Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Humanism tells us, "I'm okay . . . you're okay" and says that salvation is little more than a contribution to one's own personal happiness. As Christians, however, we know that without the salvation purchased by Jesus' blood, humanity is hopeless.

Nowhere is the wickedness of humanity described in more graphic detail than in Romans 1 and Psalm 10. Paul begins Romans with a thorough description of the wickedness of humankind, coupled with a justification for the wrath of God. He continues with a description of how people have rejected the truth of God because of pride (Romans 1:21) and how such rejection has caused their minds to concoct unspeakable evils, such as idolatry and sodomy (v. 27). In Psalm 10:7, David describes the wickedness of people's motives and speech, which leads to abuses of power in their relationships with their fellow man.

Before we can ever get people saved, we must get them lost. Who among us does not see within himself the awful fruits of rebellion these chapters describe? Let us thank God today that He is willing to forgive our past and to accept us as His very own children. We should be so grateful that we would never entertain the thought of turning our backs on Him.

1 Chronicles 15:1-16:36

The Ark Brought to Jerusalem15:25–16:3pp — 2Sa 6:12-19

15 After David had constructed buildings for himself in the City of David, he preparedPs 132:1-18 a place for the ark of God and pitchedS 2Sa 6:17; 1Ch 16:1; 17:1 a tent for it.Then David said, “No one but the LevitesS Nu 3:6; 4:15; Dt 10:8; 31:25; 2Ch 5:5 may carryS Dt 31:9 the ark of God, because the Lord chose them to carry the ark of the Lord and to minister1Ch 16:4; 23:13; 2Ch 29:11; 31:2; Ps 134:1; 135:2 before him forever.”

David assembled all IsraelS 1Ch 13:5 in Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the Lord to the place he had prepared for it.He called together the descendants of Aaron and the Levites:S Nu 3:17-20

From the descendants of Kohath,

Uriel1Ch 6:24 the leader and 120 relatives;

from the descendants of Merari,

Asaiah the leader and 220 relatives;

from the descendants of Gershon,Hebrew Gershom, a variant of Gershon

Joel the leader and 130 relatives;

from the descendants of Elizaphan,S Ex 6:22

Shemaiah the leader and 200 relatives;

from the descendants of Hebron,Ex 6:18

Eliel the leader and 80 relatives;

10 from the descendants of Uzziel,

Amminadab the leader and 112 relatives.

11 Then David summoned ZadokS 1Ch 12:28 and AbiatharS 1Sa 22:20 the priests, and Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel and Amminadab the Levites.12 He said to them, “You are the heads of the Levitical families; you and your fellow Levites are to consecrateS Ex 29:1; 30:19-21, 30; 40:31-32; S Lev 11:44 yourselves and bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel, to the place I have prepared for it.13 It was because you, the Levites,1Ki 8:4 did not bring it up the first time that the Lord our God broke out in anger against us.S 1Ch 13:7-10 We did not inquire of him about how to do it in the prescribed way.S Lev 5:1014 So the priests and Levites consecrated themselves in order to bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel.15 And the Levites carried the ark of God with the poles on their shoulders, as Moses had commandedS Ex 25:14 in accordance with the word of the Lord.2Sa 6:7

16 David1Ch 6:31 told the leaders of the Levites2Ch 7:6 to appoint their fellow Levites as musiciansEzr 2:41; Ne 11:23; Ps 68:25 to make a joyful sound with musical instruments: lyres, harps and cymbals.S 1Ch 13:8; 23:5; 2Ch 29:26; Ne 12:27, 36; Job 21:12; Ps 150:5; Am 6:5

17 So the Levites appointed HemanS 1Ch 6:33 son of Joel; from his relatives, Asaph1Ch 6:39 son of Berekiah; and from their relatives the Merarites,1Ch 6:44 Ethan son of Kushaiah;18 and with them their relatives next in rank: Zechariah,Three Hebrew manuscripts and most Septuagint manuscripts (see also verse 20 and 16:5); most Hebrew manuscripts Zechariah son and or Zechariah, Ben and Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-EdomS 2Sa 6:10; 1Ch 26:4-5 and Jeiel,Hebrew; Septuagint (see also verse 21) Jeiel and Azaziah the gatekeepers.

