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Today's Scripture Reading

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Judges 2

1 The angel of Yahweh came up from Gilgal to Bochim. He said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you to the land which I swore to your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you:

2 and you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall break down their altars. But you have not listened to my voice: why have you done this?

3 Therefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be [as thorns] in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare to you.

4 It happened, when the angel of Yahweh spoke these words to all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voice, and wept.

5 They called the name of that place Bochim: and they sacrificed there to Yahweh.

6 Now when Joshua had sent the people away, the children of Israel went every man to his inheritance to possess the land.

7 The people served Yahweh all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great work of Yahweh that he had worked for Israel.

8 Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Yahweh, died, being one hundred ten years old.

9 They buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the hill- country of Ephraim, on the north of the mountain of Gaash.

10 Also all that generation were gathered to their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, who didn`t know Yahweh, nor yet the work which he had worked for Israel.

11 The children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, and served the Baals;

12 and they forsook Yahweh, the God of their fathers, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the peoples who were round about them, and bowed themselves down to them: and they provoked Yahweh to anger.

13 They forsook Yahweh, and served Baal and the Ashtaroth.

14 The anger of Yahweh was kindled against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers who despoiled them; and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies.

15 Wherever they went out, the hand of Yahweh was against them for evil, as Yahweh had spoken, and as Yahweh had sworn to them: and they were sore distressed.

16 Yahweh raised up judges, who saved them out of the hand of those who despoiled them.

17 Yet they didn`t listen to their judges; for they played the prostitute after other gods, and bowed themselves down to them: they turned aside quickly out of the way in which their fathers walked, obeying the commandments of Yahweh; [but] they didn`t do so.

18 When Yahweh raised them up judges, then Yahweh was with the judge, and saved them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented Yahweh because of their groaning by reason of those who oppressed them and vexed them.

19 But it happened, when the judge was dead, that they turned back, and dealt more corruptly than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down to them; they didn`t cease from their doings, nor from their stubborn way.

20 The anger of Yahweh was kindled against Israel; and he said, Because this nation have transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not listened to my voice;

21 I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations that Joshua left when he died;

22 that by them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of Yahweh to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not.

23 So Yahweh left those nations, without driving them out hastily; neither delivered he them into the hand of Joshua.

Judges 3

1 Now these are the nations which Yahweh left, to prove Israel by them, even as many [of Israel] as had not known all the wars of Canaan;

2 only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing of it:

3 [namely], the five lords of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, and the Hivites who lived on Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baal-hermon to the entrance of Hamath.

4 They were [left], to prove Israel by them, to know whether they would listen to the commandments of Yahweh, which he commanded their fathers by Moses.

5 The children of Israel lived among the Canaanites, the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites:

6 and they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their own daughters to their sons and served their gods.

7 The children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, and forgot Yahweh their God, and served the Baals and the Asheroth.

8 Therefore the anger of Yahweh was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia: and the children of Israel served Cushan-rishathaim eight years.

9 When the children of Israel cried to Yahweh, Yahweh raised up a savior to the children of Israel, who saved them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb`s younger brother.

10 The Spirit of Yahweh came on him, and he judged Israel; and he went out to war, and Yahweh delivered Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand: and his hand prevailed against Cushan- rishathaim.

11 The land had rest forty years. Othniel the son of Kenaz died.

12 The children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh: and Yahweh strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh.

13 He gathered to him the children of Ammon and Amalek; and he went and struck Israel, and they possessed the city of palm-trees.

14 The children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.

15 But when the children of Israel cried to Yahweh, Yahweh raised them up a savior, Ehud the son of Gera, the Benjamite, a man left-handed. The children of Israel sent tribute by him to Eglon the king of Moab.

16 Ehud made him a sword which had two edges, a cubit in length; and he girded it under his clothing on his right thigh.

17 He offered the tribute to Eglon king of Moab: now Eglon was a very fat man.

18 When he had made an end of offering the tribute, he sent away the people who bore the tribute.

19 But he himself turned back from the quarries that were by Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand to you, king. He said, Keep silence. All who stood by him went out from him.

