Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

The prophet Isaiah saw the same picture Jesus described when He said, "I saw Satan falling from heaven as a flash of lightning!" (Luke 10:18). Because of Satan's pride and arrogance, he was cast out of heaven. He rebelliously and boldly asserted himself with five "I wills":

"I will ascend to heaven and [I will] set my throne above God's stars. I will preside on the mountain of the gods far away in the north. I will climb to the highest heavens and [I will] be like the Most High" (Isaiah 14:13-14, bold added).

How unthinkable it is for any creature to consider exalting himself above God! There in the veiled and shadowy reality of eternity past, God judged Satan's rebellion, and he was thrust like lightning from heaven!

Only what is submitted to God can remain with God. May we never be found with pride, exalting ourselves above God. He alone will be exalted in heaven. "Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens. May your glory shine over all the earth" (Psalm 57:11).

Isaiah 12:1-14:32

Songs of Praise

12 In that dayS Isa 10:20 you will say:

“I will praisePs 9:1; Isa 25:1 you, Lord.

Although you were angry with me,

your anger has turned awayS Job 13:16

and you have comfortedS Ps 71:21 me.

Surely God is my salvation;Isa 17:10; 25:9; 33:6; 45:17; 51:5, 6; 54:8; 59:16; 61:10; 62:11

I will trustS Job 13:15; S Ps 26:1; S 112:7; Isa 26:3; Da 6:23 and not be afraid.

The Lord, the Lord himself,Isa 26:4; 38:11 is my strengthS Ps 18:1 and my defenseOr song;

he has become my salvation.S Ex 15:2

With joy you will draw waterS 2Ki 3:17; Ps 36:9; Jer 2:13; 17:13; Jn 4:10, 14

from the wellsEx 15:25 of salvation.

In that dayS Isa 10:20 you will say:

“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;Ex 3:15; Ps 80:18; 105:1; Isa 24:15; 25:1; 26:8, 13; Hos 12:5

make known among the nationsIsa 54:5; 60:3; Jer 10:7; Zep 2:11; Mal 1:11 what he has done,

and proclaim that his name is exalted.S Ps 113:2

SingS Ex 15:1 to the Lord, for he has done glorious things;S Ps 98:1

let this be known to all the world.

Shout aloud and sing for joy,S Ge 21:6; S Ps 98:4; Isa 24:14; 48:20; 52:8; Jer 20:13; 31:7; Zec 2:10 people of Zion,

for greatPs 48:1 is the Holy One of IsraelS Ps 78:41; 99:2; Isa 1:24; 10:20; 17:7; 29:19; 37:23; 43:3, 14; 45:11; 49:26; 55:5; Eze 39:7 among you.S Ps 46:5; Zep 3:14-17

A Prophecy Against Babylon

13 A prophecyIsa 14:28; 15:1; 21:1; Na 1:1; Hab 1:1; Zec 9:1; 12:1; Mal 1:1 against Babylonver 19; S Ge 10:10; Isa 14:4; 21:9; 46:1-2; 48:14; Jer 24:1; 25:12; Rev 14:8 that Isaiah son of AmozIsa 20:2; 37:2 saw:S Isa 1:1

Raise a bannerS Ps 20:5; Jer 50:2; 51:27 on a bare hilltop,

shout to them;

beckon to them

to enter the gatesIsa 24:12; 45:2; Jer 51:58 of the nobles.

I have commanded those I prepared for battle;

I have summoned my warriorsver 17; Isa 21:2; Jer 51:11; Da 5:28, 31; Joel 3:11 to carry out my wrathS Job 40:11; S Isa 10:5

those who rejoiceS Ps 149:2 in my triumph.

Listen, a noise on the mountains,

like that of a great multitude!Joel 3:14

Listen, an uproarS Ps 46:6 among the kingdoms,

like nations massing together!

The Lord AlmightyIsa 47:4; 51:15 is musteringIsa 42:13; Jer 50:41

an army for war.

They come from faraway lands,

from the ends of the heavensS Isa 5:26

the Lord and the weaponsIsa 45:1; 54:16; Jer 50:25 of his wrathS Isa 10:25

to destroyS Jos 6:17; Isa 24:1; 30:25; 34:2 the whole country.

