Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

God is sovereign. He can do whatever He pleases, removing or promoting anyone He desires. He sent Isaiah to warn Shebna, "The Lord is about to seize you and hurl you away. He is going to send you into captivity, you strong man! He will crumble you up into a ball and toss you away into a distant, barren land. . . ."(Isaiah 22:17-18).

Like Haman in Esther's day, Shebna was a proud, ungodly ruler who felt his power was unlimited. He had no awareness that God would depose him from his office and oust him from his position

"This is the message from the one who is holy and true. He is the one who has the key of David. He opens doors, and no one can shut them; he shuts doors, and no one can open them" (Revelation 3:7).

Submit your life, plans, promotions, and future to the One who holds the keys to life. It is not your strength that can make you great-it is His sovereign power!

Isaiah 22:1-24:23

A Prophecy About Jerusalem

22 A prophecyIsa 13:1 against the ValleyPs 125:2; Jer 21:13; Joel 3:2, 12, 14 of Vision:S Isa 1:1

What troubles you now,

that you have all gone up on the roofs,S Jos 2:8; Jer 48:38

you town so full of commotion,

you city of tumultEze 22:5 and revelry?S Isa 5:14; S 21:5

Your slainS Isa 10:4 were not killed by the sword,S 2Ki 25:3

nor did they die in battle.

All your leaders have fledS Isa 13:14 together;

they have been capturedS 2Ki 25:6 without using the bow.

All you who were caught were taken prisoner together,

having fled while the enemy was still far away.

Therefore I said, “Turn away from me;

let me weepS Isa 15:3; S La 1:16; Eze 21:6; Lk 19:41 bitterly.

Do not try to console me

over the destruction of my people.”Jer 9:1

The Lord, the Lord Almighty, has a dayS Isa 2:12

of tumult and tramplingS Job 40:12; S Ps 108:13 and terrorS 2Sa 22:43; Isa 13:3; Jer 30:7; La 1:5; Eze 8:17-18; 9:9-10; Joel 2:31; Am 5:18-20; Zep 1:15

in the Valley of Vision,S Isa 1:1

a day of battering down wallsNe 6:15; S Ps 89:40; Isa 5:5; Jer 39:8; Eze 13:14

and of crying out to the mountains.

ElamS Isa 21:2 takes up the quiver,Ps 46:9; Jer 49:35; 51:56

with her charioteers and horses;

KirS 2Ki 16:9 uncovers the shield.

Your choicest valleysJos 15:8 are full of chariots,

and horsemen are posted at the city gates.S 2Ch 32:1-2

The Lord stripped away the defenses of Judah,

and you looked in that dayS Isa 2:12

to the weaponsS 2Ch 32:5 in the Palace of the Forest.S 1Ki 7:2

You saw that the walls of the City of David

were broken throughS Ne 1:3 in many places;

you stored up water

in the Lower Pool.S 2Ki 18:17; S 2Ch 32:4

10 You counted the buildings in Jerusalem

and tore down housesJer 33:4 to strengthen the wall.S 2Ch 32:5

11 You built a reservoir between the two walls2Ki 25:4; 2Ch 32:5; Jer 39:4

for the water of the Old Pool,S 2Ch 32:4

but you did not look to the One who made it,

or have regardS 1Sa 12:24 for the One who planned2Ki 19:25 it long ago.

12 The Lord, the Lord Almighty,

called you on that dayS Isa 2:12

to weepJoel 1:9; 2:17 and to wail,

to tear out your hairS Lev 13:40; Mic 1:16 and put on sackcloth.S Isa 3:24

13 But see, there is joy and revelry,S Isa 21:5

slaughtering of cattle and killing of sheep,

eating of meat and drinking of wine!S 1Sa 25:36; Ecc 8:15; Isa 5:22; 28:7-8; 56:12; Lk 17:26-29

“Let us eat and drink,” you say,

“for tomorrow we die!”1Co 15:32*

14 The Lord Almighty has revealed this in my hearing:Isa 5:9 “Till your dying day this sin will not be atonedS 1Sa 2:25; Isa 13:11; 26:21; 30:13-14; Eze 24:13 for,” says the Lord, the Lord Almighty.

