Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Jesus shines through the ends of both the Old and New Testaments. John saw Him in His glorious, visible return. Zechariah prophesied of the reaction of the Jewish people at the Lord's return:

"They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him as for a firstborn son who has died" (Zechariah 12:10).

Zechariah saw the Jewish nation returning to God through the covenant blood that was shed for all humankind. "On that day a fountain will be opened for the dynasty of David and for the people of Jerusalem, a fountain to cleanse them from all their sins and defilement" (13:1). He saw the spirit of repentance poured out on Israel as they asked the Lord Jesus, "Then what are those scars on your chest?" (v. 6). He will reply, "I was wounded at the home of friends!" (v. 6).

Christ, the marvelous Redeemer, will return one day, and every eye will see Him. Are you ready for that return?

Zechariah 12:1-13:9

Jerusalem’s Enemies to Be Destroyed

12 A prophecy:S Isa 13:1 The word of the Lord concerning Israel.

The Lord, who stretches out the heavens,S Ge 1:8; S Ps 104:2; S Jer 51:15 who lays the foundation of the earth,Ps 102:25; Heb 1:10 and who forms the human spirit within a person,S Isa 57:16 declares:“I am going to make Jerusalem a cupS Ps 75:8 that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling.S Ps 60:3; S Isa 51:23 JudahZec 14:14 will be besieged as well as Jerusalem.On that day, when all the nationsIsa 66:18; Zec 14:2 of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rockS Isa 28:16; Da 2:34-35 for all the nations. All who try to move it will injureS Isa 29:8 themselves.On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness,” declares the Lord. “I will keep a watchful eye over Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations.Ps 76:6; S Zec 10:5Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘The people of Jerusalem are strong,S Eze 30:24 because the Lord Almighty is their God.’

“On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a firepotIsa 10:17-18; S Zec 11:1 in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consumeOb 1:18 all the surrounding peoples right and left, but Jerusalem will remain intactZec 14:10 in her place.

“The Lord will save the dwellings of Judah first, so that the honor of the house of David and of Jerusalem’s inhabitants may not be greater than that of Judah.Jer 30:18; S Am 9:11On that day the Lord will shieldS Ps 91:4; S Joel 3:16; S Zec 9:15 those who live in Jerusalem, so that the feeblestJoel 3:10 among them will be like David, and the house of David will be like God,Ps 82:6 like the angel of the Lord going beforeMic 7:8 them.On that day I will set out to destroy all the nationsS Isa 29:7 that attack Jerusalem.S Zec 1:21; 14:2-3

Mourning for the One They Pierced

10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spiritOr the SpiritS Eze 37:9 of grace and supplication.Isa 44:3; S Eze 39:29; Joel 2:28-29 They will look onOr to me, the one they have pierced,S Ps 22:16; Jn 19:34, 37* and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child,Jdg 11:34 and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.S Ge 21:16; Jer 31:1911 On that day the weepingJer 50:4 in Jerusalem will be as great as the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.2Ki 23:2912 The land will mourn,Mt 24:30; Rev 1:7 each clan by itself, with their wives by themselves: the clan of the house of David and their wives, the clan of the house of Nathan and their wives,13 the clan of the house of Levi and their wives, the clan of Shimei and their wives,14 and all the rest of the clans and their wives.Zec 7:3

Cleansing From Sin

13 “On that day a fountainJer 17:13 will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanseS Lev 16:30; S Ps 51:2; Heb 9:14 them from sin and impurity.

“On that day, I will banish the names of the idolsS Jer 43:12; S Eze 6:6; S 36:25; S Hos 2:17 from the land, and they will be remembered no more,”S Mic 5:13 declares the Lord Almighty. “I will remove both the prophets1Ki 22:22; Jer 23:14-15 and the spirit of impurity from the land.And if anyone still prophesies, their father and mother, to whom they were born, will say to them, ‘You must die, because you have told liesS Jer 28:16 in the Lord’s name.’ Then their own parents will stab the one who prophesies.Dt 13:6-11; 18:20; S Ne 6:14; Jer 23:34; S Eze 14:9

“On that day every prophet will be ashamedS Jer 6:15 of their prophetic vision. They will not put on a prophet’s garmentMt 3:4 of hairS 1Ki 18:7; S Isa 20:2 in order to deceive.S Eze 12:24Each will say, ‘I am not a prophet. I am a farmer; the land has been my livelihood since my youth.Or farmer; a man sold me in my youthS Am 7:14If someone asks, ‘What are these wounds on your bodyOr wounds between your hands?’ they will answer, ‘The wounds I was given at the house of my friends.’

