THEinc-HIM Daily Bible Meditation – June 7 – Full Text   Leave a comment

JUNE 7

PSALMS: 7, 37, 67, 97, 127

PROVERBS: 7

OLD TESTAMENT: JOB 23:1 – 27:23

NEW TESTAMENT: 2 CORINTHIANS 1:12 – 2:11

PSALMS: 7

1 LORD, my God, I take refuge in you.

Save me from all those who pursue me, and deliver me, 

2 Lest they tear apart my soul like a lion,

Rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver. 

3 LORD, my God, if I have done this,

If there is iniquity in my hands, 

4 If I have rewarded evil to him who was at shalom with me

(Yes, I have delivered him who without cause was my adversary), 

5 Let the enemy pursue my soul, and overtake it;

Yes, let him tread my life down to the eretz,

And lay my glory in the dust. Selah. 

6 Arise, LORD, in your anger.

Lift up yourself against the rage of my adversaries.

Awake for me. You have commanded judgment. 

7 Let the congregation of the peoples surround you.

Rule over them on high. 

8 The LORD administers judgment to the peoples.

Judge me, LORD, according to my righteousness,

And to my integrity that is in me. 

9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end,

But establish the righteous;

Their minds and hearts are searched by the righteous God. 

10 My shield is with God,

Who saves the upright in heart. 

11 God is a righteous judge,

Yes, a God who has indignation every day. 

12 If a man doesn’t relent, he will sharpen his sword;

He has bent and strung his bow. 

13 He has also prepared for himself the instruments of death.

He makes ready his flaming arrows. 

14 Behold, he travails with iniquity;

Yes, he has conceived mischief and brought forth falsehood. 

15 He has dug a hole,

And has fallen into the pit which he made. 

16 The trouble he causes shall return to his own head.

His violence shall come down on the crown of his own head. 

17 I will give thanks to the LORD according to his righteousness,

And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Elyon.

PSALMS: 37

1 Don’t fret because of evil-doers,

Neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness. 

2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,

And wither like the green herb. 

3 Trust in the LORD, and do good.

Dwell in the land, and enjoy safe pasture. 

4 Also delight yourself in the LORD,

And he will give you the desires of your heart. 

5 Commit your way to the LORD.

Trust also in him, and he will do this: 

6 He will make your righteousness go forth as the light,

And your justice as the noon day sun. 

7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him.

Don’t fret because of him who prospers in his way,

Because of the man who makes wicked plots happen. 

8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath.

Don’t fret, it leads only to evildoing. 

9 For evildoers shall be cut off,

But those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land. 

10 For yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more.

Yes, though you look for his place, he isn’t there. 

11 But the humble shall inherit the land,

And shall delight themselves in the abundance of shalom. 

12 The wicked plots against the just,

And gnashes at him with his teeth. 

13 The Lord will laugh at him,

For he sees that his day is coming. 

14 The wicked have drawn out the sword,

and have bent their bow,

To cast down the poor and needy,

To kill those who are upright in the way. 

15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart.

Their bows shall be broken. 

16 Better is a little that the righteous has,

Than the abundance of many wicked. 

17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,

But the LORD upholds the righteous. 

18 The LORD knows the days of the perfect.

Their inheritance shall be forever. 

19 They shall not be put to shame in the time of evil.

In the days of famine they shall be satisfied. 

20 But the wicked shall perish.

The enemies of the LORD shall be like the beauty of the fields.

They will vanish — Vanish like smoke. 

21 The wicked borrow, and don’t pay back,

But the righteous give generously.

22 For such as are blessed by him shall inherit the land.

Those who are cursed by him shall be cut off. 

23 A man’s goings are established by the LORD.

He delights in his way. 

24 Though he stumble, he shall not fall,

For the LORD holds him up with his hand.

25 I have been young, and now am old,

Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,

Nor his children begging for bread. 

26 All day long he deals graciously, and lends.

His seed is blessed. 

27 Depart from evil, and do good;

Live securely forever. 

28 For the LORD loves justice,

And doesn’t forsake his holy ones.

They are preserved forever,

But the children of the wicked shall be cut off. 

29 The righteous shall inherit the land,

And live in it forever. 

30 The mouth of the righteous talks of wisdom.

His tongue speaks justice. 

31 The law of his God is in his heart.

None of his steps shall slide. 

32 The wicked watches the righteous,

And seeks to kill him. 

33 The LORD will not leave him in his hand,

Nor condemn him when he is judged.

