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September 25

Isaiah 41:1-29
1. Listen to me in silence, O coastlands; let the peoples renew their strength; let them approach, then let them speak; let us together draw near for judgment.
2. Who stirred up one from the east whom victory meets at every step? He gives up nations before him, so that he tramples kings underfoot; he makes them like dust with his sword, like driven stubble with his bow.
3. He pursues them and passes on safely, by paths his feet have not trod.
4. Who has performed and done this, calling the generations from the beginning? I, the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.
5. The coastlands have seen and are afraid; the ends of the earth tremble; they have drawn near and come.
6. Everyone helps his neighbor and says to his brother, "Be strong!"
7. The craftsman strengthens the goldsmith, and he who smooths with the hammer him who strikes the anvil, saying of the soldering, "It is good"; and they strengthen it with nails so that it cannot be moved.
8. But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend;
9. you whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, "You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off";
10. fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
11. Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish.
12. You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all.
13. For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, "Fear not, I am the one who helps you."
14. Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel! I am the one who helps you, declares the LORD; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
15. Behold, I make of you a threshing sledge, new, sharp, and having teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and crush them, and you shall make the hills like chaff;
16. you shall winnow them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the tempest shall scatter them. And you shall rejoice in the LORD; in the Holy One of Israel you shall glory.
17. When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the LORD will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
18. I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys. I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.
19. I will put in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive. I will set in the desert the cypress, the plane and the pine together,
20. that men may see and know, may consider and understand together, that the hand of the LORD has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.
21. Set forth your case, says the LORD; bring your proofs, says the King of Jacob.
22. Let them bring them, and tell us what is to happen. Tell us the former things, what they are, that we may consider them, that we may know their outcome; or declare to us the things to come.
23. Tell us what is to come hereafter, that we may know that you are gods; do good, or do harm, that we may be dismayed and terrified.
24. Behold, you are nothing, and your work is less than nothing; an abomination is he who chooses you.
25. I stirred up one from the north, and he has come, from the rising of the sun, and he shall call upon my name; he shall trample on rulers as on mortar, as the potter treads clay.
26. Who declared it from the beginning, that we might know, and beforehand, that we might say, "He is right"? There was none who declared it, none who proclaimed, none who heard your words.
27. I was the first to say to Zion, "Behold, here they are!" and I give to Jerusalem a herald of good news.
28. But when I look there is no one; among these there is no counselor who, when I ask, gives an answer.
29. Behold, they are all a delusion; their works are nothing; their metal images are empty wind.

Isaiah 42:1-25
1. Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.
2. He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street;
3. a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.
4. He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law.
5. Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it:
6. "I am the LORD; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations,
7. to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.
8. I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.
9. Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them."
10. Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the end of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that fills it, the coastlands and their inhabitants.
11. Let the desert and its cities lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar inhabits; let the habitants of Sela sing for joy, let them shout from the top of the mountains.
12. Let them give glory to the LORD, and declare his praise in the coastlands.
13. The LORD goes out like a mighty man, like a man of war he stirs up his zeal; he cries out, he shouts aloud, he shows himself mighty against his foes.
14. For a long time I have held my peace; I have kept still and restrained myself; now I will cry out like a woman in labor; I will gasp and pant.
15. I will lay waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their vegetation; I will turn the rivers into islands, and dry up the pools.
16. And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.
17. They are turned back and utterly put to shame, who trust in carved idols, who say to metal images, "You are our gods."
18. Hear, you deaf, and look, you blind, that you may see!
19. Who is blind but my servant, or deaf as my messenger whom I send? Who is blind as my dedicated one, or blind as the servant of the LORD?
20. He sees many things, but does not observe them; his ears are open, but he does not hear.
21. The LORD was pleased, for his righteousness' sake, to magnify his law and make it glorious.
22. But this is a people plundered and looted; they are all of them trapped in holes and hidden in prisons; they have become plunder with none to rescue, spoil with none to say, "Restore!"
23. Who among you will give ear to this, will attend and listen for the time to come?
24. Who gave up Jacob to the looter, and Israel to the plunderers? Was it not the LORD, against whom we have sinned, in whose ways they would not walk, and whose law they would not obey?
25. So he poured on him the heat of his anger and the might of battle; it set him on fire all around, but he did not understand; it burned him up, but he did not take it to heart.

Psalms 109:26-31
26. Help me, O LORD my God! Save me according to your steadfast love!
27. Let them know that this is your hand; you, O LORD, have done it!
28. Let them curse, but you will bless! They arise and are put to shame, but your servant will be glad!
29. May my accusers be clothed with dishonor; may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a cloak!
30. With my mouth I will give great thanks to the LORD; I will praise him in the midst of the throng.
31. For he stands at the right hand of the needy, to save him from those who condemn his soul to death.

Proverbs 26:3-4
3. A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools.
4. Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself.

Galatians 3:1-29
1. O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified.
2. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?
3. Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?
4. Did you suffer so many things in vain- if indeed it was in vain?
5. Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith-
6. just as Abraham "believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness"?
7. Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham.
8. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, "In you shall all the nations be blessed."
9. So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
10. For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, "Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them."
11. Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for "The righteous shall live by faith."
12. But the law is not of faith, rather "The one who does them shall live by them."
13. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us- for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree"-
14. so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
15. To give a human example, brothers: even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified.
16. Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, "And to offsprings," referring to many, but referring to one, "And to your offspring," who is Christ.
17. This is what I mean: the law, which came 430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void.
18. For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but God gave it to Abraham by a promise.
19. Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary.
20. Now an intermediary implies more than one, but God is one.
21. Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law.
22. But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
23. Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed.
24. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.
25. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian,
26. for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.
27. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.