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Jesus

 

JUNE 18

 

 

 

PSALMS:   18, 48, 78, 108, 138

 

 

 

PROVERBS:  18

 

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  SONG OF SONGS 5:1 – 8:14

 

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  2 CORINTHIANS 9:1 – 15

 

 

 

PSALMS:  18

 

 

 

For the director of music. Of David the servant of the LORD. He sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:

 

 

1 I love you, O LORD, my strength.

 

 

2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;

 

my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.

 

He is my shield and the horn A of my salvation, my stronghold.

 

3 I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,

 

and I am saved from my enemies.

 

 

 

4 The cords of death entangled me;

 

the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.

 

5 The cords of the grave B coiled around me;

 

the snares of death confronted me.

 

6 In my distress I called to the LORD;

 

I cried to my God for help.

 

From his temple he heard my voice;

 

my cry came before him, into his ears.

 

 

 

7 The earth trembled and quaked,

 

and the foundations of the mountains shook;

 

they trembled because he was angry.

 

8 Smoke rose from his nostrils;

 

consuming fire came from his mouth,

 

burning coals blazed out of it.

 

9 He parted the heavens and came down;

 

dark clouds were under his feet.

 

 

 

10 He mounted the cherubim and flew;

 

he soared on the wings of the wind. [1]

 

11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him–

 

the dark rain clouds of the sky.

 

12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced,

 

with hailstones and bolts of lightning.

 

13 The LORD thundered from heaven;

 

the voice of the Most High resounded. C

 

 

 

14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemies,

 

great bolts of lightning and routed them.

 

15 The valleys of the sea were exposed

 

and the foundations of the earth laid bare

 

at your rebuke, O LORD,

 

at the blast of breath from your nostrils.

 

 

16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;

 

he drew me out of deep waters.

 

17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,

 

from my foes, who were too strong for me.

 

18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,

 

but the LORD was my support.

 

 

 

19 He brought me out into a spacious place;

 

he rescued me because he delighted in me.

 

 

 

20 The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness;

 

according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.

 

21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD;

 

I have not done evil by turning from my God.

 

22 All his laws are before me;

 

I have not turned away from his decrees.

 

23 I have been blameless before him

 

and have kept myself from sin.

 

24 The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness,

 

according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.[2]

 

25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful,

 

to the blameless you show yourself blameless,

 

26 to the pure you show yourself pure,

 

but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.

 

27 You save the humble

 

but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.

 

28 You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning;

 

my God turns my darkness into light.

 

29 With your help I can advance against a troop D;

 

with my God I can scale a wall.

 

 

 

30 As for God, his way is perfect;

 

the word of the LORD is flawless.

 

He is a shield

 

for all who take refuge in him.

 

31 For who is God besides the LORD?

 

And who is the Rock except our God?

 

32 It is God who arms me with strength

 

and makes my way perfect.

 

33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;

 

he enables me to stand on the heights.

 

34 He trains my hands for battle;

 

my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

 

35 You give me your shield of victory,

 

and your right hand sustains me;

 

you stoop down to make me great.

 

36 You broaden the path beneath me,

 

so that my ankles do not turn.

 

37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them;

 

I did not turn back till they were destroyed.

 

 

 

38 I crushed them so that they could not rise;

 

they fell beneath my feet. [3]

 

39 You armed me with strength for battle;

 

you made my adversaries bow at my feet.

 

40 You made my enemies turn their backs in flight,

 

and I destroyed my foes.

 

41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them–

 

to the LORD, but he did not answer.

 

42 I beat them as fine as dust borne on the wind;

 

I poured them out like mud in the streets.

 

43 You have delivered me from the attacks of the people;

 

you have made me the head of nations;

 

people I did not know are subject to me.

 

 

 

44 As soon as they hear me, they obey me;

 

foreigners cringe before me.

 

45 They all lose heart;

 

they come trembling from their strongholds.

 

 

 

46 The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock!

 

Exalted be God my Savior!

