Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Prayer is the mightiest force upon earth. It is powerful enough to help the troubled, the sick, or the sinner (James 5:13-16).

Elijah is an example of one of the most powerful "pray-ers" in the Bible. He was subject to the same human frailties that we experience when we pray: boredom, fatigue, discouragement, hunger, and thirst. However, so powerful a prayer warrior was he that when he prayed for no rain, "none fell for the next three and a half years!" (James 5:17).

Elijah was consistent for more than three years in holding back the rain through prayer. Then, during a seven-part prayer drama on Mount Carmel, he sent his servant to look for a cloud of rain over the Mediterranean. Six times the servant returned discouraged. Finally, Elijah's prayer broke through, and the cloud of rain soaked the parched soil.

Our prayer goal? More than anything else, we must pray for those who have strayed from the truth of the Gospel and work to bring them back to right relationship with God (vv. 19-20).

Pray on, fervent Christian. The cloud of salvation is beginning to rise!

Ezekiel 42:1-43:27

The Rooms for the Priests

42 Then the man led me northward into the outer court and brought me to the roomsver 13 opposite the temple courtyardS Ex 27:9; Eze 41:12-14 and opposite the outer wall on the north side.Eze 40:17The building whose door faced north was a hundred cubits long and fifty cubits wide.That is, about 175 feet long and 88 feet wide or about 53 meters long and 27 meters wideBoth in the section twenty cubitsThat is, about 35 feet or about 11 meters from the inner court and in the section opposite the pavement of the outer court, galleryEze 41:15 faced gallery at the three levels.Eze 41:16In front of the rooms was an inner passageway ten cubits wide and a hundred cubitsSeptuagint and Syriac; Hebrew and one cubit long.That is, about 18 feet wide and 175 feet long or about 5.3 meters wide and 53 meters long Their doors were on the north.Eze 46:19Now the upper rooms were narrower, for the galleries took more space from them than from the rooms on the lower and middle floors of the building.The rooms on the top floor had no pillars, as the courts had; so they were smaller in floor space than those on the lower and middle floors.There was an outer wall parallel to the rooms and the outer court; it extended in front of the rooms for fifty cubits.While the row of rooms on the side next to the outer court was fifty cubits long, the row on the side nearest the sanctuary was a hundred cubits long.The lower rooms had an entranceEze 44:5; 46:19 on the east side as one enters them from the outer court.

10 On the south sideSeptuagint; Hebrew Eastward along the length of the wall of the outer court, adjoining the temple courtyardEze 41:12-14 and opposite the outer wall, were roomsver 111 with a passageway in front of them. These were like the rooms on the north; they had the same length and width, with similar exits and dimensions. Similar to the doorways on the north12 were the doorways of the rooms on the south. There was a doorway at the beginning of the passageway that was parallel to the corresponding wall extending eastward, by which one enters the rooms.

13 Then he said to me, “The northEze 40:46 and south roomsver 1 facing the temple courtyardEze 41:12-14 are the priests’ rooms, where the priests who approach the Lord will eat the most holy offerings. There they will put the most holy offerings—the grain offerings,Jer 41:5 the sin offeringsOr purification offeringsS Lev 10:17 and the guilt offeringsLev 14:13—for the place is holy.S Ex 29:31; S Lev 6:29; 7:6; 10:12-13; Nu 18:9-1014 Once the priests enter the holy precincts, they are not to go into the outer court until they leave behind the garmentsLev 16:23; Eze 44:19 in which they minister, for these are holy. They are to put on other clothes before they go near the places that are for the people.Ex 29:9; S Lev 8:7-9

15 When he had finished measuring what was inside the temple area, he led me out by the east gateEze 43:1 and measured the area all around:16 He measured the east side with the measuring rod; it was five hundred cubits.See Septuagint of verse 17; Hebrew rods; also in verses 18 and 19.Five hundred cubits equal about 875 feet or about 265 meters; also in verses 17, 18 and 19.17 He measured the north side; it was five hundred cubitsSeptuagint; Hebrew rods by the measuring rod.18 He measured the south side; it was five hundred cubits by the measuring rod.19 Then he turned to the west side and measured; it was five hundred cubits by the measuring rod.20 So he measuredEze 40:5 the areaEze 43:12 on all four sides. It had a wall around it,Zec 2:5 five hundred cubits long and five hundred cubits wide,Eze 45:2; Rev 21:16 to separate the holy from the common.S Eze 22:26

