Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Even as a child, David recognized God's divine shield of protection around him. He felt so safe when surrounded by his enemies that he could actually lie down and sleep. God has always protected His children and made a way of escape for those He loves (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Genesis 6 describes another example of God's protection, relating how He saved Noah's family from the raging waters of destruction that He had sent to cleanse the earth. Later on, in Genesis 19, the Lord delivered Lot and his family out of the city of Sodom just moments before He destroyed it with fire and brimstone.

Christ found the way of escape from temptation in the wilderness when Satan came on three separate occasions with his most subtle deceptions. Each time Jesus escaped from the snare by quoting the Word of God.

In times of trouble, remember, as did Noah and his family, that the raging waters and winds outside your "ark" pose no threat. You are safe and dry inside the refuge of God. Let the winds blow, the heathen rage, and the enemy rise up. God's angels will protect and deliver you in the midst of any storm!

Genesis 5:1-7:24

From Adam to Noah

This is the written accountS Ge 2:4 of Adam’s family line.1Ch 1:1

When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God.S Ge 1:27; Col 3:10He created themGe 1:28 male and femaleS Ge 1:27; Mt 19:4; Mk 10:6; Gal 3:28 and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind”Hebrew adam when they were created.

When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image;S Ge 1:26; 1Co 15:49 and he named him Seth.S Ge 4:25; Lk 3:38After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters.Altogether, Adam lived a total of 930 years, and then he died.S Ge 2:17; Heb 9:27

When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the fatherFather may mean ancestor; also in verses 7-26. of Enosh.S Ge 4:26; Lk 3:38After he became the father of Enosh, Seth lived 807 years and had other sons and daughters.Altogether, Seth lived a total of 912 years, and then he died.

When Enosh had lived 90 years, he became the father of Kenan.1Ch 1:2; Lk 3:3710 After he became the father of Kenan, Enosh lived 815 years and had other sons and daughters.11 Altogether, Enosh lived a total of 905 years, and then he died.

12 When Kenan had lived 70 years, he became the father of Mahalalel.1Ch 1:2; Lk 3:3713 After he became the father of Mahalalel, Kenan lived 840 years and had other sons and daughters.14 Altogether, Kenan lived a total of 910 years, and then he died.

15 When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he became the father of Jared.1Ch 1:2; Lk 3:3716 After he became the father of Jared, Mahalalel lived 830 years and had other sons and daughters.17 Altogether, Mahalalel lived a total of 895 years, and then he died.

18 When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch.1Ch 1:3; Lk 3:37; Jude 1:1419 After he became the father of Enoch, Jared lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters.20 Altogether, Jared lived a total of 962 years, and then he died.

21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah.1Ch 1:3; Lk 3:3722 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with Godver 24; Ge 6:9; 17:1; 24:40; 48:15; 2Ki 20:3; Ps 116:9; Mic 6:8; Mal 2:6 300 years and had other sons and daughters.23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years.24 Enoch walked faithfully with God;S ver 22 then he was no more, because God took him away.2Ki 2:1, 11; Ps 49:15; 73:24; 89:48; Heb 11:5

25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech.1Ch 1:3; Lk 3:3626 After he became the father of Lamech, Methuselah lived 782 years and had other sons and daughters.27 Altogether, Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died.

28 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son.29 He named him NoahNoah sounds like the Hebrew for comfort.1Ch 1:3; Lk 3:36 and said, “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed.S Ge 3:17; Ro 8:2030 After Noah was born, Lamech lived 595 years and had other sons and daughters.31 Altogether, Lamech lived a total of 777 years, and then he died.

