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JULY 27

PSALMS: 27, 57, 87, 117, 147

PROVERBS: 27

OLD TESTAMENT: JEREMIAH 28:1 – 29:32

NEW TESTAMENT: 1 TIMOTHY 1:1 – 20

Psalms 27

1 The LORD is my light and my salvation.

Whom shall I fear?

The LORD is the strength of my life.

Of whom shall I be afraid? 

2 When evil-doers came at me to eat up my flesh,

Even my adversaries and my foes, they stumbled and fell. 

3 Though a host should encamp against me,

My heart shall not fear.

Though war should rise against me,

Even then I will be confident. 

4 One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after,

That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,

To see the beauty of the LORD,

And to inquire in his temple. 

5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me secretly in his pavilion.

In the covert of his tent will he hide me.

He will lift me up on a rock. 

6 Now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies around me.

I will offer sacrifices of joy in his tent.

I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD. 

7 Hear, LORD, when I cry with my voice.

Have mercy also on me, and answer me. 

8 When you said, “Seek my face,”

My heart said to you,

“I will seek your face, LORD.” 

9 Don’t hide your face from me.

Don’t put your servant away in anger.

You have been my help.

Don’t abandon me, neither forsake me,

God of my salvation. 

10 When my father and my mother forsake me,

Then the LORD will take me up. 

11 Teach me your way, LORD.

Lead me in a straight path, because of my enemies.

12 Don’t deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries,

For false witnesses have risen up against me,

Such as breathe out cruelty. 

13 I am still confident of this:

I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. 

14 Wait for the LORD.

Be strong, and let your heart take courage.

Yes, wait for the LORD.

PSALMS: 57

1 Be merciful to me, God, be merciful to me,

For my soul takes refuge in you.

Yes, in the shadow of your wings,

I will take refuge,

Until disaster has passed. 

2 I cry out to El `Elyon,

To God who accomplishes my requests for me. 

3 He will send from heaven, and save me,

He rebukes the one who is pursuing me.

Selah.

God will send out his loving kindness and his truth. 

4 My soul is among lions.

I lie among those who are set on fire,

Even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows,

And their tongue a sharp sword. 

5 Be exalted, God, above the heavens!

Let your glory be above all the eretz! 

6 They have prepared a net for my steps.

My soul is bowed down.

They dig a pit before me.

They fall into the midst of it themselves.

Selah. 

7 My heart is steadfast, God, my heart is steadfast.

I will sing, yes,

I will sing praises. 

8 Wake up, my glory!

Wake up, psaltery and harp!

I will wake up the dawn. 

9 I will give thanks to you, Lord, among the peoples.

I will sing praises to you among the nations. 

10 For your great loving kindness reaches to the heavens,

And your truth to the skies. 

11 Be exalted, God, above the heavens.

Let your glory be over all the eretz.

PSALMS: 87

1 His foundation is in the holy mountains. 

2 The LORD loves the gates of Tziyon More than all the dwellings of Ya`akov. 

3 Glorious things are spoken about you, city of God.

Selah. 

4 I will record Rachav and Bavel among those who acknowledge me.

Behold, Peleshet, Tzor, and also Kush:

“This one was born there.” 

5 Yes, of Tziyon it will be said,

“This one and that one was born in her;”

The Elyon himself will establish her. 

6 The LORD will count, when he writes up the peoples,

“This one was born there.”

Selah. 

7 Those who sing as well as those who dance say, “

All my springs are in you.”

PSALMS: 117

1 Praise the LORD, all you nations!

Extol him, all you peoples! 

2 For his loving kindness is great toward us.

The LORD’s faithfulness endures forever.

Praise the LORD!

PSALMS: 147

1 Praise the LORD,

For it is good to sing praises to our God;

For it is pleasant and fitting to praise him. 

2 The LORD builds up Yerushalayim.

He gathers together the outcasts of Yisra’el. 

3 He heals the broken in heart,

And binds up their wounds. 

4 He counts the number of the stars.

He calls them all by their names. 

5 Great is our Lord, and mighty in power.

His understanding is infinite. 

6 The LORD upholds the humble.

He brings the wicked down to the ground.

7  Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving.

Sing praises on the harp to our God, 

8 Who covers the sky with clouds,

Who prepares rain for the eretz,

Who makes grass grow on the mountains. 

9 He provides food for the cattle,

And for the young ravens when they call. 

10 He doesn’t delight in the strength of the horse.

He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man. 

11 The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him,

In those who hope in his loving kindness. 

12 Praise the LORD, Yerushalayim!

Praise your God, Tziyon! 

13 For he has strengthened the bars of your gates.

He has blessed your children within you. 

14He makes shalom in your borders.

He fills you with the finest of the wheat. 

15 He sends out his mitzvah on eretz.

His word runs very swiftly. 

16 He gives snow like wool,

And scatters frost like ashes.

17  He hurls down his hail like pebbles.

Who can stand before his cold? 

18 He sends out his word, and melts them.

He causes his wind to blow, and the waters flow. 

19 He shows his word to Ya`akov;

His statutes and his ordinances to Yisra’el. 

20 He has not done this for any nation;

They don’t know his ordinances.

Praise the LORD!

PROVERBS: 27

1 Don’t boast about tomorrow;

For you don’t know what a day may bring forth. 

2 Let another man praise you,

And not your own mouth;

A stranger, and not your own lips. 

3 A stone is heavy, And sand is a burden;

But a fool’s provocation is heavier than both. 

4 Wrath is cruel,

And anger is overwhelming;

But who is able to stand before jealousy? 

5 Better is open rebuke Than hidden love. 

6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend;

Although the kisses of an enemy are profuse.

7 A full soul loathes a honeycomb;

But to a hungry soul, every bitter thing is sweet. 

8 As a bird that wanders from her nest,

So is a man who wanders from his home. 

9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart;

So does earnest counsel from a man’s friend. 

10 Don’t forsake your friend and your father’s friend.

Don’t go to your brother’s house in the day of your disaster:

Better is a neighbor who is near than a distant brother. 

11 Be wise, my son,

And bring joy to my heart,

Then I can answer my tormentor. 

12 A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge;

But the simple pass on, and suffer for it:

13 Take his garment when he puts up collateral for a stranger;

Hold it for a wayward woman! 

14 He who blesses his neighbor with a loud voice early in the morning,

It will be taken as a curse by him.

15 A continual dropping on a rainy day

And a contentious wife are alike: 

16 Restraining her is like restraining the wind,

Or like grasping oil in his right hand. 

17 Iron sharpens iron;

So a man sharpens his friend’s countenance. 

18 Whoever tends the fig tree shall eat its fruit.

He who looks after his master shall be honored. 

19 As water reflects a face,

So a man’s heart reflects the man. 

20 She’ol and Avaddon are never satisfied;

And a man’s eyes are never satisfied.

21 The crucible is for silver,

And the furnace for gold;

But man is refined by his praise. 

22 Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain,

Yet his foolishness will not be removed from him. 

23 Know well the state of your flocks,

And pay attention to your herds: 

24 For riches are not forever,

Nor does even the crown endure to all generations. 

25 The hay is removed, and the new growth appears,

The grasses of the hills are gathered in. 

26 The lambs are for your clothing,

And the goats are the price of a field. 

27 There will be plenty of goats’ milk for your food,

For your family’s food,

And for the nourishment of your servant girls.

OLD TESTAMENT: JEREMIAH 28:1 – 29:32

28:1  In the fifth month of that same year, the fourth year, early in the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, the prophet Hananiah son of Azzur, who was from Gibeon, said to me in the house of the LORD in the presence of the priests and all the people: 2 “This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon. 3 Within two years I will bring back to this place all the articles of the LORD’s house that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon removed from here and took to Babylon. 4 I will also bring back to this place Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah and all the other exiles from Judah who went to Babylon,’ declares the LORD, ‘for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.’ ” 5 Then the prophet Jeremiah replied to the prophet Hananiah before the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the LORD. 6 He said, “Amen! May the LORD do so! May the LORD fulfill the words you have prophesied by bringing the articles of the LORD’s house and all the exiles back to this place from Babylon. 7 Nevertheless, listen to what I have to say in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people: 8 From early times the prophets who preceded you and me have prophesied war, disaster and plague against many countries and great kingdoms. 9 But the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the LORD only if his prediction comes true.” 10 Then the prophet Hananiah took the yoke off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah and broke it, 11  and he said before all the people, “This is what the LORD says: ‘In the same way I will break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon off the neck of all the nations within two years.’ ” At this, the prophet Jeremiah went on his way. 12 After the prophet Hananiah had broken the yoke off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 13 “Go and tell Hananiah, ‘This is what the LORD says: You have broken a wooden yoke, but in its place you will get a yoke of iron. 14 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will put an iron yoke on the necks of all these nations to make them serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and they will serve him. I will even give him control over the wild animals.’ ” 15 Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, “Listen, Hananiah! The LORD has not sent you, yet you have persuaded this nation to trust in lies. 16 Therefore this is what the LORD says: ‘I am about to remove you from the face of the earth. This very year you are going to die, because you have preached rebellion against the LORD.’ ” 17 In the seventh month of that same year, Hananiah the prophet died.

29:1 This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. 2 (This was after King Jehoiachin and the queen mother, the court officials and the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, the skilled workers and the artisans had gone into exile from Jerusalem.) 3 He entrusted the letter to Elasah son of Shaphan and to Gemariah son of Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent to King Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon. It said: 4 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5 “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6 Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. 7 Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” 8 Yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have. 9 They are prophesying lies to you in my name. I have not sent them,” declares the LORD. 10 This is what the LORD says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”15 You may say, “The LORD has raised up prophets for us in Babylon,” 16 but this is what the LORD says about the king who sits on David’s throne and all the people who remain in this city, your fellow citizens who did not go with you into exile— 17 yes, this is what the LORD Almighty says: “I will send the sword, famine and plague against them and I will make them like figs that are so bad they cannot be eaten. 18 I will pursue them with the sword, famine and plague and will make them abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth, a curse and an object of horror, of scorn and reproach, among all the nations where I drive them. 19 For they have not listened to my words,” declares the LORD, “words that I sent to them again and again by my servants the prophets. And you exiles have not listened either,” declares the LORD. 20 Therefore, hear the word of the LORD, all you exiles whom I have sent away from Jerusalem to Babylon. 21 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says about Ahab son of Kolaiah and Zedekiah son of Maaseiah, who are prophesying lies to you in my name: “I will deliver them into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he will put them to death before your very eyes. 22 Because of them, all the exiles from Judah who are in Babylon will use this curse: ‘May the LORD treat you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babylon burned in the fire.’ 23 For they have done outrageous things in Israel; they have committed adultery with their neighbors’ wives, and in my name they have uttered lies—which I did not authorize. I know it and am a witness to it,” declares the LORD. 24 Tell Shemaiah the Nehelamite, 25 “This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You sent letters in your own name to all the people in Jerusalem, to the priest Zephaniah son of Maaseiah, and to all the other priests. You said to Zephaniah, 26 ‘The LORD has appointed you priest in place of Jehoiada to be in charge of the house of the LORD; you should put any maniac who acts like a prophet into the stocks and neck-irons. 27  So why have you not reprimanded Jeremiah from Anathoth, who poses as a prophet among you? 28 He has sent this message to us in Babylon: It will be a long time. Therefore build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.’ ” 29 Zephaniah the priest, however, read the letter to Jeremiah the prophet. 30 Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 31 “Send this message to all the exiles: ‘This is what the LORD says about Shemaiah the Nehelamite: Because Shemaiah has prophesied to you, even though I did not send him, and has persuaded you to trust in lies, 32 this is what the LORD says: I will surely punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite and his descendants. He will have no one left among this people, nor will he see the good things I will do for my people, declares the LORD, because he has preached rebellion against me.’ ”

NEW TESTAMENT: 1 TIMOTHY 1:1 – 20

1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, 

2 To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Timothy Charged to Oppose False Teachers

3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer 

4 or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. 

5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 

6 Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. 

7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm. 

8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 

9 We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,

10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 

11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

The Lord’s Grace to Paul

12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 

13Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.

14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 

15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 

16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.

17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

The Charge to Timothy Renewed

18 Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, 

19 holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith. 

20 Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.

THEinc-HIM Daily Bible Meditation – July 26 – Daily Post   Leave a comment

JULY 26

PSALMS: 26, 56, 86, 116, 146

PROVERBS: 26

OLD TESTAMENT: JEREMIAH 26:1 – 27:22

NEW TESTAMENT: 2 THESSALONIANS 3:1 – 18

PSALMS: 26

1 Judge me, LORD, for I have walked in my integrity.

I have trusted also in LORD without wavering. 

2 Examine me, LORD, and prove me.

Try my heart and my mind. 

3 For your loving kindness is before my eyes.

I have walked in your truth. 

4 I have not sat with deceitful men,

Neither will I go in with hypocrites. 

5 I hate the assembly of evil-doers,

And will not sit with the wicked. 

6 I will wash my hands in innocence,

So I will go about your altar, LORD; 

7 That I may make the voice of thanksgiving to be heard,

And tell of all your wondrous works. 

8 LORD, I love the habitation of your house,

The place where your glory dwells. 

9 Don’t gather my soul with sinners,

Nor my life with bloodthirsty men; 

10 In whose hands is wickedness,

Their right hand is full of bribes. 

11 But as for me, I will walk in my integrity.

Redeem me, and be merciful to me. 

12 My foot stands in an even place.

In the congregations will I bless the LORD.

PSALMS: 56

1 Be merciful to me, God, for man wants to swallow me up.

All day long, he attacks and oppresses me. 

2 My enemies want to swallow me up all day long,

For they are many who fight proudly against me. 

3 When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. 

4 In God, I praise his word. In God,

I put my trust. I will not be afraid.

What can flesh do to me? 

5 All day long they twist my words.

All their thoughts are against me for evil. 

6 They conspire and lurk,

Watching my steps, they are eager to take my life. 

7 Shall they escape by iniquity? I

n anger cast down the peoples, God. 

8 You number my wanderings.

You put my tears into your bottle.

Aren’t they in your book? 

9 Then shall my enemies turn back in the day that I call.

I know this, that God is for me. 

10 In God, I will praise his word. In the LORD,

I will praise his word. 

11 I have put my trust in God.

I will not be afraid.

What can man do to me? 

12 Your vows are on me, God.

I will give thank offerings to you. 

13 For you have delivered my soul from death,

And prevented my feet from falling,

That I may walk before God in the light of the living.

PSALMS: 86

1 Hear, LORD, and answer me,

For I am poor and needy. 

2 Preserve my soul, for I am godly.

You, my God, save your servant who trusts in you. 

3 Be merciful to me, Lord,

For I call to you all day long.

4 Bring joy to the soul of your servant,

For to you, Lord, do I lift up my soul. 

5 For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive;

Abundant in loving kindness to all those who call on you. 

6 Hear, LORD, my prayer.

Listen to the voice of my petitions. 

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

For you will answer me. 

8 There is no one like you among the gods, Lord,

Nor any deeds like your deeds. 

9 All nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord.

They shall glorify your name. 

10 For you are great, and do wondrous things.

You are God alone. 

11 Teach me your way, LORD.

I will walk in your truth.

Make my heart undivided to fear your name. 

12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with my whole heart.

I will glorify your name forevermore. 

13 For your loving kindness is great toward me.

You have delivered my soul from the lowest She’ol. 

14 God, the proud have risen up against me.

A company of violent men have sought after my soul,

And they don’t hold regard for you before them. 

15 But you, Lord, are a merciful and gracious God,

Slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness and truth. 

16 Turn to me, and have mercy on me!

Give your strength to your servant.

Save the son of your handmaid. 

17  Show me a sign of your goodness,

That those who hate me may see it, and be put to shame,

Because you, LORD, have helped me, and comforted me.

PSALMS: 116

1 I love the LORD, because he listens to my voice,

And my cries for mercy. 

2 Because he has turned his ear to me,

Therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 

3 The cords of death surrounded me,

The pains of She’ol got a hold on me.

I found trouble and sorrow. 

4 Then called I on the name of the LORD:

“The LORD, I beg you, deliver my soul.” 

5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous;

Yes, our God is merciful. 

6 The LORD preserves the simple.

I was brought low, and he saved me. 

7 Return to your rest, my soul,

For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you. 

8 For you have delivered my soul from death,

My eyes from tears,

And my feet from falling. 

9 I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living. 

10 I believed, therefore I said,

“I was greatly afflicted.” 

11 I said in my haste,

“All men are liars.” 

12 What will I give to the LORD for all his benefits toward me?

13 I will take the cup of salvation,

and call on the name of the LORD. 

14 I will pay my vows to the LORD,

Yes, in the presence of all his people. 

15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his holy ones. 

16 LORD, truly I am your servant.

I am your servant, the son of your handmaid.

You have freed me from my chains. 

17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving,

And will call on the name of the LORD. 

18 I will pay my vows to the LORD,

Yes, in the presence of all his people, 

19 In the courts of the LORD’s house,

In the midst of you, Yerushalayim.

Praise the LORD!

PSALMS: 146

1 Praise the LORD!

Praise the LORD, my soul. 

2 While I live, I will praise the LORD.

I will sing praises to my God as long as I exist. 

3 Don’t put your trust in princes,

Each a son of man in whom there is no help. 

4 His spirit departs, and he returns to the eretz.

In that very day, his thoughts perish. 

5 Happy is he who has the God of Ya`akov for his help,

Whose hope is in the LORD, his God: 

6 Who made heaven and eretz,

The sea, and all that is in them;

Who keeps truth forever; 

7 Who executes justice for the oppressed;

Who gives food to the hungry.

The LORD frees the prisoners. 

8 The LORD opens the eyes of the blind.

The LORD raises up those who are bowed down.

The LORD loves the righteous. 

9 The LORD preserves the sojourners.

He upholds the fatherless and widow,

But the way of the wicked he turns upside down. 

10 The LORD will reign forever;

Your God, O Tziyon, to all generations. Praise the LORD!

PROVERBS: 26

1 Like snow in summer, and as rain in harvest,

So honor is not fitting for a fool. 

2 Like a fluttering sparrow,

Like a darting swallow,

So the undeserved curse doesn’t come to rest. 

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

And a rod for the back of fools! 

4 Don’t answer a fool according to his folly,

Lest you also be like him.

5 Answer a fool according to his folly,

Lest he be wise in his own eyes. 

6 One who sends a message by the hand of a fool

Is cutting off feet and drinking violence. 

7 Like the legs of the lame that hang loose:

So is a parable in the mouth of fools. 

8 As one who binds a stone in a sling,

So is he who gives honor to a fool. 

9 Like a thornbush that goes into the hand of a drunkard,

So is a parable in the mouth of fools. 

10 As an archer who wounds all,

So is he who hires a fool

Or he who hires those who pass by. 

11 As a dog that returns to his vomit,

So is a fool who repeats his folly. 

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 roams the streets!” 

14 As the door turns on its hinges,

So does the sluggard 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 with discretion. 

17 Like one who seizes a dog’s ears

Is one who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own. 

18 Like a madman who shoots firebrands, arrows, and death, 

19 Is the man who deceives his neighbor and says,

“Am I not joking?” 

20 For lack of wood the fire goes out;

Where there is no gossip, a quarrel dies down. 

21 As coals are to hot embers, And wood to fire,

So is a contentious man to kindle strife.

22 The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels,

They go down into the innermost parts. 

