The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday September 18, 2021 (NIV)

Isaiah 28:14-30:11

A Cornerstone in Zion

14 Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you (A)scoffers,
who rule this people in Jerusalem!
15 Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death,
and with Sheol we have an agreement,
when the (B)overwhelming whip passes through
it will not come to us,
for we have made (C)lies our refuge,
and in falsehood we have taken shelter”;
16 therefore thus says the Lord God,
(D)“Behold, I am the one who has laid[a] as a foundation (E)in Zion,
a stone, a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation:
‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’
17 And I will make justice (F)the line,
and righteousness (G)the plumb line;
and hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and waters will overwhelm the shelter.”
18 Then (H)your covenant with death will be annulled,
and your agreement with Sheol will not stand;
when the overwhelming scourge passes through,
you will be beaten down by it.
19 As often as it passes through it will take you;
(I)for morning by morning it will pass through,
by day and by night;
and it will be (J)sheer terror to understand the message.
20 For the bed is too short to stretch oneself on,
and the covering too narrow to wrap oneself in.
21 For the Lord will rise up (K)as on Mount Perazim;
(L)as in the Valley of (M)Gibeon he will be roused;
to do his deed—strange is his deed!
and to work his work—alien is his work!
22 Now therefore do not (N)scoff,
lest your bonds be made strong;
for I have heard (O)a decree of destruction
from the Lord God of hosts against the whole land.

23 Give ear, and hear my voice;
give attention, and hear my speech.
24 Does he who plows for sowing plow continually?
Does he continually open and harrow his ground?
25 (P)When he has leveled its surface,
does he not scatter dill, sow cumin,
and put in wheat in rows
and barley in its proper place,
and emmer[b] as the border?
26 (Q)For he is rightly instructed;
his God teaches him.

27 Dill is not threshed with a threshing sledge,
nor is a cart wheel rolled over cumin,
but dill is beaten out with a stick,
and cumin with a rod.
28 Does one crush grain for bread?
No, he does not thresh it forever;[c]
when he drives his cart wheel over it
with his horses, he does not crush it.
29 This also comes from the Lord of hosts;
he is (R)wonderful in counsel
and excellent in wisdom.

The Siege of Jerusalem

29 Ah, Ariel, Ariel,
the city (S)where David encamped!
Add year to year;
let the feasts run their round.
Yet I will distress Ariel,
and there shall be moaning and lamentation,
and she shall be to me like an Ariel.[d]
(T)And I will encamp against you all around,
and will besiege you (U)with towers
and I will raise siegeworks against you.
(V)And you will be brought low; from the earth you shall speak,
and from the dust your speech will be bowed down;
your voice shall come from the ground like (W)the voice of a ghost,
and from the dust your speech shall whisper.

But the multitude of your foreign foes shall be like (X)small dust,
and the multitude of the ruthless like passing chaff.
(Y)And in an instant, suddenly,
(Z)you will be visited by the Lord of hosts
with thunder and with earthquake and great noise,
with whirlwind and tempest, and the flame of a devouring fire.
And (AA)the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel,
all that fight against her and her stronghold and distress her,
shall be (AB)like a dream, a vision of the night.
(AC)As when a hungry man dreams, and behold, he is eating,
and awakes with his hunger not satisfied,
or as when a thirsty man dreams, and behold, he is drinking,
and awakes faint, with his thirst not quenched,
so shall the multitude of all the nations be
that fight against Mount Zion.

Astonish yourselves[e] and be astonished;
blind yourselves and be blind!
Be drunk,[f] but not with wine;
(AD)stagger,[g] but not with strong drink!
10 (AE)For the Lord has poured out upon you
a spirit of deep sleep,
and has closed your eyes (the prophets),
and covered your heads (the seers).

11 And the vision of all this has become to you like the words of a book that is (AF)sealed. When men give it to one who can read, saying, “Read this,” he says, “I cannot, for it is sealed.” 12 And when they give the book to one who cannot read, saying, “Read this,” he says, “I cannot read.”

13 And the Lord said:
“Because (AG)this people (AH)draw near with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
while their hearts are far from me,
and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men,
14 therefore, behold, (AI)I will again
do wonderful things with this people,
with wonder upon wonder;
and (AJ)the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,
and the discernment of their discerning men shall be hidden.”

15 Ah, (AK)you who hide deep from the Lord your counsel,
whose deeds are (AL)in the dark,
and who say, “Who sees us? Who knows us?”
16 (AM)You turn things upside down!
Shall the potter be regarded as the clay,
that the thing made should say of its maker,
“He did not make me”;
or the thing formed say of him who formed it,
“He has no understanding”?

17 Is it not yet a very little while
(AN)until Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field,
and the fruitful field shall be regarded as a forest?
18 In that day (AO)the deaf shall hear
(AP)the words of a book,
and out of their gloom and darkness
(AQ)the eyes of the blind shall see.
19 (AR)The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the Lord,
and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel.
20 For the ruthless shall come to nothing
and (AS)the scoffer cease,
and all who watch to do evil shall be cut off,
21 who by a word make a man out to be an offender,
and (AT)lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate,
and with an empty plea (AU)turn aside him who is in the right.

22 Therefore thus says the Lord, (AV)who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob:

“Jacob shall no more be ashamed,
no more shall his face grow pale.
23 For when he sees his children,
(AW)the work of my hands, in his midst,
they will sanctify my name;
(AX)they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob
and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
24 And those (AY)who go astray in spirit will come to understanding,
and those who murmur will accept instruction.”

Do Not Go Down to Egypt

30 “Ah, (AZ)stubborn children,” declares the Lord,
(BA)“who carry out a plan, but not mine,
and who make (BB)an alliance,[h] but not of my Spirit,
that they may add sin to sin;
(BC)who set out to go down to Egypt,
without asking for my direction,
to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh
and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!
(BD)Therefore shall the protection of Pharaoh turn to your shame,
and the shelter in the shadow of Egypt to your humiliation.
For though his officials are at (BE)Zoan
and (BF)his envoys reach (BG)Hanes,
everyone comes to shame
through (BH)a people that cannot profit them,
that brings neither help nor profit,
but shame and disgrace.”

An (BI)oracle on (BJ)the beasts of (BK)the Negeb.

Through a land of trouble and anguish,
from where come the lioness and the lion,
the adder and the (BL)flying fiery serpent,
they carry their riches on the backs of donkeys,
and their treasures on the humps of camels,
to a people that cannot profit them.
Egypt's (BM)help is worthless and empty;
therefore I have called her
(BN)“Rahab who sits still.”

A Rebellious People

And now, go, (BO)write it before them on a tablet
and inscribe it in a book,
that it may be for the time to come
as a witness forever.[i]
(BP)For they are a rebellious people,
lying children,
children unwilling to hear
the instruction of the Lord;
10 (BQ)who say to (BR)the seers, “Do not see,”
and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us what is right;
speak to us (BS)smooth things,
prophesy illusions,
11 leave the way, turn aside from the path,
let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 28:16 Dead Sea Scroll I am laying
  2. Isaiah 28:25 A type of wheat
  3. Isaiah 28:28 Or Grain is crushed for bread; he will surely thresh it, but not forever
  4. Isaiah 29:2 Ariel could mean lion of God, or hero (2 Samuel 23:20), or altar hearth (Ezekiel 43:15–16)
  5. Isaiah 29:9 Or Linger awhile
  6. Isaiah 29:9 Or They are drunk
  7. Isaiah 29:9 Or they stagger
  8. Isaiah 30:1 Hebrew who weave a web
  9. Isaiah 30:8 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Syriac, Targum, Vulgate, and Greek versions; Masoretic Text forever and ever

Cross references:

  1. Isaiah 28:14 : ver. 22; ch. 29:20
  2. Isaiah 28:15 : ver. 2, 18; [ch. 8:7, 8]
  3. Isaiah 28:15 : [Rom. 1:25]
  4. Isaiah 28:16 : Cited Rom. 9:33; 1 Pet. 2:6; [Ps. 118:22; Matt. 21:42; Acts 4:11]
  5. Isaiah 28:16 : ch. 14:32
  6. Isaiah 28:17 : [2 Kgs. 21:13]
  7. Isaiah 28:17 : [2 Kgs. 21:13]
  8. Isaiah 28:18 : ver. 15
  9. Isaiah 28:19 : [ch. 50:4]
  10. Isaiah 28:19 : [2 Chr. 32:18]
  11. Isaiah 28:21 : [2 Sam. 5:20; 1 Chr. 14:11]
  12. Isaiah 28:21 : See Josh. 10:10-14
  13. Isaiah 28:21 : 1 Chr. 14:16; See Josh. 9:3
  14. Isaiah 28:22 : ver. 14
  15. Isaiah 28:22 : ch. 10:23
  16. Isaiah 28:25 : [ch. 55:10, 11]
  17. Isaiah 28:26 : [ch. 21:10]
  18. Isaiah 28:29 : Jer. 32:19; [ch. 9:6]
  19. Isaiah 29:1 : [2 Sam. 5:9]
  20. Isaiah 29:3 : [2 Kgs. 25:1; Ezek. 4:2]
  21. Isaiah 29:3 : [Ezek. 21:22; 26:8]
  22. Isaiah 29:4 : [ch. 2:11, 12]
  23. Isaiah 29:4 : See ch. 8:19
  24. Isaiah 29:5 : ch. 17:13; Ps. 18:42
  25. Isaiah 29:5 : [ch. 17:14; 37:36; 2 Kgs. 19:35]
  26. Isaiah 29:6 : [1 Kgs. 19:11, 12]
  27. Isaiah 29:7 : [Zech. 12:9]; See Mic. 4:11-13
  28. Isaiah 29:7 : ch. 17:14; [Job 20:8]
  29. Isaiah 29:8 : [Ps. 73:20; 90:5]
  30. Isaiah 29:9 : [ch. 19:14; 24:20]
  31. Isaiah 29:10 : [ch. 6:10; Rom. 11:8]
  32. Isaiah 29:11 : ch. 8:16; Dan. 12:4
  33. Isaiah 29:13 : Cited Matt. 15:8, 9; Mark 7:6, 7; [Ezek. 33:31]
  34. Isaiah 29:13 : [ch. 1:12; 58:2]
  35. Isaiah 29:14 : Hab. 1:5; See ch. 3:1-4
  36. Isaiah 29:14 : Jer. 49:7; Cited 1 Cor. 1:19
  37. Isaiah 29:15 : [ch. 30:1]
  38. Isaiah 29:15 : Ezek. 8:12
  39. Isaiah 29:16 : See ch. 10:15
  40. Isaiah 29:17 : [Ps. 107:33, 35]
  41. Isaiah 29:18 : [ch. 32:3; 35:5; Matt. 11:5]
  42. Isaiah 29:18 : ver. 12
  43. Isaiah 29:18 : [ch. 35:5; Matt. 11:5]
  44. Isaiah 29:19 : ch. 61:1; [ch. 14:32; Zeph. 3:12; Matt. 5:3]
  45. Isaiah 29:20 : ch. 28:14, 22
  46. Isaiah 29:21 : Amos 5:10; [Ps. 127:5]
  47. Isaiah 29:21 : Amos 5:12
  48. Isaiah 29:22 : [ch. 51:2]
  49. Isaiah 29:23 : ch. 19:25; 60:21; [Ps. 100:3]
  50. Isaiah 29:23 : ch. 8:13
  51. Isaiah 29:24 : [ch. 28:7]
  52. Isaiah 30:1 : [ch. 1:2, 4]
  53. Isaiah 30:1 : [ch. 29:15]
  54. Isaiah 30:1 : ch. 25:7
  55. Isaiah 30:2 : ch. 31:1; 36:6
  56. Isaiah 30:3 : [ver. 7; ch. 20:5]
  57. Isaiah 30:4 : See ch. 19:11
  58. Isaiah 30:4 : [Ezek. 17:15]
  59. Isaiah 30:4 : [Jer. 43:7]
  60. Isaiah 30:5 : [ver. 7; Jer. 2:36]
  61. Isaiah 30:6 : See ch. 13:1
  62. Isaiah 30:6 : [ch. 51:9; Ps. 68:30]
  63. Isaiah 30:6 : [Acts 8:26]
  64. Isaiah 30:6 : [Deut. 8:15]
  65. Isaiah 30:7 : ch. 36:6
  66. Isaiah 30:7 : ch. 51:9
  67. Isaiah 30:8 : Hab. 2:2
  68. Isaiah 30:9 : ver. 1
  69. Isaiah 30:10 : Amos 2:12; [Amos 7:12, 13]
  70. Isaiah 30:10 : See 1 Sam. 9:9
  71. Isaiah 30:10 : [1 Kgs. 22:13]; See Jer. 28:1-11; Ezek. 13:8-16
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Galatians 3:23-4:31

23 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, (A)imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24 So then, (B)the law was our (C)guardian until Christ came, (D)in order that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus (E)you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as (F)were baptized (G)into Christ have (H)put on Christ. 28 (I)There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave[a] nor free, (J)there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And (K)if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, (L)heirs according to promise.

Sons and Heirs

I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave,[b] though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, (M)were enslaved to the elementary principles[c] of the world. But (N)when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, (O)born (P)of woman, born (Q)under the law, (R)to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive (S)adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent (T)the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then (U)an heir through God.

Paul's Concern for the Galatians

Formerly, when you (V)did not know God, you (W)were enslaved to those that by nature (X)are not gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather (Y)to be known by God, (Z)how can you turn back again to (AA)the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? 10 (AB)You observe days and months and seasons and years! 11 I am afraid (AC)I may have labored over you in vain.

12 Brothers,[d] (AD)I entreat you, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. (AE)You did me no wrong. 13 You know it was (AF)because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you (AG)at first, 14 and though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or despise me, but received me (AH)as an angel of God, (AI)as Christ Jesus. 15 What then has become of your blessedness? For I testify to you that, if possible, you would have gouged out your eyes and given them to me. 16 Have I then become your enemy by (AJ)telling you the truth?[e] 17 They make much of you, but for no good purpose. They want to shut you out, that you may make much of them. 18 It is always good to be made much of for a good purpose, and (AK)not only when I am present with you, 19 (AL)my little children, (AM)for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ (AN)is formed in you! 20 I wish I could be present with you now and change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.

Example of Hagar and Sarah

21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, (AO)one by a slave woman and (AP)one by a free woman. 23 But (AQ)the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, while (AR)the son of the free woman was born through promise. 24 Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two (AS)covenants. (AT)One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. 25 Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia;[f] she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. 26 But (AU)the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. 27 For it is written,

(AV)“Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear;
break forth and cry aloud, you who are not in labor!
For the children of the desolate one will be more
than those of the one who has a husband.”

28 Now you,[g] brothers, (AW)like Isaac, (AX)are children of promise. 29 But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh (AY)persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, (AZ)so also it is now. 30 But what does the Scripture say? (BA)“Cast out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman shall not inherit with the son of the free woman.” 31 So, brothers, we are not children of the slave but (BB)of the free woman.

