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]
English Standard Version (ESV)

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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
English Standard Version (ESV)

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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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9/12/2021 DAB Transcript

Isaiah 10:1-11:16, 2 Corinthians 12:11-21, Psalm 56:1-13, Proverbs 23:6-8

Today is the 12th day of September, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible, I’m Brian. It is a joy. I love when we come to the threshold of a brand-new sparkly week. Maybe that’s why I say it every week, I remind us, but I’m reminding myself like here it is, a new week, a new definition of time, new span of time that we get to live into, day-by-day, step-by-step, and nothing good or bad has happened yet. It’s all out in front of us and the things we may be worrying about or still looking forward to they’re still in the future. We are here now and our choices are gonna tell the story of this week. And so, let’s choose wisely. Let’s listen to the voice of wisdom, let’s listen to the counsel of Scripture. Let’s pay attention to what’s going on, let’s be proactive and not reactive. It’s always a good time to remember those things as we step through the threshold into a shiny sparkly new week and as we step into this new week, we will be continuing our journey through the book of Isaiah. One of the major prophets, one of the longer books in the Bible. We’ll also be continuing our journey, the second letter of…to the Corinthians, a letter by the Apostle Paul. During this week we’ll conclude that letter and move into another letter known as Galatians, but that’s out in our future and that’s what we are anticipating but we’re here now and let’s dive in for today. The book of Isaiah chapters 10 and 11, and we’ll read from the English Standard Version this week.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for life. We thank You for the gift of breath and oxygen. We thank You for our beating hearts. We thank You that You are our Father and that You know who we are and You love us and that You are leading us in so many ways. Sometimes we’re paying attention. Sometimes we’re not paying attention. Often, all too often we’re not but You are constantly Fathering us, You are constantly nurturing us, and You’ve given us the Scriptures to guide us and so as we move into this brand-new shiny week, Holy Spirit come, guide our steps, lead us into all truth, reveal the narrow path that leads to life, guide us deeper in our relationship with You that we might be more aware and more attentive that our intimacy and fellowship with You being just like our breath, always there, always pointing in the correct direction. We pray and ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Prayer and Encouragements:

Hi, this is Whitney from Bama. I’m needing some prayer right now. Just getting tired and feeling my spirit just being down trodden. I’m a single mom of three, my dad is in hospice care for dementia. He is slowly decreasing. And that’s very hard to watch because I am a daddy’s girl and we’ve already lost my mom, we lost her in 2015. I have a young son who’s 14 with autism and I have a fur baby that has seizures regularly. So, it’s just a lot going on right now and I just ask for prayers for healing and what can be healed and strength to make it through to the other side of this valley and thank you all for the prayers that you’ve already given me my family and a thank you Brain for this amazing podcast that gives us the ability to reach out for prayer. Thank you everyone.

Good morning DAB family. I am really struggling with whether I should share this or not. But, yesterday, btw this is John R. from South Sudan, but yesterday was a very interesting day. It was my turn to minister to our church UN church in Juba and administer communion, but then after that night, night our time, but the evening in the U.S., my son, that I told you had bipolar became violent. He went to his brother’s room who is a computer programmer and trashed the room and took his computer that he use for work and…and that threatened to do more harm. So that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I had to consent for him to be served a restraining order and also to commit him for emergency mental evaluation. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do to send my own child out of the house, but I’m saying all this to say that I need your prayer. Thank you, his name is Stephen John. Thank you for praying.

DAB family, this is Susie from Colorado. I just returned last night from my Haiti trip with a layover in Florida and I…I got to listen to all your prayers and thoughts and wanted to thank you with all my heart. I know that I would not have been so protected without those prayers and my children as well. And I’m praying for you guys and so many of you, I can’t believe, you know, you even remembered my name to pray, but it just meant the world, I felt a sense of peace, almost the entire time I was there, which is difficult to do because there’s so many people, young men, gang members running around with hoods on their heads and automatic weapons and it’s very nerve-racking. I got to spend wonderful time with my children who are doing well for the most part. Unfortunately, this morning I got home, as I said last night, and heard that one of my employees was killed. His name was Stanley Pierre and I ask you to pray for his family. He was on his way to work. So please pray for that family and GG, I’ve been listening to the prayers for you. Do you realize how loved and adored you are by God? He just, I know he has wonderful plans for you and will give you wisdom. And those who’ve called in with friends and loved ones with breast cancer. I lift them up and dear God please, I beg for healing and wisdom. Thank you for this family. We love You so much God, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Good evening/good morning/good afternoon, DAB, it is People on the Water from Indiana. And I just wanted to maybe encourage someone, this is a little new, a little different for me but in my time spent with God I’ve been, I usually end my time, okay, God, what do You want? In these two words, maybe they’re add with three, maybe they’re added with five, but these two words always remain. These two words always remain, and that is unconditional love. Love me unconditionally. Maybe, and I’m asking for some prayer on this to see God’s way in this because that’s all I want to see honestly. But maybe I’m going into a season of loving unconditionally, just focusing on that word unconditionally. Maybe God’s trying to prompt us to love unconditionally. Cause golly, don’t we need that, so I just pray for wisdom and discernment. Pray you might do the same. Thanks for listening and I love you. I know a lot of people say that but, and I don’t know you but I love you, love unconditionally. Jesus’ name I pray and ask. Thanks, Amen.

Hey guys, I could really use your prayers today. My name is Garrett. Having some really bad anxiety. Just, I’m up late in the middle of the night and just really stressed out and thinking about the world. And I could really use your prayers to get closer to God, it’s been a long time and I feel like I’m separating and I just wanna get back to being positive and being closer to the Lord and so, please help me, give me some prayers please. Really appreciate it and I love you all.

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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Proverbs 23:6-8

(A)Do not eat the bread of a man who is (B)stingy;[a]
(C)do not desire his delicacies,
for he is like one who is inwardly calculating.[b]
“Eat and drink!” he says to you,
but his (D)heart is not with you.
You will vomit up the morsels that you have eaten,
and waste your pleasant words.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 23:6 Hebrew whose eye is evil
  2. Proverbs 23:7 Or for as he calculates in his soul, so is he
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9/11/2021 DAB Chronological Transcription

Ezekiel 44-45

Welcome to Daily Audio Bible Chronological. I’m Jill. It’s the eleventh day of September. Welcome to Daily Audio Bible Chronological. I’m Jill. I love being here with you every single day and we are turning through the Bible together in chronological order. We’ll do it every day till we get to the one year mark. And we are getting there little by little every single day. We’re one step closer. I hope you are enjoying this time being alone with God in His Word and letting it speak to you, letting it transform you from the inside out. I cannot wait to hear stories of how the Bible has changed your life and we’re just a few weeks away where we’re going to talk about an opportunity for you to let everyone know how the Bible has transformed you, but not yet. Right now we’re here to read the Bible and we’re reading in Ezekiel again today chapter 44 and 45. And today is the last day in The Voice translation. And tomorrow we will start a brand new translation and continue it throughout the week. Ezekiel, Chapter 44.

Prayer:

Father, we thank you for your word today and every day. And we thank you for this week. We thank you for all of the blessings that we take for granted. Thank you for breath and life and life more abundantly. We thank you for the sun that rose every day. And we thank you for the setting sun because as the sun rises and the sun sets, the name of the Lord shall be praised and we praise you. We thank you for your endless blessings for your miraculous work that is the gift of each of us. We close this week giving you thanks and giving you praise and letting you know that you alone are worthy. We pray this in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Hi DABC fam. This is Janel Calling from Arizona. I wanted to ask if you would please pray that God will help organize and get together a kid’s Christmas Caroling group that my children and I are starting. I’m putting out the notice for rehearsals that will be starting in October and go through November. And then I will be booking us places to go and sing in our community. And so I just want to pray that God will be in charge of that and that he will let His name be known and the truth about who Jesus is. And that kids lives will be changed and hearts will be opened. And people will just have a wonderful Christmas season when they hear the children sing. And also we want to be raising money for a mission in Kenya. So we’ll be asking for donations for that. And that’s it. Thank you for praying. I’m so excited. I will definitely share what God does with it. All right.
Love you. Thanks. Bye.

