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by Larry Stockstill

How proud and cocky are those who seek to oppress believers! Paul aptly describes their actions: "Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their speech is filled with lies. The poison of a deadly snake drips from their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. They are quick to commit murder" (Romans 3:13-15).

Christians need not worry, however, for the boasting of such evildoers against the righteous incites the Lord to action: "Now I will rise up. . . ."(Psalm 12:5). God's remedy for persecuted, defeated believers is simply to supply them with the words of the Lord. God's Word is flawless, like "silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over" (Psalm 12:6).

In your battle, stop running to God to complain about your problem. Find His pure Word that He gave you to defeat your enemies, and rise up in victory over them. Others' advice may be helpful, but only the Word of God will put the devil to flight, as it is "the sword of the Spirit" (Ephesians 6:17). Employ the sword of God's Spirit, and watch your proud enemies flee in terror!

1 Chronicles 22:1-23:32

22 Then David said, “The house of the Lord GodS Ge 28:17 is to be here, and also the altar of burnt offering for Israel.”

Preparations for the Temple

So David gave orders to assemble the foreignersS Ex 1:11; S Dt 20:11; 2Ch 8:10; S Isa 56:6 residing in Israel, and from among them he appointed stonecutters1Ki 5:17-18; Ezr 3:7 to prepare dressed stone for building the house of God.He provided a large amount of iron to make nails for the doors of the gateways and for the fittings, and more bronze than could be weighed.S 1Ki 7:47; 1Ch 29:2-5He also provided more cedar logsS 1Ki 5:6 than could be counted, for the Sidonians and Tyrians had brought large numbers of them to David.

David said, “My son Solomon is youngS 1Ki 3:7; 1Ch 29:1 and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the Lord should be of great magnificence and fame and splendor2Ch 2:5 in the sight of all the nations. Therefore I will make preparations for it.” So David made extensive preparations before his death.

Then he called for his son Solomon and charged him to buildAc 7:47 a house for the Lord, the God of Israel.David said to Solomon: “My son, I had it in my heartS 1Ch 17:2 to buildS 1Ki 8:17 a house for the NameDt 12:5, 11 of the Lord my God.But this word of the Lord came to me: ‘You have shed much blood and have fought many wars.S 1Ki 5:3 You are not to build a house for my Name,1Ch 28:3 because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight.But you will have a son who will be a man of peaceS Jos 14:15; S 1Ki 5:4 and rest,ver 18; 1Ch 23:25; 2Ch 14:6, 7; 15:15; 20:30; 36:21 and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon,Solomon sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew for peace.S 2Sa 12:24; S 1Ch 23:1 and I will grant Israel peace and quiet1Ki 4:20 during his reign.10 He is the one who will build a house for my Name.S 1Ch 17:12 He will be my son,S 2Sa 7:13 and I will be his father. And I will establish1Ki 9:5 the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’S 2Sa 7:14; S 1Ch 17:4; 2Ch 6:15

11 “Now, my son, the Lord be withS 1Sa 16:18; S 18:12 you, and may you have success and build the house of the Lord your God, as he said you would.12 May the Lord give you discretion and understanding1Ki 3:9-12 when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the Lord your God.13 Then you will have success1Ki 2:3 if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws1Ch 28:7 that the Lord gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous.S Dt 31:6 Do not be afraid or discouraged.

14 “I have taken great pains to provide for the temple of the Lord a hundred thousand talentsThat is, about 3,750 tons or about 3,400 metric tons of gold, a million talentsThat is, about 37,500 tons or about 34,000 metric tons of silver, quantities of bronze and iron too great to be weighed, and wood and stone. And you may add to them.1Ch 29:2-5, 1915 You have many workers: stonecutters, masons and carpenters,Ezr 3:7 as well as those skilled in every kind of work16 in gold and silver, bronze and iron—craftsmen2Ch 2:7 beyond number. Now begin the work, and the Lord be with you.”

