Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Can there be any doubt that the psalmist was referring to Jesus? The disciples were "filled with dread" (Mark 10:32) at the fearless, bold approach Jesus exhibited as He walked to Jerusalem, straight into the face of death. He had told them earlier exactly what would happen to Him, yet He did not flinch in leading the way to the city!

In Leviticus 26:1-39, the Lord promised peace and blessing to the Israelites for obedience, but certain destruction if they rebelled. Christ's intense love for righteousness and hatred of wickedness gives Him a fearless boldness against sin (Psalm 45:7).

The ultimate act of Jesus' hatred of sin will be demonstrated by His return to earth. He will "ride out to victory, defending truth, humility, and justice, [going] forth to perform awe-inspiring deeds!" (Psalm 45:4). His sharp arrows will pierce the hearts of our enemies, and the nations will fall beneath His feet (v. 5). At His side will be the Church, His Bride, who loves Him and also loves righteousness.

Be faithful and fearless, Bride-Your Mighty One is coming with His sword, and you will be at His side!

Leviticus 25:47-27:13

47 “‘If a foreigner residing among you becomes rich and any of your fellow Israelites become poor and sell themselvesNe 5:5; Job 24:9 to the foreigner or to a member of the foreigner’s clan,48 they retain the right of redemptionS ver 24 after they have sold themselves. One of their relativesS ver 25 may redeem them:49 An uncle or a cousin or any blood relative in their clan may redeem them. Or if they prosper,ver 26 they may redeem themselves.50 They and their buyer are to count the time from the year they sold themselves up to the Year of Jubilee.S ver 10 The price for their release is to be based on the rate paid to a hired workerJob 7:1; 14:6; Isa 16:14; 21:16 for that number of years.51 If many years remain, they must pay for their redemption a larger share of the price paid for them.52 If only a few years remain until the Year of Jubilee, they are to compute that and pay for their redemption accordingly.S ver 1653 They are to be treated as workers hired from year to year; you must see to it that those to whom they owe service do not rule over them ruthlessly.Col 4:1

54 “‘Even if someone is not redeemed in any of these ways, they and their children are to be released in the Year of Jubilee,55 for the Israelites belong to me as servants. They are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt.S Lev 11:45 I am the Lord your God.Lev 11:44

Reward for Obedience

26 “‘Do not make idolsS Ex 20:4 or set up an imagePs 97:7; Isa 48:5; Jer 44:19; Hab 2:18 or a sacred stoneS Ex 23:24 for yourselves, and do not place a carved stoneNu 33:52 in your land to bow down before it. I am the Lord your God.

“‘Observe my SabbathsS Ex 20:8 and have reverence for my sanctuary.Lev 19:30 I am the Lord.

“‘If you follow my decrees and are careful to obeyS Ge 26:5; S Ex 24:8; Dt 6:17; 7:12; 11:13, 22; 28:1, 9 my commands,I will send you rainDt 11:14; 28:12; Ps 68:9; Jer 5:24; Hos 6:3; Joel 2:23; Zec 10:1 in its season,Job 5:10; Ps 65:9; 104:13; 147:8; Jer 5:24 and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit.S Ex 23:26; S Lev 25:19; S Job 14:9; Ps 67:6Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you wantDt 6:11; 11:15; Eze 36:29-30; Joel 2:19, 26 and live in safety in your land.S Lev 25:18

“‘I will grant peace in the land,Ps 29:11; 37:11; 85:8; 147:14; Isa 26:3; 54:13; 60:18; Hag 2:9 and you will lie downPs 3:5; 4:8; Pr 3:24 and no one will make you afraid.Job 11:18, 19; Isa 17:2; Jer 30:10; Mic 4:4; Zep 3:13 I will remove wild beastsS ver 22; S Ge 37:20 from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country.You will pursue your enemies,Ps 18:37; 44:5 and they will fall by the sword before you.FiveIsa 30:17 of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you.Dt 28:7; 32:30; Jos 23:10; Jdg 15:15; 1Ch 12:14

“‘I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers,S Ge 1:22; S 17:6; Ne 9:23 and I will keep my covenantS Ge 17:7 with you.10 You will still be eating last year’s harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new.Lev 25:2211 I will put my dwelling placeOr my tabernacleEx 25:8; Ps 74:7; 76:2; Eze 37:27 among you, and I will not abhor you.ver 15, 43, 44; Dt 31:6; 1Sa 12:22; 1Ki 6:13; 2Ki 17:1512 I will walkS Ge 3:8 among you and be your God,S Ge 17:7 and you will be my people.Ex 6:7; Jer 7:23; 11:4; 24:7; 30:22; 31:1; Zec 13:9; 2Co 6:16*13 I am the Lord your God,Lev 11:44 who brought you out of EgyptS Ex 6:6; S 13:3 so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yokeIsa 10:27; Jer 2:20; 27:2; 28:10; 30:8; Eze 30:18; 34:27; Hos 11:4 and enabled you to walk with heads held high.