Well, Hello, my wonderful DAB/DABC family, Soaring on Eagles Wings from Canada, praying for all those in our family all over the world that are experiencing excruciating invisible nerve pain. This is something that no one can understand unless they’re having that experience. But God knows. God sees your tears and hears your prayers. And tonight I’m asking that the good Lord above, will grant sleep to you. And for those who are awake, a good day with relief from this pain. Lord, you created every area of our body and you know the nerve supplies. You know how the brain operates, what it tells the nerves to do. And nothing happens to us that is outside of your knowledge. So, Father, I pray and ask you that you would touch these nerves, individual nerves and you’d bring relief from all this pain. And I ask all our family members to join together and pray that at the end of this month, we will have some testimony of people who have experienced relief from that awful nerve pain. Thank you, Jesus, for hearing our prayers- for bringing us peace in the midst of the storm.

Hi DABC. This is Refined by the Fire. I wanted to take a minute and reach out to Jill and each of us who have experienced the loss of a loved one. I wanted to take out time just to sit with you in your ashes and just grieve with you. Share in that heartache and that loss. Recognize the struggle and the void that’s created when somebody is gone. And while we know the truths of God’s hope for the future and seeing them again, the pain and the grief has a job to do in our season. And we take the time to sit together to recognize the loss that it is, to recognize that while there’s work in this that will produce amazing fruit and flowers to share with other people down the road. This is an extremely difficult time and just to lift each other up. Thank you for your vulnerability and sharing your loss.

09/11/2021 DAB Transcript

Isaiah 8:1-9:21, 2 Cor 12:1-10, Ps 55:1-23, Pr 23:4-5

Today is the 11th day of September welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it is a joy to be here with you today as we bring another week and our adventure through the Scriptures to a conclusion. And we are working through the book of Isaiah at this point in the Old Testament. Today we’ll read Isaiah chapters 8 and 9.

Prayer:

Father, we thank you for your word and we thank you for all of the different complexions and nuances that we get to encounter, all the personalities, all of the families, all of the geography and history, all of it coming together to shape and form us. And, so, as we continue through our journey in the days ahead through Isaiah, second Corinthians, and Psalms and Proverbs, every day there is something for us. Some days we search because you’ve hidden it like treasure for us to find. Someday it’s sitting there like a nicely wrapped gift just waiting for us to open and insight pours into our hearts, giving us clarity and direction for the choices that are facing us. And we are so grateful for your kindness, the kind gift of the Scriptures, the kind gift of your Holy Spirit’s guidance in our lives. And, so, come Holy Spirit and lead us forward, we pray. In the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

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Hello, my sweet DAB family this is Ashley from California, and we live in a scary time right now. There is so much turmoil and scariness going on. And I just wanted to share with you all something I stumbled upon and it’s talking about the simple secret of trusting God and it’s talking about how to do that and how you learn to trust somebody is by spending time with them. And the way that we spend time with God is spending time in His word, listening to His voice, praying listening to worship and fellowship with other believers. And, you know, I just want to tell you that the DAB does that for us. We’re able to spend time with God in his word through listening to it, we pray with each other in community and on our own volition and then we get to worship God through these acts that we’re doing. So, I just wanted to let you know that we can live on the promises and not on explanations through this time that we spend together each day. And, so, we can trust things like when Jesus says do not be overcome by the world, but he’s overcome the world and we will have the victory. So, even though it’s scary right now everybody just keep chasing God. Choose to chase after Him and spend time with Him and get to know Him and listen for Him and pay attention to His presence. Alright y'all. I love you and have a great rest of your day. I am praying for you. Bye.

Hi DAB family this is Charlene from Akron OH. I had asked for prayer on the prayer wall back on April 25th I think it was due to my mom being admitted to the hospital. But anyway, she had passed on April 30th and I just never called to give an update and a lot of it was there was just so much I wanted to share but I had to narrow it down. There were so many God moments that were they’re at that time. There was the day before she was admitted to the hospital her last Facebook post had read when we draw the last breath only one thing will matter that our name is written the lambs book of life. Another thing that had happened to was us receiving thank you cards all at different times that she had sent out also the day before she was admitted to the hospital. And in a time when only my dad was allowed to see her we all knew different medical staff members from EEG tech to MI tech to nurse practitioner and the ICU doctor. And to know one of them would have been a miracle but to know four different people was just really comforting. And while we were making funeral…funeral arrangements my brother had remembered that she loved Psalm 91. And we decided to use that to represent her life. And when we came home to my parent’s house the Bible that she keeps open on the foyer table was open to Psalm 91. It’s been four months now. My dad is just struggling even though he knows it was meant to be. He’s lost 22 pounds since then and he just said even though he enjoys our company I know he feels a lot of emptiness. Just please continue to lift my dad up in prayer as he is…as we are all grieving this loss. Thank you so much.

Hello, my name is Imani Norman I’m 26 years old. I’m just coming on here. I’m new to this I’ve never done this before, but I’m just coming on here because I would like to have some prayers said for me. I’m going through financial hardship and the financial hardship that I’m going through is causing me to be delayed with like school and all of those things. It's…yeah…it’s like keeping me from a lot of things. And I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been a little bit sad about it. So, I just need some uplifting, some good prayers. I’ve been saying prayers too and talking to God. I just need a little more strength because this has been really, really hard. And I’m not sure what else I can do. It’s out of my control so I’m leaving it up to God. But if you can…if you can see a prayer for me that would be awesome. Thank you.

I wanted to call in for the little girl who…or the little child who called in asking for prayer because they were afraid but they didn’t want to be. Our father in heaven Lord we’ve all been in places like this where we’re afraid and we don’t know what to do. Lord I ask that you would remind this child of your word in the psalms, when I’m afraid I will trust in you. I ask that you would give us all the strength to do that especially this child right now in Jesus’ name I ask. Amen. I hope you’re encouraged by this prayer. And trust the Lord with all of your heart and don’t lean on your own understanding and that goes for me too.

Hi daily audio Bible this is Andy from Birmingham I wanted to share a quick verse which is Colossians 2:79. Have you roots planted deep in Christ. Grow in Him. Get your strength from Him. Let Him make you strong in the faith as you have been taught. Your life should be full of thanks to Him. And I’ve been thinking about that today because I’ve been digging up plant roots and these really strong plant roots are so hard that she broke two of my forks. It took me the whole day but they were really small plants so I said it doesn’t make sense, but the roots are so strong. So, I guess I felt like just calling in saying that maybe there’s someone out there that needs to hear that about these strong roots that can’t, you know, when, you know, think about when our lives we’re under attack, if you’ve got your strong roots in Christ then that's…that’s important. And again, in another version it says let your roots grow down into Him and let your lives be built on Him then your faith will be strong the truth we are taught and everything with thankfulness. Si, I hope that’s a blessing to someone today.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday September 11, 2021 (NIV)

Isaiah 8-9

The Eternal told me to take a large tablet and write—“Swift the Spoils of War and Speedy Comes the Attacker”— and to get believable witnesses, both the priest Uriah and Zechariah (Jeberechiah’s son), to watch me do it. I approached the prophetess—a woman who, like me, speaks for God—and she became pregnant and had a son, whom the Eternal said I should name Maher-shalal-hash-baz (Swift-the-Spoils-of-War-and-Speedy-Comes-the-Attacker); because before he is old enough to say “My father” or “My mother” the wealth of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be carted off to become the property of their enemy, the king of Assyria.

Prophets like Isaiah not only speak their messages, but they sometimes act them out. Isaiah is a master of both prophetic speech and prophetic acts. It is common for God to ask prophets to expose important aspects of their families’ lives to demonstrate a message He wants to convey. Perhaps it is because the prophet speaks for God and Israel is God’s family. In this case, God tells Isaiah to embed His message into the name of his child. And what is that message? “Ahaz, the two countries currently threatening you will soon be conquered by a greater power—Assyria. It will attack quickly, defeat soundly, and carry off the spoils of war from Damascus and Samaria. So there is no need to fear them; instead, trust in your God.”

The Eternal One explained to me,

Eternal One: This disaster will happen because this people have rejected the stream of Shiloah
that flows gently to Zion.
Instead they rejoice over Rezin and Remaliah’s son.
Just watch—the Lord will overwhelm them
with great waves of the Euphrates River.
Like a river, Assyrian might and glory will bear down on them;
it will rise over its banks as unstoppable as a raging flood.
This Mesopotamian power will pour into Judah, rise and pass through,
wreaking near-fatal havoc.
And its reach will extend over all your land.

God, be with us.

Go ahead, make your alliances, you peoples, yet you’ll be crushed.
Listen closely, even if you’re far away:
Get ready for battle—get ready to be battered;
get ready for battle—get ready to be shattered.
10 Go ahead, devise your plans, but they will fail;
your proclamations won’t matter because God is with us.

