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FEBRUARY 9

 

 

 

PSALMS:   9, 39, 69, 99, 129

 

 

 

PROVERBS:  9

 

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  JUDGES 13:1 – 14:20

 

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  JOHN 1:29 – 51

 

 

 

PSALMS:  9

 

 

 

For A the director of music. To the tune of “The Death of the Son.” A psalm of David.

 

 

1 I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart;

 

I will tell of all your wonders.

 

2 I will be glad and rejoice in you;

 

I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

 

 

3 My enemies turn back;

 

they stumble and perish before you.

 

4 For you have upheld my right and my cause;

 

you have sat on your throne, judging righteously.

 

5 You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;

 

you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.

 

6 Endless ruin has overtaken the enemy,

 

you have uprooted their cities;

 

even the memory of them has perished.

 

 

 

7 The LORD reigns forever;

 

he has established his throne for judgment.

 

8 He will judge the world in righteousness;

 

he will govern the peoples with justice.

 

9 The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,

 

a stronghold in times of trouble.

 

10 Those who know your name will trust in you,

 

for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.

 

 

 

11 Sing praises to the LORD, enthroned in Zion;

 

proclaim among the nations what he has done.

 

12 For he who avenges blood remembers;

 

he does not ignore the cry of the afflicted. [1]

 

13 O LORD, see how my enemies persecute me!

 

Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,

 

14 that I may declare your praises

 

in the gates of the Daughter of Zion

 

and there rejoice in your salvation.

 

 

 

15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;

 

their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.

 

16 The LORD is known by his justice;

 

the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.

 

Higgaion. B Selah

 

17 The wicked return to the grave, C

 

all the nations that forget God.

 

18 But the needy will not always be forgotten,

 

nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish.

 

 

19 Arise, O LORD, let not man triumph;

 

let the nations be judged in your presence.

 

20 Strike them with terror, O LORD;

 

let the nations know they are but men.

 

Selah [2]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  39

 

 

 

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.

 

 

1 I said, “I will watch my ways

 

and keep my tongue from sin;

 

I will put a muzzle on my mouth

 

as long as the wicked are in my presence.”

 

2 But when I was silent and still,

 

not even saying anything good,

 

my anguish increased.

 

3 My heart grew hot within me,

 

and as I meditated, the fire burned;

 

then I spoke with my tongue:

 

 

4 “Show me, O LORD, my life’s end

 

and the number of my days;

 

let me know how fleeting is my life.

 

5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth;

 

the span of my years is as nothing before you.

 

Each man’s life is but a breath.

 

Selah

 

 

6 Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro:

 

He bustles about, but only in vain;

 

he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.

 

 

7 “But now, Lord, what do I look for?

 

My hope is in you.

 

8 Save me from all my transgressions;

 

do not make me the scorn of fools.

 

9 I was silent; I would not open my mouth, [3]

 

for you are the one who has done this.

 

10 Remove your scourge from me;

 

I am overcome by the blow of your hand.

 

11 You rebuke and discipline men for their sin;

 

you consume their wealth like a moth–

 

each man is but a breath.

 

Selah

 

 

 

12 “Hear my prayer, O LORD,

 

listen to my cry for help;

 

be not deaf to my weeping.

 

For I dwell with you as an alien,

 

a stranger, as all my fathers were.

 

13 Look away from me, that I may rejoice again

 

before I depart and am no more.” [4]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  69

 

 

 

For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of David.

 

 

1 Save me, O God,

 

for the waters have come up to my neck.

 

2 I sink in the miry depths,

 

where there is no foothold.

 

I have come into the deep waters;

 

the floods engulf me.

 

3 I am worn out calling for help;

 

my throat is parched.

 

My eyes fail,

 

looking for my God.

 

4 Those who hate me without reason

 

outnumber the hairs of my head;

 

many are my enemies without cause,

 

those who seek to destroy me.

 

I am forced to restore

 

what I did not steal.

