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 MAY 22

 

 

 

PSALMS:   22, 52, 82, 112, 142

 

 

 

PROVERBS:  22

 

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  NEHEMIAH 1:1 – 3:14

 

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  1 CORINTHIANS 7:1 – 24

 

 

 

PSALMS:  22

 

 

 

For the director of music. To the tune of “The Doe of the Morning.” A psalm of David.

 

 

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

 

Why are you so far from saving me,

 

so far from the words of my groaning?

 

2 O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,

 

by night, and am not silent.

 

 

3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;

 

you are the praise of Israel. A

 

4 In you our fathers put their trust;

 

they trusted and you delivered them.

 

5 They cried to you and were saved;

 

in you they trusted and were not disappointed.

 

 

 

6 But I am a worm and not a man,

 

scorned by men and despised by the people.

 

7 All who see me mock me;

 

they hurl insults, shaking their heads:

 

8 “He trusts in the LORD;

 

let the LORD rescue him.

 

Let him deliver him,

 

since he delights in him.”

 

 

9 Yet you brought me out of the womb;

 

you made me trust in you

 

even at my mother’s breast.

 

10 From birth I was cast upon you;

 

from my mother’s womb you have been my God. [1]

 

11 Do not be far from me,

 

for trouble is near

 

and there is no one to help.

 

 

 

12 Many bulls surround me;

 

strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.

 

13 Roaring lions tearing their prey

 

open their mouths wide against me.

 

14 I am poured out like water,

 

and all my bones are out of joint.

 

My heart has turned to wax;

 

it has melted away within me.

 

15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd,

 

and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;

 

you lay me B in the dust of death.

 

16 Dogs have surrounded me;

 

a band of evil men has encircled me,

 

they have pierced C my hands and my feet.

 

17 I can count all my bones;

 

people stare and gloat over me.

 

18 They divide my garments among them

 

and cast lots for my clothing.

 

 

 

19 But you, O LORD, be not far off;

 

O my Strength, come quickly to help me.

 

20 Deliver my life from the sword,

 

my precious life from the power of the dogs.

 

21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;

 

Save D me from the horns of the wild oxen.

 

 

22 I will declare your name to my brothers;

 

in the congregation I will praise you.

 

23 You who fear the LORD, praise him!

 

All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! [2]

 

Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!

 

24 For he has not despised or disdained

 

the suffering of the afflicted one;

 

he has not hidden his face from him

 

but has listened to his cry for help.

 

 

 

25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;

 

before those who fear you E will I fulfill my vows.

 

26 The poor will eat and be satisfied;

 

they who seek the LORD will praise him–

 

may your hearts live forever!

 

27 All the ends of the earth

 

will remember and turn to the LORD,

 

and all the families of the nations

 

will bow down before him,

 

28 for dominion belongs to the LORD

 

and he rules over the nations.

 

 

29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;

 

all who go down to the dust will kneel before him–

 

those who cannot keep themselves alive.

 

30 Posterity will serve him;

 

future generations will be told about the Lord.

 

31 They will proclaim his righteousness

 

to a people yet unborn–

 

for he has done it. [3]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  52

 

 

 

For the director of music. A maskil A of David. When Doeg the Edomite had gone to Saul and told him: “David has gone to the house of Ahimelech.”

 

 

1 Why do you boast of evil, you mighty man?

 

Why do you boast all day long,

 

you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?

 

2 Your tongue plots destruction;

 

it is like a sharpened razor,

 

you who practice deceit.

 

 

 

3 You love evil rather than good,

 

falsehood rather than speaking the truth.

 

Selah

 

 

4 You love every harmful word,

 

O you deceitful tongue!

 

 

5 Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:

 

He will snatch you up and tear you from your tent;

 

he will uproot you from the land of the living.

 

Selah

 

 

6 The righteous will see and fear;

 

they will laugh at him, saying,

 

7 “Here now is the man

 

who did not make God his stronghold

 

but trusted in his great wealth

 

and grew strong by destroying others!”

 

 

8 But I am like an olive tree

 

flourishing in the house of God;

 

I trust in God’s unfailing love

 

for ever and ever.

 

9 I will praise you forever for what you have done; [4]

 

in your name I will hope, for your name is good.

 

I will praise you in the presence of your saints. [5]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  82

 

 

 

A psalm of Asaph.

 

 

1 God presides in the great assembly;

 

he gives judgment among the “gods”:

 

 

2 “How long will you A defend the unjust

 

and show partiality to the wicked?

 

Selah

 

 

3 Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless;

 

maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.

 

 

 

4 Rescue the weak and needy;

 

deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

 

 

5 “They know nothing, they understand nothing.

 

They walk about in darkness;

 

all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

 

 

6 “I said, `You are “gods”;

 

you are all sons of the Most High.’

