Daily Bible Reading: LEB Translation http://podcast.biblemirror.com Listen to Bible readings 5 days a week as we go through the Bible together. This will take us all the way through the Bible in a year. We are following the reading schedule developed by Mark Roberts that you can find at http://bibleclassmaterial.com. In this podcast, we are reading the LEB. Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:10:17 +0000 en-US joelwms@gmail.com (Joel Williams) joelwms@gmail.com (Joel Williams) G http://podcast.biblemirror.com/rtb-logo-leb.png Daily Bible Reading: LEB Translation http://podcast.biblemirror.com hourly 1 Listen to Bible readings 5 days a week as we go through the Bible together. This will take us all the way through the Bible in a year. We are following the reading schedule developed by Mark Roberts that you can find at http://bibleclassmaterial.com. In this podcast, we are reading the LEB. Joel and Matthew Williams clean Joel Williams joelwms@gmail.com Bible readings 5 days a week to complete the Bible in a year TV-G Five Days a Week Week 38, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/38/5 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/38/5 The reading for today is 2 Chronicles 34-35; 2 Corinthians 6.

2 Chronicles 34

Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the eyes of Yahweh, and he walked in the ways of David his ancestor and did not deviate to the right or to the left. In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still a boy, he began to seek the God of David his ancestor. And in the twelfth year he began to cleanse Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the Asherahs, the idols, and the images. And he destroyed before him the altars for the Baals, and he cut down the incense stands above them. And the Asherahs, the idols, and the images he smashed. And he ground them to powder and sprinkled the dust over the burial sites of those who sacrificed to them. And he burned the bones of the priests on the altars and cleansed Judah and Jerusalem. And in the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, Simeon, and as far as Naphtali, in their ruins all around, he broke down the altars and the Asherahs and crushed the idols, grinding them to dust, and he cut down all the incense stands in all the land of Israel. Then he returned to Jerusalem.

Now in the eighteenth year of his reign after he purged the land and the house, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, Maaseiah the commander of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz, the recorder, to repair the house of Yahweh his God. And they came to Hilkiah the high priest and gave the money that was brought for the house of God, which the Levites, the guardians of the threshold, had gathered from the hand of Manasseh, Ephraim, and from the whole remnant of Israel, and from all Judah and Benjamin and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And they delivered it into the hand of the workmen who were appointed in the house of Yahweh, and they in turn gave it to those doing the work who were at work in the house of Yahweh, to repair and restore the house. And they dispensed it to the skilled craftsmen and the builders to buy stone for hewing and timber for the seams and for binding the houses that the kings of Judah had destroyed. And the men did the work faithfully. Over them as supervisors were appointed Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites from the Merarites, and Zechariah and Meshullam from the Kohathites. And other Levites, all who were skilled in instruments of song, were over the porters and were directing all who worked on each task. And some of the Levites were scribes, officials, and gatekeepers.

And when they brought out the money that had been brought to the house of Yahweh, Hilkiah the priest found a scroll of the law of Yahweh by the hand of Moses. And Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, "I have found a scroll of the law in the house of Yahweh!" Then Hilkiah gave the scroll to Shaphan. And Shaphan brought the scroll to the king and also informed the king, saying, "All that was put into the hand of your servants they are doing. They have dispensed the money which was found in the house of Yahweh and have put it into the hand of the overseers and those doing the work." Then Shaphan the scribe reported to the king, "Hilkiah the priest gave to me a scroll." Then Shaphan read from it before the king. And when the king heard the words of the law, he tore his garments, and the king commanded Hilkiah, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Abdon the son of Micah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the servant of the king, saying, "Go! Seek Yahweh on my behalf and on behalf of those remaining in Israel and Judah concerning the words of the scroll that was found, for the anger of Yahweh that was poured out on us is great, because our ancestors have not kept the word of Yahweh, to do all that is written in this scroll."

Then Hilkiah and those whom the king had sent went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum, son of Tikvath, son of Hasrah, keeper of the garments. (Now she was living in Jerusalem in the second district.) And they spoke to her concerning this. And she said to them, "Thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel: ‘Say to the man who sent you all to me: "Thus says Yahweh: ‘Behold, I am bringing disaster upon this place and upon its inhabitants—all the curses written in the scroll that were read before the king of Judah— because they have abandoned me and burned incense to other gods so as to provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands. And my wrath will be poured out on this place and it will not be quenched.’ But to the king of Judah who sent you to seek Yahweh, thus shall you say to him: ‘Thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel: As for the words which you heard, because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before God when you heard his words against this place and against its inhabitants and you humbled yourself before me and tore your garments and wept before me, now I also have heard,’ declares Yahweh. ‘Behold, I will gather you to your ancestors, and you will be gathered to your grave in peace. Your eyes will not see any of the disaster that I am bringing upon this place.’"’"

Then they sent word to the king, and he gathered all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. And the king went up to the house of Yahweh with all the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with the priests and the Levites—all the people from great to small—and they read in their ears all the words of the scroll of the covenant that was found in the house of Yahweh. And the king stood at his position. And he made the covenant before Yahweh, to walk after Yahweh and to keep his commands and statutes and regulations with all his heart and with all his soul, to do the words of the covenant that were written on this scroll. Then he obligated all who were found in Jerusalem and in Benjamin, that the inhabitants of Jerusalem would do according to the covenant of God, the God of their ancestors. And Josiah removed all the detestable things from the whole land that belonged to the Israelites and obligated all who were found in Israel to serve Yahweh their God. All his days they did not turn aside from following Yahweh, the God of their ancestors.

2 Chronicles 35

Josiah kept the Passover to Yahweh in Jerusalem. And they slaughtered the Passover sacrifice on the fourteenth day of the first month. And he set the priests at their posts and encouraged them in the service of the house of Yahweh. And he said to the Levites who were teaching all Israel, who were sanctified to Yahweh, "Put the holy ark in the house which Solomon the son of David, king of Israel, built. There is no need to carry it on your shoulders. Now serve Yahweh your God and his people Israel. And prepare yourselves according to your families, according to your working groups, according to the decree of David king of Israel and according to the decree of Solomon his son. And stand in the sanctuary according to the clans of your families for your brothers, the lay people, and a part of the family of the Levites. And slaughter the Passover lamb and consecrate yourself and prepare for your brothers to do according to the word of Yahweh by the hand of Moses.

Then Josiah provided for the lay people sheep, lambs, and young goats, all for the Passover for all who were found there, to the sum of thirty thousand, along with three thousand bulls. These were the possession of the king. And his officials contributed a freewill offering to the people, to the priests, and to the Levites. Hilkiah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, commanders of the house of God, gave to the priests two thousand six hundred Passover lambs and three hundred bulls. Conaniah also, and Shemaiah and Nethanel his brothers, and Hashabiah and Jeiel and Jehozabad, commanders of the Levites, contributed to the Levites five thousand Passover lambs and five hundred bulls.

And when the work had been completed, the priests stood at their positions and the Levites in their working groups according to the command of the king. And they slaughtered the Passover lamb, and the priests sprinkled the blood from their hand, and the Levites flayed the sacrifices. And they set aside the burnt offerings to give them to the clans of the families for the lay people, to offer to Yahweh according to what is written in the scroll of Moses. And thus they did with the bulls. Then they roasted the Passover lamb in the fire according to the ordinance. And they boiled the holy offerings in pots, in kettles, and in dishes and brought it quickly to the lay people. And afterward they prepared for themselves and for the priests, since the priests, the descendants of Aaron, were busy with offering the burnt offerings and the fat until night. So the Levites prepared for themselves and for the priests, the descendants of Aaron. And the singers, the descendants of Asaph, were at their stations according to the decree of David and Asaph and Heman and Jeduthun, the seer of the king. And the gatekeepers were at each gate. They did not need to depart from their service, for their brothers the Levites had made preparations for them.

So all the service of Yahweh was prepared on that day to keep the Passover and to sacrifice burnt offerings on the altar of Yahweh, according to the command of King Josiah. And the Israelites who were present kept the Passover at that time, and the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days. And there was no Passover like it kept in Israel since the days of Samuel the prophet. And none of the kings of Israel kept a Passover like that which Josiah and the priests and the Levites, and all of Judah and Israel who were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, kept. In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah this Passover was kept.

After all of this that Josiah had prepared for the temple, Neco the king of Egypt went up to make war at Carchemish on the Euphrates, and Josiah went up to meet him. And he sent messengers to him, saying, "What is there between us, O king of Judah? I am not against you yourself this day, but against the house making war against me. And God has commanded me to make haste. Stop opposing God, who is with me that he will not destroy you." But Josiah did not turn his face from him, but he disguised himself to fight with him. He did not listen to the words of Neco from the mouth of God, and he went out to fight in the plain of Megiddo. And the archers shot King Josiah, and the king said to his servants, "Take me away, for I am badly wounded." So his servants took him out of the chariot and transported him in his second chariot and brought him to Jerusalem. And he died and was buried in the burial sites of his ancestors. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned over Josiah. And Jeremiah uttered a lament for Josiah, and all the male and female singers have spoken in their laments about Josiah to this day. And they made them a requirement in Israel, and behold, they are written in the laments.

Now the remainder of the words of Josiah and his loyal love for what is written in the law of Yahweh and his words, from the first to the last, behold, they are written in the scroll of the kings of Israel and Judah.

2 Corinthians 6

Now because we are fellow workers, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says,

"At the acceptable time I heard you,
and in the day of salvation I helped you."

Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation! We are giving no one an occasion for taking offense in anything, in order that our ministry will not have fault found with it, but commending ourselves as servants of God in every way, in much endurance, in afflictions, in distresses, in difficulties, in beatings, in prisons, in disturbances, in troubles, in sleepless nights, in going hungry, in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in love without hypocrisy, in the word of truth, in the power of God, with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and left hand, through glory and dishonor, through slander and good repute, regarded as deceivers and yet truthful, as unknown and yet known completely, as dying, and behold, we go on living, as disciplined, and yet not put to death, as grieving, but always rejoicing, as poor, but making many rich, as having nothing, and possessing everything.

We have spoken freely and openly to you, Corinthians; our heart is open wide. You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your affections. Now the same way in exchange (I am speaking as to children), you open wide your hearts also.

Do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers, for what participation is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? And what agreement does Christ have with Beliar? Or what share does a believer have with an unbeliever? And what agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we are the temple of the living God, just as God said,

"I will live in them and will walk about among them,
and I will be their God and they will be my people."
Therefore "come out from their midst
and be separate," says the Lord,
"and do not touch what is unclean,
and I will welcome you,
and I will be a father to you,
and you will be sons and daughters to me,"
says the all-powerful Lord.

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The reading for today is 2 Chronicles 34-35; 2 Corinthians 6. The reading for today is 2 Chronicles 34-35; 2 Corinthians 6. 2 Chronicles 34 Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the eyes of Yahweh, and he walked in the ways of David his ancestor and did not deviate to the right or to the left. In the eighth year of his reign, while he wa ... Continue reading Week 38, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 13:38
Week 38, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/38/4 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/38/4 The reading for today is 2 Kings 22-23; Psalm 73; 2 Corinthians 5.

2 Kings 22

Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. The name of his mother was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah from Bozkath. He did right in the eyes of Yahweh, and he walked in all of the way of David his ancestor and did not turn aside to the right or to the left.

It happened in the eighteenth year of King Josiah, the king sent word to Shaphan the son of Azaliah the son of Meshullam, the secretary of the temple of Yahweh, saying, "Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, and let them count the money being brought to the temple of Yahweh which the keepers of the threshold have collected from the people, and let them give it into the hand of those appointed doers of the work at the temple of Yahweh. Let them give it to the doers of the work who are at the temple of Yahweh to repair the breach of the temple: to the skilled craftsmen, to the builders, to the masons, and to buy timber and hewing stones to repair the temple. Only the money being given to them is not to be accounted for by them, for they are dealing with honesty."

Then Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, "I have found the scroll of the Torah in the temple of Yahweh," and Hilkiah gave the scroll to Shaphan and he read it. Shaphan the secretary came to the king and returned the king a word, and he said, "Your servant poured out the money found in the temple, and they have given it into the hand of the doers of the work appointed over the temple of Yahweh." Then Shaphan the secretary informed the king saying, "Hilkiah the priest has given me a scroll." Then Shaphan read before the king.

When the king heard the words of the scroll of the Torah, he tore his clothes. Then the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Acbor the son of Micaiah, Shaphan the secretary, and Asaiah the servant of the king, saying, "Go, inquire of Yahweh for me and for the people and for all of Judah concerning the words of this scroll that was found. For the wrath of Yahweh that is kindled against us is great because our ancestors did not listen to the words of this scroll to do according to all that is written concerning us!"

So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Acbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah the son of Harhas, the keeper of the robes. Now she was living in Jerusalem in the second district. Then they spoke to her, and she said to them, "Thus says Yahweh the God of Israel, ‘Say to the man who sent you to me, "Thus says Yahweh, ‘Look I am bringing evil to this place and upon its inhabitants, according to all of the words of that scroll that the king of Judah has read because they have abandoned me and they have burned incense to other gods, provoking me to anger with all of the works of their hands. My wrath shall be kindled against this place and not be quenched.’" And to the king of Judah who sent all of you to inquire of Yahweh, thus you shall say to him, "Thus says Yahweh the God of Israel, ‘Concerning the words that you have heard, because you have a responsive heart, and you humbled yourself before Yahweh when you heard how I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants to become a desolation and a curse, and you have torn your clothes and wept before my face, I have also heard, declares Yahweh. Therefore look, I am gathering you to your ancestors, and you shall be gathered to your tombs in peace. Your eyes will not see all of the disaster that I am bringing onto this place.’"’" Then they reported the word to the king.

