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Bible Reading: Psalm 19

Psalm 19The heavens are telling of the glory of God;And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.Day to day pours forth speech,And night to night reveals knowledge.There is no speech, nor are there words;Their voice is not heard.Their line has gone out through all the earth,And their utterances to the end of the world.In them He has placed a tent for the sun,Which ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 18

Psalm 18 (Scripture text not provided) Have you ever been delivered out of a perilous situation? Has there ever been a time in your life when you felt, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that God had kept you from harm? For me, these incredible blessings are too numerous to count. There are, however, a few that really stand out. One was on the 4th of July, 2010. I had been on my...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 17

Psalm 17O LORD my God, in You I have taken refuge; Save me from all those who pursue me, and deliver me, Or he will tear my soul like a lion, Dragging me away, while there is none to deliver. O LORD my God, if I have done this, If there is injustice in my hands, If I have rewarded evil to my friend, Or have plundered him who without cause was my adversary, Let the enemy pu...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 16

Psalm 16Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You.I said to the Lord, "You are my Lord;I have no good besides You."As for the saints who are in the earth,They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight.The sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will be multiplied;I shall not pour out their drink offerings of blood,Nor will I take their names upon my lip...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 15

Psalm 15O LORD, who may abide in Your tent?Who may dwell on Your holy hill?He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness,And speaks truth in his heart.He does not slander with his tongue,Nor does evil to his neighbor,Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;In whose eyes a reprobate is despised,But who honors those who fear the LORD;He swears to his own hurt and d...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 14

Psalm 14The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God."They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds;There is no one who does good.The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of menTo see if there are any who understand,Who seek after God.They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt;There is no one who does good, not even one.Do all the ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 13

Psalm 13How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever?How long will You hide Your face from me?How long shall I take counsel in my soul,Having sorrow in my heart all the day?How long will my enemy be exalted over me? Consider and answer me, O LORD my God;Enlighten my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,And my enemy will say, "I have overcome him,"And my adversaries wil...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 12

Psalm 12LORD, for the godly man ceases to be,For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.They speak falsehood to one another;With flattering lips and with a double heart they speak.May the LORD cut off all flattering lips,The tongue that speaks great things;Who have said, "With our tongue we will prevail;Our lips are our own; who is lord over us?""Because of the ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 11

Psalm 11In the LORD I take refuge;How can you say to my soul, "Flee as a bird to your mountain;For, behold, the wicked bend the bow,They make ready their arrow upon the stringTo shoot in darkness at the upright in heart.If the foundations are destroyed,What can the righteous do?"The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORD'S throne is in heaven;His eyes behold, His eyelids tes...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 10

Psalm 10Why do You stand afar off, O Lord?Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted;Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire,And the greedy man curses and spurns the Lord.The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him.All his thoughts are, "The...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 9

Psalm 9I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart;I will tell of all Your wonders.I will be glad and exult in You;I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.When my enemies turn back,They stumble and perish before You.For You have maintained my just cause;You have sat on the throne judging righteously.You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked;You ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 8

Psalm 8O Lord, our Lord,How majestic is Your name in all the earth,Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established [b]strengthBecause of Your adversaries,To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,The moon and the stars, which You have [d]ordained;What...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 7

Psalm 7O LORD my God, in You I have taken refuge; Save me from all those who pursue me, and deliver me, Or he will tear my soul like a lion, Dragging me away, while there is none to deliver. O LORD my God, if I have done this, If there is injustice in my hands, If I have rewarded evil to my friend, Or have plundered him who without cause was my adversary, Let the enemy pur...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 6

Pslam 6O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger,Nor chasten me in Your wrath.Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am pining away;Heal me, O Lord, for my bones are dismayed.And my soul is greatly dismayed;But You, O Lordhow long?Return, O Lord, rescue my soul;Save me because of Your lovingkindness.For there is no mention of You in death;In Sheol who will give You thanks?I am wear...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 5

Psalm 5Give ear to my words, O LORD,Consider my groaning.Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God,For to You I pray.In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice;In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness;No evil dwells with You.The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes;You hate al...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 4

Psalm 4Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!You have relieved me in my distress;Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.O sons of men, how long will my honor become a reproach?How long will you love what is worthless and aim at deception? Selah.But know that the LORD has set apart the godly man for Himself;The LORD hears when I call to Him.Tremble, and do not sin;...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 3

Psalm 3O LORD, how my adversaries have increased!Many are rising up against me.Many are saying of my soul,"There is no deliverance for him in God." Selah.But You, O LORD, are a shield about me,My glory, and the One who lifts my head.I was crying to the LORD with my voice,And He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah.I lay down and slept;I awoke, for the LORD sustains me...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 2

Psalm 2Why are the nations in an uproarAnd the peoples devising a vain thing?The kings of the earth take their standAnd the rulers take counsel togetherAgainst the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,"Let us tear their fetters apartAnd cast away their cords from us!"He who sits in the heavens laughs,The Lord scoffs at them.Then He will speak to them in His angerAnd terri...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 1

PSALM 1How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,Nor stand in the path of sinners,Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!But his delight is in the law of the LORD,And in His law he meditates day and night.He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,Which yields its fruit in its seasonAnd its leaf does not wither;And in whatever he does, h...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 31.28-31

Proverbs 31.28-31 Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying: 29"Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all." 30Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. 31Give her the product of her hands, And let her works praise her in the gates. There are many things praised in our wo...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 31.21-27

Proverbs 31:21-27She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for all her household are clothed with scarlet. 22She makes coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple. 23Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land. 24She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies belts to the tradesmen. 25Strength and dignity are ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 31.12-20

Proverbs 31.12-20 She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. She looks for wool and flax and works with her hands in delight. She is like merchant ships; she brings her food from afar. She rises also while it is still night and gives food to her household and portions to her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; from her earnings she plants a vineyard. ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 31.10-11

Proverbs 31.10-11 An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. 11The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain. An excellent wife, who can find? It is hard to find a noble and virtuous wife. I am thankful that I have. This wife that is spoken of is one of moral worth or one who has godly character. She is a woman who lives...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 31.1-9

Proverbs 31.1-9 The words of King Lemuel, the oracle which his mother taught him:What, O my son?And what, O son of my womb?And what, O son of my vows?Do not give your strength to women,Or your ways to that which destroys kings.It is not for kings, O Lemuel,It is not for kings to drink wine,Or for rulers to desire strong drink,For they will drink and forget what is decreed,...

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Bible Reading: Proveberbs 30.32-33

Proverbs 30:32-33"If you play the fool and exalt yourself, or if you plan evil, clap your hand over your mouth! 33For as churning cream produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife." Today's Proverbs are filled with wisdom yet again. And yet again, in verse 32, Solomon teaches us about restraining our tongues. Do not speak...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 30.29-31

Proverbs 30.29-31 There are three things which are stately intheirmarch, even four which are stately when they walk: the lionwhichis mighty among beasts and does not retreat before any, the strutting rooster, the male goat also, and a kingwhen hisarmy is with him. The above verses are part of a set of verses written by a man named Agur, about which we know very little. Wha...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 30.24-28

Proverbs 30:24-28Four things are small on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise: 25The ants are not a strong people, But they prepare their food in the summer; 26The badgers are not mighty people, Yet they make their houses in the rocks; 27The locusts have no king, Yet all of them go out in ranks; 28The lizard you may grasp with the hands, Yet it is in kings' palaces. ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 30.21-23

Proverbs 30.21-23 Under three things the earth quakes, And under four, it cannot bear up:22 Under a slave when he becomes king, and a fool when he is satisfied with food,23 Under an unloved woman when she gets a husband, and a maidservant when she supplants her mistress. Today Solomon tells us there are four things that make the earth tremble and unbearable: 1) a slave wh...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 30.18-20

Proverbs 30.18-20There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Four which I do not understand: 19The way of an eagle in the sky, The way of a serpent on a rock, The way of a ship in the middle of the sea, And the way of a man with a maid. 20This is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth, And says, "I have done no wrong." I will never forget ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 30.10-17

Proverbs 30.10-17Do not slander a slave to his master,Or he will curse you and you will be found guilty.11 There is a kind of man who curses his fatherAnd does not bless his mother.12There is a kind who is pure in his own eyes,Yet is not washed from his filthiness.13There is a kindoh how lofty are his eyes!And his eyelids are raised in arrogance.14 There is a kind of man w...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 30.1-9

Proverbs 30.1-9 Two things I asked of You,Do not refuse me before I die:Keep deception and lies far from me,Give me neither poverty nor riches;Feed me with the food that is my portion,That I not be full and deny Youand say, "Who is theLord?"Or that I not be in want and steal,And profane the name of my God.Suppose you were granted two wishes: one material (money/things) an...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 29.19-27

Proverbs 29.19-27A slave will not be instructed by words alone;For though he understands, there will be no response.20 Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.21 He who pampers his slave from childhoodWill in the end find him to be a son.22 An angry man stirs up strife,And a hot-tempered man abounds in transgression.23 A man's...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 29.15-18

Proverbs 29:15-18The rod and reproof give wisdom, But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother. 16When the wicked increase, transgression increases; But the righteous will see their fall. 17Correct your son, and he will give you comfort; He will also delight your soul. 18Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 29.12-14

Proverbs 29:12-1412If a ruler pays attention to falsehood, All his ministers become wicked. 13The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: The Lord gives light to the eyes of both. 14If a king judges the poor with truth, His throne will be established forever. According to the Barna Group, in a 2015 study among Americans in the workplace, done in partnership with ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 29.9-11

Proverbs 29:9-11 9 When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man, The foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.10 Men of bloodshed hate the blameless, But the upright are concerned for his life.11 A fool always loses his temper, But a wise man holds it back. There is nothing virtuous about being "outspoken", even though our culture may say it is. A...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 29.1-8

Proverbs 29:1-8A man who hardens his neck after much reproof will suddenly be broken beyond remedy. 2When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when a wicked man rules, people groan. 3A man who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but he who keeps company with harlots wastes his wealth. 4The king gives stability to the land by justice, but a man who takes bribes o...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 28.26-28

Proverbs 28.26-28He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely will be delivered. 27He who gives to the poor will never want, But he who shuts his eyes will have many curses. 28When the wicked rise, men hide themselves; But when they perish, the righteous increase.We can be very self-reliant. I should not speak for you, but I know I can be very self-rel...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 28.21-25

Proverbs 28.21-25 To show partiality is not goodyet a person will do wrong for a piece of bread.22The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them.23Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.24Whoever robs their father or mother and says, "It's not wrong," is partner to one who destroys.25The gr...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 28.15-20

Proverbs 28.15-20 Like a roaring lion and a rushing bearIs a wicked ruler over a poor people.A leader who is a great oppressor lacks understanding,But he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.A man who is laden with the guilt of human bloodWill be a fugitive until death; let no one support him.He who walks blamelessly will be delivered,But he who is crooked will fall...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 28.13-14

Proverbs 28.13-14 He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion. How blessed is the man who fears always, but he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity. When our boys were little, my wife had them convinced that not only did she have eyes in the back of her head, but that she had ESP too. It seemed ...

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Bible Reading: Mark 16.1-8

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Him. Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. They were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?" Looking up, they saw that the stone had been r...

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Bible Reading: Luke 23.33-43

When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. But Jesus was saying, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves. And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, "He...

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Bible Reading: Luke 22.14-23

Now when the hour came, Jesus took his place at the table and the apostles joined him. And he said to them, "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God." Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, "Take this and divide it among yourselves. For I tell y...

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Bible Reading: John 13.5-13

Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. So He came to Simon Peter. He said to Him, "Lord, do You wash my feet?" Jesus answered and said to him, "What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter." Peter said to Him, "Never shall You wash my feet!" Jesus answered h...

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Bible Reading: Mark 11.1-11

Now as they approached Jerusalem, near Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them, "Go to the village ahead of you.As soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there that has never been ridden.Untie it and bring it here. If anyone says to you, 'Why are you doing this?' say, 'The Lord needs itand will send it back h...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 28.8-12

Proverbs 28.8-12 He who increases his wealth by interest and usury Gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor.9 He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.10 He who leads the upright astray in an evil way Will himself fall into his own pit, But the blameless will inherit good.11 The rich man is wise in his own eyes, But the p...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 28.1-7

Proverbs 28.1-7 The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion. 2By the transgression of a land many are its princes, But by a man of understanding and knowledge, so it endures. 3A poor man who oppresses the lowly Is like a driving rain which leaves no food. 4Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, But those who keep the law strive with ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 27.23-27

Proverbs 27.23-27Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds;24 For riches are not forever, nor does a crown endure to all generations.25 When the grass disappears, the new growth is seen, and the herbs of the mountains are gathered in,26 The lambs will be for your clothing, and the goats will bring the price of a field,27 And there will be goat...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 27.18-22

Proverbs 27.18-22 He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit, And he who cares for his master will be honored. 19As in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man. 20Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, Nor are the eyes of man ever satisfied. 21The crucible is for silver and the furnace for gold, And each is tested by the praise accorded him. 22Though yo...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 27.17

Proverbs 27.17Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. When we first began attending The Ridge Church years ago as newlyweds, my wife prodded me into attending a small group for young couples (it was called a Sunday School Class back then). After attending sporadically and reluctantly for a few months, the teacher invited me to meet him for breakfast one day befor...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 27.9-16

Proverbs 27:9-16 Oil and perfume make the heart glad, so a man's counsel is sweet to his friend. 10 Do not forsake your own friend or your father's friend, and do not go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity; better is a neighbor who is near than a brother far away. 11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may reply to him who reproaches me. 12 A pr...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 27.1-8

Proverbs 27:1-8Do not boast about tomorrow,For you do not know what a day may bring forth.2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;A stranger, and not your own lips.3 A stone is heavy and the sand weighty,But the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them.4 Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood,But who can stand before jealousy?5 Better is open rebukeThan lo...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 26.20-28

Proverbs 26:20-28 For lack of wood the fire goes out, And where there is no whisperer, contention quiets down. 21Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife. 22The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body. 23Like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross Are burning lip...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 26.10-19

Proverbs 26:10-1910 Like an archer who wounds everyone,So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.11 Like a dog that returns to its vomitIs a fool who 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 sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road!A lion is in the open square!"14 As the door turns on its...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 26.1-9

Proverbs 26:1-91 Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.2 Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, so a curse without cause does not alight.3 A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools.4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will also be like him.5 Answer a f...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 25.19-28

Proverbs 25.19-28Like a bad tooth and an unsteady foot Is confidence in a faithless man in time of trouble. 20Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar on soda, Is he who sings songs to a troubled heart. 21If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; 22For you will heap burning coals on his head, And th...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 25.11-18

Proverbs 25.11-18 Likeapples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances. Likean earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear. Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him, for he refreshes the soul of his masters. Likeclouds and wind without rain is a man who boas...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 25.8-10

Proverbs 25.8-10 Do not go out hastily to argue your case; Otherwise, what will you do in the end, When your neighbor humiliates you?9 Argue your case with your neighbor, And do not reveal the secret of another,10 Or he who hears it will reproach you, And the evil report about you will not pass away.Today we look at verse 9 10 it in CEV translation, "When you and someone ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 25.1-7

Proverbs 25.1-7 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, transcribed.It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.As the heavens for height and the earth for depth,So the heart of kings is unsearchable.Take away the dross from the silver,And there comes out a vessel for the smith;Take away t...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 24.27-34

Proverbs 24:27-34Prepare your work outside and make it ready for yourself in the field; Afterwards, then, build your house. 28Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, And do not deceive with your lips. 29Do not say, "Thus I shall do to him as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work."30I passed by the field of the sluggard And by th...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 24.23-26

Proverbs 24:23-26These also are sayings of the wise. To show partiality in judgment is not good. 24He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous," Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him; 25But to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight, And a good blessing will come upon them. 26He kisses the lips Who gives a right answer. Proverbs continues to give us wisdom ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 24.15-22

Proverbs 24:15-2215 Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous;Do not destroy his resting place;16 For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again,But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;18 Or the Lord will see it and be displeased,And turn His ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 24.10-14

Proverbs 24:10-14If you are slack in the day of distress, your strength is limited. 11Deliver those who are being taken away to death, and those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back. 12If you say, "See, we did not know this," Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts? And does He not know it who keeps your soul? And will He not render to man according to ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 24.5-9

Promise 24.5-9A wise man is strong,And a man of knowledge increases power.For by wise guidance you will wage war,And in abundance of counselors there is victory.Wisdom is tooexalted for a fool,He does not open his mouth in the gate.One who plans to do evil,Men will call a schemer.The devising of folly is sin,And the scoffer is an abomination to men. The Bible clearly teac...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 24.1-4

Proverbs 24:1-4 Do not be envious of evil men, Nor desire to be with them; 2For their minds devise violence, And their lips talk of trouble. 3By wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; 4And by knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches. Welcome to spring! Spring is a time for growth, renewal, and new life. Now that we are...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 23.24-35

Proverbs 23.24-35 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, and he who sires a wise son will be glad in him. Let your father and your mother be glad, and let her rejoice who gave birth to you. Give me your heart, my son, and let your eyes delight in my ways. For a harlot is a deep pitand an adulterous woman is a narrow well. Surely she lurks as a robber, and increa...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 23.13-23

