Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Samson's whole ministry resulted from the Holy Spirit's coming upon him in power (Judges 14:19). Without that power, he was weak and insignificant. Jesus' ministry also began with the power He received from His baptism in the Holy Spirit (John 1:32). How dare we think that we can enter ministry and be effective for God without the same power released in us! If the Son of God never performed a miracle or preached a sermon without that power, we certainly should wait upon the Lord for it as well.

All ministry has its basis in the Person and power of the Holy Spirit as He enters our lives and brings us into a deeper dimension. The Holy Spirit stirred Samson. This stirring literally means "to agitate," "to trouble," and "to move." Samson was moved from the normal pattern of life and into the role of delivering Israel from the Philistines. The inward stirring and agitation of God against the oppression of the enemy is where the power of God is released. Allow the Holy Spirit to come upon you now and stir you to fulfill your destiny!

Judges 13:1-14:20

The Birth of Samson

13 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, so the Lord delivered them into the hands of the PhilistinesS Jdg 3:31 for forty years.Jdg 14:4

A certain man of Zorah,S Jos 15:33 named Manoah,ver 8; Jdg 16:31 from the clan of the Danites,S Ge 30:6 had a wife who was childless,S Ge 11:30 unable to give birth.The angel of the LordS Ge 16:7 appeared to herver 10 and said, “You are barren and childless, but you are going to become pregnant and give birth to a son.Isa 7:14; Lk 1:13Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drinkS Lev 10:9 and that you do not eat anything unclean.ver 14; Nu 6:2-4; S Lk 1:15You will become pregnant and have a sonS Ge 3:15 whose head is never to be touched by a razor1Sa 1:11 because the boy is to be a Nazirite,S Nu 6:2, 13; Am 2:11, 12 dedicated to God from the womb. He will take the lead1Sa 7:13 in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines.”

Then the woman went to her husband and told him, “A man of Godver 8; 1Sa 2:27; 9:6; 1Ki 13:1; 17:18 came to me. He looked like an angel of God,S Nu 22:22 very awesome.Ps 66:5 I didn’t ask him where he came from, and he didn’t tell me his name.But he said to me, ‘You will become pregnant and have a son. Now then, drink no wineJer 35:6 or other fermented drinkLev 10:9 and do not eat anything unclean, because the boy will be a Nazirite of God from the womb until the day of his death.1Sa 1:11, 28’”

Then ManoahS ver 2 prayed to the Lord: “Pardon your servant, Lord. I beg you to let the man of GodS ver 6 you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born.”

God heard Manoah, and the angel of God came again to the woman while she was out in the field; but her husband Manoah was not with her.10 The woman hurried to tell her husband, “He’s here! The man who appeared to mever 3 the other day!”

11 Manoah got up and followed his wife. When he came to the man, he said, “Are you the man who talked to my wife?”

“I am,” he said.

12 So Manoah asked him, “When your words are fulfilled, what is to be the rule that governs the boy’s life and work?”

13 The angel of the Lord answered, “Your wife must do all that I have told her.14 She must not eat anything that comes from the grapevine, nor drink any wine or other fermented drinkLev 10:9 nor eat anything unclean.S ver 4 She must do everything I have commanded her.”

15 Manoah said to the angel of the Lord, “We would like you to stay until we prepare a young goatJdg 6:19 for you.”

16 The angel of the Lord replied, “Even though you detain me, I will not eat any of your food. But if you prepare a burnt offering,S Jdg 11:31 offer it to the Lord.” (Manoah did not realizeS Jdg 6:22 that it was the angel of the Lord.)

17 Then Manoah inquired of the angel of the Lord, “What is your name,S Ge 32:29 so that we may honor you when your word comes true?”

18 He replied, “Why do you ask my name?S Ge 32:29 It is beyond understanding.Or is wonderful19 Then Manoah took a young goat, together with the grain offering, and sacrificed it on a rockJdg 6:20 to the Lord. And the Lord did an amazing thing while Manoah and his wife watched:20 As the flameS Lev 9:24 blazed up from the altar toward heaven, the angel of the Lord ascended in the flame. Seeing this, Manoah and his wife fell with their faces to the ground.S Ge 17:321 When the angel of the Lord did not show himself again to Manoah and his wife, Manoah realizedS Jdg 6:22 that it was the angel of the Lord.

