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AUGUST 26

 

 

 

PSALMS:  26, 56, 86, 116, 146

 

 

 

PROVERBS:  26

 

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  EZEKIEL 31:1 – 32:32

 

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  HEBREWS 12:14 – 29

 

 

 

PSALMS:  26

 

 

 

Of David.

 

 

1 Vindicate me, O LORD,

 

for I have led a blameless life;

 

I have trusted in the LORD

 

without wavering.

 

2 Test me, O LORD, and try me,

 

examine my heart and my mind;

 

3 for your love is ever before me,

 

and I walk continually in your truth.

 

4 I do not sit with deceitful men,

 

nor do I consort with hypocrites;

 

5 I abhor the assembly of evildoers

 

and refuse to sit with the wicked.

 

6 I wash my hands in innocence,

 

and go about your altar, O LORD,

 

7 proclaiming aloud your praise

 

and telling of all your wonderful deeds.

 

8 I love the house where you live, O LORD,

 

the place where your glory dwells.

 

 

 

9 Do not take away my soul along with sinners,

 

my life with bloodthirsty men,

 

10 in whose hands are wicked schemes,

 

whose right hands are full of bribes.

 

11 But I lead a blameless life;

 

redeem me and be merciful to me.

 

12 My feet stand on level ground;

 

in the great assembly I will praise the LORD. [1]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  56

 

 

 

For the director of music. To the tune of “A Dove on Distant Oaks.” Of David. A miktam. A When the Philistines had seized him in Gath.

 

 

1 Be merciful to me, O God, for men hotly pursue me;

 

all day long they press their attack.

 

2 My slanderers pursue me all day long;

 

many are attacking me in their pride.

 

 

3 When I am afraid,

 

I will trust in you.

 

4 In God, whose word I praise,

 

in God I trust; I will not be afraid.

 

What can mortal man do to me?

 

 

5 All day long they twist my words;

 

they are always plotting to harm me.

 

6 They conspire, they lurk,

 

they watch my steps,

 

eager to take my life.

 

 

7 On no account let them escape;

 

in your anger, O God, bring down the nations.

 

8 Record my lament;

 

list my tears on your scroll B

 

are they not in your record?

 

 

9 Then my enemies will turn back

 

when I call for help.

 

By this I will know that God is for me.

 

10 In God, whose word I praise,

 

in the LORD, whose word I praise–

 

11 in God I trust; I will not be afraid.

 

What can man do to me? [2]

 

 

 

12 I am under vows to you, O God;

 

I will present my thank offerings to you.

 

13 For you have delivered me C from death

 

and my feet from stumbling,

 

that I may walk before God

 

in the light of life. D [3]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  86

 

 

 

A prayer of David.

 

 

1 Hear, O LORD, and answer me,

 

for I am poor and needy.

 

2 Guard my life, for I am devoted to you.

 

You are my God; save your servant

 

who trusts in you.

 

3 Have mercy on me, O Lord,

 

for I call to you all day long.

 

4 Bring joy to your servant,

 

for to you, O Lord,

 

I lift up my soul.

 

 

5 You are forgiving and good, O Lord,

 

abounding in love to all who call to you.

 

6 Hear my prayer, O LORD;

 

listen to my cry for mercy.

 

7 In the day of my trouble I will call to you,

 

for you will answer me.

 

 

8 Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord;

 

no deeds can compare with yours.

 

9 All the nations you have made

 

will come and worship before you, O Lord;

 

they will bring glory to your name.

 

10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds;

 

you alone are God.[4]

 

 

11 Teach me your way, O LORD,

 

and I will walk in your truth;

 

give me an undivided heart,

 

that I may fear your name.

 

12 I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart;

 

I will glorify your name forever.

 

13 For great is your love toward me;

 

you have delivered me from the depths of the grave. A

 

 

 

14 The arrogant are attacking me, O God;

 

a band of ruthless men seeks my life–

 

men without regard for you.

 

15 But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,

 

slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

 

16 Turn to me and have mercy on me;

 

grant your strength to your servant

 

and save the son of your maidservant. B

 

17 Give me a sign of your goodness,

 

that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,

 

for you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me. [5]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  116

 

 

 

1 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;

 

he heard my cry for mercy.

