Thursday, October 31, 2019

Ruth 1:1

Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land.

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Ruth 1

Elimelech’s Family Goes to Moab

1 Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. | And a certain man of Bethlehem, Judah, went to dwell in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons.

2 The name of the man was Elimelech, the name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion—Ephrathites of Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to the country of Moab and remained there.

3 Then Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons.

4 Now they took wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years.

5 Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband.

Naomi Returns with Ruth

6 Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had visited His people by giving them bread.

7 Therefore she went out from the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.

8 And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each to her mother’s house. The Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me.

9 The Lord grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband.”

So she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept.

10 And they said to her, “Surely we will return with you to your people.”

11 But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Are there still sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?

12 Turn back, my daughters, go—for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, if I should have a husband tonight and should also bear sons,

13 would you wait for them till they were grown? Would you restrain yourselves from having husbands? No, my daughters; for it grieves me very much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me!”

14 Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

15 And she said, “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.”

16 But Ruth said:

     “Entreat me not to leave you,
     Or to turn back from following after you;
     For wherever you go, I will go;
     And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;
     Your people shall be my people,
     And your God, my God.
17 Where you die, I will die,
     And there will I be buried.
     The Lord do so to me, and more also,
     If anything but death parts you and me.”

18 When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she stopped speaking to her.

19 Now the two of them went until they came to Bethlehem. And it happened, when they had come to Bethlehem, that all the city was excited because of them; and the women said, “Is this Naomi?”

20 But she said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.

21 I went out full, and the Lord has brought me home again empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the Lord has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?”

22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. Now they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Psalm 102:15 (MT: Psalm 103:15)

As for man, his days are like grass;

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Psalm 102 (MT: 103)

A Psalm of David.

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul;
   And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
   And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
   Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
   Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
   | So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The Lord executes righteousness
   And justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known His ways to Moses,
   His acts to the children of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
   Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
9 He will not always strive with us,
   Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
     Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
     So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west,
     So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father pities his children,
     So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
14 For He knows our frame;
     He remembers that we are dust.
15 | As for man, his days are like grass;
     As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
     And its place remembers it no more.
17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
     On those who fear Him,
     And His righteousness to children’s children,
18 To such as keep His covenant,
     And to those who remember His commandments to do them.
19 The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
     And His kingdom rules over all.
20 Bless the Lord, you His angels,
     Who excel in strength, who do His word,
     Heeding the voice of His word.
21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
     You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
22 Bless the Lord, all His works,
     In all places of His dominion.
     Bless the Lord, O my soul!

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

1 Thessalonians 5:17

pray without ceasing,

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1 Thessalonians 5

The Day of the Lord

1 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you.

2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.

3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.

4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.

5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.

6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.

7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night.

8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, | and as a helmet the hope of salvation.

9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 

10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.

11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

Various Exhortations

12 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you,

13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.

14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.

15 See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.

16 Rejoice always,

17 | pray without ceasing,

18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

19 Do not quench the Spirit.

20 Do not despise prophecies.

21 Test all things; hold fast what is good.

22 Abstain from every form of evil.

Blessing and Admonition

23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

25 Brethren, pray for us.

26 Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.

27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read to all the holy brethren.

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Proverbs 13:16

Every prudent man acts with knowledge,
But a fool lays open his folly.

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Romans 12:7

he who teaches, in teaching;

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Romans 12

Living Sacrifices to God

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Serve God with Spiritual Gifts

3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,

5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.

6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;

7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; | he who teaches, in teaching;

8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Behave Like a Christian

9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.

10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;

11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;

13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.

18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.

20 Therefore

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Proverbs 13:15

Good understanding gains favor,
But the way of the unfaithful is hard.

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Proverbs 13:14

The law of the wise is a fountain of life,
To turn one away from the snares of death.

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1 Timothy 5:5

Now she who is really a widow, and left alone, trusts in God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day.

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Genesis 6:5-7

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 
And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

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Proverbs 13:13

He who despises the word will be destroyed,
     But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Proverbs 13:11

Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished,
But he who gathers by labor will increase.

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Genesis 49:13

Zebulun shall dwell by the haven of the sea;
He shall become a haven for ships,
And his border shall adjoin Sidon.

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Genesis 49

1 And Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather together, that I may tell you what shall befall you in the last days:

2 “Gather together and hear, you sons of Jacob,
   And listen to Israel your father.

3 “Reuben, you are my firstborn,
   My might and the beginning of my strength,
   The excellency of dignity and the excellency of power.

4 Unstable as water, you shall not excel,
    Because you went up to your father’s bed;
    Then you defiled it—
    He went up to my couch.

5 “Simeon and Levi are brothers;
   Instruments of cruelty are in their dwelling place.
6 Let not my soul enter their council;
   Let not my honor be united to their assembly;
   For in their anger they slew a man,
   And in their self-will they hamstrung an ox.
7 Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce;
   And their wrath, for it is cruel!
   I will divide them in Jacob
   And scatter them in Israel.

8 “Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise;
   Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies;
   Your father’s children shall bow down before you.
9 Judah is a lion’s whelp;
   From the prey, my son, you have gone up.
   He bows down, he lies down as a lion;
   And as a lion, who shall rouse him?
10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
     Nor a lawgiver from between his feet,
     Until Shiloh comes;
     And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.
11 Binding his donkey to the vine,
     And his donkey’s colt to the choice vine,
     He washed his garments in wine,
     And his clothes in the blood of grapes.
12 His eyes are darker than wine,
     And his teeth whiter than milk.

13 | Zebulun shall dwell by the haven of the sea;
     He shall become a haven for ships,
     And his border shall adjoin Sidon.

14 |“Issachar is a strong donkey,
     Lying down between two burdens;
15 He saw that rest was good,
     And that the land was pleasant;
     He bowed his shoulder to bear a burden,
     And became a band of slaves.

16 “Dan shall judge his people
     As one of the tribes of Israel.
17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way,
     A viper by the path,
     That bites the horse’s heels
     So that its rider shall fall backward.
18 I have waited for your salvation, O Lord!

19 “Gad, a troop shall tramp upon him,
     But he shall triumph at last.

20 “Bread from Asher shall be rich,
     And he shall yield royal dainties.

21 “Naphtali is a deer let loose;
     He uses beautiful words.

22 “Joseph is a fruitful bough,
      A fruitful bough by a well;
      His branches run over the wall.
23 The archers have bitterly grieved him,
     Shot at him and hated him.
24 But his bow remained in strength,
     And the arms of his hands were made strong
     By the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob
     (From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),
25 By the God of your father who will help you,
     And by the Almighty who will bless you
     With blessings of heaven above,
     Blessings of the deep that lies beneath,
     Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
26 The blessings of your father
     Have excelled the blessings of my ancestors,
     Up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills.
     They shall be on the head of Joseph,
     And on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers.

27 “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf;
     In the morning he shall devour the prey,
     And at night he shall divide the spoil.”

28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father spoke to them. And he blessed them; he blessed each one according to his own blessing.

Jacob’s Death and Burial

29 Then he charged them and said to them: “I am to be gathered to my people; bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, 30 in the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite as a possession for a burial place. 31 There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife, there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife, and there I buried Leah. 32 The field and the cave that is there were purchased from the sons of Heth.” 33 And when Jacob had finished commanding his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed and breathed his last, and was gathered to his people.

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