Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

You know you are in trouble when you feel so far away from God's presence that your address might as well be "the ends of the earth"! David felt the quicksand of doubt, fear, and unbelief underneath his feet. As he grew weaker by the minute, his desperate cry was to be brought to a spiritual position where his feet could feel the Rock of God beneath him.

The moment your heart is safely settled on that Rock, God will keep you in "perfect peace" because your "thoughts are fixed on [Him]" (Isaiah 26:3). Trust is the feeling of security you have when your feet are solidly planted on a Rock that towers high above all your enemies.

That Rock is also a place of safety where you can find secure refuge and shelter (Psalm 61:3-4). As Isaiah phrased it, "But to the poor, O Lord, you are a refuge from the storm. To the needy in distress, you are a shelter from the rain and heat. . .." (Isaiah 25:4).

Climb up on the Rock right now, and rest in His perfect peace.

Isaiah 25:1-28:13

Praise to the Lord

25 Lord, you are my God;S Isa 7:13

I will exalt you and praise your name,S Ps 145:2; S Isa 12:1, 4

for in perfect faithfulnessIsa 11:5

you have done wonderful things,Ps 40:5; 98:1; Joel 2:21, 26

things plannedNu 23:19; S Isa 14:24; 37:26; 46:11; Eph 1:11 long ago.

You have made the city a heap of rubble,Isa 17:1; 26:5; 37:26

the fortifiedS Isa 17:3 town a ruin,S Dt 13:16

the foreigners’ strongholdS Isa 13:22 a city no more;

it will never be rebuilt.S Job 12:14

Therefore strong peoples will honor you;S Ex 6:2; S Ps 22:23; S Isa 11:14

cities of ruthlessS Isa 13:11 nations will revere you.

You have been a refugeS 2Sa 22:3; S Ps 118:8; S Isa 4:6; 17:10; 27:5; 33:16; Joel 3:16 for the poor,S Isa 3:14

a refuge for the needyS Isa 14:30; 29:19 in their distress,

a shelter from the stormS Ps 55:8

and a shade from the heat.

For the breath of the ruthlessIsa 29:5; 49:25

is like a storm driving against a wall

and like the heat of the desert.

You silenceJer 51:55 the uproar of foreigners;S Ps 18:44

as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud,

so the song of the ruthlessS Isa 13:11 is stilled.

On this mountainS Isa 2:2 the Lord Almighty will prepare

a feastS Ge 29:22; 1Ki 1:25; Isa 1:19; 55:1-2; 66:11; Joel 3:18; Mt 8:11; 22:4; Rev 19:9 of rich food for all peoples,

a banquet of aged wine—

the best of meats and the finest of wines.S Ps 36:8; S Pr 9:2

On this mountain he will destroy

the shroud2Co 3:15-16; Eph 4:18 that enfolds all peoples,S Job 4:9

the sheet that covers all nations;

he will swallow up deathIsa 26:19; Hos 13:14; 1Co 15:54-55* forever.

The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tearsIsa 15:3; 30:19; 35:10; 51:11; 65:19; Jer 31:16; Rev 7:17; 21:4

from all faces;

he will remove his people’s disgraceS Ge 30:23; S Ps 119:39; Mt 5:11; 1Pe 4:14; Rev 7:14

from all the earth.

The Lord has spoken.S Isa 7:7

In that dayS Isa 2:11; S 10:20 they will say,

“Surely this is our God;Isa 40:9

we trustedS Ps 22:5; S Isa 12:2 in him, and he savedPs 145:19; Isa 19:20; 33:22; 35:4; 43:3, 11; 45:15, 21; 49:25-26; 60:16; 63:8; Jer 14:8 us.

This is the Lord, we trusted in him;

let us rejoiceS Dt 32:43; S Ps 9:2; Isa 9:3; 35:2, 10; 41:16; 51:3; 61:7, 10; 66:14 and be glad in his salvation.”S Ps 13:5; S Isa 12:2

10 The hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain;S Isa 2:2

but MoabS Ge 19:37; S Nu 21:29; S Dt 23:6; S Isa 11:14; Am 2:1-3 will be trampled in their land

as straw is trampled down in the manure.

