Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Moses gave his final blessing upon God's people, and we, the children of Abraham, can lay claim by faith to the rich pronouncements found in Deuteronomy 33.

First, God promised that His people would "dwell between His shoulders" in security (Deuteronomy 33:12 KJV). There is no greater security and protection than in riding on the back of the Lord!

Next, He said His children would enjoy "the best gifts of the earth and its fullness" (v. 16). Because God made the earth, He can certainly cause it to yield its best for His own.

In addition, He promised His people physical strength for their entire lives (v. 25). Jesus offered this same promise to another child of Abraham hundreds of years later: "Wasn't it necessary for me, even on the Sabbath day, to free this dear woman from the bondage in which Satan has held her for eighteen years?" (Luke 13:16). Healing and strength are part of the blessing of the Lord.

Finally, He promised His children the peace and security of the everlasting arms underneath them (Deuteronomy 33:27). Security in an insecure world is priceless, and it belongs to us. Let's lay claim to our blessings, for we are people saved by the Lord (Deuteronomy 33:29).

Deuteronomy 33:1-29

Moses Blesses the Tribes33:1-29Ref — Ge 49:1-28

33 This is the blessingS Ge 27:4 that Moses the man of GodJos 14:6; 1Sa 2:27; 9:6; 1Ki 12:22; 13:1; 2Ki 1:9-13; 5:8; Jer 35:4 pronounced on the Israelites before his death.He said:

“The Lord came from SinaiEx 19:18; Ps 68:8

and dawned over them from Seir;Jos 11:17; Jdg 5:4

he shone forthPs 50:2; 80:1; 94:1 from Mount Paran.S Nu 10:12

He came withOr from myriads of holy onesPs 89:7; Da 4:13; 7:10; 8:13; Zec 14:5; Ac 7:53; Gal 3:19; Heb 2:2; Rev 5:11

from the south, from his mountain slopes.The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.

Surely it is you who loveS Dt 4:37 the people;

all the holy ones are in your hand.Dt 7:6

At your feet they all bow down,Lk 10:39; Rev 4:10

and from you receive instruction,

the law that Moses gave us,Dt 4:2; Jn 1:17; 7:19

the possession of the assembly of Jacob.Ps 119:111

He was kingS Ex 16:8; 1Sa 10:19; Ps 10:16; 149:2 over JeshurunJeshurun means the upright one, that is, Israel; also in verse 26.S Nu 23:21; S Dt 32:15

when the leaders of the people assembled,

along with the tribes of Israel.

“Let Reuben live and not die,

norOr but let his people be few.”S Ge 34:5

And this he said about Judah:S Ge 49:10

“Hear, Lord, the cry of Judah;

bring him to his people.

With his own hands he defends his cause.

Oh, be his help against his foes!”

About LeviS Ge 29:34 he said:

“Your Thummim and UrimEx 28:30 belong

to your faithful servant.Ps 106:16

You testedS Nu 14:22 him at Massah;

you contended with him at the waters of Meribah.S Ex 17:7

He said of his father and mother,Ex 32:26-29

‘I have no regard for them.’

He did not recognize his brothers

or acknowledge his own children,

but he watched over your word

and guarded your covenant.Ps 61:5; Mal 2:5

10 He teachesEzr 7:10; Ne 8:18; Ps 119:151; Jer 23:22; Mal 2:6 your precepts to Jacob

and your law to Israel.S Lev 10:11; Dt 17:8-11; 31:9-13

He offers incense before youS Ex 30:7; Lev 16:12-13

and whole burnt offerings on your altar.Ps 51:19

11 Bless all his skills, Lord,

and be pleased with the work of his hands.2Sa 24:23; Ps 20:3; 51:19

Strike down those who rise against him,

his foes till they rise no more.”

