THEinc-HIM Daily Bible Meditation – June 16 – Full Text   Leave a comment

JUNE 16

PSALMS: 16, 46, 76, 106, 136

PROVERBS: 16

OLD TESTAMENT: ECCLESIASTES 10:1 – 12:14

NEW TESTAMENT: 2 CORINTHIANS 8:1 – 15

PSALMS: 16

1 Preserve me, God, for in you do I take refuge. 

2 My soul, you have said to the LORD,

“You are my Lord.

Apart from you I have no good thing.” 

3 As for the holy ones who are in the eretz,

They are the excellent ones in whom is all my delight. 

4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied who give gifts to another god.

Their drink-offerings of blood I will not offer,

Nor take their names on my lips. 

5 The LORD assigned my portion and my cup.

You made my lot secure. 

6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places.

Yes, I have a good inheritance. 

7  I will bless the LORD, who has given me counsel.

Yes, my heart instructs me in the night seasons. 

8 I have set the LORD always before me.

Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 

9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my tongue rejoices.

My body shall also dwell in safety. 

10 For you will not leave my soul in She’ol,

Neither will you allow your holy one to see corruption. 

11 You will show me the path of life.

In your presence is fullness of joy.

In your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

PSALMS: 46

1 God is our refuge and strength,

A very present help in trouble.

2 Therefore will we not be afraid, though the eretz changes,

Though the mountains are shaken into the heart of the seas; 

3 Though the waters of it roar and are troubled,

Though the mountains tremble with the swelling of it. Selah. 

4 There is a river, the streams of which make the city of God glad,

The holy place of the tents of Ha`Elyon.

5 God is in the midst of her.

She shall not be moved.

God will help her at dawn. 

6 The nations raged. The kingdoms were moved.

He uttered his voice, and the eretz melted. 

7  The LORD of Hosts is with us.

The God of Ya`akov is our refuge. Selah. 

8 Come, see the works of the LORD,

What desolations he has made in the eretz. 

9 He makes wars cease to the end of the eretz.

He breaks the bow, and cuts the spear apart.

He burns the chariots in the fire. 

10 “Be still, and know that I am God.

I will be exalted among the nations.

I will be exalted in the eretz.” 

11 The LORD of Hosts is with us.

The God of Ya`akov is our refuge. Selah.

PSALMS: 76

1 In Yehudah, God is known.

His name is great in Yisra’el. 

2 His tent is also in Shalem;

His dwelling-place in Tziyon. 

3 There he broke the flaming arrows of the bow,

The shield, and the sword, and the weapons of war.

Selah. 

4 Glorious are you, and excellent,

More than mountains of game. 

5 Valiant men lie plundered,

They have slept their last sleep.

None of the men of war can lift their hands. 

6 At your rebuke, God of Ya`akov,

Both chariot and horse are cast into a deep sleep. 

7 You, even you, are to be feared.

Who can stand in your sight when you are angry? 

8 You pronounced judgment from heaven.

The eretz feared, and was silent, 

9 When God arose to judgment,

To save all the afflicted ones of the eretz. Selah. 

10 Surely the wrath of man praises you.

The survivors of your wrath are restrained. 

11 Make vows to the LORD your God, and fulfill them!

Let all of his neighbors bring presents to him who is to be feared. 

12 He will cut off the spirit of princes.

He is feared by the kings of the eretz.

PSALMS: 106

1 Praise the LORD!

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,

For his loving kindness endures forever. 

2 Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD,

Or fully declare all his praise? 

3 Blessed are those who keep justice,

He who does righteousness at all times. 

4 Remember me, LORD, with the favor that you show to your people.

Visit me with your yeshu`ah, 

5 That I may see the prosperity of your chosen,

That I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,

That I may glory with your inheritance. 

6 We have sinned with our fathers.

We have committed iniquity.

We have done wickedly. 

7  Our fathers didn’t understand your wonders in Mitzrayim.

They didn’t remember the multitude of your loving kindnesses,

But were rebellious at the sea, even at the Sea of Suf. 

8 Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake,

That he might make his mighty power known. 

9 He rebuked the Sea of Suf also, and it was dried up;

So he led them through the depths, as through a desert. 

10 He saved them from the hand of him who hated them,

And redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. 

