Daily Reading - October 18, 2020


Isaiah 3-4

Chapter 3

God Will Remove the Leaders

1 For behold, the Lord [fn]God of hosts is going to remove from Jerusalem and Judah Both supply [fn] and support, the whole supply [fn] of bread And the whole supply [fn] of water;
2 The mighty man and the warrior, The judge and the prophet, The diviner and the elder,
3 The captain of fifty and the honorable man, The counselor and the expert artisan, And the skillful enchanter.
4 And I will make mere lads their princes, And capricious [fn] children will rule over them,
5 And the people will be oppressed, Each one by another, and each one by his neighbor; The youth will storm against the elder And the inferior against the honorable.
6 When a man lays hold of his brother in his father's house, saying, "You have a cloak, you shall be our ruler, And these ruins will be under your charge [fn],"
7 He will protest [fn] on that day, saying, "I will not be your healer [fn], For in my house there is neither bread nor cloak; You should not appoint me ruler of the people."
8 For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen, Because their speech [fn] and their actions are against the Lord, To rebel against His [fn] glorious presence.
9 The [fn] expression of their faces bears witness against them, And they display their sin like Sodom; They do not even conceal it. Woe to them [fn]! For they have brought evil on themselves.
10 Say to the righteous that it will go well with them, For they will eat the fruit of their actions.
11 Woe to the wicked! It will go badly with him, For what [fn] he deserves will be done to him.
12 O My people! Their oppressors are [fn] children, And women rule over them. O My people! Those who guide you lead you astray And confuse the direction of your paths.

God Will Judge

13 The Lord arises to contend, And stands to judge the people.
14 The Lord enters into judgment with the elders and princes of His people, "It is you who have devoured the vineyard; The plunder of the poor is in your houses.
15 "What do you mean by crushing My people And grinding the face of the poor?" Declares the Lord [fn]God of hosts.

Judah's Women Denounced

16 Moreover, the Lord said, "Because the daughters of Zion are proud And walk with heads [fn] held high and seductive eyes, And go along with mincing steps And tinkle the bangles on their feet,
17 Therefore the Lord will afflict the scalp of the daughters of Zion with scabs, And the Lord will make their foreheads bare."
18 In that day the Lord will take away the beauty of their anklets, headbands, crescent ornaments,
19 dangling earrings, bracelets, veils,
20 headdresses, ankle chains, sashes, perfume boxes, amulets,
21 finger [fn] rings, nose rings,
22 festal robes, outer tunics, cloaks, money purses,
23 hand mirrors, undergarments, turbans and veils.

24 Now it will come about that instead of sweet [fn] perfume there will be putrefaction; Instead of a belt, a rope; Instead of well-set hair, a plucked-out scalp; Instead of fine clothes, a donning of sackcloth; And branding instead of beauty.
25 Your men will fall by the sword And your mighty [fn] ones in battle.
26 And her gates [fn] will lament and mourn, And deserted she will sit on the ground.

Chapter 4

A Remnant Prepared

1 For seven women will take hold of one man in that day, saying, "We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name; take away our reproach!"
2 In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth will be the pride and the adornment of the survivors of Israel.
3 It will come about that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy—everyone who is recorded for life in Jerusalem.
4 When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and purged [fn] the bloodshed of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning,
5 then the Lord will create over the whole area of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, even smoke, and the brightness of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory will be a canopy.
6 There will be a shelter to give shade from the heat by day, and refuge and protection [fn] from the storm and the rain.

Psalms 109:1-19

Psalm 109

Vengeance Invoked upon Adversaries.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.

1 O God of my praise, Do not be silent!
2 For they have opened the wicked [fn] and deceitful mouth against me; They have spoken against [fn] me with a lying tongue.
3 They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without cause.
4 In return for my love they act as my accusers; But I am in prayer.
5 Thus they have repaid [fn] me evil for good And hatred for my love.

