Day 92

Isaiah 10-12
10 Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees,
and the writers who keep writing oppression,
2    to turn aside the needy from justice
and to rob the poor of my people of their right,
       that widows may be their spoil,
and that they may make the fatherless their prey!
3    What will you do on the day of punishment,
in the ruin that will come from afar?
       To whom will you flee for help,
and where will you leave your wealth?
4    Nothing remains but to crouch among the prisoners
or fall among the slain.
       For all this his anger has not turned away,
and his hand is stretched out still.
Judgment on Arrogant Assyria
5    Woe to Assyria, the rod of my anger;
the staff in their hands is my fury!
6    Against a godless nation I send him,
and against the people of my wrath I command him,
       to take spoil and seize plunder,
and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
7    But he does not so intend,
and his heart does not so think;
       but it is in his heart to destroy,
and to cut off nations not a few;
8    for he says:
       “Are not my commanders all kings?
9    Is not Calno like Carchemish?
Is not Hamath like Arpad?
Is not Samaria like Damascus?
10    As my hand has reached to the kingdoms of the idols,
whose carved images were greater than those of Jerusalem and Samaria,
11    shall I not do to Jerusalem and her idols
as I have done to Samaria and her images?”
12 When the Lord has finished all his work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, he will punish the speech of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the boastful look in his eyes. 13 For he says:
       “By the strength of my hand I have done it,
and by my wisdom, for I have understanding;
       I remove the boundaries of peoples,
and plunder their treasures;
like a bull I bring down those who sit on thrones.
14    My hand has found like a nest
the wealth of the peoples;
       and as one gathers eggs that have been forsaken,
so I have gathered all the earth;
       and there was none that moved a wing
or opened the mouth or chirped.”
15    Shall the axe boast over him who hews with it,
or the saw magnify itself against him who wields it?
       As if a rod should wield him who lifts it,
or as if a staff should lift him who is not wood!
16    Therefore the Lord God of hosts
will send wasting sickness among his stout warriors,
       and under his glory a burning will be kindled,
like the burning of fire.
17    The light of Israel will become a fire,
and his Holy One a flame,
       and it will burn and devour
his thorns and briers in one day.
18    The glory of his forest and of his fruitful land
the Lord will destroy, both soul and body,
and it will be as when a sick man wastes away.
19    The remnant of the trees of his forest will be so few
that a child can write them down.
The Remnant of Israel Will Return
20 In that day the remnant of Israel and the survivors of the house of Jacob will no more lean on him who struck them, but will lean on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. 21 A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God. 22 For though your people Israel be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will return. Destruction is decreed, overflowing with righteousness. 23 For the Lord God of hosts will make a full end, as decreed, in the midst of all the earth.
24 Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: “O my people, who dwell in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrians when they strike with the rod and lift up their staff against you as the Egyptians did. 25 For in a very little while my fury will come to an end, and my anger will be directed to their destruction. 26 And the Lord of hosts will wield against them a whip, as when he struck Midian at the rock of Oreb. And his staff will be over the sea, and he will lift it as he did in Egypt. 27 And in that day his burden will depart from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck; and the yoke will be broken because of the fat.”
28    He has come to Aiath;
       he has passed through Migron;
at Michmash he stores his baggage;
29    they have crossed over the pass;
at Geba they lodge for the night;
       Ramah trembles;
Gibeah of Saul has fled.
30    Cry aloud, O daughter of Gallim!
Give attention, O Laishah!
O poor Anathoth!
31    Madmenah is in flight;
the inhabitants of Gebim flee for safety.
32    This very day he will halt at Nob;
he will shake his fist
at the mount of the daughter of Zion,
the hill of Jerusalem.
33    Behold, the Lord God of hosts
will lop the boughs with terrifying power;
       the great in height will be hewn down,
and the lofty will be brought low.
34    He will cut down the thickets of the forest with an axe,
and Lebanon will fall by the Majestic One.
The Righteous Reign of the Branch
11 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
2    And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and might,
the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
3    And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
       He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
4    but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
       and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
5    Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
and faithfulness the belt of his loins.
6    The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
       and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
and a little child shall lead them.
7    The cow and the bear shall graze;
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8    The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra,
and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den.
9    They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain;
       for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
10 In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.
11 In that day the Lord will extend his hand yet a second time to recover the remnant that remains of his people, from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Cush, from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and from the coastlands of the sea.
