The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday October 5, 2022 (NIV)

Jeremiah 4:19-6:15

19 Oh, my anguish, my anguish!(A)
I writhe in pain.(B)
Oh, the agony of my heart!
My heart pounds(C) within me,
I cannot keep silent.(D)
For I have heard the sound of the trumpet;(E)
I have heard the battle cry.(F)
20 Disaster follows disaster;(G)
the whole land lies in ruins.(H)
In an instant my tents(I) are destroyed,
my shelter in a moment.
21 How long must I see the battle standard(J)
and hear the sound of the trumpet?(K)

22 “My people are fools;(L)
they do not know me.(M)
They are senseless children;
they have no understanding.(N)
They are skilled in doing evil;(O)
they know not how to do good.”(P)

23 I looked at the earth,
and it was formless and empty;(Q)
and at the heavens,
and their light(R) was gone.
24 I looked at the mountains,
and they were quaking;(S)
all the hills were swaying.
25 I looked, and there were no people;
every bird in the sky had flown away.(T)
26 I looked, and the fruitful land was a desert;(U)
all its towns lay in ruins(V)
before the Lord, before his fierce anger.(W)

27 This is what the Lord says:

“The whole land will be ruined,(X)
though I will not destroy(Y) it completely.
28 Therefore the earth will mourn(Z)
and the heavens above grow dark,(AA)
because I have spoken and will not relent,(AB)
I have decided and will not turn back.(AC)

29 At the sound of horsemen and archers(AD)
every town takes to flight.(AE)
Some go into the thickets;
some climb up among the rocks.(AF)
All the towns are deserted;(AG)
no one lives in them.

30 What are you doing,(AH) you devastated one?
Why dress yourself in scarlet
and put on jewels(AI) of gold?
Why highlight your eyes with makeup?(AJ)
You adorn yourself in vain.
Your lovers(AK) despise you;
they want to kill you.(AL)

31 I hear a cry as of a woman in labor,(AM)
a groan as of one bearing her first child—
the cry of Daughter Zion(AN) gasping for breath,(AO)
stretching out her hands(AP) and saying,
“Alas! I am fainting;
my life is given over to murderers.”(AQ)

Not One Is Upright

“Go up and down(AR) the streets of Jerusalem,
look around and consider,(AS)
search through her squares.
If you can find but one person(AT)
who deals honestly(AU) and seeks the truth,
I will forgive(AV) this city.
Although they say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives,’(AW)
still they are swearing falsely.(AX)

Lord, do not your eyes(AY) look for truth?
You struck(AZ) them, but they felt no pain;
you crushed them, but they refused correction.(BA)
They made their faces harder than stone(BB)
and refused to repent.(BC)
I thought, “These are only the poor;
they are foolish,(BD)
for they do not know(BE) the way of the Lord,
the requirements of their God.
So I will go to the leaders(BF)
and speak to them;
surely they know the way of the Lord,
the requirements of their God.”
But with one accord they too had broken off the yoke
and torn off the bonds.(BG)
Therefore a lion from the forest(BH) will attack them,
a wolf from the desert will ravage(BI) them,
a leopard(BJ) will lie in wait near their towns
to tear to pieces any who venture out,
for their rebellion is great
and their backslidings many.(BK)

“Why should I forgive you?
Your children have forsaken me
and sworn(BL) by gods that are not gods.(BM)
I supplied all their needs,
yet they committed adultery(BN)
and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.(BO)
They are well-fed, lusty stallions,
each neighing for another man’s wife.(BP)
Should I not punish them for this?”(BQ)
declares the Lord.
“Should I not avenge(BR) myself
on such a nation as this?

10 “Go through her vineyards and ravage them,
but do not destroy them completely.(BS)
Strip off her branches,
for these people do not belong to the Lord.
11 The people of Israel and the people of Judah
have been utterly unfaithful(BT) to me,”
declares the Lord.

12 They have lied(BU) about the Lord;
they said, “He will do nothing!
No harm will come to us;(BV)
we will never see sword or famine.(BW)
13 The prophets(BX) are but wind(BY)
and the word is not in them;
so let what they say be done to them.”

14 Therefore this is what the Lord God Almighty says:

“Because the people have spoken these words,
I will make my words in your mouth(BZ) a fire(CA)
and these people the wood it consumes.(CB)
15 People of Israel,” declares the Lord,
“I am bringing a distant nation(CC) against you—
an ancient and enduring nation,
a people whose language(CD) you do not know,
whose speech you do not understand.
16 Their quivers(CE) are like an open grave;
all of them are mighty warriors.
17 They will devour(CF) your harvests and food,
devour(CG) your sons and daughters;
they will devour(CH) your flocks and herds,
devour your vines and fig trees.(CI)
With the sword(CJ) they will destroy
the fortified cities(CK) in which you trust.(CL)

18 “Yet even in those days,” declares the Lord, “I will not destroy(CM) you completely. 19 And when the people ask,(CN) ‘Why has the Lord our God done all this to us?’ you will tell them, ‘As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods(CO) in your own land, so now you will serve foreigners(CP) in a land not your own.’

20 “Announce this to the descendants of Jacob
and proclaim(CQ) it in Judah:
21 Hear this, you foolish and senseless people,(CR)
who have eyes(CS) but do not see,
who have ears but do not hear:(CT)
22 Should you not fear(CU) me?” declares the Lord.
“Should you not tremble(CV) in my presence?
I made the sand a boundary for the sea,(CW)
an everlasting barrier it cannot cross.
The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail;
they may roar,(CX) but they cannot cross it.
23 But these people have stubborn and rebellious(CY) hearts;
they have turned aside(CZ) and gone away.
24 They do not say to themselves,
‘Let us fear(DA) the Lord our God,
who gives autumn and spring rains(DB) in season,
who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.’(DC)
25 Your wrongdoings have kept these away;
your sins have deprived you of good.(DD)

26 “Among my people are the wicked(DE)
who lie in wait(DF) like men who snare birds
and like those who set traps(DG) to catch people.
27 Like cages full of birds,
their houses are full of deceit;(DH)
they have become rich(DI) and powerful
28 and have grown fat(DJ) and sleek.
Their evil deeds have no limit;
they do not seek justice.
They do not promote the case of the fatherless;(DK)
they do not defend the just cause of the poor.(DL)
29 Should I not punish them for this?”
declares the Lord.
“Should I not avenge(DM) myself
on such a nation as this?

30 “A horrible(DN) and shocking thing
has happened in the land:
31 The prophets prophesy lies,(DO)
the priests(DP) rule by their own authority,
and my people love it this way.
But what will you do in the end?(DQ)

Jerusalem Under Siege

“Flee for safety, people of Benjamin!
Flee from Jerusalem!
Sound the trumpet(DR) in Tekoa!(DS)
Raise the signal over Beth Hakkerem!(DT)
For disaster looms out of the north,(DU)
even terrible destruction.
I will destroy Daughter Zion,(DV)
so beautiful and delicate.(DW)
Shepherds(DX) with their flocks will come against her;
they will pitch their tents around(DY) her,
each tending his own portion.”

“Prepare for battle against her!
Arise, let us attack at noon!(DZ)
But, alas, the daylight is fading,
and the shadows of evening grow long.
So arise, let us attack at night
and destroy her fortresses!”

This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“Cut down the trees(EA)
and build siege ramps(EB) against Jerusalem.
This city must be punished;
it is filled with oppression.(EC)
As a well pours out its water,
so she pours out her wickedness.
Violence(ED) and destruction(EE) resound in her;
her sickness and wounds are ever before me.
Take warning, Jerusalem,
or I will turn away(EF) from you
and make your land desolate
so no one can live in it.”

This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“Let them glean the remnant(EG) of Israel
as thoroughly as a vine;
pass your hand over the branches again,
like one gathering grapes.”

10 To whom can I speak and give warning?
Who will listen(EH) to me?
Their ears are closed[a](EI)
so they cannot hear.(EJ)
The word(EK) of the Lord is offensive to them;
they find no pleasure in it.
11 But I am full of the wrath(EL) of the Lord,
and I cannot hold it in.(EM)

“Pour it out on the children in the street
and on the young men(EN) gathered together;
both husband and wife will be caught in it,
and the old, those weighed down with years.(EO)
12 Their houses will be turned over to others,(EP)
together with their fields and their wives,(EQ)
when I stretch out my hand(ER)
against those who live in the land,”
declares the Lord.
13 “From the least to the greatest,
all(ES) are greedy for gain;(ET)
prophets and priests alike,
all practice deceit.(EU)
14 They dress the wound of my people
as though it were not serious.
‘Peace, peace,’ they say,
when there is no peace.(EV)
15 Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct?
No, they have no shame at all;
they do not even know how to blush.(EW)
So they will fall among the fallen;
they will be brought down when I punish(EX) them,”
says the Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Jeremiah 6:10 Hebrew uncircumcised

Cross references:

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

18 And he is the head(A) of the body, the church;(B) he is the beginning and the firstborn(C) from among the dead,(D) so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased(E) to have all his fullness(F) dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile(G) to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven,(H) by making peace(I) through his blood,(J) shed on the cross.

21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies(K) in your minds(L) because of[a] your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled(M) you by Christ’s physical body(N) through death to present you(O) holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation(P) 23 if you continue(Q) in your faith, established(R) and firm, and do not move from the hope(S) held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven,(T) and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.(U)

Paul’s Labor for the Church

24 Now I rejoice(V) in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions,(W) for the sake of his body, which is the church.(X) 25 I have become its servant(Y) by the commission God gave me(Z) to present to you the word of God(AA) in its fullness— 26 the mystery(AB) that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known(AC) among the Gentiles the glorious riches(AD) of this mystery, which is Christ in you,(AE) the hope of glory.

28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing(AF) and teaching everyone with all wisdom,(AG) so that we may present everyone fully mature(AH) in Christ. 29 To this end I strenuously(AI) contend(AJ) with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.(AK)

I want you to know how hard I am contending(AL) for you and for those at Laodicea,(AM) and for all who have not met me personally. My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart(AN) and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery(AO) of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.(AP) I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.(AQ) For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit(AR) and delight to see how disciplined(AS) you are and how firm(AT) your faith in Christ(AU) is.

Spiritual Fullness in Christ

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord,(AV) continue to live your lives in him, rooted(AW) and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught,(AX) and overflowing with thankfulness.

Footnotes:

  1. Colossians 1:21 Or minds, as shown by

Cross references:

  1. Colossians 1:18 : S Eph 1:22
  2. Colossians 1:18 : ver 24; S 1Co 12:27
  3. Colossians 1:18 : ver 15; Ps 89:27; Ro 8:29; Heb 1:6
  4. Colossians 1:18 : Ac 26:23; Rev 1:5
  5. Colossians 1:19 : S Eph 1:5
  6. Colossians 1:19 : S Jn 1:16
  7. Colossians 1:20 : S Ro 5:10
  8. Colossians 1:20 : Eph 1:10
  9. Colossians 1:20 : S Lk 2:14
  10. Colossians 1:20 : Eph 2:13
  11. Colossians 1:21 : Ro 5:10
  12. Colossians 1:21 : Eph 2:3
  13. Colossians 1:22 : ver 20; S Ro 5:10
  14. Colossians 1:22 : Ro 7:4
  15. Colossians 1:22 : S 2Co 4:14
  16. Colossians 1:22 : Eph 1:4; 5:27
  17. Colossians 1:23 : S Ro 11:22
  18. Colossians 1:23 : Eph 3:17
  19. Colossians 1:23 : ver 5
  20. Colossians 1:23 : ver 6; S Ro 10:18
  21. Colossians 1:23 : ver 25; S 1Co 3:5
  22. Colossians 1:24 : S 2Co 6:10
  23. Colossians 1:24 : S 2Co 1:5
  24. Colossians 1:24 : S 1Co 12:27
  25. Colossians 1:25 : ver 23; S 1Co 3:5
  26. Colossians 1:25 : Eph 3:2
  27. Colossians 1:25 : S Heb 4:12
  28. Colossians 1:26 : S Ro 16:25
  29. Colossians 1:27 : S Mt 13:11
  30. Colossians 1:27 : S Ro 2:4
  31. Colossians 1:27 : S Ro 8:10
  32. Colossians 1:28 : Col 3:16
  33. Colossians 1:28 : 1Co 2:6, 7
  34. Colossians 1:28 : Mt 5:48; Eph 5:27
  35. Colossians 1:29 : 1Co 15:10; 2Co 11:23
  36. Colossians 1:29 : Col 2:1
  37. Colossians 1:29 : Eph 1:19; 3:7
  38. Colossians 2:1 : Col 1:29; 4:12
  39. Colossians 2:1 : Col 4:13, 15, 16; Rev 1:11; 3:14
  40. Colossians 2:2 : Eph 6:22; Col 4:8
  41. Colossians 2:2 : S Ro 16:25
  42. Colossians 2:3 : Isa 11:2; Jer 23:5; Ro 11:33; 1Co 1:24, 30
  43. Colossians 2:4 : S Ro 16:18
  44. Colossians 2:5 : 1Co 5:4; 1Th 2:17
  45. Colossians 2:5 : 1Co 14:40
  46. Colossians 2:5 : 1Pe 5:9
  47. Colossians 2:5 : S Ac 20:21
  48. Colossians 2:6 : S Jn 13:13; Col 1:10
  49. Colossians 2:7 : Eph 3:17
  50. Colossians 2:7 : Eph 4:21
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Psalm 77

Psalm 77[a]

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A psalm.

I cried out to God(A) for help;
I cried out to God to hear me.
When I was in distress,(B) I sought the Lord;
at night(C) I stretched out untiring hands,(D)
and I would not be comforted.(E)

I remembered(F) you, God, and I groaned;(G)
I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.[b](H)
You kept my eyes from closing;
I was too troubled to speak.(I)
I thought about the former days,(J)
the years of long ago;
I remembered my songs in the night.
My heart meditated and my spirit asked:

“Will the Lord reject forever?(K)
Will he never show his favor(L) again?
Has his unfailing love(M) vanished forever?
Has his promise(N) failed for all time?
Has God forgotten to be merciful?(O)
Has he in anger withheld his compassion?(P)

10 Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:
the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.(Q)
11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your miracles(R) of long ago.
12 I will consider(S) all your works
and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”(T)

13 Your ways, God, are holy.
What god is as great as our God?(U)
14 You are the God who performs miracles;(V)
you display your power among the peoples.
15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people,(W)
the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

16 The waters(X) saw you, God,
the waters saw you and writhed;(Y)
the very depths were convulsed.
17 The clouds poured down water,(Z)
the heavens resounded with thunder;(AA)
your arrows(AB) flashed back and forth.
18 Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind,(AC)
your lightning(AD) lit up the world;
the earth trembled and quaked.(AE)
19 Your path(AF) led through the sea,(AG)
your way through the mighty waters,
though your footprints were not seen.

