Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

The prayer of the psalmist for God to come and change the world was a bold one. The closing hours of Jesus' life epitomized the answer to David's prayers. Jesus' slow and agonizing death on the cross caused the earth to convulse and quake. Even the sun refused to shine. The presence of the Lord was so awesome that the elements He had created were unable to function normally.

Even the guards shook when the Lord of Life came out of the tomb (Matthew 28:4). Mighty angels confronted the women who had come to anoint Jesus' body, and Luke 24:5 says, "The women were terrified and bowed low before them."

Who can stand in the presence of almighty God? His presence will shake anything and everything until all creation acknowledges that "the Lord reigns" (Psalm 99:1 NIV). When God came down on Mount Sinai, the earth and mountain began to quake and shake violently, and the mountain was engulfed in fire and smoke (Exodus 19:18).

God's kingdom is the only kingdom that cannot be shaken or destroyed (Hebrews 12:28). Let the nations tremble under the Lordship of Christ. If the earth now shakes in His absence, what will it do when He personally appears?

Judges 8:18-9:21

18 Then he asked Zebah and Zalmunna, “What kind of men did you kill at Tabor?S Jos 19:22

“Men like you,” they answered, “each one with the bearing of a prince.”

19 Gideon replied, “Those were my brothers, the sons of my own mother. As surely as the Lord lives,S Nu 14:21 if you had spared their lives, I would not kill you.”20 Turning to Jether, his oldest son, he said, “Kill them!” But Jether did not draw his sword, because he was only a boy and was afraid.

21 Zebah and Zalmunna said, “Come, do it yourself. ‘As is the man, so is his strength.’” So Gideon stepped forward and killed them, and took the ornamentsver 26; Isa 3:18 off their camels’ necks.

Gideon’s Ephod

22 The Israelites said to Gideon, “Rule over us—you, your son and your grandson—because you have saved us from the hand of Midian.”

23 But Gideon told them, “I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The Lord will ruleS Ex 16:8; S Nu 11:20; 1Sa 12:12 over you.”24 And he said, “I do have one request, that each of you give me an earringS Ge 35:4 from your share of the plunder.S Ge 49:27” (It was the custom of the IshmaelitesS Ge 16:11 to wear gold earrings.)

25 They answered, “We’ll be glad to give them.” So they spread out a garment, and each of them threw a ring from his plunder onto it.26 The weight of the gold rings he asked for came to seventeen hundred shekels,That is, about 43 pounds or about 20 kilograms not counting the ornaments, the pendants and the purple garments worn by the kings of Midian or the chainsS ver 21 that were on their camels’ necks.27 Gideon made the gold into an ephod,S Ex 25:7; Jdg 17:5; 18:14 which he placed in Ophrah,S Jos 18:23 his town. All Israel prostituted themselves by worshiping it there, and it became a snareS Ex 10:7 to Gideon and his family.S Ex 32:2

Gideon’s Death

28 Thus Midian was subdued before the Israelites and did not raise its headPs 83:2 again. During Gideon’s lifetime, the land had peaceS Jdg 3:11 forty years.

29 Jerub-BaalS Jdg 6:32 son of JoashS Jdg 6:11 went back home to live.30 He had seventy sonsJdg 9:2, 5, 18, 24; 12:14; 2Ki 10:1 of his own, for he had many wives.31 His concubine,S Ge 22:24 who lived in Shechem, also bore him a son, whom he named Abimelek.Jdg 9:1; 10:1; 2Sa 11:2132 Gideon son of Joash died at a good old ageS Ge 15:15 and was buried in the tomb of his father Joash in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

33 No sooner had Gideon died than the Israelites again prostituted themselves to the Baals.S Jdg 2:11, 13, 19 They set up Baal-BerithJdg 9:4 as their godJdg 9:27, 4634 and did not rememberS Jdg 3:7; S Ne 9:17 the Lord their God, who had rescued them from the hands of all their enemies on every side.35 They also failed to show any loyalty to the family of Jerub-BaalS Jdg 6:32 (that is, Gideon) in spite of all the good things he had done for them.Jdg 9:16