23 Like silver dross on an earthen vessel

Are the lips of a fervent one with an evil heart. 

24 A malicious man disguises himself with his lips,

But he harbors evil in his heart. 

25 When his speech is charming, don’t believe him;

For there are seven abominations in his heart: 

26 His malice may be concealed by deception,

But his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly. 

27 Whoever digs a pit shall fall into it. ‘

Whoever rolls a stone, it will come back on him. 

28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts;

And a flattering mouth works ruin.

OLD TESTAMENT: JEREMIAH 26:1 – 27:22

26:1 Early in the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came from the LORD: 2 “This is what the LORD says: Stand in the courtyard of the LORD’s house and speak to all the people of the towns of Judah who come to worship in the house of the LORD. Tell them everything I command you; do not omit a word. 3 Perhaps they will listen and each will turn from their evil ways. Then I will relent and not inflict on them the disaster I was planning because of the evil they have done. 4 Say to them, ‘This is what the LORD says: If you do not listen to me and follow my law, which I have set before you, 5 and if you do not listen to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I have sent to you again and again (though you have not listened), 6 then I will make this house like Shiloh and this city a curse among all the nations of the earth.’ ” 7  The priests, the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speak these words in the house of the LORD. 8 But as soon as Jeremiah finished telling all the people everything the LORD had commanded him to say, the priests, the prophets and all the people seized him and said, “You must die! 9 Why do you prophesy in the LORD’s name that this house will be like Shiloh and this city will be desolate and deserted?” And all the people crowded around Jeremiah in the house of the LORD. 10 When the officials of Judah heard about these things, they went up from the royal palace to the house of the LORD and took their places at the entrance of the New Gate of the LORD’s house. 11 Then the priests and the prophets said to the officials and all the people, “This man should be sentenced to death because he has prophesied against this city. You have heard it with your own ears!” 12 Then Jeremiah said to all the officials and all the people: “The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and this city all the things you have heard. 13 Now reform your ways and your actions and obey the LORD your God. Then the LORD will relent and not bring the disaster he has pronounced against you. 14 As for me, I am in your hands; do with me whatever you think is good and right. 15 Be assured, however, that if you put me to death, you will bring the guilt of innocent blood on yourselves and on this city and on those who live in it, for in truth the LORD has sent me to you to speak all these words in your hearing.” 16 Then the officials and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, “This man should not be sentenced to death! He has spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God.” 17 Some of the elders of the land stepped forward and said to the entire assembly of people, 18 “Micah of Moresheth prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah. He told all the people of Judah, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty says: “ ‘Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.’ 19 “Did Hezekiah king of Judah or anyone else in Judah put him to death? Did not Hezekiah fear the LORD and seek his favor? And did not the LORD relent, so that he did not bring the disaster he pronounced against them? We are about to bring a terrible disaster on ourselves!” 20 (Now Uriah son of Shemaiah from Kiriath Jearim was another man who prophesied in the name of the LORD; he prophesied the same things against this city and this land as Jeremiah did. 21 When King Jehoiakim and all his officers and officials heard his words, the king was determined to put him to death. But Uriah heard of it and fled in fear to Egypt. 22 King Jehoiakim, however, sent Elnathan son of Akbor to Egypt, along with some other men. 23 They brought Uriah out of Egypt and took him to King Jehoiakim, who had him struck down with a sword and his body thrown into the burial place of the common people.) 24 Furthermore, Ahikam son of Shaphan supported Jeremiah, and so he was not handed over to the people to be put to death.

27:1 Early in the reign of Zedekiah son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2 This is what the LORD said to me: “Make a yoke out of straps and crossbars and put it on your neck. 3 Then send word to the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre and Sidon through the envoys who have come to Jerusalem to Zedekiah king of Judah. 4 Give them a message for their masters and say, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Tell this to your masters: 5 With my great power and outstretched arm I made the earth and its people and the animals that are on it, and I give it to anyone I please. 6 Now I will give all your countries into the hands of my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; I will make even the wild animals subject to him. 7 All nations will serve him and his son and his grandson until the time for his land comes; then many nations and great kings will subjugate him. 8 “ ‘ “If, however, any nation or kingdom will not serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon or bow its neck under his yoke, I will punish that nation with the sword, famine and plague, declares the LORD, until I destroy it by his hand. 9 So do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your interpreters of dreams, your mediums or your sorcerers who tell you, ‘You will not serve the king of Babylon.’ 10 They prophesy lies to you that will only serve to remove you far from your lands; I will banish you and you will perish. 11 But if any nation will bow its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon and serve him, I will let that nation remain in its own land to till it and to live there, declares the LORD.” ’ ” 12 I gave the same message to Zedekiah king of Judah. I said, “Bow your neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon; serve him and his people, and you will live. 13 Why will you and your people die by the sword, famine and plague with which the LORD has threatened any nation that will not serve the king of Babylon? 14 Do not listen to the words of the prophets who say to you, ‘You will not serve the king of Babylon,’ for they are prophesying lies to you. 15 ‘I have not sent them,’ declares the LORD. ‘They are prophesying lies in my name. Therefore, I will banish you and you will perish, both you and the prophets who prophesy to you.’ ” 16 Then I said to the priests and all these people, “This is what the LORD says: Do not listen to the prophets who say, ‘Very soon now the articles from the LORD’s house will be brought back from Babylon.’ They are prophesying lies to you. 17  Do not listen to them. Serve the king of Babylon, and you will live. Why should this city become a ruin? 18 If they are prophets and have the word of the LORD, let them plead with the LORD Almighty that the articles remaining in the house of the LORD and in the palace of the king of Judah and in Jerusalem not be taken to Babylon. 19 For this is what the LORD Almighty says about the pillars, the bronze Sea, the movable stands and the other articles that are left in this city, 20 which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon did not take away when he carried Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon, along with all the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem— 21 yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says about the things that are left in the house of the LORD and in the palace of the king of Judah and in Jerusalem: 22 ‘They will be taken to Babylon and there they will remain until the day I come for them,’ declares the LORD. ‘Then I will bring them back and restore them to this place.’ ”

NEW TESTAMENT: 2 THESSALONIANS 3:1 – 18

Request for Prayer

3:1 As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. 

2 And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. 

3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 

4 We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. 

5 May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

Warning Against Idleness

6 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us. 

7  For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 

8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 

9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. 

10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” 

11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.

12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. 

13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good. 

14 Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. 

15 Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.

Final Greetings

16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. 

17 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand, which is the distinguishing mark in all my letters. This is how I write. 

18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

THEinc-HIM Daily Bible Meditation – July 25 – Full Text   Leave a comment

JULY 25

PSALMS: 25, 55, 85, 115, 145

PROVERBS: 25

OLD TESTAMENT: JEREMIAH 23:28 – 25:38

NEW TESTAMENT: 2 THESSALONIANS 2:1 – 17

PSALMS: 25

1 To you, LORD, do I lift up my soul. 

2 My God, in you have I trusted,

Let me not be put to shame.

Don’t let my enemies triumph over me. 

3 Yes, no one who waits for you shall be put to shame.

They shall be put to shame who deal treacherously without cause. 

4 Show me your ways, LORD.

Teach me your paths. 

5 Guide me in your truth, and teach me,

For you are the God of my salvation,

I wait for you all day long. 

6 LORD, remember your tender mercies and your loving kindness,

For they are from old times. 

7 Don’t remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions.

Remember me according to your loving kindness,

For your goodness’ sake, LORD. 

8 Good and upright is the LORD,

Therefore he will instruct sinners in the way.

9 He will guide the humble in justice.

He will teach the humble his way. 

10 All the paths of the LORD are loving kindness and truth

To such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. 

11 For your name’s sake, LORD,

Pardon my iniquity, for it is great. 

12 What man is he who fears the LORD?

He shall instruct him in the way that he shall choose. 

13 His soul shall dwell at ease.

His seed shall inherit the land. 

14 The friendship of the LORD is with those who fear him.

He will show them his covenant. 

15 My eyes are ever on the LORD,

For he will pluck my feet out of the net. 

16 Turn to me, and have mercy on me,

For I am desolate and afflicted. 

17  The troubles of my heart are enlarged.

Oh bring me out of my distresses. 

18 Consider my affliction and my travail.

Forgive all my sins. 

19 Consider my enemies, for they are many.

They hate me with cruel hatred. 

20 Oh keep my soul, and deliver me.

Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. 

21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,

For I wait for you. 

22 Redeem Yisra’el, God,

Out all of his troubles.

PSALMS: 55

1 Listen to my prayer, God.

Don’t hide yourself from my supplication. 

2 Attend to me, and answer me.

I am restless in my complaint, and moan, 

3 Because of the voice of the enemy,

Because of the oppression of the wicked.

For they bring suffering on me.

In anger they hold a grudge against me. 

4 My heart is severely pained within me.

The terrors of death have fallen on me. 

5 Fearfulness and trembling have come on me.

Horror has overwhelmed me. 

6 I said, “Oh that I had wings like a dove!

Then I would fly away, and be at rest. 

7 Behold, then I would wander far off.

I would lodge in the wilderness.”

Selah. 

8 “I would hurry to a shelter from the stormy wind and tempest.” 

9 Confuse them, Lord, and confound their language,

For I have seen violence and strife in the city. 

10 Day and night they prowl around on its walls.

Malice and abuse are also within her. 

11 Destructive forces are within her.

Threats and lies don’t depart from her streets. 

12 For it was not an enemy who insulted me,

Then I could have endured it.

Neither was it he who hated me who raised himself up against me,

Then I would have hid myself from him. 

13 But it was you, a man like me,

My companion, and my familiar friend. 

14 We took sweet fellowship together.

We walked in God’s house with the throng. 

15 Let death come suddenly on them.

Let them go down alive into She’ol.

For wickedness is in their dwelling, in the midst of them. 

16 As for me, I will call on God.

The LORD will save me. 

17 Evening, morning, and at noon, I will cry out in distress.

He will hear my voice. 

18 He has redeemed my soul in shalom from the battle that was against me,

Although there are many who oppose me. 

19 God, who is enthroned forever,

Will hear, and answer them.

Selah.

They never change,

Who don’t fear God. 

20 He raises his hands against his friends.

He has violated his covenant. 

21 His mouth was smooth as butter,

But his heart was war.

His words were softer than oil,

Yet they were drawn swords. 

22 Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you.

He will never allow the righteous to be moved. 

23 But you, God, will bring them down into the pit of destruction.

Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days,

But I will trust in you.

PSALMS: 85

1 LORD, you have been favorable to your land.

You have restored the fortunes of Ya`akov. 

2 You have forgiven the iniquity of your people.

You have covered all their sin.

Selah. 

3 You have taken away all your wrath.

You have turned from the fierceness of your anger. 

4 Turn us, God of our salvation,

And cause your indignation toward us to cease. 

5 Will you be angry with us forever?

Will you draw out your anger to all generations? 

6 Won’t you revive us again,

That your people may rejoice in you? 

7 Show us your loving kindness, LORD.

Grant us your salvation. 

8 I will hear what God, the LORD, will speak,

For he will speak shalom to his people, his holy ones;

But let them not turn again to folly. 

9 Surely his salvation is near those who fear him,

That glory may dwell in our land.

10 Mercy and truth meet together.

Righteousness and shalom have kissed each other. 

11 Truth springs out of the eretz.

Righteousness has looked down from heaven. 

12 Yes, the LORD will give that which is good.

Our land will yield its increase. 

13 Righteousness goes before him,

And prepares the way for his steps.

PSALMS: 115

1 Not to us, LORD, not to us,

But to your name give glory,

For your loving kindness, and for your truth’s sake. 

2 Why should the nations say,

“Where is their God, now?” 

3 But our God is in the heavens.

He does whatever he pleases. 

4 Their idols are silver and gold,

The work of men’s hands. 

5 They have mouths, but they don’t speak;

They have eyes, but they don’t see; 

6 They have ears, but they don’t hear;

They have noses, but they don’t smell; 

7  They have hands, but they don’t feel;

They have feet, but they don’t walk;

Neither do they speak through their throat. 

8 Those who make them will be like them;

Yes, everyone who trusts in them. 

9 Yisra’el, trust in the LORD!

He is their help and their shield. 

10 House of Aharon, trust in the LORD!

He is their help and their shield. 

11 You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD!

He is their help and their shield. 

12 The LORD remembers us.

He will bless us. 4

He will bless the house of Yisra’el.

He will bless the house of Aharon. 

13 He will bless those who fear the LORD,

Both small and great. 

14 May the LORD increase you more and more,

You and your children. 

15 Blessed are you by the LORD,

Who made heaven and eretz. 

16 The heavens are the heavens of the LORD;

But the eretz has he given to the children of men. 

17  The dead don’t praise the LORD,

Neither any who go down into silence; 

18 But we will bless the LORD,

From this time forth and forevermore.

Praise the LORD!

PSALMS: 145

1 I will exalt you, my God, the King.

I will praise your name forever and ever. 

2 Every day I will praise you.

I will extol your name forever and ever. 

3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised!

His greatness is unsearchable. 

4 One generation will commend your works to another,

And will declare your mighty acts. 

5 Of the glorious majesty of your honor,

Of your wondrous works, I will meditate. 

6 Men will speak of the might of your awesome acts.

I will declare your greatness. 

7 They will utter the memory of your great goodness,

And will sing of your righteousness. 

8 The LORD is gracious, merciful,

Slow to anger, and of great loving kindness. 

9 The LORD is good to all.

His tender mercies are over all his works.

10 All your works will give thanks to you, LORD.

Your holy ones will extol you. 

11 They will speak of the glory of your kingdom,

And talk about your power; 

12 To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts,

The glory of the majesty of his kingdom. 

13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.

Your dominion endures throughout all generations. 

14 The LORD upholds all who fall,

And raises up all those who are bowed down. 

15 The eyes of all wait for you.

You give them their food in due season. 

16 You open your hand,

And satisfy the desire of every living thing. 

17  The LORD is righteous in all his ways,

And gracious in all his works. 

18 The LORD is near to all those who call on him,

To all who call on him in truth. 

19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear him.

He also will hear their cry, and will save them. 

20 The LORD preserves all those who love him,

But all the wicked he will destroy. 

21 My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD.

Let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

PROVERBS: 25

1 These also are proverbs of Shlomo,

which the men of Hizkiyahu king of Yehudah copied out. 

2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing,

But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. 

3 As the heavens for height, and the eretz for depth,

So the hearts of kings are unsearchable. 

4 Take away the dross from the silver,

And material comes out for the refiner; 

5 Take away the wicked from the king’s presence,

And his throne will be established in righteousness. 

6 Don’t exalt yourself in the presence of the king,

Or claim a place among great men; 

7 For it is better that it be said to you, “Come up here,

” Than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince,

Whom your eyes have seen. 

8 Don’t be hasty in bringing charges to court.

What will you do in the end when your neighbor shames you? 

9 Debate your case with your neighbor,

And don’t betray the confidence of another; 

10 Lest one who hears it put you to shame,

And your bad reputation never depart. 

11 A word fitly spoken Is like apples of gold in settings of silver. 

12 As an ear-ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold,

So is a wise reprover to an obedient ear. 

13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest,

So is a faithful messenger to those who send him;

For he refreshes the soul of his masters. 

14 As clouds and wind without rain,

So is he who boasts of gifts deceptively. 

15 By patience a ruler is persuaded.

A soft tongue breaks the bone. 

16 Have you found honey?

Eat as much as is sufficient for you,

Lest you eat too much, and vomit it. 

17 Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house,

Lest he be weary of you, and hate you. 

18 A man who gives false testimony against his neighbor

Is like a club, a sword, or a sharp arrow. 

19 Confidence in someone unfaithful in time of trouble

Is like a bad tooth, or a lame foot. 

20 As one who takes away a garment in cold weather,

Or vinegar on soda, So is one who sings songs to a heavy heart. 

21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;

If he is thirsty, give him water to drink: 

22 For you will heap coals of fire on his head,

And the LORD will reward you. 

23 The north wind brings forth rain:

So a backbiting tongue brings an angry face. 

24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop,

Than to share a house with a contentious woman. 

25 Like cold water to a thirsty soul,

So is good news from a far country. 

26 Like a muddied spring, and a polluted well,

So is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked. 

27 It is not good to eat much honey;

Nor is it honorable to seek ones own honor. 

28 Like a city that is broken down and without walls

Is a man whose spirit is without restraint.

OLD TESTAMENT: JEREMIAH 23:28 – 25:38

23:28 Let the prophet who has a dream recount the dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?” declares the LORD. 29 “Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces? 30 “Therefore,” declares the LORD, “I am against the prophets who steal from one another words supposedly from me. 31 Yes,” declares the LORD, “I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues and yet declare, ‘The LORD declares.’ 32 Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” declares the LORD. “They tell them and lead my people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them. They do not benefit these people in the least,” declares the LORD. 33 “When these people, or a prophet or a priest, ask you, ‘What is the message from the LORD?’ say to them, ‘What message? I will forsake you, declares the LORD.’ 34 If a prophet or a priest or anyone else claims, ‘This is a message from the LORD,’ I will punish them and their household. 35 This is what each of you keeps saying to your friends and other Israelites: ‘What is the LORD’s answer?’ or ‘What has the LORD spoken?’ 36 But you must not mention ‘a message from the LORD’ again, because each one’s word becomes their own message. So you distort the words of the living God, the LORD Almighty, our God. 

37  This is what you keep saying to a prophet: ‘What is the LORD’s answer to you?’ or ‘What has the LORD spoken?’ 38 Although you claim, ‘This is a message from the LORD,’ this is what the LORD says: You used the words, ‘This is a message from the LORD,’ even though I told you that you must not claim, ‘This is a message from the LORD.’ 39 Therefore, I will surely forget you and cast you out of my presence along with the city I gave to you and your ancestors. 40 I will bring on you everlasting disgrace—everlasting shame that will not be forgotten.”

