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June 12:
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June 12:

Morning: Ezra 1-2
           
       
           
                Evening: John 19:23-42
           
       
       
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                    Ezra 1-2
The Proclamation of Cyrus
1 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing:
“Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you of all his people, may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and rebuild the house of the LORD, the God of Israel—he is the God who is in Jerusalem. And let each survivor, in whatever place he sojourns, be assisted by the men of his place with silver and gold, with goods and with beasts, besides freewill offerings for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.”
Then rose up the heads of the fathers' houses of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and the Levites, everyone whose spirit God had stirred to go up to rebuild the house of the LORD that is in Jerusalem. And all who were about them aided them with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, with beasts, and with costly wares, besides all that was freely offered. Cyrus the king also brought out the vessels of the house of the LORD that Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and placed in the house of his gods. Cyrus king of Persia brought these out in the charge of Mithredath the treasurer, who counted them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah. And this was the number of them: 30 basins of gold, 1,000 basins of silver, 29 censers, 30 bowls of gold, 410 bowls of silver, and 1,000 other vessels; all the vessels of gold and of silver were 5,400. All these did Sheshbazzar bring up, when the exiles were brought up from Babylonia to Jerusalem.
The Exiles Return
2 Now these were the people of the province who came up out of the captivity of those exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried captive to Babylonia. They returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his own town. They came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, and Baanah.
The number of the men of the people of Israel: the sons of Parosh, 2,172. The sons of Shephatiah, 372. The sons of Arah, 775. The sons of Pahath-moab, namely the sons of Jeshua and Joab, 2,812. The sons of Elam, 1,254. The sons of Zattu, 945. The sons of Zaccai, 760. The sons of Bani, 642. The sons of Bebai, 623. The sons of Azgad, 1,222. The sons of Adonikam, 666. The sons of Bigvai, 2,056. The sons of Adin, 454. The sons of Ater, namely of Hezekiah, 98. The sons of Bezai, 323. The sons of Jorah, 112. The sons of Hashum, 223. The sons of Gibbar, 95. The sons of Bethlehem, 123. The men of Netophah, 56. The men of Anathoth, 128. The sons of Azmaveth, 42. The sons of Kiriath-arim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, 743. The sons of Ramah and Geba, 621. The men of Michmas, 122. The men of Bethel and Ai, 223. The sons of Nebo, 52. The sons of Magbish, 156. The sons of the other Elam, 1,254. The sons of Harim, 320. The sons of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, 725. The sons of Jericho, 345. The sons of Senaah, 3,630.
The priests: the sons of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, 973. The sons of Immer, 1,052. The sons of Pashhur, 1,247. The sons of Harim, 1,017.
The Levites: the sons of Jeshua and Kadmiel, of the sons of Hodaviah, 74. The singers: the sons of Asaph, 128. The sons of the gatekeepers: the sons of Shallum, the sons of Ater, the sons of Talmon, the sons of Akkub, the sons of Hatita, and the sons of Shobai, in all 139.
The temple servants: the sons of Ziha, the sons of Hasupha, the sons of Tabbaoth, the sons of Keros, the sons of Siaha, the sons of Padon, the sons of Lebanah, the sons of Hagabah, the sons of Akkub, the sons of Hagab, the sons of Shamlai, the sons of Hanan, the sons of Giddel, the sons of Gahar, the sons of Reaiah, the sons of Rezin, the sons of Nekoda, the sons of Gazzam, the sons of Uzza, the sons of Paseah, the sons of Besai, the sons of Asnah, the sons of Meunim, the sons of Nephisim, the sons of Bakbuk, the sons of Hakupha, the sons of Harhur, the sons of Bazluth, the sons of Mehida, the sons of Harsha, the sons of Barkos, the sons of Sisera, the sons of Temah, the sons of Neziah, and the sons of Hatipha.
The sons of Solomon's servants: the sons of Sotai, the sons of Hassophereth, the sons of Peruda, the sons of Jaalah, the sons of Darkon, the sons of Giddel, the sons of Shephatiah, the sons of Hattil, the sons of Pochereth-hazzebaim, and the sons of Ami.
All the temple servants and the sons of Solomon's servants were 392.
The following were those who came up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addan, and Immer, though they could not prove their fathers' houses or their descent, whether they belonged to Israel: the sons of Delaiah, the sons of Tobiah, and the sons of Nekoda, 652. Also, of the sons of the priests: the sons of Habaiah, the sons of Hakkoz, and the sons of Barzillai (who had taken a wife from the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called by their name). These sought their registration among those enrolled in the genealogies, but they were not found there, and so they were excluded from the priesthood as unclean. The governor told them that they were not to partake of the most holy food, until there should be a priest to consult Urim and Thummim.
The whole assembly together was 42,360, besides their male and female servants, of whom there were 7,337, and they had 200 male and female singers. Their horses were 736, their mules were 245, their camels were 435, and their donkeys were 6,720.
Some of the heads of families, when they came to the house of the LORD that is in Jerusalem, made freewill offerings for the house of God, to erect it on its site. According to their ability they gave to the treasury of the work 61,000 darics1 of gold, 5,000 minas2 of silver, and 100 priests' garments.
Now the priests, the Levites, some of the people, the singers, the gatekeepers, and the temple servants lived in their towns, and all the rest of Israel3 in their towns.
Footnotes
[1] 2:69 A daric was a coin weighing about 1/4 ounce or 8.5 grams[2] 2:69 A mina was about 1 1/4 pounds or 0.6 kilogram[3] 2:70 Hebrew all Israel

