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JULY 2

 

 

 

PSALMS:   2, 32, 62, 92, 122

 

 

 

PROVERBS:  2

 

 

 

OLD TESTAMENTISAIAH 37:1 – 38:22

 

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  GALATIANS 6:1 – 18

 

 

 

PSALMS:  2

 

 

 

1 Why do the nations conspire A

 

and the peoples plot in vain?

 

2 The kings of the earth take their stand

 

and the rulers gather together

 

against the LORD

 

and against his Anointed One. B

 

3 “Let us break their chains,” they say,

 

“and throw off their fetters.”

 

 

4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;

 

the Lord scoffs at them.

 

5 Then he rebukes them in his anger

 

and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,

 

6 “I have installed my King C

 

on Zion, my holy hill.”

 

 

 

7 I will proclaim the decree of the LORD:

 

He said to me, “You are my Son D;

 

today I have become your Father. E

 

8 Ask of me,

 

and I will make the nations your inheritance,

 

the ends of the earth your possession.

 

 

 

9 You will rule them with an iron scepter F;

 

you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”

 

 

 

10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;

 

be warned, you rulers of the earth.

 

11 Serve the LORD with fear

 

and rejoice with trembling.

 

12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry

 

and you be destroyed in your way,

 

for his wrath can flare up in a moment.

 

Blessed are all who take refuge in him. [1]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  32

 

 

 

Of David. A maskil. A

 

 

1 Blessed is he

 

whose transgressions are forgiven,

 

whose sins are covered.

 

2 Blessed is the man

 

whose sin the LORD does not count against him

 

and in whose spirit is no deceit.

 

 

3 When I kept silent,

 

my bones wasted away

 

through my groaning all day long.

 

4 For day and night

 

your hand was heavy upon me;

 

my strength was sapped

 

as in the heat of summer.

 

Selah

 

 

5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you

 

and did not cover up my iniquity.

 

I said, “I will confess

 

my transgressions to the LORD”–

 

and you forgave

 

the guilt of my sin.

 

Selah

 

 

6 Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you

 

while you may be found;

 

surely when the mighty waters rise,

 

they will not reach him.

 

7 You are my hiding place; [2]

 

you will protect me from trouble

 

and surround me with songs of deliverance.

 

Selah

 

 

 

8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;

 

I will counsel you and watch over you.

 

9 Do not be like the horse or the mule,

 

which have no understanding

 

but must be controlled by bit and bridle

 

or they will not come to you.

 

10 Many are the woes of the wicked,

 

but the LORD’s unfailing love

 

surrounds the man who trusts in him.

 

 

11 Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous;

 

sing, all you who are upright in heart! [3]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  62

 

 

 

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

 

 

1 My soul finds rest in God alone;

 

my salvation comes from him.

 

2 He alone is my rock and my salvation;

 

he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

 

 

3 How long will you assault a man?

 

Would all of you throw him down–

 

this leaning wall, this tottering fence?

 

4 They fully intend to topple him

 

from his lofty place;

 

they take delight in lies.

 

With their mouths they bless,

 

but in their hearts they curse.

 

Selah

 

 

 

5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;

 

my hope comes from him.

 

6 He alone is my rock and my salvation;

 

he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

 

7 My salvation and my honor depend on God A;

 

he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

 

8 Trust in him at all times, O people;

 

pour out your hearts to him,

 

for God is our refuge.

 

Selah

 

 

9 Lowborn men are but a breath, [4]

 

the highborn are but a lie;

 

if weighed on a balance, they are nothing;

 

together they are only a breath.

 

10 Do not trust in extortion

 

or take pride in stolen goods;

 

though your riches increase,

 

do not set your heart on them.

 

 

 

11 One thing God has spoken,

 

two things have I heard:

 

that you, O God, are strong,

 

12 and that you, O Lord, are loving.

 

Surely you will reward each person

 

according to what he has done. [5]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  92

 

 

 

A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day.

 

 

1 It is good to praise the LORD

 

and make music to your name, O Most High,

 

2 to proclaim your love in the morning

 

and your faithfulness at night,

 

3 to the music of the ten-stringed lyre

 

and the melody of the harp.

 

 

4 For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD;

 

I sing for joy at the works of your hands.

 

5 How great are your works, O LORD,

 

how profound your thoughts!

 

6 The senseless man does not know,

 

fools do not understand,

 

7 that though the wicked spring up like grass

 

and all evildoers flourish,

 

they will be forever destroyed.

 

 

8 But you, O LORD, are exalted forever.

 

 

9 For surely your enemies, O LORD,

 

surely your enemies will perish;

 

all evildoers will be scattered.

 

10 You have exalted my horn A like that of a wild ox;

 

fine oils have been poured upon me.

 

11 My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries;

 

my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes.

 

 

12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,

 

they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;

 

13 planted in the house of the LORD, [6]they will flourish in the courts of our God.