Punishment for Disobedience

14 “‘But if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands,Dt 28:15-68; Mal 2:215 and if you reject my decrees and abhor my lawsS ver 11 and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant,S Ge 17:716 then I will do this to you: I will bring on you sudden terror, wasting diseases and feverDt 28:22, 35; Ps 78:33 that will destroy your sight and sap your strength.ver 39; 1Sa 2:33; Ps 107:17; Eze 4:17; 24:23; 33:10 You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it.Jdg 6:3-6; Job 31:817 I will set my faceLev 17:10; Eze 15:7 against you so that you will be defeatedDt 28:48; Jos 7:12; Jdg 2:15; 1Ki 8:33; 2Ch 6:24 by your enemies;Jos 7:4; Jer 19:7; 21:7 those who hate you will rule over you,Ps 106:41 and you will flee even when no one is pursuing you.ver 36, 37; Dt 28:7, 25; Ps 53:5; Pr 28:1; Isa 30:17

18 “‘If after all this you will not listen to me,ver 14 I will punishPs 99:8; Jer 21:14; Am 3:14 you for your sins seven times over.ver 2119 I will break down your stubborn pridePs 10:4; 73:6; Isa 16:6; 25:11; 28:1-3; Jer 13:9; 48:29; Eze 24:21; Am 6:8; Zep 3:11 and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze.Dt 28:23; Job 38:3820 Your strength will be spent in vain,Dt 28:38; Ps 127:1; Isa 17:11; 49:4; Jer 12:13; Mic 6:15; Hag 1:6 because your soil will not yield its crops, nor will the trees of your land yield their fruit.Dt 11:17; 28:24

21 “‘If you remain hostilever 41 toward me and refuse to listen to me, I will multiply your afflictions seven times over,ver 18; S Ge 4:15 as your sins deserve.22 I will send wild animalsS Ge 37:20 against you, and they will rob you of your children, destroy your cattle and make you so fewDt 28:62; Jer 42:2 in number that your roads will be deserted.Jer 5:6; 14:16; 15:3; 16:4; Eze 14:15

23 “‘If in spite of these things you do not accept my correctionJer 2:30; 5:3; 7:28; 17:23; 32:33; Zep 3:2 but continue to be hostile toward me,24 I myself will be hostile2Sa 22:27 toward you and will afflict you for your sins seven times over.25 And I will bring the swordJer 5:17; 15:3; 47:6; Eze 11:8; 14:17; 21:4; 33:2 on you to avengeJer 50:28; 51:6, 11 the breaking of the covenant. When you withdraw into your cities, I will send a plagueS Ex 5:3; S 9:3; Nu 16:46; 1Ki 8:37; Hab 3:5 among you, and you will be given into enemy hands.26 When I cut off your supply of bread,1Ki 8:37; 18:2; 2Ki 4:38; 6:25; 8:1; 25:3; Ps 105:16; Isa 3:1; 9:20; Jer 37:21; 52:6; Eze 4:16, 17; 5:16; 14:13; Hos 4:10; Mic 6:14 ten women will be able to bake your bread in one oven, and they will dole out the bread by weight. You will eat, but you will not be satisfied.