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                Evening: John 19:23-42
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                    John 19:23-42
When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic.1 But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfill the Scripture which says,

  “They divided my garments among them,    and for my clothing they cast lots.”
So the soldiers did these things, but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.
The Death of Jesus
After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Jesus' Side Is Pierced
Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced.”
Jesus Is Buried
After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus2 by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds3 in weight. So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.
Footnotes
[1] 19:23 Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin[2] 19:39 Greek him[3] 19:39 Greek one hundred litras; a litra (or Roman pound) was equal to about 11 1/2 ounces or 327 grams

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July 3:
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July 3:

Morning: Job 26-28
           
       
           
                Evening: Acts 11
           
       
       
                Morning: Job 26-28
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                    Job 26-28
Job Replies: God's Majesty Is Unsearchable
26 Then Job answered and said:

  “How you have helped him who has no power!    How you have saved the arm that has no strength!  How you have counseled him who has no wisdom,    and plentifully declared sound knowledge!  With whose help have you uttered words,    and whose breath has come out from you?  The dead tremble    under the waters and their inhabitants.  Sheol is naked before God,1    and Abaddon has no covering.  He stretches out the north over the void    and hangs the earth on nothing.  He binds up the waters in his thick clouds,    and the cloud is not split open under them.  He covers the face of the full moon2    and spreads over it his cloud.  He has inscribed a circle on the face of the waters    at the boundary between light and darkness.  The pillars of heaven tremble    and are astounded at his rebuke.  By his power he stilled the sea;    by his understanding he shattered Rahab.  By his wind the heavens were made fair;    his hand pierced the fleeing serpent.  Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways,    and how small a whisper do we hear of him!    But the thunder of his power who can understand?”
Job Continues: I Will Maintain My Integrity
27 And Job again took up his discourse, and said:

  “As God lives, who has taken away my right,    and the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,  as long as my breath is in me,    and the spirit of God is in my nostrils,  my lips will not speak falsehood,    and my tongue will not utter deceit.  Far be it from me to say that you are right;    till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.  I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go;    my heart does not reproach me for any of my days.

  “Let my enemy be as the wicked,    and let him who rises up against me be as the unrighteous.  For what is the hope of the godless when God cuts him off,    when God takes away his life?  Will God hear his cry    when distress comes upon him?  Will he take delight in the Almighty?    Will he call upon God at all times?  I will teach you concerning the hand of God;    what is with the Almighty I will not conceal.  Behold, all of you have seen it yourselves;    why then have you become altogether vain?

  “This is the portion of a wicked man with God,    and the heritage that oppressors receive from the Almighty:  If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword,    and his descendants have not enough bread.  Those who survive him the pestilence buries,    and his widows do not weep.  Though he heap up silver like dust,    and pile up clothing like clay,  he may pile it up, but the righteous will wear it,    and the innocent will divide the silver.  He builds his house like a moth's,    like a booth that a watchman makes.  He goes to bed rich, but will do so no more;    he opens his eyes, and his wealth is gone.  Terrors overtake him like a flood;    in the night a whirlwind carries him off.  The east wind lifts him up and he is gone;    it sweeps him out of his place.  It3 hurls at him without pity;    he flees from its4 power in headlong flight.  It claps its hands at him    and hisses at him from its place.
Job Continues: Where Is Wisdom?

28   “Surely there is a mine for silver,    and a place for gold that they refine.  Iron is taken out of the earth,    and copper is smelted from the ore.  Man puts an end to darkness    and searches out to the farthest limit    the ore in gloom and deep darkness.  He opens shafts in a valley away from where anyone lives;    they are forgotten by travelers;    they hang in the air, far away from mankind; they swing to and fro.  As for the earth, out of it comes bread,    but underneath it is turned up as by fire.  Its stones are the place of sapphires,5    and it has dust of gold.

  “That path no bird of prey knows,    and the falcon's eye has not seen it.  The proud beasts have not trodden it;    the lion has not passed over it.

  “Man puts his hand to the flinty rock    and overturns mountains by the roots.  He cuts out channels in the rocks,    and his eye sees every precious thing.  He dams up the streams so that they do not trickle,    and the thing that is hidden he brings out to light.

  “But where shall wisdom be found?    And where is the place of understanding?  Man does not know its worth,    and it is not found in the land of the living.  The deep says, ‘It is not in me,’    and the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’  It cannot be bought for gold,    and silver cannot be weighed as its price.  It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,    in precious onyx or sapphire.  Gold and glass cannot equal it,    nor can it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.  No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal;    the price of wisdom is above pearls.  The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it,    nor can it be valued in pure gold.

