Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

The King James Version of this verse says Abraham was "fully persuaded" (v. 21). When you are dealing with something as impossible as having a child at the age of one hundred, your faith must be rock-solid! Abraham faced the fact that his body was dead (Romans 4:19), but he did not allow that consideration to weaken his faith. He came to a point in which his beliefs did not waver and he was "fully persuaded."

When confronted with an impossibility, you must face the facts with the truth, which is embodied in the promises of God. As you spend time meditating on the promises of God, you will become "fully persuaded." His promises will so saturate your mind and thinking that you will no longer waver in doubt when looking at outward circumstances. Rather, your heart will be convinced and remain fixed, regardless of what your mind thinks. Your heart will overflow with a faith that knows God has the power to do what He has promised. At that point, nothing the devil can do or say will move you from your position of faith.

Keep reading, studying, and digging into God's promises. Persist in tearing down any area of unbelief, until you are "fully persuaded."

1 Chronicles 26:12-27:34

12 These divisions of the gatekeepers, through their leaders, had duties for ministering1Ch 9:22 in the temple of the Lord, just as their relatives had.13 LotsS 1Ch 24:5, 31; 25:8 were cast for each gate, according to their families, young and old alike.

14 The lot for the East GateS 1Ch 9:18 fell to Shelemiah.A variant of Meshelemiah Then lots were cast for his son Zechariah,S 1Ch 9:21 a wise counselor, and the lot for the North Gate fell to him.15 The lot for the South Gate fell to Obed-Edom,S 1Ch 13:13; 2Ch 25:24 and the lot for the storehouse fell to his sons.16 The lots for the West Gate and the Shalleketh Gate on the upper road fell to Shuppim and Hosah.

Guard was alongside of guard:17 There were six Levites a day on the east, four a day on the north, four a day on the south and two at a time at the storehouse.18 As for the courtThe meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. to the west, there were four at the road and two at the courtThe meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. itself.

19 These were the divisions of the gatekeepers who were descendants of Korah and Merari.2Ch 35:15; Ne 7:1; Eze 44:11

The Treasurers and Other Officials

20 Their fellow Levites2Ch 24:5 wereSeptuagint; Hebrew As for the Levites, Ahijah was in charge of the treasuries of the house of God and the treasuries for the dedicated things.1Ch 28:12

21 The descendants of Ladan, who were Gershonites through Ladan and who were heads of families belonging to Ladan the Gershonite,1Ch 23:7; 29:8 were Jehieli,22 the sons of Jehieli, Zetham and his brother Joel. They were in charge of the treasuries1Ch 9:26 of the temple of the Lord.

23 From the Amramites, the Izharites, the Hebronites and the Uzzielites:S Nu 3:27

24 Shubael,1Ch 23:16 a descendant of Gershom son of Moses, was the official in charge of the treasuries.25 His relatives through Eliezer: Rehabiah his son, Jeshaiah his son, Joram his son, Zikri his son and Shelomith1Ch 23:18 his son.26 Shelomith and his relatives were in charge of all the treasuries for the things dedicatedS 2Sa 8:11 by King David, by the heads of families who were the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and by the other army commanders.27 Some of the plunder taken in battle they dedicated for the repair of the temple of the Lord.28 And everything dedicated by Samuel the seerS 1Sa 9:9 and by Saul son of Kish, Abner son of Ner and Joab son of Zeruiah, and all the other dedicated things were in the care of Shelomith and his relatives.

29 From the Izharites: Kenaniah and his sons were assigned duties away from the temple, as officials and judgesDt 17:8-13; S 1Ch 23:4 over Israel.

30 From the Hebronites: Hashabiah1Ch 27:17 and his relatives—seventeen hundred able men—were responsible in Israel west of the Jordan for all the work of the Lord and for the king’s service.31 As for the Hebronites,S 1Ch 23:19 Jeriah was their chief according to the genealogical records of their families. In the fortiethS 2Sa 5:4 year of David’s reign a search was made in the records, and capable men among the Hebronites were found at Jazer in Gilead.32 Jeriah had twenty-seven hundred relatives, who were able men and heads of families, and King David put them in charge of the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh for every matter pertaining to God and for the affairs of the king.

