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. Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:01:17 +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 33, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/33/5 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/33/5 The reading for today is Micah 5-7; Matthew 25.

Micah 5

Now muster troops, O daughter of troops;
    a siege he puts against us.
They strike the ruler of Israel
    with a rod on the cheek.
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    too small to be among the clans of Judah,
from you one will go out for me,
    to be ruler in Israel;
and his origins are from of old,
    from ancient days.
Therefore he will give them up
    until the time of she who is with child has given birth.
And the rest of his brothers will return
    to the children of Israel.
And he will stand and shepherd his flock
    in the strength of Yahweh,
    in the majesty of the name of Yahweh his God.
And they will live,
    for now he will be great unto the ends of the earth.
And this one will be peace.
As for the Assyrian, when he comes into our land
    and when he treads on our fortresses,
then we will raise up against him seven shepherds
    and eight leaders of men.
And they will shepherd the land of Assyria with the sword,
    and the land of Nimrod at its entrances.
And he will rescue us from the Assyrian
    when he comes into our land,
    and when they tread upon our border.

And the remnant of Jacob will be
    in the midst of many nations,
like dew from Yahweh,
    like showers upon the grass
which does not wait for a man,
    nor delays for the children of humankind.
And the remnant of Jacob will be among the nations,
    in the midst of many peoples,
like a lion among the wild animals of the forest,
    like a young lion among the herds of sheep
which, when it passes through and treads down
    and tears in pieces, there is none who can deliver.
Your hand will be lifted high over your enemies,
    and all your foes will be cut off.
"And it will happen that in that day," declares Yahweh,
    "then I will cut off your horses from among you,
    and I will destroy your chariots.
And I will cut off the cities of your land,
    and I will demolish all your fortifications.
And I will cut off sorceries from your hand,
    and you will not have soothsayers.
And I will cut off your idols
    and your stone pillars from among you,
and you will no longer bow down
    to the work of your hands.
And I will uproot your Asherahs from among you,
    and I will destroy your cities.
And in anger and in wrath I will execute vengeance
    on the nations who did not obey."

Micah 6

Hear now what Yahweh says:
"Arise! Plead your case with the mountains,
    and let the hills hear your voice."
Hear, O mountains, the indictment of Yahweh,
    and you eternal foundations of the earth,
for Yahweh has an indictment against his people,
    and against Israel he contends.
"O my people, what have I done to you,
    and how have I wearied you? Answer me!
For I brought you up from the land of Egypt,
    and from the house of slavery I redeemed you.
    And I sent Moses, Aaron, and Miriam before you.
O my people, remember what Balak the king of Moab devised,
    and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him,
and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal,
    so that you might know the righteous acts of Yahweh."

With what shall I approach Yahweh,
    and bow down to God on high?
Shall I approach him with burnt offerings,
    with bull calves a year old?
Will Yahweh be pleased with thousands of rams,
    with myriads of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
    the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has told you, O mortal, what is good,
    and what does Yahweh ask from you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?

The voice of Yahweh calls to the city
    (it is sound judgment to fear your name):
    "Hear, O staff! Now who has appointed it?
Is there any longer a man in the house of the wicked
    treasures of wickedness,
    and the ephah of scarcity which is accursed?
Shall I regard as pure the one with scales of wickedness,
    and with a bag of deceitful weights?
Because her rich are full of violence,
    and her inhabitants speak lies,
    and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
And I also have made you sick by striking you down,
    making you desolate because of your sins.
You yourself will eat but not be satisfied;
    your hunger will be in your midst,
and you will put away, but you will not save,
    and what you save I will hand over to the sword.
You yourself will sow, but you will not reap;
    you will tread olives, but you will not anoint yourself with oil;
    you will tread grapes, but you will not drink wine.
For you have observed the regulations of Omri
    and all the works of the house of Ahab.
And you have walked in their counsels,
    so that I am making you a desolation
and your inhabitants an object of scorn.
    So you will bear the scorn of my people.

Micah 7

Woe is me! For I have become
    like the gatherings of summer,
    like the gleanings of the grape harvest,
when there is no cluster of grapes to eat
    or early ripened fruit that my soul desires.
The faithful person has perished from the land,
    and there is none who is upright among humankind.
All of them lie in wait;
    each hunts his brother with a net.
Their hands are upon evil, to do it well;
    the official and the judge ask for the bribe,
and the great man utters the evil desire of his soul;
    and they weave it together.
The best of them is like a brier;
    the most upright worse than a thorn hedge.
The day of your watchman, your punishment, has come;
    now their confusion will come.
Do not put faith in a friend;
    put no trust in a close friend.
Guard the doorways of your mouth
    from the one who lies in your lap.
For a son treats a father with contempt;
    a daughter rises up against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
    the enemies of a man are the men of his own house.
But as for me, I will look to Yahweh;
    I will wait for the God of my salvation.
    My God will hear me.
You should not rejoice over me, O my enemy!
    When I fall I will stand up;
when I sit in darkness
    Yahweh will be a light for me.
I will bear the rage of Yahweh,
    for I have sinned against him,
until he pleads my cause
    and executes my justice.
He will bring me out to the light;
    I will see his righteousness.
Then my enemy will see,
    and shame will cover her who said to me,
"Where is Yahweh your God?"
    My eyes will look upon her;
now she will become a trampling place,
    like mud in the streets.
A day for building your walls;
    on that day he will extend your boundary.
On that day he will come to you
    from Assyria and the cities of Egypt,
and from Egypt to the River,
    and from sea to sea
    and mountain to mountain.
But the earth will be a desolation
    because of its inhabitants,
    for the fruit of their deeds.
Shepherd your people with your staff,
    the flock of your inheritance,
those dwelling alone in a forest
    in the midst of Carmel.
Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead,
    as in the days of old.
As in the days when you came out
    from the land of Egypt
    I will show him wondrous things.
The nations will see and be ashamed
    because of all their might.
They will lay the hand on the mouth;
    their ears will be deaf.
They will lick the dust like the serpent,
    like the crawling things of the earth.
They will come trembling from their strongholds
    to Yahweh our God.
    Let them fear and be afraid of you.
Who is a God like you, forgiving sin
    and passing over rebellion for the remnant of his inheritance?
He does not retain his anger forever,
    for he delights in loyal love.
He will again have compassion on us;
    he will trample our iniquities.
And you will hurl all their sins
    in the depths of the sea.
You will show faithfulness to Jacob,
    and loyal love to Abraham,
as you have sworn to our ancestors
    from the days of old.

Matthew 25

"Then the kingdom of heaven may be compared to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were foolish and five were wise. For when the foolish ones took their lamps, they did not take olive oil with them. But the wise ones took olive oil in flasks with their lamps. And when the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. But in the middle of the night there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish ones said to the wise ones, ‘Give us some of your olive oil, because our lamps are going out!’ But the wise ones answered saying, "Certainly there will never be enough for us and for you! Go instead to those who sell olive oil and buy some for yourselves.’ But while they had gone away to buy it the bridegroom arrived, and those who were ready went inside with him to the wedding celebration, and the door was shut. And later the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open the door for us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you!’ Therefore be on the alert, because you do not know the day or the hour!

For it is like a man going on a journey. He summoned his own slaves and handed over his property to them. And to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to each one according to his own ability, and he went on a journey immediately. The one who had received the five talents went out and traded with them and gained five more. In the same way the one who had the two gained two more. But the one who had received the one went away and dug up the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time, the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. And the one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents. See, I have gained five more talents!’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge over many things. Enter into the joy of your master!’ And the one who had the two talents also came up and said, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents. See, I have gained two talents more!’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge over many things. Enter into the joy of your master!’ And the one who had received the one talent came up also and said, ‘Master, because I knew you, that you are a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering from where you did not scatter seed. And because I was afraid, I went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours!’ But his master answered and said to him, ‘Evil and lazy slave! You knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather from where I did not scatter seed. Then you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and when I returned I would have gotten back what was mine with interest! Therefore take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. And throw the worthless slave into the outer darkness—in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!’

Now when the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. And all the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate them from one another like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right and the goats on the left. Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world! For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me as a guest, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you cared for me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you as a guest, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ And the king will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, in as much as you did it to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.’ Then he will also say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed ones, into the eternal fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels! For I was hungry and you did not give me anything to eat, I was thirsty and you did not give me anything to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me as a guest, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not care for me.’ Then they will also answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and not serve you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly I say to you, in as much as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will depart into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

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Week 33, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/33/4 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/33/4 The reading for today is Micah 1-4; Psalm 10; Matthew 24.

Micah 1

The word of Yahweh that came to Micah the Morashtite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, the kings of Judah, that he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem:

Hear, all you peoples;
    give heed, O earth and its fullness.
And let the Lord Yahweh be against you as a witness,
    the Lord from his holy temple.
For behold, Yahweh is coming out from his place,
    and he will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth.
The mountains will melt under him
    and the valleys will burst open,
like wax before the fire,
    like water rushing down a slope.
All this is for the rebellion of Jacob,
    and for the sins of the house of Israel.
What is the rebellion of Jacob?
    Is it not Samaria?
And what are the high places of Judah?
    Are they not Jerusalem?
So I will make Samaria as a heap of rubble in the field,
    a place for planting a vineyard.
And I will pour down her stones into the valley
    and uncover her foundations.
Then all her idols will be broken in pieces,
    and all her prostitution wages will be burned in the fire,
    and all her idols I will make a desolation,
For from the wage of a prostitute she gathered them,
    and to the wage of a prostitute they will return.
On account of this I will lament and wail.
    I will go about barefoot and naked.
I will make a lamentation like the jackals,
    and a mourning ceremony like the ostriches.
For her wounds are incurable,
    because it has come to Judah.
    It has reached to the gate of my people, to Jerusalem.
Do not tell it in Gath;
    you must not weep at all.
In Beth-le-Aphrah
    roll yourself in dust.
Pass on, you inhabitants of Shaphir,
    in naked shame.
The inhabitants of Zaanan do not come forth;
    the wailing of Beth-ha-Ezel will take its protection from you.
For the inhabitants of Maroth
    writhed for good,
because disaster has come down from Yahweh
    to the gate of Jerusalem.
Harness the chariot to the team of horses,
    O inhabitants of Lachish;
it is the beginning of sin
    for the daughter of Zion,
for the transgressions of Israel
    were found in you.
Therefore you will give parting gifts
    to Moresheth-Gath;
the houses of Achzib will be a deception
    to the kings of Israel.
I will again bring the conqueror upon you,
    O inhabitants of Mareshah;
the glory of Israel
    will come to Adullam.
Make yourselves bald
    and cut off your hair
    for the children of your pleasure.
Expand your baldness as the eagle,
    for they will go into exile away from you.

Micah 2

Woe to those who plan wickedness
    and evil deeds upon their beds!
In the light of the morning they did it,
    because they have power in their hands.
They covet fields and seize them,
    and houses, and they take them away.
They oppress a man and his house;
    a man and his inheritance.

Therefore, thus says Yahweh: Look! I am planning disaster against this family from which you will not be able to remove your necks. You will not walk proudly, for it is a time of disaster.

In that day they will raise a proverb against you,
    and will wail a bitter wailing, saying,
"We are utterly ruined;
    he exchanges the portion of my people.
How he removes it from me;
    he apportions our field to an apostate."
Therefore you will have no one casting a line by lot
    in the assembly of Yahweh.
"Do not preach!" they are preaching.
    They should not preach to these;
    disgrace will not overtake us.
Should this be said, O house of Jacob?
    Is the patience of Yahweh shortened?
    Are these his deeds?
Are my words not pleasing
    to him who walks upright?
But recently my people have risen up as an enemy;
    from before the cloak you strip off the robe
from those passing by in confidence,
    returning from war.
You have driven out the women of my people
    from the houses of their pleasure.
From their children you have taken away
    my glory forever.
Arise and go,
    for this is no resting place,
on account of uncleanness that destroys
    with painful destruction.
If a man walks about in a spirit of deception and lies,
    saying "I will preach to you of wine and strong drink,"
    then he would be a preacher for this people!
I will surely gather all of you, O Jacob;
    I will surely gather together the remainder of Israel.
I will set them like sheep of Bozrah.
Like a herd in the midst of their pasture
    they will be in tumult from people.
The one who breaks out before them goes up;
    they break through and pass the gate,
    going out through it.
Their king passes before them,
    Yahweh at their head.