20 You led your people(AH) like a flock(AI)
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.(AJ)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 77:1 In Hebrew texts 77:1-20 is numbered 77:2-21.
  2. Psalm 77:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 9 and 15.
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Proverbs 24:23-25

Further Sayings of the Wise

23 These also are sayings of the wise:(A)

To show partiality(B) in judging is not good:(C)
24 Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,”(D)
will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.
25 But it will go well with those who convict the guilty,
and rich blessing will come on them.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday October 4, 2022 (NIV)

Jeremiah 2:31-4:18

31 “You of this generation, consider the word of the Lord:

“Have I been a desert to Israel
or a land of great darkness?(A)
Why do my people say, ‘We are free to roam;
we will come to you no more’?(B)
32 Does a young woman forget her jewelry,
a bride her wedding ornaments?
Yet my people have forgotten(C) me,
days without number.
33 How skilled you are at pursuing(D) love!
Even the worst of women can learn from your ways.
34 On your clothes is found
the lifeblood(E) of the innocent poor,
though you did not catch them breaking in.(F)
Yet in spite of all this
35 you say, ‘I am innocent;(G)
he is not angry with me.’
But I will pass judgment(H) on you
because you say, ‘I have not sinned.’(I)
36 Why do you go about so much,
changing(J) your ways?
You will be disappointed by Egypt(K)
as you were by Assyria.
37 You will also leave that place
with your hands on your head,(L)
for the Lord has rejected those you trust;
you will not be helped(M) by them.

“If a man divorces(N) his wife
and she leaves him and marries another man,
should he return to her again?
Would not the land be completely defiled?(O)
But you have lived as a prostitute with many lovers(P)
would you now return to me?”(Q)
declares the Lord.
“Look up to the barren heights(R) and see.
Is there any place where you have not been ravished?
By the roadside(S) you sat waiting for lovers,
sat like a nomad in the desert.
You have defiled the land(T)
with your prostitution(U) and wickedness.
Therefore the showers have been withheld,(V)
and no spring rains(W) have fallen.
Yet you have the brazen(X) look of a prostitute;
you refuse to blush with shame.(Y)
Have you not just called to me:
‘My Father,(Z) my friend from my youth,(AA)
will you always be angry?(AB)
Will your wrath continue forever?’
This is how you talk,
but you do all the evil you can.”

Unfaithful Israel

During the reign of King Josiah,(AC) the Lord said to me, “Have you seen what faithless(AD) Israel has done? She has gone up on every high hill and under every spreading tree(AE) and has committed adultery(AF) there. I thought that after she had done all this she would return to me but she did not, and her unfaithful sister(AG) Judah saw it.(AH) I gave faithless Israel(AI) her certificate of divorce(AJ) and sent her away because of all her adulteries. Yet I saw that her unfaithful sister Judah had no fear;(AK) she also went out and committed adultery. Because Israel’s immorality mattered so little to her, she defiled the land(AL) and committed adultery(AM) with stone(AN) and wood.(AO) 10 In spite of all this, her unfaithful sister Judah did not return(AP) to me with all her heart, but only in pretense,(AQ)” declares the Lord.(AR)

11 The Lord said to me, “Faithless Israel is more righteous(AS) than unfaithful(AT) Judah.(AU) 12 Go, proclaim this message toward the north:(AV)

“‘Return,(AW) faithless(AX) Israel,’ declares the Lord,
‘I will frown on you no longer,
for I am faithful,’(AY) declares the Lord,
‘I will not be angry(AZ) forever.
13 Only acknowledge(BA) your guilt—
you have rebelled against the Lord your God,
you have scattered your favors to foreign gods(BB)
under every spreading tree,(BC)
and have not obeyed(BD) me,’”
declares the Lord.

14 “Return,(BE) faithless people,” declares the Lord, “for I am your husband.(BF) I will choose you—one from a town and two from a clan—and bring you to Zion. 15 Then I will give you shepherds(BG) after my own heart,(BH) who will lead you with knowledge and understanding. 16 In those days, when your numbers have increased greatly in the land,” declares the Lord, “people will no longer say, ‘The ark(BI) of the covenant of the Lord.’ It will never enter their minds or be remembered;(BJ) it will not be missed, nor will another one be made. 17 At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne(BK) of the Lord, and all nations(BL) will gather in Jerusalem to honor(BM) the name of the Lord. No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts.(BN) 18 In those days the people of Judah will join the people of Israel,(BO) and together(BP) they will come from a northern(BQ) land to the land(BR) I gave your ancestors as an inheritance.

19 “I myself said,

“‘How gladly would I treat you like my children
and give you a pleasant land,(BS)
the most beautiful inheritance(BT) of any nation.’
I thought you would call me ‘Father’(BU)
and not turn away from following me.
20 But like a woman unfaithful to her husband,
so you, Israel, have been unfaithful(BV) to me,”
declares the Lord.

21 A cry is heard on the barren heights,(BW)
the weeping(BX) and pleading of the people of Israel,
because they have perverted their ways
and have forgotten(BY) the Lord their God.

22 “Return,(BZ) faithless people;
I will cure(CA) you of backsliding.”(CB)

“Yes, we will come to you,
for you are the Lord our God.
23 Surely the idolatrous commotion on the hills(CC)
and mountains is a deception;
surely in the Lord our God
is the salvation(CD) of Israel.
24 From our youth shameful(CE) gods have consumed
the fruits of our ancestors’ labor—
their flocks and herds,
their sons and daughters.
25 Let us lie down in our shame,(CF)
and let our disgrace cover us.
We have sinned(CG) against the Lord our God,
both we and our ancestors;(CH)
from our youth(CI) till this day
we have not obeyed(CJ) the Lord our God.”

“If you, Israel, will return,(CK)
then return to me,”
declares the Lord.
“If you put your detestable idols(CL) out of my sight
and no longer go astray,
and if in a truthful, just and righteous way
you swear,(CM) ‘As surely as the Lord lives,’(CN)
then the nations will invoke blessings(CO) by him
and in him they will boast.(CP)

This is what the Lord says to the people of Judah and to Jerusalem:

“Break up your unplowed ground(CQ)
and do not sow among thorns.(CR)
Circumcise yourselves to the Lord,
circumcise your hearts,(CS)
you people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem,
or my wrath(CT) will flare up and burn like fire(CU)
because of the evil(CV) you have done—
burn with no one to quench(CW) it.

Disaster From the North

“Announce in Judah and proclaim(CX) in Jerusalem and say:
‘Sound the trumpet(CY) throughout the land!’
Cry aloud and say:
‘Gather together!
Let us flee to the fortified cities!’(CZ)
Raise the signal(DA) to go to Zion!
Flee for safety without delay!
For I am bringing disaster(DB) from the north,(DC)
even terrible destruction.”

A lion(DD) has come out of his lair;(DE)
a destroyer(DF) of nations has set out.
He has left his place
to lay waste(DG) your land.
Your towns will lie in ruins(DH)
without inhabitant.
So put on sackcloth,(DI)
lament(DJ) and wail,
for the fierce anger(DK) of the Lord
has not turned away from us.

“In that day,” declares the Lord,
“the king and the officials will lose heart,(DL)
the priests will be horrified,
and the prophets will be appalled.”(DM)

10 Then I said, “Alas, Sovereign Lord! How completely you have deceived(DN) this people and Jerusalem by saying, ‘You will have peace,’(DO) when the sword is at our throats!”

11 At that time this people and Jerusalem will be told, “A scorching wind(DP) from the barren heights in the desert blows toward my people, but not to winnow or cleanse; 12 a wind(DQ) too strong for that comes from me. Now I pronounce my judgments(DR) against them.”

13 Look! He advances like the clouds,(DS)
his chariots(DT) come like a whirlwind,(DU)
his horses(DV) are swifter than eagles.(DW)
Woe to us! We are ruined!(DX)
14 Jerusalem, wash(DY) the evil from your heart and be saved.(DZ)
How long(EA) will you harbor wicked thoughts?
15 A voice is announcing from Dan,(EB)
proclaiming disaster from the hills of Ephraim.(EC)
16 “Tell this to the nations,
proclaim concerning Jerusalem:
‘A besieging army is coming from a distant land,(ED)
raising a war cry(EE) against the cities of Judah.(EF)
17 They surround(EG) her like men guarding a field,
because she has rebelled(EH) against me,’”
declares the Lord.
18 “Your own conduct and actions(EI)
have brought this on you.(EJ)
This is your punishment.
How bitter(EK) it is!
How it pierces to the heart!”

Cross references:

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

Paul, an apostle(A) of Christ Jesus by the will of God,(B) and Timothy(C) our brother,

To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters[a] in Christ:

Grace(D) and peace to you from God our Father.[b](E)

Thanksgiving and Prayer

We always thank God,(F) the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love(G) you have for all God’s people(H) the faith and love that spring from the hope(I) stored up for you in heaven(J) and about which you have already heard in the true message(K) of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit(L) and growing throughout the whole world(M)—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. You learned it from Epaphras,(N) our dear fellow servant,[c] who is a faithful minister(O) of Christ on our[d] behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.(P)

For this reason, since the day we heard about you,(Q) we have not stopped praying for you.(R) We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will(S) through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[e](T) 10 so that you may live a life worthy(U) of the Lord and please him(V) in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,(W) 11 being strengthened with all power(X) according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,(Y) 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father,(Z) who has qualified you[f] to share in the inheritance(AA) of his holy people in the kingdom of light.(AB) 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness(AC) and brought us into the kingdom(AD) of the Son he loves,(AE) 14 in whom we have redemption,(AF) the forgiveness of sins.(AG)

The Supremacy of the Son of God

15 The Son is the image(AH) of the invisible God,(AI) the firstborn(AJ) over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created:(AK) things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;(AL) all things have been created through him and for him.(AM) 17 He is before all things,(AN) and in him all things hold together.

Footnotes:

  1. Colossians 1:2 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 4:15.
  2. Colossians 1:2 Some manuscripts Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
  3. Colossians 1:7 Or slave
  4. Colossians 1:7 Some manuscripts your
  5. Colossians 1:9 Or all spiritual wisdom and understanding
  6. Colossians 1:12 Some manuscripts us
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Psalm 76

Psalm 76[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of Asaph. A song.

God is renowned in Judah;
in Israel his name is great.(A)
His tent is in Salem,(B)
his dwelling place in Zion.(C)
There he broke the flashing arrows,(D)
the shields and the swords, the weapons of war.[b](E)

You are radiant with light,(F)
more majestic than mountains rich with game.
The valiant(G) lie plundered,
they sleep their last sleep;(H)
not one of the warriors
can lift his hands.
At your rebuke,(I) God of Jacob,
both horse and chariot(J) lie still.

It is you alone who are to be feared.(K)
Who can stand(L) before you when you are angry?(M)
From heaven you pronounced judgment,
and the land feared(N) and was quiet—
when you, God, rose up to judge,(O)
to save all the afflicted(P) of the land.
10 Surely your wrath against mankind brings you praise,(Q)
and the survivors of your wrath are restrained.[c]

11 Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them;(R)
let all the neighboring lands
bring gifts(S) to the One to be feared.
12 He breaks the spirit of rulers;
he is feared by the kings of the earth.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 76:1 In Hebrew texts 76:1-12 is numbered 76:2-13.
  2. Psalm 76:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 9.
  3. Psalm 76:10 Or Surely the wrath of mankind brings you praise, / and with the remainder of wrath you arm yourself
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Proverbs 24:21-22

Saying 30

21 Fear the Lord and the king,(A) my son,
and do not join with rebellious officials,
22 for those two will send sudden destruction(B) on them,
and who knows what calamities they can bring?

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday October 3, 2022 (NIV)

Jeremiah 1:1-2:30

The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests at Anathoth(A) in the territory of Benjamin. The word of the Lord came(B) to him in the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah(C) son of Amon king of Judah, and through the reign of Jehoiakim(D) son of Josiah king of Judah, down to the fifth month of the eleventh year of Zedekiah(E) son of Josiah king of Judah, when the people of Jerusalem went into exile.(F)

The Call of Jeremiah

The word of the Lord came to me, saying,

“Before I formed you in the womb(G) I knew[a](H) you,
before you were born(I) I set you apart;(J)
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.(K)

“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak;(L) I am too young.”(M)

But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid(N) of them, for I am with you(O) and will rescue(P) you,” declares the Lord.(Q)

Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched(R) my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth.(S) 10 See, today I appoint you over nations(T) and kingdoms to uproot(U) and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”(V)

11 The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?”(W)

“I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied.

12 The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching[b](X) to see that my word is fulfilled.”

13 The word of the Lord came to me again: “What do you see?”(Y)

“I see a pot that is boiling,” I answered. “It is tilting toward us from the north.”

14 The Lord said to me, “From the north(Z) disaster will be poured out on all who live in the land. 15 I am about to summon all the peoples of the northern kingdoms,” declares the Lord.

“Their kings will come and set up their thrones
in the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem;
they will come against all her surrounding walls
and against all the towns of Judah.(AA)
16 I will pronounce my judgments(AB) on my people
because of their wickedness(AC) in forsaking me,(AD)
in burning incense to other gods(AE)
and in worshiping(AF) what their hands have made.(AG)

17 “Get yourself ready! Stand up and say(AH) to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified(AI) by them, or I will terrify you before them. 18 Today I have made you(AJ) a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you but will not overcome(AK) you, for I am with you(AL) and will rescue(AM) you,” declares the Lord.

Israel Forsakes God

The word(AN) of the Lord came to me: “Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem:

“This is what the Lord says:

“‘I remember the devotion of your youth,(AO)
how as a bride you loved me
and followed me through the wilderness,(AP)
through a land not sown.
Israel was holy(AQ) to the Lord,(AR)
the firstfruits(AS) of his harvest;
all who devoured(AT) her were held guilty,(AU)
and disaster overtook them,’”
declares the Lord.

Hear the word of the Lord, you descendants of Jacob,
all you clans of Israel.

This is what the Lord says:

“What fault did your ancestors find in me,
that they strayed so far from me?
They followed worthless idols(AV)
and became worthless(AW) themselves.
They did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord,
who brought us up out of Egypt(AX)
and led us through the barren wilderness,
through a land of deserts(AY) and ravines,(AZ)
a land of drought and utter darkness,
a land where no one travels(BA) and no one lives?’
I brought you into a fertile land
to eat its fruit and rich produce.(BB)
But you came and defiled my land
and made my inheritance detestable.(BC)
The priests did not ask,
‘Where is the Lord?’
Those who deal with the law did not know me;(BD)
the leaders(BE) rebelled against me.
The prophets prophesied by Baal,(BF)
following worthless idols.(BG)

“Therefore I bring charges(BH) against you again,”
declares the Lord.
“And I will bring charges against your children’s children.
10 Cross over to the coasts of Cyprus(BI) and look,
send to Kedar[c](BJ) and observe closely;
see if there has ever been anything like this:
11 Has a nation ever changed its gods?
(Yet they are not gods(BK) at all.)
But my people have exchanged their glorious(BL) God
for worthless idols.
12 Be appalled at this, you heavens,
and shudder with great horror,”
declares the Lord.
13 “My people have committed two sins:
They have forsaken(BM) me,
the spring of living water,(BN)
and have dug their own cisterns,
broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
14 Is Israel a servant, a slave(BO) by birth?
Why then has he become plunder?
15 Lions(BP) have roared;
they have growled at him.
They have laid waste(BQ) his land;
his towns are burned(BR) and deserted.(BS)
16 Also, the men of Memphis(BT) and Tahpanhes(BU)
have cracked your skull.
17 Have you not brought this on yourselves(BV)
by forsaking(BW) the Lord your God
when he led you in the way?
18 Now why go to Egypt(BX)
to drink water from the Nile[d]?(BY)
And why go to Assyria(BZ)
to drink water from the Euphrates?(CA)
19 Your wickedness will punish you;
your backsliding(CB) will rebuke(CC) you.
Consider then and realize
how evil and bitter(CD) it is for you
when you forsake(CE) the Lord your God
and have no awe(CF) of me,”
declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.

