Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

In music, sounds that blend together are called harmony, or symphony. If individual tones and instruments do not blend, they clash, producing cacophony. Imagine the awful noise if all the instruments in an orchestra played their own notes in completely different keys! But when all the instruments work together, the result is a beautiful piece of music that uplifts the human soul.

God has called each of us, with our individual tones and ministries, to blend into one body. The result will be as it was at the dedication of Solomon's temple: a beautiful display of unity-not one individual note or instrument that clashes with others, but a conscious blending of our gifts and callings with that of others.

Psalm 133:3 expresses it perfectly: "Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And the Lord has pronounced his blessing, even life forevermore" (Psalm 133:3). Whatever calling, church, or ministry we are involved in, we must walk in unity with everyone else. Then we can watch the effectiveness of our ministry multiply and see the glory of God displayed for a listening world.

2 Chronicles 4:1-6:11

The Temple’s Furnishings4:2-6, 10–5:1pp — 1Ki 7:23-26, 38-51

He made a bronze altarS Ex 20:24; S 40:6; S 1Ki 8:64 twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide and ten cubits high.That is, about 30 feet long and wide and 15 feet high or about 9 meters long and wide and 4.5 meters highHe made the SeaRev 4:6; 15:2 of cast metal, circular in shape, measuring ten cubits from rim to rim and five cubitsThat is, about 7 1/2 feet or about 2.3 meters high. It took a line of thirty cubitsThat is, about 45 feet or about 14 meters to measure around it.Below the rim, figures of bulls encircled it—ten to a cubit.That is, about 18 inches or about 45 centimeters The bulls were cast in two rows in one piece with the Sea.

The Sea stood on twelve bulls, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south and three facing east.Nu 2:3-25; Eze 48:30-34; Rev 21:13 The Sea rested on top of them, and their hindquarters were toward the center.It was a handbreadthThat is, about 3 inches or about 7.5 centimeters in thickness, and its rim was like the rim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It held three thousand baths.That is, about 18,000 gallons or about 66,000 liters

He then made ten basinsS Ex 30:18 for washing and placed five on the south side and five on the north. In them the things to be used for the burnt offeringsNe 13:5, 9; Eze 40:38 were rinsed, but the Sea was to be used by the priests for washing.

He made ten gold lampstandsS Ex 25:31 according to the specificationsEx 25:40 for them and placed them in the temple, five on the south side and five on the north.

He made ten tablesS Ex 25:23 and placed them in the temple, five on the south side and five on the north. He also made a hundred gold sprinkling bowls.S Nu 4:14

He made the courtyard1Ki 6:36; 2Ch 33:5 of the priests, and the large court and the doors for the court, and overlaid the doors with bronze.10 He placed the Sea on the south side, at the southeast corner.

11 And Huram also made the pots and shovels and sprinkling bowls.

So Huram finished1Ki 7:14 the work he had undertaken for King Solomon in the temple of God:

12 the two pillars;

the two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars;

the two sets of network decorating the two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars;

13 the four hundred pomegranates for the two sets of network (two rows of pomegranates for each network, decorating the bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars);

14 the stands1Ki 7:27-30 with their basins;

15 the Sea and the twelve bulls under it;

16 the pots, shovels, meat forks and all related articles.

All the objects that Huram-AbiS 1Ki 7:13 made for King Solomon for the temple of the Lord were of polished bronze.17 The king had them cast in clay molds in the plain of the Jordan between SukkothS Ge 33:17 and Zarethan.Hebrew Zeredatha, a variant of Zarethan18 All these things that Solomon made amounted to so much that the weight of the bronzeS 1Ki 7:23 could not be calculated.

19 Solomon also made all the furnishings that were in God’s temple:

the golden altar;

the tablesS Ex 25:23, 30 on which was the bread of the Presence;

20 the lampstandsEx 25:31 of pure gold with their lamps, to burn in front of the inner sanctuary as prescribed;

21 the gold floral work and lamps and tongs (they were solid gold);

22 the pure gold wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, dishesS Nu 7:14 and censers;S Lev 10:1 and the gold doors of the temple: the inner doors to the Most Holy Place and the doors of the main hall.

When all the work Solomon had done for the temple of the Lord was finished,S 1Ki 6:14 he brought in the things his father David had dedicatedS 2Sa 8:11—the silver and gold and all the furnishings—and he placed them in the treasuries of God’s temple.

