Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

The One who remembers us in our times of trouble also remembered Elijah and Peter at their lowest points. Elijah was suffering from burnout after fighting the victorious battle on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 19:4), but an angel of the Lord came and strengthened him. God gave him new vision and direction for his life. Peter, also in dire straits, had an angelic visitation and was rescued from prison the night before he was to be executed.

You can learn from these examples that God remembers you in your human frailty when you are worn-out in mind, body, and spirit from the fatigue of spiritual warfare. When you are at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. Help is on the way!

God receives the greatest glory when His servants come to the end of their resources and can only look up. Ask Him to strengthen you today in your weakness, for His love truly endures forever.

1 Kings 19:1-21

Elijah Flees to Horeb

19 Now Ahab told Jezebel1Ki 16:31 everything Elijah had done and how he had killedS Ex 22:20 all the prophets with the sword.So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely,S Ru 1:17 if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.”Ps 13:4; Jer 20:10; 26:21; 36:26

Elijah was afraidOr Elijah saw and ranS Ge 31:21 for his life.S Ge 19:17 When he came to BeershebaS Jos 19:2 in Judah, he left his servant there,while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush,Job 30:4 sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life;S Nu 11:15; Job 6:9; 7:16; 10:1; Ps 69:19; Jer 20:18; Jnh 4:8 I am no better than my ancestors.”Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.Ge 28:11

All at once an angelS Ge 16:7 touched him and said, “Get up and eat.”He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.

The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.”So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled fortyEx 24:18; Mt 4:2 days and forty nights until he reached Horeb,S Ex 3:1 the mountain of God.There he went into a caveS Ex 33:22 and spent the night.

The Lord Appears to Elijah

And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”S Ge 3:9

10 He replied, “I have been very zealousS Nu 25:13; Ac 22:3; Gal 4:18 for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant,S Dt 31:16 torn down your altars,1Ki 18:30 and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left,1Ki 18:4, 22; Jer 5:11; 9:2; Ro 11:3* and now they are trying to kill me too.”

11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountainEx 34:2; Mt 17:1-3 in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”Ex 33:19

Then a great and powerful windS Ex 14:21; S 2Ki 2:1 tore the mountains apart and shatteredNa 1:6 the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.12 After the earthquake came a fire,S Ex 3:2 but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.ver 11; S 1Sa 14:6; Job 4:16; Zec 4:6; 2Co 12:913 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his faceEx 3:6 and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

14 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left,1Ki 18:22; Ro 11:3* and now they are trying to kill me too.”

15 The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael2Ki 8:7-15 king over Aram.16 Also, anoint2Ki 9:1-3, 6 Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elishaver 21; 2Ki 2:1; 3:11 son of Shaphat from Abel MeholahS Jdg 7:22 to succeed you as prophet.17 Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael,2Ki 8:12, 29; 10:32; 12:17; 13:3, 7, 22; Am 1:4 and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu.Jer 48:4418 Yet I reserveRo 11:4* seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissedHos 13:2 him.”

The Call of Elisha

19 So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloakS Ge 41:42; 2Ki 2:8, 14 around him.20 Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,”Lk 9:61 he said, “and then I will come with you.”

“Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?”

21 So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxenS 1Sa 6:14 and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant.S ver 16

Elijah Flees to Sinai

19 When Ahab got home, he told Jezebel everything Elijah had done, including the way he had killed all the prophets of Baal.So Jezebel sent this message to Elijah: “May the gods strike me and even kill me if by this time tomorrow I have not killed you just as you killed them.”

Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there.Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.”

Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, “Get up and eat!”He looked around and there beside his head was some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water! So he ate and drank and lay down again.

Then the angel of the Lord came again and touched him and said, “Get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you.”

So he got up and ate and drank, and the food gave him enough strength to travel forty days and forty nights to Mount Sinai,Hebrew to Horeb, another name for Sinai. the mountain of God.There he came to a cave, where he spent the night.

