Verse of the Day 5-21-13 Jeremiah 22:28-30


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28 Is this man Coniah a despised, broken pot, a vessel no one cares for? Why are he and his children hurled and cast into a land that they do not know? 29 O land, land, land, hear the word of the Lord! 30 Thus says the Lord: “Write this man down as childless, a man who shall not succeed in his days, for none of his offspring shall succeed in sitting on the throne of David and ruling again in Judah.” Jeremiah 22:28-30 ESV

Jeremiah 22

English Standard Version (ESV)

22 Thus says the Lord: “Go down to the house of the king of Judah and speak there this word, and say, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, O king of Judah, who sits on the throne of David, you, and your servants, and your people who enter these gates. Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place. For if you will indeed obey this word, then there shall enter the gates of this house kings who sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their servants and their people. But if you will not obey these words, I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that this house shall become a desolation. For thus says the Lord concerning the house of the king of Judah:

“‘You are like Gilead to me,
like the summit of Lebanon,
yet surely I will make you a desert,
an uninhabited city.[a]
I will prepare destroyers against you,
each with his weapons,
and they shall cut down your choicest cedars
and cast them into the fire.

“‘And many nations will pass by this city, and every man will say to his neighbor, “Why has the Lord dealt thus with this great city?” And they will answer, “Because they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord their God and worshiped other gods and served them.”’”

10 Weep not for him who is dead,
nor grieve for him,
but weep bitterly for him who goes away,
for he shall return no more
to see his native land.

Message to the Sons of Josiah

11 For thus says the Lord concerning Shallum the son of Josiah, king of Judah, who reigned instead of Josiah his father, and who went away from this place: “He shall return here no more, 12 but in the place where they have carried him captive, there shall he die, and he shall never see this land again.”

13 “Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness,
and his upper rooms by injustice,
who makes his neighbor serve him for nothing
and does not give him his wages,
14 who says, ‘I will build myself a great house
with spacious upper rooms,’
who cuts out windows for it,
paneling it with cedar
and painting it with vermilion.
15 Do you think you are a king
because you compete in cedar?
Did not your father eat and drink
and do justice and righteousness?
Then it was well with him.
16 He judged the cause of the poor and needy;
then it was well.
Is not this to know me?
declares the Lord.
17 But you have eyes and heart
only for your dishonest gain,
for shedding innocent blood,
and for practicing oppression and violence.”

18 Therefore thus says the Lord concerning Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah:

“They shall not lament for him, saying,
‘Ah, my brother!’ or ‘Ah, sister!’
They shall not lament for him, saying,
‘Ah, lord!’ or ‘Ah, his majesty!’
19 With the burial of a donkey he shall be buried,
dragged and dumped beyond the gates of Jerusalem.”

20 “Go up to Lebanon, and cry out,
and lift up your voice in Bashan;
cry out from Abarim,
for all your lovers are destroyed.
21 I spoke to you in your prosperity,
but you said, ‘I will not listen.’
This has been your way from your youth,
that you have not obeyed my voice.
22 The wind shall shepherd all your shepherds,
and your lovers shall go into captivity;
then you will be ashamed and confounded
because of all your evil.
23 O inhabitant of Lebanon,
nested among the cedars,
how you will be pitied when pangs come upon you,
pain as of a woman in labor!”

24 “As I live, declares the Lord, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, were the signet ring on my right hand, yet I would tear you off 25 and give you into the hand of those who seek your life, into the hand of those of whom you are afraid, even into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and into the hand of the Chaldeans. 26 I will hurl you and the mother who bore you into another country, where you were not born, and there you shall die. 27 But to the land to which they will long to return, there they shall not return.”

28 Is this man Coniah a despised, broken pot,
a vessel no one cares for?
Why are he and his children hurled and cast
into a land that they do not know?
29 O land, land, land,
hear the word of the Lord!
30 Thus says the Lord:
“Write this man down as childless,
a man who shall not succeed in his days,
for none of his offspring shall succeed
in sitting on the throne of David
and ruling again in Judah.”

Footnotes:

  1. Jeremiah 22:6 Hebrew cities

Verse of the Day 5-17-13 Jeremiah 18:5-8


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Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it. Jeremiah 18:5-8 ESV

Jeremiah 18

English Standard Version (ESV)

The Potter and the Clay

18 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.

Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of IsraelIf at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it. And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, 10 and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of the good that I had intended to do to it. 11 Now, therefore, say to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: ‘Thus says the Lord, Behold, I am shaping disaster against you and devising a plan against you. Return, every one from his evil way, and amend your ways and your deeds.’