 

47 He is the God who avenges me,

 

who subdues nations under me,

 

48 who saves me from my enemies.

 

You exalted me above my foes;

 

from violent men you rescued me.

 

49 Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O LORD;

 

I will sing praises to your name.

 

50 He gives his king great victories;

 

he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed,

 

to David and his descendants forever. [4]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  48

 

 

 

A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah.

 

 

1 Great is the LORD, and most worthy of praise,

 

in the city of our God, his holy mountain.

 

2 It is beautiful in its loftiness,

 

the joy of the whole earth.

 

Like the utmost heights of Zaphon A is Mount Zion,

 

The B city of the Great King.

 

3 God is in her citadels;

 

he has shown himself to be her fortress.

 

 

4 When the kings joined forces,

 

when they advanced together,

 

5 they saw her and were astounded;

 

they fled in terror.

 

 

 

6 Trembling seized them there,

 

pain like that of a woman in labor.

 

7 You destroyed them like ships of Tarshish

 

shattered by an east wind.

 

 

8 As we have heard,

 

so have we seen

 

in the city of the LORD Almighty,

 

in the city of our God:

 

God makes her secure forever.

 

Selah

 

 

9 Within your temple, O God,

 

we meditate on your unfailing love.

 

10 Like your name, O God,

 

your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;

 

your right hand is filled with righteousness. [5]

 

11 Mount Zion rejoices,

 

the villages of Judah are glad

 

because of your judgments.

 

 

 

12 Walk about Zion, go around her,

 

count her towers,

 

13 consider well her ramparts,

 

view her citadels,

 

that you may tell of them to the next generation.

 

14 For this God is our God for ever and ever;

 

he will be our guide even to the end. [6]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  78

 

 

 

A maskil A of Asaph.

 

 

1 O my people, hear my teaching;

 

listen to the words of my mouth.

 

2 I will open my mouth in parables,

 

I will utter hidden things, things from of old–

 

3 what we have heard and known,

 

what our fathers have told us.

 

4 We will not hide them from their children;

 

we will tell the next generation

 

the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD,

 

his power, and the wonders he has done.

 

5 He decreed statutes for Jacob

 

and established the law in Israel,

 

which he commanded our forefathers

 

to teach their children,

 

6 so the next generation would know them,

 

even the children yet to be born,

 

and they in turn would tell their children.

 

7 Then they would put their trust in God

 

and would not forget his deeds

 

but would keep his commands.

 

8 They would not be like their forefathers–

 

a stubborn and rebellious generation,

 

whose hearts were not loyal to God,

 

whose spirits were not faithful to him.

 

9 The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows,

 

turned back on the day of battle;

 

10 they did not keep God’s covenant

 

and refused to live by his law.

 

11 They forgot what he had done,

 

the wonders he had shown them.

 

12 He did miracles in the sight of their fathers

 

in the land of Egypt, in the region of Zoan.

 

13 He divided the sea and led them through;

 

he made the water stand firm like a wall.

 

14 He guided them with the cloud by day

 

and with light from the fire all night.

 

15 He split the rocks in the desert

 

and gave them water as abundant as the seas;

 

16 he brought streams out of a rocky crag

 

and made water flow down like rivers.

 

 

17 But they continued to sin against him,

 

rebelling in the desert against the Most High.

 

18 They willfully put God to the test

 

by demanding the food they craved.

 

19 They spoke against God, saying,

 

“Can God spread a table in the desert?

 

20 When he struck the rock, water gushed out,

 

and streams flowed abundantly.

 

But can he also give us food?

 

Can he supply meat for his people?”

 

 

 

21 When the LORD heard them, he was very angry;

 

his fire broke out against Jacob,

 

and his wrath rose against Israel,

 

22 for they did not believe in God

 

or trust in his deliverance.

 

23 Yet he gave a command to the skies above

 

and opened the doors of the heavens;

 

24 he rained down manna for the people to eat, [7]

 

he gave them the grain of heaven.

 

25 Men ate the bread of angels;

 

he sent them all the food they could eat.

