another through love. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled(B) in one statement: Love your neighbor as yourself.[b](C) 15 But if you bite and devour(D) one another, watch out, or you will be consumed by one another.

The Spirit versus the Flesh

16 I say then, walk by the Spirit(E) and you will certainly not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires(F) what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want.(G) 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious:[c] sexual immorality,(H) moral impurity,(I) promiscuity,(J) 20 idolatry,(K) sorcery,(L) hatreds,(M) strife,(N) jealousy,(O) outbursts of anger,(P) selfish ambitions,(Q) dissensions,(R) factions,(S) 21 envy,[d](T) drunkenness, carousing,(U) and anything similar. I am warning you about these things—as I warned you before—that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.(V)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit(W) is love,(X) joy,(Y) peace, patience,(Z) kindness,(AA) goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness,(AB) and self-control.(AC) The law is not against such things.[e] 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus(AD) have crucified the flesh(AE) with its passions and desires.(AF) 25 If we live(AG) by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.(AH)

Footnotes:

  1. 5:13 Lit a pretext; a military term for abuse of position
  2. 5:14 Lv 19:18
  3. 5:19 Other mss add adultery,
  4. 5:21 Other mss add murders,
  5. 5:23 Or Against such things there is no law
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Psalm 64

Psalm 64

Protection from Evildoers

For the choir director. A psalm of David.

God, hear my voice when I am in anguish.(A)
Protect my life from the terror of the enemy.(B)
Hide me from the scheming of wicked people,(C)
from the mob of evildoers,(D)
who sharpen their tongues like swords
and aim bitter words like arrows,(E)
shooting from concealed places at the blameless.
They shoot at him suddenly and are not afraid.(F)
They adopt[a] an evil plan;
they talk about hiding traps and say,
“Who will see them?” [b](G)
They devise crimes and say,
“We have perfected a secret plan.”(H)
The inner man and the heart are mysterious.

But God will shoot them with arrows;
suddenly, they will be wounded.(I)
They will be made to stumble;
their own tongues work against them.
All who see them will shake their heads.(J)
Then everyone will fear
and will tell about God’s work,
for they will understand what he has done.(K)

10 The righteous one rejoices in the Lord
and takes refuge in him;
all those who are upright in heart
will offer praise.(L)

Footnotes:

  1. 64:5 Or They strengthen themselves with
  2. 64:5 Or it
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Proverbs 23:23

23 Buy—and do not sell—truth,
wisdom, instruction, and understanding.(A)

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09/19/2018 DAB Transcript

Isaiah 30:12-33:13, Galatians 5:1-12, Psalms 63:1-11, Proverbs 23:22

Today is the 19th day of September. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure and a joy and an honor to come around the global campfire together. So, yeah, threw some logs on, poured a cup of coffee. Off we go. We’re reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week. Isaiah 30:12-33:9 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, we’re working through the book of Isaiah and we’re pretty close to the center of the book. But it’s one of the longest books in the Bible and it can seem difficult to follow Isaiah if we’re trying to understand it as a cohesive narrative like we’re used to reading in story form. Because it seems like it’s jumping all over the place and it’s so full of imagery. This is because it’s not a single narrative story. The book of Isaiah is a collection of the utterances of God through Isaiah. So, it didn’t all happen at the same time and they didn’t all happen for the same reason. And they weren’t given to the same people. But we can certainly see the arc. We certainly see trouble forecast in Isaiah’s words. But the messages eventually turn toward hope and restoration. And we experience one of those turns today. In fact, some of today’s readings from Isaiah presents us with clear paths that can be chosen right now. So, Isaiah said, Only in returning to me - this is God speaking through Isaiah. Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. Think about that. That may be exactly what you need. That may be the exact counsel you need for what you’re facing today. And Isaiah clearly advises us to calm down. To return to God and find rest. And in that rest we will again discover our strength. So, we can take a deep breath. We can let it out slow. We can consider this path. It’s very clearly in front of us. But the alternative of that is also found in the same passage. But you would have none of it- God said, again through Isaiah. You said, No. We will get our help from Egypt. They will give us swift horses for riding into battle. But the only swiftness you’re gonna see is the swiftness of your enemies chasing you. So, two paths. One leads to quiet confidence and strength in God and one that relies on our own strength. And we’ll never out run whatever it is that’s chasing us. So, if we follow the latter path, we have a clear picture of where it’s going to lead. I mean, God said exactly where it’s going to lead. He said, You will be left like a lonely flag pole on a hill. Or like a tattered banner on a distant mountaintop. So, the Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. That’s Isaiah 30:17-18. Go look it up for yourself. In other words, one path is going to waste our life and energy as we attempt to use that energy to out run whatever’s chasing us because we’re feebly relying on whatever it is that we’re relying on. But whatever it is that we’re relying on in our own strengths is unstable. And we can have it. We can have exactly what we want. If that’s what we want, we can have that. God will wait for us to come to him. And however, we’re also given this picture of that former path, one that runs to God and finds rest and salvation. And according to God what that’s gonna look like is that our own ears will hear him. Right behind us a voice will say, this is the way you should go. Walk in it. Whether to the right or the left. Then you’ll destroy all the idols. You’ll destroy all your silver idols and your gold images. And you’ll throw them out like filthy rags, saying, Be gone. Good riddance. So, in other words, clarity and direction are completely available to us if we will calm down and find our strength in God. And life from this place will allow us to see the falseness of what we’ve been putting our trust in. And we’ll throw the imposters out. So,, two paths from Isaiah. Two outcomes. Very clear. Which one are we going to choose today?

