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Hepetema 16

Isaiah 23:1-18
1. Oracle on Tyre: Wail, O ships of Tarshish, for your port is destroyed; From the land of the Kittim the news reaches them.
2. Silence! you who dwell on the coast, you merchants of Sidon, Whose messengers crossed the sea
3. over the deep waters. The grain of Shihor, the harvest of the Nile, was her revenue, and she the merchant among nations.
4. Shame, O Sidon, fortress on the sea, for the sea has spoken: "I have not been in labor, nor given birth, nor raised young men, nor reared virgins."
5. When it is heard in Egypt they shall be in anguish at the news of Tyre.
6. Pass over to Tarshish, wailing, you who dwell on the coast!
7. Is this your wanton city, whose origin is from old, Whose feet have taken her to dwell in distant lands?
8. Who has planned such a thing against Tyre, the bestower of crowns, Whose merchants are princes, whose traders are the earth's honored men?
9. The LORD of hosts has planned it, to disgrace all pride of majesty, to degrade all the earth's honored men.
10. Cross to your own land, O ship of Tarshish; the harbor is no more.
11. His hand he stretches out over the sea, he shakes kingdoms; The LORD has ordered the destruction of Canaan's strongholds.
12. You shall exult no more, he says, you who are now oppressed, virgin daughter Sidon. Arise, pass over to the Kittim, even there you shall find no rest.
13. (This people is the land of the Chaldeans, not Assyria.) She whom the impious founded, setting up towers for her, Has had her castles destroyed, and has been turned into a ruin.
14. Lament, O ships of Tarshish, for your haven is destroyed.
15. On that day, Tyre shall be forgotten for seventy years. With the days of another king, at the end of seventy years, it shall be for Tyre as in the song about the harlot:
16. Take a harp, go about the city, O forgotten harlot; Pluck the strings skillfully, sing many songs, that they may remember you.
17. At the end of the seventy years the LORD shall visit Tyre. She shall return to her hire and deal with all the world's kingdoms on the face of the earth.
18. But her merchandise and her hire shall be sacred to the LORD. It shall not be stored up or laid away, but from her merchandise those who dwell before the LORD shall eat their fill and clothe themselves in choice attire.

Isaiah 24:1-23
1. Lo, the LORD empties the land and lays it waste; he turns it upside down, scattering its inhabitants:
2. Layman and priest alike, servant and master, The maid as her mistress, the buyer as the seller, The lender as the borrower, the creditor as the debtor.
3. The earth is utterly laid waste, utterly stripped, for the LORD has decreed this thing.
4. The earth mourns and fades, the world languishes and fades; both heaven and earth languish.
5. The earth is polluted because of its inhabitants, who have transgressed laws, violated statutes, broken the ancient covenant.
6. Therefore a curse devours the earth, and its inhabitants pay for their guilt; Therefore they who dwell on earth turn pale, and few men are left.
7. The wine mourns, the vine languishes, all the merry-hearted groan.
8. Stilled are the cheerful timbrels, ended the shouts of the jubilant, stilled is the cheerful harp.
9. They cannot sing and drink wine; strong drink is bitter to those who partake of it.
10. Broken down is the city of chaos, shut against entry, every house.
11. In the streets they cry out for lack of wine; all joy has disappeared and cheer has left the land.
12. In the city nothing remains but ruin; its gates are battered and desolate.
13. Thus it is within the land, and among the peoples, As with an olive tree after it is beaten, as with a gleaning when the vintage is done.
14. These lift up their voice in acclaim; from the sea they proclaim the majesty of the LORD:
15. "For this, in the coastlands, give glory to the LORD! In the coastlands of the sea, to the name of the LORD, the God of Israel!"
16. From the end of the earth we hear songs: "Splendor to the Just One!" But I said, "I am wasted, wasted away. Woe is me! The traitors betray: with treachery have the traitors betrayed!
17. Terror, pit, and trap are upon you, inhabitant of the earth;
18. He who flees at the sound of terror will fall into the pit; He who climbs out of the pit will be caught in the trap. For the windows on high will be opened and the foundations of the earth will shake.
19. The earth will burst asunder, the earth will be shaken apart, the earth will be convulsed.
20. The earth will reel like a drunkard, and it will sway like a hut; Its rebellion will weigh it down, until it falls, never to rise again."
21. On that day the LORD will punish the host of the heavens in the heavens, and the kings of the earth on the earth.
22. They will be gathered together like prisoners into a pit; They will be shut up in a dungeon, and after many days they will be punished.
23. Then the moon will blush and the sun grow pale, For the LORD of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, glorious in the sight of his elders.

Psalms 107:10-22
10. Some lived in darkness and gloom, in prison, bound with chains,
11. Because they rebelled against God's word, scorned the counsel of the Most High,
12. Who humbled their hearts through hardship; they stumbled with no one to help.
13. In their distress they cried to the LORD, who saved them in their peril,
14. Led them forth from darkness and gloom and broke their chains asunder.
15. Let them thank the LORD for such kindness, such wondrous deeds for mere mortals.
16. For he broke down the gates of bronze and snapped the bars of iron.
17. Some fell sick from their wicked ways, afflicted because of their sins.
18. They loathed all manner of food; they were at the gates of death.
19. In their distress they cried to the LORD, who saved them in their peril,
20. Sent forth the word to heal them, snatched them from the grave.
21. Let them thank the LORD for such kindness, such wondrous deeds for mere mortals.
22. Let them offer a sacrifice in thanks, declare his works with shouts of joy.

Proverbs 25:17-17
17. Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor's house, lest he have more than enough of you, and hate you.

2 Corinthians 1:8-24
8. We do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction that came to us in the province of Asia; we were utterly weighed down beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life.
9. Indeed, we had accepted within ourselves the sentence of death, that we might trust not in ourselves but in God who raises the dead.
10. He rescued us from such great danger of death, and he will continue to rescue us; in him we have put our hope (that) he will also rescue us again,
11. as you help us with prayer, so that thanks may be given by many on our behalf for the gift granted us through the prayers of many.
12. For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you, with the simplicity and sincerity of God, (and) not by human wisdom but by the grace of God.
13. For we write you nothing but what you can read and understand, and I hope that you will understand completely,
14. as you have come to understand us partially, that we are your boast as you also are ours, on the day of (our) Lord Jesus.
15. With this confidence I formerly intended to come to you so that you might receive a double favor,
16. namely, to go by way of you to Macedonia, and then to come to you again on my return from Macedonia, and have you send me on my way to Judea.
17. So when I intended this, did I act lightly? Or do I make my plans according to human considerations, so that with me it is "yes, yes" and "no, no"?
18. As God is faithful, our word to you is not "yes" and "no."
19. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was proclaimed to you by us, Silvanus and Timothy and me, was not "yes" and "no," but "yes" has been in him.
20. For however many are the promises of God, their Yes is in him; therefore, the Amen from us also goes through him to God for glory.
21. But the one who gives us security with you in Christ and who anointed us is God;
22. he has also put his seal upon us and given the Spirit in our hearts as a first installment.
23. But I call upon God as witness, on my life, that it is to spare you that I have not yet gone to Corinth.
24. Not that we lord it over your faith; rather, we work together for your joy, for you stand firm in the faith.