 

7 But you will die like mere men;

 

you will fall like every other ruler.”

 

 

8 Rise up, O God, judge the earth,

 

for all the nations are your inheritance. [6]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  112

 

 

 

1 Praise A the LORD. B

 

 

Blessed is the man who fears the LORD,

 

who finds great delight in his commands.

 

 

2 His children will be mighty in the land;

 

the generation of the upright will be blessed.

 

3 Wealth and riches are in his house,

 

and his righteousness endures forever.

 

4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,

 

for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. C

 

5 Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely,

 

who conducts his affairs with justice.

 

6 Surely he will never be shaken;

 

a righteous man will be remembered forever.

 

7 He will have no fear of bad news;

 

his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.

 

8 His heart is secure, he will have no fear;

 

in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.

 

 

 

9 He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor,

 

his righteousness endures forever;

 

his horn D will be lifted high in honor.

 

 

10 The wicked man will see and be vexed,

 

he will gnash his teeth and waste away;

 

the longings of the wicked will come to nothing. [7]

 

 

 

PSALMS:  142

 

 

 

A maskil A of David. When he was in the cave. A prayer.

 

 

1 I cry aloud to the LORD;

 

I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy.

 

2 I pour out my complaint before him;

 

before him I tell my trouble.

 

 

3 When my spirit grows faint within me,

 

it is you who know my way.

 

In the path where I walk

 

men have hidden a snare for me.

 

4 Look to my right and see;

 

no one is concerned for me.

 

I have no refuge;

 

no one cares for my life.

 

 

5 I cry to you, O LORD;

 

I say, “You are my refuge,

 

my portion in the land of the living.”

 

6 Listen to my cry,

 

for I am in desperate need;

 

rescue me from those who pursue me,

 

for they are too strong for me.

 

7 Set me free from my prison,

 

that I may praise your name.

 

 

Then the righteous will gather about me

 

because of your goodness to me. [8]

 

 

 

PROVERBS:  22

 

 

 

22 1 A good name is more desirable than great riches;

 

to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

 

 

2 Rich and poor have this in common:

 

The LORD is the Maker of them all.

 

 

3 A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge,

 

but the simple keep going and suffer for it.

 

 

4 Humility and the fear of the LORD

 

bring wealth and honor and life.

 

 

5 In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares,

 

but he who guards his soul stays far from them.

 

 

6 Train A a child in the way he should go,

 

and when he is old he will not turn from it.

 

 

7 The rich rule over the poor,

 

and the borrower is servant to the lender.

 

 

8 He who sows wickedness reaps trouble,

 

and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.

 

 

9 A generous man will himself be blessed,

 

for he shares his food with the poor.

 

 

10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife;

 

quarrels and insults are ended.

 

 

11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious

 

will have the king for his friend. [9]

 

 

 

12 The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge,

 

but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.

 

 

 

13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!”

 

or, “I will be murdered in the streets!”

 

 

14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit;

 

he who is under the LORD’s wrath will fall into it.

 

 

15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,

 

but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.

 

 

 

16 He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth

 

and he who gives gifts to the rich–both come to poverty.

 

 

 

17 Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise;

 

apply your heart to what I teach,

 

18 for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart

 

and have all of them ready on your lips.

 

19 So that your trust may be in the LORD,

 

I teach you today, even you.

 

20 Have I not written thirty B sayings for you,

 

sayings of counsel and knowledge,

 

21 teaching you true and reliable words,

 

so that you can give sound answers

 

to him who sent you?

 

 

22 Do not exploit the poor because they are poor

 

and do not crush the needy in court,

 

23 for the LORD will take up their case

 

and will plunder those who plunder them. [10]

 

24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man,

 

do not associate with one easily angered,

 

25 or you may learn his ways

 

and get yourself ensnared.

 

 

26 Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge

 

or puts up security for debts;

 

27 if you lack the means to pay,

 

your very bed will be snatched from under you.

 

 

28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone

 

set up by your forefathers.

 

 

29 Do you see a man skilled in his work?

 

He will serve before kings;

 

he will not serve before obscure men. [11]

 

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT:  NEHEMIAH 1:1 – 3:14

 

 

1 1 The words of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah:

 

 

 

In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa, 2 Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem.

 

3 They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”

 

4 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. 5 Then I said:

 

 

 

“O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and obey his commands, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s house, have committed against you. 7 We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.

 

8 “Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, `If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, 9 but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’

 

10 “They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. 11 O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”

 

 

 

I was cupbearer to the king.

 

 

 

2 1 In the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was brought for him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. I had not been sad in his presence before; 2 so the king asked me, “Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill? This can be nothing but sadness of heart.”

