Daily Bible Reading: LEB Translation http://podcast.biblemirror.com Listen to Bible readings 5 days a week as we go through the Bible together. This will take us all the way through the Bible in a year. We are following the reading schedule developed by Mark Roberts that you can find at http://bibleclassmaterial.com. In this podcast, we are reading the LEB. Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:04:29 +0000 en-US joelwms@gmail.com (Joel Williams) joelwms@gmail.com (Joel Williams) G http://podcast.biblemirror.com/rtb-logo-leb.png Daily Bible Reading: LEB Translation http://podcast.biblemirror.com hourly 1 Listen to Bible readings 5 days a week as we go through the Bible together. This will take us all the way through the Bible in a year. We are following the reading schedule developed by Mark Roberts that you can find at http://bibleclassmaterial.com. In this podcast, we are reading the LEB. Joel and Matthew Williams clean Joel Williams joelwms@gmail.com Bible readings 5 days a week to complete the Bible in a year TV-G Five Days a Week Week 26, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/26/4 Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/26/4 The reading for today is 1 Chronicles 5-7; Psalm 121; 1 Timothy 4.

2 Chronicles 5

When all the work that Solomon did for the house of Yahweh was finished, Solomon brought the holy objects of David his father: the silver, the gold, and all the objects he had put into the storehouses of the house of God. Then Solomon assembled all the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the families for the Israelites, to Jerusalem in order to bring up the ark of the covenant of Yahweh from the city of David, which is Zion. And all the men of Israel assembled before the king at the feast that is in the seventh month. And all the elders of Israel came, and the Levites took up the ark. And they brought up the ark, the tent of assembly, and all the holy objects that were in the tent; the Levitical priests brought them up. And King Solomon and the whole community of Israel that was assembled before him were before the ark, sacrificing sheep and cattle that could not be counted nor numbered for abundance. Then the priests brought up the ark of the covenant of Yahweh to its place in the inner sanctuary of the house, into the most holy place, underneath the wings of the cherubim. The cherubim were spreading their wings over the place of the ark, so that the cherubim were covering the ark and over its poles from above. But the poles were so long that the ends of the poles from the ark were seen from before the inner sanctuary, but they could not be seen from the outside. And they are there until this day. There was nothing in the ark but the two stone tablets that Moses had put inside at Horeb on which Yahweh had made a covenant with the Israelites when they went out from Egypt. And when the priests came out of the sanctuary (for all the priests who were present sanctified themselves without keeping their divisions) and all the Levitical singers—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, their sons, their brothers, dressed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps, and stringed instruments—they were standing to the east of the altar. And with them outside were one hundred and twenty priests who were trumpet blowers. And it was the primary duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard with one voice, to praise and give thanks to Yahweh. And when a sound from the trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments of song was raised to Yahweh—for he is good, because his loyal love is everlasting—then the house, the house of Yahweh, was filled with a cloud. And the priests were not able to stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of Yahweh filled the house of God.

2 Chronicles 6

Then Solomon said, "Yahweh has decided to dwell in the deep gloom. But I have built for you an exalted house, even a place for you to dwell in forever." Then the king turned around and blessed all the assembly of Israel, and all the assembly of Israel were standing. And he said, "Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel, who spoke with his mouth with David my father, and with his hands he has fulfilled it, saying, ‘From the day that I brought my people out of the land of Egypt I did not choose a city among all the tribes of Israel to build a house in order for my name to be there. Nor did I choose a man to be leader over my people Israel. But I have chosen my name to be there in Jerusalem, and I have chosen David to be over my people Israel.’ Now, it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel. But Yahweh said to David my father, ‘Because it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart, but you yourself will not build the house, but your son who will proceed from your loins; he himself will build the house for my name.’ Now Yahweh has fulfilled his word that he spoke. I have risen in the place of David my father and am seated on the throne of Israel as Yahweh has spoken. I have built the house for the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel. And I have there the ark in which is the covenant of Yahweh that he made with the Israelites."

Then Solomon stood before the altar of Yahweh before all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands. (For Solomon had made a platform of bronze five cubits long and five cubits wide and three cubits high, and placed it in the midst of the outer court.) And he stood upon it, then knelt down on his knees before the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands to heaven. And he said, "O Yahweh, God of Israel, there is none like you, a God in the heavens and on the earth, keeping the covenant and loyal love with your servants who walk before you with all their heart, that you have kept for your servant David my father what you spoke to him. You spoke with your mouth, and by your hand you have fulfilled it on this day. And now, O Yahweh, God of Israel, keep for your servant David, my father, what you have spoken to him, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man to sit on the throne of Israel before me, if only your sons keep their way, to walk in my law as you have walked before me.’ And now, O Yahweh, God of Israel, let your word that you have spoken to your servant David be confirmed.

"But will God indeed dwell with humankind upon the earth? Look, the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain you! Surely then this house that I have built will not contain you! But turn to the prayer of your servant and to his plea, O Yahweh my God, to hearken to the pleading and to the prayer that your servant is praying before you, that your eyes may be open day and night to this house, to the place that you have promised to place your name there, that you may hear the prayer that your servant has prayed to this place. And listen to the pleas of your servant and your people Israel when they pray toward this place, that you yourself might hear from the place of your dwelling, from the heavens, that you might hear and forgive.

"If a man sins against his neighbor and makes him swear an oath and comes with an oath before your altar in this house, then may you yourself hear from the heavens and act and judge your servants, to repay the guilty by bringing his way upon his head and to vindicate the righteous by giving to him according to his righteousness.

"And if your people Israel are defeated before an enemy because they have sinned against you and they repent and confess your name and pray and plead before you in this house, then may you yourself hear from the heavens and forgive the sin of your people Israel and again bring them back to the land that you gave to them and to their ancestors.

"When the heavens are stopped up and there is no rain because they have sinned against you and they pray to this place and confess your name and turn back from their sin when you humble them, then may you yourself hear from the heavens and forgive the sin of your servants and your people Israel, when you teach them the good way in which they should walk, and give rain upon your land that you have given to your people as an inheritance.

"If there is a famine in the land; if there is disease, blight, mildew, locust, and caterpillar; if it happens that his enemy lays siege to him in the land and his gates; any kind of plague, any kind of disease, then any prayer, any plea that is made by any person and by all your people Israel, each one who knows his own affliction and his own anguish and who spreads out his hands to this house, then may you yourself hear from the heavens, your dwelling place, and forgive and give to each according to all his ways, since you know the heart of the children of humankind, that they may fear you and walk in your ways all the days that they are alive upon the face of the land that you have given to our ancestors.

"And also, with respect to the foreigner, he who is not of your people Israel, but comes from a distant land, for the sake of your great name and your powerful hand and outstretched arm, when he comes and prays to this house, then may you yourself hear from the heavens, from your dwelling place, and do according to all that the foreigner asks of you, so that all peoples of earth will know of your name and fear you, as do your people Israel, and that they may know that your name possesses this house that I have built.

"When your people go out to battle against their enemy according to the way that you have sent them, and they pray to you toward this city that you have chosen and the house that I have built for your name, then may you hear their prayer and their pleas from the heavens and uphold their case. When they sin against you—for there is no person who does not sin—and you become angry with them and place them before their enemy that they carry them away as captives to a land far or near, but if they repent in the land where they were taken captive and repent and beg you for mercy in the land of their captivity, saying, ‘We have sinned and acted perversely and done wickedly, and we return to you,’ with their whole heart and with all their inmost being in the land of their captivity where they took them captive, and if they pray toward their land that you have given to their ancestors and the city that you have chosen and to the house that I have built for your name, then may you hear their prayer and their pleas from the heavens, from your dwelling place, and uphold their case and forgive your people who sinned against you. Now, O my God, please let your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayer of this place!

"And now arise, O Yahweh God, to your resting place, you and the ark of your strength! O Yahweh God, let the priests be clothed with salvation, and let your holy ones rejoice in your goodness! O Yahweh God, do not turn away the face of your anointed one! Remember the loyal love of your servant, David!"

2 Chronicles 7

And when Solomon finished praying, then fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of Yahweh filled the house. And the priests were not able to go into the house of Yahweh, for the glory of Yahweh had filled the house. When all the Israelites saw the fire come down and the glory of Yahweh upon the house, they knelt down with their faces to the ground on the pavement and worshiped and gave thanks to Yahweh, for he is good, for his loyal love is everlasting.

Then the king and all the people were offering a sacrifice before Yahweh. And King Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty-two thousand cattle and one hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the people dedicated the house of God. And the priests stood at their posts with the Levites, with the instruments of the song of Yahweh that King David had made to give thanks to Yahweh—for his loyal love is everlasting—whenever David offered praise by their hand. Now the priests sounded trumpets standing opposite them, and all Israel stood.

And Solomon consecrated the middle of the courtyard that was before the house of Yahweh, for there he had made the burnt offerings and the fat of the fellowship offerings, for the bronze altar that Solomon had made was not able to hold the burnt offerings, cereal offerings, and the fat.

And Solomon held a feast at that time of seven days. And all Israel was with him, a very great assembly, from Lebo-Hamath to the river of Egypt. And on the eighth day they made a solemn assembly, for they held the dedication of the altar seven days and the feast seven days. And on the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people away to their tents rejoicing and festive of heart on account of the goodness that Yahweh had done for David, Solomon, and Israel his people. And Solomon finished the house of Yahweh and the house of the king. And all that came into the heart of Solomon to do with respect to the house of Yahweh and his own house he accomplished.

Then Yahweh appeared to Solomon at night and said to him, "I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a house of sacrifice. When I hold back the heavens so that there is not rain, and when I command the locust to devour the earth, and if I send disease among my people, then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and will pray and will seek my face and will turn from their evil ways, then I myself shall hear from the heavens and will forgive their sins and heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer of this place. And now I have chosen and consecrated this house for my name to be there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time. Now as for you, if you will walk before me as David your father walked and do according to all that I have commanded you and will keep my ordinances and judgments, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom as I promised to David your father, saying, ‘A man shall not be cut off for you from ruling over Israel.’

"But if you turn yourselves away and forsake my ordinances and my commandments which I have given before you all and will go and serve other gods and bow down to them, then I will uproot them from upon my land that I have given to them, and this house that I have consecrated for my name I will send away from before my face, and I will make it a proverb and a taunt among all the nations. And as for this house, which was exalted, all who pass by it will be appalled and will say, ‘Why has Yahweh done thus to this land and to this house?’ Then they will say, ‘Because they forsook Yahweh, the God of their ancestors, who brought them out from the land of Egypt, and they laid hold of other gods and worshiped them and served them. Therefore he has brought upon them all this evil.’"

