Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Quietness is a state of repose and rest, of no longer struggling and fretting. God wants to give His people quietness, and quietness begins with righteousness. Isaiah 32:17 says, "And this righteousness will bring peace. Quietness and confidence will fill the land forever."

When we are sure that our sins are forgiven and we are in right standing with God, a deep quietness fills our hearts.

From that quietness arises confidence. We base our confidence on our righteousness, knowing that we are welcome to ask Him for anything we need. We must be confident that "He will respond instantly to the sound of [our] cries" (Isaiah 30:19). John said, "We can be confident that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will. And if we know he is listening when we make our requests, we can be sure that he will give us what we ask for" (1 John 5:14-15).

Righteousness, quietness, and then confidence will bring us through affliction, for Jesus is like a "cool shadow of a large rock in a hot and weary land" (Isaiah 32:2). Let's stay in the shadow of His presence!

Isaiah 30:12-33:9

12 Therefore this is what the Holy Onever 15; S Isa 5:19; 31:1 of Israel says:

“Because you have rejected this message,S Isa 5:24

relied on oppressionS Ps 10:7; S 12:5; S Isa 5:7

and depended on deceit,

13 this sin will become for you

like a high wall,S Ne 2:17; Ps 62:3; S 80:12 cracked and bulging,

that collapsesS 1Ki 20:30 suddenly,S Isa 17:14 in an instant.

14 It will break in pieces like pottery,S Ps 2:9

shattered so mercilessly

that among its pieces not a fragment will be found

for taking coals from a hearth

or scooping water out of a cistern.”

15 This is what the SovereignJer 7:20; Eze 3:11 Lord, the Holy OneS ver 12 of Israel, says:

“In repentance and restS Ex 14:14; S Jos 1:13 is your salvation,

in quietness and trustS 2Ch 20:12; Isa 32:17 is your strength,

but you would have none of it.Isa 8:6; 42:24; 57:17

16 You said, ‘No, we will fleeJer 46:6 on horses.’S Dt 17:16; 1Ki 10:28-29; S Ps 20:7; Isa 31:1, 3; 36:8

Therefore you will flee!

You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’

Therefore your pursuers will be swift!

17 A thousand will flee

at the threat of one;

at the threat of fiveS Lev 26:8

you will all fleeLev 26:36; Dt 28:25; S 2Ki 7:7 away,

till you are leftS Isa 1:8

like a flagstaff on a mountaintop,

like a bannerS Ps 20:5 on a hill.”

18 Yet the Lord longsS Ge 43:31; Isa 42:14; 2Pe 3:9, 15 to be gracious to you;

therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.Ps 78:38; Isa 48:9; Jnh 3:10

For the Lord is a God of justice.S Ps 11:7; S Isa 5:16

Blessed are all who wait for him!S Ps 27:14; Isa 25:9; 33:2; 40:31; 64:4; La 3:25; Da 12:12

19 People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more.S Isa 25:8; 60:20; 61:3 How gracious he will be when you cry for help!S Job 24:12 As soon as he hears, he will answerJob 22:27; Ps 50:15; S 86:7; Isa 41:17; 58:9; 65:24; Zec 13:9; Mt 7:7-11 you.20 Although the Lord gives you the bread1Ki 22:27 of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachersS Isa 28:9 will be hiddenPs 74:9; Am 8:11 no more; with your own eyes you will see them.21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voiceS Isa 29:24 behind you, saying, “This is the way;S ver 11; S Job 33:11 walk in it.”22 Then you will desecrate your idolsS Ex 32:4; S Isa 17:8 overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold;S Job 22:24; Isa 31:7 you will throw them away like a menstrualLev 15:19-23 cloth and say to them, “Away with you!Eze 7:19-20

