Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

David tells us three things we must do to emerge victorious from troubles. First, he tells us to praise the Lord (Psalm 34:1). When we bless the Lord for all His benefits, boast in the Lord concerning His attributes, and exalt Him for His goodness, we are focusing on Him instead of our troubles. How easy it is, though, to let trouble take over our thinking to the point that we forget how great God is!

Second, David tells us to seek the Lord (v. 4 KJV). To seek means "to inquire diligently," or "to reach a place of desperation." David knew this kind of desperate crying out to God and the results it brought: "This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles" (v. 6 KJV). Hezekiah turned his face to the wall, Moses stretched out his rod, Peter put on his sandals . . . and God delivered from sickness, danger, and imprisonment!

Finally, David said to reverence the Lord (v. 9). We must examine every area of our lives to be certain our giving, our words, and our relationships are in order. In this way, we honor God.

When we praise the Lord, seek the Lord, and reverence the Lord, we will be delivered from all our troubles!

Nehemiah 9:22-10:39

22 “You gave them kingdoms and nations, allotting to them even the remotest frontiers. They took over the country of SihonOne Hebrew manuscript and Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts Sihon, that is, the country of theS Nu 21:21 king of Heshbon and the country of Og king of Bashan.S Nu 21:33; Dt 2:26-3:1123 You made their children as numerous as the stars in the sky,S Ge 12:2; S Lev 26:9; S Nu 10:36 and you brought them into the land that you told their parents to enter and possess.24 Their children went in and took possession of the land.S Jos 11:23 You subduedS Jdg 4:23; S 2Ch 14:13 before them the Canaanites, who lived in the land; you gave the Canaanites into their hands, along with their kings and the peoples of the land, to deal with them as they pleased.25 They captured fortified cities and fertile land;S Dt 11:11 they took possession of houses filled with all kinds of good things,S Ex 18:9 wells already dug, vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees in abundance. They ate to the full and were well-nourished;Dt 6:10-12 they reveled in your great goodness.Dt 8:8-11; 32:12-15; Ps 23:6; 25:7; 69:16

26 “But they were disobedient and rebelled against you; they turned their backs on your law.S 1Ki 14:9; Jer 44:10 They killedS Jos 7:25 your prophets,Jer 2:30; 26:8; Mt 21:35-36; 23:29-36; Ac 7:52 who had warned them in order to turn them back to you; they committed awful blasphemies.S Jdg 2:12-1327 So you delivered them into the hands of their enemies,S Nu 25:17; S Jdg 2:14 who oppressed them. But when they were oppressed they cried out to you. From heaven you heard them, and in your great compassionPs 51:1; 103:8; 106:45; 119:156 you gave them deliverers,S Jdg 3:9 who rescued them from the hand of their enemies.

28 “But as soon as they were at rest, they again did what was evil in your sight.S Ex 32:22; S Jdg 2:17 Then you abandoned them to the hand of their enemies so that they ruled over them. And when they cried out to you again, you heard from heaven, and in your compassionS 2Sa 24:14 you delivered themPs 22:4; 106:43; 136:24 time after time.

29 “You warnedS Jdg 6:8 them in order to turn them back to your law, but they became arrogantver 16-17; Ps 5:5; Isa 2:11; Jer 43:2 and disobeyed your commands. They sinned against your ordinances, of which you said, ‘The person who obeys them will live by them.’S Dt 30:16 Stubbornly they turned their backsS 1Sa 8:3 on you, became stiff-neckedJer 19:15 and refused to listen.Zec 7:11-1230 For many years you were patient with them. By your Spirit you warned them through your prophets.2Ki 17:13-18; S 2Ch 36:16 Yet they paid no attention, so you gave them into the hands of the neighboring peoples.Jer 16:11; Zec 7:1231 But in your great mercy you did not put an endIsa 48:9; 65:9 to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and mercifulS Dt 4:31 God.

