Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

A proud, resistant heart pays no attention to the Word of God. Israel was stubborn, self-willed, disobedient, and hardhearted. How often have we followed suit and lived in habits and patterns that were obviously contrary to the Word of God? However, a tender heart that receives the Word of God and submits to it is precious to the Lord.

Jesus encouraged His disciples to be those of a noble and good heart, who heard the Word, retained it, and by persevering would "steadily produce a huge harvest" (Luke 8:15). The more tender our hearts and the more attentive our ears, the more revelation God will give us (v. 18). Jesus' own mother and brothers did not qualify as much as those who heard God's Word and put it into practice (v. 21).

When you read something in God's Word, receive it with a tender, honest heart. Give it first place, apply it, and let it change you. As you do, you will cultivate the ground of your heart for a harvest-thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold!

Deuteronomy 9:1-10:22

Not Because of Israel’s Righteousness

Hear, Israel: You are now about to cross the JordanS Nu 35:10 to go in and dispossess nations greater and stronger than you,Dt 4:38 with large citiesS Nu 13:28 that have walls up to the sky.S Ge 11:4The people are strong and tall—Anakites! You know about them and have heard it said: “Who can stand up against the Anakites?”Nu 13:22; Jos 11:22But be assured today that the Lord your God is the one who goes across ahead of youDt 31:3; Jos 3:11 like a devouring fire.S Ex 15:7; S 19:18; Heb 12:29 He will destroy them; he will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly,S Ex 23:31 as the Lord has promised you.

After the Lord your God has driven them out before you, do not say to yourself,S Dt 8:17 “The Lord has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness.” No, it is on account of the wickedness2Ki 16:3; 17:8; 21:2; Ezr 9:11 of these nationsS Ex 23:24; S Lev 18:21, 24-30; Dt 18:9-14 that the Lord is going to drive them out before you.It is not because of your righteousness or your integrityS Eph 2:9 that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickednessDt 18:9 of these nations,S Lev 18:25 the Lord your God will drive them outDt 4:38; 11:23 before you, to accomplish what he sworeS Ge 12:7 to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.Eze 36:32Understand, then, that it is not because of your righteousness that the Lord your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stiff-necked people.S Ex 32:9; Ac 7:51

The Golden Calf

Remember this and never forget how you aroused the angerS Nu 11:33 of the Lord your God in the wilderness. From the day you left Egypt until you arrived here, you have been rebelliousS Ex 23:21 against the Lord.S Ex 14:11At Horeb you aroused the Lord’s wrathNu 16:46; 1Sa 28:18; Job 20:28; Ps 2:12; 7:11; 69:24; 110:5; Isa 9:19; Eze 20:13 so that he was angry enough to destroy you.Ex 32:7-10; Ezr 9:14; Ps 106:19When I went up on the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenantS Dt 4:13 that the Lord had made with you, I stayed on the mountain forty daysS Ge 7:4 and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water.S Ex 24:1210 The Lord gave me two stone tablets inscribed by the finger of God.S Ex 31:18 On them were all the commandments the Lord proclaimed to you on the mountain out of the fire, on the day of the assembly.Dt 10:4; 18:16

11 At the end of the forty days and forty nights,S Ge 7:4 the Lord gave me the two stone tablets,S Ex 24:12 the tablets of the covenant.12 Then the Lord told me, “Go down from here at once, because your people whom you brought out of Egypt have become corrupt.S Dt 4:16 They have turned away quicklyJdg 2:17 from what I commanded them and have made an idol for themselves.”

13 And the Lord said to me, “I have seen this peoplever 6; Dt 10:16, and they are a stiff-necked people indeed!14 Let me alone,Ex 32:10 so that I may destroy them and blot outS Nu 14:12 their name from under heaven.Jer 7:16 And I will make you into a nation stronger and more numerous than they.”

15 So I turned and went down from the mountain while it was ablaze with fire. And the two tablets of the covenant were in my hands.S Ex 32:1516 When I looked, I saw that you had sinned against the Lord your God; you had made for yourselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf.S Ex 32:4 You had turned aside quickly from the way that the Lord had commanded you.17 So I took the two tablets and threw them out of my hands, breaking them to pieces before your eyes.

