Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

So often when we walk through a crushing experience, we feel like God is a million miles away. The enemy tells us that God does not care and is not interested in our problems. David reminds us, however, that God is nearest to us when we are broken in heart.

When the earth was dark and without form, the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters (Genesis 1:2). Never forget: Whenever your life seems dark and no solution is in sight, the Spirit of God is actually hovering over you, guarding you in the midst of trial.

Someone once said, "When you have a broken heart, you must give God the broken part." David gave God his broken heart in repentance after his sin with Bathsheba and reminded God that "the sacrifice you want is a broken spirit. A broken and repentant heart, O God, you will not despise" (Psalm 51:17). God responded by healing David's broken heart and restoring his soul.

You must bring your broken heart to God and let Him heal it, for a "broken spirit saps a person's strength" (Proverbs 17:22). Go to Jesus with your broken heart, for He was anointed to "comfort the brokenhearted" (Isaiah 61:1). Why not reach out and ask the Holy Spirit to touch you where no human surgeon can? He is near. Let Him do His work right now.

Nehemiah 11:1-12:26

The New Residents of Jerusalem11:3-19pp — 1Ch 9:1-17

11 Now the leaders of the people settled in Jerusalem. The rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of every ten of them to live in Jerusalem,Ne 7:4 the holy city,Isa 48:2; 52:1; 64:10; Zec 14:20-21 while the remaining nine were to stay in their own towns.S Ne 7:73The people commended all who volunteered to live in Jerusalem.

These are the provincial leaders who settled in Jerusalem (now some Israelites, priests, Levites, temple servants and descendants of Solomon’s servants lived in the towns of Judah, each on their own property in the various towns,S Ezr 2:1while other people from both Judah and BenjaminS Ezr 1:5 lived in Jerusalem):S Ezr 2:70

From the descendants of Judah:

Athaiah son of Uzziah, the son of Zechariah, the son of Amariah, the son of Shephatiah, the son of Mahalalel, a descendant of Perez;and Maaseiah son of Baruch, the son of Kol-Hozeh, the son of Hazaiah, the son of Adaiah, the son of Joiarib, the son of Zechariah, a descendant of Shelah.The descendants of Perez who lived in Jerusalem totaled 468 men of standing.

From the descendants of Benjamin:

Sallu son of Meshullam, the son of Joed, the son of Pedaiah, the son of Kolaiah, the son of Maaseiah, the son of Ithiel, the son of Jeshaiah,and his followers, Gabbai and Sallai—928 men.Joel son of Zikri was their chief officer, and Judah son of Hassenuah was over the New Quarter of the city.

10 From the priests:

Jedaiah; the son of Joiarib; Jakin;11 SeraiahS 2Ki 25:18; S Ezr 2:2 son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub,S Ezr 7:2 the official in charge of the house of God,12 and their associates, who carried on work for the temple—822 men; Adaiah son of Jeroham, the son of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, the son of Pashhur, the son of Malkijah,13 and his associates, who were heads of families—242 men; Amashsai son of Azarel, the son of Ahzai, the son of Meshillemoth, the son of Immer,14 and hisMost Septuagint manuscripts; Hebrew their associates, who were men of standing—128. Their chief officer was Zabdiel son of Haggedolim.

15 From the Levites:

Shemaiah son of Hasshub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Bunni;16 ShabbethaiEzr 10:15 and Jozabad,S Ezr 8:33 two of the heads of the Levites, who had charge of the outside work of the house of God;17 MattaniahS 1Ch 9:15; Ne 12:8 son of Mika, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph,2Ch 5:12 the director who led in thanksgiving and prayer; Bakbukiah, second among his associates; and Abda son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.S 1Ch 25:118 The Levites in the holy cityS Rev 21:2 totaled 284.

19 The gatekeepers:

Akkub, Talmon and their associates, who kept watch at the gates—172 men.

20 The rest of the Israelites, with the priests and Levites, were in all the towns of Judah, each on their ancestral property.

21 The temple servantsS Ezr 2:43; S Ne 3:26 lived on the hill of Ophel, and Ziha and Gishpa were in charge of them.

22 The chief officer of the Levites in Jerusalem was Uzzi son of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah,S 1Ch 9:15 the son of Mika. Uzzi was one of Asaph’s descendants, who were the musicians responsible for the service of the house of God.23 The musiciansS 1Ch 15:16; Ne 7:44 were under the king’s orders, which regulated their daily activity.

