Bible Reading Plan for September 8

Sep 8 2017

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Isaiah 1:1-2:22

Rebellion of God’s People

1The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz concerning Judah and Jerusalem, which he saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

2Listen, O heavens, and hear, O earth;

For the LORD speaks,

“Sons I have reared and brought up,

But they have revolted against Me.

3“An ox knows its owner,

And a donkey its master’s manger,

But Israel does not know,

My people do not understand.”

4Alas, sinful nation,

People weighed down with iniquity,

Offspring of evildoers,

Sons who act corruptly!

They have abandoned the LORD,

They have despised the Holy One of Israel,

They have turned away from Him.

5Where will you be stricken again,

As you continue in your rebellion?

The whole head is sick

And the whole heart is faint.

6From the sole of the foot even to the head

There is nothing sound in it,

Only bruises, welts and raw wounds,

Not pressed out or bandaged,

Nor softened with oil.

7Your land is desolate,

Your cities are burned with fire,

Your fields—strangers are devouring them in your presence;

It is desolation, as overthrown by strangers.

8The daughter of Zion is left like a shelter in a vineyard,

Like a watchman’s hut in a cucumber field, like a besieged city.

9Unless the LORD of hosts

Had left us a few survivors,

We would be like Sodom,

We would be like Gomorrah.

God Has Had Enough

10Hear the word of the LORD,

You rulers of Sodom;

Give ear to the instruction of our God,

You people of Gomorrah.

11“What are your multiplied sacrifices to Me?”

Says the LORD.

“I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams

And the fat of fed cattle;

And I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs or goats.

12“When you come to appear before Me,

Who requires of you this trampling of My courts?

13“Bring your worthless offerings no longer,

Incense is an abomination to Me.

New moon and sabbath, the calling of assemblies—

I cannot endure iniquity and the solemn assembly.

14“I hate your new moon festivals and your appointed feasts,

They have become a burden to Me;

I am weary of bearing them.

15“So when you spread out your hands in prayer,

I will hide My eyes from you;

Yes, even though you multiply prayers,

I will not listen.

Your hands are covered with blood.

16“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;

Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight.

Cease to do evil,

17Learn to do good;

Seek justice,

Reprove the ruthless,

Defend the orphan,

Plead for the widow.

“Let Us Reason”

18“Come now, and let us reason together,”

Says the LORD,

“Though your sins are as scarlet,

They will be as white as snow;

Though they are red like crimson,

They will be like wool.

19“If you consent and obey,

You will eat the best of the land;

20“But if you refuse and rebel,

You will be devoured by the sword.”

Truly, the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Zion Corrupted, to Be Redeemed

21How the faithful city has become a harlot,

She who was full of justice!

Righteousness once lodged in her,

But now murderers.

22Your silver has become dross,

Your drink diluted with water.

23Your rulers are rebels

And companions of thieves;

Everyone loves a bribe

And chases after rewards.

They do not defend the orphan,

Nor does the widow’s plea come before them.

24Therefore the Lord GOD of hosts,

The Mighty One of Israel, declares,

“Ah, I will be relieved of My adversaries

And avenge Myself on My foes.

25“I will also turn My hand against you,

And will smelt away your dross as with lye

And will remove all your alloy.

26“Then I will restore your judges as at the first,

And your counselors as at the beginning;

After that you will be called the city of righteousness,

A faithful city.”

27Zion will be redeemed with justice

And her repentant ones with righteousness.

28But transgressors and sinners will be crushed together,

And those who forsake the LORD will come to an end.

29Surely you will be ashamed of the oaks which you have desired,

And you will be embarrassed at the gardens which you have chosen.

30For you will be like an oak whose leaf fades away

Or as a garden that has no water.

31The strong man will become tinder,

His work also a spark.

Thus they shall both burn together

And there will be none to quench them.

God’s Universal Reign

1The word which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

2Now it will come about that

In the last days

The mountain of the house of the LORD

Will be established as the chief of the mountains,

And will be raised above the hills;

And all the nations will stream to it.

3And many peoples will come and say,

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,

To the house of the God of Jacob;

That He may teach us concerning His ways

And that we may walk in His paths.”

For the law will go forth from Zion

And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

4And He will judge between the nations,

And will render decisions for many peoples;

And they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.

Nation will not lift up sword against nation,

And never again will they learn war.

5Come, house of Jacob, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

6For You have abandoned Your people, the house of Jacob,

Because they are filled with influences from the east,

And they are soothsayers like the Philistines,

And they strike bargains with the children of foreigners.

7Their land has also been filled with silver and gold

And there is no end to their treasures;

Their land has also been filled with horses

And there is no end to their chariots.

8Their land has also been filled with idols;

They worship the work of their hands,

That which their fingers have made.

9So the common man has been humbled

And the man of importance has been abased,

But do not forgive them.

10Enter the rock and hide in the dust

From the terror of the LORD and from the splendor of His majesty.

11The proud look of man will be abased

And the loftiness of man will be humbled,

And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.

A Day of Reckoning Coming

12For the LORD of hosts will have a day of reckoning

Against everyone who is proud and lofty

And against everyone who is lifted up,

That he may be abased.

13And it will be against all the cedars of Lebanon that are lofty and lifted up,

Against all the oaks of Bashan,

14Against all the lofty mountains,

Against all the hills that are lifted up,

15Against every high tower,

Against every fortified wall,

16Against all the ships of Tarshish

And against all the beautiful craft.

17The pride of man will be humbled

And the loftiness of men will be abased;

And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day,

18But the idols will completely vanish.

19Men will go into caves of the rocks

And into holes of the ground

Before the terror of the LORD

And the splendor of His majesty,

When He arises to make the earth tremble.

20In that day men will cast away to the moles and the bats

Their idols of silver and their idols of gold,

Which they made for themselves to worship,

21In order to go into the caverns of the rocks and the clefts of the cliffs

Before the terror of the LORD and the splendor of His majesty,

When He arises to make the earth tremble.

22Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils;

For why should he be esteemed?

2 Corinthians 10:1-18

Paul Describes Himself

1Now I, Paul, myself urge you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am meek when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent!2I ask that when I am present I need not be bold with the confidence with which I propose to be courageous against some, who regard us as if we walked according to the flesh.3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh,4for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.5We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,6and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.

7You are looking at things as they are outwardly. If anyone is confident in himself that he is Christ’s, let him consider this again within himself, that just as he is Christ’s, so also are we.8For even if I boast somewhat further about our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be put to shame,9for I do not wish to seem as if I would terrify you by my letters.10For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his personal presence is unimpressive and his speech contemptible.”11Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when absent, such persons we are also in deed when present.

12For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding.13But we will not boast beyond our measure, but within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you.14For we are not overextending ourselves, as if we did not reach to you, for we were the first to come even as far as you in the gospel of Christ;15not boasting beyond our measure, thatis, in other men’s labors, but with the hope that as your faith grows, we will be, within our sphere, enlarged even more by you,16so as to preach the gospel even to the regions beyond you, and not to boast in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another.17But HE WHO BOASTS IS TO BOAST IN THE LORD.18For it is not he who commends himself that is approved, but he whom the Lord commends.

Proverbs 22:26-27

26Do not be among those who give pledges,

Among those who become guarantors for debts.

27If you have nothing with which to pay,

Why should he take your bed from under you?