18 Then once again I fellS Ex 34:28 prostrate before the Lord for forty days and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water,ver 9 because of all the sin you had committed,S Ex 32:31 doing what was evil in the Lord’s sight and so arousing his anger.19 I feared the anger and wrath of the Lord, for he was angry enough with you to destroy you.S Ex 32:14; Heb 12:21* But again the Lord listened to me.ver 26; Ex 34:10; S Nu 11:2; 1Sa 7:9; Jer 15:120 And the Lord was angry enough with Aaron to destroy him, but at that time I prayed for Aaron too.21 Also I took that sinful thing of yours, the calf you had made, and burned it in the fire. Then I crushed it and ground it to powder as fine as dustPs 18:42; Isa 29:5; 40:15 and threw the dust into a stream that flowed down the mountain.Ex 32:20; Isa 2:18; Mic 1:7

22 You also made the Lord angryS Nu 1:53 at Taberah,Nu 11:3 at MassahS Ex 17:7 and at Kibroth Hattaavah.Nu 11:34

23 And when the Lord sent you out from Kadesh Barnea,S Dt 1:2 he said, “Go up and take possessionDt 1:21 of the land I have given you.” But you rebelledS Nu 14:9 against the command of the Lord your God. You did not trustS Dt 1:32; Ps 106:24 him or obey him.24 You have been rebellious against the Lord ever since I have known you.S Dt 8:17

25 I lay prostrate before the Lord those forty days and forty nightsS Ge 7:4 because the Lord had said he would destroy you.ver 18; S Ex 33:1726 I prayed to the Lord and said, “Sovereign Lord, do not destroy your people,S Ex 33:13 your own inheritanceS Ex 34:9 that you redeemedS Ex 6:6; Dt 15:15; 2Sa 7:23; Ps 78:35 by your great power and brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand.S ver 19; S Ex 32:1127 Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Overlook the stubbornnessver 6; S Ex 32:9 of this people, their wickedness and their sin.28 Otherwise, the countryDt 32:27 from which you brought us will say, ‘Because the Lord was not able to take them into the land he had promised them, and because he hated them,S Dt 1:27 he brought them out to put them to death in the wilderness.’S Ex 32:12; Jos 7:929 But they are your people,S Ex 33:13 your inheritanceS Ex 34:9; Dt 32:9 that you brought out by your great power and your outstretched arm.Dt 4:34; Ne 1:10; Jer 27:5; 32:17

Tablets Like the First Ones

10 At that time the Lord said to me, “Chisel out two stone tabletsEx 34:1-2 like the first ones and come up to me on the mountain. Also make a wooden ark.That is, a chestI will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. Then you are to put them in the ark.”Ex 25:16, 21; 2Ch 5:10; 6:11

So I made the ark out of acacia woodEx 37:1-9 and chiseledEx 34:4 out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I went up on the mountain with the two tablets in my hands.The Lord wrote on these tablets what he had written before, the Ten CommandmentsS Ex 24:12; S 34:28 he had proclaimedEx 20:1 to you on the mountain, out of the fire, on the day of the assembly.S Dt 9:10 And the Lord gave them to me.Then I came back down the mountainS Ex 19:11 and put the tablets in the arkS Ex 25:10; S 1Sa 3:3 I had made,S Ex 25:21 as the Lord commanded me, and they are there now.1Ki 8:9

(The Israelites traveled from the wells of Bene Jaakan to Moserah.Nu 33:30 There Aaron diedS Nu 27:13 and was buried, and EleazarS Ex 6:23 his son succeeded him as priest.S Nu 20:25-28From there they traveled to Gudgodah and on to Jotbathah, a land with streams of water.Nu 33:32-34; Ps 42:1; SS 5:12; Isa 32:2At that time the Lord set apart the tribe of LeviS Nu 3:6 to carry the ark of the covenantS Nu 10:33 of the Lord, to stand before the Lord to ministerS Nu 16:9 and to pronounce blessingsS Ge 48:20 in his name, as they still do today.1Ch 23:26That is why the Levites have no share or inheritance among their fellow Israelites; the Lord is their inheritance,S Nu 18:20 as the Lord your God told them.)

10 Now I had stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights, as I did the first time, and the Lord listened to me at this time also. It was not his will to destroy you.S Ex 33:1711 “Go,” the Lord said to me, “and lead the people on their way, so that they may enter and possess the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.”

