Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

As we end this year and begin the new, we remember the promises of God concerning tithes and offerings. The tithe, or tenth, was instituted by God to remind us that we are just passing through this world on our way to an eternal city. The tithe of our income is holy money, and withholding it from the Lord actually means we are robbing Him (Malachi 3:8). How significant is a tenth of the tiny income we receive on earth when compared to the glories to come?

Some of these future glories include "a pure river with the water of life . . . a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month," and a city where "there will be no night . . . for the Lord God will shine on them" (Revelation 22:1-2, 5).

As you begin a new year, put your priorities in order. Give God His holy tenth. Remember: You are getting ready for eternal, heavenly blessings that are so great you will never be able to contain them all!

Malachi 3:1-4:6

“I will send my messenger,S Nu 27:21; S 2Ch 36:15 who will prepare the way before me.S Isa 40:3; S Mt 3:3; 11:10*; Mk 1:2*; Lk 7:27* Then suddenly the LordMic 5:2 you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant,S Isa 42:6 whom you desire,S 1Sa 9:20 will come,” says the Lord Almighty.

But who can endureS Eze 22:14; Rev 6:17 the day of his coming?S Eze 7:7; S Da 7:13; S Joel 2:31; S Mt 16:27; Jas 5:8; 2Pe 3:4; S Rev 1:7 Who can standS 1Sa 6:20 when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fireS Isa 1:31; S 30:30; S Zec 13:9; Mt 3:10-12 or a launderer’s soap.S Job 9:30He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver;S Da 12:10; S 1Co 3:13 he will purifyS 1Ch 23:28; S Isa 1:25 the Levites and refine them like gold and silver.S Job 28:1; S Ps 12:6; 1Pe 1:7; Rev 3:18 Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness,S Ps 132:9and the offerings2Ch 7:12; Ps 51:19; Mal 1:11 of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years.S 2Ch 7:3; S Eze 20:40

“So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers,S Ex 7:11; S Isa 47:9 adulterersEx 20:14; Jas 2:11; 2Pe 2:12-14 and perjurers,Lev 19:11-12; S Jer 7:9 against those who defraud laborers of their wages,S Lev 19:13; Jas 5:4 who oppress the widowsS Ex 22:22 and the fatherless, and deprive the foreignersS Ex 22:21; S Dt 24:19; S Eze 22:7 among you of justice, but do not fearS Dt 31:12; S Isa 1:2 me,” says the Lord Almighty.

Breaking Covenant by Withholding Tithes

“I the Lord do not change.S Nu 23:19; S Heb 7:21; Jas 1:17 So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.S Job 34:15; S Hos 11:9Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned awayS Ex 32:8; S Jer 7:26; Ac 7:51 from my decrees and have not kept them. ReturnS Isa 44:22; S Eze 18:32 to me, and I will return to you,”S Zec 1:3; Jas 4:8 says the Lord Almighty.

“But you ask,S Mal 1:2 ‘How are we to return?’

“Will a mere mortal robS Zec 5:3 God? Yet you rob me.

“But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’

“In tithesS Lev 27:30; Nu 18:21; S Ne 13:10-12; Lk 18:12 and offerings.You are under a curseS Dt 11:26; 28:15-68; S Zec 5:3—your whole nation—because you are robbing me.10 Bring the whole titheS Ex 22:29 into the storehouse,S Ne 13:12 that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgatesS 2Ki 7:2 of heaven and pour outIsa 44:3 so much blessingS Lev 25:21; S Joel 2:14; 2Co 9:8-11 that there will not be room enough to store it.S Joel 2:2411 I will prevent pests from devouringS Ex 10:15; S Dt 28:39 your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,S Ex 23:26” says the Lord Almighty.12 “Then all the nations will call you blessed,S Dt 28:3-12; Isa 61:9 for yours will be a delightful land,”S Isa 62:4; S Eze 20:6 says the Lord Almighty.S 2Ch 31:10

Israel Speaks Arrogantly Against God

13 “You have spoken arrogantlyMal 2:17 against me,” says the Lord.

“Yet you ask,S Mal 1:2 ‘What have we said against you?’

14 “You have said, ‘It is futilePs 73:13; S Isa 57:10 to servePs 100:2; Jn 12:26; Ro 12:11 God. What do we gain by carrying out his requirementsS Jos 22:5; S Isa 1:14 and going about like mournersIsa 58:3 before the Lord Almighty?15 But now we call the arrogantS Ps 119:21 blessed. Certainly evildoersPs 14:1; 36:1-2; Jer 7:10 prosper,S Job 21:7 and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it.’”

The Faithful Remnant

16 Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard.S Ps 34:15 A scrollS Ex 32:32; S Ps 56:8; S 87:6; S Lk 10:20 of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who fearedS Dt 28:58; S 31:12; Ps 33:18; S Pr 1:7; Rev 11:18 the Lord and honored his name.

17 “On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be myIsa 43:21 treasured possession.S Ex 8:22; S Dt 7:6; S Ro 8:14; S Tit 2:14 I will spareNe 13:22; Ps 103:13; Isa 26:20; Lk 15:1-32 them, just as a father has compassion and spares his sonRo 8:32 who serves him.18 And you will again see the distinction between the righteousS Ge 18:25 and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.Dt 32:4; Mt 25:32-33, 41

Judgment and Covenant Renewal

In Hebrew texts 4:1-6 is numbered 3:19-24.“Surely the day is coming;S Da 7:13; S Joel 2:31; Mt 11:14; Ac 2:20 it will burn like a furnace.S Isa 31:9 All the arrogantS Isa 2:12 and every evildoer will be stubble,S Isa 5:24; S Na 1:10 and the day that is coming will set them on fire,S Isa 1:31” says the Lord Almighty. “Not a root or a branchS 2Ki 10:11; S Eze 17:8; S Mt 3:10 will be left to them.But for you who revere my name,S Dt 28:58; Ps 61:5; 111:9; Rev 14:1 the sun of righteousnessS Ps 118:27; S Isa 9:2; S 45:8; Lk 1:78; Eph 5:14 will rise with healingS 2Ch 7:14; S Isa 30:26; S Mt 4:23; Rev 22:2 in its rays. And you will go out and frolicS Isa 35:6 like well-fed calves.Then you will trampleS Job 40:12; Ps 18:40-42 on the wicked; they will be ashesEze 28:18 under the soles of your feet on the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty.

“Remember the lawS Dt 28:61; S Ps 147:19; Mt 5:17; 7:12; Ro 2:13; 4:15; Gal 3:24 of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at HorebS Ex 3:1 for all Israel.S Ex 20:1

“See, I will send the prophet ElijahS 1Ki 17:1; S Mt 11:14; 16:14 to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes.S Joel 2:31He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children,Lk 1:17 and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strikeS Isa 11:4; Rev 19:15 the land with total destruction.”S Dt 11:26; S 13:15; S Jos 6:17; S 23:15; S Zec 5:3

The Coming Day of Judgment

“Look! I am sending my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. Then the Lord you are seeking will suddenly come to his Temple. The messenger of the covenant, whom you look for so eagerly, is surely coming,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

“But who will be able to endure it when he comes? Who will be able to stand and face him when he appears? For he will be like a blazing fire that refines metal, or like a strong soap that bleaches clothes.He will sit like a refiner of silver, burning away the dross. He will purify the Levites, refining them like gold and silver, so that they may once again offer acceptable sacrifices to the Lord.Then once more the Lord will accept the offerings brought to him by the people of Judah and Jerusalem, as he did in the past.

“At that time I will put you on trial. I am eager to witness against all sorcerers and adulterers and liars. I will speak against those who cheat employees of their wages, who oppress widows and orphans, or who deprive the foreigners living among you of justice, for these people do not fear me,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

A Call to Repentance

“I am the Lord, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed.Ever since the days of your ancestors, you have scorned my decrees and failed to obey them. Now return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

“But you ask, ‘How can we return when we have never gone away?’

“Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me!