Wail,Isa 14:31; 15:2; 16:7; 23:1; Eze 30:2; Jas 5:1 for the dayS Isa 2:12 of the Lord is near;

it will come like destructionS Isa 10:3; S 14:15 from the Almighty.Hebrew ShaddaiS Ge 17:1

Because of this, all hands will go limp,S 2Ki 19:26; S Job 4:3; S Jer 47:3

every heart will melt with fear.S Jos 2:11; Eze 21:7

TerrorS Ps 31:13; S 48:5; S Isa 21:4 will seize them,

pain and anguish will gripEx 15:14 them;

they will writhe like a woman in labor.S Ge 3:16; S Jn 16:21

They will look aghast at each other,

their faces aflame.Joel 2:6; Na 2:10

See, the dayS Isa 2:12; Jer 51:2 of the Lord is coming

—a cruelJer 6:23 day, with wrathS Isa 9:19 and fierce angerIsa 26:21; 66:16; Jer 25:31; Joel 3:2

to make the land desolate

and destroy the sinners within it.

10 The stars of heaven and their constellations

will not show their light.S Job 9:7

The rising sunIsa 24:23; Zec 14:7 will be darkenedS Ex 10:22; S Isa 5:30; Rev 8:12

and the moon will not give its light.Eze 32:7; Am 5:20; 8:9; S Mt 24:29*; Mk 13:24*

11 I will punishIsa 3:11; 11:4; 26:21; 65:6-7; 66:16 the world for its evil,

the wickedS Ps 125:3 for their sins.

I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughtyS Ps 10:5; S Pr 16:18; Da 5:23

and will humbleS Isa 2:9; 23:9; Eze 28:2; Da 4:37 the pride of the ruthless.Isa 25:3, 5; 29:5, 20; 49:25, 26

12 I will make peopleS Isa 4:1 scarcer than pure gold,

more rare than the gold of Ophir.S Ge 10:29

13 Therefore I will make the heavens tremble;S Ps 102:26; Isa 34:4; 51:6

and the earth will shakeS Job 9:6; S Isa 14:16; Mt 24:7; Mk 13:8 from its place

at the wrathS Isa 9:19 of the Lord Almighty,

in the day of his burning anger.S Job 9:5

14 Like a huntedPr 6:5 gazelle,

like sheep without a shepherd,S 1Ki 22:17; S Mt 9:36; S Jn 10:11

they will all return to their own people,

they will fleeS Ge 11:9; Isa 17:13; 21:15; 22:3; 33:3; Jer 4:9 to their native land.Jer 46:16; 50:16; 51:9; Na 3:7

15 Whoever is captured will be thrust through;

all who are caught will fallJer 51:4 by the sword.Isa 14:19; Jer 50:25

16 Their infantsver 18; S Nu 16:27; S 2Ki 8:12 will be dashed to pieces before their eyes;

their houses will be looted and their wives violated.S Ge 34:29; S Hos 13:16

17 See, I will stir upJer 50:9, 41; 51:1 against them the Medes,S ver 3

who do not care for silver

and have no delight in gold.2Ki 18:14-16; Pr 6:34-35

18 Their bowsS Ps 7:12; Isa 41:2; Jer 50:9, 14, 29 will strike down the young men;S Dt 32:25; Jer 49:26; 50:30; 51:4

they will have no mercyIsa 47:6; Jer 6:23; 50:42 on infants,

nor will they look with compassion on children.S ver 16; Isa 14:22; 47:9

19 Babylon,S ver 1 the jewel of kingdoms,Isa 47:5; Da 2:37-38

the pride and gloryDa 4:30 of the Babylonians,Or Chaldeans

will be overthrownS Ps 137:8; S Rev 14:8 by God

like Sodom and Gomorrah.S Ge 19:25; Isa 1:9-10; Ro 9:29

20 She will never be inhabitedIsa 14:23; 34:10-15; Jer 51:29, 37-43, 62

or lived in through all generations;

there no nomads2Ch 17:11 will pitch their tents,

there no shepherds will rest their flocks.

