Friday, January 31, 2020

Psalm 85 (MT: Psalm 86)

Translation: DRA

1 A prayer for David himself. Incline thy ear, O Lord, and hear me: for I am needy and poor.

2 Preserve my soul, for I am holy: save thy servant, O my God, that trusteth in thee.

3 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I have cried to thee all the day.

4 Give joy to the soul of thy servant, for to thee, O Lord, I have lifted up my soul.

5 For thou, O Lord, art sweet and mild: and plenteous in mercy to all that call upon thee.

6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer: and attend to the voice of my petition.

7 I have called upon thee in the day of my trouble: because thou hast heard me.

8 There is none among the gods like unto thee, O Lord: and there is none according to thy works.

9 All the nations thou hast made shall come and adore before thee, O Lord: and they shall glorify thy name.

10 For thou art great and dost wonderful things: thou art God alone.

11 Conduct me, O Lord, in thy way, and I will walk in thy truth: let my heart rejoice that it may fear thy name.

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12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God: with my whole heart, and I will glorify thy name for ever:

13 For thy mercy is great towards me: and thou hast delivered my soul out of the lower hell.

14 O God, the wicked are risen up against me, and the assembly of the mighty have sought my soul: and they have not set thee before their eyes.

15 And thou, O Lord, art a God of compassion, and merciful, patient, and of much mercy, and true.

16 O look upon me, and have mercy on me: give thy command to thy servant, and save the son of thy handmaid.

17 shew me a token for good: that they who hate me may see, and be confounded, because thou, O Lord, hast helped me and hast comforted me.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

John 4:3-4

He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. But He needed to go through Samaria.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Matthew 6:19-20

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

John 15:13

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

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John 15

The True Vine

1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.

4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.

7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

Love and Joy Perfected

9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.

10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

13 | Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.

15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.

16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.

17 These things I command you, that you love one another.

The World’s Hatred

18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.

19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 
21 But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.

22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.

23 He who hates Me hates My Father also.

24 If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father.

25 But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’

The Coming Rejection

26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.

27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Matthew 2:1

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king,

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Matthew 1:25

And he gave him the name Jesus.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

2 Corinthians 3:18c

just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

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2 Corinthians 3:18b

are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory,

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2 Corinthians 3:18a

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord,

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Exodus 15

Translation: DRA

1 Then Moses and the children of Israel sung this canticle to the Lord: and said: Let us sing to the Lord: for he is gloriously magnified, the horse and the rider he hath thrown into the sea.

2 The Lord is my strength and my praise, and he is become salvation to me: he is my God and I will glorify him: the God of my father, and I will exalt him.

3 The Lord is as a man of war, Almighty is his name.

4 Pharao's chariots and his army he hath cast into the sea: his chosen captains are drowned in the Red Sea.

5 The depths have covered them, they are sunk to the bottom like a stone.

6 Thy right hand, O Lord, is magnified in strength: thy right hand, O Lord, hath slain the enemy.

7 And in the multitude of they glory thou hast put down thy adversaries: thou hast sent thy wrath, which hath devoured them like stubble.

8 And with the blast of thy anger the waters were gathered together: the flowing water stood, the depth were gathered together in the midst of the sea.

9 The enemy said: I will pursue and overtake, I will divide the spoils, my soul shall have its fill: I will draw my sword, my hand shall slay them.

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10 Thy wind blew and the sea covered them: they sunk as lead in the mighty waters.

11 Who is like to thee, among the strong, O Lord? who is like to thee, glorious in holiness, terrible and praiseworthy, doing wonders?

12 Thou stretchedst forth thy hand, and the earth swallowed them.

13 In thy mercy thou hast been a leader to the people which thou hast redeemed: and in thy strength thou hast carried them to thy holy habitation.

14 Nations rose up, and were angry: sorrows took hold on the inhabitants of Philisthiim.

15 Then were the princes of Edom troubled, trembling seized on the stout men of Moab: all the inhabitants of Chanaan became stiff.

16 Let fear and dread fall upon them, in the greatness of thy arm: let them become unmoveable as a stone, until thy people, O Lord, pass by: until this thy people pass by, which thou hast possessed.

17 Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thy inheritance, in thy most firm habitation which thou hast made, O Lord; thy sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established.