20 Ehud came to him; and he was sitting by himself alone in the cool upper room. Ehud said, I have a message from God to you. He arose out of his seat.

21 Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the sword from his right thigh, and thrust it into his body:

22 and the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed on the blade, for he didn`t draw the sword out of his body; and it came out behind.

23 Then Ehud went forth into the porch, and shut the doors of the upper room on him, and locked them.

24 Now when he was gone out, his servants came; and they saw, and, behold, the doors of the upper room were locked; and they said, Surely he is covering his feet in the upper chamber.

25 They waited until they were ashamed; and, behold, he didn`t open the doors of the upper room: therefore they took the key, and opened [them], and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth.

26 Ehud escaped while they waited, and passed beyond the quarries, and escaped to Seirah.

27 It happened, when he had come, that he blew a trumpet in the hill-country of Ephraim; and the children of Israel went down with him from the hill-country, and he before them.

28 He said to them, Follow after me; for Yahweh has delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand. They went down after him, and took the fords of the Jordan against the Moabites, and didn`t allow a man to pass over.

29 They struck of Moab at that time about ten thousand men, every lusty man, and every man of valor; and there escaped not a man.

30 So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. The land had rest eighty years.

31 After him was Shamgar the son of Anath, who struck of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox-goad: and he also saved Israel.

Judges 4

1 The children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, when Ehud was dead.

2 Yahweh sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth of the Gentiles.

3 The children of Israel cried to Yahweh: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel.

4 Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, she judged Israel at that time.

5 She lived under the palm-tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill-country of Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.

6 She sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedesh-naphtali, and said to him, Hasn`t Yahweh, the God of Israel, commanded, [saying], Go and draw to Mount Tabor, and take with you ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun?

7 I will draw to you, to the river Kishon, Sisera, the captain of Jabin`s army, with his chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into your hand.

8 Barak said to her, If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go.

9 She said, I will surely go with you: notwithstanding, the journey that you take shall not be for your honor; for Yahweh will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.

10 Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali together to Kedesh; and there went up ten thousand men at his feet: and Deborah went up with him.

11 Now Heber the Kenite had separated himself from the Kenites, even from the children of Hobab the brother-in-law of Moses, and had pitched his tent as far as the oak in Zaanannim, which is by Kedesh.

12 They told Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam was gone up to Mount Tabor.

13 Sisera gathered together all his chariots, even nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people who were with him, from Harosheth of the Gentiles, to the river Kishon.

14 Deborah said to Barak, Up; for this is the day in which Yahweh has delivered Sisera into your hand; hasn`t Yahweh gone out before you? So Barak went down from Mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.

15 Yahweh confused Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his host, with the edge of the sword before Barak; and Sisera alighted from his chariot, and fled away on his feet.

16 But Barak pursued after the chariots, and after the host, to Harosheth of the Gentiles: and all the host of Sisera fell by the edge of the sword; there was not a man left.

17 However Sisera fled away on his feet to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite; for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite.

18 Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said to him, Turn in, my lord, turn in to me; don`t be afraid. He turned in to her into the tent, and she covered him with a rug.

19 He said to her, Please give me a little water to drink; for I am thirsty. She opened a bottle of milk, and gave him drink, and covered him.

20 He said to her, Stand in the door of the tent, and it shall be, when any man does come and inquire of you, and say, Is there any man here? that you shall say, No.

21 Then Jael Heber`s wife took a tent-pin, and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly to him, and struck the pin into his temples, and it pierced through into the ground; for he was in a deep sleep; so he swooned and died.

22 Behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said to him, Come, and I will show you the man whom you seek. He came to her; and, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the tent-pin was in his temples.

23 So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the children of Israel.

24 The hand of the children of Israel prevailed more and more against Jabin the king of Canaan, until they had destroyed Jabin king of Canaan.

