Bible in one year

September 16

Isaiah 23:1-18
1. This is a message about Tyre: Ships traveling from Cyprus heard this message: "Cry, you ships from Tarshish! Your harbor has been destroyed."
2. People living near the sea, mourn in silence. The merchants of Sidon sent traders across the sea and filled the city with riches.
3. They traveled the seas looking for grain. The men from Tyre bought grain that grows near the Nile River and sold it to other nations.
4. Sidon, you should be very sad, because now the Sea and the Fort of the Sea say, "I have no children. I have never felt the pain of birth; I have never given birth to children. I have never raised young men and women."
5. When Egypt hears the news about Tyre, it will feel the pain of sorrow.
6. You ships, try to escape to Tarshish! Cry out, you people living near the sea!
7. Can this be that happy city that was founded so long ago? Is it that same city whose people traveled so far to settle other lands?
8. This city produced so many leaders. Its merchants were like princes. Its traders had the whole world's respect. So who made these plans against Tyre?
9. It was the Lord All-Powerful. He decided to destroy the great things they were so proud of. He wanted to disgrace those who were so highly respected.
10. Ships from Tarshish, go back home. Cross the sea as if it were a river. No one will stop you now.
11. The Lord raised his arm over the sea to make the kingdoms angry enough to fight against Tyre. He commanded Canaan to destroy her place of safety.
12. He said, "Daughter Sidon, you have been hurt badly, so you will no longer rejoice like a bride. Go ahead, go to Cyprus for help, but you will not find a place to rest there either."
13. As for Babylon, look at the land of the Chaldeans! It is not even a country now. Assyria built war towers to attack it. The soldiers took everything from the beautiful houses. Assyria destroyed Babylon. They turned it into a pile of ruins and made it a place for wild animals.
14. So be sad, you ships from Tarshish. Your place of safety has been destroyed.
15. People will forget about Tyre for 70 years—that is, about the length of a king's rule. After 70 years, Tyre will be like the prostitute in this song:
16. "Oh, woman who men forgot, take your harp and walk through the city. Play your song well and sing it often. Maybe someone will remember you."
17. After 70 years, the Lord will review Tyre's case, and he will give her a decision. Tyre will again have trade. She will be like a prostitute for all the nations on earth.
18. But Tyre will not keep the money she earns. The profit from her trade will be saved for the Lord. Tyre will give that money to the people who serve the Lord to buy good food and nice clothes.

Isaiah 24:1-23
1. Look, the Lord is destroying this land. He will clean out the land completely and force all the people to go far away.
2. At that time whatever happens to the common people will also happen to the priests. Slaves and masters will be the same. Women slaves and their women masters will be the same. Buyers and sellers will be the same. Those who borrow and those who lend will be the same. Bankers and those who owe the bank will be the same.
3. Everyone will be forced out of the land. All the wealth will be taken. This will happen because the Lord commanded it.
4. The country will be empty and sad. The world will be empty and weak. The great leaders of the people in this land will become weak.
5. The people have ruined the land. They did what God said was wrong. They did not obey God's laws. They made an agreement with God a long time ago, but they broke their agreement with God.
6. The people living in this land are guilty of doing wrong, so God promised to destroy the land. The people will be punished, and only a few of them will survive.
7. The grapevines are dying. The new wine is bad. People who were happy are now sad.
8. They have stopped showing their joy. The happy music from the drums and harps has ended.
9. They no longer sing as they drink their wine. The beer now tastes bitter to those who drink it.
10. "Total Confusion" is a good name for this city. The city has been destroyed. People cannot enter the houses. The doors are blocked.
11. People still ask for wine in the marketplaces, but all the joy is gone. It was carried off with everything else.
12. All that is left is destruction. Even the gates are crushed.
13. At harvest time, people knock olives from the trees. But a few olives are left in the trees. It will be like that in this land and among the nations.
14. Those who are left will begin shouting louder than the ocean. They will rejoice about the Lord's greatness.
15. They will say, "People in the east, praise the Lord! People in faraway lands, praise the name of the Lord, the God of Israel. "
16. We hear songs of praise for God from every place on earth. They praise the God who does what is right. But I say, "Enough! I have had enough. What I see is terrible. Traitors are turning against people and hurting them."
17. I see troubles for you people living in this land. I see fear, pits, and problems all around.
18. People will hear about the danger, and they will be afraid. Some of them will run away, but they will fall into holes and be trapped. Some of them will climb out of the holes, but they will be caught in another trap. The floodgates in the sky above will open, and the floods will begin. The foundations of the earth will shake.
19. There will be earthquakes, and the earth will split open.
20. The sins of the world are very heavy, so the earth will fall under the weight. It will shake like an old house. It will fall like a drunk. It will not be able to stand.
21. At that time the Lord will judge the heavenly armies in heaven and the earthly kings on earth.
22. Many people will be gathered together. They have been locked in the Pit. They have been in prison. But finally, after a long time, they will be judged.
23. The Lord will rule as king on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. His Glory will be shown to the city leaders with such brightness that the moon will be embarrassed and the sun will be ashamed.

