Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

We are, indeed, happy and blessed! On this Christmas Day in which our Lord's birth is traditionally celebrated, we should take time to remember our blessings.

First, we can thank God for His blessings upon our children. How grateful we are that "our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants. . . . Our daughters [are] like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace" (Psalm 144:12). To have well-mannered, God-fearing children is such a great blessing.

Because of the blessing of provision, "our farms [are] filled with crops of every kind," and "the flocks in our fields multiply by the thousands" (v. 13). God's material blessings to His people are bounteous!

Because of our God, we are privileged to live in a land of peace. There are "no breached walls, no forced exile, no cries of distress in our squares" (v.14). We should never take for granted the peace in our families, on our streets, in our churches, and in our government. In spite of all our problems in America, we are still privileged to "live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity" (1 Timothy 2:2).

"Yes, happy are those who have it like this! Happy indeed are those whose God is the Lord" (Psalm 144:15). I trust this can be said of you and of me!

Zechariah 8:1-23

The Lord Promises to Bless Jerusalem

The word of the Lord Almighty came to me.

This is what the Lord Almighty says: “I am very jealousS Joel 2:18 for Zion; I am burning with jealousy for her.”

This is what the Lord says: “I will returnZec 1:16 to ZionS Isa 52:8; S Joel 3:21 and dwell in Jerusalem.S Zec 2:10 Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City,S Ps 15:2; S Isa 1:26; S 48:1; S Jer 33:16 and the mountainS Jer 26:18 of the Lord Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain.S Isa 1:26; S Mic 4:1

This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Once again men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets of Jerusalem,S Isa 65:20 each of them with cane in hand because of their age.The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there.S Jer 30:20; 31:13

This is what the Lord Almighty says: “It may seem marvelous to the remnant of this people at that time,Ps 118:23; 126:1-3 but will it seem marvelous to me?Jer 32:17, 27” declares the Lord Almighty.

This is what the Lord Almighty says: “I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west.Ps 107:3; S Isa 11:11; S 43:5I will bring them backS Eze 37:12; Zec 10:10 to liveS Jer 31:24 in Jerusalem; they will be my people,S Isa 51:16; S Eze 11:19-20; S 36:28; S Zec 2:11; Heb 8:10 and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God.Jer 11:4; Zec 10:6

This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Now hear these words, ‘Let your hands be strongS Hag 2:4 so that the temple may be built.’ This is also what the prophetsS Ezr 5:1 said who were present when the foundationS Ezr 3:11 was laid for the house of the Lord Almighty.10 Before that time there were no wagesS Isa 5:10; S Hag 1:6 for people or hire for animals. No one could go about their business safelyS 2Ch 15:5 because of their enemies, since I had turned everyone against their neighbor.11 But now I will not deal with the remnant of this people as I did in the past,”Isa 12:1 declares the Lord Almighty.

12 “The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit,S Ps 85:12; S Joel 2:22 the ground will produce its crops,S Ps 67:6 and the heavens will drop their dew.S Ge 27:28 I will give all these things as an inheritanceS Ps 65:13; S Isa 60:21; Ob 1:17 to the remnant of this people.S Hos 2:2113 Just as you, Judah and Israel, have been a curseThat is, your name has been used in cursing (see Jer. 29:22); or, you have been regarded as under a curse.S Nu 5:27; S Dt 13:15; S Ps 102:8; Jer 42:18 among the nations, so I will saveS Ps 48:8 you, and you will be a blessing.Or and your name will be used in blessings (see Gen. 48:20); or and you will be seen as blessedS Ge 12:2; S Joel 2:14 Do not be afraid,S Hag 2:5 but let your hands be strong.ver 9

14 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Just as I had determined to bring disasterS Eze 24:14 on you and showed no pity when your ancestors angered me,” says the Lord Almighty,15 “so now I have determined to do goodver 13; S Jer 29:11; Mic 7:18-20 again to Jerusalem and Judah.Jer 31:28; 32:42 Do not be afraid.16 These are the things you are to do: Speak the truthS Ps 15:2; S Jer 33:16; S Eph 4:25 to each other, and render true and sound judgmentS Eze 18:8 in your courts;S Eze 45:9; S Am 5:15; S Zec 7:917 do not plot evilPr 3:29 against each other, and do not love to swear falsely.S Pr 6:16-19; S Jer 7:9; Zec 5:4 I hate all this,” declares the Lord.

