THEINC-HIM Daily Bible Meditation – November 18 – Full Text – Shabbat Shalom!   Leave a comment

NOVEMBER 18

PSALMS: 18, 48, 78, 108, 138

PROVERBS: 18

OLD TESTAMENT: EXODUS 26:1 – 27:21

NEW TESTAMENT: MATTHEW 25:1 – 30

PSALMS: 18

For the director of music. Of David the servant of the LORD. He sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:

I love you, O LORD, my strength.

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;

my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.

He is my shield and the horn A of my salvation, my stronghold.

I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,

and I am saved from my enemies.

The cords of death entangled me;

the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.

The cords of the grave B coiled around me;

the snares of death confronted me.

In my distress I called to the LORD;

I cried to my God for help.

From his temple he heard my voice;

my cry came before him, into his ears.

The earth trembled and quaked,

and the foundations of the mountains shook;

they trembled because he was angry.

Smoke rose from his nostrils;

consuming fire came from his mouth,

burning coals blazed out of it.

He parted the heavens and came down;

dark clouds were under his feet.

10 He mounted the cherubim and flew;

he soared on the wings of the wind. 1

11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him–

the dark rain clouds of the sky.

12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced,

with hailstones and bolts of lightning.

13 The LORD thundered from heaven;

the voice of the Most High resounded. C

14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemies,

great bolts of lightning and routed them.

15 The valleys of the sea were exposed

and the foundations of the earth laid bare

at your rebuke, O LORD,

at the blast of breath from your nostrils.

16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;

he drew me out of deep waters.

17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,

from my foes, who were too strong for me.

18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,

but the LORD was my support.

19 He brought me out into a spacious place;

he rescued me because he delighted in me.

20 The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness;

according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.

21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD;

I have not done evil by turning from my God.

22 All his laws are before me;

I have not turned away from his decrees.

23 I have been blameless before him

and have kept myself from sin.

24 The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness,

according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight. 2

25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful,

to the blameless you show yourself blameless,

26 to the pure you show yourself pure,

but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.

27 You save the humble

but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.

28 You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning;

my God turns my darkness into light.

29 With your help I can advance against a troop D;

with my God I can scale a wall.

30 As for God, his way is perfect;

the word of the LORD is flawless.

He is a shield

for all who take refuge in him.

31 For who is God besides the LORD?

And who is the Rock except our God?

32 It is God who arms me with strength

and makes my way perfect.

33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;

he enables me to stand on the heights.

34 He trains my hands for battle;

my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

35 You give me your shield of victory,

and your right hand sustains me;

you stoop down to make me great.

36 You broaden the path beneath me,

so that my ankles do not turn.

37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them;

I did not turn back till they were destroyed.

38 I crushed them so that they could not rise;

they fell beneath my feet. 3

39 You armed me with strength for battle;

you made my adversaries bow at my feet.

40 You made my enemies turn their backs in flight,

and I destroyed my foes.

41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them–

to the LORD, but he did not answer.

42 I beat them as fine as dust borne on the wind;

I poured them out like mud in the streets.

43 You have delivered me from the attacks of the people;

you have made me the head of nations;

people I did not know are subject to me.

44 As soon as they hear me, they obey me;

foreigners cringe before me.

45 They all lose heart;

they come trembling from their strongholds.

46 The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock!

Exalted be God my Savior!

47 He is the God who avenges me,

who subdues nations under me,

48 who saves me from my enemies.

You exalted me above my foes;

from violent men you rescued me.

49 Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O LORD;

I will sing praises to your name.

50 He gives his king great victories;

he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed,

to David and his descendants forever. 4

PSALMS: 48

A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah.

Great is the LORD, and most worthy of praise,

in the city of our God, his holy mountain.

It is beautiful in its loftiness,

the joy of the whole earth.

Like the utmost heights of Zaphon A is Mount Zion,

the B city of the Great King.

God is in her citadels;

he has shown himself to be her fortress.

When the kings joined forces,

when they advanced together,

they saw her and were astounded;

they fled in terror.

Trembling seized them there,

pain like that of a woman in labor.

You destroyed them like ships of Tarshish

shattered by an east wind.

As we have heard,

so have we seen

in the city of the LORD Almighty,

in the city of our God:

God makes her secure forever.

Selah

Within your temple, O God,

we meditate on your unfailing love.

10 Like your name, O God,

your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;

your right hand is filled with righteousness. 5

11 Mount Zion rejoices,

the villages of Judah are glad

because of your judgments.

12 Walk about Zion, go around her,

count her towers,

13 consider well her ramparts,

view her citadels,

that you may tell of them to the next generation.

14 For this God is our God for ever and ever;

he will be our guide even to the end. 6

PSALMS: 78

maskil A of Asaph.

O my people, hear my teaching;

listen to the words of my mouth.

I will open my mouth in parables,

I will utter hidden things, things from of old–

what we have heard and known,

what our fathers have told us.

We will not hide them from their children;

we will tell the next generation

the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD,

his power, and the wonders he has done.

He decreed statutes for Jacob

and established the law in Israel,

which he commanded our forefathers

to teach their children,

so the next generation would know them,

even the children yet to be born,

and they in turn would tell their children.

Then they would put their trust in God

and would not forget his deeds

but would keep his commands.

They would not be like their forefathers–

a stubborn and rebellious generation,

whose hearts were not loyal to God,

whose spirits were not faithful to him.

The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows,

turned back on the day of battle;

10 they did not keep God’s covenant

and refused to live by his law.

11 They forgot what he had done,

the wonders he had shown them.

12 He did miracles in the sight of their fathers

in the land of Egypt, in the region of Zoan.

13 He divided the sea and led them through;

he made the water stand firm like a wall.

14 He guided them with the cloud by day

and with light from the fire all night.

15 He split the rocks in the desert

and gave them water as abundant as the seas;

16 he brought streams out of a rocky crag

and made water flow down like rivers.

17 But they continued to sin against him,

rebelling in the desert against the Most High.

18 They willfully put God to the test

by demanding the food they craved.

19 They spoke against God, saying,

“Can God spread a table in the desert?

20 When he struck the rock, water gushed out,

and streams flowed abundantly.

But can he also give us food?

Can he supply meat for his people?”

21 When the LORD heard them, he was very angry;

his fire broke out against Jacob,

and his wrath rose against Israel,

22 for they did not believe in God

or trust in his deliverance.

23 Yet he gave a command to the skies above

and opened the doors of the heavens;

24 he rained down manna for the people to eat, 7

he gave them the grain of heaven.

25 Men ate the bread of angels;

he sent them all the food they could eat.

26 He let loose the east wind from the heavens

and led forth the south wind by his power.

27 He rained meat down on them like dust,

flying birds like sand on the seashore.

28 He made them come down inside their camp,

all around their tents.

29 They ate till they had more than enough,

for he had given them what they craved.

30 But before they turned from the food they craved,

even while it was still in their mouths,

31 God’s anger rose against them;

he put to death the sturdiest among them,

cutting down the young men of Israel.

32 In spite of all this, they kept on sinning;

in spite of his wonders, they did not believe.

33 So he ended their days in futility

and their years in terror.

34 Whenever God slew them, they would seek him;

they eagerly turned to him again.

35 They remembered that God was their Rock,

that God Most High was their Redeemer.

36 But then they would flatter him with their mouths,

lying to him with their tongues;

37 their hearts were not loyal to him,

they were not faithful to his covenant.

