Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

There were four major world kingdoms in the ancient world: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. Daniel saw each of these kingdoms in animal form. The last kingdom, the Roman Empire, was an empire that was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns.

In world history, Rome ceased to exist as an empire centuries ago. However, in biblical prophecy, from this last empire will arise a world ruler spoken of as the "little horn," or Antichrist. The Roman Empire is still around in seed form, and during the close of time, it will revive again as a league of ten nations.

The Antichrist will arise from these ten nations, and his boastful mouth will seek to exalt himself as God. He will be destroyed only by a direct intervention of the Ancient of Days. The world has seen some awful dictators in its short history-Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot, and others-but this world dictator will crush all opposition to his rule.

It's good to be on the Lord's side. We know the end from the beginning, and the good news is that we win!

Daniel 7:1-28

Daniel’s Dream of Four Beasts

In the first year of BelshazzarS Da 5:1 king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visionsS Eze 40:2 passed through his mindS Da 1:17 as he was lying in bed.Ps 4:4; S Da 4:13 He wroteS Jer 36:4 down the substance of his dream.

Daniel said: “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heavenS Eze 37:9; Da 8:8; 11:4; Rev 7:1 churning up the great sea.Four great beasts,Rev 13:1 each different from the others, came up out of the sea.

“The first was like a lion,S 2Ki 24:1; Ps 7:2; Jer 4:7; Rev 13:2 and it had the wings of an eagle.S Eze 17:3 I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a human being, and the mind of a human was given to it.

“And there before me was a second beast, which looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, ‘Get up and eat your fill of flesh!’Da 2:39

“After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard.Rev 13:2 And on its back it had four wings like those of a bird. This beast had four heads, and it was given authority to rule.

“After that, in my visionS Eze 40:2 at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast—terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large ironS Da 2:40 teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampledDa 8:10 underfoot whatever was left.Da 8:7 It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns.S Rev 12:3

“While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a littleDa 8:9 one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human beingRev 9:7 and a mouth that spoke boastfully.S Ps 12:3; Rev 13:5-6

“As I looked,

“thrones were set in place,

and the Ancient of Daysver 22 took his seat.S 1Ki 22:19; 2Ch 18:18; Mt 19:28; Rev 4:2; 20:4

His clothing was as white as snow;S Mt 28:3

the hair of his head was white like wool.Rev 1:14

His throne was flaming with fire,

and its wheelsS Eze 1:15; 10:6 were all ablaze.

10 A river of firePs 50:3; 97:3; Isa 30:27 was flowing,

coming out from before him.S Dt 33:2; Ps 68:17; Jude 1:14; Rev 5:11

Thousands upon thousands attended him;

ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him.

The court was seated,

and the booksS Ex 32:32; S Ps 56:8; Rev 20:11-15 were opened.

11 “Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking.Rev 13:5-6 I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire.Rev 19:2012 (The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time.)

13 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man,The Aramaic phrase bar enash means human being. The phrase son of man is retained here because of its use in the New Testament as a title of Jesus, probably based largely on this verse.S Eze 1:5; S 2:1; Mt 8:20*; Rev 1:13*; 14:14* comingIsa 13:6; Zep 1:14; Mal 3:2; 4:1 with the clouds of heaven.S Dt 33:26; S Rev 1:7 He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.14 He was given authority,S Mt 28:18 glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him.Ps 72:11; 102:22 His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdomS Isa 16:5 is one that will never be destroyed.S Da 2:44; Heb 12:28; Rev 11:15

The Interpretation of the Dream

15 “I, Daniel, was troubled in spirit, and the visions that passed through my mind disturbed me.S Job 4:15; S Da 4:1916 I approached one of those standing there and asked him the meaning of all this.

“So he told me and gave me the interpretationDa 8:16; 9:22; Zec 1:9 of these things:17 ‘The four great beasts are four kings that will rise from the earth.18 But the holy peopleS Ps 16:3 of the Most High will receive the kingdomS Ps 49:14 and will possess it forever—yes, for ever and ever.’Isa 60:12-14; Lk 12:32; Heb 12:28; Rev 2:26; 20:4

19 “Then I wanted to know the meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others and most terrifying, with its iron teeth and bronze claws—the beast that crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left.20 I also wanted to know about the ten hornsRev 17:12 on its head and about the other horn that came up, before which three of them fell—the horn that looked more imposing than the others and that had eyes and a mouth that spoke boastfully.Rev 13:5-621 As I watched, this horn was waging war against the holy people and defeating them,Rev 13:722 until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the holy people of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom.Mk 8:35

