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September 20

Isaiah 30:1-33
1. "Destruction is certain for my rebellious children," says the LORD. "You make plans that are contrary to my will. You weave a web of plans that are not from my Spirit, thus piling up your sins.
2. For without consulting me, you have gone down to Egypt to find help. You have put your trust in Pharaoh for his protection.
3. But in trusting Pharaoh, you will be humiliated and disgraced.
4. For though his power extends to Zoan and Hanes,
5. it will all turn out to your shame. He will not help you even one little bit."
6. Look at the animals moving slowly across the terrible desert to Egypt--donkeys and camels loaded with treasure to pay for Egypt's aid. On through the wilderness they go, where lions and poisonous snakes live. All this, and Egypt will give you nothing in return.
7. Egypt's promises are worthless! I call her the Harmless Dragon.
8. Now go and write down these words concerning Egypt. They will then stand until the end of time as a witness to Israel's unbelief.
9. For these people are stubborn rebels who refuse to pay any attention to the LORD's instructions.
10. They tell the prophets, "Shut up! We don't want any more of your reports." They say, "Don't tell us the truth. Tell us nice things. Tell us lies.
11. Forget all this gloom. We have heard more than enough about your `Holy One of Israel.' We are tired of listening to what he has to say."
12. This is the reply of the Holy One of Israel: "Because you despise what I tell you and trust instead in oppression and lies,
13. calamity will come upon you suddenly. It will be like a bulging wall that bursts and falls. In an instant it will collapse and come crashing down.
14. You will be smashed like a piece of pottery--shattered so completely that there won't be a piece left that is big enough to carry coals from a fireplace or a little water from the well."
15. The Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says, "Only in returning to me and waiting for me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it.
16. You said, `No, we will get our help from Egypt. They will give us swift horses for riding into battle.' But the only swiftness you are going to see is the swiftness of your enemies chasing you!
17. One of them will chase a thousand of you. Five of them will make all of you flee. You will be left like a lonely flagpole on a distant mountaintop."
18. But the LORD still waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for him to help them.
19. O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. He will be gracious if you ask for help. He will respond instantly to the sound of your cries.
20. Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and affliction for drink, he will still be with you to teach you. You will see your teacher with your own eyes,
21. and you will hear a voice say, "This is the way; turn around and walk here."
22. Then you will destroy all your silver idols and gold images. You will throw them out like filthy rags. "Ugh!" you will say to them. "Begone!"
23. Then the LORD will bless you with rain at planting time. There will be wonderful harvests and plenty of pastureland for your cattle.
24. The oxen and donkeys that till the ground will eat good grain, its chaff having been blown away by the wind.
25. In that day, when your enemies are slaughtered, there will be streams of water flowing down every mountain and hill.
26. The moon will be as bright as the sun, and the sun will be seven times brighter--like the light of seven days! So it will be when the LORD begins to heal his people and cure the wounds he gave them.
27. Look! The LORD is coming from far away, burning with anger, surrounded by a thick, rising smoke. His lips are filled with fury; his words consume like fire.
28. His anger pours out like a flood on his enemies, sweeping them all away. He will sift out the proud nations. He will bridle them and lead them off to their destruction.
29. But the people of God will sing a song of joy, like the songs at the holy festivals. You will be filled with joy, as when a flutist leads a group of pilgrims to Jerusalem--the mountain of the LORD--to the Rock of Israel.
30. And the LORD will make his majestic voice heard. With angry indignation he will bring down his mighty arm on his enemies. It will descend with devouring flames, with cloudbursts, thunderstorms, and huge hailstones, bringing their destruction.
31. At the LORD's command, the Assyrians will be shattered. He will strike them down with his rod.
32. And as the LORD strikes them, his people will keep time with the music of tambourines and harps.
33. Topheth--the place of burning--has long been ready for the Assyrian king; it has been piled high with wood. The breath of the LORD, like fire from a volcano, will set it ablaze.

Isaiah 31:1-9
1. Destruction is certain for those who look to Egypt for help, trusting their cavalry and chariots instead of looking to the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.
2. In his wisdom, the LORD will send great disaster; he will not change his mind. He will rise against those who are wicked, and he will crush their allies, too.
3. For these Egyptians are mere humans, not God! Their horses are puny flesh, not mighty spirits! When the LORD clenches his fist against them, they will stumble and fall among those they are trying to help. They will all fall down and die together.
4. But the LORD has told me this: "When a lion, even a young one, kills a sheep, it pays no attention to the shepherd's shouts and noise. It just goes right on eating. In the same way, the LORD Almighty will come and fight on Mount Zion. He will not be frightened away!
5. The LORD Almighty will hover over Jerusalem as a bird hovers around its nest. He will defend and save the city; he will pass over it and rescue it."
6. Therefore, my people, though you are such wicked rebels, come and return to the LORD.
7. I know the glorious day will come when every one of you will throw away the gold idols and silver images that your sinful hands have made.
8. "The Assyrians will be destroyed, but not by the swords of men. The sword of God will strike them, and they will panic and flee. The strong young Assyrians will be taken away as captives.
9. Even their generals will quake with terror and flee when they see the battle flags," says the LORD, whose flame burns brightly in Jerusalem.