 

2 Because he turned his ear to me,

 

I will call on him as long as I live.

 

 

3 The cords of death entangled me,

 

the anguish of the grave A came upon me;

 

I was overcome by trouble and sorrow.

 

4 Then I called on the name of the LORD:

 

“O LORD, save me!”

 

 

5 The LORD is gracious and righteous;

 

our God is full of compassion.

 

 

6 The LORD protects the simplehearted;

 

when I was in great need, he saved me.

 

 

7 Be at rest once more, O my soul,

 

for the LORD has been good to you.

 

 

8 For you, O LORD, have delivered my soul from death,

 

my eyes from tears,

 

my feet from stumbling,

 

9 that I may walk before the LORD

 

in the land of the living.

 

10 I believed; therefore B I said,

 

“I am greatly afflicted.”

 

11 And in my dismay I said,

 

“All men are liars.”

 

 

12 How can I repay the LORD

 

for all his goodness to me?

 

13 I will lift up the cup of salvation

 

and call on the name of the LORD.

 

14 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD

 

in the presence of all his people. [6]

 

 

15 Precious in the sight of the LORD

 

is the death of his saints.

 

16 O LORD, truly I am your servant;

 

I am your servant, the son of your maidservant C;

 

you have freed me from my chains.

 

 

17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you

 

and call on the name of the LORD.

 

18 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD

 

in the presence of all his people,

 

19 in the courts of the house of the LORD–

 

in your midst, O Jerusalem.

 

 

Praise the LORD. D [7]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  146

 

 

 

1 Praise the LORD. A

 

 

Praise the LORD, O my soul.

 

2 I will praise the LORD all my life;

 

I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

 

 

3 Do not put your trust in princes,

 

in mortal men, who cannot save.

 

4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;

 

on that very day their plans come to nothing.

 

 

5 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,

 

whose hope is in the LORD his God,

 

6 the Maker of heaven and earth,

 

the sea, and everything in them–

 

the LORD, who remains faithful forever.

 

7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed

 

and gives food to the hungry.

 

The LORD sets prisoners free,

 

8 the LORD gives sight to the blind,

 

the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down,

 

the LORD loves the righteous.

 

9 The LORD watches over the alien

 

and sustains the fatherless and the widow,

 

but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

 

 

10 The LORD reigns forever,

 

your God, O Zion, for all generations.

 

 

Praise the LORD. [8]

 

 

 

PROVERBS:  26

 

 

 

26 1 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,

 

honor is not fitting for a fool.

 

 

2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,

 

an undeserved curse does not come to rest.

 

 

3 A whip for the horse, a halter for the donkey,

 

and a rod for the backs of fools!

 

 

4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,

 

or you will be like him yourself.

 

 

5 Answer a fool according to his folly,

 

or he will be wise in his own eyes.

 

 

6 Like cutting off one’s feet or drinking violence

 

is the sending of a message by the hand of a fool.

 

 

7 Like a lame man’s legs that hang limp

 

is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

 

 

8 Like tying a stone in a sling

 

is the giving of honor to a fool.

 

 

9 Like a thornbush in a drunkard’s hand

 

is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

 

 

10 Like an archer who wounds at random

 

is he who hires a fool or any passer-by.

 

 

11 As a dog returns to its vomit,

 

so a fool repeats his folly.

 

 

[9]12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?

 

There is more hope for a fool than for him.

 

 

13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road,

 

a fierce lion roaming the streets!”

 

 

14 As a door turns on its hinges,

 

so a sluggard turns on his bed.

 

 

15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;

 

he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.

 

 

 

16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes

 

than seven men who answer discreetly.

 

 

17 Like one who seizes a dog by the ears

 

is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own.

 

 

 

18 Like a madman shooting

 

firebrands or deadly arrows

 

19 is a man who deceives his neighbor

 

and says, “I was only joking!”

 

 

20 Without wood a fire goes out;

 

without gossip a quarrel dies down.

 

 

21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire,

 

so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife. [10]

 

 

22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;

 

they go down to a man’s inmost parts.

 

 

23 Like a coating of glazeA over earthenware

 

are fervent lips with an evil heart.