No one wants to believe that God would use foreign power to wreak destruction on other lands and peoples. Yet, as God is holy, so God’s place must be holy. He simply cannot dwell where holiness is not. He cannot make a larger-than-life Zion out of an earthly Jerusalem, unless that place (and its people, of course) are right. At best, these people seem to think that paying lip service to God is enough; at worst, they don’t even care about God. A simple explanation is the people must be clean and holy. And this condition of rightness, holiness, and cleanliness is a product of how they are—in relation not only to God, but also to each other and the very land itself; these things are inseparable. The consequences of their failure to ensure the holiness of this sacred place by being right with God, land, and others are dire indeed. God must cleanse His people and place because He determines to be represented within and by them. So, better days will come again, and His covenant people will be set right and be happy and prosperous again.

11 See, this is what the Eternal told me. God leaned in close—His strong hand on me—to keep me from following these people.

12 Eternal One: Don’t call for an alliance, like all the rest of this people do.
Don’t fear what they fear, or dread what they dread.
13 After all, only the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies, should terrify you.
Only God is holy. Only God should leave you trembling.
14 Look what I’m going to do in Zion:
The Eternal will be for you a sacred place,
But for both houses of Israel I’ll also be a stone that blocks their way
and a rock that trips them up;
For those who live in Jerusalem, I’ll be a trap and a snare.
15 Many will stumble over them. They will trip and be broken;
they’ll succumb to capture and be grabbed up.

God who provides a place of safety and security for those who trust in Him is the same God who puts obstacles in the way of those who disregard Him.

16 Now take care to keep this message as it is.

Seal up this teaching
and hand it over to my disciples.

17 As for me, I will wait for the Eternal, even though He feels absent, even though He has hidden His face from the family of Jacob. I will put all hope in Him. 18 You see, I and my children whom the Eternal One gave to me, we personify the promise. We are signs of what God intends and will do in Israel, what amazing things the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies has in mind, the One who is indeed present in Zion, this heaven on earth.

19 People might tell you to ask the fortune-tellers, consult the babbling astrologers, conjure the dead to tell the living what’s to come, but shouldn’t they ask their God? 20 Go to God’s teaching and His testimony to guide your thoughts and behavior! If any response disagrees with the word of God, then it’s muddling and wrong and not the least bit illuminating. 21 It leaves the people bedraggled and desperate, drifting here and there. In their hunger, the people are bound to be infuriated and curse their king and God. They’ll look up to the heavens 22 and down to the earth, yet see nothing but trouble, gloom, anguish, and darkness. They will be driven out into the darkness.

When God’s people haven’t seen a hint of light or hope of day, God will do something new.

But there will be no more gloom for those who knew such hardship. In times past, God humbled the land of Zebulun and Naphtali; later, He will restore the honor and glory to the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee, home of the nations.

The people who had been living in darkness
have seen a great light.
The light of life has shined on those who dwelt
in the shadowy darkness of death.
And You, God, will make it happen. You bolstered the nation,
making it great again. You have saturated it with joy.
Everyone in it is full of delight in Your presence,
like the joy they experience at the harvest,
like the thrill of dividing up the spoils of war.
For as You did back in the day when Midian oppressed us,
You will shatter the yoke that burdens them,
You will lift the load that weighs them down,
You will break the rod of their oppressor.
It’s true. All the fabric of war will go up in flames:
the troops’ heavy boots that stamped us down and their blood-soaked garb
Will all be burned beyond recognition or use.
There will be a new time, a fresh start.
Hope of all hopes, dream of our dreams,
a child is born, sweet-breathed; a son is given to us: a living gift.
And even now, with tiny features and dewy hair, He is great.
The power of leadership, and the weight of authority, will rest on His shoulders.
His name? His name we’ll know in many ways—
He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Dear Father everlasting, ever-present never-failing,
Master of Wholeness, Prince of Peace.
His leadership will bring such prosperity as you’ve never seen before—
sustainable peace for all time.
This child: God’s promise to David—a throne forever, among us,
to restore sound leadership that cannot be perverted or shaken.
He will ensure justice without fail and absolute equity. Always.
The intense passion of the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies,
will carry this to completion.

The Lord has dispatched a word against Jacob;
it will come down hard on Israel.
All the people of Ephraim and the citizens of its capital Samaria will know.
In their pride and arrogance they say:
10 Hey! The walls have collapsed, but this gives us a chance to rebuild
better than it was before with the best stones instead of brick.
The invaders may have chopped down the sycamores,
but we will plant cedars in their place.”
11 But the Eternal stirs up Rezin’s enemies to move against Israel
and arouses all their foes to join them.
12 They come, these enemies, from both sides (Syrians on the east and Philistines on the west)
and consume Israel, swallowing it whole.
Still, God’s anger smolders.
His hand is raised; there’s more to come.

13 But the people don’t return to God after all His punishment.
They don’t change their ways and right their paths
To seek the Eternal, the Commander of heavenly armies.
14 Therefore, He will take them to task.
In a single day He’ll cut off from Israel the head and the tail;
He’ll cut down the noble palm and lowly reed.
15 The head are those charged with leadership—political and religious—
who used their power in the worst possible ways;
And the tail are the prophets who slur their lies.
16 These misguided leaders have misled this people;
and those who follow have become swallowed up in their deceit.
17-18 Even now the Lord takes no joy in a single one, not even the young.
Mercy has run out for even those without power—the widows and orphans.
For every single person is at fault and behaves badly.
No one thinks or acts as God would have them do.
Every mouth utters foolishness like a wildfire, out of control;
wickedness rages, leveling and clearing briars and thorns;
Forests and thickets burn, leaving the whole a smoking heap.
Still, God’s anger smolders. His hand is raised; there’s more to come.
19 The Eternal, the Commander of heavenly armies,
sets our world on fire in His fury.
The rotten people become kindling for the fire,
turning against one another until no one is spared.
20 They slice off what’s on the right and are still hungry;
they eat what’s on the left and still aren’t satisfied.
And in their voracity, they consume their own.

Ravenous in their greed, no one is spared—not brothers or sisters, not allies or kin.

21 Manasseh and Ephraim devour each other
and turn their covetous eye south, toward Judah.
Still, God’s anger smolders. His hand is raised; there’s more to come.

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2 Corinthians 12:1-10

Sincerity is a difficult thing to judge. The commitment that people have to a cause can only be determined over time. One test might be: do they persevere through hardships and challenges? In this regard, Paul is without equal. If the cause of Jesus were a fleeting interest or a halfhearted pursuit, then he would have given up after his first beating. But Paul’s compassion for those who did not know the beauty of the gospel was stubborn and unyielding. This persecutor-turned-emissary always had his critics. But who could call him insincere?

Paul is speaking of himself in verses 2-5 in an odd, third-person way. He writes cryptically for a purpose: to distract from the fact that, at least for the moment, he is boasting of something other than weakness. In heavenly journeys, Paul has seen amazing sights and heard amazing sounds—sights and sounds no human can or should ever speak of.

But God adds something to keep Paul from being carried away by such ecstasies: He gives His emissary “a thorn in the flesh.” Perhaps it is a chronic physical or emotional illness he suffers. Perhaps it is the steady stream of opponents who follow Paul wherever he goes. In God’s wisdom, Paul doesn’t say because his listeners would likely fixate on whatever problem he has in unhealthy ways. That’s what humans do. Still Paul believes that God sent this unwelcome messenger, so he pleads with God three times to remove it. Why just three times? Why doesn’t he bombard heaven daily with his pleas? Well, it may be because he knows Jesus prayed three times in the garden for the cup of suffering to be removed. Ultimately Jesus surrendered to the will of the Father, and Paul does too: “Grace is enough, Paul. Grace is enough.”

12 Boasting like this is necessary, but it’s unbecoming and probably unavailing. Since you won’t hear me any other way, let me tell you about visions and revelations I received of the Lord.

Fourteen years ago, there was this man I knew—a believer in the Anointed who was caught up to the third heaven. (Whether this was an in- or out-of-body experience I don’t know; only God knows.) 3-4 This man was caught up into paradise (let me say it again, whether this was an in- or out-of-body experience I don’t know; only God knows), and he heard inexpressible words—words a mortal man is forbidden to utter. I could brag about such a man; but as for me, I have nothing to brag about outside my own shortcomings. So if I want to boast, I won’t do so as a fool because I will be speaking the truth. But I will stop there, since I don’t want to be credited with anything except exactly what people see and hear from me. To keep me grounded and stop me from becoming too high and mighty due to the extraordinary character of these revelations, I was given a thorn in the flesh—a nagging nuisance of Satan, a messenger to plague me! I begged the Lord three times to liberate me from its anguish; and finally He said to me, “My grace is enough to cover and sustain you. My power is made perfect in weakness.” So ask me about my thorn, inquire about my weaknesses, and I will gladly go on and on—I would rather stake my claim in these and have the power of the Anointed One at home within me. 10 I am at peace and even take pleasure in any weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and afflictions for the sake of the Anointed because when I am at my weakest, He makes me strong.

