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September 26


Isaiah 43:1-28
1. But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.
2. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
3. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you.
4. Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.
5. Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you.
6. I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth,
7. everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made."
8. Bring out the people who are blind, yet have eyes, who are deaf, yet have ears!
9. All the nations gather together, and the peoples assemble. Who among them can declare this, and show us the former things? Let them bring their witnesses to prove them right, and let them hear and say, It is true.
10. "You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me.
11. I, I am the LORD, and besides me there is no savior.
12. I declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you; and you are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "and I am God.
13. Also henceforth I am he; there is none who can deliver from my hand; I work, and who can turn it back?"
14. Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "For your sake I send to Babylon and bring them all down as fugitives, even the Chaldeans, in the ships in which they rejoice.
15. I am the LORD, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King."
16. Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters,
17. who brings forth chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
18. "Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.
19. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
20. The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people,
21. the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.
22. "Yet you did not call upon me, O Jacob; but you have been weary of me, O Israel!
23. You have not brought me your sheep for burnt offerings, or honored me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with offerings, or wearied you with frankincense.
24. You have not bought me sweet cane with money, or satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins; you have wearied me with your iniquities.
25. "I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.
26. Put me in remembrance; let us argue together; set forth your case, that you may be proved right.
27. Your first father sinned, and your mediators transgressed against me.
28. Therefore I will profane the princes of the sanctuary, and deliver Jacob to utter destruction and Israel to reviling.

Isaiah 44:1-28
1. "But now hear, O Jacob my servant, Israel whom I have chosen!
2. Thus says the LORD who made you, who formed you from the womb and will help you: Fear not, O Jacob my servant, Jeshurun whom I have chosen.
3. For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.
4. They shall spring up among the grass like willows by flowing streams.
5. This one will say, 'I am the LORD's,' another will call on the name of Jacob, and another will write on his hand, 'The LORD's,' and name himself by the name of Israel."
6. Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: "I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.
7. Who is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and set it before me, since I appointed an ancient people. Let them declare what is to come, and what will happen.
8. Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no Rock; I know not any."
9. All who fashion idols are nothing, and the things they delight in do not profit. Their witnesses neither see nor know, that they may be put to shame.
10. Who fashions a god or casts an idol that is profitable for nothing?
11. Behold, all his companions shall be put to shame, and the craftsmen are only human. Let them all assemble, let them stand forth. They shall be terrified; they shall be put to shame together.
12. The ironsmith takes a cutting tool and works it over the coals. He fashions it with hammers and works it with his strong arm. He becomes hungry, and his strength fails; he drinks no water and is faint.
13. The carpenter stretches a line; he marks it out with a pencil. He shapes it with planes and marks it with a compass. He shapes it into the figure of a man, with the beauty of a man, to dwell in a house.
14. He cuts down cedars, or he chooses a cypress tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it.
15. Then it becomes fuel for a man. He takes a part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. Also he makes a god and worships it; he makes it an idol and falls down before it.
16. Half of it he burns in the fire. Over the half he eats meat; he roasts it and is satisfied. Also he warms himself and says, "Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire!"
17. And the rest of it he makes into a god, his idol, and falls down to it and worships it. He prays to it and says, "Deliver me, for you are my god!"
18. They know not, nor do they discern, for he has shut their eyes, so that they cannot see, and their hearts, so that they cannot understand.
19. No one considers, nor is there knowledge or discernment to say, "Half of it I burned in the fire; I also baked bread on its coals; I roasted meat and have eaten. And shall I make the rest of it an abomination? Shall I fall down before a block of wood?"
20. He feeds on ashes; a deluded heart has led him astray, and he cannot deliver himself or say, "Is there not a lie in my right hand?"
21. Remember these things, O Jacob, and Israel, for you are my servant; I formed you; you are my servant; O Israel, you will not be forgotten by me.
22. I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you.
23. Sing, O heavens, for the LORD has done it; shout, O depths of the earth; break forth into singing, O mountains, O forest, and every tree in it! For the LORD has redeemed Jacob, and will be glorified in Israel.
24. Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: "I am the LORD, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself,
25. who frustrates the signs of liars and makes fools of diviners, who turns wise men back and makes their knowledge foolish,
26. who confirms the word of his servant and fulfills the counsel of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem, 'She shall be inhabited,' and of the cities of Judah, 'They shall be built, and I will raise up their ruins';
27. who says to the deep, 'Be dry; I will dry up your rivers';
28. who says of Cyrus, 'He is my shepherd, and he shall fulfill all my purpose'; saying of Jerusalem, 'She shall be built,' and of the temple, 'Your foundation shall be laid.'"

Psalms 110:1-7
1. A PSALM OF DAVID. The LORD says to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool."
2. The LORD sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your enemies!
3. Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of your power, in holy garments; from the womb of the morning, the dew of your youth will be yours.
4. The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, "You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek."
5. The Lord is at your right hand; he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.
6. He will execute judgment among the nations, filling them with corpses; he will shatter chiefs over the wide earth.
7. He will drink from the brook by the way; therefore he will lift up his head.

Proverbs 26:5-9
5. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.
6. Whoever sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.
7. Like a lame man's legs, which hang useless, is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
8. Like one who binds the stone in the sling is one who gives honor to a fool.
9. Like a thorn that goes up into the hand of a drunkard is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

Galatians 4:1-31
1. I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything,
2. but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father.
3. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world.
4. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,
5. to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
6. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!"
7. So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
8. Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods.
9. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?
10. You observe days and months and seasons and years!
11. I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain.
12. Brothers, I entreat you, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You did me no wrong.
13. You know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first,
14. and though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or despise me, but received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus.
15. What then has become of the blessing you felt? For I testify to you that, if possible, you would have gouged out your eyes and given them to me.
16. Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth?
17. They make much of you, but for no good purpose. They want to shut you out, that you may make much of them.
18. It is always good to be made much of for a good purpose, and not only when I am present with you,
19. my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!
20. I wish I could be present with you now and change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.
21. Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law?
22. For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and one by a free woman.
23. But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, while the son of the free woman was born through promise.
24. Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar.
25. Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children.
26. But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.
27. For it is written, "Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and cry aloud, you who are not in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than those of the one who has a husband."
28. Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise.
29. But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now.
30. But what does the Scripture say? "Cast out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman shall not inherit with the son of the free woman."
31. So, brothers, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman.