THEinc-HIM Daily Bible Meditation – June 18 – Full Text – Shabbat Shalom!   Leave a comment

JUNE 18

PSALMS: 18, 48, 78, 108, 138

PROVERBS: 18

OLD TESTAMENT: SONG OF SONGS 5:1 – 8:14

NEW TESTAMENT: 2 CORINTHIANS 9:1 – 15

PSALMS: 18

1 I love you, LORD, my strength. 

2 The LORD is my rock,

and my fortress, and my deliverer;

My God, my rock, in whom I will take refuge;

My shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower. 

3 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised;

So shall I be saved from my enemies. 

4 The cords of death surrounded me.

The floods of ungodliness made me afraid. 

5 The cords of She’ol were round about me;

The snares of death came on me. 

6 In my distress I called on the LORD,

And cried to my God.

He heard my voice out of his temple,

My cry before him came into his ears. 

7 Then the eretz shook and trembled.

The foundations also of the mountains quaked and were shaken,

Because he was angry. 

8 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils,

Fire out of his mouth devoured;

Coals were kindled by it. 

9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down.

Thick darkness was under his feet. 

10 He rode on a Keruv, and flew.

Yes, he soared on the wings of the wind. 

11 He made darkness his hiding-place, his pavilion around him,

Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies. 

12 At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed,

Hailstones and coals of fire. 

13 The LORD also thundered in the sky,

The Elyon uttered his voice,

Hailstones and coals of fire.

14 He sent out his arrows, and scattered them;

Yes, lightnings manifold, and routed them. 

15 Then the channels of waters appeared,

The foundations of the world were laid bare,

At your rebuke, LORD,

At the blast of the breath of your nostrils. 

16 He sent from on high.

He took me.

He drew me out of many waters. 

17 He delivered me from my strong enemy,

From those who hated me;

for they were too mighty for me. 

18 They came on me in the day of my calamity,

But the LORD was my support. 

19 He brought me forth also into a large place.

He delivered me, because he delighted in me.

20 The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness.

According to the cleanness of my hands has he recompensed me.

21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD,

And have not wickedly departed from my God. 

22 For all his ordinances were before me.

I didn’t put away his statutes from me. 

23 I was also blameless with him.

I kept myself from my iniquity. 

24 Therefore has the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight. 

25 With the merciful you will show yourself merciful.

With the perfect man, you will show yourself perfect. 

26 With the pure, you will show yourself pure.

With the crooked you will show yourself shrewd. 

27 For you will save the afflicted people,

But the haughty eyes you will bring down. 

28 For you will light my lamp.

The LORD, my God, will light up my darkness.

29 For by you, I advance through a troop.

By my God, I leap over a wall. 

30 As for God, his way is perfect.

The word of the LORD is tried.

He is a shield to all those who take refuge in him. 

31 For who is God, except the LORD?

Who is a rock, besides our God, 

32 The God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect? 

33 He makes my feet like hinds’ feet,

And sets me on my high places. 

34 He teaches my hands to war;

So that my arms bend a bow of bronze.

35 You have also given me the shield of your salvation.

Your right hand sustains me.

Your gentleness has made me great. 

36 You have enlarged my steps under me,

My feet have not slipped. 

37 I will pursue my enemies, and overtake them.

Neither will I turn again until they are consumed. 

38 I will strike them through, so that they will not be able to rise.

They shall fall under my feet. 

39 For you have girded me with strength to the battle.

You have subdued under me those who rose up against me. 

40 You have also made my enemies turn their backs to me,

That I might cut off those who hate me. 

41 They cried, but there was none to save;

Even to the LORD, but he didn’t answer them. 

42 Then I beat them small as the dust before the wind.

I cast them out as the mire of the streets. 

43 You have delivered me from the strivings of the people.

You have made me the head of the nations.

A people whom I have not known shall serve me. 

44 As soon as they hear of me they shall obey me.

The foreigners shall submit themselves to me. 

45 The foreigners shall fade away,

And shall come trembling out of their close places. 

46 The LORD lives;

and blessed be my rock.

Exalted be the God of my salvation, 

47 Even the God who executes vengeance for me,

And subdues peoples under me. 

48 He rescues me from my enemies.

Yes, you lift me up above those who rise up against me.

You deliver me from the violent man. 

49 Therefore I will give thanks to you, LORD, among the nations,

And will sing praises to your name. 

50 He gives great deliverance to his king,

And shows loving kindness to his anointed,

To David and to his seed, forevermore.