  “From where, then, does wisdom come?    And where is the place of understanding?  It is hidden from the eyes of all living    and concealed from the birds of the air.  Abaddon and Death say,    ‘We have heard a rumor of it with our ears.’

  “God understands the way to it,    and he knows its place.  For he looks to the ends of the earth    and sees everything under the heavens.  When he gave to the wind its weight    and apportioned the waters by measure,  when he made a decree for the rain    and a way for the lightning of the thunder,  then he saw it and declared it;    he established it, and searched it out.  And he said to man,  ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,    and to turn away from evil is understanding.’”
Footnotes
[1] 26:6 Hebrew him[2] 26:9 Or his throne[3] 27:22 Or He (that is, God); also verse 23[4] 27:22 Or his; also verse 23[5] 28:6 Or lapis lazuli; also verse 16

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                Evening: Acts 11
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                    Acts 11
Peter Reports to the Church
11 Now the apostles and the brothers1 who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party2 criticized him, saying, “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.” But Peter began and explained it to them in order: “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, something like a great sheet descending, being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to me. Looking at it closely, I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air. And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ But I said, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ But the voice answered a second time from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, do not call common.’ This happened three times, and all was drawn up again into heaven. And behold, at that very moment three men arrived at the house in which we were, sent to me from Caesarea. And the Spirit told me to go with them, making no distinction. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man's house. And he told us how he had seen the angel stand in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa and bring Simon who is called Peter; he will declare to you a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household.’ As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God's way?” When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”
The Church in Antioch
Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists3 also, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.
Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius). So the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers4 living in Judea. And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.
Footnotes
[1] 11:1 Or brothers and sisters[2] 11:2 Or Jerusalem, those of the circumcision[3] 11:20 Or Greeks (that is, Greek-speaking non-Jews)[4] 11:29 Or brothers and sisters

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July 25: Psalms 44-46; Acts 25
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July 25: Psalms 44-46; Acts 25

Morning: Psalms 44-46
           
       
           
                Evening: Acts 25
           
       
       
                Morning: Psalms 44-46
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                    Psalms 44-46
Come to Our Help
To the choirmaster. A Maskil1 of the Sons of Korah.

44   O God, we have heard with our ears,    our fathers have told us,  what deeds you performed in their days,    in the days of old:  you with your own hand drove out the nations,    but them you planted;  you afflicted the peoples,    but them you set free;  for not by their own sword did they win the land,    nor did their own arm save them,  but your right hand and your arm,    and the light of your face,    for you delighted in them.

  You are my King, O God;    ordain salvation for Jacob!  Through you we push down our foes;    through your name we tread down those who rise up against us.  For not in my bow do I trust,    nor can my sword save me.  But you have saved us from our foes    and have put to shame those who hate us.  In God we have boasted continually,    and we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah

  But you have rejected us and disgraced us    and have not gone out with our armies.  You have made us turn back from the foe,    and those who hate us have gotten spoil.  You have made us like sheep for slaughter    and have scattered us among the nations.  You have sold your people for a trifle,    demanding no high price for them.  You have made us the taunt of our neighbors,    the derision and scorn of those around us.  You have made us a byword among the nations,    a laughingstock2 among the peoples.  All day long my disgrace is before me,    and shame has covered my face  at the sound of the taunter and reviler,    at the sight of the enemy and the avenger.

  All this has come upon us,    though we have not forgotten you,    and we have not been false to your covenant.  Our heart has not turned back,    nor have our steps departed from your way;  yet you have broken us in the place of jackals    and covered us with the shadow of death.  If we had forgotten the name of our God    or spread out our hands to a foreign god,  would not God discover this?    For he knows the secrets of the heart.  Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long;    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.

  Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord?    Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever!  Why do you hide your face?    Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?  For our soul is bowed down to the dust;    our belly clings to the ground.  Rise up; come to our help!    Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love!
Your Throne, O God, Is Forever
To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Maskil3 of the Sons of Korah; a love song.

45   My heart overflows with a pleasing theme;    I address my verses to the king;    my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.

  You are the most handsome of the sons of men;    grace is poured upon your lips;    therefore God has blessed you forever.  Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one,    in your splendor and majesty!

  In your majesty ride out victoriously    for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;    let your right hand teach you awesome deeds!  Your arrows are sharp    in the heart of the king's enemies;    the peoples fall under you.

  Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.    The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness;    you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.  Therefore God, your God, has anointed you    with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;    your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.  From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;    daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor;    at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.

  Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear:    forget your people and your father's house,    and the king will desire your beauty.  Since he is your lord, bow to him.    The people4 of Tyre will seek your favor with gifts,    the richest of the people.5

  All glorious is the princess in her chamber, with robes interwoven with gold.    In many-colored robes she is led to the king,    with her virgin companions following behind her.  With joy and gladness they are led along    as they enter the palace of the king.