Footnotes:

  1. Galatians 3:28 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface
  2. Galatians 4:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; also verse 7
  3. Galatians 4:3 Or elemental spirits; also verse 9
  4. Galatians 4:12 Or Brothers and sisters; also verses 28, 31
  5. Galatians 4:16 Or by dealing truthfully with you
  6. Galatians 4:25 Some manuscripts For Sinai is a mountain in Arabia
  7. Galatians 4:28 Some manuscripts we

Cross references:

  1. Galatians 3:23 : [1 Pet. 1:5]
  2. Galatians 3:24 : [Matt. 5:17; Rom. 10:4; Col. 2:17; Heb. 9:9, 10]
  3. Galatians 3:24 : 1 Cor. 4:15 (Gk.)
  4. Galatians 3:24 : ver. 11; See ch. 2:16
  5. Galatians 3:26 : ch. 4:5, 6; [John 1:12]; See Rom. 8:14-16
  6. Galatians 3:27 : Rom. 6:3
  7. Galatians 3:27 : See Acts 8:16
  8. Galatians 3:27 : See Rom. 13:14
  9. Galatians 3:28 : [ver. 14; ch. 5:6; 6:15]; See Rom. 3:30; 1 Cor. 12:13
  10. Galatians 3:28 : 1 Cor. 11:11
  11. Galatians 3:29 : See Rom. 9:7; 1 Cor. 3:23
  12. Galatians 3:29 : ch. 4:1, 7; Rom. 8:17; Eph. 3:6; [ch. 4:28; 2 Tim. 1:1; Titus 1:2; Heb. 9:15]
  13. Galatians 4:3 : See ch. 2:4
  14. Galatians 4:4 : [1 Tim. 2:6]; See Mark 1:15
  15. Galatians 4:4 : Phil. 2:7; See John 1:14
  16. Galatians 4:4 : [1 Tim. 2:15]; See Gen. 3:15
  17. Galatians 4:4 : [Luke 2:21, 22, 27]
  18. Galatians 4:5 : See ch. 3:13
  19. Galatians 4:5 : ch. 3:26; See Rom. 8:15
  20. Galatians 4:6 : [Rom. 5:5; 2 Cor. 3:17]; See Acts 16:7
  21. Galatians 4:7 : See ch. 3:29
  22. Galatians 4:8 : 1 Cor. 1:21; 1 Thess. 4:5; 2 Thess. 1:8; 1 John 4:8
  23. Galatians 4:8 : [Eph. 2:11, 12; 1 Thess. 1:9]
  24. Galatians 4:8 : 2 Chr. 13:9; Isa. 37:19; Jer. 2:11; 5:7; 16:20; [1 Cor. 8:4]
  25. Galatians 4:9 : See 1 Cor. 8:3
  26. Galatians 4:9 : [ch. 3:3]
  27. Galatians 4:9 : Rom. 8:3; Heb. 7:18
  28. Galatians 4:10 : Rom. 14:5; Col. 2:16
  29. Galatians 4:11 : ch. 2:2; 5:2, 4; 1 Thess. 3:5
  30. Galatians 4:12 : [2 Cor. 6:13]
  31. Galatians 4:12 : [2 Cor. 2:5]
  32. Galatians 4:13 : See 1 Cor. 2:3
  33. Galatians 4:13 : [ch. 1:6]
  34. Galatians 4:14 : 1 Sam. 29:9; [Mal. 2:7 (Gk.); 2 Cor. 5:20]
  35. Galatians 4:14 : See Matt. 10:40
  36. Galatians 4:16 : See ch. 2:5
  37. Galatians 4:18 : [ver. 13]
  38. Galatians 4:19 : [1 Cor. 4:15; Philem. 10]
  39. Galatians 4:19 : [James 1:18]
  40. Galatians 4:19 : Rom. 8:10
  41. Galatians 4:22 : Gen. 16:5
  42. Galatians 4:22 : Gen. 21:2
  43. Galatians 4:23 : ver. 29; [Rom. 9:7]
  44. Galatians 4:23 : ver. 28; Gen. 17:16-19; 18:10, 14; 21:1, 2; Heb. 11:11
  45. Galatians 4:24 : See Rom. 9:4
  46. Galatians 4:24 : Deut. 33:2
  47. Galatians 4:26 : [Heb. 12:22; Rev. 3:12; 21:2, 10]
  48. Galatians 4:27 : Cited from Isa. 54:1
  49. Galatians 4:28 : See ver. 23
  50. Galatians 4:28 : Rom. 9:8; See ch. 3:29
  51. Galatians 4:29 : Gen. 21:9
  52. Galatians 4:29 : See ch. 5:11
  53. Galatians 4:30 : Cited from Gen. 21:10; [John 8:35]
  54. Galatians 4:31 : [1 Pet. 3:6]
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Psalm 62

My Soul Waits for God Alone

To the choirmaster: according to (A)Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.

62 For God alone (B)my soul (C)waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
(D)He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my (E)fortress; (F)I shall not be greatly shaken.

How long will all of you attack a man
to batter him,
like (G)a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
They only plan to thrust him down from his (H)high position.
They take pleasure in falsehood.
(I)They bless with their mouths,
but inwardly they curse. Selah

For God alone, O (J)my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him.
(K)He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my (L)salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, (M)my refuge is God.

(N)Trust in him at all times, O people;
(O)pour out your heart before him;
God is (P)a refuge for us. Selah

(Q)Those of low estate are but a breath;
those of high estate (R)are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
(S)they are together lighter than a breath.
10 Put no trust in extortion;
(T)set no vain hopes on robbery;
(U)if riches increase, set not your heart on them.

11 (V)Once God has spoken;
(W)twice have I heard this:
that (X)power belongs to God,
12 and that to you, O Lord, (Y)belongs steadfast love.
For you will (Z)render to a man
according to his work.

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Proverbs 23:19-21

19 Hear, my son, and (A)be wise,
and (B)direct your heart in the way.
20 Be not among (C)drunkards[a]
or among (D)gluttonous eaters of meat,
21 for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,
and (E)slumber will clothe them with rags.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 23:20 Hebrew those who drink too much wine
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday September 17, 2021 (NIV)

Isaiah 25:1-28:13

God Will Swallow Up Death Forever

25 O Lord, (A)you are my God;
(B)I will exalt you; I will praise your name,
for you have done wonderful things,
(C)plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
For you have made the city (D)a heap,
the fortified city a ruin;
the foreigners' palace is a city no more;
it will never be rebuilt.
(E)Therefore strong peoples will glorify you;
cities of ruthless nations will fear you.
(F)For you have been a stronghold to the poor,
a stronghold to the needy in his distress,
(G)a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat;
(H)for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall,
(I)like heat in a dry place.
You subdue the noise of the foreigners;
as heat by the shade of a cloud,
so the song of the ruthless is put down.

(J)On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,
(K)of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.
And he will swallow up (L)on this mountain
the covering that is cast over all peoples,
(M)the veil that is spread over all nations.
(N)He will swallow up death forever;
and (O)the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces,
and (P)the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,
(Q)for the Lord has spoken.
It will be said on that day,
“Behold, this is our God; (R)we have waited for him, that he might save us.
This is the Lord; we have waited for him;
(S)let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
10 For the hand of the Lord will rest (T)on this mountain,
and (U)Moab shall be trampled down in his place,
as straw is trampled down in a dunghill.[a]
11 (V)And he will spread out his hands in the midst of it
as a swimmer spreads his hands out to swim,
but the Lord (W)will lay low his pompous pride together with the skill[b] of his hands.
12 And the high fortifications of his walls he will bring down,
lay low, and cast to the ground, to the dust.

You Keep Him in Perfect Peace

26 In that day (X)this song will be sung in the land of Judah:

“We have a strong city;
he sets up (Y)salvation
as walls and bulwarks.
(Z)Open the gates,
that the righteous nation that keeps faith may enter in.
(AA)You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
(AB)For he has humbled
the inhabitants of the height,
the lofty city.
He lays it low, lays it low to the ground,
casts it to the dust.
The foot tramples it,
the feet of (AC)the poor,
the steps of (AD)the needy.”

The path of the righteous is level;
(AE)you make level the way of the righteous.
In the path of your judgments,
O Lord, we wait for you;
(AF)your name and (AG)remembrance
are the desire of our soul.
My soul yearns for you in the night;
my spirit within me earnestly seeks you.
(AH)For when your judgments are in the earth,
the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
10 (AI)If favor is shown to the wicked,
he does not learn righteousness;
in the land of uprightness he deals corruptly
and does not see the majesty of the Lord.
11 O Lord, (AJ)your hand is lifted up,
but (AK)they do not see it.
Let them see your zeal for your people, and be ashamed.
Let (AL)the fire for your adversaries consume them.
12 O Lord, you will ordain (AM)peace for us,
for you have indeed done for us all our works.
13 O Lord our God,
(AN)other lords besides you have ruled over us,
(AO)but your name alone we bring to remembrance.
14 They are dead, they will not live;
they are shades, they will not arise;
to that end you have visited them with destruction
and wiped out all remembrance of them.
15 (AP)But you have increased the nation, O Lord,
you have increased the nation; you are glorified;
(AQ)you have enlarged all the borders of the land.

16 O Lord, (AR)in distress they sought you;
they poured out a whispered prayer
when your discipline was upon them.
17 (AS)Like a pregnant woman
who writhes and cries out in her pangs
when she is near to giving birth,
so were we because of you, O Lord;
18 (AT)we were pregnant, we writhed,
but we have given birth to wind.
We have accomplished no deliverance in the earth,
and the inhabitants of the world have not fallen.
19 (AU)Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise.
You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy!
For (AV)your dew is a dew of light,
and the earth will give birth to the dead.

20 Come, my people, enter your chambers,
and shut your doors behind you;
hide yourselves (AW)for a little while
until the fury has passed by.
21 (AX)For behold, the Lord is coming out from his place
to punish the inhabitants of (AY)the earth for their iniquity,
and the earth will disclose the blood shed on it,
and will no more cover its slain.

The Redemption of Israel

27 In that day the Lord with his hard and great and strong (AZ)sword will punish (BA)Leviathan the fleeing serpent, (BB)Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will slay (BC)the dragon that is in the sea.

In that day,
(BD)“A pleasant vineyard,[c] (BE)sing of it!
I, the Lord, am its keeper;
every moment I water it.
Lest anyone punish it,
I keep it night and day;
I have no wrath.
(BF)Would that I had thorns and briers to battle!
I would march against them,
I would burn them up together.
Or let them lay hold of my protection,
let them make peace with me,
let them make peace with me.”

(BG)In days to come[d] Jacob shall take root,
Israel shall blossom and put forth shoots
and fill the whole world with fruit.

(BH)Has he struck them (BI)as he struck those who struck them?
Or have they been slain (BJ)as their slayers were slain?
(BK)Measure by measure,[e] by exile you contended with them;
(BL)he removed them with his fierce breath[f] in the day of the east wind.
Therefore by this (BM)the guilt of Jacob will be atoned for,
and this will be the full fruit of the removal of his sin:[g]
(BN)when he makes all the stones of the altars
like chalkstones crushed to pieces,
no (BO)Asherim or incense altars will remain standing.
10 (BP)For the fortified city is solitary,
a habitation deserted and forsaken, like the wilderness;
there the calf grazes;
there it lies down and strips its branches.
11 When its boughs are dry, they are broken;
women come and make a fire of them.
(BQ)For this is a people without discernment;
therefore he who made them will not have compassion on them;
he who formed them will show them no favor.

12 In that day (BR)from the river Euphrates[h] to the Brook of Egypt the Lord will thresh out the grain, and you will be gleaned one by one, O people of Israel. 13 And in that day (BS)a great trumpet will be blown, (BT)and those who were lost in the land of Assyria and those who were driven out to the land of Egypt (BU)will come and worship the Lord on the holy mountain at Jerusalem.

Judgment on Ephraim and Jerusalem

28 Ah, the proud crown of (BV)the drunkards of Ephraim,
and the fading flower of its glorious beauty,
which is on the head of the rich valley of those overcome with wine!
Behold, the Lord has (BW)one who is mighty and strong;
like a storm of hail, a destroying tempest,
like (BX)a storm of mighty, overflowing waters,
he casts down to the earth with his hand.
(BY)The proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim
will be trodden underfoot;
(BZ)and the fading flower of its glorious beauty,
which is on the head of the rich valley,
will be like (CA)a first-ripe fig[i] before the summer:
when someone sees it, he swallows it
as soon as it is in his hand.

(CB)In that day the Lord of hosts will be a crown of glory,[j]
and a diadem of beauty, to the remnant of his people,
and (CC)a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment,
and (CD)strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.

(CE)These also reel with wine
and (CF)stagger with strong drink;
the priest and (CG)the prophet reel with strong drink,
they are swallowed by[k] wine,
they stagger with strong drink,
they reel in vision,
they stumble in giving judgment.
For all tables are full of filthy vomit,
with no space left.

(CH)“To whom will he teach knowledge,
and to whom will he explain the message?
Those who are weaned from the milk,
those taken from the breast?
10 For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept,
line upon line, line upon line,
here a little, there a little.”

11 (CI)For by people of strange lips
and with a foreign tongue
the Lord will speak to this people,
12 to whom he has said,
(CJ)“This is rest;
give rest to the weary;
and this is repose”;
yet they would not hear.
13 And the word of the Lord will be to them
precept upon precept, precept upon precept,
line upon line, line upon line,
here a little, there a little,
(CK)that they may go, and fall backward,
and be broken, and snared, and taken.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 25:10 The Hebrew words for dunghill and for the Moabite town Madmen (Jeremiah 48:2) sound alike
  2. Isaiah 25:11 Or in spite of the skill
  3. Isaiah 27:2 Many Hebrew manuscripts A vineyard of wine
  4. Isaiah 27:6 Hebrew In those to come
  5. Isaiah 27:8 Or By driving her away; the meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
  6. Isaiah 27:8 Or wind
  7. Isaiah 27:9 Septuagint and this is the blessing when I take away his sin
  8. Isaiah 27:12 Hebrew from the River
  9. Isaiah 28:4 Or fruit
  10. Isaiah 28:5 The Hebrew words for glory and hosts sound alike
  11. Isaiah 28:7 Or confused by

Cross references:

