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Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Want to know why you should be a witness for Jesus Christ? Because He died for all, and therefore, all died. Because you died with Christ, you should no longer live for yourself (2 Corinthians 5:15). Because you no longer live for yourself, you are no longer the same person you were. "What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun" (v. 17)!

God has given you, as a "new creation" believer, the task of reconciling people to Him (v. 18). Your message of reconciliation is this:

"For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others" (v. 19). Legally, the world has already been forgiven in Christ; thus, your job is to be His ambassador, imploring people on Christ's behalf to be reconciled to God (v. 20).

The conclusion? You are dead to your former life and thus unconcerned about public opinion. You live only to inform the lost that Jesus reconciled them to God. Some will receive, some will reject, but all must be told. That, dear ambassador, is your mission!

Job 40:1-42:17

40 The Lord said to Job:S Job 5:8; S 10:2

“Will the one who contends with the AlmightyS Job 13:3 correct him?S Job 9:15; S 11:8; S 33:13; Ro 9:20

Let him who accuses God answer him!”S Job 9:3

Then Job answered the Lord:

“I am unworthyJob 42:6—how can I reply to you?

I put my hand over my mouth.S Jdg 18:19; S Job 29:9

I spoke once, but I have no answerS Job 9:3

twice, but I will say no more.”S Job 9:15

Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm:S Ex 14:21; S Job 38:1

“Brace yourself like a man;

I will question you,

and you shall answer me.S Job 38:3

“Would you discredit my justice?S Job 15:25; S 27:2; Ro 3:3

Would you condemn me to justify yourself?S Job 2:3; S 34:17

Do you have an arm like God’s,S 2Ch 32:8; S Ps 98:1

and can your voiceIsa 6:8; Eze 10:5 thunder like his?S Ex 20:19; S Job 36:33

10 Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor,

and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.Ps 29:1-2; 45:3; 93:1; 96:6; 104:1; 145:5

11 Unleash the fury of your wrath,S Job 20:28; Ps 7:11; Isa 5:25; 9:12, 19; 10:5; 13:3, 5; 30:27; 42:25; 51:20; Jer 7:20; Na 1:6; Zep 1:18

look at all who are proud and bring them low,Ps 18:27; Isa 2:11, 12, 17; 23:9; 24:10; 25:12; 26:5; 32:19

12 look at all who are proudPs 10:4; Isa 25:11; Jer 48:29; 49:16; Zep 2:10 and humble them,S 1Sa 2:7; S Ps 52:5; 1Pe 5:5

crushPs 60:12; Isa 22:5; 28:3; 63:2-3, 6; Da 5:20; Mic 5:8; 7:10; Zec 10:5; Mal 4:3 the wicked where they stand.

13 Bury them all in the dust together;Nu 16:31-34

shroud their faces in the grave.S Job 4:9

14 Then I myself will admit to you

that your own right hand can save you.Ex 15:6, 12; Ps 18:35; 20:6; 48:10; 60:5; 108:6; Isa 41:10; 63:5

15 “Look at Behemoth,

which I madeS Job 9:9 along with you

and which feeds on grass like an ox.Isa 11:7; 65:25

16 What strengthS Job 39:11 it has in its loins,

what power in the muscles of its belly!Job 41:9

17 Its tail sways like a cedar;

the sinews of its thighs are close-knit.Job 41:15

18 Its bones are tubes of bronze,

its limbsJob 41:12 like rods of iron.Isa 11:4; 49:2

19 It ranks first among the works of God,Job 41:33; Ps 40:5; 139:14; Isa 27:1

yet its MakerS Job 4:17; S 9:9 can approach it with his sword.S Ge 3:24

20 The hills bring it their produce,Ps 104:14

and all the wild animals playPs 104:26 nearby.S Job 5:23

21 Under the lotus plants it lies,

hidden among the reedsS Ge 41:2; Ps 68:30; Isa 35:7 in the marsh.Job 8:11

22 The lotuses conceal it in their shadow;

the poplars by the streamPs 1:3; Isa 44:4 surround it.

23 A raging riverIsa 8:7; 11:15 does not alarm it;

it is secure, though the JordanS Jos 3:1 should surge against its mouth.

24 Can anyone capture it by the eyes,

or trap it and pierce its nose?2Ki 19:28; Job 41:2, 7, 26; Isa 37:29

41 In Hebrew texts 41:1-8 is numbered 40:25-32, and 41:9-34 is numbered 41:1-26.“Can you pull in LeviathanS Job 3:8 with a fishhookAm 4:2

or tie down its tongue with a rope?

Can you put a cord through its noseS Job 40:24

or pierce its jaw with a hook?Eze 19:4

Will it keep begging you for mercy?1Ki 20:31

Will it speak to you with gentle words?

Will it make an agreement with you

for you to take it as your slave for life?S Ex 21:6

Can you make a pet of it like a bird

or put it on a leash for the young women in your house?

Will traders barter for it?

Will they divide it up among the merchants?

Can you fill its hide with harpoons

or its head with fishing spears?S Job 40:24

If you lay a hand on it,

you will remember the struggle and never do it again!S Job 3:8

Any hope of subduing it is false;

the mere sight of it is overpowering.Job 40:16

10 No one is fierce enough to rouse it.S Job 3:8

Who then is able to stand against me?S 2Ch 20:6; S Isa 46:5; Jer 50:44; Rev 6:17

11 Who has a claim against me that I must pay?S Job 34:33; Ro 11:35

Everything under heaven belongs to me.Ps 24:1; 50:12; S Jos 3:11; S Job 10:4; Ac 4:24; 1Co 10:26

12 “I will not fail to speak of Leviathan’s limbs,Job 40:18

its strengthS Job 39:11 and its graceful form.

13 Who can strip off its outer coat?

Who can penetrate its double coat of armorSeptuagint; Hebrew double bridle?S Job 30:11; S 39:10

14 Who dares open the doors of its mouth,Ps 22:13

ringed about with fearsome teeth?

15 Its back hasOr Its pride is its rows of shields

tightly sealed together;Job 40:17

16 each is so close to the next

that no air can pass between.

17 They are joined fast to one another;

they cling together and cannot be parted.

18 Its snorting throws out flashes of light;

its eyes are like the rays of dawn.S Job 3:9

19 FlamesDa 10:6 stream from its mouth;

sparks of fire shoot out.

20 Smoke pours from its nostrilsPs 18:8

as from a boiling pot over burning reeds.

21 Its breathS Job 4:9; Isa 11:4; 40:7 sets coals ablaze,

and flames dart from its mouth.Ps 18:8; Isa 10:17; 30:27; 33:14; 66:14-16; Jer 4:4

22 StrengthS Job 39:11 resides in its neck;

dismay goes before it.

23 The folds of its flesh are tightly joined;

they are firm and immovable.

24 Its chest is hard as rock,

hard as a lower millstone.Mt 18:6

25 When it rises up, the mighty are terrified;Job 39:20

they retreat before its thrashing.S Job 3:8

26 The sword that reaches it has no effect,

nor does the spear or the dart or the javelin.S Jos 8:18; S Job 40:24

27 Iron it treats like strawver 29

and bronze like rotten wood.

28 Arrows do not make it flee;Ps 91:5

slingstones are like chaff to it.

29 A club seems to it but a piece of straw;ver 27

it laughsS Job 5:22 at the rattling of the lance.

30 Its undersides are jagged potsherds,

leaving a trail in the mud like a threshing sledge.Isa 28:27; 41:15; Am 1:3

31 It makes the depths churn like a boiling caldron1Sa 2:14

and stirs up the sea like a pot of ointment.Eze 32:2

32 It leaves a glistening wake behind it;

one would think the deep had white hair.

33 Nothing on earth is its equalS Job 40:19

a creature without fear.