PSALMS: 48

1 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised,

In the city of our God, in his holy mountain. 

2 Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole eretz,

Is Mount Tziyon, on the north sides,

The city of the great King. 

3 God has shown himself in her citadels as a refuge. 

4 For, behold, the kings assembled themselves,

They passed by together.

5 They saw it, then were they amazed.

They were dismayed,

They hurried away. 

6 Trembling took hold of them there,

Pain, as of a woman in travail. 

7  With the east wind, you break the ships of Tarshish. 

8 As we have heard, so have we seen,

In the city of the LORD of Hosts, in the city of our God.

God will establish it forever.

Selah. 

9 We have thought about your loving kindness,

God, In the midst of your temple. 

10 As is your name, God,

So is your praise to the ends of the eretz.

Your right hand is full of righteousness. 

11 Let Mount Tziyon be glad!

Let the daughters of Yehudah rejoice,

Because of your judgments. 

12 Walk about Tziyon, and go around her.

Number the towers of it; 

13 Mark well her bulwarks.

Consider her palaces, ‘

That you may tell it to the next generation. 

14 For this God is our God forever and ever.

He will be our guide even to death.

PSALMS: 78

1 Hear my law, my people.

Turn your ears to the words of my mouth. 

2 I will open my mouth in a parable.

I will utter dark sayings of old, 

3 Which we have heard and known,

Our fathers have told us.

4 We will not hide them from their children,

Telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD,

His strength, and his wondrous works that he has done. 

5 For he established a testimony in Ya`akov,

And appointed a law in Yisra’el,

Which he commanded our fathers,

That they should make them known to their children; 

6 That the generation to come might know,

even the children who should be born; Who should arise and tell their children, 

7 That they might set their hope in God,

And not forget the works of God,

But keep his mitzvot, 

8 And might not be as their fathers,

A stubborn and rebellious generation,

A generation that didn’t make their hearts loyal,

Whose spirit was not steadfast with God. 

9 The children of Efrayim, being armed and carrying bows,

Turned back in the day of battle. 

10 They didn’t keep the covenant of God,

And refused to walk in his law.

11 They forgot his doings,

His wondrous works that he had shown them. 

12 Marvelous things did he in the sight of their fathers,

In the land of Mitzrayim, in the field of Tzo`an. 

13 He split the sea, and caused them to pass through;

He made the waters stand as a heap.

14 In the daytime he also led them with a cloud,

All the night with a light of fire. 

15 He split rocks in the wilderness,

And gave them drink abundantly as out of the depths. 

16 He brought streams also out of the rock,

And caused waters to run down like rivers. 

17 Yet they still went on to sin against him,

To rebel against Ha`Elyon in the desert.

18 They tempted God in their heart

By asking food according to their desire. 

19 Yes, they spoke against God.

They said, “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness? 

20 Behold, he struck the rock, so that waters gushed out,

Streams overflowed.

Can he give bread also?

Will he provide flesh for his people?” 

21 Therefore the LORD heard, and was angry.

A fire was kindled against Ya`akov,

Anger also went up against Yisra’el, 

22 Because they didn’t believe in God,

And didn’t trust in his yeshu`ah. 

23 Yet he commanded the skies above,

And opened the doors of heaven. 

24 He rained down manna on them to eat,

And gave them food from the sky. 

25 Man ate the bread of angels.

He sent them food to the full. 

26 He caused the east wind to blow in the sky.

By his power he guided the south wind.

27 He rained also flesh on them as the dust;

Winged birds as the sand of the seas. 

28 He let them fall in the midst of their camp,

Around their habitations. 

29 So they ate, and were well filled.

He gave them their own desire. 

30 They didn’t turn from their cravings.

Their food was yet in their mouths, 

31 When the anger of God went up against them,

And killed some of the fattest of them,

And struck down the young men of Yisra’el. 

32 For all this they still sinned,

And didn’t believe in his wondrous works. 

33 Therefore he consumed their days in vanity,

And their years in terror. 

34 When he killed them, then they inquired after him.

They returned and sought God earnestly. 

35 They remembered that God was their rock, ‘

The El `Elyon their redeemer. 

36 But they flattered him with their mouth,

And lied to him with their tongue. 

37  For their heart was not right with him,

Neither were they faithful in his covenant. 

38 But he, being merciful, forgave iniquity,

and didn’t destroy them.

Yes, many times he turned his anger away,

And didn’t stir up all his wrath. 