15 This is what the Lord, the Lord Almighty, says:

“Go, say to this steward,

to ShebnaS 2Ki 6:30; S 18:18 the palaceS Ge 41:40 administrator:ver 21

16 What are you doing here and who gave you permission

to cut out a graveMt 27:60 for yourselfS Ge 50:5; S Nu 32:42 here,

hewing your grave on the height

and chiseling your resting place in the rock?

17 “Beware, the Lord is about to take firm hold of you

and hurlJer 10:18; 13:18; 22:26 you away, you mighty man.

18 He will roll you up tightly like a ball

and throwS Job 18:11; Isa 14:19; 17:13 you into a large country.

There you will die

and there the chariotsS Ge 41:43 you were so proud of

will become a disgrace to your master’s house.

19 I will depose you from your office,

and you will be oustedS 1Sa 2:7; S Ps 52:5 from your position.Lk 16:3

20 “In that dayver 25 I will summon my servant,S Isa 20:3 EliakimS 2Ki 18:18; S Isa 36:3 son of Hilkiah.21 I will clothe him with your robe and fasten your sashS Isa 5:27 around him and hand your authorityver 15 over to him. He will be a father to those who live in Jerusalem and to the people of Judah.22 I will place on his shoulderIsa 9:6 the key1Ch 9:27; Mt 16:19; Rev 3:7 to the house of David;S Isa 7:2 what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.S Job 12:1423 I will drive him like a pegver 25; Eze 15:3; Zec 10:4 into a firm place;S Ezr 9:8; S Job 6:25 he will become a seatOr throne of honorS 1Sa 2:7-8; S Job 36:7 for the house of his father.24 All the glory of his family will hang on him: its offspring and offshoots—all its lesser vessels, from the bowls to all the jars.

25 “In that day,ver 20” declares the Lord Almighty, “the pegS ver 23 driven into the firm place will give way; it will be sheared off and will fall, and the load hanging on it will be cut down.” The Lord has spoken.Isa 46:11; Mic 4:4

A Prophecy Against Tyre

23 A prophecy against Tyre:Jos 19:29; 1Ki 5:1; Jer 47:4; Joel 3:4-8; Am 1:9-10

Wail,S Isa 13:6 you shipsS 1Ki 10:22 of Tarshish!S Ge 10:4; Isa 2:16 fn

For Tyre is destroyedS Ge 1:2; Eze 26:4

and left without house or harbor.

From the land of Cyprus

word has come to them.

Be silent,S Job 2:13 you people of the island

and you merchantsEze 27:5-24 of Sidon,Jdg 1:31

whom the seafarers have enriched.

On the great waters

came the grain of the Shihor;S Ge 41:5

the harvest of the NileMasoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls Sidon, / who cross over the sea; / your envoys are on the great waters. / The grain of the Shihor, / the harvest of the Nile,S Isa 19:7 was the revenue of Tyre,S Ps 83:7

and she became the marketplace of the nations.

Be ashamed, Sidon,S Ge 10:15, 19 and you fortress of the sea,

for the sea has spoken:

“I have neither been in labor nor given birth;Isa 54:1

I have neither reared sons nor brought up daughters.”

When word comes to Egypt,

they will be in anguishEze 30:9 at the report from Tyre.Eze 26:17-18

Cross over to Tarshish;S Ge 10:4

wail, you people of the island.

Is this your city of revelry,ver 12; S Isa 5:14; S 21:5; 32:13; Eze 26:13

the old, old city,

whose feet have taken her

to settle in far-off lands?

Who planned this against Tyre,

the bestower of crowns,

whose merchantsNa 3:16 are princes,

whose tradersEze 28:5; Rev 18:23 are renowned in the earth?

The Lord Almighty plannedS Isa 14:24 it,

to bring downS Job 40:11 her pride in all her splendor

and to humbleS Isa 13:11 all who are renownedIsa 5:13; 9:15; Eze 27:3 on the earth.

10 TillDead Sea Scrolls and some Septuagint manuscripts; Masoretic Text Go through your land as they do along the Nile,

Daughter Tarshish,

for you no longer have a harbor.

11 The Lord has stretched out his handS Ex 14:21 over the sea

and made its kingdoms tremble.S Ps 46:6

He has given an order concerning Phoenicia

that her fortresses be destroyed.ver 14; Isa 25:2; Eze 26:4; Zec 9:3-4

12 He said, “No more of your reveling,S ver 7; Rev 18:22

Virgin DaughterIsa 37:22; 47:1; Jer 14:17; 46:11; La 2:13; Zep 3:14; Zec 2:10 Sidon, now crushed!

