Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

How important it is to have your own knowledge of the Word of God! What your parents or grandparents knew and taught you about the Word of God should not be your only source of revelation. Your own eyes must see God's Word, and then you must hide it inside your heart.

If Solomon had obeyed Moses' command to produce a handwritten copy of the law (Deuteronomy 17:14-20), he would have known for himself some important things. For example, he would have known not to acquire horses from Egypt, take multiple wives, or accumulate large amounts of silver and gold (vv. 16-17). Obedience to these three simple commands would have kept him from all his troubles. In fact, however, these were the very sins he committed (1 Kings 10:26-11:13). What a tragedy! If only Solomon had hidden God's Word in his heart, he might not have sinned against God (Psalm 119:11).

Your own personal, diligent, daily study of the Word will undoubtedly protect you from much deception and heartache. Moses passed down suitable guidelines for a king, instructing that he read them daily throughout his life. In the same way, if you read God's Word every day and hide its truths in your heart, you will be equipped to live it.

Deuteronomy 16:1-17:20

The Passover16:1-8pp — Ex 12:14-20; Lev 23:4-8; Nu 28:16-25

16 Observe the month of AvivS Ex 12:2 and celebrate the PassoverS Ex 12:11; 2Ki 23:21; Mt 26:17-29 of the Lord your God, because in the month of Aviv he brought you out of Egypt by night.Sacrifice as the Passover to the Lord your God an animal from your flock or herd at the place the Lord will choose as a dwelling for his Name.Dt 12:5, 26Do not eat it with bread made with yeast, but for seven days eat unleavened bread, the bread of affliction,Ex 12:8, 39; 34:18; 1Co 5:8 because you left Egypt in hasteS Ex 12:11—so that all the days of your life you may remember the time of your departure from Egypt.Dt 4:9Let no yeast be found in your possession in all your land for seven days. Do not let any of the meat you sacrifice on the eveningS Ex 12:6 of the first day remain until morning.S Ex 12:8; Mk 14:12

You must not sacrifice the Passover in any town the Lord your God gives youexcept in the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name. There you must sacrifice the Passover in the evening, when the sun goes down, on the anniversaryOr down, at the time of dayS Ex 12:42 of your departure from Egypt.RoastS Ex 12:8 it and eat it at the place the Lord your God will choose. Then in the morning return to your tents.For six days eat unleavened bread and on the seventh day hold an assemblyEx 13:6; S Lev 23:8 to the Lord your God and do no work.Mt 26:17; Lk 2:41; 22:7; Jn 2:13

The Festival of Weeks16:9-12pp — Lev 23:15-22; Nu 28:26-31

Count off seven weeksAc 2:1 from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain.S Ex 23:1610 Then celebrate the Festival of Weeks to the Lord your God by giving a freewill offering in proportion to the blessings the Lord your God has given you.11 And rejoiceDt 12:7 before the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his NameS Ex 20:24; S 2Sa 7:13—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, the LevitesDt 12:12 in your towns, and the foreigners,S Dt 14:29 the fatherless and the widows living among you.Ne 8:1012 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt,S Dt 15:15 and follow carefully these decrees.

The Festival of Tabernacles16:13-17pp — Lev 23:33-43; Nu 29:12-39

13 Celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles for seven days after you have gathered the produce of your threshing floorS Lev 2:14 and your winepress.S Ge 27:37; S Ex 23:1614 Be joyfulver 11 at your festival—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites, the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns.15 For seven days celebrate the festival to the Lord your God at the place the Lord will choose. For the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joyJob 38:7; Ps 4:7; 28:7; 30:11 will be complete.

16 Three times a year all your men must appearDt 31:11; Ps 84:7 before the Lord your God at the place he will choose: at the Festival of Unleavened Bread,S Ex 12:17 the Festival of Weeks and the Festival of Tabernacles.S Ex 23:14, 16; Ezr 3:4 No one should appear before the Lord empty-handed:S Ex 34:2017 Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you.

Judges

18 Appoint judgesS Ex 18:21, 26 and officials for each of your tribes in every town the Lord your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly.S Ge 31:3719 Do not pervert justiceS Ex 23:2 or show partiality.S Lev 19:15 Do not accept a bribe,S Ex 18:21; S 1Sa 8:3 for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent.20 Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the Lord your God is giving you.

