Isaiah 12-14New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
Two Songs of Praise
12 In days to come, the people of Israel will sing,
“Lord, we will praise you.
4 In days to come, the people of Israel will sing,
“Give praise to the Lord. Make his name known.
A Prophecy Against Babylon
13 Here is the prophecy against Babylon that Isaiah, the son of Amoz, saw.
2 Lift up a banner on the top of a bare hill.
4 Listen! I hear a noise in the mountains.
6 Cry out! The day of the Lord is near.
9 The day of the Lord is coming.
14 Outsiders who live in Babylon will scatter
17 The Lord will stir up the Medes to attack the Babylonians.
14 The Lord will show tender love toward Jacob’s people.
3 The Lord will put an end to Israel’s suffering and trouble. They will no longer be forced to do hard labor. At that time, 4 they will make fun of the king of Babylon. They will say,
“See how the one who crushed others has fallen!
9 “King of Babylon, many people in the place of the dead are really excited.
12 “King of Babylon, you thought you were the bright morning star.
16 “Those who see you stare at you.
18 “All the kings of the nations are buried with honor.
“Let the children of that evil man be killed.
22 “I will rise up against them,”
24 The Lord who rules over all has made a promise. He has said,
“You can be sure that what I have planned will happen.
26 That’s how the Lord carries out his plan all over the world.
A Prophecy Against the Philistines
28 This prophecy came to me from the Lord in the year King Ahaz died. The Lord said,
29 “The rod of Assyria has struck all of you Philistines.
31 “Cities of Philistia, cry out for help! Scream in pain!
2 Corinthians 13New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
13 This will be my third visit to you. Scripture says, “Every matter must be proved by the words of two or three witnesses.” (Deuteronomy 19:15) 2 I already warned you during my second visit. I now say it again while I’m away. When I return, I won’t spare those who sinned earlier. I won’t spare any of the others either. 3 You are asking me to prove that Christ is speaking through me. He is not weak in dealing with you. He is powerful among you. 4 It is true that Christ was nailed to the cross because he was weak. But Christ lives by God’s power. In the same way, we share his weakness. But by God’s power we will live with Christ as we serve you.
5 Take a good look at yourselves to see if you are really believers. Test yourselves. Don’t you realize that Christ Jesus is in you? Unless, of course, you fail the test! 6 I hope you will discover that I haven’t failed the test. 7 I pray to God that you won’t do anything wrong. I don’t pray so that people will see that I have passed the test. Instead, I pray this so that you will do what is right, even if it seems I have failed. 8 I can’t do anything to stop the truth. I can only work for the truth. 9 I’m glad when I am weak but you are strong. I pray that there will be no more problems among you. 10 That’s why I write these things before I come to you. Then when I do come, I won’t have to be hard on you when I use my authority. The Lord gave me the authority to build you up. He didn’t give it to me to tear you down.
11 Finally, brothers and sisters, be joyful! Work to make things right with one another. Help one another and agree with one another. Live in peace. And the God who gives love and peace will be with you.
12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.
13 All God’s people here send their greetings.
14 May the grace shown by the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. May the love that God has given us be with you. And may the sharing of life brought about by the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Psalm 57New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
For the director of music. A miktam of David when he had run away from Saul into the cave. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.”
1 Have mercy on me, God. Have mercy on me.
2 I cry out to God Most High.
4 Men who are like lions are all around me.
5 God, may you be honored above the heavens.
6 My enemies spread a net to catch me by the feet.
7 God, my heart feels secure.
9 Lord, I will praise you among the nations.
11 God, may you be honored above the heavens.
Proverbs 23:9-11New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
9 Don’t speak to foolish people.
10 Don’t move old boundary stones.
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