32 “Now therefore, our God, the great God, mightyJob 9:19; Ps 24:8; 89:8; 93:4 and awesome,S Dt 7:21 who keeps his covenant of love,S Dt 7:9; S 1Ki 8:23; Da 9:4 do not let all this hardship seem trifling in your eyes—the hardshipS Ex 18:8 that has come on us, on our kings and leaders, on our priests and prophets, on our ancestors and all your people, from the days of the kings of Assyria until today.33 In all that has happened to us, you have remained righteous;S Ge 18:25 you have acted faithfully, while we acted wickedly.Jer 44:3; Da 9:7-8, 1434 Our kings,S 2Ki 23:11 our leaders, our priests and our ancestorsJer 44:17 did not follow your law; they did not pay attention to your commands or the statutes you warned them to keep.35 Even while they were in their kingdom, enjoying your great goodnessIsa 63:7 to them in the spacious and fertile land you gave them, they did not serve youDt 28:45-48 or turn from their evil ways.

36 “But see, we are slavesS Ezr 9:9 today, slaves in the land you gave our ancestors so they could eat its fruit and the other good things it produces.37 Because of our sins, its abundant harvest goes to the kings you have placed over us. They rule over our bodies and our cattle as they please. We are in great distress.Dt 28:33; La 5:5

The Agreement of the People

38 “In view of all this, we are making a binding agreement,S 2Ch 23:16 putting it in writing,Isa 44:5 and our leaders, our Levites and our priests are affixing their seals to it.”In Hebrew texts this verse (9:38) is numbered 10:1.

10 In Hebrew texts 10:1-39 is numbered 10:2-40.Those who sealed it were:

Nehemiah the governor, the son of Hakaliah.

Zedekiah,Seraiah,S Ezr 2:2 Azariah, Jeremiah,

Pashhur,S 1Ch 9:12 Amariah, Malkijah,

Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluk,

Harim,S 1Ch 24:8 Meremoth, Obadiah,

Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch,

Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin,

Maaziah, Bilgai and Shemaiah.

These were the priests.Ne 12:1

The Levites:Ne 12:1

Jeshua son of Azaniah, Binnui of the sons of Henadad, Kadmiel,

10 and their associates: Shebaniah,

Hodiah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan,

11 Mika, Rehob, Hashabiah,

12 Zakkur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah,

13 Hodiah, Bani and Beninu.

14 The leaders of the people:

Parosh, Pahath-Moab, Elam, Zattu, Bani,

15 Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,

16 Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin,S Ezr 8:6

17 Ater, Hezekiah, Azzur,

18 Hodiah, Hashum, Bezai,

19 Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,

20 Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir,1Ch 24:15

21 Meshezabel, Zadok, Jaddua,

22 Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah,

23 Hoshea, Hananiah,S Ne 7:2 Hasshub,

24 Hallohesh, Pilha, Shobek,

25 Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah,

26 Ahiah, Hanan, Anan,

27 Malluk, Harim and Baanah.

28 “The rest of the people—priests, Levites, gatekeepers, musicians, temple servantsPs 135:1 and all who separated themselves from the neighboring peoples2Ch 6:26; S Ne 9:2 for the sake of the Law of God, together with their wives and all their sons and daughters who are able to understand—29 all these now join their fellow Israelites the nobles, and bind themselves with a curse and an oathS Nu 5:21; Ps 119:106 to follow the Law of God given through Moses the servant of God and to obey carefully all the commands, regulations and decrees of the Lord our Lord.