2 Kings 23

So the king sent word, and all of the elders of Judah and Jerusalem gathered to him. Then the king went up to the temple of Yahweh, and all of the men of Judah and all of the inhabitants of Jerusalem were with him, including the priests, the prophets, and all of the people from smallest to greatest; and in their hearing he read all of the words of the scroll of the covenant that had been found in the temple of Yahweh. Then the king stood by the pillar, and he made a covenant before Yahweh, to go after Yahweh and to keep his commands and his warnings and his statutes, with all of his heart and with his all of his soul, to keep the words of this covenant written on this scroll. Then all of the people joined in the covenant.

Then the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, the second priests, and the keepers of the threshold, to bring out of the temple of Yahweh all of the objects made for Baal and for the Asherah and for all the host of heaven, and he burned them outside of Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron, and then he carried their ashes to Bethel. He removed the priests whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense on the high places at the cities of Judah and around Jerusalem and who offered incense to, to the sun, to the moon, to the constellations, and to all the host of heaven. He brought out the Asherah image from the temple of Yahweh outside of Jerusalem to the Wadi of the Kidron and burnt it there; then he pulverized it to dust and threw its dust upon the tombs of the children of the people. He tore down the shrines of the male shrine prostitutes which were in the temple of Yahweh, where the women were weaving shrines for the Asherah. Then he brought all of the priests from the cities of Judah and defiled the high places where the priests from Geba up to Beersheba burned incense. He tore down the high places of the gates which were at the entrance of the gate of Joshua, the governor of the city, which were on the left of each gate of the city. However, the priests of the high places did not come up to the altar of Yahweh in Jerusalem, but they ate unleavened bread in the midst of their relatives. He defiled the Topheth which is in the Valley of Ben-Hinnom, to prevent anyone causing his sons or his daughters to pass through the fire for Molech. He kept the horses that the kings of Judah had dedicated to the sun from coming to the temple of Yawheh at the side room of Nathan-Melech the eunuch, which was in the court; and the chariots of the sun he burned with fire. The altars which were on the roof of the upper room of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courtyards of the temple of Yahweh, the king tore down and ran from there and threw their ashes into the Wadi Kidron. The high places which were east of Jerusalem, which were on the south of the Mountain of Destruction which Solomon king of Israel had built for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Sidonians and for Chemosh the abomination of Moab and for Molech the detestable thing of the Ammonites, the king defiled. He also broke into pieces the stone pillars and cut down the Asherah poles and covered their sites with human bones.

Moreover, the altar which was in Bethel, the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who had caused Israel to sin, had built, even that altar and the high place, Josiah tore down. Then he burned down the high place and crushed the pole of Asherah worship to dust and burned it with fire. When Josiah turned and saw the tombs which were there on the hill, he sent and took the bones from the tombs and burned them on the altar. Thus he defiled them according to the word of Yahweh that the man of God had proclaimed who had proclaimed these things. Then he said, "What is this gravestone that I am seeing?" The men of the city said to him, "This is the tomb of the man of God who came from Judah and proclaimed these things which you have done against the altar of Bethel." So Josiah said, "Let him rest and let no man move his bones." So they left his bones undisturbed with the bones of the prophet who had come from Samaria. Moreover, all of the shrines of the high places which were in the towns of Samaria which the kings of Israel had made to provoke Yahweh, Josiah removed, and he did to them like all of the deeds he had done in Bethel. Then he slaughtered all of the priests of the high places who were there, on the altars, and he burned the bones of the humans on them. Then he returned to Jerusalem.

Then the king commanded all of the people, saying, "Keep the Passover to Yahweh your God, as has been written on the scroll of this covenant." For they had not kept this Passover from the days of the judges who had judged over Israel or during the days of the kings of Israel and the kings of Judah. But in the eighteenth year of King Josiah, this Passover was kept for Yahweh in Jerusalem.

Moreover, the mediums and the spiritists, the household gods and the idols, and all of the abominations that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, Josiah removed in order to establish the words of the law written on the scroll that Hilkiah the priest had found in the temple of Yahweh. There was not a king like him before him, who turned to Yahweh with all of his heart and with all of his soul and with all of his might according to the law of Moses, nor did one arise like him afterwards.

However, Yahweh did not turn from the fierceness of his great anger which was kindled against Judah because of all of the provocations with which Manasseh had provoked him. Yahweh had said, "Even Judah I will remove from my face, as I have removed Israel; I will reject this city that I have chosen, even Jerusalem and the house of which I said, ‘My name shall be there’!"

The remainder of the acts of Josiah and all that he did, are they not written on the scroll of the events of the days of the kings of Judah? In his days, Pharaoh Neco, king of Egypt, went up against the king of Assyria at the Euphrates River. King Josiah went to meet him, and he killed him at Megiddo as soon as he saw him. So his servants drove him dead in a chariot from Megiddo, and they brought him to Jerusalem and buried him in his tomb. Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah and anointed him and made him king in place of his father.

Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. The name of his mother was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah from Libnah. He did evil in the eyes of Yahweh according to all his ancestors had done. Then Pharaoh Neco confined him at Riblah in the land of Hamath, from reigning in Jerusalem, and imposed a levy on the land of a hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold.

Then Pharaoh Neco made Eliakim the son of Josiah king in place of Josiah his father, and he changed his name to Jehoiakim. Then he took Jehoahaz and brought him to Egypt, and he died there. The silver and the gold Jehoiakim gave to Pharaoh; however, he taxed the land to give the silver to meet the demands of Pharaoh. Each according to assessment, he exacted payment of the silver and the gold from the people of the land to give to Pharaoh Neco.

Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. The name of his mother was Zebudah, the daughter of Pedaiah from Rumah. He did evil in the eyes of Yahweh according to all that his ancestors had done.

Psalm 73

A song of Asaph.

Surely God is good to Israel,
to those pure of heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled.
My steps had nearly slipped,
because I envied the boastful
when I saw the well-being of the wicked.
For there are no pains up to their death,
and their bodies are healthy.
They do not have ordinary trouble,
and they are not plagued as other people.
Therefore pride is their necklace;
an outfit of violence covers them.
Their eye bulges from fat.
Imaginings overflow their heart.
They mock and speak maliciously of oppression;
they speak as though from on high.
They set their mouth against the heavens,
and their tongue roams the earth.
Therefore his people turn there,
and abundant waters are slurped up by them.
And they say, "How does God know?"
and, "Does the Most High have knowledge?"
See, these are the wicked,
and they increase wealth, ever carefree.
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure,
and washed my hands in innocence.
And I have been plagued all day
and rebuked every morning.
If I had said, "I will speak thus,"
behold, I would have acted treacherously
against your children’s generation.
When I thought about how to understand this,
it was troubling in my eyes
until I went into the sanctuary of God.
Then I understood their fate.
Surely you set them on slippery places.
You cause them to fall onto ruin.
How they become a desolation in a moment!
They come to a complete end by terrors.
Like a dream upon awakening,
when you wake up, O Lord,
you will despise their fleeting form.
When my heart was embittered
and I felt stabbed in my kidneys,
then I was brutish and ignorant.
With you I was like the beasts.
But I am continually with you;
you have hold of my right hand.
You will guide me with your advice,
and afterward you will take me into honor.
Whom do I have in the heavens except you?
And with you I have no other desire on earth.
My flesh and heart failed,
but God is the strength of my heart and my reward forever.
For indeed, those distancing themselves from you will be ruined.
You destroy each who abandons you for harlotry.
But as for me, the approach to God is for my good.
I have set the Lord Yahweh as my refuge,
in order to tell all your works.

2 Corinthians 5

For we know that if our earthly house, the tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made by hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed, in this house we groan, because we desire to put on our dwelling from heaven, if indeed, even after we have taken it off, we will not be found naked. For indeed we who are in this tent groan, being burdened for this reason, that we do not want to be unclothed, but to be clothed, in order that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the down payment, the Spirit.

Therefore, although we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we live by faith, not by sight— so we are confident and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therefore indeed we have as our ambition, whether at home in the body or absent from the body, to be acceptable to him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, in order that each one may receive back the things through the body according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

Therefore, because we know the fear of the Lord, we are attempting to persuade people, but we are revealed to God, and I hope to be revealed in your consciences. We are not commending ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to boast about us, in order that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart. For if we are out of our senses, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one died for all; as a result all died. And he died for all, in order that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the one who died for them and was raised.

So then, from now on we know no one from a human point of view, if indeed we have known Christ from a human point of view, but now we know him this way no longer. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. And all these things are from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore we are ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as if God were imploring you through us. We beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made the one who did not know sin to be sin on our behalf, in order that we could become the righteousness of God in him.

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The reading for today is 2 Kings 22-23; Psalm 73; 2 Corinthians 5. The reading for today is 2 Kings 22-23; Psalm 73; 2 Corinthians 5. 2 Kings 22 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. The name of his mother was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah from Bozkath. He did right in the eyes of Yahweh, and he walked in all of the way of David his ancestor and did not turn aside to the ... Continue reading Week 38, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 17:46
Week 38, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/38/3 Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/38/3 The reading for today is Nahum; Psalm 149; 2 Corinthians 4.

Nahum 1

The oracle concerning Nineveh—
    the scroll of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite:

Yahweh is a jealous God and avenging;
    Yahweh is avenging and full of wrath.
Yahweh takes vengeance against his enemies;
    he rages against his adversaries.
Yahweh is slow to anger but great in power;
    he will certainly not allow the guilty to go unpunished.
He marches in storm wind and in gale;
    storm clouds are the dust of his feet.
He rebukes the sea and he dries up the rivers;
    he makes all the rivers run dry.
Bashan and Carmel wither;
    the blossom of Lebanon languishes.
Mountains quake before him;
    the hills shake apart.
The earth heaves before him—
    the world and all her inhabitants.
His indignation—who can stand before it?
    Who can endure his fierce anger?
His wrath is poured out like fire;
    rocks are shattered before him.
Yahweh is good—a refuge in the day of distress;
    he knows those who take refuge in him.
But with a rushing torrent he will bring Nineveh to an end;
    he will chase his enemies into darkness.

What do you plot against Yahweh?
    He will completely destroy it;
        trouble will not rise up a second time!
For like entangled thorns,
    and like their drink which is drunk,
        they will be consumed like fully dry chaff.
From you goes out one who plots evil against Yahweh,
    one who plans wickedness.

Yahweh says this:

"Even though they are powerful and likewise many,
    even so they will be cut off and pass away.
Though I have afflicted you,
    I will afflict you no longer.
And now, I will break his yoke from upon you;
    I will snap your bonds."

Yahweh has commanded concerning you:

"Your name will no longer be sown.
    I will cut off the idols and images from the temple of your gods;
        I will send you to the grave because you are worthless."
Look! On the mountains!
    The feet of the one who brings good tidings,
        the one who proclaims peace!
"Celebrate a festival, O Judah,
    Fulfill your vows!
For he will not invade you again;
    the wicked one is cut off completely!"

Nahum 2

One who shatters has come up against you!
    Guard the fortification!
        Watch the road!
    Gird your loins!
        Muster all your strength!
For Yahweh will restore the majesty of Jacob
    like the majesty of Israel;
for ravagers have ravaged them
    and ruined their branches.

The shields of his warriors are dyed red;
    The powerful men are dressed in scarlet.
The metal of the chariots shines like fire on the day of battle,
    and their spears quiver.
The chariots race madly through the streets;
    they rush back and forth in the public squares.
Their appearance like lightning bolts,
    they dart about like flashes of lightning.
He calls his officers;
    they stumble as they march;
they rush to her wall;
    they set the covering in place.
The gates of the river are opened;
    the palace trembles.
Her goddess is taken out and taken into exile;
    her maidservants moan like doves;
        they beat on their breasts.
Nineveh is like a pool of water without its water.
    As they flee, she cries, "Stop! Stop!"
        But there is no one who turns back.
Plunder the silver! Plunder the gold!
    There is no end to the spoils,
        an abundance of everything one could want!
Emptiness and plundering and devastation!
    Their hearts faint and their knees tremble,
        All their loins shake and all their faces turn pale.

Where now is the den of the lions
    and the cave of the fierce lions?
There the lioness, the cub, and the lion once prowled,
    and no one disturbed them.
The lion tore apart enough prey for his cubs,
    he strangled prey for his lioness;
he filled his lair with prey
    and his den with mangled carcass.
"Look! I am against you!" declares Yahweh of hosts.
    "I will burn her chariots with fire;
        the sword will devour fierce lions.
    I will cut off your prey from the earth;
        the voice of your messengers will no longer be heard."

Nahum 3

Woe to the city that has shed much blood!
    She is a deceiver,
She is filled with plunder,
    She has hoarded her spoils of war.
The crack of the whip!
    The rumbling of the chariot wheel!
The galloping of the horse!
    The racing of the chariot!
Chariots charge!
    Swords flash!
        Spears glitter!
Many corpses are piled high!
    There is no end to the slain!
        They stumble over their dead!

"Because of the many idolatries of the prostitute,
    the beautiful charm of a mistress of witchcraft,
she who enslaves nations by her harlotries,
    and peoples by her sorceries,
"Look! I am against you!" declaresYahweh.
    "I will strip up your skirts over your face;
        I will let nations look at your nakedness and your shame.
"I will throw filth upon you,
    I will treat you with contempt,
        I will make you a spectacle.
"And it will be that everyone who sees you will flee from you,
    And they will say, ‘Nineveh is destroyed!’
Who will mourn for her?
    From whence shall I seek comforters for you?"

Are you better than Thebes?
    She who sits at the Nile, surrounded by her waters,
her rampart was the sea and water was her wall.
Cush was her strength, Egypt without end;
    Put and Libya were among your allies.
Yet she went into captivity as an exile;
    her children were dashed to pieces at the head of the streets;
they cast lots for all of her nobles;
    all of her dignitaries were bound with chains.
You also will behave like a drunkard;
    You also will hide yourself;
        You also will seek refuge from the enemy.

All of your fortifications are like fig trees with ripe firstfruits—
    if they are shaken, they will fall into the mouth of the eater.
Look! Your troops are like women in your midst.
    The gates of your land are wide open to your enemies;
        fire will consume the bars of your gates.
Draw water for a siege!
    Strengthen your fortifications!
Go to the mud pit!
    Trample the clay!
        Grasp the brick mold!
There fire will consume you;
    the sword will cut you off.
        It will consume you like the locust.

