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JANUARY 1

 

PSALMS:  1, 31, 61, 91, 121

 

PROVERBS:  1

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  NUMBERS 36:1 – DEUTERONOMY 1:46

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  LUKE 5:29 – 6:11

 

PSALMS:  1

 

1 Blessed is the man

who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked

or stand in the way of sinners

or sit in the seat of mockers.

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,

and on his law he meditates day and night.

3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,

which yields its fruit in season

and whose leaf does not wither.

Whatever he does prospers.

4 Not so the wicked!

They are like chaff

that the wind blows away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

 

6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,

but the way of the wicked will perish. [1]

PSALMS:  31

 

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge;

let me never be put to shame;

deliver me in your righteousness.

2 Turn your ear to me,

come quickly to my rescue;

be my rock of refuge,

a strong fortress to save me.

3 Since you are my rock and my fortress,

for the sake of your name lead and guide me.

4 Free me from the trap that is set for me,

for you are my refuge.

5 Into your hands I commit my spirit;

redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth.

6 I hate those who cling to worthless idols;

I trust in the LORD.

 

7 I will be glad and rejoice in your love,

for you saw my affliction

and knew the anguish of my soul.

8 You have not handed me over to the enemy

but have set my feet in a spacious place.

9 Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;

my eyes grow weak with sorrow,

my soul and my body with grief.

10 My life is consumed by anguish

and my years by groaning;

my strength fails because of my affliction, A

and my bones grow weak. [2]

11 Because of all my enemies,

I am the utter contempt of my neighbors;

I am a dread to my friends–

those who see me on the street flee from me.

12 I am forgotten by them as though I were dead;

I have become like broken pottery.

 

13 For I hear the slander of many;

there is terror on every side;

they conspire against me

and plot to take my life.

14 But I trust in you, O LORD;

I say, “You are my God.”

15 My times are in your hands;

deliver me from my enemies

and from those who pursue me.

16 Let your face shine on your servant;

save me in your unfailing love.

 

17 Let me not be put to shame, O LORD,

for I have cried out to you;

but let the wicked be put to shame

and lie silent in the grave. B

18 Let their lying lips be silenced,

for with pride and contempt

they speak arrogantly against the righteous.

19 How great is your goodness,

which you have stored up for those who fear you,

which you bestow in the sight of men

on those who take refuge in you.

20 In the shelter of your presence you hide them

from the intrigues of men;

in your dwelling you keep them safe [3]

from accusing tongues.

 

21 Praise be to the LORD,

for he showed his wonderful love to me

when I was in a besieged city.

22 In my alarm I said,

“I am cut off from your sight!”

Yet you heard my cry for mercy

when I called to you for help.

 

23 Love the LORD, all his saints!

The LORD preserves the faithful,

but the proud he pays back in full.

24 Be strong and take heart,

all you who hope in the LORD. [4]

 

PSALMS:  61

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. Of David.

1 Hear my cry, O God;

listen to my prayer.

2 From the ends of the earth I call to you,

I call as my heart grows faint;

lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

3 For you have been my refuge,

a strong tower against the foe.

4 I long to dwell in your tent forever

and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.

Selah

5 For you have heard my vows, O God;

you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

6 Increase the days of the king’s life,

his years for many generations.

7 May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever;

appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.

8 Then will I ever sing praise to your name

and fulfill my vows day after day. [5]

 

PSALMS:  91

 

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. A

2 I will say B of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,

my God, in whom I trust.”

3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare

and from the deadly pestilence.

4 He will cover you with his feathers,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

5 You will not fear the terror of night,

nor the arrow that flies by day,

6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,

nor the plague that destroys at midday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side,

ten thousand at your right hand,

but it will not come near you.

8 You will only observe with your eyes

and see the punishment of the wicked.

9 If you make the Most High your dwelling–

even the LORD, who is my refuge–

10 then no harm will befall you,

no disaster will come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you

to guard you in all your ways;

12 they will lift you up in their hands,

so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;

you will trample the great lion and the serpent. [6]

14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;

I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble,

I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him

and show him my salvation.” [7]

 

PSALMS:  121

A song of ascents.

