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 JUNE 28

 

PSALMS:   28, 58, 88, 118, 148

 

PROVERBS:  28

 

OLD TESTAMENTISAIAH 25:1 – 28:13

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  GALATIANS 3:10 – 22

 

PSALMS:  28

 

Of David.

1 To you I call, O LORD my Rock;

do not turn a deaf ear to me.

For if you remain silent,

I will be like those who have gone down to the pit.

2 Hear my cry for mercy

as I call to you for help,

as I lift up my hands

toward your Most Holy Place.

3 Do not drag me away with the wicked,

with those who do evil,

who speak cordially with their neighbors

but harbor malice in their hearts.

4 Repay them for their deeds

and for their evil work;

repay them for what their hands have done

and bring back upon them what they deserve.

5 Since they show no regard for the works of the LORD

and what his hands have done,

he will tear them down

and never build them up again.

6 Praise be to the LORD,

for he has heard my cry for mercy.

7 The LORD is my strength and my shield;

my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.

My heart leaps for joy

and I will give thanks to him in song. [1]

8 The LORD is the strength of his people,

a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.

9 Save your people and bless your inheritance;

be their shepherd and carry them forever. [2]

 

PSALMS:  58

 

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam. A

1 Do you rulers indeed speak justly?

Do you judge uprightly among men?

2 No, in your heart you devise injustice,

and your hands mete out violence on the earth.

3 Even from birth the wicked go astray;

from the womb they are wayward and speak lies.

4 Their venom is like the venom of a snake,

like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,

5 that will not heed the tune of the charmer,

however skillful the enchanter may be.

6 Break the teeth in their mouths, O God;

tear out, O LORD, the fangs of the lions!

7 Let them vanish like water that flows away;

when they draw the bow, let their arrows be blunted.

8 Like a slug melting away as it moves along,

like a stillborn child, may they not see the sun.

9 Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns–

whether they be green or dry–the wicked will be swept away. B

10 The righteous will be glad when they are avenged,

when they bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.

11 Then men will say,

“Surely the righteous still are rewarded;

surely there is a God who judges the earth.” [3]

 

PSALMS:  88

 

A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. For the director of music. According to mahalath leannoth. A A maskil B of Heman the Ezrahite.

1 O LORD, the God who saves me,

day and night I cry out before you.

2 May my prayer come before you;

turn your ear to my cry.

3 For my soul is full of trouble

and my life draws near the grave. C

4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit;

I am like a man without strength.

5 I am set apart with the dead,

like the slain who lie in the grave,

whom you remember no more,

who are cut off from your care.

6 You have put me in the lowest pit,

in the darkest depths.

7 Your wrath lies heavily upon me;

you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.

Selah

8 You have taken from me my closest friends

and have made me repulsive to them.

I am confined and cannot escape;

9 my eyes are dim with grief.

I call to you, O LORD, every day;

I spread out my hands to you.

 

10 Do you show your wonders to the dead? [4]

Do those who are dead rise up and praise you?

Selah

11 Is your love declared in the grave,

your faithfulness in Destruction D?

12 Are your wonders known in the place of darkness,

or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?

 

13 But I cry to you for help, O LORD;

in the morning my prayer comes before you.

14 Why, O LORD, do you reject me

and hide your face from me?

 

15 From my youth I have been afflicted and close to death;

I have suffered your terrors and am in despair.

16 Your wrath has swept over me;

your terrors have destroyed me.

17 All day long they surround me like a flood;

they have completely engulfed me.

18 You have taken my companions and loved ones from me;

the darkness is my closest friend. [5]

 

PSALMS:  118

 

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;

his love endures forever.

2 Let Israel say:

“His love endures forever.”

3 Let the house of Aaron say:

“His love endures forever.”

4 Let those who fear the LORD say:

“His love endures forever.”

5 In my anguish I cried to the LORD,

and he answered by setting me free.

6 The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid.

What can man do to me?

7 The LORD is with me; he is my helper.

I will look in triumph on my enemies.

