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September 26


Isaiah 43:1-28
1. But now, O Israel, the LORD who created you says: "Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.
2. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
3. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I gave Egypt, Ethiopia, and Seba as a ransom for your freedom.
4. Others died that you might live. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.
5. "Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will gather you and your children from east and west
6. and from north and south. I will bring my sons and daughters back to Israel from the distant corners of the earth.
7. All who claim me as their God will come, for I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them."
8. Bring out the people who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf.
9. Gather the nations together! Which of their idols has ever foretold such things? Can any of them predict something even a single day in advance? Where are the witnesses of such predictions? Who can verify that they spoke the truth?
10. "But you are my witnesses, O Israel!" says the LORD. "And you are my servant. You have been chosen to know me, believe in me, and understand that I alone am God. There is no other God; there never has been and never will be.
11. I am the LORD, and there is no other Savior.
12. First I predicted your deliverance; I declared what I would do, and then I did it--I saved you. No foreign god has ever done this before. You are witnesses that I am the only God," says the LORD.
13. "From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can oppose what I do. No one can reverse my actions."
14. The LORD your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, says: "For your sakes I will send an invading army against Babylon. And the Babylonians will be forced to flee in those ships they are so proud of.
15. I am the LORD, your Holy One, Israel's Creator and King.
16. I am the LORD, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea.
17. I called forth the mighty army of Egypt with all its chariots and horses. I drew them beneath the waves, and they drowned, their lives snuffed out like a smoldering candlewick.
18. "But forget all that--it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
19. For I am about to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness for my people to come home. I will create rivers for them in the desert!
20. The wild animals in the fields will thank me, the jackals and ostriches, too, for giving them water in the wilderness. Yes, I will make springs in the desert, so that my chosen people can be refreshed.
21. I have made Israel for myself, and they will someday honor me before the whole world.
22. "But, my dear people, you refuse to ask for my help. You have grown tired of me!
23. You have not brought me lambs for burnt offerings. You have not honored me with sacrifices, though I have not burdened and wearied you with my requests for grain offerings and incense.
24. You have not brought me fragrant incense or pleased me with the fat from sacrifices. Instead, you have burdened me with your sins and wearied me with your faults.
25. "I--yes, I alone--am the one who blots out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.
26. Let us review the situation together, and you can present your case if you have one.
27. From the very beginning, your ancestors sinned against me--all your leaders broke my laws.
28. That is why I have disgraced your priests and assigned Israel a future of complete destruction and shame.

Isaiah 44:1-28
1. "But now, listen to me, Jacob my servant, Israel my chosen one.
2. The LORD who made you and helps you says: O Jacob, my servant, do not be afraid. O Israel, my chosen one, do not fear.
3. For I will give you abundant water to quench your thirst and to moisten your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit and my blessings on your children.
4. They will thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank.
5. Some will proudly claim, `I belong to the LORD.' Others will say, `I am a descendant of Jacob.' Some will write the LORD's name on their hands and will take the honored name of Israel as their own.
6. "This is what the LORD, Israel's King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty, says: I am the First and the Last; there is no other God.
7. Who else can tell you what is going to happen in the days ahead? Let them tell you if they can and thus prove their power. Let them do as I have done since ancient times.
8. Do not tremble; do not be afraid. Have I not proclaimed from ages past what my purposes are for you? You are my witnesses--is there any other God? No! There is no other Rock--not one!"
9. How foolish are those who manufacture idols to be their gods. These highly valued objects are really worthless. They themselves are witnesses that this is so, for their idols neither see nor know. No wonder those who worship them are put to shame.
10. Who but a fool would make his own god--an idol that cannot help him one bit!
11. All who worship idols will stand before the LORD in shame, along with all these craftsmen--mere humans--who claim they can make a god. Together they will stand in terror and shame.
12. The blacksmith stands at his forge to make a sharp tool, pounding and shaping it with all his might. His work makes him hungry and thirsty, weak and faint.
13. Then the wood-carver measures and marks out a block of wood, takes the tool, and carves the figure of a man. Now he has a wonderful idol that cannot even move from where it is placed!
14. He cuts down cedars; he selects the cypress and the oak; he plants the cedar in the forest to be nourished by the rain.
15. And after his care, he uses part of the wood to make a fire to warm himself and bake his bread. Then--yes, it's true--he takes the rest of it and makes himself a god for people to worship! He makes an idol and bows down and praises it!
16. He burns part of the tree to roast his meat and to keep himself warm.
17. Then he takes what's left and makes his god: a carved idol! He falls down in front of it, worshiping and praying to it. "Rescue me!" he says. "You are my god!"
18. Such stupidity and ignorance! Their eyes are closed, and they cannot see. Their minds are shut, and they cannot think.
19. The person who made the idol never stops to reflect, "Why, it's just a block of wood! I burned half of it for heat and used it to bake my bread and roast my meat. How can the rest of it be a god? Should I bow down to worship a chunk of wood?"
20. The poor, deluded fool feeds on ashes. He is trusting something that can give him no help at all. Yet he cannot bring himself to ask, "Is this thing, this idol that I'm holding in my hand, a lie?"
21. "Pay attention, O Israel, for you are my servant. I, the LORD, made you, and I will not forget to help you.
22. I have swept away your sins like the morning mists. I have scattered your offenses like the clouds. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free."
23. Sing, O heavens, for the LORD has done this wondrous thing. Shout, O earth! Break forth into song, O mountains and forests and every tree! For the LORD has redeemed Jacob and is glorified in Israel.
24. The LORD, your Redeemer and Creator, says: "I am the LORD, who made all things. I alone stretched out the heavens. By myself I made the earth and everything in it.
25. I am the one who exposes the false prophets as liars by causing events to happen that are contrary to their predictions. I cause wise people to give bad advice, thus proving them to be fools.
26. But I carry out the predictions of my prophets! When they say Jerusalem will be saved and the towns of Judah will be lived in once again, it will be done!
27. When I speak to the rivers and say, `Be dry!' they will be dry.
28. When I say of Cyrus, `He is my shepherd,' he will certainly do as I say. He will command that Jerusalem be rebuilt and that the Temple be restored."

