Through the Bible – Day 287

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The LORD will bring comfort

1If you want to do right

and obey the LORD,

follow Abraham's example.

He was the rock from which

you were chipped.

2God chose Abraham and Sarah

to be your ancestors.

The LORD blessed Abraham,

and from that one man

came many descendants.

3Though Zion is in ruins,

the LORD will bring comfort,

and the city will be as lovely

as the garden of Eden

that he provided.

Then Zion will celebrate;

it will be thankful

and sing joyful songs.

The LORD's victory will last

4The LORD says:

You are my people and nation!

So pay attention to me.

My teaching will cause justice

to shine like a light

for every nation.

5Those who live across the sea

are eagerly waiting

for me to rescue them.

I am strong and ready;

soon I will come to save

and to rule all nations.

6Look closely at the sky!

Stare at the earth.

The sky will vanish like smoke;

the earth will wear out

like clothes.

Everyone on this earth

will die like flies.

But my victory will last;

my saving power never ends.

7If you want to do right

and to obey my teaching

with all your heart,

then pay close attention.

Don't be discouraged

when others insult you

and say hurtful things.

8They will be eaten away

like a moth-eaten coat.

But my victory will last;

my saving power

will never end.

A prayer for the LORD's help

9Wake up! Do something, LORD.

Be strong and ready.

Wake up! Do what you did

for our people long ago.

Didn't you chop up

Rahab the monster?

10Didn't you dry up the deep sea

and make a road for your people

to follow safely across?

11Now those you have rescued

will return to Jerusalem,

singing on their way.

They will be crowned

with great happiness,

never again to be burdened

with sadness and sorrow.

The LORD gives hope

12I am the LORD, the one

who encourages you.

Why are you afraid

of mere humans?

They dry up and die like grass.

13I spread out the heavens

and laid foundations

for the earth.

But you have forgotten me,

your LORD and Creator.

All day long you were afraid

of those who were angry

and hoped to abuse you.

Where are they now?

14Everyone crying out in pain

will be quickly set free;

they will be rescued

from the power of death

and never go hungry.

15I will help them

because I am your God,

the LORD All-Powerful,

who makes the ocean roar.

16I have told you what to say,

and I will keep you safe

in the palm of my hand.

I spread out the heavens

and laid foundations

for the earth.

Now I say, “Jerusalem,

your people are mine.”

A warning to Jerusalem

17Jerusalem, wake up! Stand up!

You've drunk too much

from the cup filled

with the LORD's anger.

You have swallowed every drop,

and you can't walk straight.

18Not one of your many children

is there to guide you

or to offer a helping hand.

19You have been destroyed

by war and by famine;

I cannot comfort you.

20The LORD your God is angry,

and on every street corner

your children lie helpless,

like deer trapped in nets.

21You are in trouble and drunk,

but not from wine.

So pay close attention

22to the LORD your God,

who defends you and says,

“I have taken from your hands

the cup filled with my anger

that made you drunk.

You will never be forced

to drink it again.

23Instead I will give it

to your brutal enemies,

who treated you like dirt

and walked all over you.”

Jerusalem can celebrate

1Jerusalem, wake up!

Stand up and be strong.

Holy city of Zion,

dress in your best clothes.

Those foreigners who ruined

your sacred city

won't bother you again.

2Zion, rise from the dust!

Free yourself from the rope

around your neck.

Suffering will end

3The LORD says:

My people, you were sold,

but not for money;

now you will be set free,

but not for a payment.

4Long ago you went to Egypt

where you lived

as foreigners.

Then Assyria was cruel to you,

5and now another nation

has taken you prisoner

for no reason at all.

Your leaders groan with pain,

and day after day

my own name is cursed.

6My people, you will learn

who I am and who is speaking

because I am here.

A message of hope for Jerusalem

7What a beautiful sight!

On the mountains a messenger

announces to Jerusalem,

“Good news! You're saved.

There will be peace.

Your God is now King.”

8Everyone on guard duty,

sing and celebrate!

Look! You can see the LORD

returning to Zion.

9Jerusalem, rise from the ruins!

Join in the singing.

The LORD has given comfort

to his people;

he comes to your rescue.

10The LORD has shown all nations

his mighty strength;

now everyone will see

the saving power of our God.

A command to leave Babylon

11Leave the city of Babylon!

Don't touch anything filthy.

Wash yourselves. Be ready

to carry back everything sacred

that belongs to the LORD.

12You won't need to run.

No one is chasing you.

The LORD God of Israel

will lead and protect you

from enemy attacks.

The suffering servant

13The LORD says:

My servant will succeed!

He will be given great praise

and the highest honours.

14Many were horrified

at what happened to him.

But everyone who saw him

was even more horrified

because he suffered until

he no longer looked human.

15My servant will make

nations worthy to worship me;

kings will be silent

as they bow in wonder.

They will see and think about

things they have never seen

or thought about before.

Isaiah 51:1-52:15CEVOpen in Bible reader

Pray and work

Pray for us

1Finally, our friends, please pray for us. This will help the message about the Lord to spread quickly, and others will respect it, just as you do. 2Pray that we may be kept safe from worthless and evil people. After all, not everyone has faith. 3But the Lord can be trusted to make you strong and protect you from harm. 4He has made us sure that you are obeying what we taught you and that you will keep on obeying. 5I pray that the Lord will guide you to be as loving as God and as patient as Christ.

Warnings against laziness

6My dear friends, in the name of the Lord Jesus, I beg you not to have anything to do with any of your people who waste their time and refuse to obey the instructions we gave you. 7You know that you should follow our example. We didn't waste our time being lazy, 8and we didn't accept food from anyone without paying for it. We didn't want to be a burden to any of you, so night and day we worked as hard as we could.

9We had the right not to work, but we wanted to set an example for you. 10We also gave you the rule that if you don't work, you don't eat. 11Now we learn that some of you waste your time and won't do any work, except the work of a busybody. 12So, for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ, we ask and beg these people to settle down and start working for a living. 13Dear friends, you must never become tired of doing right.

14Be on your guard against any followers who refuse to obey what we have written in this letter. Put them to shame by not having anything to do with them. 15Don't consider them your enemies, but speak kindly to them as you would to any other follower.

A final prayer

16I pray that the Lord, who gives peace, will always bless you with peace. May the Lord be with all of you.

17I always sign my letters as I am now doing: PAUL.

18I pray that our Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to all of you.

2 Thessalonians 3:1-18CEVOpen in Bible reader
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