The Ark Brought to the Temple5:2–6:11pp — 1Ki 8:1-21

Then Solomon summoned to Jerusalem the elders of Israel, all the heads of the tribes and the chiefs of the Israelite families, to bring up the arkS Nu 3:31; S 1Ch 15:25 of the Lord’s covenant from Zion, the City of David.And all the IsraelitesS 1Ch 9:1 came together to the king at the time of the festival in the seventh month.

When all the elders of Israel had arrived, the Levites took up the ark,and they brought up the ark and the tent of meeting and all the sacred furnishings in it. The Levitical priestsS Nu 3:31; S 1Ch 15:2 carried them up;and King Solomon and the entire assembly of Israel that had gathered about him were before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and cattle that they could not be recorded or counted.

The priests then brought the arkRev 11:19 of the Lord’s covenant to its place in the inner sanctuary of the temple, the Most Holy Place, and put it beneath the wings of the cherubim.The cherubimS Ge 3:24 spread their wings over the place of the ark and covered the ark and its carrying poles.These poles were so long that their ends, extending from the ark, could be seen from in front of the inner sanctuary, but not from outside the Holy Place; and they are still there today.10 There was nothing in the ark exceptHeb 9:4 the two tabletsS Ex 16:34; S Dt 10:2 that Moses had placed in it at Horeb, where the Lord made a covenant with the Israelites after they came out of Egypt.

11 The priests then withdrew from the Holy Place. All the priests who were there had consecrated themselves, regardless of their divisions.S 1Ch 24:112 All the Levites who were musicians1Ki 10:12; 1Ch 9:33; S 25:1; Ps 68:25—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun and their sons and relatives—stood on the east side of the altar, dressed in fine linen and playing cymbals, harps and lyres. They were accompanied by 120 priests sounding trumpets.S 1Ch 13:813 The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang:

“He is good;

his love endures forever.”S 1Ch 16:34, 41; 2Ch 7:3; 20:21; Ezr 3:11; Ps 100:5; 106:1; 107:1; 118:1; 136:1; Jer 33:11

Then the temple of the Lord was filled with the cloud,S Ex 40:3414 and the priests could not performEx 40:35; Rev 15:8 their service because of the cloud,Ex 19:16 for the gloryS Ex 29:43; S 40:35 of the Lord filled the temple of God.

Then Solomon said, “The Lord has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud;S Ex 19:9I have built a magnificent temple for you, a place for you to dwell forever.Ezr 6:12; 7:15; Ps 135:21

While the whole assembly of Israel was standing there, the king turned around and blessed them.Then he said:

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who with his hands has fulfilled what he promised with his mouth to my father David. For he said,‘Since the day I brought my people out of Egypt, I have not chosen a city in any tribe of Israel to have a temple built so that my Name might be there, nor have I chosen anyone to be ruler over my people Israel.But now I have chosen JerusalemS Dt 12:5; S Isa 14:1 for my NameS Ex 20:24 to be there, and I have chosen DavidS 1Ch 28:4 to rule my people Israel.’

“My father David had it in his heartS 1Sa 10:7; S 1Ch 17:2; Ac 7:46 to build a temple for the Name of the Lord, the God of Israel.But the Lord said to my father David, ‘You did well to have it in your heart to build a temple for my Name.Nevertheless, you are not the one to build the temple, but your son, your own flesh and blood—he is the one who will build the temple for my Name.’

10 “The Lord has kept the promise he made. I have succeeded David my father and now I sit on the throne of Israel, just as the Lord promised, and I have built the temple for the Name of the Lord, the God of Israel.11 There I have placed the ark, in which is the covenantS Dt 10:2; Ps 25:10; 50:5 of the Lord that he made with the people of Israel.”

Furnishings for the Temple

SolomonOr Huram-abi; Hebrew reads He. also made a bronze altar 30 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 15 feet high.Hebrew 20 cubits [9.2 meters] long, 20 cubits wide, and 10 cubits [4.6 meters] high.Then he cast a great round basin, 15 feet across from rim to rim, called the Sea. It was 7 1⁄2 feet deep and about 45 feet in circumference.Hebrew 10 cubits [4.6 meters] across . . . 5 cubits [2.3 meters] deep and 30 cubits [13.8 meters] in circumference.It was encircled just below its rim by two rows of figures that resembled oxen. There were about six oxen per footOr 20 oxen per meter; Hebrew reads 10 per cubit. all the way around, and they were cast as part of the basin.

The Sea was placed on a base of twelve bronze oxen, all facing outward. Three faced north, three faced west, three faced south, and three faced east, and the Sea rested on them.The walls of the Sea were about three inchesHebrew a handbreadth [8 centimeters]. thick, and its rim flared out like a cup and resembled a water lily blossom. It could hold about 16,500 gallonsHebrew 3,000 baths [63 kiloliters]. of water.

He also made ten smaller basins for washing the utensils for the burnt offerings. He set five on the south side and five on the north. But the priests washed themselves in the Sea.

He then cast ten gold lampstands according to the specifications that had been given, and he put them in the Temple. Five were placed against the south wall, and five were placed against the north wall.

He also built ten tables and placed them in the Temple, five along the south wall and five along the north wall. Then he molded 100 gold basins.

He then built a courtyard for the priests, and also the large outer courtyard. He made doors for the courtyard entrances and overlaid them with bronze.10 The great bronze basin called the Sea was placed near the southeast corner of the Temple.

11 Huram-abi also made the necessary washbasins, shovels, and bowls.

So at last Huram-abi completed everything King Solomon had assigned him to make for the Temple of God:

12 the two pillars;

the two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars;

the two networks of interwoven chains that decorated the capitals;

13 the 400 pomegranates that hung from the chains on the capitals (two rows of pomegranates for each of the chain networks that decorated the capitals on top of the pillars);

14 the water carts holding the basins;

15 the Sea and the twelve oxen under it;

16 the ash buckets, the shovels, the meat hooks, and all the related articles.

Huram-abi made all these things of burnished bronze for the Temple of the Lord, just as King Solomon had directed.17 The king had them cast in clay molds in the Jordan Valley between Succoth and Zarethan.As in parallel text at 1 Kgs 7:46; Hebrew reads Zeredah.18 Solomon used such great quantities of bronze that its weight could not be determined.

19 Solomon also made all the furnishings for the Temple of God:

the gold altar;

the tables for the Bread of the Presence;

20 the lampstands and their lamps of solid gold, to burn in front of the Most Holy Place as prescribed;

21 the flower decorations, lamps, and tongs—all of the purest gold;

22 the lamp snuffers, bowls, ladles, and incense burners—all of solid gold;

the doors for the entrances to the Most Holy Place and the main room of the Temple, overlaid with gold.

So Solomon finished all his work on the Temple of the Lord. Then he brought all the gifts his father, David, had dedicated—the silver, the gold, and the various articles—and he stored them in the treasuries of the Temple of God.

The Ark Brought to the Temple

Solomon then summoned to Jerusalem the elders of Israel and all the heads of tribes—the leaders of the ancestral families of Israel. They were to bring the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant to the Temple from its location in the City of David, also known as Zion.So all the men of Israel assembled before the king at the annual Festival of Shelters, which is held in early autumn.Hebrew at the festival that is in the seventh month. The Festival of Shelters began on the fifteenth day of the seventh month of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. This day occurred in late September, October, or early November.

When all the elders of Israel arrived, the Levites picked up the Ark.The priests and Levites brought up the Ark along with the special tentHebrew the Tent of Meeting; i.e., the tent mentioned in 2 Sam 6:17 and 1 Chr 16:1. and all the sacred items that had been in it.There, before the Ark, King Solomon and the entire community of Israel sacrificed so many sheep, goats, and cattle that no one could keep count!

Then the priests carried the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant into the inner sanctuary of the Temple—the Most Holy Place—and placed it beneath the wings of the cherubim.The cherubim spread their wings over the Ark, forming a canopy over the Ark and its carrying poles.These poles were so long that their ends could be seen from the Holy Place,As in some Hebrew manuscripts and Greek version (see also 1 Kgs 8:8); Masoretic Text reads from the Ark. which is in front of the Most Holy Place, but not from the outside. They are still there to this day.10 Nothing was in the Ark except the two stone tablets that Moses had placed in it at Mount Sinai,Hebrew Horeb, another name for Sinai. where the Lord made a covenant with the people of Israel when they left Egypt.

