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26th March

Daily devotional by Larry Stockstill

Loving the Lord your God with all your heart is the greatest commandment. It means you should love Him intimately-an action called worship. One who loves his beloved intimately is totally focused on that person, giving to him his heart, soul, and strength.

In heaven, the angels and saints spend eternity worshiping and loving God. Should it be odd for us to spend time with Him now, worshiping and loving the One who is the total focus of our lives?

The second great commandment says, "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Leviticus 19:18). We call this action ministry. Jesus modeled this commandment when He met the funeral procession coming out of Nain. Luke records, "When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. 'Don't cry!' he said" (Luke 7:13).

This is true ministry: loving people and their problems with all your heart, soul, and strength. Learn to make your worship to God and your ministry to people the two focal points of your life. This is love and the path to eternal joy.

Deuteronomy 5:1-6:25

The Ten Commandments5:6-21pp — Ex 20:1-17

Moses summoned all Israel and said:

Hear, Israel, the decrees and lawsS Ex 18:20 I declare in your hearing today. Learn them and be sure to follow them.The Lord our God made a covenantEx 19:5; Jer 11:2; Heb 9:15; 10:15-17 with us at Horeb.S Ge 17:9; S Ex 3:1It was not with our ancestorsOr not only with our parents that the Lord made this covenant, but with us,Dt 11:2-7 with all of us who are alive here today.Nu 26:63-65; Heb 8:9The Lord spokeS Dt 4:12 to you face to faceS Nu 14:14 out of the fireS Ex 19:18 on the mountain.(At that time I stood betweenGal 3:19 the Lord and you to declare to you the word of the Lord, because you were afraidS Ge 3:10; Heb 12:18-21 of the fire and did not go up the mountain.) And he said:

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt,S Ex 13:3; S 29:46 out of the land of slavery.Lev 26:1; Dt 6:4; Ps 81:10

“You shall have no other gods beforeOr besides me.

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.Lev 26:1; Dt 4:15-18; Ps 78:58; 97:7You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parentsS Nu 26:11 to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,Ex 34:7; S Nu 10:35; 14:1810 but showing love to a thousandS Ex 34:7 generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.Nu 14:18; Dt 7:9; Ne 1:5; Jer 32:18; Da 9:4

11 “You shall not misuse the namePs 139:20 of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.Lev 19:12; Dt 10:20; Mt 5:33-37

12 “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy,Ex 16:23-30; 31:13-17; Mk 2:27-28 as the Lord your God has commanded you.13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,14 but the seventh dayS Ge 2:2; Mt 12:2; Mk 2:27; Heb 4:4 is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant,Job 31:13; Jer 34:9-11 nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do.Jer 17:21, 2415 Remember that you were slavesS Ge 15:13 in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty handEx 6:1; Ps 108:6; Jer 32:21 and an outstretched arm.S Dt 4:34 Therefore the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.

16 “Honor your fatherMal 1:6 and your mother,Ex 21:17; Lev 19:3; Eze 22:7; Mt 15:4*; 19:19*; Mk 7:10*; 10:19*; Lk 18:20*; Eph 6:2-3* as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live longS Dt 4:40; 11:9; Pr 3:1-2 and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

17 “You shall not murder.Ge 9:6; Lev 24:17; Ecc 3:3; Jer 40:15; 41:3; Mt 5:21-22*; 19:19*; Mk 10:19*; Lk 18:20*; Ro 13:9*; Jas 2:11*

18 “You shall not commit adultery.Lev 20:10; Mt 5:27-30; 19:18*; Mk 10:19*; Lk 18:20*; Ro 13:9*; Jas 2:11*

19 “You shall not steal.Lev 19:11; Mt 19:19*; Mk 10:19*; Lk 18:20*; Ro 13:9*

20 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.S Ex 23:1; Mt 19:18*; Mk 10:19*; Lk 18:20*

21 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”Ro 7:7*; 13:9*

22 These are the commandments the Lord proclaimed in a loud voice to your whole assembly there on the mountain from out of the fire, the cloud and the deep darkness;S Ex 20:21 and he added nothing more. Then he wrote them on two stone tabletsS Ex 24:12 and gave them to me.

