Day 267

Daily Bible Reading

(ESV: Through The Bible)

Isaiah 1-3 (Listen)

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

The Wickedness of Judah

Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth;
  for the Lord has spoken:
“Children [1] have I reared and brought up,
  but they have rebelled against me.
The ox knows its owner,
  and the donkey its master's crib,
but Israel does not know,
  my people do not understand.”

Ah, sinful nation,
  a people laden with iniquity,
offspring of evildoers,
  children who deal corruptly!
They have forsaken the Lord,
  they have despised the Holy One of Israel,
  they are utterly estranged.

Why will you still be struck down?
  Why will you continue to rebel?
The whole head is sick,
  and the whole heart faint.
From the sole of the foot even to the head,
  there is no soundness in it,
but bruises and sores
  and raw wounds;
they are not pressed out or bound up
  or softened with oil.

Your country lies desolate;
  your cities are burned with fire;
in your very presence
  foreigners devour your land;
  it is desolate, as overthrown by foreigners.
And the daughter of Zion is left
  like a booth in a vineyard,
like a lodge in a cucumber field,
  like a besieged city.

If the Lord of hosts
  had not left us a few survivors,
we should have been like Sodom,
  and become like Gomorrah.

Hear the word of the Lord,
  you rulers of Sodom!
Give ear to the teaching [2] of our God,
  you people of Gomorrah!
“What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?
  says the Lord;
I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
  and the fat of well-fed beasts;
I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
  or of lambs, or of goats.

“When you come to appear before me,
  who has required of you
  this trampling of my courts?
Bring no more vain offerings;
  incense is an abomination to me.
New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations—
  I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.
Your new moons and your appointed feasts
  my soul hates;
they have become a burden to me;
  I am weary of bearing them.
When you spread out your hands,
  I will hide my eyes from you;
even though you make many prayers,
  I will not listen;
  your hands are full of blood.
Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
  remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes;
cease to do evil,
  learn to do good;
seek justice,
  correct oppression;
bring justice to the fatherless,
  plead the widow's cause.

“Come now, let us reason [3] together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
  they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
  they shall become like wool.
If you are willing and obedient,
  you shall eat the good of the land;
but if you refuse and rebel,
  you shall be eaten by the sword;
  for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

The Unfaithful City

How the faithful city
  has become a whore, [4]
  she who was full of justice!
Righteousness lodged in her,
  but now murderers.
Your silver has become dross,
  your best wine mixed with water.
Your princes are rebels
  and companions of thieves.
Everyone loves a bribe
  and runs after gifts.
They do not bring justice to the fatherless,
  and the widow's cause does not come to them.

Therefore the Lord declares,
  the Lord of hosts,
  the Mighty One of Israel:
“Ah, I will get relief from my enemies
  and avenge myself on my foes.
I will turn my hand against you
  and will smelt away your dross as with lye
  and remove all your alloy.
And I will restore your judges as at the first,
  and your counselors as at the beginning.
Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness,
  the faithful city.”

Zion shall be redeemed by justice,
  and those in her who repent, by righteousness.
But rebels and sinners shall be broken together,
  and those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed.
For they [5] shall be ashamed of the oaks
  that you desired;
and you shall blush for the gardens
  that you have chosen.
For you shall be like an oak
  whose leaf withers,
  and like a garden without water.
And the strong shall become tinder,
  and his work a spark,
and both of them shall burn together,
  with none to quench them.

The Mountain of the Lord

2:1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

It shall come to pass in the latter days
  that the mountain of the house of the Lord
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
  and shall be lifted up above the hills;
and all the nations shall flow to it,
  and many peoples shall 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 his ways
  and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go the law, [6]
  and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
  and shall decide disputes for many peoples;
and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
  and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
  neither shall they learn war anymore.

O house of Jacob,
  come, let us walk
  in the light of the Lord.

The Day of the Lord

For you have rejected your people,
  the house of Jacob,
because they are full of things from the east
  and of fortune-tellers like the Philistines,
  and they strike hands with the children of foreigners.
Their land is filled with silver and gold,
  and there is no end to their treasures;
their land is filled with horses,
  and there is no end to their chariots.
Their land is filled with idols;
  they bow down to the work of their hands,
  to what their own fingers have made.
So man is humbled,
  and each one is brought low—
  do not forgive them!
Enter into the rock
  and hide in the dust
from before the terror of the Lord,
  and from the splendor of his majesty.
The haughty looks of man shall be brought low,
  and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled,
and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.

