Bible In A Year

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Scripture for Tuesday, September 2

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Isaiah 1:1-2:22, 2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2, Psalm 105:1-11

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Isaiah 1-2:22

Isaiah 1

 1 The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.  2 Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth!
   For the LORD has spoken:
“I reared children and brought them up,
   but they have rebelled against me.
3 The ox knows his master,
   the donkey his owner’s manger,
but Israel does not know,
   my people do not understand.”

 4 Ah, sinful nation,
   a people loaded with guilt,
a brood of evildoers,
   children given to corruption!
They have forsaken the LORD;
   they have spurned the Holy One of Israel
   and turned their backs on him.

 5 Why should you be beaten anymore?
   Why do you persist in rebellion?
Your whole head is injured,
   your whole heart afflicted.
6 From the sole of your foot to the top of your head
   there is no soundness–
only wounds and welts
   and open sores,
not cleansed or bandaged
   or soothed with oil.

 7 Your country is desolate,
   your cities burned with fire;
your fields are being stripped by foreigners
   right before you,
   laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.
8 The Daughter of Zion is left
   like a shelter in a vineyard,
like a hut in a field of melons,
   like a city under siege.
9 Unless the LORD Almighty
   had left us some survivors,
we would have become like Sodom,
   we would have been like Gomorrah.

 10 Hear the word of the LORD,
   you rulers of Sodom;
listen to the law of our God,
   you people of Gomorrah!
11 “The multitude of your sacrifices–
   what are they to me?” says the LORD.
“I have more than enough of burnt offerings,
   of rams and the fat of fattened animals;
I have no pleasure
   in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
12 When you come to appear before me,
   who has asked this of you,
   this trampling of my courts?
13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!
   Your incense is detestable to me.
New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations–
   I cannot bear your evil assemblies.
14 Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts
   my soul hates.
They have become a burden to me;
   I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands in prayer,
   I will hide my eyes from you;
even if you offer many prayers,
   I will not listen.
Your hands are full of blood;
 16 wash and make yourselves clean.
Take your evil deeds
   out of my sight!
Stop doing wrong,
 17 learn to do right!
Seek justice,
   encourage the oppressed.
Defend the cause of the fatherless,
   plead the case of the widow.

 18 “Come now, let us reason together,”
   says the LORD.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
   they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
   they shall be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
   you will eat the best from the land;
20 but if you resist and rebel,
   you will be devoured by the sword.”
            For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

 21 See how the faithful city
   has become a harlot!
She once was full of justice;
   righteousness used to dwell in her–
   but now murderers!
22 Your silver has become dross,
   your choice wine is diluted with water.
23 Your rulers are rebels,
   companions of thieves;
they all love bribes
   and chase after gifts.
They do not defend the cause of the fatherless;
   the widow’s case does not come before them.
24 Therefore the Lord, the LORD Almighty,
   the Mighty One of Israel, declares:
“Ah, I will get relief from my foes
   and avenge myself on my enemies.
25 I will turn my hand against you;
   I will thoroughly purge away your dross
   and remove all your impurities.
26 I will restore your judges as in days of old,
   your counselors as at the beginning.
Afterward you will be called
   the City of Righteousness,
   the Faithful City.”

 27 Zion will be redeemed with justice,
   her penitent ones with righteousness.
28 But rebels and sinners will both be broken,
   and those who forsake the LORD will perish.

 29 “You will be ashamed because of the sacred oaks
   in which you have delighted;
you will be disgraced because of the gardens
   that you have chosen.
30 You will be like an oak with fading leaves,
   like a garden without water.
31 The mighty man will become tinder
   and his work a spark;
both will burn together,
   with no one to quench the fire.”

Isaiah 2

 1 This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:

 2 In the last days

   the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established
   as chief among the mountains;
it will be raised above the hills,
   and all nations will stream to it.

 3 Many peoples will come and say,

   “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
   to the house of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
   so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion,
   the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4 He will judge between the nations
   and will settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
   and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
   nor will they train for war anymore.

 5 Come, O house of Jacob,
   let us walk in the light of the LORD.  6 You have abandoned your people,
   the house of Jacob.
They are full of superstitions from the East;
   they practice divination like the Philistines
   and clasp hands with pagans.
7 Their land is full of silver and gold;
   there is no end to their treasures.
Their land is full of horses;
   there is no end to their chariots.
8 Their land is full of idols;
   they bow down to the work of their hands,
   to what their fingers have made.
9 So man will be brought low
   and mankind humbled–
   do not forgive them.

 10 Go into the rocks,
   hide in the ground
from dread of the LORD
   and the splendor of his majesty!
11 The eyes of the arrogant man will be humbled
   and the pride of men brought low;
the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.

 12 The LORD Almighty has a day in store
   for all the proud and lofty,
   for all that is exalted
   (and they will be humbled),
13 for all the cedars of Lebanon, tall and lofty,
   and all the oaks of Bashan,
14 for all the towering mountains
   and all the high hills,
15 for every lofty tower
   and every fortified wall,
16 for every trading ship
   and every stately vessel.
17 The arrogance of man will be brought low
   and the pride of men humbled;
the LORD alone will be exalted in that day,
 18 and the idols will totally disappear.

 19 Men will flee to caves in the rocks
   and to holes in the ground
from dread of the LORD
   and the splendor of his majesty,
   when he rises to shake the earth.
20 In that day men will throw away
   to the rodents and bats
their idols of silver and idols of gold,
   which they made to worship.
21 They will flee to caverns in the rocks
   and to the overhanging crags
from dread of the LORD
   and the splendor of his majesty,
   when he rises to shake the earth.

 22 Stop trusting in man,
   who has but a breath in his nostrils.
Of what account is he?


2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2

 11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13 If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 6

 1 As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. 2 For he says,

   “In the time of my favor I heard you,
   and in the day of salvation I helped you.”

   I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.


Psalm 105:1-11

Psalm 105

 1 Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name;
   make known among the nations what he has done.
2 Sing to him, sing praise to him;
   tell of all his wonderful acts.
3 Glory in his holy name;
   let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
4 Look to the LORD and his strength;
   seek his face always.

 5 Remember the wonders he has done,
   his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
6 O descendants of Abraham his servant,
   O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.
7 He is the LORD our God;
   his judgments are in all the earth.

 8 He remembers his covenant forever,
   the word he commanded, for a thousand generations,
9 the covenant he made with Abraham,
   the oath he swore to Isaac.
10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,
   to Israel as an everlasting covenant:
11 “To you I will give the land of Canaan
   as the portion you will inherit.”


 

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