Isaiah’s Call and Mission
6 In the year that King Uzziah(A) died, I saw the Lord(B) seated on a high and lofty(C) throne,(D) and the hem of his robe filled the temple. 2 Seraphim[a] were standing above him; they each had six wings:(E) with two they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.(F) 3 And one called to another:
4 The foundations of the doorways shook(I) at the sound of their voices, and the temple was filled with smoke.
5 Then I said:
Now that this has touched your lips,
your iniquity is removed
and your sin is atoned for.(N)
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord asking:
Who will I send?
Who will go for us?
Here I am. Send me.
9 And he replied:
Go! Say to these people:
Keep listening, but do not understand;(O)
keep looking, but do not perceive.
10 Make the minds[c] of these people dull;
deafen their ears and blind their eyes;
otherwise they might see with their eyes
and hear with their ears,
understand with their minds,
turn back, and be healed.(P)
11 Then I said, “Until when, Lord?” (Q) And he replied:
Until cities lie in ruins without inhabitants,(R)
houses are without people,
the land is ruined and desolate,
12 and the Lord drives the people far away,
leaving great emptiness in the land.
13 Though a tenth will remain in the land,
it will be burned again.
Like the terebinth or the oak
that leaves a stump when felled,
the holy seed(S) is the stump.(T)
The Message to Ahaz
7 This took place during the reign of Ahaz, son of Jotham, son of Uzziah king of Judah:(U) Aram’s King Rezin and Israel’s King Pekah son of Remaliah went to fight against Jerusalem,(V) but they were not able to conquer it.
3 The Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out with your son Shear-jashub[e](Y) to meet Ahaz at the end of the conduit of the upper pool,(Z) by the road to the Launderer’s Field. 4 Say to him: Calm down and be quiet. Don’t be afraid or cowardly(AA) because of these two smoldering sticks, the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram, and the son of Remaliah. 5 For Aram, along with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, has plotted harm against you. They say, 6 ‘Let’s go up against Judah, terrorize it, and conquer it for ourselves. Then we can install Tabeel’s son as king in it.’”
7 This is what the Lord God says:
It will not happen; it will not occur.(AB)
8 The chief city of Aram is Damascus,
the chief of Damascus is Rezin
(within sixty-five years
Ephraim will be too shattered to be a people),
9 the chief city of Ephraim is Samaria,
and the chief of Samaria is the son of Remaliah.
If you do not stand firm in your faith,
then you will not stand at all.
The Immanuel Prophecy
10 Then the Lord spoke again to Ahaz: 11 “Ask for a sign(AC) from the Lord your God—it can be as deep as Sheol or as high as heaven.”
12 But Ahaz replied, “I will not ask. I will not test the Lord.”
13 Isaiah(AD) said, “Listen, house of David! Is it not enough for you to try the patience of men? Will you also try the patience of my God?(AE) 14 Therefore, the Lord himself will give you[f] a sign: See, the virgin will conceive,[g] have a son, and name him Immanuel.[h](AF) 15 By the time he learns to reject what is bad and choose what is good,(AG) he will be eating curds[i] and honey.(AH) 16 For before the boy knows to reject what is bad and choose what is good, the land of the two kings you dread will be abandoned. 17 The Lord will bring on you, your people, and your father’s house such a time as has never been since Ephraim separated from Judah:(AI) He will bring the king of Assyria.”(AJ)
18 On that day(AK)
the Lord will whistle(AL) to flies
at the farthest streams of the Nile
and to bees in the land of Assyria.
19 All of them will come and settle
in the steep ravines, in the clefts of the rocks,(AM)
in all the thornbushes, and in all the water holes.
21 On that day
a man will raise a young cow and two sheep,
22 and from the abundant milk they give
he will eat curds,
for every survivor in the land will eat curds and honey.(AP)
23 And on that day
every place where there were a thousand vines,
worth a thousand pieces of silver,
will become thorns and briers.(AQ)
24 A man will go there with bow and arrows
because the whole land will be thorns and briers.
25 You will not go to all the hills
that were once tilled with a hoe,
for fear of the thorns and briers.
Those hills will be places for oxen to graze
and for sheep to trample.