  1. Isaiah 25:1 : Ex. 15:2
  2. Isaiah 25:1 : [Ps. 107:32]
  3. Isaiah 25:1 : [2 Kgs. 19:25]
  4. Isaiah 25:2 : [ch. 17:1; Jer. 51:37]
  5. Isaiah 25:3 : [ch. 18:7]
  6. Isaiah 25:4 : Nah. 1:7
  7. Isaiah 25:4 : ch. 4:6
  8. Isaiah 25:4 : [2 Chr. 32:18]
  9. Isaiah 25:5 : [ch. 32:2]
  10. Isaiah 25:6 : ch. 2:2, 3; 11:9; 24:23
  11. Isaiah 25:6 : [Ps. 63:5]
  12. Isaiah 25:7 : [See ver. 6 above]; ch. 2:2, 3; 11:9; 24:23
  13. Isaiah 25:7 : [2 Cor. 3:15]
  14. Isaiah 25:8 : Cited 1 Cor. 15:54; [Hos. 13:14]
  15. Isaiah 25:8 : Rev. 7:17; [ch. 30:19]
  16. Isaiah 25:8 : [ch. 37:4]
  17. Isaiah 25:8 : See ch. 1:20
  18. Isaiah 25:9 : ch. 26:8; [Gen. 49:18; Ps. 27:14]
  19. Isaiah 25:9 : Ps. 9:14
  20. Isaiah 25:10 : [See ver. 6 above]; ch. 2:2, 3; 11:9; 24:23
  21. Isaiah 25:10 : See ch. 15:1
  22. Isaiah 25:11 : [ch. 16:12]
  23. Isaiah 25:11 : [ch. 16:14]
  24. Isaiah 26:1 : [ch. 27:2]
  25. Isaiah 26:1 : [ch. 60:18]
  26. Isaiah 26:2 : Ps. 118:19, 20
  27. Isaiah 26:3 : [ch. 30:15]
  28. Isaiah 26:5 : ch. 25:12
  29. Isaiah 26:6 : [ch. 25:4]
  30. Isaiah 26:6 : [ch. 25:4]
  31. Isaiah 26:7 : 1 Sam. 2:9; Ps. 37:23
  32. Isaiah 26:8 : Ex. 3:15
  33. Isaiah 26:8 : Ex. 3:15
  34. Isaiah 26:9 : ver. 16; [2 Chr. 33:12]
  35. Isaiah 26:10 : See Ps. 73:3-11
  36. Isaiah 26:11 : [Mic. 5:9]
  37. Isaiah 26:11 : [ch. 5:12]
  38. Isaiah 26:11 : Ps. 21:9; [ch. 33:14]
  39. Isaiah 26:12 : ch. 9:7; Mic. 5:5
  40. Isaiah 26:13 : [ch. 2:8; 2 Kgs. 16:3, 4]
  41. Isaiah 26:13 : [ch. 2:20; Ps. 20:7]; See 2 Kgs. 18:4-6
  42. Isaiah 26:15 : ch. 9:3
  43. Isaiah 26:15 : [ch. 54:2, 3]
  44. Isaiah 26:16 : Hos. 5:15; See ch. 37:1-4
  45. Isaiah 26:17 : See ch. 13:8
  46. Isaiah 26:18 : [See ver. 17 above]; See ch. 13:8
  47. Isaiah 26:19 : [Ezek. 37:12; Dan. 12:2; Hos. 13:14]
  48. Isaiah 26:19 : [Hos. 14:5]
  49. Isaiah 26:20 : ch. 10:25
  50. Isaiah 26:21 : Mic. 1:3
  51. Isaiah 26:21 : [ch. 24:5]
  52. Isaiah 27:1 : [Jer. 47:6]
  53. Isaiah 27:1 : Ps. 74:14
  54. Isaiah 27:1 : Ps. 74:14
  55. Isaiah 27:1 : ch. 51:9; Ezek. 29:3
  56. Isaiah 27:2 : ch. 5:7
  57. Isaiah 27:2 : [ch. 26:1]
  58. Isaiah 27:4 : [ch. 10:17]
  59. Isaiah 27:6 : ch. 37:31; Hos. 14:5, 6
  60. Isaiah 27:7 : Hos. 6:1, 2
  61. Isaiah 27:7 : See ch. 37:36-38
  62. Isaiah 27:7 : ch. 37:18, 19
  63. Isaiah 27:8 : [Jer. 10:24]
  64. Isaiah 27:8 : [Jer. 18:17]
  65. Isaiah 27:9 : [ch. 22:14]
  66. Isaiah 27:9 : [2 Kgs. 18:4]
  67. Isaiah 27:9 : See Deut. 16:21
  68. Isaiah 27:10 : ch. 17:9; 32:14, 19; [Hos. 8:14; Mic. 5:11]
  69. Isaiah 27:11 : Deut. 32:28; See ch. 30:16-18
  70. Isaiah 27:12 : See Gen. 15:18
  71. Isaiah 27:13 : Lev. 25:9; [Matt. 24:31; Rev. 11:15]
  72. Isaiah 27:13 : ch. 11:11, 16; Mic. 7:12
  73. Isaiah 27:13 : [ch. 2:2]
  74. Isaiah 28:1 : [Hos. 7:5]
  75. Isaiah 28:2 : [ch. 8:7]
  76. Isaiah 28:2 : ver. 15, 18
  77. Isaiah 28:3 : ver. 1
  78. Isaiah 28:4 : [Amos 8:1, 2]
  79. Isaiah 28:4 : Hos. 9:10; Mic. 7:1
  80. Isaiah 28:5 : ch. 2:11
  81. Isaiah 28:6 : [1 Kgs. 3:28]
  82. Isaiah 28:6 : [ch. 38:6]
  83. Isaiah 28:7 : [ch. 3:12]
  84. Isaiah 28:7 : Hos. 4:11
  85. Isaiah 28:7 : ch. 9:15; 56:10, 12
  86. Isaiah 28:9 : Jer. 6:10
  87. Isaiah 28:11 : Cited 1 Cor. 14:21; See ch. 5:26-29
  88. Isaiah 28:12 : ch. 30:15; [Matt. 11:28, 29]
  89. Isaiah 28:13 : ch. 8:15
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Galatians 3:10-22

The Righteous Shall Live by Faith

10 For all who rely on works of the law are (A)under a curse; for it is written, (B)“Cursed be everyone who does not (C)abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 11 Now it is evident that (D)no one is justified before God by the law, for (E)“The righteous shall live by faith.”[a] 12 But the law is not of faith, rather (F)“The one who does them shall live by them.” 13 Christ (G)redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, (H)“Cursed is everyone who is hanged (I)on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might (J)come to the Gentiles, so that (K)we might receive (L)the promised Spirit[b] through faith.

The Law and the Promise

15 (M)To give a human example, brothers:[c] (N)even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified. 16 Now (O)the promises were made (P)to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, (Q)“And to your offspring,” who is Christ. 17 This is what I mean: the law, which came (R)430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as (S)to make the promise void. 18 For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but (T)God gave it to Abraham by a promise.

19 Why then the law? (U)It was added because of transgressions, (V)until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was (W)put in place through angels (X)by an intermediary. 20 Now (Y)an intermediary implies more than one, but (Z)God is one.

21 Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For (AA)if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law. 22 But the Scripture (AB)imprisoned everything under sin, so that (AC)the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given (AD)to those who believe.

Footnotes:

  1. Galatians 3:11 Or The one who by faith is righteous will live
  2. Galatians 3:14 Greek receive the promise of the Spirit
  3. Galatians 3:15 Or brothers and sisters
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Psalm 61

Lead Me to the Rock

To the choirmaster: with (A)stringed instruments. Of David.

61 Hear my cry, O God,
(B)listen to my prayer;
from the end of the earth I call to you
when my heart is (C)faint.
Lead me to (D)the rock
that is higher than I,
for you have been (E)my refuge,
a strong (F)tower against the enemy.

Let me (G)dwell in your tent forever!
Let me take refuge under (H)the shelter of your wings! Selah
For you, O God, have heard my vows;
you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

(I)Prolong (J)the life of the king;
may his years endure to all generations!
May he be enthroned forever before God;
appoint (K)steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him!

So will I ever sing praises to your name,
as I (L)perform my vows day after day.

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Proverbs 23:17-18

17 Let not your heart (A)envy sinners,
but continue in (B)the fear of the Lord all the day.
18 Surely (C)there is a future,
and your (D)hope will not be cut off.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday September 16, 2021 (NIV)

Isaiah 22-24

An Oracle Concerning Jerusalem

22 The (A)oracle concerning (B)the valley of vision.

What do you mean that you have gone up,
all of you, to the housetops,
you who are full of shoutings,
tumultuous city, (C)exultant town?
Your slain are (D)not slain with the sword
or dead in battle.
(E)All your leaders have fled together;
without the bow they were captured.
All of you who were found were captured,
though they had fled far away.
Therefore I said:
“Look away from me;
(F)let me weep bitter tears;
do not labor to comfort me
concerning the destruction of the daughter of my people.”

(G)For the Lord God of hosts has (H)a day
of tumult and (I)trampling and (J)confusion
in (K)the valley of vision,
a battering down of walls
and a shouting to the mountains.
And (L)Elam bore the quiver
with chariots and horsemen,
and (M)Kir uncovered the shield.
Your choicest valleys were full of chariots,
and the horsemen took their stand at the gates.
He has taken away (N)the covering of Judah.

In that day you looked to (O)the weapons of the House of the Forest, and you saw that (P)the breaches of the city of David were many. (Q)You collected the waters of the lower pool, 10 and you counted the houses of Jerusalem, and you broke down the houses to fortify the wall. 11 (R)You made a reservoir between (S)the two walls for the water of (T)the old pool. But (U)you did not look to him who did it, or see him who planned it long ago.

12 In that day (V)the Lord God of hosts
called for weeping and mourning,
for (W)baldness and (X)wearing sackcloth;
13 and behold, joy and gladness,
killing oxen and slaughtering sheep,
eating flesh and drinking wine.
(Y)“Let us eat and drink,
for tomorrow we die.”
14 The Lord of hosts (Z)has revealed himself in my ears:
“Surely (AA)this iniquity will not be atoned for you (AB)until you die,”
says the Lord God of hosts.

15 Thus says the Lord God of hosts, “Come, go to this steward, to (AC)Shebna, who is over the household, and say to him: 16 What have you to do here, and whom have you here, (AD)that you have cut out here a tomb for yourself, you (AE)who cut out a tomb on the height and carve a dwelling for yourself in the rock? 17 Behold, the Lord will hurl you away violently, O you strong man. (AF)He will seize firm hold on you 18 and whirl you around and around, and throw you like a ball into a wide land. There you shall die, and there shall be (AG)your glorious chariots, you shame of your master's house. 19 (AH)I will thrust you from your office, and you will be pulled down from your station. 20 In that day I will call my servant (AI)Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, 21 and (AJ)I will clothe him with your robe, and will bind your sash on him, and will commit your authority to his hand. And he shall be (AK)a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. 22 And I will place (AL)on his shoulder (AM)the key of the house of David. (AN)He shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. 23 And I will fasten him (AO)like a peg in a secure place, and he will become (AP)a throne of honor to his father's house. 24 And they will hang on him the whole honor of his father's house, the offspring and issue, every small vessel, from the cups to all the flagons. 25 In that day, declares the Lord of hosts, (AQ)the peg that was fastened in a secure place will give way, and it will be cut down and fall, and the load that was on it will be cut off, for the Lord has spoken.”

An Oracle Concerning Tyre and Sidon

23 The (AR)oracle concerning (AS)Tyre.

Wail, O (AT)ships of Tarshish,
for Tyre is laid waste, (AU)without house or harbor!
From (AV)the land of Cyprus[a]
it is revealed to them.
Be still, O inhabitants of the coast;
the merchants of (AW)Sidon, who cross the sea, have filled you.
And on many waters
your revenue was the grain of Shihor,
the harvest of the Nile;
you were (AX)the merchant of the nations.
Be ashamed, O (AY)Sidon, for the sea has spoken,
the stronghold of the sea, saying:
“I have neither labored nor given birth,
I have neither reared young men
nor brought up young women.”
When the report comes to Egypt,
they will be in anguish[b] over the report about Tyre.
(AZ)Cross over to Tarshish;
wail, O inhabitants of the coast!
Is this your exultant city
(BA)whose origin is from days of old,
whose feet carried her
to settle far away?
Who has purposed this
against Tyre, the bestower of crowns,
whose merchants were princes,
whose traders were the honored of the earth?
The Lord of hosts has purposed it,
(BB)to defile the pompous pride of all glory,[c]
to dishonor all the honored of the earth.
10 Cross over your land like the Nile,
O daughter of Tarshish;
there is no restraint anymore.
11 (BC)He has stretched out his hand over the sea;
he has shaken the kingdoms;
the Lord has given command concerning Canaan
to destroy its strongholds.
12 And he said:
“You will no more exult,
O oppressed virgin daughter of (BD)Sidon;
arise, (BE)cross over to (BF)Cyprus,
even there you will have no rest.”

13 Behold the land of (BG)the Chaldeans! This is the people that was not;[d] Assyria destined it for wild beasts. They erected (BH)their siege towers, they stripped her palaces bare, they made her a ruin.

14 (BI)Wail, O ships of Tarshish,
for your stronghold is laid waste.

15 In that day Tyre will be forgotten for (BJ)seventy years, like the days[e] of one king. At the end of (BK)seventy years, it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the prostitute:

16 “Take a harp;
go about the city,
O forgotten prostitute!
Make sweet melody;
sing many songs,
that you may be remembered.”

17 At the end of (BL)seventy years, the Lord will visit Tyre, and she will return to her wages and (BM)will prostitute herself with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth. 18 Her merchandise and her wages will be holy to the Lord. It will not be stored or hoarded, but her merchandise will supply abundant food and fine clothing for those who dwell before the Lord.

Judgment on the Whole Earth

24 Behold, (BN)the Lord will empty the earth[f] and make it desolate,
and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.
(BO)And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest;
as with the slave, so with his master;
as with the maid, so with her mistress;
(BP)as with the buyer, so with the seller;
as with the lender, so with the borrower;
(BQ)as with the creditor, so with the debtor.
(BR)The earth shall be utterly empty and utterly plundered;
(BS)for the Lord has spoken this word.

(BT)The earth mourns and withers;
the world languishes and withers;
the highest people of the earth languish.
The earth lies (BU)defiled
under its inhabitants;
for (BV)they have transgressed the laws,
violated the statutes,
broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore (BW)a curse devours the earth,
and its inhabitants (BX)suffer for their guilt;
therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched,
and few men are left.
(BY)The wine mourns,
the vine languishes,
all the merry-hearted sigh.
(BZ)The mirth of the tambourines is stilled,
the noise of the jubilant has ceased,
the mirth of the lyre is stilled.
No more do they drink wine (CA)with singing;
strong drink is bitter to those who drink it.
10 (CB)The wasted city is broken down;
(CC)every house is shut up so that none can enter.
11 (CD)There is an outcry in the streets for lack of wine;
(CE)all joy has grown dark;
the gladness of the earth is banished.
12 Desolation is left in the city;
the gates are battered into ruins.
13 For thus it shall be in the midst of the earth
among the nations,
(CF)as when an olive tree is beaten,
as at the gleaning when the grape harvest is done.

14 They lift up their voices, they sing for joy;
over the majesty of the Lord they shout from the west.[g]
15 (CG)Therefore in the east[h] give glory to the Lord;
in the coastlands of the sea, give glory to the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.
16 (CH)From the ends of the earth we hear songs of praise,
of glory to (CI)the Righteous One.
But I say, “I waste away,
I waste away. Woe is me!
For (CJ)the traitors have betrayed,
with betrayal the traitors have betrayed.”

17 (CK)Terror and the pit and the snare[i]
are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth!
18 (CL)He who flees at the sound of the terror
shall fall into the pit,
and he who climbs out of the pit
shall be caught in the snare.
For (CM)the windows of heaven are opened,
and (CN)the foundations of the earth tremble.
19 The earth is utterly broken,
the earth is split apart,
the earth is violently shaken.
20 The earth (CO)staggers like a drunken man;
it sways like a hut;
(CP)its transgression lies heavy upon it,
and it falls, and will not rise again.

