SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
January 17, 2021 to January 23, 2021
Isaiah 42:13-25 CJB
Adonai will go out like a soldier, like a soldier roused to the fury of battle; he will shout, yes, he raises the battle cry; as he triumphs over his foes. (14) "For a long time I have held my peace, I have been silent, restrained myself. Now I will shriek like a woman in labor, panting and gasping for air. (15) I will devastate mountains and hills, wither all their vegetation, turn the rivers into islands and dry up the lakes. (16) The blind I will lead on a road they don't know, on roads they don't know I will lead them; I will turn darkness to light before them, and straighten their twisted paths. These are things I will do without fail. (17) Those who trust in idols, who say to statues, 'You are our gods,' will be repulsed in utter shame. (18) Listen, you deaf! Look, you blind! — so that you will see! (19) Who is as blind as my servant, or as deaf as the messenger I send? Who is as blind as the one I rewarded, as blind as the servant of Adonai?" (20) You see much but don't pay attention; you open your ears, but you don't listen. (21) Adonai was pleased, for his righteousness' sake, to make the Torah great and glorious. (22) But this is a people pillaged and plundered, all trapped in holes and sequestered in prisons. They are there to be plundered, with no one to rescue them; there to be pillaged, and no one says, "Return them!" (23) Which of you will listen to this? Who will hear and give heed in the times to come? (24) Who gave Ya`akov to be pillaged, Isra'el to the plunderers? Didn't Adonai, against whom we have sinned, in whose ways they refused to walk, he whose Torah they did not obey? (25) This is why he poured on him his blazing anger as well as the fury of battle — it wrapped him in flames, yet he learned nothing; it burned him, yet he did not take it to heart.