34 It looks down on all that are haughty;Ps 18:27; 101:5; 131:1; Pr 6:17; 21:4; 30:13

it is king over all that are proud.Job 28:8

Job

42 Then Job replied to the Lord:

“I know that you can do all things;S Ge 18:14; S Mt 19:26

no purpose of yours can be thwarted.S 2Ch 20:6; S Job 16:19; Ac 4:28; Eph 1:11

You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’S Job 34:35

Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,

things too wonderful for me to know.S Job 5:9

“You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;

I will question you,

and you shall answer me.’S Job 38:3

My ears had heard of youS Job 26:14; Ro 10:17

but now my eyes have seen you.Jdg 13:22; Isa 6:5; S Mt 5:8; Lk 2:30; Eph 1:17-18

Therefore I despise myselfJob 40:4; Eze 6:9; Ro 12:3

and repentS Job 34:33 in dust and ashes.”S Ex 10:3; S Ezr 9:6; S Job 2:8; S 6:29

Epilogue

After the Lord had said these things to JobS Jos 1:7, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends,Job 32:3 because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.ver 8; S Job 9:15So now take seven bulls and seven ramsNu 23:1, 29; Eze 45:23 and go to my servant JobJob 1:8 and sacrifice a burnt offeringS Ge 8:20 for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayerJas 5:15-16; 1Jn 5:16 and not deal with you according to your folly.Ge 20:7; Job 22:30 You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.”S ver 7So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the NaamathiteJob 2:11 did what the Lord told them; and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.S Ge 19:21; S 20:17; Eze 14:14

10 After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunesDt 30:3; Ps 14:7 and gave him twice as much as he had before.S Job 1:3; Ps 85:1-3; 126:5-6; Php 2:8-9; Jas 5:1111 All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him beforeS Job 19:13 came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the Lord had brought on him,S Ge 37:35 and each one gave him a piece of silverHebrew him a kesitah; a kesitah was a unit of money of unknown weight and value. and a gold ring.

12 The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys.13 And he also had seven sons and three daughters.14 The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch.15 Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.

16 After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation.17 And so Job died, an old man and full of years.S Ge 15:15

40 Then the Lord said to Job,

“Do you still want to argue with the Almighty?

You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?”

Job Responds to the Lord

Then Job replied to the Lord,

“I am nothing—how could I ever find the answers?

I will cover my mouth with my hand.

I have said too much already.

I have nothing more to say.”

The Lord Challenges Job Again

Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind:

“Brace yourself like a man,

because I have some questions for you,

and you must answer them.

“Will you discredit my justice

and condemn me just to prove you are right?

Are you as strong as God?

Can you thunder with a voice like his?

10 All right, put on your glory and splendor,

your honor and majesty.

11 Give vent to your anger.

Let it overflow against the proud.

12 Humiliate the proud with a glance;

walk on the wicked where they stand.

13 Bury them in the dust.

Imprison them in the world of the dead.

14 Then even I would praise you,

for your own strength would save you.

15 “Take a look at Behemoth,The identification of Behemoth is disputed, ranging from an earthly creature to a mythical sea monster in ancient literature.

which I made, just as I made you.

It eats grass like an ox.

16 See its powerful loins

and the muscles of its belly.

17 Its tail is as strong as a cedar.

The sinews of its thighs are knit tightly together.

18 Its bones are tubes of bronze.

Its limbs are bars of iron.

19 It is a prime example of God’s handiwork,

and only its Creator can threaten it.

20 The mountains offer it their best food,

where all the wild animals play.

21 It lies under the lotus plants,Or bramble bushes; also in 40:22.

hidden by the reeds in the marsh.

22 The lotus plants give it shade

among the willows beside the stream.

23 It is not disturbed by the raging river,

not concerned when the swelling Jordan rushes around it.

24 No one can catch it off guard

or put a ring in its nose and lead it away.

