Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

God's kindness leads to repentance. We once were lost, irretrievable sinners, but when we realize that God still loves us enough to forgive us in Christ, it will break our wills and cause us to cry out to Him for mercy.

David was so overwhelmed by God's kindness in promising to bless his future household that he exclaimed, "Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And now, O God, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving me a lasting dynasty! You speak as though I were someone very great, O Lord God" (1 Chronicles 17:16-17). Such honor and kindness from God made David a humble, not proud, man.

Paul demolished the idea that God's goodness grants a person self-righteousness. The Jews he so often preached to felt this way when comparing themselves to the Gentiles (Romans 2). We must never fail to remember that we are no better than anyone else, and if not for the kindness of God, we would be just like everyone else!

Be humbled today over the fact that, in His kindness, God has forgiven you. Never let that forgiveness be perverted into an attitude of superiority. Stay repentant and ever grateful that He has transformed your life. This continual gratitude and repentance will keep you from pride and religious arrogance from now until you see Him face-to-face!

1 Chronicles 16:37-18:17

37 David left Asaph and his associates before the ark of the covenant of the Lord to minister there regularly, according to each day’s requirements.2Ch 8:1438 He also left Obed-EdomS 1Ch 13:13; 26:4-5 and his sixty-eight associates to minister with them. Obed-Edom son of Jeduthun, and also Hosah,1Ch 26:10 were gatekeepers.

39 David left ZadokS 1Sa 2:35; S 2Sa 8:17; S 1Ch 12:28 the priest and his fellow priests before the tabernacle of the Lord at the high place in GibeonS Jos 9:3; 2Ch 1:340 to present burnt offerings to the Lord on the altar of burnt offering regularly, morning and evening, in accordance with everything written in the LawS Ex 29:38; Nu 28:1-8 of the Lord, which he had given Israel.41 With them were HemanS 1Ch 15:19 and Jeduthun and the rest of those chosen and designated by name to give thanks to the Lord, “for his love endures forever.”42 Heman and Jeduthun were responsible for the sounding of the trumpets and cymbals and for the playing of the other instruments for sacred song.2Ch 7:6 The sons of Jeduthun1Ch 25:3 were stationed at the gate.

43 Then all the people left, each for their own home, and David returned home to bless his family.

God’s Promise to David17:1-15pp — 2Sa 7:1-17

17 After David was settled in his palace, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under a tent.S 1Ch 15:1

Nathan replied to David, “Whatever you have in mind,1Ch 22:7; 28:2; 2Ch 6:7 do it, for God is with you.”

But that night the word of God came to Nathan, saying:

“Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: You1Ch 22:10; 28:3 are not the one to build me a house to dwell in.I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought Israel up out of Egypt to this day. I have moved from one tent site to another, from one dwelling place to another.Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their leadersTraditionally judges; also in verse 10 whom I commanded to shepherd my people, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?S 1Ch 14:1”’

“Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you rulerS 2Sa 6:21 over my people Israel.I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name like the names of the greatest men on earth.And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning10 and have done ever since the time I appointed leadersS Jdg 2:16 over my people Israel. I will also subdue all your enemies.

“‘I declare to you that the Lord will build a house for you:11 When your days are over and you go to be with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom.12 He is the one who will buildS 1Ki 5:5 a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever.1Ch 22:10; 2Ch 7:18; 13:513 I will be his father,2Co 6:18 and he will be my son.1Ch 28:6; Lk 1:32; Heb 1:5* I will never take my love away from him, as I took it away from your predecessor.14 I will set him over my house and my kingdom forever; his throneS 1Ki 2:12; 1Ch 28:5; 29:23; 2Ch 9:8 will be established forever.Ps 132:11; Jer 33:17’”

15 Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation.

David’s Prayer17:16-27pp — 2Sa 7:18-29

16 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said:

“Who am I, Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?17 And as if this were not enough in your sight, my God, you have spoken about the future of the house of your servant. You, Lord God, have looked on me as though I were the most exalted of men.

18 “What more can David say to you for honoring your servant? For you know your servant,19 Lord. For the sake2Sa 7:16-17; 2Ki 20:6; Isa 9:7; 37:35; 55:3 of your servant and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made known all these great promises.S 2Sa 7:25

20 “There is no one like you, Lord, and there is no God but you,S Ex 8:10; S 9:14; S 15:11; Isa 44:6; 46:9 as we have heard with our own ears.21 And who is like your people Israel—the one nation on earth whose God went out to redeemS Ex 6:6 a people for himself, and to make a name for yourself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt?22 You made your people Israel your very own forever,Ex 19:5-6 and you, Lord, have become their God.

23 “And now, Lord, let the promiseS 1Ki 8:25 you have made concerning your servant and his house be established forever. Do as you promised,24 so that it will be established and that your name will be great forever. Then people will say, ‘The Lord Almighty, the God over Israel, is Israel’s God!’ And the house of your servant David will be established before you.

25 “You, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. So your servant has found courage to pray to you.26 You, Lord, are God! You have promised these good things to your servant.27 Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight;Ps 16:11; 21:6 for you, Lord, have blessed it, and it will be blessed forever.”

David’s Victories18:1-13pp — 2Sa 8:1-14

18 In the course of time, David defeated the Philistines and subdued them, and he took Gath and its surrounding villages from the control of the Philistines.

David also defeated the Moabites,S Nu 21:29 and they became subject to him and brought him tribute.

Moreover, David defeated Hadadezer king of Zobah,1Ch 19:6 in the vicinity of Hamath, when he went to set up his monument atOr to restore his control over the Euphrates River.S Ge 2:14David captured a thousand of his chariots, seven thousand charioteers and twenty thousand foot soldiers. He hamstrungS Ge 49:6 all but a hundred of the chariot horses.

When the Arameans of Damascus2Ki 16:9 came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David struck down twenty-two thousand of them.He put garrisons in the Aramean kingdom of Damascus, and the Arameans became subject to him and brought him tribute. The Lord gave David victory wherever he went.

David took the gold shields carried by the officers of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem.From TebahHebrew Tibhath, a variant of Tebah and Kun, towns that belonged to Hadadezer, David took a great quantity of bronze, which Solomon used to make the bronze Sea,S 1Ki 7:23; 2Ch 4:2-5 the pillars and various bronze articles.

When Tou king of Hamath heard that David had defeated the entire army of Hadadezer king of Zobah,10 he sent his son Hadoram to King David to greet him and congratulate him on his victory in battle over Hadadezer, who had been at war with Tou. Hadoram brought all kinds of articles of gold, of silver and of bronze.

11 King David dedicated these articles to the Lord, as he had done with the silver and gold he had taken from all these nations: EdomS Nu 24:18 and Moab, the Ammonites and the Philistines, and Amalek.Nu 24:20

12 Abishai son of Zeruiah struck down eighteen thousand Edomites1Ki 11:15 in the Valley of Salt.13 He put garrisons in Edom, and all the Edomites became subject to David. The Lord gave David victory wherever he went.

David’s Officials18:14-17pp — 2Sa 8:15-18

14 David reigned1Ch 29:26 over all Israel,1Ch 11:1 doing what was just and right for all his people.15 Joab2Sa 5:6-8 son of Zeruiah was over the army; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was recorder;16 Zadok1Ch 6:8 son of Ahitub and AhimelekSome Hebrew manuscripts, Vulgate and Syriac (see also 2 Samuel 8:17); most Hebrew manuscripts Abimelek1Ch 24:6 son of Abiathar were priests; Shavsha was secretary;17 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was over the Kerethites and Pelethites;S 1Sa 30:14; S 2Sa 15:18 and David’s sons were chief officials at the king’s side.

