Daily reading for Tuesday, October 1, 2013
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Isaiah 62:6-65:25; Philippians 2:19-30; Psalms 73:1-28; Proverbs 24:13-14 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
I have appointed watchmen on your walls;
they will never be silent, day or night.
There is no rest for you,
who remind the Lord.
7 Do not give Him rest
until He establishes and makes Jerusalem
the praise of the earth.
8 The Lord has sworn with His right hand
and His strong arm:
I will no longer give your grain
to your enemies for food,
and foreigners will not drink your new wine
you have labored for.
9 For those who gather grain will eat it
and praise the Lord,
and those who harvest the grapes will drink the wine
in My holy courts.
10 Go out, go out through the gates;
prepare a way for the people!
Build it up, build up the highway;
clear away the stones!
Raise a banner for the peoples.
11 Look, the Lord has proclaimed
to the ends of the earth,
“Say to Daughter Zion:
Look, your salvation is coming,
His reward is with Him,
and His gifts accompany Him.”
12 And they will be called[a] the Holy People,
the Lord’s Redeemed;
and you will be called Cared For,
A City Not Deserted.
The Lord’s Day of Vengeance
63 Who is this coming from Edom
in crimson-stained garments from Bozrah—
this One who is splendid in His apparel,
rising up proudly[b] in His great might?
It is I, proclaiming vindication,[c]
powerful to save.
2 Why are Your clothes red,
and Your garments like one who treads a winepress?
3 I trampled the winepress alone,
and no one from the nations was with Me.
I trampled them in My anger
and ground them underfoot in My fury;
their blood spattered My garments,
and all My clothes were stained.
4 For I planned the day of vengeance,[d]
and the year of My redemption[e] came.
5 I looked, but there was no one to help,
and I was amazed that no one assisted;
so My arm accomplished victory for Me,
and My wrath assisted Me.
6 I crushed nations in My anger;
I made them drunk with My wrath
and poured out their blood on the ground.
Remembrance of Grace
7 I will make known the Lord’s faithful love
and the Lord’s praiseworthy acts,
because of all the Lord has done for us—
even the many good things
He has done for the house of Israel
and has done for them based on His compassion
and the abundance of His faithful love.
8 He said, “They are indeed My people,
children who will not be disloyal,”
and He became their Savior.
9 In all their suffering, He suffered,[f]
and the Angel of His Presence saved them.
He redeemed them
because of His love and compassion;
He lifted them up and carried them
all the days of the past.
10 But they rebelled
and grieved His Holy Spirit.
So He became their enemy
and fought against them.
11 Then He[g] remembered the days of the past,
the days of Moses and his people.
Where is He who brought them out of the sea
with the shepherds[h] of His flock?
Where is He who put His Holy Spirit among the flock?
12 He sent His glorious arm
to be at Moses’ right hand,
divided the waters before them
to obtain eternal fame for Himself,
13 and led them through the depths
like a horse in the wilderness,
so that they did not stumble.
14 Like cattle that go down into the valley,
the Spirit of the Lord gave them[i] rest.
You led Your people this way
to make a glorious name for Yourself.
15 Look down from heaven and see
from Your lofty home—holy and beautiful.
Where is Your zeal and Your might?
Your yearning[j] and Your compassion
are withheld from me.
16 Yet You are our Father,
even though Abraham does not know us
and Israel doesn’t recognize us.
You, Yahweh, are our Father;
from ancient times,
Your name is our Redeemer.
17 Why, Yahweh, do You make us stray from Your ways?
You harden our hearts so we do not fear[k] You.
Return, because of Your servants,
the tribes of Your heritage.
18 Your holy people had a possession[l]
for a little while,
but our enemies have trampled down
19 We have become like those You never ruled over,
like those not called by Your name.
64 [m]If only You would tear the heavens open
and come down,
so that mountains would quake at Your presence—
2 [n]as fire kindles the brushwood,
and fire causes water to boil—
to make Your name known to Your enemies,
so that nations will tremble at Your presence!
3 When You did awesome works
that we did not expect,
You came down,
and the mountains quaked at Your presence.
4 From ancient times no one has heard,
no one has listened,
no eye has seen any God except You,
who acts on behalf of the one who waits for Him.
5 You welcome the one who joyfully does what is right;
they remember You in Your ways.
But we have sinned, and You were angry.
How can we be saved if we remain in our sins?[o]
6 All of us have become like something unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like a polluted[p] garment;
all of us wither like a leaf,
and our iniquities carry us away like the wind.
7 No one calls on Your name,
striving to take hold of You.
For You have hidden Your face from us
and made us melt because of[q][r] our iniquity.