11 Then the priests left the Holy Place. All the priests who were present had purified themselves, whether or not they were on duty that day.12 And the Levites who were musicians—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and all their sons and brothers—were dressed in fine linen robes and stood at the east side of the altar playing cymbals, lyres, and harps. They were joined by 120 priests who were playing trumpets.13 The trumpeters and singers performed together in unison to praise and give thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, they raised their voices and praised the Lord with these words:

“He is good!

His faithful love endures forever!”

At that moment a thick cloud filled the Temple of the Lord.14 The priests could not continue their service because of the cloud, for the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple of God.

Solomon Praises the Lord

Then Solomon prayed, “O Lord, you have said that you would live in a thick cloud of darkness.Now I have built a glorious Temple for you, a place where you can live forever!”

Then the king turned around to the entire community of Israel standing before him and gave this blessing:“Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who has kept the promise he made to my father, David. For he told my father,‘From the day I brought my people out of the land of Egypt, I have never chosen a city among any of the tribes of Israel as the place where a Temple should be built to honor my name. Nor have I chosen a king to lead my people Israel.But now I have chosen Jerusalem as the place for my name to be honored, and I have chosen David to be king over my people Israel.’”

Then Solomon said, “My father, David, wanted to build this Temple to honor the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.But the Lord told him, ‘You wanted to build the Temple to honor my name. Your intention is good,but you are not the one to do it. One of your own sons will build the Temple to honor me.’

10 “And now the Lord has fulfilled the promise he made, for I have become king in my father’s place, and now I sit on the throne of Israel, just as the Lord promised. I have built this Temple to honor the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.11 There I have placed the Ark, which contains the covenant that the Lord made with the people of Israel.”

Moreover he made an altar of brass, twenty cubits the length thereof, and twenty cubits the breadth thereof, and ten cubits the height thereof.

Also he made a molten sea of ten cubits from brim to brim, round in compass, and five cubits the height thereof; and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.

And under it was the similitude of oxen, which did compass it round about: ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about. Two rows of oxen were cast, when it was cast.

It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east: and the sea was set above upon them, and all their hinder parts were inward.

And the thickness of it was an handbreadth, and the brim of it like the work of the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies; and it received and held three thousand baths.

He made also ten lavers, and put five on the right hand, and five on the left, to wash in them: such things as they offered for the burnt offering they washed in them; but the sea was for the priests to wash in.

And he made ten candlesticks of gold according to their form, and set them in the temple, five on the right hand, and five on the left.

He made also ten tables, and placed them in the temple, five on the right side, and five on the left. And he made an hundred basons of gold.

Furthermore he made the court of the priests, and the great court, and doors for the court, and overlaid the doors of them with brass.

10 And he set the sea on the right side of the east end, over against the south.

11 And Huram made the pots, and the shovels, and the basons. And Huram finished the work that he was to make for king Solomon for the house of God;

12 To wit, the two pillars, and the pommels, and the chapiters which were on the top of the two pillars, and the two wreaths to cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were on the top of the pillars;

13 And four hundred pomegranates on the two wreaths; two rows of pomegranates on each wreath, to cover the two pommels of the chapiters which were upon the pillars.

14 He made also bases, and lavers made he upon the bases;

15 One sea, and twelve oxen under it.

16 The pots also, and the shovels, and the fleshhooks, and all their instruments, did Huram his father make to king Solomon for the house of the Lord of bright brass.

17 In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zeredathah.

18 Thus Solomon made all these vessels in great abundance: for the weight of the brass could not be found out.

19 And Solomon made all the vessels that were for the house of God, the golden altar also, and the tables whereon the shewbread was set;

20 Moreover the candlesticks with their lamps, that they should burn after the manner before the oracle, of pure gold;

21 And the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, made he of gold, and that perfect gold;

22 And the snuffers, and the basons, and the spoons, and the censers, of pure gold: and the entry of the house, the inner doors thereof for the most holy place, and the doors of the house of the temple, were of gold.

Thus all the work that Solomon made for the house of the Lord was finished: and Solomon brought in all the things that David his father had dedicated; and the silver, and the gold, and all the instruments, put he among the treasures of the house of God.

Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion.

Wherefore all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto the king in the feast which was in the seventh month.

And all the elders of Israel came; and the Levites took up the ark.

And they brought up the ark, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle, these did the priests and the Levites bring up.

Also king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel that were assembled unto him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen, which could not be told nor numbered for multitude.

