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.
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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.

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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?”

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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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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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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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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday September 18, 2018 (NIV)

Isaiah 28:14-30:11

A Deal with Death

14 Therefore hear the word of the Lord,(A) you scoffers(B)
who rule this people in Jerusalem.
15 For you said, “We have made a covenant with Death,
and we have an agreement with Sheol;
when the overwhelming catastrophe[a] passes through,(C)
it will not touch us,
because we have made falsehood our refuge
and have hidden behind treachery.”
16 Therefore the Lord God said:
“Look, I have laid a stone(D) in Zion,
a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation;(E)
the one who believes will be unshakable.[b](F)
17 And I will make justice the measuring line
and righteousness the mason’s level.”(G)
Hail will sweep away the false refuge,
and water will flood your hiding place.
18 Your covenant with Death will be dissolved,
and your agreement with Sheol will not last.
When the overwhelming catastrophe passes through,
you will be trampled.
19 Every time it passes through,
it will carry you away;
it will pass through every morning—
every day and every night.
Only terror(H) will cause you
to understand the message.[c]
20 Indeed, the bed is too short to stretch out on,
and its cover too small to wrap up in.
21 For the Lord will rise up as he did at Mount Perazim.(I)
He will rise in wrath, as at the Valley of Gibeon,(J)
to do his work, his unexpected work,
and to perform his task, his unfamiliar task.
22 So now, do not scoff,
or your shackles will become stronger.
Indeed, I have heard from the Lord God of Armies
a decree of destruction for the whole land.(K)

God’s Wonderful Advice

23 Listen and hear my voice.
Pay attention and hear what I say.
24 Does the plowman plow every day to plant seed?
Does he continuously break up and cultivate the soil?
25 When he has leveled its surface,
does he not then scatter black cumin and sow cumin?
He plants wheat in rows and barley in plots,
with spelt as their border.
26 His God teaches him order;
he instructs him.
27 Certainly black cumin is not threshed
with a threshing board,
and a cart wheel is not rolled over the cumin.
But black cumin is beaten out with a stick,
and cumin with a rod.
28 Bread grain is crushed,
but is not threshed endlessly.
Though the wheel of the farmer’s cart rumbles,
his horses do not crush it.
29 This also comes from the Lord of Armies.
He gives wondrous advice;
he gives great wisdom.(L)

Woe to Jerusalem

29 Woe to Ariel,[d] Ariel,
the city where David camped!(M)
Continue year after year;
let the festivals recur.
I will oppress Ariel,
and there will be mourning and crying,
and she will be to me like an Ariel.
I will camp in a circle around you;
I will besiege you with earth ramps,
and I will set up my siege towers against you.
You will be brought down;
you will speak from the ground,
and your words will come from low in the dust.
Your voice will be like that of a spirit from the ground;(N)
your speech will whisper from the dust.

Your many foes[e] will be like fine dust,(O)
and many of the ruthless, like blowing chaff.
Then suddenly, in an instant,(P)
you will be punished by the Lord of Armies
with thunder, earthquake, and loud noise,
storm, tempest, and a flame of consuming fire.(Q)
All the many nations(R)
going out to battle against Ariel—
all the attackers, the siege works against her,
and those who oppress her—
will then be like a dream, a vision in the night.(S)
It will be like a hungry one who dreams he is eating,
then wakes and is still hungry;
and like a thirsty one who dreams he is drinking,
then wakes and is still thirsty, longing for water.
So it will be for all the many nations
who go to battle against Mount Zion.

Stop and be astonished;
blind yourselves and be blind!
They are drunk,[f] but not with wine;
they stagger,[g] but not with beer.(T)
10 For the Lord has poured out on you
an overwhelming urge to[h] sleep;(U)
he has shut your eyes (the prophets)
and covered your heads (the seers).(V)

11 For you the entire vision will be like the words of a sealed document.(W) If it is given to one who can read and he is asked to read it,[i] he will say, “I can’t read it, because it is sealed.” 12 And if the document is given to one who cannot read and he is asked to read it,[j] he will say, “I can’t read.”

13 The Lord said:

These people approach me with their speeches(X)
to honor me with lip-service[k]
yet their hearts are far from me,
and human rules direct their worship of me.[l]
14 Therefore, I will again confound these people
with wonder after wonder.(Y)
The wisdom of their wise will vanish,(Z)
and the perception of their perceptive will be hidden.

15 Woe to those who go to great lengths
to hide their plans from the Lord.(AA)
They do their works in the dark,
and say, “Who sees us? Who knows us?” (AB)
16 You have turned things around,
as if the potter were the same as the clay.
How can what is made say about its maker,
“He didn’t make me”?(AC)
How can what is formed
say about the one who formed it,
“He doesn’t understand what he’s doing”?

17 Isn’t it true that in just a little while
Lebanon will become an orchard,
and the orchard will seem like a forest?(AD)
18 On that day the deaf will hear(AE)
the words of a document,
and out of a deep darkness
the eyes of the blind will see.
19 The humble will have joy
after joy in the Lord,
and the poor people will rejoice(AF)
in the Holy One of Israel.(AG)
20 For the ruthless one will vanish,
the scorner will disappear,(AH)
and all those who lie in wait with evil intent
will be killed—
21 those who, with their speech,
accuse a person of wrongdoing,
who set a trap for the one mediating at the city gate
and without cause deprive the righteous of justice.(AI)

22 Therefore, the Lord who redeemed Abraham(AJ) says this about the house of Jacob:

Jacob will no longer be ashamed,
and his face will no longer be pale.
23 For when he sees his children,
the work of my hands within his nation,
they will honor my name,
they will honor the Holy One of Jacob(AK)
and stand in awe of the God of Israel.(AL)
24 Those who are confused will gain understanding,
and those who grumble will accept instruction.

Condemnation of the Egyptian Alliance

30 Woe to the rebellious children!(AM)
This is the Lord’s declaration.
They carry out a plan,(AN) but not mine;
they make an alliance,
but against my will,
piling sin on top of sin.
Without asking my advice
they set out to go down to Egypt(AO)
in order to seek shelter under Pharaoh’s protection
and take refuge in Egypt’s shadow.(AP)
But Pharaoh’s protection will become your shame,
and refuge in Egypt’s shadow your humiliation.(AQ)
For though his[m] princes are at Zoan(AR)
and his messengers reach as far as Hanes,
everyone will be ashamed
because of a people who can’t help.
They are of no benefit, they are no help;
they are good for nothing but shame and disgrace.(AS)

A pronouncement(AT) concerning the animals of the Negev:[n]

Through a land of trouble and distress,
of lioness and lion,
of viper and flying serpent,(AU)
they carry their wealth on the backs of donkeys
and their treasures on the humps of camels,
to a people who will not help them.
Egypt’s help is completely worthless;
therefore, I call her:
Rahab Who Just Sits.(AV)

Go now, write it on a tablet in their presence
and inscribe it on a scroll;
it will be for the future,
forever and ever.
They are a rebellious people,
deceptive children,(AW)
children who do not want to listen to the Lord’s instruction.
10 They say to the seers, “Do not see,”
and to the prophets,
“Do not prophesy the truth to us.
Tell us flattering things.(AX)
Prophesy illusions.
11 Get out of the way!
Leave the pathway.
Rid us of the Holy One of Israel.”(AY)

Footnotes:

  1. 28:15 Or whip; Hb obscure, also in v. 18
  2. 28:16 Lit will not hurry
  3. 28:19 Or The understanding of the message will cause sheer terror
  4. 29:1 Or Altar Hearth, or Lion of God; Hb obscure, also in v. 2
  5. 29:5 Lit foreigners
  6. 29:9 LXX, Tg, Vg read Be drunk
  7. 29:9 Tg, Vg read wine; stagger
  8. 29:10 Lit you a spirit of
  9. 29:11 Lit If one gives it to one who knows the document, saying, “Read this, please”
  10. 29:12 Lit who does not know the document, saying, “Read this, please”
  11. 29:13 Lit their mouth and honor me with its lips
  12. 29:13 Lit their fearing of me is a taught command of men
  13. 30:4 Or Judah’s
  14. 30:6 Or Southland

Cross references:

  1. 28:14 : Is 1:10; 39:5,8; 66:5
  2. 28:14 : Is 29:20
  3. 28:15 : Is 8:7-8
  4. 28:16 : Is 8:14; 26:4
  5. 28:16 : Mt 21:42; Mk 12:10; Lk 20:17; Ac 4:11; 1Co 3:11; Eph 2:20
  6. 28:16 : Rm 9:33; 1Pt 2:6
  7. 28:17 : 2Kg 21:13; Is 5:16; 30:18; 61:8; Am 7:7-9
  8. 28:19 : 2Ch 29:8; Jr 15:4; 24:9; 29:18
  9. 28:21 : 2Sm 5:20; 1Ch 14:11
  10. 28:21 : Jos 10:10,12; 2Sm 5:25; 1Ch 14:16
  11. 28:22 : Is 10:22-23; Rm 9:27-28
  12. 28:29 : Is 9:6; Jr 32:19
  13. 29:1 : 2Sm 5:9
  14. 29:4 : Is 8:19
  15. 29:5 : Is 17:13; 41:15-16
  16. 29:5 : Is 17:14; 30:13; 47:11; 1Th 5:3
  17. 29:6 : Ex 9:23; 19:16,19; 20:18; 1Sm 2:10; 12:18; Jb 40:9; Ps 77:18; Zch 14:5; Rv 4:5; 11:13
  18. 29:7 : Mc 4:11-12; Zch 12:9
  19. 29:7 : Jb 20:8; Ps 73:20; Is 17:14
  20. 29:9 : Lk 1:15
  21. 29:10 : Ps 69:23; Is 6:9-10; Mc 3:6
  22. 29:10 : Rm 11:8
  23. 29:11 : Is 8:16; Dn 12:4,9; Mt 13:11; Rv 5:1
  24. 29:13 : Ezk 33:31; Mt 15:8-9; Mk 7:6-7
  25. 29:14 : Is 6:9-10; 28:21; 65:7; Hab 1:5
  26. 29:14 : Is 44:25; Jr 8:9; 49:7; 1Co 1:19
  27. 29:15 : Ps 10:11,13; Is 28:15; 30:1
  28. 29:15 : Jb 22:13; Is 57:12; Ezk 8:12
  29. 29:16 : Rm 9:20
  30. 29:17 : Ps 84:6; 107:33,35; Is 32:15
  31. 29:18 : Is 35:5; 42:18-19; 43:8; Mt 11:5; Mk 7:37
  32. 29:19 : Ps 69:32; Is 49:13
  33. 29:19 : Is 1:4
  34. 29:20 : Is 28:14
  35. 29:21 : Is 32:7; Am 5:10,12
  36. 29:22 : Is 41:8; 51:2; 63:16
  37. 29:23 : 2Sm 23:1; Ps 24:6; 76:6; 114:7; Is 2:3
  38. 29:23 : Is 5:16; 8:13
  39. 30:1 : Dt 21:18-21; Is 1:2,23; 30:9; 65:2
  40. 30:1 : Is 29:15
  41. 30:2 : Is 31:1; Jr 43:7
  42. 30:2 : Is 36:9
  43. 30:3 : Is 20:5-6; 36:6; Jr 42:18,22
  44. 30:4 : Is 19:11
  45. 30:5 : Jr 2:36
  46. 30:6 : Is 13:1
  47. 30:6 : Dt 8:15
  48. 30:7 : Ps 87:4; 89:10; Is 51:9; Ezk 29:3,7
  49. 30:9 : Is 30:1
  50. 30:10 : 1Kg 22:8,13; Jr 6:14; 23:17,26; Ezk 13:8-16; Rm 16:18; 2Tm 4:3-4
  51. 30:11 : Is 1:4; 41:14-20; 43:14; 45:11; 48:17; 49:7; 54:5; 55:5; 60:9,14
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Galatians 3:23-4:31

23 Before this faith(A) came, we were confined under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith was revealed.(B) 24 The law, then, was our guardian until Christ,(C) so that we could be justified by faith. 25 But since that faith(D) has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for through faith you are all sons of God in Christ Jesus.

Sons and Heirs

27 For those of you who were baptized into Christ have been clothed with Christ.(E) 28 There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free,(F) male and female;(G) since you are all one(H) in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs(I) according to the promise.(J)

Now I say that as long as the heir(K) is a child, he differs in no way from a slave, though he is the owner(L) of everything. Instead, he is under guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were in slavery under the elements[a] of the world.(M) When the time came to completion, God sent his Son,(N) born of a woman,(O) born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.(P) And because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son(Q) into our[b] hearts, crying, “Abba,[c] Father!” (R) So you are no longer a slave(S) but a son,(T) and if a son, then God has made you an heir.(U)

Paul’s Concern for the Galatians

But in the past, since you didn’t know God,(V) you were enslaved to things[d] that by nature are not gods. But now, since you know God,(W) or rather have become known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless(X) elements?(Y) Do you want to be enslaved to them all over again? 10 You are observing special days, months, seasons, and years.(Z) 11 I am fearful for you, that perhaps my labor for you has been wasted.

12 I beg you, brothers and sisters: Become like me, for I also became like you. You have not wronged me; 13 you know[e] that previously I preached the gospel to you because of a weakness of the flesh. 14 You did not despise or reject me though my physical condition was a trial for you.[f] On the contrary, you received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus himself.

15 Where, then, is your blessing? For I testify to you that, if possible, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me. 16 So then, have I become your enemy because I told you the truth?(AA) 17 They court you eagerly, but not for good. They want to exclude you from me, so that you would pursue them. 18 But it is always good to be pursued[g] in a good manner—and not just when I am with you. 19 My children,(AB) I am again suffering labor pains(AC) for you until Christ is formed in you. 20 I would like to be with you right now and change my tone of voice, because I don’t know what to do about you.

Sarah and Hagar: Two Covenants

21 Tell me, you who want to be under the law, don’t you hear the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham(AD) had two sons, one by a slave(AE) and the other by a free woman. 23 But the one by the slave was born as a result of the flesh, while the one by the free woman was born through promise. 24 These things are being taken figuratively, for the women represent two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai(AF) and bears children into slavery—this is Hagar.(AG) 25 Now Hagar represents Mount Sinai in Arabia(AH) and corresponds to the present Jerusalem,(AI) for she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem above(AJ) is free, and she is our mother. 27 For it is written,(AK)

Rejoice, childless woman,(AL)
unable to give birth.
Burst into song and shout,
you who are not in labor,
for the children of the desolate woman will be many,
more numerous than those
of the woman who has a husband.[h](AM)

28 Now you too, brothers and sisters, like Isaac,(AN) are children of promise.(AO) 29 But just as then the child born as a result of the flesh persecuted the one born as a result of the Spirit,(AP) so also now.(AQ) 30 But what does the Scripture say? “Drive out the slave and her son, for the son of the slave will never be a coheir with the son of the free woman.”[i](AR) 31 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of a slave but of the free woman.(AS)

Footnotes:

  1. 4:3 Or spirits, or principles
  2. 4:6 Other mss read your
  3. 4:6 Aramaic for father
  4. 4:8 Or beings
  5. 4:12-13 Or 12 Become like I am, because I—inasmuch as you are brothers and sisters—am not requesting anything of you. You wronged me. 13 You know
  6. 4:14 Other mss read me
  7. 4:18 Lit zealously courted
  8. 4:27 Is 54:1
  9. 4:30 Gn 21:10
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Psalm 62

Psalm 62

Trust in God Alone

For the choir director: according to Jeduthun.(A) A psalm of David.