“Up, cross over to Cyprus;S Ge 10:4

even there you will find no rest.”

13 Look at the land of the Babylonians,Or ChaldeansIsa 43:14; Jer 51:12

this people that is now of no account!

The AssyriansIsa 10:5 have made it

a place for desert creatures;S Ps 74:14; Isa 18:6

they raised up their siege towers,S 2Ki 25:1

they stripped its fortresses bare

and turned it into a ruin.Isa 10:7

14 Wail, you shipsS 1Ki 10:22 of Tarshish;S Ge 10:4; Isa 2:16 fn

your fortress is destroyed!S ver 11

15 At that time TyreJer 25:22 will be forgotten for seventy years,S Ps 90:10 the span of a king’s life. But at the end of these seventy years, it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the prostitute:

16 “Take up a harp, walk through the city,

you forgotten prostitute;Pr 7:10

play the harp well, sing many a song,

so that you will be remembered.”

17 At the end of seventy years,S Ps 90:10 the Lord will deal with Tyre. She will return to her lucrative prostitutionDt 23:17-18; Eze 16:26; Na 3:4; Rev 17:1; 18:3, 9 and will ply her trade with all the kingdoms on the face of the earth.Jer 25:2618 Yet her profit and her earnings will be set apart for the Lord;Ex 28:36; S 39:30; Jos 6:17-19; Ps 72:10 they will not be stored up or hoarded. Her profits will go to those who live before the Lord,Isa 18:7; 60:5-9; 61:6; Mic 4:13 for abundant food and fine clothes.Am 1:9-10; Zec 14:1, 14

The Lord’s Devastation of the Earth

24 See, the Lord is going to lay waste the earthver 20; Isa 2:19-21; 33:9; Jer 25:29

and devastateS Jos 6:17; S Isa 13:5 it;

he will ruin its face

and scatterS Ge 11:9 its inhabitants—

it will be the same

for priest as for people,Hos 4:9

for the master as for his servant,

for the mistress as for her servant,

for seller as for buyer,Eze 7:12; 1Co 7:29-31

for borrower as for lender,

for debtor as for creditor.S Lev 25:35-37; Dt 23:19-20; Isa 3:1-7

The earth will be completely laid wasteS Ge 6:13

and totally plundered.Isa 6:11-12; 10:6

The Lord has spokenS Isa 7:7 this word.

The earth dries upJer 12:11; 14:4; Joel 1:10 and withers,S Isa 15:6

the world languishes and withers,

the heavensS Isa 2:12 languish with the earth.S Isa 3:26

The earth is defiledS Ge 3:17 by its people;

they have disobeyedS Isa 1:2; 9:17; 10:6; 59:12; Jer 7:28 the laws,

violated the statutes

and broken the everlasting covenant.S Ge 9:11; S Jer 11:10

Therefore a curseS Jos 23:15 consumes the earth;

its people must bear their guilt.

Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up,S Isa 1:31

and very few are left.

The new wine dries upJer 48:33; Joel 1:5 and the vine withers;Isa 7:23; S 15:6; 32:10

all the merrymakers groan.S Isa 3:26; 16:8-10

The joyful timbrelsS Ge 31:27; S Isa 5:12 are stilled,

the noiseJer 7:34; 16:9; 25:10; 33:11; Hos 2:11 of the revelersS Isa 5:14; S 21:5 has stopped,

the joyful harpS Ps 137:2; Rev 18:22 is silent.La 5:14; Eze 26:13

No longer do they drink wineIsa 5:11, 22 with a song;

the beer is bitterIsa 5:20 to its drinkers.

10 The ruined cityIsa 25:2; 26:5 lies desolate;S Ge 1:2; S Isa 6:11

the entrance to every house is barred.

11 In the streets they cry outS Ps 144:14 for wine;La 2:12

all joy turns to gloom,S Isa 15:6; 16:10; 32:13; Jer 14:3

all joyful sounds are banished from the earth.

12 The city is left in ruins,S Isa 19:18

its gateS Isa 3:26; S 13:2 is battered to pieces.

13 So will it be on the earth

and among the nations,

as when an olive tree is beaten,S Dt 30:4; S Isa 17:6

or as when gleanings are left after the grape harvest.Ob 1:5; Mic 7:1

14 They raise their voices, they shout for joy;S Isa 12:6

from the westIsa 43:5; 49:12 they acclaim the Lord’s majesty.