32 After Noah was 500 years old,Ge 7:6, 11; 8:13 he became the father of Shem,Lk 3:36 Ham and Japheth.Ge 6:10; 9:18; 10:1; 1Ch 1:4; Isa 65:20

Wickedness in the World

When human beings began to increase in number on the earthS Ge 1:28 and daughters were born to them,the sons of GodJob 1:6 fn; 2:1 fn saw that the daughtersver 4 of humans were beautiful,Dt 21:11 and they marriedS Ge 4:19 any of them they chose.Then the Lord said, “My SpiritJob 34:14; Gal 5:16-17 will not contend withOr My spirit will not remain in humans forever,Isa 57:16; 1Pe 3:20 for they are mortalOr corrupt;Job 10:9; Ps 78:39; 103:14; Isa 40:6 their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”

The NephilimNu 13:33 were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humansver 2 and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.Ge 11:4

The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth,Ge 38:7; Job 34:26; Jer 1:16; 44:5; Eze 3:19 and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.Ge 8:21; Ps 14:1-3The Lord regrettedEx 32:14; 1Sa 15:11, 35; 2Sa 24:16; 1Ch 21:15; Isa 63:10; Jer 18:7-10; Eph 4:30 that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earthEze 33:28; Zep 1:2, 18 the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.ver 17; Ge 7:4, 21; Dt 28:63; 29:20But NoahEze 14:14 found favor in the eyes of the Lord.Ge 19:19; 39:4; Ex 33:12, 13, 17; 34:9; Nu 11:15; Ru 2:2; Lk 1:30; Ac 7:46

Noah and the Flood

This is the accountS Ge 2:4 of Noah and his family.

Noah was a righteous man, blamelessGe 17:1; Dt 18:13; 2Sa 22:24; Job 1:1; 4:6; 9:21; 12:4; 31:6; Ps 15:2; 18:23; 19:13; 37:37; Pr 2:7 among the people of his time,Ge 7:1; Ps 37:39; Jer 15:1; Eze 14:14, 20; Da 10:11; S Lk 1:6; Heb 11:7; 2Pe 2:5 and he walked faithfully with God.S Ge 5:2210 Noah had three sons: Shem,Lk 3:36 Ham and Japheth.S Ge 5:32

11 Now the earth was corruptDt 31:29; Jdg 2:19 in God’s sight and was full of violence.Ps 7:9; 73:6; Eze 7:23; 8:17; 28:16; Mal 2:1612 God saw how corruptEx 32:7; Dt 4:16; 9:12, 24 the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.Ps 14:1-313 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroyDt 28:63; 2Ki 8:19; Ezr 9:14; Jer 44:11 both them and the earth.ver 17; Ge 7:4, 21-23; Job 34:15; Isa 5:6; 24:1-3; Jer 44:27; Eze 7:2-314 So make yourself an ark of cypressThe meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. wood;Heb 11:7; 1Pe 3:20 make rooms in it and coat it with pitchEx 2:3 inside and out.15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high.That is, about 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high or about 135 meters long, 23 meters wide and 14 meters high16 Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubitThat is, about 18 inches or about 45 centimeters high all around.The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks.17 I am going to bring floodwatersPs 29:10 on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish.S ver 7,S 13; 2Pe 2:518 But I will establish my covenant with you,Ge 9:9-16; 17:7; 19:12; Ex 6:4; 34:10, 27; Dt 29:13, 14-15; Ps 25:10; 74:20; 106:45; Isa 55:3; Jer 32:40; Eze 16:60; Hag 2:5; 1Pe 3:20 and you will enter the arkGe 7:1, 7, 13—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you.19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.Ge 7:1520 TwoGe 7:15 of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kindS Ge 1:11 of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.Ge 7:321 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”

22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.Ge 7:5, 9, 16; Ex 7:6; 39:43; 40:16, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 32

The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family,S Ge 6:18; Mt 24:38; Lk 17:26-27; Heb 11:7; 1Pe 3:20; 2Pe 2:5 because I have found you righteousGe 6:9; Eze 14:14 in this generation.Take with you seven pairs of every kind of cleanver 8; Ge 8:20; Lev 10:10; 11:1-47; Dt 14:3-20; Eze 44:23; Hag 2:12; Ac 10:14-15 animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate,and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds aliveGe 6:20 throughout the earth.Seven days from now I will send rainGe 8:2 on the earth1Ki 13:34; Jer 28:16 for forty daysNu 13:25; Dt 9:9; 1Sa 17:16; 1Ki 19:8 and forty nights,ver 12, 17; Ex 24:18; 32:1; 34:28; Dt 9:9, 11, 18, 25; 10:10; Job 37:6, 13; Mt 4:2 and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.S Ge 6:7, 13

And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.S Ge 6:22

Noah was six hundred years oldS Ge 5:32 when the floodwaters came on the earth.And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the arkS Ge 6:18 to escape the waters of the flood.Pairs of clean and uncleanS ver 2 animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground,male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah.S Ge 6:2210 And after the seven daysS ver 4 the floodwaters came on the earth.

