Isaiah 57:15-59:21 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 For thus says the High and Lofty One
19 “I create the fruit of the lips:
21 “There is no peace,”
Fasting that Pleases God
58 “Cry aloud, [b]spare not;
“In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure,
6 “Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
“If you take away the yoke from your midst,
13 “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath,
Separated from God
59 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened,
4 No one calls for justice,
6 Their webs will not become garments,
9 Therefore justice is far from us,
The Redeemer of Zion
Then the Lord saw it, and [k]it displeased Him
20 “The Redeemer will come to Zion,
21 “As for Me,” says the Lord, “this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,” says the Lord, “from this time and forevermore.”
Philippians 1:1-26 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ,
To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the [a]bishops and deacons:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thankfulness and Prayer
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; 7 just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. 8 For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Christ Is Preached
12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, 13 so that it has become evident to the whole [b]palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; 14 and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
15 Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: 16 [c]The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; 17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.
To Live Is Christ
19 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I [d]cannot tell. 23 [e]For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. 24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. 25 And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith, 26 that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.
Psalm 71 New King James Version (NKJV)
God the Rock of Salvation
71 In You, O Lord, I put my trust;
4 Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked,
7 I have become as a wonder to many,
9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
12 O God, do not be far from me;
14 But I will hope continually,
17 O God, You have taught me from my youth;
19 Also Your righteousness, O God, is [d]very high,
22 Also with the lute I will praise You—
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