24:1 After Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah and the officials, the skilled workers and the artisans of Judah were carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the LORD showed me two baskets of figs placed in front of the temple of the LORD. 2 One basket had very good figs, like those that ripen early; the other basket had very bad figs, so bad they could not be eaten. 3 Then the LORD asked me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” “Figs,” I answered. “The good ones are very good, but the bad ones are so bad they cannot be eaten.” 4 Then the word of the LORD came to me: 5 “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Like these good figs, I regard as good the exiles from Judah, whom I sent away from this place to the land of the Babylonians. 6 My eyes will watch over them for their good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up and not tear them down; I will plant them and not uproot them. 7 I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart. 8 “ ‘But like the bad figs, which are so bad they cannot be eaten,’ says the LORD, ‘so will I deal with Zedekiah king of Judah, his officials and the survivors from Jerusalem, whether they remain in this land or live in Egypt. 9 I will make them abhorrent and an offense to all the kingdoms of the earth, a reproach and a byword, a curse and an object of ridicule, wherever I banish them. 10 I will send the sword, famine and plague against them until they are destroyed from the land I gave to them and their ancestors.’ ”

25:1 The word came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, which was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. 2 So Jeremiah the prophet said to all the people of Judah and to all those living in Jerusalem: 3 For twenty-three years—from the thirteenth year of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah until this very day—the word of the LORD has come to me and I have spoken to you again and again, but you have not listened. 4 And though the LORD has sent all his servants the prophets to you again and again, you have not listened or paid any attention. 5 They said, “Turn now, each of you, from your evil ways and your evil practices, and you can stay in the land the LORD gave to you and your ancestors for ever and ever. 6 Do not follow other gods to serve and worship them; do not arouse my anger with what your hands have made. Then I will not harm you.” 7 “But you did not listen to me,” declares the LORD, “and you have aroused my anger with what your hands have made, and you have brought harm to yourselves.” 8 Therefore the LORD Almighty says this: “Because you have not listened to my words, 9 I will summon all the peoples of the north and my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon,” declares the LORD, “and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants and against all the surrounding nations. I will completely destroy them and make them an object of horror and scorn, and an everlasting ruin. 10 I will banish from them the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, the sound of millstones and the light of the lamp. 11 This whole country will become a desolate wasteland, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years. 12 “But when the seventy years are fulfilled, I will punish the king of Babylon and his nation, the land of the Babylonians, for their guilt,” declares the LORD, “and will make it desolate forever. 13 I will bring on that land all the things I have spoken against it, all that are written in this book and prophesied by Jeremiah against all the nations. 14 They themselves will be enslaved by many nations and great kings; I will repay them according to their deeds and the work of their hands.” 15 This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, said to me: “Take from my hand this cup filled with the wine of my wrath and make all the nations to whom I send you drink it. 16 When they drink it, they will stagger and go mad because of the sword I will send among them.” 17 So I took the cup from the LORD’s hand and made all the nations to whom he sent me drink it: 18 Jerusalem and the towns of Judah, its kings and officials, to make them a ruin and an object of horror and scorn, a curse —as they are today; 19 Pharaoh king of Egypt, his attendants, his officials and all his people, 20 and all the foreign people there; all the kings of Uz; all the kings of the Philistines (those of Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and the people left at Ashdod); 21 Edom, Moab and Ammon; 22 all the kings of Tyre and Sidon; the kings of the coastlands across the sea; 23 Dedan, Tema, Buz and all who are in distant places ; 24 all the kings of Arabia and all the kings of the foreign people who live in the wilderness; 25 all the kings of Zimri, Elam and Media; 26 and all the kings of the north, near and far, one after the other—all the kingdoms on the face of the earth. And after all of them, the king of Sheshak will drink it too. 27  “Then tell them, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Drink, get drunk and vomit, and fall to rise no more because of the sword I will send among you.’ 28 But if they refuse to take the cup from your hand and drink, tell them, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty says: You must drink it! 29 See, I am beginning to bring disaster on the city that bears my Name, and will you indeed go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, for I am calling down a sword on all who live on the earth, declares the LORD Almighty.’ 30 “Now prophesy all these words against them and say to them: “ ‘The LORD will roar from on high; he will thunder from his holy dwelling and roar mightily against his land. He will shout like those who tread the grapes, shout against all who live on the earth. 31 The tumult will resound to the ends of the earth, for the LORD will bring charges against the nations; he will bring judgment on all mankind and put the wicked to the sword,’ ” declares the LORD. 32 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Look! Disaster is spreading from nation to nation; a mighty storm is rising from the ends of the earth.”33 At that time those slain by the LORD will be everywhere—from one end of the earth to the other. They will not be mourned or gathered up or buried, but will be like dung lying on the ground. 34 Weep and wail, you shepherds; roll in the dust, you leaders of the flock. For your time to be slaughtered has come; you will fall like the best of the rams. 35 The shepherds will have nowhere to flee, the leaders of the flock no place to escape. 36 Hear the cry of the shepherds, the wailing of the leaders of the flock, for the LORD is destroying their pasture. 37 The peaceful meadows will be laid waste because of the fierce anger of the LORD. 38 Like a lion he will leave his lair, and their land will become desolate because of the sword of the oppressor and because of the LORD’s fierce anger.

NEW TESTAMENT: 2 THESSALONIANS 2:1 – 17

The Man of Lawlessness

2:1 Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, 

2 not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. 

3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 

4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God. 

5 Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 

6 And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 

7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 

8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 

9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie,

10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 

11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 

12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

Stand Firm

13 But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 

14 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. 

16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 

17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

THEinc-HIM Daily Bible Meditation – July 24 – Full Text – Shabbat Shalom!   Leave a comment

JULY 24

PSALMS: 24, 54, 84, 114, 144

PROVERBS: 24

OLD TESTAMENT: JEREMIAH 22:1 – 23:30

NEW TESTAMENT: 2 THESSALONIANS 1:1 – 12

PSALMS: 24

1 The eretz is the LORD’s, with its fullness;

The world, and those who dwell therein. 

2 For he has founded it on the seas,

And established it on the floods. 

3 Who may ascend to the LORD’s hill?

Who may stand in his holy place? 

4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart;

Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood,

And has not sworn deceitfully. 

5 He shall receive a blessing from the LORD,

Righteousness from the God of his salvation. 

6 This is the generation of those who seek Him,

Who seek your face — even Ya`akov.

Selah. 

7 Lift up your heads, you gates;

Be lifted up, you everlasting doors:

The King of glory will come in. 

8 Who is the King of glory?

The LORD strong and mighty,

The LORD mighty in battle.

9 Lift up your heads, you gates;

Yes, lift them up, you everlasting doors:

The King of glory will come in. 

10 Who is this King of glory?

The LORD of Hosts,

He is the King of glory.

Selah.

PSALMS: 54

1 Save me, God, by your name.

Vindicate me in your might. 

2 Hear my prayer, God.

Listen to the words of my mouth. 

3 For strangers have risen up against me.

Violent men have sought after my soul.

They haven’t set God before them.

Selah. 

4 Behold, God is my helper.

The Lord is the one who sustains my soul. 

5 He will repay the evil to my enemies.

Destroy them in your truth. 

6 With a free will offering, I will sacrifice to you.

I will give thanks to your name, LORD, for it is good. 

7 For he has delivered me out of all trouble.

My eye has seen triumph over my enemies.

PSALMS: 84

1 How lovely are your dwellings,

LORD of Hosts! 

2 My soul longs, and even faints for the courts of the LORD.

My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. 

3 Yes, the sparrow has found a home,

And the swallow a nest for herself,

where she may have her young,

Near your altars, LORD of Hosts,

My King, and my God. 

4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house.

They are always praising you. Selah. 

5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in you;

Who have set their hearts on a pilgrimage. 

6 Passing through the valley of Weeping,

they make it a place of springs.

Yes, the autumn rain covers it with blessings. 

7 They go from strength to strength.

Everyone of them appears before God in Tziyon. 

8 LORD, God Tzva’ot, hear my prayer.

Listen, God of Ya`akov.

Selah. 

9 Behold, God our shield,

Look at the face of your anointed. 

10 For a day in your courts is better than a thousand.

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

Than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. 

11 For the LORD God is a sun and a shield.

The LORD will give grace and glory.

He withholds no good thing from those who walk blamelessly. 

12 LORD of Hosts,

Blessed is the man who trusts in you.

PSALMS: 114

1 When Yisra’el went forth out of Mitzrayim,

The house of Ya`akov from a people of foreign language; 

2 Yehudah became his sanctuary,

Yisra’el his dominion. 

3 The sea saw it, and fled.

The Yarden was driven back. 

4 The mountains skipped like rams,

The little hills like lambs. 

5 What was it, you sea, that you fled?

You Yarden, that you turned back? 

6 You mountains, that you skipped like rams;

You little hills, like lambs? 

7 Tremble, you eretz, at the presence of the Lord,

At the presence of the God of Ya`akov, 

8 Who turned the rock into a pool of water,

The flint into a spring of waters.

PSALMS: 144

1 Blessed be the LORD, my rock,

Who teaches my hands to war,

And my fingers to battle: 

2 My loving kindness, my fortress,

My high tower, my deliverer,

My shield, and he in whom I take refuge;

Who subdues my people under me. 

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

Or the son of man, that you think of him? 

4 Man is like a breath.

His days are like a shadow that passes away. 

5 Part your heavens, LORD, and come down.

Touch the mountains, and they will smoke. 

6 Throw out lightning, and scatter them.

Send out your arrows, and rout them. 

7 Stretch out your hand from above,

Rescue me, and deliver me out of great waters,

Out of the hands of foreigners; 

8 Whose mouths speak deceit,

Whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood. 

9 I will sing a new song to you, God.

On a ten-stringed lyre,

I will sing praises to you. 

10 You are he who gives salvation to kings,

Who rescues David, his servant, from the deadly sword. 

11 Rescue me, and deliver me out of the hands of foreigners,

Whose mouths speak deceit,

Whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood. 

12 Then our sons will be like well-nurtured plants,

Our daughters like pillars carved to adorn a palace. 

13 Our barns are full, filled with all kinds of provision.

Our sheep bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields. 

14 Our oxen will pull heavy loads.

There is no breaking in, and no going away,

And no outcry in our streets. 

15 Happy are the people who are in such a situation.

Happy are the people whose God is the LORD.

PROVERBS: 24

1 Don’t you be envious against evil men;

Neither desire to be with them: 

2 For their hearts plot violence,

And their lips talk about mischief. 

3 Through wisdom a house is built;

By understanding it is established; 

4 By knowledge the rooms are filled

With all rare and beautiful treasure. 

5 A wise man has great power;

And a knowledgeable man increases strength; 

6 For by wise guidance you wage your war;

And victory is in many advisors. 

7 Wisdom is too high for a fool:

He doesn’t open his mouth in the gate. 

8 One who plots to do evil

Will be called a schemer. 

9 The schemes of folly are sin.

The mocker is detested by men. 

10 If you falter in the time of trouble,

Your strength is small. 

11 Rescue those who are being led away to death!

Indeed, hold back those who are staggering to the slaughter! 

12 If you say,

“Behold, we didn’t know this;”

Doesn’t he who weighs the hearts consider it?

He who keeps your soul, doesn’t he know it?

Shall he not render to every man according to his work?

13 My son, eat honey, for it is good;

The droppings of the honeycomb, which are sweet to your taste: 

14 So you shall know wisdom to be to your soul;

If you have found it, then will there be a reward,

Your hope will not be cut off. 

15 Don’t lay in wait, wicked man, against the habitation of the righteous.

Don’t destroy his resting-place: 

16 For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again;

But the wicked are overthrown by calamity. 

17 Don’t rejoice when your enemy falls.

Don’t let your heart be glad when he is overthrown;

18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him,

And he turn away his wrath from him. 

19 Don’t fret yourself because of evildoers;

Neither be envious of the wicked: 

20 For there will be no reward to the evil man;

And the lamp of the wicked shall be snuffed out. 

21 My son, fear the LORD and the king.

Don’t join those who are rebellious: 

22 For their calamity will rise suddenly;

The destruction from them both — who knows? 

23 These also are sayings of the wise.

To show partiality in judgment is not good. 

24 He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous;”

Peoples shall curse him, and nations shall abhor him — 

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

And a rich blessing will come on them. 

26 An honest answer Is like a kiss on the lips. 

27 Prepare your work outside.

Make it ready for you in the field.

Afterwards, build your house. 

28 Don’t be a witness against your neighbor without cause.

Don’t deceive with your lips.

29 Don’t say, “I will do to him as he has done to me;

I will render to the man according to his work.” 

30 I went by the field of the sluggard,

By the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 

31 Behold, it was all grown over with thorns.

Its surface was covered with nettles,

And its stone wall was broken down. 

32 Then I saw, and considered well.

I saw, and received instruction: 

33 A little sleep, a little slumber,

A little folding of the hands to sleep; 

34 So shall your poverty come as a robber,

And your want as an armed man.

OLD TESTAMENT: JEREMIAH 22:1 – 23:30

22:1 This is what the LORD says: “Go down to the palace of the king of Judah and proclaim this message there: 2 ‘Hear the word of the LORD to you, king of Judah, you who sit on David’s throne—you, your officials and your people who come through these gates. 3 This is what the LORD says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place. 4 For if you are careful to carry out these commands, then kings who sit on David’s throne will come through the gates of this palace, riding in chariots and on horses, accompanied by their officials and their people. 5 But if you do not obey these commands, declares the LORD, I swear by myself that this palace will become a ruin.’ ” 6 For this is what the LORD says about the palace of the king of Judah: “Though you are like Gilead to me, like the summit of Lebanon, I will surely make you like a wasteland, like towns not inhabited. 

7  I will send destroyers against you, each man with his weapons, and they will cut up your fine cedar beams and throw them into the fire. 8 “People from many nations will pass by this city and will ask one another, ‘Why has the LORD done such a thing to this great city?’ 9 And the answer will be: ‘Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God and have worshiped and served other gods.’ ” 10 Do not weep for the dead king or mourn his loss; rather, weep bitterly for him who is exiled, because he will never return nor see his native land again. 11 For this is what the LORD says about Shallum son of Josiah, who succeeded his father as king of Judah but has gone from this place: “He will never return. 12 He will die in the place where they have led him captive; he will not see this land again.” 13 “Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness, his upper rooms by injustice, making his own people work for nothing, not paying them for their labor. 14 He says, ‘I will build myself a great palace with spacious upper rooms.’ So he makes large windows in it, panels it with cedar and decorates it in red. 15 “Does it make you a king to have more and more cedar? Did not your father have food and drink? He did what was right and just, so all went well with him.16 He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?” declares the LORD. 17  “But your eyes and your heart are set only on dishonest gain, on shedding innocent blood and on oppression and extortion.” 18 Therefore this is what the LORD says about Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah: “They will not mourn for him: ‘Alas, my brother! Alas, my sister!’ They will not mourn for him: ‘Alas, my master! Alas, his splendor!’ 19 He will have the burial of a donkey— dragged away and thrown outside the gates of Jerusalem.” 20 “Go up to Lebanon and cry out, let your voice be heard in Bashan, cry out from Abarim, for all your allies are crushed. 21 I warned you when you felt secure, but you said, ‘I will not listen!’ This has been your way from your youth; you have not obeyed me. 22 The wind will drive all your shepherds away, and your allies will go into exile. Then you will be ashamed and disgraced because of all your wickedness. 23 You who live in ‘Lebanon, ’ who are nestled in cedar buildings, how you will groan when pangs come upon you, pain like that of a woman in labor! 24 “As surely as I live,” declares the LORD, “even if you, Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, were a signet ring on my right hand, I would still pull you off. 25 I will deliver you into the hands of those who want to kill you, those you fear—Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and the Babylonians. 26 I will hurl you and the mother who gave you birth into another country, where neither of you was born, and there you both will die. 27 You will never come back to the land you long to return to.” 28 Is this man Jehoiachin a despised, broken pot, an object no one wants? Why will he and his children be hurled out, cast into a land they do not know? 29 O land, land, land, hear the word of the LORD! 30 This is what the LORD says: “Record this man as if childless, a man who will not prosper in his lifetime, for none of his offspring will prosper, none will sit on the throne of David or rule anymore in Judah.”

23:1 “Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!” declares the LORD. 2 Therefore this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: “Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done,” declares the LORD. 3 “I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number. 4 I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the LORD. 5 “The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. 6 In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteous Savior. 7 “So then, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when people will no longer say, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,’ 8 but they will say, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.’ Then they will live in their own land.” 9 Concerning the prophets: My heart is broken within me; all my bones tremble. I am like a drunken man, like a strong man overcome by wine, because of the Lord and his holy words. 10 The land is full of adulterers; because of the curse the land lies parched and the pastures in the wilderness are withered. The prophets follow an evil course and use their power unjustly. 11 “Both prophet and priest are godless; even in my temple I find their wickedness,” declares the LORD. 12 “Therefore their path will become slippery; they will be banished to darkness and there they will fall. I will bring disaster on them in the year they are punished,” declares the LORD. 13 “Among the prophets of Samaria I saw this repulsive thing: They prophesied by Baal and led my people Israel astray. 14 And among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen something horrible: They commit adultery and live a lie. They strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that not one of them turns from their wickedness. They are all like Sodom to me; the people of Jerusalem are like Gomorrah.” 15 Therefore this is what the LORD Almighty says concerning the prophets: “I will make them eat bitter food and drink poisoned water, because from the prophets of Jerusalem ungodliness has spread throughout the land.” 16 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD. 17 They keep saying to those who despise me, ‘The LORD says: You will have peace.’ And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts they say, ‘No harm will come to you.’ 18 But which of them has stood in the council of the Lord to see or to hear his word? Who has listened and heard his word? 19 See, the storm of the Lord will burst out in wrath, a whirlwind swirling down on the heads of the wicked. 20 The anger of the LORD will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly. 21 I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied. 22 But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds. 23 “Am I only a God nearby,” declares the LORD, “and not a God far away? 24 Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the LORD. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the LORD. 25 “I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in my name. They say, ‘I had a dream! I had a dream!’ 26 How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions of their own minds? 27 They think the dreams they tell one another will make my people forget my name, just as their ancestors forgot my name through Baal worship. 28 Let the prophet who has a dream recount the dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?” declares the LORD. 29 “Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces? 30 “Therefore,” declares the LORD, “I am against the prophets who steal from one another words supposedly from me.

NEW TESTAMENT: 2 THESSALONIANS 1:1 – 12

1:1 Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: 

2 Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

3 We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing. 

4 Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. 

5 All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. 

6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 

7 and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 

8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 

9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might 

10 on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you. 

11 With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. 

12 We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

THEinc-HIM Daily Bible Meditation – July 23 – Full Text – Shabbat Shalom!   Leave a comment

JULY 23

PSALMS: 23, 53, 83, 113, 143

PROVERBS: 23

OLD TESTAMENT: JEREMIAH 19:1 – 21:14

NEW TESTAMENT: 1 THESSALONIANS 5:4 – 28

PSALMS: 23

1 The LORD is my shepherd:

I shall lack nothing. 

2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside still waters. 

3 He restores my soul.

He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil, for you are with me.

Your rod and your staff, they comfort me 

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

You have anointed my head with oil.

My cup runs over. 

6 Surely goodness and loving kindness shall follow me all the days of my life,

And I shall dwell in the LORD’s house forever.

PSALMS: 53

1 The fool has said in his heart,

“There is no God.”

They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity.

There is no one who does good. 

2 God looks down from heaven on the children of men,

To see if there are any who understood, Who seek after God. 

3 Every one of them has gone back.

They have become filthy together.

There is no one who does good, no, not one. 

4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge,

Who eat up my people as they eat bread,

And don’t call on God? 

5 There they were in great fear, where no fear was,

For God has scattered the bones of him who encamps against you.

You have put them to shame,

Because God has rejected them.

6 Oh that the yeshu`ah of Yisra’el would come out of Tziyon!

When God brings back the captivity of his people,

Then shall Ya`akov rejoice.

Yisra’el shall be glad.

PSALMS: 83

1 God, don’t keep silent.

Don’t keep silent, and don’t be still, God. 

2 For, behold, your enemies are stirred up.

Those who hate you have lifted up their heads. 

3 They conspire with cunning against your people.

They plot against your cherished ones. 

4 “Come,” they say, “and let us destroy them as a nation,

That the name of Yisra’el may be remembered no more.” 

5 For they have conspired together with one mind.

They form an alliance against you. 

6 The tents of Edom and the Yishme`elim;

Mo’av, and the Hagrim; 

7 Geval, `Ammon, and `Amalek;

Peleshet with the inhabitants of Tzor; 

8 Ashshur also is joined with them.

They have helped the children of Lot.

Selah. 

9 Do to them as you did to Midyan,

As to Sisera, as to Yavin, at the river Kishon; 

10 Who perished at `En-Dor,

Who became as dung for the eretz. 