18 The Lord shall reign for ever and ever.

19 For Pharao went in on horseback with his chariots and horsemen into the sea: and the Lord brought back upon them the waters of the sea: but the children of Israel walked on dry ground in the midst thereof.

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20 So Mary the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand: and all the women went forth after her with timbrels and with dances:

21 And she began the song to them, saying: Let us sing to the Lord, for he is gloriously magnified, the horse and his rider he hath thrown into the sea.

22 And Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea, and they went forth into the wilderness of Sur: and they marched three days through the wilderness, and found no water.

23 And they came into Mara, and they could not drink the waters of Mara, because they were bitter: whereupon he gave a name also agreeable to the place, calling it Mara, that is, bitterness.

24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying: What shall we drink?

25 But he cried to the Lord, and he shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, they were turned into sweetness. There he appointed him ordinances, and judgments, and there he proved him,

26 Saying: If thou wilt hear the voice of the Lord thy God, and do what is right before him, and obey his commandments, and keep all his precepts, none of the evils that I laid upon Egypt, will I bring upon thee: for I am the Lord thy healer.

27 And the children of Israel came into Elim, where there were twelve fountains of water, and seventy palm trees: and they encamped by the waters.

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Matthew 14:20-21

So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

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Proverbs 27:15

A continual dripping on a very rainy day
     And a contentious woman are alike;

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Matthew 8:26-27

But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Donovan Roudabush

Genesis 50

Translation: DRA

1 And when Joseph saw this, he fell upon his father's face weeping and kissing him.

2 And he commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father.

3 And while they were fulfilling his commands, there passed forty days: for this was the manner with bodies that were embalmed, and Egypt mourned for him seventy days.

4 And the time of the mourning being expired, Joseph spoke to the family of Pharao: If I have found favour in your sight, speak in the ears of Pharao:

5 For my father made me swear to him, saying: Behold I die: thou shalt bury me in my sepulchre which I have digged for myself in the land of Chanaan. So I will go up and bury my father, and return.

6 And Pharao said to him: Go up and bury thy father according as he made thee swear.

7 So he went up, and there went with him all the ancients of Pharao's house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt,

8 And the house of Joseph with his brethren, except their children, and their flocks and herds, which they left in the land of Gessen.

9 He had also in his train chariots and horsemen: and it was a great company.

10 And they came to the threshingfloor of Atad, which is situated beyond the Jordan: where celebrating the exequies with a great and vehement lamentation, they spent full seven days.

11 And when the inhabitants of Chanaan saw this, they said: This is a great mourning to the Egyptians. And therefore the name of that place was called, The mourning of Egypt.

12 So the sons of Jacob did as he had commanded them.

13 And carrying him into the land of Chanaan, they buried him in the double cave which Abraham had bought together with the field for a possession of a buryingplace, of Ephron the Hethite over against Mambre.

14 And Joseph returned into Egypt with his brethren, and all that were in his company, after he had buried his father.

15 Now he being dead, his brethren were afraid, and talked one with another: Lest perhaps he should remember the wrong he suffered, and requite us all the evil that we did to him.

16 And they sent a message to him, saying: Thy father commanded us before he died,

17 That we should say thus much to thee from him: I beseech thee to forget the wickedness of thy brethren, and the sin and malice they practiced against thee: we also pray thee, to forgive the servants of the God of thy father this wickedness. And when Joseph heard this, he wept.

18 And his brethren came to him: and worshipping prostrate on the ground they said: We are thy servants.

19 And he answered them: Fear not: can we resist the will of God?

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20 You thought evil against me: but God turned it into good, that he might exalt me, as at present you see, and might save many people.

21 Fear not: I will feed you and your children. And he comforted them, and spoke gently and mildly.

22 And he dwelt in Egypt with all his father's house: and lived a hundred and ten years. And he saw the children of Ephraim to the third generation. The children also of Machir the son of Manasses were born on Joseph's knees.

23 After which he told his brethren: God will visit you after my death, and will make you go up out of this land, to the land which he swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

24 And he made them swear to him, saying: God will visit you, carry my bones with you out of this place:

25 And he died being a hundred and ten years old. And being embalmed he was laid in a coffin in Egypt.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Galatians 6:10

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Romans 13:11-14

And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Scott Hebert

Proverbs 27:20

Hell and Destruction are never full;
So the eyes of man are never satisfied.