30 “We promise not to give our daughters in marriage to the peoples around us or take their daughters for our sons.S Ex 34:16; Ne 13:23

31 “When the neighboring peoples bring merchandise or grain to sell on the Sabbath,Ne 13:16, 18; Jer 17:27; Eze 23:38; Am 8:5 we will not buy from them on the Sabbath or on any holy day. Every seventh year we will forgo working the landS Ex 23:11; Lev 25:1-7 and will cancel all debts.S Dt 15:1

32 “We assume the responsibility for carrying out the commands to give a third of a shekelThat is, about 1/8 ounce or about 4 grams each year for the service of the house of our God:33 for the bread set out on the table;Lev 24:6 for the regular grain offerings and burnt offerings; for the offerings on the Sabbaths, at the New MoonNu 10:10; Ps 81:3; Isa 1:14 feasts and at the appointed festivals; for the holy offerings; for sin offeringsOr purification offerings to make atonement for Israel; and for all the duties of the house of our God.S 2Ch 24:5

34 “We—the priests, the Levites and the people—have cast lotsS Lev 16:8 to determine when each of our families is to bring to the house of our God at set times each year a contribution of woodNe 13:31 to burn on the altar of the Lord our God, as it is written in the Law.

35 “We also assume responsibility for bringing to the house of the Lord each year the firstfruitsS Ex 22:29; S Nu 18:12 of our crops and of every fruit tree.Dt 26:1-11

36 “As it is also written in the Law, we will bring the firstbornS Ex 13:2; S Nu 18:14-16 of our sons and of our cattle, of our herds and of our flocks to the house of our God, to the priests ministering there.Ne 13:31

37 “Moreover, we will bring to the storerooms of the house of our God, to the priests, the first of our ground meal, of our grain offerings, of the fruit of all our trees and of our new wine and olive oil.S Nu 18:12 And we will bring a titheS Lev 27:30; S Nu 18:21 of our crops to the Levites,Dt 14:22-29 for it is the Levites who collect the tithes in all the towns where we work.Eze 44:3038 A priest descended from Aaron is to accompany the Levites when they receive the tithes, and the Levites are to bring a tenth of the tithesNu 18:26 up to the house of our God, to the storerooms of the treasury.39 The people of Israel, including the Levites, are to bring their contributions of grain, new wine and olive oil to the storerooms, where the articles for the sanctuary and for the ministering priests, the gatekeepers and the musicians are also kept.

“We will not neglect the house of our God.”Ne 13:11, 12

22 “Then you helped our ancestors conquer kingdoms and nations, and you placed your people in every corner of the land.The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. They took over the land of King Sihon of Heshbon and the land of King Og of Bashan.23 You made their descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and brought them into the land you had promised to their ancestors.

24 “They went in and took possession of the land. You subdued whole nations before them. Even the Canaanites, who inhabited the land, were powerless! Your people could deal with these nations and their kings as they pleased.25 Our ancestors captured fortified cities and fertile land. They took over houses full of good things, with cisterns already dug and vineyards and olive groves and fruit trees in abundance. So they ate until they were full and grew fat and enjoyed themselves in all your blessings.

26 “But despite all this, they were disobedient and rebelled against you. They turned their backs on your Law, they killed your prophets who warned them to return to you, and they committed terrible blasphemies.27 So you handed them over to their enemies, who made them suffer. But in their time of trouble they cried to you, and you heard them from heaven. In your great mercy, you sent them liberators who rescued them from their enemies.

28 “But as soon as they were at peace, your people again committed evil in your sight, and once more you let their enemies conquer them. Yet whenever your people turned and cried to you again for help, you listened once more from heaven. In your wonderful mercy, you rescued them many times!

29 “You warned them to return to your Law, but they became proud and obstinate and disobeyed your commands. They did not follow your regulations, by which people will find life if only they obey. They stubbornly turned their backs on you and refused to listen.30 In your love, you were patient with them for many years. You sent your Spirit, who warned them through the prophets. But still they wouldn’t listen! So once again you allowed the peoples of the land to conquer them.31 But in your great mercy, you did not destroy them completely or abandon them forever. What a gracious and merciful God you are!