 

 

5 You know my folly, O God;

 

my guilt is not hidden from you.

 

 

6 May those who hope in you

 

not be disgraced because of me,

 

O Lord, the LORD Almighty;

 

may those who seek you

 

not be put to shame because of me,

 

O God of Israel.

 

7 For I endure scorn for your sake,

 

and shame covers my face.

 

8 I am a stranger to my brothers, [5]

 

an alien to my own mother’s sons;

 

9 for zeal for your house consumes me,

 

and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.

 

10 When I weep and fast,

 

I must endure scorn;

 

11 when I put on sackcloth,

 

people make sport of me.

 

12 Those who sit at the gate mock me,

 

and I am the song of the drunkards.

 

 

 

13 But I pray to you, O LORD,

 

in the time of your favor;

 

in your great love, O God,

 

answer me with your sure salvation.

 

14 Rescue me from the mire,

 

do not let me sink;

 

deliver me from those who hate me,

 

from the deep waters.

 

15 Do not let the floodwaters engulf me

 

or the depths swallow me up

 

or the pit close its mouth over me.

 

16 Answer me, O LORD, out of the goodness of your love;

 

in your great mercy turn to me.

 

17 Do not hide your face from your servant;

 

answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.

 

18 Come near and rescue me;

 

redeem me because of my foes.

 

 

19 You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed;

 

all my enemies are before you.

 

20 Scorn has broken my heart [6]

 

and has left me helpless;

 

I looked for sympathy, but there was none,

 

for comforters, but I found none.

 

21 They put gall in my food

 

and gave me vinegar for my thirst.

 

 

22 May the table set before them become a snare;

 

may it become retribution and A a trap.

 

23 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,

 

and their backs be bent forever.

 

24 Pour out your wrath on them;

 

let your fierce anger overtake them.

 

 

 

25 May their place be deserted;

 

let there be no one to dwell in their tents.

 

26 For they persecute those you wound

 

and talk about the pain of those you hurt.

 

27 Charge them with crime upon crime;

 

do not let them share in your salvation.

 

28 May they be blotted out of the book of life

 

and not be listed with the righteous.

 

 

29 I am in pain and distress;

 

may your salvation, O God, protect me.

 

 

30 I will praise God’s name in song

 

and glorify him with thanksgiving.

 

31 This will please the LORD more than an ox,

 

more than a bull with its horns and hoofs.

 

32 The poor will see and be glad–

 

you who seek God, may your hearts live!

 

33 The LORD hears the needy

 

and does not despise his captive people. [7]

 

34 Let heaven and earth praise him,

 

the seas and all that move in them,

 

35 for God will save Zion

 

and rebuild the cities of Judah.

 

Then people will settle there and possess it;

 

36 the children of his servants will inherit it,

 

and those who love his name will dwell there. [8]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  99

 

 

 

1 The LORD reigns,

 

let the nations tremble;

 

he sits enthroned between the cherubim,

 

let the earth shake.

 

2 Great is the LORD in Zion;

 

he is exalted over all the nations.

 

3 Let them praise your great and awesome name–

 

he is holy.

 

 

4 The King is mighty, he loves justice–

 

you have established equity;

 

in Jacob you have done

 

what is just and right.

 

5 Exalt the LORD our God

 

and worship at his footstool;

 

he is holy.

 

 

6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests,

 

Samuel was among those who called on his name;

 

they called on the LORD

 

and he answered them.

 

7 He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud;

 

they kept his statutes and the decrees he gave them.

 

 

8 O LORD our God,

 

you answered them;

 

you were to Israel A a forgiving God,

 

though you punished their misdeeds. B

 

9 Exalt the LORD our God

 

and worship at his holy mountain,

 

for the LORD our God is holy. [9]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  129

 

 

 

A song of ascents.

 

 

1 They have greatly oppressed me from my youth–

 

let Israel say–

 

2 they have greatly oppressed me from my youth,

 

but they have not gained the victory over me.