8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD

than to trust in man.

9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD

than to trust in princes.

10 All the nations surrounded me,

but in the name of the LORD I cut them off.

11 They surrounded me on every side,

but in the name of the LORD I cut them off.

12 They swarmed around me like bees,

but they died out as quickly as burning thorns;

in the name of the LORD I cut them off.

13 I was pushed back and about to fall,

but the LORD helped me.

14 The LORD is my strength and my song;

he has become my salvation. [6]

15 Shouts of joy and victory

resound in the tents of the righteous:

“The LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!

16 The LORD’s right hand is lifted high;

the LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!”

17 I will not die but live,

and will proclaim what the LORD has done.

18 The LORD has chastened me severely,

but he has not given me over to death.

 

19 Open for me the gates of righteousness;

I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.

20 This is the gate of the LORD

through which the righteous may enter.

21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;

you have become my salvation.

22 The stone the builders rejected

has become the capstone;

23 the LORD has done this,

and it is marvelous in our eyes.

24 This is the day the LORD has made;

let us rejoice and be glad in it.

25 O LORD, save us;

O LORD, grant us success.

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.

From the house of the LORD we bless you. A

27 The LORD is God,

and he has made his light shine upon us.

With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession

up B to the horns of the altar. [7]

28 You are my God, and I will give you thanks;

you are my God, and I will exalt you.

29 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;

his love endures forever. [8]

 

PSALMS:  148

 

1 Praise the LORD. A

Praise the LORD from the heavens,

praise him in the heights above.

2 Praise him, all his angels,

praise him, all his heavenly hosts.

3 Praise him, sun and moon,

praise him, all you shining stars.

 

4 Praise him, you highest heavens

and you waters above the skies.

5 Let them praise the name of the LORD,

for he commanded and they were created.

6 He set them in place for ever and ever;

he gave a decree that will never pass away.

7 Praise the LORD from the earth,

you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,

8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds,

stormy winds that do his bidding,

9 you mountains and all hills,

fruit trees and all cedars,

10 wild animals and all cattle,

small creatures and flying birds,

11kings of the earth and all nations,

you princes and all rulers on earth,

12 young men and maidens,

old men and children.

13 Let them praise the name of the LORD,

for his name alone is exalted;

his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.

14 He has raised up for his people a horn, B

the praise of all his saints,

of Israel, the people close to his heart. [9]

Praise the LORD. [10]

 

PROVERBS:  28

 

28 1 The wicked man flees though no one pursues,

but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

2 When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers,

but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order.

3 A ruler A who oppresses the poor

is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.

4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,

but those who keep the law resist them.

5 Evil men do not understand justice,

but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.

6 Better a poor man whose walk is blameless

than a rich man whose ways are perverse.

7 He who keeps the law is a discerning son,

but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.

8 He who increases his wealth by exorbitant interest

amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.

9 If anyone turns a deaf ear to the law,

even his prayers are detestable.

10 He who leads the upright along an evil path

will fall into his own trap,

but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.

11 A rich man may be wise in his own eyes,

but a poor man who has discernment sees through him. [11]

12 When the righteous triumph, there is great elation;

but when the wicked rise to power, men go into hiding.

13 He who conceals his sins does not prosper,

but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

14 Blessed is the man who always fears the LORD,

but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble.

15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear

is a wicked man ruling over a helpless people.

 

16 A tyrannical ruler lacks judgment,

but he who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long life.

17 A man tormented by the guilt of murder

will be a fugitive till death;

let no one support him.

18 He whose walk is blameless is kept safe,

but he whose ways are perverse will suddenly fall.

19 He who works his land will have abundant food,

but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.

20 A faithful man will be richly blessed,

but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.

21 To show partiality is not good–

yet a man will do wrong for a piece of bread.

22 A stingy man is eager to get rich

and is unaware that poverty awaits him. [12]

23 He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favor

than he who has a flattering tongue.

24 He who robs his father or mother

and says, “It’s not wrong”–

he is partner to him who destroys.