The Shepherd Struck, the Sheep Scattered

“Awake, sword,S Isa 34:5; Jer 47:6 against my shepherd,Isa 40:11; S 53:4; Eze 37:24

against the man who is close to me!”

declares the Lord Almighty.

“Strike the shepherd,

and the sheep will be scattered,S 2Sa 17:2; Mt 26:31*; Mk 14:27*

and I will turn my hand against the little ones.

In the whole land,” declares the Lord,

“two-thirds will be struck down and perish;

yet one-third will be left in it.S Eze 5:2-4, 12; Zec 14:2

This third I will put into the fire;S Isa 4:4; 33:14; Mal 3:2

I will refine them like silverS Ps 12:6; S Da 11:35; 1Pe 1:6-7

and test them like gold.S Job 6:29; S Jer 6:27

They will callS Ps 50:15 on my namePs 105:1

and I will answerS Ps 86:7; S Isa 30:19; S Zec 10:6 them;

I will say, ‘They are my people,’S Lev 26:12; S Jer 30:22

and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.S Isa 44:5; S Jer 29:12; S Eze 20:38’”

Future Deliverance for Jerusalem

12 ThisHebrew An Oracle: This. message concerning the fate of Israel came from the Lord: “This message is from the Lord, who stretched out the heavens, laid the foundations of the earth, and formed the human spirit.I will make Jerusalem like an intoxicating drink that makes the nearby nations stagger when they send their armies to besiege Jerusalem and Judah.On that day I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock. All the nations will gather against it to try to move it, but they will only hurt themselves.

“On that day,” says the Lord, “I will cause every horse to panic and every rider to lose his nerve. I will watch over the people of Judah, but I will blind all the horses of their enemies.And the clans of Judah will say to themselves, ‘The people of Jerusalem have found strength in the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, their God.’

“On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a flame that sets a woodpile ablaze or like a burning torch among sheaves of grain. They will burn up all the neighboring nations right and left, while the people living in Jerusalem remain secure.

“The Lord will give victory to the rest of Judah first, before Jerusalem, so that the people of Jerusalem and the royal line of David will not have greater honor than the rest of Judah.On that day the Lord will defend the people of Jerusalem; the weakest among them will be as mighty as King David! And the royal descendants will be like God, like the angel of the Lord who goes before them!For on that day I will begin to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

10 “Then I will pour out a spiritOr the Spirit. of grace and prayer on the family of David and on the people of Jerusalem. They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him as for a firstborn son who has died.11 The sorrow and mourning in Jerusalem on that day will be like the great mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the valley of Megiddo.

12 “All Israel will mourn, each clan by itself, and with the husbands separate from their wives. The clan of David will mourn alone, as will the clan of Nathan,13 the clan of Levi, and the clan of Shimei.14 Each of the surviving clans from Judah will mourn separately, and with the husbands separate from their wives.

A Fountain of Cleansing

13 “On that day a fountain will be opened for the dynasty of David and for the people of Jerusalem, a fountain to cleanse them from all their sins and impurity.

“And on that day,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will erase idol worship throughout the land, so that even the names of the idols will be forgotten. I will remove from the land both the false prophets and the spirit of impurity that came with them.If anyone continues to prophesy, his own father and mother will tell him, ‘You must die, for you have prophesied lies in the name of the Lord.’ And as he prophesies, his own father and mother will stab him.

“On that day people will be ashamed to claim the prophetic gift. No one will pretend to be a prophet by wearing prophet’s clothes.He will say, ‘I’m no prophet; I’m a farmer. I began working for a farmer as a boy.’And if someone asks, ‘Then what about those wounds on your chest?Hebrew wounds between your hands?’ he will say, ‘I was wounded at my friends’ house!’

The Scattering of the Sheep

“Awake, O sword, against my shepherd,

the man who is my partner,”

says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

“Strike down the shepherd,

and the sheep will be scattered,

and I will turn against the lambs.