21 But desert creaturesS Ps 74:14; Rev 18:2 will lie there,

jackalsJer 14:6 will fill her houses;

there the owlsS Lev 11:16-18; S Dt 14:15-17 will dwell,

and there the wild goatsLev 17:7; 2Ch 11:15 will leap about.

22 HyenasIsa 34:14 will inhabit her strongholds,Isa 25:2; 32:14

jackalsIsa 34:13; 35:7; 43:20; Jer 9:11; 49:33; 51:37; Mal 1:3 her luxurious palaces.

Her time is at hand,Dt 32:35; Jer 48:16; 51:33

and her days will not be prolonged.Jer 50:39

14 The Lord will have compassionPs 102:13; Isa 49:10, 13; 54:7-8, 10; Jer 33:26; Zec 10:6 on Jacob;

once again he will chooseGe 18:19; 2Ch 6:6; Isa 41:8; 42:1; 44:1; 45:4; 49:7; 65:9, 22; Zec 1:17; 2:12; 3:2 Israel

and will settle them in their own land.Jer 3:18; 16:15; 23:8

ForeignersS Ex 12:43; S Isa 11:10; Eze 47:22; Zec 8:22-23; Eph 2:12-19 will join them

and unite with the descendants of Jacob.

Nations will take them

and bringS Isa 11:12; 60:9 them to their own place.

And Israel will take possession of the nationsS Ps 49:14; Isa 26:15; 43:14; 49:7, 23; 54:3

and make them male and female servants in the Lord’s land.

They will make captivesPs 149:8; Isa 45:14; 49:25; 60:12; Jer 40:1 of their captors

and rule over their oppressors.Isa 60:14; 61:5; Jer 30:16; 49:2; Eze 39:10; Zep 3:19; Zec 2:9

On the day the Lord gives you reliefS Isa 11:10 from your suffering and turmoilS Job 3:17 and from the harsh labor forced on you,S Ex 1:14you will take up this tauntMic 2:4; Hab 2:6 against the king of Babylon:S Isa 13:1

How the oppressorS Isa 9:4 has come to an end!

How his furyDead Sea Scrolls, Septuagint and Syriac; the meaning of the word in the Masoretic Text is uncertain. has ended!

The Lord has broken the rodS Isa 10:15 of the wicked,S Ps 125:3

the scepterS Ps 110:2 of the rulers,

which in anger struck down peoplesIsa 10:14

with unceasing blows,

and in fury subduedS Ps 47:3 nations

with relentless aggression.S 2Ki 15:29; Isa 47:6; Hab 1:17

All the lands are at rest and at peace;S Nu 6:26; Jer 50:34; Zec 1:11

they break into singing.Ps 98:1; 126:1-3; Isa 12:6

Even the junipersS 1Ch 16:33; S Ps 65:13; Eze 31:16 and the cedars of Lebanon

gloat over you and say,

“Now that you have been laid low,

no one comes to cut us down.”S 2Ki 19:23; Isa 37:24

The realm of the deadS Pr 30:16; Eze 32:21 below is all astir

to meet you at your coming;

it rouses the spirits of the departedS Job 26:5 to greet you—

all those who were leadersZec 10:3 in the world;

it makes them rise from their thrones—

all those who were kings over the nations.S Job 3:14

10 They will all respond,

they will say to you,

“You also have become weak, as we are;

you have become like us.”Eze 26:20; 32:21

11 All your pomp has been brought down to the grave,S Nu 16:30; S Pr 30:16

along with the noise of your harps;Isa 5:12; Eze 26:13; Am 6:5

maggots are spread out beneath you

and wormsS Job 7:5; 24:20; Isa 51:8; 66:24 cover you.S Job 21:26

12 How you have fallenLk 10:18 from heaven,

morning star,2Pe 1:19; Rev 2:28; 8:10; 9:1 son of the dawn!

