Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

God wants you to "break through" in every difficult situation you face! David faced his first and greatest challenge from the Philistines immediately after he was anointed king. David asked God if he should go out and fight the Philistines, and God instructed him to attack, assuring David that He would give him the victory. Desiring to honor God for answering his prayers, David renamed the area of battle so that everyone who came there in the future would know of God's goodness to him in that place. It was known as the place of breakthrough.

David referred to the battle in terms of the innate power that water has to break through any resistance. A flood of waters is an awesome force. It can break down dams, dikes, and walls, even moving rocks as it overwhelms everything in its path. Even more mighty is God's power, a force so great that it sweeps away any barrier the enemy tries to erect against us.

Not only is God powerful in giving the breakthrough, but He is also strategic. In the second battle against the Philistines (1 Chronicles 14:14), God told David to encircle them and launch a surprise attack. David obeyed and broke through to victory again. Here we see that God is infinitely more powerful than the devil-and smarter!

Wait upon God for His strategy, and move at His command. Believe today that His power and His wisdom will give you a breakthrough, for He is Lord of the Breakthrough!

1 Chronicles 12:19-14:17

19 Some of the tribe of Manasseh defected to David when he went with the Philistines to fight against Saul. (He and his men did not help the Philistines because, after consultation, their rulers sent him away. They said, “It will cost us our heads if he deserts to his master Saul.”)1Sa 29:2-1120 When David went to Ziklag,S 1Sa 27:6 these were the men of Manasseh who defected to him: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu and Zillethai, leaders of units of a thousand in Manasseh.21 They helped David against raiding bands, for all of them were brave warriors, and they were commanders in his army.22 Day after day men came to help David, until he had a great army, like the army of God.Or a great and mighty army

Others Join David at Hebron

23 These are the numbers of the men armed for battle who came to David at Hebron2Sa 2:3-4 to turn1Ch 10:14 Saul’s kingdom over to him, as the Lord had said:S 1Sa 16:1; 1Ch 11:10

24 from Judah, carrying shield and spear—6,800 armed for battle;

25 from Simeon, warriors ready for battle—7,100;

26 from Levi—4,600,27 including Jehoiada, leader of the family of Aaron, with 3,700 men,28 and Zadok,1Ch 6:8; 15:11; 16:39; 27:17 a brave young warrior, with 22 officers from his family;

29 from Benjamin,S 2Sa 3:19 Saul’s tribe—3,000, most2Sa 2:8-9 of whom had remained loyal to Saul’s house until then;

30 from Ephraim, brave warriors, famous in their own clans—20,800;

31 from half the tribe of Manasseh, designated by name to come and make David king—18,000;

32 from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should doEst 1:13—200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command;

33 from Zebulun, experienced soldiers prepared for battle with every type of weapon, to help David with undivided loyalty—50,000;

34 from Naphtali—1,000 officers, together with 37,000 men carrying shields and spears;

35 from Dan, ready for battle—28,600;

36 from Asher, experienced soldiers prepared for battle—40,000;

37 and from east of the Jordan, from Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh, armed with every type of weapon—120,000.

38 All these were fighting men who volunteered to serve in the ranks. They came to Hebron fully determined to make David king over all Israel.S 1Ch 9:1 All the rest of the Israelites were also of one mind to make David king.39 The men spent three days there with David, eating and drinking,2Sa 3:20; Isa 25:6-8 for their families had supplied provisions for them.40 Also, their neighbors from as far away as Issachar, Zebulun and Naphtali came bringing food on donkeys, camels, mules and oxen. There were plentiful suppliesS 2Sa 16:1; 17:29 of flour, fig cakes, raisin1Sa 25:18 cakes, wine, olive oil, cattle and sheep, for there was joy1Ch 29:22 in Israel.

Bringing Back the Ark13:1-14pp — 2Sa 6:1-11

13 David conferred with each of his officers, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds.He then said to the whole assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you and if it is the will of the Lord our God, let us send word far and wide to the rest of our people throughout the territories of Israel, and also to the priests and Levites who are with them in their towns and pasturelands, to come and join us.Let us bring the ark of our God back to us,1Sa 7:1-2 for we did not inquire2Ch 1:5 ofOr we neglected itOr him during the reign of Saul.”The whole assembly agreed to do this, because it seemed right to all the people.

