Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Just as Satan was cast like lightning out of heaven, he is being cast out of his earthly kingdom by the power of Jesus. As Isaiah says, "The oppressor will come to an end, and destruction will cease; the aggressor will vanish from the land" (Isaiah 16:4 NIV). Isaiah further prophesied that in love a throne would be established, that in faithfulness a man from the house of David would sit on that throne, judging with justice and righteousness (v. 5).

Thank God for the power of love over hatred! "For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son. . . ."(John 3:16). The love of God was manifested to this world the moment Jesus stepped into it. Everywhere He went, the oppressor's kingdom came to an end. Jesus cast out devils from all those bound by them, "for God was with him" (Acts 10:38). Paul states that Jesus "died for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live" (Galatians 1:4).

In your darkest oppression, there is One whom God has sent to rescue you. He is the King on the throne of David. Let Him wrap His arms of love around you and protect, deliver, and rescue you from the oppressor.

Isaiah 15:1-18:7

A Prophecy Against Moab16:6-12pp — Jer 48:29-36

15 A prophecyS Isa 13:1 against Moab:Nu 22:3-6; S Dt 23:6; S Isa 11:14

ArS Nu 21:15 in Moab is ruined,S Nu 17:12; Isa 25:12; 26:5; Jer 48:24, 41; 51:58

destroyed in a night!

KirS 2Ki 3:25 in Moab is ruined,

destroyed in a night!

DibonS Nu 21:30 goes up to its temple,

to its high places1Ki 11:7; Isa 16:12; Jer 48:35 to weep;

Moab wailsS Isa 13:6; 65:14 over NeboS Nu 32:38 and Medeba.

Every head is shavedS Lev 13:40; S Job 1:20

and every beard cut off.S 2Sa 10:4

In the streets they wear sackcloth;S Isa 3:24

on the roofsS Jos 2:8 and in the public squaresJer 48:38

they all wail,Isa 14:31; Jer 47:2

prostrate with weeping.ver 5; Isa 16:9; 22:4; La 2:11; Eze 7:18; Mic 1:8

HeshbonS Nu 21:25; S Jos 13:26 and ElealehS Nu 32:3 cry out,

their voices are heard all the way to Jahaz.S Nu 21:23

Therefore the armed men of Moab cry out,

and their hearts are faint.

My heart cries outS ver 3 over Moab;Isa 16:11; Jer 48:31

her fugitivesS Nu 21:29 flee as far as Zoar,S Ge 13:10

as far as Eglath Shelishiyah.

They go up the hill to Luhith,

weeping as they go;

on the road to HoronaimJer 48:3, 34

they lament their destruction.Jer 4:20; 48:5

The waters of Nimrim are dried upIsa 19:5-7; Jer 48:34

and the grass is withered;Ps 37:2; Isa 16:8; 24:4, 7, 11; 33:9; 34:4; 37:27; 40:7; 51:6, 12; Hos 4:3; Joel 1:12

the vegetation is goneS Isa 14:17

and nothing green is left.Jer 14:5

So the wealth they have acquiredIsa 30:6; Jer 48:36 and stored up

they carry away over the Ravine of the Poplars.

Their outcry echoes along the border of Moab;

their wailing reaches as far as Eglaim,

their lamentation as far as BeerS Nu 21:16 Elim.

The waters of DimonDimon, a wordplay on Dibon (see verse 2), sounds like the Hebrew for blood. are full of blood,

but I will bring still more upon DimonDimon, a wordplay on Dibon (see verse 2), sounds like the Hebrew for blood.

a lionS 2Ki 17:25 upon the fugitives of MoabEze 25:8-11

and upon those who remain in the land.

16 Send lambsS 2Ki 3:4 as tributeS 2Ch 32:23

to the ruler of the land,

from Sela,S Jdg 1:36; Ob 3 fn across the desert,

to the mount of Daughter Zion.S Isa 10:32

Like fluttering birds

pushed from the nest,Pr 27:8

so are the women of MoabNu 21:29

at the fordsJdg 12:5 of the Arnon.Nu 21:13-14; Jer 48:20

“Make up your mind,” Moab says.

“Render a decision.

Make your shadow like night—

at high noon.

Hide the fugitives,S 1Ki 18:4

do not betray the refugees.

Let the Moabite fugitives stay with you;

be their shelterIsa 58:7 from the destroyer.”

