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Prayer History Begins ...............................................................................................
Genesis 4:26
To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the LORD.
Prayer and Spiritual Progress ....................................................................................
Genesis 5:21-24
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When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah.
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Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters.
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Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years.
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Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.
Prayer and the Altar ..................................................................................................
Genesis 12
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Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you.
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And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.
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I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
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So Abram went, as the LORD had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
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And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan,
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Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land.
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Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him.
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From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the LORD and called upon the name of the LORD.
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And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb.
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Now there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land.
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When he was about to enter Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, “I know that you are a woman beautiful in appearance,
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and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me, but they will let you live.
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Say you are my sister, that it may go well with me because of you, and that my life may be spared for your sake.”
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When Abram entered Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful.
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And when the princes of Pharaoh saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.
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And for her sake he dealt well with Abram; and he had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels.
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But the LORD afflicted Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram's wife.
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So Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife?
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Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her for my wife? Now then, here is your wife; take her, and go.”
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And Pharaoh gave men orders concerning him, and they sent him away with his wife and all that he had.
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Prayer for an Heir .....................................................................................................
Genesis 15
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After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”
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But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”
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And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.”
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And behold, the word of the LORD came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.”
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And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
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And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
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And he said to him, “I am the LORD who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess.”
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But he said, “O Lord GOD, how am I to know that I shall possess it?”
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He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”
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And he brought him all these, cut them in half, and laid each half over against the other. But he did not cut the birds in half.
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And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
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As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him.
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Then the LORD said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years.
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But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions.
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As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age.
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And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”
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When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces.
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On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates,
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the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites,
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the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim,
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the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites and the Jebusites.”
Prayer—the Language of a Cry ................................................................................
Genesis 16
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Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. She had a female Egyptian servant whose name was Hagar.
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And Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the LORD has prevented me from bearing children. Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.
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So, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her servant, and gave her to Abram her husband as a wife.
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And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress.
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And Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my servant to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the LORD judge between you and me!”
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But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your servant is in your power; do to her as you please.” Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her.
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The angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur.
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And he said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai.”
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The angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress and submit to her.”
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The angel of the LORD also said to her, “I will surely multiply your offspring so that they cannot be numbered for multitude.”
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And the angel of the LORD said to her, “Behold, you are pregnant and shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, because the LORD has listened to your affliction.
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He shall be a wild donkey of a man, his hand against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”
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So she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.”
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Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; it lies between Kadesh and Bered.
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And Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael.
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Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.
Prayer and Revelation ...............................................................................................
Genesis 17
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When Abram was ninety-nine years old the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless,
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that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.”
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Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him,
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“Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations.
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No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.
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I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you.
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And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.
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And I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.”
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And God said to Abraham, “As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your offspring after you throughout their generations.
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This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your offspring after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised.
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You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you.
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He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised. Every male throughout your generations, whether born in your house or bought with your money from any foreigner who is not of your offspring,
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both he who is born in your house and he who is bought with your money, shall surely be circumcised. So shall my covenant be in your flesh an everlasting covenant.
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Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”
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And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name.
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I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”
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Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?”
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And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before you!”
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God said, “No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him.
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As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and multiply him greatly. He shall father twelve princes, and I will make him into a great nation.
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But I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this time next year.”
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When he had finished talking with him, God went up from Abraham.
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Then Abraham took Ishmael his son and all those born in his house or bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham's house, and he circumcised the flesh of their foreskins that very day, as God had said to him.
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Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
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And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
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That very day Abraham and his son Ishmael were circumcised.
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And all the men of his house, those born in the house and those bought with money from a foreigner, were circumcised with him.
Prayer for a Wicked City ..........................................................................................
Genesis 18
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And the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day.
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He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth
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and said, “O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant.
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Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree,
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while I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.”
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And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three seahs of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.”
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And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly.
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Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate.
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They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “She is in the tent.”
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The LORD said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him.
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Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah.
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So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?”
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The LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’
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Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.”
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But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. He said, “No, but you did laugh.”
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Then the men set out from there, and they looked down toward Sodom. And Abraham went with them to set them on their way.
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The LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do,
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seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
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For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”
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Then the LORD said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave,
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I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me. And if not, I will know.”
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So the men turned from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the LORD.
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Then Abraham drew near and said, “Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?
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Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city. Will you then sweep away the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous who are in it?
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Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?”
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And the LORD said, “If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”
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Abraham answered and said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes.
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Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking. Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?” And he said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.”
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Again he spoke to him and said, “Suppose forty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of forty I will not do it.”
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Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak. Suppose thirty are found there.” He answered, “I will not do it, if I find thirty there.”
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He said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.”
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Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again but this once. Suppose ten are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.”
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And the LORD went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place.
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Prayer after a Lapse ..................................................................................................
Genesis 20
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From there Abraham journeyed toward the territory of the Negeb and lived between Kadesh and Shur; and he sojourned in Gerar.
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And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
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But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man's wife.”
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Now Abimelech had not approached her. So he said, “Lord, will you kill an innocent people?
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Did he not himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this.”
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Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that you have done this in the integrity of your heart, and it was I who kept you from sinning against me. Therefore I did not let you touch her.
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Now then, return the man's wife, for he is a prophet, so that he will pray for you, and you shall live. But if you do not return her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.”
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So Abimelech rose early in the morning and called all his servants and told them all these things. And the men were very much afraid.
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Then Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? And how have I sinned against you, that you have brought on me and my kingdom a great sin? You have done to me things that ought not to be done.”
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And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What did you see, that you did this thing?”
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Abraham said, “I did it because I thought, ‘There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’
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Besides, she is indeed my sister, the daughter of my father though not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife.
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And when God caused me to wander from my father's house, I said to her, ‘This is the kindness you must do me: at every place to which we come, say of me, “He is my brother.”’”
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Then Abimelech took sheep and oxen, and male servants and female servants, and gave them to Abraham, and returned Sarah his wife to him.
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And Abimelech said, “Behold, my land is before you; dwell where it pleases you.”
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To Sarah he said, “Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver. It is a sign of your innocence in the eyes of all who are with you, and before everyone you are vindicated.”
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Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, and also healed his wife and female slaves so that they bore children.
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For the LORD had closed all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.
Prayer of Obedience .................................................................................................
Genesis 22
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After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”
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He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
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So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.
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On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar.
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Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.”
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And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together.
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And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”
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Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.
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When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.
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Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son.
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But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”
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He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”
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And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.
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So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”
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And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven
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and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son,
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I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies,
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and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”
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So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beersheba. And Abraham lived at Beersheba.
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Now after these things it was told to Abraham, “Behold, Milcah also has borne children to your brother Nahor:
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Uz his firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel the father of Aram,
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Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel.”
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(Bethuel fathered Rebekah.) These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham's brother.
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Moreover, his concubine, whose name was Reumah, bore Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.
Prayer for a Bride ......................................................................................................
Genesis 24
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Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years. And the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.
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And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh,
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that I may make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell,
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but will go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.”
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The servant said to him, “Perhaps the woman may not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I then take your son back to the land from which you came?”
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Abraham said to him, “See to it that you do not take my son back there.
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The LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and from the land of my kindred, and who spoke to me and swore to me, ‘To your offspring I will give this land,’ he will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there.
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But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this oath of mine; only you must not take my son back there.”
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So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master and swore to him concerning this matter.
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Then the servant took ten of his master's camels and departed, taking all sorts of choice gifts from his master; and he arose and went to Mesopotamia to the city of Nahor.
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And he made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at the time of evening, the time when women go out to draw water.
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And he said, “O LORD, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham.
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Behold, I am standing by the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water.
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Let the young woman to whom I shall say, ‘Please let down your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels’—let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.”
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Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, came out with her water jar on her shoulder.
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The young woman was very attractive in appearance, a maiden whom no man had known. She went down to the spring and filled her jar and came up.
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Then the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water to drink from your jar.”
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She said, “Drink, my lord.” And she quickly let down her jar upon her hand and gave him a drink.
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When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.”
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So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran again to the well to draw water, and she drew for all his camels.
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The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether the LORD had prospered his journey or not.
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When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold ring weighing a half shekel, and two bracelets for her arms weighing ten gold shekels,
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and said, “Please tell me whose daughter you are. Is there room in your father's house for us to spend the night?”
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She said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor.”
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She added, “We have plenty of both straw and fodder, and room to spend the night.”
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The man bowed his head and worshiped the LORD
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and said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the LORD has led me in the way to the house of my master's kinsmen.”
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Then the young woman ran and told her mother's household about these things.
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Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban. Laban ran out toward the man, to the spring.
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As soon as he saw the ring and the bracelets on his sister's arms, and heard the words of Rebekah his sister, “Thus the man spoke to me,” he went to the man. And behold, he was standing by the camels at the spring.
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He said, “Come in, O blessed of the LORD. Why do you stand outside? For I have prepared the house and a place for the camels.”
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So the man came to the house and unharnessed the camels, and gave straw and fodder to the camels, and there was water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him.
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Then food was set before him to eat. But he said, “I will not eat until I have said what I have to say.” He said, “Speak on.”
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So he said, “I am Abraham's servant.
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The LORD has greatly blessed my master, and he has become great. He has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male servants and female servants, camels and donkeys.
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And Sarah my master's wife bore a son to my master when she was old, and to him he has given all that he has.
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My master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell,
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but you shall go to my father's house and to my clan and take a wife for my son.’
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I said to my master, ‘Perhaps the woman will not follow me.’
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But he said to me, ‘The LORD, before whom I have walked, will send his angel with you and prosper your way. You shall take a wife for my son from my clan and from my father's house.
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Then you will be free from my oath, when you come to my clan. And if they will not give her to you, you will be free from my oath.’
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“I came today to the spring and said, ‘O LORD, the God of my master Abraham, if now you are prospering the way that I go,
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behold, I am standing by the spring of water. Let the virgin who comes out to draw water, to whom I shall say, “Please give me a little water from your jar to drink,”
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and who will say to me, “Drink, and I will draw for your camels also,” let her be the woman whom the LORD has appointed for my master's son.’
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“Before I had finished speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came out with her water jar on her shoulder, and she went down to the spring and drew water. I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’
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She quickly let down her jar from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I will give your camels drink also.’ So I drank, and she gave the camels drink also.
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Then I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to him.’ So I put the ring on her nose and the bracelets on her arms.
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Then I bowed my head and worshiped the LORD and blessed the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right way to take the daughter of my master's kinsman for his son.
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Now then, if you are going to show steadfast love and faithfulness to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, that I may turn to the right hand or to the left.”
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Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, “The thing has come from the LORD; we cannot speak to you bad or good.
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Behold, Rebekah is before you; take her and go, and let her be the wife of your master's son, as the LORD has spoken.”
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When Abraham's servant heard their words, he bowed himself to the earth before the LORD.
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And the servant brought out jewelry of silver and of gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave to her brother and to her mother costly ornaments.
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And he and the men who were with him ate and drank, and they spent the night there. When they arose in the morning, he said, “Send me away to my master.”
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Her brother and her mother said, “Let the young woman remain with us a while, at least ten days; after that she may go.”
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But he said to them, “Do not delay me, since the LORD has prospered my way. Send me away that I may go to my master.”
57
They said, “Let us call the young woman and ask her.”
58
And they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” She said, “I will go.”
59
So they sent away Rebekah their sister and her nurse, and Abraham's servant and his men.
60
And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “Our sister, may you become thousands of ten thousands, and may your offspring possess the gate of those who hate him!”
61
Then Rebekah and her young women arose and rode on the camels and followed the man. Thus the servant took Rebekah and went his way.
62
Now Isaac had returned from Beer-lahai-roi and was dwelling in the Negeb.
63
And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening. And he lifted up his eyes and saw, and behold, there were camels coming.
64
And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from the camel
65
and said to the servant, “Who is that man, walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took her veil and covered herself.
66
And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.
67
Then Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother and took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.
Prayer for a Barren Wife ...........................................................................................
Genesis 25:19-23
19
These are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham fathered Isaac,
20
and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife.
21
And Isaac prayed to the LORD for his wife, because she was barren. And the LORD granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
22
The children struggled together within her, and she said, “If it is thus, why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the LORD.
23
And the LORD said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the older shall serve the younger.”
Prayer Changes Things .............................................................................................
Genesis 26
1
Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar to Abimelech king of the Philistines.
2
And the LORD appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I shall tell you.
3
Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and will bless you, for to you and to your offspring I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath that I swore to Abraham your father.
4
I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and will give to your offspring all these lands. And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed,
5
because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”
6
So Isaac settled in Gerar.
7
When the men of the place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” for he feared to say, “My wife,” thinking, “lest the men of the place should kill me because of Rebekah,” because she was attractive in appearance.
8
When he had been there a long time, Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out of a window and saw Isaac laughing with Rebekah his wife.
9
So Abimelech called Isaac and said, “Behold, she is your wife. How then could you say, ‘She is my sister’?” Isaac said to him, “Because I thought, ‘Lest I die because of her.’”
10
Abimelech said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the people might easily have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.”
11
So Abimelech warned all the people, saying, “Whoever touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”
12
And Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. The LORD blessed him,
13
and the man became rich, and gained more and more until he became very wealthy.
14
He had possessions of flocks and herds and many servants, so that the Philistines envied him.
15
(Now the Philistines had stopped and filled with earth all the wells that his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father.)
16
And Abimelech said to Isaac, “Go away from us, for you are much mightier than we.”
17
So Isaac departed from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar and settled there.
18
And Isaac dug again the wells of water that had been dug in the days of Abraham his father, which the Philistines had stopped after the death of Abraham. And he gave them the names that his father had given them.
19
But when Isaac's servants dug in the valley and found there a well of spring water,
20
the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac's herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” So he called the name of the well Esek, because they contended with him.
21
Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that also, so he called its name Sitnah.
22
And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth, saying, “For now the LORD has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”
23
From there he went up to Beersheba.
24
And the LORD appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham's sake.”
25
So he built an altar there and called upon the name of the LORD and pitched his tent there. And there Isaac's servants dug a well.
26
When Abimelech went to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath his adviser and Phicol the commander of his army,
27
Isaac said to them, “Why have you come to me, seeing that you hate me and have sent me away from you?”
28
They said, “We see plainly that the LORD has been with you. So we said, let there be a sworn pact between us, between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you,
29
that you will do us no harm, just as we have not touched you and have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the LORD.”
30
So he made them a feast, and they ate and drank.
31
In the morning they rose early and exchanged oaths. And Isaac sent them on their way, and they departed from him in peace.
32
That same day Isaac's servants came and told him about the well that they had dug and said to him, “We have found water.”
33
He called it Shibah; therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.
34
When Esau was forty years old, he took Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite to be his wife, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite,
35
and they made life bitter for Isaac and Rebekah.
Prayer As a Vow, .......................................................................................................
Genesis 28
1
Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and directed him, “You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women.
2
Arise, go to Paddan-aram to the house of Bethuel your mother's father, and take as your wife from there one of the daughters of Laban your mother's brother.
3
God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples.
4
May he give the blessing of Abraham to you and to your offspring with you, that you may take possession of the land of your sojournings that God gave to Abraham!”
5
Thus Isaac sent Jacob away. And he went to Paddan-aram, to Laban, the son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.
6
Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan-aram to take a wife from there, and that as he blessed him he directed him, “You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women,”
7
and that Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother and gone to Paddan-aram.
8
So when Esau saw that the Canaanite women did not please Isaac his father,
9
Esau went to Ishmael and took as his wife, besides the wives he had, Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham's son, the sister of Nebaioth.
10
Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran.
11
And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep.
12
And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it!
13
And behold, the LORD stood above it and said, “I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring.
14
Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
15
Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
16
Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.”
17
And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”
18
So early in the morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it.
19
He called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz at the first.
20
Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear,
21
so that I come again to my father's house in peace, then the LORD shall be my God,
22
and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God's house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.”
Prayer about a Wronged Brother ..............................................................................
Genesis 32
1
Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
2
And when Jacob saw them he said, “This is God's camp!” So he called the name of that place Mahanaim.
3
And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother in the land of Seir, the country of Edom,
4
instructing them, “Thus you shall say to my lord Esau: Thus says your servant Jacob, ‘I have sojourned with Laban and stayed until now.
5
I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, male servants, and female servants. I have sent to tell my lord, in order that I may find favor in your sight.’”
6
And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, “We came to your brother Esau, and he is coming to meet you, and there are four hundred men with him.”
7
Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed. He divided the people who were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two camps,
8
thinking, “If Esau comes to the one camp and attacks it, then the camp that is left will escape.”
9
And Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O LORD who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your kindred, that I may do you good,’
10
I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two camps.
11
Please deliver me from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, that he may come and attack me, the mothers with the children.
12
But you said, ‘I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.’”
13
So he stayed there that night, and from what he had with him he took a present for his brother Esau,
14
two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,
15
thirty milking camels and their calves, forty cows and ten bulls, twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.
16
These he handed over to his servants, every drove by itself, and said to his servants, “Pass on ahead of me and put a space between drove and drove.”
17
He instructed the first, “When Esau my brother meets you and asks you, ‘To whom do you belong? Where are you going? And whose are these ahead of you?’
18
then you shall say, ‘They belong to your servant Jacob. They are a present sent to my lord Esau. And moreover, he is behind us.’”
19
He likewise instructed the second and the third and all who followed the droves, “You shall say the same thing to Esau when you find him,
20
and you shall say, ‘Moreover, your servant Jacob is behind us.’” For he thought, “I may appease him with the present that goes ahead of me, and afterward I shall see his face. Perhaps he will accept me.”
21
So the present passed on ahead of him, and he himself stayed that night in the camp.
22
The same night he arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.
23
He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had.
24
And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day.
25
When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.
26
Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
27
And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.”
28
Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.”
29
Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him.
30
So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.”
31
The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.
32
Therefore to this day the people of Israel do not eat the sinew of the thigh that is on the hip socket, because he touched the socket of Jacob's hip on the sinew of the thigh.