 

26 He let loose the east wind from the heavens

 

and led forth the south wind by his power.

 

27 He rained meat down on them like dust,

 

flying birds like sand on the seashore.

 

28 He made them come down inside their camp,

 

all around their tents.

 

29 They ate till they had more than enough,

 

for he had given them what they craved.

 

30 But before they turned from the food they craved,

 

even while it was still in their mouths,

 

31 God’s anger rose against them;

 

he put to death the sturdiest among them,

 

cutting down the young men of Israel.

 

 

 

32 In spite of all this, they kept on sinning;

 

in spite of his wonders, they did not believe.

 

33 So he ended their days in futility

 

and their years in terror.

 

34 Whenever God slew them, they would seek him;

 

they eagerly turned to him again.

 

35 They remembered that God was their Rock,

 

that God Most High was their Redeemer.

 

36 But then they would flatter him with their mouths,

 

lying to him with their tongues;

 

37 their hearts were not loyal to him,

 

they were not faithful to his covenant.

 

38 Yet he was merciful;

 

he forgave their iniquities

 

and did not destroy them.

 

Time after time he restrained his anger

 

and did not stir up his full wrath. [8]

 

39 He remembered that they were but flesh,

 

a passing breeze that does not return.

 

 

 

40 How often they rebelled against him in the desert

 

and grieved him in the wasteland!

 

41 Again and again they put God to the test;

 

they vexed the Holy One of Israel.

 

42 They did not remember his power–

 

the day he redeemed them from the oppressor,

 

43 the day he displayed his miraculous signs in Egypt,

 

his wonders in the region of Zoan.

 

44 He turned their rivers to blood;

 

they could not drink from their streams.

 

45 He sent swarms of flies that devoured them,

 

and frogs that devastated them.

 

46 He gave their crops to the grasshopper,

 

their produce to the locust.

 

47 He destroyed their vines with hail

 

and their sycamore-figs with sleet.

 

48 He gave over their cattle to the hail,

 

their livestock to bolts of lightning.

 

 

 

49 He unleashed against them his hot anger,

 

his wrath, indignation and hostility–

 

a band of destroying angels.

 

50 He prepared a path for his anger;

 

he did not spare them from death

 

but gave them over to the plague.

 

51 He struck down all the firstborn of Egypt,

 

the firstfruits of manhood in the tents of Ham.

 

52 But he brought his people out like a flock;

 

he led them like sheep through the desert.

 

53 He guided them safely, so they were unafraid;

 

but the sea engulfed their enemies.

 

54 Thus he brought them to the border of his holy land, [9]

 

to the hill country his right hand had taken.

 

55 He drove out nations before them

 

and allotted their lands to them as an inheritance;

 

he settled the tribes of Israel in their homes.

 

 

 

56 But they put God to the test

 

and rebelled against the Most High;

 

they did not keep his statutes.

 

57 Like their fathers they were disloyal and faithless,

 

as unreliable as a faulty bow.

 

58 They angered him with their high places;

 

they aroused his jealousy with their idols.

 

59 When God heard them, he was very angry;

 

he rejected Israel completely.

 

60 He abandoned the tabernacle of Shiloh,

 

the tent he had set up among men.

 

61 He sent the ark of his might into captivity,

 

his splendor into the hands of the enemy.

 

62 He gave his people over to the sword;

 

he was very angry with his inheritance.

 

63 Fire consumed their young men,

 

and their maidens had no wedding songs;

 

64 their priests were put to the sword,

 

and their widows could not weep.

 

 

 

65 Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,

 

as a man wakes from the stupor of wine.

 

66 He beat back his enemies;

 

he put them to everlasting shame.

 

67 Then he rejected the tents of Joseph,

 

he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;

 

68 but he chose the tribe of Judah, [10]

 

Mount Zion, which he loved.

 

69 He built his sanctuary like the heights,

 

like the earth that he established forever.

 

70 He chose David his servant

 

and took him from the sheep pens;

 

71 from tending the sheep he brought him

 

to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,

 

of Israel his inheritance.