 

 

24 A malicious man disguises himself with his lips,

 

but in his heart he harbors deceit.

 

25 Though his speech is charming, do not believe him,

 

for seven abominations fill his heart.

 

26 His malice may be concealed by deception,

 

but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

 

 

27 If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it;

 

if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.

 

 

28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts,

 

and a flattering mouth works ruin. [11]

 

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  EZEKIEL 31:1 – 32:32

 

 

31 1 In the eleventh year, in the third month on the first day, the word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, say to Pharaoh king of Egypt and to his hordes:

 

 

 

“`Who can be compared with you in majesty?

 

3 Consider Assyria, once a cedar in Lebanon,

 

with beautiful branches overshadowing the forest;

 

it towered on high,

 

its top above the thick foliage.

 

4 The waters nourished it,

 

deep springs made it grow tall;

 

their streams flowed

 

all around its base

 

and sent their channels

 

to all the trees of the field.

 

5 So it towered higher

 

than all the trees of the field;

 

its boughs increased

 

and its branches grew long,

 

spreading because of abundant waters.

 

6 All the birds of the air

 

nested in its boughs,

 

all the beasts of the field

 

gave birth under its branches;

 

all the great nations

 

lived in its shade.

 

7 It was majestic in beauty,

 

with its spreading boughs, [12]

 

for its roots went down

 

to abundant waters.

 

8 The cedars in the garden of God

 

could not rival it,

 

nor could the pine trees

 

equal its boughs,

 

nor could the plane trees

 

compare with its branches–

 

no tree in the garden of God

 

could match its beauty.

 

 

 

9 I made it beautiful

 

with abundant branches,

 

the envy of all the trees of Eden

 

in the garden of God.

 

 

 

10 “`Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because it towered on high, lifting its top above the thick foliage, and because it was proud of its height, 11 I handed it over to the ruler of the nations, for him to deal with according to its wickedness. I cast it aside, 12 and the most ruthless of foreign nations cut it down and left it. Its boughs fell on the mountains and in all the valleys; its branches lay broken in all the ravines of the land. All the nations of the earth came out from under its shade and left it. 13 All the birds of the air settled on the fallen tree, and all the beasts of the field were among its branches. 14 Therefore no other trees by the waters are ever to tower proudly on high, lifting their tops above the thick foliage. No other trees so well-watered are ever to reach such a height; they are all destined for death, for the earth below, among mortal men, with those who go down to the pit.

 

15 “`This is what the Sovereign LORD says: On the day it was brought down to the grave A I covered the deep springs with mourning for it; I held back its streams, and its abundant waters were restrained. Because of it I clothed Lebanon with gloom, and all the trees of the field withered away. 16 I made the nations tremble at the sound of its fall when I brought it down to the grave with those who go down to the pit. Then all the trees of Eden, the choicest and best of Lebanon, all the trees that were well-watered, were consoled in the earth below. 17 Those who [13] lived in its shade, its allies among the nations, had also gone down to the grave with it, joining those killed by the sword.

 

18 “`Which of the trees of Eden can be compared with you in splendor and majesty? Yet you, too, will be brought down with the trees of Eden to the earth below; you will lie among the uncircumcised, with those killed by the sword.

 

“`This is Pharaoh and all his hordes, declares the Sovereign LORD.'”

 

 

 

32 1 In the twelfth year, in the twelfth month on the first day, the word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, take up a lament concerning Pharaoh king of Egypt and say to him:

 

 

 

“`You are like a lion among the nations;

 

you are like a monster in the seas

 

thrashing about in your streams,

 

churning the water with your feet

 

and muddying the streams.

 

 

 

3 “`This is what the Sovereign LORD says:

 

 

 

“`With a great throng of people

 

I will cast my net over you,

 

and they will haul you up in my net.

 

4 I will throw you on the land

 

and hurl you on the open field.

 

I will let all the birds of the air settle on you

 

and all the beasts of the earth gorge themselves on you.

 

5 I will spread your flesh on the mountains

 

and fill the valleys with your remains. [14]

 

6 I will drench the land with your flowing blood

 

all the way to the mountains,

 

and the ravines will be filled with your flesh.