11 Make their nobles like `Orev and Ze’ev;

Yes, all their princes like Zevach and Tzalmunnah; 

12 Who said, “Let us take possession

Of God’s pasturelands.” 

13 My God, make them like tumbleweed;

Like chaff before the wind. 

14 As the fire that burns the forest,

As the flame that sets the mountains on fire,

15 So pursue them with your tempest,

Terrify them with your storm.

16 Fill their faces with confusion,

That they may seek your name, LORD. 

17 Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever.

Yes, let them be confounded and perish; 

18 That they may know that you alone, whose name is the LORD,

Are Ha`Elyon over all the eretz.

PSALMS: 113

1 Praise the LORD!

Praise, you servants of the LORD,

Praise the name of the LORD. 

2 Blessed be the name of the LORD,

From this time forth and forevermore. 

3 From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same,

The LORD’s name is to be praised. 

4 The LORD is high above all nations,

His glory above the heavens. 

5 Who is like the LORD, our God,

Who has his seat on high, 

6 Who stoops down to see in heaven and in the eretz? 

7 He raises up the poor out of the dust.

Lifts up the needy from the ash heap; 

8 That he may set him with princes,

Even with the princes of his people. 

9 He settles the barren woman in her home,

As a joyful mother of children.

Praise the LORD!

PSALMS: 143

1 Hear my prayer, LORD.

Listen to my petitions.

In your faithfulness and righteousness, relieve me. 

2 Don’t enter into judgment with your servant,

For in your sight no man living is righteous. 

3 For the enemy pursues my soul.

He has struck my life down to the ground.

He has made me live in dark places,

as those who have been long dead. 

4 Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me.

My heart within me is desolate. 

5 I remember the days of old.

I meditate on all your doings.

I contemplate the work of your hands. 

6 I spread forth my hands to you.

My soul thirsts for you, like a parched land.

Selah. 

7 Hurry to answer me, LORD.

My spirit fails.

Don’t hide your face from me,

So that I don’t become like those who go down into the pit. 

8 Cause me to hear your loving kindness in the morning,

For I trust in you.

Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,

For I lift up my soul to you. 

9 Deliver me, LORD, from my enemies.

I flee to you to hide me. 

10 Teach me to do your will,

For you are my God.

Your Spirit is good.

Lead me in the land of uprightness. 

11 Revive me, LORD, for your name’s sake.

In your righteousness, bring my soul out of trouble. 

12 In your loving kindness, cut off my enemies,

And destroy all those who afflict my soul,

For I am your servant.

PROVERBS: 23

1 When you sit to eat with a ruler,

Consider diligently what is before you; 

2 Put a knife to your throat,

If you are a man given to appetite.

3 Don’t be desirous of his dainties,

Seeing they are deceitful food.

4 Don’t weary yourself to be rich.

In your wisdom, show restraint 

5 Why do you set your eyes on that which is not?

For it certainly sprouts wings like an eagle and flies in the sky. 

6 Don’t eat the food of him who has a stingy eye,

And don’t crave his delicacies: 

7 For as he thinks about the cost, so he is.

“Eat and drink!” he says to you,

But his heart is not with you. 

8 The morsel which you have eaten you shall vomit up,

And lose your good words. 

9 Don’t speak in the ears of a fool,

For he will despise the wisdom of your words. 

10 Don’t move the ancient boundary stone.

Don’t encroach on the fields of the fatherless: 

11 For their Defender is strong.

He will plead their case against you. 

12 Apply your heart to instruction,

And your ears to the words of knowledge. 

13 Don’t withhold correction from a child.

If you punish him with the rod, he will not die. 

14 Punish him with the rod,

And save his soul from She’ol 

15 My son, if your heart is wise,

Then my heart will be glad, even mine: 

16 Yes, my heart will rejoice,

When your lips speak what is right. 

17 Don’t let your heart envy sinners;

But rather fear the LORD all the day long. 

18 Indeed surely there is a future hope,

And your hope will not be cut off. 

19 Listen, my son, and be wise,

And keep your heart on the right path 

20 Don’t be among ones drinking too much wine,

Or those who gorge themselves on meat: 

21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall become poor;

And drowsiness clothes them in rags 

22 Listen to your father who gave you life,

And don’t despise your mother when she is old. 

23 Buy the truth, and don’t sell it:

Get wisdom, discipline, and understanding. 

24 The father of the righteous has great joy.

Whoever fathers a wise child delights in him. 

25 Let your father and your mother be glad!

Let her who bore you rejoice! 

26 My son, give me your heart;

And let your eyes keep in my ways. 

27 For a prostitute is a deep pit;

And a wayward wife is a narrow well. 

28 Yes, she lies in wait like a robber,

And increases the unfaithful among men. 

29 Who has woe?

Who has sorrow?

Who has strife?

Who has complaints?

Who has needless bruises?

Who has bloodshot eyes?

30 Those who stay long at the wine;

Those who go to seek out mixed wine. 

31 Don’t look at the wine when it is red,

When it sparkles in the cup,

When it goes down smoothly: 

32 At the last it bites like a snake,

And poisons like a viper. 

33 Your eyes will see strange things,

And your mind will imagine confusing things. 

34 Yes, you will be as he who lies down in the midst of the sea,

Or as he who lies on top of the rigging: 

35 “They hit me, and I was not hurt;

They beat me, and I don’t feel it!

When will I wake up?

I can do it again.

I can find another.”

OLD TESTAMENT: JEREMIAH 19:1 – 21:14

19:1 This is what the LORD says: “Go and buy a clay jar from a potter. Take along some of the elders of the people and of the priests 2 and go out to the Valley of Ben Hinnom, near the entrance of the Potsherd Gate. There proclaim the words I tell you, 3 and say, ‘Hear the word of the LORD, you kings of Judah and people of Jerusalem. This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Listen! I am going to bring a disaster on this place that will make the ears of everyone who hears of it tingle. 4 For they have forsaken me and made this a place of foreign gods; they have burned incense in it to gods that neither they nor their ancestors nor the kings of Judah ever knew, and they have filled this place with the blood of the innocent. 5 They have built the high places of Baal to burn their children in the fire as offerings to Baal—something I did not command or mention, nor did it enter my mind. 6 So beware, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when people will no longer call this place Topheth or the Valley of Ben Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter. 7 “ ‘In this place I will ruin the plans of Judah and Jerusalem. I will make them fall by the sword before their enemies, at the hands of those who want to kill them, and I will give their carcasses as food to the birds and the wild animals. 8 I will devastate this city and make it an object of horror and scorn; all who pass by will be appalled and will scoff because of all its wounds. 9 I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and daughters, and they will eat one another’s flesh because their enemies will press the siege so hard against them to destroy them.’ 10“Then break the jar while those who go with you are watching, 11 and say to them, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty says: I will smash this nation and this city just as this potter’s jar is smashed and cannot be repaired. They will bury the dead in Topheth until there is no more room. 12 This is what I will do to this place and to those who live here, declares the LORD. I will make this city like Topheth. 13 The houses in Jerusalem and those of the kings of Judah will be defiled like this place, Topheth—all the houses where they burned incense on the roofs to all the starry hosts and poured out drink offerings to other gods.’ ” 14 Jeremiah then returned from Topheth, where the LORD had sent him to prophesy, and stood in the court of the LORD’s temple and said to all the people, 15 “This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Listen! I am going to bring on this city and all the villages around it every disaster I pronounced against them, because they were stiff-necked and would not listen to my words.’ ”

20:1 When the priest Pashhur son of Immer, the official in charge of the temple of the LORD, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things, 2 he had Jeremiah the prophet beaten and put in the stocks at the Upper Gate of Benjamin at the LORD’s temple. 3 The next day, when Pashhur released him from the stocks, Jeremiah said to him, “The LORD’s name for you is not Pashhur, but Terror on Every Side. 4 For this is what the LORD says: ‘I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends; with your own eyes you will see them fall by the sword of their enemies. I will give all Judah into the hands of the king of Babylon, who will carry them away to Babylon or put them to the sword. 5 I will deliver all the wealth of this city into the hands of their enemies—all its products, all its valuables and all the treasures of the kings of Judah. They will take it away as plunder and carry it off to Babylon. 6 And you, Pashhur, and all who live in your house will go into exile to Babylon. There you will die and be buried, you and all your friends to whom you have prophesied lies.’ ” 7 You deceived me, LORD, and I was deceived ; you overpowered me and prevailed. I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me. 8 Whenever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction. So the word of the LORD has brought me insult and reproach all day long. 9 But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. 10 I hear many whispering, “Terror on every side! Denounce him! Let’s denounce him!” All my friends are waiting for me to slip, saying, “Perhaps he will be deceived; then we will prevail over him and take our revenge on him.” 11 But the LORD is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten. 12 LORD Almighty, you who examine the righteous and probe the heart and mind, let me see your vengeance on them, for to you I have committed my cause. 13 Sing to the LORD! Give praise to the LORD! He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked. 14 Cursed be the day I was born! May the day my mother bore me not be blessed! 15 Cursed be the man who brought my father the news, who made him very glad, saying, “A child is born to you—a son!” 16 May that man be like the towns the LORD overthrew without pity. May he hear wailing in the morning, a battle cry at noon. 17  For he did not kill me in the womb, with my mother as my grave, her womb enlarged forever. 18 Why did I ever come out of the womb to see trouble and sorrow and to end my days in shame?

21:1 The word came to Jeremiah from the LORD when King Zedekiah sent to him Pashhur son of Malkijah and the priest Zephaniah son of Maaseiah. They said: 2 “Inquire now of the LORD for us because Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is attacking us. Perhaps the LORD will perform wonders for us as in times past so that he will withdraw from us.” 3 But Jeremiah answered them, “Tell Zedekiah, 4 ‘This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I am about to turn against you the weapons of war that are in your hands, which you are using to fight the king of Babylon and the Babylonians who are outside the wall besieging you. And I will gather them inside this city. 5 I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and a mighty arm in furious anger and in great wrath. 6 I will strike down those who live in this city—both man and beast—and they will die of a terrible plague. 7 After that, declares the LORD, I will give Zedekiah king of Judah, his officials and the people in this city who survive the plague, sword and famine, into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and to their enemies who want to kill them. He will put them to the sword; he will show them no mercy or pity or compassion.’ 8 “Furthermore, tell the people, ‘This is what the LORD says: See, I am setting before you the way of life and the way of death. 9 Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague. But whoever goes out and surrenders to the Babylonians who are besieging you will live; they will escape with their lives. 10 I have determined to do this city harm and not good, declares the LORD. It will be given into the hands of the king of Babylon, and he will destroy it with fire.’ 11 “Moreover, say to the royal house of Judah, ‘Hear the word of the LORD. 12 This is what the LORD says to you, house of David: “ ‘Administer justice every morning; rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed, or my wrath will break out and burn like fire because of the evil you have done— burn with no one to quench it. 13 I am against you, Jerusalem, you who live above this valley on the rocky plateau, declares the LORD— you who say, “Who can come against us? Who can enter our refuge?” 14 I will punish you as your deeds deserve, declares the LORD. I will kindle a fire in your forests that will consume everything around you.’ ”

NEW TESTAMENT: 1 THESSALONIANS 5:4 – 28

5:4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 

5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.

6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 

7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 

8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 

9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 

11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Final Instructions

12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 

13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 

14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. 

16 Rejoice always, 

17 pray continually, 

18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 

19 Do not quench the Spirit. 

20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt

21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 

22 reject every kind of evil. 

23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. 

25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us. 

26 Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss. 

27 I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters. 

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

THEinc-HIM Daily Bible Meditation – July 22 – Full Text   Leave a comment

JULY 22

PSALMS: 22, 52, 82, 112, 142

PROVERBS: 22

OLD TESTAMENT: JEREMIAH 16:16 – 18:23

NEW TESTAMENT: 1 THESSALONIANS 4:1 – 5:3

PSALMS: 22

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Why are you so far from helping me,

and from the words of my groaning? 

2 My God, I cry in the daytime, but you don’t answer;

In the night season, and am not silent. 

3 But you are holy,

You who inhabit the praises of Yisra’el.

4 Our fathers trusted in you.

They trusted, and you delivered them.

5 They cried to you, and were delivered.

They trusted in you, and were not put to shame. 

6 But I am a worm, and no man;

A reproach of men, and despised by the people. 

7 All those who see me mock me.

They insult me with their lips.

They shake their heads, saying, 

8 “He trusts in the LORD; Let him deliver him;

Let him rescue him, since he delights in him.” 

9 But you brought me out of the womb.

You made me trust at my mother’s breasts. 

10 I was thrown on you from my mother’s womb.

You are my God since my mother bore me. 

11 Don’t be far from me, for trouble is near.

For there is none to help.

12 Many bulls have surrounded me.

Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me. 

13 They open their mouths wide against me,

Lions tearing prey and roaring. 

14 I am poured out like water.

All my bones are out of joint.

My heart is like wax;

It is melted within me. 

15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd.

My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.

You have brought me into the dust of death. 

16 For dogs have surrounded me.

A company of evil-doers have enclosed me.

They pierced my hands and my feet. 

17 I can count all of my bones.

They look and stare at me. 

18 They divide my garments among them.

They cast lots for my clothing. 

19 But don’t be far off, LORD.

You are my help: hurry to help me. 

20 Deliver my soul from the sword,

My precious life from the power of the dog. 

21 Save me from the lion’s mouth;

Yes, from the horns of the wild oxen you have answered me. 

22 I will declare your name to my brothers.

In the midst of the assembly, will I praise you. 

23 You who fear the LORD, praise him!

All you descendants of Ya`akov, glorify him!

Stand in awe of him, all you descendants of Yisra’el! 

24 For he has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted,

Neither has he hid his face from him;

But when he cried to him, he heard. 

25 Of you comes my praise in the great assembly.

I will pay my vows before those who fear him. 

26 The humble shall eat and be satisfied.

They shall praise the LORD who seek after him.

Let your hearts live forever. 

27 All the ends of the eretz shall remember and turn to the LORD.

All the relatives of the nations shall worship before you. 

28 For the kingdom is the LORD’s.

He is the ruler over the nations. 

29 All the rich ones of the eretz shall eat and worship.

All those who go down to the dust shall bow before him,

Even he who can’t keep his soul alive.

30 Posterity shall serve him.

Future generations shall be told about the Lord. 

31 They shall come and shall declare his righteousness to a people that shall be born, For he has done it.

PSALMS: 52

1 Why do you boast of mischief, mighty man?

God’s loving kindness endures continually. 

2 Your tongue plots destruction,

Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. 

3 You love evil more than good,

Lying rather than speaking the truth.

Selah. 

4 You love all devouring words,

You deceitful tongue. 

5 God will likewise destroy you forever.

He will take you up, and pluck you out of your tent,

And root you out of the land of the living.

Selah. 

6 The righteous also will see it, and fear,

And laugh at him, saying, 

7 “Behold, this is the man who didn’t make God his strength,

But trusted in the abundance of his riches,

And strengthened himself in his wickedness.” 

8 But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in God’s house.

I trust in God’s loving kindness forever and ever. 

9 I will give you thanks forever, because you have done it.

I will hope in your name, for it is good,

In the presence of your holy ones.

PSALMS: 82

1 God presides in the great assembly.

He judges among the gods. 

2 “How long will you judge unjustly,

And show partiality to the wicked?”

Selah. 

3 “Defend the weak, the poor, and the fatherless.

Maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. 

4 Rescue the weak and needy.

Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.” 

5 They don’t know, neither do they understand.

They walk back and forth in darkness.

All the foundations of the eretz are shaken. 

6 I said, “You are gods,

All of you are sons of Ha`Elyon. 

7 Nevertheless you shall die like men,

And fall like one of the rulers.” 

8 Arise, God, judge the eretz,

For you inherit all of the nations.

PSALMS: 112

1 Praise the LORD!

Blessed is the man who fears the LORD,

Who delights greatly in his mitzvot. 

2 His seed will be mighty on eretz.

The generation of the upright will be blessed. 

3 Wealth and riches are in his house.

His righteousness endures forever. 

4 Light dawns in the darkness for the upright,

Gracious, merciful, and righteous. 

5 It is well with the man who deals graciously and lends.

He will maintain his cause in judgment. 

6 For he will never be shaken.

The righteous will be remembered forever. 

7 He will not be afraid of evil news.

His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. 

8 His heart is established.

He will not be afraid in the end when he sees his adversaries. 

9 He has dispersed, he has given to the poor.

His righteousness endures forever.

His horn will be exalted with honor.

10 The wicked will see it, and be grieved.

He shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away.

The desire of the wicked will perish.

PSALMS: 142

1 I cry with my voice to the LORD.

With my voice, I ask the LORD for mercy. 

2 I pour out my complaint before him.

I tell him my troubles. 

3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,

You knew my path.

In the way in which I walk,

They have hidden a snare for me.

4 Look on my right, and see;

For there is no one who is concerned for me.

Refuge has fled from me.

No one cares for my soul. 

5 I cried to you, the LORD.

I said, “You are my refuge,

My portion in the land of the living.” 

6 Listen to my cry,

For I am in desperate need.

Deliver me from my persecutors,

For they are stronger than me. 

7 Bring my soul out of prison,

That I may give thanks to your name.

The righteous will surround me,

For you will be good to me.

PROVERBS: 22

1 A good name is more desirable than great riches;

Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 

2 The rich and the poor have this in common:

The LORD is the maker of them all. 

3 A prudent man sees danger, and hides himself;

But the simple pass on, and suffer for it.

4 The result of humility and the fear of the LORD

Is wealth, honor, and life. 

5 Thorns and snares are in the path of the wicked:

Whoever guards his soul stays from them. 

6 Train up a child in the way he should go,

And when he is old he will not depart from it. 

7 The rich rules over the poor.

The borrower is servant to the lender. 

8 He who sows wickedness reaps trouble,

And the rod of his fury will be destroyed. 

9 He who has a generous eye will be blessed;

For he shares his food with the poor. 

10 Drive out the mocker, and strife will go out;

Yes, quarrels and insults will stop. 

11 He who loves purity of heart and speaks gracefully Is the king’s friend. 

12 The eyes of the LORD watch over knowledge;

But he frustrates the words of the unfaithful. 

13 The sluggard says,

“There is a lion outside!

I will be killed in the streets!” 

14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit:

He who is under the LORD’s wrath will fall into it. 

15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child:

The rod of discipline drives it far from him.

16 Whoever oppresses the poor for his own increase and whoever gives to the rich,

Both come to poverty. 

17 Turn your ear, and listen to the words of the wise.

Apply your heart to my teaching. 

18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you,

If all of them are ready on your lips. 

19 That your trust may be in the LORD,

I teach you today, even you. 

20 Haven’t I written to you thirty excellent things

Of counsel and knowledge, 

21 To teach you truth, reliable words,

To give sound answers to the ones who sent you? 

22 Don’t exploit the poor, because he is poor;

And don’t crush the needy in court; 

23 For the LORD will plead their case,

And plunder the life of those who plunder them. 

24 Don’t befriend a hot-tempered man,

And don’t associate with one who harbors anger: 

25 Lest you learn his ways,

And ensnare your soul. 

26 Don’t you be one of those who strike hands,

Of those who are collateral for debts. 

27 If you don’t have means to pay,

Why should he take away your bed from under you?

