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 JULY 12

 

PSALMS:  12, 42, 72, 102, 132

 

PROVERBS:  12

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  ISAIAH 62:6 – 65:25

 

NEW TESTAMENTPHILIPPIANS 2:19 – 3:3

 

PSALMS:  12

 

For the director of music. According to sheminith. A A psalm of David.

1 Help, LORD, for the godly are no more;

the faithful have vanished from among men.

2 Everyone lies to his neighbor;

their flattering lips speak with deception.

3 May the LORD cut off all flattering lips

and every boastful tongue

4 that says, “We will triumph with our tongues;

we own our lips B–who is our master?”

5 “Because of the oppression of the weak

and the groaning of the needy,

I will now arise,” says the LORD.

“I will protect them from those who malign them.”

 

6 And the words of the LORD are flawless,

like silver refined in a furnace of clay,

purified seven times.

7 O LORD, you will keep us safe

and protect us from such people forever.

8 The wicked freely strut about

when what is vile is honored among men. [1]

 

PSALMS:  42

 

For A the director of music. A maskil B of the Sons of Korah.

1 As the deer pants for streams of water,

so my soul pants for you, O God.

2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

When can I go and meet with God?

3 My tears have been my food

day and night,

while men say to me all day long,

“Where is your God?”

4 These things I remember

as I pour out my soul:

how I used to go with the multitude,

leading the procession to the house of God,

with shouts of joy and thanksgiving

among the festive throng.

5 Why are you downcast, O my soul?

Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God,

for I will yet praise him,

my Savior and 6 my God.

My C soul is downcast within me;

therefore I will remember you

from the land of the Jordan,

the heights of Hermon–from Mount Mizar.

7 Deep calls to deep

in the roar of your waterfalls;

all your waves and breakers

have swept over me.

8 By day the LORD directs his love,

at night his song is with me–

a prayer to the God of my life.

9 I say to God my Rock,

“Why have you forgotten me?

Why must I go about mourning,

oppressed by the enemy?”

 

10 My bones suffer mortal agony

as my foes taunt me,

saying to me all day long,

“Where is your God?”

 

11 Why are you downcast, O my soul?

Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God,

for I will yet praise him,

my Savior and my God. [2]

 

PSALMS:  72

 

Of Solomon.

1 Endow the king with your justice, O God,

the royal son with your righteousness.

2 He will A judge your people in righteousness,

your afflicted ones with justice.

3 The mountains will bring prosperity to the people,

the hills the fruit of righteousness.

4 He will defend the afflicted among the people

and save the children of the needy;

he will crush the oppressor.

5 He will endure B as long as the sun,

as long as the moon, through all generations.

6 He will be like rain falling on a mown field,

like showers watering the earth.

7 In his days the righteous will flourish;

prosperity will abound till the moon is no more.

8 He will rule from sea to sea

and from the River C to the ends of the earth. D

9 The desert tribes will bow before him

and his enemies will lick the dust.

 

10 The kings of Tarshish and of distant shores

will bring tribute to him;

the kings of Sheba and Seba

will present him gifts.

11 All kings will bow down to him

and all nations will serve him.[3]

of Solomon.

12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out,

the afflicted who have no one to help.

13 He will take pity on the weak and the needy

and save the needy from death.

14 He will rescue them from oppression and violence,

for precious is their blood in his sight.

15 Long may he live!

May gold from Sheba be given him.

May people ever pray for him

and bless him all day long.

16 Let grain abound throughout the land;

on the tops of the hills may it sway.

Let its fruit flourish like Lebanon;

let it thrive like the grass of the field.

17 May his name endure forever;

may it continue as long as the sun.

All nations will be blessed through him,

and they will call him blessed. [4]

 

18 Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel,

who alone does marvelous deeds.

19 Praise be to his glorious name forever;

may the whole earth be filled with his glory.

Amen and Amen.

20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse. [5]

 

PSALMS:  102

 

A prayer of an afflicted man. When he is faint and pours out his lament before the LORD.

1 Hear my prayer, O LORD;

let my cry for help come to you.

2 Do not hide your face from me

when I am in distress.

Turn your ear to me;

when I call, answer me quickly.

3 For my days vanish like smoke;

my bones burn like glowing embers.

4 My heart is blighted and withered like grass;

I forget to eat my food.

5 Because of my loud groaning

I am reduced to skin and bones.

6 I am like a desert owl,

like an owl among the ruins.

7 I lie awake; I have become

like a bird alone on a roof.