38 Yet he was merciful;

he forgave their iniquities

and did not destroy them.

Time after time he restrained his anger

and did not stir up his full wrath. 8

39 He remembered that they were but flesh,

a passing breeze that does not return.

40 How often they rebelled against him in the desert

and grieved him in the wasteland!

41 Again and again they put God to the test;

they vexed the Holy One of Israel.

42 They did not remember his power–

the day he redeemed them from the oppressor,

43 the day he displayed his miraculous signs in Egypt,

his wonders in the region of Zoan.

44 He turned their rivers to blood;

they could not drink from their streams.

45 He sent swarms of flies that devoured them,

and frogs that devastated them.

46 He gave their crops to the grasshopper,

their produce to the locust.

47 He destroyed their vines with hail

and their sycamore-figs with sleet.

48 He gave over their cattle to the hail,

their livestock to bolts of lightning.

49 He unleashed against them his hot anger,

his wrath, indignation and hostility–

a band of destroying angels.

50 He prepared a path for his anger;

he did not spare them from death

but gave them over to the plague.

51 He struck down all the firstborn of Egypt,

the firstfruits of manhood in the tents of Ham.

52 But he brought his people out like a flock;

he led them like sheep through the desert.

53 He guided them safely, so they were unafraid;

but the sea engulfed their enemies.

54 Thus he brought them to the border of his holy land, 9

to the hill country his right hand had taken.

55 He drove out nations before them

and allotted their lands to them as an inheritance;

he settled the tribes of Israel in their homes.

56 But they put God to the test

and rebelled against the Most High;

they did not keep his statutes.

57 Like their fathers they were disloyal and faithless,

as unreliable as a faulty bow.

58 They angered him with their high places;

they aroused his jealousy with their idols.

59 When God heard them, he was very angry;

he rejected Israel completely.

60 He abandoned the tabernacle of Shiloh,

the tent he had set up among men.

61 He sent the ark of his might into captivity,

his splendor into the hands of the enemy.

62 He gave his people over to the sword;

he was very angry with his inheritance.

63 Fire consumed their young men,

and their maidens had no wedding songs;

64 their priests were put to the sword,

and their widows could not weep.

65 Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,

as a man wakes from the stupor of wine.

66 He beat back his enemies;

he put them to everlasting shame.

67 Then he rejected the tents of Joseph,

he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;

68 but he chose the tribe of Judah, 10

Mount Zion, which he loved.

69 He built his sanctuary like the heights,

like the earth that he established forever.

70 He chose David his servant

and took him from the sheep pens;

71 from tending the sheep he brought him

to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,

of Israel his inheritance.

72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;

with skillful hands he led them. 11

PSALMS: 108

A song. A psalm of David.

My heart is steadfast, O God;

I will sing and make music with all my soul.

Awake, harp and lyre!

I will awaken the dawn.

I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations;

I will sing of you among the peoples.

For great is your love, higher than the heavens;

your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,

and let your glory be over all the earth.

Save us and help us with your right hand,

that those you love may be delivered.

God has spoken from his sanctuary:

In triumph I will parcel out Shechem

and measure off the Valley of Succoth.

8 Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine;

Ephraim is my helmet,

Judah my scepter.

9 Moab is my washbasin,

upon Edom I toss my sandal;

over Philistia I shout in triumph.”

10 Who will bring me to the fortified city?

Who will lead me to Edom?

11 Is it not you, O God, you who have rejected us

and no longer go out with our armies?

12 Give us aid against the enemy,

for the help of man is worthless.

13 With God we will gain the victory, 12

and he will trample down our enemies. 13

PSALMS: 138

Of David.

I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart;

before the “gods” I will sing your praise.

I will bow down toward your holy temple

and will praise your name

for your love and your faithfulness,

for you have exalted above all things

your name and your word.

When I called, you answered me;

you made me bold and stouthearted.

May all the kings of the earth praise you, O LORD,

when they hear the words of your mouth.

May they sing of the ways of the LORD,

Though the LORD is on high, he looks upon the lowly,

but the proud he knows from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble,

you preserve my life;

you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes,

with your right hand you save me.

The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;

your love, O LORD, endures forever–

do not abandon the works of your hands. 14

PROVERBS: 18

18 1 An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends;

he defies all sound judgment.

A fool finds no pleasure in understanding

but delights in airing his own opinions.

When wickedness comes, so does contempt,

and with shame comes disgrace.

The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters,

but the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

It is not good to be partial to the wicked

or to deprive the innocent of justice.

A fool’s lips bring him strife,

and his mouth invites a beating.

A fool’s mouth is his undoing,

and his lips are a snare to his soul.

The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;

they go down to a man’s inmost parts.

One who is slack in his work

is brother to one who destroys.

10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower;

the righteous run to it and are safe.

11The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;

they imagine it an unscalable wall. 15

12 Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud,

but humility comes before honor.

13 He who answers before listening–

that is his folly and his shame.

14 A man’s spirit sustains him in sickness,

but a crushed spirit who can bear?

15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge;

the ears of the wise seek it out.

16 A gift opens the way for the giver

and ushers him into the presence of the great.

17 The first to present his case seems right,

till another comes forward and questions him.

18 Casting the lot settles disputes

and keeps strong opponents apart.

19 An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city,

and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.

20 From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled;

with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.

21 The tongue has the power of life and death,

and those who love it will eat its fruit.

22 He who finds a wife finds what is good

and receives favor from the LORD. 16

23 A poor man pleads for mercy,

but a rich man answers harshly.

24 A man of many companions may come to ruin,

but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. 17

OLD TESTAMENT: EXODUS 26:1 – 27:21

26 Make the tabernacle with ten curtains of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, with cherubim worked into them by a skilled craftsman2 All the curtains are to be the same size–twenty-eight cubits long and four cubits wideA 3 Join five of the curtains together, and do the same with the other five4 Make loops of blue material along the edge of the end curtain in one set, and do the same with the end curtain in the other set5 Make fifty loops on one curtain and fifty loops on the end curtain of the other set, with the loops opposite each other6 Then make fifty gold clasps and use them to fasten the curtains together so that the tabernacle is a unit.

Make curtains of goat hair for the tent over the tabernacle–eleven altogether.

8 All eleven curtains are to be the same size–thirty cubits long and four cubits wideB

9 Join five of the curtains together into one set and the other six into another set. Fold the sixth curtain double at the front of the tent10 Make fifty loops along the edge of the end curtain in one set and also along the edge of the end curtain in the other set.

11 Then make fifty bronze clasps and put them in the loops to fasten the tent together as a unit. 12 As for the additional length of the tent curtains, the half curtain that is left over is to hang down at the rear of the tabernacle13 The tent curtains will be a cubit C longer on both sides; what is left will hang over the sides of the tabernacle so as to cover it.

14 Make for the tent a covering of ram skins dyed red, and over that a covering of hides of sea cowsD

15 Make upright frames of acacia wood for the tabernacle16 Each frame is to be ten cubits long and a cubit and a half wideE 17 with two projections set parallel to each other. Make all the frames of the tabernacle in this way18 Make twenty frames for the south side of the tabernacle 19 and make forty silver bases to go under them–two bases for each frame, one under each projection20 For the other side, the north side of the tabernacle, make twenty frames 21 and forty silver bases–two under each frame.

22 Make six frames for the far end, that is, the west end of the tabernacle23 and make two frames for the corners at the far end24 At these two corners they must be double from the bottom all the way to the top, and fitted into a single ring; both shall be like that25 So there will be eight frames and sixteen silver bases–two under each frame.

