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AUGUST 3

 

 

 

PSALMS:   3, 33, 63, 93, 123

 

 

 

PROVERBS:  3

 

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  JEREMIAH 42:1 – 44:23

 

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT2 TIMOTHY 2:1 – 21

 

 

 

PSALMS:  3

 

 

 

A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.

 

 

1 O LORD, how many are my foes!

 

How many rise up against me!

 

2 Many are saying of me,

 

God will not deliver him.”

 

Selah A

 

 

3 But you are a shield around me, O LORD;

 

you bestow glory on me and lift B up my head.

 

4 To the LORD I cry aloud,

 

and he answers me from his holy hill.

 

Selah

 

 

 

5 I lie down and sleep;

 

I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.

 

6 I will not fear the tens of thousands

 

drawn up against me on every side.

 

 

 

7 Arise, O LORD!

 

Deliver me, O my God!

 

Strike all my enemies on the jaw;

 

break the teeth of the wicked.

 

 

8 From the LORD comes deliverance.

 

May your blessing be on your people. Selah [1]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  33

 

 

 

1 Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous;

 

it is fitting for the upright to praise him.

 

2 Praise the LORD with the harp;

 

make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.

 

3 Sing to him a new song;

 

play skillfully, and shout for joy.

 

 

4 For the word of the LORD is right and true;

 

he is faithful in all he does.

 

5 The LORD loves righteousness and justice;

 

the earth is full of his unfailing love.

 

 

6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made,

 

their starry host by the breath of his mouth.

 

7 He gathers the waters of the sea into jars A;

 

he puts the deep into storehouses.

 

8 Let all the earth fear the LORD;

 

let all the people of the world revere him.

 

9 For he spoke, and it came to be;

 

he commanded, and it stood firm.

 

10 The LORD foils the plans of the nations;

 

he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.

 

11 But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever,

 

the purposes of his heart through all generations.

 

 

 

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,

 

the people he chose for his inheritance.

 

13 From heaven the LORD looks down

 

and sees all mankind;

 

14 from his dwelling place he watches

 

all who live on earth–

 

15 he who forms the hearts of all,

 

who considers everything they do.

 

16 No king is saved by the size of his army;

 

no warrior escapes by his great strength. [2]

 

17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;

 

despite all its great strength it cannot save.

 

18 But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him,

 

on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

 

19 to deliver them from death

 

and keep them alive in famine.

 

 

 

20 We wait in hope for the LORD;

 

he is our help and our shield.

 

21 In him our hearts rejoice,

 

for we trust in his holy name.

 

22 May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD,

 

even as we put our hope in you. [3]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  63

 

 

 

A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.

 

 

1 O God, you are my God,

 

earnestly I seek you;

 

my soul thirsts for you,

 

my body longs for you,

 

in a dry and weary land

 

where there is no water.

 

 

2 I have seen you in the sanctuary

 

and beheld your power and your glory.

 

Because your love is better than life,

 

my lips will glorify you.

 

4 I will praise you as long as I live,

 

and in your name I will lift up my hands.

 

5 My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;

 

with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

 

 

6 On my bed I remember you;

 

I think of you through the watches of the night.

 

7 Because you are my help,

 

I sing in the shadow of your wings.

 

8 My soul clings to you;

 

your right hand upholds me.

 

 

9 They who seek my life will be destroyed;

 

they will go down to the depths of the earth.

 

10 They will be given over to the sword

 

and become food for jackals. [4]

 

11 But the king will rejoice in God;

 

all who swear by God’s name will praise him,

 

while the mouths of liars will be silenced. [5]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  93

 

 

 

1 The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty;

 

the LORD is robed in majesty

 

and is armed with strength.

 

The world is firmly established;

 

it cannot be moved.

 

2 Your throne was established long ago;

 

you are from all eternity.

 

 

3 The seas have lifted up, O LORD,

 

the seas have lifted up their voice;

 

the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.

 

4 Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,

 

mightier than the breakers of the sea–

 

the LORD on high is mighty.

 

 

5 Your statutes stand firm;

 

holiness adorns your house

 

for endless days, O LORD. [6]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  123

 

 

 

A song of ascents.

 

 

1 I lift up my eyes to you,

 

to you whose throne is in heaven.

 

2 As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master,

 

as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress,

 

so our eyes look to the LORD our God,

 

till he shows us his mercy.

 

 

3 Have mercy on us, O LORD, have mercy on us,

 

for we have endured much contempt.

 

4 We have endured much ridicule from the proud,

 

much contempt from the arrogant. [7]

 

 

 

PROVERBS:  3

 

 

 

3 1 My son, do not forget my teaching,

 

but keep my commands in your heart,

 

2 for they will prolong your life many years

 

and bring you prosperity.

 

 

3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;

 

bind them around your neck,

 

write them on the tablet of your heart.

 

4 Then you will win favor and a good name

 

in the sight of God and man.

 

 

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart

 

and lean not on your own understanding;

 

6 in all your ways acknowledge him,

 

and he will make your paths straight. A

 

 

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;

 

fear the LORD and shun evil.