Army Divisions

27 This is the list of the Israelites—heads of families, commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and their officers, who served the king in all that concerned the army divisions that were on duty month by month throughout the year. Each division consisted of 24,000 men.

In charge of the first division, for the first month, was Jashobeam2Sa 23:8 son of Zabdiel. There were 24,000 men in his division.He was a descendant of Perez and chief of all the army officers for the first month.

In charge of the division for the second month was DodaiS 2Sa 23:9 the Ahohite; Mikloth was the leader of his division. There were 24,000 men in his division.

The third army commander, for the third month, was BenaiahS 2Sa 23:20 son of Jehoiada the priest. He was chief and there were 24,000 men in his division.This was the Benaiah who was a mighty warrior among the Thirty and was over the Thirty. His son Ammizabad was in charge of his division.

The fourth, for the fourth month, was AsahelS 2Sa 2:18 the brother of Joab; his son Zebadiah was his successor. There were 24,000 men in his division.

The fifth, for the fifth month, was the commander Shamhuth1Ch 11:27 the Izrahite. There were 24,000 men in his division.

The sixth, for the sixth month, was Ira2Sa 23:26 the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite. There were 24,000 men in his division.

10 The seventh, for the seventh month, was Helez2Sa 23:26 the Pelonite, an Ephraimite. There were 24,000 men in his division.

11 The eighth, for the eighth month, was SibbekaiS 2Sa 21:18 the Hushathite, a Zerahite. There were 24,000 men in his division.

12 The ninth, for the ninth month, was Abiezer2Sa 23:27 the Anathothite, a Benjamite. There were 24,000 men in his division.

13 The tenth, for the tenth month, was Maharai2Sa 23:28 the Netophathite, a Zerahite. There were 24,000 men in his division.

14 The eleventh, for the eleventh month, was BenaiahS 1Ch 11:31 the Pirathonite, an Ephraimite. There were 24,000 men in his division.

15 The twelfth, for the twelfth month, was Heldai2Sa 23:29 the Netophathite, from the family of Othniel.S Jos 15:17 There were 24,000 men in his division.

Leaders of the Tribes

16 The leaders of the tribes of Israel:

over the Reubenites: Eliezer son of Zikri;

over the Simeonites: Shephatiah son of Maakah;

17 over Levi: Hashabiah1Ch 26:30 son of Kemuel;

over Aaron: Zadok;S 2Sa 8:17; S 1Ch 12:28

18 over Judah: Elihu, a brother of David;

over Issachar: Omri son of Michael;

19 over Zebulun: Ishmaiah son of Obadiah;

over Naphtali: Jerimoth son of Azriel;

20 over the Ephraimites: Hoshea son of Azaziah;

over half the tribe of Manasseh: Joel son of Pedaiah;

21 over the half-tribe of Manasseh in Gilead: Iddo son of Zechariah;

over Benjamin: Jaasiel son of Abner;

22 over Dan: Azarel son of Jeroham.

These were the leaders of the tribes of Israel.

23 David did not take the number of the men twenty years old or less,S 2Sa 24:1; 1Ch 21:2-5 because the Lord had promised to make Israel as numerous as the starsS Ge 12:2 in the sky.24 Joab son of Zeruiah began to count the men but did not finish. God’s wrath came on Israel on account of this numbering,S 2Sa 24:15; 1Ch 21:14 and the number was not entered in the bookSeptuagint; Hebrew number of the annals of King David.

The King’s Overseers

25 Azmaveth son of Adiel was in charge of the royal storehouses.

Jonathan son of Uzziah was in charge of the storehouses in the outlying districts, in the towns, the villages and the watchtowers.

26 Ezri son of Kelub was in charge of the workers who farmed the land.

27 Shimei the Ramathite was in charge of the vineyards.

Zabdi the Shiphmite was in charge of the produce of the vineyards for the wine vats.

