Day 243

Daily Bible Reading

(ESV: Through The Bible)

Psalms 145-147 (Listen)

Great Is the Lord

 [1] A Song of Praise. Of David.

145:1 I will extol you, my God and King,
  and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you
  and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
  and his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall commend your works to another,
  and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
  and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
  and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
  and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and merciful,
  slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
  and his mercy is over all that he has made.

All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
  and all your saints shall bless you!
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
  and tell of your power,
to make known to the children of man your [2] mighty deeds,
  and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
  and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

[The Lord is faithful in all his words
  and kind in all his works.] [3]
The Lord upholds all who are falling
  and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you,
  and you give them their food in due season.
You open your hand;
  you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways
  and kind in all his works.
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
  to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
  he also hears their cry and saves them.
The Lord preserves all who love him,
  but all the wicked he will destroy.

My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
  and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

Put Not Your Trust in Princes

146:1 Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
  I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

Put not your trust in princes,
  in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
  on that very day his plans perish.

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
  whose hope is in the Lord his God,
who made heaven and earth,
  the sea, and all that is in them,
who keeps faith forever;
  who executes justice for the oppressed,
  who gives food to the hungry.

The Lord sets the prisoners free;
  the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
  the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the sojourners;
  he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
  but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

The Lord will reign forever,
  your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord!

He Heals the Brokenhearted

147:1 Praise the Lord!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
  for it is pleasant, [4] and a song of praise is fitting.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
  he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted
  and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars;
  he gives to all of them their names.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
  his understanding is beyond measure.
The Lord lifts up the humble; [5]
  he casts the wicked to the ground.

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
  make melody to our God on the lyre!
He covers the heavens with clouds;
  he prepares rain for the earth;
  he makes grass grow on the hills.
He gives to the beasts their food,
  and to the young ravens that cry.
His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
  nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
  in those who hope in his steadfast love.

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!
  Praise your God, O Zion!
For he strengthens the bars of your gates;
  he blesses your children within you.
He makes peace in your borders;
  he fills you with the finest of the wheat.
He sends out his command to the earth;
  his word runs swiftly.
He gives snow like wool;
  he scatters hoarfrost like ashes.
He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs;
  who can stand before his cold?
He sends out his word, and melts them;
  he makes his wind blow and the waters flow.
He declares his word to Jacob,
  his statutes and rules [6] to Israel.
He has not dealt thus with any other nation;
  they do not know his rules. [7]
Praise the Lord!

1 Corinthians 11:1-15 (Listen)

11:1 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

Head Coverings

Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you. But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife [8] is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, but every wife [9] who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven. For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head. For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man. For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. [10] Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God. Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered? Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering.


[1] 145:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, each verse beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet
[2] 145:12 Hebrew his; also next line
[3] 145:13 These two lines are supplied by one Hebrew manuscript, Septuagint, Syriac (compare Dead Sea Scroll)
[4] 147:1 Or for he is beautiful
[5] 147:6 Or afflicted
[6] 147:19 Or and just decrees
[7] 147:20 Or his just decrees
[8] 11:3 Greek gunē. This term may refer to a woman or a wife, depending on the context
[9] 11:5 In verses 5-13, the Greek word gunē is translated wife in verses that deal with wearing a veil, a sign of being married in first-century culture
[10] 11:10 Or messengers, that is, people sent to observe and report





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