23 He will also send you rainS Dt 28:12; Isa 65:21-22 for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be richIsa 25:6; 55:2; Jer 31:14 and plentiful.S Job 36:31; Isa 62:8 In that dayS Isa 28:5 your cattle will graze in broad meadows.S Ps 65:1324 The oxenIsa 32:14, 20 and donkeys that work the soil will eat fodderS Job 6:5 and mash, spread out with forkMt 3:12; Lk 3:17 and shovel.25 In the day of great slaughter,S Isa 13:5; 34:6; 65:12; Jer 25:32; 50:27 when the towersS Isa 2:15 fall, streams of water will flowS Ex 17:6; Isa 32:2; 41:18; Joel 3:18; Zec 14:8 on every high mountain and every lofty hill.26 The moon will shine like the sun,Isa 24:23; 60:19-20; Zec 14:7; Rev 21:23; 22:5 and the sunlight will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven full days, when the Lord binds up the bruises of his people and healsS Dt 32:39; S 2Ch 7:14; Ps 107:20; S Isa 1:5; Jer 3:22; 17:14; Hos 14:4 the wounds he inflicted.

27 See, the Name1Ki 18:24; Ps 20:1; Isa 59:19; 64:2 of the Lord comes from afar,

with burning angerIsa 26:20; 66:14; Eze 22:31 and dense clouds of smoke;

his lips are full of wrath,Isa 10:5; 13:5

and his tongue is a consuming fire.S ver 30; S Job 41:21

28 His breathS Isa 11:4 is like a rushing torrent,S Ps 50:3; S Isa 28:15

rising up to the neck.S Isa 8:8

He shakes the nations in the sieveAm 9:9 of destruction;

he places in the jaws of the peoples

a bit2Ki 19:28 that leads them astray.

29 And you will sing

as on the night you celebrate a holy festival;Isa 25:6

your hearts will rejoiceIsa 12:1

as when people playing pipesS 1Sa 10:5 go up

to the mountainS Ps 42:4; Mt 26:30 of the Lord,

to the RockS Ge 49:24 of Israel.

30 The Lord will cause people to hear his majestic voiceS Ps 68:33

and will make them see his armIsa 9:12; 40:10; 51:9; 52:10; 53:1; 59:16; 62:8; 63:12 coming down

with raging angerS ver 27; S Isa 10:25 and consuming fire,S Isa 4:4; 47:14

with cloudburst, thunderstormEx 20:18; Ps 29:3 and hail.S Ex 9:18

31 The voice of the Lord will shatter Assyria;S Isa 10:5, 12

with his rod he will strikeS Isa 11:4 them down.

32 Every stroke the Lord lays on them

with his punishing clubIsa 10:26

will be to the music of timbrelsS Ex 15:20 and harps,

as he fights them in battle with the blows of his arm.S Isa 11:15; Eze 32:10

33 TophethS 2Ki 23:10 has long been prepared;

it has been made ready for the king.

Its fire pit has been made deep and wide,

with an abundance of fire and wood;

the breathS Ex 15:10; S 2Sa 22:16 of the Lord,

like a stream of burning sulfur,S Ge 19:24; S Rev 9:17

sets it ablaze.S Isa 1:31

Woe to Those Who Rely on Egypt

31 WoeS Isa 28:1 to those who go down to EgyptS Dt 17:16; S Isa 30:2, 5; S Jer 37:5 for help,

who rely on horses,S Isa 30:16

who trust in the multitude of their chariotsS Isa 2:7

and in the great strength of their horsemen,

but do not look to the Holy OneJob 6:10; S Isa 1:4; S 30:12 of Israel,

or seek help from the Lord.S Dt 20:1; S Pr 21:31; S Isa 9:13; Jer 46:9; Eze 29:16

Yet he too is wiseS Ps 92:5; Ro 16:27 and can bring disaster;Isa 45:7; 47:11; Am 3:6

he does not take back his words.Nu 23:19; S Pr 19:21

He will rise up against that wicked nation,S Isa 1:4; 29:15; 32:6

against those who help evildoers.

But the EgyptiansIsa 20:5; 36:9 are mere mortals and not God;S Ps 9:20; Eze 28:9; 2Th 2:4

their horsesS Isa 30:16 are flesh and not spirit.

