Week 35, Day 3 in the LEB

Aug 30, 2023

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The reading for today is Isaiah 30-32; 1 Corinthians 5.

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

Isaiah 30

"Oh rebellious children!" declares Yahweh,

"to make a plan, but not from me,
    and pour out a libation, but not from my Spirit,
    so as to add sin to sin.
Who go to go down to Egypt,
    but they do not ask of my mouth,
to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh
    and to take refuge in the shadow of Egypt.
And the protection of Pharaoh shall be shame to you,
    and the refuge in the shadow of Egypt, humiliation.
For his officials are at Zoan,
    and his envoys reach to Hanes.

Everyone will start to stink because of a people that cannot profit them,

not for help and not for profiting,
    but for shame and also for disgrace."

An oracle of the animals of the Negev:

Through a land of trouble and distress,
    of lioness and lion,
    among them are snake and flying serpent;
they carry their wealth on the backs of male donkeys
    and their treasures on the humps of camels,
    to a people that cannot profit them.
For Egyptians help with vanity and emptiness,
    therefore I have called this one "Rahab, they are sitting."
Now go, write it on a tablet with them,
    and inscribe it on a scroll,
that it may be for the time to come,
    forever, forever.
For it is a people of rebellion, deceitful children,
    children who are not willing to hear the instruction of Yahweh,
who say to those who do see, "You must not see!"
    and to the seers, "You must not see truth for us;
speak smooth things to us,
    see illusions,
turn aside from the way, turn aside from the path,
    put an end to the holy one of Israel from our face."

Therefore the holy one of Israel says this:

"Because you are rejecting this word
    and you trust in oppression and cunning
    and you rely on it,
therefore this iniquity shall come for you like a breach about to fall,
    bulging out on a high wall that breaks suddenly, in an instant.
And he breaks it like a vessel of a potter breaks,
    that is crushed; he has no compassion,
and no potsherd is found among its fragments to take fire from the hearth,
    or to skim water from the cistern."

For the Lord Yahweh, the holy one of Israel, said this:

"In returning and rest you shall be saved;
    your strength shall be in quietness and in trust."

But you were not willing, and you said,

"No! For we will flee on horses!" Therefore you shall flee!
    And, "We will ride on swift horses!" Therefore your pursuers shall be swift!
One thousand because of a threat of one,
    because of a threat of five you shall flee,
until you are left like a flagstaff on top of a mountain,
    and like a signal on a hill.

Therefore Yahweh waits to be gracious to you,
    and therefore he will rise up to show you mercy,
for Yahweh is a God of justice;
    blessed are all those who wait for him.
For people will live in Zion;
    in Jerusalem, you will surely not weep.
Surely he will be gracious to you;
    when he hears the sound of your cry, he will answer you.
And the Lord will give you the bread of distress
    and the water of oppression,
but your teachers will not hide themselves any longer.
    And your eyes shall see your teachers.
And your ears shall hear a word from behind you, saying,
    "this is the way; walk in it,"
when you go to your right
    and when you go to your left.
And you will defile the plating of your silver idols
    and the covering of your gold image.
You will scatter them like contaminated things;
    you will say to it, "Filth!"
And he will give rain for your seed with which you sow the ground,
    and grain, the produce of the ground, and it will be rich and fertile.
On that day, your cattle will graze in broad pastures;
    and the oxen and the donkeys that till the ground will eat fodder, sorrel
        that has been winnowed with shovel and pitchfork.
And there will be streams on every high mountain and elevated hill,
    watercourses of water, on a day of great slaughter, when towers fall.
And the light of the full moon will be like the light of the sun,
    and the light of the sun will be sevenfold, like the light of seven days,
on the day when Yahweh binds up the breakage of his people,
    and he heals the wound of his blow.

Look! The name of Yahweh comes from afar,
    burning with his anger and heaviness of cloud.
His lips are full of indignation,
    and his tongue is like a devouring fire.
And his breath is like an overflowing river;
    it reaches up to the neck
to shake the nations with the sieve of worthlessness;
    and a bridle that leads astray is on the jawbones of the peoples.
You shall have a song as in the night when a holy festival is kept,
    and a gladness of heart like one who goes with the flute,
        to go to the mountain of Yahweh, to the rock of Israel.
And Yahweh will cause the majesty of his voice to be heard,
    and he will cause the descent of his arm to be seen,
in furious anger and a flame of devouring fire,
    with a cloudburst and a rainstorm and stones of hail.
Indeed, Assyria will be shattered by the voice of Yahweh;
    he strikes with the rod.
And every stroke of the staff of foundation that Yahweh lays will be on it with timbrels and lyres,
    and he will fight against it with battles of brandishing.
For Topheth has been prepared from yesterday;
    indeed, it is made ready for the king.
He makes its pile of wood deep and wide;
    he makes fire and wood abundant.
        The breath of Yahweh burns in it like a stream of sulfur.

