Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Daniel's final instance of supernatural deliverance is perhaps the most instructive. In everything he did, Daniel was above reproach. He was trustworthy, incorruptible, and honest. His lifestyle, decisions, moral standards, honesty, and work ethic were unmatched.

When extreme persecution came into Daniel's life, it was because of his righteousness, not because of some fault in the way he conducted his life. This purity became his confidence in the time of trouble. In the dark night of the lion's den, the angel of the Lord was with Daniel. "My God sent his angel to shut the lions' mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight" (Daniel 6:22).

Your integrity is your shield. Peter said, "Make every effort to live a pure and blameless life. And be at peace with God" (2 Peter 3:14). If you will work on the "pure and blameless" part, God will work on the "delivering" part!

When the enemy seems to have the upper hand, search your heart. If it is innocent and pure before God, you can proclaim with the psalmist, "Those lawless people are coming near to attack me; they live far from your law. But you are near, O Lord, and all your commands are true" (Psalm 119:150-151).

Daniel 6:1-28

Daniel in the Den of Lions

In Aramaic texts 6:1-28 is numbered 6:2-29.It pleased DariusS Da 5:31 to appoint 120 satrapsS Est 1:1 to rule throughout the kingdom,with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel.Da 2:48-49 The satraps were made accountableEzr 4:22 to them so that the king might not suffer loss.Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.S Ge 41:41; S Est 10:3; S Da 1:20; 5:12-14At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for chargesJer 20:10 against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”Ac 24:13-16

So these administrators and satraps went as a group to the king and said: “May King Darius live forever!S Ne 2:3The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governorsS Da 3:2 have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den.Ps 59:3; 64:2-6; S Da 3:6Now, Your Majesty, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.”S Est 1:19So King Darius put the decree in writing.

10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened towardS 1Ki 8:29 Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his kneesPs 95:6 and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.Mt 6:6; Ac 5:2911 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help.1Ki 8:48-50; Ps 55:17; 1Th 5:17-1812 So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?”

The king answered, “The decree stands—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.”S Est 1:19; Da 3:8-12

13 Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah,S Eze 14:14; Da 2:25 pays no attentionS Est 3:8 to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.”14 When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed;Mk 6:26 he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him.

15 Then the men went as a group to King Darius and said to him, “Remember, Your Majesty, that according to the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be changed.”S Est 8:8

16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den.S ver 7 The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescueS Job 5:19; Ps 37:39-40; S 97:10 you!”

17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealedMt 27:66 it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed.18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eatingS 2Sa 12:17; Da 10:3 and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.S Est 6:1

19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den.20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”S Da 3:17

21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever!S Ne 2:3; Da 3:922 My God sent his angel,S Ge 32:1; S Da 3:28 and he shut the mouths of the lions.ver 27; Ps 91:11-13; Heb 11:33 They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight.Ac 12:11; 2Ti 4:17 Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”

23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no woundDa 3:27 was found on him, because he had trustedS 1Ch 5:20; S Isa 12:2 in his God.

24 At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions’ den,Dt 19:18-19; Est 7:9-10; Ps 54:5 along with their wives and children.Dt 24:16; 2Ki 14:6 And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.S Isa 38:13

25 Then King Darius wrote to all the nations and peoples of every languageS Da 3:4 in all the earth:

“May you prosper greatly!Da 4:1

26 “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverenceS Ps 5:7 the God of Daniel.S Est 8:17; Ps 99:1-3; Da 3:29

“For he is the living GodS Jos 2:11; S 3:10

and he endures forever;S Jer 10:10; Da 12:7; Rev 1:18

his kingdom will not be destroyed,

his dominion will never end.S Da 2:44

27 He rescues and he saves;Da 3:29

he performs signs and wondersS Da 4:3

in the heavens and on the earth.