Prayer:

Father, we invite You into that question because it’s a penetrating one. It’s got many layers. But at the end of it all, it’s the choice of Your strength or whatever strength we can try to assemble on our own. Your strength is impenetrable. You are the almighty, sovereign God of heaven’s armies. Nothing can oppose You. Our strength, on the other hand, is significantly less. And yet we confess to our own impatience, our own chaos, our own drama and the ways in which we turn to our own strength, often before we even consider resting in You. Forgive us for this, Lord. Come, Holy Spirit, we pray. In Jesus name, we ask. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise: 

Good morning DAB family. This is Jared Pierre from Jacksonville North Carolina. Today is Sunday morning. We are still dealing with hurricane Florence’s aftermath, no electricity running. My prayer is for my fellow friends and family who are stuck here and dealing with this matter, waiting too, for a time to rebuild and get back and going with our daily life. And my condolences to the ones who have passed. My prayer request is that the Lord allows us in Jacksonville North Carolina a speedy recovery, resources be available to __ families, and that God will mend the hearts and strengthen the ones who have been hurt from the situation. I thank God for my safety that I’ve been able to maintain and I’m looking forward and excited to the recovery and helping recover my city, Jacksonville North Carolina, that every business including mine will actually grow and flourish and usher a better future. Thank you guys. Thank you DAB family.

Thank you God for giving me everything I’ve asked
you’ve freed me from my demons and my true self’s now unmasked
time is running short now as they say this too shall pass
I praise and thank you constantly there’s not much that I ask
the relationship I have with you I pray will always last
last is first and first his last a simple little verse
some men go from good to bad some from bad to worse
help me just be patient God and follow where you lead
help me not be selfish and consumed with lust and greed
wherever two are gathered I know that you’ll be there
keep my mind’s eye simple God and strip my ego bare
make me in your image God I’m flesh but still I’m clay
fill me with your spirit and renew my strength each day
one and one are usually two but you and I are one
finish God the work in me you clearly have begun

blindtony1016@gmail.com. Like to give a shout out to Drew from the Bay Area and also to Victoria Soldier. Hope you all are well. And Brian thank you once again for this wonderful podcast for God’s Holy Spirit to flow. Keep it flown’ ya’ll. All right. Bye-bye.

Hi DAB family this is Diane calling from Iowa and I recently celebrated my 10 year anniversary with the DAB. I would like to thank Brian and his family for their steadfast dedication in bringing us the word each and every day. Thank you to all those behind the scene that help make this podcast happen every day and to all those who donate to this ministry to keep it going. I would also like to say a special shout out to the individuals that write or type up the transcripts on Tumblr. I really appreciate being able to go back and read some of Brian’s commentaries every day. I’d like to request prayers for my daughters Emily and Katie. My oldest daughter Emily is a junior in college and is a music education major with hopes of becoming a high school band director. Last spring she was required to take a performance evaluation to determine whether or not she can continue on with the major and she did not pass that exam, which was very disheartening and discouraging to her but she does have the opportunity to retake that exam on September 27th. So, I would like to request prayers for her as she makes those final preparations to take that exam again. I would also like to request prayers for my younger daughter Katie who’s a senior in high school and she’s finishing up her high school career and planning on where to go to college. And I would like to request prayers for her that she would have wisdom and guidance as she makes those final decisions. Thank you family for all of your prayers. I love each and every one of you. Have a great day. Bye.