12 “But they say, ‘That is in vain! We will follow our own plans, and will every one act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’

13 “Therefore thus says the Lord:
Ask among the nations,
Who has heard the like of this?
The virgin Israel
has done a very horrible thing.
14 Does the snow of Lebanon leave
the crags of Sirion?[a]
Do the mountain waters run dry,[b]
the cold flowing streams?
15 But my people have forgotten me;
they make offerings to false gods;
they made them stumble in their ways,
in the ancient roads,
and to walk into side roads,
not the highway,
16 making their land a horror,
a thing to be hissed at forever.
Everyone who passes by it is horrified
and shakes his head.
17 Like the east wind I will scatter them
before the enemy.
I will show them my back, not my face,
in the day of their calamity.”

18 Then they said, “Come, let us make plots against Jeremiah, for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, let us strike him with the tongue, and let us not pay attention to any of his words.”

19 Hear me, O Lord,
and listen to the voice of my adversaries.
20 Should good be repaid with evil?
Yet they have dug a pit for my life.
Remember how I stood before you
to speak good for them,
to turn away your wrath from them.
21 Therefore deliver up their children to famine;
give them over to the power of the sword;
let their wives become childless and widowed.
May their men meet death by pestilence,
their youths be struck down by the sword in battle.
22 May a cry be heard from their houses,
when you bring the plunderer suddenly upon them!
For they have dug a pit to take me
and laid snares for my feet.
23 Yet you, O Lord, know
all their plotting to kill me.
Forgive not their iniquity,
nor blot out their sin from your sight.
Let them be overthrown before you;
deal with them in the time of your anger.

Footnotes:

  1. Jeremiah 18:14 Hebrew of the field
  2. Jeremiah 18:14 Hebrew Are foreign waters plucked up

Verse of the Day 4-6-13 Isaiah 60:1-3


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60 Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Isaiah 60:1-3 ESV

Isaiah 60

English Standard Version (ESV)

The Future Glory of Israel

60 Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
and his glory will be seen upon you.
And nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your rising.

Lift up your eyes all around, and see;
they all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from afar,
and your daughters shall be carried on the hip.
Then you shall see and be radiant;
your heart shall thrill and exult,[a]
because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you,
the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
A multitude of camels shall cover you,
the young camels of Midian and Ephah;
all those from Sheba shall come.
They shall bring gold and frankincense,
and shall bring good news, the praises of the Lord.
All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered to you;
the rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you;
they shall come up with acceptance on my altar,
and I will beautify my beautiful house.

Who are these that fly like a cloud,
and like doves to their windows?
For the coastlands shall hope for me,
the ships of Tarshish first,
to bring your children from afar,
their silver and gold with them,
for the name of the Lord your God,
and for the Holy One of Israel,
because he has made you beautiful.

10 Foreigners shall build up your walls,
and their kings shall minister to you;
for in my wrath I struck you,
but in my favor I have had mercy on you.
11 Your gates shall be open continually;
day and night they shall not be shut,
that people may bring to you the wealth of the nations,
with their kings led in procession.
12 For the nation and kingdom
that will not serve you shall perish;
those nations shall be utterly laid waste.
13 The glory of Lebanon shall come to you,
the cypress, the plane, and the pine,
to beautify the place of my sanctuary,
and I will make the place of my feet glorious.
14 The sons of those who afflicted you
shall come bending low to you,
and all who despised you
shall bow down at your feet;
they shall call you the City of the Lord,
the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

15 Whereas you have been forsaken and hated,
with no one passing through,
I will make you majestic forever,
a joy from age to age.
16 You shall suck the milk of nations;
you shall nurse at the breast of kings;
and you shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior
and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.

17 Instead of bronze I will bring gold,
and instead of iron I will bring silver;
instead of wood, bronze,
instead of stones, iron.
I will make your overseers peace
and your taskmasters righteousness.
18 Violence shall no more be heard in your land,
devastation or destruction within your borders;
you shall call your walls Salvation,
and your gates Praise.

19 The sun shall be no more
your light by day,
nor for brightness shall the moon
give you light;[b]
but the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory.[c]
20 Your sun shall no more go down,
nor your moon withdraw itself;
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your days of mourning shall be ended.
21 Your people shall all be righteous;
they shall possess the land forever,
the branch of my planting, the work of my hands,
that I might be glorified.[d]
22 The least one shall become a clan,
and the smallest one a mighty nation;
I am the Lord;
in its time I will hasten it.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 60:5 Hebrew your heart shall tremble and grow wide
  2. Isaiah 60:19 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint, Targum add by night
  3. Isaiah 60:19 Or your beauty
  4. Isaiah 60:21 Or that I might display my beauty

Verse of the Day 3-4-13


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Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 ESV

Joshua 1

English Standard Version (ESV)

God Commissions Joshua

1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of IsraelEvery place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success[a] wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua Assumes Command

10 And Joshua commanded the officers of the people, 11 “Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, ‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess.’”