Micah 3

And I said,
"Listen, O heads of Jacob
    and leaders of the house of Israel!
    Is it not for you to know justice?
Those of you who are haters of good
    and lovers of evil,
who tear their skin from them
    and their flesh from their bones,
and who eat the flesh of my people,
    and strip their skin from them,
and break their bones,
    and chop them like meat in the pot,
    and like flesh in the midst of a cooking pot."
Then they will cry to Yahweh,
    but he will not answer them.
He will hide his face from them at that time,
    when they have made their deeds evil.
Thus says Yahweh concerning the prophets
    who are leading my people astray,
who are biting with their teeth
    and proclaim, "Peace,"
but whoever puts nothing into their mouths
    they declare war against.
Therefore it will be as night to you, without vision,
    and darkness to you, without divination.
And the sun will set on the prophets,
    and the day will grow dark over them.
Then the seers will be disgraced,
    and those practicing divination will be put to shame.
All of them will cover their lips,
    for there is no reply from God.
But I, I am filled with power,
    with the Spirit of Yahweh,
and with justice and might,
    to declare to Jacob his rebellion,
    and to Israel his sin.
Hear this, O rulers of the house of Jacob
    and leaders of the house of Israel,
those detesting justice
    and perverting all that is right,
he who builds Zion with blood
    and Jerusalem with wickedness.
Its rulers judge for a bribe;
    its priests teach for a price;
    its prophets practice divination for money.
But they lean on Yahweh, saying,
    "Is not Yahweh in our midst?
    Disaster will not come upon us."
Therefore on account of you
    Zion will be plowed as a field,
and Jerusalem will be a heap of rubble,
    and the temple mount as a high place in a forest.

Micah 4

And it will be that at the end of those days,
the mountain of Yahweh
    will be established as the highest of the mountains,
and it will be lifted up above the hills,
    and people will stream to it.
And many nations will come and say,
"Come! Let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh,
    and to the temple of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways,
    and that we may walk in his paths,"
for the law will go out from Zion,
    and the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem.
And he will judge between many peoples
    and will arbitrate for strong nations far away;
and they will beat their swords into plowshares
    and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation will not lift up a sword against a nation,
    and they will no longer learn war.
But they will sit, each under his vine
    and under his fig tree,
and no one will make them afraid,
    for the mouth of Yahweh of hosts has spoken.
For all the nations walk,
    each in the name of its god,
but we will walk in the name of Yahweh our God,
    forever and ever.

"In that day," declares Yahweh,
    "I will assemble the one who limps,
and I will gather the one who has been scattered,
    and those whom I have mistreated.
And I will make the one who limps a remnant,
    and the one driven far away a strong nation,
and Yahweh will reign over them on Mount Zion
    from now to forever.
And you, O Migdal-Eder,
    hill of the daughter of Zion,
to you it will come,
    and the former dominion will come,
    the reign of the daughter of Jerusalem.
So then, why do you shout a loud shout?
    Is there no king in you?
Has your counselor perished
    that pangs like a woman in labor have seized you?
Writhe and groan, O daughter of Zion,
    like a woman in labor.
For now you will go forth from the city,
    and you will camp in the field;
    you will go to Babylon.
There you will be rescued;
    there Yahweh will redeem you
    from the hand of your enemies.
And now, many nations are gathered against you
    who are saying, ‘Let her be defiled,
    and let our eyes gaze upon Zion.’
But they do not know the thoughts of Yahweh,
    and they do not understand his plan,
that he has gathered them as sheaves
    to his threshing floor.
Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion,
    for your horn I will make as iron
    and your hooves as bronze.
And you will break many peoples in pieces,
    and their gain you will devote to destruction to Yahweh,
    and their wealth to the Lord of the whole earth."

Psalm 10

Why, O Yahweh, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide during times of distress?
In arrogance the wicked persecutes the poor.
Let them be caught in the schemes that they devised,
for the wicked boasts about the desire of his heart,
and the one greedy for gain curses and treats Yahweh with contempt.
With bald-faced pride the wicked will not seek God.
There is no God in any of his thoughts.
His ways endure at all times.
Your judgments are aloof from him.
As for all his enemies, he scoffs at them.
He says in his heart, "I shall not be moved
throughout all generations, during which I will have no trouble."
His mouth is filled with cursing,
with deceits and oppression;
under his tongue are trouble and evil.
He sits in ambush in villages;
in the hiding places he kills the innocent.
His eyes lurk for the helpless.
He lies in ambush secretly, like a lion in a thicket.
He lies in ambush to seize the poor;
he seizes the poor by catching him in his net.
He is crushed; he is bowed down;
so the helpless host falls by his might.
He says in his heart, "God has forgotten.
He has hidden his face.
He never sees."
Rise up, O Yahweh;
O God, lift up your hand.
Do not forget the afflicted.
Why does the wicked treat God with contempt?
He says in his heart, "You will not call me to account."
But you have seen; indeed you have noted trouble and grief
to take it into your hand.
The helpless abandons himself upon you;
you have been the helper for the orphan.
Break the arm of the wicked,
and as for the evil man
seek out his wickedness until you find none.
Yahweh is king forever and ever;
the nations have perished from his land.
The longing of the afflicted you have heard, O Yahweh.
You will make their heart secure. You will listen attentively
to render judgment for the fatherless and the oppressed
so that a mere mortal from the earth will no longer cause terror.

Matthew 24

And as Jesus went out of the temple courts he was going along, and his disciples came up to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered and said to them, "Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone will be left here on another stone that will not be thrown down!"

And as he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came up to him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?" And Jesus answered and said to them, "Watch out that no one deceives you! For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will deceive many. And you are going to hear about wars and rumors of wars. See to it that you are not alarmed, for this must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. But all these things are the beginning of birth pains.

"Then they will hand you over to persecution and will kill you, and you will be hated by all the nations because of my name. And then many will be led into sin and will betray one another and will hate one another, and many false prophets will appear and will deceive many, and because lawlessness will increase, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end—this person will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

"So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken about by the prophet Daniel standing in the holy place" (let the one who reads understand), "then those in Judea must flee to the mountains! The one who is on his housetop must not come down to take things out of his house, and the one who is in the field must not turn back to pick up his cloak. And woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! But pray that your flight may not happen in winter or on a Sabbath. For at that time there will be great tribulation, such as has not happened from the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will happen. And unless those days had been shortened, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened.

"At that time if anyone should say to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘Here he is,’ do not believe him! For false messiahs and false prophets will appear, and will produce great signs and wonders in order to deceive, if possible, even the elect. Behold, I have told you ahead of time! Therefore if they say to you, ‘Behold, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or ‘Behold, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it! For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.

"And immediately after the tribulation of those days,

‘the sun will be darkened
    and the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will fall from heaven,
    and the powers of heaven will be shaken.’

And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man arriving on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect together from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other end of it.

"Now learn the parable from the fig tree: Whenever its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also you, when you see all these things, know that he is near, at the door. Truly I say to you that this generation will never pass away until all these things take place! Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

"But concerning that day and hour no one knows—not even the angels of heaven nor the Son—except the Father alone. For just as the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. For as in the days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered into the ark. And they did not know anything until the deluge came and swept them all away. So also the coming of the Son of Man will be. Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore be on the alert, because you do not know what day your Lord is coming! But understand this: that if the master of the house had known what watch of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. For this reason you also must be ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not think he will come.

"Who then is the faithful and wise slave whom the master has put in charge of his household slaves to give them their food at the right time? Blessed is that slave whom his master will find so doing when he comes back. Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But if that evil slave should say to himself, ‘My master is staying away for a long time,’ and he begins to beat his fellow slaves and eats and drinks with drunkards, the master of that slave will come on a day that he does not expect and at an hour that he does not know, and will cut him in two and assign his place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!

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The reading for today is Micah 1-4; Psalm 10; Matthew 24. The reading for today is Micah 1-4; Psalm 10; Matthew 24. Micah 1 The word of Yahweh that came to Micah the Morashtite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, the kings of Judah, that he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem: Hear, all you peoples; give heed, O earth and its fullness. And let the Lord Yahweh be against you as a witness, the Lord from his ... Continue reading Week 33, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 16:58
Week 33, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/33/3 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/33/3 The reading for today is Isaiah 4-6; Matthew 23.

Isaiah 4

And seven women shall grasp at one man on that day, saying,
"We will eat our own bread,
    and we will wear our own clothing;
only let us be called by your name!
    Take away our disgrace!"

On that day the branch of Yahweh shall become beautiful and glorious,
    and the fruit of the land shall become the pride and glory of the survivors of Israel.
And this shall happen: He who is left in Zion
    and he who remains in Jerusalem will be called holy,
        everyone written for life in Jerusalem,
when the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion
    and cleansed the blood of Jerusalem from her midst
by a spirit of judgment
    and by a spirit of burning.
Then Yahweh will create over all of the site of Mount Zion
    and over her assembly a cloud by day
    and smoke and the brightness of flaming fire by night.
Indeed, over all the glory there will be a canopy,
    and it will be a shelter for shade from the heat by day,
    and a refuge and a hiding place from rainstorm and from rain.

Isaiah 5

Let me sing for my beloved
    a song of my love concerning his vineyard:
My beloved had a vineyard on a fertile hill.
And he dug it and cleared it of stones,
    and he planted it with choice vines,
and he built a watchtower in the middle of it,
    and he even hewed out a wine vat in it,
and he waited for it to yield grapes—
    but it yielded wild grapes.
And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem
    and men of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard.
What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it?
    Why did I hope for it to yield grapes, and it yielded wild grapes?

And now let me tell you what I myself am about to do to my vineyard.

I will remove its hedge, and it shall become a devastation.
    I will break down its wall, and it shall become a trampling.
And I will make it a wasteland;
    it shall not be pruned and hoed,
and it shall be overgrown with briers and thornbushes.
    And concerning the clouds, I will command them not to send rain down upon it.
For the vineyard of Yahweh of hosts is the house of Israel,
    and the man of Judah is the plantation of his delight.
And he waited for justice,
    but look! Bloodshed!
For righteousness,
    but look! A cry of distress!

Ah! Those who join house with house,
    they join field together with field
until there is no place
    and you are caused to dwell alone in the midst of the land.