Proverbs 23:13-2313 Do not hold back discipline from the child, Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die.14 You shall strike him with the rod And rescue his soul from Sheol.15 My son, if your heart is wise, My own heart also will be glad;16 And my inmost being will rejoice When your lips speak what is right.17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, But live in th...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 23.10-12

Proverbs 23.10-12Do not move the ancient boundary Or go into the fields of the fatherless, 11For their Redeemer is strong; He will plead their case against you. 12Apply your heart to discipline And your ears to words of knowledge. Wisdom loves and does what is right. We continue to see that through this great book of wisdom. Solomon wants us to see that the way of wisdom ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 23.6-9

Proverbs 23.6-9Do not eat the bread of a selfish man, Or desire his delicacies; 7For as he thinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, "Eat and drink!" But his heart is not with you. 8You will vomit up the morsel you have eaten, And waste your compliments. 9Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words. Everyday we eat, desire th...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 23.1-5

Proverbs 23.1-5 When you sit down to dine with a ruler, Consider carefully what is before you,2 And put a knife to your throat If you are a man of great appetite.3 Do not desire his delicacies, For it is deceptive food.4 Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, Cease from your consideration of it.5 When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wi...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 22.26-29

Proverbs 22.26-29 Do not be among those who give pledges,Among those who become guarantors for debts.If you have nothing with which to pay,Why should he take your bed from under you?Do not move the ancient boundaryWhich your fathers have set.Do you see a man skilled in his work?He will stand before kings;He will not stand before obscure men. Desmond Doss was a recipient o...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 22.22-25

Proverbs 22.22-25 Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Or crush the afflicted at the gate; 23For the Lord will plead their case And take the life of those who rob them. 24Do not associate with a man given to anger; Or go with a hot-tempered man, 25Or you will learn his ways And find a snare for yourself.Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, a time for reflection, prayer, and fas...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 22.17-21

Proverbs 22:17-21Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge; 18For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, that they may be ready on your lips. 19So that your trust may be in the Lord, I have taught you today, even you. 20Have I not written to you excellent things of counsels and knowledge, 21To make you know the certainty...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 22.13-16

Proverbs 22.13-16The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside; I will be killed in the streets!" 14The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit; He who is cursed of the Lord will fall into it. 15Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him. 16He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself Or who gives to the rich, will o...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 22.8-12

Proverbs 22.8-12 He who sows iniquity will reap vanity, and the rod of his fury will perish. 9He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor. 10Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out,Even strife and dishonor will cease. 11He who loves purity of heart andwhose speech is gracious, the king is his friend. 12The eyes of theLordpreserve...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 22.7

Proverbs 22.7 The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower becomes the lender's slave.Today we have a verse of wisdom, let's also look at it in the CEV translation "The poor are ruled by the rich, and those who borrow are slaves of moneylenders."According to 2017 report from CareerBuilder, nearly 80 percent of American workers (78 percent) say they're living paycheck to ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 22.6

Proverbs 22.6Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it. Mine and my wife's greatest joy is being parents to our four children. Currently their age range from 6 to 16 years of age. Today's verse has been one we have held on to as a charge and a promise from the Lord when it comes to raising our kids from the time they were inf...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 22.1-5

Proverbs 22.1-5 A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold. 2The rich and the poor have a common bond, The Lord is the maker of them all. 3The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it. 4The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches, honor and life. 5Thorns and snares ar...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 21.27-31

Proverbs 21.27-31 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination,How much more when he brings it with evil intent!A false witness will perish,But the man who listensto the truthwill speak forever.A wicked man displays a bold face,But as for the upright, he makes his way sure.There is no wisdom and no understandingAnd no counsel against theLord.The horse is prepared for the ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 21.21-26

Proverbs 21.21-26 He who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor. 22A wise man scales the city of the mighty And brings down the stronghold in which they trust. 23He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles. 24"Proud," "Haughty," "Scoffer," are his names, Who acts with insolent pride. 25The desire of the sluggard puts...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 21.16-20

Proverbs 21.16-20 A man who wanders from the way of understandingWill rest in the assembly of the dead.17 He who loves pleasure will become a poor man;He who loves wine and oil will not become rich.18 The wicked is a ransom for the righteous,And the treacherous is in the place of the upright.19 It is better to live in a desert landThan with a contentious and vexing woman.2...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 21.10-15

Proverbs 21:10-15 The wicked crave evil; their neighbors get no mercy from them. When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; by paying attention to the wise they get knowledge. The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin. Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered. A gift given in s...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 21.6-9

Proverbs 21:6-9The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor, the pursuit of death. The violence of the wicked will drag them away, because they refuse to act with justice. The way of a guilty man is crooked, but as for the pure his conduct is upright. It is better to live in a corner of a roof than a house shared with a contentious woman. Sometimes w...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 21.1-5

Proverbs 21.1-5 The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes. 2Every man's way is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts. 3To do righteousness and justice Is desired by the Lord more than sacrifice. 4Haughty eyes and a proud heart, The lamp of the wicked, is sin. 5The plans of the diligent lead surely to ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 20.26-30

Proverbs 20:26-30A wise king winnows the wicked, and drives the threshing wheel over them. 27The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the innermost parts of his being. 28Loyalty and truth preserve the king, and he upholds his throne by righteousness. 29The glory of young men is their strength, and the honor of old men is their gray hair. 30Stripes that woun...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 20.21-25

Proverbs 20:21-25An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning Will not be blessed in the end. 22Do not say, "I will repay evil"; Wait for the Lord, and He will save you. 23Differing weights are an abomination to the Lord, And a false scale is not good. 24Man's steps are ordained by the Lord, How then can man understand his way? 25It is a trap for a man to say rashly, "...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 20.16-20

Proverbs 20.16-20Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger;And for foreigners, hold him in pledge.Bread obtained by falsehood is sweet to a man,But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.Prepare plans by consultation,And make war by wise guidance.He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets,Therefore do not associate with a gossip.He who curses his...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 20.11-15

Proverbs 20.11-15 It is by his deeds that a lad distinguishes himself If his conduct is pure and right. The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The Lord has made both of them. Do not love sleep, or you will become poor; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with food."Bad, bad," says the buyer, But when he goes his way, then he boasts.There is gold, and an abundance of jew...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 20.6-10

Proverbs 20.6-10 Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, but who can find a trustworthy man? 7 A righteous man who walks in his integrity- how blessed are his sons after him. 8 A king who sits on the throne of justice disperses all evil with his eyes. 9Who can say, "I have cleansed my heart, I am pure from my sin"? 10 Differing weights and differing measures, both of them ar...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 20.1-5

Proverbs 20.1-5 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise. 2The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life. 3Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel. 4The sluggard does not plow after the autumn, So he begs during the harvest and has nothi...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 19.28-29

Proverbs 19:28-2928 A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice, and the mouth of the wicked spreads iniquity. 29Judgments are prepared for scoffers, and blows for the back of fools. There are people in this world who not only practice evil, they actually enjoy it. They have lost all sense of righteousness and given themselves over to sin. In the case of the person in v...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 19.24-27

Proverbs 19.24-27Thesluggard buries his hand in the dish,Butwill not even bring it back to his mouth.25 Strike a scoffer and the naive may become shrewd,But reproveone who has understanding and he will gain knowledge.26 He who assaultshisfatheranddriveshismother awayIs a shameful and disgraceful son.27 Cease listening, my son, to discipline,Andyou willstray from the words ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 19.16-23

Proverbs 19.16-23 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul,But he who is careless of conduct will die.One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord,And He will repay him for his good deed.Discipline your son while there is hope,And do not desire his death.A man of great anger will bear the penalty,For if you rescue him, you will only have to do it again.Listen to ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 19.8-15

Proverbs 19.8-15He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good. 9A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will perish. 10Luxury is not fitting for a fool; Much less for a slave to rule over princes. 11A man's discretion makes him slow to anger, And it is his glory to overlook a transgression. 12The king's wrath is like...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 19.1-7

Proverbs 19.1-7 Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity Than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool.2 Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who hurries his footsteps errs.3 The foolishness of man ruins his way, And his heart rages against the Lord.4 Wealth adds many friends, But a poor man is separated from his friend.5 A false witnes...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 18.17-24

Proverbs 18:17-24The first to plead his case seems right,Until another comes and examines him.18The cast lot puts an end to strifeAnd decides between the mighty ones.19A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city,And contentions are like the bars of a citadel.20With the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach will be satisfied;He will be satisfied with the product ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 18.11-16

Proverbs 18:11-16 A rich man's wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own imagination. 12Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, But humility goes before honor. 13He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him. 14The spirit of a man can endure his sickness, But as for a broken spirit who can bear it? 15The mind of the prudent a...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 18.10

Proverbs 18.10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe. A strong tower was considered, under the ancient system of warfare, to be a place of complete security from harm. This text is a figurative way of expressing the extreme importance of putting our whole trust in God. 'The name of the Lord' includes all the things that are true a...

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Bible Reading: Provebrs 18.6-9

Proverbs 18.6-9 A fool's lips bring strife, And his mouth calls for blows. 7A fool's mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul. 8The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body. 9He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys. You can tell a lot today by one's words and work ethic. Our...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 18.1-5

Proverbs 18.1-5 He who separates himself seekshis owndesire, he quarrels against all sound wisdom. A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own mind. When a wicked man comes, contempt also comes, and with dishonorcomesscorn. The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. To show partiality to the wicked is...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 17.25-28

Proverbs 17.25-28 A foolish son is a grief to his father And bitterness to her who bore him. 26It is also not good to fine the righteous, Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness. 27He who restrains his words has knowledge, And he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. 28Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is co...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 17.19-24

Proverbs 17.19-24 He who loves transgression loves strife; he who raises his door seeks destruction. He who has a crooked mind finds no good, and he who is perverted in his language falls into evil. He who sires a fooldoes soto his sorrow, and the father of a fool has no joy. A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. A wicked man receives a b...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 17.13-18

Proverbs 17.13-18He who returns evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house. 14The beginning of strife is like letting out water, So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out. 15He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord. 16Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, When he has no se...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 17.7-12

Proverbs 17.7-12 Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool, Much less are lying lips to a prince. 8 A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner; Wherever he turns, he prospers.9 He who conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.10 A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred blows into a fool.11 A reb...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 17.1-6

Proverbs 17.1-6 Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it than a house full of feasting with strife. 2A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, and will share in the inheritance among brothers. 3The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests hearts. 4An evildoer listens to wicked lips; a liar pays attention to a des...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 16.26-33

Proverbs 16:26-33 A worker's appetite works for him, For his hunger urges him on. 27A worthless man digs up evil, While his words are like scorching fire. 28A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends. 29A man of violence entices his neighbor And leads him in a way that is not good. 30He who winks his eyes does so to devise perverse things; He...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 16.18-25

Proverbs 16:18-25Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. 19 It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly Than to divide the spoil with the proud. 20 He who gives attention to the word will find good, And blessed is he who trusts in the Lord. 21 The wise in heart will be called understanding, And sweetness of speech increases persuasivene...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 16.10-17

Proverbs 16:10-17A divine decision is in the lips of the king; His mouth should not err in judgment. 11 A just balance and scales belong to the Lord; All the weights of the bag are His concern. 12 It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts, For a throne is established on righteousness. 13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And he who speaks right is loved. ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 16.5-9

Proverbs 16:5-9Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; Assuredly, he will not be unpunished. 6By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the Lord one keeps away from evil. 7When a man's ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 8Better is a little with righteousness Than great income ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 16.1-4

Proverbs 16:1-4To humans belong the plans of the heart,but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.2 All a person's ways seem pure to them,but motives are weighed by the Lord.3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do,and he will establish your plans.4 The Lord works out everything to its proper endeven the wicked for a day of disaster. Have you ever found yourself ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 15.23-33

Proverbs 15.23-33To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is! 24The path of life leads upward for the prudent, that he may turn away from Sheol beneath. 25The Lord tears down the house of the proud but maintains the widow's boundaries. 26The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, but gracious words are pure. 27Whoever is gr...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 15.12-22

Proverbs 15.12-22A scoffer does not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise. 13A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed. 14The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly. 15All the days of the afflicted are evil, but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast. 16Better is a litt...

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Bible Reading: Provebrs 15.3-11

Proverbs 15.3-11 The eyes of theLordare in every place,Watching the evil and the good.A soothing tongue is a tree of life,But perversion in it crushes the spirit.A fool rejects his father's discipline,But he who regards reproof is sensible.Great wealth isinthe house of the righteous,But trouble is in the income of the wicked.The lips of the wise spread knowledge,But the he...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 15.1-2

Proverbs 15.1-2A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. 2The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly. We all have been in that position where we said something that we wished we could take back. What we say and how we say things can get us in trouble. Solomon encourages us to watch our mouths when it comes to o...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 14.26-35

Proverbs 14:26-35In the fear of theLordthere is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge. 27The fear of theLordis a fountain of life, That one may avoid the snares of death. 28In a multitude of people is a king's glory, But in the dearth of people is a prince's ruin. 29He who isslow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly. 30...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 14.15-25

Proverbs 14.15-25 The naive believes everything, but the sensible man considers his steps. A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is arrogant and careless. A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a man of evil devices is hated. The naive inherit foolishness, but the sensible are crowned with knowledge. The evil will bow down before the good, and the w...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 14.1-14

Proverbs 14.1-14The wise woman builds her house,But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord,But he who is devious in his ways despises Him.In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his back,But the lips of the wise will protect them.Where no oxen are, the manger is clean,But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.A t...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 13.12-25

Proverbs 13.12-25: Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.13 The one who despises the word will be in debt to it, But the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded. 14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn aside from the snares of death.15 Good understanding produces favor, But the way of the treacherous is hard....

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 13.1-11

Proverb 13:1-11: A wise son heeds his father's instruction, but a mocker does not respond to rebukes. 2From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence. 3Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin. 4A sluggard's appetite is never filled, but the desires of the dilige...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 12.13-28

Proverbs 12.13-28: Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk, and so the innocent escape trouble. 14From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.15The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.16Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult. 17An honest witnes...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 12.1-12

Whoever lovesdiscipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof is stupid. 2Agood man will obtain favor from theLord, But He will condemn a manwho devises evil. 3A man willnot be established by wickedness, But the root of therighteous will not be moved. 4Anexcellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who shameshimis likerottenness in his bones. 5The thoughts of th...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 11.16-31

16 A gracious woman attains honor, And ruthless men attain riches. 17 The merciful man does himself good, But the cruel man does himself harm.18 The wicked earns deceptive wages, But he who sows righteousness gets a true reward.19 He who is steadfast in righteousness will attain to life, And he who pursues evil will bring about his own death.20 The perverse in heart are an...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 11.1-15

A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, But a just weight is His delight. 2When pride comes, then comes dishonor, But with the humble is wisdom. 3The integrity of the upright will guide them, But the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them. 4Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, But righteousness delivers from death. 5The righteousness of the blameless ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 10.15-32

The rich man's wealth is his fortress, the ruin of the poor is their poverty. The wages of the righteous is life, the income of the wicked, punishment. He isonthe path of life who heeds instruction, but he who ignores reproof goes astray. He who conceals hatredhaslying lips, and he who spreads slander is a fool. When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, but ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 10.1-14

The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish son is a grief to his mother. 2Ill-gotten gains do not profit, But righteousness delivers from death. 3The Lord will not allow the righteous to hunger, But He will reject the craving of the wicked. 4Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich. 5He who gathers in s...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 9.13-18

The woman of folly is boisterous, she isnaive and knows nothing. She sits at the doorway of her house, on a seat by the high places of the city, calling to those who pass by, who are making their paths straight: "Whoever is naive, let him turn in here," and to him who lacks understanding she says, "Stolen water is sweet; and breadeatenin secret is pleasant." But he does no...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 9.1-12

Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars; She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine; she has also set her table; She has sent out her maidens, she calls From the tops of the heights of the city: "Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!" To him who lacks understanding she says, "Come, eat of my food And drink of the wine I have mixed. "Forsake ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 8.32-36

32"Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. 33 Listen to my instruction and be wise do not disregard it. 34 Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.35 For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord.36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death." Pro...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 8.22-31

"The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old. 23"From everlasting I was established, From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth. 24"When there were no depths I was brought forth, When there were no springs abounding with water. 25"Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills I was brought forth; 26While He had not yet mad...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 8.12-21

I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. 13"The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverted mouth, I hate. 14"Counsel is mine and sound wisdom; I am understanding, power is mine. 15"By me kings reign, and rulers decree justice. 16"By me princes rule, and nobles, all who judge rightly. 17"I love those ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 8.1-11

Does notwisdom call, And understanding lift up her voice? 2On top ofthe heights beside the way, Where the paths meet, she takes her stand; 3Beside thegates, at the opening to the city, At the entrance of the doors, she cries out: 4"To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men. 5"Onaive ones, understand prudence; And, Ofools, understandwisdom. 6"Listen, for I w...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 7.24-27

Now therefore,mysons, listen to me,And pay attention to the words of my mouth. Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways,Do not stray into her paths.For many are the victims she has cast down,And numerous are all her slain.Her house is the way to Sheol,Descending to the chambers of death. Proverbs 7.24-27 One of the most practical verses in all the Bible might be 1 Cor...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 7.6-23

