Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

When the fingers of a human hand wrote on the plaster of the wall, King Belshazzar's face "turned pale with fear. Such terror gripped him that his knees knocked together and his legs gave way beneath him" (Daniel 5:5-6). Even the bravest sinner is terrified before the pure revelation of God's justice.

How often people mock God as though He were some senile puppy hiding under the porch! Their ignorance only displays their lack of understanding of His long-suffering. Someone once said, "Never mistake the long-suffering of God for His approval." Those who persist in wrongdoing, counting on God's mercy to overlook their sins, will one day be forced to account for their actions. "Their destruction is their reward for the harm they have done" (1 Peter 2:13).

When Belshazzar touched the holy vessels of the temple of God (Daniel 5:3-4), he crossed the line with God. He met the same fate as did the rebellious angels, the people of Noah's day, and Sodom and Gomorrah. Belshazzar pushed the mercy of God over the line, and God's mercy turned to judgment.

Walk before God in fear and trembling, for He is an awesome God.

Daniel 5:1-31

The Writing on the Wall

King Belshazzarver 30; Da 7:1; 8:1 gave a great banquetS 1Ki 3:15 for a thousand of his noblesJer 50:35 and drank wine with them.While Belshazzar was drinkingS Isa 21:5 his wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver gobletsS 2Ki 24:13; S 2Ch 36:10; S Jer 52:19 that Nebuchadnezzar his fatherOr ancestor; or predecessor; also in verses 11, 13 and 18 had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubinesS Est 2:14 might drink from them.S Est 1:7; Da 1:2So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them.As they drank the wine, they praised the godsJdg 16:24 of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.S Est 1:10; Ps 135:15-18; Hab 2:19; Rev 9:20

Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote.His face turned paleS Job 4:15 and he was so frightenedS Da 4:5 that his legs became weakS Ps 22:14; Eze 7:17 and his knees were knocking.S Isa 7:2

The king summoned the enchanters,S Ge 41:8 astrologersOr Chaldeans; also in verse 11S Isa 19:3 and diviners.Isa 44:25 Then he said to these wiseJer 50:35; Da 4:6-7 men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing and tells me what it means will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around his neck,S Ge 41:42 and he will be made the thirdEst 10:3 highest ruler in the kingdom.”Da 2:5-6, 48

Then all the king’s wise menS Ex 8:18 came in, but they could not read the writing or tell the king what it meant.S Da 2:10, 27; S 4:18So King Belshazzar became even more terrifiedS Ps 48:5; S Isa 21:4 and his face grew more pale. His nobles were baffled.

10 The queen,Or queen mother hearing the voices of the king and his nobles, came into the banquet hall. “May the king live forever!”S Ne 2:3; S Da 3:9 she said. “Don’t be alarmed! Don’t look so pale!11 There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy godsS Ge 41:38 in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdomver 14; S Da 1:17 like that of the gods.S Da 2:22 Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners.Da 2:47-4812 He did this because Daniel, whom the king called Belteshazzar,S Da 1:7 was found to have a keen mind and knowledge and understanding, and also the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddlesS Nu 12:8 and solve difficult problems.ver 14-16; Da 6:3 Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means.S Eze 28:3

13 So Daniel was brought before the king, and the king said to him, “Are you Daniel, one of the exiles my father the king brought from Judah?S Est 2:5-6; Da 6:1314 I have heard that the spirit of the godsS Ge 41:38 is in you and that you have insight, intelligence and outstanding wisdom.S Da 2:2215 The wise men and enchanters were brought before me to read this writing and tell me what it means, but they could not explain it.S Da 4:1816 Now I have heard that you are able to give interpretations and to solve difficult problems.S Ge 41:15 If you can read this writing and tell me what it means, you will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around your neck,S Ge 41:42 and you will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom.”S Est 5:3; S Da 2:6

17 Then Daniel answered the king, “You may keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else.S 2Ki 5:16 Nevertheless, I will read the writing for the king and tell him what it means.