15 Therefore in the eastS Ps 113:3 give gloryIsa 42:12; 66:19; 2Th 1:12 to the Lord;

exaltS Ex 15:2; Isa 25:3; 59:19; Mal 1:11 the nameS Isa 12:4 of the Lord, the God of Israel,

in the islandsS Isa 11:11 of the sea.

16 From the ends of the earthS Ps 48:10 we hear singing:S Ps 65:8

“GloryIsa 28:5; 60:1, 19 to the Righteous One.”S Ezr 9:15

But I said, “I waste away, I waste away!S Lev 26:39

Woe1Sa 4:8; S Isa 5:8; Jer 10:19; 45:3 to me!

The treacherousS Ps 25:3 betray!

With treachery the treacherous betray!Isa 21:2; 33:1; Jer 3:6, 20; 5:11; 9:2; Hos 5:7; 9:1

17 TerrorDt 32:23-25 and pit and snareIsa 8:14; Jer 48:43 await you,

people of the earth.Lk 21:35

18 Whoever fleesS Job 20:24 at the sound of terror

will fall into a pit;Isa 42:22

whoever climbs out of the pit

will be caught in a snare.S Job 18:9; S Isa 8:14; La 3:47; Eze 12:13

The floodgates of the heavensS Ge 7:11 are opened,

the foundations of the earth shake.S Jdg 5:4; S Job 9:6; S Ps 11:3; S Eze 38:19

19 The earth is broken up,S Ps 46:2

the earth is split asunder,S Dt 11:6

the earth is violently shaken.

20 The earth reels like a drunkard,S Job 12:25

it sways like a hutS Job 27:18 in the wind;

so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellionS Isa 1:2, 28; 43:27; 58:1

that it fallsS Ps 46:2—never to rise again.S Job 12:14

21 In that dayS Isa 2:11; S 10:20; Rev 16:14 the Lord will punishIsa 10:12; 13:11; Jer 25:29

the powers1Co 6:3; Eph 6:11-12 in the heavens above

and the kingsS Isa 2:12 on the earth below.

22 They will be herded together

like prisonersS Isa 10:4 bound in a dungeon;Isa 42:7, 22; Lk 8:31; Rev 20:7-10

they will be shut up in prison

and be punishedOr released after many days.Eze 38:8

23 The moon will be dismayed,

the sunS Isa 13:10 ashamed;

for the Lord Almighty will reignS Ps 97:1; Rev 22:5

on Mount ZionS Isa 2:2; Heb 12:22 and in Jerusalem,

and before its elders—with great glory.Isa 28:5; 41:16; 45:25; 60:19; Eze 48:35; Zec 2:5; Rev 21:23

A Message about Jerusalem

22 This message came to me concerning Jerusalem—the Valley of VisionHebrew concerning the Valley of Vision.:

What is happening?

Why is everyone running to the rooftops?

The whole city is in a terrible uproar.

What do I see in this reveling city?

Bodies are lying everywhere,

killed not in battle but by famine and disease.

All your leaders have fled.

They surrendered without resistance.

The people tried to slip away,

but they were captured, too.

That’s why I said, “Leave me alone to weep;

do not try to comfort me.

Let me cry for my people

as I watch them being destroyed.”

Oh, what a day of crushing defeat!

What a day of confusion and terror

brought by the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,

upon the Valley of Vision!

The walls of Jerusalem have been broken,

and cries of death echo from the mountainsides.

Elamites are the archers,

with their chariots and charioteers.

The men of Kir hold up the shields.

Chariots fill your beautiful valleys,

and charioteers storm your gates.

Judah’s defenses have been stripped away.

You run to the armoryHebrew to the House of the Forest; see 1 Kgs 7:2-5. for your weapons.

You inspect the breaks in the walls of Jerusalem.Hebrew the city of David.

You store up water in the lower pool.

10 You survey the houses and tear some down

for stone to strengthen the walls.

11 Between the city walls, you build a reservoir

for water from the old pool.

But you never ask for help from the One who did all this.

You never considered the One who planned this long ago.

12 At that time the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,

called you to weep and mourn.

He told you to shave your heads in sorrow for your sins

and to wear clothes of burlap to show your remorse.

13 But instead, you dance and play;

you slaughter cattle and kill sheep.

