March 27
2Corinthians 1 & Isaiah 19
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2Corinthians 1

Chapter 1

1:1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God's will, and Timothy our brother:
To God's church at Corinth, with all the saints who are throughout Achaia.
2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. 4He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5For as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so through Christ our comfort also overflows. 6If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is experienced in your endurance of the same sufferings that we suffer. 7And our hope for you is firm, because we know that as you share in the sufferings, so you will share in the comfort.
8For we don't want you to be unaware, brothers, of our affliction that took place in Asia: we were completely overwhelmed-beyond our strength-so that we even despaired of life. 9Indeed, we personally had a death sentence within ourselves, so that we would not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead. 10He has delivered us from such a terrible death, and He will deliver us. We have put our hope in Him that He will deliver us again 11while you join in helping us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gift that came to us through the prayers of many.
12For this is our confidence: The testimony of our conscience is that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you, with God-given sincerity and purity, not by fleshly wisdom but by God's grace. 13Now we are writing nothing to you other than what you can read and also understand. I hope you will understand completely- 14as you have partially understood us-that we are your reason for pride, as you are ours, in the day of our Lord Jesus.
15I planned with this confidence to come to you first, so you could have a double benefit, 16and to go on to Macedonia with your help, then come to you again from Macedonia and be given a start by you on my journey to Judea. 17So when I planned this, was I irresponsible? Or what I plan, do I plan in a purely human way so that I say "Yes, yes" and "No, no" simultaneously? 18As God is faithful, our message to you is not "Yes and no." 19For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us-by me and Silvanus and Timothy-did not become "Yes and no"; on the contrary, a final "Yes" has come in Him. 20For every one of God's promises is "Yes" in Him. Therefore, the "Amen" is also spoken through Him by us for God's glory. 21Now it is God who strengthens us, with you, in Christ and has anointed us. 22He has also sealed us and given us the Spirit as a down payment in our hearts.
23I call on God as a witness, on my life, that it was to spare you that I did not come to Corinth. 24I do not mean that we have control of your faith, but we are workers with you for your joy, because you stand by faith.

Isaiah 19

Chapter 19

19:1An oracle against Egypt:
Look, the Lord rides on a swift cloud
and is coming to Egypt.
Egypt's idols will tremble before Him,
and Egypt's heart will melt within it.
2I will provoke Egypt against Egypt;
each will fight against his brother
and each against his friend,
city against city, kingdom against kingdom.
3Egypt's spirit will be disturbed within it,
and I will frustrate its plans.
Then they will seek idols, ghosts,
spirits of the dead, and spiritists.
4I will deliver Egypt into the hands of harsh masters,
and a strong king will rule it.

This is the declaration of the Lord God of Hosts.
5The waters of the sea will dry up,
and the river will be parched and dry.
6The channels will stink;
they will dwindle, and Egypt's canals will be parched.
Reed and rush will die.
7The reeds by the Nile, by the mouth of the river,
and all the cultivated areas of the Nile
will wither, blow away, and vanish.
8Then the fishermen will mourn.
All those who cast hooks into the Nile will lament,
and those who spread nets on the water will shrivel up.
9Those who work with flax will be dismayed;
the combers and weavers will turn pale.
10Egypt's weavers will be dejected;
all her wage earners will be demoralized.
11The princes of Zoan are complete fools;
Pharaoh's wisest advisers give stupid advice!
How can you say to Pharaoh,
"I am one of the wise,
a student of eastern kings"?
12Where then are your wise men?
Let them tell you and reveal
what the Lord of Hosts has planned against Egypt.
13The princes of Zoan have been fools;
the princes of Memphis are deceived.
Her tribal chieftains have led Egypt astray.
14The Lord has mixed within her a spirit of confusion.
The leaders have made Egypt stagger in all she does,
as a drunkard staggers in his vomit.
15No head or tail, palm or reed,
will be able to do anything for Egypt.
16On that day Egypt will be like women. She will tremble with fear because of the threatening hand of the Lord of Hosts when He raises it against her. 17The land of Judah will terrify Egypt; whenever Judah is mentioned, Egypt will tremble because of what the Lord of Hosts has planned against it.
18On that day five cities in the land of Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear loyalty to the Lord of Hosts. One of the cities will be called the City of the Sun.
19On that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the center of the land of Egypt and a pillar to the Lord near her border. 20It will be a sign and witness to the Lord of Hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the Lord because of their oppressors, He will send them a savior and leader, and he will rescue them. 21The Lord will make Himself known to Egypt, and Egypt will know the Lord on that day. They will offer sacrifices and offerings; they will make vows to the Lord and fulfill them. 22The Lord will strike Egypt, striking and healing. Then they will return to the Lord and He will hear their prayers and heal them.
23On that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. Assyria will go to Egypt, Egypt to Assyria, and Egypt will worship with Assyria.
24On that day Israel will form a triple alliance with Egypt and Assyria-a blessing within the land. 25The Lord of Hosts will bless them, saying, "Egypt My people, Assyria My handiwork, and Israel My inheritance are blessed."

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