Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Ezra realized that if he tolerated the intermarriage of Israelites with foreign women, eventually the holy seed would become extinct and the Messiah would never come (Ezra 9:2). Just as Ezra was appalled at the Israelites' terrible breach of God's law, Paul was equally horrified that sin had crept into the church at Corinth. He ordered the excommunication of the one who was in open, unrepentant sin so that the Body of Christ could participate in a pure Passover feast.

Just a little bit of yeast will cause the dough to rise, and a little sin mixed into a church will cause it to be filled with the "bread of wickedness and evil" (1 Corinthians 5:8). We must separate ourselves from any so-called brother who continues to sin through immorality, greed, thievery, or idolatry.

Separating ourselves from unrepentant sin benefits not only us but also the whole Church. The end result? The Church will be protected, and perhaps the offender will repent and be saved (1 Corinthians 5:5).

Ezra 8:21-9:15

21 There, by the Ahava Canal,S ver 15 I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journeyPs 5:8; 27:11; 107:7 for us and our children, with all our possessions.22 I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiersNe 2:9; Jer 41:16 and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, “The gracious hand of our God is on everyoneS Ezr 5:5 who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.S Dt 31:1723 So we fastedS 2Ch 20:3; Ac 14:23 and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.

24 Then I set apart twelve of the leading priests, namely, Sherebiah,ver 18 Hashabiah and ten of their brothers,25 and I weighed outver 33 to them the offering of silver and gold and the articles that the king, his advisers, his officials and all Israel present there had donated for the house of our God.26 I weighed out to them 650 talentsThat is, about 24 tons or about 22 metric tons of silver, silver articles weighing 100 talents,That is, about 3 3/4 tons or about 3.4 metric tons 100 talentsThat is, about 3 3/4 tons or about 3.4 metric tons of gold,27 20 bowls of gold valued at 1,000 darics,That is, about 19 pounds or about 8.4 kilograms and two fine articles of polished bronze, as precious as gold.

28 I said to them, “You as well as these articles are consecrated to the Lord.S Lev 21:6; 22:2-3 The silver and gold are a freewill offering to the Lord, the God of your ancestors.29 Guard them carefully until you weigh them out in the chambers of the house of the Lord in Jerusalem before the leading priests and the Levites and the family heads of Israel.”30 Then the priests and Levites received the silver and gold and sacred articles that had been weighed out to be taken to the house of our God in Jerusalem.

31 On the twelfth day of the first month we set out from the Ahava CanalS ver 15 to go to Jerusalem. The hand of our God was on us,S Ezr 5:5 and he protected us from enemies and bandits along the way.32 So we arrived in Jerusalem, where we rested three days.S Ge 40:13

33 On the fourth day, in the house of our God, we weighed outver 25 the silver and gold and the sacred articles into the hands of MeremothNe 3:4, 21 son of Uriah, the priest. Eleazar son of Phinehas was with him, and so were the Levites JozabadNe 11:16 son of Jeshua and Noadiah son of Binnui.Ne 3:2434 Everything was accounted for by number and weight, and the entire weight was recorded at that time.

35 Then the exiles who had returned from captivity sacrificed burnt offerings to the God of Israel: twelve bullsS Lev 1:3 for all Israel,S 2Ch 29:24 ninety-six rams, seventy-seven male lambs and, as a sin offering,Or purification offering twelve male goats.S 2Ch 29:21; S 30:24 All this was a burnt offering to the Lord.36 They also delivered the king’s ordersEzr 7:21-24 to the royal satraps and to the governors of Trans-Euphrates,Ne 2:7 who then gave assistance to the people and to the house of God.Est 9:3

Ezra’s Prayer About Intermarriage

After these things had been done, the leaders came to me and said, “The people of Israel, including the priests and the Levites, have not kept themselves separateS Ezr 6:21 from the neighboring peoples with their detestable practices, like those of the Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites,S Ge 10:16; S Jos 15:8 Ammonites,Ge 19:38 Moabites,S Ge 19:37 Egyptians and Amorites.Ex 13:5; 23:28; Dt 20:17; S Jos 3:10; S Jdg 3:5; 1Ki 9:20; S 2Ch 8:7; Ne 9:8They have taken some of their daughtersS Ex 34:16; S Ru 1:4 as wives for themselves and their sons, and have mingledPs 106:35 the holy raceS Ex 22:31; S Lev 27:30; S Dt 14:2 with the peoples around them. And the leaders and officials have led the way in this unfaithfulness.”Ezr 10:2

When I heard this, I toreS Nu 14:6 my tunic and cloak, pulled hair from my head and beard and sat down appalled.S Ex 32:19; S 33:4Then everyone who trembledEzr 10:3; Ps 119:120; Isa 66:2, 5 at the words of the God of Israel gathered around me because of this unfaithfulness of the exiles. And I sat there appalledNe 1:4; Ps 119:136; Da 10:2 until the evening sacrifice.