For at the window of my houseI looked out through my lattice,And I saw among the naive,And discerned among the youthsA young man lacking sense,Passing through the street near her corner;And he takes the way to her house,In the twilight, in the evening,In the middle of the night and in the darkness.And behold, a woman comes to meet him,Dressed as a harlot and cunning of hea...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 7.1-5

My son, keep my words And treasure my commandments within you. 2Keep my commandments and live, And my teaching as the apple of your eye. 3Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart. 4Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," And call understanding your intimate friend; 5That they may keep you from an adulteress, From the foreigner who flatters with her wor...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 6.24-35

To keep you from the evil woman, From the smooth tongue of the adulteress. 25Do not desire her beauty in your heart, Nor let her capture you with her eyelids. 26For on account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread, And an adulteress hunts for the precious life. 27Can a man take fire in his bosom And his clothes not be burned? 28Or can a man walk on hot coals And hi...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 6.20-24

My son, keep your father's command and do not forsake your mother's teaching. 21 Bind them always on your heart; fasten them around your neck. 22 When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you. 23 For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life, 24...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 6.16-19

There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, A false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers. Proverbs 6.16-19 If you have been around church very much at all, you have sure...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 6.12-15

A worthless person, a wicked man, Is the one who walks with a perverse mouth, 13Who winks with his eyes, who signals with his feet, Who points with his fingers; 14Who with perversity in his heart continually devises evil, Who spreads strife. 15Therefore his calamity will come suddenly; Instantly he will be broken and there will be no healing. Proverbs 6:12-15 This world i...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 6.6-11

Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise, 7Which, having no chief, Officer or ruler, 8Prepares her food in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest. 9How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? 10"A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest" 11Your poverty will come in like a vagabond An...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 6.1-5

My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor, have given a pledge for a stranger, if you have been snared with the words of your mouth, have been caught with the words of your mouth. Do this then, my son, and deliver yourself; since you have come into the hand of your neighbor. Go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor. Give no sleep to your eyes, nor slumber...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 5.15-23

Drink water from your own cistern And fresh water from your own well. 16Should your springs be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets? 17Let them be yours alone And not for strangers with you. 18Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice in the wife of your youth. 19As a loving hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be exhilarated alwa...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 5.7-14

Now then, my sons, listen to me And do not depart from the words of my mouth. Keep your way far from her And do not go near the door of her house, Or you will give your vigor to others And your years to the cruel one; And strangers will be filled with your strength And your hard-earned goods will go to the house of an alien; And you groan at your final end, When your flesh...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 5.1-6

My son, give attention to my wisdom, incline your ear to my understanding; 2That you may observe discretion and your lips may reserve knowledge. 3For the lips of an adulteress drip honey and smoother than oil is her speech; 4But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. 5Her feet go down to death, her steps take hold of Sheol. 6She does not ponder t...

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Bibe Reading: Proverbs 4.20-27

My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them and health to all their body. Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from itflowthe springs of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth and put devious speech far from you. Let you...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 4.10-19

10 Hear, my son, and accept my sayings And the years of your life will be many. 11 I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths.12 When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; And if you run, you will not stumble. 13 Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life.14 Do not enter the path of the wicked And do not proc...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 4.1-9

Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention that you may gain understanding, 2For I give you sound teaching; Do not abandon my instruction. 3When I was a son to my father, Tender and the only son in the sight of my mother, 4Then he taught me and said to me, "Let your heart hold fast my words; Keep my commandments and live; 5Acquire wisdom! Acquire underst...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 3.27-35

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,When it is in your power to doit.Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come back,Andtomorrow I will giveit,"When you have it with you.Do not devise harm against your neighbor,While he lives securely beside you.Do not contend with a man without cause,If he has doneyou no harm.Do not envy a man of violenceAnd do not choose an...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 3.13-26

How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding. For herprofit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold. She ismore precious thanjewels; And nothing you desire compares with her. Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand areriches and honor. Herways are pleasant ways And all her paths arepeace. She is atree o...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 3.11-12

My son, do not reject thediscipline of theLord Or loathe His reproof, Forwhom theLordloves He reproves, Evenas a fathercorrectsthe son in whom he delights. Proverbs 3.11-12 My dad was a firm believer in discipline and there was always a healthy respect for his authority in our home. Both parents insisted that we obey the boundaries they set, and were consistent in trainin...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 3.9-10

Honor the Lord from your wealth and from the first of all your produce; so your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine. Proverbs 3:9-10 A thought for today taken from Dave Ramsey: handle money and thinking about money in a godly way is much more than a tithe check. The Bible tells us that we're stewards, a manger of God's resources. Whe...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 3.5-8

Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones. Proverbs 3.5-8 Trust is a big deal. If you think about it all our relationships with o...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 3.1-4

My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3.1-4 As I write this, our nation is in the...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 2.20-22

So you will walk in the way of good men And keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will live in the land And the blameless will remain in it; But the wicked will be cut off from the land And the treacherous will be uprooted from it. Proverbs 2:20-22 As I get older I understand more and more the importance of seeking out wisdom. Everywhere I turn I am seeking ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 2.6-19

For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, 8Guarding the paths of justice, And He preserves the way of His godly ones. 9Then you will discern righteousness and justice And equity and every good course. 10For wisdom will enter your heart And knowledge ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 2.1-5

My son, if you will receive my wordsAnd treasure my commandments within you,Make your ear attentive to wisdom,Incline your heart to understanding;For if you cry for discernment,Lift your voice for understanding;If you seek her as silverAnd search for her as for hidden treasures;Then you will discern the fear oftheLordAnd discover the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:1-5 One o...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 1.8-19

8Hear, my son, your father's instruction And do not forsake your mother's teaching; 9Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head And ornaments about your neck. 10My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent. 11If they say, "Come with us, Let us lie in wait for blood, Let us ambush the innocent without cause; 12Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, Even whole, as those...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 1.7

The fear of theLordis the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1.7 Fear is a powerful emotion. The English definition of fear is "an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat." There are two meanings for the phrase "fear of the Lord" in the bible. One is the idea of d...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 1.1-6

The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to discern the sayings of understanding, to receive instruction in wise behavior, righteousness, justice and equity; to give prudence to the nave, to the youth knowledge and discretion, a wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire counsel, to ...

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Bible Reading: John 3.16

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3.16 In this familiar words we read 25 words of hope that begins with God and ends with life. And it urges us to do the same. It is a great place to start and great place to return to often. They are words spoken softly by Jesus Christ...

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Bible Reading: John 15.1

"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser." John 15:1 There are two wonderful and powerful statements in this one verse. In the first Jesus declares Himself as the true vine. Second, He declares that His Father is the vinedresser. All of this is critical to understand before you ever explore the following verses that speak of believers being the branches of th...

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Bible Reading: John 14.6

Jesus said to him,"I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." John 14.6 Many years ago, when my parents began talking about retirement, they decided to move away from the big city and settle into the "rural life." After much discussion, they bought some lake front property at Cedar Creek Lake, about 90 miles east of Dallas. Even...

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Bible Reading: John 11.25

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies." John 11:25 What a powerful and profound claim. These words by Jesus are loving words because they meet our greatest need and give us that which is infinitely and eternally all satisfying. Lazarus has been in the grave four days and then Jesus arrives. Martha meets Je...

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Bible Reading: John 10.11, 14

I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. John 10.11 I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, John 10:14 Today we see Jesus referring to Himself as "the good shepherd" and those who believe as "sheep." How many of us city folk have ever seen a flock of sheep grazing in a field? Well maybe you have seen a photo or a v...

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Bible Reading: John 10.7, 9

So Jesus said to them again,"Truly, truly, Isayto you, I am the door of the sheep. John 10.7 "I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved,and will go in and out and find pasture. John 10.9 As we continue considering Jesus' seven "I am" statements found in the Gospel of John, we come across what to us might seem the most obscure. When Jesus refers to hims...

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Bible Reading: John 8.12; 9.5

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying,"I am the Light of the world;he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life." John 8.12 "While I am in the world, I amthe Light of the world." John 9.5 In today's verses, Jesus declares His divinity and His redemptive purpose and made a promise to His followers. Jesus' words: "I am the light of the ...

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Bible Reading: John 6.35

Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life, he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst." John 6.35 One of the unique features of the book of John is the "I am" statements. As you may know, when Moses encountered the Lord in the burning bush and asked the Lord what to tell people as His name, the Lord replied "I Am Who I Am" (Exodus 3:...

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Bible Reading: Mark 16.1-20

What is Jesus revealing to me about Himself? What is Jesus revealing to me about myself? What is Jesus inviting me to be, have or do? Memory Verse: Romans 8.28...

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Bible Reading: Mark 15.22-47

What is Jesus revealing to me about Himself? What is Jesus revealing to me about myself? What is Jesus inviting me to be, have or do? Memory Verse: Romans 8.28...

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Bible Reading: Mark 15.1-21

What is Jesus revealing to me about Himself? What is Jesus revealing to me about myself? What is Jesus inviting me to be, have or do? Memory Verse: Romans 10.9...

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Bible Reading: Mark 14.43-72

What is Jesus revealing to me about Himself? What is Jesus revealing to me about myself? What is Jesus inviting me to be, have or do? Memory Verse: Romans 10.9...

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Bible Reading: Mark 14.1-42

What is Jesus revealing to me about Himself? What is Jesus revealing to me about myself? What is Jesus inviting me to be, have or do? Memory Verse: Romans 10.9...

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Bible Reading: Mark 13.24-37

What is Jesus revealing to me about Himself? What is Jesus revealing to me about myself? What is Jesus inviting me to be, have or do? Memory Verse: Romans 10.9...

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Bible Reading: Mark 13.1-23

What is Jesus revealing to me about Himself? What is Jesus revealing to me about myself? What is Jesus inviting me to be, have or do? Memory Verse: Romans 10.9...

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Bible Reading: Mark 12.18-44

What is Jesus revealing to me about Himself? What is Jesus revealing to me about myself? What is Jesus inviting me to be, have or do? Memory Verse: Romans 8.1...

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Bible Reading: Mark 12.1-17

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Bible Reading: Mark 11.15-33

What is Jesus revealing to me about Himself? What is Jesus revealing to me about myself? What is Jesus inviting me to be, have or do? Memory Verse: Romans 8.1...

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Bible Reading: Mark 11.1-14

What is Jesus revealing to me about Himself? What is Jesus revealing to me about myself? What is Jesus inviting me to be, have or do? Memory Verse: Romans 8.1...

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Bible Reading: Mark 10.32-52

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Bible Reading: Mark 10.1-31

What is Jesus revealing to me about Himself? What is Jesus revealing to me about myself? What is Jesus inviting me to be, have or do? Memory Verse: Romans 6.23...

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Bible Reading: Mark 9.30-50

What is Jesus revealing to me about Himself? What is Jesus revealing to me about myself? What is Jesus inviting me to be, have or do? Memory Verse: Romans 6.23...

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Bible Reading: Mark 9.1-29

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Bible Reading: Mark 8.27-38

What is Jesus revealing to me about Himself? What is Jesus revealing to me about myself? What is Jesus inviting me to be, have or do? Memory Verse: Romans 6.23...

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Bible Reading: Mark 8.1-26

What is Jesus revealing to me about Himself? What is Jesus revealing to me about myself? What is Jesus inviting me to be, have or do? Memory Verse: Romans 6.23...

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Bible Reading: Mark 7.24-37

What is Jesus revealing to me about Himself? What is Jesus revealing to me about myself? What is Jesus inviting me to be, have or do? Memory Verse: Romans 3.23...

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Bible Reading: Mark 7.1-23

What is Jesus revealing to me about Himself? What is Jesus revealing to me about myself? What is Jesus inviting me to be, have or do? Memory Verse: Romans 3.23...

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Bible Reading: Mark 6.33-56

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Bible Reading: Mark 6.1-32

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Bible Reading: Mark 5.21-43

What is Jesus revealing to me about Himself? What is Jesus revealing to me about myself? What is Jesus inviting me to be, have or do? Memory Verse: Romans 3.23...

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Bible Reading: Mark 5.1-20

What is Jesus revealing to me about Himself? What is Jesus revealing to me about myself? What is Jesus inviting me to be, have or do? Memory Verse: Romans 1.16...

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Bible Reading: Mark 4.26-41

What is Jesus revealing to me about Himself? What is Jesus revealing to me about myself? What is Jesus inviting me to be, have or do? Memory Verse: Romans 1.16...

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Bible Reading: Mark 4.1-25

What is Jesus revealing to me about Himself? What is Jesus revealing to me about myself? What is Jesus inviting me to be, have or do? Memory Verse: Romans 1.16...

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Bible Reading: Mark 3.20-35

What is Jesus revealing to me about Himself? What is Jesus revealing to me about myself? What is Jesus inviting me to be, have or do? Memory Verse: Romans 1.16...

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Bible Reading: Mark 3.1-19

What is Jesus revealing to me about Himself? What is Jesus revealing to me about myself? What is Jesus inviting me to be, have or do? Memory Verse: Romans 1.16...

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Bible Reading: Mark 2.14-28

What is Jesus revealing to me about Himself? What is Jesus revealing to me about myself? What is Jesus inviting me to be, have or do? Memory Verse: 1 John 5.1...

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Bible Reading: Mark 2.1-13

What is Jesus revealing to me about Himself? What is Jesus revealing to me about myself? What is Jesus inviting me to be, have or do? Memory Verse: 1 John 5.1...

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Bible Reading: Mark 1.21-45

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Bible Reading: Mark 1.1-20

Today we begin 31 days in the gospel of Mark. Each reading will include some simple questions to help you engage with the text. What is Jesus revealing to me about Himself? What is Jesus revealing to me about myself? What is Jesus inviting me to be, have or do? Memory Verse: 1 John 5.1...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 5.18-21

We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is t...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 5.16-17

If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death. 1 John 5.16-17 As we look at the text, we don't want to breeze ov...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 5.13-15

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him. 1 John 5:13-15 Did yo...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 5.3-12

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. Whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the wat...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 4.18-5.2

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us. If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have fro...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 4.13-17

By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love ...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 4.7-12

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God; and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and se...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 4.4-6

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error....

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Bible Reading: 1 John 4.1-3

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of whic...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 3.23-24

This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us. 1 John 3:23-24 What does it mean to believe in a "name"? It no doubt refers to more than just the word by whic...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 3.19-22

We shall know by this that we are of the truth, and shall assure our heart before Him, in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 3.16-18

We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. 1 John 3.16-18 John wastes no time getting st...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 3.13-15

Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. 1 John 3.13-15 John is calling believers to love one another. Our lov...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 3.9-12

No who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother. For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 3.7-8

Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3.7-8 As a father speaks to his children, so God speaks to us in these two vers...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 3.4-6

Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him. 1 John 3.4-6 I never will forget when my younger sister, Robin was expecting her firstborn around 13 years ago. I felt led to tell her abou...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 3.1-3

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who ...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 2.28-29

Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming. If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him. 1 John 2.28-29 I love the scene at a race where the runners are running with spectators on the side cheering them on as they near t...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 2.26-27

These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him. 1 John 2.26-27 In the last few devotionals we ...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 2.21-25

I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. As for you, let th...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 2.18-21

Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. But you have an ano...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 2.15-17

Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. 1 Jo...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 2.12-14

I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name's sake. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father. I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who ...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 2.7-11

Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard. On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true Light is already shining. The one who says he is in the Light and ...

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Bible Reading 1 John 2.3-6

By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the sa...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 2.1-2

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. 1 John 2:1-2 The first purpose for John writings this was found in 1 John 1:4 "These things we writ...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 1.8-10

If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. 1 John 1.8-10 Just as in John's day, we are confronted with people that attempt to mini...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 1.5-7

This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us fr...

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Bible Reading: 1 John 1.1-4

What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you ...

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Bible Reading: James 5.19-20

My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. James 5.19-20 We have all lost our way a time or two (Guys, blame Google maps if you want). When have you come the closest to wandering from the faith? What or who he...

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Bible Reading: James 5.13-18

Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, th...

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Bible Reading: James 5.12

But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath;but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment. James 5.12 James here calls for simple, straightforward and honest speech. People of integrity have no need to swear by elaborate oaths to convince others of their truthfulness. Nor should they s...

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Bible Reading: James 5.7-11

Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is sta...

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Bible Reading: James 5.1-6

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure! Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed you...

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Bible Reading: James 4.13-17

Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit." Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this and that." But as i...

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Bible Reading: James 4.11-12

Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But youwho are you to judge your neighbor? James 4:11-12 James repe...

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Bible Reading: James 4.6-10

But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, "God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble." Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourni...

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Bible Reading: James 4.2-5

You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to ...

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Bible Reading: James 4.1-2

What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. James 4:1-2 Have you ever asked, maybe just to yourself: How did this conversation go so bad? or How did ...

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Bible Reading: James 3.17-18

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:17-18 Our preceding verses talk about a worldly wisdom that only creates envy, ambition and strife. In other words it harms our relationships. ...

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Bible Reading: James 3.13-16

Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is d...

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Bible Reading: James 3.9-12

With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water ...

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Bible Reading: James 3.5-8

So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. For every species of beasts and bir...