Worshiping Other Gods

21 Do not set up any wooden Asherah poleS Dt 7:5 beside the altar you build to the Lord your God,Ex 34:13; 1Ki 14:15; 2Ki 17:16; 21:3; 2Ch 33:322 and do not erect a sacred stone,S Ex 23:24 for these the Lord your God hates.

17 Do not sacrifice to the Lord your God an ox or a sheep that has any defectS Ex 12:5; S Lev 22:20 or flaw in it, for that would be detestableDt 7:25 to him.S Dt 15:21

If a man or woman living among you in one of the towns the Lord gives you is found doing evil in the eyes of the Lord your God in violation of his covenant,Dt 13:6-11and contrary to my commandJer 7:31 has worshiped other gods,Ex 22:20 bowing down to them or to the sunS Ge 1:16 or the moon or the stars in the sky,S Ge 2:1; S 37:9and this has been brought to your attention, then you must investigate it thoroughly. If it is trueDt 22:20 and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done in Israel,Dt 13:12-14take the man or woman who has done this evil deed to your city gate and stone that person to death.S Lev 24:14On the testimony of two or three witnesses a person is to be put to death, but no one is to be put to death on the testimony of only one witness.Nu 35:30; Dt 19:15; S Mt 18:16The hands of the witnesses must be the first in putting that person to death,Jn 8:7 and then the hands of all the people.S Lev 24:14; Ac 7:58 You must purge the evilS Dt 13:5; 1Co 5:13* from among you.

Law Courts

If cases come before your courts that are too difficult for you to judgeEx 21:6—whether bloodshed, lawsuits or assaults2Ch 19:10—take them to the place the Lord your God will choose.Dt 12:5; Ps 122:3-5Go to the LeviticalDt 24:8; 27:9 priests and to the judgeS Ex 21:6 who is in office at that time. Inquire of them and they will give you the verdict.S Ge 25:22; Dt 19:17; Eze 44:24; Hag 2:1110 You must act according to the decisions they give you at the place the Lord will choose. Be careful to do everything they instruct you to do.11 Act according to whatever they teach you and the decisions they give you. Do not turn aside from what they tell you, to the right or to the left.S Lev 10:11; S Dt 5:3212 Anyone who shows contemptNu 15:30 for the judge or for the priest who stands ministeringS Nu 16:9 there to the Lord your God is to be put to death.ver 13; S Ge 17:14; Dt 13:11; 18:20; 19:20; 1Ki 18:40; Jer 14:14; Hos 4:4; Zec 13:3 You must purge the evil from Israel.S Dt 13:513 All the people will hear and be afraid, and will not be contemptuous again.S ver 12

The King

14 When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you and have taken possessionS Nu 33:53 of it and settled in it,Jos 21:43 and you say, “Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us,”1Sa 8:5, 19-20; 10:1915 be sure to appoint1Sa 16:3; 2Sa 5:3 over you a king the Lord your God chooses. He must be from among your fellow Israelites.Jer 30:21 Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not an Israelite.16 The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horsesIsa 2:7; 30:16 for himself1Sa 8:11; 1Ki 4:26; 9:19; 10:26; 2Ch 1:14; Ps 20:7 or make the people return to Egypt1Ki 10:29; Isa 31:1; Jer 42:14 to get more of them,1Ki 10:28; Isa 31:1; Eze 17:15 for the Lord has told you, “You are not to go back that way again.”S Ex 13:1717 He must not take many wives,S Ex 34:16; 2Sa 5:13; 12:11; 1Ki 11:3; 2Ch 11:21 or his heart will be led astray.1Ki 11:2; Pr 31:3 He must not accumulate1Ki 10:27 large amounts of silver and gold.2Ch 1:11; Isa 2:7

18 When he takes the throne1Ki 1:46; 1Ch 29:23 of his kingdom, he is to writeDt 31:22, 24; Jos 24:26; 1Sa 10:25 for himself on a scroll a copy2Ch 23:11 of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests.19 It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his lifeDt 4:9-10; Jos 1:8 so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decreesDt 11:13; 1Ki 3:3; 11:38; 2Ki 22:220 and not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites and turn from the lawJos 23:6; Job 23:12; Ps 119:102 to the right or to the left.S Dt 5:32; S 1Ki 9:4 Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.1Sa 8:5; 10:25; 1Ki 2:3; 1Ch 28:8

Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread

16 “In honor of the Lord your God, celebrate the Passover each year in the early spring, in the month of Abib,Hebrew Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover unto the Lord your God. Abib, the first month of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar, usually occurs within the months of March and April. for that was the month in which the Lord your God brought you out of Egypt by night.Your Passover sacrifice may be from either the flock or the herd, and it must be sacrificed to the Lord your God at the designated place of worship—the place he chooses for his name to be honored.Eat it with bread made without yeast. For seven days the bread you eat must be made without yeast, as when you escaped from Egypt in such a hurry. Eat this bread—the bread of suffering—so that as long as you live you will remember the day you departed from Egypt.Let no yeast be found in any house throughout your land for those seven days. And when you sacrifice the Passover lamb on the evening of the first day, do not let any of the meat remain until the next morning.

“You may not sacrifice the Passover in just any of the towns that the Lord your God is giving you.You must offer it only at the designated place of worship—the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to be honored. Sacrifice it there in the evening as the sun goes down on the anniversary of your exodus from Egypt.Roast the lamb and eat it in the place the Lord your God chooses. Then you may go back to your tents the next morning.For the next six days you may not eat any bread made with yeast. On the seventh day proclaim another holy day in honor of the Lord your God, and no work may be done on that day.

The Festival of Harvest

“Count off seven weeks from when you first begin to cut the grain at the time of harvest.10 Then celebrate the Festival of HarvestHebrew Festival of Weeks; also in 16:16. This was later called the Festival of Pentecost (see Acts 2:1). It is celebrated today as Shavuot (or Shabuoth). to honor the Lord your God. Bring him a voluntary offering in proportion to the blessings you have received from him.11 This is a time to celebrate before the Lord your God at the designated place of worship he will choose for his name to be honored. Celebrate with your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, the Levites from your towns, and the foreigners, orphans, and widows who live among you.12 Remember that you were once slaves in Egypt, so be careful to obey all these decrees.

The Festival of Shelters

13 “You must observe the Festival of SheltersOr Festival of Booths, or Festival of Tabernacles; also in 16:16. This was earlier called the Festival of the Final Harvest or Festival of Ingathering (see Exod 23:16b). It is celebrated today as Sukkot (or Succoth). for seven days at the end of the harvest season, after the grain has been threshed and the grapes have been pressed.14 This festival will be a happy time of celebrating with your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites, foreigners, orphans, and widows from your towns.15 For seven days you must celebrate this festival to honor the Lord your God at the place he chooses, for it is he who blesses you with bountiful harvests and gives you success in all your work. This festival will be a time of great joy for all.

16 “Each year every man in Israel must celebrate these three festivals: the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Harvest, and the Festival of Shelters. On each of these occasions, all men must appear before the Lord your God at the place he chooses, but they must not appear before the Lord without a gift for him.17 All must give as they are able, according to the blessings given to them by the Lord your God.

Justice for the People

18 “Appoint judges and officials for yourselves from each of your tribes in all the towns the Lord your God is giving you. They must judge the people fairly.19 You must never twist justice or show partiality. Never accept a bribe, for bribes blind the eyes of the wise and corrupt the decisions of the godly.20 Let true justice prevail, so you may live and occupy the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

21 “You must never set up a wooden Asherah pole beside the altar you build for the Lord your God.22 And never set up sacred pillars for worship, for the Lord your God hates them.

17 “Never sacrifice sick or defective cattle, sheep, or goats to the Lord your God, for he detests such gifts.

“When you begin living in the towns the Lord your God is giving you, a man or woman among you might do evil in the sight of the Lord your God and violate the covenant.For instance, they might serve other gods or worship the sun, the moon, or any of the stars—the forces of heaven—which I have strictly forbidden.When you hear about it, investigate the matter thoroughly. If it is true that this detestable thing has been done in Israel,then the man or woman who has committed such an evil act must be taken to the gates of the town and stoned to death.But never put a person to death on the testimony of only one witness. There must always be two or three witnesses.The witnesses must throw the first stones, and then all the people may join in. In this way, you will purge the evil from among you.

