Week 35, Day 1 in the LEB

Aug 28, 2023

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The reading for today is Isaiah 23-25; 1 Corinthians 3.

Scripture quotations are from the Lexham English Bible. Copyright 2012 Logos Bible Software. Lexham is a registered trademark of Logos Bible Software.

Isaiah 23

The oracle of Tyre:

Wail, ships of Tarshish, for the house is destroyed so that no one can enter;
    it is announced to them from the land of Cyprus.
Be still, inhabitants of the coast,
    merchant of Sidon, who travels over the sea, they filled you.
And on the great waters is the seed of Shihor,
    the harvest of the Nile is its produce,
    and she was the merchandise of the nations.
Be ashamed, Sidon, for the sea,
    the fortress of the sea said, saying,
"I was not in labor,
    and I have not given birth,
and I have not reared young men,
    brought up young women."
When the report comes to Egypt,
    they will be in anguish at the report about Tyre.
Cross over to Tarshish!
    Wail, inhabitants of the coast!
Is this your exultant one, her origin from the days of long ago?
    Her feet brought her to dwell afar as an alien.
Who has planned this against Tyre, the bestower of crowns,
    whose merchants were princes,
    her traders the honored ones of the earth?
Yahweh of hosts has planned it:
    to defile the pride of all glory,
    to humble all the honored ones of the earth.
Cross over your own land like the Nile, daughter of Tarshish;
    there is no longer a harbor.
He has stretched his hand out over the sea;
    he has made kingdoms shake.
Yahweh has commanded concerning Canaan
    to destroy her fortresses.

And he said,

"You will not continue to exult, crushed one, virgin daughter of Sidon.
    Arise, cross over to Cyprus! There will be no rest for you even there."
Look at the land of the Chaldeans!
    This people no longer exists.
    Assyria destined it for wild animals.
They erected its siege towers;
    they demolished its citadel fortresses.
    It made her like a ruin.
Wail, ships of Tarshish!
    For your fortress is destroyed.

And this will happen on that day: And Tyre will be forgotten seventy years,

like the days of one king. At the end of seventy years, it will be for Tyre like the song of the prostitute:

"Take a harp,
    go around the city, forgotten prostitute!
Do it well, playing a stringed instrument!
    Make numerous songs, that you may be remembered."

And this shall happen:

at the end of seventy years, Yahweh will visit Tyre,

and she will return to her harlot’s wages,
    and she will commit fornication
with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth.

And this shall happen:

her merchandise and her harlot’s wages will be set apart for Yahweh;

it will not be stored up,
    and it will not be hoarded,
but her merchandise will be for those who live before the presence of Yahweh,
    for eating to satiation and for fine clothing.

Isaiah 24

Look! Yahweh is about to lay the earth waste
    and is about to devastate it,
and he will twist her surface,
    and he will scatter her inhabitants.
And it shall be as with the people, so with the priest;
    as with the slave, so with his master;
as with the female slave, so with her mistress;
    as with the buyer, so with the seller;
as with the lender, so with the borrower;
    as with the creditor, so with the one to whom he lends.
The earth shall be utterly laid waste,
    and it shall be utterly plundered,

for Yahweh has spoken this word.

The earth dries up, it withers;
    the world languishes, it withers.
The elevated of the people of the earth languish,
    and the earth is defiled beneath its inhabitants.
For they have transgressed laws;
    they have passed by statutes;
    they have broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore a curse devours the earth,
    and the inhabitants in it suffer for their guilt.
Therefore the inhabitants of the earth burn,
    and few men are left.
The new wine dries up;
    the vine languishes.
All the merry of heart sigh;
    the joy of the tambourine has stopped.
The noise of the jubilant has ceased;
    the joy of the lyre has stopped.
They do not drink wine with song;
    strong drink is bitter to those who drink it.
The city of emptiness is broken;
    every house is shut so that no one can enter;
    there is an outcry over the wine in the streets.
All joy turns into darkness;
    the joy of the earth disappears.
Desolation is left in the city;
    the gate is crushed into a state of ruin.
For it shall be like this in the midst of the earth,
    among the nations,
like the beating of an olive tree,
    like gleanings when a grape harvest is at an end.
They lift up their voices; they sing for joy;
    they shout out from the west over the majesty of Yahweh.
Therefore glorify Yahweh in the east,
    the name of Yahweh the God of Israel in the coastlands of the sea.
We hear songs from the edge of the earth:
    "Glory to the righteous one!"
But I say, "Ruin to me!
    Ruin to me! Woe to me!
The treacherous ones deal treacherously,
    and the treacherous ones deal treacherously with treachery!"