Fear the Lord

12 And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of youMic 6:8 but to fearS Ex 20:20 the Lord your God, to walk1Ki 2:3; 3:3; 9:4 in obedience to him, to love him,Dt 5:33; 6:13; Mt 22:37; 1Ti 1:5 to serve the LordDt 11:13; 28:47; Ps 100:2 your God with all your heartS Dt 6:5; Ps 119:2 and with all your soul,S Dt 5:3213 and to observe the Lord’s commandsS Dt 4:2 and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?Dt 5:33; 6:24

14 To the Lord your God belong the heavens,Dt 33:26; Ne 9:6; Job 35:5; Ps 8:3; 89:11; 104:3; 148:4; Isa 19:1; Hab 3:8 even the highest heavens,1Ki 8:27; Ps 115:16 the earth and everything in it.Ex 19:5; Ps 24:1; Ac 17:2415 Yet the Lord set his affection on your ancestors and lovedS Dt 4:37 them, and he chose you,Ps 105:6; 135:4 their descendants, above all the nations—as it is today.S Nu 14:8; Ro 11:28; 1Pe 2:916 CircumciseS Ge 17:11 your hearts,S Lev 26:41; Dt 30:6; Jer 32:39 therefore, and do not be stiff-neckedS Ex 32:9; S Dt 9:13 any longer.17 For the Lord your God is God of godsJos 22:22; Ps 135:5; 136:2; Da 2:47; 11:36 and Lord of lords,Ps 136:3; S 1Ti 6:15 the great God, mighty and awesome,S Dt 7:21 who shows no partialityDt 1:17; Mal 2:9 and accepts no bribes.S Ex 23:8; S Lev 19:1618 He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow,Ex 22:21, 22-24; 23:9; Lev 19:33; Dt 27:19; Job 29:13; Ps 94:6; Isa 10:2; Jer 49:11 and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.S Nu 10:3219 And you are to loveDt 7:12 those who are foreigners,S Ex 22:21; S Dt 24:19 for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.S Lev 19:34; Eze 47:22-2320 Fear the Lord your God and serve him.Mt 4:10 Hold fastDt 11:22; 13:4; 30:20; Jos 23:8; Ru 1:14; 2Ki 18:6; Ps 119:31; Isa 38:3 to him and take your oaths in his name.S Ex 20:721 He is the one you praise;S Ex 15:2 he is your God, who performed for you those great1Sa 12:24; Ps 126:2 and awesome wonders2Sa 7:23 you saw with your own eyes.22 Your ancestors who went down into Egypt were seventy in all,S Ge 34:30; S 46:26; Ac 7:14 and now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars in the sky.S Ge 12:2; S Nu 10:36

Victory by God’s Grace

“Listen, O Israel! Today you are about to cross the Jordan River to take over the land belonging to nations much greater and more powerful than you. They live in cities with walls that reach to the sky!The people are strong and tall—descendants of the famous Anakite giants. You’ve heard the saying, ‘Who can stand up to the Anakites?’But recognize today that the Lord your God is the one who will cross over ahead of you like a devouring fire to destroy them. He will subdue them so that you will quickly conquer them and drive them out, just as the Lord has promised.

“After the Lord your God has done this for you, don’t say in your hearts, ‘The Lord has given us this land because we are such good people!’ No, it is because of the wickedness of the other nations that he is pushing them out of your way.It is not because you are so good or have such integrity that you are about to occupy their land. The Lord your God will drive these nations out ahead of you only because of their wickedness, and to fulfill the oath he swore to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.You must recognize that the Lord your God is not giving you this good land because you are good, for you are not—you are a stubborn people.

Remembering the Gold Calf

“Remember and never forget how angry you made the Lord your God out in the wilderness. From the day you left Egypt until now, you have been constantly rebelling against him.Even at Mount SinaiHebrew Horeb, another name for Sinai. you made the Lord so angry he was ready to destroy you.This happened when I was on the mountain receiving the tablets of stone inscribed with the words of the covenant that the Lord had made with you. I was there for forty days and forty nights, and all that time I ate no food and drank no water.10 The Lord gave me the two tablets on which God had written with his own finger all the words he had spoken to you from the heart of the fire when you were assembled at the mountain.