When the Lord stretches out his hand,Ne 1:10; S Job 30:21; Isa 9:17, 21; Jer 51:25; Eze 20:34

those who help will stumble,

those who are helpedIsa 10:3; 30:5-7 will fall;

all will perish together.S Isa 20:6; Jer 17:5

This is what the Lord says to me:

“As a lionNu 24:9; S 1Sa 17:34; Hos 11:10; Am 3:8 growls,

a great lion over its prey—

and though a whole band of shepherdsJer 3:15; 23:4; Eze 34:23; Na 3:18

is called together against it,

it is not frightened by their shouts

or disturbed by their clamorPs 74:23

so the Lord Almighty will come downIsa 42:13

to do battle on Mount Zion and on its heights.

Like birds hoveringS Ge 1:2; S Mt 23:37 overhead,

the Lord Almighty will shieldS Ps 91:4; S Isa 5:2; S Zec 9:15 Jerusalem;

he will shield it and deliverS Ps 34:7; Isa 37:35; 38:6 it,

he will ‘pass over’S Ex 12:23 it and will rescue it.”

Return,S Job 22:23; S Isa 1:27 you Israelites, to the One you have so greatly revoltedS Isa 1:5 against.For in that dayIsa 29:18 every one of you will reject the idols of silver and goldS Isa 30:22 your sinful hands have made.S Ps 135:15

“AssyriaS Isa 10:12 will fall by no human sword;

a sword, not of mortals, will devourS Ex 12:12; Isa 10:12; 14:25; S 27:1; 33:1; 37:7; Jer 25:12; Hab 2:8 them.

They will flee before the sword

and their young men will be put to forced labor.S Ge 49:15; S Dt 20:11

Their strongholdDt 32:31, 37 will fall because of terror;

at the sight of the battle standardS Isa 18:3; S Jer 4:6 their commanders will panic,Jer 51:9; Na 3:7

declares the Lord,

whose fireS Isa 10:17 is in Zion,

whose furnacePs 21:9; Mal 4:1 is in Jerusalem.

The Kingdom of Righteousness

32 See, a kingS Ps 149:2; S Isa 6:5; 55:4; Eze 37:24 will reign in righteousness

and rulers will rule with justice.Ps 72:1-4; S Isa 9:7; S 28:6

Each one will be like a shelterS 1Ki 18:4 from the wind

and a refuge from the storm,S Ps 55:8

like streams of waterS Ps 23:2; S Isa 30:25; 49:10; Jer 31:9 in the desertS Ps 107:35; Isa 44:3

and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.

Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed,S Isa 29:18; 35:5; 42:7, 16

and the earsS Dt 29:4 of those who hear will listen.

The fearful heart will know and understand,Isa 6:10; S 29:24

and the stammering tongueIsa 35:6 will be fluent and clear.

No longer will the foolS 1Sa 25:25 be called noble

nor the scoundrel be highly respected.

For fools speak folly,S Pr 19:3

their hearts are bent on evil:S Pr 24:2; S Isa 26:10

They practice ungodlinessS Isa 9:17

and spread errorIsa 3:12; 9:16 concerning the Lord;

the hungry they leave emptyS Isa 3:15

and from the thirsty they withhold water.

Scoundrels use wicked methods,Jer 5:26-28; Da 12:10

they make up evil schemesS Isa 29:20; Mic 7:3

to destroy the poor with lies,

even when the plea of the needyS Ps 72:4; Isa 29:19; 61:1 is just.S Isa 29:21

But the noble make noble plans,

and by noble deeds1Ch 29:9; S Pr 11:25 they stand.Isa 14:24

The Women of Jerusalem

You womenS Isa 4:1 who are so complacent,

rise up and listenIsa 28:23 to me;

you daughters who feel secure,ver 11; Isa 47:8; Da 4:4; Am 6:1; Zep 2:15

hear what I have to say!

10 In little more than a yearIsa 37:30

you who feel secure will tremble;

the grape harvest will fail,Isa 5:5-6; S 24:7

and the harvest of fruit will not come.

