Isaiah 12-14 New King James Version (NKJV)
A Hymn of Praise
12 And in that day you will say:
“O Lord, I will praise You;
3 Therefore with joy you will draw water
4 And in that day you will say:
“Praise the Lord, call upon His name;
Proclamation Against Babylon
13 The burden against Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.
2 “Lift up a banner on the high mountain,
4 The noise of a multitude in the mountains,
6 Wail, for the day of the Lord is at hand!
9 Behold, the day of the Lord comes,
11 “I will punish the world for its evil,
17 “Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them,
Mercy on Jacob
14 For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will still choose Israel, and settle them in their own land. The strangers will be joined with them, and they will cling to the house of Jacob. 2 Then people will take them and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess them for servants and maids in the land of the Lord; they will take them captive whose captives they were, and rule over their oppressors.
Fall of the King of Babylon
3 It shall come to pass in the day the Lord gives you rest from your sorrow, and from your fear and the hard bondage in which you were made to serve, 4 that you will take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say:
“How the oppressor has ceased,
9 “Hell from beneath is excited about you,
The Fall of Lucifer
12 “How you are fallen from heaven,
16 “Those who see you will gaze at you,
18 “All the kings of the nations,
22 “For I will rise up against them,” says the Lord of hosts,
24 The Lord of hosts has sworn, saying,
28 This is the burden which came in the year that King Ahaz died.
29 “Do not rejoice, all you of Philistia,
32 What will they answer the messengers of the nation?
2 Corinthians 13 New King James Version (NKJV)
Coming with Authority
13 This will be the third time I am coming to you. “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.”[a] 2 I have told you before, and foretell as if I were present the second time, and now being absent I write[b] to those who have sinned before, and to all the rest, that if I come again I will not spare— 3 since you seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, who is not weak toward you, but mighty in you. 4 For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.
5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. 6 But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.
Paul Prefers Gentleness
7 Now I[c] pray to God that you do no evil, not that we should appear approved, but that you should do what is honorable, though we may seem disqualified. 8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. 9 For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. And this also we pray, that you may be made complete. 10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the authority which the Lord has given me for edification and not for destruction.
Greetings and Benediction
11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.
13 All the saints greet you.
14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
Psalm 57 New King James Version (NKJV)
Prayer for Safety from Enemies
To the Chief Musician. Set to “Do Not Destroy.”[a] A Michtam of David when he fled from Saul into the cave.
57 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!
2 I will cry out to God Most High,
4 My soul is among lions;
6 They have prepared a net for my steps;
7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
9 I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples;
11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
Proverbs 23:9-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,
10 Do not remove the ancient landmark,
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