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Daily Bible Reading
October 4 - Old & New Testament
Sin, Confession and Redemption
1 Surely the arm(a) of the
is not too short(b) to save,
nor his ear too dull to hear.(c)
2 But your iniquities have separated(d)
you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
so that he will not hear.(e)
3 For your hands are stained with blood,(f)
your fingers with guilt.(g)
Your lips have spoken falsely,(h)
and your tongue mutters wicked things.
4 No one calls for justice;(i)
no one pleads a case with integrity.
They rely(j) on empty arguments, they utter lies;(k)
they conceive trouble and give birth to evil.(l)
5 They hatch the eggs of vipers(m)
and spin a spider's web.(n)
Whoever eats their eggs will die,
and when one is broken, an adder is hatched.
6 Their cobwebs are useless for clothing;
they cannot cover themselves with what they make.(o)
Their deeds are evil deeds,
and acts of violence(p) are in their hands.
7 Their feet rush into sin;
they are swift to shed innocent blood.(q)
They pursue evil schemes;(r)
acts of violence mark their ways.(s)
8 The way of peace they do not know;(t)
there is no justice in their paths.
They have turned them into crooked roads;(u)
no one who walks along them will know peace.(v)
9 So justice is far from us,
and righteousness does not reach us.
We look for light, but all is darkness;(w)
for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows.
10 Like the blind(x) we grope along the wall,
feeling our way like people without eyes.
At midday we stumble(y) as if it were twilight;
among the strong, we are like the dead.(z)
11 We all growl like bears;
we moan mournfully like doves.(aa)
We look for justice, but find none;
for deliverance, but it is far away.
12 For our offenses(ab) are many in your sight,
and our sins testify(ac) against us.
Our offenses are ever with us,
and we acknowledge our iniquities:(ad)
13 rebellion(ae) and treachery against the Lord ,
turning our backs(af) on our God,
inciting revolt and oppression,(ag)
uttering lies(ah) our hearts have conceived.
14 So justice(ai) is driven back,
and righteousness(aj) stands at a distance;
truth(ak) has stumbled in the streets,
honesty cannot enter.
15 Truth(al) is nowhere to be found,
and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.
looked and was displeased
that there was no justice.(am)
16 He saw that there was no one,(an)
he was appalled that there was no one to intervene;(ao)
so his own arm achieved salvation(ap) for him,
and his own righteousness(aq) sustained him.
17 He put on righteousness as his breastplate,(ar)
and the helmet(as) of salvation on his head;
he put on the garments(at) of vengeance(au)
and wrapped himself in zeal(av) as in a cloak.
18 According to what they have done,
so will he repay(aw)
wrath to his enemies
and retribution to his foes;
he will repay the islands(ax) their due.
19 From the west,(ay) people will fear the name of the Lord ,
and from the rising of the sun,(az) they will revere his glory.(ba)
For he will come like a pent-up flood
that the breath(bb) of the Lord drives along.[a]
20 "The Redeemer(bc) will come to Zion,(bd)
to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,"(be)
declares the Lord .
21 "As for me, this is my covenant(bf) with them," says the Lord . "My Spirit,(bg) who is on you, will not depart from you,(bh) and my words that I have put in your mouth(bi) will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever," says the Lord .
The Glory of Zion
1 "Arise,(a) shine, for your light(b) has come,
and the glory(c) of the Lord rises upon you.
2 See, darkness(d) covers the earth
and thick darkness(e) is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
3 Nations(f) will come to your light,(g)
and kings(h) to the brightness of your dawn.
4 "Lift up your eyes and look about you:
All assemble(i) and come to you;
your sons come from afar,(j)
and your daughters(k) are carried on the hip.(l)
5 Then you will look and be radiant,(m)
your heart will throb and swell with joy;(n)
the wealth(o) on the seas will be brought to you,
to you the riches of the nations will come.
6 Herds of camels(p) will cover your land,
young camels of Midian(q) and Ephah.(r)
And all from Sheba(s) will come,
bearing gold and incense(t)
and proclaiming the praise(u) of the Lord .
7 All Kedar's(v) flocks will be gathered to you,
the rams of Nebaioth will serve you;
they will be accepted as offerings(w) on my altar,(x)
and I will adorn my glorious temple.(y)
8 "Who are these(z) that fly along like clouds,(aa)
like doves to their nests?
9 Surely the islands(ab) look to me;
in the lead are the ships of Tarshish,[a](ac)
bringing(ad) your children from afar,
with their silver and gold,(ae)
to the honor(af) of the Lord your God,
the Holy One(ag) of Israel,
for he has endowed you with splendor.(ah)
10 "Foreigners(ai) will rebuild your walls,
and their kings(aj) will serve you.