The Lord’s Challenge Continues

41 Verses 41:1-8 are numbered 40:25-32 in Hebrew text.“Can you catch LeviathanThe identification of Leviathan is disputed, ranging from an earthly creature to a mythical sea monster in ancient literature. with a hook

or put a noose around its jaw?

Can you tie it with a rope through the nose

or pierce its jaw with a spike?

Will it beg you for mercy

or implore you for pity?

Will it agree to work for you,

to be your slave for life?

Can you make it a pet like a bird,

or give it to your little girls to play with?

Will merchants try to buy it

to sell it in their shops?

Will its hide be hurt by spears

or its head by a harpoon?

If you lay a hand on it,

you will certainly remember the battle that follows.

You won’t try that again!

Verses 41:9-34 are numbered 41:1-26 in Hebrew text.No, it is useless to try to capture it.

The hunter who attempts it will be knocked down.

10 And since no one dares to disturb it,

who then can stand up to me?

11 Who has given me anything that I need to pay back?

Everything under heaven is mine.

12 “I want to emphasize Leviathan’s limbs

and its enormous strength and graceful form.

13 Who can strip off its hide,

and who can penetrate its double layer of armor?As in Greek version; Hebrew reads its bridle?

14 Who could pry open its jaws?

For its teeth are terrible!

15 The scales on its back are likeAs in some Greek manuscripts and Latin Vulgate; Hebrew reads Its pride is in its. rows of shields

tightly sealed together.

16 They are so close together

that no air can get between them.

17 Each scale sticks tight to the next.

They interlock and cannot be penetrated.

18 “When it sneezes, it flashes light!

Its eyes are like the red of dawn.

19 Lightning leaps from its mouth;

flames of fire flash out.

20 Smoke streams from its nostrils

like steam from a pot heated over burning rushes.

21 Its breath would kindle coals,

for flames shoot from its mouth.

22 “The tremendous strength in Leviathan’s neck

strikes terror wherever it goes.

23 Its flesh is hard and firm

and cannot be penetrated.

24 Its heart is hard as rock,

hard as a millstone.

25 When it rises, the mighty are afraid,

gripped by terror.

26 No sword can stop it,

no spear, dart, or javelin.

27 Iron is nothing but straw to that creature,

and bronze is like rotten wood.

28 Arrows cannot make it flee.

Stones shot from a sling are like bits of grass.

29 Clubs are like a blade of grass,

and it laughs at the swish of javelins.

30 Its belly is covered with scales as sharp as glass.

It plows up the ground as it drags through the mud.

31 “Leviathan makes the water boil with its commotion.

It stirs the depths like a pot of ointment.

32 The water glistens in its wake,

making the sea look white.

33 Nothing on earth is its equal,

no other creature so fearless.

34 Of all the creatures, it is the proudest.

It is the king of beasts.”

Job Responds to the Lord

42 Then Job replied to the Lord:

“I know that you can do anything,

and no one can stop you.

You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’

It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about,

things far too wonderful for me.

You said, ‘Listen and I will speak!

I have some questions for you,

and you must answer them.’

I had only heard about you before,

but now I have seen you with my own eyes.

I take back everything I said,

and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.”

Conclusion: The Lord Blesses Job

After the Lord had finished speaking to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “I am angry with you and your two friends, for you have not spoken accurately about me, as my servant Job has.So take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer on your behalf. I will not treat you as you deserve, for you have not spoken accurately about me, as my servant Job has.”So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite did as the Lord commanded them, and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.

10 When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before!11 Then all his brothers, sisters, and former friends came and feasted with him in his home. And they consoled him and comforted him because of all the trials the Lord had brought against him. And each of them brought him a gift of moneyHebrew a kesitah; the value or weight of the kesitah is no longer known. and a gold ring.

12 So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. For now he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 teams of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.13 He also gave Job seven more sons and three more daughters.14 He named his first daughter Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch.15 In all the land no women were as lovely as the daughters of Job. And their father put them into his will along with their brothers.