Psalm 121

A song for the ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains;
whence will my help come?
My help is from Yahweh,
maker of heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved;
he who protects you will not slumber.
Look, he will not slumber and he will not sleep—
he who protects Israel.
Yahweh is your protector;
Yahweh is your shade at your right hand.
The sun will not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
Yahweh will protect you from all evil;
he will protect your life.
Yahweh will protect your going out and your coming in
from now until forever.

1 Timothy 4

Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the last times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, by the hypocrisy of liars, who are seared in their own conscience, who forbid marrying and insist on abstaining from foods that God created for sharing in with thankfulness by those who believe and who know the truth, because everything created by God is good and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thankfulness, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

By teaching these things to the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, trained in the words of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed faithfully. But reject those worthless myths told by elderly women, and train yourself for godliness. For the training of the body is somewhat profitable, but godliness is profitable for everything, because it holds promise for the present life and for the life to come. The statement is trustworthy and deserving of complete acceptance. For to this end we labor and suffer reproach, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of believers.

Command these things and teach them. Let no one look down on your youth, but be an example for the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I come, pay attention to the public reading, to exhortation, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift that is in you, that was granted to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders. Practice these things. Be diligent in these things, in order that your progress may be evident to everyone. Fix your attention on yourself and on your teaching. Continue in them, for by doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

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The reading for today is 1 Chronicles 5-7; Psalm 121; 1 Timothy 4. The reading for today is 1 Chronicles 5-7; Psalm 121; 1 Timothy 4. 2 Chronicles 5 When all the work that Solomon did for the house of Yahweh was finished, Solomon brought the holy objects of David his father: the silver, the gold, and all the objects he had put into the storehouses of the house of God. Then Solomon assembled all the elders of Israel and all the hea ... Continue reading Week 26, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 16:07
Week 26, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/26/3 Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/26/3 The reading for today is 1 Kings 8; Psalm 30; 1 Timothy 3.

1 Kings 8

At that time, Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, all the heads of the tribes, and the leaders of the families of the Israelites before King Solomon, in order to bring up the ark of the covenant of Yahweh from the city of David, that is, Zion. All the men of Israel assembled before King Solomon at the festival in the month of Ethnaim, that is, the seventh month. All the elders of Israel came, and the priests carried the ark. So they brought up the ark of Yahweh and the tent of assembly and all of the holy vessels that were in the tent; the priests and the Levites brought them up. King Solomon and all the assembly of Israel who were assembling with him in the presence of the ark were sacrificing sheep and oxen that could not be counted nor numbered because of abundance. The priests brought the ark of the covenant of Yahweh to its place in the inner sanctuary of the house, to the most holy place, under the wings of the cherubim, for the cherubim were spreading their wings over the place of the ark. The cherubim overshadowed the ark and its poles from above. The poles were long, and the ends of the poles could be seen from the holy place in front of the inner sanctuary, but they could not be seen from the outside, and they are there until this day. There was not anything in the ark except the two tablets of stone which Moses had placed there at Horeb, where Yahweh made a covenant with the Israelites after they went out from the land of Egypt. When the priests went out from the holy place, the cloud filled the house of Yahweh. The priests were not able to stand to minister because of the presence of the cloud, for the glory of Yahweh filled the house of Yahweh.

Then Solomon said, "Yahweh has said that he would dwell in the very thick cloud. I have certainly built a lofty house for you, a place for you to live forever." Then the king turned his face around, and he blessed all of the assembly of Israel. (Now all the assembly of Israel was standing). Then he said, "Blessed be Yahweh the God of Israel who has promised with his mouth to David my father and fulfilled by his oath, saying, ‘From the day that I brought out my people Israel from Egypt I have not chosen a city from all the tribes of Israel to build a house where my name might be, but I have chosen David to be over my people Israel.’ David my father desired to build a house for the name of Yahweh the God of Israel, but Yahweh said to David my father, ‘Because you desired to build a house for my name, you did well in that it was within your heart. However, you will not build the house, but your son who has come from your loins, he shall build the house for my name.’ Yahweh has carried out his promise which he had made; I have risen in place of David my father, and I sit on the throne of Israel as Yahweh promised, and I have built the house for the name of Yahweh the God of Israel. I have provided a place there for the ark, in which is the covenant which Yahweh made with our ancestors when He brought them out of the land of Egypt."

Then Solomon stood before the altar of Yahweh in the presence of all of the assembly of Israel, and he spread out his hands to the heavens, and he said, "O Yahweh, God of Israel, there is no god like you in the heavens above or on the earth beneath, keeping the covenant and the loyal love for your servants who are walking before you with all their heart. You have kept for your servant David my father what you promised to him, and you have spoken with your mouth, and with your hand you have fulfilled it this very day. So then, O Yahweh, God of Israel, keep for your servant David my father what you promised to him, saying, ‘For you, no man will be cut off from before me who will be sitting on the throne of Israel, if only your sons keep their ways to walk before me just as you have walked before me.’ So then, O God of Israel, please let your word be confirmed which you have promised to your servant David my father. For will God really dwell on the earth? Behold, the heavens and the heaven of heavens could not contain you! How could this house that I have built? You must regard the prayer of your servant and his plea! O Yahweh my God, listen to the pleading and to the prayer that your servant is praying before you this day, so that your eyes will be open to this house night and day, to the place which you said, ‘My name will be there,’ to hear the prayer that your servant prays toward this place. You must listen to the plea of your servant and your people Israel which they pray toward this place; and you must hear from the place where you live, from heaven you must hear and you must forgive. If a man sins against his neighbor and he pronounces an oath against him to curse him, and the curse comes before your altar in this house, then you shall hear in heaven and you shall act and you shall judge your servant, to declare the wicked guilty by bringing his way upon his head and to declare the righteous innocent by rewarding him according to his righteousness. When your people Israel are defeated before the enemy because they sinned against you, and when they turn to you and confess your name and pray and beg for mercy from you in this house, then you shall hear in heaven and forgive the sin of your people Israel, and you shall bring them back to the ground which you gave to their ancestors. When you shut up the heavens so there is no rain because they have sinned against you, then they pray to this place and they confess your name and they return from their sin because you punished them, then you shall hear in heaven and forgive the sin of your servants and your people Israel, for you will teach them the good way in which they should go, and you will give rain upon your land which you have given to your people as an inheritance. If there should be in the land famine or disease, if there should be blight or mildew or locust or caterpillars, if it happens that his enemy lays siege against him in the land of his gates, if any plague or any disease, any prayer or any plea which is offered by any person for all of your people Israel, who each knows the infestation of his own heart and spreads out his palms to this house, then you shall hear in heaven the place of your dwelling, and you shall forgive and act and give to the man whose heart you know, according to all his ways, for you alone know the heart of all the sons of man. Do these things so that they may fear you all the days that they live on the face of the land that you gave to our ancestors. Also for the foreigner who is not from your people Israel, and he comes from a distant land because of your name, (for they shall hear of your great name and your powerful hand and your outstretched arm), and he shall come and pray toward this house, you shall hear in heaven, the place of your dwelling, and act according to all that the foreigner calls to you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name, to fear you as your people Israel, and to know that your name has been invoked over this house that I have built. If your people go out to battle against his enemy in the way that you shall send them and they pray to Yahweh, toward the city which you have chosen and the house which I have built for your name, then you shall hear in heaven their prayer and their plea, and you shall vindicate them.

"If they sin against you (for there is not a person who does not sin) and you are angry with them and you give them to an enemy and they take them captive to the land of the enemy far or near, and then they return their heart in the land where they have been taken captive and they return and plead to you in the land of their captivity, saying, ‘We have sinned and we did wrong. We acted wickedly,’ if they return to you with all of their heart and with all of their soul in the land of their enemies who took them captive and they pray to you toward their land which you gave to their ancestors, the city that you have chosen and the house that you built for your name, then you shall hear in heaven, the place of your dwelling, their prayer and their plea, and you shall vindicate them. You shall forgive your people who sinned against you, even for all their transgressions which they committed against you. You shall give them compassion before their captors so that they may have compassion on them, for they are your people and your inheritance whom you brought from Egypt from the middle of the smelter of iron. O, that your eyes may be open to the plea of your servant and to the plea of your people Israel, to listen to them in all things when they call to you. For you have separated them for yourself as an inheritance from all the peoples of the earth, as you promised through the hand of Moses your servant when you brought out our ancestors from Egypt, my Lord Yahweh!"

It happened that when Solomon finished praying to Yahweh all of the prayer and this plea, he got up from before the altar of Yahweh, from kneeling down on his knees with his palms outstretched to heaven. He stood and blessed all of the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying, "Blessed be Yahweh who gave a resting place to his people Israel. According to all that he promised, not one word has fallen from all of his promises concerning the good which he spoke through the hand of Moses his servant. May Yahweh our God be with us as he was with our ancestors, and may he not leave us or abandon us, to incline our hearts toward him, to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments, his statutes, and his judgments which he commanded our ancestors. Let these my words which I pleaded before Yahweh be near to Yahweh our God, by day and by night, to maintain the justice of his servant and the justice of his people Israel as each day requires so that all of the people of the earth may know that Yahweh, he is God; there is none other. Let your heart be completely with Yahweh our God by walking in his statutes, by keeping his commands as this day."

Then the king and all of Israel with him offered a sacrifice in the presence of Yahweh. Solomon sacrificed the fellowship offerings which he offered to Yahweh: twenty-two thousand oxen and one hundred and twenty thousand sheep; and the king and all of the Israelites dedicated the house of Yahweh. On that day the king consecrated the middle of the courtyard before the house of Yahweh because he offered there the burnt offerings, the grain offerings, and the fat of the fellowship offerings because the bronze altar that was in the presence of Yahweh was too small to hold the burnt offerings and the grain offerings and the fat of the fellowship offerings. Solomon held the festival at that time and all of Israel with him, a great assembly from Lebo Hamath up to the wadi of Egypt before Yahweh our God, for seven days and seven days, a total of fourteen days. On the eighth day, he sent the people away, and they blessed the king, and they went to their tents rejoicing and in good spirits because of all the goodness that Yahweh had shown to David his servant and to Israel his people.

Psalm 30

A psalm; a song for the dedication of the house. Of David.

I will exalt you, O Yahweh,
because you have drawn me up,
and have not made my enemies rejoice over me.
O Yahweh, my God,
I cried for help to you,
and you healed me.
O Yahweh, you have brought my life up from Sheol.
You preserved me alive
from among those going down to the pit.
Sing praises to Yahweh, you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy fame.
For there is a moment in his anger;
there is a lifetime in his favor.
Weeping lodges for the evening,
but in the morning comes rejoicing.
But as for me, I had said in my prosperity,
"I shall not be moved ever."
O Yahweh, by your favor
you caused my strong mountain to stand.
You hid your face. I was bewildered.
To you, O Yahweh, I called,
and to the Lord I pleaded for grace saying,
"What gain is there in my death,
in my going down into the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it tell of your faithfulness?
"O Yahweh, hear and be gracious to me.
O Yahweh, be my helper."
You have turned my wailing into my dancing.
You have removed my sackcloth
and clothed me with joy
so that I may sing praises to you
and not be quiet.
O Yahweh, my God,
I will give thanks to you forever.

1 Timothy 3

The saying is trustworthy: if anyone aspires to supervision, he desires a good work. Therefore the overseer must be irreproachable, the husband of one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, skillful in teaching, not addicted to wine, not a violent person, but gentle, peaceable, not loving money, managing his own household well, having children in submission with all dignity (but if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?), not newly converted, lest he become conceited and fall into the condemnation of the devil. But he must also have a good testimony from those outside, in order that he may not fall into disgrace and the trap of the devil.

Deacons likewise must be dignified, not insincere, not devoted to much wine, not fond of dishonest gain, holding the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience, and these also must be tested first; then let them serve if they are above reproach. The wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderous, temperate, faithful in all things. Deacons must be husbands of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. For those who have served well acquire a good standing for themselves, and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you in a short time. But if I am delayed, I am writing in order that you may know how one must conduct oneself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and mainstay of the truth. And most certainly, great is the mystery of godliness:

Who was revealed in the flesh,
    was vindicated by the Spirit,
was seen by angels,
    was proclaimed among the Gentiles,
was believed on in the world,
    was taken up in glory.

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The reading for today is 1 Kings 8; Psalm 30; 1 Timothy 3. The reading for today is 1 Kings 8; Psalm 30; 1 Timothy 3. 1 Kings 8 At that time, Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, all the heads of the tribes, and the leaders of the families of the Israelites before King Solomon, in order to bring up the ark of the covenant of Yahweh from the city of David, that is, Zion. All the men of Israel assembled before Kin ... Continue reading Week 26, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 15:23
Week 26, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/26/2 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/26/2 The reading for today is 1 Kings 7; 1 Chronicles 4; Psalm 44; 1 Timothy 2.

1 Kings 7

Solomon built his house over thirteen years, and he finished all of his house.

He built the House of the Forest of Lebanon; one hundred cubits its length, fifty cubits its width, and thirty cubits its height, on four rows of cedar pillars and cedar beams atop the pillars. It was covered with cedar above, and the supporting beams which were on the forty-five pillars, fifteen to the row. There were three rows of specially designed windows; with window to window three times. All of the doorways and the doorframes had four-sided casings, with opening to opposite opening three times.

The hall of pillars he made fifty cubits in its length and thirty cubits in its width, and a porch was in front of them, with pillars and an overhang in front of them. He made the hall of the throne where he would pronounce judgment, the hall of justice, and it was covered with cedar from the floor to the rafters. His house where he would live in the next courtyard on the inside of the porch was like this work, and he would make a house like this porch for the daughter of Pharaoh whom Solomon had taken as wife. All of these were of precious stones, according to the measurement of dressed stone, sawn with a saw on all sides; from the foundation up to the eaves and from the outside up to the great courtyard. The foundation was of precious stones, and large stones of ten cubits and stones of eight cubits with precious stones above, just the right size, and cedar. The great courtyard all around had three rows of dressed stones and a row of cedar beams; for both the courtyard of the inner house of Yahweh and for the porch of the house.

King Solomon invited and received Hiram from Tyre. He was the son of a widow woman from the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, an artisan of bronze. He was filled with wisdom and with ability and with the knowledge to do all the work with the bronze. And he came to King Solomon, and he did all of his work. He cast the two pillars out of bronze; eighteen cubits was the height of the first, and a cord of twelve cubits would encircle the second pillar. He made two capitals to place on the tops of the pillars out of molten bronze; the first capital was five cubits in height, and the second capital was five cubits in height. A network of latticework and wreaths of chainwork with small chains were for the capitals which were on top of the pillars; seven for the first capital and seven for the second capital. He also made the pillars with two rows around on the lattice, each to cover the capitals which were on top, out of the pomegranate-shaped ornaments, and thus he did for the second capital as well. And on the capitals which were on top of the pillars in the porch were works of lilies four cubits high. And capitals were on the two pillars above near the bulging section which was beside the lattice, and two hundred pomegranate-shaped ornaments were in rows all around on the second capital. He set up the pillars for the porch of the main hall; he erected the pillar on the right and called its name Jakin, and he set up the pillar on the left and called its name Boaz. On the top of the pillars was a work of lilies; and so the work of the pillars was finished.

He also made the molten sea, ten cubits in diameter, and five cubits was its height. A measuring line of thirty cubits would encircle it all around. Gourds were under its rim surrounding it all around; ten to the cubit, surrounding the sea all around with two rows of gourds, which were cast when he cast the metal. The sea was standing on twelve oxen, with three facing to the north, three facing to the west, three facing to the south, and three facing to the east. The sea was on top of them, with all of their hindquarters turned to the inside. Its thickness was a handbreadth, but its rim was as the work on the brim of a cup, like the bud of a lily; it held two thousand baths.

He made the ten stands of bronze; each stand was four cubits long, four cubits wide, and three cubits in height. Now this was the construction of the stands: there were frames for them and frames between the crossbars, and on the frames which were between the crossbars were lions, oxen, and cherubim. On the crossbars both above and beneath the lions and oxen were works of cascading wreaths. There were four bronze wheels for each of the stands, with bronze axles; the four support pedestals for these were under the basin, and the supports were decorated on each side with wreaths. Its opening from the inside of the capital and above was a cubit; its pedestal was a round work of a cubit and a half; moreover, on its opening were the carvings with four-sided frames, not circular. Four of the wheels were underneath the frames, and the axles of the wheels were on the stands. The height of each wheel was a cubit and a half. The construction of the wheel was like the construction of the wheel of the chariot; their axles, their rims, their spokes, and their naves were all cast. The four supports were the four corners of each stand, with the stand supporting it. On top of the stand was half a cubit deep, circular all around, and on the top of the stand were its supports and its frames. He engraved on the plates, on its supports, and on its frame cherubim, lions and images of a palm tree, according to the space for each, with wreaths all around. He made the ten stands like this in one cast, with the same measurement and shape for each of them.

He also made ten bronze basins, each holding forty baths; each basin was four cubits, one basin on each of the ten stands. He placed five of the stands on the south side of the house and five on the north side of the house, and the sea he set on the southeast side of the house.

Hiram also made the basins and the shovels and the bowls for drinking wine; and so Hiram finished doing all of the work that he was to do for King Solomon in the house of Yahweh: the two pillars and the bowls of the capitals which were atop the two pillars, and the two lattice works to cover the two bowls of the capitals which were atop the pillars; and the four hundred pomegranate-shaped ornaments for the two lattice works, the two rows of pomegranate-shaped ornaments for each latticework to cover the two bowls of the capitals which were on the surface of the pillars; and the ten stands and the ten basins on the stands; and the one sea and the twelve oxen under the sea; and the pots, the shovels, and the bowls for drinking wine. All the vessels of the tent which Hiram had made for King Solomon for the house of Yahweh were polished bronze. The king had cast them in the plain of the Jordan with the casting mold set in the ground between Succoth and Zarethan. Solomon left all of the vessels unweighed because of their very great abundance, so the weight of the bronze could not be determined.

Solomon also made all of the vessels which were in the house of Yahweh: the golden altar and the golden table on which was the bread of the presence; as well as the five lampstands of beaten gold at the south and five lampstands at the north before the presence of the inner sanctuary, with the flower-shaped ornaments, the lamps, and the pair of tongs all of gold. The cups, the snuffers, the bowls for drinking wine, the bowls for the incense, and the firepans were made from beaten gold; the facades for the doors of the inner house, for the most holy place, for the doors of the main hall of the temple were of gold. When all of the work which king Solomon did on the house of Yahweh was completed, Solomon brought out the holy objects of his father David, the silver and the gold and the vessels, which he put in the treasury rooms of the house of Yahweh.

2 Chronicles 4

And he made an altar of bronze, twenty cubits was its length, and twenty cubits was its width, and ten cubits was its height. Then he made the sea of molten metal, from brim to brim it was ten cubits, completely round. And it was five cubits in height, and its circumference measured thirty cubits. Under it were figures of oxen all around it, ten cubits high, encircling the sea all around. The oxen were in two rows cast as one piece with it. It was standing upon twelve oxen, three facing north, and three facing west, and three facing south, and three facing east. The sea was set upon them from above, and all their hindquarters faced inward. And its thickness was a handbreadth, and its brim was like the working of the lip of a cup, the blossom of a lily. And it held three thousand baths. And he made ten basins. And he set five on the south and five on the north in which to wash; they washed off the work of the burnt offering in them, but the sea was for the priests to wash therein. And he made ten golden lampstands according to their custom, and he set them in the temple, five on the south and five on the north. And he made ten tables and placed them in the temple, five on the south and five on the north. And he made a hundred drinking bowls of gold. And he made the courtyard of the priests and the great outer courtyard and the doors for the outer court. And he overlaid their doors with bronze. And he set the sea at the southeast corner of the temple. And Huram made the pots, the shovels, and the drinking bowls. So Hiram finished making the work that he made on the house of God for King Solomon: the two columns, the bowls, and the two capitals on top of the columns, and the two latticeworks to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on top of the columns, and the four hundred pomegranates for the two latticeworks, two rows of pomegranates for the latticework, to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were before the columns. And he made the water carts, and he made the basins on the water carts, and the one sea and the twelve oxen underneath it.

And Huram-abi made for King Solomon the pots, the shovels, the three-pronged meat forks, and all the utensils of polished bronze for the house of Yahweh. The king cast them in the plain of the Jordan, in the clay soil between Succoth and Zeredah. Solomon made all these utensils in great abundance, for the weight of the bronze could not be determined. So Solomon made all the objects that were in the house of God: the altar of gold; the tables upon which was the bread of the presence; the lampstands, and the lamps for burning according to the custom before the inner sanctuary, of solid gold; and the blossoms, the lamps, and the tongs that were of solid gold; and the snuffers, the drinking bowls, the dishes, and the firepans, of solid gold; and the entrance to the house, the inner doors to the most holy place, and the doors to the house of the temple were of gold.

Psalm 44

For the music director. Of the sons of Korah. A maskil.

