THEINC-HIM Daily Bible Meditation – August 5 – Full Text – Shabbat Shalom!   Leave a comment

Ten Commandments

AUGUST 5

PSALMS: 5

PROVERBS: 5, 35, 65, 95, 125

OLD TESTAMENT: JEREMIAH 48:1 – 49:22

NEW TESTAMENT: 2 TIMOTHY 4:1 – 22

PSALMS: 5

For the director of music. For flutes. A psalm of David.

Give ear to my words, O LORD,

consider my sighing.

Listen to my cry for help,

my King and my God,

for to you I pray.

In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice;

in the morning I lay my requests before you

and wait in expectation.

You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil;

with you the wicked cannot dwell.

The arrogant cannot stand in your presence;

you hate all who do wrong.

You destroy those who tell lies;

bloodthirsty and deceitful men

the LORD abhors.

But I, by your great mercy,

will come into your house;

in reverence will I bow down

toward your holy temple.

Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness

because of my enemies–

make straight your way before me. 1

Not a word from their mouth can be trusted;

their heart is filled with destruction.

Their throat is an open grave;

with their tongue they speak deceit.

10 Declare them guilty, O God!

Let their intrigues be their downfall.

Banish them for their many sins,

for they have rebelled against you.

11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad;

let them ever sing for joy.

Spread your protection over them,

that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

12 For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous;

you surround them with your favor as with a shield. 2

PSALMS: 35

Of David.

Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me;

fight against those who fight against me.

Take up shield and buckler;

arise and come to my aid.

Brandish spear and javelin A

against those who pursue me.

Say to my soul,

I am your salvation.”

May those who seek my life

be disgraced and put to shame;

may those who plot my ruin

be turned back in dismay.

May they be like chaff before the wind,

with the angel of the LORD driving them away;

may their path be dark and slippery,

with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.

Since they hid their net for me without cause

and without cause dug a pit for me,

may ruin overtake them by surprise–

may the net they hid entangle them,

may they fall into the pit, to their ruin.

Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD

and delight in his salvation.

10 My whole being will exclaim,

“Who is like you, O LORD?

You rescue the poor from those too strong for them,

the poor and needy from those who rob them.” 3

11 Ruthless witnesses come forward;

they question me on things I know nothing about.

12 They repay me evil for good

and leave my soul forlorn.

13 Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth

and humbled myself with fasting.

When my prayers returned to me unanswered,

14 I went about mourning

as though for my friend or brother.

I bowed my head in grief

as though weeping for my mother.

15 But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee;

attackers gathered against me when I was unaware.

They slandered me without ceasing.

16 Like the ungodly they maliciously mocked B;

they gnashed their teeth at me.

17 O Lord, how long will you look on?

Rescue my life from their ravages,

my precious life from these lions.

18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly;

among throngs of people I will praise you.

19 Let not those gloat over me

who are my enemies without cause;

let not those who hate me without reason

maliciously wink the eye.

20 They do not speak peaceably,

but devise false accusations

against those who live quietly in the land.

21 They gape at me and say, “Aha! Aha!

With our own eyes we have seen it.” 4

22 O LORD, you have seen this; be not silent.

Do not be far from me, O Lord.

23 Awake, and rise to my defense!

Contend for me, my God and Lord.

24 Vindicate me in your righteousness, O LORD my God;

do not let them gloat over me.

25 Do not let them think, “Aha, just what we wanted!”

or say, “We have swallowed him up.”

26 May all who gloat over my distress

be put to shame and confusion;

may all who exalt themselves over me

be clothed with shame and disgrace.

27 May those who delight in my vindication

shout for joy and gladness;

may they always say, “The LORD be exalted,

who delights in the well-being of his servant.”

28 My tongue will speak of your righteousness

and of your praises all day long. 5

PSALMS: 65

For the director of music. A psalm of David. A song.

Praise awaits A you, O God, in Zion;

to you our vows will be fulfilled.

O you who hear prayer,

to you all men will come.

When we were overwhelmed by sins,

you forgave B our transgressions.

Blessed are those you choose

and bring near to live in your courts!

We are filled with the good things of your house,

of your holy temple.

You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness,

O God our Savior,

the hope of all the ends of the earth

and of the farthest seas,

who formed the mountains by your power,

having armed yourself with strength,

who stilled the roaring of the seas,

the roaring of their waves,

and the turmoil of the nations.