22 “We are doomedS Nu 17:12; S Dt 5:26 to die!” he said to his wife. “We have seenS Ge 16:13; S Ex 3:6; S 24:10; S Jdg 6:22 God!”

23 But his wife answered, “If the Lord had meant to kill us, he would not have accepted a burnt offering and grain offering from our hands, nor shown us all these things or now told us this.”Ps 25:14

24 The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson.Jdg 14:1; 15:1; 16:1; Heb 11:32 He grew1Sa 2:21, 26; 3:19 and the Lord blessed him,Lk 1:8025 and the Spirit of the Lord began to stirS Jdg 3:10 him while he was in Mahaneh Dan,Jdg 18:12 between Zorah and Eshtaol.

Samson’s Marriage

14 SamsonS Jdg 13:24 went down to TimnahS Ge 38:12 and saw there a young Philistine woman.When he returned, he said to his father and mother, “I have seen a Philistine woman in Timnah; now get her for me as my wife.”S Ge 21:21

His father and mother replied, “Isn’t there an acceptable woman among your relatives or among all our people?S Ge 24:4 Must you go to the uncircumcisedS Ge 34:14; S 1Sa 14:6 Philistines to get a wife?S Ex 34:16

But Samson said to his father, “Get her for me. She’s the right one for me.”(His parents did not know that this was from the Lord,S Dt 2:30 who was seeking an occasion to confront the Philistines;S Jos 11:20 for at that time they were ruling over Israel.)Jdg 13:1; 15:11

Samson went down to Timnah together with his father and mother. As they approached the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion came roaring toward him.The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon himS Jdg 3:10 so that he tore the lion apart1Sa 17:35 with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he told neither his father nor his mother what he had done.Then he went down and talked with the woman, and he liked her.

Some time later, when he went back to marry her, he turned aside to look at the lion’s carcass, and in it he saw a swarm of bees and some honey.He scooped out the honey with his hands and ate as he went along. When he rejoined his parents, he gave them some, and they too ate it. But he did not tell them that he had taken the honey from the lion’s carcass.

10 Now his father went down to see the woman. And there Samson held a feast,S Ge 29:22 as was customary for young men.11 When the people saw him, they chose thirty men to be his companions.

12 “Let me tell you a riddle,S Nu 12:8; Eze 17:2; 20:49; 24:3; Hos 12:10” Samson said to them. “If you can give me the answer within the seven days of the feast,Ge 29:27 I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes.S Ge 45:22; S 2Ki 5:513 If you can’t tell me the answer, you must give me thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes.”

“Tell us your riddle,” they said. “Let’s hear it.”

14 He replied,

“Out of the eater, something to eat;

out of the strong, something sweet.”ver 18

For three days they could not give the answer.

15 On the fourthSome Septuagint manuscripts and Syriac; Hebrew seventh day, they said to Samson’s wife, “CoaxJdg 16:5; Ecc 7:26 your husband into explaining the riddle for us, or we will burn you and your father’s household to death.S Lev 20:14; Jdg 15:6 Did you invite us here to steal our property?”

16 Then Samson’s wife threw herself on him, sobbing, “You hate me! You don’t really love me.Jdg 16:15 You’ve given my people a riddle, but you haven’t told me the answer.”

“I haven’t even explained it to my father or mother,” he replied, “so why should I explain it to you?”17 She cried the whole seven daysEst 1:5 of the feast. So on the seventh day he finally told her, because she continued to press him. She in turn explained the riddle to her people.

18 Before sunset on the seventh day the men of the town said to him,

“What is sweeter than honey?

What is stronger than a lion?”ver 14

Samson said to them,

“If you had not plowed with my heifer,

you would not have solved my riddle.”

