Daily Bible Reading
(ESV: Through The Bible)
Remember your word to your
in which you have made me hope.
This is my comfort in my affliction,
that your promise gives me life.
The insolent utterly deride me,
but I do not turn away from your law.
When I think of your rules from of old,
I take comfort, O Lord.
Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked,
who forsake your law.
Your statutes have been my songs
in the house of my sojourning.
I remember your name in the night, O
and keep your law.
This blessing has fallen to me,
that I have kept your precepts.
is my portion;
I promise to keep your words.
I entreat your favor with all my heart;
be gracious to me according to your promise.
When I think on my ways,
I turn my feet to your testimonies;
I hasten and do not delay
to keep your commandments.
Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me,
I do not forget your law.
At midnight I rise to praise you,
because of your righteous rules.
I am a companion of all who fear you,
of those who keep your precepts.
The earth, O Lord, is full of
your steadfast love;
teach me your statutes!
You have dealt well with your
O Lord, according to your
Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
for I believe in your commandments.
Before I was afflicted I went astray,
but now I keep your word.
You are good and do good;
teach me your statutes.
The insolent smear me with lies,
but with my whole heart I keep your precepts;
their heart is unfeeling like fat,
but I delight in your law.
It is good for me that I was afflicted,
that I might learn your statutes.
The law of your mouth is better to me
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
Your hands have made and
give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.
Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,
because I have hoped in your word.
I know, O Lord, that your
rules are righteous,
and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
Let your steadfast love comfort me
according to your promise to your servant.
Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;
for your law is my delight.
Let the insolent be put to shame,
because they have wronged me with falsehood;
as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.
Let those who fear you turn to me,
that they may know your testimonies.
May my heart be blameless in your statutes,
that I may not be put to shame!
My soul longs for your salvation;
I hope in your word.
My eyes long for your promise;
I ask, “When will you comfort me?”
For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,
yet I have not forgotten your statutes.
How long must your servant endure?
When will you judge those who persecute me?
The insolent have dug pitfalls for me;
they do not live according to your law.
All your commandments are sure;
they persecute me with falsehood; help me!
They have almost made an end of me on earth,
but I have not forsaken your precepts.
In your steadfast love give me life,
that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.
Lord, your word
is firmly fixed in the heavens.
Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
you have established the earth, and it stands fast.
By your appointment they stand this day,
for all things are your servants.
If your law had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.
I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have given me life.
I am yours; save me,
for I have sought your precepts.
The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,
but I consider your testimonies.
I have seen a limit to all perfection,
but your commandment is exceedingly broad.
Oh how I love your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
for it is ever with me.
I have more understanding than all my teachers,
for your testimonies are my meditation.
I understand more than the aged,
for I keep your precepts.
I hold back my feet from every evil way,
in order to keep your word.
I do not turn aside from your rules,
for you have taught me.
How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Through your precepts I get understanding;
therefore I hate every false way.
1 Corinthians 4
Ministry of Apostles
4:1 This is
how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of
the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that
they be found trustworthy. But with me it is a very small thing
that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I
do not even judge myself. For I am not aware of anything against
myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who
judges me. Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time,
before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now
hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart.
Then each one will receive his commendation from God.
applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit,
that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that
none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.
For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that
you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast
as if you did not receive it?
have all you want! Already you have become rich! Without us you
have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that we
might share the rule with you! For I think that God has
exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to
death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to
angels, and to men. We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are
wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in
honor, but we in disrepute. To the present hour we hunger and
thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, and we
labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when
persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we entreat. We have
become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of
I do not
write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as
my beloved children. For though you have countless guides in
Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father
in Christ Jesus through the gospel. I urge you, then, be
imitators of me. That is why I sent
you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to
remind you of my ways in Christ,
as I teach them everywhere in every church. Some are arrogant,
as though I were not coming to you. But I will come to you soon,
if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these
arrogant people but their power. For the kingdom of God does not
consist in talk but in power. What do you wish? Shall I come to
you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?
The Holy Bible,
English Standard Version copyright © 2001 by
Crossway Bibles, a
publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission.
All rights reserved.
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