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Daily Bible Reading
October 3 - Old & New Testament
Salvation for Others
1 This is what the Lord says:
and do what is right,(b)
for my salvation(c) is close at hand
and my righteousness(d) will soon be revealed.
2 Blessed(e) is the one who does this—
the person who holds it fast,
who keeps the Sabbath(f) without desecrating it,
and keeps their hands from doing any evil."
3 Let no foreigner(g) who is bound to the
"The Lord will surely exclude me from his people."(h)
And let no eunuch(i) complain,
"I am only a dry tree."
4 For this is what the Lord says:
"To the eunuchs(j) who keep my Sabbaths,
who choose what pleases me
and hold fast to my covenant(k)—
5 to them I will give within my temple and its walls(l)
a memorial(m) and a name
better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name(n)
that will endure forever.(o)
6 And foreigners(p) who bind themselves to the Lord
to minister(q) to him,
to love the name(r) of the Lord ,
and to be his servants,
all who keep the Sabbath(s) without desecrating it
and who hold fast to my covenant—
7 these I will bring to my holy mountain(t)
and give them joy in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices(u)
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called
a house of prayer for all nations.(v)"(w)
8 The Sovereign Lord declares—
he who gathers the exiles of Israel:
"I will gather(x) still others to them
besides those already gathered."
God's Accusation Against the Wicked
9 Come, all you beasts of the field,(y)
come and devour, all you beasts of the forest!
10 Israel's watchmen(z) are blind,
they all lack knowledge;(aa)
they are all mute dogs,
they cannot bark;
they lie around and dream,
they love to sleep.(ab)
11 They are dogs with mighty appetites;
they never have enough.
They are shepherds(ac) who lack understanding;(ad)
they all turn to their own way,(ae)
they seek their own gain.(af)
12 "Come," each one cries, "let me get wine!(ag)
Let us drink our fill of beer!
And tomorrow will be like today,
or even far better."(ah)
1 The righteous perish,(a)
and no one takes it to heart;(b)
the devout are taken away,
and no one understands
that the righteous are taken away
to be spared from evil.(c)
2 Those who walk uprightly(d)
enter into peace;
they find rest(e) as they lie in death.
3 "But you—come here, you children of a sorceress,(f)
you offspring of adulterers(g) and prostitutes!(h)
4 Who are you mocking?
At whom do you sneer
and stick out your tongue?
Are you not a brood of rebels,(i)
the offspring of liars?
5 You burn with lust among the oaks(j)
and under every spreading tree;(k)
you sacrifice your children(l) in the ravines
and under the overhanging crags.
6 The idols(m) among the smooth stones of the ravines are your portion;
indeed, they are your lot.
Yes, to them you have poured out drink offerings(n)
and offered grain offerings.
In view of all this, should I relent?(o)
7 You have made your bed on a high and lofty hill;(p)
there you went up to offer your sacrifices.(q)
8 Behind your doors and your doorposts
you have put your pagan symbols.
Forsaking me, you uncovered your bed,
you climbed into it and opened it wide;
you made a pact with those whose beds you love,(r)
and you looked with lust on their naked bodies.(s)
9 You went to Molek[a](t) with olive oil
and increased your perfumes.(u)
You sent your ambassadors[b](v) far away;
you descended to the very realm of the dead!(w)
10 You wearied(x) yourself by such going about,
but you would not say, ‘It is hopeless.'(y)
You found renewal of your strength,(z)
and so you did not faint.
11 "Whom have you so dreaded and feared(aa)
that you have not been true to me,
and have neither remembered(ab) me
nor taken this to heart?(ac)
Is it not because I have long been silent(ad)
that you do not fear me?
12 I will expose your righteousness and your works,(ae)
and they will not benefit you.
13 When you cry out(af) for help,
let your collection of idols save(ag) you!
The wind will carry all of them off,
a mere breath will blow(ah) them away.