32 “And now, our God, the great and mighty and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of unfailing love, do not let all the hardships we have suffered seem insignificant to you. Great trouble has come upon us and upon our kings and leaders and priests and prophets and ancestors—all of your people—from the days when the kings of Assyria first triumphed over us until now.33 Every time you punished us you were being just. We have sinned greatly, and you gave us only what we deserved.34 Our kings, leaders, priests, and ancestors did not obey your Law or listen to the warnings in your commands and laws.35 Even while they had their own kingdom, they did not serve you, though you showered your goodness on them. You gave them a large, fertile land, but they refused to turn from their wickedness.

36 “So now today we are slaves in the land of plenty that you gave our ancestors for their enjoyment! We are slaves here in this good land.37 The lush produce of this land piles up in the hands of the kings whom you have set over us because of our sins. They have power over us and our livestock. We serve them at their pleasure, and we are in great misery.”

The People Agree to Obey

38 Verse 9:38 is numbered 10:1 in Hebrew text.The people responded, “In view of all this,Or In spite of all this. we are making a solemn promise and putting it in writing. On this sealed document are the names of our leaders and Levites and priests.”

10 Verses 10:1-39 are numbered 10:2-40 in Hebrew text.The document was ratified and sealed with the following names:

The governor:

Nehemiah son of Hacaliah, and also Zedekiah.

The following priests:

Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah,Pashhur, Amariah, Malkijah,Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch,Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah,Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch,Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin,Maaziah, Bilgai, and Shemaiah. These were the priests.

The following Levites:

Jeshua son of Azaniah, Binnui from the family of Henadad, Kadmiel,10 and their fellow Levites: Shebaniah, Hodiah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan,11 Mica, Rehob, Hashabiah,12 Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah,13 Hodiah, Bani, and Beninu.

14 The following leaders:

Parosh, Pahath-moab, Elam, Zattu, Bani,15 Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,16 Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin,17 Ater, Hezekiah, Azzur,18 Hodiah, Hashum, Bezai,19 Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,20 Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir,21 Meshezabel, Zadok, Jaddua,22 Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah,23 Hoshea, Hananiah, Hasshub,24 Hallohesh, Pilha, Shobek,25 Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah,26 Ahiah, Hanan, Anan,27 Malluch, Harim, and Baanah.

The Vow of the People

28 Then the rest of the people—the priests, Levites, gatekeepers, singers, Temple servants, and all who had separated themselves from the pagan people of the land in order to obey the Law of God, together with their wives, sons, daughters, and all who were old enough to understand—29 joined their leaders and bound themselves with an oath. They swore a curse on themselves if they failed to obey the Law of God as issued by his servant Moses. They solemnly promised to carefully follow all the commands, regulations, and decrees of the Lord our Lord:

30 “We promise not to let our daughters marry the pagan people of the land, and not to let our sons marry their daughters.

31 “We also promise that if the people of the land should bring any merchandise or grain to be sold on the Sabbath or on any other holy day, we will refuse to buy it. Every seventh year we will let our land rest, and we will cancel all debts owed to us.

32 “In addition, we promise to obey the command to pay the annual Temple tax of one-eighth of an ounce of silverHebrew tax of 1⁄3 of a shekel [4 grams]. for the care of the Temple of our God.33 This will provide for the Bread of the Presence; for the regular grain offerings and burnt offerings; for the offerings on the Sabbaths, the new moon celebrations, and the annual festivals; for the holy offerings; and for the sin offerings to make atonement for Israel. It will provide for everything necessary for the work of the Temple of our God.

34 “We have cast sacred lots to determine when—at regular times each year—the families of the priests, Levites, and the common people should bring wood to God’s Temple to be burned on the altar of the Lord our God, as is written in the Law.

35 “We promise to bring the first part of every harvest to the Lord’s Temple year after year—whether it be a crop from the soil or from our fruit trees.36 We agree to give God our oldest sons and the firstborn of all our herds and flocks, as prescribed in the Law. We will present them to the priests who minister in the Temple of our God.37 We will store the produce in the storerooms of the Temple of our God. We will bring the best of our flour and other grain offerings, the best of our fruit, and the best of our new wine and olive oil. And we promise to bring to the Levites a tenth of everything our land produces, for it is the Levites who collect the tithes in all our rural towns.

38 “A priest—a descendant of Aaron—will be with the Levites as they receive these tithes. And a tenth of all that is collected as tithes will be delivered by the Levites to the Temple of our God and placed in the storerooms.39 The people and the Levites must bring these offerings of grain, new wine, and olive oil to the storerooms and place them in the sacred containers near the ministering priests, the gatekeepers, and the singers.

“We promise together not to neglect the Temple of our God.”

22 Moreover thou gavest them kingdoms and nations, and didst divide them into corners: so they possessed the land of Sihon, and the land of the king of Heshbon, and the land of Og king of Bashan.

23 Their children also multipliedst thou as the stars of heaven, and broughtest them into the land, concerning which thou hadst promised to their fathers, that they should go in to possess it.

24 So the children went in and possessed the land, and thou subduedst before them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, and gavest them into their hands, with their kings, and the people of the land, that they might do with them as they would.

25 And they took strong cities, and a fat land, and possessed houses full of all goods, wells digged, vineyards, and oliveyards, and fruit trees in abundance: so they did eat, and were filled, and became fat, and delighted themselves in thy great goodness.

26 Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and cast thy law behind their backs, and slew thy prophets which testified against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great provocations.

27 Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them saviours, who saved them out of the hand of their enemies.

28 But after they had rest, they did evil again before thee: therefore leftest thou them in the land of their enemies, so that they had the dominion over them: yet when they returned, and cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and many times didst thou deliver them according to thy mercies;

29 And testifiedst against them, that thou mightest bring them again unto thy law: yet they dealt proudly, and hearkened not unto thy commandments, but sinned against thy judgments, (which if a man do, he shall live in them;) and withdrew the shoulder, and hardened their neck, and would not hear.

30 Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and testifiedst against them by thy spirit in thy prophets: yet would they not give ear: therefore gavest thou them into the hand of the people of the lands.

31 Nevertheless for thy great mercies' sake thou didst not utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for thou art a gracious and merciful God.

32 Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, who keepest covenant and mercy, let not all the trouble seem little before thee, that hath come upon us, on our kings, on our princes, and on our priests, and on our prophets, and on our fathers, and on all thy people, since the time of the kings of Assyria unto this day.

33 Howbeit thou art just in all that is brought upon us; for thou hast done right, but we have done wickedly:

34 Neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our fathers, kept thy law, nor hearkened unto thy commandments and thy testimonies, wherewith thou didst testify against them.

35 For they have not served thee in their kingdom, and in thy great goodness that thou gavest them, and in the large and fat land which thou gavest before them, neither turned they from their wicked works.

36 Behold, we are servants this day, and for the land that thou gavest unto our fathers to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof, behold, we are servants in it:

37 And it yieldeth much increase unto the kings whom thou hast set over us because of our sins: also they have dominion over our bodies, and over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are in great distress.

38 And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes, Levites, and priests, seal unto it.

10 Now those that sealed were, Nehemiah, the Tirshatha, the son of Hachaliah, and Zidkijah,

Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah,

Pashur, Amariah, Malchijah,

Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch,

Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah,

Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch,

Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin,

Maaziah, Bilgai, Shemaiah: these were the priests.

And the Levites: both Jeshua the son of Azaniah, Binnui of the sons of Henadad, Kadmiel;

10 And their brethren, Shebaniah, Hodijah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan,

11 Micha, Rehob, Hashabiah,

12 Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah,

13 Hodijah, Bani, Beninu.

14 The chief of the people; Parosh, Pahathmoab, Elam, Zatthu, Bani,

15 Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,

16 Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin,

17 Ater, Hizkijah, Azzur,

18 Hodijah, Hashum, Bezai,

19 Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,

20 Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir,

21 Meshezabeel, Zadok, Jaddua,

22 Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah,

23 Hoshea, Hananiah, Hashub,

24 Hallohesh, Pileha, Shobek,

25 Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah,

26 And Ahijah, Hanan, Anan,

27 Malluch, Harim, Baanah.

28 And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the porters, the singers, the Nethinims, and all they that had separated themselves from the people of the lands unto the law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, every one having knowledge, and having understanding;

29 They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God's law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the Lord our Lord, and his judgments and his statutes;

30 And that we would not give our daughters unto the people of the land, not take their daughters for our sons:

31 And if the people of the land bring ware or any victuals on the sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it of them on the sabbath, or on the holy day: and that we would leave the seventh year, and the exaction of every debt.