26 Also make crossbars of acacia wood: five for the frames on one side of the tabernacle27 five for those on the other side, and five for the frames on the west, at the far end of the tabernacle28 The center crossbar is to extend from end to end at the middle of the frames29 Overlay the frames with gold and make gold rings to hold the crossbars. Also overlay the crossbars with gold.

30 Set up the tabernacle according to the plan shown you on the mountain.

31 Make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen, with cherubim worked into it by a skilled craftsman32 Hang it with gold hooks on four posts of acacia wood overlaid with gold and standing on four silver bases33 Hang the curtain from the clasps and place 18 the ark of the Testimony behind the curtainThe curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place34 Put the atonement cover on the ark of the Testimony in the Most Holy Place35 Place the table outside the curtain on the north side of the tabernacle and put the lampstand opposite it on the south side.

36 For the entrance to the tent make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen–the work of an embroiderer37 Make gold hooks for this curtain and five posts of acacia wood overlaid with goldAnd cast five bronze bases for them.

27 Build an altar of acacia wood, three cubits A high; it is to be square, five cubits long and five cubits wideB 2 Make a horn at each of the four corners, so that the horns and the altar are of one piece, and overlay the altar with bronze3 Make all its utensils of bronze–its pots to remove the ashes, and its shovels, sprinkling bowls, meat forks and firepans4 Make a grating for it, a bronze network, and make a bronze ring at each of the four corners of the network5 Put it under the ledge of the altar so that it is halfway up the altar6 Make poles of acacia wood for the altar and overlay them with bronze.

7 The poles are to be inserted into the rings so they will be on two sides of the altar when it is carried8 Make the altar hollow, out of boards. It is to be made just as you were shown on the mountain.

Make a courtyard for the tabernacle. The south side shall be a hundred cubits C long and is to have curtains of finely twisted linen10 with twenty posts and twenty bronze bases and with silver hooks and bands on the posts11 The north side shall also be a hundred cubits long and is to have curtains, with twenty posts and twenty bronze bases and with silver hooks and bands on the posts.

12 The west end of the courtyard shall be fifty cubits D wide and have curtains, with ten posts and ten bases13 On the east end, toward the sunrise, the courtyard shall also be fifty cubits wide14 Curtains fifteen cubits E long are to be on one side of the entrance, with three posts and three bases15 and curtains fifteen cubits long are to be on the other side, with three posts and three bases.

16 For the entrance to the courtyard, provide a curtain twenty cubits F long, of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen–the work of an embroiderer–with four posts and four bases17 All the posts around the courtyard are to have silver bands and hooks, and bronze bases18 The courtyard shall be a hundred cubits long and fifty cubits wideG with curtains of finely twisted linen five cubits H high, and with bronze bases19 All the other articles used in the service of the tabernacle, whatever their function, including all the tent pegs for it and those for the courtyard, are to be of bronze.

20 Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning21 In the Tent of Meeting, outside the curtain that is in front of the Testimony, Aaron and his sons are to keep the lamps burning before the LORD from evening till morning. This is to be a lasting ordinance among the Israelites for the generations to come19

NEW TESTAMENT: MATTHEW 25:1 – 30

25 At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise.

3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with themThe wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

At midnight the cry rang out: `Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’

Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps8 The foolish ones said to the wise, `Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’

“`No,’ they replied, `there may not be enough for both us and youInstead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’

10 But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrivedThe virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.

11 Later the others also came. `Sir! Sir!’ they said. `Open the door for us!’

12 But he replied, `I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’

13 Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

14 Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them15 To one he gave five talents A of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his abilityThen he went on his journey.

16 The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more17 So also, the one with the two talents gained two more.

18 But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

19 After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them20 The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. `Master,’ he said, `you entrusted me with five talentsSee, I have gained five more.’

21 His master replied, `Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few thingsI will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

22 The man with the two talents also came. `Master,’ he said, `you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.’

23 His master replied, `Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

24 Then the man who had received the one talent came. `Master,’ he said, `I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what 20 belongs to you.’

26 His master replied, `You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

28 “`Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents.

29 For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 21

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Shabbat Shalom!

November 18

THEINC-HIM DAILY BIBLE MEDITATION

Psalms: 18, 48, 78, 108, 138

Proverbs: 18

Old TestamentExodus 26:1 – 27:21

New TestamentMatthew 25:1 – 30

I am a Jewish Believer, a believer in

Father G-D (Abba Father), Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Christ),

and Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit)!

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THEINC-HIM Daily Bible Meditation – November 17 – Full Text – Shabbat Shalom!   Leave a comment

NOVEMBER 17

PSALMS: 17, 47, 77, 107, 137

PROVERBS: 17

OLD TESTAMENT: EXODUS 23:14 – 25:40

NEW TESTAMENT: MATTHEW 24:29 – 51

PSALMS: 17

A prayer of David.

Hear, O LORD, my righteous plea;

listen to my cry.

Give ear to my prayer–

it does not rise from deceitful lips.

May my vindication come from you;

may your eyes see what is right.

Though you probe my heart and examine me at night,

though you test me, you will find nothing;

I have resolved that my mouth will not sin.

As for the deeds of men–

by the word of your lips

I have kept myself

from the ways of the violent.

My steps have held to your paths;

my feet have not slipped.

I call on you, O God, for you will answer me;

give ear to me and hear my prayer.

Show the wonder of your great love,

you who save by your right hand

those who take refuge in you from their foes.

Keep me as the apple of your eye;

hide me in the shadow of your wings

from the wicked who assail me,

from my mortal enemies who surround me. 1

10 They close up their callous hearts,

and their mouths speak with arrogance.

11 They have tracked me down, they now surround me,

with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.

12 They are like a lion hungry for prey,

like a great lion crouching in cover.

13 Rise up, O LORD, confront them, bring them down;

rescue me from the wicked by your sword.

14 O LORD, by your hand save me from such men,

from men of this world whose reward is in this life.

You still the hunger of those you cherish;

their sons have plenty,

and they store up wealth for their children.

15 And I–in righteousness I will see your face;

when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing

your likeness. 2

PSALMS: 47

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

Clap your hands, all you nations;

shout to God with cries of joy.

How awesome is the LORD Most High,

the great King over all the earth!

He subdued nations under us,

peoples under our feet.

He chose our inheritance for us,

the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.

Selah

God has ascended amid shouts of joy,

the LORD amid the sounding of trumpets.

Sing praises to God, sing praises;

sing praises to our King, sing praises.

For God is the King of all the earth;

sing to him a psalm A of praise.

God reigns over the nations;

God is seated on his holy throne.

The nobles of the nations assemble

as the people of the God of Abraham,

for the kings B of the earth belong to God;

he is greatly exalted. 3

PSALMS: 77

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A psalm.

I cried out to God for help;

I cried out to God to hear me.

When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;

at night I stretched out untiring hands

and my soul refused to be comforted.

I remembered you, O God, and I groaned;

I mused, and my spirit grew faint.

Selah

You kept my eyes from closing;

I was too troubled to speak.

I thought about the former days,

the years of long ago;

I remembered my songs in the night.

My heart mused and my spirit inquired:

“Will the Lord reject forever?

Will he never show his favor again?

Has his unfailing love vanished forever?

Has his promise failed for all time?

Has God forgotten to be merciful?

Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”

Selah 4

10 Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:

the years of the right hand of the Most High.”

