Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Satan is a master at dangling lustful sin in front of us and making it look incredibly enticing. Then, after we reach out and take it, the reality of that sin is a miserable disappointment. How quickly our eyes despise what we have attained through lust!

Satan tempts us with a picture of sin that looks like an oasis in the desert. He makes it seem as though a lust fulfilled will bring the ultimate happiness. Amnon fantasized for a long time about having relations with Tamar. However, the moment he acted upon his fantasy, the imagined sweet taste of it turned to bitterness. Amnon eventually despised what he had conquered (2 Samuel 13:15).

In any temptation, ask God to show you the reality of how disappointing the sin will be. Any move you make because of lust will turn to mock you and will lead you toward even more sin. Ask for the help of the Holy Spirit to break through any fantasy in your mind and to see its backside: anger, disrespect, and even death.

"There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death" (Proverbs 14:12). Don't fall for Satan's bait!

2 Samuel 13:1-39

Amnon and Tamar

13 In the course of time, Amnon2Sa 3:2 son of David fell in love with Tamar,2Sa 14:27; 1Ch 3:9 the beautiful sister of AbsalomS 2Sa 3:3 son of David.

Amnon became so obsessed with his sister Tamar that he made himself ill. She was a virgin, and it seemed impossible for him to do anything to her.

Now Amnon had an adviser named Jonadab son of Shimeah,S 1Sa 16:9 David’s brother. Jonadab was a very shrewd man.He asked Amnon, “Why do you, the king’s son, look so haggard morning after morning? Won’t you tell me?”

Amnon said to him, “I’m in love with Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister.”

“Go to bed and pretend to be ill,” Jonadab said. “When your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘I would like my sister Tamar to come and give me something to eat. Let her prepare the food in my sight so I may watch her and then eat it from her hand.’”

So Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill. When the king came to see him, Amnon said to him, “I would like my sister Tamar to come and make some special bread in my sight, so I may eat from her hand.”

David sent word to Tamar at the palace: “Go to the house of your brother Amnon and prepare some food for him.”So Tamar went to the house of her brother Amnon, who was lying down. She took some dough, kneaded it, made the bread in his sight and baked it.Then she took the pan and served him the bread, but he refused to eat.

“Send everyone out of here,”Ge 45:1 Amnon said. So everyone left him.10 Then Amnon said to Tamar, “Bring the food here into my bedroom so I may eat from your hand.” And Tamar took the bread she had prepared and brought it to her brother Amnon in his bedroom.11 But when she took it to him to eat, he grabbedS Ge 39:12 her and said, “Come to bed with me, my sister.”S Ge 38:16

12 “No, my brother!” she said to him. “Don’t force me! Such a thing should not be done in Israel!Lev 20:17 Don’t do this wicked thing.S Ge 34:713 What about me?S Lev 18:9; S Dt 22:21, 23-24 Where could I get rid of my disgrace? And what about you? You would be like one of the wicked fools in Israel. Please speak to the king; he will not keep me from being married to you.”14 But he refused to listen to her, and since he was stronger than she, he raped her.S Ge 34:2; Eze 22:11

15 Then Amnon hated her with intense hatred. In fact, he hated her more than he had loved her. Amnon said to her, “Get up and get out!”

16 “No!” she said to him. “Sending me away would be a greater wrong than what you have already done to me.”

But he refused to listen to her.17 He called his personal servant and said, “Get this woman out of my sight and bolt the door after her.”18 So his servant put her out and bolted the door after her. She was wearing an ornateThe meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain; also in verse 19. robe,S Ge 37:23 for this was the kind of garment the virgin daughters of the king wore.19 Tamar put ashesS Jos 7:6; Est 4:1; Da 9:3 on her head and tore the ornate robe she was wearing. She put her hands on her head and went away, weeping aloud as she went.

20 Her brother Absalom said to her, “Has that Amnon, your brother, been with you? Be quiet for now, my sister; he is your brother. Don’t take this thing to heart.” And Tamar lived in her brother Absalom’s house, a desolate woman.

