October 28

Psalms 118

1O give praise to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

2Let Israel now say, that his mercy is unchanging for ever.

3Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy is unchanging for ever.

4Let all worshippers of the Lord now say, that his mercy is unchanging for ever.

5I made my prayer to the Lord in my trouble: and the Lord gave me an answer, and put me in a wide place.

6The Lord is on my side; I will have no fear: what is man able to do to me?

7The Lord is my great helper: I will see my desire against my haters.

8It is better to have faith in the Lord than to put one’s hope in man.

9It is better to have faith in the Lord than to put one’s hope in rulers.

10All the nations have come round me; but in the name of the Lord I will have them cut down.

11They are round me, yes, they are all about me; but in the name of the Lord I will have them cut down.

12They are round me like bees; but they are put out like a fire among thorns; for in the name of the Lord I will have them cut down.

13I have been hard pushed by you, so that I might have a fall: but the Lord was my helper.

14The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.

15The sound of joy and salvation is in the tents of the upright; the right hand of the Lord does works of power.

16The right hand of the Lord is lifted up; the right hand of the Lord does works of power.

17Life and not death will be my part, and I will give out the story of the works of the Lord.

18The hand of Jah has been hard on me; but he has not given me up to death.

19Let the doors of righteousness be open to me; I will go in and give praise to the Lord.

20This is the door of the Lord’s house; the workers of righteousness will go in through it.

21I will give you praise, for you have given me an answer, and have become my salvation.

22The stone which the builders put on one side has become the chief stone of the building.

23This is the Lord’s doing; it is a wonder in our eyes.

24This is the day which the Lord has made; we will be full of joy and delight in it.

25Send salvation now, O Lord; Lord, send us your blessing.

26A blessing be on him who comes in the name of the Lord; we give you blessing from the house of the Lord.

27The Lord is God, and he has given us light; let the holy dance be ordered with branches, even up to the horns of the altar.

28You are my God, and I will give you praise; my God, and I will give honour to your name.

29O give praise to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

Isaiah 27

1In that day the Lord, with his great and strong and cruel sword, will send punishment on Leviathan, the quick-moving snake, and on Leviathan, the twisted snake; and he will put to death the dragon which is in the sea.

2In that day it will be said, A vine-garden of delight, make a song about it.

3I, the Lord, am watching it; I will give it water at all times: I will keep it night and day, for fear that any damage comes to it.

4My passion is over: if the thorns were fighting against me, I would make an attack on them, and they would be burned up together.

5Or let him put himself under my power, and make peace with me.

6In days to come Jacob will take root: Israel will put out buds and flowers; and the face of the world will be full of fruit.

7Is his punishment like the punishment of those who overcame him? or are his dead as great in number as those he put to the sword?

8Your anger against her has been made clear by driving her away; he has taken her away with his storm-wind in the day of his east wind.

9So by this will the sin of Jacob be covered, and this is all the fruit of taking away his punishment; when all the stones of the altar are crushed together, so that the wood pillars and the sun-images will not be put up again.

10For the strong town is without men, an unpeopled living-place; and she has become a waste land: there the young ox will take his rest, and its branches will be food for him.

11When its branches are dry they will be broken off; the women will come and put fire to them: for it is a foolish people; for this cause he who made them will have no mercy on them, and he whose work they are will not have pity on them.

12And it will be in that day that the Lord will get together his grain, from the River to the stream of Egypt, and you will be got together with care, O children of Israel.

13And it will be in that day that a great horn will be sounded; and those who were wandering in the land of Assyria, and those who had been sent away into the land of Egypt, will come; and they will give worship to the Lord in the holy mountain at Jerusalem.

Isaiah 28

1Ho! crown of pride of those who are given up to wine in Ephraim, and the dead flower of his glory which is on the head of those who are overcome by strong drink!

2See, the Lord has a strong and cruel one; like a rain of ice, a storm of destruction, like the overflowing of a strong river, he will violently overcome them.

3The crown of pride of those who are given up to wine in Ephraim will be crushed under foot;

4And the dead flower of his glory, which is on the head of the fertile valley, will be like the first early fruit before the summer; which a man takes and puts in his mouth the minute he sees it.

5In that day will the Lord of armies be a crown of glory, and a fair ornament, to the rest of his people;

6And a spirit of wisdom to the judge, and strength to those who keep back the attackers at the door of the town.