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Psalm 55

Psalm 55

For the worship leader. A contemplative song[a] of David accompanied by strings.

Hear me, O God.
Tune Your ear to my plea,
and do not turn Your face from my prayer.
Give me Your attention.
Answer these sighs of sorrow;
my troubles have made me restless—I groan from anxiety
All because of my enemy! Because his voice speaks against me,
his wickedness torments me!
He casts down misfortune upon me;
his anger flares; his grudges grow against me.

My heart seizes within my chest; I am in anguish!
I am terrified my life could end on any breath.
I shiver and shudder in fear;
I can’t stop because this horror is just too much.
I said, “If only my arms were wings like the dove’s!
I would fly away from here and find rest—
Yes, I would venture far
and weave a nest in the wilderness.

[pause][b]

“I would rush to take refuge
away from the violent storm and pounding winds.”

Throw them off, O Lord. Confuse their speech, and frustrate their plans,
for violence and contention are building within the city.
I can see it with my own eyes.
10 They plot day and night, scurrying the city walls like rats,
trouble and evil lurking everywhere.
11 In the heart of the city, destruction awaits.
Oppression and lies swarm the streets,
and they will not take leave; no, they will not go.

12 If it were just an enemy sneering at me,
I could take it.
If it were just someone who has always hated me, treating me like dirt,
I’d simply hide away.
13 But it is you! A man like me,
my old friend, my companion.
14 We enjoyed sweet conversation,
walking together in the house of God among the pressing crowds.
15 Let death sneak up on them,
swallow them alive into the pit of death.
Why? Because evil stirs in their homes; evil is all around them.
16 But I, I shall call upon God,
and by His word, the Eternal shall save me.
17 Evening, morning, and noon I will plead;
I will grumble and moan before Him
until He hears my voice.
18 And He will rescue my soul, untouched,
plucked safely from the battle,
despite the many who are warring against me.
19 God, enthroned from ancient times through eternity,
will hear my prayers and strike them down.

[pause]

For they have refused change;
they supply their every need and have no fear of God.

20 My friend has become a foe, breaking faith, tearing down peace.
He’s betrayed our covenant.
21 Oh, how his pleasant voice is smoother than butter,
while his heart is enchanted by war.
Oh, how his words are smoother than oil,
and yet each is a sword drawn in his hand.

22 Cast your troubles upon the Eternal;
His care is unceasing!
He will not allow
His righteous to be shaken.

23 But You, O God, You will drive them
into the lowest[c] pit—
Violent, lying people
won’t live beyond their middle years.
But I place my trust in You.

Footnotes:

  1. 55:title Hebrew, maskil
  2. 55:7 Literally, selah, likely a musical direction from a Hebrew root meaning “to lift up”
  3. 55:23 Greek manuscripts read, “pit of destruction.” The idea is the grave or place of death.
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Proverbs 23:4-5

Do not overwork yourself just to become wealthy;
have enough sense to know when to quit.
As soon as you become fixed on riches, they vanish.
For suddenly they sprout wings
and become like a soaring eagle flying high in the sky.

The Voice (VOICE)

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9/10/2021 DAB Transcript

Isaiah 6:1-7:25, 2 Corinthians 11:16-33, Psalm 54:1-7, Proverbs 23:1-3

Today is the 10th day of September, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible, I am Brian. It is wonderful to be here with you today as we gather together around this Global Campfire, find our place, take a deep breath and let everything else go and just relax into this space that we create together each and every day. An oasis of serenity, a protected place where the world and all of its pressures and cares, yeah we can drag them in here but this is a safe place. We can pick them all back up at the door if we want when we walkout, but this is our place. Just focus on the Scriptures allow them to wash over us, allow them to speak to us, allow them to carry us forward, and so, let’s dive in. We are still moving into the book of Isaiah because were about 10% through the book of Isaiah and so let’s continue our journey. Isaiah chapters 6 and 7 today.

Commentary:

Okay so, in the second letter to the Corinthians today we get to the…to the boasting part right where Pauls like, having to defend himself by boasting back against the super apostles or the great emissaries who have come in behind him, to the churches that he planted and are teaching nuances that he’s not teaching and they are bringing credibility like that they are associated with the actual apostles of Jesus. Paul can’t do that. So now he has to kind of state his credentials, essentially in a boasting fashion so I quote Paul “are they are Hebrews so am I, are they are true Israelites so am I, are they are the descendants of Abraham so am I, are they the servants to the anointed one, the liberating King I am even more so. I can’t believe how foolish I sound. I have worked harder for God’s kingdom, taken more beatings, been dragged in and out of prisons and have been eye to eye with death. Five times I withstood 39 lashes from Jewish authorities. Three times I was battered with rods, once I was almost stoned to death, three times I was shipwrecked and I spent one day and night adrift on the sea. I have been on many journeys and face the most extreme circumstances, perilous rivers, violent thieves and threats by my own people and by the Gentile outsiders alike. I have faced dangers in the city in the wilderness and at sea and danger from spies among our brothers and sisters. I have survived toil and hardships, sleepless nights, hunger and thirst without a crumb insight, bear to the cold. As if these external trials weren’t enough, there is the daily stress I feel and anxiety I carry for all the churches under my care.” Okay so, that’s Paul’s boasting his saying this is my pedigree. These are my credentials in the face of these super apostles. So, it’s safe to say that Paul faced a lot and that should indeed give him credibility among the people where he’s planted churches indeed. But beyond that, if he went through all of that stuff as the church is information at this early impetus of the church and its growth than what we need to understand is that resistance and hardship and difficulty and challenge have always, always been a part of the story and those challenging hardships are not easy, they weren’t easy then and they’re just hard now. It’s always been really, really hard. Our brothers and sisters who have carried this story forward to us today, did it through difficulty and hardship, just like we do and so often what we think is that somehow that’s not supposed to be the case. Somehow it’s supposed to be easy for us. Jesus is the easy maker not the way maker. He’s the way maker and he makes a way through the wilderness and rivers in the desert through the difficult times and we’re all going through them. We all will go through them. And when some of our brothers and sisters are going through really, really tremendous and peaceful times. Others of us are going through tremendous and difficult times and we help each other through these times together step-by-step. So, we can think of our challenges, things that we’re facing, things that are not letting us have enough sleep. Things that are keeping it difficult for us to fall asleep, things that we find ourselves staring out the window daydreaming thinking about, mulling over, chewing on trying to find solutions for. We need to know that this is part of it. Resistance in our lives is something that strengthens us. And it’s important that we become strong because we are revealing a kingdom. So, there are times where we feel like we can’t even put another foot in front of the other, we’re just burned out, we’re just absolutely exhausted. We have…life has just knocked us flat on our back, we’re just staring up at the sky, trying to figure out you if we even have the strength to stand back up. I know, I know what that feels like too. We all know what that feels like because we all face this. Jesus the anointed one, faced this. The apostle Paul, as we’re seeing in this letter, faced this. So, if there’s nothing more that I really could say to make it better. And there’s not. It’s just you are not alone. You are not the only one. And, at least in my experience, we can cave, we can buckle, we can throw in the towel, we can throw up our hands, we can walk away, but people have survived insurmountable odds when they believe, when they believe in what they’re doing, when they believe in what it means. People can endure just about anything. And we are the light of the world. We are the salt of the earth, we’re holding things together. If we could stop fighting each other, we could really, really do some damage to the darkness. If we would stop looking at our hardships and then looking at another brother and sister and going, why don’t they have to face…why aren’t they going through this thing? We just need to remember Jesus words at the very end of the gospel of John. What is that to you? You follow me. And so be encouraged. You can keep going. There is strength that you didn’t know about, that you can’t find until you get to the end of your own.

