Isaiah 23:1-18
1. This message came to me concerning Tyre: Weep, O ships of Tarshish, returning home from distant lands! Weep for your harbor at Tyre because it is gone! The rumors you heard in Cyprus are all true.
2. Mourn in silence, you people of the coast and you merchants of Sidon. Your traders crossed the sea,
3. sailing over deep waters. They brought you grain from Egypt and harvests from along the Nile. You were the merchandise mart of the world.
4. But now you are put to shame, city of Sidon, fortress on the sea. For the sea says, "Now I am childless; I have no sons or daughters."
5. When Egypt hears the news about Tyre, there will be great sorrow.
6. Flee now to Tarshish! Wail, you people who live by the sea!
7. How can this silent ruin be all that is left of your once joyous city? What a history was yours! Think of all the colonists you sent to distant lands.
8. Who has brought this disaster on Tyre, empire builder and chief trader of the world?
9. The LORD Almighty has done it to destroy your pride and show his contempt for all human greatness.
10. Come, Tarshish, sweep over your mother Tyre like the flooding Nile, for the city is defenseless.
11. The LORD holds out his hand over the seas. He shakes the kingdoms of the earth. He has spoken out against Phoenicia and depleted its strength.
12. He says, "Never again will you rejoice, O daughter of Sidon. Once you were a lovely city, but you will never again be strong. Even if you flee to Cyprus, you will find no rest."
13. Look at the land of Babylonia--the people of that land are gone! The Assyrians have handed Babylon over to the wild beasts. They have built siege ramps against its walls, torn down its palaces, and turned it into a heap of rubble.
14. Wail, O ships of Tarshish, for your home port is destroyed!
15. For seventy years, the length of a king's life, Tyre will be forgotten. But then the city will come back to life and sing sweet songs like a prostitute.
16. Long absent from her lovers, she will take a harp, walk the streets, and sing her songs, so that she will again be remembered.
17. Yes, after seventy years the LORD will revive Tyre. But she will be no different than she was before. She will return again to all her evil ways around the world.
18. But in the end her businesses will give their profits to the LORD. Her wealth will not be hoarded but will be used to provide good food and fine clothing for the LORD's priests.

Isaiah 24:1-23
1. Look! The LORD is about to destroy the earth and make it a vast wasteland. See how he is scattering the people over the face of the earth.
2. Priests and laypeople, servants and masters, maids and mistresses, buyers and sellers, lenders and borrowers, bankers and debtors--none will be spared.
3. The earth will be completely emptied and looted. The LORD has spoken!
4. The earth dries up, the crops wither, the skies refuse to rain.
5. The earth suffers for the sins of its people, for they have twisted the instructions of God, violated his laws, and broken his everlasting covenant.
6. Therefore, a curse consumes the earth and its people. They are left desolate, destroyed by fire. Few will be left alive.
7. All the joys of life will be gone. The grape harvest will fail, and there will be no wine. The merrymakers will sigh and mourn.
8. The clash of tambourines will be stilled; the happy cries of celebration will be heard no more. The melodious chords of the harp will be silent.
9. Gone are the joys of wine and song; strong drink now turns bitter in the mouth.
10. The city writhes in chaos; every home is locked to keep out looters.
11. Mobs gather in the streets, crying out for wine. Joy has reached its lowest ebb. Gladness has been banished from the land.
12. The city is left in ruins, with its gates battered down.
13. Throughout the earth the story is the same--like the stray olives left on the tree or the few grapes left on the vine after harvest, only a remnant is left.
14. But all who are left will shout and sing for joy. Those in the west will praise the LORD's majesty.
15. In eastern lands, give glory to the LORD. In the coastlands of the sea, praise the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.
16. Listen to them as they sing to the LORD from the ends of the earth. Hear them singing praises to the Righteous One! But my heart is heavy with grief. I am discouraged, for evil still prevails, and treachery is everywhere.
17. Terror and traps and snares will be your lot, you people of the earth.
18. Those who flee in terror will fall into a trap, and those who escape the trap will step into a snare. Destruction falls on you from the heavens. The world is shaken beneath you.
19. The earth has broken down and has utterly collapsed. Everything is lost, abandoned, and confused.
20. The earth staggers like a drunkard. It trembles like a tent in a storm. It falls and will not rise again, for its sins are very great.
21. In that day the LORD will punish the fallen angels in the heavens and the proud rulers of the nations on earth.
22. They will be rounded up and put in prison until they are tried and condemned.
23. Then the LORD Almighty will mount his throne on Mount Zion. He will rule gloriously in Jerusalem, in the sight of all the leaders of his people. There will be such glory that the brightness of the sun and moon will seem to fade away.

Psalms 107:10-22
10. Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom, miserable prisoners in chains.
11. They rebelled against the words of God, scorning the counsel of the Most High.
12. That is why he broke them with hard labor; they fell, and no one helped them rise again.
13. "LORD, help!" they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.
14. He led them from the darkness and deepest gloom; he snapped their chains.
15. Let them praise the LORD for his great love and for all his wonderful deeds to them.
16. For he broke down their prison gates of bronze; he cut apart their bars of iron.
17. Some were fools in their rebellion; they suffered for their sins.
18. Their appetites were gone, and death was near.
19. "LORD, help!" they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.
20. He spoke, and they were healed--snatched from the door of death.
21. Let them praise the LORD for his great love and for all his wonderful deeds to them.
22. Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and sing joyfully about his glorious acts.

Proverbs 25:17-17
17. Don't visit your neighbors too often, or you will wear out your welcome.

2 Corinthians 1:8-24
8. I think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and completely overwhelmed, and we thought we would never live through it.
9. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we learned not to rely on ourselves, but on God who can raise the dead.
10. And he did deliver us from mortal danger. And we are confident that he will continue to deliver us.
11. He will rescue us because you are helping by praying for us. As a result, many will give thanks to God because so many people's prayers for our safety have been answered.
12. We can say with confidence and a clear conscience that we have been honest and sincere in all our dealings. We have depended on God's grace, not on our own earthly wisdom. That is how we have acted toward everyone, and especially toward you.
13. My letters have been straightforward, and there is nothing written between the lines and nothing you can't understand. I hope someday you will fully understand us,
14. even if you don't fully understand us now. Then on the day when our Lord Jesus comes back again, you will be proud of us in the same way we are proud of you.
15. Since I was so sure of your understanding and trust, I wanted to give you a double blessing.
16. I wanted to stop and see you on my way to Macedonia and again on my return trip. Then you could send me on my way to Judea.
17. You may be asking why I changed my plan. Hadn't I made up my mind yet? Or am I like people of the world who say yes when they really mean no?
18. As surely as God is true, I am not that sort of person. My yes means yes
19. because Jesus Christ, the Son of God, never wavers between yes and no. He is the one whom Timothy, Silas, and I preached to you, and he is the divine Yes--God's affirmation.
20. For all of God's promises have been fulfilled in him. That is why we say "Amen" when we give glory to God through Christ.
21. It is God who gives us, along with you, the ability to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us,
22. and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment of everything he will give us.
23. Now I call upon God as my witness that I am telling the truth. The reason I didn't return to Corinth was to spare you from a severe rebuke.
24. But that does not mean we want to tell you exactly how to put your faith into practice. We want to work together with you so you will be full of joy as you stand firm in your faith.