Judges 5

1 Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying,

2 For that the leaders took the lead in Israel, For that the people offered themselves willingly, Bless you Yahweh.

3 Hear, you kings; give ear, you princes; I, [even] I, will sing to Yahweh; I will sing praise to Yahweh, the God of Israel.

4 Yahweh, when you went forth out of Seir, When you marched out of the field of Edom, The earth trembled, the sky also dropped, Yes, the clouds dropped water.

5 The mountains quaked at the presence of Yahweh, Even yon Sinai at the presence of Yahweh, the God of Israel.

6 In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, In the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, The travelers walked through byways.

7 The rulers ceased in Israel, they ceased, Until that I Deborah arose, That I arose a mother in Israel.

8 They chose new gods; Then was war in the gates: Was there a shield or spear seen Among forty thousand in Israel?

9 My heart is toward the governors of Israel, Who offered themselves willingly among the people: Bless you Yahweh.

10 Tell [of it], you who ride on white donkeys, You who sit on rich carpets, You who walk by the way.

11 Far from the noise of archers, in the places of drawing water, There shall they rehearse the righteous acts of Yahweh, [Even] the righteous acts of his rule in Israel. Then the people of Yahweh went down to the gates.

12 Awake, awake, Deborah; Awake, awake, utter a song: Arise, Barak, and lead away your captives, you son of Abinoam.

13 Then came down a remnant of the nobles [and] the people; Yahweh came down for me against the mighty.

14 Out of Ephraim [came down] they whose root is in Amalek; After you, Benjamin, among your peoples; Out of Machir came down governors, Out of Zebulun those who handle the marshal`s staff.

15 The princes of Issachar were with Deborah; As was Issachar, so was Barak; Into the valley they rushed forth at his feet. By the watercourses of Reuben There were great resolves of heart.

16 Why sat you among the sheepfolds, To hear the whistling for the flocks? At the watercourses of Reuben There were great searchings of heart.

17 Gilead abode beyond the Jordan: Dan, why did he remain in ships? Asher sat still at the haven of the sea, Abode by his creeks.

18 Zebulun was a people that jeopardized their lives to the death, Naphtali, on the high places of the field.

19 The kings came and fought; Then fought the kings of Canaan. In Taanach by the waters of Megiddo: They took no gain of money.

20 From the sky the stars fought, From their courses they fought against Sisera.

21 The river Kishon swept them away, That ancient river, the river Kishon. My soul, march on with strength.

22 Then did the horse hoofs stamp By reason of the prancings, the prancings of their strong ones.

23 Curse you Meroz, said the angel of Yahweh. Curse you bitterly the inhabitants of it, Because they didn`t come to the help of Yahweh, To the help of Yahweh against the mighty.

24 Blessed above women shall Jael be, The wife of Heber the Kenite; Blessed shall she be above women in the tent.

25 He asked water, [and] she gave him milk; She brought him butter in a lordly dish.

26 She put her hand to the tent-pin, Her right hand to the workmen`s hammer; With the hammer she struck Sisera, she struck through his head; Yes, she pierced and struck through his temples.

27 At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay; At her feet he bowed, he fell; Where he bowed, there he fell down dead.

28 Through the window she looked forth, and cried, The mother of Sisera [cried] through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? Why do the wheels of his chariots wait?

29 Her wise ladies answered her, Yes, she returned answer to herself,

30 Have they not found, have they not divided the spoil? A lady, two ladies to every man; To Sisera a spoil of dyed garments, A spoil of dyed garments embroidered, Of dyed garments embroidered on both sides, on the necks of the spoil?

31 So let all your enemies perish, Yahweh: But let those who love him be as the sun when he goes forth in his might. The land had rest forty years.