 

8 This will bring health to your body

 

and nourishment to your bones.

 

 

9 Honor the LORD with your wealth,

 

with the firstfruits of all your crops;

 

10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,

 

and your vats will brim over with new wine.

 

 

11 My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline

 

and do not resent his rebuke,

 

12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves,

 

as a fatherB the son he delights in. [8]

 

 

13 Blessed is the man who finds wisdom,

 

the man who gains understanding,

 

14 for she is more profitable than silver

 

and yields better returns than gold.

 

 

 

15 She is more precious than rubies;

 

nothing you desire can compare with her.

 

16 Long life is in her right hand;

 

in her left hand are riches and honor.

 

17 Her ways are pleasant ways,

 

and all her paths are peace.

 

18 She is a tree of life to those who embrace her;

 

those who lay hold of her will be blessed.

 

 

19 By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations,

 

by understanding he set the heavens in place;

 

20 by his knowledge the deeps were divided,

 

and the clouds let drop the dew.

 

 

 

21 My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment,

 

do not let them out of your sight;

 

22 they will be life for you,

 

an ornament to grace your neck.

 

23 Then you will go on your way in safety,

 

and your foot will not stumble;

 

24 when you lie down, you will not be afraid;

 

when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

 

25 Have no fear of sudden disaster

 

or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,

 

26 for the LORD will be your confidence

 

and will keep your foot from being snared.

 

 

27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it,

 

when it is in your power to act. [9]

 

28 Do not say to your neighbor,

 

“Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow”–

 

when you now have it with you.

 

 

29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor,

 

who lives trustfully near you.

 

30 Do not accuse a man for no reason–

 

when he has done you no harm.

 

31 Do not envy a violent man

 

or choose any of his ways,

 

32 for the LORD detests a perverse man

 

but takes the upright into his confidence.

 

33 The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked,

 

but he blesses the home of the righteous.

 

34 He mocks proud mockers

 

but gives grace to the humble.

 

35 The wise inherit honor,

 

but fools he holds up to shame.

 

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  JEREMIAH 42:1 – 44:23

 

 

42 1 Then all the army officers, including Johanan son of Kareah and Jezaniah A son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least to the greatest approached 2 Jeremiah the prophet and said to him, “Please hear our petition and pray to the LORD your God for this entire remnant. For as you now see, though we were once many, now only a few are left. 3 Pray that the LORD your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do.”

 

4 “I have heard you,” replied Jeremiah the prophet. “I will certainly pray to the LORD your God as you have requested; I will tell you everything the LORD says and will keep nothing back from you.”

 

5 Then they said to Jeremiah, “May the LORD be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act in accordance with everything the LORD your God sends you to tell us.

 

6 Whether it is favorable or unfavorable, we will obey the LORD our God, to whom we are sending you, so that it will go well with us, for we will obey the LORD our God.”

 

7 Ten days later the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah. 8 So he called together Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers who were with him and all the people from the least to the greatest.

 

9 He said to them, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, to whom you sent me to present your petition, says:

 

10 `If you stay in this land, I will build you up and not tear you down; I will plant you and not uproot you, for I am grieved over the disaster I have inflicted on you. 11 Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, whom you now fear. Do not be afraid of him, declares the LORD, for I am with you and will save you and deliver you from his hands. 12 I will show you compassion so that he will have compassion on you and restore you to your land.’

 

13 “However, if you say, `We will not stay in this land,’ and so disobey the LORD your God, 14 and if you say, `No, we will go and live in Egypt, where we will not see war or hear the trumpet or be hungry for bread,’ 15 then hear the word of the LORD, O remnant of Judah. This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: `If you are determined to go to Egypt and you do go to settle there, 16 then the sword you fear will overtake you there, and the famine you dread will follow you into Egypt, and there you will die. 17 Indeed, all who are determined to go to Egypt to settle there will die by the sword, famine and plague; not one of them will survive or escape the disaster I will bring on them.’ 18 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: `As my anger and wrath have been poured out on those who lived in Jerusalem, so will my wrath be poured out on you when you go to Egypt. You will be an object of cursing and horror, of condemnation and reproach; you will never see this place again.’

 

 

 

19 “O remnant of Judah, the LORD has told you, `Do not go to Egypt.’ Be sure of this: I warn you today 20 that you made a fatal mistake B when you sent me to the LORD your God and said, `Pray to the LORD our God for us; tell us everything he says and we will do it.’ 21 I have told you today, but you still have not obeyed the LORD your God in all he sent me to tell you. 22 So now, be sure of this: You will die by the sword, famine [10] and plague in the place where you want to go to settle.”

 

 

 

43 1 When Jeremiah finished telling the people all the words of the LORD their God–everything the LORD had sent him to tell them—2 Azariah son of Hoshaiah and Johanan son of Kareah and all the arrogant men said to Jeremiah, “You are lying! The LORD our God has not sent you to say, `You must not go to Egypt to settle there.’ 3 But Baruch son of Neriah is inciting you against us to hand us over to the Babylonians, A so they may kill us or carry us into exile to Babylon.”