Yahweh of hosts said in my ears:

Surely many houses shall become a desolation,
    large and beautiful ones without inhabitant.
For ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath,
and the seed of a homer will yield an ephah.
Ah! Those who rise early in the morning,
    they pursue strong drink.
Those who linger in the evening,
    wine inflames them.
And there will be lyre and harp,
    tambourine and flute,
    and wine at their feasts,
but they do not look at the deeds of Yahweh,
    and they do not see the work of his hands.
Therefore my people will go into exile without knowledge,
and their nobles will be men of hunger,
and their multitude is parched with thirst.
Therefore Sheol has enlarged its throat,
    and it has opened wide its mouth without limit,
and her nobles will go down, and her multitude,
    her tumult and those who revel in her.
And humankind is bowed down,
    and man is brought low,
    and the eyes of the haughty are humiliated.
But Yahweh of hosts is exalted by justice,
    and the holy God shows himself holy by righteousness.
And then the lambs will graze as in their pasture,
    and fatlings, kids will eat among the sites of ruins.
Ah! Those who drag iniquity along with the cords of falsehood
    and sin as with rope of the cart,
those who say,
"Let him make haste;
    let him hurry his work
        so that we may see it
and let it draw near
    and let the plan of the holy one of Israel come
        so that we may know it!"
Ah! Those who call evil good and good evil,
    those who put darkness for light and light for darkness,
    those who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Ah! Those who are wise in their own eyes
    and have understanding in their view!
Ah! Heroes at drinking wine,
    and men of capability at mixing strong drink!
Those who acquit the guilty because of a bribe
    and remove the justice of the innocent from him.
Therefore as the tongue of fire devours the stubble,
    and dry grass sinks down in the flame,
so their root will become like the stench,
    and their blossom will go up like the dust.
For they have rejected the instruction of Yahweh of hosts,
    and they have treated the word of the holy one of Israel with contempt.
Therefore Yahweh’s wrath was kindled against his people,
    and he stretched out his hand against them and struck them,
and the mountains quaked,
    and their corpses were like refuse in the middle of the streets.

In all of this his anger has not turned back,
    and still his hand is stretched out.
And he will raise a signal for a nation from afar,
and he will whistle for it from the end of the earth.
And look! It comes quickly, swiftly!
None is weary,
    and none among him stumbles;
    none slumbers and none sleeps.
And no loincloth on his waist is opened,
    and no thong of his sandals is drawn away.
Whose arrows are sharp,
    and all of his bows are bent.
The hoofs of his horses are reckoned like flint,
    and his wheels like the storm wind.
His roaring is like the lion,
    and he roars like young lions.
And he growls and seizes his prey,
    and he carries it off,
    and not one can rescue it.
And he will roar over him on that day
    like the roaring of the sea,
and if one looks to the land, look! Darkness! Distress!
    And the light grows dark with its clouds.

Isaiah 6

In the year of the death of Uzziah the king, I saw the Lord sitting on a high and raised throne, and the hem of his robe was filling the temple. Seraphs were standing above him. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.

And the one called to the other and said,

"Holy, holy, holy is Yahweh of hosts!
    The whole earth is full of his glory."

And the pivots of the thresholds shook from the sound of those who called, and the house was filled with smoke.

And I said, "Woe to me! For I am destroyed! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I am living among a people of unclean lips, for my eyes have seen the king, Yahweh of hosts!"

Then one of the seraphs flew to me, and in his hand was a hot coal he had taken from the altar with tongs.

And he touched my mouth, and he said,

"Look! This has touched your lips
    and has removed your guilt,
    and your sin is annulled."

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,

"Whom shall I send?
    And who will go for us?"

And I said,

"I am here!
    Send me!"

And he said, "Go and say to this people,

‘Keep on listening and do not comprehend!
    And keep on looking and do not understand!’
Make the heart of this people insensitive,
    and make its ears unresponsive,
    and shut its eyes
so that it may not look with its eyes
    and listen with its ears
    and comprehend with its mind
    and turn back, and it may be healed for him."

Then I said, "Until when, Lord?"

And he said,

"Until the cities lie wasted without inhabitant,
    and houses without people,
    and the land is ruined and a waste,
and Yahweh sends the people far away,
    and the abandonment is great in the midst of the land.
And even if only a tenth part remain, again she will be destroyed
    like a terebinth or like an oak,
    which although felled, a tree stump remains in them.
The seed of holiness will be her tree stump."

Matthew 23

Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, "The scribes and the Pharisees sit on the seat of Moses. Therefore do and observe everything that they tell you, but do not do as they do, for they tell others to do something and do not do it themselves. And they tie up heavy burdens and put them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing with their finger to move them. And they do all their deeds in order to be seen by people, for they make their phylacteries broad and make their tassels long. And they love the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues and the greetings in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by people. But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ because one is your teacher, and you are all brothers, And do not call anyone your father on earth, for one is your heavenly Father. And do not be called teachers, because one is your teacher, the Christ. And the greatest among you will be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

"But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees—hypocrites!—because you shut the kingdom of heaven before people! For you do not enter, nor permit those wanting to go in to enter.

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees—hypocrites!—because you travel around the sea and the dry land to make one convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are!

"Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing! But whoever swears by the gold of the temple is bound by his oath.’ Fools and blind people! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that makes the gold holy? And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing! But whoever swears by the gift that is on it is bound by his oath.’ Blind people! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift holy? Therefore the one who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything that is on it. And the one who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it. And the one who swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by the one who sits on it.

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees—hypocrites!—because you pay a tenth of mint and dill and cumin, and neglect the more important matters of the law—justice and mercy and faithfulness! It was necessary to do these things while not neglecting those. Blind guides who filter out a gnat and swallow a camel!

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees—hypocrites!—because you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence! Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also.

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees—hypocrites!—because you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and of everything unclean! In the same way, on the outside you also appear righteous to people, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees—hypocrites!—because you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous, and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partners with them in the blood of the prophets!’ Thus you testify against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the prophets! And you—fill up the measure of your fathers! Serpents! Offspring of vipers! How will you escape from the condemnation to hell? For this reason, behold, I am sending to you prophets and wise men and scribes. Some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will flog in your synagogues and will pursue from town to town, so that upon you will come all the righteous blood shed on the earth from the blood of righteous Abel up to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. Truly I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation!

"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How many times I wanted to gather your children together the way a hen gathers her young together under her wings, and you were not willing! Behold, your house has been left to you desolate! For I tell you, you will never see me from now on until you say,

‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’"

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The reading for today is Isaiah 4-6; Matthew 23. The reading for today is Isaiah 4-6; Matthew 23. Isaiah 4 And seven women shall grasp at one man on that day, saying, We will eat our own bread, and we will wear our own clothing; only let us be called by your name! Take away our disgrace! On that day the branch of Yahweh shall become beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall become ... Continue reading Week 33, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 14:40
Week 33, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/33/2 Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/33/2 The reading for today is Isaiah 1-3; Psalm 9; Matthew 22.

Isaiah 1

The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

Hear, heavens,
    and listen, earth,
        for Yahweh has spoken:
"I reared children
    and I brought them up,
        but they rebelled against me.
An ox knows its owner
    and a donkey the manger of its master.
Israel does not know;
    my people do not understand.
Ah, sinful nation,
    a people heavy with iniquity,
offspring of evildoers,
    children who deal corruptly.
They have forsaken Yahweh;
    they have despised the holy one of Israel.
        They are estranged and gone backward.
Why do you want to be beaten again?
    You continue in rebellion.
The whole of the head is sick,
    and the whole of the heart is faint.
From the sole of the foot and up to the head
    there is no health in it;
bruise and sore and bleeding wound have not been cleansed,
    and they have not been bound up
    and not softened with the oil.
Your country is desolate,
    your cities are burned with fire;
As for your land, aliens are devouring it in your presence,
    and it is desolate, like devastation by foreigners.
And the daughter of Zion is left like a booth in a vineyard,
    like a shelter in a cucumber field,
    like a city that is besieged.
If Yahweh of hosts had not left us survivors,
    we would have been as few as Sodom,
    we would have become like Gomorrah.
Hear the word of Yahweh, rulers of Sodom!
    Listen to the teaching of our God, people of Gomorrah!
What is the abundance of your sacrifices to me? says Yahweh.
    I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
        and the fat of fattened animals
    and I do not delight in the blood of bulls
        and ram-lambs and goats.
When you come to appear before me,
    who asked for this from your hand:
    you trampling my courts?
You must not continue to bring offerings of futility,
    incense—it is an abomination to me;
new moon and Sabbath, the calling of a convocation—
    I cannot endure iniquity with solemn assembly.
Your new moons and your appointed festivals my soul hates;
    they have become to me like a burden,
    I am not able to bear them.
And when you stretch out your hands,
    I will hide my eyes from you;
even though you make many prayers,
    I will not be listening.
Your hands are full of blood. Wash! Make yourselves clean!
    Remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes!
Cease to do evil! Learn to do good!
    Seek justice! Rescue the oppressed!
    Defend the orphan! Plead for the widow!
"Come now, and let us argue," says Yahweh.
    "Even though your sins are like scarlet, they will be white like snow;
    even though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
If you are willing and you are obedient,
    you shall eat the good of the land.
But if you refuse and you rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword.

For the mouth of Yahweh has spoken."

How has a faithful city become like a whore?
    Full of justice, righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers.
Your silver has become as dross;
    Your wine is diluted with waters.
Your princes are rebels
    and companions of thieves.
Every one loves a bribe
    and runs after gifts.
They do not defend the orphan
    and the legal dispute of the widow does not come before them.
Therefore, the declaration of the Lord Yahweh of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel:
"Ah, I will be relieved of my enemies,
    and I will avenge myself on my foes.
And I will turn my hand against you;
I will purify your dross like lye,
    and I will remove all of your tin.
And I will restore your judges, as at the first,
    and your counselors, as at the beginning.
After this you will be called the city of righteousness,
    faithful city.
Zion will be redeemed by justice,
    and those of her who repent, by righteousness.
But the destruction of rebels and sinners shall be together,
    and those who forsake Yahweh will perish.
For you will be ashamed of the oaks in which you delighted,
    and you will be disgraced because of the gardens that you have chosen.
For you shall be like an oak withering its leaves,
    and like a garden where there is no water for her.
And the strong man shall become like tinder,
    and his work like a spark.
And both of them shall burn together,
    and there is not one to quench them."

Isaiah 2

The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:

And it shall happen in the future of the days
the mountain of the house of Yahweh shall be established;
it will be among the highest of the mountains,
    and it shall be raised from the hills.
All of the nations shall travel to him;
    many peoples shall come.
And they shall say,
"Come, let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh,
    to the house of the God of Jacob,
and may he teach us part of his ways,
    and let us walk in his paths."
For instruction shall go out from Zion,
    and the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations
    and he shall arbitrate for many peoples.
They shall beat their swords into ploughshares
    and their spears into pruning hooks.
A nation shall not lift up a sword against a nation,
    and they shall not learn war again.

House of Jacob, come and let us walk in the light of Yahweh.
For you have forsaken your people, house of Jacob,
because they are full from the east,
    and of soothsayers like the Philistines,
    and they make alliances with the offspring of foreigners.
And its land is filled with silver and gold,
    and there is no end to its treasures;
and its land is filled with horses,
    and there is no end to its chariots.
Its land is filled with idols;
    they bow down to the work of their hands,
    to what they made with their fingers.
So humanity is humbled;
    everyone is humbled,
    and you must not forgive them.
Enter into the rock
    and hide yourself in the dust
from the presence of the terror of Yahweh
    and from the glory of his majesty.
The haughty eyes of humanity will be brought low,
    and the pride of everyone will be humbled,
and Yahweh alone will be exalted on that day.
For there is a day for Yahweh of hosts
    against all of the proud and the lofty
    and against all that is lifted up and humble,
and against all the lofty and lifted up cedars of Lebanon,
    and against all the large trees of Bashan,
and against all the high mountains,
    and against all the lofty hills,
and against every kind of high tower,
    and against every kind of fortified wall,
and against all the ships of Tarshish,
    and against all the ships of desire.
And the haughtiness of the people shall be humbled,
    and the pride of everyone shall be brought low,
and Yahweh alone will be exalted on that day.
And the idols shall pass away entirely,
and they will enter into the caves of the rocks
    and into the holes of the ground
from the presence of the terror of Yahweh
    and from the glory of his majesty
when he rises to terrify the earth.
On that day humanity will throw away its idols of silver
    and its idols of gold,
        which they made for it to worship,
    to the rodents and to the bats—
to enter into the crevices of the rocks
    and into the clefts of the crags
from the presence of the terror of Yahweh
    and from the glory of his majesty,
when he rises to terrify the earth.
Turn away from humanity,
    who has breath in its nostrils,
for by what is it esteemed?

