Isaiah 21-22 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Fall of Babylon Proclaimed
21 The [a]burden against the Wilderness of the Sea.
As whirlwinds in the South pass through,
3 Therefore my loins are filled with pain;
6 For thus has the Lord said to me:
10 Oh, my threshing and the grain of my floor!
Proclamation Against Edom
11 The [d]burden against Dumah.
He calls to me out of Seir,
Proclamation Against Arabia
13 The [e]burden against Arabia.
In the forest in Arabia you will lodge,
16 For thus the Lord has said to me: “Within a year, according to the year of a hired man, all the glory of Kedar will fail; 17 and the remainder of the number of archers, the mighty men of the people of Kedar, will be diminished; for the Lord God of Israel has spoken it.”
Proclamation Against Jerusalem
22 The [f]burden against the Valley of Vision.
What ails you now, that you have all gone up to the housetops,
5 For it is a day of trouble and treading down and perplexity
8 He removed the [h]protection of Judah.
12 And in that day the Lord God of hosts
14 Then it was revealed in my hearing by the Lord of hosts,
The Judgment on Shebna
15 Thus says the Lord God of hosts:
“Go, proceed to this steward,
20 ‘Then it shall be in that day,
24 ‘They will hang on him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring and the posterity, all vessels of small quantity, from the cups to all the pitchers. 25 In that day,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘the peg that is fastened in the secure place will be removed and be cut down and fall, and the burden that was on it will be cut off; for the Lord has spoken.’ ”
Psalm 107:1-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
Thanksgiving to the Lord for His Great Works of Deliverance
107 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
4 They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way;
Proverbs 25:14-16 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Whoever falsely boasts of giving
15 By long forbearance a ruler is persuaded,
16 Have you found honey?
2 Corinthians 7 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Corinthians’ Repentance
7 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
The Corinthians’ Repentance
2 Open your hearts to us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have cheated no one. 3 I do not say this to condemn; for I have said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together. 4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort. I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation.
5 For indeed, when we came to Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were troubled on every side. Outside were conflicts, inside were fears. 6 Nevertheless God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, 7 and not only by his coming, but also by the [a]consolation with which he was comforted in you, when he told us of your earnest desire, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced even more.
8 For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while. 9 Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. 11 For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter. 12 Therefore, although I wrote to you, I did not do it for the sake of him who had done the wrong, nor for the sake of him who suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear to you.
The Joy of Titus
13 Therefore we have been comforted in your comfort. And we rejoiced exceedingly more for the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all. 14 For if in anything I have boasted to him about you, I am not ashamed. But as we spoke all things to you in truth, even so our boasting to Titus was found true. 15 And his affections are greater for you as he remembers the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling you received him. 16 Therefore I rejoice that I have confidence in you in everything.
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