21 June, 2015 19:52


21 June, 2015 19:51

First summer sun set.

Day 172

The 300 Day Bible – Day 172

The Teaching

Deuteronomy Chapter 19

1 When JEHOVAH thy God shall cut off the nations, whose land JEHOVAH thy God giveth thee, and thou dost succeed them, and dwell in their cities, and in their houses; 2 thou shalt separate three cities for thee in the midst of thy land, which JEHOVAH thy God giveth thee to possess it. 3 Thou shalt prepare thee the way, and divide the borders of thy land, which JEHOVAH thy God causeth thee to inherit, into three parts, that every manslayer may flee thither. 4 And this is the case of the manslayer, that shall flee thither and live: whoso killeth his neighbour unawares, and hated him not in time past; 5 as when a man goeth into the forest with his neighbour to hew wood, and his hand fetcheth a stroke with the axe to cut down the tree, and the head slippeth from the helve, and lighteth upon his neighbour, that he die; he shall flee unto one of these cities and live; 6 lest the avenger of blood pursue the manslayer, while his heart is hot, and overtake him, because the way is long, and smite him mortally; whereas he was not deserving of death, inasmuch as he hated him not in time past. 7 Wherefore I command thee, saying:

‘Thou shalt separate three cities for thee.’

8 And if JEHOVAH thy God enlarge thy border, as He hath sworn unto thy fathers, and give thee all the land which He promised to give unto thy fathers–

9 if thou shalt keep all this commandment to do it, which I command thee this day, to love JEHOVAH thy God, and to walk ever in His ways–

then shalt thou add three cities more for thee, beside these three; 10 that innocent blood be not shed in the midst of thy land, which JEHOVAH thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and so blood be upon thee. {P}

11 But if any man hate his neighbour, and lie in wait for him, and rise up against him, and smite him mortally that he die; and he flee into one of these cities; 12 then the elders of his city shall send and fetch him thence, and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of blood, that he may die. 13 Thine eye shall not pity him, but thou shalt put away the blood of the innocent from Israel, that it may go well with thee. {S} 14 Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour’s landmark, which they of old time have set, in thine inheritance which thou shalt inherit, in the land that JEHOVAH thy God giveth thee to possess it. {S} 15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth; at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall a matter be established. 16 If an unrighteous witness rise up against any man to bear perverted witness against him; 17 then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before JEHOVAH, before the priests and the judges that shall be in those days. 18 And the judges shall inquire diligently; and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother; 19 then shall ye do unto him, as he had purposed to do unto his brother; so shalt thou put away the evil from the midst of thee. 20 And those that remain shall hear, and fear, and shall henceforth commit no more any such evil in the midst of thee. 21 And thine eye shall not pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot. {S}

The Preaching

Isaiah Chapter 25

1 O JEHOVAH, Thou art my God, I will exalt Thee, I will praise Thy name, for Thou hast done wonderful things; even counsels of old, in faithfulness and truth. 2 For Thou hast made of a city a heap, of a fortified city a ruin; a castle of strangers to be no city, it shall never be built. 3 Therefore shall the strong people glorify Thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear Thee. 4 For Thou hast been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat; for the blast of the terrible ones was as a storm against the wall. 5 As the heat in a dry place, Thou didst subdue the noise of strangers; as the heat by the shadow of a cloud, the song of the terrible ones was brought low. {P}

6 And in this mountain will JEHOVAH of hosts make unto all peoples a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. 7 And He will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering that is cast over all peoples, and the veil that is spread over all nations. 8 He will swallow up death for ever; and the Lord JEHOVAH will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the reproach of His people will He take away from off all the earth; for JEHOVAH hath spoken it. {P}

9 And it shall be said in that day:

‘Lo, this is our God, for whom we waited, that He might save us; this is JEHOVAH, for whom we waited, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.’

10 For in this mountain will the hand of JEHOVAH rest, and Moab shall be trodden down in his place, even as straw is trodden down in the dunghill. 11 And when he shall spread forth his hands in the midst thereof, as he that swimmeth spreadeth forth his hands to swim, his pride shall be brought down together with the cunning of his hands. 12 And the high fortress of thy walls will He bring down, lay low, and bring to the ground, even to the dust. {S}

The Writing

Proverbs Chapter 22

1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
2 The rich and the poor meet together–

JEHOVAH is the maker of them all.