28 Baal-Hanan the Gederite was in charge of the olive and sycamore-figS 1Ki 10:27 trees in the western foothills.

Joash was in charge of the supplies of olive oil.

29 Shitrai the Sharonite was in charge of the herds grazing in Sharon.SS 2:1; Isa 33:9; 35:2; 65:10

Shaphat son of Adlai was in charge of the herds in the valleys.

30 Obil the Ishmaelite was in charge of the camels.

Jehdeiah the Meronothite was in charge of the donkeys.

31 Jaziz the HagriteS 1Ch 5:10 was in charge of the flocks.

All these were the officials in charge of King David’s property.

32 Jonathan, David’s uncle, was a counselor, a man of insight and a scribe. Jehiel son of Hakmoni took care of the king’s sons.

33 AhithophelS 2Sa 15:12 was the king’s counselor.

HushaiS 2Sa 15:37 the Arkite was the king’s confidant.34 Ahithophel was succeeded by Jehoiada son of Benaiah and by Abiathar.S 1Sa 22:20

JoabS 2Sa 2:13 was the commander of the royal army.

12 These divisions of the gatekeepers were named for their family leaders, and like the other Levites, they served at the house of the Lord.13 They were assigned by families for guard duty at the various gates, without regard to age or training, for it was all decided by means of sacred lots.

14 The responsibility for the east gate went to MeshelemiahHebrew Shelemiah, a variant spelling of Meshelemiah; compare 26:2. and his group. The north gate was assigned to his son Zechariah, a man of unusual wisdom.15 The south gate went to Obed-edom, and his sons were put in charge of the storehouse.16 Shuppim and Hosah were assigned the west gate and the gateway leading up to the Temple.Or the gate of Shalleketh on the upper road (also in 26:18). The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. Guard duties were divided evenly.17 Six Levites were assigned each day to the east gate, four to the north gate, four to the south gate, and two pairs at the storehouse.18 Six were assigned each day to the west gate, four to the gateway leading up to the Temple, and two to the courtyard.Or the colonnade. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.

19 These were the divisions of the gatekeepers from the clans of Korah and Merari.

Treasurers and Other Officials

20 Other Levites, led by Ahijah, were in charge of the treasuries of the house of God and the treasuries of the gifts dedicated to the Lord.21 From the family of LibniHebrew Ladan, a variant spelling of Libni; compare 6:17. in the clan of Gershon, JehielHebrew Jehieli (also in 26:22), a variant spelling of Jehiel; compare 23:8. was the leader.22 The sons of Jehiel, Zetham and his brother Joel, were in charge of the treasuries of the house of the Lord.

23 These are the leaders that descended from Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel:

24 From the clan of Amram, Shebuel was a descendant of Gershom son of Moses. He was the chief officer of the treasuries.25 His relatives through Eliezer were Rehabiah, Jeshaiah, Joram, Zicri, and Shelomoth.

26 Shelomoth and his relatives were in charge of the treasuries containing the gifts that King David, the family leaders, and the generals and captainsHebrew the commanders of thousands and of hundreds. and other officers of the army had dedicated to the Lord.27 These men dedicated some of the plunder they had gained in battle to maintain the house of the Lord.28 ShelomothHebrew Shelomith, a variant spelling of Shelomoth. and his relatives also cared for the gifts dedicated to the Lord by Samuel the seer, Saul son of Kish, Abner son of Ner, and Joab son of Zeruiah. All the other dedicated gifts were in their care, too.

29 From the clan of Izhar came Kenaniah. He and his sons were given administrative responsibilitiesOr were given outside work; or were given work away from the Temple area. over Israel as officials and judges.

30 From the clan of Hebron came Hashabiah. He and his relatives—1,700 capable men—were put in charge of the Israelite lands west of the Jordan River. They were responsible for all matters related to the things of the Lord and the service of the king in that area.

