Bible4 “Humble yourselves and mourn”

The Epistle of James the Legate – Chapter 4

1 Whence is it, that there are among you fightings and broils ?
Is it not from the lusts, which war in your members?

2 Ye covet, and possess not; and ye kill, and envy, and effect nothing: and ye fight and make attacks; and ye have not, because ye ask not.
3 Ye ask, and receive not; because ye ask wickedly, that ye may pamper your lusts.
4 Ye adulterers, know ye not, that the love of the world is hostility towards God ?
He therefore who chooseth to be a lover of this world, is the enemy of God.
5 Or think ye, that the scripture hath vainly said:
The spirit dwelling in us lusteth with envy?
6 But our Lord hath given us more grace.
Therefore he said:
The Lord humbleth the lofty, and giveth grace to the lowly.
7 Subject yourselves therefore to God; and stand firm against Satan, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners:
sanctify your hearts, ye divided in mind.
9 Humble yourselves, and mourn:
let your laughter be turned into mourning, and your joy into grief.
10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
11 Speak not against each other, my brethren; for he that speaketh against his brother, or judgeth his brother, speaketh against the law, and judgeth the law.
And if thou judgest the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but its judge.
12 There is one Law-giver and Judge, who can make alive, and [can] destroy:
but who art thou, that thou judgest thy neighbor ?
13 But what shall we say of those, who say:
To-day or to-morrow we will go to such or such a city, and will abide there a year; and we will traffic, and get gain ?
14 And they know not what will be to-morrow: for what is our life, but an exhalation that is seen a little while, and then vanisheth and is gone ?
15 Whereas they should say:
If the Lord please, and we live, we will do this or that.
16 They glory in their vaunting.
All such glorying is evil.
17 He that knoweth the good, and doeth it not, to him is sin.

