Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Isn't it easy during times of weariness and bitterness to forget the Lord's faithfulness? But Jeremiah, in his most desperate time, remembered that God's compassion never fails. Because "He doesn't enjoy hurting people or causing them sorrow" (Lamentations 3:33), we are assured that no matter what trial we are walking through, God still loves us and is not the cause of our problems. Whether a "clear" day or a "cloudy" day dawns, His mercies truly "begin afresh each day" (v. 23). Great is His faithfulness!

Our job in the midst of difficulty is to stop being so restless and fitful. We must learn "to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord" (v. 26), never doubting that He loves us and will deliver us.

Both David and Paul understood the faithfulness and mercy inherent to the Lord's nature. In Psalm 102:27, David said, "But you are always the same; your years never end." In Hebrews 1:12, Paul expressed the same thought: "But you are always the same; you will never grow old." Everything around us may change-even the world itself-but God never changes.

Are you feeling bitter toward God? Hang on, and remember that He will always be there to hang on to you. The "appointed time has come" (Psalm 102:13 NIV) for your miracle!

Lamentations 3:1-66

This chapter is an acrostic poem; the verses of each stanza begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet, and the verses within each stanza begin with the same letter.I am the man who has seen afflictionJer 15:17-18

by the rod of the Lord’s wrath.S Job 19:21; Ps 88:7

He has driven me away and made me walk

in darknessS Job 19:8; S Ps 82:5; S Jer 4:23 rather than light;

indeed, he has turned his hand against mePs 38:2; Isa 5:25

again and again, all day long.

He has made my skin and my flesh grow oldS Job 30:30; La 4:8

and has broken my bones.Ps 51:8; S Isa 38:13; S Jer 50:17

He has besieged me and surrounded me

with bitternessver 19 and hardship.Jer 23:15

He has made me dwell in darkness

like those long dead.Ps 88:5-6; 143:3; Isa 59:10

He has walled me in so I cannot escape;S Job 3:23

he has weighed me down with chains.Jer 40:4

Even when I call out or cry for help,Ps 5:2

he shuts out my prayer.ver 44; S Dt 1:45; S Job 30:20; Ps 22:2

He has barredS Job 19:8 my way with blocks of stone;

he has made my paths crooked.S Job 9:24; S Isa 63:17; Hos 2:6

10 Like a bear lying in wait,

like a lionS Job 10:16 in hiding,Hos 13:8; Am 5:18-19

11 he dragged me from the path and mangledHos 6:1 me

and left me without help.

12 He drew his bowS La 2:4

and made me the targetJob 7:20 for his arrows.S Job 16:12; Ps 7:12-13; 38:2

13 He piercedS Job 16:13 my heart

with arrows from his quiver.Job 6:4

14 I became the laughingstockS Ge 38:23; Ps 22:6-7; Jer 20:7 of all my people;S Job 17:2

they mock me in songS Job 30:9 all day long.

15 He has filled me with bitter herbs

and given me gall to drink.ver 19; Jer 9:15

16 He has broken my teeth with gravel;S Pr 20:17

he has trampled me in the dust.S Ps 7:5

17 I have been deprived of peace;

I have forgotten what prosperity is.

18 So I say, “My splendor is gone

and all that I had hoped from the Lord.”S ver 54; S Job 17:15

19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,

the bitternessver 5 and the gall.S ver 15

20 I well remember them,

and my soul is downcastS Ps 42:5 within me.Ps 42:11; 43:5

21 Yet this I call to mind

and therefore I have hope:

22 Because of the Lord’s great loveS Ps 103:11 we are not consumed,S Job 34:15; S Hos 11:9

for his compassions never fail.Ps 78:38; 130:7

23 They are new every morning;

great is your faithfulness.S Ex 34:6; Zep 3:5

24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;S Ps 119:57

therefore I will wait for him.”

25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,

to the one who seeks him;S Ps 33:18; Isa 25:9; S 30:18

26 it is good to wait quietlyS Isa 7:4

for the salvation of the Lord.Ps 37:7; 40:1

27 It is good for a man to bear the yoke

while he is young.

28 Let him sit alone in silence,Jer 15:17; La 2:10

for the Lord has laid it on him.