The Lord Speaks to Elijah

But the Lord said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

10 Elijah replied, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.”

11 “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.12 And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.

And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

14 He replied again, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.”

15 Then the Lord told him, “Go back the same way you came, and travel to the wilderness of Damascus. When you arrive there, anoint Hazael to be king of Aram.16 Then anoint Jehu grandson of NimshiHebrew descendant of Nimshi; compare 2 Kgs 9:2, 14. to be king of Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from the town of Abel-meholah to replace you as my prophet.17 Anyone who escapes from Hazael will be killed by Jehu, and those who escape Jehu will be killed by Elisha!18 Yet I will preserve 7,000 others in Israel who have never bowed down to Baal or kissed him!”

The Call of Elisha

19 So Elijah went and found Elisha son of Shaphat plowing a field. There were twelve teams of oxen in the field, and Elisha was plowing with the twelfth team. Elijah went over to him and threw his cloak across his shoulders and then walked away.20 Elisha left the oxen standing there, ran after Elijah, and said to him, “First let me go and kiss my father and mother good-bye, and then I will go with you!”

Elijah replied, “Go on back, but think about what I have done to you.”

21 So Elisha returned to his oxen and slaughtered them. He used the wood from the plow to build a fire to roast their flesh. He passed around the meat to the townspeople, and they all ate. Then he went with Elijah as his assistant.

19 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.

Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.

And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.

But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.

And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.

And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.

And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.

And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?

10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:

12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

15 And the Lord said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:

16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.

17 And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.

18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.

19 So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.

20 And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee?

21 And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.

Acts 12:1-23

Peter’s Miraculous Escape From Prison

12 It was about this time that King HerodS Mt 14:1 arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them.He had James, the brother of John,S Mt 4:21 put to death with the sword.Mk 10:39When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews,Ac 24:27; 25:9 he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread.Ex 12:15; 23:15; Ac 20:6After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.S Jn 11:55

So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.S Ac 1:14; Ro 15:30, 31; Eph 6:18

The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains,Ac 21:33 and sentries stood guard at the entrance.Suddenly an angelS Ac 5:19 of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.Ps 107:14; Ac 16:26

Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him.Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision.S Ac 9:1010 They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself,Ac 5:19; 16:26 and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.

11 Then Peter came to himselfLk 15:17 and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued mePs 34:7; Da 3:28; 6:22; 2Co 1:10; 2Pe 2:9 from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.”

12 When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark,ver 25; Ac 13:5, 13; 15:37, 39; Col 4:10; 2Ti 4:11; Phm 24; 1Pe 5:13 where many people had gathered and were praying.ver 513 Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door.Jn 18:16, 1714 When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyedLk 24:41 she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!”

15 “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.”S Mt 18:10

16 But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.17 Peter motioned with his handAc 13:16; 19:33; 21:40 for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. “Tell JamesS Ac 15:13 and the other brothers and sistersS Ac 1:16 about this,” he said, and then he left for another place.

18 In the morning, there was no small commotion among the soldiers as to what had become of Peter.19 After Herod had a thorough search made for him and did not find him, he cross-examined the guards and ordered that they be executed.Ac 16:27

Herod’s Death

Then Herod went from Judea to CaesareaS Ac 8:40 and stayed there.20 He had been quarreling with the people of Tyre and Sidon;S Mt 11:21 they now joined together and sought an audience with him. After securing the support of Blastus, a trusted personal servant of the king, they asked for peace, because they depended on the king’s country for their food supply.1Ki 5:9, 11; Eze 27:17

21 On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people.22 They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.”23 Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angelS Ac 5:19 of the Lord struck him down,1Sa 25:38; 2Sa 24:16, 17; 2Ki 19:35 and he was eaten by worms and died.

