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Isaiah and His Children as Signs
8 The Lord said to me, “Take a large scroll(A) and write on it with an ordinary pen: Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.”[a](B) 2 So I called in Uriah(C) the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah as reliable witnesses(D) for me. 3 Then I made love to the prophetess,(E) and she conceived and gave birth to a son.(F) And the Lord said to me, “Name him Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.(G) 4 For before the boy knows(H) how to say ‘My father’ or ‘My mother,’ the wealth of Damascus(I) and the plunder of Samaria will be carried off by the king of Assyria.(J)”
5 The Lord spoke to me again:
6 “Because this people has rejected(K)
the gently flowing waters of Shiloah(L)
and rejoices over Rezin
and the son of Remaliah,(M)
7 therefore the Lord is about to bring against them
the mighty floodwaters(N) of the Euphrates—
the king of Assyria(O) with all his pomp.(P)
It will overflow all its channels,
run over all its banks(Q)
8 and sweep on into Judah, swirling over it,(R)
passing through it and reaching up to the neck.
Its outspread wings(S) will cover the breadth of your land,
9 Raise the war cry,[c](U) you nations, and be shattered!(V)
Listen, all you distant lands.
Prepare(W) for battle, and be shattered!
Prepare for battle, and be shattered!
10 Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted;(X)
propose your plan, but it will not stand,(Y)
for God is with us.[d](Z)
12 “Do not call conspiracy(AC)
everything this people calls a conspiracy;
do not fear what they fear,(AD)
and do not dread it.(AE)
13 The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy,(AF)
he is the one you are to fear,(AG)
he is the one you are to dread.(AH)
14 He will be a holy place;(AI)
for both Israel and Judah he will be
a stone(AJ) that causes people to stumble(AK)
and a rock that makes them fall.(AL)
And for the people of Jerusalem he will be
a trap and a snare.(AM)
15 Many of them will stumble;(AN)
they will fall and be broken,
they will be snared and captured.”
16 Bind up this testimony of warning(AO)
and seal(AP) up God’s instruction among my disciples.
17 I will wait(AQ) for the Lord,
who is hiding(AR) his face from the descendants of Jacob.
I will put my trust in him.(AS)
The Darkness Turns to Light
19 When someone tells you to consult(AX) mediums and spiritists,(AY) who whisper and mutter,(AZ) should not a people inquire(BA) of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? 20 Consult God’s instruction(BB) and the testimony of warning.(BC) If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light(BD) of dawn. 21 Distressed and hungry,(BE) they will roam through the land;(BF) when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse(BG) their king and their God. 22 Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom,(BH) and they will be thrust into utter darkness.(BI)
9 [e]Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom(BJ) for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,(BK) but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—
2 The people walking in darkness(BL)
have seen a great light;(BM)
on those living in the land of deep darkness(BN)
a light has dawned.(BO)
3 You have enlarged the nation(BP)
and increased their joy;(BQ)
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
when dividing the plunder.(BR)
4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,(BS)
you have shattered(BT)
the yoke(BU) that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders,(BV)
the rod of their oppressor.(BW)
5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle
and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,(BX)
will be fuel for the fire.
6 For to us a child is born,(BY)
to us a son is given,(BZ)
and the government(CA) will be on his shoulders.(CB)
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor,(CC) Mighty God,(CD)
Everlasting(CE) Father,(CF) Prince of Peace.(CG)
7 Of the greatness of his government(CH) and peace(CI)
there will be no end.(CJ)
He will reign(CK) on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice(CL) and righteousness(CM)
from that time on and forever.(CN)
The zeal(CO) of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.
The Lord’s Anger Against Israel
8 The Lord has sent a message(CP) against Jacob;
it will fall on Israel.
9 All the people will know it—
Ephraim(CQ) and the inhabitants of Samaria(CR)—
who say with pride
and arrogance(CS) of heart,
10 “The bricks have fallen down,
but we will rebuild with dressed stone;(CT)
the fig(CU) trees have been felled,
but we will replace them with cedars.(CV)”
11 But the Lord has strengthened Rezin’s(CW) foes against them
and has spurred their enemies on.
