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September 13


Isaiah 17:1-14
1. An oracle against Damascus: Look, Damascus is no longer a city. It has become a ruined heap.
2. The cities of Aroer are forsaken; they will be [places] for flocks. They will lie down without fear.
3. The fortress disappears from Ephraim, and a kingdom from Damascus. The remnant of Aram will be like the splendor of the Israelites. [This is] the declaration of the LORD of Hosts.
4. On that day the splendor of Jacob will fade, and his healthy body will become emaciated.
5. It will be as if a reaper had gathered standing grain-- his arm harvesting the heads of grain-- and as if one had gleaned heads of grain in the valley of Rephaim.
6. Only gleanings will be left in Israel, as if an olive tree had been beaten-- two or three berries at the very top of the tree, four or five on its fruitful branches. [This is] the declaration of the LORD, the God of Israel.
7. On that day people will look to their Maker and will turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel.
8. They will not look to the altars they made with their hands or to the Asherahs and incense altars they made with their fingers.
9. On that day their strong cities will be like the abandoned woods and mountaintops that were abandoned because of the Israelites; there will be desolation.
10. For you have forgotten the God of your salvation, and you have failed to remember the rock of your strength; therefore you will plant beautiful plants and set out cuttings from exotic vines.
11. On the day that you plant, you will help them to grow, and in the morning you will help your seed to sprout, [but] the harvest will vanish on the day of disease and incurable pain.
12. Ah! The roar of many peoples-- they roar like the roaring of the seas. The raging of the nations-- they rage like the raging of mighty waters.
13. The nations rage like the raging of many waters. He rebukes them, and they flee far away, driven before the wind like chaff on the hills and like dead thistles before a gale.
14. In the evening-- sudden terror! Before morning-- it is gone! This is the fate of those who plunder us and the lot of those who ravage us.

Isaiah 18:1-7
1. Ah! The land of buzzing insect wings beyond the rivers of Cush
2. sends envoys by sea, in reed vessels on the waters. Go, swift messengers, to a nation tall and smooth-skinned, to a people feared near and far, a powerful nation with a strange language, whose land is divided by rivers.
3. All you inhabitants of the world and you who live on the earth, when a banner is raised on the mountains, look! When a trumpet sounds, listen!
4. For, the LORD said to me: I will quietly look out from My place, like shimmering heat in sunshine, like a rain cloud in harvest heat.
5. For before the harvest, when the blossoming is over and the blossom becomes a ripening grape, He will cut off the shoots with a pruning knife, and tear away and remove the branches.
6. They will all be left for the birds of prey on the hills and for the wild animals of the land. The birds will spend the summer on them, and all the animals, the winter on them.
7. At that time a gift will be brought to the LORD of Hosts from a people tall and smooth-skinned, a people feared near and far, a powerful nation with a strange language, whose land is divided by rivers-- to Mount Zion, the place of the name of the LORD of Hosts.

Psalms 106:32-39
32. They angered [the LORD] at the waters of Meribah, and Moses suffered because of them;
33. for they embittered his spirit, and he spoke rashly with his lips.
34. They did not destroy the peoples as the LORD had commanded them,
35. but mingled with the nations and adopted their ways.
36. They served their idols, which became a snare to them.
37. They sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons.
38. They shed innocent blood-- the blood of their sons and daughters whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; so the land became polluted with blood.
39. They defiled themselves by their actions and prostituted themselves by their deeds.

Proverbs 25:11-12
11. A word spoken at the right time is like golden apples on a silver tray.
12. A wise correction to a receptive ear is like a gold ring or an ornament of gold.

2 Corinthians 5:1-21
1. For we know that if our earthly house, a tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2. And, in fact, we groan in this one, longing to put on our house from heaven,
3. since, when we are clothed, we will not be found naked.
4. Indeed, we who are in this tent groan, burdened as we are, because we do not want to be unclothed but clothed, so that mortality may be swallowed up by life.
5. And the One who prepared us for this very thing is God, who gave us the Spirit as a down payment.
6. Therefore, though we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord--
7. for we walk by faith, not by sight--
8. yet we are confident and satisfied to be out of the body and at home with the Lord.
9. Therefore, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to be pleasing to Him.
10. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or bad.
11. Knowing, then, the fear of the Lord, we persuade people. We are completely open before God, and I hope we are completely open to your consciences as well.
12. We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to be proud of us, so that you may have a reply for those who take pride in the outward appearance rather than in the heart.
13. For if we are out of our mind, it is for God; if we have a sound mind, it is for you.
14. For Christ's love compels us, since we have reached this conclusion: if One died for all, then all died.
15. And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised.
16. From now on, then, we do not know anyone in a purely human way. Even if we have known Christ in a purely human way, yet now we no longer know Him like that.
17. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.
18. Now everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
19. that is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us.
20. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ; certain that God is appealing through us, we plead on Christ's behalf, "Be reconciled to God."
21. He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.