Hi this is Angelique from Linden Washington. I wanted to leave a prayer request for my son Grant. He’s  20 years old and I had called in the middle of July requesting prayer for him as he, at that time, was in a diving accident and he broke his neck. He is able to walk. It was a miracle. He’s actually headed back to school as I speak, right now. He got clearance from the doctor to go back. He does have some complications but hopefully they’ll be a reminder of it could’ve been worse. And we pray that he will come to a faith in the Lord. He went from, before the accident, he had professed to be atheist in the last two years. And today we talked to him and he…he’s…he’s saying he’s not atheist anymore, he’s agnostic. He believes that there’s a God, possibly. So, we’re praying for great faith for Grant, that God reveals Himself to him and that he will be outspoken for God and will let God use his eyes for His glory. All right. Thank you so much for your prayers. Blessings. Bye-bye.

09/18/2018 DAB Transcript

Isaiah 28:14-30:11, Galatians 3:23-4:31, Psalms 62:1-12, Proverbs 23:19-21

Today is the 18th day of September. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. And it’s a wonderful day to be together around this global campfire that we call our community. So it’s wonderful to be here with you today. And wonderful that we can take the next step as we move forward through the Bible on our journey this year. So we’ll head back out into the book of Isaiah where we’re working our way through. And we’re reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week. Isaiah 28:14-30:11 today.

Commentary:

Aright. So we spent a lot of time delving into the religious and theological challenges of Paul’s time in order to better understand where he was coming from, not only in his letter to the Galatians but in all of his writings. And we’ve looked at what made his views so controversial to the religious Jews and even Jewish people who had begun to follow Jesus. And this is the inclusion of the Gentiles and how that all works. So we sort of understand the challenges. And as modern followers of Jesus who are not dealing with those kinds of issues, we don’t understand how big of a deal it was for them to get their minds around. And we can wonder why these old arguments and problems have anything to do with us. Paul’s views made it into the Bible. It’s been a long time ago and it’s been a long time since these issues were life threatening for any of us. But if we put ourselves in Paul’s time and as one of his hearers, it can be mind blowing. So today Paul said, the law was our guardian until Christ came. And that law protected us until we could be made right with God through faith. And now that the way of faith has come, we don’t need the law anymore as our guardian. So from a modern perspective, using modern ears, we can think, Awesome. I don’t have to live under the law. The Mosaic law isn’t something I have to deal with. Thank God. God sees me as righteous before him because of my faith. However, when Paul referred to law, he was essentially referring to Torah, what would been understood to a Jewish person as scripture. So if we were to read the passage again and replace the word law with the word Bible, we would immediately see the challenge. Check it out. The Bible was our guardian until Christ came that protected us until we could be made right with God through faith. And now that the way of faith has come, we don’t need the Bible any more as our guardian. Right? That’s mind bending stuff. And we have to remember that the Bible we have, the Bible as we know it, did not exist when Paul wrote this letter. There were no Gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were not yet written. The New Testament was in no way formed. Nothing from Matthew to Revelation could have been referred to when Paul wrote Galatians. There might have been some letters floating around from Paul, but if there were a Bible in this context it would have been the Torah. So we see why these people had such a difficult time accepting the good news. And we can read from two thousand years later and go, This has all been established. This is the good news. I am free through my faith. I don’t have to obey the law. This has nothing to do with what I do and everything to do with God’s grace and mercy poured out on me. It is a gift. I cannot earn it. And yet, we are still doing the same things that they were. So let’s talk about it. Exactly what is the Bible? What is this that we’re reading everyday? Is it God’s holy word that instructs us on how to live our lives? We probably agree with that. We’d probably go for that. However, what if we obeyed everything the Bible says? Would following everything that the Bible…. Let’s just take the New Testament. What if we obeyed everything the New Testament says. Would following those rules make us right with God? You see that that’s what we’re trying to do? And that’s the measure that we’re judging everyone else as they’re trying to do it or not do it? So if this isn’t disruptive enough, let’s take this further. Paul wrote this today, speaking of our reality. You are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, just like putting on new clothes. There’s no longer Jew or Gentile, there’s no longer slave or free, male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs. And God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you. That’s huge. But just reading those words, you just listening to those words, that doesn’t do anything. Having faith in those words and in the reality that those words describe, that changes everything. Which, in part, has been Paul’s point. It’s not adhering to a set of rules. Or joining a specific church that is going to save us. Actually, it’s not even the Bible that can save us. Rather, it’s the Bible that points the way to the God who can. So if we’re only processing words and obeying commands, we’ve missed the point. There is a God that is behind the Bible. And the Bible constantly points us to God. But if we don’t reach out in faith, we’re not gonna find God. We’re just gonna keep reading words about God. And throughout Paul’s letters that we’ve come to so far and throughout the rest of them that we will read, this is gonna be Paul’s point. Faith is the key. That if we don’t step beyond what we think we know and into a relationship with God by faith, than we haven’t gone anywhere. Which makes us finally consider the journey that we’re on, this faith journey that we are walking with our lives. Are we worshipping and defending the Bible? Or has its pages revealed God to us? A God with whom we’ve fallen in love? Do we read words that tell us that we can die to who we once were without Jesus? Or, by faith, have we actually died to the person we once were and that person doesn’t exist any more? So often, what we try to do is to attempt to obey the rules so that God will even notice us. Cause if we’re obeying the commands and following the rules, then we can call out to God with an expectation that he’s gonna answer us and do what we ask him to do. Paul, though. Paul spent his life trying to reveal the God behind it all. The God who has adopted us into his own family as children. Now, I don’t want any nasty e-mails from anyone saying I’m somehow denigrating the Bible. Seriously. I’ve been at this seven days a week for thirteen years. I love the Bible and I love studying the Bible and I love theology. I love it. However, tweaking it and continuing to study everything that we can possibility study about the Bible isn’t going to get us to God by default. It’s going to be faith in the promise of what the Bible tells us. And this is the crux of Paul’s entire doctrine. The whole thing started with a guy named Abraham. And the whole thing started with a promise that God gave to this guy named Abraham. And Abraham believed that promise and put his faith in that God. And that God, our God, thee God, the only God, counted that faith as righteousness. It was not about obeying rules. It was about believing and trusting in a promise and entering into a covenantal relationship with God that set the whole story in motion. And according to Paul, that’s what sets our story in motion as well.

Prayer:

And so Father, we invite You into that shaking, that disruption. That thing that takes it back out of our control. Because so often we’re just trying to get everything straight. Just tell me what to do to make this work. And that’s not how a relationship is shaped. And You have invited us into a covenantal relationship with Yourself that we receive and participate in through faith, through believing You, through trusting You. And we do. And we acknowledge we’re not capable of following all the rules, not on our own. But we are capable of trusting You. And we do trust You. Come Holy Spirit. Lead us into all truth. You have promised You will do this and we have put our faith in that promise. And so we trust You when we can’t trust anything else around us. When nothing else is making sense, even our own constructs. Even the ways to which we try to relate to You. Even when those stop working, we trust You and You alone. You are the sovereign God. There is no other place to put our hope. All of our hope is in You. So come Holy Spirit. We believe You will lead us into all truth. We ask this expectantly. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise: 

Hi everybody this is Barbie from Janixsmith Pennsylvania. It is Saturday, September 15th and I just finished listening to today’s message and prayers. Micah I wanted to let you know that I’m praying for you. I have a couple friends that have been in the exact situation except on the other side as the woman. I’m praying for you that God will give you the wisdom to know what he’s asking you to fast from and that there will be forgiveness and redemption in your relationship with your fiancé. Taking that step of faith and being so honest with her is gonna show her a lot and there’s a lot of room for the two of you to grow through this, for Christ to deepen your relationship together and to give you a testimony that He can move mountains. I’m glad that you shared this with us so that we can pray with you and know that we’re with you. And let us know how your doing as the next couple of months pass by. I do also…would love to ask for some prayer from myself as well. This week I quit my job to become a stay-at-home mom and now that I’m doing that I feel vastly underprepared for the task at hand but I know that it is absolutely the right place to be. So, if you would please keep me in your prayers for that I would be thankful. I have a wonderful two year old little boy and he’s just making up and I’m off to take care of him but I love this community, I love you all. Thank you for everything you are in my life.