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills–

where does my help come from?

2 My help comes from the LORD,

the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip–

he who watches over you will not slumber;

4 indeed, he who watches over Israel

will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The LORD watches over you–

the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

6 the sun will not harm you by day,

nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD will keep you from all harm–

he will watch over your life;

8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going

both now and forevermore. [8]

 

PROVERBS:  1

 

1 1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

2 for attaining wisdom and discipline;

for understanding words of insight;

3 for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life,

doing what is right and just and fair;

4 for giving prudence to the simple,

knowledge and discretion to the young–

5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,

and let the discerning get guidance–

6 for understanding proverbs and parables,

the sayings and riddles of the wise.

7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,

but fools A despise wisdom and discipline.

8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction

and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.

9 They will be a garland to grace your head

and a chain to adorn your neck.

10 My son, if sinners entice you,

do not give in to them.

11 If they say, “Come along with us;

let’s lie in wait for someone’s blood,

let’s waylay some harmless soul;

12 let’s swallow them alive, like the grave, B [9]

and whole, like those who go down to the pit;

13 we will get all sorts of valuable things

and fill our houses with plunder;

14 throw in your lot with us,

and we will share a common purse”–

15 my son, do not go along with them,

do not set foot on their paths;

16 for their feet rush into sin,

they are swift to shed blood.

17 How useless to spread a net

in full view of all the birds!

 

18 These men lie in wait for their own blood;

they waylay only themselves!

19 Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain;

it takes away the lives of those who get it.

20 Wisdom calls aloud in the street,

she raises her voice in the public squares;

21 at the head of the noisy streets C she cries out,

in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:

 

22 “How long will you simple ones D love your simple ways?

How long will mockers delight in mockery

and fools hate knowledge?

23 If you had responded to my rebuke,

I would have poured out my heart to you

and made my thoughts known to you.

24 But since you rejected me when I called

and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand,

25 since you ignored all my advice

and would not accept my rebuke,

26 I in turn will laugh at your disaster; [10]

I will mock when calamity overtakes you–

27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,

when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,

when distress and trouble overwhelm you.

28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer;

they will look for me but will not find me.

29 Since they hated knowledge

and did not choose to fear the LORD,

30 since they would not accept my advice

and spurned my rebuke,

31 they will eat the fruit of their ways

and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.

32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,

and the complacency of fools will destroy them;

33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety

and be at ease, without fear of harm.” [11]

 

OLD TESTAMENTNUMBERS 36:1 – DEUTERONOMY 1:46

36 1 The family heads of the clan of Gilead son of Makir, the son of Manasseh, who were from the clans of the descendants of Joseph, came and spoke before Moses and the leaders, the heads of the Israelite families. 2 They said, “When the LORD commanded my lord to give the land as an inheritance to the Israelites by lot, he ordered you to give the inheritance of our brother Zelophehad to his daughters. 3 Now suppose they marry men from other Israelite tribes; then their inheritance will be taken from our ancestral inheritance and added to that of the tribe they marry into. And so part of the inheritance allotted to us will be taken away.

4 When the Year of Jubilee for the Israelites comes, their inheritance will be added to that of the tribe into which they marry, and their property will be taken from the tribal inheritance of our forefathers.”

5 Then at the LORD’s command Moses gave this order to the Israelites: “What the tribe of the descendants of Joseph is saying is right. 6 This is what the LORD commands for Zelophehad’s daughters: They may marry anyone they please as long as they marry within the tribal clan of their father. 7 No inheritance in Israel is to pass from tribe to tribe, for every Israelite shall keep the tribal land inherited from his forefathers. 8 Every daughter who inherits land in any Israelite tribe must marry someone in her father’s tribal clan, so that every Israelite will possess the inheritance of his fathers. 9 No inheritance may pass from tribe to tribe, for each Israelite tribe is to keep the land it inherits.”