You have been cast down to the earth,

you who once laid low the nations!Eze 26:17

13 You said in your heart,

“I will ascendDa 5:23; 8:10; Ob 1:4; Mt 11:23 to the heavens;

I will raise my throneEze 28:2; 2Th 2:4

above the stars of God;

I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,Ps 82:1

on the utmost heightsIsa 37:24 of Mount Zaphon.Or of the north; Zaphon was the most sacred mountain of the Canaanites.

14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;S Job 20:6

I will make myself like the Most High.”S Ge 3:5; S Nu 24:16; Isa 10:13; 47:8; Jer 50:29; 51:53; Da 11:36; 2Th 2:4

15 But you are brought downIsa 13:6; 45:7; 47:11; Jer 51:8, 43 to the realm of the dead,S Job 21:13

to the depthsMt 11:23; Lk 10:15 of the pit.S Ps 55:23; Eze 31:16; 32:23

16 Those who see you stare at you,

they ponder your fate:Jer 50:23; Rev 18:9

“Is this the man who shookS Isa 2:19; 13:13; Joel 3:16; Hag 2:6, 21 the earth

and made kingdoms tremble,

17 the man who made the world a wilderness,Isa 15:6; Joel 2:3

who overthrewPs 52:7 its cities

and would not let his captives go home?”Ex 7:14; S 2Ki 15:29; Jer 50:33; Rev 18:18

18 All the kings of the nations lie in state,

each in his own tomb.Job 21:32

19 But you are cast outIsa 22:16-18; Jer 8:1; 36:30 of your tomb

like a rejected branch;

you are covered with the slain,Isa 34:3

with those pierced by the sword,S Isa 13:15

those who descend to the stones of the pit.Jer 41:7-9

Like a corpse trampled underfoot,

20 you will not join them in burial,S 1Ki 21:19

for you have destroyed your land

and killed your people.

Let the offspringS Job 18:19 of the wickedS Isa 1:4

never be mentionedS Dt 32:26 again.

21 Prepare a place to slaughter his childrenS Nu 16:27

for the sins of their ancestors;S Ge 9:25; S Lev 26:39

they are not to rise to inherit the land

and cover the earth with their cities.

22 “I will rise upS Ps 94:16 against them,”

declares the Lord Almighty.

“I will wipe out Babylon’s nameS Job 18:17; Ps 109:13; Na 1:14 and survivors,

her offspring and descendants,2Sa 18:18; 1Ki 14:10; Job 18:19; S Ps 9:6; S Isa 13:18

declares the Lord.

23 “I will turn her into a place for owlsS Lev 11:16-18; Isa 34:11-15; Zep 2:14

and into swampland;

I will sweep her with the broom of destruction,S Isa 10:3; Jer 25:12

declares the Lord Almighty.Jer 50:3; 51:62

24 The Lord Almighty has sworn,Isa 45:23; 49:18; 54:9; 62:8

“Surely, as I have planned,Isa 19:12, 17; 23:8-9; 25:1; Da 4:35 so it will be,

and as I have purposed, so it will happen.S Job 9:3; S Isa 7:7; 46:10-11; Eze 12:25; Ac 4:28

25 I will crush the AssyrianS Isa 10:5, 12; 37:36-38 in my land;

on my mountains I will trample him down.

His yokeS Isa 9:4 will be taken from my people,

and his burden removed from their shoulders.S Isa 10:27

26 This is the planIsa 23:9 determined for the whole world;

this is the handEx 15:12; S Job 30:21 stretched out over all nations.

27 For the Lord Almighty has purposed,Jer 49:20 and who can thwart him?

His handS Ex 14:21 is stretched out, and who can turn it back?S 2Ch 20:6; Isa 43:13; Da 4:35

