Isaiah 12-14 New International Version (NIV)
Songs of Praise
12 In that day you will say:
“I will praise you, Lord.
4 In that day you will say:
“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
A Prophecy Against Babylon
13 A prophecy against Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw:
2 Raise a banner on a bare hilltop,
4 Listen, a noise on the mountains,
6 Wail, for the day of the Lord is near;
9 See, the day of the Lord is coming
14 Like a hunted gazelle,
17 See, I will stir up against them the Medes,
14 The Lord will have compassion on Jacob;
3 On the day the Lord gives you relief from your suffering and turmoil and from the harsh labor forced on you, 4 you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon:
How the oppressor has come to an end!
9 The realm of the dead below is all astir
12 How you have fallen from heaven,
16 Those who see you stare at you,
18 All the kings of the nations lie in state,
Let the offspring of the wicked
22 “I will rise up against them,”
24 The Lord Almighty has sworn,
“Surely, as I have planned, so it will be,
26 This is the plan determined for the whole world;
A Prophecy Against the Philistines
28 This prophecy came in the year King Ahaz died:
29 Do not rejoice, all you Philistines,
31 Wail, you gate! Howl, you city!
2 Corinthians 13 New International Version (NIV)
13 This will be my third visit to you. “Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.”[a] 2 I already gave you a warning when I was with you the second time. I now repeat it while absent: On my return I will not spare those who sinned earlier or any of the others, 3 since you are demanding proof that Christ is speaking through me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you. 4 For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him in our dealing with you.
5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? 6 And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test. 7 Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong—not so that people will see that we have stood the test but so that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed. 8 For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. 9 We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is that you may be fully restored. 10 This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority—the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.
11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13 All God’s people here send their greetings.
14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Psalm 57 New International Version (NIV)
For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam.[b] When he had fled from Saul into the cave.
1 Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
2 I cry out to God Most High,
4 I am in the midst of lions;
5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
6 They spread a net for my feet—
7 My heart, O God, is steadfast,
9 I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
Proverbs 23:9-11 New International Version (NIV)
9 Do not speak to fools,
10 Do not move an ancient boundary stone
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