11 I will remember the deeds of the LORD;

yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.

12 I will meditate on all your works

and consider all your mighty deeds.

13 Your ways, O God, are holy.

What god is so great as our God?

14 You are the God who performs miracles;

you display your power among the peoples.

15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people,

the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

Selah

16 The waters saw you, O God,

the waters saw you and writhed;

the very depths were convulsed.

17 The clouds poured down water,

the skies resounded with thunder;

your arrows flashed back and forth.

18 Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind,

your lightning lit up the world;

the earth trembled and quaked.

19 Your path led through the sea,

your way through the mighty waters,

though your footprints were not seen.

20 You led your people like a flock

by the hand of Moses and Aaron. 5

PSALMS: 107

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;

his love endures forever.

Let the redeemed of the LORD say this–

those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,

those he gathered from the lands,

from east and west, from north and south. A

Some wandered in desert wastelands,

finding no way to a city where they could settle.

They were hungry and thirsty,

and their lives ebbed away.

Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,

and he delivered them from their distress.

He led them by a straight way

to a city where they could settle.

Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love

and his wonderful deeds for men,

for he satisfies the thirsty

and fills the hungry with good things.

10 Some sat in darkness and the deepest gloom,

prisoners suffering in iron chains,

11 for they had rebelled against the words of God

and despised the counsel of the Most High.

12 So he subjected them to bitter labor;

they stumbled, and there was no one to help.

13 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,

and he saved them from their distress.

14 He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom

and broke away their chains.

15 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love

and his wonderful deeds for men,

16 for he breaks down gates of bronze

and cuts through bars of iron. 6

17 Some became fools through their rebellious ways

and suffered affliction because of their iniquities.

18 They loathed all food

and drew near the gates of death.

19 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,

and he saved them from their distress.

20 He sent forth his word and healed them;

he rescued them from the grave.

21 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love

and his wonderful deeds for men.

22 Let them sacrifice thank offerings

and tell of his works with songs of joy.

23 Others went out on the sea in ships;

they were merchants on the mighty waters.

24 They saw the works of the LORD,

his wonderful deeds in the deep.

25 For he spoke and stirred up a tempest

that lifted high the waves.

26 They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths;

in their peril their courage melted away.

27 They reeled and staggered like drunken men;

they were at their wits’ end.

28 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,

and he brought them out of their distress.

29 He stilled the storm to a whisper;

the waves of the sea were hushed.

30 They were glad when it grew calm,

and he guided them to their desired haven.

31 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love

and his wonderful deeds for men.

32 Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people 7

and praise him in the council of the elders.

33 He turned rivers into a desert,

flowing springs into thirsty ground,

34 and fruitful land into a salt waste,

because of the wickedness of those who lived there.

35 He turned the desert into pools of water

and the parched ground into flowing springs;

36 there he brought the hungry to live,

and they founded a city where they could settle.

37 They sowed fields and planted vineyards

that yielded a fruitful harvest;

38 he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased,

and he did not let their herds diminish.

39 Then their numbers decreased, and they were humbled

by oppression, calamity and sorrow;

40 he who pours contempt on nobles

made them wander in a trackless waste.

41 But he lifted the needy out of their affliction

and increased their families like flocks.

42 The upright see and rejoice,

but all the wicked shut their mouths.

43 Whoever is wise, let him heed these things

and consider the great love of the LORD. 8

PSALMS: 137

By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept

when we remembered Zion.

There on the poplars

we hung our harps,

for there our captors asked us for songs,

our tormentors demanded songs of joy;

they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

How can we sing the songs of the LORD

while in a foreign land?

If I forget you, O Jerusalem,

may my right hand forget its skill.

May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth

if I do not remember you,

if I do not consider Jerusalem

my highest joy.

Remember, O LORD, what the Edomites did

on the day Jerusalem fell.

“Tear it down,” they cried,

“tear it down to its foundations!”

O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction,

happy is he who repays you

for what you have done to us–

he who seizes your infants

and dashes them against the rocks. 9

PROVERBS: 17

17 1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet

than a house full of feasting, A with strife.

A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son,

and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.

The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,

but the LORD tests the heart.

A wicked man listens to evil lips;

a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue.

He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;

whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.

Children’s children are a crown to the aged,

and parents are the pride of their children.

Arrogant B lips are unsuited to a fool–

how much worse lying lips to a ruler!

A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it;

wherever he turns, he succeeds.

He who covers over an offense promotes love,

but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment

more than a hundred lashes a fool.

11 An evil man is bent only on rebellion;

a merciless official will be sent against him. 10

12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs

than a fool in his folly.

13 If a man pays back evil for good,

evil will never leave his house.

14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;

so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.

15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent–

the LORD detests them both.

16 Of what use is money in the hand of a fool,

since he has no desire to get wisdom?

17 A friend loves at all times,

and a brother is born for adversity.

18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge

and puts up security for his neighbor.

19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin;

he who builds a high gate invites destruction.

20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper;

he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.

21 To have a fool for a son brings grief;

there is no joy for the father of a fool. 11

22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,

but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret

to pervert the course of justice.

24 A discerning man keeps wisdom in view,

but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.

25 A foolish son brings grief to his father

and bitterness to the one who bore him.

26 It is not good to punish an innocent man,

or to flog officials for their integrity.

27 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint,

and a man of understanding is even-tempered.

28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent,

and discerning if he holds his tongue. 12

OLD TESTAMENT: EXODUS 23:14 – 25:40

14 Three times a year you are to celebrate a festival to me.

15 Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread; for seven days eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you. Do this at the appointed time in the month of Abib, for in that month you came out of Egypt.

“No one is to appear before me empty-handed.

16 Celebrate the Feast of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field.

Celebrate the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field.

17 Three times a year all the men are to appear before the Sovereign LORD.

18 Do not offer the blood of a sacrifice to me along with anything containing yeast.

The fat of my festival offerings must not be kept until morning.

19 Bring the best of the firstfruits of your soil to the house of the LORD your God.

Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.

20 See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared21 Pay attention to him and listen to what he saysDo not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him. 22 If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you. 23 My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I will wipe them out. 24 Do not bow down before their gods or worship them or follow their practicesYou must demolish them and break their sacred stones to pieces.

25 Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, 26 and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.

27 I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run. 28 I will send the hornet ahead of you to drive the Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites out of your way.

29 But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you30 Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.

31 I will establish your borders from the Red Sea A to the Sea of the PhilistinesB and from the desert to the River. C I will hand over to you the people who live in the land and you will drive them out before you. 32 Do not make a covenant with them or with their gods. 33 Do not let them live in your land, or they will cause you to sin against me, because the worship of their gods will certainly be a snare to you.” 13

Then he said to Moses, “Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of IsraelYou are to worship at a distance, 2 but Moses alone is to approach the LORD; the others must not come near. And the people may not come up with him.”

When Moses went and told the people all the LORD’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, “Everything the LORD has said we will do.” Moses then wrote down everything the LORD had said.

He got up early the next morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain and set up twelve stone pillars representing the twelve tribes of Israel. Then he sent young Israelite men, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls as fellowship offerings A to the LORD. Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and the other half he sprinkled on the altar. Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the LORD has said; we will obey.”

Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.”

Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up

10 and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire, B clear as the sky itself. 11 But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank.

12 The LORD said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and commands I have written for their instruction.”

13 Then Moses set out with Joshua his aide, and Moses went up on the mountain of God. 14 He said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Aaron and Hur are with you, and anyone involved in a dispute can go to them.”

