Isaiah 9–10

1 Nevertheless there shall be no more gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time He contemptuously treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.

2 The people who walked in darkness

have seen a great light;

those who dwell in the land of the shadow of death,

upon them the light has shined.

3 You have multiplied the nation

and increased the joy;

they rejoice before You

according to the joy of harvest

and as men rejoice

when they divide the spoil.

4 For You have broken the yoke of his burden

and the bar of his shoulder,

the rod of his oppressor

as in the day of Midian’s defeat.

5 For all the sandals of the tramping warriors

and all the garments rolled in blood

shall be burned as fuel for the fire.

6 For unto us a child is born,

unto us a son is given,

and the government shall be upon his shoulder.

And his name shall be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

7 Of the increase of his government and peace

there shall be no end,

upon the throne of David

and over his kingdom,

to order it and to establish it

with justice and with righteousness,

from now until forever.

The zeal of the Lord of Hosts

will perform this.

8 The Lord sent a word against Jacob,

and it falls upon Israel.

9 All the people shall know,

even Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria,

who say in the pride

and stoutness of heart,

10 “The bricks are fallen down,

but we will build with hewn stones;

the sycamores are cut down,

but we will replace them with cedars.”

11 Therefore, the Lord shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him,

and join his enemies together.

12 The Arameans shall be before and the Philistines behind;

and they shall devour Israel with open jaws.

For all this His anger is not turned away,

and His hand is stretched out still.

13 For the people do not turn to Him who struck them,

nor do they seek the Lord of Hosts.

14 Therefore the Lord will cut off from Israel head and tail,

branch and bulrush, in one day.

15 The elder and honorable man, he is the head;

and the prophet that teaches lies, he is the tail.

16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err,

and those who are led by them are destroyed.

17 Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men,

nor shall He have mercy on their fatherless and widows;

for every one of them is a hypocrite and an evildoer,

and every mouth speaks folly.

For all this His anger is not turned away,

and His hand is stretched out still.

18 For wickedness burns as a fire;

it shall devour the briers and thorns,

and shall ignite in the thickets of the forest,

and they shall mount up like rising smoke.

19 Through the wrath of the Lord of Hosts

is the land burned up,

and the people shall be as fuel for the fire;

no man shall spare his brother.

20 They shall snatch on the right hand,

but still be hungry;

and they shall eat on the left hand,

and shall not be satisfied;

every man shall eat the flesh of his own arm.

21 Manasseh consumes Ephraim, and Ephraim, Manasseh,

and they together shall be against Judah.

For all this His anger is not turned away,

and His hand is stretched out still.

Chapter 10

1 Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees

and who write unjust judgments which they have prescribed

2 to turn aside the needy from justice

and to take away the right from the poor of My people,

that widows may be their prey,

and that they may rob the fatherless!

3 And what will you do in the day of punishment

and in the desolation which shall come from afar?

To whom will you flee for help,

and where will you leave your wealth?

4 Nothing remains but to bow down among the prisoners,

and they shall fall among the slain.

For all this His anger is not turned away,

and His hand is stretched out still.

5 Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger

and the staff in whose hand is My indignation.

6 I will send him against an ungodly nation,

and against the people of My wrath I will give him a command,

to seize the plunder, to take the prey,

and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.

7 However he does not so intend,

nor does he plan so in his heart;

but his purpose is to destroy

and to cut off many nations.

8 For he says, “Are not my princes altogether kings?

9 Is not Kalno as Carchemish?

Is not Hamath as Arpad?

Is not Samaria as Damascus?

10 As my hand has found the kingdoms of the idols

whose graven images were greater than those of Jerusalem and Samaria,

11 shall I not, as I have done to Samaria and her idols,

so do to Jerusalem and her idols?”

12 When the Lord has performed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, He will say, “I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria and the glory of his high looks.” 13 For he says:

“By the strength of my hand and by my wisdom,

I have done it, for I am prudent;

and I have removed the bounds of the people,

and have robbed their treasures,

and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man.

14 And my hand has found as a nest

the riches of the people,

and as one gathers eggs that are left,

I have gathered all the earth

and there was no one who moved the wing

or opened the mouth or peeped.”

15 Shall the axe boast itself against him who hews with it?

Or shall the saw magnify itself against him who wields it?

That is as if the rod wields itself against those who lift it up,

or as if the staff should lift itself up as if it were not wood.

16 Therefore the Lord, God of Hosts,

shall send leanness among his stout ones,

and under his glory he shall kindle a burning

like the burning of a fire.

17 The light of Israel shall be a fire,

and his Holy One a flame,

and it shall burn and devour

his thorns and his briers in one day,

18 and shall consume the glory of his forest,

and of his fruitful field, both soul and body;

and it shall be as when a sick man faints.

19 The rest of the trees of his forest shall be so few

that a child may write them down.

20 In that day the remnant of Israel

and those who have escaped of the house of Jacob

shall never again depend on him

who struck them,

but shall depend on the Lord,

the Holy One of Israel, in truth.

21 The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob,

to the mighty God.

22 For though your people, O Israel, are as the sand of the sea,

yet a remnant of them shall return;

the destruction is decreed,

overflowing with righteousness.

23 For the Lord God of Hosts shall make a complete destruction,

as decreed, in the midst of all the land.

24 Therefore, thus says the Lord God of Hosts:

O My people who dwell in Zion,

do not be afraid of the Assyrian.

He shall strike you with a rod

and shall lift up his staff against you, after the manner of Egypt.

25 For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease,

and My anger will be directed to their destruction.

26 The Lord of Hosts shall stir up a scourge for him

according to the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb;

and as His rod was over the sea, so shall He lift it up

after the manner of Egypt.

27 In that day his burden shall be taken away from off your shoulder,

and his yoke from off your neck;

and the yoke shall be destroyed

because of the anointing oil.

28 He has come against Aiath,

he has passed through Migron;

at Mikmash he has laid up his carriages.

29 They are gone over the pass,

they have taken up their lodging at Geba.

Ramah is afraid,

Gibeah of Saul has fled.

30 Lift up your voice, O daughter of Gallim.

Listen, Laishah

and poor Anathoth.

31 Madmenah has fled,

the inhabitants of Gebim gather themselves to flee.

32 Yet today he shall remain at Nob;

he shakes his fist

against the mount of the daughter of Zion,

the hill of Jerusalem.

33 See, the Lord, the Lord of Hosts,

shall lop the bough with terror;

and the tall ones of stature shall be hewn down,

and the haughty shall be humbled.

34 He shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron,

and Lebanon shall fall by the Mighty One.

Ephesians 3

1 For this reason I, Paul, am the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles.

2 You may have heard of the administration of the grace of God which was given me for you, 3 how by revelation He made known to me the mystery, as I have written briefly already, 4 by which, when you read it, you may understand my knowledge of the mystery of Christ, 5 which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it is now revealed to His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit, 6 how the Gentiles are fellow heirs, and fellow members, and partakers of the promise in Christ by the gospel.

7 Of this I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power. 8 To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the incomprehensible riches of Christ, 9 and to reveal for all people what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things through Jesus Christ, 10 so that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, 11 according to the eternal purpose which He completed in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him. 13 Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would give you, according to the riches of His glory, power to be strengthened by His Spirit in the inner man, 17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and depth and height, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or imagine, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.