 

14 They will still bear fruit in old age,

 

they will stay fresh and green,

 

15 proclaiming, “The LORD is upright;

 

he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.” [7]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  122

 

 

 

A song of ascents. Of David.

 

 

1 I rejoiced with those who said to me,

 

“Let us go to the house of the LORD.”

 

2 Our feet are standing

 

in your gates, O Jerusalem.

 

 

3 Jerusalem is built like a city

 

that is closely compacted together.

 

4 That is where the tribes go up,

 

the tribes of the LORD,

 

to praise the name of the LORD

 

according to the statute given to Israel.

 

5 There the thrones for judgment stand,

 

the thrones of the house of David.

 

 

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:

 

“May those who love you be secure.

 

7 May there be peace within your walls

 

and security within your citadels.”

 

8 For the sake of my brothers and friends,

 

I will say, “Peace be within you.”

 

9 For the sake of the house of the LORD our God,

 

I will seek your prosperity. [8]

 

 

 

PROVERBS:  2

 

 

 

2 1 My son, if you accept my words

 

and store up my commands within you,

 

2 turning your ear to wisdom

 

and applying your heart to understanding,

 

3 and if you call out for insight

 

and cry aloud for understanding,

 

4 and if you look for it as for silver

 

and search for it as for hidden treasure,

 

5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD

 

and find the knowledge of God.

 

6 For the LORD gives wisdom,

 

and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

 

7 He holds victory in store for the upright,

 

he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,

 

8 for he guards the course of the just

 

and protects the way of his faithful ones.

 

 

9 Then you will understand what is right and just

 

and fair–every good path.

 

10 For wisdom will enter your heart,

 

and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.

 

11 Discretion will protect you,

 

and understanding will guard you.

 

 

12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,

 

from men whose words are perverse,

 

13 who leave the straight paths

 

to walk in dark ways,

 

14 who delight in doing wrong

 

and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,

 

15 whose paths are crooked

 

and who are devious in their ways.

 

 

 

16 It will save you also from the adulteress,

 

from the wayward wife with her seductive words [9]

 

17 who has left the partner of her youth

 

and ignored the covenant she made before God. A

 

18 For her house leads down to death

 

and her paths to the spirits of the dead.

 

19None who go to her return

 

or attain the paths of life.

 

 

 

20 Thus you will walk in the ways of good men

 

and keep to the paths of the righteous.

 

21 For the upright will live in the land,

 

and the blameless will remain in it;

 

22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land,

 

and the unfaithful will be torn from it. [10]

 

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  ISAIAH 37:1 – 38:22

 

 

37 1 When King Hezekiah heard this, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and went into the temple of the LORD. 2 He sent Eliakim the palace administrator, Shebna the secretary, and the leading priests, all wearing sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz. 3 They told him, “This is what Hezekiah says: This day is a day of distress and rebuke and disgrace, as when children come to the point of birth and there is no strength to deliver them. 4 It may be that the LORD your God will hear the words of the field commander, whom his master, the king of Assyria, has sent to ridicule the living God, and that he will rebuke him for the words the LORD your God has heard. Therefore pray for the remnant that still survives.”

 

5 When King Hezekiah’s officials came to Isaiah, 6 Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master, `This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid of what you have heard–those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. 7 Listen! I am going to put a spirit in him so that when he hears a certain report, he will return to his own country, and there I will have him cut down with the sword.'”

 

8 When the field commander heard that the king of Assyria had left Lachish, he withdrew and found the king fighting against Libnah.

 

9 Now Sennacherib received a report that Tirhakah, the Cushite A king of Egypt, was marching out to fight against him. When he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah with this word: 10 “Say to Hezekiah king of Judah: Do not let the god you depend on deceive you when he says, `Jerusalem will not be handed over to the king of Assyria.’

 

11 Surely you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the countries, destroying them completely. And will you be delivered? 12 Did the gods of the nations that were destroyed by my forefathers deliver them–the gods of Gozan, Haran, Rezeph and the people of Eden who were in Tel Assar? 13 Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, or of Hena or Ivvah?”

 

14 Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD. 15 And Hezekiah prayed to the LORD: 16 “O LORD Almighty, God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.

 

17 Give ear, O LORD, and hear; open your eyes, O LORD, and see; listen to all the words Sennacherib has sent to insult the living God.

 

18 “It is true, O LORD, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste all these peoples and their lands. 19 They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands. 20 Now, O LORD our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that you alone, O LORD, are God. B

 

 

 

21 Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent a message to Hezekiah: “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria, 22 this is the word the LORD has spoken against him:

 

 

 

“The Virgin Daughter of Zion [11]

 

despises and mocks you.

 

The Daughter of Jerusalem

 

tosses her head as you flee.

 

23 Who is it you have insulted and blasphemed?

 

Against whom have you raised your voice

 

and lifted your eyes in pride?

