Isaiah 48:12-50:11 New Living Translation (NLT)
Freedom from Babylon
12 “Listen to me, O family of Jacob,
14 Have any of your idols ever told you this?
15 “I have said it: I am calling Cyrus!
And now the Sovereign Lord and his Spirit
20 Yet even now, be free from your captivity!
The Lord’s Servant Commissioned
49 Listen to me, all you in distant lands!
3 He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel,
4 I replied, “But my work seems so useless!
5 And now the Lord speaks—
7 The Lord, the Redeemer
Promises of Israel’s Restoration
8 This is what the Lord says:
“At just the right time, I will respond to you.[d]
13 Sing for joy, O heavens!
14 Yet Jerusalem[f] says, “The Lord has deserted us;
15 “Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child?
19 “Even the most desolate parts of your abandoned land
22 This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
24 Who can snatch the plunder of war from the hands of a warrior?
50 This is what the Lord says:
“Was your mother sent away because I divorced her?
The Lord’s Obedient Servant
4 The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom,
7 Because the Sovereign Lord helps me,
10 Who among you fears the Lord
Ephesians 4:17-32 New Living Translation (NLT)
Living as Children of Light
17 With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. 18 Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. 19 They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.
20 But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. 21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.”[a] Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.
28 If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. 29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own,[b] guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Psalm 69:1-18 New Living Translation (NLT)
For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be sung to the tune “Lilies.”
1 Save me, O God,
5 O God, you know how foolish I am;
9 Passion for your house has consumed me,
13 But I keep praying to you, Lord,
16 Answer my prayers, O Lord,
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