Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would convict the world of guilt in regard to sin. Conviction arises from confrontation with evidence. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth, and He holds before your conscience the evidence of your sin, leaving you no room for escape.

The prophet Nathan confronted David with a parable that illustrated David's guilt with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 12:7). The simple parable smote his conscience, and David truly repented from his heart. Although his sin was great, he received forgiveness because his repentance was genuine.

When God confronts you with the truth of your sin, He is showing mercy. As Jesus said, "And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:32). Never run from the evidence. The Holy Spirit will bring certain scriptures to you as a mirror to show you your true self. If you respond to His mercy and grace, you will be set free from whatever sin has plagued you.

Invite the Holy Spirit to shine the light on the truth of your life and actions. Then honestly accept and admit His evidence, and confess with David, "I have sinned against the Lord" (2 Samuel 12:13). Then, and only then, will you hear Him say, "Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you" (v. 13).

2 Samuel 12:1-31

Nathan Rebukes David11:1; 12:29-31pp — 1Ch 20:1-3

12 The Lord sent NathanS 2Sa 7:2 to David.Ps 51 Title When he came to him,2Sa 14:4 he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor.The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle,but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.

“Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”

David1Ki 20:40 burned with angerS Ge 34:7 against the manRo 2:1 and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives,S 1Sa 14:39 the man who did this must die!He must pay for that lamb four times over,Ex 22:1 because he did such a thing and had no pity.”

Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man!2Sa 14:13; Da 4:22 This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointedS 1Sa 2:35 you1Ki 20:42 king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul.I gave your master’s house to you,S 2Sa 9:7 and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.Why did you despiseS Nu 15:31; S 1Sa 13:14 the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck downS 2Sa 11:15 Uriah1Ki 15:5 the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killedPs 26:9; 51:14 him with the sword of the Ammonites.10 Now, therefore, the sword2Sa 13:28; 18:14-15; 1Ki 2:25 will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’

11 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household2Sa 16:11 I am going to bring calamity on you.Dt 28:30; 2Sa 16:21-22 Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight.S Dt 17:1712 You did it in secret,2Sa 11:4-15 but I will do this thing in broad daylight2Sa 16:22 before all Israel.’”

13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinnedS Ge 13:13; S 20:6; S Nu 22:34 against the Lord.”

Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken awayPs 32:1-5; 51:1, 9; 103:12; Isa 43:25; 44:22; Zec 3:4, 9 your sin.Pr 28:13; Jer 2:35; Mic 7:18-19 You are not going to die.Lev 20:10; 24:1714 But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt forAn ancient Hebrew scribal tradition; Masoretic Text for the enemies of the Lord,Isa 52:5; Ro 2:24 the son born to you will die.”

15 After Nathan had gone home, the Lord struckS 1Sa 25:38 the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill.16 David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lyingPs 5:7; 95:6 in sackclothDead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint; Masoretic Text does not have in sackcloth. on the ground.17 The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused,S Ge 37:35; S 1Sa 1:7 and he would not eat any food with them.S 2Sa 3:35; Da 6:18

18 On the seventh day the child died. David’s attendants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, “While the child was still living, he wouldn’t listen to us when we spoke to him. How can we now tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate.”

19 David noticed that his attendants were whispering among themselves, and he realized the child was dead. “Is the child dead?” he asked.

“Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.”

20 Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed,Mt 6:17 put on lotions and changed his clothes,S Ge 41:14 he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.

21 His attendants asked him, “Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept,Jdg 20:26 but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!”

22 He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows?Jnh 3:9 The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live.’Isa 38:1-523 But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him,Ge 37:35 but he will not return to me.”S 1Sa 31:13; 2Sa 13:39; Job 7:10; 10:21

24 Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba,1Ki 1:11 and he went to her and made love to her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon.1Ki 1:10; 1Ch 22:9; 28:5; Mt 1:6 The Lord loved him;25 and because the Lord loved him, he sent word through Nathan the prophet to name him Jedidiah.Jedidiah means loved by the Lord.Ne 13:26

26 Meanwhile Joab fought against RabbahS Dt 3:11 of the Ammonites and captured the royal citadel.27 Joab then sent messengers to David, saying, “I have fought against Rabbah and taken its water supply.28 Now muster the rest of the troops and besiege the city and capture it. Otherwise I will take the city, and it will be named after me.”

29 So David mustered the entire army and went to Rabbah, and attacked and captured it.30 David took the crownEst 8:15; Ps 21:3; 132:18 from their king’sOr from Milkom’s (that is, Molek’s) head, and it was placed on his own head. It weighed a talentThat is, about 75 pounds or about 34 kilograms of gold, and it was set with precious stones. David took a great quantity of plunder from the city31 and brought out the people who were there, consigning them to labor with saws and with iron picks and axes, and he made them work at brickmaking.The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain. David did this to all the AmmoniteS 1Sa 14:47 towns. Then he and his entire army returned to Jerusalem.