  In place of your fathers shall be your sons;    you will make them princes in all the earth.  I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations;    therefore nations will praise you forever and ever.
God Is Our Fortress
To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth.6 A Song.

46   God is our refuge and strength,    a very present7 help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,    though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,  though its waters roar and foam,    though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

  There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,    the holy habitation of the Most High.  God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;    God will help her when morning dawns.  The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;    he utters his voice, the earth melts.  The LORD of hosts is with us;    the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

  Come, behold the works of the LORD,    how he has brought desolations on the earth.  He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;    he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;    he burns the chariots with fire.  “Be still, and know that I am God.    I will be exalted among the nations,    I will be exalted in the earth!”  The LORD of hosts is with us;    the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
Footnotes
[1] 44:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term[2] 44:14 Hebrew a shaking of the head[3] 45:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term[4] 45:12 Hebrew daughter[5] 45:12 Or The daughter of Tyre is here with gifts, the richest of people seek your favor[6] 46:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term[7] 46:1 Or well proved

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                    Acts 25
Paul Appeals to Caesar
25 Now three days after Festus had arrived in the province, he went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea. And the chief priests and the principal men of the Jews laid out their case against Paul, and they urged him, asking as a favor against Paul1 that he summon him to Jerusalem—because they were planning an ambush to kill him on the way. Festus replied that Paul was being kept at Caesarea and that he himself intended to go there shortly. “So,” said he, “let the men of authority among you go down with me, and if there is anything wrong about the man, let them bring charges against him.”
After he stayed among them not more than eight or ten days, he went down to Caesarea. And the next day he took his seat on the tribunal and ordered Paul to be brought. When he had arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing many and serious charges against him that they could not prove. Paul argued in his defense, “Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I committed any offense.” But Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, “Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem and there be tried on these charges before me?” But Paul said, “I am standing before Caesar's tribunal, where I ought to be tried. To the Jews I have done no wrong, as you yourself know very well. If then I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything for which I deserve to die, I do not seek to escape death. But if there is nothing to their charges against me, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar.” Then Festus, when he had conferred with his council, answered, “To Caesar you have appealed; to Caesar you shall go.”
Paul Before Agrippa and Bernice
Now when some days had passed, Agrippa the king and Bernice arrived at Caesarea and greeted Festus. And as they stayed there many days, Festus laid Paul's case before the king, saying, “There is a man left prisoner by Felix, and when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews laid out their case against him, asking for a sentence of condemnation against him. I answered them that it was not the custom of the Romans to give up anyone before the accused met the accusers face to face and had opportunity to make his defense concerning the charge laid against him. So when they came together here, I made no delay, but on the next day took my seat on the tribunal and ordered the man to be brought. When the accusers stood up, they brought no charge in his case of such evils as I supposed. Rather they had certain points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus, who was dead, but whom Paul asserted to be alive. Being at a loss how to investigate these questions, I asked whether he wanted to go to Jerusalem and be tried there regarding them. But when Paul had appealed to be kept in custody for the decision of the emperor, I ordered him to be held until I could send him to Caesar.” Then Agrippa said to Festus, “I would like to hear the man myself.” “Tomorrow,” said he, “you will hear him.”
So on the next day Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp, and they entered the audience hall with the military tribunes and the prominent men of the city. Then, at the command of Festus, Paul was brought in. And Festus said, “King Agrippa and all who are present with us, you see this man about whom the whole Jewish people petitioned me, both in Jerusalem and here, shouting that he ought not to live any longer. But I found that he had done nothing deserving death. And as he himself appealed to the emperor, I decided to go ahead and send him. But I have nothing definite to write to my lord about him. Therefore I have brought him before you all, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that, after we have examined him, I may have something to write. For it seems to me unreasonable, in sending a prisoner, not to indicate the charges against him.”
Footnotes
[1] 25:3 Greek him

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Source: July 25: Psalms 44-46; Acts 25




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August 11: Psalms 90-92; Romans 11:1-21
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August 11: Psalms 90-92; Romans 11:1-21

Morning: Psalms 90-92
           
       
           
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Book Four
From Everlasting to Everlasting
A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.

90   Lord, you have been our dwelling place1    in all generations.  Before the mountains were brought forth,    or ever you had formed the earth and the world,    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

  You return man to dust    and say, “Return, O children of man!”2  For a thousand years in your sight    are but as yesterday when it is past,    or as a watch in the night.

  You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream,    like grass that is renewed in the morning:  in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;    in the evening it fades and withers.

  For we are brought to an end by your anger;    by your wrath we are dismayed.  You have set our iniquities before you,    our secret sins in the light of your presence.

  For all our days pass away under your wrath;    we bring our years to an end like a sigh.  The years of our life are seventy,    or even by reason of strength eighty;  yet their span3 is but toil and trouble;    they are soon gone, and we fly away.  Who considers the power of your anger,    and your wrath according to the fear of you?