10 So Zelophehad’s daughters did as the LORD commanded Moses. 11 Zelophehad’s daughters–Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milcah and Noah–married their cousins on their father’s side. 12 They [12] They married within the clans of the descendants of Manasseh son of Joseph, and their inheritance remained in their father’s clan and tribe.

13 These are the commands and regulations the LORD gave through Moses to the Israelites on the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho. A [13]

 

1 1 These are the words Moses spoke to all Israel in the desert east of the Jordan–that is, in the Arabah–opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth and Dizahab. 2 (It takes eleven days to go from Horeb to Kadesh Barnea by the Mount Seir road.)

3 In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses proclaimed to the Israelites all that the LORD had commanded him concerning them. 4 This was after he had defeated Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, and at Edrei had defeated Og king of Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth.

5 East of the Jordan in the territory of Moab, Moses began to expound this law, saying:

 

6 The LORD our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. 7 Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates. 8 See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land that the LORD swore he would give to your fathers–to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob–and to their descendants after them.”

 

9 At that time I said to you, “You are too heavy a burden for me to carry alone. 10 The LORD your God has increased your numbers so that today you are as many as the stars in the sky. 11 May the LORD, the God of your fathers, increase you a thousand times and bless you as he has promised! 12 But how can I bear your problems and your burdens and your disputes all by myself? 13 Choose some wise, [14] understanding and respected men from each of your tribes, and I will set them over you.”

 

14 You answered me, “What you propose to do is good.”

15 So I took the leading men of your tribes, wise and respected men, and appointed them to have authority over you–as commanders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens and as tribal officials. 16 And I charged your judges at that time: Hear the disputes between your brothers and judge fairly, whether the case is between brother Israelites or between one of them and an alien. 17 Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of any man, for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it. 18 And at that time I told you everything you were to do.

19 Then, as the LORD our God commanded us, we set out from Horeb and went toward the hill country of the Amorites through all that vast and dreadful desert that you have seen, and so we reached Kadesh Barnea.

20 Then I said to you, “You have reached the hill country of the Amorites, which the LORD our God is giving us. 21 See, the LORD your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the LORD, the God of your fathers, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

 

22 Then all of you came to me and said, “Let us send men ahead to spy out the land for us and bring back a report about the route we are to take and the towns we will come to.”

23 The idea seemed good to me; so I selected twelve of you, one man from each tribe.

24 They left and went up into the hill country, [15] and came to the Valley of Eshcol and explored it. 25 Taking with them some of the fruit of the land, they brought it down to us and reported, “It is a good land that the LORD our God is giving us.”

26 But you were unwilling to go up; you rebelled against the command of the LORD your God. 27 You grumbled in your tents and said, “The LORD hates us; so he brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us. 28 Where can we go? Our brothers have made us lose heart. They say, `The people are stronger and taller than we are; the cities are large, with walls up to the sky. We even saw the Anakites there.’ ”

29 Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. 30 The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, 31 and in the desert. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

 

32 In spite of this, you did not trust in the LORD your God, 33 who went ahead of you on your journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day, to search out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go.

34 When the LORD heard what you said, he was angry and solemnly swore: 35 “Not a man of this evil generation shall see the good land I swore to give your forefathers,

36 except Caleb son of Jephunneh. He will see it, and I will give him and his descendants the land he set his feet on, because he followed the LORD wholeheartedly.” [16] 37 Because of you the LORD became angry with me also and said, “You shall not enter it, either. 38 But your assistant, Joshua son of Nun, will enter it. Encourage him, because he will lead Israel to inherit it. 39 And the little ones that you said would be taken captive, your children who do not yet know good from bad–they will enter the land. I will give it to them and they will take possession of it. 40 But as for you, turn around and set out toward the desert along the route to the Red Sea. A

41 Then you replied, “We have sinned against the LORD. We will go up and fight, as the LORD our God commanded us.” So every one of you put on his weapons, thinking it easy to go up into the hill country.

42 But the LORD said to me, “Tell them, `Do not go up and fight, because I will not be with you. You will be defeated by your enemies.'”