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Bible Reading: James 3.1-5

Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well. Now if we put the bits into the horses' mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. Look at the ships als...

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Bible Reading: James 2.21-26

Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness," and he was called the friend of God. You see that a man is justifie...

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Bible Reading: James 2.18-20

But someone may well say, "You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works." You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? James 2:18-20 When reading the book of James, it might seem at...

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Bible Reading: James 2.14-17

What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and be filled," and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being b...

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Bible Reading: James 2.13

For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2.13 Mercy is victorious over judgment. That is truly the great victor cry of the redeemed in Christ. As we look forward to future grace we know that when we see the Lord, mercy will reign for believers and judgment becomes a time when eternal rewards are given, for our judgm...

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Bible Reading: James 2.10-12

For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. For He who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not commit murder." Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. James 2:10-12 In 2012, a Neurol...

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Bible Reading: James 2.5-9

Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court? Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called? If, however, you are fulfilling the royal ...

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Bible Reading: James 2.1-4

My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, "You sit here in a good place," and you say ...

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Bible Reading: James 1.26-27

If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless. This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit the orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. James 1:26-27 In our devotion today we are reminded of the connectio...

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Bible Reading: James 1.21-25

Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. But prove yourselves doer of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at ...

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Bible Reading: James 1.19-20

This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. James 1:19-20 A simple way to remember these wise words: God has blessed us with one mouth and two ears; therefore we should listen twice as much as we speak. This scripture reminds us listening is an acti...

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Bible Reading: James 1.17-18

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures. James 1:17-18 If you've ever taken a trip to a high arid place far away from our populou...

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Bible Reading: James 1.13-16

Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. James 1:13-16 ...

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Bible Reading: James 1.12

Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James 1.12 James has already exhorted us to consider it all joy when we face all types of trials. Now he speaks of happiness belonging to one who sticks with their commitment to Jesus under the trials of life. Jam...

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Bible Reading: James 1.9-11

But the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position; and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away. Jame...

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Bible Reading: James 1.5-8

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable ...

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Bible Reading: James 1.1

James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings. James 1.1 Could you imagine being the earthly brother of Jesus? That was the case for James, but for James it was of most importance to declare that he was a bond-servant of Jesus. What they were in the flesh was not what James purposed to know, but instead...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 24.18-25

2 Samuel 24.18-25So Gad came to David that day and said to him, "Go up, erect an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite." 19David went up according to the word of Gad, just as the Lord had commanded. 20Araunah looked down and saw the king and his servants crossing over toward him; and Araunah went out and bowed his face to the ground before the ki...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 24.15-17

2 Samuel 24.15-17 So the Lord sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning until the appointed time, and seventy thousand men of the people from Dan to Beersheba died. When the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord relented from the calamity and said to the angel who destroyed the people, "It is enough! Now relax your hand!" And the angel ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 24.1-14

2 Samuel 24.1-14 Now again the anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and it incited David against them to say, "Go, number Israel and Judah." 2 The king said to Joab the commander of the army who was with him, "Go about now through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, and register the people, that I may know the number of the people." 3 But Joab said to the ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 23.24-39

2 Samuel 23.24-39Asahel the brother of Joab was among the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem, 25Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite, 26Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, 27Abiezer the Anathothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite, 28Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite, 29Heleb the son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai of G...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 23.8-23

2 Samuel 23.8-23These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: Josheb-basshebeth a Tahchemonite, chief of the captains, he was called Adino the Eznite, because of eight hundred slain by him at one time; 9and after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there to battle and...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 23.1-7

2 Samuel 23.1-7 Now these are the last words of David. David the son of Jesse declares, the man who was raised on high declares, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, "The Spirit of theLordspoke by me, and His word was on my tongue. "The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me, 'He who rules over men righteously, who rules in the f...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 22.31-51

2 Samuel 22.31-51 "As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the Lord is tested; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. 32"For who is God, besides the Lord? And who is a rock, besides our God? 33"God is my strong fortress; And He sets the blameless in His way. 34"He makes my feet like hinds' feet, And sets me on my high places. 35"He trains my hands for battle, ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 22.21-30

2 Samuel 22:21-30TheLordhas rewarded me according to my righteousness;According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me."For I have kept the ways of theLord,And have not acted wickedly against my God."For all His ordinanceswerebefore me,Andas forHis statutes, I did not depart from them."I was also blameless toward Him,And I kept myself from my iniquity."Therefor...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 22.5-20

2 Samuel 22:5-20The waves of death swirled about me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. 6The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me. 7"In my distress I called to the Lord; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears. 8The earth trembled and quaked, the foundations of the heavens shook; they tre...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 22.1-4

2 Samuel 22.1-4David sangto theLordthe words of this song when theLord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.2He said: "TheLordis my rock,my fortressand my deliverer; 3 my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold,my refuge andmy savior from violent people you save me.4"I called to ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 21.15-22

2 Samuel 21:15-22 Now whenthe Philistines were at war again with Israel, David went down and his servants with him; and as they fought against the Philistines, David became weary.16Then Ishbi-benob, who wasamong the descendants of thegiant, the weight of whose spear was three hundredshekelsof bronze in weight,was girded with a newsword, and heintended to kill David.17ButAb...

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Biblel Reading: 2 Samuel 21.1-14

2 Samuel 21.1-14 Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and David sought the presence of the Lord. And the Lord said, "It is for Saul and his bloody house, because he put the Gibeonites to death." 2So the king called the Gibeonites and spoke to them (now the Gibeonites were not of the sons of Israel but of the remnant of the Amorites,...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 20.13-26

2 Samuel 20.13-26As soon as he was removed from the highway, all the men passed on after Joab to pursue Sheba the son of Bichri. Now he went through all the tribes of Israel to Abel, even Beth-maacah, and all the Berites; and they were gathered together and also went after him. They came and besieged him in Abel Beth-maacah, and they cast up a siege ramp against the city, ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 20.1-12

2 Samuel 20.1-12 Now a worthless fellow happened to be there whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite; and he blew the trumpet and said, "We have no portion in David, Nor do we have inheritance in the son of Jesse; Every man to his tents, O Israel!" 2 So all the men of Israel withdrew from following David and followed Sheba the son of Bichri; but the men of Jud...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 19.24-43

2 Samuel 19.24-43 Then Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king; and he had neither cared for his feet, nor trimmed his mustache, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came home in peace. 25It was when he came from Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said to him, "Why did you not go with me, Mephibosheth?" 26So he answ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 19.8-23

2 Samuel 19.8-23 So the king arose and sat in the gate. When they told all the people, saying, "Behold, the king is sitting in the gate," then all the people came before the king. Now Israel had fled, each to his tent.All the people were quarreling throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, "The king delivered us from the hand of our enemies and saved us from the hand of...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 19.1-7

2 Samuel 19.1-7Then it was told Joab, "Behold, the king is weeping and mourns for Absalom." 2The victory that day was turned to mourning for all the people, for the people heard it said that day, "The king is grieved for his son." 3So the people went by stealth into the city that day, as people who are humiliated steal away when they flee in battle. 4The king covered his f...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 18.19-33

2 Samuel 18:19-33Then Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said, "Please let me run and bring the king news that theLordhas1freed him from the hand of his enemies." But Joab said to him, "You are not the man to carry news this day, but you shall carry news another day; however, you shall carry no news today because the king's son is dead." Then Joab said to the Cushite, "Go, tell the ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 18.1-18

2 Samuel 18.1-18 Then David numbered the people who were with him and set over them commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds. 2David sent the people out, one third under the command of Joab, one third under the command of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and one third under the command of Ittai the Gittite. And the king said to the people, "I myself wi...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 17.15-29

2 Samuel 17:15-29Then Hushai said to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, "This is what Ahithophel counseled Absalom and the elders of Israel, and this is what I have counseled. 16Now therefore, send quickly and tell David, saying, 'Do not spend the night at the fords of the wilderness, but by all means cross over, or else the king and all the people who are with him will be...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 17.1-14

2 Samuel 17.1-14 Furthermore, Ahithophel said to Absalom, "Please let me choose 12,000 men that I may arise and pursue David tonight. I will come upon him while he is weary and exhausted and terrify him, so that all the people who are with him will flee. Then I will strike down the king alone, and I will bring back all the people to you. The return of everyone depends on t...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 16.15-23

2 Samuel 16:15-23 Then Absalom and all the people, the men of Israel, entered Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him.16Now it came about whenHushai the Archite, David's friend, came to Absalom, thatHushai said to Absalom, "Longlive the king!Long live the king!"17Absalom said to Hushai, "Is this yourloyalty to your friend?Why did you not go with your friend?"18Then Hushai said ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 16.5-14

2 Samuel 16.5-14 When King David came to Bahurim, behold, there came out from there a man of the family of the house of Saul whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera; he came out cursing continually as he came.He threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David; and all the people and all the mighty men were at his right hand and at his left.Thus Shimei said when ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 16.1-4

2 Samuel 16.1-4 Now when David had passed a little beyond the summit, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him with a couple of saddled donkeys, and on them were two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred clusters of raisins, a hundred summer fruits, and a jug of wine. 2 The king said to Ziba, "Why do you have these?" And Ziba said, "The donkeys are for the king's hous...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 15.30-37

2 Samuel 15.30-37 And David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went, and his head was covered and he walked barefoot. Then all the people who were with him each covered his head and went up weeping as they went. 31Now someone told David, saying, "Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom." And David said, "O Lord, I pray, make the counsel of ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 15.13-29

2 Samuel 15:13-29Then a messenger came to David, saying, "The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom." 14David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, "Arise and let us flee, for otherwise none of us will escape from Absalom. Go in haste, or he will overtake us quickly and bring down calamity on us and strike the city with the edge of the sword." 15T...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 15.1-12

2 Samuel 15.1-12 Now it came about after this that Absalom provided for himself a chariot and horses and fifty men as runners before him. 2Absalom used to rise early and stand beside the way to the gate; and when any man had a suit to come to the king for judgment, Absalom would call to him and say, "From what city are you?" And he would say, "Your servant is from one of t...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 14.21-33

2 Samuel 14.21-33Then the king said to Joab, "Behold now, I will surely do this thing; go therefore, bring back the young man Absalom." Joab fell on his face to the ground, prostrated himself and blessed the king; then Joab said, "Today your servant knows that I have found favor in your sight, O my lord, the king, in that the king has performed the request of his servant."...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 14.1-20

2 Samuel 14.1-20 Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived thatthe king's heartwas inclinedtoward Absalom.So Joab sent toTekoa andbrought a wise woman from there and said to her, "Please pretend to be a mourner, and put on mourning garments now, and do notanoint yourself with oil, but be like a woman who has been mourning for the dead many days;then go to the king and speak to...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 13-23-39

2 Samuel 13:23-39Now it came about after two full years that Absalomhad sheepshearers in Baal-hazor, which is near Ephraim, and Absalom invited all the king's sons. 24Absalom came to the king and said, "Behold now, your servant has sheepshearers; please let the king and his servants go with your servant."25But the king said to Absalom, "No, my son, we should not all go, fo...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 13.1-22

2 Samuel 13:1-22Now it was after this that Absalom the son of David had a beautiful sister whose name was Tamar, and Amnon the son of David loved her. 2Amnon was so frustrated because of his sister Tamar that he made himself ill, for she was a virgin, and it seemed hard to Amnon to do anything to her. 3But Amnon had a friend whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, Davi...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 12.26-31

2 Samuel 12.26-31 Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the sons of Ammon and captured the royal city. 27 Joab sent messengers to David and said, "I have fought against Rabbah, I have even captured the city of waters. 28 Now therefore, gather the rest of the people together and camp against the city and capture it, or I will capture the city myself and it will be named after m...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 12.24-25

2 Samuel 12.24-25Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her; and she gave birth to a son, and he named him Solomon. Now the Lord loved him 25and sent word through Nathan the prophet, and he named him Jedidiah for the Lord's sake. I love the simplicity of the words of this hymn that speaks of God's grace, Grace, grace, God's grace, Grace ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 12.15-23

2 Samuel 12.15b-23Then the Lord struck the child that Uriah's widow bore to David, so that he was very sick. 16 David therefore inquired of God for the child; and David fasted and went and lay all night on the ground. 17The elders of his household stood beside him in order to raise him up from the ground, but he was unwilling and would not eat food with them. 18Then it hap...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 12.7-15

2 Samuel 12.7-15 Nathan then said to David, "You are the man! Thus says the Lord God of Israel, 'It is I who anointed you king over Israel and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8I also gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your care, and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added to you m...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 11.26-27

2 Samuel 11.26-27 Now when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. When the time of mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house and she became his wife; then she bore him a son. But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the Lord. Our first verse turns attention to Bathsheba after Uriah has been ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 11-6.25

2 Samuel 11.6-25Then David sent to Joab,saying,"Send me Uriah the Hittite." So Joab sent Uriah to David. When Uriah came to him,David asked concerning the welfare of Joab and the people and the state of the war. Then David said to Uriah, "Go down to your house, and wash your feet." And Uriah went out of the king'shouse, and a present from the king was sent out after him. B...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 11.1-5

2 Samuel 11:1-5Then it happenedin the spring, at the time when kings go outto battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon andbesieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem. 2Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around onthe roof of the king's house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 10.1-19

2 Samuel 10:1-19Now it happened afterwards thatthe king of the Ammonites died, and Hanun his son became king in his place.2Then David said, "I will show kindness to Hanun the son ofNahash, just as his father showed kindness to me." So David sentsome of his servants to console him concerning his father. But when David's servants came to the land of the Ammonites,3the prince...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 9.1-13

2 Samuel 9.1-13 Then David said, "Is there yet anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?" 2Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David; and the king said to him, "Are you Ziba?" And he said, "I am your servant." 3The king said, "Is there not yet anyone of the house of Saul to whom ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 8.1-18

2 Samuel 8:1-18Now after this it came about that David defeated the Philistines and subdued them; and David took control of the chief city from the hand of the Philistines. 2He defeated Moab, and measured them with the line, making them lie down on the ground; and he measured two lines to put to death and one full line to keep alive. And the Moabites became servants to Dav...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 7.18-29

2 Samuel 7.18-29 Then David the king went in and sat before theLord, and he said, "Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that You have brought me this far? "And yet this was insignificant in Your eyes, O LordGod, for You have spoken also of the house of Your servant concerning the distant future. And this is the custom of man, O LordGod. "Again what more can David sa...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 7.1-17

2 Samuel 7.1-17 Now it came about when the king lived in his house, and the Lord had given him rest on every side from all his enemies, 2that the king said to Nathan the prophet, "See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells within tent curtains." 3Nathan said to the king, "Go, do all that is in your mind, for the Lord is with you." 4But in the same nigh...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 6.12-23

2 Samuel 6.12-23 Now it was told King David, saying, "TheLordhas blessed the house of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, on account of the ark of God."David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom intothe city of David with gladness.And so it was, that when thebearers of the ark of theLordhad gone six paces, he sacrificed anox and a fatling.AndDa...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 6.1-11

2 Samuel 6.1-11 Now David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. 2And David arose and went with all the people who were with him to Baale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God which is called by the Name, the very name of the Lord of hosts who is enthroned above the cherubim. 3They placed the ark of God on a new cart that they might bring it f...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 5.17-25

2 Samuel 5.17-25 When the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek out David; and when David heardof it,he went down to the stronghold. Now the Philistines came and spread themselves out in the valley of Rephaim.Then David inquired of theLord, saying, "Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You give them into...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 5.1-16

2 Samuel 5.1-16 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, "Behold, we are your bone and your flesh. 2 Previously, when Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel out and in. And the Lord said to you, 'You will shepherd My people Israel, and you will be a ruler over Israel.'" 3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and Kin...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 4.1-12

2 Samuel 4:1-12 When Ish-Bosheth son of Saul heard that Abnerhad died in Hebron, he lost courage, and all Israel became alarmed.2Now Saul's son had two men who were leaders of raiding bands. One was named Baanah and the other Rekab; they were sons of Rimmon the Beerothite from the tribe of BenjaminBeerothis considered part of Benjamin,3because the people of Beeroth fled to...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 3.31-39

2 Samuel 3:31-39Then David said to Joab and to all the people who were with him, "Tear your clothes and gird on sackcloth and lament before Abner." And King David walked behind the bier. 32Thus they buried Abner in Hebron; and the king lifted up his voice and wept at the grave of Abner, and all the people wept. 33The king chanted a lament for Abner and said, "Should Abner ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 3.6-30

2 Samuel 3:6-30It came about while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David thatAbner was making himself strong in the house of Saul.7Now Saul had a concubine whose name wasRizpah, the daughter of Aiah; and[a]Ish-bosheth said to Abner, "Why have you gone in to my father's concubine?"8Then Abner was very angry over the words of Ish-bosheth and said, "A...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 3.1-5

2 Samuel 3.1-5Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David; and David grew steadily stronger, but the house of Saul grew weaker continually. 2Sons were born to David at Hebron: his firstborn was Amnon, by Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; 3and his second, Chileab, by Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah, th...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 2.12-32

2 Samuel 2.12-32 Now Abner the son of Ner, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon with the servants of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul. And Joab the son of Zeruiah and the servants of David went out and met them by the pool of Gibeon; and they sat down, one on the one side of the pool and the other on the other side of the pool. Then Abner said to Joab, "Now let the young men arise ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 2.1-11

2 Samuel 2.1-11 Then it came about afterwards that David inquired of theLord, saying, "Shall I go up to one of the cities of Judah?" And theLord said to him, "Go up." So David said, "Where shall I go up?" And He said, "To Hebron."So David went up there, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite.And David brought up his me...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 1.17-27

2 Samuel 1:17-27 Then Davidchanted with this lament over Saul and Jonathan his son,and he toldthemto teach the sons of Judahthe song ofthe bow; behold, it is written inthe book of Jashar."Your beauty, O Israel, is slain on your high places! How have the mighty fallen! "Tellitnot in Gath, Proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon, Orthe daughters of the Philistines will re...