Isaiah 3

For look, the Lord Yahweh of hosts is removing every source of support
    from Jerusalem and from Judah:
all of the supplies of bread
    and all of the supplies of water,
mighty warrior and man of war,
    judge and prophet,
    and diviner and elder,
captain of fifty and the honorable men of rank,
    and counselor and skillful magicians and skillful enchanter.
And I will make boys their princes,
    and children shall rule over them.
And the people will be oppressed by each other
    and a man by his neighbor.
The boy will act arrogantly toward the elder,
    and the dishonorable toward the honorable.
Indeed, a man will seize his brother
    in the house of his father:
"You have a cloak;
    you shall be a leader for us,
    and this heap of ruins shall be under your hand!"
He will lift up his voice on that day, saying,
"I will not be a healer;
    in my house there is no bread
        and there is no cloak.
    You shall not make me the leader of the people!"
For Jerusalem has stumbled,
    and Judah has fallen
because their speech and their deeds are against Yahweh,
    defying the eyes of his glory.
The look on their faces testifies against them
    and they declare their sin like Sodom;
        they do not hide it.
Woe to their soul!
    For they have dealt out evil to themselves.
Tell the innocent that it is good
    for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.
Woe to the wicked! It is bad!
    For what is done by his hands will be done to him.
My people—children are their oppressors,
    and women rule over them.
My people, your leaders are misleading you,
    and they confuse the course of your paths.
Yahweh takes his stand to conduct a legal case
    and takes his stand to judge the peoples.
Yahweh enters into judgment with the elders of his people and its princes.
"And you! You have devoured the vineyard;
    the spoil of the poor is in your houses!
Why do you crush my people
    and grind the face of the poor?"

declares the Lord Yahweh of hosts.

And Yahweh said: "Because the daughters of Zion are haughty,
    and they walk with outstretched neck,
    and they give flirting glances with their eyes,
        mincing along as they go,
    and with their feet they rattle their bangles,
the Lord will make the heads of the daughters of Zion scabby,
    and Yahweh will lay their foreheads bare."
In that day the Lord will take away the finery of the anklets
    and the headbands and the crescent necklaces,
the pendants and the bracelets and the veils,
    the headdresses and the armlets and the sashes,
and the perfume boxes and the amulets,
    the signet rings and the nose rings,
the festal robes and the mantles,
    and the cloaks and the handbags,
and the mirrors and the linen garments,
    and the turbans and the wraps.
And this shall happen: There will be
    a stench instead of perfume,
and a rope instead of a sash,
    and baldness instead of a well-set hairdo,
and a clothing wrap of sackcloth instead of a rich robe,
    branding instead of beauty.
Your men shall fall by the sword,
    and your warriors in battle.
And her gates shall lament and mourn,
    and she shall be banished;
        she shall sit upon the ground.

Psalm 9

For the music director, according to Muth-labben. A psalm of David.

I will thank Yahweh with all my heart.
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and rejoice in you.
I will sing the praise of your name, O Most High.
When my enemies turn back,
they will stumble and perish because of your presence.
For you have maintained my just cause;
you have sat on the throne judging correctly.
You have rebuked the nations;
you have destroyed the wicked.
Their name you have blotted out
forever and ever.
The enemies are destroyed in ruins forever,
and you have uprooted their cities;
their very memory has perished.
But Yahweh sits enthroned forever.
He has established his throne for judgment.
And he will judge the world with righteousness.
He will judge the peoples with equity.
And Yahweh will be a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of distress.
And those who know your name will trust in you,
for you do not forsake those who seek you, O Yahweh.
Sing praises to Yahweh who sits enthroned in Zion.
Tell his deeds among the peoples,
for he who avenges bloodshed remembers them.
He does not forget the distressed cry of the afflicted.
Be gracious to me, O Yahweh.
See my suffering from those who hate me,
you who lift me up from the gates of death,
so that I may tell of all your praises.
In the gates of the daughter of Zion
let me rejoice in your salvation.
The nations have fallen in the pit that they made;
their foot is caught in the net that they hid.
Yahweh has made himself known;
he has executed judgment.
The wicked is snared by the work of his hands. Higgaion Selah
The wicked shall turn back to Sheol,
all the nations forgetting God,
for the needy shall not always be forgotten;
the hope of the poor shall never perish.
Rise up, O Yahweh, let not humans prevail;
let the nations be judged before you.
O Yahweh, put them in fear.
Let the nations know they are merely human. Selah

Matthew 22

And continuing, Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man—a king—who gave a wedding celebration for his son. And he sent his slaves to summon those who had been invited to the wedding celebration, and they did not want to come. Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, "Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding celebration!"’ But they paid no attention and went away—this one to his own field, that one to his business. And the others, seizing his slaves, mistreated them and killed them. And the king was angry and sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding celebration is ready, but those who had been invited were not worthy. Therefore, go out to the places where the roads exit the city and invite to the wedding celebration as many people as you find.’ And those slaves went out into the roads and gathered everyone whom they found, both evil and good, and the wedding celebration was filled with dinner guests. But when the king came in to see the dinner guests, he saw a man there not dressed in wedding clothes. And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here, not having wedding clothes?’ But he could say nothing. Then the king said to the servants, ‘Tie him up hand and foot and throw him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!’ For many are called but few are chosen."

Then the Pharisees went and consulted so that they could entrap him with a statement. And they sent their disciples to him with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and you do not care what anyone thinks, because you do not regard the opinion of people. Therefore tell us what you think. Is it permitted to pay taxes to Caesar or not?" But because he knew their maliciousness, Jesus said, "Hypocrites! Why are you testing me? Show me the coin for the tax!" So they brought him a denarius. And he said to them, "Whose image and inscription is this?" They said to him, "Caesar’s." Then he said to them, "Therefore give to Caesar the things of Caesar, and to God the things of God!" And when they heard this, they were astonished, and they left him and went away.

On that day Sadducees—who say there is no resurrection—came up to him and asked him, saying, "Teacher, Moses said if someone dies without having children, his brother is to marry his wife and father descendants for his brother. Now there were seven brothers with us. And the first died after getting married, and because he did not have descendants, he left his wife to his brother. So also the second and the third, up to the seventh. And last of all the woman died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had her as wife." But Jesus answered and said to them, "You are mistaken, because you do not know the scriptures or the power of God! For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven. Now concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, who said, "I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob"? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living!" And when the crowds heard this, they were amazed at his teaching.

Now when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they assembled at the same place. And one of them, a legal expert, put a question to him to test him: "Teacher, which commandment is greatest in the law?" And he said to him, "‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets."

Now while the Pharisees were assembled, Jesus asked them, saying, "What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?" They said to him, "David’s." He said to them, "How then does David, by the Spirit, call him ‘Lord,’ saying,

‘The Lord said to my Lord,
    "Sit at my right hand
until I put your enemies
    under your feet"’?

If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how is he his son?" And no one was able to answer him a word, nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask him any more questions.

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The reading for today is Isaiah 1-3; Psalm 9; Matthew 22. The reading for today is Isaiah 1-3; Psalm 9; Matthew 22. Isaiah 1 The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear, heavens, and listen, earth, for Yahweh has spoken: I reared children and I brought them up, but they rebelled against me. An ox knows its ow ... Continue reading Week 33, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 18:12
Week 33, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/33/1 Sun, 13 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/33/1 The reading for today is 2 Kings 15-16; Matthew 21.

2 Kings 15

In the twenty-seventh year of Jeroboam king of Israel, Azariah the son of Amaziah king of Judah began to reign. He was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem. The name of his mother was Jecoliah of Jerusalem. He did right in the eyes of Yahweh, according to all that Amaziah his father had done. Only he did not remove the high places; the people were still sacrificing and burning incense on the high places. Yahweh struck the king, and he was infected with a skin disease until the day of his death. He lived in a separate house, while Jotham the son of the king was over the house, governing the people of the land. The remainder of the acts of Azariah, and all that he did, are they not written on the scroll of the events of the days of the kings of Judah? So Azariah slept with his ancestors, and they buried him with his ancestors in the city of David, and Jotham his son became king in his place.

In the thirty-eighth year of Azariah king of Judah, Zechariah the son of Jeroboam reigned over Israel in Samaria for six months. He did evil in the eyes of Yahweh as his ancestors had done. He did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat which he caused Israel to sin. Shallum the son of Jabesh conspired against him, struck him in front of the people, killed him, and reigned in his place. Now the remainder of the acts of Zechariah, look, they are written on the scroll of the events of the days of the kings of Israel. This is the word of Yahweh which he spoke to Jehu, saying, "Sons of a fourth generation shall sit for you on the throne of Israel," and it was so.

Shallum the son of Jabesh began to reign in the thirty-ninth year of Uzziah king of Judah, and he reigned a full month in Samaria. Then Menahem the son of Gadi came up from Tirzah, and he came to Samaria and struck down Shallum the son of Jabesh in Samaria and killed him. Then he became king in place of him. Now the remainder of the acts of Shallum, and his conspiracy which he conspired; look, they are written on the scroll of the events of the days of the kings of Israel. At that time Menahem destroyed Tiphsah, all who were in it, and all its territory from Tirzah, because it had not opened to him, so he destroyed it and ripped open all of its pregnant women.

In the thirty-ninth year of Azariah king of Judah, Menahem the son of Gadi began to reign over Israel for ten years in Samaria. But he did evil in the eyes of Yahweh. He did not depart all of his days from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat which he caused Israel to sin.

Pul the king of Assyria came against the land, so Menahem gave a thousand talents of silver to Pul so that his hand would be with him to strengthen his hold on the kingdom. Menahem exacted the money from Israel, from all the very rich, to give to the king of Assyria fifty shekels of silver for each one. Then the king of Assyria returned and did not stay there in the land. Now the rest of the acts of Menahem, and all that he did, are they not written in the scroll of the events of the days of the kings of Israel? So Menahem slept with his ancestors, and Pekahiah his son became king in his place.

In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah, Pekahiah the son of Menahem began to reign over Israel in Samaria for two years. But he did evil in the eyes of Yahweh. He did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat which he caused Israel to sin. Pekah the son of Remaliah, his captain, conspired against him, so he attacked him in Samaria in the citadel fortress of the palace of the king, with Argob and Arieh. With him also were fifty men from the children of the Gileadites, and he killed him and became king in his place. Now the remainder of the acts of Pekahiah and all that he did, look, they are written in the scroll of the events of the days of the kings of Israel.

In the fifty-second year of Azariah king of Judah, Pekah the son of Remaliah began to reign over Israel in Samaria for twenty years. He did evil in the eyes of Yahweh. He did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat which he caused Israel to sin.

In the days of Pekah king of Israel, Tiglath-Pileser the king of Assyria came and took Ijon, Abel-Beth-Maacah, Janoah, Kedesh, Hazor, the Gilead, the Galilee, and all the land of Naphtali; then he deported them to Assyria. Hoshea the son of Elah conspired against Pekah the son of Remaliah, and he attacked and killed him. He reigned in place of him in the twentieth year of Jotham the son of Uzziah. Now the remainder of the acts of Pekah and all that he did, look, they are written in the scroll of the events of the days of the kings of Israel.

In the second year of Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, Jotham the son of Uzziah king of Judah began to reign. He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem, and the name of his mother was Jerusha the daughter of Zadok. He did what was right in the eyes of Yahweh, according to all that Uzziah his father had done. Only the high places were not removed; the people still were sacrificing and offering incense on the high places. He built the upper gate of the temple of Yahweh. Now the remainder of the acts of Jotham which he did, are they not written on the scroll of the events of the days of the kings of Judah? (Now, in those days, Yahweh began to send Rezin the king of Aram and Pekah the son of Remaliah against Judah.) So Jotham slept with his ancestors and was buried with his ancestors in the city of David his ancestor, and his son Ahaz became king in his place.

