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, 24 Jun 2017 00:01:31 +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 25, Day 5 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/25/5 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/25/5 The reading for today is 1 Kings 5; 1 Chronicles 2; 2 Thessalonians 3.

1 Kings 5

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

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

2 Chronicles 2

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

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

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

2 Thessalonians 3

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

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

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

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

Song of Solomon 7

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

I belong to my beloved,
    and he desires me!

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

Song of Solomon 8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalm 127

A song of ascents. Of Solomon.

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

2 Thessalonians 2

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

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

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

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

Song of Solomon 4

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

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

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

Song of Solomon 5

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

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

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

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

Song of Solomon 6

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

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

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

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

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

2 Thessalonians 1

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

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

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

Song of Solomon 1

The Song of Songs, which is for Solomon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Song of Solomon 2

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

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

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

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

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

Song of Solomon 3

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

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

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

Psalm 72

Of Solomon.

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

1 Thessalonians 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Proverbs 29

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

Proverbs 30

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

Proverbs 31

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

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

1 Thessalonians 4

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

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

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

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

Proverbs 26

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

Proverbs 27

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

Proverbs 28

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

1 Thessalonians 3

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

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

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

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The reading for today is Proverbs 26-28; 1 Thessalonians 3. The reading for today is Proverbs 26-28; 1 Thessalonians 3. Proverbs 26 Like snow in the summer and like rain at the harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool. Like the sparrow is to fluttering and like the swallow is to flying, so an undeserved curse does not go forth. A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools. Do not ... Continue reading Week 24, Day 5 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 11:06
Week 24, Day 4 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/24/4 Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/24/4 The reading for today is Proverbs 24-25; Psalm 41; 1 Thessalonians 2.

Proverbs 24

Do not envy men of evil,
    and do not desire to be with them.
For their minds will devise violence,
    and their lips will speak mischief.
By wisdom a house is built,
    and by understanding it is established.
And by knowledge, rooms are filled
    with all riches, precious and pleasant.
The warrior of wisdom is in strength,
    and a man of knowledge is strong in power.
For with wise guidance you shall make war for yourself,
    and victory is in an abundance of counsel.
Wisdom is too high for fools;
    at the gate he will not open his mouth.
He who plans to do evil for himself,
    they will call him "master of mischief."
Devising folly is a sin,
    and an abomination to humankind is a scoffer.
If you faint on the day of adversity,
    little is your strength.
Rescue those who are led away to the death
    and those who stagger to the slaughter. If you hold back,
if you say, "Look, we do not know this,"
    does not he who weighs hearts perceive it?
    And he who keeps your soul,
    he knows and will repay humankind according to his deeds.
My child, eat honey, for it is good,
    and the dripping of the honeycomb is sweet to your taste.
Thus know wisdom for the sake of your soul,
    if you find it, then there is a future,
    and your hope will not be cut off.
Do not lie in wait like an outlaw against the home of the righteous;
    do not do violence to his dwelling place.
For seven times the righteous will fall, but he will rise,
    but the wicked will be overthrown by calamity.
While your enemies are falling, do not rejoice;
    when he trips himself, may your heart not be glad
lest Yahweh see and it be evil in his eyes,
    and turn his anger away from him.
Do not fret because of the evildoers;
    do not envy the wicked.
For there will not be a future for the evil;
    the lamp of the wicked will die out.
Fear Yahweh, my son, and the king;
    with those who change, do not associate.
For suddenly their disaster will come,
    and the ruin of both of them, who knows?
These sayings are also for the wise:
    Partiality in judgment is not good.
Whoever says to the guilty, "You are righteous," the people will curse him;
    the nations will abhor him.
But they who rebuke will have delight,
    and upon them blessings of goodness will come.
He will kiss the lips,
    he who gives an honest answer.
Prepare your work in the street and get it ready for yourself in the field;
    afterward, then you shall build your house.
Do not be a witness without cause against your neighbor
    nor deceive with your lips.
Do not say, "Just as he has done to me, so shall I do to him;
    I will pay back the man according to his deed."
I passed by the field of a lazy person,
    and over the vineyard of a person lacking sense;
and behold, it was overgrown—all of it was covered with thorns, its surface with nettles,
    and its stone wall was broken down.
Then I myself saw and my heart considered;
    I looked, and I took hold of instruction:
A little sleep, a little slumber,
    a little folding of the hands for rest,
and your poverty will come running,
    and your lack like an armed warrior.