Psalms 76

1 In Judah, God is known. His name is great in Israel.

2 His tent is also in Salem; His dwelling-place in Zion.

3 There he broke the flaming arrows of the bow, The shield, and the sword, and the weapons of war. Selah.

4 Glorious are you, and excellent, More than mountains of game.

5 Valiant men lie plundered, They have slept their last sleep. None of the men of war can lift their hands.

6 At your rebuke, God of Jacob, Both chariot and horse are cast into a deep sleep.

7 You, even you, are to be feared. Who can stand in your sight when you are angry?

8 You pronounced judgment from heaven. The earth feared, and was silent,

9 When God arose to judgment, To save all the afflicted ones of the earth. Selah.

10 Surely the wrath of man praises you. The survivors of your wrath are restrained.

11 Make vows to Yahweh your God, and fulfill them! Let all of his neighbors bring presents to him who is to be feared.

12 He will cut off the spirit of princes. He is feared by the kings of the earth. Psalm 77 For the Chief Musician. To Jeduthun. A Psalm by Asaph.

Psalms 77

1 My cry goes to God! Indeed, I cry to God for help, And for him to listen to me.

2 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord. My hand was stretched out in the night, and didn`t get tired. My soul refused to be comforted.

3 I remember God, and I groan. I complain, and my spirit is overwhelmed. Selah.

4 You hold my eyelids open. I am so troubled that I can`t speak.

5 I have considered the days of old, The years of ancient times.

6 I remember my song in the night. I consider in my own heart; My spirit diligently inquires:

7 "Will the Lord reject us forever? Will he be favorable no more?

8 Has his lovingkindness vanished forever? Does his promise fail for generations?

9 Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he, in anger, withheld his compassion?" Selah.

10 Then I thought, "I will appeal to this: The years of the right hand of the Most High."

11 I will remember Yah`s deeds; For I will remember your wonders of old.

12 I will also meditate on all your work, And consider your doings.

13 Your way, God, is in the sanctuary. What god is great like God?

14 You are the God who does wonders. You have made your strength known among the peoples.

15 You have redeemed your people with your arm, The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.

16 The waters saw you, God. The waters saw you, and they writhed. The depths also convulsed.

17 The clouds poured out water. The skies resounded with thunder. Your arrows also flashed around.

18 The voice of your thunder was in the whirlwind. The lightnings lit up the world. The earth trembled and shook.

19 Your way was through the sea; Your paths through the great waters. Your footsteps were not known.

20 You led your people like a flock, By the hand of Moses and Aaron. Psalm 78 A contemplation by Asaph.

Psalms 78

1 Hear my law, my people. Turn your ears to the words of my mouth.

2 I will open my mouth in a parable. I will utter dark sayings of old,

3 Which we have heard and known, Our fathers have told us.

4 We will not hide them from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of Yahweh, His strength, and his wondrous works that he has done.

5 For he established a testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which he commanded our fathers, That they should make them known to their children;

6 That the generation to come might know, even the children who should be born; Who should arise and tell their children,

7 That they might set their hope in God, And not forget the works of God, But keep his commandments,

8 And might not be as their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that didn`t make their hearts loyal, Whose spirit was not steadfast with God.

9 The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows, Turned back in the day of battle.

10 They didn`t keep the covenant of God, And refused to walk in his law.

11 They forgot his doings, His wondrous works that he had showed them.

12 Marvelous things did he in the sight of their fathers, In the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.

13 He split the sea, and caused them to pass through; He made the waters stand as a heap.

14 In the daytime he also led them with a cloud, All the night with a light of fire.

15 He split rocks in the wilderness, And gave them drink abundantly as out of the depths.

16 He brought streams also out of the rock, And caused waters to run down like rivers.

17 Yet they still went on to sin against him, To rebel against the Most High in the desert.

18 They tempted God in their heart By asking food according to their desire.

19 Yes, they spoke against God. They said, "Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?

20 Behold, he struck the rock, so that waters gushed out, Streams overflowed. Can he give bread also? Will he provide flesh for his people?"

21 Therefore Yahweh heard, and was angry. A fire was kindled against Jacob, Anger also went up against Israel,

22 Because they didn`t believe in God, And didn`t trust in his salvation.

23 Yet he commanded the skies above, And opened the doors of heaven.

24 He rained down manna on them to eat, And gave them food from the sky.

25 Man ate the bread of angels. He sent them food to the full.

26 He caused the east wind to blow in the sky. By his power he guided the south wind.

27 He rained also flesh on them as the dust; Winged birds as the sand of the seas.

28 He let them fall in the midst of their camp, Around their habitations.

29 So they ate, and were well filled. He gave them their own desire.

30 They didn`t turn from their cravings. Their food was yet in their mouths,

31 When the anger of God went up against them, And killed some of the fattest of them, And struck down the young men of Israel.