12    He will raise a signal for the nations
and will assemble the banished of Israel,
       and gather the dispersed of Judah
from the four corners of the earth.
13    The jealousy of Ephraim shall depart,
and those who harass Judah shall be cut off;
       Ephraim shall not be jealous of Judah,
and Judah shall not harass Ephraim.
14    But they shall swoop down on the shoulder of the Philistines in the west,
and together they shall plunder the people of the east.
       They shall put out their hand against Edom and Moab,
and the Ammonites shall obey them.
15    And the Lord will utterly destroy
the tongue of the Sea of Egypt,
       and will wave his hand over the River
with his scorching breath,
       and strike it into seven channels,
and he will lead people across in sandals.
16    And there will be a highway from Assyria
for the remnant that remains of his people,
       as there was for Israel
when they came up from the land of Egypt.
The Lord Is My Strength and My Song
12 You will say in that day:
       “I will give thanks to you, O Lord,
for though you were angry with me,
       your anger turned away,
that you might comfort me.
2    “Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid;
       for the Lord God is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.”
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. 4 And you will say in that day:
       “Give thanks to the Lord,
call upon his name,
       make known his deeds among the peoples,
proclaim that his name is exalted.
5    “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously;
let this be made known in all the earth.
6    Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.” [1]

Micah 1-4
The word of the Lord that came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
The Coming Destruction
2    Hear, you peoples, all of you;
pay attention, O earth, and all that is in it,
       and let the Lord God be a witness against you,
the Lord from his holy temple.
3    For behold, the Lord is coming out of his place,
and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth.
4    And the mountains will melt under him,
and the valleys will split open,
       like wax before the fire,
like waters poured down a steep place.
5    All this is for the transgression of Jacob
and for the sins of the house of Israel.
       What is the transgression of Jacob?
Is it not Samaria?
       And what is the high place of Judah?
Is it not Jerusalem?
6    Therefore I will make Samaria a heap in the open country,
a place for planting vineyards,
       and I will pour down her stones into the valley
and uncover her foundations.
7    All her carved images shall be beaten to pieces,
all her wages shall be burned with fire,
and all her idols I will lay waste,
       for from the fee of a prostitute she gathered them,
and to the fee of a prostitute they shall return.
8    For this I will lament and wail;
I will go stripped and naked;
       I will make lamentation like the jackals,
and mourning like the ostriches.
9    For her wound is incurable,
and it has come to Judah;
       it has reached to the gate of my people,
to Jerusalem.
10    Tell it not in Gath;
weep not at all;
       in Beth-le-aphrah
roll yourselves in the dust.
11    Pass on your way,
inhabitants of Shaphir,
in nakedness and shame;
       the inhabitants of Zaanan
do not come out;
       the lamentation of Beth-ezel
shall take away from you its standing place.
12    For the inhabitants of Maroth
wait anxiously for good,
       because disaster has come down from the Lord
to the gate of Jerusalem.
13    Harness the steeds to the chariots,
inhabitants of Lachish;
       it was the beginning of sin
to the daughter of Zion,
       for in you were found
the transgressions of Israel.
14    Therefore you shall give parting gifts
to Moresheth-gath;
       the houses of Achzib shall be a deceitful thing
to the kings of Israel.
15    I will again bring a conqueror to you,
inhabitants of Mareshah;
       the glory of Israel
shall come to Adullam.
16    Make yourselves bald and cut off your hair,
for the children of your delight;
       make yourselves as bald as the eagle,
for they shall go from you into exile.
Woe to the Oppressors
Woe to those who devise wickedness
and work evil on their beds!
       When the morning dawns, they perform it,
because it is in the power of their hand.
2    They covet fields and seize them,
and houses, and take them away;
       they oppress a man and his house,
a man and his inheritance.
3    Therefore thus says the Lord:
       behold, against this family I am devising disaster,
from which you cannot remove your necks,
       and you shall not walk haughtily,
for it will be a time of disaster.
4    In that day they shall take up a taunt song against you
and moan bitterly,
       and say, “We are utterly ruined;
he changes the portion of my people;
       how he removes it from me!
To an apostate he allots our fields.”
5    Therefore you will have none to cast the line by lot
in the assembly of the Lord.
6    “Do not preach”—thus they preach—
“one should not preach of such things;
disgrace will not overtake us.”
