10 June, 2015 20:12

O give thanks.

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Day 161

The 300 Day Bible – Day 161

The Teaching

Deuteronomy Chapter 8

1 All the commandment which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which Jehovah swore unto your fathers. 2 And thou shalt remember all the way which Jehovah thy God hath led thee these forty years in the wilderness, that He might afflict thee, to prove thee, to know what was in thy heart, whether thou wouldest keep His commandments, or no. 3 And He afflicted thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that He might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every thing that proceedeth out of the mouth of Jehovah doth man live. 4 Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years. 5 And thou shalt consider in thy heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so Jehovah thy God chasteneth thee. 6 And thou shalt keep the commandments of Jehovah thy God, to walk in His ways, and to fear Him. 7 For Jehovah thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths, springing forth in valleys and hills; 8 a land of wheat and barley, and vines and fig-trees and pomegranates; a land of olive-trees and honey; 9 a land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass. 10 And thou shalt eat and be satisfied, and bless Jehovah thy God for the good land which He hath given thee. 11 Beware lest thou forget Jehovah thy God, in not keeping His commandments, and His ordinances, and His statutes, which I command thee this day; 12 lest when thou hast eaten and art satisfied, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; 13 and when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; 14 then thy heart be lifted up, and thou forget Jehovah thy God, who brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; 15 who led thee through the great and dreadful wilderness, wherein were serpents, fiery serpents, and scorpions, and thirsty ground where was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; 16 who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that He might afflict thee, and that He might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end; 17 and thou say in thy heart:

‘My power and the might of my hand hath gotten me this wealth.’

18 But thou shalt remember Jehovah thy God, for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore unto thy fathers, as it is this day. {P}

19 And it shall be, if thou shalt forget Jehovah thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I forewarn you this day that ye shall surely perish. 20 As the nations that Jehovah maketh to perish before you, so shall ye perish; because ye would not hearken unto the voice of Jehovah your God. {P}

The Preacing

Isaiah Chapter 14

1 For Jehovah will have compassion on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land; and the stranger shall join himself with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob. 2 And the peoples shall take them, and bring them to their place; and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of Jehovah for servants and for handmaids; and they shall take them captive, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors. {S} 3 And it shall come to pass in the day that Jehovah shall give thee rest from thy travail, and from thy trouble, and from the hard service wherein thou wast made to serve, 4 that thou shalt take up this parable against the king of Babylon, and say: How hath the oppressor ceased! the exactress of gold ceased! 5 Jehovah hath broken the staff of the wicked, the sceptre of the rulers, 6 That smote the peoples in wrath with an incessant stroke, that ruled the nations in anger, with a persecution that none restrained. 7 The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet; they break forth into singing. 8 Yea, the cypresses rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon:

‘Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us.’

9 The nether-world from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming; the shades are stirred up for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; all the kings of the nations are raised up from their thrones. 10 All they do answer and say unto thee:

‘Art thou also become weak as we? Art thou become like unto us? 11 Thy pomp is brought down to the nether-world, and the noise of thy psalteries; the maggot is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.’

12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O day-star, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, that didst cast lots over the nations! 13 And thou saidst in thy heart:

‘I will ascend into heaven, above the stars of God will I exalt my throne, and I will sit upon the mount of meeting, in the uttermost parts of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.’

15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to the nether-world, to the uttermost parts of the pit. 16 They that saw thee do narrowly look upon thee, they gaze earnestly at thee:

‘Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; 17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?’

18 All the kings of the nations, all of them, sleep in glory, every one in his own house. 19 But thou art cast forth away from thy grave like an abhorred offshoot, in the raiment of the slain, that are thrust through with the sword, that go down to the pavement of the pit, as a carcass trodden under foot. 20 Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, thou hast slain thy people; the seed of evil-doers shall not be named for ever. 21 Prepare ye slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they rise not up, and possess the earth, and fill the face of the world with cities. 22 And I will rise up against them, saith Jehovah of hosts, and cut off from Babylon name and remnant, and offshoot and offspring, saith Jehovah. 23 I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water; and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith Jehovah of hosts. {S} 24 Jehovah of hosts hath sworn, saying: Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand, 25 That I will break Asshur in My land, and upon My mountains tread him under foot; then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulder. 26 This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth; and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations. 27 For Jehovah of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? And His hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back? {P}

28 In the year that king Ahaz died was this burden. 29 Rejoice not, O Philistia, all of thee, because the rod that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent’s root shall come forth a basilisk, and his fruit shall be a flying serpent. 30 And the first-born of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety; and I will kill thy root with famine, and thy remnant shall be slain. 31 Howl, O gate; cry, O city; melt away, O Philistia, all of thee; for there cometh a smoke out of the north, and there is no straggler in his ranks. 32 What then shall one answer the messengers of the nation? That Jehovah hath founded Zion, and in her shall the afflicted of His people take refuge. {P}