21 On that day the Lord will punish
the host of heaven, in heaven,
and (CQ)the kings of the earth, on the earth.
22 (CR)They will be gathered together
as prisoners in a pit;
they will be shut up in a prison,
and after many days (CS)they will be punished.
23 (CT)Then the moon will be confounded
and the sun ashamed,
for (CU)the Lord of hosts reigns
on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem,
and his glory will be before his elders.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 23:1 Hebrew Kittim; also verse 12
  2. Isaiah 23:5 Hebrew they will have labor pains
  3. Isaiah 23:9 The Hebrew words for glory and hosts sound alike
  4. Isaiah 23:13 Or that has become nothing
  5. Isaiah 23:15 Or lifetime
  6. Isaiah 24:1 Or land; also throughout this chapter
  7. Isaiah 24:14 Hebrew from the sea
  8. Isaiah 24:15 Hebrew in the realm of light, or with the fires
  9. Isaiah 24:17 The Hebrew words for terror, pit, and snare sound alike

Cross references:

  1. Isaiah 22:1 : See ch. 13:1
  2. Isaiah 22:1 : ver. 5; Jer. 21:13; [Joel 3:12, 14]
  3. Isaiah 22:2 : ch. 32:13
  4. Isaiah 22:2 : Lam. 4:9
  5. Isaiah 22:3 : [ch. 1:10]
  6. Isaiah 22:4 : Jer. 9:1; Mic. 1:8
  7. Isaiah 22:5 : ch. 2:12-17
  8. Isaiah 22:5 : [ch. 37:3]
  9. Isaiah 22:5 : ch. 10:6; 18:2
  10. Isaiah 22:5 : Mic. 7:4
  11. Isaiah 22:5 : [See ver. 1 above]; ver. 5; Jer. 21:13; [Joel 3:12, 14]
  12. Isaiah 22:6 : See ch. 11:11
  13. Isaiah 22:6 : 2 Kgs. 16:9
  14. Isaiah 22:8 : ch. 30:1
  15. Isaiah 22:8 : 1 Kgs. 10:17
  16. Isaiah 22:9 : ver. 5, 10; [2 Chr. 32:5]
  17. Isaiah 22:9 : [Neh. 3:16]
  18. Isaiah 22:11 : [See ver. 9 above]; [Neh. 3:16]
  19. Isaiah 22:11 : [2 Kgs. 25:4]
  20. Isaiah 22:11 : [ch. 7:3; 2 Kgs. 20:20; 2 Chr. 32:3, 4]
  21. Isaiah 22:11 : [ch. 5:12]
  22. Isaiah 22:12 : [Joel 2:17]
  23. Isaiah 22:12 : See ch. 3:24
  24. Isaiah 22:12 : See 2 Sam. 3:31
  25. Isaiah 22:13 : ch. 56:12; Cited 1 Cor. 15:32
  26. Isaiah 22:14 : ch. 5:9
  27. Isaiah 22:14 : [ch. 27:9; 1 Sam. 3:14]
  28. Isaiah 22:14 : [ver. 13]
  29. Isaiah 22:15 : ch. 36:3, 11, 22; 37:2; 2 Kgs. 18:18, 26, 37; 19:2
  30. Isaiah 22:16 : 2 Chr. 16:14
  31. Isaiah 22:16 : Matt. 27:60
  32. Isaiah 22:17 : [Dan. 3:21]
  33. Isaiah 22:18 : [ch. 36:9]
  34. Isaiah 22:19 : [ver. 25]
  35. Isaiah 22:20 : ch. 36:3; 37:2; 2 Kgs. 18:18, 26, 37; 19:2
  36. Isaiah 22:21 : [See ver. 20 above]; ch. 36:3; 37:2; 2 Kgs. 18:18, 26, 37; 19:2
  37. Isaiah 22:21 : Gen. 45:8
  38. Isaiah 22:22 : ch. 9:6
  39. Isaiah 22:22 : Rev. 3:7
  40. Isaiah 22:22 : [Job 12:14]
  41. Isaiah 22:23 : [ch. 33:20; 54:2; Eccles. 12:11]
  42. Isaiah 22:23 : [Rev. 3:21]
  43. Isaiah 22:25 : [See ver. 23 above]; [ch. 33:20; 54:2; Eccles. 12:11]
  44. Isaiah 23:1 : See ch. 13:1
  45. Isaiah 23:1 : [Jer. 25:22; 27:2, 3]; See Ezek. 26:2–28:24; Joel 3:4-8; Amos 1:9, 10; Zech. 9:2-4
  46. Isaiah 23:1 : ver. 14; 1 Kgs. 10:22; 22:48
  47. Isaiah 23:1 : ch. 24:10
  48. Isaiah 23:1 : Jer. 2:10; See Gen. 10:4
  49. Isaiah 23:2 : ver. 4, 12; Gen. 10:15; Josh. 19:28; Jer. 25:22; 27:3; Ezek. 27:8; 32:30; Joel 3:4; Zech. 9:2
  50. Isaiah 23:3 : See Ezek. 27:3-23
  51. Isaiah 23:4 : [See ver. 2 above]; ver. 4, 12; Gen. 10:15; Josh. 19:28; Jer. 25:22; 27:3; Ezek. 27:8; 32:30; Joel 3:4; Zech. 9:2
  52. Isaiah 23:6 : ver. 12
  53. Isaiah 23:7 : [Gen. 10:15]
  54. Isaiah 23:9 : [Ezek. 28:7]
  55. Isaiah 23:11 : [Ex. 14:21]
  56. Isaiah 23:12 : See ver. 2
  57. Isaiah 23:12 : ver. 6
  58. Isaiah 23:12 : ver. 1
  59. Isaiah 23:13 : ch. 47:1; 48:14
  60. Isaiah 23:13 : [2 Kgs. 25:1]
  61. Isaiah 23:14 : See ver. 1
  62. Isaiah 23:15 : Jer. 25:11, 22
  63. Isaiah 23:15 : Jer. 25:11, 22
  64. Isaiah 23:17 : Jer. 25:11, 22
  65. Isaiah 23:17 : Rev. 17:1, 2
  66. Isaiah 24:1 : ch. 13:9
  67. Isaiah 24:2 : Hos. 4:9; [Lam. 4:16]; See ch. 3:1-3
  68. Isaiah 24:2 : [Ezek. 7:12, 13]
  69. Isaiah 24:2 : [Jer. 15:10]
  70. Isaiah 24:3 : ver. 1, 6
  71. Isaiah 24:3 : See ch. 1:20
  72. Isaiah 24:4 : [ch. 16:8; Hos. 4:3]
  73. Isaiah 24:5 : Num. 35:33
  74. Isaiah 24:5 : [ch. 2:6, 8]
  75. Isaiah 24:6 : Zech. 5:3, 4
  76. Isaiah 24:6 : [Ps. 5:10]
  77. Isaiah 24:7 : [Joel 1:10, 12]
  78. Isaiah 24:8 : Jer. 7:34; Hos. 2:11; [Amos 8:10]
  79. Isaiah 24:9 : [Amos 6:5, 6]
  80. Isaiah 24:10 : [ch. 34:11]
  81. Isaiah 24:10 : ch. 23:1
  82. Isaiah 24:11 : [ver. 7; Ps. 144:14; Joel 1:5]
  83. Isaiah 24:11 : [Joel 1:12]
  84. Isaiah 24:13 : ch. 17:6; [Mic. 7:1]
  85. Isaiah 24:15 : [ch. 45:6]
  86. Isaiah 24:16 : [ver. 14]
  87. Isaiah 24:16 : [ch. 26:2; 60:21]
  88. Isaiah 24:16 : ch. 21:2; 33:1
  89. Isaiah 24:17 : Jer. 48:43, 44; [Job 20:24; Amos 5:19]
  90. Isaiah 24:18 : [See ver. 17 above]; Jer. 48:43, 44; [Job 20:24; Amos 5:19]
  91. Isaiah 24:18 : See Gen. 7:11
  92. Isaiah 24:18 : Ps. 18:7
  93. Isaiah 24:20 : [ch. 19:14; 29:9]
  94. Isaiah 24:20 : [ver. 5, 6]
  95. Isaiah 24:21 : Ps. 76:12; [ch. 10:12; 31:8]
  96. Isaiah 24:22 : Mic. 4:11, 12
  97. Isaiah 24:22 : ch. 29:6
  98. Isaiah 24:23 : See ch. 13:10
  99. Isaiah 24:23 : Ps. 99:1, 2; Mic. 4:7
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Galatians 2:17-3:9

17 But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found (A)to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! 18 For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor. 19 For through the law I (B)died to the law, so that I might (C)live to God. 20 I have been (D)crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives (E)in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, (F)who loved me and (G)gave himself for me. 21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for (H)if righteousness[a] were through the law, (I)then Christ died for no purpose.

By Faith, or by Works of the Law?

O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? (J)It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly (K)portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you only this: (L)Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by (M)hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? (N)Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by[b] the flesh? (O)Did you suffer[c] so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and (P)works miracles among you do so (Q)by works of the law, or by hearing with faith— just as (R)Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?

Know then that it is (S)those of faith who are (T)the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that (U)God would justify[d] the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, (V)“In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

Footnotes:

  1. Galatians 2:21 Or justification
  2. Galatians 3:3 Or now ending with
  3. Galatians 3:4 Or experience
  4. Galatians 3:8 Or count righteous; also verses 11, 24
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Psalm 60

He Will Tread Down Our Foes

To the choirmaster: according to (A)Shushan Eduth. A (B)Miktam[a] of David; (C)for instruction; when he (D)strove with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and when Joab on his return struck down twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt.

60 O God, (E)you have rejected us, (F)broken our defenses;
you have been angry; (G)oh, restore us.
You have made the land to quake; you have torn it open;
(H)repair its breaches, for it totters.
(I)You have made your people see hard things;
(J)you have given us (K)wine to drink that made us stagger.

You have set up (L)a banner for those who fear you,
that they may flee to it (M)from the bow.[b] Selah
(N)That your (O)beloved ones may be delivered,
give salvation by your right hand and answer us!

God has spoken (P)in his holiness:[c]
“With exultation (Q)I will divide up (R)Shechem
and portion out the Vale of (S)Succoth.
(T)Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine;
(U)Ephraim is (V)my helmet;
Judah is my (W)scepter.
(X)Moab is my washbasin;
upon Edom I (Y)cast my shoe;
over (Z)Philistia I shout in triumph.”[d]

Who will bring me to the fortified city?
(AA)Who will lead me to Edom?
10 Have you not (AB)rejected us, O God?
You (AC)do not go forth, O God, with our armies.
11 Oh, grant us help against the foe,
for (AD)vain is the salvation of man!
12 With God we shall (AE)do valiantly;
it is he who will (AF)tread down our foes.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 60:1 Probably musical or liturgical terms
  2. Psalm 60:4 Or that it may be displayed because of truth
  3. Psalm 60:6 Or sanctuary
  4. Psalm 60:8 Revocalization (compare Psalm 108:10); Masoretic Text over me, O Philistia, shout in triumph
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Proverbs 23:15-16

15 (A)My son, if your heart is wise,
my heart too will be glad.
16 My (B)inmost being[a] will exult
when your lips speak (C)what is right.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 23:16 Hebrew My kidneys
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday September 15, 2021 (NIV)

Isaiah 19-21

An Oracle Concerning Egypt

19 An (A)oracle concerning (B)Egypt.

Behold, the Lord (C)is riding on a swift cloud
and comes to Egypt;
and (D)the idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence,
and the heart of the Egyptians will (E)melt within them.
And I will stir up Egyptians against Egyptians,
(F)and they will fight, each against another
and each against his neighbor,
city against city, kingdom against kingdom;
and the spirit of the Egyptians within them will be emptied out,
and I will confound[a] their (G)counsel;
and they will inquire of the idols and the sorcerers,
and (H)the mediums and the necromancers;
and I will give over the Egyptians
into the hand of (I)a hard master,
and a fierce king will rule over them,
declares the Lord God of hosts.

And the waters of the sea will be dried up,
and the river will be dry and parched,
and its canals will become foul,
and the branches of Egypt's Nile will diminish and dry up,
reeds and rushes will rot away.
There will be bare places by the Nile,
on the brink of the Nile,
and all that is sown by the Nile will be parched,
will be driven away, and will be no more.
The (J)fishermen will mourn and lament,
all who cast a hook in the Nile;
and they will languish
who spread nets on the water.
The workers in (K)combed flax will be in despair,
and the weavers of white cotton.
10 Those who are the (L)pillars of the land will be crushed,
and all who (M)work for pay will be grieved.

11 The princes of (N)Zoan are utterly foolish;
the wisest counselors of Pharaoh give stupid counsel.
How can you say to Pharaoh,
“I am a son of the wise,
a son of ancient kings”?
12 Where then are your (O)wise men?
Let them tell you
that they might know what the Lord of hosts has purposed against Egypt.
13 The princes of (P)Zoan have become fools,
and the princes of (Q)Memphis are deluded;
those who are the (R)cornerstones of her tribes
have made Egypt stagger.
14 The Lord has mingled within her (S)a spirit of confusion,
and they will make Egypt stagger in all its deeds,
(T)as a drunken man staggers in his vomit.
15 And there will be nothing for Egypt
that (U)head or tail, palm branch or reed, may do.

Egypt, Assyria, Israel Blessed

16 In that day the Egyptians will be (V)like women, and (W)tremble with fear before the hand that the Lord of hosts shakes over them. 17 And the land of Judah will become a terror to the Egyptians. Everyone to whom it is mentioned will fear because of the purpose that the Lord of hosts has purposed against them.

18 (X)In that day there will be (Y)five cities in the land of Egypt that (Z)speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the Lord of hosts. One of these will be called the City of Destruction.[b]

19 In that day there will be an (AA)altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a (AB)pillar to the Lord at its border. 20 (AC)It will be a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry to the Lord because of oppressors, (AD)he will send them a savior and defender, and deliver them. 21 (AE)And the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day (AF)and worship with sacrifice and offering, and they will make vows to the Lord and perform them. 22 (AG)And the Lord will strike Egypt, striking and healing, and they will return to the Lord, and he will listen to their pleas for mercy and heal them.

23 (AH)In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will come into Egypt, and Egypt into Assyria, (AI)and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.

24 In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, (AJ)a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25 whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt (AK)my people, and Assyria (AL)the work of my hands, and (AM)Israel my inheritance.”

A Sign Against Egypt and Cush

20 In the year that (AN)the commander in chief, who was sent by Sargon the king of Assyria, came to (AO)Ashdod and fought against it and captured it— at that time the Lord spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, “Go, and loose the sackcloth from your waist and take off your sandals from your feet,” and he did so, walking (AP)naked and barefoot.

Then the Lord said, “As my servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot for three years (AQ)as a sign and a portent against Egypt and Cush,[c] so shall the (AR)king of Assyria lead away the Egyptian captives and the Cushite exiles, both the young and the old, naked and barefoot, with buttocks uncovered, the nakedness of Egypt. (AS)Then they shall be dismayed and ashamed because of Cush their hope and of Egypt their boast. And the inhabitants of (AT)this coastland will say in that day, ‘Behold, this is what has happened to those in whom we hoped and (AU)to whom we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria! And we, how shall we escape?’”

Fallen, Fallen Is Babylon

21 The (AV)oracle concerning the wilderness of (AW)the sea.

(AX)As whirlwinds in the Negeb sweep on,
it comes from the wilderness,
from a terrible land.
A stern vision is told to me;
(AY)the traitor betrays,
and the destroyer destroys.
Go up, O (AZ)Elam;
lay siege, O (BA)Media;
all the (BB)sighing she has caused
I bring to an end.
Therefore my loins are filled with anguish;
(BC)pangs have seized me,
like the pangs of a woman in labor;
I am bowed down so that I cannot hear;
I am dismayed so that I cannot see.
My heart staggers; horror has appalled me;
(BD)the twilight I longed for
has been turned for me into trembling.
(BE)They prepare the table,
they spread the rugs,[d]
they eat, they drink.
Arise, O princes;
(BF)oil the shield!
For thus the Lord said to me:
“Go, set a watchman;
let him announce what he sees.
When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs,
riders on donkeys, riders on camels,
let him listen diligently,
very diligently.”
Then he who saw cried out:[e]
(BG)“Upon a watchtower I stand, O Lord,
continually by day,
and at my post I am stationed
whole nights.
And behold, here come riders,
horsemen in pairs!”
(BH)And he answered,
(BI)“Fallen, fallen is Babylon;
(BJ)and all the carved images of her gods
he has shattered to the ground.”
10 O (BK)my threshed and winnowed one,
what I have heard from the Lord of hosts,
the God of Israel, I announce to you.

11 The (BL)oracle concerning (BM)Dumah.

One is calling to me from (BN)Seir,
“Watchman, what time of the night?
Watchman, what time of the night?”
12 The watchman says:
“Morning comes, and also (BO)the night.
If you will inquire, (BP)inquire;
come back again.”

13 The (BQ)oracle concerning (BR)Arabia.

In the thickets in (BS)Arabia you will lodge,
O (BT)caravans of (BU)Dedanites.
14 To the thirsty bring water;
meet the fugitive with bread,
O inhabitants of the land of (BV)Tema.
15 For they have fled from the swords,
from the drawn sword,
from the bent bow,
and from the press of battle.

16 For thus the Lord said to me, “Within a year, (BW)according to the years of a hired worker, all the glory of (BX)Kedar will come to an end. 17 And the remainder of the archers of the mighty men of the sons of (BY)Kedar will be few, (BZ)for the Lord, the God of Israel, has spoken.”