Worship at Jerusalem and Gibeon

37 David arranged for Asaph and his fellow Levites to serve regularly before the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, doing whatever needed to be done each day.38 This group included Obed-edom (son of Jeduthun), Hosah, and sixty-eight other Levites as gatekeepers.

39 Meanwhile, David stationed Zadok the priest and his fellow priests at the Tabernacle of the Lord at the place of worship in Gibeon, where they continued to minister before the Lord.40 They sacrificed the regular burnt offerings to the Lord each morning and evening on the altar set aside for that purpose, obeying everything written in the Law of the Lord, as he had commanded Israel.41 David also appointed Heman, Jeduthun, and the others chosen by name to give thanks to the Lord, for “his faithful love endures forever.”42 They used their trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments to accompany their songs of praise to God.Or to accompany the sacred music; or to accompany singing to God. And the sons of Jeduthun were appointed as gatekeepers.

43 Then all the people returned to their homes, and David turned and went home to bless his own family.

The Lord’s Covenant Promise to David

17 When David was settled in his palace, he summoned Nathan the prophet. “Look,” David said, “I am living in a beautiful cedar palace,Hebrew a house of cedar. but the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant is out there under a tent!”

Nathan replied to David, “Do whatever you have in mind, for God is with you.”

But that same night God said to Nathan,

“Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord has declared: You are not the one to build a house for me to live in.I have never lived in a house, from the day I brought the Israelites out of Egypt until this very day. My home has always been a tent, moving from one place to another in a Tabernacle.Yet no matter where I have gone with the Israelites, I have never once complained to Israel’s leaders, the shepherds of my people. I have never asked them, “Why haven’t you built me a beautiful cedar house?”’

“Now go and say to my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has declared: I took you from tending sheep in the pasture and selected you to be the leader of my people Israel.I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have destroyed all your enemies before your eyes. Now I will make your name as famous as anyone who has ever lived on the earth!And I will provide a homeland for my people Israel, planting them in a secure place where they will never be disturbed. Evil nations won’t oppress them as they’ve done in the past,10 starting from the time I appointed judges to rule my people Israel. And I will defeat all your enemies.

“‘Furthermore, I declare that the Lord will build a house for you—a dynasty of kings!11 For when you die and join your ancestors, I will raise up one of your descendants, one of your sons, and I will make his kingdom strong.12 He is the one who will build a house—a temple—for me. And I will secure his throne forever.13 I will be his father, and he will be my son. I will never take my favor from him as I took it from the one who ruled before you.14 I will confirm him as king over my house and my kingdom for all time, and his throne will be secure forever.’”

15 So Nathan went back to David and told him everything the Lord had said in this vision.

David’s Prayer of Thanks

16 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and prayed,

“Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?17 And now, O God, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving your servant a lasting dynasty! You speak as though I were someone very great,The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. O Lord God!

18 “What more can I say to you about the way you have honored me? You know what your servant is really like.19 For the sake of your servant, O Lord, and according to your will, you have done all these great things and have made them known.

20 “O Lord, there is no one like you. We have never even heard of another God like you!21 What other nation on earth is like your people Israel? What other nation, O God, have you redeemed from slavery to be your own people? You made a great name for yourself when you redeemed your people from Egypt. You performed awesome miracles and drove out the nations that stood in their way.22 You chose Israel to be your very own people forever, and you, O Lord, became their God.

23 “And now, O Lord, I am your servant; do as you have promised concerning me and my family. May it be a promise that will last forever.24 And may your name be established and honored forever so that everyone will say, ‘The Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, is Israel’s God!’ And may the house of your servant David continue before you forever.

25 “O my God, I have been bold enough to pray to you because you have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him—a dynasty of kings!26 For you are God, O Lord. And you have promised these good things to your servant.27 And now, it has pleased you to bless the house of your servant, so that it will continue forever before you. For when you grant a blessing, O Lord, it is an eternal blessing!”

David’s Military Victories

18 After this, David defeated and subdued the Philistines by conquering Gath and its surrounding towns.David also conquered the land of Moab, and the Moabites who were spared became David’s subjects and paid him tribute money.

David also destroyed the forces of Hadadezer, king of Zobah, as far as Hamath,The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. when Hadadezer marched out to strengthen his control along the Euphrates River.David captured 1,000 chariots, 7,000 charioteers, and 20,000 foot soldiers. He crippled all the chariot horses except enough for 100 chariots.

When Arameans from Damascus arrived to help King Hadadezer, David killed 22,000 of them.Then he placed several army garrisonsAs in Greek version and Latin Vulgate (see also 2 Sam 8:6); Hebrew lacks several army garrisons. in Damascus, the Aramean capital, and the Arameans became David’s subjects and paid him tribute money. So the Lord made David victorious wherever he went.

David brought the gold shields of Hadadezer’s officers to Jerusalem,along with a large amount of bronze from Hadadezer’s towns of TebahHebrew reads Tibhath, a variant spelling of Tebah; compare parallel text at 2 Sam 8:8. and Cun. Later Solomon melted the bronze and molded it into the great bronze basin called the Sea, the pillars, and the various bronze articles used at the Temple.

When King ToiAs in parallel text at 2 Sam 8:9; Hebrew reads Tou; also in 18:10. of Hamath heard that David had destroyed the entire army of King Hadadezer of Zobah,10 he sent his son JoramAs in parallel text at 2 Sam 8:10; Hebrew reads Hadoram, a variant spelling of Joram. to congratulate King David for his successful campaign. Hadadezer and Toi had been enemies and were often at war. Joram presented David with many gifts of gold, silver, and bronze.

11 King David dedicated all these gifts to the Lord, along with the silver and gold he had taken from the other nations—from Edom, Moab, Ammon, Philistia, and Amalek.

12 Abishai son of Zeruiah destroyed 18,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt.13 He placed army garrisons in Edom, and all the Edomites became David’s subjects. In fact, the Lord made David victorious wherever he went.

14 So David reigned over all Israel and did what was just and right for all his people.15 Joab son of Zeruiah was commander of the army. Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was the royal historian.16 Zadok son of Ahitub and AhimelechAs in some Hebrew manuscripts, Syriac version, and Latin Vulgate (see also 2 Sam 8:17); most Hebrew manuscripts read Abimelech. son of Abiathar were the priests. SeraiahAs in parallel text at 2 Sam 8:17; Hebrew reads Shavsha. was the court secretary.17 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was captain of the king’s bodyguard.Hebrew of the Kerethites and Pelethites. And David’s sons served as the king’s chief assistants.

37 So he left there before the ark of the covenant of the Lord Asaph and his brethren, to minister before the ark continually, as every day's work required:

38 And Obededom with their brethren, threescore and eight; Obededom also the son of Jeduthun and Hosah to be porters:

39 And Zadok the priest, and his brethren the priests, before the tabernacle of the Lord in the high place that was at Gibeon,

40 To offer burnt offerings unto the Lord upon the altar of the burnt offering continually morning and evening, and to do according to all that is written in the law of the Lord, which he commanded Israel;

41 And with them Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest that were chosen, who were expressed by name, to give thanks to the Lord, because his mercy endureth for ever;

42 And with them Heman and Jeduthun with trumpets and cymbals for those that should make a sound, and with musical instruments of God. And the sons of Jeduthun were porters.

43 And all the people departed every man to his house: and David returned to bless his house.

17 Now it came to pass, as David sat in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, Lo, I dwell in an house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord remaineth under curtains.

Then Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in thine heart; for God is with thee.

And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan, saying,

Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the Lord, Thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in:

For I have not dwelt in an house since the day that I brought up Israel unto this day; but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another.

Wheresoever I have walked with all Israel, spake I a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people, saying, Why have ye not built me an house of cedars?

Now therefore thus shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, even from following the sheep, that thou shouldest be ruler over my people Israel:

And I have been with thee whithersoever thou hast walked, and have cut off all thine enemies from before thee, and have made thee a name like the name of the great men that are in the earth.

Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more, as at the beginning,

10 And since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel. Moreover I will subdue all thine enemies. Furthermore I tell thee that the Lord will build thee an house.

11 And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom.

12 He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever.

13 I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee:

14 But I will settle him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever: and his throne shall be established for evermore.

15 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.

16 And David the king came and sat before the Lord, and said, Who am I, O Lord God, and what is mine house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?

17 And yet this was a small thing in thine eyes, O God; for thou hast also spoken of thy servant's house for a great while to come, and hast regarded me according to the estate of a man of high degree, O Lord God.

18 What can David speak more to thee for the honour of thy servant? for thou knowest thy servant.

19 O Lord, for thy servant's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all this greatness, in making known all these great things.

20 O Lord, there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

21 And what one nation in the earth is like thy people Israel, whom God went to redeem to be his own people, to make thee a name of greatness and terribleness, by driving out nations from before thy people whom thou hast redeemed out of Egypt?

22 For thy people Israel didst thou make thine own people for ever; and thou, Lord, becamest their God.

23 Therefore now, Lord, let the thing that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and concerning his house be established for ever, and do as thou hast said.

24 Let it even be established, that thy name may be magnified for ever, saying, The Lord of hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel: and let the house of David thy servant be established before thee.

25 For thou, O my God, hast told thy servant that thou wilt build him an house: therefore thy servant hath found in his heart to pray before thee.

26 And now, Lord, thou art God, and hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:

27 Now therefore let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may be before thee for ever: for thou blessest, O Lord, and it shall be blessed for ever.

18 Now after this it came to pass, that David smote the Philistines, and subdued them, and took Gath and her towns out of the hand of the Philistines.

And he smote Moab; and the Moabites became David's servants, and brought gifts.

And David smote Hadarezer king of Zobah unto Hamath, as he went to stablish his dominion by the river Euphrates.

And David took from him a thousand chariots, and seven thousand horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen: David also houghed all the chariot horses, but reserved of them an hundred chariots.

And when the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadarezer king of Zobah, David slew of the Syrians two and twenty thousand men.

Then David put garrisons in Syriadamascus; and the Syrians became David's servants, and brought gifts. Thus the Lord preserved David whithersoever he went.

And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadarezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.

Likewise from Tibhath, and from Chun, cities of Hadarezer, brought David very much brass, wherewith Solomon made the brasen sea, and the pillars, and the vessels of brass.

Now when Tou king of Hamath heard how David had smitten all the host of Hadarezer king of Zobah;

10 He sent Hadoram his son to king David, to enquire of his welfare, and to congratulate him, because he had fought against Hadarezer, and smitten him; (for Hadarezer had war with Tou;) and with him all manner of vessels of gold and silver and brass.

11 Them also king David dedicated unto the Lord, with the silver and the gold that he brought from all these nations; from Edom, and from Moab, and from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines, and from Amalek.

12 Moreover Abishai the son of Zeruiah slew of the Edomites in the valley of salt eighteen thousand.

13 And he put garrisons in Edom; and all the Edomites became David's servants. Thus the Lord preserved David whithersoever he went.

14 So David reigned over all Israel, and executed judgment and justice among all his people.

15 And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud, recorder.

16 And Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Abimelech the son of Abiathar, were the priests; and Shavsha was scribe;

17 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and the sons of David were chief about the king.