Hey fellow DABbers this is Joe the Protector from Georgia. It’s September 15th I believe, yup, and 7:47 in the morning. Just finished listening to the prayer line and the podcast for the 15th and wanted to call in about one of my brothers that had a request and about any other brother. It was Micah that we called in about his struggle with pornography and going through the fast before his marriage, a 53 day fast. So, Micah, here’s what I would have to say to you about that as a fellow brother who struggled with that before. It’s good if you are clean from it now but through your fast you made the statement that you want to hear from God and you want to know what he’s got to tell you and show you and how to reveal how to get away from it. Through your fast you need to make sure that you find true quiet times, not small quiet times, such as 5, 10 minutes. You need to spend…you need to find time to spend 30+ minutes in quiet time with God in worship, in meditation, in praise or however you feel most connected to God. And through that time and during those times throughout the 53 days period God will reveal Himself to you and He will give you the tools and the resources to battle and to actually endure and win…

Hello family this is Wonderful Counselor, referring to Jesus as our wonderful counselor and I am a first time caller from New England. I’m calling today in response to the lady who called in around mid-August about her broken family with issues of suicide, porn, and broken marriages. I want you to know that I’m praying for you and would love to connect with you. I’m also responding to the young man who’s engaged and confessed about porn to his fiancé. I’m praying for you too. And thank you Jesus that you are able to come clean to your fiancé and to this community. I would love to connect you to support for both you and your fiancé as you walk through this together. I am really passionate about healing through Jesus for porn and broken families because years ago my husband was enslaved to porn and sexual affairs and we could not find help. I believe this addiction to his __ at 35 leaving me to raise our six children alone but now I do know that there’s help and total freedom through Jesus. Please contact me if you’re struggling with any of these issues, both men and women. Please find me at wonderfulounselor101@gmail.com. I would also appreciate your prayers as I and some friends that have been delivered from porn and sexual abuse give presentations to churches in order to fight ignorance and offer hope and freedom. As you know, there’s much spiritual warfare involved in this work. I would love to connect with like-minded warriors against these bondages. Please find me at wonderfulcounselor101@gmail.com. Thank you and God bless you all.

Hi this is Mike I’m just calling for my wife Lindsay. She’s having a really hard time with her family. I kind of want to say there not really Christians, you know, but they are giving her a lot of grief because we chose to put our children in Christian Academy this year and it’s really weighing on her a lot and thus it’s weighing on me a lot so I thought I’d reach out to you guys who will pray a lot. And I appreciate you guys. God bless. Have a great week. Thanks so much. Bye.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday September 19, 2018 (NIV)

Isaiah 30:12-33:9

12 Therefore the Holy One of Israel says:
“Because you have rejected this message
and have trusted in oppression and deceit,
and have depended on them,
13 this iniquity(A) of yours will be
like a crumbling gap,
a bulge in a high wall
whose collapse will come in an instant—suddenly!
14 Its collapse will be like the shattering
of a potter’s jar,(B) crushed to pieces,
so that not even a fragment of pottery
will be found among its shattered remains—
no fragment large enough to take fire from a hearth
or scoop water from a cistern.”
15 For the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said:
“You will be delivered by returning and resting;
your strength will lie in quiet confidence.
But you are not willing.”
16 You say, “No!
We will escape on horses”—
therefore you will escape!—
and, “We will ride on fast horses”—
but those who pursue you will be faster.(C)
17 One thousand will flee at the threat of one,(D)
at the threat of five you will flee,
until you remain
like a solitary pole on a mountaintop
or a banner on a hill.

The Lord’s Mercy to Israel

18 Therefore the Lord is waiting to show you mercy,
and is rising up to show you compassion,(E)
for the Lord is a just God.
All who wait patiently for him are happy.

19 For people will live on Zion in Jerusalem. You will never weep again; he will show favor to you at the sound of your outcry; as soon as he hears, he will answer you. 20 The Lord will give you meager bread and water during oppression,(F) but your Teacher[a] will not hide any longer. Your eyes will see your Teacher, 21 and whenever you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear this command behind you: “This is the way. Walk in it.”(G) 22 Then you will defile your silver-plated idols and your gold-plated images. You will throw them away like menstrual cloths, and call them filth.