21 When King David heard all this, he was furious.S Ge 34:722 And Absalom never said a word to Amnon, either good or bad;Ge 31:24 he hatedLev 19:17-18; 1Jn 2:9-11 Amnon because he had disgraced his sister Tamar.

Absalom Kills Amnon

23 Two years later, when Absalom’s sheepshearers1Sa 25:7 were at Baal Hazor near the border of Ephraim, he invited all the king’s sons to come there.24 Absalom went to the king and said, “Your servant has had shearers come. Will the king and his attendants please join me?”

25 “No, my son,” the king replied. “All of us should not go; we would only be a burden to you.” Although Absalom urged him, he still refused to go but gave him his blessing.

26 Then Absalom said, “If not, please let my brother Amnon come with us.”

The king asked him, “Why should he go with you?”27 But Absalom urged him, so he sent with him Amnon and the rest of the king’s sons.

28 AbsalomS 2Sa 3:3 ordered his men, “Listen! When Amnon is in highS Ru 3:7 spirits from drinking wine and I say to you, ‘Strike Amnon down,’ then kill him. Don’t be afraid. Haven’t I given you this order? Be strong and brave.S 2Sa 12:1029 So Absalom’s men did to Amnon what Absalom had ordered. Then all the king’s sons got up, mounted their mules and fled.

30 While they were on their way, the report came to David: “Absalom has struck down all the king’s sons; not one of them is left.”31 The king stood up, toreS Nu 14:6 his clothes and lay down on the ground; and all his attendants stood by with their clothes torn.

32 But Jonadab son of Shimeah, David’s brother, said, “My lord should not think that they killed all the princes; only Amnon is dead. This has been Absalom’s express intention ever since the day Amnon raped his sister Tamar.33 My lord the king should not be concerned about the report that all the king’s sons are dead. Only Amnon is dead.”

34 Meanwhile, Absalom had fled.

Now the man standing watch looked up and saw many people on the road west of him, coming down the side of the hill. The watchman went and told the king, “I see men in the direction of Horonaim, on the side of the hill.”Septuagint; Hebrew does not have this sentence.

35 Jonadab said to the king, “See, the king’s sons have come; it has happened just as your servant said.”

36 As he finished speaking, the king’s sons came in, wailing loudly. The king, too, and all his attendants wept very bitterly.

37 Absalom fled and went to TalmaiS 2Sa 3:3 son of Ammihud, the king of Geshur. But King David mourned many days for his son.

38 After Absalom fled and went to Geshur, he stayed there three years.39 And King David longed to go to Absalom,2Sa 14:13 for he was consoledS 2Sa 12:19-23 concerning Amnon’s death.

The Rape of Tamar

13 Now David’s son Absalom had a beautiful sister named Tamar. And Amnon, her half brother, fell desperately in love with her.Amnon became so obsessed with Tamar that he became ill. She was a virgin, and Amnon thought he could never have her.

But Amnon had a very crafty friend—his cousin Jonadab. He was the son of David’s brother Shimea.Hebrew Shimeah (also in 13:32), a variant spelling of Shimea; compare 1 Chr 2:13.One day Jonadab said to Amnon, “What’s the trouble? Why should the son of a king look so dejected morning after morning?”

So Amnon told him, “I am in love with Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister.”

“Well,” Jonadab said, “I’ll tell you what to do. Go back to bed and pretend you are ill. When your father comes to see you, ask him to let Tamar come and prepare some food for you. Tell him you’ll feel better if she prepares it as you watch and feeds you with her own hands.”

So Amnon lay down and pretended to be sick. And when the king came to see him, Amnon asked him, “Please let my sister Tamar come and cook my favorite dishOr a couple of cakes; also in 13:8, 10. as I watch. Then I can eat it from her own hands.”So David agreed and sent Tamar to Amnon’s house to prepare some food for him.

When Tamar arrived at Amnon’s house, she went to the place where he was lying down so he could watch her mix some dough. Then she baked his favorite dish for him.But when she set the serving tray before him, he refused to eat. “Everyone get out of here,” Amnon told his servants. So they all left.