2 Esdras 14

1 And it came to pass upon the third day, I sat under an oak, and, behold, there came a voice out of a bush over against me, and said, Esdras, Esdras. 2 And I said, Here am I, Lord And I stood up upon my feet. 3 Then said he unto me, In the bush I did manifestly reveal myself unto Moses, and talked with him, when my people served in Egypt: 4 And I sent him and led my people out of Egypt, and brought him up to the mount of where I held him by me a long season, 5 And told him many wondrous things, and shewed him the secrets of the times, and the end; and commanded him, saying, 6 These words shalt thou declare, and these shalt thou hide. 7 And now I say unto thee, 8 That thou lay up in thy heart the signs that I have shewed, and the dreams that thou hast seen, and the interpretations which thou hast heard: 9 For thou shalt be taken away from all, and from henceforth thou shalt remain with my Son, and with such as be like thee, until the times be ended. 10 For the world hath lost his youth, and the times begin to wax old. 11 For the world is divided into twelve parts, and the ten parts of it are gone already, and half of a tenth part: 12 And there remaineth that which is after the half of the tenth part. 13 Now therefore set thine house in order, and reprove thy people, comfort such of them as be in trouble, and now renounce corruption, 14 Let go from thee mortal thoughts, cast away the burdens of man, put off now the weak nature, 15 And set aside the thoughts that are most heavy unto thee, and haste thee to flee from these times. 16 For yet greater evils than those which thou hast seen happen shall be done hereafter. 17 For look how much the world shall be weaker through age, so much the more shall evils increase upon them that dwell therein. 18 For the time is fled far away, and leasing is hard at hand: for now hasteth the vision to come, which thou hast seen. 19 Then answered I before thee, and said, 20 Behold, Lord, I will go, as thou hast commanded me, and reprove the people which are present: but they that shall be born afterward, who shall admonish them? thus the world is set in darkness, and they that dwell therein are without light. 21 For thy law is burnt, therefore no man knoweth the things that are done of thee, or the work that shall begin. 22 But if I have found grace before thee, send the Holy Ghost into me, and I shall write all that hath been done in the world since the beginning, which were written in thy law, that men may find thy path, and that they which will live in the latter days may live. 23 And he answered me, saying, Go thy way, gather the people together, and say unto them, that they seek thee not for forty days. 24 But look thou prepare thee many box trees, and take with thee Sarea, Dabria, Selemia, Ecanus, and Asiel, these five which are ready to write swiftly; 25 And come hither, and I shall light a candle of understanding in thine heart, which shall not be put out, till the things be performed which thou shalt begin to write. 26 And when thou hast done, some things shalt thou publish, and some things shalt thou shew secretly to the wise: to morrow this hour shalt thou begin to write. 27 Then went I forth, as he commanded, and gathered all the people together, and said, 28 Hear these words, O Israel. 29 Our fathers at the beginning were strangers in Egypt, from whence they were delivered: 30 And received the law of life, which they kept not, which ye also have transgressed after them. 31 Then was the land, even the land of Sion, parted among you by lot: but your fathers, and ye yourselves, have done unrighteousness, and have not kept the ways which the Highest commanded you. 32 And forasmuch as he is a righteous judge, he took from you in time the thing that he had given you. 33 And now are ye here, and your brethren among you. 34 Therefore if so be that ye will subdue your own understanding, and reform your hearts, ye shall be kept alive and after death ye shall obtain mercy. 35 For after death shall the judgment come, when we shall live again: and then shall the names of the righteous be manifest, and the works of the ungodly shall be declared. 36 Let no man therefore come unto me now, nor seek after me these forty days. 37 So I took the five men, as he commanded me, and we went into the field, and remained there. 38 And the next day, behold, a voice called me, saying, Esdras, open thy mouth, and drink that I give thee to drink. 39 Then opened I my mouth, and, behold, he reached me a full cup, which was full as it were with water, but the colour of it was like fire. 40 And I took it, and drank: and when I had drunk of it, my heart uttered understanding, and wisdom grew in my breast, for my spirit strengthened my memory: 41 And my mouth was opened, and shut no more. 42 The Highest gave understanding unto the five men, and they wrote the wonderful visions of the night that were told, which they knew not: and they sat forty days, and they wrote in the day, and at night they ate bread. 43 As for me. I spake in the day, and I held not my tongue by night. 44 In forty days they wrote two hundred and four books. 45 And it came to pass, when the forty days were filled, that the Highest spake, saying, The first that thou hast written publish openly, that the worthy and unworthy may read it: 46 But keep the seventy last, that thou mayest deliver them only to such as be wise among the people: 47 For in them is the spring of understanding, the fountain of wisdom, and the stream of knowledge. 48 And I did so.

2 Esdras 14 KJVA

Psalms 23 “He restoreth my soul”

Psalms Chapter 23 תְּהִלִּים

א מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד: יְהוָה רֹעִי, לֹא אֶחְסָר. 1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
ב בִּנְאוֹת דֶּשֶׁא, יַרְבִּיצֵנִי; עַל-מֵי מְנֻחוֹת יְנַהֲלֵנִי. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters.
ג נַפְשִׁי יְשׁוֹבֵב; יַנְחֵנִי בְמַעְגְּלֵי-צֶדֶק, לְמַעַן שְׁמוֹ. 3 He restoreth my soul; He guideth me in straight paths for His name’s sake.
ד גַּם כִּי-אֵלֵךְ בְּגֵיא צַלְמָוֶת, לֹא-אִירָא רָע– כִּי-אַתָּה עִמָּדִי;
שִׁבְטְךָ וּמִשְׁעַנְתֶּךָ, הֵמָּה יְנַחֲמֻנִי.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me; {N}
Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.
ה תַּעֲרֹךְ לְפָנַי, שֻׁלְחָן– נֶגֶד צֹרְרָי;
דִּשַּׁנְתָּ בַשֶּׁמֶן רֹאשִׁי, כּוֹסִי רְוָיָה.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; {N}
Thou hast anointed my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
ו אַךְ, טוֹב וָחֶסֶד יִרְדְּפוּנִי– כָּל-יְמֵי חַיָּי;
וְשַׁבְתִּי בְּבֵית-יְהוָה, לְאֹרֶךְ יָמִים.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; {N}
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. {P}