18 The word of the Lord Almighty came to me.

19 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “The fasts of the fourth,S 2Ki 25:7; Jer 39:2 fifth,S Jer 52:12 seventh2Ki 25:25 and tenthJer 52:4 months will become joyfulPs 30:11 and glad occasions and happy festivals for Judah. Therefore love truthver 16 and peace.”

20 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Many peoples and the inhabitants of many cities will yet come,21 and the inhabitants of one city will go to another and say, ‘Let us go at once to entreatS Zec 7:2 the Lord and seekJer 26:19 the Lord Almighty. I myself am going.’22 And many peoples and powerful nations will come to Jerusalem to seek the Lord Almighty and to entreat him.”S Ps 86:9; 117:1; Isa 2:2-3; S 44:5; S 45:14; 49:6; S Zec 2:11

23 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’”S Ps 102:22; S Isa 14:1; S 45:14; S 56:3; 1Co 14:25

Promised Blessings for Jerusalem

Then another message came to me from the Lord of Heaven’s Armies:“This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: My love for Mount Zion is passionate and strong; I am consumed with passion for Jerusalem!

“And now the Lord says: I am returning to Mount Zion, and I will live in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City; the mountain of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will be called the Holy Mountain.

“This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Once again old men and women will walk Jerusalem’s streets with their canes and will sit together in the city squares.And the streets of the city will be filled with boys and girls at play.

“This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: All this may seem impossible to you now, a small remnant of God’s people. But is it impossible for me? says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

“This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: You can be sure that I will rescue my people from the east and from the west.I will bring them home again to live safely in Jerusalem. They will be my people, and I will be faithful and just toward them as their God.

“This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Be strong and finish the task! Ever since the laying of the foundation of the Temple of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, you have heard what the prophets have been saying about completing the building.10 Before the work on the Temple began, there were no jobs and no money to hire people or animals. No traveler was safe from the enemy, for there were enemies on all sides. I had turned everyone against each other.

11 “But now I will not treat the remnant of my people as I treated them before, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.12 For I am planting seeds of peace and prosperity among you. The grapevines will be heavy with fruit. The earth will produce its crops, and the heavens will release the dew. Once more I will cause the remnant in Judah and Israel to inherit these blessings.13 Among the other nations, Judah and Israel became symbols of a cursed nation. But no longer! Now I will rescue you and make you both a symbol and a source of blessing. So don’t be afraid. Be strong, and get on with rebuilding the Temple!

14 “For this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: I was determined to punish you when your ancestors angered me, and I did not change my mind, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.15 But now I am determined to bless Jerusalem and the people of Judah. So don’t be afraid.16 But this is what you must do: Tell the truth to each other. Render verdicts in your courts that are just and that lead to peace.17 Don’t scheme against each other. Stop your love of telling lies that you swear are the truth. I hate all these things, says the Lord.”

18 Here is another message that came to me from the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.19 “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: The traditional fasts and times of mourning you have kept in early summer, midsummer, autumn, and winterHebrew in the fourth, fifth, seventh, and tenth months. The fourth month of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar usually occurs within the months of June and July. The fifth month usually occurs within the months of July and August. The seventh month usually occurs within the months of September and October. The tenth month usually occurs within the months of December and January. are now ended. They will become festivals of joy and celebration for the people of Judah. So love truth and peace.

20 “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: People from nations and cities around the world will travel to Jerusalem.21 The people of one city will say to the people of another, ‘Come with us to Jerusalem to ask the Lord to bless us. Let’s worship the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. I’m determined to go.’22 Many peoples and powerful nations will come to Jerusalem to seek the Lord of Heaven’s Armies and to ask for his blessing.