So David assembled all Israel,1Ch 11:1; 15:3 from the Shihor RiverS Jos 13:3 in Egypt to Lebo Hamath,S Nu 13:21 to bring the ark of God from Kiriath Jearim.S 1Sa 7:2David and all Israel went to BaalahS Jos 15:9 of Judah (Kiriath Jearim) to bring up from there the ark of God the Lord, who is enthroned between the cherubimS Ex 25:22; 2Ki 19:15—the ark that is called by the Name.

They moved the ark of God from Abinadab’sS 1Sa 7:1 house on a new cart, with Uzzah and Ahio guiding it.David and all the Israelites were celebrating with all their might before God, with songs and with harps, lyres, timbrels, cymbals and trumpets.1Ch 15:16, 19, 24; 2Ch 5:12; Ps 92:3

When they came to the threshing floor of Kidon, Uzzah reached out his hand to steady the ark, because the oxen stumbled.10 The Lord’s anger1Ch 15:13, 15 burned against Uzzah, and he struck him downS Lev 10:2 because he had put his hand on the ark. So he died there before God.

11 Then David was angry because the Lord’s wrath had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah.Perez Uzzah means outbreak against Uzzah.1Ch 15:13; Ps 7:11

12 David was afraid of God that day and asked, “How can I ever bring the ark of God to me?”13 He did not take the ark to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom1Ch 15:18, 24; 16:38; 26:4-5, 15 the Gittite.14 The ark of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house for three months, and the Lord blessed his householdS 2Sa 6:11 and everything he had.

David’s House and Family14:1-7pp — 2Sa 5:11-16; 1Ch 3:5-8

14 Now Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar logs,S 1Ki 5:6; 1Ch 17:6; 22:4; 2Ch 2:3; Ezr 3:7; Hag 1:8 stonemasons and carpenters to build a palace for him.And David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and that his kingdom had been highly exaltedS Nu 24:7; S Dt 26:19 for the sake of his people Israel.

In Jerusalem David took more wives and became the father of more sonsS 1Ch 3:1 and daughters.These are the names of the children born to him there:S 1Ch 3:9 Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet,Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia,Elishama, BeeliadaA variant of Eliada and Eliphelet.

David Defeats the Philistines14:8-17pp — 2Sa 5:17-25

When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel,1Ch 11:1 they went up in full force to search for him, but David heard about it and went out to meet them.Now the Philistines had come and raided the Valleyver 13; S Jos 15:8; S 1Ch 11:15 of Rephaim;10 so David inquired of God: “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?”

The Lord answered him, “Go, I will deliver them into your hands.”

11 So David and his men went up to Baal Perazim,Ps 94:16; Isa 28:21 and there he defeated them. He said, “As waters break out, God has broken out against my enemies by my hand.” So that place was called Baal Perazim.Baal Perazim means the lord who breaks out.12 The Philistines had abandoned their gods there, and David gave orders to burnS Ex 32:20 them in the fire.S Jos 7:15

13 Once more the Philistines raided the valley;S ver 914 so David inquired of God again, and God answered him, “Do not go directly after them, but circle around them and attack them in front of the poplar trees.15 As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, move out to battle, because that will mean God has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.”16 So David did as God commanded him, and they struck down the Philistine army, all the way from GibeonS Jos 9:3 to Gezer.Jos 10:33

17 So David’s fameS Jos 6:27 spread throughout every land, and the Lord made all the nations fearEx 15:14-16; S Dt 2:25; Ps 2:1-12 him.

19 Some men from Manasseh defected from the Israelite army and joined David when he set out with the Philistines to fight against Saul. But as it turned out, the Philistine rulers refused to let David and his men go with them. After much discussion, they sent them back, for they said, “It will cost us our heads if David switches loyalties to Saul and turns against us.”

20 Here is a list of the men from Manasseh who defected to David as he was returning to Ziklag: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zillethai. Each commanded 1,000 troops from the tribe of Manasseh.21 They helped David chase down bands of raiders, for they were all brave and able warriors who became commanders in his army.22 Day after day more men joined David until he had a great army, like the army of God.

23 These are the numbers of armed warriors who joined David at Hebron. They were all eager to see David become king instead of Saul, just as the Lord had promised.

