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September 26


Isaiah 43:1-28
1. But now, this is what the LORD says- he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
3. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead.
4. Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life.
5. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west.
6. I will say to the north, 'Give them up!' and to the south, 'Do not hold them back.' Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth-
7. everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made."
8. Lead out those who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf.
9. All the nations gather together and the peoples assemble. Which of them foretold this and proclaimed to us the former things? Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right, so that others may hear and say, "It is true."
10. "You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.
11. I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.
12. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed- I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "that I am God.
13. Yes, and from ancient days I am he. No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?"
14. This is what the LORD says- your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "For your sake I will send to Babylon and bring down as fugitives all the Babylonians, in the ships in which they took pride.
15. I am the LORD, your Holy One, Israel's Creator, your King."
16. This is what the LORD says- he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters,
17. who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
18. "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
19. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
20. The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen,
21. the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.
22. "Yet you have not called upon me, O Jacob, you have not wearied yourselves for me, O Israel.
23. You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings, nor honored me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with grain offerings nor wearied you with demands for incense.
24. You have not bought any fragrant calamus for me, or lavished on me the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins and wearied me with your offenses.
25. "I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.
26. Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together; state the case for your innocence.
27. Your first father sinned; your spokesmen rebelled against me.
28. So I will disgrace the dignitaries of your temple, and I will consign Jacob to destruction and Israel to scorn.

Isaiah 44:1-28
1. "But now listen, O Jacob, my servant, Israel, whom I have chosen.
2. This is what the LORD says- he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
3. For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.
4. They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.
5. One will say, 'I belong to the LORD '; another will call himself by the name of Jacob; still another will write on his hand, 'The LORD's,' and will take the name Israel.
6. "This is what the LORD says- Israel's King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.
7. Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before me what has happened since I established my ancient people, and what is yet to come- yes, let him foretell what will come.
8. Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one."
9. All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. Those who would speak up for them are blind; they are ignorant, to their own shame.
10. Who shapes a god and casts an idol, which can profit him nothing?
11. He and his kind will be put to shame; craftsmen are nothing but men. Let them all come together and take their stand; they will be brought down to terror and infamy.
12. The blacksmith takes a tool and works with it in the coals; he shapes an idol with hammers, he forges it with the might of his arm. He gets hungry and loses his strength; he drinks no water and grows faint.
13. The carpenter measures with a line and makes an outline with a marker; he roughs it out with chisels and marks it with compasses. He shapes it in the form of man, of man in all his glory, that it may dwell in a shrine.
14. He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak. He let it grow among the trees of the forest, or planted a pine, and the rain made it grow.
15. It is man's fuel for burning; some of it he takes and warms himself, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. But he also fashions a god and worships it; he makes an idol and bows down to it.
16. Half of the wood he burns in the fire; over it he prepares his meal, he roasts his meat and eats his fill. He also warms himself and says, "Ah! I am warm; I see the fire."
17. From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships. He prays to it and says, "Save me; you are my god."
18. They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand.
19. No one stops to think, no one has the knowledge or understanding to say, "Half of it I used for fuel; I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?"
20. He feeds on ashes, a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, "Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?"
21. "Remember these things, O Jacob, for you are my servant, O Israel. I have made you, you are my servant; O Israel, I will not forget you.
22. I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you."
23. Sing for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done this; shout aloud, O earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the LORD has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel.
24. "This is what the LORD says- your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself,
25. who foils the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners, who overthrows the learning of the wise and turns it into nonsense,
26. who carries out the words of his servants and fulfills the predictions of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem, 'It shall be inhabited,' of the towns of Judah, 'They shall be built,' and of their ruins, 'I will restore them,'
27. who says to the watery deep, 'Be dry, and I will dry up your streams,'
28. who says of Cyrus, 'He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please; he will say of Jerusalem, "Let it be rebuilt," and of the temple, "Let its foundations be laid."'

Psalms 110:1-7
1. The LORD says to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet."
2. The LORD will extend your mighty scepter from Zion; you will rule in the midst of your enemies.
3. Your troops will be willing on your day of battle. Arrayed in holy majesty, from the womb of the dawn you will receive the dew of your youth.
4. The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind: "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek."
5. The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath.
6. He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.
7. He will drink from a brook beside the way; therefore he will lift up his head.

Proverbs 26:5-9
5. Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.
6. Like cutting off one's feet or drinking violence is the sending of a message by the hand of a fool.
7. Like a lame man's legs that hang limp is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
8. Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool.
9. Like a thornbush in a drunkard's hand is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

Galatians 4:1-31
1. What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate.
2. He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father.
3. So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world.
4. But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law,
5. to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.
6. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father."
7. So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.
8. Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.
9. But now that you know God--or rather are known by God--how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?
10. You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!
11. I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.
12. I plead with you, brothers, become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong.
13. As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you.
14. Even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself.
15. What has happened to all your joy? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me.
16. Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?
17. Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may be zealous for them.
18. It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always and not just when I am with you.
19. My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,
20. how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!
21. Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says?
22. For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman.
23. His son by the slave woman was born in the ordinary way; but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a promise.
24. These things may be taken figuratively, for the women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar.
25. Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children.
26. But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.
27. For it is written: "Be glad, O barren woman, who bears no children; break forth and cry aloud, you who have no labor pains; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband."
28. Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise.
29. At that time the son born in the ordinary way persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now.
30. But what does the Scripture say? "Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman's son."
31. Therefore, brothers, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.