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 JULY 20

 

PSALMS:   20, 50, 80, 110, 140

 

PROVERBS:  20

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  JEREMIAH 12:1 – 14:10

NEW TESTAMENT1 THESSALONIANS 1:1 – 2:8

 

PSALMS:  20

 

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 May the LORD answer you when you are in distress;

may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.

2 May he send you help from the sanctuary

and grant you support from Zion.

3 May he remember all your sacrifices

and accept your burnt offerings.

Selah

4 May he give you the desire of your heart

and make all your plans succeed.

5 We will shout for joy when you are victorious

and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.

May the LORD grant all your requests.

 

6 Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed;

he answers him from his holy heaven

with the saving power of his right hand.

7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,

but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

8 They are brought to their knees and fall,

but we rise up and stand firm.

9 O LORD, save the king!

Answer A us when we call! [1]

 

PSALMS:  50

 

A psalm of Asaph.

1 The Mighty One, God, the LORD,

speaks and summons the earth

from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets.

2 From Zion, perfect in beauty,

God shines forth.

3 Our God comes and will not be silent;

a fire devours before him,

and around him a tempest rages.

4 He summons the heavens above,

and the earth, that he may judge his people:

5 “Gather to me my consecrated ones,

who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”

6 And the heavens proclaim his righteousness,

for God himself is judge.

Selah

7 “Hear, O my people, and I will speak,

O Israel, and I will testify against you:

I am God, your God.

8 I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices

or your burnt offerings, which are ever before me.

9 I have no need of a bull from your stall

or of goats from your pens,

10 for every animal of the forest is mine,

and the cattle on a thousand hills.

11 I know every bird in the mountains,

and the creatures of the field are mine.

12 If I were hungry I would not tell you, [2]

for the world is mine, and all that is in it.

13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls

or drink the blood of goats?

14 Sacrifice thank offerings to God,

fulfill your vows to the Most High,

15 and call upon me in the day of trouble;

I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

 

16 But to the wicked, God says:

“What right have you to recite my laws

or take my covenant on your lips?

17 You hate my instruction

and cast my words behind you.

18 When you see a thief, you join with him;

you throw in your lot with adulterers.

19 You use your mouth for evil

and harness your tongue to deceit.

20 You speak continually against your brother

and slander your own mother’s son.

21 These things you have done and I kept silent;

you thought I was altogether A like you.

But I will rebuke you

and accuse you to your face.

22 “Consider this, you who forget God,

or I will tear you to pieces, with none to rescue:

23 He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me,

and he prepares the way

so that I may show him B the salvation of God.” [3]

 

PSALMS:  80

 

For the director of music. To the tune of “The Lilies of the Covenant.” Of Asaph. A psalm.

1 Hear us, O Shepherd of Israel,

you who lead Joseph like a flock;

you who sit enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth

2 before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.

Awaken your might;

come and save us.

3 Restore us, O God;

make your face shine upon us,

that we may be saved.

4 O LORD God Almighty,

how long will your anger smolder

against the prayers of your people?

5 You have fed them with the bread of tears;

you have made them drink tears by the bowlful.

6 You have made us a source of contention to our neighbors,

and our enemies mock us.

7 Restore us, O God Almighty;

make your face shine upon us,

that we may be saved.

8 You brought a vine out of Egypt;

you drove out the nations and planted it.

9 You cleared the ground for it,

and it took root and filled the land.

10 The mountains were covered with its shade,

the mighty cedars with its branches. [4]

11 It sent out its boughs to the Sea, A

its shoots as far as the River. B

12 Why have you broken down its walls

so that all who pass by pick its grapes?

13 Boars from the forest ravage it

and the creatures of the field feed on it.

 

14 Return to us, O God Almighty!

Look down from heaven and see!

Watch over this vine,

15 the root your right hand has planted,

the son C you have raised up for yourself.

 

16 Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire;

at your rebuke your people perish.

17 Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand,

the son of man you have raised up for yourself.

18 Then we will not turn away from you;

revive us, and we will call on your name.

 

19 Restore us, O LORD God Almighty;

make your face shine upon us,

that we may be saved. [5]

 

PSALMS:  110

 

Of David. A psalm.

1 The LORD says to my Lord:

“Sit at my right hand

until I make your enemies

a footstool for your feet.”

2 The LORD will extend your mighty scepter from Zion;

you will rule in the midst of your enemies.

3 Your troops will be willing

on your day of battle.

Arrayed in holy majesty,

from the womb of the dawn

you will receive the dew of your youth. A

4 The LORD has sworn

and will not change his mind:

“You are a priest forever,

in the order of Melchizedek.”

5 The Lord is at your right hand;

he will crush kings on the day of his wrath.

6 He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead

and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.

7 He will drink from a brook beside the way B;

therefore he will lift up his head. [6]

 

PSALMS:  140

 

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 Rescue me, O LORD, from evil men;

protect me from men of violence,

2 who devise evil plans in their hearts

and stir up war every day.

3 They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s;

the poison of vipers is on their lips.

Selah

4 Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked;

protect me from men of violence

who plan to trip my feet.

5 Proud men have hidden a snare for me;

they have spread out the cords of their net

and have set traps for me along my path.

Selah

6 O LORD, I say to you, “You are my God.”

Hear, O LORD, my cry for mercy.

7 O Sovereign LORD, my strong deliverer,

who shields my head in the day of battle–

8 do not grant the wicked their desires, O LORD;

do not let their plans succeed,

or they will become proud.

Selah

9 Let the heads of those who surround me

be covered with the trouble their lips have caused.

10Let burning coals fall upon them;

may they be thrown into the fire,

into miry pits, never to rise. [7]

11 Let slanderers not be established in the land;

may disaster hunt down men of violence.

12 I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor

and upholds the cause of the needy.

 

13 Surely the righteous will praise your name

and the upright will live before you. [8]

 

PROVERBS:  20

 

20 1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler;

whoever is led astray by them is not wise.

2 A king’s wrath is like the roar of a lion;

he who angers him forfeits his life.

3 It is to a man’s honor to avoid strife,

but every fool is quick to quarrel.

4 A sluggard does not plow in season;

so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.

5 The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters,

but a man of understanding draws them out.

6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love,

but a faithful man who can find?

7 The righteous man leads a blameless life;

blessed are his children after him.

8 When a king sits on his throne to judge,

he winnows out all evil with his eyes.

9 Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure;

I am clean and without sin”?

10 Differing weights and differing measures–

the LORD detests them both.

11 Even a child is known by his actions,

by whether his conduct is pure and right. [9]

12 Ears that hear and eyes that see–

the LORD has made them both.

13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;

stay awake and you will have food to spare.

 

14 “It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer;

then off he goes and boasts about his purchase.

15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance,

but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.

16 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger;

hold it in pledge if he does it for a wayward woman.

17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man,

but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel.

18 Make plans by seeking advice;

if you wage war, obtain guidance.

19 A gossip betrays a confidence;

so avoid a man who talks too much.

20 If a man curses his father or mother,

his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.

21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning

will not be blessed at the end.

22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!”

Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.[10]

23 The LORD detests differing weights,

and dishonest scales do not please him.

24 A man’s steps are directed by the LORD.

How then can anyone understand his own way?

25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly

and only later to consider his vows.

26 A wise king winnows out the wicked;

he drives the threshing wheel over them.

27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man A;

it searches out his inmost being.

 

28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe;

through love his throne is made secure.

29 The glory of young men is their strength,

gray hair the splendor of the old.

30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil,

and beatings purge the inmost being. [11]

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  JEREMIAH 12:1 – 14:10

12 1 You are always righteous, O LORD,

when I bring a case before you.

Yet I would speak with you about your justice:

Why does the way of the wicked prosper?

Why do all the faithless live at ease?

2 You have planted them, and they have taken root;

they grow and bear fruit.

You are always on their lips

but far from their hearts.

3 Yet you know me, O LORD;

you see me and test my thoughts about you.

Drag them off like sheep to be butchered!

Set them apart for the day of slaughter!

4 How long will the land lie parched A

and the grass in every field be withered?

Because those who live in it are wicked,

the animals and birds have perished.

Moreover, the people are saying,

“He will not see what happens to us.”

 

5 “If you have raced with men on foot

and they have worn you out,

how can you compete with horses?

If you stumble in safe country, B

how will you manage in the thickets by C the Jordan?

6 Your brothers, your own family–

even they have betrayed you; [12]

they have raised a loud cry against you.

Do not trust them,

though they speak well of you.

 

7 “I will forsake my house,

abandon my inheritance;

I will give the one I love

into the hands of her enemies.

8 My inheritance has become to me

like a lion in the forest.

She roars at me;

therefore I hate her.

 

9 Has not my inheritance become to me

like a speckled bird of prey

that other birds of prey surround and attack?

Go and gather all the wild beasts;

bring them to devour.

 

10 Many shepherds will ruin my vineyard

and trample down my field;

they will turn my pleasant field

into a desolate wasteland.

 

11 It will be made a wasteland,

parched and desolate before me;

the whole land will be laid waste

because there is no one who cares.

12 Over all the barren heights in the desert [13]

destroyers will swarm,

for the sword of the LORD will devour

from one end of the land to the other;

no one will be safe.

13 They will sow wheat but reap thorns;

they will wear themselves out but gain nothing.

So bear the shame of your harvest

because of the LORD’s fierce anger.”

 

14 This is what the LORD says: “As for all my wicked neighbors who seize the inheritance I gave my people Israel, I will uproot them from their lands and I will uproot the house of Judah from among them. 15 But after I uproot them, I will again have compassion and will bring each of them back to his own inheritance and his own country. 16 And if they learn well the ways of my people and swear by my name, saying, `As surely as the LORD lives’–even as they once taught my people to swear by Baal–then they will be established among my people. 17 But if any nation does not listen, I will completely uproot and destroy it,” declares the LORD.