Romans 2:1-24

God’s Righteous Judgment

You, therefore, have no excuse,Ro 1:20 you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.2Sa 12:5-7; S Mt 7:1, 2Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth.So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?Or do you show contempt for the richesRo 9:23; 11:33; Eph 1:7, 18; 2:7; 3:8, 16; Col 2:2 of his kindness,Ro 11:22 forbearanceRo 3:25 and patience,Ex 34:6; Ro 9:22; 1Ti 1:16; 1Pe 3:20; 2Pe 3:15 not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?2Pe 3:9

But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrathPs 110:5; Rev 6:17, when his righteous judgmentJude 6 will be revealed.God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”Psalm 62:12; Prov. 24:12Ps 62:12; S Mt 16:27To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honorver 10 and immortality,1Co 15:53, 54; 2Ti 1:10 he will give eternal life.S Mt 25:46But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil,2Th 2:12 there will be wrath and anger.Eze 22:31There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil:Ps 32:10 first for the Jew, then for the Gentile;ver 10; Ro 1:1610 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.ver 9; Ro 1:1611 For God does not show favoritism.S Ac 10:34

12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the lawRo 3:19; 6:14; 1Co 9:20, 21; Gal 4:21; 5:18; S Ro 7:4 will be judged by the law.13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obeyJas 1:22, 23, 25 the law who will be declared righteous.14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law,Ac 10:35 they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law.15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.)16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secretsEcc 12:14; 1Co 4:5 through Jesus Christ,Ac 10:42 as my gospelRo 16:25; 2Ti 2:8 declares.

The Jews and the Law

17 Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and boast in God;ver 23; Jer 8:8; Mic 3:11; Jn 5:45; Ro 9:418 if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law;19 if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark,20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth—21 you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal?Mt 23:3, 422 You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?Ac 19:3723 You who boast in the law,S ver 17 do you dishonor God by breaking the law?24 As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”Isaiah 52:5 (see Septuagint); Ezek. 36:20,22Isa 52:5; Eze 36:22; 2Pe 2:2

God’s Judgment of Sin

You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things.And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things.Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things?Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?

But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.He will judge everyone according to what they have done.He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers.But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness.There will be trouble and calamity for everyone who keeps on doing what is evil—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile.Greek also for the Greek; also in 2:10.10 But there will be glory and honor and peace from God for all who do good—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile.11 For God does not show favoritism.

12 When the Gentiles sin, they will be destroyed, even though they never had God’s written law. And the Jews, who do have God’s law, will be judged by that law when they fail to obey it.13 For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight.14 Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it.15 They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right.16 And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life.

The Jews and the Law

17 You who call yourselves Jews are relying on God’s law, and you boast about your special relationship with him.18 You know what he wants; you know what is right because you have been taught his law.19 You are convinced that you are a guide for the blind and a light for people who are lost in darkness.20 You think you can instruct the ignorant and teach children the ways of God. For you are certain that God’s law gives you complete knowledge and truth.

21 Well then, if you teach others, why don’t you teach yourself? You tell others not to steal, but do you steal?22 You say it is wrong to commit adultery, but do you commit adultery? You condemn idolatry, but do you use items stolen from pagan temples?Greek do you steal from temples?23 You are so proud of knowing the law, but you dishonor God by breaking it.24 No wonder the Scriptures say, “The Gentiles blaspheme the name of God because of you.”Isa 52:5 (Greek version).

Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.

And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,

Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;

10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

11 For there is no respect of persons with God.

12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;

13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

17 Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,

18 And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;

19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,

20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.

21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?

22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?

23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?

24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.

Psalm 10:16-18

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;S Ex 15:18

the nationsS Dt 8:20 will perish from his land.

17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;S Ps 9:12

you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,S Ex 22:23

18 defending the fatherlessS Dt 24:17; Ps 146:9 and the oppressed,S Ps 9:9

so that mere earthly mortals

will never again strike terror.

16 The Lord is king forever and ever!

The godless nations will vanish from the land.

17 Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless.

Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.

18 You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed,

so mere people can no longer terrify them.

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.

17 Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

18 To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.

Proverbs 19:8-9

The one who gets wisdom loves life;

the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.S Pr 16:20

A false witness will not go unpunished,

and whoever pours out lies will perish.S ver 5; S Dt 19:19

To acquire wisdom is to love yourself;

people who cherish understanding will prosper.

A false witness will not go unpunished,

and a liar will be destroyed.

He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.

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

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