Proverbs 25

These are also proverbs of Solomon which officials of Hezekiah king of Judah copied:
The glory of God conceals things,
    but the glory of kings searches out things.
As heaven is to height and the earth is to depth,
    so is the heart of kings—there is no searching.
Remove the dross from silver,
    and it will become a vessel for the smith.
Remove the wicked before a king,
    and his throne will be established in righteousness.
Do not promote yourself before the king,
    and in the place of the great ones do not stand.
For it is better that he say to you, "Ascend here,"
    than he humble you before a noble.
What your eyes have seen,
do not hastily bring out to court,
    for what will you do at its end,
    when your neighbor puts you to shame?
Argue your argument with your neighbor himself,
    the secret of another do not disclose,
lest he who hears shame you
    and your ill repute will not end.
Apples of gold in a setting of silver
    is a matter spoken at its proper time.
A ring of gold and an ornament of fine gold
    is a rebuke of the wise to the ear of a listener.
Like the cold of snow on a day of harvest
    is a faithful messenger to those who send him,
    and the soul of his master is refreshed.
Like clouds and wind when there is no rain,
    so too is a man who boasts in a gift of deception.
With patience a ruler may be persuaded,
    and a soft tongue will break a bone.
If you find honey, eat what is sufficient for you,
    lest you have your fill of it and vomit it out.
Make your foot scarce in the house of your neighbor,
    lest he become weary of you and hate you.
Like a club and sword and a sharp arrow
    is a man who bears false witness against his neighbor.
A bad tooth and a lame foot
    is the trust of a faithless person in a time of trouble.
Like one who removes a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar on natron,
    is he who sings songs to a heavy heart.
If your enemy is hungry, feed him bread,
    and if thirsty, let him drink water.
For coals of fire you will heap upon his head,
    and Yahweh will reward you.
The wind of the north produces rain,
    and a backbiting tongue, angry faces.
Better to live upon the corner of a roof
    than with a woman of contention and in a shared house.
Like cold water upon a weary soul,
    so too is good news from a distant place.
Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain
    is the righteous who gives way before the wicked.
To eat much honey is not good,
    nor is seeking one’s honor honorable.
A breached city where there is no wall
    is like a man who has no self-control for his spirit.

Psalm 41

For the music director. A psalm of David.

Blessed is the one who has regard for the poor;
in the day of disaster, Yahweh delivers him.
Yahweh protects him and keeps him alive;
he is blessed in the land,
and you do not give him
into the will of his enemies.
Yahweh sustains him on his sick bed.
In his illness, you restore to health.
As for me, I said, "O Yahweh, be gracious to me.
Heal me, for I have sinned against you."
My enemies speak evil about me,
"When will he die and his name perish?"
And when one comes to see me, he speaks falsely;
his heart gathers disaster for itself.
He goes out to the street; he speaks.
All who hate me speak together against me.
Against me they assume the worst for me:
"A ruinous thing is poured out on him,
and now that he lies down, he will not rise up again."
Even my close friend, whom I trusted,
who ate my bread,
has lifted his heel against me.
But you, O Yahweh, be gracious to me and raise me up
that I may repay them.
By this I know that you delight in me:
because my enemy has not shouted in triumph over me.
As for me, you have upheld me in my integrity,
and you have set me in your presence forever.
Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and Amen.

1 Thessalonians 2

For you yourselves know, brothers, our reception with you, that it was not in vain, but after we had already suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, just as you know, we had the courage in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition. For our exhortation is not from error or from impurity or with deceit, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, thus we speak, not as pleasing people but God, who examines our hearts. For never did we come with a word of flattery, just as you know, nor with a pretext of greediness (God is witness), nor seeking glory from people, neither from you nor from others. Although we could have insisted on our own importance as apostles of Christ, yet we became infants in your midst, like a nursing mother cherishes her own children. Longing for you in this way, we determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own souls, because you had become dear to us.

For you remember, brothers, our labor and hardship: working by night and day in order not to be a burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and righteously and blamelessly we became to you who believe, just as you know how we treated each one of you, like a father his own children, exhorting and consoling you and insisting that you live in a manner worthy of God, who calls you to his own kingdom and glory.

And because of this we also give thanks to God constantly, that when you received God’s word that you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the word of God, which also is at work in you who believe. For you became imitators, brothers, of the churches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus, because you also suffered the same things at the hands of your own people, just as they themselves did also at the hands of the Jews, who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and who persecuted us, and who are not pleasing to God and are opposed to all people, hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles in order that they may be saved, so that they always fill up their sins. But wrath has come upon them to the end.

But when we were made orphans by separation from you, brothers, for a short time (in face, not in heart), we were even more eager with great desire to see your face, because we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, on more than one occasion—and Satan hindered us. For who is our hope or joy or crown of boasting? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at his coming? For you are our glory and joy.