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Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 1.1-16

2 Samuel 1.1-16Now it came about after the death of Saul, when David had returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, that David remained two days in Ziklag. 2On the third day, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul, with his clothes torn and dust on his head. And it came about when he came to David that he fell to the ground and prostrated himself. 3Then David sai...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 31.1-13

1 Samuel 31.1-13Now the Philistines were fighting against Israel, and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines and fell slain on Mount Gilboa. 2The Philistines overtook Saul and his sons; and the Philistines killed Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchi-shua the sons of Saul. 3The battle went heavily against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was badly wounded by th...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 30.21-31

1 Samuel 30.21-31 When David came to the two hundred men who were too exhausted to follow David, who had also been left at the brook Besor, and they went out to meet David and to meet the people who were with him, then David approached the people and greeted them. 22 Then all the wicked and worthless men among those who went with David said, "Because they did not go with u...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 30.1-20

1 Samuel 30:1-20Then it happened when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had made a raid on the Negev and on Ziklag, and had overthrown Ziklag and burned it with fire; 2and they took captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great, without killing anyone, and carried them off and went their way. 3When David and his men cam...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 29.1-11

1 Samuel 29.1-11The Philistines gatheredall their forces at Aphek,and Israel camped by the spring in Jezreel.2As the Philistine rulers marched with their units of hundreds and thousands, David and his men were marching at the rearwith Achish.3The commanders of the Philistines asked, "What about these Hebrews?" Achish replied, "Is this not David,who was an officer of Saul k...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 28.1-25

1 Samuel 28.1-25 Now it came about in those days that the Philistines gathered their armed camps for war, to fight against Israel. And Achish said to David, "Know assuredly that you will go out with me in the camp, you and your men." 2David said to Achish, "Very well, you shall know what your servant can do." So Achish said to David, "Very well, I will make you [my bodygua...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 27.1-12

1 Samuel 27.1-12 Then David said to himself, "Now I will perish one day by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than to escape into the land of the Philistines. Saul then will despair of searching for me anymore in all the territory of Israel, and I will escape from his hand."So David arose and crossed over, he and the six hundred men who were with him, to Achi...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 26.13-25

1 Samuel 26.13-25 Then David crossed over to theother side and stood on top of the mountain at a distancewitha large area between them. David called to the people and to Abner the son of Ner, saying, "Will you not answer, Abner?" Then Abner replied, "Who are you who calls to the king?" So David said to Abner, "Are you not a man? And who is like you in Israel? Why then have...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 26.1-12

1 Samuel 26.1-12 Then the Ziphites came to Saul at Gibeah, saying, "Is not David hiding on the hill of Hachilah,which isbeforeJeshimon?"So Saul arose and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having with himthree thousand chosen men of Israel, to search for David in the wilderness of Ziph.Saul camped in the hill of Hachilah, which is beforeJeshimon,beside the road, and Davi...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 25.43-44

1 Samuel 25.43-44David had also taken Ahinoam of Jezreel, and they both became his wives. Now Saul had given Michal his daughter, David's wife, to Palti the son of Laish, who was from Gallim. One thing I love about scripture is that it hits both the highs and lows of people's lives. No doubt when you mention King David most people think of David's victory of Goliath that ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 25.43-44

1 Samuel 25.43-44David had also taken Ahinoam of Jezreel, and they both became his wives. Now Saul had given Michal his daughter, David's wife, to Palti the son of Laish, who was from Gallim. One thing I love about scripture is that it hits both the highs and lows of people's lives. No doubt when you mention King David most people think of David's victory of Goliath that ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 25.32-42

1 Samuel 25:32-42Then David said to Abigail, "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me, 33and blessed be your discernment, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodshed and from avenging myself by my own hand. 34Nevertheless, as the Lord God of Israel lives, who has restrained me from harming you, unless you had come quickly to mee...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 25.18-31

1 Samuel 25:18-31Then Abigail hurried andtook two hundredloavesof bread and two jugs of wine and five sheep already prepared and five measures of roasted grain and a hundred clusters of raisins and two hundred cakes of figs, and loadedthemon donkeys.19She said to her young men, "Go on before me; behold, I am coming after you." But she did not tell her husband Nabal.20It ca...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 25.2-17

1 Samuel 25.2-17 Now there was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel; and the man was very rich, and he had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. And it came about while he was shearing his sheep in Carmel 3 (now the man's name was Nabal, and his wife's name was Abigail. And the woman was intelligent and beautiful in appearance, but the man was harsh and evil in ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 25.1

1 Samuel 25.1 Then Samuel died; and all Israel gathered together and mourned for him, and buried him at his house in Ramah. And David arose and went down to the wilderness of Paran. This is a sad note to begin a new chapter Samuel dies. Life is short. We are not promised 70 years or even tomorrow. So, what will we do with our days that God has given us? Samuel lived a f...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 24.1-22

1 Samuel 24.1-22Now when Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, saying, "Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi."Then Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Rocks of the Wild Goats.He came to the sheepfolds on the way, where therewasa cave; and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now Davi...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 23.15-29

1 Samuel 23.15-29Now David became aware that Saul had come out to seek his life while David was in the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh. 16And Jonathan, Saul's son, arose and went to David at Horesh, and encouraged him in God. 17Thus he said to him, "Do not be afraid, because the hand of Saul my father will not find you, and you will be king over Israel and I will be next to y...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 23.1-14

1 Samuel 23.1-14 Then they told David, saying, "Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are plundering the threshing floors." So David inquired of the Lord, saying, "Shall I go and attack these Philistines?" And the Lord said to David, "Go and attack the Philistines and deliver Keilah." But David's men said to him, "Behold, we are afraid here in Judah. How ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 22.1-23

1 Samuel 22:1-23So David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam; and when his brothers and all his father's household heard of it, they went down there to him. 2Everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him; and he became captain over them. Now there were about four hundred men with him. 3And D...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 21.1-15

1 Samuel 21.1-15 Then David came to Nob to Ahimelech the priest; and Ahimelech came trembling to meet David and said to him, "Why are you alone and no one with you?" David said to Ahimelech the priest, "The king has commissioned me with a matter and has said to me, 'Let no one know anything about the matter on which I am sending you and with which I have commissioned you; ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 20.30-42

1 Samuel 20:30-42Then Saul's anger burned against Jonathan and he said to him, "You son of a perverse, rebellious woman! Do I not know that you are choosing the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of your mother's nakedness?31Foras long as the son of Jesse lives on the earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. Therefore now, send and bring him to...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 20.1-29

1 Samuel 20.1-29 Then David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said to Jonathan, "What have I done? What is my iniquity? And what is my sin before your father, that he is seeking my life?" 2 He said to him, "Far from it, you shall not die. Behold, my father does nothing either great or small without disclosing it to me. So why should my father hide this thing from me?...

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Biblel Reading: 1 Samuel 19.1-24

1 Samuel 19.1-24 Now Saul told Jonathan his son and all his servants to put David to death. But Jonathan, Saul's son, greatly delighted in David. So Jonathan told David saying, "Saul my father is seeking to put you to death. Now therefore, please be on guard in the morning, and stay in a secret place and hide yourself. I will go out and stand beside my father in the field ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 18.20-30

1 Samuel 18.20-30Now Michal, Saul's daughter, loved David. When they told Saul, the thing was agreeable to him. 21Saul thought, "I will give her to him that she may become a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him." Therefore Saul said to David, "For a second time you may be my son-in-law today." 22Then Saul commanded his servants, "Speak to D...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 18.10-19

1 Samuel 18.10-19 Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul, and he raved in the midst of the house, while David was playing the harp with his hand, as usual; and a spear was in Saul's hand. 11Saul hurled the spear for he thought, "I will pin David to the wall." But David escaped from his presence twice. 12Now Saul was afraid of...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 18.1-9

1 Samuel 18.1-9Now it came about when he had finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself. 2Saul took him that day and did not let him return to his father's house. 3Then Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. 4Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gav...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 17.1-58

1 Samuel 17.1-58(click to be taken to scripture text) The battle was not just the little guy, David versus the big guy, Goliath. There is much more going on. David calls Goliath, an uncircumcised Philistine (17.26). God had ordained a sign of His covenant with His people back in the day of Abraham. Circumcision would be a constant sign of remembrance that God had entered i...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 16.12-23

1 Samuel 16.12-23 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance. And the Lord said, "Arise, anoint him; for this is he." Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah. Now the Spirit...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 16.1-11

1 Samuel 16.1-11 Now the Lord said to Samuel, "How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have selected a king for Myself among his sons." 2But Samuel said, "How can I go? When Saul hears of it, he will kill me." And the Lord said, "Take a heifer...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 15.10-23

1 Samuel 15:10-23 Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying, 11"I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following Me and has not carried out My commands." And Samuel was distressed and cried out to the Lord all night. 12Samuel rose early in the morning to meet Saul; and it was told Samuel, saying, "Saul came to Carmel, and behold, he set up ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 15.1-9

Then Samuel said to Saul, "TheLordsent me to anoint you as king over His people, over Israel; now therefore, listen to thewords of theLord.2Thus says theLordof hosts, 'I willpunish Amalekforwhat he did to Israel, how he set himself against him on the way while he was coming up from Egypt.3Now go and strike Amalek andutterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; bu...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 14.47-52

1 Samuel 14.47-52 Now when Saul had taken the kingdom over Israel, he fought against all his enemies on every side, against Moab, the sons of Ammon, Edom, the kings of Zobah, and the Philistines; and wherever he turned, he inflicted punishment.He acted valiantly and defeated the Amalekites, and delivered Israel from the hands of those who plundered them. Now the sons of Sa...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 14.36-46

1 Samuel 14.36-46Then Saul said, "Let us go down after the Philistines by night and take spoil among them until the morning light, and let us not leave a man of them." And they said, "Do whatever seems good to you." So the priest said, "Let us draw near to God here." 37Saul inquired of God, "Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will You give them into the hand of Israel?...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 14.24-35

Now the men of Israel were hard-pressed on that day, for Saul had put the people under oath, saying, "Cursed be the man who eats food before evening, and until I have avenged myself on my enemies." So none of the people tasted food. Allthe people ofthe land entered the forest, and there was honey on the ground. When the people entered the forest, behold, there wasa flow of...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 14.16-23

16 Now Saul's watchmen in Gibeah of Benjamin looked, and behold, the multitude melted away; and they went here and there. 17 Saul said to the people who were with him, "Number now and see who has gone from us." And when they had numbered, behold, Jonathan and his armor bearer were not there. 18 Then Saul said to Ahijah, "Bring the ark of God here." For the ark of God was a...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 14.1-15

Now the day came that Jonathan, the son of Saul, said to the young man who was carrying his armor, "Come and let us cross over to the Philistines' garrison that is on the other side." But he did not tell his father.Saul was staying in the outskirts ofGibeah under the pomegranate tree which is inMigron. And the people whowerewith himwereabout six hundred men,and Ahijah, the...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 13.15-23

Then Samuel arose and went up from Gilgal to Gibeah of Benjamin. And Saul numbered the people who were present with him, about six hundred men. 16Now Saul and his son Jonathan and the people who were present with them were staying in Geba of Benjamin while the Philistines camped at Michmash. 17And the raiders came from the camp of the Philistines in three companies: one co...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 13.1-14

Saul wasthirtyyears old when he began to reign, and he reignedforty two years over Israel. Now Saul chose for himself 3,000 men of Israel, of which 2,000 were with Saul inMichmash and in the hill country of Bethel, while 1,000 were with Jonathan atGibeah of Benjamin. But he sent away the rest of the people, each to his tent.Jonathan smotethe garrison of the Philistines th...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 12.1-18

Today, we pick back up with 1 Samuel... Then Samuel said to all Israel, "Behold, I have listened to your voice in all that you said to me and I have appointed a king over you.2Now, here is the king walking before you, but I am old and gray, and behold my sons are with you. And I have walked before you from my youth even to this day.3Here I am; bear witness against me befo...

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Bible Reading: Matthew 28.16-20

I wanted to take this first week of the New Year and share with you verses that have stirred my mind and hearts for years and have impacted my life greatly. JerryBut the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority...

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Bible Reading: Matthew 24.14

I wanted to take this first week of the New Year and share with you verses that have stirred my mind and hearts for years and have impacted my life greatly. JerryThis gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24.14I remember the first time this verse landed on my heart. I was in college...

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Bible Reading: John 10.27-30

I wanted to take this first week of the New Year and share with you verses that have stirred my mind and hearts for years and have impacted my life greatly. JerryMy sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 1.20-21

I wanted to take this first week of the New Year and share with you verses that have stirred my mind and hearts for years and have impacted my life greatly. JerryAccording to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me...

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Bible Reading: Isaiah 26.1-10

I wanted to take this first week of the New Year and share with you verses that have stirred my mind and hearts for years and have impacted my life greatly. Jerry In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: "We have a strong city; He sets up walls and ramparts for security. "Open the gates, that the righteous nation may enter, The one that remains faithful. "...

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Bible Reading: Hebrews 12.1-2

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the righ...

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Bible Reading: Romans 8.1-4

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the req...

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Bible Reading: John 1.14-18

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John testified about Him and cried out, saying, "This was He of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.'" For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For the Law was ...

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Bible Reading: John 1.6-13

There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He ca...

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Bible Reading: John 1.1-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1.1-5 If you take a ...

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Bible Reading: Luke 2.15-20

When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, "Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us." So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. When they had seen this, they made known the statement which ha...

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Bible Reading: Luke 2.8-14

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people...

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Bible Reading: Luke 2.1-7

Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem...

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Bible Reading: Luke 1.46-56

And Mary said: "My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. "For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed. "For the Mighty One has done great things for me; And holy is His name. "And His mercy is upon generation after generation toward those who fear Him. "He has ...

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Bible Reading: Luke 1.39-45

Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. And she cried out with a loud voice and said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your wo...

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Bible Reading: Luke 1.26-38

Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you." But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutati...

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Bible Reading: Matthew 2.1-12

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him." When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the...

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Bible Reading: Matthew 1.18-25

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a drea...

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Bible Reading: Galatians 4.4-7

But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an he...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 2.9-11

For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11 In December in the midst of the consumerism arou...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 2.5-8

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 8.9

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9 This verse reminds us of the Good News that Jesus came because of God's great love for us. Christ took our sin upon Himself and gave us a free gift of His righteousness (Philippians 2.6-8; 2 Corint...

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Bible Reading: Revelation 12.1-5

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet and on her head a crown of twelve stars; and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. And his tail swept...

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Bible Reading: Luke 11.27-28

While Jesus was saying these things, one of the women in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, "Blessed is the womb that bore You and the breasts at which You nursed." But He said, "On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it." Luke 11.27-28 What is greater those who hear the Word of God and obey or being the mother of Jesus? Accordin...

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Bible Reading: Zechariah 3.8-10

Now listen, Joshua the high priest, you and your friends who are sitting in front of you-indeed they are men who are a symbol, for behold, I am going to bring in My servant the Branch. For behold, the stone that I have set before Joshua; on one stone are seven eyes. Behold, I will engrave an inscription on it,' declares the LORD of hosts, 'and I will remove the iniquity of...

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Bible Reading: Isaiah 11.1-10

Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, And a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. And He will delight in the fear of the LORD, And He will not judge by what His eyes see, Nor make a decision by wh...

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Bible Reading: Isaiah 9.1-7

But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles. The people who walk in darknessWill see a great light;Those who live in a dark land,The light will shine on t...

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Bible Reading: Micah 5.1-5

"Now muster yourselves in troops, daughter of troops;They have laid siege against us;With a rod they will smite the judge of Israel on the cheek.But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,Too little to be among the clans of Judah,From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.His goings forth are from long ago,From the days of eternity."Therefore He will give them up unt...

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Bible Reading: Hebrews 1.1-3

God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purificatio...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 148.1-14

Praise the Lord!Praise the Lord from the heavens;Praise Him in the heights!Praise Him, all His angels;Praise Him, all His hosts!Praise Him, sun and moon;Praise Him, all stars of light!Praise Him, highest heavens,And the waters that are above the heavens!Let them praise the name of the Lord,For He commanded and they were created.He has also established them forever and ever...

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Bible Reading: Isaiah 40.1-5

"Comfort, O comfort My people," says your God. "Speak kindly to Jerusalem; and call out to her, that her warfare has ended, that her iniquity has been removed, that she has received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sins." A voice is calling, "Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. "Let every valley be lifted up, ...

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Bible Reading: Luke 10.38-42

Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord's feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her...