11 “At the end of the forty days and nights, the Lord handed me the two stone tablets inscribed with the words of the covenant.12 Then the Lord said to me, ‘Get up! Go down immediately, for the people you brought out of Egypt have corrupted themselves. How quickly they have turned away from the way I commanded them to live! They have melted gold and made an idol for themselves!’

13 “The Lord also said to me, ‘I have seen how stubborn and rebellious these people are.14 Leave me alone so I may destroy them and erase their name from under heaven. Then I will make a mighty nation of your descendants, a nation larger and more powerful than they are.’

15 “So while the mountain was blazing with fire I turned and came down, holding in my hands the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant.16 There below me I could see that you had sinned against the Lord your God. You had melted gold and made a calf idol for yourselves. How quickly you had turned away from the path the Lord had commanded you to follow!17 So I took the stone tablets and threw them to the ground, smashing them before your eyes.

18 “Then, as before, I threw myself down before the Lord for forty days and nights. I ate no bread and drank no water because of the great sin you had committed by doing what the Lord hated, provoking him to anger.19 I feared that the furious anger of the Lord, which turned him against you, would drive him to destroy you. But again he listened to me.20 The Lord was so angry with Aaron that he wanted to destroy him, too. But I prayed for Aaron, and the Lord spared him.21 I took your sin—the calf you had made—and I melted it down in the fire and ground it into fine dust. Then I threw the dust into the stream that flows down the mountain.

22 “You also made the Lord angry at Taberah,Taberah means “place of burning.” See Num 11:1-3. Massah,Massah means “place of testing.” See Exod 17:1-7. and Kibroth-hattaavah.Kibroth-hattaavah means “graves of gluttony.” See Num 11:31-34.23 And at Kadesh-barnea the Lord sent you out with this command: ‘Go up and take over the land I have given you.’ But you rebelled against the command of the Lord your God and refused to put your trust in him or obey him.24 Yes, you have been rebelling against the Lord as long as I have known you.

25 “That is why I threw myself down before the Lord for forty days and nights—for the Lord said he would destroy you.26 I prayed to the Lord and said, ‘O Sovereign Lord, do not destroy them. They are your own people. They are your special possession, whom you redeemed from Egypt by your mighty power and your strong hand.27 Please overlook the stubbornness and the awful sin of these people, and remember instead your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.28 If you destroy these people, the Egyptians will say, “The Israelites died because the Lord wasn’t able to bring them to the land he had promised to give them.” Or they might say, “He destroyed them because he hated them; he deliberately took them into the wilderness to slaughter them.”29 But they are your people and your special possession, whom you brought out of Egypt by your great strength and powerful arm.’

A New Copy of the Covenant

10 “At that time the Lord said to me, ‘Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones. Also make a wooden Ark—a sacred chest to store them in. Come up to me on the mountain,and I will write on the tablets the same words that were on the ones you smashed. Then place the tablets in the Ark.’

“So I made an Ark of acacia wood and cut two stone tablets like the first two. Then I went up the mountain with the tablets in my hand.Once again the Lord wrote the Ten CommandmentsHebrew the ten words. on the tablets and gave them to me. They were the same words the Lord had spoken to you from the heart of the fire on the day you were assembled at the foot of the mountain.Then I turned and came down the mountain and placed the tablets in the Ark of the Covenant, which I had made, just as the Lord commanded me. And the tablets are still there in the Ark.”

(The people of Israel set out from the wells of the people of JaakanOr set out from Beeroth of Bene-jaakan. and traveled to Moserah, where Aaron died and was buried. His son Eleazar ministered as high priest in his place.Then they journeyed to Gudgodah, and from there to Jotbathah, a land with many brooks and streams.At that time the Lord set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, and to stand before the Lord as his ministers, and to pronounce blessings in his name. These are their duties to this day.That is why the Levites have no share of property or possession of land among the other Israelite tribes. The Lord himself is their special possession, as the Lord your God told them.)

10 “As for me, I stayed on the mountain in the Lord’s presence for forty days and nights, as I had done the first time. And once again the Lord listened to my pleas and agreed not to destroy you.11 Then the Lord said to me, ‘Get up and resume the journey, and lead the people to the land I swore to give to their ancestors, so they may take possession of it.’