Prayer:

And so, Father, Holy Spirit come we’re very weary. Some of us are very, very weary and it’s been a hard season or a hard year or a hard life and we don’t have the strength to go on. We need Your strength and yet we look back into the Scriptures and see that this is the story. This is how the story goes. Everyone who’s ever stepped up to carry the light of the world forward has faced opposition and so we can take some comfort in that, doesn’t make it easier, but it lets us know we are a part of something that’s been going on a long time, and if we would come to the end of ourselves and surrender You would help us navigate. And maybe the circumstances aren’t going to change, but our perspective can radically shift so that the circumstances don’t have the power over us that they once did. Come Holy Spirit, help us to know that we’re becoming stronger and that we’re taking part in a process that has been going on since the very beginning. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday September 10, 2021 (NIV)

Isaiah 6-7

In the same year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a grand throne way up high with a flowing cape that filled the whole temple. Bright flaming creatures waited on Him. Each had six wings: two covering its face, two covering its feet, and two for flying. Like some fiery choir, they would call back and forth continually.

Flaming Creatures: Holy, holy, holy is the Eternal, the Commander of heavenly armies!
The earth is filled with His glorious presence!

They were so loud that the doorframes shook, and the holy house kept filling with smoke.

Isaiah: I am in so much trouble! I’m ruined!
I’m just a human being—fallible and stammering.
My lips are encrusted with filth;
and I live among people just like me.
But here I am, and I’ve seen with my very own eyes
none other than the King, the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies.

Then one of the flaming creatures flew to me holding a red-hot ember which it had taken from God’s table, the temple altar, with a pair of tongs. The creature held it to my lips.

Flaming Creature: Look! With the touch of this burning ember on your lips,
your guilt is turned away;
All your faults and wrongdoings are forgiven.

Then I heard the Lord’s voice.

Eternal One: Whom shall I send? Who will go for Us?

Isaiah: Here I am! Send me.

Eternal One: Go to this people and say,
“Keep listening, but do not comprehend;
Keep looking, but do not understand.”[a]

10 Make their hearts hard, their ears deaf, and their eyes blind.
Otherwise, they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears,
Understand with their hearts, and then turn and be healed.[b]

11 Isaiah: How long, Lord?

Eternal One: Until cities are in ruins, the houses sit empty,
and the land has become a wasteland.

12 You see, the Eternal has determined to move the people far away;
place after place will be completely abandoned.
13 And even if just a tenth survive, it will be burned again;
imagine a terebinth or an oak; once it is cut down, the stump remains.
The holy seed remains in the stump.

The stump remains: a testament to what the people used to be, a promise of what is to come.

When Ahaz (Uzziah’s grandson, Jotham’s son) was king here in the Southern Kingdom of Judah, a coalition of two other kings—Pekah (Remaliah’s son) from the Northern Kingdom (also called Israel and Ephraim) and Rezin from Aram (which is Syria)—determined to attack our capital Jerusalem. But they failed to take it. This is what happened: When our royal house (descended from David) heard that Aram was in league with Ephraim against us, the king was terrified. The news shook the hearts of the people like trees in the wind. So the Eternal told Isaiah to get involved.

Eternal One: Catch up with Ahaz at the end of the stream that comes out of the upper pool—you know, the one at the highway where they wash and bleach cloth. And bring your son who’s named Shear-jashub (which means “Returning Remnant”). 4-6 Tell Ahaz, “Keep your wits about you. Stay calm. Don’t panic just because those two angry northerners, Rezin of Aram and Pekah (Remaliah’s son), threaten you and say: ‘Let’s march against Judah, terrorize the people, overthrow it, and set up Tabeel’s son as our puppet king.’”

God promised that David’s dynasty would continue forever. Since Ahaz is of David’s line, he should be confident before the threat. But he needs the support of God’s prophet.

Here is what the Eternal Lord has to say.

Eternal One: It’s not going to work;
what they determine is not going to happen.
8-9 The head of Aram is Damascus, and its head is King Rezin;
Ephraim’s head is Samaria, and its king is Remaliah’s son.
Ephraim will fall apart as a nation and as a people within 65 years.
Now then, if you don’t hold firm, if you don’t believe, you will not remain firm.

10 The Eternal One also said this to our king, Ahaz:

Eternal One (to Ahaz): 11 Ask for proof, a sign from the Eternal your God. Go ahead, ask anything, anything at all; it can be high as heaven or as deep as the place of the dead.

Ahaz: 12 No way. I wouldn’t dare to ask, to test the Eternal One.

Isaiah: 13 Listen then. You are none other than the house of David, the one who inherited God’s promise of permanent kingship for David’s descendants. Is it so easy to be a bore to people that you would exhaust God’s patience too? 14 Suit yourself. The Lord will give you a proof-sign anyway: See, a young maiden[c] will conceive. She will give birth to a son and name Him Immanuel, that is, “God with us.”[d] 15 There will indeed be something Godlike about Him. He’ll be eating curds and honey when he knows to choose what is right and good and refuse what is not. 16 But before the boy has the wisdom to refuse evil and choose good the territory of the two kings you now dread will be abandoned.

17 But it’s not all rosy for you, either. The Eternal will bring against you, against this population, this blessed kingdom, such trouble as hasn’t been seen since the 10 northern tribes, led by Ephraim, seceded from Judah—trouble in the form of the Assyrian king. 18 At that time, the Eternal will summon the Egyptian flies and the stinging pests of Assyria, calling them 19 to settle into every crack and crevice of the country, every place high and low—mountains, fields, deserts, and cities—every thornbush and watering hole. 20 In that day, the Lord will hire the Assyrian king from beyond the Euphrates River to shave every part of you, humbling you like slaves. 21 Each person will hang onto only what he or she absolutely needs—a heifer and two sheep—in order to survive. 22 But some will survive because those who are left will eat curds and honey, for their animals will produce plenty of milk. 23 They will no longer live off the land because wherever there had been flourishing vineyards with 1,000 vines, worth 1,000 pieces of silver, they will produce nothing but briars and thorns. 24 No one will venture into this wasteland of briars and thorns without bow and arrow. 25 No one will dare to cultivate the hills that once were tilled for fear of what is out there; only the hardiest animals—cattle and sheep—are released to graze the ragged slopes.

Footnotes:

  1. 6:9 Luke 8:10
  2. 6:9–10 Matthew 13:14–15; Mark 4:12; John 12:40; Acts 28:26–27
  3. 7:14 Greek manuscripts read, “virgin.”
  4. 7:14 Matthew 1:23
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2 Corinthians 11:16-33

16 So as I said before, please don’t mark me a fool; but if you must, then please accept me even as that and give me a little more room to boast. 17 What I am saying now is not in character with our Lord but is the bragging of a self-assured fool. 18 Just as other fools brag according to their worldly accomplishments, so I, too, will have to boast; 19 meanwhile, you—so wise, so tolerant—gladly bear this kind of foolishness. 20 How easily you tolerate becoming another’s slave, having them consume you, letting them rob you blind, or allowing them to edge their way past you or slap you in the face. 21 Embarrassingly I admit that next to them we must look very weak!

But in whatever way they dare to boast—remember, I’m speaking in character as a fool—I dare to boast even more! 22 Are they Hebrews, God’s chosen? So am I. Are they true Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. 23 Are they servants to the Anointed One, the Liberating King? I am even more so! (I can’t believe how foolish I sound.) I have worked harder for God’s kingdom, taken more beatings, been dragged in and out of prisons, and have been eye-to-eye with death. 24 Five times I have withstood thirty-nine lashes from Jewish authorities, 25 three times I was battered with rods, once I was almost stoned to death, three times I was shipwrecked, and I spent one day and night adrift on the sea. 26 I have been on many journeys and faced the most extreme circumstances: perilous rivers, violent thieves, and threats by my own people and by the Gentile outsiders alike. I have faced dangers in the city, in the wilderness, and at sea; and danger from spies among our brothers and sisters. 27 I have survived toil and hardships, sleepless nights, hunger and thirst without a crumb in sight, bare to the cold. 28 As if these external trials weren’t enough, there is the daily stress I feel and anxiety I carry for all the churches under my care. 29 Who is weak without this arousing my empathy? Who gets hurt and offended without this inciting my burning anger?

30 So as you can see, if I have to boast, I will, but only in my own weaknesses. 31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus, He who is worthy of eternal blessing, can confirm that I am telling you the truth. 32 Once, in Damascus, the governor under King Aretas had his people in the city looking for me in order to arrest me. 33 But I crouched in a basket and was lowered out of a window in the city wall, and I narrowly escaped his tight grip.

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Psalm 54

Psalm 54

For the worship leader. A contemplative song[a] of David when his friends, the Ziphites, betrayed him to Saul. Accompanied by strings.

