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The popular reading plan features a reading from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs each day. This plan divides the text into 365 sections, so you can read through the entire Bible in one unforgettable year?in as little as 15 minutes a day. In one year, you read the Old Testament, the New Testament, and Proverbs once, and the Psalms twice.

  • September 22: Isaiah 39?41:16; Ephesians 1; Psalm 66; Proverbs 23:25?28

    Old Testament: Isaiah 39?41:16 Isaiah 39?41:16

    Isaiah 39-41:16

    Envoys from Babylon

    39 At that time Merodach-baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that he had been sick and had recovered. And Hezekiah welcomed them gladly. And he showed them his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his whole armory, all that was found in his storehouses. There was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them. Then Isaiah the prophet came to King Hezekiah, and said to him, ?What did these men say? And from where did they come to you?? Hezekiah said, ?They have come to me from a far country, from Babylon.? He said, ?What have they seen in your house?? Hezekiah answered, ?They have seen all that is in my house. There is nothing in my storehouses that I did not show them.?

    Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, ?Hear the word of the LORD of hosts: Behold, the days are coming, when all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have stored up till this day, shall be carried to Babylon. Nothing shall be left, says the LORD. And some of your own sons, who will come from you, whom you will father, shall be taken away, and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.? Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, ?The word of the LORD that you have spoken is good.? For he thought, ?There will be peace and security in my days.?

    Comfort for God's People

    40   Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
      Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
        and cry to her
      that her warfare1 is ended,
        that her iniquity is pardoned,
      that she has received from the LORD's hand
        double for all her sins.
      A voice cries:2
      ?In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD;
        make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
      Every valley shall be lifted up,
        and every mountain and hill be made low;
      the uneven ground shall become level,
        and the rough places a plain.
      And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
        and all flesh shall see it together,
        for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.?

    The Word of God Stands Forever

      A voice says, ?Cry!?
        And I said,3 ?What shall I cry??
      All flesh is grass,
        and all its beauty4 is like the flower of the field.
      The grass withers, the flower fades
        when the breath of the LORD blows on it;
        surely the people are grass.
      The grass withers, the flower fades,
        but the word of our God will stand forever.

    The Greatness of God

      Go on up to a high mountain,
        O Zion, herald of good news;5
      lift up your voice with strength,
        O Jerusalem, herald of good news;6
        lift it up, fear not;
      say to the cities of Judah,
        ?Behold your God!?
      Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might,
        and his arm rules for him;
      behold, his reward is with him,
        and his recompense before him.
      He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
        he will gather the lambs in his arms;
      he will carry them in his bosom,
        and gently lead those that are with young.
      Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
        and marked off the heavens with a span,
      enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure
        and weighed the mountains in scales
        and the hills in a balance?
      Who has measured7 the Spirit of the LORD,
        or what man shows him his counsel?
      Whom did he consult,
        and who made him understand?
      Who taught him the path of justice,
        and taught him knowledge,
        and showed him the way of understanding?
      Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
        and are accounted as the dust on the scales;
        behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust.
      Lebanon would not suffice for fuel,
        nor are its beasts enough for a burnt offering.
      All the nations are as nothing before him,
        they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.
      To whom then will you liken God,
        or what likeness compare with him?
      An idol! A craftsman casts it,
        and a goldsmith overlays it with gold
        and casts for it silver chains.
      He who is too impoverished for an offering
        chooses wood8 that will not rot;
      he seeks out a skillful craftsman
        to set up an idol that will not move.
      Do you not know? Do you not hear?
        Has it not been told you from the beginning?
        Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
      It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,
        and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
      who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
        and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
      who brings princes to nothing,
        and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.
      Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
        scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
      when he blows on them, and they wither,
        and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
      To whom then will you compare me,
        that I should be like him? says the Holy One.
      Lift up your eyes on high and see:
        who created these?
      He who brings out their host by number,
        calling them all by name;
      by the greatness of his might
        and because he is strong in power,
        not one is missing.
      Why do you say, O Jacob,
        and speak, O Israel,
      ?My way is hidden from the LORD,
        and my right is disregarded by my God??
      Have you not known? Have you not heard?
      The LORD is the everlasting God,
        the Creator of the ends of the earth.
      He does not faint or grow weary;
        his understanding is unsearchable.
      He gives power to the faint,
        and to him who has no might he increases strength.
      Even youths shall faint and be weary,
        and young men shall fall exhausted;
      but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
        they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
      they shall run and not be weary;
        they shall walk and not faint.

    Fear Not, for I Am with You

    41   Listen to me in silence, O coastlands;
        let the peoples renew their strength;
      let them approach, then let them speak;
        let us together draw near for judgment.
      Who stirred up one from the east
        whom victory meets at every step?9
      He gives up nations before him,
        so that he tramples kings underfoot;
      he makes them like dust with his sword,
        like driven stubble with his bow.
      He pursues them and passes on safely,
        by paths his feet have not trod.
      Who has performed and done this,
        calling the generations from the beginning?
      I, the LORD, the first,
        and with the last; I am he.
      The coastlands have seen and are afraid;
        the ends of the earth tremble;
        they have drawn near and come.
      Everyone helps his neighbor
        and says to his brother, ?Be strong!?
      The craftsman strengthens the goldsmith,
        and he who smooths with the hammer him who strikes the anvil,
      saying of the soldering, ?It is good?;
        and they strengthen it with nails so that it cannot be moved.
      But you, Israel, my servant,
        Jacob, whom I have chosen,
        the offspring of Abraham, my friend;
      you whom I took from the ends of the earth,
        and called from its farthest corners,
      saying to you, ?You are my servant,
        I have chosen you and not cast you off?;
      fear not, for I am with you;
        be not dismayed, for I am your God;
      I will strengthen you, I will help you,
        I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
      Behold, all who are incensed against you
        shall be put to shame and confounded;
      those who strive against you
        shall be as nothing and shall perish.
      You shall seek those who contend with you,
        but you shall not find them;
      those who war against you
        shall be as nothing at all.
      For I, the LORD your God,
        hold your right hand;
      it is I who say to you, ?Fear not,
        I am the one who helps you.?
      Fear not, you worm Jacob,
        you men of Israel!
      I am the one who helps you, declares the LORD;
        your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
      Behold, I make of you a threshing sledge,
        new, sharp, and having teeth;
      you shall thresh the mountains and crush them,
        and you shall make the hills like chaff;
      you shall winnow them, and the wind shall carry them away,
        and the tempest shall scatter them.
      And you shall rejoice in the LORD;
        in the Holy One of Israel you shall glory.


    [1] 40:2 Or hardship
    [2] 40:3 Or A voice of one crying
    [3] 40:6 Revocalization based on Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint, Vulgate; Masoretic Text And someone says
    [4] 40:6 Or all its constancy
    [5] 40:9 Or O herald of good news to Zion
    [6] 40:9 Or O herald of good news to Jerusalem
    [7] 40:13 Or has directed
    [8] 40:20 Or He chooses valuable wood
    [9] 41:2 Or whom righteousness calls to follow?


    New Testament: Ephesians 1 Ephesians 1

    Ephesians 1


    Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,

    To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful1 in Christ Jesus:

    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Spiritual Blessings in Christ

    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us2 for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known3 to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

    In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee4 of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it,5 to the praise of his glory.

    Thanksgiving and Prayer

    For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love6 toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.


    [1] 1:1 Some manuscripts saints who are also faithful (omitting in Ephesus)
    [2] 1:5 Or before him in love, 5having predestined us
    [3] 1:9 Or he lavished upon us in all wisdom and insight, making known . . .
    [4] 1:14 Or down payment
    [5] 1:14 Or until God redeems his possession
    [6] 1:15 Some manuscripts omit your love


    Psalm: Psalm 66 Psalm 66

    Psalm 66

    How Awesome Are Your Deeds

    To the choirmaster. A Song. A Psalm.

    66   Shout for joy to God, all the earth;
        sing the glory of his name;
        give to him glorious praise!
      Say to God, ?How awesome are your deeds!
        So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.
      All the earth worships you
        and sings praises to you;
        they sing praises to your name.? Selah
      Come and see what God has done:
        he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.
      He turned the sea into dry land;
        they passed through the river on foot.
      There did we rejoice in him,
        who rules by his might forever,
      whose eyes keep watch on the nations?
        let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah
      Bless our God, O peoples;
        let the sound of his praise be heard,
      who has kept our soul among the living
        and has not let our feet slip.
      For you, O God, have tested us;
        you have tried us as silver is tried.
      You brought us into the net;
        you laid a crushing burden on our backs;
      you let men ride over our heads;
        we went through fire and through water;
      yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.
      I will come into your house with burnt offerings;
        I will perform my vows to you,
      that which my lips uttered
        and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.
      I will offer to you burnt offerings of fattened animals,
        with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams;
      I will make an offering of bulls and goats. Selah
      Come and hear, all you who fear God,
        and I will tell what he has done for my soul.
      I cried to him with my mouth,
        and high praise was on1 my tongue.2
      If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
        the Lord would not have listened.
      But truly God has listened;
        he has attended to the voice of my prayer.
      Blessed be God,
        because he has not rejected my prayer
        or removed his steadfast love from me!


    [1] 66:17 Hebrew under
    [2] 66:17 Or and he was exalted with my tongue


    Proverb: Proverbs 23:25?28 Proverbs 23:25?28

    Proverbs 23:25-28

      Let your father and mother be glad;
        let her who bore you rejoice.
      My son, give me your heart,
        and let your eyes observe1 my ways.
      For a prostitute is a deep pit;
        an adulteress2 is a narrow well.
      She lies in wait like a robber
        and increases the traitors among mankind.


    [1] 23:26 Or delight in
    [2] 23:27 Hebrew a foreign woman


  • September 21: Isaiah 37?38; Galatians 6; Psalm 65; Proverbs 23:24

    Old Testament: Isaiah 37?38 Isaiah 37?38

    Isaiah 37-38

    Hezekiah Seeks Isaiah's Help

    37 As soon as King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of the LORD. And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the secretary, and the senior priests, covered with sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz. They said to him, ?Thus says Hezekiah, ?This day is a day of distress, of rebuke, and of disgrace; children have come to the point of birth, and there is no strength to bring them forth. It may be that the LORD your God will hear the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to mock the living God, and will rebuke the words that the LORD your God has heard; therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.??

    When the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah, Isaiah said to them, ?Say to your master, ?Thus says the LORD: Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the young men of the king of Assyria have reviled me. Behold, I will put a spirit in him, so that he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land, and I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.??

    The Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria fighting against Libnah, for he had heard that the king had left Lachish. Now the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of Cush,1 ?He has set out to fight against you.? And when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, ?Thus shall you speak to Hezekiah king of Judah: ?Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you by promising that Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria. Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, devoting them to destruction. And shall you be delivered? Have the gods of the nations delivered them, the nations that my fathers destroyed, Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Telassar? Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, the king of Hena, or the king of Ivvah???

    Hezekiah's Prayer for Deliverance

    Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD. And Hezekiah prayed to the LORD: ?O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. Incline your ear, O LORD, and hear; open your eyes, O LORD, and see; and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God. Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations and their lands, and have cast their gods into the fire. For they were no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone. Therefore they were destroyed. So now, O LORD our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are the LORD.?

    Sennacherib's Fall

    Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, ?Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria, this is the word that the LORD has spoken concerning him:

      ??She despises you, she scorns you?
        the virgin daughter of Zion;
      she wags her head behind you?
        the daughter of Jerusalem.
      ??Whom have you mocked and reviled?
        Against whom have you raised your voice
      and lifted your eyes to the heights?
        Against the Holy One of Israel!
      By your servants you have mocked the Lord,
        and you have said, With my many chariots
      I have gone up the heights of the mountains,
        to the far recesses of Lebanon,
      to cut down its tallest cedars,
        its choicest cypresses,
      to come to its remotest height,
        its most fruitful forest.
      I dug wells
        and drank waters,
      to dry up with the sole of my foot
        all the streams of Egypt.
      ??Have you not heard
        that I determined it long ago?
      I planned from days of old
        what now I bring to pass,
      that you should make fortified cities
        crash into heaps of ruins,
      while their inhabitants, shorn of strength,
        are dismayed and confounded,
      and have become like plants of the field
        and like tender grass,
      like grass on the housetops,
        blighted2 before it is grown.
      ??I know your sitting down
        and your going out and coming in,
        and your raging against me.
      Because you have raged against me
        and your complacency has come to my ears,
      I will put my hook in your nose
        and my bit in your mouth,
      and I will turn you back on the way
        by which you came.?

    ?And this shall be the sign for you: this year you shall eat what grows of itself, and in the second year what springs from that. Then in the third year sow and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat their fruit. And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward. For out of Jerusalem shall go a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

    ?Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria: He shall not come into this city or shoot an arrow there or come before it with a shield or cast up a siege mound against it. By the way that he came, by the same he shall return, and he shall not come into this city, declares the LORD. For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake and for the sake of my servant David.?

    And the angel of the LORD went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians. And when people arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies. Then Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and returned home and lived at Nineveh. And as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons, struck him down with the sword. And after they escaped into the land of Ararat, Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place.

    Hezekiah's Sickness and Recovery

    38 In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, ?Thus says the LORD: Set your house in order, for you shall die, you shall not recover.?3 Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, and said, ?Please, O LORD, remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.? And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

    Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah: ?Go and say to Hezekiah, Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will add fifteen years to your life.4 I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and will defend this city.

    ?This shall be the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he has promised: Behold, I will make the shadow cast by the declining sun on the dial of Ahaz turn back ten steps.? So the sun turned back on the dial the ten steps by which it had declined.5

    A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, after he had been sick and had recovered from his sickness:

      I said, In the middle6 of my days
        I must depart;
      I am consigned to the gates of Sheol
        for the rest of my years.
      I said, I shall not see the LORD,
        the LORD in the land of the living;
      I shall look on man no more
        among the inhabitants of the world.
      My dwelling is plucked up and removed from me
        like a shepherd's tent;
      like a weaver I have rolled up my life;
        he cuts me off from the loom;
      from day to night you bring me to an end;
        I calmed myself7 until morning;
      like a lion he breaks all my bones;
        from day to night you bring me to an end.
      Like a swallow or a crane I chirp;
        I moan like a dove.
      My eyes are weary with looking upward.
        O Lord, I am oppressed; be my pledge of safety!
      What shall I say? For he has spoken to me,
        and he himself has done it.
      I walk slowly all my years
        because of the bitterness of my soul.
      O Lord, by these things men live,
        and in all these is the life of my spirit.
        Oh restore me to health and make me live!
      Behold, it was for my welfare
        that I had great bitterness;
      but in love you have delivered my life
        from the pit of destruction,
      for you have cast all my sins
        behind your back.
      For Sheol does not thank you;
        death does not praise you;
      those who go down to the pit do not hope
        for your faithfulness.
      The living, the living, he thanks you,
        as I do this day;
      the father makes known to the children
        your faithfulness.
      The LORD will save me,
        and we will play my music on stringed instruments
      all the days of our lives,
        at the house of the LORD.

    Now Isaiah had said, ?Let them take a cake of figs and apply it to the boil, that he may recover.? Hezekiah also had said, ?What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of the LORD??


    [1] 37:9 Probably Nubia
    [2] 37:27 Some Hebrew manuscripts and 2 Kings 19:26; most Hebrew manuscripts a field
    [3] 38:1 Or live; also verses 9, 21
    [4] 38:5 Hebrew to your days
    [5] 38:8 The meaning of the Hebrew verse is uncertain
    [6] 38:10 Or In the quiet
    [7] 38:13 Or (with Targum) I cried for help


    New Testament: Galatians 6 Galatians 6

    Galatians 6

    Bear One Another's Burdens

    Brothers,1 if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.

    Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

    Final Warning and Benediction

    See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which2 the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.

    From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.

    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.


    [1] 6:1 Or Brothers and sisters; also verse 18
    [2] 6:14 Or through whom


    Psalm: Psalm 65 Psalm 65

    Psalm 65

    O God of Our Salvation

    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song.

    65   Praise is due to you,1 O God, in Zion,
        and to you shall vows be performed.
      O you who hear prayer,
        to you shall all flesh come.
      When iniquities prevail against me,
        you atone for our transgressions.
      Blessed is the one you choose and bring near,
        to dwell in your courts!
      We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
        the holiness of your temple!
      By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,
        O God of our salvation,
      the hope of all the ends of the earth
        and of the farthest seas;
      the one who by his strength established the mountains,
        being girded with might;
      who stills the roaring of the seas,
        the roaring of their waves,
        the tumult of the peoples,
      so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs.
      You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.
      You visit the earth and water it;2
        you greatly enrich it;
      the river of God is full of water;
        you provide their grain,
        for so you have prepared it.
      You water its furrows abundantly,
        settling its ridges,
      softening it with showers,
        and blessing its growth.
      You crown the year with your bounty;
        your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.
      The pastures of the wilderness overflow,
        the hills gird themselves with joy,
      the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
        the valleys deck themselves with grain,
        they shout and sing together for joy.


    [1] 65:1 Or Praise waits for you in silence
    [2] 65:9 Or and make it overflow


    Proverb: Proverbs 23:24 Proverbs 23:24

    Proverbs 23:24

      The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice;
        he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.


  • September 20: Isaiah 33:13?36:22; Galatians 5:13?26; Psalm 64; Proverbs 23:23

    Old Testament: Isaiah 33:13?36:22 Isaiah 33:13?36:22

    Isaiah 33:13-36:22

      Hear, you who are far off, what I have done;
        and you who are near, acknowledge my might.
      The sinners in Zion are afraid;
        trembling has seized the godless:
      ?Who among us can dwell with the consuming fire?
        Who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings??
      He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly,
        who despises the gain of oppressions,
      who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe,
        who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed
        and shuts his eyes from looking on evil,
      he will dwell on the heights;
        his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks;
        his bread will be given him; his water will be sure.
      Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty;
        they will see a land that stretches afar.
      Your heart will muse on the terror:
        ?Where is he who counted, where is he who weighed the tribute?
        Where is he who counted the towers??
      You will see no more the insolent people,
        the people of an obscure speech that you cannot comprehend,
        stammering in a tongue that you cannot understand.
      Behold Zion, the city of our appointed feasts!
        Your eyes will see Jerusalem,
        an untroubled habitation, an immovable tent,
      whose stakes will never be plucked up,
        nor will any of its cords be broken.
      But there the LORD in majesty will be for us
        a place of broad rivers and streams,
      where no galley with oars can go,
        nor majestic ship can pass.
      For the LORD is our judge; the LORD is our lawgiver;
        the LORD is our king; he will save us.
      Your cords hang loose;
        they cannot hold the mast firm in its place
        or keep the sail spread out.
      Then prey and spoil in abundance will be divided;
        even the lame will take the prey.
      And no inhabitant will say, ?I am sick?;
        the people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity.

    Judgment on the Nations

    34   Draw near, O nations, to hear,
        and give attention, O peoples!
      Let the earth hear, and all that fills it;
        the world, and all that comes from it.
      For the LORD is enraged against all the nations,
        and furious against all their host;
        he has devoted them to destruction,1 has given them over for slaughter.
      Their slain shall be cast out,
        and the stench of their corpses shall rise;
        the mountains shall flow with their blood.
      All the host of heaven shall rot away,
        and the skies roll up like a scroll.
      All their host shall fall,
        as leaves fall from the vine,
        like leaves falling from the fig tree.
      For my sword has drunk its fill in the heavens;
        behold, it descends for judgment upon Edom,
        upon the people I have devoted to destruction.
      The LORD has a sword; it is sated with blood;
        it is gorged with fat,
        with the blood of lambs and goats,
        with the fat of the kidneys of rams.
      For the LORD has a sacrifice in Bozrah,
        a great slaughter in the land of Edom.
      Wild oxen shall fall with them,
        and young steers with the mighty bulls.
      Their land shall drink its fill of blood,
        and their soil shall be gorged with fat.
      For the LORD has a day of vengeance,
        a year of recompense for the cause of Zion.
      And the streams of Edom2 shall be turned into pitch,
        and her soil into sulfur;
        her land shall become burning pitch.
      Night and day it shall not be quenched;
        its smoke shall go up forever.
      From generation to generation it shall lie waste;
        none shall pass through it forever and ever.
      But the hawk and the porcupine3 shall possess it,
        the owl and the raven shall dwell in it.
      He shall stretch the line of confusion4 over it,
        and the plumb line of emptiness.
      Its nobles?there is no one there to call it a kingdom,
        and all its princes shall be nothing.
      Thorns shall grow over its strongholds,
        nettles and thistles in its fortresses.
      It shall be the haunt of jackals,
        an abode for ostriches.5
      And wild animals shall meet with hyenas;
        the wild goat shall cry to his fellow;
      indeed, there the night bird6 settles
        and finds for herself a resting place.
      There the owl nests and lays
        and hatches and gathers her young in her shadow;
      indeed, there the hawks are gathered,
        each one with her mate.
      Seek and read from the book of the LORD:
        Not one of these shall be missing;
        none shall be without her mate.
      For the mouth of the LORD has commanded,
        and his Spirit has gathered them.
      He has cast the lot for them;
        his hand has portioned it out to them with the line;
      they shall possess it forever;
        from generation to generation they shall dwell in it.

    The Ransomed Shall Return

    35   The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;
        the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;
      it shall blossom abundantly
        and rejoice with joy and singing.
      The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
        the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
      They shall see the glory of the LORD,
        the majesty of our God.
      Strengthen the weak hands,
        and make firm the feeble knees.
      Say to those who have an anxious heart,
        ?Be strong; fear not!
      Behold, your God
        will come with vengeance,
      with the recompense of God.
        He will come and save you.?
      Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
        and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
      then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
        and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
      For waters break forth in the wilderness,
        and streams in the desert;
      the burning sand shall become a pool,
        and the thirsty ground springs of water;
      in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down,
        the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
      And a highway shall be there,
        and it shall be called the Way of Holiness;
      the unclean shall not pass over it.
        It shall belong to those who walk on the way;
        even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.7
      No lion shall be there,
        nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;
      they shall not be found there,
        but the redeemed shall walk there.
      And the ransomed of the LORD shall return
        and come to Zion with singing;
      everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
        they shall obtain gladness and joy,
        and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

    Sennacherib Invades Judah

    36 In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them. And the king of Assyria sent the Rabshakeh8 from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem, with a great army. And he stood by the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Washer's Field. And there came out to him Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the secretary, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder.