27 “‘If in spite of this you still do not listen to mever 14 but continue to be hostile toward me,28 then in my angerDt 32:19; Jdg 2:14; Ps 78:59; 106:40 I will be hostileDt 7:10; Job 34:11; Isa 59:18; 65:6-7; 66:6; Jer 17:10; 25:29; Joel 3:4 toward you, and I myself will punish you for your sins seven times over.ver 1829 You will eat2Ki 6:29; Jer 19:9; La 4:10; Eze 5:10 the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters.Dt 28:5330 I will destroy your high places,Dt 12:2; 1Sa 9:12; 10:5; 1Ki 3:2, 4; 12:31; 13:2, 32; 2Ki 17:29; 23:20; 2Ch 34:3; Ps 78:58; Eze 6:3; 16:16; Am 7:9 cut down your incense altars2Ch 34:4; Isa 17:8; 27:9; Eze 6:6 and pile your dead bodiesOr your funeral offerings on the lifeless forms of your idols,Isa 21:9; Jer 50:2; Eze 6:13 and I will abhorPs 106:40; Am 6:8 you.31 I will turn your cities into ruinsNe 1:3; Isa 1:7; 3:8, 26; 6:11; 24:12; 61:4; Jer 4:7; 9:11; 25:11; 34:22; 44:2, 6, 22; Eze 36:33; Mic 2:4; 3:12; Zep 2:5; 3:6 and lay waste2Ki 22:19 your sanctuaries,Ps 74:3-7; Isa 63:18; 64:11; La 2:7; Eze 24:21; Am 7:9 and I will take no delight in the pleasing aroma of your offerings.Am 5:21, 22; 8:1032 I myself will lay waste the land,Isa 5:6; Jer 9:11; 12:11; 25:11; 26:9; 33:10; 34:22; 44:22 so that your enemies who live there will be appalled.1Ki 9:8; 2Ch 29:8; Isa 52:14; Jer 18:16; 19:8; 48:39; Eze 5:14; 26:16; 27:35; 28:1933 I will scatterJer 40:15; 50:17; Eze 34:6; Joel 3:2 you among the nationsDt 4:27; 28:64; Ne 1:8; Ps 44:11; 106:27; Jer 4:11; 9:16; 13:24; 31:10; Eze 5:10; 12:15; 17:21; 20:23; 22:15; Zec 7:14 and will draw out my swordJer 42:16; Am 9:4 and pursue you. Your land will be laid waste,Isa 49:19; Jer 7:34 and your cities will lie in ruins.ver 31; 1Sa 15:22; Job 36:11; Jer 40:334 Then the land will enjoy its sabbath years all the time that it lies desolateIsa 1:7; Jer 7:34; 25:11; 44:6; Eze 33:29 and you are in the country of your enemies;ver 43; 2Ch 36:21 then the land will rest and enjoy its sabbaths.35 All the time that it lies desolate, the land will have the restS Lev 25:4 it did not have during the sabbaths you lived in it.

36 “‘As for those of you who are left, I will make their hearts so fearful in the lands of their enemies that the sound of a windblown leafJob 13:25 will put them to flight.2Ki 25:5; Ps 58:7; La 1:3, 6; 4:19; Eze 21:7 They will run as though fleeing from the sword, and they will fall, even though no one is pursuing them.S ver 1737 They will stumble over one anotherJer 6:21; 13:16; 46:16; Eze 3:20; Na 3:3 as though fleeing from the sword, even though no one is pursuing them. So you will not be able to stand before your enemies.Jos 7:1238 You will perishJob 4:9; 36:12; Ps 1:6; Isa 1:28; Jer 16:4; 44:27 among the nations; the land of your enemies will devour you.Dt 4:2639 Those of you who are left will waste away in the lands of their enemies because of their sins; also because of their ancestors’Ex 20:5; Isa 14:21 sins they will waste away.S ver 16; Isa 24:16

40 “‘But if they will confessS Lev 5:5 their sinsPs 32:5; 38:18 and the sins of their ancestorsNe 9:2; Ps 106:6; Jer 3:12-15; 14:20; Hos 5:15; Lk 15:18; 1Jn 1:9—their unfaithfulness and their hostility toward me,41 which made me hostileS ver 21 toward them so that I sent them into the land of their enemies—then when their uncircumcised heartsDt 10:16; 30:6; Jer 4:4; 9:25, 26; Eze 44:7, 9; Ac 7:51 are humbled2Ch 7:14; 12:6; Eze 20:43 and they payIsa 6:7; 33:24; 40:2; 53:5, 6, 11 for their sin,42 I will remember my covenant with JacobGe 28:15; 35:11-12 and my covenant with IsaacS Ge 26:5 and my covenant with Abraham,S Ex 2:24 and I will remember the land.43 For the land will be desertedPs 69:25; Isa 6:11; 32:14; 62:4; Jer 2:15; 44:2; La 1:1; Eze 36:4 by them and will enjoy its sabbaths while it lies desolate without them. They will pay for their sins because they rejectedNu 11:20; 14:31; 1Sa 8:7; Ps 106:24 my laws and abhorred my decrees.S ver 11; Eze 20:1344 Yet in spite of this, when they are in the land of their enemies,S ver 33; 2Ki 17:20; 25:11; 2Ch 6:36; 36:20 I will not reject them or abhorS ver 11; Ro 11:2 them so as to destroy them completely,Dt 4:31; Jer 4:27; 5:10; 30:11 breaking my covenantJdg 2:1; Jer 31:37; 33:26; 51:5 with them. I am the Lord their God.45 But for their sake I will rememberDt 4:31 the covenant with their ancestors whom I brought out of EgyptEx 6:8; Lev 25:38 in the sight of the nations to be their God. I am the Lord.’”