I am at rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from him.(B)
He alone is my rock and my salvation,(C)
my stronghold; I will never be shaken.(D)

How long will you threaten a man?
Will all of you attack[a]
as if he were a leaning wall
or a tottering fence?(E)
They only plan to bring him down
from his high position.
They take pleasure in lying;
they bless with their mouths,
but they curse inwardly.(F)Selah

Rest in God alone, my soul,
for my hope comes from him.(G)
He alone is my rock and my salvation,(H)
my stronghold; I will not be shaken.(I)
My salvation and glory depend on God, my strong rock.
My refuge is in God.(J)
Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts before him.
God is our refuge.(K)Selah

Common people are only a vapor;
important people, an illusion.
Together on a scale,
they weigh less than[b] a vapor.(L)
10 Place no trust in oppression,
or false hope in robbery.
If wealth increases,
don’t set your heart on it.(M)

11 God has spoken once;
I have heard this twice:
strength belongs to God,(N)
12 and faithful love belongs to you, Lord.
For you repay each according to his works.(O)

Footnotes:

  1. 62:3 Some Hb mss read you be struck down
  2. 62:9 Lit they go up more than
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Proverbs 23:19-21

19 Listen, my son, and be wise;
keep your mind on the right course.
20 Don’t associate with those who drink too much wine(A)
or with those who gorge themselves on meat.(B)
21 For the drunkard and the glutton will become poor,
and grogginess will clothe them in rags.(C)

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday September 17, 2018 (NIV)

Isaiah 25:1-28:13

Salvation and Judgment on That Day

25 Lord, you are my God;(A)
I will exalt you. I will praise your name,
for you have accomplished wonders,
plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.
For you have turned the city into a pile of rocks,(B)
a fortified city, into ruins;
the fortress of barbarians(C) is no longer a city;
it will never be rebuilt.
Therefore, a strong people will honor you.
The cities of violent nations will fear you.
For you have been a stronghold for the poor person,
a stronghold for the needy(D) in his distress,
a refuge from storms and a shade from heat.(E)
When the breath of the violent
is like a storm against a wall,
like heat in a dry land,
you will subdue the uproar of barbarians.
As the shade of a cloud cools the heat of the day,
so he will silence the song of the violent.

On this mountain,[a](F)
the Lord of Armies will prepare for all the peoples a feast of choice meat,(G)
a feast with aged wine, prime cuts of choice meat,[b] fine vintage wine.
On this mountain
he will destroy the burial shroud,
the shroud over all the peoples,
the sheet covering all the nations;(H)
he will destroy death forever.(I)
The Lord God will wipe away the tears
from every face(J)
and remove his people’s disgrace(K)
from the whole earth,
for the Lord has spoken.

On that day it will be said,
“Look, this is our God;
we have waited for him, and he has saved us.
This is the Lord; we have waited for him.
Let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”(L)
10 For the Lord’s power will rest on this mountain.
But Moab(M) will be trampled in his place[c]
as straw is trampled in a dung pile.

11 He will spread out his arms in the middle of it,
as a swimmer spreads out his arms to swim.
His pride will be brought low,
along with the trickery of his hands.(N)
12 The high-walled fortress will be brought down,
thrown to the ground, to the dust.(O)

The Song of Judah

26 On that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:

We have a strong city.
Salvation is established as walls and ramparts.(P)
Open the gates
so a righteous nation can come in—
one that remains faithful.
You will keep the mind that is dependent on you
in perfect peace,(Q)
for it is trusting in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
because in the Lord, the Lord himself, is an everlasting rock!(R)
For he has humbled those who live in lofty places—
an inaccessible city.(S)
He brings it down; he brings it down to the ground;
he throws it to the dust.
Feet trample it,
the feet of the humble,
the steps of the poor.

God’s People Vindicated

The path of the righteous is level;(T)
you clear a straight path for the righteous.
Yes, Lord, we wait for you
in the path of your judgments.
Our desire is for your name and renown.(U)
I long for you in the night;(V)
yes, my spirit within me diligently seeks you,
for when your judgments are in the land,
the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
10 But if the wicked man is shown favor,
he does not learn righteousness.
In a righteous land he acts unjustly
and does not see the majesty of the Lord.
11 Lord, your hand is lifted up to take action,
but they do not see it.
Let them see your zeal for your people
and be put to shame.
Let fire consume your adversaries.
12 Lord, you will establish peace for us,
for you have also done all our work for us.
13 Lord our God, lords other than you have owned[d] us,
but we remember your name alone.(W)

14 The dead do not live;
departed spirits do not rise up.
Indeed, you have punished and destroyed them;
you have wiped out all memory of them.(X)
15 You have added to the nation, Lord.(Y)
You have added to the nation; you are honored.
You have expanded all the borders of the land.(Z)
16 Lord, they went to you in their distress;(AA)
they poured out whispered prayers
because your discipline fell on them.[e]
17 As a pregnant woman about to give birth
writhes and cries out in her pains,(AB)
so we were before you, Lord.
18 We became pregnant, we writhed in pain;
we gave birth to wind.
We have won no victories on earth,
and the earth’s inhabitants have not fallen.

19 Your dead will live; their bodies[f] will rise.(AC)
Awake and sing, you who dwell in the dust!
For you will be covered with the morning dew,[g]
and the earth will bring out the departed spirits.

20 Go, my people, enter your rooms
and close your doors behind you.
Hide for a little while until the wrath has passed.(AD)
21 For look, the Lord is coming from his place(AE)
to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity.(AF)
The earth will reveal the blood shed on it
and will no longer conceal her slain.

Leviathan Slain

27 On that day the Lord with his relentless, large, strong sword will bring judgment on Leviathan,(AG) the fleeing serpent—Leviathan, the twisting serpent. He will slay the monster that is in the sea.(AH)

The Lord’s Vineyard

On that day
sing about a desirable vineyard:(AI)
I am the Lord, who watches over it
to water it regularly.
So that no one disturbs it,
I watch over it night and day.
I am not angry.
If only there were thorns and briers(AJ) for me to battle,
I would trample them
and burn them to the ground.
Or let it take hold of my strength;
let it make peace with me—
make peace with me.
In days to come, Jacob will take root.(AK)
Israel will blossom and bloom(AL)
and fill the whole world with fruit.

Did the Lord strike Israel
as he struck the one who struck Israel?(AM)
Was Israel killed like those killed by the Lord?
You disputed with Israel
by banishing and driving her away.[h]
He removed her with his severe storm
on the day of the east wind.
Therefore Jacob’s iniquity(AN) will be atoned for in this way,
and the result of the removal of his sin will be this:(AO)
when he makes all the altar stones
like crushed bits of chalk,
no Asherah poles or incense altars will remain standing.
10 For the fortified city will be desolate,
pastures deserted and abandoned like a wilderness.
Calves will graze there,
and there they will spread out and strip its branches.
11 When its branches dry out, they will be broken off.
Women will come and make fires with them,
for they are not a people with understanding.(AP)
Therefore their Maker(AQ) will not have compassion on them,
and their Creator will not be gracious to them.

12 On that day(AR)
the Lord will thresh grain from the Euphrates River
as far as the Wadi of Egypt,(AS)
and you Israelites will be gathered one by one.
13 On that day
a great trumpet(AT) will be blown,
and those lost in the land of Assyria will come,
as well as those dispersed in the land of Egypt;
and they will worship the Lord
at Jerusalem on the holy mountain.

Woe to Samaria

28 Woe to the majestic crown of Ephraim’s drunkards,(AU)
and to the fading flower of its beautiful splendor,
which is on the summit above the rich valley.
Woe to those overcome with wine.
Look, the Lord has a strong and mighty one(AV)
like a devastating hail storm,
like a storm with strong flooding water.
He will bring it across the land with his hand.
The majestic crown of Ephraim’s drunkards
will be trampled underfoot.
The fading flower of his beautiful splendor,
which is on the summit above the rich valley,
will be like a ripe fig before the summer harvest.(AW)
Whoever sees it will swallow it
while it is still in his hand.
On that day
the Lord of Armies will become a crown of beauty
and a diadem of splendor(AX)
to the remnant of his people,
a spirit of justice
to the one who sits in judgment,(AY)
and strength
to those who repel attacks at the city gate.

Even these stagger because of wine
and stumble under the influence of beer:
priest and prophet stagger because of beer,
they are confused by wine.(AZ)
They stumble because of beer,
they are muddled in their visions,
they stumble in their judgments.
Indeed, all their tables are covered with vomit;
there is no place without a stench.
Who is he trying to teach?
Who is he trying to instruct?
Infants[i] just weaned from milk?
Babies[j] removed from the breast?
10 “Law after law, law after law,
line after line, line after line,
a little here, a little there.”[k]
11 For he will speak to this people
with stammering speech
and in a foreign language.(BA)
12 He had said to them:
“This is the place of rest;
let the weary rest;(BB)
this is the place of repose.”
But they would not listen.

