Through the Bible – Day 279

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Don't trust the power of Egypt

1You are in for trouble

if you go to Egypt for help,

or if you depend on

an army of chariots

or a powerful cavalry.

Instead you should depend on

and trust the holy LORD God

of Israel.

2The LORD isn't stupid!

He does what he promises,

and he can bring doom.

If you are cruel yourself,

or help those who are evil,

you will be destroyed.

3The Egyptians are mere humans.

They aren't God.

Their horses are made of flesh;

they can't live for ever.

When the LORD shows his power,

he will destroy the Egyptians

and all who depend on them.

Together they will fall.

4The LORD All-Powerful

said to me,

“I will roar and attack

like a fearless lion

not frightened by the shouts

of shepherds trying to protect

their sheep.

That's how I will come down

and fight on Mount Zion.

5I, the LORD All-Powerful,

will protect Jerusalem

like a mother bird circling

over her nest.”

Come back to the LORD

6People of Israel, come back!

You have completely turned

from the LORD.

7The time is coming

when you will throw away

your idols of silver and gold,

made by your sinful hands.

8The Assyrians will be killed,

but not by the swords

of humans.

Their young men will try

to escape,

but they will be captured

and forced into slavery.

9Their fortress will fall

when terror strikes;

their army officers

will be frightened

and run from the battle.

This is what the LORD has said,

the LORD whose fiery furnace

is built on Mount Zion.

The Lord will punish Edom and bless Jerusalem

Justice will rule

1A king and his leaders

will rule with justice.

2They will be a place of safety

from stormy winds,

a stream in the desert,

and a rock that gives shade

from the heat of the sun.

3Then everyone who has eyes

will open them and see,

and those who have ears

will pay attention.

4All who are impatient

will take time to think;

everyone who stutters

will talk clearly.

5Fools will no longer

be highly respected,

and crooks won't be given

positions of honour.

6Fools talk foolishness.

They always make plans

to do sinful things,

to lie about the LORD,

to let the hungry starve,

and to keep water from those

who are thirsty.

7Cruel people tell lies—

they do evil things,

and make cruel plans

to destroy the poor and needy,

even when they beg

for justice.

8But helpful people

can always be trusted

to make helpful plans.

Punishment for the women of Jerusalem

9Listen to what I say,

you women who are carefree

and careless!

10You may not have worries now,

but in about a year,

the grape harvest will fail,

and you will tremble.

11Shake and shudder,

you women without a care!

Strip off your clothes—

put on sackcloth.

12Slap your breasts in sorrow

because of what happened

to the fruitful fields

and vineyards,

13and to the happy homes

in Jerusalem.

The land of my people

is covered with thorns.

14The palace will be deserted,

the crowded city empty.

Fortresses and towers

will for ever become

playgrounds for wild donkeys

and pastures for sheep.

God's Spirit makes the difference

15When the Spirit is given to us

from heaven,

deserts will become orchards

thick as fertile forests.

16Honesty and justice

will prosper there,

17and justice will produce

lasting peace and security.

18You, the LORD's people,

will live in peace,

calm and secure,

19even if hailstones flatten

forests and cities.

20You will have God's blessing,

as you plant your crops

beside streams,

while your donkeys and cattle

roam freely about.

Jerusalem will be safe

1You defeated my people.

Now you're in for trouble!

You've never been destroyed,

but you will be destroyed;

you've never been betrayed,

but you will be betrayed.

When you have finished

destroying and betraying,

you will be destroyed

and betrayed in return.

2Please, LORD, be kind to us!

We depend on you.

Make us strong each morning,

and come to save us

when we are in trouble.

3Nations scatter when you roar

and show your greatness.

4We attack our enemies

like swarms of locusts;

we take everything

that belongs to them.

5You, LORD, are above all others,

and you live in the heavens.

You have brought justice

and fairness to Jerusalem;

6you are the foundation

on which we stand today.

You always save us and give

true wisdom and knowledge.

Nothing means more to us

than obeying you.

The LORD will do something

7Listen! Our bravest soldiers

are running through the streets,

screaming for help.