O God, we have heard with our ears;
our ancestors have told us
of work you worked in their days,
in days of old.
You with your hand drove out the nations,
but them you planted.
You harmed the peoples,
but them you let spread out.
For not with their sword
did they possess the land,
and their arm did not give them victory.
Rather it was your right hand and your arm
and the light of your presence,
because you delighted in them.
You are my king, O God.
Command victories for Jacob.
By you we push down our enemies;
by your name we tread down those who rise up against us.
For I do not trust my bow,
and my sword cannot give me victory.
Rather you have saved us from our enemies,
and have humiliated those who hate us.
In God we boast all the day,
and we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah
Surely you have rejected and disgraced us,
and have not gone out with our armies.
You have caused us to pull back from the enemy,
and so those who hate us have plundered for themselves.
You have given us as sheep for food,
and among the nations you have scattered us.
You have sold your people cheaply,
and did not profit by their price.
You have made us a taunt to our neighbors,
a derision and a scorn to those around us.
You have made us a byword among the nations,
a shaking of the head among the peoples.
All day long my disgrace is before me,
and the shame of my face covers me,
because of the voice of the taunter and the reviler,
because of the enemy and the avenger.
All this has befallen us, though we have not forgotten you,
and we have not been false to your covenant.
Our heart has not turned back,
and our steps have not turned aside from your way.
But you have crushed us in a place of jackals,
and have covered us with deep shadow.
If we had forgotten the name of our God,
or had spread out our hands in prayer to a foreign god,
would not God discover this,
for he knows the secrets of the heart?
Rather, on account of you we are killed all day long;
we are accounted as sheep for slaughter.
Wake up! Why do you sleep, O Lord?
Awake! Do not reject forever.
Why do you hide your face?
Have you forgotten our misery and our oppression?
For our soul is bowed down to the dust.
Our body clings to the ground.
Rise up! Be a help for us,
and redeem us for the sake of your loyal love.

1 Timothy 2

Therefore, I urge first of all that petitions, prayers, requests, and thanksgiving be made on behalf of all people, on behalf of kings and all those who are in authority, in order that we may live a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable before God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and human beings, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all, the testimony at the proper time, for which I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am speaking the truth, I am not lying—a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger and dispute.

Likewise also the women should adorn themselves in appropriate clothing, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold jewelry or pearls or expensive clothing, but with good deeds which are fitting for women who profess godliness. A woman must learn in quietness with all submission. But I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve, and Adam was not deceived, but the woman, because she was deceived, came into transgression. But she will be saved through the bearing of children, if she continues in faith and love and holiness with self-control.

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The reading for today is 1 Kings 7; 1 Chronicles 4; Psalm 44; 1 Timothy 2. The reading for today is 1 Kings 7; 1 Chronicles 4; Psalm 44; 1 Timothy 2. 1 Kings 7 Solomon built his house over thirteen years, and he finished all of his house. He built the House of the Forest of Lebanon; one hundred cubits its length, fifty cubits its width, and thirty cubits its height, on four rows of cedar pillars and cedar beams atop the pillars. It was covered wi ... Continue reading Week 26, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 15:34
Week 26, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/26/1 Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/26/1 The reading for today is 1 Kings 6; 1 Chronicles 3; 1 Timothy 1.

1 Kings 6

It happened in the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites went out from the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s rule over Israel, the month of Ziv (that is the second month), that he began to build the house for Yahweh. Now the house that King Solomon built for Yahweh was sixty cubits in its length and twenty cubits in its width and thirty cubits in its height. The vestibule on the face of the main hall of the temple was twenty cubits in its length, and the width of the temple was ten cubits wide on the face of the temple. And he made for the temple specially designed framed windows, and he built a structure against the wall of the temple running all along the walls of the house, for the outer sanctuary and for the inner sanctuary, and made side rooms all around. The lower structure was five cubits in its width and the middle was six cubits in its width and the third was seven cubits in its width, for he made niches for the temple all around to the outside, so that beams would not attach to the walls of the temple. Now while the temple was being built, it was built with stones finished at the quarry, so that no hammer or stone shaping tool or any instrument of iron was heard in the temple as it was being built. The doorway of the side room in the middle of the side of the temple was on the south; they went up with a stairway to the middle and from the middle to the third floor. So he built the house and finished it. He covered the temple with rafters and wood planks and with the cedars. He also built the structure against all of the temple five cubits in height and fastened it to the temple with beams of cedar.

Then the word of Yahweh came to Solomon, saying, "Regarding this temple that you are building: if you walk in my ordinances and if you do my judgments and you keep all my commandments to walk in them, then I will establish my promise with you which I made to David your father. And I will dwell among the Israelites, and I will not forsake my people Israel."

So Solomon built the temple and finished it. He lined the walls of the inside of the house with boards of cedar; from the floor of the temple up to the rafters of the ceiling he covered them with wood on the inside. He also covered the floor of the temple with cypress boards. He built twenty cubits from the rear of the house with boards of cedar from the floor up to the ceiling, and he built for it an inner sanctuary on the inside, as the most holy place. The main hall of the temple was forty cubits in front of the inner sanctuary, with the cedar within the inner house having carvings of gourds and buds of flowers. It was entirely of cedar; there was not a stone visible. Now in the inner sanctuary in the middle of the temple he prepared the inside to place the ark of the covenant of Yahweh there. In front, the inner sanctuary was twenty cubits long and twenty cubits wide and twenty cubits high, and he overlaid it with pure gold and covered the altar with cedar. Solomon overlaid the temple on the inside with pure gold, and he drew across it with golden chains in front of the inner sanctuary, which he overlaid with gold.

All of the temple he overlaid with gold until all of the temple was finished; all of the altar which belonged to the inner sanctuary he overlaid with gold. He made two cherubim of olive wood for the inner sanctuary, ten cubits high. Five cubits was the first wing of the cherub, and five cubits the second wing of the cherub, from the tip of his one wing up to the tip of his other wing. The second cherub was ten cubits according to the same measurement, and there was one shape for the two cherubim. The height of the first cherub was ten cubits and so was the second cherub.

He placed the cherubim in the middle of the inner house, and they spread out the wings of the cherubim; the wing of the first cherub touched against the wall and the wing of the second cherub was touching against the second wall; their wings spread to the middle of the house and were touching wing to wing. He also overlaid the cherubim with gold.

On all of the walls around the house, he carved engravings of cherubim and palm tree images and budding flowers both inside and out. He overlaid the floor of the house with gold both inside and out. He made doors of olive wood for the doorway of the inner sanctuary, as well as for the doorpost of the fifth doorframe. On the two doors of olive wood he made carvings of cherubim and palm tree images and budding flowers, and he overlaid them with gold by beating out the gold on the cherubim and the palm tree images. Thus he made doorframes of olive wood on four sides for the doorway of the main hall and two doors of cypress wood; one door with two folding panels and the second door with two folding panels. He carved cherubim and palm tree images and budding flowers and overlaid them with gold evenly applied on the carved work. Then he built the inner courtyard with three rows of dressed stone and a row of cedar beams. In the fourth year, the house of Yahweh was founded in the month of Ziv. In the eleventh year in the month of Bul, that is, the eighth month, the house was finished according to all his specifications and according to all his plans. He had built it in seven years.

2 Chronicles 3

Then Solomon began to build the house of Yahweh in Jerusalem, on Mount Moriah, where Yahweh had appeared to David his father, at the place that David had established, on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. And he began to build in the second month of the fourth year of his reign.

Now these were the measurements of Solomon for building the house of God: the length in cubits by the former measurement was sixty cubits, and the width was twenty cubits. The length of the portico that was in front was the same as the front of the width of the house: twenty cubits. And its height was one hundred and twenty cubits. And he overlaid it on the inside with pure gold. And the great house itself he covered with cypress wood, then he overlaid it with pure gold. And he put on it palm tree images and ornate chains. Then he overlaid the house with precious stone as decoration. (Now the gold was the gold of Parvaim.) And he overlaid the house with gold—the beams, the thresholds, the walls, and the doors. And he carved cherubim upon the walls. Then he made the most holy place. Its length was equal to the width of the house: twenty cubits. And its breadth was twenty cubits. And he overlaid it with six hundred talents of fine gold. And the weight for the nails was fifty shekels of gold. And he overlaid its upper rooms with gold. And he made two sculpted wood cherubim in the most holy place, and he overlaid them with gold. The length of the outstretched wings of the cherubim were twenty cubits; one wing of five cubits touched the wall of the house, and the other wing of five cubits was touching the outstretched wing of the other cherub. And the wing of five cubits of the other cherub was touching the wall of the house, and its other wing five cubits long touching the wing of the first cherub. The wings of these cherubim extended twenty cubits, and they were standing on their feet, their faces toward the house. And he made the curtain of blue and purple and crimson and fine linen, and put cherubim on it. And at the front of the house he made two columns, thirty-five cubits high, and the capital on their top was five cubits. And he made decorative chains in the inner sanctuary and put them on top of the columns. And he made one hundred pomegranate ornaments, and put them on the chains. And he erected the columns in front of the temple, one on the south and one on the north. He called the name of the southern one Jakin, and the name of the northern one Boaz.

1 Timothy 1

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, to Timothy, my true child in the faith. Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Just as I urged you when I traveled to Macedonia, remain in Ephesus, so that you may instruct certain people not to teach other doctrine, and not to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which cause useless speculations rather than God’s plan that is by faith. But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a faith without hypocrisy, from which some have deviated, and have turned away into fruitless discussion, wanting to be teachers of the law, although they do not understand either the things which they are saying or the things concerning which they are speaking confidently.

But we know that the law is good, if anyone makes use of it lawfully, knowing this, that the law is not given for a righteous person but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and totally worldly, for the one who kills his father and the one who kills his mother, for murderers, sexually immoral people, homosexuals, kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is opposed to sound teaching, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God that I was entrusted with.

I give thanks to the one who strengthens me, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he considered me faithful, placing me into ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, but I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord abounded with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is trustworthy and worthy of all acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But because of this I was shown mercy, in order that in me foremost, Christ Jesus might demonstrate his total patience, for an example for those who are going to believe in him for eternal life. Now to the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, to the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

I am setting before you this instruction, Timothy my child, in accordance with the prophecies spoken long ago about you, in order that by them you may fight the good fight, having faith and a good conscience, which some, because they have rejected these, have suffered shipwreck concerning their faith, among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan, in order that they may be taught not to blaspheme.

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The reading for today is 1 Kings 6; 1 Chronicles 3; 1 Timothy 1. The reading for today is 1 Kings 6; 1 Chronicles 3; 1 Timothy 1. 1 Kings 6 It happened in the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites went out from the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s rule over Israel, the month of Ziv (that is the second month), that he began to build the house for Yahweh. Now the house that King Solomon built for Y ... Continue reading Week 26, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 10:30
Week 25, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/25/5 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/25/5 The reading for today is 1 Kings 5; 1 Chronicles 2; 2 Thessalonians 3.