Abimelek

AbimelekS Jdg 8:31 son of Jerub-BaalS Jdg 6:32 went to his mother’s brothers in Shechem and said to them and to all his mother’s clan,“Ask all the citizens of Shechem, ‘Which is better for you: to have all seventy of Jerub-Baal’s sons rule over you, or just one man?’ Remember, I am your flesh and blood.S Ge 29:14

When the brothers repeated all this to the citizens of Shechem, they were inclined to follow Abimelek, for they said, “He is related to us.”They gave him seventy shekelsThat is, about 1 3/4 pounds or about 800 grams of silver from the temple of Baal-Berith,S Jdg 8:33 and Abimelek used it to hire reckless scoundrels,Jdg 11:3; 1Sa 25:25; 2Ch 13:7; Job 30:8 who became his followers.He went to his father’s home in Ophrah and on one stone murdered his seventy brothers,S Jdg 8:30 the sons of Jerub-Baal. But Jotham,ver 7, 21, 57 the youngest son of Jerub-Baal, escaped by hiding.2Ki 11:2; 2Ch 22:9Then all the citizens of Shechem and Beth Millover 20; 2Ki 12:20 gathered beside the great treeS Ge 12:6; S Jdg 4:11 at the pillar in Shechem to crown Abimelek king.

When JothamS ver 5 was told about this, he climbed up on the top of Mount GerizimS Dt 11:29; Jn 4:20 and shouted to them, “Listen to me, citizens of Shechem, so that God may listen to you.One day the trees went out to anoint a king for themselves. They said to the olive tree, ‘Be our king.’

“But the olive tree answered, ‘Should I give up my oil, by which both gods and humans are honored, to hold sway over the trees?’

10 “Next, the trees said to the fig tree, ‘Come and be our king.’

11 “But the fig tree replied, ‘Should I give up my fruit, so good and sweet, to hold sway over the trees?’

12 “Then the trees said to the vine, ‘Come and be our king.’

13 “But the vine answered, ‘Should I give up my wine,S Ge 14:18; Ecc 2:3; SS 4:10 which cheers both gods and humans, to hold sway over the trees?’

14 “Finally all the trees said to the thornbush, ‘Come and be our king.’

15 “The thornbush said to the trees, ‘If you really want to anoint me king over you, come and take refuge in my shade;Isa 30:2 but if not, then let fire come outver 20 of the thornbush and consume the cedars of Lebanon!’S Dt 3:25; 1Ki 5:6; Ps 29:5; 92:12; Isa 2:13

16 “Have you acted honorably and in good faith by making Abimelek king? Have you been fair to Jerub-Baal and his family? Have you treated him as he deserves?17 Remember that my father fought for you and riskedJdg 12:3; 1Sa 19:5; 28:21; Job 13:14; Ps 119:109 his life to rescue you from the hand of Midian.18 But today you have revolted against my father’s family. You have murdered his seventy sonsS Jdg 8:30 on a single stone and have made Abimelek, the son of his female slave, king over the citizens of Shechem because he is related to you.19 So have you acted honorably and in good faith toward Jerub-Baal and his family today?ver 16 If you have, may Abimelek be your joy, and may you be his, too!20 But if you have not, let fire come outver 15 from Abimelek and consume you, the citizens of Shechemver 45 and Beth Millo,S ver 6 and let fire come out from you, the citizens of Shechem and Beth Millo, and consume Abimelek!”

21 Then JothamS ver 5 fled, escaping to Beer,Nu 21:16 and he lived there because he was afraid of his brother Abimelek.

18 Then Gideon asked Zebah and Zalmunna, “The men you killed at Tabor—what were they like?”

“Like you,” they replied. “They all had the look of a king’s son.”