8 Yet Lord, You are our Father;
we are the clay, and You are our potter;
we all are the work of Your hands.
9 Lord, do not be terribly angry
or remember our iniquity forever.
Please look—all of us are Your people!
10 Your holy cities have become a wilderness;
Zion has become a wilderness,
Jerusalem a desolation.
11 Our holy and beautiful[s] temple,
where our fathers praised You,
has been burned with fire,
and all that was dear to us lies in ruins.
12 Lord, after all this, will You restrain Yourself?
Will You keep silent and afflict severely?
The Lord’s Response
65 “I was sought by those who did not ask;[t]
I was found by those who did not seek Me.
I said: Here I am, here I am,
to a nation that was not called by[u] My name.
2 I spread out My hands all day long
to a rebellious people
who walk in the wrong path,
following their own thoughts.
3 These people continually provoke Me
to My face,
sacrificing in gardens,
burning incense on bricks,
4 sitting among the graves,
spending nights in secret places,
eating the meat of pigs,
and putting polluted broth in their bowls.[v]
5 They say, ‘Keep to yourself,
don’t come near me, for I am too holy for you!’
These practices are smoke in My nostrils,
a fire that burns all day long.
6 It is written before Me:
I will not keep silent, but I will repay;
I will repay them fully[w]
7 for your iniquities and the iniquities
of your[x] fathers together,”
says the Lord.
“Because they burned incense on the mountains
and reproached Me on the hills,
I will reward them fully[y]
for their former deeds.”
8 The Lord says this:
As the new wine is found in a bunch of grapes,
and one says, ‘Don’t destroy it,
for there’s some good[z] in it,’
so I will act because of My servants
and not destroy them all.
9 I will produce descendants from Jacob,
and heirs to My mountains from Judah;
My chosen ones will possess it,
and My servants will dwell there.
10 Sharon will be a pasture for flocks,
and the Valley of Achor a place for cattle to lie down,
for My people who have sought Me.
11 But you who abandon the Lord,
who forget My holy mountain,
who prepare a table for Fortune
and fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny,[aa]
12 I will destine you for the sword,
and all of you will kneel down to be slaughtered,
because I called and you did not answer,
I spoke and you did not hear;
you did what was evil in My sight
and chose what I did not delight in.
13 Therefore, this is what the Lord God says:
My servants will eat,
but you will be hungry;
My servants will drink,
but you will be thirsty;
My servants will rejoice,
but you will be put to shame.
14 My servants will shout for joy from a glad heart,
but you will cry out from an anguished heart,
and you will lament out of a broken spirit.
15 You will leave your name behind
as a curse for My chosen ones,
and the Lord God will kill you;
but He will give His servants another name.
16 Whoever is blessed in the land
will be blessed by the God of truth,
and whoever swears in the land
will swear by the God of truth.
For the former troubles will be forgotten
and hidden from My sight.
A New Creation
17 “For I will create a new heaven and a new earth;
the past events will not be remembered or come to mind.
18 Then be glad and rejoice forever
in what I am creating;
for I will create Jerusalem to be a joy
and its people to be a delight.
19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem
and be glad in My people.
The sound of weeping and crying
will no longer be heard in her.
20 In her, a nursing infant will no longer live
only a few days,[ab]
or an old man not live out his days.
Indeed, the youth will die at a hundred years,
and the one who misses a hundred years will be cursed.
21 People will build houses and live in them;
they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
22 They will not build and others live in them;
they will not plant and others eat.
For My people’s lives will be
like the lifetime of a tree.
My chosen ones will fully enjoy
the work of their hands.
23 They will not labor without success
or bear children destined for disaster,
for they will be a people blessed by the Lord
along with their descendants.
24 Even before they call, I will answer;
while they are still speaking, I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together,[ac]
and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
but the serpent’s food will be dust!
They will not do what is evil or destroy
on My entire holy mountain,”
says the Lord.
- Isaiah 62:12 Lit will call them
- Isaiah 63:1 Syr, Vg read apparel, striding forward
- Isaiah 63:1 Or righteousness
- Isaiah 63:4 Lit For day of vengeance in My heart
- Isaiah 63:4 Or blood revenge
- Isaiah 63:9 Alt Hb tradition reads did not suffer
- Isaiah 63:11 Or he, or they
- Isaiah 63:11 LXX, Tg, Syr read shepherd
- Isaiah 63:14 Lit him
- Isaiah 63:15 Lit The agitation of Your inward parts
- Isaiah 63:17 Lit our heart from fearing
- Isaiah 63:18 Or Your people possessed Your holy place
- Isaiah 64:1 Is 63:19b in Hb
- Isaiah 64:2 Is 64:1 in Hb
- Isaiah 64:5 Lit angry; in them continually and we will be saved; Hb obscure
- Isaiah 64:6 Lit menstrual
- Isaiah 64:7 LXX, Syr, Vg, Tg read and delivered us into the hand of
- Isaiah 64:7 Lit melt by the hand
- Isaiah 64:11 Or glorious; Is 60:7
- Isaiah 65:1 LXX, Syr, DSS, Tg read ask for Me
- Isaiah 65:1 LXX, Syr, DSS, Tg, Vg read that did not call on
- Isaiah 65:4 These vv. describe pagan worship.