32 Also we made ordinances for us, to charge ourselves yearly with the third part of a shekel for the service of the house of our God;

33 For the shewbread, and for the continual meat offering, and for the continual burnt offering, of the sabbaths, of the new moons, for the set feasts, and for the holy things, and for the sin offerings to make an atonement for Israel, and for all the work of the house of our God.

34 And we cast the lots among the priests, the Levites, and the people, for the wood offering, to bring it into the house of our God, after the houses of our fathers, at times appointed year by year, to burn upon the altar of the Lord our God, as it is written in the law:

35 And to bring the firstfruits of our ground, and the firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, unto the house of the Lord:

36 Also the firstborn of our sons, and of our cattle, as it is written in the law, and the firstlings of our herds and of our flocks, to bring to the house of our God, unto the priests that minister in the house of our God:

37 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage.

38 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.

39 For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the corn, of the new wine, and the oil, unto the chambers, where are the vessels of the sanctuary, and the priests that minister, and the porters, and the singers: and we will not forsake the house of our God.

1 Corinthians 9:19-10:13

Paul’s Use of His Freedom

19 Though I am freever 1 and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone,2Co 4:5; Gal 5:13 to win as many as possible.Mt 18:15; 1Pe 3:120 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews.Ac 16:3; 21:20-26; Ro 11:14 To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law),S Ro 2:12 so as to win those under the law.21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the lawRo 2:12, 14 (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law),Gal 6:2 so as to win those not having the law.22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak.S Ro 14:1; S 1Co 2:3 I have become all things to all people1Co 10:33 so that by all possible means I might save some.S Ro 11:1423 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

The Need for Self-Discipline

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?Php 3:14; Col 2:18 Runver 25, 26; Gal 2:2; 5:7; Php 2:16; 2Ti 4:7; Heb 12:1 in such a way as to get the prize.25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown2Ti 2:5 that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.2Ti 4:8; Jas 1:12; 1Pe 5:4; Rev 2:10; 3:1126 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly;S ver 24 I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.1Ti 6:1227 No, I strike a blow to my bodyRo 8:13 and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.ver 24

Warnings From Israel’s History

10 For I do not want you to be ignorantS Ro 11:25 of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloudEx 13:21; Ps 105:39 and that they all passed through the sea.Ex 14:22, 29; Ps 66:6They were all baptized intoRo 6:3 Moses in the cloud and in the sea.They all ate the same spiritual foodS Jn 6:31and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rockEx 17:6; Nu 20:11; Ps 78:15; 105:41 that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.Nu 14:29; Heb 3:17; Jude 5

Now these things occurred as examplesver 11 to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.Do not be idolaters,ver 14 as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.”Exodus 32:6Ex 32:4, 6, 19We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.Nu 25:1-9We should not test Christ,Some manuscripts test the LordEx 17:2; Ps 78:18; 95:9; 106:14 as some of them did—and were killed by snakes.Nu 21:5, 610 And do not grumble, as some of them didNu 16:41; 17:5, 10—and were killedNu 16:49 by the destroying angel.Ex 12:23; 1Ch 21:15; Heb 11:28

11 These things happened to them as examplesver 6 and were written down as warnings for us,S Ro 4:24 on whom the culmination of the ages has come.S Ro 13:1112 So, if you think you are standing firm,Ro 11:20; 2Co 1:24 be careful that you don’t fall!13 No temptationThe Greek for temptation and tempted can also mean testing and tested. has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful;S 1Co 1:9 he will not let you be temptedThe Greek for temptation and tempted can also mean testing and tested. beyond what you can bear.2Pe 2:9 But when you are tempted,The Greek for temptation and tempted can also mean testing and tested. he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

19 Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ.20 When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law.21 When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law,Greek those without the law. I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ.

