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Ten Commandments

Ten Commandments

SEPTEMBER 26

PSALMS: 26, 56, 86, 116, 146

PROVERBS: 26

OLD TESTAMENT: MICAH 5:1 – 7:20

NEW TESTAMENT: REVELATION 7:1 – 17

PSALMS: 26

Of David.

1 Vindicate me, O LORD,

for I have led a blameless life;

I have trusted in the LORD

without wavering.

2 Test me, O LORD, and try me,

examine my heart and my mind;

3 for your love is ever before me,

and I walk continually in your truth.

4 I do not sit with deceitful men,

nor do I consort with hypocrites;

5 I abhor the assembly of evildoers

and refuse to sit with the wicked.

6 I wash my hands in innocence,

and go about your altar, O LORD,

7 proclaiming aloud your praise

and telling of all your wonderful deeds.

8 I love the house where you live, O LORD,

the place where your glory dwells.

 

9 Do not take away my soul along with sinners,

my life with bloodthirsty men,

10 in whose hands are wicked schemes,

whose right hands are full of bribes.

11 But I lead a blameless life;

redeem me and be merciful to me.

12 My feet stand on level ground;

in the great assembly I will praise the LORD. [1]

PSALMS: 56

For the director of music. To the tune of “A Dove on Distant Oaks.” Of David. A miktam. A When the Philistines had seized him in Gath.

1 Be merciful to me, O God, for men hotly pursue me;

all day long they press their attack.

2 My slanderers pursue me all day long;

many are attacking me in their pride.

3 When I am afraid,

I will trust in you.

4 In God, whose word I praise,

in God I trust; I will not be afraid.

What can mortal man do to me?

5 All day long they twist my words;

they are always plotting to harm me.

6 They conspire, they lurk,

they watch my steps,

eager to take my life.

7 On no account let them escape;

in your anger, O God, bring down the nations.

8 Record my lament;

list my tears on your scroll B

are they not in your record?

9 Then my enemies will turn back

when I call for help.

By this I will know that God is for me.

10 In God, whose word I praise,

in the LORD, whose word I praise–

11 in God I trust; I will not be afraid.

What can man do to me? [2]

 

12 I am under vows to you, O God;

I will present my thank offerings to you.

13 For you have delivered me C from death

and my feet from stumbling,

that I may walk before God

in the light of life. D [3]

PSALMS: 86

A prayer of David.

1 Hear, O LORD, and answer me,

for I am poor and needy.

2 Guard my life, for I am devoted to you.

You are my God; save your servant

who trusts in you.

3 Have mercy on me, O Lord,

for I call to you all day long.

4 Bring joy to your servant,

for to you, O Lord,

I lift up my soul.

5 You are forgiving and good, O Lord,

abounding in love to all who call to you.

6 Hear my prayer, O LORD;

listen to my cry for mercy.

7 In the day of my trouble I will call to you,

for you will answer me.

8 Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord;

no deeds can compare with yours.

9 All the nations you have made

will come and worship before you, O Lord;

they will bring glory to your name.

10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds;

you alone are God. [4]

11 Teach me your way, O LORD,

and I will walk in your truth;

give me an undivided heart,

that I may fear your name.

12 I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart;

I will glorify your name forever.

13 For great is your love toward me;

you have delivered me from the depths of the grave. A

 

14 The arrogant are attacking me, O God;

a band of ruthless men seeks my life–

men without regard for you.

15 But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,

slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

16 Turn to me and have mercy on me;

grant your strength to your servant

and save the son of your maidservant. B

17 Give me a sign of your goodness,

that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,

for you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me. [5]

 

 

PSALMS: 116

1 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;

he heard my cry for mercy.

2 Because he turned his ear to me,

I will call on him as long as I live.

3 The cords of death entangled me,

the anguish of the grave A came upon me;

I was overcome by trouble and sorrow.

4 Then I called on the name of the LORD:

“O LORD, save me!”

5 The LORD is gracious and righteous;

our God is full of compassion.

6 The LORD protects the simplehearted;

when I was in great need, he saved me.

7 Be at rest once more, O my soul,

for the LORD has been good to you.

8 For you, O LORD, have delivered my soul from death,

my eyes from tears,

my feet from stumbling,

9 that I may walk before the LORD

in the land of the living.

10 I believed; therefore B I said,

“I am greatly afflicted.”

11 And in my dismay I said,

“All men are liars.”

12 How can I repay the LORD

for all his goodness to me?

13 I will lift up the cup of salvation

and call on the name of the LORD.

14 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD

in the presence of all his people. [6]

15 Precious in the sight of the LORD

is the death of his saints.

 

16 O LORD, truly I am your servant;

I am your servant, the son of your maidservant C;

you have freed me from my chains.

17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you

and call on the name of the LORD.

18 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD

in the presence of all his people,

19 in the courts of the house of the LORD–

in your midst, O Jerusalem.