8 All day long my enemies taunt me;

those who rail against me use my name as a curse.

9 For I eat ashes as my food

and mingle my drink with tears

10 because of your great wrath,

for you have taken me up and thrown me aside.

11 My days are like the evening shadow;

I wither away like grass. [6]

12 But you, O LORD, sit enthroned forever;

your renown endures through all generations.

13 You will arise and have compassion on Zion,

for it is time to show favor to her;

the appointed time has come.

14 For her stones are dear to your servants;

her very dust moves them to pity.

 

15 The nations will fear the name of the LORD,

all the kings of the earth will revere your glory.

16 For the LORD will rebuild Zion

and appear in his glory.

17 He will respond to the prayer of the destitute;

he will not despise their plea.

 

18 Let this be written for a future generation,

that a people not yet created may praise the LORD:

19 “The LORD looked down from his sanctuary on high,

from heaven he viewed the earth,

20 to hear the groans of the prisoners

and release those condemned to death.”

21 So the name of the LORD will be declared in Zion

and his praise in Jerusalem

22 when the peoples and the kingdoms

assemble to worship the LORD.

23 In the course of my life A he broke my strength;

he cut short my days.

24 So I said:

“Do not take me away, O my God, in the midst of my days;

your years go on through all generations.

25 In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth,

and the heavens are the work of your hands. [7]

26 They will perish, but you remain;

they will all wear out like a garment.

Like clothing you will change them

and they will be discarded.

27 But you remain the same,

and your years will never end.

28 The children of your servants will live in your presence;

their descendants will be established before you.” [8]

 

PSALMS:  132

 

A song of ascents.

1 O LORD, remember David

and all the hardships he endured.

2 He swore an oath to the LORD

and made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:

3 “I will not enter my house

or go to my bed–

4 I will allow no sleep to my eyes,

no slumber to my eyelids,

5 till I find a place for the LORD,

a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

6 We heard it in Ephrathah,

we came upon it in the fields of Jaar A:B

7 “Let us go to his dwelling place;

let us worship at his footstool–

8 arise, O LORD, and come to your resting place,

you and the ark of your might.

9 May your priests be clothed with righteousness;

may your saints sing for joy.”

10 For the sake of David your servant,

do not reject your anointed one.[9]

11 The LORD swore an oath to David,

a sure oath that he will not revoke:

“One of your own descendants

I will place on your throne–

12 if your sons keep my covenant

and the statutes I teach them,

then their sons will sit

on your throne for ever and ever.”

 

13 For the LORD has chosen Zion,

he has desired it for his dwelling:

14 “This is my resting place for ever and ever;

here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it–

15 I will bless her with abundant provisions;

her poor will I satisfy with food.

16 I will clothe her priests with salvation,

and her saints will ever sing for joy.

 

17 “Here I will make a horn C grow for David

and set up a lamp for my anointed one.

18 I will clothe his enemies with shame,

but the crown on his head will be resplendent.” [10]

 

PROVERBS:  12

 

12 1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,

but he who hates correction is stupid.

2 A good man obtains favor from the LORD,

but the LORD condemns a crafty man.

3 A man cannot be established through wickedness,

but the righteous cannot be uprooted.

4 A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown,

but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.

5 The plans of the righteous are just,

but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.

6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,

but the speech of the upright rescues them.

7 Wicked men are overthrown and are no more,

but the house of the righteous stands firm.

8 A man is praised according to his wisdom,

but men with warped minds are despised.

9 Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant

than pretend to be somebody and have no food.

10 A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal,

but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

11 He who works his land will have abundant food,

but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment.[11]

12 The wicked desire the plunder of evil men,

but the root of the righteous flourishes.

 

13 An evil man is trapped by his sinful talk,

but a righteous man escapes trouble.

 

14 From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things

as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.

15 The way of a fool seems right to him,

but a wise man listens to advice.

16 A fool shows his annoyance at once,

but a prudent man overlooks an insult.

17 A truthful witness gives honest testimony,

but a false witness tells lies.

18 Reckless words pierce like a sword,

but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

19 Truthful lips endure forever,

but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

20 There is deceit in the hearts of those who plot evil,

but joy for those who promote peace.

21 No harm befalls the righteous,

but the wicked have their fill of trouble.[12]

22 The LORD detests lying lips,

but he delights in men who are truthful.

23 A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself,

but the heart of fools blurts out folly.

24 Diligent hands will rule,

but laziness ends in slave labor.