22 When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some.23 I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.

24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.

Lessons from Israel’s Idolatry

10 I don’t want you to forget, dear brothers and sisters,Greek brothers. about our ancestors in the wilderness long ago. All of them were guided by a cloud that moved ahead of them, and all of them walked through the sea on dry ground.In the cloud and in the sea, all of them were baptized as followers of Moses.All of them ate the same spiritual food,and all of them drank the same spiritual water. For they drank from the spiritual rock that traveled with them, and that rock was Christ.Yet God was not pleased with most of them, and their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.

These things happened as a warning to us, so that we would not crave evil things as they did,or worship idols as some of them did. As the Scriptures say, “The people celebrated with feasting and drinking, and they indulged in pagan revelry.”Exod 32:6.And we must not engage in sexual immorality as some of them did, causing 23,000 of them to die in one day.

Nor should we put ChristSome manuscripts read the Lord. to the test, as some of them did and then died from snakebites.10 And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death.11 These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.

12 If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.

20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;

21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.

22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

23 And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

10 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;

And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

And did all eat the same spiritual meat;

And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.

10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Psalm 34:1-10

Psalm 34This psalm is an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.In Hebrew texts 34:1-22 is numbered 34:2-23.

Of David. When he pretended to be insane1Sa 21:13 before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left.

I will extol the Lord at all times;Ps 71:6; S Eph 5:20; 1Th 5:18

his praise will always be on my lips.

I will gloryPs 44:8; Jer 9:24; 1Co 1:31 in the Lord;

let the afflicted hear and rejoice.Ps 69:32; 107:42; 119:74

Glorify the LordPs 63:3; 86:12; Da 4:37; Jn 17:1; Ro 15:6 with me;

let us exaltS Ex 15:2 his name together.

I sought the Lord,S Ex 32:11; Ps 77:2 and he answered me;

he deliveredver 17; Ps 18:43; 22:4; 56:13; 86:13 me from all my fears.

Those who look to him are radiant;S Ex 34:29

their faces are never covered with shame.Ps 25:3; 44:15; 69:7; 83:16

This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;

he saved him out of all his troubles.S Ps 25:17

The angel of the LordS Ge 32:1; S Da 3:28; S Mt 18:10 encamps around those who fear him,

and he deliversPs 22:4; 37:40; 41:1; 97:10; Isa 31:5; Ac 12:11 them.

Taste and see that the Lord is good;Heb 6:5; 1Pe 2:3

blessed is the one who takes refugeS Ps 2:12 in him.

Fear the Lord,S Dt 6:13; Rev 14:7 you his holy people,

for those who fear him lack nothing.S Ps 23:1

10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,

but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.S Ps 23:1

Psalm 34This psalm is a Hebrew acrostic poem; each verse begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

A psalm of David, regarding the time he pretended to be insane in front of Abimelech, who sent him away.

I will praise the Lord at all times.

I will constantly speak his praises.

I will boast only in the Lord;

let all who are helpless take heart.

Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness;

let us exalt his name together.

I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.

He freed me from all my fears.

Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;

no shadow of shame will darken their faces.

In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened;

he saved me from all my troubles.

For the angel of the Lord is a guard;

he surrounds and defends all who fear him.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!

Fear the Lord, you his godly people,

for those who fear him will have all they need.

10 Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry,

but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.

34 I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.

10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.

Proverbs 21:13

13 Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor

will also cry outS Ex 11:6 and not be answered.S Job 29:12

13 Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor

will be ignored in their own time of need.

13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.

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