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 19:3 Or I will swallow up
  2. Isaiah 19:18 Dead Sea Scroll and some other manuscripts City of the Sun
  3. Isaiah 20:3 Probably Nubia
  4. Isaiah 21:5 Or they set the watchman
  5. Isaiah 21:8 Dead Sea Scroll, Syriac; Masoretic Text Then a lion cried out, or Then he cried out like a lion

Cross references:

  1. Isaiah 19:1 : See ch. 13:1
  2. Isaiah 19:1 : [Joel 3:19]; See Jer. 46:13-26; Ezek. 29:1–31:2; 31:18–32:32
  3. Isaiah 19:1 : Ps. 18:10, 11; 104:3; [Matt. 26:64; Rev. 1:7]
  4. Isaiah 19:1 : Ex. 12:12; [1 Sam. 5:3; Jer. 43:12; 50:2]
  5. Isaiah 19:1 : ch. 13:7; See Josh. 2:11
  6. Isaiah 19:2 : [Judg. 7:22]
  7. Isaiah 19:3 : ver. 11
  8. Isaiah 19:3 : ch. 8:19
  9. Isaiah 19:4 : ch. 20:4; Jer. 46:26; Ezek. 29:19
  10. Isaiah 19:8 : [Num. 11:5]
  11. Isaiah 19:9 : [Ezek. 27:7]
  12. Isaiah 19:10 : [Gal. 2:9]
  13. Isaiah 19:10 : Jer. 46:21
  14. Isaiah 19:11 : ch. 30:4; Num. 13:22; Ps. 78:43
  15. Isaiah 19:12 : 1 Kgs. 4:30; Acts 7:22
  16. Isaiah 19:13 : [See ver. 11 above]; ch. 30:4; Num. 13:22; Ps. 78:43
  17. Isaiah 19:13 : Jer. 2:16; 44:1; 46:14, 19; Ezek. 30:13, 16
  18. Isaiah 19:13 : [Zech. 10:4]
  19. Isaiah 19:14 : [1 Kgs. 22:22]
  20. Isaiah 19:14 : [ch. 24:20; 29:9]
  21. Isaiah 19:15 : ch. 9:14
  22. Isaiah 19:16 : Jer. 50:37; 51:30; Nah. 3:13
  23. Isaiah 19:16 : ch. 10:32
  24. Isaiah 19:18 : ver. 21
  25. Isaiah 19:18 : [ch. 30:17; 2 Kgs. 7:13]
  26. Isaiah 19:18 : [Zeph. 3:9]
  27. Isaiah 19:19 : [2 Kgs. 5:17]
  28. Isaiah 19:19 : [Gen. 28:18]
  29. Isaiah 19:20 : [See ver. 19 above]; [Gen. 28:18]
  30. Isaiah 19:20 : [Obad. 21]
  31. Isaiah 19:21 : [ver. 25]
  32. Isaiah 19:21 : Zech. 14:16-18; [ch. 2:2]
  33. Isaiah 19:22 : Jer. 46:25, 26
  34. Isaiah 19:23 : ch. 11:16
  35. Isaiah 19:23 : [ver. 18, 21; Zeph. 3:9]
  36. Isaiah 19:24 : [Gen. 12:2, 3]
  37. Isaiah 19:25 : [Hos. 2:23]
  38. Isaiah 19:25 : ch. 29:23
  39. Isaiah 19:25 : Deut. 32:9
  40. Isaiah 20:1 : 2 Kgs. 18:17
  41. Isaiah 20:1 : 1 Sam. 5:1
  42. Isaiah 20:2 : Mic. 1:8, 11; [1 Sam. 19:24]
  43. Isaiah 20:3 : [ch. 8:18]
  44. Isaiah 20:4 : ch. 19:4
  45. Isaiah 20:5 : ch. 30:3, 5; [ch. 37:9]
  46. Isaiah 20:6 : Jer. 47:7; [ch. 14:29, 31]
  47. Isaiah 20:6 : [ch. 37:6]
  48. Isaiah 21:1 : See ch. 13:1
  49. Isaiah 21:1 : Jer. 51:36, 42
  50. Isaiah 21:1 : Jer. 51:1
  51. Isaiah 21:2 : ch. 24:16; 33:1
  52. Isaiah 21:2 : See ch. 11:11
  53. Isaiah 21:2 : See ch. 13:17
  54. Isaiah 21:2 : Ezek. 9:4
  55. Isaiah 21:3 : See ch. 13:8
  56. Isaiah 21:4 : [Deut. 28:67]
  57. Isaiah 21:5 : Jer. 51:39, 57
  58. Isaiah 21:5 : 2 Sam. 1:21
  59. Isaiah 21:8 : Hab. 2:1
  60. Isaiah 21:9 : [Hab. 2:2]
  61. Isaiah 21:9 : Jer. 51:8; Cited Rev. 14:8; 18:2
  62. Isaiah 21:9 : ch. 46:1
  63. Isaiah 21:10 : Jer. 51:33; Amos 1:3; [Mic. 4:13]
  64. Isaiah 21:11 : See ch. 13:1
  65. Isaiah 21:11 : Gen. 25:14; 1 Chr. 1:30
  66. Isaiah 21:11 : Deut. 2:8; Ezek. 35:2
  67. Isaiah 21:12 : [Job 36:20; Amos 5:8]
  68. Isaiah 21:12 : [Ps. 37:36]
  69. Isaiah 21:13 : See ch. 13:1
  70. Isaiah 21:13 : Gen. 25:3; Jer. 25:23, 24
  71. Isaiah 21:13 : Gen. 25:3; Jer. 25:23, 24
  72. Isaiah 21:13 : [Gen. 37:25]
  73. Isaiah 21:13 : Gen. 25:3; Jer. 25:23, 24
  74. Isaiah 21:14 : Job 6:19
  75. Isaiah 21:16 : See ch. 16:14
  76. Isaiah 21:16 : ch. 60:7; Gen. 25:13; Ps. 120:5, 6; Song 1:5; Jer. 2:10; 49:28; Ezek. 27:21
  77. Isaiah 21:17 : [See ver. 16 above]; ch. 60:7; Gen. 25:13; Ps. 120:5, 6; Song 1:5; Jer. 2:10; 49:28; Ezek. 27:21
  78. Isaiah 21:17 : ch. 1:20
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Galatians 2:1-16

Paul Accepted by the Apostles

Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those (A)who seemed influential) the gospel that (B)I proclaim among the Gentiles, (C)in order to make sure I was not running or had not (D)run in vain. But even Titus, who was with me, (E)was not forced to be circumcised, though he was a Greek. (F)Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who (G)slipped in to spy out (H)our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, (I)so that they might bring us into slavery— to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that (J)the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you. And from those (K)who seemed to be influential (what they were makes no difference to me; (L)God shows no partiality)—those, I say, who seemed influential (M)added nothing to me. On the contrary, when they saw that I had been (N)entrusted with (O)the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel to the circumcised (for he who worked through Peter for his apostolic ministry to the circumcised worked also through me for mine to the Gentiles), and when James and Cephas and John, (P)who seemed to be (Q)pillars, perceived the (R)grace that was given to me, they (S)gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. 10 Only, they asked us to remember the poor, (T)the very thing I was eager to do.

Paul Opposes Peter

11 But (U)when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him (V)to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, (W)he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing (X)the circumcision party.[a] 13 And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. 14 But when I saw that their (Y)conduct was not in step with (Z)the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas (AA)before them all, “If you, though a Jew, (AB)live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?”

Justified by Faith

15 We ourselves are Jews by birth and not (AC)Gentile sinners; 16 yet we know that (AD)a person is not justified[b] by works of the law (AE)but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, (AF)because by works of the law no one will be justified.

Footnotes:

  1. Galatians 2:12 Or fearing those of the circumcision
  2. Galatians 2:16 Or counted righteous (three times in verse 16); also verse 17
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Psalm 59

Deliver Me from My Enemies

To the choirmaster: according to (A)Do Not Destroy. A (B)Miktam[a] of David, (C)when Saul sent men to watch his house in order to kill him.

59 (D)Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
(E)protect me from those who (F)rise up against me;
deliver me from (G)those who work evil,
and save me from (H)bloodthirsty men.

For behold, they (I)lie in wait for my life;
fierce men (J)stir up strife against me.
(K)For no transgression or sin of mine, O Lord,
for no fault of mine, they run and make ready.
(L)Awake, come to meet me, and see!
You, (M)Lord God of hosts, are God of Israel.
Rouse yourself to punish all the nations;
spare none of those who treacherously plot evil. Selah

Each evening they (N)come back,
howling like dogs
and prowling about the city.
There they are, (O)bellowing with their mouths
with (P)swords in their lips—
for (Q)“Who,” they think,[b] “will hear us?”

But you, O Lord, (R)laugh at them;
you hold all the nations in derision.
O my Strength, I will watch for you,
for you, O God, are (S)my fortress.
10 (T)My God in his steadfast love[c] (U)will meet me;
God will let me (V)look in triumph on my enemies.

11 Kill them not, lest my people forget;
make them totter[d] by your power and (W)bring them down,
O Lord, our (X)shield!
12 For (Y)the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips,
let them be trapped in their pride.
For the cursing and lies that they utter,
13 (Z)consume them in wrath;
consume them till they are no more,
that they may (AA)know that God rules over Jacob
to (AB)the ends of the earth. Selah

14 (AC)Each evening they come back,
howling like dogs
and prowling about the city.
15 They (AD)wander about for food
and growl if they do not get their fill.

16 But I will sing of your strength;
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been to me (AE)a fortress
and (AF)a refuge in (AG)the day of my distress.
17 O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,
for you, O God, (AH)are my fortress,
(AI)the God who shows me steadfast love.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 59:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  2. Psalm 59:7 Hebrew lacks they think
  3. Psalm 59:10 Or The God who shows me steadfast love
  4. Psalm 59:11 Or wander
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Proverbs 23:13-14

13 Do not withhold (A)discipline from a child;
(B)if you strike him with a rod, he will not die.
14 If you strike him with the rod,
you will (C)save his soul from Sheol.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday September 14, 2021 (NIV)

Isaiah 15-18

An Oracle Concerning Moab

15 An (A)oracle concerning (B)Moab.

Because (C)Ar of Moab is laid waste in a night,
Moab is undone;
because (D)Kir of Moab is laid waste in a night,
Moab is undone.
He has gone up to the temple,[a] and to (E)Dibon,
to the high places[b] to weep;
over (F)Nebo and over (G)Medeba
Moab (H)wails.
On every head is (I)baldness;
every beard is shorn;
in the streets they wear sackcloth;
on the housetops and in the squares
everyone wails and melts in tears.
(J)Heshbon and (K)Elealeh cry out;
their voice is heard as far as (L)Jahaz;
therefore the armed men of Moab cry aloud;
his soul trembles.
My heart cries out for Moab;
her fugitives flee to Zoar,
to (M)Eglath-shelishiyah.
For at the (N)ascent of Luhith
they go up weeping;
on the road to (O)Horonaim
they raise a cry of destruction;
the waters of (P)Nimrim
are a desolation;
the grass is withered, the vegetation fails,
the greenery is no more.
(Q)Therefore the abundance they have gained
and what they have laid up
they carry away
over the Brook of the Willows.
For a cry has gone
around the land of Moab;
her wailing reaches to Eglaim;
her wailing reaches to Beer-elim.
For the waters of (R)Dibon[c] are full of blood;
for I will bring upon Dibon even more,
(S)a lion for those of Moab who escape,
for the remnant of the land.
16 (T)Send the lamb to the ruler of the land,
from (U)Sela, by way of the desert,
to the mount of the daughter of Zion.
Like fleeing birds,
like a scattered nest,
so are the daughters of Moab
at (V)the fords of the Arnon.

“Give counsel;
grant justice;
(W)make your shade like night
at the height of noon;
shelter the outcasts;
do not reveal the fugitive;
let (X)the outcasts of Moab
sojourn among you;
be a shelter to them[d]
from the destroyer.
When the oppressor is no more,
and destruction has ceased,
and he who tramples underfoot has vanished from the land,
(Y)then a throne will be established in steadfast love,
and on it will sit in faithfulness
in the tent of David
one who judges and seeks justice
and is swift to do righteousness.”

(Z)We have heard of the pride of Moab—
how proud he is!—
(AA)of his arrogance, his pride, and his insolence;
in his idle boasting he is not right.
Therefore let Moab wail for Moab,
(AB)let everyone wail.
Mourn, utterly stricken,
for the (AC)raisin cakes of (AD)Kir-hareseth.

For the fields of Heshbon languish,
and (AE)the vine of Sibmah;
the lords of the nations
have struck down its branches,
which reached to Jazer
and strayed to the desert;
its shoots spread abroad
and passed over the sea.
Therefore (AF)I weep with (AG)the weeping of Jazer
for the vine of Sibmah;
I drench you with my tears,
O Heshbon and Elealeh;
for over (AH)your summer fruit and your harvest
the shout has ceased.
10 (AI)And joy and gladness are taken away from (AJ)the fruitful field,
and in the vineyards no (AK)songs are sung,
no cheers are raised;
no (AL)treader treads out wine (AM)in the presses;
I have put an end to the shouting.
11 Therefore (AN)my inner parts moan like a lyre for Moab,
and my inmost self for Kir-hareseth.

12 And when Moab presents himself, when (AO)he wearies himself on (AP)the high place, when he comes to his sanctuary to pray, he will not prevail.

13 This is the word that the Lord spoke concerning Moab (AQ)in the past. 14 But now the Lord has spoken, saying, “In three years, (AR)like the years of a hired worker, the glory of Moab will be brought into contempt, in spite of all his great multitude, and those who remain will be (AS)very few and feeble.”

An Oracle Concerning Damascus

17 An (AT)oracle concerning (AU)Damascus.

Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city
and will become a heap of ruins.
The cities of (AV)Aroer are deserted;
they will be for flocks,
which will lie down, and (AW)none will make them afraid.
The fortress will disappear from (AX)Ephraim,
and the kingdom from (AY)Damascus;
and the remnant of Syria will be
like (AZ)the glory of the children of Israel,
declares the Lord of hosts.

And in that day (BA)the glory of Jacob will be brought low,
and (BB)the fat of his flesh will grow lean.
And it shall be (BC)as when the reaper gathers standing grain
and his arm harvests the ears,
and as when one gleans the ears of grain
in (BD)the Valley of Rephaim.
(BE)Gleanings will be left in it,
as when an olive tree is beaten—
two or three berries
in the top of the highest bough,
four or five
on the branches of a fruit tree,
declares the Lord God of Israel.

(BF)In that day man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will look on the Holy One of Israel. (BG)He will not look to the altars, the work of his hands, and he will not look on what his own fingers have made, either the (BH)Asherim or the altars of incense.

(BI)In that day their strong cities will be like the deserted places of the wooded heights and the hilltops, which they deserted because of the children of Israel, and there will be desolation.

10 For (BJ)you have forgotten the God of your salvation
and have not remembered the (BK)Rock of your refuge;
therefore, though you plant pleasant plants
and sow the vine-branch of a stranger,
11 though you make them grow[e] on the day that you plant them,
and make them blossom in the morning that you sow,
yet the harvest will flee away[f]
in a day of grief and incurable pain.

12 Ah, (BL)the thunder of many peoples;
they thunder like the thundering of the sea!
Ah, the roar of nations;
they roar like the roaring of mighty waters!
13 (BM)The nations roar like the roaring of many waters,
(BN)but he will rebuke them, and they will flee far away,
chased (BO)like chaff on the mountains before the wind
and (BP)whirling dust before the storm.
14 (BQ)At evening time, behold, terror!
Before morning, they are no more!
This is the portion of those who loot us,
and the lot of those who plunder us.

An Oracle Concerning Cush

18 Ah, land of (BR)whirring wings
that is beyond the rivers of (BS)Cush,[g]
which (BT)sends ambassadors by the sea,
in vessels of papyrus on the waters!
Go, you swift messengers,
to a nation (BU)tall and smooth,
to a people feared near and far,
a nation (BV)mighty and conquering,
whose land the rivers divide.

All you inhabitants of the world,
you who dwell on the earth,
when (BW)a signal is raised on the mountains, look!
When a trumpet is blown, hear!
For thus the Lord said to me:
“I will quietly look (BX)from my dwelling
like clear heat in sunshine,
like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.”
(BY)For before the harvest, when the blossom is over,
and the flower becomes a ripening grape,
he cuts off the shoots with pruning hooks,
and the spreading branches he lops off and clears away.
(BZ)They shall all of them be left
to the birds of prey of the mountains
and to the beasts of the earth.
And the birds of prey will summer on them,
and all the beasts of the earth will winter on them.