Then, at the evening sacrifice,S Ex 29:41 I rose from my self-abasement, with my tunic and cloak torn, and fell on my knees with my handsNe 8:6; Ps 28:2; 134:2 spread out to the Lord my Godand prayed:

“I am too ashamedJer 31:19 and disgraced, my God, to lift up my face to you, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens.S 2Ch 28:9; Job 42:6; Ps 38:4; Isa 59:12; Jer 3:25; 14:20; Rev 18:5From the days of our ancestorsS 2Ch 29:6 until now, our guilt has been great. Because of our sins, we and our kings and our priests have been subjected to the swordEze 21:1-32 and captivity,S Dt 28:64 to pillage and humiliationS Dt 28:37 at the hand of foreign kings, as it is today.

“But now, for a brief moment, the Lord our God has been graciousPs 25:16; 67:1; 119:58; Isa 33:2 in leaving us a remnantS Ge 45:7 and giving us a firm placeOr a footholdEcc 12:11; Isa 22:23 in his sanctuary, and so our God gives light to our eyesPs 13:3; 19:8 and a little relief in our bondage.Though we are slaves,S Ex 1:14; Ne 9:36 our God has not forsaken us in our bondage. He has shown us kindnessS 2Ki 25:28; Ps 106:46 in the sight of the kings of Persia: He has granted us new life to rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins,Ps 69:35; Isa 43:1; 44:26; 48:20; 52:9; 63:9; Jer 32:44; Zec 1:16-17 and he has given us a wall of protection in Judah and Jerusalem.

10 “But now, our God, what can we say after this? For we have forsaken the commandsDt 11:8; Isa 1:19-2011 you gave through your servants the prophets when you said: ‘The land you are enteringDt 4:5 to possess is a land pollutedS Lev 18:25-28 by the corruption of its peoples. By their detestable practicesS Dt 9:4; S 18:9; S 1Ki 14:24 they have filled it with their impurity from one end to the other.12 Therefore, do not give your daughters in marriage to their sons or take their daughters for your sons. Do not seek a treaty of friendship with themS Ex 34:15 at any time, that you may be strongDt 11:8 and eat the good thingsS Ge 45:18 of the land and leave it to your children as an everlasting inheritance.’Ps 103:17; Eze 37:25; Joel 3:20

13 “What has happened to us is a result of our evilS Ex 32:22 deeds and our great guilt, and yet, our God, you have punished us less than our sins deservedJob 11:6; 15:5; 22:5; 33:27; Ps 103:10 and have given us a remnant like this.14 Shall we then break your commands again and intermarryNe 13:27 with the peoples who commit such detestable practices? Would you not be angry enough with us to destroy us,S Dt 9:8 leaving us no remnantDt 9:14 or survivor?15 Lord, the God of Israel, you are righteous!S Ge 18:25; S 2Ch 12:6; Ne 9:8; Ps 51:4; 129:4; 145:17; Isa 24:16; Jer 12:1; 23:6; 33:16; La 1:18; Da 9:7; Zep 3:5 We are left this day as a remnant. Here we are before you in our guilt, though because of it not one of us can standPs 76:7; 130:3; Mal 3:2 in your presence.S 1Ki 8:47

21 And there by the Ahava Canal, I gave orders for all of us to fast and humble ourselves before our God. We prayed that he would give us a safe journey and protect us, our children, and our goods as we traveled.22 For I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemenOr charioteers. to accompany us and protect us from enemies along the way. After all, we had told the king, “Our God’s hand of protection is on all who worship him, but his fierce anger rages against those who abandon him.”23 So we fasted and earnestly prayed that our God would take care of us, and he heard our prayer.

