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Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Justice protects a person's equal rights. Whether rich or poor, born or unborn, educated or illiterate, all people are made in the image of God and deserve equal protection and peace.

David prayed for his son Solomon to be endowed with justice (Psalm 72:1). In practical terms, this prayer was asking the Lord to help Solomon "defend the poor, to rescue the children of the needy, and to crush their oppressors" (v. 4). Additionally, David prayed for Solomon to have "pity for the weak and the needy" (v. 13) and to "save them from oppression and from violence" (vv. 13-14).

The secret to obtaining justice is instilling in people a respect for the sanctity of blood, "for the life of any creature is in its blood" (Leviticus 17:11). When we see how precious blood is to God, we will be concerned about its senseless shedding.

The ignorant, foolish man really cares nothing for the blood of another as long as his blood is not being shed! On the other hand, the heart of a man of wisdom is broken by the shedding of innocent blood that offends God and His sense of justice.

Stand up for innocent blood! In that way you are showing you love justice, just as you love the God of justice.

Isaiah 60:1-62:5

The Glory of Zion

60 “Arise,Isa 52:2 shine, for your lightS Ps 36:9; S 118:27; S Isa 9:2; Jn 8:12; Eph 5:14 has come,

and the gloryS Ex 16:7; S Isa 4:5; Rev 21:11 of the Lord rises upon you.

See, darknessS 1Sa 2:9; S Ps 82:5; S 107:14; S Isa 8:20 covers the earth

and thick darknessJer 13:16; Col 1:13 is over the peoples,

but the Lord rises upon you

and his glory appears over you.

NationsS Isa 44:5; S 45:14; Mt 2:1-11; Rev 21:24 will come to your light,S Isa 9:2; 42:6

and kingsS Isa 49:23 to the brightness of your dawn.

“Lift up your eyes and look about you:

All assembleS Isa 11:12 and come to you;

your sons come from afar,S Isa 2:3; Jer 30:10

and your daughtersS Isa 43:6 are carried on the hip.Isa 49:20-22

Then you will look and be radiant,S Ex 34:29

your heart will throb and swell with joy;Isa 35:2; 65:13; 66:14; Zec 10:7

the wealthS Dt 33:19; S Jdg 3:15; Rev 21:26 on the seas will be brought to you,

to you the riches of the nations will come.

Herds of camelsS Jdg 6:5 will cover your land,

young camels of MidianS Ge 25:2 and Ephah.Ge 25:4

And all from ShebaS Ge 10:7, 28 will come,

bearing gold and incenseIsa 43:23; Jer 6:20; Mt 2:11

and proclaiming the praiseS 1Ki 5:7; S Isa 42:10 of the Lord.

All Kedar’sS Ge 25:13 flocks will be gathered to you,

the rams of Nebaioth will serve you;

they will be accepted as offeringsIsa 18:7; Eze 20:40; 43:27; Zep 3:10 on my altar,S Isa 19:21

and I will adorn my glorious temple.ver 13; Hag 2:3, 7, 9

“Who are theseIsa 49:21 that fly along like clouds,Isa 19:1

like doves to their nests?

Surely the islandsS Isa 11:11 look to me;

in the lead are the ships of Tarshish,Or the trading shipsS Ge 10:4; Isa 2:16 fn

bringingS Isa 14:2; S 43:6 your children from afar,

with their silver and gold,S 1Ki 10:22

to the honorS Ps 22:23 of the Lord your God,

the Holy Onever 14; Isa 1:4; S 54:5 of Israel,

for he has endowed you with splendor.S Isa 44:23; 55:5; Jer 30:19

10 “ForeignersS Ex 1:11; S Isa 14:1-2; S 56:6 will rebuild your walls,

and their kingsS Ezr 1:2; Rev 21:24 will serve you.

Though in anger I struck you,

in favorS Isa 49:8 I will show you compassion.S Ps 102:13

11 Your gatesver 18; S Ps 24:7; Isa 62:10; Mic 2:13; Rev 21:25 will always stand open,

they will never be shut, day or night,

so that people may bring you the wealth of the nationsS ver 5; Isa 61:6; Rev 21:26

their kingsPs 149:8; S Isa 2:12 led in triumphal procession.

12 For the nation or kingdom that will not serveS Isa 11:14; S 14:2 you will perish;

it will be utterly ruined.S Ge 27:29; S Ps 110:5; Da 2:34

13 “The glory of LebanonS Ezr 3:7 will come to you,

the juniper, the fir and the cypress together,Isa 41:19

to adorn my sanctuary;S ver 7

and I will glorify the place for my feet.S 1Ch 28:2

14 The children of your oppressorsS Isa 14:2 will come bowing before you;

all who despise you will bow downS Ge 27:29; S Isa 2:3; Rev 3:9 at your feet

and will call you the CityS Ge 32:28; S Isa 1:26 of the Lord,

ZionHeb 12:22 of the Holy OneS ver 9 of Israel.

15 “Although you have been forsakenIsa 1:7-9; S 6:12; S 54:6 and hated,

with no one travelingS Isa 33:8 through,

I will make you the everlasting prideS Isa 4:2

and the joyS Ps 126:5; Isa 65:18 of all generations.

16 You will drink the milk of nations

and be nursedS Ex 6:2; Isa 49:23; 66:11, 12 at royal breasts.

Then you will knowS Ex 6:7 that I, the Lord, am your Savior,S Ex 14:30; S Isa 25:9

your Redeemer,S Job 19:25; S Isa 59:20 the Mighty One of Jacob.S Ge 49:24; S Ps 132:2

17 Instead of bronze I will bring you gold,1Ki 10:21

and silver in place of iron.

Instead of wood I will bring you bronze,

and iron in place of stones.

I will make peaceS Ps 85:8; Isa 66:12; Hag 2:9 your governor

and well-being your ruler.S Isa 9:7

18 No longer will violenceS Lev 26:6; S 2Sa 7:10; S Isa 9:4 be heard in your land,

nor ruin or destructionS Isa 49:19; S 51:19 within your borders,

but you will call your walls SalvationS Isa 33:6

and your gates Praise.Isa 61:11; 62:7; Jer 33:9; Zep 3:20

19 The sun will no more be your light by day,

nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you,

for the Lord will be your everlasting light,S Ps 36:9; S 118:27; Rev 22:5

and your God will be your glory.S Ps 85:9; S Isa 24:16, 23; Rev 21:23

20 Your sunIsa 30:26 will never set again,

and your moon will wane no more;

the Lord will be your everlasting light,

and your days of sorrowS Isa 30:19; S 35:10; S Rev 7:17 will end.

21 Then all your people will be righteousS Isa 4:3; S 26:2; Rev 21:27

and they will possessPs 37:11, 22; Isa 49:8; 57:13; 61:7; 65:9; Zec 8:12 the land forever.

They are the shoot I have planted,S Ex 15:17; Ps 44:2; 80:8-11; Jer 32:41; Am 9:15; Mt 15:13

the work of my hands,S Job 10:3; S Ps 8:6; S Isa 19:25; Eph 2:10

for the display of my splendor.S Lev 10:3; S Isa 44:23

22 The least of you will become a thousand,

the smallest a mighty nation.S Ge 12:2; S Dt 1:10

I am the Lord;

in its time I will do this swiftly.”Isa 5:19

The Year of the Lord’s Favor

61 The SpiritS Isa 11:2; 2Co 3:17 of the Sovereign LordS Isa 50:4 is on me,

because the Lord has anointedS Ps 45:7; S Da 9:24-26; S Ac 4:26 me

to proclaim good newsS 2Sa 18:26; S Isa 40:9 to the poor.S Job 5:16; S Mt 11:5; Lk 7:22

He has sent me to bind upS 2Ki 22:19; S Job 5:18 the brokenhearted,

to proclaim freedomS Lev 25:10 for the captivesS Ps 68:6; S Isa 49:9

and release from darkness for the prisoners,Hebrew; Septuagint the blind

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favorS Isa 49:8; S Lk 4:18-19*

and the day of vengeanceS Isa 1:24 of our God,

to comfortS Isa 40:1; Mt 5:4 all who mourn,S Job 5:11; Lk 6:21

and provide for those who grieve in Zion—

to bestow on them a crownS Isa 3:23 of beauty

instead of ashes,S Job 2:8

the oilS Ru 3:3; S Isa 1:6; Heb 1:9 of joy

instead of mourning,Jer 31:13; Mt 5:4

and a garment of praise

instead of a spirit of despair.

They will be called oaks of righteousness,

a plantingPs 1:3; 92:12-13; Mt 15:13; 1Co 3:9 of the Lord

for the display of his splendor.S Isa 44:23

They will rebuild the ancient ruinsS Isa 44:26; 51:3; 65:21; Eze 36:33; Am 9:14; Zec 1:16-17

and restore the places long devastated;

they will renew the ruined cities

that have been devastated for generations.

