Day 634

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Day 634

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English Standard Version (ESV)

Lamentations 3

3:1   I am the man who has seen affliction
    under the rod of his wrath;
  he has driven and brought me
    into darkness without any light;
  surely against me he turns his hand
    again and again the whole day long.
  He has made my flesh and my skin waste away;
    he has broken my bones;
  he has besieged and enveloped me
    with bitterness and tribulation;
  he has made me dwell in darkness
    like the dead of long ago.
  He has walled me about so that I cannot escape;
    he has made my chains heavy;
  though I call and cry for help,
    he shuts out my prayer;
  he has blocked my ways with blocks of stones;
    he has made my paths crooked.
10   He is a bear lying in wait for me,
    a lion in hiding;
11   he turned aside my steps and tore me to pieces;
    he has made me desolate;
12   he bent his bow and set me
    as a target for his arrow.
13   He drove into my kidneys
    the arrows of his quiver;
14   I have become the laughingstock of all peoples,
    the object of their taunts all day long.
15   He has filled me with bitterness;
    he has sated me with wormwood.
16   He has made my teeth grind on gravel,
    and made me cower in ashes;
17   my soul is bereft of peace;
    I have forgotten what happiness is;
18   so I say, “My endurance has perished;
    so has my hope from the LORD.”
19   Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
    the wormwood and the gall!
20   My soul continually remembers it
    and is bowed down within me.
21   But this I call to mind,
    and therefore I have hope:
22   The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
23   they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
24   “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
    “therefore I will hope in him.”
25   The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
    to the soul who seeks him.
26   It is good that one should wait quietly
    for the salvation of the LORD.
27   It is good for a man that he bear
    the yoke in his youth.
28   Let him sit alone in silence
    when it is laid on him;
29   let him put his mouth in the dust—
    there may yet be hope;
30   let him give his cheek to the one who strikes,
    and let him be filled with insults.
31   For the Lord will not
    cast off forever,
32   but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion
    according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
33   for he does not afflict from his heart
    or grieve the children of men.
34   To crush underfoot
    all the prisoners of the earth,
35   to deny a man justice
    in the presence of the Most High,
36   to subvert a man in his lawsuit,
    the Lord does not approve.
37   Who has spoken and it came to pass,
    unless the Lord has commanded it?
38   Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
    that good and bad come?
39   Why should a living man complain,
    a man, about the punishment of his sins?
40   Let us test and examine our ways,
    and return to the LORD!
41   Let us lift up our hearts and hands
    to God in heaven:
42   “We have transgressed and rebelled,
    and you have not forgiven.
43   “You have wrapped yourself with anger and pursued us,
    killing without pity;
44   you have wrapped yourself with a cloud
    so that no prayer can pass through.
45   You have made us scum and garbage
    among the peoples.
46   “All our enemies
    open their mouths against us;
47   panic and pitfall have come upon us,
    devastation and destruction;
48   my eyes flow with rivers of tears
    because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
49   “My eyes will flow without ceasing,
    without respite,
50   until the LORD from heaven
    looks down and sees;
51   my eyes cause me grief
    at the fate of all the daughters of my city.
52   “I have been hunted like a bird
    by those who were my enemies without cause;
53   they flung me alive into the pit
    and cast stones on me;
54   water closed over my head;
    I said, ‘I am lost.’
55   “I called on your name, O LORD,
    from the depths of the pit;
56   you heard my plea, ‘Do not close
    your ear to my cry for help!’
57   You came near when I called on you;
    you said, ‘Do not fear!’
58   “You have taken up my cause, O Lord;
    you have redeemed my life.
59   You have seen the wrong done to me, O LORD;
    judge my cause.
60   You have seen all their vengeance,
    all their plots against me.
61   “You have heard their taunts, O LORD,
    all their plots against me.
62   The lips and thoughts of my assailants
    are against me all the day long.
63   Behold their sitting and their rising;
    I am the object of their taunts.
64   “You will repay them, O LORD,
    according to the work of their hands.
65   You will give them dullness of heart;
    your curse will be on them.
66   You will pursue them in anger and destroy them
    from under your heavens, O LORD.”

Acts 15:22–35

22 Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brothers, 23 with the following letter: “The brothers, both the apostles and the elders, to the brothers who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, greetings. 24 Since we have heard that some persons have gone out from us and troubled you with words, unsettling your minds, although we gave them no instructions, 25 it has seemed good to us, having come to one accord, to choose men and send them to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will tell you the same things by word of mouth. 28 For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements: 29 that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.”

30 So when they were sent off, they went down to Antioch, and having gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter. 31 And when they had read it, they rejoiced because of its encouragement. 32 And Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, encouraged and strengthened the brothers with many words. 33 And after they had spent some time, they were sent off in peace by the brothers to those who had sent them. 35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.

King James Version (KJV)

Lamentations 3:1-66

1I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.2He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light.3Surely against me is he turned; he turneth his hand against me all the day.4My flesh and my skin hath he made old: he hath broken my bones.5He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail.6He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old.7He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy.8Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer.9He hath enclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked.10He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.11He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces: he hath made me desolate.12He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.13He hath caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my reins.14I was a derision to all my people; and their song all the day.15He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood.16He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath covered me with ashes.17And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat prosperity.18And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the LORD:19Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.20My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.21This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.22It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.23They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.24The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.25The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.26It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.27It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.28He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.29He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.30He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach.31For the Lord will not cast off for ever:32But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.33For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.34To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth,35To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the most High,36To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not.37Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?38Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?39Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?40Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.41Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.42We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned.43Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us: thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied.44Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.45Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people.46All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.47Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction.48Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people.49Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth not, without any intermission,50Till the LORD look down, and behold from heaven.51Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.52Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.53They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone upon me.54Waters flowed over mine head; then I said, I am cut off.55I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon.56Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.57Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not.58O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.59O LORD, thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause.60Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations against me.61Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, and all their imaginations against me;62The lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against me all the day.63Behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their music.64Render unto them a recompense, O LORD, according to the work of their hands.65Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse unto them.66Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the LORD.

Acts 15:22-35

22Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:23And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia:24Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:25It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,26Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.27We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.28For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;29That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.30So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle:31Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation.32And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them.33And after they had tarried there a space, they were let go in peace from the brethren unto the apostles.34Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still.35Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.

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  1. How does the author of Lamentations describe God’s love, mercy, and faithfulness?
  2. What good have you experienced while waiting on the Lord?
  3. How did the church in Jerusalem settle the disagreement in Antioch?
  4. What few requirements did the church in Jerusalem and the Holy Spirit give to the Gentiles?
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