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The reading for today is Proverbs 24-25; Psalm 41; 1 Thessalonians 2. The reading for today is Proverbs 24-25; Psalm 41; 1 Thessalonians 2. Proverbs 24 Do not envy men of evil, and do not desire to be with them. For their minds will devise violence, and their lips will speak mischief. By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established. And by knowledge, rooms are filled with all riches, precious and pleasant. The warrior ... Continue reading Week 24, Day 4 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 11:21
Week 24, Day 3 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/24/3 Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/24/3 The reading for today is Proverbs 22-23; Psalm 117; 1 Thessalonians 1.

Proverbs 22

A reputation is to be chosen rather than great riches;
    favor is better than silver and gold.
Rich and poor have much in common;
    Yahweh is the maker of all of them.
The clever sees danger and hides,
    but the simple go on and suffer.
The reward of humility is the fear of Yahweh—
    wealth and honor and life.
Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse;
    he who guards himself will keep away from them.
Train the child concerning his way;
    even when he is old, he will not stray from it.
The rich will rule over the poor,
    and the borrower is a slave of the lender.
He who sows injustice will reap calamity,
    and the rod of his anger will fail.
He who is generous will be blessed,
    for he gives to the poor from his own bread.
Drive out a scoffer and strife will go out;
    quarrel and abuse will cease.
He who loves purity of heart
    and hasgracious speech, his friend is the king.
The eyes of Yahweh keep watch over knowledge,
    but he will overthrow the words of the faithless.
A lazy person says "A lion in the street!
    In the middle of the highway, I shall be killed!"
A deep pit is the mouth of an adulteress,
    he with whom Yahweh is angry will fall there.
Folly is bound up in the heart of a boy;
    the rod of discipline will drive it from him.
He who oppresses the poor in order to enrich himself,
    or gives to the rich, will come to poverty.

Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise;
    you shall apply your heart to my teaching.
For it is pleasant if you guard them within you;
    together they will be ready upon your lips.
In order for your trust to be in Yahweh,
    I have made them known to you today—even you.
Have I not written for you thirty sayings
    with admonitions and knowledge?
In order to show you what is right—sayings of truth—
    in order to return a true saying to him who sent you.
Do not rob the poor because he is poor,
    and do not crush the afflicted at the gate;
For Yahweh will plead their case
    and despoil those who despoil them of life.
Do not befriend an owner of anger,
    and with a man of wrath you shall not associate;
lest you learn his way
    and become entangled in a snare to yourself.
Do not be with those who give a pledge
    by becoming surety.
If there is nothing for you to pay,
    why will he take your bed from under you?
Do not remove an ancient boundary marker
    which your ancestors made.
A man who is skillful in his work, you shall see:
    before kings, he will serve;
    he will not serve before the commoners.

Proverbs 23

When you sit to eat with a ruler,
    you shall surely observe what is before you,
and you shall put a knife to your throat
    if you have a big appetite.
Do not desire his delicacies,
    for it is food of deception.
Do not tire in order to become rich;
    out of your understanding, may you desist.
Your eyes will alight on it, but there is nothing to it,
    for suddenly it will make for itself wings
    like an eagle and it will be exhausted in the heavens.
Do not eat the bread of the stingy,
    and do not desire his delicacies.
For, like hair in his throat, so it is.
    "Eat and drink!" he will say to you,
    but his heart will not be with you.
Your morsel you have eaten, you will vomit it up,
    and you will waste your pleasant words.
In the ears of a fool do not speak,
    for he will despise the wisdom of your words.
Do not remove an ancient boundary marker,
    and on the fields of orphans do not encroach;
For their redeemer is strong,
    he himself will plead their cause against you.
Apply your heart to instruction,
    and your ear to sayings of knowledge.
Do not withhold discipline from a child,
    if you will beat him with the rod, he will not die.
As for you, with the rod you shall beat him,
    and his life you will save from Sheol.
My child, if your heart is wise,
    my heart will be glad—even me!
And my insides will rejoice
    when your lips speak what is upright.
May your heart not envy the sinners,
    but live in fear of Yahweh all day.
Surely there is a future,
    and your hope will not be cut off.
You, my child, hear and be wise,
    and direct your heart on the road.
Do not be among drinkers of wine,
    among gluttonous eaters of their meat.
For the drunkard and gluttonous, they will become poor,
    and with rags, drowsiness will clothe them.
Listen to your father—he who gave you life,
    and do not despise your mother when she is old.
Buy truth and do not sell it,
    wisdom and instruction and understanding.
The father of the righteous will surely rejoice;
    he who bears a wise person will be happy with him.
May your father and your mother be glad,
    and may she who bore you rejoice.
My child, may you give your heart to me,
    and may your eyes delight in my ways.
For a deep pit is a prostitute,
    and a narrow well is an adulteress.
She is also like a robber lying in wait,
    and the faithless among mankind she increases.
To whom is woe? To whom is sorrow? To whom are quarrels? To whom is complaint?
    To whom are wounds without cause? To whom is redness of the eyes?
To those who linger over wine,
    to those who come to try mixed wine.
Do not look at wine when it is red,
    when it sparkles on the cup,
    going down smoothly.
In the end, it will bite like a serpent,
    and it will sting like an adder.
Your eyes will see strange things,
    and your heart will speak perverse things.
And you will be like him who lies down in the heart of the sea,
    and like him who lies down on top of a mast.
"They struck me; I was not hurt. They beat me; I did not know it.
    When I will awake, I will continue; I will seek it again."

