Day 230

Daily Bible Reading

(ESV: Through The Bible)

Psalms 109-111 (Listen)

Help Me, O Lord My God

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

109:1 Be not silent, O God of my praise!
For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me,
  speaking against me with lying tongues.
They encircle me with words of hate,
  and attack me without cause.
In return for my love they accuse me,
  but I give myself to prayer. [1]
So they reward me evil for good,
  and hatred for my love.

Appoint a wicked man against him;
  let an accuser stand at his right hand.
When he is tried, let him come forth guilty;
  let his prayer be counted as sin!
May his days be few;
  may another take his office!
May his children be fatherless
  and his wife a widow!
May his children wander about and beg,
  seeking food far from the ruins they inhabit!
May the creditor seize all that he has;
  may strangers plunder the fruits of his toil!
Let there be none to extend kindness to him,
  nor any to pity his fatherless children!
May his posterity be cut off;
  may his name be blotted out in the second generation!
May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord,
  and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out!
Let them be before the Lord continually,
  that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth!

For he did not remember to show kindness,
  but pursued the poor and needy
  and the brokenhearted, to put them to death.
He loved to curse; let curses come [2] upon him!
  He did not delight in blessing; may it be far [3] from him!
He clothed himself with cursing as his coat;
  may it soak [4] into his body like water,
  like oil into his bones!
May it be like a garment that he wraps around him,
  like a belt that he puts on every day!
May this be the reward of my accusers from the Lord,
  of those who speak evil against my life!

But you, O God my Lord,
  deal on my behalf for your name's sake;
  because your steadfast love is good, deliver me!
For I am poor and needy,
  and my heart is stricken within me.
I am gone like a shadow at evening;
  I am shaken off like a locust.
My knees are weak through fasting;
  my body has become gaunt, with no fat.
I am an object of scorn to my accusers;
  when they see me, they wag their heads.

Help me, O Lord my God!
  Save me according to your steadfast love!
Let them know that this is your hand;
  you, O Lord, have done it!
Let them curse, but you will bless!
  They arise and are put to shame, but your servant will be glad!
May my accusers be clothed with dishonor;
  may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a cloak!

With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord;
  I will praise him in the midst of the throng.
For he stands at the right hand of the needy one,
  to save him from those who condemn his soul to death.

Sit at My Right Hand

A Psalm of David.

110:1 The Lord says to my Lord:
  “Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool.”

The Lord sends forth from Zion
  your mighty scepter.
  Rule in the midst of your enemies!
Your people will offer themselves freely
  on the day of your power, [5]
  in holy garments; [6]
from the womb of the morning,
  the dew of your youth will be yours. [7]
The Lord has sworn
  and will not change his mind,
“You are a priest forever
  after the order of Melchizedek.”

The Lord is at your right hand;
  he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.
He will execute judgment among the nations,
  filling them with corpses;
he will shatter chiefs [8]
  over the wide earth.
He will drink from the brook by the way;
  therefore he will lift up his head.

Great Are the Lord's Works

111:1  [9] Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
  in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord,
  studied by all who delight in them.
Full of splendor and majesty is his work,
  and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered;
  the Lord is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him;
  he remembers his covenant forever.
He has shown his people the power of his works,
  in giving them the inheritance of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
  all his precepts are trustworthy;
they are established forever and ever,
  to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people;
  he has commanded his covenant forever.
  Holy and awesome is his name!
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
  all those who practice it have a good understanding.
  His praise endures forever!

Romans 16 (Listen)

Personal Greetings

16:1 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant [10] of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well.

Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks as well. Greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert [11] to Christ in Asia. Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you. Greet Andronicus and Junia, [12] my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners. They are well known to the apostles, [13] and they were in Christ before me. Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord. Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and my beloved Stachys. Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the family of Aristobulus. Greet my kinsman Herodion. Greet those in the Lord who belong to the family of Narcissus. Greet those workers in the Lord, Tryphaena and Tryphosa. Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord. Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been a mother to me as well. Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers [14] who are with them. Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.

Final Instructions and Greetings

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, [15] and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Timothy, my fellow worker, greets you; so do Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen.

I Tertius, who wrote this letter, greet you in the Lord.

Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus, greet you. [16]


Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.


[1] 109:4 Hebrew but I am prayer
[2] 109:17 Revocalization; Masoretic Text curses have come
[3] 109:17 Revocalization; Masoretic Text it is far
[4] 109:18 Revocalization; Masoretic Text it has soaked
[5] 110:3 Or on the day you lead your forces
[6] 110:3 Masoretic Text; some Hebrew manuscripts and Jerome on the holy mountains
[7] 110:3 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
[8] 110:6 Or the head
[9] 111:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, each line beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet
[10] 16:1 Or deaconess
[11] 16:5 Greek firstfruit
[12] 16:7 Or Junias
[13] 16:7 Or messengers
[14] 16:14 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 17
[15] 16:18 Greek their own belly
[16] 16:23 Some manuscripts insert verse 24: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.



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