October 26

Psalms 116

1I have given my love to the Lord, because he has given ear to the voice of my cry and my prayer.

2He has let my request come before him, and I will make my prayer to him all my days.

3The nets of death were round me, and the pains of the underworld had me in their grip; I was full of trouble and sorrow.

4Then I made my prayer to the Lord, saying, O Lord, take my soul out of trouble.

5The Lord is full of grace and righteousness; truly, he is a God of mercy.

6The Lord keeps the simple; I was made low, and he was my saviour.

7Come back to your rest, O my soul; for the Lord has given you your reward.

8You have taken my soul from the power of death, keeping my eyes from weeping, and my feet from falling.

9I will go before the Lord in the land of the living.

10I still had faith, though I said, I am in great trouble;

11Though I said in my fear, All men are false.

12What may I give to the Lord for all the good things which he has done for me?

13I will take the cup of salvation, and give praise to the name of the Lord.

14I will make the offering of my oath to the Lord, even before all his people.

15Dear in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his saints.

16O Lord, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of her who is your servant; by you have my cords been broken.

17I will give an offering of praise to you, and make my prayer in the name of the Lord.

18I will make the offerings of my oath, even before all his people;

19In the Lord’s house, even in Jerusalem. Praise be to the Lord.

Isaiah 23

1The word about Tyre. Let a cry of sorrow go up, O ships of Tarshish, because your strong place is made waste; on the way back from the land of Kittim the news is given to them.

2Send out a cry of grief, you men of the sea-land, traders of Zidon, who go over the sea, whose representatives are on great waters;

3Who get in the seed of Shihor, whose wealth is the trade of the nations.

4Be shamed, O Zidon: for the sea, the strong place of the sea has said, I have not been with child, or given birth; I have not taken care of young men, or kept watch over the growth of virgins.

5When the news comes to Egypt they will be bitterly pained at the fate of Tyre.

6Go over to Tarshish; give cries of sorrow, O men of the sea-land.

7Is this the town which was full of joy, whose start goes back to times long past, whose wanderings took her into far-off countries?

8By whom was this purposed against Tyre, the crowning town, whose traders are chiefs, whose business men are honoured in the land?

9It was the purpose of the Lord of armies to put pride to shame, to make sport of the glory of those who are honoured in the earth.

10Let your land be worked with the plough, O daughter of Tarshish; there is no longer any harbour.

11His hand is stretched out over the sea, the kingdoms are shaking: the Lord has given orders about Canaan, to make waste its strong places.

12And he said, There is no more joy for you, O crushed virgin daughter of Zidon: up! go over to Kittim; even there you will have no rest.


14Let a cry of sorrow go up, O ships of Tarshish: because your strong place is made waste.

15And it will be in that day that Tyre will go out of mind for seventy years, that is, the days of one king: after the end of seventy years it will be for Tyre as in the song of the loose woman.

16Take an instrument of music, go about the town, O loose woman who has gone out from the memory of man; make sweet melody with songs, so that you may come back to men’s minds.

17And it will be after the end of seventy years, that the Lord will have mercy on Tyre, and she will go back to her trade, acting as a loose woman with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth.

18And her goods and her trade will be holy to the Lord: they will not be kept back or stored up; for her produce will be for those living in the Lord’s land, to give them food for their needs, and fair clothing.

Isaiah 24

1See, the Lord is making the earth waste and unpeopled, he is turning it upside down, and sending the people in all directions.

2And it will be the same for the people as for the priest; for the servant as for his master; and for the woman-servant as for her owner; the same for the one offering goods for a price as for him who takes them; the same for him who gives money at interest and for him who takes it; the same for him who lets others have the use of his property as for those who make use of it.

3The earth will be completely waste and without men; for this is the word of the Lord.

4The earth is sorrowing and wasting away, the world is full of grief and wasting away, the high ones of the earth come to nothing.

5The earth has been made unclean by those living in it; because the laws have not been kept by them, the orders have been changed, and the eternal agreement has been broken.

6For this cause the earth is given up to the curse, and those in it are judged as sinners: for this cause those living on the earth are burned up, and the rest are small in number.

7The new wine is thin, the vine is feeble, and all the glad-hearted make sounds of grief.

8The pleasing sound of all instruments of music has come to an end, and the voices of those who are glad.

9There is no more drinking of wine with a song; strong drink will be bitter to those who take it.

10The town is waste and broken down: every house is shut up, so that no man may come in.

11There is a crying in the streets because of the wine; there is an end of all delight, the joy of the land is gone.

12In the town all is waste, and in the public place is destruction.

13For it will be in the heart of the earth among the peoples, like the shaking of an olive-tree, as the last of the grapes after the getting-in is done.

14But those will be making sounds of joy; they will be crying loudly from the sea for the glory of the Lord.

15Give praise to the Lord in the east, to the name of the Lord, the God of Israel, in the sea-lands.

16From the farthest part of the earth comes the sound of songs, glory to the upright. But I said, I am wasting away, wasting away, the curse is on me! The false ones go on in their false way, yes, they go on acting falsely.

17Fear, and death, and the net, are come on you, O people of the earth.

18And it will be that he who goes in flight from the sound of fear will be overtaken by death; and he who gets free from death will be taken in the net: for the windows on high are open, and the bases of the earth are shaking.

19The earth is completely broken, it is parted in two, it is violently moved.

20The earth will be moving uncertainly, like a man overcome by drink; it will be shaking like a tent; and the weight of its sin will be on it, crushing it down so that it will not get up again.

21And in that day the Lord will send punishment on the army of the high ones on high, and on the kings of the earth on the earth.

22And they will be got together, like prisoners in the prison-house; and after a long time they will have their punishment.

23Then the moon will be veiled, and the sun put to shame; for the Lord of armies will be ruling in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before his judges he will let his glory be seen.

1 Thessalonians 5

1But about the times and their order, my brothers, there is no need for me to say anything to you.

2For you yourselves have the knowledge that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

3When they say, There is peace and no danger, then sudden destruction will come on them, as birth-pains on a woman with child; and they will not be able to get away from it.

4But you, my brothers, are not in the dark, for that day to overtake you like a thief:

5For you are all sons of light and of the day: we are not of the night or of the dark.

6So then, let us not take our rest as the others do, but let us be self-controlled and awake.

7For those who are sleeping do so in the night; and those who are the worse for drink are so in the night;

8But let us, who are of the day, be serious, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and on our heads, the hope of salvation.

9For God’s purpose for us is not wrath, but salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

10Who was put to death for us, so that, awake or sleeping, we may have a part in his life.

11So then, go on comforting and building up one another, as you have been doing.

12But we make this request to you, my brothers: give attention to those who are working among you, who are over you in the Lord to keep order among you;

13And have a high opinion of them in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.

14And our desire is that you will keep control over those whose lives are not well ordered, giving comfort to the feeble-hearted, supporting those with little strength, and putting up with much from all.

15Let no one give evil for evil; but ever go after what is good, for one another and for all.

16Have joy at all times.

17Keep on with your prayers.

18In everything give praise: for this is the purpose of God in Christ Jesus for you.

19Do not put out the light of the Spirit;

20Do not make little of the words of the prophets;

21Let all things be tested; keep to what is good;

22Keep from every form of evil.

23And may the God of peace himself make you holy in every way; and may your spirit and soul and body be free from all sin at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

24God, by whom you have been marked out in his purpose, is unchanging and will make it complete.

25Brothers, keep us in mind in your prayers.

26Give all the brothers a holy kiss.

27I give orders in the name of the Lord that all the brothers are to be present at the reading of this letter.

28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.


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