 

72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;

 

with skillful hands he led them. [11]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  108

 

 

 

A song. A psalm of David.

 

 

1 My heart is steadfast, O God;

 

I will sing and make music with all my soul.

 

2 Awake, harp and lyre!

 

I will awaken the dawn.

 

3 I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations;

 

I will sing of you among the peoples.

 

4 For great is your love, higher than the heavens;

 

your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

 

5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,

 

and let your glory be over all the earth.

 

 

6 Save us and help us with your right hand,

 

that those you love may be delivered.

 

 

 

7 God has spoken from his sanctuary:

 

“In triumph I will parcel out Shechem

 

and measure off the Valley of Succoth.

 

8 Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine;

 

Ephraim is my helmet,

 

Judah my scepter.

 

9 Moab is my washbasin,

 

upon Edom I toss my sandal;

 

over Philistia I shout in triumph.”

 

 

10 Who will bring me to the fortified city?

 

Who will lead me to Edom?

 

11 Is it not you, O God, you who have rejected us

 

and no longer go out with our armies?

 

12 Give us aid against the enemy,

 

for the help of man is worthless.

 

13 With God we will gain the victory, [12]

 

and he will trample down our enemies. [13]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  138

 

 

 

Of David.

 

 

1 I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart;

 

before the “gods” I will sing your praise.

 

2 I will bow down toward your holy temple

 

and will praise your name

 

for your love and your faithfulness,

 

for you have exalted above all things

 

your name and your word.

 

3 When I called, you answered me;

 

you made me bold and stouthearted.

 

 

4 May all the kings of the earth praise you, O LORD,

 

when they hear the words of your mouth.

 

5 May they sing of the ways of the LORD,

 

 

 

6 Though the LORD is on high, he looks upon the lowly,

 

but the proud he knows from afar.

 

7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,

 

you preserve my life;

 

you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes,

 

with your right hand you save me.

 

8 The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;

 

your love, O LORD, endures forever–

 

do not abandon the works of your hands. [14]

 

 

 

PROVERBS:  18

 

 

 

18 1 An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends;

 

he defies all sound judgment.

 

 

2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding

 

but delights in airing his own opinions.

 

 

3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt,

 

and with shame comes disgrace.

 

 

4 The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters,

 

but the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

 

 

5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked

 

or to deprive the innocent of justice.

 

 

6 A fool’s lips bring him strife,

 

and his mouth invites a beating.

 

 

7 A fool’s mouth is his undoing,

 

and his lips are a snare to his soul.

 

 

8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;

 

they go down to a man’s inmost parts.

 

 

9 One who is slack in his work

 

is brother to one who destroys.

 

 

10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower;

 

the righteous run to it and are safe.

 

 

11The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;

 

they imagine it an unscalable wall. [15]

 

12 Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud,

 

but humility comes before honor.

 

 

13 He who answers before listening–

 

that is his folly and his shame.

 

 

 

14 A man’s spirit sustains him in sickness,

 

but a crushed spirit who can bear?

 

 

15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge;

 

the ears of the wise seek it out.

 

 

16 A gift opens the way for the giver

 

and ushers him into the presence of the great.

 

 

17 The first to present his case seems right,

 

till another comes forward and questions him.

 

 

18 Casting the lot settles disputes

 

and keeps strong opponents apart.

 

19 An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city,

 

and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.

 

 

20 From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled;

 

with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.

 

 

21 The tongue has the power of life and death,

 

and those who love it will eat its fruit.

 

 

22 He who finds a wife finds what is good

 

and receives favor from the LORD. [16]

 

23 A poor man pleads for mercy,

 

but a rich man answers harshly.

 

 

24 A man of many companions may come to ruin,

 

but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. [17]

 

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  SONG OF SONGS 5:1 – 8:14

 

 

5 1 I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride;

 

I have gathered my myrrh with my spice.

 

I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey;

 

I have drunk my wine and my milk.

