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ESV: Every Day in the Word

The popular reading plan features a reading from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs each day. This plan divides the text into 365 sections, so you can read through the entire Bible in one unforgettable year?in as little as 15 minutes a day. In one year, you read the Old Testament, the New Testament, and Proverbs once, and the Psalms twice.



  • October 23: Jeremiah 42?44:23; 2 Timothy 2:1?21; Psalms 92?93; Proverbs 26:3?5

    Old Testament: Jeremiah 42?44:23 Jeremiah 42?44:23

    Jeremiah 42-44:23

    Warning Against Going to Egypt

    42 Then all the commanders of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least to the greatest, came near and said to Jeremiah the prophet, ?Let our plea for mercy come before you, and pray to the LORD your God for us, for all this remnant?because we are left with but a few, as your eyes see us?that the LORD your God may show us the way we should go, and the thing that we should do.? Jeremiah the prophet said to them, ?I have heard you. Behold, I will pray to the LORD your God according to your request, and whatever the LORD answers you I will tell you. I will keep nothing back from you.? Then they said to Jeremiah, ?May the LORD be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act according to all the word with which the LORD your God sends you to us. Whether it is good or bad, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God to whom we are sending you, that it may be well with us when we obey the voice of the LORD our God.?

    At the end of ten days the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah. Then he summoned Johanan the son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces who were with him, and all the people from the least to the greatest, and said to them, ?Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, to whom you sent me to present your plea for mercy before him: If you will remain in this land, then I will build you up and not pull you down; I will plant you, and not pluck you up; for I relent of the disaster that I did to you. Do not fear the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid. Do not fear him, declares the LORD, for I am with you, to save you and to deliver you from his hand. I will grant you mercy, that he may have mercy on you and let you remain in your own land. But if you say, ?We will not remain in this land,? disobeying the voice of the LORD your God and saying, ?No, we will go to the land of Egypt, where we shall not see war or hear the sound of the trumpet or be hungry for bread, and we will dwell there,? then hear the word of the LORD, O remnant of Judah. Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: If you set your faces to enter Egypt and go to live there, then the sword that you fear shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine of which you are afraid shall follow close after you to Egypt, and there you shall die. All the men who set their faces to go to Egypt to live there shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence. They shall have no remnant or survivor from the disaster that I will bring upon them.

    ?For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: As my anger and my wrath were poured out on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so my wrath will be poured out on you when you go to Egypt. You shall become an execration, a horror, a curse, and a taunt. You shall see this place no more. The LORD has said to you, O remnant of Judah, ?Do not go to Egypt.? Know for a certainty that I have warned you this day that you have gone astray at the cost of your lives. For you sent me to the LORD your God, saying, ?Pray for us to the LORD our God, and whatever the LORD our God says, declare to us and we will do it.? And I have this day declared it to you, but you have not obeyed the voice of the LORD your God in anything that he sent me to tell you. Now therefore know for a certainty that you shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence in the place where you desire to go to live.?

    Jeremiah Taken to Egypt

    43 When Jeremiah finished speaking to all the people all these words of the LORD their God, with which the LORD their God had sent him to them, Azariah the son of Hoshaiah and Johanan the son of Kareah and all the insolent men said to Jeremiah, ?You are telling a lie. The LORD our God did not send you to say, ?Do not go to Egypt to live there,? but Baruch the son of Neriah has set you against us, to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they may kill us or take us into exile in Babylon.? So Johanan the son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces and all the people did not obey the voice of the LORD, to remain in the land of Judah. But Johanan the son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces took all the remnant of Judah who had returned to live in the land of Judah from all the nations to which they had been driven?the men, the women, the children, the princesses, and every person whom Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had left with Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan; also Jeremiah the prophet and Baruch the son of Neriah. And they came into the land of Egypt, for they did not obey the voice of the LORD. And they arrived at Tahpanhes.

    Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah in Tahpanhes: ?Take in your hands large stones and hide them in the mortar in the pavement that is at the entrance to Pharaoh's palace in Tahpanhes, in the sight of the men of Judah, and say to them, ?Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will send and take Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and I will set his throne above these stones that I have hidden, and he will spread his royal canopy over them. He shall come and strike the land of Egypt, giving over to the pestilence those who are doomed to the pestilence, to captivity those who are doomed to captivity, and to the sword those who are doomed to the sword. I shall kindle a fire in the temples of the gods of Egypt, and he shall burn them and carry them away captive. And he shall clean the land of Egypt as a shepherd cleans his cloak of vermin, and he shall go away from there in peace. He shall break the obelisks of Heliopolis, which is in the land of Egypt, and the temples of the gods of Egypt he shall burn with fire.??