31 Also from the clan of Hebron came Jeriah,Hebrew Jerijah, a variant spelling of Jeriah; compare 23:19. who was the leader of the Hebronites according to the genealogical records. (In the fortieth year of David’s reign, a search was made in the records, and capable men from the clan of Hebron were found at Jazer in the land of Gilead.)32 There were 2,700 capable men among the relatives of Jeriah. King David sent them to the east side of the Jordan River and put them in charge of the tribes of Reuben and Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh. They were responsible for all matters related to God and to the king.

Military Commanders and Divisions

27 This is the list of Israelite generals and captains,Hebrew commanders of thousands and of hundreds. and their officers, who served the king by supervising the army divisions that were on duty each month of the year. Each division served for one month and had 24,000 troops.

Jashobeam son of Zabdiel was commander of the first division of 24,000 troops, which was on duty during the first month.He was a descendant of Perez and was in charge of all the army officers for the first month.

Dodai, a descendant of Ahoah, was commander of the second division of 24,000 troops, which was on duty during the second month. Mikloth was his chief officer.

Benaiah son of Jehoiada the priest was commander of the third division of 24,000 troops, which was on duty during the third month.This was the Benaiah who commanded David’s elite military group known as the Thirty. His son Ammizabad was his chief officer.

Asahel, the brother of Joab, was commander of the fourth division of 24,000 troops, which was on duty during the fourth month. Asahel was succeeded by his son Zebadiah.

ShammahHebrew Shamhuth, a variant spelling of Shammah; compare 11:27 and 2 Sam 23:25. the Izrahite was commander of the fifth division of 24,000 troops, which was on duty during the fifth month.

Ira son of Ikkesh from Tekoa was commander of the sixth division of 24,000 troops, which was on duty during the sixth month.

10 Helez, a descendant of Ephraim from Pelon, was commander of the seventh division of 24,000 troops, which was on duty during the seventh month.

11 Sibbecai, a descendant of Zerah from Hushah, was commander of the eighth division of 24,000 troops, which was on duty during the eighth month.

12 Abiezer from Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin was commander of the ninth division of 24,000 troops, which was on duty during the ninth month.

13 Maharai, a descendant of Zerah from Netophah, was commander of the tenth division of 24,000 troops, which was on duty during the tenth month.

14 Benaiah from Pirathon in Ephraim was commander of the eleventh division of 24,000 troops, which was on duty during the eleventh month.

15 Heled,Hebrew Heldai, a variant spelling of Heled; compare 11:30 and 2 Sam 23:29. a descendant of Othniel from Netophah, was commander of the twelfth division of 24,000 troops, which was on duty during the twelfth month.

Leaders of the Tribes

16 The following were the tribes of Israel and their leaders:

TribeLeader
ReubenEliezer son of Zicri
SimeonShephatiah son of Maacah
17 LeviHashabiah son of Kemuel
Aaron (the priests)Zadok
18 JudahElihu (a brother of David)
IssacharOmri son of Michael
19 ZebulunIshmaiah son of Obadiah
NaphtaliJeremoth son of Azriel
20 EphraimHoshea son of Azaziah
Manasseh (west)Joel son of Pedaiah
21 Manasseh in Gilead (east)Iddo son of Zechariah
BenjaminJaasiel son of Abner
22 DanAzarel son of Jeroham

These were the leaders of the tribes of Israel.

23 When David took his census, he did not count those who were younger than twenty years of age, because the Lord had promised to make the Israelites as numerous as the stars in heaven.24 Joab son of Zeruiah began the census but never finished it becauseOr never finished it, and yet. the anger of God fell on Israel. The total number was never recorded in King David’s official records.

Officials of David’s Kingdom

25 Azmaveth son of Adiel was in charge of the palace treasuries.

Jonathan son of Uzziah was in charge of the regional treasuries throughout the towns, villages, and fortresses of Israel.

26 Ezri son of Kelub was in charge of the field workers who farmed the king’s lands.

27 Shimei from Ramah was in charge of the king’s vineyards.

Zabdi from Shepham was responsible for the grapes and the supplies of wine.

28 Baal-hanan from Geder was in charge of the king’s olive groves and sycamore-fig trees in the foothills of Judah.Hebrew the Shephelah.