7    Should this be said, O house of Jacob?
Has the Lord grown impatient?
Are these his deeds?
       Do not my words do good
to him who walks uprightly?
8    But lately my people have risen up as an enemy;
       you strip the rich robe from those who pass by trustingly
with no thought of war.
9    The women of my people you drive out
from their delightful houses;
       from their young children you take away
my splendor forever.
10    Arise and go,
for this is no place to rest,
       because of uncleanness that destroys
with a grievous destruction.
11    If a man should go about and utter wind and lies,
saying, “I will preach to you of wine and strong drink,”
he would be the preacher for this people!
12    I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob;
I will gather the remnant of Israel;
       I will set them together
like sheep in a fold,
       like a flock in its pasture,
a noisy multitude of men.
13    He who opens the breach goes up before them;
they break through and pass the gate,
going out by it.
       Their king passes on before them,
the Lord at their head.
Rulers and Prophets Denounced
And I said:
       Hear, you heads of Jacob
and rulers of the house of Israel!
       Is it not for you to know justice?—
2        you who hate the good and love the evil,
       who tear the skin from off my people
and their flesh from off their bones,
3    who eat the flesh of my people,
and flay their skin from off them,
       and break their bones in pieces
and chop them up like meat in a pot,
like flesh in a cauldron.
4    Then they will cry to the Lord,
but he will not answer them;
       he will hide his face from them at that time,
because they have made their deeds evil.
5    Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets
who lead my people astray,
       who cry “Peace”
when they have something to eat,
       but declare war against him
who puts nothing into their mouths.
6    Therefore it shall be night to you, without vision,
and darkness to you, without divination.
       The sun shall go down on the prophets,
and the day shall be black over them;
7    the seers shall be disgraced,
and the diviners put to shame;
       they shall all cover their lips,
for there is no answer from God.
8    But as for me, I am filled with power,
with the Spirit of the Lord,
and with justice and might,
       to declare to Jacob his transgression
and to Israel his sin.
9    Hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob
and rulers of the house of Israel,
       who detest justice
and make crooked all that is straight,
10    who build Zion with blood
and Jerusalem with iniquity.
11    Its heads give judgment for a bribe;
its priests teach for a price;
its prophets practice divination for money;
       yet they lean on the Lord and say,
“Is not the Lord in the midst of us?
No disaster shall come upon us.”
12    Therefore because of you
Zion shall be plowed as a field;
       Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins,
and the mountain of the house a wooded height.
The Mountain of the Lord
It shall come to pass in the latter days
that the mountain of the house of the Lord
       shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and it shall be lifted up above the hills;
       and peoples shall flow to it,
2        and many nations shall come, and say:
       “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
       that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.”
       For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
3    He shall judge between many peoples,
and shall decide disputes for strong nations far away;
       and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
       nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore;
4    but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree,
and no one shall make them afraid,
for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.
5    For all the peoples walk
each in the name of its god,
       but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God
forever and ever.
The Lord Shall Rescue Zion
6    In that day, declares the Lord,
I will assemble the lame
       and gather those who have been driven away
and those whom I have afflicted;
7    and the lame I will make the remnant,
and those who were cast off, a strong nation;
       and the Lord will reign over them in Mount Zion
from this time forth and forevermore.
8    And you, O tower of the flock,
hill of the daughter of Zion,
       to you shall it come,
the former dominion shall come,
kingship for the daughter of Jerusalem.
9    Now why do you cry aloud?
Is there no king in you?
       Has your counselor perished,
that pain seized you like a woman in labor?
10    Writhe and groan, O daughter of Zion,
like a woman in labor,
       for now you shall go out from the city
and dwell in the open country;
you shall go to Babylon.
       There you shall be rescued;
there the Lord will redeem you
from the hand of your enemies.
11    Now many nations
are assembled against you,
       saying, “Let her be defiled,
and let our eyes gaze upon Zion.”
12    But they do not know
the thoughts of the Lord;
       they do not understand his plan,
that he has gathered them as sheaves to the threshing floor.
13    Arise and thresh,
O daughter of Zion,
       for I will make your horn iron,
and I will make your hoofs bronze;
       you shall beat in pieces many peoples;
and shall devote their gain to the Lord,
their wealth to the Lord of the whole earth. [2]

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Is 10–12:6.
[2] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Mic 1–4:13.

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