The oppressorS Isa 9:4 will come to an end,

and destruction will cease;Isa 2:2-4

the aggressor will vanish from the land.

In love a throneS 1Sa 13:14; Da 7:14; Mic 4:7 will be established;S Pr 20:28

in faithfulness a man will sit on it—

one from the houseHebrew tent of DavidS Isa 7:2; Lk 1:32

one who in judging seeks justiceS Isa 9:7

and speeds the cause of righteousness.

We have heard of Moab’sJer 25:21; Eze 25:8; Am 2:1; Zep 2:8 prideS Lev 26:19; S Job 20:6; Jer 49:16; Ob 1:3; Zep 2:10

how great is her arrogance!—

of her conceit, her pride and her insolence;

but her boasts are empty.

Therefore the Moabites wail,S Isa 13:6; Jer 48:20; 49:3

they wail together for Moab.

Lament and grieve

for the raisin cakesS 1Ch 16:3 of Kir Hareseth.S 2Ki 3:25

The fields of HeshbonS Nu 21:25 wither,S Isa 15:6

the vines of SibmahS Nu 32:3 also.

The rulers of the nations

have trampled down the choicest vines,S Isa 5:2

which once reached JazerS Nu 21:32

and spread toward the desert.

Their shoots spread outS Job 8:16

and went as far as the sea.Probably the Dead SeaPs 80:11

So I weep,S Isa 15:3; Eze 27:31 as Jazer weeps,

for the vines of Sibmah.

Heshbon and Elealeh,S Nu 32:3

I drench you with tears!S Job 7:3

The shouts of joyS Ezr 3:13 over your ripened fruit

and over your harvestsJer 40:12 have been stilled.

10 Joy and gladness are taken away from the orchards;Isa 24:7-8

no one sings or shoutsJer 25:30 in the vineyards;

no one treadsS Jdg 9:27 out wine at the presses,S Job 24:11; S Isa 5:2

for I have put an end to the shouting.

11 My heart laments for MoabS Isa 15:5 like a harp,S Job 30:31

my inmost beingIsa 63:15; Hos 11:8; Php 2:1 for Kir Hareseth.

12 When Moab appears at her high place,1Ki 11:7

she only wears herself out;

when she goes to her shrineS Isa 15:2 to pray,

it is to no avail.S 1Ki 18:29; Ps 115:4-7; Isa 44:17-18; 1Co 8:4

13 This is the word the Lord has already spoken concerning Moab.14 But now the Lord says: “Within three years,Isa 20:3; 37:30 as a servant bound by contractS Lev 25:50 would count them,S Lev 19:13 Moab’s splendor and all her many people will be despised,Isa 25:10; Jer 48:42 and her survivors will be very few and feeble.”Isa 21:17

A Prophecy Against Damascus

17 A prophecyIsa 13:1 against Damascus:S Ge 14:15; Ac 9:2

“See, Damascus will no longer be a city

but will become a heap of ruins.S Dt 13:16; S Isa 25:2

The cities of AroerS 2Ki 10:33 will be deserted

and left to flocks,S Isa 5:17; 7:21; Eze 25:5 which will lie down,Isa 27:10

with no one to make them afraid.S Lev 26:6; Jer 7:33; Mic 4:4

The fortifiedIsa 25:2, 12; Hos 10:14 city will disappear from Ephraim,

and royal power from Damascus;

the remnant of Aram will be

like the gloryver 4; Isa 21:16; Hos 9:11 of the Israelites,”Isa 7:8, 16; 8:4

declares the Lord Almighty.

“In that dayS Isa 2:11 the gloryS ver 3 of Jacob will fade;

the fat of his body will wasteS Isa 10:16 away.

It will be as when reapers harvest the standing grain,

gatheringver 11; Isa 33:4; Jer 51:33; Joel 3:13; Mt 13:30 the grain in their arms—

as when someone gleans heads of grainJob 24:24

in the Valley of Rephaim.S Jos 17:15; S 1Ch 11:15

Yet some gleanings will remain,S Dt 4:27; S Isa 10:19; S 24:13

as when an olive tree is beaten,ver 11; Isa 27:12

leaving two or three olives on the topmost branches,

four or five on the fruitful boughs,”

declares the Lord, the God of Israel.

In that dayS Isa 2:11 people will lookS Isa 9:13; S 10:20 to their MakerS Ps 95:6

and turn their eyes to the Holy OneS Isa 12:6 of Israel.

