Day 247 September 4, 2021

Zechariah 14; Psalm 57; Proverbs 12:1–5; 1 Corinthians 14:1–25

Zechariah 14   

The Day of the Lord

1 Behold, the days of the Lord come, and your plunder will be divided among you.

2 And I shall gather together all the nations to war against Jerusalem. The city shall be taken, the houses plundered, the women defiled, and half of the city will go forth into exile, but the rest of My people shall not be utterly cut off from the city.

3 And the Lord will go forth and prepare for battle against those nations, as in the day of His battle array in the day of war.†

4 And on that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, half towards the east and half towards the sea, a very great divide; and half the mountain shall lean toward the north and half of it toward the south.

5 And the valley of my mountains will be blocked up, and the ravine of the mountains will be joined as far as Azal. And it will be blocked up as he had blocked it up in the days of the earthquake, in the days of Uzziah the king of Judah, and the Lord my God shall come and all the saints with Him.

6 And in that day, it shall be that there will not be any light, but there shall be cold and frost

7 for one day, and that day shall be known to the Lord. It will be neither a day nor a night, but towards evening there will be light.

8 And in that day living water shall come forth out of Jerusalem, half of it toward the eastern sea and half toward the western sea. So it will be in both summer and spring.†

9 And the Lord shall be King of all the earth, and in that day the Lord shall be one Lord, and His name one name,

10 encircling all the land, even the wilderness from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem. But Rama shall remain in her place; from Benjamin’s Gate to the place of the First Gate; to the Gate of the Corners, and to the Tower of Hananeel, as far as the king’s winepresses,

11 they will dwell in her, and it will no longer be a curse. Jerusalem shall dwell securely.

12 And this will be the downfall with which the Lord will strike all the nations, as many as made war against Jerusalem. Their flesh will be eaten away as they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall pour out of their sockets, and their tongue shall melt away in their mouth.

13 In that day there shall be a state of great bewilderment upon them from the Lord. Each of them will seize the hand of his neighbor, and his hand will become locked with the person near to him.

14 And Judah shall draw up for battle in Jerusalem, and He will gather together the strength of all the surrounding peoples: the gold, the silver, and the apparel in great abundance.

15 And this will be the overthrow of the horses and the mules, the camels and the donkeys, and all the cattle that are in those camps throughout this downfall.

16 And it shall come to pass that whoever may be left of all the nations that came against Jerusalem, they too will go up every year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.

17 And it shall be that whoever from all the tribes of the land will not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, even these will be added to the others.

18 And if the nation of Egypt shall not go up nor attend, upon these will come the downfall which the Lord will strike on all the nations, as many as do not come up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.†

19 This will be the sin of Egypt and the sin of all the nations, as many as do not come up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.

20 In that day, there will be engraved in the bridle of every horse, “Holy to the Lord Almighty,” and the kettles in the house of the Lord will be like bowls before the altar.

21 And every kind of kettle in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy to the Lord Almighty; and all who sacrifice will come and take from them and shall cook in them. And in that day the Canaanite shall no longer be in the house of the Lord Almighty.†

Psalms 57

1 For the End; corrupt not; by David; for a pillar inscription. †

2 If, then, you truly speak of righteousness, Do you judge rightly, O you sons of men? 

3 For in your heart you work lawlessness in the earth; Your hands weave unrighteousness. 

4 Sinners are alienated from the womb; From birth they are led astray; they speak lies. 

5 Their anger is according to the likeness of a serpent; Like a deaf asp that stops its ears, 

6 Which will not listen to the sound of charms, Nor to an enchantment of a skillful charmer. 

7 God shattered their teeth in their mouths; The Lord broke the teeth of the lions. 

8 They shall pass along like water running through; He will bend His bow until they are weakened. 

9 Like melting wax they will be destroyed; Fire fell on them, and they never saw the sun. 

10 Before your thorns are aware of its prickly shrub, He will swallow you up, as if you were alive, as if in His anger. 

11 A righteous man shall be glad when he sees the vengeance of the ungodly; He shall wash his hands in the blood of the sinner. 

12 A man will say, “If indeed there is fruit for the righteous man, Then it is God who judges them on the earth.”

Proverbs of Solomon 12

The Riches of Righteousness

1 He who loves instruction loves perception, But he who hates correction is without discernment.† 

2 He who finds grace from the Lord becomes better, But a lawless man will be passed over in silence.† 

3 A man will not prosper by lawlessness, But the roots of righteous men will not be pulled out. 

4 A courageous wife is a crown to her husband, But as a worm in a tree, so an evildoing wife destroys her husband.† 

5 The thoughts of the righteous are judgments, But the ungodly devise deceits.†

1 Corinthians 14

Prophecy, Superior to Tongues

1 Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.†

2 For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.†

3 But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.

4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.

5 I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.

6 But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you unless I speak to you either by revelation, by knowledge, by prophesying, or by teaching?

7 Even things without life, whether flute or harp, when they make a sound, unless they make a distinction in the sounds, how will it be known what is piped or played?

8 For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle?

9 So likewise you, unless you utter by the tongue words easy to understand, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air.

10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them is without significance.

11 Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to him who speaks, and he who speaks will be a foreigner to me.

12 Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel.

13 Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.

14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.

15 What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.

16 Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you say?

17 For you indeed give thanks well, but the other is not edified.

18 I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all;

19 yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.

20 Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature.

21 In the law it is written: “With men of other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people; And yet, for all that, they will not hear Me,” says the Lord.

22 Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe.†

23 Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind?

24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all.

25 And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.†

One Reply to “Day 247 September 4, 2021”

  1. Thank you for providing these. The readings and your commentary are a great comfort – an anchor – in these uncertain times.

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