A Prophecy Against the Philistines

28 This prophecyS Isa 13:1 came in the yearS 2Ki 15:7 King AhazS 2Ki 16:1 died:

29 Do not rejoice, all you Philistines,S Jos 13:3; S 2Ki 1:2; S 2Ch 26:6

that the rod that struck you is broken;

from the root of that snake will spring up a viper,S Isa 11:8

its fruit will be a darting, venomous serpent.S Dt 8:15

30 The poorest of the poor will find pasture,

and the needyIsa 3:15; 25:4 will lie down in safety.S Isa 7:21-22

But your root I will destroy by famine;Isa 8:21; 9:20; 51:19

it will slayJer 25:16; Zec 9:5-6 your survivors.Eze 25:15-17; Zep 2:5

31 Wail,S Isa 13:6 you gate!S Isa 3:26 Howl, you city!

Melt away, all you Philistines!S Ge 10:14

A cloud of smoke comes from the north,Isa 41:25; Jer 1:14; 4:6; 6:1, 22; 10:22; 13:20; 25:9; 46:20, 24; 47:2; 50:41; Eze 32:30

and there is not a straggler in its ranks.S Isa 5:27

32 What answer shall be given

to the envoysIsa 37:9 of that nation?

“The Lord has established Zion,S Ps 51:18; 87:2, 5; Isa 2:2; 26:1; 28:16; 31:5; 33:5, 20; 44:28; 51:21; 54:11

and in her his afflicted people will find refuge.S Isa 4:6; Jas 2:5

Songs of Praise for Salvation

12 In that day you will sing:

“I will praise you, O Lord!

You were angry with me, but not any more.

Now you comfort me.

See, God has come to save me.

I will trust in him and not be afraid.

The Lord God is my strength and my song;

he has given me victory.”

With joy you will drink deeply

from the fountain of salvation!

In that wonderful day you will sing:

“Thank the Lord! Praise his name!

Tell the nations what he has done.

Let them know how mighty he is!

Sing to the Lord, for he has done wonderful things.

Make known his praise around the world.

Let all the people of JerusalemHebrew Zion. shout his praise with joy!

For great is the Holy One of Israel who lives among you.”

A Message about Babylon

13 Isaiah son of Amoz received this message concerning the destruction of Babylon:

“Raise a signal flag on a bare hilltop.

Call up an army against Babylon.

Wave your hand to encourage them

as they march into the palaces of the high and mighty.

I, the Lord, have dedicated these soldiers for this task.

Yes, I have called mighty warriors to express my anger,

and they will rejoice when I am exalted.”

Hear the noise on the mountains!

Listen, as the vast armies march!

It is the noise and shouting of many nations.

The Lord of Heaven’s Armies has called this army together.

They come from distant countries,

from beyond the farthest horizons.

They are the Lord’s weapons to carry out his anger.

With them he will destroy the whole land.

Scream in terror, for the day of the Lord has arrived—

the time for the Almighty to destroy.

Every arm is paralyzed with fear.

Every heart melts,

and people are terrified.

Pangs of anguish grip them,

like those of a woman in labor.

They look helplessly at one another,

their faces aflame with fear.

For see, the day of the Lord is coming—

the terrible day of his fury and fierce anger.

The land will be made desolate,

and all the sinners destroyed with it.

10 The heavens will be black above them;

the stars will give no light.

The sun will be dark when it rises,

and the moon will provide no light.

11 “I, the Lord, will punish the world for its evil

and the wicked for their sin.

I will crush the arrogance of the proud

and humble the pride of the mighty.

12 I will make people scarcer than gold—

more rare than the fine gold of Ophir.

13 For I will shake the heavens.

The earth will move from its place

when the Lord of Heaven’s Armies displays his wrath

in the day of his fierce anger.”

14 Everyone in Babylon will run about like a hunted gazelle,

like sheep without a shepherd.

They will try to find their own people

and flee to their own land.

15 Anyone who is captured will be cut down—

run through with a sword.

16 Their little children will be dashed to death before their eyes.

Their homes will be sacked, and their wives will be raped.

17 “Look, I will stir up the Medes against Babylon.

They cannot be tempted by silver

or bribed with gold.

18 The attacking armies will shoot down the young men with arrows.

They will have no mercy on helpless babies

and will show no compassion for children.”

19 Babylon, the most glorious of kingdoms,

the flower of Chaldean pride,

will be devastated like Sodom and Gomorrah

when God destroyed them.

20 Babylon will never be inhabited again.

It will remain empty for generation after generation.

Nomads will refuse to camp there,

and shepherds will not bed down their sheep.

