Day 102

Isaiah 47-48
The Humiliation of Babylon
47 Come down and sit in the dust,
O virgin daughter of Babylon;
       sit on the ground without a throne,
O daughter of the Chaldeans!
       For you shall no more be called
tender and delicate.
2    Take the millstones and grind flour,
put off your veil,
       strip off your robe, uncover your legs,
pass through the rivers.
3    Your nakedness shall be uncovered,
and your disgrace shall be seen.
       I will take vengeance,
and I will spare no one.
4    Our Redeemer—the Lord of hosts is his name—
is the Holy One of Israel.
5    Sit in silence, and go into darkness,
O daughter of the Chaldeans;
       for you shall no more be called
the mistress of kingdoms.
6    I was angry with my people;
I profaned my heritage;
       I gave them into your hand;
you showed them no mercy;
       on the aged you made your yoke exceedingly heavy.
7    You said, “I shall be mistress forever,”
so that you did not lay these things to heart
or remember their end.
8    Now therefore hear this, you lover of pleasures,
who sit securely,
       who say in your heart,
“I am, and there is no one besides me;
       I shall not sit as a widow
or know the loss of children”:
9    These two things shall come to you
in a moment, in one day;
       the loss of children and widowhood
shall come upon you in full measure,
       in spite of your many sorceries
and the great power of your enchantments.
10    You felt secure in your wickedness;
you said, “No one sees me”;
       your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray,
       and you said in your heart,
“I am, and there is no one besides me.”
11    But evil shall come upon you,
which you will not know how to charm away;
       disaster shall fall upon you,
for which you will not be able to atone;
       and ruin shall come upon you suddenly,
of which you know nothing.
12    Stand fast in your enchantments
and your many sorceries,
with which you have labored from your youth;
       perhaps you may be able to succeed;
perhaps you may inspire terror.
13    You are wearied with your many counsels;
let them stand forth and save you,
       those who divide the heavens,
who gaze at the stars,
      who at the new moons make known
what shall come upon you.
14    Behold, they are like stubble;
the fire consumes them;
       they cannot deliver themselves
from the power of the flame.
       No coal for warming oneself is this,
no fire to sit before!
15    Such to you are those with whom you have labored,
who have done business with you from your youth;
       they wander about, each in his own direction;
there is no one to save you.
Israel Refined for God’s Glory
48 Hear this, O house of Jacob,
who are called by the name of Israel,
and who came from the waters of Judah,
       who swear by the name of the Lord
and confess the God of Israel,
but not in truth or right.
2    For they call themselves after the holy city,
and stay themselves on the God of Israel;
the Lord of hosts is his name.
3    “The former things I declared of old;
they went out from my mouth, and I announced them;
then suddenly I did them, and they came to pass.
4    Because I know that you are obstinate,
and your neck is an iron sinew
and your forehead brass,
5    I declared them to you from of old,
before they came to pass I announced them to you,
       lest you should say, ‘My idol did them,
my carved image and my metal image commanded them.’
6    “You have heard; now see all this;
and will you not declare it?
       From this time forth I announce to you new things,
hidden things that you have not known.
7    They are created now, not long ago;
before today you have never heard of them,
lest you should say, ‘Behold, I knew them.’
8    You have never heard, you have never known,
from of old your ear has not been opened.
       For I knew that you would surely deal treacherously,
and that from before birth you were called a rebel.
9    “For my name’s sake I defer my anger;
for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you,
that I may not cut you off.
10    Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver;
I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.
11    For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it,
for how should my name be profaned?
My glory I will not give to another.
The Lord’s Call to Israel
12    “Listen to me, O Jacob,
and Israel, whom I called!
       I am he; I am the first,
and I am the last.
13    My hand laid the foundation of the earth,
and my right hand spread out the heavens;
       when I call to them,
they stand forth together.
14    “Assemble, all of you, and listen!
Who among them has declared these things?
       The Lord loves him;
he shall perform his purpose on Babylon,
and his arm shall be against the Chaldeans.
15    I, even I, have spoken and called him;
I have brought him, and he will prosper in his way.
16    Draw near to me, hear this:
from the beginning I have not spoken in secret,
from the time it came to be I have been there.”
       And now the Lord God has sent me, and his Spirit.
17    Thus says the Lord,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
       “I am the Lord your God,
who teaches you to profit,
who leads you in the way you should go.
18    Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments!
Then your peace would have been like a river,
and your righteousness like the waves of the sea;
19    your offspring would have been like the sand,
and your descendants like its grains;
       their name would never be cut off
or destroyed from before me.”
20    Go out from Babylon, flee from Chaldea,
declare this with a shout of joy, proclaim it,
       send it out to the end of the earth;
say, “The Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob!”
21    They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts;
he made water flow for them from the rock;
he split the rock and the water gushed out.
22    “There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.” [1]