11 They will stretch out their hands in it,

as swimmers stretch out their hands to swim.

God will bring downIsa 5:25; 14:26; 16:14 their prideS Lev 26:19; S Job 40:12

despite the clevernessThe meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. of their hands.

12 He will bring down your high fortified wallsS Isa 2:15

and lay them low;S Job 40:11; S Isa 15:1; S Jer 51:44

he will bring them down to the ground,

to the very dust.

A Song of Praise

26 In that dayS Isa 10:20 this song will be sungIsa 30:29 in the land of Judah:

We have a strong city;S Isa 14:32

God makes salvation

its wallsIsa 32:18; 60:18; Zec 2:5; 9:8 and ramparts.S Ps 48:13

Open the gatesS Ps 24:7

that the righteousPs 24:3-4; 85:13; S Isa 1:26; S 4:3; 9:7; 50:8; 53:11; 54:14; 58:8; 62:2 nation may enter,

the nation that keeps faith.

You will keep in perfect peaceS Job 22:21; S Isa 9:6, 7; Php 4:7

those whose minds are steadfast,

because they trustS 1Ch 5:20; S Ps 22:5; S 28:7; S Isa 12:2 in you.

TrustS Isa 12:2; 50:10 in the Lord forever,S Ps 62:8

for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the RockS Ge 49:24 eternal.

He humbles those who dwell on high,

he lays the lofty city low;

he levels it to the groundS Isa 25:12; Eze 26:11

and casts it down to the dust.S Isa 25:2

Feet trampleS Isa 5:5 it down—

the feet of the oppressed,Isa 49:26

the footsteps of the poor.S Isa 3:15; S 14:30

The path of the righteous is level;S Ps 26:12

you, the Upright One,S Ps 25:8 make the way of the righteous smooth.S Ex 14:19; Isa 40:4; 42:16

Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws,Or judgmentsS Dt 18:18; Ps 1:2; Isa 56:1; 64:5

we waitS Ps 37:9; S 130:5 for you;

your nameS Ps 145:2; S Isa 12:4 and renown

are the desire of our hearts.

My soul yearns for you in the night;S Ps 119:55

in the morning my spirit longsPs 42:1-3; 63:1; 78:34; Isa 55:6 for you.

When your judgmentsS 1Ch 16:14 come upon the earth,

the people of the world learn righteousness.Mt 6:33

10 But when grace is shown to the wicked,Mt 5:45

they do not learn righteousness;

even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evilIsa 32:6; 59:7, 13

and do not regardS 1Sa 12:24; Isa 22:12-13; Jer 2:19; Hos 11:7; Jn 5:37-38; Ro 2:4 the majesty of the Lord.

11 Lord, your hand is lifted high,S Ps 10:12

but they do not seeIsa 18:3; 44:9, 18 it.

Let them see your zealS Isa 9:7; Joel 2:18; Zec 1:14 for your people and be put to shame;Mic 7:16

let the fireS Isa 1:31; Heb 10:27 reserved for your enemies consume them.

12 Lord, you establish peaceS Ps 119:165; S Isa 9:6 for us;

all that we have accomplished you have doneS Ps 68:28 for us.

13 Lord our God, other lordsIsa 2:8; 10:5, 11 besides you have ruled over us,

but your nameS Isa 12:4 alone do we honor.Isa 42:8; 63:7

14 They are now dead,S Dt 4:28 they live no more;

their spiritsS Job 26:5 do not rise.

You punished them and brought them to ruin;S Ps 9:5; S Isa 10:3

you wiped out all memory of them.S Ps 9:6

15 You have enlarged the nation, Lord;

you have enlarged the nation.S Job 12:23; S Isa 14:2

You have gained glory for yourself;

you have extended all the bordersIsa 33:17 of the land.