19 The musicians Heman,1Ch 16:41; 25:6 Asaph and Ethan were to sound the bronze cymbals;20 Zechariah, Jaaziel,See verse 18; Hebrew Aziel, a variant of Jaaziel. Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah and Benaiah were to play the lyres according to alamoth,Probably a musical term21 and Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-Edom, Jeiel and Azaziah were to play the harps, directing according to sheminith.Probably a musical term22 Kenaniah the head Levite was in charge of the singing; that was his responsibility because he was skillful at it.

23 Berekiah and Elkanah were to be doorkeepers for the ark.24 Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah and Eliezer the priests were to blow trumpets2Ch 5:12; 7:6; 29:26 before the ark of God. Obed-Edom and Jehiah were also to be doorkeepers for the ark.

25 So David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of units of a thousand went to bring up the ark2Ch 1:4; 5:2; Jer 3:16 of the covenant of the Lord from the house of Obed-Edom, with rejoicing.26 Because God had helped the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord, seven bulls and seven ramsNu 23:1-4, 29 were sacrificed.27 Now David was clothed in a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and as were the musicians, and Kenaniah, who was in charge of the singing of the choirs. David also wore a linen ephod.S 1Sa 2:1828 So all IsraelS 1Ch 9:1 brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouts,S 1Ki 1:39; Zec 4:7 with the sounding of rams’ hornsS Ex 19:13 and trumpets, and of cymbals, and the playing of lyres and harps.

29 As the ark of the covenant of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David dancing and celebrating, she despised him in her heart.

Ministering Before the Ark16:8-22pp — Ps 105:1-1516:23-33pp — Ps 96:1-1316:34-36pp — Ps 106:1, 47-48

16 They brought the ark of God and set it inside the tent that David had pitchedS 1Ch 15:1 for it, and they presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before God.After David had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessedS Ex 39:43; Nu 6:23-27 the people in the name of the Lord.Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisinsIsa 16:7 to each Israelite man and woman.

He appointed some of the Levites to ministerS 1Ch 15:2 before the ark of the Lord, to extol,Or petition; or invoke thank, and praise the Lord, the God of Israel:Asaph was the chief, and next to him in rank were Zechariah, then Jaaziel,See 15:18,20; Hebrew Jeiel, possibly another name for Jaaziel. Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-Edom and Jeiel. They were to play the lyres and harps, Asaph was to sound the cymbals,and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests were to blow the trumpets regularly before the ark of the covenant of God.

That day David first appointed Asaph and his associates to give praisePs 47:7 to the Lord in this manner:

Give praisever 34; Ps 107:1; 118:1; 136:1 to the Lord, proclaim his name;

make known among the nationsS 2Ki 19:19 what he has done.

Sing to him, sing praiseS Ex 15:1; Ps 7:17 to him;

tell of all his wonderful acts.

10 Glory in his holy name;Ps 8:1; 29:2; 66:2

let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

11 Look to the Lord and his strength;

seekver 10; 1Ch 28:9; 2Ch 7:14; 14:4; 15:2, 12; 16:12; 18:4; 20:4; 34:3; Ps 24:6; 27:8; 105:4; 119:2, 58; Pr 8:17 his face always.

12 RememberPs 77:11 the wondersS Dt 4:34 he has done,

his miracles,Ps 78:43 and the judgments he pronounced,

13 you his servants, the descendants of Israel,

his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.

14 He is the Lord our God;

his judgmentsIsa 4:4; 26:9 are in all the earth.

