Week 37, Day 4 in the LEB

Sep 14, 2023

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The reading for today is Isaiah 56-59; Psalm 70; 1 Corinthians 16.

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

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.