Isaiah 62:6-65:25New International Version (NIV)
6 I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem;
8 The Lord has sworn by his right hand
10 Pass through, pass through the gates!
11 The Lord has made proclamation
God’s Day of Vengeance and Redemption
63 Who is this coming from Edom,
“It is I, proclaiming victory,
2 Why are your garments red,
3 “I have trodden the winepress alone;
Praise and Prayer
7 I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord,
11 Then his people recalled[b] the days of old,
15 Look down from heaven and see,
64 [d]Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
8 Yet you, Lord, are our Father.
Judgment and Salvation
65 “I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me;
6 “See, it stands written before me:
8 This is what the Lord says:
“As when juice is still found in a cluster of grapes
11 “But as for you who forsake the Lord
13 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“My servants will eat,
New Heavens and a New Earth
17 “See, I will create
20 “Never again will there be in it
Philippians 2:19-3:3New International Version (NIV)
Timothy and Epaphroditus
19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. 20 I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. 21 For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel. 23 I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me. 24 And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon.
25 But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. 26 For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety. 29 So then, welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him, 30 because he almost died for the work of Christ. He risked his life to make up for the help you yourselves could not give me.
No Confidence in the Flesh
3 Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. 2 Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. 3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—
Psalm 73New International Version (NIV)
A psalm of Asaph.
1 Surely God is good to Israel,
2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
4 They have no struggles;
12 This is what the wicked are like—
13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
15 If I had spoken out like that,
18 Surely you place them on slippery ground;
21 When my heart was grieved
23 Yet I am always with you;
27 Those who are far from you will perish;
Proverbs 24:13-14New International Version (NIV)
13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good;
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