1 Kings 5

Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon when he heard that they had anointed him as king in place of his father, for Hiram had always been a friend for David. Then Solomon sent to Hiram, saying, "You knew David my father, that he was not able to build a house for the name of Yahweh his God, in view of the warfare which surrounded him, until Yahweh placed them under the soles of his feet. But now Yahweh my God has given me rest all around me. There is no adversary, and there is no bad occurrence. Here I am, intending to build a house for the name of Yahweh my God, as Yahweh promised to my father David, saying, ‘Your son, whom I will set in your place on your throne, shall build the house for my name.’ So then, command that they may cut cedars for me from Lebanon, and let my servants be with your servants. The wage of your servants I will give to you according to all that you say, for you know that there is no one among us who knows how to cut timber like the Sidonians." When Hiram heard the words of Solomon, he rejoiced greatly, and he said, "Blessed be Yahweh this day, who has given to David a wise son over this great people." Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, "I have heard what you have sent to me; I will do all of your desire concerning the timber of cedars and concerning the timber of cypresses. My servants will bring them down from Lebanon to the sea, and I will make them into rafts in the sea to float to the place which you indicated to me. Then I shall break them up there, and you may carry them further, and you shall meet my needs by giving food for my house." So Hiram was giving to Solomon the cedar timbers and the cypress timbers, everything he needed. Then Solomon gave to Hiram twenty thousand dry measures of wheat as food for his household, and twenty dry measures of specially prepared olive oil; thus Solomon gave to Hiram year by year. Yahweh gave wisdom to Solomon as he promised to him, and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a covenant.

Then King Solomon conscripted a forced labor from all Israel, and the forced labor numbered thirty thousand men. He sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand every month; the work groups were a month in Lebanon and two months at home; now Adoniram was over the forced labor. Solomon had seventy thousand common laborers and eighty thousand stone craftsmen in the hill country. Besides the chiefs of the officers Solomon had, there were three thousand three hundred having charge over the people who were doing the work. When the king commanded, they quarried great stones and precious stones to lay the foundation of the house with hewn stones. So Solomon’s builders and Hiram’s builders and the Gebalites hewed stones, and they prepared the timber and the stone to build the house.

2 Chronicles 2

And Solomon planned to build a house for the name of Yahweh and a royal palace for himself. And Solomon assigned seventy thousand men to bear burdens and eighty thousand quarriers in the hill country, and three thousand six hundred men to supervise them. And Solomon sent word to Huram king of Tyre, saying, "As you have dealt with David my father and sent cedar to him to build for himself a house in which to live, please deal with me. Look, I am building a house for the name of Yahweh my God to dedicate to him, to offer sweet spices of incense before him, and for the regular rows of bread, and burnt offerings for mornings, evenings, Sabbaths, and new moon festivals, and for appointed feasts of Yahweh our God which are everlasting for Israel. And the house that I am building will be great, for our God is greater than all gods. Now who indeed has adequate strength to build a house for him? For the heavens and the highest heavens are not able to contain him. Now who am I that I would build a house for him, except to burn incense before him? So then, send to me skilled men to work with gold, silver, bronze, and iron, and with purple, crimson, and blue fabric, knowledgeable in engraving, with the skilled men who are with me in Judah and in Jerusalem, whom David my father has established. Send me trees of cedar, cypress, and algum from Lebanon, for I myself know that your servants are knowledgeable in cutting the trees of Lebanon. Now see, my servants will be with your servants to prepare trees in abundance for me, for the house that I am building will be great and wonderful. Now see, I will provide twenty thousand dry measures of crushed wheat, twenty thousand dry measures of barley, twenty thousand baths of wine, and twenty thousand baths of oil to the woodcarvers and those who cut timber."

Then Huram king of Tyre answered in a letter, and he sent word to Solomon: "Because Yahweh loves his people, he has made you king over them." Then Huram said, "Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel, who has made the heavens and the earth, who has given to King David a wise son knowing discretion and understanding, who will build for Yahweh a house and a royal palace for himself. So now I have sent a skilled man, knowledgeable and with understanding: my master Huram, a son of a woman from the daughters of Dan, and his father was a man of Tyre, knowledgeable for working with gold, silver, bronze, iron, stone, and wood, and with purple, blue, and crimson fabric, and with fine linen, for engraving any engraving and devising any plan that is given to him, with your skilled men and the skilled men of my lord David your father. Now as for the wheat, barley, oil, and wine that my lord mentioned, let him send that to his servants. And we ourselves will cut trees from Lebanon according to all your need, and we will bring them to you on rafts over the sea to Joppa, so that you may bring them up to Jerusalem."

Then Solomon counted all the resident alien men who were in the land of Israel after the census that David his father had taken of them. And there were found one hundred and fifty-three thousand. And he appointed from them seventy thousand to bear burdens, eighty thousand to quarry in the hill country, and three thousand six hundred overseers to make the people work.

2 Thessalonians 3

Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may progress and be honored, just as also it was with you, and that we may be delivered from evil and wicked people, for not all have the faith. But the Lord is faithful, who will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are both doing and you will do the things that we are commanding. Now may the Lord direct your hearts toward the love of God and toward the patient endurance of Christ.

But we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who lives irresponsibly and not according to the tradition that they received from us. For you yourselves know how it is necessary to imitate us, that we did not behave irresponsibly among you, nor did we eat bread from anyone without paying, but with toil and labor, we were working night and day in order not to be a burden to any of you, not that we do not have the right, but so that we may give ourselves as an example to you, so that you may imitate us. For even when we were with you, we used to command this to you: that if anyone does not want to work, neither should he eat. For we hear that some among you are living irresponsibly, working at nothing, but being busybodies. Now we command and we exhort such people in the Lord Jesus Christ that, working with quietness, they eat their own bread. But as for you, brothers, do not be discouraged while doing what is right. But if anyone does not obey our message through this letter, take note not to associate with him, in order that he may be put to shame. And do not consider him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

Now may the Lord of peace himself grant you peace through everything in every way. May the Lord be with all of you. The greeting is by my hand, Paul’s, which is a sign of genuineness in every letter: this is how I write. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you.

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The reading for today is 1 Kings 5; 1 Chronicles 2; 2 Thessalonians 3. The reading for today is 1 Kings 5; 1 Chronicles 2; 2 Thessalonians 3. 1 Kings 5 Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon when he heard that they had anointed him as king in place of his father, for Hiram had always been a friend for David. Then Solomon sent to Hiram, saying, You knew David my father, that he was not able to build a house for the name of Yahweh ... Continue reading Week 25, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 09:00
Week 25, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/25/4 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/25/4 The reading for today is Song of Solomon 7-8; Psalm 127; 2 Thessalonians 2.

Song of Solomon 7

How beautiful are your feet in sandals,
    O royal princess!
The curves of your thighs are like jewels,
    the work of the hands of a craftsman.
Your navel is a round wine-mixing bowl
    that does not lack mixed wine!
Your belly is a heap of wheat
    encircled with lilies.
Your two breasts are like two fawns,
    twins of a gazelle.
Your neck is like a tower of ivory;
    your eyes are pools in Heshbon at the gate of Beth Rabbim.
Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon
    looking out over Damascus.
Your head crowns you like Carmel;
    the flowing locks of your head are like purple tapestry;
        a king is held captive in the tresses!
How beautiful you are and how pleasant,
    O loved one in the delights!
Your stature is like the palm tree,
    and your breasts are like clusters.
I say, "I will climb up the palm tree;
    I will lay hold of its fruit clusters."
Let your breasts be pleasing like clusters of the vine
    and the scent of your breath like the apples.
Your palate is like the best wine that goes down for my beloved,
    smoothly gliding over my lips and teeth.

I belong to my beloved,
    and he desires me!

Come, my beloved, let us go out to the countryside;
    let us spend the night in the villages.
Let us rise early to go to the vineyards;
    let us see whether the vine has budded,
whether the grape blossom has opened,
    and whether the pomegranates are in bloom;
there I will give my love to you.
The mandrakes give off their fragrance,
    and over our doorway is every kind of delicious fruit;
both fresh and dried fruit I have stored up for you, O my beloved.

Song of Solomon 8

How I wish that you were my little brother,
    who nursed upon my mother’s breasts!
If I met you outside, I would kiss you,
    and no one would despise me!
I would surely bring you to the house of my mother,
    who would surely teach me;
I would give you spiced wine to drink,
    the sweet wine of my pomegranates.

His left hand is under my head,
    and his right hand embraces me.
I adjure you, O maidens of Jerusalem,
    do not arouse or awaken love until it pleases!

Who is this coming up from the wilderness,
    leaning upon her beloved?
Under the apple tree I awakened you;
    there your mother conceived you;
        there she who was in labor gave birth to you.

Set me as a seal upon your heart,
    as a seal upon your arm;
for love is strong as death;
    passion is fierce as Sheol;
its flashes are flashes of fire;
    it is a blazing flame.
Many waters cannot quench love;
    rivers cannot sweep it away.
If a man were to give all the wealth of his house for love,
    he would be utterly scorned.

We have a little sister,
    and she does not yet have any breasts.
What should we do for our sister
    on the day when she is betrothed?
If she is a wall,
    we will adorn her with a turret of silver;
but if she is a door,
    we will barricade her with boards of cedar.
I was a wall, and my breasts were like the towers,
    so my betrothed viewed me with great delight.

Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hamon;
    he entrusted his vineyard to the keepers;
    people paid a thousand silver pieces for its fruit.
My own "vineyard" belongs to me;
    the "thousand" are for you, O Solomon,
        and "two hundred" for those who tend its fruit.

O you who dwell in the garden,
    my companions are listening to your voice.
        Let me hear it!
Flee, my beloved!
    Be like a gazelle or a young stag
        upon the perfumed mountains!

Psalm 127

A song of ascents. Of Solomon.

Unless Yahweh builds a house,
its builders labor at it in vain.
Unless Yahweh guards a city,
a guard watches in vain.
It is in vain for you who rise early and sit late,
eating the bread of anxious toil,
when thus he provides for his beloved in his sleep.
Look, children are the heritage of Yahweh;
the fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
so are the children of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them.
They shall not be put to shame
when they speak with enemies at the gate.

2 Thessalonians 2

Now we ask you, brothers, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling to him, that you not be easily shaken from your composure, nor be troubled either by a spirit or by a message or by a letter alleged to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has arrived. Do not let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and who exalts himself over every so-called god or object of worship, so that he sits down in the temple of God, proclaiming that he himself is God.