15 When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, 16 and the glory of the LORD settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the LORD called to Moses from within the cloud. 17 To the Israelites the glory of the LORD looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain. 18 Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

25 The LORD said to Moses, Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from each man whose heart prompts him to give3 These are the offerings you are to receive from themgold, silver and bronze; 4 blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair5 ram skins dyed red and hides of sea cows A; acacia wood6 olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the 14 fragrant incense7 and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.

Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. 9 Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.

10 Have them make a chest of acacia wood–two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half highB 11 Overlay it with pure gold, both inside and out, and make a gold molding around it12 Cast four gold rings for it and fasten them to its four feet, with two rings on one side and two rings on the other. 13 Then make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. 14 Insert the poles into the rings on the sides of the chest to carry it15 The poles are to remain in the rings of this ark; they are not to be removed. 16 Then put in the ark the Testimony, which I will give you.

17 Make an atonement cover C of pure gold–two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wideD 18 And make two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover19 Make one cherub on one end and the second cherub on the other; make the cherubim of one piece with the cover, at the two ends20 The cherubim are to have their wings spread upward, overshadowing the cover with them. The cherubim are to face each other, looking toward the cover21 Place the cover on top of the ark and put in the ark the Testimony, which I will give you22 There, above the cover between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the Testimony, I will meet with you and give you all my commands for the Israelites.

23 Make a table of acacia wood–two cubits long, a cubit wide and a cubit and a half highE 24 Overlay it with pure gold and make a gold molding around it25 Also make around it a rim a handbreadth F wide and put a gold molding on the rim26 Make four gold rings for the table and fasten them to the four corners, where the four legs are.

27 The rings are to be close to the rim to hold the poles used in carrying the table.

28 Make the poles of acacia wood, overlay them with gold and carry the table with them. 29 And make its plates and dishes of pure gold, as well as its pitchers and bowls for the pouring out of offerings30 Put the bread of the Presence on this table to be before me at all times.

31 Make a lampstand of pure gold and hammer it out, base and shaft; its flowerlike cups, buds and blossoms shall be of one piece with it32 Six branches are to extend from the sides of the lampstand–three on one side and three on the other33 Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms are to be on one branch, three on the next branch, and the same for all six branches extending from the lampstand.

34 And on the lampstand there are to be four cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms35 One bud shall be under the first pair of branches extending from the lampstand, a second bud under the second pair, and a third bud under the third pair–six branches in all36 The buds and branches shall all be of one piece with the lampstand, hammered out of pure gold15

37 Then make its seven lamps and set them up on it so that they light the space in front of it38 Its wick trimmers and trays are to be of pure gold39 A talent G of pure gold is to be used for the lampstand and all these accessories40 See that you make them according to the pattern shown you on the mountain16

NEW TESTAMENT: MATTHEW 24:29 – 51

29 Immediately after the distress of those days

“`the sun will be darkened,

and the moon will not give its light;

the stars will fall from the sky,

and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ C

30 At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

32 Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it D is near, right at the door34 I tell you the truth, this generation E will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

36 No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, F but only the Father37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

42 Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

45 Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns47 I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, `My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to 17 beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth18

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November 17 – Daily Post – Shabbat Shalom!   Leave a comment

Shabbat Shalom!

November 17

THEINC-HIM DAILY BIBLE MEDITATION

Psalms: 17, 47, 77, 107, 137

Proverbs: 17

Old TestamentExodus 23:14 – 25:40

New TestamentMatthew 24:29 – 51

I am a Jewish Believer, a believer in

Father G-D (Abba Father), Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Christ),

and Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit)!

I offer 5 ways for you to study the Holy Bible:

through my blogs and site @

http://www.theinc-him-daily-bible-meditation.blogspot.com

https://sites.google.com/site/theinchim/Home

https://www.facebook.com/THEINCHIM.Daily.Meditation

http://www.myspace.com/theinc-him/blog

https://theinchimdailybiblemeditation.wordpress.com

At any of the blogs or site, please pick the current date or any day

you want to study and enjoy growing with the living word of G-D.

You never know when the LORD will call you home – for judgment!

Yours in Yeshua!

ffeJ

THEINC-HIM Daily Bible Meditation – November 16 – Full Text!   Leave a comment

Ten Commandments

NOVEMBER 16

PSALMS: 16, 46, 76, 106, 136

PROVERBS: 16

OLD TESTAMENT: EXODUS 21:22 – 23:13

NEW TESTAMENT: MATTHEW 24:1 – 28

PSALMS: 16

miktam A of David.

Keep me safe, O God,

for in you I take refuge.

I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord;

apart from you I have no good thing.”

As for the saints who are in the land,

they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight. B

The sorrows of those will increase

who run after other gods.

I will not pour out their libations of blood

or take up their names on my lips.

LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup;

you have made my lot secure.

The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;

surely I have a delightful inheritance.

I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;

even at night my heart instructs me.

I have set the LORD always before me.

Because he is at my right hand,

I will not be shaken. 1

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;

my body also will rest secure,

10 because you will not abandon me to the grave, C

nor will you let your Holy One D see decay.

11 You have made E known to me the path of life;

you will fill me with joy in your presence,

with eternal pleasures at your right hand. 2

PSALMS: 46

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth. A A song.

God is our refuge and strength,

an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam

and the mountains quake with their surging.

Selah

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy place where the Most High dwells.

God is within her, she will not fall;

God will help her at break of day.

Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;

he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The LORD Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Selah

Come and see the works of the LORD,

the desolations he has brought on the earth.

He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;

he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,

he burns the shields B with fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The LORD Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Selah 3

PSALMS: 76

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of Asaph. A song.

In Judah God is known;

his name is great in Israel.

His tent is in Salem,

his dwelling place in Zion.

There he broke the flashing arrows,

the shields and the swords, the weapons of war.

Selah

You are resplendent with light,

more majestic than mountains rich with game.

Valiant men lie plundered,

they sleep their last sleep;

not one of the warriors

can lift his hands.

At your rebuke, O God of Jacob,

both horse and chariot lie still.

You alone are to be feared.

Who can stand before you when you are angry?

From heaven you pronounced judgment,

and the land feared and was quiet–

when you, O God, rose up to judge,

to save all the afflicted of the land.

Selah

10 Surely your wrath against men brings you praise,

and the survivors of your wrath are restrained. A

11 Make vows to the LORD your God and fulfill them;

let all the neighboring lands

bring gifts to the One to be feared.

12 He breaks the spirit of rulers; 4

he is feared by the kings of the earth 5

PSALMS: 106

Praise the LORD. A

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;

his love endures forever.

Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the LORD

or fully declare his praise?

Blessed are they who maintain justice,

who constantly do what is right.

Remember me, O LORD, when you show favor to your people,

come to my aid when you save them,

that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones,

that I may share in the joy of your nation

and join your inheritance in giving praise.

We have sinned, even as our fathers did;

we have done wrong and acted wickedly.

When our fathers were in Egypt,

they gave no thought to your miracles;

they did not remember your many kindnesses,

and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea. B

Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,

to make his mighty power known.

He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up;

he led them through the depths as through a desert.

10 He saved them from the hand of the foe;

from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.

11 The waters covered their adversaries;

not one of them survived.

12 Then they believed his promises

and sang his praise. 6

13 But they soon forgot what he had done

and did not wait for his counsel.

14 In the desert they gave in to their craving;

in the wasteland they put God to the test.