You feast on meat and drink wine.

You say, “Let’s feast and drink,

for tomorrow we die!”

14 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies has revealed this to me: “Till the day you die, you will never be forgiven for this sin.” That is the judgment of the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

A Message for Shebna

15 This is what the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, said to me: “Confront Shebna, the palace administrator, and give him this message:

16 “Who do you think you are,

and what are you doing here,

building a beautiful tomb for yourself—

a monument high up in the rock?

17 For the Lord is about to hurl you away, mighty man.

He is going to grab you,

18 crumple you into a ball,

and toss you away into a distant, barren land.

There you will die,

and your glorious chariots will be broken and useless.

You are a disgrace to your master!

19 “Yes, I will drive you out of office,” says the Lord. “I will pull you down from your high position.20 And then I will call my servant Eliakim son of Hilkiah to replace you.21 I will dress him in your royal robes and will give him your title and your authority. And he will be a father to the people of Jerusalem and Judah.22 I will give him the key to the house of David—the highest position in the royal court. When he opens doors, no one will be able to close them; when he closes doors, no one will be able to open them.23 He will bring honor to his family name, for I will drive him firmly in place like a nail in the wall.24 They will give him great responsibility, and he will bring honor to even the lowliest members of his family.Hebrew They will hang on him all the glory of his father’s house: its offspring and offshoots, all its lesser vessels, from the bowls to all the jars.

25 But the Lord of Heaven’s Armies also says: “The time will come when I will pull out the nail that seemed so firm. It will come out and fall to the ground. Everything it supports will fall with it. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

A Message about Tyre

23 This message came to me concerning Tyre:

Wail, you trading ships of Tarshish,

for the harbor and houses of Tyre are gone!

The rumors you heard in CyprusHebrew Kittim; also in 23:12.

are all true.

Mourn in silence, you people of the coast

and you merchants of Sidon.

Your traders crossed the sea,As in Dead Sea Scrolls and Greek version; Masoretic Text reads Those who have gone over the sea have filled you.

sailing over deep waters.

They brought you grain from EgyptHebrew from Shihor, a branch of the Nile River.

and harvests from along the Nile.

You were the marketplace of the world.

But now you are put to shame, city of Sidon,

for Tyre, the fortress of the sea, says,Or for the god of the sea says; Hebrew reads for the sea, the fortress of the sea, says.

“Now I am childless;

I have no sons or daughters.”

When Egypt hears the news about Tyre,

there will be great sorrow.

Send word now to Tarshish!

Wail, you people who live in distant lands!

Is this silent ruin all that is left of your once joyous city?

What a long history was yours!

Think of all the colonists you sent to distant places.

Who has brought this disaster on Tyre,

that great creator of kingdoms?

Her traders were all princes,

her merchants were nobles.

The Lord of Heaven’s Armies has done it

to destroy your pride

and bring low all earth’s nobility.

10 Come, people of Tarshish,

sweep over the land like the flooding Nile,

for Tyre is defenseless.The meaning of the Hebrew in this verse is uncertain.

11 The Lord held out his hand over the sea

and shook the kingdoms of the earth.

He has spoken out against Phoenicia,Hebrew Canaan.

ordering that her fortresses be destroyed.

12 He says, “Never again will you rejoice,

O daughter of Sidon, for you have been crushed.

Even if you flee to Cyprus,

you will find no rest.”

13 Look at the land of BabyloniaOr Chaldea.

the people of that land are gone!

The Assyrians have handed Babylon over

to the wild animals of the desert.

They have built siege ramps against its walls,

torn down its palaces,

and turned it to a heap of rubble.

14 Wail, you ships of Tarshish,

for your harbor is destroyed!

15 For seventy years, the length of a king’s life, Tyre will be forgotten. But then the city will come back to life as in the song about the prostitute:

16 Take a harp and walk the streets,

you forgotten harlot.

Make sweet melody and sing your songs

so you will be remembered again.

17 Yes, after seventy years the Lord will revive Tyre. But she will be no different than she was before. She will again be a prostitute to all kingdoms around the world.18 But in the end her profits will be given to the Lord. Her wealth will not be hoarded but will provide good food and fine clothing for the Lord’s priests.

Destruction of the Earth

24 Look! The Lord is about to destroy the earth

and make it a vast wasteland.

He devastates the surface of the earth

and scatters the people.