 

 

 

Eat, O friends, and drink;

 

drink your fill, O lovers.

 

 

 

2 I slept but my heart was awake.

 

Listen! My lover is knocking:

 

“Open to me, my sister, my darling,

 

my dove, my flawless one.

 

My head is drenched with dew,

 

my hair with the dampness of the night.”

 

3 I have taken off my robe–

 

must I put it on again?

 

I have washed my feet–

 

must I soil them again?

 

4 My lover thrust his hand through the latch-opening;

 

my heart began to pound for him.

 

5 I arose to open for my lover,

 

and my hands dripped with myrrh,

 

my fingers with flowing myrrh,

 

on the handles of the lock.

 

6 I opened for my lover, [18]

 

but my lover had left; he was gone.

 

My heart sank at his departure. A

 

I looked for him but did not find him.

 

I called him but he did not answer.

 

 

 

7 The watchmen found me

 

as they made their rounds in the city.

 

They beat me, they bruised me;

 

they took away my cloak,

 

those watchmen of the walls!

 

8 O daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you–

 

if you find my lover,

 

what will you tell him?

 

Tell him I am faint with love.

 

 

 

9 How is your beloved better than others,

 

most beautiful of women?

 

How is your beloved better than others,

 

that you charge us so?

 

 

 

10 My lover is radiant and ruddy,

 

outstanding among ten thousand.

 

11 His head is purest gold;

 

his hair is wavy

 

and black as a raven.

 

12 His eyes are like doves

 

by the water streams, [19]

 

washed in milk,

 

mounted like jewels.

 

13 His cheeks are like beds of spice

 

yielding perfume.

 

His lips are like lilies

 

dripping with myrrh.

 

14 His arms are rods of gold

 

set with chrysolite.

 

His body is like polished ivory

 

decorated with sapphires. B

 

15 His legs are pillars of marble

 

set on bases of pure gold.

 

His appearance is like Lebanon,

 

choice as its cedars.

 

16 His mouth is sweetness itself;

 

he is altogether lovely.

 

This is my lover, this my friend,

 

O daughters of Jerusalem.

 

 

 

6 1 Where has your lover gone,

 

most beautiful of women?

 

Which way did your lover turn,

 

that we may look for him with you? [20]

 

 

 

2 My lover has gone down to his garden,

 

to the beds of spices,

 

to browse in the gardens

 

and to gather lilies.

 

3 I am my lover’s and my lover is mine;

 

he browses among the lilies.

 

 

 

4 You are beautiful, my darling, as Tirzah,

 

lovely as Jerusalem,

 

majestic as troops with banners.

 

5 Turn your eyes from me;

 

they overwhelm me.

 

Your hair is like a flock of goats

 

descending from Gilead.

 

 

 

6 Your teeth are like a flock of sheep

 

coming up from the washing.

 

Each has its twin,

 

not one of them is alone.

 

7 Your temples behind your veil

 

are like the halves of a pomegranate.

 

8 Sixty queens there may be,

 

and eighty concubines,

 

and virgins beyond number;

 

9 but my dove, my perfect one, is unique,

 

the only daughter of her mother,

 

the favorite of the one who bore her. [21]

 

The maidens saw her and called her blessed;

 

the queens and concubines praised her.

 

 

 

10 Who is this that appears like the dawn,

 

fair as the moon, bright as the sun,

 

majestic as the stars in procession?

 

 

 

11 I went down to the grove of nut trees

 

to look at the new growth in the valley,

 

to see if the vines had budded

 

or the pomegranates were in bloom.

 

12 Before I realized it,

 

my desire set me among the royal chariots of my people. A

 

13 Come back, come back, O Shulammite;

 

come back, come back, that we may gaze on you!

 

 

 

Why would you gaze on the Shulammite

 

as on the dance of Mahanaim?

 

 

 

7 1 How beautiful your sandaled feet,

 

O prince’s daughter!

 

Your graceful legs are like jewels,

 

the work of a craftsman’s hands.

 

2 Your navel is a rounded goblet [22]

 

that never lacks blended wine.