Prayer—The Motion of a Hid den Fire .....................................................................
Genesis 39-41
1
Now Joseph had been brought down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, had bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there.
2
The LORD was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master.
3
His master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD caused all that he did to succeed in his hands.
4
So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had.
5
From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had, the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had, in house and field.
6
So he left all that he had in Joseph's charge, and because of him he had no concern about anything but the food he ate. Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.
7
And after a time his master's wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, “Lie with me.”
8
But he refused and said to his master's wife, “Behold, because of me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my charge.
9
He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”
10
And as she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not listen to her, to lie beside her or to be with her.
11
But one day, when he went into the house to do his work and none of the men of the house was there in the house,
12
she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand and fled and got out of the house.
13
And as soon as she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and had fled out of the house,
14
she called to the men of her household and said to them, “See, he has brought among us a Hebrew to laugh at us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice.
15
And as soon as he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried out, he left his garment beside me and fled and got out of the house.”
16
Then she laid up his garment by her until his master came home,
17
and she told him the same story, saying, “The Hebrew servant, whom you have brought among us, came in to me to laugh at me.
18
But as soon as I lifted up my voice and cried, he left his garment beside me and fled out of the house.”
19
As soon as his master heard the words that his wife spoke to him, “This is the way your servant treated me,” his anger was kindled.
20
And Joseph's master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king's prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison.
21
But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
22
And the keeper of the prison put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners who were in the prison. Whatever was done there, he was the one who did it.
23
The keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph's charge, because the LORD was with him. And whatever he did, the LORD made it succeed.

Genesis 40
1
Some time after this, the cupbearer of the king of Egypt and his baker committed an offense against their lord the king of Egypt.
2
And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker,
3
and he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison where Joseph was confined.
4
The captain of the guard appointed Joseph to be with them, and he attended them. They continued for some time in custody.
5
And one night they both dreamed—the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison—each his own dream, and each dream with its own interpretation.
6
When Joseph came to them in the morning, he saw that they were troubled.
7
So he asked Pharaoh's officers who were with him in custody in his master's house, “Why are your faces downcast today?”
8
They said to him, “We have had dreams, and there is no one to interpret them.” And Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Please tell them to me.”
9
So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph and said to him, “In my dream there was a vine before me,
10
and on the vine there were three branches. As soon as it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and the clusters ripened into grapes.
11
Pharaoh's cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup and placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand.”
12
Then Joseph said to him, “This is its interpretation: the three branches are three days.
13
In three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office, and you shall place Pharaoh's cup in his hand as formerly, when you were his cupbearer.
14
Only remember me, when it is well with you, and please do me the kindness to mention me to Pharaoh, and so get me out of this house.
15
For I was indeed stolen out of the land of the Hebrews, and here also I have done nothing that they should put me into the pit.”
16
When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was favorable, he said to Joseph, “I also had a dream: there were three cake baskets on my head,
17
and in the uppermost basket there were all sorts of baked food for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating it out of the basket on my head.”
18
And Joseph answered and said, “This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days.
19
In three days Pharaoh will lift up your head—from you!—and hang you on a tree. And the birds will eat the flesh from you.”
20
On the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, he made a feast for all his servants and lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker among his servants.
21
He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand.
22
But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them.
23
Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

Genesis 41
1
After two whole years, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the Nile,
2
and behold, there came up out of the Nile seven cows, attractive and plump, and they fed in the reed grass.
3
And behold, seven other cows, ugly and thin, came up out of the Nile after them, and stood by the other cows on the bank of the Nile.
4
And the ugly, thin cows ate up the seven attractive, plump cows. And Pharaoh awoke.
5
And he fell asleep and dreamed a second time. And behold, seven ears of grain, plump and good, were growing on one stalk.
6
And behold, after them sprouted seven ears, thin and blighted by the east wind.
7
And the thin ears swallowed up the seven plump, full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream.
8
So in the morning his spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt and all its wise men. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was none who could interpret them to Pharaoh.
9
Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “I remember my offenses today.
10
When Pharaoh was angry with his servants and put me and the chief baker in custody in the house of the captain of the guard,
11
we dreamed on the same night, he and I, each having a dream with its own interpretation.
12
A young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. When we told him, he interpreted our dreams to us, giving an interpretation to each man according to his dream.
13
And as he interpreted to us, so it came about. I was restored to my office, and the baker was hanged.”
14
Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they quickly brought him out of the pit. And when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came in before Pharaoh.
15
And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”
16
Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”
17
Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Behold, in my dream I was standing on the banks of the Nile.
18
Seven cows, plump and attractive, came up out of the Nile and fed in the reed grass.
19
Seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and thin, such as I had never seen in all the land of Egypt.
20
And the thin, ugly cows ate up the first seven plump cows,
21
but when they had eaten them no one would have known that they had eaten them, for they were still as ugly as at the beginning. Then I awoke.
22
I also saw in my dream seven ears growing on one stalk, full and good.
23
Seven ears, withered, thin, and blighted by the east wind, sprouted after them,
24
and the thin ears swallowed up the seven good ears. And I told it to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me.”
25
Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do.
26
The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one.
27
The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty ears blighted by the east wind are also seven years of famine.
28
It is as I told Pharaoh; God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do.
29
There will come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt,
30
but after them there will arise seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt. The famine will consume the land,
31
and the plenty will be unknown in the land by reason of the famine that will follow, for it will be very severe.
32
And the doubling of Pharaoh's dream means that the thing is fixed by God, and God will shortly bring it about.
33
Now therefore let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt.
34
Let Pharaoh proceed to appoint overseers over the land and take one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven plentiful years.
35
And let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it.
36
That food shall be a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine that are to occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine.”
37
This proposal pleased Pharaoh and all his servants.
38
And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?”
39
Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are.
40
You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command. Only as regards the throne will I be greater than you.”
41
And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”
42
Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph's hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck.
43
And he made him ride in his second chariot. And they called out before him, “Bow the knee!” Thus he set him over all the land of Egypt.
44
Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no one shall lift up hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.”
45
And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphenath-paneah. And he gave him in marriage Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On. So Joseph went out over the land of Egypt.
46
Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt.
47
During the seven plentiful years the earth produced abundantly,
48
and he gathered up all the food of these seven years, which occurred in the land of Egypt, and put the food in the cities. He put in every city the food from the fields around it.
49
And Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured.
50
Before the year of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph. Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, bore them to him.
51
Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh. “For,” he said, “God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father's house.”
52
The name of the second he called Ephraim, “For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”
53
The seven years of plenty that occurred in the land of Egypt came to an end,
54
and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. There was famine in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
55
When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph. What he says to you, do.”
56
So when the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt.
57
Moreover, all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the earth.
; 45:5-8; 50:20, 24
Prayer for Blessing upon the Tribes ..........................................................................
Genesis 48
1
After this, Joseph was told, “Behold, your father is ill.” So he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
2
And it was told to Jacob, “Your son Joseph has come to you.” Then Israel summoned his strength and sat up in bed.
3
And Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me,
4
and said to me, ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make of you a company of peoples and will give this land to your offspring after you for an everlasting possession.’
5
And now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are.
6
And the children that you fathered after them shall be yours. They shall be called by the name of their brothers in their inheritance.
7
As for me, when I came from Paddan, to my sorrow Rachel died in the land of Canaan on the way, when there was still some distance to go to Ephrath, and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).”
8
When Israel saw Joseph's sons, he said, “Who are these?”
9
Joseph said to his father, “They are my sons, whom God has given me here.” And he said, “Bring them to me, please, that I may bless them.”
10
Now the eyes of Israel were dim with age, so that he could not see. So Joseph brought them near him, and he kissed them and embraced them.
11
And Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face; and behold, God has let me see your offspring also.”
12
Then Joseph removed them from his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.
13
And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them near him.
14
And Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on the head of Ephraim, who was the younger, and his left hand on the head of Manasseh, crossing his hands (for Manasseh was the firstborn).
15
And he blessed Joseph and said, “The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life long to this day,
16
the angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the boys; and in them let my name be carried on, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.”
17
When Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him, and he took his father's hand to move it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's head.
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And Joseph said to his father, “Not this way, my father; since this one is the firstborn, put your right hand on his head.”
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But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great. Nevertheless, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his offspring shall become a multitude of nations.”
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So he blessed them that day, saying, “By you Israel will pronounce blessings, saying, ‘God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh.’” Thus he put Ephraim before Manasseh.
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Then Israel said to Joseph, “Behold, I am about to die, but God will be with you and will bring you again to the land of your fathers.
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Moreover, I have given to you rather than to your brothers one mountain slope that I took from the hand of the Amorites with my sword and with my bow.”
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Exodus
Prayer Expressed As a Groan ....................................................................................
Exodus 1
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These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob, each with his household:
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Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah,
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Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin,
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Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher.
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All the descendants of Jacob were seventy persons; Joseph was already in Egypt.
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Then Joseph died, and all his brothers and all that generation.
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But the people of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them.
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Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.
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And he said to his people, “Behold, the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us.
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Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if war breaks out, they join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.”
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Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with heavy burdens. They built for Pharaoh store cities, Pithom and Raamses.
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But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And the Egyptians were in dread of the people of Israel.
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So they ruthlessly made the people of Israel work as slaves
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and made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field. In all their work they ruthlessly made them work as slaves.
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Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah,
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“When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.”
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But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live.
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So the king of Egypt called the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this, and let the male children live?”
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The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.”
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So God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong.
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And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families.
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Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, “Every son that is born to the Hebrews you shall cast into the Nile, but you shall let every daughter live.”
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Prayer As a Dialogue ................................................................................................
Exodus 3
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Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
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And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed.
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And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.”
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When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”
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Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”
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And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
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Then the LORD said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings,
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and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
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And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.
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Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”
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But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
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He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”
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Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?”
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God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
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God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.
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Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I have observed you and what has been done to you in Egypt,
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and I promise that I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, a land flowing with milk and honey.”’
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And they will listen to your voice, and you and the elders of Israel shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us; and now, please let us go a three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.’
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But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand.
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So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all the wonders that I will do in it; after that he will let you go.
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And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and when you go, you shall not go empty,
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but each woman shall ask of her neighbor, and any woman who lives in her house, for silver and gold jewelry, and for clothing. You shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.”
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Prayer As Complaint ................................................................................................
Exodus 5-7
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Afterward Moses and Aaron went and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness.’”
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But Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and moreover, I will not let Israel go.”
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Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please let us go a three days' journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God, lest he fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.”
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But the king of Egypt said to them, “Moses and Aaron, why do you take the people away from their work? Get back to your burdens.”
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And Pharaoh said, “Behold, the people of the land are now many, and you make them rest from their burdens!”
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The same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people and their foremen,
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“You shall no longer give the people straw to make bricks, as in the past; let them go and gather straw for themselves.
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But the number of bricks that they made in the past you shall impose on them, you shall by no means reduce it, for they are idle. Therefore they cry, ‘Let us go and offer sacrifice to our God.’
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Let heavier work be laid on the men that they may labor at it and pay no regard to lying words.”
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So the taskmasters and the foremen of the people went out and said to the people, “Thus says Pharaoh, ‘I will not give you straw.
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Go and get your straw yourselves wherever you can find it, but your work will not be reduced in the least.’”
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So the people were scattered throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble for straw.
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The taskmasters were urgent, saying, “Complete your work, your daily task each day, as when there was straw.”
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And the foremen of the people of Israel, whom Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten and were asked, “Why have you not done all your task of making bricks today and yesterday, as in the past?”
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Then the foremen of the people of Israel came and cried to Pharaoh, “Why do you treat your servants like this?
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No straw is given to your servants, yet they say to us, ‘Make bricks!’ And behold, your servants are beaten; but the fault is in your own people.”
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But he said, “You are idle, you are idle; that is why you say, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the LORD.’
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Go now and work. No straw will be given you, but you must still deliver the same number of bricks.”
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The foremen of the people of Israel saw that they were in trouble when they said, “You shall by no means reduce your number of bricks, your daily task each day.”
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They met Moses and Aaron, who were waiting for them, as they came out from Pharaoh;
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and they said to them, “The LORD look on you and judge, because you have made us stink in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.”
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Then Moses turned to the LORD and said, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me?
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For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all.”

Exodus 6
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But the LORD said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for with a strong hand he will send them out, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.”
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God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am the LORD.
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I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them.
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I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they lived as sojourners.
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Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the people of Israel whom the Egyptians hold as slaves, and I have remembered my covenant.
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Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment.
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I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
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I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. I will give it to you for a possession. I am the LORD.’”
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Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery.
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So the LORD said to Moses,
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“Go in, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the people of Israel go out of his land.”
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But Moses said to the LORD, “Behold, the people of Israel have not listened to me. How then shall Pharaoh listen to me, for I am of uncircumcised lips?”
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But the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron and gave them a charge about the people of Israel and about Pharaoh king of Egypt: to bring the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt.
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These are the heads of their fathers' houses: the sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi; these are the clans of Reuben.
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The sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul, the son of a Canaanite woman; these are the clans of Simeon.
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These are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari, the years of the life of Levi being 137 years.
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The sons of Gershon: Libni and Shimei, by their clans.
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The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, the years of the life of Kohath being 133 years.
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The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. These are the clans of the Levites according to their generations.
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Amram took as his wife Jochebed his father's sister, and she bore him Aaron and Moses, the years of the life of Amram being 137 years.
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The sons of Izhar: Korah, Nepheg, and Zichri.
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The sons of Uzziel: Mishael, Elzaphan, and Sithri.
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Aaron took as his wife Elisheba, the daughter of Amminadab and the sister of Nahshon, and she bore him Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
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The sons of Korah: Assir, Elkanah, and Abiasaph; these are the clans of the Korahites.
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Eleazar, Aaron's son, took as his wife one of the daughters of Putiel, and she bore him Phinehas. These are the heads of the fathers' houses of the Levites by their clans.
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These are the Aaron and Moses to whom the LORD said: “Bring out the people of Israel from the land of Egypt by their hosts.”
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It was they who spoke to Pharaoh king of Egypt about bringing out the people of Israel from Egypt, this Moses and this Aaron.
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On the day when the LORD spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt,
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the LORD said to Moses, “I am the LORD; tell Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say to you.”
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But Moses said to the LORD, “Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips. How will Pharaoh listen to me?”

Exodus 7
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And the LORD said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet.
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You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron shall tell Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go out of his land.
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But I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in the land of Egypt,
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Pharaoh will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and bring my hosts, my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great acts of judgment.
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The Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring out the people of Israel from among them.”
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Moses and Aaron did so; they did just as the LORD commanded them.
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Now Moses was eighty years old, and Aaron eighty-three years old, when they spoke to Pharaoh.
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Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron,
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“When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Prove yourselves by working a miracle,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and cast it down before Pharaoh, that it may become a serpent.’”
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So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the LORD commanded. Aaron cast down his staff before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent.
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Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and the sorcerers, and they, the magicians of Egypt, also did the same by their secret arts.
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For each man cast down his staff, and they became serpents. But Aaron's staff swallowed up their staffs.
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Still Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.
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Then the LORD said to Moses, “Pharaoh's heart is hardened; he refuses to let the people go.
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Go to Pharaoh in the morning, as he is going out to the water. Stand on the bank of the Nile to meet him, and take in your hand the staff that turned into a serpent.
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And you shall say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, sent me to you, saying, “Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness.” But so far, you have not obeyed.
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Thus says the LORD, “By this you shall know that I am the LORD: behold, with the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water that is in the Nile, and it shall turn into blood.
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The fish in the Nile shall die, and the Nile will stink, and the Egyptians will grow weary of drinking water from the Nile.”’”
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And the LORD said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt, over their rivers, their canals, and their ponds, and all their pools of water, so that they may become blood, and there shall be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, even in vessels of wood and in vessels of stone.’”
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Moses and Aaron did as the LORD commanded. In the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants he lifted up the staff and struck the water in the Nile, and all the water in the Nile turned into blood.
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And the fish in the Nile died, and the Nile stank, so that the Egyptians could not drink water from the Nile. There was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.
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But the magicians of Egypt did the same by their secret arts. So Pharaoh's heart remained hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.
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Pharaoh turned and went into his house, and he did not take even this to heart.
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And all the Egyptians dug along the Nile for water to drink, for they could not drink the water of the Nile.
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Seven full days passed after the LORD had struck the Nile.
Prayer in League with Om nipotence ........................................................................
Exodus 8-10
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Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Let my people go, that they may serve me.
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But if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will plague all your country with frogs.
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The Nile shall swarm with frogs that shall come up into your house and into your bedroom and on your bed and into the houses of your servants and your people, and into your ovens and your kneading bowls.
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The frogs shall come up on you and on your people and on all your servants.”’”
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And the LORD said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, over the canals and over the pools, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt!’”
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So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt.
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But the magicians did the same by their secret arts and made frogs come up on the land of Egypt.
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Then Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron and said, “Plead with the LORD to take away the frogs from me and from my people, and I will let the people go to sacrifice to the LORD.”
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Moses said to Pharaoh, “Be pleased to command me when I am to plead for you and for your servants and for your people, that the frogs be cut off from you and your houses and be left only in the Nile.”
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And he said, “Tomorrow.” Moses said, “Be it as you say, so that you may know that there is no one like the LORD our God.
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The frogs shall go away from you and your houses and your servants and your people. They shall be left only in the Nile.”
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So Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh, and Moses cried to the LORD about the frogs, as he had agreed with Pharaoh.
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And the LORD did according to the word of Moses. The frogs died out in the houses, the courtyards, and the fields.
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And they gathered them together in heaps, and the land stank.
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But when Pharaoh saw that there was a respite, he hardened his heart and would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.
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Then the LORD said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the earth, so that it may become gnats in all the land of Egypt.’”
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And they did so. Aaron stretched out his hand with his staff and struck the dust of the earth, and there were gnats on man and beast. All the dust of the earth became gnats in all the land of Egypt.
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The magicians tried by their secret arts to produce gnats, but they could not. So there were gnats on man and beast.