29 Let him bury his face in the dustS Job 2:8

there may yet be hope.S Jer 31:17

30 Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him,S Job 16:10; S Isa 50:6

and let him be filled with disgrace.Mic 5:1

31 For no one is cast off

by the Lord forever.Ps 94:14; Isa 54:7

32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,

so great is his unfailing love.Ps 78:38; 106:43-45; Hos 11:8; Na 1:12

33 For he does not willingly bring affliction

or grief to anyone.S Job 37:23; S Jer 31:20; Eze 18:23; 33:11

34 To crush underfoot

all prisoners in the land,

35 to deny people their rights

before the Most High,Ge 14:18, 19, 20, 22

36 to deprive them of justice—

would not the Lord see such things?Ps 140:12; S Pr 17:15; S Jer 22:3; Hab 1:13

37 Who can speak and have it happen

if the Lord has not decreed it?Ps 33:9-11; S Pr 19:21; S 21:30

38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High

that both calamities and good things come?S Job 2:10; S Isa 45:7; Jer 32:42

39 Why should the living complain

when punished for their sins?S Jer 30:15; Mic 7:9

40 Let us examine our ways and test them,2Co 13:5

and let us return to the Lord.Ps 119:59; 139:23-24

41 Let us lift up our hearts and our hands

to God in heaven,S Ps 25:1; S 28:2 and say:

42 “We have sinned and rebelledJer 14:20; Da 9:5

and you have not forgiven.S 2Ki 24:4; Jer 5:7-9

43 “You have covered yourself with anger and pursuedver 66; Ps 35:6 us;

you have slain without pity.S La 2:2, 17, 21

44 You have covered yourself with a cloudPs 97:2; La 2:1

so that no prayerS ver 8; Zec 7:13 can get through.S Isa 58:4

45 You have made us scum1Co 4:13 and refuse

among the nations.

46 “All our enemies have opened their mouths

widePs 22:13 against us.La 2:16

47 We have suffered terror and pitfalls,Jer 48:43

ruin and destruction.S Isa 24:17-18; S 51:19

48 Streams of tearsS Ps 119:136 flow from my eyesS Jer 9:1, 18; La 1:16

because my people are destroyed.La 2:11

49 My eyes will flow unceasingly,

without relief,Jer 14:17; S La 2:18

50 until the Lord looks down

from heaven and sees.S Ps 14:2; 80:14; S Isa 63:15

51 What I see brings grief to my soul

because of all the women of my city.

52 Those who were my enemies without cause

hunted me like a bird.Ps 35:7

53 They tried to end my life in a pitJer 37:16; S 38:6

and threw stones at me;

54 the waters closed over my head,Ps 69:2; Jnh 2:3-5

and I thought I was about to perish.ver 18; Ps 88:5; Eze 37:11

55 I called on your name, Lord,

from the depthsS Ps 88:6 of the pit.Ps 130:1; Jnh 2:2

56 You heard my plea:S Ps 55:1; 116:1-2 “Do not close your ears

to my cry for relief.”

57 You came nearS Ps 46:1 when I called you,

and you said, “Do not fear.”Isa 41:10

58 You, Lord, took up my case;S Jer 51:36

you redeemed my life.Ps 34:22; S Jer 50:34

59 Lord, you have seen the wrong done to me.Jer 18:19-20

Uphold my cause!Ps 35:23; 43:1

60 You have seen the depth of their vengeance,

all their plots against me.S Jer 11:20; 18:18

61 Lord, you have heard their insults,Ps 89:50; Zep 2:8

all their plots against me—

62 what my enemies whisper and mutter

against me all day long.Eze 36:3

63 Look at them! Sitting or standing,

they mock me in their songs.S Job 30:9

64 Pay them back what they deserve, Lord,

for what their hands have done.S Ps 28:4; S Jer 51:6

65 Put a veil over their hearts,Ex 14:8; Dt 2:30; Isa 6:10

and may your curse be on them!

66 PursueS ver 43 them in anger and destroy them

from under the heavens of the Lord.

Hope in the Lord’s Faithfulness

I am the one who has seen the afflictions

that come from the rod of the Lord’s anger.

He has led me into darkness,

shutting out all light.

He has turned his hand against me

again and again, all day long.

He has made my skin and flesh grow old.

He has broken my bones.

He has besieged and surrounded me

with anguish and distress.

He has buried me in a dark place,

like those long dead.

He has walled me in, and I cannot escape.

He has bound me in heavy chains.

And though I cry and shout,

he has shut out my prayers.

He has blocked my way with a high stone wall;

he has made my road crooked.

10 He has hidden like a bear or a lion,

waiting to attack me.

11 He has dragged me off the path and torn me in pieces,

leaving me helpless and devastated.

12 He has drawn his bow

and made me the target for his arrows.

13 He shot his arrows

deep into my heart.

14 My own people laugh at me.

All day long they sing their mocking songs.

15 He has filled me with bitterness

and given me a bitter cup of sorrow to drink.

16 He has made me chew on gravel.

He has rolled me in the dust.

17 Peace has been stripped away,

and I have forgotten what prosperity is.

18 I cry out, “My splendor is gone!

Everything I had hoped for from the Lord is lost!”

19 The thought of my suffering and homelessness

is bitter beyond words.Or is wormwood and gall.

20 I will never forget this awful time,

as I grieve over my loss.

21 Yet I still dare to hope

when I remember this:

22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends!As in Syriac version; Hebrew reads of the Lord keeps us from destruction.

His mercies never cease.

23 Great is his faithfulness;

his mercies begin afresh each morning.

24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;

therefore, I will hope in him!”

25 The Lord is good to those who depend on him,

to those who search for him.

26 So it is good to wait quietly

for salvation from the Lord.

27 And it is good for people to submit at an early age

to the yoke of his discipline:

28 Let them sit alone in silence

beneath the Lord’s demands.

29 Let them lie face down in the dust,

for there may be hope at last.

30 Let them turn the other cheek to those who strike them

and accept the insults of their enemies.

31 For no one is abandoned

by the Lord forever.

32 Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion

because of the greatness of his unfailing love.

33 For he does not enjoy hurting people

or causing them sorrow.

34 If people crush underfoot

all the prisoners of the land,

35 if they deprive others of their rights

in defiance of the Most High,

36 if they twist justice in the courts—

doesn’t the Lord see all these things?

37 Who can command things to happen

without the Lord’s permission?

38 Does not the Most High

send both calamity and good?

39 Then why should we, mere humans, complain

when we are punished for our sins?

40 Instead, let us test and examine our ways.

Let us turn back to the Lord.

41 Let us lift our hearts and hands

to God in heaven and say,

42 “We have sinned and rebelled,

and you have not forgiven us.

43 “You have engulfed us with your anger, chased us down,

and slaughtered us without mercy.

44 You have hidden yourself in a cloud

so our prayers cannot reach you.

45 You have discarded us as refuse and garbage

among the nations.

46 “All our enemies

have spoken out against us.

47 We are filled with fear,

for we are trapped, devastated, and ruined.”

48 Tears stream from my eyes

because of the destruction of my people!

49 My tears flow endlessly;

they will not stop

50 until the Lord looks down

from heaven and sees.

51 My heart is breaking

over the fate of all the women of Jerusalem.

52 My enemies, whom I have never harmed,

hunted me down like a bird.

53 They threw me into a pit

and dropped stones on me.

54 The water rose over my head,

and I cried out, “This is the end!”

55 But I called on your name, Lord,

from deep within the pit.

56 You heard me when I cried, “Listen to my pleading!

Hear my cry for help!”

57 Yes, you came when I called;

you told me, “Do not fear.”

58 Lord, you have come to my defense;

you have redeemed my life.

59 You have seen the wrong they have done to me, Lord.

Be my judge, and prove me right.

60 You have seen the vengeful plots

my enemies have laid against me.

61 Lord, you have heard the vile names they call me.

You know all about the plans they have made.

62 My enemies whisper and mutter

as they plot against me all day long.

63 Look at them! Whether they sit or stand,

I am the object of their mocking songs.

64 Pay them back, Lord,

for all the evil they have done.

65 Give them hard and stubborn hearts,

and then let your curse fall on them!

66 Chase them down in your anger,

destroying them beneath the Lord’s heavens.

I Am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.

He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light.

Surely against me is he turned; he turneth his hand against me all the day.

My flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken my bones.

He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail.

He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old.

