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September 8

Isaiah 7:1-25
1. During the reign of Ahaz son of Jotham and grandson of Uzziah, Jerusalem was attacked by King Rezin of Aram and King Pekah of Israel, the son of Remaliah. The city withstood the attack, however, and was not taken.
2. The news had come to the royal court: "Aram is allied with Israel against us!" So the hearts of the king and his people trembled with fear, just as trees shake in a storm.
3. Then the LORD said to Isaiah, "Go out to meet King Ahaz, you and your son Shear-jashub. You will find the king at the end of the aqueduct that feeds water into the upper pool, near the road leading to the field where cloth is bleached.
4. Tell him to stop worrying. Tell him he doesn't need to fear the fierce anger of those two burned-out embers, King Rezin of Aram and Pekah son of Remaliah.
5. "Yes, the kings of Aram and Israel are coming against you. They are saying,
6. `We will invade Judah and throw its people into panic. Then we will fight our way into Jerusalem and install the son of Tabeel as Judah's king.'
7. "But this is what the Sovereign LORD says: This invasion will never happen,
8. because Aram is no stronger than its capital, Damascus. And Damascus is no stronger than its king, Rezin. As for Israel, within sixty-five years it will be crushed and completely destroyed.
9. Israel is no stronger than its capital, Samaria. And Samaria is no stronger than its king, Pekah son of Remaliah. You do not believe me? If you want me to protect you, learn to believe what I say."
10. Not long after this, the LORD sent this message to King Ahaz:
11. "Ask me for a sign, Ahaz, to prove that I will crush your enemies as I have promised. Ask for anything you like, and make it as difficult as you want."
12. But the king refused. "No," he said, "I wouldn't test the LORD like that."
13. Then Isaiah said, "Listen well, you royal family of David! You aren't satisfied to exhaust my patience. You exhaust the patience of God as well!
14. All right then, the Lord himself will choose the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel--`God is with us.'
15. By the time this child is old enough to eat curds and honey, he will know enough to choose what is right and reject what is wrong.
16. But before he knows right from wrong, the two kings you fear so much--the kings of Israel and Aram--will both be dead.
17. "The LORD will bring a terrible curse on you, your nation, and your family. You will soon experience greater terror than has been known in all the years since Solomon's empire was divided into Israel and Judah. The mighty king of Assyria will come with his great army!"
18. In that day the LORD will whistle for the army of Upper Egypt and for the army of Assyria. They will swarm around you like flies. Like bees, they will sting and kill.
19. They will come in vast hordes, spreading across the whole land. They will settle in the fertile areas and also in the desolate valleys, caves, and thorny places.
20. In that day the Lord will take this "razor"--these Assyrians you have hired to protect you--and use it to shave off everything: your land, your crops, and your people.
21. When they finally stop plundering, a farmer will be fortunate to have a cow and two sheep left.
22. The few people still left in the land will live on curds and wild honey because that is all the land will produce.
23. In that day the lush vineyards, now worth as much as a thousand pieces of silver, will become patches of briers and thorns.
24. The entire land will be one vast brier patch, a hunting ground overrun by wildlife.
25. No one will go to the fertile hillsides where the gardens once grew, for briers and thorns will cover them. Cattle, sheep, and goats will graze there.