 

I was very much afraid, 3 but I said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not look sad when the city where my fathers are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?” [12]

 

 

 

4 The king said to me, “What is it you want?”

 

Then I prayed to the God of heaven, 5 and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are buried so that I can rebuild it.”

 

6 Then the king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked me, “How long will your journey take, and when will you get back?” It pleased the king to send me; so I set a time.

 

7 I also said to him, “If it pleases the king, may I have letters to the governors of Trans-Euphrates, so that they will provide me safe-conduct until I arrive in Judah? 8 And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the king’s forest, so he will give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple and for the city wall and for the residence I will occupy?” And because the gracious hand of my God was upon me, the king granted my requests. 9 So I went to the governors of Trans-Euphrates and gave them the king’s letters. The king had also sent army officers and cavalry with me.

 

 

 

10 When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard about this, they were very much disturbed that someone had come to promote the welfare of the Israelites.

 

 

 

11 I went to Jerusalem, and after staying there three days 12 I set out during the night with a few men. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. There were no mounts with me except the one I was riding on.

 

 

 

13 By night I went out through the Valley Gate toward the Jackal A Well and the Dung Gate, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire. 14 Then I moved on toward the Fountain Gate and the King’s Pool, but there was not enough room for my mount to get through; 15 so I went up the valley by night, examining the wall. Finally, I turned back and reentered through the Valley Gate. 16 The officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, because as yet I had said nothing to the Jews or the priests or nobles or officials or any others who would be doing the work.

 

 

 

17 Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” 18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God upon me and what the king had said to me. [13] They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.

 

19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official and Geshem the Arab heard about it, they mocked and ridiculed us. “What is this you are doing?” they asked. “Are you rebelling against the king?”

 

20 I answered them by saying, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it.”

 

 

 

3 1 Eliashib the high priest and his fellow priests went to work and rebuilt the Sheep Gate. They dedicated it and set its doors in place, building as far as the Tower of the Hundred, which they dedicated, and as far as the Tower of Hananel. 2 The men of Jericho built the adjoining section, and Zaccur son of Imri built next to them.

 

 

 

3 The Fish Gate was rebuilt by the sons of Hassenaah. They laid its beams and put its doors and bolts and bars in place. 4 Meremoth son of Uriah, the son of Hakkoz, repaired the next section. Next to him Meshullam son of Berekiah, the son of Meshezabel, made repairs, and next to him Zadok son of Baana also made repairs. 5 The next section was repaired by the men of Tekoa, but their nobles would not put their shoulders to the work under their supervisors. A

 

 

 

6 The Jeshanah B Gate was repaired by Joiada son of Paseah and Meshullam son of Besodeiah. They laid its beams and put its doors and bolts and bars in place. 7 Next to them, repairs were made by men from Gibeon and Mizpah–Melatiah of Gibeon and Jadon of Meronoth–places under the authority of the governor of Trans-Euphrates.

 

8 Uzziel son of Harhaiah, one of the goldsmiths, repaired the next section; and Hananiah, one of the perfume-makers, made repairs next to that. They restored C Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall. 9 Rephaiah son of Hur, ruler of a half-district of Jerusalem, repaired the next section. 10 Adjoining this, Jedaiah son of Harumaph made repairs opposite his house, and Hattush son of Hashabneiah made repairs next to him. 11 Malkijah son of Harim and Hasshub son of Pahath-Moab repaired another section and the Tower of the Ovens. 12 Shallum son of Hallohesh, ruler of a half-district of Jerusalem, repaired the next section with the help of his daughters. [14]

 

 

 

13 The Valley Gate was repaired by Hanun and the residents of Zanoah. They rebuilt it and put its doors and bolts and bars in place. They also repaired five hundred yards D of the wall as far as the Dung Gate.

 

 

 

14 The Dung Gate was repaired by Malkijah son of Recab, ruler of the district of Beth Hakkerem. He rebuilt it and put its doors and bolts and bars in place. [15]

 

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT:  1 CORINTHIANS 7:1 – 24

 

 

7 1 Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry. A 2 But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband. 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4 The wife’s body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife. 5 Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command. 7 I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.

 

8 Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am. 9 But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

 

10 To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband.

 

11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.

 

12 To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. 13 And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.

 

15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let him do so. A believing man or woman is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace. 16 How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?

 

17 Nevertheless, each one should retain the place in life that the Lord assigned to him and to which God has called him. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches. 18 Was a man already circumcised when he was called? He should not become uncircumcised. Was a man uncircumcised when he was called? He should not be circumcised.

 

19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts. 20 Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him. 21 Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you–although if you can gain your freedom, do so. 22 For he who was a slave when he was called by the Lord is the Lord’s freedman; similarly, he who was a free man when he was called is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men. 24 Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to. [16]

 


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