2 Kings 16

In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah, Ahaz the son of Jotham king of Judah began to reign. Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. He did not do right in the eyes of Yahweh his God as David his ancestor. He walked in the way of the kings of Israel; he even let his son pass through the fire according to the detestable things of the nations which Yahweh drove out from before the Israelites. He sacrificed and offered incense on the high places, on the hills, and under every green tree. Then Rezin the king of Aram went up with Pekah the son of Remaliah king of Israel against Jerusalem for battle, and they besieged Ahaz but were not able to defeat him. At that time, Rezin king of Aram recovered Elath for Aram and drove out the Judeans from Elath. The Arameans came to Elath and have lived there until this day.

Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria, saying, "I am your servant and your son. Come up and rescue me from the hand of the king of Aram and from the hand of the king of Israel who are rising up against me." Ahaz took the silver and gold found in the house of Yahweh and in the treasury rooms of the palace of the king, and he sent a gift to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria listened to him and he went up to Damascus and captured it and deported them to Kir. He also killed Rezin.

So King Ahaz went to meet Tiglath-Pileser the king of Assyria in Damascus, and he saw the altar which was in Damascus, so King Ahaz sent to Uriah the priest the builder’s plan of the altar and the exact model of how it had been made. So Uriah the priest built the altar according to all that King Ahaz had sent from Damascus; thus Uriah the priest did before King Ahaz came from Damascus. When the king came from Damascus, the king saw the altar, so he went near to the altar and went up on it. Then he offered his burnt offerings and his grain offerings, he poured his libations and dashed the blood of his fellowship offerings against the altar. Now the bronze altar which was before Yahweh, he brought over from the front of the temple, from between his altar and the temple of Yahweh, and he placed it at the side of his altar to the north. Then King Ahaz commanded Uriah the priest, saying, "On the great altar burn the morning burnt offering and the grain offering of the evening, the burnt offering of the king and his grain offering, the burnt offering of all of the people of the land, their offerings, their libations, and all of the blood of the burnt offerings, the blood of the sacrifices you must dash on it. But the bronze altar shall be for me to inquire by." So Uriah the priest did according to all that King Ahaz commanded. Then King Ahaz cut off the side panels of the water carts and removed from upon them the basin, and the sea he took down from the bronze oxen that were under it and put it on a stone base. The covering for the Sabbath which they had built in the palace and in the entrance of the king to the outside, he removed from the temple of Yahweh because of the presence of the king of Assyria. Now the remainder of the acts of Ahaz which he did, are they not written in the scroll of the events of the days of the kings of Judah? So Ahaz slept with his ancestors and was buried with his ancestors in the city of David, and Hezekiah his son reigned in his place.

Matthew 21

And when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village before you, and right away you will find a donkey tied and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. And if anyone says anything to you, you will say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once." Now this took place so that what was spoken through the prophet would be fulfilled, saying,

"Say to the daughter of Zion,
    ‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
    and on a colt, the foal of a pack animal.’"

So the disciples went and did just as Jesus directed them, and brought the donkey and the colt and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. And a very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them on the road. And the crowds who went ahead of him and the ones who followed were shouting, saying,

"Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
    Hosanna in the highest heaven!"

And when he entered into Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, "Who is this?" And the crowds were saying, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee!"

And Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all those who were selling and buying in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those who were selling doves. And he said to them, "It is written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a cave of robbers!"

And the blind and the lame came up to him in the temple courts and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children shouting in the temple courts and saying, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant. And they said to him, "Do you hear what these children are saying?" So Jesus said to them, "Yes, have you never read, ‘Out of the mouths of children and nursing babies you have prepared for yourself praise’?" And leaving them, he went outside of the city to Bethany and spent the night there.

Now early in the morning, as he was returning to the city, he was hungry. And seeing a single fig tree by the road, he went to it and found nothing on it except leaves only. And he said to it, "May there be no more fruit from you forever, and the fig tree withered at once. And when they saw it, the disciples were astonished, saying, "How did the fig tree wither at once?" And Jesus answered and said to them, "Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will do not only what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea," it will happen! And whatever you ask in prayer, if you believe, you will receive."

And after he arrived at the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him while he was teaching, saying, "By what authority are you doing these things? And who gave you this authority?" And Jesus answered and said to them, "I also will ask you one question. If you tell the answer to me, I also will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. From where was the baptism of John—from heaven or from men?" And they began to discuss this among themselves, saying, "If we say ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From men,’ we are afraid of the crowd, because they all look upon John as a prophet." And they answered and said to Jesus, "We do not know." And he said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

"Now what do you think? A man had two sons. He approached the first and said, ‘Son, go work in the vineyard today.’ And he answered and said, ‘I do not want to!’ But later he changed his mind and went. And he approached the second and said the same thing. So he answered and said, ‘I will, sir,’ and he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going ahead of you into the kingdom of God! For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did believe him. And when you saw it, you did not even change your minds later so as to believe in him.

"Listen to another parable: There was a man—a master of a house—who planted a vineyard, and put a fence around it, and dug a winepress in it, and built a watchtower, and leased it to tenant farmers, and went on a journey. And when the season of fruit drew near, he sent his slaves to the tenant farmers to collect his fruit. And the tenant farmers seized his slaves, one of whom they beat, and one of whom they killed, and one of whom they stoned. Again, he sent other slaves, more than the first ones, and they did the same thing to them. So finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenant farmers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance!’ And they seized him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. Now when the master of the vineyard arrives, what will he do to those tenant farmers?" They said to him, "He will destroy those evil men completely and lease the vineyard to other tenant farmers who will give him the fruits in their season." Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the scriptures,

‘The stone which the builders rejected,
    this has become the cornerstone.
This came about from the Lord,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

For this reason, I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and will be given to a people who produce its fruits. And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, and the one on whom it falls—it will crush him!" And when the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they knew that he was speaking about them, and although they wanted to arrest him, they were afraid of the crowds, because they looked upon him as a prophet.

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The reading for today is 2 Kings 15-16; Matthew 21. The reading for today is 2 Kings 15-16; Matthew 21. 2 Kings 15 In the twenty-seventh year of Jeroboam king of Israel, Azariah the son of Amaziah king of Judah began to reign. He was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem. The name of his mother was Jecoliah of Jerusalem. He did right in the eyes of Yahweh, ... Continue reading Week 33, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 16:31
Week 32, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/32/5 Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/32/5 The reading for today is Hosea 14; 2 Chronicles 26-27; Psalm 61; Matthew 20.

Hosea 14

Return to Yahweh your God, O Israel,
    for you have stumbled because of your sin.
Take words with you,
    and return to Yahweh.
Say to him,
    "Take away all guilt;
accept good, and we will offer
    the fruit of our lips.
Assyria will not save us;
    we will not ride on horses,
and we will say no more, "Our God,"
    to the work of our hands
    because in you the fatherless child finds mercy.
I will heal their disloyalty;
    I will love them freely
    because my anger has turned back
        from them.
I will be like the dew to Israel;
    he will blossom like the lily plant,
and he will strike his roots like the trees of Lebanon.
    His new plant shoots will spread out;
his splendor will be like the olive tree,
    and his scent like the trees of Lebanon.
They will again dwell in my shadow;
    they will grow grain
and they will blossom like the plant vine;
    his fame will be like the wine of Lebanon.
O Ephraim, what have I to do with idols?
    I myself have answered and looked after you.
I am like a luxuriant cypress;
    your fruit comes from me.
Who is wise that he can understand these things?
    Who is discerning that he knows them?
The ways of Yahweh are right,
    and the righteous walk in them;
        but transgressors stumble in them.

2 Chronicles 26

Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah (now he was sixteen years old) and made him king in the place of his father Amaziah. He built Elath and returned it to Judah after the king slept with his ancestors. Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-two years. And the name of his mother was Yecoliah of Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the eyes of Yahweh, according to all that Amaziah his father had done. And he began to seek God in the days of Zechariah who was teaching in visions of God. And whenever he sought Yahweh God made him have success.

And he went out and made war against the Philistines, and he broke down the wall of Gath and the wall of Jabneh and the wall of Ashdod, and he built cities in Ashdod and among the Philistines. And God helped him against the Philistines and against the Arabs who were living in Gur-Baal and Meunim. And the Ammonites gave tribute to Uzziah, and his fame went out to the boundary of Egypt, for he became very strong. And Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate, at the Valley Gate, and at the Angle, and he strengthened them. And he built towers in the desert and hewed many cisterns, for he had much livestock, both in the Shephelah and on the plain, along with farmers and vinedressers in the hills and in the fertile lands, for he loved the soil. And Uzziah had troops trained and ready for war in divisions according to the number of their enrollment at the hand of Jeuel the scribe and Maaseiah the officer, under the hand of Hananiah of the king’s commanders. The whole number of the heads of the families for mighty warriors of strength was two thousand six hundred. And under their hand were army troops numbering three hundred and seven thousand five hundred who could make war with power and strength to help the king against an enemy. And Uzziah prepared small shields, spears, helmets, breastplates, bows, and slingstones for the whole army. And he made siege machines in Jerusalem designed by skillful men to be set upon the towers and upon the corners to shoot arrows and large slingstones. And his fame went out far, for he helped marvelously, for he was strong.

But on account of his strength his heart grew proud unto destruction. And he acted unfaithfully against Yahweh his God and went into the temple of Yahweh to offer an incense offering on the altar. And Azariah the priest, along with eighty strong priests with him, went in after him. And they stood against King Uzziah and said to him, "It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to Yahweh, but it is for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, who are consecrated to burn incense. Go out of the sanctuary, for you have acted unfaithfully. There will be no honor for you from Yahweh God." Then Uzziah, his censer in hand to burn incense, became angry. And when he became angry with the priests, then leprosy appeared on his forehead in front of the priests in the house of Yahweh at the altar of incense. When Azariah the chief priest and all the priests turned to him, behold, he was leprous in the forehead. So they rushed him away from there, and he also hastened to go out, for Yahweh had smitten him. So King Uzziah was leprous until the day of his death, and he lived in a separate house as a leper, for he was cut off from the house of Yahweh. And Jotham his son was over the house of the king, judging the people of the land.

Now the remainder of the words of Uzziah, from the first to the last, Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, wrote them. And Uzziah slept with his ancestors, and they buried him with his ancestors in the burial field which belonged to the kings, because, they said, "He was leprous." And Jotham his son reigned in his place.

2 Chronicles 27

Jotham was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And the name of his mother was Jerusha the daughter of Zadok. And he did what was right in the eyes of Yahweh, according to all that his father Uzziah had done—only he did not go into the temple of Yahweh. But the people still acted corruptly. He built the upper gate of the house of Yahweh, and he did much restoration on the wall of Ophel. And he built cities in the hill country of Judah, and he built forts and towers in the wooded places. Now he fought with the king of the Ammonites and prevailed against them. And the Ammonites gave to him in that year one hundred talents of silver and ten thousand measures of wheat and ten thousand measures of barley. This is what the Ammonites rendered to him, as well as in the second and third year. And Jotham strengthened himself, for he established his ways before Yahweh his God.

Now the remainder of the words of Jotham and all his wars and his ways, behold, they are written upon the scroll of the kings of Israel and Judah. He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And Jotham slept with his ancestors, and they buried him in the city of David. And his son Ahaz became king in his place.

Psalm 61

For the music director, upon stringed instruments. Of David.

Hear, O God, my cry;
attend to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I call to you
when my heart grows faint.
You will lead me to a rock that is higher than I.
For you have been my refuge,
a strong tower from the enemy.
Let me reside in your tent forever.
Let me take refuge under the covering of your wings. Selah
For you, O God, you have heard my vows.
You have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.
You will add days to the days of the king,
his years like those of many generations.
May he live forever in the presence of God.
Appoint loyal love and faithfulness to preserve him.
So I will sing the praise of your name forever,
that I may fulfill my vows daily.