19 Then the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him.S Jdg 3:10 He went down to Ashkelon,S Jos 13:3 struck down thirty of their men, stripped them of everything and gave their clothes to those who had explained the riddle. Burning with anger,1Sa 11:6 he returned to his father’s home.20 And Samson’s wife was given to one of his companionsJdg 15:2, 6; Jn 3:29 who had attended him at the feast.

The Birth of Samson

13 Again the Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight, so the Lord handed them over to the Philistines, who oppressed them for forty years.

In those days a man named Manoah from the tribe of Dan lived in the town of Zorah. His wife was unable to become pregnant, and they had no children.The angel of the Lord appeared to Manoah’s wife and said, “Even though you have been unable to have children, you will soon become pregnant and give birth to a son.So be careful; you must not drink wine or any other alcoholic drink nor eat any forbidden food.Hebrew any unclean thing; also in 13:7, 14.You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and his hair must never be cut. For he will be dedicated to God as a Nazirite from birth. He will begin to rescue Israel from the Philistines.”

The woman ran and told her husband, “A man of God appeared to me! He looked like one of God’s angels, terrifying to see. I didn’t ask where he was from, and he didn’t tell me his name.But he told me, ‘You will become pregnant and give birth to a son. You must not drink wine or any other alcoholic drink nor eat any forbidden food. For your son will be dedicated to God as a Nazirite from the moment of his birth until the day of his death.’”

Then Manoah prayed to the Lord, saying, “Lord, please let the man of God come back to us again and give us more instructions about this son who is to be born.”

God answered Manoah’s prayer, and the angel of God appeared once again to his wife as she was sitting in the field. But her husband, Manoah, was not with her.10 So she quickly ran and told her husband, “The man who appeared to me the other day is here again!”

11 Manoah ran back with his wife and asked, “Are you the man who spoke to my wife the other day?”

“Yes,” he replied, “I am.”

12 So Manoah asked him, “When your words come true, what kind of rules should govern the boy’s life and work?”

13 The angel of the Lord replied, “Be sure your wife follows the instructions I gave her.14 She must not eat grapes or raisins, drink wine or any other alcoholic drink, or eat any forbidden food.”

15 Then Manoah said to the angel of the Lord, “Please stay here until we can prepare a young goat for you to eat.”

16 “I will stay,” the angel of the Lord replied, “but I will not eat anything. However, you may prepare a burnt offering as a sacrifice to the Lord.” (Manoah didn’t realize it was the angel of the Lord.)

17 Then Manoah asked the angel of the Lord, “What is your name? For when all this comes true, we want to honor you.”

18 “Why do you ask my name?” the angel of the Lord replied. “It is too wonderful for you to understand.”

19 Then Manoah took a young goat and a grain offering and offered it on a rock as a sacrifice to the Lord. And as Manoah and his wife watched, the Lord did an amazing thing.20 As the flames from the altar shot up toward the sky, the angel of the Lord ascended in the fire. When Manoah and his wife saw this, they fell with their faces to the ground.

21 The angel did not appear again to Manoah and his wife. Manoah finally realized it was the angel of the Lord,22 and he said to his wife, “We will certainly die, for we have seen God!”

23 But his wife said, “If the Lord were going to kill us, he wouldn’t have accepted our burnt offering and grain offering. He wouldn’t have appeared to us and told us this wonderful thing and done these miracles.”

24 When her son was born, she named him Samson. And the Lord blessed him as he grew up.25 And the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him while he lived in Mahaneh-dan, which is located between the towns of Zorah and Eshtaol.

Samson’s Riddle

14 One day when Samson was in Timnah, one of the Philistine women caught his eye.When he returned home, he told his father and mother, “A young Philistine woman in Timnah caught my eye. I want to marry her. Get her for me.”

His father and mother objected. “Isn’t there even one woman in our tribe or among all the Israelites you could marry?” they asked. “Why must you go to the pagan Philistines to find a wife?”

But Samson told his father, “Get her for me! She looks good to me.”His father and mother didn’t realize the Lord was at work in this, creating an opportunity to work against the Philistines, who ruled over Israel at that time.