16 Job lived 140 years after that, living to see four generations of his children and grandchildren.17 Then he died, an old man who had lived a long, full life.

40 Moreover the Lord answered Job, and said,

Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.

Then Job answered the Lord, and said,

Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.

Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.

Then answered the Lord unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?

10 Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.

11 Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.

12 Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.

13 Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.

14 Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.

15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.

16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.

17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.

18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.

19 He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.

20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.

21 He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.

22 The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.

23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.

24 He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.

41 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?

Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?

Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?

Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?

Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?

Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?

Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?

Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.

Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?

10 None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?

11 Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.

12 I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.

13 Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?

14 Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about.

15 His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.

16 One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.

17 They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.

18 By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.

19 Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.

20 Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.

21 His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.

22 In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.

23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.

24 His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.

25 When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.

26 The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.

27 He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.

28 The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.

29 Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.

30 Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.

31 He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.

32 He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary.

33 Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.

34 He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.

42 Then Job answered the Lord, and said,

I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.

Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

And it was so, that after the Lord had spoken these words unto Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.

Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.

So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the Lord commanded them: the Lord also accepted Job.

10 And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.

12 So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.

13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.

14 And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch.

15 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.

16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations.

17 So Job died, being old and full of days.

2 Corinthians 5:11-21

The Ministry of Reconciliation

11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord,Job 23:15; Heb 10:31; 12:29; Jude 23 we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience.2Co 4:212 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again,S 2Co 3:1 but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us,2Co 1:14 so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.13 If we are “out of our mind,”2Co 11:1, 16, 17; 12:11 as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.Ro 6:6, 7; Gal 2:20; Col 3:315 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselvesRo 14:7-9 but for him who died for themRo 4:25 and was raised again.

16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly2Co 10:4; 11:18 point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,S Ro 16:3 the new creationS Jn 1:13; S Ro 6:4; Gal 6:15 has come:Or Christ, that person is a new creation. The old has gone, the new is here!Isa 65:17; Rev 21:4, 518 All this is from God,S Ro 11:36 who reconciled us to himself through ChristS Ro 5:10 and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.S Ro 4:8 And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors,2Co 6:1; Eph 6:20 as though God were making his appeal through us.ver 18 We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.Isa 27:521 God made him who had no sinHeb 4:15; 7:26; 1Pe 2:22, 24; 1Jn 3:5 to be sinOr be a sin offering for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.S Ro 1:17; S 1Co 1:30

We Are God’s Ambassadors

11 Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too.12 Are we commending ourselves to you again? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us,Some manuscripts read proud of yourselves. so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere heart.13 If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit.14 Either way, Christ’s love controls us.Or urges us on. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.Greek Since one died for all, then all died.15 He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.

16 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin,Or to become sin itself. so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

12 For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart.

13 For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.

14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:

15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Psalm 45:1-17

Psalm 45In Hebrew texts 45:1-17 is numbered 45:2-18.

For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.Title: Probably a literary or musical term A wedding song.SS 1:1

My heart is stirred by a noble theme

as I recite my verses for the king;

my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

You are the most excellent of men

and your lips have been anointed with grace,Lk 4:22

since God has blessed you forever.Ps 21:6

Gird your swordS Dt 32:41; Ps 149:6; Rev 1:16 on your side, you mighty one;S 2Sa 1:19

clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.S Job 40:10; S Ps 21:5

In your majesty ride forth victoriouslyRev 6:2

in the cause of truth, humility and justice;Zep 2:3

let your right handPs 21:8 achieve awesome deeds.S Dt 4:34; Ps 65:5; 66:3

Let your sharp arrowsS Dt 32:23 pierce the heartsS Nu 24:8 of the king’s enemies;Ps 9:13; 92:9

let the nations fall beneath your feet.

Your throne, O God,Here the king is addressed as God’s representative. will last for ever and ever;S Ge 21:33; La 5:19

a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.

