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September 18


Isaiah 27:1-13
1. On that day the LORD with his cruel and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will kill the dragon that is in the sea.
2. On that day: A pleasant vineyard, sing about it!
3. I, the LORD, am its keeper; every moment I water it. I guard it night and day so that no one can harm it;
4. I have no wrath. If it gives me thorns and briers, I will march to battle against it. I will burn it up.
5. Or else let it cling to me for protection, let it make peace with me, let it make peace with me.
6. In days to come Jacob shall take root, Israel shall blossom and put forth shoots, and fill the whole world with fruit.
7. Has he struck them down as he struck down those who struck them? Or have they been killed as their killers were killed?
8. By expulsion, by exile you struggled against them; with his fierce blast he removed them in the day of the east wind.
9. Therefore by this the guilt of Jacob will be expiated, and this will be the full fruit of the removal of his sin: when he makes all the stones of the altars like chalkstones crushed to pieces, no sacred poles or incense altars will remain standing.
10. For the fortified city is solitary, a habitation deserted and forsaken, like the wilderness; the calves graze there, there they lie down, and strip its branches.
11. When its boughs are dry, they are broken; women come and make a fire of them. For this is a people without understanding; therefore he that made them will not have compassion on them, he that formed them will show them no favor.
12. On that day the LORD will thresh from the channel of the Euphrates to the Wadi of Egypt, and you will be gathered one by one, O people of Israel.
13. And on that day a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were lost in the land of Assyria and those who were driven out to the land of Egypt will come and worship the LORD on the holy mountain at Jerusalem.

Isaiah 28:1-29
1. Ah, the proud garland of the drunkards of Ephraim, and the fading flower of its glorious beauty, which is on the head of those bloated with rich food, of those overcome with wine!
2. See, the Lord has one who is mighty and strong; like a storm of hail, a destroying tempest, like a storm of mighty, overflowing waters; with his hand he will hurl them down to the earth.
3. Trampled under foot will be the proud garland of the drunkards of Ephraim.
4. And the fading flower of its glorious beauty, which is on the head of those bloated with rich food, will be like a first-ripe fig before the summer; whoever sees it, eats it up as soon as it comes to hand.
5. In that day the LORD of hosts will be a garland of glory, and a diadem of beauty, to the remnant of his people;
6. and a spirit of justice to the one who sits in judgment, and strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.
7. These also reel with wine and stagger with strong drink; the priest and the prophet reel with strong drink, they are confused with wine, they stagger with strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in giving judgment.
8. All tables are covered with filthy vomit; no place is clean.
9. "Whom will he teach knowledge, and to whom will he explain the message? Those who are weaned from milk, those taken from the breast?
10. For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little."
11. Truly, with stammering lip and with alien tongue he will speak to this people,
12. to whom he has said, "This is rest; give rest to the weary; and this is repose"; yet they would not hear.
13. Therefore the word of the LORD will be to them, "Precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little;" in order that they may go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
14. Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scoffers who rule this people in Jerusalem.
15. Because you have said, "We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol we have an agreement; when the overwhelming scourge passes through it will not come to us; for we have made lies our refuge, and in falsehood we have taken shelter";
16. therefore thus says the Lord GOD, See, I am laying in Zion a foundation stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation: "One who trusts will not panic."
17. And I will make justice the line, and righteousness the plummet; hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and waters will overwhelm the shelter.
18. Then your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand; when the overwhelming scourge passes through you will be beaten down by it.
19. As often as it passes through, it will take you; for morning by morning it will pass through, by day and by night; and it will be sheer terror to understand the message.
20. For the bed is too short to stretch oneself on it, and the covering too narrow to wrap oneself in it.
21. For the LORD will rise up as on Mount Perazim, he will rage as in the valley of Gibeon; to do his deed-- strange is his deed! and to work his work-- alien is his work!
22. Now therefore do not scoff, or your bonds will be made stronger; for I have heard a decree of destruction from the Lord GOD of hosts upon the whole land.
23. Listen, and hear my voice; Pay attention, and hear my speech.
24. Do those who plow for sowing plow continually? Do they continually open and harrow their ground?
25. When they have leveled its surface, do they not scatter dill, sow cummin, and plant wheat in rows and barley in its proper place, and spelt as the border?
26. For they are well instructed; their God teaches them.
27. Dill is not threshed with a threshing sledge, nor is a cart wheel rolled over cummin; but dill is beaten out with a stick, and cummin with a rod.
28. Grain is crushed for bread, but one does not thresh it forever; one drives the cart wheel and horses over it, but does not pulverize it.
29. This also comes from the LORD of hosts; he is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in wisdom.

Psalms 107:33-43
33. He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground,
34. a fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the wickedness of its inhabitants.
35. He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water.
36. And there he lets the hungry live, and they establish a town to live in;
37. they sow fields, and plant vineyards, and get a fruitful yield.
38. By his blessing they multiply greatly, and he does not let their cattle decrease.
39. When they are diminished and brought low through oppression, trouble, and sorrow,
40. he pours contempt on princes and makes them wander in trackless wastes;
41. but he raises up the needy out of distress, and makes their families like flocks.
42. The upright see it and are glad; and all wickedness stops its mouth.
43. Let those who are wise give heed to these things, and consider the steadfast love of the LORD.

Proverbs 25:20-20
20. Like vinegar on a wound is one who sings songs to a heavy heart. Like a moth in clothing or a worm in wood, sorrow gnaws at the human heart.

2 Corinthians 10:1-18
1. I myself, Paul, appeal to you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ-- I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!--
2. I ask that when I am present I need not show boldness by daring to oppose those who think we are acting according to human standards.
3. Indeed, we live as human beings, but we do not wage war according to human standards;
4. for the weapons of our warfare are not merely human, but they have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments
5. and every proud obstacle raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ.
6. We are ready to punish every disobedience when your obedience is complete.
7. Look at what is before your eyes. If you are confident that you belong to Christ, remind yourself of this, that just as you belong to Christ, so also do we.
8. Now, even if I boast a little too much of our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for tearing you down, I will not be ashamed of it.
9. I do not want to seem as though I am trying to frighten you with my letters.
10. For they say, "His letters are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible."
11. Let such people understand that what we say by letter when absent, we will also do when present.
12. We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another, and compare themselves with one another, they do not show good sense.
13. We, however, will not boast beyond limits, but will keep within the field that God has assigned to us, to reach out even as far as you.
14. For we were not overstepping our limits when we reached you; we were the first to come all the way to you with the good news of Christ.
15. We do not boast beyond limits, that is, in the labors of others; but our hope is that, as your faith increases, our sphere of action among you may be greatly enlarged,
16. so that we may proclaim the good news in lands beyond you, without boasting of work already done in someone else's sphere of action.
17. "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."
18. For it is not those who commend themselves that are approved, but those whom the Lord commends.