15 So he gave them what they asked for,

but sent a wasting disease upon them.

16 In the camp they grew envious of Moses

and of Aaron, who was consecrated to the LORD.

17 The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan;

it buried the company of Abiram.

18 Fire blazed among their followers;

a flame consumed the wicked.

19 At Horeb they made a calf

and worshiped an idol cast from metal.

20 They exchanged their Glory

for an image of a bull, which eats grass.

21 They forgot the God who saved them,

who had done great things in Egypt,

22 miracles in the land of Ham

and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.

23 So he said he would destroy them–

had not Moses, his chosen one,

stood in the breach before him

to keep his wrath from destroying them.

24 Then they despised the pleasant land;

they did not believe his promise.

25 They grumbled in their tents

and did not obey the LORD.

26 So he swore to them with uplifted hand

that he would make them fall in the desert,

27 make their descendants fall among the nations 7

and scatter them throughout the lands.

28 They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor

and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods;

29 they provoked the LORD to anger by their wicked deeds,

and a plague broke out among them.

30 But Phinehas stood up and intervened,

and the plague was checked.

31 This was credited to him as righteousness

for endless generations to come.

32 By the waters of Meribah they angered the LORD,

and trouble came to Moses because of them;

33 for they rebelled against the Spirit of God,

and rash words came from Moses’ lips. C

34 They did not destroy the peoples

as the LORD had commanded them,

35 but they mingled with the nations

and adopted their customs.

36 They worshiped their idols,

which became a snare to them.

37 They sacrificed their sons

and their daughters to demons.

38 They shed innocent blood,

the blood of their sons and daughters,

whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,

and the land was desecrated by their blood.

39 They defiled themselves by what they did;

by their deeds they prostituted themselves.

40 Therefore the LORD was angry with his people

and abhorred his inheritance.

41 He handed them over to the nations,

and their foes ruled over them. 8

42 Their enemies oppressed them

and subjected them to their power.

43 Many times he delivered them,

but they were bent on rebellion

and they wasted away in their sin.

44 But he took note of their distress

when he heard their cry;

45 for their sake he remembered his covenant

and out of his great love he relented.

46 He caused them to be pitied

by all who held them captive.

47 Save us, O LORD our God,

and gather us from the nations,

that we may give thanks to your holy name

and glory in your praise.

48 Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel,

from everlasting to everlasting.

Let all the people say, “Amen!”

Praise the LORD. 9

PSALMS: 136

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.

His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of gods.

His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords:

His love endures forever.

to him who alone does great wonders,

His love endures forever.

who by his understanding made the heavens,

His love endures forever.

who spread out the earth upon the waters,

His love endures forever.

who made the great lights–

His love endures forever.

the sun to govern the day,

His love endures forever.

the moon and stars to govern the night;

His love endures forever.

10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt

His love endures forever.

11 and brought Israel out from among them

His love endures forever.

12 with a mighty hand and outstretched arm;

His love endures forever.

13 to him who divided the Red Sea A asunder

His love endures forever.

14 and brought Israel through the midst of it,

His love endures forever.

15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;

His love endures forever.

16 to him who led his people through the desert,

His love endures forever.

17 who struck down great kings,

His love endures forever.

18 and killed mighty kings–

His love endures forever.

19 Sihon king of the Amorites

His love endures forever.

20 and Og king of Bashan–

His love endures forever.

21 and gave their land as an inheritance,

His love endures forever.

22 an inheritance to his servant Israel;

His love endures forever.

23 to the One who remembered us in our low estate

His love endures forever.

24 and freed us from our enemies,

His love endures forever.

25 and who gives food to every creature.

His love endures forever.

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven.

His love endures forever. 10 11

PROVERBS: 16

16 1 To man belong the plans of the heart,

but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue.

All a man’s ways seem innocent to him,

but motives are weighed by the LORD.

Commit to the LORD whatever you do,

and your plans will succeed.

The LORD works out everything for his own ends–

even the wicked for a day of disaster.

The LORD detests all the proud of heart.

Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.

Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;

through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.

When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD,

he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.

Better a little with righteousness

than much gain with injustice.

In his heart a man plans his course,

but the LORD determines his steps.

10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle,

and his mouth should not betray justice.

11 Honest scales and balances are from the LORD;

all the weights in the bag are of his making. 12

12 Kings detest wrongdoing,

for a throne is established through righteousness.

13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips;

they value a man who speaks the truth.

14 A king’s wrath is a messenger of death,

but a wise man will appease it.

15 When a king’s face brightens, it means life;

his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.

16 How much better to get wisdom than gold,

to choose understanding rather than silver!

17 The highway of the upright avoids evil;

he who guards his way guards his life.

18 Pride goes before destruction,

a haughty spirit before a fall.

19 Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed

than to share plunder with the proud.

20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,

and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.

21 The wise in heart are called discerning,

and pleasant words promote instruction. A

22 Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it,

but folly brings punishment to fools. 13

23 A wise man’s heart guides his mouth,

and his lips promote instruction. B

24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb,

sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

25 There is a way that seems right to a man,

but in the end it leads to death.

26 The laborer’s appetite works for him;

his hunger drives him on.

27 A scoundrel plots evil,

and his speech is like a scorching fire.

28 A perverse man stirs up dissension,

and a gossip separates close friends.

29 A violent man entices his neighbor

and leads him down a path that is not good.

30 He who winks with his eye is plotting perversity;

he who purses his lips is bent on evil.

31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor;

it is attained by a righteous life.

32 Better a patient man than a warrior,

a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.

33 The lot is cast into the lap,

but its every decision is from the LORD. 14

OLD TESTAMENT: EXODUS 21:22 – 23:13

22 If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely E but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. 23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.

26 If a man hits a manservant or maidservant in the eye and destroys it, he must let the servant go free to compensate for the eye27 And if he knocks out the tooth of a manservant or maidservant, he must let the servant go free to compensate for the tooth.

28 If a bull gores a man or a woman to death, the bull must be stoned to death, and its meat must not be eaten. But the owner of the bull will not be held responsible.

29 If, however, the bull has had the habit of goring and the owner has been warned but has not kept it penned up and it kills a man or woman, the bull must be stoned and the owner also must be put to death30 However, if payment is demanded of him, he may redeem his life by paying whatever is demanded. 31 This law also applies if the bull gores a son or daughter. 32 If the bull gores a male or female slave, the owner must pay thirty shekels F of silver to the master of the slave, and the bull must be stoned.

33 If a man uncovers a pit or digs one and fails to cover it and an ox or a donkey falls into it, 34 the owner of the pit must pay for the loss; he must pay its owner, and the dead animal will be his.

35 If a man’s bull injures the bull of another and it dies, they are to sell the live one and divide both the money and the dead animal equally36 However, if it was known that the bull had the habit of 15 goring, yet the owner did not keep it penned up, the owner must pay, animal for animal, and the dead animal will be his.

22 If a man steals an ox or a sheep and slaughters it or sells it, he must pay back five head of cattle for the ox and four sheep for the sheep.

If a thief is caught breaking in and is struck so that he dies, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed; 3 but if it happens A after sunrise, he is guilty of bloodshed.

A thief must certainly make restitution, but if he has nothing, he must be sold to pay for his theft.

If the stolen animal is found alive in his possession–whether ox or donkey or sheep–he must pay back double.

If a man grazes his livestock in a field or vineyard and lets them stray and they graze in another man’s field, he must make restitution from the best of his own field or vineyard.