23 When you heard the voice out of the darkness, while the mountain was ablaze with fire, all the leaders of your tribes and your eldersS Ex 3:16 came to me.24 And you said, “The Lord our God has shown usDt 4:34; 8:5; 11:2; Isa 53:4 his glory and his majesty,S Dt 3:24 and we have heard his voice from the fire. Today we have seen that a person can live even if God speaks with them.Ex 19:1925 But now, why should we die? This great fire will consume us, and we will die if we hear the voice of the Lord our God any longer.Ex 20:18-19; Dt 18:16; Heb 12:1926 For what mortal has ever heard the voice of the living God speaking out of fire, as we have, and survived?S Ex 33:20; Dt 4:33; Jdg 6:22-23; 13:22; Isa 6:527 Go near and listen to all that the Lord our God says.S Ex 19:8 Then tell us whatever the Lord our God tells you. We will listen and obey.”S Ex 24:7

28 The Lord heard you when you spoke to me, and the Lord said to me, “I have heard what this people said to you. Everything they said was good.Dt 18:1729 Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear mePs 81:8, 13 and keep all my commandsJos 22:5; Ps 78:7 always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!ver 33; S Dt 4:1, 40; 12:25; 22:7

30 “Go, tell them to return to their tents.31 But you stay hereEx 24:12 with me so that I may give you all the commands, decrees and laws you are to teach them to follow in the land I am giving them to possess.”

32 So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you;S Dt 4:29; 10:12 do not turn aside to the right or to the left.Dt 17:11, 20; 28:14; Jos 1:7; 1Ki 15:5; 2Ki 22:2; Pr 4:2733 Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you,Isa 3:10; Jer 7:23; 38:20; S Lk 1:6 so that you may live and prosper and prolong your daysS ver 29 in the land that you will possess.

Love the Lord Your God

These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess,so that you, your children and their children after them may fearS Ex 20:20; S 1Sa 12:24 the Lord your God as long as you liveDt 4:9 by keeping all his decrees and commandsS Ge 26:5 that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life.S Ex 20:12Hear, Israel, and be careful to obeyS Ex 19:5 so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatlyGe 15:5; Dt 5:33 in a land flowing with milk and honey,S Ex 3:8; Dt 32:13-14 just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promisedEx 13:5 you.

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.Or The Lord our God is one Lord; or The Lord is our God, the Lord is one; or The Lord is our God, the Lord aloneDt 4:35, 39; Ne 9:6; Ps 86:10; Isa 44:6; Zec 14:9; Mk 12:29*; Jn 10:30; 1Co 8:4; Eph 4:6; Jas 2:19LoveDt 11:1, 22; Mt 22:37*; Mk 12:30*; Lk 10:27* the Lord your God with all your heart1Sa 12:24 and with all your soul and with all your strength.Dt 4:29; 10:12; Jos 22:5These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.ver 8; Dt 11:18; 30:14; 32:46; Ps 26:2; 37:31; 40:8; 119:11; Pr 3:3; Isa 51:7; Jer 17:1; 31:33; Eze 40:4Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.Dt 4:9; 11:19; Pr 22:6; Eph 6:4Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.S ver 6; S Ex 13:9; Mt 23:5Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.Dt 11:20

10 When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build,S Ge 11:4; Dt 12:29; 19:1; Jos 24:13; Ps 105:4411 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig,Jer 2:13 and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied,S Lev 26:5; Dt 8:10; 14:29; 31:2012 be careful that you do not forgetDt 4:9, 23; 2Ki 17:38; Ps 44:17; 78:7; 103:2 the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

13 Fear the LordPs 33:8; 34:9 your God, serve him onlyDt 13:4; 1Sa 7:3; Jer 44:10; Mt 4:10*; Lk 4:4*; 4:8* and take your oaths1Sa 20:3 in his name.S Ex 20:7; S Mt 5:3314 Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you;15 for the Lord your GodDt 4:24; 5:9, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land.16 Do not put the Lord your God to the testS Ex 17:2; Mt 4:7*; Lk 4:12* as you did at Massah.17 Be sure to keepS Lev 26:3 the commands of the Lord your God and the stipulations and decrees he has given you.Dt 11:22; Ps 119:4, 56, 100, 134, 16818 Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight,2Ki 18:6; Isa 36:7; 38:3 so that it may go wellDt 4:40 with you and you may go in and take over the good land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors,19 thrusting out all your enemiesEx 23:27; Jos 21:44; Ps 78:53; 107:2; 136:24 before you, as the Lord said.

