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AUGUST 24

 

 

 

PSALMS:   24, 54, 84, 114, 144

 

 

 

PROVERBS:  24

 

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  EZEKIEL 27:1 – 28:26

 

 

 

NEW TESTAMENTHEBREWS 11:1 – 16

 

 

 

PSALMS:  24

 

 

 

Of David. A psalm.

 

 

1 The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it,

 

the world, and all who live in it;

 

2 for he founded it upon the seas

 

and established it upon the waters.

 

 

3 Who may ascend the hill of the LORD?

 

Who may stand in his holy place?

 

4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,

 

who does not lift up his soul to an idol

 

or swear by what is false. A

 

5 He will receive blessing from the LORD

 

and vindication from God his Savior.

 

6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,

 

who seek your face, O God of Jacob. B

 

Selah

 

 

 

7 Lift up your heads, O you gates;

 

be lifted up, you ancient doors,

 

that the King of glory may come in.

 

8 Who is this King of glory?

 

The LORD strong and mighty,

 

the LORD mighty in battle.

 

9 Lift up your heads, O you gates;

 

lift them up, you ancient doors,

 

that the King of glory may come in.

 

 

 

10 Who is he, this King of glory?

 

The LORD Almighty–

 

he is the King of glory. [1]

 

Selah [2]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  54

 

 

 

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil A of David. When the Ziphites had gone to Saul and said, “Is not David hiding among us?”

 

 

1 Save me, O God, by your name;

 

vindicate me by your might.

 

2 Hear my prayer, O God;

 

listen to the words of my mouth.

 

 

3 Strangers are attacking me;

 

ruthless men seek my life–

 

men without regard for God.

 

Selah

 

 

4 Surely God is my help;

 

the Lord is the one who sustains me.

 

 

5 Let evil recoil on those who slander me;

 

in your faithfulness destroy them.

 

 

6 I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you;

 

I will praise your name, O LORD,

 

for it is good.

 

7 For he has delivered me from all my troubles,

 

and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes. [3]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  84

 

 

 

For the director of music. According to gittith. A Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

 

 

1 How lovely is your dwelling place,

 

O LORD Almighty!

 

2 My soul yearns, even faints,

 

for the courts of the LORD;

 

my heart and my flesh cry out

 

for the living God.

 

 

3 Even the sparrow has found a home,

 

and the swallow a nest for herself,

 

where she may have her young–

 

a place near your altar,

 

O LORD Almighty, my King and my God.

 

4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house;

 

they are ever praising you.

 

Selah

 

 

5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you,

 

who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.

 

6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca,

 

they make it a place of springs;

 

the autumn rains also cover it with pools. B

 

7 They go from strength to strength,

 

till each appears before God in Zion.

 

 

8 Hear my prayer, O LORD God Almighty;

 

listen to me, O God of Jacob.

 

Selah

 

 

9 Look upon our shield, C O God;

 

look with favor on your anointed one. [4]

 

10 Better is one day in your courts

 

than a thousand elsewhere;

 

I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God

 

than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

 

 

 

11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;

 

the LORD bestows favor and honor;

 

no good thing does he withhold

 

from those whose walk is blameless.

 

 

12 O LORD Almighty,

 

blessed is the man who trusts in you. [5]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  114

 

 

 

1 When Israel came out of Egypt,

 

the house of Jacob from a people of foreign tongue,

 

2 Judah became God’s sanctuary,

 

Israel his dominion.

 

 

3 The sea looked and fled,

 

the Jordan turned back;

 

4 the mountains skipped like rams,

 

the hills like lambs.

 

 

5 Why was it, O sea, that you fled,

 

O Jordan, that you turned back,

 

6 you mountains, that you skipped like rams,

 

you hills, like lambs?

 

 

7 Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,

 

at the presence of the God of Jacob,

 

8 who turned the rock into a pool,

 

the hard rock into springs of water. [6]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  144

 

 

 

Of David.

 

 

1 Praise be to the LORD my Rock,

 

who trains my hands for war,

 

my fingers for battle.

 

2 He is my loving God and my fortress,

 

my stronghold and my deliverer,

 

my shield, in whom I take refuge,

 

who subdues peoplesA under me.

 

 

3 O LORD, what is man that you care for him,

 

the son of man that you think of him?

 

4 Man is like a breath;

 

his days are like a fleeting shadow.