39 He remembered that they were but flesh,

A wind that passes away, and doesn’t come again. 

40 How often did they rebel against him in the wilderness,

And grieve him in the desert! 

41 They turned again and tempted God,

And provoked the Holy One of Yisra’el. 

42 They didn’t remember his hand,

Nor the day when he redeemed them from the adversary; 

43 How he set his signs in Mitzrayim,

His wonders in the field of Tzo`an, 

44 Turned their rivers into blood,

Their streams, so that they could not drink. 

45 He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them;

Frogs, which destroyed them. 

46 He gave also their increase to the caterpillar,
Their labor to the arbeh. 

47 He destroyed their vines with hail,

Their sycamore-fig trees with frost.

48 He gave over their cattle also to the hail,

And their flocks to hot thunderbolts. 

49 He threw on them the fierceness of his anger,

Wrath, indignation, and trouble,

And a band of angels of evil. 

50 He made a path for his anger.

He didn’t spare their soul from death,

But gave their life over to the pestilence, 

51 And struck all the firstborn in Mitzrayim,

The chief of their strength in the tents of Ham. 

52 But he led forth his own people like sheep,

And guided them in the wilderness like a flock. 

53 He led them safely, so that they weren’t afraid,

But the sea overwhelmed their enemies. 

54 He brought them to the border of his sanctuary,

To this mountain, which his right hand had taken. 

55 He also drove out the nations before them,

Allotted them for an inheritance by line,

And made the tribes of Yisra’el to dwell in their tents. 

56 Yet they tempted and rebelled against

Ha`Elyon God, And didn’t keep his testimonies; 

57 But turned back, and dealt treacherously like their fathers.

They were turned aside like a deceitful bow. 

58 For they provoked him to anger with their high places,

And moved him to jealousy with their engraved images. 

59 When God heard this, he was angry,

And greatly abhorred Yisra’el;

60 So that he forsook the tent of Shiloh,

The tent which he placed among men; 

61 And delivered his strength into captivity,

His glory into the adversary’s hand. 

62 He also gave his people over to the sword,

And was angry with his inheritance. 

63 Fire devoured their young men;

Their virgins had no wedding song. 

64 Their Kohanim fell by the sword;

Their widows made no lamentation. 

65 Then the Lord awakened as one out of sleep,

Like a mighty man who shouts by reason of wine. 

66 He struck his adversaries backward.

He put them to a perpetual reproach. 

67 Moreover he rejected the tent of Yosef,

And didn’t choose the tribe of Efrayim, 

68 But chose the tribe of Yehudah,

Mount Tziyon which he loved. 

69 He built his sanctuary like the heights,

Like the eretz which he has established forever. 

70 He also chose David his servant,

And took him from the sheepfolds;

71 From following the ewes that have their young he brought him

To be the shepherd of Ya`akov, his people, and Yisra’el, his inheritance.

72 So he was their shepherd according to the integrity of his heart,

And guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.

PSALMS: 108

1 My heart is steadfast, God.

I will sing and I will make music with my soul. 

2 Wake up, harp and lyre!

I will wake up the dawn. 

3 I will give thanks to you, LORD, among the nations.

I will sing praises to you among the peoples. 

4 For your loving kindness is great above the heavens.

Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. 

5 Be exalted, God, above the heavens,

Let your glory be over all the eretz. 

6 That your beloved may be delivered,

Save with your right hand, and answer us. 

7 God has spoken from his sanctuary:

“In triumph, I will divide Shekhem, and measure out the valley of Sukkot. 

8 Gil`ad is mine.

Menashsheh is mine.

Efrayim also is my helmet.

Yehudah is my scepter. 

9 Mo’av is my wash pot.

I will toss my sandal on Edom.

I will shout over Peleshet.” 

10 Who will bring me into the fortified city?

Who has led me to Edom? 

11 Haven’t you rejected us, God?

‘You don’t go forth, God, with our armies. 

12 Give us help against the enemy,

For the help of man is vain. 

13 Through God, we will do valiantly.

For it is he who will tread down our enemies.

PROVERBS: 18

1 An unfriendly man pursues selfishness,

And defies all sound judgment. 

2 A fool has no delight in understanding,

But only in broadcasting his own opinion. 

3 When wickedness comes, contempt also comes,

And with shame comes disgrace. 

4 The words of a man’s mouth are like deep waters.

The fountain of wisdom is like a flowing brook. 