25 An anxious heart weighs a man down,

but a kind word cheers him up.

26 A righteous man is cautious in friendship, A

but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

27 The lazy man does not roast B his game,

but the diligent man prizes his possessions.

 

28 In the way of righteousness there is life;

along that path is immortality. [13]

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  ISAIAH 62:6 – 65:25

6 I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;

they will never be silent day or night.

You who call on the LORD,

give yourselves no rest,

7 and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem

and makes her the praise of the earth.

 

8 The LORD has sworn by his right hand

and by his mighty arm:

“Never again will I give your grain

as food for your enemies,

and never again will foreigners drink the new wine

for which you have toiled;

9 but those who harvest it will eat it

and praise the LORD,

and those who gather the grapes will drink it

in the courts of my sanctuary.”

 

10 Pass through, pass through the gates!

Prepare the way for the people.

Build up, build up the highway!

Remove the stones.

Raise a banner for the nations.

 

11 The LORD has made proclamation

to the ends of the earth:

“Say to the Daughter of Zion, [14]

`See, your Savior comes!

See, his reward is with him,

and his recompense accompanies him.'”

12 They will be called the Holy People,

the Redeemed of the LORD;

and you will be called Sought After,

the City No Longer Deserted.

 

63 1 Who is this coming from Edom,

from Bozrah, with his garments stained crimson?

Who is this, robed in splendor,

striding forward in the greatness of his strength?

 

“It is I, speaking in righteousness,

mighty to save.”

 

2 Why are your garments red,

like those of one treading the winepress?

 

3 “I have trodden the winepress alone;

from the nations no one was with me.

I trampled them in my anger [15]

and trod them down in my wrath;

their blood spattered my garments,

and I stained all my clothing.

4 For the day of vengeance was in my heart,

and the year of my redemption has come.

5 I looked, but there was no one to help,

I was appalled that no one gave support;

so my own arm worked salvation for me,

and my own wrath sustained me.

6 I trampled the nations in my anger;

in my wrath I made them drunk

and poured their blood on the ground.”

 

7 I will tell of the kindnesses of the LORD,

the deeds for which he is to be praised,

according to all the LORD has done for us–

yes, the many good things he has done

for the house of Israel,

according to his compassion and many kindnesses.

8 He said, “Surely they are my people,

sons who will not be false to me”;

and so he became their Savior.

9 In all their distress he too was distressed,

and the angel of his presence saved them. [16]

In his love and mercy he redeemed them;

he lifted them up and carried them

all the days of old.

10 Yet they rebelled

and grieved his Holy Spirit.

So he turned and became their enemy

and he himself fought against them.

 

11 Then his people recalledA the days of old,

the days of Moses and his people–

where is he who brought them through the sea,

with the shepherd of his flock?

Where is he who set

his Holy Spirit among them,

12 who sent his glorious arm of power

to be at Moses’ right hand,

who divided the waters before them,

to gain for himself everlasting renown,

13 who led them through the depths?

Like a horse in open country,

they did not stumble;

14 like cattle that go down to the plain,

they were given rest by the Spirit of the LORD.

This is how you guided your people

to make for yourself a glorious name. [17]

 

15 Look down from heaven and see

from your lofty throne, holy and glorious.

Where are your zeal and your might?

Your tenderness and compassion are withheld from us.

16 But you are our Father,

though Abraham does not know us

or Israel acknowledge us;

you, O LORD, are our Father,

our Redeemer from of old is your name.

17 Why, O LORD, do you make us wander from your ways

and harden our hearts so we do not revere you?

Return for the sake of your servants,

the tribes that are your inheritance.

18 For a little while your people possessed your holy place,

but now our enemies have trampled down your sanctuary.

19 We are yours from of old;

but you have not ruled over them,

they have not been called by your name. B

 

64 1 Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,

that the mountains would tremble before you!

2 As when fire sets twigs ablaze

and causes water to boil,

come down to make your name known to your enemies

and cause the nations to quake before you! [18]

3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,

you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.

4 Since ancient times no one has heard,

no ear has perceived,

no eye has seen any God besides you,

who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.

5 You come to the help of those who gladly do right,

who remember your ways.

But when we continued to sin against them,

you were angry.

How then can we be saved?

6 All of us have become like one who is unclean,

and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;

we all shrivel up like a leaf,

and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

7 No one calls on your name

or strives to lay hold of you;

for you have hidden your face from us

and made us waste away because of our sins.