32 For all this they still sinned, And didn`t believe in his wondrous works.

33 Therefore he consumed their days in vanity, And their years in terror.

34 When he killed them, then they inquired after him. They returned and sought God earnestly.

35 They remembered that God was their rock, The Most High God their redeemer.

36 But they flattered him with their mouth, And lied to him with their tongue.

37 For their heart was not right with him, Neither were they faithful in his covenant.

38 But he, being merciful, forgave iniquity, and didn`t destroy them. Yes, many times he turned his anger away, And didn`t stir up all his wrath.

39 He remembered that they were but flesh, A wind that passes away, and doesn`t come again.

40 How often did they rebel against him in the wilderness, And grieve him in the desert!

41 They turned again and tempted God, And provoked the Holy One of Israel.

42 They didn`t remember his hand, Nor the day when he redeemed them from the adversary;

43 How he set his signs in Egypt, His wonders in the field of Zoan,

44 Turned their rivers into blood, Their streams, so that they could not drink.

45 He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them; Frogs, which destroyed them.

46 He gave also their increase to the caterpillar, Their labor to the locust.

47 He destroyed their vines with hail, Their sycamore-fig trees with frost.

48 He gave over their cattle also to the hail, And their flocks to hot thunderbolts.

49 He threw on them the fierceness of his anger, Wrath, indignation, and trouble, And a band of angels of evil.

50 He made a path for his anger. He didn`t spare their soul from death, But gave their life over to the pestilence,

51 And struck all the firstborn in Egypt, The chief of their strength in the tents of Ham.

52 But he led forth his own people like sheep, And guided them in the wilderness like a flock.

53 He led them safely, so that they weren`t afraid, But the sea overwhelmed their enemies.

54 He brought them to the border of his sanctuary, To this mountain, which his right hand had taken.

55 He also drove out the nations before them, Allotted them for an inheritance by line, And made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.

56 Yet they tempted and rebelled against the Most High God, And didn`t keep his testimonies;

57 But turned back, and dealt treacherously like their fathers. They were turned aside like a deceitful bow.

58 For they provoked him to anger with their high places, And moved him to jealousy with their engraved images.

59 When God heard this, he was angry, And greatly abhorred Israel;

60 So that he forsook the tent of Shiloh, The tent which he placed among men;

61 And delivered his strength into captivity, His glory into the adversary`s hand.

62 He also gave his people over to the sword, And was angry with his inheritance.

63 Fire devoured their young men; Their virgins had no wedding song.

64 Their priests fell by the sword; Their widows made no lamentation.

65 Then the Lord awakened as one out of sleep, Like a mighty man who shouts by reason of wine.

66 He struck his adversaries backward. He put them to a perpetual reproach.

67 Moreover he rejected the tent of Joseph, And didn`t choose the tribe of Ephraim,

68 But chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion which he loved.

69 He built his sanctuary like the heights, Like the earth which he has established forever.

70 He also chose David his servant, And took him from the sheepfolds;

71 From following the ewes that have their young he brought him To be the shepherd of Jacob, his people, and Israel, his inheritance.

72 So he was their shepherd according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them by the skillfulness of his hands. Psalm 79 A Psalm by Asaph.

Psalms 79

1 God, the nations have come into your inheritance. They have defiled your holy temple. They have laid Jerusalem in heaps.

2 They have given the dead bodies of your servants to be food for the birds of the sky, The flesh of your saints to the animals of the earth.