    And the Rabshakeh said to them, ?Say to Hezekiah, ?Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: On what do you rest this trust of yours? Do you think that mere words are strategy and power for war? In whom do you now trust, that you have rebelled against me? Behold, you are trusting in Egypt, that broken reed of a staff, which will pierce the hand of any man who leans on it. Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him. But if you say to me, ?We trust in the LORD our God,? is it not he whose high places and altars Hezekiah has removed, saying to Judah and to Jerusalem, ?You shall worship before this altar?? Come now, make a wager with my master the king of Assyria: I will give you two thousand horses, if you are able on your part to set riders on them. How then can you repulse a single captain among the least of my master's servants, when you trust in Egypt for chariots and for horsemen? Moreover, is it without the LORD that I have come up against this land to destroy it? The LORD said to me, ?Go up against this land and destroy it.???

    Then Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah said to the Rabshakeh, ?Please speak to your servants in Aramaic, for we understand it. Do not speak to us in the language of Judah within the hearing of the people who are on the wall.? But the Rabshakeh said, ?Has my master sent me to speak these words to your master and to you, and not to the men sitting on the wall, who are doomed with you to eat their own dung and drink their own urine??

    Then the Rabshakeh stood and called out in a loud voice in the language of Judah: ?Hear the words of the great king, the king of Assyria! Thus says the king: ?Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you. Do not let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD by saying, ?The LORD will surely deliver us. This city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.? Do not listen to Hezekiah. For thus says the king of Assyria: Make your peace with me9 and come out to me. Then each one of you will eat of his own vine, and each one of his own fig tree, and each one of you will drink the water of his own cistern, until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of grain and wine, a land of bread and vineyards. Beware lest Hezekiah mislead you by saying, ?The LORD will deliver us.? Has any of the gods of the nations delivered his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria? Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim? Have they delivered Samaria out of my hand? Who among all the gods of these lands have delivered their lands out of my hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand???

    But they were silent and answered him not a word, for the king's command was, ?Do not answer him.? Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the secretary, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came to Hezekiah with their clothes torn, and told him the words of the Rabshakeh.


    [1] 34:2 That is, set apart (devoted) as an offering to the Lord (for destruction); also verse 5
    [2] 34:9 Hebrew her streams
    [3] 34:11 The identity of the animals rendered hawk and porcupine is uncertain
    [4] 34:11 Hebrew formlessness
    [5] 34:13 Or owls
    [6] 34:14 Identity uncertain
    [7] 35:8 Or if they are fools, they shall not wander in it
    [8] 36:2 Rabshakeh is the title of a high-ranking Assyrian military officer
    [9] 36:16 Hebrew Make a blessing with me


    New Testament: Galatians 5:13?26 Galatians 5:13?26

    Galatians 5:13-26

    For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ?You shall love your neighbor as yourself.? But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

    Keep in Step with the Spirit

    But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy,1 drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do2 such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

    If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.


    [1] 5:21 Some manuscripts add murder
    [2] 5:21 Or make a practice of doing


    Psalm: Psalm 64 Psalm 64

    Psalm 64

    Hide Me from the Wicked

    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

    64   Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;
        preserve my life from dread of the enemy.
      Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,
        from the throng of evildoers,
      who whet their tongues like swords,
        who aim bitter words like arrows,
      shooting from ambush at the blameless,
        shooting at him suddenly and without fear.
      They hold fast to their evil purpose;
        they talk of laying snares secretly,
      thinking, ?Who can see them??
        They search out injustice,
      saying, ?We have accomplished a diligent search.?
        For the inward mind and heart of a man are deep.
      But God shoots his arrow at them;
        they are wounded suddenly.
      They are brought to ruin, with their own tongues turned against them;
        all who see them will wag their heads.
      Then all mankind fears;
        they tell what God has brought about
        and ponder what he has done.
      Let the righteous one rejoice in the LORD
        and take refuge in him!
      Let all the upright in heart exult!


    Proverb: Proverbs 23:23 Proverbs 23:23

    Proverbs 23:23

      Buy truth, and do not sell it;
        buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.