Multiply yourself like the locust!
    Multiply yourself like the grasshopper!
You have increased your merchants more than the stars of heaven;
    like the locust they will shed their skin and fly away.
Your officials are like locusts;
    your commanders are like a swarm of locusts.
They encamp on the walls on a cold day;
    when the sun rises, they fly away—
        no one knows where they have gone.

Your shepherds are sleeping, O king of Assyria!
    Your nobles slumber.
Your people are scattered on the mountains;
    no one can gather them.
There is no healing for your wound;
    your injury is fatal.
All who hear the report of you will clap their hands for joy concerning you,
    For who has not suffered at the hands of your endless cruelty?

Psalm 149

Praise Yah.
Sing to Yahweh a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel be glad in its maker;
let the children of Zion rejoice in their king.
Let them praise his name with dancing;
let them sing praises to him with tambourine and lyre.
For Yahweh takes pleasure in his people;
he glorifies the afflicted with salvation.
Let the faithful exult in glory;
let them sing for joy on their beds.
Let the extolling of God be in their throat,
and a double-edged sword in their hand,
to execute vengeance on the nations
and punishment on the peoples,
to bind their kings with chains
and their nobles with fetters of iron,
to execute on them the judgment that is decreed.
This will be honor for all his faithful ones;
Praise Yah.

2 Corinthians 4

Because of this, since we have this ministry, just as we have been shown mercy, we do not lose heart, but we have renounced shameful hidden things, not behaving with craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but with the open proclamation of the truth commending ourselves to every person’s conscience before God. But if indeed our gospel is veiled, it is veiled among those who are perishing, among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that they would not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for the sake of Jesus. For God who said, "Light will shine out of darkness," is the one who has shined in our hearts for the enlightenment of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthenware jars, in order that the extraordinary degree of the power may be from God and not from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying around the death of Jesus in our body, in order that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are continually being handed over to death because of Jesus, in order that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our mortal flesh. So then, death is at work in us, but life in you. But because we have the same spirit of faith in accordance with what is written, "I believed, therefore I spoke," we also believe, therefore we also speak, because we know that the one who raised Jesus will also raise us together with Jesus and present us together with you. For all these things are for your sake, in order that the grace that is increasing through the many may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.

Therefore we do not lose heart, but even if our outer person is being destroyed, yet our inner person is being renewed day after day. For our momentary light affliction is producing in us an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure and proportion, because we are not looking at what is seen, but what is not seen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is not seen is eternal.

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The reading for today is Nahum; Psalm 149; 2 Corinthians 4. The reading for today is Nahum; Psalm 149; 2 Corinthians 4. Nahum 1 The oracle concerning Nineveh— the scroll of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite: Yahweh is a jealous God and avenging; Yahweh is avenging and full of wrath. Yahweh takes vengeance against his enemies; he rages against his adversaries. Yahweh is slow to anger but great in power; he will cert ... Continue reading Week 38, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 10:00
Week 38, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/38/2 Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/38/2 The reading for today is 2 Kings 21; 2 Chronicles 33; Psalm 71; 2 Corinthians 3.

2 Kings 21

Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. The name of his mother was Hephzibah. He did evil in the eyes of Yahweh, according to the detestable things of the nations that Yahweh had driven out from the presence of the Israelites. He returned and rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed. He erected altars for Baal and made a pole of Asherah worship just as Ahab king of Israel had made, and he bowed down to all of the host of heaven and served them. He built altars in the temple of Yahweh about which Yahweh had said, "I will put my name in Jerusalem." He built an altar to all of the host of heaven in the two courtyards of the temple of Yahweh. He made his son pass through the fire, practiced soothsaying and divination, and dealt with mediums and spiritists. He increased the doing of evil in the eyes of Yahweh to provoke him. He put the image of the Asherah that he had made in the temple which Yahweh had said to David and to Solomon his son, "In this temple and in Jerusalem which I have chosen from all of the tribes of Israel, I will put my name forever. I will not again make the feet of Israel wander from the land which I have given to their ancestors, if they only observe to do according to all that I have commanded them, as far as the law that Moses my servant commanded them." But Manasseh did not listen and tempted them to do evil more than the nations that Yahweh destroyed before the presence of the Israelites.

So Yahweh spoke by the hand of his servants the prophets, saying, "Because Manasseh the king of Judah committed these detestable things and did evil more than the Amorites did who were before him and caused even Judah to sin with his idols, therefore, thus says Yahweh the God of Israel, ‘Look, I am bringing disaster upon Jerusalem and Judah about which the two ears of all who hear it will tingle. I will stretch out over Jerusalem the measuring line of Samaria and the plumb line of the house of Ahab, and I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes the dish; he wipes it and turns it on its face. I will give up the remainder of my inheritance, and I will give them into the hand of their enemies. They shall become as prey and as spoil for all their enemies, because they have done evil in my eyes and were provoking me from the day that their ancestors came out from Egypt up to this day.’"

Moreover, Manasseh shed very much innocent blood until he filled Jerusalem from one end to another, apart from his sin which he caused Judah to sin by doing evil in the eyes of Yahweh. The remainder of the acts of Manasseh and all that he did and his sin that he committed, are they not written on the scroll of the events of the days of the kings of Judah? Then Manasseh slept with his ancestors and was buried in the garden of his palace, in the garden of Uzza. Amon his son became king in his place.

Amon was twenty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. The name of his mother was Meshullemeth the daughter of Haruz from Jotbah. He did evil in the eyes of Yahweh as Manasseh his father had done. He walked in all of the way which his father had walked, and he served the idols which his father had served and bowed down to them. He abandoned Yahweh the God of his ancestors and did not walk in the way of Yahweh. The servants of Amon conspired against him and killed the king in his palace. But the people of the land killed all who conspired against the king and made Josiah his son king in his place. The remainder of the acts of Amon that he did, are they not written on the scroll of the events of the days of the kings of Judah? They buried him in his tomb in the garden of Uzza, and Josiah his son became king in place of him.

2 Chronicles 33

Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. And he did evil in the eyes of Yahweh according to the detestable things of the nations whom Yahweh drove out before the Israelites. And he rebuilt the high places that Hezekiah his father broke down, and he set up altars for the Baals, made Asherahs, and bowed down to the host of heaven and served them. And he built altars in the house of Yahweh, of which Yahweh had said, "In Jerusalem my name shall be forever." And he built altars to all the host of heaven in the two courtyards of the house of Yahweh. And he himself burned his sons in the fire in the Valley of Ben-Hinnom. And he practiced sorcery and divination, and he engaged in witchcraft and dealt with mediums and spiritists. And he did much evil in the eyes of Yahweh, to provoke him to anger. And he placed the carved image of the idol that he had made in the house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon his son, "In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen from all the tribes of Israel, I will put my name forever. And I will never remove the foot of Israel from upon the land that I appointed to your ancestors, if only you will take care to do all that I have commanded them, all the law, the regulations, and the judgments by the hand of Moses." And Manasseh seduced Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do evil more than the nations that Yahweh destroyed before the Israelites.

And Yahweh spoke to Manasseh and to his people, but they would not listen. So Yahweh brought the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria upon them, and they took Manasseh captive with hooks, and they bound him with bronze fetters and brought him to Babylon. And when he was in distress he entreated Yahweh his God and greatly humbled himself before the God of his ancestors and prayed to him. And God responded to him and heard his plea and let him return to Jerusalem to his kingdom. And Manasseh knew that Yahweh was God.

Then afterward he built an outer wall for the city of David west of the Gihon in the valley, and for the entrance into the Gate of the Fishes. And it encircled the Ophel and raised it very high. Then he placed strong commanders in all the fortified cities of Judah. And he removed the foreign gods and the carved image from the house of Yahweh and all the altars which he built on the mountain of the house of Yahweh and in Jerusalem, and he threw them outside the city. And he restored the altar of Yahweh and offered sacrifices of peace offerings and thank offerings upon it. And he commanded Judah to serve Yahweh, the God of Israel. Nevertheless, the people offered at the high places, but only to Yahweh their God.

Now the remainder of the words of Manasseh and his prayer to his God and the words of the seers who spoke to him in the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel, behold, they are in the words of the kings of Israel. And his prayer, and how he responded to him, all his sin and his unfaithful acts, and the places where he built the high places and set up Asherahs and idols before he humbled himself, behold, they are written in the words of the seers.

And Manasseh slept with his ancestors, and they buried him in his house. And Amon his son became king in his place. Amon was twenty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. And he did what was evil in the eyes of Yahweh as Manasseh his father had done. And Amon sacrificed to all the idols that Manasseh his father had made, and he served them. And he did not humble himself before Yahweh, as Manasseh his father humbled himself, but Amon himself multiplied his guilt. And his servants conspired against him and killed him in his house. But the people of the land struck down all who conspired against King Amon. And the people of the land made his son Josiah king in his place.

Psalm 71

In you, O Yahweh, I have taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
incline your ear to me and save me.
Be for me a rock of refuge to resort to always;
you have ordained to save me,
because you are my rock and my fortress.
My God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked,
from the grasp of the evildoer and the oppressor,
because you are my hope,
O Lord Yahweh, my confidence from my youth.
Upon you I have leaned from birth.
It was you who took me from the womb of my mother.
My praise is of you continually.
I have become a wonder to many,
but you are my strong refuge.
My mouth is filled with your praise,
with your glory all the day.
Do not cast me away in the time of old age;
when my strength fails do not abandon me.
For my enemies talk concerning me,
and those who watch for my life conspire together,
saying, "His God has abandoned him.
Pursue and seize him, because there is no deliverer."
O God, do not be far from me.
My God, hurry to help me.
Let them be ashamed; let them perish
who are my adversaries.
Let them wrap themselves with scorn and disgrace
who seek my harm.
But as for me, I will hope continually
and increase your praise.
My mouth will tell of your righteousness,
your salvation all day long,
though I do not know the full sum of them.
I will come in to tell the mighty deeds of Lord Yahweh.
I will make known your righteousness, yours only.
O God, you have taught me from my youth,
and up to now I have proclaimed your wonderful deeds.
And even when I am old and gray,
O God, do not abandon me
until I proclaim your strength to this generation,
your power to every one that comes after.
And your righteousness, O God, is to the height of heaven.
You who have done great things,
O God, who is like you?
You who have caused me to see many troubles and evils,
you will again revive me.
And from the depths of the earth
you will again bring me up.
You will increase my greatness,
and you will comfort me all around.
On my part, I will praise you with a stringed instrument,
and your faithfulness, O my God.
I will sing praises to you with a lyre,
O Holy One of Israel.
My lips will sing for joy when I sing praises to you,
and my soul, which you have redeemed.
My tongue also
will speak of your righteousness all the day,
because they have been put to shame, because they have been humiliated
who seek my harm.

2 Corinthians 3

Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we, like some, need letters of recommendation to you or from you? You are our letter, inscribed on our hearts, known and read by all people, revealing that you are a letter of Christ, delivered by us, inscribed not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on stone tablets but on tablets of human hearts.

Now we possess such confidence through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also makes us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit, for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

But if the ministry of death in letters carved on stone came with glory, so that the sons of Israel were not able to look intently into the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, which was transitory, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be even more with glory? For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, by much more will the ministry of righteousness overflow with glory. For indeed what had been glorified has not been glorified in this case, on account of the glory that surpasses it. For if what was transitory came with glory, by much more what remains is with glory.

Therefore, because we have such a hope, we use much boldness, and not as Moses used to place a veil over his face, in order that the sons of Israel would not stare at the end of what was transitory. But their minds were hardened. For until this very day, the same veil remains upon the reading of the old covenant, not being uncovered, because it is done away with in Christ. But until today, whenever Moses is read aloud, a veil lies upon their heart, but whenever one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory into glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

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The reading for today is 2 Kings 21; 2 Chronicles 33; Psalm 71; 2 Corinthians 3. The reading for today is 2 Kings 21; 2 Chronicles 33; Psalm 71; 2 Corinthians 3. 2 Kings 21 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. The name of his mother was Hephzibah. He did evil in the eyes of Yahweh, according to the detestable things of the nations that Yahweh had driven out from the presence of the Israelites. He ... Continue reading Week 38, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 13:57
Week 38, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/38/1 Sun, 17 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/38/1 The reading for today is Isaiah 64-66; 2 Corinthians 2.

Isaiah 64

Would that you would tear the heavens and come down;
    the mountains would quake before you,
as fire kindles brushwood,
    the fire causes water to boil,
to make your name known to your adversaries,
    that the nations might tremble from your presence.
When you did terrible deeds which we did not expect, you came down;
    the mountains quaked because of your presence.
And since ancient times they have not heard,
    have not listened,
no eye has seen a God except you;
    he acts for the one who waits for him.
You meet with the one who rejoices,
    one who does righteousness.
In your ways they remember you.
    Look! You were angry and we sinned against them in ancient times and we were saved.
And we all have become like the unclean,
    and all our deeds of justice like a menstrual cloth,
And we all wither like a leaf,
    and our iniquities take us away like the wind.
And there is no one who calls on your name,
    who pulls himself up to keep hold of you,
for you have hidden your face from us,
    and melted us into the hand of our iniquity.
Yet now Yahweh, you are our father;
    we are the clay and you are our potter,
    and we all are the work of your hand.
You must not be exceedingly angry, Yahweh,
    and you must not remember iniquity forever!

Look! Behold, now! We all are your people!

Your holy cities have become a wilderness;
    Zion has become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.
Our holy and beautiful temple, where our ancestors praised you has been burned by fire,
    and all our precious objects have become ruins.
Will you control yourself because of these, Yahweh?
    Will you be silent?
        And will you oppress us exceedingly?