Those living far away fear your wonders;

where morning dawns and evening fades

you call forth songs of joy.

You care for the land and water it;

you enrich it abundantly.

The streams of God are filled with water

to provide the people with grain, 6

for so you have ordained it. C

10 You drench its furrows

and level its ridges;

you soften it with showers

and bless its crops.

11 You crown the year with your bounty,

and your carts overflow with abundance.

12 The grasslands of the desert overflow;

the hills are clothed with gladness.

13 The meadows are covered with flocks

and the valleys are mantled with grain;

they shout for joy and sing. 7

PSALMS: 95

Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;

let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before him with thanksgiving

and extol him with music and song.

For the LORD is the great God,

the great King above all gods.

In his hand are the depths of the earth,

and the mountain peaks belong to him.

The sea is his, for he made it,

and his hands formed the dry land.

Come, let us bow down in worship,

let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;

for he is our God

and we are the people of his pasture,

the flock under his care.

Today, if you hear his voice,

do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, A

as you did that day at Massah B in the desert,

where your fathers tested and tried me,

though they had seen what I did.

10 For forty years I was angry with that generation;

I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray,

and they have not known my ways.”

11 So I declared on oath in my anger,

They shall never enter my rest.” 8

PSALMS: 125

A song of ascents.

Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,

which cannot be shaken but endures forever.

As the mountains surround Jerusalem,

so the LORD surrounds his people

both now and forevermore.

The scepter of the wicked will not remain

over the land allotted to the righteous,

for then the righteous might use

their hands to do evil.

Do good, O LORD, to those who are good,

to those who are upright in heart.

But those who turn to crooked ways

the LORD will banish with the evildoers.

Peace be upon Israel. 9

PROVERBS: 5

1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom,

listen well to my words of insight,

that you may maintain discretion

and your lips may preserve knowledge.

For the lips of an adulteress drip honey,

and her speech is smoother than oil;

but in the end she is bitter as gall,

sharp as a double-edged sword.

Her feet go down to death;

her steps lead straight to the grave. A

She gives no thought to the way of life;

her paths are crooked, but she knows it not.

Now then, my sons, listen to me;

do not turn aside from what I say.

Keep to a path far from her,

do not go near the door of her house,

lest you give your best strength to others

and your years to one who is cruel,

10 lest strangers feast on your wealth

and your toil enrich another man’s house.

11 At the end of your life you will groan,

when your flesh and body are spent.

12 You will say, “How I hated discipline!

How my heart spurned correction!

13 I would not obey my teachers

or listen to my instructors.

14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin

in the midst of the whole assembly.”

15 Drink water from your own cistern,

running water from your own well.

16 Should your springs overflow in the streets,

your streams of water in the public squares?

17 Let them be yours alone, 10

never to be shared with strangers.

18 May your fountain be blessed,

and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.

19 A loving doe, a graceful deer–

may her breasts satisfy you always,

may you ever be captivated by her love.

20 Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress?

Why embrace the bosom of another man’s wife?

21 For a man’s ways are in full view of the LORD,

and he examines all his paths.

22 The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him;

the cords of his sin hold him fast.

23 He will die for lack of discipline,

led astray by his own great folly. 11

OLD TESTAMENT: JEREMIAH 48:1 – 49:22

48 Concerning Moab:

This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says:

Woe to Nebo, for it will be ruined.

Kiriathaim will be disgraced and captured;

the stronghold A will be disgraced and shattered.

2 Moab will be praised no more;

in Heshbon B men will plot her downfall:

`Come, let us put an end to that nation.’

You too, O Madmen, C will be silenced;

the sword will pursue you.

3 Listen to the cries from Horonaim,

cries of great havoc and destruction.

4 Moab will be broken;

her little ones will cry outD

5 They go up the way to Luhith,

weeping bitterly as they go;

on the road down to Horonaim

anguished cries over the destruction are heard.

6 Flee! Run for your lives;

become like a bush E in the desert.

7 Since you trust in your deeds and riches,

you too will be taken captive,

and Chemosh will go into exile12

together with his priests and officials.

8 The destroyer will come against every town,

and not a town will escape.

The valley will be ruined

and the plateau destroyed,

because the LORD has spoken.