11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life,S Ge 5:32 on the seventeenth day of the second monthGe 8:4, 14—on that day all the springs of the great deepS Ge 1:7; Job 28:11; Ps 36:6; 42:7; Pr 8:24; Isa 51:10; Eze 26:19 burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavensGe 8:2; 2Ki 7:2; Ps 78:23; Isa 24:18; Mal 3:10 were opened.12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.S ver 4; S 1Sa 12:17; S Job 28:26

13 On that very day Noah and his sons,Ge 8:16; 1Pe 3:20; 2Pe 2:5 Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark.S Ge 6:1814 They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind,S Ge 1:11 everything with wings.15 Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark.ver 8-9; Ge 6:1916 The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah.S Ge 6:22 Then the Lord shut him in.

17 For forty daysS ver 4 the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth.18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water.19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered.Ps 104:620 The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits.That is, about 23 feet or about 6.8 metersOr rose more than fifteen cubits, and the mountains were covered Ge 8:4-5; 2Pe 3:621 Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind.S Ge 6:7, 13; 2Pe 3:622 Everything on dry land that had the breath of lifeS Ge 1:30 in its nostrils died.23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth.Job 14:19; 21:18; 22:11, 16; Ps 90:5; Isa 28:2; Mt 24:39; Lk 17:27; 1Pe 3:20; 2Pe 2:5 Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.Heb 11:7

24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.Ge 8:3; Job 12:15

The Descendants of Adam

This is the written account of the descendants of Adam. When God created human beings,Or man; Hebrew reads adam; similarly in 5:2. he made them to be like himself.He created them male and female, and he blessed them and called them “human.”

When Adam was 130 years old, he became the father of a son who was just like him—in his very image. He named his son Seth.After the birth of Seth, Adam lived another 800 years, and he had other sons and daughters.Adam lived 930 years, and then he died.

When Seth was 105 years old, he became the father ofOr the ancestor of; also in 5:9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 25. Enosh.After the birth ofOr the birth of this ancestor of; also in 5:10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 26. Enosh, Seth lived another 807 years, and he had other sons and daughters.Seth lived 912 years, and then he died.

When Enosh was 90 years old, he became the father of Kenan.10 After the birth of Kenan, Enosh lived another 815 years, and he had other sons and daughters.11 Enosh lived 905 years, and then he died.

12 When Kenan was 70 years old, he became the father of Mahalalel.13 After the birth of Mahalalel, Kenan lived another 840 years, and he had other sons and daughters.14 Kenan lived 910 years, and then he died.

15 When Mahalalel was 65 years old, he became the father of Jared.16 After the birth of Jared, Mahalalel lived another 830 years, and he had other sons and daughters.17 Mahalalel lived 895 years, and then he died.

18 When Jared was 162 years old, he became the father of Enoch.19 After the birth of Enoch, Jared lived another 800 years, and he had other sons and daughters.20 Jared lived 962 years, and then he died.

21 When Enoch was 65 years old, he became the father of Methuselah.22 After the birth of Methuselah, Enoch lived in close fellowship with God for another 300 years, and he had other sons and daughters.23 Enoch lived 365 years,24 walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him.

25 When Methuselah was 187 years old, he became the father of Lamech.26 After the birth of Lamech, Methuselah lived another 782 years, and he had other sons and daughters.27 Methuselah lived 969 years, and then he died.

28 When Lamech was 182 years old, he became the father of a son.29 Lamech named his son Noah, for he said, “May he bring us reliefNoah sounds like a Hebrew term that can mean “relief” or “comfort.” from our work and the painful labor of farming this ground that the Lord has cursed.”30 After the birth of Noah, Lamech lived another 595 years, and he had other sons and daughters.31 Lamech lived 777 years, and then he died.

32 After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

A World Gone Wrong

Then the people began to multiply on the earth, and daughters were born to them.The sons of God saw the beautiful womenHebrew daughters of men; also in 6:4. and took any they wanted as their wives.Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not put up withGreek version reads will not remain in. humans for such a long time, for they are only mortal flesh. In the future, their normal lifespan will be no more than 120 years.”