24 Pethahiah son of Meshezabel, one of the descendants of ZerahS Ge 38:30 son of Judah, was the king’s agent in all affairs relating to the people.

25 As for the villages with their fields, some of the people of Judah lived in Kiriath ArbaS Ge 35:27 and its surrounding settlements, in DibonS Nu 21:30 and its settlements, in Jekabzeel and its villages,26 in Jeshua, in Moladah,Jos 15:26 in Beth Pelet,Jos 15:2727 in Hazar Shual,Jos 15:28 in BeershebaS Ge 21:14 and its settlements,28 in Ziklag,S 1Sa 27:6 in Mekonah and its settlements,29 in En Rimmon, in Zorah,Jos 15:33 in Jarmuth,S Jos 10:3; S 15:3530 Zanoah,Jos 15:34 AdullamJos 15:35 and their villages, in LachishS Jos 10:3; 15:39 and its fields, and in AzekahS Jos 10:10 and its settlements. So they were living all the way from BeershebaJos 15:28 to the Valley of Hinnom.

31 The descendants of the Benjamites from GebaJos 21:17; Isa 10:29 lived in Mikmash,S 1Sa 13:2 Aija, BethelS Jos 12:9 and its settlements,32 in Anathoth,Jos 21:18; Isa 10:30; Jer 1:1 NobS 1Sa 21:1 and Ananiah,33 in Hazor,S Jos 11:1 RamahS Jos 18:25 and Gittaim,2Sa 4:334 in Hadid, Zeboim1Sa 13:18 and Neballat,35 in Lod and Ono,S 1Ch 8:12 and in Ge Harashim.

36 Some of the divisions of the Levites of Judah settled in Benjamin.

Priests and Levites

12 These were the priestsNe 10:1-8 and LevitesNe 10:9 who returned with ZerubbabelS 1Ch 3:19; Ezr 3:2; Zec 4:6-10 son of ShealtielEzr 3:2 and with Joshua:S Ezr 2:2

Seraiah,S Ezr 2:2 Jeremiah, Ezra,

Amariah, Malluk, Hattush,

Shekaniah, Rehum, Meremoth,

Iddo,ver 16; Zec 1:1 Ginnethon,Many Hebrew manuscripts and Vulgate (see also verse 16); most Hebrew manuscripts Ginnethoi Abijah,S 1Ch 24:10; Lk 1:5

Mijamin,A variant of Miniamin Moadiah, Bilgah,

Shemaiah, Joiarib, Jedaiah,S 1Ch 24:7

Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah and Jedaiah.

These were the leaders of the priests and their associates in the days of Joshua.

The Levites were Jeshua,S Ezr 2:2 Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and also Mattaniah,S Ne 11:17 who, together with his associates, was in charge of the songs of thanksgiving.Bakbukiah and Unni, their associates, stood opposite them in the services.

10 Joshua was the father of Joiakim, Joiakim the father of Eliashib,S Ezr 10:24; Ne 3:20 Eliashib the father of Joiada,11 Joiada the father of Jonathan, and Jonathan the father of Jaddua.

12 In the days of Joiakim, these were the heads of the priestly families:

of Seraiah’s family, Meraiah;

of Jeremiah’s, Hananiah;

13 of Ezra’s, Meshullam;

of Amariah’s, Jehohanan;

14 of Malluk’s, Jonathan;

of Shekaniah’s,Very many Hebrew manuscripts, some Septuagint manuscripts and Syriac (see also verse 3); most Hebrew manuscripts Shebaniah’s Joseph;

15 of Harim’s, Adna;

of Meremoth’s,Some Septuagint manuscripts (see also verse 3); Hebrew Meraioth’s Helkai;

16 of Iddo’s,S ver 4 Zechariah;

of Ginnethon’s, Meshullam;

17 of Abijah’s,S 1Ch 24:10 Zikri;

of Miniamin’s and of Moadiah’s, Piltai;

18 of Bilgah’s, Shammua;

of Shemaiah’s, Jehonathan;

19 of Joiarib’s, Mattenai;

of Jedaiah’s, Uzzi;

20 of Sallu’s, Kallai;

of Amok’s, Eber;

21 of Hilkiah’s, Hashabiah;

of Jedaiah’s, Nethanel.