James Is Killed and Peter Is Imprisoned

12 About that time King Herod AgrippaGreek Herod the king. He was the nephew of Herod Antipas and a grandson of Herod the Great. began to persecute some believers in the church.He had the apostle James (John’s brother) killed with a sword.When Herod saw how much this pleased the Jewish people, he also arrested Peter. (This took place during the Passover celebration.Greek the days of unleavened bread.)Then he imprisoned him, placing him under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring Peter out for public trial after the Passover.But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him.

Peter’s Miraculous Escape from Prison

The night before Peter was to be placed on trial, he was asleep, fastened with two chains between two soldiers. Others stood guard at the prison gate.Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists.Then the angel told him, “Get dressed and put on your sandals.” And he did. “Now put on your coat and follow me,” the angel ordered.

So Peter left the cell, following the angel. But all the time he thought it was a vision. He didn’t realize it was actually happening.10 They passed the first and second guard posts and came to the iron gate leading to the city, and this opened for them all by itself. So they passed through and started walking down the street, and then the angel suddenly left him.

11 Peter finally came to his senses. “It’s really true!” he said. “The Lord has sent his angel and saved me from Herod and from what the Jewish leadersOr the Jewish people. had planned to do to me!”

12 When he realized this, he went to the home of Mary, the mother of John Mark, where many were gathered for prayer.13 He knocked at the door in the gate, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to open it.14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed that, instead of opening the door, she ran back inside and told everyone, “Peter is standing at the door!”

15 “You’re out of your mind!” they said. When she insisted, they decided, “It must be his angel.”

16 Meanwhile, Peter continued knocking. When they finally opened the door and saw him, they were amazed.17 He motioned for them to quiet down and told them how the Lord had led him out of prison. “Tell James and the other brothers what happened,” he said. And then he went to another place.

18 At dawn there was a great commotion among the soldiers about what had happened to Peter.19 Herod Agrippa ordered a thorough search for him. When he couldn’t be found, Herod interrogated the guards and sentenced them to death. Afterward Herod left Judea to stay in Caesarea for a while.

The Death of Herod Agrippa

20 Now Herod was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon. So they sent a delegation to make peace with him because their cities were dependent upon Herod’s country for food. The delegates won the support of Blastus, Herod’s personal assistant,21 and an appointment with Herod was granted. When the day arrived, Herod put on his royal robes, sat on his throne, and made a speech to them.22 The people gave him a great ovation, shouting, “It’s the voice of a god, not of a man!”

23 Instantly, an angel of the Lord struck Herod with a sickness, because he accepted the people’s worship instead of giving the glory to God. So he was consumed with worms and died.

12 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.

And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)

And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.

Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.

And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.

And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me.

And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.

10 When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.

11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.

12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.

13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.

14 And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.

15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.

16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished.

17 But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place.

18 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter.

19 And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and there abode.

20 And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because their country was nourished by the king's country.

21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them.

22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.

23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.

Psalm 136:1-26

Psalm 136

Give thanksPs 105:1 to the Lord, for he is good.Ps 100:5; 106:1; 145:9; Jer 33:11; Na 1:7

His love endures forever.ver 2-26; S 2Ch 5:13; S Ezr 3:11; Ps 118:1-4

Give thanksPs 105:1 to the God of gods.S Dt 10:17

His love endures forever.

Give thanksPs 105:1 to the Lord of lords:S Dt 10:17; S 1Ti 6:15

His love endures forever.

to him who alone does great wonders,S Ex 3:20; S Job 9:10

His love endures forever.

who by his understandingPr 3:19; Jer 51:15 made the heavens,S Ge 1:1

His love endures forever.

who spread out the earthS Ge 1:1; Isa 42:5; Jer 10:12; 33:2 upon the waters,S Ge 1:6

His love endures forever.

who made the great lightsGe 1:14, 16; Ps 74:16; Jas 1:17

His love endures forever.

the sun to governS Ge 1:16 the day,

His love endures forever.

the moon and stars to govern the night;

His love endures forever.

10 to him who struck down the firstbornS Ex 4:23; S 12:12 of Egypt

His love endures forever.