Isaiah 65

"I let myself be sought by those who did not ask;
    I let myself be found by those who did not seek me.
I said, ‘Here I am; here I am!’ to a nation that did not call on my name;
    I spread out my hands all day to a stubborn people,
those who walk after their thoughts in the way that is not good,
    the people who provoke me to anger continually to my face,
slaughtering for sacrifices in the garden,
    and making smoke offerings on bricks,
who sit in graves
    and spend the night in secret places,
who eat the flesh of swine
    with a fragment of impurity in their vessels,
who say, "Keep to yourself!
    You must not come near me, for I am too holy for you!"
These are a smoke in my nostrils,
    a fire burning all day.
Look! It is written before me: I will not be silent, but I will repay;
    and I will repay in the fold of their garment
your iniquities and the iniquities of your ancestors together, says Yahweh,
because they made smoke offerings on the mountains
    and they taunted me on the hills,
I will measure their punishment from the beginning into the fold of their garment."

Thus says Yahweh: "Just as the new wine is found in the cluster, and they say ‘You must not destroy it, for there is a blessing in it,’ so I will do for the sake of my servants by not destroying everyone.

And I will bring descendant s out from Jacob,
    and a people from Judah to take possession of my mountain,
and my chosen ones shall inherit it,
    and my servants shall settle there.
And Sharon shall become a pasture for flocks,
    and the valley of Achor a resting place for herds
    for my people who have sought me.
But you who forsake Yahweh,
    forgetting my holy mountain,
who set a table for Fortune,
    and who pour out a jug of mixed wine for Destiny,
and I will remit you to the sword,
    and all of you shall bow down to the slaughter,
because I called, but you did not answer;
    I spoke, but you did not listen,
but you did the evil in my eyes,
    and you chose that in which I do not delight."

Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh:

"Look! My servants shall eat but you, you shall be hungry.
Look! My servants shall drink but you, you shall be thirsty.
Look! My servants shall rejoice but you, you shall be ashamed.
Look! My servants shall shout for joy, but you, you shall cry out for pain and howl for sadness.
And you shall leave your name to my chosen ones as a curse,
    and the Lord Yahweh will kill you, and he will give his servants another name.
Whoever blesses himself in the land shall bless himself by the God of trustworthiness,
    and the one who swears an oath in the land shall swear by the God of trustworthiness,
because the former troubles are forgotten,
    and they are hidden from my eyes.

For look! I am about to create new heavens and a new earth,
    and the former things shall not be remembered,
and they shall not come to mind.
    But rejoice and shout in exultation forever and ever over what I am about to create!
For look! I am about to create Jerusalem as a source of rejoicing,
    and her people as a source of joy.
And I will shout in exultation over Jerusalem,
    and I will rejoice over my people,
and the sound of weeping shall no longer be heard in it,
    or the sound of a cry for help.
There will no longer be a nursing infant who lives only a few days,
    or an old man who does not fill his days,
for the boy will die a hundred years old,
    and the one who fails to reach a hundred years will be considered accursed.
And they shall build houses and inhabit them,
    and they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
They shall not build and another inhabit;
    they shall not plant and another eat.
For the days of my people shall be like the days of a tree,
    and my chosen ones shall enjoy the work of their hands.
They shall not labor for nothing,
    and they shall not give birth to horror,
for they shall be offspring blessed by Yahweh,
    and their descendants with them.
And this will happen: before they call, I myself will answer;
    while still they are speaking, I myself will hear.
The wolf and the lamb shall feed like one,
    and the lion shall eat straw like the ox,
        but dust shall be the serpent’s food.
They shall do no evil,
    and they shall not destroy on all my holy mountain," says Yahweh.

Isaiah 66

Thus says Yahweh:

"Heaven is my throne,
    and the earth is the footstool for my feet.
Where is this house that you would build for me?
    And where is this resting place for me?
And my hand has made all these things,
    and all these came to be,"

declares Yahweh, "but I look to this one:

to the humble and the contrite of spirit
    and the one frightened at my word.
The one who slaughters a bull strikes a man;
    the one who slaughters a lamb for sacrifice breaks the neck of a dog.
The one who offers an offering, the blood of swine;
    the one who offers frankincense blesses an idol.
Indeed, they themselves have chosen their ways,
    and their soul delights in their abhorrence.
Indeed, I myself I will choose their ill treatment,
    and I will bring them objects of their dread,
because I called, and no one answered;
    I spoke and they did not listen,
but they did the evil in my eyes,
    and they chose that in which I do not delight."

Hear the word of Yahweh, you who are frightened at his word:

Your brothers who hate you,
    who exclude you for my name’s sake have said,
"Let Yahweh be honored so that we may see your joy!"
    But they themselves shall be ashamed.
A voice, an uproar from the city!
    A voice from the temple!
        The voice of Yahweh paying back his enemies!

Before she was in labor she gave birth;
    before labor pains came to her, she gave birth to a son.
Who has heard anything like this?
    Who has seen anything like these things?
Can a land be born in one day?
    Or can a nation be born in a moment?

Yet when she was in labor, Zion indeed gave birth to her children.

Shall I myself I break open and not deliver?" says Yahweh,
"or I who delivers lock up the womb?" says your God.
"Rejoice with Jerusalem
    and shout in exultation with her, all those who love her!
    Rejoice with her in joy, all those who mourn over her,
so that you may suck and be satisfied from her consoling breast,
    so that you may drink deeply and refresh yourselves from her heavy breast."

For thus says Yahweh:

"Look! I am about to spread prosperity out to her like a river,
    and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream,
and you shall suck and be carried on the hip;
    and you shall you shall be played with on the knees.
As a man whose mother comforts him, so I myself will comfort you,
    and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

And you shall see and your heart shall rejoice,
    and your bones shall flourish like the grass,
and the hand of Yahweh shall make itself known to his servants,
    and he shall curse his enemies.
For look! Yahweh will come in fire,
    and his chariots like the storm wind,
to give back his anger in wrath,
    and his rebuke in flames of fire.
For Yahweh enters into judgment on all flesh with fire and his sword,
    and those slain by Yahweh shall be many.
Those who sanctify themselves
    and those who cleanse themselves to go into the gardens after the one in the middle,
eating the flesh of swine
    and detestable things and rodents together

shall come to an end!" declares Yahweh.

"And I—their works and thoughts!—am about to come to gather all nations and tongues,
    and they shall come and see my glory.
And I will set a sign among them,
    and I will send survivors from them to the nations:
Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, who draw the bow;
    Tubal and Javan, the faraway coastlands
that have not heard of my fame,
    and have not seen my glory.

And they shall declare my glory among the nations, and bring all your countrymen from all the nations as an offering to Yahweh on horses and chariots and in litters and on mules and camels, to my holy mountain, Jerusalem," says Yahweh, "just as the sons of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel to the house of Yahweh. And indeed, I will take some of them as priests and the Levites," says Yahweh. "For just as the new heavens and earth that I am about to make shall stand before me," declares Yahweh, "so shall your descendants and your name stand.

And this shall happen: From new moon to new moon and from Sabbath to Sabbath all flesh shall come to bow in worship before me," says Yahweh. "And they shall go out and look at the corpses of the people who have rebelled against me,

for their worm shall not die,
    and their fire shall not be quenched,
        and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh."

2 Corinthians 2

For I have decided this for myself, not to come to you again in sorrow. For if I cause you sorrow, then who will make me glad except the one who is caused to be sad by me? And I wrote this very thing in order that when I came, I would not experience sorrow from those who ought to have made me glad, because I have confidence about you all, that my joy belongs to all of you. For out of great distress and anguish of heart I wrote to you through many tears, not so that you may be caused to be sad, but so that you may know the love that I have especially for you.

But if anyone has caused sorrow, he has not caused me sorrow, but to some degreein order not to say too muchto all of you. This punishment by the majority is sufficient for such a person. So then, you should rather forgive and comfort him, lest somehow this person should be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. Therefore I urge you to confirm your love for him. Because for this reason also I wrote, in order that I could know your proven character, whether you are obedient in everything. Now to whomever you forgive anything, I also do; for indeed, whatever I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, it is for your sake in the presence of Christ, in order that we may not be exploited by Satan (for we are not ignorant of his schemes).

Now when I arrived in Troas for the gospel of Christ and a door was opened for me by the Lord, I did not experience rest in my spirit, because I did not find Titus my brother, but saying farewell to them, I departed for Macedonia. But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ, and who reveals the fragrance of the knowledge of him through us in every place. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to those on the one hand an odor from death to death, and to those on the other hand a fragrance from life to life. And who is qualified for these things? For we are not like the majority who peddle the word of God, but as from pure motives—but as from God—we speak before God in Christ.

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The reading for today is Isaiah 64-66; 2 Corinthians 2. The reading for today is Isaiah 64-66; 2 Corinthians 2. Isaiah 64 Would that you would tear the heavens and come down; the mountains would quake before you, as fire kindles brushwood, the fire causes water to boil, to make your name known to your adversaries, that the nations might tremble from your presence. When you did terrible deeds which we did not ... Continue reading Week 38, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 13:12
Week 37, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/37/5 Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/37/5 The reading for today is Isaiah 60-63; 2 Corinthians 1.

Isaiah 60

"Arise, shine! For your light has come,
    and the glory of Yahweh has risen on you.
For look! darkness shall cover the earth,
    and thick darkness the peoples,
but Yahweh will rise on you,
    and his glory will appear over you.
And nations shall come to your light,
    and kings to the bright light of your sunrise.
Lift up your eyes all around and see!
    All of them gather; they come to you.
Your sons shall come from afar,
    and your daughters shall be looked after on the hip.
Then you shall see
    and you shall be radiant;
and your heart shall tremble
    and open itself wide,
because the abundance of the sea shall fall upon you;
    the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
A multitude of camels shall cover you,
    the young male camels of Midian and Ephah.
All those from Sheba shall come;
    they shall bring gold and frankincense,
        and they shall proclaim the praise of Yahweh.
All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered to you;
    the rams of Nebaioth shall serve you.
They shall present a sacrifice for favor on my altar,
    and I will glorify my honorable house.
Who are these? They fly like a cloud,
    and like doves to their coops.
Because the coastlands wait for me,
    and the ships of Tarshish are first
to bring your children from afar,
    their silver and gold with them,
for the name of Yahweh your God,
    and for the holy one of Israel, because he has glorified you.
And foreigners shall build your walls,
    and their kings shall serve you,
for in my anger I struck you,
    but in my favor I have taken pity on you.
And your gates shall continually be open,
    day and night they shall not be shut,
to bring you the wealth of nations,
    and their kings shall be led.
For the nation and the kingdom that will not serve you shall perish,
    and the nations shall be utterly devastated.
The glory of Lebanon shall come to you;
    the cypress, the plane, and the pine together,
to glorify the place of my sanctuary,
    and I will do honor to the place of my feet.
And the children of those who oppressed you shall come to you bending low,
    and all those who treated you disrespectfully shall bow down at the soles of your feet.
And they shall call you the city of Yahweh,
    Zion of the holy one of Israel.
Instead of you being forsaken
    and hated with no one passing through,
I will make you an everlasting object of pride,
    a joy of coming generations.
And you shall suck the milk of nations,
    and suck the breast of kings,
and you shall know that I am Yahweh your Savior,
    and your Redeemer, the Strong One of Jacob.
Instead of bronze I will bring gold,
    and instead of iron I will bring silver,
and instead of wood, bronze,
    and instead of stones, iron.
And I will appoint peace as your overseer,
    and righteousness as your ruling body.
Violence shall no longer be heard in your land;
    devastation or destruction on your borders.
And you shall call your walls Salvation,
    and your gates, Praise.
The sun shall no longer be your light by day,
    and for bright light the moon shall not give you light,
but Yahweh will be your everlasting light,
    and your God your glory.
Your sun shall no longer go down,
    and your moon shall not wane,
for Yahweh himself will be your everlasting light,
    and your days of mourning shall come to an end.
And all your people shall be righteous;
    they shall take possession of the land forever,
the shoot of his planting,
    the work of my hands, to show my glory.
The small one shall become a tribe,
    and the smallest one a mighty nation.

I am Yahweh; I will hasten it in its time."

Isaiah 61

The Spirit of the Lord Yahweh is upon me,
    because Yahweh has anointed me,
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
    to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim release to the captives
    and liberation to those who are bound,
to proclaim the year of Yahweh’s favor,
    and our God’s day of vengeance,
to comfort all those in mourning,
    to give for those in mourning in Zion,
to give them a head wrap instead of ashes,
    the oil of joy instead of mourning,
    a garment of praise instead of a faint spirit.
And they will be called oaks of righteousness,
    the planting of Yahweh, to show his glory.
And they shall build the ancient ruins,
    they shall erect the former deserted places.
And they shall restore the devastated cities,
    the deserted places of many generations.
And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks,
    and foreigners shall be your farmers and vinedressers.
But you shall be called the priests of Yahweh,
    you will be called servers of our God.
You shall eat the wealth of the nations,
    and you shall boast in their riches.
Instead of your shame, a double portion,
    and instead of insult, they will rejoice over their portion.
Therefore they will take a double portion in their land;
    they shall possess everlasting joy.
For I, Yahweh, love justice,
    hate robbery and injustice,
and I will faithfully give their reward,
    and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
And their descendants will be known among the nations,
    and their offspring in the midst of the peoples.
All those who see them shall recognize them,
    that they are descendants whom Yahweh has blessed.
I will rejoice greatly in Yahweh;
    my being shall shout in exultation in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation,
    he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns himself with a head wrap like a priest,
    and as a bride adorns herself with her jewelry.
For as the earth produces its sprout,
    and as a garden makes its plants sprout,
so the Lord Yahweh will make righteousness sprout,
    and praise before all the nations.

