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Isaiah 57:1-21
1. The righteous pass away; the godly often die before their time. And no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come.
2. For the godly who die will rest in peace.
3. "But you--come here, you witches' children, you offspring of adulterers and prostitutes!
4. Whom do you mock, making faces and sticking out your tongues? You children of sinners and liars!
5. You worship your idols with great passion beneath every green tree. You slaughter your children as human sacrifices down in the valleys, under overhanging rocks.
6. Your gods are the smooth stones in the valleys. You worship them with drink offerings and grain offerings. They, not I, are your inheritance. Does all this make me happy?
7. You have committed adultery on the mountaintops by worshiping idols there, and so you have been unfaithful to me.
8. Behind closed doors, you have set up your idols and worship them instead of me. This is adultery, for you are loving these idols instead of loving me. You have climbed right into bed with these detestable gods.
9. You have given olive oil and perfume to Molech as your gift. You have traveled far, even into the world of the dead, to find new gods to love.
10. You grew weary in your search, but you never gave up. You strengthened yourself and went on.
11. Why were you more afraid of them than of me? How is it that you don't even remember me or think about me? Is it because I have not corrected you that you have no fear of me?
12. "Now I will expose your so-called good deeds that you consider so righteous. None of them will benefit or save you.
13. Let's see if your idols can do anything for you when you cry to them for help. They are so helpless that a breath of wind can knock them down! But whoever trusts in me will possess the land and inherit my holy mountain.
14. I will say, `Rebuild the road! Clear away the rocks and stones so my people can return from captivity.'"
15. The high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, the Holy One, says this: "I live in that high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts.
16. For I will not fight against you forever; I will not always show my anger. If I did, all people would pass away--all the souls I have made.
17. I was angry and punished these greedy people. I withdrew myself from them, but they went right on sinning.
18. I have seen what they do, but I will heal them anyway! I will lead them and comfort those who mourn.
19. Then words of praise will be on their lips. May they have peace, both near and far, for I will heal them all," says the LORD.
20. "But those who still reject me are like the restless sea. It is never still but continually churns up mire and dirt.
21. There is no peace for the wicked," says my God.

Isaiah 58:1-14
1. "Shout with the voice of a trumpet blast. Tell my people Israel of their sins!
2. Yet they act so pious! They come to the Temple every day and seem delighted to hear my laws. You would almost think this was a righteous nation that would never abandon its God. They love to make a show of coming to me and asking me to take action on their behalf.
3. `We have fasted before you!' they say. `Why aren't you impressed? We have done much penance, and you don't even notice it!'"I will tell you why! It's because you are living for yourselves even while you are fasting. You keep right on oppressing your workers.
4. What good is fasting when you keep on fighting and quarreling? This kind of fasting will never get you anywhere with me.
5. You humble yourselves by going through the motions of penance, bowing your heads like a blade of grass in the wind. You dress in sackcloth and cover yourselves with ashes. Is this what you call fasting? Do you really think this will please the LORD?
6. "No, the kind of fasting I want calls you to free those who are wrongly imprisoned and to stop oppressing those who work for you. Treat them fairly and give them what they earn.
7. I want you to share your food with the hungry and to welcome poor wanderers into your homes. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.
8. "If you do these things, your salvation will come like the dawn. Yes, your healing will come quickly. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the LORD will protect you from behind.
9. Then when you call, the LORD will answer. `Yes, I am here,' he will quickly reply. "Stop oppressing the helpless and stop making false accusations and spreading vicious rumors!
10. Feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as day.
11. The LORD will guide you continually, watering your life when you are dry and keeping you healthy, too. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.
12. Your children will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as the people who rebuild their walls and cities.
13. "Keep the Sabbath day holy. Don't pursue your own interests on that day, but enjoy the Sabbath and speak of it with delight as the LORD's holy day. Honor the LORD in everything you do, and don't follow your own desires or talk idly. If you do this,
14. the LORD will be your delight. I will give you great honor and give you your full share of the inheritance I promised to Jacob, your ancestor. I, the LORD, have spoken!"

Psalms 114:1-8
1. When the Israelites escaped from Egypt--when the family of Jacob left that foreign land--
2. the land of Judah became God's sanctuary, and Israel became his kingdom.
3. The Red Sea saw them coming and hurried out of their way! The water of the Jordan River turned away.
4. The mountains skipped like rams, the little hills like lambs!
5. What's wrong, Red Sea, that made you hurry out of their way? What happened, Jordan River, that you turned away?
6. Why, mountains, did you skip like rams? Why, little hills, like lambs?
7. Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Israel.
8. He turned the rock into pools of water; yes, springs of water came from solid rock.

Proverbs 26:22-22
22. What dainty morsels rumors are--but they sink deep into one's heart.

Ephesians 5:1-16
1. Follow God's example in everything you do, because you are his dear children.
2. Live a life filled with love for others, following the example of Christ, who loved you and gave himself as a sacrifice to take away your sins. And God was pleased, because that sacrifice was like sweet perfume to him.
3. Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God's people.
4. Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes--these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.
5. You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is really an idolater who worships the things of this world.
6. Don't be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the terrible anger of God comes upon all those who disobey him.
7. Don't participate in the things these people do.
8. For though your hearts were once full of darkness, now you are full of light from the Lord, and your behavior should show it!
9. For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.
10. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord.
11. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, rebuke and expose them.
12. It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret.
13. But when the light shines on them, it becomes clear how evil these things are.
14. And where your light shines, it will expose their evil deeds. This is why it is said, "Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light."
15. So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise.
16. Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days.