God’s Glory Returns to the Temple

43 Then the man brought me to the gate facing east,S 1Ch 9:18; S Eze 8:16; 42:15; 44:1and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters,S Ps 18:4; S Rev 1:15 and the land was radiant with his glory.Isa 6:3; Rev 18:1; 21:11The vision I saw was like the vision I had seen when heSome Hebrew manuscripts and Vulgate; most Hebrew manuscripts I came to destroy the city and like the visions I had seen by the Kebar River, and I fell facedown.The gloryEze 1:28 of the Lord entered the temple through the gate facing east.Eze 10:19; 44:2Then the SpiritS Eze 11:24 lifted me upS Eze 3:12 and brought me into the inner court, and the gloryS Ex 16:7 of the Lord filled the temple.S Isa 6:4

While the man was standing beside me, I heard someone speaking to me from inside the temple.He said: “Son of man, this is the place of my throneS Jer 3:17 and the place for the soles of my feet. This is where I will live among the Israelites forever. The people of Israel will never again defileS Eze 37:23 my holy name—neither they nor their kings—by their prostitution and the funeral offeringsOr the memorial monuments; also in verse 9 for their kings at their death.Or their high placesS Lev 26:30; S Eze 20:29, 39When they placed their threshold next to my threshold and their doorposts beside my doorposts, with only a wall between me and them, they defiled my holy name by their detestable practices. So I destroyed them in my anger.Now let them put away from me their prostitution and the funeral offerings for their kings, and I will live among them forever.Eze 37:26-28

10 “Son of man, describe the temple to the people of Israel, that they may be ashamedS Eze 16:61 of their sins. Let them consider its perfection,11 and if they are ashamed of all they have done, make known to them the design of the temple—its arrangement, its exits and entrances—its whole design and all its regulationsSome Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts regulations and its whole design and laws. Write these down before them so that they may be faithful to its design and follow all its regulations.Eze 44:5

12 “This is the law of the temple: All the surrounding areaEze 42:20 on top of the mountain will be most holy.S Eze 17:22 Such is the law of the temple.

The Great Altar Restored

13 “These are the measurements of the altarS Ex 20:24; 2Ch 4:1 in long cubits,That is, about 21 inches or about 53 centimeters; also in verses 14 and 17. The long cubit is the basic unit for linear measurement throughout Ezekiel 40–48. that cubit being a cubit and a handbreadth: Its gutter is a cubit deep and a cubit wide, with a rim of one spanThat is, about 11 inches or about 27 centimeters around the edge. And this is the height of the altar:14 From the gutter on the ground up to the lower ledge that goes around the altar it is two cubits high, and the ledge is a cubit wide.That is, about 3 1/2 feet high and 1 3/4 feet wide or about 105 centimeters high and 53 centimeters wide From this lower ledge to the upper ledge that goes around the altar it is four cubits high, and that ledge is also a cubit wide.That is, about 7 feet high and 1 3/4 feet wide or about 2.1 meters high and 53 centimeters wide15 Above that, the altar hearthIsa 29:2 is four cubits high, and four hornsS Ex 27:2 project upward from the hearth.16 The altar hearth is square, twelve cubitsThat is, about 21 feet or about 6.4 meters long and twelve cubits wide.Rev 21:1617 The upper ledgever 20; Eze 45:19 also is square, fourteen cubitsThat is, about 25 feet or about 7.4 meters long and fourteen cubits wide. All around the altar is a gutter of one cubit with a rim of half a cubit.That is, about 11 inches or about 27 centimeters The stepsEx 20:26 of the altar face east.S Ex 27:1