In those days, and for some time after, giant Nephilites lived on the earth, for whenever the sons of God had intercourse with women, they gave birth to children who became the heroes and famous warriors of ancient times.

The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.And the Lord said, “I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing—all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them.”But Noah found favor with the Lord.

The Story of Noah

This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God.10 Noah was the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

11 Now God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence.12 God observed all this corruption in the world, for everyone on earth was corrupt.13 So God said to Noah, “I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the earth!

14 “Build a large boatTraditionally rendered an ark. from cypress woodOr gopher wood. and waterproof it with tar, inside and out. Then construct decks and stalls throughout its interior.15 Make the boat 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high.Hebrew 300 cubits [138 meters] long, 50 cubits [23 meters] wide, and 30 cubits [13.8 meters] high.16 Leave an 18-inch openingHebrew an opening of 1 cubit [46 centimeters]. below the roof all the way around the boat. Put the door on the side, and build three decks inside the boat—lower, middle, and upper.

17 “Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die.18 But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat—you and your wife and your sons and their wives.19 Bring a pair of every kind of animal—a male and a female—into the boat with you to keep them alive during the flood.20 Pairs of every kind of bird, and every kind of animal, and every kind of small animal that scurries along the ground, will come to you to be kept alive.21 And be sure to take on board enough food for your family and for all the animals.”

22 So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.

The Flood Covers the Earth

When everything was ready, the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the boat with all your family, for among all the people of the earth, I can see that you alone are righteous.Take with you seven pairs—male and female—of each animal I have approved for eating and for sacrifice,Hebrew of each clean animal; similarly in 7:8. and take one pair of each of the others.Also take seven pairs of every kind of bird. There must be a male and a female in each pair to ensure that all life will survive on the earth after the flood.Seven days from now I will make the rains pour down on the earth. And it will rain for forty days and forty nights, until I have wiped from the earth all the living things I have created.”

So Noah did everything as the Lord commanded him.

Noah was 600 years old when the flood covered the earth.He went on board the boat to escape the flood—he and his wife and his sons and their wives.With them were all the various kinds of animals—those approved for eating and for sacrifice and those that were not—along with all the birds and the small animals that scurry along the ground.They entered the boat in pairs, male and female, just as God had commanded Noah.10 After seven days, the waters of the flood came and covered the earth.

11 When Noah was 600 years old, on the seventeenth day of the second month, all the underground waters erupted from the earth, and the rain fell in mighty torrents from the sky.12 The rain continued to fall for forty days and forty nights.

13 That very day Noah had gone into the boat with his wife and his sons—Shem, Ham, and Japheth—and their wives.14 With them in the boat were pairs of every kind of animal—domestic and wild, large and small—along with birds of every kind.15 Two by two they came into the boat, representing every living thing that breathes.16 A male and female of each kind entered, just as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord closed the door behind them.

17 For forty days the floodwaters grew deeper, covering the ground and lifting the boat high above the earth.18 As the waters rose higher and higher above the ground, the boat floated safely on the surface.19 Finally, the water covered even the highest mountains on the earth,20 rising more than twenty-two feetHebrew 15 cubits [6.9 meters]. above the highest peaks.21 All the living things on earth died—birds, domestic animals, wild animals, small animals that scurry along the ground, and all the people.22 Everything that breathed and lived on dry land died.23 God wiped out every living thing on the earth—people, livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and the birds of the sky. All were destroyed. The only people who survived were Noah and those with him in the boat.24 And the floodwaters covered the earth for 150 days.

This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.

And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth:

And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:

And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos:

And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters:

And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.

And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan:

10 And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters:

11 And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died.

12 And Cainan lived seventy years and begat Mahalaleel:

13 And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters:

14 And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.

15 And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared:

16 And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters:

17 And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died.

18 And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch:

19 And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

20 And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.

21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:

22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:

24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

25 And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech.

26 And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters:

27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.

28 And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:

29 And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed.

30 And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters:

31 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.

32 And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.

12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.

16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.

17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.

18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.

