Isaiah 48:12-50:11 New King James Version (NKJV)
God’s Ancient Plan to Redeem Israel
12 “Listen to Me, O Jacob,
14 “All of you, assemble yourselves, and hear!
16 “Come near to Me, hear this:
17 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
20 Go forth from Babylon!
22 “There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.”
The Servant, the Light to the Gentiles
49 “Listen, O coastlands, to Me,
3 “And He said to me,
5 “And now the Lord says,
7 Thus says the Lord,
8 Thus says the Lord:
“In an acceptable[h] time I have heard You,
“They shall feed along the roads,
13 Sing, O heavens!
God Will Remember Zion
14 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child,
19 “For your waste and desolate places,
22 Thus says the Lord God:
“Behold, I will lift My hand in an oath to the nations,
24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty,
25 But thus says the Lord:
“Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away,
The Servant, Israel’s Hope
50 Thus says the Lord:
“Where is the certificate of your mother’s divorce,
4 “The Lord God has given Me
7 “For the Lord God will help Me;
10 “Who among you fears the Lord?
Ephesians 4:17-32 New King James Version (NKJV)
The New Man
17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as [a]the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
Do Not Grieve the Spirit
25 Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. 26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give [b]place to the devil. 28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. 29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary [c]edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, [d]clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Psalm 69:1-18 New King James Version (NKJV)
An Urgent Plea for Help in Trouble
To the Chief Musician. Set to [a]“The Lilies.” A Psalm of David.
69 Save me, O God!
4 Those who hate me without a cause
5 O God, You know my foolishness;
13 But as for me, my prayer is to You,
16 Hear me, O Lord, for Your lovingkindness is good;
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