Daily Reading - October 29, 2020


Isaiah 29-30

Chapter 29

Jerusalem Is Warned

1 Woe, O Ariel [fn], Ariel [fn] the city where David once camped! Add year to year, observe [fn] your feasts on schedule.
2 I will bring distress to Ariel, And she will be a city of lamenting and mourning; And she will be like an Ariel to me.
3 I will camp against you encircling [fn] you, And I will set siegeworks against you, And I will raise up battle towers against you.
4 Then you will be brought low; From the earth you will speak, And from the dust where you are prostrate Your words will come. Your voice will also be like that of a spirit [fn] from the ground, And your speech will whisper from the dust.

5 But the multitude of your enemies [fn] will become like fine dust, And the multitude of the ruthless ones like the chaff which blows [fn] away; And it will happen instantly, suddenly.
6 From the Lord of hosts you will be punished with thunder and earthquake and loud noise, With whirlwind and tempest and the flame of a consuming fire.
7 And the multitude of all the nations who wage war against Ariel [fn], Even all who wage war against her and her stronghold, and who distress her, Will be like a dream, a vision of the night.
8 It will be as when a hungry man dreams— And behold, he is eating; But when he awakens, his hunger [fn] is not satisfied, Or as when a thirsty man dreams— And behold, he is drinking, But when he awakens, behold, he is faint And his thirst [fn] is not quenched. Thus the multitude of all the nations will be Who wage war against Mount Zion.

9 Be delayed and wait, Blind yourselves and be blind; They become drunk, but not with wine, They stagger, but not with strong drink.
10 For the Lord has poured over you a spirit of deep sleep, He has shut your eyes, the prophets; And He has covered your heads, the seers.
11 The entire vision will be to you like the words of a sealed book [fn], which when they give it to the one who is [fn] literate, saying, "Please read this," he will say, "I cannot, for it is sealed."
12 Then the book [fn] will be given to the one who is [fn] illiterate, saying, "Please read this." And he will say, "I cannot [fn] read."

13 Then the Lord said, "Because this people draw near with their words [fn] And honor Me with their lip [fn] service, But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence [fn] for Me consists [fn] of tradition [fn] learned by rote,
14 Therefore behold, I will once again deal marvelously with this people, wondrously marvelous; And the wisdom of their wise men will perish, And the discernment of their discerning men will be concealed."

15 Woe to those who deeply hide their plans [fn] from the Lord, And whose deeds are done in a dark place, And they say, "Who sees us?" or "Who knows us?"
16 You turn things around! Shall the potter be considered as [fn] equal with the clay, That what is made would say to its maker, "He did not make me"; Or what is formed say to him who formed it, "He has no understanding"?

Blessing after Discipline

17 Is it not yet just a little while Before [fn] Lebanon will be turned into a fertile field, And the fertile field will be considered as a forest?
18 On that day the deaf will hear words of a book, And out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see.
19 The afflicted also will increase their gladness in the Lord, And the needy of mankind will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
20 For the ruthless will come to an end and the scorner will be finished, Indeed all who are [fn] intent on doing evil will be cut off;
21 Who cause [fn] a person to be indicted by a word, And ensnare him who adjudicates at the gate, And defraud [fn] the one in the right with meaningless [fn] arguments.
22 Therefore thus says the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: "Jacob shall not now be ashamed, nor shall his face now turn pale;
23 But when he [fn] sees his children, the work of My hands, in his midst, They will sanctify My name; Indeed, they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob And will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
24 "Those who err in mind [fn] will know the [fn] truth, And those who criticize [fn] will accept [fn] instruction.

Chapter 30

Judah Warned against Egyptian Alliance

1 "Woe to the rebellious children," declares the Lord, "Who execute a plan, but not Mine, And make [fn] an alliance, but not of My Spirit, In order to add sin to sin;
2 Who proceed down to Egypt Without consulting Me [fn], To take refuge in the safety of Pharaoh And to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!
3 "Therefore the safety of Pharaoh will be your shame And the shelter in the shadow of Egypt, your humiliation.
4 "For their princes are at Zoan And their ambassadors arrive at Hanes.
5 "Everyone will be ashamed because of a people who cannot profit them, Who are not for help or profit, but for shame and also for reproach."
6 The oracle [fn] concerning the beasts of the Negev. Through a land of distress and anguish, From where [fn] come lioness and lion, viper and flying serpent, They carry their riches on the backs [fn] of young donkeys And their treasures on camels' humps, To a people who cannot profit them;
7 Even Egypt, whose help is vain and empty. Therefore, I have called her [fn] "Rahab [fn] who has been exterminated."
8 Now go, write it on a tablet before them And inscribe it on a scroll, That it may serve [fn] in the time to come As [fn] a witness forever.
9 For this is a rebellious people, false sons, Sons who refuse [fn] to listen To the instruction [fn] of the Lord;
10 Who say to the seers, "You must not see visions"; And to the prophets, "You must not prophesy to us what is right, Speak to us pleasant [fn] words, Prophesy illusions.
11 "Get out of the way, turn aside from the path, Let [fn] us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel."
12 Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel, "Since you have rejected this word And have put your trust in oppression and guile, and have relied on them,
13 Therefore this iniquity will be to you Like a breach about to fall, A bulge in a high wall, Whose collapse comes suddenly in an instant,
14 Whose collapse is like the smashing of a potter's jar, So [fn] ruthlessly shattered That a sherd will not be found among its pieces To take [fn] fire from a hearth Or to scoop water from a cistern."
15 For thus the Lord [fn]God, the Holy One of Israel, has said, "In repentance [fn] and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength." But you were not willing,
16 And you said, "No, for we will flee on horses," Therefore you shall flee! "And we will ride on swift horses," Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift.
17 One thousand will flee at the threat of one man; You will flee at the threat of five, Until you are left as a flag [fn] on a mountain top And as a signal on a hill.