He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy.

Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer.

He hath inclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked.

10 He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.

11 He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces: he hath made me desolate.

12 He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.

13 He hath caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my reins.

14 I was a derision to all my people; and their song all the day.

15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood.

16 He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath covered me with ashes.

17 And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat prosperity.

18 And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the Lord:

19 Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.

20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.

21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.

22 It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

25 The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.

26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.

28 He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.

29 He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.

30 He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach.

31 For the Lord will not cast off for ever:

32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.

33 For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

34 To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth.

35 To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the most High,

36 To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not.

37 Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?

38 Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?

39 Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?

40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.

41 Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.

42 We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned.

43 Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us: thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied.

44 Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.

45 Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people.

46 All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.

47 Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction.

48 Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people.

49 Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth not, without any intermission.

50 Till the Lord look down, and behold from heaven.

51 Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.

52 Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.

53 They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone upon me.

54 Waters flowed over mine head; then I said, I am cut off.

55 I called upon thy name, O Lord, out of the low dungeon.

56 Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.

57 Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not.

58 O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.

59 O Lord, thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause.

60 Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations against me.

61 Thou hast heard their reproach, O Lord, and all their imaginations against me;

62 The lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against me all the day.

63 Behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their musick.

64 Render unto them a recompence, O Lord, according to the work of their hands.

65 Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse unto them.

66 Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the Lord.

Hebrews 1:1-14

God’s Final Word: His Son

In the past God spokeJn 9:29; Heb 2:2, 3; 4:8; 12:25 to our ancestors through the prophetsLk 1:70; Ac 2:30 at many times and in various ways,Nu 12:6, 8but in these last daysDt 4:30; Heb 9:26; 1Pe 1:20 he has spoken to us by his Son,ver 5; S Mt 3:17; Heb 3:6; 5:8; 7:28 whom he appointed heirPs 2:8; Mt 11:27; S 28:18 of all things, and through whomS Jn 1:3 also he made the universe.Heb 11:3The Son is the radiance of God’s gloryJn 1:14 and the exact representation of his being,S Jn 14:9 sustaining all thingsCol 1:17 by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins,Tit 2:14; Heb 7:27; 9:11-14 he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.S Mk 16:19So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.Eph 1:21; Php 2:9, 10; Heb 8:6

The Son Superior to Angels

For to which of the angels did God ever say,

“You are my Son;

today I have become your Father”Psalm 2:7?Ps 2:7; S Mt 3:17

Or again,

“I will be his Father,

and he will be my Son”2 Samuel 7:14; 1 Chron. 17:13?2Sa 7:14

And again, when God brings his firstbornJn 3:16; S Col 1:18 into the world,Heb 10:5 he says,

“Let all God’s angels worship him.”Deut. 32:43 (see Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint)Dt 32:43 (LXX and DSS); Ps 97:7

In speaking of the angels he says,

“He makes his angels spirits,

and his servants flames of fire.”Psalm 104:4Ps 104:4

But about the Son he says,

“Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;S Lk 1:33

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

You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;

therefore God, your God, has set you above your companionsPhp 2:9

by anointing you with the oilIsa 61:1, 3 of joy.”Psalm 45:6,7Ps 45:6, 7

10 He also says,

“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth,

and the heavens are the work of your hands.Ps 8:6; Zec 12:1

11 They will perish, but you remain;

they will all wear out like a garment.Isa 34:4; 51:6; S Heb 12:27

12 You will roll them up like a robe;

like a garment they will be changed.

But you remain the same,Heb 13:8

and your years will never end.”Psalm 102:25-27Ps 102:25-27

13 To which of the angels did God ever say,

“Sit at my right handver 3; S Mk 16:19

until I make your enemies

a footstoolJos 10:24; Heb 10:13 for your feet”Psalm 110:1?Ps 110:1; S Mt 22:44

14 Are not all angels ministering spiritsPs 91:11; 103:20; Da 7:10 sent to serve those who will inheritMt 25:34; Mk 10:17; S Ac 20:32 salvation?S Ro 11:14; Heb 2:3; 5:9; 9:28

Jesus Christ Is God’s Son

Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets.And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is greater than their names.

The Son Is Greater Than the Angels

For God never said to any angel what he said to Jesus:

“You are my Son.