 

43 So I told you, but you would not listen. You rebelled against the LORD’s command and in your arrogance you marched up into the hill country. 44 The Amorites who lived in those hills came out against you; they chased you like a swarm of bees and beat you down from Seir all the way to Hormah. 45 You came back and wept before the LORD, but he paid no attention to your weeping and turned a deaf ear to you. 46 And so you stayed in Kadesh many days–all the time you spent there. [17]

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  LUKE 5:29 – 6:11

29 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and `sinners’?”

31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

33 They said to him, “John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.”

34 Jesus answered, “Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? 35 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.”

36 He told them this parable: “No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one. If he does, he will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. 37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.

38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 39 And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, `The old is better.'” [18]

 

6 1 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels. 2 Some of the Pharisees asked, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”

3 Jesus answered them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the house of God, and taking the consecrated bread, he ate what is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” 5 Then Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

6 On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled. 7 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath. 8 But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Get up and stand in front of everyone.” So he got up and stood there.

9 Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?”

10 He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was completely restored.

11 But they were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus. [19]


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JANUARY 1

 

 

 

PSALMS:  1, 31, 61, 91, 121

 

 

 

PROVERBS:  1

 

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  NUMBERS 36:1 – DEUTERONOMY 1:46

 

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  LUKE 5:29 – 6:11

 

 

 

PSALMS:  1

 

 

 

1 Blessed is the man

 

who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked

 

or stand in the way of sinners

 

or sit in the seat of mockers.

 

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,

 

and on his law he meditates day and night.

 

3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,

 

which yields its fruit in season

 

and whose leaf does not wither.

 

Whatever he does prospers.

 

 

4 Not so the wicked!

 

They are like chaff

 

that the wind blows away.

 

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

 

nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

 

 

 

6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,

 

but the way of the wicked will perish. [1]

 

 

PSALMS:  31

 

 

 

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

 

 

1 In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge;

 

let me never be put to shame;

 

deliver me in your righteousness.

 

2 Turn your ear to me,

 

come quickly to my rescue;

 

be my rock of refuge,

 

a strong fortress to save me.

 

3 Since you are my rock and my fortress,

 

for the sake of your name lead and guide me.

 

4 Free me from the trap that is set for me,

 

for you are my refuge.

 

5 Into your hands I commit my spirit;

 

redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth.

 

 

6 I hate those who cling to worthless idols;

 

I trust in the LORD.

 

 

 

7 I will be glad and rejoice in your love,

 

for you saw my affliction

 

and knew the anguish of my soul.

 

8 You have not handed me over to the enemy

 

but have set my feet in a spacious place.

 

 

9 Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;

 

my eyes grow weak with sorrow,

 

my soul and my body with grief.

 

10 My life is consumed by anguish

 

and my years by groaning;

 

my strength fails because of my affliction, A

 

and my bones grow weak. [2]

 

11 Because of all my enemies,

 

I am the utter contempt of my neighbors;

 

I am a dread to my friends–

 

those who see me on the street flee from me.

 

12 I am forgotten by them as though I were dead;

 

I have become like broken pottery.

 

 

 

13 For I hear the slander of many;

 

there is terror on every side;

 

they conspire against me

 

and plot to take my life.

 

 

14 But I trust in you, O LORD;

 

I say, “You are my God.”

 

15 My times are in your hands;

 

deliver me from my enemies

 

and from those who pursue me.

 

16 Let your face shine on your servant;

 

save me in your unfailing love.

 

 

 

17 Let me not be put to shame, O LORD,

 

for I have cried out to you;

 

but let the wicked be put to shame

 

and lie silent in the grave. B

 

18 Let their lying lips be silenced,

 

for with pride and contempt

 

they speak arrogantly against the righteous.

 

 

19 How great is your goodness,

 

which you have stored up for those who fear you,

 

which you bestow in the sight of men

 

on those who take refuge in you.

 

20 In the shelter of your presence you hide them

 

from the intrigues of men;

 

in your dwelling you keep them safe [3]

 

from accusing tongues.