Two-thirds of the people in the land

will be cut off and die,” says the Lord.

“But one-third will be left in the land.

I will bring that group through the fire

and make them pure.

I will refine them like silver

and purify them like gold.

They will call on my name,

and I will answer them.

I will say, ‘These are my people,’

and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’”

12 The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.

Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.

And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

In that day, saith the Lord, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.

And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the Lord of hosts their God.

In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.

The Lord also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah.

In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them.

And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

11 In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.

12 And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart;

13 The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart;

14 All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.

13 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.

And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.

And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the Lord: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.

And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive:

But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.

And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.

Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.

And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.

Revelation 19:1-21

Threefold Hallelujah Over Babylon’s Fall

19 After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitudever 6; Rev 11:15 in heaven shouting:

“Hallelujah!ver 3, 4, 6

SalvationRev 7:10; 12:10 and glory and powerRev 4:11; 7:12 belong to our God,

for true and just are his judgments.Rev 16:7

He has condemned the great prostituteS Rev 17:1

who corrupted the earth by her adulteries.

He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”S Rev 6:10

And again they shouted:

“Hallelujah!ver 1, 4, 6

The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.”Isa 34:10; Rev 14:11

The twenty-four eldersS Rev 4:4 and the four living creaturesS Rev 4:6 fell downS Rev 4:10 and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried:

“Amen, Hallelujah!”ver 1, 3, 6

Then a voice came from the throne, saying:

“Praise our God,

all you his servants,Ps 134:1

you who fear him,

both great and small!”ver 18; Ps 115:13; Rev 11:18; 13:16; 20:12

Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude,ver 1; Rev 11:15 like the roar of rushing watersS Rev 1:15 and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:

“Hallelujah!ver 1, 3, 4

For our Lord God AlmightyS Rev 1:8 reigns.Rev 11:15

Let us rejoice and be glad

and give him glory!S Rev 11:13

For the wedding of the Lambver 9; Mt 22:2; 25:10; Eph 5:32 has come,

and his brideRev 21:2, 9; 22:17 has made herself ready.

Fine linen,ver 14; Rev 15:6 bright and clean,

was given her to wear.”

(Fine linen stands for the righteous actsIsa 61:10; Eze 44:17; Zec 3:4; Rev 15:4 of God’s holy people.)

Then the angel said to me,ver 10 “Write this:Rev 1:19 Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!”Lk 14:15 And he added, “These are the true words of God.”Rev 21:5; 22:6

10 At this I fell at his feet to worship him.Rev 22:8 But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God!Ac 10:25, 26; Rev 22:9 For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.”S Rev 1:2

The Heavenly Warrior Defeats the Beast

11 I saw heaven standing openS Mt 3:16 and there before me was a white horse, whose riderver 19, 21; Rev 6:2 is called Faithful and True.Rev 3:14 With justice he judges and wages war.Ex 15:3; Ps 96:13; Isa 11:412 His eyes are like blazing fire,S Rev 1:14 and on his head are many crowns.Rev 6:2; 12:3 He has a name written on himver 16 that no one knows but he himself.S Rev 2:1713 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood,Isa 63:2, 3 and his name is the Word of God.Jn 1:114 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen,ver 8 whiteS Rev 3:4 and clean.15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp swordver 21; S Rev 1:16 with which to strike downIsa 11:4; 2Th 2:8 the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.”Psalm 2:9Ps 2:9; Rev 2:27; 12:5 He treads the winepressS Rev 14:20 of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:ver 12

king of kings and lord of lords.S 1Ti 6:15

17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birdsver 21 flying in midair,Rev 8:13; 14:6 “Come,Jer 12:9; Eze 39:17 gather together for the great supper of God,Isa 34:6; Jer 46:1018 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people,Eze 39:18-20 free and slave,Rev 6:15 great and small.”S ver 5

19 Then I saw the beastS Rev 13:1 and the kings of the earthRev 16:14, 16 and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horsever 11, 21 and his army.20 But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophetRev 16:13 who had performed the signsS Mt 24:24 on its behalf.Rev 13:12 With these signs he had deludedRev 13:14 those who had received the mark of the beastRev 13:16 and worshiped its image.Rev 13:15 The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lakeDa 7:11; Rev 20:10, 14, 15; 21:8 of burning sulfur.S Rev 9:1721 The rest were killed with the swordver 15; S Rev 1:16 coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse,ver 11, 19 and all the birdsver 17 gorged themselves on their flesh.