20 In the future, when your son asks you,S Ex 10:2 “What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the Lord our God has commanded you?”21 tell him: “We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.S Dt 4:3422 Before our eyes the Lord sent signs and wonders—great and terrible—on Egypt and Pharaoh and his whole household.23 But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land he promised on oath to our ancestors.24 The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God,Dt 10:12; 30:6; Ps 86:11; Jer 32:39 so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today.Ps 27:12; 41:2; S Ro 10:525 And if we are careful to obey all this lawPs 103:18; 119:34, 55 before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.Dt 24:13; S Ro 9:31; Ro 10:3, 5

Ten Commandments for the Covenant Community

Moses called all the people of Israel together and said, “Listen carefully, Israel. Hear the decrees and regulations I am giving you today, so you may learn them and obey them!

“The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Mount Sinai.Hebrew Horeb, another name for Sinai.The Lord did not make this covenant with our ancestors, but with all of us who are alive today.At the mountain the Lord spoke to you face to face from the heart of the fire.I stood as an intermediary between you and the Lord, for you were afraid of the fire and did not want to approach the mountain. He spoke to me, and I passed his words on to you. This is what he said:

“I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery.

“You must not have any other god but me.

“You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind, or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea.You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me.10 But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on thoseHebrew for thousands of those. who love me and obey my commands.

11 “You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.

12 “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you.13 You have six days each week for your ordinary work,14 but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your oxen and donkeys and other livestock, and any foreigners living among you. All your male and female servants must rest as you do.15 Remember that you were once slaves in Egypt, but the Lord your God brought you out with his strong hand and powerful arm. That is why the Lord your God has commanded you to rest on the Sabbath day.

16 “Honor your father and mother, as the Lord your God commanded you. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

17 “You must not murder.

18 “You must not commit adultery.

19 “You must not steal.

20 “You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.

21 “You must not covet your neighbor’s wife. You must not covet your neighbor’s house or land, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.

22 “The Lord spoke these words to all of you assembled there at the foot of the mountain. He spoke with a loud voice from the heart of the fire, surrounded by clouds and deep darkness. This was all he said at that time, and he wrote his words on two stone tablets and gave them to me.

23 “But when you heard the voice from the heart of the darkness, while the mountain was blazing with fire, all your tribal leaders and elders came to me.24 They said, ‘Look, the Lord our God has shown us his glory and greatness, and we have heard his voice from the heart of the fire. Today we have seen that God can speak to us humans, and yet we live!25 But now, why should we risk death again? If the Lord our God speaks to us again, we will certainly die and be consumed by this awesome fire.26 Can any living thing hear the voice of the living God from the heart of the fire as we did and yet survive?27 Go yourself and listen to what the Lord our God says. Then come and tell us everything he tells you, and we will listen and obey.’

28 “The Lord heard the request you made to me. And he said, ‘I have heard what the people said to you, and they are right.29 Oh, that they would always have hearts like this, that they might fear me and obey all my commands! If they did, they and their descendants would prosper forever.30 Go and tell them, “Return to your tents.”31 But you stand here with me so I can give you all my commands, decrees, and regulations. You must teach them to the people so they can obey them in the land I am giving them as their possession.’”

32 So Moses told the people, “You must be careful to obey all the commands of the Lord your God, following his instructions in every detail.33 Stay on the path that the Lord your God has commanded you to follow. Then you will live long and prosperous lives in the land you are about to enter and occupy.

A Call for Wholehearted Commitment

“These are the commands, decrees, and regulations that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you. You must obey them in the land you are about to enter and occupy,and you and your children and grandchildren must fear the Lord your God as long as you live. If you obey all his decrees and commands, you will enjoy a long life.Listen closely, Israel, and be careful to obey. Then all will go well with you, and you will have many children in the land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you.

“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.Or The Lord our God is one Lord; or The Lord our God, the Lord is one; or The Lord is our God, the Lord is one.And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

10 “The Lord your God will soon bring you into the land he swore to give you when he made a vow to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is a land with large, prosperous cities that you did not build.11 The houses will be richly stocked with goods you did not produce. You will draw water from cisterns you did not dig, and you will eat from vineyards and olive trees you did not plant. When you have eaten your fill in this land,12 be careful not to forget the Lord, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.13 You must fear the Lord your God and serve him. When you take an oath, you must use only his name.

14 “You must not worship any of the gods of neighboring nations,15 for the Lord your God, who lives among you, is a jealous God. His anger will flare up against you, and he will wipe you from the face of the earth.16 You must not test the Lord your God as you did when you complained at Massah.17 You must diligently obey the commands of the Lord your God—all the laws and decrees he has given you.18 Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight, so all will go well with you. Then you will enter and occupy the good land that the Lord swore to give your ancestors.19 You will drive out all the enemies living in the land, just as the Lord said you would.