10 Then he said to Tamar, “Now bring the food into my bedroom and feed it to me here.” So Tamar took his favorite dish to him.11 But as she was feeding him, he grabbed her and demanded, “Come to bed with me, my darling sister.”

12 “No, my brother!” she cried. “Don’t be foolish! Don’t do this to me! Such wicked things aren’t done in Israel.13 Where could I go in my shame? And you would be called one of the greatest fools in Israel. Please, just speak to the king about it, and he will let you marry me.”

14 But Amnon wouldn’t listen to her, and since he was stronger than she was, he raped her.15 Then suddenly Amnon’s love turned to hate, and he hated her even more than he had loved her. “Get out of here!” he snarled at her.

16 “No, no!” Tamar cried. “Sending me away now is worse than what you’ve already done to me.”

But Amnon wouldn’t listen to her.17 He shouted for his servant and demanded, “Throw this woman out, and lock the door behind her!”

18 So the servant put her out and locked the door behind her. She was wearing a long, beautiful robe,Or a robe with sleeves, or an ornamented robe. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. as was the custom in those days for the king’s virgin daughters.19 But now Tamar tore her robe and put ashes on her head. And then, with her face in her hands, she went away crying.

20 Her brother Absalom saw her and asked, “Is it true that Amnon has been with you? Well, my sister, keep quiet for now, since he’s your brother. Don’t you worry about it.” So Tamar lived as a desolate woman in her brother Absalom’s house.

21 When King David heard what had happened, he was very angry.Dead Sea Scrolls and Greek version add But he did not punish his son Amnon, because he loved him, for he was his firstborn.22 And though Absalom never spoke to Amnon about this, he hated Amnon deeply because of what he had done to his sister.

Absalom’s Revenge on Amnon

23 Two years later, when Absalom’s sheep were being sheared at Baal-hazor near Ephraim, Absalom invited all the king’s sons to come to a feast.24 He went to the king and said, “My sheep-shearers are now at work. Would the king and his servants please come to celebrate the occasion with me?”

25 The king replied, “No, my son. If we all came, we would be too much of a burden on you.” Absalom pressed him, but the king would not come, though he gave Absalom his blessing.

26 “Well, then,” Absalom said, “if you can’t come, how about sending my brother Amnon with us?”

“Why Amnon?” the king asked.27 But Absalom kept on pressing the king until he finally agreed to let all his sons attend, including Amnon. So Absalom prepared a feast fit for a king.As in Greek and Latin versions (compare also Dead Sea Scrolls); the Hebrew text lacks this sentence.

28 Absalom told his men, “Wait until Amnon gets drunk; then at my signal, kill him! Don’t be afraid. I’m the one who has given the command. Take courage and do it!”29 So at Absalom’s signal they murdered Amnon. Then the other sons of the king jumped on their mules and fled.

30 As they were on the way back to Jerusalem, this report reached David: “Absalom has killed all the king’s sons; not one is left alive!”31 The king got up, tore his robe, and threw himself on the ground. His advisers also tore their clothes in horror and sorrow.

32 But just then Jonadab, the son of David’s brother Shimea, arrived and said, “No, don’t believe that all the king’s sons have been killed! It was only Amnon! Absalom has been plotting this ever since Amnon raped his sister Tamar.33 No, my lord the king, your sons aren’t all dead! It was only Amnon.”34 Meanwhile Absalom escaped.

Then the watchman on the Jerusalem wall saw a great crowd coming down the hill on the road from the west. He ran to tell the king, “I see a crowd of people coming from the Horonaim road along the side of the hill.”As in Greek version; Hebrew lacks this sentence.

35 “Look!” Jonadab told the king. “There they are now! The king’s sons are coming, just as I said.”

36 They soon arrived, weeping and sobbing, and the king and all his servants wept bitterly with them.37 And David mourned many days for his son Amnon.

Absalom fled to his grandfather, Talmai son of Ammihud, the king of Geshur.38 He stayed there in Geshur for three years.39 And King David,Dead Sea Scrolls and Greek version read And the spirit of the king. now reconciled to Amnon’s death, longed to be reunited with his son Absalom.Or no longer felt a need to go out after Absalom.