23 “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: In those days ten men from different nations and languages of the world will clutch at the sleeve of one Jew. And they will say, ‘Please let us walk with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’”

Again the word of the Lord of hosts came to me, saying,

Thus saith the Lord of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury.

Thus saith the Lord; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain.

Thus saith the Lord of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age.

And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.

Thus saith the Lord of hosts; If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in mine eyes? saith the Lord of hosts.

Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country;

And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.

Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets, which were in the day that the foundation of the house of the Lord of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built.

10 For before these days there was no hire for man, nor any hire for beast; neither was there any peace to him that went out or came in because of the affliction: for I set all men every one against his neighbour.

11 But now I will not be unto the residue of this people as in the former days, saith the Lord of hosts.

12 For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things.

13 And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.

14 For thus saith the Lord of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the Lord of hosts, and I repented not:

15 So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not.

16 These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:

17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the Lord.

18 And the word of the Lord of hosts came unto me, saying,

19 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace.

20 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities:

21 And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts: I will go also.

22 Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord.

23 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.

Revelation 16:1-21

The Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath

16 Then I heard a loud voice from the templeRev 11:19 saying to the seven angels,S Rev 15:1 “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.”ver 2-21; Ps 79:6; Zep 3:8

The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land,Rev 8:7 and ugly, festering soresver 11; Ex 9:9-11; Dt 28:35 broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.Rev 13:15-17; 14:9

The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead person, and every living thing in the sea died.Ex 7:17-21; Rev 8:8, 9; Rev 11:6

The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water,Rev 8:10 and they became blood.Ex 7:17-21Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say:

“You are just in these judgments,Rev 15:3 O Holy One,Rev 15:4

you who are and who were;S Rev 1:4; Rev 6:10

for they have shed the blood of your holy people and your prophets,Lk 11:49-51

and you have given them blood to drinkIsa 49:26; Rev 17:6; 18:24 as they deserve.”

And I heard the altarRev 6:9; 14:18 respond:

“Yes, Lord God Almighty,S Rev 1:8

true and just are your judgments.”Rev 15:3; 19:2

The fourth angelRev 8:12 poured out his bowl on the sun,Rev 6:12 and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire.Rev 14:18They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God,ver 11, 21 who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repentS Rev 2:21 and glorify him.S Rev 11:13

10 The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast,Rev 13:2 and its kingdom was plunged into darkness.Ex 10:21-23; Isa 8:22; Rev 8:12; 9:2 People gnawed their tongues in agony11 and cursedver 9, 21 the God of heavenRev 11:13 because of their pains and their sores,ver 2 but they refused to repent of what they had done.S Rev 2:21

12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates,S Rev 9:14 and its water was dried up to prepare the wayIsa 11:15, 16 for the kings from the East.Isa 41:2; 46:1113 Then I saw three impure spiritsRev 18:2 that looked like frogs;Ex 8:6 they came out of the mouth of the dragon,S Rev 12:3 out of the mouth of the beastS Rev 13:1 and out of the mouth of the false prophet.Rev 19:20; 20:1014 They are demonic spirits1Ti 4:1 that perform signs,S Mt 24:24 and they go out to the kings of the whole world,S Mt 24:14 to gather them for the battleRev 17:14; 19:19; 20:8 on the great dayS Rev 6:17 of God Almighty.

