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September 23


Isaiah 37:1-38
1. When King Hezekiah listened to their message, he tore his clothes to show he was upset. Then he put on sackcloth and went to the Lord's Temple.
2. Hezekiah sent Eliakim, the palace manager, Shebna, the royal secretary, and the elders of the priests to the prophet, Isaiah son of Amoz. They wore the special clothes that showed they were sad and upset.
3. They said to Isaiah, "King Hezekiah has commanded that today will be a special day for sorrow and sadness. It will be a very sad day—as sad as when a baby should be born, but there is not enough strength for the birth.
4. The commander's master, the king of Assyria, has sent him to say bad things about the living God. Maybe the Lord your God will hear it and prove the enemy is wrong. So pray for those who are still left alive."
5. When King Hezekiah's officers came to Isaiah,
6. he said to them, "Give this message to your master, Hezekiah: The Lord says, 'Don't be afraid of what you heard from the commanders! Don't believe what those "boys" from the king of Assyria said to make fun of me.
7. Look, I will send a spirit against the king of Assyria. He will get a report that will make him return to his own country. And I will cut him down with a sword in his own country.'"
8. The commander heard that the king of Assyria had left Lachish. He found him at Libnah, fighting against that city.
9. Then the king of Assyria got a report that said, "King Tirhakah of Ethiopia is coming to fight you." So the king of Assyria sent messengers to Hezekiah again.
10. He told them, "Tell King Hezekiah of Judah these things: 'Don't be fooled by the god you trust when he says, "Jerusalem will not be defeated by the king of Assyria."
11. You have heard what the kings of Assyria did to all the other countries. We destroyed them completely. Will you be saved? No!
12. Did the gods of those people save them? No, my ancestors destroyed them all. They destroyed Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden living in Tel Assar.
13. Where is the king of Hamath? The king of Arpad? The king of the city of Sepharvaim? The kings of Hena and Ivvah?'"
14. Hezekiah received the letters from the messengers and read them. Then he went up to the Lord's Temple and laid the letters out in front of the Lord.
15. He prayed to the Lord:
16. "Lord All-Powerful, God of Israel, you sit as King above the Cherub angels. You alone are the God who rules all the kingdoms on earth. You are the creator of heaven and earth.
17. Lord, please listen to me. Lord, open your eyes and look at this message. Hear the words that Sennacherib sent to insult the living God!
18. It is true, Lord. The kings of Assyria did destroy all those nations.
19. They did throw the gods of those nations into the fire, but they were not real gods. They were only wood and stone—statues that people made. That is why the kings of Assyria could destroy them.
20. But you are the Lord our God, so please save us from the king of Assyria. Then all the other nations will know that you are the Lord, the only God."
21. Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent this message to Hezekiah. Isaiah said, "The Lord, the God of Israel, says this, 'You prayed to me about the message that came from King Sennacherib of Assyria. I have heard you. '
22. "So this is the Lord's message against Sennacherib: 'The virgin daughter Zion does not think you are important. She makes fun of you. She shakes her head at you and laughs behind your back.
23. But who was it that you insulted and made fun of? Who was it that you spoke against? You were speaking against the Holy One of Israel. You acted like you were great and he was nothing.
24. You sent your officers to insult the Lord. This is what you said: "I took my many chariots up the high mountains deep inside Lebanon. I cut down its tallest cedars and its best fir trees. I have been on its highest mountain and deep inside its forests.
25. I dug wells and drank water from new places. I dried up the rivers of Egypt and walked where the water was."
26. "'How could you say this, Sennacherib? Did no one ever tell you that I, the Lord, planned these things long ago? From ancient times I decided what would happen. And now I have made it happen. I let you tear down strong cities and change them into piles of rocks.
27. The people living there had no power. They were afraid and confused. They were about to be cut down like grass and plants in the field. They were like grass growing on the housetops, dying before it grows tall.
28. I know all about your battles; I know when you rested, when you went out to war, and when you came home. I also know when you got upset at me.
29. Yes, you were upset at me. I heard your proud insults. So I will put my hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth. Then I will turn you around and lead you back the way you came.'"
30. Then the Lord said, "I will give you a sign to show you that these words are true. You will not be able to plant seeds this year, so next year you will eat grain that grew wild from the previous year's crop. But in the third year, you will eat grain from seeds that you planted. You will harvest your crops, and you will have plenty to eat. You will plant vineyards and eat grapes from them.
31. "The people from the family of Judah who have escaped and are left alive will be like plants that send their roots deep into the ground and produce fruit above the ground.
32. That is because a few people will come out of Jerusalem alive. There will be survivors coming from Mount Zion. " The strong love of the Lord All-Powerful will do this.
33. So the Lord says this about the king of Assyria: "He will not come into this city or shoot an arrow here. He will not bring his shields up against this city or build up a hill of dirt to attack its walls.
34. He will go back the way he came. He will not come into this city. The Lord says this!
35. I will protect this city and save it. I will do this for myself and for my servant David. "
36. That night the angel of the Lord went out and killed 185,000 men in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up in the morning, they saw all the dead bodies.
37. So King Sennacherib of Assyria went back to Nineveh and stayed there.
38. One day Sennacherib was in the temple of his god Nisroch, worshiping him. His sons Adrammelech and Sharezer killed him with a sword and ran away to Ararat. So Sennacherib's son Esarhaddon became the new king of Assyria.