12 About BenjaminS Ge 35:18 he said:

“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him,Dt 4:37-38; 12:10; S 32:8

for he shields him all day long,S Ex 19:4

and the one the Lord lovesPs 60:5; 127:2; Isa 5:1 rests between his shoulders.S Ex 28:12

13 About JosephS Ge 30:24 he said:

“May the Lord bless his land

with the precious dew from heaven above

and with the deep waters that lie below;Ge 27:28; Ps 148:7

14 with the best the sun brings forth

and the finest the moon can yield;

15 with the choicest gifts of the ancient mountainsHab 3:6

and the fruitfulness of the everlasting hills;

16 with the best gifts of the earth and its fullness

and the favor of him who dwelt in the burning bush.S Ex 3:2

Let all these rest on the head of Joseph,

on the brow of the prince amongOr of the one separated from his brothers.S Ge 37:8

17 In majesty he is like a firstborn bull;

his horns1Sa 2:10; 2Sa 22:3; Eze 34:21 are the horns of a wild ox.S Nu 23:22

With them he will gore1Ki 22:11; Ps 44:5 the nations,

even those at the ends of the earth.

Such are the ten thousands of Ephraim;S Ge 41:52

such are the thousands of Manasseh.S Ge 41:51

18 About ZebulunS Ge 30:20 he said:

“Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going out,

and you, Issachar,S Ge 30:18 in your tents.

19 They will summon peoples to the mountainS Ex 15:17; Ps 48:1; Isa 2:3; 65:11; 66:20; Jer 31:6

and there offer the sacrifices of the righteous;Ps 4:5; 51:19

they will feast on the abundance of the seas,Isa 18:7; 23:18; 45:14; 60:5, 11; 61:6; Hag 2:7; Zec 14:14

on the treasures hidden in the sand.”

20 About GadGe 30:11 he said:

“Blessed is he who enlarges Gad’s domain!Dt 3:12-17

Gad lives there like a lion,

tearing at arm or head.

21 He chose the best land for himself;Nu 32:1-5, 31-32

the leader’s portion was kept for him.S Nu 34:14

When the heads of the people assembled,

he carried out the Lord’s righteous will,Jos 22:1-3

and his judgments concerning Israel.”

22 About DanGe 49:16; S Nu 1:38 he said:

“Dan is a lion’s cub,

springing out of Bashan.”

23 About NaphtaliS Ge 30:8 he said:

“Naphtali is abounding with the favor of the Lord

and is full of his blessing;

he will inherit southward to the lake.”

24 About AsherS Ge 30:13 he said:

“Most blessed of sons is Asher;

let him be favored by his brothers,

and let him bathe his feet in oil.S Ge 49:20; S Dt 32:13

25 The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze,Ne 3:3; 7:3; Ps 147:13

and your strength will equal your days.S Dt 32:47

26 “There is no one like the God of Jeshurun,S Dt 32:15

who ridesPs 18:10; 68:33 across the heavens to help youS Dt 10:14; S Ps 104:3

and on the clouds2Sa 22:10; Ps 18:9; 68:4; Da 7:13 in his majesty.S Ex 15:7

27 The eternalEx 15:18; Isa 40:28; 57:15 God is your refuge,Ps 9:9; 84:1; 90:1; 91:9

and underneath are the everlastingS Ge 21:33 arms.

He will drive out your enemies before you,Ex 34:11; Jos 24:18

saying, ‘Destroy them!’S Dt 7:2

28 So Israel will live in safety;S Ex 33:16; S Lev 25:18; S Dt 32:8; Ps 16:9; Pr 1:33; Isa 14:30

Jacob will dwellSeptuagint; Hebrew Jacob’s spring is secure

in a land of grain and new wine,

where the heavens drop dew.ver 13; Ge 27:28

29 Blessed are you, Israel!Ps 1:1; 32:1-2; 144:15

Who is like you,2Sa 22:45; Ps 18:44; 66:3; 81:15

a people saved by the Lord?Dt 4:7

He is your shield and helperGe 15:1; Ex 18:4; Ps 10:14; 18:1; 27:1, 9; 30:10; 54:4; 70:5; 115:9-11; 118:7; Isa 45:24; Hos 13:9; Hab 3:19

and your glorious sword.