3 Their blood they have shed like water around Jerusalem. There was no one to bury them.

4 We have become a reproach to our neighbors, A scoffing and derision to those who are around us.

5 How long, Yahweh? Will you be angry forever? Will your jealousy burn like fire?

6 Pour out your wrath on the nations that don`t know you; On the kingdoms that don`t call on your names;

7 For they have devoured Jacob, And destroyed his homeland.

8 Don`t hold the iniquities of our forefathers against us. Let your tender mercies speedily meet us, For we are in desperate need.

9 Help us, God of our salvation, for the glory of your name. Deliver us, and forgive our sins, for your name`s sake.

10 Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?" Let it be known among the nations, before our eyes, That vengeance for your servants` blood is being poured out.

11 Let the sighing of the prisoner come before you. According to the greatness of your power, preserve those who are sentenced to death;

12 Pay back to our neighbors seven times into their bosom Their reproach with which they have reproached you, Lord.

13 So we, your people and sheep of your pasture, Will give you thanks forever. We will praise you forever, to all generations. Psalm 80 For the Chief Musician. To the tune of "The Lilies of the Covenant." A Psalm by Asaph.

Psalms 80

1 Hear us, Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock, You who sit above the cherubim, shine forth.

2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up your might, Come to save us.

3 Turn us again, God. Cause your face to shine, And we will be saved.

4 Yahweh God of hosts, How long will you be angry against the prayer of your people?

5 You have fed them with the bread of tears, And given them tears to drink in large measure.

6 You make us a source of contention to our neighbors. Our enemies laugh among themselves.

7 Turn us again, God of hosts. Cause your face to shine, And we will be saved.

8 You brought a vine out of Egypt. You drove out the nations, and planted it.

9 You cleared the ground for it. It took deep root, and filled the land.

10 The mountains were covered with its shadow. Its boughs were like God`s cedars.

11 It sent out its branches to the sea, Its shoots to the River.

12 Why have you broken down its walls, So that all those who pass by the way pluck it?

13 The boar out of the wood ravages it. The wild animals of the field feed on it.

14 Turn again, we beg you, God of hosts. Look down from heaven, and see, and visit this vine,

15 The stock which your right hand planted, The branch that you made strong for yourself.

16 It is burned with fire. It is cut down. They perish at your rebuke.

17 Let your hand be on the man of your right hand, On the son of man whom you made strong for yourself.

18 So we will not turn away from you. Revive us, and we will call on your name.

19 Turn us again, Yahweh God of hosts. Cause your face to shine, and we will be saved. Psalm 81 For the Chief Musician. On an instrument of Gath. By Asaph.

Proverbs 16

1 The plans of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from Yahweh.

2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; But Yahweh weighs the motives.

3 Commit your deeds to Yahweh, And your plans shall succeed.

4 Yahweh has made everything for its own end -- Yes, even the wicked for the day of evil.

5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to Yahweh: They shall assuredly not be unpunished.

6 By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned for. By the fear of Yahweh men depart from evil.

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

8 Better is a little with righteousness, Than great revenues with injustice.

9 A man`s heart plans his course, But Yahweh directs his steps.

10 Inspired judgments are on the lips of the king. His shall not betray his mouth.

11 Honest balances and scales are Yahweh`s; All the weights in the bag are his work.

12 It is an abomination for kings to do wrong, For the throne is established by righteousness.

13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings. They value one who speaks the truth.

14 The king`s wrath is a messenger of death, But a wise man will pacify it.

15 In the light of the king`s face is life. His favor is like a cloud of the spring rain.

16 How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! Yes, 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, A haughty spirit before a fall.

19 It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, Than to divide the plunder with the proud.

20 He who gives heed to the word finds prosperity. Whoever trusts in Yahweh is blessed.

21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent. Pleasantness of the lips promotes instruction.

22 Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, But the punishment of fools is their folly.

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

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

25 There is a way which seems right to a man, But in the end it leads to death.

26 The appetite of the laboring man labors for him; For his mouth urges him on.

27 A worthless man devises mischief. His speech is like a scorching fire.

28 A perverse man stirs up strife. A whisperer separates close friends.

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

30 One who winks his eyes to plot perversities, One who compresses his lips, is bent on evil.

31 Gray hair is a crown of glory. It is attained by a life of righteousness.

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

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

Romans 8

1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who don`t walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death.

