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September 19


Isaiah 29:1-24
1. Ah, Ariel, Ariel, the city where David encamped! Add year to year; let the feasts run their round.
2. Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be moaning and lamentation, and she shall be to me like an Ariel.
3. And I will encamp against you all around, and will besiege you with towers and I will raise siegeworks against you.
4. And you will be brought low; from the earth you shall speak, and from the dust your speech will be bowed down; your voice shall come from the ground like the voice of a ghost, and from the dust your speech shall whisper.
5. But the multitude of your foreign foes shall be like small dust, and the multitude of the ruthless like passing chaff. And in an instant, suddenly,
6. you will be visited by the LORD of hosts with thunder and with earthquake and great noise, with whirlwind and tempest, and the flame of a devouring fire.
7. And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel, all that fight against her and her stronghold and distress her, shall be like a dream, a vision of the night.
8. As when a hungry man dreams he is eating and awakes with his hunger not satisfied, or as when a thirsty man dreams he is drinking and awakes faint, with his thirst not quenched, so shall the multitude of all the nations be that fight against Mount Zion.
9. Astonish yourselves and be astonished; blind yourselves and be blind! Be drunk, but not with wine; stagger, but not with strong drink!
10. For the LORD has poured out upon you a spirit of deep sleep, and has closed your eyes (the prophets), and covered your heads (the seers).
11. And the vision of all this has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed. When men give it to one who can read, saying, "Read this," he says, "I cannot, for it is sealed."
12. And when they give the book to one who cannot read, saying, "Read this," he says, "I cannot read."
13. And the Lord said: "Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men,
14. therefore, behold, I will again do wonderful things with this people, with wonder upon wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the discernment of their discerning men shall be hidden."
15. Ah, you who hide deep from the LORD your counsel, whose deeds are in the dark, and who say, "Who sees us? Who knows us?"
16. You turn things upside down! Shall the potter be regarded as the clay, that the thing made should say of its maker, "He did not make me"; or the thing formed say of him who formed it, "He has no understanding"?
17. Is it not yet a very little while until Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be regarded as a forest?
18. In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book, and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see.
19. The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the LORD, and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel.
20. For the ruthless shall come to nothing and the scoffer cease, and all who watch to do evil shall be cut off,
21. who by a word make a man out to be an offender, and lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate, and with an empty plea turn aside him who is in the right.
22. Therefore thus says the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: "Jacob shall no more be ashamed, no more shall his face grow pale.
23. For when he sees his children, the work of my hands, in his midst, they will sanctify my name; they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
24. And those who go astray in spirit will come to understanding, and those who murmur will accept instruction."

Psalms 108:1-6
1. A SONG. A PSALM OF DAVID. My heart is steadfast, O God! I will sing and make melody with all my being!
2. Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn!
3. I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations.
4. For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
5. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!
6. That your beloved ones may be delivered, give salvation by your right hand and answer me!

Proverbs 25:21-22
21. If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
22. for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.

2 Corinthians 11:1-15
1. I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me!
2. I feel a divine jealousy for you, for I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.
3. But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
4. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.
5. I consider that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles.
6. Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; indeed, in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.
7. Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached God's gospel to you free of charge?
8. I robbed other churches by accepting support from them in order to serve you.
9. And when I was with you and was in need, I did not burden anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied my need. So I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way.
10. As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be silenced in the regions of Achaia.
11. And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!
12. And what I do I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do.
13. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
14. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
15. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.