Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

It seems that God in His foreknowledge was determined to leave Jesus with nothing as He finished the work on the cross. Jesus' clothes were His last physical possessions upon the earth. As was customary, the soldiers received those for themselves.

Paul said, "You know how full of love and kindness our Lord Jesus Christ was. Though he was very rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich" (2 Corinthians 8:9). Jesus completely emptied Himself of all earthly riches and glory in order to pay the full price for our redemption. How opposite His attitude was from that of a world that struggles to amass wealth and fortune!

Let us live to give. In the short time we are on earth, let us use our worldly possessions as tools to reach the lost. At the moment of death, we will discard all earthly goods, like an animal shedding a worn-out skin. Let's take a fresh look at our possessions and ask how they can serve to further the Gospel before God calls us home to glory!

2 Samuel 17:1-29

17 Ahithophel said to Absalom, “I wouldOr Let me choose twelve thousand men and set out tonight in pursuit of David.I would attack him while he is weary and weak.2Sa 16:14 I would strike him with terror, and then all the people with him will flee. I would strike down only the king1Ki 22:31; Zec 13:7and bring all the people back to you. The death of the man you seek will mean the return of all; all the people will be unharmed.”This plan seemed good to Absalom and to all the elders of Israel.

But Absalom said, “Summon also HushaiS 2Sa 15:32 the Arkite, so we can hear what he has to say as well.”When Hushai came to him, Absalom said, “Ahithophel has given this advice. Should we do what he says? If not, give us your opinion.”

Hushai replied to Absalom, “The advice Ahithophel has given is not good this time.You know your father and his men; they are fighters, and as fierce as a wild bear robbed of her cubs.Hos 13:8 Besides, your father is an experienced fighter;1Sa 16:18 he will not spend the night with the troops.Even now, he is hidden in a cave or some other place.Jer 41:9 If he should attack your troops first,Or When some of the men fall at the first attack whoever hears about it will say, ‘There has been a slaughter among the troops who follow Absalom.’10 Then even the bravest soldier, whose heart is like the heart of a lion,1Ch 12:8 will meltJos 2:9, 11; Eze 21:15 with fear, for all Israel knows that your father is a fighter and that those with him are brave.2Sa 23:8; 1Ch 11:11

11 “So I advise you: Let all Israel, from Dan to BeershebaS Jdg 20:1—as numerous as the sandS Ge 12:2; S Jos 11:4 on the seashore—be gathered to you, with you yourself leading them into battle.12 Then we will attack him wherever he may be found, and we will fall on him as dew settles on the ground. Neither he nor any of his men will be left alive.13 If he withdraws into a city, then all Israel will bring ropes to that city, and we will drag it down to the valleyMic 1:6 until not so much as a pebble is left.”

14 Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The adviceS 2Sa 16:23 of Hushai the Arkite is better than that of Ahithophel.”S 2Sa 15:12 For the Lord had determined to frustrateS 2Sa 15:34; Ne 4:15 the good advice of Ahithophel in order to bring disasterPs 9:16 on Absalom.2Ch 10:8

15 Hushai told Zadok and Abiathar, the priests, “Ahithophel has advised Absalom and the elders of Israel to do such and such, but I have advised them to do so and so.16 Now send a message at once and tell David, ‘Do not spend the night at the fords in the wilderness;2Sa 15:28 cross over without fail, or the king and all the people with him will be swallowed up.2Sa 15:35’”

17 JonathanS 2Sa 15:27, 36 and Ahimaaz were staying at En Rogel.Jos 15:7; 18:16; 1Ki 1:9 A female servant was to go and inform them, and they were to go and tell King David, for they could not risk being seen entering the city.18 But a young man saw them and told Absalom. So the two of them left at once and went to the house of a man in Bahurim.S 2Sa 3:16 He had a well in his courtyard, and they climbed down into it.19 His wife took a covering and spread it out over the opening of the well and scattered grain over it. No one knew anything about it.S Jos 2:6

20 When Absalom’s men came to the womanS Ex 1:19 at the house, they asked, “Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?”

The woman answered them, “They crossed over the brook.”Or “They passed by the sheep pen toward the water.” The men searched but found no one, so they returned to Jerusalem.

21 After they had gone, the two climbed out of the well and went to inform King David. They said to him, “Set out and cross the river at once; Ahithophel has advised such and such against you.”22 So David and all the people with him set out and crossed the Jordan. By daybreak, no one was left who had not crossed the Jordan.

23 When Ahithophel saw that his advice2Sa S 2Sa 16:23 had not been followed, he saddled his donkey and set out for his house in his hometown. He put his house in order2Ki 20:1 and then hanged himself. So he died and was buried in his father’s tomb.

