Day #239: Psalms 97-101

Psalm 97 New King James Version (NKJV)

A Song of Praise to the Sovereign Lord

97 The Lord reigns;
Let the earth rejoice;
Let the multitude of isles be glad!

2
Clouds and darkness surround Him;
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.

3
A fire goes before Him,
And burns up His enemies round about.

4
His lightnings light the world;
The earth sees and trembles.

5
The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord,
At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

6
The heavens declare His righteousness,
And all the peoples see His glory.

7
Let all be put to shame who serve carved images,
Who boast of idols.
Worship Him, all you gods.

8
Zion hears and is glad,
And the daughters of Judah rejoice
Because of Your judgments, O Lord.

9
For You, Lord, are most high above all the earth;
You are exalted far above all gods.

10
You who love the Lord, hate evil!
He preserves the souls of His saints;
He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.

11
Light is sown for the righteous,
And gladness for the upright in heart.

12
Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.

Psalm 98 New King James Version (NKJV)

A Song of Praise to the Lord for His Salvation and Judgment

A Psalm.

98 Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
For He has done marvelous things;
His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.

2
The Lord has made known His salvation;
His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations.

3
He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel;
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

4
Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth;
Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.

5
Sing to the Lord with the harp,
With the harp and the sound of a psalm,

6
With trumpets and the sound of a horn;
Shout joyfully before the Lord, the King.

7
Let the sea roar, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell in it;

8
Let the rivers clap their hands;
Let the hills be joyful together before the Lord,

9
For He is coming to judge the earth.
With righteousness He shall judge the world,
And the peoples with equity.

Psalm 99 New King James Version (NKJV)

Praise to the Lord for His Holiness

99 The Lord reigns;
Let the peoples tremble!
He dwells between the cherubim;
Let the earth be moved!

2
The Lord is great in Zion,
And He is high above all the peoples.

3
Let them praise Your great and awesome name—
He is holy.

4
The King’s strength also loves justice;
You have established equity;
You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.

5
Exalt the Lord our God,
And worship at His footstool—
He is holy.

6
Moses and Aaron were among His priests,
And Samuel was among those who called upon His name;
They called upon the Lord, and He answered them.

7
He spoke to them in the cloudy pillar;
They kept His testimonies and the ordinance He gave them.

8
You answered them, O Lord our God;
You were to them God-Who-Forgives,
Though You took vengeance on their deeds.

9
Exalt the Lord our God,
And worship at His holy hill;
For the Lord our God is holy.

Psalm 100 New King James Version (NKJV)

A Song of Praise for the Lord’s Faithfulness to His People

A Psalm of Thanksgiving.

100 Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!

2
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.

3
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;[a]
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

4
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

5
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.

Psalm 101 New King James Version (NKJV)

Promised Faithfulness to the Lord

A Psalm of David.

101 I will sing of mercy and justice;
To You, O Lord, I will sing praises.

2
I will behave wisely in a perfect way.
Oh, when will You come to me?
I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.

3
I will set nothing wicked before my eyes;
I hate the work of those who fall away;
It shall not cling to me.

4
A perverse heart shall depart from me;
I will not know wickedness.

5
Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor,
Him I will destroy;
The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart,
Him I will not endure.

6
My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land,
That they may dwell with me;
He who walks in a perfect way,
He shall serve me.

7
He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house;
He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence.

8
Early I will destroy all the wicked of the land,
That I may cut off all the evildoers from the city of the Lord.

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Day #238: Eccl 3-4 & 1 Cor 11:2-34

Ecclesiastes 3 New King James Version (NKJV)

Everything Has Its Time

3 To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:

2
A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;

3
A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;

4
A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;

5
A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;

6
A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;

7
A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;

8
A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace.

The God-Given Task

9 What profit has the worker from that in which he labors? 10 I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.

12 I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, 13 and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.

14
I know that whatever God does,
It shall be forever.
Nothing can be added to it,
And nothing taken from it.
God does it, that men should fear before Him.

15
That which is has already been,
And what is to be has already been;
And God requires an account of what is past.

Injustice Seems to Prevail

16 Moreover I saw under the sun:

In the place of judgment,
Wickedness was there;
And in the place of righteousness,
Iniquity was there.