46 These are the decrees, the laws and the regulations that the Lord established at Mount SinaiS Ex 19:11 between himself and the Israelites through Moses.S Lev 7:38; 27:34

Redeeming What Is the Lord’s

27 The Lord said to Moses,“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If anyone makes a special vowS Ge 28:20 to dedicate a person to the Lord by giving the equivalent value,set the value of a male between the ages of twenty and sixty at fifty shekelsThat is, about 1 1/4 pounds or about 575 grams; also in verse 16 of silver, according to the sanctuary shekelThat is, about 2/5 ounce or about 12 grams; also in verse 25;S Ex 30:13for a female, set her value at thirty shekelsThat is, about 12 ounces or about 345 grams;for a person between the ages of five and twenty, set the value of a male at twenty shekelsThat is, about 8 ounces or about 230 gramsS Ge 37:28 and of a female at ten shekelsThat is, about 4 ounces or about 115 grams; also in verse 7;for a person between one month and five years, set the value of a male at five shekelsThat is, about 2 ounces or about 58 gramsNu 3:47; 18:16 of silver and that of a female at three shekelsThat is, about 1 1/4 ounces or about 35 grams of silver;for a person sixty years old or more, set the value of a male at fifteen shekelsThat is, about 6 ounces or about 175 grams and of a female at ten shekels.If anyone making the vow is too poor to payS Lev 5:11 the specified amount, the person being dedicated is to be presented to the priest, who will set the valuever 12, 14 according to what the one making the vow can afford.

“‘If what they vowed is an animal that is acceptable as an offering to the Lord,S Ge 28:20; S Lev 1:2 such an animal given to the Lord becomes holy.ver 21, 26, 28; Ex 40:9; Nu 6:20; 18:17; Dt 15:1910 They must not exchange it or substitute a good one for a bad one, or a bad one for a good one;ver 33 if they should substitute one animal for another, both it and the substitute become holy.11 If what they vowed is a ceremonially unclean animalver 27; S Ex 13:13; Nu 18:15—one that is not acceptable as an offering to the Lord—the animal must be presented to the priest,12 who will judge its quality as good or bad. Whatever value the priest then sets, that is what it will be.13 If the owner wishes to redeemS Lev 25:25 the animal, a fifth must be added to its value.S Lev 5:16

47 “Suppose a foreigner or temporary resident becomes rich while living among you. If any of your fellow Israelites fall into poverty and are forced to sell themselves to such a foreigner or to a member of his family,48 they still retain the right to be bought back, even after they have been purchased. They may be bought back by a brother,49 an uncle, or a cousin. In fact, anyone from the extended family may buy them back. They may also redeem themselves if they have prospered.50 They will negotiate the price of their freedom with the person who bought them. The price will be based on the number of years from the time they were sold until the next Year of Jubilee—whatever it would cost to hire a worker for that period of time.51 If many years still remain until the jubilee, they will repay the proper proportion of what they received when they sold themselves.52 If only a few years remain until the Year of Jubilee, they will repay a small amount for their redemption.53 The foreigner must treat them as workers hired on a yearly basis. You must not allow a foreigner to treat any of your fellow Israelites harshly.54 If any Israelites have not been bought back by the time the Year of Jubilee arrives, they and their children must be set free at that time.55 For the people of Israel belong to me. They are my servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.

Blessings for Obedience

26 “Do not make idols or set up carved images, or sacred pillars, or sculptured stones in your land so you may worship them. I am the Lord your God.You must keep my Sabbath days of rest and show reverence for my sanctuary. I am the Lord.

“If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands,I will send you the seasonal rains. The land will then yield its crops, and the trees of the field will produce their fruit.Your threshing season will overlap with the grape harvest, and your grape harvest will overlap with the season of planting grain. You will eat your fill and live securely in your own land.

“I will give you peace in the land, and you will be able to sleep with no cause for fear. I will rid the land of wild animals and keep your enemies out of your land.In fact, you will chase down your enemies and slaughter them with your swords.Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand! All your enemies will fall beneath your sword.

