August 16, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we read the last chapter of Philippians and four chapters of Isaiah.

August 16: Philippians 4, Isaiah 19, Isaiah 20, Isaiah 21, Isaiah 22 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Philippians 4. Paul’s theme is joy “dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.” andRejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” and this gemNot that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” and this one “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” This letter of joy and encouragement ends with a greeting: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”

Isaiah 19 gives an oracle about Egypt and tells of the future blessing of Assyria, Egypt and Israel.

Isaiah 20 is very short and contains a prophecy against Egypt and Cush.

Isaiah 21. The prophecies continue, this time against Babylon, Edom and Arabia.

Isaiah 22 contains a prophecy about Jerusalem.

Isaiah 19, the Burden of Egypt, the future blessin of Assyria, Egypt and Istael.

The Pyramids of Giza pre-dates Abraham by more than 1000 years. The ancient civilization was quite advanced for its time. As we can see from this mural in the lower right corner they used computers even in that day. Wait! It must be a hoax. Nobody uses Cathode Ray Tubes anymore, and they certainly didn’t then.

A picture from the “Arab spring”.

In best socialist tradition the High Aswan Dam was completed in 1970, regulating the flow of the Nile River,  creating Lake Nasser and producing electricity. It looked good on paper and wa a worthwhile project unless you count for the unintended consequences.

A large number of ancient monument had to be removed from the future lake-bed or they would be destroyed. Egypt was not going to save the relics of the old civilization, so the rest of the world had to pay for their move. Only the most famous were saved, the rest are in the process of being destroyed.

The evaporation in lake Nasser, being in the desert, water evaporates at a rate of between 0.15 and 0.4 inches per day, so 25% of the water of the Nile is not flowing downstream, reducing the electricity production. In addition, the silt that used to fertilize the lower Nile and the Nile Delta gets stuck in the lake.

This has caused the Mediterranean Sea fishermen to lose 90% of a previously lucrative shrimp harvest. On the plus side the fish catch in Lake Nasser is increased. The silt that used to fertilize the Delta has been replaced by fertilizer,  which is very expensive. On the plus side water is regulated, and the Delta never floods, so they can grow more harvests, even during the low water season. On the negative side, since the canals are always filled and never drying out, the canals stink and are filled with leeches and disease causing bacteria, viruses, amoebas and all kinds of pollution.,


Isaiah is full of play on words that cannot be translated. Check the similarity of the two names differing by only one different stroke of the pen.