Isaiah 8:1-22
1. Again the LORD said to me, "Make a large signboard and clearly write this name on it: Maher-shalal-hash-baz. "
2. I asked Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah, both known as honest men, to testify that I had written it before the child was conceived.
3. Then I slept with my wife, and she became pregnant and had a son. And the LORD said, "Call him Maher-shalal-hash-baz.
4. This name prophesies that within a couple of years, before this child is old enough to say `Papa' or `Mama,' the king of Assyria will invade both Damascus and Samaria and carry away their riches."
5. Then the LORD spoke to me again and said,
6. "The people of Judah have rejected my gentle care and are rejoicing over what will happen to King Rezin and King Pekah.
7. Therefore, the Lord will overwhelm them with a mighty flood from the Euphrates River--the king of Assyria and all his mighty armies.
8. This flood will overflow all its channels and sweep into Judah. It will submerge Immanuel's land from one end to the other.
9. "The Assyrians will cry, `Do your best to defend yourselves, but you will be shattered! Listen all you nations. Prepare for battle--and die! Yes, die!
10. Call your councils of war, develop your strategies, prepare your plans of attack--and then die! For God is with us! '"
11. The LORD has said to me in the strongest terms: "Do not think like everyone else does.
12. Do not be afraid that some plan conceived behind closed doors will be the end of you.
13. Do not fear anything except the LORD Almighty. He alone is the Holy One. If you fear him, you need fear nothing else.
14. He will keep you safe. But to Israel and Judah he will be a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem he will be a trap that entangles them.
15. Many of them will stumble and fall, never to rise again. Many will be captured."
16. I will write down all these things as a testimony of what the LORD will do. I will entrust it to my disciples, who will pass it down to future generations.
17. I will wait for the LORD to help us, though he has turned away from the people of Israel. My only hope is in him.
18. I and the children the LORD has given me have names that reveal the plans the LORD Almighty has for his people.
19. So why are you trying to find out the future by consulting mediums and psychics? Do not listen to their whisperings and mutterings. Can the living find out the future from the dead? Why not ask your God?
20. "Check their predictions against my testimony," says the LORD. "If their predictions are different from mine, it is because there is no light or truth in them.
21. My people will be led away as captives, weary and hungry. And because they are hungry, they will rage and shake their fists at heaven and curse their king and their God.
22. Wherever they look, there will be trouble and anguish and dark despair. They will be thrown out into the darkness."

Psalms 105:37-45
37. But he brought his people safely out of Egypt, loaded with silver and gold; there were no sick or feeble people among them.
38. Egypt was glad when they were gone, for the dread of them was great.
39. The LORD spread out a cloud above them as a covering and gave them a great fire to light the darkness.
40. They asked for meat, and he sent them quail; he gave them manna--bread from heaven.
41. He opened up a rock, and water gushed out to form a river through the dry and barren land.
42. For he remembered his sacred promise to Abraham his servant.
43. So he brought his people out of Egypt with joy, his chosen ones with rejoicing.
44. He gave his people the lands of pagan nations, and they harvested crops that others had planted.
45. All this happened so they would follow his principles and obey his laws. Praise the LORD!

Proverbs 24:30-34
30. I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one lacking sense.
31. I saw that it was overgrown with thorns. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down.
32. Then, as I looked and thought about it, I learned this lesson:
33. A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest--
34. and poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.

1 Corinthians 16:1-24
1. Now about the money being collected for the Christians in Jerusalem: You should follow the same procedures I gave to the churches in Galatia.
2. On every Lord's Day, each of you should put aside some amount of money in relation to what you have earned and save it for this offering. Don't wait until I get there and then try to collect it all at once.
3. When I come I will write letters of recommendation for the messengers you choose to deliver your gift to Jerusalem.
4. And if it seems appropriate for me also to go along, then we can travel together.
5. I am coming to visit you after I have been to Macedonia, for I am planning to travel through Macedonia.
6. It could be that I will stay awhile with you, perhaps all winter, and then you can send me on my way to the next destination.
7. This time I don't want to make just a short visit and then go right on. I want to come and stay awhile, if the Lord will let me.
8. In the meantime, I will be staying here at Ephesus until the Festival of Pentecost,
9. for there is a wide-open door for a great work here, and many people are responding. But there are many who oppose me.
10. When Timothy comes, treat him with respect. He is doing the Lord's work, just as I am.
11. Don't let anyone despise him. Send him on his way with your blessings when he returns to me. I am looking forward to seeing him soon, along with the other brothers.
12. Now about our brother Apollos--I urged him to join the other brothers when they visit you, but he was not willing to come right now. He will be seeing you later, when the time is right.
13. Be on guard. Stand true to what you believe. Be courageous. Be strong.
14. And everything you do must be done with love.
15. You know that Stephanas and his household were the first to become Christians in Greece, and they are spending their lives in service to other Christians. I urge you, dear brothers and sisters,
16. to respect them fully and others like them who serve with such real devotion.
17. I am so glad that Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus have come here. They have been making up for the help you weren't here to give me.
18. They have been a wonderful encouragement to me, as they have been to you, too. You must give proper honor to all who serve so well.
19. The churches here in the province of Asia greet you heartily in the Lord, along with Aquila and Priscilla and all the others who gather in their home for church meetings.
20. All the brothers and sisters here have asked me to greet you for them. Greet each other in Christian love.
21. Here is my greeting, which I write with my own hand--PAUL.
22. If anyone does not love the Lord, that person is cursed. Our Lord, come!
23. May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.
24. My love to all of you in Christ Jesus.