THEinc-HIM Daily Bible Meditation – June 15 – Full Text   Leave a comment

JUNE 15

PSALMS: 15, 45, 75, 105, 135

PROVERBS: 15

OLD TESTAMENT: ECCLESIASTES 7:1 – 9:18

NEW TESTAMENT: 2 CORINTHIANS 7:7 – 16

PSALMS: 15

1 LORD, who shall dwell in your sanctuary?

Who shall live on your holy hill? 

2 He who walks blamelessly, does what is right,

And speaks truth in his heart; 

3 He who doesn’t slander with his tongue,

Nor does evil to his friend,

Nor casts slurs against his fellow man; 

4 In whose eyes a vile man is despised,

But who honors those who fear the LORD;

He who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and doesn’t change; 

5 He who doesn’t lend out his money for usury,

Nor take a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things shall never be shaken.

PSALMS: 45

1 My heart overflows with a noble theme.

I recite my verses for the king.

My tongue is like the pen of a skillful writer. 

2 You are the most excellent of the sons of men.

Grace has anointed your lips,

Therefore God has blessed you forever. 

3 Gird your sword on your thigh, mighty one,

Your splendor and your majesty. 

4 In your majesty ride on victoriously on behalf of truth, humility, and righteousness. Let your right hand display awesome deeds. 

5 Your arrows are sharp.

The nations fall under you, with arrows in the heart of the king’s enemies. 

6 Your throne, God, is forever and ever.

A scepter of equity is the scepter of your kingdom. 

7 You have loved righteousness, and hated wickedness.

Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil

of gladness above your fellows. 

8 All your garments smell like myrrh, aloes, and cassia.

Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made you glad. 

9 Kings’ daughters are among your honorable women.

At your right hand the queen stands in gold of Ofir. 

10 Listen, daughter, consider, and turn your ear.

Forget your own people, and also your father’s house. 

11 So will the king desire your beauty,

Honor him, for he is your lord. 

12 The daughter of Tzor comes with a gift.

The rich among the people entreat your favor. 

13 The princess inside is all glorious.

Her clothing is interwoven with gold. 

14 She shall be led to the king in embroidered work.

The virgins, her companions who follow her, shall be brought to you. 

15 With gladness and rejoicing shall they be led.

They shall enter into the king’s palace. 

16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers.

You shall make them princes in all the eretz. 

17 I will make your name to be remembered in all generations.

Therefore the peoples shall give you thanks forever and ever.

PSALMS: 75

1 We give thanks to you, God,

We give thanks, for your Name is near.

Men tell about your wondrous works. 

2 When I choose the appointed time,

I will judge blamelessly. 

3 The eretz and all its inhabitants quake.

I firmly hold its pillars. Selah. 

4 I said to the arrogant,

“Don’t boast;”

To the wicked,

“Don’t lift up the horn. 

5 Don’t lift up your horn on high.

Don’t speak with a stiff neck.” 

6 For neither from the east, nor from the west,

Nor yet from the south, comes exaltation. 

7 But God is the judge.

He puts down one, and lifts up another. 

8 For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup,

Full of foaming wine mixed with spices.

He pours it out.

Indeed the wicked of the eretz drink and drink it to its very dregs. 

9 But I will declare this forever:

I will sing praises to the God of Ya`akov. 

10 I will cut off all the horns of the wicked,

But the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up.

PSALMS: 105

1 Give thanks to the LORD!

Call on his name! Make his doings known among the peoples. 

2 Sing to him, sing praises to him!

Tell of all his marvelous works. 

3 Glory in his holy name.

Let the heart of them rejoice who seek the LORD. 

4 Seek the LORD and his strength.

Seek his face forever more. 

5 Remember his marvelous works that he has done;

His wonders, and the judgments of his mouth, 

6 You seed of Avraham, his servant,

You children of Ya`akov, his chosen ones. 

7 He is the LORD, our God.

His judgments are in all the eretz. 

8 He has remembered his covenant forever,

The word which he commanded to a thousand generations,

9 The covenant which he made with Avraham,

His oath to Yitzchak,

10 And confirmed the same to Ya`akov for a statute;

To Yisra’el for an everlasting covenant, 

11 Saying, “To you I will give the land of Kana`an,

The lot of your inheritance;” 

12 When they were but a few men in number,

Yes, very few, and sojourners in it. 

13 They went about from nation to nation,

From one kingdom to another people.

