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AUGUST 15

 

PSALMS:   15, 45, 75, 105, 135

 

PROVERBS:  15

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  EZEKIEL 10:1 – 11:25

NEW TESTAMENT:  HEBREWS 6:1 – 20

 

PSALMS:  15

 

A psalm of David.

1 LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary?

Who may live on your holy hill?

 

2 He whose walk is blameless

and who does what is righteous,

who speaks the truth from his heart

3 and has no slander on his tongue,

who does his neighbor no wrong

and casts no slur on his fellowman,

4 who despises a vile man

but honors those who fear the LORD,

who keeps his oath

even when it hurts,

5 who lends his money without usury

and does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things

will never be shaken. [1]

PSALMS:  45

 

For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil. A A wedding song.

1 My heart is stirred by a noble theme

as I recite my verses for the king;

my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

2 You are the most excellent of men

and your lips have been anointed with grace,

since God has blessed you forever.

3 Gird your sword upon your side, O mighty one;

clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.

4 In your majesty ride forth victoriously

in behalf of truth, humility and righteousness;

let your right hand display awesome deeds.

5 Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies;

let the nations fall beneath your feet.

6 Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;

a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.

7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness;

therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions

by anointing you with the oil of joy.

8 All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;

from palaces adorned with ivory

the music of the strings makes you glad.

9 Daughters of kings are among your honored women;

at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir.

10 Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear:

Forget your people and your father’s house. [2]

11 The king is enthralled by your beauty;

honor him, for he is your lord.

12 The Daughter of Tyre will come with a gift, B

men of wealth will seek your favor.

 

13 All glorious is the princess within her chamber;

her gown is interwoven with gold.

14 In embroidered garments she is led to the king;

her virgin companions follow her

and are brought to you.

15 They are led in with joy and gladness;

they enter the palace of the king.

16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers;

you will make them princes throughout the land.

17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;

therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever. [3]

 

PSALMS:  75

 

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” A psalm of Asaph. A song.

1 We give thanks to you, O God,

we give thanks, for your Name is near;

men tell of your wonderful deeds.

2 You say, “I choose the appointed time;

it is I who judge uprightly.

3 When the earth and all its people quake,

it is I who hold its pillars firm.

Selah

4 To the arrogant I say, `Boast no more,’

and to the wicked, `Do not lift up your horns.

5 Do not lift your horns against heaven;

do not speak with outstretched neck.'”

6 No one from the east or the west

or from the desert can exalt a man.

7 But it is God who judges:

He brings one down, he exalts another.

8 In the hand of the LORD is a cup

full of foaming wine mixed with spices;

he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth

drink it down to its very dregs.

9 As for me, I will declare this forever;

I will sing praise to the God of Jacob.

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

but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up. [4]

 

PSALMS:  105

 

1 Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name;

make known among the nations what he has done.

2 Sing to him, sing praise to him;

tell of all his wonderful acts.

3 Glory in his holy name;

let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.

4 Look to the LORD and his strength;

seek his face always.

5 Remember the wonders he has done,

his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,

6 O descendants of Abraham his servant,

O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.

7 He is the LORD our God;

his judgments are in all the earth.

8 He remembers his covenant forever,

the word he commanded, for a thousand generations,

9 the covenant he made with Abraham,

the oath he swore to Isaac.

10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,

to Israel as an everlasting covenant:

11 “To you I will give the land of Canaan

as the portion you will inherit.”

 

12 When they were but few in number,

few indeed, and strangers in it,

13 they wandered from nation to nation,

from one kingdom to another.

14 He allowed no one to oppress them;

for their sake he rebuked kings:

15 “Do not touch my anointed ones;

do my prophets no harm.” [5]

16 He called down famine on the land

and destroyed all their supplies of food;

17 and he sent a man before them–

Joseph, sold as a slave.

18 They bruised his feet with shackles,

his neck was put in irons,

19 till what he foretold came to pass,

till the word of the LORD proved him true.

20 The king sent and released him,

the ruler of peoples set him free.

 

21 He made him master of his household,

ruler over all he possessed,

22 to instruct his princes as he pleased

and teach his elders wisdom.

 

23 Then Israel entered Egypt;

Jacob lived as an alien in the land of Ham.

24 The LORD made his people very fruitful;

he made them too numerous for their foes,

25 whose hearts he turned to hate his people,

to conspire against his servants.

26 He sent Moses his servant,

and Aaron, whom he had chosen.

27 They performed his miraculous signs among them,

his wonders in the land of Ham.

28 He sent darkness and made the land dark–

for had they not rebelled against his words?

29 He turned their waters into blood,

causing their fish to die.

30 Their land teemed with frogs,

which went up into the bedrooms of their rulers.

31 He spoke, and there came swarms of flies,

and gnats throughout their country.

32 He turned their rain into hail,

with lightning throughout their land; [6]

33 he struck down their vines and fig trees

and shattered the trees of their country.

34 He spoke, and the locusts came,

grasshoppers without number;

35 they ate up every green thing in their land,

ate up the produce of their soil.

36 Then he struck down all the firstborn in their land,

the firstfruits of all their manhood.

37 He brought out Israel, laden with silver and gold,

and from among their tribes no one faltered.

38 Egypt was glad when they left,

because dread of Israel had fallen on them.

39 He spread out a cloud as a covering,

and a fire to give light at night.

40 They asked, and he brought them quail

and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.

41 He opened the rock, and water gushed out;

like a river it flowed in the desert.

 

42 For he remembered his holy promise

given to his servant Abraham.

43 He brought out his people with rejoicing,

his chosen ones with shouts of joy;

44 he gave them the lands of the nations,

and they fell heir to what others had toiled for–

45 that they might keep his precepts

and observe his laws.

Praise the LORD. A [7]

 

PSALMS:  135

 

1 Praise the LORD. A

Praise the name of the LORD;

praise him, you servants of the LORD,

2 you who minister in the house of the LORD,

in the courts of the house of our God.

3 Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good;

sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant.

4 For the LORD has chosen Jacob to be his own,

Israel to be his treasured possession.

5 I know that the LORD is great,

that our Lord is greater than all gods.

6 The LORD does whatever pleases him,

in the heavens and on the earth,

in the seas and all their depths.

7 He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth;

he sends lightning with the rain

and brings out the wind from his storehouses.

 

8 He struck down the firstborn of Egypt,

the firstborn of men and animals.

9 He sent his signs and wonders into your midst, O Egypt,

against Pharaoh and all his servants.

10 He struck down many nations

and killed mighty kings–

11 Sihon king of the Amorites,

Og king of Bashan

and all the kings of Canaan–

12 and he gave their land as an inheritance,

an inheritance to his people Israel. [8]

13 Your name, O LORD, endures forever,

your renown, O LORD, through all generations.

14 For the LORD will vindicate his people

and have compassion on his servants.

15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold,

made by the hands of men.

16 They have mouths, but cannot speak,

eyes, but they cannot see;

17 they have ears, but cannot hear,

nor is there breath in their mouths.

18 Those who make them will be like them,

and so will all who trust in them.

 

19 O house of Israel, praise the LORD;

O house of Aaron, praise the LORD;

20 O house of Levi, praise the LORD;

you who fear him, praise the LORD.

21 Praise be to the LORD from Zion,

to him who dwells in Jerusalem.

Praise the LORD. [9]

 

PROVERBS:  15

 

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 the fool gushes folly.

3 The eyes of the LORD are everywhere,

keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

4 The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life,

but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

5 A fool spurns his father’s discipline,

but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.

6 The house of the righteous contains great treasure,

but the income of the wicked brings them trouble.

7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge;

not so the hearts of fools.

8 The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked,

but the prayer of the upright pleases him.

9 The LORD detests the way of the wicked

but he loves those who pursue righteousness.

10 Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path;

he who hates correction will die.

11 Death and Destruction A lie open before the LORD–

how much more the hearts of men! [10]

12 A mocker resents correction;

he will not consult the wise.

13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful,

but heartache crushes the spirit.

 

14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,

but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched,

but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.

16 Better a little with the fear of the LORD

than great wealth with turmoil.

17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love

than a fattened calf with hatred.

18 A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension,

but a patient man calms a quarrel.

19 The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns,

but the path of the upright is a highway.

20 A wise son brings joy to his father,

but a foolish man despises his mother.

21 Folly delights a man who lacks judgment,

but a man of understanding keeps a straight course.

22 Plans fail for lack of counsel,

but with many advisers they succeed. [11]

23 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply–

and how good is a timely word!

24 The path of life leads upward for the wise

to keep him from going down to the grave. B

25 The LORD tears down the proud man’s house

but he keeps the widow’s boundaries intact.

26 The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked,

but those of the pure are pleasing to him.

27 A greedy man brings trouble to his family,

but he who hates bribes will live.

28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,

but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.

29 The LORD is far from the wicked

but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart,

and good news gives health to the bones.

31 He who listens to a life-giving rebuke

will be at home among the wise.

32 He who ignores discipline despises himself,

but whoever heeds correction gains understanding. [12]

33 The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, C

and humility comes before honor. [13] [14]

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  EZEKIEL 10:1 – 11:25

10 1  I looked, and I saw the likeness of a throne of sapphire A above the expanse that was over the heads of the cherubim. 2 The LORD said to the man clothed in linen, “Go in among the wheels beneath the cherubim. Fill your hands with burning coals from among the cherubim and scatter them over the city.” And as I watched, he went in.