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Bible Reading: Luke 10.30-37

Jesus replied and said, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Sa...

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Bible Reading: Luke 10.25-29

And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" And He said to him, "What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?" And he answered, "YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF." And He said t...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 11.1-15

1 Samuel 11:1-15 NowNahash the Ammonite came up andbesiegedJabesh-gilead; and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, "Makea covenant with us and we will serve you."2But Nahash the Ammonite said to them, "I will makeitwith you on this condition,that I will gouge out the right eye of every one of you, thus I will make ita reproach on all Israel."3The elders of Jabesh said to...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 10.17-27

1 Samuel 10.17-27 Thereafter Samuel called the people together to the Lord at Mizpah; and he said to the sons of Israel, "Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, 'I brought Israel up from Egypt, and I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the power of all the kingdoms that were oppressing you.' But you have today rejected your God, who delivers you from all...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 10.9-16

1 Samuel 10.9-16 Then it happened when he turned his back to leave Samuel, God changed his heart; and all those signs came about on that day. 10When they came to the hill there, behold, a group of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him mightily, so that he prophesied among them. 11It came about, when all who knew him previously saw that he prophesied now wit...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 10.1-8

1 Samuel 10.1-8 Then Samuel took the flask of oil, poured it on his head, kissed him and said, "Has not the Lordanointed you a ruler over His inheritance?When you go from me today, then you will find two men close to Rachel's tomb in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say to you, 'The donkeys which you went to look for have been found. Now behold, your fath...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 9.15-27

1 Samuel 9:15-27 15Now a day before Saul's coming,theLordhadrevealedthisto Samuel saying,16"About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, andyou shall anoint him to be prince over My people Israel; and he will deliver My people from the hand of the Philistines. ForI have regarded My people, because their cry has come to Me."17When Samuel saw Sa...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 9.1-14

1 Samuel 9:1-14 Now there was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah, the son of a Benjamite, a mighty man of valor. 2He had a son whose name was Saul, a choice and handsome man, and there was not a more handsome person than he among the sons of Israel; from his shoulders and up he was taller than an...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 8.10-22

1 Samuel 8.10-22 10So Samuel spoke all the words of the Lord to the people who had asked of him a king. 11He said, "This will be the procedure of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and place them for himself in his chariots and among his horsemen and they will run before his chariots. 12He will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and of fiftie...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 8.1-9

1 Samuel 8:1-9 When Samuel grew old, he appointedhis sons as Israel's leaders. The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah,and they served at Beersheba.But his sonsdid not follow his ways. They turned asideafter dishonest gain and accepted bribesand pervertedjustice. So all the eldersof Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. The...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 7.7-17

1 Samuel 7.7-17Now when the Philistines heard that the sons of Israel had gathered to Mizpah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the sons of Israel heard it, they were afraid of the Philistines. 8Then the sons of Israel said to Samuel, "Do not cease to cry to the Lord our God for us, that He may save us from the hand of the Philistines." 9Samuel ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 7.1-6

1 Samuel 7.1-6 And the men of Kiriath-jearim came and took the ark of the Lord and brought it into the house of Abinadab on the hill, and consecrated Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the Lord. From the day that the ark remained at Kiriath-jearim, the time was long, for it was twenty years; and all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord. Then Samuel spoke to all the ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 6.13-21

1 Samuel 6:13-2113Now the people of Beth Shemesh were harvesting their wheatin the valley, and when they looked up and saw the ark, they rejoiced at the sight.14The cart came to the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh, and there it stopped beside a large rock. The people chopped up the wood of the cart and sacrificed the cows as a burnt offeringto theLord.15The Levitestook dow...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 6.1-12

1 Samuel 6.1-12 Now the ark of theLordhad been in the country of the Philistines seven months. Andthe Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, "What shall we do with the ark of theLord? Tell us how we shall send it to its place." They said, "If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it empty; but you shall surely return to Him a guilt o...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 5.1-12

1 Samuel 5.1-12 Now the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it to the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon.When the Ashdodites arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon and set him in his place again.But...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 4.12-22

1 Samuel 4:12-22 Now a man of Benjamin ran from the battle line and came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes torn and dust on his head. 13When he came, behold, Eli was sitting on his seat by the road eagerly watching, because his heart was trembling for the ark of God. So the man came to tell it in the city, and all the city cried out. 14When Eli heard the noise of the...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 4.1-11

1 Samuel 4.1-11 Thus the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out to meet the Philistines in battle and camped beside Ebenezer while the Philistines camped in Aphek. 2The Philistines drew up in battle array to meet Israel. When the battle spread, Israel was defeated before the Philistines who killed about four thousand men on the battlefield. 3When the people...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 3.15-21

1 Samuel 3:15-21 So Samuel lay down until morning. Then heopened the doors of the house of theLord. But Samuel was afraid to tellthe vision to Eli.Then Eli called Samuel and said, "Samuel, my son." And he said, "Here I am." He said, "What is the word that He spoke to you? Please do not hide it from me.May God do so to you, and more also, if you hide anything from me of al...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 3.1-14

I Samuel 3:1-14 Nowthe boy Samuel was ministering to theLordbefore Eli. Andword from theLordwas rare in those days,visions were infrequent. 2It happened at that time as Eli was lying down in his place (nowhis eyesight had begun to grow dimandhe could not seewell),3andthe lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of theLordwhere the ark of G...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 2.27-36

1 Samuel 2.27-36 Then a man of God came to Eli and said to him, "Thus says the Lord, 'Did I not indeed reveal Myself to the house of your father when they were in Egypt in bondage to Pharaoh's house? 28Did I not choose them from all the tribes of Israel to be My priests, to go up to My altar, to burn incense, to carry an ephod before Me; and did I not give to the house of...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 2.22-26

1 Samuel 2.22-26 Now Eli was very old; and he heard all that his sons were doing to all Israel, and how they lay with the women who served at the doorway of the tent of meeting. 23He said to them, "Why do you do such things, the evil things that I hear from all these people? 24No, my sons; for the report is not good which I hear the Lord's people circulating. 25If one man ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 2.18-21

1 Samuel 2.18-21 Now Samuel was ministering before the Lord, as a boy wearing a linen ephod. And his mother would make him a little robe and bring it to him from year to year when she would come up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. Then Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife and say, "May the Lord give you children from this woman in place of the one she dedica...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 2.12-17

1 Samuel 2.12-17 Now the sons of Eli wereworthless men; they did not know the Lord and the custom of the priests with the people. When any man was offering a sacrifice, the priest's servant would come while the meat was boiling, with a three-pronged fork in his hand.Then he would thrust it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fork brought up the priest...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 2.1-11

1 Samuel 2.1.11 Then Hannahprayed and said, "My heart exults in theLord; Myhorn is exalted in theLord, My mouthspeaks boldly against my enemies, BecauseI rejoice in Your salvation. 2"There is no one holy like theLord, Indeed,there is no one besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God. 3"Boast no more so very proudly, Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth; For the...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 1.19-28

1 Samuel 1:19-28 Then they arose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord, and returned again to their house in Ramah. And Elkanah had relations with Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. 20It came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she gave birth to a son; and she named him Samuel, saying, "Because I have asked him of the Lord." 21Then ...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 2.12-18

1 Samuel 1.12-18 Now it came about, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli was watching her mouth. 13As for Hannah, she was speaking in her heart, only her lips were moving, but her voice was not heard. So Eli thought she was drunk. 14Then Eli said to her, "How long will you make yourself drunk? Put away your wine from you." 15But Hannah replied, "No, my lord,...

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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 1.1-11

1 Samuel 1.1-11Now there was a certain man from Ramathaim-zophim from the hill country of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. He had two wives: the name of one was Hannah and the name of the other Peninnah; and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. Now this man would go up fro...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 150

Psalm 150 Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty expanse. 2Praise Him for His mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.3Praise Him with trumpet sound; Praise Him with harp and lyre. 4Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe. 5Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with resoundi...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 149

Psalm 149 PraisetheLord! Sing to theLordanew song, AndHis praisein the congregation of the godly ones. Let Israel be glad inhis Maker; Let the sons of Zion rejoice in theirKing. Let them praise His name withdancing; Let them sing praises to Him withtimbrel and lyre. For theLordtakes pleasure in His people; He willbeautify the afflicted ones with salvation. Let thegodly o...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 148

Psalm 148 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all stars of light! Praise Him, highest heavens, And the waters that are above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord, For He commanded and they were created. He has also e...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 147

Psalm147 Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant and praise is becoming. 2The Lord builds up Jerusalem; He gathers the outcasts of Israel. 3He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. 4He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them. 5Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 146

Psalm 146Praise the Lord!Praise the Lord, O my soul!I will praise the Lord while I live;I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.Do not trust in princes,In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.His spirit departs, he returns to the earth;In that very day his thoughts perish.How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,Whose hope is in the Lord his God,Wh...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 145

Psalm 145I willextol You,my God, O King, And I willbless Your name forever and ever. 2Every day I will bless You, And I willpraise Your name forever and ever. 3Great is theLord, and highly to be praised, And Hisgreatness is unsearchable. 4Onegeneration shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts. 5On theglorioussplendor of Your majesty Andon Your...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 144

Psalm 144Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, andmy fingers for battle; my lovingkindness and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and He in whom I take refuge, who subdues my people under me. O Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You think of him? Man is like a mere breath; his days are like a ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 143

Psalm 143 Hear my prayer, OLord, Give ear to my supplications! Answer me in Your faithfulness, in Your righteousness! And do notenter into judgment with Your servant, For in Your sight no man living is righteous. For the enemy has persecuted my soul; He has crushed my life to the ground; He has made me dwell in dark places, like those who have long been dead. There...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 142

Psalm 142 I cry aloud with my voice to the Lord; I make supplication with my voice to the Lord. 2I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare my trouble before Him. 3When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, You knew my path. In the way where I walk They have hidden a trap for me. 4Look to the right and see; For there is no one who regards me;There is no escape for me; No...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 141

Psalm 141 O Lord, I call upon You; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to You! 2May my prayer be counted as incense before You; The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering. 3Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips. 4Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, To practice deeds of wickedness With men who do iniquity; And do ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 140

Psalm 140 Rescue me, O Lord, from evil men; Preserve me from violent men 2Who devise evil things in their hearts; They continually stir up wars. 3They sharpen their tongues as a serpent; Poison of a viper is under their lips. Selah. 4 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; Preserve me from violent men Who have purposed to trip up my feet.5The proud have hidden a tr...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 139.19-24

Psalm 139:19-24 O that You wouldslay the wicked, O God; Depart from me, therefore,men of bloodshed. For theyspeakagainst You wickedly, And Your enemies takeYour namein vain. Do I nothate those who hate You, OLord? And do I notloathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with the utmost hatred; They have become my enemies. Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 139.13-18

Psalm 139.13-1813 For Youformed myinward parts; Youwove me in my mother's womb. 14I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. 15Myframe was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, Andskillfully wrought in thedepths of the earth;16Youreyes have seen my unformed substance; And inYour bo...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 139.1-12

Psalm 139:1-12 O Lord, You have searched me and known me. 2You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. 3You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. 4Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O Lord, You know it all. 5You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon m...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 138

Psalm 138 I will give You thanks with all my heart; I will sing praises to You before the gods. I will bow down toward Your holy temple And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name. On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul. All the kings of the ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 137

Psalm 137 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. Upon the willows in the midst of it we hung our harps. For there our captors demanded of us songs, and our tormentors mirth, saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion." How can we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land? If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget her skill. ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 136

Psalm 136 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 2Give thanks to the God of gods, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 3Give thanks to the Lord of lords, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 4To Him who alone does great wonders, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; 5To Him who made the heavens with skill, For His lovingkindne...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 135

Psalm 135Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord; Praise Him, O servants of the Lord, You who stand in the house of the Lord, In the courts of the house of our God!Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; Sing praises to His name, for it is lovely. For the Lord has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His own possession. For I know that the Lord is great And that our Lo...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 134

Psalm 134 Behold,bless theLord, allservants of theLord, Whoserveby night in the house of theLord! Lift up your hands to thesanctuary And bless theLord. May theLordbless you from Zion, He whomade heaven and earth. This short psalm is the last of the ascent songs, sung by God's people as they would go up to the temple to worship the Lord and bring their sacrifices. The p...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 133

Psalm 133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard, evenAaron's beard, coming down upon the edge of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon coming down upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lordcommanded the blessing-life forever.David in this Psalm uses some b...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 132

Psalm 132 Remember, OLord, on David's behalf, All his affliction; How he swore to theLord And vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob, "Surely I will not enter my house, Nor lie on my bed; I will not give sleep to my eyes Or slumber to my eyelids, Until I find a place for theLord, A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob." Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah, We fo...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 131

Psalm 131 O Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; Nor do I involve myself in great matters, Or in things too difficult for me. Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me. O Israel, hope in the Lord From this time forth and forever. This psalm was written by David, it lik...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 130

Psalm 130 Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive To the voice of my supplications. If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord More than the watc...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 129

Psalm 129 Many times they havepersecuted me from myyouth up," Let Israel now say, "Many times they havepersecuted me from my youth up; Yet they havenot prevailed against me. "The plowers plowed upon my back; They lengthened their furrows." TheLordis righteous; He has cut in two thecords of the wicked. May all whohate Zion Beput to shame and turned backward; Let them be l...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 128

Psalm 128 How blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, Who walks in His ways. When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands, You will be happy and it will be well with you. Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine Within your house, Your children like olive plants Around your table. Behold, for thus shall the man be blessed Who fears the Lord.The Lord bless you from Zion, An...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 127

Psalm 127 Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arr...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 126

Psalm 126 When the Lord brought back the captive ones of Zion, We were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter And our tongue with joyful shouting; Then they said among the nations, "The Lord has done great things for them." The Lord has done great things for us; We are glad. Restore our captivity, O Lord. As the streams in the south, Those who sow in...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 125

Psalm 125 Those who trust in theLord Are as Mount Zion, whichcannot be moved butabides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, SotheLordsurrounds His people From this time forth and forever. For thescepter of wickedness shall not rest upon theland of the righteous, So that the righteouswill not put forth their hands to do wrong. Do good, OLord, to those who are good...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 124

Psalm 124 "Had it not been the Lordwho was on our side," let Israel now say, "Had it not been the Lordwho was on our side when men rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us alive, when their anger was kindled against us; then the waters would have engulfed us, the stream would have swept over our soul; then the raging waters would have swept over our soul." Bl...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 123

Psalm 123 To You I lift up my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens! Behold, as the eyes of servantslookto the hand of their master, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyeslookto theLordour God, Until He is gracious to us. Be gracious to us, OLord, be gracious to us, For we are greatly filled with contempt. Our soul is greatly filled ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 122

Psalm 122 I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord." Our feet are standing Within your gates, O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that is built As a city that is compact together; To which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord An ordinance for Israel To give thanks to the name of the Lord. For there thrones were set for judgment, The thrones of the ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 121

Psalm 121 I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, No...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 120

Psalm 120 In my trouble I cried to the Lord, And He answered me. Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, From a deceitful tongue. What shall be given to you, and what more shall be done to you, You deceitful tongue? Sharp arrows of the warrior, With the burning coals of the broom tree. Woe is me, for I sojourn in Meshech, For I dwell among the tents of Kedar! Too long ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.169-176

Psalm 119:169-176 Let mycrycome before You, OLord; Give me understandingaccording to Your word. Let mysupplication come before You; Deliver me according to Yourword. Let mylips utter praise, For Youteach me Your statutes. Let mytongue sing of Yourword, For all Yourcommandments are righteousness. Let Yourhand beready to help me, For I havechosen Your precepts. Ilong for Yo...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.161-168

Psalm 119.161-168 Princes persecute me without cause, But my heart stands in awe of Your words. I rejoice at Your word, As one who finds great spoil. I hate and despise falsehood, But I love Your law. Seven times a day I praise You, Because of Your righteous ordinances. Those who love Your law have great peace, And nothing causes them to stumble. I hope for Your ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.153-160

Psalm 119: 153-160 Look upon my affliction and rescue me, For I do not forget Your law. Plead my cause and redeem me; Revive me according to Your word. Salvation is far from the wicked, For they do not seek Your statutes. Great are Your mercies, O Lord; Revive me according to Your ordinances. Many are my persecutors and my adversaries, Yet I do not turn aside from Your tes...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.145-152

Psalm 119:145-152I criedwith all my heart; answer me, OLord! I willobserve Your statutes. I cried to You;save me And I shall keep Your testimonies. Irise before dawn and cry for help; Iwait for Your words. My eyes anticipate thenight watches, That I maymeditate on Yourword. Hear my voiceaccording to Your lovingkindness; Revive me, OLord, according to Your ordinances. Those...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.137-144

Psalm 119.137-144 Righteous are You, O Lord, and upright are Your judgments. You have commanded Your testimonies in righteousness and exceeding faithfulness. My zeal has consumed me, because my adversaries have forgotten Your words. Your word is very pure, therefore Your servant loves it. I am small and despised, yetI do not forget Your precepts. Your righteousness is an e...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.129-136

Psalm 119.129-136 Your testimonies arewonderful; Therefore my soul observes them. The unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple. I opened my mouth wide and panted, For I longed for Your commandments. Turn to me and be gracious to me, After Your manner with those who love Your name. Establish my footsteps in Your word, And do not let...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.121-128

Psalm 119.121-128I have done justice and righteousness; Do not leave me to my oppressors. Be surety for Your servant for good; Do not let the arrogant oppress me. My eyes fail with longing for Your salvation And for Your righteous word. Deal with Your servant according to Your lovingkindness And teach me Your statutes. I am Your servant; give me understanding, That I may k...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.113-120

Psalm 119.113-120 I hate those who are double-minded, But I love Your law. You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your word. Depart from me, evildoers, That I may observe the commandments of my God. Sustain me according to Your word, that I may live; And do not let me be ashamed of my hope. Uphold me that I may be safe, That I may have regard for Your statutes c...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.105-112

Psalm 119:105-112Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.I have sworn and I will confirm it, That I will keep Your righteous ordinances.I am exceedingly afflicted; Revive me, O Lord, according to Your word.O accept the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, And teach me Your ordinances.My life is continually in my hand, Yet I do not forget Your law.The wicke...