Your enemies will cower before you,

and you will tread on their heights.S Nu 33:52; S Dt 32:13

Moses Blesses the People

33 This is the blessing that Moses, the man of God, gave to the people of Israel before his death:

“The Lord came from Mount Sinai

and dawned upon usAs in Greek and Syriac versions; Hebrew reads upon them. from Mount Seir;

he shone forth from Mount Paran

and came from Meribah-kadesh

with flaming fire at his right hand.Or came from myriads of holy ones, from the south, from his mountain slopes. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.

Indeed, he loves his people;As in Greek version; Hebrew reads Indeed, lover of the peoples.

all his holy ones are in his hands.

They follow in his steps

and accept his teaching.

Moses gave us the Lord’s instruction,

the special possession of the people of Israel.Hebrew of Jacob. The names “Jacob” and “Israel” are often interchanged throughout the Old Testament, referring sometimes to the individual patriarch and sometimes to the nation.

The Lord became king in IsraelHebrew in Jeshurun, a term of endearment for Israel.

when the leaders of the people assembled,

when the tribes of Israel gathered as one.”

Moses said this about the tribe of Reuben:Hebrew lacks Moses said this about the tribe of Reuben.

“Let the tribe of Reuben live and not die out,

though they are few in number.”

Moses said this about the tribe of Judah:

“O Lord, hear the cry of Judah

and bring them together as a people.

Give them strength to defend their cause;

help them against their enemies!”

Moses said this about the tribe of Levi:

“O Lord, you have given your Thummim and Urim—the sacred lots—

to your faithful servants the Levites.As in Greek version; Hebrew lacks the Levites.

You put them to the test at Massah

and struggled with them at the waters of Meribah.

The Levites obeyed your word

and guarded your covenant.

They were more loyal to you

than to their own parents.

They ignored their relatives

and did not acknowledge their own children.

10 They teach your regulations to Jacob;

they give your instructions to Israel.

They present incense before you

and offer whole burnt offerings on the altar.

11 Bless the ministry of the Levites, O Lord,

and accept all the work of their hands.

Hit their enemies where it hurts the most;

strike down their foes so they never rise again.”

12 Moses said this about the tribe of Benjamin:

“The people of Benjamin are loved by the Lord

and live in safety beside him.

He surrounds them continuously

and preserves them from every harm.”

13 Moses said this about the tribes of Joseph:

“May their land be blessed by the Lord

with the precious gift of dew from the heavens

and water from beneath the earth;

14 with the rich fruit that grows in the sun,

and the rich harvest produced each month;

15 with the finest crops of the ancient mountains,

and the abundance from the everlasting hills;

16 with the best gifts of the earth and its bounty,

and the favor of the one who appeared in the burning bush.

May these blessings rest on Joseph’s head,

crowning the brow of the prince among his brothers.

17 Joseph has the majesty of a young bull;

he has the horns of a wild ox.

He will gore distant nations,

even to the ends of the earth.

This is my blessing for the multitudes of Ephraim

and the thousands of Manasseh.”

18 Moses said this about the tribes of Zebulun and IssacharHebrew lacks and Issachar.:

“May the people of Zebulun prosper in their travels.

May the people of Issachar prosper at home in their tents.

19 They summon the people to the mountain

to offer proper sacrifices there.

They benefit from the riches of the sea

and the hidden treasures in the sand.”

20 Moses said this about the tribe of Gad:

“Blessed is the one who enlarges Gad’s territory!

Gad is poised there like a lion

to tear off an arm or a head.

21 The people of Gad took the best land for themselves;

a leader’s share was assigned to them.

When the leaders of the people were assembled,

they carried out the Lord’s justice

and obeyed his regulations for Israel.”

22 Moses said this about the tribe of Dan:

“Dan is a lion’s cub,

leaping out from Bashan.”