Priests and laypeople,

servants and masters,

maids and mistresses,

buyers and sellers,

lenders and borrowers,

bankers and debtors—none will be spared.

The earth will be completely emptied and looted.

The Lord has spoken!

The earth mourns and dries up,

and the land wastes away and withers.

Even the greatest people on earth waste away.

The earth suffers for the sins of its people,

for they have twisted God’s instructions,

violated his laws,

and broken his everlasting covenant.

Therefore, a curse consumes the earth.

Its people must pay the price for their sin.

They are destroyed by fire,

and only a few are left alive.

The grapevines waste away,

and there is no new wine.

All the merrymakers sigh and mourn.

The cheerful sound of tambourines is stilled;

the happy cries of celebration are heard no more.

The melodious chords of the harp are silent.

Gone are the joys of wine and song;

alcoholic drink turns bitter in the mouth.

10 The city writhes in chaos;

every home is locked to keep out intruders.

11 Mobs gather in the streets, crying out for wine.

Joy has turned to gloom.

Gladness has been banished from the land.

12 The city is left in ruins,

its gates battered down.

13 Throughout the earth the story is the same—

only a remnant is left,

like the stray olives left on the tree

or the few grapes left on the vine after harvest.

14 But all who are left shout and sing for joy.

Those in the west praise the Lord’s majesty.

15 In eastern lands, give glory to the Lord.

In the lands beyond the sea, praise the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.

16 We hear songs of praise from the ends of the earth,

songs that give glory to the Righteous One!

But my heart is heavy with grief.

Weep for me, for I wither away.

Deceit still prevails,

and treachery is everywhere.

17 Terror and traps and snares will be your lot,

you people of the earth.

18 Those who flee in terror will fall into a trap,

and those who escape the trap will be caught in a snare.

Destruction falls like rain from the heavens;

the foundations of the earth shake.

19 The earth has broken up.

It has utterly collapsed;

it is violently shaken.

20 The earth staggers like a drunk.

It trembles like a tent in a storm.

It falls and will not rise again,

for the guilt of its rebellion is very heavy.

21 In that day the Lord will punish the gods in the heavens

and the proud rulers of the nations on earth.

22 They will be rounded up and put in prison.

They will be shut up in prison

and will finally be punished.

23 Then the glory of the moon will wane,

and the brightness of the sun will fade,

for the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will rule on Mount Zion.

He will rule in great glory in Jerusalem,

in the sight of all the leaders of his people.

22 The burden of the valley of vision. What aileth thee now, that thou art wholly gone up to the housetops?

Thou that art full of stirs, a tumultuous city, joyous city: thy slain men are not slain with the sword, nor dead in battle.

All thy rulers are fled together, they are bound by the archers: all that are found in thee are bound together, which have fled from far.

Therefore said I, Look away from me; I will weep bitterly, labour not to comfort me, because of the spoiling of the daughter of my people.

For it is a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the Lord God of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls, and of crying to the mountains.

And Elam bare the quiver with chariots of men and horsemen, and Kir uncovered the shield.

And it shall come to pass, that thy choicest valleys shall be full of chariots, and the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate.

And he discovered the covering of Judah, and thou didst look in that day to the armour of the house of the forest.

Ye have seen also the breaches of the city of David, that they are many: and ye gathered together the waters of the lower pool.

10 And ye have numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses have ye broken down to fortify the wall.

11 Ye made also a ditch between the two walls for the water of the old pool: but ye have not looked unto the maker thereof, neither had respect unto him that fashioned it long ago.

12 And in that day did the Lord God of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:

13 And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.

14 And it was revealed in mine ears by the Lord of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye die, saith the Lord God of hosts.

15 Thus saith the Lord God of hosts, Go, get thee unto this treasurer, even unto Shebna, which is over the house, and say,

16 What hast thou here? and whom hast thou here, that thou hast hewed thee out a sepulchre here, as he that heweth him out a sepulchre on high, and that graveth an habitation for himself in a rock?

17 Behold, the Lord will carry thee away with a mighty captivity, and will surely cover thee.

18 He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball into a large country: there shalt thou die, and there the chariots of thy glory shall be the shame of thy lord's house.

19 And I will drive thee from thy station, and from thy state shall he pull thee down.

20 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah:

21 And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.

22 And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.

23 And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father's house.

24 And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father's house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons.