If a fire breaks out and spreads into thornbushes so that it burns shocks of grain or standing grain or the whole field, the one who started the fire must make restitution.

If a man gives his neighbor silver or goods for safekeeping and they are stolen from the neighbor’s house, the thief, if he is caught, must pay back double. 8 But if the thief is not found, the owner of the house must appear before the judges B to determine

16 whether he has laid his hands on the other man’s property. 9 In all cases of illegal possession of an ox, a donkey, a sheep, a garment, or any other lost property about which somebody says, `This is mine,’ both parties are to bring their cases before the judges. The one whom the judges declare C guilty must pay back double to his neighbor.

10 If a man gives a donkey, an ox, a sheep or any other animal to his neighbor for safekeeping and it dies or is injured or is taken away while no one is looking11 the issue between them will be settled by the taking of an oath before the LORD that the neighbor did not lay hands on the other person’s property. The owner is to accept this, and no restitution is required. 12 But if the animal was stolen from the neighbor, he must make restitution to the owner13 If it was torn to pieces by a wild animal, he shall bring in the remains as evidence and he will not be required to pay for the torn animal.

14 If a man borrows an animal from his neighbor and it is injured or dies while the owner is not present, he must make restitution. 15 But if the owner is with the animal, the borrower will not have to pay. If the animal was hired, the money paid for the hire covers the loss.

16 If a man seduces a virgin who is not pledged to be married and sleeps with her, he must pay the bride-price, and she shall be his wife. 17 If her father absolutely refuses to give her to him, he must still pay the bride-price for virgins.

18 Do not allow a sorceress to live.

19 Anyone who has sexual relations with an animal must be put 17 to death.

20 Whoever sacrifices to any god other than the LORD must be destroyedD

21 Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt.

22 Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan23 If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. 24 My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the swordyour wives will become widows and your children fatherless.

25 If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not be like a moneylender; charge him no interestE 26 If you take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, return it to him by sunset27 because his cloak is the only covering he has for his body. What else will he sleep in? When he cries out to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.

28 Do not blaspheme God F or curse the ruler of your people.

29 Do not hold back offerings from your granaries or your vatsG

You must give me the firstborn of your sons30 Do the same with your cattle and your sheep. Let them stay with their mothers for seven days, but give them to me on the eighth day.

31 You are to be my holy people. So do not eat the meat of an animal torn by wild beasts; throw it to the dogs.

23 Do not spread false reportsDo not help a wicked man by being a malicious witness.

Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give 18 testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd, 3 and do not show favoritism to a poor man in his lawsuit.

If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to take it back to him5 If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help him with it.

Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits. 7 Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.

Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the righteous.

Do not oppress an alienyou yourselves know how it feels to be aliens, because you were aliens in Egypt.

10 For six years you are to sow your fields and harvest the crops11 but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat what they leaveDo the same with your vineyard and your olive grove.

12 Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest and the slave born in your household, and the alien as well, may be refreshed.

13 Be careful to do everything I have said to youDo not invoke the names of other gods; do not let them be heard on your lips19

NEW TESTAMENT: MATTHEW 24:1 – 28

24 Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. Do you see all these things?” he asked. “I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives youFor many will come in my name, claiming, `I am the ChristA and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmedSuch things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.

Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but he who stands firm to the end will be saved14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

15 So when you see standing in the holy place `the abomination that causes desolation,’ B spoken of through the prophet Daniel–let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains17 Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak.

19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers!

20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now–and never to be equaled again. 22 If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, `Look, here is the Christ!’ or, `There he is!’ do not believe it24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect–if that were possible. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.

26 So if anyone tells you, `There he is, out in the desert,’ do not go out; or, `Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather20

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Ten Commandments

November 16

THEINC-HIM DAILY BIBLE MEDITATION

Psalms: 16, 46, 76, 106, 136

Proverbs: 16

Old Testament: Exodus 21:22 – 23:13

New Testament: Matthew 24:1 – 28

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Ten Commandments

NOVEMBER 15

PSALMS: 15, 45, 75, 105, 135

PROVERBS: 15

OLD TESTAMENT: EXODUS 19:16 – 21:21

NEW TESTAMENT: MATTHEW 23:13 – 39

PSALMS: 15

A psalm of David.

LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary?

Who may live on your holy hill?

He whose walk is blameless

and who does what is righteous,

who speaks the truth from his heart

and has no slander on his tongue,

who does his neighbor no wrong

and casts no slur on his fellowman,

who despises a vile man

but honors those who fear the LORD,

who keeps his oath

even when it hurts,

who lends his money without usury

and does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things

will never be shaken. 1

PSALMS: 45

For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil. A A wedding song.

My heart is stirred by a noble theme

as I recite my verses for the king;

my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

You are the most excellent of men

and your lips have been anointed with grace,

since God has blessed you forever.

Gird your sword upon your side, O mighty one;

clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.

In your majesty ride forth victoriously

in behalf of truth, humility and righteousness;

let your right hand display awesome deeds.

Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies;

let the nations fall beneath your feet.

Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;

a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.

You love righteousness and hate wickedness;

therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions

by anointing you with the oil of joy.

All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;

from palaces adorned with ivory

the music of the strings makes you glad.

Daughters of kings are among your honored women;

at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir.

10 Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear:

Forget your people and your father’s house. 2

11 The king is enthralled by your beauty;

honor him, for he is your lord.

12 The Daughter of Tyre will come with a gift, B

men of wealth will seek your favor.

13 All glorious is the princess within her chamber;

her gown is interwoven with gold.

14 In embroidered garments she is led to the king;

her virgin companions follow her

and are brought to you.

15 They are led in with joy and gladness;

they enter the palace of the king.

16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers;

you will make them princes throughout the land.

17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;

therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever. 3

PSALMS: 75

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” A psalm of Asaph. A song.

We give thanks to you, O God,

we give thanks, for your Name is near;

men tell of your wonderful deeds.

You say, “I choose the appointed time;

it is I who judge uprightly.

3 When the earth and all its people quake,

it is I who hold its pillars firm.

Selah

To the arrogant I say, `Boast no more,’

and to the wicked, `Do not lift up your horns.

5 Do not lift your horns against heaven;

do not speak with outstretched neck.'”

No one from the east or the west

or from the desert can exalt a man.

But it is God who judges:

He brings one down, he exalts another.

In the hand of the LORD is a cup

full of foaming wine mixed with spices;

he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth

drink it down to its very dregs.

As for me, I will declare this forever;

I will sing praise to the God of Jacob.

10 I will cut off the horns of all the wicked,

but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up. 4

PSALMS: 105

Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name;

make known among the nations what he has done.

Sing to him, sing praise to him;

tell of all his wonderful acts.

Glory in his holy name;

let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.

Look to the LORD and his strength;

seek his face always.

Remember the wonders he has done,

his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,

O descendants of Abraham his servant,

O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.

He is the LORD our God;

his judgments are in all the earth.

He remembers his covenant forever,

the word he commanded, for a thousand generations,

the covenant he made with Abraham,

the oath he swore to Isaac.

10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,

to Israel as an everlasting covenant:

11 To you I will give the land of Canaan

as the portion you will inherit.”

12 When they were but few in number,

few indeed, and strangers in it,

13 they wandered from nation to nation,

from one kingdom to another.

14 He allowed no one to oppress them;

for their sake he rebuked kings:

15 Do not touch my anointed ones;

do my prophets no harm.” 5

16 He called down famine on the land

and destroyed all their supplies of food;

17 and he sent a man before them–

Joseph, sold as a slave.