The May 2 Bible

Psalms
119,25 DALETH.
My soul cleaveth unto the dust; quicken Thou me according to Thy word.
119,26 I told of my ways, and Thou didst answer me; teach me Thy statutes.
119,27 Make me to understand the way of Thy precepts, that I may talk of Thy wondrous works.
119,28 My soul melteth away for heaviness; sustain me according unto Thy word.
119,29 Remove from me the way of falsehood; and grant me Thy law graciously.
119,30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness; Thine ordinances have I set [before me].
119,31 I cleave unto Thy testimonies; O LORD, put me not to shame.
119,32 I will run the way of Thy commandments, for Thou dost enlarge my heart. {P}

Numbers7,42 On the sixth day Eliasaph the son of Deuel, prince of the children of Gad:
7,43 his offering was one silver dish, the weight thereof was a hundred and thirty shekels, one silver basin of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meal-offering;
7,44 one golden pan of ten shekels, full of incense;
7,45 one young bullock, one ram, one he-lamb of the first year, for a burnt-offering;
7,46 one male of the goats for a sin-offering;
7,47 and for the sacrifice of peace-offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he-goats, five he-lambs of the first year. This was the offering of Eliasaph the son of Deuel. {P}
7,48 On the seventh day Elishama the son of Ammihud, prince of the children of Ephraim:
7,49 his offering was one silver dish, the weight thereof was a hundred and thirty shekels, one silver basin of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meal-offering;
7,50 one golden pan of ten shekels, full of incense;
7,51 one young bullock, one ram, one he-lamb of the first year, for a burnt-offering;
7,52 one male of the goats for a sin-offering;
7,53 and for the sacrifice of peace-offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he-goats, five he-lambs of the first year.
This was the offering of Elishama the son of Ammihud. {P}
7,54 On the eighth day Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur, prince of the children of Manasseh:
7,55 his offering was one silver dish, the weight thereof was a hundred and thirty shekels, one silver basin of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meal-offering;
7,56 one golden pan of ten shekels, full of incense;
7,57 one young bullock, one ram, one he-lamb of the first year, for a burnt-offering;
7,58 one male of the goats for a sin-offering; 7,59 and for the sacrifice of peace-offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he-goats, five he-lamb of the first year. This was the offering of Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur. {P}

Kings1 9,26 And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Ezion-geber, which is beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red Sea, in the land of Edom.
1 9,27 And Hiram sent in the navy his servants, shipmen that had knowledge of the sea, with the servants of Solomon.
1 9,28 And they came to Ophir, and fetched from thence gold, four hundred and twenty talents, and brought it to king Solomon. {P}
1 10,1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon because of the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions. 1 10,2 And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bore spices and gold very much, and precious stones; and when she was come to Solomon, she spoke with him of all that was in her heart.
1 10,3 And Solomon told her all her questions; there was not any thing hid from the king which he told her not.
1 10,4 And when the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, and the house that he had built,
1 10,5 and the food of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his burnt-offering which he offered in the house of the LORD, there was no more spirit in her.
1 10,6 And she said to the king: ‘It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom.
1 10,7 Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it; and, behold, the half was not told me; thou hast wisdom and prosperity exceeding the fame which I heard.
1 10,8 Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, that stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.
1 10,9 Blessed be the LORD thy God, who delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel; because the LORD loved Israel for ever, therefore made He thee king, to do justice and righteousness.’
1 10,10 And she gave the king a hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices very great store, and precious stones; there came no more such abundance of spices as these which the queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon.
1 10,11 And the navy also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir great plenty of sandal-wood and precious stones.
1 10,12 And the king made of the sandal-wood pillars for the house of the LORD, and for the king’s house, harps also and psalteries for the singers; there came no such sandal-wood, nor was seen, unto this day.
1 10,13 And king Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty.
So she turned, and went to her own land, she and her servants. {P}
1 10,14 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold,
1 10,15 beside that which came of the merchants, and of the traffic of the traders, and of all the kings of the mingled people and of the governors of the country.
1 10,16 And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold:
six hundred shekels of gold went to one target.
1 10,17 And he made three hundred shields of beaten gold:
three pounds of gold went to one shield; and the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon. {P}
1 10,18 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with the finest gold.
1 10,19 There were six steps to the throne, and the top of the throne was round behind; and there were arms on either side by the place of the seat, and two lions standing beside the arms.
1 10,20 And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps; there was not the like made in any kingdom.
1 10,21 And all king Solomon’s drinking-vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold; none were of silver; it was nothing accounted of in the days of Solomon.
1 10,22 For the king had at sea a navy of Tarshish with the navy of Hiram; once every three years came the navy of Tarshish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.
1 10,23 So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom.