14 He allowed no one to do them wrong.

Yes, he reproved kings for their sakes, 

15 “Don’t touch my anointed ones.

Do my prophets no harm.” 

16 He called for a famine on the land.

He destroyed the food supplies. 

17 He sent a man before them.

Yosef was sold for a slave.

18 They bruised his feet with shackles.

His neck was locked in irons, 

19 Until the time that his word happened,

And the LORD’s word proved him true. 

20 The king sent and freed him;

Even the ruler of peoples, and let him go free. 

21 He made him lord of his house,

And ruler of all of his possessions; 

22 To discipline his princes at his pleasure,

And to teach his Zakenim wisdom. 

23 Yisra’el also came into Mitzrayim.

Ya`akov sojourned in the land of Ham. 

24 He increased his people greatly,

And made them stronger than their adversaries. 

25 He turned their heart to hate his people,

To conspire against his servants. 

26 He sent Moshe, his servant,

And Aharon, whom he had chosen. 

27 They performed miracles among them,

And wonders in the land of Ham. 

28 He sent darkness, and made it dark.

They didn’t rebel against his words. 

29He turned their waters into blood,

And killed their fish. 

30 Their land swarmed with frogs,

Even in the chambers of their kings. 

31 He spoke, and swarms of flies came, ‘

And lice in all their borders. 

32 He gave them hail for rain,

With lightning in their land. 

33 He struck their vines and also their fig trees,

And shattered the trees of their country. 

34 He spoke, and the locusts came,

And the grasshoppers, without number, 

35 Ate up every plant in their land;

Ate up the fruit of their ground. 

36 He struck also all the firstborn in their land,

The chief of all their strength. 

37 He brought them forth with silver and gold.

There was not one feeble person among his tribes. 

38Mitzrayim was glad when they departed,

For the fear of them had fallen on them. 

39 He spread a cloud for a covering,

Fire to give light in the night. 

40 They asked, and he brought quails,

And satisfied them with the bread of the sky. 

41 He opened the rock, and waters gushed out.

They ran as a river in the dry places. 

42 For he remembered his holy word,

And Avraham, his servant. 

43 He brought forth his people with joy,

His chosen with singing. 

44 He gave them the lands of the nations.

They took the labor of the peoples in possession, 

45 That they might keep his statutes,

And observe his laws.

Praise the LORD!

PSALMS: 135

1 Praise the LORD!

Praise the name of the LORD!

Praise him, you servants of the LORD, 

2 You who stand in the house of the LORD,

In the courts of our God’s house. 

3 Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good.

Sing praises to his name, for that is pleasant. 

4 For the LORD has chosen Ya`akov for himself;

Yisra’el for his own possession. 

5 For I know that the LORD is great,

That our Lord is above all gods. 

6 Whatever the LORD pleased, that he has done,

In heaven and in eretz, in the seas and in all deeps; 

7 Who causes the clouds to rise from the ends of the eretz;

Who makes lightnings with the rain;

Who brings forth the wind out of his treasuries; 

8 Who struck the firstborn of Mitzrayim,

Both of man and animal; 

9 Who sent signs and wonders into the midst of you,

Mitzrayim,

On Par`oh, and on all his servants; 

10 Who struck many nations,

And killed mighty kings, 

11 Sichon king of the Amori, `Og king of Bashan,

All the kingdoms of Kana`an, 

12 And gave their land for a heritage,

A heritage to Yisra’el, his people. 

13 Your name, LORD, endures forever;

Your renown, LORD, throughout all generations. 

14 For the LORD will judge his people,

And have compassion on his servants.

15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold,

The work of men’s hands. 

16 They have mouths, but they can’t speak;

They have eyes, but they can’t see; 

17  They have ears, but they can’t hear;

Neither is there any breath in their mouths. 

18 Those who make them will be like them;

Yes, everyone who trusts in them. 

19 House of Yisra’el, praise the LORD!

House of Aharon, praise the LORD! 

20House of Levi, praise the LORD!

You who fear the LORD, praise the LORD! 

21 Blessed be the LORD from Tziyon,

Who dwells at Yerushalayim. Praise the LORD!

PROVERBS: 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 fools gush out folly. 

3 The LORD’s eyes are everywhere,

Keeping watch on the evil and the good. 

4 A gentle tongue is a tree of life,

But deceit in it crushes the spirit. 

