Writings:Psalms 4 “In peace will I both lay me down and sleep”

Psalms Chapter 4

1 For the Leader; with string-music. A Psalm of David.

2 Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness, Thou who didst set me free when I was in distress; be gracious unto me, and hear my prayer.
3 O ye sons of men, how long shall my glory be put to shame, in that ye love vanity, and seek after falsehood?

Selah

4 But know that the LORD hath set apart the godly man as His own; the LORD will hear when I call unto Him.
5 Tremble, and sin not; commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.

Selah

6 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.
7 Many there are that say:
‘Oh that we could see some good!’
LORD, lift Thou up the light of Thy countenance upon us.
8 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than when their corn and their wine increase.
9 In peace will I both lay me down and sleep; for Thou, LORD, makest me dwell alone in safety. {P}

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Portion 4.iv “He is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee”

Genesis 19,21 And he said unto him:
‘See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow the city of which thou hast spoken. 19,22 Hasten thou, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither.’–

Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.–

19,23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot came unto Zoar. 19,24 Then the LORD caused to rain upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 19,25 and He overthrow those cities, and all the Plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. 19,26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. 19,27 And Abraham got up early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the LORD. 19,28 And he looked out toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the Plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the land went up as the smoke of a furnace. 19,29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the Plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot dwelt. 19,30 And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar; and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters. 19,31 And the first-born said unto the younger:
‘Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth. 19,32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.’
19,33 And they made their father drink wine that night. And the first-born went in, and lay with her father; and he knew not when she lay down, nor when she arose. 19,34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the first-born said unto the younger:
‘Behold, I lay yesternight with my father. Let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.’
19,35 And they made their father drink wine that night also. And the younger arose, and lay with him; and he knew not when she lay down, nor when she arose. 19,36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father. 19,37 And the first-born bore a son, and called his name Moab–

the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.

19,38 And the younger, she also bore a son, and called his name Ben-ammi–

the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.

{S} 20,1 And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the land of the South, and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur; and he sojourned in Gerar. 20,2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife:
‘She is my sister.’
And Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah. 20,3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream of the night, and said to him:
‘Behold, thou shalt die, because of the woman whom thou hast taken; for she is a man’s wife.’
20,4 Now Abimelech had not come near her; and he said:
‘LORD, wilt Thou slay even a righteous nation? 20,5 Said he not himself unto me: She is my sister? and she, even she herself said: He is my brother. In the simplicity of my heart and the innocency of my hands have I done this.’
20,6 And God said unto him in the dream:
‘Yea, I know that in the simplicity of thy heart thou hast done this, and I also withheld thee from sinning against Me. Therefore suffered I thee not to touch her. 20,7 Now therefore restore the man’s wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live; and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.’
20,8 And Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears; and the men were sore afraid. 20,9 Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him:
‘What hast thou done unto us? and wherein have I sinned against thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done.’
20,10 And Abimelech said unto Abraham:
‘What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?’
20,11 And Abraham said:
‘Because I thought: Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake. 20,12 And moreover she is indeed my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and so she became my wife. 20,13 And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said unto her: This is thy kindness which thou shalt show unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me: He is my brother.’
20,14 And Abimelech took sheep and oxen, and men-servants and women-servants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife. 20,15 And Abimelech said:
‘Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee.’
20,16 And unto Sarah he said:
‘Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver; behold, it is for thee a covering of the eyes to all that are with thee; and before all men thou art righted.’
20,17 And Abraham prayed unto God; and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maid-servants; and they bore children. 20,18 For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham’s wife.
{S} 21,1 And the LORD remembered Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as He had spoken. 21,2 And Sarah conceived, and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. 21,3 And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac. 21,4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him.

Portion 4.iii “And my soul shall live”

Genesis Chapter 19

1 And the two angels came to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom; and Lot saw them, and rose up to meet them; and he fell down on his face to the earth; 2 and he said:
‘Behold now, my lords, turn aside, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your way.’
And they said:
‘Nay; but we will abide in the broad place all night.’
3 And he urged them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat. 4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both young and old, all the people from every quarter. 5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him:
‘Where are the men that came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.’
6 And Lot went out unto them to the door, and shut the door after him. 7 And he said:
‘I pray you, my brethren, do not so wickedly. 8 Behold now, I have two daughters that have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes; only unto these men do nothing; forasmuch as they are come under the shadow of my roof.’
9 And they said:
‘Stand back.’
And they said:
‘This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs play the judge; now will we deal worse with thee, than with them.’
And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and drew near to break the door. 10 But the men put forth their hand, and brought Lot into the house to them, and the door they shut. 11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great; so that they wearied themselves to find the door. 12 And the men said unto Lot:
‘Hast thou here any besides? son-in-law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whomsoever thou hast in the city; bring them out of the place; 13 for we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxed great before the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.’
14 And Lot went out, and spoke unto his sons-in-law, who married his daughters, and said:
‘Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy the city.’
But he seemed unto his sons-in-law as one that jested. 15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying:
‘Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters that are here; lest thou be swept away in the iniquity of the city.’
16 But he lingered; and the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him. And they brought him forth, and set him without the city. 17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said:
‘Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the Plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be swept away.’
18 And Lot said unto them:
‘Oh, not so, my lord; 19 behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shown unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest the evil overtake me, and I die. 20 Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one; oh, let me escape thither–

is it not a little one?–

and my soul shall live.’