    Judgment for Idolatry

    44 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Judeans who lived in the land of Egypt, at Migdol, at Tahpanhes, at Memphis, and in the land of Pathros, ?Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: You have seen all the disaster that I brought upon Jerusalem and upon all the cities of Judah. Behold, this day they are a desolation, and no one dwells in them, because of the evil that they committed, provoking me to anger, in that they went to make offerings and serve other gods that they knew not, neither they, nor you, nor your fathers. Yet I persistently sent to you all my servants the prophets, saying, ?Oh, do not do this abomination that I hate!? But they did not listen or incline their ear, to turn from their evil and make no offerings to other gods. Therefore my wrath and my anger were poured out and kindled in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, and they became a waste and a desolation, as at this day. And now thus says the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel: Why do you commit this great evil against yourselves, to cut off from you man and woman, infant and child, from the midst of Judah, leaving you no remnant? Why do you provoke me to anger with the works of your hands, making offerings to other gods in the land of Egypt where you have come to live, so that you may be cut off and become a curse and a taunt among all the nations of the earth? Have you forgotten the evil of your fathers, the evil of the kings of Judah, the evil of their1 wives, your own evil, and the evil of your wives, which they committed in the land of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? They have not humbled themselves even to this day, nor have they feared, nor walked in my law and my statutes that I set before you and before your fathers.

    ?Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will set my face against you for harm, to cut off all Judah. I will take the remnant of Judah who have set their faces to come to the land of Egypt to live, and they shall all be consumed. In the land of Egypt they shall fall; by the sword and by famine they shall be consumed. From the least to the greatest, they shall die by the sword and by famine, and they shall become an oath, a horror, a curse, and a taunt. I will punish those who dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, with the sword, with famine, and with pestilence, so that none of the remnant of Judah who have come to live in the land of Egypt shall escape or survive or return to the land of Judah, to which they desire to return to dwell there. For they shall not return, except some fugitives.?

    Then all the men who knew that their wives had made offerings to other gods, and all the women who stood by, a great assembly, all the people who lived in Pathros in the land of Egypt, answered Jeremiah: ?As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the LORD, we will not listen to you. But we will do everything that we have vowed, make offerings to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her, as we did, both we and our fathers, our kings and our officials, in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For then we had plenty of food, and prospered, and saw no disaster. But since we left off making offerings to the queen of heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have lacked everything and have been consumed by the sword and by famine.? And the women said,2 ?When we made offerings to the queen of heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, was it without our husbands' approval that we made cakes for her bearing her image and poured out drink offerings to her??

    Then Jeremiah said to all the people, men and women, all the people who had given him this answer: ?As for the offerings that you offered in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, you and your fathers, your kings and your officials, and the people of the land, did not the LORD remember them? Did it not come into his mind? The LORD could no longer bear your evil deeds and the abominations that you committed. Therefore your land has become a desolation and a waste and a curse, without inhabitant, as it is this day. It is because you made offerings and because you sinned against the LORD and did not obey the voice of the LORD or walk in his law and in his statutes and in his testimonies that this disaster has happened to you, as at this day.?

    Footnotes

    [1] 44:9 Hebrew his
    [2] 44:19 Compare Syriac; Hebrew lacks And the women said

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    New Testament: 2 Timothy 2:1?21 2 Timothy 2:1?21

    2 Timothy 2:1-21

    A Good Soldier of Christ Jesus

    You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men,1 who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

    Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. The saying is trustworthy, for:

      If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
      if we endure, we will also reign with him;
      if we deny him, he also will deny us;
      if we are faithless, he remains faithful?

    for he cannot deny himself.

    A Worker Approved by God

    Remind them of these things, and charge them before God2 not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,3 a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some. But God's firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: ?The Lord knows those who are his,? and, ?Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.?

    Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable,4 he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.

    Footnotes

    [1] 2:2 The Greek word anthropoi can refer to both men and women, depending on the context
    [2] 2:14 Some manuscripts the Lord
    [3] 2:15 That is, one approved after being tested
    [4] 2:21 Greek from these things

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    Psalm: Psalms 92?93 Psalms 92?93

    Psalms 92-93

    How Great Are Your Works

    A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath.