15 He remembersSome Septuagint manuscripts (see also Psalm 105:8); Hebrew RememberS Ge 8:1; Ps 98:3; 111:5; 115:12; 136:23 his covenant forever,

the promise he made, for a thousand generations,

16 the covenantS Ge 12:7; S 15:18; 22:16-18 he made with Abraham,

the oath he swore to Isaac.

17 He confirmed it to JacobGe 35:9-12 as a decree,

to Israel as an everlasting covenant:

18 “To you I will give the land of CanaanGe 13:14-17

as the portion you will inherit.”

19 When they were but few in number,Dt 7:7

few indeed, and strangers in it,

20 theyOne Hebrew manuscript, Septuagint and Vulgate (see also Psalm 105:12); most Hebrew manuscripts inherit, / 19 though you are but few in number, / few indeed, and strangers in it.” / 20 They wanderedS Ge 20:13 from nation to nation,

from one kingdom to another.

21 He allowed no one to oppress them;

for their sake he rebuked kings:Ge 12:17; S 20:3; Ex 7:15-18; Ps 9:5

22 “Do not touch my anointed ones;

do my prophetsS Ge 20:7 no harm.”

23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth;

proclaim his salvation day after day.

24 Declare his gloryIsa 42:12; 66:19 among the nations,

his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

25 For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;Ps 18:3; 48:1

he is to be fearedPs 76:7; 89:7 above all gods.Ex 18:11; Dt 32:39; 2Ch 2:5; Ps 135:5; Isa 40:25

26 For all the gods of the nations are idols,

but the Lord made the heavens.Ps 8:3; 102:25

27 Splendor and majesty are before him;

strength and joy are in his dwelling place.

28 Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,

ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.Ps 29:1-2

29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;Ps 8:1

bring an offering and come before him.

Worship the Lord in the splendor of hisOr Lord with the splendor of holiness.2Ch 20:21; Ps 29:1-2

30 TremblePs 2:11; 33:8; 76:8; 99:1; 114:7 before him, all the earth!

The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.Ps 93:1

31 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;Isa 44:23; 49:13

let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!Ps 9:7; 47:8; 93:1; 97:1; 99:1; 146:10; Isa 52:7; La 5:19

32 Let the sea resound, and all that is in it;Ex 20:11; Isa 42:10

let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them!

33 Let the treesIsa 14:8; 55:12 of the forest sing,

let them sing for joy before the Lord,

for he comes to judge1Sa 2:10; Ps 7:8; 96:10; 98:9; 110:6; Isa 2:4 the earth.

34 Give thanksS ver 8; Ps 105:1; Isa 12:4 to the Lord, for he is good;Ps 25:7; 34:8; 100:5; 135:3; 145:9; Na 1:7

his love endures forever.2Ch 5:13; 7:3; Ezr 3:11; Ps 136:1-26; Jer 33:11

35 Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior;Dt 32:15; Ps 18:46; 38:22; Mic 7:7

gather us and deliver us from the nations,

that we may give thanks to your holy name,

and glory in your praise.”

36 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,S 1Ki 8:15; Ps 72:18-19

from everlasting to everlasting.

Then all the people said “Amen” and “Praise the Lord.”

Preparing to Move the Ark

15 David now built several buildings for himself in the City of David. He also prepared a place for the Ark of God and set up a special tent for it.Then he commanded, “No one except the Levites may carry the Ark of God. The Lord has chosen them to carry the Ark of the Lord and to serve him forever.”

Then David summoned all Israel to Jerusalem to bring the Ark of the Lord to the place he had prepared for it.This is the number of the descendants of Aaron (the priests) and the Levites who were called together:

From the clan of Kohath, 120, with Uriel as their leader.

From the clan of Merari, 220, with Asaiah as their leader.

From the clan of Gershon,Hebrew Gershom, a variant spelling of Gershon. 130, with Joel as their leader.

From the descendants of Elizaphan, 200, with Shemaiah as their leader.