This is a lament reflecting the time when David was betrayed to Saul (1 Samuel 23:6–29). It expresses hope that God will save by His name. The name refers to the covenant name given to Moses at Mount Sinai (Exodus 3). We have translated it “the Eternal One.” For the ancients the name of God has power precisely because it embodies the presence of God. To call upon the name was to call upon God to remember His covenant promises and be present in power in order to rescue His people.

Liberate me, O God, by the authority of Your name.
Vindicate me through Your legendary power.
Hear my prayer, O God;
let the words of my mouth reach Your sympathetic ear.

The truth is, these strangers are rallying against me;
cold-blooded men seek to slay me;
they have no respect for You.

[pause][b]

But see now! God comes to rescue me;
the Lord is my valiant supporter.
He will repay my enemies for the harm they have done; they are doomed!
According to Your faithful promises, silence them.

I will sacrifice to You willingly;
I will lift Your name by shouts of thanksgiving, O Eternal One, for Your name is good.
God has pulled me out from every one of the troubles that encompass me,
and I have seen what it means to stand over my enemies in triumph.

Footnotes:

  1. 54:title Hebrew, maskil
  2. 54:3 Literally, selah, likely a musical direction from a Hebrew root meaning “to lift up”
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Proverbs 23:1-3

23 When sitting down to eat with a ruler,
take a moment to think about who you are with and what you are doing.
If you are the type who eats too much too fast,
do whatever is necessary to curb your enthusiasm for food.
Also, do not eye the ruler’s delicacies,
for the food may not be what it seems.

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09/09/2021 DAB Transcript

Isaiah 3:1-5:30, 2 Corinthians 11:1-15, Psalms 53:1-6, Proverbs 22:28-29

Today is the 9th day of September welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian it is wonderful to be here with you today as we do what we do and take the next step forward together, the next step through the Scriptures of course, and the next step forward in our lives. We have just begun our journey through the book of Isaiah. And, so, we will continue that journey. Isaiah chapters 3, 4, and 5 today.

Commentary:

Okay. Have you ever encountered somebody who’s like…who really needs to prove they’re a better Christian than somebody else…like a superior Christ follower to somebody else? The answers probably yes. The answer probably should be yes. For all of us, all we really have to do is go on social media to find this sort of thing going on pretty much 24 hours a day battling with one another over doctrine, battling with one another over right posture, battling with one another over interpretation, all these kinds of things. This is part of our history. This has…this has been going on a while now. In fact, it was going on in the beginning of the church and that is what we are beginning to encounter in the letter, the second letter to the Corinthians. So, Paul referenced “great emissaries” in our reading today. In other translations “super apostles”. And who exactly we’re referencing here, that's…that’s been a matter of scholarly debate for a very long time but it’s pretty clear from Paul’s letter that he’s not pleased, and he doesn’t like that they are coming to the churched that he has founded. So, probably what’s happening here is that believers in Jesus who have a bit of a different understanding, or maybe different convictions about certain things about Jesus or His teachings have begun to visit the churched that Paul established. And to take it even further it…it wouldn’t be unlikely that these would be maybe Jewish believers who were not in agreement with things like the Jerusalem Council, allowing Gentiles like…in other words, allowing the gospel to be inclusive, including the Gentiles, including anyone in the world who believed. There were definitely in the early church people who were for sure not on board with that idea at all, believing rather that Jesus was Jewish, and you would need to convert to Judaism and then follow Jesus, the Jewish Messiah. But they weren’t the only ones coming up with ideas. Once Gentile people began to believe in Jesus, having had no background in Judaism, so having had no real understanding of like how the story came to be they started crafting stories of their own about what Jesus meant, and what His mission was, and what He ultimately was trying to do. Regardless, these super apostles, these great emissaries had some sort of association with the apostles of Jesus, some of the men who actually were disciples who walked with Jesus, which lends some credibility to the idea that these might have been those of the Jewish persuasion coming into the Gentile churches and trying to set things right, that they in association with the actual apostles of Jesus had higher validity in what they were saying, more authority than Paul who had established the church, they were the super Christians. They were the ones who had come to make things right. Well Paul has a bit of a problem here because he didn’t have the credibility some of these people might have having been maybe sent or having walked in close association with some of the apostles of Jesus. Paul had never met Jesus in his earthly life and wasn’t really in close association for that matter with the Jerusalem church. They were certainly aware of each other. But Paul was out doing work among the Gentiles all over the Roman Empire. The thing that was sort of putting Paul this weird situation is that when these people came in to visit churches and Paul, he’s out ministering all over the place, some these people come in, roll out their credentials, are accepted into speak to the people, they’re not saying the gospel that Paul had taught in the first place that he’s trying to standardize throughout the Roman Empire, at least in the church is that he is planting. But they seem to have legitimate credibility at least as much credibility as Paul in the eyes of the people. And, so, this creates this weird problem where Paul has done the work, risked his life, maybe been beaten up, maybe been thrown out of town to establish a church, a little baby church that he wants to nurture up. And after he’s done the hard work of risking and planting then there’s people coming in behind him, saying, we’re more credible, we should take this place over, here’s how you got to do this, and here’s how to believe in Jesus. It just felt self-serving. They weren’t there when…there when lives were on the line. They showed up afterward. So, now Paul has a situation where these people are kind of showing their credibility which then makes Paul’s little church look toward Paul and essentially say, so what’s your credibility? We need to decide who’s more credible. And, so, it’s like a boasting match about who is the best Christian. And boasting, especially like self-promotion style boasting. Most people don’t like that. If you can see it, if you can spot it, it’s a turnoff. But it’s definitely not a characteristic that we would associate with Jesus or his followers, at least in the Scriptures. Trust me, it happens plenty…plenty to plenty in the world today. So, Paul’s in a situation where he’s gotta like boast back in order to just find even ground with the people that he’s risked his life to bring the gospel to. So, Paul’s uncomfortable with this idea because who wins in these scenarios? So, Paul sort of sets up like, hey I don’t really don’t want to be talking about myself. I’m in a bad position here, but if they’re going to do this then if they think they’ve got credibility than I…I have to say my own credibility. But before all that gets going, he’s like, and I’m quoting here, “to be completely honest, I am extremely jealous for you. But it’s the same kind of jealousy God has for you. You see, like an attentive father I have pledged your hand in marriage and promise to present you as a pure virgin to the one who would be your husband, the Anointed one.” So, he’s like the thing that’s kinda getting me up in arms here about what’s going on and these people coming in and telling you the nuanced…a nuanced gospel that I didn’t teach you, is that you are my life’s work. Your life, your…presenting you to God is why I am alive now, why I risk my life everywhere I go. And, so, all of that is to sort of set up where we’re gonna be going here tomorrow as we read from this letter because we’ll be hearing Paul’s quote unquote boasting in his own defense against great emissaries who have association with the actual apostles of Jesus who have been coming in behind him into the churches that he has planted. And we’ll get some of that starting tomorrow. But let’s think today though about the names we try to drop to get validation or credibility toward ourselves, especially in Christian service. What is the goal here, that we become a super apostle? A celebrated Christian? A better servant of Jesus than anybody else? You see how kinda counterintuitive even an idea is especially in the face of Jesus saying, “make them one father as we are one”, or as we look at the apostle Paul describing us as a body where all parts are irreplaceable and completely necessary. So, let’s think about the ways in which…well…we try to be super apostles, which really just exposes our own insecurity and our own pride.