17 I said in my heart,

“God shall judge the righteous and the wicked,
For there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.”

18 I said in my heart, “Concerning the condition of the sons of men, God tests them, that they may see that they themselves are like animals.” 19 For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely, they all have one breath; man has no advantage over animals, for all is vanity. 20 All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust. 21 Who knows the spirit of the sons of men, which goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, which goes down to the earth?[a] 22 So I perceived that nothing is better than that a man should rejoice in his own works, for that is his heritage. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?

Ecclesiastes 4 New King James Version (NKJV)

4 Then I returned and considered all the oppression that is done under the sun:

And look! The tears of the oppressed,
But they have no comforter—
On the side of their oppressors there is power,
But they have no comforter.

2
Therefore I praised the dead who were already dead,
More than the living who are still alive.

3
Yet, better than both is he who has never existed,
Who has not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.

The Vanity of Selfish Toil

4 Again, I saw that for all toil and every skillful work a man is envied by his neighbor. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.

5
The fool folds his hands
And consumes his own flesh.

6
Better a handful with quietness
Than both hands full, together with toil and grasping for the wind.

7 Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun:

8
There is one alone, without companion:
He has neither son nor brother.
Yet there is no end to all his labors,
Nor is his eye satisfied with riches.
But he never asks,
“For whom do I toil and deprive myself of good?”
This also is vanity and a grave misfortune.

The Value of a Friend

9
Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.

10
For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.

11
Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm;
But how can one be warm alone?

12
Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Popularity Passes Away

13
Better a poor and wise youth
Than an old and foolish king who will be admonished no more.

14
For he comes out of prison to be king,
Although he was born poor in his kingdom.

15
I saw all the living who walk under the sun;
They were with the second youth who stands in his place.

16
There was no end of all the people over whom he was made king;
Yet those who come afterward will not rejoice in him.
Surely this also is vanity and grasping for the wind.

Corinthians 11 New King James Version (NKJV)
Head Coverings

2 Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you. 3 But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. 4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head. 5 But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved. 6 For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered. 7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. 8 For man is not from woman, but woman from man. 9 Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man. 10 For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless, neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord. 12 For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God.

13 Judge among yourselves. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him? 15 But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her[a] for a covering. 16 But if anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God.

Conduct at the Lord’s Supper

17 Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse. 18 For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. 19 For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you. 20 Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper. 21 For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk. 22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.

Institution of the Lord’s Supper

23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat;[b] this is My body which is broken[c] for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

Examine Yourself

27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood[d] of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner[e] eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s[f] body. 30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.

33 Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. 34 But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.

Day #237: Eccl 1-2 & 1 Cor 10:1-11:1

Ecclesiastes 1 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Vanity of Life

1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

2
“Vanity[a] of vanities,” says the Preacher;
“Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”

3
What profit has a man from all his labor
In which he toils under the sun?

4
One generation passes away, and another generation comes;
But the earth abides forever.

5
The sun also rises, and the sun goes down,
And hastens to the place where it arose.

6
The wind goes toward the south,
And turns around to the north;
The wind whirls about continually,
And comes again on its circuit.

7
All the rivers run into the sea,
Yet the sea is not full;
To the place from which the rivers come,
There they return again.

8
All things are full of labor;
Man cannot express it.
The eye is not satisfied with seeing,
Nor the ear filled with hearing.

9
That which has been is what will be,
That which is done is what will be done,
And there is nothing new under the sun.

10
Is there anything of which it may be said,
“See, this is new”?
It has already been in ancient times before us.

11
There is no remembrance of former things,
Nor will there be any remembrance of things that are to come
By those who will come after.

The Grief of Wisdom

12 I, the Preacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I set my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all that is done under heaven; this burdensome task God has given to the sons of man, by which they may be exercised. 14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind.

15
What is crooked cannot be made straight,
And what is lacking cannot be numbered.

16 I communed with my heart, saying, “Look, I have attained greatness, and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge.” 17 And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is grasping for the wind.