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Bible Reading: Psalms 119.97-104

Psalm 119:97-104O how Ilove Your law! It is mymeditation all the day.Yourcommandments make me wiser than my enemies, For they are evermine.I have more insight than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are mymeditation.I understandmore than the aged, Because I haveobserved Your precepts.I haverestrained my feet from every evil way, That I may keep Your word.I have notturne...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.89-96

Psalm 119.89-96 Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations; You established the earth, and it stands. They stand this day according to Your ordinances, For all things are Your servants. If Your law had not been my delight, Then I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget Your precepts, Fo...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.81-88

Psalm 119: 81-88"My soul languishes for Your salvation; I wait for Your word. My eyes fail with longing for Your word, While I say "When will You comfort me?" Though I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget Your statutes. How many are the days of Your servant? When will You execute judgement on those who persecute me? The arrogant have dug pits for me, M...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.73-80

Psalm 119:73-80 73Your hands made me andfashioned me; Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments. 74May those whofear Yousee me and be glad, Because Iwait for Your word. 75I know, OLord, that Your judgments arerighteous, And thatin faithfulness You have afflicted me. 76O may Your lovingkindnesscomfort me, According to Yourword to Your servant. 77MayYour com...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.65-72

Psalm 119.65-72 You have dealt well with Your servant, O Lord, according to Your word. Teach me good discernment and knowledge, for I believe in Your commandments. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word. You are good and do good; teach me Your statutes. The arrogant have forged a lie against me; with allmyheart I will observe Your precepts. Their he...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.57.64

Psalm 119.57-64 TheLordis my portion; I have promised to keep Your words. I sought Your favor with allmyheart; Be gracious to me according to Your word. I considered my ways And turned my feet to Your testimonies. I hastened and did not delay To keep Your commandments. The cords of the wicked have encircled me, ButI have not forgotten Your law. At midnight I shal...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.49-56

Psalm 119.49-56 Remember the word to Your servant, In which You have made me hope. 50This is my comfort in my affliction, That Your word has revived me. 51The arrogant utterly deride me, Yet I do not turn aside from Your law. 52I have remembered Your ordinances from of old, O Lord, And comfort myself. 53Burning indignation has seized me because of the wicked, Who forsake Y...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.41-48

Psalm 119.41-48 May Your lovingkindnesses also come to me, O Lord, Your salvation according to Your word; So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me, For I trust in Your word. And do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, For I wait for Your ordinances. So I will keep Your law continually, Forever and ever. And I will walk at liberty, For I seek Your p...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.33-40

Psalm 119:33-40 Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, And I shall observe it to the end. 34Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law And keep it with all my heart. 35Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it. 36Incline my heart to Your testimonies And not to dishonest gain. 37Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, And revive me i...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.25-32

Psalm 119:25-32 Mysoul cleaves to the dust; Revive meaccording to Your word. 26I have told of my ways, and You have answered me; Teach me Your statutes. 27Make me understand the way of Your precepts, So I willmeditate on Your wonders. 28Mysoulweeps because of grief; Strengthen me according to Your word. 29Remove the false way from me, And graciously grant me Your law. 30I...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.17-24

Psalm 119.17-24 Deal bountifully with Your servant, That I may live and keep Your word. Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law. I am a stranger in the earth; Do not hide Your commandments from me. My soul is crushed with longing After Your ordinances at all times. You rebuke the arrogant, the cursed, Who wander from Your commandments. Take...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.9-16

Psalm 119: 9-16 How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments. Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You. Blessed are You, O Lord; Teach me Your statutes. With my lips I have told of All the ordinances of Your mouth. I have rejoiced i...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.1-8

Psalm 119:1-8 How blessed are those whose way isblameless, Whowalk in the law of theLord. 2How blessed are those whoobserve His testimonies, Whoseek Himwith alltheirheart. 3They alsodo no unrighteousness; They walk in His ways. 4You haveordained Your precepts, That we should keepthemdiligently. 5Oh that myways may be established Tokeep Your statutes! 6Then Ishall not be a...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 118

Psalm 118Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting. Oh let Israel say, "His lovingkindness is everlasting." Oh let the house of Aaron say, "His lovingkindness is everlasting." Oh let those who fear the Lordsay, "His lovingkindness is everlasting." Frommydistress I called upon the Lord; the Lordanswered meandset mein a large place. The L...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 117

Psalm 117 Praise theLord, all nations; Laud Him, all peoples! For His lovingkindness is great toward us, And the truth of theLordis everlasting. Praise theLord! I have a friend who is fond of saying, "Just the headlines please!" when he feels a story or conversation is becoming a little too long-winded for his liking. If you're also a fan of concise communication th...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 116

Psalm 116 I love the Lord, because He hears My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live. The cords of death encompassed me And the terrors of Sheol came upon me; I found distress and sorrow. Then I called upon the name of the Lord: "O Lord, I beseech You, save my life!" Gracious is the Lord, and ri...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 115

Psalm 115Not to us, O Lord, not to us, But to Your name give glory Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth. Why should the nations say, "Where, now, is their God?" But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases. Their idols are silver and gold, The work of man's hands. They have mouths, but they cannot speak; They have eyes, but they cannot see; T...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 114

Psalm 114 When Israel went forth from Egypt, The house of Jacob from a people of strange language, 2Judah became His sanctuary, Israel, His dominion. 3The sea looked and fled; The Jordan turned back. 4The mountains skipped like rams, The hills, like lambs. 5What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back? 6O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, l...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 113

Psalm 113 PraisetheLord! Praise, Oservants of theLord, Praise the name of theLord. 2Blessed be the name of theLord From this time forth and forever. 3From the rising of the sun to its setting Thename of theLordis to be praised. 4TheLordishigh above all nations; Hisglory is above the heavens. 5Who is like theLordour God, Whois enthroned on high, 6Whohumbles Himself to behol...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 112

Psalm 112 Praise the Lord!How blessed is the man who fears the Lord,Who greatly delights in His commandments.His descendants will be mighty on earth;The generation of the upright will be blessed.Wealth and riches are in his house,And his righteousness endures forever.Light arises in the darkness for the upright;He is gracious and compassionate and righteous.It is well with...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 111

Psalm 111 Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart, In the company of the upright and in the assembly. 2Great are the works of the Lord; They are studied by all who delight in them. 3Splendid and majestic is His work, And His righteousness endures forever. 4He has made His wonders to be remembered; The Lord is gracious and compassionate. 5He has gi...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 110

Psalm 110TheLordsays to my Lord: "Sit at My right hand Until I makeYour enemies a footstool for Your feet." 2TheLordwill stretch forth Your strongscepter from Zion,saying, "Rule in the midst of Your enemies." 3Yourpeoplewill volunteer freely in the day of Yourpower; Inholy array, from the womb of the dawn, Your youth are to Youasthedew.4TheLordhas sworn and willnotchange H...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 109

Psalm 109 O God of my praise, do not be silent! For they have opened the wicked and deceitful mouth against me; they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, and fought against me without cause. In return for my love they act as my accusers; but I aminprayer. Thus they have repaid me evil for good and hatred for my love...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 108

Psalm 108 My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul. Awake, harp and lyre; I will awaken the dawn! I will give thanks to You, OLord, among the peoples, And I will sing praises to You among the nations. For Your lovingkindness is great above the heavens, And Your truthreachesto the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 107

Psalm 107 (Please read scripture text from bible.) God is good. There are many reasons of why we could say this and agree with this. In this psalm, the unknown writer gives reason upon reason of why we should praise God. We should praise God for His goodness and love that endures forever. Those who have been redeemed by the Lord should especially be thankful for the Lor...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 106

Psalm 106 Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Who can speak of the mighty deeds of the Lord, Or can show forth all His praise? How blessed are those who keep justice, Who practice righteousness at all times! Remember me, O Lord, in Your favor toward Your people; Visit me with Your salvation, That I may see...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 105

Psalm 105 (Please read bible for entire scripture text.) Ohgive thanks to theLord,call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples. 2Sing to Him,sing praises to Him; Speak of all Hiswonders. 3Glory in His holy name; Let theheart of those who seek theLordbe glad. 4Seek theLordandHis strength; Seek His face continually. 5Remember Hiswonders which He has done, His ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 104

Psalm 104 (Please read scripture text from bible.) As I sit here and write this I am looking out the lake house kitchen window in east Texas looking at the pine trees, the lake and deer. Its calm and peaceful out here, much the opposite of my window view in my kitchen in the bustling area of Frisco. As I look at this text, I am reminded that it's good to get away to ref...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 103

Psalm 103 Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle. The Lord performs righteous deeds And judgments for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel. The Lord is compassionate and gracious, ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 102

Psalm 102 (Read from bible. Scripture not provided.) Have you ever had a day when nothing seemed to go your way? After reading the first 11 verses of Psalm 102 it's clear that the author who penned these lines was not just having a bad day, but, as he describes, he was enduring a season of calamity. We don't have to wait long to see how he responds. In verse 12 the Psalm...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 101

Psalm 101 I willsing of lovingkindness andjustice, To You, OLord, I will sing praises. 2I willgive heed to theblameless way. When will You come to me? I will walk within my house in theintegrity of my heart. 3I will set noworthless thing before my eyes; I hate thework of those whofall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me. 4Aperverse heart shall depart from me; I will ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 100

Psalm 100 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lordwith gladness; come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the LordHimself is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we areHis people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving andHis courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lordis good; His lovin...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 99

Psalm 99 TheLordreigns, let the peoples tremble; He is enthronedabovethe cherubim, let the earth shake! TheLord is great in Zion, AndHe is exalted above all the peoples. Let them praise Your great and awesome name; Holy is He. The strength of the King loves justice; You have established equity; You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob. Exalt theLordour...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 98

Psalm 98 O sing to the Lord a new song, For He has done wonderful things, His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him. 2The Lord has made known His salvation; He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations. 3He has remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 97

Psalm 97 The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; Let the many islands be glad. 2Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. 3Fire goes before Him And burns up His adversaries round about. 4His lightnings lit up the world; The earth saw and trembled. 5The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, At the...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 96

Psalm 96 Sing to theLordanew song; Sing to theLord, all the earth. 2Sing to theLord, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day. 3Tell ofHis glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. 4Forgreat is theLordandgreatly to be praised; He is to befearedabove all gods. 5Forall the gods of the peoples areidols, ButtheLordmade...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 95

Psalm 95 O come, let ussing for joy to theLord, Let us shout joyfully tothe rock of our salvation. 2Let uscome before His presencewiththanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Himwithpsalms. 3For theLordis agreat God And a great Kingabove all gods,4In whose hand are thedepths of the earth, The peaks of the mountains are His also. 5The sea is His, for it was Hewho made it, An...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 94

Psalm 94 O Lord, God of vengeance, God of vengeance, shine forth! Rise up, O Judge of the earth, Render recompense to the proud. How long shall the wicked, O Lord, How long shall the wicked exult? They pour forth words, they speak arrogantly; All who do wickedness vaunt themselves. They crush Your people, O Lord, And afflict Your heritage. They slay the widow and...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 93

Psalm 93The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty; The Lord has clothed and girded Himself with strength; Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved. 2Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting. 3The floods have lifted up, O Lord, The floods have lifted up their voice, The floods lift up their pounding waves. 4More than the sounds...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 92

Psalm 92 It isgood to give thanks to theLord And tosing praises to Your name, O Most High; 2Todeclare Your lovingkindness in the morning And Yourfaithfulnessby night, 3With theten-stringed lute andwith theharp, With resounding musicupon thelyre. 4For You, OLord, have made me glad bywhat Youhave done, I willsing for joy at theworks of Your hands. 5Howgreat are Your work...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 91

Psalm 91He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!" For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 90

Psalm 90 Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were born OrYou gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. You turn man back into dust And say, "Return, O children of men." For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it passes by, Orasa watch in the night. You ha...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 89

Psalm 89 (Please read scripture text from bible.) God created music. Just like everything else He has created it is all for Him and His glory (Colossians 1.16). As we read through the psalms we must remember they are songs and prayers written by different people that honor the Lord. Today's psalm is written by Ethan who was a wise Levitical musician in the service of King...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 88

Psalm 88O Lord, the God of my salvation, I have cried out by day and in the night before You. 2Let my prayer come before You; Incline Your ear to my cry! 3For my soul has had enough troubles, And my life has drawn near to Sheol. 4I am reckoned among those who go down to the pit; I have become like a man without strength, 5Forsaken among the dead, Like the slain who lie in ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 87

Psalm 87Hisfoundation is in the holy mountains. 2TheLordloves the gates of Zion more than all theotherdwelling places of Jacob. 3Glorious things are spoken of you, Ocity of God.Selah. 4"I shall mentionRahab and Babylonamong those who know Me; Behold, Philistia andTyre withEthiopia: 'This one was born there.'" 5But of Zion it shall be said, "This one and that one were born ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 86

Psalm 86 Incline Your ear, OLord,andanswer me; For I amafflicted and needy. Preserve mysoul, for I am agodly man; O You my God, save Your servant whotrusts in You. Begracious to me, O Lord, Forto You I cry all day long. Make glad the soul of Your servant, For to You, O Lord,I lift up my soul. For You, Lord, aregood, andready to forgive, Andabundant in lovingkindness to al...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 85

Psalm 85 Lord, you werefavorable to your land; yourestored the fortunes of Jacob. Youforgave the iniquity of your people; youcovered all their sin.Selah You withdrew all your wrath; youturned from your hot anger. Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us! Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generat...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 84

Psalm 84 How lovely are Your dwelling places, O Lord of hosts! 2My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. 3The bird also has found a house, And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, Even Your altars, O Lord of hosts, My King and my God. 4How blessed are those who dwell in Your ho...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 83

Psalm 83 O God,do not remain quiet; Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still. 2For behold, Your enemiesmake an uproar, Andthose who hate You haveexalted themselves. 3Theymake shrewd plans against Your people, Andconspire together againstYourtreasured ones. 4They have said, "Come, andlet us wipe them outas a nation, That thename of Israel be remembered no more." 5For t...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 82

Psalm 82 God takes His stand in His own congregation; He judges in the midst of the rulers. How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah. Vindicate the weak and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and destitute. Rescue the weak and needy; deliverthemout of the hand of the wicked. They do not know nor do they understand; they walk about in d...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 81

Psalm 81 Sing for joy to God ourstrength; Shout joyfully to the God of Jacob. Raise asong, strike the timbrel, The sweet sounding lyre with the harp. Blow the trumpet at the new moon, At the full moon, on our feast day. For it is a statute for Israel, An ordinance of the God of Jacob. He established it for a testimony in Joseph When he went throughout the land of ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 80

Psalm 80 Oh, give ear, Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock; You who are enthroned above the cherubim, shine forth! 2Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up Your power And come to save us! 3O God, restore us And cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved. 4O Lord God of hosts, How long will You be angry with the prayer of Your people?...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 79

Psalm 79 O God, the nations have invaded Your inheritance; They have defiled Your holy temple; They have laid Jerusalem in ruins. 2They have given the dead bodies of Your servants for food to the birds of the heavens, The flesh of Your godly ones to the beasts of the earth. 3They have poured out their blood like water round about Jerusalem; And there was no one to bury t...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 78

Psalm 78 (Please read scripture from your own bible.) Psalm 78 encompasses 72 verses. It is basically a call to remember the history of Israel so that future generations will not be unfaithful in their time of history. We will only look at the first eight verses but here is a simple outline for the complete Psalm: Instructions to learn from the mistakes of past gener...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 77

Psalm 77 My voicerisesto God, and I willcry aloud; My voicerisesto God, and He will hear me. 2In theday of my trouble I sought the Lord; In the night myhand was stretched outwithout weariness; My soulrefused to be comforted. 3WhenI remember God, then I amdisturbed; WhenIsigh, thenmy spirit grows faint. Selah. 4You have held my eyelidsopen; I am so troubled that Icannot sp...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 76

Psalm 76 God isknown in Judah; His name isgreat in Israel. Histabernacle is inSalem; Hisdwelling place also is in Zion. There Hebroke the flaming arrows, The shield and the sword and theweapons of war. Selah. You are resplendent, More majestic than the mountains of prey. Thestouthearted were plundered, They sank into sleep; And none of the warriors could use his hands....