A Call to Love and Obedience

12 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul.13 And you must always obey the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good.

14 “Look, the highest heavens and the earth and everything in it all belong to the Lord your God.15 Yet the Lord chose your ancestors as the objects of his love. And he chose you, their descendants, above all other nations, as is evident today.16 Therefore, change your heartsHebrew circumcise the foreskin of your hearts. and stop being stubborn.

17 “For the Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed.18 He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing.19 So you, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.20 You must fear the Lord your God and worship him and cling to him. Your oaths must be in his name alone.21 He alone is your God, the only one who is worthy of your praise, the one who has done these mighty miracles that you have seen with your own eyes.22 When your ancestors went down into Egypt, there were only seventy of them. But now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars in the sky!

Hear, O Israel: Thou art to pass over Jordan this day, to go in to possess nations greater and mightier than thyself, cities great and fenced up to heaven,

A people great and tall, the children of the Anakims, whom thou knowest, and of whom thou hast heard say, Who can stand before the children of Anak!

Understand therefore this day, that the Lord thy God is he which goeth over before thee; as a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy face: so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as the Lord hath said unto thee.

Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the Lord thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the Lord hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the Lord doth drive them out from before thee.

Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Understand therefore, that the Lord thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people.

Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the Lord thy God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against the Lord.

Also in Horeb ye provoked the Lord to wrath, so that the Lord was angry with you to have destroyed you.

When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant which the Lord made with you, then I abode in the mount forty days and forty nights, I neither did eat bread nor drink water:

10 And the Lord delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger of God; and on them was written according to all the words, which the Lord spake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly.

11 And it came to pass at the end of forty days and forty nights, that the Lord gave me the two tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant.

12 And the Lord said unto me, Arise, get thee down quickly from hence; for thy people which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt have corrupted themselves; they are quickly turned aside out of the way which I commanded them; they have made them a molten image.

13 Furthermore the Lord spake unto me, saying, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:

14 Let me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under heaven: and I will make of thee a nation mightier and greater than they.

15 So I turned and came down from the mount, and the mount burned with fire: and the two tables of the covenant were in my two hands.

16 And I looked, and, behold, ye had sinned against the Lord your God, and had made you a molten calf: ye had turned aside quickly out of the way which the Lord had commanded you.

17 And I took the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and brake them before your eyes.

18 And I fell down before the Lord, as at the first, forty days and forty nights: I did neither eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which ye sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger.

19 For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, wherewith the Lord was wroth against you to destroy you. But the Lord hearkened unto me at that time also.

20 And the Lord was very angry with Aaron to have destroyed him: and I prayed for Aaron also the same time.

21 And I took your sin, the calf which ye had made, and burnt it with fire, and stamped it, and ground it very small, even until it was as small as dust: and I cast the dust thereof into the brook that descended out of the mount.

22 And at Taberah, and at Massah, and at Kibrothhattaavah, ye provoked the Lord to wrath.

23 Likewise when the Lord sent you from Kadeshbarnea, saying, Go up and possess the land which I have given you; then ye rebelled against the commandment of the Lord your God, and ye believed him not, nor hearkened to his voice.

24 Ye have been rebellious against the Lord from the day that I knew you.

25 Thus I fell down before the Lord forty days and forty nights, as I fell down at the first; because the Lord had said he would destroy you.

26 I prayed therefore unto the Lord, and said, O Lord God, destroy not thy people and thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed through thy greatness, which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand.

27 Remember thy servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; look not unto the stubbornness of this people, nor to their wickedness, nor to their sin:

28 Lest the land whence thou broughtest us out say, Because the Lord was not able to bring them into the land which he promised them, and because he hated them, he hath brought them out to slay them in the wilderness.

29 Yet they are thy people and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest out by thy mighty power and by thy stretched out arm.

10 At that time the Lord said unto me, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first, and come up unto me into the mount, and make thee an ark of wood.

And I will write on the tables the words that were in the first tables which thou brakest, and thou shalt put them in the ark.

And I made an ark of shittim wood, and hewed two tables of stone like unto the first, and went up into the mount, having the two tables in mine hand.