11 The waters covered their adversaries.

There was not one of them left. 

12 Then they believed his words.

They sang his praise. 

13 They soon forgot his works.

They didn’t wait for his counsel, 

14 But gave in to craving in the desert,

And tested God in the wasteland. 

15 He gave them their request,

But sent leanness into their soul. 

16 They envied Moshe also in the camp,

And Aharon, the LORD’s holy one. 

17 The eretz opened and swallowed up Datan,

And covered the company of Aviram. 

18 A fire was kindled in their company.

The flame burned up the wicked. 

19 They made a calf in Horev,

And worshiped a molten image. 

20 Thus they exchanged their glory

For an image of a bull that eats grass. 

21 They forgot God, their Savior,

Who had done great things in Mitzrayim, 

22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham,

And awesome things by the Sea of Suf. 

23 Therefore he said that he would destroy them,

Had Moshe, his chosen, not stood before him in the breach,

To turn away his wrath, so that he wouldn’t destroy them. 

24 Yes, they despised the pleasant land.

They didn’t believe his word, 

25 But murmured in their tents,

And didn’t listen to the voice of the LORD.

26 Therefore he swore to them

That he would overthrow them in the wilderness, 

27 That he would overthrow their seed among the nations,

And scatter them in the lands. 

28 They joined themselves also to Ba`al-Pe`or,

And ate the sacrifices of the dead. 

29 Thus they provoked him to anger with their deeds.

The plague broke in on them.

30 Then Pinechas stood up, and executed judgment,

So the plague was stopped. 

31 That was credited to him for righteousness,

To all generations forevermore. 

32 They angered him also at the waters of Merivah,

So that Moshe was troubled for their sakes; 

33 Because they were rebellious against his spirit,

He spoke rashly with his lips.

34 They didn’t destroy the peoples,

As the LORD commanded them, 

35 But mixed themselves with the nations,

Learned their works. 

36 They served their idols,

Which became a snare to them.

37  Yes, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons.

38 They shed innocent blood,

Even the blood of their sons and of their daughters,

Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Kana`an.

The land was polluted with blood. 

39 Thus were they defiled with their works,

And prostituted themselves in their deeds. 

40 Therefore the wrath of the LORD was kindled against his people.

He abhorred his inheritance. 

41 He gave them into the hand of the nations.

Those who hated them ruled over them. 

42 Their enemies also oppressed them.

They were brought into subjection under their hand. 

43 Many times he delivered them,

But they were rebellious in their counsel,

And were brought low in their iniquity. 

44 Nevertheless he regarded their distress,

When he heard their cry. 

45 He remembered for them his covenant,

And repented according to the multitude of his loving kindnesses. 

46 He made them also to be pitied

By all those who carried them captive. 

47 Save us, LORD, our God,

Gather us from among the nations,

To give thanks to your holy name,

To triumph in your praise! 

48 Blessed be the LORD, the God of Yisra’el,

From everlasting even to everlasting!

Let all the people say, ‘

“Amein.

” Praise the LORD!

PSALMS: 136

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;

For his loving kindness endures forever. 

2 Give thanks to the God of gods;

For his loving kindness endures forever. 

3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords;

For his loving kindness endures forever: 

4 To him who alone does great wonders;

For his loving kindness endures forever: 

5 To him who by understanding made the heavens;

For his loving kindness endures forever: 

6 To him who spread out the eretz above the waters;

For his loving kindness endures forever: 

7  To him who made the great lights;

For his loving kindness endures forever: 

8 The sun to rule by day;

For his loving kindness endures forever; 

9 The moon and stars to rule by night;

For his loving kindness endures forever:

10 To him who struck down the Mitzrian firstborn;

For his loving kindness endures forever; 

11 And brought out Yisra’el from among them;

For his loving kindness endures forever; 

12 With a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm;

For his loving kindness endures forever: 

13 To him who divided the Sea of Suf apart;

For his loving kindness endures forever; 

14 Made Yisra’el to pass through the midst of it;

For his loving kindness endures forever; 

15 But overthrew Par`oh and his host in the Sea of Suf;

For his loving kindness endures forever: 

16 To him who led his people through the wilderness;

For his loving kindness endures forever: 

