Isaiah 3-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
Judgment on Judah and Jerusalem
3 For behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts,
4 “I will give children[c] to be their princes,
6 When a man takes hold of his brother
8 For Jerusalem stumbled,
10 “Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them,
Oppression and Luxury Condemned
13 The Lord stands up to [j]plead,
16 Moreover the Lord says:
“Because the daughters of Zion are haughty,
18 In that day the Lord will take away the finery:
24 And so it shall be:
Instead of a sweet smell there will be a stench;
26 Her gates shall lament and mourn,
Jerusalem’s Glorious Future
4 And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying,
The Renewal of Zion
2 In that day the Branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious;
3 And it shall come to pass that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy—everyone who is recorded among the living in Jerusalem. 4 When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the [r]blood of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning, 5 then the Lord will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a [s]covering. 6 And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.
God’s Disappointing Vineyard
5 Now let me sing to my Well-beloved
My Well-beloved has a vineyard
3 “And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah,
7 For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel,
Impending Judgment on Excesses
8 Woe to those who [x]join house to house;
11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning,
13 Therefore my people have gone into captivity,
18 Woe to those who [ac]draw iniquity with cords of [ad]vanity,
20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
22 Woe to men mighty at drinking wine,
24 Therefore, as the [ae]fire devours the stubble,
For all this His anger is not turned away,
26 He will lift up a banner to the nations from afar,
2 Corinthians 11:1-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
Concern for Their Faithfulness
11 Oh, that you would bear with me in a little folly—and indeed you do bear with me. 2 For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the [a]simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!
Paul and False Apostles
5 For I consider that I am not at all inferior to the most eminent apostles. 6 Even though I am untrained in speech, yet I am not in knowledge. But we have [b]been thoroughly manifested among you in all things.
7 Did I commit sin in [c]humbling myself that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you free of charge? 8 I robbed other churches, taking wages from them to minister to you. 9 And when I was present with you, and in need, I was a burden to no one, for what I lacked the brethren who came from Macedonia supplied. And in everything I kept myself from being burdensome to you, and so I will keep myself. 10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no one shall stop me from this boasting in the regions of Achaia. 11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows!
12 But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast. 13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
Psalm 53 New King James Version (NKJV)
Folly of the Godless, and the Restoration of Israel
To the Chief Musician. Set to “Mahalath.” A [a]Contemplation of David.
53 The fool has said in his heart,
2 God looks down from heaven upon the children of men,
4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge,
6 Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!
Proverbs 22:28-29 New King James Version (NKJV)
28 Do not remove the ancient [a]landmark
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