 

 

5 Part your heavens, O LORD, and come down;

 

touch the mountains, so that they smoke.

 

6 Send forth lightning and scatter the enemies;

 

shoot your arrows and rout them.

 

7 Reach down your hand from on high;

 

deliver me and rescue me

 

from the mighty waters,

 

from the hands of foreigners

 

8 whose mouths are full of lies,

 

whose right hands are deceitful.

 

 

9 I will sing a new song to you, O God;

 

on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you,

 

10 to the One who gives victory to kings,

 

who delivers his servant David from the deadly sword. [7]

 

11 Deliver me and rescue me

 

from the hands of foreigners

 

whose mouths are full of lies,

 

whose right hands are deceitful.

 

 

 

12 Then our sons in their youth

 

will be like well-nurtured plants,

 

and our daughters will be like pillars

 

carved to adorn a palace.

 

13 Our barns will be filled

 

with every kind of provision.

 

Our sheep will increase by thousands,

 

by tens of thousands in our fields;

 

14 our oxen will draw heavy loads. B

 

There will be no breaching of walls,

 

no going into captivity,

 

no cry of distress in our streets.

 

 

 

15 Blessed are the people of whom this is true;

 

blessed are the people whose God is the LORD. [8]

 

 

 

PROVERBS:   24

 

 

 

24 1 Do not envy wicked men,

 

do not desire their company;

 

2 for their hearts plot violence,

 

and their lips talk about making trouble.

 

 

3 By wisdom a house is built,

 

and through understanding it is established;

 

4 through knowledge its rooms are filled

 

with rare and beautiful treasures.

 

 

5 A wise man has great power,

 

and a man of knowledge increases strength;

 

6 for waging war you need guidance,

 

and for victory many advisers.

 

 

7 Wisdom is too high for a fool;

 

in the assembly at the gate he has nothing to say.

 

 

8 He who plots evil

 

will be known as a schemer.

 

9 The schemes of folly are sin,

 

and men detest a mocker.

 

 

10 If you falter in times of trouble,

 

how small is your strength!

 

 

11 Rescue those being led away to death;

 

hold back those staggering toward slaughter.

 

12 If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”

 

does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?

 

Does not he who guards your life know it?

 

Will he not repay each person according to what he has done? [9]

 

 

 

13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good;

 

honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.

 

 

 

14 Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul;

 

if you find it, there is a future hope for you,

 

and your hope will not be cut off.

 

 

15 Do not lie in wait like an outlaw against a righteous man’s house,

 

do not raid his dwelling place;

 

16 for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again,

 

but the wicked are brought down by calamity.

 

 

 

17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls;

 

when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice,

 

18 or the LORD will see and disapprove

 

and turn his wrath away from him.

 

 

19 Do not fret because of evil men

 

or be envious of the wicked,

 

20 for the evil man has no future hope,

 

and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.

 

 

21 Fear the LORD and the king, my son,

 

and do not join with the rebellious,

 

22 for those two will send sudden destruction upon them,

 

and who knows what calamities they can bring?

 

23 These also are sayings of the wise:

 

To show partiality in judging is not good:

 

24 Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent”–

 

peoples will curse him and nations denounce him.

 

25 But it will go well with those who convict the guilty,

 

and rich blessing will come upon them. [10]

 

26 An honest answer

 

is like a kiss on the lips.

 

 

27 Finish your outdoor work

 

and get your fields ready;

 

after that, build your house.

 

 

28 Do not testify against your neighbor without cause,

 

or use your lips to deceive.

 

 

29 Do not say, “I’ll do to him as he has done to me;

 

I’ll pay that man back for what he did.”

 

 

 

30 I went past the field of the sluggard,

 

past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment;

 

31 thorns had come up everywhere,

 

the ground was covered with weeds,

 

and the stone wall was in ruins.

 

32 I applied my heart to what I observed

 

and learned a lesson from what I saw:

 

33 A little sleep, a little slumber,

 

a little folding of the hands to rest–

 

34 and poverty will come on you like a bandit

 

and scarcity like an armed man. A [11]

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  EZEKIEL 27:1 – 28:26

 

 

27 1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, take up a lament concerning Tyre. 3 Say to Tyre, situated at the gateway to the sea, merchant of peoples on many coasts, `This is what the Sovereign LORD says:

 

 

 

“`You say, O Tyre,

 

“I am perfect in beauty.”