11 Tremble,Isa 33:14 you complacent women;

shudder, you daughters who feel secure!S ver 9

Strip off your fine clothesIsa 47:2; Mic 1:8; Na 3:5

and wrap yourselves in rags.S Isa 3:24

12 Beat your breastsNa 2:7 for the pleasant fields,

for the fruitful vinesIsa 16:9

13 and for the land of my people,

a land overgrown with thorns and briersS Isa 5:6; Hos 10:8

yes, mournS Isa 24:11 for all houses of merriment

and for this city of revelry.S Isa 23:7

14 The fortressS Isa 13:22 will be abandoned,

the noisy city deserted;S Isa 6:11; S 27:10

citadel and watchtowerS Isa 2:15; 34:13 will become a wasteland forever,

the delight of donkeys,S Ps 104:11 a pasture for flocks,S Isa 5:17

15 till the SpiritS Isa 11:2; S Eze 37:9 is poured on us from on high,

and the desert becomes a fertile field,Ps 107:35; Isa 35:1-2

and the fertile field seems like a forest.Isa 29:17

16 The Lord’s justiceS Isa 9:7; S 28:6 will dwell in the desert,Isa 35:1, 6; 42:11

his righteousnessS Ps 48:1; S Isa 1:26 live in the fertile field.

17 The fruit of that righteousnessS Ps 85:10 will be peace;S Ps 119:165; S Isa 9:7; Ro 14:17; Heb 12:11; Jas 3:18

its effect will be quietness and confidenceS Isa 30:15 forever.

18 My people will live in peacefulS Isa 2:4 dwelling places,

in secure homes,S Isa 26:1; 33:20; 37:33; 65:21; 66:14; Am 9:14

in undisturbed places of rest.S Jos 1:13; S Job 11:18; Hos 2:18-23

19 Though hailIsa 28:17 flattens the forestS Isa 10:19; Zec 11:2

and the city is leveledS Job 40:11; S Isa 19:18; 24:10; 27:10 completely,

20 how blessed you will be,

sowingS Ecc 11:1 your seed by every stream,S Dt 28:12

and letting your cattle and donkeys range free.Job 39:8; S Isa 30:24

Distress and Help

33 WoeS 2Ki 19:21; S Isa 28:1 to you, destroyer,

you who have not been destroyed!

Woe to you, betrayer,

you who have not been betrayed!

When you stop destroying,

you will be destroyed;S Isa 31:8; S Mt 7:2

when you stop betraying,

you will be betrayed.S Isa 21:2; Jer 30:16; Eze 39:10

Lord, be graciousS Ge 43:29; S Ezr 9:8 to us;

we long for you.

Be our strengthIsa 40:10; 51:9; 59:16; 63:5 every morning,

our salvationS Ps 13:5; S Isa 12:2 in time of distress.S Isa 5:30

At the uproar of your army,S Ps 46:6; S 68:33 the peoples flee;S Ps 68:1; S Isa 13:14

when you rise up,ver 10; Nu 10:35; Ps 12:5; Isa 59:16-18 the nations scatter.

Your plunder,S Nu 14:3; S 2Ki 7:16 O nations, is harvestedS Isa 17:5; Joel 3:13 as by young locusts;Joel 1:4

like a swarm of locusts people pounce on it.

The Lord is exalted,S Isa 5:16 for he dwells on high;S Job 16:19

he will fill Zion with his justiceS Isa 9:7; S 28:6 and righteousness.S Isa 1:26

He will be the sure foundation for your times,

a rich store of salvationS Isa 12:2; 26:1; 51:6; 60:18 and wisdom and knowledge;

the fearS Pr 1:7; Isa 11:2-3; Mt 6:33 of the Lord is the key to this treasure.Or is a treasure from himS Ge 39:3; S Job 22:25

Look, their brave menIsa 10:34 cry aloud in the streets;

the envoysS 2Ki 18:37 of peace weep bitterly.