Psalm 117

Praise Yahweh, all you nations;
extol him, all you peoples.
For his loyal love is mighty on our behalf,
and the faithfulness of Yahweh is forever.
Praise Yah!

1 Thessalonians 1

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

We give thanks to God always concerning all of you, making mention constantly in our prayers, because we remember your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father, knowing, brothers dearly loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel did not come to you with word only, but also with power and with the Holy Spirit and with much certainty, just as you know what sort of people we became among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, receiving the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all those who believe in Macedonia and in Achaia, for from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith toward God has gone out, so that we have no need to say anything. For they themselves report about us, what sort of welcome we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to await his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus, the one who delivers us from the coming wrath.

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The reading for today is Proverbs 22-23; Psalm 117; 1 Thessalonians 1. The reading for today is Proverbs 22-23; Psalm 117; 1 Thessalonians 1. Proverbs 22 A reputation is to be chosen rather than great riches; favor is better than silver and gold. Rich and poor have much in common; Yahweh is the maker of all of them. The clever sees danger and hides, but the simple go on and suffer. The reward of humility is the fear of Yahweh— wealth an ... Continue reading Week 24, Day 3 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 09:08
Week 24, Day 2 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/24/2 Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/24/2 The reading for today is Proverbs 19-21; Psalm 40; Romans 16.

Proverbs 19

Better a poor person walking in integrity
    than one who is perverse in his speech and is a fool.
Also, a life without knowledge is not good,
    and he who moves quickly with his feet misses the mark.
As for the folly of humankind, its way leads to ruin,
    and against Yahweh his heart will rage.
Wealth adds many friends,
    but the poor will be left by his friends.
A witness of falsehood will not go unpunished,
    and he who breathes lies will not escape.
Many will seek favor before the generous,
    and everyone is the friend of a man of gifts.
All the brothers of the poor, if they hate him,
    how much more will his friends keep away from him.
    He pursues them with words, and they are gone.
He who acquires wisdom loves himself;
    he who guards understanding loves to find good.
A false witness will not go unpunished,
    and he who breathes lies will perish.
For a fool living in luxury is not fitting,
    any more than it is for a slave to rule over princes.
The understanding of a person makes him slow to his anger,
    and his glory overlooks offense.
The rage of a king growls like a lion,
    but his favor is like dew on the grass.
A foolish child is a ruin to his father,
    and the quarreling of a woman is a continuous dripping.
A house and wealth are an inheritance from fathers,
    but from Yahweh comes a woman who is prudent.
Laziness will bring on a deep sleep,
    and a person of idleness will suffer hunger.
He who guards commandments guards his life;
    he who is careless of his ways will be killed.
He who lends to Yahweh is he who is kind to the poor,
    and his benefits he will repay to him.
Discipline your child, for there is hope,
    but on his destruction do not set your desire.
A hot-tempered person pays a penalty;
    if you rescue him, you will do it yet again.
Listen to advice and accept instruction
    so that you will gain wisdom for your future.
Many plans are in the heart of a man,
    but the purpose of Yahweh will be established.
The craving of a man is his steadfast loyalty,
    and it is better to be poor than a liar.
Fear of Yahweh leads to life;
    he who is filled with it will rest—he will not suffer harm.
A lazy person buries his hand in the dish,
    and even to his mouth he will not bring it back.
The scoffer you shall strike, and the simple, may they learn prudence,
    and reprove the intelligent and he will gain knowledge.
He who does violence to a father, he who chases away a mother,
    is a child who causes shame and brings reproach.
Cease to listen to instruction, my child,
    and you will stray from sayings of knowledge.
A worthless witness will mock justice,
    and the mouth of the wicked will devour iniquity.
Judgments are prepared for the scoffers,
    and flogging for the back of fools.