Do you not remember that while we were still with you, we were saying these things to you? And you know that which restrains him now, so that he will be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is at work already; only the one who now restrains will do so until he is out of the way, and then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will slay with the breath of his mouth, and wipe out by the appearance of his coming, whose coming is in accordance with the working of Satan, with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with every unrighteous deception against those who are perishing, in place of which they did not accept the love of the truth, so that they would be saved. And because of this, God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth, but delighted in unrighteousness.

But we ought to give thanks to God always concerning you, brothers dearly loved by the Lord, because God has chosen you as first fruits for salvation by the sanctification of the Spirit and faith in the truth, for which purpose he called you through our gospel for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions which you were taught, whether by spoken word or by letter from us. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal encouragement and good hope by grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good work and word.

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The reading for today is Song of Solomon 7-8; Psalm 127; 2 Thessalonians 2. The reading for today is Song of Solomon 7-8; Psalm 127; 2 Thessalonians 2. Song of Solomon 7 How beautiful are your feet in sandals, O royal princess! The curves of your thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a craftsman. Your navel is a round wine-mixing bowl that does not lack mixed wine! Your belly is a heap of wheat encircled with lilies. Your two breasts are ... Continue reading Week 25, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 07:31
Week 25, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/25/3 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/25/3 The reading for today is Song of Solomon 4-6; 2 Thessalonians 1.

Song of Solomon 4

Oh my! You are beautiful, my beloved!
    Oh my! You are beautiful!
Your eyes are doves
    from behind your veil.
Your hair is like a flock of goats
    that move down from the mountains of Gilead.
Your teeth are like a flock of shorn ewes
    that came up from the washing,
all of them bearing twins,
    and there is none bereaved among them.
Your lips are like a thread of crimson,
    and your mouth is lovely.
Your temple is like pomegranate
    from behind your veil.
Your neck is like the tower of David,
    built in courses;
a thousand ornaments are hung on it,
    all the shields of the warriors.
Your two breasts are like two fawns,
    twins of a gazelle that feed among the lilies.
Until the day breathes and the shadows flee,
    I will go to the mountain of the myrrh,
        to the hill of the frankincense.
You are completely beautiful, my beloved!
    You are flawless!

Come with me from Lebanon, my bride!
    Come with me from Lebanon!
Look from the top of Amana,
    from the top of Senir and Hermon,
from the dwelling places of the lions,
    from the mountains of leopard.
You have stolen (my) heart, my sister bride!
    You have stolen my heart with one glance from your eyes,
        with one ornament from your necklaces.
How beautiful is your love, my sister bride!
    How better is your love than wine,
        and the fragrance of your oils than any spice!
Your lips drip nectar, my bride;
    honey and milk are under your lips;
        the scent of your garments is like the scent of Lebanon.

A garden locked is my sister bride,
    a spring enclosed, a fountain sealed.
Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates with choice fruit,
    henna with nard;
nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon spice with all trees of frankincense,
    myrrh and aloes with all chief spices.
A garden fountain, a well of living water,
    flowing (streams) from Lebanon.
Awake, O north wind! Come, O south wind!
    Blow upon my garden! Let its fragrances waft forth!
Let my beloved come to his garden,
    let him eat his choice fruit!

Song of Solomon 5

I have come to my garden, my sister bride,
    I have gathered my myrrh with my spice,
I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey,
    I have drunk my wine with my milk!
Eat, O friends! Drink and become drunk with love!

I was asleep but my heart was awake.
    A sound! My beloved knocking!
"Open to me, my sister, my beloved,
    my dove, my perfect one!
For my head is full of dew,
    my hair drenched from the moist night air."
I have taken off my tunic, must I put it on?
    I have bathed my feet, must I soil them?
My beloved thrust his hand into the opening,
    and my inmost yearned for him.
I myself arose to open to my beloved;
    my hands dripped with myrrh,
my fingers with liquid myrrh
    upon the handles of the bolt.
I opened myself to my beloved,
    but my beloved had turned and gone;
my heart sank when he turned away.
I sought him, but I did not find him;
    I called him, but he did not answer me.
The sentinels making rounds in the city found me;
    they beat me, they wounded me;
they took my cloak away from me—
    those sentinels on the walls!

I adjure you, O maidens of Jerusalem,
    if you find my beloved, what will you tell him?
Tell him that I am lovesick!

How is your beloved better than another lover,
    O most beautiful among women?
How is your beloved better than another lover,
    that you adjure us thus?
My beloved is radiant and ruddy,
    distinguished among ten thousand.
His head is gold, refined gold;
    his locks are wavy, black as a raven.
His eyes are like doves beside springs of water,
    bathed in milk, set like mounted jewels.
His cheeks are like beds of spice, a tower of fragrances;
    his lips are lilies dripping liquid myrrh.
His arms are rods of gold engraved with jewels;
    his belly is polished ivory covered with sapphires.
His legs are columns of alabaster, set on bases of gold;
    his appearance is like Lebanon, choice as its cedars.
His mouth is sweet,
    and he is altogether desirable.
This is my beloved;
    this is my friend, O young women of Jerusalem.

Song of Solomon 6

Where has your beloved gone,
    O most beautiful among women?
Where has your beloved turned
    that we may seek him with you?
My beloved has gone down to his garden,
    to the garden bed of the spice,
        to pasture his flock and to gather lilies in the garden.

I belong to my beloved and he belongs to me;
    he pastures his flock among the lilies.

You are beautiful, my beloved, as Tirzah,
    lovely as Jerusalem,
        overwhelming as an army with banners.
Turn away your eyes from before me,
    for they overwhelm me.
Your hair is like a flock of the goats
    that moves down from Gilead.
Your teeth are like a flock of the ewes
    that have come up from the washing,
all of them bearing twins,
    and there is none bereaved among them.
Your cheeks behind your veil
    are like halves of a pomegranate.

Sixty queens there are, eighty concubines,
    and maidens beyond number.
My dove, she is the one;
    my perfect, she is the only one;
        she is the favorite of her mother who bore her.
Maidens see her and consider her fortunate;
    queens and concubines praise her:
"Who is this that looks down like the dawn,
beautiful as the moon,
    bright as the sun,
        overwhelming as an army with banners?"

I went down to the orchard of the walnut trees
    to look at the blossoms of the valley,
to see whether the vines have sprouted,
    whether the pomegranates have blossomed.
I did not know my heart set me
    in a chariot of my princely people.
Turn, turn, O Shulammite!
    Turn, turn so that we may look upon you!
Why do you look upon the Shulammite
    as at a dance of the two armies?

2 Thessalonians 1

Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

We ought to give thanks to God always concerning you, brothers, just as it is fitting, because your faith is flourishing and the love of each one of you all toward one another is increasing so that we ourselves boast in you in the churches of God about your patient endurance and faith in all your persecutions and the afflictions that you are enduring, a proof of the righteous judgment of God, so that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, on behalf of which also you are suffering, since it is righteous in the sight of God to pay back those who are afflicting you with affliction, and to you who are being afflicted, rest with us at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with his powerful angels, with burning flame giving punishment to those who do not know God and who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus, who will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his strength, whenever he should come to be glorified on that day by his saints and to be marveled at by all who believe, because our testimony was believed among you, for which purpose we also pray always for you, that you may be considered worthy of the calling of our God, and he might fulfill every desire for goodness and work of faith with power, in order that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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The reading for today is Song of Solomon 4-6; 2 Thessalonians 1. The reading for today is Song of Solomon 4-6; 2 Thessalonians 1. Song of Solomon 4 Oh my! You are beautiful, my beloved! Oh my! You are beautiful! Your eyes are doves from behind your veil. Your hair is like a flock of goats that move down from the mountains of Gilead. Your teeth are like a flock of shorn ewes that came up from the washing, all of them bearing tw ... Continue reading Week 25, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 08:38
Week 25, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/25/2 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/25/2 The reading for today is Song of Solomon 1-3; Psalm 72; 1 Thessalonians 5.

Song of Solomon 1

The Song of Songs, which is for Solomon.

May you kiss me passionately with your lips,
    for your love is better than wine.
As fragrance, your perfumes are delightful;
    your name is poured out perfume;
        therefore young women love you.
Draw me after you, let us run!
    May the king bring me into his chambers!
Let us be joyful and let us rejoice in you;
    let us extol your love more than wine.
        Rightly do they love you!

I am black but beautiful, O maidens of Jerusalem,
    like the tents of Kedar, like the curtains of Solomon.
Do not gaze at me because I am black,
    because the sun has stared at me.
The sons of my mother were angry with me;
    they made me keeper of the vineyards,
        but my own "vineyard" I did not keep.

Tell me, you whom my heart loves,
    where do you pasture your flock,
        where do your sheep lie down at the noon?
For why should I be like one who is veiled
    beside the flocks of your companions?
If you do not know, O fairest among women,
    follow the tracks of the flock,
        and pasture your little lambs beside the tents of the shepherds.

To a mare among the chariots of Pharaoh,
    I compare you, my beloved.
Your cheeks are beautiful with ornaments,
    your neck with strings of jewels.
We will make ornaments of gold for you
    with studs of silver.

While the king was on his couch,
    my nard gave its fragrance.
My beloved is to me a pouch of myrrh,
    he spends the night between my breasts.
My beloved is to me a cluster of blossoms of henna
    in the vineyards of En Gedi.

Look! You are beautiful, my beloved.
    Look! You are beautiful;
        your eyes are doves.
Look! You are beautiful, my beloved,
    truly pleasant.
Truly our couch is verdant;
    the beams of our house are cedar;
        our rafter is cypress.

Song of Solomon 2

I am a rose of Sharon,
    a lily of the valleys.
Like a lily among the thorns,
    so is my love among the maidens.
As an apple tree among the trees of the forest,
    so is my beloved among the young men.
In his shade I sat down with delight,
    and his fruit was sweet to my palate.

He brought me to the house of the wine,
    and his intention was love toward me.
Sustain me with the raisins,
    refresh me with the apples,
for I am lovesick.

His left hand is under my head,
    and his right hand embraces me.
I adjure you, O maidens of Jerusalem,
    by the gazelles or by the does of the field,
do not arouse or awaken love until it pleases!

The voice of my beloved!
    Look! Here he comes leaping upon the mountains,
        bounding over the hills!
My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.
    Look! He is standing behind our wall,
gazing through the window,
    looking through the lattice.
My beloved answered and said to me,
    "Arise, my beloved! Come, my beauty!
For look! The winter is over;
    the rainy season has turned and gone away.
The blossoms appear in the land;
    the time of singing has arrived;
the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth her figs,
    and the vines are in blossom; they give fragrance.
Arise, my beloved! Come, my beauty!"
My dove, in the clefts of the rock,
    in the secluded place in the mountain,
Let me see your face,
    let me hear your voice;
for your voice is sweet and your face is lovely.
Catch for us the foxes,
    the little foxes destroying vineyards,
for our vineyards are in blossom!