They will not look to the altars,S Lev 26:30

the work of their hands,S 2Ch 32:19; Isa 2:18, 20; 30:22; 46:6; Rev 9:20

and they will have no regard for the Asherah polesThat is, wooden symbols of the goddess AsherahS Jdg 3:7; S 2Ki 17:10

and the incense altars their fingersIsa 2:8 have made.

In that day their strong cities, which they left because of the Israelites, will be like places abandoned to thickets and undergrowth.S Isa 7:19 And all will be desolation.

10 You have forgottenS Dt 6:12; 8:11; Ps 50:22; 106:21; Isa 51:13; 57:11; Jer 2:32; 3:21; 13:25; 18:15; Eze 22:12; 23:35; Hos 8:14; 13:6 God your Savior;S Isa 12:2; S Lk 1:47

you have not remembered the Rock,S Ge 49:24 your fortress.S Ps 18:2

Therefore, though you set out the finest plants

and plant imported vines,S Isa 5:7

11 though on the day you set them out, you make them grow,

and on the morningPs 90:6 when you plant them, you bring them to bud,

yet the harvestS ver 5 will be as nothingS Lev 26:20; Hos 8:7; Joel 1:11; Hag 1:6

in the day of disease and incurableJer 10:19; 30:12 pain.S Dt 28:39; S Job 4:8

12 Woe to the many nations that ragever 13; Isa 41:11

they rage like the raging sea!S Ps 18:4; Lk 21:25

Woe to the peoples who roarS Ps 46:6; Isa 8:9

they roar like the roaring of great waters!Isa 8:7

13 Although the peoples roarS Ps 46:3 like the roar of surging waters,

when he rebukesS Dt 28:20; S Ps 9:5 them they fleeS Ps 68:1; S Isa 13:14 far away,

driven before the wind like chaffS Job 13:25; S Isa 2:22; 41:2, 15-16; Da 2:35 on the hills,

like tumbleweed before a gale.Job 21:18; S Ps 65:7

14 In the evening, suddenIsa 29:5; 30:13; 47:11; 48:3 terror!Isa 33:18; 54:14

Before the morning, they are gone!S 2Ki 19:35

This is the portion of those who loot us,

the lot of those who plunder us.

A Prophecy Against Cush

18 WoeIsa 5:8 to the land of whirring wingsOr of locusts

along the rivers of Cush,That is, the upper Nile regionS Ge 10:6; S Ps 68:31; S Eze 29:10

which sends envoysOb 1:1 by sea

in papyrusEx 2:3; Job 9:26 boats over the water.

Go, swift messengers,

to a people tall and smooth-skinned,S Ge 41:14

to a people feared far and wide,

an aggressiveS Ge 10:8-9; S 2Ch 12:3 nation of strange speech,

whose land is divided by rivers.ver 7

All you people of the world,S Ps 33:8

you who live on the earth,

when a bannerS Ps 60:4; Isa 5:26; 11:10; 13:2; 31:9; Jer 4:21 is raised on the mountains,

you will see it,

and when a trumpetS Jos 6:20; S Jdg 3:27 sounds,

you will hear it.

This is what the Lord says to me:

“I will remain quietIsa 62:1; 64:12 and will look on from my dwelling place,Isa 26:21; Hos 5:15; Mic 1:3

like shimmering heat in the sunshine,S Jdg 5:31; S Ps 18:12; Hab 3:4

like a cloud of dew2Sa 1:21; S Ps 133:3; Isa 26:19; Hos 14:5 in the heat of harvest.”

For, before the harvest, when the blossom is gone

and the flower becomes a ripening grape,

he will cut offS Isa 10:33 the shoots with pruning knives,

and cut down and take away the spreading branches.Isa 17:10-11; Eze 17:6

They will all be left to the mountain birds of preyS Isa 8:8

and to the wild animals;Isa 37:36; 56:9; Jer 7:33; Eze 32:4; 39:17

the birds will feed on them all summer,

the wild animals all winter.

At that time giftsS 2Ch 9:24; S Isa 60:7 will be brought to the Lord Almighty

from a people tall and smooth-skinned,S Ge 41:14

from a people fearedHab 1:7 far and wide,

an aggressive nation of strange speech,

whose land is divided by riversver 2

the gifts will be brought to Mount Zion, the place of the Name of the Lord Almighty.Ps 68:31

A Message about Moab

15 This message came to me concerning Moab:

In one night the town of Ar will be leveled,

and the city of Kir will be destroyed.