Isaiah 32:1-20
1. Look, a righteous king is coming! And honest princes will rule under him.
2. He will shelter Israel from the storm and the wind. He will refresh her as a river in the desert and as the cool shadow of a large rock in a hot and weary land.
3. Then everyone who can see will be looking for God, and those who can hear will listen to his voice.
4. Even the hotheads among them will be full of sense and understanding. Those who stammer in uncertainty will speak out plainly.
5. In that day ungodly fools will not be heroes. Wealthy cheaters will not be respected as outstanding citizens.
6. Everyone will recognize ungodly fools for what they are. They spread lies about the LORD; they deprive the hungry of food and give no water to the thirsty.
7. The smooth tricks of evil people will be exposed, including all the lies they use to oppress the poor in the courts.
8. But good people will be generous to others and will be blessed for all they do.
9. Listen, you women who lie around in lazy ease. Listen to me, and I will tell you of your reward.
10. In a short time--in just a little more than a year--you careless ones will suddenly begin to care. For your fruit crop will fail, and the harvest will never take place.
11. Tremble, you women of ease; throw off your unconcern. Strip off your pretty clothes, and wear sackcloth in your grief.
12. Beat your breasts in sorrow for your bountiful farms that will soon be gone, and for those fruitful vines of other years.
13. For your land will be overgrown with thorns and briers. Your joyful homes and happy cities will be gone.
14. The palace and the city will be deserted, and busy towns will be empty. Herds of donkeys and goats will graze on the hills where the watchtowers are,
15. until at last the Spirit is poured down upon us from heaven. Then the wilderness will become a fertile field, and the fertile field will become a lush and fertile forest.
16. Justice will rule in the wilderness and righteousness in the fertile field.
17. And this righteousness will bring peace. Quietness and confidence will fill the land forever.
18. My people will live in safety, quietly at home. They will be at rest.
19. Even though the forest will be destroyed and the city torn down,
20. God will greatly bless his people. Wherever they plant seed, bountiful crops will spring up. Their flocks and herds will graze in green pastures.

Psalms 108:7-13
7. God has promised this by his holiness: "I will divide up Shechem with joy. I will measure out the valley of Succoth.
8. Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine. Ephraim will produce my warriors, and Judah will produce my kings.
9. Moab will become my lowly servant, and Edom will be my slave. I will shout in triumph over the Philistines."
10. But who will bring me into the fortified city? Who will bring me victory over Edom?
11. Have you rejected us, O God? Will you no longer march with our armies?
12. Oh, please help us against our enemies, for all human help is useless.
13. With God's help we will do mighty things, for he will trample down our foes.

Proverbs 25:23-24
23. As surely as a wind from the north brings rain, so a gossiping tongue causes anger!
24. It is better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a contentious wife in a lovely home.

2 Corinthians 11:16-33
16. Once again, don't think that I have lost my wits to talk like this. But even if you do, listen to me, as you would to a foolish person, while I also boast a little.
17. Such bragging is not something the Lord wants, but I am acting like a fool.
18. And since others boast about their human achievements, I will, too.
19. After all, you, who think you are so wise, enjoy listening to fools!
20. You put up with it when they make you their slaves, take everything you have, take advantage of you, put on airs, and slap you in the face.
21. I'm ashamed to say that we were not strong enough to do that! But whatever they dare to boast about--I'm talking like a fool again--I can boast about it, too.
22. They say they are Hebrews, do they? So am I. And they say they are Israelites? So am I. And they are descendants of Abraham? So am I.
23. They say they serve Christ? I know I sound like a madman, but I have served him far more! I have worked harder, been put in jail more often, been whipped times without number, and faced death again and again.
24. Five different times the Jews gave me thirty-nine lashes.
25. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea.
26. I have traveled many weary miles. I have faced danger from flooded rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the stormy seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be Christians but are not.
27. I have lived with weariness and pain and sleepless nights. Often I have been hungry and thirsty and have gone without food. Often I have shivered with cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm.
28. Then, besides all this, I have the daily burden of how the churches are getting along.
29. Who is weak without my feeling that weakness? Who is led astray, and I do not burn with anger?
30. If I must boast, I would rather boast about the things that show how weak I am.
31. God, the Father of our Lord Jesus, who is to be praised forever, knows I tell the truth.
32. When I was in Damascus, the governor under King Aretas kept guards at the city gates to catch me.
33. But I was lowered in a basket through a window in the city wall, and that's how I got away!