6 Appoint a wicked man over him, And let an accuser [fn] stand at his right hand.
7 When he is judged, let him come forth guilty, And let his prayer become sin.
8 Let his days be few; Let another take his office.
9 Let his children be fatherless And his wife a widow.
10 Let his children wander about and beg; And let them seek sustenance far [fn] from their ruined homes.
11 Let the creditor seize [fn] all that he has, And let strangers plunder the product of his labor.
12 Let there be none to extend [fn] lovingkindness to him, Nor any to be gracious to his fatherless children.
13 Let his posterity be cut [fn] off; In a following generation let their name be blotted out.

14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before [fn] the Lord, And do not let the sin of his mother be blotted out.
15 Let them be before the Lord continually, That He may cut off their memory from the earth;
16 Because he did not remember to show lovingkindness, But persecuted the afflicted and needy man, And the despondent in heart, to put them to death.
17 He also loved cursing, so it came to him; And he did not delight in blessing, so it was far from him.
18 But he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment, And it entered into his [fn] body like water And like oil into his bones.
19 Let it be to him as a garment with which he covers himself, And for a belt with which he constantly girds himself.
Revelation 18

Chapter 18

Babylon Is Fallen

1 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory.
2 And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, "Fallen [fn], fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison [fn] of every unclean spirit, and a prison [fn] of every unclean and hateful bird.
3 "For all the nations have [fn] drunk of the wine of the passion [fn] of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth [fn] of her sensuality [fn]."

4 I heard another voice from heaven, saying, "Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues;
5 for her sins have piled [fn] up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.
6 "Pay her back even as she has paid, and give [fn] back to her double according to her deeds; in the cup which she has mixed, mix twice as much for her.
7 "To the degree that she glorified herself and lived sensuously [fn], to the same degree give her torment and mourning; for she says in her heart, 'I sit as a queen and I am not a widow, and will never see mourning.'
8 "For this reason in one day her plagues will come, pestilence [fn] and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for the Lord God who judges her is strong.

Lament for Babylon

9 "And the kings of the earth, who committed acts of immorality and lived sensuously [fn] with her, will weep and lament over her when they see the smoke of her burning,
10 standing at a distance because of the fear of her torment, saying, 'Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in one hour your judgment has come.'

11 "And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more—
12 cargoes of gold and silver and precious stones [fn] and pearls and fine linen and purple and silk and scarlet, and every kind of citron wood and every article of ivory and every article made from very costly wood and bronze [fn] and iron and marble,
13 and cinnamon and spice [fn] and incense and perfume and frankincense and wine and olive oil and fine flour and wheat and cattle and sheep, and cargoes of horses and chariots and slaves [fn] and human [fn] lives.
14 "The fruit you [fn] long for has gone from you, and all things that were luxurious and splendid have passed away from you and men will no longer find them.
15 "The merchants of these things, who became rich from her, will stand at a distance because of the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning,
16 saying, 'Woe, woe, the great city, she who was clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and adorned [fn] with gold and precious stones [fn] and pearls;
17 for in one hour such great wealth has been laid waste!' And every shipmaster and every passenger [fn] and sailor, and as many as make their living by the sea, stood at a distance,
18 and were crying out as they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, 'What city is like the great city?'
19 "And they threw dust on their heads and were crying out, weeping and mourning, saying, 'Woe, woe, the great city, in which all who had ships at sea became rich by her wealth [fn], for in one hour she has been laid waste!'
20 "Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints [fn] and apostles and prophets, because God has pronounced [fn] judgment for you against her."

21 Then a [fn] strong angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, "So will Babylon, the great city, be thrown down with violence, and will not be found any longer.
22 "And the sound of harpists and musicians and flute-players and trumpeters will not be heard in you any longer; and no craftsman of any craft will be found in you any longer; and the sound of a mill will not be heard in you any longer;
23 and the light of a lamp will not shine in you any longer; and the voice of the bridegroom and bride will not be heard in you any longer; for your merchants were the great men of the earth, because all the nations were deceived by your sorcery.
24 "And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints [fn] and of all who have been slain on the earth."

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