“I will look favorably upon you, making you fertile and multiplying your people. And I will fulfill my covenant with you.10 You will have such a surplus of crops that you will need to clear out the old grain to make room for the new harvest!11 I will live among you, and I will not despise you.12 I will walk among you; I will be your God, and you will be my people.13 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so you would no longer be their slaves. I broke the yoke of slavery from your neck so you can walk with your heads held high.

Punishments for Disobedience

14 “However, if you do not listen to me or obey all these commands,15 and if you break my covenant by rejecting my decrees, treating my regulations with contempt, and refusing to obey my commands,16 I will punish you. I will bring sudden terrors upon you—wasting diseases and burning fevers that will cause your eyes to fail and your life to ebb away. You will plant your crops in vain because your enemies will eat them.17 I will turn against you, and you will be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you will rule over you, and you will run even when no one is chasing you!

18 “And if, in spite of all this, you still disobey me, I will punish you seven times over for your sins.19 I will break your proud spirit by making the skies as unyielding as iron and the earth as hard as bronze.20 All your work will be for nothing, for your land will yield no crops, and your trees will bear no fruit.

21 “If even then you remain hostile toward me and refuse to obey me, I will inflict disaster on you seven times over for your sins.22 I will send wild animals that will rob you of your children and destroy your livestock. Your numbers will dwindle, and your roads will be deserted.

23 “And if you fail to learn the lesson and continue your hostility toward me,24 then I myself will be hostile toward you. I will personally strike you with calamity seven times over for your sins.25 I will send armies against you to carry out the curse of the covenant you have broken. When you run to your towns for safety, I will send a plague to destroy you there, and you will be handed over to your enemies.26 I will destroy your food supply, so that ten women will need only one oven to bake bread for their families. They will ration your food by weight, and though you have food to eat, you will not be satisfied.

27 “If in spite of all this you still refuse to listen and still remain hostile toward me,28 then I will give full vent to my hostility. I myself will punish you seven times over for your sins.29 Then you will eat the flesh of your own sons and daughters.30 I will destroy your pagan shrines and knock down your places of worship. I will leave your lifeless corpses piled on top of your lifeless idols,The Hebrew term (literally round things) probably alludes to dung. and I will despise you.31 I will make your cities desolate and destroy your places of pagan worship. I will take no pleasure in your offerings that should be a pleasing aroma to me.32 Yes, I myself will devastate your land, and your enemies who come to occupy it will be appalled at what they see.33 I will scatter you among the nations and bring out my sword against you. Your land will become desolate, and your cities will lie in ruins.34 Then at last the land will enjoy its neglected Sabbath years as it lies desolate while you are in exile in the land of your enemies. Then the land will finally rest and enjoy the Sabbaths it missed.35 As long as the land lies in ruins, it will enjoy the rest you never allowed it to take every seventh year while you lived in it.

36 “And for those of you who survive, I will demoralize you in the land of your enemies. You will live in such fear that the sound of a leaf driven by the wind will send you fleeing. You will run as though fleeing from a sword, and you will fall even when no one pursues you.37 Though no one is chasing you, you will stumble over each other as though fleeing from a sword. You will have no power to stand up against your enemies.38 You will die among the foreign nations and be devoured in the land of your enemies.39 Those of you who survive will waste away in your enemies’ lands because of their sins and the sins of their ancestors.

40 “But at last my people will confess their sins and the sins of their ancestors for betraying me and being hostile toward me.41 When I have turned their hostility back on them and brought them to the land of their enemies, then at last their stubborn hearts will be humbled, and they will pay for their sins.42 Then I will remember my covenant with Jacob and my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.43 For the land must be abandoned to enjoy its years of Sabbath rest as it lies deserted. At last the people will pay for their sins, for they have continually rejected my regulations and despised my decrees.

44 “But despite all this, I will not utterly reject or despise them while they are in exile in the land of their enemies. I will not cancel my covenant with them by wiping them out, for I am the Lord their God.45 For their sakes I will remember my ancient covenant with their ancestors, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of all the nations, that I might be their God. I am the Lord.”

46 These are the decrees, regulations, and instructions that the Lord gave through Moses on Mount Sinai as evidence of the relationship between himself and the Israelites.