Psalms 107:10-22
10. Some of God's people were prisoners, locked behind bars in dark prisons.
11. That was because they had fought against what God said. They refused to listen to the advice of God Most High.
12. God made life hard for those people because of what they did. They stumbled and fell, and there was no one to help them.
13. They were in trouble, so they called to the Lord for help, and he saved them from their troubles.
14. He took them out of their dark prisons. He broke the ropes that held them.
15. Thank the Lord for his faithful love and for the amazing things he does for people.
16. He breaks down their bronze gates. He shatters their iron bars.
17. Some people became fools and turned against God, and they suffered for the evil they did.
18. They became so sick that they refused to eat, so they almost died.
19. They were in trouble, so they called to the Lord for help, and he saved them from their troubles.
20. He gave the command and healed them, so they were saved from the grave.
21. Thank the Lord for his faithful love and for the amazing things he does for people.
22. Offer sacrifices of thanks to him. Sing with joy about all that he has done.

Proverbs 25:17-17
17. And don't visit your neighbors' homes too often, or they will begin to hate you.

2 Corinthians 1:8-24
8. Brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the trouble we suffered in Asia. We had great burdens there, which were greater than our own strength. We even gave up hope for life.
9. In fact, it seems like God has been telling us we are going to die. But this is so that we will not trust in ourselves but in God, who raises people from death.
10. He saved us from these great dangers of death, and he will continue to save us. We feel sure he will always save us.
11. And you can help us with your prayers. Then many people will give thanks for us—that God blessed us because of their many prayers.
12. This is what we are proud of, and I can say with a clear conscience that it is true: In everything we have done in the world, we have done it with an honest and pure heart from God. And this is even truer in what we have done with you. We did this by God's grace, not by the kind of wisdom the world has.
13. We write to you only what you can read and understand. And I hope you will fully understand,
14. just as you already understand many things about us. I hope you will understand that you can be proud of us, just as we will be proud of you on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.
15. I was very sure of all this. That is why I made plans to visit you first. Then you could be blessed twice.
16. I planned to visit you on my way to Macedonia and again on my way back. I wanted to get help from you for my trip to Judea.
17. Do you think that I made these plans without really thinking? Or maybe you think I make plans as the world does, saying yes and no at the same time.
18. But if you can believe God, then you can believe that what we tell you is never both yes and no.
19. The Son of God, Jesus Christ, the one that Silas, Timothy, and I told you about was not yes and no. In Christ it has always been yes.
20. The yes to all of God's promises is in Christ. And that is why we say "Amen " through Christ to the glory of God.
21. And God is the one who makes you and us strong in Christ. God is also the one who chose us for his work.
22. He put his mark on us to show that we are his. Yes, he put his Spirit in our hearts as the first payment that guarantees all that he will give us.
23. I tell you this, and I ask God to be my witness that this is true: The reason I did not come back to Corinth was that I did not want to punish or hurt you.
24. I don't mean that we are trying to control your faith. You are strong in faith. But we are workers with you for your own happiness.