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September 25


Isaiah 41:1-29
1. "Be silent before Me, islands! And let peoples renew their strength. Let them approach, then let them testify; let us come together for the trial.
2. Who has stirred him up from the east? He calls righteousness to his feet. The LORD hands nations over to him, and he subdues kings. He makes [them] like dust [with] his sword, like wind-driven stubble [with] his bow.
3. He pursues them, going on safely, hardly touching the path with his feet.
4. Who has performed and done [this], calling the generations from the beginning? I, the LORD, am the first, and with the last-- I am He."
5. The islands see and are afraid, the ends of the earth tremble. They approach and arrive.
6. Each one helps the other, and says to another, "Take courage!"
7. The craftsman encourages the metalworker; the one who flattens with the hammer [supports] the one who strikes the anvil, saying of the soldering, "It is good." He fastens it with nails so that it will not fall over.
8. But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, descendant of Abraham, My friend--
9. I brought you from the ends of the earth and called you from its farthest corners. I said to you: You are My servant; I have chosen you and not rejected you.
10. Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.
11. Be sure that all who are enraged against you will be ashamed and disgraced; those who contend with you will become as nothing and will perish.
12. You will look for those who contend with you, but you will not find them. Those who war against you will become absolutely nothing.
13. For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand and say to you: Do not fear, I will help you.
14. Do not fear, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel: I will help you-- the LORD's declaration. Your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
15. See, I will make you into a sharp threshing board, new, with many teeth. You will thresh mountains and pulverize [them], and make hills like chaff.
16. You will winnow them and a wind will carry them away, and a gale will scatter them. But you will rejoice in the LORD; you will boast in the Holy One of Israel.
17. The poor and the needy seek water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. I, the LORD, will answer them; I, the God of Israel, do not forsake them.
18. I will open rivers on the barren heights, and springs in the middle of the plains. I will turn the desert into a pool of water and dry land into springs of water.
19. I will plant cedars in the desert, acacias, myrtles, and olive trees. I will put cypress trees in the desert, elms and box trees together,
20. so that all may see and know, consider and understand, that the hand of the LORD has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.
21. "Submit your case," says the LORD. "Present your arguments," says Jacob's King.
22. "Let them come and tell us what will happen. Tell us the past events, so that we may reflect on it and know the outcome. Or tell us the future.
23. Tell us the coming events, then we will know that you are gods. Indeed, do [something] good or bad, then we will be in awe and perceive.
24. Look, you are nothing and your work is worthless. Anyone who chooses you is detestable.
25. "I have raised up one from the north, and he has come, one from the east who invokes My name. He will march over rulers as if they were mud, like a potter who treads the clay.
26. Who told about this from the beginning, so that we might know, and from times past, so that we might say: He is right? No one announced it, no one told it, no one heard your words.
27. I was the first to say to Zion: Look! Here they are! and I gave a herald of good news to Jerusalem.
28. When I look, there is no one; there is no counselor among them; when I ask them, they have nothing to say.
29. Look, all of them are a delusion; their works are nonexistent; their images are wind and emptiness.

Isaiah 42:1-25
1. "This is My Servant; I strengthen Him, [this is] My Chosen One; I delight in Him. I have put My Spirit on Him; He will bring justice to the nations.
2. He will not cry out or shout or make His voice heard in the streets.
3. He will not break a bruised reed, and He will not put out a smoldering wick; He will faithfully bring justice.
4. He will not grow weak or be discouraged until He has established justice on earth. The islands will wait for His instruction."
5. This is what God the LORD says-- 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 life to those who walk on it--
6. "I, the LORD, have called you for a righteous [purpose], and I will hold you by your hand. I will keep you, and I make you a covenant for the people [and] a light to the nations,
7. in order to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon, [and] those sitting in darkness from the prison house.
8. I am Yahweh, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, or my praise to idols.
9. The past events have indeed happened. Now I declare new events; I announce them to you before they occur."
10. Sing a new song to the LORD; [sing] His praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea with all that fills it, you islands with your inhabitants.
11. Let the desert and its cities shout, the settlements where Kedar dwells [cry aloud]. Let the inhabitants of Sela sing for joy; let them cry out from the mountaintops.
12. Let them give glory to the LORD, and declare His praise in the islands.
13. The LORD advances like a warrior; He stirs up His zeal like a soldier. He shouts, He roars aloud, He prevails over His enemies.
14. "I have kept silent from ages past; I have been quiet and restrained Myself. [But now,] I will groan like a woman in labor, gasping breathlessly.
15. I will lay waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their vegetation. I will turn rivers into islands, and dry up marshes.
16. I will lead the blind by a way they did not know; I will guide them on paths they have not known. I will turn darkness to light in front of them, and rough places into level ground. This is what I will do for them, and I will not forsake them.
17. They will be turned back [and] utterly ashamed-- those who trust in idols and say to metal-plated images: You are our gods!
18. "Listen, you deaf! Look, you blind, so that you may see.
19. Who is blind but My servant, or deaf like My messenger I am sending? Who is blind like [My] dedicated one, or blind like the servant of the LORD?
20. Though seeing many things, you do not obey. Though [his] ears are open, he does not listen."
21. The LORD was pleased, because of His righteousness, to magnify [His] instruction and make it glorious.
22. But this is a people plundered and looted, all of them trapped in holes or imprisoned in dungeons. They have become plunder, with no one to rescue them, and loot, with no one saying "Give [it] back!"
23. Who among you will pay attention to this? Let him listen and obey in the future.
24. Who gave Jacob to the robber, and Israel to the plunderers? Was it not the LORD? Have we not sinned against Him? They were not willing to walk in His ways, and they would not listen to His instruction.
25. So He poured out on Jacob His furious anger and the power of war. It surrounded him with fire, but he did not know [it]; it burned him, but he paid no attention.

Psalms 109:26-31
26. Help me, LORD my God; save me according to Your faithful love
27. so they may know that this is Your hand and that You, LORD, have done it.
28. Though they curse, You will bless. When they rise up, they will be put to shame, but Your servant will rejoice.
29. My accusers will be clothed with disgrace; they will wear their shame like a cloak.
30. I will fervently thank the LORD with my mouth; I will praise Him in the presence of many.
31. For He stands at the right hand of the needy, to save him from those who would condemn him.

Proverbs 26:3-4
3. A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools.
4. Don't answer a fool according to his foolishness, or you'll be like him yourself.

Galatians 3:1-29
1. You foolish Galatians! Who has hypnotized you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was vividly portrayed as crucified?
2. I only want to learn this from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law or by hearing with faith?
3. Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now going to be made complete by the flesh?
4. Did you suffer so much for nothing-- if in fact it was for nothing?
5. So then, does God supply you with the Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law or by hearing with faith?
6. Just as Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness,
7. so understand that those who have faith are Abraham's sons.
8. Now the Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith and foretold the good news to Abraham, saying, All the nations will be blessed in you.
9. So those who have faith are blessed with Abraham, who had faith.
10. For all who [rely on] the works of the law are under a curse, because it is written: Cursed is everyone who does not continue doing everything written in the book of the law.
11. Now it is clear that no one is justified before God by the law, because the righteous will live by faith.
12. But the law is not based on faith; instead, the one who does these things will live by them.
13. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, because it is written: Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.
14. The purpose was that the blessing of Abraham would come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, so that we could receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
15. Brothers, I'm using a human illustration. No one sets aside even a human covenant that has been ratified, or makes additions to it.
16. Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say "and to seeds," as though referring to many, but and to your seed, referring to one, who is Christ.
17. And I say this: the law, which came 430 years later, does not revoke a covenant that was previously ratified by God, so as to cancel the promise.
18. For if the inheritance is from the law, it is no longer from the promise; but God granted it to Abraham through the promise.
19. Why the law then? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise was made would come. [The law] was ordered through angels by means of a mediator.
20. Now a mediator is not for just one person, but God is one.
21. Is the law therefore contrary to God's promises? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that was able to give life, then righteousness would certainly be by the law.
22. But the Scripture has imprisoned everything under sin's power, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
23. Before this faith came, we were confined under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith was revealed.
24. The law, then, was our guardian until Christ, so that we could be justified by faith.
25. But since that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian,
26. for you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
27. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28. There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, heirs according to the promise.