Tuesday, March 20 / April 2, 2002: Isa 9:9-10:4, Gen 7:1-5, Prov 8:32-9:11
- passage: Isa 9:9-10:4
And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of
Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart, The bricks are
fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut
down, but we will change them into cedars. Therefore the LORD shall set
up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies together;
The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour
Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but
his hand is stretched out still. For the people turneth not unto him
that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts. Therefore the
LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.
The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth
lies, he is the tail. For the leaders of this people cause them to
err; and they that are led of them are destroyed. Therefore the LORD
shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their
fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer,
and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned
away, but his hand is stretched out still. For wickedness burneth as
the fire: it shall devour the briers and thorns, and shall kindle in
the thickets of the forest, and they shall mount up like the lifting up
of smoke. Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts is the land darkened,
and the people shall be as the fuel of the fire: no man shall spare
his brother. And he shall snatch on the right hand, and be hungry;
and he shall eat on the left hand, and they shall not be satisfied:
they shall eat every man the flesh of his own arm: Manasseh, Ephraim;
and Ephraim, Manasseh: and they together shall be against Judah. For all
this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write
grievousness which they have prescribed; To turn aside the needy
from judgment, 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!
And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation
which shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where
will ye leave your glory? Without me they shall bow down under the
prisoners, and they shall fall under the slain. For all this his anger
is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
passage: Gen 7:1-7:5
And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark;
for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. Of every
clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female:
and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.
Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed
alive upon the face of all the earth. For yet seven days, and I will
cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every
living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of
the earth. And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.
passage: Prov 8:32-9:11
Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they
that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting
at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall
obtain favour of the LORD. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth
his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:
She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also
furnished her table. She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon
the highest places of the city, Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither:
as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Come, eat of my
bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. Forsake the foolish,
and live; and go in the way of understanding. He that reproveth a
scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man
getteth himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee:
rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise
man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase
in learning. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the
knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be
multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.