Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Like the six branches of the lampstand in the tabernacle, there are six facets of the Holy Spirit's character. First, He is the Spirit of wisdom, revealing to us His future purposes both for ourselves and for His kingdom. Second, He is the Spirit of understanding, giving us revelation about our present situation and how best to be fruitful in it. Third, He is the Spirit of counsel, instructing us in solving hard problems by discerning the root causes. Fourth, He is the Spirit of might, strengthening us with power in our inner man and anointing us with His spiritual gifts. Fifth, He is the Spirit of knowledge, revealing to us the various attributes of Jesus in the Word of God. Finally, He is the Spirit of the fear of the Lord, showing us areas of our lives where sin has a foothold and then changing us into the image of Christ.

Jesus, the "stump of David's family" (Isaiah 11:1), perfectly portrayed all these characteristics. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you today with these six attributes, and you will walk like Jesus walked!

Isaiah 10:1-11:16

10 WoeS Isa 5:8 to those who make unjust laws,

to those who issue oppressive decrees,S Ps 58:2

to depriveIsa 3:14 the poor of their rights

and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people,S Isa 5:23

making widows their prey

and robbing the fatherless.S Dt 10:18; S Job 6:27; S Isa 1:17

What will you do on the day of reckoning,S Job 31:14

when disasterver 25; Ps 59:5; Isa 1:24; 13:6; 14:23; 24:6; 26:14; 47:11; Jer 5:9; 9:9; 50:15; Lk 19:44 comes from afar?

To whom will you run for help?S Ps 108:12; Isa 20:6; 30:7; 31:3

Where will you leave your riches?

Nothing will remain but to cringe among the captivesIsa 24:22; Zec 9:11

or fall among the slain.Isa 22:2; 34:3; 66:16; Jer 39:6; Na 3:3

Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,S Isa 5:25; 12:1; 63:10; 64:5; Jer 4:8; 30:24; La 1:12

his hand is still upraised.

God’s Judgment on Assyria

“WoeS 2Ki 19:21; S Isa 28:1 to the Assyrian,ver 12, 18; S Isa 7:20; 14:25; 31:8; 37:7; Zep 2:13 the rodIsa 14:5; 54:16 of my anger,

in whose hand is the clubver 15, 24; Isa 30:31; 41:15; 45:1; Jer 50:23; 51:20 of my wrath!Isa 9:4; 13:3, 5, 13; 26:20; 30:30; 34:2; 63:6; 66:14; Eze 30:24-25

I send him against a godlessS Isa 9:17 nation,

I dispatchHab 1:12 him against a people who anger me,S 2Ch 28:9; Isa 9:19

to seize loot and snatch plunder,S Jdg 6:4; S Isa 5:29; 8:1

and to trampleS 2Sa 22:43; S Ps 7:5; S Isa 5:5; 37:26-27 them down like mud in the streets.

But this is not what he intends,S Ge 50:20; Ac 4:23-28

this is not what he has in mind;

his purpose is to destroy,

to put an end to many nations.

‘Are not my commanders2Ki 18:24 all kings?’ he says.

‘Has not KalnoS Ge 10:10 fared like Carchemish?S 2Ch 35:20

Is not HamathNu 34:8; 2Ch 8:4; Isa 11:11 like Arpad,2Ki 18:34

and Samaria2Ki 17:6 like Damascus?S Ge 14:15; 2Ki 16:9; Jer 49:24

10 As my hand seized the kingdoms of the idols,2Ki 19:18

kingdoms whose images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria—

11 shall I not deal with Jerusalem and her images

as I dealt with Samaria and her idols?S 2Ki 19:13; S Isa 2:8; 36:18-20; 37:10-13’”

12 When the Lord has finished all his workIsa 28:21-22; 65:7; 66:4; Jer 5:29 against Mount Zion2Ki 19:31 and Jerusalem, he will say, “I will punish the king of AssyriaS ver 5; S 2Ki 19:7; Isa 30:31-33; 37:36-38; Jer 50:18 for the willful prideS Isa 2:11; S Eze 28:17 of his heart and the haughty lookPs 18:27 in his eyes.13 For he says:

“‘By the strength of my handS Dt 8:17 I have done this,S Dt 32:26-27; Isa 47:7; Da 4:30

and by my wisdom, because I have understanding.

I removed the boundaries of nations,

I plundered their treasures;Eze 28:4

like a mighty one I subduedOr treasures; / I subdued the mighty, their kings.Isa 14:13-14

14 As one reaches into a nest,Jer 49:16; Ob 1:4; Hab 2:6-11

so my hand reached for the wealthS Job 31:25 of the nations;

as people gather abandoned eggs,

so I gathered all the countries;Isa 14:6

not one flapped a wing,

or opened its mouth to chirp.2Ki 19:22-24; Isa 37:24-25’”

15 Does the ax raise itself above the person who swings it,

or the saw boast against the one who uses it?S Isa 7:20; 45:9; Ro 9:20-21

As if a rod were to wield the person who lifts it up,

or a clubS ver 5 brandish the one who is not wood!

16 Therefore, the Lord, the Lord Almighty,

will send a wasting diseasever 18; S Nu 11:33; Isa 17:4 upon his sturdy warriors;Ps 78:31

under his pompS Isa 8:7 a fireJer 21:14 will be kindled

like a blazing flame.

17 The Light of Israel will become a fire,S Job 41:21; S Isa 1:31; 31:9; Zec 2:5

their Holy OneIsa 37:23 a flame;

in a single day it will burn and consume

his thornsS Nu 11:1-3; S 2Sa 23:6 and his briers.S Isa 9:18

18 The splendor of his forestsS 2Ki 19:23 and fertile fields

it will completely destroy,S ver 5

as when a sick person wastes away.

19 And the remaining trees of his forestsver 33-34; Isa 32:19 will be so fewIsa 17:6; 21:17; 27:13; Jer 44:28

that a child could write them down.

The Remnant of Israel

20 In that dayver 27; Isa 11:10, 11; 12:1, 4; 19:18, 19; 24:21; 28:5; 52:6; Zec 9:16 the remnant of Israel,

the survivorsS Isa 1:9; Eze 7:16 of Jacob,

will no longer relyS 2Ki 16:7 on him

who struck them down2Ch 28:20

but will truly rely2Ch 14:11; Isa 17:7; 48:2; 50:10; Jer 21:2; Hos 3:5; 6:1; Mic 3:11; 7:7 on the Lord,

the Holy One of Israel.S Isa 5:24

21 A remnantS Ge 45:7; Isa 6:13; Zep 3:13 will return,Hebrew shear-jashub (see 7:3 and note); also in verse 22Isa 7:3 a remnant of Jacob

will return to the Mighty God.S Isa 9:6

22 Though your people be like the sandS Ge 12:2; Isa 48:19; Jer 33:22 by the sea, Israel,

only a remnant will return.Ezr 1:4; Isa 11:11; 46:3

Destruction has been decreed,ver 23; Isa 28:22; Jer 40:2; Da 9:27

overwhelming and righteous.

23 The Lord, the Lord Almighty, will carry out

the destruction decreedS ver 22 upon the whole land.Isa 6:12; 28:22; Ro 9:27-28*

24 Therefore this is what the Lord, the Lord Almighty, says:

“My people who live in Zion,Ps 87:5-6

do not be afraidS Isa 7:4 of the Assyrians,

who beatS Ex 5:14 you with a rodS ver 5

and lift up a club against you, as Egypt did.

25 Very soonIsa 17:14; 29:17; Hag 2:6 my anger against you will end

and my wrathver 5; Ps 30:5; Isa 13:5; 24:21; 26:20; 30:30; 34:2; 66:14; Da 8:19; 11:36 will be directed to their destruction.S ver 3; Mic 5:6

26 The Lord Almighty will lashIsa 37:36-38 them with a whip,

as when he struck down MidianS Isa 9:4 at the rock of Oreb;

and he will raise his staffIsa 30:32 over the waters,S Ex 14:16

as he did in Egypt.

27 In that dayS ver 20 their burdenS Ps 66:11 will be lifted from your shoulders,

their yokeS Lev 26:13; S Isa 9:4 from your neck;Isa 14:25; 47:6; 52:2

the yokeJer 30:8 will be broken

because you have grown so fat.Hebrew; Septuagint broken / from your shoulders

28 They enter Aiath;

they pass through Migron;S 1Sa 14:2

they store suppliesS Jos 1:11 at Mikmash.1Sa 13:2

29 They go over the pass, and say,

“We will camp overnight at Geba.S Jos 18:24; S Ne 11:31

RamahS Jos 18:25 trembles;

GibeahS Jdg 19:14 of Saul flees.Isa 15:5

30 Cry out, Daughter Gallim!1Sa 25:44

Listen, Laishah!

Poor Anathoth!S Ne 11:32

31 Madmenah is in flight;

the people of Gebim take cover.

32 This day they will halt at Nob;S 1Sa 21:1

they will shake their fistS Job 15:25

at the mount of Daughter Zion,S Ps 9:14; Isa 16:1; Jer 6:23

at the hill of Jerusalem.

33 See, the Lord, the Lord Almighty,

will lop offIsa 18:5; 27:11; Eze 17:4 the boughs with great power.

The lofty trees will be felled,S Ex 12:12

the tallIsa 2:13; Am 2:9 ones will be brought low.Isa 5:15

34 He will cut downNa 1:12; Zec 11:2 the forest thickets with an ax;

LebanonS 2Ki 19:23 will fall before the Mighty One.S Ge 49:24; Ps 93:4; Isa 33:21

The Branch From Jesse

11 A shootS 2Ki 19:26; S Job 14:7 will come up from the stumpS Job 14:8 of Jesse;ver 10; Isa 9:7; S Mt 1:1; S Rev 5:5

from his roots a BranchS Isa 4:2 will bear fruit.S 2Ki 19:30; S Isa 27:6

The SpiritS Jdg 3:10; Isa 32:15; 42:1; 44:3; 48:16; 59:21; 61:1; Eze 37:14; 39:29; Joel 2:28; Mt 3:16; Jn 1:32-33; 16:13 of the Lord will rest on him—

the Spirit of wisdomS Ex 28:3; S Eph 1:17; S Col 2:3 and of understanding,

the Spirit of counsel and of might,S Isa 9:6; 2Ti 1:7

the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord

and he will delight in the fearIsa 33:6 of the Lord.

He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,Jn 7:24

or decide by what he hears with his ears;Jn 2:25

but with righteousnessS Ps 72:2 he will judge the needy,S Ps 72:4; S Isa 14:30

with justiceS Isa 9:7; Rev 19:11 he will give decisions for the poorS Job 5:16; S Isa 3:14 of the earth.

He will strikeIsa 27:7; 30:31; Zec 14:12; Mal 4:6 the earth with the rod of his mouth;S Job 40:18; Ps 2:9; Rev 19:15

with the breathS Job 4:9; Ps 18:8; Isa 30:28, 33; 40:24; 59:19; Eze 21:31; 2Th 2:8 of his lips he will slay the wicked.S Ps 139:19

Righteousness will be his beltEx 12:11; 1Ki 18:46

and faithfulnessIsa 25:1 the sash around his waist.Eph 6:14

The wolf will live with the lamb,Isa 65:25

the leopard will lie down with the goat,

the calf and the lion and the yearlingHebrew; Septuagint lion will feed together;

and a little child will lead them.

The cow will feed with the bear,

their young will lie down together,

and the lion will eat straw like the ox.S Job 40:15

The infantIsa 65:20 will play near the cobra’s den,

and the young child will put its hand into the viper’sIsa 14:29; 30:6; 59:5 nest.

They will neither harm nor destroyS Nu 25:12; S Isa 2:4; S 9:7

on all my holy mountain,S Ps 48:1; S Isa 2:2

for the earth1Sa 17:46; Ps 98:2-3; Isa 45:22; 48:20; 52:10 will be filled with the knowledgeEx 7:5; Isa 19:21; 45:6, 14; 49:26; Jer 24:7; 31:34; Hab 2:14 of the Lord

as the waters cover the sea.

10 In that dayS Isa 10:20 the Root of JesseS ver 1 will stand as a bannerS Ps 20:5; Isa 18:3; Jer 4:6; Jn 12:32 for the peoples; the nationsIsa 2:4; 14:1; 49:23; 56:3, 6; 60:5, 10; Lk 2:32; Ac 11:18 will rally to him,Ro 15:12* and his resting placeS Ps 116:7; Isa 14:3; 28:12; 32:17-18; 40:2; Jer 6:16; 30:10; 46:27 will be glorious.Hag 2:9; Zec 2:511 In that dayS Isa 10:20 the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnantS Dt 30:4; S Isa 1:9 of his people from Assyria,Isa 19:24; Hos 11:11; Mic 7:12; Zec 10:10 from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt,Jer 44:1, 15; Eze 29:14; 30:14 from Cush,That is, the upper Nile regionS Ge 10:6; Ac 8:27 from Elam,S Ge 10:22 from Babylonia,Hebrew Shinar from HamathS Isa 10:9 and from the islandsIsa 24:15; 41:1, 5; 42:4, 10, 12; 49:1; 51:5; 59:18; 60:9; 66:19 of the Mediterranean.Isa 49:12; Jer 16:15; 46:27; Eze 38:8; Zec 8:7

12 He will raise a bannerS Ps 20:5 for the nations

and gatherIsa 14:2; 43:5; 49:22; 54:7; Jer 16:15; 31:10; 32:37 the exiles of Israel;S Ne 1:9; S Ps 106:47; Isa 14:1; 41:14; 49:5

he will assemble the scattered peopleEze 28:25; Zep 3:10 of Judah

from the four quarters of the earth.S Ps 48:10; 67:7; Isa 41:5; Rev 7:1

13 Ephraim’s jealousy will vanish,

and Judah’s enemiesOr hostility will be destroyed;

Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah,

nor Judah hostile toward Ephraim.S 2Ch 28:6; Jer 3:18; Eze 37:16-17, 22; Hos 1:11

14 They will swoop down on the slopes of PhilistiaS 2Ch 26:6; S 28:18 to the west;

together they will plunder the people to the east.S Jdg 6:3

They will subdue EdomS Nu 24:18; S Ps 137:7; Isa 34:5-6; 63:1; Jer 49:22; Eze 25:12; Da 11:41; Joel 3:19; Ob 1:1; Mal 1:4 and Moab,Isa 15:1; 16:14; 25:10; Jer 48:40; Zep 2:8-11

and the AmmonitesJdg 11:14-18 will be subject to them.Isa 25:3; 60:12

15 The Lord will dry upS Ex 14:22; S Dt 11:10; Isa 37:25; 42:15; Jer 50:38; 51:36

the gulf of the Egyptian sea;

with a scorching windS Ge 41:6 he will sweep his handIsa 19:16; 30:32

over the Euphrates River.S Isa 7:20

He will break it up into seven streams

so that anyone can cross over in sandals.S Ex 14:29

16 There will be a highwayIsa 19:23; 35:8; 40:3; 49:11; 51:10; 57:14; 62:10; Jer 50:5 for the remnantS Ge 45:7 of his people

that is left from Assyria,S ver 11

as there was for Israel

when they came up from Egypt.Ex 14:26-31

10 What sorrow awaits the unjust judges

and those who issue unfair laws.

They deprive the poor of justice

and deny the rights of the needy among my people.

They prey on widows

and take advantage of orphans.

What will you do when I punish you,

when I send disaster upon you from a distant land?

To whom will you turn for help?

Where will your treasures be safe?

You will stumble along as prisoners

or lie among the dead.

But even then the Lord’s anger will not be satisfied.

His fist is still poised to strike.

Judgment against Assyria

“What sorrow awaits Assyria, the rod of my anger.

I use it as a club to express my anger.

I am sending Assyria against a godless nation,

against a people with whom I am angry.

Assyria will plunder them,

trampling them like dirt beneath its feet.

But the king of Assyria will not understand that he is my tool;

his mind does not work that way.

His plan is simply to destroy,

to cut down nation after nation.

He will say,

‘Each of my princes will soon be a king.

We destroyed Calno just as we did Carchemish.

Hamath fell before us as Arpad did.

And we destroyed Samaria just as we did Damascus.

10 Yes, we have finished off many a kingdom

whose gods were greater than those in Jerusalem and Samaria.

11 So we will defeat Jerusalem and her gods,

just as we destroyed Samaria with hers.’”

12 After the Lord has used the king of Assyria to accomplish his purposes on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, he will turn against the king of Assyria and punish him—for he is proud and arrogant.13 He boasts,

“By my own powerful arm I have done this.

With my own shrewd wisdom I planned it.

I have broken down the defenses of nations

and carried off their treasures.

I have knocked down their kings like a bull.

14 I have robbed their nests of riches

and gathered up kingdoms as a farmer gathers eggs.

No one can even flap a wing against me

or utter a peep of protest.”

15 But can the ax boast greater power than the person who uses it?

Is the saw greater than the person who saws?

Can a rod strike unless a hand moves it?

Can a wooden cane walk by itself?

16 Therefore, the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,

will send a plague among Assyria’s proud troops,

and a flaming fire will consume its glory.

17 The Lord, the Light of Israel, will be a fire;

the Holy One will be a flame.

He will devour the thorns and briers with fire,

burning up the enemy in a single night.

18 The Lord will consume Assyria’s glory

like a fire consumes a forest in a fruitful land;

it will waste away like sick people in a plague.

19 Of all that glorious forest, only a few trees will survive—

so few that a child could count them!

Hope for the Lord’s People

20 In that day the remnant left in Israel,

the survivors in the house of Jacob,

will no longer depend on allies

who seek to destroy them.

But they will faithfully trust the Lord,

the Holy One of Israel.

21 A remnant will return;Hebrew Shear-jashub; see 7:3; 8:18.

yes, the remnant of Jacob will return to the Mighty God.

22 But though the people of Israel are as numerous

as the sand of the seashore,

only a remnant of them will return.

The Lord has rightly decided to destroy his people.

23 Yes, the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,

has already decided to destroy the entire land.Greek version reads only a remnant of them will be saved. / For he will carry out his sentence quickly and with finality and righteousness; / for God will carry out his sentence upon all the world with finality. Compare Rom 9:27-28.

24 So this is what the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, says: “O my people in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrians when they oppress you with rod and club as the Egyptians did long ago.25 In a little while my anger against you will end, and then my anger will rise up to destroy them.”26 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies will lash them with his whip, as he did when Gideon triumphed over the Midianites at the rock of Oreb, or when the Lord’s staff was raised to drown the Egyptian army in the sea.

27 In that day the Lord will end the bondage of his people.

He will break the yoke of slavery

and lift it from their shoulders.As in Greek version; Hebrew reads The yoke will be broken, / for you have grown so fat.

28 Look, the Assyrians are now at Aiath.

They are passing through Migron

and are storing their equipment at Micmash.

29 They are crossing the pass

and are camping at Geba.

Fear strikes the town of Ramah.

All the people of Gibeah, the hometown of Saul,

are running for their lives.

30 Scream in terror,

you people of Gallim!

Shout out a warning to Laishah.

Oh, poor Anathoth!

31 There go the people of Madmenah, all fleeing.

The citizens of Gebim are trying to hide.

32 The enemy stops at Nob for the rest of that day.

He shakes his fist at beautiful Mount Zion, the mountain of Jerusalem.

33 But look! The Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,

will chop down the mighty tree of Assyria with great power!

He will cut down the proud.

That lofty tree will be brought down.

34 He will cut down the forest trees with an ax.

Lebanon will fall to the Mighty One.Or with an ax / as even the mighty trees of Lebanon fall.

A Branch from David’s Line

11 Out of the stump of David’s familyHebrew the stump of the line of Jesse. Jesse was King David’s father. will grow a shoot—

yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root.

And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—

the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,

the Spirit of counsel and might,

the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

He will delight in obeying the Lord.

He will not judge by appearance

nor make a decision based on hearsay.

He will give justice to the poor

and make fair decisions for the exploited.

The earth will shake at the force of his word,

and one breath from his mouth will destroy the wicked.

He will wear righteousness like a belt

and truth like an undergarment.

In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together;

the leopard will lie down with the baby goat.

The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion,

and a little child will lead them all.

The cow will graze near the bear.

The cub and the calf will lie down together.

The lion will eat hay like a cow.

The baby will play safely near the hole of a cobra.

Yes, a little child will put its hand in a nest of deadly snakes without harm.

Nothing will hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,

for as the waters fill the sea,

so the earth will be filled with people who know the Lord.

10 In that day the heir to David’s throneHebrew the root of Jesse.

will be a banner of salvation to all the world.

The nations will rally to him,

and the land where he lives will be a glorious place.Greek version reads In that day the heir to David’s throne [literally the root of Jesse] will come, / and he will rule over the Gentiles. / They will place their hopes on him. Compare Rom 15:12.

11 In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time

to bring back the remnant of his people—

those who remain in Assyria and northern Egypt;

in southern Egypt, Ethiopia,Hebrew in Pathros, Cush. and Elam;

in Babylonia,Hebrew in Shinar. Hamath, and all the distant coastlands.

12 He will raise a flag among the nations

and assemble the exiles of Israel.

He will gather the scattered people of Judah

from the ends of the earth.

13 Then at last the jealousy between IsraelHebrew Ephraim, referring to the northern kingdom of Israel. and Judah will end.

They will not be rivals anymore.

14 They will join forces to swoop down on Philistia to the west.

Together they will attack and plunder the nations to the east.

They will occupy the lands of Edom and Moab,

and Ammon will obey them.

15 The Lord will make a dry path through the gulf of the Red Sea.Hebrew will destroy the tongue of the sea of Egypt.

He will wave his hand over the Euphrates River,Hebrew the river.

sending a mighty wind to divide it into seven streams

so it can easily be crossed on foot.

16 He will make a highway for the remnant of his people,

the remnant coming from Assyria,

just as he did for Israel long ago

when they returned from Egypt.

10 Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed;

To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!

And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory?

Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and they shall fall under the slain. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.

I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.

Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few.

For he saith, Are not my princes altogether kings?

Is not Calno as Carchemish? is not Hamath as Arpad? is not Samaria as Damascus?

10 As my hand hath found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria;

11 Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols?

12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.

13 For he saith, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man:

14 And my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people: and as one gathereth eggs that are left, have I gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped.

15 Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood.

16 Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire.

17 And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame: and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day;

18 And shall consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body: and they shall be as when a standard-bearer fainteth.

19 And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child may write them.

20 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.

21 The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God.

22 For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.

23 For the Lord God of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land.

24 Therefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt.

25 For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction.

26 And the Lord of hosts shall stir up a scourge for him according to the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb: and as his rod was upon the sea, so shall he lift it up after the manner of Egypt.

27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

28 He is come to Aiath, he is passed to Migron; at Michmash he hath laid up his carriages:

29 They are gone over the passage: they have taken up their lodging at Geba; Ramah is afraid; Gibeah of Saul is fled.

30 Lift up thy voice, O daughter of Gallim: cause it to be heard unto Laish, O poor Anathoth.

31 Madmenah is removed; the inhabitants of Gebim gather themselves to flee.

32 As yet shall he remain at Nob that day: he shall shake his hand against the mount of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.

33 Behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, shall lop the bough with terror: and the high ones of stature shall be hewn down, and the haughty shall be humbled.

34 And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one.

11 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;

And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.

14 But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.

15 And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod.

16 And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.

2 Corinthians 12:11-21

Paul’s Concern for the Corinthians

11 I have made a fool of myself,2Co 11:1 but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the “super-apostles,”Or the most eminent apostles2Co 11:5 even though I am nothing.1Co 15:9, 1012 I persevered in demonstrating among you the marks of a true apostle, including signs, wonders and miracles.S Jn 4:4813 How were you inferior to the other churches, except that I was never a burden to you?ver 14; 1Co 9:12, 18 Forgive me this wrong!2Co 11:7

14 Now I am ready to visit you for the third time,2Co 13:1 and I will not be a burden to you, because what I want is not your possessions but you. After all, children should not have to save up for their parents,1Co 4:14, 15 but parents for their children.Pr 19:1415 So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well.Php 2:17; 1Th 2:8 If I love you more,2Co 11:11 will you love me less?16 Be that as it may, I have not been a burden to you.2Co 11:9 Yet, crafty fellow that I am, I caught you by trickery!17 Did I exploit you through any of the men I sent to you?18 I urged2Co 8:6, 16 TitusS 2Co 2:13 to go to you and I sent our brother2Co 8:18 with him. Titus did not exploit you, did he? Did we not walk in the same footsteps by the same Spirit?

19 Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? We have been speaking in the sight of GodRo 9:1 as those in Christ; and everything we do, dear friends,S 1Co 10:14 is for your strengthening.S Ro 14:19; 2Co 10:820 For I am afraid that when I come2Co 2:1-4 I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be.1Co 4:21 I fear that there may be discord,1Co 1:11; 3:3 jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition,Gal 5:20 slander,Ro 1:30 gossip,S Ro 1:29 arrogance1Co 4:18 and disorder.1Co 14:3321 I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved2Co 2:1, 4 over many who have sinned earlier2Co 13:2 and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debaucheryS 1Co 6:18 in which they have indulged.

Paul’s Concern for the Corinthians

11 You have made me act like a fool. You ought to be writing commendations for me, for I am not at all inferior to these “super apostles,” even though I am nothing at all.12 When I was with you, I certainly gave you proof that I am an apostle. For I patiently did many signs and wonders and miracles among you.13 The only thing I failed to do, which I do in the other churches, was to become a financial burden to you. Please forgive me for this wrong!

14 Now I am coming to you for the third time, and I will not be a burden to you. I don’t want what you have—I want you. After all, children don’t provide for their parents. Rather, parents provide for their children.15 I will gladly spend myself and all I have for you, even though it seems that the more I love you, the less you love me.

16 Some of you admit I was not a burden to you. But others still think I was sneaky and took advantage of you by trickery.17 But how? Did any of the men I sent to you take advantage of you?18 When I urged Titus to visit you and sent our other brother with him, did Titus take advantage of you? No! For we have the same spirit and walk in each other’s steps, doing things the same way.

19 Perhaps you think we’re saying these things just to defend ourselves. No, we tell you this as Christ’s servants, and with God as our witness. Everything we do, dear friends, is to strengthen you.20 For I am afraid that when I come I won’t like what I find, and you won’t like my response. I am afraid that I will find quarreling, jealousy, anger, selfishness, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorderly behavior.21 Yes, I am afraid that when I come again, God will humble me in your presence. And I will be grieved because many of you have not given up your old sins. You have not repented of your impurity, sexual immorality, and eagerness for lustful pleasure.

11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.

12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.

13 For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong.

14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.

15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.

16 But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile.

17 Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you?

18 I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother. Did Titus make a gain of you? walked we not in the same spirit? walked we not in the same steps?

19 Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.

20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:

21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.

Psalm 56:1-13

Psalm 56In Hebrew texts 56:1-13 is numbered 56:2-14.

For the director of music. To the tune of “A Dove on Distant Oaks.” Of David. A miktam.Title: Probably a literary or musical term When the Philistines had seized him in Gath.

Be merciful to me,Ps 6:2 my God,

for my enemies are in hot pursuit;Ps 57:1-3

all day long they press their attack.Ps 17:9

My adversaries pursue me all day long;Ps 35:25; 124:3

in their pride many are attacking me.Ps 35:1

When I am afraid,Ps 55:4-5 I put my trust in you.S Ps 55:23

In God, whose word I praise—ver 10

in God I trust and am not afraid.S Ps 27:1

What can mere mortals do to me?Ps 118:6; Mt 10:28; Heb 13:6

All day long they twist my words;Ps 41:7; 2Pe 3:16

all their schemes are for my ruin.

They conspire,Ps 59:3; 94:21; Mk 3:6 they lurk,

they watch my steps,Ps 17:11

hoping to take my life.Ps 71:10

Because of their wickedness do notProbable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text does not have do not. let them escape;Pr 19:5; Eze 17:15; Ro 2:3; Heb 12:25

in your anger, God, bring the nations down.Ps 36:12; 55:23

Record my misery;

list my tears on your scrollOr misery; / put my tears in your wineskinS 2Ki 20:5

are they not in your record?Isa 4:3; Da 7:10; 12:1; Mal 3:16

Then my enemies will turn backPs 9:3

when I call for help.Ps 102:2

By this I will know that God is for me.S Nu 14:8; S Dt 31:6; Ro 8:31

10 In God, whose word I praise,

in the Lord, whose word I praise—

11 in God I trust and am not afraid.

What can man do to me?

12 I am under vowsPs 50:14 to you, my God;

I will present my thank offerings to you.

13 For you have delivered me from deathPs 30:3; 33:19; 49:15; 86:13; 107:20; 116:8

and my feet from stumbling,

that I may walk before God

in the light of life.S Job 33:30

Psalm 56

For the choir director: A psalmHebrew miktam. This may be a literary or musical term. of David, regarding the time the Philistines seized him in Gath. To be sung to the tune “Dove on Distant Oaks.”

O God, have mercy on me,

for people are hounding me.

My foes attack me all day long.

I am constantly hounded by those who slander me,

and many are boldly attacking me.

But when I am afraid,

I will put my trust in you.

I praise God for what he has promised.

I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?

What can mere mortals do to me?

They are always twisting what I say;

they spend their days plotting to harm me.

They come together to spy on me—

watching my every step, eager to kill me.

Don’t let them get away with their wickedness;

in your anger, O God, bring them down.

You keep track of all my sorrows.Or my wanderings.

You have collected all my tears in your bottle.

You have recorded each one in your book.

My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help.

This I know: God is on my side!

10 I praise God for what he has promised;

yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised.

11 I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?

What can mere mortals do to me?

12 I will fulfill my vows to you, O God,

and will offer a sacrifice of thanks for your help.

13 For you have rescued me from death;

you have kept my feet from slipping.

So now I can walk in your presence, O God,

in your life-giving light.

56 Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.

Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.

They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.

Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.

Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.

10 In God will I praise his word: in the Lord will I praise his word.

11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

12 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.

13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

Proverbs 23:6-8

Saying 9

Do not eat the food of a begrudging host,

do not crave his delicacies;ver 1-3; Ps 141:4

for he is the kind of person

who is always thinking about the cost.Or for as he thinks within himself, / so he is; or for as he puts on a feast, / so he is

“Eat and drink,” he says to you,

but his heart is not with you.

You will vomit up the little you have eaten

and will have wasted your compliments.

Don’t eat with people who are stingy;

don’t desire their delicacies.

They are always thinking about how much it costs.The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.

“Eat and drink,” they say, but they don’t mean it.

You will throw up what little you’ve eaten,

and your compliments will be wasted.

Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.

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