The highways are deserted,

no travelersIsa 60:15; Zec 7:14 are on the roads.S Jdg 5:6; Isa 30:21; 35:8

The treaty is broken,S 2Ki 18:14

its witnessesDead Sea Scrolls; Masoretic Text / the cities are despised,

no one is respected.

The land dries upS Isa 3:26 and wastes away,

LebanonS 2Ki 19:23; Isa 2:13; 35:2; 37:24; Jer 22:6 is ashamed and withers;S Isa 15:6

SharonS 1Ch 27:29 is like the Arabah,

and BashanMic 7:14 and Carmel1Ki 18:19; Isa 35:2; Na 1:4 drop their leaves.

12 This is the reply of the Holy One of Israel:

“Because you despise what I tell you

and trust instead in oppression and lies,

13 calamity will come upon you suddenly—

like a bulging wall that bursts and falls.

In an instant it will collapse

and come crashing down.

14 You will be smashed like a piece of pottery—

shattered so completely that

there won’t be a piece big enough

to carry coals from a fireplace

or a little water from the well.”

15 This is what the Sovereign Lord,

the Holy One of Israel, says:

“Only in returning to me

and resting in me will you be saved.

In quietness and confidence is your strength.

But you would have none of it.

16 You said, ‘No, we will get our help from Egypt.

They will give us swift horses for riding into battle.’

But the only swiftness you are going to see

is the swiftness of your enemies chasing you!

17 One of them will chase a thousand of you.

Five of them will make all of you flee.

You will be left like a lonely flagpole on a hill

or a tattered banner on a distant mountaintop.”

Blessings for the Lord’s People

18 So the Lord must wait for you to come to him

so he can show you his love and compassion.

For the Lord is a faithful God.

Blessed are those who wait for his help.

19 O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem,

you will weep no more.

He will be gracious if you ask for help.

He will surely respond to the sound of your cries.

20 Though the Lord gave you adversity for food

and suffering for drink,

he will still be with you to teach you.

You will see your teacher with your own eyes.

21 Your own ears will hear him.

Right behind you a voice will say,

“This is the way you should go,”

whether to the right or to the left.

22 Then you will destroy all your silver idols

and your precious gold images.

You will throw them out like filthy rags,

saying to them, “Good riddance!”

23 Then the Lord will bless you with rain at planting time. There will be wonderful harvests and plenty of pastureland for your livestock.24 The oxen and donkeys that till the ground will eat good grain, its chaff blown away by the wind.25 In that day, when your enemies are slaughtered and the towers fall, there will be streams of water flowing down every mountain and hill.26 The moon will be as bright as the sun, and the sun will be seven times brighter—like the light of seven days in one! So it will be when the Lord begins to heal his people and cure the wounds he gave them.

27 Look! The Lord is coming from far away,

burning with anger,

surrounded by thick, rising smoke.

His lips are filled with fury;

his words consume like fire.

28 His hot breath pours out like a flood

up to the neck of his enemies.

He will sift out the proud nations for destruction.

He will bridle them and lead them away to ruin.

29 But the people of God will sing a song of joy,

like the songs at the holy festivals.

You will be filled with joy,

as when a flutist leads a group of pilgrims

to Jerusalem, the mountain of the Lord

to the Rock of Israel.

30 And the Lord will make his majestic voice heard.

He will display the strength of his mighty arm.

It will descend with devouring flames,

with cloudbursts, thunderstorms, and huge hailstones.

31 At the Lord’s command, the Assyrians will be shattered.

He will strike them down with his royal scepter.

32 And as the Lord strikes them with his rod of punishment,As in some Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac version; Masoretic Text reads with the founded rod.

his people will celebrate with tambourines and harps.

Lifting his mighty arm, he will fight the Assyrians.

33 Topheth—the place of burning—

has long been ready for the Assyrian king;

the pyre is piled high with wood.

The breath of the Lord, like fire from a volcano,

will set it ablaze.

The Futility of Relying on Egypt

31 What sorrow awaits those who look to Egypt for help,

trusting their horses, chariots, and charioteers

and depending on the strength of human armies

instead of looking to the Lord,

the Holy One of Israel.