3 Now the cherubim were standing on the south side of the temple when the man went in, and a cloud filled the inner court. 4 Then the glory of the LORD rose from above the cherubim and moved to the threshold of the temple. The cloud filled the temple, and the court was full of the radiance of the glory of the LORD. 5 The sound of the wings of the cherubim could be heard as far away as the outer court, like the voice of God Almighty B when he speaks.

6 When the LORD commanded the man in linen, “Take fire from among the wheels, from among the cherubim,” the man went in and stood beside a wheel. 7 Then one of the cherubim reached out his hand to the fire that was among them. He took up some of it and put it into the hands of the man in linen, who took it and went out. 8 (Under the wings of the cherubim could be seen what looked like the hands of a man.)

9 I looked, and I saw beside the cherubim four wheels, one beside each of the cherubim; the wheels sparkled like chrysolite. 10 As for their appearance, the four of them looked alike; each was like a wheel intersecting a wheel. 11 As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the cherubim faced; the wheels did not turn about C as the cherubim went. The cherubim went in whatever direction the head faced, without turning as they went. 12 Their entire bodies, including their backs, their hands and their wings, were completely full of eyes, as were their four wheels. 13 I heard the wheels being called “the whirling wheels.”

14 Each of the cherubim had four faces: One face was that of a cherub, the second the face of a man, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.

15 Then the cherubim rose upward. These were the living creatures I had seen by the Kebar River. 16 When the cherubim moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the cherubim spread their wings to rise from the ground, the wheels did not leave their side. 17 When the cherubim stood still, they also stood still; and when the cherubim rose, they rose with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in them.

18 Then the glory of the LORD departed from over the threshold of the temple and stopped above the cherubim. 19 While I watched, the cherubim spread their wings and rose from the ground, and as they went, the wheels went with them. They stopped at the entrance to the east gate of the LORD’s house, and the glory of the God of Israel was above them.

 

20 These were the living creatures I had seen beneath the God of Israel by the Kebar River, and I realized that they were cherubim. 21 Each had four faces and four wings, and under their wings was what looked like the hands of a man. 22 Their faces had the same appearance as those I had seen by the Kebar River. Each one went straight ahead. [15]

 

11 1 Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the gate of the house of the LORD that faces east. There at the entrance to the gate were twenty-five men, and I saw among them Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah son of Benaiah, leaders of the people. 2 The LORD said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who are plotting evil and giving wicked advice in this city. 3 They say, `Will it not soon be time to build houses? A This city is a cooking pot, and we are the meat.’ 4 Therefore prophesy against them; prophesy, son of man.”

5 Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon me, and he told me to say: “This is what the LORD says: That is what you are saying, O house of Israel, but I know what is going through your mind. 6 You have killed many people in this city and filled its streets with the dead.

7 “Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: The bodies you have thrown there are the meat and this city is the pot, but I will drive you out of it. 8 You fear the sword, and the sword is what I will bring against you, declares the Sovereign LORD. 9 I will drive you out of the city and hand you over to foreigners and inflict punishment on you. 10 You will fall by the sword, and I will execute judgment on you at the borders of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD. 11 This city will not be a pot for you, nor will you be the meat in it; I will execute judgment on you at the borders of Israel. 12 And you will know that I am the LORD, for you have not followed my decrees or kept my laws but have conformed to the standards of the nations around you.”

13 Now as I was prophesying, Pelatiah son of Benaiah died. Then I fell facedown and cried out in a loud voice, “Ah, Sovereign LORD! Will you completely destroy the remnant of Israel?”

14 The word of the LORD came to me: 15 “Son of man, your brothers–your brothers who are your blood relatives B and the whole house of Israel–are those of whom the people of Jerusalem have said, `They are C far away from the LORD; this land was given to us as our possession.’

16 “Therefore say: `This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Although I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.’

17 “Therefore say: `This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.’

18 “They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols. 19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. 20 Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God. 21 But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their vile images and detestable idols, I will bring down on their own heads what they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD.”

 

22 Then the cherubim, with the wheels beside them, spread their wings, and the glory of the God of Israel was above them. 23 The glory of the LORD went up from within the city and stopped above the mountain east of it. 24 The Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the exiles in BabyloniaD in the vision given by the Spirit of God. [16]

Then the vision I had seen went up from me, 25 and I told the exiles everything the LORD had shown me. [17]

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  HEBREWS 6:1 – 20

 

6 1 Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, A and of faith in God, 2 instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And God permitting, we will do so.

4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, 6 if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because B to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.

7 Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. 8 But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.

9 Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are confident of better things in your case–things that accompany salvation. 10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. 11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” C  15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.

16 Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. [18]


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