17 Then David ordered1Ch 28:1-6 all the leaders of Israel to help his son Solomon.18 He said to them, “Is not the Lord your God with you? And has he not granted you restS ver 9 on every side?2Sa 7:1 For he has given the inhabitants of the land into my hands, and the land is subject to the Lord and to his people.19 Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God.2Ch 7:14 Begin to build the sanctuary of the Lord God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the sacred articles belonging to God into the temple that will be built for the Name of the Lord.”

The Levites

23 When David was old and full of years, he made his son Solomon1Ch 22:9; 28:5; 2Ch 1:8 king over Israel.S 1Ki 1:30; 1Ch 29:28

He also gathered together all the leaders of Israel, as well as the priests and Levites.The Levites thirty years old or moreNu 8:24 were counted,1Ch 21:7 and the total number of men was thirty-eight thousand.Nu 4:3-49David said, “Of these, twenty-four thousand are to be in chargeEzr 3:8 of the work2Ch 34:13; Ne 4:10 of the temple of the Lord and six thousand are to be officials and judges.1Ch 26:29; 2Ch 19:8; Eze 44:24Four thousand are to be gatekeepers and four thousand are to praise the Lord with the musical instrumentsS 1Ch 15:16; Ps 92:3 I have provided for that purpose.”Ne 12:45

David separated2Ch 8:14; 23:18; 29:25 the Levites into divisions corresponding to the sons of Levi:S Nu 3:17; 1Ch 24:20 Gershon, Kohath and Merari.

Gershonites

Belonging to the Gershonites:1Ch 6:71

Ladan and Shimei.

The sons of Ladan:

Jehiel the first, Zetham and Joel—three in all.

The sons of Shimei:

Shelomoth, Haziel and Haran—three in all.

These were the heads of the families of Ladan.

10 And the sons of Shimei:

Jahath, Ziza,One Hebrew manuscript, Septuagint and Vulgate (see also verse 11); most Hebrew manuscripts Zina Jeush and Beriah.

These were the sons of Shimei—four in all.

11 Jahath was the first and Ziza the second, but Jeush and Beriah did not have many sons; so they were counted as one family with one assignment.

Kohathites

12 The sons of Kohath:S Ge 46:11; S Ex 6:18

Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel—four in all.

13 The sons of Amram:Ex 6:20

Aaron and Moses.

Aaron was set apart,Ex 30:7-10 he and his descendants forever, to consecrate the most holy things, to offer sacrifices before the Lord, to ministerS 1Ch 15:2 before him and to pronounce blessingsS Nu 6:23 in his name forever.14 The sons of Moses the manDt 33:1 of God were counted as part of the tribe of Levi.

15 The sons of Moses:

Gershom and Eliezer.Ex 18:4

16 The descendants of Gershom:1Ch 26:24-28

Shubael was the first.

17 The descendants of Eliezer:

Rehabiah1Ch 24:21 was the first.

Eliezer had no other sons, but the sons of Rehabiah were very numerous.

18 The sons of Izhar:

Shelomith1Ch 26:25 was the first.

19 The sons of Hebron:1Ch 24:23; 26:31

Jeriah the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third and Jekameam the fourth.

20 The sons of Uzziel:

Micah the first and Ishiah the second.

Merarites

21 The sons of Merari:S 1Ch 6:19

Mahli and Mushi.S Ex 6:19

The sons of Mahli:

Eleazar and Kish.

22 Eleazar died without having sons: he had only daughters. Their cousins, the sons of Kish, married them.Nu 36:8

23 The sons of Mushi:

Mahli, Eder and Jerimoth—three in all.

24 These were the descendants of Levi by their families—the heads of families as they were registered under their names and counted individually, that is, the workers twenty years old or moreS Nu 4:3 who served in the temple of the Lord.25 For David had said, “Since the Lord, the God of Israel, has granted restS 1Ch 22:9 to his people and has come to dwell in Jerusalem forever,26 the Levites no longer need to carry the tabernacle or any of the articles used in its service.”Nu 4:5, 15; 7:9; Dt 10:827 According to the last instructions of David, the Levites were counted from those twenty years old or more.

