Isaiah 25:1-28:13New International Version (NIV)
Praise to the Lord
25 Lord, you are my God;
6 On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare
9 In that day they will say,
“Surely this is our God;
10 The hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain;
A Song of Praise
26 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
We have a strong city;
7 The path of the righteous is level;
12 Lord, you establish peace for us;
16 Lord, they came to you in their distress;
19 But your dead will live, Lord;
20 Go, my people, enter your rooms
Deliverance of Israel
27 In that day,
the Lord will punish with his sword—
2 In that day—
“Sing about a fruitful vineyard:
6 In days to come Jacob will take root,
7 Has the Lord struck her
12 In that day the Lord will thresh from the flowing Euphrates to the Wadi of Egypt, and you, Israel, will be gathered up one by one. 13 And in that day a great trumpet will sound. Those who were perishing in Assyria and those who were exiled in Egypt will come and worship the Lord on the holy mountain in Jerusalem.
Woe to the Leaders of Ephraim and Judah
28 Woe to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards,
5 In that day the Lord Almighty
7 And these also stagger from wine
9 “Who is it he is trying to teach?
11 Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues
Galatians 3:10-22New International Version (NIV)
10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”[a] 11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.”[b] 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.”[c] 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”[d] 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
The Law and the Promise
15 Brothers and sisters, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. 16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,”[e] meaning one person, who is Christ. 17 What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. 18 For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.
19 Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator. 20 A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one.
21 Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. 22 But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.
Psalm 61New International Version (NIV)
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. Of David.
1 Hear my cry, O God;
2 From the ends of the earth I call to you,
4 I long to dwell in your tent forever
6 Increase the days of the king’s life,
8 Then I will ever sing in praise of your name
Proverbs 23:17-18New International Version (NIV)
17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,
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