20 “In the future your children will ask you, ‘What is the meaning of these laws, decrees, and regulations that the Lord our God has commanded us to obey?’

21 “Then you must tell them, ‘We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with his strong hand.22 The Lord did miraculous signs and wonders before our eyes, dealing terrifying blows against Egypt and Pharaoh and all his people.23 He brought us out of Egypt so he could give us this land he had sworn to give our ancestors.24 And the Lord our God commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear him so he can continue to bless us and preserve our lives, as he has done to this day.25 For we will be counted as righteous when we obey all the commands the Lord our God has given us.’

And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them.

The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.

The Lord made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.

The Lord talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire,

(I stood between the Lord and you at that time, to shew you the word of the Lord: for ye were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into the mount;) saying,

I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

Thou shalt have none other gods before me.

Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:

Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,

10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.

11 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

12 Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee.

13 Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:

14 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.

15 And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the Lord thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.

16 Honour thy father and thy mother, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

17 Thou shalt not kill.

18 Neither shalt thou commit adultery.

19 Neither shalt thou steal.

20 Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour.

21 Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour's.

22 These words the Lord spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.

23 And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, (for the mountain did burn with fire,) that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;

24 And ye said, Behold, the Lord our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth.

25 Now therefore why should we die? for this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of the Lord our God any more, then we shall die.

26 For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived?

27 Go thou near, and hear all that the Lord our God shall say: and speak thou unto us all that the Lord our God shall speak unto thee; and we will hear it, and do it.

28 And the Lord heard the voice of your words, when ye spake unto me; and the Lord said unto me, I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken unto thee: they have well said all that they have spoken.

29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

30 Go say to them, Get you into your tents again.

31 But as for thee, stand thou here by me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which thou shalt teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it.

32 Ye shall observe to do therefore as the Lord your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.

33 Ye shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.

Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it:

That thou mightest fear the Lord thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.

Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.

And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

10 And it shall be, when the Lord thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not,

11 And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full;

12 Then beware lest thou forget the Lord, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

13 Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.

14 Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you;

15 (For the Lord thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the Lord thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.

16 Ye shall not tempt the Lord your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.

17 Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee.

18 And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers.

19 To cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the Lord hath spoken.

20 And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord our God hath commanded you?

21 Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh's bondmen in Egypt; and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand:

22 And the Lord shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes:

23 And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers.

24 And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.

25 And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the Lord our God, as he hath commanded us.

Luke 7:11-35

Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son7:11-16Ref — 1Ki 17:17-24; 2Ki 4:32-37; Mk 5:21-24, 35-43; Jn 11:1-44

11 Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him.12 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her.13 When the Lordver 19; Lk 10:1; 13:15; 17:5; 22:61; 24:34; Jn 11:2 saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”

14 Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!”Mt 9:25; Mk 1:31; Lk 8:54; Jn 11:43; Ac 9:4015 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

16 They were all filled with aweLk 1:65 and praised God.S Mt 9:8 “A great prophetver 39; S Mt 21:11 has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.”Lk 1:6817 This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.S Mt 9:26

Jesus and John the Baptist7:18–35pp — Mt 11:2-19

18 John’sS Mt 3:1 disciplesS Lk 5:33 told him about all these things. Calling two of them,19 he sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”

20 When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?’”

21 At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknessesS Mt 4:23 and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind.22 So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosyThe Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin. are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.Isa 29:18, 19; 35:5, 6; 61:1, 2; Lk 4:1823 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”

24 After John’s messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind?25 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces.26 But what did you go out to see? A prophet?S Mt 11:9 Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.27 This is the one about whom it is written:

“‘I will send my messenger ahead of you,

who will prepare your way before you.’Mal. 3:1Mal 3:1; Mt 11:10; Mk 1:2

28 I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of GodS Mt 3:2 is greater than he.”

29 (All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged that God’s way was right, because they had been baptized by John.Mt 21:32; Mk 1:5; Lk 3:1230 But the Pharisees and the experts in the lawS Mt 22:35 rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.)

31 Jesus went on to say, “To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like?32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other:

“‘We played the pipe for you,

and you did not dance;

we sang a dirge,

and you did not cry.’