    92   It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
        to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
      to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
        and your faithfulness by night,
      to the music of the lute and the harp,
        to the melody of the lyre.
      For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work;
        at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
      How great are your works, O LORD!
        Your thoughts are very deep!
      The stupid man cannot know;
        the fool cannot understand this:
      that though the wicked sprout like grass
        and all evildoers flourish,
      they are doomed to destruction forever;
        but you, O LORD, are on high forever.
      For behold, your enemies, O LORD,
        for behold, your enemies shall perish;
        all evildoers shall be scattered.
      But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox;
        you have poured over me1 fresh oil.
      My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;
        my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.
      The righteous flourish like the palm tree
        and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
      They are planted in the house of the LORD;
        they flourish in the courts of our God.
      They still bear fruit in old age;
        they are ever full of sap and green,
      to declare that the LORD is upright;
        he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

    The Lord Reigns

    93   The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty;
        the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
      Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
      Your throne is established from of old;
        you are from everlasting.
      The floods have lifted up, O LORD,
        the floods have lifted up their voice;
        the floods lift up their roaring.
      Mightier than the thunders of many waters,
        mightier than the waves of the sea,
        the LORD on high is mighty!
      Your decrees are very trustworthy;
        holiness befits your house,
        O LORD, forevermore.

    Footnotes

    [1] 92:10 Compare Syriac; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

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    Proverb: Proverbs 26:3?5 Proverbs 26:3?5

    Proverbs 26:3-5

      A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
        and a rod for the back of fools.
      Answer not a fool according to his folly,
        lest you be like him yourself.
      Answer a fool according to his folly,
        lest he be wise in his own eyes.

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  • October 22: Jeremiah 39?41; 2 Timothy 1; Psalms 90?91; Proverbs 26:1?2

    Old Testament: Jeremiah 39?41 Jeremiah 39?41

    Jeremiah 39-41

    The Fall of Jerusalem

    39 In the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army came against Jerusalem and besieged it. In the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, on the ninth day of the month, a breach was made in the city. Then all the officials of the king of Babylon came and sat in the middle gate: Nergal-sar-ezer of Samgar, Nebu-sar-sekim the Rab-saris, Nergal-sar-ezer the Rab-mag, with all the rest of the officers of the king of Babylon. When Zedekiah king of Judah and all the soldiers saw them, they fled, going out of the city at night by way of the king's garden through the gate between the two walls; and they went toward the Arabah. But the army of the Chaldeans pursued them and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho. And when they had taken him, they brought him up to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, at Riblah, in the land of Hamath; and he passed sentence on him. The king of Babylon slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah at Riblah before his eyes, and the king of Babylon slaughtered all the nobles of Judah. He put out the eyes of Zedekiah and bound him in chains to take him to Babylon. The Chaldeans burned the king's house and the house of the people, and broke down the walls of Jerusalem. Then Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, carried into exile to Babylon the rest of the people who were left in the city, those who had deserted to him, and the people who remained. Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, left in the land of Judah some of the poor people who owned nothing, and gave them vineyards and fields at the same time.

    The Lord Delivers Jeremiah

    Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon gave command concerning Jeremiah through Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, saying, ?Take him, look after him well, and do him no harm, but deal with him as he tells you.? So Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, Nebushazban the Rab-saris, Nergal-sar-ezer the Rab-mag, and all the chief officers of the king of Babylon sent and took Jeremiah from the court of the guard. They entrusted him to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, that he should take him home. So he lived among the people.

    The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah while he was shut up in the court of the guard: ?Go, and say to Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, ?Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will fulfill my words against this city for harm and not for good, and they shall be accomplished before you on that day. But I will deliver you on that day, declares the LORD, and you shall not be given into the hand of the men of whom you are afraid. For I will surely save you, and you shall not fall by the sword, but you shall have your life as a prize of war, because you have put your trust in me, declares the LORD.??