12 And to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh Joshua said, 13 “Remember the word that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, saying, ‘The Lord your God is providing you a place of rest and will give you this land.’ 14 Your wives, your little ones, and your livestock shall remain in the land that Moses gave you beyond the Jordan, but all the men of valor among you shall pass over armed before your brothers and shall help them, 15 until the Lord gives rest to your brothers as he has to you, and they also take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving them.Then you shall return to the land of your possession and shall possess it, the land that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you beyond the Jordan toward the sunrise.”

16 And they answered Joshua, “All that you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. 17 Just as we obeyed Moses in all things, so we will obey you. Only may the Lord your God be with you, as he was with Moses! 18 Whoever rebels against your commandment and disobeys your words, whatever you command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and courageous.”

Footnotes:

  1. Joshua 1:7 Or may act wisely

Psalm 29:1-11


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Psalm 29

1Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength.

2Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

3The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters.

4The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

5The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.

6He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.

7The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire.

8The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.

9The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.

10The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever.

11The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.

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PSALM 29

A Psalm of David,

  1. Give to jehovah, O you sons of the gods, give to jehovah glory and strength.
  2. Give to jehovah the glory of his name; bow down to jehovah in the ornament of holiness.
  3. The voice of jehovah is upon the waters; the god of glory thunders; jehovah is on great waters.
  4. The voice of jehovah is full of power; the voice of jehovah is full of majesty.
  5. The voice of jehovah breaks the cedars, yea, jehovah breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
  6. And he makes them skip like a calf, Lebanon and Sirion like the young of Unicorns.
  7. The voice of jehovah divides the flames of fire.
  8. The voice of jehovah shakes the wilderness; jehovah shakes the wilderness of Kadish.
  9. The voice of jehovah makes the hinds to bring forth; and makes bare the forests; and in his temple does every one speak of glory.
  10. jehovah sits on the flood, yea, jehovah sits a king for ever.
  11. jehovah gives strength to his people; jehovah will bless his people with peace.

The Internal Sense

That they who are in truths from the Word will adore the lord, who is the Word, verses 1 to 4; of the power of Divine Truth from the lord, verses 5 to 11.

Exposition

Verses 3 to 9. The voice of jehovah is upon the waters, the god of glory thunders, jehovah is on great waters; the voice of jehovah breaks the cedars, jehovah breaks the cedars of Lebanon, and makes them to dance as a calf; Lebanon and, Sirion as a son of Unicorns; the voice of jehovah divides the flames of fire; the voice of jehovah makes the wilderness to tremble, makes to tremble the wilderness of Kadish; the voice of jehovah makes the hinds to bring forth, and makes bare the forests; but in his temple every one says glory. He who is not aware that singular things in the above words, as to every expression, are holy and divine, may say within himself, if he be a mere natural man, what can this mean, that jehovah sits on the waters, that, by his voice he breaks the cedars, makes them to dance us a calf, and Lebanon as a son of unicorns; that he makes the lands to bring forth, with several other particulars; for he knows not that the power of Divine Truth, or the Word, is described by those things in the spiritual sense; for in that sense, by the voice of jehovah, which is there thunder, is meant Divine Truth or the Word in its power; by the great waters, on which jehovah sits, are meant its truths; by the cedars and by Lebanon, which he breaks, are meant the false principles of the rational man; by a calf and a son of unicorns the false principles of the natural and sensual man; by a flame of fire the affection of what is false; by a wilderness and the wilderness of Kadish the church where there is neither truth nor good; by hinds which jehovah makes to bring forth are meant the Gentiles who are in natural good; and by the forests which he makes bare are meant the sciences and knowledges which the Word opens to them; wherefore it follows, “In his temple every one says glory,” by which is meant, that in singular the things of the Word there are Divine Truths, for temple signifies the lord, and hence the Word, also heaven and the church, and glory signifies Divine Truth. From these considerations it is evident, that in the Word there is not an expression which does not describe the Divine power of the Word against false principles of every kind amongst natural men, and the Divine power of reforming the nations. S. S. 18.