20 “Long ago you broke off your yoke(CG)
and tore off your bonds;(CH)
you said, ‘I will not serve you!’(CI)
Indeed, on every high hill(CJ)
and under every spreading tree(CK)
you lay down as a prostitute.(CL)
21 I had planted(CM) you like a choice vine(CN)
of sound and reliable stock.
How then did you turn against me
into a corrupt,(CO) wild vine?
22 Although you wash(CP) yourself with soap(CQ)
and use an abundance of cleansing powder,
the stain of your guilt is still before me,”
declares the Sovereign Lord.(CR)
23 “How can you say, ‘I am not defiled;(CS)
I have not run after the Baals’?(CT)
See how you behaved in the valley;(CU)
consider what you have done.
You are a swift she-camel
running(CV) here and there,
24 a wild donkey(CW) accustomed to the desert,(CX)
sniffing the wind in her craving—
in her heat who can restrain her?
Any males that pursue her need not tire themselves;
at mating time they will find her.
25 Do not run until your feet are bare
and your throat is dry.
But you said, ‘It’s no use!(CY)
I love foreign gods,(CZ)
and I must go after them.’(DA)

26 “As a thief is disgraced(DB) when he is caught,
so the people of Israel are disgraced—
they, their kings and their officials,
their priests(DC) and their prophets.(DD)
27 They say to wood,(DE) ‘You are my father,’
and to stone,(DF) ‘You gave me birth.’
They have turned their backs(DG) to me
and not their faces;(DH)
yet when they are in trouble,(DI) they say,
‘Come and save(DJ) us!’
28 Where then are the gods(DK) you made for yourselves?
Let them come if they can save you
when you are in trouble!(DL)
For you, Judah, have as many gods
as you have towns.(DM)

29 “Why do you bring charges against me?
You have all(DN) rebelled against me,”
declares the Lord.
30 “In vain I punished your people;
they did not respond to correction.(DO)
Your sword has devoured your prophets(DP)
like a ravenous lion.

Footnotes:

  1. Jeremiah 1:5 Or chose
  2. Jeremiah 1:12 The Hebrew for watching sounds like the Hebrew for almond tree.
  3. Jeremiah 2:10 In the Syro-Arabian desert
  4. Jeremiah 2:18 Hebrew Shihor; that is, a branch of the Nile

Cross references:

  1. Jeremiah 1:1 : S Jos 21:18
  2. Jeremiah 1:2 : Eze 1:3; Hos 1:1; Joel 1:1
  3. Jeremiah 1:2 : S 2Ki 22:1
  4. Jeremiah 1:3 : S 2Ki 23:34
  5. Jeremiah 1:3 : S 2Ki 24:17
  6. Jeremiah 1:3 : Ezr 5:12; Jer 52:15
  7. Jeremiah 1:5 : S Ps 139:13
  8. Jeremiah 1:5 : Ps 139:16
  9. Jeremiah 1:5 : S Isa 49:1
  10. Jeremiah 1:5 : Jn 10:36
  11. Jeremiah 1:5 : ver 10; Jer 25:15-26
  12. Jeremiah 1:6 : S Ex 3:11; S 6:12
  13. Jeremiah 1:6 : 1Ki 3:7
  14. Jeremiah 1:8 : S Ge 15:1; S Jos 8:1
  15. Jeremiah 1:8 : S Ge 26:3; S Jos 1:5; Jer 15:20
  16. Jeremiah 1:8 : ver 19; Jer 15:21; 26:24; 36:26; 42:11
  17. Jeremiah 1:8 : Jer 20:11
  18. Jeremiah 1:9 : S Isa 6:7
  19. Jeremiah 1:9 : S Ex 4:12
  20. Jeremiah 1:10 : Jer 25:17; 46:1
  21. Jeremiah 1:10 : Jer 12:17
  22. Jeremiah 1:10 : Jer 18:7-10; 24:6; 31:4, 28
  23. Jeremiah 1:11 : Jer 24:3; Am 7:8
  24. Jeremiah 1:12 : S Job 29:2; Jer 44:27
  25. Jeremiah 1:13 : Jer 24:3; Zec 4:2; 5:2
  26. Jeremiah 1:14 : S Isa 14:31
  27. Jeremiah 1:15 : Jer 4:16; 9:11; 10:22
  28. Jeremiah 1:16 : Jer 4:12
  29. Jeremiah 1:16 : S Ge 6:5; Jer 44:5
  30. Jeremiah 1:16 : Jer 2:13; 17:13
  31. Jeremiah 1:16 : S Ex 20:3; Jer 7:9; 19:4; 44:3
  32. Jeremiah 1:16 : S Nu 25:3
  33. Jeremiah 1:16 : Ps 115:4-8; S 135:15
  34. Jeremiah 1:17 : ver 7; Jer 7:27; 26:2, 15; 42:4
  35. Jeremiah 1:17 : S Dt 31:6; S 2Ki 1:15
  36. Jeremiah 1:18 : S Isa 50:7
  37. Jeremiah 1:19 : S Ps 129:2
  38. Jeremiah 1:19 : S Ge 26:3; Isa 43:2; Jer 20:11
  39. Jeremiah 1:19 : S ver 8; S Pr 20:22; Ac 26:17
  40. Jeremiah 2:1 : Isa 38:4; Eze 1:3; Mic 1:1
  41. Jeremiah 2:2 : Ps 71:17; Isa 54:4; Jer 3:4; Eze 16:8-14, 60; Hos 2:15; 11:1; Rev 2:4
  42. Jeremiah 2:2 : S Ex 13:21; S Dt 1:19
  43. Jeremiah 2:3 : S Dt 7:6
  44. Jeremiah 2:3 : S Ex 19:6; S Dt 7:6
  45. Jeremiah 2:3 : Lev 23:9-14; Jas 1:18; Rev 14:4
  46. Jeremiah 2:3 : Isa 41:11; Jer 10:25; 30:16
  47. Jeremiah 2:3 : Jer 50:7
  48. Jeremiah 2:5 : S Dt 32:21; S 1Sa 12:21; Ps 31:6
  49. Jeremiah 2:5 : 2Ki 17:15
  50. Jeremiah 2:6 : S Ex 6:6; Hos 13:4
  51. Jeremiah 2:6 : S Dt 1:19
  52. Jeremiah 2:6 : S Dt 32:10
  53. Jeremiah 2:6 : Jer 51:43
  54. Jeremiah 2:7 : S Nu 13:27; Dt 8:7-9; 11:10-12
  55. Jeremiah 2:7 : Ps 106:34-39; Jer 3:9; 7:30; 16:18; Eze 11:21; 36:17
  56. Jeremiah 2:8 : S 1Sa 2:12; Jer 4:22
  57. Jeremiah 2:8 : Jer 3:15; 23:1; 25:34; 50:6
  58. Jeremiah 2:8 : S 1Ki 18:22
  59. Jeremiah 2:8 : ver 25; S Isa 40:19; S 56:10; Jer 5:19; 9:14; 16:19; 22:9
  60. Jeremiah 2:9 : Jer 25:31; Hos 4:1; Mic 6:2
  61. Jeremiah 2:10 : S Ge 10:4
  62. Jeremiah 2:10 : S Ge 25:13
  63. Jeremiah 2:11 : S Isa 37:19; Jer 16:20; Gal 4:8
  64. Jeremiah 2:11 : S 1Sa 4:21; Ro 1:23
  65. Jeremiah 2:13 : S Dt 31:16; S Isa 65:11
  66. Jeremiah 2:13 : S Isa 12:3; Jn 4:14
  67. Jeremiah 2:14 : Ex 4:22; Jer 31:9
  68. Jeremiah 2:15 : Jer 4:7; 50:17
  69. Jeremiah 2:15 : S Isa 1:7
  70. Jeremiah 2:15 : S 2Ki 25:9
  71. Jeremiah 2:15 : S Lev 26:43
  72. Jeremiah 2:16 : S Isa 19:13
  73. Jeremiah 2:16 : Jer 43:7-9
  74. Jeremiah 2:17 : Jer 4:18
  75. Jeremiah 2:17 : S Isa 1:28; Jer 17:13; 19:4
  76. Jeremiah 2:18 : S Isa 30:2
  77. Jeremiah 2:18 : S Jos 13:3
  78. Jeremiah 2:18 : S 2Ki 16:7; Hos 5:13; 7:11; 8:9
  79. Jeremiah 2:18 : S Isa 7:20
  80. Jeremiah 2:19 : Jer 3:11, 22; 7:24; 11:10; 14:7; Hos 14:4
  81. Jeremiah 2:19 : Isa 3:9; 59:12; Hos 5:5
  82. Jeremiah 2:19 : S Job 20:14; Am 8:10
  83. Jeremiah 2:19 : Jer 19:4
  84. Jeremiah 2:19 : S Ps 36:1
  85. Jeremiah 2:20 : S Lev 26:13
  86. Jeremiah 2:20 : Ps 2:3; Jer 5:5
  87. Jeremiah 2:20 : S Job 21:14
  88. Jeremiah 2:20 : Isa 57:7; Jer 3:23; 17:2
  89. Jeremiah 2:20 : S Dt 12:2
  90. Jeremiah 2:20 : S Isa 1:21; Eze 16:15
  91. Jeremiah 2:21 : S Ex 15:17
  92. Jeremiah 2:21 : S Ps 80:8
  93. Jeremiah 2:21 : S Isa 5:4
  94. Jeremiah 2:22 : S Ps 51:2; La 1:8, 17
  95. Jeremiah 2:22 : S Job 9:30
  96. Jeremiah 2:22 : Jer 17:1
  97. Jeremiah 2:23 : S Pr 30:12
  98. Jeremiah 2:23 : ver 25; Jer 9:14; 23:27
  99. Jeremiah 2:23 : S 2Ki 23:10; Jer 7:31; 19:2; 31:40
  100. Jeremiah 2:23 : ver 33; Jer 31:22
  101. Jeremiah 2:24 : S Ge 16:12; Jer 14:6
  102. Jeremiah 2:24 : S Job 39:6
  103. Jeremiah 2:25 : S Isa 57:10
  104. Jeremiah 2:25 : Dt 32:16; Jer 3:13; 14:10
  105. Jeremiah 2:25 : S ver 8,S 23
  106. Jeremiah 2:26 : Jer 48:27; La 1:7; Eze 16:54; 36:4
  107. Jeremiah 2:26 : Eze 22:26
  108. Jeremiah 2:26 : Jer 32:32; 44:17, 21
  109. Jeremiah 2:27 : Jer 10:8
  110. Jeremiah 2:27 : Jer 3:9
  111. Jeremiah 2:27 : S 1Ki 14:9; S 2Ch 29:6; Ps 14:3; Eze 8:16
  112. Jeremiah 2:27 : Jer 18:17; 32:33; Eze 7:22
  113. Jeremiah 2:27 : Jdg 10:10; Isa 26:16
  114. Jeremiah 2:27 : Isa 37:20; Hos 5:15
  115. Jeremiah 2:28 : S Isa 45:20
  116. Jeremiah 2:28 : S Dt 32:37; S Isa 40:19
  117. Jeremiah 2:28 : S 2Ki 17:29
  118. Jeremiah 2:29 : Jer 5:1; 6:13; Da 9:11; Mic 3:11; 7:2
  119. Jeremiah 2:30 : S Lev 26:23
  120. Jeremiah 2:30 : S Ne 9:26; S Jer 11:21; Ac 7:52; 1Th 2:15
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Philippians 4

Closing Appeal for Steadfastness and Unity

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for,(A) my joy and crown, stand firm(B) in the Lord in this way, dear friends!

I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind(C) in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers,(D) whose names are in the book of life.(E)

Final Exhortations

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!(F) Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.(G) Do not be anxious about anything,(H) but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.(I) And the peace of God,(J) which transcends all understanding,(K) will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice.(L) And the God of peace(M) will be with you.

Thanks for Their Gifts

10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me.(N) Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content(O) whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry,(P) whether living in plenty or in want.(Q) 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.(R)

14 Yet it was good of you to share(S) in my troubles. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days(T) of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia,(U) not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only;(V) 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica,(W) you sent me aid more than once when I was in need.(X) 17 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account.(Y) 18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus(Z) the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant(AA) offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs(AB) according to the riches of his glory(AC) in Christ Jesus.

20 To our God and Father(AD) be glory for ever and ever. Amen.(AE)

Final Greetings

21 Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me(AF) send greetings. 22 All God’s people(AG) here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.

23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ(AH) be with your spirit.(AI) Amen.[a]

Footnotes:

  1. Philippians 4:23 Some manuscripts do not have Amen.
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Psalm 75

Psalm 75[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” A psalm of Asaph. A song.

We praise you, God,
we praise you, for your Name is near;(A)
people tell of your wonderful deeds.(B)

You say, “I choose the appointed time;(C)
it is I who judge with equity.(D)
When the earth and all its people quake,(E)
it is I who hold its pillars(F) firm.[b]
To the arrogant(G) I say, ‘Boast no more,’(H)
and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horns.[c](I)
Do not lift your horns against heaven;
do not speak so defiantly.(J)’”

No one from the east or the west
or from the desert can exalt themselves.
It is God who judges:(K)
He brings one down, he exalts another.(L)
In the hand of the Lord is a cup
full of foaming wine mixed(M) with spices;
he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth
drink it down to its very dregs.(N)

As for me, I will declare(O) this forever;
I will sing(P) praise to the God of Jacob,(Q)
10 who says, “I will cut off the horns of all the wicked,
but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.”(R)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 75:1 In Hebrew texts 75:1-10 is numbered 75:2-11.
  2. Psalm 75:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
  3. Psalm 75:4 Horns here symbolize strength; also in verses 5 and 10.
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Proverbs 24:17-20

Saying 28

17 Do not gloat(A) when your enemy falls;
when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,(B)
18 or the Lord will see and disapprove
and turn his wrath away from them.(C)

Saying 29

19 Do not fret(D) because of evildoers
or be envious of the wicked,
20 for the evildoer has no future hope,
and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.(E)

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday October 2, 2022 (NIV)

Isaiah 66

Judgment and Hope

66 This is what the Lord says:

“Heaven is my throne,(A)
and the earth is my footstool.(B)
Where is the house(C) you will build for me?
Where will my resting place be?
Has not my hand made all these things,(D)
and so they came into being?”
declares the Lord.