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Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.
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Then the LORD said to Moses, “Rise up early in the morning and present yourself to Pharaoh, as he goes out to the water, and say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Let my people go, that they may serve me.
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Or else, if you will not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies on you and your servants and your people, and into your houses. And the houses of the Egyptians shall be filled with swarms of flies, and also the ground on which they stand.
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But on that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, where my people dwell, so that no swarms of flies shall be there, that you may know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth.
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Thus I will put a division between my people and your people. Tomorrow this sign shall happen.”’”
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And the LORD did so. There came great swarms of flies into the house of Pharaoh and into his servants' houses. Throughout all the land of Egypt the land was ruined by the swarms of flies.
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Then Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron and said, “Go, sacrifice to your God within the land.”
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But Moses said, “It would not be right to do so, for the offerings we shall sacrifice to the LORD our God are an abomination to the Egyptians. If we sacrifice offerings abominable to the Egyptians before their eyes, will they not stone us?
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We must go three days' journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to the LORD our God as he tells us.”
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So Pharaoh said, “I will let you go to sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness; only you must not go very far away. Plead for me.”
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Then Moses said, “Behold, I am going out from you and I will plead with the LORD that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people, tomorrow. Only let not Pharaoh cheat again by not letting the people go to sacrifice to the LORD.”
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So Moses went out from Pharaoh and prayed to the LORD.
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And the LORD did as Moses asked, and removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people; not one remained.
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But Pharaoh hardened his heart this time also, and did not let the people go.

Exodus 9
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Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, “Let my people go, that they may serve me.
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For if you refuse to let them go and still hold them,
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behold, the hand of the LORD will fall with a very severe plague upon your livestock that are in the field, the horses, the donkeys, the camels, the herds, and the flocks.
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But the LORD will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt, so that nothing of all that belongs to the people of Israel shall die.”’”
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And the LORD set a time, saying, “Tomorrow the LORD will do this thing in the land.”
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And the next day the LORD did this thing. All the livestock of the Egyptians died, but not one of the livestock of the people of Israel died.
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And Pharaoh sent, and behold, not one of the livestock of Israel was dead. But the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people go.
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And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Take handfuls of soot from the kiln, and let Moses throw them in the air in the sight of Pharaoh.
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It shall become fine dust over all the land of Egypt, and become boils breaking out in sores on man and beast throughout all the land of Egypt.”
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So they took soot from the kiln and stood before Pharaoh. And Moses threw it in the air, and it became boils breaking out in sores on man and beast.
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And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils, for the boils came upon the magicians and upon all the Egyptians.
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But the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he did not listen to them, as the LORD had spoken to Moses.
13
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Rise up early in the morning and present yourself before Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, “Let my people go, that they may serve me.
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For this time I will send all my plagues on you yourself, and on your servants and your people, so that you may know that there is none like me in all the earth.
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For by now I could have put out my hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, and you would have been cut off from the earth.
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But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.
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You are still exalting yourself against my people and will not let them go.
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Behold, about this time tomorrow I will cause very heavy hail to fall, such as never has been in Egypt from the day it was founded until now.
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Now therefore send, get your livestock and all that you have in the field into safe shelter, for every man and beast that is in the field and is not brought home will die when the hail falls on them.”’”
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Then whoever feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh hurried his slaves and his livestock into the houses,
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but whoever did not pay attention to the word of the LORD left his slaves and his livestock in the field.
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Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, so that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, on man and beast and every plant of the field, in the land of Egypt.”
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Then Moses stretched out his staff toward heaven, and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and fire ran down to the earth. And the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt.
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There was hail and fire flashing continually in the midst of the hail, very heavy hail, such as had never been in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.
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The hail struck down everything that was in the field in all the land of Egypt, both man and beast. And the hail struck down every plant of the field and broke every tree of the field.
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Only in the land of Goshen, where the people of Israel were, was there no hail.
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Then Pharaoh sent and called Moses and Aaron and said to them, “This time I have sinned; the LORD is in the right, and I and my people are in the wrong.
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Plead with the LORD, for there has been enough of God's thunder and hail. I will let you go, and you shall stay no longer.”
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Moses said to him, “As soon as I have gone out of the city, I will stretch out my hands to the LORD. The thunder will cease, and there will be no more hail, so that you may know that the earth is the LORD's.
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But as for you and your servants, I know that you do not yet fear the LORD God.”
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(The flax and the barley were struck down, for the barley was in the ear and the flax was in bud.
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But the wheat and the emmer were not struck down, for they are late in coming up.)
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So Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh and stretched out his hands to the LORD, and the thunder and the hail ceased, and the rain no longer poured upon the earth.
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But when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunder had ceased, he sinned yet again and hardened his heart, he and his servants.
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So the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people of Israel go, just as the LORD had spoken through Moses.

Exodus 10
1
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, that I may show these signs of mine among them,
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and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and of your grandson how I have dealt harshly with the Egyptians and what signs I have done among them, that you may know that I am the LORD.”
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So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh and said to him, “Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, that they may serve me.
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For if you refuse to let my people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your country,
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and they shall cover the face of the land, so that no one can see the land. And they shall eat what is left to you after the hail, and they shall eat every tree of yours that grows in the field,
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and they shall fill your houses and the houses of all your servants and of all the Egyptians, as neither your fathers nor your grandfathers have seen, from the day they came on earth to this day.’” Then he turned and went out from Pharaoh.
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Then Pharaoh's servants said to him, “How long shall this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God. Do you not yet understand that Egypt is ruined?”
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So Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh. And he said to them, “Go, serve the LORD your God. But which ones are to go?”
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Moses said, “We will go with our young and our old. We will go with our sons and daughters and with our flocks and herds, for we must hold a feast to the LORD.”
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But he said to them, “The LORD be with you, if ever I let you and your little ones go! Look, you have some evil purpose in mind.
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No! Go, the men among you, and serve the LORD, for that is what you are asking.” And they were driven out from Pharaoh's presence.
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Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, so that they may come upon the land of Egypt and eat every plant in the land, all that the hail has left.”
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So Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and the LORD brought an east wind upon the land all that day and all that night. When it was morning, the east wind had brought the locusts.
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The locusts came up over all the land of Egypt and settled on the whole country of Egypt, such a dense swarm of locusts as had never been before, nor ever will be again.
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They covered the face of the whole land, so that the land was darkened, and they ate all the plants in the land and all the fruit of the trees that the hail had left. Not a green thing remained, neither tree nor plant of the field, through all the land of Egypt.
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Then Pharaoh hastily called Moses and Aaron and said, “I have sinned against the LORD your God, and against you.
17
Now therefore, forgive my sin, please, only this once, and plead with the LORD your God only to remove this death from me.”
18
So he went out from Pharaoh and pleaded with the LORD.
19
And the LORD turned the wind into a very strong west wind, which lifted the locusts and drove them into the Red Sea. Not a single locust was left in all the country of Egypt.
20
But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not let the people of Israel go.
21
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, a darkness to be felt.”
22
So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was pitch darkness in all the land of Egypt three days.
23
They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days, but all the people of Israel had light where they lived.
24
Then Pharaoh called Moses and said, “Go, serve the LORD; your little ones also may go with you; only let your flocks and your herds remain behind.”
25
But Moses said, “You must also let us have sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.
26
Our livestock also must go with us; not a hoof shall be left behind, for we must take of them to serve the LORD our God, and we do not know with what we must serve the LORD until we arrive there.”
27
But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he would not let them go.
28
Then Pharaoh said to him, “Get away from me; take care never to see my face again, for on the day you see my face you shall die.”
29
Moses said, “As you say! I will not see your face again.”
Prayer As Praise ........................................................................................................
Exodus 15
1
Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the LORD, saying, “I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
2
The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him.
3
The LORD is a man of war; the LORD is his name.
4
“Pharaoh's chariots and his host he cast into the sea, and his chosen officers were sunk in the Red Sea.
5
The floods covered them; they went down into the depths like a stone.
6
Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power, your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy.
7
In the greatness of your majesty you overthrow your adversaries; you send out your fury; it consumes them like stubble.
8
At the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up; the floods stood up in a heap; the deeps congealed in the heart of the sea.
9
The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil, my desire shall have its fill of them. I will draw my sword; my hand shall destroy them.’
10
You blew with your wind; the sea covered them; they sank like lead in the mighty waters.
11
“Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?
12
You stretched out your right hand; the earth swallowed them.
13
“You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed; you have guided them by your strength to your holy abode.
14
The peoples have heard; they tremble; pangs have seized the inhabitants of Philistia.
15
Now are the chiefs of Edom dismayed; trembling seizes the leaders of Moab; all the inhabitants of Canaan have melted away.
16
Terror and dread fall upon them; because of the greatness of your arm, they are still as a stone, till your people, O LORD, pass by, till the people pass by whom you have purchased.
17
You will bring them in and plant them on your own mountain, the place, O LORD, which you have made for your abode, the sanctuary, O Lord, which your hands have established.
18
The LORD will reign forever and ever.”
19
For when the horses of Pharaoh with his chariots and his horsemen went into the sea, the LORD brought back the waters of the sea upon them, but the people of Israel walked on dry ground in the midst of the sea.
20
Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women went out after her with tambourines and dancing.
21
And Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.”
22
Then Moses made Israel set out from the Red Sea, and they went into the wilderness of Shur. They went three days in the wilderness and found no water.
23
When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter; therefore it was named Marah.
24
And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?”
25
And he cried to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a log, and he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the LORD made for them a statute and a rule, and there he tested them,
26
saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the LORD your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, your healer.”
27
Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees, and they encamped there by the water.
Prayer in Peril ...........................................................................................................
Exodus 17
1
All the congregation of the people of Israel moved on from the wilderness of Sin by stages, according to the commandment of the LORD, and camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink.
2
Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?”
3
But the people thirsted there for water, and the people grumbled against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?”
4
So Moses cried to the LORD, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.”
5
And the LORD said to Moses, “Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel, and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go.
6
Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.” And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.
7
And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the LORD by saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?”
8
Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim.
9
So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.”
10
So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
11
Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed.
12
But Moses' hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
13
And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.
14
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this as a memorial in a book and recite it in the ears of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.”
15
And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The LORD Is My Banner,
16
saying, “A hand upon the throne of the LORD! The LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”
Prayer of the Needy ..................................................................................................
Exodus 22:22-24
22
You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child.
23
If you do mistreat them, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry,
24
and my wrath will burn, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children fatherless.
Prayer for Delay of Deserved Judgment ....................................................................
Exodus 32
1
When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”
2
So Aaron said to them, “Take off the rings of gold that are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.”
3
So all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears and brought them to Aaron.
4
And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf. And they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!”
5
When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the LORD.”
6
And they rose up early the next day and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.
7
And the LORD said to Moses, “Go down, for your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves.
8
They have turned aside quickly out of the way that I commanded them. They have made for themselves a golden calf and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’”
9
And the LORD said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked people.
10
Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them, in order that I may make a great nation of you.”
11
But Moses implored the LORD his God and said, “O LORD, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?
12
Why should the Egyptians say, ‘With evil intent did he bring them out, to kill them in the mountains and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your burning anger and relent from this disaster against your people.
13
Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom you swore by your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your offspring, and they shall inherit it forever.’”
14
And the LORD relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing on his people.
15
Then Moses turned and went down from the mountain with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand, tablets that were written on both sides; on the front and on the back they were written.
16
The tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets.
17
When Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, “There is a noise of war in the camp.”
18
But he said, “It is not the sound of shouting for victory, or the sound of the cry of defeat, but the sound of singing that I hear.”
19
And as soon as he came near the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, Moses' anger burned hot, and he threw the tablets out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain.
20
He took the calf that they had made and burned it with fire and ground it to powder and scattered it on the water and made the people of Israel drink it.
21
And Moses said to Aaron, “What did this people do to you that you have brought such a great sin upon them?”
22
And Aaron said, “Let not the anger of my lord burn hot. You know the people, that they are set on evil.
23
For they said to me, ‘Make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’
24
So I said to them, ‘Let any who have gold take it off.’ So they gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf.”
25
And when Moses saw that the people had broken loose (for Aaron had let them break loose, to the derision of their enemies),
26
then Moses stood in the gate of the camp and said, “Who is on the LORD's side? Come to me.” And all the sons of Levi gathered around him.
27
And he said to them, “Thus says the LORD God of Israel, ‘Put your sword on your side each of you, and go to and fro from gate to gate throughout the camp, and each of you kill his brother and his companion and his neighbor.’”
28
And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses. And that day about three thousand men of the people fell.
29
And Moses said, “Today you have been ordained for the service of the LORD, each one at the cost of his son and of his brother, so that he might bestow a blessing upon you this day.”
30
The next day Moses said to the people, “You have sinned a great sin. And now I will go up to the LORD; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.”
31
So Moses returned to the LORD and said, “Alas, this people has sinned a great sin. They have made for themselves gods of gold.
32
But now, if you will forgive their sin—but if not, please blot me out of your book that you have written.”
33
But the LORD said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me, I will blot out of my book.
34
But now go, lead the people to the place about which I have spoken to you; behold, my angel shall go before you. Nevertheless, in the day when I visit, I will visit their sin upon them.”
35
Then the LORD sent a plague on the people, because they made the calf, the one that Aaron made.
First Prayer of Moses for Israel .................................................................................
Exodus 32:9-14
9
And the LORD said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked people.
10
Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them, in order that I may make a great nation of you.”
11
But Moses implored the LORD his God and said, “O LORD, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?
12
Why should the Egyptians say, ‘With evil intent did he bring them out, to kill them in the mountains and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your burning anger and relent from this disaster against your people.
13
Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom you swore by your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your offspring, and they shall inherit it forever.’”
14
And the LORD relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing on his people.
Second Prayer of Moses ............................................................................................
Exodus 32:30-34
30
The next day Moses said to the people, “You have sinned a great sin. And now I will go up to the LORD; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.”
31
So Moses returned to the LORD and said, “Alas, this people has sinned a great sin. They have made for themselves gods of gold.
32
But now, if you will forgive their sin—but if not, please blot me out of your book that you have written.”
33
But the LORD said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me, I will blot out of my book.
34
But now go, lead the people to the place about which I have spoken to you; behold, my angel shall go before you. Nevertheless, in the day when I visit, I will visit their sin upon them.”
Third Prayer of Moses ..............................................................................................
Exodus 33:12-23
12
Moses said to the LORD, “See, you say to me, ‘Bring up this people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’
13
Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.”
14
And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
15
And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.
16
For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?”
17
And the LORD said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.”
18
Moses said, “Please show me your glory.”
19
And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The LORD.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.
20
But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.”
21
And the LORD said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock,
22
and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by.
23
Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.”
Prayer and Transfiguration ........................................................................................
Exodus 34
1
The LORD said to Moses, “Cut for yourself two tablets of stone like the first, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke.
2
Be ready by the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself there to me on the top of the mountain.
3
No one shall come up with you, and let no one be seen throughout all the mountain. Let no flocks or herds graze opposite that mountain.”
4
So Moses cut two tablets of stone like the first. And he rose early in the morning and went up on Mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand two tablets of stone.
5
The LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.
6
The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness,
7
keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation.”
8
And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped.
9
And he said, “If now I have found favor in your sight, O Lord, please let the Lord go in the midst of us, for it is a stiff-necked people, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance.”
10
And he said, “Behold, I am making a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels, such as have not been created in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the LORD, for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you.
11
“Observe what I command you this day. Behold, I will drive out before you the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
12
Take care, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land to which you go, lest it become a snare in your midst.
13
You shall tear down their altars and break their pillars and cut down their Asherim
14
(for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God),
15
lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and when they whore after their gods and sacrifice to their gods and you are invited, you eat of his sacrifice,
16
and you take of their daughters for your sons, and their daughters whore after their gods and make your sons whore after their gods.
17
“You shall not make for yourself any gods of cast metal.
18
“You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month Abib, for in the month Abib you came out from Egypt.
19
All that open the womb are mine, all your male livestock, the firstborn of cow and sheep.
20
The firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb, or if you will not redeem it you shall break its neck. All the firstborn of your sons you shall redeem. And none shall appear before me empty-handed.
21
“Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest. In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.
22
You shall observe the Feast of Weeks, the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the year's end.
23
Three times in the year shall all your males appear before the LORD God, the God of Israel.
24
For I will cast out nations before you and enlarge your borders; no one shall covet your land, when you go up to appear before the LORD your God three times in the year.
25
“You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with anything leavened, or let the sacrifice of the Feast of the Passover remain until the morning.
26
The best of the firstfruits of your ground you shall bring to the house of the LORD your God. You shall not boil a young goat in its mother's milk.”
27
And the LORD said to Moses, “Write these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.”
28
So he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights. He neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the "WORDS OF THE COVENANT, 'THE TEN COMMANDMENTS'".
29
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.
30
Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him.
31
But Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses talked with them.
32
Afterward all the people of Israel came near, and he commanded them all that the LORD had spoken with him in Mount Sinai.
33
And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face.
34
Whenever Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he would remove the veil, until he came out. And when he came out and told the people of Israel what he was commanded,
35
the people of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses' face was shining. And Moses would put the veil over his face again, until he went in to speak with him.
Leviticus
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Numbers
Prayer As Benediction ..............................................................................................
Numbers 6:24-27
24
The LORD bless you and keep you;
25
the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
26
the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
27
“So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.”
Prayer for Preservation and Protection ......................................................................
Numbers 10:35
And whenever the ark set out, Moses said, “Arise, O LORD, and let your enemies be scattered, and let those who hate you flee before you.”
, 36
Prayer for the Removal of Judgment .........................................................................
Numbers 11:1
And the people complained in the hearing of the LORD about their misfortunes, and when the LORD heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the LORD burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp.
, 2
Prayer of a Discouraged Heart ..................................................................................
Numbers 11:10-35
10
Moses heard the people weeping throughout their clans, everyone at the door of his tent. And the anger of the LORD blazed hotly, and Moses was displeased.