5 A fool despises his father’s correction,

But he who heeds reproof shows prudence. 

6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure,

But the income of the wicked brings trouble. 

7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge;

Not so with the heart of fools. 

8 The sacrifice made by the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,

But the prayer of the upright is his delight.

9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,

But he loves him who follows after righteousness. 

10 There is stern discipline for one who forsakes the way:

Whoever hates reproof shall die. 

11 She’ol and Avaddon are before the LORD —

How much more then the hearts of the children of men! 

12 A scoffer doesn’t love to be reproved;

He will not go to the wise. 

13 A glad heart makes a cheerful face;

But an aching heart breaks the spirit. 

14 The heart of one who has understanding seeks knowledge,

But the mouths of fools feed on folly. 

15 All the days of the afflicted are wretched,

But one who has a cheerful heart enjoys a continual feast. 

16 Better is little, with the fear of the LORD,

Than great treasure with trouble. 

17 Better is a dinner of herbs, where love is,

Than a fattened calf with hatred. 

18 A wrathful man stirs up contention,

But one who is slow to anger appeases strife. 

19 The way of the sluggard is like a thorn patch,

But the path of the upright is a highway. 

20 A wise son makes a father glad,

But a foolish man despises his mother. 

21 Folly is joy to one who is void of wisdom,

But a man of understanding keeps his way straight. 

22 Where there is no counsel, plans fail;

But in a multitude of counselors they are established. 

23 Joy comes to a man with the reply of his mouth.

How good is a word at the right time!

24 The path of life leads upward for the wise,

To keep him from going downward to She’ol. 

25 The LORD will uproot the house of the proud,

But he will keep the widow’s borders intact. 

26 The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked,

But the thoughts of the pure are pleasing. 

27 He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house,

But he who hates bribes will live. 

28 The heart of the righteous weighs answers,

But the mouth of the wicked gushes out evil. 

29 The LORD is far from the wicked,

But he hears the prayer of the righteous. 

30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart.

Good news gives health to the bones. 

31 The ear that listens to the reproof lives,

And will be at home among the wise. 

32 He who refuses correction despises his own soul,

But he who listens to reproof gets understanding. 

33 The fear of the LORD teaches wisdom.

Before honor is humility.

OLD TESTAMENT: ECCLESIASTES 7:1 – 9:18

7:1 A good name is better than fine perfume; and the day of death better than the day of one’s birth. 2 It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men, and the living should take this to heart. 3 Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the face the heart is made good. 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. 5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools. 6 For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This also is vanity. 7 Surely extortion makes the wise man foolish; and a bribe destroys the understanding. 8 Better is the end of a thing than its beginning. The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. 9 Don’t be hasty in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools. 10 Don’t say, “Why were the former days better than these?” For you do not ask wisely about this. 11 Wisdom is as good as an inheritance. Yes, it is more excellent for those who see the sun. 12 For wisdom is a defense, even as money is a defense; but the excellency of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it. 13 Consider the work of God, for who can make that straight, which he has made crooked? 14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider; yes, God has made the one side by side with the other, to the end that man should not find out anything after him. 15 All this have I seen in my days of vanity: there is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who lives long in his evil-doing. 16 Don’t be overly righteous, neither make yourself overly wise. Why should you destroy yourself? 17 Don’t be too wicked, neither be foolish. Why should you die before your time? 18 It is good that you should take hold of this. Yes, also from that don’t withdraw your hand; for he who fears God will come forth from them all. 19 Wisdom is a strength to the wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city. 20 Surely there is not a righteous man on eretz, who does good and doesn’t sin. 21 Also don’t take heed to all words that are spoken, lest you hear your servant curse you; 22 for often your own heart knows that you yourself have likewise cursed others. 23 All this have I proved in wisdom. I said, “I will be wise;” but it was far from me. 24 That which is, is far off and exceedingly deep. Who can find it out? 25 I turned around, and my heart sought to know and to search out, and to seek wisdom and the scheme of things, and to know that wickedness is stupidity, and that foolishness is madness. 26 I find more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and traps, whose hands are chains. Whoever pleases God shall escape from her; but the sinner will be ensnared by her. 27 Behold, this have I found, says Kohelet, one to another, to find out the scheme; 28 which my soul still seeks; but I have not found: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found. 29 Behold, this only have I found: that God made man upright; but they search for many schemes.

8:1 Who is like the wise man? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man’s wisdom makes his face shine, and the hardness of his face is changed. 2 I say, “Keep the king’s command!” because of the oath to God. 3 Don’t be hasty to go out of his presence. Don’t persist in an evil thing, for he does whatever pleases him, 4 for the king’s word is supreme. Who can say to him, “What are you doing?” 5 Whoever keeps the mitzvah shall not come to harm, and his wise heart will know the time and procedure. 6 For there is a time and procedure for every purpose, although the misery of man is heavy on him. 7 For he doesn’t know that which will be; for who can tell him how it will be? 8 There is no man who has power over the spirit to contain the spirit; neither does he have power over the day of death. There is no discharge in war; neither shall wickedness deliver those who practices it. 9 All this have I seen, and applied my mind to every work that is done under the sun. There is a time in which one man has power over another to his hurt. 10 So I saw the wicked buried. Indeed they came also from holiness. They went and were forgotten in the city where they did this. This also is vanity. 11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. 12 Though a sinner commits crimes a hundred times, and lives long, yet surely I know that it will be better with those who fear God, who are reverent before him. 13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he lengthen days like a shadow; because he doesn’t fear God. 14 There is a vanity which is done on the eretz, that there are righteous men to whom it happens according to the work of the wicked. Again, there are wicked men to whom it happens according to the work of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity. 15 Then I commended mirth, because a man has no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be joyful: for that will accompany him in his labor all the days of his life which God has given him under the sun. 16 When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done on the eretz (for also there is that neither day nor night sees sleep with his eyes), 17 then I saw all the work of God, that man can’t find out the work that is done under the sun, because however much a man labors to seek it out, yet he won’t find it. Yes, moreover, though a wise man thinks he can comprehend it, yet he won’t be able to find it.

9:1 For all this I laid to my heart, even to explore all this: that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God; whether it is love or hatred, man doesn’t know it; all is before them. 2 All things come alike to all. There is one event to the righteous and to the wicked; to the good, to the clean, to the unclean, to him who sacrifices, and to him who doesn’t sacrifice. As is the good, so is the sinner; he who takes an oath, as he who fears an oath. 3 This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that there is one event to all: yes also, the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead. 4 For to him who is joined with all the living there is hope; for a living dog is better than a dead lion. 5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead don’t know anything, neither do they have any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. 6 Also their love, their hatred, and their envy has perished long ago; neither have they any more a portion forever in anything that is done under the sun. 7 Go your way — eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God has already accepted your works. 8 Let your garments be always white, and don’t let your head lack oil. 9 Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your life of vanity, which he has given you under the sun, all your days of vanity: for that is your portion in life, and in your labor in which you labor under the sun. 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in She’ol, where you are going. 11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all. 12 For man also doesn’t know his time. As the fish that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare, even so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falls suddenly on them. 13 I have also seen wisdom under the sun in this way, and it seemed great to me. 14 There was a little city, and few men within it; and a great king came against it, besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it. 15 Now a poor wise man was found in it, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man. 16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength. Nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.17 The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the cry of him who rules among fools. 18Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroys much good.

NEW TESTAMENT: 2 CORINTHIANS 7:7 – 16

7:7 and not by his coming only, but also by the comfort with which he was comforted in you, while he told us your longing, your mourning, and your zeal for me; so that I rejoiced still more. 

8 For though I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it, though I did regret it. For I see that my letter made you sorry, though just for a while. 

9 I now rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that you were made sorry to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly way, that you might suffer loss by us in nothing. 

10 For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation, which brings no regret. But the sorrow of the world works death. 

11 For behold, this same thing, that you were made sorry in a godly way, what earnest care it worked in you. Yes, what defense, indignation, fear, longing, zeal, and vengeance! In everything you demonstrated yourselves to be pure in the matter. 

12 So although I wrote to you, I wrote not for his cause that did the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered the wrong, but that your earnest care for us might be revealed in you in the sight of God. 

13 Therefore we have been comforted. In our comfort we rejoiced the more exceedingly for the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all. 

14 For if in anything I have boasted to him on your behalf, I was not put to shame. But as we spoke all things to you in truth, so our glorying also which I made before Titus was found to be truth. 

15 His affection is more abundantly toward you, while he remembers all of your obedience, how with fear and trembling you received him. 

16 I rejoice that in everything I am of good courage concerning you.

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