You love righteousnessPs 33:5 and hate wickedness;S Ps 11:5

therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions

by anointingPs 2:2; Isa 45:1; 61:1; Zec 4:14 you with the oil of joy.S Ps 23:5; Heb 1:8-9*

All your robes are fragrantPr 27:9; SS 1:3; 4:10 with myrrhS Ge 37:25 and aloesS Nu 24:6; Jn 19:39 and cassia;S Ex 30:24

from palaces adorned with ivoryS 1Ki 22:39

the music of the stringsPs 144:9; 150:4; Isa 38:20 makes you glad.

Daughters of kingsSS 6:8 are among your honored women;

at your right hand1Ki 2:19 is the royal brideIsa 62:5 in gold of Ophir.S Ge 10:29

10 Listen, daughter,Ru 1:11 and pay careful attention:Jer 5:1

Forget your peopleRu 1:16 and your father’s house.

11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;S Est 1:11; S La 2:15

honorEph 5:33 him, for he is your lord.1Pe 3:6

12 The city of TyreS Jos 19:29 will come with a gift,Or A Tyrian robe is among the giftsS 1Ki 9:16; S 2Ch 9:24

people of wealth will seek your favor.

13 All gloriousIsa 61:10 is the princess within her chamber;

her gown is interwoven with gold.Ex 39:3

14 In embroidered garmentsS Jdg 5:30 she is led to the king;Est 2:15

her virgin companionsSS 1:3 follow her—

those brought to be with her.

15 Led in with joy and gladness,S Est 8:17

they enter the palace of the king.

16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers;

you will make them princes1Sa 2:8; Ps 68:27; 113:8 throughout the land.

17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;S Ex 3:15; Ps 33:11; 119:90; 135:13

therefore the nations will praise youPs 138:4 for ever and ever.S Ps 21:4; Rev 22:5

Psalm 45

For the choir director: A love song to be sung to the tune “Lilies.” A psalmHebrew maskil. This may be a literary or musical term. of the descendants of Korah.

Beautiful words stir my heart.

I will recite a lovely poem about the king,

for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet.

You are the most handsome of all.

Gracious words stream from your lips.

God himself has blessed you forever.

Put on your sword, O mighty warrior!

You are so glorious, so majestic!

In your majesty, ride out to victory,

defending truth, humility, and justice.

Go forth to perform awe-inspiring deeds!

Your arrows are sharp, piercing your enemies’ hearts.

The nations fall beneath your feet.

Your throne, O God,Or Your divine throne. endures forever and ever.

You rule with a scepter of justice.

You love justice and hate evil.

Therefore God, your God, has anointed you,

pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.

Myrrh, aloes, and cassia perfume your robes.

In ivory palaces the music of strings entertains you.

Kings’ daughters are among your noble women.

At your right side stands the queen,

wearing jewelry of finest gold from Ophir!

10 Listen to me, O royal daughter; take to heart what I say.

Forget your people and your family far away.

11 For your royal husband delights in your beauty;

honor him, for he is your lord.

12 The princess of TyreHebrew The daughter of Tyre. will shower you with gifts.

The wealthy will beg your favor.

13 The bride, a princess, looks glorious

in her golden gown.

14 In her beautiful robes, she is led to the king,

accompanied by her bridesmaids.

15 What a joyful and enthusiastic procession

as they enter the king’s palace!

16 Your sons will become kings like their father.

You will make them rulers over many lands.

17 I will bring honor to your name in every generation.

Therefore, the nations will praise you forever and ever.

45 My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.

Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.

And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.

Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.

Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.

Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.

Kings' daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir.

10 Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house;

11 So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.

12 And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour.

13 The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.

14 She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.

15 With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king's palace.

16 Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.

17 I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.

Proverbs 22:14

14 The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit;S Pr 5:3-5; 23:27

a man who is under the Lord’s wrath falls into it.Ecc 7:26

14 The mouth of an immoral woman is a dangerous trap;

those who make the Lord angry will fall into it.

14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the Lord shall fall therein.

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