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Bible Reading: Psalm 75

Psalm 75 We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks, For Your name is near; Men declare Your wondrous works. 2"When I select an appointed time, It is I who judge with equity.3"The earth and all who dwell in it melt; It is I who have firmly set its pillars. Selah. 4"I said to the boastful, 'Do not boast,' And to the wicked, 'Do not lift up the horn; 5Do not lift up your ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 74

(We recenlty made a change. There will be 5 devotionals provided each week. This allows you to read in other places in thescriptureson your own or if you miss some readings it allows you to catch up without any pressure.) Psalm 74 O God, why have Yourejectedusforever? Why does Your angersmoke against thesheep of Yourpasture? 2Remember Your congregation, which You hav...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 73

Psalm 73 (Read in own bible please.) It breaks my heart to be around so many people that have so little to do with God or with faith in Him. So often, we take comfort and refuge in the loving arms of the assembled peoples of the Lord; we rest ourselves within the embrace of the church. We rest in the Lord. While this is a good thing, we cannot forget to get back out there...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 72

Psalm 72 Give the king Your judgments, O God, And Your righteousness to the king's son. May he judge Your people with righteousness And Your afflicted with justice. Let the mountains bring peace to the people, And the hills, in righteousness. May he vindicate the afflicted of the people, Save the children of the needy And crush the oppressor. Let them fear You whi...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 71

Psalm 71 In You, O Lord, I have taken refuge; Let me never be ashamed. 2In Your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; Incline Your ear to me and save me. 3Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come; You have given commandment to save me, For You are my rock and my fortress. 4Rescue me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, Out of the grasp of the w...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 70

Psalm 70O God, hasten to deliver me;O Lord, hasten to my help!2 Let those be ashamed and humiliatedWho seek my life;Let those be turned back and dishonoredWho delight in my hurt.3Let those be turned back because of their shameWho say, "Aha, aha!"4Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;And let those who love Your salvation say continually,"Let God be magnified."5Bu...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 69

Psalm 69 Save me, O God, For thewaters havethreatened my life. 2I have sunk in deepmire, and there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and aflood overflows me. 3I amweary with my crying; my throat is parched; Myeyes fail while I wait for my God. 4Thosewho hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; Those who woulddestroy meare powerful, being w...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 68

Psalm 68 (Please read from bible.) Time goes fast. Seasons change. People let us down. We get news that makes us sad and news that makes us happy. We like being spontaneous but we also look for structure. Amid it all we are in need of a God that is going to provide the love, security, and significance that we are all looking for. Only God can ultimately fill those needs w...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 67

Psalm 67 God be gracious to us andbless us, Andcause His face to shineupon usSelah. ThatYour way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations. Let thepeoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. Let thenations be glad and sing for joy; For You willjudge the peoples with uprightness Andguide the nations on the earth.Selah. Let thepeoples prais...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 66

Psalm 66 Shout joyfully to God, all the earth; 2Sing the glory of His name; Make His praise glorious. 3Say to God, "How awesome are Your works! Because of the greatness of Your power Your enemies will give feigned obedience to You. 4"All the earth will worship You, And will sing praises to You; They will sing praises to Your name." Selah.5Come and see the works of God, Who...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 65

Psalm 65 There will be silence before You, and praise in Zion, O God,And to You the vow will be performed.2 O You who hear prayer,To You all men come.3 Iniquities prevail against me;As for our transgressions, You forgive them.4 How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to YouTo dwell in Your courts.We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house,Your holy...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 64

Psalm 64Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint; preserve my life from dread of the enemy. Hide me from the secret counsel of evildoers, from the tumult of those who do iniquity, who have sharpened their tongue like a sword. They aimed bitter speech as their arrow, to shoot from concealment at the blameless; suddenly they shoot at him, and do not fear. They hold fast to them...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 63

Psalm 63O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,In a dry and weary land where there is no water.Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary,To see Your power and Your glory.Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,My lips will praise You.So I will bless You as long as I live;I will lift up my hands in Your name.My...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 62

Psalm 62My soul waits in silence for God only;From Him is my salvation.He only is my rock and my salvation,My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.How long will you assail a man,That you may murder him, all of you,Like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence?They have counseled only to thrust him down from his high position;They delight in falsehood;They bless with the...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 61

Psalm 61Hear my cry, O God; Give heed to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy. Let me dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.For You have heard my vows, O God; You have given me...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 60

Psalm 60O God, You have rejected us. You have broken us;You have been angry; O, restore us.You have made the land quake, You have split it open;Heal its breaches, for it totters.You have made Your people experience hardship;You have given us wine to drink that makes us stagger.You have given a banner to those who fear You,That it may be displayed because of the truth.That ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 59

Psalms 59 (Please read from your bible.) Today's psalm was written by David as King Saul was seeking to kill him. Much of the injustice in my own life is of my own making, but David was righteous in this regard, never seeking a short cut to put himself over Saul as God's designated king of Israel, even though Saul regularly treated him unfairly. It is our nature to be an...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 58

Psalm 58 (Please read scripture from your bible.)David uses this Psalm to address the leaders and their unrighteousness. He asks God to deal with the evil that is being done in their work. As we see he prays for God to break their teeth which would shut down communication of their injustices. Furthermore, he prays for God to destroy these evil judges. Wow, what a prayer!It...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 57

Psalm 57 (Please read scripture from your bible)This devotional is dedicated to the people commonly referred to as "first responders". They include police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, their families, and the many, many individuals who work in support of those on the front lines.As we read in today's selection of Psalm 57, when calamity befalls us ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 56

Psalm 56 (Please read scripture from your bible.)Over the last 14 years a verse in this Psalm has been quoted more in our home than any other verse in the bible. Often at night over the years one of my four kids will say they are scared when they are between 2 and 4 years of age. When they were afraid we would go in and share with them that the bible tells us, "When I am a...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 55

Psalm 55 (Please read scripture from your bible) A common theme in the Psalms is David's anguish and lack of peace when his enemies seek to destroy his reputation and even threaten his life. In Psalm 55 we see this man of God pouring out his heart to the Lord, asking for help and wishing that he had the wings of a dove so he could fly away and find rest (55.6) What made ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 54

Psalm 54Save me, O God, by Your name, and vindicate me by Your power. Hear my prayer, O God; Give ear to the words of my mouth. For strangers have risen against me and violent men have sought my life; they have not set God before them. Selah. Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my soul. He will recompense the evil to my foes; destroy them in Your faithfu...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 52

Psalm 52Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The lovingkindness of God endures all day long.Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.You love evil more than good, Falsehood more than speaking what is right. Selah.You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.But God will break you down forever; He will snatch you up and tear you away ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 51

Psalm 51Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.Wash me thoroughly from my iniquityAnd cleanse me from my sin.For I know my transgressions,And my sin is ever before me.Against You, You only, I have sinnedAnd done what is evil in Your sight,So that You are justified when You speakAnd...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 50

Psalm 50 (Text not provided. Please read from your Bible) Every year the president gives the State of the Union address. It was originally designed to be a message for congress but with the advent of television it has become another way for the president to speak to the country at large. Leading up to the speech, many pundits try to guess the content and tone of the speec...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 49

Psalm 49 (No text provided. Please read with own Bible.) Growing up in North Carolina I developed a deep love for basketball, bacon, and cars to name just a few! The Carolinas were also known for tobacco but thankfully it did not interest me as much as the sports and food. My basketball days are over except for watching on it on TV, bacon is still as tasty but trying to e...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 48

Psalm 48Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,In the city of our God, His holy mountain.Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth,Is Mount Zion in the far north,The city of the great King.God, in her palaces,Has made Himself known as a stronghold.For, lo, the kings assembled themselves,They passed by together.They saw it, then they were amazed;They were ter...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 47

Psalm 47O clap your hands, all peoples;Shout to God with the voice of joy.For the LORD Most High is to be feared,A great King over all the earth.He subdues peoples under usAnd nations under our feet.He chooses our inheritance for us,The glory of Jacob whom He loves. Selah.God has ascended with a shout,The LORD, with the sound of a trumpet.Sing praises to God, sing praises;...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 46

Psalm 46God is our refuge and strength,A very present help in trouble.Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should changeAnd though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;Though its waters roar and foam,Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,The holy dwelling places of the Most High.God ...

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Bible Teaching: Psalm 45

Psalm 45My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer. You are fairer than the sons of men; grace is poured upon Your lips; therefore God has blessed You forever. Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One, in Your splendor and Your majesty! And in Your majesty ride on victoriously, for the cause of truth and...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 44

Psalm 44 (Text unavailable. Please read on your own.) It is vital to put our trust in the right place. Our trust should not ultimately be in our own strength (vv.3,6). Rather, you are to trust the Lord: 'It's You who saved us' (v.7, MSG).' This psalm is addressed to God as King (v.4). That God is the King (and real leader) of Israel is a common idea in the psalms. Suffer...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 43

Psalm 43Vindicate me, O God, and plead my case against an ungodly nation;O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!For You are the God of my strength; why have You rejected me?Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me;Let them bring me to Your holy hillAnd to Your dwelling places.Then I will go t...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 42

Psalm 42As the deer pants for the water brooks,So my soul pants for You, O God.My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;When shall I come and appear before God?My tears have been my food day and night,While they say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me.For I used to go along with the throng and lead them in pro...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 41

Psalm 41How blessed is he who considers the helpless;The LORD will deliver him in a day of trouble.The LORD will protect him and keep him alive,And he shall be called blessed upon the earth;And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies.The LORD will sustain him upon his sickbed;In his illness, You restore him to health.As for me, I said, "O LORD, be gracious to me;...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 40

Psalm 40I waited patiently for the Lord;And He inclined to me and heard my cry.He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay,And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;Many will see and fearAnd will trust in the Lord.How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust,And has ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 39

Psalm 39I said, "I will guard my waysThat I may not sin with my tongue;I will guard my mouth as with a muzzleWhile the wicked are in my presence."I was mute and silent,I refrained even from good,And my sorrow grew worse.My heart was hot within me,While I was musing the fire burned;Then I spoke with my tongue:"LORD, make me to know my endAnd what is the extent of my days;Le...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 38

Psalm 38 (No text provided. Please read from your own bible.) Today's reading is a vivid reminder of the important aspect of being penitent. When we, as followers of Jesus Christ, fall short and commit acts of sin, it is crucial that we exhibit remorse and pray to our Father for forgiveness. Also vital is repentance. We are not only to be remorseful, but we must turn away...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 37

Psalm 37 (Text not provided. Please read from your own bible.) In Psalm 37:1-5, David contrasts the evil or unrighteous man and the righteous. It can be very tempting at times to look at others that don't know Christ and either fear them or envy their lifestyle. David had constant battles with his enemies, and certainly had reason to fret or worry for his own life, but he...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 36

Psalm 36Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart; There is no fear of God before his eyes. For it flatters him in his own eyes concerning the discovery of his iniquity and the hatred of it. The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good. He plans wickedness upon his bed; He sets himself on a path that is not good; He d...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 34

Psalm 34 (Text not provided. Please read from own bible.) This is one of my most favorite psalms. David invites the Israelites to come and "magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together" (34.3). The foundational and guiding principle to living for the glory of God is focused on by David as he is teaching those with him, maybe even those younger, surely a ri...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 33

Psalm 33 (Text not provided. Please read from own bible.) "Sing for joy in the Lord, O you righteous ones." The psalmist calls us to praise the Lord for His upright Word and faithful work. God's Word is dependable and His works are righteous and good. The psalmist assured his readers of this and because of that we should praise the Lord for who He is and what He has done....

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Bible Reading: Psalm 32

Psalm 32Blessed is the person whose lawless acts are forgiven.Their sins have been taken away.Blessed is the person whose sin the LORD never counts against them.That person doesn't want to cheat anyone.When I kept silent about my sin,my body became weakbecause I groaned all day long.Day and nightyou punished me.I became weaker and weakeras I do in the heat of summer.Then I...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 31

Psalm 31In You, O LORD, I have taken refuge; Let me never be ashamed; In Your righteousness deliver me.Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly; Be to me a rock of strength, A stronghold to save me.For You are my rock and my fortress; For Your name's sake You will lead me and guide me.You will pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, For You are my str...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 30

Psalm 30I will extol You, O LORD, for You have lifted me up,And have not let my enemies rejoice over me.O LORD my God,I cried to You for help, and You healed me.O LORD, You have brought up my soul from Sheol;You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit.Sing praise to the LORD, you His godly ones,And give thanks to His holy name.For His anger is but for a mom...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 29

Psalm 29Ascribe to the Lord, O sons of the mighty,Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name;Worship the Lord in holy array.The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;The God of glory thunders,The Lord is over many waters.The voice of the Lord is powerful,The voice of the Lord is majestic.The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;Yes, ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 28

Psalm 28To You, O LORD, I call;My rock, do not be deaf to me,For if You are silent to me,I will become like those who go down to the pit.Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You for help,When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.Do not drag me away with the wickedAnd with those who work iniquity,Who speak peace with their neighbors,While evil is in the...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 27

Psalm 27The LORD is my light and my salvation;Whom shall I fear?The LORD is the defense of my life;Whom shall I dread?When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.Though a host encamp against me,My heart will not fear;Though war arise against me,In spite of this I shall be confident.One thing I have asked from the LOR...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 26

Psalm 26Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. Examine me, O LORD, and try me; test my mind and my heart. For Your loving kindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in Your truth. I do not sit with deceitful men, Nor will I go with pretenders. I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the...

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Bible Reading: Pslam 25

Psalm 25To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.O my God, in You I trust,Do not let me be ashamed;Do not let my enemies exult over me.Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed;Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.Make me know Your ways, O LORD;Teach me Your paths.Lead me in Your truth and teach me,For You are the God of my salvation;For You I w...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 24

Psalm 24The earth is the LORD'S, and all it contains,The world, and those who dwell in it.For He has founded it upon the seasAnd established it upon the rivers.Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?And who may stand in His holy place?He who has clean hands and a pure heart,Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehoodAnd has not sworn deceitfully.He shall receive a blessi...

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Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 13.1-8

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 13.11-14

Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13.11-14 The church is one body made of many d...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 13.5-10

Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in youunless indeed you fail the test? But I trust that you will realize that we ourselves do not fail the test. Now we pray to God that you do no wrong; not that we ourselves may appear approved, but that you may do what is right, even th...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 13.1-4

This is the third time I am coming to you. Every fact is to be confirmed by the testimony of two or three witnesses. I have previously said when present the second time, and though now absent I say in advance to those who have sinned in the past and to all the rest as well, that if I come again I will not spare anyone, since you are seeking for proof of the Christ who spea...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 12.19-21

All this time you have been thinking that we are defending ourselves to you. Actually, it is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ; and all for your upbuilding, beloved. For I am afraid that perhaps when I come I may find you to be not what I wish and may be found by you to be not what you wish; that perhaps there will be strife, jealousy, angry tempers,...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 12.11-18

I have become foolish; you yourselves compelled me. Actually I should have been commended by you, for in no respect was I inferior to the most eminent apostles, even though I am a nobody. The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles. For in what respect were you treated as inferior to the rest of the churches...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 12.7-10

Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to [a]torment meto keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weak...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 12.1-6

Boasting is necessary, though it is not profitable; but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago-whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows-such a man was caught up to the third heaven. And I know how such a man-whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows- ...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 11.21-33

To my shame I must say that we have been weak by comparison. But in whatever respect anyone else is boldI speak in foolishnessI am just as bold myself. Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. Are they servants of Christ?I speak as if insaneI more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times witho...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 11.16-21

Today we pick back up where we were before the Advent season with 2 Corinthians Again I say, let no one think me foolish; but if you do, receive me even as foolish, so that I also may boast a little. What I am saying, I am not saying as the Lord would, but as in foolishness, in this confidence of boasting. Since many boast according to the flesh, I will boast also. For yo...

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Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 11.7-15

Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you without charge? I robbed other churches by taking wages from them to serve you; and when I was present with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone; for when the brethren came from Macedonia they fully supplied my need, and in everything I kept mysel...

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Bible Reading: Isaiah 26.1-10

In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: "We have a strong city; He sets up walls and ramparts for security. "Open the gates, that the righteous nation may enter, The one that remains faithful. "The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. "Trust in the Lord forever, For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock. "For H...

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Bible Reading: Romans 12.1-2

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12.1-2 Paul is ...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 4.6-9

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good...

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Bible Reading: Philippians 3.10

That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death. Philippians 3.10 What if this was our desire this New Year? This was the Apostle Paul's desire. In fact, he counted everything a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Jesus, his Lord. Let us begin the New Year with the same prayer. As John th...

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Bible Reading: Revelation 22.14-21

Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying. "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and...

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Bible Reading: Revelation 22.6-13

And he said to me, "These words are faithful and true"; and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent His angel to show to His bond-servants the things which must soon take place. "And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book." I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw, I fel...

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Bible Reading: Revelation 19.11-16

And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armi...

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Bible Reading: Isaiah 65.17-25

"For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth;And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind."But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create;For behold, I create Jerusalem for rejoicingAnd her people for gladness."I will also rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in My people;And there will no longer be heard in herThe voice of weeping and the sound of cryin...

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Bible Reading: Luke 2.21-35

And when eight days had passed, before His circumcision, His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in t