22 The family heads of the Levites in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, Johanan and Jaddua, as well as those of the priests, were recorded in the reign of Darius the Persian.23 The family heads among the descendants of Levi up to the time of Johanan son of Eliashib were recorded in the book of the annals.24 And the leaders of the LevitesS Ezr 2:40 were Hashabiah, Sherebiah, Jeshua son of Kadmiel, and their associates, who stood opposite them to give praise and thanksgiving, one section responding to the other, as prescribed by David the man of God.S 2Ch 8:14

25 Mattaniah, Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon and Akkub were gatekeepers who guarded the storerooms at the gates.26 They served in the days of Joiakim son of Joshua, the son of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the governor and of Ezra the priest, the teacher of the Law.

The People Occupy Jerusalem

11 The leaders of the people were living in Jerusalem, the holy city. A tenth of the people from the other towns of Judah and Benjamin were chosen by sacred lots to live there, too, while the rest stayed where they were.And the people commended everyone who volunteered to resettle in Jerusalem.

Here is a list of the names of the provincial officials who came to live in Jerusalem. (Most of the people, priests, Levites, Temple servants, and descendants of Solomon’s servants continued to live in their own homes in the various towns of Judah,but some of the people from Judah and Benjamin resettled in Jerusalem.)

From the tribe of Judah:

Athaiah son of Uzziah, son of Zechariah, son of Amariah, son of Shephatiah, son of Mahalalel, of the family of Perez.Also Maaseiah son of Baruch, son of Col-hozeh, son of Hazaiah, son of Adaiah, son of Joiarib, son of Zechariah, of the family of Shelah.Hebrew son of the Shilonite.There were 468 descendants of Perez who lived in Jerusalem—all outstanding men.

From the tribe of Benjamin:

Sallu son of Meshullam, son of Joed, son of Pedaiah, son of Kolaiah, son of Maaseiah, son of Ithiel, son of Jeshaiah.After him were Gabbai and Sallai and a total of 928 relatives.Their chief officer was Joel son of Zicri, who was assisted by Judah son of Hassenuah, second-in-command over the city.

10 From the priests:

Jedaiah son of Joiarib; Jakin;11 and Seraiah son of Hilkiah, son of Meshullam, son of Zadok, son of Meraioth, son of Ahitub, the supervisor of the Temple of God.12 Also 822 of their associates, who worked at the Temple. Also Adaiah son of Jeroham, son of Pelaliah, son of Amzi, son of Zechariah, son of Pashhur, son of Malkijah,13 along with 242 of his associates, who were heads of their families. Also Amashsai son of Azarel, son of Ahzai, son of Meshillemoth, son of Immer,14 and 128 of hisAs in Greek version; Hebrew reads their. outstanding associates. Their chief officer was Zabdiel son of Haggedolim.

15 From the Levites:

Shemaiah son of Hasshub, son of Azrikam, son of Hashabiah, son of Bunni.16 Also Shabbethai and Jozabad, who were in charge of the work outside the Temple of God.17 Also Mattaniah son of Mica, son of Zabdi, a descendant of Asaph, who led in thanksgiving and prayer. Also Bakbukiah, who was Mattaniah’s assistant, and Abda son of Shammua, son of Galal, son of Jeduthun.18 In all, there were 284 Levites in the holy city.

19 From the gatekeepers:

Akkub, Talmon, and 172 of their associates, who guarded the gates.

20 The other priests, Levites, and the rest of the Israelites lived wherever their family inheritance was located in any of the towns of Judah.21 The Temple servants, however, whose leaders were Ziha and Gishpa, all lived on the hill of Ophel.

22 The chief officer of the Levites in Jerusalem was Uzzi son of Bani, son of Hashabiah, son of Mattaniah, son of Mica, a descendant of Asaph, whose family served as singers at God’s Temple.23 Their daily responsibilities were carried out according to the terms of a royal command.

24 Pethahiah son of Meshezabel, a descendant of Zerah son of Judah, was the royal adviser in all matters of public administration.