Proverbs 20

Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler,
    and any who go astray by it are not wise.
Roaring like the lion is the dreaded anger of a king;
    he who provokes him forfeits his life.
It is honorable for the man to refrain from strife,
    but every fool will be quick to quarrel.
The lazy person will not plow in season;
    he will expect at the harvest, but there will be nothing.
Deep waters are like purpose in the heart of a man,
    and a man of understanding will draw it out.
Many a person will proclaim his loyalty for himself,
    but a man who is trustworthy, who can find?
He who walks in his integrity is righteous;
    happy are his children who follow him.
A king who sits on the throne of judgment
    winnows all evil with his eyes.
Who will say "I have made my heart clean;
    I am pure from my sin"?
Stone and stone, measure and measure,
    both of them are an abomination of Yahweh.
Even by his acts, a young man will make himself known,
    whether his acts are pure and upright.
The ear that hears and the eye that sees,
    Yahweh has made them both.
Do not love sleep, lest you become poor;
    open your eyes and have plenty bread.
"Bad, bad," the buyer will say,
    but when one goes to him, then he will boast.
There is gold and many costly stones,
    but precious jewels are lips of knowledge.
Take his garment, for he has given security to a stranger,
    and on behalf of a foreigner—take it as pledge.
Bread gained by deceit is sweet for the man,
    but afterward, his mouth will be filled with gravel.
A plan will be established by advice,
    and with guidance make war.
He reveals a secret, he who walks about with gossip,
    and do not associate with a babbler’s lips.
He who curses his father and his mother,
    his lamp will be extinguished in the midst of darkness.
An inheritance acquired hastily at the beginning
    will not be blessed at its end.
Do not say "I will repay evil";
    wait for Yahweh and he will deliver you.
An abomination of Yahweh is a stone and a weight,
    and scales of falsehood are not good.
Away from Yahweh are the steps of a strong man,
    and how will humankind understand his ways?
It is a snare to humankind to say rashly "It is holy,"
    and after vows, to scrutinize.
A wise king winnows the wicked,
    and he will drive a wheel over them.
The lamp of Yahweh is the spirit of humankind,
    he who searches every innermost part.
Loyalty and faithfulness will preserve a king,
    and he is upheld with the righteousness of his throne.
The glory of young men is their strength,
    but the beauty of the aged is gray hair.
The blows of a wound will cleanse evil,
    as will beatings of the innermost part.

Proverbs 21

Streams of water are the heart of a king in the hand of Yahweh;
    wherever he will desire, he will turn.
Every way of a man is upright in his own eyes,
    but Yahweh weighs hearts.
Doing righteousness and justice is more acceptable
    to Yahweh than sacrifice.
Haughtiness of the eyes and pride of heart,
    the lamp of the wicked are sin.
The plans of the diligent only lead to abundance,
    but all who are hasty, only to want.
He who makes treasure by a lying tongue
    is a fleeting vapor and seeker of death.
The violence of the wicked will sweep them away,
    for they refuse to do justice.
Crooked is the way of a man and a foreigner,
    but the pure is upright in his conduct.
Better to dwell on the corner of a roof
    than to share a house with a woman of contention.
The soul of the wicked desires evil;
    his neighbor will not find mercy in his eyes.
With the punishment of a scoffer, the simple will become wise,
    and with the instruction of the wise, he will obtain knowledge.
The righteous observes the house of the wicked;
    he throws the wicked to ruin.
He who closes his ear from the cry of the poor,
    he also will cry out and not be heard.
A gift in secret will avert anger,
    and a concealed bribe, strong wrath.
It is a joy to the righteous to do justice,
    but dismay to those who do evil.
Whoever wanders from the way of understanding,
    in the assembly of the dead he will rest.
A man of want is he who loves pleasure;
    he who loves wine and oil will not become rich.
A ransom for the righteous is the wicked,
    and the faithless instead of the upright.
Better to live in a land of wilderness
    than with a wife of quarrels and provocation.
Precious treasure and oil are in the house of the wise,
    but the foolish person will devour them.
He who pursues righteousness and kindness
    will find life, righteousness, and honor.
To a city of warriors, the wise ascends,
    and he will bring down the stronghold—its object of trust.
He who guards his mouth and his tongue,
    he guards his life from danger.
The proud, haughty one: "scoffer" is his name;
    he acts with arrogance of pride.
The craving of a lazy person will kill him,
    for his hands refuse to work.
All day he craves a craving,
    but the righteous will give and not hold back.
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination;
    how much more when he brings it in divisiveness!
A false witness will perish,
    but a man who listens will testify with success.
A wicked man is strong in his countenance,
    but the upright will appoint his paths.
There is no wisdom, nor understanding,
    nor counsel to oppose Yahweh.
A horse is prepared for the day of battle,
    but to Yahweh belongs the victory.