Prayer:

Jesus, we invite Your Holy Spirit into that because we all have insecurities and pride and they have never really served us well. They have lingered and been a part of our story. We have fed them and allowed them to live in our minds and in our hearts, but they were never actually our friends. They were just there to take what they could get from us, and we allowed it. Come Holy Spirit into those insecurities that then breed pride, that then lead us into competition, that then lead us into identity crisis, that then lead us into trouble, and then lead us in the circle of repentance that we keep circling. Come Holy Spirit and let us humble ourselves under Your mighty hand knowing that our identity is in You. There is no other identity. We do not need an identity as compared to somebody else. We don’t need to be a better Christian than somebody else. It’s not a competition. We are fortunate and grateful that You have grafted us into Your family, and we are Your children. May we live like that we pray. In the name of Jesus we ask. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Good morning, Jesus, good morning, DABbers, this is God’s Chosen from Georgia. Father we thank You for the gift of life. We thank You that You are God, and we are not. We thank You for Your mercies that are new every morning. We thank You for the peace that You give us each night to be able to sleep and rest and remold our bodies. Thank You for Your provision for this brand-new day. Thank You because You reign, and You listen to every single prayer request that is brought before Your throne of mercy. Thank You for all unspoken requests. Thank You for the words that we would never hear because You know them all and You add meet them. Thank You that You created each one of us equal, You are loving, You are kind, You are faithful, You’re our provider, and You listen to us. Sometimes we have needs that we want to bring before You but when we listen to other people’s needs, we put our own needs aside and we intercede for all that are urgent. So, this morning Lord we want to say thank You for You have been gracious, You have been faithful, You have been loving, You have been kind. We pray Lord heavenly Father Lord that You would come with Your might and Your power, You would as You reign in glory You continue to look down upon us Your children and bless us. Bless all of us this morning. Bless all who take time to intercede for others. Blessed their lives, bless everything they touch. Help us Lord to look up to You for we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Hey DABalonians shout out to my little sis it’s Doctor John from Jordan New York and I’m just calling in to let you guys know about how much I appreciate the outpouring of love. This community is just phenomenal. It…it really is a phenomenon that wraps its arms around people and loves unconditionally. I’ve witnessed it so many times through the years with different people where there’s this outpouring of prayer and love and people just saying, “hey we’ve got your back, we’ve got you.” And I actually never thought this would happen to me. And, so, it’s a little bit humbling, it’s very humbling but we have this community of heaven here on earth where we just…we just love each other and it’s phenomenal. So, I’m just saying thank you all for all the shout outs, all the prayers mentioned and unmentioned. And I'm…I’m humbled, completely humbled by everyone and what you’ve done. The funny part is when I listened to the first miracle call in that I made, I cried. You know, I just…it was so beautiful to me. And, so, I can imagine others of you tearing up…at at the miracles that we can accomplish here on earth. So, keep praying, keep the faith, keep it flowing y'all. OK? Make it a great day. Love you all. Bye bye.

Hey all this is Natalie all the way from phoenix AZ. I’ve only had this app for three days and I got it to listen to at night or whenever I’m cleaning around the house because I wasn’t making enough time to read my Bible and by the time I did I was exhausted, and I would fall asleep, and I just felt discouraged. So, I just randomly found this app. I picked the first one that looked interesting, and it has been such a blessing to hear all the other prayer requests from all around the world to hear all the encouragement and to hear how it’s really family on here. It’s just really encouraging to see that there is people struggling with the same things, there’s other people rooting for you that don’t even know you. This year for some reason has been especially hard for me and I’ve just been struggling recently but the messages and the readings that I’ve been listening to since September 1st, I believe, have just really changed my outlook and it’s starting to really affect me during the day. And that’s the purpose of God’s word. And I’m so thankful that I can have it on the go. It makes it so much easier to connect. And I’m just so thankful. So, thank you.

Hello there, DAB family this is Kevin from England I’d like to give a prayer of encouragement to everyone who’s listening to this right now, all…everyone that has been going through pain, through suffering, losing anyone or just feeling lonely or any…any of the sorts. I just want to pray to each and every one of you. And I pray that the Holy Spirit is with you and that you are uplifted, and that Jesus is with you and carries you and…and holds your hand through all…everything that you go through in life. I pray that all that listen to this that your day becomes brighter than it was before and continues to be bright. And continue to pray to the Lord. Continue to pray to pray…pray to Him not just on here but pray to Him even when you’re done praying here go pray some more. Pray and pray and pray. And I pray that every single one of you feel the Holy Spirit and are uplifted in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Hi, I’m calling just because I feel like I'm…I’m desperate. My name is Lisa and I’ve been really quite sick since January, and I feel like I’m a real burden to my family and I’m costing a lot of money for my medical treatment and still not better. They won’t go as far as calling it COVID long haul but they’re calling it chronic viral inflammation. And I just…I’m growing impatient, and I just need prayer. I feel all alone, and I feel like I’m a burden to my family. And, so, please pray for me, pray from my healing, pray for my sense of peace. I…I just feel really worn out and I feel very overwhelmed. Thank you.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday September 9, 2021 (NIV)

Isaiah 3-5

See here! The Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies,
will take away the supply of bread and water—
the whole supply—from Jerusalem and Judah.
He will take away their heroes and warriors,
judges and prophets, fortune-tellers and elders,
He will take away their military officers and high-ranking officials,
advisers and skilled workers, and experts with charms and amulets.
In the chaos of their absence, I will make mere kids rule.
Even infants will govern them,
Leaving people to take advantage of each other,
making their lives miserable.
Youngsters will terrorize the elderly,
and the most despicable will bully the upstanding.
Desperate people will grab anyone who seems the least bit ordinary.

People: You managed to hold on to your coat, so you must be our leader;
this heap of rubble will be under your command!

Chosen Leader: I will not play the nurse for your wounds.
Do not elect me to lead the people—I can barely feed and clothe my own.

O how this precious city, this Jerusalem, has gone wrong,
and Judah is in shambles.
For all they say and do is an affront to the Eternal,
resisting His glorious presence.
The look on their faces tells the true story;
they flaunt their sins like Sodom.
They don’t even try to hide them—how terrible it will be for them,
for they will pay for their self-serving carelessness.
10 Tell those who have done right in the eyes of God
that all will be well for them,
For they will be rightly rewarded.
11 But whoever persists in wrongdoing will rue the day—
everything will go wrong for him—
Whatever he’s done will come back to him.
12 Oh, how I ache for my people! They are oppressed by children,
ruled by women, naïve and inexperienced.
O my people, your leaders are misleading you,
guiding you down the path to disaster.

13 But now the Eternal is taking the bench; He’s ready to judge;
He rises to lay out the people’s case.
14 The Eternal will bring charges
against those in positions of authority over His people.

Eternal One: You are charged with devouring everything in the vineyard,
and leaving nothing for the needy.
You’ve ransacked the poor to fill your houses.
15 How dare you! How dare you crush My people,
and grind the faces of the poor into the ground!

This is what the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies has to say.

16 Eternal One: Because the daughters of Zion are so proud,
so preoccupied with themselves—strutting and flirting,
Skipping and dancing, winking and giggling for attention
17 I will shame them with unsightly scabs on their heads,
these daughters who should be the pride of Zion, God’s precious place.
I will make them feel naked
when I uncover their foreheads and make them bald.

Under God’s judgment they will lose all the things they have that make others notice, desire, or envy them.

18-23 When the time comes, the Lord will simply take away the jewelry for their ankles, heads, noses, arms, ears, wrists, and fingers; these chains and gems, baubles and bangles, sashes and veils, perfume bottles and lucky charms, festive clothes and undergarments, purses and mirrors—everything that consumed their attention to get attention.

24 Then instead of a lovely scent—they’ll smell of decay;
instead of leather belts—they’ll don a rope;
Instead of a cut and style—they’ll have bald heads;
instead of silky-soft fabric—they’ll put on scratchy burlap sacks;
Instead of beauty—they’ll be branded with shame.
25 Jerusalem, your fathers and sons will be slaughtered,
your valiant protectors killed in battle,
26 And your gates will cry out in grief.
The city will sit in a heap on the ground, desolate and empty.

On that day, seven women will beg the same man:

Women: Please, take away our shame. We will support ourselves—eat our own bread, make our own clothes—just let us be called by your name.

The prophet warns of a time when only a few of God’s people will be left. The shredded fabric of families will leave the most vulnerable exposed and desperate. Women, who in this ancient Israelite society depend on relationships to men for social and financial security, will resort to doing whatever they can to survive beyond the deaths of their fathers, brothers, and husbands. Although the framework of their culture will seem to have crumbled, the story will move forward as the God of Israel remembers His own. There will always be a remnant of those who follow the Lord. Utter despair gives way to hope.

Then, oh then, a tiny shoot cultivated and nurtured by the Eternal will emerge new and green, promising beauty and glory. Everything that comes from the earth will offer itself, lovely and magnificent, to those who escaped Israel’s demise. Those who survived in precious Zion, all who remain in that special city, Jerusalem, will be called holy. They are destined to be alive, these remaining few, in Jerusalem. Then the Lord will wash away the filth that clung to the daughters of Zion and clean up the blood that stained Jerusalem’s streets with a spirit of justice and the breath of fire. And the Eternal will create wonders over the whole of Mount Zion and those who gather there—cloud and smoke to dim the day, bright shining fire to light the night, all billowing over Zion’s glory like a satin canopy. And it will be a resting place, protected from the heat of the day, a place of shelter and retreat amid storms and rain.