Your people will go to their temple in Dibon to mourn.

They will go to their sacred shrines to weep.

They will wail for the fate of Nebo and Medeba,

shaving their heads in sorrow and cutting off their beards.

They will wear burlap as they wander the streets.

From every home and public square will come the sound of wailing.

The people of Heshbon and Elealeh will cry out;

their voices will be heard as far away as Jahaz!

The bravest warriors of Moab will cry out in utter terror.

They will be helpless with fear.

My heart weeps for Moab.

Its people flee to Zoar and Eglath-shelishiyah.

Weeping, they climb the road to Luhith.

Their cries of distress can be heard all along the road to Horonaim.

Even the waters of Nimrim are dried up!

The grassy banks are scorched.

The tender plants are gone;

nothing green remains.

The people grab their possessions

and carry them across the Ravine of Willows.

A cry of distress echoes through the land of Moab

from one end to the other—

from Eglaim to Beer-elim.

The stream near DibonAs in Dead Sea Scrolls, some Greek manuscripts, and Latin Vulgate; Masoretic Text reads Dimon; also in 15:9b. runs red with blood,

but I am still not finished with Dibon!

Lions will hunt down the survivors—

both those who try to escape

and those who remain behind.

16 Send lambs from Sela as tribute

to the ruler of the land.

Send them through the desert

to the mountain of beautiful Zion.

The women of Moab are left like homeless birds

at the shallow crossings of the Arnon River.

“Help us,” they cry.

“Defend us against our enemies.

Protect us from their relentless attack.

Do not betray us now that we have escaped.

Let our refugees stay among you.

Hide them from our enemies until the terror is past.”

When oppression and destruction have ended

and enemy raiders have disappeared,

then God will establish one of David’s descendants as king.

He will rule with mercy and truth.

He will always do what is just

and be eager to do what is right.

We have heard about proud Moab—

about its pride and arrogance and rage.

But all that boasting has disappeared.

The entire land of Moab weeps.

Yes, everyone in Moab mourns

for the cakes of raisins from Kir-hareseth.

They are all gone now.

The farms of Heshbon are abandoned;

the vineyards at Sibmah are deserted.

The rulers of the nations have broken down Moab—

that beautiful grapevine.

Its tendrils spread north as far as the town of Jazer

and trailed eastward into the wilderness.

Its shoots reached so far west

that they crossed over the Dead Sea.Hebrew the sea.

So now I weep for Jazer and the vineyards of Sibmah;

my tears will flow for Heshbon and Elealeh.

There are no more shouts of joy

over your summer fruits and harvest.

10 Gone now is the gladness,

gone the joy of harvest.

There will be no singing in the vineyards,

no more happy shouts,

no treading of grapes in the winepresses.

I have ended all their harvest joys.

11 My heart’s cry for Moab is like a lament on a harp.

I am filled with anguish for Kir-hareseth.Hebrew Kir-heres, a variant spelling of Kir-hareseth.

12 The people of Moab will worship at their pagan shrines,

but it will do them no good.

They will cry to the gods in their temples,

but no one will be able to save them.

13 The Lord has already said these things about Moab in the past.14 But now the Lord says, “Within three years, counting each day,Hebrew Within three years, as a servant bound by contract would count them. the glory of Moab will be ended. From its great population, only a feeble few will be left alive.”

A Message about Damascus and Israel

17 This message came to me concerning Damascus:

“Look, the city of Damascus will disappear!

It will become a heap of ruins.

The towns of Aroer will be deserted.

Flocks will graze in the streets and lie down undisturbed,

with no one to chase them away.

The fortified towns of IsraelHebrew of Ephraim, referring to the northern kingdom of Israel. will also be destroyed,

and the royal power of Damascus will end.

All that remains of SyriaHebrew Aram.

will share the fate of Israel’s departed glory,”

declares the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

“In that day Israel’sHebrew Jacob’s. See note on 14:1. glory will grow dim;

its robust body will waste away.

The whole land will look like a grainfield

after the harvesters have gathered the grain.

It will be desolate,

like the fields in the valley of Rephaim after the harvest.

Only a few of its people will be left,

like stray olives left on a tree after the harvest.

Only two or three remain in the highest branches,

four or five scattered here and there on the limbs,”

declares the Lord, the God of Israel.