25 A greedy man stirs up dissension,

but he who trusts in the LORD will prosper.

 

26 He who trusts in himself is a fool,

but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.

27 He who gives to the poor will lack nothing,

but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.

28 When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding;

but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.[13]

OLD TESTAMENT:  ISAIAH 25:1 – 28:13

25 1 O LORD, you are my God;

I will exalt you and praise your name,

for in perfect faithfulness

you have done marvelous things,

things planned long ago.

2 You have made the city a heap of rubble,

the fortified town a ruin,

the foreigners’ stronghold a city no more;

it will never be rebuilt.

3 Therefore strong peoples will honor you;

cities of ruthless nations will revere you.

4 You have been a refuge for the poor,

a refuge for the needy in his distress,

a shelter from the storm

and a shade from the heat.

For the breath of the ruthless

is like a storm driving against a wall

5 and like the heat of the desert.

You silence the uproar of foreigners;

as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud,

so the song of the ruthless is stilled.

 

6 On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare

a feast of rich food for all peoples,

a banquet of aged wine– [14]

the best of meats and the finest of wines.

7 On this mountain he will destroy

the shroud that enfolds all peoples,

the sheet that covers all nations;

8 he will swallow up death forever.

The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears

from all faces;

he will remove the disgrace of his people

from all the earth.

The LORD has spoken.

9 In that day they will say,

“Surely this is our God;

we trusted in him, and he saved us.

This is the LORD, we trusted in him;

let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”

 

10 The hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain;

but Moab will be trampled under him

as straw is trampled down in the manure.

11 They will spread out their hands in it,

as a swimmer spreads out his hands to swim.

God will bring down their pride

despite the cleverness A of their hands.

12 He will bring down your high fortified walls

and lay them low;

he will bring them down to the ground, [15]

to the very dust.

 

26 1 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:

 

We have a strong city;

God makes salvation

its walls and ramparts.

2 Open the gates

that the righteous nation may enter,

the nation that keeps faith.

3 You will keep in perfect peace

him whose mind is steadfast,

because he trusts in you.

4 Trust in the LORD forever,

for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.

5 He humbles those who dwell on high,

he lays the lofty city low;

he levels it to the ground

and casts it down to the dust.

6 Feet trample it down–

the feet of the oppressed,

the footsteps of the poor. [16]

 

7 The path of the righteous is level;

O upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth.

8 Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, A

we wait for you;

your name and renown

are the desire of our hearts.

9 My soul yearns for you in the night;

in the morning my spirit longs for you.

When your judgments come upon the earth,

the people of the world learn righteousness.

10 Though grace is shown to the wicked,

they do not learn righteousness;

even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil

and regard not the majesty of the LORD.

11 O LORD, your hand is lifted high,

but they do not see it.

Let them see your zeal for your people and be put to shame;

let the fire reserved for your enemies consume them.

 

12 LORD, you establish peace for us;

all that we have accomplished you have done for us.

13 O LORD, our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us,

but your name alone do we honor.

14 They are now dead, they live no more;

those departed spirits do not rise.

You punished them and brought them to ruin; [17]

you wiped out all memory of them.

15 You have enlarged the nation, O LORD;

you have enlarged the nation.

You have gained glory for yourself;

you have extended all the borders of the land.

 

16 LORD, they came to you in their distress;

when you disciplined them,

they could barely whisper a prayer. B

17 As a woman with child and about to give birth

writhes and cries out in her pain,

so were we in your presence, O LORD.

18 We were with child, we writhed in pain,

but we gave birth to wind.

We have not brought salvation to the earth;

we have not given birth to people of the world.

 

19 But your dead will live;

their bodies will rise.

You who dwell in the dust,

wake up and shout for joy.

Your dew is like the dew of the morning;

the earth will give birth to her dead.

 

20 Go, my people, enter your rooms

and shut the doors behind you; [18]

hide yourselves for a little while

until his wrath has passed by.