24 From the tribe of Judah, there were 6,800 warriors armed with shields and spears.

25 From the tribe of Simeon, there were 7,100 brave warriors.

26 From the tribe of Levi, there were 4,600 warriors.27 This included Jehoiada, leader of the family of Aaron, who had 3,700 under his command.28 This also included Zadok, a brave young warrior, with 22 members of his family who were all officers.

29 From the tribe of Benjamin, Saul’s relatives, there were 3,000 warriors. Most of the men from Benjamin had remained loyal to Saul until this time.

30 From the tribe of Ephraim, there were 20,800 brave warriors, each highly respected in his own clan.

31 From the half-tribe of Manasseh west of the Jordan, 18,000 men were designated by name to help David become king.

32 From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take.

33 From the tribe of Zebulun, there were 50,000 skilled warriors. They were fully armed and prepared for battle and completely loyal to David.

34 From the tribe of Naphtali, there were 1,000 officers and 37,000 warriors armed with shields and spears.

35 From the tribe of Dan, there were 28,600 warriors, all prepared for battle.

36 From the tribe of Asher, there were 40,000 trained warriors, all prepared for battle.

37 From the east side of the Jordan River—where the tribes of Reuben and Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh lived—there were 120,000 troops armed with every kind of weapon.

38 All these men came in battle array to Hebron with the single purpose of making David the king over all Israel. In fact, everyone in Israel agreed that David should be their king.39 They feasted and drank with David for three days, for preparations had been made by their relatives for their arrival.40 And people from as far away as Issachar, Zebulun, and Naphtali brought food on donkeys, camels, mules, and oxen. Vast supplies of flour, fig cakes, clusters of raisins, wine, olive oil, cattle, sheep, and goats were brought to the celebration. There was great joy throughout the land of Israel.

David Attempts to Move the Ark

13 David consulted with all his officials, including the generals and captains of his army.Hebrew the commanders of thousands and of hundreds.Then he addressed the entire assembly of Israel as follows: “If you approve and if it is the will of the Lord our God, let us send messages to all the Israelites throughout the land, including the priests and Levites in their towns and pasturelands. Let us invite them to come and join us.It is time to bring back the Ark of our God, for we neglected it during the reign of Saul.”

The whole assembly agreed to this, for the people could see it was the right thing to do.So David summoned all Israel, from the Shihor Brook of Egypt in the south all the way to the town of Lebo-hamath in the north, to join in bringing the Ark of God from Kiriath-jearim.Then David and all Israel went to Baalah of Judah (also called Kiriath-jearim) to bring back the Ark of God, which bears the nameOr the Ark of God, where the Name is proclaimed—the name. of the Lord who is enthroned between the cherubim.They placed the Ark of God on a new cart and brought it from Abinadab’s house. Uzzah and Ahio were guiding the cart.David and all Israel were celebrating before God with all their might, singing songs and playing all kinds of musical instruments—lyres, harps, tambourines, cymbals, and trumpets.

But when they arrived at the threshing floor of Nacon,As in parallel text at 2 Sam 6:6; Hebrew reads Kidon. the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah reached out his hand to steady the Ark.10 Then the Lord’s anger was aroused against Uzzah, and he struck him dead because he had laid his hand on the Ark. So Uzzah died there in the presence of God.

11 David was angry because the Lord’s anger had burst out against Uzzah. He named that place Perez-uzzah (which means “to burst out against Uzzah”), as it is still called today.

12 David was now afraid of God, and he asked, “How can I ever bring the Ark of God back into my care?”13 So David did not move the Ark into the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-edom of Gath.14 The Ark of God remained there in Obed-edom’s house for three months, and the Lord blessed the household of Obed-edom and everything he owned.

David’s Palace and Family

14 Then King Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar timber, and stonemasons and carpenters to build him a palace.And David realized that the Lord had confirmed him as king over Israel and had greatly blessed his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.

Then David married more wives in Jerusalem, and they had more sons and daughters.These are the names of David’s sons who were born in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet,Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia,Elishama, Eliada,Hebrew Beeliada, a variant spelling of Eliada; compare 3:8 and parallel text at 2 Sam 5:16. and Eliphelet.

David Conquers the Philistines

When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, they mobilized all their forces to capture him. But David was told they were coming, so he marched out to meet them.The Philistines arrived and made a raid in the valley of Rephaim.10 So David asked God, “Should I go out to fight the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?”