19 “They were my brothers, the sons of my own mother!” Gideon exclaimed. “As surely as the Lord lives, I wouldn’t kill you if you hadn’t killed them.”

20 Turning to Jether, his oldest son, he said, “Kill them!” But Jether did not draw his sword, for he was only a boy and was afraid.

21 Then Zebah and Zalmunna said to Gideon, “Be a man! Kill us yourself!” So Gideon killed them both and took the royal ornaments from the necks of their camels.

Gideon’s Sacred Ephod

22 Then the Israelites said to Gideon, “Be our ruler! You and your son and your grandson will be our rulers, for you have rescued us from Midian.”

23 But Gideon replied, “I will not rule over you, nor will my son. The Lord will rule over you!24 However, I do have one request—that each of you give me an earring from the plunder you collected from your fallen enemies.” (The enemies, being Ishmaelites, all wore gold earrings.)

25 “Gladly!” they replied. They spread out a cloak, and each one threw in a gold earring he had gathered from the plunder.26 The weight of the gold earrings was forty-three pounds,Hebrew 1,700 [shekels] [19.4 kilograms]. not including the royal ornaments and pendants, the purple clothing worn by the kings of Midian, or the chains around the necks of their camels.

27 Gideon made a sacred ephod from the gold and put it in Ophrah, his hometown. But soon all the Israelites prostituted themselves by worshiping it, and it became a trap for Gideon and his family.

28 That is the story of how the people of Israel defeated Midian, which never recovered. Throughout the rest of Gideon’s lifetime—about forty years—there was peace in the land.

29 Then GideonHebrew Jerub-baal; see 6:32. son of Joash returned home.30 He had seventy sons born to him, for he had many wives.31 He also had a concubine in Shechem, who gave birth to a son, whom he named Abimelech.32 Gideon died when he was very old, and he was buried in the grave of his father, Joash, at Ophrah in the land of the clan of Abiezer.

33 As soon as Gideon died, the Israelites prostituted themselves by worshiping the images of Baal, making Baal-berith their god.34 They forgot the Lord their God, who had rescued them from all their enemies surrounding them.35 Nor did they show any loyalty to the family of Jerub-baal (that is, Gideon), despite all the good he had done for Israel.

Abimelech Rules over Shechem

One day Gideon’sHebrew Jerub-baal’s (see 6:32); also in 9:2, 24. son Abimelech went to Shechem to visit his uncles—his mother’s brothers. He said to them and to the rest of his mother’s family,“Ask the leading citizens of Shechem whether they want to be ruled by all seventy of Gideon’s sons or by one man. And remember that I am your own flesh and blood!”

So Abimelech’s uncles gave his message to all the citizens of Shechem on his behalf. And after listening to this proposal, the people of Shechem decided in favor of Abimelech because he was their relative.They gave him seventy silver coins from the temple of Baal-berith, which he used to hire some reckless troublemakers who agreed to follow him.He went to his father’s home at Ophrah, and there, on one stone, they killed all seventy of his half brothers, the sons of Gideon.Hebrew Jerub-baal (see 6:32); also in 9:16, 19, 28, 57. But the youngest brother, Jotham, escaped and hid.

Then all the leading citizens of Shechem and Beth-millo called a meeting under the oak beside the pillarThe meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. at Shechem and made Abimelech their king.

Jotham’s Parable

When Jotham heard about this, he climbed to the top of Mount Gerizim and shouted,

“Listen to me, citizens of Shechem!

Listen to me if you want God to listen to you!

Once upon a time the trees decided to choose a king.

First they said to the olive tree,

‘Be our king!’

But the olive tree refused, saying,

‘Should I quit producing the olive oil

that blesses both God and people,

just to wave back and forth over the trees?’

10 “Then they said to the fig tree,

‘You be our king!’

11 But the fig tree also refused, saying,

‘Should I quit producing my sweet fruit

just to wave back and forth over the trees?’

12 “Then they said to the grapevine,

‘You be our king!’

