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JUNE 1

 

 

 

PSALMS:   1, 31, 61, 91, 121

 

 

 

PROVERBS:  1

 

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  JOB 1:1 – 3:26

 

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  1 CORINTHIANS 14:1 – 17

 

 

 

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 TESTAMENT:  JOB 1:1 – 3:26

 

 

1 1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. 2 He had seven sons and three daughters, 3 and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.

 

4 His sons used to take turns holding feasts in their homes, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5 When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would send and have them purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.

 

6 One day the angels A came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan B also came with them. 7 The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”

 

Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.”

 

8 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”

 

9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

 

12 The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”

 

Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.

 

13 One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, 14 a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, 15 and the Sabeans attacked and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

 

16 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the sky and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

 

17 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

 

18 While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, 19 when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they [12] are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

 

 

 

20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said:

 

 

 

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,

 

and naked I will depart. C

 

The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;

 

may the name of the LORD be praised.”

 

 

 

22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

 

 

 

2 1 On another day the angels A came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him. 2 And the LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”

 

Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.”

 

3 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”

 

4 “Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life. 5 But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

 

6 The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.”

 

7 So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. 8 Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.

 

9 His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!”

 

10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish B woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”

 

In all this, Job did not sin in what he said. [13]

 

11 When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him. 12 When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads.

 

13 Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.

 

 

 

3 1 After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. 2 He said:

 

 

 

3 “May the day of my birth perish,

 

and the night it was said, `A boy is born!’

 

4 That day–may it turn to darkness;

 

may God above not care about it;

 

may no light shine upon it.

 

5 May darkness and deep shadow A claim it once more;

 

may a cloud settle over it;

 

may blackness overwhelm its light.

 

6 That night–may thick darkness seize it;

 

may it not be included among the days of the year

 

nor be entered in any of the months.

 

7 May that night be barren;

 

may no shout of joy be heard in it.

 

8 May those who curse days B curse that day,

 

those who are ready to rouse Leviathan.

 

9 May its morning stars become dark;

 

may it wait for daylight in vain [14]

 

and not see the first rays of dawn,

 

10 for it did not shut the doors of the womb on me

 

to hide trouble from my eyes.

 

 

 

11 “Why did I not perish at birth,

 

and die as I came from the womb?

 

12 Why were there knees to receive me

 

and breasts that I might be nursed?

 

13 For now I would be lying down in peace;

 

I would be asleep and at rest

 

14 with kings and counselors of the earth,

 

who built for themselves places now lying in ruins,

 

15 with rulers who had gold,

 

who filled their houses with silver.

 

16 Or why was I not hidden in the ground like a stillborn child,

 

like an infant who never saw the light of day?

 

17 There the wicked cease from turmoil,

 

and there the weary are at rest.

 

18 Captives also enjoy their ease;

 

they no longer hear the slave driver’s shout.

 

19 The small and the great are there,

 

and the slave is freed from his master.

 

 

 

20 “Why is light given to those in misery,

 

and life to the bitter of soul,

 

21 to those who long for death that does not come, [15]

 

who search for it more than for hidden treasure,

 

22 who are filled with gladness

 

and rejoice when they reach the grave?

 

23 Why is life given to a man

 

whose way is hidden,

 

whom God has hedged in?

 

24 For sighing comes to me instead of food;

 

my groans pour out like water.

 

25 What I feared has come upon me;

 

what I dreaded has happened to me.

 

26 I have no peace, no quietness;

 

I have no rest, but only turmoil.” [16]

 

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  1 CORINTHIANS 14:1 – 17

 

 

14 1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. 2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue A does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit. B 3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.

 

4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.

 

5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, C but I would rather have you prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues, D unless he interprets, so that the church may be edified.

 

6 Now, brothers, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction?

 

7 Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the flute or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes?

 

8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? 9 So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air. 10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. 11 If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and he is a foreigner to me. 12 So it is with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.

 

13 For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.

 

15 So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind. 16 If you are praising God with your spirit, how can one who finds himself among those who do not understand E say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying? 17 You may be giving thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified. [17]

 


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