18 Then he said to me, “Son of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: These will be the regulations for sacrificing burnt offeringsEx 40:29 and splashing bloodLev 1:5, 11; Heb 9:21-22 against the altar when it is built:19 You are to give a young bullS Lev 4:3 as a sin offeringOr purification offering; also in verses 21, 22 and 25 to the Levitical priests of the family of Zadok,S 2Sa 8:17; S Ezr 7:2 who come nearNu 16:40; S Eze 40:46 to minister before me, declares the Sovereign Lord.20 You are to take some of its blood and put it on the four horns of the altarS Lev 4:7 and on the four corners of the upper ledgeS ver 17 and all around the rim, and so purify the altarLev 16:19 and make atonement for it.21 You are to take the bull for the sin offering and burn it in the designated part of the temple area outside the sanctuary.Ex 29:14; Heb 13:11

22 “On the second day you are to offer a male goat without defect for a sin offering, and the altar is to be purified as it was purified with the bull.23 When you have finished purifying it, you are to offer a young bull and a ram from the flock, both without defect.Ex 29:1; S Lev 22:2024 You are to offer them before the Lord, and the priests are to sprinkle saltS Lev 2:13; Mk 9:49-50 on them and sacrifice them as a burnt offering to the Lord.

25 “For seven daysS Lev 8:33 you are to provide a male goat daily for a sin offering; you are also to provide a young bull and a ram from the flock, both without defect.S Ex 29:3726 For seven days they are to make atonement for the altar and cleanse it; thus they will dedicate it.27 At the end of these days, from the eighth dayLev 9:1 on, the priests are to present your burnt offeringsS Isa 60:7 and fellowship offeringsS Ex 32:6; S Lev 17:5 on the altar. Then I will accept you, declares the Sovereign Lord.”

Rooms for the Priests

42 Then the man led me out of the Temple courtyard by way of the north gateway. We entered the outer courtyard and came to a group of rooms against the north wall of the inner courtyard.This structure, whose entrance opened toward the north, was 175 feetHebrew 100 cubits [53 meters]; also in 42:8. long and 87 1⁄2 feetHebrew 50 cubits [26.5 meters]; also in 42:7, 8. wide.One block of rooms overlooked the 35-footHebrew 20[-cubit] [10.6-meter]. width of the inner courtyard. Another block of rooms looked out onto the pavement of the outer courtyard. The two blocks were built three levels high and stood across from each other.Between the two blocks of rooms ran a walkway 17 1⁄2 feetHebrew 10 cubits [5.3 meters]. wide. It extended the entire 175 feet of the complex,As in Greek and Syriac versions, which read Its length was 100 cubits [53 meters]; Hebrew reads and a passage 1 cubit [21 inches or 53 centimeters] wide. and all the doors faced north.Each of the two upper levels of rooms was narrower than the one beneath it because the upper levels had to allow space for walkways in front of them.Since there were three levels and they did not have supporting columns as in the courtyards, each of the upper levels was set back from the level beneath it.There was an outer wall that separated the rooms from the outer courtyard; it was 87 1⁄2 feet long.This wall added length to the outer block of rooms, which extended for only 87 1⁄2 feet, while the inner block—the rooms toward the Temple—extended for 175 feet.There was an eastern entrance from the outer courtyard to these rooms.

10 On the southAs in Greek version; Hebrew reads east. side of the Temple there were two blocks of rooms just south of the inner courtyard between the Temple and the outer courtyard. These rooms were arranged just like the rooms on the north.11 There was a walkway between the two blocks of rooms just like the complex on the north side of the Temple. This complex of rooms was the same length and width as the other one, and it had the same entrances and doors. The dimensions of each were identical.12 So there was an entrance in the wall facing the doors of the inner block of rooms, and another on the east at the end of the interior walkway.

13 Then the man told me, “These rooms that overlook the Temple from the north and south are holy. Here the priests who offer sacrifices to the Lord will eat the most holy offerings. And because these rooms are holy, they will be used to store the sacred offerings—the grain offerings, sin offerings, and guilt offerings.14 When the priests leave the sanctuary, they must not go directly to the outer courtyard. They must first take off the clothes they wore while ministering, because these clothes are holy. They must put on other clothes before entering the parts of the building complex open to the public.”

15 When the man had finished measuring the inside of the Temple area, he led me out through the east gateway to measure the entire perimeter.16 He measured the east side with his measuring rod, and it was 875 feet long.As in 45:2 and in Greek version at 42:17, which reads 500 cubits [265 meters]; Hebrew reads 500 rods [5,250 feet or 1,590 meters]; similarly in 42:17, 18, 19, 20.17 Then he measured the north side, and it was also 875 feet.18 The south side was also 875 feet,19 and the west side was also 875 feet.20 So the area was 875 feet on each side with a wall all around it to separate what was holy from what was common.

The Lord’s Glory Returns

43 After this, the man brought me back around to the east gateway.Suddenly, the glory of the God of Israel appeared from the east. The sound of his coming was like the roar of rushing waters, and the whole landscape shone with his glory.This vision was just like the others I had seen, first by the Kebar River and then when he cameAs in some Hebrew manuscripts and Latin Vulgate; Masoretic Text reads I came. to destroy Jerusalem. I fell face down on the ground.And the glory of the Lord came into the Temple through the east gateway.

Then the Spirit took me up and brought me into the inner courtyard, and the glory of the Lord filled the Temple.And I heard someone speaking to me from within the Temple, while the man who had been measuring stood beside me.The Lord said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place where I will rest my feet. I will live here forever among the people of Israel. They and their kings will not defile my holy name any longer by their adulterous worship of other gods or by honoring the relics of their kings who have died.Or kings on their high places.They put their idol altars right next to mine with only a wall between them and me. They defiled my holy name by such detestable sin, so I consumed them in my anger.Now let them stop worshiping other gods and honoring the relics of their kings, and I will live among them forever.

10 “Son of man, describe to the people of Israel the Temple I have shown you, so they will be ashamed of all their sins. Let them study its plan,11 and they will be ashamedAs in Greek version; Hebrew reads if they are ashamed. of what they have done. Describe to them all the specifications of the Temple—including its entrances and exits—and everything else about it. Tell them about its decrees and laws. Write down all these specifications and decrees as they watch so they will be sure to remember and follow them.12 And this is the basic law of the Temple: absolute holiness! The entire top of the mountain where the Temple is built is holy. Yes, this is the basic law of the Temple.

The Altar

13 “These are the measurements of the altarHebrew measurements of the altar in long cubits, each being a cubit [18 inches or 45 centimeters] and a handbreadth [3 inches or 8 centimeters] in length.: There is a gutter all around the altar 21 inches deep and 21 inches wide,Hebrew a cubit [53 centimeters] deep and a cubit wide. with a curb 9 inchesHebrew 1 span [23 centimeters]. wide around its edge. And this is the heightAs in Greek version; Hebrew reads base. of the altar:14 From the gutter the altar rises 3 1⁄2 feetHebrew 2 cubits [1.1 meters]. to a lower ledge that surrounds the altar and is 21 inchesHebrew 1 cubit [53 centimeters]; also in 43:14d. wide. From the lower ledge the altar rises 7 feetHebrew 4 cubits [2.1 meters]; also in 43:15. to the upper ledge that is also 21 inches wide.15 The top of the altar, the hearth, rises another 7 feet higher, with a horn rising up from each of the four corners.16 The top of the altar is square, measuring 21 feet by 21 feet.Hebrew 12 [cubits] [6.4 meters] long and 12 [cubits] wide.17 The upper ledge also forms a square, measuring 24 1⁄2 feet by 24 1⁄2 feet,Hebrew 14 [cubits] [7.4 meters] long and 14 [cubits] wide. with a 21-inch gutter and a 10 1⁄2-inch curbHebrew a gutter of 1 cubit [53 centimeters] and a curb of 1⁄2 a cubit [27 centimeters]. all around the edge. There are steps going up the east side of the altar.”

18 Then he said to me, “Son of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: These will be the regulations for the burning of offerings and the sprinkling of blood when the altar is built.19 At that time, the Levitical priests of the family of Zadok, who minister before me, are to be given a young bull for a sin offering, says the Sovereign Lord.20 You will take some of its blood and smear it on the four horns of the altar, the four corners of the upper ledge, and the curb that runs around that ledge. This will cleanse and make atonement for the altar.21 Then take the young bull for the sin offering and burn it at the appointed place outside the Temple area.