23 Moses said this about the tribe of Naphtali:

“O Naphtali, you are rich in favor

and full of the Lord’s blessings;

may you possess the west and the south.”

24 Moses said this about the tribe of Asher:

“May Asher be blessed above other sons;

may he be esteemed by his brothers;

may he bathe his feet in olive oil.

25 May the bolts of your gates be of iron and bronze;

may you be secure all your days.”

26 “There is no one like the God of Israel.Hebrew of Jeshurun, a term of endearment for Israel.

He rides across the heavens to help you,

across the skies in majestic splendor.

27 The eternal God is your refuge,

and his everlasting arms are under you.

He drives out the enemy before you;

he cries out, ‘Destroy them!’

28 So Israel will live in safety,

prosperous Jacob in security,

in a land of grain and new wine,

while the heavens drop down dew.

29 How blessed you are, O Israel!

Who else is like you, a people saved by the Lord?

He is your protecting shield

and your triumphant sword!

Your enemies will cringe before you,

and you will stomp on their backs!”

33 And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.

And he said, The Lord came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them.

Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words.

Moses commanded us a law, even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob.

And he was king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people and the tribes of Israel were gathered together.

Let Reuben live, and not die; and let not his men be few.

And this is the blessing of Judah: and he said, Hear, Lord, the voice of Judah, and bring him unto his people: let his hands be sufficient for him; and be thou an help to him from his enemies.

And of Levi he said, Let thy Thummim and thy Urim be with thy holy one, whom thou didst prove at Massah, and with whom thou didst strive at the waters of Meribah;

Who said unto his father and to his mother, I have not seen him; neither did he acknowledge his brethren, nor knew his own children: for they have observed thy word, and kept thy covenant.

10 They shall teach Jacob thy judgments, and Israel thy law: they shall put incense before thee, and whole burnt sacrifice upon thine altar.

11 Bless, Lord, his substance, and accept the work of his hands; smite through the loins of them that rise against him, and of them that hate him, that they rise not again.

12 And of Benjamin he said, The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.

13 And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the Lord be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath,

14 And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious things put forth by the moon,

15 And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills,

16 And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush: let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren.

17 His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.

18 And of Zebulun he said, Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy going out; and, Issachar, in thy tents.

19 They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness: for they shall suck of the abundance of the seas, and of treasures hid in the sand.

20 And of Gad he said, Blessed be he that enlargeth Gad: he dwelleth as a lion, and teareth the arm with the crown of the head.

21 And he provided the first part for himself, because there, in a portion of the lawgiver, was he seated; and he came with the heads of the people, he executed the justice of the Lord, and his judgments with Israel.

22 And of Dan he said, Dan is a lion's whelp: he shall leap from Bashan.

23 And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with favour, and full with the blessing of the Lord: possess thou the west and the south.

24 And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil.

25 Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be.

26 There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky.

27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.

28 Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew.

29 Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.

Luke 13:1-21

Repent or Perish

13 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood PilateS Mt 27:2 had mixed with their sacrifices.Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?Jn 9:2, 3I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.Or those eighteen who died when the tower in SiloamJn 9:7, 11 fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?I tell you, no! But unless you repent,Mt 3:2; Ac 2:38 you too will all perish.”

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any.Isa 5:2; Jer 8:13; Mt 21:19So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down!S Mt 3:10 Why should it use up the soil?’

“‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it.If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”

Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath

10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues,S Mt 4:2311 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years.ver 16 She was bent over and could not straighten up at all.12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.”13 Then he put his hands on her,S Mk 5:23 and immediately she straightened up and praised God.

14 Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath,S Mt 12:2 the synagogue leaderS Mk 5:22 said to the people, “There are six days for work.Ex 20:9 So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.”

