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Ten Commandments

Ten Commandments

FEBRUARY 15

PSALMS: 15, 45, 75, 105, 135

PROVERBS: 15

OLD TESTAMENT: 1 SAMUEL 1:1 – 2:21

 

NEW TESTAMENT: JOHN 5:1 – 23

PSALMS: 15

A psalm of David.

1 LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary?

Who may live on your holy hill?

2 He whose walk is blameless

and who does what is righteous,

who speaks the truth from his heart

3 and has no slander on his tongue,

who does his neighbor no wrong

and casts no slur on his fellowman,

4 who despises a vile man

but honors those who fear the LORD,

who keeps his oath

even when it hurts,

5 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.

1 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.

2 You are the most excellent of men

and your lips have been anointed with grace,

since God has blessed you forever.

3 Gird your sword upon your side, O mighty one;

clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.

4 In your majesty ride forth victoriously

in behalf of truth, humility and righteousness;

let your right hand display awesome deeds.

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

let the nations fall beneath your feet.

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

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

7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness;

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

by anointing you with the oil of joy.

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

from palaces adorned with ivory

the music of the strings makes you glad.

9 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.

1 We give thanks to you, O God,

we give thanks, for your Name is near;

men tell of your wonderful deeds.

2 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

4 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.'”

6 No one from the east or the west

or from the desert can exalt a man.

7 But it is God who judges:

He brings one down, he exalts another.

8 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.

9 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

1 Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name;

make known among the nations what he has done.

2 Sing to him, sing praise to him;

tell of all his wonderful acts.

3 Glory in his holy name;

let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.

4 Look to the LORD and his strength;

seek his face always.

5 Remember the wonders he has done,

his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,

6 O descendants of Abraham his servant,

O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.

7 He is the LORD our God;

his judgments are in all the earth.

8 He remembers his covenant forever,

the word he commanded, for a thousand generations,

9 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.

27 They 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

1 Praise the LORD. A

Praise the name of the LORD;

praise him, you servants of the LORD,

2 you who minister in the house of the LORD,

in the courts of the house of our God.

3 Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good;

sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant.

4 For the LORD has chosen Jacob to be his own,

Israel to be his treasured possession.

5 I know that the LORD is great,

that our Lord is greater than all gods.

6 The LORD does whatever pleases him,

in the heavens and on the earth,

in the seas and all their depths.

7 He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth;

he sends lightning with the rain

and brings out the wind from his storehouses.

8 He struck down the firstborn of Egypt,

the firstborn of men and animals.

9 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]

PROVERBS: 15

15 1 A gentle answer turns away wrath,

but a harsh word stirs up anger.

2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,

but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.

3 The eyes of the LORD are everywhere,

keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

4 The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life,

but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

5 A fool spurns his father’s discipline,

but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.

6 The house of the righteous contains great treasure,

but the income of the wicked brings them trouble.

7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge;

not so the hearts of fools.

8 The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked,

but the prayer of the upright pleases him.

9 The LORD detests the way of the wicked

but he loves those who pursue righteousness.

10 Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path;

he who hates correction will die.

11 Death and Destruction A lie open before the LORD–

how much more the hearts of men! [10]

12 A mocker resents correction;

he will not consult the wise.

13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful,

but heartache crushes the spirit.

 

14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,

but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched,

but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.

16 Better a little with the fear of the LORD

than great wealth with turmoil.

17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love

than a fattened calf with hatred.

18 A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension,

but a patient man calms a quarrel.

19 The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns,

but the path of the upright is a highway.

20 A wise son brings joy to his father,

but a foolish man despises his mother.

21 Folly delights a man who lacks judgment,

but a man of understanding keeps a straight course.

22 Plans fail for lack of counsel,

but with many advisers they succeed. [11]

23 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply–

and how good is a timely word!

24 The path of life leads upward for the wise

to keep him from going down to the grave. B

25 The LORD tears down the proud man’s house

but he keeps the widow’s boundaries intact.

26 The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked,

but those of the pure are pleasing to him.

27 A greedy man brings trouble to his family,

but he who hates bribes will live.

28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,

but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.

29 The LORD is far from the wicked

but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart,

and good news gives health to the bones.

31 He who listens to a life-giving rebuke

will be at home among the wise.

32 He who ignores discipline despises himself,

but whoever heeds correction gains understanding. [12]

33 The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, C

and humility comes before honor. [13] [14]

OLD TESTAMENT: 1 SAMUEL 1:1 – 2:21

 

1 1 There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite A from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.