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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Proverbs 27:18

Whoever keeps the fig tree will eat its fruit;
So he who waits on his master will be honored.

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Proverbs 27

My Son, Be Wise

1 Do not boast about tomorrow,
   For you do not know what a day may bring forth.

2 Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth;
   A stranger, and not your own lips.

3 A stone is heavy and sand is weighty,
   But a fool’s wrath is heavier than both of them.

4 Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent,
   But who is able to stand before jealousy?

5 Open rebuke is better
   Than love carefully concealed.

6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
   But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

7 A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb,
   But to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

8 Like a bird that wanders from its nest
   Is a man who wanders from his place.

9 Ointment and perfume delight the heart,
   And the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel.

10 Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend,
     Nor go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity;
     Better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.

11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad,
     That I may answer him who reproaches me.

12 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself;
     The simple pass on and are punished.

13 Take the garment of him who is surety for a stranger,
     And hold it in pledge when he is surety for a seductress.

14 He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning,
     It will be counted a curse to him.

15 A continual dripping on a very rainy day
     And a contentious woman are alike;

16 Whoever restrains her restrains the wind,
     And grasps oil with his right hand.

17 As iron sharpens iron,
     So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

18 | Whoever keeps the fig tree will eat its fruit;
     So he who waits on his master will be honored.

19 As in water face reflects face,
     So a man’s heart reveals the man.

20 Hell and Destruction are never full;
     So the eyes of man are never satisfied.

21 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
     And a man is valued by what others say of him.

22 Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain,
     Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.

23 Be diligent to know the state of your flocks,
     And attend to your herds;

24 For riches are not forever,
     Nor does a crown endure to all generations.

25 When the hay is removed, and the tender grass shows itself,
     And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in,

26 The lambs will provide your clothing,
     And the goats the price of a field;

27 You shall have enough goats’ milk for your food,
     For the food of your household,
     And the nourishment of your maidservants.

Proverbs 16:20

He who heeds the word wisely will find good,
And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.

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Proverbs 16

Wisdom Is Better Than Gold

1 The preparations of the heart belong to man,
   But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
   But the Lord weighs the spirits.

3 Commit your works to the Lord,
   And your thoughts will be established.

4 The Lord has made all for Himself,
   Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom.

5 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord;
   Though they join forces, none will go unpunished.

6 In mercy and truth
   Atonement is provided for iniquity;
   And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil.

7 When a man’s ways please the Lord,
   He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

8 Better is a little with righteousness,
   Than vast revenues without justice.

9 A man’s heart plans his way,
   But the Lord directs his steps.

10 Divination is on the lips of the king;
     His mouth must not transgress in judgment.

11 Honest weights and scales are the Lord’s;
     All the weights in the bag are His work.

12 It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness,
     For a throne is established by righteousness.

13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings,
     And they love him who speaks what is right.

14 As messengers of death is the king’s wrath,
     But a wise man will appease it.

15 In the light of the king’s face is life,
     And his favor is like a cloud of the latter rain.

16 How much better to get wisdom than gold!
     And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil;
     He who keeps his way preserves his soul.

18 Pride goes before destruction,
     And a haughty spirit before a fall.

19 Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly,
     Than to divide the spoil with the proud.

21 The wise in heart will be called prudent,
     And sweetness of the lips increases learning.

22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it.
     But the correction of fools is folly.

23 The heart of the wise teaches his mouth,
     And adds learning to his lips.

24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
     Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.

25 There is a way that seems right to a man,
     But its end is the way of death.

26 The person who labors, labors for himself,
     For his hungry mouth drives him on.

27 An ungodly man digs up evil,
     And it is on his lips like a burning fire.

28 A perverse man sows strife,
     And a whisperer separates the best of friends.

29 A violent man entices his neighbor,
     And leads him in a way that is not good.

30 He winks his eye to devise perverse things;
     He purses his lips and brings about evil.

31 The silver-haired head is a crown of glory,
     If it is found in the way of righteousness.

32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
     And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

33 The lot is cast into the lap,
     But its every decision is from the Lord.

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Friday, January 3, 2020

Paul Rohrbaugh

Romans 14:5-6

One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. 

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