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September 14


Isaiah 19:1-24
1. This message came to me concerning Egypt: Look! The LORD is advancing against Egypt, riding on a swift cloud. The idols of Egypt tremble. The hearts of the Egyptians melt with fear.
2. "I will make the Egyptians fight against each other--brother against brother, neighbor against neighbor, city against city, province against province.
3. The Egyptians will lose heart, and I will confuse their plans. They will plead with their idols for wisdom. They will call on spirits, mediums, and psychics to show them which way to turn.
4. I will hand Egypt over to a hard, cruel master, to a fierce king," says the Lord, the LORD Almighty.
5. The waters of the Nile will fail to rise and flood the fields. The riverbed will be parched and dry.
6. The canals of the Nile will dry up, and the streams of Egypt will become foul with rotting reeds and rushes.
7. All the greenery along the riverbank will wither and blow away. All the crops will dry up, and everything will die.
8. The fishermen will weep for lack of work. Those who fish with hooks and those who use nets will all be unemployed.
9. The weavers will have no flax or cotton, for the crops will fail.
10. The weavers and all the workers will be sick at heart.
11. What fools are the counselors of Zoan! Their best counsel to the king of Egypt is stupid and wrong. Will they still boast of their wisdom? Will they dare tell Pharaoh about their long line of wise ancestors?
12. What has happened to your wise counselors, Pharaoh? If they are so wise, let them tell you what the LORD Almighty is going to do to Egypt.
13. The wise men from Zoan are fools, and those from Memphis are deluded. The leaders of Egypt have ruined the land with their foolish counsel.
14. The LORD has sent a spirit of foolishness on them, so all their suggestions are wrong. They cause the land of Egypt to stagger like a sick drunkard.
15. Nobody in Egypt, whether rich or poor, important or unknown, can offer any help.
16. In that day the Egyptians will be as weak as women. They will cower in fear beneath the upraised fist of the LORD Almighty.
17. Just to speak the name of Israel will strike deep terror in their hearts, for the LORD Almighty has laid out his plans against them.
18. In that day five of Egypt's cities will follow the LORD Almighty. They will even begin to speak the Hebrew language. One of these will be Heliopolis, the City of the Sun.
19. In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the heart of Egypt, and there will be a monument to the LORD at its border.
20. It will be a sign and a witness to the LORD Almighty in the land of Egypt. When the people cry to the LORD for help against those who oppress them, he will send them a savior who will rescue them.
21. In that day the LORD will make himself known to the Egyptians. Yes, they will know the LORD and will give their sacrifices and offerings to him. They will make promises to the LORD and keep them.
22. The LORD will strike Egypt in a way that will bring healing. For the Egyptians will turn to the LORD, and he will listen to their pleas and heal them.
23. In that day Egypt and Assyria will be connected by a highway. The Egyptians and Assyrians will move freely between their lands, and they will worship the same God.
24. And Israel will be their ally. The three will be together, and Israel will be a blessing to them.

Isaiah 20:1-6
1. In the year when King Sargon of Assyria captured the Philistine city of Ashdod,
2. the LORD told Isaiah son of Amoz, "Take off all your clothes, including your sandals." Isaiah did as he was told and walked around naked and barefoot.
3. Then the LORD said, "My servant Isaiah has been walking around naked and barefoot for the last three years. This is a sign--a symbol of the terrible troubles I will bring upon Egypt and Ethiopia.
4. For the king of Assyria will take away the Egyptians and Ethiopians as prisoners. He will make them walk naked and barefoot, both young and old, their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.
5. How dismayed will be the Philistines, who counted on the power of Ethiopia and boasted of their allies in Egypt!
6. They will say, `If this can happen to Egypt, what chance do we have? For we counted on Egypt to protect us from the king of Assyria.'"

Psalms 106:40-48
40. That is why the LORD's anger burned against his people, and he abhorred his own special possession.
41. He handed them over to pagan nations, and those who hated them ruled over them.
42. Their enemies crushed them and brought them under their cruel power.
43. Again and again he delivered them, but they continued to rebel against him, and they were finally destroyed by their sin.
44. Even so, he pitied them in their distress and listened to their cries.
45. He remembered his covenant with them and relented because of his unfailing love.
46. He even caused their captors to treat them with kindness.
47. O LORD our God, save us! Gather us back from among the nations, so we can thank your holy name and rejoice and praise you.
48. Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! Let all the people say, "Amen!" Praise the LORD!

Proverbs 25:13-13
13. Faithful messengers are as refreshing as snow in the heat of summer. They revive the spirit of their employer.

2 Corinthians 6:1-18
1. As God's partners, we beg you not to reject this marvelous message of God's great kindness.
2. For God says, "At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you." Indeed, God is ready to help you right now. Today is the day of salvation.
3. We try to live in such a way that no one will be hindered from finding the Lord by the way we act, and so no one can find fault with our ministry.
4. In everything we do we try to show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind.
5. We have been beaten, been put in jail, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food.
6. We have proved ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, our sincere love, and the power of the Holy Spirit.
7. We have faithfully preached the truth. God's power has been working in us. We have righteousness as our weapon, both to attack and to defend ourselves.
8. We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. We are honest, but they call us impostors.
9. We are well known, but we are treated as unknown. We live close to death, but here we are, still alive. We have been beaten within an inch of our lives.
10. Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.
11. Oh, dear Corinthian friends! We have spoken honestly with you. Our hearts are open to you.
12. If there is a problem between us, it is not because of a lack of love on our part, but because you have withheld your love from us.
13. I am talking now as I would to my own children. Open your hearts to us!
14. Don't team up with those who are unbelievers. How can goodness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness?
15. What harmony can there be between Christ and the Devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever?
16. And what union can there be between God's temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: "I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
17. Therefore, come out from them and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don't touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you.
18. And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. "