18 “Your Majesty, the Most High God gave your father NebuchadnezzarS Jer 28:14 sovereignty and greatness and glory and splendor.S Jer 27:7; S Da 2:37-38; S 4:3619 Because of the high position he gave him, all the nations and peoples of every language dreaded and feared him. Those the king wanted to put to death, he put to death;Da 2:12-13; S 3:6 those he wanted to spare, he spared; those he wanted to promote, he promoted; and those he wanted to humble, he humbled.S Da 4:2220 But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride,Da 4:30 he was deposed from his royal throneJer 43:10 and strippedJer 13:18; S Da 4:31 of his glory.S Job 40:12; Isa 14:13-15; Eze 31:10-11; Da 8:821 He was driven away from people and given the mind of an animal; he lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like the ox; and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereignS Eze 17:24 over all kingdoms on earth and sets over them anyone he wishes.Da 4:16-17, 35

22 “But you, Belshazzar, his son,Or descendant; or successor have not humbledS Ex 10:3 yourself, though you knew all this.23 Instead, you have set yourself up againstS Isa 14:13; S Jer 50:29 the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wivesJer 44:9 and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand.Ps 115:4-8; Hab 2:19; Rev 9:20 But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your lifeJob 12:10; Ac 17:28 and all your ways.S Job 31:4; S Isa 13:11; Jer 10:23; S 48:2624 Therefore he sent the hand that wrote the inscription.

25 “This is the inscription that was written:

mene, mene, tekel, parsin

26 “Here is what these words mean:

MeneMene can mean numbered or mina (a unit of money).: God has numbered the daysJer 27:7 of your reign and brought it to an end.Isa 13:6

27 TekelTekel can mean weighed or shekel.: You have been weighed on the scalesS Job 6:2 and found wanting.Ps 62:9

28 PeresPeres (the singular of Parsin) can mean divided or Persia or a half mina or a half shekel.: Your kingdom is divided and given to the MedesIsa 13:17 and Persians.”S Jer 27:7; 50:41-43; Da 6:28

29 Then at Belshazzar’s command, Daniel was clothed in purple, a gold chain was placed around his neck,S Ge 41:42 and he was proclaimed the third highest ruler in the kingdom.S Da 2:6

30 That very night Belshazzar,S ver 1 kingJer 50:35 of the Babylonians,Or Chaldeans was slain,S Isa 21:9; S Jer 51:3131 and DariusJer 50:41; Da 6:1; 9:1; 11:1 the MedeS Isa 13:3 took over the kingdom, at the age of sixty-two.In Aramaic texts this verse (5:31) is numbered 6:1.

The Writing on the Wall

Many years later King Belshazzar gave a great feast for 1,000 of his nobles, and he drank wine with them.While Belshazzar was drinking the wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver cups that his predecessor,Aramaic father; also in 5:11, 13, 18. Nebuchadnezzar, had taken from the Temple in Jerusalem. He wanted to drink from them with his nobles, his wives, and his concubines.So they brought these gold cups taken from the Temple, the house of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives, and his concubines drank from them.While they drank from them they praised their idols made of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.

Suddenly, they saw the fingers of a human hand writing on the plaster wall of the king’s palace, near the lampstand. The king himself saw the hand as it wrote,and his face turned pale with fright. His knees knocked together in fear and his legs gave way beneath him.

The king shouted for the enchanters, astrologers,Or Chaldeans; also in 5:11. and fortune-tellers to be brought before him. He said to these wise men of Babylon, “Whoever can read this writing and tell me what it means will be dressed in purple robes of royal honor and will have a gold chain placed around his neck. He will become the third highest ruler in the kingdom!”

But when all the king’s wise men had come in, none of them could read the writing or tell him what it meant.So the king grew even more alarmed, and his face turned pale. His nobles, too, were shaken.

10 But when the queen mother heard what was happening, she hurried to the banquet hall. She said to Belshazzar, “Long live the king! Don’t be so pale and frightened.11 There is a man in your kingdom who has within him the spirit of the holy gods. During Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, this man was found to have insight, understanding, and wisdom like that of the gods. Your predecessor, the king—your predecessor King Nebuchadnezzar—made him chief over all the magicians, enchanters, astrologers, and fortune-tellers of Babylon.12 This man Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, has exceptional ability and is filled with divine knowledge and understanding. He can interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve difficult problems. Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means.”