Job
37,20 Shall it be told Him that I would speak?
Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?
37,21 And now men see not the light which is bright in the skies; {N}
but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.
37,22 Out of the north cometh golden splendour, about God is terrible majesty.
37,23 The Almighty, whom we cannot find out, is excellent in power, yet to judgment and plenteous justice He doeth no violence.
37,24 Men do therefore fear Him; He regardeth not any that are wise of heart. {P}
38,1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:
38,2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
38,3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto Me.
38,4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Declare, if thou hast the understanding.
38,5 Who determined the measures thereof, if thou knowest?
Or who stretched the line upon it?
38,6 Whereupon were the foundations thereof fastened?
Or who laid the corner-stone thereof,
38,7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
38,8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it broke forth, and issued out of the womb;
38,9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,
38,10 And prescribed for it My decree, and set bars and doors,
38,11 And said:
‘Thus far shalt thou come, but no further; and here shall thy proud waves be stayed’?

The Annunciation of Mark – Chapter 6
41 And he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looked towards heaven, and blessed and brake the bread, and gave to his disciples to set before them: and they divided [also] the two fishes among them all.
42 And they all ate, and were satisfied.
43 And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments and of the fishes.
44 And they who had eaten bread were five thousand men.
45 And he immediately constrained his disciples to take ship, and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the multitudes.
46 And when he had dismissed them, he went to a mountain to pray.
47 And when evening came, the ship was in the middle of the sea, and he alone on the land.
48 And he saw them straining themselves in rowing; for the wind was against them.
And in the fourth watch of the night, Jesus came to them walking on the waters; and he was disposed to pass by them.
49 And they saw him walking on the waters, and they supposed that the appearance was a spectre:
and they cried out.
50 For they all saw him, and were afraid.
And immediately he spoke with them, and said to them:
Take courage; it is I; fear not.
51 And he entered into the ship to them; and the wind ceased.
And they were greatly amazed, and astonished among themselves.

The Book of Acts – Chapter 19
31 And likewise the chiefs of Asia, because they were his friends, sent and requested of him, that he would not expose himself by going into the theatre.
32 And the multitudes that were in the theatre were in great confusion, and cried, some one thing, and some another:
and many of them knew not for what cause they had come together.
33 And the Jewish people who were there, brought forward one of their men, a Jew, named Alexander.
And he, rising up, waved his hand, and wished to make a defence before the people.
34 But they knowing him to be a Jew, all cried out with one voice, about two hours:
Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
35 But the chief of the city tranquillized them, by saying:
Men of Ephesus, What person is there, among men, who doth not know the city of the Ephesians to be devoted to the worship of the great Diana, and of her image that descended from heaven?
36 Since therefore no one can gainsay this, ye ought to be tranquil, and to do nothing with precipitancy.