And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the Lord unto his place, to the oracle of the house, into the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims:

For the cherubims spread forth their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above.

And they drew out the staves of the ark, that the ends of the staves were seen from the ark before the oracle; but they were not seen without. And there it is unto this day.

10 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables which Moses put therein at Horeb, when the Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt.

11 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place: (for all the priests that were present were sanctified, and did not then wait by course:

12 Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets:)

13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord;

14 So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.

Then said Solomon, The Lord hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.

But I have built an house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling for ever.

And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation of Israel: and all the congregation of Israel stood.

And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who hath with his hands fulfilled that which he spake with his mouth to my father David, saying,

Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel:

But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.

Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the Lord God of Israel.

But the Lord said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in thine heart to build an house for my name, thou didst well in that it was in thine heart:

Notwithstanding thou shalt not build the house; but thy son which shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house for my name.

10 The Lord therefore hath performed his word that he hath spoken: for I am risen up in the room of David my father, and am set on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised, and have built the house for the name of the Lord God of Israel.

11 And in it have I put the ark, wherein is the covenant of the Lord, that he made with the children of Israel.

Romans 7:1-13

Released From the Law, Bound to Christ

Do you not know, brothers and sistersS Ac 1:16; S 22:5; Ro 1:13; 1Co 1:10; 5:11; 6:6; 14:20, 26; Gal 3:15; 6:18—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives?For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him.1Co 7:39So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress.S Lk 16:18 But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man.

So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the lawver 6; S Ro 6:6; 8:2; Gal 2:19; 3:23-25; 4:31; 5:1 through the body of Christ,Col 1:22 that you might belong to another,Gal 2:19, 20 to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.For when we were in the realm of the flesh,In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit.S Gal 5:24 the sinful passions aroused by the lawRo 7:7-11 were at work in us,Ro 6:13 so that we bore fruit for death.S Ro 6:23But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the lawS ver 4 so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.Ro 2:29; 2Co 3:6

The Law and Sin

What shall we say, then?S Ro 8:31 Is the law sinful? Certainly not!S ver 12 Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law.S Ro 4:15 For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”Exodus 20:17; Deut. 5:21Ex 20:17; Dt 5:21But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment,ver 11 produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead.S Ro 4:15Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died.10 I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring lifeLev 18:5; Lk 10:26-28; S Ro 10:5; Gal 3:12 actually brought death.11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment,ver 8 deceived me,Ge 3:13 and through the commandment put me to death.12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.ver 7, 13, 14, 16; Ro 8:4; Gal 3:21; 1Ti 1:8; S Ro 4:15

13 Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is goodS ver 12 to bring about my death,S Ro 6:23 so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.

No Longer Bound to the Law

Now, dear brothers and sistersGreek brothers; also in 7:4.—you who are familiar with the law—don’t you know that the law applies only while a person is living?For example, when a woman marries, the law binds her to her husband as long as he is alive. But if he dies, the laws of marriage no longer apply to her.So while her husband is alive, she would be committing adultery if she married another man. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law and does not commit adultery when she remarries.

So, my dear brothers and sisters, this is the point: You died to the power of the law when you died with Christ. And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead. As a result, we can produce a harvest of good deeds for God.When we were controlled by our old nature,Greek When we were in the flesh. sinful desires were at work within us, and the law aroused these evil desires that produced a harvest of sinful deeds, resulting in death.But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit.

God’s Law Reveals Our Sin

Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, “You must not covet.”Exod 20:17; Deut 5:21.But sin used this command to arouse all kinds of covetous desires within me! If there were no law, sin would not have that power.At one time I lived without understanding the law. But when I learned the command not to covet, for instance, the power of sin came to life,10 and I died. So I discovered that the law’s commands, which were supposed to bring life, brought spiritual death instead.11 Sin took advantage of those commands and deceived me; it used the commands to kill me.12 But still, the law itself is holy, and its commands are holy and right and good.

13 But how can that be? Did the law, which is good, cause my death? Of course not! Sin used what was good to bring about my condemnation to death. So we can see how terrible sin really is. It uses God’s good commands for its own evil purposes.

Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?

For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.

So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.

For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.

10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.

11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.

12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

Psalm 17:1-15

Psalm 17

A prayer of David.

Hear me,Ps 30:10; 64:1; 80:1; 140:6 Lord, my plea is just;

listen to my cry.Ps 5:2; 39:12; 142:6; 143:1

HearS Ps 5:1 my prayer—

it does not rise from deceitful lips.Isa 29:13

Let my vindicationPs 24:5; 26:1; Isa 46:13; 50:8-9; 54:17 come from you;

may your eyes see what is right.Ps 99:4

Though you probe my heart,Ps 139:1; Jer 12:3

though you examine me at night and test me,S Job 7:18

you will find that I have planned no evil;Job 23:10; Jer 50:20

my mouth has not transgressed.Ps 39:1

Though people tried to bribe me,

I have kept myself from the ways of the violent

through what your lips have commanded.

My steps have held to your paths;Job 23:11; Ps 44:18; 119:133

my feet have not stumbled.Dt 32:35; Ps 73:2; 121:3

I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;Ps 86:7

turn your ear to mePs 116:2 and hear my prayer.S Ps 4:1

Show me the wonders of your great love,Ps 31:21; 69:13; 106:45; 107:43; 117:2

you who save by your right handS Ps 10:12

those who take refugePs 2:12 in you from their foes.

Keep meS Nu 6:24 as the apple of your eye;S Dt 32:10; Pr 7:2

hide mePs 27:5; 31:20; 32:7 in the shadow of your wingsRu 2:12; Ps 36:7; 63:7; Isa 34:15

from the wicked who are out to destroy me,

from my mortal enemies who surround me.Ps 109:3

10 They close up their callous hearts,Ps 73:7; 119:70; Isa 6:10

and their mouths speak with arrogance.S 1Sa 2:3

11 They have tracked me down, they now surround me,Ps 88:17

with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.

12 They are like a lionPs 7:2; Jer 5:6; 12:8; La 3:10 hungry for prey,S Ge 49:9

like a fierce lion crouching in cover.

13 Rise up,S Nu 10:35 Lord, confront them, bring them down;Ps 35:8; 55:23; 73:18

with your sword rescue me from the wicked.

14 By your hand save me from such people, Lord,

from those of this worldLk 16:8 whose reward is in this life.Ps 49:17; Lk 16:25

May what you have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies;

may their children gorge themselves on it,

and may there be leftoversIsa 2:7; 57:17 for their little ones.

15 As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face;

when I awake,S Ps 3:5 I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.S Nu 12:8; S Mt 5:8; 1Jn 3:2

Psalm 17

A prayer of David.

O Lord, hear my plea for justice.

Listen to my cry for help.

Pay attention to my prayer,

for it comes from honest lips.

Declare me innocent,

for you see those who do right.

You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night.

You have scrutinized me and found nothing wrong.

I am determined not to sin in what I say.

I have followed your commands,

which keep me from following cruel and evil people.

My steps have stayed on your path;

I have not wavered from following you.

I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God.

Bend down and listen as I pray.

Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways.

By your mighty power you rescue

those who seek refuge from their enemies.

Guard me as you would guard your own eyes.Hebrew as the pupil of your eye.

Hide me in the shadow of your wings.

Protect me from wicked people who attack me,

from murderous enemies who surround me.

10 They are without pity.

Listen to their boasting!

11 They track me down and surround me,

watching for the chance to throw me to the ground.

12 They are like hungry lions, eager to tear me apart—

like young lions hiding in ambush.

13 Arise, O Lord!

Stand against them, and bring them to their knees!

Rescue me from the wicked with your sword!

14 By the power of your hand, O Lord,

destroy those who look to this world for their reward.

But satisfy the hunger of your treasured ones.

May their children have plenty,

leaving an inheritance for their descendants.

15 Because I am righteous, I will see you.

When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied.

17 Hear the right, O Lord, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.

Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal.

Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.

Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.

Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.

I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.

Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.

Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.

10 They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.

11 They have now compassed us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth;

12 Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.

13 Arise, O Lord, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword:

14 From men which are thy hand, O Lord, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.

15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

Proverbs 19:22-23

22 What a person desires is unfailing loveOr Greed is a person’s shame;

better to be poor than a liar.

23 The fear of the Lord leads to life;

then one rests content, untouched by trouble.S Job 4:7; S Pr 10:27

22 Loyalty makes a person attractive.

It is better to be poor than dishonest.

23 Fear of the Lord leads to life,

bringing security and protection from harm.

22 The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.

23 The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.

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