Isaiah 47-48 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Humiliation of Babylon
47 “Come down and sit in the dust,
4 As for our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is His name,
5 “Sit in silence, and go into darkness,
8 “Therefore hear this now, you who are given to pleasures,
10 “For you have trusted in your wickedness;
12 “Stand now with your enchantments
Israel Refined for God’s Glory
48 “Hear this, O house of Jacob,
3 “I have declared the former things from the beginning;
6 “You have heard;
9 “For My name’s sake I will [h]defer My anger,
God’s Ancient Plan to Redeem Israel
12 “Listen to Me, O Jacob,
14 “All of you, assemble yourselves, and hear!
16 “Come near to Me, hear this:
17 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
20 Go forth from Babylon!
22 “There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.”
Psalm 111:7-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 The works of His hands are verity[a] and justice;
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
Proverbs 26:11-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 As a dog returns to his own vomit,
Galatians 6 New King James Version (NKJV)
Bear and Share Burdens
6 Brethren, if a man is [a]overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For each one shall bear his own load.
Be Generous and Do Good
6 Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.
7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Glory Only in the Cross
11 See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand! 12 As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. 13 For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. 14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by [b]whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.
Blessing and a Plea
16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.
17 From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
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