Isaiah 29:1-30:18 New International Version (NIV)
Woe to David’s City
29 Woe to you, Ariel, Ariel,
5 But your many enemies will become like fine dust,
9 Be stunned and amazed,
11 For you this whole vision is nothing but words sealed in a scroll. And if you give the scroll to someone who can read, and say, “Read this, please,” they will answer, “I can’t; it is sealed.” 12 Or if you give the scroll to someone who cannot read, and say, “Read this, please,” they will answer, “I don’t know how to read.”
13 The Lord says:
“These people come near to me with their mouth
17 In a very short time, will not Lebanon be turned into a fertile field
22 Therefore this is what the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, says to the descendants of Jacob:
“No longer will Jacob be ashamed;
Woe to the Obstinate Nation
30 “Woe to the obstinate children,”
6 A prophecy concerning the animals of the Negev:
Through a land of hardship and distress,
8 Go now, write it on a tablet for them,
12 Therefore this is what the Holy One of Israel says:
“Because you have rejected this message,
15 This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:
“In repentance and rest is your salvation,
18 Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
2 Corinthians 12:11-21 New International Version (NIV)
Paul’s Concern for the Corinthians
11 I have made a fool of myself, but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the “super-apostles,”[a] even though I am nothing. 12 I persevered in demonstrating among you the marks of a true apostle, including signs, wonders and miracles. 13 How were you inferior to the other churches, except that I was never a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong!
14 Now I am ready to visit you for the third time, and I will not be a burden to you, because what I want is not your possessions but you. After all, children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. 15 So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well. If I love you more, will you love me less? 16 Be that as it may, I have not been a burden to you. Yet, crafty fellow that I am, I caught you by trickery! 17 Did I exploit you through any of the men I sent to you? 18 I urged Titus to go to you and I sent our brother with him. Titus did not exploit you, did he? Did we not walk in the same footsteps by the same Spirit?
19 Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? We have been speaking in the sight of God as those in Christ; and everything we do, dear friends, is for your strengthening. 20 For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder. 21 I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged.
Psalm 107:1-9 New International Version (NIV)
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—
4 Some wandered in desert wastelands,
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