 

 

 

21 Praise be to the LORD,

 

for he showed his wonderful love to me

 

when I was in a besieged city.

 

22 In my alarm I said,

 

“I am cut off from your sight!”

 

Yet you heard my cry for mercy

 

when I called to you for help.

 

 

 

23 Love the LORD, all his saints!

 

The LORD preserves the faithful,

 

but the proud he pays back in full.

 

24 Be strong and take heart,

 

all you who hope in the LORD. [4]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  61

 

 

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. Of David.

 

 

1 Hear my cry, O God;

 

listen to my prayer.

 

 

2 From the ends of the earth I call to you,

 

I call as my heart grows faint;

 

lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

 

3 For you have been my refuge,

 

a strong tower against the foe.

 

 

4 I long to dwell in your tent forever

 

and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.

 

Selah

 

 

5 For you have heard my vows, O God;

 

you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

 

 

6 Increase the days of the king’s life,

 

his years for many generations.

 

7 May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever;

 

appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.

 

 

8 Then will I ever sing praise to your name

 

and fulfill my vows day after day. [5]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  91

 

 

 

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

 

will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. A

 

2 I will say B of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,

 

my God, in whom I trust.”

 

 

3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare

 

and from the deadly pestilence.

 

4 He will cover you with his feathers,

 

and under his wings you will find refuge;

 

his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

 

5 You will not fear the terror of night,

 

nor the arrow that flies by day,

 

6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,

 

nor the plague that destroys at midday.

 

7 A thousand may fall at your side,

 

ten thousand at your right hand,

 

but it will not come near you.

 

8 You will only observe with your eyes

 

and see the punishment of the wicked.

 

 

9 If you make the Most High your dwelling–

 

even the LORD, who is my refuge–

 

10 then no harm will befall you,

 

no disaster will come near your tent.

 

11 For he will command his angels concerning you

 

to guard you in all your ways;

 

12 they will lift you up in their hands,

 

so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

 

13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;

 

you will trample the great lion and the serpent. [6]

 

14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;

 

I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

 

15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;

 

I will be with him in trouble,

 

I will deliver him and honor him.

 

16 With long life will I satisfy him

 

and show him my salvation.” [7]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  121

 

 

A song of ascents.

 

 

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills–

 

where does my help come from?

 

2 My help comes from the LORD,

 

the Maker of heaven and earth.

 

 

3 He will not let your foot slip–

 

he who watches over you will not slumber;

 

4 indeed, he who watches over Israel

 

will neither slumber nor sleep.

 

 

5 The LORD watches over you–

 

the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

 

6 the sun will not harm you by day,

 

nor the moon by night.

 

 

7 The LORD will keep you from all harm–

 

he will watch over your life;

 

8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going

 

both now and forevermore. [8]

 

 

 

PROVERBS:  1

 

 

 

1 1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

 

 

2 for attaining wisdom and discipline;

 

for understanding words of insight;

 

3 for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life,

 

doing what is right and just and fair;

 

4 for giving prudence to the simple,

 

knowledge and discretion to the young–

 

5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,

 

and let the discerning get guidance–

 

6 for understanding proverbs and parables,

 

the sayings and riddles of the wise.

 

 

7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,

 

but fools A despise wisdom and discipline.

 

 

8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction

 

and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.

 

9 They will be a garland to grace your head

 

and a chain to adorn your neck.

 

 

10 My son, if sinners entice you,

 

do not give in to them.

 

11 If they say, “Come along with us;

 

let’s lie in wait for someone’s blood,

 

let’s waylay some harmless soul;

 

12 let’s swallow them alive, like the grave, B [9]

 

and whole, like those who go down to the pit;

 

13 we will get all sorts of valuable things

 

and fill our houses with plunder;

 

14 throw in your lot with us,

 

and we will share a common purse”–

 

15 my son, do not go along with them,

 

do not set foot on their paths;

 

16 for their feet rush into sin,

 

they are swift to shed blood.

 

17 How useless to spread a net

 

in full view of all the birds!

 

 

 

18 These men lie in wait for their own blood;

 

they waylay only themselves!

