Isaiah 12-14 New Living Translation (NLT)
Songs of Praise for Salvation
12 In that day you will sing:
3 With joy you will drink deeply
A Message about Babylon
13 Isaiah son of Amoz received this message concerning the destruction of Babylon:
2 “Raise a signal flag on a bare hilltop.
4 Hear the noise on the mountains!
6 Scream in terror, for the day of the Lord has arrived—
9 For see, the day of the Lord is coming—
11 “I, the Lord, will punish the world for its evil
14 Everyone in Babylon will run about like a hunted gazelle,
17 “Look, I will stir up the Medes against Babylon.
19 Babylon, the most glorious of kingdoms,
A Taunt for Babylon’s King
14 But the Lord will have mercy on the descendants of Jacob. He will choose Israel as his special people once again. He will bring them back to settle once again in their own land. And people from many different nations will come and join them there and unite with the people of Israel.[b] 2 The nations of the world will help the people of Israel to return, and those who come to live in the Lord’s land will serve them. Those who captured Israel will themselves be captured, and Israel will rule over its enemies.
3 In that wonderful day when the Lord gives his people rest from sorrow and fear, from slavery and chains, 4 you will taunt the king of Babylon. You will say,
“The mighty man has been destroyed.
9 “In the place of the dead[d] there is excitement
12 “How you are fallen from heaven,
18 “The kings of the nations lie in stately glory,
22 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says:
A Message about Assyria
24 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies has sworn this oath:
“It will all happen as I have planned.
A Message about Philistia
28 This message came to me the year King Ahaz died:[g]
29 Do not rejoice, you Philistines,
32 What should we tell the Philistine messengers? Tell them,
“The Lord has built Jerusalem[h];
2 Corinthians 13 New Living Translation (NLT)
Paul’s Final Advice
13 This is the third time I am coming to visit you (and as the Scriptures say, “The facts of every case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses”[a]). 2 I have already warned those who had been sinning when I was there on my second visit. Now I again warn them and all others, just as I did before, that next time I will not spare them.
3 I will give you all the proof you want that Christ speaks through me. Christ is not weak when he deals with you; he is powerful among you. 4 Although he was crucified in weakness, he now lives by the power of God. We, too, are weak, just as Christ was, but when we deal with you we will be alive with him and will have God’s power.
5 Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you[b]; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith. 6 As you test yourselves, I hope you will recognize that we have not failed the test of apostolic authority.
7 We pray to God that you will not do what is wrong by refusing our correction. I hope we won’t need to demonstrate our authority when we arrive. Do the right thing before we come—even if that makes it look like we have failed to demonstrate our authority. 8 For we cannot oppose the truth, but must always stand for the truth. 9 We are glad to seem weak if it helps show that you are actually strong. We pray that you will become mature.
10 I am writing this to you before I come, hoping that I won’t need to deal severely with you when I do come. For I want to use the authority the Lord has given me to strengthen you, not to tear you down.
Paul’s Final Greetings
11 Dear brothers and sisters,[c] I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.
12 Greet each other with a sacred kiss. 13 All of God’s people here send you their greetings.
14 [d]May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Psalm 57 New Living Translation (NLT)
For the choir director: A psalm[a] of David, regarding the time he fled from Saul and went into the cave. To be sung to the tune “Do Not Destroy!”
1 Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy!
4 I am surrounded by fierce lions
5 Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens!
6 My enemies have set a trap for me.
7 My heart is confident in you, O God;
11 Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.
Proverbs 23:9-11 New Living Translation (NLT)
9 Don’t waste your breath on fools,
10 Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers;