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JULY 31

 

 

 

PSALMS:   31, 61, 91, 121

 

 

 

PROVERBS:  31

 

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  JEREMIAH 35:1 – 36:32

 

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT1 TIMOTHY 5:1 – 25

 

 

 

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. [1]

 

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[2]

 

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. [3]

 

 

 

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. [4]

 

 

 

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–

 

10then 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. [5]

 

 

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.” [6]

 

 

 

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. [7]

 

 

 

PROVERBS:  31

 

 

 

31 1 The sayings of King Lemuel–an oracle A his mother taught him:

 

2 “O my son, O son of my womb,

 

O son of my vows, B

 

3 do not spend your strength on women,

 

your vigor on those who ruin kings.

 

 

4 “It is not for kings, O Lemuel–

 

not for kings to drink wine,

 

not for rulers to crave beer,

 

5 lest they drink and forget what the law decrees,

 

and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.

 

6 Give beer to those who are perishing,

 

wine to those who are in anguish;

 

7 let them drink and forget their poverty

 

and remember their misery no more.

 

 

8 “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,

 

for the rights of all who are destitute.

 

9 Speak up and judge fairly;

 

defend the rights of the poor and needy.” [8]

 

 

 

10 C A wife of noble character who can find?

 

She is worth far more than rubies.

 

11 Her husband has full confidence in her

 

and lacks nothing of value.

 

12 She brings him good, not harm,

 

all the days of her life.

 

13 She selects wool and flax

 

and works with eager hands.

 

14 She is like the merchant ships,

 

bringing her food from afar.

 

15 She gets up while it is still dark;

 

she provides food for her family

 

and portions for her servant girls.

 

16 She considers a field and buys it;

 

out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

 

 

 

17 She sets about her work vigorously;

 

her arms are strong for her tasks.

 

18 She sees that her trading is profitable,

 

and her lamp does not go out at night.

 

19 In her hand she holds the distaff

 

and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

 

20 She opens her arms to the poor

 

and extends her hands to the needy.

 

21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;

 

for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

 

22 She makes coverings for her bed;

 

she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

 

23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,

 

where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

 

24 She makes linen garments and sells them,

 

and supplies the merchants with sashes.

 

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;

 

she can laugh at the days to come.

 

26 She speaks with wisdom, [9]

 

and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

 

27 She watches over the affairs of her household

 

and does not eat the bread of idleness.

 

28 Her children arise and call her blessed;

 

her husband also, and he praises her:

 

29 “Many women do noble things,

 

but you surpass them all.”

 

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;

 

but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

 

31 Give her the reward she has earned,

 

and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. [10]

 

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  JEREMIAH 35:1 – 36:32

 

 

35 1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD during the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah: 2 “Go to the Recabite family and invite them to come to one of the side rooms of the house of the LORD and give them wine to drink.”

 

3 So I went to get Jaazaniah son of Jeremiah, the son of Habazziniah, and his brothers and all his sons–the whole family of the Recabites. 4 I brought them into the house of the LORD, into the room of the sons of Hanan son of Igdaliah the man of God. It was next to the room of the officials, which was over that of Maaseiah son of Shallum the doorkeeper. 5 Then I set bowls full of wine and some cups before the men of the Recabite family and said to them, “Drink some wine.”

 

6 But they replied, “We do not drink wine, because our forefather Jonadab son of Recab gave us this command: `Neither you nor your descendants must ever drink wine. 7 Also you must never build houses, sow seed or plant vineyards; you must never have any of these things, but must always live in tents. Then you will live a long time in the land where you are nomads.’ 8 We have obeyed everything our forefather Jonadab son of Recab commanded us. Neither we nor our wives nor our sons and daughters have ever drunk wine 9 or built houses to live in or had vineyards, fields or crops. 10 We have lived in tents and have fully obeyed everything our forefather Jonadab commanded us. 11 But when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon invaded this land, we said, `Come, we must go to Jerusalem to escape the Babylonian A and Aramean armies.’ So we have remained in Jerusalem.”

 

12 Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying: 13 “This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the men of Judah and the people of Jerusalem, `Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?’ declares the LORD.

 

14 `Jonadab son of Recab ordered his sons not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather’s command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me.

 

15 Again and again I sent all my servants the prophets to you. They said, “Each of you must turn from your wicked ways and reform your actions; do not follow other gods to serve them. Then you will live in the land I have given to you and your fathers.” But you have not paid attention or listened to me. 16 The descendants of Jonadab son of Recab have carried out the command their forefather gave them, but these people have not obeyed me.’

 

17 “Therefore, this is what the LORD God Almighty, the God of Israel, says: `Listen! I am going to bring on Judah and on everyone living in Jerusalem every disaster I pronounced against them. I spoke to them, but they did not listen; I called to them, but they did not answer.'”

 

 

 

18 Then Jeremiah said to the family of the Recabites, “This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: `You have obeyed the command of your forefather Jonadab and have followed all his instructions and have done everything he ordered.’ 19 Therefore, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: `Jonadab son of Recab will never fail to have a man to serve me.'” [11]

 

 

 

36 1 In the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2 “Take a scroll and write on it all the words I have spoken to you concerning Israel, Judah and all the other nations from the time I began speaking to you in the reign of Josiah till now. 3 Perhaps when the people of Judah hear about every disaster I plan to inflict on them, each of them will turn from his wicked way; then I will forgive their wickedness and their sin.”

 

4 So Jeremiah called Baruch son of Neriah, and while Jeremiah dictated all the words the LORD had spoken to him, Baruch wrote them on the scroll. 5 Then Jeremiah told Baruch, “I am restricted; I cannot go to the LORD’s temple. 6 So you go to the house of the LORD on a day of fasting and read to the people from the scroll the words of the LORD that you wrote as I dictated. Read them to all the people of Judah who come in from their towns. 7 Perhaps they will bring their petition before the LORD, and each will turn from his wicked ways, for the anger and wrath pronounced against this people by the LORD are great.”

 

 

 

8 Baruch son of Neriah did everything Jeremiah the prophet told him to do; at the LORD’s temple he read the words of the LORD from the scroll. 9 In the ninth month of the fifth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, a time of fasting before the LORD was proclaimed for all the people in Jerusalem and those who had come from the towns of Judah. 10 From the room of Gemariah son of Shaphan the secretary, which was in the upper courtyard at the entrance of the New Gate of the temple, Baruch read to all the people at the LORD’s temple the words of Jeremiah from the scroll.

 

11 When Micaiah son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, heard all the words of the LORD from the scroll, 12 he went down to the secretary’s room in the royal palace, where all the officials were sitting: Elishama the secretary, Delaiah son of Shemaiah, Elnathan son of Acbor, Gemariah son of Shaphan, Zedekiah son of Hananiah, and all the other officials. 13 After Micaiah told them everything he had heard Baruch read to the people from the scroll, 14 all the officials sent Jehudi son of Nethaniah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, to say to Baruch, “Bring the scroll from which you have read to the people and come.” So Baruch son of Neriah went to them with the scroll in his hand.

 

15 They said to him, “Sit down, please, and read it to us.”

 

So Baruch read it to them. 16 When they heard all these words, they looked at each other in fear and said to Baruch, “We must report all these words to the king.” 17 Then they asked Baruch, “Tell us, how did you come to write all this? Did Jeremiah dictate it?”

 

18 “Yes,” Baruch replied, “he dictated all these words to me, and I wrote them in ink on the scroll.”

 

19 Then the officials said to Baruch, “You and Jeremiah, go and hide. Don’t let anyone know where you are.”

 

 

 

20 After they put the scroll in the room of Elishama the secretary, they went to the king in the courtyard and reported everything to him. 21 The king sent Jehudi to get the scroll, and Jehudi brought it from the room of Elishama the secretary and read it to the king and all the officials standing beside him. 22 It was the ninth month and the king was sitting in the winter apartment, with a fire burning in the firepot in front of him. [12]

 

 

 

23 Whenever Jehudi had read three or four columns of the scroll, the king cut them off with a scribe’s knife and threw them into the firepot, until the entire scroll was burned in the fire. 24 The king and all his attendants who heard all these words showed no fear, nor did they tear their clothes. 25 Even though Elnathan, Delaiah and Gemariah urged the king not to burn the scroll, he would not listen to them.

 

26 Instead, the king commanded Jerahmeel, a son of the king, Seraiah son of Azriel and Shelemiah son of Abdeel to arrest Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet. But the LORD had hidden them.

 

 

 

27 After the king burned the scroll containing the words that Baruch had written at Jeremiah’s dictation, the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 28 “Take another scroll and write on it all the words that were on the first scroll, which Jehoiakim king of Judah burned up. 29 Also tell Jehoiakim king of Judah, `This is what the LORD says: You burned that scroll and said, “Why did you write on it that the king of Babylon would certainly come and destroy this land and cut off both men and animals from it?”

 

30 Therefore, this is what the LORD says about Jehoiakim king of Judah: He will have no one to sit on the throne of David; his body will be thrown out and exposed to the heat by day and the frost by night. 31 I will punish him and his children and his attendants for their wickedness; I will bring on them and those living in Jerusalem and the people of Judah every disaster I pronounced against them, because they have not listened.'”

 

32 So Jeremiah took another scroll and gave it to the scribe Baruch son of Neriah, and as Jeremiah dictated, Baruch wrote on it all the words of the scroll that Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire. And many similar words were added to them. [13]

 

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  1 TIMOTHY 5:1 – 25

 

 

5 1 Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.

 

3 Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. 4 But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God. 5 The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help. 6 But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. 7 Give the people these instructions, too, so that no one may be open to blame. 8 If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

 

9 No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, A

 

10 and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.

 

11 As for younger widows, do not put them on such a list. For when their sensual desires overcome their dedication to Christ, they want to marry. 12 Thus they bring judgment on themselves, because they have broken their first pledge. 13 Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to. 14 So I counsel younger widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander. 15Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan.

 

16 If any woman who is a believer has widows in her family, she should help them and not let the church be burdened with them, so that the church can help those widows who are really in need.

 

17 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,” B and “The worker deserves his wages.” C 19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. 20 Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning.

 

21 I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism.

 

22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.

 

23 Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses. [14]

 

24 The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. 25 In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden. [15]

 


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