Redemption of Gifts Offered to the Lord

27 The Lord said to Moses,“Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. If anyone makes a special vow to dedicate someone to the Lord by paying the value of that person,here is the scale of values to be used. A man between the ages of twenty and sixty is valued at fifty shekelsOr 20 ounces [570 grams]. of silver, as measured by the sanctuary shekel.A woman of that age is valued at thirty shekelsOr 12 ounces [342 grams]. of silver.A boy between the ages of five and twenty is valued at twenty shekels of silver; a girl of that age is valued at ten shekelsOr A boy . . . 8 ounces [228 grams] of silver; a girl . . . 4 ounces [114 grams]. of silver.A boy between the ages of one month and five years is valued at five shekels of silver; a girl of that age is valued at three shekelsOr A boy . . . 2 ounces [57 grams] of silver; a girl . . . 1.2 ounces [34 grams]. of silver.A man older than sixty is valued at fifteen shekels of silver; a woman of that age is valued at ten shekelsOr A man . . . 6 ounces [171 grams] of silver; a woman . . . 4 ounces [114 grams]. of silver.If you desire to make such a vow but cannot afford to pay the required amount, take the person to the priest. He will determine the amount for you to pay based on what you can afford.

“If your vow involves giving an animal that is acceptable as an offering to the Lord, any gift to the Lord will be considered holy.10 You may not exchange or substitute it for another animal—neither a good animal for a bad one nor a bad animal for a good one. But if you do exchange one animal for another, then both the original animal and its substitute will be considered holy.11 If your vow involves an unclean animal—one that is not acceptable as an offering to the Lord—then you must bring the animal to the priest.12 He will assess its value, and his assessment will be final, whether high or low.13 If you want to buy back the animal, you must pay the value set by the priest, plus 20 percent.

47 And if a sojourner or stranger wax rich by thee, and thy brother that dwelleth by him wax poor, and sell himself unto the stranger or sojourner by thee, or to the stock of the stranger's family:

48 After that he is sold he may be redeemed again; one of his brethren may redeem him:

49 Either his uncle, or his uncle's son, may redeem him, or any that is nigh of kin unto him of his family may redeem him; or if he be able, he may redeem himself.

50 And he shall reckon with him that bought him from the year that he was sold to him unto the year of jubile: and the price of his sale shall be according unto the number of years, according to the time of an hired servant shall it be with him.

51 If there be yet many years behind, according unto them he shall give again the price of his redemption out of the money that he was bought for.

52 And if there remain but few years unto the year of jubile, then he shall count with him, and according unto his years shall he give him again the price of his redemption.

53 And as a yearly hired servant shall he be with him: and the other shall not rule with rigour over him in thy sight.

54 And if he be not redeemed in these years, then he shall go out in the year of jubile, both he, and his children with him.

55 For unto me the children of Israel are servants; they are my servants whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

26 Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the Lord your God.

Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord.

If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;

Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.

And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.

And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.

And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword.

And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.

For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you.

10 And ye shall eat old store, and bring forth the old because of the new.

11 And I set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you.

12 And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.

13 I am the Lord your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright.

14 But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments;

15 And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant:

16 I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.

17 And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.

18 And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.

19 And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:

20 And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.

21 And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins.

22 I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number; and your high ways shall be desolate.

23 And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me;

24 Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins.

25 And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant: and when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.

26 And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight: and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied.

27 And if ye will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary unto me;

28 Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.

29 And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat.

30 And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.

31 And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours.

32 And I will bring the land into desolation: and your enemies which dwell therein shall be astonished at it.

33 And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste.

34 Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye be in your enemies' land; even then shall the land rest, and enjoy her sabbaths.

35 As long as it lieth desolate it shall rest; because it did not rest in your sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it.

36 And upon them that are left alive of you I will send a faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies; and the sound of a shaken leaf shall chase them; and they shall flee, as fleeing from a sword; and they shall fall when none pursueth.

37 And they shall fall one upon another, as it were before a sword, when none pursueth: and ye shall have no power to stand before your enemies.

38 And ye shall perish among the heathen, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up.

39 And they that are left of you shall pine away in their iniquity in your enemies' lands; and also in the iniquities of their fathers shall they pine away with them.

40 If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me;

41 And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity:

42 Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.

43 The land also shall be left of them, and shall enjoy her sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them: and they shall accept of the punishment of their iniquity: because, even because they despised my judgments, and because their soul abhorred my statutes.

44 And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the Lord their God.

45 But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the Lord.

46 These are the statutes and judgments and laws, which the Lord made between him and the children of Israel in mount Sinai by the hand of Moses.

27 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When a man shall make a singular vow, the persons shall be for the Lord by thy estimation.

And thy estimation shall be of the male from twenty years old even unto sixty years old, even thy estimation shall be fifty shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary.

And if it be a female, then thy estimation shall be thirty shekels.