Then at last the people will look to their Creator

and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel.

They will no longer look to their idols for help

or worship what their own hands have made.

They will never again bow down to their Asherah poles

or worship at the pagan shrines they have built.

Their largest cities will be like a deserted forest,

like the land the Hivites and Amorites abandonedAs in Greek version; Hebrew reads like places of the wood and the highest bough.

when the Israelites came here so long ago.

It will be utterly desolate.

10 Why? Because you have turned from the God who can save you.

You have forgotten the Rock who can hide you.

So you may plant the finest grapevines

and import the most expensive seedlings.

11 They may sprout on the day you set them out;

yes, they may blossom on the very morning you plant them,

but you will never pick any grapes from them.

Your only harvest will be a load of grief and unrelieved pain.

12 Listen! The armies of many nations

roar like the roaring of the sea.

Hear the thunder of the mighty forces

as they rush forward like thundering waves.

13 But though they thunder like breakers on a beach,

God will silence them, and they will run away.

They will flee like chaff scattered by the wind,

like a tumbleweed whirling before a storm.

14 In the evening Israel waits in terror,

but by dawn its enemies are dead.

This is the just reward of those who plunder us,

a fitting end for those who destroy us.

A Message about Ethiopia

18 Listen, EthiopiaHebrew Cush.—land of fluttering sailsOr land of many locusts; Hebrew reads land of whirring wings.

that lies at the headwaters of the Nile,

that sends ambassadors

in swift boats down the river.

Go, swift messengers!

Take a message to a tall, smooth-skinned people,

who are feared far and wide

for their conquests and destruction,

and whose land is divided by rivers.

All you people of the world,

everyone who lives on the earth—

when I raise my battle flag on the mountain, look!

When I blow the ram’s horn, listen!

For the Lord has told me this:

“I will watch quietly from my dwelling place—

as quietly as the heat rises on a summer day,

or as the morning dew forms during the harvest.”

Even before you begin your attack,

while your plans are ripening like grapes,

the Lord will cut off your new growth with pruning shears.

He will snip off and discard your spreading branches.

Your mighty army will be left dead in the fields

for the mountain vultures and wild animals.

The vultures will tear at the corpses all summer.

The wild animals will gnaw at the bones all winter.

At that time the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will receive gifts

from this land divided by rivers,

from this tall, smooth-skinned people,

who are feared far and wide for their conquests and destruction.

They will bring the gifts to Jerusalem,Hebrew to Mount Zion.

where the Lord of Heaven’s Armies dwells.

15 The burden of Moab. Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste, and brought to silence; because in the night Kir of Moab is laid waste, and brought to silence;

He is gone up to Bajith, and to Dibon, the high places, to weep: Moab shall howl over Nebo, and over Medeba: on all their heads shall be baldness, and every beard cut off.

In their streets they shall gird themselves with sackcloth: on the tops of their houses, and in their streets, every one shall howl, weeping abundantly.

And Heshbon shall cry, and Elealeh: their voice shall be heard even unto Jahaz: therefore the armed soldiers of Moab shall cry out; his life shall be grievous unto him.

My heart shall cry out for Moab; his fugitives shall flee unto Zoar, an heifer of three years old: for by the mounting up of Luhith with weeping shall they go it up; for in the way of Horonaim they shall raise up a cry of destruction.

For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate: for the hay is withered away, the grass faileth, there is no green thing.

Therefore the abundance they have gotten, and that which they have laid up, shall they carry away to the brook of the willows.

For the cry is gone round about the borders of Moab; the howling thereof unto Eglaim, and the howling thereof unto Beerelim.

For the waters of Dimon shall be full of blood: for I will bring more upon Dimon, lions upon him that escapeth of Moab, and upon the remnant of the land.

16 Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion.

For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.

Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth.

Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.

And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.

We have heard of the pride of Moab; he is very proud: even of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath: but his lies shall not be so.

Therefore shall Moab howl for Moab, every one shall howl: for the foundations of Kirhareseth shall ye mourn; surely they are stricken.

For the fields of Heshbon languish, and the vine of Sibmah: the lords of the heathen have broken down the principal plants thereof, they are come even unto Jazer, they wandered through the wilderness: her branches are stretched out, they are gone over the sea.