    Jeremiah Remains in Judah

    40 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD after Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had let him go from Ramah, when he took him bound in chains along with all the captives of Jerusalem and Judah who were being exiled to Babylon. The captain of the guard took Jeremiah and said to him, ?The LORD your God pronounced this disaster against this place. The LORD has brought it about, and has done as he said. Because you sinned against the LORD and did not obey his voice, this thing has come upon you. Now, behold, I release you today from the chains on your hands. If it seems good to you to come with me to Babylon, come, and I will look after you well, but if it seems wrong to you to come with me to Babylon, do not come. See, the whole land is before you; go wherever you think it good and right to go. If you remain,1 then return to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon appointed governor of the cities of Judah, and dwell with him among the people. Or go wherever you think it right to go.? So the captain of the guard gave him an allowance of food and a present, and let him go. Then Jeremiah went to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, at Mizpah, and lived with him among the people who were left in the land.

    When all the captains of the forces in the open country and their men heard that the king of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah the son of Ahikam governor in the land and had committed to him men, women, and children, those of the poorest of the land who had not been taken into exile to Babylon, they went to Gedaliah at Mizpah?Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, Johanan the son of Kareah, Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth, the sons of Ephai the Netophathite, Jezaniah the son of the Maacathite, they and their men. Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, swore to them and their men, saying, ?Do not be afraid to serve the Chaldeans. Dwell in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and it shall be well with you. As for me, I will dwell at Mizpah, to represent you before the Chaldeans who will come to us. But as for you, gather wine and summer fruits and oil, and store them in your vessels, and dwell in your cities that you have taken.? Likewise, when all the Judeans who were in Moab and among the Ammonites and in Edom and in other lands heard that the king of Babylon had left a remnant in Judah and had appointed Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, as governor over them, then all the Judeans returned from all the places to which they had been driven and came to the land of Judah, to Gedaliah at Mizpah. And they gathered wine and summer fruits in great abundance.

    Now Johanan the son of Kareah and all the leaders of the forces in the open country came to Gedaliah at Mizpah and said to him, ?Do you know that Baalis the king of the Ammonites has sent Ishmael the son of Nethaniah to take your life?? But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam would not believe them. Then Johanan the son of Kareah spoke secretly to Gedaliah at Mizpah, ?Please let me go and strike down Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and no one will know it. Why should he take your life, so that all the Judeans who are gathered about you would be scattered, and the remnant of Judah would perish?? But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam said to Johanan the son of Kareah, ?You shall not do this thing, for you are speaking falsely of Ishmael.?

    Gedaliah Murdered

    41 In the seventh month, Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, son of Elishama, of the royal family, one of the chief officers of the king, came with ten men to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, at Mizpah. As they ate bread together there at Mizpah, Ishmael the son of Nethaniah and the ten men with him rose up and struck down Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, with the sword, and killed him, whom the king of Babylon had appointed governor in the land. Ishmael also struck down all the Judeans who were with Gedaliah at Mizpah, and the Chaldean soldiers who happened to be there.

    On the day after the murder of Gedaliah, before anyone knew of it, eighty men arrived from Shechem and Shiloh and Samaria, with their beards shaved and their clothes torn, and their bodies gashed, bringing grain offerings and incense to present at the temple of the LORD. And Ishmael the son of Nethaniah came out from Mizpah to meet them, weeping as he came. As he met them, he said to them, ?Come in to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam.? When they came into the city, Ishmael the son of Nethaniah and the men with him slaughtered them and cast them into a cistern. But there were ten men among them who said to Ishmael, ?Do not put us to death, for we have stores of wheat, barley, oil, and honey hidden in the fields.? So he refrained and did not put them to death with their companions.

    Now the cistern into which Ishmael had thrown all the bodies of the men whom he had struck down along with2 Gedaliah was the large cistern that King Asa had made for defense against Baasha king of Israel; Ishmael the son of Nethaniah filled it with the slain. Then Ishmael took captive all the rest of the people who were in Mizpah, the king's daughters and all the people who were left at Mizpah, whom Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, had committed to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam. Ishmael the son of Nethaniah took them captive and set out to cross over to the Ammonites.

    But when Johanan the son of Kareah and all the leaders of the forces with him heard of all the evil that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had done, they took all their men and went to fight against Ishmael the son of Nethaniah. They came upon him at the great pool that is in Gibeon. And when all the people who were with Ishmael saw Johanan the son of Kareah and all the leaders of the forces with him, they rejoiced. So all the people whom Ishmael had carried away captive from Mizpah turned around and came back, and went to Johanan the son of Kareah. But Ishmael the son of Nethaniah escaped from Johanan with eight men, and went to the Ammonites. Then Johanan the son of Kareah and all the leaders of the forces with him took from Mizpah all the rest of the people whom he had recovered from Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, after he had struck down Gedaliah the son of Ahikam?soldiers, women, children, and eunuchs, whom Johanan brought back from Gibeon. And they went and stayed at Geruth Chimham near Bethlehem, intending to go to Egypt because of the Chaldeans. For they were afraid of them, because Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had struck down Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon had made governor over the land.