9 Put salt on Moab,

for she will be laid waste F;

her towns will become desolate,

with no one to live in them.

10 “A curse on him who is lax in doing the LORD’s work!

A curse on him who keeps his sword from bloodshed!

11 Moab has been at rest from youth,

like wine left on its dregs,

not poured from one jar to another–

she has not gone into exile.

So she tastes as she did,

and her aroma is unchanged.

12 But days are coming,”

declares the LORD,

when I will send men who pour from jars,

and they will pour her out;

they will empty her jars

and smash her jugs. 13

13 Then Moab will be ashamed of Chemosh,

as the house of Israel was ashamed

when they trusted in Bethel.

14 “How can you say, `We are warriors,

men valiant in battle’?

15 Moab will be destroyed and her towns invaded;

her finest young men will go down in the slaughter,”

declares the King, whose name is the LORD Almighty.

16 “The fall of Moab is at hand;

her calamity will come quickly.

17 Mourn for her, all who live around her,

all who know her fame;

say, `How broken is the mighty scepter,

how broken the glorious staff!’

18 “Come down from your glory

and sit on the parched ground,

O inhabitants of the Daughter of Dibon,

for he who destroys Moab

will come up against you

and ruin your fortified cities.

19 Stand by the road and watch,

you who live in Aroer.

Ask the man fleeing and the woman escaping,

ask them, `What has happened?’

20 Moab is disgraced, for she is shattered. 14

Wail and cry out!

Announce by the Arnon

that Moab is destroyed.

21 Judgment has come to the plateau–

to Holon, Jahzah and Mephaath,

22 to Dibon, Nebo and Beth Diblathaim,

23 to Kiriathaim, Beth Gamul and Beth Meon,

24 to Kerioth and Bozrah–

to all the towns of Moab, far and near.

25 Moab’s hornG is cut off;

her arm is broken,”

declares the LORD.

26 Make her drunk,

for she has defied the LORD.

Let Moab wallow in her vomit;

let her be an object of ridicule.

27 Was not Israel the object of your ridicule?

Was she caught among thieves,

that you shake your head in scorn

whenever you speak of her?

28 Abandon your towns and dwell among the rocks,

you who live in Moab.

Be like a dove that makes its nest

at the mouth of a cave. 15

29 “We have heard of Moab’s pride–

her overweening pride and conceit,

her pride and arrogance

and the haughtiness of her heart.

30 I know her insolence but it is futile,”

declares the LORD,

and her boasts accomplish nothing.

31 Therefore I wail over Moab,

for all Moab I cry out,

I moan for the men of Kir Hareseth.

32 I weep for you, as Jazer weeps,

O vines of Sibmah.

Your branches spread as far as the sea;

they reached as far as the sea of Jazer.

The destroyer has fallen

on your ripened fruit and grapes.

33 Joy and gladness are gone

from the orchards and fields of Moab.

I have stopped the flow of wine from the presses;

no one treads them with shouts of joy.

Although there are shouts,

they are not shouts of joy.

34 “The sound of their cry rises

from Heshbon to Elealeh and Jahaz,

from Zoar as far as Horonaim and Eglath Shelishiyah,

for even the waters of Nimrim are dried up16

35 In Moab I will put an end

to those who make offerings on the high places

and burn incense to their gods,”

declares the LORD.

36 So my heart laments for Moab like a flute;

it laments like a flute for the men of Kir Hareseth.

The wealth they acquired is gone.

37 Every head is shaved

and every beard cut off;

every hand is slashed

and every waist is covered with sackcloth.

38 On all the roofs in Moab

and in the public squares

there is nothing but mourning,

for I have broken Moab

like a jar that no one wants,”

declares the LORD.

39 How shattered she is! How they wail!

How Moab turns her back in shame!

Moab has become an object of ridicule,

an object of horror to all those around her.

40 This is what the LORD says:

Look! An eagle is swooping down,

spreading its wings over Moab17

41 Kerioth H will be captured

and the strongholds taken.

In that day the hearts of Moab’s warriors

will be like the heart of a woman in labor.

42 Moab will be destroyed as a nation

because she defied the LORD.

43 Terror and pit and snare await you,

O people of Moab,”

declares the LORD.

44 Whoever flees from the terror

will fall into a pit,

whoever climbs out of the pit

will be caught in a snare;

for I will bring upon Moab

the year of her punishment,”

declares the LORD.