 

8 Yet, O LORD, you are our Father.

We are the clay, you are the potter;

we are all the work of your hand.

9 Do not be angry beyond measure, O LORD;

do not remember our sins forever.

Oh, look upon us, we pray,

for we are all your people. [19]

10 Your sacred cities have become a desert;

even Zion is a desert, Jerusalem a desolation.

11 Our holy and glorious temple, where our fathers praised you,

has been burned with fire,

and all that we treasured lies in ruins.

12 After all this, O LORD, will you hold yourself back?

Will you keep silent and punish us beyond measure?

 

65 1 “I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me;

I was found by those who did not seek me.

To a nation that did not call on my name,

I said, `Here am I, here am I.’

2 All day long I have held out my hands

to an obstinate people,

who walk in ways not good,

pursuing their own imaginations–

3 a people who continually provoke me

to my very face,

offering sacrifices in gardens

and burning incense on altars of brick;

4 who sit among the graves

and spend their nights keeping secret vigil; [20]

who eat the flesh of pigs,

and whose pots hold broth of unclean meat;

5 who say, `Keep away; don’t come near me,

for I am too sacred for you!’

Such people are smoke in my nostrils,

a fire that keeps burning all day.

 

6 “See, it stands written before me:

I will not keep silent but will pay back in full;

I will pay it back into their laps–

7 both your sins and the sins of your fathers,”

says the LORD.

“Because they burned sacrifices on the mountains

and defied me on the hills,

I will measure into their laps

the full payment for their former deeds.”

 

8 This is what the LORD says:

 

“As when juice is still found in a cluster of grapes

and men say, `Don’t destroy it,

there is yet some good in it,’

so will I do in behalf of my servants;

I will not destroy them all.

 

9 I will bring forth descendants from Jacob,

and from Judah those who will possess my mountains; [21]

my chosen people will inherit them,

and there will my servants live.

10Sharon will become a pasture for flocks,

and the Valley of Achor a resting place for herds,

for my people who seek me.

 

11 “But as for you who forsake the LORD

and forget my holy mountain,

who spread a table for Fortune

and fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny,

12 I will destine you for the sword,

and you will all bend down for the slaughter;

for I called but you did not answer,

I spoke but you did not listen.

You did evil in my sight

and chose what displeases me.”

 

13 Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says:

 

“My servants will eat,

but you will go hungry;

my servants will drink,

but you will go thirsty;

my servants will rejoice,

but you will be put to shame.

14 My servants will sing [22]

out of the joy of their hearts,

but you will cry out

from anguish of heart

and wail in brokenness of spirit.

15 You will leave your name

to my chosen ones as a curse;

the Sovereign LORD will put you to death,

but to his servants he will give another name.

 

16 Whoever invokes a blessing in the land

will do so by the God of truth;

he who takes an oath in the land

will swear by the God of truth.

For the past troubles will be forgotten

and hidden from my eyes.

 

17 “Behold, I will create

new heavens and a new earth.

The former things will not be remembered,

nor will they come to mind.

18 But be glad and rejoice forever

in what I will create,

for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight

and its people a joy.

19 I will rejoice over Jerusalem [23]

and take delight in my people;

the sound of weeping and of crying

will be heard in it no more.

 

20 “Never again will there be in it

an infant who lives but a few days,

or an old man who does not live out his years;

he who dies at a hundred

will be thought a mere youth;

he who fails to reachA a hundred

will be considered accursed.

21 They will build houses and dwell in them;

they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

22 No longer will they build houses and others live in them,

or plant and others eat.

For as the days of a tree,

so will be the days of my people;

my chosen ones will long enjoy

the works of their hands.

23 They will not toil in vain

or bear children doomed to misfortune;

for they will be a people blessed by the LORD,

they and their descendants with them.

24 Before they call I will answer;

while they are still speaking I will hear.

 

25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together, [24]

and the lion will eat straw like the ox,

but dust will be the serpent’s food.

They will neither harm nor destroy

on all my holy mountain,”

says the LORD. [25]

NEW TESTAMENT:  PHILIPPIANS 2:19 – 3:3

19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. 20 I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. 21 For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel. 23 I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me. 24 And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon.

25 But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. 26 For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill.

27 Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety. 29 Welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor men like him,

30 because he almost died for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up for the help you could not give me.

 

3 1 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.

2 Watch out for those dogs, those men who do evil, those mutilators of the flesh. 3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh– [26]


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Posted January 20, 2012 by jeshorowitz123

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