28 The duty of the Levites was to help Aaron’s descendants in the service of the temple of the Lord: to be in charge of the courtyards, the side rooms, the purification2Ch 29:15; Ne 13:9; Mal 3:3 of all sacred things and the performance of other duties at the house of God.29 They were in charge of the bread set out on the table,S Ex 25:30 the special flour for the grain offerings,Lev 2:4-7; 6:20-23 the thin loaves made without yeast, the baking and the mixing, and all measurements of quantity and size.Lev 19:35-36; S 1Ch 9:29, 3230 They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord. They were to do the same in the eveningS 1Ch 9:33; Ps 134:131 and whenever burnt offerings were presented to the Lord on the Sabbaths, at the New MoonS 2Ki 4:23 feasts and at the appointed festivals.Nu 28:9-29:39; Isa 1:13-14; Col 2:16 They were to serve before the Lord regularly in the proper number and in the way prescribed for them.

32 And so the Levites1Ch 6:48 carried out their responsibilities for the tent of meeting,Nu 3:6-8, 38 for the Holy Place and, under their relatives the descendants of Aaron, for the service of the temple of the Lord.2Ch 23:18; 31:2; Eze 44:14

22 Then David said, “This will be the location for the Temple of the Lord God and the place of the altar for Israel’s burnt offerings!”

Preparations for the Temple

So David gave orders to call together the foreigners living in Israel, and he assigned them the task of preparing finished stone for building the Temple of God.David provided large amounts of iron for the nails that would be needed for the doors in the gates and for the clamps, and he gave more bronze than could be weighed.He also provided innumerable cedar logs, for the men of Tyre and Sidon had brought vast amounts of cedar to David.

David said, “My son Solomon is still young and inexperienced. And since the Temple to be built for the Lord must be a magnificent structure, famous and glorious throughout the world, I will begin making preparations for it now.” So David collected vast amounts of building materials before his death.

Then David sent for his son Solomon and instructed him to build a Temple for the Lord, the God of Israel.“My son, I wanted to build a Temple to honor the name of the Lord my God,” David told him.“But the Lord said to me, ‘You have killed many men in the battles you have fought. And since you have shed so much blood in my sight, you will not be the one to build a Temple to honor my name.But you will have a son who will be a man of peace. I will give him peace with his enemies in all the surrounding lands. His name will be Solomon,Solomon sounds like and is probably derived from the Hebrew word for “peace.” and I will give peace and quiet to Israel during his reign.10 He is the one who will build a Temple to honor my name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will secure the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’

11 “Now, my son, may the Lord be with you and give you success as you follow his directions in building the Temple of the Lord your God.12 And may the Lord give you wisdom and understanding, that you may obey the Law of the Lord your God as you rule over Israel.13 For you will be successful if you carefully obey the decrees and regulations that the Lord gave to Israel through Moses. Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid or lose heart!

14 “I have worked hard to provide materials for building the Temple of the Lord—nearly 4,000 tons of gold, 40,000 tons of silver,Hebrew 100,000 talents [3,400 metric tons] of gold, 1,000,000 talents [34,000 metric tons] of silver. and so much iron and bronze that it cannot be weighed. I have also gathered timber and stone for the walls, though you may need to add more.15 You have a large number of skilled stonemasons and carpenters and craftsmen of every kind.16 You have expert goldsmiths and silversmiths and workers of bronze and iron. Now begin the work, and may the Lord be with you!”

17 Then David ordered all the leaders of Israel to assist Solomon in this project.18 “The Lord your God is with you,” he declared. “He has given you peace with the surrounding nations. He has handed them over to me, and they are now subject to the Lord and his people.19 Now seek the Lord your God with all your heart and soul. Build the sanctuary of the Lord God so that you can bring the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant and the holy vessels of God into the Temple built to honor the Lord’s name.”