(CA)At that time tribute will be brought to the Lord of hosts

from a people (CB)tall and smooth,
from a people feared near and far,
a nation mighty and conquering,
whose land the rivers divide,

to (CC)Mount Zion, the place of the (CD)name of the Lord of hosts.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 15:2 Hebrew the house
  2. Isaiah 15:2 Or temple, even Dibon to the high places
  3. Isaiah 15:9 Dead Sea Scroll, Vulgate (compare Syriac); Masoretic Text Dimon; twice in this verse
  4. Isaiah 16:4 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac; Masoretic Text let my outcasts sojourn among you; as for Moab, be a shelter to them
  5. Isaiah 17:11 Or though you carefully fence them
  6. Isaiah 17:11 Or will be a heap
  7. Isaiah 18:1 Probably Nubia

Cross references:

  1. Isaiah 15:1 : [See ch. 14:28 above]; See ch. 13:1
  2. Isaiah 15:1 : See Jer. 48; Ezek. 25:8-11; Amos 2:1-3; Zeph. 2:8, 9
  3. Isaiah 15:1 : Num. 21:15, 28
  4. Isaiah 15:1 : [ch. 16:7, 11]
  5. Isaiah 15:2 : Num. 21:30
  6. Isaiah 15:2 : Deut. 34:1
  7. Isaiah 15:2 : Num. 21:30
  8. Isaiah 15:2 : ch. 13:6
  9. Isaiah 15:2 : See ch. 3:24
  10. Isaiah 15:4 : Num. 32:37
  11. Isaiah 15:4 : Num. 32:37
  12. Isaiah 15:4 : Jer. 48:34
  13. Isaiah 15:5 : [See ver. 4 above]; Jer. 48:34
  14. Isaiah 15:5 : Jer. 48:5
  15. Isaiah 15:5 : Jer. 48:5
  16. Isaiah 15:6 : [Num. 32:36]
  17. Isaiah 15:7 : Jer. 48:36
  18. Isaiah 15:9 : [ver. 2]
  19. Isaiah 15:9 : [2 Kgs. 17:25; Jer. 50:17]
  20. Isaiah 16:1 : 2 Kgs. 3:4
  21. Isaiah 16:1 : ch. 42:11; 2 Kgs. 14:7
  22. Isaiah 16:2 : Judg. 11:18
  23. Isaiah 16:3 : [1 Kgs. 18:4]
  24. Isaiah 16:4 : 1 Sam. 22:3
  25. Isaiah 16:5 : ch. 32:1, 2; Dan. 7:14, 27; Mic. 4:7; Luke 1:33
  26. Isaiah 16:6 : Jer. 48:29; Zeph. 2:10
  27. Isaiah 16:6 : Judg. 3:14; 2 Kgs. 13:20; [2 Chr. 20:1]
  28. Isaiah 16:7 : ch. 15:3
  29. Isaiah 16:7 : 2 Sam. 6:19; [ver. 9]
  30. Isaiah 16:7 : 2 Kgs. 3:25; [ch. 15:1]
  31. Isaiah 16:8 : Jer. 48:32
  32. Isaiah 16:9 : [ch. 15:5]
  33. Isaiah 16:9 : [See ver. 8 above]; Jer. 48:32
  34. Isaiah 16:9 : [ver. 7]
  35. Isaiah 16:10 : Jer. 48:33
  36. Isaiah 16:10 : [ch. 9:3]
  37. Isaiah 16:10 : [Judg. 9:27]
  38. Isaiah 16:10 : ch. 63:3; Jer. 25:30
  39. Isaiah 16:10 : ch. 5:2
  40. Isaiah 16:11 : ch. 15:5; Jer. 48:36
  41. Isaiah 16:12 : [1 Kgs. 18:29]
  42. Isaiah 16:12 : ch. 15:2; [Num. 22:41; 23:14, 28]
  43. Isaiah 16:13 : See Amos 2:1-3
  44. Isaiah 16:14 : ch. 21:16
  45. Isaiah 16:14 : [ch. 10:22]
  46. Isaiah 17:1 : See ch. 13:1
  47. Isaiah 17:1 : ch. 7:8; Zech. 9:1; See Jer. 49:23-27; Amos 1:3-5
  48. Isaiah 17:2 : Deut. 2:36; Josh. 13:25
  49. Isaiah 17:2 : Mic. 4:4
  50. Isaiah 17:3 : ch. 7:16; 8:4
  51. Isaiah 17:3 : ch. 7:16; 8:4
  52. Isaiah 17:3 : [1 Sam. 4:21]
  53. Isaiah 17:4 : [See ver. 3 above]; [1 Sam. 4:21]
  54. Isaiah 17:4 : ch. 10:16
  55. Isaiah 17:5 : [ch. 24:1]
  56. Isaiah 17:5 : See 2 Sam. 5:18
  57. Isaiah 17:6 : ch. 24:13
  58. Isaiah 17:7 : [Hos. 8:14]
  59. Isaiah 17:8 : ch. 27:9; Mic. 5:13, 14
  60. Isaiah 17:8 : Ex. 34:13; See Deut. 16:21
  61. Isaiah 17:9 : [ch. 27:10]
  62. Isaiah 17:10 : Ps. 106:21
  63. Isaiah 17:10 : ch. 26:4; [Deut. 32:4, 18, 31]
  64. Isaiah 17:12 : See ch. 22:5-7
  65. Isaiah 17:13 : [ch. 33:3]
  66. Isaiah 17:13 : Ps. 9:5; [Joel 3:2]
  67. Isaiah 17:13 : See Ps. 1:4
  68. Isaiah 17:13 : Ps. 83:13
  69. Isaiah 17:14 : [Ps. 30:5]
  70. Isaiah 18:1 : [ch. 8:8; 17:12]
  71. Isaiah 18:1 : 2 Kgs. 19:9
  72. Isaiah 18:2 : ch. 30:4
  73. Isaiah 18:2 : ver. 7
  74. Isaiah 18:2 : [2 Sam. 8:2]
  75. Isaiah 18:3 : See ch. 5:26
  76. Isaiah 18:4 : Ps. 11:4
  77. Isaiah 18:5 : [Ezek. 31:3, 12, 13]
  78. Isaiah 18:6 : [See ver. 5 above]; [Ezek. 31:3, 12, 13]
  79. Isaiah 18:7 : Ps. 68:31
  80. Isaiah 18:7 : ver. 2
  81. Isaiah 18:7 : [ch. 25:10]
  82. Isaiah 18:7 : 2 Sam. 7:13
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Galatians 1

Greeting

Paul, an (A)apostle—(B)not from men nor through man, but (C)through Jesus Christ and God the Father, (D)who raised him from the dead— and all (E)the brothers[a] who are with me,

To (F)the churches of Galatia:

(G)Grace to you and peace (H)from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, (I)who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present (J)evil age, according to the will of (K)our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

No Other Gospel

I am astonished that you are (L)so quickly deserting (M)him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to (N)a different gospel— (O)not that there is another one, but (P)there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or (Q)an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, (R)let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, (S)let him be accursed.

10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying (T)to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a (U)servant[b] of Christ.

Paul Called by God

11 For (V)I would have you know, brothers, that (W)the gospel that was preached by me is not man's gospel.[c] 12 (X)For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it (Y)through a revelation of Jesus Christ. 13 For you have heard of (Z)my former life in Judaism, how (AA)I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it. 14 And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely (AB)zealous was I for (AC)the traditions of my fathers. 15 But when he (AD)who had set me apart (AE)before I was born,[d] and who (AF)called me by his grace, 16 was pleased to reveal his Son to[e] me, in order (AG)that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone;[f] 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.

18 Then (AH)after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and remained with him fifteen days. 19 But I saw none of the other apostles except James (AI)the Lord's brother. 20 (In what I am writing to you, (AJ)before God, I do not lie!) 21 (AK)Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 22 And I was still unknown in person to (AL)the churches of Judea that are in Christ. 23 They only were hearing it said, “He who used to persecute us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” 24 And they glorified God because of me.

Footnotes:

  1. Galatians 1:2 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verse 11
  2. Galatians 1:10 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface
  3. Galatians 1:11 Greek not according to man
  4. Galatians 1:15 Greek set me apart from my mother's womb
  5. Galatians 1:16 Greek in
  6. Galatians 1:16 Greek with flesh and blood

Cross references:

  1. Galatians 1:1 : See 2 Cor. 1:1
  2. Galatians 1:1 : ver. 11, 12
  3. Galatians 1:1 : Acts 9:6; 20:24; 22:10, 15, 21; 26:16; [1 Tim. 1:1; Titus 1:3]
  4. Galatians 1:1 : See Acts 2:24
  5. Galatians 1:2 : Phil. 4:21
  6. Galatians 1:2 : Acts 16:6; 1 Cor. 16:1
  7. Galatians 1:3 : Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:3
  8. Galatians 1:3 : 1 Tim. 1:2
  9. Galatians 1:4 : See Matt. 20:28; Rom. 4:25; 1 Cor. 15:3
  10. Galatians 1:4 : [Eph. 2:2; 1 John 5:19]; See John 15:19
  11. Galatians 1:4 : Phil. 4:20; 1 Thess. 1:3; 3:11, 13
  12. Galatians 1:6 : [ch. 4:13; Acts 16:6; 18:23]
  13. Galatians 1:6 : ch. 5:8
  14. Galatians 1:6 : 2 Cor. 11:4; [1 Tim. 1:3]
  15. Galatians 1:7 : [Acts 4:12; 1 Cor. 3:11]
  16. Galatians 1:7 : ch. 5:10; Acts 15:24; See 2 Cor. 11:13
  17. Galatians 1:8 : 2 Cor. 11:14
  18. Galatians 1:8 : See Rom. 9:3
  19. Galatians 1:9 : [See ver. 8 above]; See Rom. 9:3
  20. Galatians 1:10 : 1 Thess. 2:4; [Rom. 2:29; 1 Cor. 10:33; Eph. 6:6; Col. 3:22]
  21. Galatians 1:10 : [Rom. 1:1]
  22. Galatians 1:11 : 1 Cor. 15:1
  23. Galatians 1:11 : See Rom. 2:16
  24. Galatians 1:12 : ver. 1; 1 Cor. 11:23; 15:3; [Acts 22:14]
  25. Galatians 1:12 : ver. 16; See 1 Cor. 2:10; 2 Cor. 12:1
  26. Galatians 1:13 : [Acts 26:4]
  27. Galatians 1:13 : See Acts 8:3
  28. Galatians 1:14 : Phil. 3:6; See Acts 21:20
  29. Galatians 1:14 : [Jer. 9:14; 2 Tim. 1:3]; See Matt. 15:2
  30. Galatians 1:15 : Acts 13:2; Rom. 1:1
  31. Galatians 1:15 : Isa. 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; Luke 1:15
  32. Galatians 1:15 : ver. 6
  33. Galatians 1:16 : ch. 2:9; See Acts 9:15
  34. Galatians 1:18 : [Acts 9:22, 23]
  35. Galatians 1:19 : See Matt. 12:46; Acts 12:17
  36. Galatians 1:20 : See Rom. 1:9; 9:1
  37. Galatians 1:21 : [Acts 9:30; 11:25, 26; 13:1]
  38. Galatians 1:22 : 1 Thess. 2:14
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Psalm 58

God Who Judges the Earth

To the choirmaster: according to (A)Do Not Destroy. A (B)Miktam[a] of David.

58 Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods?[b]
Do you judge the children of man uprightly?
No, in your hearts you devise wrongs;
your hands (C)deal out violence on earth.

The wicked are (D)estranged from the womb;
they go astray from birth, speaking lies.
(E)They have venom like the venom of a serpent,
like the deaf adder that stops its ear,
so that it (F)does not hear the voice of charmers
or of the cunning enchanter.

O God, (G)break the teeth in their mouths;
tear out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord!
Let them (H)vanish like water that runs away;
when he (I)aims his arrows, let them be blunted.
Let them be like the snail (J)that dissolves into slime,
like (K)the stillborn child who never sees the sun.
Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of (L)thorns,
whether green or ablaze, may he (M)sweep them away![c]

10 (N)The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance;
he will (O)bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 Mankind will say, “Surely there is (P)a reward for the righteous;
surely there is a God who (Q)judges on earth.”

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 58:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  2. Psalm 58:1 Or you mighty lords (by revocalization; Hebrew in silence)
  3. Psalm 58:9 The meaning of the Hebrew verse is uncertain
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Proverbs 23:12

12 Apply your heart to instruction
and your ear to words of knowledge.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday September 13, 2021 (NIV)

Isaiah 12-14

The Lord Is My Strength and My Song

12 You[a] will say (A)in that day:
“I will give thanks to you, O Lord,
for though you were angry with me,
(B)your anger turned away,
that you might comfort me.

“Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for (C)the Lord God[b] is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.”

(D)With joy you[c] will draw water from the wells of salvation. (E)And you will say in that day:

(F)“Give thanks to the Lord,
call upon his name,
(G)make known his deeds among the peoples,
proclaim (H)that his name is exalted.

(I)“Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously;
let this be made known[d] in all the earth.
Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
for great (J)in your[e] midst is (K)the Holy One of Israel.”

The Judgment of Babylon

13 The oracle concerning (L)Babylon which (M)Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.

On a bare hill (N)raise a signal;
cry aloud to them;
wave the hand for (O)them to enter
the gates of the nobles.
I myself have commanded my consecrated ones,
and have summoned my mighty men to execute my anger,
my proudly exulting ones.[f]

The sound (P)of a tumult is on the mountains
as of a great multitude!
The sound of an uproar of kingdoms,
of nations gathering together!
(Q)The Lord of hosts is mustering
a host for battle.
(R)They come from a distant land,
from the end of the heavens,
the Lord and the weapons of his indignation,
to destroy the whole land.[g]

(S)Wail, for (T)the day of the Lord is near;
as destruction from the Almighty[h] it will come!
Therefore all hands will be feeble,
and every human heart (U)will melt.
They will be dismayed:
(V)pangs and agony will seize them;
(W)they will be in anguish like a woman in labor.
They will look aghast at one another;
their faces will be aflame.

Behold, (X)the day of the Lord comes,
cruel, with wrath and fierce anger,
to make the land a desolation
and (Y)to destroy its sinners from it.
10 (Z)For the stars of the heavens and their constellations
will not give their light;
(AA)the sun will be dark at its rising,
and the moon will not shed its light.
11 I will punish (AB)the world for its evil,
and the wicked for their iniquity;
I will (AC)put an end to the pomp of the arrogant,
(AD)and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless.
12 I will make (AE)people more rare than fine gold,
and mankind than the (AF)gold of Ophir.
13 Therefore (AG)I will make the heavens tremble,
and the earth will be shaken out of its place,
at the wrath of the Lord of hosts
in the day of his fierce anger.
14 And like a hunted gazelle,
or like sheep with none to gather them,
(AH)each will turn to his own people,
and each will flee to his own land.
15 Whoever is found will be thrust through,
and whoever is caught will fall by the sword.
16 (AI)Their infants will be dashed in pieces
before their eyes;
their houses will be plundered
and their wives ravished.

17 Behold, (AJ)I am stirring up the Medes against them,
who have no regard for silver
and do not delight in gold.
18 (AK)Their bows will slaughter[i] the young men;
they will have no mercy on the fruit of the womb;
their eyes will not pity children.
19 And Babylon, (AL)the glory of kingdoms,
the splendor and pomp of the Chaldeans,
will be (AM)like Sodom and Gomorrah
when God overthrew them.
20 (AN)It will never be inhabited
or lived in for all generations;
no (AO)Arab will pitch his tent there;
no (AP)shepherds will make their flocks lie down there.
21 But (AQ)wild animals will lie down there,
and their houses will be full of howling creatures;
there (AR)ostriches[j] will dwell,
and there wild goats will dance.
22 Hyenas[k] will cry in its towers,
and (AS)jackals in (AT)the pleasant palaces;
its time is close at hand
and its days will not be prolonged.