5 To be partial to the faces of the wicked is not good,

Nor to deprive the innocent of justice. 

6 A fool’s lips come into strife,

And his mouth invites beatings. 

7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction,

And his lips are a snare to his soul. 

8 The words of a gossip are like dainty morsels:

They go down into a person’s innermost parts. 

9 One who is slack in his work

Is brother to him who is a master of destruction. 

10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower:

The righteous run to him, and are safe. 

11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city,

Like an unscalable wall in his own imagination. 

12 Before destruction the heart of man is proud,

But before honor is humility. 

13 He who gives answer before he hears,

That is folly and shame to him. 

14 A man’s spirit will sustain him in sickness,

But a crushed spirit who can bear? 

15 The heart of the discerning gets knowledge.

The ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

16 A man’s gift makes room for him,

And brings him before great men. 

17  He who pleads his cause first seems right;

Until another comes and questions him. 

18 The lot settles disputes,

And keeps strong ones apart. 

19 A brother offended is more difficult than a fortified city;

And disputes are like the bars of a castle. 

20 A man’s stomach is filled with the fruit of his mouth.

With the harvest of his lips he is satisfied. 

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue;

Those who love it will eat its fruit. 

22 Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing,

And obtains favor of the LORD. 

23 The poor pleads for mercy,

But the rich answers harshly. 

24 A man of many companions may be ruined,

But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

OLD TESTAMENT: SONG OF SONGS 5:1 – 8:14

5:1 I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride. I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk. Friends Eat, friends! Drink, yes, drink abundantly, beloved. Beloved 2 I was asleep, but my heart was awake. It is the voice of my beloved who knocks: Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled; For my head is filled with dew, My hair with the dampness of the night. 3 I have taken off my robe. Indeed, must I put it on? I have washed my feet. Indeed, must I soil them? 4 My beloved thrust his hand in through the latch opening. My heart pounded for him. 5 I rose up to open for my beloved. My hands dripped with myrrh, My fingers with liquid myrrh, On the handles of the lock. 6 I opened to my beloved; But my beloved left; gone away. My heart went out when he spoke. I looked for him, but I didn’t find him. I called him, but he didn’t answer. 7 The watchmen who go about the city found me. They beat me. They bruised me. The keepers of the walls took my cloak away from me. 8 I adjure you, daughters of Yerushalayim, If you find my beloved, That you tell him that I am faint with love. Friends 9 How is your beloved better than another beloved, You fairest among women? How is your beloved better than another beloved, That you do so adjure us? Beloved 10 My beloved is white and ruddy. The best among ten thousand. 11 His head is like the purest gold. His hair is bushy, black as a raven. 12 His eyes are like doves beside the water brooks, Washed with milk, mounted like jewels. 13 His cheeks are like a bed of spices with towers of perfumes. His lips are like lilies, dropping liquid myrrh. 14 His hands are like rings of gold set with bareket. His body is like ivory work overlaid with sapphires. 15 His legs are like pillars of marble set on sockets of fine gold. His appearance is like Levanon, excellent as the cedars. 16 His mouth is sweetness; Yes, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, Daughters of Yerushalayim. Friends

6:1 Where has your beloved gone, you fairest among women? Where has your beloved turned, that we may seek him with you? Beloved 2 My beloved has gone down to his garden, To the beds of spices, To feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies. 3 I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine. He browses among the lilies, 4 You are beautiful, my love, as Tirtzah, Lovely as Yerushalayim, Awesome as an army with banners. 5 Turn away your eyes from me, For they have overcome me. Your hair is like a flock of goats, That lie along the side of Gil`ad. 6 Your teeth are like a flock of ewes, Which have come up from the washing; Of which every one has twins; None is bereaved among them. 7 Your temples are like a piece of a pomegranate behind your veil. 8 There are sixty queens, eighty concubines, And virgins without number. 9 My dove, my perfect one, is unique. She is her mother’s only daughter. She is the favorite one of her who bore her. The daughters saw her, and called her blessed, The queens and the concubines, and they praised her. 10 Who is she who looks forth as the morning, Beautiful as the moon, Clear as the sun, Awesome as an army with banners? 11 I went down into the nut tree grove, To see the green plants of the valley, To see whether the vine budded, And the pomegranates were in flower.12 Without realizing it, My desire set me with my royal people’s chariots. Friends 13 Return, return, Shulammite! Return, return, that we may gaze at you. Lover Why do you desire to gaze at the Shulammite, As at the dance of Machanayim?