Duties of the Levites

23 When David was an old man, he appointed his son Solomon to be king over Israel.David summoned all the leaders of Israel, together with the priests and Levites.All the Levites who were thirty years old or older were counted, and the total came to 38,000.Then David said, “From all the Levites, 24,000 will supervise the work at the Temple of the Lord. Another 6,000 will serve as officials and judges.Another 4,000 will work as gatekeepers, and 4,000 will praise the Lord with the musical instruments I have made.”Then David divided the Levites into divisions named after the clans descended from the three sons of Levi—Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

The Gershonites

The Gershonite family units were defined by their lines of descent from LibniHebrew Ladan (also in 23:8, 9), a variant spelling of Libni; compare 6:17. and Shimei, the sons of Gershon.Three of the descendants of Libni were Jehiel (the family leader), Zetham, and Joel.These were the leaders of the family of Libni.

Three of the descendants of Shimei were Shelomoth, Haziel, and Haran.10 Four other descendants of Shimei were Jahath, Ziza,As in Greek version and Latin Vulgate (see also 23:11); Hebrew reads Zina. Jeush, and Beriah.11 Jahath was the family leader, and Ziza was next. Jeush and Beriah were counted as a single family because neither had many sons.

The Kohathites

12 Four of the descendants of Kohath were Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel.

13 The sons of Amram were Aaron and Moses. Aaron and his descendants were set apart to dedicate the most holy things, to offer sacrifices in the Lord’s presence, to serve the Lord, and to pronounce blessings in his name forever.

14 As for Moses, the man of God, his sons were included with the tribe of Levi.15 The sons of Moses were Gershom and Eliezer.16 The descendants of Gershom included Shebuel, the family leader.17 Eliezer had only one son, Rehabiah, the family leader. Rehabiah had numerous descendants.

18 The descendants of Izhar included Shelomith, the family leader.

19 The descendants of Hebron included Jeriah (the family leader), Amariah (the second), Jahaziel (the third), and Jekameam (the fourth).

20 The descendants of Uzziel included Micah (the family leader) and Isshiah (the second).

The Merarites

21 The descendants of Merari included Mahli and Mushi.

The sons of Mahli were Eleazar and Kish.22 Eleazar died with no sons, only daughters. His daughters married their cousins, the sons of Kish.

23 Three of the descendants of Mushi were Mahli, Eder, and Jerimoth.

24 These were the descendants of Levi by clans, the leaders of their family groups, registered carefully by name. Each had to be twenty years old or older to qualify for service in the house of the Lord.25 For David said, “The Lord, the God of Israel, has given us peace, and he will always live in Jerusalem.26 Now the Levites will no longer need to carry the Tabernacle and its furnishings from place to place.”27 In accordance with David’s final instructions, all the Levites twenty years old or older were registered for service.

28 The work of the Levites was to assist the priests, the descendants of Aaron, as they served at the house of the Lord. They also took care of the courtyards and side rooms, helped perform the ceremonies of purification, and served in many other ways in the house of God.29 They were in charge of the sacred bread that was set out on the table, the choice flour for the grain offerings, the wafers made without yeast, the cakes cooked in olive oil, and the other mixed breads. They were also responsible to check all the weights and measures.30 And each morning and evening they stood before the Lord to sing songs of thanks and praise to him.31 They assisted with the burnt offerings that were presented to the Lord on Sabbath days, at new moon celebrations, and at all the appointed festivals. The required number of Levites served in the Lord’s presence at all times, following all the procedures they had been given.

32 And so, under the supervision of the priests, the Levites watched over the Tabernacle and the TempleHebrew the Tent of Meeting and the sanctuary. and faithfully carried out their duties of service at the house of the Lord.