As Samson and his parents were going down to Timnah, a young lion suddenly attacked Samson near the vineyards of Timnah.At that moment the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him, and he ripped the lion’s jaws apart with his bare hands. He did it as easily as if it were a young goat. But he didn’t tell his father or mother about it.When Samson arrived in Timnah, he talked with the woman and was very pleased with her.

Later, when he returned to Timnah for the wedding, he turned off the path to look at the carcass of the lion. And he found that a swarm of bees had made some honey in the carcass.He scooped some of the honey into his hands and ate it along the way. He also gave some to his father and mother, and they ate it. But he didn’t tell them he had taken the honey from the carcass of the lion.

10 As his father was making final arrangements for the marriage, Samson threw a party at Timnah, as was the custom for elite young men.11 When the bride’s parentsHebrew they. saw him, they selected thirty young men from the town to be his companions.

12 Samson said to them, “Let me tell you a riddle. If you solve my riddle during these seven days of the celebration, I will give you thirty fine linen robes and thirty sets of festive clothing.13 But if you can’t solve it, then you must give me thirty fine linen robes and thirty sets of festive clothing.”

“All right,” they agreed, “let’s hear your riddle.”

14 So he said:

“Out of the one who eats came something to eat;

out of the strong came something sweet.”

Three days later they were still trying to figure it out.15 On the fourthAs in Greek version; Hebrew reads seventh. day they said to Samson’s wife, “Entice your husband to explain the riddle for us, or we will burn down your father’s house with you in it. Did you invite us to this party just to make us poor?”

16 So Samson’s wife came to him in tears and said, “You don’t love me; you hate me! You have given my people a riddle, but you haven’t told me the answer.”

“I haven’t even given the answer to my father or mother,” he replied. “Why should I tell you?”17 So she cried whenever she was with him and kept it up for the rest of the celebration. At last, on the seventh day he told her the answer because she was tormenting him with her nagging. Then she explained the riddle to the young men.

18 So before sunset of the seventh day, the men of the town came to Samson with their answer:

“What is sweeter than honey?

What is stronger than a lion?”

Samson replied, “If you hadn’t plowed with my heifer, you wouldn’t have solved my riddle!”

19 Then the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him. He went down to the town of Ashkelon, killed thirty men, took their belongings, and gave their clothing to the men who had solved his riddle. But Samson was furious about what had happened, and he went back home to live with his father and mother.20 So his wife was given in marriage to the man who had been Samson’s best man at the wedding.

13 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord; and the Lord delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.

And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not.

And the angel of the Lord appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.

Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing:

For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.

Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name:

But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.

Then Manoah intreated the Lord, and said, O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born.

And God hearkened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again unto the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah her husband was not with her.

10 And the woman made haste, and ran, and shewed her husband, and said unto him, Behold, the man hath appeared unto me, that came unto me the other day.

11 And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said unto him, Art thou the man that spakest unto the woman? And he said, I am.

12 And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass. How shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto him?

13 And the angel of the Lord said unto Manoah, Of all that I said unto the woman let her beware.

14 She may not eat of any thing that cometh of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing: all that I commanded her let her observe.

15 And Manoah said unto the angel of the Lord, I pray thee, let us detain thee, until we shall have made ready a kid for thee.

16 And the angel of the Lord said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must offer it unto the Lord. For Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the Lord.

17 And Manoah said unto the angel of the Lord, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour?

18 And the angel of the Lord said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?

19 So Manoah took a kid with a meat offering, and offered it upon a rock unto the Lord: and the angel did wonderously; and Manoah and his wife looked on.

20 For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the Lord ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground.

21 But the angel of the Lord did no more appear to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was an angel of the Lord.

22 And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.

23 But his wife said unto him, If the Lord were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have shewed us all these things, nor would as at this time have told us such things as these.

24 And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him.

25 And the Spirit of the Lord began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.

14 And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.

And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife.

Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.

But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the Lord, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.

Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a young lion roared against him.

And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not his father or his mother what he had done.

And he went down, and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well.

And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion.

And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and came to his father and mother, and he gave them, and they did eat: but he told not them that he had taken the honey out of the carcase of the lion.