“These are the ones I look on with favor:
those who are humble and contrite in spirit,(E)
and who tremble at my word.(F)
But whoever sacrifices a bull(G)
is like one who kills a person,
and whoever offers a lamb
is like one who breaks a dog’s neck;
whoever makes a grain offering
is like one who presents pig’s(H) blood,
and whoever burns memorial incense(I)
is like one who worships an idol.
They have chosen their own ways,(J)
and they delight in their abominations;(K)
so I also will choose harsh treatment for them
and will bring on them what they dread.(L)
For when I called, no one answered,(M)
when I spoke, no one listened.
They did evil(N) in my sight
and chose what displeases me.”(O)

Hear the word of the Lord,
you who tremble at his word:(P)
“Your own people who hate(Q) you,
and exclude you because of my name, have said,
‘Let the Lord be glorified,
that we may see your joy!’
Yet they will be put to shame.(R)
Hear that uproar from the city,
hear that noise from the temple!
It is the sound(S) of the Lord
repaying(T) his enemies all they deserve.

“Before she goes into labor,(U)
she gives birth;
before the pains come upon her,
she delivers a son.(V)
Who has ever heard of such things?
Who has ever seen(W) things like this?
Can a country be born in a day(X)
or a nation be brought forth in a moment?
Yet no sooner is Zion in labor
than she gives birth to her children.(Y)
Do I bring to the moment of birth(Z)
and not give delivery?” says the Lord.
“Do I close up the womb
when I bring to delivery?” says your God.
10 “Rejoice(AA) with Jerusalem and be glad for her,
all you who love(AB) her;
rejoice greatly with her,
all you who mourn(AC) over her.
11 For you will nurse(AD) and be satisfied
at her comforting breasts;(AE)
you will drink deeply
and delight in her overflowing abundance.”(AF)

12 For this is what the Lord says:

“I will extend peace(AG) to her like a river,(AH)
and the wealth(AI) of nations like a flooding stream;
you will nurse and be carried(AJ) on her arm
and dandled on her knees.
13 As a mother comforts her child,(AK)
so will I comfort(AL) you;
and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.”

14 When you see this, your heart will rejoice(AM)
and you will flourish(AN) like grass;
the hand(AO) of the Lord will be made known to his servants,(AP)
but his fury(AQ) will be shown to his foes.
15 See, the Lord is coming with fire,(AR)
and his chariots(AS) are like a whirlwind;(AT)
he will bring down his anger with fury,
and his rebuke(AU) with flames of fire.
16 For with fire(AV) and with his sword(AW)
the Lord will execute judgment(AX) on all people,
and many will be those slain(AY) by the Lord.

17 “Those who consecrate and purify themselves to go into the gardens,(AZ) following one who is among those who eat the flesh of pigs,(BA) rats(BB) and other unclean things—they will meet their end(BC) together with the one they follow,” declares the Lord.

18 “And I, because of what they have planned and done,(BD) am about to come[a] and gather the people of all nations(BE) and languages, and they will come and see my glory.(BF)

19 “I will set a sign(BG) among them, and I will send some of those who survive(BH) to the nations—to Tarshish,(BI) to the Libyans[b] and Lydians(BJ) (famous as archers), to Tubal(BK) and Greece,(BL) and to the distant islands(BM) that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory.(BN) They will proclaim my glory among the nations. 20 And they will bring(BO) all your people, from all the nations, to my holy mountain(BP) in Jerusalem as an offering to the Lord—on horses, in chariots and wagons, and on mules and camels,”(BQ) says the Lord. “They will bring them, as the Israelites bring their grain offerings, to the temple of the Lord in ceremonially clean vessels.(BR) 21 And I will select some of them also to be priests(BS) and Levites,” says the Lord.

22 “As the new heavens and the new earth(BT) that I make will endure before me,” declares the Lord, “so will your name and descendants endure.(BU) 23 From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath(BV) to another, all mankind will come and bow down(BW) before me,” says the Lord. 24 “And they will go out and look on the dead bodies(BX) of those who rebelled(BY) against me; the worms(BZ) that eat them will not die, the fire that burns them will not be quenched,(CA) and they will be loathsome to all mankind.”

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 66:18 The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain.
  2. Isaiah 66:19 Some Septuagint manuscripts Put (Libyans); Hebrew Pul

Cross references:

  1. Isaiah 66:1 : S 2Ch 6:18; S Ps 2:4; S 9:7; Mt 23:22
  2. Isaiah 66:1 : S 1Ki 8:27; Mt 5:34-35
  3. Isaiah 66:1 : S 2Sa 7:7; Jn 4:20-21; Ac 7:49*; 17:24
  4. Isaiah 66:2 : S Isa 40:26; Ac 7:50*; 17:24
  5. Isaiah 66:2 : S Isa 57:15; Mt 5:3-4; Lk 18:13-14
  6. Isaiah 66:2 : S Ezr 9:4
  7. Isaiah 66:3 : S Isa 1:11
  8. Isaiah 66:3 : S Lev 11:7
  9. Isaiah 66:3 : S Lev 2:2
  10. Isaiah 66:3 : S Isa 57:17
  11. Isaiah 66:3 : ver 17; S Dt 27:15; Eze 8:9-13
  12. Isaiah 66:4 : S Pr 10:24; S Isa 10:12
  13. Isaiah 66:4 : S 1Sa 8:19; S Isa 41:28
  14. Isaiah 66:4 : 2Ki 21:2, 4, 6; Isa 59:12
  15. Isaiah 66:4 : S Isa 65:12
  16. Isaiah 66:5 : S Ezr 9:4
  17. Isaiah 66:5 : Ps 38:20; Isa 60:15; Jn 15:21
  18. Isaiah 66:5 : S Isa 44:9; Lk 13:17
  19. Isaiah 66:6 : S 1Sa 2:10; S Ps 68:33
  20. Isaiah 66:6 : S Lev 26:28; Isa 65:6; Joel 3:7
  21. Isaiah 66:7 : S Isa 54:1
  22. Isaiah 66:7 : Rev 12:5
  23. Isaiah 66:8 : Isa 64:4; Jer 18:13
  24. Isaiah 66:8 : S Isa 49:20
  25. Isaiah 66:8 : S Isa 49:21
  26. Isaiah 66:9 : S Isa 37:3
  27. Isaiah 66:10 : S Dt 32:43; S Isa 25:9; Ro 15:10
  28. Isaiah 66:10 : S Ps 26:8
  29. Isaiah 66:10 : Isa 57:19; 61:2
  30. Isaiah 66:11 : S Nu 11:12; S Isa 60:16
  31. Isaiah 66:11 : Ge 49:25
  32. Isaiah 66:11 : S Nu 25:1; S Isa 25:6
  33. Isaiah 66:12 : S Ps 119:165; S Isa 9:6
  34. Isaiah 66:12 : S Isa 33:21
  35. Isaiah 66:12 : Ps 72:3; Isa 60:5; 61:6
  36. Isaiah 66:12 : S Nu 11:12; Isa 60:4
  37. Isaiah 66:13 : S Isa 49:15; 1Th 2:7
  38. Isaiah 66:13 : S Isa 40:1; S 2Co 1:4
  39. Isaiah 66:14 : S Isa 25:9; S 60:5; S Joel 2:23
  40. Isaiah 66:14 : S Ps 72:16
  41. Isaiah 66:14 : S Ezr 5:5; S Isa 41:20
  42. Isaiah 66:14 : S Isa 54:17
  43. Isaiah 66:14 : S Isa 10:5; S 30:27
  44. Isaiah 66:15 : S Isa 1:31; S 42:25
  45. Isaiah 66:15 : S 2Ki 2:11; S Ps 68:17
  46. Isaiah 66:15 : S 2Ki 2:1
  47. Isaiah 66:15 : S Dt 28:20; S Ps 9:5; S 39:11
  48. Isaiah 66:16 : Isa 30:30; Am 7:4; Mal 4:1
  49. Isaiah 66:16 : S Isa 1:20; S 27:1; S Eze 14:21
  50. Isaiah 66:16 : S Isa 13:9, 11; S Jer 2:35; S Eze 36:5
  51. Isaiah 66:16 : S Isa 10:4
  52. Isaiah 66:17 : S Isa 1:29
  53. Isaiah 66:17 : S Lev 11:7
  54. Isaiah 66:17 : Lev 11:29
  55. Isaiah 66:17 : Ps 37:20; Isa 1:28
  56. Isaiah 66:18 : S Pr 24:2; S Isa 65:2
  57. Isaiah 66:18 : S Isa 2:3; S Zec 12:3
  58. Isaiah 66:18 : S Ex 16:7; S Isa 59:19
  59. Isaiah 66:19 : Isa 11:10; 49:22; Mt 24:30
  60. Isaiah 66:19 : S 2Ki 19:31
  61. Isaiah 66:19 : S Isa 2:16
  62. Isaiah 66:19 : Jer 46:9; Eze 27:10
  63. Isaiah 66:19 : S Ge 10:2
  64. Isaiah 66:19 : Jer 31:10; Da 11:18
  65. Isaiah 66:19 : Isa 11:11
  66. Isaiah 66:19 : S 1Ch 16:24; S Isa 24:15
  67. Isaiah 66:20 : S Isa 11:12; S Jer 25:22; Eze 34:13
  68. Isaiah 66:20 : S Dt 33:19; S Isa 2:2; Jer 31:23
  69. Isaiah 66:20 : S Ezr 2:66
  70. Isaiah 66:20 : Isa 52:11
  71. Isaiah 66:21 : S Ex 19:6; 1Pe 2:5, 9
  72. Isaiah 66:22 : S Isa 65:17; Heb 12:26-27; S 2Pe 3:13
  73. Isaiah 66:22 : S Isa 48:19; Jn 10:27-29; 1Pe 1:4-5
  74. Isaiah 66:23 : Eze 46:1-3
  75. Isaiah 66:23 : S Ps 22:29; S Isa 19:21; S 44:5; Rev 15:4
  76. Isaiah 66:24 : S Ps 110:6
  77. Isaiah 66:24 : S Isa 1:2
  78. Isaiah 66:24 : S Isa 14:11
  79. Isaiah 66:24 : S Isa 1:31; S Mt 25:41; Mk 9:48*
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Philippians 3:4-21

though I myself have reasons for such confidence.(A)

If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised(B) on the eighth day, of the people of Israel,(C) of the tribe of Benjamin,(D) a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee;(E) as for zeal,(F) persecuting the church;(G) as for righteousness based on the law,(H) faultless.

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss(I) for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing(J) Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ(K) and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law,(L) but that which is through faith in[a] Christ—the righteousness(M) that comes from God on the basis of faith.(N) 10 I want to know(O) Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings,(P) becoming like him in his death,(Q) 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection(R) from the dead.

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal,(S) but I press on to take hold(T) of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.(U) 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind(V) and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on(W) toward the goal to win the prize(X) for which God has called(Y) me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Following Paul’s Example

15 All of us, then, who are mature(Z) should take such a view of things.(AA) And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.(AB) 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

17 Join together in following my example,(AC) brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.(AD) 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears,(AE) many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.(AF) 19 Their destiny(AG) is destruction, their god is their stomach,(AH) and their glory is in their shame.(AI) Their mind is set on earthly things.(AJ) 20 But our citizenship(AK) is in heaven.(AL) And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,(AM) 21 who, by the power(AN) that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies(AO) so that they will be like his glorious body.(AP)

Footnotes:

  1. Philippians 3:9 Or through the faithfulness of
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Psalm 74

Psalm 74

A maskil[a] of Asaph.

O God, why have you rejected(A) us forever?(B)
Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?(C)
Remember the nation you purchased(D) long ago,(E)
the people of your inheritance,(F) whom you redeemed(G)
Mount Zion,(H) where you dwelt.(I)
Turn your steps toward these everlasting ruins,(J)
all this destruction the enemy has brought on the sanctuary.

Your foes roared(K) in the place where you met with us;
they set up their standards(L) as signs.
They behaved like men wielding axes
to cut through a thicket of trees.(M)
They smashed all the carved(N) paneling
with their axes and hatchets.
They burned your sanctuary to the ground;
they defiled(O) the dwelling place(P) of your Name.(Q)
They said in their hearts, “We will crush(R) them completely!”
They burned(S) every place where God was worshiped in the land.

We are given no signs from God;(T)
no prophets(U) are left,
and none of us knows how long this will be.
10 How long(V) will the enemy mock(W) you, God?
Will the foe revile(X) your name forever?
11 Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand?(Y)
Take it from the folds of your garment(Z) and destroy them!

12 But God is my King(AA) from long ago;
he brings salvation(AB) on the earth.

13 It was you who split open the sea(AC) by your power;
you broke the heads of the monster(AD) in the waters.
14 It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan(AE)
and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert.(AF)
15 It was you who opened up springs(AG) and streams;
you dried up(AH) the ever-flowing rivers.
16 The day is yours, and yours also the night;
you established the sun and moon.(AI)
17 It was you who set all the boundaries(AJ) of the earth;
you made both summer and winter.(AK)

18 Remember how the enemy has mocked you, Lord,
how foolish people(AL) have reviled your name.
19 Do not hand over the life of your dove(AM) to wild beasts;
do not forget the lives of your afflicted(AN) people forever.
20 Have regard for your covenant,(AO)
because haunts of violence fill the dark places(AP) of the land.
21 Do not let the oppressed(AQ) retreat in disgrace;
may the poor and needy(AR) praise your name.
22 Rise up,(AS) O God, and defend your cause;
remember how fools(AT) mock you all day long.
23 Do not ignore the clamor(AU) of your adversaries,(AV)
the uproar(AW) of your enemies,(AX) which rises continually.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 74:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
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Proverbs 24:15-16

Saying 27

15 Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous,
do not plunder their dwelling place;
16 for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,
but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.(A)

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday October 1, 2022 (NIV)

Isaiah 62:6-65:25

On your walls, Jerusalem, I have placed sentries;
They must never be silent day or night.
They must remind the Lord of his promises
And never let him forget them.
They must give him no rest until he restores Jerusalem
And makes it a city the whole world praises.

The Lord has made a solemn promise,
And by his power he will carry it out:
“Your grain will no longer be food for your enemies,
And foreigners will no longer drink your wine.
But you that planted and harvested the grain
Will eat the bread and praise the Lord.
You that tended and gathered the grapes
Will drink the wine in the courts of my Temple.”

10 People of Jerusalem, go out of the city
And build a road for your returning people!
Prepare a highway; clear it of stones!
Put up a signal so that the nations can know
11 (A)That the Lord is announcing to all the earth:
“Tell the people of Jerusalem
That the Lord is coming to save you,
Bringing with him the people he has rescued.”
12 You will be called “God's Holy People,”
“The People the Lord Has Saved.”
Jerusalem will be called “The City That God Loves,”
“The City That God Did Not Forsake.”

The Lord's Victory over the Nations

63 (B)“Who is this coming from the city of Bozrah in Edom? Who is this so splendidly dressed in red, marching along[a] in power and strength?”

It is the Lord, powerful to save, coming to announce his victory.

“Why is his clothing so red, like that of someone who tramples grapes to make wine?”