22 Then David said, This is the house of the Lord God, and this is the altar of the burnt offering for Israel.

And David commanded to gather together the strangers that were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to hew wrought stones to build the house of God.

And David prepared iron in abundance for the nails for the doors of the gates, and for the joinings; and brass in abundance without weight;

Also cedar trees in abundance: for the Zidonians and they of Tyre brought much cedar wood to David.

And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be builded for the Lord must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will therefore now make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly before his death.

Then he called for Solomon his son, and charged him to build an house for the Lord God of Israel.

And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the Lord my God:

But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.

Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.

10 He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever.

11 Now, my son, the Lord be with thee; and prosper thou, and build the house of the Lord thy God, as he hath said of thee.

12 Only the Lord give thee wisdom and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the Lord thy God.

13 Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfil the statutes and judgments which the Lord charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.

14 Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the Lord an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto.

15 Moreover there are workmen with thee in abundance, hewers and workers of stone and timber, and all manner of cunning men for every manner of work.

16 Of the gold, the silver, and the brass, and the iron, there is no number. Arise therefore, and be doing, and the Lord be with thee.

17 David also commanded all the princes of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying,

18 Is not the Lord your God with you? and hath he not given you rest on every side? for he hath given the inhabitants of the land into mine hand; and the land is subdued before the Lord, and before his people.

19 Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the Lord God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the Lord.

23 So when David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel.

And he gathered together all the princes of Israel, with the priests and the Levites.

Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand.

Of which, twenty and four thousand were to set forward the work of the house of the Lord; and six thousand were officers and judges:

Moreover four thousand were porters; and four thousand praised the Lord with the instruments which I made, said David, to praise therewith.

And David divided them into courses among the sons of Levi, namely, Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

Of the Gershonites were, Laadan, and Shimei.

The sons of Laadan; the chief was Jehiel, and Zetham, and Joel, three.

The sons of Shimei; Shelomith, and Haziel, and Haran, three. These were the chief of the fathers of Laadan.

10 And the sons of Shimei were, Jahath, Zina, and Jeush, and Beriah. These four were the sons of Shimei.

11 And Jahath was the chief, and Zizah the second: but Jeush and Beriah had not many sons; therefore they were in one reckoning, according to their father's house.

12 The sons of Kohath; Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, four.

13 The sons of Amram; Aaron and Moses: and Aaron was separated, that he should sanctify the most holy things, he and his sons for ever, to burn incense before the Lord, to minister unto him, and to bless in his name for ever.

14 Now concerning Moses the man of God, his sons were named of the tribe of Levi.

15 The sons of Moses were, Gershom, and Eliezer.

16 Of the sons of Gershom, Shebuel was the chief.

17 And the sons of Eliezer were, Rehabiah the chief. And Eliezer had none other sons; but the sons of Rehabiah were very many.

18 Of the sons of Izhar; Shelomith the chief.

19 Of the sons of Hebron; Jeriah the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth.

20 Of the sons of Uzziel; Micah the first and Jesiah the second.

21 The sons of Merari; Mahli, and Mushi. The sons of Mahli; Eleazar, and Kish.

22 And Eleazar died, and had no sons, but daughters: and their brethren the sons of Kish took them.

23 The sons of Mushi; Mahli, and Eder, and Jeremoth, three.

24 These were the sons of Levi after the house of their fathers; even the chief of the fathers, as they were counted by number of names by their polls, that did the work for the service of the house of the Lord, from the age of twenty years and upward.

25 For David said, The Lord God of Israel hath given rest unto his people, that they may dwell in Jerusalem for ever:

26 And also unto the Levites; they shall no more carry the tabernacle, nor any vessels of it for the service thereof.

27 For by the last words of David the Levites were numbered from twenty years old and above:

28 Because their office was to wait on the sons of Aaron for the service of the house of the Lord, in the courts, and in the chambers, and in the purifying of all holy things, and the work of the service of the house of God;

29 Both for the shewbread, and for the fine flour for meat offering, and for the unleavened cakes, and for that which is baked in the pan, and for that which is fried, and for all manner of measure and size;

30 And to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord, and likewise at even:

31 And to offer all burnt sacrifices unto the Lord in the sabbaths, in the new moons, and on the set feasts, by number, according to the order commanded unto them, continually before the Lord:

32 And that they should keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the charge of the holy place, and the charge of the sons of Aaron their brethren, in the service of the house of the Lord.