24 I appointed twelve leaders of the priests—Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten other priests—25 to be in charge of transporting the silver, the gold, the gold bowls, and the other items that the king, his council, his officials, and all the people of Israel had presented for the Temple of God.26 I weighed the treasure as I gave it to them and found the totals to be as follows:

24 tonsHebrew 650 talents [22 metric tons]. of silver,

7,500 poundsHebrew 100 talents [3,400 kilograms]; also in 8:26c. of silver articles,

7,500 pounds of gold,

27 20 gold bowls, equal in value to 1,000 gold coins,Hebrew 1,000 darics, about 19 pounds or 8.6 kilograms in weight.

2 fine articles of polished bronze, as precious as gold.

28 And I said to these priests, “You and these treasures have been set apart as holy to the Lord. This silver and gold is a voluntary offering to the Lord, the God of our ancestors.29 Guard these treasures well until you present them to the leading priests, the Levites, and the leaders of Israel, who will weigh them at the storerooms of the Lord’s Temple in Jerusalem.”30 So the priests and the Levites accepted the task of transporting these treasures of silver and gold to the Temple of our God in Jerusalem.

31 We broke camp at the Ahava Canal on April 19Hebrew on the twelfth day of the first month, of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. This day was April 19, 458 B.c.; also see note on 6:15. and started off to Jerusalem. And the gracious hand of our God protected us and saved us from enemies and bandits along the way.32 So we arrived safely in Jerusalem, where we rested for three days.

33 On the fourth day after our arrival, the silver, gold, and other valuables were weighed at the Temple of our God and entrusted to Meremoth son of Uriah the priest and to Eleazar son of Phinehas, along with Jozabad son of Jeshua and Noadiah son of Binnui—both of whom were Levites.34 Everything was accounted for by number and weight, and the total weight was officially recorded.

35 Then the exiles who had come out of captivity sacrificed burnt offerings to the God of Israel. They presented twelve bulls for all the people of Israel, as well as ninety-six rams and seventy-seven male lambs. They also offered twelve male goats as a sin offering. All this was given as a burnt offering to the Lord.36 The king’s decrees were delivered to his highest officers and the governors of the province west of the Euphrates River,Hebrew the province beyond the river. who then cooperated by supporting the people and the Temple of God.

Ezra’s Prayer concerning Intermarriage

When these things had been done, the Jewish leaders came to me and said, “Many of the people of Israel, and even some of the priests and Levites, have not kept themselves separate from the other peoples living in the land. They have taken up the detestable practices of the Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Ammonites, Moabites, Egyptians, and Amorites.For the men of Israel have married women from these people and have taken them as wives for their sons. So the holy race has become polluted by these mixed marriages. Worse yet, the leaders and officials have led the way in this outrage.”

When I heard this, I tore my cloak and my shirt, pulled hair from my head and beard, and sat down utterly shocked.Then all who trembled at the words of the God of Israel came and sat with me because of this outrage committed by the returned exiles. And I sat there utterly appalled until the time of the evening sacrifice.

At the time of the sacrifice, I stood up from where I had sat in mourning with my clothes torn. I fell to my knees and lifted my hands to the Lord my God.I prayed,

“O my God, I am utterly ashamed; I blush to lift up my face to you. For our sins are piled higher than our heads, and our guilt has reached to the heavens.From the days of our ancestors until now, we have been steeped in sin. That is why we and our kings and our priests have been at the mercy of the pagan kings of the land. We have been killed, captured, robbed, and disgraced, just as we are today.

“But now we have been given a brief moment of grace, for the Lord our God has allowed a few of us to survive as a remnant. He has given us security in this holy place. Our God has brightened our eyes and granted us some relief from our slavery.For we were slaves, but in his unfailing love our God did not abandon us in our slavery. Instead, he caused the kings of Persia to treat us favorably. He revived us so we could rebuild the Temple of our God and repair its ruins. He has given us a protective wall in Judah and Jerusalem.

10 “And now, O our God, what can we say after all of this? For once again we have abandoned your commands!11 Your servants the prophets warned us when they said, ‘The land you are entering to possess is totally defiled by the detestable practices of the people living there. From one end to the other, the land is filled with corruption.12 Don’t let your daughters marry their sons! Don’t take their daughters as wives for your sons. Don’t ever promote the peace and prosperity of those nations. If you follow these instructions, you will be strong and will enjoy the good things the land produces, and you will leave this prosperity to your children forever.’