 

Your waist is a mound of wheat

 

encircled by lilies.

 

3 Your breasts are like two fawns,

 

twins of a gazelle.

 

4 Your neck is like an ivory tower.

 

Your eyes are the pools of Heshbon

 

by the gate of Bath Rabbim.

 

Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon

 

looking toward Damascus.

 

 

 

5 Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel.

 

Your hair is like royal tapestry;

 

the king is held captive by its tresses.

 

6 How beautiful you are and how pleasing,

 

O love, with your delights!

 

 

 

7 Your stature is like that of the palm,

 

and your breasts like clusters of fruit.

 

8 I said, “I will climb the palm tree;

 

I will take hold of its fruit.”

 

May your breasts be like the clusters of the vine,

 

the fragrance of your breath like apples,

 

9  and your mouth like the best wine.

 

 

 

May the wine go straight to my lover,

 

flowing gently over lips and teeth. A

 

10 I belong to my lover, [23]

 

and his desire is for me.

 

11 Come, my lover, let us go to the countryside,

 

let us spend the night in the villages. B

 

 

 

12 Let us go early to the vineyards

 

to see if the vines have budded,

 

if their blossoms have opened,

 

and if the pomegranates are in bloom–

 

there I will give you my love.

 

13 The mandrakes send out their fragrance,

 

and at our door is every delicacy,

 

both new and old,

 

that I have stored up for you, my lover.

 

 

 

8 1 If only you were to me like a brother,

 

who was nursed at my mother’s breasts!

 

Then, if I found you outside,

 

I would kiss you,

 

and no one would despise me.

 

2 I would lead you

 

and bring you to my mother’s house–

 

she who has taught me.

 

I would give you spiced wine to drink, [24]

 

the nectar of my pomegranates.

 

3 His left arm is under my head

 

and his right arm embraces me.

 

4 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you:

 

Do not arouse or awaken love

 

until it so desires.

 

 

 

5 Who is this coming up from the desert

 

leaning on her lover?

 

 

 

Under the apple tree I roused you;

 

there your mother conceived you,

 

there she who was in labor gave you birth.

 

6 Place me like a seal over your heart,

 

like a seal on your arm;

 

for love is as strong as death,

 

its jealousy A unyielding as the grave. B

 

It burns like blazing fire,

 

like a mighty flame. C

 

7 Many waters cannot quench love;

 

rivers cannot wash it away.

 

If one were to give

 

all the wealth of his house for love,

 

it D would be utterly scorned. [25]

 

 

 

8 We have a young sister,

 

and her breasts are not yet grown.

 

What shall we do for our sister

 

for the day she is spoken for?

 

 

 

9 If she is a wall,

 

we will build towers of silver on her.

 

If she is a door,

 

we will enclose her with panels of cedar.

 

 

 

10 I am a wall,

 

and my breasts are like towers.

 

Thus I have become in his eyes

 

like one bringing contentment.

 

11 Solomon had a vineyard in Baal Hamon;

 

he let out his vineyard to tenants.

 

Each was to bring for its fruit

 

a thousand shekels E of silver.

 

12 But my own vineyard is mine to give;

 

the thousand shekels are for you, O Solomon,

 

and two hundred F are for those who tend its fruit.

 

 

 

13 You who dwell in the gardens

 

with friends in attendance,

 

let me hear your voice! [26]

 

 

 

14 Come away, my lover,

 

and be like a gazelle

 

or like a young stag

 

on the spice-laden mountains. [27]

 

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  2 CORINTHIANS 9:1 – 15

 

 

9 1 There is no need for me to write to you about this service to the saints. 2 For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action. 3 But I am sending the brothers in order that our boasting about you in this matter should not prove hollow, but that you may be ready, as I said you would be. 4 For if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we–not to say anything about you–would be ashamed of having been so confident. 5 So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given.

 

6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written:

 

 

 

“He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor;

 

his righteousness endures forever.” A

 

10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. [28]

 

11 You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

 

12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! [29]

 


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