13 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom the son of David had a fair sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her.

And Amnon was so vexed, that he fell sick for his sister Tamar; for she was a virgin; and Amnon thought it hard for him to do anything to her.

But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother: and Jonadab was a very subtil man.

And he said unto him, Why art thou, being the king's son, lean from day to day? wilt thou not tell me? And Amnon said unto him, I love Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister.

And Jonadab said unto him, Lay thee down on thy bed, and make thyself sick: and when thy father cometh to see thee, say unto him, I pray thee, let my sister Tamar come, and give me meat, and dress the meat in my sight, that I may see it, and eat it at her hand.

So Amnon lay down, and made himself sick: and when the king was come to see him, Amnon said unto the king, I pray thee, let Tamar my sister come, and make me a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat at her hand.

Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, Go now to thy brother Amnon's house, and dress him meat.

So Tamar went to her brother Amnon's house; and he was laid down. And she took flour, and kneaded it, and made cakes in his sight, and did bake the cakes.

And she took a pan, and poured them out before him; but he refused to eat. And Amnon said, Have out all men from me. And they went out every man from him.

10 And Amnon said unto Tamar, Bring the meat into the chamber, that I may eat of thine hand. And Tamar took the cakes which she had made, and brought them into the chamber to Amnon her brother.

11 And when she had brought them unto him to eat, he took hold of her, and said unto her, Come lie with me, my sister.

12 And she answered him, Nay, my brother, do not force me; for no such thing ought to be done in Israel: do not thou this folly.

13 And I, whither shall I cause my shame to go? and as for thee, thou shalt be as one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, I pray thee, speak unto the king; for he will not withhold me from thee.

14 Howbeit he would not hearken unto her voice: but, being stronger than she, forced her, and lay with her.

15 Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred wherewith he hated her was greater than the love wherewith he had loved her. And Amnon said unto her, Arise, be gone.

16 And she said unto him, There is no cause: this evil in sending me away is greater than the other that thou didst unto me. But he would not hearken unto her.

17 Then he called his servant that ministered unto him, and said, Put now this woman out from me, and bolt the door after her.

18 And she had a garment of divers colours upon her: for with such robes were the king's daughters that were virgins apparelled. Then his servant brought her out, and bolted the door after her.

19 And Tamar put ashes on her head, and rent her garment of divers colours that was on her, and laid her hand on her head, and went on crying.

20 And Absalom her brother said unto her, Hath Amnon thy brother been with thee? but hold now thy peace, my sister: he is thy brother; regard not this thing. So Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom's house.

21 But when king David heard of all these things, he was very wroth.

22 And Absalom spake unto his brother Amnon neither good nor bad: for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar.

23 And it came to pass after two full years, that Absalom had sheepshearers in Baalhazor, which is beside Ephraim: and Absalom invited all the king's sons.

24 And Absalom came to the king, and said, Behold now, thy servant hath sheepshearers; let the king, I beseech thee, and his servants go with thy servant.

25 And the king said to Absalom, Nay, my son, let us not all now go, lest we be chargeable unto thee. And he pressed him: howbeit he would not go, but blessed him.

26 Then said Absalom, If not, I pray thee, let my brother Amnon go with us. And the king said unto him, Why should he go with thee?

27 But Absalom pressed him, that he let Amnon and all the king's sons go with him.

28 Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Mark ye now when Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and when I say unto you, Smite Amnon; then kill him, fear not: have not I commanded you? be courageous, and be valiant.

29 And the servants of Absalom did unto Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king's sons arose, and every man gat him up upon his mule, and fled.

30 And it came to pass, while they were in the way, that tidings came to David, saying, Absalom hath slain all the king's sons, and there is not one of them left.

31 Then the king arose, and tare his garments, and lay on the earth; and all his servants stood by with their clothes rent.

32 And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother, answered and said, Let not my lord suppose that they have slain all the young men the king's sons; for Amnon only is dead: for by the appointment of Absalom this hath been determined from the day that he forced his sister Tamar.

33 Now therefore let not my lord the king take the thing to his heart, to think that all the king's sons are dead: for Amnon only is dead.

