Discussions With God

Psalms 81 Through 85 (AMPC) Posted on 17 Jan 04:34 , 0 comments

Psalm 81-85 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Psalm 81 To the Chief Musician; set to Philistine lute, or [possibly] a particular Gittite tune. [A Psalm] of Asaph. 1 Sing aloud to God our Strength! Shout for joy to the God of Jacob! 2 Raise a song, sound the timbrel, the sweet lyre with the harp. 3 Blow the trumpet at the New Moon, at the full moon, on our feast day. 4 For this is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob. 5 This He ordained in Joseph [the [a]savior] for a testimony when He went out over the land of Egypt. The speech of One Whom I knew not did I hear [saying], 6 I removed his shoulder from the burden; his hands were freed from the basket. 7 You called in distress and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 8 Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you—O Israel, if you would listen to Me! 9 There shall no strange god be among you, neither shall you worship any alien god. 10 I am the Lord your God, Who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it. 11 But My people would not hearken to My voice, and Israel would have none of Me. 12 So I gave them up to their own hearts’ lust and let them go after their own stubborn will, that they might follow their own counsels. 13 Oh, that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would walk in My ways! 14 Speedily then I would subdue their enemies and turn My hand against their adversaries. 15 [Had Israel listened to Me in Egypt, then] those who hated the Lord would have come cringing before Him, and their defeat would have lasted forever. 16 [God] would feed [Israel now] also with the finest of the wheat; and with honey out of the rock would I satisfy you. Psalm 82 A Psalm of Asaph. 1 God stands in the assembly [of the representatives] of God; in the midst of the magistrates or judges He gives judgment [as] among the gods. 2 How long will you [magistrates or judges] judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 3 Do justice to the weak (poor) and fatherless; maintain the rights of the afflicted and needy. 4 Deliver the poor and needy; rescue them out of the hand of the wicked. 5 [The magistrates and judges] know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in the darkness [of complacent satisfaction]; all the foundations of the earth [the fundamental principles upon which rests the administration of justice] are shaking. 6 I said, You are gods [since you judge on My behalf, as My representatives]; indeed, all of you are children of the Most High. 7 But you shall die as men and fall as one of the princes. 8 Arise, O God, judge the earth! For to You belong all the nations. Psalm 83 A song. A Psalm of Asaph. 1 Keep not silence, O God; hold not Your peace or be still, O God. 2 For, behold, Your enemies are in tumult, and those who hate You have raised their heads. 3 They lay crafty schemes against Your people and consult together against Your hidden and precious ones. 4 They have said, Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be in remembrance no more. 5 For they have consulted together with one accord and one heart; against You they make a covenant— 6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites, 7 Gebal and Ammon and Amalek, the Philistines, with the inhabitants of Tyre. 8 Assyria also has joined with them; they have helped the children of Lot [the Ammonites and the Moabites] and have been an arm to them. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 9 Do to them as [You did to] the Midianites, as to Sisera and Jabin at the brook of Kishon, 10 Who perished at Endor, who became like manure for the earth. 11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, yes, all their princes as Zebah and Zalmunna, 12 Who say, Let us take possession for ourselves of the pastures of God. 13 O my God, make them like whirling dust, like stubble or chaff before the wind! 14 As fire consumes the forest, and as the flame sets the mountains ablaze, 15 So pursue and afflict them with Your tempest and terrify them with Your tornado or hurricane. 16 Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek, inquire for, and insistently require Your name, O Lord. 17 Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever; yes, let them be put to shame and perish, 18 That they may know that You, Whose name alone is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth. Psalm 84 To the Chief Musician; set to a Philistine lute, or [possibly] a particular Gittite tune. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. 1 How lovely are Your tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! 2 My soul yearns, yes, even pines and is homesick for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out and sing for joy to the living God. 3 Yes, the sparrow has found a house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young—even Your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. 4 Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are those who dwell in Your house and Your presence; they will be singing Your praises all the day long. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 5 Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man whose strength is in You, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. 6 Passing through the Valley of Weeping (Baca), they make it a place of springs; the early rain also fills [the pools] with blessings. 7 They go from strength to strength [increasing in victorious power]; each of them appears before God in Zion. 8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 9 Behold our shield [the king as Your agent], O God, and look upon the face of Your anointed! 10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand [anywhere else]; I would rather be a doorkeeper and stand at the threshold in the house of my God than to dwell [at ease] in the tents of wickedness. 11 For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favor and [future] glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. 12 O Lord of hosts, blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts in You [leaning and believing on You, committing all and confidently looking to You, and that without fear or misgiving]! Psalm 85 To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. 1 Lord, You have [at last] been favorable and have dealt graciously with Your land [of Canaan]; You have brought back [from Babylon] the captives of Jacob. 2 You have forgiven and taken away the iniquity of Your people, You have covered all their sin. Selah [pause, and calmly realize what that means]! 3 You have withdrawn all Your wrath and indignation, You have turned away from the blazing anger [which You had let loose]. 4 Restore us, O God of our salvation, and cause Your anger toward us to cease [forever]. 5 Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger [and disfavor] and spread it out to all generations? 6 Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You? 7 Show us Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, and grant us Your salvation. 8 I will listen [with expectancy] to what God the Lord will say, for He will speak peace to His people, to His saints (those who are in right standing with Him)—but let them not turn again to [self-confident] folly. 9 Surely His salvation is near to those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him, [and is ready to be appropriated] that [the manifest presence of God, His] glory may tabernacle and abide in our land. 10 Mercy and loving-kindness and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 11 Truth shall spring up from the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven. 12 Yes, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. 13 Righteousness shall go before Him and shall make His footsteps a way in which to walk. Footnotes: Psalm 81:5 Joseph had once gone out over Egypt with the title “Zaphenath-paneah,” meaning, according to some, “Savior of the Age,” to bring deliverance from famine to the Egyptians (Gen. 41:45). Later they forgot their benefactor and severely oppressed his family and their descendants. “Then Joseph’s God arose and went forth over the land [of Egypt] in righteous judgment, yet still as Savior of that people [Israel], in whom dwelt the germ of blessing for all nations.” (David M. Kay, cited by James C. Gray and George M. Adams, Bible Commentary). Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation

Proverbs 17 (AMPC) Posted on 17 Jan 04:31 , 0 comments

Proverbs 17 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) 17 Better is a dry morsel with quietness than a house full of feasting [on offered sacrifices] with strife. 2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son who causes shame, and shall share in the inheritance among the brothers. 3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tries the hearts. 4 An evildoer gives heed to wicked lips; and a liar listens to a mischievous tongue. 5 Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker, and he who is glad at calamity shall not be held innocent or go unpunished. 6 Children’s children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their fathers. 7 Fine or arrogant speech does not befit [an empty-headed] fool—much less do lying lips befit a prince. 8 A bribe is like a bright, precious stone that dazzles the eyes and affects the mind of him who gives it; [as if by magic] he prospers, whichever way he turns. 9 He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends. 10 A reproof enters deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred lashes into a [self-confident] fool. 11 An evil man seeks only rebellion; therefore a stern and pitiless messenger shall be sent against him. 12 Let [the brute ferocity of] a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man rather than a [self-confident] fool in his folly [when he is in a rage]. 13 Whoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house. 14 The beginning of strife is as when water first trickles [from a crack in a dam]; therefore stop contention before it becomes worse and quarreling breaks out. 15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both an abomination [exceedingly disgusting and hateful] to the Lord. 16 Of what use is money in the hand of a [self-confident] fool to buy skillful and godly Wisdom—when he has no understanding or heart for it? 17 A friend loves at all times, and is born, as is a brother, for adversity. 18 A man void of good sense gives a pledge and becomes security for another in the presence of his neighbor. 19 He who loves strife and is quarrelsome loves transgression and involves himself in guilt; he who raises high his gateway and is boastful and arrogant invites destruction. 20 He who has a wayward and crooked mind finds no good, and he who has a willful and contrary tongue will fall into calamity. 21 He who becomes the parent of a [self-confident] fool does it to his sorrow, and the father of [an empty-headed] fool has no joy [in him]. 22 A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. 23 A wicked man receives a bribe out of the bosom (pocket) to pervert the ways of justice. 24 A man of understanding sets skillful and godly Wisdom before his face, but the eyes of a [self-confident] fool are on the ends of the earth. 25 A self-confident and foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to her who bore him. 26 Also, to punish or fine the righteous is not good, nor to smite the noble for their uprightness. 27 He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding has a cool spirit. 28 Even a fool when he holds his peace is considered wise; when he closes his lips he is esteemed a man of understanding. Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation

Psalms 76 Through 80 (AMPC) Posted on 16 Jan 07:21 , 0 comments

Psalm 76-80 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Psalm 76 To the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of Asaph. A song. 1 In Judah God is known and renowned; His name is highly praised and is great in Israel. 2 In [Jeru]Salem also is His tabernacle, and His dwelling place is in Zion. 3 There He broke the bow’s flashing arrows, the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 4 Glorious and excellent are You from the mountains of prey [splendid and majestic, more than the everlasting mountains]. 5 The stouthearted are stripped of their spoil, they have slept the sleep [of death]; and none of the men of might could raise their hands. 6 At Your rebuke, O God of Jacob, both chariot [rider] and horse are cast into a dead sleep [of death]. 7 You, even You, are to be feared [with awe and reverence]! Who may stand in Your presence when once Your anger is roused? 8 You caused sentence to be heard from heaven; the earth feared and was still— 9 When God arose to [establish] judgment, to save all the meek and oppressed of the earth. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise You; the remainder of wrath shall You restrain and gird and arm Yourself with it. 11 Vow and pay to the Lord your God; let all who are round about Him bring presents to Him Who ought to be [reverently] feared. 12 He will cut off the spirit [of pride and fury] of princes; He is terrible to the [ungodly] kings of the earth. Psalm 77 To the Chief Musician; after the manner of Jeduthun [one of David’s three chief musicians, founder of an official musical family]. A Psalm of Asaph. 1 I will cry to God with my voice, even to God with my voice, and He will give ear and hearken to me. 2 In the day of my trouble I seek (inquire of and desperately require) the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out [in prayer] without slacking up; I refuse to be comforted. 3 I [earnestly] remember God; I am disquieted and I groan; I muse in prayer, and my spirit faints [overwhelmed]. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 4 You hold my eyes from closing; I am so troubled that I cannot speak. 5 I consider the days of old, the years of bygone times [of prosperity]. 6 I call to remembrance my song in the night; with my heart I meditate and my spirit searches diligently: 7 Will the Lord cast off forever? And will He be favorable no more? 8 Have His mercy and loving-kindness ceased forever? Have His promises ended for all time? 9 Has God [deliberately] abandoned or forgotten His graciousness? Has He in anger shut up His compassion? Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 10 And I say, This [apparent desertion of Israel by God] is my appointed lot and trial, but I will recall the years of the right hand of the Most High [in loving-kindness extended toward us], for this is my grief, that the right hand of the Most High changes. 11 I will [earnestly] recall the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will [earnestly] remember the wonders [You performed for our fathers] of old. 12 I will meditate also upon all Your works and consider all Your [mighty] deeds. 13 Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary [in holiness, away from sin and guilt]. Who is a great God like our God? 14 You are the God Who does wonders; You have demonstrated Your power among the peoples. 15 You have with Your [mighty] arm redeemed Your people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 16 When the waters [at the Red Sea and the Jordan] saw You, O God, they were afraid; the deep shuddered also, for [all] the waters saw You. 17 The clouds poured down water, the skies sent out a sound [of rumbling thunder]; Your arrows went forth [in forked lightning]. 18 The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind, the lightnings illumined the world; the earth trembled and shook. 19 Your way [in delivering Your people] was through the sea, and Your paths through the great waters, yet Your footsteps were not traceable, but were obliterated. 20 You led Your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron. Psalm 78 A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem, of Asaph. 1 Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in a parable (in instruction by numerous examples); I will utter dark sayings of old [that hide important truth]— 3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their children, but we will tell to the generation to come the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, and His might, and the wonderful works that He has performed. 5 For He established a testimony (an express precept) in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, commanding our fathers that they should make [the great facts of God’s dealings with Israel] known to their children, 6 That the generation to come might know them, that the children still to be born might arise and recount them to their children, 7 That they might set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but might keep His commandments 8 And might not be as their fathers—a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that set not their hearts aright nor prepared their hearts to know God, and whose spirits were not steadfast and faithful to God. 9 The children of Ephraim were armed and carrying bows, yet they turned back in the day of battle. 10 They kept not the covenant of God and refused to walk according to His law 11 And forgot His works and His wonders that He had shown them. 12 Marvelous things did He in the sight of their fathers in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan [where Pharaoh resided]. 13 He divided the [Red] Sea and caused them to pass through it, and He made the waters stand like a heap. 14 In the daytime also He led them with a [pillar of] cloud and all the night with a light of fire. 15 He split rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink abundantly as out of the deep. 16 He brought streams also out of the rock [at Rephidim and Kadesh] and caused waters to run down like rivers. 17 Yet they still went on to sin against Him by provoking and rebelling against the Most High in the wilderness (in the land of drought). 18 And they tempted God in their hearts by asking for food according to their [selfish] desire and appetite. 19 Yes, they spoke against God; they said, Can God furnish [the food for] a table in the wilderness? 20 Behold, He did smite the rock so that waters gushed out and the streams overflowed; but can He give bread also? Can He provide flesh for His people? 21 Therefore, when the Lord heard, He was [full of] wrath; a fire was kindled against Jacob, His anger mounted up against Israel, 22 Because in God they believed not [they relied not on Him, they adhered not to Him], and they trusted not in His salvation (His power to save). 23 Yet He commanded the clouds above and opened the doors of heaven; 24 And He rained down upon them manna to eat and gave them heaven’s grain. 25 Everyone ate the bread of the mighty [man ate angels’ food]; God sent them meat in abundance. 26 He let forth the east wind to blow in the heavens, and by His power He guided the south wind. 27 He rained flesh also upon them like the dust, and winged birds [quails] like the sand of the seas. 28 And He let [the birds] fall in the midst of their camp, round about their tents. 29 So they ate and were well filled; He gave them what they craved and lusted after. 30 But scarce had they stilled their craving, and while their meat was yet in their mouths, 31 The wrath of God came upon them and slew the strongest and sturdiest of them and smote down Israel’s chosen youth. 32 In spite of all this, they sinned still more, for they believed not in (relied not on and adhered not to Him for) His wondrous works. 33 Therefore their days He consumed like a breath [in emptiness, falsity, and futility] and their years in terror and sudden haste. 34 When He slew [some of] them, [the remainder] inquired after Him diligently, and they repented and sincerely sought God [for a time]. 35 And they [earnestly] remembered that God was their Rock, and the Most High God their Redeemer. 36 Nevertheless they flattered Him with their mouths and lied to Him with their tongues. 37 For their hearts were not right or sincere with Him, neither were they faithful and steadfast to His covenant. 38 But He, full of [merciful] compassion, forgave their iniquity and destroyed them not; yes, many a time He turned His anger away and did not stir up all His wrath and indignation. 39 For He [earnestly] remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that goes and does not return. 40 How often they defied and rebelled against Him in the wilderness and grieved Him in the desert! 41 And time and again they turned back and tempted God, provoking and incensing the Holy One of Israel. 42 They remembered not [seriously the miracles of the working of] His hand, nor the day when He delivered them from the enemy, 43 How He wrought His miracles in Egypt and His wonders in the field of Zoan [where Pharaoh resided] 44 And turned their rivers into blood, and their streams, so that they could not drink from them. 45 He sent swarms of [venomous] flies among them which devoured them, and frogs which destroyed them. 46 He gave also their crops to the caterpillar and [the fruit of] their labor to the locust. 47 He destroyed their vines with hail and their sycamore trees with frost and [great chunks of] ice. 48 He [caused them to shut up their cattle or] gave them up also to the hail and their flocks to hot thunderbolts. 49 He let loose upon them the fierceness of His anger, His wrath and indignation and distress, by sending [a mission of] angels of calamity and woe among them. 50 He leveled and made a straight path for His anger [to give it free course]; He did not spare [the Egyptian families] from death but gave their beasts over to the pestilence and the life [of their eldest] over to the plague. 51 He smote all the firstborn in Egypt, the chief of their strength in the tents [of the land of the sons] of Ham. 52 But [God] led His own people forth like sheep and guided them [with a shepherd’s care] like a flock in the wilderness. 53 And He led them on safely and in confident trust, so that they feared not; but the sea overwhelmed their enemies. 54 And He brought them to His holy border, the border of [Canaan] His sanctuary, even to this mountain [Zion] which His right hand had acquired. 55 He drove out the nations also before [Israel] and allotted their land as a heritage, measured out and partitioned; and He made the tribes of Israel to dwell in the tents of those dispossessed. 56 Yet they tempted and provoked and rebelled against the Most High God and kept not His testimonies. 57 But they turned back and dealt unfaithfully and treacherously like their fathers; they were twisted like a warped and deceitful bow [that will not respond to the archer’s aim]. 58 For they provoked Him to [righteous] anger with their high places [for idol worship] and moved Him to jealousy with their graven images. 59 When God heard this, He was full of [holy] wrath; and He utterly rejected Israel, greatly abhorring and loathing [her ways], 60 So that He forsook the tabernacle at Shiloh, the tent in which He had dwelt among men [and never returned to it again], 61 And delivered His strength and power (the ark of the covenant) into captivity, and His glory into the hands of the foe (the Philistines). 62 He gave His people over also to the sword and was wroth with His heritage [Israel]. 63 The fire [of war] devoured their young men, and their bereaved virgins were not praised in a wedding song. 64 Their priests [Hophni and Phinehas] fell by the sword, and their widows made no lamentation [for the bodies came not back from the scene of battle, and the widow of Phinehas also died that day]. 65 Then the Lord awakened as from sleep, as a strong man whose consciousness of power is heightened by wine. 66 And He smote His adversaries in the back [as they fled]; He put them to lasting shame and reproach. 67 Moreover, He rejected the tent of Joseph and chose not the tribe of Ephraim [in which the tabernacle had been accustomed to stand]. 68 But He chose the tribe of Judah [as Israel’s leader], Mount Zion, which He loved [to replace Shiloh as His capital]. 69 And He built His sanctuary [exalted] like the heights [of the heavens] and like the earth which He established forever. 70 He chose David His servant and took him from the sheepfolds; 71 From tending the ewes that had their young He brought him to be the shepherd of Jacob His people, of Israel His inheritance. 72 So [David] was their shepherd with an upright heart; he guided them by the discernment and skillfulness [which controlled] his hands. Psalm 79 A Psalm of Asaph. 1 O God, the nations have come into [the land of Your people] Your inheritance; Your sacred temple have they defiled; they have made Jerusalem heaps of ruins. 2 The dead bodies of Your servants they have given as food to the birds of the heavens, the flesh of Your saints to the beasts of the earth. 3 Their blood they have poured out like water round about Jerusalem, and there was none to bury them. 4 [Because of such humiliation] we have become a taunt and reproach to our neighbors, a mocking and derision to those who are round about us. 5 How long, O Lord? Will You be angry forever? Shall Your jealousy [which cannot endure a divided allegiance] burn like fire? 6 Pour out Your wrath on the Gentile nations who do not acknowledge You, and upon the kingdoms that do not call on Your name. 7 For they have devoured Jacob and laid waste his dwelling and his pasture. 8 O do not [earnestly] remember against us the iniquities and guilt of our forefathers! Let Your compassion and tender mercy speedily come to meet us, for we are brought very low. 9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name! Deliver us, forgive us, and purge away our sins for Your name’s sake. 10 Why should the Gentile nations say, Where is their God? Let vengeance for the blood of Your servants which is poured out be known among the nations in our sight [not delaying until some future generation]. 11 Let the groaning and sighing of the prisoner come before You; according to the greatness of Your power and Your arm spare those who are appointed to die! 12 And return into the bosom of our neighbors sevenfold the taunts with which they have taunted and scoffed at You, O Lord! 13 Then we Your people, the sheep of Your pasture, will give You thanks forever; we will show forth and publish Your praise from generation to generation. Psalm 80 To the Chief Musician; [set to the tune of] “Lilies, a Testimony.” A Psalm of Asaph. 1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You Who lead Joseph like a flock; You Who sit enthroned upon the cherubim [of the ark of the covenant], shine forth 2 Before [a]Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh! Stir up Your might, and come to save us! 3 Restore us again, O God; and cause Your face to shine [in pleasure and approval on us], and we shall be saved! 4 O Lord God of hosts, how long will You be angry with Your people’s prayers? 5 You have fed them with the bread of tears, and You have given them tears to drink in large measure. 6 You make us a strife and scorn to our neighbors, and our enemies laugh among themselves. 7 Restore us again, O God of hosts; and cause Your face to shine [upon us with favor as of old], and we shall be saved! 8 You brought a vine [Israel] out of Egypt; You drove out the [heathen] nations and planted it [in Canaan]. 9 You prepared room before it, and it took deep root and it filled the land. 10 The mountains were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs of it were like the great cedars [cedars of God]. 11 [Israel] sent out its boughs to the [Mediterranean] Sea and its branches to the [Euphrates] River. 12 Why have You broken down its hedges and walls so that all who pass by pluck from its fruit? 13 The boar out of the wood wastes it and the wild beast of the field feeds on it. 14 Turn again, we beseech You, O God of hosts! Look down from heaven and see, visit, and have regard for this vine! 15 [Protect and maintain] the stock which Your right hand planted, and the branch (the son) that You have reared and made strong for Yourself. 16 They have burned it with fire, it is cut down; may they perish at the rebuke of Your countenance. 17 Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, upon the son of man whom You have made strong for Yourself. 18 Then will we not depart from You; revive us (give us life) and we will call upon Your name. 19 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; cause Your face to shine [in pleasure, approval, and favor on us], and we shall be saved! Footnotes: Psalm 80:2 It is supposed that these three tribes represented the whole twelve tribes of Israel, Benjamin being incorporated with Judah, Manasseh embracing the country beyond the Jordan, and Ephraim the remainder. It was natural for the Israelites to think of the three in one group, for they had camped together on the west side of the tabernacle during the years in the wilderness, and also they were the only descendants of Jacob’s wife Rachel. Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation

Proverbs 16 (AMPC) Posted on 16 Jan 07:19 , 0 comments

Proverbs 16 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) 16 The plans of the mind and orderly thinking belong to man, but from the Lord comes the [wise] answer of the tongue. 2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits (the thoughts and intents of the heart). 3 Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed. 4 The Lord has made everything [to accommodate itself and contribute] to its own end and His own purpose—even the wicked [are fitted for their role] for the day of calamity and evil. 5 Everyone proud and arrogant in heart is disgusting, hateful, and exceedingly offensive to the Lord; be assured [I pledge it] they will not go unpunished. 6 By mercy and love, truth and fidelity [to God and man—not by sacrificial offerings], iniquity is purged out of the heart, and by the reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord men depart from and avoid evil. 7 When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 8 Better is a little with righteousness (uprightness in every area and relation and right standing with God) than great revenues with injustice. 9 A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure. 10 Divinely directed decisions are on the lips of the king; his mouth should not transgress in judgment. 11 A just balance and scales are the Lord’s; all the weights of the bag are His work [established on His eternal principles]. 12 It is an abomination [to God and men] for kings to commit wickedness, for a throne is established and made secure by righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation). 13 Right and just lips are the delight of a king, and he loves him who speaks what is right. 14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death, but a wise man will pacify it. 15 In the light of the king’s countenance is life, and his favor is as a cloud bringing the spring rain. 16 How much better it is to get skillful and godly Wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. 17 The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; he who guards his way preserves his life. 18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. 19 Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the meek and poor than to divide the spoil with the proud. 20 He who deals wisely and heeds [God’s] word and counsel shall find good, and whoever leans on, trusts in, and is confident in the Lord—happy, blessed, and fortunate is he. 21 The wise in heart are called prudent, understanding, and knowing, and winsome speech increases learning [in both speaker and listener]. 22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to those who have it, but to give instruction to fools is folly. 23 The mind of the wise instructs his mouth, and adds learning and persuasiveness to his lips. 24 Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the mind and healing to the body. 25 There is a way that seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death. 26 The appetite of the laborer works for him, for [the need of] his mouth urges him on. 27 A worthless man devises and digs up mischief, and in his lips there is as a scorching fire. 28 A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates close friends. 29 The exceedingly grasping, covetous, and violent man entices his neighbor, leading him in a way that is not good. 30 He who shuts his eyes to devise perverse things and who compresses his lips [as if in concealment] brings evil to pass. 31 The hoary head is a crown of beauty and glory if it is found in the way of righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation). 32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, he who rules his [own] spirit than he who takes a city. 33 The lot is cast into the lap, but the decision is wholly of the Lord [even the events that seem accidental are really ordered by Him]. Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation

Psalms 71 Through 75 (AMPC) Posted on 15 Jan 09:10 , 0 comments

Psalm 71-75 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Psalm 71 1 In You, O Lord, do I put my trust and confidently take refuge; let me never be put to shame or confusion! 2 Deliver me in Your righteousness and cause me to escape; bow down Your ear to me and save me! 3 Be to me a rock of refuge in which to dwell, and a sheltering stronghold to which I may continually resort, which You have appointed to save me, for You are my Rock and my Fortress. 4 Rescue me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the grasp of the unrighteous and ruthless man. 5 For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust from my youth and the source of my confidence. 6 Upon You have I leaned and relied from birth; You are He Who took me from my mother’s womb and You have been my benefactor from that day. My praise is continually of You. 7 I am as a wonder and surprise to many, but You are my strong refuge. 8 My mouth shall be filled with Your praise and with Your honor all the day. 9 Cast me not off nor send me away in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent and my powers fail. 10 For my enemies talk against me; those who watch for my life consult together, 11 Saying, God has forsaken him; pursue and persecute and take him, for there is none to deliver him. 12 O God, be not far from me! O my God, make haste to help me! 13 Let them be put to shame and consumed who are adversaries to my life; let them be covered with reproach, scorn, and dishonor who seek and require my hurt. 14 But I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more. 15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteous acts and of Your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is more than I know. 16 I will come in the strength and with the mighty acts of the Lord God; I will mention and praise Your righteousness, even Yours alone. 17 O God, You have taught me from my youth, and hitherto have I declared Your wondrous works. 18 Yes, even when I am old and gray-headed, O God, forsake me not, [but keep me alive] until I have declared Your mighty strength to [this] generation, and Your might and power to all that are to come. 19 Your righteousness also, O God, is very high [reaching to the heavens], You Who have done great things; O God, who is like You, or who is Your equal? 20 You Who have shown us [all] troubles great and sore will quicken us again and will bring us up again from the depths of the earth. 21 Increase my greatness (my honor) and turn and comfort me. 22 I will also praise You with the harp, even Your truth and faithfulness, O my God; unto You will I sing praises with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. 23 My lips shall shout for joy when I sing praises to You, and my inner being, which You have redeemed. 24 My tongue also shall talk of Your righteousness all the day long; for they are put to shame, for they are confounded, who seek and demand my hurt. Psalm 72[a] [A Psalm] for Solomon. 1 Give the king [knowledge of] Your [way of] judging, O God, and [the spirit of] Your righteousness to the king’s son [to control all his actions]. 2 Let him judge and govern Your people with righteousness, and Your poor and afflicted ones with judgment and justice. 3 The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the hills, through [the general establishment of] righteousness. 4 May he judge and defend the poor of the people, deliver the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor, 5 So that they may revere and fear You while the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations. 6 May he [Solomon as a type of King David’s greater Son] be like rain that comes down upon the mown grass, like showers that water the earth. 7 In [b]His [Christ’s] days shall the [uncompromisingly] righteous flourish and peace abound till there is a moon no longer. 8 He [Christ] shall have dominion also from sea to sea and from the River [Euphrates] to the ends of the earth. 9 Those who dwell in the wilderness shall bow before Him and His enemies shall lick the dust. 10 The kings of Tarshish and of the coasts shall bring offerings; the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. 11 Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him, all nations shall serve Him. 12 For He delivers the needy when he calls out, the poor also and him who has no helper. 13 He will have pity on the poor and weak and needy and will save the lives of the needy. 14 He will redeem their lives from oppression and fraud and violence, and precious and costly shall their blood be in His sight. 15 And He shall live; and to Him shall be given gold of Sheba; prayer also shall be made for Him and through Him continually, and they shall bless and praise Him all the day long. 16 There shall be abundance of grain in the soil upon the top of the mountains [the least fruitful places in the land]; the fruit of it shall wave like [the forests of] Lebanon, and [the inhabitants of] the city shall flourish like grass of the earth. 17 His name shall endure forever; His name shall continue as long as the sun [indeed, His name continues before the sun]. And men shall be blessed and bless themselves by Him; all nations shall call Him blessed! 18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who alone does wondrous things! 19 Blessed be His glorious name forever; let the whole earth be filled with His glory! Amen and Amen! 20 The prayers of David son of Jesse are ended. Book Three Psalm 73 A Psalm of Asaph. 1 Truly God is [only] good to Israel, even to those who are upright and pure in heart. 2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone, my steps had well-nigh slipped. 3 For I was envious of the foolish and arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4 For they suffer no violent pangs in their death, but their strength is firm. 5 They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they smitten and plagued like other men. 6 Therefore pride is about their necks like a chain; violence covers them like a garment [like a long, luxurious robe]. 7 Their eyes stand out with fatness, they have more than heart could wish; and the imaginations of their minds overflow [with follies]. 8 They scoff, and wickedly utter oppression; they speak loftily [from on high, maliciously and blasphemously]. 9 They set their mouths against and speak down from heaven, and their tongues swagger through the earth [invading even heaven with blasphemy and smearing earth with slanders]. 10 Therefore His people return here, and waters of a full cup [offered by the wicked] are [blindly] drained by them. 11 And they say, How does God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High? 12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who always prosper and are at ease in the world; they increase in riches. 13 Surely then in vain have I cleansed my heart and washed my hands in innocency. 14 For all the day long have I been smitten and plagued, and chastened every morning. 15 Had I spoken thus [and given expression to my feelings], I would have been untrue and have dealt treacherously against the generation of Your children. 16 But when I considered how to understand this, it was too great an effort for me and too painful 17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I understood [for I considered] their end. 18 [After all] You do set the [wicked] in slippery places; You cast them down to ruin and destruction. 19 How they become a desolation in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors! 20 As a dream [which seems real] until one awakens, so, O Lord, when You arouse Yourself [to take note of the wicked], You will despise their outward show. 21 For my heart was grieved, embittered, and in a state of ferment, and I was pricked in my heart [as with the sharp fang of an adder]. 22 So foolish, stupid, and brutish was I, and ignorant; I was like a beast before You. 23 Nevertheless I am continually with You; You do hold my right hand. 24 You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to honor and glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but You? And I have no delight or desire on earth besides You. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the Rock and firm Strength of my heart and my Portion forever. 27 For behold, those who are far from You shall perish; You will destroy all who are false to You and like [spiritual] harlots depart from You. 28 But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God and made Him my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works. Psalm 74 A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem, of Asaph. 1 O God, why do You cast us off forever? Why does Your anger burn and smoke against the sheep of Your pasture? 2 [Earnestly] remember Your congregation which You have acquired of old, which You have redeemed to be the tribe of Your heritage; remember Mount Zion, where You have dwelt. 3 Direct Your feet [quickly] to the perpetual ruins and desolations; the foe has devastated and desecrated everything in the sanctuary. 4 In the midst of Your Holy Place Your enemies have roared [with their battle cry]; they set up their own [idol] emblems for signs [of victory]. 5 They seemed like men who lifted up axes upon a thicket of trees to make themselves a record. 6 And then all the carved wood of the Holy Place they broke down with hatchets and hammers. 7 They have set Your sanctuary on fire; they have profaned the dwelling place of Your [c]Name by casting it to the ground. 8 They said in their hearts, Let us make havoc [of such places] altogether. They have burned up all God’s meetinghouses in the land. 9 We do not see our symbols; there is no longer any prophet, neither does any among us know for how long. 10 O God, how long is the adversary to scoff and reproach? Is the enemy to blaspheme and revile Your name forever? 11 Why do You hold back Your hand, even Your right hand? Draw it out of Your bosom and consume them [make an end of them]! 12 Yet God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth. 13 You did divide the [Red] Sea by Your might; You broke the heads of the [Egyptian] dragons in the waters. 14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan (Egypt); You did give him as food for the creatures inhabiting the wilderness. 15 You did cleave open [the rock bringing forth] fountains and streams; You dried up mighty, ever-flowing rivers (the Jordan). 16 The day is Yours, the night also is Yours; You have established the [starry] light and the sun. 17 You have fixed all the borders of the earth [the divisions of land and sea and of the nations]; You have made summer and winter. 18 [Earnestly] remember how the enemy has scoffed, O Lord, and reproached You, and how a foolish and impious people has blasphemed Your name. 19 Oh, do not deliver the life of your turtledove to the wild beast (to the greedy multitude); forget not the life [of the multitude] of Your poor forever. 20 Have regard for the covenant [You made with Abraham], for the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence. 21 Oh, let not the downtrodden return in shame; let the oppressed and needy praise Your name. 22 Arise, O God, plead Your own cause; remember [earnestly] how the foolish and impious man scoffs and reproaches You day after day and all day long. 23 Do not forget the [clamoring] voices of Your adversaries, the tumult of those who rise up against You, which ascends continually. Psalm 75 To the Chief Musician; [set to the tune of] “Do Not Destroy.” A Psalm of Asaph. A song. 1 We give praise and thanks to You, O God, we praise and give thanks; Your wondrous works declare that Your [d]Name is near and they who invoke Your Name rehearse Your wonders. 2 When the proper time has come [for executing My judgments], I will judge uprightly [says the Lord]. 3 When the earth totters, and all the inhabitants of it, it is I Who will poise and keep steady its pillars. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 4 I said to the arrogant and boastful, Deal not arrogantly [do not boast]; and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn [of personal aggrandizement]. 5 Lift not up your [aggressive] horn on high, speak not with a stiff neck and insolent arrogance. 6 For not from the east nor from the west nor from the south come promotion and lifting up. 7 But God is the Judge! He puts down one and lifts up another. 8 For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup [of His wrath], and the wine foams and is red, well mixed; and He pours out from it, and all the wicked of the earth must drain it and drink its dregs. 9 But I will declare and rejoice forever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. 10 All the horns of the ungodly also will I cut off [says the Lord], but the horns of the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall be exalted. Footnotes: Psalm 72:1 “This psalm, in highly wrought figurative style, describes the reign of a king as ‘righteous, universal, beneficent, and perpetual.’ By the older Jewish and most of the modern Christian interpreters it has been applied to Christ, Whose reign present and prospective alone corresponds with its statements. As the imagery of the Second Psalm was drawn from the martial character of David’s reign, that of this is from the peaceful and prosperous state of Solomon’s” (Robert Jamieson, A.R. Fausset and David Brown, A Commentary). “Jesus is here, beyond all doubt, in the glory of His reign, both as He now is and as He shall be revealed in the latter-day glory” (Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Treasury of David). Psalm 72:7 See footnote on Ps. 72:1. The ideal concept of the king and the glorious effects of his reign are described, the fulfillment of which is experienced in Christ. Psalm 74:7 See footnote on Deut. 12:5. Psalm 75:1 See footnote on Deut. 12:5. Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation

Proverbs 14 (AMPC) Posted on 15 Jan 09:08 , 0 comments

Proverbs 14 Amplified Bible (AMP) Contrast the Upright and the Wicked 14 The wise woman builds her house [on a foundation of godly precepts, and her household thrives], But the foolish one [who lacks spiritual insight] tears it down with her own hands [by ignoring godly principles]. 2 He who walks in uprightness [reverently] fears the Lord [and obeys and worships Him with profound respect], But he who is devious in his ways despises Him. 3 In the mouth of the [arrogant] [a]fool [who rejects God] is a rod for his back, But the lips of the wise [when they speak with godly wisdom] will protect them. 4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, But much revenue [because of good crops] comes by the strength of the ox. 5 A faithful and trustworthy witness will not lie, But a false witness speaks lies. 6 A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none [for his ears are closed to wisdom], But knowledge is easy for one who understands [because he is willing to learn]. 7 Leave the presence of a [shortsighted] fool, For you will not find knowledge or hear godly wisdom from his lips. 8 The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way, But the foolishness of [shortsighted] fools is deceit. 9 Fools mock sin [but sin mocks the fools], But among the upright there is good will and the favor and blessing of God. 10 The heart knows its own bitterness, And no stranger shares its joy. 11 The house of the wicked will be overthrown, But the tent of the upright will thrive. 12 There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, But its end is the way of death. 13 Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, And the end of joy may be grief. 14 The backslider in heart will have his fill with his own [rotten] ways, But a good man will be satisfied with his ways [the godly thought and action which his heart pursues and in which he delights]. 15 The naive or inexperienced person [is easily misled and] believes every word he hears, But the prudent man [is discreet and astute and] considers well where he is going. 16 A wise man suspects danger and cautiously avoids evil, But the fool is arrogant and careless. 17 A quick-tempered man acts foolishly and without self-control, And a man of wicked schemes is hated. 18 The naive [are unsophisticated and easy to exploit and] inherit foolishness, But the sensible [are thoughtful and far-sighted and] are crowned with knowledge. 19 The evil will bow down before the good, And the wicked [will bow down] at the gates of the righteous. 20 The poor man is hated even by his neighbor, But those who love the rich are many. 21 He who despises his neighbor sins [against God and his fellow man], But happy [blessed and favored by God] is he who is gracious and merciful to the poor. 22 Do they not go astray who devise evil and wander from the way of righteousness? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good. 23 In all labor there is profit, But mere talk leads only to poverty. 24 The crown of the wise is their wealth [of wisdom], But the foolishness of [closed-minded] fools is [nothing but] folly. 25 A truthful witness saves lives, But he who speaks lies is treacherous. 26 In the [reverent] fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And His children will [always] have a place of refuge. 27 The [reverent] fear of the Lord [that leads to obedience and worship] is a fountain of life, So that one may avoid the snares of death. 28 In a multitude of people is a king’s glory, But in a lack of people is a [pretentious] prince’s ruin. 29 He who is slow to anger has great understanding [and profits from his self-control], But he who is quick-tempered exposes and exalts his foolishness [for all to see]. 30 A calm and peaceful and tranquil heart is life and health to the body, But passion and envy are like rottenness to the bones. 31 He who oppresses the poor taunts and insults his Maker, But he who is kind and merciful and gracious to the needy honors Him. 32 The wicked is overthrown through his wrongdoing, But the righteous has hope and confidence and a refuge [with God] even in death. 33 Wisdom rests [silently] in the heart of one who has understanding, But what is in the heart of [shortsighted] fools is made known. 34 Righteousness [moral and spiritual integrity and virtuous character] exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people. 35 The king’s favor and good will are toward a servant who acts wisely and discreetly, But his anger and wrath are toward him who acts shamefully. Footnotes: Proverbs 14:3 See note 1:7. Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved.