In his wisdom, the Lord will send great disaster;

he will not change his mind.

He will rise against the wicked

and against their helpers.

For these Egyptians are mere humans, not God!

Their horses are puny flesh, not mighty spirits!

When the Lord raises his fist against them,

those who help will stumble,

and those being helped will fall.

They will all fall down and die together.

But this is what the Lord has told me:

“When a strong young lion

stands growling over a sheep it has killed,

it is not frightened by the shouts and noise

of a whole crowd of shepherds.

In the same way, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies

will come down and fight on Mount Zion.

The Lord of Heaven’s Armies will hover over Jerusalem

and protect it like a bird protecting its nest.

He will defend and save the city;

he will pass over it and rescue it.”

Though you are such wicked rebels, my people, come and return to the Lord.I know the glorious day will come when each of you will throw away the gold idols and silver images your sinful hands have made.

“The Assyrians will be destroyed,

but not by the swords of men.

The sword of God will strike them,

and they will panic and flee.

The strong young Assyrians

will be taken away as captives.

Even the strongest will quake with terror,

and princes will flee when they see your battle flags,”

says the Lord, whose fire burns in Zion,

whose flame blazes from Jerusalem.

Israel’s Ultimate Deliverance

32 Look, a righteous king is coming!

And honest princes will rule under him.

Each one will be like a shelter from the wind

and a refuge from the storm,

like streams of water in the desert

and the shadow of a great rock in a parched land.

Then everyone who has eyes will be able to see the truth,

and everyone who has ears will be able to hear it.

Even the hotheads will be full of sense and understanding.

Those who stammer will speak out plainly.

In that day ungodly fools will not be heroes.

Scoundrels will not be respected.

For fools speak foolishness

and make evil plans.

They practice ungodliness

and spread false teachings about the Lord.

They deprive the hungry of food

and give no water to the thirsty.

The smooth tricks of scoundrels are evil.

They plot crooked schemes.

They lie to convict the poor,

even when the cause of the poor is just.

But generous people plan to do what is generous,

and they stand firm in their generosity.

Listen, you women who lie around in ease.

Listen to me, you who are so smug.

10 In a short time—just a little more than a year—

you careless ones will suddenly begin to care.

For your fruit crops will fail,

and the harvest will never take place.

11 Tremble, you women of ease;

throw off your complacency.

Strip off your pretty clothes,

and put on burlap to show your grief.

12 Beat your breasts in sorrow for your bountiful farms

and your fruitful grapevines.

13 For your land will be overgrown with thorns and briers.

Your joyful homes and happy towns will be gone.

14 The palace and the city will be deserted,

and busy towns will be empty.

Wild donkeys will frolic and flocks will graze

in the empty fortsHebrew the Ophel. and watchtowers

15 until at last the Spirit is poured out

on us from heaven.

Then the wilderness will become a fertile field,

and the fertile field will yield bountiful crops.

16 Justice will rule in the wilderness

and righteousness in the fertile field.

17 And this righteousness will bring peace.

Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever.

18 My people will live in safety, quietly at home.

They will be at rest.

19 Even if the forest should be destroyed

and the city torn down,

20 the Lord will greatly bless his people.

Wherever they plant seed, bountiful crops will spring up.

Their cattle and donkeys will graze freely.

A Message about Assyria

33 What sorrow awaits you Assyrians, who have destroyed othersHebrew What sorrow awaits you, O destroyer. The Hebrew text does not specifically name Assyria as the object of the prophecy in this chapter.

but have never been destroyed yourselves.

You betray others,

but you have never been betrayed.

When you are done destroying,

you will be destroyed.

When you are done betraying,

you will be betrayed.

But Lord, be merciful to us,

for we have waited for you.

Be our strong arm each day

and our salvation in times of trouble.

The enemy runs at the sound of your voice.

When you stand up, the nations flee!

Just as caterpillars and locusts strip the fields and vines,

so the fallen army of Assyria will be stripped!

Though the Lord is very great and lives in heaven,

he will make JerusalemHebrew Zion; also in 33:14. his home of justice and righteousness.