18
For in much wisdom is much grief,
And he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

Ecclesiastes 2 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Vanity of Pleasure

2 I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure”; but surely, this also was vanity. 2 I said of laughter—“Madness!”; and of mirth, “What does it accomplish?” 3 I searched in my heart how to gratify my flesh with wine, while guiding my heart with wisdom, and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the sons of men to do under heaven all the days of their lives.

4 I made my works great, I built myself houses, and planted myself vineyards. 5 I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. 6 I made myself water pools from which to water the growing trees of the grove. 7 I acquired male and female servants, and had servants born in my house. Yes, I had greater possessions of herds and flocks than all who were in Jerusalem before me. 8 I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the special treasures of kings and of the provinces. I acquired male and female singers, the delights of the sons of men, and musical instruments[a] of all kinds.

9 So I became great and excelled more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me.

10
Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them.
I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure,
For my heart rejoiced in all my labor;
And this was my reward from all my labor.

11
Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done
And on the labor in which I had toiled;
And indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind.
There was no profit under the sun.

The End of the Wise and the Fool

12
Then I turned myself to consider wisdom and madness and folly;
For what can the man do who succeeds the king?—
Only what he has already done.

13
Then I saw that wisdom excels folly
As light excels darkness.

14
The wise man’s eyes are in his head,
But the fool walks in darkness.
Yet I myself perceived
That the same event happens to them all.

15
So I said in my heart,
“As it happens to the fool,
It also happens to me,
And why was I then more wise?”
Then I said in my heart,
“This also is vanity.”

16
For there is no more remembrance of the wise than of the fool forever,
Since all that now is will be forgotten in the days to come.
And how does a wise man die?
As the fool!

17 Therefore I hated life because the work that was done under the sun was distressing to me, for all is vanity and grasping for the wind.

18 Then I hated all my labor in which I had toiled under the sun, because I must leave it to the man who will come after me. 19 And who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will rule over all my labor in which I toiled and in which I have shown myself wise under the sun. This also is vanity. 20 Therefore I turned my heart and despaired of all the labor in which I had toiled under the sun. 21 For there is a man whose labor is with wisdom, knowledge, and skill; yet he must leave his heritage to a man who has not labored for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. 22 For what has man for all his labor, and for the striving of his heart with which he has toiled under the sun? 23 For all his days are sorrowful, and his work burdensome; even in the night his heart takes no rest. This also is vanity.

24 Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God. 25 For who can eat, or who can have enjoyment, more than I?[b] 26 For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.

1 Corinthians 10 New King James Version (NKJV)

Old Testament Examples

10 Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, 2 all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. 5 But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.

6 Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. 7 And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.”[a] 8 Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; 9 nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; 10 nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 Now all[b] these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Flee from Idolatry

14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves 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, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.

18 Observe Israel after the flesh: Are not those who eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? 19 What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? 20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. 22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?

All to the Glory of God

23 All things are lawful for me,[c] but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me,[d] but not all things edify. 24 Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.

25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience’ sake; 26 for “the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.”[e]

27 If any of those who do not believe invites you to dinner, and you desire to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no question for conscience’ sake. 28 But if anyone says to you, “This was offered to idols,” do not eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for conscience’ sake;[f] for “the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.”[g] 29 “Conscience,” I say, not your own, but that of the other. For why is my liberty judged by another man’s conscience? 30 But if I partake with thanks, why am I evil spoken of for the food over which I give thanks?

31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, 33 just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

1 Corinthians 11 New King James Version (NKJV)

11 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.

Day #236: Prov 30-31 & 1 Cor 9

Proverbs 30 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Wisdom of Agur

30 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, his utterance. This man declared to Ithiel—to Ithiel and Ucal:

2
Surely I am more stupid than any man,
And do not have the understanding of a man.

3
I neither learned wisdom
Nor have knowledge of the Holy One.

4
Who has ascended into heaven, or descended?
Who has gathered the wind in His fists?
Who has bound the waters in a garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is His name, and what is His Son’s name,
If you know?