12 Arameans(CX) from the east and Philistines(CY) from the west
have devoured(CZ) Israel with open mouth.
13 But the people have not returned(DC) to him who struck(DD) them,
nor have they sought(DE) the Lord Almighty.
14 So the Lord will cut off from Israel both head and tail,
both palm branch and reed(DF) in a single day;(DG)
15 the elders(DH) and dignitaries(DI) are the head,
the prophets(DJ) who teach lies(DK) are the tail.
16 Those who guide(DL) this people mislead them,
and those who are guided are led astray.(DM)
17 Therefore the Lord will take no pleasure in the young men,(DN)
nor will he pity(DO) the fatherless and widows,
for everyone is ungodly(DP) and wicked,(DQ)
every mouth speaks folly.(DR)
Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
his hand is still upraised.(DS)
18 Surely wickedness burns like a fire;(DT)
it consumes briers and thorns,(DU)
it sets the forest thickets ablaze,(DV)
so that it rolls upward in a column of smoke.
19 By the wrath(DW) of the Lord Almighty
the land will be scorched(DX)
and the people will be fuel for the fire;(DY)
they will not spare one another.(DZ)
20 On the right they will devour,
but still be hungry;(EA)
on the left they will eat,(EB)
but not be satisfied.
Each will feed on the flesh of their own offspring[f]:
21 Manasseh will feed on Ephraim, and Ephraim on Manasseh;(EC)
together they will turn against Judah.(ED)
Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
his hand is still upraised.(EE)
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
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Paul’s Vision and His Thorn
12 I must go on boasting.(A) Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations(B) from the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ(C) who fourteen years ago was caught up(D) to the third heaven.(E) Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows.(F) 3 And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— 4 was caught up(G) to paradise(H) and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. 5 I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses.(I) 6 Even if I should choose to boast,(J) I would not be a fool,(K) because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, 7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations.(L) Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh,(M) a messenger of Satan,(N) to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.(O) 9 But he said to me, “My grace(P) is sufficient for you, for my power(Q) is made perfect in weakness.(R)”(S) Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight(T) in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships,(U) in persecutions,(V) in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.(W)Read full chapter
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For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil[b] of David.
1 Listen to my prayer, O God,
do not ignore my plea;(A)
2 hear me and answer me.(B)
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught(C)
3 because of what my enemy is saying,
because of the threats of the wicked;
for they bring down suffering on me(D)
and assail(E) me in their anger.(F)
4 My heart is in anguish(G) within me;
the terrors(H) of death have fallen on me.
5 Fear and trembling(I) have beset me;
horror(J) has overwhelmed me.
6 I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest.
7 I would flee far away
and stay in the desert;[c](K)
8 I would hurry to my place of shelter,(L)
far from the tempest and storm.(M)”
9 Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words,(N)
for I see violence and strife(O) in the city.(P)
10 Day and night they prowl(Q) about on its walls;
malice and abuse are within it.
11 Destructive forces(R) are at work in the city;
threats and lies(S) never leave its streets.
12 If an enemy were insulting me,
I could endure it;
if a foe were rising against me,
I could hide.
13 But it is you, a man like myself,
my companion, my close friend,(T)
14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship(U)
at the house of God,(V)
as we walked about
among the worshipers.
16 As for me, I call to God,
and the Lord saves me.
17 Evening,(Y) morning(Z) and noon(AA)
I cry out in distress,
and he hears my voice.
18 He rescues me unharmed
from the battle waged against me,
even though many oppose me.
19 God, who is enthroned from of old,(AB)
who does not change—
he will hear(AC) them and humble them,
because they have no fear of God.(AD)
20 My companion attacks his friends;(AE)
he violates his covenant.(AF)
21 His talk is smooth as butter,(AG)
yet war is in his heart;
his words are more soothing than oil,(AH)
yet they are drawn swords.(AI)
22 Cast your cares on the Lord
and he will sustain you;(AJ)
he will never let
the righteous be shaken.(AK)
23 But you, God, will bring down the wicked
into the pit(AL) of decay;
the bloodthirsty and deceitful(AM)
will not live out half their days.(AN)
But as for me, I trust in you.(AO)