25 As for the surrounding villages with their open fields, some of the people of Judah lived in Kiriath-arba with its settlements, Dibon with its settlements, and Jekabzeel with its villages.26 They also lived in Jeshua, Moladah, Beth-pelet,27 Hazar-shual, Beersheba with its settlements,28 Ziklag, and Meconah with its settlements.29 They also lived in En-rimmon, Zorah, Jarmuth,30 Zanoah, and Adullam with their surrounding villages. They also lived in Lachish with its nearby fields and Azekah with its surrounding villages. So the people of Judah were living all the way from Beersheba in the south to the valley of Hinnom.

31 Some of the people of Benjamin lived at Geba, Micmash, Aija, and Bethel with its settlements.32 They also lived in Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah,33 Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim,34 Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat,35 Lod, Ono, and the Valley of Craftsmen.Or and Ge-harashim.36 Some of the Levites who lived in Judah were sent to live with the tribe of Benjamin.

A History of the Priests and Levites

12 Here is the list of the priests and Levites who returned with Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the high priest:

Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra,

Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,

Shecaniah, Harim,Hebrew Rehum; compare 7:42; 12:15; Ezra 2:39. Meremoth,

Iddo, Ginnethon,As in some Hebrew manuscripts and Latin Vulgate (see also 12:16); most Hebrew manuscripts read Ginnethoi. Abijah,

Miniamin, Moadiah,Hebrew Mijamin, Maadiah; compare 12:17. Bilgah,

Shemaiah, Joiarib, Jedaiah,

Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, and Jedaiah.

These were the leaders of the priests and their associates in the days of Jeshua.

The Levites who returned with them were Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah, who with his associates was in charge of the songs of thanksgiving.Their associates, Bakbukiah and Unni, stood opposite them during the service.

10 Jeshua the high priest was the father of Joiakim.

Joiakim was the father of Eliashib.

Eliashib was the father of Joiada.

11 Joiada was the father of Johanan.Hebrew Jonathan; compare 12:22.

Johanan was the father of Jaddua.

12 Now when Joiakim was high priest, the family leaders of the priests were as follows:

Meraiah was leader of the family of Seraiah.

Hananiah was leader of the family of Jeremiah.

13 Meshullam was leader of the family of Ezra.

Jehohanan was leader of the family of Amariah.

14 Jonathan was leader of the family of Malluch.As in Greek version (see also 10:4; 12:2); Hebrew reads Malluchi.

Joseph was leader of the family of Shecaniah.As in many Hebrew manuscripts, some Greek manuscripts, and Syriac version (see also 12:3); most Hebrew manuscripts read Shebaniah.

15 Adna was leader of the family of Harim.

Helkai was leader of the family of Meremoth.As in some Greek manuscripts (see also 12:3); Hebrew reads Meraioth.

16 Zechariah was leader of the family of Iddo.

Meshullam was leader of the family of Ginnethon.

17 Zicri was leader of the family of Abijah.

There was also aHebrew lacks the name of this family leader. leader of the family of Miniamin.

Piltai was leader of the family of Moadiah.

18 Shammua was leader of the family of Bilgah.

Jehonathan was leader of the family of Shemaiah.

19 Mattenai was leader of the family of Joiarib.

Uzzi was leader of the family of Jedaiah.

20 Kallai was leader of the family of Sallu.Hebrew Sallai; compare 12:7.

Eber was leader of the family of Amok.

21 Hashabiah was leader of the family of Hilkiah.

Nethanel was leader of the family of Jedaiah.

22 A record of the Levite families was kept during the years when Eliashib, Joiada, Johanan, and Jaddua served as high priest. Another record of the priests was kept during the reign of Darius the Persian.Darius the Persian is probably Darius II, who reigned 423–404 B.c., or possibly Darius III, who reigned 336–331 B.c.23 A record of the heads of the Levite families was kept in The Book of History down to the days of Johanan, the grandsonHebrew descendant; compare 12:10-11. of Eliashib.

24 These were the family leaders of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah, Jeshua, Binnui,Hebrew son of (i.e., ben), which should probably be read here as the proper name Binnui; compare Ezra 3:9 and the note there. Kadmiel, and other associates, who stood opposite them during the ceremonies of praise and thanksgiving, one section responding to the other, as commanded by David, the man of God.25 This included Mattaniah, Bakbukiah, and Obadiah.

Meshullam, Talmon, and Akkub were the gatekeepers in charge of the storerooms at the gates.26 These all served in the days of Joiakim son of Jeshua, son of Jehozadak,Hebrew Jozadak, a variant spelling of Jehozadak. and in the days of Nehemiah the governor and of Ezra the priest and scribe.