“But you ask, ‘What do you mean? When did we ever cheat you?’

“You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me.You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me.10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!11 Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease.Hebrew from the devourer. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.12 “Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

13 “You have said terrible things about me,” says the Lord.

“But you say, ‘What do you mean? What have we said against you?’

14 “You have said, ‘What’s the use of serving God? What have we gained by obeying his commands or by trying to show the Lord of Heaven’s Armies that we are sorry for our sins?15 From now on we will call the arrogant blessed. For those who do evil get rich, and those who dare God to punish them suffer no harm.’”

The Lord’s Promise of Mercy

16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke with each other, and the Lord listened to what they said. In his presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who feared him and always thought about the honor of his name.

17 “They will be my people,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “On the day when I act in judgment, they will be my own special treasure. I will spare them as a father spares an obedient child.18 Then you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.”

The Coming Day of Judgment

Verses 4:1-6 are numbered 3:19-24 in Hebrew text.The Lord of Heaven’s Armies says, “The day of judgment is coming, burning like a furnace. On that day the arrogant and the wicked will be burned up like straw. They will be consumed—roots, branches, and all.

“But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings.Or the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.On the day when I act, you will tread upon the wicked as if they were dust under your feet,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

“Remember to obey the Law of Moses, my servant—all the decrees and regulations that I gave him on Mount SinaiHebrew Horeb, another name for Sinai. for all Israel.

“Look, I am sending you the prophet Elijah before the great and dreadful day of the Lord arrives.His preaching will turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers. Otherwise I will come and strike the land with a curse.”

Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:

And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.

Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years.

And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.

For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?

Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.

12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.

13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?

14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of hosts?

15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.

16 Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.

17 And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.

Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:

And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Revelation 22:1-21

Eden Restored

22 Then the angel showed me the riverPs 36:8; 46:4 of the water of life,ver 17; S Jn 4:10 as clear as crystal,Rev 4:6 flowingEze 47:1; Zec 14:8 from the throne of God and of the Lambdown the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life,S Rev 2:7 bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.Eze 47:12No longer will there be any curse.Zec 14:11 The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.Rev 7:15They will see his face,S Mt 5:8 and his name will be on their foreheads.S Rev 7:3There will be no more night.Rev 21:25; Zec 14:7 They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light.Isa 60:19, 20; Rev 21:23 And they will reign for ever and ever.Da 7:27; Rev 20:4

John and the Angel

The angel said to me,Rev 1:1 “These words are trustworthy and true.Rev 21:5 The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets,1Co 14:32; Heb 12:9 sent his angelver 16; Rev 1:1 to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”

“Look, I am coming soon!ver 12, 20; S Mt 16:27 BlessedRev 1:3; 16:15 is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.”ver 10, 18, 19

I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things.S Rev 1:1 And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feetRev 19:10 of the angel who had been showing them to me.But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll.ver 10, 18, 19 Worship God!”Rev 19:10

10 Then he told me, “Do not seal upDa 8:26; Rev 10:4 the words of the prophecy of this scroll,ver 7, 18, 19 because the time is near.S Ro 13:1111 Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”Eze 3:27; Da 12:10

Epilogue: Invitation and Warning

12 “Look, I am coming soon!ver 7, 20; S Mt 16:27 My reward is with me,Isa 40:10; 62:11 and I will give to each person according to what they have done.S Mt 16:2713 I am the Alpha and the Omega,Rev 1:8 the First and the Last,S Rev 1:17 the Beginning and the End.Rev 21:6

14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes,Rev 7:14 that they may have the right to the tree of lifeS Rev 2:7 and may go through the gatesS Rev 21:12 into the city.S Rev 21:2715 OutsideDt 23:18; 1Co 6:9, 10; Gal 5:19-21; Col 3:5, 6; Rev 21:8 are the dogs,Php 3:2 those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

16 “I, Jesus,Rev 1:1 have sent my angelver 6 to give youThe Greek is plural. this testimony for the churches.Rev 1:4 I am the RootS Rev 5:5 and the Offspring of David,S Mt 1:1 and the bright Morning Star.”2Pe 1:19; Rev 2:28

17 The SpiritRev 2:7; 14:13 and the brideS Rev 19:7 say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.S Jn 4:10

18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll:ver 7, 10, 19 If anyone adds anything to them,Dt 4:2; 12:32; Pr 30:6 God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll.Rev 15:6-16:2119 And if anyone takes words awayDt 4:2; 12:32; Pr 30:6 from this scroll of prophecy,ver 7, 10, 18 God will take away from that person any share in the tree of lifeS Rev 2:7 and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.