15 “Look, I come like a thief!S Lk 12:39 Blessed is the one who stays awakeLk 12:37 and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”Rev 3:18

16 Then they gathered the kings togetherver 14 to the place that in HebrewRev 9:11 is called Armageddon.Jdg 5:19; 2Ki 23:29, 30; Zec 12:11

17 The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air,Eph 2:2 and out of the templeRev 14:15 came a loud voiceRev 11:15 from the throne, saying, “It is done!”Rev 21:618 Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunderS Rev 4:5 and a severe earthquake.S Rev 6:12 No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth,Da 12:1; Mt 24:21 so tremendous was the quake.19 The great cityS Rev 17:18 split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God rememberedRev 18:5 Babylon the GreatS Rev 14:8 and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath.Rev 14:1020 Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found.S Rev 6:1421 From the sky huge hailstones,Eze 13:13; 38:22; Rev 8:7; 11:19 each weighing about a hundred pounds,Or about 45 kilograms fell on people. And they cursed Godver 9, 11 on account of the plague of hail,Ex 9:23-25 because the plague was so terrible.

16 Then I heard a mighty voice from the Temple say to the seven angels, “Go your ways and pour out on the earth the seven bowls containing God’s wrath.”

So the first angel left the Temple and poured out his bowl on the earth, and horrible, malignant sores broke out on everyone who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his statue.

Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became like the blood of a corpse. And everything in the sea died.

Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs, and they became blood.And I heard the angel who had authority over all water saying,

“You are just, O Holy One, who is and who always was,

because you have sent these judgments.

Since they shed the blood

of your holy people and your prophets,

you have given them blood to drink.

It is their just reward.”

And I heard a voice from the altar,Greek I heard the altar. saying,

“Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty,

your judgments are true and just.”

Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, causing it to scorch everyone with its fire.Everyone was burned by this blast of heat, and they cursed the name of God, who had control over all these plagues. They did not repent of their sins and turn to God and give him glory.

10 Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. His subjects ground their teethGreek gnawed their tongues. in anguish,11 and they cursed the God of heaven for their pains and sores. But they did not repent of their evil deeds and turn to God.

12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great Euphrates River, and it dried up so that the kings from the east could march their armies toward the west without hindrance.13 And I saw three evilGreek unclean. spirits that looked like frogs leap from the mouths of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet.14 They are demonic spirits who work miracles and go out to all the rulers of the world to gather them for battle against the Lord on that great judgment day of God the Almighty.

15 “Look, I will come as unexpectedly as a thief! Blessed are all who are watching for me, who keep their clothing ready so they will not have to walk around naked and ashamed.”

16 And the demonic spirits gathered all the rulers and their armies to a place with the Hebrew name Armageddon.Or Harmagedon.

17 Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air. And a mighty shout came from the throne in the Temple, saying, “It is finished!”18 Then the thunder crashed and rolled, and lightning flashed. And a great earthquake struck—the worst since people were placed on the earth.19 The great city of Babylon split into three sections, and the cities of many nations fell into heaps of rubble. So God remembered all of Babylon’s sins, and he made her drink the cup that was filled with the wine of his fierce wrath.20 And every island disappeared, and all the mountains were leveled.21 There was a terrible hailstorm, and hailstones weighing as much as seventy-five poundsGreek 1 talent [34 kilograms]. fell from the sky onto the people below. They cursed God because of the terrible plague of the hailstorm.

16 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.

And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.

And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.

For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.

And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.

And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,

11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.

13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.

21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

Psalm 144:1-15

Psalm 144

Of David.

Praise be to the Lord my Rock,S Ge 49:24

who trains my hands for war,

my fingers for battle.

He is my loving God and my fortress,Ps 59:9; 91:2

my strongholdPs 27:1; 37:39; 43:2 and my deliverer,

my shield,S Ge 15:1; S Ps 18:2 in whom I take refuge,

who subdues peoplesMany manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, Dead Sea Scrolls, Aquila, Jerome and Syriac; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text subdues my peopleS Jdg 4:23; S Ps 18:39 under me.

Lord, what are human beingsHeb 2:6 that you care for them,

mere mortals that you think of them?

They are like a breath;S Job 7:7; 27:3; Isa 2:22

their days are like a fleeting shadow.S 1Ch 29:15; S Job 14:2; S Jas 4:14

Part your heavens,Ps 18:9; Isa 64:1 Lord, and come down;S Ge 11:5; S Ps 57:3

touch the mountains, so that they smoke.Ps 104:32

Send forth lightningHab 3:11; Zec 9:14 and scatterS Ps 59:11; S 68:1 the enemy;

shoot your arrowsPs 7:12-13; 18:14 and rout them.