And he wrote on the tables, according to the first writing, the ten commandments, which the Lord spake unto you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly: and the Lord gave them unto me.

And I turned myself and came down from the mount, and put the tables in the ark which I had made; and there they be, as the Lord commanded me.

And the children of Israel took their journey from Beeroth of the children of Jaakan to Mosera: there Aaron died, and there he was buried; and Eleazar his son ministered in the priest's office in his stead.

From thence they journeyed unto Gudgodah; and from Gudgodah to Jotbath, a land of rivers of waters.

At that time the Lord separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the Lord, to stand before the Lord to minister unto him, and to bless in his name, unto this day.

Wherefore Levi hath no part nor inheritance with his brethren; the Lord is his inheritance, according as the Lord thy God promised him.

10 And I stayed in the mount, according to the first time, forty days and forty nights; and the Lord hearkened unto me at that time also, and the Lord would not destroy thee.

11 And the Lord said unto me, Arise, take thy journey before the people, that they may go in and possess the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give unto them.

12 And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

13 To keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?

14 Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the Lord's thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is.

15 Only the Lord had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day.

16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.

17 For the Lord your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:

18 He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.

19 Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

20 Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.

21 He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen.

22 Thy fathers went down into Egypt with threescore and ten persons; and now the Lord thy God hath made thee as the stars of heaven for multitude.

Luke 8:4-21

While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable:“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up.Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”

When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”S Mt 11:15

His disciples asked him what this parable meant.10 He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you,S Mt 13:11 but to others I speak in parables, so that,

“‘though seeing, they may not see;

though hearing, they may not understand.’Isaiah 6:9Isa 6:9; S Mt 13:13, 14

11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.S Heb 4:1212 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.Mt 11:614 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, richesMt 19:23; 1Ti 6:9, 10, 17 and pleasures, and they do not mature.15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

A Lamp on a Stand

16 “No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.S Mt 5:1517 For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.Mt 10:26; Mk 4:22; Lk 12:218 Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.”S Mt 25:29

Jesus’ Mother and Brothers8:19-21pp — Mt 12:46-50; Mk 3:31-35

19 Now Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd.20 Someone told him, “Your mother and brothersJn 7:5 are standing outside, wanting to see you.”

21 He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.”Lk 6:47; 11:28; Jn 14:21

Parable of the Farmer Scattering Seed

One day Jesus told a story in the form of a parable to a large crowd that had gathered from many towns to hear him:“A farmer went out to plant his seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it.Other seed fell among rocks. It began to grow, but the plant soon wilted and died for lack of moisture.Other seed fell among thorns that grew up with it and choked out the tender plants.Still other seed fell on fertile soil. This seed grew and produced a crop that was a hundred times as much as had been planted!” When he had said this, he called out, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

His disciples asked him what this parable meant.10 He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secretsGreek mysteries. of the Kingdom of God. But I use parables to teach the others so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled:

‘When they look, they won’t really see.

When they hear, they won’t understand.’Isa 6:9 (Greek version).

11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is God’s word.12 The seeds that fell on the footpath represent those who hear the message, only to have the devil come and take it away from their hearts and prevent them from believing and being saved.13 The seeds on the rocky soil represent those who hear the message and receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they believe for a while, then they fall away when they face temptation.14 The seeds that fell among the thorns represent those who hear the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity.15 And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest.

Parable of the Lamp

16 “No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house.17 For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.

18 “So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.”

The True Family of Jesus

19 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him, but they couldn’t get to him because of the crowd.20 Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, and they want to see you.”

21 Jesus replied, “My mother and my brothers are all those who hear God’s word and obey it.”

And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:

A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.

And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.

And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.

And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?

10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

16 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.

17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.

18 Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.

19 Then came to him his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press.

20 And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee.

21 And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.

Psalm 69:19-36

19 You know how I am scorned,S Ps 22:6 disgraced and shamed;

all my enemies are before you.

20 Scorn has broken my heart

and has left me helpless;

I looked for sympathy, but there was none,

for comforters,Job 16:2 but I found none.Ps 142:4; Isa 63:5

21 They put gall in my food

and gave me vinegarS Nu 6:3; Mt 27:48; Mk 15:36; Lk 23:36 for my thirst.Mt 27:34; Mk 15:23; Jn 19:28-30

22 May the table set before them become a snare;

may it become retribution andOr snare / and their fellowship become a trap.S 1Sa 28:9; S Job 18:10

23 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,

and their backs be bent forever.Ro 11:9-10*

24 Pour out your wrathPs 79:6; Jer 10:25 on them;

let your fierce anger overtake them.