Isaiah 62

For the sake of Zion I will not be silent,
    and for the sake of Jerusalem I will not maintain a quiet attitude,
until her righteousness goes out like the bright light,
    and her salvation burns like a torch.
And the nations shall see your righteousness,
    and all the kings your glory,
and you will be called a new name
    that the mouth of Yahweh will designate.
And you shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of Yahweh,
    and a headband of royalty in the hand of your God.
It shall no longer be said of you, "Forsaken,"
    and it shall no longer be said of your land, "Desolation!"
but you will be called "My Delight Is In Her,"
    and your land, "Married,"
for Yahweh delights in you,
    and your land shall be married.
For as a young man marries a virgin,
    so shall your sons marry you,
and as is the joy of the bridegroom over the bride,
    so shall your God rejoice over you.
I have appointed watchmen upon your walls, Jerusalem;
    all day and all night they shall never be silent.
You who profess Yahweh have no rest.
    And you must not give him rest until he establishes,
        and until he makes Jerusalem an object of praise in the earth.
Yahweh has sworn by his right hand,
    and by his mighty arm,
"Surely I will never again give your grain as food to your enemies,
    and surely foreigners shall not drink your new wine at which you have labored."
But those who gather it shall eat it, and they shall praise Yahweh,
    and those who gather it shall drink it in my holy courts.
Pass through, pass through the gates!
    Make the way clear for the people!
Pile up, pile up the highway; clear it of stones!
    Lift up an ensign over the peoples!

Look! Yahweh has proclaimed to the end of the earth:

Say to daughter Zion, "Look, your salvation is coming!
    Look, his reward is with him,
    and his reward before him.
And they shall call them "The Holy People, The Redeemed Of Yahweh,"
    and you shall be called "Sought After, A City Is Not Forsaken."

Isaiah 63

Who is this, coming from Edom,
    from Bozrah in bright red garments?
Who is this honored in his garment,
    lying down in his great strength?
"It is I, speaking in justice,
    mighty to save!"
Why are your garments red,
    and your garments like he who treads in the winepress?
"I have trodden the winepress alone,
    and there was no man from the peoples with me.
And I trod them in my anger,
    and I trampled them in my wrath,
and spattered their juice on my garments,
    and stained all my clothing,
for the day of vengeance was in my heart,
    and the year of my blood-vengeance has come!
And I looked, but there was no helper,
    and I was appalled, but there was no one who sustains,
so my arm came to assist me,
    and my wrath was what sustained me.
And I trampled peoples in my anger,
    and I made them drunk in my wrath,
        and I brought their juice down to the earth."

I will mention the loyal love of Yahweh, the praises of Yahweh, according to all that Yahweh has done for us,
    and the greatness of goodness to the house of Israel that he has done to them according to his mercy and the abundance of his loyal love.

And he said, "Surely my people are children; they will not break faith." And he became a Savior to them.

In all their distress, there was no distress,
    and the messenger of his presence saved them,
    in his love and compassion he himself redeemed them,
and he lifted them up,
    and he supported them all the days of old.
But they were the ones who rebelled,
    and they grieved his Holy Spirit,
so he became an enemy to them;
    he himself fought against them.
Then his people remembered the days of old, of Moses.
    Where is the one who led up them from the sea with the shepherds of his flock?
Where is the one who puts his Holy Spirit inside him,
    who made his magnificent arm move at the right hand of Moses,
who divided the waters before them,
    to make an everlasting name for himself,
who led them through the depths?
    They did not stumble like a horse in the desert;
like cattle in the valley that goes down, the Spirit of Yahweh gave him rest,
    so you lead your people to make a magnificent name for yourself.

Look from heaven,
    and see from the lofty residence of your holiness and glory.
Where are your zeal and strength?
    Your compassion and mercy to me hold themselves back.
For you are our father, although Abraham does not know us,
    and Israel does not acknowledge us.
You, Yahweh are our father,
    Our Redeemer from of old is your name.
Why do you make us wander, Yahweh?
    You harden our heart from your ways so that we do not fear you.
Turn back for the sake of your servants,
    the tribes of your inheritance.
Your holy people took possession for a little while;
    our adversaries have trampled down your sanctuary.
We have been since antiquity; you did not rule them;
    they were not called by your name.

2 Corinthians 1

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the church of God that is in Corinth, together with all the saints who are in all Achaia. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in all affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, thus through Christ our comfort overflows also. But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort that is at work in the patient endurance of the same sufferings that we also suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that as you are sharers in the sufferings, so also you will be sharers in the comfort.

For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning our affliction that happened in the province of Asia, that we were burdened to an extraordinary degree, beyond our strength, so that we were in despair even of living. But we ourselves had the sentence of death in ourselves, so that we would not be putting confidence in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a risk of death, and will deliver us, in whom we have put our hope that he will also deliver us again, while you also join in helping on our behalf by prayer, so that thanks may be given on our behalf by many persons for this gracious gift given to us through the help of many.

For our reason for boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you, in holiness and purity of motive from God, not in merely human wisdom, but by the grace of God. For we are not writing anything else to you except what you can read or also understand. But I hope that you will understand completely, just as you have also understood us in part, that we are your reason for boasting, just as you are also ours in the day of our Lord Jesus.

And with this confidence, I was wanting to come to you previously, in order that you may have a second proof of my goodwill, and through you to go to Macedonia, and to come to you again from Macedonia, and to be sent on my way by you to Judea. Therefore, when I was wanting to do this, perhaps then was I making use of vacillation? Or was I deciding what I was deciding according to the flesh, in order that with me my "yes" may be "yes" and my "no" may be "no" at the same time? But God is faithful, so that our word to you is not "yes" and "no." For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, the one who was proclaimed among you by us, by me and Silvanus and Timothy, did not become "yes" and "no," but has become "yes" in him. For as many as are the promises of God, in him they are "yes"; therefore also through him is the "amen" to the glory of God through us. Now the one who establishes us together with you in Christ and who anoints us is God, who also sealed us and gave the down payment of the Spirit in our hearts.

But I call upon God as witness against my life, that in order to spare you, I did not come again to Corinth. Not that we lord it over your faith, but we are fellow workers for your joy, because by faith you stand firm.

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The reading for today is Isaiah 60-63; 2 Corinthians 1. The reading for today is Isaiah 60-63; 2 Corinthians 1. Isaiah 60 Arise, shine! For your light has come, and the glory of Yahweh has risen on you. For look! darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples, but Yahweh will rise on you, and his glory will appear over you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the bright light of ... Continue reading Week 37, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 15:08
Week 37, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/37/4 Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/37/4 The reading for today is Isaiah 56-59; Psalm 70; 1 Corinthians 16.

Isaiah 56

Thus says Yahweh:

"Observe justice
    and do righteousness,
for my salvation is close to coming,
    and my justice to being revealed.
Happy is the man who does this,
    and the son of humankind who keeps hold of it,
who keeps the Sabbath so as not to profane it,
    and who keeps his hand from doing any evil."
And do not let the foreigner who joins himself to Yahweh say, "Surely Yahweh will separate me from his people."
    And do not let the eunuch say, "Look! I am a dry tree!"
For thus says Yahweh, "To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
    and choose that in which I delight,
    and who keep hold of my covenant.
And I will give them a monument and a name in my house and within my walls,
    better than sons and daughters;
I will give him an everlasting name
    that shall not be cut off.
And the foreigners who join themselves to Yahweh to serve him
    and to love the name of Yahweh, to become his servants,
every one who keeps the Sabbath, so as not to profane it,
    and those who keep hold of my covenant,
I will bring them to my holy mountain;
    I will make them merry in my house of prayer.
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar,
    for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples,"

declares the Lord Yahweh, who gathers the scattered ones of Israel (still I will gather to him, to his gathered ones).

All wild animals in the field, come,
    to devour, all wild animals in the forest!
His watchmen are blind,
    none of them know.
They are all dumb dogs;
    they are unable to bark,
panting, lying down,
    loving to slumber.
And the dogs have a greedy appetite;
    they are never satisfied.
And they are the shepherds!
    They do not have understanding.
They all turn to their own way,
    each one for his own gain, every one of them.
"Come, let me take wine,
    and let us carouse with intoxicating drink,
and tomorrow will be like today,
    very great indeed."

Isaiah 57

The righteous one perishes, and there is no one who takes it to heart.
    And men of faithfulness are gathered, while there is no one who understands,
for the righteous is gathered from the presence of wickedness.
    he enters into peace;
they will rest on their beds,
    walking straight ahead of him.
"But you, come near here, you children of a soothsayer,
    offspring of an adulterer and she who commits fornication.
At whom do you make fun?
    At whom do you open your mouth and stick out your tongue?
Are you not children of transgression,
    offspring of deception,
who burn with lust among the oaks,
    under every leafy tree,
who slaughter children in the valleys,
    under the clefts of the rocks?
Your portion is among the smooth stones of the valley;
    they, they are your lot;
indeed, to them you have poured out a drink offering,
    you have brought a food offering.

Shall I relent concerning these things?

You have set your bed upon a high and lofty mountain;
    indeed, you went up there to slaughter sacrifice.
And you have set your symbol behind the door and the doorpost;
    for you depart from me, and you go up;
you make your bed wide, and you make a deal with them,
    you have loved their bed; you have seen their genitals.
And you climbed down to the king with oil,
    and you made your perfumes numerous,
and you sent your envoys far away,
    and you sent down deep to Sheol.
You grow weary by the greatness of your way,
    but you did not say, ‘Despairing!’
You found the renewal of your strength,
    therefore you do not grow weak.
And of whom were you afraid and feared, that you deceived
    and did not remember me?
    Did you not place it on your heart?
Have I not been silent, even from long ago,
    and so you do not fear me?
I myself will declare your righteousness and your works,
    but they will not benefit you.
When you cry, let your collection deliver you,
    and the wind will carry all of them away;
    a breath will take them away.
But he who takes refuge in me shall take possession of the land,
    and he shall inherit my holy mountain."

And one shall say, "Build up, build up! Clear the way!
    Remove the obstacles from the way of my people!"

For thus says the high and lofty one who resides forever, and whose name is holy:

"I reside in a high and holy place,
    and with the contrite and humble of spirit,
to revive the spirit of the humble,
    and to revive the heart of the contrite.
For I will not attack forever,
    and I will not be angry forever,
for the spirit will grow faint before me,
    and the breaths that I myself I have made.
I was angry because of his sin of gain, and I struck him;
    I hid and I was angry, but he walked apostate, in the ways of his heart.
I have seen his ways, but I will heal him;
    and I will lead him and give him and his mourners comfort as a recompense,
    creating fruit of lips.
Peace, peace to the far and near," says Yahweh, "and I will heal him.
But the wicked are like the churning sea,
    that is not able to keep quiet,
    and its waters toss up mire and mud.
There is no peace," says my God, "for the wicked."

Isaiah 58

"Call with the throat; you must not keep back!
    lift up your voice like a trumpet,
and declare to my people their rebellion,
    and to the house of Jacob their sins.
Yet they seek me day by day,
    and they desire the knowledge of my ways
like a nation that practiced righteousness,
    and had not forsaken the judgment of its God;
they ask me for righteous judgments,
    they desire the closeness of God.
‘Why do we fast, and you do not see it?
    We humiliate our soul, and you do not notice it?’
Look! You find delight on the day of your fast,
    and you oppress all your workers!
Look! You fast to quarrel and strife,
    and to strike with a wicked fist.
You shall not fast as you do today,
    to make your voice heard on the height.
Is the fast I choose like this,
    a day for humankind to humiliate himself?
To bow his head like a reed,
    and make his bed on sackcloth and ashes;
you call this a fast
    and a day of pleasure to Yahweh?
Is this not the fast I choose: to release the bonds of injustice,
    to untie the ropes of the yoke,
and to let the oppressed go free,
    and tear every yoke to pieces?
Is it not to break your bread for the hungry?
    You must bring home the poor, the homeless.
When you see the naked, you must cover him,
    and you must not hide yourself from your relatives.
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing shall grow quickly.
And your salvation shall go before you;
    the glory of Yahweh will be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and Yahweh himself will answer.
    You shall cry for help, and he will say, ‘Here I am!’
If you remove from among you the yoke,
    the finger-pointing and evil speech,
if you offer your soul to the hungry,
    and you satisfy the appetite of the afflicted,
then your light shall rise in the darkness,
    and your darkness will be like noon.
And Yahweh will lead you continually, and satisfy your soul in a barren land,
    and he will strengthen your bones,
and you shall be like a well-watered garden,
    and like a spring of water whose water does not fail.
And they shall rebuild ancient ruins from you;
    you shall erect the foundations of many generations,
and you shall be called the bricklayer of the breach,
    the restorer of paths to live in.
If you hold your foot back from the Sabbath,
    from doing your affairs on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a pleasure,
    the holy day of Yahweh honorable,
if you honor him more than doing your ways,
    than finding your affairs and speaking a word,
then you shall take your pleasure in Yahweh,
    and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth,
    and I will feed you the heritage of Jacob your ancestor,

for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken."