Writings:Psalms 3 “I awake, for the LORD sustaineth me”

Psalms Chapter 3

1 A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.
2 LORD, how many are mine adversaries become! Many are they that rise up against me.
3 Many there are that say of my soul:
‘There is no salvation for him in God.’ Selah
4 But thou, O LORD, art a shield about me; my glory, and the lifter up of my head.
5 With my voice I call unto the LORD, and He answereth me out of His holy mountain. Selah
6 I lay me down, and I sleep; I awake, for the LORD sustaineth me.
7 I am not afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.
8 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God; for Thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek, {N}
Thou hast broken the teeth of the wicked.
9 Salvation belongeth unto the LORD; Thy blessing be upon Thy people. Selah {P}

Portion 4.ii “Peradventure ten shall be found there”

Genesis Chapter 18

15 Then Sarah denied, saying:
‘I laughed not’;
for she was afraid. And He said:
‘Nay; but thou didst laugh.’
16 And the men rose up from thence, and looked out toward Sodom; and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way. 17 And the LORD said:
‘Shall I hide from Abraham that which I am doing; 18 seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 19 For I have known him, to the end that he may command his children and his household after him, that they may keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice; to the end that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which He hath spoken of him.’
20 And the LORD said:
‘Verily, the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and, verily, their sin is exceeding grievous. 21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto Me; and if not, I will know.’
22 And the men turned from thence, and went toward Sodom; but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. 23 And Abraham drew near, and said:
‘Wilt Thou indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 Peradventure there are fifty righteous within the city; wilt Thou indeed sweep away and not forgive the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? 25 That be far from Thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked, that so the righteous should be as the wicked; that be far from Thee; shall not the Judge of all the earth do justly?’
26 And the LORD said:
‘If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will forgive all the place for their sake.’
27 And Abraham answered and said:
‘Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD, who am but dust and ashes. 28 Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous; wilt Thou destroy all the city for lack of five?’ And He said: ‘I will not destroy it, if I find there forty and five.’
29 And he spoke unto Him yet again, and said:
‘Peradventure there shall be forty found there.’
And He said:
‘I will not do it for the forty’s sake.’
30 And he said:
‘Oh, let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak. Peradventure there shall thirty be found there.’
And He said:
‘I will not do it, if I find thirty there.’
31 And he said:
‘Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD. Peradventure there shall be twenty found there.’
And He said:
‘I will not destroy it for the twenty’s sake.’
32 And he said:
‘Oh, let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak yet but this once. Peradventure ten shall be found there.’
And He said:
‘I will not destroy it for the ten’s sake.’
33 And the LORD went His way, as soon as He had left off speaking to Abraham; and Abraham returned unto his place.

Writings:Psalms 2 “Thou art My son, this day have I begotten thee”

Psalms Chapter 2

1 Why are the nations in an uproar? And why do the peoples mutter in vain?
2 The kings of the earth stand up, and the rulers take counsel together, {N}
against the LORD, and against His anointed:
3 ‘Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.’
4 He that sitteth in heaven laugheth, the Lord hath them in derision.
5 Then will He speak unto them in His wrath, and affright them in His sore displeasure:
6 ‘Truly it is I that have established My king upon Zion, My holy mountain.’
7 I will tell of the decree: the LORD said unto me:
‘Thou art My son, this day have I begotten thee.
8 Ask of Me, and I will give the nations for thine inheritance, and the ends of the earth for thy possession.
9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.’
10 Now therefore, O ye kings, be wise; be admonished, ye judges of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12 Do homage in purity, lest He be angry, and ye perish in the way, when suddenly His wrath is kindled. {N}
Happy are all they that take refuge in Him. {P}

Writings:Psalms 1 “For the LORD regardeth the way of the righteous”

[Happy New Year. This is the first reading in Cycle 3. Congratulations, you finished 34 books in the Bible. Enjoy these exercises. Reply “RED” when finished.]

Psalms Chapter 1

1 Happy is the man that hath not walked in the counsel of the wicked, {N}
nor stood in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by streams of water, {N}
that bringeth forth its fruit in its season, and whose leaf doth not wither; and in whatsoever he doeth he shall prosper.
4 Not so the wicked; but they are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the LORD regardeth the way of the righteous; but the way of the wicked shall perish. {P}