The Lord replied, “Yes, go ahead. I will hand them over to you.”

11 So David and his troops went up to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “God did it!” David exclaimed. “He used me to burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So they named that place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who bursts through”).12 The Philistines had abandoned their gods there, so David gave orders to burn them.

13 But after a while the Philistines returned and raided the valley again.14 And once again David asked God what to do. “Do not attack them straight on,” God replied. “Instead, circle around behind and attack them near the poplarOr aspen, or balsam; also in 14:15. The exact identification of this tree is uncertain. trees.15 When you hear a sound like marching feet in the tops of the poplar trees, go out and attack! That will be the signal that God is moving ahead of you to strike down the Philistine army.”16 So David did what God commanded, and they struck down the Philistine army all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.

17 So David’s fame spread everywhere, and the Lord caused all the nations to fear David.

19 And there fell some of Manasseh to David, when he came with the Philistines against Saul to battle: but they helped them not: for the lords of the Philistines upon advisement sent him away, saying, He will fall to his master Saul to the jeopardy of our heads.

20 As he went to Ziklag, there fell to him of Manasseh, Adnah, and Jozabad, and Jediael, and Michael, and Jozabad, and Elihu, and Zilthai, captains of the thousands that were of Manasseh.

21 And they helped David against the band of the rovers: for they were all mighty men of valour, and were captains in the host.

22 For at that time day by day there came to David to help him, until it was a great host, like the host of God.

23 And these are the numbers of the bands that were ready armed to the war, and came to David to Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the Lord.

24 The children of Judah that bare shield and spear were six thousand and eight hundred, ready armed to the war.

25 Of the children of Simeon, mighty men of valour for the war, seven thousand and one hundred.

26 Of the children of Levi four thousand and six hundred.

27 And Jehoiada was the leader of the Aaronites, and with him were three thousand and seven hundred;

28 And Zadok, a young man mighty of valour, and of his father's house twenty and two captains.

29 And of the children of Benjamin, the kindred of Saul, three thousand: for hitherto the greatest part of them had kept the ward of the house of Saul.

30 And of the children of Ephraim twenty thousand and eight hundred, mighty men of valour, famous throughout the house of their fathers.

31 And of the half tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand, which were expressed by name, to come and make David king.

32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.

33 Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all instruments of war, fifty thousand, which could keep rank: they were not of double heart.

34 And of Naphtali a thousand captains, and with them with shield and spear thirty and seven thousand.

35 And of the Danites expert in war twenty and eight thousand and six hundred.

36 And of Asher, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, forty thousand.

37 And on the other side of Jordan, of the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and of the half tribe of Manasseh, with all manner of instruments of war for the battle, an hundred and twenty thousand.

38 All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king.

39 And there they were with David three days, eating and drinking: for their brethren had prepared for them.

40 Moreover they that were nigh them, even unto Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought bread on asses, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen, and meat, meal, cakes of figs, and bunches of raisins, and wine, and oil, and oxen, and sheep abundantly: for there was joy in Israel.

13 And David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader.

And David said unto all the congregation of Israel, If it seem good unto you, and that it be of the Lord our God, let us send abroad unto our brethren every where, that are left in all the land of Israel, and with them also to the priests and Levites which are in their cities and suburbs, that they may gather themselves unto us:

And let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we enquired not at it in the days of Saul.

And all the congregation said that they would do so: for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.

So David gathered all Israel together, from Shihor of Egypt even unto the entering of Hemath, to bring the ark of God from Kirjathjearim.

And David went up, and all Israel, to Baalah, that is, to Kirjathjearim, which belonged to Judah, to bring up thence the ark of God the Lord, that dwelleth between the cherubims, whose name is called on it.

And they carried the ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab: and Uzza and Ahio drave the cart.

And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.

And when they came unto the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled.

10 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God.

11 And David was displeased, because the Lord had made a breach upon Uzza: wherefore that place is called Perezuzza to this day.

12 And David was afraid of God that day, saying, How shall I bring the ark of God home to me?

13 So David brought not the ark home to himself to the city of David, but carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.

14 And the ark of God remained with the family of Obededom in his house three months. And the Lord blessed the house of Obededom, and all that he had.

14 Now Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and timber of cedars, with masons and carpenters, to build him an house.