17 To him who struck great kings;

For his loving kindness endures forever; 

18 And killed mighty kings;

For his loving kindness endures forever: 

19 Sichon king of the Amori;

For his loving kindness endures forever; 

20 `Og king of Bashan;

For his loving kindness endures forever; 

21 And gave their land as an inheritance;

For his loving kindness endures forever; 

22 Even a heritage to Yisra’el his servant;

For his loving kindness endures forever: 

23 Who remembered us in our low estate;

For his loving kindness endures forever; 

24 And has delivered us from our adversaries;

For his loving kindness endures forever: 

25 Who gives food to every creature;

For his loving kindness endures forever. 

26 Oh give thanks to the God of heaven;

For his loving kindness endures forever.

PROVERBS: 16

1 The plans of the heart belong to man,

But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD. 

2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes;

But the LORD weighs the motives. 

3 Commit your deeds to the LORD,

And your plans shall succeed. 

4 The LORD has made everything for its own end —

Yes, even the wicked for the day of evil.

5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD:

They shall assuredly not be unpunished. 

6 By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned for.

By the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

7 When a man’s ways please the LORD,

He makes even his enemies to be at shalom with him. 

8 Better is a little with righteousness,

Than great revenues with injustice. 

9 A man’s heart plans his course,

But the LORD directs his steps. 

10 Inspired judgments are on the lips of the king.

He shall not betray his mouth.

11 Honest balances and scales are the LORD’s;

All the weights in the bag are his work. 

12 It is an abomination for kings to do wrong,

For the throne is established by righteousness. 

13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings.

They value one who speaks the truth. 

14 The king’s wrath is a messenger of death,

But a wise man will pacify it. 

15 In the light of the king’s face is life.

His favor is like a cloud of the spring rain. 

16 How much better it is to get wisdom than gold!

Yes, to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. 

17  The highway of the upright is to depart from evil.

He who keeps his way preserves his soul. 

18 Pride goes before destruction,

A haughty spirit before a fall. 

19 It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor,

Than to divide the plunder with the proud. 

20 He who gives heed to the Word finds prosperity.

Whoever trusts in the LORD is blessed.

21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent.

Pleasantness of the lips promotes instruction. 

22 Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it,

But the punishment of fools is their folly. 

23 The heart of the wise instructs his mouth,

And adds learning to his lips.

24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb,

Sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. 

25 There is a way which seems right to a man,

But in the end it leads to death. 

26 The appetite of the laboring man labors for him;

For his mouth urges him on. 

27 A worthless man devises mischief.

His speech is like a scorching fire. 

28 A perverse man stirs up strife.

A whisperer separates close friends. 

29 A man of violence entices his neighbor,

And leads him in a way that is not good. 

30 One who winks his eyes to plot perversities,

One who compresses his lips, is bent on evil. 

31 Gray hair is a crown of glory.

It is attained by a life of righteousness. 

32 One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty;

One who rules his spirit, than he who takes a city. 

33 The lot is cast into the lap,

But its every decision is from the LORD.

OLD TESTAMENT: ECCLESIASTES 10:1 – 12:14

10:1 Dead flies cause the oil of the perfumer to send forth an evil odor; so does a little folly outweigh wisdom and honor. 2 A wise man’s heart is at his right hand, but a fool’s heart at his left. 3 Yes also, when the fool walks by the way, his understanding fails him, and he says to everyone that he is a fool. 4 If the spirit of the ruler rises up against you, don’t leave your place; for gentleness lays great offenses to rest. 5 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, the sort of error which proceeds from the ruler. 6 Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in a low place. 7 I have seen servants on horses, and princes walking like servants on the eretz. 8 He who digs a pit may fall into it; and whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake. 9 Whoever carves out stones may be injured by them. Whoever splits wood may be endangered thereby. 10 If the ax is blunt, and one doesn’t sharpen the edge, then he must use more strength; but skill brings success.11 If the snake bites before it is charmed, then is there no profit for the charmer’s tongue. 12 The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but a fool is swallowed by his own lips. 13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness; and the end of his talk is mischievous madness. 14 A fool also multiplies words. Man doesn’t know what will be; and that which will be after him, who can tell him? 15 The labor of fools wearies every one of them; for he doesn’t know how to go to the city. 16 Woe to you, land, when your king is a child, And your princes eat in the morning! 17 Happy are you, land, when your king is the son of nobles, And your princes eat in due season, For strength, and not for drunkenness! 18 By slothfulness the roof sinks in; And through idleness of the hands the house leaks.19 A feast is made for laughter, And wine makes the life glad; And money is the answer for all things. 20 Don’t revile the king, no, not in your thoughts; And don’t revile the rich in your bedchamber: For a bird of the sky may carry your voice, And that which has wings may tell the matter.