3 For what the law couldn`t do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh;

4 that the ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

5 For those who are after the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

6 For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace;

7 because the mind of the flesh is hostile towards God; for it is not subject to God`s law, neither indeed can it be.

8 Those who are in the flesh can`t please God.

9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if it is so that the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if any man doesn`t have the Spirit of Christ, he is not his.

10 If Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the spirit is alive because of righteousness.

11 But if the Spirit of him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

13 For if you live after the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are children of God.

15 For you didn`t receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, "Abba! Father!"

16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God;

17 and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if indeed we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified with him.

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which will be revealed toward us.

19 For the creation waits with eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.

20 For the creation was subjected to vanity, not of its own will, but by reason of him who subjected it, in hope

21 that the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of decay into the liberty of the glory of the children of God.

22 For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now.

23 Not only so, but ourselves also, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for adoption, the redemption of our body.

24 For we were saved in hope, but hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for that which he sees?

25 But if we hope for that which we don`t see, we wait for it with patience.

26 In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses, for we don`t know how to pray as we ought. But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which can`t be uttered.

27 He who searches the hearts knows what is on the Spirit`s mind, because he makes intercession for the saints according to God.

28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.

29 For whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

30 Whom he foreordained, them he also called. Whom he called, them he also justified. Whom he justified, them he also glorified.

31 What then will we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

32 He who didn`t spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how would he not also with him freely give us all things?

33 Who could bring a charge against God`s elect? It is God who justifies.

34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, yes rather, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Could oppression, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 Even as it is written, "For your sake we are killed all day long. We were accounted as sheep for the slaughter."

37 No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,

39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 9

1 I tell the truth in Christ. I am not lying, my conscience testifying with me in the Holy Spirit,

2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing pain in my heart.

3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brothers` sake, my relatives according to the flesh,

4 who are Israelites; whose is the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service, and the promises;

5 whose are the fathers, and of whom is Christ as concerning the flesh, who is over all, God, blessed forever. Amen.

6 But it is not as though the word of God has come to nothing. For they are not all Israel, that are of Israel.

7 Neither, because they are Abraham`s seed, are they all children. But, "In Isaac will your seed be called."

8 That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as a seed.

9 For this is a word of promise, "At the appointed time I will come, and Sarah will have a son."

10 Not only so, but Rebecca also conceived by one, by our father Isaac.

11 For being not yet born, neither having done anything good or bad, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him who calls,

12 it was said to her, "The elder will serve the younger."

13 Even as it is written, "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."

14 What will we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not!

15 For he said to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion."

16 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who has mercy.

17 For the scripture says to Pharaoh, "For this very purpose I caused you to be raised up, that I might show in you my power, and that my name might be published abroad in all the earth."

18 So then, he has mercy on whom he desires, and he hardens whom he desires.

19 You will say then to me, "Why does he still find fault? For who withstands his will?"

20 But no, man, who are you who replies against God? Will the thing formed ask him who formed it, "Why did you make me like this?"

21 Or hasn`t the potter a right over the clay, from the same lump to make one part a vessel for honor, and another for dishonor?

22 What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath made for destruction,

23 and that he might make known the riches of his glory on vessels of mercy, which he prepared beforehand for glory,

24 us, whom he also called, not from the Jews only, but also from the Gentiles?

25 As he says also in Hosea, "I will call them `my people,` which were not my people; And her `beloved,` who was not beloved."

26 "It will be that in the place where it was said to them, `You are not my people,` There will they be called `sons of the living God.`"

27 Isaiah cries concerning Israel, "If the number of the children of Israel are as the sand of the sea, It is the remnant who will be saved;

28 For He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness, Because the LORD will make a short work upon the earth."

29 As Isaiah has said before, "Unless the Lord of Hosts had left us a seed, We would have become like Sodom, And would have been made like Gomorrah."

