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Ten Commandments

Ten Commandments

AUGUST 11

PSALMS: 11, 41, 71, 101, 131

PROVERBS: 11

OLD TESTAMENT: LAMENTATIONS 4:1 – 5:22

NEW TESTAMENT: HEBREWS 2:1 – 18

PSALMS: 11

For the director of music. Of David.

1 In the LORD I take refuge.

How then can you say to me:

Flee like a bird to your mountain.

2 For look, the wicked bend their bows;

they set their arrows against the strings

to shoot from the shadows

at the upright in heart.

3 When the foundations are being destroyed,

what can the righteous do A?”

4 The LORD is in his holy temple;

the LORD is on his heavenly throne.

He observes the sons of men;

his eyes examine them.

5 The LORD examines the righteous,

but the wicked B and those who love violence

his soul hates.

6 On the wicked he will rain

fiery coals and burning sulfur;

a scorching wind will be their lot.

7 For the LORD is righteous,

he loves justice;

upright men will see his face. 1

PSALMS: 41

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 Blessed is he who has regard for the weak;

the LORD delivers him in times of trouble.

2 The LORD will protect him and preserve his life;

he will bless him in the land

and not surrender him to the desire of his foes.

3 The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed

and restore him from his bed of illness.

4 I said, “O LORD, have mercy on me;

heal me, for I have sinned against you.”

5 My enemies say of me in malice,

“When will he die and his name perish?”

6 Whenever one comes to see me,

he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander;

then he goes out and spreads it abroad.

7 All my enemies whisper together against me;

they imagine the worst for me, saying,

8 “A vile disease has beset him;

he will never get up from the place where he lies.”

9 Even my close friend, whom I trusted,

he who shared my bread,

has lifted up his heel against me. 2

10 But you, O LORD, have mercy on me;

raise me up, that I may repay them.

11 I know that you are pleased with me,

for my enemy does not triumph over me.

12 In my integrity you uphold me

and set me in your presence forever.

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

from everlasting to everlasting.

Amen and Amen 3

PSALMS: 71

1 In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge;

let me never be put to shame.

2 Rescue me and deliver me in your righteousness;

turn your ear to me and save me.

3 Be my rock of refuge,

to which I can always go;

give the command to save me,

for you are my rock and my fortress.

4 Deliver me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,

from the grasp of evil and cruel men.

5 For you have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD,

my confidence since my youth.

6 From birth I have relied on you;

you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.

I will ever praise you.

7 I have become like a portent to many,

but you are my strong refuge.

8 My mouth is filled with your praise,

declaring your splendor all day long.

9 Do not cast me away when I am old;

do not forsake me when my strength is gone.

10 For my enemies speak against me;

those who wait to kill me conspire together.

11 They say, “God has forsaken him;

pursue him and seize him,

for no one will rescue him.”

12 Be not far from me, O God;

come quickly, O my God, to help me.

13 May my accusers perish in shame;

may those who want to harm me

be covered with scorn and disgrace. 4

14 But as for me, I will always have hope;

I will praise you more and more.

15 My mouth will tell of your righteousness,

of your salvation all day long,

though I know not its measure.

16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign LORD;

I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone.

17 Since my youth, O God, you have taught me,

and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.

18 Even when I am old and gray,

do not forsake me, O God,

till I declare your power to the next generation,

your might to all who are to come.

19 Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God,

you who have done great things.

Who, O God, is like you?

20 Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter,

you will restore my life again;

from the depths of the earth

you will again bring me up.

21 You will increase my honor

and comfort me once again.

22 I will praise you with the harp

for your faithfulness, O my God;

I will sing praise to you with the lyre,

O Holy One of Israel.

23 My lips will shout for joy

when I sing praise to you–

I, whom you have redeemed.

24 My tongue will tell of your righteous acts 5

all day long,

for those who wanted to harm me

have been put to shame and confusion. 6

PSALMS: 101

Of David. A psalm.

1 I will sing of your love and justice;

to you, O LORD, I will sing praise.

2 I will be careful to lead a blameless life–

when will you come to me?

I will walk in my house

with blameless heart.

3 I will set before my eyes

no vile thing.

The deeds of faithless men I hate;

they will not cling to me.

4 Men of perverse heart shall be far from me;

I will have nothing to do with evil.

5 Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret,

him will I put to silence;

whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart,

him will I not endure.

