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September 25


Isaiah 41:1-29
1. Keep silence before me, O coastlands; you peoples, wait for my words! Let them draw near and speak; let us come together for judgment.
2. Who has stirred up from the East the champion of justice, and summoned him to be his attendant? To him he delivers the nations and subdues the kings; With his sword he reduces them to dust, with his bow, to driven straw.
3. He pursues them, passing on without loss, by a path his feet do not even tread.
4. Who has performed these deeds? He who has called forth the generations since the beginning. I, the LORD, am the first, and with the last I will also be.
5. The coastlands see, and fear; the ends of the earth tremble: these things are near, they come to pass.
6. One man helps another, one says to the other, "Keep on!"
7. The craftsman encourages the goldsmith, the one who beats with the hammer, him who strikes on the anvil; He says the soldering is good, and he fastens it with nails to steady it.
8. But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, offspring of Abraham my friend--
9. You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth and summoned from its far-off places, You whom I have called my servant, whom I have chosen and will not cast off--
10. Fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed; I am your God. I will strengthen you, and help you, and uphold you with my right hand of justice.
11. Yes, all shall be put to shame and disgrace who vent their anger against you; Those shall perish and come to nought who offer resistance.
12. You shall seek out, but shall not find, those who strive against you; They shall be as nothing at all who do battle with you.
13. For I am the LORD, your God, who grasp your right hand; It is I who say to you, "Fear not, I will help you."
14. Fear not, O worm Jacob, O maggot Israel; I will help you, says the LORD; your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
15. I will make of you a threshing sledge, sharp, new, and double-edged, To thresh the mountains and crush them, to make the hills like chaff.
16. When you winnow them, the wind shall carry them off and the storm shall scatter them. But you shall rejoice in the LORD, and glory in the Holy One of Israel.
17. The afflicted and the needy seek water in vain, their tongues are parched with thirst. I, the LORD, will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
18. I will open up rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the broad valleys; I will turn the desert into a marshland, and the dry ground into springs of water.
19. I will plant in the desert the cedar, acacia, myrtle, and olive; I will set in the wasteland the cypress, together with the plane tree and the pine,
20. That all may see and know, observe and understand, That the hand of the LORD has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.
21. Present your case, says the LORD; bring forward your reasons, says the King of Jacob.
22. Let them come near and foretell to us what it is that shall happen! What are the things of long ago? Tell us, that we may reflect on them And know their outcome; or declare to us the things to come!
23. Foretell the things that shall come afterward, that we may know that you are gods! Do something, good or evil, that will put us in awe and in fear.
24. Why, you are nothing and your work is nought! To choose you is an abomination.
25. I have stirred up one from the north, and he comes; from the east I summon him by name; He shall trample the rulers down like red earth, as the potter treads the clay.
26. Who announced this from the beginning, that we might know; beforehand, that we might say it is true? Not one of you foretold it, not one spoke; no one heard you say,
27. "The first news for Zion: they are coming now," or, "For Jerusalem I will pick out a bearer of the glad tidings."
28. When I look, there is not one, no one of them to give counsel, to make an answer when I question them.
29. Ah, all of them are nothing, their works are nought, their idols are empty wind!