He has rescued Daniel

from the power of the lions.”S ver 22

28 So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of CyrusOr Darius, that is, the reign of CyrusS 2Ch 36:22; S Da 1:21 the Persian.S Da 5:28

Daniel in the Lions’ Den

Verses 6:1-28 are numbered 6:2-29 in Aramaic text.Darius the Mede decided to divide the kingdom into 120 provinces, and he appointed a high officer to rule over each province.The king also chose Daniel and two others as administrators to supervise the high officers and protect the king’s interests.Daniel soon proved himself more capable than all the other administrators and high officers. Because of Daniel’s great ability, the king made plans to place him over the entire empire.

Then the other administrators and high officers began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize or condemn. He was faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy.So they concluded, “Our only chance of finding grounds for accusing Daniel will be in connection with the rules of his religion.”

So the administrators and high officers went to the king and said, “Long live King Darius!We are all in agreement—we administrators, officials, high officers, advisers, and governors—that the king should make a law that will be strictly enforced. Give orders that for the next thirty days any person who prays to anyone, divine or human—except to you, Your Majesty—will be thrown into the den of lions.And now, Your Majesty, issue and sign this law so it cannot be changed, an official law of the Medes and Persians that cannot be revoked.”So King Darius signed the law.

10 But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.11 Then the officials went together to Daniel’s house and found him praying and asking for God’s help.12 So they went straight to the king and reminded him about his law. “Did you not sign a law that for the next thirty days any person who prays to anyone, divine or human—except to you, Your Majesty—will be thrown into the den of lions?”

“Yes,” the king replied, “that decision stands; it is an official law of the Medes and Persians that cannot be revoked.”

13 Then they told the king, “That man Daniel, one of the captives from Judah, is ignoring you and your law. He still prays to his God three times a day.”

14 Hearing this, the king was deeply troubled, and he tried to think of a way to save Daniel. He spent the rest of the day looking for a way to get Daniel out of this predicament.

15 In the evening the men went together to the king and said, “Your Majesty, you know that according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, no law that the king signs can be changed.”

16 So at last the king gave orders for Daniel to be arrested and thrown into the den of lions. The king said to him, “May your God, whom you serve so faithfully, rescue you.”

17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den. The king sealed the stone with his own royal seal and the seals of his nobles, so that no one could rescue Daniel.18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night fasting. He refused his usual entertainment and couldn’t sleep at all that night.

19 Very early the next morning, the king got up and hurried out to the lions’ den.20 When he got there, he called out in anguish, “Daniel, servant of the living God! Was your God, whom you serve so faithfully, able to rescue you from the lions?”

21 Daniel answered, “Long live the king!22 My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty.”

23 The king was overjoyed and ordered that Daniel be lifted from the den. Not a scratch was found on him, for he had trusted in his God.

24 Then the king gave orders to arrest the men who had maliciously accused Daniel. He had them thrown into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. The lions leaped on them and tore them apart before they even hit the floor of the den.

25 Then King Darius sent this message to the people of every race and nation and language throughout the world:

“Peace and prosperity to you!

26 “I decree that everyone throughout my kingdom should tremble with fear before the God of Daniel.

For he is the living God,

and he will endure forever.

His kingdom will never be destroyed,

and his rule will never end.

27 He rescues and saves his people;

he performs miraculous signs and wonders

in the heavens and on earth.

He has rescued Daniel

from the power of the lions.”

28 So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.Or of Darius, that is, the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;

And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage.

Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.

Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.

Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.

Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.

All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.

Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.

Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.

10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.

12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.

13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.

14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.

15 Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.

16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.

17 And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.

18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.

19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.

20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?

21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.

22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

23 Then was the king exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.

24 And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.

25 Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.

26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.

27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.