Daniel Explains the Writing

13 So Daniel was brought in before the king. The king asked him, “Are you Daniel, one of the exiles brought from Judah by my predecessor, King Nebuchadnezzar?14 I have heard that you have the spirit of the gods within you and that you are filled with insight, understanding, and wisdom.15 My wise men and enchanters have tried to read the words on the wall and tell me their meaning, but they cannot do it.16 I am told that you can give interpretations and solve difficult problems. If you can read these words and tell me their meaning, you will be clothed in purple robes of royal honor, and you will have a gold chain placed around your neck. You will become the third highest ruler in the kingdom.”

17 Daniel answered the king, “Keep your gifts or give them to someone else, but I will tell you what the writing means.18 Your Majesty, the Most High God gave sovereignty, majesty, glory, and honor to your predecessor, Nebuchadnezzar.19 He made him so great that people of all races and nations and languages trembled before him in fear. He killed those he wanted to kill and spared those he wanted to spare. He honored those he wanted to honor and disgraced those he wanted to disgrace.20 But when his heart and mind were puffed up with arrogance, he was brought down from his royal throne and stripped of his glory.21 He was driven from human society. He was given the mind of a wild animal, and he lived among the wild donkeys. He ate grass like a cow, and he was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he learned that the Most High God rules over the kingdoms of the world and appoints anyone he desires to rule over them.

22 “You are his successor,Aramaic son. O Belshazzar, and you knew all this, yet you have not humbled yourself.23 For you have proudly defied the Lord of heaven and have had these cups from his Temple brought before you. You and your nobles and your wives and concubines have been drinking wine from them while praising gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone—gods that neither see nor hear nor know anything at all. But you have not honored the God who gives you the breath of life and controls your destiny!24 So God has sent this hand to write this message.

25 “This is the message that was written: Mene, mene, tekel, and Parsin.26 This is what these words mean:

Mene means ‘numbered’—God has numbered the days of your reign and has brought it to an end.

27 Tekel means ‘weighed’—you have been weighed on the balances and have not measured up.

28 ParsinAramaic Peres, the singular of Parsin. means ‘divided’—your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

29 Then at Belshazzar’s command, Daniel was dressed in purple robes, a gold chain was hung around his neck, and he was proclaimed the third highest ruler in the kingdom.

30 That very night Belshazzar, the BabylonianOr Chaldean. king, was killed.The Persians and Medes conquered Babylon in October 539 B.c.

31 Verse 5:31 is numbered 6:1 in Aramaic text.And Darius the Mede took over the kingdom at the age of sixty-two.

Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.

Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein.

Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.

They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.

In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.

Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another.

The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spake, and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.

Then came in all the king's wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof.

Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonied.

10 Now the queen by reason of the words of the king and his lords came into the banquet house: and the queen spake and said, O king, live for ever: let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed:

11 There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers;

12 Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation.

13 Then was Daniel brought in before the king. And the king spake and said unto Daniel, Art thou that Daniel, which art of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father brought out of Jewry?

14 I have even heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in thee.

15 And now the wise men, the astrologers, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known unto me the interpretation thereof: but they could not shew the interpretation of the thing:

16 And I have heard of thee, that thou canst make interpretations, and dissolve doubts: now if thou canst read the writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof, thou shalt be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt be the third ruler in the kingdom.

17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation.

18 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour:

19 And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and whom he would he put down.

20 But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him:

21 And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will.

22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;

23 But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:

24 Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written.

25 And this is the writing that was written, Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin.

26 This is the interpretation of the thing: Mene; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.

27 Tekel; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.

28 Peres; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.

29 Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.

30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.