23 Then he will send rain for your seed that you have sown in the ground, and the food, the produce of the ground, will be rich and plentiful. On that day your cattle will graze in open pastures.(H) 24 The oxen and donkeys that work the ground will eat salted fodder scattered with winnowing shovel(I) and fork. 25 Streams flowing with water will be on every high mountain and every raised hill on the day of great slaughter when the towers fall. 26 The moonlight will be as bright as the sunlight, and the sunlight will be seven times brighter(J)—like the light of seven days—on the day(K) that the Lord bandages his people’s injuries and heals the wounds he inflicted.(L)

Annihilation of the Assyrians

27 Look there! The Lord[b] is coming from far away,
his anger burning and heavy with smoke.[c]
His lips are full of fury,
and his tongue is like a consuming fire.
28 His breath is like an overflowing torrent(M)
that rises to the neck.(N)
He comes to sift the nations in a sieve of destruction
and to put a bridle on the jaws of the peoples
to lead them astray.(O)
29 Your singing will be like that
on the night of a holy festival,
and your heart will rejoice
like one who walks to the music of a flute,
going up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the Rock of Israel.(P)
30 And the Lord will make the splendor of his voice heard
and reveal his arm(Q) striking in angry wrath
and a flame of consuming fire,
in driving rain, a torrent, and hailstones.
31 Assyria will be shattered by the voice of the Lord.
He will strike with a rod.
32 And every stroke of the appointed[d] staff
that the Lord brings down on him
will be to the sound of tambourines and lyres;
he will fight against him with brandished weapons.
33 Indeed! Topheth has been ready(R)
for the king for a long time.
Its funeral pyre is deep and wide,
with plenty of fire and wood.
The breath of the Lord,(S) like a torrent of burning sulfur,
kindles it.

The Lord, the Only Help

31 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help(T)
and who depend on horses!
They trust in the abundance of chariots
and in the large number of horsemen.(U)
They do not look(V) to the Holy One of Israel
and they do not seek the Lord.
But he also is wise and brings disaster.(W)
He does not go back on what he says;(X)
he will rise up against the house of the wicked
and against the allies of evildoers.
Egyptians are men, not God;
their horses are flesh, not spirit.
When the Lord raises his hand to strike,
the helper will stumble
and the one who is helped will fall;
both will perish together.

For this is what the Lord said to me:

As a lion or young lion growls over its prey(Y)
when a band of shepherds is called out against it,
and is not terrified by their shouting
or subdued by their noise,
so the Lord of Armies will come down
to fight on Mount Zion
and on its hill.(Z)

Like hovering birds,
so the Lord of Armies will protect Jerusalem(AA)
by protecting it, he will rescue it,
by sparing it, he will deliver it.

Return to the one the Israelites have greatly rebelled against.(AB) For on that day, every one of you will reject the silver and gold idols that your own hands have sinfully made.(AC)

Then Assyria will fall,
but not by human sword;
a sword will devour him,
but not one made by man.(AD)
He will flee from the sword;
his young men will be put to forced labor.(AE)

His rock[e] will pass away because of fear,(AF)
and his officers will be afraid because of the signal flag.(AG)

This is the Lord’s declaration—whose fire is in Zion and whose furnace is in Jerusalem.(AH)

The Righteous Kingdom Announced

32 Indeed, a king will reign righteously,
and rulers will rule justly.(AI)

Each will be like a shelter from the wind,
a refuge from the rain,(AJ)
like flowing streams(AK) in a dry land
and the shade of a massive rock in an arid land.
Then the eyes of those who see will not be closed,
and the ears of those who hear will listen.(AL)
The reckless mind will gain knowledge,
and the stammering tongue(AM) will speak clearly and fluently.
A fool will no longer be called a noble,(AN)
nor a scoundrel said to be important.
For a fool speaks foolishness
and his mind plots iniquity.
He lives in a godless way
and speaks falsely about the Lord.
He leaves the hungry empty
and deprives the thirsty of drink.(AO)

The scoundrel’s weapons are destructive;
he hatches plots to destroy the needy with lies,
even when the poor person says what is right.
But a noble person plans noble things;
he stands up for noble causes.
Stand up, you complacent women;(AP)
listen to me.
Pay attention to what I say,
you overconfident daughters.
10 In a little more than a year
you overconfident ones will shudder,
for the grapes will fail
and the harvest will not come.
11 Shudder, you complacent ones;
tremble, you overconfident ones!
Strip yourselves bare(AQ)
and put sackcloth around your waists.
12 Beat your breasts in mourning(AR)
for the delightful fields and the fruitful vines,(AS)
13 for the ground of my people
growing thorns and briers,(AT)
indeed, for every joyous house in the jubilant city.