25 In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for the Lord hath spoken it.

23 The burden of Tyre. Howl, ye ships of Tarshish; for it is laid waste, so that there is no house, no entering in: from the land of Chittim it is revealed to them.

Be still, ye inhabitants of the isle; thou whom the merchants of Zidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished.

And by great waters the seed of Sihor, the harvest of the river, is her revenue; and she is a mart of nations.

Be thou ashamed, O Zidon: for the sea hath spoken, even the strength of the sea, saying, I travail not, nor bring forth children, neither do I nourish up young men, nor bring up virgins.

As at the report concerning Egypt, so shall they be sorely pained at the report of Tyre.

Pass ye over to Tarshish; howl, ye inhabitants of the isle.

Is this your joyous city, whose antiquity is of ancient days? her own feet shall carry her afar off to sojourn.

Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants are princes, whose traffickers are the honourable of the earth?

The Lord of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth.

10 Pass through thy land as a river, O daughter of Tarshish: there is no more strength.

11 He stretched out his hand over the sea, he shook the kingdoms: the Lord hath given a commandment against the merchant city, to destroy the strong holds thereof.

12 And he said, Thou shalt no more rejoice, O thou oppressed virgin, daughter of Zidon: arise, pass over to Chittim; there also shalt thou have no rest.

13 Behold the land of the Chaldeans; this people was not, till the Assyrian founded it for them that dwell in the wilderness: they set up the towers thereof, they raised up the palaces thereof; and he brought it to ruin.

14 Howl, ye ships of Tarshish: for your strength is laid waste.

15 And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot.

16 Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.

17 And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the Lord will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth.

18 And her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to the Lord: it shall not be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for them that dwell before the Lord, to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing.

24 Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.

And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.

The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken this word.

The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.

The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh.

The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth.

They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.

10 The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in.

11 There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone.

12 In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.

13 When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done.

14 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the Lord, they shall cry aloud from the sea.

15 Wherefore glorify ye the Lord in the fires, even the name of the Lord God of Israel in the isles of the sea.

16 From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.

17 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.

18 And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.

19 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.

20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.

21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.

22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.

23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.

Galatians 2:17-3:9

17 “But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners,ver 15 doesn’t that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not!Gal 3:2118 If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a lawbreaker.

19 “For through the law I died to the lawS Ro 7:4 so that I might live for God.Ro 6:10, 11, 14; 2Co 5:1520 I have been crucified with ChristS Ro 6:6 and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.S Ro 8:10; 1Pe 4:2 The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,S Mt 4:3 who loved meS Ro 8:37 and gave himself for me.S Gal 1:421 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law,Gal 3:21 Christ died for nothing!”Some interpreters end the quotation after verse 14.

Faith or Works of the Law

You foolishLk 24:25 Galatians!S Ac 16:6 Who has bewitched you?Gal 5:7 Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.1Co 1:23I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the SpiritS Jn 20:22 by the works of the law,ver 5, 10; Gal 2:16 or by believing what you heard?Ro 10:17; Heb 4:2Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit.Have you experiencedOr suffered so much in vain—if it really was in vain?So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles1Co 12:10 among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?ver 2, 10; Gal 2:16So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”Gen. 15:6Ge 15:6; S Ro 4:3

Understand, then, that those who have faithver 9 are children of Abraham.S Lk 3:8Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.”Gen. 12:3; 18:18; 22:18Ge 12:3; 18:18; 22:18; 26:4; Ac 3:25So those who rely on faithver 7; Ro 4:16 are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.Ro 4:18-22

17 But suppose we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then we are found guilty because we have abandoned the law. Would that mean Christ has led us into sin? Absolutely not!18 Rather, I am a sinner if I rebuild the old system of law I already tore down.19 For when I tried to keep the law, it condemned me. So I died to the law—I stopped trying to meet all its requirements—so that I might live for God.20 My old self has been crucified with Christ.Some English translations put this sentence in verse 19. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.21 I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.

The Law and Faith in Christ

Oh, foolish Galatians! Who has cast an evil spell on you? For the meaning of Jesus Christ’s death was made as clear to you as if you had seen a picture of his death on the cross.Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ.How foolish can you be? After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?Have you experiencedOr Have you suffered. so much for nothing? Surely it was not in vain, was it?

I ask you again, does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ.

In the same way, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”Gen 15:6.The real children of Abraham, then, are those who put their faith in God.

