October 29

Psalms 119:1-32

ALEPH

1 Happy are they who are without sin in their ways, walking in the law of the Lord.

2Happy are they who keep his unchanging word, searching after him with all their heart.

3They do no evil; they go in his ways.

4You have put your orders into our hearts, so that we might keep them with care.

5If only my ways were ordered so that I might keep your rules!

6Then I would not be put to shame, as long as I have respect for all your teaching.

7I will give you praise with an upright heart in learning your right decisions.

8I will keep your rules: O give me not up completely.

BETH

9 How may a young man make his way clean? by guiding it after your word.

10I have made search for you with all my heart: O let me not go wandering far from your teaching.

11I have kept your sayings secretly in my heart, so that I might do no sin against you.

12Praise be to you, O Lord: give me knowledge of your rules.

13With my lips have I made clear all the decisions of your mouth.

14I have taken as much delight in the way of your unchanging word, as in all wealth.

15I will give thought to your orders, and have respect for your ways.

16I will have delight in your rules; I will not let your word go out of my mind.

GIMEL

17 Give me, your servant, the reward of life, so that I may keep your word;

18Let my eyes be open to see the wonders of your law.

19I am living in a strange land: do not let your teachings be kept secret from me.

20My soul is broken with desire for your decisions at all times.

21Your hand has been against the men of pride, a curse is on those who go wandering out of your way.

22Take away from me shame and bitter words; for I have kept your unchanging word in my heart.

23Rulers make evil designs against me; but your servant gives thought to your rules.

24Your unchanging word is my delight, and the guide of my footsteps.

DALETH

25 My soul is joined to the dust: O give me life, in keeping with your word.

26I put the record of my ways before you, and you gave me an answer: O give me knowledge of your rules.

27Make the way of your orders clear to me; then my thoughts will be ever on your wonders.

28My soul is wasted with sorrow; give me strength again in keeping with your word

29Take from me every false way; and in mercy give me your law.

30I have taken the way of faith: I have kept your decisions before me.

31I have been true to your unchanging word; O Lord, do not put me to shame.

32I will go quickly in the way of your teaching, because you have given me a free heart.

Isaiah 29

1Ho! Ariel, Ariel, the town against which David made war; put year to year, let the feasts come round:

2And I will send trouble on Ariel, and there will be weeping and cries of grief; and she will be to me as Ariel.

3And I will make war on you like David, and you will be shut in by earthworks, and I will make towers round you.

4And you will be made low, and your voice will come out of the earth, and your words will be low out of the dust; and your voice will come out of the earth like that of a spirit, making bird-like noises out of the dust.

5And the army of your attackers will be like small dust, and all the cruel ones like dry stems gone before the wind; suddenly it will come about.

6The Lord of armies will come in with thunder and earth-shaking and great noise, with rushing wind and storm, and the flame of burning fire.

7And all the nations making war on Ariel, and all those who are fighting against her and shutting her in with their towers, will be like a dream, like a vision of the night.

8And it will be like a man desiring food, and dreaming that he is feasting; but when he is awake there is nothing in his mouth: or like a man in need of water, dreaming that he is drinking; but when he is awake he is feeble and his soul is full of desire: so will all the nations be which make war on Mount Zion.

9Be surprised and full of wonder; let your eyes be covered and be blind: be overcome, but not with wine; go with uncertain steps, but not because of strong drink.

10For the Lord has sent on you a spirit of deep sleep; and by him your eyes, the prophets, are shut, and your heads, the seers, are covered.

11And the vision of all this has become to you like the words of a book which is shut, which men give to one who has knowledge of writing, saying, Make clear to us what is in the book: and he says, I am not able to, for the book is shut:

12And they give it to one without learning, saying, Make clear to us what is in the book: and he says, I have no knowledge of writing.

13And the Lord said, because this people come near to me with their mouths, and give honour to me with their lips, but their heart is far from me, and their fear of me is false, a rule given them by the teaching of men;

14For this cause I will again do a strange thing among this people, a thing to be wondered at: and the wisdom of their wise men will come to nothing, and the sense of their guides will no longer be seen.

15Cursed are those who go deep to keep their designs secret from the Lord, and whose works are in the dark, and who say, Who sees us? and who has knowledge of our acts?

16You are turning things upside down! Is the wet earth the same to you as the one who is forming it? will the thing made say of him who made it, He made me not: or the thing formed say of him who gave it form, He has no knowledge?

17In a very short time Lebanon will become a fertile field, and the fertile field will seem like a wood.

18And in that day those whose ears are stopped will be hearing the words of the book; and the eyes of the blind will see through the mist and the dark.

19And the poor will have their joy in the Lord increased, and those in need will be glad in the Holy One of Israel.

20For the cruel one has come to nothing; and those who make sport of the Lord are gone; and those who are watching to do evil are cut off:

21Who give help to a man in a wrong cause, and who put a net for the feet of him who gives decisions in the public place, taking away a man’s right without cause.

22For this reason the Lord, the saviour of Abraham, says about the family of Jacob, Jacob will not now be put to shame, or his face be clouded with fear.

23But when they, the children of Jacob, see the work of my hands among them, they will give honour to my name; yes, they will give honour to the Holy One of Jacob, and go in fear of the God of Israel.

24Those whose hearts were turned away from him will get knowledge, and those who made an outcry against him will give attention to his teaching.

Isaiah 30

1Ho! uncontrolled children, says the Lord, who give effect to a purpose which is not mine, and who make an agreement, but not by my spirit, increasing their sin:

2Who make a move to go down into Egypt, without authority from me; who are looking to the strength of Pharaoh for help, and whose hope is in the shade of Egypt.