My beloved belongs to me and I belong to him;
    he pastures his flock among the lilies.
Until the day breathes and the shadows flee,
    turn, my beloved!
        Be like a gazelle or young stag on the cleft mountains.

Song of Solomon 3

On my bed in the night,
    I sought him whom my heart loves.
I sought him, but I did not find him.
Now I will arise, and I will go about in the city,
    in the streets and in the squares;
I will seek him whom my heart loves.
    I sought him, but I did not find him.
The sentinels who go about in the city found me.
    "Have you seen the one whom my heart loves?"
Scarcely had I passed by them
    when I found him whom my heart loves.
I held him and I would not let him go
    until I brought him to the house of my mother,
        into the bedroom chamber of she who conceived me.

I adjure you, O maidens of Jerusalem,
    by the gazelles or by the does of the field,
do not arouse or awaken love until it pleases!

What is this coming up from the desert
    like a column of smoke,
perfumed with myrrh and frankincense
    from all the fragrant powders of the merchant?
Look! It is Solomon’s portable couch!
    Sixty mighty men surround it,
        the mighty men of Israel.
All of them wield swords;
    they are trained in warfare,
each with his sword at his thigh
    to guard against terror in the night.
King Solomon made for himself a sedan chair
    from the wood of Lebanon.
He made its column of silver, its back of gold, its seat of purple;
    its interior is inlaid with leather by the maidens of Jerusalem.
Come out and look, O maidens of Zion, at King Solomon,
    at the crown with which his mother crowned him
on the day of his wedding,
    on the day of the joy of his heart!

Psalm 72

Of Solomon.

O God, give your judgments to the king,
and your righteousness to the king’s son.
May he judge your people with righteousness,
and your poor with justice.
Let the mountains yield prosperity for the people,
and the hills in righteousness.
May he provide justice for the poor of the people,
save the children of the needy,
and crush the oppressor.
May he live long while the sun endures
as long as the moon for all generations.
May he descend like rain on mown grass,
like showers watering the earth.
May what is right blossom in his days
and an abundance of peace, until the moon is no more.
And may he rule from sea up to sea,
and from the River to the edges of the land.
Let the desert dwellers bow down before him,
and his enemies lick the dust.
Let the kings of Tarshish and the islands bring tribute.
Let the kings of Sheba and Seba present gifts,
and let all kings bow down to him.
Let all nations serve him.
Indeed he will deliver the needy who is crying for help,
and the afflicted who has no helper.
He will take pity on the helpless and needy,
and the lives of the needy he will save.
From oppression and from violence
he will redeem their lives,
and their blood will be precious in his eyes.
So may he live, and may gold from Sheba be given to him,
and may prayers be offered for him continually.
May blessings be invoked for him all day long.
May there be an abundance of grain in the land
even on the top of the mountains.
May his crop sway like the trees of Lebanon,
and may those from the city blossom like the grass of the earth.
May his name endure forever.
May his name increase as long as the sun shines,
and let them be blessed in him.
Let all nations call him blessed.
Blessed be Yahweh God, the God of Israel,
who alone does wonderful things.
And blessed be his glorious name forever,
and may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen.
The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are completed.

1 Thessalonians 5

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need of anything to be written to you, for you yourselves well know that the day of the Lord is coming in the same way as a thief in the night. Whenever they say "Peace and security," then sudden destruction will overtake them like the birth pains of a pregnant woman, and they will not possibly escape. But you, brothers, are not in the darkness, so that the day should catch you like a thief, for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.

So then, we must not sleep like the rest, but must be on the alert and be self-controlled. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. But because we are of the day, we must be sober, by putting on the breastplate of faith and love and as a helmet the hope of salvation, because God did not appoint us for wrath, but for the obtaining of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live at the same time with him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, just as indeed you are doing.

Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and rule over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them beyond all measure in love, because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.

And we urge you, brothers, admonish the disorderly, console the discouraged, help the sick, be patient toward all people. See to it that no one pays back evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue good toward one another and toward all people.

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but examine all things; hold fast to what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your spirit and soul and body be kept complete, blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, who also will do this.

Brothers, pray for us. Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. I adjure you by the Lord, have this letter read aloud to all the brothers. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

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The reading for today is Song of Solomon 1-3; Psalm 72; 1 Thessalonians 5. The reading for today is Song of Solomon 1-3; Psalm 72; 1 Thessalonians 5. Song of Solomon 1 The Song of Songs, which is for Solomon. May you kiss me passionately with your lips, for your love is better than wine. As fragrance, your perfumes are delightful; your name is poured out perfume; therefore young women love you. Draw me after you, let us run! May the king bring me ... Continue reading Week 25, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 10:32
Week 25, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/25/1 Sun, 18 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/25/1 The reading for today is Proverbs 29-31; 1 Thessalonians 4.

Proverbs 29

A man who is reproved, being stubborn of neck—
    suddenly he will be broken, and there will not be healing.
When the righteous are numerous, the people will rejoice,
    but when the wicked are ruling, people will groan.
A man who loves wisdom will make his parents glad,
    but the friend of prostitutes will squander his wealth.
By justice a king gives stability to a land,
    but a man of bribes will ruin it.
A strong man who flatters his neighbor
    is spreading a net for his feet.
In transgression, an evil man is a snare,
    but the righteous will sing and rejoice.
The righteous knows the case of the poor,
    but the wicked does not understand knowledge.
Men of scoffing set a city aflame,
    but the wise turn away wrath.
If a wise man goes to court with a foolish man,
    then there is rankling and ridicule, but there is no relief.
Men of blood hate the blameless,
    and they seek the life of the upright.
A fool gives all his breath,
    but the wise holds back in quiet.
A ruler listening to a word of falsehood,
    all his officials are wicked.
The poor and a man of oppression have this in common:
    Yahweh gives light to the eyes of them both.
A king who judges with truthfulness to the poor,
    his throne will be established forever.
As for a rod and reproof, they will give wisdom,
    but a neglected child is disgraced by his mother.
With the increase of the wicked, transgression will increase,
    but the righteous will look on his downfall.
Discipline your children, and they will give you rest,
    and they will give delight to your soul.
When there is no prophecy, the people cast off restraint,
    but as for he who guards instruction, happiness is his.
By words, a servant is not disciplined,
    for he will understand, but there is no giving heed.
You see a man who is hasty in his words:
    there is more hope for a fool than him.
He who pampers his servant from childhood,
    arrogance will be his end.
A man of anger will stir strife,
    and the owner of anger, much transgression.
The pride of a person will bring him humiliation,
    and the lowly of spirit will obtain honor.
Being a partner with a thief is hating one’s life;
    a curse he will hear, but not disclose.
The fear of a person will lay a snare,
    but he who trusts in Yahweh will be secure.
Many are those who seek the favor of a ruler,
    but from Yahweh one obtains justice.
A man of injustice is an abomination to the righteous,
    but the upright is an abomination to the wicked.

Proverbs 30

The words of Agur, son of Yakeh, the oracle.
    Thus says the man to Ithiel, to Ithiel, and Ucal:
Certainly I am more stupid than a man,
    and the understanding of humankind is not for me.
And I have not learned wisdom,
    nor will I know knowledge of the Holy One.
Who has ascended to heaven and come down?
    Who has gathered the wind in the hollow of his hand?
    Who has wrapped water in a garment?
    Who has established all the ends of the earth?
    What is his name and what is the name of his child?
    For surely you know.
Every word of God is flawless;
    he is a shield for him who takes refuge in him.
Do not add to his words
    lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.
Two things I ask from you;
    do not deny me before I die:
Keep falsehood and a lying word far from me;
    do not give me poverty or wealth;
    provide me with food only for my need.
Or else I will be satisfied and will deny him
    and say "Who is Yahweh?"
Or I will be poor and will steal
    and profane the name of my God.
Do not slander a servant to his master,
    or else he will curse you and you will be guilty.
There is a generation that will curse its father,
    and its mother it will not bless.
There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes,
    but from its filthiness it will not be cleansed.
There is a generation—how lofty are their eyes!
    And their eyelids they will lift.
There is a generation whose teeth are swords,
    and its jawbones, knives,
in order to devour the poor from the earth
    and the needy from humankind.
For the leech, there are two daughters;
    "Give, give!" they cry.
As for three of these, they are not satisfied;
    as for four, they do not say enough.
Sheol and barrenness of womb,
    the land is not satisfied with water,
    and fire does not say "enough!"
The eye that mocks a father
    and scorns the obedience of a mother—
the ravens of the valley will peck it out,
    and the offspring of vultures will eat it.
Three of these are too wonderful for me,
    and four, I do not understand them:
the way of the eagle in the sky,
    the way of a snake on a rock,
    the way of a ship in the heart of the sea,
    and the way of a man with a young woman.
This is the way of a woman committing adultery:
    she eats and wipes her mouth,
    and says "I have not done wrong."
Under three things the earth trembles,
    and under four, it is not able to bear up:
under a slave when he becomes king,
    and a fool when he is satisfied with food;
under an unloved woman when she gets married,
    and a maid when she succeeds her mistress.
There are four small things on the earth,
    and they are exceedingly wise:
The ants are a people who are not strong,
    yet they prepare their food in the summer;
the badgers are a people who are not mighty,
    yet they set their house on the rock;
there is no king for the locust,
    yet it marches in rank;
a lizard you can seize with hands,
    yet it is in palaces of kings.
There are three things that are magnificent of stride,
    and four that are magnificent when moving:
a mighty lion among the beasts,
    but he will not turn back from any face;
a strutting rooster or he-goat,
    and a king whose army is with him.
If you have been foolish by exalting yourself,
    and if you have devised evil, put your hand to your mouth.
For pressing milk produces curd,
    and pressing the nose produces blood,
    so pressing anger produces strife.

Proverbs 31

The words of Lemuel, the king—an oracle
    that his mother taught him:
What, my son? And what, my son in my womb?
    And what, son of my vows?
Do not give your strength to the women,
    and your ways to destroy kings.
It is not for the kings, O Lemuel;
    drinking wine is not for the kings,
    nor is strong drink for rulers.
Or else he will drink and forget what has been decreed,
    and he will pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
Give strong drink to him who is perishing,
    and wine to those in bitter distress.
He will drink and forget his poverty,
    and his misery he will not remember any more.
Open your mouth for the mute,
    for the rights of all the needy.
Open your mouth, judge righteousness,
    and defend the poor and needy.