28 Don’t move the ancient boundary stone,

Which your fathers have set up. 

29 Do you see a man skilled in his work?

He will serve kings;

He won’t serve obscure men.

OLD TESTAMENT: JEREMIAH 16:16 – 18:23

16:16 Behold, I will send for many fishermen, says the LORD, and they shall fish them up; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks. 17  For my eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from my face, neither is their iniquity concealed from my eyes. 18 First I will recompense their iniquity and their sin double, because they have polluted my land with the carcasses of their detestable things, and have filled my inheritance with their abominations. 19 LORD, my strength, and my stronghold, and my refuge in the day of affliction, to you shall the nations come from the ends of the eretz, and shall say, Our fathers have inherited nothing but lies, [even] vanity and things in which there is no profit. 20 Shall a man make to himself gods, which yet are no gods? 21 Therefore, behold, I will cause them to know, this once will I cause them to know my hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is the LORD.

17:1 The sin of Yehudah is written with a pen of iron, [and] with the point of a diamond: it is engraved on the tablet of their heart, and on the horns of your altars; 2 while their children remember their altars and their Asherim by the green trees on the high hills. 3 My mountain in the field, I will give your substance and all your treasures for a spoil, [and] your high places, because of sin, throughout all your borders. 4 You, even of yourself, shall discontinue from your heritage that I gave you; and I will cause you to serve your enemies in the land which you don’t know: for you have kindled a fire in my anger which shall burn forever. 5 Thus says the LORD: Cursed is the man who trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart departs from the LORD. 6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, a salt land and not inhabited. 7 Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose trust the LORD is. 8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, who spreads out its roots by the river, and shall not fear when heat comes, but its leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly corrupt: who can know it? 10 I, the LORD, search the mind, I try the heart, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings. 11 As the partridge that sits on [eggs] which she has not laid, so is he who gets riches, and not by right; in the midst of his days they shall leave him, and at his end he shall be a fool. 12 A glorious throne, [set] on high from the beginning, is the place of our sanctuary. 13 LORD, the hope of Yisra’el, all who forsake you shall be put to shame. Those who depart from me shall be written in the eretz, because they have forsaken the LORD, the spring of living waters. 14 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for you are my praise. 15 Behold, they tell me, Where is the word of the LORD? let it come now. 16 As for me, I have not hurried from being a shepherd after you; neither have I desired the woeful day; you know: that which came out of my lips was before your face. 17  Don’t be a terror to me: you are my refuge in the day of evil. 18 Let them be put to shame who persecute me, but let not me be put to shame; let them be dismayed, but don’t let me be dismayed; bring on them the day of evil, and destroy them with double destruction. 19 Thus said the LORD to me: Go, and stand in the gate of the children of the people, whereby the kings of Yehudah come in, and by which they go out, and in all the gates of Yerushalayim; 20 and tell them, Hear you the word of the LORD, you kings of Yehudah, and all Yehudah, and all the inhabitants of Yerushalayim, that enter in by these gates: 21 Thus says the LORD, Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the day of Shabbat, nor bring it in by the gates of Yerushalayim; 22 neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the day of Shabbat holy, neither do any work: but make the day of Shabbat, as I commanded your fathers. 23 But they didn’t listen, neither turn their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, and might not receive instruction. 24 It shall happen, if you diligently listen to me, says the LORD, to bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the day of Shabbat, but to make the day of Shabbat holy, to do no work therein; 25 then shall there enter in by the gates of this city kings and princes sitting on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Yehudah, and the inhabitants of Yerushalayim; and this city shall remain forever. 26 They shall come from the cities of Yehudah, and from the places round about Yerushalayim, and from the land of Binyamin, and from the lowland, and from the hill-country, and from the South, bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meal-offerings, and frankincense, and bringing [sacrifices of] thanksgiving, to the house of the LORD. 27  But if you will not listen to me to make the day of Shabbat holy, and not to bear a burden and enter in at the gates of Yerushalayim on the day of Shabbat; then will I kindle a fire in the gates of it, and it shall devour the palaces of Yerushalayim, and it shall not be quenched.

18:1 The word which came to Yirmeyahu from the LORD, saying, 2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear my words. 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he was making a work on the wheels. 4 When the vessel that he made of the clay was marred in the hand of the potter, he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.  5 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 6 House of Yisra’el, can’t I do with you as this potter? says the LORD. Behold, as the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, house of Yisra’el. 7 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up and to break down and to destroy it; 8 if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do to them. 

9 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; 10 if they do that which is evil in my sight, that they not obey my voice, then I will repent of the good, with which I said I would benefit them. 11 Now therefore, speak to the men of Yehudah, and to the inhabitants of Yerushalayim, saying, Thus says the LORD: Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: return you now everyone from his evil way, and amend your ways and your doings. 12 But they say, It is in vain; for we will walk after our own devices, and we will do everyone after the stubbornness of his evil heart. 13 Therefore thus says the LORD: Ask you now among the nations, who has heard such things; the virgin of Yisra’el has done a very horrible thing. 14 Shall the snow of Levanon fail from the rock of the field? [or] shall the cold waters that flow down from afar be dried up? 15 For my people have forgotten me, they have burned incense to false [gods]; and they have been made to stumble in their ways, in the ancient paths, to walk in byways, in a way not built up; 16 to make their land an astonishment, and a perpetual hissing; everyone who passes thereby shall be astonished, and shake his head. 17 I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will show them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity. 18 Then said they, Come, and let us devise devices against Yirmeyahu; for the law shall not perish from the Kohen, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let us strike him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words. 19 Give heed to me, LORD, and listen to the voice of those who contend with me. 20 Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have dug a pit for my soul. Remember how I stood before you to speak good for them, to turn away your wrath from them. 21 Therefore deliver up their children to the famine, and give them over to the power of the sword; and let their wives become childless, and widows; and let their men be slain of death, [and] their young men struck of the sword in battle. 22 Let a cry be heard from their houses, when you shall bring a troop suddenly on them; for they have dug a pit to take me, and hid snares for my feet. 23 Yet, LORD, you know all their counsel against me to kill me; don’t forgive their iniquity, neither blot out their sin from your sight; but let them be overthrown before you; deal you with them in the time of your anger.

NEW TESTAMENT: 1 THESSALONIANS 4:1 – 5:3

4:1 Finally then, brothers, we beg and exhort you in the Lord Yeshua, that, as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, — that you abound more and more. 2 For you know what charge we gave you through the Lord Yeshua. 3 For this is the will of God: your sanctification, that you abstain from sexual immorality, 4 that each one of you know how to possess himself of his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in the passion of lust, even as the Goyim who don’t know God; 6 that no one should take advantage of and wrong a brother or sister in this matter; because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as also we forewarned you and testified. 7  For God called us not for uncleanness, but in sanctification. 8 Therefore he who rejects, doesn’t reject man, but God, who has also given his Ruach HaKodesh to you. 9 But concerning brotherly love, you have no need that one write to you. For you yourselves are taught by God to love one another, 10 for indeed you do it toward all the brothers who are in all Macedonia. But we exhort you, brothers, that you abound more and more; 11and that you make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, even as we charged you; 12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and may have need of nothing. 13 But we don’t want you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning those who have fallen asleep, so that you don’t grieve like the rest, who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Yeshua died and rose again, even so those who have fallen asleep in Yeshua will God bring with him. 15 For this we tell you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left to the coming of the Lord, will in no way precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the chief angel, and with God’s shofar. The dead in Messiah will rise first, 17 then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. So we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

5:1 But concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need that anything be written to you. 2 For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night. 3 For when they are saying, “Shalom and safety,” then sudden destruction will come on them, like birth pains on a pregnant woman; and they will in no way escape.

THEinc-HIM Daily Bible Meditation – July 21 – Full Text   Leave a comment

JULY 21

PSALMS: 21, 51, 81, 111, 141

PROVERBS: 21

OLD TESTAMENT: JEREMIAH 14:11 – 16:15

NEW TESTAMENT: 1 THESSALONIANS 2:9 – 3:13

PSALMS: 21

1 The king rejoices in your strength, LORD!

How greatly he rejoices in your yeshu`ah! 

2 You have given him his heart’s desire,

And have not withheld the request of his lips.

Selah. 

3 For you meet him with the blessings of goodness;

You set a crown of fine gold on his head. 

4 He asked life of you, you gave it to him,

Even length of days forever and ever. 

5 His glory is great in your salvation.

You lay honor and majesty on him. 

6 For you make him most blessed forever.

You make him glad with joy in your presence. 

7 For the king trusts in the LORD.

Through the loving kindness of Ha`Elyon,

he shall not be moved. 

8 Your hand will find out all of your enemies.

Your right hand will find out those who hate you. 

9 You will make them as a fiery furnace in the time of your anger.

The LORD will swallow them up in his wrath.

The fire shall devour them. 

10 You will destroy their descendants from the eretz,

Their posterity from among the children of men. 

11 For they intended evil against you.

They plotted evil against you which cannot succeed. 

12 For you will make them turn their back,

When you aim drawn bows at their face. 

13 Be exalted, LORD, in your strength,

So we will sing and praise your power.

PSALMS: 51

1 Have mercy on me, God, according to your loving kindness.

According to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. 

2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity.

Cleanse me from my sin. 

3 For I know my transgressions.

My sin is constantly before me. 

4 Against you, and you only, have I sinned,

And done that which is evil in your sight;

That you may be proved right when you speak,

And justified when you judge. 

5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity.

In sin did my mother conceive me. 

6 Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts.

You teach me wisdom in the inmost place.

7 Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean.

Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 

8 Let me hear joy and gladness,

That the bones which you have broken may rejoice. 

9 Hide your face from my sins,

And blot out all of my iniquities. 

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Renew a right spirit within me. 

11 Don’t throw me from your presence,

And don’t take your holy Spirit from me. 

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation.

Uphold me with a willing spirit. 

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways.

Sinners shall be converted to you.

14 Deliver me from blood guiltiness,

O God, the God of my salvation.

My tongue shall sing aloud of your righteousness. 

15 Lord, open my lips.

My mouth shall declare your praise. 

16 For you don’t delight in sacrifice, or else I would give it.

You have no pleasure in burnt offering. 

17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit.

A broken and contrite heart,

O God, you will not despise. 

18 Do well in your good pleasure to Tziyon.

Build the walls of Yerushalayim. 

19 Then will you delight in the sacrifices of righteousness,

In burnt offerings and in whole burnt offerings.

Then they will offer bulls on your altar.

PSALMS: 81

1 Sing aloud to God, our strength!

Make a joyful noise to the God of Ya`akov! 

2 Raise a song, and bring here the tambourine,

The pleasant lyre with the harp. 

3 Blow the shofar at the New Moon,

At the full moon, on our feast day. 

4 For it is a statute for Yisra’el,

An ordinance of the God of Ya`akov. 

5 He appointed it in Yosef for a testimony,

When he went out over the land of Mitzrayim,

I heard a language that I didn’t know. 

6 “I removed his shoulder from the burden.

His hands were freed from the basket. 

7 You called in trouble, and I delivered you.

I answered you in the secret place of thunder.

I tested you at the waters of Merivah.”

Selah. 

8 “Hear, my people, and I will testify to you.

Yisra’el, if you would listen to me! 

9 There shall be no strange god in you,

Neither shall you worship any foreign god. 

10 I am the LORD, your God,

Who brought you up out of the land of Mitzrayim.

Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. 

11 But my people didn’t listen to my voice.

Yisra’el desired none of me.

12 So I let them go after the stubbornness of their hearts,

That they might walk in their own counsels. 

13 Oh that my people would listen to me,

That Yisra’el would walk in my ways! 

14 I would soon subdue their enemies,

And turn my hand against their adversaries. 

15 The haters of the LORD would cringe before him,

And their punishment would last forever. 

16 But he would have also fed them with the finest of the wheat.

I will satisfy you with honey out of the rock.”

PSALMS: 111

1 Praise the LORD!

I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart,

In the council of the upright, and in the congregation. 

2 The works of the LORD are great,

Pondered by all those who delight in them. 

3 His work is honor and majesty.

His righteousness endures forever. 

4 He has caused his wonderful works to be remembered.

The LORD is gracious and merciful. 

5 He has given food to those who fear him.

He always remembers his covenant. 

6 He has shown his people the power of his works,

In giving them the heritage of the nations. 

7 The works of his hands are truth and justice.

All his precepts are sure. 

8 They are established forever and ever.

They are done in truth and uprightness. 

9 He has sent redemption to his people.

He has ordained his covenant forever.

His name is holy and awesome! 

10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.

All those who do his work have a good understanding.

His praise endures forever!

PSALMS: 141

1 LORD, I have called on you. Come to me quickly!

Listen to my voice when I call to you. 

2 Let my prayer be set before you like incense; ‘

The lifting up of my hands like the evening sacrifice. 

3 Set a watch, LORD, before my mouth.

Keep the door of my lips. 

4 Don’t incline my heart to any evil thing, ‘

To practice deeds of wickedness with men who work iniquity.

Don’t let me eat of their delicacies. 

5 Let the righteous strike me, it is kindness;

Let him reprove me, it is like oil on the head;

Don’t let my head refuse it;

Yet my prayer is always against evil deeds. 

6 Their judges are thrown down by the sides of the rock.

They will hear my words, for they are well spoken. 

7 “As when one plows and breaks up the eretz,

Our bones are scattered at the mouth of She’ol.” 

8 For my eyes are on you, LORD, the Lord.
In you, I take refuge. Don’t leave my soul destitute. 

9 Keep me from the snare which they have laid for me,

From the traps of the workers of iniquity. 

10 Let the wicked fall together into their own nets,

While I pass by.

PROVERBS: 21

1 The king’s heart is in the LORD’s hand like the watercourses.

He turns it wherever he desires. 

2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,

But the LORD weighs the hearts. 

3 To do righteousness and justice

Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 

4 A high look, and a proud heart,

The lamp of the wicked, is sin. 

5 The plans of the diligent surely lead to profit;

And everyone who is hasty surely rushes to poverty. 

6 Getting treasures by a lying tongue

Is a fleeting vapor for those who seek death. 

7 The violence of the wicked will drive them away,

Because they refuse to do what is right. 

8 The way of the guilty is devious,

But the conduct of the innocent is upright. 

9 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop,

Than to share a house with a contentious woman. 

10 The soul of the wicked desires evil;

His neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes. 

11 When the mocker is punished, the simple gains wisdom;

When the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge. 

12 The Righteous One considers the house of the wicked,

And brings the wicked to ruin. 

13 Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor,

He will also cry out, but shall not be heard.

14 A gift in secret pacifies anger;

And a bribe in the cloak, strong wrath. 

15 It is joy to the righteous to do justice;

But it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity. 

16 The man who wanders out of the way of understanding

Shall rest in the assembly of the dead. 

17  He who loves pleasure shall be a poor man:

He who loves wine and oil shall not be rich. 

18 The wicked is a ransom for the righteous;

The treacherous for the upright. 

19 It is better to dwell in a desert land,

Than with a contentious and fretful woman. 

20 There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise;

But a foolish man swallows it up. 

21 He who follows after righteousness and kindness

Finds life, righteousness, and honor. 

22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty,

And brings down the strength of its confidence. 

23Whoever guards his mouth and his tongue

Keeps his soul from troubles. 

24 The proud and haughty man, “scoffer” is his name;

He works in the arrogance of pride. 

25 The desire of the sluggard kills him,

For his hands refuse to labor. 

26 There are those who covet greedily all the day long;

But the righteous gives and doesn’t withhold.

27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination:

How much more, when he brings it with a wicked mind! 

28 A false witness will perish,

And a man who listens speaks to eternity. 

29 A wicked man hardens his face;

But as for the upright, he establishes his ways. 

30 There is no wisdom nor understanding

Nor counsel against the LORD. 

31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle;

But victory is with the LORD.

OLD TESTAMENT: JEREMIAH 14:11 – 16:15

14:11 The LORD said to me, Don’t pray for this people for [their] good. 12 When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and meal-offering, I will not accept them; but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence. 13 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets tell them, You shall not see the sword, neither shall you have famine; but I will give you assured shalom in this place. 14 Then the LORD said to me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name; I didn’t send them, neither have I commanded them, neither spoke I to them: they prophesy to you a lying vision, and divination, and a thing of nothing, and the deceit of their own heart. 15 Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who prophesy in my name, and I didn’t send them, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land: By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed. 16 The people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Yerushalayim because of the famine and the sword; and they shall have none to bury them-them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters: for I will pour their wickedness on them. 17 You shall say this word to them, Let my eyes run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease; for the virgin daughter of my people is broken with a great breach, with a very grievous wound. 18 If I go forth into the field, then, behold, the slain with the sword! and if I enter into the city, then, behold, those who are sick with famine! for both the prophet and the Kohen go about in the land, and have no knowledge. 19 Have you utterly rejected Yehudah? has your soul loathed Tziyon? why have you struck us, and there is no healing for us? We looked for shalom, but no good came; and for a time of healing, and, behold, dismay! 20 We acknowledge, LORD, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers; for we have sinned against you. 21 Do not abhor [us], for your name’s sake; do not disgrace the throne of your glory: remember, don’t break your covenant with us.22 Are there any among the vanities of the nations that can cause rain? or can the sky give showers? Aren’t you he, the LORD our God? therefore we will wait for you; for you have made all these things.

15:1 Then said the LORD to me, Though Moshe and Shemu’el stood before me, yet my mind would not be toward this people: cast them out of my sight, and let them go forth. 2 It shall happen, when they tell you, Where shall we go forth? then you shall tell them, Thus says the LORD: Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the sword, to the sword; and such as are for the famine, to the famine; and such as are for captivity, to captivity. 3 I will appoint over them four kinds, says the LORD: the sword to kill, and the dogs to tear, and the birds of the sky, and the animals of the eretz, to devour and to destroy. 4 I will cause them to be tossed back and forth among all the kingdoms of the eretz, because of Menashsheh, the son of Hizkiyahu, king of Yehudah, for that which he did in Yerushalayim. 5 For who will have pity on you, Yerushalayim? or who will bemoan you? or who will turn aside to ask of your welfare? 6 You have rejected me, says the LORD, you are gone backward: therefore have I stretched out my hand against you, and destroyed you; I am weary with repenting. 7 I have winnowed them with a fan in the gates of the land; I have bereaved [them] of children, I have destroyed my people; they didn’t return from their ways. 8 Their widows are increased to me above the sand of the seas; I have brought on them against the mother of the young men a destroyer at noonday: I have caused anguish and terrors to fall on her suddenly. 9 She who has borne seven languishes; she has given up the spirit; her sun is gone down while it was yet day; she has been put to shame and confounded: and the residue of them will I deliver to the sword before their enemies, says the LORD. 10 Woe is me, my mother, that you have borne me a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole eretz! I have not lent, neither have men lent to me; [yet] everyone of them does curse me. 11 The LORD said, Most assuredly I will strengthen you for good; most assuredly I will cause the enemy to make supplication to you in the time of evil and in the time of affliction. 12 Can one break iron, even iron from the north, and brass? 13 Your substance and your treasures will I give for a spoil without price, and that for all your sins, even in all your borders. 14 I will make [them] to pass with your enemies into a land which you don’t know; for a fire is kindled in my anger, which shall burn on you. 15 LORD, you know; remember me, and visit me, and avenge me of my persecutors; don’t take me away in your longsuffering: know that for your sake I have suffered reproach. 16 Your words were found, and I ate them; and your words were to me a joy and the rejoicing of my heart: for I am called by your name, the LORD, God Tzva’ot. 17 I didn’t sit in the assembly of those who make merry, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of your hand; for you have filled me with indignation. 18 Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuses to be healed? will you indeed be to me as a deceitful [brook], as waters that fail? 19 Therefore thus says the LORD, If you return, then will I bring you again, that you may stand before me; and if you take forth the precious from the vile, you shall be as my mouth: they shall return to you, but you shall not return to them. 20 I will make you to this people a fortified brazen wall; and they shall fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you; for I am with you to save you and to deliver you, says the LORD. 21 I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem you out of the hand of the terrible.

