Philippians 1:1-26 English Standard Version (ESV)
1 Paul and Timothy, servants[a] of Christ Jesus,
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace,[d] both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
The Advance of the Gospel
12 I want you to know, brothers,[e] that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard[f] and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word[g] without fear.
15 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.
To Live Is Christ
Yes, and I will rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
Isaiah 57:15-59:21 English Standard Version (ESV)
15 For thus says the One who is high and lifted up,
True and False Fasting
58 “Cry aloud; do not hold back;
6 “Is not this the fast that I choose:
13 “If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath,
Evil and Oppression
59 Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save,
9 Therefore justice is far from us,
Judgment and Redemption
14 Justice is turned back,
The Lord saw it, and it displeased him[g]
20 “And a Redeemer will come to Zion,
21 “And as for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord: “My Spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouth of your offspring, or out of the mouth of your children's offspring,” says the Lord, “from this time forth and forevermore.”
Psalm 71 English Standard Version (ESV)
Forsake Me Not When My Strength Is Spent
71 In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;
4 Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,
7 I have been as a portent to many,
12 O God, be not far from me;
17 O God, from my youth you have taught me,
22 I will also praise you with the harp
Proverbs 24:9-10 English Standard Version (ESV)
9 The devising[a] of folly is sin,
10 If you faint in the day of adversity,
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