2 Kings 19
Isaiah Reassures Hezekiah
19 As soon as King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of the Lord. 2 And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the secretary, and the senior priests, covered with sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz. 3 They said to him, “Thus says Hezekiah, This day is a day of distress, of rebuke, and of disgrace; children have come to the point of birth, and there is no strength to bring them forth. 4 It may be that the Lord your God heard all the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to mock the living God, and will rebuke the words that the Lord your God has heard; therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.” 5 When the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah, 6 Isaiah said to them, “Say to your master, ‘Thus says the Lord: Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have reviled me. 7 Behold, I will put a spirit in him, so that he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land, and I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.’ ”
Sennacherib Defies the Lord
The Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria fighting against Libnah, for he heard that the king had left Lachish. 9 Now the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of Cush, “Behold, he has set out to fight against you.” So he sent messengers again to Hezekiah, saying, 10 “Thus shall you speak to Hezekiah king of Judah: ‘Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you by promising that Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria. 11 Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, devoting them to destruction. And shall you be delivered? 12 Have the gods of the nations delivered them, the nations that my fathers destroyed, Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Telassar? 13 Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, the king of Hena, or the king of Ivvah?’ ”
Hezekiah’s Prayer
14 Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord and spread it before the Lord. 15 And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said: “O Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. 16 Incline your ear, O Lord, and hear; open your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God. 17 Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands 18 and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. Therefore they were destroyed. 19 So now, O Lord our God, save us, please, from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, O Lord, are God alone.”
Isaiah Prophesies Sennacherib’s Fall
20 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Your prayer to me about Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard. 21 This is the word that the Lord has spoken concerning him:
       “She despises you, she scorns you—
the virgin daughter of Zion;
       she wags her head behind you—
the daughter of Jerusalem.
22    “Whom have you mocked and reviled?
Against whom have you raised your voice
       and lifted your eyes to the heights?
Against the Holy One of Israel!
23    By your messengers you have mocked the Lord,
and you have said, ‘With my many chariots
       I have gone up the heights of the mountains,
to the far recesses of Lebanon;
       I felled its tallest cedars,
its choicest cypresses;
       I entered its farthest lodging place,
its most fruitful forest.
24    I dug wells
and drank foreign waters,
       and I dried up with the sole of my foot
all the streams of Egypt.’
25    “Have you not heard
that I determined it long ago?
       I planned from days of old
what now I bring to pass,
       that you should turn fortified cities
into heaps of ruins,
26    while their inhabitants, shorn of strength,
are dismayed and confounded,
       and have become like plants of the field
and like tender grass,
       like grass on the housetops,
blighted before it is grown.
27    “But I know your sitting down
and your going out and coming in,
and your raging against me.
28    Because you have raged against me
and your complacency has come into my ears,
       I will put my hook in your nose
and my bit in your mouth,
       and I will turn you back on the way
by which you came.
29 “And this shall be the sign for you: this year eat what grows of itself, and in the second year what springs of the same. Then in the third year sow and reap and plant vineyards, and eat their fruit. 30 And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward. 31 For out of Jerusalem shall go a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the Lord will do this.
32 “Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the king of Assyria: He shall not come into this city or shoot an arrow there, or come before it with a shield or cast up a siege mound against it. 33 By the way that he came, by the same he shall return, and he shall not come into this city, declares the Lord. 34 For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake and for the sake of my servant David.”
35 And that night the angel of the Lord went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians. And when people arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies. 36 Then Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went home and lived at Nineveh. 37 And as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons, struck him down with the sword and escaped into the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place. [2]

Psalms 46, 80, 135
God Is Our Fortress
46 To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song.
1    God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2    Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3    though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
4    There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5    God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
6    The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7    The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
8    Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9    He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
10    “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
11    The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah [3]
Restore Us, O God
80 To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Testimony. Of Asaph, a Psalm.
1    Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
you who lead Joseph like a flock.
       You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.
2        Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh,
       stir up your might
and come to save us!
3    Restore us, O God;
let your face shine, that we may be saved!
4    O Lord God of hosts,
how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
5    You have fed them with the bread of tears
and given them tears to drink in full measure.
6    You make us an object of contention for our neighbors,
and our enemies laugh among themselves.
7    Restore us, O God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved!
8    You brought a vine out of Egypt;
you drove out the nations and planted it.
9    You cleared the ground for it;
it took deep root and filled the land.
10    The mountains were covered with its shade,
the mighty cedars with its branches.
11    It sent out its branches to the sea
and its shoots to the River.
12    Why then have you broken down its walls,
so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?
13    The boar from the forest ravages it,
and all that move in the field feed on it.
14    Turn again, O God of hosts!
Look down from heaven, and see;
       have regard for this vine,
15        the stock that your right hand planted,
and for the son whom you made strong for yourself.
16    They have burned it with fire; they have cut it down;
may they perish at the rebuke of your face!
17    But let your hand be on the man of your right hand,
the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself!
18    Then we shall not turn back from you;
give us life, and we will call upon your name!
19    Restore us, O Lord God of hosts!
Let your face shine, that we may be saved! [4]
Your Name, O Lord, Endures Forever
135 Praise the Lord!
       Praise the name of the Lord,
give praise, O servants of the Lord,
2    who stand in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God!
3    Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
sing to his name, for it is pleasant!
4    For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself,
Israel as his own possession.
5    For I know that the Lord is great,
and that our Lord is above all gods.
6    Whatever the Lord pleases, he does,
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and all deeps.
7    He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth,
who makes lightnings for the rain
and brings forth the wind from his storehouses.
8    He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
both of man and of beast;
9    who in your midst, O Egypt,
sent signs and wonders
against Pharaoh and all his servants;
10    who struck down many nations
and killed mighty kings,
11    Sihon, king of the Amorites,
and Og, king of Bashan,
and all the kingdoms of Canaan,
12    and gave their land as a heritage,
a heritage to his people Israel.
13    Your name, O Lord, endures forever,
your renown, O Lord, throughout all ages.
14    For the Lord will vindicate his people
and have compassion on his servants.
15    The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
16    They have mouths, but do not speak;
they have eyes, but do not see;
17    they have ears, but do not hear,
nor is there any breath in their mouths.
18    Those who make them become like them,
so do all who trust in them.
19    O house of Israel, bless the Lord!
O house of Aaron, bless the Lord!
20    O house of Levi, bless the Lord!
You who fear the Lord, bless the Lord!
21    Blessed be the Lord from Zion,
he who dwells in Jerusalem!
       Praise the Lord! [5]

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Is 47:1–48:22.
[2] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), 2 Ki 19:1–37.
[3] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ps 46:title–11.
[4] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ps 80:title–19.
[5] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ps 135:1–21.

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