16:1 The word of the LORD came also to me, saying, 2 You shall not take a wife, neither shall you have sons or daughters, in this place. 3 For thus says the LORD concerning the sons and concerning the daughters who are born in this place, and concerning their mothers who bore them, and concerning their fathers who became the father of them in this land: 4 They shall die grievous deaths: they shall not be lamented, neither shall they be buried; they shall be as dung on the surface of the ground; and they shall be consumed by the sword, and by famine; and their dead bodies shall be food for the birds of the sky, and for the animals of the eretz. 5 For thus says the LORD, Don’t enter into the house of mourning, neither go to lament, neither bemoan them; for I have taken away my shalom from this people, says the LORD, even lovingkindness and tender mercies. 6 Both great and small shall die in this land; they shall not be buried, neither shall men lament for them, nor cut themselves, nor make themselves bald for them; 

7 neither shall men break [bread] for them in mourning, to comfort them for the dead; neither shall men give them the cup of consolation to drink for their father or for their mother. 8 You shall not go into the house of feasting to sit with them, to eat and to drink. 9 For thus says the LORD of Hosts, the God of Yisra’el: Behold, I will cause to cease out of this place, before your eyes and in your days, the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride. 10 It shall happen, when you shall show this people all these words, and they shall tell you, Why has the LORD pronounced all this great evil against us? or what is our iniquity? or what is our sin that we have committed against the LORD our God? 11 Then shall you tell them, Because your fathers have forsaken me, says the LORD, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshiped them, and have forsaken me, and have not kept my law; 12 and you have done evil more than your fathers; for, behold, you walk every one after the stubbornness of his evil heart, so that you don’t listen to me: 13 therefore will I cast you forth out of this land into the land that you have not known, neither you nor your fathers; and there shall you serve other gods day and night; for I will show you no favor. 14 Therefore, behold, the days come, says the LORD, that it shall no more be said, As the LORD lives, who brought up the children of Yisra’el out of the land of Mitzrayim; 15 but, As the LORD lives, who brought up the children of Yisra’el from the land of the north, and from all the countries where he had driven them. I will bring them again into their land that I gave to their fathers.

NEW TESTAMENT: 1 THESSALONIANS 2:9 – 3:13

2:9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and travail; for working night and day, that we might not burden any of you, we preached to you the Good News of God. 10 You are witnesses with God, how holy, righteously, and blamelessly we behaved ourselves toward you who believe. 11 As you know how we exhorted, comforted, and implored everyone of you, as a father does his own children, 12 to the end that you should walk worthily of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory. 13 For this cause we also thank God without ceasing, that, when you received from us the word of the message of God, you accepted it not as the word of men, but, as it is in truth, the word of God, which also works in you who believe. 14 For you, brothers, became imitators of the assemblies of God which are in Yehudah in Messiah Yeshua; for you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, even as they did from the Yehudim; 15 who killed both the Lord Yeshua and their own prophets, and drove us out, and didn’t please God, and are contrary to all men; 16 forbidding us to speak to the Goyim that they may be saved; to fill up their sins always. But wrath has come on them to the uttermost. 17 But we, brothers, being bereaved of you for a short season, in presence, not in heart, tried even harder to see your face with great desire, 18 because we wanted to come to you — indeed, I, Sha’ul, once and again — but Hasatan hindered us. 19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Isn’t it even you, before our Lord Yeshua at his coming? 20 For you are our glory and our joy.

3:1 Therefore, when we couldn’t stand it any longer, we thought it good to be left behind at Athens alone,2 and sent Timothy, our brother and God’s servant in the Good News of Messiah, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith; 3 that no one be moved by these afflictions. For you know that we are appointed to this task. 4 For most assuredly, when we were with you, we told you beforehand that we are to suffer affliction, even as it happened, and you know. 5 For this cause I also, when I couldn’t stand it any longer, sent that I might know your faith, for fear that by any means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor would have been in vain. 6 But when Timothy came just now to us from you, and brought us glad news of your faith and love, and that you have good memories of us always, longing to see us, even as we also long to see you; 7 for this cause, brothers, we were comforted over you in all our distress and affliction through your faith. 8 For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord. 9 For what thanksgiving can we render again to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sakes before our God; 10 night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face, and may perfect that which is lacking in your faith? 11 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, direct our way to you; 12 and the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we also do toward you, 13 to the end he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Yeshua with all his holy ones.

THEinc-HIM Daily Bible Meditation – July 20 – Full Text   Leave a comment

JULY 20

PSALMS: 20, 50, 80, 110, 140

PROVERBS: 20

OLD TESTAMENT: JEREMIAH 12:1 – 14:10

NEW TESTAMENT: 1 THESSALONIANS 1:1 – 2:8

PSALMS: 20

1 May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble.
May the name of the God of Yaakov set you up on high,  2 Send you help from the sanctuary, Grant you support from Tziyon,  3 Remember all your offerings, And accept your burnt-sacrifice. Selah.  4 May He grant you your heart's desire, And fulfill all your counsel.  5 We will triumph in your yeshuah.
In the name of our God we will set up our banners:
The LORD fulfill all your petitions. 
6 Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed.
He will answer him from his holy heaven,
With the saving strength of his right hand. 
7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses,
But we trust the name of the LORD our God. 
8 They are bowed down and fallen,
But we rise up, and stand upright.
9 Save, LORD;
Let the King answer us when we call!

PSALMS: 50

1 The Mighty One, God, the LORD, speaks,
And calls the eretz from sunrise to sunset. 
2 Out of Tziyon, the perfection of beauty,
God shines forth. 
3 Our God comes, and does not keep silent.
A fire devours before him.
It is very tempestuous around him. 
4 He calls to the heavens above,
To the eretz, that he may judge his people: 
5 “Gather my holy ones together to me,
Those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.” 
6 The heavens shall declare his righteousness,
For God himself is judge.
Selah. 
7 “Hear, my people, and I will speak;
Yisra’el, and I will testify against you.
I am God, your God. 
8 I don’t rebuke you for your sacrifices.
Your burnt offerings are continually before me. 
9 I have no need for a bull from your stall,
Nor male goats from your pens. 
10 For every animal of the forest is mine,
And the cattle on a thousand hills. 
11 I know all the birds of the mountains.
The wild animals of the field are mine. 
12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
For the world is mine, and all that is in it.
13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls,
Or drink the blood of goats? 
14 Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving.
Pay your vows to Ha`Elyon.
15 Call on me in the day of trouble.
I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” 
16 But to the wicked God says,
“What right do you have to declare my statutes,
That you have taken my covenant on your lips,
17  Seeing you hate instruction,
And throw my words behind you?
18 When you saw a thief, you consented with him,
And have participated with adulterers. 
19 “You give your mouth to evil.
You harnesses your tongue for deceit. 
20 You sit and speak against your brother.
You slander your own mother’s son. 
21 You have done these things, and I kept silent.
You thought that the “I AM” was just like you.
I will rebuke you, and accuse you in front of your eyes. 
22 “Now consider this, you who forget God,
Lest I tear you into pieces, and there be none to deliver. 
23 Whoever offers the sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifies me,
And prepares his way so that I will show God’s salvation to him.”

PSALMS: 80

1 Hear us, Shepherd of Yisra’el,
You who lead Yosef like a flock,
You who sit above the Keruvim, shine forth. 
2 Before Efrayim and Binyamin and Menashsheh,
stir up your might,
Come to save us. 
3 Turn us again, God.
Cause your face to shine,
And we will be saved.
4 LORD God Tzva’ot,
How long will you be angry against the prayer of your people? 
5 You have fed them with the bread of tears,
And given them tears to drink in large measure. 
6 You make us a source of contention to our neighbors.
Our enemies laugh among themselves. 
7 Turn us again,
God Tzva’ot.
Cause your face to shine,
And we will be saved. 
8 You brought a vine out of Mitzrayim.
You drove out the nations, and planted it. 
9 You cleared the ground for it.
It took deep root, and filled the land. 
10 The mountains were covered with its shadow.
Its boughs were like God’s cedars. 
11 It sent out its branches to the sea,
Its shoots to the River. 
12 Why have you broken down its walls,
So that all those who pass by the way pluck it? 
13 The boar out of the wood ravages it.
The wild animals of the field feed on it. 
14 Turn again, we beg you, God Tzva’ot.
Look down from heaven, and see, and visit this vine, 
15 The stock which your right hand planted,
The branch that you made strong for yourself. 
16 It is burned with fire. It is cut down.
They perish at your rebuke. 
17  Let your hand be on the man of your right hand,
On the son of man whom you made strong for yourself. 
18 So we will not turn away from you.
Revive us, and we will call on your name. 
19 Turn us again, LORD God Tzva’ot.
Cause your face to shine, and we will be saved.

PSALMS: 110

1 The LORD says to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand,
Until I make your enemies your footstool for your feet.” 
2 The LORD will send forth the rod of your strength out of Tziyon.
Rule in the midst of your enemies. 
3 Your people offer themselves willingly in the day of your power,
In holy array.
Out of the womb of the morning, you have the dew of your youth. 
4 The LORD has sworn, and will not change his mind:
“You are a Kohen forever in the order of Malki-Tzedek.” 
5 The Lord is at your right hand.
He will crush kings in the day of his wrath.
6 He will judge among the nations.
He will heap up dead bodies.
He will crush the ruler of the whole eretz. 
7 He will drink of the brook in the way;
Therefore will he lift up his head.

PSALMS: 140

1 Deliver me, LORD, from the evil man.
Preserve me from the violent man; 
2 Those who devise mischief in their hearts.
They continually gather themselves together for war. 
3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent.
Viper’s poison is under their lips.
Selah. 
4 LORD, keep me from the hands of the wicked.
Preserve me from the violent men:
Who have determined to trip my feet. 
5 The proud have hidden a snare for me,
They have spread the cords of a net by the path.
They have set traps for me.
Selah. 
6 I said to the LORD,
“You are my God.
” Listen to the cry of my petitions, LORD. 
7 LORD, the Lord, the strength of my yeshu`ah,
You have covered my head in the day of battle. 
8 LORD, don’t grant the desires of the wicked.
Don’t let their evil plans succeed, or they will become proud. Selah. 
9 As for the head of those who surround me,
Let the mischief of their own lips cover them. 
10 Let burning coals fall on them.
Let them be thrown into the fire,
Into miry pits, from where they never rise. 
11 An evil speaker won’t be established in the eretz.
Evil will hunt the violent man to overthrow him. 
12 I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted,
And justice for the needy. 
13 Surely the righteous will give thanks to your name.
The upright will dwell in your presence.

PROVERBS: 20

1 Wine is a mocker, and beer is a brawler;
Whoever is let astray by them is not wise. 
2 The terror of a king is like the roaring of a lion:
He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life. 
3 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife;
But every fool will be quarreling.
4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the winter;
Therefore he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing. 
5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water;
But a man of understanding will draw it out.
6 Many men claim to be men of unfailing love,
But who can find a faithful man? 
7 A righteous man who walks in his integrity,
Blessed are his children after him. 
8 A king who sits on the throne of judgment
Scatters away all evil with his eyes. 
9 Who can say, “I have made my heart pure.
I am clean and without sin?” 
10 Differing weights and differing measures,
Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD. 
11 Even a child makes himself known by his doings,
Whether his work is pure, and whether it is right. 
12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye,
The LORD has made even both of them. 
13 Don’t love sleep, lest you come to poverty;
Open your eyes, and you shall be satisfied with bread. 
14 “It’s no good, it’s no good,” says the buyer;
But when he is gone his way, then he boasts.
15 There is gold and abundance of rubies;
But the lips of knowledge are a rare jewel. 
16 Take the garment of one who puts up collateral for a stranger;
And hold him in pledge for a wayward woman. 
17 Fraudulent food is sweet to a man,
But afterwards his mouth is filled with gravel. 
18 Plans are established by advice;
By wise guidance you wage war! 
19 He who goes about as a tale-bearer reveals secrets;
Therefore don’t keep company with him who opens wide his lips. 
20 Whoever curses his father or his mother,
His lamp shall be put out in blackness of darkness. 
21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning,
Won’t be blessed in the end. 
22 Don’t say,
“I will pay back evil.”
Wait for the LORD, and he will save you. 
23 The LORD detests differing weights,
And dishonest scales are not pleasing. 
24 A man’s steps are from the LORD;
How then can man understand his way? 
25 It is a snare to a man make a rash dedication,
And later reconsider his vows. 
26 A wise king winnows out the wicked,
And drives the threshing wheel over them. 
27 The spirit of man is the LORD’s lamp,
Searching all his innermost parts.
28 Love and faithfulness keep the king safe.
His throne is sustained by love. 
29 The glory of young men is their strength.
The splendor of old men is their gray hair. 
30 Wounding blows cleanse away evil,
And beatings purge the innermost parts.

OLD TESTAMENT: JEREMIAH 12:1 – 14:10

12:1 Righteous are you, LORD, when I contend with you; yet would I reason the cause with you: why does the way of the wicked prosper? why are all they at ease who deal very treacherously? 2 You have planted them, yes, they have taken root; they grow, yes, they bring forth fruit: you are near in their mouth, and far from their heart. 3 But you, LORD, know me; you see me, and try my heart toward you: pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter. 4 How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of the whole country wither? for the wickedness of those who dwell therein, the animals are consumed, and the birds; because they said, He shall not see our latter end. 5 If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses? and though in a land of shalom you are secure, yet how will you do in the pride of the Yarden? 6 For even your brothers, and the house of your father, even they have dealt treacherously with you; even they have cried aloud after you: don’t believe them, though they speak beautiful words to you. 7  I have forsaken my house, I have cast off my heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies. 8 My heritage is become to me as a lion in the forest: she has uttered her voice against me; therefore I have hated her. 9 Is my heritage to me as a speckled bird of prey? are the birds of prey against her round about? go you, assemble all the animals of the field, bring them to devour. 10 Many shepherds have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness. 11 They have made it a desolation; it mourns to me, being desolate; the whole land is made desolate, because no man lays it to heart. 12 Destroyers are come on all the bare heights in the wilderness; for the sword of the LORD devours from the one end of the land even to the other end of the land: no flesh has shalom. 13 They have sown wheat, and have reaped thorns; they have put themselves to pain, and profit nothing: and you shall be ashamed of your fruits, because of the fierce anger of the LORD. 14 Thus says the LORD against all my evil neighbors, who touch the inheritance which I have caused my people Yisra’el to inherit: behold, I will pluck them up from off their land, and will pluck up the house of Yehudah from among them. 15 It shall happen, after that I have plucked them up, I will return and have compassion on them; and I will bring them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land. 16 It shall happen, if they will diligently learn the ways of my people, to swear by my name, As the LORD lives; even as they taught my people to swear by Ba`al; then shall they be built up in the midst of my people. 17 But if they will not hear, then will I pluck up that nation, plucking up and destroying it, says the LORD.

13:1 Thus says the LORD to me, Go, and buy you a linen belt, and put it on your loins, and don’t put it in water. 2 So I bought a belt according to the word of the LORD, and put it on my loins. 3 The word of the LORD came to me the second time, saying, 4 Take the belt that you have bought, which is on your loins, and arise, go to the Perat, and hide it there in a cleft of the rock. 5 So I went, and hid it by the Perat, as the LORD commanded me. 6 It happened after many days, that the LORD said to me, Arise, go to the Perat, and take the belt from there, which I commanded you to hide there. 7  Then I went to the Perat, and dug, and took the belt from the place where I had hid it; and, behold, the belt was marred, it was profitable for nothing. 8 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 9 Thus says the LORD, After this manner will I mar the pride of Yehudah, and the great pride of Yerushalayim. 10 This evil people, who refuse to hear my words, who walk in the stubbornness of their heart, and are gone after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this belt, which is profitable for nothing. 11 For as the belt cleaves to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave to me the whole house of Yisra’el and the whole house of Yehudah, says the LORD; that they may be to me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear. 12 Therefore you shall speak to them this word: Thus says the LORD, the God of Yisra’el, Every bottle shall be filled with wine: and they shall tell you, Do we not certainly know that every bottle shall be filled with wine? 13 Then shall you tell them, Thus says the LORD, Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings who sit on David’s throne, and the Kohanim, and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Yerushalayim, with drunkenness. 14 I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together, says the LORD: I will not pity, nor spare, nor have compassion, that I should not destroy them. 15 Hear you, and give ear; don’t be proud; for the LORD has spoken. 16 Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble on the dark mountains, and, while you look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness. 17 But if you will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret for [your] pride; and my eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the LORD’s flock is taken captive. 18 Say you to the king and to the queen-mother, Humble yourselves, sit down; for your headdresses are come down, even the crown of your glory. 19 The cities of the South are shut up, and there is none to open them: Yehudah is carried away captive, all of it; it is wholly carried away captive. 20 Lift up your eyes, and see those who come from the north: where is the flock that was given you, your beautiful flock? 21 What will you say, when he shall set over you as head those whom you have yourself taught to be friends to you? shall not sorrows take hold of you, as of a woman in travail? 22 If you say in your heart, Why are these things come on me? for the greatness of your iniquity are your skirts uncovered, and your heels suffer violence. 23 Can the Kushite change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may you also do good, who are accustomed to do evil. 24 Therefore will I scatter them, as the stubble that passes away, by the wind of the wilderness. 25 This is your lot, the portion measured to you from me, says the LORD; because you have forgotten me, and trusted in falsehood. 26 Therefore will I also uncover your skirts on your face, and your shame shall appear. 27 I have seen your abominations, even your adulteries, and your neighing, the lewdness of your prostitution, on the hills in the field. Woe to you, Yerushalayim! you will not be made clean; how long shall it yet be?

14:1 The word of the LORD that came to Yirmeyahu concerning the drought. 2 Yehudah mourns, and the gates of it languish, they sit in black on the ground; and the cry of Yerushalayim is gone up. 3 Their nobles send their little ones to the waters: they come to the cisterns, and find no water; they return with their vessels empty; they are put to shame and confounded, and cover their heads. 4 Because of the ground which is cracked, because no rain has been in the land, the plowmen are put to shame, they cover their heads. 5 Yes, the hind also in the field calves, and forsakes [her young], because there is no grass. 6 The wild donkeys stand on the bare heights, they pant for air like jackals; their eyes fail, because there is no herbage. 7 Though our iniquities testify against us, work you for your name’s sake, LORD; for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against you. 8 You hope of Yisra’el, the Savior of it in the time of trouble, why should you be as a sojourner in the land, and as a wayfaring man who turns aside to stay for a night? 9 Why should you be like a scared man, as a mighty man who can’t save? yet you, LORD, are in the midst of us, and we are called by your name; don’t leave us. 10 Thus says the LORD to this people, Even so have they loved to wander; they have not refrained their feet: therefore the LORD does not accept them; now will he remember their iniquity, and visit their sins.

