Isaiah 21-23 New International Version (NIV)
A Prophecy Against Babylon
21 A prophecy against the Desert by the Sea:
Like whirlwinds sweeping through the southland,
2 A dire vision has been shown to me:
3 At this my body is racked with pain,
5 They set the tables,
6 This is what the Lord says to me:
“Go, post a lookout
8 And the lookout[a] shouted,
“Day after day, my lord, I stand on the watchtower;
10 My people who are crushed on the threshing floor,
A Prophecy Against Edom
11 A prophecy against Dumah[b]:
Someone calls to me from Seir,
A Prophecy Against Arabia
13 A prophecy against Arabia:
You caravans of Dedanites,
16 This is what the Lord says to me: “Within one year, as a servant bound by contract would count it, all the splendor of Kedar will come to an end. 17 The survivors of the archers, the warriors of Kedar, will be few.” The Lord, the God of Israel, has spoken.
A Prophecy About Jerusalem
22 A prophecy against the Valley of Vision:
What troubles you now,
5 The Lord, the Lord Almighty, has a day
8 The Lord stripped away the defenses of Judah,
12 The Lord, the Lord Almighty,
14 The Lord Almighty has revealed this in my hearing: “Till your dying day this sin will not be atoned for,” says the Lord, the Lord Almighty.
15 This is what the Lord, the Lord Almighty, says:
“Go, say to this steward,
17 “Beware, the Lord is about to take firm hold of you
20 “In that day I will summon my servant, Eliakim son of Hilkiah. 21 I will clothe him with your robe and fasten your sash around him and hand your authority over to him. He will be a father to those who live in Jerusalem and to the people of Judah. 22 I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 23 I will drive him like a peg into a firm place; he will become a seat[c] of honor for the house of his father. 24 All the glory of his family will hang on him: its offspring and offshoots—all its lesser vessels, from the bowls to all the jars.
25 “In that day,” declares the Lord Almighty, “the peg driven into the firm place will give way; it will be sheared off and will fall, and the load hanging on it will be cut down.” The Lord has spoken.
A Prophecy Against Tyre
23 A prophecy against Tyre:
Wail, you ships of Tarshish!
2 Be silent, you people of the island
4 Be ashamed, Sidon, and you fortress of the sea,
6 Cross over to Tarshish;
10 Till[e] your land as they do along the Nile,
“Up, cross over to Cyprus;
14 Wail, you ships of Tarshish;
15 At that time Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years, the span of a king’s life. But at the end of these seventy years, it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the prostitute:
16 “Take up a harp, walk through the city,
17 At the end of seventy years, the Lord will deal with Tyre. She will return to her lucrative prostitution and will ply her trade with all the kingdoms on the face of the earth. 18 Yet her profit and her earnings will be set apart for the Lord; they will not be stored up or hoarded. Her profits will go to those who live before the Lord, for abundant food and fine clothes.
Proverbs 10 New International Version (NIV)
Proverbs of Solomon
10 The proverbs of Solomon:
A wise son brings joy to his father,
2 Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value,
3 The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,
4 Lazy hands make for poverty,
5 He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,
6 Blessings crown the head of the righteous,
7 The name of the righteous is used in blessings,[b]
8 The wise in heart accept commands,
9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
10 Whoever winks maliciously causes grief,
11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
12 Hatred stirs up conflict,
13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning,
14 The wise store up knowledge,
15 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city,
16 The wages of the righteous is life,
17 Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life,
18 Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips
19 Sin is not ended by multiplying words,
20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver,
21 The lips of the righteous nourish many,
22 The blessing of the Lord brings wealth,
23 A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes,
24 What the wicked dread will overtake them;
25 When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone,
26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
27 The fear of the Lord adds length to life,
28 The prospect of the righteous is joy,
29 The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless,
30 The righteous will never be uprooted,
31 From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom,
32 The lips of the righteous know what finds favor,
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