Psalms 66 Through 70 (AMPC) Posted on 14 Jan 05:44 , 0 comments

Psalm 66-70 Amplified Bible (AMP) Praise for God’s Mighty Deeds and for His Answer to Prayer. To the Chief Musician. A Song. A Psalm. 66 Shout joyfully to God, all the earth; 2 Sing of the honor and glory and magnificence of His name; Make His praise glorious. 3 Say to God, “How awesome and fearfully glorious are Your works! Because of the greatness of Your power Your enemies will pretend to be obedient to You. 4 “All the earth will [bow down to] worship You [in submissive wonder], And will sing praises to You; They will praise Your name in song.” Selah. 5 Come and see the works of God, He is awesome in His deeds toward the children of men. 6 He turned the sea into dry land; They crossed through the river on foot; There we rejoiced in Him. 7 Who rules by His might forever, His eyes keep watch on the nations; Do not let the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah. 8 Bless our God, O peoples, And make the sound of His praise be heard abroad, 9 Who keeps us among the living, And does not allow our feet to slip or stumble. 10 For You have tested us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined. 11 You brought us into the net; You laid a heavy burden [of servitude] on [a]us. 12 You made men (charioteers) [b]ride over our heads [in defeat]; We went through fire and through water, Yet You brought us out into a [broad] place of abundance [to be refreshed]. 13 I shall come into Your house with burnt offerings; I shall pay You my vows, 14 Which my lips uttered And my mouth spoke as a promise when I was in distress. 15 I shall offer to You burnt offerings of fat lambs, With the [sweet] smoke of rams; I will offer bulls with male goats. Selah. 16 Come and hear, all who fear God [and worship Him with awe-inspired reverence and obedience], And I will tell what He has done for me. 17 I cried aloud to Him; He was highly praised with my tongue. 18 If I regard sin and baseness in my heart [that is, if I know it is there and do nothing about it], The Lord will not hear [me]; 19 But certainly God has heard [me]; He has given heed to the voice of my prayer. 20 Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer Nor His lovingkindness from me. The Nations Exhorted to Praise God. To the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song. 67 God be gracious and kind-hearted to us and bless us, And make His face shine [with favor] on us— Selah. 2 That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation and deliverance among all nations. 3 Let the [c]peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. 4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, For You will judge the people fairly And guide the nations on earth. Selah. 5 Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. 6 The earth has yielded its harvest [as evidence of His approval]; God, our God, blesses us. 7 God blesses us, And all the ends of the earth shall fear Him [with awe-inspired reverence and submissive wonder]. The God of Sinai and of the Sanctuary. To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. A Song. 68 Let God arise, and His enemies be scattered; Let those who hate Him flee before Him. 2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; As wax melts before the fire, So let the wicked and guilty perish before [the presence of] God. 3 But let the righteous be glad; let them be in good spirits before God, Yes, let them rejoice with delight. 4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Lift up a song for Him who rides through the desert— His name is the Lord—be in good spirits before Him. 5 A father of the fatherless and a judge and protector of the widows, Is God in His holy habitation. 6 God makes a home for the lonely; He leads the prisoners into prosperity, Only the stubborn and rebellious dwell in a parched land. 7 O God, when You went out before Your people, When You marched through the wilderness, Selah. 8 The earth trembled; The heavens also poured down rain at the presence of God; Sinai itself trembled at the presence of God, the God of Israel. 9 You, O God, sent abroad plentiful rain; You confirmed Your inheritance when it was parched and weary. 10 Your flock found a dwelling place in it; O God, in Your goodness You provided for the poor. 11 The Lord gives the command [to take Canaan]; The women who proclaim the good news are a great host (army); 12 “The kings of the [enemies’] armies flee, they flee, And the beautiful woman who remains at home divides the spoil [left behind].” 13 When you lie down [to rest] among the [d]sheepfolds, You [Israel] are like the wings of a dove [of victory] overlaid with silver, Its feathers glistening with gold [trophies taken from the enemy]. 14 When the Almighty scattered [the Canaanite] kings in the land of Canaan, It was snowing on [e]Zalmon. 15 A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan; A [high] mountain of many summits is Mount Bashan [rising east of the Jordan]. 16 Why do you look with envy, mountains with many peaks, At the mountain [of the city of Zion] which God has desired for His dwelling place? Yes, the Lord will dwell there forever. 17 The chariots of God are [f]myriads, thousands upon thousands; The Lord is among them as He was at Sinai, in holiness. 18 You have ascended on high, You have led away captive Your captives; You have received gifts among men, Even from the rebellious also, that the Lord God may dwell there. 19 Blessed be the Lord, who bears our burden day by day, The God who is our salvation! Selah. 20 God is to us a God of acts of salvation; And to [g]God the Lord belong escapes from death [setting us free]. 21 Surely God will shatter the head of His enemies, The hairy scalp of one who goes on in his guilty ways. 22 The Lord said, “I will bring your enemies back from Bashan; I will bring them back from the depths of the [Red] Sea, 23 That your foot may crush them in blood, That the tongue of your dogs may have its share from your enemies.” 24 They have seen Your [solemn] [h]procession, O God, The procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary [in holiness]. 25 The singers go in front, the players of instruments last; Between them the maidens playing on tambourines. 26 Bless God in the congregations, [give thanks, gratefully praise Him], The Lord, you who are from [Jacob] the fountain of Israel. 27 The youngest is there, Benjamin, ruling them, The princes of Judah and their company [the southern tribes], The princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali [the northern tribes]. 28 Your God has commanded your strength [your power in His service and your resistance to temptation]; Show Yourself strong, O God, who acted on our behalf. 29 Because of Your temple at Jerusalem [Pagan] kings will bring gifts to You [out of respect]. 30 Rebuke the beasts [living] among the reeds [in Egypt], The herd of bulls (the leaders) with the calves of the peoples; Trampling underfoot the pieces of silver; He has scattered the peoples who delight in war. 31 Princes and envoys shall come from Egypt; Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands [with the offerings of submission] to God. 32 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Sing praises to the Lord! Selah. 33 To Him who rides in the highest heavens, the ancient heavens, Behold, He sends out His voice, a mighty and majestic voice. 34 Ascribe strength to God; His majesty is over Israel And His strength is in the skies. 35 O God, You are awesome and profoundly majestic from Your sanctuary; The God of Israel gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God! A Cry of Distress and Imprecation on Adversaries. To the Chief Musician; set to [the tune of] “Lilies.” A Psalm of David. 69 Save me, O God, For the waters have threatened my life [they have come up to my neck]. 2 I have sunk in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, where a flood overwhelms me. 3 I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched; My eyes fail while I wait [with confident expectation] for my God. 4 Those who hate me without cause are more than the hairs of my head; Those who would destroy me are powerful, being my enemies wrongfully; I am forced to restore what I did not steal. 5 O God, You know my folly; My wrongs are not hidden from You. 6 Do not let those who wait [confidently] for You be [i]ashamed through me, O Lord [j]God of hosts; Do not let those who seek You [as necessary for life itself] be dishonored through me, O God of Israel, 7 Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; Confusion and dishonor have covered my face. 8 I have become estranged from my brothers And an alien to my mother’s sons. 9 For zeal for Your house has consumed me, And the [mocking] insults of those who insult You have fallen on me. 10 When I wept and humbled myself with fasting, It became my reproach. 11 When I made sackcloth my clothing [as one in mourning], I became a byword [a mere object of scorn] to them. 12 They who sit in the [city’s] gate talk about me and mock me, And I am the song of the drunkards. 13 But as for me, my prayer is to You, O Lord, at an acceptable and opportune time; O God, in the greatness of Your favor and in the abundance of Your lovingkindness, Answer me with truth [that is, the faithfulness of Your salvation]. 14 Rescue me from the mire and do not let me sink; Let me be rescued from those who hate me and from the deep waters. 15 Do not let the floodwater overwhelm me, Nor the deep waters swallow me up, Nor the pit [of Sheol] shut its mouth over me. 16 Answer me, O Lord, for Your lovingkindness is sweet and good and comforting; According to the greatness of Your compassion, turn to me. 17 Do not hide Your face from Your servant, For I am in distress; answer me quickly. 18 Draw near to my soul and redeem it; Ransom me because of my enemies [so that they do not delight in my distress]. 19 You know my reproach and my shame and my dishonor [how I am insulted]; My adversaries are all before You [each one fully known]. 20 Reproach and insults have broken my heart and I am so sick. I looked for sympathy, but there was none, And for comforters, but I found none. 21 They (self-righteous hypocrites) also gave me gall [poisonous and bitter] for my food, And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. 22 May their table [with all its abundance and luxury] become a snare [to them]; And when they are in peace [secure at their sacrificial feasts], may it become a trap. 23 May their eyes be dimmed so that they cannot see, And make their loins shake continually [in terror and weakness]. 24 Pour out Your indignation on them, And let [the fierceness of] Your burning anger overtake them. 25 May their encampment be desolate; May no one dwell in their tents. 26 For they have persecuted him whom You have struck, And they tell of the pain of those whom You have pierced and wounded. 27 Add [unforgiven] iniquity to their iniquity [in Your book], And may they not come into Your [k]righteousness. 28 May they be blotted out of the book of life [and their lives come to an end] And may they not be recorded with the righteous (those in right standing with God). 29 But I am sorrowful and in pain; May Your salvation, O God, set me [securely] on high. 30 I will praise the name of God with song And magnify Him with thanksgiving. 31 And it will please the Lord better than an ox Or a young bull with horns and hoofs. 32 The humble have seen it and are glad; You who seek God [requiring Him as your greatest need], let your heart revive and live. 33 For the Lord hears the needy And does not despise His who are prisoners. 34 Let heaven and earth praise Him, The seas and everything that moves in them. 35 For God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah, That His servants may remain there and possess it. 36 The descendants of His servants will inherit it, And those who love His name will dwell in it. Prayer for Help against Persecutors. To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance. 70 O God, come quickly to save me; O Lord, come quickly to help me! 2 Let those be ashamed and humiliated Who seek my life; Let them be turned back and humiliated Who delight in my hurt. 3 Let them be turned back because of their shame and disgrace Who say, “Aha, aha!” 4 May all those who seek You [as life’s first priority] rejoice and be glad in You; May those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified!” 5 But I am afflicted and needy; Come quickly to me, O God! You are my help and my rescuer; O Lord, do not delay. Footnotes: Psalm 66:11 Lit upon our loins. Psalm 66:12 The ancient rabbis understood this as times of captivity for Israel. Psalm 67:3 I.e. includes pagan Gentiles. Psalm 68:13 Or cooking stones or saddlebags. Psalm 68:14 I.e. a dark, wooded hill near Shechem. Psalm 68:17 Lit multiples of ten thousand. Psalm 68:20 Heb YHWH (Yahweh), usually rendered Lord. Psalm 68:24 A reference to the procession bringing the ark of the covenant to Mt. Zion. Psalm 69:6 I.e. have their expectations in Your goodness be disappointed. Psalm 69:6 Heb YHWH (Yahweh), usually rendered Lord. Psalm 69:27 I.e. be justified and acquitted by You. Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved.

