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Bible in one year


September 14


Isaiah 19:1-24
1. Here is a message the Lord gave me about Egypt. The Lord is coming to Egypt. He's riding on a cloud that moves very fast. The statues of the gods in Egypt tremble with fear because of him. The hearts of the people there melt away inside them.
2. The Lord says, "I will stir up one Egyptian against another. Relatives will fight against relatives. Neighbors will fight against one another. Cities will fight against cities. Kingdoms will fight against one another.
3. The people of Egypt will lose hope. I will keep them from doing what they plan to do. They will ask their gods for advice. They will turn to the spirits of dead people for help. They will go to people who get messages from those who have died. They will ask for advice from people who talk to the spirits of the dead.
4. I will hand the Egyptians over to a mean and unkind master. A powerful king will rule over them," announces the Lord. He is the Lord who rules over all.
5. The waters of the Nile River will dry up. The bottom of it will be cracked and dry.
6. Its waterways will stink. And the streams of Egypt will get smaller and smaller until they dry up. The tall grass that grows along the river will dry up.
7. So will the plants along the banks of the Nile. Even the planted fields along the Nile will dry up. Everything that grows there will blow away and disappear.
8. The fishermen will moan. All those who drop hooks into the Nile will sob. Those who throw their nets on the water will become very sad.
9. Those who make clothes out of flax will lose hope. So will those who weave fine linen.
10. Those who work with cloth will be unhappy. And all those who work for money will be sick at heart.
11. The officials of the city of Zoan are very foolish. Pharaoh's wise men give advice that doesn't make any sense. How can they dare to say to Pharaoh, "We're among the wise men"? How can they say to him, "We're like the advisers to the kings of long ago"?
12. Pharaoh, where are your wise men now? Let them tell you what the Lord who rules over all has planned against Egypt.
13. The officials of Zoan have become foolish. The leaders of Memphis have been lied to. The most important leaders in Egypt have led its people down the wrong path.
14. The Lord has given them a spirit that makes them feel dizzy. They make Egypt unsteady in everything it does. Egypt is like a person who drinks too much. He throws up and then walks around in the mess he's made.
15. No one in Egypt can do anything to help them. Its elders and important leaders can't help them. Its prophets and priests can't do anything. Those who rule over others can't help. And those who bow down to them can't help either.
16. In days to come, the people of Egypt will be as terrified as women. The Lord who rules over all will raise his hand against them. Then they will tremble with fear.
17. The people of Judah will bring terror to the Egyptians. Everyone in Egypt who hears the name of Judah will be terrified. That's because of what the Lord who rules over all is planning to do to them.
18. At that time the people of five cities in Egypt will use the Hebrew language when they worship the Lord who rules over all. They will take an oath. And they will promise to be faithful to him. One of those cities is called The City of the Sun.
19. At that time there will be an altar to the Lord in the middle of Egypt. There will be a monument to him at its border.
20. They will remind people that the Lord who rules over all is worshiped in Egypt. The people there will cry out to the Lord because of those who treat them badly. He will send someone to stand up for them and save them. And he will set them free.
21. So the Lord will make himself known to the people of Egypt. At that time they will recognize that he is the Lord. They will worship him by bringing sacrifices and grain offerings to him. They will make promises to the Lord. And they will keep them.
22. The Lord will strike Egypt with a plague. But then he will heal them. They will turn to the Lord. And he will answer their prayers and heal them.
23. At that time there will be a wide road from Egypt to Assyria. The people of Assyria will go to Egypt. And the people of Egypt will go to Assyria. The people of Egypt and Assyria will worship the Lord together.
24. At that time Egypt, Assyria and Israel will be a blessing to the whole earth.

Isaiah 20:1-6
1. Sargon sent his highest commander to the city of Ashdod. He attacked it and captured it. Sargon was king of Assyria.
2. Three years earlier the Lord had spoken to me. He had said, "Take off the black clothes you are wearing. And take your sandals off." So I did. I went around barefoot. I didn't have anything on but my underwear.
3. After Ashdod was captured, the Lord said, "My servant Isaiah has gone around barefoot for three years. He has not worn anything but his underwear. He is a sign and reminder to Egypt and Cush about what will happen to them.
4. "The king of Assyria will lead prisoners away from Egypt and Cush. Young people and old people alike will be taken away. Like Isaiah, they will be barefoot. They will not be wearing anything but their underwear. And their backsides will be bare. So the Egyptians will be put to shame.
5. "People trusted in Cush to help them. They bragged about what Egypt could do for them. But they will be afraid and put to shame.
6. At that time the people who live on the coast of Philistia will speak up. They will say, 'See what has happened to those we depended on! We ran to them for help. We wanted them to save us from the king of Assyria. Now how can we escape?' "

Psalms 106:40-48
40. So the Lord became angry with his people. He turned away from his own children.
41. He handed them over to the nations. Their enemies ruled over them.
42. They beat them down and kept them under their power.
43. Many times the Lord saved them. But they refused to obey him. So he destroyed them because of their sins.
44. But he heard them when they cried out. He paid special attention to their suffering.
45. Because they were his people, he remembered his covenant. Because of his great love, he felt sorry for them.
46. He made all those who held them as prisoners show concern for them.
47. Lord our God, save us. Bring us back from among the nations. Then we will give thanks to you, because your name is holy. We will celebrate by praising you.
48. Give praise to the Lord, the God of Israel, for ever and ever. Let all of the people say, "Amen!" Praise the Lord.

Proverbs 25:13-13
13. A messenger trusted by those who send him is like cool snow at harvest time. He renews the spirit of his masters.

2 Corinthians 6:1-18
1. We work together with God. So we are asking you not to receive God's grace and then do nothing with it.
2. He says, "When I showed you my favor, I heard you. On the day I saved you, I helped you." --(Isaiah 49:8) I tell you, now is the time God shows his favor. Now is the day he saves.
3. We don't put anything in anyone's way. So no one can find fault with our work for God.
4. Instead, we make it clear that we serve God in every way. We serve him by holding steady. We stand firm in all kinds of trouble, hard times and suffering.
5. We don't give up when we are beaten or put in prison. When people stir up trouble in the streets, we continue to serve God. We work hard for him. We go without sleep and food.
6. We remain pure. We understand completely what it means to serve God. We are patient and kind. We serve him in the power of the Holy Spirit. We serve him with true love.
7. We speak the truth. We serve in the power of God. We hold the weapons of godliness in the right hand and in the left.
8. We serve God in times of glory and shame. We serve him whether the news about us is bad or good. We are true to our calling. But people treat us as if we were pretenders.
9. We are known, but people treat us as if we were unknown. We are dying, but we continue to live. We are beaten, but we are not killed.
10. We are sad, but we are always full of joy. We are poor, but we make many people rich. We have nothing, but we own everything.
11. Believers at Corinth, we have spoken freely to you. We have opened our hearts wide to you.
12. We are not holding back our love from you. But you are holding back your love from us.
13. I speak to you as if you were my children. It is only fair that you open your hearts wide to us also.
14. Do not be joined to unbelievers. What do right and wrong have in common? Can light and darkness be friends?
15. How can Christ and Satan agree? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?
16. How can the temple of the true God and the statues of other gods agree? We are the temple of the living God. God has said, "I will live with them. I will walk among them. I will be their God. And they will be my people."--(Leviticus 26:12; Jeremiah 32:38; Ezekiel 37:27)
17. "So come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch anything that is not pure and clean. Then I will receive you." --(Isaiah 52:11; Ezekiel 20:34,41)
18. "I will be your Father. You will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord who rules over all."+/--(2 Samuel 7:14; 7:8)