5
Every word of God is pure;
He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.

6
Do not add to His words,
Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.

7
Two things I request of You
(Deprive me not before I die):

8
Remove falsehood and lies far from me;
Give me neither poverty nor riches—
Feed me with the food allotted to me;

9
Lest I be full and deny You,
And say, “Who is the Lord?”
Or lest I be poor and steal,
And profane the name of my God.

10
Do not malign a servant to his master,
Lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.

11
There is a generation that curses its father,
And does not bless its mother.

12
There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes,
Yet is not washed from its filthiness.

13
There is a generation—oh, how lofty are their eyes!
And their eyelids are lifted up.

14
There is a generation whose teeth are like swords,
And whose fangs are like knives,
To devour the poor from off the earth,
And the needy from among men.

15
The leech has two daughters—
Give and Give!
There are three things that are never satisfied,
Four never say, “Enough!”:

16
The grave,[a]
The barren womb,
The earth that is not satisfied with water—
And the fire never says, “Enough!”

17
The eye that mocks his father,
And scorns obedience to his mother,
The ravens of the valley will pick it out,
And the young eagles will eat it.

18
There are three things which are too wonderful for me,
Yes, four which I do not understand:

19
The way of an eagle in the air,
The way of a serpent on a rock,
The way of a ship in the midst of the sea,
And the way of a man with a virgin.

20
This is the way of an adulterous woman:
She eats and wipes her mouth,
And says, “I have done no wickedness.”

21
For three things the earth is perturbed,
Yes, for four it cannot bear up:

22
For a servant when he reigns,
A fool when he is filled with food,

23
A hateful woman when she is married,
And a maidservant who succeeds her mistress.

24
There are four things which are little on the earth,
But they are exceedingly wise:

25
The ants are a people not strong,
Yet they prepare their food in the summer;

26
The rock badgers[b] are a feeble folk,
Yet they make their homes in the crags;

27
The locusts have no king,
Yet they all advance in ranks;

28
The spider[c] skillfully grasps with its hands,
And it is in kings’ palaces.

29
There are three things which are majestic in pace,
Yes, four which are stately in walk:

30
A lion, which is mighty among beasts
And does not turn away from any;

31
A greyhound,[d]
A male goat also,
And a king whose troops are with him.[e]

32
If you have been foolish in exalting yourself,
Or if you have devised evil, put your hand on your mouth.

33
For as the churning of milk produces butter,
And wringing the nose produces blood,
So the forcing of wrath produces strife.

Proverbs 31 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Words of King Lemuel’s Mother

31 The words of King Lemuel, the utterance which his mother taught him:

2
What, my son?
And what, son of my womb?
And what, son of my vows?

3
Do not give your strength to women,
Nor your ways to that which destroys kings.

4
It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
It is not for kings to drink wine,
Nor for princes intoxicating drink;

5
Lest they drink and forget the law,
And pervert the justice of all the afflicted.

6
Give strong drink to him who is perishing,
And wine to those who are bitter of heart.

7
Let him drink and forget his poverty,
And remember his misery no more.

8
Open your mouth for the speechless,
In the cause of all who are appointed to die.[a]

9
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And plead the cause of the poor and needy.

The Virtuous Wife

10
Who[b] can find a virtuous[c] wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.

11
The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.

12
She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.

13
She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.

14
She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.

15
She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.

16
She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.

17
She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.

18
She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.

19
She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.

20
She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.

21
She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.

22
She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

23
Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.

24
She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.

25
Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.

26
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.

27
She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.

28
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:

29
“Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”

30
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

31
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.

1 Corinthians 9 New King James Version (NKJV)

A Pattern of Self-Denial

9 Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord? 2 If I am not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you. For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

3 My defense to those who examine me is this: 4 Do we have no right to eat and drink? 5 Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas? 6 Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working? 7 Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock?

8 Do I say these things as a mere man? Or does not the law say the same also? 9 For it is written in the law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.”[a] Is it oxen God is concerned about? 10 Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope. 11 If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things? 12 If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more?

Nevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ. 13 Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar? 14 Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.

15 But I have used none of these things, nor have I written these things that it should be done so to me; for it would be better for me to die than that anyone should make my boasting void. 16 For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! 17 For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a stewardship. 18 What is my reward then? That when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ[b] without charge, that I may not abuse my authority in the gospel.