45 In the shadow of Heshbon

the fugitives stand helpless,

for a fire has gone out from Heshbon,

a blaze from the midst of Sihon;

it burns the foreheads of Moab,

the skulls of the noisy boasters.

46 Woe to you, O Moab18

The people of Chemosh are destroyed;

your sons are taken into exile

and your daughters into captivity.

47 “Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab

in days to come,

declares the LORD.

Here ends the judgment on Moab.

49 Concerning the Ammonites:

This is what the LORD says:

Has Israel no sons?

Has she no heirs?

Why then has Molech A taken possession of Gad?

Why do his people live in its towns?

2 But the days are coming,”

declares the LORD,

“when I will sound the battle cry

against Rabbah of the Ammonites;

it will become a mound of ruins,

and its surrounding villages will be set on fire19

Then Israel will drive out

those who drove her out,”

says the LORD.

Wail, O Heshbon, for Ai is destroyed!

Cry out, O inhabitants of Rabbah!

Put on sackcloth and mourn;

rush here and there inside the walls,

for Molech will go into exile,

together with his priests and officials.

4 Why do you boast of your valleys,

boast of your valleys so fruitful?

O unfaithful daughter,

you trust in your riches and say,

`Who will attack me?’

5 I will bring terror on you

from all those around you,”

declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.

“Every one of you will be driven away,

and no one will gather the fugitives.

6 “Yet afterward, I will restore the fortunes of the Ammonites,”

declares the LORD.

Concerning Edom:

This is what the LORD Almighty says: 20

Is there no longer wisdom in Teman?

Has counsel perished from the prudent?

Has their wisdom decayed?

8 Turn and flee, hide in deep caves,

you who live in Dedan,

for I will bring disaster on Esau

at the time I punish him.

9 If grape pickers came to you,

would they not leave a few grapes?

If thieves came during the night,

would they not steal only as much as they wanted?

10 But I will strip Esau bare;

I will uncover his hiding places,

so that he cannot conceal himself.

His children, relatives and neighbors will perish,

and he will be no more.

11 Leave your orphans; I will protect their lives.

Your widows too can trust in me.”

12 This is what the LORD says: “If those who do not deserve to drink the cup must drink it, why should you go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, but must drink it. 13 I swear by myself,” declares the LORD, “that Bozrah will become a ruin and an object of horror, of reproach and of cursing; and all its towns will be in ruins forever.”

14 I have heard a message from the LORD:

An envoy was sent to the nations to say,

Assemble yourselves to attack it21

Rise up for battle!”

15 Now I will make you small among the nations,

despised among men.

16 The terror you inspire

and the pride of your heart have deceived you,

you who live in the clefts of the rocks,

who occupy the heights of the hill.

Though you build your nest as high as the eagle’s,

from there I will bring you down,”

declares the LORD.

17 Edom will become an object of horror;

all who pass by will be appalled and will scoff

because of all its wounds.

18 As Sodom and Gomorrah were overthrown,

along with their neighboring towns,”

says the LORD,

so no one will live there;

no man will dwell in it.

19 “Like a lion coming up from Jordan’s thickets

to a rich pastureland,

I will chase Edom from its land in an instant.

Who is the chosen one I will appoint for this?

Who is like me and who can challenge me?

And what shepherd can stand against me?” 22

Rise up for battle!”

20 Therefore, hear what the LORD has planned against Edom,

what he has purposed against those who live in Teman:

The young of the flock will be dragged away;

he will completely destroy their pasture because of them.

21 At the sound of their fall the earth will tremble;

their cry will resound to the Red Sea. B

22 Look! An eagle will soar and swoop down,

spreading its wings over Bozrah.

In that day the hearts of Edom’s warriors

will be like the heart of a woman in labor. 23

NEW TESTAMENT: 2 TIMOTHY 4:1 – 22

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

Do your best to come to me quickly, 10 for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. 12 I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments.

14 Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. 15 You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message.

16 At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. 17 But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

19 Greet Priscilla A and Aquila and the household of Onesiphorus. 20 Erastus stayed in Corinth, and I left Trophimus sick in Miletus. 21 Do your best to get here before winter. Eubulus greets you, and so do Pudens, Linus, Claudia and all the brothers.

22 The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you. 24

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