Today I have become your Father.Or Today I reveal you as my Son. Ps 2:7.

God also said,

“I will be his Father,

and he will be my Son.”2 Sam 7:14.

And when he brought his supremeOr firstborn. Son into the world, God said,Or when he again brings his supreme Son [or firstborn Son] into the world, God will say.

“Let all of God’s angels worship him.”Deut 32:43.

Regarding the angels, he says,

“He sends his angels like the winds,

his servants like flames of fire.”Ps 104:4 (Greek version).

But to the Son he says,

“Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever.

You rule with a scepter of justice.

You love justice and hate evil.

Therefore, O God, your God has anointed you,

pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.”Ps 45:6-7.

10 He also says to the Son,

“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundation of the earth

and made the heavens with your hands.

11 They will perish, but you remain forever.

They will wear out like old clothing.

12 You will fold them up like a cloak

and discard them like old clothing.

But you are always the same;

you will live forever.”Ps 102:25-27.

13 And God never said to any of the angels,

“Sit in the place of honor at my right hand

until I humble your enemies,

making them a footstool under your feet.”Ps 110:1.

14 Therefore, angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation.

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:

Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?

And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:

11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;

12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.

13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?

14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

Psalm 102:1-28

Psalm 102In Hebrew texts 102:1-28 is numbered 102:2-29.

A prayer of an afflicted person who has grown weak and pours out a lament before the Lord.

Hear my prayer,Ps 4:1 Lord;

let my cry for helpS Ex 2:23 come to you.

Do not hide your faceS Ps 22:24 from me

when I am in distress.

Turn your earS 2Ki 19:16; Ps 31:2; 88:2 to me;

when I call, answer me quickly.

For my days vanish like smoke;S Ps 37:20; S Jas 4:14

my bonesLa 1:13 burn like glowing embers.

My heart is blighted and withered like grass;S Ps 37:2; 90:5-6

I forget to eat my food.S 1Sa 1:7; S Ezr 10:6; S Job 33:20

In my distress I groan aloudS Ps 6:6

and am reduced to skin and bones.

I am like a desert owl,S Dt 14:15-17; Job 30:29; Isa 34:11; Zep 2:14

like an owl among the ruins.

I lie awake;Ps 77:4 I have become

like a bird alonePs 38:11 on a roof.

All day long my enemiesS Ps 31:11 taunt me;S Ps 42:10; Lk 22:63-65; 23:35-37

those who rail against me use my name as a curse.S Ex 22:28; Isa 65:15; Jer 24:9; 25:18; 42:18; 44:12; Eze 14:8; Zec 8:13

For I eat ashesIsa 44:20 as my food

and mingle my drink with tearsPs 6:6; 42:3; 80:5

10 because of your great wrath,Ps 7:11; 38:3

for you have taken me up and thrown me aside.

11 My days are like the evening shadow;S 1Ch 29:15; S Job 14:2; S Ps 39:6

I witherS Job 8:12; Jas 1:10 away like grass.

12 But you, Lord, sit enthroned forever;S Ex 15:18

your renown enduresPs 135:13; Isa 55:13; 63:12 through all generations.S Ex 3:15

13 You will ariseS Ps 44:26 and have compassionS Dt 32:36; S 1Ki 3:26; Isa 54:8; 60:10; Zec 10:6 on Zion,

for it is timePs 119:126 to show favorS Ps 77:7 to her;

the appointed timeS Ex 13:10; Da 8:19; Ac 1:7 has come.

14 For her stones are dear to your servants;

her very dust moves them to pity.

15 The nations will fear1Ki 8:43; Ps 67:7; Isa 2:2 the name of the Lord,

all the kingsPs 76:12; 138:4; 148:11 of the earth will revere your glory.

16 For the Lord will rebuild ZionS Ps 51:18

and appear in his glory.Ps 8:1; Isa 60:1-2

17 He will respond to the prayerS 1Ki 8:29; Ps 4:1; 6:9 of the destitute;

he will not despise their plea.

18 Let this be writtenS Ro 4:24 for a future generation,

that a people not yet createdS Ps 22:31 may praise the Lord:

19 “The Lord looked downPs 53:2 from his sanctuary on high,

from heaven he viewed the earth,

20 to hear the groans of the prisonersS Ps 68:6; S Lk 4:19

and release those condemned to death.”