The Restoration of Jacob

14 (AU)For the Lord will have compassion on Jacob and will again choose Israel, and (AV)will set them in their own land, and (AW)sojourners will join them and will attach themselves to the house of Jacob. And (AX)the peoples will take them and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess them in the Lord's land (AY)as male and female slaves.[l] (AZ)They will take captive those who were their captors, (BA)and rule over those who oppressed them.

Israel's Remnant Taunts Babylon

When the Lord has given you rest from your pain and turmoil and the hard service with which you were made to serve, you will take up this (BB)taunt against the king of Babylon:

“How the oppressor has ceased,
(BC)the insolent fury[m] ceased!
The Lord has broken the (BD)staff of the wicked,
the (BE)scepter of rulers,
(BF)that struck the peoples in wrath
with unceasing blows,
that ruled the nations in anger
with unrelenting persecution.
The whole earth is at rest and quiet;
(BG)they break forth into singing.
(BH)(BI)The cypresses rejoice at you,
(BJ)the cedars of Lebanon, saying,
‘Since you were laid low,
no woodcutter comes up against us.’
Sheol beneath is stirred up
to meet you when you come;
it rouses the shades to greet you,
all who were leaders of the earth;
it raises from their thrones
all who were kings of the nations.
10 (BK)All of them will answer
and say to you:
‘You too have become as weak as we!
You have become like us!’
11 Your pomp is brought down to Sheol,
the sound of your harps;
maggots are laid as a bed beneath you,
and worms are your covers.

12 “How (BL)you are fallen from heaven,
O Day Star, (BM)son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground,
you who laid the nations low!
13 You said in your heart,
(BN)‘I will ascend to heaven;
above the stars of God
(BO)I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
in the far reaches of the north;[n]
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’
15 (BP)But you are brought down to Sheol,
to the far reaches of the pit.
16 Those who see you will stare at you
and ponder over you:
‘Is this (BQ)the man who made the earth tremble,
who shook kingdoms,
17 who made the world like a desert
and overthrew its cities,
(BR)who did not let his prisoners go home?’
18 All the kings of the nations lie in glory,
each in his own tomb;[o]
19 but you are cast out, away from your grave,
like a loathed branch,
(BS)clothed with the slain, those pierced by the sword,
who go down to the stones of the pit,
like a dead body trampled underfoot.
20 You will not be joined with them in burial,
because you have destroyed your land,
you have slain your people.

“May (BT)the offspring of evildoers
nevermore be named!
21 Prepare slaughter for his sons
(BU)because of the guilt of their fathers,
lest they rise and possess the earth,
and fill the face of the world with cities.”

22 “I will rise up against them,” declares the Lord of hosts, “and will cut off from Babylon name and (BV)remnant, (BW)descendants and posterity,” declares the Lord. 23 “And I will make it a possession of the (BX)hedgehog,[p] and pools of water, and I will sweep it with the broom of destruction,” declares the Lord of hosts.

An Oracle Concerning Assyria

24 The Lord of hosts has sworn:
(BY)“As I have planned,
so shall it be,
and as I have purposed,
so shall it stand,
25 that (BZ)I will break the Assyrian in my land,
and on my mountains trample him underfoot;
and (CA)his yoke shall depart from them,
and (CB)his burden from their shoulder.”

26 This is the purpose that is purposed
concerning the whole earth,
and this is (CC)the hand that is stretched out
over all the nations.
27 (CD)For the Lord of hosts has purposed,
and who will annul it?
(CE)His hand is stretched out,
and who will turn it back?

An Oracle Concerning Philistia

28 In the year that (CF)King Ahaz died came this (CG)oracle:

29 Rejoice not, (CH)O Philistia, all of you,
that (CI)the rod that struck you is broken,
for from the serpent's root will come forth an adder,
and its fruit will be a (CJ)flying fiery serpent.
30 And the firstborn of (CK)the poor will graze,
and (CL)the needy lie down in safety;
but I will kill your root with famine,
and your remnant it will slay.
31 (CM)Wail, O (CN)gate; cry out, O city;
melt in fear, (CO)O Philistia, all of you!
(CP)For smoke comes out of the north,
and there is no straggler in his ranks.

32 What will one answer the messengers of the nation?
(CQ)“The Lord has founded Zion,
and in her the afflicted of his people find refuge.”

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 12:1 The Hebrew for you is singular in verse 1
  2. Isaiah 12:2 Hebrew for Yah, the Lord
  3. Isaiah 12:3 The Hebrew for you is plural in verses 3, 4
  4. Isaiah 12:5 Or this is made known
  5. Isaiah 12:6 The Hebrew for your in verse 6 is singular, referring to the inhabitant of Zion
  6. Isaiah 13:3 Or those who exult in my majesty
  7. Isaiah 13:5 Or earth; also verse 9
  8. Isaiah 13:6 The Hebrew words for destruction and almighty sound alike
  9. Isaiah 13:18 Hebrew dash in pieces
  10. Isaiah 13:21 Or owls
  11. Isaiah 13:22 Or foxes
  12. Isaiah 14:2 Or servants
  13. Isaiah 14:4 Dead Sea Scroll (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate); the meaning of the word in the Masoretic Text is uncertain
  14. Isaiah 14:13 Or in the remote parts of Zaphon
  15. Isaiah 14:18 Hebrew house
  16. Isaiah 14:23 Possibly porcupine, or owl

Cross references:

  1. Isaiah 12:1 : ch. 11:11
  2. Isaiah 12:1 : [ch. 10:4]
  3. Isaiah 12:2 : Ex. 15:2; Ps. 118:14
  4. Isaiah 12:3 : [John 4:13, 14; 7:37, 38]
  5. Isaiah 12:4 : ch. 11:11
  6. Isaiah 12:4 : Ps. 105:1
  7. Isaiah 12:4 : [Ps. 145:4-6]
  8. Isaiah 12:4 : Ps. 148:13
  9. Isaiah 12:5 : Ex. 15:1; Ps. 98:1
  10. Isaiah 12:6 : Ps. 46:5; Hos. 11:9
  11. Isaiah 12:6 : ch. 5:24; 41:14, 16
  12. Isaiah 13:1 : ver. 19; ch. 14:4; 21:9; 47:1; See Jer. 51, 52
  13. Isaiah 13:1 : ch. 1:1
  14. Isaiah 13:2 : ch. 5:26
  15. Isaiah 13:2 : [ch. 41:25]
  16. Isaiah 13:4 : [ch. 22:5]
  17. Isaiah 13:4 : [Josh. 5:13, 14]
  18. Isaiah 13:5 : [ch. 46:11]
  19. Isaiah 13:6 : ch. 14:31; 15:2, 3, 8; 16:7; Jer. 51:8; Ezek. 30:2
  20. Isaiah 13:6 : ch. 2:12; Joel 1:15; Zeph. 1:7
  21. Isaiah 13:7 : See Josh. 2:11
  22. Isaiah 13:8 : [Nah. 2:10]
  23. Isaiah 13:8 : ch. 26:17; Jer. 4:31; 6:24; Mic. 4:9, 10; John 16:21
  24. Isaiah 13:9 : [See ver. 6 above]; ch. 2:12; Joel 1:15; Zeph. 1:7
  25. Isaiah 13:9 : [Ps. 104:35]
  26. Isaiah 13:10 : [ch. 34:4]
  27. Isaiah 13:10 : Ezek. 32:7; Joel 2:31; 3:15; Matt. 24:29; Mark 13:24; Luke 21:25
  28. Isaiah 13:11 : ch. 24:21
  29. Isaiah 13:11 : [ch. 24:4]
  30. Isaiah 13:11 : [ch. 2:11, 17]
  31. Isaiah 13:12 : ch. 24:6
  32. Isaiah 13:12 : 1 Kgs. 10:11; Job 28:16
  33. Isaiah 13:13 : Hag. 2:6
  34. Isaiah 13:14 : Jer. 50:16; 51:9; [1 Kgs. 22:36]
  35. Isaiah 13:16 : Ps. 137:9; Nah. 3:10
  36. Isaiah 13:17 : ch. 21:2; Jer. 51:11, 28; Dan. 5:28, 31
  37. Isaiah 13:18 : Jer. 50:14, 29; 51:3
  38. Isaiah 13:19 : [ch. 47:5]
  39. Isaiah 13:19 : ch. 1:9; Gen. 19:24; Jer. 50:40; Amos 4:11
  40. Isaiah 13:20 : Jer. 51:37, 43
  41. Isaiah 13:20 : Jer. 3:2
  42. Isaiah 13:20 : Jer. 33:12
  43. Isaiah 13:21 : [ch. 34:13, 14]
  44. Isaiah 13:21 : ch. 34:13; Jer. 50:39
  45. Isaiah 13:22 : ch. 35:7; Jer. 51:37
  46. Isaiah 13:22 : [ch. 25:2; Amos 3:15]
  47. Isaiah 14:1 : Ps. 102:13; Zech. 1:17
  48. Isaiah 14:1 : 2 Chr. 36:22, 23
  49. Isaiah 14:1 : Zech. 8:22, 23; See Eph. 2:12-14
  50. Isaiah 14:2 : ch. 49:22; 60:9; 66:20
  51. Isaiah 14:2 : ch. 61:5
  52. Isaiah 14:2 : [Joel 3:8]
  53. Isaiah 14:2 : ch. 60:14
  54. Isaiah 14:4 : Mic. 2:4; Hab. 2:6
  55. Isaiah 14:4 : [Jer. 51:13; Rev. 18:16]
  56. Isaiah 14:5 : [ch. 9:4]
  57. Isaiah 14:5 : [ch. 9:4]
  58. Isaiah 14:6 : [Jer. 50:23]
  59. Isaiah 14:7 : ch. 44:23; 49:13; 54:1; 55:12
  60. Isaiah 14:8 : [Ezek. 31:16]
  61. Isaiah 14:8 : [ch. 37:24]
  62. Isaiah 14:8 : See ch. 2:13
  63. Isaiah 14:10 : [Jer. 51:48]
  64. Isaiah 14:12 : [ch. 24:21; 34:3]
  65. Isaiah 14:12 : [Job 38:7]
  66. Isaiah 14:13 : Jer. 51:53; Amos 9:2; [Matt. 11:23; Luke 10:15]
  67. Isaiah 14:13 : Dan. 5:22, 23; [2 Thess. 2:4]
  68. Isaiah 14:15 : Ezek. 32:23; Matt. 11:23; Luke 10:15
  69. Isaiah 14:16 : [Jer. 50:23]
  70. Isaiah 14:17 : [Jer. 50:33]
  71. Isaiah 14:19 : [Ezek. 32:20]
  72. Isaiah 14:20 : Job 18:19; Ps. 21:10; 109:13
  73. Isaiah 14:21 : [Ex. 20:5; Matt. 23:35]
  74. Isaiah 14:22 : [Jer. 51:50, 62]
  75. Isaiah 14:22 : Job 18:19; [Gen. 21:23]
  76. Isaiah 14:23 : ch. 34:11; Zeph. 2:14
  77. Isaiah 14:24 : [Prov. 19:21]
  78. Isaiah 14:25 : ch. 37:36
  79. Isaiah 14:25 : ch. 9:4; 10:27
  80. Isaiah 14:25 : ch. 9:4; 10:27
  81. Isaiah 14:26 : [Deut. 4:34]
  82. Isaiah 14:27 : 2 Chr. 20:6; Job 9:12; Ps. 33:11; Prov. 21:30; Dan. 4:31, 33, 35
  83. Isaiah 14:27 : [See ver. 26 above]; [Deut. 4:34]
  84. Isaiah 14:28 : 2 Kgs. 16:20
  85. Isaiah 14:28 : See ch. 13:1
  86. Isaiah 14:29 : Ex. 15:14; [Ps. 60:8; 87:4; 108:9]
  87. Isaiah 14:29 : [ch. 10:24]
  88. Isaiah 14:29 : ch. 30:6; Num. 21:6; [Jer. 46:22]
  89. Isaiah 14:30 : [ch. 29:19; Zeph. 3:12]
  90. Isaiah 14:30 : [ch. 29:19; Zeph. 3:12]
  91. Isaiah 14:31 : ch. 13:6
  92. Isaiah 14:31 : ch. 24:12
  93. Isaiah 14:31 : [See ver. 29 above]; Ex. 15:14; [Ps. 60:8; 87:4; 108:9]
  94. Isaiah 14:31 : [ch. 20:1]
  95. Isaiah 14:32 : Ps. 87:1, 5; 102:16; 132:13; [ch. 28:16]
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2 Corinthians 13

Final Warnings

13 (A)This is the third time I am coming to you. Every charge must be established (B)by the evidence of two or three witnesses. (C)I warned (D)those who sinned before and all the others, and I warn them now while absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that (E)if I come again I will not spare them— since you seek proof that Christ (F)is speaking in me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but (G)is powerful among you. For (H)he was crucified in weakness, but (I)lives by the power of God. For (J)we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you (K)we will live with him by the power of God.

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. (L)Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that (M)Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. But we pray to God that you may not do wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. For we are glad when (N)we are weak and you are strong. Your (O)restoration is what we pray for. 10 For this reason I write these things while I am away from you, that when I come (P)I may not have to be (Q)severe in my use of (R)the authority that the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down.

Final Greetings

11 Finally, brothers,[a] rejoice. (S)Aim for restoration, comfort one another,[b] (T)agree with one another, (U)live in peace; and the God of love and (V)peace will be with you. 12 (W)Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13 (X)All the saints greet you.

14 (Y)The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and (Z)the love of God and (AA)the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Corinthians 13:11 Or brothers and sisters
  2. 2 Corinthians 13:11 Or listen to my appeal
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Psalm 57

Let Your Glory Be over All the Earth

To the choirmaster: according to (A)Do Not Destroy. A (B)Miktam[a] of David, when he fled from Saul, in (C)the cave.

57 (D)Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
for in you my soul (E)takes refuge;
in (F)the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
(G)till the storms of destruction pass by.
I cry out to God Most High,
to God who (H)fulfills his purpose for me.
(I)He will send from heaven and save me;
he will put to shame (J)him who tramples on me. Selah
(K)God will send out (L)his steadfast love and his faithfulness!

My soul is in the midst of (M)lions;
I lie down amid fiery beasts—
the children of man, whose (N)teeth are spears and arrows,
whose (O)tongues are sharp swords.

(P)Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth!

They set (Q)a net for my steps;
my soul was (R)bowed down.
They (S)dug a pit in my way,
but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah
(T)My heart is (U)steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast!
I will sing and make melody!
(V)Awake, (W)my glory![b]
Awake, (X)O harp and lyre!
I will awake the dawn!
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to you among the nations.
10 For your (Y)steadfast love is great to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.

11 (Z)Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth!

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 57:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  2. Psalm 57:8 Or my whole being
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Proverbs 23:9-11

Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,
for he will despise the good sense of your words.
10 (A)Do not move an ancient landmark
or enter the fields of the fatherless,
11 for their (B)Redeemer is strong;
he will (C)plead their cause against you.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday September 12, 2021 (NIV)

Isaiah 10-11

10 Woe to those who (A)decree iniquitous decrees,
and the writers who (B)keep writing oppression,
to turn aside the needy from justice
and (C)to rob the poor of my people of their right,
that widows may be their spoil,
and that they may make the fatherless their prey!
What will you do on (D)the day of punishment,
in the ruin that will come (E)from afar?
To whom will you flee for help,
and where will you leave your wealth?
Nothing remains but to crouch among the prisoners
or fall among the slain.
(F)For all this his anger has not turned away,
and his hand is stretched out still.