Absalom’s Death

24 David went to Mahanaim,S Ge 32:2 and Absalom crossed the Jordan with all the men of Israel.25 Absalom had appointed Amasa2Sa 19:13; 20:4, 9-12; 1Ki 2:5, 32; 1Ch 12:18 over the army in place of Joab. Amasa was the son of Jether,Hebrew Ithra, a variant of Jether1Ch 2:13-17 an IshmaeliteSome Septuagint manuscripts (see also 1 Chron. 2:17); Hebrew and other Septuagint manuscripts Israelite who had married Abigail,Hebrew Abigal, a variant of Abigail the daughter of Nahash and sister of Zeruiah the mother of Joab.26 The Israelites and Absalom camped in the land of Gilead.

27 When David came to Mahanaim, Shobi son of NahashS 1Sa 11:1 from RabbahS Dt 3:11 of the Ammonites, and Makir2Sa 9:4 son of Ammiel from Lo Debar, and Barzillai2Sa 19:31-39; 1Ki 2:7 the Gileadite2Sa 19:31; Ezr 2:61 from Rogelim28 brought bedding and bowls and articles of pottery. They also brought wheat and barley, flour and roasted grain, beans and lentils,Most Septuagint manuscripts and Syriac; Hebrew lentils, and roasted grain29 honey and curds, sheep, and cheese from cows’ milk for David and his people to eat.1Ch 12:40 For they said, “The people have become exhausted and hungry and thirsty in the wilderness.2Sa 16:2; S Ro 12:13

17 Now Ahithophel urged Absalom, “Let me choose 12,000 men to start out after David tonight.I will catch up with him while he is weary and discouraged. He and his troops will panic, and everyone will run away. Then I will kill only the king,and I will bring all the people back to you as a bride returns to her husband. After all, it is only one man’s life that you seek.As in Greek version; Hebrew reads like the return of all is the man whom you seek. Then you will be at peace with all the people.”This plan seemed good to Absalom and to all the elders of Israel.

Hushai Counters Ahithophel’s Advice

But then Absalom said, “Bring in Hushai the Arkite. Let’s see what he thinks about this.”When Hushai arrived, Absalom told him what Ahithophel had said. Then he asked, “What is your opinion? Should we follow Ahithophel’s advice? If not, what do you suggest?”

“Well,” Hushai replied to Absalom, “this time Ahithophel has made a mistake.You know your father and his men; they are mighty warriors. Right now they are as enraged as a mother bear who has been robbed of her cubs. And remember that your father is an experienced man of war. He won’t be spending the night among the troops.He has probably already hidden in some pit or cave. And when he comes out and attacks and a few of your men fall, there will be panic among your troops, and the word will spread that Absalom’s men are being slaughtered.10 Then even the bravest soldiers, though they have the heart of a lion, will be paralyzed with fear. For all Israel knows what a mighty warrior your father is and how courageous his men are.

11 “I recommend that you mobilize the entire army of Israel, bringing them from as far away as Dan in the north and Beersheba in the south. That way you will have an army as numerous as the sand on the seashore. And I advise that you personally lead the troops.12 When we find David, we’ll fall on him like dew that falls on the ground. Then neither he nor any of his men will be left alive.13 And if David were to escape into some town, you will have all Israel there at your command. Then we can take ropes and drag the walls of the town into the nearest valley until every stone is torn down.”

14 Then Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “Hushai’s advice is better than Ahithophel’s.” For the Lord had determined to defeat the counsel of Ahithophel, which really was the better plan, so that he could bring disaster on Absalom!

Hushai Warns David to Escape

15 Hushai told Zadok and Abiathar, the priests, what Ahithophel had said to Absalom and the elders of Israel and what he himself had advised instead.16 “Quick!” he told them. “Find David and urge him not to stay at the shallows of the Jordan RiverHebrew at the crossing points of the wilderness. tonight. He must go across at once into the wilderness beyond. Otherwise he will die and his entire army with him.”

17 Jonathan and Ahimaaz had been staying at En-rogel so as not to be seen entering and leaving the city. Arrangements had been made for a servant girl to bring them the message they were to take to King David.18 But a boy spotted them at En-rogel, and he told Absalom about it. So they quickly escaped to Bahurim, where a man hid them down inside a well in his courtyard.19 The man’s wife put a cloth over the top of the well and scattered grain on it to dry in the sun; so no one suspected they were there.

