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Daily Bible Reading

August 18 - Old & New Testament


Psalms 48,49,50

Psalm 48[a]

A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah.

1 Great is the Lord ,(a) and most worthy of praise,(b)
     in the city of our God,(c) his holy mountain.(d)

2 Beautiful(e) in its loftiness,
     the joy of the whole earth,
like the heights of Zaphon[b](f) is Mount Zion,(g)
     the city of the Great King.(h)
3 God is in her citadels;(i)
     he has shown himself to be her fortress.(j)

4 When the kings joined forces,
     when they advanced together,(k)
5 they saw her and were astounded;
     they fled in terror.(l)
6 Trembling seized(m) them there,
     pain like that of a woman in labor.(n)
7 You destroyed them like ships of Tarshish(o)
     shattered by an east wind.(p)

8 As we have heard,
     so we have seen
in the city of the Lord Almighty,
     in the city of our God:
God makes her secure

9 Within your temple, O God,
     we meditate(r) on your unfailing love.(s)
10 Like your name,(t) O God,
     your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;(u)
     your right hand is filled with righteousness.
11 Mount Zion rejoices,
     the villages of Judah are glad
     because of your judgments.(v)

12 Walk about Zion, go around her,
     count her towers,(w)
13 consider well her ramparts,(x)
     view her citadels,(y)
that you may tell of them
     to the next generation.(z)

14 For this God is our God for ever and ever;
     he will be our guide(aa) even to the end.

Psalm 49[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

1 Hear(a) this, all you peoples;(b)
     listen, all who live in this world,(c)
2 both low and high,(d)
     rich and poor alike:
3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom;(e)
     the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.(f)
4 I will turn my ear to a proverb;(g)
     with the harp(h) I will expound my riddle:(i)

5 Why should I fear(j) when evil days come,
     when wicked deceivers surround me—
6 those who trust in their wealth(k)
     and boast(l) of their great riches?(m)
7 No one can redeem the life of another
     or give to God a ransom for them—
8 the ransom(n) for a life is costly,
     no payment is ever enough—(o)
9 so that they should live on(p) forever
     and not see decay.(q)
10 For all can see that the wise die,(r)
     that the foolish and the senseless(s) also perish,
     leaving their wealth(t) to others.(u)
11 Their tombs(v) will remain their houses[b] forever,
     their dwellings for endless generations,(w)
     though they had[c] named(x) lands after themselves.

12 People, despite their wealth, do not endure;(y)
     they are like the beasts that perish.(z)

13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,(aa)
     and of their followers, who approve their sayings.[d]
14 They are like sheep and are destined(ab) to die;(ac)
     death will be their shepherd
     (but the upright will prevail(ad) over them in the morning).
Their forms will decay in the grave,
     far from their princely mansions.
15 But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead;(ae)
     he will surely take me to himself.(af)
16 Do not be overawed when others grow rich,
     when the splendor of their houses increases;
17 for they will take nothing(ag) with them when they die,
     their splendor will not descend with them.(ah)
18 Though while they live they count themselves blessed—(ai)
     and people praise you when you prosper—
19 they will join those who have gone before them,(aj)
     who will never again see the light(ak) of life.

20 People who have wealth but lack understanding(al)
     are like the beasts that perish.(am)

Psalm 50

A psalm of Asaph.

1 The Mighty One, God, the Lord ,(a)
     speaks and summons the earth
     from the rising of the sun to where it sets.(b)
2 From Zion,(c) perfect in beauty,(d)
     God shines forth.(e)
3 Our God comes(f)
     and will not be silent;(g)
a fire devours(h) before him,(i)
     and around him a tempest(j) rages.
4 He summons the heavens above,
     and the earth,(k) that he may judge his people:(l)
5 "Gather to me this consecrated people,(m)
     who made a covenant(n) with me by sacrifice."
6 And the heavens proclaim(o) his righteousness,
     for he is a God of justice.[a][b](p)

7 "Listen, my people, and I will speak;
     I will testify(q) against you, Israel:
     I am God, your God.(r)
8 I bring no charges(s) against you concerning your sacrifices
     or concerning your burnt offerings,(t) which are ever before me.
9 I have no need of a bull(u) from your stall
     or of goats(v) from your pens,(w)
10 for every animal of the forest(x) is mine,
     and the cattle on a thousand hills.(y)
11 I know every bird(z) in the mountains,
     and the insects in the fields(aa) are mine.
12 If I were hungry I would not tell you,
     for the world(ab) is mine, and all that is in it.(ac)
13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls
     or drink the blood of goats?

14 "Sacrifice thank offerings(ad) to God,
     fulfill your vows(ae) to the Most High,(af)
15 and call(ag) on me in the day of trouble;(ah)
     I will deliver(ai) you, and you will honor(aj) me."

16 But to the wicked person, God says:

"What right have you to recite my laws
     or take my covenant(ak) on your lips?(al)
17 You hate(am) my instruction
     and cast my words behind(an) you.
18 When you see a thief, you join(ao) with him;
     you throw in your lot with adulterers.(ap)
19 You use your mouth for evil
     and harness your tongue to deceit.(aq)
20 You sit and testify against your brother(ar)
     and slander your own mother's son.
21 When you did these things and I kept silent,(as)
     you thought I was exactly[c] like you.
But I now arraign(at) you
     and set my accusations(au) before you.

22 "Consider this, you who forget God,(av)
     or I will tear you to pieces, with no one to rescue you:(aw)
23 Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me,
     and to the blameless[d] I will show my salvation.(ax)"

1 Corinthians 11:1-16

Chapter 11

1 Follow my example,(a) as I follow the example of Christ.(b)

On Covering the Head in Worship

2 I praise you(c) for remembering me in everything(d) and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you.(e) 3 But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ,(f) and the head of the woman is man,[a](g) and the head of Christ is God.(h) 4 Every man who prays or prophesies(i) with his head covered dishonors his head. 5 But every woman who prays or prophesies(j) with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is the same as having her head shaved.(k) 6 For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head.

7 A man ought not to cover his head,[b] since he is the image(l) and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. 8 For man did not come from woman, but woman from man;(m) 9 neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.(n) 10 It is for this reason that a woman ought to have authority over her own[c] head, because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. 12 For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.(o)

13 Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, 15 but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering. 16 If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice—nor do the churches of God.(p)

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