  So teach us to number our days    that we may get a heart of wisdom.  Return, O LORD! How long?    Have pity on your servants!  Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,    that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.  Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,    and for as many years as we have seen evil.  Let your work be shown to your servants,    and your glorious power to their children.  Let the favor4 of the Lord our God be upon us,    and establish the work of our hands upon us;    yes, establish the work of our hands!
My Refuge and My Fortress

91   He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High    will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say5 to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,    my God, in whom I trust.”

  For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler    and from the deadly pestilence.  He will cover you with his pinions,    and under his wings you will find refuge;    his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.  You will not fear the terror of the night,    nor the arrow that flies by day,  nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,    nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

  A thousand may fall at your side,    ten thousand at your right hand,    but it will not come near you.  You will only look with your eyes    and see the recompense of the wicked.

  Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place—    the Most High, who is my refuge6—  no evil shall be allowed to befall you,    no plague come near your tent.

  For he will command his angels concerning you    to guard you in all your ways.  On their hands they will bear you up,    lest you strike your foot against a stone.  You will tread on the lion and the adder;    the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

  “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;    I will protect him, because he knows my name.  When he calls to me, I will answer him;    I will be with him in trouble;    I will rescue him and honor him.  With long life I will satisfy him    and show him my salvation.”
How Great Are Your Works
A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath.

92   It is good to give thanks to the LORD,    to sing praises to your name, O Most High;  to declare your steadfast love in the morning,    and your faithfulness by night,  to the music of the lute and the harp,    to the melody of the lyre.  For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work;    at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

  How great are your works, O LORD!    Your thoughts are very deep!  The stupid man cannot know;    the fool cannot understand this:  that though the wicked sprout like grass    and all evildoers flourish,  they are doomed to destruction forever;    but you, O LORD, are on high forever.  For behold, your enemies, O LORD,    for behold, your enemies shall perish;    all evildoers shall be scattered.

  But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox;    you have poured over me7 fresh oil.  My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;    my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.

  The righteous flourish like the palm tree    and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.  They are planted in the house of the LORD;    they flourish in the courts of our God.  They still bear fruit in old age;    they are ever full of sap and green,  to declare that the LORD is upright;    he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
Footnotes
[1] 90:1 Some Hebrew manuscripts (compare Septuagint) our refuge[2] 90:3 Or of Adam[3] 90:10 Or pride[4] 90:17 Or beauty[5] 91:2 Septuagint He will say[6] 91:9 Or For you, O Lord, are my refuge! You have made the Most High your dwelling place[7] 92:10 Compare Syriac; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

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                    Romans 11:1-21
The Remnant of Israel
11 I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham,1 a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” But what is God's reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.
What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, as it is written,

  “God gave them a spirit of stupor,    eyes that would not see    and ears that would not hear,  down to this very day.”
And David says,

  “Let their table become a snare and a trap,    a stumbling block and a retribution for them;  let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see,    and bend their backs forever.”
Gentiles Grafted In
So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion2 mean!
Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root3 of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you. Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you.
Footnotes
[1] 11:1 Or one of the offspring of Abraham[2] 11:12 Greek their fullness[3] 11:17 Greek root of richness; some manuscripts richness

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Source: August 11: Psalms 90-92; Romans 11:1-21




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August 21: Psalm 119:1-48; 1 Corinthians 3
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August 21: Psalm 119:1-48; 1 Corinthians 3

Morning: Psalm 119:1-48
           
       
           
                Evening: 1 Corinthians 3
           
       
       
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                    Psalm 119:1-48
Your Word Is a Lamp to My Feet
Aleph

119   1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless,    who walk in the law of the LORD!  Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,    who seek him with their whole heart,  who also do no wrong,    but walk in his ways!  You have commanded your precepts    to be kept diligently.  Oh that my ways may be steadfast    in keeping your statutes!  Then I shall not be put to shame,    having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.  I will praise you with an upright heart,    when I learn your righteous rules.2  I will keep your statutes;    do not utterly forsake me!
Beth

  How can a young man keep his way pure?    By guarding it according to your word.  With my whole heart I seek you;    let me not wander from your commandments!  I have stored up your word in my heart,    that I might not sin against you.  Blessed are you, O LORD;    teach me your statutes!  With my lips I declare    all the rules3 of your mouth.  In the way of your testimonies I delight    as much as in all riches.  I will meditate on your precepts    and fix my eyes on your ways.  I will delight in your statutes;    I will not forget your word.
Gimel

  Deal bountifully with your servant,    that I may live and keep your word.  Open my eyes, that I may behold    wondrous things out of your law.  I am a sojourner on the earth;    hide not your commandments from me!  My soul is consumed with longing    for your rules4 at all times.  You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,    who wander from your commandments.  Take away from me scorn and contempt,    for I have kept your testimonies.  Even though princes sit plotting against me,    your servant will meditate on your statutes.  Your testimonies are my delight;    they are my counselors.
Daleth

  My soul clings to the dust;    give me life according to your word!  When I told of my ways, you answered me;    teach me your statutes!  Make me understand the way of your precepts,    and I will meditate on your wondrous works.  My soul melts away for sorrow;    strengthen me according to your word!  Put false ways far from me    and graciously teach me your law!  I have chosen the way of faithfulness;    I set your rules before me.  I cling to your testimonies, O LORD;    let me not be put to shame!  I will run in the way of your commandments    when you enlarge my heart!5
He

  Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes;    and I will keep it to the end.6  Give me understanding, that I may keep your law    and observe it with my whole heart.  Lead me in the path of your commandments,    for I delight in it.  Incline my heart to your testimonies,    and not to selfish gain!  Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;    and give me life in your ways.  Confirm to your servant your promise,    that you may be feared.  Turn away the reproach that I dread,    for your rules are good.  Behold, I long for your precepts;    in your righteousness give me life!
Waw

  Let your steadfast love come to me, O LORD,    your salvation according to your promise;  then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me,    for I trust in your word.  And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,    for my hope is in your rules.  I will keep your law continually,    forever and ever,  and I shall walk in a wide place,    for I have sought your precepts.  I will also speak of your testimonies before kings    and shall not be put to shame,  for I find my delight in your commandments,    which I love.  I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love,    and I will meditate on your statutes.
Footnotes
[1] 119:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem of twenty-two stanzas, following the letters of the Hebrew alphabet; within a stanza, each verse begins with the same Hebrew letter[2] 119:7 Or your just and righteous decrees; also verses 62, 106, 160, 164[3] 119:13 Or all the just decrees[4] 119:20 Or your just decrees; also verses 30, 39, 43, 52, 75, 102, 108, 137, 156, 175[5] 119:32 Or for you set my heart free[6] 119:33 Or keep it as my reward

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Divisions in the Church
3 But I, brothers,1 could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?
What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.
According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
Do you not know that you2 are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.
Footnotes
[1] 3:1 Or brothers and sisters[2] 3:16 The Greek for you is plural in verses 16 and 17

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Source: August 21: Psalm 119:1-48; 1 Corinthians 3




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August 22: Psalm 119:49-104; 1 Corinthians 4
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August 22: Psalm 119:49-104; 1 Corinthians 4

Morning: Psalm 119:49-104
           
       
           
                Evening: 1 Corinthians 4
           
       
       
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                    Psalm 119:49-104
Zayin

  Remember your word to your servant,    in which you have made me hope.  This is my comfort in my affliction,    that your promise gives me life.  The insolent utterly deride me,    but I do not turn away from your law.  When I think of your rules from of old,    I take comfort, O LORD.  Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked,    who forsake your law.  Your statutes have been my songs    in the house of my sojourning.  I remember your name in the night, O LORD,    and keep your law.  This blessing has fallen to me,    that I have kept your precepts.
Heth

  The LORD is my portion;    I promise to keep your words.  I entreat your favor with all my heart;    be gracious to me according to your promise.  When I think on my ways,    I turn my feet to your testimonies;  I hasten and do not delay    to keep your commandments.  Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me,    I do not forget your law.  At midnight I rise to praise you,    because of your righteous rules.  I am a companion of all who fear you,    of those who keep your precepts.  The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love;    teach me your statutes!
Teth

  You have dealt well with your servant,    O LORD, according to your word.  Teach me good judgment and knowledge,    for I believe in your commandments.  Before I was afflicted I went astray,    but now I keep your word.  You are good and do good;    teach me your statutes.  The insolent smear me with lies,    but with my whole heart I keep your precepts;  their heart is unfeeling like fat,    but I delight in your law.  It is good for me that I was afflicted,    that I might learn your statutes.  The law of your mouth is better to me    than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
Yodh

  Your hands have made and fashioned me;    give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.  Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,    because I have hoped in your word.  I know, O LORD, that your rules are righteous,    and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.  Let your steadfast love comfort me    according to your promise to your servant.  Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;    for your law is my delight.  Let the insolent be put to shame,    because they have wronged me with falsehood;    as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.  Let those who fear you turn to me,    that they may know your testimonies.  May my heart be blameless in your statutes,    that I may not be put to shame!
Kaph

  My soul longs for your salvation;    I hope in your word.  My eyes long for your promise;    I ask, “When will you comfort me?”  For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,    yet I have not forgotten your statutes.  How long must your servant endure?1    When will you judge those who persecute me?  The insolent have dug pitfalls for me;    they do not live according to your law.  All your commandments are sure;    they persecute me with falsehood; help me!  They have almost made an end of me on earth,    but I have not forsaken your precepts.  In your steadfast love give me life,    that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.
Lamedh

  Forever, O LORD, your word    is firmly fixed in the heavens.  Your faithfulness endures to all generations;    you have established the earth, and it stands fast.  By your appointment they stand this day,    for all things are your servants.  If your law had not been my delight,    I would have perished in my affliction.  I will never forget your precepts,    for by them you have given me life.  I am yours; save me,    for I have sought your precepts.  The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,    but I consider your testimonies.  I have seen a limit to all perfection,    but your commandment is exceedingly broad.
Mem