StrangersS Isa 14:1-2; S 56:6 will shepherd your flocks;

foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.

And you will be called priestsS Ex 19:6; 1Pe 2:5 of the Lord,

you will be named ministers of our God.

You will feed on the wealthDt 33:19; S Isa 60:11 of nations,

and in their riches you will boast.

Instead of your shameS Isa 29:22; S 41:11

you will receive a doubleS Dt 21:17; S Isa 40:2 portion,

and instead of disgrace

you will rejoice in your inheritance.

And so you will inheritS Isa 60:21 a double portion in your land,

and everlasting joyS Ps 126:5; S Isa 25:9 will be yours.

“For I, the Lord, love justice;S Ps 11:7; S Isa 1:17; S 5:16

I hate robbery and wrongdoing.

In my faithfulness I will reward my people

and make an everlasting covenantS Ge 9:16; S Isa 42:6; S Heb 13:20 with them.

Their descendantsS Isa 43:5; S 48:19 will be known among the nations

and their offspring among the peoples.

All who see them will acknowledge

that they are a people the Lord has blessed.”S Ge 12:2; S Dt 28:3-12

10 I delight greatly in the Lord;

my soul rejoicesS Ps 2:11; S Isa 7:13; S 25:9; Hab 3:18; S Lk 1:47 in my God.

For he has clothed me with garments of salvation

and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,S Job 27:6; S Ps 132:9; S Isa 52:1; Rev 19:8

as a bridegroom adorns his headS Ex 39:28 like a priest,

and as a brideS Isa 49:18; Rev 21:2 adorns herself with her jewels.

11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up

and a gardenS Ge 47:23; Isa 58:11 causes seeds to grow,

so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousnessS Isa 45:8

and praise spring up before all nations.

Zion’s New Name

62 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,S Est 4:14; S Ps 50:21; S 83:1

for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet,

till her vindicationS Isa 1:26; S 45:8 shines out like the dawn,S Job 11:17

her salvationS Ps 67:2 like a blazing torch.

The nationsS Ps 67:2; S Isa 40:5; S 45:14; 52:10 will see your vindication,

and all kings your glory;

you will be called by a new nameS Ge 32:28; S Isa 1:26; Rev 2:17; 3:12

that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.

You will be a crownS Isa 28:5; 1Th 2:19 of splendor in the Lord’s hand,

a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

No longer will they call you Deserted,S Lev 26:43; S Isa 6:12; S 54:6

or name your land Desolate.S Isa 49:19; S 51:19

But you will be called Hephzibah,Hephzibah means my delight is in her.2Ki 21:1

and your land BeulahBeulah means married.;

for the Lord will take delightIsa 65:19; Jer 32:41; Zep 3:17; Mal 3:12 in you,

and your land will be married.Isa 54:5; Jer 3:14; Hos 2:19

As a young man marries a young woman,

so will your Builder marry you;

as a bridegroomS SS 3:11 rejoices over his bride,

so will your God rejoiceS Dt 28:63; Isa 65:19; Jer 31:12; Zep 3:17 over you.

Future Glory for Jerusalem

60 “Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see.

For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you.

Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth,

but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you.

All nations will come to your light;

mighty kings will come to see your radiance.

“Look and see, for everyone is coming home!

Your sons are coming from distant lands;

your little daughters will be carried home.

Your eyes will shine,

and your heart will thrill with joy,

for merchants from around the world will come to you.

They will bring you the wealth of many lands.

Vast caravans of camels will converge on you,

the camels of Midian and Ephah.

The people of Sheba will bring gold and frankincense

and will come worshiping the Lord.

The flocks of Kedar will be given to you,

and the rams of Nebaioth will be brought for my altars.

I will accept their offerings,

and I will make my Temple glorious.

“And what do I see flying like clouds to Israel,

like doves to their nests?

They are ships from the ends of the earth,

from lands that trust in me,

led by the great ships of Tarshish.

They are bringing the people of Israel home from far away,

carrying their silver and gold.

They will honor the Lord your God,

the Holy One of Israel,

for he has filled you with splendor.

10 “Foreigners will come to rebuild your towns,

and their kings will serve you.

For though I have destroyed you in my anger,

I will now have mercy on you through my grace.

11 Your gates will stay open day and night

to receive the wealth of many lands.