13 The word of the Lord will come to them:
“Law after law, law after law,
line after line, line after line,
a little here, a little there,”
so they go stumbling backward,
to be broken, trapped, and captured.(BC)

Footnotes:

  1. 25:6 = Mount Zion
  2. 25:6 Lit wine, fat full of marrow
  3. 25:10 Or trampled under him
  4. 26:13 Or married
  5. 26:16 Hb obscure
  6. 26:19 Lit live; my body they
  7. 26:19 Lit For your dew is a dew of lights
  8. 27:8 Hb obscure
  9. 28:9 Lit Those
  10. 28:9 Lit Those
  11. 28:10 Hb obscure, also in v. 13

Cross references:

  1. 25:1 : Ex 15:2; Ps 118:28; Is 7:13; 44:17
  2. 25:2 : Is 17:1; 26:5
  3. 25:2 : Col 3:11
  4. 25:4 : Mt 11:29
  5. 25:4 : Is 4:6; 32:2
  6. 25:6 : Is 2:2-4
  7. 25:6 : Is 24:23; Rv 19:9
  8. 25:7 : 2Co 3:15-16; Eph 4:18
  9. 25:8 : Hs 13:14; 1Co 15:54; Rv 21:4
  10. 25:8 : Is 30:19; 35:10; 51:11; 65:19; Rv 7:17; 21:4
  11. 25:8 : Ps 89:50-51; Is 51:7; 54:4; Mt 5:11; 1Pt 4:14
  12. 25:9 : Is 35:1-2,10; 66:10
  13. 25:10 : Nm 24:17; Is 15:1
  14. 25:11 : Is 2:10-12,15-17; 16:6,14
  15. 25:10-12 : Is 26:5-6
  16. 26:1 : Is 60:18
  17. 26:3 : Is 26:12; 27:5; 57:19; 66:12
  18. 26:4 : Ps 73:26; Is 17:10; 30:29; 44:8
  19. 26:5-6 : Is 25:10-12
  20. 26:7 : Ps 27:11
  21. 26:8 : Ex 3:15
  22. 26:9 : Ps 77:2; 84:2; 119:20,81
  23. 26:13 : Jn 10:25
  24. 26:14 : Jb 18:17; Ps 9:6
  25. 26:15 : Is 9:3
  26. 26:15 : Is 33:17; 54:2-3
  27. 26:16 : Is 37:3; Hs 5:15
  28. 26:17 : Is 13:8
  29. 26:19 : Is 25:8; Ezk 37:1-14; Dn 12:2; Hs 13:14; Mt 11:5; Lk 7:22; Jn 8:51
  30. 26:20 : Is 10:5,25; 13:5; 34:2; 66:14
  31. 26:21 : Mc 1:3
  32. 26:21 : Is 13:11
  33. 27:1 : Jb 3:8; 41:1,34; Ps 74:14; 104:26
  34. 27:1 : Is 51:9
  35. 27:2 : Ps 80:8; Is 5:7; Jr 2:21
  36. 27:4 : 2Sm 23:6; Is 10:17
  37. 27:6 : Is 37:31
  38. 27:6 : Is 35:1-2; Hs 14:5-6
  39. 27:7 : Is 10:12,17; 30:31-33; 31:8-9; 37:36-38
  40. 27:9 : Is 13:11
  41. 27:9 : Rm 11:27
  42. 27:11 : Ps 32:9; 49:20; Jr 4:22
  43. 27:11 : Jb 4:17; Ps 95:6; Pr 14:31; Is 17:7; 29:16; 44:2; 45:9,11; 51:13; 54:5; Hs 8:14
  44. 27:12 : Is 3:18; 7:18,20; 11:11; 24:21; Zch 12:8
  45. 27:12 : Gn 15:18
  46. 27:13 : Lv 25:9; 1Ch 15:24; Mt 24:31; 1Th 4:16; Rv 11:15
  47. 28:1 : Is 28:7; Hs 7:5
  48. 28:2 : Is 8:7; 40:10
  49. 28:4 : Hs 9:10; Mc 7:1; Nah 3:12
  50. 28:5 : Is 62:3
  51. 28:6 : 1Kg 3:28; Is 11:2; 32:1,15-16; Jn 5:30
  52. 28:7 : Is 5:11,22; 9:15; 22:13; 56:12; Hs 4:11
  53. 28:11-12 : Is 5:26-29; 33:19; 1Co 14:21
  54. 28:12 : Is 11:10; 30:15; 32:17-18; Jr 6:16; Mt 11:28-29
  55. 28:13 : Is 8:15; Mt 21:44
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Galatians 3:10-22

Law and Promise

10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse,(A) because it is written,(B) Everyone who does not do everything written in the book of the law is cursed.[a](C) 11 Now it is clear that no one is justified before God by the law, because the righteous will live(D) by faith.[b](E) 12 But the law is not based on faith; instead, the one who does these things will live by them.[c](F) 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us,(G) because it is written, Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.[d](H) 14 The purpose was that the blessing of Abraham would come to the Gentiles by Christ Jesus, so that we could receive the promised Spirit through faith.(I)

15 Brothers and sisters, I’m using a human illustration. No one sets aside or makes additions to a validated human will.[e] 16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say “and to seeds,” as though referring to many, but referring to one, and to your seed,[f](J) who is Christ. 17 My point is this: The law, which came 430 years later,(K) does not invalidate a covenant previously established by God[g] and thus cancel the promise. 18 For if the inheritance is based on the law, it is no longer based on the promise; but God has graciously given it to Abraham through the promise.

The Purpose of the Law

19 Why then was the law given?(L) It was added for the sake of transgressions[h] until the Seed to whom the promise was made would come. The law was put into effect through angels(M) by means of a mediator.(N) 20 Now a mediator is not just for one person alone, but God is one.(O) 21 Is the law therefore contrary to God’s promises? Absolutely not! For if the law had been granted with the ability to give life, then righteousness would certainly be on the basis of the law. 22 But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin’s power,[i](P) so that the promise might be given on the basis of faith(Q) in Jesus Christ to those who believe.(R)

Footnotes:

  1. 3:10 Dt 27:26
  2. 3:11 Hab 2:4
  3. 3:12 Lv 18:5
  4. 3:13 Dt 21:23
  5. 3:15 Or a human covenant that has been ratified
  6. 3:16 Gn 12:7; 13:15; 17:8; 24:7
  7. 3:17 Other mss add in Christ
  8. 3:19 Or because of transgressions
  9. 3:22 Lit under sin
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Psalm 61

Psalm 61

Security in God

For the choir director: on stringed instruments. Of David.

God, hear my cry;
pay attention to my prayer.(A)
I call to you from the ends of the earth
when my heart is without strength.(B)
Lead me to a rock that is high above me,(C)
for you have been a refuge for me,
a strong tower(D) in the face of the enemy.
I will dwell in your tent forever
and take refuge under the shelter of your wings.(E)Selah

God, you have heard my vows;(F)
you have given a heritage
to those who fear your name.(G)
Add days to the king’s life;
may his years span many generations.(H)
May he sit enthroned before God forever.(I)
Appoint faithful love and truth to guard him.(J)
Then I will continually sing of your name,(K)
fulfilling my vows day by day.(L)

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Proverbs 23:17-18

17 Don’t let your heart envy sinners;(A)
instead, always fear the Lord.(B)
18 For then you will have a future,
and your hope will not be dashed.(C)

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday September 16, 2018 (NIV)

Isaiah 22-24

A Pronouncement against Jerusalem

22 A pronouncement(A) concerning the Valley of Vision:(B)

What’s the matter with you?
Why have all of you gone up to the rooftops?(C)
The noisy city, the jubilant town,(D)
is filled with celebration.
Your dead did not die by the sword;
they were not killed in battle.
All your rulers have fled together,
captured without a bow.
All your fugitives were captured together;
they had fled far away.
Therefore I said,
“Look away from me! Let me weep bitterly!(E)
Do not try to comfort me
about the destruction of my dear[a] people.”
For the Lord God of Armies
had a day of tumult, trampling, and confusion(F)
in the Valley of Vision—
people shouting[b] and crying to the mountains;
Elam took up a quiver
with chariots and horsemen,[c]
and Kir(G) uncovered the shield.
Your best valleys were full of chariots,
and horsemen were positioned at the city gates.
He removed the defenses of Judah.

On that day you looked to the weapons in the House of the Forest.(H) You saw that there were many breaches in the walls of the city of David.(I) You collected water from the lower pool.(J) 10 You counted the houses of Jerusalem so that you could tear them down to fortify the wall. 11 You made a reservoir between the walls(K) for the water of the ancient pool,(L) but you did not look to the one who made it, or consider the one who created it long ago.