13 But the grapevine also refused, saying,

‘Should I quit producing the wine

that cheers both God and people,

just to wave back and forth over the trees?’

14 “Then all the trees finally turned to the thornbush and said,

‘Come, you be our king!’

15 And the thornbush replied to the trees,

‘If you truly want to make me your king,

come and take shelter in my shade.

If not, let fire come out from me

and devour the cedars of Lebanon.’”

16 Jotham continued, “Now make sure you have acted honorably and in good faith by making Abimelech your king, and that you have done right by Gideon and all of his descendants. Have you treated him with the honor he deserves for all he accomplished?17 For he fought for you and risked his life when he rescued you from the Midianites.18 But today you have revolted against my father and his descendants, killing his seventy sons on one stone. And you have chosen his slave woman’s son, Abimelech, to be your king just because he is your relative.

19 “If you have acted honorably and in good faith toward Gideon and his descendants today, then may you find joy in Abimelech, and may he find joy in you.20 But if you have not acted in good faith, then may fire come out from Abimelech and devour the leading citizens of Shechem and Beth-millo; and may fire come out from the citizens of Shechem and Beth-millo and devour Abimelech!”

21 Then Jotham escaped and lived in Beer because he was afraid of his brother Abimelech.

18 Then said he unto Zebah and Zalmunna, What manner of men were they whom ye slew at Tabor? And they answered, As thou art, so were they; each one resembled the children of a king.

19 And he said, They were my brethren, even the sons of my mother: as the Lord liveth, if ye had saved them alive, I would not slay you.

20 And he said unto Jether his firstborn, Up, and slay them. But the youth drew not his sword: for he feared, because he was yet a youth.

21 Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, Rise thou, and fall upon us: for as the man is, so is his strength. And Gideon arose, and slew Zebah and Zalmunna, and took away the ornaments that were on their camels' necks.

22 Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son's son also: for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian.

23 And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the Lord shall rule over you.

24 And Gideon said unto them, I would desire a request of you, that ye would give me every man the earrings of his prey. (For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.)

25 And they answered, We will willingly give them. And they spread a garment, and did cast therein every man the earrings of his prey.

26 And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold; beside ornaments, and collars, and purple raiment that was on the kings of Midian, and beside the chains that were about their camels' necks.

27 And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah: and all Israel went thither a whoring after it: which thing became a snare unto Gideon, and to his house.

28 Thus was Midian subdued before the children of Israel, so that they lifted up their heads no more. And the country was in quietness forty years in the days of Gideon.

29 And Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and dwelt in his own house.

30 And Gideon had threescore and ten sons of his body begotten: for he had many wives.

31 And his concubine that was in Shechem, she also bare him a son, whose name he called Abimelech.

32 And Gideon the son of Joash died in a good old age, and was buried in the sepulchre of Joash his father, in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

33 And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again, and went a whoring after Baalim, and made Baalberith their god.

34 And the children of Israel remembered not the Lord their God, who had delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies on every side:

35 Neither shewed they kindness to the house of Jerubbaal, namely, Gideon, according to all the goodness which he had shewed unto Israel.

And Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem unto his mother's brethren, and communed with them, and with all the family of the house of his mother's father, saying,

Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the men of Shechem, Whether is better for you, either that all the sons of Jerubbaal, which are threescore and ten persons, reign over you, or that one reign over you? remember also that I am your bone and your flesh.

And his mother's brethren spake of him in the ears of all the men of Shechem all these words: and their hearts inclined to follow Abimelech; for they said, He is our brother.

And they gave him threescore and ten pieces of silver out of the house of Baalberith, wherewith Abimelech hired vain and light persons, which followed him.

And he went unto his father's house at Ophrah, and slew his brethren the sons of Jerubbaal, being threescore and ten persons, upon one stone: notwithstanding yet Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was left; for he hid himself.

And all the men of Shechem gathered together, and all the house of Millo, and went, and made Abimelech king, by the plain of the pillar that was in Shechem.