The kings of the world will be led as captives

in a victory procession.

12 For the nations that refuse to serve you

will be destroyed.

13 “The glory of Lebanon will be yours—

the forests of cypress, fir, and pine—

to beautify my sanctuary.

My Temple will be glorious!

14 The descendants of your tormentors

will come and bow before you.

Those who despised you

will kiss your feet.

They will call you the City of the Lord,

and Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

15 “Though you were once despised and hated,

with no one traveling through you,

I will make you beautiful forever,

a joy to all generations.

16 Powerful kings and mighty nations

will satisfy your every need,

as though you were a child

nursing at the breast of a queen.

You will know at last that I, the Lord,

am your Savior and your Redeemer,

the Mighty One of Israel.Hebrew of Jacob. See note on 14:1.

17 I will exchange your bronze for gold,

your iron for silver,

your wood for bronze,

and your stones for iron.

I will make peace your leader

and righteousness your ruler.

18 Violence will disappear from your land;

the desolation and destruction of war will end.

Salvation will surround you like city walls,

and praise will be on the lips of all who enter there.

19 “No longer will you need the sun to shine by day,

nor the moon to give its light by night,

for the Lord your God will be your everlasting light,

and your God will be your glory.

20 Your sun will never set;

your moon will not go down.

For the Lord will be your everlasting light.

Your days of mourning will come to an end.

21 All your people will be righteous.

They will possess their land forever,

for I will plant them there with my own hands

in order to bring myself glory.

22 The smallest family will become a thousand people,

and the tiniest group will become a mighty nation.

At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen.”

Good News for the Oppressed

61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,

for the Lord has anointed me

to bring good news to the poor.

He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted

and to proclaim that captives will be released

and prisoners will be freed.Greek version reads and the blind will see. Compare Luke 4:18.

He has sent me to tell those who mourn

that the time of the Lord’s favor has come,Or to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.

To all who mourn in Israel,Hebrew in Zion.

he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,

a joyous blessing instead of mourning,

festive praise instead of despair.

In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks

that the Lord has planted for his own glory.

They will rebuild the ancient ruins,

repairing cities destroyed long ago.

They will revive them,

though they have been deserted for many generations.

Foreigners will be your servants.

They will feed your flocks

and plow your fields

and tend your vineyards.

You will be called priests of the Lord,

ministers of our God.

You will feed on the treasures of the nations

and boast in their riches.

Instead of shame and dishonor,

you will enjoy a double share of honor.

You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land,

and everlasting joy will be yours.

“For I, the Lord, love justice.

I hate robbery and wrongdoing.

I will faithfully reward my people for their suffering

and make an everlasting covenant with them.

Their descendants will be recognized

and honored among the nations.

Everyone will realize that they are a people

the Lord has blessed.”

10 I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God!

For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation

and draped me in a robe of righteousness.

I am like a bridegroom dressed for his wedding

or a bride with her jewels.

11 The Sovereign Lord will show his justice to the nations of the world.

Everyone will praise him!

His righteousness will be like a garden in early spring,

with plants springing up everywhere.

Isaiah’s Prayer for Jerusalem

62 Because I love Zion,

I will not keep still.

Because my heart yearns for Jerusalem,

I cannot remain silent.

I will not stop praying for her

until her righteousness shines like the dawn,

and her salvation blazes like a burning torch.

The nations will see your righteousness.

World leaders will be blinded by your glory.

And you will be given a new name

by the Lord’s own mouth.

The Lord will hold you in his hand for all to see—

a splendid crown in the hand of God.

Never again will you be called “The Forsaken City”Hebrew Azubah, which means “forsaken.”

or “The Desolate Land.”Hebrew Shemamah, which means “desolate.”

Your new name will be “The City of God’s Delight”Hebrew Hephzibah, which means “my delight is in her.”

and “The Bride of God,”Hebrew Beulah, which means “married.”

for the Lord delights in you

and will claim you as his bride.

Your children will commit themselves to you, O Jerusalem,

just as a young man commits himself to his bride.

Then God will rejoice over you

as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride.

60 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.

Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.

The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the Lord.

All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.

Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?

Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.

10 And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.

11 Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.

12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.

13 The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.

14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee; The city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

15 Whereas thou has been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.

16 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

17 For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.

18 Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.

19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.

20 Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.

21 Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.

22 A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time.

61 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.

And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.

But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.

For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.

For I the Lord love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed.

10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

62 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.

And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.

Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.

Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.

For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.

