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AUGUST 12

 

 

 

PSALMS:   12, 42, 72, 102, 132

 

 

 

PROVERBS:  12

 

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  EZEKIEL 1:1 – 3:15

 

 

 

NEW TESTAMENTHEBREWS 3:1 – 19

 

 

 

PSALMS:  12

 

 

 

For the director of music. According to sheminith. A A psalm of David.

 

 

1 Help, LORD, for the godly are no more;

 

the faithful have vanished from among men.

 

2 Everyone lies to his neighbor;

 

their flattering lips speak with deception.

 

 

3 May the LORD cut off all flattering lips

 

and every boastful tongue

 

4 that says, “We will triumph with our tongues;

 

we own our lips B–who is our master?”

 

 

 

5 “Because of the oppression of the weak

 

and the groaning of the needy,

 

I will now arise,” says the LORD.

 

“I will protect them from those who malign them.”

 

6 And the words of the LORD are flawless,

 

like silver refined in a furnace of clay,

 

purified seven times.

 

 

7 O LORD, you will keep us safe

 

and protect us from such people forever.

 

8 The wicked freely strut about

 

when what is vile is honored among men. [1]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  42

 

 

 

For A the director of music. A maskil B of the Sons of Korah.

 

 

1 As the deer pants for streams of water,

 

so my soul pants for you, O God.

 

2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

 

When can I go and meet with God?

 

3 My tears have been my food

 

day and night,

 

while men say to me all day long,

 

“Where is your God?”

 

4 These things I remember

 

as I pour out my soul:

 

how I used to go with the multitude,

 

leading the procession to the house of God,

 

with shouts of joy and thanksgiving

 

among the festive throng.

 

 

5 Why are you downcast, O my soul?

 

Why so disturbed within me?

 

Put your hope in God,

 

for I will yet praise him,

 

my Savior and 6 my God.

 

 

My C soul is downcast within me;

 

therefore I will remember you

 

from the land of the Jordan,

 

the heights of Hermon–from Mount Mizar.

 

7 Deep calls to deep

 

in the roar of your waterfalls;

 

all your waves and breakers

 

have swept over me.

 

8 By day the LORD directs his love,

 

at night his song is with me–

 

a prayer to the God of my life.

 

 

9 I say to God my Rock,

 

“Why have you forgotten me?

 

Why must I go about mourning,

 

oppressed by the enemy?”

 

 

 

10 My bones suffer mortal agony

 

as my foes taunt me,

 

saying to me all day long,

 

“Where is your God?”

 

 

 

11 Why are you downcast, O my soul?

 

Why so disturbed within me?

 

Put your hope in God,

 

for I will yet praise him,

 

my Savior and my God. [2]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  72

 

 

 

Of Solomon.

 

 

1 Endow the king with your justice, O God,

 

the royal son with your righteousness.

 

2 He will A judge your people in righteousness,

 

your afflicted ones with justice.

 

3 The mountains will bring prosperity to the people,

 

the hills the fruit of righteousness.

 

4 He will defend the afflicted among the people

 

and save the children of the needy;

 

he will crush the oppressor.

 

 

5 He will endure B as long as the sun,

 

as long as the moon, through all generations.

 

6 He will be like rain falling on a mown field,

 

like showers watering the earth.

 

7 In his days the righteous will flourish;

 

prosperity will abound till the moon is no more.

 

 

8 He will rule from sea to sea

 

and from the River C to the ends of the earth. D

 

9 The desert tribes will bow before him

 

and his enemies will lick the dust.

 

 

 

10 The kings of Tarshish and of distant shores

 

will bring tribute to him;

 

the kings of Sheba and Seba

 

will present him gifts.

 

11 All kings will bow down to him

 

and all nations will serve him.[3]

 

Of Solomon.

 

 

12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out,

 

the afflicted who have no one to help.

 

13 He will take pity on the weak and the needy

 

and save the needy from death.

 

14 He will rescue them from oppression and violence,

 

for precious is their blood in his sight.

 

 

15 Long may he live!

 

May gold from Sheba be given him.

 

May people ever pray for him

 

and bless him all day long.

 

16 Let grain abound throughout the land;

 

on the tops of the hills may it sway.

 

Let its fruit flourish like Lebanon;

 

let it thrive like the grass of the field.

 

17 May his name endure forever;

 

may it continue as long as the sun.

 

 

All nations will be blessed through him,

 

and they will call him blessed. [4]

 

 

 

18 Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel,

 

who alone does marvelous deeds.

 

19 Praise be to his glorious name forever;

 

may the whole earth be filled with his glory.

 

Amen and Amen.

 

 

20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse. [5]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  102

 

 

 

A prayer of an afflicted man. When he is faint and pours out his lament before the LORD.

 

 

1 Hear my prayer, O LORD;

 

let my cry for help come to you.

 

2 Do not hide your face from me

 

when I am in distress.

 

Turn your ear to me;

 

when I call, answer me quickly.

 

 

3 For my days vanish like smoke;

 

my bones burn like glowing embers.

 

4 My heart is blighted and withered like grass;

 

I forget to eat my food.