12 On that day the Lord God of Armies
called for weeping,(M) for wailing, for shaven heads,
and for the wearing of sackcloth.
13 But look: joy and gladness,
butchering of cattle, slaughtering of sheep and goats,
eating of meat, and drinking of wine—
“Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!” (N)
14 The Lord of Armies has directly revealed to me:(O)
“This iniquity will not be wiped out for you people as long as you live.”[d](P)
The Lord God of Armies has spoken.

A Pronouncement against Shebna

15 The Lord God of Armies said: “Go to Shebna,(Q) that steward who is in charge of the palace, and say to him: 16 What are you doing here? Who authorized you to carve out a tomb for yourself here, carving your tomb on the height and cutting a resting place for yourself out of rock?(R) 17 Look, you strong man! The Lord is about to shake you violently. He will take hold of you, 18 wind you up into a ball, and sling you into a wide land.[e] There you will die, and there your glorious chariots will be—a disgrace to the house of your lord. 19 I will remove you from your office; you will be ousted from your position.

20 “On that day I will call for my servant, Eliakim son of Hilkiah.(S) 21 I will clothe him with your robe and tie your sash around him. I will hand your authority over to him, and he will be like a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.(T) 22 I will place the key(U) of the house of David on his shoulder; what he opens, no one can close; what he closes, no one can open.(V) 23 I will drive him, like a peg, into a firm place. He will be a throne of honor for his father’s family. 24 They will hang on him all the glory of his father’s family: the descendants and the offshoots—all the small vessels, from bowls to every kind of jar. 25 On that day”—the declaration of the Lord of Armies—“the peg that was driven into a firm place will give way, be cut off, and fall, and the load on it will be destroyed.” Indeed, the Lord has spoken.

A Pronouncement against Tyre

23 A pronouncement(W) concerning Tyre:(X)

Wail, ships of Tarshish,(Y)
for your haven has been destroyed.
Word has reached them from the land of Cyprus.[f](Z)
Mourn, inhabitants of the coastland,
you merchants of Sidon;(AA)
your agents have crossed the sea[g]
over deep water.
Tyre’s revenue was the grain from Shihor—
the harvest of the Nile.
She was the merchant among the nations.(AB)
Be ashamed, Sidon, the stronghold of the sea,
for the sea has spoken:
“I have not been in labor or given birth.
I have not raised young men
or brought up young women.”
When the news reaches Egypt,
they will be in anguish over the news about Tyre.(AC)
Cross over to Tarshish;
wail, inhabitants of the coastland!
Is this your jubilant city,
whose origin was in ancient times,
whose feet have taken her
to reside far away?
Who planned this against Tyre,
the bestower of crowns,
whose traders are princes,
whose merchants are the honored ones of the earth?
The Lord of Armies planned it,
to desecrate all its glorious beauty,
to disgrace all the honored ones of the earth.
10 Overflow[h] your land like the Nile, daughter of Tarshish;
there is no longer anything to restrain you.[i]
11 He stretched out his hand over the sea;(AD)
he made kingdoms tremble.
The Lord has commanded
that the Canaanite fortresses be destroyed.
12 He said,
“You will not celebrate anymore,
ravished young woman, daughter of Sidon.
Get up and cross over to Cyprus(AE)
even there you will have no rest!”
13 Look at the land of the Chaldeans—
a people who no longer exist.
Assyria destined it for desert creatures.
They set up their siege towers
and stripped its palaces.
They made it a ruin.
14 Wail, ships of Tarshish,
because your fortress is destroyed!

15 On that day Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years—the life span of one king. At the end of seventy years, what the song says about the prostitute will happen to Tyre:

16 Pick up your lyre,
stroll through the city,
you forgotten prostitute.
Play skillfully,
sing many a song
so that you will be remembered.

17 And at the end of the seventy years,(AF) the Lord will restore Tyre(AG) and she will go back into business, prostituting herself with all the kingdoms of the world throughout the earth. 18 But her profits and wages will be dedicated to the Lord. They will not be stored or saved, for her profit will go to those who live in the Lord’s presence, to provide them with ample food and sacred clothing.

The Earth Judged

24 Look, the Lord is stripping the earth bare
and making it desolate.
He will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants:
people and priest alike,
servant and master,
female servant and mistress,
buyer and seller,
lender and borrower,
creditor and debtor.
The earth will be stripped completely bare
and will be totally plundered,
for the Lord has spoken this message.(AH)
The earth mourns and withers;
the world wastes away and withers;
the exalted people of the earth waste away.
The earth is polluted by its inhabitants,(AI)
for they have transgressed teachings,
overstepped decrees,
and broken the permanent covenant.(AJ)
Therefore a curse has consumed the earth,(AK)
and its inhabitants have become guilty;
the earth’s inhabitants have been burned,
and only a few survive.
The new wine mourns;(AL)
the vine withers.
All the carousers now groan.
The joyful tambourines(AM) have ceased.
The noise of the jubilant has stopped.
The joyful lyre has ceased.
They no longer sing and drink wine;
beer is bitter to those who drink it.
10 The city of chaos is shattered;(AN)
every house is closed to entry.(AO)
11 In the streets they cry[j] for wine.
All joy grows dark;
earth’s rejoicing goes into exile.
12 Only desolation remains in the city;
its gate has collapsed in ruins.
13 For this is how it will be on earth
among the nations:
like a harvested olive tree,
like a gleaning after a grape harvest.(AP)
14 They raise their voices, they sing out;
they proclaim in the west
the majesty of the Lord.
15 Therefore, in the east honor the Lord!
In the coasts and islands of the west
honor the name of the Lord,
the God of Israel.
16 From the ends of the earth we hear songs:
The Splendor of the Righteous One.(AQ)
But I said, “I waste away! I waste away![k]
Woe is me.”
The treacherous act treacherously;
the treacherous deal very treacherously.(AR)

17 Panic, pit, and trap await you(AS)
who dwell on the earth.(AT)
18 Whoever flees at the sound of panic
will fall into a pit,
and whoever escapes from the pit
will be caught in a trap.
For the windows on high are opened,(AU)
and the foundations of the earth are shaken.(AV)
19 The earth is completely devastated;
the earth is split open;
the earth is violently shaken.
20 The earth staggers like a drunkard(AW)
and sways like a hut.
Earth’s rebellion weighs it down,
and it falls, never to rise again.

21 On that day(AX) the Lord will punish
the army of the heights in the heights
and the kings of the ground on the ground.
22 They will be gathered together
like prisoners in a pit.(AY)
They will be confined to a dungeon;(AZ)
after many days they will be punished.
23 The moon will be put to shame
and the sun disgraced,
because the Lord of Armies will reign as king
on Mount Zion in Jerusalem,
and he will display his glory
in the presence of his elders.(BA)

Footnotes:

  1. 22:4 Lit of the daughter of my
  2. 22:5 Or Vision—a tearing down of a wall, or Vision—Kir raged; Hb obscure
  3. 22:6 Lit chariots of man
  4. 22:14 Lit for you until you die
  5. 22:17-18 Hb obscure
  6. 23:1 Hb Kittim
  7. 23:2 DSS; MT reads Sidon, whom the seafarers have filled
  8. 23:10 DSS, LXX read Work
  9. 23:10 Or longer any harbor
  10. 24:11 Lit streets she cries
  11. 24:16 Hb obscure

Cross references:

  1. 22:1 : Is 13:1
  2. 22:1 : Ps 125:2; Jr 21:13; Jl 3:12,14
  3. 22:1 : Is 15:3
  4. 22:2 : Is 23:7; 32:13
  5. 22:4 : Is 15:3; 33:7; Jr 9:1; Zch 12:10
  6. 22:5 : Is 10:6; 37:3; 63:3
  7. 22:6 : 2Kg 16:9; Am 1:5; 9:7
  8. 22:8 : 1Kg 7:2; 10:17
  9. 22:9 : Lk 2:4
  10. 22:9 : 2Kg 20:20; Neh 3:16
  11. 22:11 : 2Kg 25:4; Jr 39:4
  12. 22:11 : 2Kg 20:20; 2Ch 32:3-4
  13. 22:12 : Is 32:11; Jl 1:13; 2:17
  14. 22:13 : Is 56:12; 1Co 15:32
  15. 22:14 : Is 5:9
  16. 22:14 : 1Sm 3:14; Ezk 24:13
  17. 22:15 : 2Kg 18:18,26,37; Is 36:3,11,22; 37:2
  18. 22:16 : 2Sm 18:18; 2Ch 16:14; Mt 27:60
  19. 22:20 : 2Kg 18:18; Is 36:3,22; 37:2
  20. 22:21 : Gn 45:8; Jb 29:16
  21. 22:22 : Mt 16:19; Rv 3:7
  22. 22:22 : Jb 12:14
  23. 23:1 : Is 13:1
  24. 23:1 : Jos 19:29; 1Kg 5:1; Jr 25:22; 47:4; Ezk 26:1—27:36; Jl 3:4-8; Am 1:9; Zch 9:2-4
  25. 23:1 : Gn 10:4; 1Kg 10:22
  26. 23:1 : Jr 2:10; Ezk 27:6; Ac 11:19
  27. 23:2 : Gn 10:15; Jos 19:28; Jr 25:22; 27:3; Ezk 27:8; 32:30; Jl 3:4; Zch 9:2
  28. 23:3 : Ezk 27:3-23
  29. 23:5 : Ac 21:7
  30. 23:11 : Ex 14:21; Is 14:26
  31. 23:12 : Is 23:1; Jr 2:10; Ezk 27:6; Ac 4:36; 11:19-20; 13:4; 15:39; 21:3,16; 27:4
  32. 23:17 : Jr 25:11,22
  33. 23:17 : Ac 21:7
  34. 24:3 : Is 1:20; 6:11
  35. 24:5 : Gn 3:17; 6:5,11-12; Nm 35:33; Is 9:17; 10:6
  36. 24:5 : Gn 9:16; 17:7; Ex 31:16; Lv 24:8; 2Sm 23:5; Ps 105:10; Is 55:3; 61:8; Jr 32:40; Ezk 16:60
  37. 24:6 : Jos 23:15; Is 34:5; 43:28; Zch 5:3-4
  38. 24:7 : Is 16:10; Jl 1:10,12
  39. 24:8 : Ex 15:20; Jdg 11:34; 1Sm 18:6; Is 30:32; Jr 31:4
  40. 24:10 : Is 34:11
  41. 24:10 : Is 23:1
  42. 24:13 : Is 17:6
  43. 24:16 : Ex 9:27; Pr 21:12; Ac 3:14; 7:52; 22:14
  44. 24:16 : Is 21:2; 33:1; Jr 3:20; 5:11
  45. 24:17 : Am 5:19
  46. 24:17-18 : Jr 48:43-44
  47. 24:18 : Gn 7:11
  48. 24:18 : Ps 18:7; 46:2; Is 2:19,21; 13:13
  49. 24:20 : Is 19:14
  50. 24:21 : Is 27:12
  51. 24:22 : Rv 20:1-3
  52. 24:22 : Rv 20:2
  53. 24:23 : Is 2:2-4; 1Co 15:54
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Galatians 2:17-3:9

17 But if we ourselves are also found to be “sinners” while seeking to be justified by Christ,(A) is Christ then a promoter[a](B) of sin? Absolutely not!(C) 18 If I rebuild(D) those things that I tore down, I show myself to be a lawbreaker.(E) 19 For through the law I died to the law,(F) so that I might live for God.(G) 20 I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.(H) The life I now live in the body,[b] I live by faith in the Son of God,(I) who loved(J) me(K) and gave himself(L) for me.(M) 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the law,(N) then Christ died(O) for nothing.

Justification through Faith

You foolish(P) Galatians! Who has cast a spell on you,[c] before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed[d] as crucified?(Q) I only want to learn this from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law or by believing what you heard?[e] Are you so foolish? After beginning by the Spirit, are you now finishing by the flesh? Did you experience[f](R) so much for nothing—if in fact it was for nothing? So then, does God give you the Spirit and work miracles(S) among you by your doing the works of the law? Or is it by believing what you heard— just like Abraham who believed God,(T) and it was credited to him for righteousness?[g](U)

You know, then, that those who have faith, these are Abraham’s sons.(V) Now the Scripture saw in advance that God would justify the Gentiles by faith and proclaimed the gospel ahead of time to Abraham,(W) saying, All the nations[h]will be blessed through you.[i](X) Consequently those who have faith are blessed with Abraham,(Y) who had faith.[j]

Footnotes:

  1. 2:17 Or servant
  2. 2:20 Lit flesh
  3. 3:1 Other mss add not to obey the truth
  4. 3:1 Other mss add among you
  5. 3:2 Lit hearing with faith, also in v. 5
  6. 3:4 Or suffer
  7. 3:6 Gn 15:6
  8. 3:8 Or Gentiles
  9. 3:8 Gn 12:3; 18:18
  10. 3:9 Or with believing Abraham
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Psalm 60

Psalm 60

Prayer in Difficult Times

For the choir director: according to “The Lily of Testimony.”(A) A Miktam of David for teaching. When he fought with Aram-naharaim and Aram-zobah, and Joab returned and struck Edom in Salt Valley, killing twelve thousand.(B)

God, you have rejected us;
you have broken us down;
you have been angry. Restore us![a](C)
You have shaken the land and split it open.
Heal its fissures, for it shudders.(D)
You have made your people suffer hardship;
you have given us wine to drink
that made us stagger.(E)
You have given a signal flag to those who fear you,
so that they can flee before the archers.[b](F)Selah
Save with your right hand, and answer me,
so that those you love may be rescued.(G)

God has spoken in his sanctuary:[c]
“I will celebrate!
I will divide up Shechem.(H)
I will apportion the Valley of Succoth.(I)
Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine,
and Ephraim is my helmet;(J)
Judah is my scepter.(K)
Moab is my washbasin.(L)
I throw my sandal on Edom;(M)
I shout in triumph over Philistia.”(N)

Who will bring me to the fortified city?
Who will lead me to Edom?(O)
10 God, haven’t you rejected us?
God, you do not march out with our armies.(P)
11 Give us aid against the foe,
for human help is worthless.(Q)
12 With God we will perform valiantly;(R)
he will trample our foes.(S)

Footnotes:

  1. 60:1 Or Turn back to us
  2. 60:4 Or can rally before the archers, or can rally because of the truth
  3. 60:6 Or has promised by his holy nature
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Proverbs 23:15-16

15 My son, if your heart is wise,
my heart will indeed rejoice.(A)
16 My innermost being will celebrate
when your lips say what is right.(B)

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday September 15, 2018 (NIV)

Isaiah 19-21

A Prophecy Against Egypt

19 A prophecy(A) against Egypt:(B)

See, the Lord rides on a swift cloud(C)
and is coming to Egypt.
The idols of Egypt tremble before him,
and the hearts of the Egyptians melt(D) with fear.

“I will stir up Egyptian against Egyptian—
brother will fight against brother,(E)
neighbor against neighbor,
city against city,
kingdom against kingdom.(F)
The Egyptians will lose heart,(G)
and I will bring their plans(H) to nothing;(I)
they will consult the idols and the spirits of the dead,
the mediums and the spiritists.(J)
I will hand the Egyptians over
to the power of a cruel master,
and a fierce king(K) will rule over them,”
declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.

The waters of the river will dry up,(L)
and the riverbed will be parched and dry.(M)
The canals will stink;(N)
the streams of Egypt will dwindle and dry up.(O)
The reeds(P) and rushes will wither,(Q)
also the plants(R) along the Nile,
at the mouth of the river.
Every sown field(S) along the Nile
will become parched, will blow away and be no more.(T)
The fishermen(U) will groan and lament,
all who cast hooks(V) into the Nile;
those who throw nets on the water
will pine away.
Those who work with combed flax(W) will despair,
the weavers of fine linen(X) will lose hope.
10 The workers in cloth will be dejected,
and all the wage earners will be sick at heart.

11 The officials of Zoan(Y) are nothing but fools;
the wise counselors(Z) of Pharaoh give senseless advice.(AA)
How can you say to Pharaoh,
“I am one of the wise men,(AB)
a disciple of the ancient kings”?

12 Where are your wise men(AC) now?
Let them show you and make known
what the Lord Almighty
has planned(AD) against Egypt.
13 The officials of Zoan(AE) have become fools,
the leaders of Memphis(AF) are deceived;
the cornerstones(AG) of her peoples
have led Egypt astray.
14 The Lord has poured into them
a spirit of dizziness;(AH)
they make Egypt stagger in all that she does,
as a drunkard staggers(AI) around in his vomit.
15 There is nothing Egypt can do—
head or tail, palm branch or reed.(AJ)

16 In that day(AK) the Egyptians will become weaklings.(AL) They will shudder with fear(AM) at the uplifted hand(AN) that the Lord Almighty raises against them. 17 And the land of Judah will bring terror to the Egyptians; everyone to whom Judah is mentioned will be terrified,(AO) because of what the Lord Almighty is planning(AP) against them.