  Oh how I love your law!    It is my meditation all the day.  Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,    for it is ever with me.  I have more understanding than all my teachers,    for your testimonies are my meditation.  I understand more than the aged,2    for I keep your precepts.  I hold back my feet from every evil way,    in order to keep your word.  I do not turn aside from your rules,    for you have taught me.  How sweet are your words to my taste,    sweeter than honey to my mouth!  Through your precepts I get understanding;    therefore I hate every false way.
Footnotes
[1] 119:84 Hebrew How many are the days of your servant?[2] 119:100 Or the elders

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The Ministry of Apostles
4 This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.
I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers,1 that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another. For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?
Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! Without us you have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that we might share the rule with you! For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.
I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you have countless2 guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. I urge you, then, be imitators of me. That is why I sent3 you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ,4 as I teach them everywhere in every church. Some are arrogant, as though I were not coming to you. But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power. For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power. What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?
Footnotes
[1] 4:6 Or brothers and sisters[2] 4:15 Greek you have ten thousand[3] 4:17 Or am sending[4] 4:17 Some manuscripts add Jesus

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Source: August 22: Psalm 119:49-104; 1 Corinthians 4




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August 31: Psalms 145-147; 1 Corinthians 11:1-15
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August 31: Psalms 145-147; 1 Corinthians 11:1-15

Morning: Psalms 145-147
           
       
           
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Great Is the Lord
 A Song of Praise. Of David.

145   I will extol you, my God and King,    and bless your name forever and ever.  Every day I will bless you    and praise your name forever and ever.  Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised,    and his greatness is unsearchable.

  One generation shall commend your works to another,    and shall declare your mighty acts.  On the glorious splendor of your majesty,    and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.  They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,    and I will declare your greatness.  They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness    and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

  The LORD is gracious and merciful,    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.  The LORD is good to all,    and his mercy is over all that he has made.

  All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD,    and all your saints shall bless you!  They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom    and tell of your power,  to make known to the children of man your1 mighty deeds,    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.  Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,    and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

  [The LORD is faithful in all his words    and kind in all his works.]2  The LORD upholds all who are falling    and raises up all who are bowed down.  The eyes of all look to you,    and you give them their food in due season.  You open your hand;    you satisfy the desire of every living thing.  The LORD is righteous in all his ways    and kind in all his works.  The LORD is near to all who call on him,    to all who call on him in truth.  He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;    he also hears their cry and saves them.  The LORD preserves all who love him,    but all the wicked he will destroy.

  My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD,    and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.
Put Not Your Trust in Princes

146   Praise the LORD!  Praise the LORD, O my soul!  I will praise the LORD as long as I live;    I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

  Put not your trust in princes,    in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.  When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;    on that very day his plans perish.

  Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,    whose hope is in the LORD his God,  who made heaven and earth,    the sea, and all that is in them,  who keeps faith forever;    who executes justice for the oppressed,    who gives food to the hungry.

  The LORD sets the prisoners free;    the LORD opens the eyes of the blind.  The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;    the LORD loves the righteous.  The LORD watches over the sojourners;    he upholds the widow and the fatherless,    but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

  The LORD will reign forever,    your God, O Zion, to all generations.  Praise the LORD!
He Heals the Brokenhearted

147   Praise the LORD!  For it is good to sing praises to our God;    for it is pleasant,3 and a song of praise is fitting.  The LORD builds up Jerusalem;    he gathers the outcasts of Israel.  He heals the brokenhearted    and binds up their wounds.  He determines the number of the stars;    he gives to all of them their names.  Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;    his understanding is beyond measure.  The LORD lifts up the humble;4    he casts the wicked to the ground.

  Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;    make melody to our God on the lyre!  He covers the heavens with clouds;    he prepares rain for the earth;    he makes grass grow on the hills.  He gives to the beasts their food,    and to the young ravens that cry.  His delight is not in the strength of the horse,    nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,  but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him,    in those who hope in his steadfast love.

  Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem!    Praise your God, O Zion!  For he strengthens the bars of your gates;    he blesses your children within you.  He makes peace in your borders;    he fills you with the finest of the wheat.  He sends out his command to the earth;    his word runs swiftly.  He gives snow like wool;    he scatters frost like ashes.  He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs;    who can stand before his cold?  He sends out his word, and melts them;    he makes his wind blow and the waters flow.  He declares his word to Jacob,    his statutes and rules5 to Israel.  He has not dealt thus with any other nation;    they do not know his rules.6  Praise the LORD!
Footnotes
[1] 145:12 Hebrew his; also next line[2] 145:13 These two lines are supplied by one Hebrew manuscript, Septuagint, Syriac (compare Dead Sea Scroll)[3] 147:1 Or for he is beautiful[4] 147:6 Or afflicted[5] 147:19 Or and just decrees[6] 147:20 Or his just decrees

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                Evening: 1 Corinthians 11:1-15
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                    1 Corinthians 11:1-15
11 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
Head Coverings
Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you. But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife1 is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, but every wife2 who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven. For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head. For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man. For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.3Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God. Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered? Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering.
Footnotes
[1] 11:3 Greek gunē. This term may refer to a woman or a wife, depending on the context[2] 11:5 In verses 5–13, the Greek word gunē is translated wife in verses that deal with wearing a veil, a sign of being married in first-century culture[3] 11:10 Or messengers, that is, people sent to observe and report

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Source: August 31: Psalms 145-147; 1 Corinthians 11:1-15




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September 3: Proverbs 3-4; 1 Corinthians 13
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September 3: Proverbs 3-4; 1 Corinthians 13

Morning: Proverbs 3-4
           
       
           
                Evening: 1 Corinthians 13
           
       
       
                Morning: Proverbs 3-4
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                    Proverbs 3-4
Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart

3   My son, do not forget my teaching,    but let your heart keep my commandments,  for length of days and years of life    and peace they will add to you.

  Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;    bind them around your neck;    write them on the tablet of your heart.  So you will find favor and good success1    in the sight of God and man.

  Trust in the LORD with all your heart,    and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him,    and he will make straight your paths.  Be not wise in your own eyes;    fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.  It will be healing to your flesh2    and refreshment3 to your bones.

  Honor the LORD with your wealth    and with the firstfruits of all your produce;  then your barns will be filled with plenty,    and your vats will be bursting with wine.

  My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline    or be weary of his reproof,  for the LORD reproves him whom he loves,    as a father the son in whom he delights.
Blessed Is the One Who Finds Wisdom

  Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,    and the one who gets understanding,  for the gain from her is better than gain from silver    and her profit better than gold.  She is more precious than jewels,    and nothing you desire can compare with her.  Long life is in her right hand;    in her left hand are riches and honor.  Her ways are ways of pleasantness,    and all her paths are peace.  She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;    those who hold her fast are called blessed.

  The LORD by wisdom founded the earth;    by understanding he established the heavens;  by his knowledge the deeps broke open,    and the clouds drop down the dew.

  My son, do not lose sight of these—    keep sound wisdom and discretion,  and they will be life for your soul    and adornment for your neck.  Then you will walk on your way securely,    and your foot will not stumble.  If you lie down, you will not be afraid;    when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.  Do not be afraid of sudden terror    or of the ruin4 of the wicked, when it comes,  for the LORD will be your confidence    and will keep your foot from being caught.  Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,5    when it is in your power to do it.

  Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,    tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.  Do not plan evil against your neighbor,    who dwells trustingly beside you.  Do not contend with a man for no reason,    when he has done you no harm.  Do not envy a man of violence    and do not choose any of his ways,  for the devious person is an abomination to the LORD,    but the upright are in his confidence.  The LORD's curse is on the house of the wicked,    but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous.  Toward the scorners he is scornful,    but to the humble he gives favor.6  The wise will inherit honor,    but fools get7 disgrace.
A Father's Wise Instruction

4   Hear, O sons, a father's instruction,    and be attentive, that you may gain8 insight,  for I give you good precepts;    do not forsake my teaching.  When I was a son with my father,    tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,  he taught me and said to me,  “Let your heart hold fast my words;    keep my commandments, and live.  Get wisdom; get insight;    do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.  Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;    love her, and she will guard you.  The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,    and whatever you get, get insight.  Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;    she will honor you if you embrace her.  She will place on your head a graceful garland;    she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”

  Hear, my son, and accept my words,    that the years of your life may be many.  I have taught you the way of wisdom;    I have led you in the paths of uprightness.  When you walk, your step will not be hampered,    and if you run, you will not stumble.  Keep hold of instruction; do not let go;    guard her, for she is your life.  Do not enter the path of the wicked,    and do not walk in the way of the evil.  Avoid it; do not go on it;    turn away from it and pass on.  For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong;    they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.  For they eat the bread of wickedness    and drink the wine of violence.  But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,    which shines brighter and brighter until full day.  The way of the wicked is like deep darkness;    they do not know over what they stumble.

  My son, be attentive to my words;    incline your ear to my sayings.  Let them not escape from your sight;    keep them within your heart.  For they are life to those who find them,    and healing to all their9 flesh.  Keep your heart with all vigilance,    for from it flow the springs of life.  Put away from you crooked speech,    and put devious talk far from you.  Let your eyes look directly forward,    and your gaze be straight before you.  Ponder10 the path of your feet;    then all your ways will be sure.  Do not swerve to the right or to the left;    turn your foot away from evil.
Footnotes
[1] 3:4 Or repute[2] 3:8 Hebrew navel[3] 3:8 Or medicine[4] 3:25 Hebrew storm[5] 3:27 Hebrew Do not withhold good from its owners[6] 3:34 Or grace[7] 3:35 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain[8] 4:1 Hebrew know[9] 4:22 Hebrew his[10] 4:26 Or Make level

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                Evening: 1 Corinthians 13
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                    1 Corinthians 13
The Way of Love
13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,1 but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;2it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Footnotes
[1] 13:3 Some manuscripts deliver up my body [to death] that I may boast[2] 13:5 Greek irritable and does not count up wrongdoing

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Source: September 3: Proverbs 3-4; 1 Corinthians 13




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