From the descendants of Hebron, 80, with Eliel as their leader.

10 From the descendants of Uzziel, 112, with Amminadab as their leader.

11 Then David summoned the priests, Zadok and Abiathar, and these Levite leaders: Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab.12 He said to them, “You are the leaders of the Levite families. You must purify yourselves and all your fellow Levites, so you can bring the Ark of the Lord, the God of Israel, to the place I have prepared for it.13 Because you Levites did not carry the Ark the first time, the anger of the Lord our God burst out against us. We failed to ask God how to move it properly.”14 So the priests and the Levites purified themselves in order to bring the Ark of the Lord, the God of Israel, to Jerusalem.15 Then the Levites carried the Ark of God on their shoulders with its carrying poles, just as the Lord had instructed Moses.

16 David also ordered the Levite leaders to appoint a choir of Levites who were singers and musicians to sing joyful songs to the accompaniment of harps, lyres, and cymbals.17 So the Levites appointed Heman son of Joel along with his fellow Levites: Asaph son of Berekiah, and Ethan son of Kushaiah from the clan of Merari.18 The following men were chosen as their assistants: Zechariah, Jaaziel,As in several Hebrew manuscripts and Greek version (see also parallel lists in 15:20; 16:5); Masoretic Text reads Zechariah ben Jaaziel. Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, and the gatekeepers—Obed-edom and Jeiel.

19 The musicians Heman, Asaph, and Ethan were chosen to sound the bronze cymbals.20 Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah were chosen to play the harps.Hebrew adds according to Alamoth, which is probably a musical term. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.21 Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah were chosen to play the lyres.Hebrew adds according to the Sheminith, which is probably a musical term. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.22 Kenaniah, the head Levite, was chosen as the choir leader because of his skill.

23 Berekiah and Elkanah were chosen to guardHebrew chosen as gatekeepers for; also in 15:24. the Ark.24 Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Eliezer—all of whom were priests—were chosen to blow the trumpets as they marched in front of the Ark of God. Obed-edom and Jehiah were chosen to guard the Ark.

Moving the Ark to Jerusalem

25 Then David and the elders of Israel and the generals of the armyHebrew the commanders of thousands. went to the house of Obed-edom to bring the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant up to Jerusalem with a great celebration.26 And because God was clearly helping the Levites as they carried the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams.

27 David was dressed in a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who carried the Ark, and also the singers, and Kenaniah the choir leader. David was also wearing a priestly garment.Hebrew a linen ephod.28 So all Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant with shouts of joy, the blowing of rams’ horns and trumpets, the crashing of cymbals, and loud playing on harps and lyres.

29 But as the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant entered the City of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked down from her window. When she saw King David skipping about and laughing with joy, she was filled with contempt for him.

16 They brought the Ark of God and placed it inside the special tent David had prepared for it. And they presented burnt offerings and peace offerings to God.When he had finished his sacrifices, David blessed the people in the name of the Lord.Then he gave to every man and woman in all Israel a loaf of bread, a cake of dates,Or a portion of meat. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. and a cake of raisins.

David appointed the following Levites to lead the people in worship before the Ark of the Lord—to invoke his blessings, to give thanks, and to praise the Lord, the God of Israel.Asaph, the leader of this group, sounded the cymbals. Second to him was Zechariah, followed by Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom, and Jeiel. They played the harps and lyres.The priests, Benaiah and Jahaziel, played the trumpets regularly before the Ark of God’s Covenant.

David’s Song of Praise

On that day David gave to Asaph and his fellow Levites this song of thanksgiving to the Lord:

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness.

Let the whole world know what he has done.

Sing to him; yes, sing his praises.

Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.

10 Exult in his holy name;

rejoice, you who worship the Lord.

11 Search for the Lord and for his strength;

continually seek him.

12 Remember the wonders he has performed,

his miracles, and the rulings he has given,

13 you children of his servant Israel,

you descendants of Jacob, his chosen ones.