 

Against the Holy One of Israel!

 

 

 

24 By your messengers

 

you have heaped insults on the Lord.

 

And you have said,

 

`With my many chariots

 

I have ascended the heights of the mountains,

 

the utmost heights of Lebanon.

 

I have cut down its tallest cedars,

 

the choicest of its pines.

 

I have reached its remotest heights,

 

the finest of its forests.

 

25 I have dug wells in foreign lands C

 

and drunk the water there.

 

With the soles of my feet

 

I have dried up all the streams of Egypt.’

 

 

 

26 “Have you not heard?

 

Long ago I ordained it.

 

In days of old I planned it;

 

now I have brought it to pass, [12]

 

that you have turned fortified cities

 

into piles of stone.

 

27 Their people, drained of power,

 

are dismayed and put to shame.

 

They are like plants in the field,

 

like tender green shoots,

 

like grass sprouting on the roof,

 

scorched D before it grows up.

 

 

 

28 “But I know where you stay

 

and when you come and go

 

and how you rage against me.

 

29 Because you rage against me

 

and because your insolence has reached my ears,

 

I will put my hook in your nose

 

and my bit in your mouth,

 

and I will make you return

 

by the way you came.

 

30 “This will be the sign for you, O Hezekiah:

 

“This year you will eat what grows by itself,

 

and the second year what springs from that.

 

But in the third year sow and reap,

 

plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

 

31 Once more a remnant of the house of Judah

 

will take root below and bear fruit above.

 

32 For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant, [13]

 

and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.

 

The zeal of the LORD Almighty

 

will accomplish this.

 

33 “Therefore this is what the LORD says concerning the king of Assyria:

 

“He will not enter this city

 

or shoot an arrow here.

 

He will not come before it with shield

 

or build a siege ramp against it.

 

 

 

34 By the way that he came he will return;

 

he will not enter this city,”

 

declares the LORD.

 

35 “I will defend this city and save it,

 

for my sake and for the sake of David my servant!”

 

36 Then the angel of the LORD went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning–there were all the dead bodies! 37 So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh and stayed there.

 

38 One day, while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer cut him down with the sword, and they escaped to the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son succeeded him as king.

 

 

 

38 1 In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”

 

2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, 3 “Remember, O LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. [14]

 

4 Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah: 5 “Go and tell Hezekiah, `This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life.

 

6 And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city.

 

7 “`This is the LORD’s sign to you that the LORD will do what he has promised: 8 I will make the shadow cast by the sun go back the ten steps it has gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.'” So the sunlight went back the ten steps it had gone down.

 

 

 

9 A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery:

 

10 I said, “In the prime of my life

 

must I go through the gates of death A

 

and be robbed of the rest of my years?”

 

11 I said, “I will not again see the LORD,

 

the LORD, in the land of the living;

 

no longer will I look on mankind,

 

or be with those who now dwell in this world. B

 

12 Like a shepherd’s tent my house

 

has been pulled down and taken from me.

 

Like a weaver I have rolled up my life,

 

and he has cut me off from the loom;

 

day and night you made an end of me.

 

13 I waited patiently till dawn,

 

but like a lion he broke all my bones;

 

day and night you made an end of me.

 

 

 

14 I cried like a swift or thrush,

 

I moaned like a mourning dove.

 

My eyes grew weak as I looked to the heavens.

 

I am troubled; O Lord, come to my aid!” [15]

 

 

 

15  But what can I say?

 

He has spoken to me, and he himself has done this.

 

I will walk humbly all my years

 

because of this anguish of my soul.

 

16 Lord, by such things men live;

 

and my spirit finds life in them too.

 

You restored me to health

 

and let me live.

 

17 Surely it was for my benefit

 

that I suffered such anguish.

 

In your love you kept me

 

from the pit of destruction;

 

you have put all my sins

 

behind your back.

 

18 For the grave C cannot praise you,

 

death cannot sing your praise;

 

those who go down to the pit

 

cannot hope for your faithfulness.

 

19 The living, the living–they praise you,

 

as I am doing today;

 

fathers tell their children

 

about your faithfulness.

 

 

 

20 The LORD will save me,

 

and we will sing with stringed instruments

 

all the days of our lives [16]

 

in the temple of the LORD.

 

21 Isaiah had said, “Prepare a poultice of figs and apply it to the boil, and he will recover.”

 

22 Hezekiah had asked, “What will be the sign that I will go up to the temple of the LORD?” [17]

 

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  GALATIANS 6:1 – 18

 

 

6 1 Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, 5 for each one should carry his own load.

 

6 Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.

 

7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature A will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

 

10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

 

11 See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand!

 

12 Those who want to make a good impression outwardly are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 Not even those who are circumcised obey the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your flesh. 14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which B the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation. 16 Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, even to the Israel of God.

 

17 Finally, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.

 

18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen. [18]

 


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