7And further, these are uncertain through wine, and have gone out of the right way through strong drink: the priest and the prophet are uncertain through strong drink, they are overcome by wine, they have gone out of the way through strong drink; their vision is false, they go wrong in their decisions.

8For all the tables are covered with coughed-up food, so that there is not a clean place.

9To whom will he give knowledge? and to whom will he make clear the word? Will it be to those who have newly given up milk, and who have only now been taken from the breast?

10For it is one rule after another; one line after another; here a little, there a little.

11No, but with broken talk, and with a strange tongue, he will give his word to this people:

12To whom he said, This is the rest, give rest to him who is tired; and by this you may get new strength; but they would not give ear.

13For this cause the word of the Lord will be to them rule after rule, line after line, here a little, there a little; so that they may go on their way, and falling back may be broken, and taken in the net.

14Give ear then to the word of the Lord, you men of pride, the rulers of this people in Jerusalem:

15Because you have said, We have made death our friend, and with the underworld we have made an agreement; when the overflowing waters come through they will not come near us; for we are looking to false words for help, taking cover in what is untrue:

16For this cause says the Lord God, See, I am placing in Zion as a base, a stone, a tested stone, an angle-stone which is certain and of great value: and he who has faith will not give way.

17And I will make right decision the measuring-line, and righteousness the weight: and the ice-storm will take away the safe place of false words, and the secret place will be covered by the flowing waters.

18And the help you were looking for from death will come to nothing, and your agreement with the underworld will be broken; when the overflowing waters come through, then you will be overcome by them.

19Whenever they come through they will overtake you; for they will come through morning after morning, by day and by night: and the news will be nothing but fear.

20For the bed is not long enough for a man to be stretched out on: and the cover is not wide enough for him to be covered with.

21For the Lord will come up as on Mount Perazim, he will be moved to wrath as in the valley of Gibeon; so that he may do his work–strange is his work; and give effect to his act–unnatural is his act.

22And now, take care that you do not make sport of him, or your bands will be made strong; for I have had word from the Lord, the Lord of armies, of an end, of a complete end, which is to come on all the land.

23Let your ears be open to my voice; give attention to what I say.

24Is the ploughman for ever ploughing? does he not get the earth ready and broken up for the seed?

25When the face of the earth has been levelled, does he not put in the different sorts of seed, and the grain in lines, and the barley in its place, and the spelt at the edge?

26For his God is his teacher, giving him the knowledge of these things.

27For the fitches are not crushed with a sharp instrument, and a cart-wheel is not rolled over the cummin; but the grain of the fitches is hammered out with a stick, and of the cummin with a rod.

28Is the grain for bread crushed? He does not go on crushing it for ever, but he lets his cart-wheels and his horses go over it without crushing it.

29This comes from the Lord of armies, purposing wonders, and wise in all his acts.

2 Thessalonians 2

1Now as to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, and our meeting with him, it is our desire, my brothers,

2That you may not be moved in mind or troubled by a spirit, or by a word, or by a letter as from us, with the suggestion that the day of the Lord is even now come;

3Give no belief to false words: because there will first be a falling away from the faith, and the revelation of the man of sin, the son of destruction,

4Who puts himself against all authority, lifting himself up over all which is named God or is given worship; so that he takes his seat in the Temple of God, putting himself forward as God.

5Have you no memory of what I said when I was with you, giving you word of these things?

6And now it is clear to you what is keeping back his revelation till the time comes for him to be seen.

7For the secret of evil is even now at work: but there is one who is keeping back the evil till he is taken out of the way.

8And then will come the revelation of that evil one, whom the Lord Jesus will put to death with the breath of his mouth, and give to destruction by the revelation of his coming;

9Even the one whose coming is marked by the working of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,

10And with every deceit of wrongdoing among those whose fate is destruction; because they were quite without that love of the true faith by which they might have salvation.

11And for this cause, God will give them up to the power of deceit and they will put their faith in what is false:

12So that they all may be judged, who had no faith in what is true, but took pleasure in evil.

13But it is right for us to give praise to God at all times for you, brothers, loved by the Lord, because it was the purpose of God from the first that you might have salvation, being made holy by the Spirit and by faith in what is true:

14And in this purpose he gave you a part through the good news of which we were the preachers, even that you might have part in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

15So then, brothers, be strong in purpose, and keep the teaching which has been given to you by word or by letter from us.

16Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father who had love for us and has given us eternal comfort and good hope through grace,

17Give you comfort and strength in every good work and word.

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