Terror and the pit and the snare are upon you, inhabitants of the earth!

And this shall happen:

The one who flees from the sound of the terror shall fall into the pit,
    and the one who goes up from inside the pit shall be caught in the snare,
for the windows from heaven are opened,
    and the foundations of the earth tremble.
The earth is utterly broken;
    the earth is torn asunder;
    the earth is shaken violently.
The earth staggers to and fro like the drunkard,
    and it sways like a hut,
and its transgression is heavy upon it,
    and it falls and does not rise again.

And this shall happen on that day:

Yahweh will punish the host of heaven in heaven,
    and the kings of the earth on the earth.
And they will be gathered in a gathering, like a prisoner in a pit.
    And they will be shut in a prison and be punished after many days.
And the full moon will be ashamed
    and the sun will be ashamed,
for Yahweh of hosts will rule on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem,
    and before his elders in glory.

Isaiah 25

Yahweh, you are my God; I will exalt you.
    I will praise your name,
for you have done wonderful things,
    plans of old, in faithfulness, trustworthiness.
For you have made the city a heap,
    the fortified city a ruin,
the palace of foreigners is no longer a city;
    it will never be rebuilt.
Therefore strong peoples will glorify you;
    a city of ruthless nations, they will fear you.
For you have been a refuge to the poor,
    a refuge to the needy in his distress,
a shelter from the rainstorm,
    a shade from the heat.
For the breath of the ruthless was like a rainstorm against a wall,
    the noise of foreigners like heat in a dry land.
You subdued the heat with the shade of a cloud;
    the song of the ruthless was silenced.
And on this mountain Yahweh of hosts will make for all peoples a rich feast,
    a feast of aged wines, fat filled with marrow, filtered aged wine.
And on this mountain he will destroy the face of the shroud,
    the shroud over all peoples,
    and the woven covering over all nations.
He will destroy death forever,
    and the Lord Yahweh will wipe off the tears from all faces,
    and he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth,

for Yahweh has spoken.

And one will say, on that day,

"Look! This is our God! We have waited for him and he saved us!
    This is Yahweh; we waited for him!
Let us be glad,
    and let us rejoice in his salvation."
For the hand of Yahweh will rest on this mountain,
    and Moab shall be trampled down under him
        as a heap of straw is trampled down in waters of a dung heap.
And it will spread out its hands in the midst of it,
    just as the swimmer spreads out to swim,
        and its pride will be brought low with the movement of its hands.
And he will throw down the fortification of the high point of your walls;
    he will bring it low;
he will send it to the ground,
    to the dust.

1 Corinthians 3

And I, brothers, was not able to speak to you as to spiritual people, but as to fleshly people, as to infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food, for you were not yet able to eat it. But now you are still not able, for you are still fleshly. For where there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and do you not live like unregenerate people? For whenever anyone says, "I am with Paul," and another, "I am with Apollos," are you not merely human?

Therefore, what is Apollos and what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, and to each as the Lord gave. I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing it to grow. So then, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who is causing it to grow. Now the one who plants and the one who waters are one, but each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.

According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But each one must direct his attention to how he is building upon it. For no one is able to lay another foundation than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds upon the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, grass, straw, the work of each one will become evident. For the day will reveal it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the work of each one, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work that he has built upon it remains, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, but he himself will be saved, but so as through fire.

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy this one. For God’s temple is holy, which you are.

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone thinks himself to be wise among you in this age, let him become a fool, in order that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God, for it is written, "The one who catches the wise in their craftiness," and again, "The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile." So then, let no one boast in people. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come, all things are yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.