Matthew 20

"For the kingdom of heaven is like a man—the master of the house—who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. And after coming to an agreement with the workers for a denarius per day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace. And to those people he said, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will give you whatever is right.’ So they went. Going out again about the sixth and ninth hour he did the same thing. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing there and said to them, ‘Why are you standing here the whole day unemployed?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go also into the vineyard.’ And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning from the last up to the first.’ And when the ones hired about the eleventh hour came, they received a denarius apiece. And when the first came, they thought that they would receive more, and they also received a denarius apiece. And when they received it, they began to complain against the master of the house, saying, ‘These last people worked one hour and you made them equal to us who have endured the burden of the day and the burning heat!’ But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am not doing you wrong. Did you not come to an agreement with me for a denarius? Take what is yours and go! But I want to give to this last person the same as I gave to you also. Is it not permitted for me to do whatever I want with what is mine? Or is your eye evil because I am generous?’ Thus the last will be first and the first last."

And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples by themselves and said to them on the way, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and will hand him over to the Gentiles to mock him and flog him and crucify him, and on the third day he will be raised."

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling down she asked something from him. And he said to her, "What do you want?" She said to him, "Say that these two sons of mine may sit one at your right hand and one at your left in your kingdom." But Jesus answered and said, "You do not know what you are asking! Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?" They said to him, "We are able." He said to them, "You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father."

And when the ten heard this, they were indignant concerning the two brothers. But Jesus called them to himself and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in high positions exercise authority over them. It will not be like this among you! But whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be most prominent among you must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

And as they were going out of Jericho, a large crowd followed him. And behold, there were two blind men sitting beside the road. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they called out, saying, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!" And the crowd rebuked them so that they would be quiet. But they called out all the more, saying, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!" And Jesus stopped, called them, and said, "What do you want me to do for you?" They said to him, "Lord, that our eyes be opened!" And having compassion, Jesus touched their eyes, and immediately they received their sight and followed him.

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The reading for today is Hosea 14; 2 Chronicles 26-27; Psalm 61; Matthew 20. The reading for today is Hosea 14; 2 Chronicles 26-27; Psalm 61; Matthew 20. Hosea 14 Return to Yahweh your God, O Israel, for you have stumbled because of your sin. Take words with you, and return to Yahweh. Say to him, Take away all guilt; accept good, and we will offer the fruit of our lips. Assyria will not save us; we will not ride on horses, and we will say no more, Ou ... Continue reading Week 32, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 12:40
Week 32, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/32/4 Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/32/4 The reading for today is Hosea 11-13; Matthew 19.

Hosea 11

When Israel was a child, I loved him,
and out of Egypt I called my son.
When I called them, they went from my face.
    They sacrificed to the Baals, and they sacrificed to idols.
And I myself taught Ephraim to walk;
    I took them in my arms,
but they did not know that I healed them.
I drew them with human ties,
    with the bands of love.
I was to them like one who lifted up a yoke on their jaws,
    though I bent down to them and let them eat.
He will return to the land of Egypt,
    and Assyria will be his king,
    because they refused to return.
The sword rages in his cities;
    it consumes his false prophets
and devours because of their plans.
    My people are bent on backsliding from me.
To the Most High they call,
    he does not raise them at all.
How can I give you up, O Ephraim?
    How can I hand you over, O Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?
    How can I treat you like Zeboiim?
My heart is disturbed within me;
    all my compassions are aroused.
I will not execute my fierce anger,
    I will not again destroy Ephraim;
because I am God
    and not a mortal,
    the Holy One in your midst;
and I will not come in wrath.
    They will go after Yahweh;
        he roars like a lion.
When he roars,
    his children will come trembling
        from the sea.
They will tremble like birds from Egypt,
    and like doves from the land of Assyria;
and I will let them return to their homes—
    a declaration of Yahweh.

Ephraim has surrounded me with lies,
and the house of Israel with deceit;
and Judah is still wandering with God
    and is faithful to the Holy One.

Hosea 12

Ephraim herds the wind
    and is pursuing the east wind all day long;
he multiplies deception and violence
    and he makes a treaty with Assyria,
    and oil is brought to Egypt.
Yahweh has a quarrel with Judah
    and will punish Jacob according to his ways
        and repay him according to his deeds.
In the womb he deceived his brother,
    and in his manhood he struggled with God.
He struggled with the angel and prevailed;
    he pleaded for his mercy.
He met him at Bethel,
    and there he spoke with him.
Yahweh the God of hosts,
    Yahweh is his renowned name!
But you, you must return to your God;
    keep love and justice,
        and wait continually for your God.
The trader, in his hand are scales of deceit;
    he loves to oppress.
And Ephraim said, "Surely, I am rich,
    I gained wealth for myself;
in all my toil they have not found guilt in me
    that is sin.
But I am Yahweh your God
    since the land of Egypt;
I will make you live in tents again,
    like the days of the appointed festival.
I spoke to the prophets;
    I myself multiplied revelations
        and through the hand of the prophets I will destroy.
If in Gilead there is evil,
    surely they will come to nothing.
In Gilgal they sacrifice bulls,
    also their altars will be like stone heaps
    on furrows of the field.
Jacob fled to the open field of Aram,
    and Israel served for a wife,
    and for a wife he watched over sheep.
And by a prophet Yahweh brought
    Israel up from Egypt,
and by a prophet
    he was watched over.
Ephraim has caused bitter provocation,
    and his Lord will hold him responsible for his crimes
    and pay back to him his insults.

Hosea 13

When Ephraim spoke, there was terror;
he was exalted in Israel,
        but he incurred guilt through Baal and died.
And now they sin again,
    and they make for themselves a molten idol,
idols from their silver metal according to their understanding,
    all of them the work of skilled craftsmen.
To these they say, "Sacrifice!"
    People are kissing bull calves.
Therefore, they will be like the morning cloud,
    and like the dew of early morning going away,
like chaff swirling from the threshing floor,
    or like smoke from a window.
I am Yahweh your God
    since the land of Egypt;
you know no god except me,
    and no one saves besides me.
I fed you in the desert,
    in the land of drought.
When I fed them, they were satisfied;
    they were satisfied and their heart was lifted up;
        therefore they forgot me.
And I will be like a lion to them;
    I lie in wait beside the way, like a leopard.
I will attack them like a bear robbed of her offspring,
    and I will tear open the covering of their heart;
there I will devour them like a lion,
    like an animal of the field would mutilate them.
I will destroy you, O Israel;
    who will help you?
Where now is your king that he may save you?
    Where in all your cities are your judges,
of whom you said, "Give to
    me a king and rulers?"
I gave you a king in my anger,
    and I took him in my wrath.
The sin of Ephraim is wrapped up;
    his sin is concealed.
The labor pains of childbirth come for him;
    he is an unwise son
because at the proper time, he does not present himself
    at the mouth of the womb.
Should I redeem them from the power of Sheol?
    Should I deliver them from death?
Where are your plagues, O Death?
    Where is your destruction, O Sheol?
Compassion is hidden from my eyes.
    Although he may flourish among reeds,
the east wind will come, a wind of Yahweh
    rising from the desert;
his fountain will dry up,
    his spring will be parched.
It will plunder his treasury,
    every object of desire.
Samaria will be guilty,
    because she has rebelled against her God;
they will fall by the sword,
    their children will be dashed to pieces,
    and their pregnant women will be ripped open.

Matthew 19

And it happened that when Jesus had finished these statements, he went away from Galilee and came into the region of Judea on the other side of the Jordan. And large crowds followed him, and he healed them there. And Pharisees came up to him in order to test him, and asked if it was permitted for a man to divorce his wife for any cause. And he answered and said, "Have you not read that the one who created them from the beginning made them male and female and said, ‘On account of this a man will leave his father and his mother and will be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, man must not separate." They said to him, "Why then did Moses command us to give a document—a certificate of divorce—and to divorce her?" He said to them, "Moses, with reference to your hardness of heart, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not like this. Now I say to you that whoever divorces his wife, except on the basis of sexual immorality, and marries another commits adultery, and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery."

The disciples said to him, "If this is the case of a man with his wife, it would be better not to marry!" But he said to them, "Not everyone can accept this saying but those to whom it has been given. For there are eunuchs who were born as such from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by people, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who is able to accept this, let him accept it."

Then children were brought to him so that he could lay his hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, "Allow the children, and do not forbid them to come to me, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." And he laid his hands on them and traveled on from there.

And behold, someone came up to him and said, "Teacher, what good thing must I do so that I will have eternal life?" And he said to him, "Why are you asking me about what is good? There is one who is good. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments!" He said to him, "Which ones?" And Jesus said, "Do not commit murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and your mother, and love your neighbor as yourself." The young man said to him, "All these I have observed. What do I still lack?" Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give the proceeds to the poor—and you will have treasure in heaven—and come, follow me." But when the young man heard the statement, he went away sorrowful, because he was one who had many possessions.

And Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly I say to you that with difficulty a rich person will enter into the kingdom of heaven! And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich person into the kingdom of God." So when the disciples heard this, they were extremely amazed, saying, "Then who can be saved?" But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With human beings this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Then Peter answered and said to him, "Behold, we have left everything and followed you. What then will there be for us?" And Jesus said to them, "Truly I say to you that in the renewal of the world, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me—you also will sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields on account of my name will receive a hundred times as much, and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

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The reading for today is Hosea 11-13; Matthew 19. The reading for today is Hosea 11-13; Matthew 19. Hosea 11 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. When I called them, they went from my face. They sacrificed to the Baals, and they sacrificed to idols. And I myself taught Ephraim to walk; I took them in my arms, but they did not know that I healed them. I drew them ... Continue reading Week 32, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 10:59
Week 32, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/32/3 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/32/3 The reading for today is Hosea 7-10; Matthew 18.

Hosea 7

when I would heal Israel,
and the corruption of Ephraim is revealed,
    and the wicked deeds of Samaria;
because they deal in falsehood,
    the thief breaks in,
    and the bandit raids the outside.
But they did not consider
    that I remember all their wickedness.
Now their deeds surround them;
    they are before my face.
By their wickedness they make the king glad,
    and the officials by their treacheries.
All of them commit adultery,
    like a burning oven
whose baker has stopped from stirring the fire,
    and from kneading the dough until it is leavened.
On the day of our king, the princes
    became sick with the heat of wine;
he stretched out his hand with mockers.
    Because they are kindled like an oven,
their heart burns within them;
    all night their anger smolders,
in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire.
All of them are hot as an oven,
    and they devour their rulers.
All their kings have fallen;
    there is none who calls to me amongst them.
Ephraim mixes himself
    with the nations;
Ephraim is a bread cake
    not turned over.
Foreigners devour his strength,
    and he does not know it;
mold is also sprinkled upon him,
    and he does not know it.
The pride of Israel testifies against him
    they do not return to Yahweh their God;
    they do not seek him for all of this.
Ephraim was like a dove,
    silly, without sense;
they call to Egypt,
    they go to Assyria.
Just as they go, I will cast my net
    over them;
I will bring them down
        like the birds of the heavens;
    I will discipline them
        according to a report to their assembly.
Woe to them, because they have strayed from me!
    Destruction to them, because they have rebelled against me!
I myself would redeem them,
    but they speak lies against me.
They do not cry out to me from their heart,
    but they wail on their beds;
because of grain and new wine they lacerate themselves;
    they depart from me.
And I myself trained
    and strengthened their arms;
        but they plan evil against me.
They turn, not to the Most High,
    like a slack bow;
their officials will fall by the sword
    because of the anger of their tongue.
This is their scorn
    in the land of Egypt.

