Isaiah 3-5 New Living Translation (NLT)
Judgment against Judah
3 The Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
4 I will make boys their leaders,
6 In those days a man will say to his brother,
8 For Jerusalem will stumble,
10 Tell the godly that all will be well for them.
12 Childish leaders oppress my people,
13 The Lord takes his place in court
A Warning to Jerusalem
16 The Lord says, “Beautiful Zion[b] is haughty:
18 On that day of judgment
24 Instead of smelling of sweet perfume, she will stink.
4 In that day so few men will be left that seven women will fight for each man, saying, “Let us all marry you! We will provide our own food and clothing. Only let us take your name so we won’t be mocked as old maids.”
A Promise of Restoration
2 But in that day, the branch[d] of the Lord
A Song about the Lord’s Vineyard
5 Now I will sing for the one I love
3 Now, you people of Jerusalem and Judah,
5 Now let me tell you
7 The nation of Israel is the vineyard of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
Judah’s Guilt and Judgment
8 What sorrow for you who buy up house after house and field after field,
11 What sorrow for those who get up early in the morning
13 So my people will go into exile far away
18 What sorrow for those who drag their sins behind them
20 What sorrow for those who say
24 Therefore, just as fire licks up stubble
26 He will send a signal to distant nations far away
Isaiah 3-5 New International Version (NIV)
Judgment on Jerusalem and Judah
3 See now, the Lord,
4 “I will make mere youths their officials;
5 People will oppress each other—
6 A man will seize one of his brothers
8 Jerusalem staggers,
10 Tell the righteous it will be well with them,
12 Youths oppress my people,
13 The Lord takes his place in court;
16 The Lord says,
18 In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces, 19 the earrings and bracelets and veils, 20 the headdresses and anklets and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms, 21 the signet rings and nose rings, 22 the fine robes and the capes and cloaks, the purses 23 and mirrors, and the linen garments and tiaras and shawls.
24 Instead of fragrance there will be a stench;
4 1 In that day seven women
The Branch of the Lord
2 In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel. 3 Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem. 4 The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit[a] of judgment and a spirit[b] of fire. 5 Then the Lord will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over everything the glory[c] will be a canopy. 6 It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.
The Song of the Vineyard
5 I will sing for the one I love
3 “Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and people of Judah,
7 The vineyard of the Lord Almighty
Woes and Judgments
8 Woe to you who add house to house
9 The Lord Almighty has declared in my hearing:
“Surely the great houses will become desolate,
11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning
18 Woe to those who draw sin along with cords of deceit,
20 Woe to those who call evil good
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
22 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine
Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
26 He lifts up a banner for the distant nations,
2 Corinthians 11:1-15 New Living Translation (NLT)
Paul and the False Apostles
11 I hope you will put up with a little more of my foolishness. Please bear with me. 2 For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride[a] to one husband—Christ. 3 But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. 4 You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed.
5 But I don’t consider myself inferior in any way to these “super apostles” who teach such things. 6 I may be unskilled as a speaker, but I’m not lacking in knowledge. We have made this clear to you in every possible way.
7 Was I wrong when I humbled myself and honored you by preaching God’s Good News to you without expecting anything in return? 8 I “robbed” other churches by accepting their contributions so I could serve you at no cost. 9 And when I was with you and didn’t have enough to live on, I did not become a financial burden to anyone. For the brothers who came from Macedonia brought me all that I needed. I have never been a burden to you, and I never will be. 10 As surely as the truth of Christ is in me, no one in all of Greece[b] will ever stop me from boasting about this. 11 Why? Because I don’t love you? God knows that I do.
12 But I will continue doing what I have always done. This will undercut those who are looking for an opportunity to boast that their work is just like ours. 13 These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve.
2 Corinthians 11:1-15 New International Version (NIV)
Paul and the False Apostles
11 I hope you will put up with me in a little foolishness. Yes, please put up with me! 2 I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. 3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 4 For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.
5 I do not think I am in the least inferior to those “super-apostles.”[a] 6 I may indeed be untrained as a speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way. 7 Was it a sin for me to lower myself in order to elevate you by preaching the gospel of God to you free of charge? 8 I robbed other churches by receiving support from them so as to serve you. 9 And when I was with you and needed something, I was not a burden to anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied what I needed. I have kept myself from being a burden to you in any way, and will continue to do so. 10 As surely as the truth of Christ is in me, nobody in the regions of Achaia will stop this boasting of mine. 11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!
12 And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about. 13 For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.
Psalm 53 New Living Translation (NLT)
For the choir director: A meditation; a psalm[a] of David.
1 Only fools say in their hearts,
2 God looks down from heaven
4 Will those who do evil never learn?
6 Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel?
Psalm 53 New International Version (NIV)
1 The fool says in his heart,
2 God looks down from heaven
4 Do all these evildoers know nothing?
They devour my people as though eating bread;
6 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
Proverbs 22:28-29 New Living Translation (NLT)
28 Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers
29 Do you see any truly competent workers?
Proverbs 22:28-29 New International Version (NIV)
28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone
29 Do you see someone skilled in their work?