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 MARCH 19

 

PSALMS:   19, 49, 79, 109, 139

 

PROVERBS:  19

 

OLD TESTAMENT1 KINGS 3:3 – 4:24

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  ACTS 6:1 – 15

 

PSALMS:  19

 

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 The heavens declare the glory of God;

the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

2 Day after day they pour forth speech;

night after night they display knowledge.

3 There is no speech or language

where their voice is not heard. A

4 Their voice B goes out into all the earth,

their words to the ends of the world.

In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,

5 which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion,

like a champion rejoicing to run his course.

6 It rises at one end of the heavens

and makes its circuit to the other;

nothing is hidden from its heat.

7 The law of the LORD is perfect,

reviving the soul.

The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy,

making wise the simple.

8 The precepts of the LORD are right,

giving joy to the heart.

The commands of the LORD are radiant,

giving light to the eyes.

 

9 The fear of the LORD is pure,

enduring forever.

The ordinances of the LORD are sure

and altogether righteous. [1]

10 They are more precious than gold,

than much pure gold;

they are sweeter than honey,

than honey from the comb.

11 By them is your servant warned;

in keeping them there is great reward.

 

12 Who can discern his errors?

Forgive my hidden faults.

13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;

may they not rule over me.

Then will I be blameless,

innocent of great transgression.

14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

be pleasing in your sight,

O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. [2]

 

PSALMS:  49

 

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

1 Hear this, all you peoples;

listen, all who live in this world,

2 both low and high,

rich and poor alike:

3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom;

the utterance from my heart will give understanding.

4 I will turn my ear to a proverb;

with the harp I will expound my riddle:

5 Why should I fear when evil days come,

when wicked deceivers surround me–

6 those who trust in their wealth

and boast of their great riches?

7 No man can redeem the life of another

or give to God a ransom for him–

8 the ransom for a life is costly,

no payment is ever enough–

9 that he should live on forever

and not see decay.

10 For all can see that wise men die;

the foolish and the senseless alike perish

and leave their wealth to others.

11 Their tombs will remain their houses A forever,

their dwellings for endless generations,

though they had B named lands after themselves. [3]

12 But man, despite his riches, does not endure;

he is C like the beasts that perish.

13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,

and of their followers, who approve their sayings.

Selah

 

14 Like sheep they are destined for the grave, D

and death will feed on them.

The upright will rule over them in the morning;

their forms will decay in the grave, E

far from their princely mansions.

15 But God will redeem my lifeF from the grave;

he will surely take me to himself.

Selah

 

16 Do not be overawed when a man grows rich,

when the splendor of his house increases;

17 for he will take nothing with him when he dies,

his splendor will not descend with him.

18 Though while he lived he counted himself blessed–

and men praise you when you prosper–

19 he will join the generation of his fathers,

who will never see the light of life.

20 A man who has riches without understanding

is like the beasts that perish. [4]

 

PSALMS:  79

 

A psalm of Asaph.

1 O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance;

they have defiled your holy temple,

they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble.

2 They have given the dead bodies of your servants

as food to the birds of the air,

the flesh of your saints to the beasts of the earth.

3 They have poured out blood like water

all around Jerusalem,

and there is no one to bury the dead.

4 We are objects of reproach to our neighbors,

of scorn and derision to those around us.

5 How long, O LORD? Will you be angry forever?

How long will your jealousy burn like fire?

6 Pour out your wrath on the nations

that do not acknowledge you,

on the kingdoms

that do not call on your name;

7 for they have devoured Jacob

and destroyed his homeland.

8 Do not hold against us the sins of the fathers;

may your mercy come quickly to meet us,

for we are in desperate need.

9 Help us, O God our Savior,

for the glory of your name;

deliver us and forgive our sins

for your name’s sake.

10 Why should the nations say,

“Where is their God?” [5]

Before our eyes, make known among the nations

that you avenge the outpoured blood of your servants.

11 May the groans of the prisoners come before you;

by the strength of your arm

preserve those condemned to die.

 

12 Pay back into the laps of our neighbors seven times

the reproach they have hurled at you, O Lord.

13 Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture,

will praise you forever;

from generation to generation

we will recount your praise. [6]

 

PSALMS:  109

 

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

1 O God, whom I praise,

do not remain silent,

2 for wicked and deceitful men

have opened their mouths against me;

they have spoken against me with lying tongues.

3 With words of hatred they surround me;

they attack me without cause.

4 In return for my friendship they accuse me,

but I am a man of prayer.

5 They repay me evil for good,

and hatred for my friendship.

6 Appoint A an evil man B to oppose him;

let an accuser C stand at his right hand.

7 When he is tried, let him be found guilty,

and may his prayers condemn him.

8 May his days be few;

may another take his place of leadership.

9 May his children be fatherless

and his wife a widow.

10 May his children be wandering beggars;

may they be driven D from their ruined homes.

11 May a creditor seize all he has;

may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.