Isaiah 31

Ah! Those who go down to Egypt for help!

They rely on horses

and trust in chariots because they are many,
    and in horsemen because they are very numerous,
and they do not look to the holy one of Israel,
    and they do not consult Yahweh.
And indeed, he is wise, and he brings disaster,
    and he does not remove his words,
and he will rise against the house of evildoers
    and against the help of workers of iniquity.
And the Egyptians are human and not God,
    and their horses are flesh and not spirit.
And Yahweh stretches out his hand,
    and the helper will stumble,
and the one being helped will fall,
    and together all of them will come to an end.

For Yahweh said this to me:

"As which a lion growls
    and a young lion over its prey

when a full group of shepherds is called against him,

it is not terrified by their voice,
    and to their noise it does not respond,
so Yahweh of hosts will come down to fight upon Mount Zion
    and upon its hill.

Like birds flying overhead, so Yahweh of hosts will protect Jerusalem;

he will protect and deliver it;
    he will pass over and rescue it.

Turn back to the one against whom the sons of Israel have made deep rebellion.

For on that day, each one will reject his idols of silver
    and his idols of gold which your hands have made in sin for you.
And Assyria shall fall by a sword not of a man,
    and a sword not of a human shall devour him;
and he shall flee from the sword,
    and his young men shall be put to forced labor.
And his rock will pass over because of terror,
    and his officers will be terrified because of the flag,"
    declares Yahweh,
who has a fire in Zion
    and has a furnace in Jerusalem.

Isaiah 32

See, a king will rule according to righteousness,
    and princes will rule according to justice.
And each one will be like a hiding place from the wind
    and a covering from the rainstorm,
like streams of water in a dry region,
    like the shade of a large rock in a weary land.
And the eyes of those who see will not gaze,
    and the ears of those who hear will listen.
And the minds of the rash will understand knowledge,
    and the tongues of stammerers will hasten to speak clearly.
A fool will no longer be called noble,
    and a scoundrel will not be said to be eminent.
For a fool speaks folly,
    and his mind does iniquity:
to behave wickedly,
    and to speak error concerning Yahweh,
to leave the throat of the hungry empty,
    and he deprives the thirsty of drink.
And a scoundrel, his weapons are evil;
    he plans evil devices
to ruin the poor with words of deception
    even when the speech of the needy is right.
But the nobleman plans noble things,
    and he stands upon noble things.

Women who are at ease, rise up; hear my voice!
    Carefree daughters, listen to my word!

In a year you will tremble, carefree ones,

for the vintage will come to an end;
    the harvest will not come.
Tremble, you who are at ease;
    tremble, carefree ones;
strip, and strip yourself,
    and gird yourself on your loins,
mourning over breasts,
    over fields of delight,
over the fruitful vine,
    over the soil of my people.
It goes up in thorns and briers,
    indeed over all of the houses of joy in the jubilant city.
For the palace will be forsaken,
    the crowded city deserted;
the hill and the watchtower will become a cave forever,
    the joy of wild asses, a pasture for flocks.

Until a spirit is poured out on us from on high,

and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,
    and the fruitful field is reckoned as the forest.
Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,
    and righteousness will live in the fruitful field.
And the work of righteousness will be peace,
    and the work of righteousness, quietness and security forever.
And my people will dwell in a settlement of peace
    and in a dwelling place of security
    and in undisturbed resting places.
And it hails when the forest comes down,
    and the city will become low in humiliation.
Happy are you who sow by all waters,
    who let the foot of the ox and the donkey go free.

1 Corinthians 5

It is reported everywhere that there is sexual immorality among you, and sexual immorality of such a kind which does not even exist among the Gentiles, so that someone has the wife of his father. And you are inflated with pride, and should you not rather have mourned, so that the one who has done this deed would be removed from your midst? For although I am absent in body but present in spirit, I have already passed judgment on the one who has done this in this way, as if I were present. In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and my spirit, together with the power of our Lord Jesus, I have decided to hand over such a person to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, in order that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.

Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole batch of dough? Clean out the old leaven in order that you may be a new batch of dough, just as you are unleavened. For Christ our Passover has been sacrificed. So then, let us celebrate the feast, not with the old leaven or with the leaven of wickedness and sinfulness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

I wrote to you in the letter not to associate with sexually immoral people. By no means did I mean the sexually immoral people of this world or the greedy people and swindlers or idolaters, since then you would have to depart out of the world. But now I have written to you not to associate with any so-called brother, if he is a sexually immoral person or a greedy person or an idolater or an abusive person or a drunkard or a swindler—with such a person not even to eat. For what is it to me to judge those outside? Should you not judge those inside? But those outside God will judge. Remove the evil person from among yourselves.