Isaiah 42:1-25
1. Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, Upon whom I have put my spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations,
2. Not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street.
3. A bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,
4. Until he establishes justice on the earth; the coastlands will wait for his teaching.
5. Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spreads out the earth with its crops, Who gives breath to its people and spirit to those who walk on it:
6. I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations,
7. To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.
8. I am the LORD, this is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols.
9. See, the earlier things have come to pass, new ones I now foretell; Before they spring into being, I announce them to you.
10. Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the end of the earth: Let the sea and what fills it resound, the coastlands, and those who dwell in them.
11. Let the steppe and its cities cry out, the villages where Kedar dwells; Let the inhabitants of Sela exult, and shout from the top of the mountains.
12. Let them give glory to the LORD, and utter his praise in the coastlands.
13. The LORD goes forth like a hero, like a warrior he stirs up his ardor; He shouts out his battle cry, against his enemies he shows his might:
14. I have looked away, and kept silence, I have said nothing, holding myself in; But now, I cry out as a woman in labor, gasping and panting.
15. I will lay waste mountains and hills, all their herbage I will dry up; I will turn the rivers into marshes, and the marshes I will dry up.
16. I will lead the blind on their journey; by paths unknown I will guide them. I will turn darkness into light before them, and make crooked ways straight. These things I do for them, and I will not forsake them.
17. They shall be turned back in utter shame who trust in idols; Who say to molten images, "You are our gods."
18. You who are deaf, listen, you who are blind, look and see!
19. Who is blind but my servant, or deaf like the messenger I send?
20. You see many things without taking note; your ears are open, but without hearing.
21. Though it pleased the LORD in his justice to make his law great and glorious,
22. This is a people despoiled and plundered, all of them trapped in holes, hidden away in prisons. They are taken as booty, with no one to rescue them, as spoil, with no one to demand their return.
23. Who of you gives ear to this? Who listens and pays heed for the time to come?
24. Who was it that gave Jacob to be plundered, Israel to the despoilers? Was it not the LORD, against whom we have sinned? In his ways they refused to walk, his law they disobeyed.
25. So he poured out wrath upon them, his anger, and the fury of battle; It blazed round about them, yet they did not realize, it burned them, but they took it not to heart.

Psalms 109:26-31
26. Help me, LORD, my God; save me in your kindness.
27. Make them know this is your hand, that you, LORD, have acted.
28. Though they curse, may you bless; shame my foes, that your servant may rejoice.
29. Clothe my accusers with disgrace; make them wear shame like a mantle.
30. I will give fervent thanks to the LORD; before all I will praise my God.
31. For God stands at the right hand of the poor to defend them against unjust accusers.

Proverbs 26:3-4
3. The whip for the horse, the bridle for the ass, and the rod for the back of fools.
4. Answer not the fool according to his folly, lest you too become like him.

Galatians 3:1-29
1. O stupid Galatians! Who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?
2. I want to learn only this from you: did you receive the Spirit from works of the law, or from faith in what you heard?
3. Are you so stupid? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now ending with the flesh?
4. Did you experience so many things in vain?-- if indeed it was in vain.
5. Does, then, the one who supplies the Spirit to you and works mighty deeds among you do so from works of the law or from faith in what you heard?
6. Thus Abraham "believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."
7. Realize then that it is those who have faith who are children of Abraham.
8. Scripture, which saw in advance that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, foretold the good news to Abraham, saying, "Through you shall all the nations be blessed."
9. Consequently, those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham who had faith.
10. For all who depend on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, "Cursed be everyone who does not persevere in doing all the things written in the book of the law."
11. And that no one is justified before God by the law is clear, for "the one who is righteous by faith will live."
12. But the law does not depend on faith; rather, "the one who does these things will live by them."
13. Christ ransomed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written, "Cursed be everyone who hangs on a tree,"
14. that the blessing of Abraham might be extended to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
15. Brothers, in human terms I say that no one can annul or amend even a human will once ratified.
16. Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his descendant. It does not say, "And to descendants," as referring to many, but as referring to one, "And to your descendant," who is Christ.
17. This is what I mean: the law, which came four hundred and thirty years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to cancel the promise.
18. For if the inheritance comes from the law, it is no longer from a promise; but God bestowed it on Abraham through a promise.
19. Why, then, the law? It was added for transgressions, until the descendant came to whom the promise had been made; it was promulgated by angels at the hand of a mediator.
20. Now there is no mediator when only one party is involved, and God is one.
21. Is the law then opposed to the promises (of God)? Of course not! For if a law had been given that could bring life, then righteousness would in reality come from the law.
22. But scripture confined all things under the power of sin, that through faith in Jesus Christ the promise might be given to those who believe.
23. Before faith came, we were held in custody under law, confined for the faith that was to be revealed.
24. Consequently, the law was our disciplinarian for Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a disciplinarian.
26. For through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus.
27. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
28. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendant, heirs according to the promise.