6 My eyes will be on the faithful in the land,

that they may dwell with me;

he whose walk is blameless

will minister to me.7

7 No one who practices deceit

will dwell in my house;

no one who speaks falsely

will stand in my presence.

8 Every morning I will put to silence

all the wicked in the land;

I will cut off every evildoer

from the city of the LORD. 8

PSALMS: 131

A song of ascents. Of David.

1 My heart is not proud, O LORD,

my eyes are not haughty;

I do not concern myself with great matters

or things too wonderful for me.

2 But I have stilled and quieted my soul;

like a weaned child with its mother,

like a weaned child is my soul within me.

3 O Israel, put your hope in the LORD

both now and forevermore. 9

PROVERBS: 11

11 1 The LORD abhors dishonest scales,

but accurate weights are his delight.

2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,

but with humility comes wisdom.

3 The integrity of the upright guides them,

but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.

4 Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath,

but righteousness delivers from death.

5 The righteousness of the blameless makes a straight way for them,

but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.

6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them,

but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.

7 When a wicked man dies, his hope perishes;

all he expected from his power comes to nothing.

8 The righteous man is rescued from trouble,

and it comes on the wicked instead.

9 With his mouth the godless destroys his neighbor,

but through knowledge the righteous escape.

10 When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices;

when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.

11 Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,

but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.10

12 A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor,

but a man of understanding holds his tongue.

13 A gossip betrays a confidence,

but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.

14 For lack of guidance a nation falls,

but many advisers make victory sure.

15 He who puts up security for another will surely suffer,

but whoever refuses to strike hands in pledge is safe.

16 A kindhearted woman gains respect,

but ruthless men gain only wealth.

17 A kind man benefits himself,

but a cruel man brings trouble on himself.

18 The wicked man earns deceptive wages,

but he who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.

19 The truly righteous man attains life,

but he who pursues evil goes to his death.

20 The LORD detests men of perverse heart

but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.

21 Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished,

but those who are righteous will go free.11

22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout

is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.

23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good,

but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.

24 One man gives freely, yet gains even more;

another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

25 A generous man will prosper;

he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

26 People curse the man who hoards grain,

but blessing crowns him who is willing to sell.

27 He who seeks good finds goodwill,

but evil comes to him who searches for it.

28 Whoever trusts in his riches will fall,

but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.

29 He who brings trouble on his family will inherit only wind,

and the fool will be servant to the wise.

30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,

and he who wins souls is wise.

31 If the righteous receive their due on earth,

how much more the ungodly and the sinner! 12

OLD TESTAMENT: LAMENTATIONS 4:1 – 5:22

4 1 How A the gold has lost its luster,

the fine gold become dull!

The sacred gems are scattered

at the head of every street.

2 How the precious sons of Zion,

once worth their weight in gold,

are now considered as pots of clay,

the work of a potter’s hands!

3 Even jackals offer their breasts

to nurse their young,

but my people have become heartless

like ostriches in the desert.

4 Because of thirst the infant’s tongue

sticks to the roof of its mouth;

the children beg for bread,

but no one gives it to them.

5 Those who once ate delicacies

are destitute in the streets.

Those nurtured in purple

now lie on ash heaps. 13

6 The punishment of my people

is greater than that of Sodom,

which was overthrown in a moment

without a hand turned to help her.

7 Their princes were brighter than snow

and whiter than milk,

their bodies more ruddy than rubies,

their appearance like sapphires. B

8 But now they are blacker than soot;

they are not recognized in the streets.

Their skin has shriveled on their bones;

it has become as dry as a stick.

9 Those killed by the sword are better off

than those who die of famine;

racked with hunger, they waste away

for lack of food from the field.

10 With their own hands compassionate women

have cooked their own children,

who became their food

when my people were destroyed.

11 The LORD has given full vent to his wrath; 14

he has poured out his fierce anger.

He kindled a fire in Zion

that consumed her foundations.

12 The kings of the earth did not believe,

nor did any of the world’s people,

that enemies and foes could enter

the gates of Jerusalem.

13 But it happened because of the sins of her prophets

and the iniquities of her priests,

who shed within her

the blood of the righteous.

14 Now they grope through the streets

like men who are blind.

They are so defiled with blood

that no one dares to touch their garments.

15 “Go away! You are unclean!” men cry to them.

“Away! Away! Don’t touch us!”