What’s more, the Scriptures looked forward to this time when God would make the Gentiles right in his sight because of their faith. God proclaimed this good news to Abraham long ago when he said, “All nations will be blessed through you.”Gen 12:3; 18:18; 22:18.So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith.

17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.

18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.

19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.

He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.

So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

Psalm 60:1-12

Psalm 60In Hebrew texts 60:1-12 is numbered 60:3-14.60:5-12pp — Ps 108:6-13

For the director of music. To the tune of “The Lily of the Covenant.” A miktamTitle: Probably a literary or musical term of David. For teaching. When he fought Aram NaharaimTitle: That is, Arameans of Northwest Mesopotamia and Aram Zobah,Title: That is, Arameans of central Syria and when Joab returned and struck down twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.2Sa 8:13

You have rejected us,2Sa 5:20; Ps 44:9 God, and burst upon us;

you have been angryPs 79:5—now restore us!Ps 80:3

You have shaken the landPs 18:7 and torn it open;

mend its fractures,S 2Ch 7:14 for it is quaking.

You have shown your people desperate times;Ps 71:20

you have given us wine that makes us stagger.Ps 75:8; Isa 29:9; 51:17; 63:6; Jer 25:16; Zec 12:2; Rev 14:10

But for those who fear you, you have raised a bannerIsa 5:26; 11:10, 12; 18:3

to be unfurled against the bow.The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

Save us and help us with your right hand,S Job 40:14

that those you loveS Dt 33:12 may be delivered.

God has spoken from his sanctuary:

“In triumph I will parcel out ShechemS Ge 12:6

and measure off the Valley of Sukkoth.S Ge 33:17

GileadJos 13:31 is mine, and Manasseh is mine;

EphraimS Ge 41:52 is my helmet,

JudahS Nu 34:19 is my scepter.S Ge 49:10

Moab is my washbasin,

on Edom I toss my sandal;

over Philistia I shout in triumph.S 2Sa 8:1

Who will bring me to the fortified city?

Who will lead me to Edom?

10 Is it not you, God, you who have now rejected us

and no longer go out with our armies?S Jos 7:12

11 Give us aid against the enemy,

for human help is worthless.Ps 146:3; Pr 3:5

12 With God we will gain the victory,

and he will trample down our enemies.S Job 40:12; Ps 44:5

Psalm 60

For the choir director: A psalmHebrew miktam. This may be a literary or musical term. of David useful for teaching, regarding the time David fought Aram-naharaim and Aram-zobah, and Joab returned and killed 12,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt. To be sung to the tune “Lily of the Testimony.”

You have rejected us, O God, and broken our defenses.

You have been angry with us; now restore us to your favor.

You have shaken our land and split it open.

Seal the cracks, for the land trembles.

You have been very hard on us,

making us drink wine that sent us reeling.

But you have raised a banner for those who fear you—

a rallying point in the face of attack. Interlude

Now rescue your beloved people.

Answer and save us by your power.

God has promised this by his holinessOr in his sanctuary.:

“I will divide up Shechem with joy.

I will measure out the valley of Succoth.

Gilead is mine,

and Manasseh, too.

Ephraim, my helmet, will produce my warriors,

and Judah, my scepter, will produce my kings.

But Moab, my washbasin, will become my servant,

and I will wipe my feet on Edom

and shout in triumph over Philistia.”

Who will bring me into the fortified city?

Who will bring me victory over Edom?

10 Have you rejected us, O God?

Will you no longer march with our armies?

11 Oh, please help us against our enemies,

for all human help is useless.

12 With God’s help we will do mighty things,

for he will trample down our foes.

60 O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again.

Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh.

Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment.

Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.

That thy beloved may be delivered; save with thy right hand, and hear me.

God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.

Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver;

Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, triumph thou because of me.

Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?

10 Wilt not thou, O God, which hadst cast us off? and thou, O God, which didst not go out with our armies?

11 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.

12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.

Proverbs 23:15-16

Saying 14

15 My son, if your heart is wise,

then my heart will be glad indeed;

16 my inmost being will rejoice

when your lips speak what is right.ver 24; Pr 27:11; 29:3

15 My child,Hebrew My son; also in 23:19. if your heart is wise,

my own heart will rejoice!

16 Everything in me will celebrate

when you speak what is right.

15 My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.

16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.

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