Through the Bible – Day 230

Bible text(s)

(A psalm by David for the music leader.)

The LORD is always near

1You have looked deep

into my heart, LORD,

and you know-all about me.

2You know when I am resting

or when I am working,

and from heaven

you discover my thoughts.

3You notice everything I do

and everywhere I go.

4Before I even speak a word,

you know what I will say,

5and with your powerful arm

you protect me

from every side.

6I can't understand all this!

Such wonderful knowledge

is far above me.

7Where could I go to escape

from your Spirit

or from your sight?

8If I were to climb up

to the highest heavens,

you would be there.

If I were to dig down

to the world of the dead

you would also be there.

9Suppose I had wings

like the dawning day

and flew across the ocean.

10Even then your powerful arm

would guide and protect me.

11Or suppose I said, “I'll hide

in the dark until night comes

to cover me over.”

12But you see in the dark

because daylight and dark

are all the same to you.

13You are the one

who put me together

inside my mother's body,

14and I praise you because of

the wonderful way

you created me.

Everything you do is marvellous!

Of this I have no doubt.

15Nothing about me

is hidden from you!

I was secretly woven together

deep in the earth below,

16but with your own eyes you saw

my body being formed.

Even before I was born,

you had written in your book

everything I would do.

17Your thoughts are far beyond

my understanding,

much more than I

could ever imagine.

18I try to count your thoughts,

but they outnumber the grains

of sand on the beach.

And when I awake,

I will find you nearby.

19How I wish that you would kill

all cruel and heartless people

and protect me from them!

20They are always rebelling

and speaking evil of you.

21You know I hate anyone

who hates you, LORD,

and refuses to obey.

22They are my enemies too,

and I truly hate them.

23Look deep into my heart, God,

and find out everything

I am thinking.

24Don't let me follow evil ways,

but lead me in the way

that time has proved true.

(A psalm by David for the music leader.)

A prayer for the LORD's help

1Rescue me from cruel

and violent enemies, LORD!

2They think up evil plans

and always cause trouble.

3Their words bite deep

like the poisonous fangs

of a snake.

4Protect me, LORD, from cruel

and brutal enemies,

who want to destroy me.

5Those proud people have hidden

traps and nets

to catch me as I walk.

6You, LORD, are my God!

Please listen to my prayer.

7You have the power to save me,

and you keep me safe

in every battle.

8Don't let the wicked succeed

in doing what they want,

or else they might never

stop planning evil.

9They have me surrounded,

but make them the victims

of their own vicious lies.

10Tip flaming coals on them

and throw them into pits

where they can't climb out.

11Chase those cruel liars away!

Let trouble hunt them down.

12Our LORD, I know that you

defend the homeless

and see that the poor

are given justice.

13Your people will praise you

and will live with you

because they do right.

(A psalm by David.)

A prayer for the LORD's protection

1I pray to you, LORD!

Please listen when I pray

and hurry to help me.

2Think of my prayer

as sweet-smelling incense,

and think of my lifted hands

as an evening sacrifice.

3Help me to guard my words

whenever I say something.

4Don't let me want to do evil

or waste my time doing wrong

with wicked people.

Don't let me even taste

the good things they offer.

5Let your faithful people

correct and punish me.

My prayers condemn the deeds

of those who do wrong,

so don't let me be friends

with any of them.

6Everyone will admit

that I was right

when their rulers are thrown

down a rocky cliff,

7and their bones lie scattered

like broken rocks

on top of a grave.

8You are my LORD and God,

and I look to you for safety.

Don't let me be harmed.

9Protect me from the traps

of those violent people,

10and make them fall

into their own traps

while you help me escape.

(A special psalm and a prayer by David when he was in the cave.)

A prayer for help

1I pray to you, LORD.

I beg for mercy.

2I tell you all my worries

and my troubles,

3and whenever I feel low,

you are there to guide me.

A trap has been hidden

along my pathway.

4Even if you look,

you won't see anyone

who cares enough

to walk beside me.

There is no place to hide,

and no one who really cares.

5I pray to you, LORD!

You are my place of safety,

and you are my choice

in the land of the living.

Please answer my prayer.

I am completely helpless.

6Help! They are chasing me,

and they are too strong.

7Rescue me from this prison,

so I can praise your name.

And when your people notice

your wonderful kindness to me,

they will rush to my side.

Psalms 139:1-142:7CEVOpen in Bible reader

Paul's greeting and prayer

1From Paul, chosen by God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from Sosthenes, who is also a follower.

2To God's church in Corinth. Christ Jesus chose you to be his very own people, and you worship in his name, as we and all others do who call him Lord.

3My prayer is that God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and will bless you with peace!

4I never stop thanking my God for being kind enough to give you Christ Jesus, 5who helps you speak and understand so well. 6Now you are certain that everything we told you about our Lord Christ Jesus is true. 7You are not missing out on any blessings, as you wait for him to return. 8And until the day Christ does return, he will keep you completely innocent. 9God can be trusted, and he chose you to be partners with his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

A call for unity

Taking sides

10My dear friends, as a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ, I beg you to get along with each other. Don't take sides. Always try to agree in what you think. 11Several people from Chloe's family have already reported to me that you keep arguing with each other. 12They have said that some of you claim to follow me, while others claim to follow Apollos or Peter or Christ.

13Has Christ been divided up? Was I nailed to a cross for you? Were you baptized in my name? 14I thank God that I didn't baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius. 15Not one of you can say that you were baptized in my name. 16I did baptize the family of Stephanas, but I don't remember if I baptized anyone else. 17Christ did not send me to baptize. He sent me to tell the good news without using big words that would make the cross of Christ lose its power.

Christ is God's power and wisdom

18The message about the cross doesn't make any sense to lost people. But for those of us who are being saved, it is God's power at work. 19As God says in the Scriptures,

“I will destroy the wisdom

of all who claim

to be wise.

I will confuse those

who think they know

so much.”

20What happened to those wise people? What happened to those experts in the Scriptures? What happened to the ones who think they have all the answers? Didn't God show that the wisdom of this world is foolish? 21God was wise and decided not to let the people of this world use their wisdom to learn about him.

Instead, God chose to save only those who believe the foolish message we preach. 22Jews ask for miracles, and Greeks want something that sounds wise. 23But we preach that Christ was nailed to a cross. Most Jews have problems with this, and most Gentiles think it is foolish. 24Our message is God's power and wisdom for the Jews and the Greeks that he has chosen. 25Even when God is foolish, he is wiser than everyone else, and even when God is weak, he is stronger than everyone else.

26My dear friends, remember what you were when God chose you. The people of this world didn't think that many of you were wise. Only a few of you were in places of power, and not many of you came from important families. 27But God chose the foolish things of this world to put the wise to shame. He chose the weak things of this world to put the powerful to shame.

28What the world thinks is worthless, useless, and nothing at all is what God has used to destroy what the world considers important. 29God did all this to keep anyone from boasting to him. 30You are God's children. He sent Christ Jesus to save us and to make us wise, acceptable, and holy. 31So if you want to boast, do what the Scriptures say and boast about the Lord.

1 Corinthians 1:1-31CEVOpen in Bible reader
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