33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine,Lk 1:15 and you say, ‘He has a demon.’34 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’Lk 5:29, 30; 15:1, 235 But wisdom is proved right by all her children.”

Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son

11 Soon afterward Jesus went with his disciples to the village of Nain, and a large crowd followed him.12 A funeral procession was coming out as he approached the village gate. The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her.13 When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said.14 Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” he said, “I tell you, get up.”15 Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.

16 Great fear swept the crowd, and they praised God, saying, “A mighty prophet has risen among us,” and “God has visited his people today.”17 And the news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding countryside.

Jesus and John the Baptist

18 The disciples of John the Baptist told John about everything Jesus was doing. So John called for two of his disciples,19 and he sent them to the Lord to ask him, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting,Greek Are you the one who is coming? Also in 7:20. or should we keep looking for someone else?”

20 John’s two disciples found Jesus and said to him, “John the Baptist sent us to ask, ‘Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?’”

21 At that very time, Jesus cured many people of their diseases, illnesses, and evil spirits, and he restored sight to many who were blind.22 Then he told John’s disciples, “Go back to John and tell him what you have seen and heard—the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.23 And tell him, ‘God blesses those who do not turn away because of me.Or who are not offended by me.’”

24 After John’s disciples left, Jesus began talking about him to the crowds. “What kind of man did you go into the wilderness to see? Was he a weak reed, swayed by every breath of wind?25 Or were you expecting to see a man dressed in expensive clothes? No, people who wear beautiful clothes and live in luxury are found in palaces.26 Were you looking for a prophet? Yes, and he is more than a prophet.27 John is the man to whom the Scriptures refer when they say,

‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,

and he will prepare your way before you.’Mal 3:1.

28 I tell you, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John. Yet even the least person in the Kingdom of God is greater than he is!”

29 When they heard this, all the people—even the tax collectors—agreed that God’s way was right,Or praised God for his justice. for they had been baptized by John.30 But the Pharisees and experts in religious law rejected God’s plan for them, for they had refused John’s baptism.

31 “To what can I compare the people of this generation?” Jesus asked. “How can I describe them?32 They are like children playing a game in the public square. They complain to their friends,

‘We played wedding songs,

and you didn’t dance,

so we played funeral songs,

and you didn’t weep.’

33 For John the Baptist didn’t spend his time eating bread or drinking wine, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’34 The Son of Man,“Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’35 But wisdom is shown to be right by the lives of those who follow it.Or But wisdom is justified by all her children.

11 And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.

12 Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.

13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.

14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.

15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.

16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.

17 And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout all the region round about.

18 And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things.

19 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?

20 When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?

21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.

22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.

23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

24 And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind?

25 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts.

26 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.

27 This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

29 And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.

30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.

31 And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like?

32 They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.

33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil.

34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!

35 But wisdom is justified of all her children.

Psalm 68:19-35

19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,S Ps 65:5

who daily bears our burdens.Ps 81:6

20 Our God is a God who saves;S 1Sa 10:19

from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.Ps 56:13; Jer 45:5; Eze 6:8

21 Surely God will crush the headsPs 74:14; 110:5; Hab 3:13 of his enemies,

the hairy crowns of those who go on in their sins.

22 The Lord says, “I will bring them from Bashan;

I will bring them from the depths of the sea,S Job 36:30; Mt 18:6

23 that your feet may wade in the blood of your foes,Ps 58:10

while the tongues of your dogsS 1Ki 21:19; S 2Ki 9:36 have their share.”

24 Your procession, God, has come into view,

the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary.S Ps 63:2

25 In front are the singers,S 1Ch 15:16 after them the musicians;S 1Ch 6:31; S 2Ch 5:12; Rev 18:22

with them are the young women playing the timbrels.S Ge 31:27; S Isa 5:12

26 Praise God in the great congregation;S Ps 22:22; Heb 2:12

praise the Lord in the assembly of Israel.S Lev 19:2

27 There is the little tribeS 1Sa 9:21 of Benjamin,S Nu 34:21 leading them,

there the great throng of Judah’s princes,

and there the princes of Zebulun and of Naphtali.S Jdg 5:18

28 Summon your power,S Ex 9:16 GodMany Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts Your God has summoned power for you;

show us your strength,Ps 29:11 our God, as you have doneIsa 26:12; 29:23; 45:11; 60:21; 64:8 before.