16 Lord, they came to you in their distress;S Jdg 6:2; S Isa 5:30

when you disciplinedS Ps 39:11 them,

they could barely whisperIsa 29:4 a prayer.The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain.

17 As a pregnant woman about to give birthS Isa 21:3; S Jn 16:21; Rev 12:2

writhes and cries out in her pain,

so were we in your presence, Lord.

18 We were with child, we writhed in labor,

but we gave birthIsa 33:11; 59:4 to wind.

We have not brought salvationS Ge 49:10; Ps 17:14 to the earth,

and the people of the world have not come to life.Isa 42:6; 49:6; 51:4; Jer 12:16

19 But your deadS Isa 25:8; Eph 5:14 will live, Lord;

their bodies will rise—

let those who dwell in the dustPs 22:29

wake up and shout for joy—

your dewS Ge 27:28; S Isa 18:4 is like the dew of the morning;

the earth will give birth to her dead.Isa 66:24; Eze 37:1-14; Da 12:2

20 Go, my people, enter your rooms

and shut the doorsEx 12:23 behind you;

hidePs 91:1, 4 yourselves for a little while

until his wrathS Isa 10:25; S 30:27 has passed by.S Job 14:13

21 See, the Lord is comingIsa 29:6; Jude 1:14 out of his dwellingS Isa 18:4

to punishS Isa 13:9, 11; 30:12-14 the people of the earth for their sins.

The earth will disclose the bloodS Job 16:18; Lk 11:50-51 shed on it;

the earth will conceal its slain no longer.

Deliverance of Israel

27 In that day,ver 13; S Isa 2:11; 28:5

the Lord will punish with his swordS Ge 3:24; S Dt 32:41; Isa 31:8; 34:6; 65:12; 66:16; Eze 21:3; Na 3:15

his fierce, great and powerful sword—

LeviathanS Job 3:8 the gliding serpent,Job 26:13

Leviathan the coiling serpent;

he will slay the monsterS Ps 68:30; S 74:13; Rev 12:9 of the sea.

In that dayIsa 24:21

“SingS Isa 5:1 about a fruitful vineyard:Jer 2:21

I, the Lord, watch over it;

I waterIsa 58:11 it continually.

I guardS Ps 91:4; S Isa 5:2 it day and night

so that no one may harmS Jn 6:39 it.

I am not angry.

If only there were briers and thorns confronting me!

I would march against them in battle;

I would set them all on fire.S ver 11; S Isa 10:17; Mt 3:12; Heb 6:8

Or else let them come to me for refuge;S Isa 25:4

let them make peaceS Job 22:21; S Ps 119:165; Ro 5:1; 2Co 5:20 with me,

yes, let them make peace with me.”

In days to come Jacob will take root,S 2Ki 19:30; Isa 11:10

Israel will bud and blossomS Ge 40:10

and fill all the world with fruit.S Ps 72:16; Isa 11:1; 37:31; Eze 17:23; 36:8; Hos 14:8

Has the Lord struck her

as he struckIsa 10:26; S 11:4; 37:36-38 down those who struck her?

Has she been killed

as those were killed who killed her?

By warfareSee Septuagint; the meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. and exileIsa 49:14; 50:1; 54:7 you contend with her—

with his fierce blast he drives her out,

as on a day the east windS Ge 41:6 blows.

By this, then, will Jacob’s guilt be atonedS Ps 78:38 for,

and this will be the full fruit of the removal of his sin:Ro 11:27*

When he makes all the altar stonesS Ex 23:24

to be like limestone crushed to pieces,

no Asherah polesThat is, wooden symbols of the goddess AsherahS Ex 34:13 or incense altarsS Lev 26:30; S 2Ch 14:5

will be left standing.

10 The fortified city stands desolate,S Ge 1:2; S Dt 13:16; Isa 5:6; 32:14; Jer 10:22; 26:6; La 1:4; 5:18

an abandoned settlement, forsakenS Isa 5:5 like the wilderness;

there the calves graze,S Isa 5:17

there they lie down;Isa 17:2

they strip its branches bare.