“Suppose a case arises in a local court that is too hard for you to decide—for instance, whether someone is guilty of murder or only of manslaughter, or a difficult lawsuit, or a case involving different kinds of assault. Take such legal cases to the place the Lord your God will choose,and present them to the Levitical priests or the judge on duty at that time. They will hear the case and declare the verdict.10 You must carry out the verdict they announce and the sentence they prescribe at the place the Lord chooses. You must do exactly what they say.11 After they have interpreted the law and declared their verdict, the sentence they impose must be fully executed; do not modify it in any way.12 Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the Lord your God must die. In this way you will purge the evil from Israel.13 Then everyone else will hear about it and be afraid to act so arrogantly.

Guidelines for a King

14 “You are about to enter the land the Lord your God is giving you. When you take it over and settle there, you may think, ‘We should select a king to rule over us like the other nations around us.’15 If this happens, be sure to select as king the man the Lord your God chooses. You must appoint a fellow Israelite; he may not be a foreigner.

16 “The king must not build up a large stable of horses for himself or send his people to Egypt to buy horses, for the Lord has told you, ‘You must never return to Egypt.’17 The king must not take many wives for himself, because they will turn his heart away from the Lord. And he must not accumulate large amounts of wealth in silver and gold for himself.

18 “When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests.19 He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees.20 This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. And it will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel.

16 Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the Lord thy God: for in the month of Abib the Lord thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.

Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the passover unto the Lord thy God, of the flock and the herd, in the place which the Lord shall choose to place his name there.

Thou shalt eat no leavened bread with it; seven days shalt thou eat unleavened bread therewith, even the bread of affliction; for thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt in haste: that thou mayest remember the day when thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of thy life.

And there shall be no leavened bread seen with thee in all thy coast seven days; neither shall there any thing of the flesh, which thou sacrificedst the first day at even, remain all night until the morning.

Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy gates, which the Lord thy God giveth thee:

But at the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that thou camest forth out of Egypt.

And thou shalt roast and eat it in the place which the Lord thy God shall choose: and thou shalt turn in the morning, and go unto thy tents.

Six days thou shalt eat unleavened bread: and on the seventh day shall be a solemn assembly to the Lord thy God: thou shalt do no work therein.

Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the corn.

10 And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the Lord thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thine hand, which thou shalt give unto the Lord thy God, according as the Lord thy God hath blessed thee:

11 And thou shalt rejoice before the Lord thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the Lord thy God hath chosen to place his name there.

12 And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt: and thou shalt observe and do these statutes.

13 Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine:

14 And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within thy gates.

15 Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto the Lord thy God in the place which the Lord shall choose: because the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou shalt surely rejoice.

16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty:

17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee.

18 Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the Lord thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment.

19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.

20 That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

21 Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees near unto the altar of the Lord thy God, which thou shalt make thee.

22 Neither shalt thou set thee up any image; which the Lord thy God hateth.

17 Thou shalt not sacrifice unto the Lord thy God any bullock, or sheep, wherein is blemish, or any evilfavouredness: for that is an abomination unto the Lord thy God.

If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the Lord thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the Lord thy God, in transgressing his covenant,

And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded;

And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel:

Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.

At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.

The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.

If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy within thy gates: then shalt thou arise, and get thee up into the place which the Lord thy God shall choose;

And thou shalt come unto the priests the Levites, and unto the judge that shall be in those days, and enquire; and they shall shew thee the sentence of judgment:

10 And thou shalt do according to the sentence, which they of that place which the Lord shall choose shall shew thee; and thou shalt observe to do according to all that they inform thee:

11 According to the sentence of the law which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do: thou shalt not decline from the sentence which they shall shew thee, to the right hand, nor to the left.

12 And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before the Lord thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel.

13 And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously.

14 When thou art come unto the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me;

15 Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the Lord thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.

16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the Lord hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.

17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.

18 And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites:

19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:

20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.

Luke 9:7-27

Now HerodS Mt 14:1 the tetrarch heard about all that was going on. And he was perplexed because some were saying that JohnS Mt 3:1 had been raised from the dead,ver 19others that Elijah had appeared,S Mt 11:14 and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life.ver 19; Jn 1:21But Herod said, “I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?” And he tried to see him.Lk 23:8

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand9:10-17pp — Mt 14:13-21; Mk 6:32-44; Jn 6:5-139:13-17Ref — 2Ki 4:42-44

10 When the apostlesS Mk 6:30 returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida,S Mt 11:2111 but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God,ver 2; S Mt 3:2 and healed those who needed healing.