Songs of Victory in Heaven

19 After this, I heard what sounded like a vast crowd in heaven shouting,

“Praise the Lord!Greek Hallelujah; also in 19:3, 4, 6. Hallelujah is the transliteration of a Hebrew term that means “Praise the Lord.”

Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.

His judgments are true and just.

He has punished the great prostitute

who corrupted the earth with her immorality.

He has avenged the murder of his servants.”

And again their voices rang out:

“Praise the Lord!

The smoke from that city ascends forever and ever!”

Then the twenty-four elders and the four living beings fell down and worshiped God, who was sitting on the throne. They cried out, “Amen! Praise the Lord!”

And from the throne came a voice that said,

“Praise our God,

all his servants,

all who fear him,

from the least to the greatest.”

Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder:

“Praise the Lord!

For the Lord our God,Some manuscripts read the Lord God. the Almighty, reigns.

Let us be glad and rejoice,

and let us give honor to him.

For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb,

and his bride has prepared herself.

She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.”

For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people.

And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.”

10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said, “No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers and sistersGreek brothers. who testify about their faith in Jesus. Worship only God. For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus.Or is the message confirmed by Jesus.

The Rider on the White Horse

11 Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war.12 His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself.13 He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God.14 The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses.15 From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress.16 On his robe at his thighOr On his robe and thigh. was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.

17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, shouting to the vultures flying high in the sky: “Come! Gather together for the great banquet God has prepared.18 Come and eat the flesh of kings, generals, and strong warriors; of horses and their riders; and of all humanity, both free and slave, small and great.”

19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the world and their armies gathered together to fight against the one sitting on the horse and his army.20 And the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who did mighty miracles on behalf of the beast—miracles that deceived all who had accepted the mark of the beast and who worshiped his statue. Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.21 Their entire army was killed by the sharp sword that came from the mouth of the one riding the white horse. And the vultures all gorged themselves on the dead bodies.

19 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:

For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

And again they said, Alleluia And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.

And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.

And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.

And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.

17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

Psalm 147:1-20

Psalm 147

Praise the Lord.Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 20

How good it is to sing praises to our God,

how pleasantS Ps 135:3 and fitting to praise him!Ps 33:1

The Lord builds up Jerusalem;S Ps 51:18

he gathers the exilesS Ps 106:47 of Israel.

He heals the brokenheartedS Ps 34:18

and binds up their wounds.S Nu 12:13; S Job 5:18; Isa 1:6; Eze 34:16

He determines the number of the starsS Ge 15:5

and calls them each by name.

Great is our LordS Ps 48:1 and mighty in power;S Ex 14:31

his understanding has no limit.Ps 145:3; Isa 40:28

The Lord sustains the humbleS 2Ch 33:23; Ps 146:8-9

but casts the wickedPs 37:9-10; 145:20 to the ground.

Sing to the LordPs 30:4; 33:3 with grateful praise;S Ps 42:4

make musicS Ps 27:6 to our God on the harp.S Ps 98:5

He covers the sky with clouds;S Job 26:8

he supplies the earth with rainS Dt 11:14; S 32:2; S 2Sa 1:21; S Job 5:10

and makes grass growS Job 28:26; S Ps 104:14 on the hills.

He provides foodS Ge 1:30; Ps 104:27-28; S Mt 6:26 for the cattle

and for the young ravensS Ge 8:7 when they call.

10 His pleasure is not in the strengthS 1Sa 16:7 of the horse,S Job 39:11; Ps 33:16-17

nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;

11 the Lord delightsS Ps 35:27 in those who fear him,Ps 33:18; 103:11

who put their hopePs 119:43 in his unfailing love.Ps 6:4

12 Extol the Lord, Jerusalem;Ps 48:1

praise your God, Zion.

13 He strengthens the bars of your gatesS Dt 33:25

and blesses your peopleS Lev 25:21; Ps 128:5; 134:3 within you.