13 “Now we are being punished because of our wickedness and our great guilt. But we have actually been punished far less than we deserve, for you, our God, have allowed some of us to survive as a remnant.14 But even so, we are again breaking your commands and intermarrying with people who do these detestable things. Won’t your anger be enough to destroy us, so that even this little remnant no longer survives?15 O Lord, God of Israel, you are just. We come before you in our guilt as nothing but an escaped remnant, though in such a condition none of us can stand in your presence.”

21 Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.

22 For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.

23 So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.

24 Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them,

25 And weighed unto them the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, even the offering of the house of our God, which the king, and his counsellors, and his lords, and all Israel there present, had offered:

26 I even weighed unto their hand six hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels an hundred talents, and of gold an hundred talents;

27 Also twenty basons of gold, of a thousand drams; and two vessels of fine copper, precious as gold.

28 And I said unto them, Ye are holy unto the Lord; the vessels are holy also; and the silver and the gold are a freewill offering unto the Lord God of your fathers.

29 Watch ye, and keep them, until ye weigh them before the chief of the priests and the Levites, and chief of the fathers of Israel, at Jerusalem, in the chambers of the house of the Lord.

30 So took the priests and the Levites the weight of the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, to bring them to Jerusalem unto the house of our God.

31 Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go unto Jerusalem: and the hand of our God was upon us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy, and of such as lay in wait by the way.

32 And we came to Jerusalem, and abode there three days.

33 Now on the fourth day was the silver and the gold and the vessels weighed in the house of our God by the hand of Meremoth the son of Uriah the priest; and with him was Eleazar the son of Phinehas; and with them was Jozabad the son of Jeshua, and Noadiah the son of Binnui, Levites;

34 By number and by weight of every one: and all the weight was written at that time.

35 Also the children of those that had been carried away, which were come out of the captivity, offered burnt offerings unto the God of Israel, twelve bullocks for all Israel, ninety and six rams, seventy and seven lambs, twelve he goats for a sin offering: all this was a burnt offering unto the Lord.

36 And they delivered the king's commissions unto the king's lieutenants, and to the governors on this side the river: and they furthered the people, and the house of God.

Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, doing according to their abominations, even of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites.

For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass.

And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down astonied.

Then were assembled unto me every one that trembled at the words of the God of Israel, because of the transgression of those that had been carried away; and I sat astonied until the evening sacrifice.

And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the Lord my God,

And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.

Since the days of our fathers have we been in a great trespass unto this day; and for our iniquities have we, our kings, and our priests, been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil, and to confusion of face, as it is this day.

And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.

For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.

10 And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? for we have forsaken thy commandments,

11 Which thou hast commanded by thy servants the prophets, saying, The land, unto which ye go to possess it, is an unclean land with the filthiness of the people of the lands, with their abominations, which have filled it from one end to another with their uncleanness.

12 Now therefore give not your daughters unto their sons, neither take their daughters unto your sons, nor seek their peace or their wealth for ever: that ye may be strong, and eat the good of the land, and leave it for an inheritance to your children for ever.

13 And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this;

14 Should we again break thy commandments, and join in affinity with the people of these abominations? wouldest not thou be angry with us till thou hadst consumed us, so that there should be no remnant nor escaping?

15 O Lord God of Israel, thou art righteous: for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day: behold, we are before thee in our trespasses: for we cannot stand before thee because of this.

1 Corinthians 5:1-13

Dealing With a Case of Incest

It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate: A man is sleeping with his father’s wife.Lev 18:8; Dt 22:30; 27:20And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning2Co 7:7-11 and have put out of your fellowshipver 13 the man who has been doing this?For my part, even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit.Col 2:5; 1Th 2:17 As one who is present with you in this way, I have already passed judgment in the name of our Lord Jesus2Th 3:6 on the one who has been doing this.So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present,hand this man over1Ti 1:20 to SatanS Mt 4:10 for the destruction 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.Or of his body so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord.S 1Co 1:8

Your boasting is not good.Jas 4:16 Don’t you know that a little yeastMt 16:6, 12 leavens the whole batch of dough?Gal 5:9Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.Ex 12:3-6, 21; Mk 14:12; 1Pe 1:19Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened breadEx 12:14, 15; Dt 16:3 of sincerity and truth.

I wrote to you in my letter not to associateEph 5:11; 2Th 3:6, 14 with sexually immoral people—10 not at all meaning the people of this world1Co 10:27 who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world.11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sisterThe Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family; also in 8:11, 13.S Ro 7:1 but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater1Co 10:7, 14 or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.S Ro 16:17

12 What business is it of mine to judge those outsideS Mk 4:11 the church? Are you not to judge those inside?ver 3-5; 1Co 6:1-413 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”Deut. 13:5; 17:7; 19:19; 21:21; 22:21,24; 24:7Dt 13:5; 17:7; 19:19; 22:21, 24; 24:7; Jdg 20:13

Paul Condemns Spiritual Pride

I can hardly believe the report about the sexual immorality going on among you—something that even pagans don’t do. I am told that a man in your church is living in sin with his stepmother.Greek his father’s wife.You are so proud of yourselves, but you should be mourning in sorrow and shame. And you should remove this man from your fellowship.

Even though I am not with you in person, I am with you in the Spirit.Or in spirit. And as though I were there, I have already passed judgment on this manin the name of the Lord Jesus. You must call a meeting of the church.Or In the name of the Lord Jesus, you must call a meeting of the church. I will be present with you in spirit, and so will the power of our Lord Jesus.Then you must throw this man out and hand him over to Satan so that his sinful nature will be destroyedOr so that his body will be destroyed; Greek reads for the destruction of the flesh. and he himselfGreek and the spirit. will be saved on the day the LordOther manuscripts read the Lord Jesus; still others read our Lord Jesus Christ. returns.

Your boasting about this is terrible. Don’t you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough?Get rid of the old “yeast” by removing this wicked person from among you. Then you will be like a fresh batch of dough made without yeast, which is what you really are. Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us.Greek has been sacrificed.So let us celebrate the festival, not with the old breadGreek not with old leaven. of wickedness and evil, but with the new breadGreek but with unleavened [bread]. of sincerity and truth.

When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin.10 But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that.11 I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believerGreek a brother. yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people.

12 It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning.13 God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.”Deut 17:7.

It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.

And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.

For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,

To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:

10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?

13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

Psalm 31:1-8

Psalm 31In Hebrew texts 31:1-24 is numbered 31:2-25.31:1-4pp — Ps 71:1-3

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;S Ps 7:1

let me never be put to shame;

deliver me in your righteousness.Ps 5:8

Turn your ear to me,S Ps 6:4

come quickly to my rescue;S Ex 2:17

be my rock of refuge,S 2Sa 22:3; S Ps 18:2

a strong fortress to save me.

Since you are my rock and my fortress,S Ps 18:2

for the sake of your nameS Ps 23:3 lead and guide me.

Keep me free from the trapS 1Sa 28:9; S Job 18:10 that is set for me,

for you are my refuge.Ps 9:9

Into your hands I commit my spirit;Lk 23:46; Ac 7:59

deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.Isa 45:19; 65:16

I hate those who cling to worthless idols;S Dt 32:21

as for me, I trust in the Lord.S Ps 4:5

I will be glad and rejoice in your love,

for you saw my afflictionS Ps 13:3

and knew the anguishS Ps 25:17; Lk 22:44 of my soul.

You have not given me into the handsS Dt 32:30 of the enemy

but have set my feet in a spacious place.S 2Sa 22:20

Psalm 31

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

O Lord, I have come to you for protection;

don’t let me be disgraced.

Save me, for you do what is right.

Turn your ear to listen to me;

rescue me quickly.

Be my rock of protection,

a fortress where I will be safe.

You are my rock and my fortress.

For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger.

Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me,

for I find protection in you alone.

I entrust my spirit into your hand.

Rescue me, Lord, for you are a faithful God.

I hate those who worship worthless idols.

I trust in the Lord.

I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love,

for you have seen my troubles,

and you care about the anguish of my soul.

You have not handed me over to my enemies

but have set me in a safe place.

31 In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.

Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.

For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.

Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.

Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.

I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the Lord.

I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;

And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.

Proverbs 21:1-2

21 In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water

that he channels toward all who please him.Est 5:1; Jer 39:11-12

A person may think their own ways are right,

but the Lord weighs the heart.S Pr 16:2

21 The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord;

he guides it wherever he pleases.

People may be right in their own eyes,

but the Lord examines their heart.

21 The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.

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