19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.

20 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.

21 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.

22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.

Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him.

And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.

And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.

Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,

There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.

10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.

11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;

14 They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.

15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.

16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut him in.

17 And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.

18 And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.

19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.

20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.

21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:

22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.

23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.

24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.

Matthew 3:7-4:11

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers!Mt 12:34; 23:33 Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?S Ro 1:18Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.Ac 26:20And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’S Lk 3:8 I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.Mt 7:19; Lk 3:9; 13:6-9; Jn 15:2, 6

11 “I baptize you withOr in water for repentance.ver 6; S Mk 1:4 But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you withOr in the Holy SpiritS Mk 1:8 and fire.Isa 4:4; Ac 2:3, 412 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”Mt 13:30; S 25:41

The Baptism of Jesus3:13-17pp — Mk 1:9-11; Lk 3:21, 22; Jn 1:31-34

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.S Mt 3:1; S Mk 1:414 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened,Eze 1:1; Jn 1:51; Ac 7:56; 10:11; Rev 4:1; 19:11 and he saw the Spirit of GodIsa 11:2; 42:1 descending like a dove and alighting on him.17 And a voice from heavenDt 4:12; Mt 17:5; Jn 12:28 said, “This is my Son,Ps 2:7; Ac 13:33; Heb 1:1-5; 5:5; 2Pe 1:17, 18 whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”Isa 42:1; Mt 12:18; 17:5; Mk 1:11; 9:7; Lk 3:22; 9:35; 2Pe 1:17

Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness4:1-11pp — Mk 1:12, 13; Lk 4:1-13

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be temptedThe Greek for tempted can also mean tested.Heb 4:15 by the devil.Ge 3:1-7After fasting forty days and forty nights,Ex 34:28; 1Ki 19:8 he was hungry.The tempter1Th 3:5 came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God,S Mt 3:17; 14:33; 16:16; 27:54; Mk 3:11; Lk 1:35; 22:70; Jn 1:34, 49; 5:25; 11:27; 20:31; Ac 9:20; Ro 1:4; 1Jn 5:10-13, 20; Rev 2:18 tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’Deut. 8:3Dt 8:3; Jn 4:34

Then the devil took him to the holy cityNe 11:1; Da 9:24; Mt 27:53 and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.“If you are the Son of God,”S ver 3 he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,

and they will lift you up in their hands,

so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’Psalm 91:11,12Ps 91:11, 12

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’Deut. 6:16Dt 6:16

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.“All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan!1Ch 21:1; Job 1:6-9; Mt 16:23; Mk 4:15; Lk 10:18; 13:16; 22:3, 31; Ro 16:20; 2Co 2:11; 11:14; 2Th 2:9; Rev 12:9 For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’Deut. 6:13Dt 6:13

11 Then the devil left him,Jas 4:7 and angels came and attended him.Mt 26:53; Lk 22:43; Heb 1:14

But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to watch him baptize,Or coming to be baptized. he denounced them. “You brood of snakes!” he exclaimed. “Who warned you to flee the coming wrath?Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.Don’t just say to each other, ‘We’re safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.’ That means nothing, for I tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these very stones.10 Even now the ax of God’s judgment is poised, ready to sever the roots of the trees. Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire.

11 “I baptize withOr in. water those who repent of their sins and turn to God. But someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not worthy even to be his slave and carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.Or in the Holy Spirit and in fire.12 He is ready to separate the chaff from the wheat with his winnowing fork. Then he will clean up the threshing area, gathering the wheat into his barn but burning the chaff with never-ending fire.”

The Baptism of Jesus

13 Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John.14 But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?”

15 But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.Or for we must fulfill all righteousness. So John agreed to baptize him.

16 After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were openedSome manuscripts read opened to him. and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him.17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

The Temptation of Jesus

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil.For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry.

During that time the devilGreek the tempter. came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.”

But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say,

‘People do not live by bread alone,

but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’Deut 8:3.

Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple,and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say,

‘He will order his angels to protect you.

And they will hold you up with their hands

so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’Ps 91:11-12.

Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’Deut 6:16.

Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.“I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.”

10 “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say,

‘You must worship the Lord your God

and serve only him.’Deut 6:13.