 

5 Because of my loud groaning

 

I am reduced to skin and bones.

 

6 I am like a desert owl,

 

like an owl among the ruins.

 

7 I lie awake; I have become

 

like a bird alone on a roof.

 

8 All day long my enemies taunt me;

 

those who rail against me use my name as a curse.

 

9 For I eat ashes as my food

 

and mingle my drink with tears

 

10 because of your great wrath,

 

for you have taken me up and thrown me aside.

 

11 My days are like the evening shadow;

 

I wither away like grass. [6]

 

 

12 But you, O LORD, sit enthroned forever;

 

your renown endures through all generations.

 

13 You will arise and have compassion on Zion,

 

for it is time to show favor to her;

 

the appointed time has come.

 

14 For her stones are dear to your servants;

 

her very dust moves them to pity.

 

 

 

15 The nations will fear the name of the LORD,

 

all the kings of the earth will revere your glory.

 

16 For the LORD will rebuild Zion

 

and appear in his glory.

 

17 He will respond to the prayer of the destitute;

 

he will not despise their plea.

 

 

 

18 Let this be written for a future generation,

 

that a people not yet created may praise the LORD:

 

19 “The LORD looked down from his sanctuary on high,

 

from heaven he viewed the earth,

 

20 to hear the groans of the prisoners

 

and release those condemned to death.”

 

21 So the name of the LORD will be declared in Zion

 

and his praise in Jerusalem

 

22 when the peoples and the kingdoms

 

assemble to worship the LORD.

 

 

23 In the course of my life A he broke my strength;

 

he cut short my days.

 

24 So I said:

 

“Do not take me away, O my God, in the midst of my days;

 

your years go on through all generations.

 

25 In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth,

 

and the heavens are the work of your hands. [7]

 

26 They will perish, but you remain;

 

they will all wear out like a garment.

 

Like clothing you will change them

 

and they will be discarded.

 

27 But you remain the same,

 

and your years will never end.

 

28 The children of your servants will live in your presence;

 

their descendants will be established before you.” [8]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  132

 

 

 

A song of ascents.

 

 

1 O LORD, remember David

 

and all the hardships he endured.

 

 

2 He swore an oath to the LORD

 

and made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:

 

3 “I will not enter my house

 

or go to my bed–

 

4 I will allow no sleep to my eyes,

 

no slumber to my eyelids,

 

5 till I find a place for the LORD,

 

a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

 

 

6 We heard it in Ephrathah,

 

we came upon it in the fields of Jaar A:B

 

7 “Let us go to his dwelling place;

 

let us worship at his footstool–

 

8 arise, O LORD, and come to your resting place,

 

you and the ark of your might.

 

9 May your priests be clothed with righteousness;

 

may your saints sing for joy.”

 

 

10 For the sake of David your servant,

 

do not reject your anointed one. [9]

 

11 The LORD swore an oath to David,

 

a sure oath that he will not revoke:

 

“One of your own descendants

 

I will place on your throne–

 

12 if your sons keep my covenant

 

and the statutes I teach them,

 

then their sons will sit

 

on your throne for ever and ever.”

 

 

 

13 For the LORD has chosen Zion,

 

he has desired it for his dwelling:

 

14 “This is my resting place for ever and ever;

 

here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it–

 

15 I will bless her with abundant provisions;

 

her poor will I satisfy with food.

 

16 I will clothe her priests with salvation,

 

and her saints will ever sing for joy.

 

 

 

17 “Here I will make a horn C grow for David

 

and set up a lamp for my anointed one.

 

18 I will clothe his enemies with shame,

 

but the crown on his head will be resplendent.” [10]

 

 

 

PROVERBS:  12

 

 

 

12 1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,

 

but he who hates correction is stupid.

 

 

2 A good man obtains favor from the LORD,

 

but the LORD condemns a crafty man.

 

 

3 A man cannot be established through wickedness,

 

but the righteous cannot be uprooted.

 

 

4 A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown,

 

but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.

 

 

5 The plans of the righteous are just,

 

but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.

 

 

6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,

 

but the speech of the upright rescues them.

 

 

7 Wicked men are overthrown and are no more,

 

but the house of the righteous stands firm.

 

 

8 A man is praised according to his wisdom,

 

but men with warped minds are despised.

 

 

9 Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant

 

than pretend to be somebody and have no food.

 

 

10 A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal,

 

but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

 

 

11 He who works his land will have abundant food,

 

but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment. [11]

 

12 The wicked desire the plunder of evil men,

 

but the root of the righteous flourishes.

 

 

 

13 An evil man is trapped by his sinful talk,

 

but a righteous man escapes trouble.

 

 

 

14 From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things

 

as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.

 

 

15 The way of a fool seems right to him,

 

but a wise man listens to advice.

 

 

16 A fool shows his annoyance at once,

 

but a prudent man overlooks an insult.

 

 

17 A truthful witness gives honest testimony,

 

but a false witness tells lies.

 

 

18 Reckless words pierce like a sword,

 

but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

 

19 Truthful lips endure forever,

 

but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

 

 

20 There is deceit in the hearts of those who plot evil,

 

but joy for those who promote peace.