Judgment on Arrogant Assyria

Woe to Assyria, (G)the rod of my anger;
the staff in their hands is my fury!
Against a (H)godless nation I send him,
and against the people of my wrath I command him,
to take (I)spoil and seize plunder,
and to (J)tread them down like the mire of the streets.
But he (K)does not so intend,
and his heart does not so think;
but it is in his heart to destroy,
and to cut off nations not a few;
for he says:
(L)“Are not my commanders all kings?
(M)Is not (N)Calno like (O)Carchemish?
Is not (P)Hamath like (Q)Arpad?
(R)Is not (S)Samaria like Damascus?
10 As my hand has reached to (T)the kingdoms of the idols,
whose carved images were greater than those of Jerusalem and Samaria,
11 shall I not do to Jerusalem and (U)her idols
(V)as I have done to Samaria and her images?”

12 (W)When the Lord has finished all his work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, (X)he[a] will punish the speech[b] of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the boastful look in his eyes. 13 (Y)For he says:

“By the strength of my hand I have done it,
and by my wisdom, for I have understanding;
I remove the boundaries of peoples,
and plunder their treasures;
like a bull I bring down those who sit on thrones.
14 My hand has found like a nest
the wealth of the peoples;
and as one gathers eggs that have been forsaken,
so I have gathered all the earth;
and there was none that moved a wing
or opened the mouth or chirped.”

15 Shall (Z)the axe boast over him who hews with it,
or the saw magnify itself against him who wields it?
As if a rod should wield him who lifts it,
or as if a staff should lift him who is not wood!
16 Therefore the Lord God of hosts
will send wasting sickness among his (AA)stout warriors,
and under his glory (AB)a burning will be kindled,
like the burning of fire.
17 (AC)The light of Israel will become a fire,
and (AD)his Holy One a flame,
and (AE)it will burn and devour
his thorns and briers (AF)in one day.
18 The glory of (AG)his forest and of his (AH)fruitful land
the Lord will destroy, both soul and body,
and it will be as when a sick man wastes away.
19 The remnant of the trees of his forest will be so few
that a child can write them down.

The Remnant of Israel Will Return

20 (AI)In that day (AJ)the remnant of Israel and the survivors of the house of Jacob will no more (AK)lean on him who struck them, but (AL)will lean on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. 21 A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, (AM)to the mighty God. 22 (AN)For though your people Israel be as the sand of the sea, (AO)only a remnant of them will return. (AP)Destruction is decreed, overflowing with righteousness. 23 For the Lord God of hosts will make a full end, as decreed, in the midst of all the earth.

24 Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: “O my people, (AQ)who dwell in Zion, (AR)be not afraid of the Assyrians when they strike with the rod and lift up their staff against you as (AS)the Egyptians did. 25 For (AT)in a very little while my fury will come to an end, and my anger will be directed to their destruction. 26 And (AU)the Lord of hosts will wield against them a whip, as when he struck (AV)Midian (AW)at the rock of Oreb. And his staff will be over the sea, and he will lift it (AX)as he did in Egypt. 27 And in that day (AY)his burden will depart from your shoulder, and (AZ)his yoke from your neck; and the yoke will be broken because of the fat.”[c]

28 He has come to Aiath;
he has passed through (BA)Migron;
at Michmash he stores (BB)his baggage;
29 they have crossed over (BC)the pass;
at (BD)Geba they lodge for the night;
(BE)Ramah trembles;
(BF)Gibeah of Saul has fled.
30 Cry aloud, O daughter of (BG)Gallim!
Give attention, O Laishah!
O poor (BH)Anathoth!
31 Madmenah is in flight;
the inhabitants of Gebim flee for safety.
32 This very day he will halt at (BI)Nob;
he will shake his fist
at the mount of (BJ)the daughter of Zion,
the hill of Jerusalem.

33 Behold, the Lord God of hosts
(BK)will lop (BL)the boughs with terrifying power;
the great in height will be hewn down,
and the lofty will be brought low.
34 He will cut down (BM)the thickets of the forest with an axe,
and (BN)Lebanon will fall by the Majestic One.

The Righteous Reign of the Branch

11 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of (BO)Jesse,
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
And (BP)the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and might,
the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
(BQ)He shall not judge by (BR)what his eyes see,
or decide disputes by (BS)what his ears hear,
but (BT)with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall (BU)strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and (BV)with the breath of his lips (BW)he shall kill the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
and (BX)faithfulness the belt of his loins.

(BY)The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
and a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall graze;
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra,
and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den.
(BZ)They shall not hurt or destroy
in all (CA)my holy mountain;
(CB)for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.

10 In that day (CC)the root of (CD)Jesse, who shall stand as (CE)a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.

11 (CF)In that day the Lord will extend his hand yet a second time to recover the remnant that remains of his people, (CG)from Assyria, (CH)from Egypt, from (CI)Pathros, from (CJ)Cush,[d] from (CK)Elam, from (CL)Shinar, from (CM)Hamath, and from (CN)the coastlands of the sea.

12 He will raise (CO)a signal for the nations
and will assemble (CP)the banished of Israel,
and gather the dispersed of Judah
from the four corners of the earth.
13 (CQ)The jealousy of Ephraim shall depart,
and those who harass Judah shall be cut off;
Ephraim shall not be jealous of Judah,
and Judah shall not harass Ephraim.
14 (CR)But they shall swoop down on the shoulder of the Philistines in the west,
and together they shall plunder (CS)the people of the east.
They shall put out their hand (CT)against (CU)Edom and (CV)Moab,
and (CW)the Ammonites shall obey them.
15 And the Lord will utterly destroy[e]
(CX)the tongue of the Sea of Egypt,
and will wave his hand over (CY)the River[f]
with his scorching breath,[g]
and strike it into seven channels,
and he will lead people across in sandals.
16 And there will be (CZ)a highway from Assyria
for the remnant that remains of his people,
(DA)as there was for Israel
when they came up from the land of Egypt.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 10:12 Hebrew I
  2. Isaiah 10:12 Hebrew fruit
  3. Isaiah 10:27 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
  4. Isaiah 11:11 Probably Nubia
  5. Isaiah 11:15 Hebrew devote to destruction
  6. Isaiah 11:15 That is, the Euphrates
  7. Isaiah 11:15 Or wind

Cross references:

  1. Isaiah 10:1 : [Ps. 94:20]
  2. Isaiah 10:1 : Jer. 8:8
  3. Isaiah 10:2 : ch. 5:23
  4. Isaiah 10:3 : Jer. 5:29; Hos. 9:7; [Luke 19:44]
  5. Isaiah 10:3 : ch. 5:26
  6. Isaiah 10:4 : See ch. 9:12
  7. Isaiah 10:5 : ver. 24; ch. 9:4; [Mic. 5:1; 6:9]
  8. Isaiah 10:6 : ch. 9:17
  9. Isaiah 10:6 : See 2 Kgs. 18:14-16
  10. Isaiah 10:6 : ch. 5:5
  11. Isaiah 10:7 : [Mic. 4:12]
  12. Isaiah 10:8 : [2 Kgs. 18:24]
  13. Isaiah 10:9 : 2 Kgs. 19:12, 13
  14. Isaiah 10:9 : [Gen. 10:10; Amos 6:2]
  15. Isaiah 10:9 : 2 Chr. 35:20; Jer. 46:2
  16. Isaiah 10:9 : ch. 11:11; Amos 6:2; Zech. 9:2
  17. Isaiah 10:9 : 2 Kgs. 18:34
  18. Isaiah 10:9 : [2 Kgs. 16:9; 17:6]
  19. Isaiah 10:9 : ch. 7:9
  20. Isaiah 10:10 : [2 Kgs. 19:17, 18]
  21. Isaiah 10:11 : ch. 2:8
  22. Isaiah 10:11 : 2 Kgs. 18:34
  23. Isaiah 10:12 : [ch. 29:4, 5; 30:18; 2 Kgs. 19:31]
  24. Isaiah 10:12 : See 2 Kgs. 19:35-37
  25. Isaiah 10:13 : ch. 37:23-25; 2 Kgs. 19:22-24
  26. Isaiah 10:15 : [ver. 5; ch. 29:16; 45:9; Rom. 9:17]
  27. Isaiah 10:16 : Ps. 78:31
  28. Isaiah 10:16 : [ch. 30:33]
  29. Isaiah 10:17 : [Obad. 18]
  30. Isaiah 10:17 : ch. 37:23
  31. Isaiah 10:17 : ch. 27:4; [ch. 9:18; Nah. 1:10]
  32. Isaiah 10:17 : [ch. 9:14; 2 Kgs. 19:35]
  33. Isaiah 10:18 : ver. 33; [ch. 2:13]
  34. Isaiah 10:18 : [Ps. 107:33-34]
  35. Isaiah 10:20 : ver. 27; ch. 2:11
  36. Isaiah 10:20 : ch. 4:2
  37. Isaiah 10:20 : [2 Kgs. 16:7; 2 Chr. 28:20, 21]
  38. Isaiah 10:20 : 2 Kgs. 19:14
  39. Isaiah 10:21 : ch. 9:6
  40. Isaiah 10:22 : Cited Rom. 9:27, 28
  41. Isaiah 10:22 : [ch. 6:13]
  42. Isaiah 10:22 : ch. 28:22
  43. Isaiah 10:24 : [ch. 31:5]
  44. Isaiah 10:24 : 2 Kgs. 19:6
  45. Isaiah 10:24 : Ex. 2:23
  46. Isaiah 10:25 : [ch. 17:14]
  47. Isaiah 10:26 : 2 Kgs. 19:35
  48. Isaiah 10:26 : ch. 9:4
  49. Isaiah 10:26 : Judg. 7:25; [ch. 9:4]
  50. Isaiah 10:26 : [Ex. 14:30]
  51. Isaiah 10:27 : 2 Kgs. 18:14
  52. Isaiah 10:27 : [ch. 9:4; Nah. 1:13]
  53. Isaiah 10:28 : 1 Sam. 14:2
  54. Isaiah 10:28 : Judg. 18:21; 1 Sam. 17:22; Acts 21:15; [ch. 46:1]
  55. Isaiah 10:29 : 1 Sam. 13:23
  56. Isaiah 10:29 : 1 Sam. 13:16
  57. Isaiah 10:29 : 1 Sam. 7:17
  58. Isaiah 10:29 : 1 Sam. 11:4
  59. Isaiah 10:30 : 1 Sam. 25:44
  60. Isaiah 10:30 : Jer. 1:1
  61. Isaiah 10:32 : 1 Sam. 21:1; 22:19
  62. Isaiah 10:32 : ch. 1:8; 37:22
  63. Isaiah 10:33 : [Nah. 1:12]
  64. Isaiah 10:33 : ver. 18
  65. Isaiah 10:34 : [See ver. 33 above]; ver. 18
  66. Isaiah 10:34 : [Ezek. 31:3; Amos 2:9]
  67. Isaiah 11:1 : ver. 10; Acts 13:23
  68. Isaiah 11:2 : ch. 61:1; Matt. 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22
  69. Isaiah 11:3 : [John 7:24]
  70. Isaiah 11:3 : [Eccles. 1:8]
  71. Isaiah 11:3 : [Eccles. 1:8]
  72. Isaiah 11:4 : Ps. 72:2, 4
  73. Isaiah 11:4 : Ps. 2:9; [Mal. 4:6]
  74. Isaiah 11:4 : Job 4:9; 2 Thess. 2:8
  75. Isaiah 11:4 : Ps. 139:19
  76. Isaiah 11:5 : [Eph. 6:14]
  77. Isaiah 11:6 : ch. 65:25; [Hos. 2:18]
  78. Isaiah 11:9 : [See ver. 6 above]; ch. 65:25; [Hos. 2:18]
  79. Isaiah 11:9 : Ps. 78:54
  80. Isaiah 11:9 : Hab. 2:14
  81. Isaiah 11:10 : Cited Rom. 15:12
  82. Isaiah 11:10 : ver. 1
  83. Isaiah 11:10 : ch. 49:22; [Ex. 17:15]
  84. Isaiah 11:11 : ch. 10:20
  85. Isaiah 11:11 : ch. 27:13; Mic. 7:12; Zech. 10:10
  86. Isaiah 11:11 : ch. 27:13; Mic. 7:12; Zech. 10:10
  87. Isaiah 11:11 : Jer. 44:1, 15; Ezek. 29:14; 30:14
  88. Isaiah 11:11 : See Gen. 10:6-12
  89. Isaiah 11:11 : Gen. 10:22; 14:1, 9; Jer. 25:25; See Jer. 49:34-39
  90. Isaiah 11:11 : Gen. 11:2
  91. Isaiah 11:11 : See ch. 10:9
  92. Isaiah 11:11 : Esth. 10:1
  93. Isaiah 11:12 : [See ver. 10 above]; ch. 49:22; [Ex. 17:15]
  94. Isaiah 11:12 : ch. 56:8; [Zech. 10:6]
  95. Isaiah 11:13 : Ezek. 37:16, 17; [ch. 9:21; Zech. 11:14]
  96. Isaiah 11:14 : [2 Sam. 8:1; 2 Kgs. 18:8]
  97. Isaiah 11:14 : Judg. 6:3; See Jer. 49:28
  98. Isaiah 11:14 : Ps. 60:8
  99. Isaiah 11:14 : [2 Sam. 8:14]
  100. Isaiah 11:14 : [2 Sam. 8:2]
  101. Isaiah 11:14 : See 2 Sam. 12:26-31
  102. Isaiah 11:15 : [Zech. 10:11]
  103. Isaiah 11:15 : See ch. 7:20
  104. Isaiah 11:16 : ch. 19:23; [ch. 35:8]
  105. Isaiah 11:16 : Ex. 14:29
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2 Corinthians 12:11-21

Concern for the Corinthian Church

11 (A)I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was (B)not at all inferior to these super-apostles, (C)even though I am nothing. 12 (D)The signs of a true apostle were performed among you (E)with utmost patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works. 13 For in what were you less favored than the rest of the churches, except that (F)I myself did not burden you? Forgive me this wrong!

14 Here (G)for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be a burden, for (H)I seek not what is yours but you. For (I)children are not obligated to save up for their parents, but (J)parents for their children. 15 (K)I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls. If (L)I love you more, am I to be loved less? 16 But granting that (M)I myself did not burden you, I was crafty, you say, and got the better of you by deceit. 17 Did I take advantage of you (N)through any of those whom I sent to you? 18 (O)I urged Titus to go, and sent (P)the brother with him. Did Titus take advantage of you? Did we not act in the same spirit? Did we not take the same steps?

19 Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? It is (Q)in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ, and (R)all for your upbuilding, beloved. 20 For I fear that perhaps (S)when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder. 21 I fear that when I come again my God may humble me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those (T)who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, (U)sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced.

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Psalm 56

In God I Trust

To the choirmaster: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. A (A)Miktam[a] of David, when the (B)Philistines seized him in Gath.

56 (C)Be gracious to me, O God, for man (D)tramples on me;
all day long an attacker oppresses me;
my enemies trample on me all day long,
for many attack me proudly.
When I am afraid,
I (E)put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; (F)I shall not be afraid.
What can flesh do to me?

All day long they injure my cause;[b]
all their thoughts are against me for evil.
They (G)stir up strife, they (H)lurk;
they (I)watch my steps,
as they have waited for my life.
For their crime will they escape?
(J)In wrath (K)cast down the peoples, O God!

You have kept count of my tossings;[c]
(L)put my tears in your bottle.
(M)Are they not in your book?
Then my enemies will turn back
(N)in the day when I call.
This I know, that[d] (O)God is for me.
10 In God, whose word I praise,
in the Lord, whose word I praise,
11 in God I trust; (P)I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?

12 I must perform my (Q)vows to you, O God;
I will (R)render thank offerings to you.
13 (S)For you have delivered my soul from death,
yes, my feet from falling,
(T)that I may walk before God
(U)in the light of life.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 56:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  2. Psalm 56:5 Or they twist my words
  3. Psalm 56:8 Or wanderings
  4. Psalm 56:9 Or because
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