11 And the rulers of the people dwelt at Jerusalem: the rest of the people also cast lots, to bring one of ten to dwell in Jerusalem the holy city, and nine parts to dwell in other cities.

And the people blessed all the men, that willingly offered themselves to dwell at Jerusalem.

Now these are the chief of the province that dwelt in Jerusalem: but in the cities of Judah dwelt every one in his possession in their cities, to wit, Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon's servants.

And at Jerusalem dwelt certain of the children of Judah, and of the children of Benjamin. Of the children of Judah; Athaiah the son of Uzziah, the son of Zechariah, the son of Amariah, the son of Shephatiah, the son of Mahalaleel, of the children of Perez;

And Maaseiah the son of Baruch, the son of Colhozeh, the son of Hazaiah, the son of Adaiah, the son of Joiarib, the son of Zechariah, the son of Shiloni.

All the sons of Perez that dwelt at Jerusalem were four hundred threescore and eight valiant men.

And these are the sons of Benjamin; Sallu the son of Meshullam, the son of Joed, the son of Pedaiah, the son of Kolaiah, the son of Maaseiah, the son of Ithiel, the son of Jesaiah.

And after him Gabbai, Sallai, nine hundred twenty and eight.

And Joel the son of Zichri was their overseer: and Judah the son of Senuah was second over the city.

10 Of the priests: Jedaiah the son of Joiarib, Jachin.

11 Seraiah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, was the ruler of the house of God.

12 And their brethren that did the work of the house were eight hundred twenty and two: and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the son of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, the son of Pashur, the son of Malchiah.

13 And his brethren, chief of the fathers, two hundred forty and two: and Amashai the son of Azareel, the son of Ahasai, the son of Meshillemoth, the son of Immer,

14 And their brethren, mighty men of valour, an hundred twenty and eight: and their overseer was Zabdiel, the son of one of the great men.

15 Also of the Levites: Shemaiah the son of Hashub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Bunni;

16 And Shabbethai and Jozabad, of the chief of the Levites, had the oversight of the outward business of the house of God.

17 And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, was the principal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer: and Bakbukiah the second among his brethren, and Abda the son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.

18 All the Levites in the holy city were two hundred fourscore and four.

19 Moreover the porters, Akkub, Talmon, and their brethren that kept the gates, were an hundred seventy and two.

20 And the residue of Israel, of the priests, and the Levites, were in all the cities of Judah, every one in his inheritance.

21 But the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel: and Ziha and Gispa were over the Nethinims.

22 The overseer also of the Levites at Jerusalem was Uzzi the son of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Micha. Of the sons of Asaph, the singers were over the business of the house of God.

23 For it was the king's commandment concerning them, that a certain portion should be for the singers, due for every day.

24 And Pethahiah the son of Meshezabeel, of the children of Zerah the son of Judah, was at the king's hand in all matters concerning the people.

25 And for the villages, with their fields, some of the children of Judah dwelt at Kirjatharba, and in the villages thereof, and at Dibon, and in the villages thereof, and at Jekabzeel, and in the villages thereof,

26 And at Jeshua, and at Moladah, and at Bethphelet,

27 And at Hazarshual, and at Beersheba, and in the villages thereof,

28 And at Ziklag, and at Mekonah, and in the villages thereof,

29 And at Enrimmon, and at Zareah, and at Jarmuth,

30 Zanoah, Adullam, and in their villages, at Lachish, and the fields thereof, at Azekah, and in the villages thereof. And they dwelt from Beersheba unto the valley of Hinnom.

31 The children also of Benjamin from Geba dwelt at Michmash, and Aija, and Bethel, and in their villages.

32 And at Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah,

33 Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim,

34 Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat,

35 Lod, and Ono, the valley of craftsmen.

36 And of the Levites were divisions in Judah, and in Benjamin.

12 Now these are the priests and the Levites that went up with Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra,

Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,

Shechaniah, Rehum, Meremoth,

Iddo, Ginnetho, Abijah,

Miamin, Maadiah, Bilgah,

Shemaiah, and Joiarib, Jedaiah,

Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah. These were the chief of the priests and of their brethren in the days of Jeshua.

Moreover the Levites: Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah, which was over the thanksgiving, he and his brethren.