3And the strength of Pharaoh will be your shame, and your hope in the shade of Egypt will come to nothing.

4For his chiefs are at Zoan, and his representatives have come to Hanes.

5For they have all come with offerings to a people of no use to them, in whom is no help or profit, but only shame and a bad name.

6The word about the Beasts of the South. Through the land of trouble and grief, the land of the she-lion and the voice of the lion, of the snake and the burning winged snake, they take their wealth on the backs of young asses, and their stores on camels, to a people in whom is no profit.

7For there is no use or purpose in the help of Egypt: so I have said about her, She is Rahab, who has come to an end.

8Now go, put it in writing before them on a board, and make a record of it in a book, so that it may be for the future, a witness for all time to come.

9For they are an uncontrolled people, false-hearted, who will not give ear to the teaching of the Lord:

10Who say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Do not give us word of what is true, but say false things to give us pleasure:

11Get out of the good way, turning from the right road; do not keep the Holy One of Israel before our minds.

12For this cause the Holy One of Israel says, Because you will not give ear to this word, and are looking for help in ways of deceit and evil, and are putting your hope in them:

13This sin will be to you like a crack in a high wall, causing its fall suddenly and in a minute.

14And he will let it be broken as a potter’s vessel is broken: it will be smashed to bits without mercy; so that there will not be a bit in which one may take fire from the fireplace, or water from the spring.

15For the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, said, In quiet and rest is your salvation: peace and hope are your strength: but you would not have it so.

16Saying, No, for we will go in flight on horses; so you will certainly go in flight: and, We will go on the backs of quick-running beasts; so those who go after you will be quick-footed.

17A thousand will go in fear before one; even before five you will go in flight: till you are like a pillar by itself on the top of a mountain, and like a flag on a hill.

18For this cause the Lord will be waiting, so that he may be kind to you; and he will be lifted up, so that he may have mercy on you; for the Lord is a God of righteousness: there is a blessing on all whose hope is in him.

19O people, living in Zion, at Jerusalem, your weeping will be ended; he will certainly have mercy on you at the sound of your cry; when it comes to his ear, he will give you an answer.

20And though the Lord will give you the bread of trouble and the water of grief, you will no longer put your teacher on one side, but you will see your teacher:

21And at your back, when you are turning to the right hand or to the left, a voice will be sounding in your ears, saying, This is the way in which you are to go.

22And you will make unclean what is covering your pictured images of silver, and the plating of your images of gold: you will send them away as an unclean thing, saying, Be gone!

23And he will give rain for your seed, so that you may put it in the earth; and you will have bread from the produce of the earth, good and more than enough for your needs: in that day the cattle will get their food in wide grass-lands.

24And the oxen and the young asses which are used for ploughing, will have salted grain which has been made free from the waste with fork and basket.

25And there will be rivers and streams of water on every tall mountain and on every high hill, in the day when great numbers are put to the sword, when the towers come down.

26And the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times greater, as the light of seven days, in the day when the Lord puts oil on the wounds of his people, and makes them well from the blows they have undergone.

27See, the name of the Lord is coming from far, burning with his wrath, with thick smoke going up: his lips are full of passion, and his tongue is like a burning fire:

28And his breath is as an overflowing stream, coming up even to the neck, shaking the nations for their destruction, like the shaking of grain in a basket: and he will put a cord in the mouths of the people, turning them out of their way.

29You will have a song, as in the night when a holy feast is kept; and you will be glad in heart, as when they go with music of the pipe to the mountain of the Lord, the Rock of Israel.

30And the Lord will send out the sound of his great voice, and they will see his arm stretched out, with the heat of his wrath, and the flame of a burning fire; with a cloud-burst, and storm, and a rain of ice.

31For through the voice of the Lord the Assyrian will be broken, and the Lord’s rod will be lifted up against him.

32And every blow of the rod of his punishment, which the Lord will send on him, will be with the sound of music: and with the waving of his sword the Lord will make war against him.

33For a place of fire has long been ready; yes, it has been made ready for the king; he has made it deep and wide: it is massed with fire and much wood; the breath of the Lord, like a stream of fire, puts a light to it.

2 Thessalonians 3

1For the rest, my brothers, let there be prayer for us that the word of the Lord may go forward with increasing glory, even as it does with you;

2And that we may be made free from foolish and evil men; for not all have faith.

3But the Lord is true, who will give you strength and keep you safe from evil.

4And we have faith in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things about which we give you orders.

5And may your hearts be guided by the Lord into the love of God and quiet waiting for Christ.

6Now we give you orders, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from all those whose behaviour is not well ordered and in harmony with the teaching which they had from us.

7For you yourselves are used to taking us as your example, because our life among you was ruled by order,

8And we did not take food from any man for nothing, but were working hard night and day not to be a trouble to any of you:

9Not because we have not the right, but to make ourselves an example to you, so that you might do the same.

10For even when we were with you we gave you orders, saying, If any man does no work, let him not have food.

11For it has come to our ears that there are some among you whose behaviour is uncontrolled, who do no work at all, but are over-interested in the business of others.

12Now to such we give orders and make request in the Lord Jesus, that, working quietly, they get their living.

13And you, my brothers, do not get tired of well-doing.

14And if any man does not give attention to what we have said in this letter, take note of that man, and keep away from him, so that he may be shamed.

15Have no feeling of hate for him, but take him in hand seriously as a brother.

16Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. May the Lord be with you all.

17These words of love to you at the end are in my writing, Paul’s writing, and this is the mark of every letter from me.

18May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

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