11 When its twigs are dry, they are broken offS Isa 10:33

and women come and make firesS ver 4; Isa 33:12 with them.

For this is a people without understanding;S Dt 32:28; S Isa 1:3

so their Maker has no compassion on them,

and their CreatorDt 32:18; Isa 41:8; 43:1, 7, 15; 44:1-2, 21, 24 shows them no favor.S Isa 9:17; Jer 11:16

12 In that day the Lord will threshS Isa 21:10; Mt 3:12 from the flowing Euphrates to the Wadi of Egypt,S Ge 15:18 and you, Israel, will be gatheredS Dt 30:4; S Isa 1:9; S 11:12; S 17:6 up one by one.13 And in that dayS ver 1 a great trumpetS Lev 25:9; S Jdg 3:27; S Mt 24:31 will sound. Those who were perishing in Assyria and those who were exiledS Ps 106:47 in EgyptS Isa 10:19; 19:21, 25 will come and worshipS Ge 27:29; S Ps 22:29; S 86:9 the Lord on the holy mountainS Isa 2:2 in Jerusalem.

Woe to the Leaders of Ephraim and Judah

28 WoeIsa 10:5; 29:1; 30:1; 31:1; 33:1 to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim’sver 3; Isa 7:2; 9:9 drunkards,

to the fading flower, his glorious beauty,

set on the head of a fertile valleyver 4

to that city, the pride of those laid low by wine!S Lev 10:9; Isa 5:11; Hos 7:5; Am 6:6

See, the Lord has one who is powerfulIsa 40:10 and strong.

Like a hailstormS Jos 10:11 and a destructive wind,Isa 29:6

like a driving rain and a floodingS Isa 8:7; S Da 9:26 downpour,

he will throw it forcefully to the ground.

That wreath, the pride of Ephraim’sS ver 1 drunkards,

will be trampledS Job 40:12; S Isa 5:5 underfoot.

That fading flower, his glorious beauty,

set on the head of a fertile valley,ver 1

will be like figsS SS 2:13; Hos 9:10; Na 3:12 ripe before harvest—

as soon as people see them and take them in hand,

they swallow them.

In that dayS Isa 10:20; S 27:1; 29:18; 30:23 the Lord Almighty

will be a gloriousS Isa 24:16, 23 crown,Isa 62:3; Jer 13:18; Eze 16:12; 21:26; Zec 9:16

a beautiful wreath

for the remnantS Isa 1:9 of his people.

He will be a spirit of justiceS 2Sa 14:20; Isa 11:2-4; 32:1, 16; 33:5

to the one who sits in judgment,Isa 4:4; Jn 5:30

a source of strength

to those who turn back the battleJdg 9:44-45; S 2Ch 32:8 at the gate.

And these also staggerS Isa 3:12 from wineS Lev 10:9; S Isa 22:13; S Eph 5:18

and reelS Ps 107:27 from beer:

PriestsIsa 24:2 and prophetsS Isa 9:15 stagger from beer

and are befuddled with wine;

they reel from beer,

they stagger when seeing visions,S Isa 1:1; 29:11

they stumble when rendering decisions.

All the tables are covered with vomitJer 48:26

and there is not a spot without filth.

“Who is it he is trying to teach?ver 26; Ps 32:8; Isa 2:3; 30:20; 48:17; 50:4; 54:13; Jer 31:34; 32:33

To whom is he explaining his message?Isa 52:7; 53:1

To children weanedPs 131:2 from their milk,Heb 5:12-13; 1Pe 2:2

to those just taken from the breast?

10 For it is:

Do this, do that,

a rule for this, a rule for thatHebrew / sav lasav sav lasav / kav lakav kav lakav (probably meaningless sounds mimicking the prophet’s words); also in verse 13;

a little here, a little there.ver 13

11 Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tonguesS Ge 11:7; Isa 33:19; Jer 5:15

God will speak to this people,Eze 3:5; 1Co 14:21*

12 to whom he said,

“This is the resting place, let the weary rest”;S Ex 14:14; S Jos 1:13; S Job 11:18; S Isa 11:10; Mt 11:28-29

and, “This is the place of repose”—

but they would not listen.

13 So then, the word of the Lord to them will become:

Do this, do that,

a rule for this, a rule for that;

a little here, a little therever 10

so that as they go they will fall backward;

they will be injuredMt 21:44 and snared and captured.S Isa 8:15

Praise for Judgment and Salvation

25 O Lord, I will honor and praise your name,

for you are my God.

You do such wonderful things!

You planned them long ago,

and now you have accomplished them.

You turn mighty cities into heaps of ruins.

Cities with strong walls are turned to rubble.

Beautiful palaces in distant lands disappear

and will never be rebuilt.

Therefore, strong nations will declare your glory;

ruthless nations will fear you.

But you are a tower of refuge to the poor, O Lord,

a tower of refuge to the needy in distress.

You are a refuge from the storm

and a shelter from the heat.

For the oppressive acts of ruthless people

are like a storm beating against a wall,

or like the relentless heat of the desert.

But you silence the roar of foreign nations.

As the shade of a cloud cools relentless heat,

so the boastful songs of ruthless people are stilled.

In Jerusalem,Hebrew On this mountain; also in 25:10. the Lord of Heaven’s Armies

will spread a wonderful feast

for all the people of the world.

It will be a delicious banquet

with clear, well-aged wine and choice meat.

There he will remove the cloud of gloom,

the shadow of death that hangs over the earth.

He will swallow up death forever!

The Sovereign Lord will wipe away all tears.

He will remove forever all insults and mockery

against his land and people.

The Lord has spoken!

In that day the people will proclaim,

“This is our God!

We trusted in him, and he saved us!

This is the Lord, in whom we trusted.

Let us rejoice in the salvation he brings!”

10 For the Lord’s hand of blessing will rest on Jerusalem.

But Moab will be crushed.

It will be like straw trampled down and left to rot.

11 God will push down Moab’s people

as a swimmer pushes down water with his hands.

He will end their pride

and all their evil works.

12 The high walls of Moab will be demolished.

They will be brought down to the ground,

down into the dust.

A Song of Praise to the Lord

26 In that day, everyone in the land of Judah will sing this song:

Our city is strong!

We are surrounded by the walls of God’s salvation.

Open the gates to all who are righteous;

allow the faithful to enter.

You will keep in perfect peace

all who trust in you,

all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

Trust in the Lord always,

for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.

He humbles the proud

and brings down the arrogant city.

He brings it down to the dust.

The poor and oppressed trample it underfoot,

and the needy walk all over it.

But for those who are righteous,

the way is not steep and rough.

You are a God who does what is right,

and you smooth out the path ahead of them.

Lord, we show our trust in you by obeying your laws;

our heart’s desire is to glorify your name.

In the night I search for you;

in the morningHebrew within me. I earnestly seek you.

For only when you come to judge the earth

will people learn what is right.

10 Your kindness to the wicked

does not make them do good.

Although others do right, the wicked keep doing wrong

and take no notice of the Lord’s majesty.

11 O Lord, they pay no attention to your upraised fist.

Show them your eagerness to defend your people.

Then they will be ashamed.

Let your fire consume your enemies.

12 Lord, you will grant us peace;

all we have accomplished is really from you.

13 O Lord our God, others have ruled us,

but you alone are the one we worship.

14 Those we served before are dead and gone.

Their departed spirits will never return!

You attacked them and destroyed them,

and they are long forgotten.

15 O Lord, you have made our nation great;

yes, you have made us great.

You have extended our borders,

and we give you the glory!

16 Lord, in distress we searched for you.

We prayed beneath the burden of your discipline.

17 Just as a pregnant woman

writhes and cries out in pain as she gives birth,

so were we in your presence, Lord.

18 We, too, writhe in agony,

but nothing comes of our suffering.

We have not given salvation to the earth,

nor brought life into the world.

19 But those who die in the Lord will live;

their bodies will rise again!

Those who sleep in the earth

will rise up and sing for joy!

For your life-giving light will fall like dew

on your people in the place of the dead!

Restoration for Israel

20 Go home, my people,

and lock your doors!

Hide yourselves for a little while

until the Lord’s anger has passed.

21 Look! The Lord is coming from heaven

to punish the people of the earth for their sins.

The earth will no longer hide those who have been killed.

They will be brought out for all to see.

27 In that day the Lord will take his terrible, swift sword and punish Leviathan,The identification of Leviathan is disputed, ranging from an earthly creature to a mythical sea monster in ancient literature. the swiftly moving serpent, the coiling, writhing serpent. He will kill the dragon of the sea.

“In that day,

sing about the fruitful vineyard.

I, the Lord, will watch over it,

watering it carefully.

Day and night I will watch so no one can harm it.

My anger will be gone.

If I find briers and thorns growing,

I will attack them;

I will burn them up—

unless they turn to me for help.

Let them make peace with me;

yes, let them make peace with me.”

The time is coming when Jacob’s descendants will take root.

Israel will bud and blossom

and fill the whole earth with fruit!

Has the Lord struck Israel

as he struck her enemies?

Has he punished her

as he punished them?

No, but he exiled Israel to call her to account.

She was exiled from her land

as though blown away in a storm from the east.

The Lord did this to purge Israel’sHebrew Jacob’s. See note on 14:1. wickedness,

to take away all her sin.

As a result, all the pagan altars will be crushed to dust.

No Asherah pole or pagan shrine will be left standing.

10 The fortified towns will be silent and empty,

the houses abandoned, the streets overgrown with weeds.

Calves will graze there,

chewing on twigs and branches.

11 The people are like the dead branches of a tree,

broken off and used for kindling beneath the cooking pots.

Israel is a foolish and stupid nation,

for its people have turned away from God.

Therefore, the one who made them

will show them no pity or mercy.

12 Yet the time will come when the Lord will gather them together like handpicked grain. One by one he will gather them—from the Euphrates RiverHebrew the river. in the east to the Brook of Egypt in the west.13 In that day the great trumpet will sound. Many who were dying in exile in Assyria and Egypt will return to Jerusalem to worship the Lord on his holy mountain.

A Message about Samaria

28 What sorrow awaits the proud city of Samaria—

the glorious crown of the drunks of Israel.Hebrew What sorrow awaits the crowning glory of the drunks of Ephraim, referring to Samaria, capital of the northern kingdom of Israel.

It sits at the head of a fertile valley,

but its glorious beauty will fade like a flower.

It is the pride of a people

brought down by wine.

For the Lord will send a mighty army against it.

Like a mighty hailstorm and a torrential rain,

they will burst upon it like a surging flood

and smash it to the ground.

The proud city of Samaria—

the glorious crown of the drunks of IsraelHebrew The crowning glory of the drunks of Ephraim; see note on 28:1.

will be trampled beneath its enemies’ feet.

It sits at the head of a fertile valley,

but its glorious beauty will fade like a flower.

Whoever sees it will snatch it up,

as an early fig is quickly picked and eaten.

Then at last the Lord of Heaven’s Armies

will himself be Israel’s glorious crown.

He will be the pride and joy

of the remnant of his people.

He will give a longing for justice

to their judges.

He will give great courage

to their warriors who stand at the gates.

Now, however, Israel is led by drunks

who reel with wine and stagger with alcohol.

The priests and prophets stagger with alcohol

and lose themselves in wine.

They reel when they see visions

and stagger as they render decisions.

Their tables are covered with vomit;

filth is everywhere.

“Who does the Lord think we are?” they ask.

“Why does he speak to us like this?

Are we little children,

just recently weaned?

10 He tells us everything over and over—

one line at a time,

one line at a time,

a little here,

and a little there!”

11 So now God will have to speak to his people

through foreign oppressors who speak a strange language!

12 God has told his people,

“Here is a place of rest;

let the weary rest here.

This is a place of quiet rest.”

But they would not listen.

13 So the Lord will spell out his message for them again,

one line at a time,

one line at a time,

a little here,

and a little there,

so that they will stumble and fall.

They will be injured, trapped, and captured.

25 O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.

For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.

Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee.

For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low.

And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.

And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.

He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.

And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

10 For in this mountain shall the hand of the Lord rest, and Moab shall be trodden down under him, even as straw is trodden down for the dunghill.

11 And he shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them, as he that swimmeth spreadeth forth his hands to swim: and he shall bring down their pride together with the spoils of their hands.

12 And the fortress of the high fort of thy walls shall he bring down, lay low, and bring to the ground, even to the dust.

26 In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.

Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:

For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, even to the ground; he bringeth it even to the dust.

The foot shall tread it down, even the feet of the poor, and the steps of the needy.

The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just.

Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O Lord, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.

With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

10 Let favour be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the Lord.

11 Lord, when thy hand is lifted up, they will not see: but they shall see, and be ashamed for their envy at the people; yea, the fire of thine enemies shall devour them.

12 Lord, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us.

13 O Lord our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name.

14 They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish.

15 Thou hast increased the nation, O Lord, thou hast increased the nation: thou art glorified: thou hadst removed it far unto all the ends of the earth.

16 Lord, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them.

17 Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O Lord.

18 We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.

19 Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.

20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

21 For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

27 In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.

In that day sing ye unto her, A vineyard of red wine.

I the Lord do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day.

Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together.

Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me.

He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.

Hath he smitten him, as he smote those that smote him? or is he slain according to the slaughter of them that are slain by him?

In measure, when it shooteth forth, thou wilt debate with it: he stayeth his rough wind in the day of the east wind.

By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit to take away his sin; when he maketh all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up.

10 Yet the defenced city shall be desolate, and the habitation forsaken, and left like a wilderness: there shall the calf feed, and there shall he lie down, and consume the branches thereof.

11 When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the women come, and set them on fire: for it is a people of no understanding: therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them, and he that formed them will shew them no favour.

12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel.

13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.

28 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!

Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand.

The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet:

And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.

In that day shall the Lord of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people,

And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.

But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.

For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.

Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

13 But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

Galatians 3:10-22

10 For all who rely on the works of the lawver 2, 5; Gal 2:16 are under a curse,ver 13; S Ro 4:15 as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”Deut. 27:26Dt 27:26; Jer 11:311 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God,S Ro 3:28 because “the righteous will live by faith.”Hab. 2:4Hab 2:4; S Ro 9:30; Heb 10:3812 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.”Lev. 18:5Lev 18:5; S Ro 10:513 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the lawGal 4:5 by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”Deut. 21:23Dt 21:23; S Ac 5:3014 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus,Ro 4:9, 16 so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.ver 2; Joel 2:28; S Jn 20:22; S Ac 2:33

The Law and the Promise

15 Brothers and sisters,S Ro 7:1 let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case.16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed.Ge 17:19; Ps 132:11; Mic 7:20; Lk 1:55; Ro 4:13, 16; 9:4, 8; Gal 3:29; 4:28 Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,”Gen. 12:7; 13:15; 24:7Ge 12:7; 13:15; 17:7, 8, 10; 24:7 meaning one person, who is Christ.17 What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 yearsGe 15:13, 14; Ex 12:40; Ac 7:6 later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise.18 For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise;Ro 4:14 but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.

19 Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressionsRo 5:20 until the Seedver 16 to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angelsDt 33:2; Ac 7:53 and entrusted to a mediator.Ex 20:19; Dt 5:520 A mediator,1Ti 2:5; Heb 8:6; 9:15; 12:24 however, implies more than one party; but God is one.

21 Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not!Gal 2:17; S Ro 7:12 For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law.Gal 2:2122 But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin,Ro 3:9-19; 11:32 so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.

10 But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law.”Deut 27:26.11 So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”Hab 2:4.12 This way of faith is very different from the way of law, which says, “It is through obeying the law that a person has life.”Lev 18:5.

13 But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”Deut 21:23 (Greek version).14 Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promisedSome manuscripts read the blessing of the. Holy Spirit through faith.

The Law and God’s Promise

15 Dear brothers and sisters,Greek Brothers. here’s an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or amend an irrevocable agreement, so it is in this case.16 God gave the promises to Abraham and his child.Greek seed; also in 3:16c, 19. See notes on Gen 12:7 and 13:15. And notice that the Scripture doesn’t say “to his children,Greek seeds.” as if it meant many descendants. Rather, it says “to his child”—and that, of course, means Christ.17 This is what I am trying to say: The agreement God made with Abraham could not be canceled 430 years later when God gave the law to Moses. God would be breaking his promise.18 For if the inheritance could be received by keeping the law, then it would not be the result of accepting God’s promise. But God graciously gave it to Abraham as a promise.

19 Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the law was designed to last only until the coming of the child who was promised. God gave his law through angels to Moses, who was the mediator between God and the people.20 Now a mediator is helpful if more than one party must reach an agreement. But God, who is one, did not use a mediator when he gave his promise to Abraham.

21 Is there a conflict, then, between God’s law and God’s promises?Some manuscripts read and the promises? Absolutely not! If the law could give us new life, we could be made right with God by obeying it.22 But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ.

10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.

13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.

16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.

18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.

21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.

22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

Psalm 61:1-8

Psalm 61In Hebrew texts 61:1-8 is numbered 61:2-9.

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. Of David.

Hear my cry, O God;Ps 64:1

listen to my prayer.Ps 4:1; 86:6

From the ends of the earth I call to you,

I call as my heart grows faint;S Ps 6:2

lead me to the rockPs 18:2; 31:2; 94:22 that is higher than I.

For you have been my refuge,Ps 9:9; S 46:1; 62:7

a strong tower against the foe.Ps 59:9; Pr 18:10

I long to dwellS Ps 15:1 in your tent forever

and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.S Dt 32:11; S Mt 23:37

For you, God, have heard my vows;S Nu 30:2; Ps 56:12

you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.S Ex 6:3; S Dt 33:9; Ne 1:11; Ps 102:15; Isa 59:19; Mt 6:9

Increase the days of the king’s life,1Ki 3:14

his years for many generations.S Ps 21:4

May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever;S Ps 41:12; Lk 22:69; Eph 1:20; Col 3:1

appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.Ps 40:11

Then I will ever sing in praise of your nameS Ex 15:1; Ps 7:17; 30:4

and fulfill my vows day after day.S Nu 30:2; S Dt 23:21

Psalm 61

For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by stringed instruments.

O God, listen to my cry!

Hear my prayer!

From the ends of the earth,

I cry to you for help

when my heart is overwhelmed.

Lead me to the towering rock of safety,

for you are my safe refuge,

a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.

Let me live forever in your sanctuary,

safe beneath the shelter of your wings! Interlude

For you have heard my vows, O God.

You have given me an inheritance reserved for those who fear your name.

Add many years to the life of the king!

May his years span the generations!

May he reign under God’s protection forever.

May your unfailing love and faithfulness watch over him.

Then I will sing praises to your name forever

as I fulfill my vows each day.

61 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.

Thou wilt prolong the king's life: and his years as many generations.

He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.

So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.

Proverbs 23:17-18

Saying 15

17 Do not let your heart envyS Ps 37:1; S 73:3 sinners,

but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.

18 There is surely a future hope for you,

and your hope will not be cut off.S Ps 9:18; 37:1-4; Pr 24:14, 19-20

17 Don’t envy sinners,

but always continue to fear the Lord.

18 You will be rewarded for this;

your hope will not be disappointed.

17 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long.

18 For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.

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