3 Year after year this man went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the LORD Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests of the LORD. 4 Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. 5 But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the LORD had closed her womb. 6 And because the LORD had closed her womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. 7 This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the LORD, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. 8 Elkanah her husband would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”

9 Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on a chair by the doorpost of the LORD’s temple. B 10 In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the LORD. 11 And she made a vow, saying, “O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.” [15]

 

12 As she kept on praying to the LORD, Eli observed her mouth. 13 Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk 14 and said to her, “How long will you keep on getting drunk? Get rid of your wine.”

15 “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD. 16 Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”

17 Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”

18 She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.

19 Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the LORD and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her. 20 So in the course of time Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, C saying, “Because I asked the LORD for him.”

 

21 When the man Elkanah went up with all his family to offer the annual sacrifice to the LORD and to fulfill his vow, 22 Hannah did not go. She said to her husband, “After the boy is weaned, I will take him and present him before the LORD, and he will live there always.”

 

23 “Do what seems best to you,” Elkanah her husband told her. “Stay here until you have weaned him; only may the LORD make [16] good his D word.” So the woman stayed at home and nursed her son until she had weaned him.

24 After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull, E an ephah F of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh. 25 When they had slaughtered the bull, they brought the boy to Eli, 26 and she said to him, “As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the LORD. 27 I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. 28 So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD.” And he worshiped the LORD there.

 

2 1 Then Hannah prayed and said:

“My heart rejoices in the LORD;

in the LORD my horn A is lifted high.

My mouth boasts over my enemies,

for I delight in your deliverance.

 

2 “There is no one holy B like the LORD;

there is no one besides you;

there is no Rock like our God.

 

3 “Do not keep talking so proudly

or let your mouth speak such arrogance,

for the LORD is a God who knows, [17] and by him deeds are weighed.

 

4 “The bows of the warriors are broken,

but those who stumbled are armed with strength.

5 Those who were full hire themselves out for food,

but those who were hungry hunger no more.

She who was barren has borne seven children,

but she who has had many sons pines away.

 

6 “The LORD brings death and makes alive;

he brings down to the grave C and raises up.

7 The LORD sends poverty and wealth;

he humbles and he exalts.

 

8 He raises the poor from the dust

and lifts the needy from the ash heap;

he seats them with princes

and has them inherit a throne of honor.

 

“For the foundations of the earth are the LORD’s;

upon them he has set the world.

9 He will guard the feet of his saints,

but the wicked will be silenced in darkness.

 

“It is not by strength that one prevails;

 

10 those who oppose the LORD will be shattered.

He will thunder against them from heaven; [18]

the LORD will judge the ends of the earth.

 

“He will give strength to his king

and exalt the horn of his anointed.”

 

11 Then Elkanah went home to Ramah, but the boy ministered before the LORD under Eli the priest.

12 Eli’s sons were wicked men; they had no regard for the LORD. 13 Now it was the practice of the priests with the people that whenever anyone offered a sacrifice and while the meat was being boiled, the servant of the priest would come with a three-pronged fork in his hand. 14 He would plunge it into the pan or kettle or caldron or pot, and the priest would take for himself whatever the fork brought up. This is how they treated all the Israelites who came to Shiloh. 15 But even before the fat was burned, the servant of the priest would come and say to the man who was sacrificing, “Give the priest some meat to roast; he won’t accept boiled meat from you, but only raw.”

16 If the man said to him, “Let the fat be burned up first, and then take whatever you want,” the servant would then answer, “No, hand it over now; if you don’t, I’ll take it by force.”

17 This sin of the young men was very great in the LORD’s sight, for they D were treating the LORD’s offering with contempt.

18 But Samuel was ministering before the LORD–a boy wearing a linen ephod. 19 Each year his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went up with her husband to offer the annual [19] sacrifice. 20 Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying, “May the LORD give you children by this woman to take the place of the one she prayed for and gave to the LORD.” Then they would go home. 21 And the LORD was gracious to Hannah; she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the LORD. [20]

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT: JOHN 5:1 – 23

 

5 1 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda A and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie–the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. B 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10 and so the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”

11 But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, `Pick up your mat and

walk.'”

12 So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?”

13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.

14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

16 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the [21] Jews persecuted him. 17 Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.” 18 For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

19 Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater things than these. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him. [22]

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