23 “He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it.S Da 2:4024 The ten hornsRev 17:12 are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings.25 He will speak against the Most HighS Isa 37:23; Da 11:36 and oppress his holy peopleRev 16:6 and try to change the set timesDa 2:21; Mk 1:15; Lk 21:8; Ac 1:6-7 and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time.Or for a year, two years and half a yearDa 8:24; 12:7; S Rev 11:2

26 “‘But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyedRev 19:20 forever.27 Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdomsS Isa 14:2 under heaven will be handed over to the holy people1Co 6:2 of the Most High.Ge 14:18 His kingdom will be an everlastingS 2Sa 7:13; Ps 145:13; S Da 2:44; S 4:34; S Lk 1:33; Rev 11:15; 22:5 kingdom, and all rulers will worshipS Ps 22:27; 72:11; 86:9 and obey him.’

28 “This is the end of the matter. I, Daniel, was deeply troubledS Isa 21:3; S Da 4:19 by my thoughts,S Ps 13:2 and my face turned pale,S Job 4:15 but I kept the matter to myself.”

Daniel’s Vision of Four Beasts

Earlier, during the first year of King Belshazzar’s reign in Babylon,The first year of Belshazzar’s reign (who was co-regent with his father, Nabonidus) was 556 B.c. (or perhaps as late as 553 B.c.). Daniel had a dream and saw visions as he lay in his bed. He wrote down the dream, and this is what he saw.

In my vision that night, I, Daniel, saw a great storm churning the surface of a great sea, with strong winds blowing from every direction.Then four huge beasts came up out of the water, each different from the others.

The first beast was like a lion with eagles’ wings. As I watched, its wings were pulled off, and it was left standing with its two hind feet on the ground, like a human being. And it was given a human mind.

Then I saw a second beast, and it looked like a bear. It was rearing up on one side, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And I heard a voice saying to it, “Get up! Devour the flesh of many people!”

Then the third of these strange beasts appeared, and it looked like a leopard. It had four bird’s wings on its back, and it had four heads. Great authority was given to this beast.

Then in my vision that night, I saw a fourth beast—terrifying, dreadful, and very strong. It devoured and crushed its victims with huge iron teeth and trampled their remains beneath its feet. It was different from any of the other beasts, and it had ten horns.

As I was looking at the horns, suddenly another small horn appeared among them. Three of the first horns were torn out by the roots to make room for it. This little horn had eyes like human eyes and a mouth that was boasting arrogantly.

I watched as thrones were put in place

and the Ancient OneAramaic an Ancient of Days; also in 7:13, 22. sat down to judge.

His clothing was as white as snow,

his hair like purest wool.

He sat on a fiery throne

with wheels of blazing fire,

10 and a river of fire was pouring out,

flowing from his presence.

Millions of angels ministered to him;

many millions stood to attend him.

Then the court began its session,

and the books were opened.

11 I continued to watch because I could hear the little horn’s boastful speech. I kept watching until the fourth beast was killed and its body was destroyed by fire.12 The other three beasts had their authority taken from them, but they were allowed to live a while longer.Aramaic for a season and a time.

13 As my vision continued that night, I saw someone like a son of manOr like a Son of Man. coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient One and was led into his presence.14 He was given authority, honor, and sovereignty over all the nations of the world, so that people of every race and nation and language would obey him. His rule is eternal—it will never end. His kingdom will never be destroyed.

The Vision Is Explained

15 I, Daniel, was troubled by all I had seen, and my visions terrified me.16 So I approached one of those standing beside the throne and asked him what it all meant. He explained it to me like this:17 “These four huge beasts represent four kingdoms that will arise from the earth.18 But in the end, the holy people of the Most High will be given the kingdom, and they will rule forever and ever.”

19 Then I wanted to know the true meaning of the fourth beast, the one so different from the others and so terrifying. It had devoured and crushed its victims with iron teeth and bronze claws, trampling their remains beneath its feet.20 I also asked about the ten horns on the fourth beast’s head and the little horn that came up afterward and destroyed three of the other horns. This horn had seemed greater than the others, and it had human eyes and a mouth that was boasting arrogantly.21 As I watched, this horn was waging war against God’s holy people and was defeating them,22 until the Ancient One—the Most High—came and judged in favor of his holy people. Then the time arrived for the holy people to take over the kingdom.

