Day 239

Daily Bible Reading

(ESV: Through The Bible)

Psalms 132-135 (Listen)

The Lord Has Chosen Zion

A Song of Ascents.

132:1 Remember, O Lord, in David's favor,
  all the hardships he endured,
how he swore to the Lord
  and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,
“I will not enter my house
  or get into my bed,
I will not give sleep to my eyes
  or slumber to my eyelids,
until I find a place for the Lord,
  a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah;
  we found it in the fields of Jaar.
“Let us go to his dwelling place;
  let us worship at his footstool!”

Arise, O Lord, and go to your resting place,
  you and the ark of your might.
Let your priests be clothed with righteousness,
  and let your saints shout for joy.
For the sake of your servant David,
  do not turn away the face of your anointed one.

The Lord swore to David a sure oath
  from which he will not turn back:
“One of the sons of your body [1]
  I will set on your throne.
If your sons keep my covenant
  and my testimonies that I shall teach them,
their sons also forever
  shall sit on your throne.”

For the Lord has chosen Zion;
  he has desired it for his dwelling place:
“This is my resting place forever;
  here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
I will abundantly bless her provisions;
  I will satisfy her poor with bread.
Her priests I will clothe with salvation,
  and her saints will shout for joy.
There I will make a horn to sprout for David;
  I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.
His enemies I will clothe with shame,
  but on him his crown will shine.”

When Brothers Dwell in Unity

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

133:1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is
  when brothers dwell in unity! [2]
It is like the precious oil on the head,
  running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
  running down on the collar of his robes!
It is like the dew of Hermon,
  which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
  life forevermore.

Come, Bless the Lord

A Song of Ascents.

134:1 Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,
  who stand by night in the house of the Lord!
Lift up your hands to the holy place
  and bless the Lord!

May the Lord bless you from Zion,
  he who made heaven and earth!

Your Name, O Lord, Endures Forever

135:1 Praise the Lord!
Praise the name of the Lord,
  give praise, O servants of the Lord,
who stand in the house of the Lord,
  in the courts of the house of our God!
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
  sing to his name, for it is pleasant! [3]
For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself,
  Israel as his own possession.

For I know that the Lord is great,
  and that our Lord is above all gods.
Whatever the Lord pleases, he does,
  in heaven and on earth,
  in the seas and all deeps.
He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth,
  who makes lightnings for the rain
  and brings forth the wind from his storehouses.

He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
  both of man and of beast;
who in your midst, O Egypt,
  sent signs and wonders
  against Pharaoh and all his servants;
who struck down many nations
  and killed mighty kings,
Sihon, king of the Amorites,
  and Og, king of Bashan,
  and all the kingdoms of Canaan,
and gave their land as a heritage,
  a heritage to his people Israel.

Your name, O Lord, endures forever,
  your renown, [4] O Lord, throughout all ages.
For the Lord will vindicate his people
  and have compassion on his servants.

The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
  the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but do not speak;
  they have eyes, but do not see;
they have ears, but do not hear,
  nor is there any breath in their mouths.
Those who make them become like them,
  so do all who trust in them!

O house of Israel, bless the Lord!
  O house of Aaron, bless the Lord!
O house of Levi, bless the Lord!
  You who fear the Lord, bless the Lord!
Blessed be the Lord from Zion,
  he who dwells in Jerusalem!
Praise the Lord!

1 Corinthians 8 (Listen)

Food Offered to Idols

8:1 Now concerning [5] food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, he is known by God. [6]

Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating [7] in an idol's temple, will he not be encouraged, [8] if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brothers [9] and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.


[1] 132:11 Hebrew of your fruit of the womb
[2] 133:1 Or dwell together
[3] 135:3 Or for he is beautiful
[4] 135:13 Or remembrance
[5] 8:1 The expression Now concerning introduces a reply to a question in the Corinthians' letter; see 7:1
[6] 8:3 Greek him
[7] 8:10 Greek reclining at table
[8] 8:10 Or fortified; Greek built up
[9] 8:12 Or brothers and sisters


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