October 24

Psalms 114

1When Israel came out of Egypt, the children of Jacob from a people whose language was strange to them;

2Judah became his holy place, and Israel his kingdom.

3The sea saw it, and went in flight; Jordan was turned back.

4The mountains were jumping like goats, and the little hills like lambs.

5What was wrong with you, O sea, that you went in flight? O Jordan, that you were turned back?

6You mountains, why were you jumping like goats, and you little hills like lambs?

7Be troubled, O earth, before the Lord, before the God of Jacob;

8Who made the rock into a water-spring, and the hard stone into a fountain.

Isaiah 17

1The word about Damascus. See, they have made Damascus a town no longer; it has become a waste place.

2Her towns are unpeopled for ever; there the flocks take their rest in peace, without fear.

3The strong tower has gone from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus: the rest of Aram will come to destruction, and be made like the glory of the children of Israel, says the Lord of armies.

4And it will be in that day that the glory of Jacob will be made small, and the strength of his body will become feeble.

5And it will be like a man cutting the growth of his grain, pulling together the heads of the grain with his arm; even as when they get in the grain in the valley of Rephaim.

6But it will be like a man shaking an olive-tree, something will still be there, two or three berries on the top of the highest branch, four or five on the outside branches of a fertile tree, says the Lord, the God of Israel.

7In that day a man’s heart will be turned to his Maker, and his eyes to the Holy One of Israel.

8He will not be looking to the altars, the work of his hands, or to the wood pillars or to the sun-images which his fingers have made.

9In that day your towns will be like the waste places of the Hivites and the Amorites which the children of Israel took for a heritage, and they will come to destruction.

10For you have not given honour to the God of your salvation, and have not kept in mind the Rock of your strength; for this cause you made a garden of Adonis, and put in it the vine-cuttings of a strange god;

11In the day of your planting you were watching its growth, and in the morning your seed was flowering: but its fruit is wasted away in the day of grief and bitter sorrow.

12Ah! the voice of peoples, like the loud sounding of the seas, and the thundering of great nations rushing on like the bursting out of waters!

13But he will put a stop to them, and make them go in flight far away, driving them like the waste of the grain on the tops of the mountains before the wind, and like the circling dust before the storm.

14In the evening there is fear, and in the morning they are gone. This is the fate of those who take our goods, and the reward of those who violently take our property for themselves.

Isaiah 18

1Ho! land of the sounding of wings, on the other side of the rivers of Ethiopia:

2Which sends its representatives by the sea, even in ships of papyrus on the waters. Go back quickly, O representatives, to a nation tall and smooth, to a people causing fear through all their history; a strong nation, crushing down its haters, whose land is cut through by rivers.

3All you peoples of the world, and you who are living on the earth, when a flag is lifted up on the mountains, give attention; and when the horn is sounded, give ear.

4For this is what the Lord has said to me: I will be quiet, watching from my place; like the clear heat when the sun is shining, like a mist of dew in the heat of summer.

5For before the time of getting in the grapes, after the opening of the bud, when the flower has become a grape ready for crushing, he will take away the small branches with knives, cutting down and taking away the wide-stretching branches.

6They will be for the birds of the mountains, and for the beasts of the earth: the birds will come down on them in the summer, and the beasts of the earth in the winter.

7In that time an offering will be made to the Lord of armies from a people tall and smooth, causing fear through all their history; a strong nation, crushing down its haters, whose land is cut through by rivers, an offering taken to the place of the name of the Lord of armies, even Mount Zion.

Isaiah 19

1The word about Egypt. See, the Lord is seated on a quick-moving cloud, and is coming to Egypt: and the false gods of Egypt will be troubled at his coming, and the heart of Egypt will be turned to water.

2And I will send the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they will be fighting every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; town against town, and kingdom against kingdom.

3And the spirit of Egypt will be troubled in her, and I will make her decisions without effect: and they will be turning to the false gods, and to those who make hollow sounds, and to those who have control of spirits, and to those who are wise in secret arts.

4And I will give the Egyptians into the hand of a cruel lord; and a hard king will be their ruler, says the Lord, the Lord of armies.