Isaiah 38:1-22
1. At that time Hezekiah became sick and almost died. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to see him and told him, "The Lord told me to tell you this: 'You will die soon. So you should tell your family what they should do when you die. You will not get well.'"
2. Hezekiah turned toward the wall that faced the Temple and began praying to the Lord.
3. "Lord, remember that I have faithfully served you with all my heart. I have done what you say is good." Then Hezekiah cried very hard.
4. Then Isaiah received this message from the Lord:
5. "Go to Hezekiah and tell him that the Lord, the God of your ancestor David, says, 'I heard your prayer, and I saw your tears. I will add 15 years to your life.
6. I will save you and this city from the king of Assyria. I will protect this city.'"
7. This is the sign from the Lord to show you that he will do what he says:
8. "Look, I am causing the shadow that is on the steps of Ahaz to move back ten steps. The sun's shadow will go back up the ten steps that it has already been on."
9. This is the letter from Hezekiah when he became well:
10. I thought I would live a full life. But now, in the middle of my life, the time has come for me to die.
11. So I said, "I will not see the Lord Yah in the land of the living again. I will not see the people living on earth.
12. My home, my shepherd's tent, is being pulled down and taken from me. I am finished like the cloth someone rolls up and cuts from the loom. You ended my life in such a short time.
13. All night I cried as loud as a lion, but my hopes were crushed like a lion eating bones. You ended my life in such a short time.
14. I cried like a bird and moaned like a dove. My eyes became tired, but I continued looking to the heavens. Lord, I am so depressed. Promise to help me."
15. What can I say? The Lord told me what would happen, and he will make it happen. I have had these troubles in my soul, so now I will be humble all my life.
16. Lord, use this hard time to make my spirit live again. Help my spirit become strong and healthy. Help me become well! Help me live again!
17. Look, my troubles are gone! I now have peace. You love me very much. You did not let me rot in the grave. You took my sins and threw them away.
18. The dead cannot praise you. People in Sheol cannot sing praises to you. Those who have died and gone below are not trusting in your faithfulness.
19. People who are alive, people like me, are the ones who will praise you. Fathers should tell their children how faithful you are.
20. So I say, "The Lord saved me. So we will sing and play songs in the Lord's Temple all our lives."
21. Then Isaiah told Hezekiah, "Crush figs together and put them on your sore, then you will get well."
22. Hezekiah asked Isaiah, "What is the sign that proves I will get well and go to the Lord's Temple?"

Psalms 109:14-20
14. May the Lord remember the sins of his father, and may his mother's sins never be erased.
15. May the Lord remember their sins forever, and may he cause people to forget his family completely.
16. He never did anything good. He never loved anyone. He made life hard for the poor and the helpless.
17. He loved to curse others, so let those bad things happen to him. He never blessed others, so don't let good things happen to him.
18. Cursing was a daily part of his life, like the clothes he wears. Cursing others became a part of him, like the water he drinks and the oil he puts on his body.
19. So let curses cover him like the robe he wears and always surround him like a belt."
20. My enemies said these evil things against me. But may those curses be the way the Lord punishes them.

Proverbs 26:1-1
1. Just as snow should not fall in summer, nor rain at harvest time, so people should not honor a fool.

Galatians 1:1-24
1. Greetings from Paul, an apostle. I was chosen to be an apostle, but not by any group or person here on earth. My authority came from none other than Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Jesus from death.
2. Greetings also from all those in God's family who are with me. To the churches in Galatia:
3. I pray that God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ will be good to you and give you peace.
4. Jesus gave himself for our sins to free us from this evil world we live in. This is what God our Father wanted.
5. The glory belongs to God forever and ever. Amen.
6. A short time ago God chose you to follow him. He chose you through his grace that came through Christ. But now I am amazed that you are already turning away and believing something different from the Good News we told you.
7. There is no other message that is good news, but some people are confusing you. They want to change the Good News about Christ.
8. We told you the true Good News message. So anyone who tells you a different message should be condemned—even if it's one of us or even an angel from heaven!
9. I said this before. Now I say it again: You have already accepted the Good News. Anyone who tells you another way to be saved should be condemned!
10. Now do you think I am trying to make people accept me? No, God is the one I am trying to please. Am I trying to please people? If I wanted to please people, I would not be a servant of Jesus Christ.
11. Brothers and sisters, I want you to know that the Good News message I told you was not made up by anyone.
12. I did not get my message from any other human. The Good News is not something I learned from other people. Jesus Christ himself gave it to me. He showed me the Good News that I should tell people.
13. You have heard about my past life in the Jewish religion. I persecuted the church of God very much. I tried to destroy his people.
14. I was becoming a leader in the Jewish religion. I did better than most other Jews my own age. I tried harder than anyone else to follow the traditions we got from our ancestors.
15. But God had special plans for me even before I was born. So he chose me through his grace. He wanted me
16. to tell the Good News about his Son to the non- Jewish people. So God let me see and learn about his Son. When this happened, I did not get advice or help from anyone.
17. I did not go to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was. But, without waiting, I went away to Arabia. Later, I went back to the city of Damascus.
18. Three years later I went to Jerusalem to meet Peter. I stayed with him 15 days.
19. I met no other apostles—only James, the brother of the Lord.
20. God knows there is nothing untrue in any of this.
21. Later, I went to the areas of Syria and Cilicia.
22. The groups of believers in Judea who belong to Christ had never met me before.
23. They had only heard this about me: "This man was persecuting us. But now he is telling people about the same faith that he once tried to destroy."
24. These believers praised God because of me.