Isaiah 59

Look! The hand of Yahweh is not too short to save,
    and his ear is not too dull to hear.
Rather, your iniquities have been barriers between you and your God,
    and your sins have hidden his face from you, from hearing.
For your hands are defiled with blood,
    and your fingers with iniquity.
Your lips have spoken lies,
    your tongue speaks wickedness.
There is nobody who pleads with justice,
    and there is nobody who judges with honesty.
They rely on nothing
    and speak vanity.
They conceive trouble
    and beget iniquity;
they hatch viper eggs,
    and they weave a spider web.
One who eats their eggs dies,
    and that which is pressed is hatched as a serpent.
Their webs cannot become clothing,
    and they cannot cover themselves with their works.
Their works are works of iniquity,
    and deeds of violence are in their hands.
Their feet run to evil,
    and they hasten to shed innocent blood.
Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity;
    devastation and destruction are in their highways.
They do not know the way of peace,
    and there is no justice in their firm paths.
They have made their paths crooked for themselves;
    everyone who walks in it knows no peace.
Therefore justice is far from us,
    and righteousness does not reach us.
We wait for light, but look! there is darkness;
    for brightness, but we walk in darkness.
We grope like the blind along a wall,
    and we grope as without eyes.
We stumble at noon as in the twilight;
    among the strong we are like the dead.
We all groan like bears,
    and we coo mutteringly like doves.
We wait for justice, but there is none;
    for salvation, but it is far from us.
For our transgressions are numerous before you,
    and our sins testify against us.
Indeed, our transgressions are with us,
    and we know our iniquities:
transgressing and denying Yahweh,
    and turning away from following our God;
speaking oppression and falsehood,
    conceiving and uttering words of deception from the heart.
And justice is pushed back,
    and righteousness stands afar;
for truth stumbles in the public square,
    and straightforwardness is unable to enter,
and truth is missing,
    and he who turns aside from evil is plundered.
And Yahweh saw,
    and it was displeasing in his eyes that there was no justice
And he saw that there was no man,
    and he was appalled that there was no one who intercedes,
so his arm came to assist him,
    and his righteousness was what sustained him.
And he put on righteousness like a breastplate,
    and a helmet of salvation on his head,
and he put on garments of vengeance for clothing,
    and he wrapped himself in zeal as in a robe.
According to deeds, so he will repay;
    wrath to his enemies, requital to those who are his enemies.
    He will repay requital to the coastlands.
So they shall fear the name of Yahweh from the west,
    and his glory from the sunrise,
for he will come like a narrow stream;
    the wind of Yahweh drives it on.
"And a redeemer will come to Zion,
    to those in Jacob who turn away from transgression,"

declares Yahweh.

"And as for me, this is my covenant with them, says Yahweh:

my spirit that is upon you,
    and my words that I have placed in your mouth
shall not depart from your mouth,
    or from the mouths of your children,
    or from the mouths of your children’s children,"
        says Yahweh, "from now on and forever."

Psalm 70

For the music director. Of David. To bring to remembrance.

O God, make haste to deliver me.
O Yahweh, make haste to help me.
Let them be ashamed and abashed
who seek my life.
Let them be repulsed and humiliated
who desire my harm.
let them turn back because of their shame,
those who say, "Aha! Aha!"
Let them rejoice and be glad in you,
all those who seek you.
Let them say continually, "God is great!"
those who love your salvation.
But I am poor and needy;
O God hasten to me.
You are my help and my deliverer.
O Yahweh, do not delay.

1 Corinthians 16

Now concerning the collection for the saints: just as I gave directions about it to the churches of Galatia, so you do also. On the first day of the week, each one of you put aside something, saving up to whatever extent he has prospered, in order that whenever I come, at that time collections do not take place. And whenever I arrive, whomever you approve by letters, I will send these to take your gift to Jerusalem. And if it is worthwhile for me to go also, they will travel with me.

But I will come to you whenever I go through Macedonia (for I am going through Macedonia), and perhaps I will stay with you, or even spend the winter, so that you may send me on my way wherever I may go. For I do not want to see you now in passing, for I hope to remain some time with you, if the Lord allows it. But I will remain in Ephesus until Pentecost, for a great and effective door has opened for me, and there are many opponents.

But if Timothy comes, see that he is with you without cause to fear, for he is carrying out the Lord’s work, as I also am. Therefore do not let anyone disdain him, but send him on his way in peace in order that he may come to me, for I am expecting him with the brothers.

Now concerning Apollos our brother, I urged him many times that he should come to you with the brothers, and he was not at all willing that he should come now, but he will come whenever he has an opportunity.

Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act courageously, be strong. All your actions must be done in love.

Now I urge you, brothers—you know about the household of Stephanas, that they are the first fruits of Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the ministry for the saints— that you also be subject to such people, and to all those who work together and labor. Now I rejoice over the arrival of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because these make up for your absence, for they have refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore recognize such people.

The churches of the province of Asia greet you. Aquila and Prisca greet you in the Lord many times, together with the church in their house. All the brothers greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.

The greeting is by my hand—Paul’s. If anyone does not love the Lord, let him be accursed. O Lord, come!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love be with all of you in Christ Jesus.

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The reading for today is Isaiah 56-59; Psalm 70; 1 Corinthians 16. The reading for today is Isaiah 56-59; Psalm 70; 1 Corinthians 16. Isaiah 56 Thus says Yahweh: Observe justice and do righteousness, for my salvation is close to coming, and my justice to being revealed. Happy is the man who does this, and the son of humankind who keeps hold of it, who keeps the Sabbath so as not to profane it, and who keeps his hand from doing any ... Continue reading Week 37, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 14:55
Week 37, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/37/3 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/37/3 The reading for today is Isaiah 53-55; Psalm 128; 1 Corinthians 15.

Isaiah 53

Who has believed our message,
    and to whom has the arm of Yahweh been revealed?
For he went up like a shoot before him,
    and like a root from dry ground.
He had no form and no majesty that we should see him,
    and no appearance that we should take pleasure in him.
He was despised and rejected by men,
    a man of suffering, and acquainted with sickness,
and like one from whom others hide their faces, he was despised,
    and we did not hold him in high regard.
However, he was the one who lifted up our sicknesses,
    and he carried our pain,
yet we ourselves assumed him stricken,
    struck down by God and afflicted.
But he was pierced because of our transgressions,
    crushed because of our iniquities;
the chastisement for our peace was upon him,
    and by his wounds we were healed.
All of us have wandered about like sheep;
    we each have turned to his own way;
and Yahweh let fall on him
    the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
he was brought like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and like a sheep is dumb before its shearers,
so he did not open his mouth.
He was taken by restraint of justice,
    and who concerned himself with his generation?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    he received a blow because of the transgression of my people.
He made his grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
although he had done no violence,
    and there was no deceit in his mouth.
Yet Yahweh was pleased to crush him;
    he made him sick.
If she places his life a guilt offering,
    he will see offspring.
He will prolong days,
    and the will of Yahweh will succeed in his hand.
From the trouble of his life he will see;
    he will be satisfied.
In his knowledge, the righteous one, my servant, shall declare many righteous,
    and he is the one who will bear their iniquities.
Therefore, I will divide to him a portion among the many,
    and with the strong ones he will divide bounty,
because he poured his life out to death
    and was counted with the transgressors;
and he was the one who bore the sin of many
    and will intercede for the transgressors.

Isaiah 54

"Sing for joy, barren woman; who has not borne!
    Burst forth into rejoicing and rejoice, she who has not been in labor!
        For the children of the desolate woman are more than the children of the married woman," says Yahweh.
"Enlarge the site of your tent,
    and let them stretch out the tent curtains of your dwelling place.
You must not spare; make your tent cords long
    and strengthen your pegs,
        for you will spread out to the right and to the left.
And your descendants will be heir to the nations,
    and they will inhabit desolate towns.
You must not fear, for you will not be ashamed,
    and you must not be confounded, for you will not feel abashed,
for you will forget the shame of your youth,
    and you will no longer remember the disgrace of your widowhood.
For your husband is your maker, his name is Yahweh of hosts;
    and your redeemer is the holy one of Israel, he is called the God of all of the earth.
For Yahweh has called you like a wife forsaken and hurt of spirit,
    like the wife of childhood when she is rejected, says your God.
I abandoned you for a short moment,
    but I will gather you with great compassion.
I hid my face from you for a moment, in the flowing of anger,
    but I will have compassion on you with everlasting faithfulness" says your redeemer, Yahweh.
"For this is like the waters of Noah to me,
    when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again pass over the earth,
    so I swore that I would not be angry at you and rebuke you.
For the mountains may depart,
    and the hills may sway,
but my faithfulness shall not depart from you,
    and my covenant of peace shall not sway,"
says Yahweh, who has compassion on you,
    "O afflicted one, driven away, who is not consoled.
Look! I am about to set your stones in hard mortar,
    and I will lay your foundation with sapphires.
And I will make your battlements of ruby,
    and your gates of stones of beryl,
    and all your wall of precious stones.
And all your children shall be pupils of Yahweh,
    and the peace of your children shall be great.

In righteousness you shall be established.

Be far from oppression, for you shall not fear,
    and from terror, for it shall not come near you.
If indeed one attacks, it is not from me;
    whoever attacks you shall fall because of you.
Look! I myself have created the craftsman who blows the fire of coals,
    and who produces a weapon for his work;
    also I myself have created the destroyer to destroy.
Every weapon formed against you shall not succeed,
    and you shall declare guilty every tongue that rises against you for judgment.
This is the inheritance of the servants of Yahweh,
    and their legal right from me,"

declares Yahweh.

Isaiah 55

"Ho! Everyone thirsty, come to the waters!
    And whoever has no money, come, buy and eat,
and come, buy without money,
    wine and milk without price!
Why do you weigh out money for what is not food,
    and your labor for what cannot satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
    and let your soul take pleasure in rich food.
Extend your ear, and come to me!
    Listen so that your soul may live,
and I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
    the enduring proofs of the mercies shown to David.
Look! I made him a witness to the peoples,
    a leader and a commander for the peoples.
Look! You shall call a nation that you do not know,
    and a nation that does not know you shall run to you,
because of Yahweh your God,
    and the holy one of Israel, for he has glorified you."
Seek Yahweh while he lets himself be found;
    call him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way,
    and the man of sin his thoughts.
And let him return to Yahweh, that he may take pity on him,
    and to our God, for he will forgive manifold.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    and your ways are not my ways,"

declares Yahweh.

"For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so my ways are higher than your ways,
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.
For just as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
    and they do not return there
except they have watered the earth thoroughly
    and cause it to bring forth and sprout,
and give seed to the sower
    and bread to the eater,
so shall be my word that goes out from my mouth.
    It shall not return to me without success,
but shall accomplish what I desire
    and be successful in the thing for which I sent it.
For you shall go out in joy,
    and you shall be led in peace.
The mountains and the hills shall break forth before you, rejoicing
    and all the trees of the field shall clap hands.
Instead of the thorn bush, the juniper shall go up;
    instead of the brier, the myrtle shall go up,
and it shall serve as a memorial to Yahweh,
    for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off."

Psalm 128

A song of ascents.

Blessed is everyone who fears Yahweh,
who walks in his ways.
You will indeed eat of the labor of your hands;
you will be happy and it will be well with you.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house.
Your children will be like olive shoots
about your table.
Look, for thus shall a man be blessed
who fears Yahweh.
May Yahweh bless you from Zion,
that you may see the good of Jerusalem
all the days of your life,
and that you may see your children’s children.
May peace be upon Israel.

1 Corinthians 15

Now I make known to you, brothers, the gospel which I proclaimed to you, which you have also received, in which you also stand, by which you are also being saved, if you hold fast to the message I proclaimed to you, unless you believed to no purpose. For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised up on the third day according to the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve, then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at once, the majority of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all, as it were to one born at the wrong time, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me has not been in vain, but I labored even more than all of them, and not I, but the grace of God with me. Therefore whether I or those, in this way we preached, and in this way you believed.

Now if Christ is preached as raised up from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, Christ has not been raised either. But if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith is in vain. And also we are found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if after all, then, the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, Christ has not been raised either. But if Christ has not been raised, your faith is empty; you are still in your sins. And as a further result, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If we have put our hope in Christ in this life only, we are of all people most pitiable.

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since through a man came death, also through a man came the resurrection of the dead. For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own group: Christ the first fruits, then those who are Christ’s at his coming, then the end, when he hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when he has abolished all rule and all authority and power. For it is necessary for him to reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be abolished is death. For "he subjected all things under his feet." But when it says "all things" are subjected, it is clear that the one who subjected all things to him is not included. But whenever all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will be subjected to the one who subjected all things to him, in order that God may be all in all.

Otherwise, why do they do it, those who are being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why indeed are they being baptized on behalf of them? And why are we in danger every hour? I die every day—yes indeed, by my boasting in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord! If according to a human perspective I fought wild beasts at Ephesus, what benefit is it to me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. Do not be deceived! "Bad company corrupts good morals." Sober up correctly and stop sinning, for some have no knowledge of God—I say this to your shame.

But someone will say, "How are the dead raised? And with what sort of body do they come?" Foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body which it will become, but you sow the bare seed, whether perhaps of wheat or of some of the rest. But God gives to it a body just as he wishes, and to each one of the seeds its own body. Not all flesh is the same, but there is one flesh of human beings, and another flesh of animals, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish, and heavenly bodies and earthly bodies. But the glory of the heavenly bodies is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly bodies is of another kind. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars, for star differs from star in glory.

Thus also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruptibility. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. Thus also it is written, "The first man, Adam, became a living soul"; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, made of earth; the second man is from heaven. As the one who is made of earth, so also are those who are made of earth, and as the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly. And just as we have borne the image of the one who is made of earth, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.

But I say this, brothers, that flesh and blood is not able to inherit the kingdom of God, nor can corruption inherit incorruptibility. Behold, I tell you a mystery: we will not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For it is necessary for this perishable body to put on incorruptibility, and this mortal body to put on immortality. But whenever this perishable body puts on incorruptibility and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will take place:

"Death is swallowed up in victory.
Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?

Now the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! So then, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

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The reading for today is Isaiah 53-55; Psalm 128; 1 Corinthians 15. The reading for today is Isaiah 53-55; Psalm 128; 1 Corinthians 15. Isaiah 53 Who has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of Yahweh been revealed? For he went up like a shoot before him, and like a root from dry ground. He had no form and no majesty that we should see him, and no appearance that we should take pleasure in him. He was despised and rejected ... Continue reading Week 37, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 14:12
Week 37, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/37/2 Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/37/2 The reading for today is Isaiah 49-52; Psalm 69; 1 Corinthians 14.

Isaiah 49

Listen to me, coastlands,
    and listen attentively, peoples from far away!
Yahweh called me from the womb;
    from the body of my mother he made my name known.
And he made my mouth like a sharp sword;
    he hid me in the shadow of his hand,
and he made me like an sharpened arrow;
    he hid me in his quiver.
And he said to me, "You are my servant,
    Israel, in whom I will show my glory."
But I myself said, "I have labored in vain;
    I have used up my strength for nothing and vanity!
Nevertheless, my justice is with Yahweh,
    and my reward is with my God."
And now Yahweh says,
    who formed me from the womb as a servant for him,
to bring Jacob back to him,
    and that Israel might not be gathered,
for I am honored in the eyes of Yahweh,
    and my God has become my strength.