And if it be from five years old even unto twenty years old, then thy estimation shall be of the male twenty shekels, and for the female ten shekels.

And if it be from a month old even unto five years old, then thy estimation shall be of the male five shekels of silver, and for the female thy estimation shall be three shekels of silver.

And if it be from sixty years old and above; if it be a male, then thy estimation shall be fifteen shekels, and for the female ten shekels.

But if he be poorer than thy estimation, then he shall present himself before the priest, and the priest shall value him; according to his ability that vowed shall the priest value him.

And if it be a beast, whereof men bring an offering unto the Lord, all that any man giveth of such unto the Lord shall be holy.

10 He shall not alter it, nor change it, a good for a bad, or a bad for a good: and if he shall at all change beast for beast, then it and the exchange thereof shall be holy.

11 And if it be any unclean beast, of which they do not offer a sacrifice unto the Lord, then he shall present the beast before the priest:

12 And the priest shall value it, whether it be good or bad: as thou valuest it, who art the priest, so shall it be.

13 But if he will at all redeem it, then he shall add a fifth part thereof unto thy estimation.

Mark 10:32-52

Jesus Predicts His Death a Third Time10:32-34pp — Mt 20:17-19; Lk 18:31-33

32 They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the TwelveMk 3:16-19 aside and told them what was going to happen to him.33 “We are going up to Jerusalem,”S Lk 9:51 he said, “and the Son of ManS Mt 8:20 will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law.Mt 27:1, 2 They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles,34 who will mock him and spit on him, flog himS Mt 16:21 and kill him.Ac 2:23; 3:13 Three days laterS Mt 16:21 he will rise.”S Mt 16:21

The Request of James and John10:35-45pp — Mt 20:20-28

35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”

36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”Mt 19:28

38 “You don’t know what you are asking,”Job 38:2 Jesus said. “Can you drink the cupS Mt 20:22 I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”Lk 12:50

39 “We can,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with,Ac 12:2; Rev 1:940 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”

41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John.42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,S Mk 9:3544 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,S Mt 20:28 and to give his life as a ransom for many.”S Mt 20:28

Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight10:46-52pp — Mt 20:29-34; Lk 18:35-43

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging.47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth,S Mk 1:24 he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David,S Mt 9:27 have mercy on me!”

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.”50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, “Rabbi,S Mt 23:7 I want to see.”

52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.”S Mt 9:22 Immediately he received his sight and followedS Mt 4:19 Jesus along the road.

Jesus Again Predicts His Death

32 They were now on the way up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. The disciples were filled with awe, and the people following behind were overwhelmed with fear. Taking the twelve disciples aside, Jesus once more began to describe everything that was about to happen to him.33 “Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man“Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die and hand him over to the Romans.Greek the Gentiles.34 They will mock him, spit on him, flog him with a whip, and kill him, but after three days he will rise again.”

Jesus Teaches about Serving Others

35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came over and spoke to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do us a favor.”

36 “What is your request?” he asked.

37 They replied, “When you sit on your glorious throne, we want to sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left.”

38 But Jesus said to them, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink? Are you able to be baptized with the baptism of suffering I must be baptized with?”

39 “Oh yes,” they replied, “we are able!”

Then Jesus told them, “You will indeed drink from my bitter cup and be baptized with my baptism of suffering.40 But I have no right to say who will sit on my right or my left. God has prepared those places for the ones he has chosen.”

41 When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant.42 So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them.43 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant,44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus

46 Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road.47 When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

48 “Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him.

But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.”

So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!”50 Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.

“My Rabbi,Greek uses the Hebrew term Rabboni.” the blind man said, “I want to see!”

52 And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.Or on the way.

32 And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him,

33 Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles:

34 And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.

35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire.

36 And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you?

37 They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.

38 But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?

39 And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:

40 But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.

41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John.

42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.

43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:

44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.

45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.

47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.

48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.

49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.

50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.

51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.

52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

Psalm 45:1-17

Psalm 45In Hebrew texts 45:1-17 is numbered 45:2-18.

For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.Title: Probably a literary or musical term A wedding song.SS 1:1

My heart is stirred by a noble theme

as I recite my verses for the king;

my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

You are the most excellent of men

and your lips have been anointed with grace,Lk 4:22

since God has blessed you forever.Ps 21:6

Gird your swordS Dt 32:41; Ps 149:6; Rev 1:16 on your side, you mighty one;S 2Sa 1:19

clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.S Job 40:10; S Ps 21:5

In your majesty ride forth victoriouslyRev 6:2

in the cause of truth, humility and justice;Zep 2:3

let your right handPs 21:8 achieve awesome deeds.S Dt 4:34; Ps 65:5; 66:3

Let your sharp arrowsS Dt 32:23 pierce the heartsS Nu 24:8 of the king’s enemies;Ps 9:13; 92:9

let the nations fall beneath your feet.