Hosea 8

Put to your lips the trumpet
like a vulture over the house of Yahweh,
because they have broken my covenant
    and rebelled against my law.
They cry out to me,
    "My God! We, Israel, know you!"
Israel has spurned the good;
    the enemy will pursue him.
They appointed kings, but not through me;
    they made officials, but without my knowledge.
With their silver and gold
    they made idols for themselves
        for their own destruction.
Your calf is rejected, O Samaria;
    my anger burns against them.
How long will they be incapable of innocence?
    Because it is from Israel,
an artisan made it,
    it is not a god;
for the calf of Samaria
    will be broken to pieces.
Because they sow the wind,
    they will reap the whirlwind.
The standing grain does not have heads;
    it will not yield flour.
And if it would yield,
    strangers would devour it.
Israel is swallowed up;
    now they are among the nations,
        like an object that no one desires.
For they have gone up to Assyria,
    a wild donkey alone to itself;
        Ephraim has sold itself for lovers.
Even though they have sold themselves to the nations,
    now I will gather them.
They will soon writhe
    from the burden of kings and princes.
When Ephraim multiplied altars
    to expiate sins,
        they became to him altars to sin on.
I write for him myriads of my instruction;
    they are regarded as a strange thing.
They offer sacrifices of my choice
    and they eat flesh;
        Yahweh does not accept them.
Now he will remember their iniquity
    and punish their sins;
they will return to Egypt.
    Israel has forgotten his maker and built palaces,
and Judah has multiplied fortified cities;
    but I will send fire on his cities
    and it will devour her strongholds.

Hosea 9

Do not rejoice, O Israel,
do not exult like the nations!
For you played the whore, departing from your God;
    you loved a harlot’s wage
on all the threshing floors of grain.
    Threshing floor and wine vat will not feed them,
and new wine will fail her.
    They will not remain
        in the land of Yahweh.
But Ephraim will return to Egypt,
    and in Assyria they will eat unclean food.
They will not pour drink offerings of wine to Yahweh,
    and their sacrifices will not please him.
They are like mourners’ bread for them;
    all those who eat it will be defiled.
For their bread will be for their hunger;
    it will not come to the house of Yahweh.
What will you do on the day of the appointed time,
    and on the day of the festival of Yahweh?
For look! If they flee from the destruction,
    Egypt will gather them;
    Memphis will bury them.
Nettles will possess
    their precious things of silver;
        thorns will be in their tents.
The days of punishment have come;
the days of retribution have come;
    Israel knows!
The prophet is a fool,
    the man of the spirit is acting like a madman.
Because of the greatness of your sin,
    your hostility is great.
The prophet keeps watch over Ephraim for my God;
    the snare of a fowler is on all his ways,
    and hostility in the house of his God.
They deeply corrupted themselves
    as in the days of Gibeah;
he will remember their sin,
    he will punish their sins.
Like the grapes in the wilderness,
    I found Israel.
Like early ripened fruit on the fig tree in the first season,
    I saw your ancestors.
They themselves came to Baal Peor,
    and they consecrated themselves to shame.
And they became detestable things,
    like the thing they love.
Ephraim’s glory is like a bird;
    it will fly away—
        no birth, no pregnancy, and no conception.
Even though they bring up their children,
    I will bereave them before maturity.
Woe to them indeed,
    when I depart from them!
Ephraim, as I see it,
    is like a palm in a meadow;
but Ephraim must bring out
    his children to the slayer.
Give them, O Yahweh—
    what will you give them?
Give them a miscarrying womb
    and dry breasts.
Every evil of theirs began at Gilgal,
    so I began to hate them there;
because of the evil of their deeds
    I will drive them out from my house.
I will love them no more;
    all their officials are rebels.
Ephraim is stricken,
    their root is dried up,
        they shall not bear fruit.
Even if they give birth,
    I will kill the cherished offspring of their womb.
My God will reject them
    because they did not listen to him,
        and they will be wanderers among the nations.

Hosea 10

Israel is a luxuriant vine;
he yields fruit for himself.
The more his fruit increased,
    the more he made numerous altars.
The more his land prospered,
    the more he improved his stone pillars.
Their heart is false;
    now they must bear their guilt.
He himself will break down their altars;
    he will destroy their stone pillars.
For now they will say,
    "We have no king;
indeed, we did not fear Yahweh,
    and what can a king do for us?"
They utter words of vain oaths
    when making covenants,
and judgment blossoms like a poisonous plant
    on the furrows of the field.
The inhabitants of Samaria tremble
    for the calf of Beth-aven.
Indeed, his people will mourn for it,
    and his idolatrous priests will wail over it—
    over its glory because it has departed from it.
It will also be brought to Assyria,
    as tribute to the great king.
Ephraim will obtain disgrace
    and Israel will be ashamed from his advice.
Samaria will be destroyed;
    her king is like a chip on the surface of the water.
The high places of Aven,
    the sin of Israel, will be destroyed.
Thorn and thistle will grow
    on their altars.
They will say to the mountains, "Cover us,"
    and to the hills, "Fall on us."
From the days of Gibeah you have sinned, O Israel;
    there they have remained.
Will not war in Gibeah overtake them
    against the children of evil?
    In my desire I will punish them;
nations will be gathered against them
    when they are punished for their double iniquities.
Ephraim was a trained heifer,
    that loved to thresh grain,
and I myself spared
    the fairness of her neck;
I will make Ephraim break the ground,
    Judah will plow,
    Jacob must till for himself.
Sow for yourselves righteousness;
    reap loyal love.
Break up for yourself fallow ground;
    it is time to seek Yahweh
so he will come and rain
    righteousness upon you.
You have plowed wickedness,
    you have reaped injustice,
you have eaten the fruit of lies,
    because you have trusted in your strength,
    in the multitude of your warriors.
The tumult of war will rise up against your people,
        and all your fortresses will be destroyed,
    as Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel;
on the day of war
    mothers were dashed to pieces with their children.
So it will be done to you, O Bethel,
    because of the evil of your wickedness;
at dawn, the king of Israel
    will be utterly destroyed.

Matthew 18

At that time the disciples came up to Jesus, saying, "Who then is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" And calling a child to himself, he had him stand in their midst and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you turn around and become like young children, you will never enter into the kingdom of heaven! Therefore whoever humbles himself like this child, this person is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, and whoever welcomes one child such as this in my name welcomes me. But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him that a large millstone be hung on his neck and he be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of causes for stumbling, for it is a necessity that causes for stumbling come; nevertheless, woe to the person through whom the cause for stumbling comes. And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it from you! It is better for you to enter into life crippled or lame than, having two hands or two feet, to be thrown into the eternal fire! And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it from you! It is better for you to enter into life one-eyed than, having two eyes, to be thrown into fiery hell!

"See to it that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that their angels in heaven constantly see the face of my Father who is in heaven. What do you think? If a certain man has a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go and look for the one that wandered away? And if he happens to find it, truly I say to you that he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that did not wander away. In the same way it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.

"Now if your brother sins against you, go correct him between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take with you in addition one or two others, so that by the testimony of two or three witnesses every matter may be established. And if he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses to listen to the church also, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

"Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will be released in heaven. Again, truly I say to you that if two of you agree on earth about any matter that they ask, it will be done for them from my Father who is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there in the midst of them."

Then Peter came up to him and said, "Lord, how many times will my brother sin against me and I will forgive him? Up to seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven!

"For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man—a king—who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves. And when he began to settle them, someone was brought to him who owed ten thousand talents. And because he did not have enough to repay it, the master ordered him to be sold, and his wife and his children and everything that he had, and to be repaid. Then the slave threw himself to the ground and began to do obeisance to him, saying, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay back everything to you!’ So the master of that slave, because he had compassion, released him and forgave him the loan. But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii, and taking hold of him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay back everything that you owe!’ Then his fellow slave threw himself to the ground and began to implore him, saying, ‘Be patient with me and I will repay you!’ But he did not want to, but rather he went and threw him into prison until he would repay what was owed. So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were extremely distressed, and went and reported to their master everything that had happened. Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘Wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you implored me! Should you not also have shown mercy to your fellow slave as I also showed mercy to you?’ And because he was angry, his master handed him over to the merciless jailers until he would repay everything that was owed. So also my heavenly Father will do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from your hearts!"

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The reading for today is Hosea 7-10; Matthew 18. The reading for today is Hosea 7-10; Matthew 18. Hosea 7 when I would heal Israel, and the corruption of Ephraim is revealed, and the wicked deeds of Samaria; because they deal in falsehood, the thief breaks in, and the bandit raids the outside. But they did not consider that I remember all their wickedness. Now their deeds surround them; they are ... Continue reading Week 32, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 13:55
Week 32, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/32/2 Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/32/2 The reading for today is Hosea 4-6; Psalm 58; Matthew 17.

Hosea 4

Hear the word of Yahweh, O children of Israel,
for Yahweh has an indictment against the inhabitants of the land.
There is no faithfulness or loyalty,
    there is no knowledge of God in the land.
Swearing and lying,
    murdering and stealing,
        and adultery break out,
    and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
Therefore the land mourns,
    and all those living in it languish
with the animals of the field,
    and the birds of the heaven,
    and even the fish of the sea
        are being swept away.
Yet, let no one contend,
    and let no one accuse,
for with you, O priest, is my contention.
You will stumble by day,
    and the priest also will stumble
        with you at night.
And I will destroy your mother;
    My people are destroyed
        for lack of knowledge;
because you have rejected knowledge,
    I reject you from acting as a priest for me.
And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
    I will also forget your children.
When they became many, their sin increased against me;
    they changed their glory into shame.
They feed on the sin of my people,
    they are greedy for their iniquity.
And it will be like people, like priest;
I will punish them for their ways,
    and I will requite them for their deeds.
They will eat and not be satisfied;
    they will play the whore and not multiply,
because they have forsaken Yahweh to devote themselves to
    whoredom.
Wine and new wine take away the understanding.
    My people,
consult their wooden idols,
    and their divining rod gives them oracles;
because a spirit of whoredom led them astray,
    and they played the whore from under their God.
On the tops of the mountains they sacrifice,
    and on the hills they make offerings,
under oak, poplar, and terebinth,
    because their shade is good.
Therefore your daughters play the whore,
    and all your daughters-in-law commit adultery.
I will not punish your daughters when they play the whore,
    or your daughters-in-law when they commit adultery;
because they go aside with whores,
    and they sacrifice with temple prostitutes,
        a people that does not understand comes to ruin.
Even though you, O Israel, are playing the whore,
    do not let Judah become guilty;
do not enter Gilgal,
    or go up to Beth-aven;
and do not swear,
    "As Yahweh lives!"
Indeed, like a stubborn heifer,
    Israel is stubborn;
Now Yahweh will feed them,
    like a lamb in broad pasture.
Ephraim is joined to idols;
    let him alone.
When their drinking has ended,
    they surely indulge in sexual orgies.
    They love lewdness more than their glory.
A wind has wrapped them in its wings,
    and they will be ashamed because of their altars.

Hosea 5

Hear this, O priests!
Give heed, O house of Israel!
Listen, O house of the king!
    Because the judgment applies to you;
because you have been a snare for Mizpah,
    and a net spread out on Tabor;
they dug a deep pit in Shittim,
    but I am a punishment for all of them.
I myself know Ephraim,
    and Israel is not hidden from me;
because now you have played the whore, O Ephraim—
    Israel is defiled.
Their deeds do not permit them
    to return them to God.
Because a spirit of whoredom is in their midst,
    they do not know Yahweh.
The pride of Israel testifies against him,
    and Israel and Ephraim stumble in their guilt,
        and Judah stumbles with them.
With their flocks and herds they will go
    to seek Yahweh, but they will not find him;
        he has withdrawn from them.
They have dealt faithlessly with Yahweh
    because they have borne illegitimate children.
Now the new moon will devour them with their fields.
Blow the horn in Gibeah,
    the trumpet in Ramah.
Sound the alarm in Beth-aven;
    look behind you, Benjamin.
Ephraim will be a desolation
    in the day of punishment;
among the tribes of Israel
    I will reveal what is true.
The princes of Judah have become
    like those who remove a landmark;
on them I will pour out
    my wrath like water.
Ephraim is oppressed,
    crushed in judgment,
because he was determined
    to go after filth.
But I am like a maggot to Ephraim
    and like rottenness to the house of Judah.
And when Ephraim saw his illness,
    and Judah his wound,
Ephraim went to Assyria,
    he sent to the great king.
But he was unable to cure you
    and heal your wound.
Because I will be like a lion to Ephraim
    and like a fierce strong lion to the house of Judah.
I myself will tear and I will go;
    I will carry off, and there is no one who delivers.
I will return again to my place
    until they acknowledge their guilt
        and seek my face;
    in their distress they will search me.