Romans 3:9-31

No One Is Righteous

What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage?ver 1 Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin.ver 19, 23; 1Ki 8:46; 2Ch 6:36; Ps 106:6; Ro 5:12; 11:32; Gal 3:2210 As it is written:

“There is no one righteous, not even one;

11 there is no one who understands;

there is no one who seeks God.

12 All have turned away,

they have together become worthless;

there is no one who does good,

not even one.”Psalms 14:1-3; 53:1-3; Eccles. 7:20Ps 14:1-3; 53:1-3; Ecc 7:20

13 “Their throats are open graves;

their tongues practice deceit.”Psalm 5:9Ps 5:9

“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”Psalm 140:3Ps 140:3

14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”Psalm 10:7 (see Septuagint)Ps 10:7

15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;

16 ruin and misery mark their ways,

17 and the way of peace they do not know.”Isaiah 59:7,8Isa 59:7, 8

18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”Psalm 36:1Ps 36:1

19 Now we know that whatever the law says,S Jn 10:34 it says to those who are under the law,S Ro 2:12 so that every mouth may be silencedPs 63:11; 107:42; Eze 16:63 and the whole world held accountable to God.ver 920 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law;Ac 13:39; Gal 2:16 rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.S Ro 4:15

Righteousness Through Faith

21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of GodIsa 46:13; Jer 23:6; Ro 1:17; 9:30 has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.Ac 10:43; Ro 1:222 This righteousnessRo 1:17 is given through faithS Ro 9:30 inOr through the faithfulness of Jesus ChristGal 2:16; 3:22 to all who believe.S Jn 3:15; Ro 4:11; 10:4 There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,Ro 10:12; Gal 3:28; Col 3:1123 for all have sinnedS ver 9 and fall short of the glory of God,24 and all are justifiedS Ro 4:25 freely by his graceJn 1:14, 16, 17; Ro 4:16; 5:21; 6:14; 11:5; 2Co 12:9; Eph 2:8; 4:7; Tit 2:11; Heb 4:16 through the redemptionPs 130:7; 1Co 1:30; Gal 4:5; Eph 1:7, 14; Col 1:14; Heb 9:12 that came by Christ Jesus.25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,The Greek for sacrifice of atonement refers to the atonement cover on the ark of the covenant (see Lev. 16:15,16).Ex 25:17; Lev 16:10; Ps 65:3; Heb 2:17; 9:28; 1Jn 4:10 through the shedding of his bloodAc 20:28; Ro 5:9; Eph 1:7; Heb 9:12, 14; 13:12; 1Pe 1:19; Rev 1:5—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunishedAc 14:16; 17:3026 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

27 Where, then, is boasting?Ro 2:17, 23; 4:2; 1Co 1:29-31; Eph 2:9 It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith.28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.ver 20, 21; Ac 13:39; Gal 2:16; 3:11; Eph 2:9; Jas 2:20, 24, 2629 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too,Ac 10:34, 35; Ro 9:24; 10:12; 15:9; Gal 3:2830 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.Ro 4:11, 12; Gal 3:831 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.

All People Are Sinners

Well then, should we conclude that we Jews are better than others? No, not at all, for we have already shown that all people, whether Jews or Gentiles,Greek or Greeks. are under the power of sin.10 As the Scriptures say,

“No one is righteous—

not even one.

11 No one is truly wise;

no one is seeking God.

12 All have turned away;

all have become useless.

No one does good,

not a single one.”Pss 14:1-3; 53:1-3 (Greek version).