Your throne, O God,Here the king is addressed as God’s representative. will last for ever and ever;S Ge 21:33; La 5:19

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

You love righteousnessPs 33:5 and hate wickedness;S Ps 11:5

therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions

by anointingPs 2:2; Isa 45:1; 61:1; Zec 4:14 you with the oil of joy.S Ps 23:5; Heb 1:8-9*

All your robes are fragrantPr 27:9; SS 1:3; 4:10 with myrrhS Ge 37:25 and aloesS Nu 24:6; Jn 19:39 and cassia;S Ex 30:24

from palaces adorned with ivoryS 1Ki 22:39

the music of the stringsPs 144:9; 150:4; Isa 38:20 makes you glad.

Daughters of kingsSS 6:8 are among your honored women;

at your right hand1Ki 2:19 is the royal brideIsa 62:5 in gold of Ophir.S Ge 10:29

10 Listen, daughter,Ru 1:11 and pay careful attention:Jer 5:1

Forget your peopleRu 1:16 and your father’s house.

11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;S Est 1:11; S La 2:15

honorEph 5:33 him, for he is your lord.1Pe 3:6

12 The city of TyreS Jos 19:29 will come with a gift,Or A Tyrian robe is among the giftsS 1Ki 9:16; S 2Ch 9:24

people of wealth will seek your favor.

13 All gloriousIsa 61:10 is the princess within her chamber;

her gown is interwoven with gold.Ex 39:3

14 In embroidered garmentsS Jdg 5:30 she is led to the king;Est 2:15

her virgin companionsSS 1:3 follow her—

those brought to be with her.

15 Led in with joy and gladness,S Est 8:17

they enter the palace of the king.

16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers;

you will make them princes1Sa 2:8; Ps 68:27; 113:8 throughout the land.

17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;S Ex 3:15; Ps 33:11; 119:90; 135:13

therefore the nations will praise youPs 138:4 for ever and ever.S Ps 21:4; Rev 22:5

Psalm 45

For the choir director: A love song to be sung to the tune “Lilies.” A psalmHebrew maskil. This may be a literary or musical term. of the descendants of Korah.

Beautiful words stir my heart.

I will recite a lovely poem about the king,

for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet.

You are the most handsome of all.

Gracious words stream from your lips.

God himself has blessed you forever.

Put on your sword, O mighty warrior!

You are so glorious, so majestic!

In your majesty, ride out to victory,

defending truth, humility, and justice.

Go forth to perform awe-inspiring deeds!

Your arrows are sharp, piercing your enemies’ hearts.

The nations fall beneath your feet.

Your throne, O God,Or Your divine throne. endures forever and ever.

You rule with a scepter of justice.

You love justice and hate evil.

Therefore God, your God, has anointed you,

pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.

Myrrh, aloes, and cassia perfume your robes.

In ivory palaces the music of strings entertains you.

Kings’ daughters are among your noble women.

At your right side stands the queen,

wearing jewelry of finest gold from Ophir!

10 Listen to me, O royal daughter; take to heart what I say.

Forget your people and your family far away.

11 For your royal husband delights in your beauty;

honor him, for he is your lord.

12 The princess of TyreHebrew The daughter of Tyre. will shower you with gifts.

The wealthy will beg your favor.

13 The bride, a princess, looks glorious

in her golden gown.

14 In her beautiful robes, she is led to the king,

accompanied by her bridesmaids.

15 What a joyful and enthusiastic procession

as they enter the king’s palace!

16 Your sons will become kings like their father.

You will make them rulers over many lands.

17 I will bring honor to your name in every generation.

Therefore, the nations will praise you forever and ever.

45 My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.

Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.

And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.

Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.

Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.

Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.

Kings' daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir.

10 Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house;

11 So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.

12 And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour.

13 The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.

14 She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.

15 With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king's palace.

16 Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.

17 I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.

Proverbs 10:22

22 The blessing of the LordS Ps 128:2 brings wealth,S Ge 13:2; S 49:25; S Dt 8:18

without painful toil for it.S 2Ch 25:9

22 The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich,

and he adds no sorrow with it.

22 The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

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