12 Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.”

13 He replied, “You give them something to eat.”

They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.”14 (About five thousand men were there.)

But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.”15 The disciples did so, and everyone sat down.16 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them.S Mt 14:19 Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people.17 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah9:18-20pp — Mt 16:13-16; Mk 8:27-299:22-27pp — Mt 16:21-28; Mk 8:31–9:1

18 Once when Jesus was prayingS Lk 3:21 in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”

19 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist;S Mt 3:1 others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”ver 7, 8

20 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.”Jn 1:49; 6:66-69; 11:27

Jesus Predicts His Death

21 Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone.S Mk 8:3022 And he said, “The Son of ManS Mt 8:20 must suffer many thingsS Mt 16:21 and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law,Mt 27:1, 2 and he must be killedAc 2:23; 3:13 and on the third dayS Mt 16:21 be raised to life.”S Mt 16:21

23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.Mt 10:38; Lk 14:2724 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.S Jn 12:2525 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?26 Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of themMt 10:33; Lk 12:9; 2Ti 2:12 when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.S Mt 16:27

27 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”

Herod’s Confusion

When Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee,Greek Herod the tetrarch. Herod Antipas was a son of King Herod and was ruler over Galilee. heard about everything Jesus was doing, he was puzzled. Some were saying that John the Baptist had been raised from the dead.Others thought Jesus was Elijah or one of the other prophets risen from the dead.

“I beheaded John,” Herod said, “so who is this man about whom I hear such stories?” And he kept trying to see him.

Jesus Feeds Five Thousand

10 When the apostles returned, they told Jesus everything they had done. Then he slipped quietly away with them toward the town of Bethsaida.11 But the crowds found out where he was going, and they followed him. He welcomed them and taught them about the Kingdom of God, and he healed those who were sick.

12 Late in the afternoon the twelve disciples came to him and said, “Send the crowds away to the nearby villages and farms, so they can find food and lodging for the night. There is nothing to eat here in this remote place.”

13 But Jesus said, “You feed them.”

“But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Or are you expecting us to go and buy enough food for this whole crowd?”14 For there were about 5,000 men there.

Jesus replied, “Tell them to sit down in groups of about fifty each.”15 So the people all sat down.16 Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people.17 They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers!

Peter’s Declaration about Jesus

18 One day Jesus left the crowds to pray alone. Only his disciples were with him, and he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”

19 “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other ancient prophets risen from the dead.”

20 Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”

Peter replied, “You are the MessiahOr the Christ. Messiah (a Hebrew term) and Christ (a Greek term) both mean “anointed one.” sent from God!”

Jesus Predicts His Death

21 Jesus warned his disciples not to tell anyone who he was.22 “The Son of Man“Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. must suffer many terrible things,” he said. “He will be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He will be killed, but on the third day he will be raised from the dead.”

23 Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.24 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.25 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed?26 If anyone is ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in his glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels.27 I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die before they see the Kingdom of God.”

Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead;

And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again.

And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him.

10 And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.

11 And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.

12 And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place.

13 But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people.

14 For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company.

15 And they did so, and made them all sit down.

16 Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude.

17 And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets.

18 And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?

19 They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again.

20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.

21 And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing;

22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.

23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?

26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.

27 But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.

Psalm 72:1-20

Psalm 72

Of Solomon.

Endow the king with your justice,S Dt 1:16; S Ps 9:8 O God,

the royal son with your righteousness.

May he judge your people in righteousness,Isa 9:7; 11:4-5; 16:5; 32:1; 59:17; 63:1; Jer 23:5; 33:15

your afflicted ones with justice.

May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,

the hills the fruit of righteousness.

May he defend the afflictedS Ps 9:12; 76:9; Isa 49:13 among the people

and save the children of the needy;ver 13; Isa 11:4; 29:19; 32:7

may he crush the oppressor.S Ps 27:11

May he endureSeptuagint; Hebrew You will be feared1Sa 13:13 as long as the sun,

as long as the moon, through all generations.Ps 33:11

May he be like rainS Dt 32:2 falling on a mown field,

like showers watering the earth.

In his days may the righteous flourishPs 92:12; Pr 14:11

and prosperity abound till the moon is no more.