Proverbs 14 (AMPC) Posted on 14 Jan 05:42 , 0 comments

Proverbs 14 Amplified Bible (AMP) Contrast the Upright and the Wicked 14 The wise woman builds her house [on a foundation of godly precepts, and her household thrives], But the foolish one [who lacks spiritual insight] tears it down with her own hands [by ignoring godly principles]. 2 He who walks in uprightness [reverently] fears the Lord [and obeys and worships Him with profound respect], But he who is devious in his ways despises Him. 3 In the mouth of the [arrogant] [a]fool [who rejects God] is a rod for his back, But the lips of the wise [when they speak with godly wisdom] will protect them. 4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, But much revenue [because of good crops] comes by the strength of the ox. 5 A faithful and trustworthy witness will not lie, But a false witness speaks lies. 6 A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none [for his ears are closed to wisdom], But knowledge is easy for one who understands [because he is willing to learn]. 7 Leave the presence of a [shortsighted] fool, For you will not find knowledge or hear godly wisdom from his lips. 8 The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way, But the foolishness of [shortsighted] fools is deceit. 9 Fools mock sin [but sin mocks the fools], But among the upright there is good will and the favor and blessing of God. 10 The heart knows its own bitterness, And no stranger shares its joy. 11 The house of the wicked will be overthrown, But the tent of the upright will thrive. 12 There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, But its end is the way of death. 13 Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, And the end of joy may be grief. 14 The backslider in heart will have his fill with his own [rotten] ways, But a good man will be satisfied with his ways [the godly thought and action which his heart pursues and in which he delights]. 15 The naive or inexperienced person [is easily misled and] believes every word he hears, But the prudent man [is discreet and astute and] considers well where he is going. 16 A wise man suspects danger and cautiously avoids evil, But the fool is arrogant and careless. 17 A quick-tempered man acts foolishly and without self-control, And a man of wicked schemes is hated. 18 The naive [are unsophisticated and easy to exploit and] inherit foolishness, But the sensible [are thoughtful and far-sighted and] are crowned with knowledge. 19 The evil will bow down before the good, And the wicked [will bow down] at the gates of the righteous. 20 The poor man is hated even by his neighbor, But those who love the rich are many. 21 He who despises his neighbor sins [against God and his fellow man], But happy [blessed and favored by God] is he who is gracious and merciful to the poor. 22 Do they not go astray who devise evil and wander from the way of righteousness? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good. 23 In all labor there is profit, But mere talk leads only to poverty. 24 The crown of the wise is their wealth [of wisdom], But the foolishness of [closed-minded] fools is [nothing but] folly. 25 A truthful witness saves lives, But he who speaks lies is treacherous. 26 In the [reverent] fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And His children will [always] have a place of refuge. 27 The [reverent] fear of the Lord [that leads to obedience and worship] is a fountain of life, So that one may avoid the snares of death. 28 In a multitude of people is a king’s glory, But in a lack of people is a [pretentious] prince’s ruin. 29 He who is slow to anger has great understanding [and profits from his self-control], But he who is quick-tempered exposes and exalts his foolishness [for all to see]. 30 A calm and peaceful and tranquil heart is life and health to the body, But passion and envy are like rottenness to the bones. 31 He who oppresses the poor taunts and insults his Maker, But he who is kind and merciful and gracious to the needy honors Him. 32 The wicked is overthrown through his wrongdoing, But the righteous has hope and confidence and a refuge [with God] even in death. 33 Wisdom rests [silently] in the heart of one who has understanding, But what is in the heart of [shortsighted] fools is made known. 34 Righteousness [moral and spiritual integrity and virtuous character] exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people. 35 The king’s favor and good will are toward a servant who acts wisely and discreetly, But his anger and wrath are toward him who acts shamefully. Footnotes: Proverbs 14:3 See note 1:7. Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved.

Proverbs 13 (AMPC) Posted on 13 Jan 04:52 , 0 comments

Proverbs 13 Amplified Bible (AMP) Contrast the Upright and the Wicked 13 A wise son heeds and accepts [and is the result of] his father’s discipline and instruction, But a scoffer does not listen to reprimand and does not learn from his errors. 2 From the fruit of his mouth a [wise] man enjoys good, But the desire of the treacherous is for violence. 3 The one who guards his mouth [thinking before he speaks] protects his life; The one who opens his lips wide [and chatters without thinking] comes to ruin. 4 The soul (appetite) of the lazy person craves and gets nothing [for lethargy overcomes ambition], But the soul (appetite) of the diligent [who works willingly] is rich and abundantly supplied. 5 A righteous man hates lies, But a wicked man is loathsome, and he acts shamefully. 6 Righteousness (being in right standing with God) guards the one whose way is blameless, But wickedness undermines and overthrows the sinner. 7 There is one who pretends to be rich, yet has nothing at all; Another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth. 8 The ransom for a man’s life is his wealth, But the poor man does not even have to listen to a rebuke or threats [from the envious]. 9 The light of the righteous [within him—grows brighter and] rejoices, But the lamp of the wicked [is a temporary light and] goes out. 10 Through pride and presumption come nothing but strife, But [skillful and godly] wisdom is with those who welcome [well-advised] counsel. 11 Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, But he who gathers gradually by [honest] labor will increase [his riches]. 12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life. 13 Whoever despises the word and counsel [of God] brings destruction upon himself, But he who [reverently] fears and respects the commandment [of God] will be rewarded. 14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain and source of life, So that one may avoid the snares of death. 15 Good understanding wins favor [from others], But the way of the unfaithful is hard [like barren, dry soil]. 16 Every prudent and self-disciplined man acts with knowledge, But a [closed-minded] fool [who refuses to learn] displays his foolishness [for all to see]. 17 A wicked messenger falls into hardship, But a faithful ambassador brings healing. 18 Poverty and shame will come to him who refuses instruction and discipline, But he who accepts and learns from reproof or censure is honored. 19 Desire realized is sweet to the soul; But it is detestable to fools to turn away from evil [which they have planned]. 20 He who walks [as a companion] with wise men will be wise, But the companions of [conceited, dull-witted] fools [are fools themselves and] will experience harm. 21 Adversity pursues sinners, But the [consistently] upright will be rewarded with prosperity. 22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, And the wealth of the sinner is stored up for [the hands of] the righteous. 23 Abundant food is in the fallow (uncultivated) ground of the poor, But [without protection] it is swept away by injustice. 24 He who withholds the rod [of discipline] hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines and trains him diligently and appropriately [with wisdom and love]. 25 The [consistently] righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, But the stomach of the wicked is in need [of bread]. Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved.

Proverbs 12 (AMPC) Posted on 13 Jan 04:51 , 0 comments

Proverbs 12 Amplified Bible (AMP) Contrast the Upright and the Wicked 12 Whoever loves instruction and discipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof and correction is stupid. 2 A good man will obtain favor from the Lord, But He will condemn a man who devises evil. 3 A man will not be established by wickedness, But the root of the [consistently] righteous will not be moved. 4 A virtuous and excellent wife [worthy of honor] is the crown of her husband, But she who shames him [with her foolishness] is like rottenness in his bones. 5 The thoughts and purposes of the [consistently] righteous are just (honest, reliable), But the counsels and schemes of the wicked are deceitful. 6 The [malevolent] words of the wicked lie in wait for [innocent] blood [to slander], But the mouth of the upright will rescue and protect them. 7 The wicked are overthrown [by their evil] and are no more, But the house of the [consistently] righteous will stand [securely]. 8 A man will be commended according to his insight and sound judgment, But the one who is of a perverse mind will be despised. 9 [a]Better is he who is lightly esteemed and has a servant, Than he who [boastfully] honors himself [pretending to be what he is not] and lacks bread. 10 A righteous man has kind regard for the life of his animal, But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel. 11 He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, But he who follows worthless things lacks common sense and good judgment. 12 The wicked desire the plunder of evil men, But the root of the righteous yields richer fruit. 13 An evil man is [dangerously] ensnared by the transgression of his lips, But the righteous will escape from trouble. 14 A man will be satisfied with good from the fruit of his words, And the deeds of a man’s hands will return to him [as a harvest]. 15 The way of the [arrogant] fool [who rejects God’s wisdom] is right in his own eyes, But a wise and prudent man is he who listens to counsel. 16 The [arrogant] fool’s anger is quickly known [because he lacks self-control and common sense], But a prudent man ignores an insult. 17 He who speaks truth [when he testifies] tells what is right, But a false witness utters deceit [in court]. 18 There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing. 19 Truthful lips will be established forever, But a lying tongue is [credited] only for a moment. 20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy. 21 No harm befalls the righteous, But the wicked are filled with trouble. 22 Lying lips are extremely disgusting to the Lord, But those who deal faithfully are His delight. 23 A shrewd man is reluctant to display his knowledge [until the proper time], But the heart of [over-confident] fools proclaims foolishness. 24 The hand of the diligent will rule, But the negligent and lazy will be put to forced labor. 25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, But a good (encouraging) word makes it glad. 26 The righteous man is a guide to his neighbor, But the way of the wicked leads them astray. 27 The lazy man does not catch and roast his prey, But the precious possession of a [wise] man is diligence [because he recognizes opportunities and seizes them]. 28 In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death [but immortality—eternal life]. Footnotes: Proverbs 12:9 This is the first of many verses in Proverbs that use the “better...than” construction to emphasize contrasting positions. Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved.