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October 17 - Bible-in-a-Year
New International Version

 

Isaiah 1-2

Chapter 1

1 The vision(a) concerning Judah and Jerusalem(b) that Isaiah son of Amoz saw(c) during the reigns of Uzziah,(d) Jotham,(e) Ahaz(f) and Hezekiah,(g) kings of Judah.

A Rebellious Nation

2 Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth!(h)
     For the Lord has spoken:(i)
"I reared children(j) and brought them up,
     but they have rebelled(k) against me.
3 The ox knows(l) its master,
     the donkey its owner's manger,(m)
but Israel does not know,(n)
     my people do not understand.(o)"

4 Woe to the sinful nation,
     a people whose guilt is great,(p)
a brood of evildoers,(q)
     children given to corruption!(r)
They have forsaken(s) the Lord ;
     they have spurned the Holy One(t) of Israel
     and turned their backs(u) on him.

5 Why should you be beaten(v) anymore?
     Why do you persist(w) in rebellion?(x)
Your whole head is injured,
     your whole heart(y) afflicted.(z)
6 From the sole of your foot to the top of your head(aa)
     there is no soundness(ab)
only wounds and welts(ac)
     and open sores,
not cleansed or bandaged(ad)
     or soothed with olive oil.(ae)

7 Your country is desolate,(af)
     your cities burned with fire;(ag)
your fields are being stripped by foreigners(ah)
     right before you,
     laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.(ai)
8 Daughter Zion(aj) is left(ak)
     like a shelter in a vineyard,
like a hut(al) in a cucumber field,
     like a city under siege.
9 Unless the Lord Almighty
     had left us some survivors,(am)
we would have become like Sodom,
     we would have been like Gomorrah.(an)

10 Hear the word of the Lord ,(ao)
     you rulers of Sodom;(ap)
listen to the instruction(aq) of our God,
     you people of Gomorrah!(ar)
11 "The multitude of your sacrifices—
     what are they to me?" says the Lord .
"I have more than enough of burnt offerings,
     of rams and the fat of fattened animals;(as)
I have no pleasure(at)
     in the blood of bulls(au) and lambs and goats.(av)
12 When you come to appear before me,
     who has asked this of you,(aw)
     this trampling of my courts?
13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!(ax)
     Your incense(ay) is detestable(az) to me.
New Moons,(ba) Sabbaths and convocations(bb)
     I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.
14 Your New Moon(bc) feasts and your appointed festivals(bd)
     I hate with all my being.(be)
They have become a burden to me;(bf)
     I am weary(bg) of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands(bh) in prayer,
     I hide(bi) my eyes from you;
even when you offer many prayers,
     I am not listening.(bj)

Your hands(bk) are full of blood!(bl)

16 Wash(bm) and make yourselves clean.
     Take your evil deeds out of my sight;(bn)
     stop doing wrong.(bo)
17 Learn to do right;(bp) seek justice.(bq)
     Defend the oppressed.[a](br)
Take up the cause of the fatherless;(bs)
     plead the case of the widow.(bt)

18 "Come now, let us settle the matter,"(bu)
     says the Lord .
"Though your sins are like scarlet,
     they shall be as white as snow;(bv)
though they are red as crimson,
     they shall be like wool.(bw)
19 If you are willing and obedient,(bx)
     you will eat the good things of the land;(by)
20 but if you resist and rebel,(bz)
     you will be devoured by the sword."(ca)
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.(cb)

21 See how the faithful city
     has become a prostitute!(cc)
She once was full of justice;
     righteousness(cd) used to dwell in her—
     but now murderers!(ce)
22 Your silver has become dross,(cf)
     your choice wine is diluted with water.
23 Your rulers are rebels,(cg)
     partners with thieves;(ch)
they all love bribes(ci)
     and chase after gifts.
They do not defend the cause of the fatherless;
     the widow's case does not come before them.(cj)

24 Therefore the Lord, the Lord Almighty,
     the Mighty One(ck) of Israel, declares:
"Ah! I will vent my wrath on my foes
     and avenge(cl) myself on my enemies.(cm)
25 I will turn my hand against you;[b](cn)
     I will thoroughly purge(co) away your dross(cp)
     and remove all your impurities.(cq)
26 I will restore your leaders as in days of old,(cr)
     your rulers as at the beginning.
Afterward you will be called(cs)
     the City of Righteousness,(ct)
     the Faithful City.(cu)"

27 Zion will be delivered with justice,
     her penitent(cv) ones with righteousness.(cw)
28 But rebels and sinners(cx) will both be broken,
     and those who forsake(cy) the Lord will perish.(cz)

29 "You will be ashamed(da) because of the sacred oaks(db)
     in which you have delighted;
you will be disgraced because of the gardens(dc)
     that you have chosen.
30 You will be like an oak with fading leaves,(dd)
     like a garden without water.
31 The mighty man will become tinder
     and his work a spark;
both will burn together,
     with no one to quench the fire.(de)"

Chapter 2

The Mountain of the Lord (a)

1 This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:(b)

2 In the last days(c)

the mountain(d) of the Lord 's temple will be established
     as the highest of the mountains;(e)
it will be exalted(f) above the hills,
     and all nations will stream to it.(g)

3 Many peoples(h) will come and say,

"Come, let us go(i) up to the mountain(j) of the Lord ,
     to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
     so that we may walk in his paths."
The law(k) will go out from Zion,
     the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.(l)
4 He will judge(m) between the nations
     and will settle disputes(n) for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
     and their spears into pruning hooks.(o)
Nation will not take up sword against nation,(p)
     nor will they train for war anymore.