11
Moses said to the LORD, “Why have you dealt ill with your servant? And why have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people on me?
12
Did I conceive all this people? Did I give them birth, that you should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a nursing child,’ to the land that you swore to give their fathers?
13
Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they weep before me and say, ‘Give us meat, that we may eat.’
14
I am not able to carry all this people alone; the burden is too heavy for me.
15
If you will treat me like this, kill me at once, if I find favor in your sight, that I may not see my wretchedness.”
16
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Gather for me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them, and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you.
17
And I will come down and talk with you there. And I will take some of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them, and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you may not bear it yourself alone.
18
And say to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat, for you have wept in the hearing of the LORD, saying, “Who will give us meat to eat? For it was better for us in Egypt.” Therefore the LORD will give you meat, and you shall eat.
19
You shall not eat just one day, or two days, or five days, or ten days, or twenty days,
20
but a whole month, until it comes out at your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have rejected the LORD who is among you and have wept before him, saying, “Why did we come out of Egypt?”’”
21
But Moses said, “The people among whom I am number six hundred thousand on foot, and you have said, ‘I will give them meat, that they may eat a whole month!’
22
Shall flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, and be enough for them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, and be enough for them?”
23
And the LORD said to Moses, “Is the LORD's hand shortened? Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not.”
24
So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD. And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent.
25
Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it.
26
Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp.
27
And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”
28
And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, “My lord Moses, stop them.”
29
But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the LORD's people were prophets, that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!”
30
And Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.
31
Then a wind from the LORD sprang up, and it brought quail from the sea and let them fall beside the camp, about a day's journey on this side and a day's journey on the other side, around the camp, and about two cubits above the ground.
32
And the people rose all that day and all night and all the next day, and gathered the quail. Those who gathered least gathered ten homers. And they spread them out for themselves all around the camp.
33
While the meat was yet between their teeth, before it was consumed, the anger of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD struck down the people with a very great plague.
34
Therefore the name of that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had the craving.
35
From Kibroth-hattaavah the people journeyed to Hazeroth, and they remained at Hazeroth.
Prayer of a Meek Man ..............................................................................................
Numbers 12
1
Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman.
2
And they said, “Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has he not spoken through us also?” And the LORD heard it.
3
Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth.
4
And suddenly the LORD said to Moses and to Aaron and Miriam, “Come out, you three, to the tent of meeting.” And the three of them came out.
5
And the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the tent and called Aaron and Miriam, and they both came forward.
6
And he said, “Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the LORD make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream.
7
Not so with my servant Moses. He is faithful in all my house.
8
With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?”
9
And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them, and he departed.
10
When the cloud removed from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, like snow. And Aaron turned toward Miriam, and behold, she was leprous.
11
And Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord, do not punish us because we have done foolishly and have sinned.
12
Let her not be as one dead, whose flesh is half eaten away when he comes out of his mother's womb.”
13
And Moses cried to the LORD, “O God, please heal her—please.”
14
But the LORD said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be shamed seven days? Let her be shut outside the camp seven days, and after that she may be brought in again.”
15
So Miriam was shut outside the camp seven days, and the people did not set out on the march till Miriam was brought in again.
16
After that the people set out from Hazeroth, and camped in the wilderness of Paran.
Prayer for the Upholding of Divine Honor ...............................................................
Numbers 14
1
Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night.
2
And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness!
3
Why is the LORD bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?”
4
And they said to one another, “Let us choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”
5
Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the people of Israel.
6
And Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes
7
and said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, “The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land.
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If the LORD delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey.
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Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them.”
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Then all the congregation said to stone them with stones. But the glory of the LORD appeared at the tent of meeting to all the people of Israel.
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And the LORD said to Moses, “How long will this people despise me? And how long will they not believe in me, in spite of all the signs that I have done among them?
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I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.”
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But Moses said to the LORD, “Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for you brought up this people in your might from among them,
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and they will tell the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that you, O LORD, are in the midst of this people. For you, O LORD, are seen face to face, and your cloud stands over them and you go before them, in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night.
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Now if you kill this people as one man, then the nations who have heard your fame will say,
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‘It is because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land that he swore to give to them that he has killed them in the wilderness.’
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And now, please let the power of the Lord be great as you have promised, saying,
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‘The LORD is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.’
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Please pardon the iniquity of this people, according to the greatness of your steadfast love, just as you have forgiven this people, from Egypt until now.”
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Then the LORD said, “I have pardoned, according to your word.
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But truly, as I live, and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD,
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none of the men who have seen my glory and my signs that I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and yet have put me to the test these ten times and have not obeyed my voice,
23
shall see the land that I swore to give to their fathers. And none of those who despised me shall see it.
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But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it.
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Now, since the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwell in the valleys, turn tomorrow and set out for the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea.”
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And the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,
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“How long shall this wicked congregation grumble against me? I have heard the grumblings of the people of Israel, which they grumble against me.
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Say to them, ‘As I live, declares the LORD, what you have said in my hearing I will do to you:
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your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness, and of all your number, listed in the census from twenty years old and upward, who have grumbled against me,
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not one shall come into the land where I swore that I would make you dwell, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun.
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But your little ones, who you said would become a prey, I will bring in, and they shall know the land that you have rejected.
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But as for you, your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness.
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And your children shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years and shall suffer for your faithlessness, until the last of your dead bodies lies in the wilderness.
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According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, a year for each day, you shall bear your iniquity forty years, and you shall know my displeasure.’
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I, the LORD, have spoken. Surely this will I do to all this wicked congregation who are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall come to a full end, and there they shall die.”
36
And the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation grumble against him by bringing up a bad report about the land—
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the men who brought up a bad report of the land—died by plague before the LORD.
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Of those men who went to spy out the land, only Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh remained alive.
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When Moses told these words to all the people of Israel, the people mourned greatly.
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And they rose early in the morning and went up to the heights of the hill country, saying, “Here we are. We will go up to the place that the LORD has promised, for we have sinned.”
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But Moses said, “Why now are you transgressing the command of the LORD, when that will not succeed?
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Do not go up, for the LORD is not among you, lest you be struck down before your enemies.
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For there the Amalekites and the Canaanites are facing you, and you shall fall by the sword. Because you have turned back from following the LORD, the LORD will not be with you.”
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But they presumed to go up to the heights of the hill country, although neither the ark of the covenant of the LORD nor Moses departed out of the camp.
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Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down and defeated them and pursued them, even to Hormah.
Prayer for Divine Action against Rebellion ...............................................................
Numbers 16
1
Now Korah the son of Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men.
2
And they rose up before Moses, with a number of the people of Israel, 250 chiefs of the congregation, chosen from the assembly, well-known men.
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They assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! For all in the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?”
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When Moses heard it, he fell on his face,
5
and he said to Korah and all his company, “In the morning the LORD will show who is his, and who is holy, and will bring him near to him. The one whom he chooses he will bring near to him.
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Do this: take censers, Korah and all his company;
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put fire in them and put incense on them before the LORD tomorrow, and the man whom the LORD chooses shall be the holy one. You have gone too far, sons of Levi!”
8
And Moses said to Korah, “Hear now, you sons of Levi:
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is it too small a thing for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself, to do service in the tabernacle of the LORD and to stand before the congregation to minister to them,
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and that he has brought you near him, and all your brothers the sons of Levi with you? And would you seek the priesthood also?
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Therefore it is against the LORD that you and all your company have gathered together. What is Aaron that you grumble against him?”
12
And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and they said, “We will not come up.
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Is it a small thing that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, that you must also make yourself a prince over us?
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Moreover, you have not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor given us inheritance of fields and vineyards. Will you put out the eyes of these men? We will not come up.”
15
And Moses was very angry and said to the LORD, “Do not respect their offering. I have not taken one donkey from them, and I have not harmed one of them.”
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And Moses said to Korah, “Be present, you and all your company, before the LORD, you and they, and Aaron, tomorrow.
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And let every one of you take his censer and put incense on it, and every one of you bring before the LORD his censer, 250 censers; you also, and Aaron, each his censer.”
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So every man took his censer and put fire in them and laid incense on them and stood at the entrance of the tent of meeting with Moses and Aaron.
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Then Korah assembled all the congregation against them at the entrance of the tent of meeting. And the glory of the LORD appeared to all the congregation.
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And the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,
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“Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.”
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And they fell on their faces and said, “O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and will you be angry with all the congregation?”
23
And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
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“Say to the congregation, Get away from the dwelling of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.”
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Then Moses rose and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him.
26
And he spoke to the congregation, saying, “Depart, please, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be swept away with all their sins.”
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So they got away from the dwelling of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. And Dathan and Abiram came out and stood at the door of their tents, together with their wives, their sons, and their little ones.
28
And Moses said, “Hereby you shall know that the LORD has sent me to do all these works, and that it has not been of my own accord.
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If these men die as all men die, or if they are visited by the fate of all mankind, then the LORD has not sent me.
30
But if the LORD creates something new, and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into Sheol, then you shall know that these men have despised the LORD.”
31
And as soon as he had finished speaking all these words, the ground under them split apart.
32
And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the people who belonged to Korah and all their goods.
33
So they and all that belonged to them went down alive into Sheol, and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly.
34
And all Israel who were around them fled at their cry, for they said, “Lest the earth swallow us up!”
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And fire came out from the LORD and consumed the 250 men offering the incense.
36
Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
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“Tell Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest to take up the censers out of the blaze. Then scatter the fire far and wide, for they have become holy.
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As for the censers of these men who have sinned at the cost of their lives, let them be made into hammered plates as a covering for the altar, for they offered them before the LORD, and they became holy. Thus they shall be a sign to the people of Israel.”
39
So Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers, which those who were burned had offered, and they were hammered out as a covering for the altar,
40
to be a reminder to the people of Israel, so that no outsider, who is not of the descendants of Aaron, should draw near to burn incense before the LORD, lest he become like Korah and his company—as the LORD said to him through Moses.
41
But on the next day all the congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and against Aaron, saying, “You have killed the people of the LORD.”
42
And when the congregation had assembled against Moses and against Aaron, they turned toward the tent of meeting. And behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD appeared.
43
And Moses and Aaron came to the front of the tent of meeting,
44
and the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
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“Get away from the midst of this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.” And they fell on their faces.
46
And Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer, and put fire on it from off the altar and lay incense on it and carry it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for wrath has gone out from the LORD; the plague has begun.”
47
So Aaron took it as Moses said and ran into the midst of the assembly. And behold, the plague had already begun among the people. And he put on the incense and made atonement for the people.
48
And he stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was stopped.
49
Now those who died in the plague were 14,700, besides those who died in the affair of Korah.
50
And Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance of the tent of meeting, when the plague was stopped.
Prayer for Relief from Death ....................................................................................
Numbers 21
1
When the Canaanite, the king of Arad, who lived in the Negeb, heard that Israel was coming by the way of Atharim, he fought against Israel, and took some of them captive.
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And Israel vowed a vow to the LORD and said, “If you will indeed give this people into my hand, then I will devote their cities to destruction.”
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And the LORD heeded the voice of Israel and gave over the Canaanites, and they devoted them and their cities to destruction. So the name of the place was called Hormah.
4
From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way.
5
And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.”
6
Then the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.
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And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you. Pray to the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.
8
And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.”
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So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.
10
And the people of Israel set out and camped in Oboth.
11
And they set out from Oboth and camped at Iye-abarim, in the wilderness that is opposite Moab, toward the sunrise.
12
From there they set out and camped in the Valley of Zered.
13
From there they set out and camped on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the wilderness that extends from the border of the Amorites, for the Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites.
14
Therefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the LORD, “Waheb in Suphah, and the valleys of the Arnon,
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and the slope of the valleys that extends to the seat of Ar, and leans to the border of Moab.”
16
And from there they continued to Beer; that is the well of which the LORD said to Moses, “Gather the people together, so that I may give them water.”
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Then Israel sang this song: “Spring up, O well!—Sing to it!—
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the well that the princes made, that the nobles of the people dug, with the scepter and with their staffs.” And from the wilderness they went on to Mattanah,
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and from Mattanah to Nahaliel, and from Nahaliel to Bamoth,
20
and from Bamoth to the valley lying in the region of Moab by the top of Pisgah that looks down on the desert.
21
Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, saying,
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“Let me pass through your land. We will not turn aside into field or vineyard. We will not drink the water of a well. We will go by the King's Highway until we have passed through your territory.”
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But Sihon would not allow Israel to pass through his territory. He gathered all his people together and went out against Israel to the wilderness and came to Jahaz and fought against Israel.
24
And Israel defeated him with the edge of the sword and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, as far as to the Ammonites, for the border of the Ammonites was strong.
25
And Israel took all these cities, and Israel settled in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all its villages.
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For Heshbon was the city of Sihon the king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab and taken all his land out of his hand, as far as the Arnon.
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Therefore the ballad singers say, “Come to Heshbon, let it be built; let the city of Sihon be established.
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For fire came out from Heshbon, flame from the city of Sihon. It devoured Ar of Moab, and swallowed the heights of the Arnon.
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Woe to you, O Moab! You are undone, O people of Chemosh! He has made his sons fugitives, and his daughters captives, to an Amorite king, Sihon.
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So we overthrew them; Heshbon, as far as Dibon, perished; and we laid waste as far as Nophah; fire spread as far as Medeba.”
31
Thus Israel lived in the land of the Amorites.
32
And Moses sent to spy out Jazer, and they captured its villages and dispossessed the Amorites who were there.
33
Then they turned and went up by the way to Bashan. And Og the king of Bashan came out against them, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei.
34
But the LORD said to Moses, “Do not fear him, for I have given him into your hand, and all his people, and his land. And you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.”
35
So they defeated him and his sons and all his people, until he had no survivor left. And they possessed his land.
Prayer and Prophecy .................................................................................................
Numbers 23
1
And Balaam said to Balak, “Build for me here seven altars, and prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams.”
2
Balak did as Balaam had said. And Balak and Balaam offered on each altar a bull and a ram.
3
And Balaam said to Balak, “Stand beside your burnt offering, and I will go. Perhaps the LORD will come to meet me, and whatever he shows me I will tell you.” And he went to a bare height,
4
and God met Balaam. And Balaam said to him, “I have arranged the seven altars and I have offered on each altar a bull and a ram.”
5
And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth and said, “Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak.”
6
And he returned to him, and behold, he and all the princes of Moab were standing beside his burnt offering.
7
And Balaam took up his discourse and said, “From Aram Balak has brought me, the king of Moab from the eastern mountains: ‘Come, curse Jacob for me, and come, denounce Israel!’
8
How can I curse whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced?
9
For from the top of the crags I see him, from the hills I behold him; behold, a people dwelling alone, and not counting itself among the nations!
10
Who can count the dust of Jacob or number the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the upright, and let my end be like his!”
11
And Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I took you to curse my enemies, and behold, you have done nothing but bless them.”
12
And he answered and said, “Must I not take care to speak what the LORD puts in my mouth?”
13
And Balak said to him, “Please come with me to another place, from which you may see them. You shall see only a fraction of them and shall not see them all. Then curse them for me from there.”
14
And he took him to the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.
15
Balaam said to Balak, “Stand here beside your burnt offering, while I meet the LORD over there.”
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And the LORD met Balaam and put a word in his mouth and said, “Return to Balak, and thus shall you speak.”
17
And he came to him, and behold, he was standing beside his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said to him, “What has the LORD spoken?”
18
And Balaam took up his discourse and said, “Rise, Balak, and hear; give ear to me, O son of Zippor:
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God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
20
Behold, I received a command to bless: he has blessed, and I cannot revoke it.
21
He has not beheld misfortune in Jacob, nor has he seen trouble in Israel. The LORD their God is with them, and the shout of a king is among them.
22
God brings them out of Egypt and is for them like the horns of the wild ox.
23
For there is no enchantment against Jacob, no divination against Israel; now it shall be said of Jacob and Israel, ‘What has God wrought!’
24
Behold, a people! As a lioness it rises up and as a lion it lifts itself; it does not lie down until it has devoured the prey and drunk the blood of the slain.”
25
And Balak said to Balaam, “Do not curse them at all, and do not bless them at all.”
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But Balaam answered Balak, “Did I not tell you, ‘All that the LORD says, that I must do’?”
27
And Balak said to Balaam, “Come now, I will take you to another place. Perhaps it will please God that you may curse them for me from there.”
28
So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, which overlooks the desert.
29
And Balaam said to Balak, “Build for me here seven altars and prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams.”
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And Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.
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Prayer for a New Leader ...........................................................................................
Numbers 27
1
Then drew near the daughters of Zelophehad the son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Machir, son of Manasseh, from the clans of Manasseh the son of Joseph. The names of his daughters were: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.
2
And they stood before Moses and before Eleazar the priest and before the chiefs and all the congregation, at the entrance of the tent of meeting, saying,
3
“Our father died in the wilderness. He was not among the company of those who gathered themselves together against the LORD in the company of Korah, but died for his own sin. And he had no sons.
4
Why should the name of our father be taken away from his clan because he had no son? Give to us a possession among our father's brothers.”
5
Moses brought their case before the LORD.
6
And the LORD said to Moses,
7
“The daughters of Zelophehad are right. You shall give them possession of an inheritance among their father's brothers and transfer the inheritance of their father to them.
8
And you shall speak to the people of Israel, saying, ‘If a man dies and has no son, then you shall transfer his inheritance to his daughter.
9
And if he has no daughter, then you shall give his inheritance to his brothers.
10
And if he has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to his father's brothers.
11
And if his father has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to the nearest kinsman of his clan, and he shall possess it. And it shall be for the people of Israel a statute and rule, as the LORD commanded Moses.’”
12
The LORD said to Moses, “Go up into this mountain of Abarim and see the land that I have given to the people of Israel.
13
When you have seen it, you also shall be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was,
14
because you rebelled against my word in the wilderness of Zin when the congregation quarreled, failing to uphold me as holy at the waters before their eyes.” (These are the waters of Meribah of Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.)