NEW TESTAMENT: 1 THESSALONIANS 1:1 – 2:8

1:1 Sha’ul, Sila, and Timothy, To the assembly of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Yeshua the Messiah: Grace to you and shalom from God our Father and the Lord Yeshua the Messiah. 2 We always give thanks to God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers, 3 remembering without ceasing your work of faith and labor of love and patience of hope in our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, before our God and Father. 4 We know, brothers loved by God, that you are chosen, 5 and that our Good News came to you not in word only, but also in power, and in the Ruach HaKodesh, and with much assurance. You know what kind of men we shown ourselves to be among you for your sake. 6 You became imitators of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Ruach HaKodesh, 7 so that you became an example to all who believe in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8 For from you has sounded forth the word of the Lord, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth; so that we need not to say anything. 9 For they themselves report concerning us what kind of a reception we had from you; and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead — Yeshua, who delivers us from the wrath to come.

2:1 For you yourselves know, brothers, our visit to you hasn’t been found vain, 2 but having suffered before and been shamefully treated, as you know, at Philippi, we grew bold in our God to tell you the Good News of God in much conflict. 3 For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in deception. 4 But even as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News, so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, who tests our hearts. 5 For neither were we at any time found using words of flattery, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness (God is witness), 6 nor seeking glory from men (neither from you nor from others), when we might have claimed authority as apostles of Messiah. 7 But we were gentle in the midst of you, as when a nurse cherishes her own children. 8 Even so, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you, not the Good News of God only, but also our own souls, because you had become very dear to us.

THEinc-HIM Daily Bible Meditation – July 19 – Full Text   Leave a comment

JULY 19

PSALMS: 19, 49, 79, 109, 139

PROVERBS: 19

OLD TESTAMENT: JEREMIAH 10:1 – 11:23

NEW TESTAMENT: COLOSSIANS 3:18 – 4:18

PSALMS: 19

1 The heavens declare the glory of God.

The expanse shows his handiwork. 

2 Day after day they pour forth speech,

And night after night they display knowledge. 

3 There is no speech nor language,

Where their voice is not heard. 

4 Their voice has gone out through all the eretz,

Their words to the end of the world.

In them he has set a tent for the sun, 

5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,

Like a strong man rejoicing to run his course. 

6 His going forth is from the end of the heavens,

His circuit to the ends of it;

There is nothing hid from the heat of it. 

7 The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul.

The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 

8 The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart.

The mitzvah of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 

9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever.

The ordinances of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. 

10 More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold;

Sweeter also than honey and the extract of the honeycomb. 

11 Moreover by them is your servant warned.

In keeping them there is great reward. 

12 Who can discern his errors?

Forgive me from hidden errors. 

13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins.

Let them not have dominion over me.

Then I will be upright,

I will be blameless and innocent of great transgression. 

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

Be acceptable in your sight, LORD, my rock, and my redeemer.

PSALMS: 49

1 Hear this, all you peoples.

Listen, all you inhabitants of the world, 

2 Both low and high,

Rich and poor together. 

3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom.

My heart shall utter understanding. 

4 I will incline my ear to a proverb.

I will open my riddle on the harp. 

5 Why should I fear in the days of evil,

When iniquity at my heels surrounds me? 

6 Those who trust in their wealth,

And boast in the multitude of their riches — 

7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother,

Nor give God a ransom for him. 

8 For the redemption of their life is costly,

No payment is ever enough, 

9 That he should live on forever,

That he should not see corruption. 

10 For he sees that wise men die;

Likewise the fool and the senseless perish,

And leave their wealth to others. 

11 Their inward thought is, that their houses will endure forever,

And their dwelling places to all generations.

They name their lands after themselves. 

12 But man, despite his riches, doesn’t endure.

He is like the animals that perish.

13 This is the destiny of those who are foolish,

And of those who approve their sayings. Selah. 

14 They are appointed as a flock for She’ol.

Death shall be their shepherd.

The upright shall have dominion over them in the morning.

Their beauty shall decay in She’ol,

Far from their mansion. 

15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of She’ol,

For he will receive me.

Selah. 

16 Don’t be afraid when a man is made rich,

When the glory of his house is increased. 

17 For when he dies he shall carry nothing away.

His glory shall not descend after him. 

18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul —

And men praise you when you do well for yourself — 

19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers.

They shall never see the light. 

20 A man who has riches without understanding,

Is like the animals that perish.

PSALMS: 79

1 God, the nations have come into your inheritance.

They have defiled your holy temple.

They have laid Yerushalayim in heaps. 

2 They have given the dead bodies of your servants to be food for the birds of the sky, The flesh of your holy ones to the animals of the eretz. 

3 Their blood they have shed like water around Yerushalayim.

There was no one to bury them. 

4 We have become a reproach to our neighbors,

A scoffing and derision to those who are around us.

5 How long, LORD? Will you be angry forever?

Will your jealousy burn like fire? 

6 Pour out your wrath on the nations that don’t know you;

On the kingdoms that don’t call on your names; 

7 For they have devoured Ya`akov,

And destroyed his homeland. 

8 Don’t hold the iniquities of our forefathers against us.

Let your tender mercies speedily meet us,

For we are in desperate need. 

9 Help us, God of our salvation, for the glory of your name.

Deliver us, and forgive our sins, for your name’s sake. 

10 Why should the nations say,

“Where is their God?”

Let it be known among the nations, before our eyes,

That vengeance for your servants’ blood is being poured out. 

11 Let the sighing of the prisoner come before you.

According to the greatness of your power, preserve those who are sentenced to death;

12 Pay back to our neighbors seven times into their bosom

Their reproach with which they have reproached you, Lord. 

13 So we, your people and sheep of your pasture,

Will give you thanks forever.

We will praise you forever, to all generations.

PSALMS: 109

1 God of my praise, don’t remain silent, 

2 For they have opened the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of deceit against me. They have spoken to me with a lying tongue. 

3 They have also surrounded me with words of hatred,

And fought against me without a cause. 

4 In return for my love, they are my adversaries;

But I am in prayer. 

5 They have rewarded me evil for good,

And hatred for my love. 

6 Set a wicked man over him.

Let an adversary stand at his right hand. 

7  When he is judged, let him come forth guilty.

Let his prayer be turned into sin. 

8 Let his days be few. Let another take his office. 

9 Let his children be fatherless,

And his wife a widow. 

10 Let his children be wandering beggars.

Let them be sought from their ruins. 

11 Let the creditor seize all that he has.

Let strangers plunder the fruit of his labor. 

12 Let there be none to extend kindness to him,

Neither let there be any to have pity on his fatherless children. 

13 Let his posterity be cut off.

In the generation following let their name be blotted out. 

14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered by the LORD.

Don’t let the sin of his mother be blotted out. 

15 Let them be before the LORD continually,

That he may cut off the memory of them from the eretz; 

16 Because he didn’t remember to show kindness,

But persecuted the poor and needy man,

The broken in heart, to kill them. 

17  Yes, he loved cursing, and it came to him.

He didn’t delight in blessing, and it was far from him. 

18 He clothed himself also with cursing as with his garment.

It came into his inward parts like water,

Like oil into his bones. 

19 Let it be to him as the clothing with which he covers himself,

For the belt that is always around him. 

20 This is the reward of my adversaries from the LORD,

Of those who speak evil against my soul. 

21 But deal with me, the LORD the Lord, for your name’s sake,

Because your loving kindness is good, deliver me; 

22 For I am poor and needy.

My heart is wounded within me. 

23 I fade away like an evening shadow.

I am shaken off as the arbeh. 

24 My knees are weak through fasting.

My body is thin and lacks fat. 

25 I have also become a reproach to them.

When they see me, they shake their head. 

26 Help me, LORD, my God.

Save me according to your loving kindness;

27  That they may know that this is your hand;

That you, LORD, have done it. 

28 They may curse, but you bless.

When they arise, they will be put to shame,

But your servant shall rejoice. 

29 Let my adversaries be clothed with dishonor.

Let them cover themselves with their own shame as with a robe. 

30 I will give great thanks to the LORD with my mouth.

Yes, I will praise him among the multitude. 

31 For he will stand at the right hand of the needy,

To save him from those who judge his soul.

PSALMS: 139

1 LORD, you have searched me,

And you know me. 

2 You know my sitting down and my rising up.

You perceive my thoughts from afar. 

3 You search out my path and my lying down,

And are acquainted with all my ways. 

4 For there is not a word on my tongue,

But, behold, LORD, you know it altogether. 

5 You tzitzit me in behind and before.

You laid your hand on me. 

6 This knowledge is beyond me.

It is lofty. I can’t attain it. 

7 Where could I go from your Spirit?

Or where could I flee from your presence? 

8 If I ascend up into heaven, you are there.

If I make my bed in She’ol, behold, you are there! 

9 If I take the wings of the dawn,

And settle in the uttermost parts of the sea; 

10 Even there your hand will lead me,

And your right hand will hold me. 

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me;

The light around me will be night;” 

12 Even the darkness doesn’t hide from you,

But the night shines as the day.

The darkness is like light to you. 

13 For you formed my inmost being.

You knit me together in my mother’s womb. 

14 I will give thanks to you,

For I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Your works are wonderful.

My soul knows that very well. 

15 My frame wasn’t hidden from you,

When I was made in secret,

Woven together in the depths of the eretz. 

16 Your eyes saw my body.

In your book they were all written,

The days that were ordained for me,

When as yet there were none of them. 

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!

How vast is the sum of them! 

18 If I would count them, they are more in number than the sand.

When I wake up, I am still with you. 

19 If only you, God, would kill the wicked.

Get away from me, you bloodthirsty men! 

20 For they speak against you wickedly.

Your enemies take your name in vain. 

21 LORD, don’t I hate those who hate you?

Am I not grieved with those who rise up against you? 

22 I hate them with perfect hatred.

They have become my enemies. 

23 Search me, God, and know my heart.

Try me, and know my thoughts.

24 See if there is any wicked way in me,

And lead me in the everlasting way.

PROVERBS: 19

1 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity

Than he who is perverse in his lips and is a fool. 

2 It isn’t good to have zeal without knowledge;

Nor being hasty with one’s feet and missing the way. 

3 The foolishness of man subverts his way;

His heart rages against the LORD. 

4 Wealth adds many friends,

But the poor is separated from his friend. 

5 A false witness shall not be unpunished.

He who pours out lies shall not go free. 

6 Many will entreat the favor of a ruler,

And everyone is a friend to a man who gives gifts. 

7 All the relatives of the poor shun him:

How much more do his friends avoid him!

He pursues them with pleas, but they are gone. 

8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul.

He who keeps understanding shall find good. 

9 A false witness shall not be unpunished.

He who utters lies shall perish. 

10 Delicate living is not appropriate for a fool,

Much less for a servant to have rule over princes. 

11 The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger.

It is his glory to overlook an offense. 

12 The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion,

But his favor is like dew on the grass. 

13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father.

A wife’s quarrels are a continual dripping. 

14 House and riches are an inheritance from fathers,

But a prudent wife is from the LORD. 

15 Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep.

The idle soul shall suffer hunger.

16 He who keeps the mitzvah keeps his soul,

But he who is contemptuous in his ways shall die. 

17 He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD;

He will reward him. 

18 Discipline your son, for there is hope;

Don’t be a willing party to his death. 

19 A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty,

For if you rescue him, you must do it again. 

20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction, ‘

That you may be wise in your latter end. 

21 There are many plans in a man’s heart,

But the LORD’s counsel will prevail. 

22 That which makes a man to be desired is his kindness.

A poor man is better than a liar.

23 The fear of the LORD leads to life, then contentment;

He rests and will not be touched by trouble. 

24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;

He will not so much as bring it to his mouth again. 

25 Flog a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence;

Rebuke one who has understanding, and he will gain knowledge. 

26 He who robs his father and drives away his mother,

Is a son who causes shame and brings reproach. 

27 Stop, my son, listening to instruction,

And you will stray from the words of knowledge. 

28 A corrupt witness mocks justice,

And the mouth of the wicked gulps down iniquity. 

29 Penalties are prepared for scoffers,

And beatings for the backs of fools.

OLD TESTAMENT: JEREMIAH 10:1 – 11:23

10:1 Hear you the word which the LORD speaks to you, house of Yisra’el: 2 thus says the LORD, “Don’t learn the way of the nations, and don’t be dismayed at the signs of the sky; for the nations are dismayed at them. 3 For the customs of the peoples are vanity; for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman with the ax. 4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it not move. 5 They are like a palm tree, of turned work, and don’t speak: they must be carried, because they can’t go. Don’t be afraid of them; for they can’t do evil, neither is it in them to do good. 6 There is none like you, LORD; you are great, and your name is great in might. 7 Who should not fear you, King of the nations? for to you does it appertain; because among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their royal estate, there is none like you. 8 But they are together brutish and foolish: the instruction of idols! it is but a stock. 9 There is silver beaten into plates, which is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Ufaz, the work of the artificer and of the hands of the goldsmith; blue and purple for their clothing; they are all the work of skillful men. 10 But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God, and an everlasting King: at his wrath the eretz trembles, and the nations are not able to abide his indignation. 

11 Thus shall you say to them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the eretz, these shall perish from the eretz, and from under the heavens. 12 He has made the eretz by his power, he has established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding has he stretched out the heavens: 13 when he utters his voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, and he causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the eretz; he makes lightnings for the rain, and brings forth the wind out of his treasuries. 14 Every man is become brutish [and is] without knowledge; every goldsmith is put to shame by his engraved image; for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them. 15 They are vanity, a work of delusion: in the time of their visitation they shall perish. 16 The portion of Ya`akov is not like these; for he is the former of all things; and Yisra’el is the tribe of his inheritance: the LORD of Hosts is his name. 17  Gather up your wares out of the land, you who abide in the siege. 18 For thus says the LORD, Behold, I will sling out the inhabitants of the land at this time, and will distress them, that they may feel [it]. 19 Woe is me because of my hurt! my wound is grievous: but I said, Truly this is [my] grief, and I must bear it. 20 My tent is destroyed, and all my cords are broken: my children are gone forth from me, and they are no more: there is none to spread my tent any more, and to set up my curtains. 21 For the shepherds are become brutish, and have not inquired of the LORD: therefore they have not prospered, and all their flocks are scattered. 22 The voice of news, behold, it comes, and a great commotion out of the north country, to make the cities of Yehudah a desolation, a dwelling-place of jackals. 23 LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man who walks to direct his steps. 24 LORD, correct me, but in measure: not in your anger, lest you bring me to nothing. 25 Pour out your wrath on the nations that don’t know you, and on the families that don’t call on your name: for they have devoured Ya`akov, yes, they have devoured him and consumed him, and have laid waste his habitation.

11:1 The word that came to Yirmeyahu from the LORD, saying, 2 Hear you the words of this covenant, and speak to the men of Yehudah, and to the inhabitants of Yerushalayim; 3 and say you to them, Thus says the LORD, the God of Yisra’el: Cursed be the man who doesn’t hear the words of this covenant, 4which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Mitzrayim, out of the iron furnace, saying, Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you: so shall you be my people, and I will be your God; 5 that I may establish the oath which I swore to your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as at this day. Then answered I, and said, Amein, LORD. 6 The LORD said to me, Proclaim all these words in the cities of Yehudah, and in the streets of Yerushalayim, saying, Hear you the words of this covenant, and do them. 7 For I earnestly protested to your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Mitzrayim, even to this day, rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice. 8 Yet they didn’t obey, nor turn their ear, but walked everyone in the stubbornness of their evil heart: therefore I brought on them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do, but they didn’t do them. 9 The LORD said to me, A conspiracy is found among the men of Yehudah, and among the inhabitants of Yerushalayim. 10 They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, who refused to hear my words; and they are gone after other gods to serve them: the house of Yisra’el and the house of Yehudah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers. 11 Therefore thus says the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil on them, which they shall not be able to escape; and they shall cry to me, but I will not listen to them. 12 Then shall the cities of Yehudah and the inhabitants of Yerushalayim go and cry to the gods to which they offer incense: but they will not save them at all in the time of their trouble. 13 For according to the number of your cities are your gods, Yehudah; and according to the number of the streets of Yerushalayim have you set up altars to the shameful thing, even altars to burn incense to Ba`al. 

14 Therefore don’t you pray for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them; for I will not hear them in the time that they cry to me because of their trouble. 15 What has my beloved to do in my house, seeing she has worked lewdness [with] many, and the holy flesh is passed from you? when you do evil, then you rejoice. 16 The LORD called your name, A green olive tree, beautiful with goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he has kindled fire on it, and the branches of it are broken. 17 For the LORD of Hosts, who planted you, has pronounced evil against you, because of the evil of the house of Yisra’el and of the house of Yehudah, which they have worked for themselves in provoking me to anger by offering incense to Ba`al. 18 The LORD gave me knowledge of it, and I knew it: then you shown me their doings. 19 But I was like a gentle lamb that is led to the slaughter; and I didn’t know that they had devised devices against me, [saying], Let us destroy the tree with the fruit of it, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered. 20 But, the LORD of Hosts, who judge righteously, who try the heart and the mind, I shall see your vengeance on them; for to you have I revealed my cause. 21 Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the men of `Anatot, who seek your life, saying, You shall not prophesy in the name of the LORD, that you not die by our hand; 22 therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will punish them: the young men shall die by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall die by famine; 23 and there shall be no remnant to them: for I will bring evil on the men of `Anatot, even the year of their visitation.

NEW TESTAMENT: COLOSSIANS 3:18 – 4:18

3:18 Wives, be in subjection to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and don’t be bitter against them. 20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, don’t provoke your children, so that they won’t be discouraged. 22 Servants, obey in all things those who are your masters according to the flesh, not just when they are looking, as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing God. 23 And whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord, and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord, Messiah. 25 For he who does wrong will receive again for the wrong that he has done, and there is no partiality.

4:1 Masters, give to your servants that which is just and equal, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. 2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving; 3 praying together for us also, that God may open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Messiah, for which I am also in bonds; 4 that I may reveal it as I ought to speak. 5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. 7 All my affairs will be made known to you by Tychicus, the beloved brother, faithful servant, and fellow bondservant in the Lord. 8 I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that he may know your circumstances and comfort your hearts, 9 together with Onesimus, the faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will make known to you all things that are going on here. 10 Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark, the cousin of Bar-Nabba (concerning whom you received mitzvot, “if he comes to you, receive him”), 11 and Yeshua who is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These are my only fellow workers to the kingdom of God, men who have been a comfort to me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Messiah, salutes you, always striving for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. 13 For I testify about him, that he has great zeal for you, and for those in Laodicea, and for those in Hierapolis. 14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas greet you. 15 Greet the brothers who are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the assembly that is in his house. 16When this letter has been read among you, cause it to be read also in the assembly of the Laodiceans; and that you also read the letter from Laodicea. 17 Tell Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you fulfill it.” 18 The salutation of me, Sha’ul, with my own hand. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amein.

