Through the Bible – Day 270

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Judgment on Jerusalem and Judah

1The mighty LORD All-Powerful

is going to take away

from Jerusalem and Judah

everything you need—

your bread and water,

2-3soldiers and heroes,

judges and prophets,

leaders and army officers,

officials and advisers,

fortune-tellers and others

who tell the future.

4He will let children and babies

become your rulers.

5You will each be cruel

to friends and neighbours.

Young people will insult

their elders;

no one will show respect

to those who deserve it.

6Some of you will grab hold

of a relative and say,

“You still have a coat.

Be our leader and rule

this pile of ruins.”

7But the answer will be,

“I can't do you any good.

Don't make me your leader.

There's no food or clothing

left in my house.”

8Jerusalem and Judah,

you rebelled against

your glorious LORD

your words and your actions,

made you stumble and fall.

9The look on your faces shows

that you are sinful as Sodom,

and you don't try to hide it.

You are in for trouble,

and you have brought it all

on yourselves.

The wrong kind of leaders

10Tell those who obey God,

“You're very fortunate—

you will be rewarded

for what you have done.”

11Tell those who disobey,

“You're in big trouble—

what you did to others

will come back to you.”

12Though you are God's people,

you are ruled and abused

by women and children.

You are confused by leaders

who guide you

down the wrong path.

13The LORD is ready to accuse

and judge all nations.

14He will even judge

you rulers and leaders

of his own nation.

You destroyed his vineyard

and filled your houses

by robbing the poor.

15The LORD All-Powerful says,

“You have crushed my people

and rubbed in the dust

the faces of the poor.”

The women of Jerusalem

16The LORD says:

The women of Jerusalem

are proud and strut around,

winking shamelessly.

They wear anklets that jingle

and call attention

to the way they walk.

17But I, the LORD, will cover

their heads with sores,

and I will uncover

their private parts.

18-23When that day comes, I will take away from those women all the fine jewellery they wear on their ankles, heads, necks, ears, arms, noses, fingers, and on their clothes. I will remove their veils, their belts, their perfume, their magic charms, their royal robes, and all their fine dresses, hats, and purses.

24In place of perfume,

there will be a stink;

in place of belts,

there will be ropes;

in place of fancy hair styles,

they will have bald heads.

Instead of expensive clothes,

they will wear sackcloth;

instead of beauty,

they will have ugly scars.

25The fighting men of Jerusalem

will be killed in battle.

26The city will mourn

and sit in the dust,

emptied of its people.

1When this happens, seven women will grab the same man, and each of them will say, “I'll buy my own food and clothes! Just marry me and take away my disgrace.”

The LORD will bless his people who survive

2The time is coming when the LORD will make his land fruitful and glorious again, and the people of Israel who survive will take great pride in what the land produces. 3Everyone who is left alive in Jerusalem will be called special, 4after the LORD sends a fiery judgment to clean the city and its people of their violent deeds.

5Then the LORD will cover the whole city and its meeting places with a thick cloud each day and with a flaming fire each night. God's own glory will be like a huge tent that covers everything. 6It will provide shade from the heat of the sun and a place of shelter and protection from storms and rain.

A song about a vineyard

The LORD said:

1I will sing a song

about my friend's vineyard

that was on the side

of a fertile hill.

2My friend dug the ground,

removed the stones,

and planted the best vines.

He built a watchtower

and dug a pit in rocky ground

for pressing the grapes.

He hoped they would be sweet,

but bitter grapes

were all it produced.

3Listen, people of Jerusalem

and of Judah!

You be the judge of me

and my vineyard.

4What more could I have done

for my vineyard?

I hoped for sweet grapes,

but bitter grapes

were all that grew.

5Now I will let you know

what I am going to do.

I will cut down the hedge

and tear down the wall.

My vineyard will be trampled

and left in ruins.

6It will turn into a desert,

neither pruned nor hoed;

it will be covered

with thorns and briars.

I will command the clouds

not to send rain.

7I am the LORD All-Powerful!

Israel is the vineyard,

and Judah is the garden

I tended with care.

I had hoped for honesty

and for justice,

but dishonesty

and cries for mercy

were all I found.

Isaiah condemns social injustice

8You are in for trouble! You take over house after house and field after field, until there is no room left for anyone else in all the land. 9But the LORD All-Powerful has made this promise to me:

Those large and beautiful homes will be left empty, with no one to take care of them. 10Four hectares of grapevines will produce only twenty-seven litres of juice, and a hundred and eighty litres of seed will produce merely eighteen litres of grain.

11You are in for trouble! You get up early to start drinking, and you keep it up late into the night. 12At your drinking parties you have the music of stringed instruments, tambourines, and flutes. But you never even think about all the LORD has done, 13and so his people know nothing about him. That's why many of you will be dragged off to foreign lands. Your leaders will starve to death, and everyone else will suffer from thirst.

