Day 7 – January 7, 2021

Genesis 7; Psalm 9:1–17; Proverbs 1:30–35; Matthew 6:1–18

Genesis 7

The Flood

1 Then the Lord God said to Noah, “Enter the ark, you and all your family, because I have seen you righteous before Me in this generation.

2 You shall also bring with you into the ark the clean cattle by sevens, male and female; and the unclean cattle by twos, male and female;†

3 and the clean birds of heaven by twos, male and female, to keep seed alive on the face of all the earth.

4 For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will blot out from the face of the earth every living thing I made.”

5 So Noah did all the Lord God commanded him.

6 Now Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came on the earth.

7 Then Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, entered the ark because of the flood waters.

8 Also the clean and unclean birds, the clean and unclean cattle, and everything that creeps on the earth,

9 entered with Noah into the ark, two by two, male and female, as God commanded him.

10 Then it came to pass after seven days, the waters of the flood came upon the earth.

11 In the six-hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day, all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the floodgates of heaven were opened.

12 Then it rained on the earth forty days and forty nights.

13 On the very same day Noah and his wife, his sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and their wives entered the ark.

14 Also, all the wild animals after their kind, all cattle after their kind, every creeping thing moving upon the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind,

15 entered the ark with Noah, two by two, of all flesh in which is the breath of life.

16 So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God commanded him. Then the Lord God shut him in the ark.†

17 Now the flood was on the earth forty days and forty nights. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth.

18 So the waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters.

19 The waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered.

20 The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and covered all the high mountains.

21 And all flesh died that moves on the earth: birds and cattle, wild animals, and every creeping thing that moves on the earth, and every man.

22 Thus all things in whose nostrils was the breath of life, and everything on dry land, died.

23 So He blotted out all living things on the face of the earth: both man and cattle, creeping things and the birds of heaven. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah and those with him in the ark remained alive.

24 Now the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days.

Psalms 9

1 For the End; concerning the hidden things of the Son; a psalm of David. †

2 I will give thanks to You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your wondrous things; 

3 I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. 

4 When my enemy turns backward, They shall be feeble and perish before Your face. 

5 For You maintain my judgment and my right; You sit upon the throne, judging in righteousness. 

6 You rebuke the nations, and the ungodly man destroys himself; You blotted out their name, in their lifetime and unto ages of ages; 

7 The swords of the enemy are completely forsaken, And You pulled down their cities; Their memory was destroyed with a noise. 

8 But the Lord abides forever; He prepared His throne in judgment, 

9 And He shall judge the world in righteousness; He shall judge the peoples in uprightness. 

10 The Lord is also a refuge for the poor man, A helper in seasons of affliction; 

11 And let those who know Your name put their hope in You; For You, O Lord, do not forsake those who seek You. 

12 Sing to the Lord who dwells in Zion. Proclaim His dealings among the nations, 

13 For He who avenges blood remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the poor. 

14 Have mercy on me, O Lord, and see how my enemies have humbled me, You who raise me up from the gates of death, 

15 That I may proclaim all Your praises In the gates of the daughter of Zion. I will rejoice in Your salvation. 

16 The nations are trapped in the destruction they caused; Their foot is caught in the trap they hid. 

17 The Lord is known in the judgments He makes; The sinner is caught in the works of his hands.

Proverbs of Solomon 1

30 For it shall be, when you shall call upon me, I will not listen to you; 

31 Evil men will seek me, but not find me, For they hate wisdom, and choose not the fear of the Lord. 

32 Neither do they wish to follow my counsels, But despise my reproofs. 

33 Therefore, they shall eat the fruits of their own way And be filled with their own ungodliness. 

34 For since they wrong the simple, they shall be killed, And a close examination shall destroy the ungodly. 

35 But he who obeys me shall dwell in hope, And shall be at rest without fear from every evil.”

Matthew 6

How to Give Alms

1 “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.†

2 Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.†

3 But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,†

4 that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

How to Pray

5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.†

6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.

9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.† 

10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 

11 Give us this day our daily bread.† 

12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.† 

13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.† 

14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.†

15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

How to Fast

16 “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.†

17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,

18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

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