Our messengers hoped for peace,

but came home crying.

8No one travels any more;

every road is empty.

Treaties are broken,

and no respect is shown

to any who keep promises.

9Fields are dry and barren;

Mount Lebanon wilts

with shame.

Sharon Valley is a desert;

the forests of Bashan and Carmel

have lost their leaves.

10But the LORD says,

“Now I will do something

and be greatly praised.

11Your deeds are straw

that will be set on fire

by your very own breath.

12You will be burnt to ashes

like thorns in a fire.

13Everyone, both far and near,

come, look at what I have done.

See my mighty power!”

Punishment and rewards

14Those terrible sinners

on Mount Zion tremble

as they ask in fear,

“How can we possibly live

where a raging fire

never stops burning?”

15But there will be rewards

for those who live right

and tell the truth,

for those who refuse

to take money by force

or accept bribes,

for all who hate murder

and violent crimes.

16They will live in a fortress

high on a rocky cliff,

where they will have food

and plenty of water.

The LORD is our King

17With your own eyes

you will see the glorious King;

you will see his kingdom

reaching far and wide.

18Then you will ask yourself,

“Where are those officials

who terrified us and forced us

to pay such heavy taxes?”

19You will never again have to see

the proud people who spoke

a strange and foreign language

you could not understand.

20Look to Mount Zion

where we celebrate

our religious festivals.

You will see Jerusalem,

secure as a tent with pegs

that cannot be pulled up

and fastened with ropes

that can never be broken.

21Our wonderful LORD

will be with us!

There will be deep rivers

and wide streams

safe from enemy ships.

The LORD is our judge

22The LORD is our judge

and our ruler;

the LORD is our king

and will keep us safe.

23But your nation is a ship

with its rigging loose,

its mast shaky,

and its sail not spread.

Some day even you who are lame

will take everything you want

from your enemies.

24The LORD will forgive your sins,

and none of you will say,

“I feel ill.”

Isaiah 31:1-33:24CEVOpen in Bible reader

New life with Christ

20You died with Christ. Now the forces of the universe don't have any power over you. Why do you live as if you had to obey such rules as, 21“Don't handle this. Don't taste that. Don't touch this.”? 22After these things are used, they are no longer good for anything. So why be bothered with the rules that humans have made up? 23Obeying these rules may seem to be the clever thing to do. They appear to make you love God more and to be very humble and to have control over your body. But they don't really have any power over our desires.

1You have been raised to life with Christ. Now set your heart on what is in heaven, where Christ rules at God's right side. 2Think about what is up there, not about what is here on earth. 3You died, which means that your life is hidden with Christ, who sits beside God. 4Christ gives meaning to your life, and when he appears, you will also appear with him in glory.

5Don't be controlled by your body. Kill every desire for the wrong kind of sex. Don't be immoral or indecent or have evil thoughts. Don't be greedy, which is the same as worshipping idols. 6God is angry with people who disobey him by doing these things. 7And that is exactly what you did, when you lived among people who behaved in this way. 8But now you must stop doing such things. You must stop being angry, hateful, and evil. You must no longer say insulting or cruel things about others. 9And stop lying to each other. You have given up your old way of life with its habits.

10Each of you is now a new person. You are becoming more and more like your Creator, and you will understand him better. 11It doesn't matter if you are a Greek or a Jew, or if you are circumcised or not. You may even be a barbarian or a Scythian, and you may be a slave or a free person. Yet Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.

12God loves you and has chosen you as his own special people. So be gentle, kind, humble, meek, and patient. 13Put up with each other, and forgive anyone who does you wrong, just as Christ has forgiven you. 14Love is more important than anything else. It is what ties everything completely together.

15Each one of you is part of the body of Christ, and you were chosen to live together in peace. So let the peace that comes from Christ control your thoughts. And be grateful. 16Let the message about Christ completely fill your lives, while you use all your wisdom to teach and instruct each other. With thankful hearts, sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. 17Whatever you say or do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks to God the Father because of him.

Colossians 2:20-3:17CEVOpen in Bible reader
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