 

4 Your domain was on the high seas;

 

your builders brought your beauty to perfection.

 

5 They made all your timbers

 

of pine trees from Senir A;

 

they took a cedar from Lebanon

 

to make a mast for you.

 

6 Of oaks from Bashan

 

they made your oars;

 

of cypress wood B from the coasts of Cyprus C

 

they made your deck, inlaid with ivory.

 

7 Fine embroidered linen from Egypt was your sail

 

and served as your banner;

 

your awnings were of blue and purple

 

from the coasts of Elishah.

 

8 Men of Sidon and Arvad were your oarsmen;

 

your skilled men, O Tyre, were aboard as your seamen.

 

9 Veteran craftsmen of Gebal D were on board

 

as shipwrights to caulk your seams.

 

All the ships of the sea and their sailors

 

came alongside to trade for your wares.

 

 

 

10 “`Men of Persia, Lydia and Put [12]

 

served as soldiers in your army.

 

They hung their shields and helmets on your walls,

 

bringing you splendor.

 

 

 

11 Men of Arvad and Helech

 

manned your walls on every side;

 

men of Gammad

 

were in your towers.

 

They hung their shields around your walls;

 

they brought your beauty to perfection.

 

 

 

12 “`Tarshish did business with you because of your great wealth of goods; they exchanged silver, iron, tin and lead for your merchandise.

 

13 “Greece, Tubal and Meshech traded with you; they exchanged slaves and articles of bronze for your wares.

 

14 “`Men of Beth Togarmah exchanged work horses, war horses and mules for your merchandise.

 

15 “`The men of Rhodes E traded with you, and many coastlands were your customers; they paid you with ivory tusks and ebony.

 

16 “`Aram F did business with you because of your many products; they exchanged turquoise, purple fabric, embroidered work, fine linen, coral and rubies for your merchandise.

 

17 “`Judah and Israel traded with you; they exchanged wheat from Minnith and confections,G honey, oil and balm for your wares.

 

18 “`Damascus, because of your many products and great wealth of goods, did business with you in wine from Helbon and wool from Zahar.

 

19 “`Danites and Greeks from Uzal bought your merchandise; they exchanged wrought iron, cassia and calamus for your wares.

 

20 “`Dedan traded in saddle blankets with you.

 

21 “`Arabia and all the princes of Kedar were your customers; they did business with you in lambs, rams and goats.

 

22 “`The merchants of Sheba and Raamah traded with you; for your merchandise they exchanged the finest of all kinds of spices and precious stones, and gold.

 

23 “`Haran, Canneh and Eden and merchants of Sheba, Asshur and Kilmad traded with you. 24 In your marketplace they traded with you beautiful garments, blue fabric, embroidered work and multicolored rugs with cords twisted and tightly knotted. [13]

 

 

 

25“`The ships of Tarshish serve

 

as carriers for your wares.

 

You are filled with heavy cargo

 

in the heart of the sea.

 

26 Your oarsmen take you

 

out to the high seas.

 

But the east wind will break you to pieces

 

in the heart of the sea.

 

27 Your wealth, merchandise and wares,

 

your mariners, seamen and shipwrights,

 

your merchants and all your soldiers,

 

and everyone else on board

 

will sink into the heart of the sea

 

on the day of your shipwreck.

 

 

 

28 The shorelands will quake

 

when your seamen cry out.

 

29 All who handle the oars

 

will abandon their ships;

 

the mariners and all the seamen

 

will stand on the shore.

 

30 They will raise their voice

 

and cry bitterly over you;

 

they will sprinkle dust on their heads

 

and roll in ashes.

 

31 They will shave their heads because of you

 

and will put on sackcloth.

 

They will weep over you with anguish of soul [14]

 

and with bitter mourning.

 

 

 

32 As they wail and mourn over you,

 

they will take up a lament concerning you:

 

“Who was ever silenced like Tyre,

 

surrounded by the sea?”

 

33 When your merchandise went out on the seas,

 

you satisfied many nations;

 

with your great wealth and your wares

 

you enriched the kings of the earth.

 

34 Now you are shattered by the sea

 

in the depths of the waters;

 

your wares and all your company

 

have gone down with you.

 

 

 

35 All who live in the coastlands

 

are appalled at you;

 

their kings shudder with horror

 

and their faces are distorted with fear.