15
Moses spoke to the LORD, saying,
16
“Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation
17
who shall go out before them and come in before them, who shall lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the LORD may not be as sheep that have no shepherd.”
18
So the LORD said to Moses, “Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him.
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Make him stand before Eleazar the priest and all the congregation, and you shall commission him in their sight.
20
You shall invest him with some of your authority, that all the congregation of the people of Israel may obey.
21
And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him by the judgment of the Urim before the LORD. At his word they shall go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he and all the people of Israel with him, the whole congregation.”
22
And Moses did as the LORD commanded him. He took Joshua and made him stand before Eleazar the priest and the whole congregation,
23
and he laid his hands on him and commissioned him as the LORD directed through Moses.
Deuteronomy
Prayer for a Privileged Task ......................................................................................
Deuteronomy 3:23-29
23
“And I pleaded with the LORD at that time, saying,
24
‘O Lord GOD, you have only begun to show your servant your greatness and your mighty hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as yours?
25
Please let me go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan, that good hill country and Lebanon.’
26
But the LORD was angry with me because of you and would not listen to me. And the LORD said to me, ‘Enough from you; do not speak to me of this matter again.
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Go up to the top of Pisgah and lift up your eyes westward and northward and southward and eastward, and look at it with your eyes, for you shall not go over this Jordan.
28
But charge Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he shall go over at the head of this people, and he shall put them in possession of the land that you shall see.’
29
So we remained in the valley opposite Beth-peor.
Prayer to One Who Is Nigh .....................................................................................
Deuteronomy 4:7
For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the LORD our God is to us, whenever we call upon him?
Prayer for the Stay of Judg ment ................................................................................
Deuteronomy 9:20
And the LORD was so angry with Aaron that he was ready to destroy him. And I prayed for Aaron also at the same time.
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Prayer as a Blessing ...................................................................................................
Deuteronomy 21:6-9
6
And all the elders of that city nearest to the slain man shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley,
7
and they shall testify, ‘Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it shed.
8
Accept atonement, O LORD, for your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, and do not set the guilt of innocent blood in the midst of your people Israel, so that their blood guilt be atoned for.’
9
So you shall purge the guilt of innocent blood from your midst, when you do what is right in the sight of the LORD.
Prayer as Thanksgiving .............................................................................................
Deuteronomy 26
1
“When you come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you for an inheritance and have taken possession of it and live in it,
2
you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from your land that the LORD your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket, and you shall go to the place that the LORD your God will choose, to make his name to dwell there.
3
And you shall go to the priest who is in office at that time and say to him, ‘I declare today to the LORD your God that I have come into the land that the LORD swore to our fathers to give us.’
4
Then the priest shall take the basket from your hand and set it down before the altar of the LORD your God.
5
“And you shall make response before the LORD your God, ‘A wandering Aramean was my father. And he went down into Egypt and sojourned there, few in number, and there he became a nation, great, mighty, and populous.
6
And the Egyptians treated us harshly and humiliated us and laid on us hard labor.
7
Then we cried to the LORD, the God of our fathers, and the LORD heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression.
8
And the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great deeds of terror, with signs and wonders.
9
And he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.
10
And behold, now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground, which you, O LORD, have given me.’ And you shall set it down before the LORD your God and worship before the LORD your God.
11
And you shall rejoice in all the good that the LORD your God has given to you and to your house, you, and the Levite, and the sojourner who is among you.
12
“When you have finished paying all the tithe of your produce in the third year, which is the year of tithing, giving it to the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, so that they may eat within your towns and be filled,
13
then you shall say before the LORD your God, ‘I have removed the sacred portion out of my house, and moreover, I have given it to the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, according to all your commandment that you have commanded me. I have not transgressed any of your commandments, nor have I forgotten them.
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I have not eaten of the tithe while I was mourning, or removed any of it while I was unclean, or offered any of it to the dead. I have obeyed the voice of the LORD my God. I have done according to all that you have commanded me.
15
Look down from your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless your people Israel and the ground that you have given us, as you swore to our fathers, a land flowing with milk and honey.’
16
“This day the LORD your God commands you to do these statutes and rules. You shall therefore be careful to do them with all your heart and with all your soul.
17
You have declared today that the LORD is your God, and that you will walk in his ways, and keep his statutes and his commandments and his rules, and will obey his voice.
18
And the LORD has declared today that you are a people for his treasured possession, as he has promised you, and that you are to keep all his commandments,
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and that he will set you in praise and in fame and in honor high above all nations that he has made, and that you shall be a people holy to the LORD your God, as he promised.”
Prayer as a Song ........................................................................................................
Joshua
Prayer as a Challenge ................................................................................................
Joshua 5:13-15
13
When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?”
14
And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the LORD. Now I have come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped and said to him, “What does my lord say to his servant?”
15
And the commander of the LORD's army said to Joshua, “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.
Prayer God Does Not Answer ..................................................................................
Joshua 7
1
But the people of Israel broke faith in regard to the devoted things, for Achan the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of the devoted things. And the anger of the LORD burned against the people of Israel.
2
Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near Beth-aven, east of Bethel, and said to them, “Go up and spy out the land.” And the men went up and spied out Ai.
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And they returned to Joshua and said to him, “Do not have all the people go up, but let about two or three thousand men go up and attack Ai. Do not make the whole people toil up there, for they are few.”
4
So about three thousand men went up there from the people. And they fled before the men of Ai,
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and the men of Ai killed about thirty-six of their men and chased them before the gate as far as Shebarim and struck them at the descent. And the hearts of the people melted and became as water.
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Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the LORD until the evening, he and the elders of Israel. And they put dust on their heads.
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And Joshua said, “Alas, O Lord GOD, why have you brought this people over the Jordan at all, to give us into the hands of the Amorites, to destroy us? Would that we had been content to dwell beyond the Jordan!
8
O Lord, what can I say, when Israel has turned their backs before their enemies!
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For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear of it and will surround us and cut off our name from the earth. And what will you do for your great name?”
10
The LORD said to Joshua, “Get up! Why have you fallen on your face?
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Israel has sinned; they have transgressed my covenant that I commanded them; they have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen and lied and put them among their own belongings.
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Therefore the people of Israel cannot stand before their enemies. They turn their backs before their enemies, because they have become devoted for destruction. I will be with you no more, unless you destroy the devoted things from among you.
13
Get up! Consecrate the people and say, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow; for thus says the LORD, God of Israel, “There are devoted things in your midst, O Israel. You cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the devoted things from among you.”
14
In the morning therefore you shall be brought near by your tribes. And the tribe that the LORD takes by lot shall come near by clans. And the clan that the LORD takes shall come near by households. And the household that the LORD takes shall come near man by man.
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And he who is taken with the devoted things shall be burned with fire, he and all that he has, because he has transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he has done an outrageous thing in Israel.’”
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So Joshua rose early in the morning and brought Israel near tribe by tribe, and the tribe of Judah was taken.
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And he brought near the clans of Judah, and the clan of the Zerahites was taken. And he brought near the clan of the Zerahites man by man, and Zabdi was taken.
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And he brought near his household man by man, and Achan the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken.
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Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, give glory to the LORD God of Israel and give praise to him. And tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me.”
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And Achan answered Joshua, “Truly I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and this is what I did:
21
when I saw among the spoil a beautiful cloak from Shinar, and 200 shekels of silver, and a bar of gold weighing 50 shekels, then I coveted them and took them. And see, they are hidden in the earth inside my tent, with the silver underneath.”
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So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent; and behold, it was hidden in his tent with the silver underneath.
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And they took them out of the tent and brought them to Joshua and to all the people of Israel. And they laid them down before the LORD.
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And Joshua and all Israel with him took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver and the cloak and the bar of gold, and his sons and daughters and his oxen and donkeys and sheep and his tent and all that he had. And they brought them up to the Valley of Achor.
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And Joshua said, “Why did you bring trouble on us? The LORD brings trouble on you today.” And all Israel stoned him with stones. They burned them with fire and stoned them with stones.
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And they raised over him a great heap of stones that remains to this day. Then the LORD turned from his burning anger. Therefore, to this day the name of that place is called the Valley of Achor.
Prayer Neglected with Dire Results ..........................................................................
Joshua 9:14
So the men took some of their provisions, but did not ask counsel from the LORD.
Prayer That Produced a Miracle ...............................................................................
Joshua 10
1
As soon as Adoni-zedek, king of Jerusalem, heard how Joshua had captured Ai and had devoted it to destruction, doing to Ai and its king as he had done to Jericho and its king, and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel and were among them,
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he feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, like one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all its men were warriors.
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So Adoni-zedek king of Jerusalem sent to Hoham king of Hebron, to Piram king of Jarmuth, to Japhia king of Lachish, and to Debir king of Eglon, saying,
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“Come up to me and help me, and let us strike Gibeon. For it has made peace with Joshua and with the people of Israel.”
5
Then the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon, gathered their forces and went up with all their armies and encamped against Gibeon and made war against it.
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And the men of Gibeon sent to Joshua at the camp in Gilgal, saying, “Do not relax your hand from your servants. Come up to us quickly and save us and help us, for all the kings of the Amorites who dwell in the hill country are gathered against us.”
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So Joshua went up from Gilgal, he and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valor.
8
And the LORD said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have given them into your hands. Not a man of them shall stand before you.”
9
So Joshua came upon them suddenly, having marched up all night from Gilgal.
10
And the LORD threw them into a panic before Israel, who struck them with a great blow at Gibeon and chased them by the way of the ascent of Beth-horon and struck them as far as Azekah and Makkedah.
11
And as they fled before Israel, while they were going down the ascent of Beth-horon, the LORD threw down large stones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died. There were more who died because of the hailstones than the sons of Israel killed with the sword.
12
At that time Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD gave the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, “Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.”
13
And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day.
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There has been no day like it before or since, when the LORD heeded the voice of a man, for the LORD fought for Israel.
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So Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to the camp at Gilgal.
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These five kings fled and hid themselves in the cave at Makkedah.
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And it was told to Joshua, “The five kings have been found, hidden in the cave at Makkedah.”
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And Joshua said, “Roll large stones against the mouth of the cave and set men by it to guard them,
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but do not stay there yourselves. Pursue your enemies; attack their rear guard. Do not let them enter their cities, for the LORD your God has given them into your hand.”
20
When Joshua and the sons of Israel had finished striking them with a great blow until they were wiped out, and when the remnant that remained of them had entered into the fortified cities,
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then all the people returned safe to Joshua in the camp at Makkedah. Not a man moved his tongue against any of the people of Israel.
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Then Joshua said, “Open the mouth of the cave and bring those five kings out to me from the cave.”
23
And they did so, and brought those five kings out to him from the cave, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon.
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And when they brought those kings out to Joshua, Joshua summoned all the men of Israel and said to the chiefs of the men of war who had gone with him, “Come near; put your feet on the necks of these kings.” Then they came near and put their feet on their necks.
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And Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid or dismayed; be strong and courageous. For thus the LORD will do to all your enemies against whom you fight.”
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And afterward Joshua struck them and put them to death, and he hanged them on five trees. And they hung on the trees until evening.
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But at the time of the going down of the sun, Joshua commanded, and they took them down from the trees and threw them into the cave where they had hidden themselves, and they set large stones against the mouth of the cave, which remain to this very day.
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As for Makkedah, Joshua captured it on that day and struck it, and its king, with the edge of the sword. He devoted to destruction every person in it; he left none remaining. And he did to the king of Makkedah just as he had done to the king of Jericho.
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Then Joshua and all Israel with him passed on from Makkedah to Libnah and fought against Libnah.
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And the LORD gave it also and its king into the hand of Israel. And he struck it with the edge of the sword, and every person in it; he left none remaining in it. And he did to its king as he had done to the king of Jericho.
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Then Joshua and all Israel with him passed on from Libnah to Lachish and laid siege to it and fought against it.
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And the LORD gave Lachish into the hand of Israel, and he captured it on the second day and struck it with the edge of the sword, and every person in it, as he had done to Libnah.
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Then Horam king of Gezer came up to help Lachish. And Joshua struck him and his people, until he left none remaining.
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Then Joshua and all Israel with him passed on from Lachish to Eglon. And they laid siege to it and fought against it.
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And they captured it on that day, and struck it with the edge of the sword. And he devoted every person in it to destruction that day, as he had done to Lachish.
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Then Joshua and all Israel with him went up from Eglon to Hebron. And they fought against it
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and captured it and struck it with the edge of the sword, and its king and its towns, and every person in it. He left none remaining, as he had done to Eglon, and devoted it to destruction and every person in it.
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Then Joshua and all Israel with him turned back to Debir and fought against it
39
and he captured it with its king and all its towns. And they struck them with the edge of the sword and devoted to destruction every person in it; he left none remaining. Just as he had done to Hebron and to Libnah and its king, so he did to Debir and to its king.
40
So Joshua struck the whole land, the hill country and the Negeb and the lowland and the slopes, and all their kings. He left none remaining, but devoted to destruction all that breathed, just as the LORD God of Israel commanded.
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And Joshua struck them from Kadesh-barnea as far as Gaza, and all the country of Goshen, as far as Gibeon.
42
And Joshua captured all these kings and their land at one time, because the LORD God of Israel fought for Israel.
43
Then Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to the camp at Gilgal.
Judges
Prayer for Direction ..................................................................................................
Judges 1
1
After the death of Joshua, the people of Israel inquired of the LORD, “Who shall go up first for us against the Canaanites, to fight against them?”
2
The LORD said, “Judah shall go up; behold, I have given the land into his hand.”
3
And Judah said to Simeon his brother, “Come up with me into the territory allotted to me, that we may fight against the Canaanites. And I likewise will go with you into the territory allotted to you.” So Simeon went with him.
4
Then Judah went up and the LORD gave the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand, and they defeated 10,000 of them at Bezek.
5
They found Adoni-bezek at Bezek and fought against him and defeated the Canaanites and the Perizzites.
6
Adoni-bezek fled, but they pursued him and caught him and cut off his thumbs and his big toes.
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And Adoni-bezek said, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and their big toes cut off used to pick up scraps under my table. As I have done, so God has repaid me.” And they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there.
8
And the men of Judah fought against Jerusalem and captured it and struck it with the edge of the sword and set the city on fire.
9
And afterward the men of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites who lived in the hill country, in the Negeb, and in the lowland.
10
And Judah went against the Canaanites who lived in Hebron (now the name of Hebron was formerly Kiriath-arba), and they defeated Sheshai and Ahiman and Talmai.
11
From there they went against the inhabitants of Debir. The name of Debir was formerly Kiriath-sepher.
12
And Caleb said, “He who attacks Kiriath-sepher and captures it, I will give him Achsah my daughter for a wife.”
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And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, captured it. And he gave him Achsah his daughter for a wife.
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When she came to him, she urged him to ask her father for a field. And she dismounted from her donkey, and Caleb said to her, “What do you want?”
15
She said to him, “Give me a blessing. Since you have set me in the land of the Negeb, give me also springs of water.” And Caleb gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.
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And the descendants of the Kenite, Moses' father-in-law, went up with the people of Judah from the city of palms into the wilderness of Judah, which lies in the Negeb near Arad, and they went and settled with the people.
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And Judah went with Simeon his brother, and they defeated the Canaanites who inhabited Zephath and devoted it to destruction. So the name of the city was called Hormah.
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Judah also captured Gaza with its territory, and Ashkelon with its territory, and Ekron with its territory.
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And the LORD was with Judah, and he took possession of the hill country, but he could not drive out the inhabitants of the plain because they had chariots of iron.
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And Hebron was given to Caleb, as Moses had said. And he drove out from it the three sons of Anak.
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But the people of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites who lived in Jerusalem, so the Jebusites have lived with the people of Benjamin in Jerusalem to this day.
22
The house of Joseph also went up against Bethel, and the LORD was with them.
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And the house of Joseph scouted out Bethel. (Now the name of the city was formerly Luz.)
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And the spies saw a man coming out of the city, and they said to him, “Please show us the way into the city, and we will deal kindly with you.”
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And he showed them the way into the city. And they struck the city with the edge of the sword, but they let the man and all his family go.
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And the man went to the land of the Hittites and built a city and called its name Luz. That is its name to this day.
27
Manasseh did not drive out the inhabitants of Beth-shean and its villages, or Taanach and its villages, or the inhabitants of Dor and its villages, or the inhabitants of Ibleam and its villages, or the inhabitants of Megiddo and its villages, for the Canaanites persisted in dwelling in that land.
28
When Israel grew strong, they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but did not drive them out completely.
29
And Ephraim did not drive out the Canaanites who lived in Gezer, so the Canaanites lived in Gezer among them.
30
Zebulun did not drive out the inhabitants of Kitron, or the inhabitants of Nahalol, so the Canaanites lived among them, but became subject to forced labor.
31
Asher did not drive out the inhabitants of Acco, or the inhabitants of Sidon or of Ahlab or of Achzib or of Helbah or of Aphik or of Rehob,
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so the Asherites lived among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land, for they did not drive them out.
33
Naphtali did not drive out the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh, or the inhabitants of Beth-anath, so they lived among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land. Nevertheless, the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh and of Beth-anath became subject to forced labor for them.
34
The Amorites pressed the people of Dan back into the hill country, for they did not allow them to come down to the plain.
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The Amorites persisted in dwelling in Mount Heres, in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim, but the hand of the house of Joseph rested heavily on them, and they became subject to forced labor.
36
And the border of the Amorites ran from the ascent of Akrabbim, from Sela and upward.
Prayer in Time of War ..............................................................................................
Judges 4
1
And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD after Ehud died.
2
And the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. The commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-hagoyim.
3
Then the people of Israel cried out to the LORD for help, for he had 900 chariots of iron and he oppressed the people of Israel cruelly for twenty years.
4
Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time.
5
She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the people of Israel came up to her for judgment.
6
She sent and summoned Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh-naphtali and said to him, “Has not the LORD, the God of Israel, commanded you, ‘Go, gather your men at Mount Tabor, taking 10,000 from the people of Naphtali and the people of Zebulun.