21 See, the LORD is coming out of his dwelling

to punish the people of the earth for their sins.

The earth will disclose the blood shed upon her;

she will conceal her slain no longer.

 

27 1 In that day,

the LORD will punish with his sword,

his fierce, great and powerful sword,

Leviathan the gliding serpent,

Leviathan the coiling serpent;

he will slay the monster of the sea.

2 In that day–

“Sing about a fruitful vineyard:

3 I, the LORD, watch over it;

I water it continually.

I guard it day and night

so that no one may harm it.

4 I am not angry.

If only there were briers and thorns confronting me!

I would march against them in battle;

I would set them all on fire. [19]

5 Or else let them come to me for refuge;

let them make peace with me,

yes, let them make peace with me.”

 

6 In days to come Jacob will take root,

Israel will bud and blossom

and fill all the world with fruit.

 

7 Has the LORD struck her

as he struck down those who struck her?

Has she been killed

as those were killed who killed her?

8 By warfare A and exile you contend with her–

with his fierce blast he drives her out,

as on a day the east wind blows.

9 By this, then, will Jacob’s guilt be atoned for,

and this will be the full fruitage of the removal of his sin:

When he makes all the altar stones

to be like chalk stones crushed to pieces,

no Asherah poles B or incense altars

will be left standing.

 

10 The fortified city stands desolate,

an abandoned settlement, forsaken like the desert;

there the calves graze,

there they lie down;

they strip its branches bare. [20]

11 When its twigs are dry, they are broken off

and women come and make fires with them.

For this is a people without understanding;

so their Maker has no compassion on them,

and their Creator shows them no favor.

 

12 In that day the LORD will thresh from the flowing Euphrates C to the Wadi of Egypt, and you, O Israelites, will be gathered up one by one. 13 And in that day a great trumpet will sound. Those who were perishing in Assyria and those who were exiled in Egypt will come and worship the LORD on the holy mountain in Jerusalem.

 

28 1 Woe to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards,

to the fading flower, his glorious beauty,

set on the head of a fertile valley–

to that city, the pride of those laid low by wine!

2 See, the Lord has one who is powerful and strong.

Like a hailstorm and a destructive wind,

like a driving rain and a flooding downpour,

he will throw it forcefully to the ground.

3 That wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards,

will be trampled underfoot.

4 That fading flower, his glorious beauty,

set on the head of a fertile valley,

will be like a fig ripe before harvest–

as soon as someone sees it and takes it in his hand, [21]

he swallows it.

 

5 In that day the LORD Almighty

will be a glorious crown,

a beautiful wreath

for the remnant of his people.

6 He will be a spirit of justice

to him who sits in judgment,

a source of strength

to those who turn back the battle at the gate.

 

7 And these also stagger from wine

and reel from beer:

Priests and prophets stagger from beer

and are befuddled with wine;

they reel from beer,

they stagger when seeing visions,

they stumble when rendering decisions.

8 All the tables are covered with vomit

and there is not a spot without filth.

 

9 “Who is it he is trying to teach?

To whom is he explaining his message?

To children weaned from their milk,

to those just taken from the breast?

10 For it is: [22]

Do and do, do and do,

rule on rule, rule on rule A;

a little here, a little there.”

 

11 Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues

God will speak to this people,

12 to whom he said,

“This is the resting place, let the weary rest”;

and, “This is the place of repose”–

but they would not listen.

13 So then, the word of the LORD to them will become:

Do and do, do and do,

rule on rule, rule on rule;

a little here, a little there–

so that they will go and fall backward,

be injured and snared and captured. [23]

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  GALATIANS 3:10 – 22

10 All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” C

11 Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.” D 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, “The man who does these things will live by them.” E 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” F 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

15 Brothers, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. 16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” G meaning one person, who is Christ. 17 What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. 18 For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on a promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.

19 What, then, was the purpose of the law? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was put into effect through angels by a mediator. 20 A mediator, however, does not represent just one party; but God is one.

21 Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. 22 But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. [24]


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