 

 

21 No harm befalls the righteous,

 

but the wicked have their fill of trouble. [12]

 

22 The LORD detests lying lips,

 

but he delights in men who are truthful.

 

 

23 A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself,

 

but the heart of fools blurts out folly.

 

 

24 Diligent hands will rule,

 

but laziness ends in slave labor.

 

 

25 An anxious heart weighs a man down,

 

but a kind word cheers him up.

 

 

26 A righteous man is cautious in friendship, A

 

but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

 

 

27 The lazy man does not roast B his game,

 

but the diligent man prizes his possessions.

 

 

 

28 In the way of righteousness there is life;

 

along that path is immortality. [13]

 

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  EZEKIEL 1:1 – 3:15

 

 

1 1 In the A thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.

 

2 On the fifth of the month–it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin—3 the word of the LORD came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, B by the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians. C There the hand of the LORD was upon him.

 

4 I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north–an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal, 5 and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was that of a man, 6 but each of them had four faces and four wings. 7 Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze. 8 Under their wings on their four sides they had the hands of a man. All four of them had faces and wings, 9 and their wings touched one another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.

 

10 Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a man, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle. 11 Such were their faces. Their wings were spread out upward; each had two wings, one touching the wing of another creature on either side, and two wings covering its body. 12 Each one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went. 13 The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures; it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it.

 

4 The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning.

 

15 As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces.

 

16 This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like chrysolite, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel. 17 As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not turn about D as the creatures went. 18 Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around.

 

19 When the living creatures moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the living creatures rose from the ground, the wheels also rose. 20 Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. 21 When the creatures moved, they also moved; when the creatures stood still, they also stood still; and when the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels rose along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.

 

 

 

22 Spread out above the heads of the living creatures was what looked like an expanse, sparkling like ice, and awesome. 23 Under the expanse their wings were stretched out one toward the other, and each had two wings covering its body. 24 When the creatures moved, I heard the sound of their wings, like the roar of rushing waters, like the voice of the Almighty, E like the tumult of an army. When they stood still, they lowered

 

[14] their wings.

 

25 Then there came a voice from above the expanse over their heads as they stood with lowered wings.

 

26 Above the expanse over their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire,F and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man. 27 I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. 28 Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him.

 

This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.

 

 

 

2 1 He said to me, “Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.” 2 As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.

 

3 He said: “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their fathers have been in revolt against me to this very day. 4 The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, `This is what the Sovereign LORD says.’ 5 And whether they listen or fail to listen–for they are a rebellious house–they will know that a prophet has been among them. 6 And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious house. 7 You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious. 8 But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not rebel like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.”

 

9 Then I looked, and I saw a hand stretched out to me. In it was a scroll, 10 which he unrolled before me. On both sides of it were written words of lament and mourning and woe.

 

 

 

3 1 And he said to me, “Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the house of Israel.” 2 So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat.

 

3 Then he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. [15]

 

4 He then said to me: “Son of man, go now to the house of Israel and speak my words to them. 5 You are not being sent to a people of obscure speech and difficult language, but to the house of Israel—6 not to many peoples of obscure speech and difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely if I had sent you to them, they would have listened to you. 7 But the house of Israel is not willing to listen to you because they are not willing to listen to me, for the whole house of Israel is hardened and obstinate. 8 But I will make you as unyielding and hardened as they are. 9 I will make your forehead like the hardest stone, harder than flint. Do not be afraid of them or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious house.”

 

10 And he said to me, “Son of man, listen carefully and take to heart all the words I speak to you. 11 Go now to your countrymen in exile and speak to them. Say to them, `This is what the Sovereign LORD says,’ whether they listen or fail to listen.”

 

12 Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me a loud rumbling sound–May the glory of the LORD be praised in his dwelling place!—13 the sound of the wings of the living creatures brushing against each other and the sound of the wheels beside them, a loud rumbling sound. 14  The Spirit then lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness and in the anger of my spirit, with the strong hand of the LORD upon me. 15 I came to the exiles who lived at Tel Abib near the Kebar River. And there, where they were living, I sat among them for seven days–overwhelmed. [16]

 

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  HEBREWS 3:1 – 19

 

 

3 1 Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. 2 He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. 3 Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. 4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. 5 Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house, testifying to what would be said in the future. 6 But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.

 

 

 

7 So, as the Holy Spirit says:

 

 

 

“Today, if you hear his voice,

 

8 do not harden your hearts

 

as you did in the rebellion,

 

during the time of testing in the desert,

 

9 where your fathers tested and tried me

 

and for forty years saw what I did.

 

10 That is why I was angry with that generation,

 

and I said, `Their hearts are always going astray,

 

and they have not known my ways.’

 

11 So I declared on oath in my anger,

 

`They shall never enter my rest.'” A

 

 

 

12 See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. 15 As has just been said:

 

 

 

“Today, if you hear his voice,

 

do not harden your hearts

 

as you did in the rebellion.”B [17]

 

 

 

16 Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the desert? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed C? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief. [18]

 


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Posted January 17, 2012 by jeshorowitz123

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