11 Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

Psalm 3:1-8

Psalm 3In Hebrew texts 3:1-8 is numbered 3:2-9.

A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.2Sa 15:14

Lord, how many are my foes!

How many rise up against me!

Many are saying of me,

“God will not deliver him.Ps 22:8; 71:11; Isa 36:15; 37:20The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 4 and 8.

But you, Lord, are a shieldS Ge 15:1 around me,

my glory, the One who lifts my head high.Ps 27:6

I call out to the Lord,S Job 30:20

and he answers me from his holy mountain.Ps 2:6

I lie down and sleep;S Lev 26:6

I wake again,Ps 17:15; 139:18 because the Lord sustains me.

I will not fearJob 11:15; Ps 23:4; 27:3 though tens of thousands

assail me on every side.Ps 118:11

Arise,S 2Ch 6:41 Lord!

Deliver me,Ps 6:4; 7:1; 59:1; 109:21; 119:153; Isa 25:9; 33:22; 35:4; 36:15; 37:20; Jer 42:11; Mt 6:13 my God!

StrikeJob 16:10 all my enemies on the jaw;

break the teethJob 29:17; Ps 57:4; Pr 30:14; La 3:16 of the wicked.

From the Lord comes deliverance.Ps 27:1; 37:39; 62:1; Isa 43:3, 11; 44:6, 8; 45:21; Hos 13:4; Jnh 2:9; Rev 7:10

May your blessingNu 6:23; Ps 29:11; 129:8 be on your people.

Psalm 3

A psalm of David, regarding the time David fled from his son Absalom.

O Lord, I have so many enemies;

so many are against me.

So many are saying,

“God will never rescue him!” InterludeHebrew Selah. The meaning of this word is uncertain, though it is probably a musical or literary term. It is rendered Interlude throughout the Psalms.

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me;

you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.

I cried out to the Lord,

and he answered me from his holy mountain. Interlude

I lay down and slept,

yet I woke up in safety,

for the Lord was watching over me.

I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies

who surround me on every side.

Arise, O Lord!

Rescue me, my God!

Slap all my enemies in the face!

Shatter the teeth of the wicked!

Victory comes from you, O Lord.

May you bless your people. Interlude

Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.

Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.

But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.

I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.

I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.

Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.

Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

Proverbs 1:10-19

10 My son, if sinful men enticeS Job 24:15 you,

do not give inDt 13:8 to them.ver 15; Ps 1:1; Pr 16:29

11 If they say, “Come along with us;

let’s lie in waitS Ps 10:8 for innocent blood,

let’s ambush some harmless soul;

12 let’s swallowS Ps 35:25 them alive, like the grave,

and whole, like those who go down to the pit;ver 16-18; S Job 33:18; S Ps 30:3

13 we will get all sorts of valuable things

and fill our houses with plunder;

14 cast lots with us;

we will all share the lootver 19”—

15 my son, do not go along with them,

do not set footS Ps 119:101 on their paths;S Ge 49:6; Pr 4:14

16 for their feet rush into evil,S Job 15:31

they are swift to shed blood.Pr 6:18; Isa 59:7

17 How useless to spread a net

where every bird can see it!

18 These men lie in waitS Ps 71:10 for their own blood;

they ambush only themselves!S ver 11-12

19 Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain;

it takes away the life of those who get it.S ver 13-14; Pr 4:14-17; 11:19

10 My child, if sinners entice you,

turn your back on them!

11 They may say, “Come and join us.

Let’s hide and kill someone!

Just for fun, let’s ambush the innocent!

12 Let’s swallow them alive, like the graveHebrew like Sheol.;

let’s swallow them whole, like those who go down to the pit of death.

13 Think of the great things we’ll get!

We’ll fill our houses with all the stuff we take.

14 Come, throw in your lot with us;

we’ll all share the loot.”

15 My child, don’t go along with them!

Stay far away from their paths.

16 They rush to commit evil deeds.

They hurry to commit murder.

17 If a bird sees a trap being set,

it knows to stay away.

18 But these people set an ambush for themselves;

they are trying to get themselves killed.

19 Such is the fate of all who are greedy for money;

it robs them of life.

10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:

12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:

13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:

14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:

15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:

16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.

17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.

18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.

19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

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