    Footnotes

    [1] 40:5 Syriac; the meaning of the Hebrew phrase is uncertain
    [2] 41:9 Hebrew by the hand of

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    New Testament: 2 Timothy 1 2 Timothy 1

    2 Timothy 1

    Greeting

    Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus,

    To Timothy, my beloved child:

    Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Guard the Deposit Entrusted to You

    I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

    Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to1 a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,2 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.3 Follow the pattern of the sound4 words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.

    You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes. May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains, but when he arrived in Rome he searched for me earnestly and found me?may the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that day!?and you well know all the service he rendered at Ephesus.

    Footnotes

    [1] 1:9 Or with
    [2] 1:9 Greek before times eternal
    [3] 1:12 Or what I have entrusted to him; Greek my deposit
    [4] 1:13 Or healthy

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    Psalm: Psalms 90?91 Psalms 90?91

    Psalms 90-91

    Book Four

    From Everlasting to Everlasting

    A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.

    90   Lord, you have been our dwelling place1
        in all generations.
      Before the mountains were brought forth,
        or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
        from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
      You return man to dust
        and say, ?Return, O children of man!?2
      For a thousand years in your sight
        are but as yesterday when it is past,
        or as a watch in the night.
      You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream,
        like grass that is renewed in the morning:
      in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
        in the evening it fades and withers.
      For we are brought to an end by your anger;
        by your wrath we are dismayed.
      You have set our iniquities before you,
        our secret sins in the light of your presence.
      For all our days pass away under your wrath;
        we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
      The years of our life are seventy,
        or even by reason of strength eighty;
      yet their span3 is but toil and trouble;
        they are soon gone, and we fly away.
      Who considers the power of your anger,
        and your wrath according to the fear of you?
      So teach us to number our days
        that we may get a heart of wisdom.
      Return, O LORD! How long?
        Have pity on your servants!
      Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
        that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
      Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
        and for as many years as we have seen evil.
      Let your work be shown to your servants,
        and your glorious power to their children.
      Let the favor4 of the Lord our God be upon us,
        and establish the work of our hands upon us;
        yes, establish the work of our hands!

    My Refuge and My Fortress

    91   He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
        will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
      I will say5 to the LORD, ?My refuge and my fortress,
        my God, in whom I trust.?
      For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
        and from the deadly pestilence.
      He will cover you with his pinions,
        and under his wings you will find refuge;
        his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
      You will not fear the terror of the night,
        nor the arrow that flies by day,
      nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
        nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
      A thousand may fall at your side,
        ten thousand at your right hand,
        but it will not come near you.
      You will only look with your eyes
        and see the recompense of the wicked.
      Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place?
        the Most High, who is my refuge6?
      no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
        no plague come near your tent.
      For he will command his angels concerning you
        to guard you in all your ways.
      On their hands they will bear you up,
        lest you strike your foot against a stone.
      You will tread on the lion and the adder;
        the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
      ?Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
        I will protect him, because he knows my name.
      When he calls to me, I will answer him;
        I will be with him in trouble;
        I will rescue him and honor him.
      With long life I will satisfy him
        and show him my salvation.?

    Footnotes

    [1] 90:1 Some Hebrew manuscripts (compare Septuagint) our refuge
    [2] 90:3 Or of Adam
    [3] 90:10 Or pride
    [4] 90:17 Or beauty
    [5] 91:2 Septuagint He will say
    [6] 91:9 Or For you, O Lord, are my refuge! You have made the Most High your dwelling place

    (ESV)

    Proverb: Proverbs 26:1?2 Proverbs 26:1?2

    Proverbs 26:1-2

    26   Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,
        so honor is not fitting for a fool.
      Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying,
        a curse that is causeless does not alight.