34 Wait for the LORD, and keep his way,

And he will exalt you to inherit the land.

When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it. 

35 I have seen the wicked in great power,

Spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil. 

36 But he passed away, and, behold, he was not.

Yes, I sought him, but he could not be found. 

37 Mark the perfect man, and see the upright,

For there is a future for the man of shalom. 

38 As for transgressors, they shall be destroyed together.

The future of the wicked shall be cut off. 

39 But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD.

He is their stronghold in the time of trouble. 

40 The LORD helps them, and rescues them.

He rescues them from the wicked, and saves them,

Because they have taken refuge in him.

PSALMS: 67

1 May God be merciful to us, bless us,

And cause his face to shine on us. Selah. 

2 That your way may be known on eretz,

And your yeshu`ah among all nations, 

3 Let the peoples praise you, God.

Let all the peoples praise you. 

4 Oh let the nations be glad and sing for joy,

For you will judge the peoples with equity,

And govern the nations on eretz.

Selah. 

5 Let the peoples praise you, God.

Let all the peoples praise you. 

6 The eretz has yielded its increase.

God, even our own God, will bless us. 

7 God will bless us.

All the ends of the eretz shall fear him.

PSALMS: 97

1 The LORD reigns!

Let the eretz rejoice.

Let the multitude of islands be glad. 

2 Clouds and darkness are around him.

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. 

3 A fire goes before him,

And burns up his adversaries on every side. 

4 His lightning lights up the world;

The eretz sees, and trembles. 

5 The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the LORD,

At the presence of the Lord of the whole eretz. 

6 The heavens declare his righteousness.

All the peoples have seen his glory. 

7 Let all them be put to shame who serve engraved images,

Who boast in their idols.

Worship him, all you gods! 

8 Tziyon heard and was glad.

The daughters of Yehudah rejoiced,

Because of your judgments, LORD.

9 For you, LORD, are most high above all the eretz.

You are exalted far above all gods. 

10 You who love the LORD, hate evil.

He preserves the souls of his holy ones.

He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked. 

11 Light is sown for the righteous,

And gladness for the upright in heart. 

12 Be glad in the LORD, you righteous people!

Give thanks to his holy Name.

PSALMS: 127

1 Unless the LORD builds the house,

They labor in vain who build it.

Unless the LORD watches over the city,

The watchman guards it in vain. 

2 It is vain for you to rise up early,

To stay up late, Eating the bread of toil;

For he gives sleep to his loved ones. 

3 Behold, children are a heritage of the LORD.

The fruit of the womb is his reward. 

4 As arrows in the hand of a mighty man,

So are the children of youth. 

5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them.

They won’t be put to shame when they speak with their enemies in the gate.

PROVERBS: 7

1 My son, keep my words.

Lay up my mitzvot within you. 

2 Keep my mitzvot and live;

Guard my teaching as the apple of your eye. 

3 Bind them on your fingers.

Write them on the tablet of your heart. 

4 Tell wisdom, “You are my sister.”

Call understanding your relative, 

5 That they may keep you from the strange woman,

From the foreigner who flatters with her words. 

6 For at the window of my house,

I looked forth through my lattice. 

7 I saw among the simple ones.

I discerned among the youths a young man void of understanding, 

8Passing through the street near her corner,

He went the way to her house, 

9 In the twilight, in the evening of the day,

In the middle of the night and in the darkness. 

10 Behold, there a woman met him with the attire of a prostitute,

And with crafty intent. 

11 She is loud and defiant.

Her feet don’t stay in her house. 

12 Now she is in the streets, now in the squares,

And lurking at every corner. 

13 So she caught him, and kissed him.

With an impudent face she said to him:

14 “Sacrifices of peace-offerings are with me.

This day I have paid my vows. 

15 Therefore I came out to meet you,

To diligently seek your face, And I have found you. 

16 I have spread my couch with carpets of tapestry,

With striped cloths of the yarn of Mitzrayim. 

17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh,

aloes, and cinnamon. 

18 Come, let’s take our fill of loving until the morning.

Let’s solace ourselves with loving. 

19 For my husband isn’t at home.

He has gone on a long journey. 

20 He has taken a bag of money with him.

He will come home at the full moon.” 

21 With persuasive words, she led him astray.

With the flattering of her lips, she seduced him. 

22 He followed her immediately,

As an ox goes to the slaughter,

As a fool stepping into a noose. 

23 Until an arrow strikes through his liver,

As a bird hurries to the snare,

And doesn’t know that it will cost his life.