22 “On the second day, sacrifice as a sin offering a young male goat that has no physical defects. Then cleanse and make atonement for the altar again, just as you did with the young bull.23 When you have finished the cleansing ceremony, offer another young bull that has no defects and a perfect ram from the flock.24 You are to present them to the Lord, and the priests are to sprinkle salt on them and offer them as a burnt offering to the Lord.

25 “Every day for seven days a male goat, a young bull, and a ram from the flock will be sacrificed as a sin offering. None of these animals may have physical defects of any kind.26 Do this each day for seven days to cleanse and make atonement for the altar, thus setting it apart for holy use.27 On the eighth day, and on each day afterward, the priests will sacrifice on the altar the burnt offerings and peace offerings of the people. Then I will accept you. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”

42 Then he brought me forth into the utter court, the way toward the north: and he brought me into the chamber that was over against the separate place, and which was before the building toward the north.

Before the length of an hundred cubits was the north door, and the breadth was fifty cubits.

Over against the twenty cubits which were for the inner court, and over against the pavement which was for the utter court, was gallery against gallery in three stories.

And before the chambers was a walk to ten cubits breadth inward, a way of one cubit; and their doors toward the north.

Now the upper chambers were shorter: for the galleries were higher than these, than the lower, and than the middlemost of the building.

For they were in three stories, but had not pillars as the pillars of the courts: therefore the building was straitened more than the lowest and the middlemost from the ground.

And the wall that was without over against the chambers, toward the utter court on the forepart of the chambers, the length thereof was fifty cubits.

For the length of the chambers that were in the utter court was fifty cubits: and, lo, before the temple were an hundred cubits.

And from under these chambers was the entry on the east side, as one goeth into them from the utter court.

10 The chambers were in the thickness of the wall of the court toward the east, over against the separate place, and over against the building.

11 And the way before them was like the appearance of the chambers which were toward the north, as long as they, and as broad as they: and all their goings out were both according to their fashions, and according to their doors.

12 And according to the doors of the chambers that were toward the south was a door in the head of the way, even the way directly before the wall toward the east, as one entereth into them.

13 Then said he unto me, The north chambers and the south chambers, which are before the separate place, they be holy chambers, where the priests that approach unto the Lord shall eat the most holy things: there shall they lay the most holy things, and the meat offering, and the sin offering, and the trespass offering; for the place is holy.

14 When the priests enter therein, then shall they not go out of the holy place into the utter court, but there they shall lay their garments wherein they minister; for they are holy; and shall put on other garments, and shall approach to those things which are for the people.

15 Now when he had made an end of measuring the inner house, he brought me forth toward the gate whose prospect is toward the east, and measured it round about.

16 He measured the east side with the measuring reed, five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed round about.

17 He measured the north side, five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed round about.

18 He measured the south side, five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed.

19 He turned about to the west side, and measured five hundred reeds with the measuring reed.

20 He measured it by the four sides: it had a wall round about, five hundred reeds long, and five hundred broad, to make a separation between the sanctuary and the profane place.

43 Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east:

And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.

And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face.

And the glory of the Lord came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east.

So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house.

And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me.

And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places.

In their setting of their threshold by my thresholds, and their post by my posts, and the wall between me and them, they have even defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed: wherefore I have consumed them in mine anger.

Now let them put away their whoredom, and the carcases of their kings, far from me, and I will dwell in the midst of them for ever.

10 Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern.

11 And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, shew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof: and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them.

12 This is the law of the house; Upon the top of the mountain the whole limit thereof round about shall be most holy. Behold, this is the law of the house.

13 And these are the measures of the altar after the cubits: The cubit is a cubit and an hand breadth; even the bottom shall be a cubit, and the breadth a cubit, and the border thereof by the edge thereof round about shall be a span: and this shall be the higher place of the altar.

14 And from the bottom upon the ground even to the lower settle shall be two cubits, and the breadth one cubit; and from the lesser settle even to the greater settle shall be four cubits, and the breadth one cubit.

15 So the altar shall be four cubits; and from the altar and upward shall be four horns.

16 And the altar shall be twelve cubits long, twelve broad, square in the four squares thereof.

17 And the settle shall be fourteen cubits long and fourteen broad in the four squares thereof; and the border about it shall be half a cubit; and the bottom thereof shall be a cubit about; and his stairs shall look toward the east.