Nathan Rebukes David

12 So the Lord sent Nathan the prophet to tell David this story: “There were two men in a certain town. One was rich, and one was poor.The rich man owned a great many sheep and cattle.The poor man owned nothing but one little lamb he had bought. He raised that little lamb, and it grew up with his children. It ate from the man’s own plate and drank from his cup. He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter.One day a guest arrived at the home of the rich man. But instead of killing an animal from his own flock or herd, he took the poor man’s lamb and killed it and prepared it for his guest.”

David was furious. “As surely as the Lord lives,” he vowed, “any man who would do such a thing deserves to die!He must repay four lambs to the poor man for the one he stole and for having no pity.”

Then Nathan said to David, “You are that man! The Lord, the God of Israel, says: I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul.I gave you your master’s house and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more.Why, then, have you despised the word of the Lord and done this horrible deed? For you have murdered Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites and stolen his wife.10 From this time on, your family will live by the sword because you have despised me by taking Uriah’s wife to be your own.

11 “This is what the Lord says: Because of what you have done, I will cause your own household to rebel against you. I will give your wives to another man before your very eyes, and he will go to bed with them in public view.12 You did it secretly, but I will make this happen to you openly in the sight of all Israel.”

David Confesses His Guilt

13 Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”

Nathan replied, “Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin.14 Nevertheless, because you have shown utter contempt for the word of the LordAs in Dead Sea Scrolls; Masoretic Text reads the enemies of the Lord. by doing this, your child will die.”

15 After Nathan returned to his home, the Lord sent a deadly illness to the child of David and Uriah’s wife.16 David begged God to spare the child. He went without food and lay all night on the bare ground.17 The elders of his household pleaded with him to get up and eat with them, but he refused.

18 Then on the seventh day the child died. David’s advisers were afraid to tell him. “He wouldn’t listen to reason while the child was ill,” they said. “What drastic thing will he do when we tell him the child is dead?”

19 When David saw them whispering, he realized what had happened. “Is the child dead?” he asked.

“Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.”

20 Then David got up from the ground, washed himself, put on lotions,Hebrew anointed himself. and changed his clothes. He went to the Tabernacle and worshiped the Lord. After that, he returned to the palace and was served food and ate.

21 His advisers were amazed. “We don’t understand you,” they told him. “While the child was still living, you wept and refused to eat. But now that the child is dead, you have stopped your mourning and are eating again.”

22 David replied, “I fasted and wept while the child was alive, for I said, ‘Perhaps the Lord will be gracious to me and let the child live.’23 But why should I fast when he is dead? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him one day, but he cannot return to me.”

24 Then David comforted Bathsheba, his wife, and slept with her. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son, and DavidHebrew he; an alternate Hebrew reading and some Hebrew manuscripts read she. named him Solomon. The Lord loved the child25 and sent word through Nathan the prophet that they should name him Jedidiah (which means “beloved of the Lord”), as the Lord had commanded.As in Greek version; Hebrew reads because of the Lord.

David Captures Rabbah

26 Meanwhile, Joab was fighting against Rabbah, the capital of Ammon, and he captured the royal fortifications.Or the royal city.27 Joab sent messengers to tell David, “I have fought against Rabbah and captured its water supply.Or captured the city of water.28 Now bring the rest of the army and capture the city. Otherwise, I will capture it and get credit for the victory.”

29 So David gathered the rest of the army and went to Rabbah, and he fought against it and captured it.30 David removed the crown from the king’s head,Or from the head of Milcom (as in Greek version). Milcom, also called Molech, was the god of the Ammonites. and it was placed on his own head. The crown was made of gold and set with gems, and it weighed seventy-five pounds.Hebrew 1 talent [34 kilograms]. David took a vast amount of plunder from the city.31 He also made slaves of the people of Rabbah and forced them to labor withHebrew He also brought out the people [of Rabbah] and put them under. saws, iron picks, and iron axes, and to work in the brick kilns.Hebrew and he made them pass through the brick kilns. That is how he dealt with the people of all the Ammonite towns. Then David and all the army returned to Jerusalem.

12 And the Lord sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.

The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:

But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.

And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.

And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:

And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.

And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;

And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.

Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.

10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

11 Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.

12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.

13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.

14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.

15 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the Lord struck the child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.

16 David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.

17 And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.

18 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead?

19 But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead.

20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.

21 Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread.

22 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live?

23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.

24 And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the Lord loved him.

25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord.