5 Come, descendants of Jacob,(q)
     let us walk in the light(r) of the Lord .

The Day of the Lord

6 You, Lord , have abandoned(s) your people,
     the descendants of Jacob.(t)
They are full of superstitions from the East;
     they practice divination(u) like the Philistines(v)
     and embrace(w) pagan customs.(x)
7 Their land is full of silver and gold;(y)
     there is no end to their treasures.(z)
Their land is full of horses;(aa)
     there is no end to their chariots.(ab)
8 Their land is full of idols;(ac)
     they bow down(ad) to the work of their hands,(ae)
     to what their fingers(af) have made.
9 So people will be brought low(ag)
     and everyone humbled(ah)
     do not forgive them.[a](ai)

10 Go into the rocks, hide(aj) in the ground
     from the fearful presence of the Lord
     and the splendor of his majesty!(ak)
11 The eyes of the arrogant(al) will be humbled(am)
     and human pride(an) brought low;(ao)
the Lord alone will be exalted(ap) in that day.(aq)

12 The Lord Almighty has a day(ar) in store
     for all the proud(as) and lofty,(at)
for all that is exalted(au)
     (and they will be humbled),(av)
13 for all the cedars of Lebanon,(aw) tall and lofty,(ax)
     and all the oaks of Bashan,(ay)
14 for all the towering mountains
     and all the high hills,(az)
15 for every lofty tower(ba)
     and every fortified wall,(bb)
16 for every trading ship[b](bc)
     and every stately vessel.
17 The arrogance of man will be brought low(bd)
     and human pride humbled;(be)
the Lord alone will be exalted in that day,(bf)
18       and the idols(bg) will totally disappear.(bh)

19 People will flee to caves(bi) in the rocks
     and to holes in the ground(bj)
from the fearful presence(bk) of the Lord
     and the splendor of his majesty,(bl)
     when he rises to shake the earth.(bm)
20 In that day(bn) people will throw away
     to the moles and bats(bo)
their idols of silver and idols of gold,(bp)
     which they made to worship.(bq)
21 They will flee to caverns in the rocks(br)
     and to the overhanging crags
from the fearful presence of the Lord
     and the splendor of his majesty,(bs)
     when he rises(bt) to shake the earth.(bu)

22 Stop trusting in mere humans,(bv)
     who have but a breath(bw) in their nostrils.
     Why hold them in esteem?(bx)

Psalms 108

Chapter 108

Psalm 108[a](a)(b)

A song. A psalm of David.

1 My heart, O God, is steadfast;(c)
     I will sing(d) and make music with all my soul.
2 Awake, harp and lyre!(e)
     I will awaken the dawn.
3 I will praise you, Lord , among the nations;
     I will sing of you among the peoples.
4 For great is your love,(f) higher than the heavens;
     your faithfulness(g) reaches to the skies.(h)
5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;(i)
     let your glory be over all the earth.(j)

6 Save us and help us with your right hand,(k)
     that those you love may be delivered.
7 God has spoken(l) from his sanctuary:(m)
     "In triumph I will parcel out Shechem(n)
     and measure off the Valley of Sukkoth.(o)
8 Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine;
     Ephraim is my helmet,
     Judah(p) is my scepter.
9 Moab(q) is my washbasin,
     on Edom(r) I toss my sandal;
     over Philistia(s) I shout in triumph."

10 Who will bring me to the fortified city?
     Who will lead me to Edom?
11 Is it not you, God, you who have rejected us
     and no longer go out with our armies?(t)
12 Give us aid against the enemy,
     for human help is worthless.(u)
13 With God we will gain the victory,
     and he will trample down(v) our enemies.

Revelation 17

Chapter 17

Babylon, the Prostitute on the Beast

1 One of the seven angels(a) who had the seven bowls(b) came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the punishment(c) of the great prostitute,(d) who sits by many waters.(e) 2 With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries."(f)

3 Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit(g) into a wilderness.(h) There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet(i) beast that was covered with blasphemous names(j) and had seven heads and ten horns.(k) 4 The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls.(l) She held a golden cup(m) in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries.(n) 5 The name written on her forehead was a mystery:(o)

babylon the great (p)

the mother of prostitutes (q)

and of the abominations of the earth .

6 I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God's holy people,(r) the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.

When I saw her, I was greatly astonished. 7 Then the angel said to me: "Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery(s) of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns.(t) 8 The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out of the Abyss(u) and go to its destruction.(v) The inhabitants of the earth(w) whose names have not been written in the book of life(x) from the creation of the world will be astonished(y) when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.

9 "This calls for a mind with wisdom.(z) The seven heads(aa) are seven hills on which the woman sits. 10 They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while. 11 The beast who once was, and now is not,(ab) is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.

12 "The ten horns(ac) you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour(ad) will receive authority as kings along with the beast. 13 They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast.(ae) 14 They will wage war(af) against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over(ag) them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings(ah)—and with him will be his called, chosen(ai) and faithful followers."

15 Then the angel said to me, "The waters(aj) you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.(ak) 16 The beast and the ten horns(al) you saw will hate the prostitute.(am) They will bring her to ruin(an) and leave her naked;(ao) they will eat her flesh(ap) and burn her with fire.(aq) 17 For God has put it into their hearts(ar) to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority,(as) until God's words are fulfilled.(at) 18 The woman you saw is the great city(au) that rules over the kings of the earth."

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