Psalm 40

For the music director. Of David. A psalm.

I waited patiently for Yahweh,
And he inclined to me
and heard my cry for help.
And so he brought me up from the roaring pit,
from the miry clay.
And he put my feet upon a rock;
he made my steps steady.
Then he put a new song in my mouth,
a praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and will trust Yahweh.
Blessed is the man who makes Yahweh his trust
and does not turn to the proud and to those who fall away to a lie.
Many things, O Yahweh my God, you have done—
your wonderful deeds and your thoughts toward us.
There is none to compare with you.
If I tried to proclaim and tell of them,
they would be too numerous to count.
A sacrifice and offering you do not desire.
My ears you have opened.
Burnt offering and sin offering you have not demanded.
Then I said, "Look, I come.
In the scroll of the book
it is written concerning me:
‘I delight to do your will, O my God,
and your law is deep within me.’"
I have brought good tidings of righteousness in the great congregation.
Look, I have not shut my lips.
O Yahweh, you surely know that.
Your righteousness I have not hidden in the midst of my heart.
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation.
I have not concealed your loyal love or your faithfulness
from the great congregation.
As for you, O Yahweh, do not withhold your mercies from me.
Let your loyal love and your faithfulness
continually preserve me.
For evils without number have encompassed me.
My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
and my heart fails me.
Be pleased, O Yahweh, to deliver me.
O Yahweh, hurry to help me.
Let them be shamed and abashed altogether
who seek to take away my life.
Let them be repulsed and humiliated
who desire my harm.
Let them be appalled because of their shame,
those who say to me, "Aha! Aha!"
Let them rejoice and be glad in you,
all those who seek you.
Let them say continually, "Yahweh is great!"
—those who love your salvation.
But I am poor and needy.
Let my Lord consider me.
You are my help and my deliverer.
O my God, do not delay.

Romans 16

Now I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is also a servant of the church in Cenchrea, in order that you may welcome her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever task she may have need from you, for she herself also has been a helper of many, even me myself.

Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life, for which not only I am thankful, but also all the churches of the Gentiles; also greet the church in their house. Greet Epenetus my dear friend, who is the first convert of Asia for Christ. Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you. Greet Andronicus and Junia, my compatriots and my fellow prisoners, who are well known to the apostles, who were also in Christ before me. Greet Ampliatus, my dear friend in the Lord. Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and my dear friend Stachys. Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Greet those of the household of Aristobulus. Greet Herodion my compatriot. Greet those of the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord. Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, the laborers in the Lord. Greet Persis, the dear friend who has worked hard in the Lord. Greet Rufus, the chosen one in the Lord, and his mother and mine. Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers with them. Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.

Now I exhort you, brothers, to look out for those who cause dissensions and temptations contrary to the teaching which you learned, and stay away from them. For such people do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own stomach, and by smooth speech and flattery they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting. For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, and I want you to be wise toward what is good, but innocent toward what is evil. And in a short time the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Timothy, my fellow worker, greets you, and Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my compatriots.

I, Tertius, the one who wrote this letter, greet you in the Lord.

Gaius, my host and the host of the whole church, greets you. Erastus the city treasurer greets you, and Quartus the brother.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you. Amen.

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The reading for today is Proverbs 19-21; Psalm 40; Romans 16. The reading for today is Proverbs 19-21; Psalm 40; Romans 16. Proverbs 19 Better a poor person walking in integrity than one who is perverse in his speech and is a fool. Also, a life without knowledge is not good, and he who moves quickly with his feet misses the mark. As for the folly of humankind, its way leads to ruin, and against Yahweh his heart will rage ... Continue reading Week 24, Day 2 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 14:53
Week 24, Day 1 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/24/1 Sun, 11 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000 http://podcast.biblemirror.com/leb/24/1 The reading for today is Proverbs 16-18; Romans 15.