 

36 The merchants among the nations hiss at you;

 

you have come to a horrible end

 

and will be no more.'”

 

 

 

28 1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, `This is what the Sovereign LORD says:

 

 

 

“`In the pride of your heart

 

you say, “I am a god; [15]

 

I sit on the throne of a god

 

in the heart of the seas.”

 

But you are a man and not a god,

 

though you think you are as wise as a god.

 

3 Are you wiser than Daniel A?

 

Is no secret hidden from you?

 

4 By your wisdom and understanding

 

you have gained wealth for yourself

 

and amassed gold and silver

 

in your treasuries.

 

5 By your great skill in trading

 

you have increased your wealth,

 

and because of your wealth

 

your heart has grown proud.

 

6  “`Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says:

 

 

 

“`Because you think you are wise,

 

as wise as a god,

 

7 I am going to bring foreigners against you,

 

the most ruthless of nations;

 

they will draw their swords against your beauty and wisdom

 

and pierce your shining splendor.

 

 

 

8 They will bring you down to the pit,

 

and you will die a violent death

 

in the heart of the seas. [16]

 

9 Will you then say, “I am a god,”

 

in the presence of those who kill you?

 

You will be but a man, not a god,

 

in the hands of those who slay you.

 

10 You will die the death of the uncircumcised

 

at the hands of foreigners.

 

 

 

I have spoken, declares the Sovereign LORD.'”

 

 

 

11 The word of the LORD came to me: 12 “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: `This is what the Sovereign LORD says:

 

 

 

“`You were the model of perfection,

 

full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.

 

13 You were in Eden,

 

the garden of God;

 

every precious stone adorned you:

 

ruby, topaz and emerald,

 

chrysolite, onyx and jasper,

 

sapphire, B turquoise and beryl. C

 

Your settings and mountings D were made of gold;

 

on the day you were created they were prepared.

 

14 You were anointed as a guardian cherub,

 

for so I ordained you.

 

You were on the holy mount of God;

 

you walked among the fiery stones. [17]

 

15 You were blameless in your ways

 

from the day you were created

 

till wickedness was found in you.

 

16 Through your widespread trade

 

you were filled with violence,

 

and you sinned.

 

So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God,

 

and I expelled you, O guardian cherub,

 

from among the fiery stones.

 

17  Your heart became proud

 

on account of your beauty,

 

and you corrupted your wisdom

 

because of your splendor.

 

So I threw you to the earth;

 

I made a spectacle of you before kings.

 

 

 

18 By your many sins and dishonest trade

 

you have desecrated your sanctuaries.

 

So I made a fire come out from you,

 

and it consumed you,

 

and I reduced you to ashes on the ground

 

in the sight of all who were watching.

 

 

 

19 All the nations who knew you

 

are appalled at you;

 

you have come to a horrible end

 

and will be no more.'” [18]

 

 

 

20 The word of the LORD came to me: 21 “Son of man, set your face against Sidon; prophesy against her 22 and say: `This is what the Sovereign LORD says:

 

 

 

“`I am against you, O Sidon,

 

and I will gain glory within you.

 

They will know that I am the LORD,

 

when I inflict punishment on her

 

and show myself holy within her.

 

23 I will send a plague upon her

 

and make blood flow in her streets.

 

The slain will fall within her,

 

with the sword against her on every side.

 

Then they will know that I am the LORD.

 

 

 

24 “`No longer will the people of Israel have malicious neighbors who are painful briers and sharp thorns. Then they will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.

 

25 “`This is what the Sovereign LORD says: When I gather the people of Israel from the nations where they have been scattered, I will show myself holy among them in the sight of the nations. Then they will live in their own land, which I gave to my servant Jacob. 26 They will live there in safety and will build houses and plant vineyards; they will live in safety when I inflict punishment on all their neighbors who maligned them. Then they will know that I am the LORD their God.'” [19]

 

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  HEBREWS 11:1 – 16

 

 

 

11 1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

 

2 This is what the ancients were commended for.

 

3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

 

4 By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead.

 

5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

 

7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

 

8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.

 

10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

 

11 By faith Abraham, even though he was past age–and Sarah herself was barren–was enabled to become a father because he A considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

 

13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. [20]

 


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Posted January 16, 2012 by jeshorowitz123

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