The Writing

Proverbs Chapter 11

1 A false balance is an abomination to Jehovah; but a perfect weight is His delight.
2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame; but with the lowly is wisdom.
3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them; but the perverseness of the faithless shall destroy them.
4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath; but righteousness delivereth from death.
5 The righteousness of the sincere shall make straight his way; but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them; but the faithless shall be trapped in their own crafty device.
7 When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish, and the hope of strength perisheth.
8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.
9 With his mouth the impious man destroyeth his neighbour; but through knowledge shall the righteous be delivered.
10 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth; and when the wicked perish, there is joy.
11 By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted; but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
12 He that despiseth his neighbour lacketh understanding; but a man of discernment holdeth his peace.
13 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets; but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth a matter.
14 Where no wise direction is, a people falleth; but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
15 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it; but he that hateth them that strike hands is secure.
16 A gracious woman obtaineth honour; and strong men obtain riches.
17 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul; but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.
18 The wicked earneth deceitful wages; but he that soweth righteousness hath a sure reward.
19 Stedfast righteousness tendeth to life; but he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.
20 They that are perverse in heart are an abomination to Jehovah; but such as are upright in their way are His delight.
21 My hand upon it! the evil man shall not be unpunished; but the seed of the righteous shall escape.
22 As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman that turneth aside from discretion.
23 The desire of the righteous is only good; but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
24 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth only to want.
25 The beneficent soul shall be made rich, and he that satisfieth abundantly shall be satisfied also himself.
26 He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him; but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.
27 He that diligently seeketh good seeketh favour; but he that searcheth for evil, it shall come unto him.
28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall; but the righteous shall flourish as foliage.
29 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind; and the foolish shall be servant to the wise of heart.
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that is wise winneth souls.
31 Behold, the righteous shall be requited in the earth; how much more the wicked and the sinner!

The Witness

Romans 1

1 PAUL, a servant of Jesus the Messiah, called and sent ; and separated unto the gospel of God,
2 (which he had before promised, by his prophets, in the holy scriptures,
3 concerning his son, (who was born in the flesh, of seed of the house of David,
4 and was made known as the son of God, by power, and by the holy spirit,) who arose from the dead, Jesus Messiah, our Lord,
5 by whom we have received grace, and a mission among all the Gentiles, to the end that they may obey the faith in his name;
6 among whom, ye also are called by Jesus Messiah;)
7 to all those who are at Rome, beloved of God, called and sanctified: Peace and grace be with you, from God our Father, and from our Lord Jesus Messiah.
8 In the first place, I give thanks to God by Jesus Messiah, on account of you all; because your faith is heard of in all the world.
9 And God, whom in spirit I serve in the gospel of his son, is my witness, that I unceasingly make mention of you, at all times, in my prayers.
10 And I likewise supplicate, that hereafter a door may be opened to me, by the good pleasure of God, to come unto you.
11 For I long much to see you; and to impart to you the gift of the spirit, whereby ye may be established;
12 and that we may have comfort together, in the faith of both yourselves and me.
13 And I wish you to know, my brethren, that I have many times desired to come to you, (though prevented hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also; even as among other Gentiles,
14 Greeks and barbarians, the wise and the unwise: for to every man am I a debtor, to preach [to him].
15 And so I am eager to preach to you also who are at Rome.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel; for it is the power of God unto life, to all who believe in it; whether first they are of the Jews, or whether they are of the Gentiles.
17 For in it is revealed the righteousness of God, from faith to faith; as it is written,

The righteous by faith, shall live.

18 For the wrath of God from heaven is revealed against all the iniquity and wickedness of men, who hold the truth in iniquity.
19 Because a knowledge of God is manifest in them; for God hath manifested it in them.
20 For, from the foundations of the world, the occult things of God are seen, by the intellect, in the things he created, even his eternal power and divinity; so that they might be without excuse;
21 because they knew God, and did not glorify him and give thanks to him as God, but became vain in their imaginings, and their unwise heart was darkened.
22 And, while they thought within themselves that they were wise, they became fools.
23 And they changed the glory of the incorruptible God into a likeness to the image of a corruptible man, and into the likeness of birds and quadrupeds and reptiles on the earth.
24 For this cause, God gave them up to the filthy lusts of their heart, to dishonor their bodies with them.
25 And they changed the truth of God into a lie; and worshipped and served the created things, much more than the Creator of them, to whom belong glory and blessing, for ever and ever: Amen.
26 For this cause, God gave them up to vile passions: for their females changed the use of their natures, and employed that which is unnatural.
27 And so also their males forsook the use of females, which is natural, and burned with lust toward one another; and, male with male, they did what is shameful, and received in themselves the just recompense of their error.
28 And as they did not determine with themselves to know God, God gave them over to a vain mind; that they might do what they ought not,
29 being full of all iniquity, and lewdness, and bitterness, and malice, and covetousness, and envy, and slaughter, and strife, and guile, and evil machinations,
30 and backbiting, and slander; and being haters of God, scoffers, proud, vain-glorious, devisers of evil things, destitute of reason, disregardful of parents,
31 and to whom a covenant is nothing, neither affection, nor peace, and in whom is no compassion.
32 These, while they know the judgment of God, that he condemneth those to death who perpetrate such things, are not only doers of them, but the companions of such as do them.

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