(C)The Lord answers, “I have trampled the nations like grapes, and no one came to help me. I trampled them in my anger, and their blood has stained all my clothing. I decided that the time to save my people had come; it was time to punish their enemies. (D)I was amazed when I looked and saw that there was no one to help me. But my anger made me strong, and I won the victory myself. In my anger I trampled whole nations and shattered them. I poured out their lifeblood on the ground.”

The Lord's Goodness to Israel

I will tell of the Lord's unfailing love;
I praise him for all he has done for us.
He has richly blessed the people of Israel
because of his mercy and constant love.

The Lord said, “They are my people; they will not deceive me.” And so he saved them from all their suffering. It was not an angel, but the Lord himself who saved them. In his love and compassion he rescued them. He had always taken care of them in the past, 10 but they rebelled against him and made his holy spirit sad. So the Lord became their enemy and fought against them.

11 But then they[b] remembered the past, the days of Moses, the servant of the Lord, and they asked, “Where now is the Lord, who saved the leaders of his people from the sea? Where is the Lord, who gave his spirit to Moses? 12-13 (E)Where is the Lord, who by his power did great things through Moses, dividing the waters of the sea and leading his people through the deep water, to win everlasting fame for himself?”

Led by the Lord, they were as sure-footed as wild horses, and never stumbled. 14 As cattle are led into a fertile valley, so the Lord gave his people rest. He led his people and brought honor to his name.

A Prayer for Mercy and Help

15 Lord, look upon us from heaven, where you live in your holiness and glory. Where is your great concern for us? Where is your power? Where are your love and compassion? Do not ignore us. 16 You are our father. Our ancestors Abraham and Jacob do not acknowledge us, but you, Lord, are our father, the one who has always rescued us. 17 Why do you let us stray from your ways? Why do you make us so stubborn that we turn away from you? Come back, for the sake of those who serve you, for the sake of the people who have always been yours.

18 We, your holy people, were driven out by our enemies for a little while; they trampled down your sanctuary.[c] 19 You treat us as though you had never been our ruler, as though we had never been your people.

64 Why don't you tear the sky open and come down? The mountains would see you and shake with fear. They would tremble like water boiling over a hot fire. Come and reveal your power to your enemies, and make the nations tremble at your presence! There was a time when you came and did terrifying things that we did not expect; the mountains saw you and shook with fear. (F)No one has ever seen or heard of a God like you, who does such deeds for those who put their hope in him. You welcome those who find joy in doing what is right, those who remember how you want them to live. You were angry with us, but we went on sinning; in spite of your great anger we have continued to do wrong since ancient times.[d] All of us have been sinful; even our best actions are filthy through and through. Because of our sins we are like leaves that wither and are blown away by the wind. No one turns to you in prayer; no one goes to you for help. You have hidden yourself from us and have abandoned[e] us because of our sins.

But you are our father, Lord. We are like clay, and you are like the potter. You created us, so do not be too angry with us or hold our sins against us forever. We are your people; be merciful to us. 10 Your sacred cities are like a desert; Jerusalem is a deserted ruin, 11 and our Temple, the sacred and beautiful place where our ancestors praised you, has been destroyed by fire. All the places we loved are in ruins. 12 Lord, are you unmoved by all this? Are you going to do nothing and make us suffer more than we can endure?

God's Punishment of the Rebellious

65 (G)The Lord said, “I was ready to answer my people's prayers, but they did not pray. I was ready for them to find me, but they did not even try. The nation did not pray to me, even though I was always ready to answer, ‘Here I am; I will help you.’ (H)I have always been ready to welcome my people, who stubbornly do what is wrong and go their own way. They shamelessly keep on making me angry. They offer pagan sacrifices at sacred gardens[f] and burn incense on pagan altars. At night they go to caves and tombs to consult the spirits of the dead. They eat pork and drink broth made from meat offered in pagan sacrifices. And then they say to others, ‘Keep away from us; we are too holy for you to touch!’ I cannot stand people like that—my anger against them is like a fire that never goes out.

“I have already decided on their punishment, and their sentence is written down. I will not overlook what they have done, but will repay them for their sins and the sins of their ancestors. They have burned incense at pagan hill shrines and spoken evil of me. So I will punish them as their past deeds deserve.”

The Lord says, “No one destroys good grapes; instead, they make wine with them. Neither will I destroy all my people—I will save those who serve me. I will bless the Israelites who belong to the tribe of Judah, and their descendants will possess my land of mountains. My chosen people, who serve me, will live there. 10 (I)They will worship me and will lead their sheep and cattle to pasture in the Plain of Sharon in the west and in Trouble Valley in the east.

11 “But it will be different for you that forsake me, who ignore Zion, my sacred hill,[g] and worship Gad and Meni, the gods of luck and fate. 12 It will be your fate to die a violent death, because you did not answer when I called you or listen when I spoke. You chose to disobey me and do evil. 13 And so I tell you that those who worship and obey me will have plenty to eat and drink, but you will be hungry and thirsty. They will be happy, but you will be disgraced. 14 They will sing for joy, but you will cry with a broken heart. 15 My chosen people will use your name as a curse. I, the Sovereign Lord, will put you to death. But I will give a new name to those who obey me. 16 Anyone in the land who asks for a blessing will ask to be blessed by the faithful God. Whoever takes an oath will swear by the name of the faithful God. The troubles of the past will be gone and forgotten.”

The New Creation

17 (J)The Lord says, “I am making a new earth and new heavens. The events of the past will be completely forgotten. 18 Be glad and rejoice forever in what I create. The new Jerusalem I make will be full of joy, and her people will be happy. 19 (K)I myself will be filled with joy because of Jerusalem and her people. There will be no weeping there, no calling for help. 20 Babies will no longer die in infancy, and all people will live out their life span. Those who live to be a hundred will be considered young. To die before that would be a sign that I had punished them. 21-22 People will build houses and get to live in them—they will not be used by someone else. They will plant vineyards and enjoy the wine—it will not be drunk by others. Like trees, my people will live long lives. They will fully enjoy the things that they have worked for. 23 The work they do will be successful, and their children will not meet with disaster. I will bless them and their descendants for all time to come. 24 Even before they finish praying to me, I will answer their prayers. 25 (L)Wolves and lambs will eat together; lions will eat straw, as cattle do, and snakes will no longer be dangerous. On Zion, my sacred hill,[h] there will be nothing harmful or evil.”

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 63:1 Some ancient translations marching along; Hebrew bowed down.
  2. Isaiah 63:11 Probable text they; Hebrew he.
  3. Isaiah 63:18 Verse 18 in Hebrew is unclear.
  4. Isaiah 64:5 Probable text in spite of … ancient times; Hebrew unclear.
  5. Isaiah 64:7 Some ancient translations abandoned; Hebrew melted.
  6. Isaiah 65:3 See 1.29.
  7. Isaiah 65:11 See 2.3.
  8. Isaiah 65:25 See 2.3.
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Philippians 2:19-3:3

Timothy and Epaphroditus

19 If it is the Lord's will, I hope that I will be able to send Timothy to you soon, so that I may be encouraged by news about you. 20 He is the only one who shares my feelings and who really cares about you. 21 Everyone else is concerned only with their own affairs, not with the cause of Jesus Christ. 22 And you yourselves know how he has proved his worth, how he and I, like a son and his father, have worked together for the sake of the gospel. 23 So I hope to send him to you as soon as I know how things are going to turn out for me. 24 And I trust in the Lord that I myself will be able to come to you soon.

25 I have thought it necessary to send to you our brother Epaphroditus, who has worked and fought by my side and who has served as your messenger in helping me. 26 He is anxious to see you all and is very upset because you had heard that he was sick. 27 Indeed he was sick and almost died. But God had pity on him, and not only on him but on me, too, and spared me an even greater sorrow. 28 I am all the more eager, then, to send him to you, so that you will be glad again when you see him, and my own sorrow will disappear. 29 Receive him, then, with joy, as a believer in the Lord. Show respect to all such people as he, 30 because he risked his life and nearly died for the sake of the work of Christ, in order to give me the help that you yourselves could not give.

The True Righteousness

In conclusion, my friends, be joyful in your union with the Lord. I don't mind repeating what I have written before, and you will be safer if I do so. Watch out for those who do evil things, those dogs, those who insist on cutting the body. It is we, not they, who have received the true circumcision, for we worship God by means of his Spirit and rejoice in our life in union with Christ Jesus. We do not put any trust in external ceremonies.

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Psalm 73

BOOK THREE(A)

The Justice of God[a]

73 God is indeed good to Israel,
to those who have pure hearts.
But I had nearly lost confidence;
my faith was almost gone
because I was jealous of the proud
when I saw that things go well for the wicked.

They do not suffer pain;
they are strong and healthy.
They do not suffer as other people do;
they do not have the troubles that others have.
And so they wear pride like a necklace
and violence like a robe;
their hearts pour out evil,[b]
and their minds are busy with wicked schemes.
They laugh at other people and speak of evil things;
they are proud and make plans to oppress others.
They speak evil of God in heaven
and give arrogant orders to everyone on earth,
10 so that even God's people turn to them
and eagerly believe whatever they say.[c]
11 They say, “God will not know;
the Most High will not find out.”
12 That is what the wicked are like.
They have plenty and are always getting more.

13 Is it for nothing, then, that I have kept myself pure
and have not committed sin?
14 O God, you have made me suffer all day long;
every morning you have punished me.

15 If I had said such things,
I would not be acting as one of your people.
16 I tried to think this problem through,
but it was too difficult for me
17 until I went into your Temple.
Then I understood what will happen to the wicked.

18 You will put them in slippery places
and make them fall to destruction!
19 They are instantly destroyed;
they go down to a horrible end.
20 They are like a dream that goes away in the morning;
when you rouse yourself, O Lord, they disappear.

21 When my thoughts were bitter
and my feelings were hurt,
22 I was as stupid as an animal;
I did not understand you.
23 Yet I always stay close to you,
and you hold me by the hand.
24 You guide me with your instruction
and at the end you will receive me with honor.
25 What else do I have in heaven but you?
Since I have you, what else could I want on earth?
26 My mind and my body may grow weak,
but God is my strength;
he is all I ever need.

27 Those who abandon you will certainly perish;
you will destroy those who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, how wonderful to be near God,
to find protection with the Sovereign Lord
and to proclaim all that he has done!

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 73:1 HEBREW TITLE: By Asaph.
  2. Psalm 73:7 Some ancient translations their hearts pour out evil; Hebrew unclear.
  3. Psalm 73:10 Verse 10 in Hebrew is unclear.

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 73:1 : Psalms 73–89
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Proverbs 24:13-14

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13 My child, eat honey; it is good. And just as honey from the comb is sweet on your tongue, 14 you may be sure that wisdom is good for the soul. Get wisdom and you have a bright future.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday September 30, 2022 (NIV)

Isaiah 60:1-62:5

The Future Glory of Jerusalem

60 Arise, Jerusalem, and shine like the sun;
The glory of the Lord is shining on you!
Other nations will be covered by darkness,
But on you the light of the Lord will shine;
The brightness of his presence will be with you.
Nations will be drawn to your light,
And kings to the dawning of your new day.

(A)Look around you and see what is happening:
Your people are gathering to come home!
Your sons will come from far away;
Your daughters will be carried like children.
You will see this and be filled with joy;
You will tremble with excitement.
The wealth of the nations will be brought to you;
From across the sea their riches will come.

Great caravans of camels will come, from Midian and Ephah.
They will come from Sheba, bringing gold and incense.
People will tell the good news of what the Lord has done!
All the sheep of Kedar and Nebaioth
Will be brought to you as sacrifices
And offered on the altar to please the Lord.
The Lord will make his Temple more glorious than ever.

What are these ships that skim along like clouds,
Like doves returning home?
They are ships coming from distant lands,
Bringing God's people home.
They bring with them silver and gold
To honor the name of the Lord,
The holy God of Israel,
Who has made all nations honor his people.

10 The Lord says to Jerusalem,

“Foreigners will rebuild your walls,
And their kings will serve you.
In my anger I punished you,
But now I will show you my favor and mercy.
11 (B)Day and night your gates will be open,
So that the kings of the nations
May bring you their wealth.
12 But nations that do not serve you
Will be completely destroyed.

13 “The wood of the pine, the juniper, and the cypress,
The finest wood from the forests of Lebanon,
Will be brought to rebuild you, Jerusalem,
To make my Temple beautiful,
To make my city glorious.
14 (C)The descendants of those who oppressed you will come
And bow low to show their respect.
All who once despised you will worship at your feet.
They will call you ‘The City of the Lord,’
‘Zion, the City of Israel's Holy God.’

15 “You will no longer be forsaken and hated,
A city deserted and desolate.
I will make you great and beautiful,
A place of joy forever and ever.
16 Nations and kings will care for you
As a mother nurses her child.
You will know that I, the Lord, have saved you,
That the mighty God of Israel sets you free.

17 “I will bring you gold instead of bronze,
Silver and bronze instead of iron and wood,
And iron instead of stone.
Your rulers will no longer oppress you;
I will make them rule with justice and peace.
18 The sounds of violence will be heard no more;
Destruction will not shatter your country again.
I will protect and defend you like a wall;
You will praise me because I have saved you.

19 (D)“No longer will the sun be your light by day
Or the moon be your light by night;
I, the Lord, will be your eternal light;
The light of my glory will shine on you.
20 Your days of grief will come to an end.
I, the Lord, will be your eternal light,
More lasting than the sun and moon.
21 Your people will all do what is right,
And will possess the land forever.
I planted them, I made them,
To reveal my greatness to all.
22 Even your smallest and humblest family
Will become as great as a powerful nation.
When the right time comes,
I will make this happen quickly.
I am the Lord!”

The Good News of Deliverance

61 (E)The Sovereign Lord has filled me with his Spirit.
He has chosen me and sent me
To bring good news to the poor,
To heal the broken-hearted,
To announce release to captives
And freedom to those in prison.
(F)He has sent me to proclaim
That the time has come
When the Lord will save his people
And defeat their enemies.
He has sent me to comfort all who mourn,
To give to those who mourn in Zion
Joy and gladness instead of grief,
A song of praise instead of sorrow.
They will be like trees
That the Lord himself has planted.
They will all do what is right,
And God will be praised for what he has done.
They will rebuild cities that have long been in ruins.

My people, foreigners will serve you.
They will take care of your flocks
And farm your land and tend your vineyards.
And you will be known as the priests of the Lord,
The servants of our God.
You will enjoy the wealth of the nations
And be proud that it is yours.
Your shame and disgrace are ended.
You will live in your own land,
And your wealth will be doubled;
Your joy will last forever.

The Lord says,

“I love justice and I hate oppression and crime.
I will faithfully reward my people
And make an eternal covenant with them.
They will be famous among the nations;
Everyone who sees them will know
That they are a people whom I have blessed.”

10 (G)Jerusalem rejoices because of what the Lord has done.
She is like a bride dressed for her wedding.
God has clothed her with salvation and victory.
11 As surely as seeds sprout and grow,
The Sovereign Lord will save his people,
And all the nations will praise him.