In that day he will be your sure foundation,

providing a rich store of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge.

The fear of the Lord will be your treasure.

But now your brave warriors weep in public.

Your ambassadors of peace cry in bitter disappointment.

Your roads are deserted;

no one travels them anymore.

The Assyrians have broken their peace treaty

and care nothing for the promises they made before witnesses.As in Dead Sea Scrolls; Masoretic Text reads care nothing for the cities.

They have no respect for anyone.

The land of Israel wilts in mourning.

Lebanon withers with shame.

The plain of Sharon is now a wilderness.

Bashan and Carmel have been plundered.

12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon:

13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.

14 And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters' vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to take water withal out of the pit.

15 For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.

16 But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift.

17 One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on an hill.

18 And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.

19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee.

20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:

21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

22 Ye shall defile also the covering of thy graven images of silver, and the ornament of thy molten images of gold: thou shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence.

23 Then shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thou shalt sow the ground withal; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it shall be fat and plenteous: in that day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures.

24 The oxen likewise and the young asses that ear the ground shall eat clean provender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan.

25 And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.

26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the Lord bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.

27 Behold, the name of the Lord cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire:

28 And his breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity: and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err.

29 Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the mighty One of Israel.

30 And the Lord shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones.

31 For through the voice of the Lord shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod.

32 And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the Lord shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets and harps: and in battles of shaking will he fight with it.

33 For Tophet is ordained of old; yea, for the king it is prepared; he hath made it deep and large: the pile thereof is fire and much wood; the breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it.

31 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord!

Yet he also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words: but will arise against the house of the evildoers, and against the help of them that work iniquity.

Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the Lord shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail together.

For thus hath the Lord spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so shall the Lord of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof.

As birds flying, so will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it.

Turn ye unto him from whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted.

For in that day every man shall cast away his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made unto you for a sin.

Then shall the Assyrian fall with the sword, not of a mighty man; and the sword, not of a mean man, shall devour him: but he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall be discomfited.

And he shall pass over to his strong hold for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of the ensign, saith the Lord, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem.

32 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.

And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.

And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.

The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly.

The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful.

For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the Lord, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.

The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right.

But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.

Rise up, ye women that are at ease; hear my voice, ye careless daughters; give ear unto my speech.

10 Many days and years shall ye be troubled, ye careless women: for the vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not come.

11 Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be troubled, ye careless ones: strip you, and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon your loins.

12 They shall lament for the teats, for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.

13 Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city:

14 Because the palaces shall be forsaken; the multitude of the city shall be left; the forts and towers shall be for dens for ever, a joy of wild asses, a pasture of flocks;

15 Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest.

16 Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field.

17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.

18 And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;

19 When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place.

20 Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth thither the feet of the ox and the ass.

33 Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.

O Lord, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.

At the noise of the tumult the people fled; at the lifting up of thyself the nations were scattered.

And your spoil shall be gathered like the gathering of the caterpiller: as the running to and fro of locusts shall he run upon them.

The Lord is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.

And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is his treasure.

Behold, their valiant ones shall cry without: the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.

The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth: he hath broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man.

The earth mourneth and languisheth: Lebanon is ashamed and hewn down: Sharon is like a wilderness; and Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.

Galatians 5:1-12

Freedom in Christ

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.ver 13; Jn 8:32; Gal 2:4; S Ro 7:4 Stand firm,S 1Co 16:13 then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.S Mt 23:4; Gal 2:4

Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised,ver 3, 6, 11, 12; Ac 15:1 Christ will be of no value to you at all.Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law.Ro 2:25; Gal 3:10; Jas 2:10You who are trying to be justified by the lawS Ro 3:28 have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.Heb 12:15; 2Pe 3:17For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.Ro 8:23, 24For in Christ JesusS Ro 16:3 neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value.S 1Co 7:19 The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.1Th 1:3; Jas 2:22

You were running a good race.S 1Co 9:24 Who cut in on youGal 3:1 to keep you from obeying the truth?That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.S Ro 8:28“A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.”1Co 5:610 I am confidentS 2Co 2:3 in the Lord that you will take no other view.Php 3:15 The one who is throwing you into confusion,ver 12; Gal 1:7 whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty.11 Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted?Gal 4:29; 6:12 In that case the offenseS Lk 2:34 of the cross has been abolished.12 As for those agitators,ver 10 I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!