12 May no one extend kindness to him

or take pity on his fatherless children.

13 May his descendants be cut off, [7]

their names blotted out from the next generation.

14 May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD;

may the sin of his mother never be blotted out.

15 May their sins always remain before the LORD,

that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.

 

16 For he never thought of doing a kindness,

but hounded to death the poor

and the needy and the brokenhearted.

17 He loved to pronounce a curse–

may it E come on him;

he found no pleasure in blessing–

may it be F far from him.

18 He wore cursing as his garment;

it entered into his body like water,

into his bones like oil.

19 May it be like a cloak wrapped about him,

like a belt tied forever around him.

20 May this be the LORD’s payment to my accusers,

to those who speak evil of me.

 

21 But you, O Sovereign LORD,

deal well with me for your name’s sake;

out of the goodness of your love, deliver me.

22 For I am poor and needy,

and my heart is wounded within me.

23 I fade away like an evening shadow;

I am shaken off like a locust.

24 My knees give way from fasting;

my body is thin and gaunt.

25 I am an object of scorn to my accusers;

when they see me, they shake their heads. [8]

26 Help me, O LORD my God;

save me in accordance with your love.

27 Let them know that it is your hand,

that you, O LORD, have done it.

28 They may curse, but you will bless;

when they attack they will be put to shame,

but your servant will rejoice.

29 My accusers will be clothed with disgrace

and wrapped in shame as in a cloak.

30 With my mouth I will greatly extol the LORD;

in the great throng I will praise him.

31 For he stands at the right hand of the needy one,

to save his life from those who condemn him. [9]

 

PSALMS:  139

 

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

1 O LORD, you have searched me

and you know me.

2 You know when I sit and when I rise;

you perceive my thoughts from afar.

3 You discern my going out and my lying down;

you are familiar with all my ways.

4 Before a word is on my tongue

you know it completely, O LORD.

5 You hem me in–behind and before;

you have laid your hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too lofty for me to attain.

7 Where can I go from your Spirit?

Where can I flee from your presence?

8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;

if I make my bed in the depths, A you are there.

9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,

if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 even there your hand will guide me,

your right hand will hold me fast.

1 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me

and the light become night around me,”

12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;

the night will shine like the day,

for darkness is as light to you. [10]

 

13 For you created my inmost being;

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful,

I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you

when I was made in the secret place.

When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

16 your eyes saw my unformed body.

All the days ordained for me

were written in your book

before one of them came to be.

 

17 How precious to B me are your thoughts, O God!

How vast is the sum of them!

18 Were I to count them,

they would outnumber the grains of sand.

When I awake,

I am still with you.

 

19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God!

Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!

20 They speak of you with evil intent;

your adversaries misuse your name.

21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD,

and abhor those who rise up against you?

22 I have nothing but hatred for them;

I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;

test me and know my anxious thoughts.

24 See if there is any offensive way in me,

and lead me in the way everlasting. [11]

 

PROVERBS:  19

 

19 1 Better a poor man whose walk is blameless

than a fool whose lips are perverse.

2 It is not good to have zeal without knowledge,

nor to be hasty and miss the way.

3 A man’s own folly ruins his life,

yet his heart rages against the LORD.

4 Wealth brings many friends,

but a poor man’s friend deserts him.

5 A false witness will not go unpunished,

and he who pours out lies will not go free.

6 Many curry favor with a ruler,

and everyone is the friend of a man who gives gifts.

7 A poor man is shunned by all his relatives–

how much more do his friends avoid him!

Though he pursues them with pleading,

they are nowhere to be found. A

8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul;

he who cherishes understanding prospers.

9 A false witness will not go unpunished,

and he who pours out lies will perish.

10 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury–

how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!

11 A man’s wisdom gives him patience;

it is to his glory to overlook an offense. [12]

12 A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion,

but his favor is like dew on the grass.

13 A foolish son is his father’s ruin,

and a quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping.

 

14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents,

but a prudent wife is from the LORD.

15 Laziness brings on deep sleep,

and the shiftless man goes hungry.

 

16 He who obeys instructions guards his life,

but he who is contemptuous of his ways will die.

17 He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD,

and he will reward him for what he has done.

 

18 Discipline your son, for in that there is hope;

do not be a willing party to his death.

19 A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty;

if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.

20 Listen to advice and accept instruction,

and in the end you will be wise.

21 Many are the plans in a man’s heart,

but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.

22 What a man desires is unfailing love B;

better to be poor than a liar. [13]

23 The fear of the LORD leads to life:

Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.

24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;

he will not even bring it back to his mouth!

25 Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence;

rebuke a discerning man, and he will gain knowledge.

26 He who robs his father and drives out his mother

is a son who brings shame and disgrace.

27 Stop listening to instruction, my son,

and you will stray from the words of knowledge.

28 A corrupt witness mocks at justice,

and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.