Proverbs 16

To mortals belong the plans of the heart,
    but from Yahweh comes the answer of the tongue.
All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
    but Yahweh weighs the spirit.
Commit your work to Yahweh,
    and your plans will be established.
All Yahweh has made is for his purpose,
    and even the wicked for the day of trouble.
An abomination of Yahweh are all who are arrogant of heart;
    rest assured, he will not go unpunished.
By loyalty and faithfulness, iniquity will be covered over,
    and by fear of Yahweh one turns from evil.
When the ways of a man are pleasing to Yahweh,
    even his enemies he will cause to make peace with him.
Better is little with righteousness
    than great income with no justice.
The mind of a person will plan his ways,
    and Yahweh will direct his steps.
A decision is upon the lips of a king;
    in judgment his mouth will not sin.
A balance and scales of justice belong to Yahweh;
    all the weights of the bag are his work.
An abomination to kings is doing evil,
    for by righteousness the throne will be established.
The delight of kings are the lips of righteousness,
    and he who speaks what is upright he will love.
The wrath of a king is a messenger of death,
    but one who is wise will appease it.
In the light of the face of the king there is life,
    and his favor is like a cloud of spring rain.
Getting wisdom: how much better than gold!
    And getting understanding: it is chosen over silver.
The highway of the upright, it turns from evil,
    he who guards himself keeps his way.
Before destruction comes pride,
    and before a fall, a haughty spirit.
Better a lowly spirit with the poor
    than dividing the spoil with the proud.
He who is attentive to a matter will find goodness,
    and he who trusts in Yahweh, his own happiness.
The wise of heart is called perceptive,
    but he who is pleasant of lips will increase persuasiveness.
A fountain of life is wisdom for its owner,
    but the instruction of fools is folly.
The heart of the wise will make his mouth judicious,
    and upon his lips, it will add persuasiveness.
Pleasant sayings are a honeycomb,
    sweetness to the soul and healing to the bones.
There is a way that seems upright to a man,
    but its end is the way of death.
The life of a worker works for him,
    for his hunger urges him.
A man of wickedness concocts evil,
    and his lips are like a scorching fire.
A person of perversity will spread dissent,
    and he who whispers separates a close friend.
A person of violence will entice his neighbor
    and cause him to walk on a way that is not good.
He who winks his eyes does so in order to plan perverse things;
    he who purses his lips will bring evil to pass.
A crown of glory is gray hair;
    by a righteous life it is gained.
He who is slow to anger is better than him who is mighty,
    and he who controls his spirit than him who captures a city.
The lot will be cast into the lap,
    but all of its decisions are from Yahweh.

Proverbs 17

Better a dry morsel and quiet with it
    than a house filled with feasts of strife.
A slave who deals wisely will rule over a child who acts shamefully,
    and in the midst of brothers he will share his inheritance.
A crucible is for the silver, and a furnace is for the gold,
    but Yahweh will test hearts.
He who does evil listens to lips of wickedness,
    and the liar gives heed to the tongue of mischief.
He who mocks the poor insults him who made him;
    he who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.
The crown of the elderly are grandchildren,
    and the glory of children is their fathers.
Fine speech is not becoming a fool,
    still less is false speech for a ruler.
The bribe is a stone of magic in the eyes of its owner;
    everywhere he will turn, he will prosper.
He who forgives an affront fosters love,
    but he who waits on a matter will alienate a friend.
A rebuke strikes him who understands
    deeper than one hundred blows to a fool.
An evil person will seek only rebellion,
    and a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
May a man meet a she-bear robbed of offspring
    and not a fool in his folly.
For he who returns evil for good,
    evil will not depart from his house.
Like the release of water is the beginning of strife;
    before it breaks out, stop the quarrel.
He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous,
    the two of them are both abominations of Yahweh.
Why is this? A price in the hand of a fool,
    in order to buy wisdom where there is no sense.
The friend loves at all times,
    but a brother is born for adversity.
A person who lacks sense pledges;
    he becomes security before his neighbor.
He who loves transgression loves strife;
    he who builds his high thresholds seeks destruction.
He who is crooked of heart will not find goodness,
    and he who is perverse, by his tongue he will fall into calamity.
He who begets a fool, there is trouble for him;
    the father of a fool will not rejoice.
A cheerful heart is good medicine,
    but a downcast spirit will dry out bones.
The wicked will accept a bribe from the lap,
    in order to pervert the ways of justice.
He who understands sets his face toward wisdom,
    but the eyes of a fool, to the end of the earth.
A grief to his father is the child of a fool,
    and bitterness to her who bore him.
Also, imposing a fine on the righteous is not good,
    nor to flog nobles for uprightness.
He who spares his sayings knows knowledge,
    and a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
Even a fool who keeps silent shall be considered wise;
    he who closes his lips is intelligent.