And he says, "It is trivial for you to be a servant for me,

to raise up the tribes of Jacob
    and to bring back the preserved of Israel.
I will give you as a light to the nations,
    to be my salvation to the end of the earth."

Thus says Yahweh, the redeemer of Israel, his holy one,

to the one who despises life,
    to the one who abhors the nation,
    to the slave of rulers:
"Kings shall see and stand up;
    princes, and they shall bow down,
for the sake of Yahweh, who is faithful,
    the holy one of Israel, and he has chosen you."

Thus says Yahweh:

"I have answered you in a time of favor,
    and helped you on a day of salvation,
and watched over you,
    and given you as a covenant of the people,
to raise up the land,
    to give the desolate hereditary property as an inheritance,
saying to the prisoners, "Come out!"
    to those who are in darkness, "Show yourselves!"
they shall feed along the ways,
    and their pasturage shall be on all the barren heights.
They shall not be hungry or thirsty,
    and heat and sun shall not strike them,
for he who takes pity on them will lead them,
    and he will guide them to springs of water.
And I will make all my mountains like a road,
    and my highways shall lead up.
Look! These shall come from afar,
    And look! These from the north and from the west
    and these from the land of Sinim."
Sing for joy, heavens, and rejoice, earth!
    Mountains must break forth in rejoicing!
For Yahweh has comforted his people,
    and he will take pity on his afflicted ones.

But Zion said, "Yahweh has forsaken me,
    and the Lord has forgotten me!"
Can a woman forget her suckling,
    refrain from having compassion on the child of her womb?
Indeed, these may forget,
    but I, I will not forget you!
Look, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands;
    your walls are continually before me.
Your children hasten;
    your destroyers and those who laid you waste depart from you.
Lift your eyes up all around and see;
    all of them gather; they come to you.
As surely as I live,
    declares Yahweh,
surely you shall put on all of them like an ornament,
    and you shall bind them on like a bride.

Surely your sites of ruins and desolate places and land of ruins,

surely now you will be too cramped for your inhabitants,
    and those who engulfed you will be far away.

Yet the children born when you were bereaved will say in your hearing,

"The place is too cramped for me;
    make room for me so that I can dwell."

Then you will say in your heart,

"Who has borne me these?"
    And, "I was bereaved and barren,
exiled and thrust away;
    so who raised these?
Look at me! I was left alone;
    where have these come from?"

Thus says the Lord Yahweh:

"Look! I will lift my hand up to the nations,
    and I will raise my signal to the peoples,
and they shall bring your sons in their bosom,
    and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders.
And kings shall be your guardians,
    and their queens your nurses.
They shall bow down, faces to the ground, to you,
    and they will lick up the dust of your feet.
Then you will know that I am Yahweh;
    those who await me shall not be ashamed.
Can war-booty be taken from the mighty?
    or can a captive of a righteous person be rescued?

But thus says Yahweh:

"Indeed a captive of the mighty shall be taken,
    and the war-booty of the tyrant shall be rescued,
for I myself will dispute with your opponent,
    and I myself will save your children.
And I will feed your oppressors their own flesh,
    and they shall be drunk with their blood as with wine.
Then all flesh shall know that I am Yahweh,
    your savior and redeemer, the strong one of Jacob."

Isaiah 50

Thus says Yahweh:

"Where is this divorce document of your mother’s divorce, with which I dismissed her?
    or to whom of my creditors did I sell you?
Look! you were sold because of your sin,
    and your mother was dismissed because of your transgressions.
Why was there no man when I came,
    no one who answered when I called?
Do I lack the strength to save?
    Or is there no power in me to deliver?
Look! by my rebuke I dry up the sea;
    I make the rivers a desert;
their fish stink because there is no water,
    and they die because of thirst.
I clothe the heavens with darkness,
    and I make their covering sackcloth."

The Lord Yahweh has given me the tongue of a pupil,
    to know how to help the weary with a word.
He awakens morning by morning,
    awakens an ear for me to listen as do the pupils.
The Lord Yahweh has opened an ear for me,
    and I, I was not rebellious.
I did not turn backwards;
    I gave my back to those who struck me,
and my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;
    I did not hide my face from insults and spittle.

And the Lord Yahweh helps me,

therefore I have not been put to shame;
    therefore I have set my face like flint.
And I know that I shall not be ashamed;
    he who obtains rights for me is near.
Who will contend with me? Let us stand together.
    Who is the master of my judgment? Let him approach me.
Look! The Lord Yahweh helps me.
    Who is the one who will declare me guilty?
Look! All of them will be worn out like a garment;
    the moth will eat them.
Who among you is in fear of Yahweh,
    obeys the voice of his servant?
Who walks in darkness
    and has no light,
trusts in the name of Yahweh
    and depends on his God?
Look! All of you are kindlers of fire,
    who gird yourselves with flaming arrows.
Walk in the light of your fire,
    and among the flaming arrows you have kindled!
You shall have this from my hand:
    you shall lie down in a place of torment.

Isaiah 51

"Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness,
    who seek Yahweh.
Look to the rock from which you were hewn,
    and to the excavation of the pit from which you were quarried.
Look to Abraham your father,
    and to Sarah; she brought you forth.
For I called him alone,
    but I blessed him and made him numerous."
For Yahweh will comfort Zion;
    he will comfort all its sites of ruins.
And he will make its wilderness like Eden,
    and its desert like the garden of Yahweh.
Joy and gladness will be found in it,
    thanksgiving and the sound of song.
"Listen attentively to me, my people,
    and my nation, listen to me!
For a teaching will go out from me,
    and I will cause my justice to rest for a light to the peoples.
My righteousness is near; my salvation has gone out,
    and my arms will judge the peoples.
The coastlands wait for me,
    and for my arm they wait.
Lift up your eyes to the heavens
    and look to the earth beneath,
for the heavens will be torn to pieces like smoke,
    and the earth will be worn out like a garment,
        and those who inhabit her will die like gnats.
But my salvation will be forever,
    and my righteousness will not be broken to pieces.
Listen to me, you who know righteousness,
    people who have my teaching in their heart;
you must not fear the reproach of men,
    or be terrified because of their abuse.
For a moth will eat them like garments;
    a moth will devour them like wool,
but my righteousness will be forever,
    and my salvation for generation after generation."
Awake! Awake; put on strength, O arm of Yahweh!
    Awake as in days of long ago,
        the generations of a long time back!
Are you not the one who cut Rahab in pieces,
    the one who pierced the sea-dragon?
Are you not the one who dried up the sea,
    the waters of the great deep,
the one who made the depths of the sea a way
    for those who are redeemed to cross over?
So the redeemed ones of Yahweh shall return,
    and they shall come to Zion with singing,
        and everlasting joy shall be on their heads.
Joy and gladness shall appear;
    sorrow and sighing shall flee away!
"I, I am he who comforts you;
    who are you that you are afraid of man? He dies!
    And of the son of humankind? He is sacrificed as grass!
And you have forgotten Yahweh, your maker,
    who stretched out the heavens,
    and founded the earth.
And you tremble continually, all day,
    because of the wrath of the oppressor
    when he takes aim to destroy.
But where is the wrath of the oppressor?
    The fettered one shall make haste to be freed.
And he shall not die in the pit,
    and he shall not lack his bread.
For I am Yahweh, your God,
    who stirs up the sea, so that its waves roar;
    Yahweh of hosts is his name.
And I have put my words in your mouth,
    and I have covered you in the shadow of my hand,
to plant the heavens
    and to found the earth,
        saying to Zion, ‘You are my people.’"
Rouse yourself! Rouse yourself!
    Stand up, Jerusalem, who have drunk from the hand of Yahweh the cup of his wrath;
you have drunk the goblet, the cup of staggering;
    you have drained it out.
There is no one who guides her among all the children she has borne,
    and there is no one who grasps her by the hand among all the children she raised.
Two things here have happened to you—who will show sympathy for you?—
    devastation and destruction, famine and sword—who will comfort you?
Your children have fainted;
    they lie at the head of all the streets, like an antelope in a snare,
those who are full of the wrath of Yahweh,
    the rebuke of your God.
Therefore hear now this afflicted one
    and drunken one but not from wine.
Thus says your Lord, Yahweh,
    and your God pleads the cause of his people:
"Look! I have taken from your hand the cup of staggering.
    You shall not continue to drink the goblet, the cup of my wrath, any longer.
And I will put it in the hand of your tormenters,
    who have said to you, ‘Bow down that we may pass over you!’
And you have made your back like the ground,
    and like the street for those who pass over you."

Isaiah 52

Awake! Awake; put on your strength, Zion!
    Put on the garments of your beauty, Jerusalem, holy city!
        For the uncircumcised and the unclean shall not continue to enter you any longer.
Shake yourself free from the dust! Rise up; sit, Jerusalem!
    Free yourselves from the bonds of your neck, captive daughter of Zion!

For thus says Yahweh:

"You were sold for nothing,
    and you shall be redeemed without money."

For thus says the Lord Yahweh:

"My people went down to Egypt in the beginning, to dwell as aliens there, and Assyria oppressed him without cause. And now what do I have here?"declares Yahweh, "for my people is taken without cause. Its rulers howl," declares Yahweh—"and my name is reviled continually, all day. Therefore my people shall know my name, therefore in that day, that I am the one who speaks. Here am I."

How delightful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news,
    who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation,
    who says to Zion, "Your God reigns as a king."
The voices of your watchmen! They lift up their voices;
    together they sing for joy;
        for they clearly see Yahweh’s return to Zion.
Break forth,
    sing for joy together, ruins of Jerusalem,
for Yahweh has comforted his people;
    he has redeemed Jerusalem.
Yahweh has bared his holy arm to the eyes of all the nations,
    and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
Depart, depart, go out from there! You must not touch any unclean thing.
    Go out from the midst of it, keep clean, you who carry the vessels of Yahweh.
For you shall not go out in haste,
    and you shall not go in flight,
for Yahweh is going before you,
    and your rear guard is the God of Israel.

Look, my servant shall achieve success;
    he shall be exalted,
and he shall be lifted up,
    and he shall be very high.
Just as many were appalled at you—
    such was his appearance beyond human disfigurement,
        and his form beyond the sons of mankind—
so he shall sprinkle many nations;
    because of him, kings shall shut their mouths.
For they shall see what has not been told them,
    and they shall consider with full attention what they have not heard.

Psalm 69

For the music director, according to The Lilies. Of David.

Save me, O God,
because waters have come up to my neck.
I sink in the mud of the deep, and there is no foothold.
I have come to watery depths,
and the torrent floods over me.
I am weary with my calling out; my throat is parched.
My eyes are exhausted in my waiting for my God.
More numerous than the hairs of my head
are those hating me without a cause.
Those who are destroying me—my enemies wrongfully— are mighty.
What I did not steal, I then must restore.
O God, you yourself know my foolishness,
and my guilty deeds are not hidden from you.
Let those who wait for you not be put to shame because of me,
O Lord Yahweh of hosts.
Let those who seek you not be disgraced because of me,
O God of Israel.
Because on account of you I have borne reproach;
disgrace has covered my face.
I have become a stranger to my brothers
and a foreigner to my mother’s sons,
because the zeal for your house has consumed me,
and the reproaches of those reproaching you have fallen on me.
When I wept in the fasting of my soul,
it became reproaches for me.
When I made sackcloth my clothing,
I became for them a byword.
Those sitting at the gate talk about me
as also the songs of the drunkards.
But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Yahweh, for a favorable time,
O God, according to the abundance of your loyal love.
Answer me with the faithfulness of your salvation.
Deliver me from the mud and do not let me sink.
Let me be delivered from those who hate me
and from the watery depths.
Do not let the torrent of waters flood over me,
or the deep swallow me,
or the pit close its mouth over me.
Answer me, O Yahweh, because your loyal love is good;
according to your abundant mercies, turn to me,
and do not hide your face from your servant.
Because I am in trouble, answer me quickly.
Draw near to my soul; redeem it.
Because of my enemies, ransom me.
You know my reproach, my shame and my disgrace.
Fully known to you are all my adversaries.
Reproach has broken my heart and I am sick.
And I hoped for sympathy, but there was none,
and for comforters, but I found none.
They also gave me gall for food,
and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
Let their table before them be a trap,
and their times of peace a snare.
Let their eyes be dark so they cannot see,
and make their loins continually tremble.
Pour out your indignation on them,
and let your burning anger overtake them.
Let their camp be desolate.
Let none dwell in their tents,
because they persecute those whom you, yourself, have struck,
and they tell of the pain of those you have wounded.
Add guilt on top of their guilt,
and do not let them be acquitted.
Let them be blotted out of the book of the living,
and let them not be recorded with the righteous.
But as for me, though I am afflicted and pained,
your salvation will protect me, O God.
I will praise the name of God in song,
and magnify him with thanksgiving.
For Yahweh it will be better than an ox or bull,
horned and hoofed.
The afflicted will see and rejoice.
O God seekers, let your heart revive,
because Yahweh hears the needy
and does not despise his own who are prisoners.
Let heavens and earth praise him,
the seas and all that moves in them,
because God will save Zion
and build the cities of Judah,
that they may dwell there and possess it.
And the offspring of his servants will inherit it,
and those who love his name will abide in it.

1 Corinthians 14

Pursue love, and strive for spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. For the one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God, because no one understands, but by the Spirit he speaks mysteries. But the one who prophesies speaks to people edification and encouragement and consolation. The one who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. Now I want you all to speak with tongues, but even more that you may prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks with tongues, unless he interprets, in order that the church may receive edification.

