Isaiah 3-5 New Living Translation (NLT)
Judgment against Judah
3 The Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
4 I will make boys their leaders,
6 In those days a man will say to his brother,
8 For Jerusalem will stumble,
10 Tell the godly that all will be well for them.
12 Childish leaders oppress my people,
13 The Lord takes his place in court
A Warning to Jerusalem
16 The Lord says, “Beautiful Zion[b] is haughty:
18 On that day of judgment
24 Instead of smelling of sweet perfume, she will stink.
4 In that day so few men will be left that seven women will fight for each man, saying, “Let us all marry you! We will provide our own food and clothing. Only let us take your name so we won’t be mocked as old maids.”
A Promise of Restoration
2 But in that day, the branch[d] of the Lord
A Song about the Lord’s Vineyard
5 Now I will sing for the one I love
3 Now, you people of Jerusalem and Judah,
5 Now let me tell you
7 The nation of Israel is the vineyard of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
Judah’s Guilt and Judgment
8 What sorrow for you who buy up house after house and field after field,
11 What sorrow for those who get up early in the morning
13 So my people will go into exile far away
18 What sorrow for those who drag their sins behind them
20 What sorrow for those who say
24 Therefore, just as fire licks up stubble
26 He will send a signal to distant nations far away
2 Corinthians 11:1-15 New Living Translation (NLT)
Paul and the False Apostles
11 I hope you will put up with a little more of my foolishness. Please bear with me. 2 For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride[a] to one husband—Christ. 3 But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. 4 You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed.
5 But I don’t consider myself inferior in any way to these “super apostles” who teach such things. 6 I may be unskilled as a speaker, but I’m not lacking in knowledge. We have made this clear to you in every possible way.
7 Was I wrong when I humbled myself and honored you by preaching God’s Good News to you without expecting anything in return? 8 I “robbed” other churches by accepting their contributions so I could serve you at no cost. 9 And when I was with you and didn’t have enough to live on, I did not become a financial burden to anyone. For the brothers who came from Macedonia brought me all that I needed. I have never been a burden to you, and I never will be. 10 As surely as the truth of Christ is in me, no one in all of Greece[b] will ever stop me from boasting about this. 11 Why? Because I don’t love you? God knows that I do.
12 But I will continue doing what I have always done. This will undercut those who are looking for an opportunity to boast that their work is just like ours. 13 These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve.
Psalm 53 New Living Translation (NLT)
For the choir director: A meditation; a psalm[a] of David.
1 Only fools say in their hearts,
2 God looks down from heaven
4 Will those who do evil never learn?
6 Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel?
Proverbs 22:28-29 New Living Translation (NLT)
28 Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers
29 Do you see any truly competent workers?
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