31 And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old.

2 Peter 2:1-22

False Teachers and Their Destruction

But there were also false prophetsDt 13:1-3; Jer 6:13; S Mt 7:15 among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.1Ti 4:1 They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign LordJude 4 who bought themS 1Co 6:20—bringing swift destruction on themselves.Many will follow their depraved conductJude 4 and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.In their greedver 14 these teachers will exploit you2Co 2:17; 1Th 2:5 with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned,Ge 6:1-4 but sent them to hell,Greek Tartarus putting them in chains of darknessSome manuscripts in gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment;1Ti 3:6; Jude 6; Rev 20:1, 2if he did not spare the ancient world2Pe 3:6 when he brought the flood on its ungodly people,Ge 6:5-8:19 but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others;Heb 11:7; 1Pe 3:20if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes,Ge 19:24, 25 and made them an exampleNu 26:10; Jude 7 of what is going to happen to the ungodly;Mt 10:15; 11:23, 24; Ro 9:29and if he rescued Lot,Ge 19:16 a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless2Pe 3:17(for that righteous man,Heb 11:4 living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)—if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trialsPs 37:33; S Ro 15:31; Rev 3:10 and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.S Mt 10:1510 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire2Pe 3:3; Jude 16, 18 of the fleshIn contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit; also in verse 18. and despise authority.

Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings;Jude 811 yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not heap abuse on such beings when bringing judgment on them fromMany manuscripts beings in the presence of the Lord.Jude 912 But these people blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals they too will perish.Ps 49:12; Jude 10

13 They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight.S Ro 13:13; 1Th 5:7 They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you.Some manuscripts in their love feasts1Co 11:20, 21; Jude 1214 With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seducever 18 the unstable;Jas 1:8; 2Pe 3:16 they are experts in greedver 3—an accursed brood!Eph 2:315 They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of BalaamNu 22:4-20; 31:16; Dt 23:4; Jude 11; Rev 2:14 son of Bezer,Greek Bosor who loved the wages of wickedness.16 But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—an animal without speech—who spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.Nu 22:21-30

17 These people are springs without waterJude 12 and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them.Jude 1318 For they mouth empty, boastful wordsJude 16 and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escapingver 20; 2Pe 1:4 from those who live in error.19 They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.”S Ro 6:1620 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowingS 2Pe 1:2 our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ2Pe 1:11; 3:18 and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning.Mt 12:4521 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.Eze 18:24; Heb 6:4-6; 10:26, 2722 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,”Prov. 26:11Pr 26:11 and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”

The Danger of False Teachers

But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves.Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered.In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed.

For God did not spare even the angels who sinned. He threw them into hell,Greek Tartarus. in gloomy pits of darkness,Some manuscripts read in chains of gloom. where they are being held until the day of judgment.And God did not spare the ancient world—except for Noah and the seven others in his family. Noah warned the world of God’s righteous judgment. So God protected Noah when he destroyed the world of ungodly people with a vast flood.Later, God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and turned them into heaps of ashes. He made them an example of what will happen to ungodly people.But God also rescued Lot out of Sodom because he was a righteous man who was sick of the shameful immorality of the wicked people around him.Yes, Lot was a righteous man who was tormented in his soul by the wickedness he saw and heard day after day.So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while keeping the wicked under punishment until the day of final judgment.10 He is especially hard on those who follow their own twisted sexual desire, and who despise authority.

These people are proud and arrogant, daring even to scoff at supernatural beingsGreek at glorious ones, which are probably evil angels. without so much as trembling.11 But the angels, who are far greater in power and strength, do not dare to bring from the LordOther manuscripts read to the Lord; still others do not include this phrase at all. a charge of blasphemy against those supernatural beings.

12 These false teachers are like unthinking animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed. They scoff at things they do not understand, and like animals, they will be destroyed.13 Their destruction is their reward for the harm they have done. They love to indulge in evil pleasures in broad daylight. They are a disgrace and a stain among you. They delight in deceptionSome manuscripts read in fellowship meals. even as they eat with you in your fellowship meals.14 They commit adultery with their eyes, and their desire for sin is never satisfied. They lure unstable people into sin, and they are well trained in greed. They live under God’s curse.15 They have wandered off the right road and followed the footsteps of Balaam son of Beor,Some manuscripts read Bosor. who loved to earn money by doing wrong.16 But Balaam was stopped from his mad course when his donkey rebuked him with a human voice.