Freedom in Christ

So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.

Listen! I, Paul, tell you this: If you are counting on circumcision to make you right with God, then Christ will be of no benefit to you.I’ll say it again. If you are trying to find favor with God by being circumcised, you must obey every regulation in the whole law of Moses.For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace.

But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us.For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.

You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth?It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom.This false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough!10 I am trusting the Lord to keep you from believing false teachings. God will judge that person, whoever he is, who has been confusing you.

11 Dear brothers and sisters,Greek Brothers; similarly in 5:13. if I were still preaching that you must be circumcised—as some say I do—why am I still being persecuted? If I were no longer preaching salvation through the cross of Christ, no one would be offended.12 I just wish that those troublemakers who want to mutilate you by circumcision would mutilate themselves.Or castrate themselves, or cut themselves off from you; Greek reads cut themselves off.

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.

For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?

This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.

A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.

11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.

12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.

Psalm 63:1-11

Psalm 63In Hebrew texts 63:1-11 is numbered 63:2-12.

A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.

You, God, are my God,

earnestly I seek you;

I thirst for you,Ps 42:2; 84:2

my whole being longs for you,

in a dry and parched land

where there is no water.Ps 143:6

I have seen you in the sanctuaryS Ps 15:1; 27:4; 68:24

and beheld your power and your glory.S Ex 16:7

Because your love is better than life,Ps 36:7; 69:16; 106:45; 109:21

my lips will glorify you.

I will praise you as long as I live,Ps 104:33; 146:2; Isa 38:20

and in your name I will lift up my hands.S Ps 28:2; 1Ti 2:8

I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;S Ps 36:8; Mt 5:6

with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you;

I think of you through the watches of the night.Dt 6:4-9; Ps 16:7; 119:148; Mt 14:25

Because you are my help,Ps 27:9; 118:7

I sing in the shadow of your wings.S Ru 2:12

I cling to you;S Nu 32:12; Hos 6:3

your right hand upholds me.S Ps 41:12

Those who want to kill me will be destroyed;Ps 40:14

they will go down to the depths of the earth.Ps 55:15; 71:20; 95:4; 139:15

10 They will be given over to the swordJer 18:21; Eze 35:5; Am 1:11

and become food for jackals.La 5:18

11 But the king will rejoice in God;

all who swear by God will glory in him,Ps 21:1; Isa 19:18; 45:23; 65:16

while the mouths of liars will be silenced.S Job 5:16; Ro 3:19

Psalm 63

A psalm of David, regarding a time when David was in the wilderness of Judah.

O God, you are my God;

I earnestly search for you.

My soul thirsts for you;

my whole body longs for you

in this parched and weary land

where there is no water.

I have seen you in your sanctuary

and gazed upon your power and glory.

Your unfailing love is better than life itself;

how I praise you!

I will praise you as long as I live,

lifting up my hands to you in prayer.

You satisfy me more than the richest feast.

I will praise you with songs of joy.

I lie awake thinking of you,

meditating on you through the night.

Because you are my helper,

I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.

I cling to you;

your strong right hand holds me securely.

But those plotting to destroy me will come to ruin.

They will go down into the depths of the earth.

10 They will die by the sword

and become the food of jackals.

11 But the king will rejoice in God.

All who swear to tell the truth will praise him,

while liars will be silenced.

63 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.

Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.

My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:

When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.

My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.

10 They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.

11 But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

Proverbs 23:22

Saying 17

22 Listen to your father, who gave you life,

and do not despise your mother when she is old.S Lev 19:32

22 Listen to your father, who gave you life,

and don’t despise your mother when she is old.

22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

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