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And I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin's army, to meet you by the river Kishon with his chariots and his troops, and I will give him into your hand’?”
8
Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, I will go, but if you will not go with me, I will not go.”
9
And she said, “I will surely go with you. Nevertheless, the road on which you are going will not lead to your glory, for the LORD will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.” Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh.
10
And Barak called out Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh. And 10,000 men went up at his heels, and Deborah went up with him.
11
Now Heber the Kenite had separated from the Kenites, the descendants of Hobab the father-in-law of Moses, and had pitched his tent as far away as the oak in Zaanannim, which is near Kedesh.
12
When Sisera was told that Barak the son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor,
13
Sisera called out all his chariots, 900 chariots of iron, and all the men who were with him, from Harosheth-hagoyim to the river Kishon.
14
And Deborah said to Barak, “Up! For this is the day in which the LORD has given Sisera into your hand. Does not the LORD go out before you?” So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with 10,000 men following him.
15
And the LORD routed Sisera and all his chariots and all his army before Barak by the edge of the sword. And Sisera got down from his chariot and fled away on foot.
16
And Barak pursued the chariots and the army to Harosheth-hagoyim, and all the army of Sisera fell by the edge of the sword; not a man was left.
17
But Sisera fled away on foot to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite.
18
And Jael came out to meet Sisera and said to him, “Turn aside, my lord; turn aside to me; do not be afraid.” So he turned aside to her into the tent, and she covered him with a rug.
19
And he said to her, “Please give me a little water to drink, for I am thirsty.” So she opened a skin of milk and gave him a drink and covered him.
20
And he said to her, “Stand at the opening of the tent, and if any man comes and asks you, ‘Is anyone here?’ say, ‘No.’”
21
But Jael the wife of Heber took a tent peg, and took a hammer in her hand. Then she went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple until it went down into the ground while he was lying fast asleep from weariness. So he died.
22
And behold, as Barak was pursuing Sisera, Jael went out to meet him and said to him, “Come, and I will show you the man whom you are seeking.” So he went in to her tent, and there lay Sisera dead, with the tent peg in his temple.
23
So on that day God subdued Jabin the king of Canaan before the people of Israel.
24
And the hand of the people of Israel pressed harder and harder against Jabin the king of Canaan, until they destroyed Jabin king of Canaan.
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Prayer for Signs ........................................................................................................
Judges 6
1
The people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD gave them into the hand of Midian seven years.
2
And the hand of Midian overpowered Israel, and because of Midian the people of Israel made for themselves the dens that are in the mountains and the caves and the strongholds.
3
For whenever the Israelites planted crops, the Midianites and the Amalekites and the people of the East would come up against them.
4
They would encamp against them and devour the produce of the land, as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance in Israel and no sheep or ox or donkey.
5
For they would come up with their livestock and their tents; they would come like locusts in number—both they and their camels could not be counted—so that they laid waste the land as they came in.
6
And Israel was brought very low because of Midian. And the people of Israel cried out for help to the LORD.
7
When the people of Israel cried out to the LORD on account of the Midianites,
8
the LORD sent a prophet to the people of Israel. And he said to them, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: I led you up from Egypt and brought you out of the house of slavery.
9
And I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all who oppressed you, and drove them out before you and gave you their land.
10
And I said to you, ‘I am the LORD your God; you shall not fear the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell.’ But you have not obeyed my voice.”
11
Now the angel of the LORD came and sat under the terebinth at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress to hide it from the Midianites.
12
And the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, “The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valor.”
13
And Gideon said to him, “Please, my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds that our fathers recounted to us, saying, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the LORD has forsaken us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
14
And the LORD turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?”
15
And he said to him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.”
16
And the LORD said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.”
17
And he said to him, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, then show me a sign that it is you who speak with me.
18
Please do not depart from here until I come to you and bring out my present and set it before you.” And he said, “I will stay till you return.”
19
So Gideon went into his house and prepared a young goat and unleavened cakes from an ephah of flour. The meat he put in a basket, and the broth he put in a pot, and brought them to him under the terebinth and presented them.
20
And the angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened cakes, and put them on this rock, and pour the broth over them.” And he did so.
21
Then the angel of the LORD reached out the tip of the staff that was in his hand and touched the meat and the unleavened cakes. And fire sprang up from the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened cakes. And the angel of the LORD vanished from his sight.
22
Then Gideon perceived that he was the angel of the LORD. And Gideon said, “Alas, O Lord GOD! For now I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face.”
23
But the LORD said to him, “Peace be to you. Do not fear; you shall not die.”
24
Then Gideon built an altar there to the LORD and called it, The LORD Is Peace. To this day it still stands at Ophrah, which belongs to the Abiezrites.
25
That night the LORD said to him, “Take your father's bull, and the second bull seven years old, and pull down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the Asherah that is beside it
26
and build an altar to the LORD your God on the top of the stronghold here, with stones laid in due order. Then take the second bull and offer it as a burnt offering with the wood of the Asherah that you shall cut down.”
27
So Gideon took ten men of his servants and did as the LORD had told him. But because he was too afraid of his family and the men of the town to do it by day, he did it by night.
28
When the men of the town rose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was broken down, and the Asherah beside it was cut down, and the second bull was offered on the altar that had been built.
29
And they said to one another, “Who has done this thing?” And after they had searched and inquired, they said, “Gideon the son of Joash has done this thing.”
30
Then the men of the town said to Joash, “Bring out your son, that he may die, for he has broken down the altar of Baal and cut down the Asherah beside it.”
31
But Joash said to all who stood against him, “Will you contend for Baal? Or will you save him? Whoever contends for him shall be put to death by morning. If he is a god, let him contend for himself, because his altar has been broken down.”
32
Therefore on that day Gideon was called Jerubbaal, that is to say, “Let Baal contend against him,” because he broke down his altar.
33
Now all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the people of the East came together, and they crossed the Jordan and encamped in the Valley of Jezreel.
34
But the Spirit of the LORD clothed Gideon, and he sounded the trumpet, and the Abiezrites were called out to follow him.
35
And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh, and they too were called out to follow him. And he sent messengers to Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali, and they went up to meet them.
36
Then Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand, as you have said,
37
behold, I am laying a fleece of wool on the threshing floor. If there is dew on the fleece alone, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you have said.”
38
And it was so. When he rose early next morning and squeezed the fleece, he wrung enough dew from the fleece to fill a bowl with water.
39
Then Gideon said to God, “Let not your anger burn against me; let me speak just once more. Please let me test just once more with the fleece. Please let it be dry on the fleece only, and on all the ground let there be dew.”
40
And God did so that night; and it was dry on the fleece only, and on all the ground there was dew.
Prayer in Calamity ....................................................................................................
Judges 10:10-16
10
And the people of Israel cried out to the LORD, saying, “We have sinned against you, because we have forsaken our God and have served the Baals.”
11
And the LORD said to the people of Israel, “Did I not save you from the Egyptians and from the Amorites, from the Ammonites and from the Philistines?
12
The Sidonians also, and the Amalekites and the Maonites oppressed you, and you cried out to me, and I saved you out of their hand.
13
Yet you have forsaken me and served other gods; therefore I will save you no more.
14
Go and cry out to the gods whom you have chosen; let them save you in the time of your distress.”
15
And the people of Israel said to the LORD, “We have sinned; do to us whatever seems good to you. Only please deliver us this day.”
16
So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the LORD, and he became impatient over the misery of Israel.
Prayer As a Bargain ..................................................................................................
Judges 11:30-40
30
And Jephthah made a vow to the LORD and said, “If you will give the Ammonites into my hand,
31
then whatever comes out from the doors of my house to meet me when I return in peace from the Ammonites shall be the LORD's, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.”
32
So Jephthah crossed over to the Ammonites to fight against them, and the LORD gave them into his hand.
33
And he struck them from Aroer to the neighborhood of Minnith, twenty cities, and as far as Abel-keramim, with a great blow. So the Ammonites were subdued before the people of Israel.
34
Then Jephthah came to his home at Mizpah. And behold, his daughter came out to meet him with tambourines and with dances. She was his only child; besides her he had neither son nor daughter.
35
And as soon as he saw her, he tore his clothes and said, “Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low, and you have become the cause of great trouble to me. For I have opened my mouth to the LORD, and I cannot take back my vow.”
36
And she said to him, “My father, you have opened your mouth to the LORD; do to me according to what has gone out of your mouth, now that the LORD has avenged you on your enemies, on the Ammonites.”
37
So she said to her father, “Let this thing be done for me: leave me alone two months, that I may go up and down on the mountains and weep for my virginity, I and my companions.”
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So he said, “Go.” Then he sent her away for two months, and she departed, she and her companions, and wept for her virginity on the mountains.
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And at the end of two months, she returned to her father, who did with her according to his vow that he had made. She had never known a man, and it became a custom in Israel
40
that the daughters of Israel went year by year to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in the year.
Prayer for an Unborn Child ......................................................................................
Judges 13
1
And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, so the LORD gave them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years.
2
There was a certain man of Zorah, of the tribe of the Danites, whose name was Manoah. And his wife was barren and had no children.
3
And the angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, “Behold, you are barren and have not borne children, but you shall conceive and bear a son.
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Therefore be careful and drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean,
5
for behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. No razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb, and he shall begin to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines.”
6
Then the woman came and told her husband, “A man of God came to me, and his appearance was like the appearance of the angel of God, very awesome. I did not ask him where he was from, and he did not tell me his name,
7
but he said to me, ‘Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. So then drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.’”
8
Then Manoah prayed to the LORD and said, “O Lord, please let the man of God whom you sent come again to us and teach us what we are to do with the child who will be born.”
9
And God listened to the voice of Manoah, and the angel of God came again to the woman as she sat in the field. But Manoah her husband was not with her.
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So the woman ran quickly and told her husband, “Behold, the man who came to me the other day has appeared to me.”
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And Manoah arose and went after his wife and came to the man and said to him, “Are you the man who spoke to this woman?” And he said, “I am.”
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And Manoah said, “Now when your words come true, what is to be the child's manner of life, and what is his mission?”
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And the angel of the LORD said to Manoah, “Of all that I said to the woman let her be careful.
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She may not eat of anything that comes from the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, or eat any unclean thing. All that I commanded her let her observe.”
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Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, “Please let us detain you and prepare a young goat for you.”
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And the angel of the LORD said to Manoah, “If you detain me, I will not eat of your food. But if you prepare a burnt offering, then offer it to the LORD.” (For Manoah did not know that he was the angel of the LORD.)
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And Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, “What is your name, so that, when your words come true, we may honor you?”
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And the angel of the LORD said to him, “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?”
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So Manoah took the young goat with the grain offering, and offered it on the rock to the LORD, to the one who works wonders, and Manoah and his wife were watching.
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And when the flame went up toward heaven from the altar, the angel of the LORD went up in the flame of the altar. Now Manoah and his wife were watching, and they fell on their faces to the ground.
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The angel of the LORD appeared no more to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was the angel of the LORD.
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And Manoah said to his wife, “We shall surely die, for we have seen God.”
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But his wife said to him, “If the LORD had meant to kill us, he would not have accepted a burnt offering and a grain offering at our hands, or shown us all these things, or now announced to us such things as these.”
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And the woman bore a son and called his name Samson. And the young man grew, and the LORD blessed him.
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And the Spirit of the LORD began to stir him in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.
Prayer in the Face of Death ......................................................................................
Judges 16:28-31
28
Then Samson called to the LORD and said, “O Lord GOD, please remember me and please strengthen me only this once, O God, that I may be avenged on the Philistines for my two eyes.”
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And Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and he leaned his weight against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other.
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And Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines.” Then he bowed with all his strength, and the house fell upon the lords and upon all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he had killed during his life.
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Then his brothers and all his family came down and took him and brought him up and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of Manoah his father. He had judged Israel twenty years.
Prayer Directly Answered .........................................................................................
Judges 20:23-28
23
And the people of Israel went up and wept before the LORD until the evening. And they inquired of the LORD, “Shall we again draw near to fight against our brothers, the people of Benjamin?” And the LORD said, “Go up against them.”
24
So the people of Israel came near against the people of Benjamin the second day.
25
And Benjamin went against them out of Gibeah the second day, and destroyed 18,000 men of the people of Israel. All these were men who drew the sword.
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Then all the people of Israel, the whole army, went up and came to Bethel and wept. They sat there before the LORD and fasted that day until evening, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
27
And the people of Israel inquired of the LORD (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,
28
and Phinehas the son of Eleazar, son of Aaron, ministered before it in those days), saying, “Shall we go out once more to battle against our brothers, the people of Benjamin, or shall we cease?” And the LORD said, “Go up, for tomorrow I will give them into your hand.”
Prayer for a Lost Tribe ..............................................................................................
Judges 21:2-3
2
And the people came to Bethel and sat there till evening before God, and they lifted up their voices and wept bitterly.
3
And they said, “O LORD, the God of Israel, why has this happened in Israel, that today there should be one tribe lacking in Israel?”
Ruth
Benedictions
I Samuel
Prayer without Words ...............................................................................................
1 Samuel 1
1
There was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph, an Ephrathite.
2
He had two wives. The name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other, Peninnah. And Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.
3
Now this man used to go up year by year from his city to worship and to sacrifice to the LORD of hosts at Shiloh, where the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests of the LORD.
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On the day when Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and daughters.
5
But to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the LORD had closed her womb.
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And her rival used to provoke her grievously to irritate her, because the LORD had closed her womb.
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So it went on year by year. As often as she went up to the house of the LORD, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat.
8
And Elkanah, her husband, said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep? And why do you not eat? And why is your heart sad? Am I not more to you than ten sons?”
9
After they had eaten and drunk in Shiloh, Hannah rose. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the LORD.
10
She was deeply distressed and prayed to the LORD and wept bitterly.
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And she vowed a vow and said, “O LORD of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.”
12
As she continued praying before the LORD, Eli observed her mouth.
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Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli took her to be a drunken woman.
14
And Eli said to her, “How long will you go on being drunk? Put your wine away from you.”
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But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman troubled in spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the LORD.
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Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation.”
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Then Eli answered, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition that you have made to him.”
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And she said, “Let your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.
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They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the LORD; then they went back to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her.
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And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, “I have asked for him from the LORD.”
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The man Elkanah and all his house went up to offer to the LORD the yearly sacrifice and to pay his vow.
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But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “As soon as the child is weaned, I will bring him, so that he may appear in the presence of the LORD and dwell there forever.”
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Elkanah her husband said to her, “Do what seems best to you; wait until you have weaned him; only, may the LORD establish his word.” So the woman remained and nursed her son until she weaned him.
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And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine, and she brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh. And the child was young.
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Then they slaughtered the bull, and they brought the child to Eli.
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And she said, “Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the LORD.
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For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition that I made to him.
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Therefore I have lent him to the LORD. As long as he lives, he is lent to the LORD.” And he worshiped the LORD there.
Prayer, Prophetic in Outlook ....................................................................................
1 Samuel 2:1-10
1
And Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the LORD; my horn is exalted in the LORD. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation.
2
“There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.
3
Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
4
The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble bind on strength.
5
Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger. The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn.
6
The LORD kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
7
The LORD makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts.
8
He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the LORD's, and on them he has set the world.
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“He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail.
10
The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; against them he will thunder in heaven. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.”
Prayer in the Sanctuary .............................................................................................
1 Samuel 3
1
Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD in the presence of Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision.
2
At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place.
3
The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was.
4
Then the LORD called Samuel, and he said, “Here I am!”
5
and ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down.
6
And the LORD called again, “Samuel!” and Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.”
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Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.
8
And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the LORD was calling the boy.
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Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
10
And the LORD came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.”
11
Then the LORD said to Samuel, “Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which the two ears of everyone who hears it will tingle.
12
On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end.
13
And I declare to him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them.
14
Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.”
15
Samuel lay until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli.
16
But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” And he said, “Here I am.”
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And Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.”
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So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. And he said, “It is the LORD. Let him do what seems good to him.”
19
And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.
20
And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established as a prophet of the LORD.
21
And the LORD appeared again at Shiloh, for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the LORD.
Prayer for National Trouble ......................................................................................
1 Samuel 7
1
And the men of Kiriath-jearim came and took up the ark of the LORD and brought it to the house of Abinadab on the hill. And they consecrated his son Eleazar to have charge of the ark of the LORD.
2
From the day that the ark was lodged at Kiriath-jearim, a long time passed, some twenty years, and all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD.
3
And Samuel said to all the house of Israel, “If you are returning to the LORD with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your heart to the LORD and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.”
4
So the people of Israel put away the Baals and the Ashtaroth, and they served the LORD only.
5
Then Samuel said, “Gather all Israel at Mizpah, and I will pray to the LORD for you.”
6
So they gathered at Mizpah and drew water and poured it out before the LORD and fasted on that day and said there, “We have sinned against the LORD.” And Samuel judged the people of Israel at Mizpah.
7
Now when the Philistines heard that the people of Israel had gathered at Mizpah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the people of Israel heard of it, they were afraid of the Philistines.
8
And the people of Israel said to Samuel, “Do not cease to cry out to the LORD our God for us, that he may save us from the hand of the Philistines.”
9
So Samuel took a nursing lamb and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the LORD. And Samuel cried out to the LORD for Israel, and the LORD answered him.
10
As Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to attack Israel. But the LORD thundered with a mighty sound that day against the Philistines and threw them into confusion, and they were defeated before Israel.
11
And the men of Israel went out from Mizpah and pursued the Philistines and struck them, as far as below Beth-car.
12
Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, “Till now the LORD has helped us.”
13
So the Philistines were subdued and did not again enter the territory of Israel. And the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.
14
The cities that the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron to Gath, and Israel delivered their territory from the hand of the Philistines. There was peace also between Israel and the Amorites.
15
Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life.
16
And he went on a circuit year by year to Bethel, Gilgal, and Mizpah. And he judged Israel in all these places.