62 I will speak out to encourage Jerusalem;
I will not be silent until she is saved,
And her victory shines like a torch in the night.
Jerusalem, the nations will see you victorious!
All their kings will see your glory.
You will be called by a new name,
A name given by the Lord himself.
You will be like a beautiful crown for the Lord.
No longer will you be called “Forsaken,”
Or your land be called “The Deserted Wife.”
Your new name will be “God Is Pleased with Her.”
Your land will be called “Happily Married,”
Because the Lord is pleased with you
And will be like a husband to your land.
Like a young man taking a virgin as his bride,
He who formed you will marry you.
As a groom is delighted with his bride,
So your God will delight in you.

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Philippians 1:27-2:18

27 Now, the important thing is that your way of life should be as the gospel of Christ requires, so that, whether or not I am able to go and see you, I will hear that you are standing firm with one common purpose and that with only one desire you are fighting together for the faith of the gospel. 28 Don't be afraid of your enemies; always be courageous, and this will prove to them that they will lose and that you will win, because it is God who gives you the victory. 29 For you have been given the privilege of serving Christ, not only by believing in him, but also by suffering for him. 30 (A)Now you can take part with me in the battle. It is the same battle you saw me fighting in the past, and as you hear, the one I am fighting still.

Christ's Humility and Greatness

Your life in Christ makes you strong, and his love comforts you. You have fellowship with the Spirit,[a] and you have kindness and compassion for one another. I urge you, then, to make me completely happy by having the same thoughts, sharing the same love, and being one in soul and mind. Don't do anything from selfish ambition or from a cheap desire to boast, but be humble toward one another, always considering others better than yourselves. And look out for one another's interests, not just for your own. The attitude you should have is the one that Christ Jesus had:

He always had the nature of God,
but he did not think that by force he should try to remain[b] equal with God.
Instead of this, of his own free will he gave up all he had,
and took the nature of a servant.
He became like a human being
and appeared in human likeness.
He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death—
his death on the cross.
For this reason God raised him to the highest place above
and gave him the name that is greater than any other name.
10 (B)And so, in honor of the name of Jesus
all beings in heaven, on earth, and in the world below[c]
will fall on their knees,
11 and all will openly proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Shining as Lights in the World

12 So then, dear friends, as you always obeyed me when I was with you, it is even more important that you obey me now while I am away from you. Keep on working with fear and trembling to complete your salvation, 13 because God is always at work in you to make you willing and able to obey his own purpose.

14 Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15 (C)so that you may be innocent and pure as God's perfect children, who live in a world of corrupt and sinful people. You must shine among them like stars lighting up the sky, 16 as you offer them the message of life. If you do so, I shall have reason to be proud of you on the Day of Christ, because it will show that all my effort and work have not been wasted.

17 Perhaps my life's blood is to be poured out like an offering on the sacrifice that your faith offers to God. If that is so, I am glad and share my joy with you all. 18 In the same way, you too must be glad and share your joy with me.

Footnotes:

  1. Philippians 2:1 You have fellowship with the Spirit; or The Spirit has brought you into fellowship with one another.
  2. Philippians 2:6 remain; or become.
  3. Philippians 2:10 It was thought that the dead continued to exist in a dark world under the ground.
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Psalm 72

A Prayer for the King[a]

72 Teach the king to judge with your righteousness, O God;
share with him your own justice,
so that he will rule over your people with justice
and govern the oppressed with righteousness.
May the land enjoy prosperity;
may it experience righteousness.
May the king judge the poor fairly;
may he help the needy
and defeat their oppressors.
May your people worship you as long as the sun shines,
as long as the moon gives light, for ages to come.

May the king be like rain on the fields,
like showers falling on the land.
May righteousness flourish in his lifetime,
and may prosperity last as long as the moon gives light.

(A)His kingdom will reach from sea to sea,
from the Euphrates to the ends of the earth.
The peoples of the desert will bow down before him;
his enemies will throw themselves to the ground.
10 The kings of Spain and of the islands will offer him gifts;
the kings of Sheba and Seba[b] will bring him offerings.
11 All kings will bow down before him;
all nations will serve him.

12 He rescues the poor who call to him,
and those who are needy and neglected.
13 He has pity on the weak and poor;
he saves the lives of those in need.
14 He rescues them from oppression and violence;
their lives are precious to him.

15 Long live the king!
May he be given gold from Sheba;[c]
may prayers be said for him at all times;
may God's blessings be on him always!
16 May there be plenty of grain in the land;
may the hills be covered with crops,
as fruitful as those of Lebanon.
May the cities be filled with people,
like fields full of grass.
17 May the king's name never be forgotten;
may his fame last as long as the sun.
May all nations ask God to bless them
as he has blessed the king.[d]

18 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel!
He alone does these wonderful things.
19 Praise his glorious name forever!
May his glory fill the whole world.

Amen! Amen!

20 This is the end of the prayers of David son of Jesse.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 72:1 HEBREW TITLE: By Solomon.
  2. Psalm 72:10 Sheba was toward the south in Arabia and Seba was on the opposite side of the Red Sea.
  3. Psalm 72:15 See 72.10.
  4. Psalm 72:17 as he has blessed the king; or and may they wish happiness for the king.

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 72:8 : Zech 9:10; Sir 44:21
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Proverbs 24:11-12

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11 Don't hesitate to rescue someone who is about to be executed unjustly. 12 You may say that it is none of your business, but God knows and judges your motives. He keeps watch on you; he knows. And he will reward you according to what you do.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday September 29, 2022 (NIV)

Isaiah 57:15-59:21

15 “I am the high and holy God, who lives forever. I live in a high and holy place, but I also live with people who are humble and repentant, so that I can restore their confidence and hope. 16 I gave my people life, and I will not continue to accuse them or be angry with them forever.[a] 17 I was angry with them because of their sin and greed, and so I punished them and abandoned them. But they were stubborn and kept on going their own way.

18 “I have seen how they acted, but I will heal them. I will lead them and help them, and I will comfort those who mourn. 19 (A)I offer peace to all, both near and far! I will heal my people. 20 But evil people are like the restless sea, whose waves never stop rolling in, bringing filth and muck. 21 (B)There is no safety for sinners,” says the Lord.

True Fasting

58 The Lord says, “Shout as loud as you can! Tell my people Israel about their sins! They worship me every day, claiming that they are eager to know my ways and obey my laws. They say they want me to give them just laws and that they take pleasure in worshiping me.”

The people ask, “Why should we fast if the Lord never notices? Why should we go without food if he pays no attention?”

The Lord says to them, “The truth is that at the same time you fast, you pursue your own interests and oppress your workers. Your fasting makes you violent, and you quarrel and fight. Do you think this kind of fasting will make me listen to your prayers? When you fast, you make yourselves suffer; you bow your heads low like a blade of grass and spread out sackcloth and ashes to lie on. Is that what you call fasting? Do you think I will be pleased with that?

“The kind of fasting I want is this: Remove the chains of oppression and the yoke of injustice, and let the oppressed go free. (C)Share your food with the hungry and open your homes to the homeless poor. Give clothes to those who have nothing to wear, and do not refuse to help your own relatives.

“Then my favor will shine on you like the morning sun, and your wounds will be quickly healed. I will always be with you to save you; my presence will protect you on every side. When you pray, I will answer you. When you call to me, I will respond.

“If you put an end to oppression, to every gesture of contempt, and to every evil word; 10 if you give food to the hungry and satisfy those who are in need, then the darkness around you will turn to the brightness of noon. 11 And I will always guide you and satisfy you with good things. I will keep you strong and well. You will be like a garden that has plenty of water, like a spring of water that never goes dry. 12 Your people will rebuild what has long been in ruins, building again on the old foundations. You will be known as the people who rebuilt the walls, who restored the ruined houses.”

The Reward for Keeping the Sabbath

13 The Lord says, “If you treat the Sabbath as sacred and do not pursue your own interests on that day; if you value my holy day and honor it by not traveling, working, or talking idly on that day, 14 then you will find the joy that comes from serving me. I will make you honored all over the world, and you will enjoy the land I gave to your ancestor, Jacob. I, the Lord, have spoken.”

The Prophet Condemns the People's Sins

59 Don't think that the Lord is too weak to save you or too deaf to hear your call for help! It is because of your sins that he doesn't hear you. It is your sins that separate you from God when you try to worship him. You are guilty of lying, violence, and murder.

You go to court, but you do not have justice on your side. You depend on lies to win your case. You carry out your plans to hurt others. 5-6 The evil plots you make are as deadly as the eggs of a poisonous snake. Crush an egg, out comes a snake! But your plots will do you no good—they are as useless as clothing made of cobwebs! (D)You are always planning something evil, and you can hardly wait to do it. You never hesitate to murder innocent people. You leave ruin and destruction wherever you go, and no one is safe when you are around. Everything you do is unjust. You follow a crooked path, and no one who walks that path will ever be safe.

The People Confess Their Sin

The people say, “Now we know why God does not save us from those who oppress us. We hope for light to walk by, but there is only darkness, 10 and we grope about like blind people. We stumble at noon, as if it were night, as if we were in the dark world of the dead. 11 We are frightened and distressed. We long for God to save us from oppression and wrong, but nothing happens.

12 Lord, our crimes against you are many. Our sins accuse us. We are well aware of them all. 13 We have rebelled against you, rejected you, and refused to follow you. We have oppressed others and turned away from you. Our thoughts are false; our words are lies. 14 Justice is driven away, and right cannot come near. Truth stumbles in the public square, and honesty finds no place there. 15 There is so little honesty that those who stop doing evil find themselves the victims of crime.”

The Lord Prepares to Rescue His People

The Lord has seen this, and he is displeased that there is no justice. 16 (E)He is astonished to see that there is no one to help the oppressed. So he will use his own power to rescue them and to win the victory. 17 (F)He will wear justice like a coat of armor and saving power like a helmet. He will clothe himself with the strong desire to set things right and to punish and avenge the wrongs that people suffer. 18 He will punish his enemies according to what they have done, even those who live in distant lands. 19 From east to west everyone will fear him and his great power. He will come like a rushing river, like a strong wind.

20 (G)The Lord says to his people, “I will come to Jerusalem to defend you and to save all of you that turn from your sins. 21 And I make a covenant with you: I have given you my power and my teachings to be yours forever, and from now on you are to obey me and teach your children and your descendants to obey me for all time to come.”

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 57:16 I gave my people … forever; or I will not continue to accuse them or be angry with them forever, for then they would die—the very people to whom I gave life.
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Philippians 1:1-26

(A)From Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus—

To all God's people in Philippi who are in union with Christ Jesus, including the church leaders and helpers:

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

Paul's Prayer for His Readers

I thank my God for you every time I think of you; and every time I pray for you all, I pray with joy because of the way in which you have helped me in the work of the gospel from the very first day until now. And so I am sure that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it on until it is finished on the Day of Christ Jesus. You are always in my heart! And so it is only right for me to feel as I do about you. For you have all shared with me in this privilege that God has given me, both now that I am in prison and also while I was free to defend the gospel and establish it firmly. God is my witness that I tell the truth when I say that my deep feeling for you all comes from the heart of Christ Jesus himself.

I pray that your love will keep on growing more and more, together with true knowledge and perfect judgment, 10 so that you will be able to choose what is best. Then you will be free from all impurity and blame on the Day of Christ. 11 Your lives will be filled with the truly good qualities which only Jesus Christ can produce, for the glory and praise of God.

To Live Is Christ

12 I want you to know, my friends, that the things that have happened to me have really helped the progress of the gospel. 13 (B)As a result, the whole palace guard and all the others here know that I am in prison because I am a servant of Christ. 14 And my being in prison has given most of the believers more confidence in the Lord, so that they grow bolder all the time to preach the message[a] fearlessly.

15 Of course some of them preach Christ because they are jealous and quarrelsome, but others from genuine good will. 16 These do so from love, because they know that God has given me the work of defending the gospel. 17 The others do not proclaim Christ sincerely, but from a spirit of selfish ambition; they think that they will make more trouble for me while I am in prison.

18 It does not matter! I am happy about it—just so Christ is preached in every way possible, whether from wrong or right motives. And I will continue to be happy, 19 because I know that by means of your prayers and the help which comes from the Spirit of Jesus Christ I shall be set free. 20 My deep desire and hope is that I shall never fail in my duty, but that at all times, and especially right now, I shall be full of courage, so that with my whole being I shall bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. 21 For what is life? To me, it is Christ. Death, then, will bring more. 22 But if by continuing to live I can do more worthwhile work, then I am not sure which I should choose. 23 I am pulled in two directions. I want very much to leave this life and be with Christ, which is a far better thing; 24 but for your sake it is much more important that I remain alive. 25 I am sure of this, and so I know that I will stay. I will stay on with you all, to add to your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that when I am with you again, you will have even more reason to be proud of me in your life in union with Christ Jesus.

Footnotes:

  1. Philippians 1:14 the message; some manuscripts have God's message.
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Psalm 71

The Prayer of an Elderly Person

71 Lord, I have come to you for protection;
never let me be defeated!
Because you are righteous, help me and rescue me.
Listen to me and save me!
Be my secure shelter
and a strong fortress[a] to protect me;
you are my refuge and defense.

My God, rescue me from wicked people,
from the power of cruel and evil people.
Sovereign Lord, I put my hope in you;
I have trusted in you since I was young.
I have relied on you all my life;
you have protected[b] me since the day I was born.
I will always praise you.

My life has been an example to many,
because you have been my strong defender.
All day long I praise you
and proclaim your glory.
Do not reject me now that I am old;
do not abandon me now that I am feeble.
10 My enemies want to kill me;
they talk and plot against me.
11 They say, “God has abandoned him;
let's go after him and catch him;
there is no one to rescue him.”

12 Don't stay so far away, O God;
my God, hurry to my aid!
13 May those who attack me
be defeated and destroyed.
May those who try to hurt me
be shamed and disgraced.
14 I will always put my hope in you;
I will praise you more and more.
15 I will tell of your goodness;
all day long I will speak of your salvation,
though it is more than I can understand.
16 I will go in the strength of the Lord God;
I will proclaim your goodness, yours alone.

17 You have taught me ever since I was young,
and I still tell of your wonderful acts.
18 Now that I am old and my hair is gray,
do not abandon me, O God!
Be with me while I proclaim your power and might
to all generations to come.

19 Your righteousness, God, reaches the skies.
You have done great things;
there is no one like you.
20 You have sent troubles and suffering on me,
but you will restore my strength;
you will keep me from the grave.
21 You will make me greater than ever;
you will comfort me again.

22 I will indeed praise you with the harp;
I will praise your faithfulness, my God.
On my harp I will play hymns to you,
the Holy One of Israel.
23 I will shout for joy as I play for you;
with my whole being I will sing
because you have saved me.
24 I will speak of your righteousness all day long,
because those who tried to harm me
have been defeated and disgraced.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 71:3 One ancient translation a strong fortress; Hebrew to go always you commanded.
  2. Psalm 71:6 Some ancient translations protected; Hebrew unclear.
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Proverbs 24:9-10

Any scheme a fool thinks up is sinful. People hate a person who has nothing but scorn for others.