23 Then he said to me, “This fourth beast is the fourth world power that will rule the earth. It will be different from all the others. It will devour the whole world, trampling and crushing everything in its path.24 Its ten horns are ten kings who will rule that empire. Then another king will arise, different from the other ten, who will subdue three of them.25 He will defy the Most High and oppress the holy people of the Most High. He will try to change their sacred festivals and laws, and they will be placed under his control for a time, times, and half a time.

26 “But then the court will pass judgment, and all his power will be taken away and completely destroyed.27 Then the sovereignty, power, and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be given to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will last forever, and all rulers will serve and obey him.”

28 That was the end of the vision. I, Daniel, was terrified by my thoughts and my face was pale with fear, but I kept these things to myself.

In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters.

Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.

And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it.

And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.

After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.

After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.

10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.

12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.

13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.

14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

15 I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.

16 I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.

17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.

18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.

19 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;

20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.

21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;

22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.

23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.

24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.

25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.

27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

28 Hitherto is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart.

1 John 1:1-10

The Incarnation of the Word of Life

That which was from the beginning,S Jn 1:2 which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes,S Lk 24:48; Jn 1:14; 19:35; Ac 4:20; 2Pe 1:16; 1Jn 4:14 which we have looked at and our hands have touchedJn 20:27—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.The life appeared;Jn 1:1-4; 11:25; 14:6; 1Ti 3:16; 1Pe 1:20; 1Jn 3:5, 8 we have seen it and testify to it,S Jn 15:27 and we proclaim to you the eternal life,S Mt 25:46 which was with the Father and has appeared to us.We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard,S ver 1 so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.1Co 1:9We write this1Jn 2:1 to make ourSome manuscripts your joy complete.S Jn 3:29

Light and Darkness, Sin and Forgiveness

This is the message we have heard1Jn 3:11 from him and declare to you: God is light;1Ti 6:16 in him there is no darkness at all.If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness,Jn 3:19-21; 8:12; 2Co 6:14; Eph 5:8; 1Jn 2:11 we lie and do not live out the truth.Jn 3:19-21; 1Jn 2:4; 4:20But if we walk in the light,Isa 2:5 as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from allOr every sin.Heb 9:14; Rev 1:5; 7:14

If we claim to be without sin,Pr 20:9; Jer 2:35; Ro 3:9-19; Jas 3:2 we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.Jn 8:44; 1Jn 2:4If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sinsPs 32:5; 51:2; Pr 28:13 and purify us from all unrighteousness.ver 7; Mic 7:18-20; Heb 10:2210 If we claim we have not sinned,ver 8 we make him out to be a liar1Jn 5:10 and his word is not in us.Jn 5:38; 1Jn 2:14

Introduction

We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning,Greek What was from the beginning. whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life.This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us.We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.Or so that our joy may be complete; some manuscripts read your joy.

Living in the Light

This is the message we heard from JesusGreek from him. and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Psalm 119:153-176

ר Resh

153 Look on my sufferingS Ps 13:3 and deliver me,S Ps 3:7

for I have not forgottenS Ps 44:17 your law.

154 Defend my causePs 35:1; Jer 50:34; Mic 7:9 and redeem me;S 1Sa 24:15

preserve my lifever 25 according to your promise.S ver 41

155 Salvation is far from the wicked,

for they do not seek outver 94, 118 your decrees.

156 Your compassion, Lord, is great;S Ne 9:27; Jas 5:11

preserve my lifever 25 according to your laws.ver 149

157 Many are the foes who persecute me,S Ps 7:1

but I have not turnedS Ps 44:18 from your statutes.

158 I look on the faithless with loathing,ver 104; S Ex 32:19

for they do not obey your word.S ver 136

159 See how I love your precepts;

preserve my life,ver 25; S Ps 41:2 Lord, in accordance with your love.

160 All your words are true;

all your righteous laws are eternal.S ver 89; S Ps 111:8

ש Sin and Shin

161 Rulers persecute mever 23, 122, 157; 1Sa 24:14-15 without cause,

but my heart tremblesver 120 at your word.