 

13 1 This is what the LORD said to me: “Go and buy a linen belt and put it around your waist, but do not let it touch water.” 2 So I bought a belt, as the LORD directed, and put it around my waist.

3 Then the word of the LORD came to me a second time: 4 “Take the belt you bought and are wearing around your waist, and go now to Perath A and hide it there in a crevice in the rocks.” 5 So I went and hid it at Perath, as the LORD told me.

6 Many days later the LORD said to me, “Go now to Perath and get the belt I told you to hide there.” 7 So I went to Perath and dug up the belt and took it from the place where I had hidden it, but now it was ruined and completely useless.

8 Then the word of the LORD came to me: 9 “This is what the LORD says: `In the same way I will ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. 10 These wicked people, who refuse to listen to my words, who follow the stubbornness of their hearts and go after other gods to serve and worship them, will be like this belt–completely useless! 11 For as a belt is bound around a man’s waist, so I bound the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to me,’ declares the LORD, `to be my people for my renown and praise and honor. But they have not [14]listened.’

12 “Say to them: `This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Every wineskin should be filled with wine.’ And if they say to you, `Don’t we know that every wineskin should be filled with wine?’ 13 then tell them, `This is what the LORD says: I am going to fill with drunkenness all who live in this land, including the kings who sit on David’s throne, the priests, the prophets and all those living in Jerusalem. 14 I will smash them one against the other, fathers and sons alike, declares the LORD. I will allow no pity or mercy or compassion to keep me from destroying them.'”

 

15 Hear and pay attention,

do not be arrogant,

for the LORD has spoken.

16 Give glory to the LORD your God

before he brings the darkness,

before your feet stumble

on the darkening hills.

You hope for light,

but he will turn it to thick darkness

and change it to deep gloom.

17 But if you do not listen,

I will weep in secret

because of your pride;

my eyes will weep bitterly,

overflowing with tears,

because the LORD’s flock will be taken captive.

 

18 Say to the king and to the queen mother,

“Come down from your thrones, [15]

for your glorious crowns

will fall from your heads.”

19 The cities in the Negev will be shut up,

and there will be no one to open them.

All Judah will be carried into exile,

carried completely away.

 

20 Lift up your eyes and see

those who are coming from the north.

Where is the flock that was entrusted to you,

the sheep of which you boasted?

21 What will you say when the LORD sets over you

those you cultivated as your special allies?

Will not pain grip you

like that of a woman in labor?

22 And if you ask yourself,

“Why has this happened to me?”–

it is because of your many sins

that your skirts have been torn off

and your body mistreated.

23 Can the Ethiopian B change his skin

or the leopard its spots?

Neither can you do good

who are accustomed to doing evil.

 

24 “I will scatter you like chaff [16]

driven by the desert wind.

25 This is your lot,

the portion I have decreed for you,”

declares the LORD,

“because you have forgotten me

and trusted in false gods.

26 I will pull up your skirts over your face

that your shame may be seen–

 

27 your adulteries and lustful neighings,

your shameless prostitution!

I have seen your detestable acts

on the hills and in the fields.

Woe to you, O Jerusalem!

How long will you be unclean?”

 

14 1 This is the word of the LORD to Jeremiah concerning the drought:

 

2 “Judah mourns,

her cities languish;

they wail for the land,

and a cry goes up from Jerusalem.

3 The nobles send their servants for water;

they go to the cisterns

but find no water.

They return with their jars unfilled;

dismayed and despairing, [17]

they cover their heads.

4 The ground is cracked

because there is no rain in the land;

the farmers are dismayed

and cover their heads.

5 Even the doe in the field

deserts her newborn fawn

because there is no grass.

6 Wild donkeys stand on the barren heights

and pant like jackals;

their eyesight fails

for lack of pasture.”

 

7 Although our sins testify against us,

O LORD, do something for the sake of your name.

For our backsliding is great;

we have sinned against you.

8 O Hope of Israel,

its Savior in times of distress,

why are you like a stranger in the land,

like a traveler who stays only a night?

9 Why are you like a man taken by surprise,

like a warrior powerless to save?

You are among us, O LORD,

and we bear your name;

do not forsake us! [18]

 

10 This is what the LORD says about this people:

 

“They greatly love to wander;

they do not restrain their feet.

So the LORD does not accept them;

he will now remember their wickedness

and punish them for their sins.” [19]

 

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

1 1 Paul, Silas A and Timothy,

 

To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

 

Grace and peace to you. B

 

2 We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. 3 We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia–your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, 9 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead–Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.

 

2 1 You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure. 2 We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition. 3 For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. 4 On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts. 5 You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed–God is our witness. 6 We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else.

As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you, 7 but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. 8 We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. [20]


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