May he rule from sea to sea

and from the RiverThat is, the EuphratesS Ex 23:31; S 1Ki 4:21 to the ends of the earth.Zec 9:10

May the desert tribes bow before him

and his enemies lick the dust.

10 May the kings of TarshishS Ge 10:4 and of distant shoresS Est 10:1

bring tribute to him.

May the kings of ShebaS Ge 10:7 and Seba

present him gifts.S 1Ki 9:16; S 2Ch 9:24

11 May all kings bow downS Ge 27:29 to him

and all nations serveS Ezr 1:2 him.

12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out,

the afflicted who have no one to help.

13 He will take pityIsa 60:10; Joel 2:18; Lk 10:33 on the weak and the needy

and save the needy from death.

14 He will rescuePs 69:18; Eze 13:23; 34:10 them from oppression and violence,

for precious1Sa 26:21 is their blood in his sight.

15 Long may he live!

May gold from ShebaS Ge 10:7 be given him.

May people ever pray for him

and bless him all day long.S Ps 35:28

16 May grainS Ge 27:28; Ps 4:7 abound throughout the land;

on the tops of the hills may it sway.

May the cropsIsa 4:2; 27:6; Eze 34:27 flourish like LebanonPs 92:12; 104:16

and thriveProbable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text Lebanon, / from the city like the grass of the field.S Nu 22:4; Isa 44:4; 58:11; 66:14

17 May his name endure forever;S Ex 3:15

may it continue as long as the sun.Ps 89:36

Then all nations will be blessed through him,Or will use his name in blessings (see Gen. 48:20)

and they will call him blessed.S Ge 12:3; Lk 1:48

18 Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,1Ch 29:10; Ps 41:13; 106:48; Lk 1:68

who alone does marvelous deeds.S Job 5:9

19 Praise be to his glorious nameS 2Sa 7:26 forever;

may the whole earth be filled with his glory.Nu 14:21

Amen and Amen.S Ps 41:13

20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.S Ru 4:17

Psalm 72

A psalm of Solomon.

Give your love of justice to the king, O God,

and righteousness to the king’s son.

Help him judge your people in the right way;

let the poor always be treated fairly.

May the mountains yield prosperity for all,

and may the hills be fruitful.

Help him to defend the poor,

to rescue the children of the needy,

and to crush their oppressors.

May they fear youGreek version reads May they endure. as long as the sun shines,

as long as the moon remains in the sky.

Yes, forever!

May the king’s rule be refreshing like spring rain on freshly cut grass,

like the showers that water the earth.

May all the godly flourish during his reign.

May there be abundant prosperity until the moon is no more.

May he reign from sea to sea,

and from the Euphrates RiverHebrew the river. to the ends of the earth.

Desert nomads will bow before him;

his enemies will fall before him in the dust.

10 The western kings of Tarshish and other distant lands

will bring him tribute.

The eastern kings of Sheba and Seba

will bring him gifts.

11 All kings will bow before him,

and all nations will serve him.

12 He will rescue the poor when they cry to him;

he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them.

13 He feels pity for the weak and the needy,

and he will rescue them.

14 He will redeem them from oppression and violence,

for their lives are precious to him.

15 Long live the king!

May the gold of Sheba be given to him.

May the people always pray for him

and bless him all day long.

16 May there be abundant grain throughout the land,

flourishing even on the hilltops.

May the fruit trees flourish like the trees of Lebanon,

and may the people thrive like grass in a field.

17 May the king’s name endure forever;

may it continue as long as the sun shines.

May all nations be blessed through him

and bring him praise.

18 Praise the Lord God, the God of Israel,

who alone does such wonderful things.

19 Praise his glorious name forever!

Let the whole earth be filled with his glory.

Amen and amen!

20 (This ends the prayers of David son of Jesse.)

72 Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son.

He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.

The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.

He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.

They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.

He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth.

In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.

He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.

They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.

10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.

11 Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.

12 For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.

13 He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.

14 He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight.

15 And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised.

16 There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.

17 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.

18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.

19 And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.

20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.

Proverbs 12:8-9

A person is praised according to their prudence,

and one with a warpedIsa 19:14; 29:24 mind is despised.

Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant

than pretend to be somebody and have no food.

A sensible person wins admiration,

but a warped mind is despised.

Better to be an ordinary person with a servant

than to be self-important but have no food.

A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.

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