17
Then he would return to Ramah, for his home was there, and there also he judged Israel. And he built there an altar to the LORD.
Prayer for a King.......................................................................................................
1 Samuel 8
1
When Samuel became old, he made his sons judges over Israel.
2
The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba.
3
Yet his sons did not walk in his ways but turned aside after gain. They took bribes and perverted justice.
4
Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah
5
and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.”
6
But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the LORD.
7
And the LORD said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.
8
According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you.
9
Now then, obey their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.”
10
So Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking for a king from him.
11
He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots.
12
And he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots.
13
He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.
14
He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants.
15
He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants.
16
He will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men and your donkeys, and put them to his work.
17
He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves.
18
And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.”
19
But the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel. And they said, “No! But there shall be a king over us,
20
that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”
21
And when Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the ears of the LORD.
22
And the LORD said to Samuel, “Obey their voice and make them a king.” Samuel then said to the men of Israel, “Go every man to his city.”
Prayer As Vindication ...............................................................................................
1 Samuel 12
1
And Samuel said to all Israel, “Behold, I have obeyed your voice in all that you have said to me and have made a king over you.
2
And now, behold, the king walks before you, and I am old and gray; and behold, my sons are with you. I have walked before you from my youth until this day.
3
Here I am; testify against me before the LORD and before his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Or whose donkey have I taken? Or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed? Or from whose hand have I taken a bribe to blind my eyes with it? Testify against me and I will restore it to you.”
4
They said, “You have not defrauded us or oppressed us or taken anything from any man's hand.”
5
And he said to them, “The LORD is witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand.” And they said, “He is witness.”
6
And Samuel said to the people, “The LORD is witness, who appointed Moses and Aaron and brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt.
7
Now therefore stand still that I may plead with you before the LORD concerning all the righteous deeds of the LORD that he performed for you and for your fathers.
8
When Jacob went into Egypt, and the Egyptians oppressed them, then your fathers cried out to the LORD and the LORD sent Moses and Aaron, who brought your fathers out of Egypt and made them dwell in this place.
9
But they forgot the LORD their God. And he sold them into the hand of Sisera, commander of the army of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab. And they fought against them.
10
And they cried out to the LORD and said, ‘We have sinned, because we have forsaken the LORD and have served the Baals and the Ashtaroth. But now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, that we may serve you.’
11
And the LORD sent Jerubbaal and Barak and Jephthah and Samuel and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and you lived in safety.
12
And when you saw that Nahash the king of the Ammonites came against you, you said to me, ‘No, but a king shall reign over us,’ when the LORD your God was your king.
13
And now behold the king whom you have chosen, for whom you have asked; behold, the LORD has set a king over you.
14
If you will fear the LORD and serve him and obey his voice and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, and if both you and the king who reigns over you will follow the LORD your God, it will be well.
15
But if you will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then the hand of the LORD will be against you and your king.
16
Now therefore stand still and see this great thing that the LORD will do before your eyes.
17
Is it not wheat harvest today? I will call upon the LORD, that he may send thunder and rain. And you shall know and see that your wickedness is great, which you have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking for yourselves a king.”
18
So Samuel called upon the LORD, and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day, and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.
19
And all the people said to Samuel, “Pray for your servants to the LORD your God, that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil, to ask for ourselves a king.”
20
And Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart.
21
And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty.
22
For the LORD will not forsake his people, for his great name's sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you a people for himself.
23
Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you, and I will instruct you in the good and the right way.
24
Only fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.
25
But if you still do wickedly, you shall be swept away, both you and your king.”
Prayer of a Distressed King .......................................................................................
1 Samuel 14
1
One day Jonathan the son of Saul said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come, let us go over to the Philistine garrison on the other side.” But he did not tell his father.
2
Saul was staying in the outskirts of Gibeah in the pomegranate cave at Migron. The people who were with him were about six hundred men,
3
including Ahijah the son of Ahitub, Ichabod's brother, son of Phinehas, son of Eli, the priest of the LORD in Shiloh, wearing an ephod. And the people did not know that Jonathan had gone.
4
Within the passes, by which Jonathan sought to go over to the Philistine garrison, there was a rocky crag on the one side and a rocky crag on the other side. The name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh.
5
The one crag rose on the north in front of Michmash, and the other on the south in front of Geba.
6
Jonathan said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that the LORD will work for us, for nothing can hinder the LORD from saving by many or by few.”
7
And his armor-bearer said to him, “Do all that is in your heart. Do as you wish. Behold, I am with you heart and soul.”
8
Then Jonathan said, “Behold, we will cross over to the men, and we will show ourselves to them.
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If they say to us, ‘Wait until we come to you,’ then we will stand still in our place, and we will not go up to them.
10
But if they say, ‘Come up to us,’ then we will go up, for the LORD has given them into our hand. And this shall be the sign to us.”
11
So both of them showed themselves to the garrison of the Philistines. And the Philistines said, “Look, Hebrews are coming out of the holes where they have hidden themselves.”
12
And the men of the garrison hailed Jonathan and his armor-bearer and said, “Come up to us, and we will show you a thing.” And Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, “Come up after me, for the LORD has given them into the hand of Israel.”
13
Then Jonathan climbed up on his hands and feet, and his armor-bearer after him. And they fell before Jonathan, and his armor-bearer killed them after him.
14
And that first strike, which Jonathan and his armor-bearer made, killed about twenty men within as it were half a furrow's length in an acre of land.
15
And there was a panic in the camp, in the field, and among all the people. The garrison and even the raiders trembled, the earth quaked, and it became a very great panic.
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And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked, and behold, the multitude was dispersing here and there.
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Then Saul said to the people who were with him, “Count and see who has gone from us.” And when they had counted, behold, Jonathan and his armor-bearer were not there.
18
So Saul said to Ahijah, “Bring the ark of God here.” For the ark of God went at that time with the people of Israel.
19
Now while Saul was talking to the priest, the tumult in the camp of the Philistines increased more and more. So Saul said to the priest, “Withdraw your hand.”
20
Then Saul and all the people who were with him rallied and went into the battle. And behold, every Philistine's sword was against his fellow, and there was very great confusion.
21
Now the Hebrews who had been with the Philistines before that time and who had gone up with them into the camp, even they also turned to be with the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan.
22
Likewise, when all the men of Israel who had hidden themselves in the hill country of Ephraim heard that the Philistines were fleeing, they too followed hard after them in the battle.
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So the LORD saved Israel that day. And the battle passed beyond Beth-aven.
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And the men of Israel had been hard pressed that day, so Saul had laid an oath on the people, saying, “Cursed be the man who eats food until it is evening and I am avenged on my enemies.” So none of the people had tasted food.
25
Now when all the people came to the forest, behold, there was honey on the ground.
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And when the people entered the forest, behold, the honey was dropping, but no one put his hand to his mouth, for the people feared the oath.
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But Jonathan had not heard his father charge the people with the oath, so he put out the tip of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it in the honeycomb and put his hand to his mouth, and his eyes became bright.
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Then one of the people said, “Your father strictly charged the people with an oath, saying, ‘Cursed be the man who eats food this day.’” And the people were faint.
29
Then Jonathan said, “My father has troubled the land. See how my eyes have become bright because I tasted a little of this honey.
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How much better if the people had eaten freely today of the spoil of their enemies that they found. For now the defeat among the Philistines has not been great.”
31
They struck down the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon. And the people were very faint.
32
The people pounced on the spoil and took sheep and oxen and calves and slaughtered them on the ground. And the people ate them with the blood.
33
Then they told Saul, “Behold, the people are sinning against the LORD by eating with the blood.” And he said, “You have dealt treacherously; roll a great stone to me here.”
34
And Saul said, “Disperse yourselves among the people and say to them, ‘Let every man bring his ox or his sheep and slaughter them here and eat, and do not sin against the LORD by eating with the blood.’” So every one of the people brought his ox with him that night and they slaughtered them there.
35
And Saul built an altar to the LORD; it was the first altar that he built to the LORD.
36
Then Saul said, “Let us go down after the Philistines by night and plunder them until the morning light; let us not leave a man of them.” And they said, “Do whatever seems good to you.” But the priest said, “Let us draw near to God here.”
37
And Saul inquired of God, “Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will you give them into the hand of Israel?” But he did not answer him that day.
38
And Saul said, “Come here, all you leaders of the people, and know and see how this sin has arisen today.
39
For as the LORD lives who saves Israel, though it be in Jonathan my son, he shall surely die.” But there was not a man among all the people who answered him.
40
Then he said to all Israel, “You shall be on one side, and I and Jonathan my son will be on the other side.” And the people said to Saul, “Do what seems good to you.”
41
Therefore Saul said, “O LORD God of Israel, why have you not answered your servant this day? If this guilt is in me or in Jonathan my son, O LORD, God of Israel, give Urim. But if this guilt is in your people Israel, give Thummim.” And Jonathan and Saul were taken, but the people escaped.
42
Then Saul said, “Cast the lot between me and my son Jonathan.” And Jonathan was taken.
43
Then Saul said to Jonathan, “Tell me what you have done.” And Jonathan told him, “I tasted a little honey with the tip of the staff that was in my hand. Here I am; I will die.”
44
And Saul said, “God do so to me and more also; you shall surely die, Jonathan.”
45
Then the people said to Saul, “Shall Jonathan die, who has worked this great salvation in Israel? Far from it! As the LORD lives, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground, for he has worked with God this day.” So the people ransomed Jonathan, so that he did not die.
46
Then Saul went up from pursuing the Philistines, and the Philistines went to their own place.
47
When Saul had taken the kingship over Israel, he fought against all his enemies on every side, against Moab, against the Ammonites, against Edom, against the kings of Zobah, and against the Philistines. Wherever he turned he routed them.
48
And he did valiantly and struck the Amalekites and delivered Israel out of the hands of those who plundered them.
49
Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan, Ishvi, and Malchi-shua. And the names of his two daughters were these: the name of the firstborn was Merab, and the name of the younger Michal.
50
And the name of Saul's wife was Ahinoam the daughter of Ahimaaz. And the name of the commander of his army was Abner the son of Ner, Saul's uncle.
51
Kish was the father of Saul, and Ner the father of Abner was the son of Abiel.
52
There was hard fighting against the Philistines all the days of Saul. And when Saul saw any strong man, or any valiant man, he attached him to himself.
Prayer of a Grieved Heart .........................................................................................
1 Samuel 15:11
“I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following me and has not performed my commandments.” And Samuel was angry, and he cried to the LORD all night.
Prayer As a Still Small Voice ....................................................................................
1 Samuel 16:1-12
1
The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.”
2
And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” And the LORD said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’
3
And invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do. And you shall anoint for me him whom I declare to you.”
4
Samuel did what the LORD commanded and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling and said, “Do you come peaceably?”
5
And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Consecrate yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
6
When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD's anointed is before him.”
7
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”
8
Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.”
9
Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.”
10
And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen these.”
11
Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.”
12
And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.”
Prayer As the Secret of Courage ...............................................................................
1 Samuel 17
1
Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle. And they were gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim.
2
And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered, and encamped in the Valley of Elah, and drew up in line of battle against the Philistines.
3
And the Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with a valley between them.
4
And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.
5
He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze.
6
And he had bronze armor on his legs, and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders.
7
The shaft of his spear was like a weaver's beam, and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron. And his shield-bearer went before him.
8
He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me.
9
If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.”
10
And the Philistine said, “I defy the ranks of Israel this day. Give me a man, that we may fight together.”
11
When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.
12
Now David was the son of an Ephrathite of Bethlehem in Judah, named Jesse, who had eight sons. In the days of Saul the man was already old and advanced in years.
13
The three oldest sons of Jesse had followed Saul to the battle. And the names of his three sons who went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next to him Abinadab, and the third Shammah.
14
David was the youngest. The three eldest followed Saul,
15
but David went back and forth from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem.
16
For forty days the Philistine came forward and took his stand, morning and evening.
17
And Jesse said to David his son, “Take for your brothers an ephah of this parched grain, and these ten loaves, and carry them quickly to the camp to your brothers.
18
Also take these ten cheeses to the commander of their thousand. See if your brothers are well, and bring some token from them.”
19
Now Saul and they and all the men of Israel were in the Valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.
20
And David rose early in the morning and left the sheep with a keeper and took the provisions and went, as Jesse had commanded him. And he came to the encampment as the host was going out to the battle line, shouting the war cry.
21
And Israel and the Philistines drew up for battle, army against army.
22
And David left the things in charge of the keeper of the baggage and ran to the ranks and went and greeted his brothers.
23
As he talked with them, behold, the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, came up out of the ranks of the Philistines and spoke the same words as before. And David heard him.
24
All the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were much afraid.
25
And the men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel. And the king will enrich the man who kills him with great riches and will give him his daughter and make his father's house free in Israel.”
26
And David said to the men who stood by him, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
27
And the people answered him in the same way, “So shall it be done to the man who kills him.”
28
Now Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spoke to the men. And Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, “Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your presumption and the evil of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.”
29
And David said, “What have I done now? Was it not but a word?”
30
And he turned away from him toward another, and spoke in the same way, and the people answered him again as before.
31
When the words that David spoke were heard, they repeated them before Saul, and he sent for him.
32
And David said to Saul, “Let no man's heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”
33
And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.”
34
But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock,
35
I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him.
36
Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.”
37
And David said, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you!”
38
Then Saul clothed David with his armor. He put a helmet of bronze on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail,
39
and David strapped his sword over his armor. And he tried in vain to go, for he had not tested them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.” So David put them off.
40
Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd's pouch. His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine.
41
And the Philistine moved forward and came near to David, with his shield-bearer in front of him.
42
And when the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was but a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance.
43
And the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
44
The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field.”
45
Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
46
This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel,
47
and that all this assembly may know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the LORD's, and he will give you into our hand.”
48
When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine.
49
And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.
50
So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David.
51
Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.
52
And the men of Israel and Judah rose with a shout and pursued the Philistines as far as Gath and the gates of Ekron, so that the wounded Philistines fell on the way from Shaaraim as far as Gath and Ekron.
53
And the people of Israel came back from chasing the Philistines, and they plundered their camp.
54
And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent.
55
As soon as Saul saw David go out against the Philistine, he said to Abner, the commander of the army, “Abner, whose son is this youth?” And Abner said, “As your soul lives, O king, I do not know.”
56
And the king said, “Inquire whose son the boy is.”
57
And as soon as David returned from the striking down of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand.
58
And Saul said to him, “Whose son are you, young man?” And David answered, “I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.”
Prayer As Enquiry ....................................................................................................
1 Samuel 23
1
Now they told David, “Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are robbing the threshing floors.”
2
Therefore David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” And the LORD said to David, “Go and attack the Philistines and save Keilah.”
3
But David's men said to him, “Behold, we are afraid here in Judah; how much more then if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?”
4
Then David inquired of the LORD again. And the LORD answered him, “Arise, go down to Keilah, for I will give the Philistines into your hand.”
5
And David and his men went to Keilah and fought with the Philistines and brought away their livestock and struck them with a great blow. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.
6
When Abiathar the son of Ahimelech had fled to David to Keilah, he had come down with an ephod in his hand.
7
Now it was told Saul that David had come to Keilah. And Saul said, “God has given him into my hand, for he has shut himself in by entering a town that has gates and bars.”
8
And Saul summoned all the people to war, to go down to Keilah, to besiege David and his men.
9
David knew that Saul was plotting harm against him. And he said to Abiathar the priest, “Bring the ephod here.”
10
Then David said, “O LORD, the God of Israel, your servant has surely heard that Saul seeks to come to Keilah, to destroy the city on my account.
11
Will the men of Keilah surrender me into his hand? Will Saul come down, as your servant has heard? O LORD, the God of Israel, please tell your servant.” And the LORD said, “He will come down.”
12
Then David said, “Will the men of Keilah surrender me and my men into the hand of Saul?” And the LORD said, “They will surrender you.”
13
Then David and his men, who were about six hundred, arose and departed from Keilah, and they went wherever they could go. When Saul was told that David had escaped from Keilah, he gave up the expedition.
14
And David remained in the strongholds in the wilderness, in the hill country of the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God did not give him into his hand.
15
David saw that Saul had come out to seek his life. David was in the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh.
16
And Jonathan, Saul's son, rose and went to David at Horesh, and strengthened his hand in God.
17
And he said to him, “Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you. Saul my father also knows this.”
18
And the two of them made a covenant before the LORD. David remained at Horesh, and Jonathan went home.
19
Then the Ziphites went up to Saul at Gibeah, saying, “Is not David hiding among us in the strongholds at Horesh, on the hill of Hachilah, which is south of Jeshimon?
20
Now come down, O king, according to all your heart's desire to come down, and our part shall be to surrender him into the king's hand.”
21
And Saul said, “May you be blessed by the LORD, for you have had compassion on me.
22
Go, make yet more sure. Know and see the place where his foot is, and who has seen him there, for it is told me that he is very cunning.
23
See therefore and take note of all the lurking places where he hides, and come back to me with sure information. Then I will go with you. And if he is in the land, I will search him out among all the thousands of Judah.”
24
And they arose and went to Ziph ahead of Saul. Now David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon, in the Arabah to the south of Jeshimon.
25
And Saul and his men went to seek him. And David was told, so he went down to the rock and lived in the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard that, he pursued after David in the wilderness of Maon.
26
Saul went on one side of the mountain, and David and his men on the other side of the mountain. And David was hurrying to get away from Saul. As Saul and his men were closing in on David and his men to capture them,
27
a messenger came to Saul, saying, “Hurry and come, for the Philistines have made a raid against the land.”
28
So Saul returned from pursuing after David and went against the Philistines. Therefore that place was called the Rock of Escape.
29
And David went up from there and lived in the strongholds of Engedi.
Prayer for Deaf Ears .................................................................................................
1 Samuel 28:7
Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek out for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.” And his servants said to him, “Behold, there is a medium at En-dor.”
Prayer for Restoration of War-Spoil .........................................................................