A woman of excellence, who will find?
    For her worth is far more than precious jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her,
    and gain he will not lack.
She does him good, but not harm
    all the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax,
    and she works with the diligence of her hands.
She is like the ships of a merchant;
    from far off she brings her food;
And she arises while it is still night,
    and gives food to her household,
    and tasks to her servant girls.
She considers a field and buys it,
    from the fruit of her hand she plants a vineyard.
She girds her waist in strength,
    and makes her arms strong.
She perceives that her merchandise is good;
    her lamp does not go out in the night.
Her hands she puts onto the distaff,
    and her palms hold a spindle.
Her palm she opens to the poor,
    and her hand she reaches out to the needy.
She does not fear for her house when it snows,
    for her entire household is clothed in crimson.
She makes for herself coverings;
    her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Her husband is known at the gates,
    in his seat among the elders of the land.
Linen garments she makes and sells,
    and she supplies sashes for the merchants.
Strength and dignity are her clothing,
    and she laughs at the future.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
    and instruction of kindness is upon her tongue.
She looks after the ways of her household,
    and the bread of idleness she will not eat.
Her children rise and consider her happy,
    her husband also, and he praises her;
"Many daughters have done excellence,
    but you surpass all of them."
Charm is deceit and beauty is vain;
    but a woman who fears Yahweh shall be praised.
Give to her from the fruit of her hand,
    and may they praise her works in the city gates.

1 Thessalonians 4

Finally therefore, brothers, we ask you and appeal to you in the Lord Jesus that, just as you have received from us how it is necessary for you to live and to please God, just as indeed you are living, that you progress even more. For you know what commands we gave to you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, just as also the Gentiles who do not know God; not to transgress and to exploit his brother in the matter, because the Lord is the one who avenges concerning all these things, just as also we told you beforehand and testified solemnly. For God did not call us to impurity, but in holiness. Therefore the one who rejects this is not rejecting man, but God, who also gives his Holy Spirit to you.

But concerning brotherly love, I do not have need to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another, for indeed you are practicing it toward all the brothers in all of Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to progress even more, and to aspire to live a quiet life, and to attend to your own business, and to work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you may live decently toward those outside, and may have need of nothing.

Now we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning those who have fallen asleep, so that you will not grieve as also the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, thus also God will bring those who have fallen asleep through Jesus together with him. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who remain until the Lord’s coming, will not possibly precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who remain, will be snatched away at the same time together with them in the clouds for a meeting with the Lord in the air, and thus we will be together with the Lord always. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

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The reading for today is Proverbs 29-31; 1 Thessalonians 4. The reading for today is Proverbs 29-31; 1 Thessalonians 4. Proverbs 29 A man who is reproved, being stubborn of neck— suddenly he will be broken, and there will not be healing. When the righteous are numerous, the people will rejoice, but when the wicked are ruling, people will groan. A man who loves wisdom will make his parents glad, but the friend of pr ... Continue reading Week 25, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 12:10
Week 24, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/24/5 Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/24/5 The reading for today is Proverbs 26-28; 1 Thessalonians 3.

Proverbs 26

Like snow in the summer and like rain at the harvest,
    so honor is not fitting for a fool.
Like the sparrow is to fluttering and like the swallow is to flying,
    so an undeserved curse does not go forth.
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
    and a rod for the back of fools.
Do not answer a fool according to his folly
    lest you become like him—even you.
Answer a fool according to his folly,
    or else he will be wise in his own eyes.
Like cutting off feet or drinking violence,
    so is he who sends messages in the hand of a fool.
Like legs that hang limp from a lame person,
    so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
Like binding a stone in a sling,
    so is giving honor to a fool.
Like a thorn that goes up in the hand of a drunkard,
    so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
Like an archer who wounds everyone,
    so is he who hires a fool or he who hires passersby.
Like a dog returning to his vomit
    is a fool reverting to his folly.
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
    There is more hope for a fool than for him.
A lazy person says "A lion is in the road!
    A lion among the streets!"
The door turns on its hinge,
    and a lazy person on his bed.
A lazy person buries his hands in the dish;
    he is too tired to return it to his mouth.
A lazy person is wiser in his eyes
    than seven who answer discreetly.
Grabbing onto the ears of a dog
    passing by is one who meddles in a quarrel that is not his own.
Like a maniac who shoots
    firebrands, arrows, and death,
so is a man who deceives his neighbor,
    but says "Am I not joking?"
For lack of wood, a fire goes out,
    and where there is no whisperer, quarreling will cease.
As charcoal is to hot embers and wood is to fire,
    so a man of quarrels is to kindling strife.
The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels,
    and they go down to the inner parts of the body.
Like impure silver which overlays an earthen vessel,
    so are smooth lips and an evil heart.
On his lips, an enemy will pretend,
    but inside he will harbor deceit.
When he makes his voice gracious, do not believe him,
    for seven abominations are in his heart.
Though hatred is covered with guile,
    its evil will be exposed in the assembly.
He who digs a pit, in it he will fall,
    and he who rolls a stone, on him it will come back.
A tongue of deceit hates its victim,
    and a flattering mouth makes ruin.

Proverbs 27

Do not boast about tomorrow,
    for you do not know what the day will bring.
May another praise you and not your own mouth,
    a stranger and not your own lips.
Heavy is a stone and weighty is sand,
    but the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them.
Cruel is wrath and overwhelming is anger,
    but who will stand before jealousy?
Better a rebuke that is open
    than a love that is hidden.
The wounds of a friend mean well,
    but the kisses of an enemy are profane.
An appetite that is sated spurns honey,
    but to an appetite that is ravenous, all bitterness is sweet.
Like a bird that strays from its nest,
    so is a man who strays from his place.
Perfume and incense will gladden a heart,
    and the pleasantness of one’s friend is personal advice.
As for your friend and a friend of your father, do not forsake them,
    and the house of your brother, do not enter on the day of your calamity.
    Better is a close neighbor than a distant brother.
Be wise, my child, and make my heart glad,
    and I will answer him who reproaches me with a word.
When the clever sees danger, he hides;
    the simple go on and suffer.
Take his garment, for he gives surety to a stranger,
    and to an adulteressso take his pledge.
He who blesses his neighbor with a loud voice
    early in the morning,
    a curse will be reckoned to him.
Dripping constantly on a day of heavy rain
    and a woman of contention are alike.
In restraining her, he restrains wind,
    and his right hand will grasp oil.
As iron sharpens iron,
    so one man sharpens another.
He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit,
    and he who guards his master will be honored.
As the waters reflect face to face,
    so the heart of a person reflects the person.
Sheol and Abaddon will not be satisfied,
    and the eyes of a person will not be satisfied either.
A crucible is for the silver, and a furnace for the gold,
    but a man is tested by the mouth of him who praises him.
If you crush a fool in the mortar with the pestle along with the crushed grain,
    it will not drive folly from upon him.
You will surely know the condition of your flock;
    your heart attends to the herds.
For riches are not forever,
    nor a crown for generation after generation.
When the grass is gone, then green growth will appear,
    and the herbs of the mountains will be gathered.
Lambs will be your clothing,
    and goats the price of the field.
And there will be enough goats’ milk for your food,
    for the food of your household and the nourishment of your maidservants.

Proverbs 28

The wicked flee, but no one pursues,
    but the righteous is bold like a lion.
By the rebellion of a land, her rulers increase,
    but by a person of intelligence who knows justice, it will last.
A man who is poor and oppresses the impoverished
    is a beating rain that leaves no food.
Those who forsake instruction will praise the wicked,
    but they who guard instruction will struggle against them.
Men of evil do not understand justice,
    but seekers of Yahweh understand completely.
Better to be poor and walking in one’s integrity
    than to be crooked of ways when one is rich.
He who keeps instruction is a child of understanding,
    but the companion of gluttons will shame his father.
He who augments his wealth with interest and with usury
    gathers it for him who is kind to the poor.
He who turns his ear from listening to instruction,
    even his prayer is an abomination.
He who misleads the upright onto the way of evil,
    into his pits he will fall.
    But as for the blameless, they will inherit good.
A man of wealth is wise in his own eyes,
    but the intelligent poor sees through him.
When the righteous triumphs, great is the glory,
    but with the rising of the wicked, a person will be hidden.
He who conceals his transgression will not prosper,
    but he who confesses and forsakes will obtain mercy.
Happy is the person who fears continuously,
    but he who is stubborn of heart, will fall into calamity.
Like a roaring lion and a charging bear
    is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor,
    but those who hate unjust gain will have long days.
A person who is burdened with the blood of another,
    until death he will flee;
    do not take hold of him.
He who walks in integrity will be safe,
    but he who takes crooked paths will fall in one.
He who tills his ground will have plenty bread,
    but he who follows fantasies will have plenty of poverty.
A man of faithfulness has abundant blessings,
    but he who hurries to become rich will not go unpunished.
Showing partiality is not good,
    and over a morsel of bread, a strong man will do wrong.
He who hurries for wealth is a man with an evil eye,
    but he does not know that poverty will come upon him.
He who rebukes a person will afterward find more favor
    than he who flatters with the tongue.
He who robs his father and his mother and says, "There is no crime,"
    is partner to a man who corrupts.
The greedy person will stir up strife,
    but he who trusts in Yahweh will be enriched.
He who trusts in his own heart is a fool,
    but he who walks in wisdom will be saved.
For he who gives to the poor, there is no lacking,
    but for he who turns his eyes, there are many curses.
With the rising of the wicked, humankind will be hidden,
    and with their perishing, the righteous will multiply.

1 Thessalonians 3

Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we determined to be left behind in Athens alone, and we sent Timothy, our brother and fellow worker for God in the gospel of Christ, in order to strengthen and to encourage you about your faith, so that no one would be shaken by these afflictions. For you yourselves know that we are appointed for this, for indeed when we were with you we told you beforehand that we were about to be afflicted, just as indeed it happened, and you know. Because of this, I also, when I could endure it no longer, sent in order to know your faith, lest somehow the tempter tempted you and our labor should be in vain.

But now, because Timothy has come to us from you and has brought good news to us of your faith and love, and that you always think kindly of us, desiring to see us just as also we desire to see you, because of this, brothers, we have been comforted because of you in all our distress and affliction through your faith, because now we live, if you stand firm in the Lord. For what thanks can we repay to God concerning you, because of all the joy with which we rejoice because of you before our God, night and day praying beyond all measure that we may see your face and complete what is lacking in your faith?

Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you, and may the Lord cause you to increase and to abound in love for one another and for all, just as also we do for you, so that your hearts may be established blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

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The reading for today is Proverbs 26-28; 1 Thessalonians 3. The reading for today is Proverbs 26-28; 1 Thessalonians 3. Proverbs 26 Like snow in the summer and like rain at the harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool. Like the sparrow is to fluttering and like the swallow is to flying, so an undeserved curse does not go forth. A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools. Do not ... Continue reading Week 24, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 11:06