3 A prudent man seeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the thoughtless pass on, and are punished.
4 The reward of humility is the fear of JEHOVAH, even riches, and honour, and life.
5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward; he that keepeth his soul holdeth himself far from them.
6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity; and the rod of his wrath shall fail.
9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
10 Cast out the scorner, and contention will go out; yea, strife and shame will cease.
11 He that loveth pureness of heart, that hath grace in his lips, the king shall be his friend.
12 The eyes of JEHOVAH preserve him that hath knowledge, but He overthroweth the words of the faithless man.
13 The sluggard saith:

‘There is a lion without; I shall be slain in the streets.’

14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of JEHOVAH shall fall therein.
15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
16 One may oppress the poor, yet will their gain increase; one may give to the rich, yet will want come.
17 Incline thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thy heart unto my knowledge.
18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; let them be established altogether upon thy lips.
19 That thy trust may be in JEHOVAH, I have made them known to thee this day, even to thee.
20 Have not I written unto thee excellent things of counsels and knowledge;
21 That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth, that thou mightest bring back words of truth to them that send thee?
22 Rob not the weak, because he is weak, neither crush the poor in the gate;
23 For JEHOVAH will plead their cause, and despoil of life those that despoil them.
24 Make no friendship with a man that is given to anger; and with a wrathful man thou shalt not go;
25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
26 Be thou not of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts;
27 If thou hast not wherewith to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?
28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; {N}
he shall not stand before mean men. {P}

The Witness

The Epistle of Paul the Legate, to the Romans – Chapter 12
܀ ܕܠܘܬ ܪ̈ܗܘܡܢܐ ܀

1 I beseech you, therefore, my brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, by a rational service [of him].
2 And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed, by the renovation of your minds: and discern ye what is the good and acceptable and perfect pleasure of God.
3 And, by the grace given to me, I say to you all: Do not carry thoughts, beyond what ye ought to think; but think with modesty, as God hath distributed to each one his measure of faith.
4 For as we [severally] have many members in one body, and all those members have not the same functions;
5 so also we, who are [collectively] many persons, are one body in Messiah, and are naturally members of each other.
6 But we have different gifts, according to the grace given to us. There is that of prophecy, according to the measure of his faith.
7 And there is that of ministration, possessed by one in his ministry. And there is that of a teacher, in his teaching.
8 And there is that of a consoler, in his consoling: And that of a giver, with simplicity: And that of a presider, with dexterity: And of a sympathizer, with cheerfulness. *
9 Let not your love be guileful: but be haters of evil things, and adherers to good things.
10 Be affectionate to your brethren: and love one another. Be foremost in honoring one another.
11 Be active; and not slothful. Be fervent in spirit. Be laborers for our Lord.
12 Be joyful in your hope. Be patient under your afflictions. Be persevering in prayer.
13 Be communicators to the wants of the saints. Be kind to strangers.
14 Bless your persecutors: bless, and curse not.
15 Rejoice with them who rejoice: and weep with them who weep.
16 What estimation ye make of yourselves, [make] also of your brethren. And indulge not high thoughts; but unite yourselves with the lowly minded. And be not wise in your own estimation.
17 And repay to no man evil for evil: but let it be your study to do good before all men.
18 And if possible, so far as it dependeth on you, live in peace with every man.
19 And be ye not avengers of yourselves, my beloved: but give place to wrath. For it is written: If thou dost not execute judgment for thyself, I will execute judgment for thee, saith God.
20 And if thy adversary be hungry, feed him: and if he be thirsty, give him drink. For if thou doest these things to him, thou wilt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be ye not overcome by evil; but overcome evil with good.

* In this catalogue of gifts, verses 6, 7, 8, the Syriac merely describes them, giving no directions for the right use of them. Whether the Greek original will admit the same exposition, the learned will decide. I see no evidence, that the Syriac translator had an essentially different Greek text before him.

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GOD your Father who is in Heaven
in love came to earth in Christ
to give you love
to following His Commandments