20 He who testifies to these thingsRev 1:2 says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”ver 7, 12; S Mt 16:27

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.1Co 16:22

21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people.S Ro 16:20 Amen.

22 Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit,Or twelve kinds of fruit. with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations.

No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him.And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads.And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever.

Then the angel said to me, “Everything you have heard and seen is trustworthy and true. The Lord God, who inspires his prophets,Or The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets. has sent his angel to tell his servants what will happen soon.Or suddenly, or quickly; also in 22:7, 12, 20.

Jesus Is Coming

“Look, I am coming soon! Blessed are those who obey the words of prophecy written in this book.Or scroll; also in 22:9, 10, 18, 19.

I, John, am the one who heard and saw all these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me.But he said, “No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers the prophets, as well as all who obey what is written in this book. Worship only God!”

10 Then he instructed me, “Do not seal up the prophetic words in this book, for the time is near.11 Let the one who is doing harm continue to do harm; let the one who is vile continue to be vile; let the one who is righteous continue to live righteously; let the one who is holy continue to be holy.”

12 “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds.13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

14 Blessed are those who wash their robes. They will be permitted to enter through the gates of the city and eat the fruit from the tree of life.15 Outside the city are the dogs—the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idol worshipers, and all who love to live a lie.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne.Greek I am the root and offspring of David. I am the bright morning star.”

17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.18 And I solemnly declare to everyone who hears the words of prophecy written in this book: If anyone adds anything to what is written here, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book.19 And if anyone removes any of the words from this book of prophecy, God will remove that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book.

20 He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!”

Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!

21 May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people.Other manuscripts read be with all; still others read be with all of God’s holy people. Some manuscripts add Amen.

22 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.

Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.

11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Psalm 150:1-6

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord.Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 6S Ps 112:1

Praise God in his sanctuary;Ps 68:24-26; 73:17; 102:19

praise him in his mighty heavens.S Ps 148:1

Praise him for his acts of power;S Dt 3:24

praise him for his surpassing greatness.S Ex 15:7

Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,S Nu 10:2

praise him with the harp and lyre,S Ps 57:8

praise him with timbrel and dancing,S Ex 15:20

praise him with the stringsS Ps 45:8 and pipe,S Ge 4:21

praise him with the clash of cymbals,S 2Sa 6:5

praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everythingS Ps 103:22 that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord.

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord!

Praise God in his sanctuary;

praise him in his mighty heaven!

Praise him for his mighty works;

praise his unequaled greatness!

Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn;

praise him with the lyre and harp!

Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;

praise him with strings and flutes!

Praise him with a clash of cymbals;

praise him with loud clanging cymbals.

Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!

Praise the Lord!

150 Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.

Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.

Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.

Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.

Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.

Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

Proverbs 31:25-31

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;

she can laugh at the days to come.

26 She speaks with wisdom,

and faithful instruction is on her tongue.S Pr 10:31

27 She watches over the affairs of her household

and does not eat the bread of idleness.

28 Her children arise and call her blessed;

her husband also, and he praises her:

29 “Many women do noble things,

but you surpass them all.”

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;

but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,

and let her works bring her praisePr 11:16 at the city gate.

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,

and she laughs without fear of the future.

26 When she speaks, her words are wise,

and she gives instructions with kindness.

27 She carefully watches everything in her household

and suffers nothing from laziness.

28 Her children stand and bless her.

Her husband praises her:

29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,

but you surpass them all!”

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;

but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.

31 Reward her for all she has done.

Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

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