 

3 Plowmen have plowed my back

 

and made their furrows long.

 

4 But the LORD is righteous;

 

he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.

 

 

5 May all who hate Zion

 

be turned back in shame.

 

6 May they be like grass on the roof,

 

which withers before it can grow;

 

7 with it the reaper cannot fill his hands,

 

nor the one who gathers fill his arms.

 

8 May those who pass by not say,

 

“The blessing of the LORD be upon you;

 

we bless you in the name of the LORD.” [10]

 

 

 

PROVERBS:  9

 

 

 

9 1 Wisdom has built her house;

 

she has hewn out its seven pillars.

 

2 She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;

 

she has also set her table.

 

3 She has sent out her maids, and she calls

 

from the highest point of the city.

 

4 “Let all who are simple come in here!”

 

she says to those who lack judgment.

 

5 “Come, eat my food

 

and drink the wine I have mixed.

 

6 Leave your simple ways and you will live;

 

walk in the way of understanding.

 

 

7 “Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult;

 

whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse.

 

8 Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you;

 

rebuke a wise man and he will love you.

 

9 Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still;

 

teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.

 

 

10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,

 

and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

 

11 For through me your days will be many,

 

and years will be added to your life.

 

12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;

 

if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.”

 

 

13 The woman Folly is loud;

 

she is undisciplined and without knowledge.

 

14 She sits at the door of her house,

 

on a seat at the highest point of the city,

 

15 calling out to those who pass by,

 

who go straight on their way.

 

16 “Let all who are simple come in here!” [11]

 

she says to those who lack judgment.

 

 

 

17 “Stolen water is sweet;

 

food eaten in secret is delicious!”

 

18 But little do they know that the dead are there,

 

that her guests are in the depths of the grave. A [12]

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  JUDGES 13:1 – 14:20

 

 

13 1 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, so the LORD delivered them into the hands of the Philistines for forty years.

 

2 A certain man of Zorah, named Manoah, from the clan of the Danites, had a wife who was sterile and remained childless. 3 The angel of the LORD appeared to her and said, “You are sterile and childless, but you are going to conceive and have a son. 4 Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean, 5 because you will conceive and give birth to a son. No razor may be used on his head, because the boy is to be a Nazirite, set apart to God from birth, and he will begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines.”

 

6 Then the woman went to her husband and told him, “A man of God came to me. He looked like an angel of God, very awesome. I didn’t ask him where he came from, and he didn’t tell me his name. 7 But he said to me, `You will conceive and give birth to a son. Now then, drink no wine or other fermented drink and do not eat anything unclean, because the boy will be a Nazirite of God from birth until the day of his death.'”

 

8 Then Manoah prayed to the LORD: “O Lord, I beg you, let the man of God you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born.”

 

9 God heard Manoah, and the angel of God came again to the woman while she was out in the field; but her husband Manoah was not with her. 10 The woman hurried to tell her husband, “He’s here! The man who appeared to me the other day!”

 

11Manoah got up and followed his wife. When he came to the man, he said, “Are you the one who talked to my wife?” [13] “I am,” he said.

 

12 So Manoah asked him, “When your words are fulfilled, what is to be the rule for the boy’s life and work?”

 

13 The angel of the LORD answered, “Your wife must do all that I have told her. 14 She must not eat anything that comes from the grapevine, nor drink any wine or other fermented drink nor eat anything unclean. She must do everything I have commanded her.”

 

15 Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, “We would like you to stay until we prepare a young goat for you.”

 

16 The angel of the LORD replied, “Even though you detain me, I will not eat any of your food. But if you prepare a burnt offering, offer it to the LORD.” (Manoah did not realize that it was the angel of the LORD.)

 

17 Then Manoah inquired of the angel of the LORD, “What is your name, so that we may honor you when your word comes true?”