11:1 Cast your bread on the waters; For you shall find it after many days. 2 Give a portion to seven, yes, even to eight; For you don’t know what evil will be on the eretz. 3 If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on the eretz; And if a tree falls toward the south, or toward the north, In the place where the tree falls, there shall it be. 4 He who observes the wind won’t sow; And he who regards the clouds won’t reap. 5 As you don’t know what is the way of the wind, Nor how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child; Even so you don’t know the work of God who does all. 6 In the morning sow your seed, And in the evening don’t withhold your hand; For you don’t know which will prosper, whether this or that, Or whether they both will be equally good. 7 Truly the light is sweet, And a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to see the sun. 8 Yes, if a man lives many years, let him rejoice in them all; But let him remember the days of darkness, for they shall be many. All that comes is vanity. 9 Rejoice, young man, in your youth, And let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth, And walk in the ways of your heart, And in the sight of your eyes; But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment. 10 Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, And put away evil from your flesh; For youth and the dawn of life are vanity.

12:1 Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the evil days come, and the years draw near, When you will say, “I have no pleasure in them;”2 Before the sun, the light, the moon, and the stars are darkened, And the clouds return after the rain; 3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, And the strong men shall bow themselves, And the grinders cease because they are few, And those who look out of the windows are darkened, 4 And the doors shall be shut in the street; When the sound of the grinding is low, And one shall rise up at the voice of a bird, And all the daughters of music shall be brought low; 5 Yes, they shall be afraid of heights, And terrors will be in the way; And the almond tree shall blossom, And the khagav shall be a burden, And desire shall fail; Because man goes to his everlasting home, And the mourners go about the streets: 6 Before the silver cord is severed, Or the golden bowl is broken, Or the pitcher is broken at the spring, Or the wheel broken at the cistern, 7 And the dust returns to the eretz as it was, And the spirit returns to God who gave it. 8 Vanity of vanities, says Kohelet; All is vanity! 9 Further, because Kohelet was wise, he still taught the people knowledge. Yes, he pondered, sought out, and set in order many proverbs. 10 The Preacher sought to find out acceptable words, and that which was written blamelessly, words of truth. 11 The words of the wise are like goads; and like nails well fastened are words from the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. 12 Furthermore, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. 13 This is the end of the matter. All has been heard. Fear God, and keep his mitzvot; for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God will bring every work into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether it is good, or whether it is evil.

NEW TESTAMENT: 2 CORINTHIANS 8:1 – 15

8:1 Moreover, brothers, we make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the assemblies of Macedonia; 

2 how that in much proof of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded to the riches of their liberality. 

3 For according to their power, I testify, yes and beyond their power, they gave of their own accord, 

4 begging us with much entreaty in regard to this grace and the fellowship in the service to the holy ones. 

5 This was not as we had hoped, but first they gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us through the will of God. 

6 Insomuch that we exhorted Titus, that as he made a beginning before, so he would also complete in you this grace. 

7 But as you abound in everything, in faith, utterance, knowledge, all earnestness, and in your love to us, see that you also abound in this grace. 

8 I speak not by way of mitzvah, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity also of your love. 

9 For you know the grace of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might become rich. 

10 I give a judgment in this: for this is expedient for you, who were the first to start a year ago, not only to do, but also to be willing. 

11 But now complete the doing also, that as there was the readiness to be willing, so there may be the completion also out of your ability. 

12 For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what you have, not according to what you don’t have. 

13 For this is not that others may be eased and you distressed, 

14 but for equality. Your abundance at this present time supplies their lack, that their abundance also may become a supply for your lack; that there may be equality. 

15 As it is written, “He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack.”

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