17 These people are as useless as dried-up springs or as mist blown away by the wind. They are doomed to blackest darkness.18 They brag about themselves with empty, foolish boasting. With an appeal to twisted sexual desires, they lure back into sin those who have barely escaped from a lifestyle of deception.19 They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.20 And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before.21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life.22 They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.”Prov 26:11. And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;

And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

(For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.

12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;

13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;

14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:

15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet.

17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.

18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.

19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

Psalm 119:113-128

ס Samekh

113 I hate double-minded people,S 1Ki 18:21; Jas 1:8; 4:8

but I love your law.ver 47

114 You are my refuge and my shield;S Ge 15:1; S Ps 18:2

I have put my hopeS ver 43 in your word.

115 Away from me,S Ps 6:8 you evildoers,

that I may keep the commands of my God!

116 Sustain me,S Ps 18:35; 41:3; 55:22; Isa 46:4 my God, according to your promise,S ver 41 and I will live;

do not let my hopes be dashed.Ro 5:5

117 Uphold me,Isa 41:10; 46:4 and I will be delivered;Ps 34:4

I will always have regard for your decrees.ver 6

118 You reject all who strayS ver 10 from your decrees,

for their delusions come to nothing.

119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross;Isa 1:22, 25; Eze 22:18, 19

therefore I love your statutes.ver 47

120 My flesh tremblesS Job 4:14; S Isa 64:2 in fear of you;S Jos 24:14

I stand in aweJer 10:7; Hab 3:2 of your laws.

ע Ayin

121 I have done what is righteous and just;S 2Sa 8:15; S Job 27:6

do not leave me to my oppressors.

122 Ensure your servant’s well-being;S Job 17:3

do not let the arrogant oppress me.ver 21, 121, 134; Ps 106:42

123 My eyes fail,Isa 38:14 looking for your salvation,ver 81

looking for your righteous promise.S ver 82

124 Deal with your servant according to your loveS ver 88; S Ps 25:7

and teach me your decrees.ver 12

125 I am your servant;S Ps 116:16 give me discernment

that I may understand your statutes.S ver 79

126 It is time for you to act, Lord;

your law is being broken.S Nu 15:31

127 Because I love your commandsS ver 47

more than gold,Ps 19:10 more than pure gold,S Job 3:21

128 and because I consider all your precepts right,S Ps 19:8

I hate every wrong path.ver 104, 163; Ps 31:6; Pr 13:5


113 I hate those with divided loyalties,

but I love your instructions.

114 You are my refuge and my shield;

your word is my source of hope.

115 Get out of my life, you evil-minded people,

for I intend to obey the commands of my God.

116 Lord, sustain me as you promised, that I may live!

Do not let my hope be crushed.

117 Sustain me, and I will be rescued;

then I will meditate continually on your decrees.

118 But you have rejected all who stray from your decrees.

They are only fooling themselves.

119 You skim off the wicked of the earth like scum;

no wonder I love to obey your laws!

120 I tremble in fear of you;

I stand in awe of your regulations.


121 Don’t leave me to the mercy of my enemies,

for I have done what is just and right.

122 Please guarantee a blessing for me.

Don’t let the arrogant oppress me!

123 My eyes strain to see your rescue,

to see the truth of your promise fulfilled.

124 I am your servant; deal with me in unfailing love,

and teach me your decrees.

125 Give discernment to me, your servant;

then I will understand your laws.

126 Lord, it is time for you to act,

for these evil people have violated your instructions.

127 Truly, I love your commands

more than gold, even the finest gold.

128 Each of your commandments is right.

That is why I hate every false way.

113 I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.

114 Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.

115 Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.

116 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.

117 Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.

118 Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood.

119 Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.

120 My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.

121 I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressors.

122 Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.

123 Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, and for the word of thy righteousness.

124 Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.

125 I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.

126 It is time for thee, Lord, to work: for they have made void thy law.

127 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.

128 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.

Proverbs 28:19-20

19 Those who work their land will have abundant food,

but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.Pr 12:11

20 A faithful person will be richly blessed,

but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.ver 22

19 A hard worker has plenty of food,

but a person who chases fantasies ends up in poverty.

20 The trustworthy person will get a rich reward,

but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble.

19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.

20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

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