Monday, February 17 / March 2, 2009: Is 1:1-20, Gen 1:1-13, Prov 1:1-20
- passage: Is 1:1-1:20
The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah
and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah,
kings of Judah. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the
LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they
have rebelled against me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his
master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.
Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers,
children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have
provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.
Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the
whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot
even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises,
and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up,
neither mollified with ointment. Your country is desolate, your cities
are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence,
and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers. And the daughter of Zion
is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers,
as a besieged city. Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very
small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been
like unto Gomorrah. Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom;
give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. To what
purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD:
I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts;
and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.
When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to
tread my courts? Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination
unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot
away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and
your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am
weary to bear them. And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide
mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your
hands are full of blood. Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of
your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well;
seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for
the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though
your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be
red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient,
ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall
be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
passage: Gen 1:1-1:13
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was
without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And
the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said,
Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it
was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called
the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the
morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in
the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the
firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning
were the second day. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be
gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it
was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together
of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God
said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the
fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself,
upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass,
and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit,
whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
And the evening and the morning were the third day.
passage: Prov 1:1-1:20
The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; To know wisdom
and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive
the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; To give
subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of
understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: To understand a proverb,
and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise
wisdom and instruction. My son, hear the instruction of thy father,
and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament
of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. My son, if sinners
entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay
wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:
Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go
down into the pit: We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill
our houses with spoil: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one
purse: My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from
their path: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. And they
lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.
So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away
the life of the owners thereof. Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth
her voice in the streets:
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