15 The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water?Lk 14:516 Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham,S Lk 3:8 whom SatanS Mt 4:10 has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”

17 When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated,Isa 66:5 but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast13:18, 19pp — Mk 4:30-3213:18-21pp — Mt 13:31-33

18 Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of GodS Mt 3:2 like?S Mt 13:24 What shall I compare it to?19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree,Lk 17:6 and the birds perched in its branches.”S Mt 13:32

20 Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to?21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty poundsOr about 27 kilograms of flour until it worked all through the dough.”1Co 5:6

A Call to Repentance

13 About this time Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were offering sacrifices at the Temple.“Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than all the other people from Galilee?” Jesus asked. “Is that why they suffered?Not at all! And you will perish, too, unless you repent of your sins and turn to God.And what about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem?No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too.”

Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

Then Jesus told this story: “A man planted a fig tree in his garden and came again and again to see if there was any fruit on it, but he was always disappointed.Finally, he said to his gardener, ‘I’ve waited three years, and there hasn’t been a single fig! Cut it down. It’s just taking up space in the garden.’

“The gardener answered, ‘Sir, give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I’ll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer.If we get figs next year, fine. If not, then you can cut it down.’”

Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

10 One Sabbath day as Jesus was teaching in a synagogue,11 he saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight.12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!”13 Then he touched her, and instantly she could stand straight. How she praised God!

14 But the leader in charge of the synagogue was indignant that Jesus had healed her on the Sabbath day. “There are six days of the week for working,” he said to the crowd. “Come on those days to be healed, not on the Sabbath.”

15 But the Lord replied, “You hypocrites! Each of you works on the Sabbath day! Don’t you untie your ox or your donkey from its stall on the Sabbath and lead it out for water?16 This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?”

17 This shamed his enemies, but all the people rejoiced at the wonderful things he did.

Parable of the Mustard Seed

18 Then Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it?19 It is like a tiny mustard seed that a man planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds make nests in its branches.”

Parable of the Yeast

20 He also asked, “What else is the Kingdom of God like?21 It is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”

13 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?

I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?

I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.

Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?

And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:

And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

10 And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.

11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.

12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.

13 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

14 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.

15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?

16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?

17 And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

18 Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it?

19 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.

20 And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God?

21 It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

Psalm 78:65-72

65 Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,Ps 44:23

as a warrior wakes from the stupor of wine.

66 He beat back his enemies;

he put them to everlasting shame.1Sa 5:6

67 Then he rejected the tents of Joseph,

he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;Jer 7:15; Hos 9:13; 12:1

68 but he chose the tribe of Judah,S Nu 1:7; Ps 108:8

Mount Zion,S Ex 15:17; S Ps 68:16 which he loved.

69 He built his sanctuaryS Ps 15:1 like the heights,

like the earth that he established forever.

70 He chose DavidS 1Sa 16:1 his servant

and took him from the sheep pens;

71 from tending the sheepS Ge 37:2 he brought him

to be the shepherdS Ps 28:9 of his people Jacob,

of Israel his inheritance.

72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;S Ge 17:1

with skillful hands he led them.

65 Then the Lord rose up as though waking from sleep,

like a warrior aroused from a drunken stupor.

66 He routed his enemies

and sent them to eternal shame.

67 But he rejected Joseph’s descendants;

he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim.

68 He chose instead the tribe of Judah,

and Mount Zion, which he loved.

69 There he built his sanctuary as high as the heavens,

as solid and enduring as the earth.

70 He chose his servant David,

calling him from the sheep pens.

71 He took David from tending the ewes and lambs

and made him the shepherd of Jacob’s descendants—

God’s own people, Israel.

72 He cared for them with a true heart

and led them with skillful hands.

65 Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine.

66 And he smote his enemies in the hinder parts: he put them to a perpetual reproach.

67 Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim:

68 But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.

69 And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he hath established for ever.

70 He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds:

71 From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.

72 So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.

Proverbs 12:25

25 Anxiety weighs down the heart,Pr 15:13

but a kind word cheers it up.

25 Worry weighs a person down;

an encouraging word cheers a person up.

25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

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