This prophecy echoes stories of the great exodus, when God led Israel out of slavery in Egypt and guided them safely through the barren, rocky crags of the Sinai Peninsula. God was their comfort and sustainer, an ever-present guide and protection. The ancients spoke of traveling beneath the cool shade of a cloud by day and a pillar of warm, bright fire by night. Now the prophet sees ahead to a day when God will provide His people rest and comfort—a new exodus—in His chosen place, Zion.

Let me now sing for my dear friend,
a love song about his vineyard.
My friend, whom I dearly love,
had a vineyard on a fertile hill.
He labored to prepare the ground, tilling the soil and digging out rocks,
and then he planted it with the best plants he could find.
In its midst, he built a watchtower over it
and cut out a winepress in the hill nearby;
Then he waited, hoping it would be bountiful.
But the vineyard produced only wild, bitter grapes.

Eternal One: That’s it. Enough. Now, you who live in My special city, Jerusalem,
you people of this choice country, Judah,
Who’s in the right—Me or My vineyard?
What else could I possibly have done to make it flourish?
Why, when I had every reason to expect great beauty and bushels of grapes,
Did it yield only wild, bitter fruit?

I’ll tell you what I’m going to do,
what I’ve determined to do to My vineyard:
I’m going to take away its protective fence
and let the deer, raccoons, and rabbits devour it.
I’ll break down its wall,
let the vines be eaten and trampled.
I will set it up for destruction—
do no pruning, no tilling—
And it will be overrun with nasty briars and thornbushes.
I will even order the clouds not to water it.

See here, the vineyard of the Eternal, the Commander of heavenly armies,
is the house of Israel, His special people.
And the shoots and buds He nursed so lovingly along
are the people of this choice country, Judah.
He expected a paragon of justice and righteousness—
but everywhere injustice runs bloodred in the streets, and cries echo in the city!
Oh, how bad for those who hoard property and wealth,
buying up houses and fields, right and left,
Until there is no place left for anyone else;
you will find yourselves very alone in the midst of this great land!
I was there when the Eternal, the Commander of heavenly armies, told us what to expect.

Eternal One: Make no mistake about it: many houses will be abandoned.
Grand, beautiful houses with all the luxury will echo empty.
10 Huge investments in 10-acre vineyards
will yield tiny dividends, mere gallons of wine.
Prime property planted with plenty of seed
will grow a nearly worthless amount of grain.

11 Oh, I can’t help but groan for people who rise and drink
without stopping from early morning to late evening
Until their passions and emotions burn within them.
12 They entertain themselves with lyres and harps,
tambourines and flutes, and plenty of wine at their feasts.
But they don’t think for a minute about all the Eternal has done.
They don’t stop to consider the work of His hands.

13 Eternal One: Make no mistake: My people are headed for exile
because they never took note;
Even the most honorable among them will endure hunger
while the majority will be parched with thirst.

14 Make no mistake: the force of death is insatiable.
The great gaping grave is opened wide
To swallow whole Jerusalem’s opulence and pageantry—
her noble citizens and her common folk, all the raucous revelry.
15 Human beings will be cut down to size, one after another.
Those who walk around with their noses in the air will be humiliated.
16 By contrast, the Eternal, the Commander of heavenly armies,
will be high and mighty because He judges fairly.
The holy God will be shown to be so because He does what is right.
17 At that time, Jerusalem will become a pasture where lambs graze,
and foreigners will eat in the ruins where the wealthy once dined.

18 O how terrible for those who drag their guilt around,
worthlessness and wrongdoing in tow—
19 They sneer, “Well, where is He? Let Him be quick about it!
Let’s see this business of the Holy One of Israel;
Let’s see what He has in store so we can know what it is.”
20 O how terrible for those who confuse good with evil,
right with wrong, light with dark, sweet with bitter.
21 O how terrible for those who think they’re so wise,
who consider themselves so clever.
22 O how terrible for those heroes who can outdrink anyone,
those champions who take pride in mixing drinks,
23 Those judges who set the guilty free in exchange for “a little something,”
all the while denying the innocent what they deserve!
24 Therefore, as fire eats up the stubble and dry grass is engulfed by flames,
so it will be for everything they count on for the future—
Their roots will rot, their flowers will wither and fly away like dust,
for they refused to accept the law of the Eternal, the Commander of heavenly armies;
They derided and disparaged the word of the Holy One of Israel.

25 It’s no wonder the Eternal burns with anger at His people.
He has raised His hand against them and crushed them,
So that the whole earth rang with the blow, and you couldn’t move
without stumbling over their corpses lying like trash in the street.
Despite all this, He’s still very angry;
His hand is still raised; He’s not done yet.
26 He will signal to distant nations,
and whistle for their armies: unleash the dogs of war.
At breakneck speed they come,
a war machine like no other
27 Never tired, never weak;
no one needs to rest or sleep.
Not a belt needs tightening,
not a sandal strap needs fixing.
28 Their arrows have been sharpened;
their bows have been bent, ready for action.
Their horses’ hooves spark like flint;
their chariots’ wheels spin like whirlwinds.
29 Their roaring is deafening, like a lion, like a pack of roaring lions.
When they attack, they growl and pounce on their prey,
Carrying them away; no chance of a rescue.
30 On that day, they will roar over this people like a roaring, angry sea,
and the land will go sorrowfully dark, the light eclipsed by the clouds of war.

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2 Corinthians 11:1-15

Paul’s tone changes. Some believe chapters 10–13 may be from his second letter “covered with tears” (2:4). His rebuke and strong warning are meant to lead the Corinthians lovingly to repentance.

11 Please endure a little foolishness on my part; you have come so far with me already. To be completely honest, I am extremely jealous for you; but it’s the same kind of jealousy God has for you. You see, like an attentive father, I have pledged your hand in marriage and promised to present you as a pure virgin to the One who would be your husband, the Anointed One. But now I’m afraid that as that serpent tricked Eve with his wiles, so your hearts and minds will be tricked and you will stray from the single-minded love and pure devotion to Him. So then, if someone comes along and presents you with a Jesus different from the one we told you about, or if you receive a spirit different from the one gifted through our Lord Jesus, or even if you hear a gospel different from the one you heard through us; then you’re ready to go with it.

I consider myself in league with the so-called great emissaries; I lack nothing. Even if I’m not the greatest speaker, I make up for it by what I know of God and have proved it time and again to you. Was it a sin to humble myself and serve you so that you might be lifted up? Did I wrong you somehow by instructing you in the good news of God without charge? In a sense, I robbed other churches by accepting their support just so I could serve you. If any need arose while I was with you, I didn’t trouble anyone. When the brothers and sisters arrived from Macedonia, they covered all my needs so that I didn’t become a burden to any of you; and I plan on keeping it that way. 10 For I tell you, as the truth of the Anointed One lives in me, I will continue to boast about this all throughout Achaia. 11 Why am I doing this? It’s not because I don’t love you—God knows I do— 12-13 but I will continue doing what I am doing to cut off any opportunity—clearly some are looking for one—for these false emissaries, these low-down, untrustworthy preachers, these posers who act as emissaries of the Anointed, to claim that they work under the same terms that we do. 14 No wonder they are so good at it. Satan himself poses as a messenger of heavenly light, 15 so why should we expect less from his servants—plodding over the earth, pretending to be ministers of righteousness—but in the end, they’ll get what’s coming to them.

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Psalm 53

Psalm 53

For the worship leader. A contemplative song[a] of David. A song for the dance.[b]

The foolish are convinced deep down that there is no God.
Their souls are polluted, and they commit gross injustice.
Not one of them does good.

From heaven the one True God examines the earth
to see if any understand the big picture,
if any seek to know the True God.

All have turned back to their wicked ways; they’ve become totally perverse.
Not one of them does good,
not even one.

Do the wicked relish their ignorance,
the wicked ones who consume My people as if they were bread
and fail to call upon the True God?

They trembled with great fear,
though they’d never been afraid before,
Because the True God ravaged the bones of those who rose against you.
You humiliated them because the True God spat them out.

Oh, that the liberation of Israel would come out of Zion!
When the True God reclaims His people,
let Jacob celebrate; let Israel rejoice.

Footnotes:

  1. 53:title Hebrew, maskil
  2. 53:title Hebrew, mahalath, meaning is uncertain.
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Proverbs 22:28-29

28 Do not steal property from your neighbors by moving the boundary markers
your ancestors established.
29 And as for those who are skilled in their work,
they will be recognized and invited to serve kings
rather than regular folk.

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