Sunday, March 31, 2019

Numbers 14:33-35


And your sons shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years, and bear the brunt of your infidelity, until your carcasses are consumed in the wilderness. According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for each day you shall bear your guilt one year, namely forty years, and you shall know My rejection. I the Lord have spoken this. I will surely do so to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.’”

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Proverbs 12:3


A man is not established by wickedness,
But the root of the righteous cannot be moved.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Jeremiah 1:5


“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

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Jeremiah 1


Jeremiah Called to Be a Priest

1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin,

2 to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.

3 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.

The Prophet Is Called

4 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:

5 | “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
   Before you were born I sanctified you;
   I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

Then said I:

“Ah, Lord God!
Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”

7 But the Lord said to me:

   “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
   For you shall go to all to whom I send you,
   And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
8 Do not be afraid of their faces,
   For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.

9 Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me:

     “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.
10 See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms,
     To root out and to pull down,
     To destroy and to throw down,
     To build and to plant.”

11 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”

And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.”

12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.”

13 And the word of the Lord came to me the second time, saying, “What do you see?”

And I said, “I see a boiling pot, and it is facing away from the north.”

14 Then the Lord said to me:

     “Out of the north calamity shall break forth 
     On all the inhabitants of the land.
15 For behold, I am calling
     All the families of the kingdoms of the north,” says the Lord;
     “They shall come and each one set his throne
     At the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem,
     Against all its walls all around,
     And against all the cities of Judah.
16 I will utter My judgments
     Against them concerning all their wickedness,
     Because they have forsaken Me,
     Burned incense to other gods,
     And worshiped the works of their own hands.

17 “Therefore prepare yourself and arise,
     And speak to them all that I command you.
     Do not be dismayed before their faces,
     Lest I dismay you before them.
18 For behold, I have made you this day
     A fortified city and an iron pillar,
     And bronze walls against the whole land—
     Against the kings of Judah,
     Against its princes,
     Against its priests,
     And against the people of the land.
19 They will fight against you,
     But they shall not prevail against you.
     For I am with you,” says the Lord, “to deliver you.”

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Proverbs 12:19


The truthful lip shall be established forever,
But a lying tongue is but for a moment.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Job 38:32


Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons
or lead out the Bear with its cubs?

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Psalm 88:13


You have a mighty arm;
Strong is Your hand, and high is Your right hand.

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Psalm 88


Remembering the Covenant with David, and Sorrow for Lost Blessings

A Contemplation of Ethan the Ezrahite.

I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever;
   With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.
2 For I have said, “Mercy shall be built up forever;
   Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens.”

3 “I have made a covenant with My chosen,
   I have sworn to My servant David:
4 ‘Your seed I will establish forever,
   And build up your throne to all generations.’ ” Selah

5 And the heavens will praise Your wonders, O Lord;
   Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints.
6 For who in the heavens can be compared to the Lord?
   Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the Lord?
7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints,
   And to be held in reverence by all those around Him.
8 O Lord God of hosts,
   Who is mighty like You, O Lord?
   Your faithfulness also surrounds You.
9 You rule the raging of the sea;
   When its waves rise, You still them.
10 You have broken Rahab in pieces, as one who is slain;
     You have scattered Your enemies with Your mighty arm.

11 The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours;
     The world and all its fullness, You have founded them.
12 The north and the south, You have created them;
     Tabor and Hermon rejoice in Your name.
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;
     Mercy and truth go before Your face.
15 Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound!
     They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance.
16 In Your name they rejoice all day long,
     And in Your righteousness they are exalted.
17 For You are the glory of their strength,
     And in Your favor our horn is exalted.
18 For our shield belongs to the Lord,
     And our king to the Holy One of Israel.

19 Then You spoke in a vision to Your holy one,
     And said: “I have given help to one who is mighty;
     I have exalted one chosen from the people.
20 I have found My servant David;
     With My holy oil I have anointed him,
21 With whom My hand shall be established;
     Also My arm shall strengthen him.
22 The enemy shall not outwit him,
     Nor the son of wickedness afflict him.
23 I will beat down his foes before his face,
     And plague those who hate him.

24 “But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him,
     And in My name his horn shall be exalted.
25 Also I will set his hand over the sea,
     And his right hand over the rivers.
26 He shall cry to Me, ‘You are my Father,
     My God, and the rock of my salvation.’
27 Also I will make him My firstborn,
     The highest of the kings of the earth.
28 My mercy I will keep for him forever,
     And My covenant shall stand firm with him.
29 His seed also I will make to endure forever,
     And his throne as the days of heaven.

30 “If his sons forsake My law  
     And do not walk in My judgments,
31 If they break My statutes
     And do not keep My commandments,
32 Then I will punish their transgression with the rod,
     And their iniquity with stripes.
33 Nevertheless My lovingkindness I will not utterly take from him,
     Nor allow My faithfulness to fail.
34 My covenant I will not break,
     Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.
35 Once I have sworn by My holiness;
     I will not lie to David:
36 His seed shall endure forever,
     And his throne as the sun before Me;
37 It shall be established forever like the moon,
     Even like the faithful witness in the sky.”

38 But You have cast off and abhorred,
     You have been furious with Your anointed.
39 You have renounced the covenant of Your servant;
     You have profaned his crown by casting it to the ground.
40 You have broken down all his hedges;
     You have brought his strongholds to ruin.
41 All who pass by the way plunder him;
     He is a reproach to his neighbors.
42 You have exalted the right hand of his adversaries;
     You have made all his enemies rejoice.
43 You have also turned back the edge of his sword,
     And have not sustained him in the battle.
44 You have made his glory cease,
     And cast his throne down to the ground.
45 The days of his youth You have shortened;
     You have covered him with shame. Selah

46 How long, Lord?
     Will You hide Yourself forever?
     Will Your wrath burn like fire?
47 Remember how short my time is;
     For what futility have You created all the children of men?
48 What man can live and not see death?
     Can he deliver his life from the power of the grave? Selah

49 Lord, where are Your former lovingkindnesses,
     Which You swore to David in Your truth?
50 Remember, Lord, the reproach of Your servants—
     How I bear in my bosom the reproach of all the many peoples,
51 With which Your enemies have reproached, O Lord,
     With which they have reproached the footsteps of Your anointed.

52 Blessed be the Lord forevermore!
     Amen and Amen.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Proverbs 12:2


A good man obtains favor from the Lord,
But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Proverbs 12:1


Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge,
But he who hates correction is stupid.

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Judges 4:8-9


And Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go!” So she said, “I will surely go with you; nevertheless there will be no glory for you in the journey you are taking, for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.” Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Matthew 6:28-30


And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Revelation 12:3-4


And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.

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Revelation 12


The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon

1 Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.

2 Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.

3 | And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.

4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.

5 She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.

6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

Satan Thrown Out of Heaven

7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought,

8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.

9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”

The Woman Persecuted

13 Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child.

14 But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.

15 So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood.

16 But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.

17 And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Luke 1:80


So the child grew and became strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel.

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