14 He grants peaceS Lev 26:6; S 2Sa 7:10; S Isa 48:18 to your borders

and satisfies youS Ps 132:15 with the finest of wheat.S Dt 32:14

15 He sends his commandJob 37:12; Ps 33:9; 148:5 to the earth;

his word runsIsa 55:11 swiftly.

16 He spreads the snowPs 148:8 like wool

and scatters the frostS Job 37:12; 38:29 like ashes.

17 He hurls down his hailEx 9:22-23; S Job 38:22; S Ps 78:47 like pebbles.

Who can withstand his icy blast?

18 He sends his wordver 15; Ps 33:9; 107:20 and melts them;

he stirs up his breezes,S Ps 50:3 and the waters flow.

19 He has revealed his wordS Ex 20:1; Ro 3:2 to Jacob,Ps 78:5

his laws and decreesS Dt 33:4; Jos 1:8; 2Ki 22:8; Mal 4:4; Ro 9:4 to Israel.

20 He has done this for no other nation;Dt 4:7-8, 32-34

they do not knowS Ps 79:6 his laws.Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint nation; / he has not made his laws known to them

Praise the Lord.Ps 33:2; 103:1

Psalm 147

Praise the Lord!

How good to sing praises to our God!

How delightful and how fitting!

The Lord is rebuilding Jerusalem

and bringing the exiles back to Israel.

He heals the brokenhearted

and bandages their wounds.

He counts the stars

and calls them all by name.

How great is our Lord! His power is absolute!

His understanding is beyond comprehension!

The Lord supports the humble,

but he brings the wicked down into the dust.

Sing out your thanks to the Lord;

sing praises to our God with a harp.

He covers the heavens with clouds,

provides rain for the earth,

and makes the grass grow in mountain pastures.

He gives food to the wild animals

and feeds the young ravens when they cry.

10 He takes no pleasure in the strength of a horse

or in human might.

11 No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him,

those who put their hope in his unfailing love.

12 Glorify the Lord, O Jerusalem!

Praise your God, O Zion!

13 For he has strengthened the bars of your gates

and blessed your children within your walls.

14 He sends peace across your nation

and satisfies your hunger with the finest wheat.

15 He sends his orders to the world—

how swiftly his word flies!

16 He sends the snow like white wool;

he scatters frost upon the ground like ashes.

17 He hurls the hail like stones.Hebrew like bread crumbs.

Who can stand against his freezing cold?

18 Then, at his command, it all melts.

He sends his winds, and the ice thaws.

19 He has revealed his words to Jacob,

his decrees and regulations to Israel.

20 He has not done this for any other nation;

they do not know his regulations.

Praise the Lord!

147 Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.

The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.

He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.

Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.

Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:

Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.

He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.

10 He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.

11 The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion.

13 For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.

14 He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.

15 He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.

16 He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.

17 He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?

18 He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.

19 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.

20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the Lord.

Proverbs 31:1-7

Sayings of King Lemuel

31 The sayingsS Pr 22:17 of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.

Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!

Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!S Jdg 11:30

Do not spend your strengthOr wealth on women,

your vigor on those who ruin kings.S Dt 17:17; S 1Ki 11:3; Pr 5:1-14

It is not for kings, Lemuel—

it is not for kings to drink wine,S Pr 20:1; Ecc 10:16-17; Isa 5:22

not for rulers to crave beer,

lest they drinkS 1Ki 16:9 and forget what has been decreed,S Pr 16:12

and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.

Let beer be for those who are perishing,

wineS Ge 14:18 for those who are in anguish!

Let them drinkS Est 1:10 and forget their poverty

and remember their misery no more.

The Sayings of King Lemuel

31 The sayings of King Lemuel contain this message,Or of Lemuel, king of Massa; or of King Lemuel, an oracle. which his mother taught him.

O my son, O son of my womb,

O son of my vows,

do not waste your strength on women,

on those who ruin kings.

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, to guzzle wine.

Rulers should not crave alcohol.

For if they drink, they may forget the law

and not give justice to the oppressed.

Alcohol is for the dying,

and wine for those in bitter distress.

Let them drink to forget their poverty

and remember their troubles no more.

31 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.

What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?

Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:

Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.

Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.

Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.

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