Also Bakbukiah and Unni, their brethren, were over against them in the watches.

10 And Jeshua begat Joiakim, Joiakim also begat Eliashib, and Eliashib begat Joiada,

11 And Joiada begat Jonathan, and Jonathan begat Jaddua.

12 And in the days of Joiakim were priests, the chief of the fathers: of Seraiah, Meraiah; of Jeremiah, Hananiah;

13 Of Ezra, Meshullam; of Amariah, Jehohanan;

14 Of Melicu, Jonathan; of Shebaniah, Joseph;

15 Of Harim, Adna; of Meraioth, Helkai;

16 Of Iddo, Zechariah; of Ginnethon, Meshullam;

17 Of Abijah, Zichri; of Miniamin, of Moadiah, Piltai:

18 Of Bilgah, Shammua; of Shemaiah, Jehonathan;

19 And of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jedaiah, Uzzi;

20 Of Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber;

21 Of Hilkiah, Hashabiah; of Jedaiah, Nethaneel.

22 The Levites in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, and Johanan, and Jaddua, were recorded chief of the fathers: also the priests, to the reign of Darius the Persian.

23 The sons of Levi, the chief of the fathers, were written in the book of the chronicles, even until the days of Johanan the son of Eliashib.

24 And the chief of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, with their brethren over against them, to praise and to give thanks, according to the commandment of David the man of God, ward over against ward.

25 Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon, Akkub, were porters keeping the ward at the thresholds of the gates.

26 These were in the days of Joiakim the son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the governor, and of Ezra the priest, the scribe.

1 Corinthians 10:14-33

Idol Feasts and the Lord’s Supper

14 Therefore, my dear friends,Heb 6:9; 1Pe 2:11; 1Jn 2:7; Jude 3 flee from idolatry.ver 7; 1Jn 5:2115 I speak to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say.16 Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we breakS Mt 14:19 a participation in the body of Christ?Mt 26:26-28; 1Co 11:23-2517 Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body,S Ro 12:5 for we all share the one loaf.

18 Consider the people of Israel: Do not those who eat the sacrificesLev 7:6, 14, 15 participate in the altar?19 Do I mean then that food sacrificed to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything?S 1Co 8:420 No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons,Lev 17:7; Dt 32:17; Ps 106:37; Rev 9:20 not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons.21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.2Co 6:15, 1622 Are we trying to arouse the Lord’s jealousy?Dt 32:16, 21; 1Ki 14:22; Ps 78:58; Jer 44:8 Are we stronger than he?Ecc 6:10; Isa 45:9

The Believer’s Freedom

23 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial.1Co 6:12 “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.24 No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.ver 33; S Ro 15:1, 2; 1Co 13:5; Php 2:4, 21

25 Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience,S Ac 10:15; 1Co 8:726 for, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”Psalm 24:1Ps 24:1; Ex 9:29; 19:5; Job 41:11; Ps 50:12; 1Ti 4:4

27 If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before youLk 10:7 without raising questions of conscience.28 But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, both for the sake of the one who told you and for the sake of conscience.1Co 8:7, 10-1229 I am referring to the other person’s conscience, not yours. For why is my freedom1Co 9:1, 19 being judged by another’s conscience?30 If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for?S Ro 14:6

31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.Zec 14:21; Col 3:17; 1Pe 4:1132 Do not cause anyone to stumble,S Mt 5:29; Ac 24:16; S 2Co 6:3 whether Jews, Greeks or the church of GodAc 20:28; 1Co 1:2; 11:16, 22; 15:9; 1Ti 3:5, 1533 even as I try to please everyone in every way.Ro 15:2; 1Co 9:22 For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many,S ver 24 so that they may be saved.S Ro 11:14

14 So, my dear friends, flee from the worship of idols.15 You are reasonable people. Decide for yourselves if what I am saying is true.16 When we bless the cup at the Lord’s Table, aren’t we sharing in the blood of Christ? And when we break the bread, aren’t we sharing in the body of Christ?17 And though we are many, we all eat from one loaf of bread, showing that we are one body.18 Think about the people of Israel. Weren’t they united by eating the sacrifices at the altar?