- Isaiah 65:6 Lit repay into their lap
- Isaiah 65:7 LXX, Syr read [for] their iniquities and the iniquities of their
- Isaiah 65:7 Lit reward into their lap
- Isaiah 65:8 Or there’s a blessing
- Isaiah 65:11 Pagan gods
- Isaiah 65:20 Lit her, no longer infant of days
- Isaiah 65:25 Lit as one
Timothy and Epaphroditus
19 Now I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon so that I also may be encouraged when I hear news about you. 20 For I have no one else like-minded who will genuinely care about your interests; 21 all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know his proven character, because he has served with me in the gospel ministry like a son with a father. 23 Therefore, I hope to send him as soon as I see how things go with me. 24 I am convinced in the Lord that I myself will also come quickly.
25 But I considered it necessary to send you Epaphroditus—my brother, coworker, and fellow soldier, as well as your messenger and minister to my need— 26 since he has been longing for all of you and was distressed because you heard that he was sick. 27 Indeed, he was so sick that he nearly died. However, God had mercy on him, and not only on him but also on me, so that I would not have one grief on top of another. 28 For this reason, I am very eager to send him so that you may rejoice when you see him again and I may be less anxious. 29 Therefore, welcome him in the Lord with all joy and hold men like him in honor, 30 because he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up what was lacking in your ministry to me.
God’s Ways Vindicated
A psalm of Asaph.
1 God is indeed good to Israel,
to the pure in heart.
2 But as for me, my feet almost slipped;
my steps nearly went astray.
3 For I envied the arrogant;
I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 They have an easy time until they die,[a]
and their bodies are well fed.[b]
5 They are not in trouble like others;
they are not afflicted like most people.
6 Therefore, pride is their necklace,
and violence covers them like a garment.
7 Their eyes bulge out from fatness;
the imaginations of their hearts run wild.
8 They mock, and they speak maliciously;
they arrogantly threaten oppression.
9 They set their mouths against heaven,
and their tongues strut across the earth.
10 Therefore His people turn to them[c]
and drink in their overflowing words.[d]
11 The wicked say, “How can God know?
Does the Most High know everything?”
12 Look at them—the wicked!
They are always at ease,
and they increase their wealth.
13 Did I purify my heart
and wash my hands in innocence for nothing?
14 For I am afflicted all day long
and punished every morning.
15 If I had decided to say these things aloud,
I would have betrayed Your people.[e]
16 When I tried to understand all this,
it seemed hopeless[f]
17 until I entered God’s sanctuary.
Then I understood their destiny.
18 Indeed, You put them in slippery places;
You make them fall into ruin.
19 How suddenly they become a desolation!
They come to an end, swept away by terrors.
20 Like one waking from a dream,
Lord, when arising, You will despise their image.
21 When I became embittered
and my innermost being[g] was wounded,
22 I was stupid and didn’t understand;
I was an unthinking animal toward You.
23 Yet I am always with You;
You hold my right hand.
24 You guide me with Your counsel,
and afterward You will take me up in glory.[h]
25 Who do I have in heaven but You?
And I desire nothing on earth but You.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength[i] of my heart,
my portion forever.
27 Those far from You will certainly perish;
You destroy all who are unfaithful to You.
28 But as for me, God’s presence is my good.
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
so I can tell about all You do.
- Psalm 73:4 Lit For there are no pangs to their death
- Psalm 73:4 Lit fat
- Psalm 73:10 Lit turn here
- Psalm 73:10 Lit and waters of fullness are drained by them
- Psalm 73:15 Lit betrayed the generation of Your sons
- Psalm 73:16 Lit it was trouble in my eyes
- Psalm 73:21 Lit my kidneys
- Psalm 73:24 Or will receive me with honor
- Psalm 73:26 Lit rock
13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good,
and the honeycomb is sweet to your palate;
14 realize that wisdom is the same for you.
If you find it, you will have a future,
and your hope will never fade.