14 For the palace will be deserted,
the busy city abandoned.
The hill and the watchtower will become
barren places forever,
the joy of wild donkeys,
and a pasture for flocks,
15 until the Spirit[f] from on high is poured out on us.(AU)
Then the desert will become an orchard,
and the orchard will seem like a forest.(AV)
16 Then justice will inhabit the wilderness,
and righteousness will dwell in the orchard.

17 The result of righteousness will be peace;(AW)
the effect of righteousness
will be quiet confidence forever.
18 Then my people will dwell in a peaceful place,
in safe and secure dwellings.
19 But hail will level the forest,[g](AX)
and the city will sink into the depths.(AY)
20 You will be happy as you sow seed
beside abundant water,(AZ)
and as you let oxen and donkeys range freely.(BA)

The Lord Rises Up

33 Woe, you destroyer never destroyed,
you traitor never betrayed!
When you have finished destroying,
you will be destroyed.
When you have finished betraying,
they will betray you.(BB)
Lord, be gracious to us! We wait for you.(BC)
Be our strength every morning
and our salvation in time of trouble.(BD)
The peoples flee at the thunderous noise;(BE)
the nations scatter when you rise in your majesty.
Your spoil will be gathered as locusts are gathered;
people will swarm over it like an infestation of locusts.
The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high;
he has filled Zion with justice and righteousness.
There will be times of security for you—
a storehouse of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge.
The fear of the Lord is Zion’s treasure.(BF)
Listen! Their warriors cry loudly in the streets;
the messengers of peace weep bitterly.(BG)

The highways are deserted;
travel has ceased.
An agreement has been broken,(BH)
cities[h] despised,
and human life disregarded.
The land mourns and withers;(BI)
Lebanon is ashamed and wilted.
Sharon is like a desert;
Bashan and Carmel shake off their leaves.

Footnotes:

  1. 30:20 Or teachers
  2. 30:27 Or Look, the name of the Lord
  3. 30:27 Hb obscure
  4. 30:32 Some Hb mss read punishing
  5. 31:9 Perhaps the Assyrian king
  6. 32:15 Or a wind
  7. 32:19 Hb obscure
  8. 33:8 DSS read witnesses

Cross references:

  1. 30:13 : Is 13:11
  2. 30:14 : Ps 2:9; Jr 19:10-11
  3. 30:16 : Is 31:1,3
  4. 30:17 : Lv 26:36; Dt 28:25; 32:30; Jos 23:10; Pr 28:1
  5. 30:18 : 2Pt 3:9
  6. 30:20 : 1Kg 22:27; Ps 80:5
  7. 30:21 : Is 35:8-9
  8. 30:23 : Ps 144:13; Is 32:20; Hs 4:16
  9. 30:24 : Mt 3:12
  10. 30:26 : Is 24:23; 60:19-20; Rv 21:23; 22:5
  11. 30:26 : Mt 25:13
  12. 30:26 : Is 33:24; Jr 33:6; Hs 6:1-2
  13. 30:28 : Is 11:4; 30:33; 2Th 2:8
  14. 30:28 : Is 8:8
  15. 30:28 : 2Kg 19:28; Is 37:29
  16. 30:29 : Is 8:14; 26:4
  17. 30:30 : Ex 6:6; Dt 4:34; Jb 40:9; Is 53:1; Jr 32:17; Ezk 20:33
  18. 30:33 : 2Kg 23:10; Jr 7:31; 19:6
  19. 30:33 : Is 40:7
  20. 31:1 : Is 30:2,7; 36:6
  21. 31:1 : Dt 17:16; Ps 20:7; 33:17; Is 2:7; 30:16; 36:9
  22. 31:1 : Is 9:13; 17:7-8; Dn 9:13; Am 5:4-8
  23. 31:2 : Is 45:7
  24. 31:2 : Nm 23:19; Is 22:14; Jr 44:29
  25. 31:4 : Nm 24:9; Hs 11:10; Am 3:8
  26. 31:4 : Is 42:13; Zch 12:8
  27. 31:5 : Dt 32:11; Ps 91:4
  28. 31:6 : Is 1:5; 59:13
  29. 31:7 : Is 2:20; 30:22
  30. 31:8 : Is 37:7,36-38
  31. 31:8 : Gn 49:15; Is 14:2
  32. 31:9 : Dt 32:31,37
  33. 31:9 : Is 5:26; 13:2; Jr 4:6,21; 51:12,27
  34. 31:9 : Lv 10:2; Is 10:17; 30:33
  35. 32:1 : Ps 72:1-4; Is 9:6-7; 11:4-5; Jr 23:5; Zch 9:9; 14:9
  36. 32:2 : Is 4:6; 25:4
  37. 32:2 : Is 30:25
  38. 32:3 : Is 29:18
  39. 32:4 : Is 33:19
  40. 32:5 : Ps 107:40; 118:9; 146:3
  41. 32:6 : Is 3:15; 10:2
  42. 32:9 : Is 47:8; Am 6:1; Zph 2:15
  43. 32:11 : Is 47:2-3
  44. 32:12 : Nah 2:7
  45. 32:12 : Mk 14:25
  46. 32:13 : Is 5:6; 7:23-25; 9:18; 27:4
  47. 32:15 : Is 11:2; 44:3; 59:21; Ezk 39:29; Jl 2:28
  48. 32:15 : Is 29:17; 35:1-2
  49. 32:17 : Ps 72:2-3; 85:8; 119:165; Is 2:4; Rm 14:17; Jms 3:18
  50. 32:19 : Is 28:2,17; 30:30
  51. 32:19 : Is 24:10,12; 26:5; 27:10; 29:4
  52. 32:20 : Nm 24:7; Ec 11:1; Is 30:23-24
  53. 32:20 : Is 30:24
  54. 33:1 : 2Kg 18:14-36; Is 17:14; 21:2
  55. 33:2 : Is 25:9; 26:8
  56. 33:2 : Ex 15:2; Ps 28:8; Is 12:2; 17:10; 51:5
  57. 33:3 : Is 17:13; 21:15
  58. 33:6 : Is 11:2-3; Ac 9:31
  59. 33:7 : 2Kg 18:18,37; Is 36:3,22
  60. 33:8 : 2Kg 18:14-17; Is 24:5
  61. 33:9 : Is 3:26; 24:4; 29:2
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Galatians 5:1-12