13 “Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave.

Their tongues are filled with lies.”

“Snake venom drips from their lips.”Pss 5:9 (Greek version); 140:3.

14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”Ps 10:7 (Greek version).

15 “They rush to commit murder.

16 Destruction and misery always follow them.

17 They don’t know where to find peace.”Isa 59:7-8.

18 “They have no fear of God at all.”Ps 36:1.

19 Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God.20 For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.

Christ Took Our Punishment

21 But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of MosesGreek in the law. and the prophets long ago.22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.24 Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past,26 for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he makes sinners right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.

27 Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith.28 So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.

29 After all, is God the God of the Jews only? Isn’t he also the God of the Gentiles? Of course he is.30 There is only one God, and he makes people right with himself only by faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles.Greek whether they are circumcised or uncircumcised.31 Well then, if we emphasize faith, does this mean that we can forget about the law? Of course not! In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law.

What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;

10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:

16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:

17 And the way of peace have they not known:

18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:

30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.

31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

Psalm 12:1-8

Psalm 12In Hebrew texts 12:1-8 is numbered 12:2-9.

For the director of music. According to sheminith.Title: Probably a musical term A psalm of David.

Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;Isa 57:1; Mic 7:2

those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.

Everyone liesPs 5:6; 34:13; 141:3; Pr 6:19; 12:17; 13:3; Isa 32:7 to their neighbor;

they flatter with their lips

but harbor deception in their hearts.S Ps 5:9; Ro 16:18

May the Lord silence all flattering lipsPr 26:28; 28:23

and every boastful tongue—Ps 73:9; Da 7:8; Jas 3:5; Rev 13:5

those who say,

“By our tongues we will prevail;Pr 18:21; Jas 3:6

our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”

“Because the poor are plunderedPs 44:24; 62:10; 72:14; 73:8; Ecc 4:1; 5:8; Isa 3:15; 5:7; 30:12; 59:13; Ac 7:34 and the needy groan,S Ps 6:6

I will now arise,Ps 3:7” says the Lord.

“I will protect themPs 34:6; 35:10 from those who malign them.”

And the words of the Lord are flawless,S 2Sa 22:31; Ps 18:30

like silver purifiedS Job 23:10; S 28:1; Isa 48:10; Zec 13:9 in a crucible,Ps 119:140

like goldProbable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text earth refined seven times.

You, Lord, will keep the needy safePs 16:1; 27:5

and will protect us forever from the wicked,Ps 37:28; Jn 17:12

who freely strutPs 55:10-11 about

when what is vile is honored by the human race.

Psalm 12

For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by an eight-stringed instrument.Hebrew according to the sheminith.

Help, O Lord, for the godly are fast disappearing!

The faithful have vanished from the earth!

Neighbors lie to each other,

speaking with flattering lips and deceitful hearts.

May the Lord cut off their flattering lips

and silence their boastful tongues.

They say, “We will lie to our hearts’ content.

Our lips are our own—who can stop us?”

The Lord replies, “I have seen violence done to the helpless,

and I have heard the groans of the poor.

Now I will rise up to rescue them,

as they have longed for me to do.”

The Lord’s promises are pure,

like silver refined in a furnace,

purified seven times over.

Therefore, Lord, we know you will protect the oppressed,

preserving them forever from this lying generation,

even though the wicked strut about,

and evil is praised throughout the land.

12 Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:

Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?

For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.

The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

Proverbs 19:13-14

13 A foolish child is a father’s ruin,S Pr 10:1

and a quarrelsome wife is like

the constant dripping of a leaky roof.S Est 1:18; Pr 21:9

14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents,2Co 12:14

but a prudent wife is from the Lord.S Pr 18:22

13 A foolish childHebrew son; also in 19:27. is a calamity to a father;

a quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping.

14 Fathers can give their sons an inheritance of houses and wealth,

but only the Lord can give an understanding wife.

13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

14 House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the Lord.

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