21 Desert animals will move into the ruined city,

and the houses will be haunted by howling creatures.

Owls will live among the ruins,

and wild goats will go there to dance.

22 Hyenas will howl in its fortresses,

and jackals will make dens in its luxurious palaces.

Babylon’s days are numbered;

its time of destruction will soon arrive.

A Taunt for Babylon’s King

14 But the Lord will have mercy on the descendants of Jacob. He will choose Israel as his special people once again. He will bring them back to settle once again in their own land. And people from many different nations will come and join them there and unite with the people of Israel.Hebrew the house of Jacob. The names “Jacob” and “Israel” are often interchanged throughout the Old Testament, referring sometimes to the individual patriarch and sometimes to the nation.The nations of the world will help the people of Israel to return, and those who come to live in the Lord’s land will serve them. Those who captured Israel will themselves be captured, and Israel will rule over its enemies.

In that wonderful day when the Lord gives his people rest from sorrow and fear, from slavery and chains,you will taunt the king of Babylon. You will say,

“The mighty man has been destroyed.

Yes, your insolenceAs in Dead Sea Scrolls; the meaning of the Masoretic Text is uncertain. is ended.

For the Lord has crushed your wicked power

and broken your evil rule.

You struck the people with endless blows of rage

and held the nations in your angry grip

with unrelenting tyranny.

But finally the earth is at rest and quiet.

Now it can sing again!

Even the trees of the forest—

the cypress trees and the cedars of Lebanon—

sing out this joyous song:

‘Since you have been cut down,

no one will come now to cut us down!’

“In the place of the deadHebrew Sheol; also in 14:15. there is excitement

over your arrival.

The spirits of world leaders and mighty kings long dead

stand up to see you.

10 With one voice they all cry out,

‘Now you are as weak as we are!

11 Your might and power were buried with you.Hebrew were brought down to Sheol.

The sound of the harp in your palace has ceased.

Now maggots are your sheet,

and worms your blanket.’

12 “How you are fallen from heaven,

O shining star, son of the morning!

You have been thrown down to the earth,

you who destroyed the nations of the world.

13 For you said to yourself,

‘I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars.

I will preside on the mountain of the gods

far away in the north.Or on the heights of Zaphon.

14 I will climb to the highest heavens

and be like the Most High.’

15 Instead, you will be brought down to the place of the dead,

down to its lowest depths.

16 Everyone there will stare at you and ask,

‘Can this be the one who shook the earth

and made the kingdoms of the world tremble?

17 Is this the one who destroyed the world

and made it into a wasteland?

Is this the king who demolished the world’s greatest cities

and had no mercy on his prisoners?’

18 “The kings of the nations lie in stately glory,

each in his own tomb,

19 but you will be thrown out of your grave

like a worthless branch.

Like a corpse trampled underfoot,

you will be dumped into a mass grave

with those killed in battle.

You will descend to the pit.

20 You will not be given a proper burial,

for you have destroyed your nation

and slaughtered your people.

The descendants of such an evil person

will never again receive honor.

21 Kill this man’s children!

Let them die because of their father’s sins!

They must not rise and conquer the earth,

filling the world with their cities.”

22 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says:

“I, myself, have risen against Babylon!

I will destroy its children and its children’s children,”

says the Lord.

23 “I will make Babylon a desolate place of owls,

filled with swamps and marshes.

I will sweep the land with the broom of destruction.

I, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!”

A Message about Assyria

24 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies has sworn this oath:

“It will all happen as I have planned.

It will be as I have decided.

25 I will break the Assyrians when they are in Israel;

I will trample them on my mountains.

My people will no longer be their slaves

nor bow down under their heavy loads.

26 I have a plan for the whole earth,

a hand of judgment upon all the nations.

27 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies has spoken—

who can change his plans?

When his hand is raised,

who can stop him?”

A Message about Philistia

28 This message came to me the year King Ahaz died:King Ahaz died in 715 B.c.

29 Do not rejoice, you Philistines,

that the rod that struck you is broken—

that the king who attacked you is dead.