Joash was responsible for the supplies of olive oil.

29 Shitrai from Sharon was in charge of the cattle on the Sharon Plain.

Shaphat son of Adlai was responsible for the cattle in the valleys.

30 Obil the Ishmaelite was in charge of the camels.

Jehdeiah from Meronoth was in charge of the donkeys.

31 Jaziz the Hagrite was in charge of the king’s flocks of sheep and goats.

All these officials were overseers of King David’s property.

32 Jonathan, David’s uncle, was a wise counselor to the king, a man of great insight, and a scribe. Jehiel the Hacmonite was responsible for teaching the king’s sons.33 Ahithophel was the royal adviser. Hushai the Arkite was the king’s friend.34 Ahithophel was succeeded by Jehoiada son of Benaiah and by Abiathar. Joab was commander of the king’s army.

12 Among these were the divisions of the porters, even among the chief men, having wards one against another, to minister in the house of the Lord.

13 And they cast lots, as well the small as the great, according to the house of their fathers, for every gate.

14 And the lot eastward fell to Shelemiah. Then for Zechariah his son, a wise counsellor, they cast lots; and his lot came out northward.

15 To Obededom southward; and to his sons the house of Asuppim.

16 To Shuppim and Hosah the lot came forth westward, with the gate Shallecheth, by the causeway of the going up, ward against ward.

17 Eastward were six Levites, northward four a day, southward four a day, and toward Asuppim two and two.

18 At Parbar westward, four at the causeway, and two at Parbar.

19 These are the divisions of the porters among the sons of Kore, and among the sons of Merari.

20 And of the Levites, Ahijah was over the treasures of the house of God, and over the treasures of the dedicated things.

21 As concerning the sons of Laadan; the sons of the Gershonite Laadan, chief fathers, even of Laadan the Gershonite, were Jehieli.

22 The sons of Jehieli; Zetham, and Joel his brother, which were over the treasures of the house of the Lord.

23 Of the Amramites, and the Izharites, the Hebronites, and the Uzzielites:

24 And Shebuel the son of Gershom, the son of Moses, was ruler of the treasures.

25 And his brethren by Eliezer; Rehabiah his son, and Jeshaiah his son, and Joram his son, and Zichri his son, and Shelomith his son.

26 Which Shelomith and his brethren were over all the treasures of the dedicated things, which David the king, and the chief fathers, the captains over thousands and hundreds, and the captains of the host, had dedicated.

27 Out of the spoils won in battles did they dedicate to maintain the house of the Lord.

28 And all that Samuel the seer, and Saul the son of Kish, and Abner the son of Ner, and Joab the son of Zeruiah, had dedicated; and whosoever had dedicated any thing, it was under the hand of Shelomith, and of his brethren.

29 Of the Izharites, Chenaniah and his sons were for the outward business over Israel, for officers and judges.

30 And of the Hebronites, Hashabiah and his brethren, men of valour, a thousand and seven hundred, were officers among them of Israel on this side Jordan westward in all the business of the Lord, and in the service of the king.

31 Among the Hebronites was Jerijah the chief, even among the Hebronites, according to the generations of his fathers. In the fortieth year of the reign of David they were sought for, and there were found among them mighty men of valour at Jazer of Gilead.

32 And his brethren, men of valour, were two thousand and seven hundred chief fathers, whom king David made rulers over the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, for every matter pertaining to God, and affairs of the king.

27 Now the children of Israel after their number, to wit, the chief fathers and captains of thousands and hundreds, and their officers that served the king in any matter of the courses, which came in and went out month by month throughout all the months of the year, of every course were twenty and four thousand.

Over the first course for the first month was Jashobeam the son of Zabdiel: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

Of the children of Perez was the chief of all the captains of the host for the first month.

And over the course of the second month was Dodai an Ahohite, and of his course was Mikloth also the ruler: in his course likewise were twenty and four thousand.

The third captain of the host for the third month was Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, a chief priest: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

This is that Benaiah, who was mighty among the thirty, and above the thirty: and in his course was Ammizabad his son.