 

 

 

4 So Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers and all the people disobeyed the LORD’s command to stay in the land of Judah. 5 Instead, Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers led away all the remnant of Judah who had come back to live in the land of Judah from all the nations where they had been scattered. 6 They also led away all the men, women and children and the king’s daughters whom Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard had left with Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, and Jeremiah the prophet and Baruch son of Neriah. 7 So they entered Egypt in disobedience to the LORD and went as far as Tahpanhes.

 

8 In Tahpanhes the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 9 “While the Jews are watching, take some large stones with you and bury them in clay in the brick pavement at the entrance to Pharaoh’s palace in Tahpanhes. 10 Then say to them, `This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will send for my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and I will set his throne over these stones I have buried here; he will spread his royal canopy above them.

 

 

 

11 He will come and attack Egypt, bringing death to those destined for death, captivity to those destined for captivity, and the sword to those destined for the sword. 12 He B will set fire to the temples of the gods of Egypt; he will burn their temples and take their gods captive. As a shepherd wraps his garment around him, so will he wrap Egypt around himself and depart from there unscathed. 13 There in the temple of the sun C in Egypt he will demolish the sacred pillars and will burn down the temples of the gods of Egypt.'”

 

 

 

44 1 This word came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews living in Lower Egypt–in Migdol, Tahpanhes and MemphisA–and in Upper EgyptB: 2 “This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You saw the great disaster I brought on Jerusalem and on all the towns of Judah. Today they lie deserted and in ruins

 

3 because of the evil they have done. They provoked me to anger by burning incense and by worshiping other gods that neither they nor you nor your fathers ever knew. 4 Again and again I sent my servants the prophets, who said, `Do not do this [11] detestable thing that I hate!’ 5 But they did not listen or pay attention; they did not turn from their wickedness or stop burning incense to other gods. 6 Therefore, my fierce anger was poured out; it raged against the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem and made them the desolate ruins they are today.

 

7 “Now this is what the LORD God Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Why bring such great disaster on yourselves by cutting off from Judah the men and women, the children and infants, and so leave yourselves without a remnant? 8 Why provoke me to anger with what your hands have made, burning incense to other gods in Egypt, where you have come to live? You will destroy yourselves and make yourselves an object of cursing and reproach among all the nations on earth. 9 Have you forgotten the wickedness committed by your fathers and by the kings and queens of Judah and the wickedness committed by you and your wives in the land of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem?

 

10 To this day they have not humbled themselves or shown reverence, nor have they followed my law and the decrees I set before you and your fathers.

 

 

 

11 “Therefore, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I am determined to bring disaster on you and to destroy all Judah. 12 I will take away the remnant of Judah who were determined to go to Egypt to settle there. They will all perish in Egypt; they will fall by the sword or die from famine. From the least to the greatest, they will die by sword or famine. They will become an object of cursing and horror, of condemnation and reproach. 13 I will punish those who live in Egypt with the sword, famine and plague, as I punished Jerusalem. 14None of the remnant of Judah who have gone to live in Egypt will escape or survive to return to the land of Judah, to which they long to return and live; none will return except a few fugitives.”

 

 

 

15 Then all the men who knew that their wives were burning incense to other gods, along with all the women who were present–a large assembly–and all the people living in Lower and Upper Egypt, C said to Jeremiah, 16 “We will not listen to the message you have spoken to us in the name of the LORD! 17 We will certainly do everything we said we would: We will burn incense to the Queen of Heaven and will pour out drink offerings to her just as we and our fathers, our kings and our officials did in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. At that time we had plenty of food and were well off and suffered no harm. 18 But ever since we stopped burning incense to the Queen of Heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have had nothing and have been perishing by sword and famine.”

 

19 The women added, “When we burned incense to the Queen of Heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, did not our husbands know that we were making cakes like her image and pouring out drink offerings to her?”

 

20 Then Jeremiah said to all the people, both men and women, who were answering him, 21 “Did not the LORD remember and think about the [12] detestable thing that I hate!’

 

 

 

22 When the LORD could no longer endure your wicked actions and the detestable things you did, your land became an object of cursing and a desolate waste without inhabitants, as it is today. 23 Because you have burned incense and have sinned against the LORD and have not obeyed him or followed his law or his decrees or his stipulations, this disaster has come upon you, as you now see.” [13]

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  2 TIMOTHY 2:1 – 21

 

 

2 1 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. 3 Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs–he wants to please his commanding officer. 5 Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. 7 Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.

 

8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, 9 for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.

 

11 Here is a trustworthy saying:

 

 

 

If we died with him,

 

we will also live with him;

 

12 if we endure,

 

we will also reign with him.

 

If we disown him,

 

he will also disown us;

 

13  if we are faithless,

 

he will remain faithful,

 

for he cannot disown himself.

 

 

 

14 Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” A and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”

 

 

 

20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for [14] ignoble. 21 If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. [15]

 


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Posted January 18, 2012 by jeshorowitz123

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