Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Joshua 2:1


So they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there.

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Joshua 2


Rahab Hides the Spies

1 Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men from Acacia Grove to spy secretly, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.”


2 And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, “Behold, men have come here tonight from the children of Israel to search out the country.”

3 So the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who have entered your house, for they have come to search out all the country.”

4 Then the woman took the two men and hid them. So she said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from.

5 And it happened as the gate was being shut, when it was dark, that the men went out. Where the men went I do not know; pursue them quickly, for you may overtake them.”

6 (But she had brought them up to the roof and hidden them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order on the roof.)

7 Then the men pursued them by the road to the Jordan, to the fords. And as soon as those who pursued them had gone out, they shut the gate.

8 Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof,

9 and said to the men: “I know that the Lord has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you.

10 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed.

11 And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.

12 Now therefore, I beg you, swear to me by the Lord, since I have shown you kindness, that you also will show kindness to my father’s house, and give me a true token,

13 and spare my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.”

14 So the men answered her, “Our lives for yours, if none of you tell this business of ours. And it shall be, when the Lord has given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with you.”

15 Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the city wall; she dwelt on the wall.

16 And she said to them, “Get to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you. Hide there three days, until the pursuers have returned. Afterward you may go your way.”

17 So the men said to her: “We will be blameless of this oath of yours which you have made us swear,

18 unless, when we come into the land, you bind this line of scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you bring your father, your mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household to your own home.

19 So it shall be that whoever goes outside the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we will be guiltless. And whoever is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him.

20 And if you tell this business of ours, then we will be free from your oath which you made us swear.”

21 Then she said, “According to your words, so be it.” And she sent them away, and they departed. And she bound the scarlet cord in the window.

22 They departed and went to the mountain, and stayed there three days until the pursuers returned. The pursuers sought them all along the way, but did not find them.

23 So the two men returned, descended from the mountain, and crossed over; and they came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all that had befallen them.

24 And they said to Joshua, “Truly the Lord has delivered all the land into our hands, for indeed all the inhabitants of the country are fainthearted because of us.”


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Monday, July 29, 2019

Proverbs 26:2


Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow,
So a curse without cause shall not alight.

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Proverbs 26


Honor Is Not Fitting for a Fool

1 As snow in summer and rain in harvest,
   So honor is not fitting for a fool.

2 | Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow,
   So a curse without cause shall not alight.

3 A whip for the horse,
   A bridle for the donkey,
   And a rod for the fool’s back.
4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
   Lest you also be like him.
5 Answer a fool according to his folly,
   Lest he be wise in his own eyes.
6 He who sends a message by the hand of a fool
   Cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.
7 Like the legs of the lame that hang limp
   Is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
8 Like one who binds a stone in a sling
   Is he who gives honor to a fool.
9 Like a thorn that goes into the hand of a drunkard
   Is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
10 The great God who formed everything
     Gives the fool his hire and the transgressor his wages.
11 As a dog returns to his own vomit,
     So a fool repeats his folly.
12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
     There is more hope for a fool than for him.

13 The lazy man says, “There is a lion in the road!
     A fierce lion is in the streets!”
14 As a door turns on its hinges,
     So does the lazy man on his bed.
15 The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl;
     It wearies him to bring it back to his mouth.
16 The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes
     Than seven men who can answer sensibly.

17 He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own
     Is like one who takes a dog by the ears.

18 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death,
19 Is the man who deceives his neighbor,
     And says, “I was only joking!”

20 Where there is no wood, the fire goes out;
     And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.
21 As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire,
     So is a contentious man to kindle strife.
22 The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles,
     And they go down into the inmost body.

23 Fervent lips with a wicked heart
     Are like earthenware covered with silver dross.

24 He who hates, disguises it with his lips,
     And lays up deceit within himself;
25 When he speaks kindly, do not believe him,
     For there are seven abominations in his heart;
26 Though his hatred is covered by deceit,
     His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly.

27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it,
     And he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.

28 A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it,
     And a flattering mouth works ruin.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Micah 6:8



He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?

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Micah 6


1 Hear now what the Lord says:

   “Arise, plead your case before the mountains,
   And let the hills hear your voice.
2 Hear, O you mountains, the Lord’s complaint,
   And you strong foundations of the earth;
   For the Lord has a complaint against His people,
   And He will contend with Israel.

3 “O My people, what have I done to you?
   And how have I wearied you?
   Testify against Me.
4 For I brought you up from the land of Egypt,
   I redeemed you from the house of bondage;
   And I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
5 O My people, remember now
   What Balak king of Moab counseled,
   And what Balaam the son of Beor answered him,
   From Acacia Grove to Gilgal,
   That you may know the righteousness of the Lord.”

7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
   Ten thousand rivers of oil?
   Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
   The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

8 He has shown you, O man, what is good;
   And what does the Lord require of you
   But to do justly,
   To love mercy,
   And to walk humbly with your God?

Punishment of Israel’s Injustice

9 The Lord’s voice cries to the city—
   Wisdom shall see Your name:

   “Hear the rod!
   Who has appointed it?
10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness
     In the house of the wicked,
     And the short measure that is an abomination?
11 Shall I count pure those with the wicked scales,
     And with the bag of deceitful weights?
12 For her rich men are full of violence,
     Her inhabitants have spoken lies,
     And their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.

13 “Therefore I will also make you sick by striking you,
     By making you desolate because of your sins.
14 You shall eat, but not be satisfied;
     Hunger shall be in your midst.
     You may carry some away, but shall not save them;
     And what you do rescue I will give over to the sword.

15 “You shall sow, but not reap;
     You shall tread the olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil;
     And make sweet wine, but not drink wine.
16 For the statutes of Omri are kept;
     All the works of Ahab’s house are done;
     And you walk in their counsels,
     That I may make you a desolation,
     And your inhabitants a hissing.
    Therefore you shall bear the reproach of My people.”

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Matthew 5:48


Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

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Matthew 5


The Beatitudes

1 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.

2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
   For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
   For they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
   For they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
   For they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
   For they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
   For they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
   For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
     For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.

12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Believers Are Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Christ Fulfills the Law

17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

Murder Begins in the Heart

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’

22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.

23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,

24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

25 Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.

26 Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.

Adultery in the Heart

27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’

28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

Marriage Is Sacred and Binding

31 “Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’

32 But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.

Jesus Forbids Oaths

33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’

34 But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne;

35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 

36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black.

37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

Go the Second Mile

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’

39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.

40 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also.

41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.

42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.

Love Your Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’

44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,

45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?

47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?

48 | Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.


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Thursday, July 11, 2019

1 Timothy 5:8


But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

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Psalm 95(96):8-9


Give to the Lord the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come into His courts.
Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Tremble before Him, all the earth.

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Proverbs 12:5


The thoughts of the righteous are right,
But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Psalm 95:6-7


Honor and majesty are before Him;
Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
Give to the Lord glory and strength.

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Romans 1:26-28


For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;

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Romans 1


Greeting

1 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God

2 which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures,

3 concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh,

4 and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.

5 Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name,

6 among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ;

7 To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Desire to Visit Rome

8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers,

10 making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you.

11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established—

12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.

13 Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles.

14 I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise.

15 So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also.

The Just Live by Faith

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 

20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,

21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,

23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,

25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.

27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;

29 | being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers,

30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful;

32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

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