24 Now therefore, sons, listen to me.

Pay attention to the words of my mouth. 

25 Don’t let your heart turn to her ways.

Don’t go astray in her paths, 

26 For she has thrown down many wounded.

Yes, all her slain are a mighty host. 

27 Her house is the way to She’ol,

Going down to the chambers of death.

OLD TESTAMENT: JOB 23:1 – 27:23

23:1 Then Iyov answered, 2 “Even today is my complaint rebellious. His hand is heavy in spite of my groaning. 3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! That I might come even to his seat! 4 I would set my cause in order before him, And fill my mouth with arguments 5 I would know the words which he would answer me, And understand what he would tell me. 6 Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No, but he would listen to me. 7 There the upright might reason with him, So I should be delivered forever from my judge. 8 “If I go east, he is not there; If west, I can’t find him; 9 He works to the north, but I can’t see him; He turns south, but I can’t catch a glimpse of him. 10 But he knows the way that I take. When he has tried me, I shall come forth like gold. 11 My foot has held fast to his steps. His way have I kept, and not turned aside. 12 I haven’t gone back from the mitzvah of his lips. I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. 13 But he stands alone, and who can oppose him? What his soul desires, even that he does. 14 For he performs that which is appointed for me. Many such things are with him 15 Therefore I am terrified at his presence. When I consider, I am afraid of him. 16 For God has made my heart faint. The Almighty has terrified me.17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness, Neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.

24:1 “Why aren’t times laid up by Shaddai? Why don’t those who know him see his days? 2 There are people who remove the landmarks. They violently take away flocks, and feed them. 3 They drive away the donkey of the fatherless, And they take the widow’s ox for a pledge. 4 They turn the needy out of the way. The poor of the eretz all hide themselves. 5 Behold, as wild donkeys in the desert, They go forth to their work, seeking diligently for food; The wilderness yields them bread for their children. 6 They cut their provender in the field. They glean the vineyard of the wicked. 7 They lie all night naked without clothing, And have no covering in the cold. 8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains, And embrace the rock for lack of a shelter. 9 There are those who pluck the fatherless from the breast, And take a pledge of the poor, 10 So that they go around naked without clothing. Being hungry, they carry the sheaves. 11 They make oil within the walls of these men. They tread wine presses, and suffer thirst. 12 From out of the populous city, men groan. The soul of the wounded cries out, Yet God doesn’t regard the folly. 13 “These are of those who rebel against the light; They don’t know the ways of it, Nor abide in the paths of it. 14 The murderer rises with the light. He kills the poor and needy. In the night he is like a thief. 15 The eye also of the adulterer waits for the twilight, Saying, ‘No eye shall see me.’ He disguises his face. 16 In the dark they dig through houses. They shut themselves up in the daytime. They don’t know the light. 17 For the morning is to all of them like thick darkness, For they know the terrors of the thick darkness. 18 “They are foam on the surface of the waters. Their portion is cursed in the eretz: They don’t turn into the way of the vineyards. 19 Drought and heat consume the snow waters; So does She’ol those who have sinned. 20 The womb shall forget him. The worm shall feed sweetly on him. He shall be no more remembered. Unrighteousness shall be broken as a tree. 21 He devours the barren who don’t bear. He shows no kindness to the widow. 22 Yet God preserves the mighty by his power. He rises up who has no assurance of life. 23 God gives them security, and they rest in it. His eyes are on their ways. 24 They are exalted; yet a little while, and they are gone. Yes, they are brought low, they are taken out of the way as all others, And are cut off as the tops of the ears of grain. 25 If it isn’t so now, who will prove me a liar, And make my speech worth nothing?”

25:1 Then Bildad the Shuchite answered, 2 “Dominion and fear are with him; He makes shalom in his high places. 3 Can his armies be counted? On whom does his light not arise? 4 How then can man be just with God? Or how can he who is born of a woman be clean? 5 Behold, even the moon has no brightness, And the stars are not pure in his sight; 6 How much less man, who is a worm! The son of man, who is a worm!”