25 May their place be deserted;S Lev 26:43; Mt 23:38

let there be no one to dwell in their tents.Ac 1:20*

26 For they persecute those you wound

and talk about the pain of those you hurt.S Job 19:22; Zec 1:15

27 Charge them with crime upon crime;Ne 4:5

do not let them share in your salvation.Ps 109:14

28 May they be blotted out of the book of lifeEx 32:32-33; S Lk 10:20

and not be listed with the righteous.Eze 13:9

29 But as for me, afflicted and in pain—

may your salvation, God, protect me.S Ps 20:1

30 I will praise God’s name in songPs 28:7

and glorify himPs 34:3 with thanksgiving.

31 This will please the Lord more than an ox,

more than a bull with its horns and hooves.Ps 50:9-13; 51:16

32 The poor will see and be gladS Ps 34:2

you who seek God, may your hearts live!Ps 22:26

33 The Lord hears the needyPs 12:5

and does not despise his captive people.

34 Let heaven and earth praise him,

the seas and all that move in them,Ps 96:11; 98:7; Isa 44:23

35 for God will save ZionOb 1:17

and rebuild the cities of Judah.S Ezr 9:9; S Ps 51:18

Then people will settle there and possess it;

36 the children of his servants will inherit it,Ps 25:13

and those who love his name will dwell there.S Ps 37:29

19 You know of my shame, scorn, and disgrace.

You see all that my enemies are doing.

20 Their insults have broken my heart,

and I am in despair.

If only one person would show some pity;

if only one would turn and comfort me.

21 But instead, they give me poisonOr gall. for food;

they offer me sour wine for my thirst.

22 Let the bountiful table set before them become a snare

and their prosperity become a trap.Greek version reads Let their bountiful table set before them become a snare, / a trap that makes them think all is well. / Let their blessings cause them to stumble, / and let them get what they deserve. Compare Rom 11:9.

23 Let their eyes go blind so they cannot see,

and make their bodies shake continually.Greek version reads and let their backs be bent forever. Compare Rom 11:10.

24 Pour out your fury on them;

consume them with your burning anger.

25 Let their homes become desolate

and their tents be deserted.

26 To the one you have punished, they add insult to injury;

they add to the pain of those you have hurt.

27 Pile their sins up high,

and don’t let them go free.

28 Erase their names from the Book of Life;

don’t let them be counted among the righteous.

29 I am suffering and in pain.

Rescue me, O God, by your saving power.

30 Then I will praise God’s name with singing,

and I will honor him with thanksgiving.

31 For this will please the Lord more than sacrificing cattle,

more than presenting a bull with its horns and hooves.

32 The humble will see their God at work and be glad.

Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged.

33 For the Lord hears the cries of the needy;

he does not despise his imprisoned people.

34 Praise him, O heaven and earth,

the seas and all that move in them.

35 For God will save JerusalemHebrew Zion.

and rebuild the towns of Judah.

His people will live there

and settle in their own land.

36 The descendants of those who obey him will inherit the land,

and those who love him will live there in safety.

19 Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee.

20 Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.

21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

22 Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.

23 Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake.

24 Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them.

25 Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents.

26 For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded.

27 Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness.

28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.

29 But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high.

30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

31 This also shall please the Lord better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.

32 The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.

33 For the Lord heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners.

34 Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein.

35 For God will save Zion, and will build the cities of Judah: that they may dwell there, and have it in possession.

36 The seed also of his servants shall inherit it: and they that love his name shall dwell therein.

Proverbs 12:2-3

Good people obtain favor from the Lord,S Job 33:26; Ps 84:11

but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.2Sa 15:3; S Pr 11:20

No one can be established through wickedness,

but the righteous cannot be uprooted.S Pr 10:25

The Lord approves of those who are good,

but he condemns those who plan wickedness.

Wickedness never brings stability,

but the godly have deep roots.

A good man obtaineth favour of the Lord: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

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