10 So his father went down unto the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do.

11 And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.

12 And Samson said unto them, I will now put forth a riddle unto you: if ye can certainly declare it me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty sheets and thirty change of garments:

13 But if ye cannot declare it me, then shall ye give me thirty sheets and thirty change of garments. And they said unto him, Put forth thy riddle, that we may hear it.

14 And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle.

15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they said unto Samson's wife, Entice thy husband, that he may declare unto us the riddle, lest we burn thee and thy father's house with fire: have ye called us to take that we have? is it not so?

16 And Samson's wife wept before him, and said, Thou dost but hate me, and lovest me not: thou hast put forth a riddle unto the children of my people, and hast not told it me. And he said unto her, Behold, I have not told it my father nor my mother, and shall I tell it thee?

17 And she wept before him the seven days, while their feast lasted: and it came to pass on the seventh day, that he told her, because she lay sore upon him: and she told the riddle to the children of her people.

18 And the men of the city said unto him on the seventh day before the sun went down, What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion? and he said unto them, If ye had not plowed with my heifer, ye had not found out my riddle.

19 And the Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave change of garments unto them which expounded the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his father's house.

20 But Samson's wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as his friend.

John 1:29-51

John Testifies About Jesus

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God,ver 36; Ge 22:8; Isa 53:7; 1Pe 1:19; Rev 5:6; 13:8 who takes away the sin of the world!S Jn 3:1730 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ver 15, 2731 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”

32 Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.Mt 3:1633 And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with waterS Mk 1:4 told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’S Mk 1:834 I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.”See Isaiah 42:1; many manuscripts is the Son of God.ver 49; S Mt 4:3

John’s Disciples Follow Jesus1:40-42pp — Mt 4:18-22; Mk 1:16-20; Lk 5:2-11

35 The next day JohnS Mt 3:1 was there again with two of his disciples.36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”S ver 29

37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”

They said, “Rabbi”ver 49; S Mt 23:7 (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”

So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.

40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus.41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).Jn 4:2542 And he brought him to Jesus.

Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be calledGe 17:5, 15; 32:28; 35:10 Cephas” (which, when translated, is PeterCephas (Aramaic) and Peter (Greek) both mean rock.).Mt 16:18

Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael

43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip,Mt 10:3; Jn 6:5-7; 12:21, 22; 14:8, 9 he said to him, “Follow me.”S Mt 4:19

44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida.S Mt 11:2145 Philip found NathanaelJn 21:2 and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law,S Lk 24:27 and about whom the prophets also wroteS Lk 24:27—Jesus of Nazareth,S Mk 1:24 the son of Joseph.”Lk 3:23

46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?”Jn 7:41, 42, 52 Nathanael asked.

“Come and see,” said Philip.

47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an IsraeliteRo 9:4, 6 in whom there is no deceit.”Ps 32:2

48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.

Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi,ver 38; S Mt 23:7 you are the Son of God;ver 34; S Mt 4:3 you are the king of Israel.”S Mt 2:2; 27:42; Jn 12:13

50 Jesus said, “You believeOr Do you believe … ? because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.”51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you,The Greek is plural. youThe Greek is plural. will see ‘heaven open,S Mt 3:16 and the angels of God ascending and descendingGe 28:12 on’Gen. 28:12 the Son of Man.”S Mt 8:20

Jesus, the Lamb of God

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!30 He is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘A man is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’31 I did not recognize him as the Messiah, but I have been baptizing with water so that he might be revealed to Israel.”

32 Then John testified, “I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon him.33 I didn’t know he was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’34 I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that he is the Chosen One of God.Some manuscripts read the Son of God.

The First Disciples

35 The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples.36 As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!”37 When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus.

38 Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” he asked them.

They replied, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

39 “Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him the rest of the day.

40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus.41 Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ”Messiah (a Hebrew term) and Christ (a Greek term) both mean “anointed one.”).

42 Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter”The names Cephas (from Aramaic) and Peter (from Greek) both mean “rock.”).