30 What will we say then? That the Gentiles, who didn`t follow after righteousness, attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith;

31 but Israel, following after a law of righteousness, didn`t arrive at the law of righteousness.

32 Why? Because they didn`t seek it by faith, but as it were by works of the law. They stumbled over the stumbling stone;

33 even as it is written, "Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense. And no one who believes in him will be put to shame."

Romans 10

1 Brothers, my heart`s desire and my prayer to God is for Israel, that they may be saved.

2 For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.

3 For being ignorant of God`s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, they didn`t subject themselves to the righteousness of God.

4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

5 For Moses writes about the righteousness of the law, "The one who does them will live by them."

6 But the righteousness which is of faith says this, "Don`t say in your heart, `Who will ascend into heaven?` (that is, to bring Christ down);

7 or, `Who will descend into the abyss?` (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead.)"

8 But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth, and in your heart;" that is, the word of faith, which we preach:

9 that if you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

10 For with the heart, one believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

11 For the scripture says, "Whoever believes in him will not be put to shame."

12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, and is rich to all who call on him.

13 For, "Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved."

14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in him whom they have not heard? How will they hear without a preacher?

15 And how will they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!"

16 But they didn`t all listen to the glad news. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our report?"

17 So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

18 But I say, didn`t they hear? Yes, most assuredly, "Their sound went out into all the earth, Their words to the ends of the world."

19 But I ask, didn`t Israel know? First Moses says, "I will provoke you to jealousy with that which is no nation, With a nation void of understanding I will make you angry."

20 Isaiah is very bold, and says, "I was found by those who didn`t seek me. I was revealed to those who didn`t ask for me."

21 But as to Israel he says, "All day long I stretched out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.

Romans 11

1 I ask then, Did God reject his people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.

2 God didn`t reject his people, which he foreknew. Or don`t you know what the scripture says about Elijah? How he pleads with God against Israel:

3 "Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have broken down your altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life."

4 But how does God answer him? "I have reserved for myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal."

5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

6 And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.

7 What then? That which Israel seeks for, that he didn`t obtain, but the election obtained it, and the rest were hardened.

8 According as it is written, "God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear, to this very day."

9 David says, "Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, A stumbling block, and a retribution to them.

10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see. Bow down their back always."

11 I ask then, did they stumble that they might fall? Certainly not! But by their fall salvation has come to the Gentiles, to provoke them to jealousy.

12 Now if their fall is the riches of the world, and their loss the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fullness?

13 For I speak to you who are Gentiles. Since then as I am an apostle to Gentiles, I glorify my ministry;

14 if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh, and may save some of them.

15 For if the rejection of them [is] the reconciling of the world, what would the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

16 If the first fruit is holy, so is the lump. If the root is holy, so are the branches.

17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them, and became partaker with them of the root of the richness of the olive tree;

18 don`t boast over the branches. But if you boast, it is not you who bear the root, but the root you.

19 You will say then, "Branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in."

20 True; by their unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by your faith. Don`t be conceited, but fear;

21 for if God didn`t spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you.

22 See then the goodness and severity of God. Toward those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in his goodness; otherwise you also will be cut off.

23 They also, if they don`t continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.

24 For if you were cut out of that which is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree, how much more will these, which are the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

25 For I don`t desire, brothers, to have you ignorant of this mystery, so that you won`t be wise in your own conceits, that a hardening in part has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles have come in,

26 and so all Israel will be saved. Even as it is written, "There will come out of Zion the Deliverer, And he will turn away ungodliness from Jacob.

27 This is my covenant to them, When I will take away their sins."

28 Concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But concerning the election, they are beloved for the fathers` sake.

29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

30 For as you in time past were disobedient to God, but now have obtained mercy by their disobedience,

31 even so these also have now been disobedient, that by the mercy shown to you they may also obtain mercy.

32 For God has shut up all to disobedience, that he might have mercy on all.

33 Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past tracing out!

34 "For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?"

35 "Or who has first given to him, And it will be repaid to him again?"

36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things. To him be the glory for ever! Amen.