Therefore I will bewail with the weeping of Jazer the vine of Sibmah: I will water thee with my tears, O Heshbon, and Elealeh: for the shouting for thy summer fruits and for thy harvest is fallen.

10 And gladness is taken away, and joy out of the plentiful field; and in the vineyards there shall be no singing, neither shall there be shouting: the treaders shall tread out no wine in their presses; I have made their vintage shouting to cease.

11 Wherefore my bowels shall sound like an harp for Moab, and mine inward parts for Kirharesh.

12 And it shall come to pass, when it is seen that Moab is weary on the high place, that he shall come to his sanctuary to pray; but he shall not prevail.

13 This is the word that the Lord hath spoken concerning Moab since that time.

14 But now the Lord hath spoken, saying, Within three years, as the years of an hireling, and the glory of Moab shall be contemned, with all that great multitude; and the remnant shall be very small and feeble.

17 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the Lord of hosts.

And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.

And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim.

Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof, saith the Lord God of Israel.

At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.

And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images.

In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel: and there shall be desolation.

10 Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips:

11 In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.

12 Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!

13 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.

14 And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.

18 Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:

That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled!

All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye.

For so the Lord said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.

For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away and cut down the branches.

They shall be left together unto the fowls of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them.

In that time shall the present be brought unto the Lord of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the Lord of hosts, the mount Zion.

Galatians 1:1-24

Paul, an apostleS 1Co 1:1—sent not from men nor by a man,ver 11, 12 but by Jesus Christver 15, 16; S Ac 9:15; 20:24 and God the Father,ver 15, 16; S Ac 9:15; 20:24 who raised him from the deadS Ac 2:24and all the brothers and sistersThe Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in verse 11; and in 3:15; 4:12, 28, 31; 5:11, 13; 6:1, 18. with me,Php 4:21

To the churches in Galatia:S Ac 16:6

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,S Ro 1:7who gave himself for our sinsS Mt 20:28; S Ro 4:25; S 1Co 15:3; Gal 2:20 to rescue us from the present evil age,S 1Co 1:20 according to the will of our God and Father,S Php 4:20to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.S Ro 11:36

No Other Gospel

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who calledver 15; S Ro 8:28 you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel2Co 11:4which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusionAc 15:24; Gal 5:10 and are trying to pervertJer 23:16, 36 the gospel of Christ.But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you,ver 11, 16; 1Co 15:1; 2Co 11:4; Gal 2:2 let them be under God’s curse!Ro 9:3As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted,Ro 16:17 let them be under God’s curse!

10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people?S Ro 2:29 If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Paul Called by God

11 I want you to know, brothers and sisters,1Co 15:1 that the gospel I preachedS ver 8 is not of human origin.12 I did not receive it from any man,ver 1 nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelationver 16; S 1Co 2:10 from Jesus Christ.1Co 11:23; 15:3

13 For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism,Ac 26:4, 5 how intensely I persecuted the church of GodS 1Co 10:32 and tried to destroy it.S Ac 8:314 I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealousS Ac 21:20 for the traditions of my fathers.Mt 15:215 But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s wombIsa 49:1, 5; Jer 1:5 and called meS Ac 9:15; S Ro 8:28 by his grace, was pleased16 to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles,S Ac 9:15; Gal 2:9 my immediate response was not to consult any human being.Mt 16:1717 I did not go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went into Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus.Ac 9:2, 19-22

18 Then after three years,Ac 9:22, 23 I went up to JerusalemAc 9:26, 27 to get acquainted with CephasThat is, Peter and stayed with him fifteen days.19 I saw none of the other apostles—only James,Mt 13:55; S Ac 15:13 the Lord’s brother.20 I assure you before GodS Ro 1:9 that what I am writing you is no lie.S Ro 9:1

21 Then I went to SyriaS Lk 2:2 and Cilicia.S Ac 6:922 I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea1Th 2:14 that are in Christ.S Ro 16:323 They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faithAc 6:7 he once tried to destroy.”S Ac 8:324 And they praised GodS Mt 9:8 because of me.

Greetings from Paul

This letter is from Paul, an apostle. I was not appointed by any group of people or any human authority, but by Jesus Christ himself and by God the Father, who raised Jesus from the dead.

All the brothers and sistersGreek brothers; also in 1:11. here join me in sending this letter to the churches of Galatia.

May God the Father and our Lord Jesus ChristSome manuscripts read God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. give you grace and peace.Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.