26:1 Then Iyov answered, 2 “How have you helped him who is without power! How have you saved the arm that has no strength! 3 How have you counseled him who has no wisdom, And plentifully declared sound knowledge! 4 To whom have you uttered words? Whose spirit came forth from you? 5 “Those who are deceased tremble, Those beneath the waters and all that live in them. 6 She’ol is naked before God, And Avaddon has no covering. 7 He stretches out the north over empty space, And hangs the eretz on nothing. 8 He binds up the waters in his thick clouds, And the cloud is not burst under them. 9 He encloses the face of his throne, And spreads his cloud on it. 10 He has described a boundary on the surface of the waters, And to the confines of light and darkness. 11 The pillars of heaven tremble And are astonished at his rebuke. 12 He stirs up the sea with his power, And by his understanding he strikes through Rachav. 13 By his Spirit the heavens are garnished. His hand has pierced the swift serpent. 14 Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways. How small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?”

27:1 Iyov again took up his parable, and said, 2 “As God lives, who has taken away my right, The Almighty, who has made my soul bitter. 3 (For the length of my life is still in me, And the spirit of God is in my nostrils); 4 Surely my lips shall not speak unrighteousness, Neither shall my tongue utter deceit. 5 Far be it from me that I should justify you. Until I die I will not put away my integrity from me. 6 I hold fast to my righteousness, and will not let it go. My heart shall not reproach me so long as I live. 7 “Let my enemy be as the wicked, Let him who rises up against me be as the unrighteous. 8 For what is the hope of the godless, when he is cut off, When God takes away his life? 9 Will God hear his cry, When trouble comes on him? 10 Will he delight himself in Shaddai, And call on God at all times? 11 I will teach you about the hand of God. That which is with Shaddai will I not conceal. 12 Behold, all of you have seen it yourselves; Why then have you become altogether vain? 13 “This is the portion of a wicked man with God, The heritage of oppressors, which they receive from Shaddai. 14 If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword. His offspring shall not be satisfied with bread. 15 Those who remain of him shall be buried in death. His widows shall make no lamentation. 16 Though he heap up silver as the dust, And prepare clothing as the clay; 17 He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, And the innocent shall divide the silver. 18 He builds his house as the moth, As a booth which the watchman makes. 19 He lies down rich, but he shall not do so again. He opens his eyes, and he is not. 20 Terrors overtake him like waters; A tempest steals him away in the night. 21 The east wind carries him away, and he departs; It sweeps him out of his place. 22 For it hurls at him, and does not spare, As he flees away from his hand. 23 Men shall clap their hands at him, And shall hiss him out of his place.

NEW TESTAMENT: 2 CORINTHIANS 1:12 – 2:11

1:12 For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and sincerity of God, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God we behaved ourselves in the world, and more abundantly toward you. 13 For we write no other things to you, than what you read or even acknowledge, and I hope you will acknowledge to the end; 14 as also you acknowledged us in part, that we are your boasting, even as you also are ours, in the day of our Lord Yeshua. 15 In this confidence, I was determined to come first to you, that you might have a second benefit; 16 and by you to pass into Macedonia, and again from Macedonia to come to you, and to be sent forward by you on my journey to Yehudah. 17 When I therefore was thus determined, did I show fickleness? Or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be the “Yes, yes” and the “No, no?” 18 But as God is faithful, our word toward you was not “Yes and no.” 19 For the Son of God, Yeshua the Messiah, who was preached among you by us, by me, Sila, and Timothy, was not “Yes and no,” but in him is “Yes.” 20 For however many are the promises of God, in him is the “Yes.” Therefore also through him is the “Amein,” to the glory of God through us. 21 Now he who establishes us with you in Messiah, and anointed us, is God; 22 who also sealed us, and gave us the down payment of the Spirit in our hearts.23 But I call God for a witness to my soul, that I didn’t come to Corinth to spare you. 24 Not that we have lordship over your faith, but are fellow workers with you for your joy. For you stand firm in faith.

2:1 But I determined this for myself, that I would not come to you again in sorrow. 2 For if I make you sorry, then who will make me glad but he who is made sorry by me? 3 And I wrote this very thing to you, so that, when I came, I wouldn’t have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is of you all. 4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears, not that you should be made sorry, but that you might know the love that I have so abundantly for you. 5 But if any has caused sorrow, he has caused sorrow, not to me, but in part (that I not press too heavily) to you all. 6 Sufficient to such a one is this punishment which was inflicted by the many; 7 so that on the contrary you should rather forgive him and comfort him, lest by any means such a one should be swallowed up with his excessive sorrow. 8 Therefore I beg you to confirm your love toward him. 9 For to this end I also wrote, that I might know the proof of you, whether you are obedient in all things. 10 Now I also forgive whomever you forgive anything. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Messiah, 11 that no advantage may be gained over us by Hasatan; for we are not ignorant of his schemes.

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