The Word of God: Isaiah 9:8-17 – December 16, 2020

8The Lord sent a word against Jacob,
and it fell on Israel;
9and all the people knew it —
Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria —
but in pride and arrogance of heart they said:
10″The bricks have fallen,
but we will build with dressed stones;
the sycamores have been cut down,
but we will put cedars in their place.”
11So the LORD raised adversaries against them,
and stirred up their enemies,
12the Arameans on the east and the Philistines on the west,
and they devoured Israel with open mouth.
For all this his anger has not turned away;
his hand is stretched out still.

13The people did not turn to him who struck them,
or seek the LORD of hosts.
14So the LORD cut off from Israel head and tail,
palm branch and reed in one day —
15elders and dignitaries are the head,
and prophets who teach lies are the tail;
16for those who led this people led them astray,
and those who were led by them were left in confusion.
17That is why the Lord did not have pity on their young people,
or compassion on their orphans and widows;
for everyone was godless and an evildoer,
and every mouth spoke folly.
For all this his anger has not turned away,
his hand is stretched out still.

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