Thursday, March 28, 2019

Jeremiah 1:5


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

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Jeremiah 1


Jeremiah Called to Be a Priest

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

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

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

The Prophet Is Called

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

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

Then said I:

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

7 But the Lord said to me:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14 Then the Lord said to me:

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

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

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Psalm 88 (MT: Psalm 89)

Translation: DRA

1 Of understanding, for Ethan the Ezrahite.

2 The mercies of the Lord I will sing for ever. I will shew forth thy truth with my mouth to generation and generation.

3 For thou hast said: Mercy shall be built up for ever in the heavens: thy truth shall be prepared in them.

4 I have made a covenant with my elect: I have sworn to David my servant:

5 Thy seed will I settle for ever. And I will build up thy throne unto generation and generation.

6 The heavens shall confess thy wonders, O Lord: and thy truth in the church of the saints.

7 For who in the clouds can be compared to the Lord: or who among the sons of God shall be like to God?

8 God, who is glorified in the assembly of the saints: great and terrible above all them that are about him.

9 O Lord God of hosts, who is like to thee? thou art mighty, O Lord, and thy truth is round about thee.

10 Thou rulest the power of the sea: and appeasest the motion of the waves thereof.

11 Thou hast humbled the proud one, as one that is slain: with the arm of thy strength thou hast scattered thy enemies.

12 Thine are the heavens, and thine is the earth: the world and the fulness thereof thou hast founded:

13 The north and the sea thou hast created. Thabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name:

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14 Thy arm is with might. Let thy hand be strengthened, and thy right hand exalted:

15 Justice and judgment are the preparation of thy throne. Mercy and truth shall go before thy face:

16 Blessed is the people that knoweth jubilation. They shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance:

17 And in thy name they shall rejoice all the day, and in thy justice they shall be exalted.

18 For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy good pleasure shall our horn be exalted.

19 For our protection is of the Lord, and of our king the holy one of Israel.

20 Then thou spokest in a vision to thy saints, and saidst: I have laid help upon one that is mighty, and have exalted one chosen out of my people.

21 I have found David my servant: with my holy oil I have anointed him.

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22 For my hand shall help him: and my arm shall strengthen him.

23 The enemy shall have no advantage over him: nor the son of iniquity have power to hurt him.

24 And I will cut down his enemies before his face; and them that hate him I will put to flight.

25 And my truth and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted.

26 And I will set his hand in the sea; and his right hand in the rivers.

27 He shall cry out to me: Thou art my father: my God, and the support of my salvation.

28 And I will make him my firstborn, high above the kings of the earth.

29 I will keep my mercy for him for ever: and my covenant faithful to him.

30 And I will make his seed to endure for evermore: and his throne as the days of heaven.

31 And if his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments:

32 If they profane my justices: and keep not my commandments:

33 I will visit their iniquities with a rod: and their sins with stripes.

34 But my mercy I will not take away from him: nor will I suffer my truth to fail.

35 Neither will I profane my covenant: and the words that proceed from my mouth I will not make void.

36 Once have I sworn by my holiness: I will not lie unto David:

37 His seed shall endure for ever.

38 And his throne as the sun before me: and as the moon perfect for ever, and a faithful witness in heaven.

39 But thou hast rejected and despised: thou hast been angry with thy anointed.

40 Thou hast overthrown the covenant of thy servant: thou hast profaned his sanctuary on the earth.

41 Thou hast broken down all his hedges: thou hast made his strength fear.

42 All that pass by the way have robbed him: he is become a reproach to his neighbours.

43 Thou hast set up the right hand of them that oppress him: thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice.

44 Thou hast turned away the help of his sword; and hast not assisted him in battle.

45 Thou hast made his purification to cease: and thou hast cast his throne down to the ground.

46 Thou hast shortened the days of his time: thou hast covered him with confusion.

47 How long, O Lord, turnest thou away unto the end? shall thy anger burn like fire?

48 Remember what my substance is for hast thou made all the children of men in vain?

49 Who is the man that shall live, and not see death: that shall deliver his soul from the hand of hell?

50 Lord, where are thy ancient mercies, according to what thou didst swear to David in thy truth?

51 Be mindful, O Lord, of the reproach of thy servants (which I have held in my bosom) of many nations:

52 Wherewith thy enemies have reproached, O Lord; wherewith they have reproached the change of thy anointed.

53 Blessed be the Lord for evermore. So be it. So be it.

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Revelation 12

Translation: DRA

1 And 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:

2 And being with child, she cried travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered.

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3 And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads, and ten horns: and on his head seven diadems:

4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth:

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and the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to be delivered; that, when she should be delivered, he might devour her son.

5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with an iron rod:

and her son was taken up to God, and to his throne.

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

7 And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels:

8 And they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven.

9 And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying: Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: because the accuser of our brethren is cast forth, who accused them before our God day and night.

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of the testimony, and they loved not their lives unto death.

12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you that dwell therein. Woe to the earth, and to the sea, because the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, knowing that he hath but a short time.

13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman, who brought forth the man child:

14 And there were given to the woman two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the desert unto her place, where she is nourished for a time and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth after the woman, water as it were a river; that he might cause her to be carried away by the river.

16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the river, which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

17 And the dragon was angry against the woman: and went to make war with the rest of her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

18 And he stood upon the sand of the sea.

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