When they flee and wander about,

people among the nations say,

“They can stay here no longer.”

16 The LORD himself has scattered them; 15

he no longer watches over them.

The priests are shown no honor,

the elders no favor.

17 Moreover, our eyes failed,

looking in vain for help;

from our towers we watched

for a nation that could not save us.

18 Men stalked us at every step,

so we could not walk in our streets.

Our end was near, our days were numbered,

for our end had come.

19 Our pursuers were swifter

than eagles in the sky;

they chased us over the mountains

and lay in wait for us in the desert.

20 The LORD’s anointed, our very life breath,

was caught in their traps.

We thought that under his shadow

we would live among the nations. 16

21 Rejoice and be glad, O Daughter of Edom,

you who live in the land of Uz.

But to you also the cup will be passed;

you will be drunk and stripped naked.

22 O Daughter of Zion, your punishment will end;

he will not prolong your exile.

But, O Daughter of Edom, he will punish your sin

and expose your wickedness.

5 1 Remember, O LORD, what has happened to us;

look, and see our disgrace.

2 Our inheritance has been turned over to aliens,

our homes to foreigners.

3 We have become orphans and fatherless,

our mothers like widows.

4 We must buy the water we drink;

our wood can be had only at a price.

5 Those who pursue us are at our heels;

we are weary and find no rest.

6 We submitted to Egypt and Assyria

to get enough bread.

7 Our fathers sinned and are no more,

and we bear their punishment.

8 Slaves rule over us, 17

and there is none to free us from their hands.

9 We get our bread at the risk of our lives

because of the sword in the desert.

10 Our skin is hot as an oven,

feverish from hunger.

11 Women have been ravished in Zion,

and virgins in the towns of Judah.

12 Princes have been hung up by their hands;

elders are shown no respect.

13 Young men toil at the millstones;

boys stagger under loads of wood.

14The elders are gone from the city gate;

the young men have stopped their music.

15 Joy is gone from our hearts;

our dancing has turned to mourning.

16 The crown has fallen from our head.

Woe to us, for we have sinned!

17 Because of this our hearts are faint,

because of these things our eyes grow dim

18 for Mount Zion, which lies desolate,

with jackals prowling over it.

19 You, O LORD, reign forever;

your throne endures from generation to generation.

20 Why do you always forget us?

Why do you forsake us so long? 18

21 Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may return;

renew our days as of old

22 unless you have utterly rejected us

and are angry with us beyond measure. 19

NEW TESTAMENT: HEBREWS 2:1 – 18

2 1 We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. 4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

5 It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. 

6 But there is a place where someone has testified:

What is man that you are mindful of him,

the son of man that you care for him?

7 You made him a littleA lower than the angels;

you crowned him with glory and honor

8 and put everything under his feet.” B

In putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

10 In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.

11 Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. 12He says,

I will declare your name to my brothers;

in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.C

13 And again,

I will put my trust in him.” D

And again he says, 20

Here am I, and the children God has given me.” E

14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil—15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement forF the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. 21

1 Excerpted from Compton’s Interactive Bible NIV. Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved

2 Excerpted from Compton’s Interactive Bible NIV. Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved

3 Excerpted from Compton’s Interactive Bible NIV. Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved

4 Excerpted from Compton’s Interactive Bible NIV. Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved

5 Excerpted from Compton’s Interactive Bible NIV. Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved

6 Excerpted from Compton’s Interactive Bible NIV. Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved

7 Excerpted from Compton’s Interactive Bible NIV. Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved

8 Excerpted from Compton’s Interactive Bible NIV. Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved

9 Excerpted from Compton’s Interactive Bible NIV. Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved

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12 Excerpted from Compton’s Interactive Bible NIV. Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved

13 Excerpted from Compton’s Interactive Bible NIV. Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved

14 Excerpted from Compton’s Interactive Bible NIV. Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved

15 Excerpted from Compton’s Interactive Bible NIV. Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved

16 Excerpted from Compton’s Interactive Bible NIV. Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved

17 Excerpted from Compton’s Interactive Bible NIV. Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved

18 Excerpted from Compton’s Interactive Bible NIV. Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved

19 Excerpted from Compton’s Interactive Bible NIV. Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved

20 Excerpted from Compton’s Interactive Bible NIV. Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved

21 Excerpted from Compton’s Interactive Bible NIV. Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved

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