    (ESV)



  • October 21: Jeremiah 37?38; 1 Timothy 6; Psalm 89:38?52; Proverbs 25:28

    Old Testament: Jeremiah 37?38 Jeremiah 37?38

    Jeremiah 37-38

    Jeremiah Warns Zedekiah

    37 Zedekiah the son of Josiah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon made king in the land of Judah, reigned instead of Coniah the son of Jehoiakim. But neither he nor his servants nor the people of the land listened to the words of the LORD that he spoke through Jeremiah the prophet.

    King Zedekiah sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah the priest, the son of Maaseiah, to Jeremiah the prophet, saying, ?Please pray for us to the LORD our God.? Now Jeremiah was still going in and out among the people, for he had not yet been put in prison. The army of Pharaoh had come out of Egypt. And when the Chaldeans who were besieging Jerusalem heard news about them, they withdrew from Jerusalem.

    Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet: ?Thus says the LORD, God of Israel: Thus shall you say to the king of Judah who sent you to me to inquire of me, ?Behold, Pharaoh's army that came to help you is about to return to Egypt, to its own land. And the Chaldeans shall come back and fight against this city. They shall capture it and burn it with fire. Thus says the LORD, Do not deceive yourselves, saying, ?The Chaldeans will surely go away from us,? for they will not go away. For even if you should defeat the whole army of Chaldeans who are fighting against you, and there remained of them only wounded men, every man in his tent, they would rise up and burn this city with fire.??

    Jeremiah Imprisoned

    Now when the Chaldean army had withdrawn from Jerusalem at the approach of Pharaoh's army, Jeremiah set out from Jerusalem to go to the land of Benjamin to receive his portion there among the people. When he was at the Benjamin Gate, a sentry there named Irijah the son of Shelemiah, son of Hananiah, seized Jeremiah the prophet, saying, ?You are deserting to the Chaldeans.? And Jeremiah said, ?It is a lie; I am not deserting to the Chaldeans.? But Irijah would not listen to him, and seized Jeremiah and brought him to the officials. And the officials were enraged at Jeremiah, and they beat him and imprisoned him in the house of Jonathan the secretary, for it had been made a prison.

    When Jeremiah had come to the dungeon cells and remained there many days, King Zedekiah sent for him and received him. The king questioned him secretly in his house and said, ?Is there any word from the LORD?? Jeremiah said, ?There is.? Then he said, ?You shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon.? Jeremiah also said to King Zedekiah, ?What wrong have I done to you or your servants or this people, that you have put me in prison? Where are your prophets who prophesied to you, saying, ?The king of Babylon will not come against you and against this land?? Now hear, please, O my lord the king: let my humble plea come before you and do not send me back to the house of Jonathan the secretary, lest I die there.? So King Zedekiah gave orders, and they committed Jeremiah to the court of the guard. And a loaf of bread was given him daily from the bakers' street, until all the bread of the city was gone. So Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard.

    Jeremiah Cast into the Cistern

    38 Now Shephatiah the son of Mattan, Gedaliah the son of Pashhur, Jucal the son of Shelemiah, and Pashhur the son of Malchiah heard the words that Jeremiah was saying to all the people: ?Thus says the LORD: He who stays in this city shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence, but he who goes out to the Chaldeans shall live. He shall have his life as a prize of war, and live. Thus says the LORD: This city shall surely be given into the hand of the army of the king of Babylon and be taken.? Then the officials said to the king, ?Let this man be put to death, for he is weakening the hands of the soldiers who are left in this city, and the hands of all the people, by speaking such words to them. For this man is not seeking the welfare of this people, but their harm.? King Zedekiah said, ?Behold, he is in your hands, for the king can do nothing against you.? So they took Jeremiah and cast him into the cistern of Malchiah, the king's son, which was in the court of the guard, letting Jeremiah down by ropes. And there was no water in the cistern, but only mud, and Jeremiah sank in the mud.

    Jeremiah Rescued from the Cistern

    When Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, a eunuch who was in the king's house, heard that they had put Jeremiah into the cistern?the king was sitting in the Benjamin Gate?Ebed-melech went from the king's house and said to the king, ?My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they did to Jeremiah the prophet by casting him into the cistern, and he will die there of hunger, for there is no bread left in the city.? Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, ?Take thirty men with you from here, and lift Jeremiah the prophet out of the cistern before he dies.? So Ebed-melech took the men with him and went to the house of the king, to a wardrobe in the storehouse, and took from there old rags and worn-out clothes, which he let down to Jeremiah in the cistern by ropes. Then Ebed-melech the Ethiopian said to Jeremiah, ?Put the rags and clothes between your armpits and the ropes.? Jeremiah did so. Then they drew Jeremiah up with ropes and lifted him out of the cistern. And Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard.