For from that snake a more poisonous snake will be born,

a fiery serpent to destroy you!

30 I will feed the poor in my pasture;

the needy will lie down in peace.

But as for you, I will wipe you out with famine

and destroy the few who remain.

31 Wail at the gates! Weep in the cities!

Melt with fear, you Philistines!

A powerful army comes like smoke from the north.

Each soldier rushes forward eager to fight.

32 What should we tell the Philistine messengers? Tell them,

“The Lord has built JerusalemHebrew Zion.;

its walls will give refuge to his oppressed people.”

12 And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.

Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.

Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.

13 The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.

Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles.

I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness.

The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the Lord of hosts mustereth the host of the battle.

They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the Lord, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.

Howl ye; for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.

Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt:

And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.

Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.

11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.

13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.

14 And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land.

15 Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword.

16 Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.

17 Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.

18 Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children.

19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.

20 It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.

21 But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.

22 And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.

14 For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.

And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the Lord for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors.

And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve,

That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased!

The Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers.

He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth.

The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing.

Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us.

Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.

10 All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?

11 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.

12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;

17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.

19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.

20 Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.

21 Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.

22 For I will rise up against them, saith the Lord of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the Lord.

23 I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the Lord of hosts.

24 The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:

25 That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders.

26 This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.

27 For the Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?

28 In the year that king Ahaz died was this burden.

29 Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.

30 And the firstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety: and I will kill thy root with famine, and he shall slay thy remnant.

31 Howl, O gate; cry, O city; thou, whole Palestina, art dissolved: for there shall come from the north a smoke, and none shall be alone in his appointed times.

32 What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the Lord hath founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it.

2 Corinthians 13:1-13

Final Warnings

13 This will be my third visit to you.2Co 12:14 “Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.”Deut. 19:15Dt 19:15; S Mt 18:16I already gave you a warning when I was with you the second time. I now repeat it while absent:ver 10 On my return I will not spare2Co 1:23 those who sinned earlier2Co 12:21 or any of the others,since you are demanding proof that Christ is speaking through me.Mt 10:20; 1Co 5:4 He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you.For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness,1Co 1:25; Php 2:7, 8; 1Pe 3:18 yet he lives by God’s power.Ro 1:4; 6:4; 1Co 6:14 Likewise, we are weakver 9; S 1Co 2:3 in him, yet by God’s power we will live with himS Ro 6:5 in our dealing with you.

Examine yourselves1Co 11:28 to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.La 3:40; Jn 6:6 Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in youS Ro 8:10—unless, of course, you fail the test?And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong—not so that people will see that we have stood the test but so that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed.For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.We are glad whenever we are weakS 1Co 2:3 but you are strong;2Co 4:12 and our prayer is that you may be fully restored.ver 11; Eph 4:1310 This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harshS 2Co 1:23 in my use of authority—the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.2Co 10:8

Final Greetings

11 Finally, brothers and sisters,1Th 4:1; 2Th 3:1 rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace.S Mk 9:50 And the God of love1Jn 4:16 and peaceS Ro 15:33; Eph 6:23 will be with you.

12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.S Ro 16:1613 All God’s people here send their greetings.Php 4:22

Paul’s Final Advice

13 This is the third time I am coming to visit you (and as the Scriptures say, “The facts of every case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses”Deut 19:15.).I have already warned those who had been sinning when I was there on my second visit. Now I again warn them and all others, just as I did before, that next time I will not spare them.

I will give you all the proof you want that Christ speaks through me. Christ is not weak when he deals with you; he is powerful among you.Although he was crucified in weakness, he now lives by the power of God. We, too, are weak, just as Christ was, but when we deal with you we will be alive with him and will have God’s power.

Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among youOr in you.; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith.As you test yourselves, I hope you will recognize that we have not failed the test of apostolic authority.

We pray to God that you will not do what is wrong by refusing our correction. I hope we won’t need to demonstrate our authority when we arrive. Do the right thing before we come—even if that makes it look like we have failed to demonstrate our authority.For we cannot oppose the truth, but must always stand for the truth.We are glad to seem weak if it helps show that you are actually strong. We pray that you will become mature.

