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Bible in one year


September 15


Isaiah 21:1-16
1. An oracle concerning the Desert by the Sea: Like whirlwinds sweeping through the southland, an invader comes from the desert, from a land of terror.
2. A dire vision has been shown to me: The traitor betrays, the looter takes loot. Elam, attack! Media, lay siege! I will bring to an end all the groaning she caused.
3. At this my body is racked with pain, pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor; I am staggered by what I hear, I am bewildered by what I see.
4. My heart falters, fear makes me tremble; the twilight I longed for has become a horror to me.
5. They set the tables, they spread the rugs, they eat, they drink! Get up, you officers, oil the shields!
6. This is what the Lord says to me: "Go, post a lookout and have him report what he sees.
7. When he sees chariots with teams of horses, riders on donkeys or riders on camels, let him be alert, fully alert."
8. And the lookout shouted, "Day after day, my lord, I stand on the watchtower; every night I stay at my post.
9. Look, here comes a man in a chariot with a team of horses. And he gives back the answer: 'Babylon has fallen, has fallen! All the images of its gods lie shattered on the ground!'"
10. O my people, crushed on the threshing floor, I tell you what I have heard from the LORD Almighty, from the God of Israel.
11. An oracle concerning Dumah: Someone calls to me from Seir, "Watchman, what is left of the night? Watchman, what is left of the night?"
12. The watchman replies, "Morning is coming, but also the night. If you would ask, then ask; and come back yet again."
13. An oracle concerning Arabia: You caravans of Dedanites, who camp in the thickets of Arabia,
14. bring water for the thirsty; you who live in Tema, bring food for the fugitives.
15. They flee from the sword, from the drawn sword, from the bent bow and from the heat of battle.
16. This is what the Lord says to me: "Within one year, as a servant bound by contract would count it, all the pomp of Kedar will come to an end.

Isaiah 22:1-25
1. An oracle concerning the Valley of Vision: What troubles you now, that you have all gone up on the roofs,
2. O town full of commotion, O city of tumult and revelry? Your slain were not killed by the sword, nor did they die in battle.
3. All your leaders have fled together; they have been captured without using the bow. All you who were caught were taken prisoner together, having fled while the enemy was still far away.
4. Therefore I said, "Turn away from me; let me weep bitterly. Do not try to console me over the destruction of my people."
5. The Lord, the LORD Almighty, has a day of tumult and trampling and terror in the Valley of Vision, a day of battering down walls and of crying out to the mountains.
6. Elam takes up the quiver, with her charioteers and horses; Kir uncovers the shield.
7. Your choicest valleys are full of chariots, and horsemen are posted at the city gates;
8. the defenses of Judah are stripped away. And you looked in that day to the weapons in the Palace of the Forest;
9. you saw that the City of David had many breaches in its defenses; you stored up water in the Lower Pool.
10. You counted the buildings in Jerusalem and tore down houses to strengthen the wall.
11. You built a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the Old Pool, but you did not look to the One who made it, or have regard for the One who planned it long ago.
12. The Lord, the LORD Almighty, called you on that day to weep and to wail, to tear out your hair and put on sackcloth.
13. But see, there is joy and revelry, slaughtering of cattle and killing of sheep, eating of meat and drinking of wine! "Let us eat and drink," you say, "for tomorrow we die!"
14. The LORD Almighty has revealed this in my hearing: "Till your dying day this sin will not be atoned for," says the Lord, the LORD Almighty.
15. This is what the Lord, the LORD Almighty, says: "Go, say to this steward, to Shebna, who is in charge of the palace:
16. What are you doing here and who gave you permission to cut out a grave for yourself here, hewing your grave on the height and chiseling your resting place in the rock?
17. "Beware, the LORD is about to take firm hold of you and hurl you away, O you mighty man.
18. He will roll you up tightly like a ball and throw you into a large country. There you will die and there your splendid chariots will remain- you disgrace to your master's house!
19. I will depose you from your office, and you will be ousted from your position.
20. "In that day I will summon my servant, Eliakim son of Hilkiah.
21. I will clothe him with your robe and fasten your sash around him and hand your authority over to him. He will be a father to those who live in Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.
22. I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.
23. I will drive him like a peg into a firm place; he will be a seat of honor for the house of his father.
24. All the glory of his family will hang on him: its offspring and offshoots-all its lesser vessels, from the bowls to all the jars.
25. "In that day," declares the LORD Almighty, "the peg driven into the firm place will give way; it will be sheared off and will fall, and the load hanging on it will be cut down." The LORD has spoken.

Psalms 107:1-9
1. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
2. Let the redeemed of the LORD say this- those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
3. those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.
4. Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle.
5. They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away.
6. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.
7. He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle.
8. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men,
9. for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

Proverbs 25:14-16
14. Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of gifts he does not give.
15. Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
16. If you find honey, eat just enough- too much of it, and you will vomit.

2 Corinthians 1:1-16
1. Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God in Corinth, together with all the saints throughout Achaia:
2. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
4. who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
5. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.
6. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.
7. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
8. We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life.
9. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.
10. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us,
11. as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.
12. Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God. We have done so not according to worldly wisdom but according to God's grace.
13. For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand. And I hope that,
14. as you have understood us in part, you will come to understand fully that you can boast of us just as we will boast of you in the day of the Lord Jesus.
15. Because I was confident of this, I planned to visit you first so that you might benefit twice.
16. I planned to visit you on my way to Macedonia and to come back to you from Macedonia, and then to have you send me on my way to Judea.