11 and brought Israel outS Ex 6:6; 13:3; Ps 105:43 from among them

His love endures forever.

12 with a mighty handS Ex 3:20; S Dt 5:15 and outstretched arm;S Dt 9:29

His love endures forever.

13 to him who divided the Red SeaOr the Sea of Reeds; also in verse 15S Ps 78:13 asunder

His love endures forever.

14 and brought Israel throughEx 14:22; Ps 106:9 the midst of it,

His love endures forever.

15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;S Ex 14:27

His love endures forever.

16 to him who led his people through the wilderness;S Ex 13:18; Ps 78:52

His love endures forever.

17 to him who struck down great kings,Nu 21:23-25; Jos 24:8-11; Ps 78:55; 135:9-12

His love endures forever.

18 and killed mighty kingsDt 29:7; S Jos 12:7-24

His love endures forever.

19 Sihon king of the AmoritesNu 21:21-25

His love endures forever.

20 and Og king of BashanNu 21:33-35

His love endures forever.

21 and gave their landJos 12:1 as an inheritance,S Dt 1:38; S Jos 14:1

His love endures forever.

22 an inheritanceS Dt 29:8; Ps 78:55 to his servant Israel.Isa 20:3; 41:8; 42:19; 43:10; 44:1, 21; 45:4; 49:5-7

His love endures forever.

23 He remembered usPs 78:39; 103:14; 115:12 in our low estate

His love endures forever.

24 and freed usS Jos 10:14; S Ne 9:28 from our enemies.S Dt 6:19

His love endures forever.

25 He gives foodS Ge 1:30; S Mt 6:26 to every creature.

His love endures forever.

26 Give thanksPs 105:1 to the God of heaven.S Ps 115:3

His love endures forever.S Ezr 3:11

Psalm 136

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of gods.

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords.

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to him who alone does mighty miracles.

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to him who made the heavens so skillfully.

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to him who placed the earth among the waters.

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights—

His faithful love endures forever.

the sun to rule the day,

His faithful love endures forever.

and the moon and stars to rule the night.

His faithful love endures forever.

10 Give thanks to him who killed the firstborn of Egypt.

His faithful love endures forever.

11 He brought Israel out of Egypt.

His faithful love endures forever.

12 He acted with a strong hand and powerful arm.

His faithful love endures forever.

13 Give thanks to him who parted the Red Sea.Hebrew sea of reeds; also in 136:15.

His faithful love endures forever.

14 He led Israel safely through,

His faithful love endures forever.

15 but he hurled Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea.

His faithful love endures forever.

16 Give thanks to him who led his people through the wilderness.

His faithful love endures forever.

17 Give thanks to him who struck down mighty kings.

His faithful love endures forever.

18 He killed powerful kings—

His faithful love endures forever.

19 Sihon king of the Amorites,

His faithful love endures forever.

20 and Og king of Bashan.

His faithful love endures forever.

21 God gave the land of these kings as an inheritance—

His faithful love endures forever.

22 a special possession to his servant Israel.

His faithful love endures forever.

23 He remembered us in our weakness.

His faithful love endures forever.

24 He saved us from our enemies.

His faithful love endures forever.

25 He gives food to every living thing.

His faithful love endures forever.

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven.

His faithful love endures forever.

136 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.

O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:

The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:

The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.

10 To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:

11 And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:

12 With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.

13 To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:

14 And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:

15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.

16 To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever.

17 To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:

18 And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:

19 Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever:

20 And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever:

21 And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever:

22 Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever.

23 Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:

24 And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.

25 Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.

26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Proverbs 17:14-15

14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;

so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.Mt 5:25-26

15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocentS Ps 94:21; S Pr 18:5

the Lord detests them both.Ex 23:6-7; Isa 5:23; La 3:34-36

14 Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate,

so stop before a dispute breaks out.

15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—

both are detestable to the Lord.

14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.

15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.

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