Isaiah 2:7-12,17-22

Isaiah 2:7. Their land is full of silver and gold; there is no end to their treasures. Their land is full of horses; there is no end to their chariots. 8. Their land is full of idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their fingers have made. 9. So people will be brought low and everyone humbled— do not forgive them. 10. Go into the rocks, hide in the ground from the fearful presence of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty! 11. The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled and human pride brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day. 12. The Lord Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted (and they will be humbled), 17. The arrogance of man will be brought low and human pride humbled; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day, 18. and the idols will totally disappear. 19. People will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from the fearful presence of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth. 20. In that day people will throw away to the moles and bats their idols of silver and idols of gold, which they made to worship. 21. They will flee to caverns in the rocks and to the overhanging crags from the fearful presence of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth. 22. Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?”

Isaiah 1:16-20

Isaiah 1:16. “Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. 17. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. 18. “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. 19. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land; 20. but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Psalm 116

Psalm 116:1. “I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. 2. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. 3. The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. 4. Then I called on the name of the Lord: “Lord, save me!” 5. The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. 6. The Lord protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me. 7. Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. 8. For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, 9. that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living. 10. I trusted in the Lord when I said, “I am greatly afflicted”; 11. in my alarm I said, “Everyone is a liar.” 12. What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me? 13. I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. 14. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. 15. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants. 16. Truly I am your servant, Lord; I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains. 17. I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord. 18. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, 19. in the courts of the house of the Lord— in your midst, Jerusalem. Praise the Lord.”

Psalm 8!

Psalm 8:1. “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. 2. Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. 3. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4. what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? 5. You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. 6. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: 7. all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, 8. the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. 9. Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

Matthew 7:24-27

Matthew 7:24. ‘”Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”‘

Jeremiah 10:2-16

Jeremiah 10:2. ‘This is what the Lord says: “Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the heavens, though the nations are terrified by them. 3. For the practices of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. 4. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter. 5. Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good.” 6. No one is like you, Lord; you are great, and your name is mighty in power. 7. Who should not fear you, King of the nations? This is your due. Among all the wise leaders of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you. 8. They are all senseless and foolish; they are taught by worthless wooden idols. 9. Hammered silver is brought from Tarshish and gold from Uphaz. What the craftsman and goldsmith have made is then dressed in blue and purple— all made by skilled workers. 10. But the Lord is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King. When he is angry, the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure his wrath. 11. “Tell them this: ‘These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish from the earth and from under the heavens.'” 12. But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding. 13. When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses. 14. Everyone is senseless and without knowledge; every goldsmith is shamed by his idols. The images he makes are a fraud; they have no breath in them. 15. They are worthless, the objects of mockery; when their judgment comes, they will perish. 16. He who is the Portion of Jacob is not like these, for he is the Maker of all things, including Israel, the people of his inheritance— the Lord Almighty is his name.’

Jeremiah 9:23-24

Jeremiah 9:23. ‘This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, 24. but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.’