Hosea 6

Come, let us return to Yahweh;
because it is he who has torn, and he will heal us;
he has struck us down and will bind us up.
    He will revive us after two days;
on the third day he will raise us up,
    that we may live in his presence.
Let us know, let us press on to know Yahweh;
    his rising is sure like the dawn.
He will come like the showers to us,
    like the spring rain that waters the earth.
What will I do with you, O Ephraim?
    What will I do with you, O Judah?
Your love is like a morning cloud,
    like the dew that goes away early in the morning.
Therefore, I have hewn them by the prophets;
    I have killed them by the words of my mouth,
    and my judgment goes forth like the light.
Because I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
    and knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
But like Adam, they transgressed the covenant;
    there they dealt faithlessly with me.
Gilead is a city of evil,
    a cunning city because of blood.
Like bandits lying in wait,
    so is a band of priests;
they murder on the road to Shechem;
    indeed, they commit a monstrous crime.
In the house of Israel I have seen something horrible;
    Ephraim’s unfaithfulness is there.
        Israel is defiled.

For you also, O Judah, a harvest is appointed,
    when I restore the fortunes of my people,

Psalm 58

For the music director, according to Do not Destroy.

Of David. A miktam.

Do you really speak what is right when silent?
Do you judge fairly the children of humankind?
No, in your heart you plan injustices;
in the land you weigh out the violence of your hands.
The wicked are estranged from the womb.
They go astray from the belly, speaking lies.
Their venom is like snake venom;
They are like a deaf viper that closes its ear
so that it does not hear the voice of charmers
or the skilled caster of spells.
O God, break their teeth in their mouth.
Break off the fangs of the young lions, O Yahweh.
Let them run away like water that runs off.
When he bends the bow, let his arrows be as though they were cut off.
Let them be like a snail that melts away as it goes;
like the stillborn of woman that do not see the sun.
Before your pots can feel the heat of a thornbush,
whether green or dry, he will sweep it away.
The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance;
he will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
And people will say, "Surely there is a reward for the righteous.
Surely there is a God who judges in the land."

Matthew 17

And after six days Jesus took along Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothing became bright as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with him. So Peter answered and said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good that we are here! If you want, I will make here three shelters, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah." While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice from the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him!" And when the disciples heard this, they fell down on their faces and were extremely frightened. And Jesus came and touched them and said, "Get up and do not be afraid." And when they lifted up their eyes they saw no one except him—Jesus alone.

And as they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them saying, "Tell no one the vision until the Son of Man is raised from the dead." And the disciples asked him, saying, "Then why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?" And he answered and said, "Elijah indeed is coming, and will restore all things. But I say to you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but did with him whatever they wanted. In the same way also the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands." Then the disciples understood that he had spoken to them about John the Baptist.

And when they came to the crowd, a man approached him, kneeling down before him and saying, "Lord, have mercy on my son, because he has seizures and suffers severely, for often he falls into the fire and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, and they were not able to heal him." And Jesus answered and said, "O unbelieving and perverse generation! How long will I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to me!" And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him and the boy was healed from that hour.

Then the disciples approached Jesus privately and said, Why were we not able to expel it?" And he said to them, "Because of your little faith. For truly I say to you, if you have faith like a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you."

Now as they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised." And they were extremely distressed.

Now when they arrived in Capernaum, the ones who collected the double drachma tax came up to Peter and said, "Does your teacher not pay the double drachma tax?" He said, "Yes." And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth collect tolls or taxes—from their own sons, or from foreigners?" And when he said, "From foreigners," Jesus said to him, "Then the sons are free. But so that we do not give offense to them, go out to the sea, cast a line with a hook, and take the first fish that comes up. And when you open its mouth, you will find a four-drachma coin. Take that and give it to them for me and you."

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The reading for today is Hosea 4-6; Psalm 58; Matthew 17. The reading for today is Hosea 4-6; Psalm 58; Matthew 17. Hosea 4 Hear the word of Yahweh, O children of Israel, for Yahweh has an indictment against the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or loyalty, there is no knowledge of God in the land. Swearing and lying, murdering and stealing, and adultery break out, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. ... Continue reading Week 32, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 11:49
Week 32, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/32/1 Sun, 06 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/32/1 The reading for today is Hosea 1-3; Matthew 16.

Hosea 1

The word of Yahweh that came to Hosea son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, the kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.

At the beginning when Yahweh spoke through Hosea,
Yahweh said to Hosea,
    "Go, take for yourself a wife and children of whoredom,
    because the land commits great whoredom
        forsaking Yahweh."
So he went and took Gomer daughter of Diblaim,
    and she conceived and bore him a son.
And Yahweh said to him,
"Name him Jezreel;
    because in a little while I will punish the house of Jehu
    for the blood of Jezreel,
        and I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel.
On that day
    I will break the bow of Israel
        in the Valley of Jezreel."

And she conceived again and bore a daughter, and he said to him,

"Name her Lo-ruhamah,
for I will no longer have pity
    on the house of Israel
        or forgive them.
But I will have pity on the house of Judah
    and I will save them by Yahweh their God,
and will not deliver them
    by bow, sword, war,
        horses, or horsemen.
And when she had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived and bore a son.
And he said, "Name him Lo-ammi,
    for you are not my people
    and I am not your God.
The number of the children of Israel
    will be like the sand of the sea
    that cannot be measured or counted;
and in the place where it is said to them,
    "You are not my people,"
it will be said to them,
    "Children of the living God."
Then the children of Judah
    and Israel will be gathered together,
and they will appoint for themselves
    one head;
and they will take possession of the land,
    for great is the day of Jezreel.

Hosea 2

Say to your brother, "Ammi,"
and to your sister, "Ruhamah."
Plead with your mother, plead—
    because she is not my wife,
        and I am not her husband.
Let her put away her whoring from before her,
    and her adultery from between her breasts.
Lest I strip her naked
    and expose her like the day when she was born;
I will make her like the desert
    and turn her into parched land;
        I will kill her with thirst.
And I will not have pity on her children,
    because they are children of whoredom.
        Because their mother was unfaithful;
she who conceived them has acted shamefully,
    for she said:
        "I will go after my lovers,
the ones who give me my bread, my water,
    my wool, and my flax,
        my oil, and my drink."
Therefore, Look!
    I am going to hedge her path with thorns,
        and I will build a stone wall, a stone wall against her,
    and she will not find her paths.
Then she will pursue her lovers,
    but she will not overtake them;
        she will seek them and not find them;
and she will say, "I will go
    and return to my first husband
    because it was better for me then than now."
But she did not know
    that it was I who gave her
        grain, new wine, and oil,
and who gave her silver in abundance,
    and gold which they made into a Baal.
Therefore I will take again
    my grain in its time,
        and my wine in its season;
and I will take away my wool and my flax,
    which were to cover her nakedness.
And now I will uncover her nakedness
    before the eyes of her lovers,
        and no one will rescue her from my hand.
And I will put an end to all her mirth,
    her festivals, her new moons, and her Sabbaths,
        and all her appointed festivals;
and I will lay waste to her vines and her fig trees,
    of which she said,
        "They are my payment for prostitution,
    which my lovers gave to me."
I will make them a forest,
    and the wild animals of the field will devour them.
I will punish her for the days of the Baals,
    to whom she burns incense,
and she decked herself with her ornamental ring and jewelry,
    and she went after her lovers, and forgot me
        —a declaration of Yahweh.
Therefore, Look! I am going to allure her
    and bring her into the desert,
        and I will speak tenderly to her.
From there I will give her
    her vineyards,
        and the Valley of Achor as a doorway of hope.
And there she will respond,
    as in the days of her youth,
    just as in the day of her coming out of
        the land of Egypt.
And on that day
    a declaration of Yahweh—
        you will call me, "My husband;"
        you will no longer call me, "My Baal."
I will remove the names
    of the Baals from her mouth,
        and they will no longer be mentioned by their name.
I will make a covenant for them on that day,
    with the animals of the field,
    with the birds of the heaven, and
    with the creeping things of the ground;
        the bow, the sword, and the war I will abolish from the land, and I will let them lie down in safety.
And I will take you as my wife forever;
    I will take you as a wife for myself in righteousness and in justice,
        in steadfast love and in mercy.
I will take you as my wife in faithfulness,
    and you will know Yahweh.
On that day I will answer, declares Yahweh,
    I will answer the heavens,
        and they will answer the earth.
And the earth will answer
    the grain, the wine, and the oil,
and they will answer Jezreel.
    I will sow her for myself in the land;
        I will have pity on Lo-ruhama;
    I will say to Lo-ammi,
        "You are my people,"
    and he himself will say, "you are my God."

Hosea 3

And Yahweh said to me again,
"Go, love a woman
who has a lover and is committing adultery,
    just like the love of Yahweh for the children of Israel,
but they are turning to other gods
    and love raisin cakes."
So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver
    and a homer of barely and a measure of wine.
And I said to her,
    "You must remain as mine for many days,
        and you will not play the whore;
you will not belong to a man,
    and I will belong to you."
The children of Israel will remain for many days
    without a king and prince,
    without sacrifice and stone pillar, ephod and teraphim.
Afterward the children of Israel will return
    and seek Yahweh their God and David their king.
They will come in fear to Yahweh
    and to his goodness at the end of days.

Matthew 16

And when the Pharisees and Sadducees came to test him, they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. So he answered and said to them, "When evening comes you say, ‘It will be fair weather because the sky is red,’ and early in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy weather, because the sky is red and darkening.’ You know how to evaluate correctly the appearance of the sky, but you are not able to evaluate the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, and a sign will not be given to it except the sign of Jonah!" And he left them and went away.

And when the disciples arrived at the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. And Jesus said to them, "Watch out for and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees!" So they were discussing this among themselves, saying, "It is because we did not take bread." But knowing this, Jesus said, "Why are you discussing among yourselves that you did not take bread, you of little faith? Do you not yet understand or do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you took up? Or the seven loaves for the four thousand and how many baskets you took up? How do you not understand that I did not speak to you about bread? But beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees!" Then they understood that he did not say to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Now when Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he began asking his disciples, saying, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" And they said, Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" And Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!" And Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it! I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will be released in heaven." Then he commanded the disciples that they should tell no one that he was the Christ.

From that time on Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised on the third day. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, God forbid, Lord! This will never happen to you!" But he turned around and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a cause for stumbling to me, because you are not intent on the things of God, but the things of people!"

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone wants to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life on account of me will find it. For what will a person be benefited if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or what will a person give in exchange for his life? For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and at that time he will reward each one according to what he has done. Truly I say to you, that there are some of those standing here who will never experience death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."

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The reading for today is Hosea 1-3; Matthew 16. The reading for today is Hosea 1-3; Matthew 16. Hosea 1 The word of Yahweh that came to Hosea son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, the kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel. At the beginning when Yahweh spoke through Hosea, Yahweh said to Hosea, Go, take for yourself a wife and ch ... Continue reading Week 32, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 12:15