    Jeremiah Warns Zedekiah Again

    King Zedekiah sent for Jeremiah the prophet and received him at the third entrance of the temple of the LORD. The king said to Jeremiah, ?I will ask you a question; hide nothing from me.? Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, ?If I tell you, will you not surely put me to death? And if I give you counsel, you will not listen to me.? Then King Zedekiah swore secretly to Jeremiah, ?As the LORD lives, who made our souls, I will not put you to death or deliver you into the hand of these men who seek your life.?

    Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, ?Thus says the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel: If you will surrender to the officials of the king of Babylon, then your life shall be spared, and this city shall not be burned with fire, and you and your house shall live. But if you do not surrender to the officials of the king of Babylon, then this city shall be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and you shall not escape from their hand.? King Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, ?I am afraid of the Judeans who have deserted to the Chaldeans, lest I be handed over to them and they deal cruelly with me.? Jeremiah said, ?You shall not be given to them. Obey now the voice of the LORD in what I say to you, and it shall be well with you, and your life shall be spared. But if you refuse to surrender, this is the vision which the LORD has shown to me: Behold, all the women left in the house of the king of Judah were being led out to the officials of the king of Babylon and were saying,

      ??Your trusted friends have deceived you
        and prevailed against you;
      now that your feet are sunk in the mud,
        they turn away from you.?

    All your wives and your sons shall be led out to the Chaldeans, and you yourself shall not escape from their hand, but shall be seized by the king of Babylon, and this city shall be burned with fire.?

    Then Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, ?Let no one know of these words, and you shall not die. If the officials hear that I have spoken with you and come to you and say to you, ?Tell us what you said to the king and what the king said to you; hide nothing from us and we will not put you to death,? then you shall say to them, ?I made a humble plea to the king that he would not send me back to the house of Jonathan to die there.?? Then all the officials came to Jeremiah and asked him, and he answered them as the king had instructed him. So they stopped speaking with him, for the conversation had not been overheard. And Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard until the day that Jerusalem was taken.

    (ESV)

    New Testament: 1 Timothy 6 1 Timothy 6

    1 Timothy 6

    Let all who are under a yoke as bondservants1 regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled. Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved.

    False Teachers and True Contentment

    Teach and urge these things. If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound2 words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and3 we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

    Fight the Good Fight of Faith

    But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before4 Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time?he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

    As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

    O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called ?knowledge,? for by professing it some have swerved from the faith.

    Grace be with you.5

    Footnotes

    [1] 6:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface
    [2] 6:3 Or healthy
    [3] 6:7 Greek for; some manuscripts insert [it is] certain [that]
    [4] 6:13 Or in the time of
    [5] 6:21 The Greek for you is plural

    (ESV)

    Psalm: Psalm 89:38?52 Psalm 89:38?52

    Psalm 89:38-52

      But now you have cast off and rejected;
        you are full of wrath against your anointed.
      You have renounced the covenant with your servant;
        you have defiled his crown in the dust.
      You have breached all his walls;
        you have laid his strongholds in ruins.
      All who pass by plunder him;
        he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
      You have exalted the right hand of his foes;
        you have made all his enemies rejoice.
      You have also turned back the edge of his sword,
        and you have not made him stand in battle.
      You have made his splendor to cease
        and cast his throne to the ground.
      You have cut short the days of his youth;
        you have covered him with shame. Selah
      How long, O LORD? Will you hide yourself forever?
        How long will your wrath burn like fire?
      Remember how short my time is!
        For what vanity you have created all the children of man!
      What man can live and never see death?
        Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah
      Lord, where is your steadfast love of old,
        which by your faithfulness you swore to David?
      Remember, O Lord, how your servants are mocked,
        and how I bear in my heart the insults1 of all the many nations,
      with which your enemies mock, O LORD,
        with which they mock the footsteps of your anointed.
      Blessed be the LORD forever!
          Amen and Amen.

    Footnotes

    [1] 89:50 Hebrew lacks the insults

    (ESV)

    Proverb: Proverbs 25:28 Proverbs 25:28

    Proverbs 25:28

      A man without self-control
        is like a city broken into and left without walls.

    (ESV)