7:1 How beautiful are your feet in sandals, prince’s daughter! Your rounded thighs are like jewels, The work of the hands of a skillful workman. 2 Your body is like a round goblet, No mixed wine is wanting. Your waist is like a heap of wheat, Set about with lilies. 3 Your two breasts are like two fawns, That are twins of a roe. 4 Your neck is like an ivory tower. Your eyes are like the pools in Heshbon by the gate of Bath-rabbim; Your nose is like the tower of Levanon which looks toward Dammesek. 5 Your head on you is like Karmel, The hair of your head like purple; The king is held captive in its tresses. 6 How beautiful and how pleasant are you, Love, for delights! 7 This, your stature, is like a palm tree, Your breasts like its fruit. 8 I said, “I will climb up into the palm tree. I will take hold of its fruit.” Let your breasts be like clusters of the vine, The smell of your breath like apples, Beloved 9 Your mouth like the best wine, That goes down smoothly for my beloved, Gliding through the lips of those who are asleep. 10 I am my beloved’s. His desire is toward me. 11 Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field. Let us lodge in the villages. 12 Let’s go early up to the vineyards. Let’s see whether the vine has budded, Its blossom is open, And the pomegranates are in flower. There I will give you my love. 13 The dudaim give forth fragrance. At our doors are all kinds of precious fruits, new and old, Which I have stored up for you, my beloved.

8:1 Oh that you were like my brother, Who sucked the breasts of my mother! If I found you outside, I would kiss you; Yes, and no one would despise me. 2 I would lead you, bringing you into my mother’s house, Who would instruct me. I would have you drink spiced wine, Of the juice of my pomegranate. 3 His left hand would be under my head. His right hand would embrace me. 4 I adjure you, daughters of Yerushalayim, That you not stir up, nor awaken love, Until it so desires. Friends 5 Who is this who comes up from the wilderness, Leaning on her beloved? Under the apple tree I aroused you. There your mother conceived you. There she was in labor and bore you. 6 Set me as a seal on your heart, As a seal on your arm; For love is strong as death. Jealousy is as cruel as She’ol; Its flashes are flashes of fire, A very flame of the LORD. 7 Many waters can’t quench love, Neither can floods drown it. If a man would give all the wealth of his house for love, He would be utterly scorned. Friends 8 We have a little sister. She has no breasts. What shall we do for our sister In the day when she is to be spoken for? 9If she is a wall, We will build on her a turret of silver. If she is a door, We will enclose her with boards of cedar. Beloved 10 I am a wall, and my breasts like towers, Then I was in his eyes like one who found shalom. 11 Shlomo had a vineyard at Baal-hamon. He leased out the vineyard to keepers. Each was to bring a thousand shekels of silver for its fruit. 12 My own vineyard is before me. The thousand are for you, Shlomo; Two hundred for those who tend its fruit. Lover 13 You who dwell in the gardens, with friends in attendance, Let me hear your voice! Beloved 14 Come away, my beloved! Be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices!

NEW TESTAMENT: 2 CORINTHIANS 9:1 – 15

9:1 It is indeed unnecessary for me to write to you concerning the service to the holy ones, 

2 for I know your readiness, of which I boast on your behalf to them of Macedonia, that Achaia has been prepared for a year past. Your zeal has stirred up very many of them.

3 But I have sent the brothers, that our glorying on your behalf may not be made void in this respect, that, even as I said, you may be prepared, 

4 so that I won’t by any means, if there come with me any of Macedonia and find you unprepared, we (to say nothing of you) should be put to shame in this confident boasting. 

5 I thought it necessary therefore to entreat the brothers that they would go before to you, and arrange ahead of time the generous gift that you promised before, that the same might be ready as a matter of generosity, and not of greediness. 

6 Remember this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. He who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

7 Let each man give according as he has determined in his heart; not grudgingly, or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver.

8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that you, always having all sufficiency in everything, may abound to every good work.

9 As it is written, “He has scattered abroad, he has given to the poor. His righteousness remains forever.” 

10 Now may he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, supply and multiply your seed for sowing, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;

11 you being enriched in everything to all liberality, which works through us thanksgiving to God. 

12 For this service of giving that you perform not only makes up for lack among the holy ones, but abounds also through many givings of thanks to God; 

13 seeing that through the proof given by this service, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the Good News of Messiah, and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all; 

14 while they themselves also, with supplication on your behalf, yearn for you by reason of the exceeding grace of God in you. 

15 Now thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift!

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