Serving All Men

19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law,[c] that I might win those who are under the law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God,[d] but under law toward Christ[e]), that I might win those who are without law; 22 to the weak I became as[f] weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.

Striving for a Crown

24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

Day #235: Prov 28:15-29:27 & 1 Cor 8

Proverbs 28 New King James Version (NKJV)

15
Like a roaring lion and a charging bear
Is a wicked ruler over poor people.

16
A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor,
But he who hates covetousness will prolong his days.

17
A man burdened with bloodshed will flee into a pit;
Let no one help him.

18
Whoever walks blamelessly will be saved,
But he who is perverse in his ways will suddenly fall.

19
He who tills his land will have plenty of bread,
But he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough!

20
A faithful man will abound with blessings,
But he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.

21
To show partiality is not good,
Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.

22
A man with an evil eye hastens after riches,
And does not consider that poverty will come upon him.

23
He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward
Than he who flatters with the tongue.

24
Whoever robs his father or his mother,
And says, “It is no transgression,”
The same is companion to a destroyer.

25
He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife,
But he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered.

26
He who trusts in his own heart is a fool,
But whoever walks wisely will be delivered.

27
He who gives to the poor will not lack,
But he who hides his eyes will have many curses.

28
When the wicked arise, men hide themselves;
But when they perish, the righteous increase.

Proverbs 29 New King James Version (NKJV)

29 He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck,
Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

2
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.

3
Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice,
But a companion of harlots wastes his wealth.

4
The king establishes the land by justice,
But he who receives bribes overthrows it.

5
A man who flatters his neighbor
Spreads a net for his feet.

6
By transgression an evil man is snared,
But the righteous sings and rejoices.

7
The righteous considers the cause of the poor,
But the wicked does not understand such knowledge.

8
Scoffers set a city aflame,
But wise men turn away wrath.

9
If a wise man contends with a foolish man,
Whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace.

10
The bloodthirsty hate the blameless,
But the upright seek his well-being.[a]

11
A fool vents all his feelings,[b]
But a wise man holds them back.

12
If a ruler pays attention to lies,
All his servants become wicked.

13
The poor man and the oppressor have this in common:
The Lord gives light to the eyes of both.

14
The king who judges the poor with truth,
His throne will be established forever.

15
The rod and rebuke give wisdom,
But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

16
When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases;
But the righteous will see their fall.

17
Correct your son, and he will give you rest;
Yes, he will give delight to your soul.

18
Where there is no revelation,[c] the people cast off restraint;
But happy is he who keeps the law.

19
A servant will not be corrected by mere words;
For though he understands, he will not respond.

20
Do you see a man hasty in his words?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.

21
He who pampers his servant from childhood
Will have him as a son in the end.

22
An angry man stirs up strife,
And a furious man abounds in transgression.

23
A man’s pride will bring him low,
But the humble in spirit will retain honor.

24
Whoever is a partner with a thief hates his own life;
He swears to tell the truth,[d] but reveals nothing.

25
The fear of man brings a snare,
But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.

26
Many seek the ruler’s favor,
But justice for man comes from the Lord.

27
An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,
And he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.

1 Corinthians 8 New King James Version (NKJV)

Be Sensitive to Conscience

8 Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. 2 And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. 3 But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.

4 Therefore concerning the eating of things offered to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one. 5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), 6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.

7 However, there is not in everyone that knowledge; for some, with consciousness of the idol, until now eat it as a thing offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. 8 But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse.

9 But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak. 10 For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols? 11 And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? 12 But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

Day #234: Prov 27:1-28:14 & 1 Cor 7

Proverbs 27 New King James Version (NKJV)

27 Do not boast about tomorrow,
For you do not know what a day may bring forth.

2
Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth;
A stranger, and not your own lips.

3
A stone is heavy and sand is weighty,
But a fool’s wrath is heavier than both of them.

4
Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent,
But who is able to stand before jealousy?

5
Open rebuke is better
Than love carefully concealed.

6
Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

7
A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb,
But to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

8
Like a bird that wanders from its nest
Is a man who wanders from his place.

9
Ointment and perfume delight the heart,
And the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel.

10
Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend,
Nor go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity;
Better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.