 

7 When I snuff you out, I will cover the heavens

 

and darken their stars;

 

I will cover the sun with a cloud,

 

and the moon will not give its light.

 

8 All the shining lights in the heavens

 

I will darken over you;

 

I will bring darkness over your land,

 

declares the Sovereign LORD.

 

 

 

9 I will trouble the hearts of many peoples

 

when I bring about your destruction among the nations,

 

among A lands you have not known.

 

10 I will cause many peoples to be appalled at you,

 

and their kings will shudder with horror because of you

 

when I brandish my sword before them.

 

On the day of your downfall

 

each of them will tremble

 

every moment for his life.

 

 

 

11 “`For this is what the Sovereign LORD says:

 

 

 

“`The sword of the king of Babylon

 

will come against you.

 

12 I will cause your hordes to fall [15]

 

by the swords of mighty men–

 

the most ruthless of all nations.

 

They will shatter the pride of Egypt,

 

and all her hordes will be overthrown.

 

13 I will destroy all her cattle

 

from beside abundant waters

 

no longer to be stirred by the foot of man

 

or muddied by the hoofs of cattle.

 

14 Then I will let her waters settle

 

and make her streams flow like oil,

 

declares the Sovereign LORD.

 

15 When I make Egypt desolate

 

and strip the land of everything in it,

 

when I strike down all who live there,

 

then they will know that I am the LORD.’

 

16 “This is the lament they will chant for her. The daughters of the nations will chant it; for Egypt and all her hordes they will chant it, declares the Sovereign LORD.”

 

 

 

17 In the twelfth year, on the fifteenth day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me: 18 “Son of man, wail for the hordes of Egypt and consign to the earth below both her and the daughters of mighty nations, with those who go down to the pit. 19 Say to them, `Are you more favored than others? Go down and be laid among the uncircumcised.’ 20 They will fall among those killed by the sword. The sword is drawn; let her be dragged off with all her hordes. 21 From within the grave B the mighty leaders will say of Egypt and her allies, `They have come down and they lie with the uncircumcised, with those killed by the sword.’

 

 

 

22 “Assyria is there with her whole army; she is surrounded by the graves of all her slain, all who have fallen by the sword. 23 Their graves are in the depths of the pit and her army lies around her grave. All who had spread terror in the land of the living are slain, fallen by the sword. [16]

 

 

 

24 “Elam is there, with all her hordes around her grave. All of them are slain, fallen by the sword. All who had spread terror in the land of the living went down uncircumcised to the earth below. They bear their shame with those who go down to the pit. 25 A bed is made for her among the slain, with all her hordes around her grave. All of them are uncircumcised, killed by the sword. Because their terror had spread in the land of the living, they bear their shame with those who go down to the pit; they are laid among the slain.

 

26 “Meshech and Tubal are there, with all their hordes around their graves. All of them are uncircumcised, killed by the sword because they spread their terror in the land of the living. 27 Do they not lie with the other uncircumcised warriors who have fallen, who went down to the grave with their weapons of war, whose swords were placed under their heads? The punishment for their sins rested on their bones, though the terror of these warriors had stalked through the land of the living.

 

28 “You too, O Pharaoh, will be broken and will lie among the uncircumcised, with those killed by the sword.

 

29 “Edom is there, her kings and all her princes; despite their power, they are laid with those killed by the sword. They lie with the uncircumcised, with those who go down to the pit.

 

30 “All the princes of the north and all the Sidonians are there; they went down with the slain in disgrace despite the terror caused by their power. They lie uncircumcised with those killed by the sword and bear their shame with those who go down to the pit.

 

31 “Pharaoh–he and all his army–will see them and he will be consoled for all his hordes that were killed by the sword, declares the Sovereign LORD. 32 Although I had him spread terror in the land of the living, Pharaoh and all his hordes will be laid among the uncircumcised, with those killed by the sword, declares the Sovereign LORD.” [17]

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  HEBREWS 12:14 – 29

 

 

 

14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

 

15 See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. 16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.

 

17 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears.

 

18 You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; 19 to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, 20 because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned.” C  21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.” D

 

22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

 

25 See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” E

 

27 The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken–that is, created things–so that what cannot be shaken may remain.

 

28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.” F [18]

 


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