10/31/13

From Mark Copeland... Paul's Thank-You Note (Philippians 4:10-23)

                    "THE EPISTLE TO THE PHILIPPIANS"

                     Paul's Thank-You Note (4:10-23)

INTRODUCTION

1. In our study of Philippians, we come to point where Paul mentions the
   occasion which prompted the writing of this epistle

2. In these verses we find an expression of Paul's gratitude, a
   "Thank-You Note", if you will - Php 4:10-23

3. In these concluding verses, there are a number of notable things I
   would like to emphasize

[The first being...]

I. THE PHILIPPIANS' GENEROSITY

   A. AS DESCRIBED BY PAUL...
      1. Notice especially verses 10,14-18
      2. Clearly they demonstrated an "on-going" support and concern for
         the apostle
         a. When Paul first departed from Macedonia, they shared with him
         b. Even before leaving Macedonia, while still in Thessalonica,
            they sent aid on several occasions
         c. Now at last, while in Rome, they sent a gift by the hands of
            Epaphroditus

   B. WHAT A WONDERFUL PICTURE OF FELLOWSHIP BETWEEN A CHURCH AND A
      PREACHER!
      1. The kind that ought to exist today!
      2. Where churches and preachers continue to maintain their
         fellowship in the gospel of Christ as the need calls for it,
         long after the preacher has gone on to other works
      3. How sad, that in many cases preachers leave a congregation in
         such a way that there is no desire on the part of the
         congregation to maintain such fellowship!

[Another notable thing in this passage is...]

II. PAUL'S CONTENTMENT
       
   A. AS EXPRESSED BY PAUL...
      1. His expression of thanks was not to hint that he was in great
         need - Php 4:11a
      2. For he was quite content with the "state" or condition he found
         himself in - Php 4:11b
      3. This "contentment" was something he had learned - Php 4:11b-12

   B. WHAT WAS THE "KEY" TO PAUL'S CONTENTMENT?
      1. As expressed in Php 4:13, it involved strength given by the
         Lord
         a. Who enabled him to be content whether full or hungry
         b. Who enabled him to be content whether abounding or in need
      2. Part of this strength from the Lord may have been the proper
         perspective which Paul likely received from the Lord
         a. The proper perspective about life and death - cf. Php 1:21-24
         b. The proper perspective about the true necessities in life 
            - cf. 1Ti 6:6-8

[Having mentioned the strength given by the Lord, let's look a little 
closer at...]

III. CHRIST'S POWER

   A. THERE IS INDEED WONDERFUL POWER AVAILABLE FOR THE CHRISTIAN!
      1. As Paul indicates, this power enables one to do all things
         necessary in serving the Lord- Php 4:13
      2. We learn more about this wonderful power in Paul's epistle to
         the Ephesians...
         a. It is power about which Paul wanted them to know - Ep 1:
            18-19
         b. It is power that is in accordance with the power used to
            raise Jesus from the dead, and to seat Him at the right hand
            of God! - Ep 1:19-21
         c. Paul attributes such power to the Holy Spirit, dwelling in
            the Christian - cf. Ro 8:11-14
         d. He prayed that God would strengthen the Ephesians with such
            power, which is described as being able to accomplish great
            things - Ep 3:16,20-21
      3. In other words, with the Spirit as the instrumental agent, God
         and Christ enables the Christian to do all that he or she is
         required to do!

   B. THE RAMIFICATION OF THIS POWER...
      1. We are not alone in our efforts to "work out our own salvation"
         - cf. Php 2:12-13
      2. There is no excuse for not doing what God desires!
      3. When we fall, it is usually a problem of the will, not the
         ability! (unlike those outside of Christ, where it is a problem
         of ability - cf. Ro 7:18,22-25)
      4. For Christians who sin knowingly, it is not that they CAN'T do
         the will of God, but they WON'T!
         a. Of course, because we have imperfect knowledge, we may
            sometimes sin ignorantly, and therefore are always in need of
            the cleansing blood of Jesus
         b. But when we know the will of God, there are no excuses for
            not doing it!

[What a wonderful blessing for those who are in Christ, to have that
power!  But there is even a hint of more blessings in our text, as we
notice what is said about...]

IV. GOD'S RICHES

   A. AS DEFINED BY PAUL...
      1. These are "riches in glory" which God supplies by Jesus Christ 
         - Php 4:19
         a. I.e., one must be "in Christ" to enjoy these "riches"
         b. Indeed, "in Christ" is the realm in which God provides every
            spiritual blessing - cf. Ep 1:3-13 (note the use of the
            phrase "in Christ", or "in Him")
      2. But God provides not only spiritual needs, but "all your needs"
         a. Which includes the necessities of life, like food and
            clothing
         b. As Jesus Himself taught in Mt 6:30-33

   B. WITH "RICHES" LIKE THESE...
      1. How can we not be content?
      2. We have an abundance of "spiritual" blessings, and an assurance
         of "physical" needs, how could we ever be less than satisfied?

[May God forgive us when we take these "riches" lightly and begin to 
feel discontented with what we have!

Finally, we note...]

V. THE SAINT'S GREETINGS

   A. AS READ HERE IN PHILIPPIANS...
      1. Paul first sends his greetings - Php 4:21a
      2. The brethren with him (Luke?  Timothy?) send their greetings 
         - Php 4:21b
      3. Then "all the saints...especially those who are of Caesar's
         household" send their greetings - Php 4:22

   B. THE SIMPLE ACT OF GREETING CAN SERVE AN IMPORTANT FUNCTION...
      1. Clearly, Paul thought so - cf. Ro 16:3-16,21-23
      2. Some possible benefits of greeting one another:
         a. Greeting one another expresses our love and appreciation for
            one another
         b. Greeting one another frequently (in letter or in person)
            nourishes the relationship we have as brethren in Christ
      3. Note that Paul desired to greet "every" saint in Christ Jesus;
         no room for favoritism here! - Php 4:21
      4. How we greet (or fail to greet) other Christians in our
         assemblies reveals a lot about ourselves
         a. Either that we are caring and loving without partiality
         b. Or cold and insensitive, except to those in our "clique"!

CONCLUSION

1. Such are some the things we can glean from a simple "thank-you
   note"...
   a. The Philippians' generosity
   b. Paul's contentment
   c. Christ's power
   d. God's riches
   e. The saints' greetings

2. What this reveals is the high quality of life experienced by those in
   Christ!
   a. Who despite the sort of circumstances faced by Paul...
   b. Could still feel and write such a letter as the epistle to the
      Philippians!

3. As we close this study on this wonderful epistle, I leave with you two
   words:  "glory" and "grace"
   a. "Now to our God and Father be GLORY forever and ever.  Amen." 
      - Php 4:20
   b. "The GRACE of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.  Amen." 
      - Php 4:23

Have you received the wonderful GRACE of our Lord in your life, by 
obeying His gospel?  Are you living so as to offer GLORY to God, both 
in word and deed?

May such portions of God's Word like the Epistle to the Philippians 
inspire you to do both!

Executable Outlines, Copyright © Mark A. Copeland, 2011


From Jim McGuiggan... Are Gentile Christians NT Israel?

Are Gentile Christians NT Israel?

I'm of the opinion that the terms "Israel," "Israelite" and "Jew" are reserved for the physical descendants of Abraham through Jacob. I believe the scriptures speak of unbelieving Jews as children of Abraham (John 8:37). I believe the scriptures deny that unbelieving Jews are children of Abraham (John 8:39,44). Before Jesus of Nazareth came along a prophet called Ezekiel called apostate Jews the children of Amorites and Hittites and sister to Sodom (16:45,48).

I believe the scriptures call unbelieving Jews "Israel" (Romans 11:25 and see Romans 9:25-29). I believe the scriptures deny that unbelieving Israel is Israel (Romans 9:6 and Hosea 1:9).

The above is doubted by no one. Nor is this. The Scripture speak of believing Gentiles who have been baptized into Christ and calls them "Abraham's children" (Galatians 3:26-28). Abraham and only Abraham is called the father of all that believe (Romans 4:11-12, Galatians 3:7).

But Paul is very particular about this. He insists that Abraham was justified with God prior to his circumcision so that he might be the father of all that believe (Romans 4:11). He tells us that only Abraham received circumcision as a token of the relationship that he had with God prior to his circumcision (4:10-11). Abraham's circumcision came after his relationship with God was established and Paul takes pains to make that clear. This was not true of Isaac or Jacob (Israel). Gentile Christians as well as Jewish can say that Abraham is our father but only Israel can say Israel (Jacob) is our father.

Galatians 6:16 is awkwardly constructed. Scholars still, I think, favour the notion that there are two groups. Those who "walk by this rule" (Gentile believers) and "the Israel of God". The Israel of God would be the Jewish believers who trust to the Messiah. In any case, the least we can say is that the text doesn't establish the case for saying that Gentile believers are called "Israel".
I think this is worthy of reflection because it affects how we hear Paul's theology, especially as he works it out in Romans and Galatians.

©2004 Jim McGuiggan. All materials are free to be copied and used as long as money is not being made.

Many thanks to brother Ed Healy, for allowing me to post from his website, the abiding word.com.

From Ben Fronczek... Raising The Righteousness Bar

Raising The Righteousness Bar

Raising the Righteousness Bar

INTRODUCTION.
In High school, did you ever try to do the high jump. You know, where you try to jump over that bar. And if you make it they raise it a few inches and encourage you to jump even higher until you can’t make it over anymore. The world high jump record is 2.45 meters (that’s 8 feet ½ inch). That’s the greatest height anyone has ever cleared with their body. One person has did it once in 1993 & no has done it again. It is the standard by which all great jumps are measured. If a jump doesn’t meet or exceed that height, it falls short of being the best that was ever done.

The Pharisees in Jesus’ day were almost universally respected for their righteous  and vigorous attention to the laws of God. They were, in a sense the, “world record holders at law keeping.” Their righteousness was by many considered the standard by which everyone else was judged.  They just seem so religious as well.

But if you’ve read the NT you know that Jesus had something to say about their righteousness as He spoke to on the sermon on the Mt.. 

In Matt 5:20 He said,

“For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”

The average Joe there must have been shocked, even stunned at what Jesus had to say there. The Pharisees and teachers were the most religious people they knew, and yet Jesus was telling them that their righteousness must surpass that of those scholars. Surpass means to go beyond, sometimes even way beyond.
So in essence Jesus said, ‘If you want to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, your righteousness must, must exceed that of the Pharisees, maybe even by a lot.’  Or, ‘Those guys you may think are the most religious simply are not near good enough for God. What you see in them all as being good, is flawed and full of holes. What looks like perfection is actually broken to the Father. You have to go beyond what they are doing.’

I imagine the people wondered, ‘What more can I do? I’m just a simple guy. It’s just not possible to do more than they are doing?’ But Jesus looked at the Pharisees and teachers of the Law and said, “What they’re doing is not good enough” And so what was Jesus doing? In a sense He was raising the righteousness bar. So what did He mean by saying all this? Well, the Pharisees identified 613 rules in the OT Scriptures 248 commands to do something  and 365 prohibitions. They aspired to keep them flawlessly. If anyone would be considered really, really righteous, you’d have to figure it would be them.
And yet, Jesus still raised the bar. Their kind of righteousness  wasn’t good enough.

In the following verses Jesus lets them, and us know up front that He did not come to change or abolish God’s Law that the Pharisees and teachers were  trying to follow, but rather He tells the people that He came to fulfill it, or obey it completely. And He did! And He is the only one who has ever fulfilled perfectly to this day. You see the problem was, the Pharisees and teachers may have understood the letter of the law, but where they were flawed was in the fact that they did not understand the spirit of those laws, nor did they have an intimate relationship with the One who gave those laws.

In the following verses in Matthew 5 Jesus tries to points out and illustrate what God really wanted and expects of them,     and us.  For example:

- In vs. 21-26, Jesus talks about anger.(READ)

  21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
   23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
   25 “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.”

Now a Pharisee would never dream of pulling the trigger of a gun to kill someone – there was a rule against that, ‘Thou shall not kill’ - but they’d still be happy to destroy a person’s dignity with their words. Or, ruin and hurt an individual in some other way, possible using another to do the dirty work.  For example: They used Romans to do their dirty work and kill Jesus….   But there on the mount, what did Jesus teach the people? Yes the letter of says ‘Do not Murder,’ but the spirit of it goes much deeper and speaks about the relationship we should have with one another, that we should do our best to push aside those hostile feelings and resolve our differences in a peaceful manner. God the Father doesn’t want His children fighting and killing one another, rather He wants to see the spirit of peace to prevail.
- In vs. 27-30, Jesus talks about adultery. (READ)

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.”

Many of those early Jews would never have an affair and neither would we – Why, because God has a rule against that. But Jesus addressed something deeper and personal that shows the very Spirit of that law. Yes God does not want you to go behind your spouse and commit adultery, but neither does He want you to get carried away with, and lust after, and commit adultery with, and cheat on your spouse in your mind. In doing so your mind is divided and so too is you allegiance to your spouse. (He lets us know that we need eliminate whatever may be causing us to lust like that.. literally cut it out of your life, or else) (Joseph ran) Unfortunately we don’t have the time to look at all the examples he gives in this text, but do you see what Jesus is stressing here? It’s not the just the law that’s important, rather it’s the heart and the principles behind the law that God is interested in us following. The Pharisees knew the rules, but they really didn’t know God. In their attempt to be letter perfect, they didn’t seem to care about spirit or principles that stood behind God’s rules.     Later in Matt. 23 Jesus will slam these Pharisees and teachers and call them phonies and hypocrites.   

25”Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.     27 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”

And so Jesus was telling His disciples, and I believe us as well, ‘Don’t act like these guys.’  And so He raised the righteousness bar. You may think that those Pharisees almost sound a little comical. Who could be that committed to  studying God’s Law and then miss what God really wanted? It’s funny until we realize we may be doing some of the same things: Claiming to be a Christian and then acting or thinking just as bad and sometimes worst that our non-Christian friends.

-          We know Jesus said that the greatest command is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and being. But how does that reflect in our life? Or in our attitudes? How does that reflect in our worship, our service to Him, or in our giving?

-          When asked Jesus said that the 2nd greatest command was to love our neighbor as our self, and later He upgraded by saying,  

“Love one another as I have loved you.”

But how does that reflect, or play out in our lives, and attitudes?(at Home, at Work, in your car in traffic?) We’ve all heard stories or seen how ‘so called Christians’ act just as phony and hypocritical as those Pharisees and teachers of the Law; in how we judge, and make fun of other people, in how we treat others, in how we dabble in things we shouldn’t which stain our purity and integrity. And so outsiders Christianity because of them. You don’t believe me go to the internet and google Christian hypocrites, you’ll be shocked. In a sense, I believe we all fall short. I know do. But I also believe Jesus in a loving way is saying here, ‘Don’t settle for those hypocritical standards’. And so He raises up the righteousness bar for us and says, ‘now shoot for this I know you can do it.’ Just calling yourself a Christian and obeying a set of rules is not enough.  ’He said ‘Unless you surpass that superficial phony kind of religion, you are not going to enter the Kingdom of heaven.’   Isn’t that what he said in that text?

Let me give you few ways to help you reach those new heights and truly become more righteous before God, even more than the Pharisees of yesteryear and today:

#1. I really believe that one thing that will help us to become righteous in God’s sights is to focus more on becoming a lover of God, than a keeper of rules  
The Pharisees seemed more interested in keeping the rulebook than building a relationship with and learning to love God Himself. It doesn’t seem like they took the time to understand God and the heart of what He really wanted. The laws seem more important than the very principles that were behind them.   Matt. 23:23

How do you think you would feel if your kids were only concerned about doing their best to keep the rules of your household and doing their chores, but then never pursued or wanted to have a personal relationship with you. I believe that’s another reason why Jesus came; to open our eyes so we can see past the rules to the One that rules all.  The Jews would not even mouth God’s name, but Jesus taught His disciple to address Him as, “Our Father who art in heaven” , and even “abba, Father” or dad. Yes Jesus wanted His disciple to honor our Father in Heaven, but to honor Him by giving Him our heart and our love. And if we love Him like that, then obeying God will not come out of a feeling of obligation, but rather doing what God wants will be a natural byproduct of that love.. So we nee to nurture a relationship with our Lord. Court Him, spend time with Him, talk to Him in prayer, ask Him for help in this matter, do everything you can do to develop this relationship.

#2. Step out of the spotlight 
When it comes to our religion we shouldn’t be looking around for approval or recognition from others.   Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 6:1, He said,

 “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”

(It’s not about you or me and being a braggy show-off Christian.) As a matter of fact He even said when it come to doing good, don’t even let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. It’s not about standing up and saying, ”Look at me I am a Christian,” before others! But rather it’s about REALLY loving your Father in Heaven and then , 

‘Letting your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.’ (not you)    

We need to remember, people may see what we do, but God knows our heart and why we do it!

#3. Go to God’s word. Not like the Pharisees, but Read it, study it, meditate on it, digest it. It his message to you and me.  The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy and early Christians,

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  2 Tim. 3:16-17  God has given us what we need to know and understand Him!

#4. Find those who seem to sincerely love God and His word, spend time them and learn from their example. The wisest man who ever lived wrote,  

“As iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17   We’ll never be too old to learn from another.

In Philippians 4, Paul told those early Christians  

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”        He’s saying, ‘folks, learn from my good example!’ 
Even the best high jumper needed a Coach.

#5. And last of all and most importantly, the one thing I believe that will make us righteous in God’s sights is to receive His righteous Gift… Jesus

No matter what we do in and of ourselves, without and His cleansing blood we will never be right before God.  As a matter of fact the prophet Isaiah compared our  righteousness to filthy rags – that was just a polite way of saying,  our righteousness is like used toilet paper. That’s how much our own righteousness is worth. Why, because not one of us is 100% righteous and pure. (Isa. 64:6)
Even the Apostle Paul wrote to Roman church saying,  

21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

In Romans 3:21-22f he wrote:
 “But now a righteousness from God, apart from the law, has been made known…This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.”

In Philippians 3:8 he wrote
“…not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.”

When we accept Jesus in our life, God gives us His righteousness. Jesus makes us right in God’ sight.  That’s why Jesus died on the cross for you and me.  Because of His incredible love and mercy, He being perfect, died for you and me who are imperfect.

The Bible in Romans 8:3-4 tells us that God sent Jesus to die for us so that in Him the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us.
In Col. 2:10f Paul writes,    

10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.(and then he tells us how) 11 In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ,(so he said that Christ performed this cutting away or circumcision on us. When?) 12 having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.
13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you] alive (or declared righteous) with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. 

When we truly love God with all our heart and mind and being we’ll want to please Him because we love Him and He will help us reach new heights with His help, with His spirit, and by His grace.

Closing:

Jesus let us know that God’s rules are important. They were Important to Him and should be important to us. But more important than following rules, and standing up and declaring ourselves to be a Christian, is our personal relationship to Him.

My Challenge for you this week is the very challenge that Jesus put before us all in this lesson to surpass the false righteousness of the phonies of this age, and become GENUINE disciples of our Lord Jesus, one who is in love with Him.

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From Gary... Strangers and pilgrims




























If you were watching TV during the day on Wednesday, you probably saw Katherine Sebelius (see information about her at: Kathleen Sebelius ) testify before congress.  Frankly, I only watched about 15-20 minutes before I turned it off in disgust.  Think about all the scandals, broken promises, dead locks and outright crimes in our nations capital and literally it is enough to make you physically sick.  A senator made reference to the "not in Kansas, anymore" quote from the movie "The Wizard of OZ" as a jab at her because she was the former govenor of Kansas; with all the obvious implications of that statement.  Frankly, over the past few years, I feel like I live in a different USA (A United Socialist America).  Then, this morning, it hit me; that I am indeed a stranger in a strange land, for my true home is in heaven.  Sound unusual?  Remember this passage from the New Testament...

Hebrews, Chapter 11
 1 Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, proof of things not seen.  2 For by this, the elders obtained testimony.  3 By faith, we understand that the universe has been framed by the word of God, so that what is seen has not been made out of things which are visible.  4 By faith, Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he had testimony given to him that he was righteous, God testifying with respect to his gifts; and through it he, being dead, still speaks.  5 By faith, Enoch was taken away, so that he wouldn’t see death, and he was not found, because God translated him. For he has had testimony given to him that before his translation he had been well pleasing to God.  6 Without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to him, for he who comes to God must believe that he exists, and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him.  7 By faith, Noah, being warned about things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared a ship for the saving of his house, through which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.  8 By faith, Abraham, when he was called, obeyed to go out to the place which he was to receive for an inheritance. He went out, not knowing where he went.  9 By faith, he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a land not his own, dwelling in tents, with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.  10 For he looked for the city which has the foundations, whose builder and maker is God.  11 By faith, even Sarah herself received power to conceive, and she bore a child when she was past age, since she counted him faithful who had promised.  12 Therefore as many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as innumerable as the sand which is by the sea shore, were fathered by one man, and him as good as dead.  13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them and embraced them from afar, and having confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  14 For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own.  15 If indeed they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had enough time to return.  16 But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed of them, to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

Our society has changed; we are no longer a predominately Christian nation.  The days of "Father knows best", "Leave it to Beaver" and "The Dick Van Dyk show" are gone.  Innocence has given way to sin and like  ancient Israel, we are sick from the head to the foot with the putrid effects of rebellion against God.  Isaiah puts it this way...

Isaiah, Chapter 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. 
  2 Hear, heavens,
and listen, earth; for Yahweh has spoken:
“I have nourished and brought up children,
and they have rebelled against me.
  3 The ox knows his owner,
and the donkey his master’s crib;
but Israel doesn’t know,
my people don’t consider.”
  4 Ah sinful nation,
a people loaded with iniquity,
a seed of evildoers,
children who deal corruptly!
They have forsaken Yahweh.
They have despised the Holy One of Israel.

They are estranged and backward.
  5 Why should you be beaten more,
that you revolt more and more?
The whole head is sick,
and the whole heart faint.
  6 From the sole of the foot even to the head there is no soundness in it:
wounds, welts, and open sores.


I really do not know if it is too late to save our country, but as Christians, we need to pray that God's will for our country be done.  Please, Please pray for this country; I will!!!  The movie: "The Wizard Of Oz" has many moral lessons in it, but the one I like the best is "There is no place like home".  Pray to God that it becomes a fit place to call home once again!!!

10/30/13

From Gary... Bible Reading and Study October 31




Bible Reading and Study  


October 31


The World English Bible



Oct. 31
Isaiah 17-20

Isa 17:1 The burden of Damascus: "Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap.
Isa 17:2 The cities of Aroer are forsaken. They will be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.
Isa 17:3 The fortress shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria. They will be as the glory of the children of Israel," says Yahweh of Armies.
Isa 17:4 "It will happen in that day that the glory of Jacob will be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh will become lean.
Isa 17:5 It will be like when the harvester gathers the wheat, and his arm reaps the grain. Yes, it will be like when one gleans grain in the valley of Rephaim.
Isa 17:6 Yet gleanings will be left there, like the shaking of an olive tree, two or three olives in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outermost branches of a fruitful tree," says Yahweh, the God of Israel.
Isa 17:7 In that day, people will look to their Maker, and their eyes will have respect for the Holy One of Israel.
Isa 17:8 They will not look to the altars, the work of their hands; neither shall they respect that which their fingers have made, either the Asherim, or the incense altars.
Isa 17:9 In that day, their strong cities will be like the forsaken places in the woods and on the mountain top, which were forsaken from before the children of Israel; and it will be a desolation.
Isa 17:10 For you have forgotten the God of your salvation, and have not remembered the rock of your strength. Therefore you plant pleasant plants, and set out foreign seedlings.
Isa 17:11 In the day of your planting, you hedge it in. In the morning, you make your seed blossom, but the harvest flees away in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.
Isa 17:12 Ah, the uproar of many peoples, who roar like the roaring of the seas; and the rushing of nations, that rush like the rushing of mighty waters!
Isa 17:13 The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters: but he will rebuke them, and they will flee far off, and will be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like the whirling dust before the storm.
Isa 17:14 At evening, behold, terror! Before the morning, they are no more. This is the portion of those who plunder us, and the lot of those who rob us.
Isa 18:1 Ah, the land of the rustling of wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia;
Isa 18:2 that sends ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of papyrus on the waters, saying, "Go, you swift messengers, to a nation tall and smooth, to a people awesome from their beginning onward, a nation that measures out and treads down, whose land the rivers divide!"
Isa 18:3 All you inhabitants of the world, and you dwellers on the earth, when a banner is lifted up on the mountains, look! When the trumpet is blown, listen!
Isa 18:4 For Yahweh said to me, "I will be still, and I will see in my dwelling place, like clear heat in sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest."
Isa 18:5 For before the harvest, when the blossom is over, and the flower becomes a ripening grape, he will cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and he will cut down and take away the spreading branches.
Isa 18:6 They will be left together for the ravenous birds of the mountains, and for the animals of the earth. The ravenous birds will summer on them, and all the animals of the earth will winter on them.
Isa 18:7 In that time, a present will be brought to Yahweh of Armies from a people tall and smooth, even from a people awesome from their beginning onward, a nation that measures out and treads down, whose land the rivers divide, to the place of the name of Yahweh of Armies, Mount Zion.
Isa 19:1 The burden of Egypt: "Behold, Yahweh rides on a swift cloud, and comes to Egypt. The idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence; and the heart of Egypt will melt in its midst.
Isa 19:2 I will stir up the Egyptians against the Egyptians, and they will fight everyone against his brother, and everyone against his neighbor; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom.
Isa 19:3 The spirit of Egypt will fail in its midst. I will destroy its counsel. They will seek the idols, the charmers, those who have familiar spirits, and the wizards.
Isa 19:4 I will give over the Egyptians into the hand of a cruel lord. A fierce king will rule over them," says the Lord, Yahweh of Armies.
Isa 19:5 The waters will fail from the sea, and the river will be wasted and become dry.
Isa 19:6 The rivers will become foul. The streams of Egypt will be diminished and dried up. The reeds and flags will wither away.
Isa 19:7 The meadows by the Nile, by the brink of the Nile, and all the sown fields of the Nile, will become dry, be driven away, and be no more.
Isa 19:8 The fishermen will lament, and all those who fish in the Nile will mourn, and those who spread nets on the waters will languish.
Isa 19:9 Moreover those who work in combed flax, and those who weave white cloth, will be confounded.
Isa 19:10 The pillars will be broken in pieces. All those who work for hire will be grieved in soul.
Isa 19:11 The princes of Zoan are utterly foolish. The counsel of the wisest counselors of Pharaoh has become stupid. How do you say to Pharaoh, "I am the son of the wise, the son of ancient kings?"
Isa 19:12 Where then are your wise men? Let them tell you now; and let them know what Yahweh of Armies has purposed concerning Egypt.
Isa 19:13 The princes of Zoan have become fools. The princes of Memphis are deceived. They have caused Egypt to go astray, who are the cornerstone of her tribes.
Isa 19:14 Yahweh has mixed a spirit of perverseness in the midst of her; and they have caused Egypt to go astray in all of its works, like a drunken man staggers in his vomit.
Isa 19:15 Neither shall there be for Egypt any work, which head or tail, palm branch or rush, may do.
Isa 19:16 In that day the Egyptians will be like women. They will tremble and fear because of the shaking of the hand of Yahweh of Armies, which he shakes over them.
Isa 19:17 The land of Judah will become a terror to Egypt. Everyone to whom mention is made of it will be afraid, because of the plans of Yahweh of Armies, which he determines against it.
Isa 19:18 In that day, there will be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language of Canaan, and swear to Yahweh of Armies. One will be called "The city of destruction."
Isa 19:19 In that day, there will be an altar to Yahweh in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to Yahweh at its border.
Isa 19:20 It will be for a sign and for a witness to Yahweh of Armies in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to Yahweh because of oppressors, and he will send them a savior and a defender, and he will deliver them.
Isa 19:21 Yahweh will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know Yahweh in that day. Yes, they will worship with sacrifice and offering, and will vow a vow to Yahweh, and will perform it.
Isa 19:22 Yahweh will strike Egypt, striking and healing. They will return to Yahweh, and he will be entreated by them, and will heal them.
Isa 19:23 In that day there will be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria; and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.
Isa 19:24 In that day, Israel will be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth;
Isa 19:25 because Yahweh of Armies has blessed them, saying, "Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance."
Isa 20:1 In the year that Tartan came to Ashdod, when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him, and he fought against Ashdod and took it;
Isa 20:2 at that time Yahweh spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, "Go, and loosen the sackcloth from off your waist, and take your shoes from off your feet." He did so, walking naked and barefoot.
Isa 20:3 Yahweh said, "As my servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and a wonder concerning Egypt and concerning Ethiopia,
Isa 20:4 so the king of Assyria will lead away the captives of Egypt and the exiles of Ethiopia, young and old, naked and barefoot, and with buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.
Isa 20:5 They will be dismayed and confounded, because of Ethiopia their expectation, and of Egypt their glory.
Isa 20:6 The inhabitants of this coast land will say in that day, 'Behold, this is our expectation, where we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria. And we, how will we escape?' "



 
The Composite Bible
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Darby's Translation
Young's Literal Translation

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Isaiah

Isaiah 17 1
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from [being] a city, and it shall
be a ruinous heap.
The burden of Damascus. Lo, Damascus is taken away from [being] a city, And it hath been a heap -- a ruin.
Isaiah 17 2
The cities of Aroer are forsaken; they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.
The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks; and they shall lie down and
there shall be none to make them afraid.
Forsaken are the cities of Aroer, For droves they are, and they have lain down, And
there is none troubling.
Isaiah 17 3
The fortress shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria; they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, says Yahweh of Hosts.

The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the
remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith Jehovah of hosts.

And ceased hath the fortress from Ephraim, And the kingdom from Damascus, And
the remnant of Aram are as the honour of the sons of Israel, The affirmation of
Jehovah of Hosts!
Isaiah 17 4
It shall happen in that day, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.
And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the
fatness of his flesh shall become lean.
And it hath come to pass, in that day, Wax poor doth the honour of Jacob, And the
fatness of his flesh doth wax lean.
Isaiah 17 5
It shall be as when the harvester gathers the standing grain, and his arm reaps the ears; yes, it shall be as when one gleans ears in the valley of Rephaim.
And it shall be as when the reaper gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm;
yea, it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim.
And it hath come to pass, As the gathering by the reaper of the standing corn,
And his arm the ears reapeth, And it hath come to pass, As the gathering of the
ears in the valley of Rephaim,
Isaiah 17 6
Yet there shall be left therein gleanings, as the shaking of an olive-tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost branches of a fruitful tree, says Yahweh, the God of Israel.
And a gleaning shall be left in it, as at the shaking of an olive-tree: two, three berries
above, in the tree-top; four, five in its fruitful boughs, saith Jehovah, the God of Israel.
And left in him have been gleanings, As the compassing of an olive, Two -- three
berries on the top of a branch, Four -- five on the fruitful boughs, The affirmation of Jehovah, God of Israel!
Isaiah 17 7
In that day shall men look to their Maker, and their eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.
In that day shall man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have regard to the Holy One of Israel.
In that day doth man look to His Maker, Yea, his eyes to the Holy One of Israel look,
Isaiah 17 8
They shall not look to the altars, the work of their hands; neither shall they have respect to that which their fingers have made, either the Asherim, or the sun-images.
And he will not look to the altars, the work of his hands, nor have regard to what his
fingers have made, neither the Asherahs nor the sun-images.
And he looketh not unto the altars. The work of his own hands, And that which his
own fingers made He seeth not -- the shrines and the images.
Isaiah 17 9
In that day shall their strong cities be as the forsaken places in the wood and on the mountain top, which were forsaken from before the children of Israel; and it shall be a desolation.
In that day shall his strong cities be as the forsaken tract in the woodland, and the
mountain-top which they forsook before the children of Israel; and there shall be
desolation.
In that day are the cities of his strength As the forsaken thing of the forest, And
the branch that they have left, Because of the sons of Israel, It also hath been a desolation.
Isaiah 17 10
For you have forgotten the God of your salvation, and have not been mindful of the rock of your strength; therefore you plant pleasant plants, and set it with strange slips.
For thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of
thy strength; therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plantations, and shalt set them with
foreign slips:
Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, And the rock of thy strength
hast not remembered, Therefore thou plantest plants of pleasantness, And with a strange slip sowest it,
Isaiah 17 11
In the day of your planting you hedge it in, and in the morning you make your seed to blossom; but the harvest flees away in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.
in the day of thy planting wilt thou make [them] to grow, and on the morrow wilt thou
make thy seed to flourish; [but] the harvest will flee in the day of taking possession, and
the sorrow will be incurable.
In the day thy plant thou causest to become great, And in the morning thy seed
makest to flourish, A heap [is] the harvest in a day of overflowing, And of mortal pain.
Isaiah 17 12
Ah, the uproar of many peoples, who roar like the roaring of the seas; and the rushing of nations, that rush like the rushing of mighty waters!
Ha! a tumult of many peoples! they make a noise as the noise of the seas; -- and the
rushing of nations! they rush as the rushing of mighty waters.
Wo [to] the multitude of many peoples, As the sounding of seas they sound; And [to]
the wasting of nations, As the wasting of mighty waters they are wasted.
Isaiah 17 13
The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but he shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like the whirling dust before the storm.
The nations rush as the rushing of many waters; but he will rebuke them, and they shall
flee far away, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like
a whirling [of dust] before the whirlwind:
Nations as the wasting of many waters are wasted, And He hath pushed against it,
And it hath fled afar off, And been pursued as chaff of hills before wind, And as a
rolling thing before a hurricane.
Isaiah 17 14
At evening, behold, terror; [and] before the morning they are no more. This is the portion of those who despoil us, and the lot of those who rob us.
behold, at eventide, trouble; before the morning they are not. This is the portion of them
that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.
At even-time, lo, terror, before morning it is not, This [is] the portion of our
spoilers, And the lot of our plunderers!
Isaiah 18 1
Ah, the land of the rustling of wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia;
Ha! land shadowing with wings, which art beyond the rivers of Cush,
Ho, land shadowed [with] wings, That [is] beyond the rivers of Cush,
Isaiah 18 2
that sends ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of papyrus on the waters, [saying], Go, you swift messengers, to a nation tall and smooth, to a people awesome from their beginning onward, a nation that measures out and treads down, whose land the rivers divide!
that sendest ambassadors over the sea, and in vessels of papyrus upon the waters,
[saying,] Go, swift messengers, to a nation scattered and ravaged, to a people terrible
from their existence and thenceforth; to a nation of continued waiting and of treading
down, whose land the rivers have spoiled!
That is sending by sea ambassadors, Even with implements of reed on the face of
the waters, -- Go, ye light messengers, Unto a nation drawn out and peeled, Unto a
people fearful from its beginning and onwards, A nation meeting out by line, and
treading down, Whose land floods have spoiled.
Isaiah 18 3
All you inhabitants of the world, and you dwellers on the earth, when an ensign is lifted up on the mountains, see you; and when the trumpet is blown, hear you.
All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, when a banner is lifted up on
the mountains, see ye, and when a trumpet is blown, hear ye!
All ye inhabitants of the world, And ye dwellers of earth, At the lifting up of an
ensign on hills ye look, And at the blowing of a trumpet ye hear.
Isaiah 18 4
For thus has Yahweh said to me, I will be still, and I will see in my dwelling-place, like clear
heat in sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.
For thus hath Jehovah said unto me: I will take my rest, and I will observe from my
dwelling-place like clear heat upon herbs, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.
For thus said Jehovah unto me, `I rest, and I look on My settled place, As a clear
heat on an herb. As a thick cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.
Isaiah 18 5
For before the harvest, when the blossom is over, and the flower becomes a ripening grape, he will cut off the sprigs with pruning-hooks, and the spreading branches will he take away [and] cut down.
For before the harvest, when the blossoming is over, and the flower becometh a ripening
grape, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning-knives, and take away [and] cut down
the branches.
For before harvest, when the flower is perfect, And the blossom is producing
unripe fruit, Then hath [one] cut the sprigs with pruning hooks, And the
branches he hath turned aside, cut down.
Isaiah 18 6
They shall be left together to the ravenous birds of the mountains, and to the animals of the
earth; and the ravenous birds shall summer on them, and all the animals of the earth shall
winter on them.
They shall be left together unto the mountain birds of prey, and to the beasts of the
earth; and the birds of prey shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall
winter upon them.
They are left together to the ravenous fowl of the mountains, And to the beast of
the earth, And summered on them hath the ravenous fowl, And every beast of the
earth wintereth on them.
Isaiah 18 7
In that time shall a present be brought to Yahweh of Hosts [from] a people tall and smooth, even from a people awesome from their beginning onward, a nation that measures out and treads down, whose land the rivers divide, to the place of the name of Yahweh of Hosts,  Mount Zion.
In that time shall a present be brought unto Jehovah of hosts of a people scattered and
ravaged, -- and from a people terrible from their existence and thenceforth, a nation of
continued waiting and of treading down, whose land the rivers have spoiled, ... to the
place of the name of Jehovah of hosts, the mount Zion.
At that time brought is a present to Jehovah of Hosts, A nation drawn out and
peeled. Even of a people fearful from the beginning hitherto, A nation meting out
by line, and treading down, Whose land floods have spoiled, Unto the place of the
name of Jehovah of Hosts -- mount Zion!`
Isaiah 19 1
The burden of Egypt. Behold, Yahweh rides on a swift cloud, and comes to Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall tremble at his presence; and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it.
The burden of Egypt. Behold, Jehovah rideth upon a swift cloud, and cometh to Egypt; and
the idols of Egypt are moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt melteth in the midst
of it.
The burden of Egypt. Lo, Jehovah is riding on a swift thick cloud, And He hath
entered Egypt, And moved have been the idols of Egypt at His presence, And the heart of Egypt melteth in its midst.
Isaiah 19 2
I will stir up the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight everyone against his
brother, and everyone against his neighbor; city against city, [and] kingdom against kingdom.
And I will incite the Egyptians against the Egyptians; and they shall fight every one
against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; city against city, kingdom
against kingdom.
And I armed Egyptians against Egyptians, And they fought, each against his
brother, And each against his neighbour, City against city, kingdom against kingdom.
Isaiah 19 3
The spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst of it; and I will destroy the counsel of it: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to those who have familiar spirits, and to the wizards.
And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst of it, and I will destroy the counsel thereof;
and they shall seek unto the idols and unto the conjurers, and unto the necromancers,
and unto the soothsayers.
And emptied out hath been in its midst the spirit of Egypt. And its counsel I
swallow up, And they have sought unto the idols, And unto the charmers, And unto
those having familiar spirits, And unto the wizards.
Isaiah 19 4
I will give over the Egyptians into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king shall rule over
them, says the Lord, Yahweh of Hosts.
And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord, and a fierce king shall
rule over them, saith the Lord, Jehovah of hosts.
And I have delivered the Egyptians Into the hand of a hard lord, And a strong king
doth rule over them, An affirmation of the Lord, Jehovah of Hosts.
Isaiah 19 5
The waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and become dry.
And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and dried up;
And failed have waters from the sea, And a river is wasted and dried up.
Isaiah 19 6
The rivers shall become foul; the streams of Egypt shall be diminished and dried up; the reeds and flags shall wither away.
and the rivers shall stink, and the streams of Egypt shall be diminished and drain away:
the reeds and sedges shall wither.
And they have turned away the flowings, Weak and dried up have been brooks of
the bulwark, Reed and flag have withered.
Isaiah 19 7
The meadows by the Nile, by the brink of the Nile, and all the sown fields of the Nile, shall
become dry, be driven away, and be no more.
The meadows by the Nile, on the banks of the Nile, and everything sown by the Nile, shall
be dried up, be driven away, and be no [more].
Exposed things by the brook, by the edge of the brook, And every sown thing of the
brook, hath withered, It hath been driven away, and is not.
Isaiah 19 8
The fishermen shall lament, and all those who cast angle into the Nile shall mourn, and those who spread nets on the waters shall languish.
And the fishers shall mourn, and all they that cast fish-hook into the Nile shall lament,
and they that spread net upon the waters shall languish.
And lamented have the fishers, And mourned have all casting angle into a brook,
And those spreading nets on the face of the waters have languished.
Isaiah 19 9
Moreover those who work in combed flax, and those who weave white cloth, shall be confounded.
And they that work in fine flax, and they that weave white stuffs shall be ashamed.
And ashamed have been makers of fine flax, And weavers of net-works.
Isaiah 19 10
The pillars [of Egypt] shall be broken in pieces; all those who work for hire [shall be] grieved in soul.
And her pillars shall be broken in pieces, and all workers for hire shall be sad of soul.
And its foundations have been smitten, All making wages [are] afflicted in soul.
Isaiah 19 11
The princes of Zoan are utterly foolish; the counsel of the wisest counselors of Pharaoh is become brutish: how say you to Pharaoh, I am the son of the wise, the son of ancient kings?
They are but fools, the princes of Zoan, the wise counsellors of Pharaoh: [their] counsel is
become senseless. How say ye unto Pharaoh, I am the son of the wise, the son of ancient
kings?
Only, fools [are] the princes of Zoan, The counsel of the wise ones of the counsellors
of Pharaoh hath become brutish. How say ye unto Pharaoh, `A son of the wise am I, a son of kings of antiquity?`
Isaiah 19 12
Where then are your wise men? and let them tell you now; and let them know what Yahweh of Hosts has purposed concerning Egypt.
Where are they then, thy wise [men]? Let them now tell thee, and let them make known
what Jehovah of hosts hath purposed upon Egypt.
Where [are] they now, thy wise ones? Yea, let them tell to thee, I pray thee, And
they know what Jehovah of Hosts hath counselled against Egypt!
Isaiah 19 13
The princes of Zoan are become fools, the princes of Memphis are deceived; they have caused Egypt to go astray, who are the corner-stone of her tribes.
The princes of Zoan are become foolish, the princes of Noph are deceived; and the corner-
stones of its tribes have caused Egypt to err.
Foolish have been princes of Zoan, Lifted up have been princes of Noph, And they
have caused Egypt to err, The chief of her tribes.
Isaiah 19 14
Yahweh has mingled a spirit of perverseness in the midst of her; and they have caused Egypt to go astray in every work of it, as a drunken man staggers in his vomit.
Jehovah hath mingled a spirit of perverseness in the midst thereof; and they have caused
Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a drunkard staggereth in his vomit.
Jehovah hath mingled in her midst A spirit of perverseness, And they have caused
Egypt to err in all its work, As a drunkard erreth in his vomit.
Isaiah 19 15
Neither shall there be for Egypt any work, which head or tail, palm-branch or rush, may  do.
Neither shall there be any work for Egypt, which the head or tail, palm-branch or rush, may do.
And there is no work to Egypt, That head or tail, branch or reed, may do.
Isaiah 19 16
In that day shall the Egyptians be like women; and they shall tremble and fear because of the shaking of the hand of Yahweh of Hosts, which he shakes over them.
In that day shall Egypt be like unto women; and it shall tremble and fear because of the
shaking of the hand of Jehovah of hosts, which he shaketh over it.
In that day is Egypt like women, And it hath mourned, and been afraid, Because of
the waving of the hand of Jehovah of Hosts, That He is waving over it.
Isaiah 19 17
The land of Judah shall become a terror to Egypt; everyone to whom mention is made of it shall be afraid, because of the purpose of Yahweh of Hosts, which he purposes against it.
And the land of Judah shall be a dismay unto Egypt: every one that thinketh of it shall be
afraid for himself, because of the counsel of Jehovah of hosts, which he hath purposed against it.
And the land of Judah hath been to Egypt for a cause of staggering, Every one who
doth mention it, for himself feareth, Because of the counsel of Jehovah of Hosts,
That He is counselling against it.
Isaiah 19 18
In that day there shall be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language of Canaan, and swear to Yahweh of hosts; one shall be called The city of destruction.
In that day shall there be five cities in the land of Egypt speaking the language of
Canaan, and swearing by Jehovah of hosts: one shall be called, The city of Heres.
In that day there are five cities in the land of Egypt, Speaking the lip of Canaan,
And swearing to Jehovah of Hosts, `The city of destruction,` is said of one.
Isaiah 19 19
In that day shall there be an altar to Yahweh in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border of it to Yahweh.
In that day shall there be an altar to Jehovah in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a
pillar at the border thereof to Jehovah:
In that day there is an altar to Jehovah In the midst of the land of Egypt, And a
standing pillar near its border to Jehovah,
Isaiah 19 20
It shall be for a sign and for a witness to Yahweh of Hosts in the land of Egypt; for they shall cry to Yahweh because of oppressors, and he will send them a savior, and a defender, and he will deliver them.
and it shall be for a sign and for a witness to Jehovah of hosts in the land of Egypt; for
they shall cry unto Jehovah because of the oppressors, and he will send them a saviour
and defender, who shall deliver them.
And it hath been for a sign and for a testimony, To Jehovah of Hosts in the land of
Egypt, For they cry unto Jehovah from the face of oppressors, And He sendeth to
them a saviour, Even a great one, and hath delivered them.
Isaiah 19 21
Yahweh shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know Yahweh in that day; yes, they shall worship with sacrifice and offering, and shall vow a vow to Yahweh, and shall perform it.
And Jehovah shall be known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians shall know Jehovah in
that day, and shall serve with sacrifice and oblation; and they shall vow a vow unto
Jehovah, and perform it.
And known hath been Jehovah to Egypt, And the Egyptians have known Jehovah in
that day, And done sacrifice and present, And vowed a vow to Jehovah, and completed [it].
Isaiah 19 22
Yahweh will strike Egypt, smiting and healing; and they shall return to Yahweh, and he will be entreated of them, and will heal them.
And Jehovah will smite Egypt; he will smite and heal: and they shall return to Jehovah,
and he will be entreated of them, and will heal them.
And Jehovah hath smitten Egypt, smiting and healing, And they have turned back
unto Jehovah, And He hath been entreated of them, And hath healed them.
Isaiah 19 23
In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria; and the Egyptians shall worship with the Assyrians.
In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria; and the Assyrian shall come
into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria; and Egypt shall serve with Assyria.
In that day is a highway out of Egypt to Asshur, And come in have the Assyrians to
Egypt, And the Egyptians into Asshur, And the Egyptians have served with the Assyrians.
Isaiah 19 24
In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth;
In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, a blessing in the midst
of the earth;
In that day is Israel third, After Egypt, and after Asshur, A blessing in the heart of the earth.
Isaiah 19 25
because Yahweh of Hosts has blessed them, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.
whom Jehovah of hosts will bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the
work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance!
In that Jehovah of Hosts did bless it, saying, `Blessed [is] My people -- Egypt, And
the work of My hands -- Asshur, And Mine inheritance -- Israel!`
Isaiah 20 1
In the year that Tartan came to Ashdod, when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him, and he fought against Ashdod and took it;
In the year that Tartan came to Ashdod, when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him, (and
he fought against Ashdod and took it,)
In the year of the coming in of Tartan to Ashdod, when Sargon king of Asshur
sendeth him, and he fighteth against Ashdod, and captureth it,
Isaiah 20 2
at that time Yahweh spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go, and loose the sackcloth from off your loins, and put your shoe from off your foot. He did so, walking naked and barefoot.
at that time spoke Jehovah by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go and loose the sackcloth
from off thy loins, and put off thy sandal from thy foot. And he did so, walking naked and barefoot.
at that time spake Jehovah by the hand of Isaiah son of Amoz, saying, `Go, and thou
hast loosed the sackcloth from off thy loins, and thy sandal thou dost draw from off
thy foot,` and he doth so, going naked and barefoot.
Isaiah 20 3
Yahweh said, Like as my servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and a wonder concerning Egypt and concerning Ethiopia;
And Jehovah said, Like as my servant Isaiah hath walked naked and barefoot three years,
a sign and a wonder concerning Egypt and concerning Ethiopia,
And Jehovah saith, `As My servant Isaiah hath gone naked and barefoot three
years, a sign and a wonder for Egypt and for Cush,
Isaiah 20 4
so shall the king of Assyria lead away the captives of Egypt, and the exiles of Ethiopia, young and old, naked and barefoot, and with buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.
so shall the king of Assyria lead away the captives of Egypt and the exiles of Ethiopia,
young and old, naked and barefoot, and with buttocks uncovered, [to] the shame of Egypt.
so doth the king of Asshur lead the captivity of Egypt, and the removal of Cush,
young and old, naked and barefoot, with seat uncovered -- the nakedness of Egypt;
Isaiah 20 5
They shall be dismayed and confounded, because of Ethiopia their expectation, and of Egypt
their glory. And they shall be terrified and ashamed of Ethiopia their confidence, and of Egypt their boast.
and they have been affrighted and ashamed of Cush their confidence, and of Egypt
their beauty,
Isaiah 20 6
The inhabitant of this coast-land shall say in that day, Behold, such is our expectation, where we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria: and we, how shall we escape?
And the inhabitants of this coast shall say in that day, Behold, such is our confidence,
whither we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria; and how shall we
escape?
and the inhabitant of this isle hath said in that day -- Lo, thus [is] our trust,
Whither we have fled for help, To be delivered from the king of Asshur, And how
do we escape -- we?`

 Study Questions
Who shall God rebuke? 17:13
The place of the name of the LORD of Hosts is? 18:7
The princes of Zoan are _____________? 19:13
How many cities in Egypt shall speak the language of Canaan? 19:18
Who sent Tartan to Ashdod? 20:1



The World English Bible

Oct. 31
2 Thessalonians 3

2Th 3:1 Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified, even as also with you;
2Th 3:2 and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and evil men; for not all have faith.
2Th 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you, and guard you from the evil one.
2Th 3:4 We have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you both do and will do the things we command.
2Th 3:5 May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patience of Christ.
2Th 3:6 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother who walks in rebellion, and not after the tradition which they received from us.
2Th 3:7 For you know how you ought to imitate us. For we didn't behave ourselves rebelliously among you,
2Th 3:8 neither did we eat bread from anyone's hand without paying for it, but in labor and travail worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you;
2Th 3:9 not because we don't have the right, but to make ourselves an example to you, that you should imitate us.
2Th 3:10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: "If anyone will not work, neither let him eat."
2Th 3:11 For we hear of some who walk among you in rebellion, who don't work at all, but are busybodies.
2Th 3:12 Now those who are that way, we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
2Th 3:13 But you, brothers, don't be weary in doing well.
2Th 3:14 If any man doesn't obey our word in this letter, note that man, that you have no company with him, to the end that he may be ashamed.
2Th 3:15 Don't count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
2Th 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with you all.
2Th 3:17 The greeting of me, Paul, with my own hand, which is the sign in every letter: this is how I write.
2Th 3:18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. 


 
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2 Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians 3 1
Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run and be glorified, even as also with you;
For the rest, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run and be glorified,
even as also with you;
As to the rest, pray ye, brethren, concerning us, that the word of the Lord may run
and may be glorified, as also with you,
2 Thessalonians 3 2
and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and evil men; for not all have faith.
and that we may be delivered from bad and evil men, for faith [is] not [the portion] of all.
and that we may be delivered from the unreasonable and evil men, for the faith
[is] not of all;
2 Thessalonians 3 3
But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you, and guard you from the evil one.
But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you and keep [you] from evil.
and stedfast is the Lord, who shall establish you, and shall guard [you] from the
evil;
2 Thessalonians 3 4
We have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you both do and will do the things which we command.
But we trust in the Lord as to you, that the things which we enjoin, ye both do and will
and we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that the things that we
command you ye both do and will do;
2 Thessalonians 3 5
May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patience of Christ.
But the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patience of the Christ.
and the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God, and to the endurance of the Christ.
2 Thessalonians 3 6
Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw
yourselves from every brother who walks in rebellion, and not after the tradition which they received from us.
Now we enjoin you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw from
every brother walking disorderly and not according to the instruction which he
received from us.
And we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to withdraw
yourselves from every brother disorderly walking, and not after the deliverance
that ye received from us,
2 Thessalonians 3 7
For you know how you ought to imitate us. For we didn`t behave ourselves rebelliously among you,
For ye know yourselves how ye ought to imitate us, because we have not walked
disorderly among you;
for yourselves have known how it behoveth [you] to imitate us, because we did not
act disorderly among you;
2 Thessalonians 3 8
neither did we eat bread for nothing from any man`s hand, but in labor and travail, working night and day, that we might not burden any of you;
nor have we eaten bread from any one without cost; but in toil and hardship working
night and day not to be chargeable to any one of you:
nor for nought did we eat bread of any one, but in labour and in travail, night and
day working, not to be chargeable to any of you;
2 Thessalonians 3 9
not because we don`t have the right, but to make ourselves an example to you, that you should imitate us.
not that we have not the right, but that we might give ourselves as an example to you, in
order to your imitating us.
not because we have not authority, but that ourselves a pattern we might give to
you, to imitate us;
2 Thessalonians 3 10
For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: "If anyone will not work, neither let him eat."
For also when we were with you we enjoined you this, that if any man does not like to
work, neither let him eat.
for even when we were with you, this we did command you, that if any one is not
willing to work, neither let him eat,
2 Thessalonians 3 11
For we hear of some who walk among you in rebellion, who don`t work at all, but are busybodies.
For we hear that [there are] some walking among you disorderly, not working at all, but
busybodies.
for we hear of certain walking among you disorderly, nothing working, but over
working,
2 Thessalonians 3 12
Now those who are that way, we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ, that with
quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
Now such we enjoin and exhort in [the] Lord Jesus Christ, that working quietly they eat
their own bread.
and such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ, that with
quietness working, their own bread they may eat;
2 Thessalonians 3 13
But you, brothers, don`t be weary in doing well.
But *ye*, brethren, do not faint in well-doing.
and ye, brethren, may ye not be weary doing well,
2 Thessalonians 3 14
If any man doesn`t obey our word by this letter, note that man, that you have no company with him, to the end that he may be ashamed.
But if any one obey not our word by the letter, mark that man, and do not keep company
with him, that he may be ashamed of himself;
and if any one do not obey our word through the letter, this one note ye, and have
no company with him, that he may be ashamed,
2 Thessalonians 3 15
Don`t count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
and do not esteem him as an enemy, but admonish [him] as a brother.
and as an enemy count [him] not, but admonish ye [him] as a brother;
2 Thessalonians 3 16
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with you all.
But the Lord of peace himself give you peace continually in every way. The Lord [be] with
you all.
and may the Lord of the peace Himself give to you the peace always in every way;
the Lord [is] with you all!
2 Thessalonians 3 17
The greeting of me, Paul, with my own hand, which is the sign in every letter. This is how I
The salutation by the hand of me, Paul, which is [the] mark in every letter; so I write.
The salutation by the hand of me, Paul, which is a sign in every letter; thus I
2 Thessalonians 3 18
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you all.
the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [is] with you all! Amen.


Study Questions
The Lord is? 3:3