21 So the name of the Lord will be declaredPs 22:22 in Zion

and his praisePs 9:14 in Jerusalem

22 when the peoples and the kingdoms

assemble to worshipS Ps 22:27; Isa 49:22-23; Zec 8:20-23 the Lord.

23 In the course of my lifeOr By his power he broke my strength;

he cut short my days.S Ps 39:5

24 So I said:

“Do not take me away, my God, in the midst of my days;

your years go onS Ge 21:33; Job 36:26; Ps 90:2 through all generations.

25 In the beginningS Ge 1:1; Heb 1:10-12* you laid the foundations of the earth,

and the heavensS 2Ch 2:12 are the work of your hands.S Ps 8:3

26 They will perish,Isa 13:10, 13; 34:4; 51:6; Eze 32:8; Joel 2:10; Mt 24:35; 2Pe 3:7-10; Rev 20:11 but you remain;

they will all wear out like a garment.

Like clothing you will change them

and they will be discarded.

27 But you remain the same,S Nu 23:19; Heb 13:8; Jas 1:17

and your years will never end.Ps 9:7

28 The children of your servantsPs 69:36 will live in your presence;

their descendantsPs 25:13; 89:4 will be established before you.”

Psalm 102

A prayer of one overwhelmed with trouble, pouring out problems before the Lord.

Lord, hear my prayer!

Listen to my plea!

Don’t turn away from me

in my time of distress.

Bend down to listen,

and answer me quickly when I call to you.

For my days disappear like smoke,

and my bones burn like red-hot coals.

My heart is sick, withered like grass,

and I have lost my appetite.

Because of my groaning,

I am reduced to skin and bones.

I am like an owl in the desert,

like a little owl in a far-off wilderness.

I lie awake,

lonely as a solitary bird on the roof.

My enemies taunt me day after day.

They mock and curse me.

I eat ashes for food.

My tears run down into my drink

10 because of your anger and wrath.

For you have picked me up and thrown me out.

11 My life passes as swiftly as the evening shadows.

I am withering away like grass.

12 But you, O Lord, will sit on your throne forever.

Your fame will endure to every generation.

13 You will arise and have mercy on JerusalemHebrew Zion; also in 102:16.

and now is the time to pity her,

now is the time you promised to help.

14 For your people love every stone in her walls

and cherish even the dust in her streets.

15 Then the nations will tremble before the Lord.

The kings of the earth will tremble before his glory.

16 For the Lord will rebuild Jerusalem.

He will appear in his glory.

17 He will listen to the prayers of the destitute.

He will not reject their pleas.

18 Let this be recorded for future generations,

so that a people not yet born will praise the Lord.

19 Tell them the Lord looked down

from his heavenly sanctuary.

He looked down to earth from heaven

20 to hear the groans of the prisoners,

to release those condemned to die.

21 And so the Lord’s fame will be celebrated in Zion,

his praises in Jerusalem,

22 when multitudes gather together

and kingdoms come to worship the Lord.

23 He broke my strength in midlife,

cutting short my days.

24 But I cried to him, “O my God, who lives forever,

don’t take my life while I am so young!

25 Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth

and made the heavens with your hands.

26 They will perish, but you remain forever;

they will wear out like old clothing.

You will change them like a garment

and discard them.

27 But you are always the same;

you will live forever.

28 The children of your people

will live in security.

Their children’s children

will thrive in your presence.”

102 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come unto thee.

Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.

For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth.

My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.

By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.

I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert.

I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.

Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me.

For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.

10 Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down.

11 My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.

12 But thou, O Lord, shall endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.

13 Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.

14 For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.

15 So the heathen shall fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.

16 When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.

17 He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.

18 This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord.

19 For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the Lord behold the earth;

20 To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;

21 To declare the name of the Lord in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;

22 When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the Lord.

23 He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.

24 I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.

25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.

26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:

27 But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.

28 The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.

Proverbs 26:21-22

21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire,

so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.S Pr 14:17

22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;

they go down to the inmost parts.Pr 18:8

21 A quarrelsome person starts fights

as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.

22 Rumors are dainty morsels

that sink deep into one’s heart.

21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.

22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

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