5And the waters of the sea will be cut off, and the river will become dry and waste:

6And the rivers will have an evil smell; the stream of Egypt will become small and dry: all the water-plants will come to nothing.

7The grass-lands by the Nile, and everything planted by the Nile, will become dry, or taken away by the wind, and will come to an end.

8The fishermen will be sad, and all those who put fishing-lines into the Nile will be full of grief, and those whose nets are stretched out on the waters will have sorrow in their hearts.

9And all the workers in linen thread, and those who make cotton cloth, will be put to shame.

10And the makers of twisted thread will be crushed, and those who … will be sad in heart.

11The chiefs of Zoan are completely foolish; the wisest guides of Pharaoh have become like beasts: how do you say to Pharaoh, I am the son of the wise, the offspring of early kings?

12Where, then, are your wise men? let them make clear to you, let them give you knowledge of the purpose of the Lord of armies for Egypt.

13The chiefs of Zoan have become foolish, the chiefs of Noph are tricked, the heads of her tribes are the cause of Egypt’s wandering out of the way.

14The Lord has sent among them a spirit of error: and by them Egypt is turned out of the right way in all her doings, as a man overcome by wine is uncertain in his steps.

15And in Egypt there will be no work for any man, head or tail, high or low, to do.

16In that day the Egyptians will be like women: and the land will be shaking with fear because of the waving of the Lord’s hand stretched out over it.

17And the land of Judah will become a cause of great fear to Egypt; whenever its name comes to mind, Egypt will be in fear before the Lord of armies because of his purpose against it.

18In that day there will be five towns in the land of Egypt using the language of Canaan, and making oaths to the Lord of armies; and one of them will be named, The Town of the Sun.

19In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the middle of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at the edge of the land.

20And it will be a sign and a witness to the Lord of armies in the land of Egypt: when they are crying out to the Lord because of their cruel masters, then he will send them a saviour and a strong one to make them free.

21And the Lord will give the knowledge of himself to Egypt, and the Egyptians will give honour to the Lord in that day; they will give him worship with offerings and meal offerings, and will take an oath to the Lord and give effect to it.

22And the Lord will send punishment on Egypt, and will make them well again; and when they come back to the Lord he will give ear to their prayer and take away their disease.

23In that day there will be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will come into Egypt, and Egypt will come into Assyria; and the Egyptians will give worship to the Lord together with the Assyrians.

24In that day Israel will be the third together with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the earth:

25Because of the blessing of the Lord of armies which he has given them, saying, A blessing on Egypt my people, and on Assyria the work of my hands, and on Israel my heritage.

1 Thessalonians 2:17-20

17But we, my brothers, being away from you for a short time, in body but not in heart, had all the more desire to see your face;

18For which reason we made attempts to come to you, even I, Paul, once and again; but Satan kept us from coming.

19For what is our hope or joy or crown of glory? Are not even you, before our Lord Jesus, at his coming?

20For you are our glory and our joy.

1 Thessalonians 3

1At last our desire to have news of you was so strong that, while we ourselves were waiting at Athens,

2We sent Timothy, our brother and God’s servant in the good news of Christ, to give you strength and comfort in your faith;

3So that no man might be moved by these troubles; because you see that these things are part of God’s purpose for us.

4And when we were with you, we said to you that trouble was before us; and so it came about, as you see.

5For this reason, when I was no longer able to keep quiet, I sent to get news of your faith, fearing that you might be tested by the Evil One and that our work might come to nothing.

6But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has given us good news of your faith and love, and that you have happy memories of us, desiring greatly to see us, even as we do to see you;

7For this cause, brothers, in all our trouble and grief we were comforted about you because of your faith;

8For it is life to us if you keep your faith in the Lord unchanged.

9For how great is the praise which we give to God for you, and how great the joy with which we are glad because of you before our God;

10Night and day requesting God again and again that we may see your face and make your faith complete.

11Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus make a way for us to come to you;

12And the Lord give you increase of love in fullest measure to one another and to all men, even as our love to you;

13So that your hearts may be strong and free from all sin before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

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