18 And he said unto me, Son of man, thus saith the Lord God; These are the ordinances of the altar in the day when they shall make it, to offer burnt offerings thereon, and to sprinkle blood thereon.

19 And thou shalt give to the priests the Levites that be of the seed of Zadok, which approach unto me, to minister unto me, saith the Lord God, a young bullock for a sin offering.

20 And thou shalt take of the blood thereof, and put it on the four horns of it, and on the four corners of the settle, and upon the border round about: thus shalt thou cleanse and purge it.

21 Thou shalt take the bullock also of the sin offering, and he shall burn it in the appointed place of the house, without the sanctuary.

22 And on the second day thou shalt offer a kid of the goats without blemish for a sin offering; and they shall cleanse the altar, as they did cleanse it with the bullock.

23 When thou hast made an end of cleansing it, thou shalt offer a young bullock without blemish, and a ram out of the flock without blemish.

24 And thou shalt offer them before the Lord, and the priests shall cast salt upon them, and they shall offer them up for a burnt offering unto the Lord.

25 Seven days shalt thou prepare every day a goat for a sin offering: they shall also prepare a young bullock, and a ram out of the flock, without blemish.

26 Seven days shall they purge the altar and purify it; and they shall consecrate themselves.

27 And when these days are expired, it shall be, that upon the eighth day, and so forward, the priests shall make your burnt offerings upon the altar, and your peace offerings; and I will accept you, saith the Lord God.

James 5:1-20

Warning to Rich Oppressors

Now listen,Jas 4:13 you rich people,Lk 6:24; 1Ti 6:9; Jas 2:2-6 weep and wailIsa 13:6; Eze 30:2 because of the misery that is coming on you.Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes.Job 13:28; Ps 39:11; Isa 50:9; Mt 6:19, 20Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.ver 7, 8Look! The wages you failed to pay the workersLev 19:13; Jer 22:13; Mal 3:5 who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The criesDt 24:15 of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.Ro 9:29You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselvesEze 16:49; Am 6:1; Lk 16:19 in the day of slaughter.Or yourselves as in a day of feastingJer 12:3; 25:34You have condemned and murderedJas 4:2 the innocent one,Heb 10:38 who was not opposing you.

Patience in Suffering

Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming.S 1Co 1:7 See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waitingGal 6:9 for the autumn and spring rains.Dt 11:14; Jer 5:24; Joel 2:23You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s comingS 1Co 1:7 is near.S Ro 13:11Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters,Jas 4:11 or you will be judged. The JudgePs 94:2; 1Co 4:5; Jas 4:12; 1Pe 4:5 is standing at the door!Mt 24:33

10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophetsS Mt 5:12 who spoke in the name of the Lord.11 As you know, we count as blessedMt 5:10 those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseveranceJob 1:21, 22; 2:10; S Heb 10:36 and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.Job 42:10, 12-17 The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.Ex 34:6; Nu 14:18; Ps 103:8

12 Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.Mt 5:34-37

The Prayer of Faith

13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray.Ps 50:15 Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.Col 3:1614 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the eldersS Ac 11:30 of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oilPs 23:5; Isa 1:6; Mk 6:13; 16:18; Lk 10:34 in the name of the Lord.15 And the prayer offered in faithJas 1:6 will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.16 Therefore confess your sinsMt 3:6; Ac 19:18 to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.Heb 12:13; 1Pe 2:24 The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.S Mt 7:7; S Jn 9:31

17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are.Ac 14:15 He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.1Ki 17:1; Lk 4:2518 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.1Ki 18:41-45

19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truthJas 3:14 and someone should bring that person back,S Mt 18:1520 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will saveS Ro 11:14 them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.1Pe 4:8

Warning to the Rich

Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you.Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags.Your gold and silver are corroded. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. This corroded treasure you have hoarded will testify against you on the day of judgment.For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter.You have condemned and killed innocent people,Or killed the Righteous One. who do not resist you.Or Don’t they resist you? or Doesn’t God oppose you? or Aren’t they now accusing you before God?

