Isaiah 30:12-33:9 New Living Translation (NLT)
12 This is the reply of the Holy One of Israel:
“Because you despise what I tell you
15 This is what the Sovereign Lord,
Blessings for the Lord’s People
18 So the Lord must wait for you to come to him
19 O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem,
23 Then the Lord will bless you with rain at planting time. There will be wonderful harvests and plenty of pastureland for your livestock. 24 The oxen and donkeys that till the ground will eat good grain, its chaff blown away by the wind. 25 In that day, when your enemies are slaughtered and the towers fall, there will be streams of water flowing down every mountain and hill. 26 The moon will be as bright as the sun, and the sun will be seven times brighter—like the light of seven days in one! So it will be when the Lord begins to heal his people and cure the wounds he gave them.
27 Look! The Lord is coming from far away,
29 But the people of God will sing a song of joy,
The Futility of Relying on Egypt
31 What sorrow awaits those who look to Egypt for help,
4 But this is what the Lord has told me:
“When a strong young lion
6 Though you are such wicked rebels, my people, come and return to the Lord. 7 I know the glorious day will come when each of you will throw away the gold idols and silver images your sinful hands have made.
8 “The Assyrians will be destroyed,
Israel’s Ultimate Deliverance
32 Look, a righteous king is coming!
3 Then everyone who has eyes will be able to see the truth,
9 Listen, you women who lie around in ease.
16 Justice will rule in the wilderness
A Message about Assyria
33 What sorrow awaits you Assyrians, who have destroyed others[c]
5 Though the Lord is very great and lives in heaven,
7 But now your brave warriors weep in public.
Galatians 5:1-12 New Living Translation (NLT)
Freedom in Christ
5 So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.
2 Listen! I, Paul, tell you this: If you are counting on circumcision to make you right with God, then Christ will be of no benefit to you. 3 I’ll say it again. If you are trying to find favor with God by being circumcised, you must obey every regulation in the whole law of Moses. 4 For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace.
5 But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us. 6 For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.
7 You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? 8 It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom. 9 This false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough! 10 I am trusting the Lord to keep you from believing false teachings. God will judge that person, whoever he is, who has been confusing you.
11 Dear brothers and sisters,[a] if I were still preaching that you must be circumcised—as some say I do—why am I still being persecuted? If I were no longer preaching salvation through the cross of Christ, no one would be offended. 12 I just wish that those troublemakers who want to mutilate you by circumcision would mutilate themselves.[b]
Psalm 63 New Living Translation (NLT)
A psalm of David, regarding a time when David was in the wilderness of Judah.
1 O God, you are my God;
6 I lie awake thinking of you,
9 But those plotting to destroy me will come to ruin.
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