14 He is the Lord our God.

His justice is seen throughout the land.

15 Remember his covenant forever—

the commitment he made to a thousand generations.

16 This is the covenant he made with Abraham

and the oath he swore to Isaac.

17 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,

and to the people of Israel as a never-ending covenant:

18 “I will give you the land of Canaan

as your special possession.”

19 He said this when you were few in number,

a tiny group of strangers in Canaan.

20 They wandered from nation to nation,

from one kingdom to another.

21 Yet he did not let anyone oppress them.

He warned kings on their behalf:

22 “Do not touch my chosen people,

and do not hurt my prophets.”

23 Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!

Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.

24 Publish his glorious deeds among the nations.

Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.

25 Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!

He is to be feared above all gods.

26 The gods of other nations are mere idols,

but the Lord made the heavens!

27 Honor and majesty surround him;

strength and joy fill his dwelling.

28 O nations of the world, recognize the Lord,

recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong.

29 Give to the Lord the glory he deserves!

Bring your offering and come into his presence.

Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor.

30 Let all the earth tremble before him.

The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.

31 Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice!

Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!”

32 Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!

Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy!

33 Let the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord,

for he is coming to judge the earth.

34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!

His faithful love endures forever.

35 Cry out, “Save us, O God of our salvation!

Gather and rescue us from among the nations,

so we can thank your holy name

and rejoice and praise you.”

36 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,

who lives from everlasting to everlasting!

And all the people shouted “Amen!” and praised the Lord.

15 And David made him houses in the city of David, and prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched for it a tent.

Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them hath the Lord chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him for ever.

And David gathered all Israel together to Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the Lord unto his place, which he had prepared for it.

And David assembled the children of Aaron, and the Levites:

Of the sons of Kohath; Uriel the chief, and his brethren an hundred and twenty:

Of the sons of Merari; Asaiah the chief, and his brethren two hundred and twenty:

Of the sons of Gershom; Joel the chief and his brethren an hundred and thirty:

Of the sons of Elizaphan; Shemaiah the chief, and his brethren two hundred:

Of the sons of Hebron; Eliel the chief, and his brethren fourscore:

10 Of the sons of Uzziel; Amminadab the chief, and his brethren an hundred and twelve.

11 And David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites, for Uriel, Asaiah, and Joel, Shemaiah, and Eliel, and Amminadab,

12 And said unto them, Ye are the chief of the fathers of the Levites: sanctify yourselves, both ye and your brethren, that ye may bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel unto the place that I have prepared for it.

13 For because ye did it not at the first, the Lord our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order.

14 So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel.

15 And the children of the Levites bare the ark of God upon their shoulders with the staves thereon, as Moses commanded according to the word of the Lord.

16 And David spake to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers with instruments of musick, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy.

17 So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel; and of his brethren, Asaph the son of Berechiah; and of the sons of Merari their brethren, Ethan the son of Kushaiah;

18 And with them their brethren of the second degree, Zechariah, Ben, and Jaaziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, Eliab, and Benaiah, and Maaseiah, and Mattithiah, and Elipheleh, and Mikneiah, and Obededom, and Jeiel, the porters.

19 So the singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were appointed to sound with cymbals of brass;

20 And Zechariah, and Aziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, and Eliab, and Maaseiah, and Benaiah, with psalteries on Alamoth;

21 And Mattithiah, and Elipheleh, and Mikneiah, and Obededom, and Jeiel, and Azaziah, with harps on the Sheminith to excel.

22 And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was for song: he instructed about the song, because he was skilful.

23 And Berechiah and Elkanah were doorkeepers for the ark.

24 And Shebaniah, and Jehoshaphat, and Nethaneel, and Amasai, and Zechariah, and Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests, did blow with the trumpets before the ark of God: and Obededom and Jehiah were doorkeepers for the ark.