28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

2 Peter 3:1-18

The Day of the Lord

Dear friends,S 1Co 10:14 this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders2Pe 1:13 to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophetsLk 1:70; Ac 3:21 and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.S Eph 4:11

Above all, you must understand that in the last days1Ti 4:1; 2Ti 3:1 scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.2Pe 2:10; Jude 18They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised?Isa 5:19; Eze 12:22; Mt 24:48; S Lk 17:30 Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”Mk 10:6But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s wordGe 1:6, 9; Heb 11:3 the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.Ps 24:2By these waters also the world of that time2Pe 2:5 was deluged and destroyed.Ge 7:21, 22By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire,ver 10, 12; S 2Th 1:7 being kept for the day of judgmentS Mt 10:15 and destruction of the ungodly.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.Ps 90:4The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise,Hab 2:3; Heb 10:37 as some understand slowness. Instead he is patientS Ro 2:4 with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.S 1Ti 2:4; Rev 2:21

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.S Lk 12:39 The heavens will disappear with a roar;Isa 34:4 the elements will be destroyed by fire,ver 7, 12; S 2Th 1:7 and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.Some manuscripts be burned upMt 24:35; S Heb 12:27; Rev 21:1

11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives12 as you look forwardS 1Co 1:7 to the day of God and speed its coming.Or as you wait eagerly for the day of God to comePs 50:3 That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.ver 1013 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth,Isa 65:17; 66:22; Rev 21:1 where righteousness dwells.

14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blamelessS 1Th 3:13 and at peace with him.15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patienceS Ro 2:4 means salvation,ver 9 just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.Eph 3:316 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstableJas 1:8; 2Pe 2:14 people distort,Ps 56:5; Jer 23:36 as they do the other Scriptures,ver 2 to their own destruction.

17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard1Co 10:12 so that you may not be carried away by the error2Pe 2:18 of the lawless2Pe 2:7 and fall from your secure position.Rev 2:518 But grow in the graceS Ro 3:24 and knowledgeS 2Pe 1:2 of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.2Pe 1:11; 2:20 To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.S Ro 11:36

The Day of the Lord Is Coming

This is my second letter to you, dear friends, and in both of them I have tried to stimulate your wholesome thinking and refresh your memory.I want you to remember what the holy prophets said long ago and what our Lord and Savior commanded through your apostles.

Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires.They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.”

They deliberately forget that God made the heavens long ago by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water.Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood.And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed.

But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.Other manuscripts read will be burned up; one early manuscript reads will be found destroyed.

11 Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live,12 looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames.13 But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.

14 And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.

15 And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him—16 speaking of these things in all of his letters. Some of his comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters to mean something quite different, just as they do with other parts of Scripture. And this will result in their destruction.

Peter’s Final Words

17 You already know these things, dear friends. So be on guard; then you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing.18 Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.

This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:

That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Psalm 119:129-152

פ Pe

129 Your statutes are wonderful;ver 18

therefore I obey them.ver 22,S 88

130 The unfolding of your words gives light;S ver 105

it gives understanding to the simple.S Ps 19:7

131 I open my mouth and pant,Ps 42:1

longing for your commands.S ver 20

132 Turn to meS Ps 6:4 and have mercyS 2Sa 24:14; S Ps 9:13 on me,

as you always do to those who love your name.S Ps 5:11

133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;ver 9

let no sin ruleS ver 11; S Ro 6:16 over me.

134 Redeem me from human oppression,S ver 122

that I may obey your precepts.S ver 56,S 88

135 Make your face shineS Nu 6:25; Ps 4:6; 67:1; 80:3 on your servant

and teach me your decrees.ver 12

136 Streams of tearsPs 6:6; Isa 22:4; Jer 9:1, 18; 13:17; 14:17; La 1:16; 3:48 flow from my eyes,

for your law is not obeyed.ver 158; Ps 106:25; Isa 42:24; Eze 9:4

צ Tsadhe

137 You are righteous,S Ex 9:27; S Ezr 9:15 Lord,

and your laws are right.S Ne 9:13

138 The statutes you have laid down are righteous;S ver 75; S Ps 19:7

they are fully trustworthy.ver 86

139 My zeal wears me out,Ps 69:9; Jn 2:17

for my enemies ignore your words.