 

 

 

18 He replied, “Why do you ask my name? It is beyond understanding. A19 Then Manoah took a young goat, together with the grain offering, and sacrificed it on a rock to the LORD. And the LORD did an amazing thing while Manoah and his wife watched:

 

 

 

20 As the flame blazed up from the altar toward heaven, the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame. Seeing this, Manoah and his wife fell with their faces to the ground. 21 When the angel of the LORD did not show himself again to Manoah and his wife, Manoah realized that it was the angel of the LORD.

 

 

 

22 “We are doomed to die!” he said to his wife. “We have seen God!” [14] 23 But his wife answered, “If the LORD had meant to kill us, he would not have accepted a burnt offering and grain offering from our hands, nor shown us all these things or now told us this.”

 

24 The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson. He grew and the LORD blessed him, 25 and the Spirit of the LORD began to stir him while he was in Mahaneh Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

 

 

 

14 1 Samson went down to Timnah and saw there a young Philistine woman. 2 When he returned, he said to his father and mother, “I have seen a Philistine woman in Timnah; now get her for me as my wife.”

 

3 His father and mother replied, “Isn’t there an acceptable woman among your relatives or among all our people? Must you go to the uncircumcised Philistines to get a wife?”

 

But Samson said to his father, “Get her for me. She’s the right one for me.” 4 (His parents did not know that this was from the LORD, who was seeking an occasion to confront the Philistines; for at that time they were ruling over Israel.) 5 Samson went down to Timnah together with his father and mother. As they approached the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion came roaring toward him. 6 The Spirit of the LORD came upon him in power so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he told neither his father nor his mother what he had done. 7 Then he went down and talked with the woman, and he liked her. [15] 8 Some time later, when he went back to marry her, he turned aside to look at the lion’s carcass. In it was a swarm of bees and some honey, 9 which he scooped out with his hands and ate as he went along. When he rejoined his parents, he gave them some, and they too ate it. But he did not tell them that he had taken the honey from the lion’s carcass.

 

10 Now his father went down to see the woman. And Samson made a feast there, as was customary for bridegrooms. 11 When he appeared, he was given thirty companions.

 

12 “Let me tell you a riddle,” Samson said to them. “If you can give me the answer within the seven days of the feast, I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes. 13 If you can’t tell me the answer, you must give me thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes.”

 

“Tell us your riddle,” they said. “Let’s hear it.”

 

14 He replied,

 

“Out of the eater, something to eat;

 

out of the strong, something sweet.”

 

 

 

For three days they could not give the answer.

 

15 On the fourth A day, they said to Samson’s wife, “Coax your husband into explaining the riddle for us, or we will burn you and your father’s household to death. Did you invite us here to rob us?”

 

16 Then Samson’s wife threw herself on him, sobbing, “You hate me! You don’t really love me. You’ve given my people a riddle, but you haven’t told me the answer.”

 

“I haven’t even explained it to my father or mother,” he replied, [16] days of the feast. So on the seventh day he finally told her, because she continued to press him. She in turn explained the riddle to her people.

 

18 Before sunset on the seventh day the men of the town said to him,

 

“What is sweeter than honey?

 

What is stronger than a lion?”

 

 

 

Samson said to them,

 

 

 

“If you had not plowed with my heifer,

 

you would not have solved my riddle.”

 

 

 

19 Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon him in power. He went down to Ashkelon, struck down thirty of their men, stripped them of their belongings and gave their clothes to those who had explained the riddle. Burning with anger, he went up to his father’s house. 20 And Samson’s wife was given to the friend who had attended him at his wedding. [17]

 

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  JOHN 1:29 – 51

 

 

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, `A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”

 

32 Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33 I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, `The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”

 

35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”

 

37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”

 

They said, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?”

 

39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”

 

So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour.

 

40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have [18] found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus.

 

Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter J).

 

43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”

 

44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote–Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

 

46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.

 

“Come and see,” said Philip.

 

47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.”

 

48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.

 

Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

 

49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”

 

50 Jesus said, “You believe K because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that.”

 

 

 

51 He then added, “I tell you L the truth, you M shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” [19]

 


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