For the Lord of hosts has a day
  against all that is proud and lofty,
  against all that is lifted up—and it shall be brought low;
against all the cedars of Lebanon,
  lofty and lifted up;
  and against all the oaks of Bashan;
against all the lofty mountains,
  and against all the uplifted hills;
against every high tower,
  and against every fortified wall;
against all the ships of Tarshish,
  and against all the beautiful craft.
And the haughtiness of man shall be humbled,
  and the lofty pride of men shall be brought low,
  and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.
And the idols shall utterly pass away.
And people shall enter the caves of the rocks
  and the holes of the ground, [7]
from before the terror of the Lord,
  and from the splendor of his majesty,
  when he rises to terrify the earth.

In that day mankind will cast away
  their idols of silver and their idols of gold,
which they made for themselves to worship,
  to the moles and to the bats,
to enter the caverns of the rocks
  and the clefts of the cliffs,
from before the terror of the Lord,
  and from the splendor of his majesty,
  when he rises to terrify the earth.
Stop regarding man
  in whose nostrils is breath,
  for of what account is he?

Judgment on Judah and Jerusalem

3:1 For behold, the Lord God of hosts
  is taking away from Jerusalem and from Judah
support and supply, [8]
  all support of bread,
  and all support of water;
the mighty man and the soldier,
  the judge and the prophet,
  the diviner and the elder,
the captain of fifty
  and the man of rank,
the counselor and the skillful magician
  and the expert in charms.
And I will make boys their princes,
  and infants [9] shall rule over them.
And the people will oppress one another,
  every one his fellow
  and every one his neighbor;
the youth will be insolent to the elder,
  and the despised to the honorable.

For a man will take hold of his brother
  in the house of his father, saying:
“You have a cloak;
  you shall be our leader,
and this heap of ruins
  shall be under your rule”;
in that day he will speak out, saying:
“I will not be a healer; [10]
  in my house there is neither bread nor cloak;
you shall not make me
  leader of the people.”
For Jerusalem has stumbled,
  and Judah has fallen,
because their speech and their deeds are against the Lord,
  defying his glorious presence. [11]

For the look on their faces bears witness against them;
  they proclaim their sin like Sodom;
  they do not hide it.
Woe to them!
  For they have brought evil on themselves.
Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them,
  for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.
Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him,
  for what his hands have dealt out shall be done to him.
My people—infants are their oppressors,
  and women rule over them.
O my people, your guides mislead you
  and they have swallowed up [12] the course of your paths.

The Lord has taken his place to contend;
  he stands to judge peoples.
The Lord will enter into judgment
  with the elders and princes of his people:
“It is you who have devoured [13] the vineyard,
  the spoil of the poor is in your houses.
What do you mean by crushing my people,
  by grinding the face of the poor?”
     declares the Lord God of hosts.

The Lord said:
Because the daughters of Zion are haughty
  and walk with outstretched necks,
  glancing wantonly with their eyes,
mincing along as they go,
  tinkling with their feet,
therefore the Lord will strike with a scab
  the heads of the daughters of Zion,
  and the Lord will lay bare their secret parts.

In that day the Lord will take away the finery of the anklets, the headbands, and the crescents; the pendants, the bracelets, and the scarves; the headdresses, the armlets, the sashes, the perfume boxes, and the amulets; the signet rings and nose rings; the festal robes, the mantles, the cloaks, and the handbags; the mirrors, the linen garments, the turbans, and the veils.

Instead of perfume there will be rottenness;
  and instead of a belt, a rope;
and instead of well-set hair, baldness;
  and instead of a rich robe, a skirt of sackcloth;
  and branding instead of beauty.
Your men shall fall by the sword
  and your mighty men in battle.
And her gates shall lament and mourn;
  empty, she shall sit on the ground.

Galatians 2 (Listen)

Paul Accepted by the Apostles

2:1 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain. But even Titus, who was with me, was not forced to be circumcised, though he was a Greek. Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery— to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you. And from those who seemed to be influential (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)—those, I say, who seemed influential added nothing to me. On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel to the circumcised (for he who worked through Peter for his apostolic ministry to the circumcised worked also through me for mine to the Gentiles), and when James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.

Paul Opposes Peter

But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?”

Justified by Faith

We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is not justified [14] by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor. For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness [15] were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.


[1] 1:2 Or Sons; also verse 4
[2] 1:10 Or law
[3] 1:18 Or dispute
[4] 1:21 Or become unchaste
[5] 1:29 Some Hebrew manuscripts you
[6] 2:3 Or teaching
[7] 2:19 Hebrew dust
[8] 3:1 Hebrew staff
[9] 3:4 Or caprice
[10] 3:7 Hebrew binder of wounds
[11] 3:8 Hebrew the eyes of his glory
[12] 3:12 Or they have confused
[13] 3:14 Or grazed over; compare Exodus 22:5
[14] 2:16 Or counted righteous (three times in verse 16); also verse 17
[15] 2:21 Or justification




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