Proverbs 18

He who is selfish seeks a craving;
    against all sound judgment he shows contempt.
A fool will not take pleasure in understanding,
    but in expressing his heart.
With the coming of wickedness comes contempt also,
    and with dishonor, disgrace.
Deep waters are words of the mouth of a man;
    a gushing stream is a fountain of wisdom.
Being partial to faces of evil is not good,
    nor to subvert the righteous at the judgment.
The lips of a fool will bring strife,
    and his mouth calls out for a flogging.
The mouth of a fool is ruin to him,
    and his lips are a snare to his soul.
The words of a whisper are like delicious morsels,
    and they themselves go down to inner parts of the body.
Even he who is slack in his work,
    he is brother to a master of destruction.
A tower of strength is the name of Yahweh;
    into him the righteous will run and be safe.
The wealth of the rich is his strong city,
    and like a wall, it is high in his imagination.
In the presence of destruction, the heart of a man will be haughty,
    but in the presence of honor, humble.
He who returns a word before he will hear,
    folly itself belongs to him as well as shame.
The spirit of a man will endure his sickness,
    but a broken spirit, who may bear it?
An intelligent mind will acquire knowledge,
    and the ear of the wise will seek knowledge.
The gift of a person will open doors for him,
    and before the great, it gives him access.
The first in his dispute is deemed righteous,
    but his neighbor will come and examine him.
The lot will put an end to disputes,
    and between powerful contenders it will decide.
A brother who is offended is worse than a city of strength,
    and quarrels are like the bars of a fortification.
From the fruit of a man’s mouth, his stomach will be satisfied,
    as for the yield of his lips, it will satisfy.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
    and those who love her will eat of her fruit.
He who finds a wife finds good,
    and he will obtain favor from Yahweh.
The poor may speak entreaties,
    but the rich will answer roughly.
A man of many friends will come to ruin,
    but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Romans 15

But we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each one of us please his neighbor for his good, for the purpose of edification. For even Christ did not please himself, but just as it is written, "The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me." For whatever was written beforehand was written for our instruction, in order that through patient endurance and through the encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope. Now may the God of patient endurance and of encouragement grant you to be in agreement with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that with one mind you may glorify with one mouth the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore accept one another, just as Christ also has accepted you, to the glory of God.

For I say, Christ has become a servant of the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God, in order to confirm the promises to the fathers, and that the Gentiles may glorify God for his mercy, just as it is written,

"Because of this, I will praise you among the Gentiles,
    and I will sing praise to your name."

And again it says,

"Rejoice, Gentiles, with his people."

And again,

"Praise the Lord, all the Gentiles,
    and let all the peoples praise him."

And again Isaiah says,

"The root of Jesse will come,
    even the one who rises to rule over the Gentiles;
in him the Gentiles will put their hope."

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Now I myself also am convinced about you, my brothers, that you yourselves also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to instruct one another. But I have written to you more boldly on some points, so as to remind you again because of the grace that has been given to me by God, with the result that I am a servant of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, serving the gospel of God as a priest, in order that the offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Therefore I have a reason for boasting in Christ Jesus regarding the things concerning God. For I will not dare to speak about anything except that which Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed, by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit, so that from Jerusalem and traveling around as far as Illyricum I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ. And so, having as my ambition to proclaim the gospel where Christ has not been named, in order that I will not build on the foundation belonging to someone else, but just as it is written,

"Those to whom it was not announced concerning him will see,
and those who have not heard will understand."

For this reason also I was hindered many times from coming to you, and now, no longer having a place in these regions, but having a desire for many years to come to you whenever I travel to Spain. For I hope while I am passing through to see you and to be sent on my way by you, whenever I have first enjoyed your company for a while. But now I am traveling to Jerusalem, serving the saints. For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. For they were pleased to do so, and they are obligated to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual things, they ought also to serve them in material things. Therefore, after I have accomplished this and sealed this fruit for delivery to them, I will depart by way of you for Spain, and I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.

Now I exhort you, brothers, through our Lord Jesus Christ and through the love of the Spirit, to contend along with me in your prayers on my behalf to God, that I may be rescued from those who are disobedient in Judea, and my ministry in Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, so that, coming to you with joy by the will of God, I may rest with you. Now may the God of peace be with all of you. Amen.

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The reading for today is Proverbs 16-18; Romans 15. The reading for today is Proverbs 16-18; Romans 15. Proverbs 16 To mortals belong the plans of the heart, but from Yahweh comes the answer of the tongue. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but Yahweh weighs the spirit. Commit your work to Yahweh, and your plans will be established. All Yahweh has made is for his purpose, and even the wic ... Continue reading Week 24, Day 1 → Joel and Matthew Williams clean 13:47