11
My son, be wise, and make my heart glad,
That I may answer him who reproaches me.

12
A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself;
The simple pass on and are punished.

13
Take the garment of him who is surety for a stranger,
And hold it in pledge when he is surety for a seductress.

14
He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning,
It will be counted a curse to him.

15
A continual dripping on a very rainy day
And a contentious woman are alike;

16
Whoever restrains her restrains the wind,
And grasps oil with his right hand.

17
As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

18
Whoever keeps the fig tree will eat its fruit;
So he who waits on his master will be honored.

19
As in water face reflects face,
So a man’s heart reveals the man.

20
Hell[a] and Destruction[b] are never full;
So the eyes of man are never satisfied.

21
The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
And a man is valued by what others say of him.

22
Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain,
Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.

23
Be diligent to know the state of your flocks,
And attend to your herds;

24
For riches are not forever,
Nor does a crown endure to all generations.

25
When the hay is removed, and the tender grass shows itself,
And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in,

26
The lambs will provide your clothing,
And the goats the price of a field;

27
You shall have enough goats’ milk for your food,
For the food of your household,
And the nourishment of your maidservants.

Proverbs 28 New King James Version (NKJV)

28 The wicked flee when no one pursues,
But the righteous are bold as a lion.

2
Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes;
But by a man of understanding and knowledge
Right will be prolonged.

3
A poor man who oppresses the poor
Is like a driving rain which leaves no food.

4
Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,
But such as keep the law contend with them.

5
Evil men do not understand justice,
But those who seek the Lord understand all.

6
Better is the poor who walks in his integrity
Than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

7
Whoever keeps the law is a discerning son,
But a companion of gluttons shames his father.

8
One who increases his possessions by usury and extortion
Gathers it for him who will pity the poor.

9
One who turns away his ear from hearing the law,
Even his prayer is an abomination.

10
Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way,
He himself will fall into his own pit;
But the blameless will inherit good.

11
The rich man is wise in his own eyes,
But the poor who has understanding searches him out.

12
When the righteous rejoice, there is great glory;
But when the wicked arise, men hide themselves.

13
He who covers his sins will not prosper,
But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.

14
Happy is the man who is always reverent,
But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

1 Corinthians 7 New King James Version (NKJV)

Principles of Marriage

7 Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me:

It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2 Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. 3 Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. 5 Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 6 But I say this as a concession, not as a commandment. 7 For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that.

8 But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am; 9 but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

Keep Your Marriage Vows

10 Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. 11 But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife.

12 But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her. 13 And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy. 15 But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace. 16 For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?

Live as You Are Called

17 But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk. And so I ordain in all the churches. 18 Was anyone called while circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? Let him not be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters. 20 Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called. 21 Were you called while a slave? Do not be concerned about it; but if you can be made free, rather use it. 22 For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord’s freedman. Likewise he who is called while free is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men. 24 Brethren, let each one remain with God in that state in which he was called.

To the Unmarried and Widows

25 Now concerning virgins: I have no commandment from the Lord; yet I give judgment as one whom the Lord in His mercy has made trustworthy. 26 I suppose therefore that this is good because of the present distress—that it is good for a man to remain as he is: 27 Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be loosed. Are you loosed from a wife? Do not seek a wife. 28 But even if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Nevertheless such will have trouble in the flesh, but I would spare you.

29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none, 30 those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did not possess, 31 and those who use this world as not misusing it. For the form of this world is passing away.

32 But I want you to be without care. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord—how he may please the Lord. 33 But he who is married cares about the things of the world—how he may please his wife. 34 There is[a] a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world—how she may please her husband. 35 And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.

36 But if any man thinks he is behaving improperly toward his virgin, if she is past the flower of youth, and thus it must be, let him do what he wishes. He does not sin; let them marry. 37 Nevertheless he who stands steadfast in his heart, having no necessity, but has power over his own will, and has so determined in his heart that he will keep his virgin,[b] does well. 38 So then he who gives her[c] in marriage does well, but he who does not give her in marriage does better.

39 A wife is bound by law as long as her husband lives; but if her husband dies, she is at liberty to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord. 40 But she is happier if she remains as she is, according to my judgment—and I think I also have the Spirit of God.