Freedom of the Christian

For freedom, Christ set us free. Stand firm(A) then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery.(B) Take note! I, Paul, am telling you that if you get yourselves circumcised, Christ will not benefit you at all. Again I testify to every man who gets himself circumcised that he is obligated to do the entire law. You who are trying to be justified by the law are alienated from Christ; you have fallen from grace.(C) For we eagerly await(D) through the Spirit, by faith, the hope(E) of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision accomplishes anything; what matters is faith(F) working through love.(G)

You were running well. Who prevented you from being persuaded regarding the truth?[a](H) This persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.(I) A little leaven[b] leavens the whole batch of dough. 10 I myself am persuaded in the Lord you will not accept any other view. But whoever it is that is confusing you will pay the penalty.(J) 11 Now brothers and sisters, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross(K) has been abolished. 12 I wish those who are disturbing you might also let themselves be mutilated!

Footnotes:

  1. 5:7 Or obeying the truth
  2. 5:9 Or yeast
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Psalm 63

Psalm 63

Praise God Who Satisfies

A psalm of David. When he was in the Wilderness of Judah.(A)

God, you are my God; I eagerly seek you.
I thirst for you;
my body faints for you
in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water.(B)
So I gaze on you in the sanctuary
to see your strength and your glory.(C)

My lips will glorify you
because your faithful love is better than life.(D)
So I will bless you as long as I live;
at your name, I will lift up my hands.(E)
You satisfy me as with rich food;[a](F)
my mouth will praise you with joyful lips.(G)

When I think of you as I lie on my bed,
I meditate on you during the night watches(H)
because you are my helper;(I)
I will rejoice in the shadow of your wings.(J)
I follow close to you;
your right hand holds on to me.(K)

But those who intend to destroy my life
will go into the depths of the earth.(L)
10 They will be given over to the power of the sword;(M)
they will become a meal for jackals.
11 But the king will rejoice in God;(N)
all who swear by him will boast,
for the mouths of liars will be shut.(O)

Footnotes:

  1. 63:5 Lit with fat and fatness
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Proverbs 23:22

22 Listen to your father who gave you life,
and don’t despise your mother when[a] she is old.(A)

Footnotes:

  1. 23:22 Or because

Cross references:

  1. 23:22 : Pr 1:8; 15:20; Eph 6:1
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