140 Your promisesS Jos 23:14 have been thoroughly tested,Ps 12:6

and your servant loves them.ver 47

141 Though I am lowly and despised,S Ps 22:6

I do not forget your precepts.ver 61, 134

142 Your righteousness is everlasting

and your law is true.ver 151, 160; Ps 19:7

143 Trouble and distress have come upon me,

but your commands give me delight.ver 24,S 47

144 Your statutes are always righteous;

give me understandingS ver 34 that I may live.

ק Qoph

145 I call with all my heart;ver 10 answer me, Lord,

and I will obey your decrees.ver 22, 55

146 I call out to you; save meS ver 94

and I will keep your statutes.

147 I rise before dawnPs 5:3; 57:8; 108:2 and cry for help;

I have put my hope in your word.

148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,S Ps 63:6

that I may meditate on your promises.

149 Hear my voiceS Ps 27:7 in accordance with your love;ver 124

preserve my life,S ver 40 Lord, according to your laws.

150 Those who devise wicked schemesS Ps 37:7 are near,

but they are far from your law.

151 Yet you are near,S Ps 34:18; Php 4:5 Lord,

and all your commands are true.S ver 142

152 Long ago I learned from your statutesver 7, 73

that you established them to last forever.S ver 89; S Ps 111:8; Lk 21:33

Pe

129 Your laws are wonderful.

No wonder I obey them!

130 The teaching of your word gives light,

so even the simple can understand.

131 I pant with expectation,

longing for your commands.

132 Come and show me your mercy,

as you do for all who love your name.

133 Guide my steps by your word,

so I will not be overcome by evil.

134 Ransom me from the oppression of evil people;

then I can obey your commandments.

135 Look upon me with love;

teach me your decrees.

136 Rivers of tears gush from my eyes

because people disobey your instructions.

Tsadhe

137 O Lord, you are righteous,

and your regulations are fair.

138 Your laws are perfect

and completely trustworthy.

139 I am overwhelmed with indignation,

for my enemies have disregarded your words.

140 Your promises have been thoroughly tested;

that is why I love them so much.

141 I am insignificant and despised,

but I don’t forget your commandments.

142 Your justice is eternal,

and your instructions are perfectly true.

143 As pressure and stress bear down on me,

I find joy in your commands.

144 Your laws are always right;

help me to understand them so I may live.

Qoph

145 I pray with all my heart; answer me, Lord!

I will obey your decrees.

146 I cry out to you; rescue me,

that I may obey your laws.

147 I rise early, before the sun is up;

I cry out for help and put my hope in your words.

148 I stay awake through the night,

thinking about your promise.

149 In your faithful love, O Lord, hear my cry;

let me be revived by following your regulations.

150 Lawless people are coming to attack me;

they live far from your instructions.

151 But you are near, O Lord,

and all your commands are true.

152 I have known from my earliest days

that your laws will last forever.

129 Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.

130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

131 I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.

132 Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.

133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

134 Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.

135 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.

136 Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.

137 Righteous art thou, O Lord, and upright are thy judgments.

138 Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.

139 My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.

140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.

141 I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts.

142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.

143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.

144 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.

145 I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O Lord: I will keep thy statutes.

146 I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.

147 I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.

148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.

149 Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O Lord, quicken me according to thy judgment.

150 They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.

151 Thou art near, O Lord; and all thy commandments are truth.

152 Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.

Proverbs 28:21-22

21 To show partialityS Lev 19:15 is not goodS Ps 94:21; S Pr 18:5

yet a person will do wrong for a piece of bread.Eze 13:19

22 The stingy are eager to get rich

and are unaware that poverty awaits them.ver 20

21 Showing partiality is never good,

yet some will do wrong for a mere piece of bread.

22 Greedy people try to get rich quick

but don’t realize they’re headed for poverty.

21 To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.

22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.

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