The fourth captain for the fourth month was Asahel the brother of Joab, and Zebadiah his son after him: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

The fifth captain for the fifth month was Shamhuth the Izrahite: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

The sixth captain for the sixth month was Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

10 The seventh captain for the seventh month was Helez the Pelonite, of the children of Ephraim: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

11 The eighth captain for the eighth month was Sibbecai the Hushathite, of the Zarhites: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

12 The ninth captain for the ninth month was Abiezer the Anetothite, of the Benjamites: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

13 The tenth captain for the tenth month was Maharai the Netophathite, of the Zarhites: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

14 The eleventh captain for the eleventh month was Benaiah the Pirathonite, of the children of Ephraim: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

15 The twelfth captain for the twelfth month was Heldai the Netophathite, of Othniel: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

16 Furthermore over the tribes of Israel: the ruler of the Reubenites was Eliezer the son of Zichri: of the Simeonites, Shephatiah the son of Maachah:

17 Of the Levites, Hashabiah the son of Kemuel: of the Aaronites, Zadok:

18 Of Judah, Elihu, one of the brethren of David: of Issachar, Omri the son of Michael:

19 Of Zebulun, Ishmaiah the son of Obadiah: of Naphtali, Jerimoth the son of Azriel:

20 Of the children of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Azaziah: of the half tribe of Manasseh, Joel the son of Pedaiah:

21 Of the half tribe of Manasseh in Gilead, Iddo the son of Zechariah: of Benjamin, Jaasiel the son of Abner:

22 Of Dan, Azareel the son of Jeroham. These were the princes of the tribes of Israel.

23 But David took not the number of them from twenty years old and under: because the Lord had said he would increase Israel like to the stars of the heavens.

24 Joab the son of Zeruiah began to number, but he finished not, because there fell wrath for it against Israel; neither was the number put in the account of the chronicles of king David.

25 And over the king's treasures was Azmaveth the son of Adiel: and over the storehouses in the fields, in the cities, and in the villages, and in the castles, was Jehonathan the son of Uzziah:

26 And over them that did the work of the field for tillage of the ground was Ezri the son of Chelub:

27 And over the vineyards was Shimei the Ramathite: over the increase of the vineyards for the wine cellars was Zabdi the Shiphmite:

28 And over the olive trees and the sycomore trees that were in the low plains was Baalhanan the Gederite: and over the cellars of oil was Joash:

29 And over the herds that fed in Sharon was Shitrai the Sharonite: and over the herds that were in the valleys was Shaphat the son of Adlai:

30 Over the camels also was Obil the Ishmaelite: and over the asses was Jehdeiah the Meronothite:

31 And over the flocks was Jaziz the Hagerite. All these were the rulers of the substance which was king David's.

32 Also Jonathan David's uncle was a counsellor, a wise man, and a scribe: and Jehiel the son of Hachmoni was with the king's sons:

33 And Ahithophel was the king's counsellor: and Hushai the Archite was the king's companion:

34 And after Ahithophel was Jehoiada the son of Benaiah, and Abiathar: and the general of the king's army was Joab.

Romans 4:13-5:5

13 It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promiseS Ac 13:32; Gal 3:16, 29 that he would be heir of the world,Ge 17:4-6 but through the righteousness that comes by faith.S Ro 9:3014 For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless,Gal 3:1815 because the law brings wrath.Ro 7:7-25; 1Co 15:56; 2Co 3:7; Gal 3:10; S Ro 7:12 And where there is no law there is no transgression.Ro 3:20; 5:13; 7:7

16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by graceS Ro 3:24 and may be guaranteedRo 15:8 to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.ver 11; S Lk 3:8; S Gal 3:1617 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”Gen. 17:5Ge 17:5 He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives lifeS Jn 5:21 to the dead and callsIsa 48:13 into being things that were not.1Co 1:28