God Is Gracious and Just

18 Therefore the Lord longs [fn] to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits [fn] on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long [fn] for Him.
19 O [fn] people in Zion, inhabitant in Jerusalem, you will weep no longer. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you.
20 Although the Lord has given you bread of privation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher.
21 Your ears will hear a word behind you, "This ">[fn] is the way, walk in it," whenever you turn to the right or to the left.
22 And you will defile your graven images overlaid with silver, and your molten images plated with gold. You will scatter them as an impure thing, and say to them ">[fn], "Be gone!"

23 Then He will give you rain for the [fn] seed which you will sow in the ground, and bread from the yield of the ground, and it will be rich [fn] and plenteous [fn]; on that day your livestock will graze in a roomy pasture.
24 Also the oxen and the donkeys which work the ground will eat salted fodder, which has [fn] been winnowed with shovel and fork.
25 On every lofty mountain and on every high hill there will be streams [fn] running with water on the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.
26 The light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven days, on the day the Lord binds up the fracture of His people and heals the bruise He [fn] has inflicted.

27 Behold, the name of the Lord comes from a remote [fn] place; Burning is His anger and dense [fn] is His smoke [fn]; His lips are filled with indignation And His tongue is like a consuming fire;
28 His breath is like an overflowing torrent, Which reaches to the neck, To shake the nations back and forth in a sieve [fn], And to put in the jaws of the peoples the bridle which leads [fn] to ruin.
29 You will have songs [fn] as in the night when you keep the festival, And gladness of heart as when one marches to the sound of the flute, To go to the mountain of the Lord, to the Rock of Israel.
30 And the Lord will cause His [fn] voice of authority to be heard, And the descending [fn] of His arm to be seen in fierce anger, And in the flame of a consuming fire In cloudburst, downpour and hailstones.
31 For at the voice of the Lord Assyria will be terrified, When He strikes with the rod.
32 And every blow [fn] of the rod [fn] of punishment, Which the Lord will lay on him, Will be with the music of tambourines and lyres; And in battles, brandishing weapons, He will fight them.
33 For Topheth [fn] has long been ready, Indeed, it has been prepared for the king. He has made it deep and large, A [fn] pyre of fire with plenty of wood; The breath of the Lord, like a torrent of brimstone, sets it afire.
Psalms 119:1-32

Psalm 119

Meditations and Prayers Relating to the Law of God.

A Aleph.

1 How blessed are those whose way is blameless [fn], Who walk in the law of the Lord.
2 How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, Who seek Him with all their heart.
3 They also do no unrighteousness; They walk in His ways.
4 You have ordained [fn] Your precepts, That [fn] we should keep them diligently.
5 Oh that my ways may be established To keep Your statutes!
6 Then I shall not be ashamed When I look upon [fn] all Your commandments.
7 I shall give thanks to You with uprightness of heart, When I learn Your righteous judgments.
8 I shall keep Your statutes; Do not forsake me utterly!

B Beth.

9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word.
10 With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments.
11 Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.
12 Blessed are You, O Lord; Teach me Your statutes.
13 With my lips I have told of All the ordinances of Your mouth.
14 I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, As [fn] much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on Your precepts And regard [fn] Your ways.
16 I shall delight [fn] in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word.

G Gimel.

17 Deal bountifully with Your servant, That I may live and keep Your word.
18 Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law.
19 I am a stranger in the earth; Do not hide Your commandments from me.
20 My soul is crushed with [fn] longing After Your ordinances at all times.
21 You rebuke the arrogant, the [fn] cursed, Who wander from Your commandments.
22 Take away reproach and contempt from me, For I observe Your testimonies.
23 Even though princes sit and talk against me, Your servant meditates on Your statutes.
24 Your testimonies also are my delight; They are my [fn] counselors.

D Daleth.

25 My soul cleaves to the dust; Revive me according to Your word.
26 I have told of my ways, and You have answered me; Teach me Your statutes.
27 Make me understand the way of Your precepts, So I will meditate on Your wonders.
28 My soul weeps [fn] because of grief; Strengthen me according to Your word.
29 Remove the false way from me, And graciously grant me Your law.
30 I have chosen the faithful way; I have placed [fn] Your ordinances before me.
31 I cling to Your testimonies; O Lord, do not put me to shame!
32 I shall run the way of Your commandments, For You will enlarge my heart.
2 Thessalonians 3

Chapter 3


1 Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread [fn] rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you;
2 and that we will be rescued from perverse [fn] and evil men; for not all have faith [fn].
3 But the Lord is faithful, and [fn] He will strengthen and protect you from [fn] the evil one.
4 We have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will continue to do what we command.
5 May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ.

6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep [fn] away from every brother who leads [fn] an unruly [fn] life and not according to the tradition which you [fn] received from us.
7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow [fn] our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you,
8 nor did we eat anyone [fn]'s bread without [fn] paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you;
9 not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow [fn] our example.
10 For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.
11 For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies.
12 Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread.
13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.

14 If anyone does not obey our instruction [fn] in [fn] this letter, take special note of that person and [fn] do not associate with him, so that he will be put to shame.
15 Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish [fn] him as a brother.

16 Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance [fn]. The Lord be with you all!
17 I [fn], Paul, write this greeting with my own hand, and this is a distinguishing mark in every letter; this is the way I write.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
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