18 They bruised his feet with shackles,

his neck was put in irons,

19 till what he foretold came to pass,

till the word of the LORD proved him true.

20 The king sent and released him,

the ruler of peoples set him free.

21 He made him master of his household,

ruler over all he possessed,

22 to instruct his princes as he pleased

and teach his elders wisdom.

23 Then Israel entered Egypt;

Jacob lived as an alien in the land of Ham.

24 The LORD made his people very fruitful;

he made them too numerous for their foes,

25 whose hearts he turned to hate his people,

to conspire against his servants.

26 He sent Moses his servant,

and Aaron, whom he had chosen.

27They performed his miraculous signs among them,

his wonders in the land of Ham.

28 He sent darkness and made the land dark–

for had they not rebelled against his words?

29 He turned their waters into blood,

causing their fish to die.

30 Their land teemed with frogs,

which went up into the bedrooms of their rulers.

31 He spoke, and there came swarms of flies,

and gnats throughout their country.

32 He turned their rain into hail,

with lightning throughout their land; 6

33 he struck down their vines and fig trees

and shattered the trees of their country.

34 He spoke, and the locusts came,

grasshoppers without number;

35 they ate up every green thing in their land,

ate up the produce of their soil.

36 Then he struck down all the firstborn in their land,

the firstfruits of all their manhood.

37 He brought out Israel, laden with silver and gold,

and from among their tribes no one faltered.

38 Egypt was glad when they left,

because dread of Israel had fallen on them.

39 He spread out a cloud as a covering,

and a fire to give light at night.

40 They asked, and he brought them quail

and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.

41 He opened the rock, and water gushed out;

like a river it flowed in the desert.

42 For he remembered his holy promise

given to his servant Abraham.

43 He brought out his people with rejoicing,

his chosen ones with shouts of joy;

44 he gave them the lands of the nations,

and they fell heir to what others had toiled for–

45 that they might keep his precepts

and observe his laws.

Praise the LORD. A 7

PSALMS: 135

Praise the LORD. A

Praise the name of the LORD;

praise him, you servants of the LORD,

you who minister in the house of the LORD,

in the courts of the house of our God.

Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good;

sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant.

For the LORD has chosen Jacob to be his own,

Israel to be his treasured possession.

I know that the LORD is great,

that our Lord is greater than all gods.

The LORD does whatever pleases him,

in the heavens and on the earth,

in the seas and all their depths.

He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth;

he sends lightning with the rain

and brings out the wind from his storehouses.

He struck down the firstborn of Egypt,

the firstborn of men and animals.

He sent his signs and wonders into your midst, O Egypt,

against Pharaoh and all his servants.

10 He struck down many nations

and killed mighty kings–

11 Sihon king of the Amorites,

Og king of Bashan

and all the kings of Canaan–

12 and he gave their land as an inheritance,

an inheritance to his people Israel. 8

13 Your name, O LORD, endures forever,

your renown, O LORD, through all generations.

14 For the LORD will vindicate his people

and have compassion on his servants.

15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold,

made by the hands of men.

16 They have mouths, but cannot speak,

eyes, but they cannot see;

17 they have ears, but cannot hear,

nor is there breath in their mouths.

18 Those who make them will be like them,

and so will all who trust in them.

19 O house of Israel, praise the LORD;

O house of Aaron, praise the LORD;

20 O house of Levi, praise the LORD;

you who fear him, praise the LORD.

21 Praise be to the LORD from Zion,

to him who dwells in Jerusalem.

Praise the LORD. 9

OLD TESTAMENT: EXODUS 19:16 – 21:21

16 On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled.

17 Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the LORD descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, the whole mountain B trembled violently, 19 and the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder. Then Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him. C

20 The LORD descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up 21 and the LORD said to him, “Go down and warn the people so they do not force their way through to see the LORD and many of them perish. 22 Even the priests, who approach the LORD, must consecrate themselves, or the LORD will break out against them.”

23 Moses said to the LORD, “The people cannot come up Mount Sinai, because you yourself warned us, `Put limits around the mountain and set it apart as holy.'”

24 The LORD replied, “Go down and bring Aaron up with youBut the priests and the people must not force their way through to come up to the LORD, or he will break out against them.”

25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.

20 And God spoke all these words:

I am the LORD your Godwho brought you out of Egyptout of the land of slavery.

You shall have no other gods before A me.

You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for Ithe LORD your Godam a jealous Godpunishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your Godfor the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your GodOn it you shall not do any workneither younor your son or daughternor your manservant or maidservantnor your animalsnor 10 the alien within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the seaand all that is in thembut he rested on the seventh dayTherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12 Honor your father and your motherso that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

13 You shall not murder.

14 You shall not commit adultery.

15 You shall not steal.

16 You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wifeor his manservant or maidservanthis ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.”

20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”

21 The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.

22 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites this: `You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven: 23 Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.

24 “`Make an altar of earth for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and fellowship offeringsB your sheep and goats and your cattle. Wherever I cause my name to be honored, I will come to you and bless you25 If you make an altar of stones for me, do not build it with dressed stones, for you will defile it if you use a tool on it26 And do not go up to my altar on steps, lest your nakedness be exposed on it.’

21 These are the laws you are to set before them:

If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free, without paying anything3 If he comes alone, he is to go free alonebut if he has a wife when he comes, she is to go with him. 4 If his master gives him a wife and she bears him 11 sons or daughters, the woman and her children shall belong to her master, and only the man shall go free.

But if the servant declares, `I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,’ 6 then his master must take him before the judgesA He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awlThen he will be his servant for life.

If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as menservants do.

8 If she does not please the master who has selected her for himselfB he must let her be redeemedHe has no right to sell her to foreigners, because he has broken faith with her9 If he selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter. 10 If he marries another woman, he must not deprive the first one of her food, clothing and marital rights. 11 If he does not provide her with these three things, she is to go free, without any payment of money.

12 Anyone who strikes a man and kills him shall surely be put to death13 However, if he does not do it intentionally, but God lets it happen, he is to flee to a place I will designate14 But if a man schemes and kills another man deliberately, take him away from my altar and put him to death.

15 Anyone who attacks C his father or his mother must be put to death.

16 Anyone who kidnaps another and either sells him or still has him when he is caught must be put to death.

17 Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.

18 If men quarrel and one hits the other with a stone or with his fist D and he does not die but is confined to bed, 19 the one who struck the blow will not be held responsible if the other gets up and walks around outside with his staff; however, he must pay the injured man for the loss of his time and see that he is completely healed.

20 If a man beats his male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies as a direct result, he must be punished21 but he is not to be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two, since the slave is his property12

NEW TESTAMENT: MATTHEW 23:13 – 39

13 Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. C

15 Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are.

16 Woe to you, blind guides! You say, `If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’

17 You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred18 You also say, `If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gift on it, he is bound by his oath.’ 19 You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred20 Therefore, he who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it21 And he who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it22 And he who swears by heaven swears by God’s throne and by the one who sits on it.

23 Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices–mint, dill and cumminBut you have neglected the more important matters of the law–justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.

25 Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence26 Blind PhariseeFirst clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

27 Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

29 Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous30 And you say, `If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets32 Fill up, then, the measure of the sin of your forefathers!

33 You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?

34 Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachersSome of them you will kill and crucifyothers you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. 35 And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar36 I tell you the truth, all this will come upon this generation13

37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. 38 Look, your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, `Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’ D” 14

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