 

19 Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain;

 

it takes away the lives of those who get it.

 

 

20 Wisdom calls aloud in the street,

 

she raises her voice in the public squares;

 

21 at the head of the noisy streets C she cries out,

 

in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:

 

 

 

22 “How long will you simple ones D love your simple ways?

 

How long will mockers delight in mockery

 

and fools hate knowledge?

 

23 If you had responded to my rebuke,

 

I would have poured out my heart to you

 

and made my thoughts known to you.

 

24 But since you rejected me when I called

 

and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand,

 

25 since you ignored all my advice

 

and would not accept my rebuke,

 

26 I in turn will laugh at your disaster; [10]

 

I will mock when calamity overtakes you–

 

27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,

 

when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,

 

when distress and trouble overwhelm you.

 

 

28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer;

 

they will look for me but will not find me.

 

29 Since they hated knowledge

 

and did not choose to fear the LORD,

 

30 since they would not accept my advice

 

and spurned my rebuke,

 

31 they will eat the fruit of their ways

 

and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.

 

32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,

 

and the complacency of fools will destroy them;

 

33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety

 

and be at ease, without fear of harm.” [11]

 

 

 

OLD TESTAMENTNUMBERS 36:1 – DEUTERONOMY 1:46

 

 

36 1 The family heads of the clan of Gilead son of Makir, the son of Manasseh, who were from the clans of the descendants of Joseph, came and spoke before Moses and the leaders, the heads of the Israelite families. 2 They said, “When the LORD commanded my lord to give the land as an inheritance to the Israelites by lot, he ordered you to give the inheritance of our brother Zelophehad to his daughters. 3 Now suppose they marry men from other Israelite tribes; then their inheritance will be taken from our ancestral inheritance and added to that of the tribe they marry into. And so part of the inheritance allotted to us will be taken away.

 

4 When the Year of Jubilee for the Israelites comes, their inheritance will be added to that of the tribe into which they marry, and their property will be taken from the tribal inheritance of our forefathers.”

 

5 Then at the LORD’s command Moses gave this order to the Israelites: “What the tribe of the descendants of Joseph is saying is right. 6 This is what the LORD commands for Zelophehad’s daughters: They may marry anyone they please as long as they marry within the tribal clan of their father. 7 No inheritance in Israel is to pass from tribe to tribe, for every Israelite shall keep the tribal land inherited from his forefathers. 8 Every daughter who inherits land in any Israelite tribe must marry someone in her father’s tribal clan, so that every Israelite will possess the inheritance of his fathers. 9 No inheritance may pass from tribe to tribe, for each Israelite tribe is to keep the land it inherits.”

 

10 So Zelophehad’s daughters did as the LORD commanded Moses. 11 Zelophehad’s daughters–Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milcah and Noah–married their cousins on their father’s side. 12 They [12] They married within the clans of the descendants of Manasseh son of Joseph, and their inheritance remained in their father’s clan and tribe.

 

13 These are the commands and regulations the LORD gave through Moses to the Israelites on the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho. A [13]

 

 

 

1 1 These are the words Moses spoke to all Israel in the desert east of the Jordan–that is, in the Arabah–opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth and Dizahab. 2 (It takes eleven days to go from Horeb to Kadesh Barnea by the Mount Seir road.)

 

3 In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses proclaimed to the Israelites all that the LORD had commanded him concerning them. 4 This was after he had defeated Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, and at Edrei had defeated Og king of Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth.

 

5 East of the Jordan in the territory of Moab, Moses began to expound this law, saying:

 

 

 

6 The LORD our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. 7 Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates. 8 See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land that the LORD swore he would give to your fathers–to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob–and to their descendants after them.”

 

 

 

9 At that time I said to you, “You are too heavy a burden for me to carry alone. 10 The LORD your God has increased your numbers so that today you are as many as the stars in the sky. 11 May the LORD, the God of your fathers, increase you a thousand times and bless you as he has promised! 12 But how can I bear your problems and your burdens and your disputes all by myself? 13 Choose some wise, [14] understanding and respected men from each of your tribes, and I will set them over you.”