And when they told it to Jotham, he went and stood in the top of mount Gerizim, and lifted up his voice, and cried, and said unto them, Hearken unto me, ye men of Shechem, that God may hearken unto you.

The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us.

But the olive tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?

10 And the trees said to the fig tree, Come thou, and reign over us.

11 But the fig tree said unto them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees?

12 Then said the trees unto the vine, Come thou, and reign over us.

13 And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?

14 Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, and reign over us.

15 And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.

16 Now therefore, if ye have done truly and sincerely, in that ye have made Abimelech king, and if ye have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his house, and have done unto him according to the deserving of his hands;

17 (For my father fought for you, and adventured his life far, and delivered you out of the hand of Midian:

18 And ye are risen up against my father's house this day, and have slain his sons, threescore and ten persons, upon one stone, and have made Abimelech, the son of his maidservant, king over the men of Shechem, because he is your brother;)

19 If ye then have dealt truly and sincerely with Jerubbaal and with his house this day, then rejoice ye in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you:

20 But if not, let fire come out from Abimelech, and devour the men of Shechem, and the house of Millo; and let fire come out from the men of Shechem, and from the house of Millo, and devour Abimelech.

21 And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

Luke 23:44-24:12

The Death of Jesus23:44-49pp — Mt 27:45-56; Mk 15:33-41; Jn 19:29-30

44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon,Am 8:945 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the templeEx 26:31-33; Heb 9:3, 8 was torn in two.Heb 10:19, 2046 Jesus called out with a loud voice,Mt 27:50 “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”Psalm 31:5Ps 31:5; 1Pe 2:23 When he had said this, he breathed his last.Jn 19:30

47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised GodS Mt 9:8 and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”48 When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breastsLk 18:13 and went away.49 But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee,Lk 8:2 stood at a distance,Ps 38:11 watching these things.

The Burial of Jesus23:50-56pp — Mt 27:57-61; Mk 15:42-47; Jn 19:38-42

50 Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man,51 who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God.Lk 2:25, 3852 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body.53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid.54 It was Preparation Day,Mt 27:62 and the Sabbath was about to begin.

55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galileever 49 followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it.56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes.Mk 16:1; Lk 24:1 But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.Ex 12:16; 20:10

Jesus Has Risen24:1-10pp — Mt 28:1-8; Mk 16:1-8; Jn 20:1-8

24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had preparedLk 23:56 and went to the tomb.They found the stone rolled away from the tomb,but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.ver 23, 24While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightningS Jn 20:12 stood beside them.In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:Mt 17:22, 23; Lk 9:22; 24:44‘The Son of ManS Mt 8:20 must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’S Mt 16:21Then they remembered his words.Jn 2:22

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others.10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with themLk 8:1-3 who told this to the apostles.S Mk 6:3011 But they did not believeMk 16:11 the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves,Jn 20:3-7 and he went away,Jn 20:10 wondering to himself what had happened.

The Death of Jesus

44 By this time it was about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock.45 The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn down the middle.46 Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!”Ps 31:5. And with those words he breathed his last.

47 When the Roman officerGreek the centurion. overseeing the execution saw what had happened, he worshiped God and said, “Surely this man was innocent.Or righteous.48 And when all the crowd that came to see the crucifixion saw what had happened, they went home in deep sorrow.Greek went home beating their breasts.49 But Jesus’ friends, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance watching.

The Burial of Jesus

50 Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph. He was a member of the Jewish high council,51 but he had not agreed with the decision and actions of the other religious leaders. He was from the town of Arimathea in Judea, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come.52 He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body.53 Then he took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in a long sheet of linen cloth and laid it in a new tomb that had been carved out of rock.54 This was done late on Friday afternoon, the day of preparation,Greek It was the day of preparation. as the Sabbath was about to begin.

55 As his body was taken away, the women from Galilee followed and saw the tomb where his body was placed.56 Then they went home and prepared spices and ointments to anoint his body. But by the time they were finished the Sabbath had begun, so they rested as required by the law.