18 In that day(AQ) five cities(AR) in Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance(AS) to the Lord Almighty. One of them will be called the City of the Sun.[a](AT)

19 In that day(AU) there will be an altar(AV) to the Lord in the heart of Egypt,(AW) and a monument(AX) to the Lord at its border. 20 It will be a sign and witness(AY) to the Lord Almighty in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the Lord because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior(AZ) and defender, and he will rescue(BA) them. 21 So the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and in that day they will acknowledge(BB) the Lord. They will worship(BC) with sacrifices and grain offerings; they will make vows to the Lord and keep them.(BD) 22 The Lord will strike(BE) Egypt with a plague;(BF) he will strike them and heal them. They will turn(BG) to the Lord, and he will respond to their pleas and heal(BH) them.

23 In that day(BI) there will be a highway(BJ) from Egypt to Assyria.(BK) The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship(BL) together. 24 In that day(BM) Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria,(BN) a blessing[b](BO) on the earth. 25 The Lord Almighty will bless(BP) them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people,(BQ) Assyria my handiwork,(BR) and Israel my inheritance.(BS)

A Prophecy Against Egypt and Cush

20 In the year that the supreme commander,(BT) sent by Sargon king of Assyria, came to Ashdod(BU) and attacked and captured it— at that time the Lord spoke through Isaiah son of Amoz.(BV) He said to him, “Take off the sackcloth(BW) from your body and the sandals(BX) from your feet.” And he did so, going around stripped(BY) and barefoot.(BZ)

Then the Lord said, “Just as my servant(CA) Isaiah has gone stripped and barefoot for three years,(CB) as a sign(CC) and portent(CD) against Egypt(CE) and Cush,[c](CF) so the king(CG) of Assyria will lead away stripped(CH) and barefoot the Egyptian captives(CI) and Cushite(CJ) exiles, young and old, with buttocks bared(CK)—to Egypt’s shame.(CL) Those who trusted(CM) in Cush(CN) and boasted in Egypt(CO) will be dismayed and put to shame.(CP) In that day(CQ) the people who live on this coast will say, ‘See what has happened(CR) to those we relied on,(CS) those we fled to for help(CT) and deliverance from the king of Assyria! How then can we escape?(CU)’”

A Prophecy Against Babylon

21 A prophecy(CV) against the Desert(CW) by the Sea:

Like whirlwinds(CX) sweeping through the southland,(CY)
an invader comes from the desert,
from a land of terror.

A dire(CZ) vision has been shown to me:
The traitor betrays,(DA) the looter takes loot.
Elam,(DB) attack! Media,(DC) lay siege!
I will bring to an end all the groaning she caused.

At this my body is racked with pain,(DD)
pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor;(DE)
I am staggered by what I hear,
I am bewildered(DF) by what I see.
My heart(DG) falters,
fear makes me tremble;(DH)
the twilight I longed for
has become a horror(DI) to me.

They set the tables,
they spread the rugs,
they eat, they drink!(DJ)
Get up, you officers,
oil the shields!(DK)

This is what the Lord says to me:

“Go, post a lookout(DL)
and have him report what he sees.
When he sees chariots(DM)
with teams of horses,
riders on donkeys
or riders on camels,(DN)
let him be alert,
fully alert.”

And the lookout[d](DO) shouted,

“Day after day, my lord, I stand on the watchtower;
every night I stay at my post.
Look, here comes a man in a chariot(DP)
with a team of horses.
And he gives back the answer:
‘Babylon(DQ) has fallen,(DR) has fallen!
All the images of its gods(DS)
lie shattered(DT) on the ground!’”

10 My people who are crushed on the threshing floor,(DU)
I tell you what I have heard
from the Lord Almighty,
from the God of Israel.

A Prophecy Against Edom

11 A prophecy against Dumah[e]:(DV)

Someone calls to me from Seir,(DW)
“Watchman, what is left of the night?
Watchman, what is left of the night?”
12 The watchman replies,
“Morning is coming, but also the night.
If you would ask, then ask;
and come back yet again.”

A Prophecy Against Arabia

13 A prophecy(DX) against Arabia:(DY)

You caravans of Dedanites,(DZ)
who camp in the thickets of Arabia,
14 bring water for the thirsty;
you who live in Tema,(EA)
bring food for the fugitives.
15 They flee(EB) from the sword,(EC)
from the drawn sword,
from the bent bow
and from the heat of battle.

16 This is what the Lord says to me: “Within one year, as a servant bound by contract(ED) would count it, all the splendor(EE) of Kedar(EF) will come to an end. 17 The survivors of the archers, the warriors of Kedar, will be few.(EG)” The Lord, the God of Israel, has spoken.(EH)

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 19:18 Some manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, Dead Sea Scrolls, Symmachus and Vulgate; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text City of Destruction
  2. Isaiah 19:24 Or Assyria, whose names will be used in blessings (see Gen. 48:20); or Assyria, who will be seen by others as blessed
  3. Isaiah 20:3 That is, the upper Nile region; also in verse 5
  4. Isaiah 21:8 Dead Sea Scrolls and Syriac; Masoretic Text A lion
  5. Isaiah 21:11 Dumah, a wordplay on Edom, means silence or stillness.

Cross references:

  1. Isaiah 19:1 : Isa 13:1
  2. Isaiah 19:1 : S Ex 12:12; Isa 20:3; S Jer 44:3; Joel 3:19
  3. Isaiah 19:1 : S Dt 10:14; S 2Sa 22:10; S Rev 1:7
  4. Isaiah 19:1 : S Jos 2:11
  5. Isaiah 19:2 : S Jdg 7:22; S 12:4; Mt 10:21, 36
  6. Isaiah 19:2 : S 2Ch 15:6; 20:23; Mt 24:7; Mk 13:8; Lk 21:10
  7. Isaiah 19:3 : Ps 18:45
  8. Isaiah 19:3 : ver 11; S Job 5:12
  9. Isaiah 19:3 : 1Ch 10:13
  10. Isaiah 19:3 : S Lev 19:31; Isa 47:13; Da 2:2, 10; 3:8; 5:7
  11. Isaiah 19:4 : Isa 20:4; Jer 46:26; Eze 29:19; 32:11
  12. Isaiah 19:5 : Isa 44:27; 50:2; Jer 50:38; 51:36
  13. Isaiah 19:5 : S 2Sa 14:14
  14. Isaiah 19:6 : Ex 7:18
  15. Isaiah 19:6 : Isa 37:25; Eze 30:12
  16. Isaiah 19:6 : S Ge 41:2; S Job 8:11
  17. Isaiah 19:6 : Isa 15:6
  18. Isaiah 19:7 : Nu 11:5
  19. Isaiah 19:7 : Dt 29:23; Isa 23:3
  20. Isaiah 19:7 : Zec 10:11
  21. Isaiah 19:8 : Nu 11:5; Eze 47:10
  22. Isaiah 19:8 : Am 4:2; Hab 1:15
  23. Isaiah 19:9 : S Jos 2:6
  24. Isaiah 19:9 : Pr 7:16; Eze 16:10; 27:7
  25. Isaiah 19:11 : S Nu 13:22
  26. Isaiah 19:11 : S Ge 41:37
  27. Isaiah 19:11 : S ver 3
  28. Isaiah 19:11 : S 1Ki 4:30; Ac 7:22
  29. Isaiah 19:12 : 1Co 1:20
  30. Isaiah 19:12 : S Isa 14:24; Ro 9:17
  31. Isaiah 19:13 : S Nu 13:22
  32. Isaiah 19:13 : Jer 2:16; 44:1; 46:14, 19; Eze 30:13, 16; Hos 9:6
  33. Isaiah 19:13 : S Ps 118:22
  34. Isaiah 19:14 : S Pr 12:8; Mt 17:17
  35. Isaiah 19:14 : S Ps 107:27
  36. Isaiah 19:15 : S Isa 9:14
  37. Isaiah 19:16 : Isa 2:17; 11:10
  38. Isaiah 19:16 : Jer 50:37; 51:30; Na 3:13
  39. Isaiah 19:16 : S Dt 2:25; Heb 10:31
  40. Isaiah 19:16 : S Isa 11:15
  41. Isaiah 19:17 : S Ge 35:5
  42. Isaiah 19:17 : S Isa 14:24
  43. Isaiah 19:18 : S Isa 10:20
  44. Isaiah 19:18 : Jer 44:1
  45. Isaiah 19:18 : Ps 22:27; S 63:11; Isa 48:1; Jer 4:2; Zep 3:9
  46. Isaiah 19:18 : Isa 17:1; 24:12; 32:19; fn Jer 43:13
  47. Isaiah 19:19 : S Isa 10:20
  48. Isaiah 19:19 : S Jos 22:10
  49. Isaiah 19:19 : S Ps 68:31
  50. Isaiah 19:19 : S Ge 28:18
  51. Isaiah 19:20 : S Ge 21:30
  52. Isaiah 19:20 : S Dt 28:29; S Jdg 2:18; S Isa 25:9
  53. Isaiah 19:20 : Isa 49:24-26
  54. Isaiah 19:21 : S Isa 11:9; S 43:10
  55. Isaiah 19:21 : ver 19; S Ge 27:29; S Ps 86:9; Isa 56:7; 60:7; Mal 1:11
  56. Isaiah 19:21 : S Nu 30:2; S Dt 23:21
  57. Isaiah 19:22 : Ex 12:23; Heb 12:11
  58. Isaiah 19:22 : Ex 11:10
  59. Isaiah 19:22 : Isa 45:14; Eze 33:11; Hos 6:1; 10:12; 12:6; 14:1; Joel 2:13
  60. Isaiah 19:22 : S Dt 32:39
  61. Isaiah 19:23 : S ver 16, 24; Isa 20:6
  62. Isaiah 19:23 : S Isa 11:16
  63. Isaiah 19:23 : Mic 7:12
  64. Isaiah 19:23 : S Ge 27:29; Isa 2:3; 27:13; 66:23
  65. Isaiah 19:24 : S ver 23
  66. Isaiah 19:24 : S Isa 11:11
  67. Isaiah 19:24 : S Ge 12:2
  68. Isaiah 19:25 : S Ge 12:3; Eph 2:11-14
  69. Isaiah 19:25 : Ps 87:4; S 100:3
  70. Isaiah 19:25 : Isa 29:23; 43:7; 45:11; 60:21; 64:8; Eph 2:10
  71. Isaiah 19:25 : S Ex 34:9; Jer 30:22; Hos 2:23
  72. Isaiah 20:1 : 2Ki 18:17
  73. Isaiah 20:1 : S Jos 11:22; S 13:3
  74. Isaiah 20:2 : S Isa 13:1
  75. Isaiah 20:2 : 2Ki 1:8; S Isa 3:24; Zec 13:4; Mt 3:4
  76. Isaiah 20:2 : Eze 24:17, 23
  77. Isaiah 20:2 : S 1Sa 19:24
  78. Isaiah 20:2 : Eze 4:1-12; Mic 1:8
  79. Isaiah 20:3 : Isa 22:20; 41:8-9; 42:1; 43:10; 49:3, 5-7; 50:10; 52:13; 53:11; Jer 7:25; Hag 2:23; Zec 4:14
  80. Isaiah 20:3 : S Isa 16:14
  81. Isaiah 20:3 : S Ex 3:12; S Isa 8:18; 37:30; 38:7; Ac 21:11
  82. Isaiah 20:3 : S Dt 28:46
  83. Isaiah 20:3 : S Isa 19:1
  84. Isaiah 20:3 : ver 5; S Ge 10:6; Isa 37:9; 43:3
  85. Isaiah 20:4 : S Isa 19:4
  86. Isaiah 20:4 : S Job 12:17
  87. Isaiah 20:4 : Jer 46:19; Na 3:10
  88. Isaiah 20:4 : Isa 18:1; Zep 2:12
  89. Isaiah 20:4 : S Isa 3:24
  90. Isaiah 20:4 : Isa 47:3; Jer 13:22, 26; Na 3:5
  91. Isaiah 20:5 : S Isa 8:12
  92. Isaiah 20:5 : S ver 3
  93. Isaiah 20:5 : S 2Ki 18:21; S Isa 30:5
  94. Isaiah 20:5 : Eze 29:16
  95. Isaiah 20:6 : Isa 2:11; S 19:23
  96. Isaiah 20:6 : S 2Ki 18:21
  97. Isaiah 20:6 : Jer 46:25
  98. Isaiah 20:6 : S Isa 10:3
  99. Isaiah 20:6 : Jer 30:15-17; 31:2; Mt 23:33; 1Th 5:3; Heb 2:3
  100. Isaiah 21:1 : S Isa 13:1
  101. Isaiah 21:1 : Isa 13:21; Jer 50:12; 51:43
  102. Isaiah 21:1 : S Job 1:19
  103. Isaiah 21:1 : Da 11:40; Zec 9:14
  104. Isaiah 21:2 : Ps 60:3
  105. Isaiah 21:2 : Isa 24:16; 33:1
  106. Isaiah 21:2 : S Ge 10:22; Isa 22:6
  107. Isaiah 21:2 : S Isa 13:3; Jer 25:25; 51:28
  108. Isaiah 21:3 : S Job 14:22
  109. Isaiah 21:3 : S Ge 3:16; Ps 48:6; Isa 26:17; 37:3; Jer 30:6; 48:41; 49:22; Jn 16:21
  110. Isaiah 21:3 : Da 7:28; 8:27; 10:16
  111. Isaiah 21:4 : Isa 7:4; 35:4
  112. Isaiah 21:4 : S Isa 13:8; Da 5:9
  113. Isaiah 21:4 : S Ps 55:5
  114. Isaiah 21:5 : Isa 5:12; 22:2, 13; 23:7; 24:8; 32:13; Jer 25:16, 27; 51:39, 57; Da 5:2
  115. Isaiah 21:5 : 2Sa 1:21; 1Ki 10:16-17; Jer 46:3; 51:11
  116. Isaiah 21:6 : S 2Ki 9:17
  117. Isaiah 21:7 : ver 9
  118. Isaiah 21:7 : S Jdg 6:5
  119. Isaiah 21:8 : Mic 7:7; Hab 2:1
  120. Isaiah 21:9 : ver 7
  121. Isaiah 21:9 : S Isa 13:1; 47:1, 5; S Rev 14:8
  122. Isaiah 21:9 : Isa 47:11; Jer 51:8; Da 5:30
  123. Isaiah 21:9 : S Lev 26:30; Isa 46:1; Jer 50:2; 51:44
  124. Isaiah 21:9 : S Isa 2:18
  125. Isaiah 21:10 : Isa 27:12; 28:27, 28; 41:15; Jer 51:33; Mic 4:13; Hab 3:12; Mt 3:12
  126. Isaiah 21:11 : S Ge 25:14; S Isa 34:11
  127. Isaiah 21:11 : Ge 32:3
  128. Isaiah 21:13 : Isa 13:1
  129. Isaiah 21:13 : S 2Ch 9:14
  130. Isaiah 21:13 : S Ge 10:7; S 25:3
  131. Isaiah 21:14 : S Ge 25:15
  132. Isaiah 21:15 : S Isa 13:14
  133. Isaiah 21:15 : Isa 31:8
  134. Isaiah 21:16 : S Lev 25:50
  135. Isaiah 21:16 : S Isa 17:3
  136. Isaiah 21:16 : S Ge 25:13
  137. Isaiah 21:17 : S Dt 4:27; S Isa 10:19
  138. Isaiah 21:17 : S Isa 1:20; 16:14
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Galatians 2:1-16

Paul Accepted by the Apostles

Then after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem,(A) this time with Barnabas.(B) I took Titus(C) along also. I went in response to a revelation(D) and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles.(E) I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race(F) in vain. Yet not even Titus,(G) who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek.(H) This matter arose because some false believers(I) had infiltrated our ranks to spy on(J) the freedom(K) we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel(L) might be preserved for you.

As for those who were held in high esteem(M)—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism(N)—they added nothing to my message.(O) On the contrary, they recognized that I had been entrusted with the task(P) of preaching the gospel to the uncircumcised,[a](Q) just as Peter(R) had been to the circumcised.[b] For God, who was at work in Peter as an apostle(S) to the circumcised, was also at work in me as an apostle(T) to the Gentiles. James,(U) Cephas[c](