But whoever takes refuge(ai) in me
will inherit the land(aj)
and possess my holy mountain."(ak)
Comfort for the Contrite
14 And it will be said:
"Build up, build up, prepare the road!(al)
Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people."(am)
15 For this is what the high and exalted(an) One says—
he who lives forever,(ao) whose name is holy:
"I live in a high(ap) and holy place,
but also with the one who is contrite(aq) and lowly in spirit,(ar)
to revive the spirit of the lowly
and to revive the heart of the contrite.(as)
16 I will not accuse(at) them forever,
nor will I always be angry,(au)
for then they would faint away because of me—
the very people(av) I have created.
17 I was enraged by their sinful greed;(aw)
I punished them, and hid(ax) my face in anger,
yet they kept on in their willful ways.(ay)
18 I have seen their ways, but I will heal(az) them;
I will guide(ba) them and restore comfort(bb) to Israel's mourners,
19 creating praise on their lips.(bc)
Peace, peace,(bd) to those far and near,"(be)
says the Lord . "And I will heal them."
20 But the wicked(bf) are like the tossing sea,(bg)
which cannot rest,
whose waves cast up mire(bh) and mud.
21 "There is no peace,"(bi) says my God, "for the wicked."(bj)
1 "Shout it aloud,(a) do not hold back.
Raise your voice like a trumpet.(b)
Declare to my people their rebellion(c)
and to the descendants of Jacob their sins.(d)
2 For day after day they seek(e) me out;
they seem eager to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that does what is right
and has not forsaken(f) the commands of its God.
They ask me for just decisions
and seem eager for God to come near(g) them.
3 ‘Why have we fasted,'(h) they say,
‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled(i) ourselves,
and you have not noticed?'(j)
"Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please(k)
and exploit all your workers.
4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,(l)
and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today
and expect your voice to be heard(m) on high.
5 Is this the kind of fast(n) I have chosen,
only a day for people to humble(o) themselves?
Is it only for bowing one's head like a reed(p)
and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?(q)
Is that what you call a fast,
a day acceptable to the Lord ?
6 "Is not this the kind of fasting(r) I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice(s)
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed(t) free
and break every yoke?(u)
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry(v)
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter(w)—
when you see the naked, to clothe(x) them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?(y)
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,(z)
and your healing(aa) will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a](ab) will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.(ac)
9 Then you will call,(ad) and the Lord will answer;(ae)
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
"If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger(af) and malicious talk,(ag)
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,(ah)
then your light(ai) will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.(aj)
11 The Lord will guide(ak) you always;
he will satisfy your needs(al) in a sun-scorched land(am)
and will strengthen(an) your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,(ao)
like a spring(ap) whose waters never fail.
12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins(aq)
and will raise up the age-old foundations;(ar)
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,(as)
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
13 "If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath(at)
and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight(au)
and the Lord 's holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way
and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,(av)
14 then you will find your joy(aw) in the Lord ,
and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights(ax) of the land
and to feast on the inheritance(ay) of your father Jacob."
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.(az)
The Remnant of Israel
1 I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means!(a) I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham,(b) from the tribe of Benjamin.(c) 2 God did not reject his people,(d) whom he foreknew.(e) Don't you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: 3 "Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me"[a]?(f) 4 And what was God's answer to him? "I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal."[b](g) 5 So too, at the present time there is a remnant(h) chosen by grace.(i) 6 And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works;(j) if it were, grace would no longer be grace.
7 What then? What the people of Israel sought so earnestly they did not obtain.(k) The elect among them did, but the others were hardened,(l) 8 as it is written:
"God gave them a spirit of stupor,
eyes that could not see
and ears that could not hear,(m)
to this very day."[c](n)
9 And David says:
"May their table become a snare and a trap,
a stumbling block and a retribution for them.
10 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,(o)
and their backs be bent forever."[d](p)
11 Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all!(q) Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles(r) to make Israel envious.(s) 12 But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles,(t) how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring!
13 I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles,(u) I take pride in my ministry 14 in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy(v) and save(w) some of them. 15 For if their rejection brought reconciliation(x) to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?(y) 16 If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits(z) is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.
17 If some of the branches have been broken off,(aa) and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others(ab) and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 18 do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.(ac)