43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Come, follow me.”44 Philip was from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter’s hometown.

45 Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person MosesGreek Moses in the law. and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.”

46 “Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”

“Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied.

47 As they approached, Jesus said, “Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a man of complete integrity.”

48 “How do you know about me?” Nathanael asked.

Jesus replied, “I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you.”

49 Then Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God—the King of Israel!”

50 Jesus asked him, “Do you believe this just because I told you I had seen you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.”51 Then he said, “I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth.Greek going up and down on the Son of Man; see Gen 28:10-17. “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.

29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.

31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;

36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.

38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?

39 He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.

40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.

41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.

42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.

43 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.

44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.

45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.

46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!

48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.

49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.

50 Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.

51 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.

Psalm 102:1-28

Psalm 102In Hebrew texts 102:1-28 is numbered 102:2-29.

A prayer of an afflicted person who has grown weak and pours out a lament before the Lord.

Hear my prayer,Ps 4:1 Lord;

let my cry for helpS Ex 2:23 come to you.

Do not hide your faceS Ps 22:24 from me

when I am in distress.

Turn your earS 2Ki 19:16; Ps 31:2; 88:2 to me;

when I call, answer me quickly.

For my days vanish like smoke;S Ps 37:20; S Jas 4:14

my bonesLa 1:13 burn like glowing embers.

My heart is blighted and withered like grass;S Ps 37:2; 90:5-6

I forget to eat my food.S 1Sa 1:7; S Ezr 10:6; S Job 33:20

In my distress I groan aloudS Ps 6:6

and am reduced to skin and bones.

I am like a desert owl,S Dt 14:15-17; Job 30:29; Isa 34:11; Zep 2:14

like an owl among the ruins.

I lie awake;Ps 77:4 I have become

like a bird alonePs 38:11 on a roof.

All day long my enemiesS Ps 31:11 taunt me;S Ps 42:10; Lk 22:63-65; 23:35-37

those who rail against me use my name as a curse.S Ex 22:28; Isa 65:15; Jer 24:9; 25:18; 42:18; 44:12; Eze 14:8; Zec 8:13

For I eat ashesIsa 44:20 as my food

and mingle my drink with tearsPs 6:6; 42:3; 80:5

10 because of your great wrath,Ps 7:11; 38:3

for you have taken me up and thrown me aside.

11 My days are like the evening shadow;S 1Ch 29:15; S Job 14:2; S Ps 39:6

I witherS Job 8:12; Jas 1:10 away like grass.

12 But you, Lord, sit enthroned forever;S Ex 15:18

your renown enduresPs 135:13; Isa 55:13; 63:12 through all generations.S Ex 3:15

13 You will ariseS Ps 44:26 and have compassionS Dt 32:36; S 1Ki 3:26; Isa 54:8; 60:10; Zec 10:6 on Zion,

for it is timePs 119:126 to show favorS Ps 77:7 to her;

the appointed timeS Ex 13:10; Da 8:19; Ac 1:7 has come.

14 For her stones are dear to your servants;

her very dust moves them to pity.

15 The nations will fear1Ki 8:43; Ps 67:7; Isa 2:2 the name of the Lord,

all the kingsPs 76:12; 138:4; 148:11 of the earth will revere your glory.

16 For the Lord will rebuild ZionS Ps 51:18

and appear in his glory.Ps 8:1; Isa 60:1-2

17 He will respond to the prayerS 1Ki 8:29; Ps 4:1; 6:9 of the destitute;

he will not despise their plea.

18 Let this be writtenS Ro 4:24 for a future generation,

that a people not yet createdS Ps 22:31 may praise the Lord:

19 “The Lord looked downPs 53:2 from his sanctuary on high,

from heaven he viewed the earth,

20 to hear the groans of the prisonersS Ps 68:6; S Lk 4:19

and release those condemned to death.”

21 So the name of the Lord will be declaredPs 22:22 in Zion

and his praisePs 9:14 in Jerusalem

22 when the peoples and the kingdoms

assemble to worshipS Ps 22:27; Isa 49:22-23; Zec 8:20-23 the Lord.