20 When Absalom’s men arrived, they asked her, “Have you seen Ahimaaz and Jonathan?”

The woman replied, “They were here, but they crossed over the brook.” Absalom’s men looked for them without success and returned to Jerusalem.

21 Then the two men crawled out of the well and hurried on to King David. “Quick!” they told him, “cross the Jordan tonight!” And they told him how Ahithophel had advised that he be captured and killed.22 So David and all the people with him went across the Jordan River during the night, and they were all on the other bank before dawn.

23 When Ahithophel realized that his advice had not been followed, he saddled his donkey, went to his hometown, set his affairs in order, and hanged himself. He died there and was buried in the family tomb.

24 David soon arrived at Mahanaim. By now, Absalom had mobilized the entire army of Israel and was leading his troops across the Jordan River.25 Absalom had appointed Amasa as commander of his army, replacing Joab, who had been commander under David. (Amasa was Joab’s cousin. His father was Jether,Hebrew Ithra, a variant spelling of Jether. an Ishmaelite.As in some Greek manuscripts (see also 1 Chr 2:17); Hebrew reads an Israelite. His mother, Abigail daughter of Nahash, was the sister of Joab’s mother, Zeruiah.)26 Absalom and the Israelite army set up camp in the land of Gilead.

27 When David arrived at Mahanaim, he was warmly greeted by Shobi son of Nahash, who came from Rabbah of the Ammonites, and by Makir son of Ammiel from Lo-debar, and by Barzillai of Gilead from Rogelim.28 They brought sleeping mats, cooking pots, serving bowls, wheat and barley, flour and roasted grain, beans, lentils,29 honey, butter, sheep, goats, and cheese for David and those who were with him. For they said, “You must all be very hungry and tired and thirsty after your long march through the wilderness.”

17 Moreover Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night:

And I will come upon him while he is weary and weak handed, and will make him afraid: and all the people that are with him shall flee; and I will smite the king only:

And I will bring back all the people unto thee: the man whom thou seekest is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace.

And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.

Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear likewise what he saith.

And when Hushai was come to Absalom, Absalom spake unto him, saying, Ahithophel hath spoken after this manner: shall we do after his saying? if not; speak thou.

And Hushai said unto Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel hath given is not good at this time.

For, said Hushai, thou knowest thy father and his men, that they be mighty men, and they be chafed in their minds, as a bear robbed of her whelps in the field: and thy father is a man of war, and will not lodge with the people.

Behold, he is hid now in some pit, or in some other place: and it will come to pass, when some of them be overthrown at the first, that whosoever heareth it will say, There is a slaughter among the people that follow Absalom.

10 And he also that is valiant, whose heart is as the heart of a lion, shall utterly melt: for all Israel knoweth that thy father is a mighty man, and they which be with him are valiant men.

11 Therefore I counsel that all Israel be generally gathered unto thee, from Dan even to Beersheba, as the sand that is by the sea for multitude; and that thou go to battle in thine own person.

12 So shall we come upon him in some place where he shall be found, and we will light upon him as the dew falleth on the ground: and of him and of all the men that are with him there shall not be left so much as one.

13 Moreover, if he be gotten into a city, then shall all Israel bring ropes to that city, and we will draw it into the river, until there be not one small stone found there.

14 And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the Lord had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the Lord might bring evil upon Absalom.

15 Then said Hushai unto Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, Thus and thus did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel; and thus and thus have I counselled.

16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, Lodge not this night in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass over; lest the king be swallowed up, and all the people that are with him.

17 Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed by Enrogel; for they might not be seen to come into the city: and a wench went and told them; and they went and told king David.

18 Nevertheless a lad saw them, and told Absalom: but they went both of them away quickly, and came to a man's house in Bahurim, which had a well in his court; whither they went down.

19 And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth, and spread ground corn thereon; and the thing was not known.

20 And when Absalom's servants came to the woman to the house, they said, Where is Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the woman said unto them, They be gone over the brook of water. And when they had sought and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem.

21 And it came to pass, after they were departed, that they came up out of the well, and went and told king David, and said unto David, Arise, and pass quickly over the water: for thus hath Ahithophel counselled against you.

22 Then David arose, and all the people that were with him, and they passed over Jordan: by the morning light there lacked not one of them that was not gone over Jordan.

23 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father.

24 Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom passed over Jordan, he and all the men of Israel with him.

25 And Absalom made Amasa captain of the host instead of Joab: which Amasa was a man's son, whose name was Ithra an Israelite, that went in to Abigail the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah Joab's mother.

26 So Israel and Absalom pitched in the land of Gilead.

27 And it came to pass, when David was come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and Machir the son of Ammiel of Lodebar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim,

28 Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse,

29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.

