1 The Lord says this: “Guard judgment and do righteousness, for My salvation draws near, and My mercy shall be revealed.†
2 Blessed is the man who does these things, and the man who lays hold on them; and who keeps the Sabbaths, so as not to profane them, and keeps his hand free from wrongdoing.”
3 Let not the foreigner who is devoted to the Lord say, “The Lord therefore will separate me from His people,” and let not the eunuch say, “I am a withered tree.”
4 The Lord says this to the eunuchs: “As many as keep My Sabbaths, and choose the things I will, and lay hold of My covenant,†
5 I will give them a notable place in My house and within My wall, a place better than that of sons and daughters. I will give them an eternal name, and it shall not fail.
6 I will also give an eternal name to the foreigners who devote themselves to the Lord, to serve Him and to love His name, to be His male and female servants, and to all who keep My Sabbaths so as not to profane them, and who hold fast to My covenant.†
7 I will lead them to My holy mountain and gladden them in My house of prayer. Their whole burnt offerings and sacrifices shall be accepted upon My altar, for My house shall be called House of Prayer for All Nations,”
8 says the Lord who gathers the dispersed of Israel; “for I will gather together a congregation to Him.”
9 All you wild animals of the fields and all you wild animals of the thicket, come and eat.
10 See, all are blinded; they do not know how to be discerning; all are dumb dogs unable to bark; dozing on a bed, loving to sleep.
11 They are shameless dogs in their soul and do not know satisfaction. They are evil and have no understanding. All follow their own ways, each according to his own will.
1 A psalm of thanksgiving. †Shout aloud to the Lord, all the earth;
2 Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with great joy.
3 Know this: the Lord, He is God; He made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving And into His courts with hymns; Give thanks to Him; praise His name;
5 For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth is from generation to generation.
1 A psalm by David. †O Lord, I will sing to You of mercy and judgment;
2 I will sing and understand in a blameless way; When will You come to me? I walked in the innocence of my heart in the midst of my house.
3 I have not set any lawless thing before my eyes; I hated those who commit transgressions;
4 A crooked heart shall not cleave to me; As for the evil man who turned away from me, I did not know him.
5 He who secretly slanders his neighbor, This one I chased away; The one with an arrogant eye and insatiable heart, With this one I did not eat.
6 My eyes were on the faithful of the earth, so they might dwell with me; He who walks in a blameless way, this one ministered to me.
7 He who acts arrogantly did not dwell in the midst of my house; He who speaks unjustly did not prosper before my eyes.
8 In the morning I slew all the sinners of the earth, So as to destroy from the city of the Lord all the workers of lawlessness.
Proverbs of Solomon 21
11 A righteous man understands the hearts of the ungodly, And he despises the ungodly in their evils.
12 He who closes his ears that he might not listen to the weak, He will also call upon someone, and there will be no one listening.
13 A secret gift calms anger, But he who refrains from giving gifts stirs up strong anger.
14 It is the joy of the righteous to do judgment, But a holy man is unclean before evildoers.†
15 A man who wanders from the way of righteousness Shall rest in an assembly of giants.
1 Timothy 6
Insubordinate Christian Slaves
1 Let as many bondservants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and His doctrine may not be blasphemed.
2 And those who have believing masters, let them not despise them because they are brethren, but rather serve them because those who are benefited are believers and beloved. Teach and exhort these things.
Ministers of Greed
3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness,
4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions,
5 useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.
6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.
9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Pursue Spirituality Instead
11 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.†
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.†
13 I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate,
14 that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing,
15 which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
16 who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.†
Warning to Wealthy Christians
17 Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share,
19 storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
Keep the Tradition
20 O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge—†
21 by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.