The Resurrection

24 But very early on Sunday morningGreek But on the first day of the week, very early in the morning. the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus.As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.

The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive?He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee,that the Son of Man“Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.”

Then they remembered that he had said this.So they rushed back from the tomb to tell his eleven disciples—and everyone else—what had happened.10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and several other women who told the apostles what had happened.11 But the story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn’t believe it.12 However, Peter jumped up and ran to the tomb to look. Stooping, he peered in and saw the empty linen wrappings; then he went home again, wondering what had happened.

44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.

45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.

46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

47 Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.

48 And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned.

49 And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.

50 And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just:

51 (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God.

52 This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.

53 And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid.

54 And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.

55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.

56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

24 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.

And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.

And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:

And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?

He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,

Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.

And they remembered his words,

And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.

10 It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.

11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.

12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.

Psalm 99:1-9

Psalm 99

The Lord reigns,S 1Ch 16:31; S Ps 97:1

let the nations tremble;S Ex 15:14; S 1Ch 16:30

he sits enthronedS 2Sa 6:2 between the cherubim,S Ex 25:22

let the earth shake.

Great is the LordS Ps 48:1 in Zion;Ps 2:6

he is exaltedEx 15:1; Ps 46:10; 97:9; 113:4; 148:13 over all the nations.

Let them praisePs 30:4; 33:21; 97:12; 103:1; 106:47; 111:9; 145:21; 148:5 your great and awesome namePs 76:1

he is holy.S Ex 15:11; S Lev 11:44; Rev 4:8

The KingPs 2:6 is mighty, he loves justiceS 1Ki 10:9

you have established equity;Ps 98:9

in Jacob you have done

what is just and right.S Ge 18:19; Rev 15:3

ExaltS Ex 15:2 the Lord our God

and worship at his footstool;

he is holy.

MosesS Ex 24:6 and AaronS Ex 28:1 were among his priests,

Samuel1Sa 7:5 was among those who called on his name;

they called on the Lord

and he answeredPs 4:3; 91:15 them.

He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud;S Ex 13:21; S 19:9; S Nu 11:25

they kept his statutes and the decrees he gave them.

Lord our God,

you answered them;

you were to Israel a forgiving God,S Ex 22:27; S Nu 14:20

though you punishedS Lev 26:18 their misdeeds.Or God, / an avenger of the wrongs done to them

Exalt the Lord our God

and worship at his holy mountain,

for the Lord our God is holy.

Psalm 99

The Lord is king!

Let the nations tremble!

He sits on his throne between the cherubim.

Let the whole earth quake!

The Lord sits in majesty in Jerusalem,Hebrew Zion.

exalted above all the nations.

Let them praise your great and awesome name.

Your name is holy!

Mighty King, lover of justice,

you have established fairness.

You have acted with justice

and righteousness throughout Israel.Hebrew Jacob. See note on 44:4.

Exalt the Lord our God!

Bow low before his feet, for he is holy!

Moses and Aaron were among his priests;

Samuel also called on his name.

They cried to the Lord for help,

and he answered them.

He spoke to Israel from the pillar of cloud,

and they followed the laws and decrees he gave them.

O Lord our God, you answered them.

You were a forgiving God to them,

but you punished them when they went wrong.

Exalt the Lord our God,

and worship at his holy mountain in Jerusalem,

for the Lord our God is holy!

99 The Lord reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.

The Lord is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people.

Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.

The king's strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.

Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.

Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.

He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them.

Thou answeredst them, O Lord our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions.

Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the Lord our God is holy.

Proverbs 14:9-10

Fools mock at making amends for sin,

but goodwill is found among the upright.

10 Each heart knows its own bitterness,

and no one else can share its joy.

Fools make fun of guilt,

but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation.

10 Each heart knows its own bitterness,

and no one else can fully share its joy.

Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.

10 The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.

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