John 19:23-42

23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

24 “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”

This happened that the scripture might be fulfilledver 28, 36, 37; S Mt 1:22 that said,

“They divided my clothes among them

and cast lots for my garment.”Psalm 22:18Ps 22:18

So this is what the soldiers did.

25 Near the crossMt 27:55, 56 of Jesus stood his mother,S Mt 12:46 his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.Lk 24:1826 When Jesus saw his motherS Mt 12:46 there, and the disciple whom he lovedS Jn 13:23 standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman,The Greek for Woman does not denote any disrespect. here is your son,”27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

The Death of Jesus19:29, 30pp — Mt 27:48, 50; Mk 15:36, 37; Lk 23:36

28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished,S ver 30; Jn 13:1 and so that Scripture would be fulfilled,ver 24, 36, 37; S Mt 1:22 Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”29 A jar of wine vinegarPs 69:21 was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.”Lk 12:50; Jn 4:34; 17:4 With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

31 Now it was the day of Preparation,ver 14, 42 and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crossesDt 21:23; Jos 8:29; 10:26, 27 during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down.32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other.ver 1833 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.34 Instead, one of the soldiers piercedZec 12:10; Rev 1:7 Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.1Jn 5:6, 835 The man who saw itS Lk 24:48 has given testimony, and his testimony is true.Jn 15:27; 21:24 He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe.36 These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled:ver 24, 28, 37; S Mt 1:22 “Not one of his bones will be broken,”Exodus 12:46; Num. 9:12; Psalm 34:20Ex 12:46; Nu 9:12; Ps 34:2037 and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.”Zech. 12:10Zec 12:10; Rev 1:7

The Burial of Jesus19:38-42pp — Mt 27:57-61; Mk 15:42-47; Lk 23:50-56

38 Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders.S Jn 7:13 With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away.39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus,Jn 3:1; 7:50 the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.Or about 34 kilograms40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen.Lk 24:12; Jn 11:44; 20:5, 7 This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.Mt 26:1241 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid.42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparationver 14, 31 and since the tomb was nearby,ver 20, 41 they laid Jesus there.

23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they divided his clothes among the four of them. They also took his robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.24 So they said, “Rather than tearing it apart, let’s throw diceGreek cast lots. for it.” This fulfilled the Scripture that says, “They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing.”Ps 22:18. So that is what they did.

25 Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene.26 When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.”27 And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.

The Death of Jesus

28 Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.”See Pss 22:15; 69:21.29 A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips.30 When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

31 It was the day of preparation, and the Jewish leaders didn’t want the bodies hanging there the next day, which was the Sabbath (and a very special Sabbath, because it was Passover week). So they asked Pilate to hasten their deaths by ordering that their legs be broken. Then their bodies could be taken down.32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the two men crucified with Jesus.33 But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they didn’t break his legs.34 One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out.35 (This report is from an eyewitness giving an accurate account. He speaks the truth so that you also may continue to believe.Some manuscripts read that you also may believe.)36 These things happened in fulfillment of the Scriptures that say, “Not one of his bones will be broken,”Exod 12:46; Num 9:12; Ps 34:20.37 and “They will look on the one they pierced.”Zech 12:10.

The Burial of Jesus

38 Afterward Joseph of Arimathea, who had been a secret disciple of Jesus (because he feared the Jewish leaders), asked Pilate for permission to take down Jesus’ body. When Pilate gave permission, Joseph came and took the body away.39 With him came Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus at night. He brought about seventy-five poundsGreek 100 litras [32.7 kilograms]. of perfumed ointment made from myrrh and aloes.40 Following Jewish burial custom, they wrapped Jesus’ body with the spices in long sheets of linen cloth.41 The place of crucifixion was near a garden, where there was a new tomb, never used before.42 And so, because it was the day of preparation for the Jewish PassoverGreek because of the Jewish day of preparation. and since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.

24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.

25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.

26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!

27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.

29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.

30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.

33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:

34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.

35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.

36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.

37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.

38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.

39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.

40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.

41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.

42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.

Psalm 119:129-152

פ Pe

129 Your statutes are wonderful;ver 18

therefore I obey them.ver 22,S 88

130 The unfolding of your words gives light;S ver 105

it gives understanding to the simple.S Ps 19:7

131 I open my mouth and pant,Ps 42:1

longing for your commands.S ver 20

132 Turn to meS Ps 6:4 and have mercyS 2Sa 24:14; S Ps 9:13 on me,

as you always do to those who love your name.S Ps 5:11

133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;ver 9

let no sin ruleS ver 11; S Ro 6:16 over me.