34 But Absalom fled. And the young man that kept the watch lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came much people by the way of the hill side behind him.

35 And Jonadab said unto the king, Behold, the king's sons come: as thy servant said, so it is.

36 And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of speaking, that, behold, the king's sons came, and lifted up their voice and wept: and the king also and all his servants wept very sore.

37 But Absalom fled, and went to Talmai, the son of Ammihud, king of Geshur. And David mourned for his son every day.

38 So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and was there three years.

39 And the soul of king David longed to go forth unto Absalom: for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.

John 17:1-26

Jesus Prays to Be Glorified

17 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heavenJn 11:41 and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come.S Mt 26:18 Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.Jn 12:23; 13:31, 32For you granted him authority over all peopleS Mt 28:18 that he might give eternal lifeS Mt 25:46 to all those you have given him.ver 6, 9, 24; Da 7:14; Jn 6:37, 39Now this is eternal life: that they know you,S Php 3:8 the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.ver 8, 18, 21, 23, 25; S Jn 3:17I have brought you gloryJn 13:31 on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.S Jn 19:30And now, Father, glorify mever 1 in your presence with the glory I had with youPhp 2:6 before the world began.S Jn 1:2

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

“I have revealed youGreek your namever 26; Jn 1:18 to those whom you gave meS ver 2 out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you.For I gave them the words you gave mever 14, 26; S Jn 14:24 and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you,S Jn 13:3 and they believed that you sent me.ver 3, 18, 21, 23, 25; S Jn 3:17I pray for them.Lk 22:32 I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me,S ver 2 for they are yours.10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine.Jn 16:15 And glory has come to me through them.11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world,Jn 13:1 and I am coming to you.ver 13; Jn 7:33 Holy Father, protect them by the power ofOr Father, keep them faithful to your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be onever 21-23; Ps 133:1 as we are one.Jn 10:3012 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe byOr kept them faithful to that name you gave me. None has been lostS Jn 6:39 except the one doomed to destructionJn 6:70 so that Scripture would be fulfilled.S Mt 1:22

13 “I am coming to you now,ver 11 but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joyS Jn 3:29 within them.14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them,Jn 15:19 for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.ver 16; Jn 8:2315 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.S Mt 5:3716 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.ver 1417 Sanctify them byOr them to live in accordance with the truth; your word is truth.S Jn 15:3; 2Sa 7:28; 1Ki 17:2418 As you sent me into the world,ver 3, 8, 21, 23, 25; S Jn 3:17 I have sent them into the world.Jn 20:2119 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.ver 17

Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,21 that all of them may be one,Jer 32:39 Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.ver 11; Jn 10:38 May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.ver 3, 8, 18, 23, 25; S Jn 3:1722 I have given them the glory that you gave me,Jn 1:14 that they may be one as we are oneS Jn 14:2023 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent mever 3, 8, 18, 21, 25; S Jn 3:17 and have loved themJn 16:27 even as you have loved me.

24 “Father, I want those you have given meS ver 2 to be with me where I am,S Jn 12:26 and to see my glory,Jn 1:14 the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.ver 5; S Mt 25:34; S Jn 1:2

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you,Jn 15:21; 16:3 I know you, and they know that you have sent me.ver 3, 8, 18, 21, 23; S Jn 3:17; 16:2726 I have made youGreek your name known to them,ver 6 and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in themJn 15:9 and that I myself may be in them.”

The Prayer of Jesus

17 After saying all these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you.For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him.And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.

“I have revealed youGreek have revealed your name; also in 17:26. to the ones you gave me from this world. They were always yours. You gave them to me, and they have kept your word.Now they know that everything I have is a gift from you,for I have passed on to them the message you gave me. They accepted it and know that I came from you, and they believe you sent me.

“My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you.10 All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory.11 Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name;Some manuscripts read you have given me these [disciples]. now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are.12 During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me.Some manuscripts read I protected those you gave me, by the power of your name. I guarded them so that not one was lost, except the one headed for destruction, as the Scriptures foretold.

13 “Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy.14 I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do.17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.19 And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.

20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.

22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one.23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.24 Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!

25 “O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me.26 I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.”

