Isaiah 62:6-65:25 New Living Translation (NLT)
6 O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls;
10 Go out through the gates!
Judgment against the Lord’s Enemies
63 Who is this who comes from Edom,
“It is I, the Lord, announcing your salvation!
2 Why are your clothes so red,
3 “I have been treading the winepress alone;
Praise for Deliverance
7 I will tell of the Lord’s unfailing love.
11 Then they remembered those days of old
Prayer for Mercy and Pardon
15 Lord, look down from heaven;
64 [d]Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down!
8 And yet, O Lord, you are our Father.
Judgment and Final Salvation
65 The Lord says,
“I was ready to respond, but no one asked for help.
6 “Look, my decree is written out[i] in front of me:
8 “But I will not destroy them all,”
11 “But because the rest of you have forsaken the Lord
13 Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
17 “Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth,
20 “No longer will babies die when only a few days old.
Philippians 2:19-3:3 New Living Translation (NLT)
Paul Commends Timothy
19 If the Lord Jesus is willing, I hope to send Timothy to you soon for a visit. Then he can cheer me up by telling me how you are getting along. 20 I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare. 21 All the others care only for themselves and not for what matters to Jesus Christ. 22 But you know how Timothy has proved himself. Like a son with his father, he has served with me in preaching the Good News. 23 I hope to send him to you just as soon as I find out what is going to happen to me here. 24 And I have confidence from the Lord that I myself will come to see you soon.
Paul Commends Epaphroditus
25 Meanwhile, I thought I should send Epaphroditus back to you. He is a true brother, co-worker, and fellow soldier. And he was your messenger to help me in my need. 26 I am sending him because he has been longing to see you, and he was very distressed that you heard he was ill. 27 And he certainly was ill; in fact, he almost died. But God had mercy on him—and also on me, so that I would not have one sorrow after another.
28 So I am all the more anxious to send him back to you, for I know you will be glad to see him, and then I will not be so worried about you. 29 Welcome him in the Lord’s love[a] and with great joy, and give him the honor that people like him deserve. 30 For he risked his life for the work of Christ, and he was at the point of death while doing for me what you couldn’t do from far away.
The Priceless Value of Knowing Christ
3 Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters,[b] rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith.
2 Watch out for those dogs, those people who do evil, those mutilators who say you must be circumcised to be saved. 3 For we who worship by the Spirit of God[c] are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort,
Psalm 73 New Living Translation (NLT)
Book three (Psalms 73–89)
A psalm of Asaph.
1 Truly God is good to Israel,
13 Did I keep my heart pure for nothing?
15 If I had really spoken this way to others,
21 Then I realized that my heart was bitter,
27 Those who desert him will perish,
Proverbs 24:13-14 New Living Translation (NLT)
13 My child,[a] eat honey, for it is good,
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