19 What am I trying to say? Am I saying that food offered to idols has some significance, or that idols are real gods?20 No, not at all. I am saying that these sacrifices are offered to demons, not to God. And I don’t want you to participate with demons.21 You cannot drink from the cup of the Lord and from the cup of demons, too. You cannot eat at the Lord’s Table and at the table of demons, too.22 What? Do we dare to rouse the Lord’s jealousy? Do you think we are stronger than he is?

23 You say, “I am allowed to do anything”Greek All things are lawful; also in 10:23b.—but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial.24 Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.

25 So you may eat any meat that is sold in the marketplace without raising questions of conscience.26 For “the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”Ps 24:1.

27 If someone who isn’t a believer asks you home for dinner, accept the invitation if you want to. Eat whatever is offered to you without raising questions of conscience.28 (But suppose someone tells you, “This meat was offered to an idol.” Don’t eat it, out of consideration for the conscience of the one who told you.29 It might not be a matter of conscience for you, but it is for the other person.) For why should my freedom be limited by what someone else thinks?30 If I can thank God for the food and enjoy it, why should I be condemned for eating it?

31 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.32 Don’t give offense to Jews or GentilesGreek or Greeks. or the church of God.33 I, too, try to please everyone in everything I do. I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved.

14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.

16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

18 Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?

19 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?

20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.

21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.

22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?

23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

24 Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth.

25 Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake:

26 For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof.

27 If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake.

28 But if any man say unto you, this is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof:

29 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience?

30 For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?

31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:

33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

Psalm 34:11-22

11 Come, my children, listenPs 66:16 to me;

I will teach youS Ps 32:8 the fear of the Lord.S Ps 19:9

12 Whoever of you loves lifeEcc 3:13

and desires to see many good days,

13 keep your tonguePs 39:1; 141:3; Pr 13:3; 21:23; Jas 1:26 from evil

and your lips from telling lies.S Ps 12:2; 1Pe 2:22

14 Turn from evil and do good;Ps 37:27; Isa 1:17; 3Jn 1:11

seek peaceS Ro 14:19 and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the LordPs 33:18 are on the righteous,S Job 23:10; S 36:7

and his ears are attentiveMal 3:16; S Jn 9:31 to their cry;

16 but the face of the Lord is againstLev 17:10; Jer 23:30 those who do evil,1Pe 3:10-12*

to blot out their nameS Ex 17:14; Ps 9:6 from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hearsPs 145:19 them;

he delivers them from all their troubles.

18 The Lord is closeDt 4:7; Ps 119:151; 145:18; Isa 50:8 to the brokenheartedPs 51:17; 109:16; 147:3; Isa 61:1

and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 The righteous person may have many troubles,ver 17; Ps 25:17

but the Lord delivers him from them all;S Job 5:19; 2Ti 3:11

20 he protects all his bones,

not one of them will be broken.Jn 19:36*

21 Evil will slay the wicked;Ps 7:9; 9:16; 11:5; 37:20; 73:27; 94:23; 106:43; 112:10; 140:11; Pr 14:32; 24:16

the foes of the righteous will be condemned.

22 The Lord will rescueS Ex 6:6; S 15:13; Lk 1:68; Rev 14:3 his servants;

no one who takes refugePs 2:12 in him will be condemned.

11 Come, my children, and listen to me,

and I will teach you to fear the Lord.

12 Does anyone want to live a life

that is long and prosperous?

13 Then keep your tongue from speaking evil

and your lips from telling lies!

14 Turn away from evil and do good.

Search for peace, and work to maintain it.

15 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right;

his ears are open to their cries for help.

16 But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil;

he will erase their memory from the earth.

17 The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.

He rescues them from all their troubles.

18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;

he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

19 The righteous person faces many troubles,

but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.

20 For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous;

not one of them is broken!

21 Calamity will surely destroy the wicked,

and those who hate the righteous will be punished.

22 But the Lord will redeem those who serve him.

No one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?

13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

16 The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

22 The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

Proverbs 21:14-16

14 A gift given in secret soothes anger,

and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.S Ge 32:20

15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous

but terror to evildoers.S Pr 10:29

16 Whoever strays from the path of prudence

comes to rest in the company of the dead.Eze 18:24

14 A secret gift calms anger;

a bribe under the table pacifies fury.

15 Justice is a joy to the godly,

but it terrifies evildoers.

16 The person who strays from common sense

will end up in the company of the dead.

14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.

15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

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