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10 If you are weak in a crisis, you are weak indeed.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday September 28, 2022 (NIV)

Isaiah 54:1-57:14

The Lord's Love for Israel

54 (A)Jerusalem, you have been like a childless woman,
but now you can sing and shout for joy.
Now you will have more children
than a woman whose husband never left her.
Make the tent you live in larger;
lengthen its ropes and strengthen the pegs!
You will extend your boundaries on all sides;
your people will get back the land
that the other nations now occupy.
Cities now deserted will be filled with people.

Do not be afraid—you will not be disgraced again;
you will not be humiliated.
You will forget your unfaithfulness as a young wife,
and your desperate loneliness as a widow.
Your Creator will be like a husband to you—
the Lord Almighty is his name.
The holy God of Israel will save you—
he is the ruler of all the world.

Israel, you are like a young wife,
deserted by her husband and deeply distressed.
But the Lord calls you back to him and says:
“For one brief moment I left you;
with deep love I will take you back.
I turned away angry for only a moment,
but I will show you my love forever.”
So says the Lord who saves you.

(B)“In the time of Noah I promised
never again to flood the earth.
Now I promise not to be angry with you again;
I will not reprimand or punish you.
10 (C)The mountains and hills may crumble,
but my love for you will never end;
I will keep forever my promise of peace.”
So says the Lord who loves you.

The Future Jerusalem

11 (D)The Lord says,

“O Jerusalem, you suffering, helpless city,
with no one to comfort you,
I will rebuild your foundations with precious stones.
12 I will build your towers with rubies,
your gates with stones that glow like fire,
and the wall around you with jewels.

13 (E)“I myself will teach your people
and give them prosperity and peace.
14 Justice and right will make you strong.
You will be safe from oppression and terror.
15 Whoever attacks you,
does it without my consent;
whoever fights against you will fall.

16 “I create the blacksmith,
who builds a fire and forges weapons.
I also create the soldier,
who uses the weapons to kill.
17 But no weapon will be able to hurt you;
you will have an answer for all who accuse you.
I will defend my servants
and give them victory.”

The Lord has spoken.

God's Offer of Mercy

55 (F)The Lord says,

“Come, everyone who is thirsty—
here is water!
Come, you that have no money—
buy grain and eat!
Come! Buy wine and milk—
it will cost you nothing!
(G)Why spend money on what does not satisfy?
Why spend your wages and still be hungry?
Listen to me and do what I say,
and you will enjoy the best food of all.

(H)“Listen now, my people, and come to me;
come to me, and you will have life!
I will make a lasting covenant with you
and give you the blessings I promised to David.
I made him a leader and commander of nations,
and through him I showed them my power.
Now you will summon foreign nations;
at one time they did not know you,
but now they will come running to join you!
I, the Lord your God, the holy God of Israel,
will make all this happen;
I will give you honor and glory.”

Turn to the Lord and pray to him,
now that he is near.
Let the wicked leave their way of life
and change their way of thinking.
Let them turn to the Lord, our God;
he is merciful and quick to forgive.
“My thoughts,” says the Lord, “are not like yours,
and my ways are different from yours.
As high as the heavens are above the earth,
so high are my ways and thoughts above yours.

10 (I)“My word is like the snow and the rain
that come down from the sky to water the earth.
They make the crops grow
and provide seed for planting and food to eat.
11 So also will be the word that I speak—
it will not fail to do what I plan for it;
it will do everything I send it to do.

12 “You will leave Babylon with joy;
you will be led out of the city in peace.
The mountains and hills will burst into singing,
and the trees will shout for joy.
13 Cypress trees will grow where now there are briers;
myrtle trees will come up in place of thorns.
This will be a sign that will last forever,
a reminder of what I, the Lord, have done.”

God's People Will Include All Nations

56 The Lord says to his people, “Do what is just and right, for soon I will save you. I will bless those who always observe the Sabbath and do not misuse it. I will bless those who do nothing evil.”

A foreigner who has joined the Lord's people should not say, “The Lord will not let me worship with his people.”

A man who has been castrated should never think that because he cannot have children, he can never be part of God's people. (J)The Lord says to such a man, “If you honor me by observing the Sabbath and if you do what pleases me and faithfully keep my covenant, then your name will be remembered in my Temple and among my people longer than if you had sons and daughters. You will never be forgotten.”

And the Lord says to those foreigners who become part of his people, who love him and serve him, who observe the Sabbath and faithfully keep his covenant: (K)“I will bring you to Zion, my sacred hill,[a] give you joy in my house of prayer, and accept the sacrifices you offer on my altar. My Temple will be called a house of prayer for the people of all nations.”

The Sovereign Lord, who has brought his people Israel home from exile, has promised that he will bring still other people to join them.

Israel's Leaders Are Condemned

The Lord has told the foreign nations to come like wild animals and devour his people. 10 He says, “All the leaders, who are supposed to warn my people, are blind! They know nothing. They are like watch dogs that don't bark—they only lie around and dream. How they love to sleep! 11 They are like greedy dogs that never get enough. These leaders have no understanding. They each do as they please and seek their own advantage. 12 ‘Let's get some wine,’ these drunkards say, ‘and drink all we can hold! Tomorrow will be even better than today!’”

Israel's Idolatry Is Condemned

57 Good people die, and no one understands or even cares. But when they die, no calamity can hurt them. Those who live good lives find peace and rest in death.

Come here to be judged, you sinners! You are no better than sorcerers, adulterers, and prostitutes. Who are you making fun of? Who are you liars jeering at? You worship the fertility gods by having sex under those sacred trees of yours. You offer your children as sacrifices in the rocky caves near stream beds. You take smooth stones from there and worship them as gods. You pour out wine as offerings to them and bring them grain offerings. Do you think I am pleased with all this? You go to the high mountains to offer sacrifices and have sex. You set up your obscene idols just inside your front doors. You forsake me; you take off your clothes and climb in your large beds with your lovers, whom you pay to sleep with you. And there you satisfy your lust. You put on your perfumes and ointments and go to worship the god Molech. To find gods to worship, you send messengers far and wide, even to the world of the dead. 10 You wear yourselves out looking for other gods, but you never give up. You think your obscene idols give you strength, and so you never grow weak.

11 The Lord says, “Who are these gods that make you afraid, so that you tell me lies and forget me completely? Have you stopped honoring me because I have kept silent for so long? 12 You think that what you do is right, but I will expose your conduct, and your idols will not be able to help you. 13 When you cry for help, let those idols of yours save you! A puff of wind will carry them off! But those who trust in me will live in the land and will worship me in my Temple.”

God's Promise of Help and Healing

14 The Lord says, “Let my people return to me. Remove every obstacle from their path! Build the road and make it ready!

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 56:7 See 2.3.
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Ephesians 6

Children and Parents

(A)Children, it is your Christian duty to[a] obey your parents, for this is the right thing to do. (B)“Respect your father and mother” is the first commandment that has a promise added: “so that all may go well with you, and you may live a long time in the land.”

(C)Parents, do not treat your children in such a way as to make them angry. Instead, raise them with Christian discipline and instruction.

Slaves and Masters

(D)Slaves, obey your human masters with fear and trembling; and do it with a sincere heart, as though you were serving Christ. Do this not only when they are watching you, because you want to gain their approval; but with all your heart do what God wants, as slaves of Christ. Do your work as slaves cheerfully, as though you served the Lord, and not merely human beings. Remember that the Lord will reward each of us, whether slave or free, for the good work we do.

(E)Masters, behave in the same way toward your slaves and stop using threats. Remember that you and your slaves belong to the same Master in heaven, who judges everyone by the same standard.

The Whole Armor of God

10 Finally, build up your strength in union with the Lord and by means of his mighty power. 11 (F)Put on all the armor that God gives you, so that you will be able to stand up against the Devil's evil tricks. 12 For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age. 13 So put on God's armor now! Then when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist the enemy's attacks; and after fighting to the end, you will still hold your ground.

14 (G)So stand ready, with truth as a belt tight around your waist, with righteousness as your breastplate, 15 (H)and as your shoes the readiness to announce the Good News of peace. 16 At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One. 17 (I)And accept salvation as a helmet, and the word of God as the sword which the Spirit gives you. 18 Do all this in prayer, asking for God's help. Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads. For this reason keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God's people. 19 And pray also for me, that God will give me a message when I am ready to speak, so that I may speak boldly and make known the gospel's secret. 20 For the sake of this gospel I am an ambassador, though now I am in prison. Pray that I may be bold in speaking about the gospel as I should.

Final Greetings

21 (J)Tychicus, our dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord's work, will give you all the news about me, so that you may know how I am getting along. 22 That is why I am sending him to you—to tell you how all of us are getting along and to encourage you.

23 May God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give to all Christians peace and love with faith. 24 May God's grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with undying love.

Footnotes:

  1. Ephesians 6:1 Some manuscripts do not have it is your Christian duty to.
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Psalm 70

A Prayer for Help[a] (A)

70 Save me, O God!
Lord, help me now!
May those who try to kill me
be defeated and confused.
May those who are happy because of my troubles
be turned back and disgraced.
May those who make fun of me
be dismayed by their defeat.

May all who come to you
be glad and joyful.
May all who are thankful for your salvation
always say, “How great is God!”

I am weak and poor;
come to me quickly, O God.
You are my savior and my Lord
hurry to my aid!

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 70:1 HEBREW TITLE: A psalm by David; a lament.

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 70:1 : (Ps 40:13-Ps 40:17)
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Proverbs 24:8

-23-

If you are always planning evil, you will earn a reputation as a troublemaker.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday September 27, 2022 (NIV)

Isaiah 51-53

Words of Comfort to Jerusalem

51 The Lord says,

“Listen to me, you that want to be saved,
you that come to me for help.
Think of the rock from which you came,
the quarry from which you were cut.
Think of your ancestor, Abraham,
and of Sarah, from whom you are descended.
When I called Abraham, he was childless,
but I blessed him and gave him children;
I made his descendants numerous.

“I will show compassion to Jerusalem,
to all who live in her ruins.
Though her land is a desert, I will make it a garden,
like the garden I planted in Eden.
Joy and gladness will be there,
and songs of praise and thanks to me.

“Listen to me, my people,
listen to what I say:
I give my teaching to the nations;
my laws will bring them light.
I will come quickly and save them;
the time of my victory is near.
I myself will rule over the nations.
Distant lands wait for me to come;
they wait with hope for me to save them.
Look up at the heavens; look at the earth!
The heavens will disappear like smoke;
the earth will wear out like old clothing,
and all its people will die like flies.
But the deliverance I bring will last forever;
my victory will be final.

“Listen to me, you that know what is right,
who have my teaching fixed in your hearts.
Do not be afraid when people taunt and insult you;
they will vanish like moth-eaten clothing!
But the deliverance I bring will last forever;
my victory will endure for all time.”

Wake up, Lord, and help us!
Use your power and save us;
use it as you did in ancient times.
It was you that cut the sea monster Rahab[a] to pieces.
10 It was you also who dried up the sea
and made a path through the water,
so that those you were saving could cross.
11 Those whom you have rescued
will reach Jerusalem with gladness,
singing and shouting for joy.
They will be happy forever,
forever free from sorrow and grief.

12 The Lord says,

“I am the one who strengthens you.
Why should you fear mortals,
who are no more enduring than grass?
13 Have you forgotten the Lord who made you,
who stretched out the heavens
and laid the earth's foundations?
Why should you live in constant fear
of the fury of those who oppress you,
of those who are ready to destroy you?
Their fury can no longer touch you.
14 Those who are prisoners will soon be set free;
they will live a long life
and have all the food they need.

15 “I am the Lord your God;
I stir up the sea
and make its waves roar.
My name is the Lord Almighty!
16 I stretched out[b] the heavens
and laid the earth's foundations;
I say to Jerusalem, ‘You are my people!
I have given you my teaching,
and I protect you with my hand.’”

The End of Jerusalem's Suffering

17 (A)Jerusalem, wake up!
Rouse yourself and get up!
You have drunk the cup of punishment
that the Lord in his anger gave you to drink;
you drank it down, and it made you stagger.
18 There is no one to lead you,
no one among your people
to take you by the hand.

19 A double disaster has fallen on you:
your land has been devastated by war,
and your people have starved.
There is no one to show you sympathy.
20 At the corner of every street
your people collapse from weakness;
they are like deer caught in a hunter's net.
They have felt the force of God's anger.

21 You suffering people of Jerusalem,
you that stagger as though you were drunk,
22 the Lord your God defends you and says,
“I am taking away the cup
that I gave you in my anger.
You will no longer have to drink
the wine that makes you stagger.
23 I will give it to those who oppressed you,
to those who made you lie down in the streets
and trampled on you as if you were dirt.”

God Will Rescue Jerusalem

52 (B)Jerusalem, be strong and great again!
Holy city of God, clothe yourself with splendor!
The heathen will never enter your gates again.
Shake yourself free, Jerusalem!
Rise from the dust and sit on your throne!
Undo the chains that bind you,
captive people of Zion!

The Sovereign Lord says to his people, “When you became slaves, no money was paid for you; in the same way nothing will be paid to set you free. When you went to live in Egypt as foreigners, you did so of your own free will; Assyria, however, took you away by force and paid nothing for you. (C)And now in Babylonia the same thing has happened: you are captives, and nothing was paid for you. Those who rule over you boast and brag and constantly show contempt for me. In time to come you will acknowledge that I am God and that I have spoken to you.”

(D)How wonderful it is to see
a messenger coming across the mountains,
bringing good news, the news of peace!
He announces victory and says to Zion,
“Your God is king!”
Those who guard the city are shouting,
shouting together for joy.
They can see with their own eyes
the return of the Lord to Zion.

Break into shouts of joy,
you ruins of Jerusalem!
The Lord will rescue his city
and comfort his people.
10 The Lord will use his holy power;
he will save his people,
and all the world will see it.
11 (E)Be sure to leave Babylonia,
all you that carry the Temple equipment.
Touch no forbidden thing;[c]
keep yourselves holy and leave.
12 This time you will not have to leave in a hurry;
you will not be trying to escape.
The Lord your God will lead you
and protect you on every side.

The Suffering Servant

13 The Lord says,

“My servant will succeed in his task;
he will be highly honored.[d]
14 Many people were shocked when they saw him;
he was so disfigured that he hardly looked human.
15 (F)But now many nations will marvel at him,
and kings will be speechless with amazement.
They will see and understand
something they had never known.”

53 (G)The people reply,

“Who would have believed what we now report?
Who could have seen the Lord's hand in this?
It was the will of the Lord that his servant
grow like a plant taking root in dry ground.
He had no dignity or beauty
to make us take notice of him.
There was nothing attractive about him,
nothing that would draw us to him.
We despised him and rejected him;
he endured suffering and pain.
No one would even look at him—
we ignored him as if he were nothing.

(H)“But he endured the suffering that should have been ours,
the pain that we should have borne.
All the while we thought that his suffering
was punishment sent by God.
(I)But because of our sins he was wounded,
beaten because of the evil we did.
We are healed by the punishment he suffered,
made whole by the blows he received.
(J)All of us were like sheep that were lost,
each of us going his own way.
But the Lord made the punishment fall on him,
the punishment all of us deserved.

