Day 267 – September 24, 2021

Isaiah 23; Psalm 73:1–11; Proverbs 15:11–15; Galatians 2

Isaiah 23

1 The vision concerning Tyre: Wail, you ships of Carthage, for Tyre has perished; and they no longer come from the land of the Citaeans, for Tyre is led captive!†

bookmarked2 To whom are the dwellers on the island likened—these merchants of Phoenicia, who cross over the sea

3 in great waters, the offspring of merchants? These merchants of the nations are like as when the harvest is gathered.

4 Be ashamed, O Sidon; for the sea has spoken, the strength of the sea has said, “I do not labor in birth, nor bear children; neither do I rear young men, nor raise virgins.”

5 Moreover when the report reaches Egypt, sorrow will take hold of them concerning Tyre.

6 Cross over to Carthage; wail, you inhabitants on this island!

7 Was this not your arrogance from the beginning, before it was handed over?†

8 Who purposed these things against Tyre? Is it inferior, or does it have no strength? Are not its merchants the glorious rulers of the earth?

9 The Lord of hosts purposed these things, to bring down all the arrogance of the glorious ones and to dishonor every glorious thing on the earth.

10 Cultivate your land, for ships are no longer coming from Carthage.

11 Your hand is no longer able at sea, the hand that provoked kings. The Lord of hosts has given a command concerning Canaan, to destroy its strength.

12 They will say, “No longer continue to insult and wrong the daughter of Sidon, and if you cross over to the Citians, neither will you be at rest there.

13 And if you depart for the land of the Chaldeans, this also was desolated by the Assyrians. Neither will you be at rest there, for its wall has fallen.”

14 Wail, you ships of Carthage, for your stronghold is destroyed!

15 Then it shall come to pass in that day that Tyre will be abandoned for seventy years, as the time of a king, as the time of a man; and it shall be, after the seventy years, Tyre will be as the song of a prostitute.

16 Take a harp, wander about the city, you forgotten prostitute. Play well on the harp, sing many songs, that you may be remembered.

17 And it shall be, at the end of seventy years, that the Lord will visit Tyre. She will be restored again as of old, and will be a marketplace for all the kingdoms of the inhabited earth.†

18 Her trade and her wages will be holy to the Lord. Her trade will not be gathered for them, but for those who dwell before the Lord, to eat, drink, and be filled, as a shared meal and a memorial before the Lord.

Psalms 73

1 Of understanding; for Asaph. †O God, why have You rejected us to the end? Why has Your anger raged against the sheep of Your pasture? 

2 Remember Your congregation You acquired from the beginning, That You redeemed the rod of Your inheritance, This Mount Zion, where You encamped. 

3 Lift up Your hands against their arrogance to the end, Against everything the enemy prostituted in Your holy places. 

4 Those who hate You boasted in the midst of Your feast; They set up their signs, yes signs, and they did not know. 

5 As into an entrance hall, 

6 As in a thicket of trees, they cut down its doors with axes; With battle axes and hammers, they broke it down. 

7 They burned down Your sanctuary; They defiled the tabernacle of Your name to the ground. 

8 Their kindred said in their heart together, “Come, let us abolish all the feasts of God from the earth.” 

9 We do not see our signs; There is no longer any prophet, and He will no longer know us. 

10 How long, O God, will the enemy reproach? Will the adversary provoke Your name to the end? 

11 Why do You turn away Your hand, Your right hand from the midst of Your breast to the end?

Proverbs of Solomon 15

11 The instruction of the simple is known by those who pass by, But those who hate reproofs will die shamefully. 

12 Hades and destruction are manifest before the Lord; How can the hearts of men not be also? 

13 An uninstructed man will not love those who reprove him, And he will not keep company with the wise.† 

14 When one’s heart is glad, his face is cheerful, But when it is in grief, his face is sad. 

15 The upright heart seeks perception, But the mouth of the uninstructed will know evil things.†

Galatians 2

The Apostles in Jerusalem: One Doctrine

1 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and also took Titus with me. 

2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I might run, or had run, in vain.†

3 Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised.

4 And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage),†

5 to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

6 But from those who seemed to be something—whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God shows personal favoritism to no man—for those who seemed to be something added nothing to me.†

7 But on the contrary, when they saw that the gospel for the uncircumcised had been committed to me, as the gospel for the circumcised was to Peter†

8 (for He who worked effectively in Peter for the apostleship to the circumcised also worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles),†

9 and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised†

10 They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do.†

True Apostles Are Correctable

11 Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed;†

12 for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision.†

13 And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.

The Source of Faith Is Christ

14 But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, “If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews?†

15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,†

16 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.†

17 “But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not!†

18 For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.†

19 For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.†

20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.†

21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.Ӡ

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