Though in anger I struck you,
in favor(ak) I will show you compassion.(al)
11 Your gates(am) will always stand open,
they will never be shut, day or night,
so that people may bring you the wealth of the nations(an)—
their kings(ao) led in triumphal procession.
12 For the nation or kingdom that will not serve(ap) you will perish;
it will be utterly ruined.(aq)
13 "The glory of Lebanon(ar) will come to you,
the juniper, the fir and the cypress together,(as)
to adorn my sanctuary;(at)
and I will glorify the place for my feet.(au)
14 The children of your oppressors(av) will come bowing before you;
all who despise you will bow down(aw) at your feet
and will call you the City(ax) of the Lord ,
Zion(ay) of the Holy One(az) of Israel.
15 "Although you have been forsaken(ba) and hated,
with no one traveling(bb) through,
I will make you the everlasting pride(bc)
and the joy(bd) of all generations.
16 You will drink the milk of nations
and be nursed(be) at royal breasts.
Then you will know(bf) that I, the Lord , am your Savior,(bg)
your Redeemer,(bh) the Mighty One of Jacob.(bi)
17 Instead of bronze I will bring you gold,(bj)
and silver in place of iron.
Instead of wood I will bring you bronze,
and iron in place of stones.
I will make peace(bk) your governor
and well-being your ruler.(bl)
18 No longer will violence(bm) be heard in your land,
nor ruin or destruction(bn) within your borders,
but you will call your walls Salvation(bo)
and your gates Praise.(bp)
19 The sun will no more be your light by day,
nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you,
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,(bq)
and your God will be your glory.(br)
20 Your sun(bs) will never set again,
and your moon will wane no more;
the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your days of sorrow(bt) will end.
21 Then all your people will be righteous(bu)
and they will possess(bv) the land forever.
They are the shoot I have planted,(bw)
the work of my hands,(bx)
for the display of my splendor.(by)
22 The least of you will become a thousand,
the smallest a mighty nation.(bz)
I am the Lord ;
in its time I will do this swiftly."(ca)
The Year of the Lord's Favor
1 The Spirit(a) of the Sovereign
(b) is on me,
because the Lord has anointed(c) me
to proclaim good news(d) to the poor.(e)
He has sent me to bind up(f) the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom(g) for the captives(h)
and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord 's favor(i)
and the day of vengeance(j) of our God,
to comfort(k) all who mourn,(l)
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown(m) of beauty
instead of ashes,(n)
the oil(o) of joy
instead of mourning,(p)
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting(q) of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.(r)
4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins(s)
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.
5 Strangers(t) will shepherd your flocks;
foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
6 And you will be called priests(u) of the Lord ,
you will be named ministers of our God.
You will feed on the wealth(v) of nations,
and in their riches you will boast.
7 Instead of your shame(w)
you will receive a double(x) portion,
and instead of disgrace
you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit(y) a double portion in your land,
and everlasting joy(z) will be yours.
8 "For I, the
, love justice;(aa)
I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
In my faithfulness I will reward my people
and make an everlasting covenant(ab) with them.
9 Their descendants(ac) will be known among the nations
and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge
that they are a people the Lord has blessed."(ad)
10 I delight greatly in the
my soul rejoices(ae) in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,(af)
as a bridegroom adorns his head(ag) like a priest,
and as a bride(ah) adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up
and a garden(ai) causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness(aj)
and praise spring up before all nations.
19 You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in." 20 Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith.(ad) Do not be arrogant,(ae) but tremble.(af) 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
22 Consider therefore the kindness(ag) and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue(ah) in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.(ai) 23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.(aj) 24 After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree,(ak) how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!
All Israel Will Be Saved
25 I do not want you to be ignorant(al) of this mystery,(am) brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited:(an) Israel has experienced a hardening(ao) in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in,(ap) 26 and in this way[e] all Israel will be saved.(aq) As it is written:
"The deliverer will come from Zion;
he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
27 And this is[f] my covenant with them
when I take away their sins."[g](ar)
28 As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies(as) for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs,(at) 29 for God's gifts and his call(au) are irrevocable.(av) 30 Just as you who were at one time disobedient(aw) to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now[h] receive mercy as a result of God's mercy to you. 32 For God has bound everyone over to disobedience(ax) so that he may have mercy on them all.
33 Oh, the depth of the riches(ay) of the wisdom and[i] knowledge of God!(az)
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!(ba)
34 "Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?"[j](bb)
35 "Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?"[k](bc)
36 For from him and through him and for him are all things.(bd)
To him be the glory forever! Amen.(be)