25 So David, and the elders of Israel, and the captains over thousands, went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the house of Obededom with joy.

26 And it came to pass, when God helped the Levites that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, that they offered seven bullocks and seven rams.

27 And David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, and all the Levites that bare the ark, and the singers, and Chenaniah the master of the song with the singers: David also had upon him an ephod of linen.

28 Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps.

29 And it came to pass, as the ark of the covenant of the Lord came to the city of David, that Michal, the daughter of Saul looking out at a window saw king David dancing and playing: and she despised him in her heart.

16 So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tent that David had pitched for it: and they offered burnt sacrifices and peace offerings before God.

And when David had made an end of offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord.

And he dealt to every one of Israel, both man and woman, to every one a loaf of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine.

And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, and to record, and to thank and praise the Lord God of Israel:

Asaph the chief, and next to him Zechariah, Jeiel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Mattithiah, and Eliab, and Benaiah, and Obededom: and Jeiel with psalteries and with harps; but Asaph made a sound with cymbals;

Benaiah also and Jahaziel the priests with trumpets continually before the ark of the covenant of God.

Then on that day David delivered first this psalm to thank the Lord into the hand of Asaph and his brethren.

Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.

10 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.

11 Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.

12 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

13 O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones.

14 He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth.

15 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations;

16 Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac;

17 And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant,

18 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance;

19 When ye were but few, even a few, and strangers in it.

20 And when they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people;

21 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes,

22 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

23 Sing unto the Lord, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation.

24 Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.

25 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods.

26 For all the gods of the people are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.

27 Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.

28 Give unto the Lord, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength.

29 Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

30 Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.

31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The Lord reigneth.

32 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein.

33 Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the Lord, because he cometh to judge the earth.

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

35 And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.

36 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the Lord.

Romans 1:18-32

God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity

18 The wrath of GodJn 3:36; Ro 5:9; Eph 5:6; Col 3:6; 1Th 1:10; Rev 19:15 is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.Ac 14:1720 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made,Ps 19:1-6 so that people are without excuse.Ro 2:1

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.Ge 8:21; Jer 2:5; 17:9; Eph 4:17, 1822 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools1Co 1:20, 27; 3:18, 1923 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for imagesDt 4:16, 17; Ps 106:20; Jer 2:11; Ac 17:29 made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them overver 26, 28; Ps 81:12; Eph 4:19 in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.1Pe 4:325 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie,Isa 44:20 and worshiped and served created thingsJer 10:14; 13:25; 16:19, 20 rather than the Creator—who is forever praised.Ro 9:5; 2Co 11:31 Amen.S Ro 11:36

26 Because of this, God gave them overver 24, 28 to shameful lusts.Eph 4:19; 1Th 4:5 Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.Lev 18:22, 2327 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.Lev 18:22; 20:13; 1Co 6:18

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them overver 24, 26 to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,2Co 12:20; 1Ti 5:13; Jas 3:2; 3Jn 1030 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;2Ti 3:231 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love,2Ti 3:3 no mercy.32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death,S Ro 6:23 they not only continue to do these very things but also approvePs 50:18; Lk 11:48; Ac 8:1; 22:20 of those who practice them.

God’s Anger at Sin

18 But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness.Or who, by their wickedness, prevent the truth from being known.19 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them.20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools.23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies.25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other.27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.

28 Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done.29 Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip.30 They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents.31 They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy.32 They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Psalm 10:1-15

Psalm 10Psalms 9 and 10 may originally have been a single acrostic poem in which alternating lines began with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In the Septuagint they constitute one psalm.

Why, Lord, do you stand far off?Ps 22:1, 11; 35:22; 38:21; 71:12

Why do you hide yourselfPs 13:1 in times of trouble?

In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,ver 9; S Job 20:19

who are caught in the schemes he devises.