18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations,ver 17 just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”Gen. 15:5Ge 15:519 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as deadHeb 11:11, 12—since he was about a hundred years oldGe 17:17—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.Ge 18:1120 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened1Sa 30:6 in his faith and gave glory to God,S Mt 9:821 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.Ge 18:14; S Mt 19:2622 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”S ver 323 The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone,24 but also for us,Ps 102:18; Hab 2:2; Ro 15:4; 1Co 9:10; 10:11; 2Ti 3:16, 17 to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in himRo 10:9; 1Pe 1:21 who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.S Ac 2:2425 He was delivered over to death for our sinsIsa 53:5, 6; Ro 5:6, 8; 8:32; 2Co 5:21 and was raised to life for our justification.Isa 53:11; Ro 3:24; 5:1, 9, 16, 18; 8:30; 1Co 6:11; 2Co 5:15

Peace and Hope

Therefore, since we have been justifiedS Ro 4:25 through faith,S Ro 3:28 weMany manuscripts let us have peaceS Lk 2:14 with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,ver 10through whom we have gained accessEph 2:18; 3:12 by faith into this grace in which we now stand.1Co 15:1 And weOr let us boast in the hopeS Heb 3:6 of the glory of God.Not only so, but weOr let us also glory in our sufferings,S Mt 5:12 because we know that suffering produces perseverance;S Heb 10:36perseverance, character; and character, hope.And hopePhp 1:20; S Heb 3:6; 1Jn 3:2, 3 does not put us to shame, because God’s lovever 8; Jn 3:16; Ro 8:39 has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit,Ac 2:33; 10:45; Tit 3:5, 6 who has been given to us.

13 Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith.14 If God’s promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless.15 For the law always brings punishment on those who try to obey it. (The only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break!)

16 So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe.17 That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.”Gen 17:5. This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.

18 Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!”Gen 15:5.19 And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb.

20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God.21 He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.22 And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous.23 And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded24 for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.25 He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.

Faith Brings Joy

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peaceSome manuscripts read let us have peace. with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:

15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,

17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb:

20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;

24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Psalm 14:1-7

Psalm 1414:1-7pp — Ps 53:1-6

For the director of music. Of David.

The foolThe Hebrew words rendered fool in Psalms denote one who is morally deficient. says in his heart,

“There is no God.”Ps 10:4

They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;

there is no one who does good.

The Lord looks down from heavenJob 41:34; Ps 85:11; 102:19; La 3:50

on all mankind

to see if there are any who understand,Ps 92:6

any who seek God.S Ezr 6:21

All have turned away,S 1Sa 8:3; 1Ti 5:15 all have become corrupt;2Pe 2:7

there is no one who does good,1Ki 8:46; Ps 143:2; Ecc 7:20

not even one.Ro 3:10-12*

Do all these evildoers know nothing?Ps 82:5; Jer 4:22

They devour my peoplePs 27:2; Mic 3:3 as though eating bread;

they never call on the Lord.Ps 79:6; Isa 64:7; 65:1; Jer 10:25; Hos 7:7

But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,

for God is present in the company of the righteous.

You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,

but the Lord is their refuge.S 2Sa 22:3

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!Ps 2:6

When the Lord restoresS Dt 30:3; S Jer 48:47 his people,

let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Psalm 14

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

Only fools say in their hearts,

“There is no God.”

They are corrupt, and their actions are evil;

not one of them does good!

The Lord looks down from heaven

on the entire human race;

he looks to see if anyone is truly wise,

if anyone seeks God.

But no, all have turned away;

all have become corrupt.Greek version reads have become useless. Compare Rom 3:12.

No one does good,

not a single one!

Will those who do evil never learn?

They eat up my people like bread

and wouldn’t think of praying to the Lord.

Terror will grip them,

for God is with those who obey him.

The wicked frustrate the plans of the oppressed,

but the Lord will protect his people.

Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel?

When the Lord restores his people,

Jacob will shout with joy, and Israel will rejoice.

14 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord.

There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the Lord is his refuge.

Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the Lord bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

Proverbs 19:17

17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,S Dt 24:14

and he will reward them for what they have done.S Dt 24:19; Pr 14:21; 22:9; S Mt 10:42

17 If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord

and he will repay you!

17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

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