134 Redeem me from human oppression,S ver 122

that I may obey your precepts.S ver 56,S 88

135 Make your face shineS Nu 6:25; Ps 4:6; 67:1; 80:3 on your servant

and teach me your decrees.ver 12

136 Streams of tearsPs 6:6; Isa 22:4; Jer 9:1, 18; 13:17; 14:17; La 1:16; 3:48 flow from my eyes,

for your law is not obeyed.ver 158; Ps 106:25; Isa 42:24; Eze 9:4

צ Tsadhe

137 You are righteous,S Ex 9:27; S Ezr 9:15 Lord,

and your laws are right.S Ne 9:13

138 The statutes you have laid down are righteous;S ver 75; S Ps 19:7

they are fully trustworthy.ver 86

139 My zeal wears me out,Ps 69:9; Jn 2:17

for my enemies ignore your words.

140 Your promisesS Jos 23:14 have been thoroughly tested,Ps 12:6

and your servant loves them.ver 47

141 Though I am lowly and despised,S Ps 22:6

I do not forget your precepts.ver 61, 134

142 Your righteousness is everlasting

and your law is true.ver 151, 160; Ps 19:7

143 Trouble and distress have come upon me,

but your commands give me delight.ver 24,S 47

144 Your statutes are always righteous;

give me understandingS ver 34 that I may live.

ק Qoph

145 I call with all my heart;ver 10 answer me, Lord,

and I will obey your decrees.ver 22, 55

146 I call out to you; save meS ver 94

and I will keep your statutes.

147 I rise before dawnPs 5:3; 57:8; 108:2 and cry for help;

I have put my hope in your word.

148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,S Ps 63:6

that I may meditate on your promises.

149 Hear my voiceS Ps 27:7 in accordance with your love;ver 124

preserve my life,S ver 40 Lord, according to your laws.

150 Those who devise wicked schemesS Ps 37:7 are near,

but they are far from your law.

151 Yet you are near,S Ps 34:18; Php 4:5 Lord,

and all your commands are true.S ver 142

152 Long ago I learned from your statutesver 7, 73

that you established them to last forever.S ver 89; S Ps 111:8; Lk 21:33

Pe

129 Your laws are wonderful.

No wonder I obey them!

130 The teaching of your word gives light,

so even the simple can understand.

131 I pant with expectation,

longing for your commands.

132 Come and show me your mercy,

as you do for all who love your name.

133 Guide my steps by your word,

so I will not be overcome by evil.

134 Ransom me from the oppression of evil people;

then I can obey your commandments.

135 Look upon me with love;

teach me your decrees.

136 Rivers of tears gush from my eyes

because people disobey your instructions.

Tsadhe

137 O Lord, you are righteous,

and your regulations are fair.

138 Your laws are perfect

and completely trustworthy.

139 I am overwhelmed with indignation,

for my enemies have disregarded your words.

140 Your promises have been thoroughly tested;

that is why I love them so much.

141 I am insignificant and despised,

but I don’t forget your commandments.

142 Your justice is eternal,

and your instructions are perfectly true.

143 As pressure and stress bear down on me,

I find joy in your commands.

144 Your laws are always right;

help me to understand them so I may live.

Qoph

145 I pray with all my heart; answer me, Lord!

I will obey your decrees.

146 I cry out to you; rescue me,

that I may obey your laws.

147 I rise early, before the sun is up;

I cry out for help and put my hope in your words.

148 I stay awake through the night,

thinking about your promise.

149 In your faithful love, O Lord, hear my cry;

let me be revived by following your regulations.

150 Lawless people are coming to attack me;

they live far from your instructions.

151 But you are near, O Lord,

and all your commands are true.

152 I have known from my earliest days

that your laws will last forever.

129 Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.

130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

131 I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.

132 Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.

133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

134 Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.

135 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.

136 Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.

137 Righteous art thou, O Lord, and upright are thy judgments.

138 Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.

139 My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.

140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.

141 I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts.

142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.

143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.

144 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.

145 I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O Lord: I will keep thy statutes.

146 I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.

147 I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.

148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.

149 Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O Lord, quicken me according to thy judgment.

150 They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.

151 Thou art near, O Lord; and all thy commandments are truth.

152 Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.

Proverbs 16:12-13

12 Kings detest wrongdoing,

for a throne is established through righteousness.Pr 26:28; 25:5; 29:14; 31:5

13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips;

they value the one who speaks what is right.Pr 22:11

12 A king detests wrongdoing,

for his rule is built on justice.

13 The king is pleased with words from righteous lips;

he loves those who speak honestly.

12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

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