Day #233: Prov 25-26 & 1 Cor 6

Proverbs 25 New King James Version (NKJV)

Further Wise Sayings of Solomon

25 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied:

2
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

3
As the heavens for height and the earth for depth,
So the heart of kings is unsearchable.

4
Take away the dross from silver,
And it will go to the silversmith for jewelry.

5
Take away the wicked from before the king,
And his throne will be established in righteousness.

6
Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king,
And do not stand in the place of the great;

7
For it is better that he say to you,
“Come up here,”
Than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince,
Whom your eyes have seen.

8
Do not go hastily to court;
For what will you do in the end,
When your neighbor has put you to shame?

9
Debate your case with your neighbor,
And do not disclose the secret to another;

10
Lest he who hears it expose your shame,
And your reputation be ruined.

11
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold
In settings of silver.

12
Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold
Is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear.

13
Like the cold of snow in time of harvest
Is a faithful messenger to those who send him,
For he refreshes the soul of his masters.

14
Whoever falsely boasts of giving
Is like clouds and wind without rain.

15
By long forbearance a ruler is persuaded,
And a gentle tongue breaks a bone.

16
Have you found honey?
Eat only as much as you need,
Lest you be filled with it and vomit.

17
Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house,
Lest he become weary of you and hate you.

18
A man who bears false witness against his neighbor
Is like a club, a sword, and a sharp arrow.

19
Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble
Is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint.

20
Like one who takes away a garment in cold weather,
And like vinegar on soda,
Is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.

21
If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat;
And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;

22
For so you will heap coals of fire on his head,
And the Lord will reward you.

23
The north wind brings forth rain,
And a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

24
It is better to dwell in a corner of a housetop,
Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.

25
As cold water to a weary soul,
So is good news from a far country.

26
A righteous man who falters before the wicked
Is like a murky spring and a polluted well.

27
It is not good to eat much honey;
So to seek one’s own glory is not glory.

28
Whoever has no rule over his own spirit
Is like a city broken down, without walls.

Proverbs 26 New King James Version (NKJV)

26 As snow in summer and rain in harvest,
So honor is not fitting for a fool.

2
Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow,
So a curse without cause shall not alight.

3
A whip for the horse,
A bridle for the donkey,
And a rod for the fool’s back.

4
Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
Lest you also be like him.

5
Answer a fool according to his folly,
Lest he be wise in his own eyes.

6
He who sends a message by the hand of a fool
Cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.

7
Like the legs of the lame that hang limp
Is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

8
Like one who binds a stone in a sling
Is he who gives honor to a fool.

9
Like a thorn that goes into the hand of a drunkard
Is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

10
The great God who formed everything
Gives the fool his hire and the transgressor his wages.[a]

11
As a dog returns to his own vomit,
So a fool repeats his folly.

12
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.

13
The lazy man says, “There is a lion in the road!
A fierce lion is in the streets!”

14
As a door turns on its hinges,
So does the lazy man on his bed.

15
The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl;[b]
It wearies him to bring it back to his mouth.

16
The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes
Than seven men who can answer sensibly.

17
He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own
Is like one who takes a dog by the ears.

18
Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death,

19
Is the man who deceives his neighbor,
And says, “I was only joking!”

20
Where there is no wood, the fire goes out;
And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.

21
As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire,
So is a contentious man to kindle strife.

22
The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles,
And they go down into the inmost body.

23
Fervent lips with a wicked heart
Are like earthenware covered with silver dross.

24
He who hates, disguises it with his lips,
And lays up deceit within himself;

25
When he speaks kindly, do not believe him,
For there are seven abominations in his heart;

26
Though his hatred is covered by deceit,
His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly.

27
Whoever digs a pit will fall into it,
And he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.

28
A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it,
And a flattering mouth works ruin.

1 Corinthians 6 New King James Version (NKJV)

Do Not Sue the Brethren

6 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? 2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? 4 If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? 5 I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren? 6 But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers!

7 Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated? 8 No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren! 9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,[a] nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

Glorify God in Body and Spirit

12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 13 Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.

15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.”[b] 17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body[c] and in your spirit, which are God’s.