Isaiah 60:1-62:5 New Living Translation (NLT)
Future Glory for Jerusalem
60 “Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see.
4 “Look and see, for everyone is coming home!
8 “And what do I see flying like clouds to Israel,
10 “Foreigners will come to rebuild your towns,
13 “The glory of Lebanon will be yours—
15 “Though you were once despised and hated,
19 “No longer will you need the sun to shine by day,
Good News for the Oppressed
61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins,
8 “For I, the Lord, love justice.
10 I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God!
Isaiah’s Prayer for Jerusalem
62 Because I love Zion,
Philippians 1:27-2:18 New Living Translation (NLT)
Live as Citizens of Heaven
27 Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News. 28 Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself. 29 For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. 30 We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.
Have the Attitude of Christ
2 Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
6 Though he was God,[a]
9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
Shine Brightly for Christ
12 Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
14 Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. 16 Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. 17 But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God,[e] just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy. 18 Yes, you should rejoice, and I will share your joy.
Psalm 72 New Living Translation (NLT)
A psalm of Solomon.
1 Give your love of justice to the king, O God,
6 May the king’s rule be refreshing like spring rain on freshly cut grass,
12 He will rescue the poor when they cry to him;
15 Long live the king!
18 Praise the Lord God, the God of Israel,
20 (This ends the prayers of David son of Jesse.)
Proverbs 24:11-12 New Living Translation (NLT)
11 Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die;
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