29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem

kings will bring you gifts.S 2Ch 9:24; S 32:23

30 Rebuke the beastIsa 27:1; 51:9; Eze 29:3 among the reeds,S Job 40:21

the herd of bullsPs 22:12; Isa 34:7; Jer 50:27 among the calves of the nations.

Humbled, may the beast bring bars of silver.

Scatter the nationsPs 18:14; 89:10 who delight in war.Ps 120:7; 140:2

31 Envoys will come from Egypt;Isa 19:19; 43:3; 45:14

CushThat is, the upper Nile regionIsa 11:11; 18:1; Zep 3:10 will submit herself to God.

32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth,S Ps 46:6; 67:4

sing praisePs 7:17 to the Lord,

33 to him who ridesS Dt 33:26 across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens,

who thundersS Ex 9:23; S Ps 29:3 with mighty voice.Ps 29:4; Isa 30:30; 33:3; 66:6

34 Proclaim the powerver 28 of God,

whose majestyPs 45:3 is over Israel,

whose power is in the heavens.

35 You, God, are awesomeS Dt 7:21 in your sanctuary;S Ge 28:17

the God of Israel gives power and strengthPs 18:1; Isa 40:29; 41:10; 50:2 to his people.S Ps 29:11

Praise be to God!Ps 28:6; 66:20; 2Co 1:3

19 Praise the Lord; praise God our savior!

For each day he carries us in his arms. Interlude

20 Our God is a God who saves!

The Sovereign Lord rescues us from death.

21 But God will smash the heads of his enemies,

crushing the skulls of those who love their guilty ways.

22 The Lord says, “I will bring my enemies down from Bashan;

I will bring them up from the depths of the sea.

23 You, my people, will washAs in Greek and Syriac versions; Hebrew reads shatter. your feet in their blood,

and even your dogs will get their share!”

24 Your procession has come into view, O God—

the procession of my God and King as he goes into the sanctuary.

25 Singers are in front, musicians behind;

between them are young women playing tambourines.

26 Praise God, all you people of Israel;

praise the Lord, the source of Israel’s life.

27 Look, the little tribe of Benjamin leads the way.

Then comes a great throng of rulers from Judah

and all the rulers of Zebulun and Naphtali.

28 Summon your might, O God.As in some Hebrew manuscripts and Greek and Syriac versions; most Hebrew manuscripts read Your God has commanded your strength.

Display your power, O God, as you have in the past.

29 The kings of the earth are bringing tribute

to your Temple in Jerusalem.

30 Rebuke these enemy nations—

these wild animals lurking in the reeds,

this herd of bulls among the weaker calves.

Make them bring bars of silver in humble tribute.

Scatter the nations that delight in war.

31 Let Egypt come with gifts of precious metalsOr of rich cloth.;

let EthiopiaHebrew Cush. bring tribute to God.

32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth.

Sing praises to the Lord. Interlude

33 Sing to the one who rides across the ancient heavens,

his mighty voice thundering from the sky.

34 Tell everyone about God’s power.

His majesty shines down on Israel;

his strength is mighty in the heavens.

35 God is awesome in his sanctuary.

The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.

Praise be to God!

19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

20 He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto God the Lord belong the issues from death.

21 But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses.

22 The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea:

23 That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same.

24 They have seen thy goings, O God; even the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary.

25 The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with timbrels.

26 Bless ye God in the congregations, even the Lord, from the fountain of Israel.

27 There is little Benjamin with their ruler, the princes of Judah and their council, the princes of Zebulun, and the princes of Naphtali.

28 Thy God hath commanded thy strength: strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us.

29 Because of thy temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents unto thee.

30 Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, till every one submit himself with pieces of silver: scatter thou the people that delight in war.

31 Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.

32 Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah:

33 To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice.

34 Ascribe ye strength unto God: his excellency is over Israel, and his strength is in the clouds.

35 O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.

Proverbs 11:29-31

29 Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind,

and the fool will be servant to the wise.Pr 14:19

30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,S Ge 2:9; S Pr 10:11

and the one who is wise saves lives.

31 If the righteous receive their dueJer 25:29; 49:12; 1Pe 4:18 on earth,

how much more the ungodly and the sinner!

29 Those who bring trouble on their families inherit the wind.

The fool will be a servant to the wise.

30 The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life;

a wise person wins friends.Or and those who win souls are wise.

31 If the righteous are rewarded here on earth,

what will happen to wicked sinners?Greek version reads If the righteous are barely saved, / what will happen to godless sinners? Compare 1 Pet 4:18.

29 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.

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