He boastsPs 49:6; 94:4; Jer 48:30 about the cravings of his heart;

he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.S Job 1:5

In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;

in all his thoughts there is no room for God.Ps 36:1

His ways are always prosperous;

your laws are rejected bySee Septuagint; Hebrew / they are haughty, and your laws are far from him;

he sneers at all his enemies.

He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”

He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”Rev 18:7

His mouth is fullRo 3:14* of lies and threats;Ps 73:8; 119:134; Ecc 4:1; Isa 30:12

trouble and evil are under his tongue.S Job 20:12

He lies in waitPs 37:32; 59:3; 71:10; Pr 1:11; Jer 5:26; Mic 7:2 near the villages;

from ambush he murders the innocent.Hos 6:9

His eyes watch in secret for his victims;

like a lion in cover he lies in wait.

He lies in wait to catch the helpless;S ver 2

he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.S Job 18:8

10 His victims are crushed,S Job 9:17 they collapse;

they fall under his strength.

11 He says to himself, “God will never notice;Job 22:13; Ps 42:9; 77:9

he covers his face and never sees.”S Job 22:14

12 Arise,Ps 3:7 Lord! Lift up your hand,Ps 17:7; 20:6; 106:26; Isa 26:11; Mic 5:9 O God.

Do not forget the helpless.Ps 9:12

13 Why does the wicked man revile God?ver 3

Why does he say to himself,

“He won’t call me to account”?S Job 31:14

14 But you, God, see the troublever 7; Ps 22:11 of the afflicted;

you consider their grief and take it in hand.

The victims commit themselves to you;Ps 37:5

you are the helperS Dt 33:29 of the fatherless.

15 Break the arm of the wicked man;S Job 31:22

call the evildoer to account for his wickedness

that would not otherwise be found out.

Psalm 10

O Lord, why do you stand so far away?

Why do you hide when I am in trouble?

The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor.

Let them be caught in the evil they plan for others.

For they brag about their evil desires;

they praise the greedy and curse the Lord.

The wicked are too proud to seek God.

They seem to think that God is dead.

Yet they succeed in everything they do.

They do not see your punishment awaiting them.

They sneer at all their enemies.

They think, “Nothing bad will ever happen to us!

We will be free of trouble forever!”

Their mouths are full of cursing, lies, and threats.Greek version reads cursing and bitterness. Compare Rom 3:14.

Trouble and evil are on the tips of their tongues.

They lurk in ambush in the villages,

waiting to murder innocent people.

They are always searching for helpless victims.

Like lions crouched in hiding,

they wait to pounce on the helpless.

Like hunters they capture the helpless

and drag them away in nets.

10 Their helpless victims are crushed;

they fall beneath the strength of the wicked.

11 The wicked think, “God isn’t watching us!

He has closed his eyes and won’t even see what we do!”

12 Arise, O Lord!

Punish the wicked, O God!

Do not ignore the helpless!

13 Why do the wicked get away with despising God?

They think, “God will never call us to account.”

14 But you see the trouble and grief they cause.

You take note of it and punish them.

The helpless put their trust in you.

You defend the orphans.

15 Break the arms of these wicked, evil people!

Go after them until the last one is destroyed.

10 Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?

The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth.

The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.

He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.

His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.

He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.

He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.

10 He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.

11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.

12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.

13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.

14 Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.

15 Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.

Proverbs 19:6-7

Many curry favor with a ruler,Pr 29:26

and everyone is the friend of one who gives gifts.S Pr 17:8; S 18:16

The poor are shunned by all their relatives—

how much more do their friends avoid them!Pr 10:15

Though the poor pursue them with pleading,

they are nowhere to be found.The meaning of the Hebrew for this sentence is uncertain.S ver 4

Many seek favors from a ruler;

everyone is the friend of a person who gives gifts!

The relatives of the poor despise them;

how much more will their friends avoid them!

Though the poor plead with them,

their friends are gone.

Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.

All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.

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