- 6:1 : 2Kg 15:1–7; Is 1:1; 14:28
- 6:1 : Gn 32:30; Ex 3:1–6; 24:9–10; Jos 5:13–15; 1Kg 22:19; Is 31:3; Jn 1:18; 4:24; 12:41
- 6:1 : Is 52:13; 57:15
- 6:1 : Ps 9:7; 11:4; 45:6; Is 66:1; Jr 3:17; Ezk 1:26; 10:1; 43:7
- 6:2 : Rv 4:8
- 6:2 : Ezk 1:14
- 6:3 : Ex 16:10; 24:16–17; 40:34–35; 1Kg 8:11; Is 35:2; 40:5; 60:1; Ezk 1:28; Lk 9:32
- 6:3 : Nm 14:21; Ps 72:19
- 6:4 : Ex 19:8; Hab 3:3–10; Rv 15:8
- 6:5 : Ex 33:20; Jdg 13:22; Is 59:3; Jr 9:3–8; Lk 5:8
- 6:5 : Ex 6:12,30
- 6:6 : Lv 6:12–13; 17:11
- 6:7 : Jr 1:9; Dn 10:16
- 6:7 : Ex 21:30; 30:12–16
- 6:9–10 : Mt 13:14–15; Mk 4:12; Lk 8:10; Jn 12:40; Ac 28:26–27
- 6:10 : Zch 7:11–12; 1Th 2:16
- 6:11 : Ps 79:5; 89:46
- 6:11 : Is 1:7; 27:10
- 6:13 : Is 41:8; 43:5; 45:25; 53:10; 59:21; 65:9,23; 66:22
- 6:13 : Is 11:1
- 7:1 : Is 1:1
- 7:1 : 2Kg 15:25,37; 16:5
- 7:2 : Is 7:13; 9:7; 16:5; 22:9,22; 29:1; 37:35; 38:5; 55:3
- 7:2 : Is 8:12; 9:9
- 7:3 : Is 8:3,18
- 7:3 : 2Kg 18:17; Is 36:2
- 7:4 : Gn 15:1; Ex 14:13; 20:20; Nm 14:9; Dt 20:3; 31:6; Jos 10:8,25; Is 10:24; 35:4; 41:14
- 7:7 : Is 8:10
- 7:11 : 2Kg 19:29; Is 37:30; 38:7–8; 55:13
- 7:13 : Mt 3:3; 12:17
- 7:13 : Is 1:14; 43:24; Jr 15:6; 20:9; Mal 2:17
- 7:14 : Is 8:8,10; Mt 1:23; Lk 1:31
- 7:15 : Dt 1:39
- 7:15 : Ex 3:8; 2Sm 17:29; Is 7:22; 8:15
- 7:17 : 1Kg 12:16
- 7:17 : 2Ch 28:20; Is 8:7–8; 10:5–6
- 7:18 : Is 27:12
- 7:18 : Is 5:25
- 7:19 : Is 2:19; Jr 16:16
- 7:20 : 2Kg 18:13–16; Is 24:1; Ezk 5:1–4
- 7:20 : Is 8:7; 11:15; Jr 2:18
- 7:22 : Is 8:15
- 7:23 : Is 5:6
2 Corinthians 11:16-33
Paul’s Sufferings for Christ
16 I repeat: Let no one consider me a fool. But if you do, at least accept me as a fool so that I can also boast a little. 17 What I am saying in this matter[a] of boasting, I don’t speak as the Lord would, but as it were, foolishly. 18 Since many boast according to the flesh, I will also boast. 19 For you, being so wise, gladly put up with fools!(A) 20 In fact, you put up with it if someone enslaves you, if someone exploits(B) you, if someone takes advantage of you, if someone is arrogant toward you, if someone slaps(C) you in the face. 21 I say this to our shame: We have been too weak for that!
But in whatever anyone dares to boast—I am talking foolishly—I also dare: 22 Are they Hebrews?(D) So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the descendants of Abraham?(E) So am I. 23 Are they servants of Christ? I’m talking like a madman—I’m a better one: with far more labors, many more imprisonments, far worse beatings, many times near death.
24 Five times I received the forty lashes minus one from the Jews.(F) 25 Three times I was beaten with rods.(G) Once I received a stoning.(H) Three times I was shipwrecked.(I) I have spent a night and a day in the open sea. 26 On frequent journeys, I faced dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers,(J) dangers from my own people,(K) dangers from Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers at sea, and dangers among false brothers; 27 toil and hardship, many sleepless nights, hunger and thirst, often without food, cold, and without clothing.(L) 28 Not to mention[b] other things, there is the daily pressure on me: my concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble,(M) and I do not burn with indignation?
30 If boasting is necessary, I will boast about my weaknesses. 31 The God and Father(N) of the Lord Jesus, who is blessed forever, knows I am not lying. 32 In Damascus,(O) a ruler[c] under King Aretas guarded the city of Damascus in order to arrest me. 33 So I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall and escaped from his hands.(P)
- 11:19 : Pr 3:7
- 11:20 : Gl 5:15
- 11:20 : Mt 5:39
- 11:22 : Php 3:5
- 11:22 : Gn 16:15; Gl 3:29
- 11:24 : Dt 25:3
- 11:25 : Ac 16:22
- 11:25 : Ac 14:19
- 11:25 : Ac 27:1–44; 1Tm 1:19
- 11:26 : Mk 14:48
- 11:26 : Ac 9:23; 13:50; 14:5; 17:5; 18:12; 20:3,19; 21:27; 23:10–12; 25:3
- 11:27 : Rm 8:35
- 11:29 : Jn 16:1
- 11:31 : Mt 5:16; 11:27; Lk 11:13; Jn 8:42; Eph 5:20
- 11:32 : 2Sm 8:5
- 11:33 : Ac 9:19–25
Prayer for Deliverance
For the choir director: with stringed instruments. A Maskil of David. When the Ziphites went and said to Saul, “Is David not hiding among us?” (A)
1 God, save me by your name,
and vindicate me by your might!(B)
2 God, hear my prayer;
listen to the words from my mouth.(C)
3 For strangers rise up against me,
and violent men intend to kill me.
They do not let God guide them.[a](D)Selah
23 When you sit down to dine with a ruler,
consider carefully what[a] is before you,
2 and put a knife to your throat
if you have a big[b] appetite;
3 don’t desire his choice food,(A)
for that food is deceptive.