Psalms 110:1-7
1. The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit in honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet."
2. The LORD will extend your powerful dominion from Jerusalem; you will rule over your enemies.
3. In that day of battle, your people will serve you willingly. Arrayed in holy garments, your vigor will be renewed each day like the morning dew.
4. The LORD has taken an oath and will not break his vow: "You are a priest forever in the line of Melchizedek."
5. The Lord stands at your right hand to protect you. He will strike down many kings in the day of his anger.
6. He will punish the nations and fill them with their dead; he will shatter heads over the whole earth.
7. But he himself will be refreshed from brooks along the way. He will be victorious.

Proverbs 26:5-9
5. When arguing with fools, be sure to answer their foolish arguments, or they will become wise in their own estimation.
6. Trusting a fool to convey a message is as foolish as cutting off one's feet or drinking poison!
7. In the mouth of a fool, a proverb becomes as limp as a paralyzed leg.
8. Honoring a fool is as foolish as tying a stone to a slingshot.
9. A proverb in a fool's mouth is as dangerous as a thornbush brandished by a drunkard.

Galatians 4:1-31
1. Think of it this way. If a father dies and leaves great wealth for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything their father had.
2. They have to obey their guardians until they reach whatever age their father set.
3. And that's the way it was with us before Christ came. We were slaves to the spiritual powers of this world.
4. But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law.
5. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.
6. And because you Gentiles have become his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, and now you can call God your dear Father.
7. Now you are no longer a slave but God's own child. And since you are his child, everything he has belongs to you.
8. Before you Gentiles knew God, you were slaves to so-called gods that do not even exist.
9. And now that you have found God (or should I say, now that God has found you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual powers of this world?
10. You are trying to find favor with God by what you do or don't do on certain days or months or seasons or years.
11. I fear for you. I am afraid that all my hard work for you was worth nothing.
12. Dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to live as I do in freedom from these things, for I have become like you Gentiles were--free from the law. You did not mistreat me when I first preached to you.
13. Surely you remember that I was sick when I first brought you the Good News of Christ.
14. But even though my sickness was revolting to you, you did not reject me and turn me away. No, you took me in and cared for me as though I were an angel from God or even Christ Jesus himself.
15. Where is that joyful spirit we felt together then? In those days, I know you would gladly have taken out your own eyes and given them to me if it had been possible.
16. Have I now become your enemy because I am telling you the truth?
17. Those false teachers who are so anxious to win your favor are not doing it for your good. They are trying to shut you off from me so that you will pay more attention to them.
18. Now it's wonderful if you are eager to do good, and especially when I am not with you.
19. But oh, my dear children! I feel as if I am going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives.
20. How I wish I were there with you right now, so that I could be more gentle with you. But at this distance I frankly don't know what else to do.
21. Listen to me, you who want to live under the law. Do you know what the law really says?
22. The Scriptures say that Abraham had two sons, one from his slave-wife and one from his freeborn wife.
23. The son of the slave-wife was born in a human attempt to bring about the fulfillment of God's promise. But the son of the freeborn wife was born as God's own fulfillment of his promise.
24. Now these two women serve as an illustration of God's two covenants. Hagar, the slave-wife, represents Mount Sinai where people first became enslaved to the law.
25. And now Jerusalem is just like Mount Sinai in Arabia, because she and her children live in slavery.
26. But Sarah, the free woman, represents the heavenly Jerusalem. And she is our mother.
27. That is what Isaiah meant when he prophesied, "Rejoice, O childless woman! Break forth into loud and joyful song, even though you never gave birth to a child. For the woman who could bear no children now has more than all the other women!"
28. And you, dear brothers and sisters, are children of the promise, just like Isaac.
29. And we who are born of the Holy Spirit are persecuted by those who want us to keep the law, just as Isaac, the child of promise, was persecuted by Ishmael, the son of the slave-wife.
30. But what do the Scriptures say about that? "Get rid of the slave and her son, for the son of the slave woman will not share the family inheritance with the free woman's son."
31. So, dear brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, obligated to the law. We are children of the free woman, acceptable to God because of our faith.