17 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.

For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Psalm 119:81-96

כ Kaph

81 My soul faintsver 20; Ps 84:2 with longing for your salvation,ver 123

but I have put my hopeS ver 43 in your word.

82 My eyes fail,S Ps 6:7; 69:3; La 2:11 looking for your promise;ver 41, 123

I say, “When will you comfort me?”

83 Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke,

I do not forgetS ver 61 your decrees.

84 How longPs 6:3; Rev 6:10 must your servant wait?

When will you punish my persecutors?ver 51; Jer 12:3; 15:15; 20:11

85 The arrogantver 51 dig pitsPs 35:7; 57:6; Jer 18:20, 22 to trap me,

contrary to your law.

86 All your commands are trustworthy;ver 138

help me,S Ps 109:26 for I am being persecutedS Ps 7:1 without cause.S ver 78

87 They almost wiped me from the earth,

but I have not forsakenver 150; Isa 1:4, 28; 58:2; 59:13 your precepts.

88 In your unfailing lovever 124; Ps 51:1; 109:26 preserve my life,S Ps 41:2

that I may obey the statutesver 2, 100, 129, 134, 168 of your mouth.

ל Lamedh

89 Your word, Lord, is eternal;ver 111, 144; S Ps 111:8; Isa 51:6; S Mt 5:18; 1Pe 1:25

it stands firm in the heavens.

90 Your faithfulnessS Ps 36:5 continues through all generations;S Ps 45:17

you established the earth, and it endures.S Job 8:19; Ps 148:6

91 Your laws endureJer 33:25 to this day,

for all things serve you.Ps 104:2-4; Jer 31:35

92 If your law had not been my delight,Ps 37:4; S 112:1

I would have perished in my affliction.ver 50, 67

93 I will never forgetver 83 your precepts,

for by them you have preserved my life.S Ps 103:5

94 Save me,ver 146; Ps 54:1; 116:4; Jer 17:14; 31:18; 42:11 for I am yours;

I have sought out your precepts.S ver 45

95 The wicked are waiting to destroy me,S Ps 69:4

but I will ponder your statutes.ver 99

96 To all perfection I see a limit,

but your commands are boundless.Ps 19:7

Kaph

81 I am worn out waiting for your rescue,

but I have put my hope in your word.

82 My eyes are straining to see your promises come true.

When will you comfort me?

83 I am shriveled like a wineskin in the smoke,

but I have not forgotten to obey your decrees.

84 How long must I wait?

When will you punish those who persecute me?

85 These arrogant people who hate your instructions

have dug deep pits to trap me.

86 All your commands are trustworthy.

Protect me from those who hunt me down without cause.

87 They almost finished me off,

but I refused to abandon your commandments.

88 In your unfailing love, spare my life;

then I can continue to obey your laws.

Lamedh

89 Your eternal word, O Lord,

stands firm in heaven.

90 Your faithfulness extends to every generation,

as enduring as the earth you created.

91 Your regulations remain true to this day,

for everything serves your plans.

92 If your instructions hadn’t sustained me with joy,

I would have died in my misery.

93 I will never forget your commandments,

for by them you give me life.

94 I am yours; rescue me!

For I have worked hard at obeying your commandments.

95 Though the wicked hide along the way to kill me,

I will quietly keep my mind on your laws.

96 Even perfection has its limits,

but your commands have no limit.

81 My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.

82 Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?

83 For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.

84 How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?

85 The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.

86 All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.

87 They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.

88 Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.

89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.

90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.

91 They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.

92 Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.

93 I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.

94 I am thine, save me: for I have sought thy precepts.

95 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.

96 I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.

Proverbs 16:6-7

Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;

through the fear of the LordS Ge 20:11; S Ex 1:17 evil is avoided.S Ex 20:20

When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way,

he causes their enemies to make peaceS Ge 39:21 with them.Ps 105:15; Jer 39:12; 40:1; 42:12; Da 1:9

Unfailing love and faithfulness make atonement for sin.

By fearing the Lord, people avoid evil.

When people’s lives please the Lord,

even their enemies are at peace with them.

By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.

When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

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