10 I am writing this to you before I come, hoping that I won’t need to deal severely with you when I do come. For I want to use the authority the Lord has given me to strengthen you, not to tear you down.

Paul’s Final Greetings

11 Dear brothers and sisters,Greek Brothers. I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.

12 Greet each other with a sacred kiss.13 All of God’s people here send you their greetings.

13 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I come again, I will not spare:

Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.

For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.

Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.

For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.

10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.

11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

12 Greet one another with an holy kiss.

13 All the saints salute you.

Psalm 57:1-11

Psalm 57In Hebrew texts 57:1-11 is numbered 57:2-12.57:7-11pp — Ps 108:1-5

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam.Title: Probably a literary or musical term When he had fled from Saul into the cave.1Sa 22:1; 24:3; Ps 142 Title

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,

for in you I take refuge.Ps 2:12; 9:9; 34:22

I will take refuge in the shadow of your wingsS Ru 2:12; S Mt 23:37

until the disaster has passed.Isa 26:20

I cry out to God Most High,

to God, who vindicates me.Ps 138:8

He sends from heaven and saves me,Ps 18:9, 16; 69:14; 142:6; 144:5, 7

rebuking those who hotly pursue me—The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 6.Ps 56:1

God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.Ps 25:10; 40:11; 115:1

I am in the midst of lions;S Ps 35:17

I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts—

men whose teeth are spears and arrows,

whose tongues are sharp swords.S Ps 55:21; Pr 30:14

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;

let your glory be over all the earth.ver 11; Ps 108:5

They spread a net for my feetPs 10:9; 31:4; 140:5

I was bowed downS Ps 38:6; 145:14 in distress.

They dug a pitS Ps 9:15 in my path—

but they have fallen into it themselves.S Est 6:13; Ps 7:15; Pr 28:10; Ecc 10:8

My heart, O God, is steadfast,

my heart is steadfast;Ps 112:7

I will sing and make music.

Awake, my soul!

Awake, harp and lyre!Ps 33:2; 149:3; 150:3

I will awaken the dawn.

I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;

I will sing of you among the peoples.

10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;

your faithfulness reaches to the skies.S Ps 36:5

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;S Ps 8:1; 113:4

let your glory be over all the earth.S ver 5

Psalm 57

For the choir director: A psalmHebrew miktam. This may be a literary or musical term. of David, regarding the time he fled from Saul and went into the cave. To be sung to the tune “Do Not Destroy!”

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy!

I look to you for protection.

I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings

until the danger passes by.

I cry out to God Most High,Hebrew Elohim-Elyon.

to God who will fulfill his purpose for me.

He will send help from heaven to rescue me,

disgracing those who hound me. Interlude

My God will send forth his unfailing love and faithfulness.

I am surrounded by fierce lions

who greedily devour human prey—

whose teeth pierce like spears and arrows,

and whose tongues cut like swords.

Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens!

May your glory shine over all the earth.

My enemies have set a trap for me.

I am weary from distress.

They have dug a deep pit in my path,

but they themselves have fallen into it. Interlude

My heart is confident in you, O God;

my heart is confident.

No wonder I can sing your praises!

Wake up, my heart!

Wake up, O lyre and harp!

I will wake the dawn with my song.

I will thank you, Lord, among all the people.

I will sing your praises among the nations.

10 For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens.

Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

11 Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.

May your glory shine over all the earth.

57 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.

He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.

My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.

Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.

They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.

My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.

Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.

I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.

10 For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.

11 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.

Proverbs 23:9-11

Saying 10

Do not speak to fools,

for they will scorn your prudent words.S Pr 9:7

Saying 11

10 Do not move an ancient boundary stoneS Dt 19:14

or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,

11 for their DefenderS Job 19:25 is strong;Ps 24:8

he will take up their case against you.Ex 22:22-24; Pr 15:25; 22:22-23

Don’t waste your breath on fools,

for they will despise the wisest advice.

10 Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers;

don’t take the land of defenseless orphans.

11 For their RedeemerOr redeemer. is strong;

he himself will bring their charges against you.

Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:

11 For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.

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