Philippians 1:27-2:18

Life Worthy of the Gospel

27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthyS Eph 4:1 of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firmS 1Co 16:13 in the one Spirit,Or in one spirit striving togetherJude 3 as one for the faith of the gospel28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.29 For it has been granted to youMt 5:11, 12; Ac 5:41 on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to sufferS Ac 14:22 for him,30 since you are going through the same struggle1Th 2:2; Heb 10:32 you sawAc 16:19-40 I had, and now hearver 13 that I still have.

Imitating Christ’s Humility

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit,2Co 13:14 if any tenderness and compassion,Col 3:12then make my joy completeS Jn 3:29 by being like-minded,Php 4:2 having the same love, being oneS Ro 15:5 in spirit and of one mind.Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.Gal 5:26 Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,Ro 12:10; 1Pe 5:5not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.S 1Co 10:24

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:S Mt 11:29

Who, being in very natureOr in the form of God,Jn 1:1; S 14:9

did not consider equality with GodJn 5:18 something to be used to his own advantage;

rather, he made himself nothing2Co 8:9

by taking the very natureOr the form of a servant,S Mt 20:28

being made in human likeness.S Jn 1:14; Ro 8:3; Heb 2:17

And being found in appearance as a man,

he humbled himself

by becoming obedient to deathS Mt 26:39; Jn 10:18; Ro 5:19; Heb 5:8

even death on a cross!S 1Co 1:23

Therefore God exalted himIsa 52:13; 53:12; Da 7:14; Ac 2:33; Heb 2:9 to the highest place

and gave him the name that is above every name,Eph 1:20, 21

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,Ps 95:6; Isa 45:23; Ro 14:11

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,Mt 28:18; Eph 1:10; Col 1:20

11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,S Jn 13:13

to the glory of God the Father.

Do Everything Without Grumbling

12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,S 2Co 7:1513 for it is God who works in youEzr 1:5; 1Co 12:6; 15:10; Gal 2:8; Heb 13:21 to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.Eph 1:5

14 Do everything without grumbling1Co 10:10; 1Pe 4:9 or arguing,15 so that you may become blamelessS 1Th 3:13 and pure, “children of GodMt 5:45, 48; Eph 5:1 without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”Deut. 32:5Ac 2:40 Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of ChristS 1Co 1:8 that I did not runS 1Co 9:24 or labor in vain.1Th 2:1917 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering2Co 12:15; 2Ti 4:6 on the sacrificeRo 15:16 and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.S 2Co 6:1018 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

Live as Citizens of Heaven

27 Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News.28 Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself.29 For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.30 We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.

Have the Attitude of Christ

Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate?Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

Though he was God,Or Being in the form of God.

he did not think of equality with God

as something to cling to.

Instead, he gave up his divine privilegesGreek he emptied himself.;

he took the humble position of a slaveOr the form of a slave.

and was born as a human being.

When he appeared in human form,Some English translations put this phrase in verse 8.

he humbled himself in obedience to God

and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor

and gave him the name above all other names,

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

Shine Brightly for Christ

12 Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

14 Do everything without complaining and arguing,15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.16 Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.17 But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God,Greek I will rejoice even if I am to be poured out as a liquid offering. just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy.18 Yes, you should rejoice, and I will share your joy.

27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.

29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

30 Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.

18 For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.

Psalm 72:1-20

Psalm 72

Of Solomon.

Endow the king with your justice,S Dt 1:16; S Ps 9:8 O God,

the royal son with your righteousness.

May he judge your people in righteousness,Isa 9:7; 11:4-5; 16:5; 32:1; 59:17; 63:1; Jer 23:5; 33:15

your afflicted ones with justice.

May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,

the hills the fruit of righteousness.

May he defend the afflictedS Ps 9:12; 76:9; Isa 49:13 among the people

and save the children of the needy;ver 13; Isa 11:4; 29:19; 32:7

may he crush the oppressor.S Ps 27:11

May he endureSeptuagint; Hebrew You will be feared1Sa 13:13 as long as the sun,

as long as the moon, through all generations.Ps 33:11

May he be like rainS Dt 32:2 falling on a mown field,

like showers watering the earth.

In his days may the righteous flourishPs 92:12; Pr 14:11

and prosperity abound till the moon is no more.

May he rule from sea to sea

and from the RiverThat is, the EuphratesS Ex 23:31; S 1Ki 4:21 to the ends of the earth.Zec 9:10

May the desert tribes bow before him

and his enemies lick the dust.