But now, brothers, if I come to you speaking with tongues, how do I benefit you, unless I speak to you either with a revelation or with knowledge or with a prophecy or with a teaching? Likewise, the inanimate things which produce a sound, whether flute or lyre, if they do not produce a distinction in the tones, how will it be known what is played on the flute or on the lyre? For indeed, if the trumpet produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare for battle? And so you through the tongue, unless you produce a clear message, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air. There are probably so many kinds of languages in the world, and none without meaning. Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a barbarian to the one who is speaking, and the one who is speaking will be a barbarian in my judgment. In this way also you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek for the edification of the church, in order that you may abound.

Therefore the one who speaks in a tongue must pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unproductive. Therefore what should I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind. I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will also sing praise with my mind. For otherwise, if you praise in your spirit, how will the one who fills the place of the outsider say the "amen" at your thanksgiving, because he does not know what you are saying? For indeed you are giving thanks well, but the other person is not edified. I give thanks to God that I speak with tongues more than all of you, but in the church I prefer to speak five words with my mind, in order that I may instruct other people, than ten thousand words in a tongue.

Brothers, do not become children in your understanding, but with respect to wickedness be as a child, and in your understanding be mature. In the law it is written:

"By those who speak a foreign language
    and by the lips of others
I will speak to this people,
    and not even in this way will they obey me,"

says the Lord. So then, tongues are for a sign not to those who believe, but to unbelievers, but prophecy is not for unbelievers, but for those who believe. Therefore, if the whole church comes together at the same time and all speak with tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds? But if all prophesy, and some unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is judged by all, the secret things of his heart become evident, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God, proclaiming, "God is truly among you!"

Therefore what should you do, brothers? Whenever you come together, each one of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. All things must be done for edification. If anyone speaks in a tongue, it must be on one occasion two or at most three, and one after the other, and one must interpret. But if there is no interpreter, he must be silent in the church, but let him speak to himself and to God. Let two or three prophets speak, and the others evaluate. And if something is revealed to another who is seated, the first must be silent. For you are all able to prophesy in turn, in order that all may learn and all may be encouraged, and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets. For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.

As in all the churches of the saints, the women must be silent in the churches, for it is not permitted for them to speak, but they must be in submission, just as the law also says. But if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home, for it is shameful for a woman to speak in church. Or has the word of God gone out from you, or has it come to you only?

If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, he should recognize that the things which I am writing to you are of the Lord. But if anyone ignores this, he is ignored. So then, my brothers, desire to prophesy, and do not prevent speaking with tongues. But let all things be done decently and according to proper procedure.

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The reading for today is Isaiah 49-52; Psalm 69; 1 Corinthians 14. The reading for today is Isaiah 49-52; Psalm 69; 1 Corinthians 14. Isaiah 49 Listen to me, coastlands, and listen attentively, peoples from far away! Yahweh called me from the womb; from the body of my mother he made my name known. And he made my mouth like a sharp sword; he hid me in the shadow of his hand, and he made me like an sharpened arrow; he hid me in his ... Continue reading Week 37, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 21:58
Week 37, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/37/1 Sun, 10 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/37/1 The reading for today is Isaiah 45-48; 1 Corinthians 13.

Isaiah 45

Thus says Yahweh to his anointed one,
    to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped
to subjugate nations before him,
    and I uncover the loins of kings
to open doors before him,
    and the gates shall not be shut:
"I myself will go before you,
    and I will level the mountains.
I will break the doors of bronze
    and cut throughthe bars of iron.
And I will give you the treasures of darkness
    and treasures of secret places
so that you may know that I am Yahweh,
    the one who calls you by your name, the God of Israel,
for the sake of my servant Jacob,
    and Israel my chosen one.
And I call you by your name;
    I give you a name of honor, though you do not know me.
I am Yahweh, and there is none besides me;
    besides me there is no god.
        I gird you though you do not know me,
so that they may know from the rising of the sun
    and from the west that there is none besides me;
        I am Yahweh and there is none besides me.
I form light and I create darkness;
    I make peace and I create evil;
        I am Yahweh; I do all these things.
Trickle, O heavens, from above,
    and let clouds trickle with righteousness;
let the earth open so that salvation may be fruitful,
    and let it cause righteousness to sprout along with it.
        I myself, Yahweh, have created it.
Woe to the one who strives with his maker,
    a potsherd among potsherds of earth!
Does the clay say to the one who fashions it,
    ‘What are you making?’
    and ‘Your work has no hands’?
Woe to the one who says to a father, ‘What you are begetting?’
    or to a woman, ‘With what are you in labor?’"
Thus says Yahweh, the holy one of Israel,
    and its maker:
"Ask me of the things to come about my children,
    and you command me about the work of my hands.
I myself made the earth,
    and I created humankind upon it.
I, my hands, stretched out the heavens,
    and I commanded all their host.
I myself have stirred him up in righteousness,
    and I will make all his paths smooth.
He himself shall build my city,
    and he shall set my exiles free,

not for price or a gift," says Yahweh of hosts.

Thus says Yahweh:
    "The acquisition of Egypt
and the merchandise of Cush
    and the Sabeans, tall men,
shall pass over to you;
    they shall be yours,
and they shall walk behind you.
    They shall pass over in chains,
and they shall bow down to you;
    they will pray to you:
‘Surely God is with you, and there is no other.
    Besides him there is no God.’"
Surely you are a God who keeps yourself hidden,
    God of Israel, the savior.
All of them are ashamed and indeed humiliated;
    the craftsmen of idols go together in insult.
Israel is saved by Yahweh with everlasting salvation;
    you shall not be ashamed,
    and you shall not be humiliated to all eternity.
For thus says Yahweh, who created the heavens,
    he is God, who formed the earth
and who made it.
    He himself established it;
he did not create it as emptiness—
    he formed it for inhabiting.

"I am Yahweh and there is none besides me.

I have spoken not in secrecy, in a place, a land, of darkness,
    I have not said to the descendants of Jacob, ‘Seek me in vain!’
I, Yahweh, am speaking righteousness,
    declaring uprightness.
Assemble and come;
    draw near together, survivors of the nations!
    They do not know, those who carry their wooden idols
    and pray to a god who cannot save.
Declare and present your case,
    also let them consult together!
Who made this known from former times,
    declared it from of old?
Was it not I, Yahweh?
    And there is no other god besides me,
a righteous God besides me,
    and no savior besides me.
Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth,
    for I am God and there is none besides me.
I have sworn by myself;
    a word that shall not return has gone forth from my mouth in righteousness:
‘Every knee shall kneel down to me;
    every tongue shall swear.’
‘Only in Yahweh,’ one shall say to me, ‘are righteousness and strength.’
    He shall come to him, and all those who were angry with him shall be ashamed.
In Yahweh all the offspring of Israel shall be in the right,
    and they shall boast."

Isaiah 46

Bel bows down;
    Nebo is stooping.
Their idols are on animals and on cattle;
    your cargo is carried as a burden on weary animals.
They stoop;
    they bow down together.
They are not able to save the burden,
    but they themselves go in captivity.
"Listen to me, house of Jacob,
    and all the remnant of the house of Israel
who have been carried from the belly,
    who have been carried from the womb:
Even to your old age I am he;
    even to your advanced age I myself will support you.
I myself have made you,
    and I myself will carry you,
and I myself will support you,
    and I will save you.
To whom will you liken me,
    and count as equal,
and compare with me,
    as though we were alike?
Those who lavish gold from the purse
    and weigh out silver in the balance scales;
hire a goldsmith
    and he makes him a god;
they bow down,
    indeed they bow in worship.
They carry it on their shoulder;
    they support it and they set it in its place,
and it stands in position.
    It cannot be removed from its place;
even when he cries out to it, it does not answer.
    It does not save him from his trouble.
Remember this and pluck up courage!
    Call to mind, you transgressors!
    Remember the former things from a long time ago,
for I am God and there is none besides me,
    God and there is none like me,
who from the beginning declares the end,
    and from before, things that have not been done,
who says, ‘My plan shall stand,’
    and, ‘I will accomplish all my wishes,’
who calls a bird of prey from the east,
    the man of his plan from a country from afar.
Indeed I have spoken; indeed I will bring it to being.
    I have formed it; indeed I will do it.
Listen to me, strong of heart,
    far from righteousness!
I bring my righteousness near; it is not far.
    And my salvation will not delay;
and I will put salvation in Zion,
    for Israel my glory."

Isaiah 47

Come down and sit on the dust, virgin daughter of Babylon!
    Sit on the ground without a throne, daughter of Chaldea!
For they shall no longer call you tender and delicate.
    Take the pair of mill stones and grind flour!
Uncover your veil,
    strip off your skirt,
uncover your thigh,
    pass through the rivers!
Your nakedness shall be exposed;
    indeed, your shame shall become visible.
I will take vengeance
    and I will not spare a person.

Our redeemer, Yahweh of hosts is his name, the holy one of Israel.

Sit silently and go into the darkness, daughter of Chaldea,
    for they shall no longer call you mistress of kingdoms.
I was angry with my people;
    I profaned my inheritance,
and I gave them into your hand.
    You did not give them mercy;
on the aged you made your yoke very heavy.
    And you said, "I shall be an eternal mistress forever!"
You did not set these things upon your heart;
    you did not remember its end.
Therefore now hear this, luxuriant one who sits in security,
    who says in her heart, "I am, and besides me there is no one.
I shall not sit as a widow,
    and I shall not know the loss of children."
And these two shall come to you in a moment, in one day:
    the loss of children and widowhood shall come on you completely,
in spite of your many sorceries,
    in spite of the power of your great enchantments.
And you felt secure in your wickedness;
    you said, "No one sees me."
Your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray,
    and you said in your heart, "I am, and besides me there is no one."
And evil shall come upon you, you will not know;
    it will be on the lookout for her.
And disaster shall fall upon you; you will not be able to avert it.
    And ruin shall come on you suddenly; you do not know.
Stand, now, in your enchantments,
    and in your many sorceries with which you have labored from your youth.
Perhaps you may be able to benefit;
    perhaps you may scare away.
You struggle with your many consultations;
    let them stand, now, and save you—
those who see the stars, divide the celestial sphere,
    who inform by new moons—
        from those things that are coming upon you.
Look! They are like stubble;
    the fire burns them completely.
        They cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame;
there is no coal for warming oneself,
    no fire before which to sit.
So are to you those with whom you have labored,
    your traders from your youth.
They wander, each to his side;
    there is no one who can save you.

Isaiah 48

Hear this, house of Jacob,
who are called by the name of Israel
    and came out from the waters of Judah,
who swear by the name of Yahweh,
    and invoke the God of Israel,
but not in truth
    and not in righteousness.
For they call themselves after the holy city,
    and they lean on the God of Israel—
        Yahweh of hosts is his name.
"I declared the former things from of old,
    and they went out from my mouth.
And I announced them suddenly;
    I acted, and they came to pass,
because I know that you are obstinate,
    and your neck an iron sinew,
    and your forehead bronze.
And I declared them to you from of old;
    I announced them to you before they came to pass
so that you would not say, ‘My idol did them,
    and my image and my cast image commanded them.’
You have heard; see it all.
    And will you not declare it?
I announce new things to you from this time
    and hidden things that you have not known.
Now they are created, and not from of old,
    and before today, and you have not heard them
        so that you could not say, "Look! I knew them."
Neither have you heard, nor have you known,
    nor from of old has your ear been opened.
For I knew you would deal treacherously, very treacherously,
    and you are called a rebel from the womb.
For the sake of my name I refrain from my anger,
    and for my praise I restrain it for you
        so as not to cut you off.
Look! I have refined you, but not like silver;
    I have chosen you in the furnace of misery.
For my own sake, for my own sake I do it;
    for why should it be defiled?
        And I will not give my glory to another."

"Listen to me, Jacob,
    and Israel, whom I called:
I am he. I am the first;
    also I am the last.
Indeed, my hand founded the earth,
    and my right hand spread out the heavens;
        when I summon them, they stand in position together.
Assemble, all of you, and hear!
    Who among them declared these things?
Yahweh loves him;
    he shall perform his wish against Babylon
    and his arm against the Chaldeans.
I, I myself, I have spoken!
    Indeed, I have called him.
I have brought him,
    and he will be successful in his way.
Draw near to me; hear this! I have not spoken in secrecy from the beginning;
    from the time it came to be, there I have been;
        And now the Lord Yahweh has sent me and his Spirit."

Thus says Yahweh, your redeemer, the holy one of Israel:

"I am Yahweh your God, who teaches you to profit,
    leads you in the way you should go.

O that you had listened attentively to my commandments!

Then your prosperity would have been like a river,
    and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
And your offspring would have been like the sand,
    and the descendants of your body like its grains.
It would not be cut off,
    and its name would not be destroyed from my presence."
Go out from Babylon!
    Flee from Chaldea!
Proclaim it with a shout of rejoicing; proclaim this!
    Send it forth to the end of the earth;
        say, "Yahweh has redeemed his servant Jacob!"
And when he led them through the deserts, they were not thirsty;
    he made water flow from the rock for them,
and he split the rock,
    and the water gushed out.

"There is no peace," says Yahweh, "for the wicked."

1 Corinthians 13

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a ringing brass gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and I know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I parcel out all my possessions, and if I hand over my body in order that I will be burned, but do not have love, it benefits me nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind, love is not jealous, it does not boast, it does not become conceited, it does not behave dishonorably, it is not selfish, it does not become angry, it does not keep a record of wrongs, it does not rejoice at unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will pass away. If there are tongues, they will cease. If there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but whenever the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I set aside the things of a child. For now we see through a mirror indirectly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know completely, just as I have also been completely known. And now these three things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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The reading for today is Isaiah 45-48; 1 Corinthians 13. The reading for today is Isaiah 45-48; 1 Corinthians 13. Isaiah 45 Thus says Yahweh to his anointed one, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped to subjugate nations before him, and I uncover the loins of kings to open doors before him, and the gates shall not be shut: I myself will go before you, and I will level the mountains. I will break the doors o ... Continue reading Week 37, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 15:02