 

 

 

14 You answered me, “What you propose to do is good.”

 

15 So I took the leading men of your tribes, wise and respected men, and appointed them to have authority over you–as commanders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens and as tribal officials. 16 And I charged your judges at that time: Hear the disputes between your brothers and judge fairly, whether the case is between brother Israelites or between one of them and an alien. 17 Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of any man, for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it. 18 And at that time I told you everything you were to do.

 

19 Then, as the LORD our God commanded us, we set out from Horeb and went toward the hill country of the Amorites through all that vast and dreadful desert that you have seen, and so we reached Kadesh Barnea.

 

20 Then I said to you, “You have reached the hill country of the Amorites, which the LORD our God is giving us. 21 See, the LORD your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the LORD, the God of your fathers, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

 

 

 

22 Then all of you came to me and said, “Let us send men ahead to spy out the land for us and bring back a report about the route we are to take and the towns we will come to.”

 

23 The idea seemed good to me; so I selected twelve of you, one man from each tribe.

 

24 They left and went up into the hill country, [15] and came to the Valley of Eshcol and explored it. 25 Taking with them some of the fruit of the land, they brought it down to us and reported, “It is a good land that the LORD our God is giving us.”

 

26 But you were unwilling to go up; you rebelled against the command of the LORD your God. 27 You grumbled in your tents and said, “The LORD hates us; so he brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us. 28 Where can we go? Our brothers have made us lose heart. They say, `The people are stronger and taller than we are; the cities are large, with walls up to the sky. We even saw the Anakites there.’ ”

 

29 Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. 30 The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, 31 and in the desert. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

 

 

 

32 In spite of this, you did not trust in the LORD your God, 33 who went ahead of you on your journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day, to search out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go.

 

34 When the LORD heard what you said, he was angry and solemnly swore: 35 “Not a man of this evil generation shall see the good land I swore to give your forefathers,

 

36 except Caleb son of Jephunneh. He will see it, and I will give him and his descendants the land he set his feet on, because he followed the LORD wholeheartedly.” [16] 37 Because of you the LORD became angry with me also and said, “You shall not enter it, either. 38 But your assistant, Joshua son of Nun, will enter it. Encourage him, because he will lead Israel to inherit it. 39 And the little ones that you said would be taken captive, your children who do not yet know good from bad–they will enter the land. I will give it to them and they will take possession of it. 40 But as for you, turn around and set out toward the desert along the route to the Red Sea. A

 

41 Then you replied, “We have sinned against the LORD. We will go up and fight, as the LORD our God commanded us.” So every one of you put on his weapons, thinking it easy to go up into the hill country.

 

42 But the LORD said to me, “Tell them, `Do not go up and fight, because I will not be with you. You will be defeated by your enemies.'”

 

 

 

43 So I told you, but you would not listen. You rebelled against the LORD’s command and in your arrogance you marched up into the hill country. 44 The Amorites who lived in those hills came out against you; they chased you like a swarm of bees and beat you down from Seir all the way to Hormah. 45 You came back and wept before the LORD, but he paid no attention to your weeping and turned a deaf ear to you. 46 And so you stayed in Kadesh many days–all the time you spent there. [17]

 

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  LUKE 5:29 – 6:11

 

 

29 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and `sinners’?”

 

31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

 

33 They said to him, “John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.”

 

34 Jesus answered, “Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? 35 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.”

 

36 He told them this parable: “No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one. If he does, he will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. 37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.

 

38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 39 And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, `The old is better.'” [18]

 

 

 

6 1 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels. 2 Some of the Pharisees asked, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”

 

3 Jesus answered them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the house of God, and taking the consecrated bread, he ate what is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” 5 Then Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

 

6 On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled. 7 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath. 8 But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Get up and stand in front of everyone.” So he got up and stood there.

 

9 Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?”

 

10 He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was completely restored.

 

11 But they were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus. [19]

 


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Posted February 11, 2012 by jeshorowitz123

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