And David perceived that the Lord had confirmed him king over Israel, for his kingdom was lifted up on high, because of his people Israel.

And David took more wives at Jerusalem: and David begat more sons and daughters.

Now these are the names of his children which he had in Jerusalem; Shammua, and Shobab, Nathan, and Solomon,

And Ibhar, and Elishua, and Elpalet,

And Nogah, and Nepheg, and Japhia,

And Elishama, and Beeliada, and Eliphalet.

And when the Philistines heard that David was anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek David. And David heard of it, and went out against them.

And the Philistines came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.

10 And David enquired of God, saying, Shall I go up against the Philistines? And wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the Lord said unto him, Go up; for I will deliver them into thine hand.

11 So they came up to Baalperazim; and David smote them there. Then David said, God hath broken in upon mine enemies by mine hand like the breaking forth of waters: therefore they called the name of that place Baalperazim.

12 And when they had left their gods there, David gave a commandment, and they were burned with fire.

13 And the Philistines yet again spread themselves abroad in the valley.

14 Therefore David enquired again of God; and God said unto him, Go not up after them; turn away from them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees.

15 And it shall be, when thou shalt hear a sound of going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt go out to battle: for God is gone forth before thee to smite the host of the Philistines.

16 David therefore did as God commanded him: and they smote the host of the Philistines from Gibeon even to Gazer.

17 And the fame of David went out into all lands; and the Lord brought the fear of him upon all nations.

Romans 1:1-17

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostleS 1Co 1:1 and set apartS Ac 9:15 for the gospel of GodRo 15:16; S 2Co 2:12; 11:7; 1Th 2:8, 9; 1Pe 4:17the gospel he promised beforehandS Ac 13:32; Tit 1:2 through his prophetsLk 1:70; Ro 3:21 in the Holy ScripturesGal 3:8regarding his Son, who as to his earthly lifeOr who according to the fleshS Jn 1:14; Ro 9:5 was a descendant of David,S Mt 1:1and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in powerOr was declared with power to be the Son of GodS Mt 4:3 by his resurrection from the dead:S Ac 2:24 Jesus Christ our Lord.1Co 1:2Through him we received grace1Ti 1:14 and apostleship to call all the GentilesS Ac 9:15 to the obedience that comes fromOr that is faithAc 6:7; Ro 16:26 for his name’s sake.And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.Jude 1; Rev 17:14

To all in Rome who are loved by GodRo 8:39; 1Th 1:4 and called to be his holy people:S Ac 9:13

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.1Co 1:3; Eph 1:2; 1Ti 1:2; Tit 1:4; 1Pe 1:2

Paul’s Longing to Visit Rome

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you,1Co 1:4; Eph 1:16; 1Th 2:13; 2Th 1:3; 2Ti 1:3 because your faith is being reported all over the world.S Ro 10:18; 16:19God, whom I serve2Ti 1:3 in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witnessJob 16:19; Jer 42:5; 2Co 1:23; Gal 1:20; Php 1:8; 1Th 2:5, 10 how constantly I remember you10 in my prayers at all times;1Sa 12:23; S Lk 18:1; S Ac 1:14; Eph 1:16; Php 1:4; Col 1:9; 2Th 1:11; 2Ti 1:3; Phm 4 and I pray that now at last by God’s willS Ac 18:21 the way may be opened for me to come to you.ver 13; Ro 15:32

11 I long to see youRo 15:23 so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift1Co 1:7; 12:1-31 to make you strong—12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.13 I do not want you to be unaware,S Ro 11:25 brothers and sisters,The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 7:1, 4; 8:12, 29; 10:1; 11:25; 12:1; 15:14, 30; 16:14, 17.S Ro 7:1 that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now)Ro 15:22, 23 in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.

14 I am obligated1Co 9:16 both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.15 That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.Ro 15:20

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel,2Ti 1:8 because it is the power of God1Co 1:18 that brings salvation to everyone who believes:S Jn 3:15 first to the Jew,Ac 3:26; 13:46 then to the Gentile.S Ac 13:46; Ro 2:9, 1017 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealedRo 3:21; Php 3:9—a righteousness that is by faithS Ro 9:30 from first to last,Or is from faith to faith just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”Hab. 2:4Hab 2:4; Gal 3:11; Heb 10:38

Greetings from Paul

This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News.God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the holy Scriptures.The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line,and he was shown to beOr and was designated. the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit.Or by the Spirit of holiness; or in the new realm of the Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.Through Christ, God has given us the privilegeOr the grace. and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.