(K)“He was treated harshly, but endured it humbly;
he never said a word.
Like a lamb about to be slaughtered,
like a sheep about to be sheared,
he never said a word.
He was arrested and sentenced and led off to die,
and no one cared about his fate.
He was put to death for the sins of our people.
(L)He was placed in a grave with those who are evil,
he was buried with the rich,
even though he had never committed a crime
or ever told a lie.”

10 The Lord says,

“It was my will that he should suffer;
his death was a sacrifice to bring forgiveness.
And so he will see his descendants;
he will live a long life,
and through him my purpose will succeed.
11 After a life of suffering, he will again have joy;
he will know that he did not suffer in vain.
My devoted servant, with whom I am pleased,
will bear the punishment of many
and for his sake I will forgive them.
12 (M)And so I will give him a place of honor,
a place among the great and powerful.
He willingly gave his life
and shared the fate of evil men.
He took the place of many sinners
and prayed that they might be forgiven.”[e]

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 51:9 A legendary sea monster, which represented the forces of chaos and evil, was sometimes a symbol of Egypt.
  2. Isaiah 51:16 One ancient translation stretched out; Hebrew planted.
  3. Isaiah 52:11 Any object that was considered ritually unclean.
  4. Isaiah 52:13 he will be highly honored; or he will be restored to greatness and honor.
  5. Isaiah 53:12 prayed that they might be forgiven; or suffered the punishment they deserved.
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Ephesians 5

Living in the Light

Since you are God's dear children, you must try to be like him. (A)Your life must be controlled by love, just as Christ loved us and gave his life for us as a sweet-smelling offering and sacrifice that pleases God.

Since you are God's people, it is not right that any matters of sexual immorality or indecency or greed should even be mentioned among you. Nor is it fitting for you to use language which is obscene, profane, or vulgar. Rather you should give thanks to God. You may be sure that no one who is immoral, indecent, or greedy (for greed is a form of idolatry) will ever receive a share in the Kingdom of Christ and of God.

Do not let anyone deceive you with foolish words; it is because of these very things that God's anger will come upon those who do not obey him. So have nothing at all to do with such people. You yourselves used to be in the darkness, but since you have become the Lord's people, you are in the light. So you must live like people who belong to the light, for it is the light[a] that brings a rich harvest of every kind of goodness, righteousness, and truth. 10 Try to learn what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the worthless things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light. (12 It is really too shameful even to talk about the things they do in secret.) 13 And when all things are brought out to the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed; 14 for anything that is clearly revealed becomes light.[b] That is why it is said,

“Wake up, sleeper,
and rise from death,
and Christ will shine on you.”

15 So be careful how you live. Don't live like ignorant people, but like wise people. 16 (B)Make good use of every opportunity you have, because these are evil days. 17 Don't be fools, then, but try to find out what the Lord wants you to do.

18 Do not get drunk with wine, which will only ruin you; instead, be filled with the Spirit. 19 (C)Speak to one another with the words of psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing hymns and psalms to the Lord with praise in your hearts. 20 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, always give thanks for everything to God the Father.

Wives and Husbands

21 Submit yourselves to one another because of your reverence for Christ.

22 (D)Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For a husband has authority over his wife just as Christ has authority over the church; and Christ is himself the Savior of the church, his body. 24 And so wives must submit themselves completely to their husbands just as the church submits itself to Christ.

25 (E)Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave his life for it. 26 He did this to dedicate the church to God by his word, after making it clean by washing it in water, 27 in order to present the church to himself in all its beauty—pure and faultless, without spot or wrinkle or any other imperfection. 28 Men ought to love their wives just as they love their own bodies. A man who loves his wife loves himself. (29 None of us ever hate our own bodies. Instead, we feed them, and take care of them, just as Christ does the church; 30 for we are members of his body.) 31 (F)As the scripture says, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and unite with his wife, and the two will become one.” 32 There is a deep secret truth revealed in this scripture, which I understand as applying to Christ and the church. 33 But it also applies to you: every husband must love his wife as himself, and every wife must respect her husband.

Footnotes:

  1. Ephesians 5:9 the light; some manuscripts have the Spirit.
  2. Ephesians 5:14 anything that is clearly revealed becomes light; or it is light that clearly reveals everything.
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Psalm 69:19-36

19 You know how I am insulted,
how I am disgraced and dishonored;
you see all my enemies.
20 Insults have broken my heart,
and I am in despair.
I had hoped for sympathy, but there was none;
for comfort, but I found none.
21 (A)When I was hungry, they gave me poison;
when I was thirsty, they offered me vinegar.

22 (B)May their banquets cause their ruin;
may their sacred feasts cause their downfall.
23 Strike them with blindness!
Make their backs always weak!
24 Pour out your anger on them;
let your indignation overtake them.
25 (C)May their camps be left deserted;
may no one be left alive in their tents.
26 They persecute those whom you have punished;
they talk about the sufferings of those you have wounded.
27 Keep a record of all their sins;
don't let them have any part in your salvation.
28 (D)May their names be erased from the book of the living;
may they not be included in the list of your people.

29 But I am in pain and despair;
lift me up, O God, and save me!

30 I will praise God with a song;
I will proclaim his greatness by giving him thanks.
31 This will please the Lord more than offering him cattle,
more than sacrificing a full-grown bull.
32 When the oppressed see this, they will be glad;
those who worship God will be encouraged.
33 The Lord listens to those in need
and does not forget his people in prison.

34 Praise God, O heaven and earth,
seas and all creatures in them.
35 He will save Jerusalem
and rebuild the towns of Judah.
His people will live there and possess the land;
36 the descendants of his servants will inherit it,
and those who love him will live there.

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Proverbs 24:7

-22-

Wise sayings are too deep for stupid people to understand. They have nothing to say when important matters are being discussed.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday September 26, 2022 (NIV)

Isaiah 48:12-50:11

Cyrus, the Lord's Chosen Leader

12 (A)The Lord says,

“Listen to me, Israel, the people I have called!
I am God, the first, the last, the only God!
13 My hands made the earth's foundations
and spread the heavens out.
When I summon earth and sky,
they come at once and present themselves.

14 “Assemble and listen, all of you!
None of the gods could predict
that the man I have chosen would attack Babylon;
he will do what I want him to do.
15 I am the one who spoke and called him;
I led him out and gave him success.

16 “Now come close to me and hear what I say.
From the beginning I have spoken openly
and have always made my words come true.”

(Now the Sovereign Lord has given me his power and sent me.)

The Lord's Plan for His People

17 The holy God of Israel,
the Lord who saves you, says:
“I am the Lord your God,
the one who wants to teach you for your own good
and direct you in the way you should go.

18 “If only you had listened to my commands!
Then blessings would have flowed for you
like a stream that never goes dry.
Victory would have come to you
like the waves that roll on the shore.
19 Your descendants would be as numerous as grains of sand,
and I would have made sure they were never destroyed.”

20 (B)Go out from Babylon, go free!
Shout the news gladly; make it known everywhere:
“The Lord has saved his servant Israel!”
21 When the Lord led his people through a hot, dry desert,
they did not suffer from thirst.
He made water come from a rock for them;
he split the rock open, and water flowed out.

22 (C)“There is no safety for sinners,” says the Lord.

Israel, A Light to the Nations

49 (D)Listen to me, distant nations,
you people who live far away!
Before I was born, the Lord chose me
and appointed me to be his servant.
(E)He made my words as sharp as a sword.
With his own hand he protected me.[a]
He made me like an arrow,
sharp and ready for use.
He said to me, “Israel, you are my servant;
because of you, people will praise me.”

I said, “I have worked, but how hopeless it is!
I have used up my strength, but have accomplished nothing.”
Yet I can trust the Lord to defend my cause;
he will reward me for what I do.

Before I was born, the Lord appointed me;
he made me his servant to bring back his people,
to bring back the scattered people of Israel.
The Lord gives me honor;
he is the source of my strength.

(F)The Lord said to me,

“I have a greater task for you, my servant.
Not only will you restore to greatness
the people of Israel who have survived,
but I will also make you a light to the nations—
so that all the world may be saved.”

Israel's holy God and savior says
to the one who is deeply despised,
who is hated by the nations
and is the servant of rulers:
“Kings will see you released
and will rise to show their respect;
princes also will see it,
and they will bow low to honor you.”

This will happen because the Lord has chosen his servant;
the holy God of Israel keeps his promises.

The Restoration of Jerusalem

(G)The Lord says to his people,

“When the time comes to save you, I will show you favor
and answer your cries for help.
I will guard and protect you
and through you make a covenant with all peoples.
I will let you settle once again
in your land that is now laid waste.
I will say to the prisoners, ‘Go free!’
and to those who are in darkness,
‘Come out to the light!’
They will be like sheep that graze on the hills;
10 (H)they will never be hungry or thirsty.
Sun and desert heat will not hurt them,
for they will be led by one who loves them.
He will lead them to springs of water.

11 “I will make a highway across the mountains
and prepare a road for my people to travel.
12 My people will come from far away,
from the north and the west,
and from Aswan[b] in the south.”

13 Sing, heavens! Shout for joy, earth!
Let the mountains burst into song!
The Lord will comfort his people;
he will have pity on his suffering people.

14 But the people of Jerusalem said,

“The Lord has abandoned us!
He has forgotten us.”

15 So the Lord answers,

“Can a woman forget her own baby
and not love the child she bore?
Even if a mother should forget her child,
I will never forget you.
16 Jerusalem, I can never forget you!
I have written your name on the palms of my hands.

17 “Those who will rebuild you are coming soon,
and those who destroyed you will leave.
18 Look around and see what is happening!
Your people are assembling—they are coming home!
As surely as I am the living God,
you will be proud of your people,
as proud as a bride is of her jewels.

19 “Your country was ruined and desolate—
but now it will be too small
for those who are coming to live there.
And those who left you in ruins
will be far removed from you.
20 Your people who were born in exile
will one day say to you,
‘This land is too small—
we need more room to live in!’
21 Then you will say to yourself,
‘Who bore all these children for me?
I lost my children and could have no more.
I was exiled and driven away—
who brought these children up?
I was left all alone—
where did these children come from?’”

22 (I)The Sovereign Lord says to his people:

“I will signal to the nations,
and they will bring your children home.
23 Kings will be like fathers to you;
queens will be like mothers.
They will bow low before you and honor you;
they will humbly show their respect for you.
Then you will know that I am the Lord;
no one who waits for my help will be disappointed.”

24 Can you take away a soldier's loot?
Can you rescue the prisoners of a tyrant?

25 The Lord replies,

“That is just what is going to happen.
The soldier's prisoners will be taken away,
and the tyrant's loot will be seized.
I will fight against whoever fights you,
and I will rescue your children.
26 I will make your oppressors kill each other;
they will be drunk with murder and rage.
Then all people will know that I am the Lord,
the one who saves you and sets you free.
They will know that I am Israel's powerful God.”

50 (J)The Lord says,

“Do you think I sent my people away
like a man who divorces his wife?
Where, then, are the papers of divorce?
Do you think I sold you into captivity
like a man who sells his children as slaves?
No, you went away captive because of your sins;
you were sent away because of your crimes.

“Why did my people fail to respond
when I went to them to save them?
Why did they not answer when I called?
Am I too weak to save them?
I can dry up the sea with a command
and turn rivers into a desert,
so that the fish in them die for lack of water.
I can make the sky turn dark,
as if it were in mourning for the dead.”

The Obedience of the Lord's Servant

The Sovereign Lord has taught me what to say,
so that I can strengthen the weary.
Every morning he makes me eager
to hear what he is going to teach me.
The Lord has given me understanding,
and I have not rebelled
or turned away from him.
(K)I bared my back to those who beat me.
I did not stop them when they insulted me,
when they pulled out the hairs of my beard
and spit in my face.

But their insults cannot hurt me
because the Sovereign Lord gives me help.
I brace myself to endure them.
I know that I will not be disgraced,
(L)for God is near,
and he will prove me innocent.
Does anyone dare bring charges against me?
Let us go to court together!
Let him bring his accusation!
The Sovereign Lord himself defends me—
who, then, can prove me guilty?
All my accusers will disappear;
they will vanish like moth-eaten cloth.

10 All of you that honor the Lord
and obey the words of his servant,
the path you walk may be dark indeed,
but trust in the Lord, rely on your God.
11 All of you that plot to destroy others
will be destroyed by your own plots.
The Lord himself will make this happen;
you will suffer a miserable fate.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 49:2 With his own hand … me; or He kept me hidden in his hand.
  2. Isaiah 49:12 A city in southern Egypt, where a large Jewish community had settled.
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Ephesians 4:17-32

The New Life in Christ

17 In the Lord's name, then, I warn you: do not continue to live like the heathen, whose thoughts are worthless 18 and whose minds are in the dark. They have no part in the life that God gives, for they are completely ignorant and stubborn. 19 They have lost all feeling of shame; they give themselves over to vice and do all sorts of indecent things without restraint.

20 That was not what you learned about Christ! 21 You certainly heard about him, and as his followers you were taught the truth that is in Jesus. 22 (A)So get rid of your old self, which made you live as you used to—the old self that was being destroyed by its deceitful desires. 23 Your hearts and minds must be made completely new, 24 (B)and you must put on the new self, which is created in God's likeness and reveals itself in the true life that is upright and holy.

25 (C)No more lying, then! Each of you must tell the truth to the other believer, because we are all members together in the body of Christ. 26 (D)If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin, and do not stay angry all day. 27 Don't give the Devil a chance. 28 If you used to rob, you must stop robbing and start working, in order to earn an honest living for yourself and to be able to help the poor. 29 Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to those who hear you. 30 And do not make God's Holy Spirit sad; for the Spirit is God's mark of ownership on you, a guarantee that the Day will come when God will set you free. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, passion, and anger. No more shouting or insults, no more hateful feelings of any sort. 32 (E)Instead, be kind and tender-hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ.

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Psalm 69:1-18

A Cry for Help[a]

69 Save me, O God!
The water is up to my neck;
I am sinking in deep mud,
and there is no solid ground;
I am out in deep water,
and the waves are about to drown me.
I am worn out from calling for help,
and my throat is aching.
I have strained my eyes,
looking for your help.

(A)Those who hate me for no reason
are more numerous than the hairs of my head.
My enemies tell lies against me;
they are strong and want to kill me.
They made me give back things I did not steal.
My sins, O God, are not hidden from you;
you know how foolish I have been.
Don't let me bring shame on those who trust in you,
Sovereign Lord Almighty!
Don't let me bring disgrace to those who worship you,
O God of Israel!
It is for your sake that I have been insulted
and that I am covered with shame.
I am like a stranger to my relatives,
like a foreigner to my family.

(B)My devotion to your Temple burns in me like a fire;
the insults which are hurled at you fall on me.
10 I humble myself[b] by fasting,
and people insult me;
11 I dress myself in clothes of mourning,
and they laugh at me.
12 They talk about me in the streets,
and drunkards make up songs about me.

13 But as for me, I will pray to you, Lord;
answer me, God, at a time you choose.
Answer me because of your great love,
because you keep your promise to save.
14 Save me from sinking in the mud;
keep me safe from my enemies,
safe from the deep water.
15 Don't let the flood come over me;
don't let me drown in the depths
or sink into the grave.

16 Answer me,