Praise the LORD. D [7]

PSALMS: 146

1 Praise the LORD. A

Praise the LORD, O my soul.

2 I will praise the LORD all my life;

I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

3 Do not put your trust in princes,

in mortal men, who cannot save.

4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;

on that very day their plans come to nothing.

5 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,

whose hope is in the LORD his God,

6the Maker of heaven and earth,

the sea, and everything in them–

the LORD, who remains faithful forever.

7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed

and gives food to the hungry.

The LORD sets prisoners free,

8 the LORD gives sight to the blind,

the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down,

the LORD loves the righteous.

9 The LORD watches over the alien

and sustains the fatherless and the widow,

but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

10 The LORD reigns forever,

your God, O Zion, for all generations.

Praise the LORD. [8]

PROVERBS: 26

26 1 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,

honor is not fitting for a fool.

2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,

an undeserved curse does not come to rest.

3 A whip for the horse, a halter for the donkey,

and a rod for the backs of fools!

4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,

or you will be like him yourself.

5 Answer a fool according to his folly,

or he will be wise in his own eyes.

6 Like cutting off one’s feet or drinking violence

is the sending of a message by the hand of a fool.

7 Like a lame man’s legs that hang limp

is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

8 Like tying a stone in a sling

is the giving of honor to a fool.

9 Like a thornbush in a drunkard’s hand

is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

10 Like an archer who wounds at random

is he who hires a fool or any passer-by.

11 As a dog returns to its vomit,

so a fool repeats his folly.

[9] 12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?

There is more hope for a fool than for him.

13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road,

a fierce lion roaming the streets!”

 

14 As a door turns on its hinges,

so a sluggard turns on his bed.

15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;

he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.

 

16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes

than seven men who answer discreetly.

17 Like one who seizes a dog by the ears

is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own.

 

18 Like a madman shooting

firebrands or deadly arrows

19 is a man who deceives his neighbor

and says, “I was only joking!”

20 Without wood a fire goes out;

without gossip a quarrel dies down.

21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire,

so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife. [10]

22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;

they go down to a man’s inmost parts.

23 Like a coating of glaze A over earthenware

are fervent lips with an evil heart.

24 A malicious man disguises himself with his lips,

but in his heart he harbors deceit.

25 Though his speech is charming, do not believe him,

for seven abominations fill his heart.

26 His malice may be concealed by deception,

but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

27 If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it;

if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.

28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts,

and a flattering mouth works ruin. [11]

OLD TESTAMENT: MICAH 5:1 – 7:20

 

5 1 Marshal your troops, O city of troops, A

for a siege is laid against us.

They will strike Israel’s ruler

on the cheek with a rod.

 

2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,

though you are small among the clans B of Judah,

out of you will come for me

one who will be ruler over Israel,

whose origins C are from of old,

from ancient times. D

 

3 Therefore Israel will be abandoned

until the time when she who is in labor gives birth

and the rest of his brothers return

to join the Israelites.

 

4 He will stand and shepherd his flock

in the strength of the LORD,

in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God.

And they will live securely, for then his greatness

will reach to the ends of the earth.

5 And he will be their peace.

 

When the Assyrian invades our land [12]

and marches through our fortresses,

we will raise against him seven shepherds,

even eight leaders of men.

6 They will rule E the land of Assyria with the sword,

the land of Nimrod with drawn sword. F

He will deliver us from the Assyrian

when he invades our land

and marches into our borders.

 

7 The remnant of Jacob will be

in the midst of many peoples

like dew from the LORD,

like showers on the grass,

which do not wait for man

or linger for mankind.

 

8 The remnant of Jacob will be among the nations,

in the midst of many peoples,

like a lion among the beasts of the forest,

like a young lion among flocks of sheep,

which mauls and mangles as it goes,

and no one can rescue.

 

9 Your hand will be lifted up in triumph over your enemies,

and all your foes will be destroyed.

10 “In that day,” declares the LORD,

“I will destroy your horses from among you

and demolish your chariots. [13]

11 I will destroy the cities of your land

and tear down all your strongholds.

12 I will destroy your witchcraft

and you will no longer cast spells.

13 I will destroy your carved images

and your sacred stones from among you;

you will no longer bow down

to the work of your hands.

14 I will uproot from among you your Asherah poles G

and demolish your cities.

15 I will take vengeance in anger and wrath

upon the nations that have not obeyed me.”

 

6 1 Listen to what the LORD says:

 

“Stand up, plead your case before the mountains;

let the hills hear what you have to say.

2 Hear, O mountains, the LORD’s accusation;

listen, you everlasting foundations of the earth.

For the LORD has a case against his people;

he is lodging a charge against Israel.

 

3 “My people, what have I done to you?

How have I burdened you? Answer me.

4 I brought you up out of Egypt [14]

and redeemed you from the land of slavery.

I sent Moses to lead you,

also Aaron and Miriam.

5 My people, remember

what Balak king of Moab counseled

and what Balaam son of Beor answered.

Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal,

that you may know the righteous acts of the LORD.”

 

6 With what shall I come before the LORD

and bow down before the exalted God?

Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,

with calves a year old?

7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,

with ten thousand rivers of oil?

Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,

the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

8 He has showed you, O man, what is good.

And what does the LORD require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy

and to walk humbly with your God.

 

9 Listen! The LORD is calling to the city– [15]

and to fear your name is wisdom–

“Heed the rod and the One who appointed it. A

10 Am I still to forget, O wicked house,

your ill-gotten treasures

and the short ephah, B which is accursed?

 

11 Shall I acquit a man with dishonest scales,

with a bag of false weights?

12 Her rich men are violent;

her people are liars

and their tongues speak deceitfully.

13 Therefore, I have begun to destroy you,

to ruin you because of your sins.

 

14 You will eat but not be satisfied;

your stomach will still be empty. C

You will store up but save nothing,

because what you save I will give to the sword.

15 You will plant but not harvest;

you will press olives but not use the oil on yourselves,

you will crush grapes but not drink the wine.

16 You have observed the statutes of Omri

and all the practices of Ahab’s house,

and you have followed their traditions.

Therefore I will give you over to ruin

and your people to derision;

you will bear the scorn of the nations. D[16]

 

7 1 What misery is mine!

I am like one who gathers summer fruit

at the gleaning of the vineyard;

there is no cluster of grapes to eat,

none of the early figs that I crave.

2 The godly have been swept from the land;

not one upright man remains.

All men lie in wait to shed blood;

each hunts his brother with a net.

3 Both hands are skilled in doing evil;

the ruler demands gifts,

the judge accepts bribes,

the powerful dictate what they desire–

they all conspire together.

4 The best of them is like a brier,

the most upright worse than a thorn hedge.

The day of your watchmen has come,

the day God visits you.

Now is the time of their confusion.

5 Do not trust a neighbor;

put no confidence in a friend.

Even with her who lies in your embrace

be careful of your words.

 

6 For a son dishonors his father,

a daughter rises up against her mother,

a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law–

a man’s enemies are the members of his own household. [17]

 

7 But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD,

I wait for God my Savior;

my God will hear me.

 

8 Do not gloat over me, my enemy!

Though I have fallen, I will rise.

Though I sit in darkness,

the LORD will be my light.

9 Because I have sinned against him,

I will bear the LORD’s wrath,

until he pleads my case

and establishes my right.

He will bring me out into the light;

I will see his righteousness.

10 Then my enemy will see it

and will be covered with shame,

she who said to me,

“Where is the LORD your God?”

My eyes will see her downfall;

even now she will be trampled underfoot

like mire in the streets.

 

11 The day for building your walls will come,

the day for extending your boundaries.

12 In that day people will come to you

from Assyria and the cities of Egypt, [18]

even from Egypt to the Euphrates

and from sea to sea

and from mountain to mountain.

13 The earth will become desolate because of its inhabitants,

as the result of their deeds.

14 Shepherd your people with your staff,

the flock of your inheritance,

which lives by itself in a forest,

in fertile pasturelands. A

Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead

as in days long ago.

 

15 “As in the days when you came out of Egypt,

I will show them my wonders.”

 

16 Nations will see and be ashamed,

deprived of all their power.

They will lay their hands on their mouths

and their ears will become deaf.

17 They will lick dust like a snake,

like creatures that crawl on the ground.

They will come trembling out of their dens;

they will turn in fear to the LORD our God

and will be afraid of you. [19]

 

18 Who is a God like you,

who pardons sin and forgives the transgression

of the remnant of his inheritance?

You do not stay angry forever

but delight to show mercy.

19 You will again have compassion on us;

you will tread our sins underfoot

and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.

20 You will be true to Jacob,

and show mercy to Abraham,

as you pledged on oath to our fathers

in days long ago. [20]

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT: REVELATION 7:1 – 17

 

7 1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. 2 Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: 3 “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” 4 Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.

 

5 From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed,

from the tribe of Reuben 12,000,

from the tribe of Gad 12,000,

6 from the tribe of Asher 12,000,

from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000,

from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000,

7 from the tribe of Simeon 12,000,

from the tribe of Levi 12,000,

from the tribe of Issachar 12,000,

8 from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000,

from the tribe of Joseph 12,000,

from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000.

 

9 After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:

 

“Salvation belongs to our God,

who sits on the throne,

and to the Lamb.”

 

11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces [21] before the throne and worshiped God,

12 saying:

 

“Amen!

Praise and glory

and wisdom and thanks and honor

and power and strength

be to our God for ever and ever.

Amen!”

13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes–who are they, and where did they come from?”

 

14 I answered, “Sir, you know.”

And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore,

 

“they are before the throne of God

and serve him day and night in his temple;

and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them.

16 Never again will they hunger;

never again will they thirst.

The sun will not beat upon them,

nor any scorching heat.

17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd;

he will lead them to springs of living water.

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” [22]

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