26 And Joab fought against Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and took the royal city.

27 And Joab sent messengers to David, and said, I have fought against Rabbah, and have taken the city of waters.

28 Now therefore gather the rest of the people together, and encamp against the city, and take it: lest I take the city, and it be called after my name.

29 And David gathered all the people together, and went to Rabbah, and fought against it, and took it.

30 And he took their king's crown from off his head, the weight whereof was a talent of gold with the precious stones: and it was set on David's head. And he brought forth the spoil of the city in great abundance.

31 And he brought forth the people that were therein, and put them under saws, and under harrows of iron, and under axes of iron, and made them pass through the brick-kiln: and thus did he unto all the cities of the children of Ammon. So David and all the people returned unto Jerusalem.

John 16:1-33

16 “All thisJn 15:18-27 I have told you so that you will not fall away.Mt 11:6They will put you out of the synagogue;Jn 9:22; 12:42 in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God.Isa 66:5; Ac 26:9, 10; Rev 6:9They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me.Jn 15:21; 17:25; 1Jn 3:1I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will rememberJn 13:19; 14:29 that I warned you about them. I did not tell you this from the beginning because I was with you,Jn 15:27but now I am going to him who sent me.ver 10, 17, 28; Jn 7:33 None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’Jn 13:36; 14:5Rather, you are filled with griefver 22 because I have said these things.But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the AdvocateJn 14:16, 26; 15:26 will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.Jn 7:39; 14:26When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:about sin,Jn 15:22 because people do not believe in me;10 about righteousness,Ac 3:14; 7:52; Ro 1:17; 3:21, 22; 1Pe 3:18 because I am going to the Father,S ver 5 where you can see me no longer;11 and about judgment, because the prince of this worldS Jn 12:31 now stands condemned.

12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.Mk 4:33; 1Co 3:213 But when he, the Spirit of truth,S Jn 14:17 comes, he will guide you into all the truth.Ps 25:5; Jn 14:26 He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.15 All that belongs to the Father is mine.Jn 17:10 That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

The Disciples’ Grief Will Turn to Joy

16 Jesus went on to say, “In a little whileS Jn 7:33 you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”ver 22; Jn 14:18-24

17 At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ver 16 and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?”ver 518 They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.”

19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’?20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mournMk 16:10; Lk 23:27 while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.Jn 20:2021 A woman giving birth to a child has painIsa 13:8; 21:3; 26:17; Mic 4:9; 1Th 5:3 because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.22 So with you: Now is your time of grief,ver 6 but I will see you againver 16 and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.ver 20; Jer 31:1223 In that dayver 26; Jn 14:20 you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.S Mt 7:724 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive,S Mt 7:7 and your joy will be complete.S Jn 3:29

25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively,ver 29; Ps 78:2; Eze 20:49; Mt 13:34; Mk 4:33, 34; Jn 10:6 a time is comingver 2 when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father.26 In that day you will ask in my name.ver 23, 24 I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf.27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved meJn 14:21, 23 and have believed that I came from God.ver 30; S Jn 13:328 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”ver 5, 10, 17; Jn 13:3

29 Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech.S ver 2530 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe1Ki 17:24 that you came from God.”ver 27; S Jn 13:3

31 “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied.32 “A time is comingver 2, 25 and in fact has come when you will be scattered,Mt 26:31 each to your own home. You will leave me all alone.Mt 26:56 Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.Jn 8:16, 29

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.S Jn 14:27 In this world you will have trouble.Jn 15:18-21 But take heart! I have overcomeRo 8:37; 1Jn 4:4; 5:4; Rev 2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21; 21:7 the world.”

16 “I have told you these things so that you won’t abandon your faith.For you will be expelled from the synagogues, and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God.This is because they have never known the Father or me.Yes, I’m telling you these things now, so that when they happen, you will remember my warning. I didn’t tell you earlier because I was going to be with you for a while longer.

The Work of the Holy Spirit

“But now I am going away to the one who sent me, and not one of you is asking where I am going.Instead, you grieve because of what I’ve told you.But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the AdvocateOr Comforter, or Encourager, or Counselor. Greek reads Paraclete. won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you.And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me.10 Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more.11 Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged.

12 “There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now.13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.14 He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me.15 All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’

Sadness Will Be Turned to Joy

16 “In a little while you won’t see me anymore. But a little while after that, you will see me again.”

17 Some of the disciples asked each other, “What does he mean when he says, ‘In a little while you won’t see me, but then you will see me,’ and ‘I am going to the Father’?18 And what does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand.”

19 Jesus realized they wanted to ask him about it, so he said, “Are you asking yourselves what I meant? I said in a little while you won’t see me, but a little while after that you will see me again.20 I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn over what is going to happen to me, but the world will rejoice. You will grieve, but your grief will suddenly turn to wonderful joy.21 It will be like a woman suffering the pains of labor. When her child is born, her anguish gives way to joy because she has brought a new baby into the world.22 So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy.23 At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name.24 You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.

25 “I have spoken of these matters in figures of speech, but soon I will stop speaking figuratively and will tell you plainly all about the Father.26 Then you will ask in my name. I’m not saying I will ask the Father on your behalf,27 for the Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God.Some manuscripts read from the Father.28 Yes, I came from the Father into the world, and now I will leave the world and return to the Father.”

29 Then his disciples said, “At last you are speaking plainly and not figuratively.30 Now we understand that you know everything, and there’s no need to question you. From this we believe that you came from God.”

31 Jesus asked, “Do you finally believe?32 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me.33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

16 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.

They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.

But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou?

But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

Of sin, because they believe not on me;

10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;

11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.

17 Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father?

18 They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.

19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?

20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.

26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:

27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.

28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.

29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.

30 Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.

31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?

32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Psalm 119:65-80

ט Teth

65 Do goodver 17; Ps 125:4; Isa 50:2; 59:1; Mic 2:7 to your servant

according to your word,S ver 9 Lord.

66 Teach me knowledgeS Ps 51:6 and good judgment,

for I trust your commands.

67 Before I was afflictedS Ps 116:10 I went astray,S Ps 95:10; S Jer 8:4

but now I obey your word.S ver 17

68 You are good,Ps 100:5; 106:1; 107:1; 135:3 and what you do is good;

teach me your decrees.S Ex 18:20

69 Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies,Job 13:4; Ps 109:2

I keep your precepts with all my heart.

70 Their hearts are callousS Ps 17:10; Isa 29:13; Ac 28:27 and unfeeling,

but I delight in your law.

71 It was good for me to be afflictedver 67, 75

so that I might learn your decrees.

72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me

than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.S Job 28:17; S Ps 19:10

י Yodh

73 Your hands made meS Ge 1:27; S Job 4:17; 10:8; Ps 138:8; 139:13-16 and formed me;

give me understanding to learn your commands.

74 May those who fear you rejoiceS Ps 34:2 when they see me,

for I have put my hope in your word.ver 9; Ps 130:5

75 I know, Lord, that your laws are righteous,ver 7, 138, 172

and that in faithfulnessHeb 12:5-11 you have afflicted me.

76 May your unfailing lovePs 6:4 be my comfort,

according to your promiseS ver 41 to your servant.

77 Let your compassionPs 90:13; 103:13 come to me that I may live,

for your law is my delight.S ver 47

78 May the arrogantver 51; Jer 50:32 be put to shame for wronging me without cause;ver 86, 161; Ps 35:19

but I will meditate on your precepts.

79 May those who fear you turn to me,

those who understand your statutes.ver 27, 125

80 May I wholeheartedly followver 1; S 1Ki 8:61 your decrees,S Ge 26:5

that I may not be put to shame.S ver 6

Teth

65 You have done many good things for me, Lord,

just as you promised.

66 I believe in your commands;

now teach me good judgment and knowledge.

67 I used to wander off until you disciplined me;

but now I closely follow your word.

68 You are good and do only good;

teach me your decrees.

69 Arrogant people smear me with lies,

but in truth I obey your commandments with all my heart.

70 Their hearts are dull and stupid,

but I delight in your instructions.

71 My suffering was good for me,

for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees.

72 Your instructions are more valuable to me

than millions in gold and silver.

Yodh

73 You made me; you created me.

Now give me the sense to follow your commands.

74 May all who fear you find in me a cause for joy,

for I have put my hope in your word.

75 I know, O Lord, that your regulations are fair;

you disciplined me because I needed it.

76 Now let your unfailing love comfort me,

just as you promised me, your servant.

77 Surround me with your tender mercies so I may live,

for your instructions are my delight.

78 Bring disgrace upon the arrogant people who lied about me;

meanwhile, I will concentrate on your commandments.

79 Let me be united with all who fear you,

with those who know your laws.

80 May I be blameless in keeping your decrees;

then I will never be ashamed.

65 Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O Lord, according unto thy word.

66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.

67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.

68 Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.

69 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.

70 Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law.

71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.

73 Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.

74 They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.

75 I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.

76 Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.

77 Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight.

78 Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.

79 Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies.

80 Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.

Proverbs 16:4-5

The Lord works out everything to its proper endEx 9:16

even the wicked for a day of disaster.S 2Ch 34:24; S Ps 18:18; Ro 9:22

The Lord detests all the proud of heart.S Ps 40:4; S Pr 6:16

Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.Pr 11:20-21

The Lord has made everything for his own purposes,

even the wicked for a day of disaster.

The Lord detests the proud;

they will surely be punished.

The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

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