And you are included among those Gentiles who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ.I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be his own holy people.

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

God’s Good News

Let me say first that I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith in him is being talked about all over the world.God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heartOr in my spirit. by spreading the Good News about his Son.

10 One of the things I always pray for is the opportunity, God willing, to come at last to see you.11 For I long to visit you so I can bring you some spiritual gift that will help you grow strong in the Lord.12 When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.

13 I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters,Greek brothers. that I planned many times to visit you, but I was prevented until now. I want to work among you and see spiritual fruit, just as I have seen among other Gentiles.14 For I have a great sense of obligation to people in both the civilized world and the rest of the world,Greek to Greeks and barbarians. to the educated and uneducated alike.15 So I am eager to come to you in Rome, too, to preach the Good News.

16 For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.Greek also the Greek.17 This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”Or “The righteous will live by faith.” Hab 2:4.

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)

Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:

To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.

11 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;

12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.

13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.

14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.

15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Psalm 9:13-20

13 Lord, see how my enemiesNu 10:9; Ps 3:7; 18:3 persecute me!

Have mercyPs 6:2; 41:4; 51:1; 86:3, 16; 119:132 and lift me up from the gates of death,S Job 17:16; Mt 16:18

14 that I may declare your praisesPs 51:15; 1Pe 2:9

in the gates of Daughter Zion,2Ki 19:21; Isa 1:8; 10:32; 37:22; 62:11; Jer 4:31; 6:2; La 1:6; Mic 1:13; Zep 3:14; Zec 2:10; Mt 21:5; Jn 12:15

and there rejoice in your salvation.Ps 13:5; 35:9; 50:23; 51:12

15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;S Job 4:8; Ps 35:7

their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.Ps 35:8; 57:6

16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice;

the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.The Hebrew has Higgaion and Selah (words of uncertain meaning) here; Selah occurs also at the end of verse 20.Pr 5:22

17 The wicked go down to the realm of the dead,S Nu 16:30; Pr 5:5

all the nations that forget God.S Job 8:13

18 But God will never forget the needy;

the hopePs 25:3; 39:7; 71:5; Pr 23:18; Jer 14:8 of the afflictedver 12; Ps 74:19 will never perish.

19 Arise,Ps 3:7 Lord, do not let mortals triumph;2Ch 14:11

let the nations be judgedPs 110:6; Isa 2:4; Joel 3:12 in your presence.

20 Strike them with terror,S Ge 35:5; Ps 31:13; Isa 13:8; Lk 21:26 Lord;

let the nations know they are only mortal.Ps 62:9; Isa 31:3; Eze 28:2

13 Lord, have mercy on me.

See how my enemies torment me.

Snatch me back from the jaws of death.

14 Save me so I can praise you publicly at Jerusalem’s gates,

so I can rejoice that you have rescued me.

15 The nations have fallen into the pit they dug for others.

Their own feet have been caught in the trap they set.

16 The Lord is known for his justice.

The wicked are trapped by their own deeds. Quiet InterludeHebrew Higgaion Selah. The meaning of this phrase is uncertain.

17 The wicked will go down to the grave.Hebrew to Sheol.

This is the fate of all the nations who ignore God.

18 But the needy will not be ignored forever;

the hopes of the poor will not always be crushed.

19 Arise, O Lord!

Do not let mere mortals defy you!

Judge the nations!

20 Make them tremble in fear, O Lord.

Let the nations know they are merely human. Interlude

13 Have mercy upon me, O Lord; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:

14 That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.

15 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.

16 The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.

17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.

19 Arise, O Lord; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight.

20 Put them in fear, O Lord: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

Proverbs 19:4-5

Wealth attracts many friends,

but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.ver 7; Pr 14:20

A false witnessS Ex 23:1 will not go unpunished,S Ps 56:7

and whoever pours out lies will not go free.ver 9; S Dt 19:19; Pr 21:28

Wealth makes many “friends”;

poverty drives them all away.

A false witness will not go unpunished,

nor will a liar escape.

Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.

A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.

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