THEinc-HIM Daily Bible Meditation – July 18 – Full Text   Leave a comment

JULY 18

PSALMS: 18, 48, 78, 108, 138

PROVERBS: 18

OLD TESTAMENT: JEREMIAH 8:8 – 9:26

NEW TESTAMENT: COLOSSIANS 3:1 – 17

PSALMS: 18

1 I love you, LORD, my strength. 

2 The LORD is my rock,

and my fortress, and my deliverer;

My God, my rock, in whom I will take refuge;

My shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower. 

3 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised;

So shall I be saved from my enemies. 

4 The cords of death surrounded me.

The floods of ungodliness made me afraid. 

5 The cords of She’ol were round about me;

The snares of death came on me. 

6 In my distress I called on the LORD,

And cried to my God.

He heard my voice out of his temple,

My cry before him came into his ears. 

7 Then the eretz shook and trembled.

The foundations also of the mountains quaked and were shaken,

Because he was angry. 

8 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils,

Fire out of his mouth devoured;

Coals were kindled by it. 

9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down.

Thick darkness was under his feet. 

10 He rode on a Keruv, and flew.

Yes, he soared on the wings of the wind. 

11 He made darkness his hiding-place, his pavilion around him,

Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies. 

12 At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed,

Hailstones and coals of fire. 

13 The LORD also thundered in the sky,

The Elyon uttered his voice,

Hailstones and coals of fire.

14 He sent out his arrows, and scattered them;

Yes, lightnings manifold, and routed them. 

15 Then the channels of waters appeared,

The foundations of the world were laid bare,

At your rebuke, LORD,

At the blast of the breath of your nostrils. 

16 He sent from on high.

He took me.

He drew me out of many waters. 

17 He delivered me from my strong enemy,

From those who hated me;

for they were too mighty for me. 

18 They came on me in the day of my calamity,

But the LORD was my support. 

19 He brought me forth also into a large place.

He delivered me, because he delighted in me.

20 The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness.

According to the cleanness of my hands has he recompensed me.

21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD,

And have not wickedly departed from my God. 

22 For all his ordinances were before me.

I didn’t put away his statutes from me. 

23 I was also blameless with him.

I kept myself from my iniquity. 

24 Therefore has the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight. 

25 With the merciful you will show yourself merciful.

With the perfect man, you will show yourself perfect. 

26 With the pure, you will show yourself pure.

With the crooked you will show yourself shrewd. 

27 For you will save the afflicted people,

But the haughty eyes you will bring down. 

28 For you will light my lamp.

The LORD, my God, will light up my darkness.

29 For by you, I advance through a troop.

By my God, I leap over a wall. 

30 As for God, his way is perfect.

The word of the LORD is tried.

He is a shield to all those who take refuge in him. 

31 For who is God, except the LORD?

Who is a rock, besides our God, 

32 The God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect? 

33 He makes my feet like hinds’ feet,

And sets me on my high places. 

34 He teaches my hands to war;

So that my arms bend a bow of bronze.

35 You have also given me the shield of your salvation.

Your right hand sustains me.

Your gentleness has made me great. 

36 You have enlarged my steps under me,

My feet have not slipped. 

37 I will pursue my enemies, and overtake them.

Neither will I turn again until they are consumed. 

38 I will strike them through, so that they will not be able to rise.

They shall fall under my feet. 

39 For you have girded me with strength to the battle.

You have subdued under me those who rose up against me. 

40 You have also made my enemies turn their backs to me,

That I might cut off those who hate me. 

41 They cried, but there was none to save;

Even to the LORD, but he didn’t answer them. 

42 Then I beat them small as the dust before the wind.

I cast them out as the mire of the streets. 

43 You have delivered me from the strivings of the people.

You have made me the head of the nations.

A people whom I have not known shall serve me. 

44 As soon as they hear of me they shall obey me.

The foreigners shall submit themselves to me. 

45 The foreigners shall fade away,

And shall come trembling out of their close places. 

46 The LORD lives;

and blessed be my rock.

Exalted be the God of my salvation, 

47 Even the God who executes vengeance for me,

And subdues peoples under me. 

48 He rescues me from my enemies.

Yes, you lift me up above those who rise up against me.

You deliver me from the violent man. 

49 Therefore I will give thanks to you, LORD, among the nations,

And will sing praises to your name. 

50 He gives great deliverance to his king,

And shows loving kindness to his anointed,

To David and to his seed, forevermore.

PSALMS: 48

1 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised,

In the city of our God, in his holy mountain. 

2 Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole eretz,

Is Mount Tziyon, on the north sides,

The city of the great King. 

3 God has shown himself in her citadels as a refuge. 

4 For, behold, the kings assembled themselves,

They passed by together.

5 They saw it, then were they amazed.

They were dismayed,

They hurried away. 

6 Trembling took hold of them there,

Pain, as of a woman in travail. 

7  With the east wind, you break the ships of Tarshish. 

8 As we have heard, so have we seen,

In the city of the LORD of Hosts, in the city of our God.

God will establish it forever.

Selah. 

9 We have thought about your loving kindness,

God, In the midst of your temple. 

10 As is your name, God,

So is your praise to the ends of the eretz.

Your right hand is full of righteousness. 

11 Let Mount Tziyon be glad!

Let the daughters of Yehudah rejoice,

Because of your judgments. 

12 Walk about Tziyon, and go around her.

Number the towers of it; 

13 Mark well her bulwarks.

Consider her palaces, ‘

That you may tell it to the next generation. 

14 For this God is our God forever and ever.

He will be our guide even to death.

PSALMS: 78

1 Hear my law, my people.

Turn your ears to the words of my mouth. 

2 I will open my mouth in a parable.

I will utter dark sayings of old, 

3 Which we have heard and known,

Our fathers have told us.

4 We will not hide them from their children,

Telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD,

His strength, and his wondrous works that he has done. 

5 For he established a testimony in Ya`akov,

And appointed a law in Yisra’el,

Which he commanded our fathers,

That they should make them known to their children; 

6 That the generation to come might know,

even the children who should be born; Who should arise and tell their children, 

7 That they might set their hope in God,

And not forget the works of God,

But keep his mitzvot, 

8 And might not be as their fathers,

A stubborn and rebellious generation,

A generation that didn’t make their hearts loyal,

Whose spirit was not steadfast with God. 

9 The children of Efrayim, being armed and carrying bows,

Turned back in the day of battle. 

10 They didn’t keep the covenant of God,

And refused to walk in his law.

11 They forgot his doings,

His wondrous works that he had shown them. 

12 Marvelous things did he in the sight of their fathers,

In the land of Mitzrayim, in the field of Tzo`an. 

13 He split the sea, and caused them to pass through;

He made the waters stand as a heap.

14 In the daytime he also led them with a cloud,

All the night with a light of fire. 

15 He split rocks in the wilderness,

And gave them drink abundantly as out of the depths. 

16 He brought streams also out of the rock,

And caused waters to run down like rivers. 

17 Yet they still went on to sin against him,

To rebel against Ha`Elyon in the desert.

18 They tempted God in their heart

By asking food according to their desire. 

19 Yes, they spoke against God.

They said, “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness? 

20 Behold, he struck the rock, so that waters gushed out,

Streams overflowed.

Can he give bread also?

Will he provide flesh for his people?” 

21 Therefore the LORD heard, and was angry.

A fire was kindled against Ya`akov,

Anger also went up against Yisra’el, 

22 Because they didn’t believe in God,

And didn’t trust in his yeshu`ah. 

23 Yet he commanded the skies above,

And opened the doors of heaven. 

24 He rained down manna on them to eat,

And gave them food from the sky. 

25 Man ate the bread of angels.

He sent them food to the full. 

26 He caused the east wind to blow in the sky.

By his power he guided the south wind.

27 He rained also flesh on them as the dust;

Winged birds as the sand of the seas. 

28 He let them fall in the midst of their camp,

Around their habitations. 

29 So they ate, and were well filled.

He gave them their own desire. 

30 They didn’t turn from their cravings.

Their food was yet in their mouths, 

31 When the anger of God went up against them,

And killed some of the fattest of them,

And struck down the young men of Yisra’el. 

32 For all this they still sinned,

And didn’t believe in his wondrous works. 

33 Therefore he consumed their days in vanity,

And their years in terror. 

34 When he killed them, then they inquired after him.

They returned and sought God earnestly. 

35 They remembered that God was their rock, ‘

The El `Elyon their redeemer. 

36 But they flattered him with their mouth,

And lied to him with their tongue. 

37  For their heart was not right with him,

Neither were they faithful in his covenant. 

38 But he, being merciful, forgave iniquity,

and didn’t destroy them.

Yes, many times he turned his anger away,

And didn’t stir up all his wrath. 

39 He remembered that they were but flesh,

A wind that passes away, and doesn’t come again. 

40 How often did they rebel against him in the wilderness,

And grieve him in the desert! 

41 They turned again and tempted God,

And provoked the Holy One of Yisra’el. 

42 They didn’t remember his hand,

Nor the day when he redeemed them from the adversary; 

43 How he set his signs in Mitzrayim,

His wonders in the field of Tzo`an, 

44 Turned their rivers into blood,

Their streams, so that they could not drink. 

45 He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them;

Frogs, which destroyed them. 

46 He gave also their increase to the caterpillar,
Their labor to the arbeh. 

47 He destroyed their vines with hail,

Their sycamore-fig trees with frost.

48 He gave over their cattle also to the hail,

And their flocks to hot thunderbolts. 

49 He threw on them the fierceness of his anger,

Wrath, indignation, and trouble,

And a band of angels of evil. 

50 He made a path for his anger.

He didn’t spare their soul from death,

But gave their life over to the pestilence, 

51 And struck all the firstborn in Mitzrayim,

The chief of their strength in the tents of Ham. 

52 But he led forth his own people like sheep,

And guided them in the wilderness like a flock. 

53 He led them safely, so that they weren’t afraid,

But the sea overwhelmed their enemies. 

54 He brought them to the border of his sanctuary,

To this mountain, which his right hand had taken. 

55 He also drove out the nations before them,

Allotted them for an inheritance by line,

And made the tribes of Yisra’el to dwell in their tents. 

56 Yet they tempted and rebelled against

Ha`Elyon God, And didn’t keep his testimonies; 

57 But turned back, and dealt treacherously like their fathers.

They were turned aside like a deceitful bow. 

58 For they provoked him to anger with their high places,

And moved him to jealousy with their engraved images. 

59 When God heard this, he was angry,

And greatly abhorred Yisra’el;

60 So that he forsook the tent of Shiloh,

The tent which he placed among men; 

61 And delivered his strength into captivity,

His glory into the adversary’s hand. 

62 He also gave his people over to the sword,

And was angry with his inheritance. 

63 Fire devoured their young men;

Their virgins had no wedding song. 

64 Their Kohanim fell by the sword;

Their widows made no lamentation. 

65 Then the Lord awakened as one out of sleep,

Like a mighty man who shouts by reason of wine. 

66 He struck his adversaries backward.

He put them to a perpetual reproach. 

67 Moreover he rejected the tent of Yosef,

And didn’t choose the tribe of Efrayim, 

68 But chose the tribe of Yehudah,

Mount Tziyon which he loved. 

69 He built his sanctuary like the heights,

Like the eretz which he has established forever. 

70 He also chose David his servant,

And took him from the sheepfolds;

71 From following the ewes that have their young he brought him

To be the shepherd of Ya`akov, his people, and Yisra’el, his inheritance.

72 So he was their shepherd according to the integrity of his heart,

And guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.

PSALMS: 108

1 My heart is steadfast, God.

I will sing and I will make music with my soul. 

2 Wake up, harp and lyre!

I will wake up the dawn. 

3 I will give thanks to you, LORD, among the nations.

I will sing praises to you among the peoples. 

4 For your loving kindness is great above the heavens.

Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. 

5 Be exalted, God, above the heavens,

Let your glory be over all the eretz. 

6 That your beloved may be delivered,

Save with your right hand, and answer us. 

7 God has spoken from his sanctuary:

“In triumph, I will divide Shekhem, and measure out the valley of Sukkot. 

8 Gil`ad is mine.

Menashsheh is mine.

Efrayim also is my helmet.

Yehudah is my scepter. 

9 Mo’av is my wash pot.

I will toss my sandal on Edom.

I will shout over Peleshet.” 

10 Who will bring me into the fortified city?

Who has led me to Edom? 

11 Haven’t you rejected us, God?

‘You don’t go forth, God, with our armies. 

12 Give us help against the enemy,

For the help of man is vain. 

13 Through God, we will do valiantly.

For it is he who will tread down our enemies.

PROVERBS: 18

1 An unfriendly man pursues selfishness,

And defies all sound judgment. 

2 A fool has no delight in understanding,

But only in broadcasting his own opinion. 

3 When wickedness comes, contempt also comes,

And with shame comes disgrace. 

4 The words of a man’s mouth are like deep waters.

The fountain of wisdom is like a flowing brook. 

5 To be partial to the faces of the wicked is not good,

Nor to deprive the innocent of justice. 

6 A fool’s lips come into strife,

And his mouth invites beatings. 

7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction,

And his lips are a snare to his soul. 

8 The words of a gossip are like dainty morsels:

They go down into a person’s innermost parts. 

9 One who is slack in his work

Is brother to him who is a master of destruction. 

10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower:

The righteous run to him, and are safe. 

11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city,

Like an unscalable wall in his own imagination. 

12 Before destruction the heart of man is proud,

But before honor is humility. 

13 He who gives answer before he hears,

That is folly and shame to him. 

14 A man’s spirit will sustain him in sickness,

But a crushed spirit who can bear? 

15 The heart of the discerning gets knowledge.

The ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

16 A man’s gift makes room for him,

And brings him before great men. 

17  He who pleads his cause first seems right;

Until another comes and questions him. 

18 The lot settles disputes,

And keeps strong ones apart. 

19 A brother offended is more difficult than a fortified city;

And disputes are like the bars of a castle. 

20 A man’s stomach is filled with the fruit of his mouth.

With the harvest of his lips he is satisfied. 

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue;

Those who love it will eat its fruit. 

22 Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing,

And obtains favor of the LORD. 

23 The poor pleads for mercy,

But the rich answers harshly. 

24 A man of many companions may be ruined,

But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

OLD TESTAMENT: JEREMIAH 8:8 – 9:26

8:8 How do you say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? But, behold, the false pen of the Sofrim has worked falsely. 9 The wise men are put to shame, they are dismayed and taken: behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what manner of wisdom is in them? 10 Therefore will I give their wives to others, and their fields to those who shall possess them: for everyone from the least even to the greatest is given to covetousness; from the prophet even to the Kohen every one deals falsely. 11 They have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Shalom, shalom; when there is no shalom. 12 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among those who fall; in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, says the LORD. 13 I will utterly consume them, says the LORD: there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and [the things that] I have given them shall pass away from them. 14 Why do we sit still? assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the fortified cities, and let us be silent there; for the LORD our God has put us to silence, and given us water of gall to drink, because we have sinned against the LORD. 15 We looked for shalom, but no good came; [and] for a time of healing, and, behold, dismay! 16 The snorting of his horses is heard from Dan: at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones the whole land trembles; for they are come, and have devoured the land and all that is in it; the city and those who dwell therein.

17  For, behold, I will send serpents, adders, among you, which will not be charmed; and they shall bite you, says the LORD. 18 Oh that I could comfort myself against sorrow! my heart is faint within me. 19 Behold, the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people from a land that is very far off: isn’t the LORD in Tziyon? Isn’t her King in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their engraved images, and with foreign vanities? 20 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. 21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt: I mourn; dismay has taken hold on me. 22 Is there no balm in Gil`ad? is there no physician there? why then isn’t the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

9:1 Oh that my head were waters, and my eyes a spring of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people! 2 Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging-place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them! for they are all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men. 3 They bend their tongue, [as it were] their bow, for falsehood; and they are grown strong in the land, but not for truth: for they proceed from evil to evil, and they don’t know me, says the LORD. 4 Take you heed everyone of his neighbor, and don’t you trust in any brother; for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbor will go about with slanders. 5 They will deceive everyone his neighbor, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies; they weary themselves to commit iniquity. 6 Your habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, says the LORD. 7 Therefore thus says the LORD of Hosts, Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how [else] should I do, because of the daughter of my people? 8 Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaks deceit: one speaks peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth, but in his heart he lays wait for him. 9 Shall I not visit them for these things? says the LORD; shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? 10 For the mountains will I take up a weeping and wailing, and for the pastures of the wilderness a lamentation, because they are burned up, so that none passes through; neither can men hear the voice of the cattle; both the birds of the sky and the animals are fled, they are gone. 11 I will make Yerushalayim heaps, a dwelling-place of jackals; and I will make the cities of Yehudah a desolation, without inhabitant. 12 Who is the wise man, that may understand this? and [who is] he to whom the mouth of the LORD has spoken, that he may declare it? why is the land perished and burned up like a wilderness, so that none passes through? 13 The LORD says, Because they have forsaken my law which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked therein, 14 but have walked after the stubbornness of their own heart, and after the Ba`alim, which their fathers taught them; 15 therefore thus says the LORD of Hosts, the God of Yisra’el, Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink. 16 I will scatter them also among the nations, whom neither they nor their fathers have known; and I will send the sword after them, until I have consumed them. 17 T hus says the LORD of Hosts, Consider you, and call for the mourning women, that they may come; and send for the skillful women, that they may come: 18 and let them make haste, and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with waters. 19 For a voice of wailing is heard out of Tziyon, How are we ruined! we are greatly confounded, because we have forsaken the land, because they have cast down our dwellings. 20 Yet hear the word of the LORD, you women, and let your ear receive the word of his mouth; and teach your daughters wailing, and everyone her neighbor lamentation. 21 For death is come up into our windows, it is entered into our palaces; to cut off the children from outside, [and] the young men from the streets. 22 Speak, Thus says the LORD, The dead bodies of men shall fall as dung on the open field, and as the handful after the harvester; and none shall gather [them]. 23 Thus says the LORD, Don’t let the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, don’t let the rich man glory in his riches; 24 but let him who glories glory in this, that he has understanding, and knows me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness, in the eretz: for in these things I delight, says the LORD. 25 Behold, the days come, says the LORD, that I will punish all those who are circumcised in [their] uncircumcision: 26 Mitzrayim, and Yehudah, and Edom, and the children of `Ammon, and Mo’av, and all that have the corners [of their hair] cut off, who dwell in the wilderness; for all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Yisra’el are uncircumcised in heart.

NEW TESTAMENT: COLOSSIANS 3:1 – 17

3:1 If then you were raised together with Messiah, seek the things that are above, where Messiah is, seated on the right hand of God. 

2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the eretz. 

3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Messiah in God. 

4 When Messiah, our life, is revealed, then you will also be revealed with him in glory. 

5 Put to death therefore your members which are on the eretz: sexual immorality, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry; 

6 for which things’ sake the wrath of God comes on the sons of disobedience. 

7  You also once walked in those, when you lived in them; 

8 but now you also put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and shameful speaking out of your mouth. 

9 Don’t lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his doings, 

10 and have put on the new man, that is being renewed in knowledge after the image of his Creator, 

11 where there can’t be Yevanit and Yehudi, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondservant, freeman; but Messiah is all, and in all. 

12 Put on therefore, as God’s elect, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and perseverance; 

13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as Messiah forgave you, so you also do. 

14 Above all these things, walk in love, which is the bond of perfection. 

15 And let the shalom of Messiah rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 

16 Let the word of Messiah dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your heart to God. 

17 Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Yeshua, giving thanks to God, the Father, through him.

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