23 In the course of my lifeOr By his power he broke my strength;

he cut short my days.S Ps 39:5

24 So I said:

“Do not take me away, my God, in the midst of my days;

your years go onS Ge 21:33; Job 36:26; Ps 90:2 through all generations.

25 In the beginningS Ge 1:1; Heb 1:10-12* you laid the foundations of the earth,

and the heavensS 2Ch 2:12 are the work of your hands.S Ps 8:3

26 They will perish,Isa 13:10, 13; 34:4; 51:6; Eze 32:8; Joel 2:10; Mt 24:35; 2Pe 3:7-10; Rev 20:11 but you remain;

they will all wear out like a garment.

Like clothing you will change them

and they will be discarded.

27 But you remain the same,S Nu 23:19; Heb 13:8; Jas 1:17

and your years will never end.Ps 9:7

28 The children of your servantsPs 69:36 will live in your presence;

their descendantsPs 25:13; 89:4 will be established before you.”

Psalm 102

A prayer of one overwhelmed with trouble, pouring out problems before the Lord.

Lord, hear my prayer!

Listen to my plea!

Don’t turn away from me

in my time of distress.

Bend down to listen,

and answer me quickly when I call to you.

For my days disappear like smoke,

and my bones burn like red-hot coals.

My heart is sick, withered like grass,

and I have lost my appetite.

Because of my groaning,

I am reduced to skin and bones.

I am like an owl in the desert,

like a little owl in a far-off wilderness.

I lie awake,

lonely as a solitary bird on the roof.

My enemies taunt me day after day.

They mock and curse me.

I eat ashes for food.

My tears run down into my drink

10 because of your anger and wrath.

For you have picked me up and thrown me out.

11 My life passes as swiftly as the evening shadows.

I am withering away like grass.

12 But you, O Lord, will sit on your throne forever.

Your fame will endure to every generation.

13 You will arise and have mercy on JerusalemHebrew Zion; also in 102:16.

and now is the time to pity her,

now is the time you promised to help.

14 For your people love every stone in her walls

and cherish even the dust in her streets.

15 Then the nations will tremble before the Lord.

The kings of the earth will tremble before his glory.

16 For the Lord will rebuild Jerusalem.

He will appear in his glory.

17 He will listen to the prayers of the destitute.

He will not reject their pleas.

18 Let this be recorded for future generations,

so that a people not yet born will praise the Lord.

19 Tell them the Lord looked down

from his heavenly sanctuary.

He looked down to earth from heaven

20 to hear the groans of the prisoners,

to release those condemned to die.

21 And so the Lord’s fame will be celebrated in Zion,

his praises in Jerusalem,

22 when multitudes gather together

and kingdoms come to worship the Lord.

23 He broke my strength in midlife,

cutting short my days.

24 But I cried to him, “O my God, who lives forever,

don’t take my life while I am so young!

25 Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth

and made the heavens with your hands.

26 They will perish, but you remain forever;

they will wear out like old clothing.

You will change them like a garment

and discard them.

27 But you are always the same;

you will live forever.

28 The children of your people

will live in security.

Their children’s children

will thrive in your presence.”

102 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come unto thee.

Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.

For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth.

My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.

By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.

I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert.

I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.

Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me.

For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.

10 Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down.

11 My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.

12 But thou, O Lord, shall endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.

13 Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.

14 For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.

15 So the heathen shall fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.

16 When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.

17 He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.

18 This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord.

19 For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the Lord behold the earth;

20 To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;

21 To declare the name of the Lord in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;

22 When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the Lord.

23 He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.

24 I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.

25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.

26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:

27 But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.

28 The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.

Proverbs 14:15-16

15 The simple believe anything,

but the prudent give thought to their steps.S ver 8

16 The wise fear the Lord and shun evil,S Ex 20:20; Pr 22:3

but a foolS 1Sa 25:25 is hotheaded and yet feels secure.

15 Only simpletons believe everything they’re told!

The prudent carefully consider their steps.

16 The wise are cautiousHebrew The wise fear. and avoid danger;

fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.

15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.

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