There Is Only One Good News

I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ.Some manuscripts read through loving mercy. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good Newsbut is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ.

Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you.I say again what we have said before: If anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed.

10 Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.

Paul’s Message Comes from Christ

11 Dear brothers and sisters, I want you to understand that the gospel message I preach is not based on mere human reasoning.12 I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ.Or by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

13 You know what I was like when I followed the Jewish religion—how I violently persecuted God’s church. I did my best to destroy it.14 I was far ahead of my fellow Jews in my zeal for the traditions of my ancestors.

15 But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him16 to reveal his Son to meOr in me. so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles.

When this happened, I did not rush out to consult with any human being.Greek with flesh and blood.17 Nor did I go up to Jerusalem to consult with those who were apostles before I was. Instead, I went away into Arabia, and later I returned to the city of Damascus.

18 Then three years later I went to Jerusalem to get to know Peter,Greek Cephas. and I stayed with him for fifteen days.19 The only other apostle I met at that time was James, the Lord’s brother.20 I declare before God that what I am writing to you is not a lie.

21 After that visit I went north into the provinces of Syria and Cilicia.22 And still the churches in Christ that are in Judea didn’t know me personally.23 All they knew was that people were saying, “The one who used to persecute us is now preaching the very faith he tried to destroy!”24 And they praised God because of me.

Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)

And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:

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

Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.

12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:

14 And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.

15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,

16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.

18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.

19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.

20 Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.

21 Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;

22 And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ:

23 But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.

24 And they glorified God in me.

Psalm 58:1-11

Psalm 58In Hebrew texts 58:1-11 is numbered 58:2-12.

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam.Title: Probably a literary or musical term

Do you rulers indeed speak justly?Ps 82:2

Do you judge people with equity?

No, in your heart you devise injustice,Mt 15:19

and your hands mete out violence on the earth.Ps 94:20; Isa 10:1; Lk 6:38

Even from birth the wicked go astray;

from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.

Their venom is like the venom of a snake,S Nu 21:6

like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,

that will not heedPs 81:11 the tune of the charmer,Ecc 10:11; Jer 8:17

however skillful the enchanter may be.

Break the teeth in their mouths, O God;Ps 3:7

Lord, tear out the fangs of those lions!S Job 4:10

Let them vanish like water that flows away;S Lev 26:36; S Job 11:16

when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.Ps 11:2; 57:4; 64:3

May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along,Isa 13:7

like a stillborn childS Job 3:16 that never sees the sun.

Before your pots can feel the heat of the thornsPs 118:12; Ecc 7:6

whether they be green or dry—the wicked will be swept away.The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.S Job 7:10; S 21:18

10 The righteous will be gladS Job 22:19 when they are avenged,Dt 32:35; Ps 7:9; 91:8; Jer 11:20; Ro 12:17-21

when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked.Ps 68:23

11 Then people will say,

“Surely the righteous still are rewarded;S Ge 15:1; S Ps 128:2; Lk 6:23

surely there is a God who judges the earth.”S Ge 18:25

Psalm 58

For the choir director: A psalmHebrew miktam. This may be a literary or musical term. of David, to be sung to the tune “Do Not Destroy!”

Justice—do you rulersOr you gods. know the meaning of the word?

Do you judge the people fairly?

No! You plot injustice in your hearts.

You spread violence throughout the land.

These wicked people are born sinners;

even from birth they have lied and gone their own way.

They spit venom like deadly snakes;

they are like cobras that refuse to listen,

ignoring the tunes of the snake charmers,

no matter how skillfully they play.

Break off their fangs, O God!

Smash the jaws of these lions, O Lord!

May they disappear like water into thirsty ground.

Make their weapons useless in their hands.Or Let them be trodden down and wither like grass. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.

May they be like snails that dissolve into slime,

like a stillborn child who will never see the sun.

God will sweep them away, both young and old,

faster than a pot heats over burning thorns.

10 The godly will rejoice when they see injustice avenged.

They will wash their feet in the blood of the wicked.

11 Then at last everyone will say,

“There truly is a reward for those who live for God;

surely there is a God who judges justly here on earth.”

58 Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?

Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.

The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.

Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;

Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.

Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O Lord.

Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.

As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.

Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.

10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.

11 So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.

Proverbs 23:12

Saying 12

12 Apply your heart to instructionS Pr 2:2

and your ears to words of knowledge.

12 Commit yourself to instruction;

listen carefully to words of knowledge.

12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

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