162 I rejoiceS ver 111 in your promise

like one who finds great spoil.1Sa 30:16; Isa 9:3; 53:12

163 I hate and detestS ver 128 falsehood

but I love your law.ver 47

164 Seven times a day I praise you

for your righteous laws.ver 7, 160

165 Great peacePs 37:11; Isa 26:3, 12; 27:5; 32:17; 57:19; 66:12 have those who love your law,

and nothing can make them stumble.S ver 11; S Ps 37:24; 1Jn 2:10

166 I wait for your salvation,ver 81 Lord,

and I follow your commands.

167 I obey your statutes,

for I love themver 47 greatly.

168 I obey your preceptsS ver 56,S 88 and your statutes,ver 2, 22

for all my ways are knownS Job 10:4; S 23:10; Ps 139:3; Pr 5:21 to you.

ת Taw

169 May my cry comeS Job 16:18 before you, Lord;

give me understandingS ver 34 according to your word.S ver 9

170 May my supplication come1Ki 8:30; 2Ch 6:24; Ps 28:2; 140:6; 143:1 before you;

deliver mePs 3:7; 22:20; 59:1 according to your promise.S ver 41

171 May my lips overflow with praise,Ps 51:15; 63:3

for you teach mePs 94:12; Isa 2:3; Mic 4:2 your decrees.

172 May my tongue singPs 51:14 of your word,

for all your commands are righteous.ver 7,S 75

173 May your hand be ready to helpPs 37:24; 73:23; Isa 41:10 me,

for I have chosenS Jos 24:22 your precepts.

174 I long for your salvation,ver 166 Lord,

and your law gives me delight.ver 16, 24

175 Let me livever 116, 159; Isa 55:3 that I may praise you,

and may your laws sustain me.

176 I have strayed like a lost sheep.ver 10; S Ps 95:10; Jer 50:17; Eze 34:11; S Lk 15:4

Seek your servant,

for I have not forgottenS Ps 44:17 your commands.

Resh

153 Look upon my suffering and rescue me,

for I have not forgotten your instructions.

154 Argue my case; take my side!

Protect my life as you promised.

155 The wicked are far from rescue,

for they do not bother with your decrees.

156 Lord, how great is your mercy;

let me be revived by following your regulations.

157 Many persecute and trouble me,

yet I have not swerved from your laws.

158 Seeing these traitors makes me sick at heart,

because they care nothing for your word.

159 See how I love your commandments, Lord.

Give back my life because of your unfailing love.

160 The very essence of your words is truth;

all your just regulations will stand forever.

Shin

161 Powerful people harass me without cause,

but my heart trembles only at your word.

162 I rejoice in your word

like one who discovers a great treasure.

163 I hate and abhor all falsehood,

but I love your instructions.

164 I will praise you seven times a day

because all your regulations are just.

165 Those who love your instructions have great peace

and do not stumble.

166 I long for your rescue, Lord,

so I have obeyed your commands.

167 I have obeyed your laws,

for I love them very much.

168 Yes, I obey your commandments and laws

because you know everything I do.

Taw

169 O Lord, listen to my cry;

give me the discerning mind you promised.

170 Listen to my prayer;

rescue me as you promised.

171 Let praise flow from my lips,

for you have taught me your decrees.

172 Let my tongue sing about your word,

for all your commands are right.

173 Give me a helping hand,

for I have chosen to follow your commandments.

174 O Lord, I have longed for your rescue,

and your instructions are my delight.

175 Let me live so I can praise you,

and may your regulations help me.

176 I have wandered away like a lost sheep;

come and find me,

for I have not forgotten your commands.

153 Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law.

154 Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.

155 Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.

156 Great are thy tender mercies, O Lord: quicken me according to thy judgments.

157 Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies.

158 I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.

159 Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O Lord, according to thy lovingkindness.

160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

161 Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.

162 I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.

163 I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.

164 Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.

165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

166 Lord, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments.

167 My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly.

168 I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.

169 Let my cry come near before thee, O Lord: give me understanding according to thy word.

170 Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word.

171 My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes.

172 My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.

173 Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts.

174 I have longed for thy salvation, O Lord; and thy law is my delight.

175 Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me.

176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.

Proverbs 28:23-24

23 Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor

rather than one who has a flattering tongue.S Pr 27:5-6

24 Whoever robs their father or motherPr 19:26

and says, “It’s not wrong,”

is partner to one who destroys.S Pr 18:9

23 In the end, people appreciate honest criticism

far more than flattery.

24 Anyone who steals from his father and mother

and says, “What’s wrong with that?”

is no better than a murderer.

23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.

24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.

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