Reach down your hand from on high;S 2Sa 22:17

deliver me and rescue mePs 3:7; S 57:3

from the mighty waters,Ps 69:2

from the hands of foreignersS Ps 18:44

whose mouths are full of lies,Ps 12:2; 41:6

whose right handsGe 14:22; Dt 32:40 are deceitful.S Ps 36:3

I will sing a new songS Ps 28:7; S 96:1 to you, my God;

on the ten-stringed lyrePs 33:2-3; S 71:22 I will make music to you,

10 to the One who gives victory to kings,S 2Sa 8:14

who delivers his servant David.Ps 18:50

From the deadly swordS Job 5:2011 deliver me;

rescue mePs 3:7; S 25:20 from the hands of foreignersS Ps 18:44

whose mouths are full of lies,Ps 41:6-7

whose right hands are deceitful.Ps 12:2; S 36:3; 106:26; Isa 44:20

12 Then our sons in their youth

will be like well-nurtured plants,Ps 92:12-14; S 128:3

and our daughters will be like pillarsSS 4:4; 7:4

carved to adorn a palace.

13 Our barns will be filledPr 3:10

with every kind of provision.

Our sheep will increase by thousands,

by tens of thousands in our fields;

14 our oxenPr 14:4 will draw heavy loads.Or our chieftains will be firmly established

There will be no breaching of walls,2Ki 25:11

no going into captivity,

no cry of distress in our streets.Isa 24:11; Jer 14:2-3

15 Blessed is the peopleDt 28:3 of whom this is true;

blessed is the people whose God is the Lord.

Psalm 144

A psalm of David.

Praise the Lord, who is my rock.

He trains my hands for war

and gives my fingers skill for battle.

He is my loving ally and my fortress,

my tower of safety, my rescuer.

He is my shield, and I take refuge in him.

He makes the nationsSome manuscripts read my people. submit to me.

O Lord, what are human beings that you should notice them,

mere mortals that you should think about them?

For they are like a breath of air;

their days are like a passing shadow.

Open the heavens, Lord, and come down.

Touch the mountains so they billow smoke.

Hurl your lightning bolts and scatter your enemies!

Shoot your arrows and confuse them!

Reach down from heaven and rescue me;

rescue me from deep waters,

from the power of my enemies.

Their mouths are full of lies;

they swear to tell the truth, but they lie instead.

I will sing a new song to you, O God!

I will sing your praises with a ten-stringed harp.

10 For you grant victory to kings!

You rescued your servant David from the fatal sword.

11 Save me!

Rescue me from the power of my enemies.

Their mouths are full of lies;

they swear to tell the truth, but they lie instead.

12 May our sons flourish in their youth

like well-nurtured plants.

May our daughters be like graceful pillars,

carved to beautify a palace.

13 May our barns be filled

with crops of every kind.

May the flocks in our fields multiply by the thousands,

even tens of thousands,

14 and may our oxen be loaded down with produce.

May there be no enemy breaking through our walls,

no going into captivity,

no cries of alarm in our town squares.

15 Yes, joyful are those who live like this!

Joyful indeed are those whose God is the Lord.

144 Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:

My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.

Lord, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!

Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.

Bow thy heavens, O Lord, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.

Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them.

Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children;

Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.

10 It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword.

11 Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:

12 That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:

13 That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets:

14 That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.

15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.

Proverbs 30:29-31

29 “There are three things that are stately in their stride,

four that move with stately bearing:

30 a lion, mighty among beasts,

who retreats before nothing;

31 a strutting rooster, a he-goat,

and a king secure against revolt.The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.

29 There are three things that walk with stately stride—

no, four that strut about:

30 the lion, king of animals, who won’t turn aside for anything,

31 the strutting rooster,

the male goat,

a king as he leads his army.

29 There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going:

30 A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any;

31 A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up.

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