29 Penalties are prepared for mockers,

and beatings for the backs of fools. [14]

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  1 KINGS 3:3 – 4:34

3 3 Solomon showed his love for the LORD by walking according to the statutes of his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.

4 The king went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices, for that was the most important high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. 5 At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

6 Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.

7 “Now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. 8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able [15] to govern this great people of yours?”

 

10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. 11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. 13 Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for–both riches and honor–so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. 14 And if you walk in my ways and obey my statutes and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.” 15 Then Solomon awoke–and he realized it had been a dream.

He returned to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the Lord’s covenant and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. A Then he gave a feast for all his court.

16 Now two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. 17 One of them said, “My lord, this woman and I live in the same house. I had a baby while she was there with me. 18 The third day after my child was born, this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there was no one in the house but the two of us.

 

19 “During the night this woman’s son died because she lay on him. 20 So she got up in the middle of the night and took my son from my side while I your servant was asleep. She put him by her breast and put her dead son by my breast. 21 The next morning, I got up to nurse my son–and he was dead! But when I looked at him closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t the son I had borne.” [16] 22 The other woman said, “No! The living one is my son; the dead one is yours.”

But the first one insisted, “No! The dead one is yours; the living one is mine.” And so they argued before the king.

23The king said, “This one says, `My son is alive and your son is dead,’ while that one says, `No! Your son is dead and mine is alive.'”

24 Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king. 25 He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.”

26 The woman whose son was alive was filled with compassion for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!”

But the other said, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!”

27 Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.”

 

28 When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice. [17]

 

4 1 So King Solomon ruled over all Israel. 2 And these were his chief officials:

 

Azariah son of Zadok–the priest;

3 Elihoreph and Ahijah, sons of Shisha–secretaries;

Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud–recorder;

4 Benaiah son of Jehoiada–commander in chief;

Zadok and Abiathar–priests;

5 Azariah son of Nathan–in charge of the district officers;

Zabud son of Nathan–a priest and personal adviser to the king;

6 Ahishar–in charge of the palace;

Adoniram son of Abda–in charge of forced labor.

 

7 Solomon also had twelve district governors over all Israel, who supplied provisions for the king and the royal household. Each one had to provide supplies for one month in the year. 8 These are their names:

 

Ben-Hur–in the hill country of Ephraim;

9 Ben-Deker–in Makaz, Shaalbim, Beth Shemesh and Elon Bethhanan;

10 Ben-Hesed–in Arubboth (Socoh and all the land of Hepher were his);

11 Ben-Abinadab–in Naphoth DorA (he was married to Taphath daughter of Solomon);

12 Baana son of Ahilud–in Taanach and Megiddo, and in all of Beth Shan next to Zarethan below Jezreel, from Beth Shan to Abel [18] Meholah across to Jokmeam;

13 Ben-Geber–in Ramoth Gilead (the settlements of Jair son of Manasseh in Gilead were his, as well as the district of Argob in Bashan and its sixty large walled cities with bronze gate bars);

14 Ahinadab son of Iddo–in Mahanaim;

15 Ahimaaz–in Naphtali (he had married Basemath daughter of Solomon);

16 Baana son of Hushai–in Asher and in Aloth;

17 Jehoshaphat son of Paruah–in Issachar;

18 Shimei son of Ela–in Benjamin;

19 Geber son of Uri–in Gilead (the country of Sihon king of the Amorites and the country of Og king of Bashan). He was the only governor over the district.

20 The people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand on the seashore; they ate, they drank and they were happy. 21 And Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the River B to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt. These countries brought tribute and were Solomon’s subjects all his life.

22 Solomon’s daily provisions were thirty cors C of fine flour and sixty cors D of meal,

23 ten head of stall-fed cattle, twenty of pasture-fed cattle and a hundred sheep and goats, as well as deer, gazelles, roebucks and choice fowl. 24 For he ruled over all the kingdoms west of the River, from Tiphsah to Gaza, and had peace on all sides. [19]

 

25 During Solomon’s lifetime Judah and Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, lived in safety, each man under his own vine and fig tree.

26 Solomon had four E thousand stalls for chariot horses, and twelve thousand horses. F

27 The district officers, each in his month, supplied provisions for King Solomon and all who came to the king’s table. They saw to it that nothing was lacking. 28 They also brought to the proper place their quotas of barley and straw for the chariot horses and the other horses.

29 God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.

30 Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the men of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. 31 He was wiser than any other man, including Ethan the Ezrahite–wiser than Heman, Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol. And his fame spread to all the surrounding nations. 32 He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five. 33 He described plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also taught about animals and birds, reptiles and fish. 34 Men of all nations came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom. [20]

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  ACTS 6:1 – 15

6 1 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3 Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”

5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.

8 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people. 9 Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)–Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia. These men began to argue with Stephen, 10 but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke.

11 Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, “We have [21] heard Stephen speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against God.”

12 So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin.

13 They produced false witnesses, who testified, “This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law.

14 For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us.”

15 All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel. [22]


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Posted February 8, 2012 by jeshorowitz123

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