10 May the kings of TarshishS Ge 10:4 and of distant shoresS Est 10:1

bring tribute to him.

May the kings of ShebaS Ge 10:7 and Seba

present him gifts.S 1Ki 9:16; S 2Ch 9:24

11 May all kings bow downS Ge 27:29 to him

and all nations serveS Ezr 1:2 him.

12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out,

the afflicted who have no one to help.

13 He will take pityIsa 60:10; Joel 2:18; Lk 10:33 on the weak and the needy

and save the needy from death.

14 He will rescuePs 69:18; Eze 13:23; 34:10 them from oppression and violence,

for precious1Sa 26:21 is their blood in his sight.

15 Long may he live!

May gold from ShebaS Ge 10:7 be given him.

May people ever pray for him

and bless him all day long.S Ps 35:28

16 May grainS Ge 27:28; Ps 4:7 abound throughout the land;

on the tops of the hills may it sway.

May the cropsIsa 4:2; 27:6; Eze 34:27 flourish like LebanonPs 92:12; 104:16

and thriveProbable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text Lebanon, / from the city like the grass of the field.S Nu 22:4; Isa 44:4; 58:11; 66:14

17 May his name endure forever;S Ex 3:15

may it continue as long as the sun.Ps 89:36

Then all nations will be blessed through him,Or will use his name in blessings (see Gen. 48:20)

and they will call him blessed.S Ge 12:3; Lk 1:48

18 Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,1Ch 29:10; Ps 41:13; 106:48; Lk 1:68

who alone does marvelous deeds.S Job 5:9

19 Praise be to his glorious nameS 2Sa 7:26 forever;

may the whole earth be filled with his glory.Nu 14:21

Amen and Amen.S Ps 41:13

20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.S Ru 4:17

Psalm 72

A psalm of Solomon.

Give your love of justice to the king, O God,

and righteousness to the king’s son.

Help him judge your people in the right way;

let the poor always be treated fairly.

May the mountains yield prosperity for all,

and may the hills be fruitful.

Help him to defend the poor,

to rescue the children of the needy,

and to crush their oppressors.

May they fear youGreek version reads May they endure. as long as the sun shines,

as long as the moon remains in the sky.

Yes, forever!

May the king’s rule be refreshing like spring rain on freshly cut grass,

like the showers that water the earth.

May all the godly flourish during his reign.

May there be abundant prosperity until the moon is no more.

May he reign from sea to sea,

and from the Euphrates RiverHebrew the river. to the ends of the earth.

Desert nomads will bow before him;

his enemies will fall before him in the dust.

10 The western kings of Tarshish and other distant lands

will bring him tribute.

The eastern kings of Sheba and Seba

will bring him gifts.

11 All kings will bow before him,

and all nations will serve him.

12 He will rescue the poor when they cry to him;

he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them.

13 He feels pity for the weak and the needy,

and he will rescue them.

14 He will redeem them from oppression and violence,

for their lives are precious to him.

15 Long live the king!

May the gold of Sheba be given to him.

May the people always pray for him

and bless him all day long.

16 May there be abundant grain throughout the land,

flourishing even on the hilltops.

May the fruit trees flourish like the trees of Lebanon,

and may the people thrive like grass in a field.

17 May the king’s name endure forever;

may it continue as long as the sun shines.

May all nations be blessed through him

and bring him praise.

18 Praise the Lord God, the God of Israel,

who alone does such wonderful things.

19 Praise his glorious name forever!

Let the whole earth be filled with his glory.

Amen and amen!

20 (This ends the prayers of David son of Jesse.)

72 Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son.

He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.

The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.

He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.

They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.

He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth.

In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.

He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.

They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.

10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.

11 Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.

12 For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.

13 He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.

14 He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight.

15 And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised.

16 There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.

17 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.

18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.

19 And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.

20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.

Proverbs 24:11-12

11 Rescue those being led away to death;

hold back those staggering toward slaughter.Ps 82:4

12 If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”

does not he who weighsS 1Sa 2:3; S Ps 139:2 the heart perceive it?

Does not he who guards your life know it?

Will he not repayS Ps 54:5 everyone according to what they have done?Job 34:11; Ps 62:12; S Mt 16:27; Ro 2:6*

11 Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die;

save them as they stagger to their death.

12 Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.”

For God understands all hearts, and he sees you.

He who guards your soul knows you knew.

He will repay all people as their actions deserve.

11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;

12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

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