14The world of the dead has opened its mouth wide and is eagerly waiting for the leaders of Jerusalem and for its noisy crowds, especially for those who take pride in that city. 15Its citizens have been put down, and its proud people have been brought to shame. 16But the holy LORD God All-Powerful is praised, because he has shown who he is by bringing justice. 17His people will be like sheep grazing in their own pasture, and they will take off what was left by others.

18You are in for trouble! The lies you tell are like ropes by which you drag along sin and evil. 19And you say, “Let the holy God of Israel hurry up and do what he has promised, so we can see it for ourselves.” 20You are headed for trouble! You say wrong is right, darkness is light, and bitter is sweet.

21You think you are clever and wise. 22And you are great at drinking and mixing drinks. But you are in for trouble. 23You accept bribes to let the guilty go free, and you cheat the innocent out of a fair trial.

24You will go up in flames like straw and hay! You have rejected the teaching of the holy LORD God All-Powerful of Israel. Now your roots will rot, and your blossoms will turn to dust.

25You are the LORD's people, but you made him terribly angry, and he struck you with his mighty arm. Mountains shook, and dead bodies covered the streets like rubbish. The LORD is still angry, and he is ready to strike you again.

Foreign nations will attack

26The LORD has signalled for the foreign nations to come and attack you. He has already whistled, and they are coming as fast as they can. 27None of them are tired. They don't sleep or get drowsy, and they run without stumbling. Their belts don't come loose; their sandal straps don't break. 28Their arrows are sharp, and their bows are ready. The hoofs of their horses are hard as flint; the wheels of their war chariots turn as fast as a whirlwind.

29They roar and growl like fierce young lions as they grab their victims and drag them off where no one can rescue them. 30On the day they attack, they will roar like the sea. And across the land you will see nothing but darkness and trouble, because the light of day will be covered by thick clouds.

Isaiah 3:1-5:30CEVOpen in Bible reader

A new life in unity with Christ

Unity with Christ

1As a prisoner of the Lord, I beg you to live in a way that is worthy of the people God has chosen to be his own. 2Always be humble and gentle. Patiently put up with each other and love each other. 3Try your best to let God's Spirit keep your hearts united. Do this by living at peace. 4All of you are part of the same body. There is only one Spirit of God, just as you were given one hope when you were chosen to be God's people. 5We have only one Lord, one faith, and one baptism. 6There is one God who is the Father of all people. Not only is God above all others, but he works by using all of us, and he lives in all of us.

7Christ has generously divided out his gifts to us. 8As the Scriptures say,

“When he went up

to the highest place,

he led away many prisoners

and gave gifts to people.”

9When it says, “he went up”, it means that Christ had been deep in the earth. 10This also means that the one who went deep into the earth is the same one who went into the highest heaven, so that he would fill the whole universe.

11Christ chose some of us to be apostles, prophets, missionaries, pastors, and teachers, 12so that his people would learn to serve and his body would grow strong. 13This will continue until we are united by our faith and by our understanding of the Son of God. Then we will be mature, just as Christ is, and we will be completely like him.

14We must stop acting like children. We must not let deceitful people trick us by their false teachings, which are like winds that toss us around from place to place. 15Love should always make us tell the truth. Then we will grow in every way and be more like Christ, the head 16of the body. Christ holds it together and makes all its parts work perfectly, as it grows and becomes strong because of love.

The old life and the new life

17As a follower of the Lord, I order you to stop living like stupid, godless people. 18Their minds are in the dark, and they are stubborn and ignorant and have missed out on the life that comes from God. They no longer have any feelings about what is right, 19and they are so greedy that they do all kinds of indecent things.

20-21But that isn't what you were taught about Jesus Christ. He is the truth, and you heard about him and learnt about him. 22You were told that your foolish desires will destroy you and that you must give up your old way of life with all its bad habits. 23Let the Spirit change your way of thinking 24and make you into a new person. You were created to be like God, and so you must please him and be truly holy.

Rules for the new life

25We are part of the same body. Stop lying and start telling each other the truth. 26Don't get so angry that you sin. Don't go to bed angry 27and don't give the devil a chance.

28If you are a thief, stop stealing. Be honest and work hard, so you will have something to give to people in need.

29Stop all your dirty talk. Say the right thing at the right time and help others by what you say.

30Don't make God's Spirit sad. The Spirit makes you sure that some day you will be free from your sins.

31Stop being bitter and angry with others. Don't yell at one another or curse each other or ever be rude. 32Instead, be kind and merciful, and forgive others, just as God forgave you because of Christ.

Ephesians 4:1-32CEVOpen in Bible reader
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