Verse 9. The voice of jehovah makes the hinds to bring forth, etc. That there is an internal sense in this expression, is manifest from this consideration, that immediately afterwards it is said, In his temple every one says glory, which words, without a spiritual sense, do not cohere with the preceding. AC 6413.

The subject treated of in the above Psalm is concerning the Divine Truth which destroys falses and evils; this Divine Truth is the voice of jehovah; but the glory which is said is the Divine Truth which is in heaven and the church. AC 9926. see also AC 10182; sec also AE 201.

Verse 10. jehovah sits on the flood. Walkings and journeyings relate to the movements of man, and thence signify progressions of life, or progressions of the thought from the intention of the thought from the intention of the will; but standings and sittings appertain to the rest of man, and thence signify the esse of life, from which is the existere thereof, thus to cause to live: wherefore to sit upon thrones, when predicated of judgement, signifies to be in operation to judge, consequently also to judge, whence comes the expression of sitting in judgement, which denotes to do judgement; to sit upon a throne likewise, when treating of a kingdom, signifies to he king or to reign. Inasmuch as jehovah, that is, the lord, is the very esse of the life of all, therefore to sit is predicated of him in various parts of the Word, as in David, “jehovah shall sit upon the flood, and he shall sit a king to eternity.” Psalm 29:10.

Verse 11. jehovah will bless his people with peace. Here is described the peace which they have who are in conjunction with the lord by the reception of Divine Good and Divine Truth from him, and that it is peace in which and from which is heavenly joy. AE 365.

The Translator’s Notes and Observations

The above is one of those Psalms, which leave no doubt on the well-disposed mind respecting the spiritual and internal sense contained in and conveyed by the sense of the letter. For in the description here given of what is called the voice of jehovah, how plain it is to see, that it cannot be true, if its meaning be limited to the mere literal expressions by which it is announced? Whilst then the interpretation of this Psalm is earnestly recommended to the reader’s attention as a satisfactory proof of the heavenly light by which the mind of the interpreter was illuminated, it is further pressed on his observation as a decisive and full demonstration, that the word of the most high is replete with a wisdom worthy of its divine author, and at the same time is calculated to elevate the human understanding to see by a light at once clear, edifying, and highly conducive to the promotion of its eternal happiness.

Verse 1. Give to jehovah, O you sons of the gods, give to jehovah glory and strength. What is here rendered O you sons of the gods, is expressed, in the received English version of the Psalms, by the term, mighty; but in the original Hebrew there is no such term, and it is merely said, O you sons of the gods. What is the proper sense and meaning of this expression, cannot perhaps be better understood than by the explanation of the original term, which is here rendered gods, as it is given in n. AC 8301 of the Arcana Coelestia. The words of the enlightened author are as follows:—” By gods, are meant the truths of good, and the reason is because by gods in a good sense are meant the angels, who are called gods, because they are substances or forms receptive of truth, in which is good from the lord. The angels, consequently the truths of good which are from the lord, are also meant by gods in the following passages:— ‘god stands in the company of god, in the midst of the gods he shall judge: I said you are gods, and you are all the sons of the Most High.’ Psalm 82:1, 6. That the truths which proceed from the lord are what are here meant by gods, is manifest from the consideration that it is first said, the company of god, and afterwards, in the midst of gods; That the term, god, is used in the word, where truth is treated of, see AC 2769, 2807, 2822, and that god in the supreme sense is the Divine Truth proceeding from the lord, AC 7268. Again, “I will confess to you in my whole heart, before the gods I will sing psalms to you,” Psalm 138:1; again, “There is none as you amongst the gods, O lord,” Psalm 86:8; again, “The great god is jehovah, and a great king over all gods,” Psalm 14:3. The reason why it is so often said that jehovah is above all gods, and that he is god of Gods, is because at that time several gods were worshipped, and the nations were distinguished by the gods whom they worshipped, and each nation believed that its own god was the supreme of all, and because hence a plurality of gods had a place in all minds.

The intelligent reader will not fail to discover, in the glory and strength which he is here required to give to jehovah, evident traces of that Marriage of the good and the true, which has been so repeatedly referred to in the preceding pages, for he will see intuitively, that glory has more immediate reference to the divine truth, and strength to the divine good.

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Psalms;

A collection of 150 psalms, whose Hebrew name is “The Book of Praise.” Authors of individual psalms include David, Solomon, Moses, Asaph, and others who are anonymous. The variety and unity of Psalms have given this book a unique place in the devotional life of the individual and the Church. Almost every aspect of man’s relation to God is depicted in these poems: simple trust, the sense of sin, appeal to a higher power in time of trouble, and the conviction that the world is in the hands of a loving God.