Patience and Endurance

Dear brothers and sisters,Greek brothers; also in 5:9, 10, 12, 19. be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen.You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.

Don’t grumble about each other, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. For look—the Judge is standing at the door!

10 For examples of patience in suffering, dear brothers and sisters, look at the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.11 We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy.

12 But most of all, my brothers and sisters, never take an oath, by heaven or earth or anything else. Just say a simple yes or no, so that you will not sin and be condemned.

The Power of Prayer

13 Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises.14 Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord.15 Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.

16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.17 Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years!18 Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.

Restore Wandering Believers

19 My dear brothers and sisters, if someone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought back,20 you can be sure that whoever brings the sinner back from wandering will save that person from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins.

Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.

Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.

Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.

Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.

Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.

10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.

11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.

13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;

20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

Psalm 119:1-16

Psalm 119This psalm is an acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet; moreover, the verses of each stanza begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

א Aleph

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,S Ge 17:1; S Dt 18:13; Pr 11:20

who walkPs 128:1 according to the law of the Lord.S Ps 1:2

BlessedPs 112:1; Isa 56:2 are those who keep his statutesver 146; Ps 99:7

and seek himS 1Ch 16:11; S Ps 40:16 with all their heart—S Dt 10:12

they do no wrongS Ps 59:4; 1Jn 3:9; 5:18

but follow his ways.Ps 128:1; Jer 6:16; 7:23

You have laid down preceptsPs 103:18

that are to be fully obeyed.S ver 56; S Dt 6:17

Oh, that my ways were steadfast

in obeying your decrees!S Lev 19:37

Then I would not be put to shamever 46, 80

when I consider all your commands.ver 117

I will praise you with an upright heart

as I learn your righteous laws.S Dt 4:8

I will obey your decrees;

do not utterly forsake me.S Ps 38:21

ב Beth

How can a young person stay on the path of purity?S Ps 39:1

By living according to your word.ver 65, 169

10 I seek you with all my heart;S Ps 9:1

do not let me stray from your commands.ver 21, 118

11 I have hidden your word in my heartS Dt 6:6; S Job 22:22

that I might not sinver 133, 165; Ps 18:22-23; 19:13; Pr 3:23; Isa 63:13 against you.

12 Praise bePs 28:6 to you, Lord;

teach mePs 143:8, 10 your decrees.S Ex 18:20

13 With my lips I recount

all the laws that come from your mouth.ver 72

14 I rejoice in following your statutesver 111

as one rejoices in great riches.

15 I meditate on your preceptsver 97, 148; Ps 1:2

and consider your ways.

16 I delightS Ps 112:1 in your decrees;

I will not neglect your word.

Psalm 119This psalm is a Hebrew acrostic poem; there are twenty-two stanzas, one for each successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Each of the eight verses within each stanza begins with the Hebrew letter named in its heading.

Aleph

Joyful are people of integrity,

who follow the instructions of the Lord.

Joyful are those who obey his laws

and search for him with all their hearts.

They do not compromise with evil,

and they walk only in his paths.

You have charged us

to keep your commandments carefully.

Oh, that my actions would consistently

reflect your decrees!

Then I will not be ashamed

when I compare my life with your commands.

As I learn your righteous regulations,

I will thank you by living as I should!

I will obey your decrees.

Please don’t give up on me!

Beth

How can a young person stay pure?

By obeying your word.

10 I have tried hard to find you—

don’t let me wander from your commands.

11 I have hidden your word in my heart,

that I might not sin against you.

12 I praise you, O Lord;

teach me your decrees.

13 I have recited aloud

all the regulations you have given us.

14 I have rejoiced in your laws

as much as in riches.

15 I will study your commandments

and reflect on your ways.

16 I will delight in your decrees

and not forget your word.

119 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.

Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.

They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.

Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.

O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!

Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.

I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.

I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

12 Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.

13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.

14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.

15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.

16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

Proverbs 28:6-7

Better the poor whose walk is blameless

than the rich whose ways are perverse.Pr 19:1

A discerning son heeds instruction,

but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.Pr 23:19-21

Better to be poor and honest

than to be dishonest and rich.

Young people who obey the law are wise;

those with wild friends bring shame to their parents.Hebrew their father.

Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.

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