1 Samuel 30
1
Now when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, the Amalekites had made a raid against the Negeb and against Ziklag. They had overcome Ziklag and burned it with fire
2
and taken captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great. They killed no one, but carried them off and went their way.
3
And when David and his men came to the city, they found it burned with fire, and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive.
4
Then David and the people who were with him raised their voices and wept until they had no more strength to weep.
5
David's two wives also had been taken captive, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel.
6
And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.
7
And David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, “Bring me the ephod.” So Abiathar brought the ephod to David.
8
And David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I pursue after this band? Shall I overtake them?” He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake and shall surely rescue.”
9
So David set out, and the six hundred men who were with him, and they came to the brook Besor, where those who were left behind stayed.
10
But David pursued, he and four hundred men. Two hundred stayed behind, who were too exhausted to cross the brook Besor.
11
They found an Egyptian in the open country and brought him to David. And they gave him bread and he ate. They gave him water to drink,
12
and they gave him a piece of a cake of figs and two clusters of raisins. And when he had eaten, his spirit revived, for he had not eaten bread or drunk water for three days and three nights.
13
And David said to him, “To whom do you belong? And where are you from?” He said, “I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite, and my master left me behind because I fell sick three days ago.
14
We had made a raid against the Negeb of the Cherethites and against that which belongs to Judah and against the Negeb of Caleb, and we burned Ziklag with fire.”
15
And David said to him, “Will you take me down to this band?” And he said, “Swear to me by God that you will not kill me or deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will take you down to this band.”
16
And when he had taken him down, behold, they were spread abroad over all the land, eating and drinking and dancing, because of all the great spoil they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from the land of Judah.
17
And David struck them down from twilight until the evening of the next day, and not a man of them escaped, except four hundred young men, who mounted camels and fled.
18
David recovered all that the Amalekites had taken, and David rescued his two wives.
19
Nothing was missing, whether small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything that had been taken. David brought back all.
20
David also captured all the flocks and herds, and the people drove the livestock before him, and said, “This is David's spoil.”
21
Then David came to the two hundred men who had been too exhausted to follow David, and who had been left at the brook Besor. And they went out to meet David and to meet the people who were with him. And when David came near to the people he greeted them.
22
Then all the wicked and worthless fellows among the men who had gone with David said, “Because they did not go with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that we have recovered, except that each man may lead away his wife and children, and depart.”
23
But David said, “You shall not do so, my brothers, with what the LORD has given us. He has preserved us and given into our hand the band that came against us.
24
Who would listen to you in this matter? For as his share is who goes down into the battle, so shall his share be who stays by the baggage. They shall share alike.”
25
And he made it a statute and a rule for Israel from that day forward to this day.
26
When David came to Ziklag, he sent part of the spoil to his friends, the elders of Judah, saying, “Here is a present for you from the spoil of the enemies of the LORD.”
27
It was for those in Bethel, in Ramoth of the Negeb, in Jattir,
28
in Aroer, in Siphmoth, in Eshtemoa,
29
in Racal, in the cities of the Jerahmeelites, in the cities of the Kenites,
30
in Hormah, in Bor-ashan, in Athach,
31
in Hebron, for all the places where David and his men had roamed.
II Samuel
Prayer As to Possession .............................................................................................
2 Samuel 2:1
After this David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?” And the LORD said to him, “Go up.” David said, “To which shall I go up?” And he said, “To Hebron.”
Prayer for Victory Signs ............................................................................................
2 Samuel 5:19-25
19
And David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?” And the LORD said to David, “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.”
20
And David came to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there. And he said, “The LORD has broken through my enemies before me like a breaking flood.” Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim.
21
And the Philistines left their idols there, and David and his men carried them away.
22
And the Philistines came up yet again and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim.
23
And when David inquired of the LORD, he said, “You shall not go up; go around to their rear, and come against them opposite the balsam trees.
24
And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then rouse yourself, for then the LORD has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.”
25
And David did as the LORD commanded him, and struck down the Philistines from Geba to Gezer.
Prayer for Blessing upon House and Kingdom .........................................................
2 Samuel 7:18-29
18
Then King David went in and sat before the LORD and said, “Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?
19
And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord GOD. You have spoken also of your servant's house for a great while to come, and this is instruction for mankind, O Lord GOD!
20
And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord GOD!
21
Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it.
22
Therefore you are great, O LORD God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
23
And who is like your people Israel, the one nation on earth whom God went to redeem to be his people, making himself a name and doing for them great and awesome things by driving out before your people, whom you redeemed for yourself from Egypt, a nation and its gods?
24
And you established for yourself your people Israel to be your people forever. And you, O LORD, became their God.
25
And now, O LORD God, confirm forever the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, and do as you have spoken.
26
And your name will be magnified forever, saying, ‘The LORD of hosts is God over Israel,’ and the house of your servant David will be established before you.
27
For you, O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have made this revelation to your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you.
28
And now, O Lord GOD, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant.
29
Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you, O Lord GOD, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.”
Prayer for a Sick Child .............................................................................................
2 Samuel 12
1
And the LORD sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor.
2
The rich man had very many flocks and herds,
3
but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him.
4
Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man's lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.”
5
Then David's anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the LORD lives, the man who has done this deserves to die,
6
and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.”
7
Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul.
8
And I gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more.
9
Why have you despised the word of the LORD, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.
10
Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’
11
Thus says the LORD, ‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. And I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun.
12
For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.’”
13
David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die.
14
Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the LORD, the child who is born to you shall die.”
15
Then Nathan went to his house. And the LORD afflicted the child that Uriah's wife bore to David, and he became sick.
16
David therefore sought God on behalf of the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground.
17
And the elders of his house stood beside him, to raise him from the ground, but he would not, nor did he eat food with them.
18
On the seventh day the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said, “Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spoke to him, and he did not listen to us. How then can we say to him the child is dead? He may do himself some harm.”
19
But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David understood that the child was dead. And David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” They said, “He is dead.”
20
Then David arose from the earth and washed and anointed himself and changed his clothes. And he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. He then went to his own house. And when he asked, they set food before him, and he ate.
21
Then his servants said to him, “What is this thing that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive; but when the child died, you arose and ate food.”
22
He said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept, for I said, ‘Who knows whether the LORD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’
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But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.”
24
Then David comforted his wife, Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her, and she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. And the LORD loved him
25
and sent a message by Nathan the prophet. So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the LORD.
26
Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the Ammonites and took the royal city.
27
And Joab sent messengers to David and said, “I have fought against Rabbah; moreover, I have taken the city of waters.
28
Now then gather the rest of the people together and encamp against the city and take it, lest I take the city and it be called by my name.”
29
So David gathered all the people together and went to Rabbah and fought against it and took it.
30
And he took the crown of their king from his head. The weight of it was a talent of gold, and in it was a precious stone, and it was placed on David's head. And he brought out the spoil of the city, a very great amount.
31
And he brought out the people who were in it and set them to labor with saws and iron picks and iron axes and made them toil at the brick kilns. And thus he did to all the cities of the Ammonites. Then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.
Prayer As Pretense ....................................................................................................
2 Samuel 5:7-9
7
Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David.
8
And David said on that day, “Whoever would strike the Jebusites, let him get up the water shaft to attack ‘the lame and the blind,’ who are hated by David's soul.” Therefore it is said, “The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.”
9
And David lived in the stronghold and called it the city of David. And David built the city all around from the Millo inward.
Prayer for Understanding of Affliction .....................................................................
2 Samuel 21:1-12
1
Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year. And David sought the face of the LORD. And the LORD said, “There is bloodguilt on Saul and on his house, because he put the Gibeonites to death.”
2
So the king called the Gibeonites and spoke to them. Now the Gibeonites were not of the people of Israel but of the remnant of the Amorites. Although the people of Israel had sworn to spare them, Saul had sought to strike them down in his zeal for the people of Israel and Judah.
3
And David said to the Gibeonites, “What shall I do for you? And how shall I make atonement, that you may bless the heritage of the LORD?”
4
The Gibeonites said to him, “It is not a matter of silver or gold between us and Saul or his house; neither is it for us to put any man to death in Israel.” And he said, “What do you say that I shall do for you?”
5
They said to the king, “The man who consumed us and planned to destroy us, so that we should have no place in all the territory of Israel,
6
let seven of his sons be given to us, so that we may hang them before the LORD at Gibeah of Saul, the chosen of the LORD.” And the king said, “I will give them.”
7
But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Saul's son Jonathan, because of the oath of the LORD that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul.
8
The king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bore to Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Merab the daughter of Saul, whom she bore to Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite;
9
and he gave them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them on the mountain before the LORD, and the seven of them perished together. They were put to death in the first days of harvest, at the beginning of barley harvest.
10
Then Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it for herself on the rock, from the beginning of harvest until rain fell upon them from the heavens. And she did not allow the birds of the air to come upon them by day, or the beasts of the field by night.
11
When David was told what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done,
12
David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of his son Jonathan from the men of Jabesh-gilead, who had stolen them from the public square of Beth-shan, where the Philistines had hanged them, on the day the Philistines killed Saul on Gilboa.
Prayer As a Psalm .....................................................................................................
2 Samuel 22
1
And David spoke to the LORD the words of this song on the day when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul.
2
He said, “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
3
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence.
4
I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.
5
“For the waves of death encompassed me, the torrents of destruction assailed me;
6
the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.
7
“In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I called. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry came to his ears.
8
“Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations of the heavens trembled and quaked, because he was angry.
9
Smoke went up from his nostrils, and devouring fire from his mouth; glowing coals flamed forth from him.
10
He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under his feet.
11
He rode on a cherub and flew; he was seen on the wings of the wind.
12
He made darkness around him his canopy, thick clouds, a gathering of water.
13
Out of the brightness before him coals of fire flamed forth.
14
The LORD thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered his voice.
15
And he sent out arrows and scattered them; lightning, and routed them.
16
Then the channels of the sea were seen; the foundations of the world were laid bare, at the rebuke of the LORD, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.
17
“He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters.
18
He rescued me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.
19
They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support.
20
He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.
21
“The LORD dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me.
22
For I have kept the ways of the LORD and have not wickedly departed from my God.
23
For all his rules were before me, and from his statutes I did not turn aside.
24
I was blameless before him, and I kept myself from guilt.
25
And the LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to my cleanness in his sight.
26
“With the merciful you show yourself merciful; with the blameless man you show yourself blameless;
27
with the purified you deal purely, and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.
28
You save a humble people, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them down.
29
For you are my lamp, O LORD, and my God lightens my darkness.
30
For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.
31
This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
32
“For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?
33
This God is my strong refuge and has made my way blameless.
34
He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights.
35
He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
36
You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your gentleness made me great.
37
You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip;
38
I pursued my enemies and destroyed them, and did not turn back until they were consumed.
39
I consumed them; I thrust them through, so that they did not rise; they fell under my feet.
40
For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me.
41
You made my enemies turn their backs to me, those who hated me, and I destroyed them.
42
They looked, but there was none to save; they cried to the LORD, but he did not answer them.
43
I beat them fine as the dust of the earth; I crushed them and stamped them down like the mire of the streets.
44
“You delivered me from strife with my people; you kept me as the head of the nations; people whom I had not known served me.
45
Foreigners came cringing to me; as soon as they heard of me, they obeyed me.
46
Foreigners lost heart and came trembling out of their fortresses.
47
“The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,
48
the God who gave me vengeance and brought down peoples under me,
49
who brought me out from my enemies; you exalted me above those who rose against me; you delivered me from men of violence.
50
“For this I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations, and sing praises to your name.
51
Great salvation he brings to his king, and shows steadfast love to his anointed, to David and his offspring forever.”
Prayer As a Confession of Pride ...............................................................................
2 Samuel 24:10-17
10
But David's heart struck him after he had numbered the people. And David said to the LORD, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. But now, O LORD, please take away the iniquity of your servant, for I have done very foolishly.”
11
And when David arose in the morning, the word of the LORD came to the prophet Gad, David's seer, saying,
12
“Go and say to David, ‘Thus says the LORD, Three things I offer you. Choose one of them, that I may do it to you.’”
13
So Gad came to David and told him, and said to him, “Shall three years of famine come to you in your land? Or will you flee three months before your foes while they pursue you? Or shall there be three days' pestilence in your land? Now consider, and decide what answer I shall return to him who sent me.”
14
Then David said to Gad, “I am in great distress. Let us fall into the hand of the LORD, for his mercy is great; but let me not fall into the hand of man.”
15
So the LORD sent a pestilence on Israel from the morning until the appointed time. And there died of the people from Dan to Beersheba 70,000 men.
16
And when the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD relented from the calamity and said to the angel who was working destruction among the people, “It is enough; now stay your hand.” And the angel of the LORD was by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
17
Then David spoke to the LORD when he saw the angel who was striking the people, and said, “Behold, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly. But these sheep, what have they done? Please let your hand be against me and against my father's house.”
I Kings
Prayer for a Wise Heart ............................................................................................
1 Kings 3
1
Solomon made a marriage alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt. He took Pharaoh's daughter and brought her into the city of David until he had finished building his own house and the house of the LORD and the wall around Jerusalem.
2
The people were sacrificing at the high places, however, because no house had yet been built for the name of the LORD.
3
Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father, only he sacrificed and made offerings at the high places.
4
And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place. Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.
5
At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.”
6
And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day.
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And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in.
8
And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude.
9
Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”
10
It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.
11
And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right,
12
behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.
13
I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days.
14
And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”
15
And Solomon awoke, and behold, it was a dream. Then he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered up burnt offerings and peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.
16
Then two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him.
17
The one woman said, “Oh, my lord, this woman and I live in the same house, and I gave birth to a child while she was in the house.
18
Then on the third day after I gave birth, this woman also gave birth. And we were alone. There was no one else with us in the house; only we two were in the house.
19
And this woman's son died in the night, because she lay on him.
20
And she arose at midnight and took my son from beside me, while your servant slept, and laid him at her breast, and laid her dead son at my breast.
21
When I rose in the morning to nurse my child, behold, he was dead. But when I looked at him closely in the morning, behold, he was not the child that I had borne.”
22
But the other woman said, “No, the living child is mine, and the dead child is yours.” The first said, “No, the dead child is yours, and the living child is mine.” Thus they spoke before the king.
23
Then the king said, “The one says, ‘This is my son that is alive, and your son is dead’; and the other says, ‘No; but your son is dead, and my son is the living one.’”
24
And the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So a sword was brought before the king.
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And the king said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one and half to the other.”
26
Then the woman whose son was alive said to the king, because her heart yearned for her son, “Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and by no means put him to death.” But the other said, “He shall be neither mine nor yours; divide him.”
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Then the king answered and said, “Give the living child to the first woman, and by no means put him to death; she is his mother.”
28
And all Israel heard of the judgment that the king had rendered, and they stood in awe of the king, because they perceived that the wisdom of God was in him to do justice.
Prayer of Dedication .................................................................................................
1 Kings 8:12-61
12
Then Solomon said, “The LORD has said that he would dwell in thick darkness.
13
I have indeed built you an exalted house, a place for you to dwell in forever.”
14
Then the king turned around and blessed all the assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel stood.
15
And he said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who with his hand has fulfilled what he promised with his mouth to David my father, saying,
16
‘Since the day that I brought my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel in which to build a house, that my name might be there. But I chose David to be over my people Israel.’
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Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.
18
But the LORD said to David my father, ‘Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart.
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Nevertheless, you shall not build the house, but your son who shall be born to you shall build the house for my name.’
20
Now the LORD has fulfilled his promise that he made. For I have risen in the place of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and I have built the house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.
21
And there I have provided a place for the ark, in which is the covenant of the LORD that he made with our fathers, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.”
22
Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven,
23
and said, “O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart;
24
you have kept with your servant David my father what you declared to him. You spoke with your mouth, and with your hand have fulfilled it this day.
25
Now therefore, O LORD, God of Israel, keep for your servant David my father what you have promised him, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me as you have walked before me.’
26
Now therefore, O God of Israel, let your word be confirmed, which you have spoken to your servant David my father.
27
“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built!
28
Yet have regard to the prayer of your servant and to his plea, O LORD my God, listening to the cry and to the prayer that your servant prays before you this day,
29
that your eyes may be open night and day toward this house, the place of which you have said, ‘My name shall be there,’ that you may listen to the prayer that your servant offers toward this place.
30
And listen to the plea of your servant and of your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. And listen in heaven your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive.
31
“If a man sins against his neighbor and is made to take an oath and comes and swears his oath before your altar in this house,
32
then hear in heaven and act and judge your servants, condemning the guilty by bringing his conduct on his own head, and vindicating the righteous by rewarding him according to his righteousness.
33
“When your people Israel are defeated before the enemy because they have sinned against you, and if they turn again to you and acknowledge your name and pray and plead with you in this house,
34
then hear in heaven and forgive the sin of your people Israel and bring them again to the land that you gave to their fathers.
35
“When heaven is shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against you, if they pray toward this place and acknowledge your name and turn from their sin, when you afflict them,
36
then hear in heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel, when you teach them the good way in which they should walk, and grant rain upon your land, which you have given to your people as an inheritance.
37
“If there is famine in the land, if there is pestilence or blight or mildew or locust or caterpillar, if their enemy besieges them in the land at their gates, whatever plague, whatever sickness there is,
38
whatever prayer, whatever plea is made by any man or by all your people Israel, each knowing the affliction of his own heart and stretching out his hands toward this house,
39
then hear in heaven your dwelling place and forgive and act and render to each whose heart you know, according to all his ways (for you, you only, know the hearts of all the children of mankind),
40
that they may fear you all the days that they live in the land that you gave to our fathers.
41
“Likewise, when a foreigner, who is not of your people Israel, comes from a far country for your name's sake
42
(for they shall hear of your great name and your mighty hand, and of your outstretched arm), when he comes and prays toward this house,
43
hear in heaven your dwelling place and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to you, in order that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your people Israel, and that they may know that this house that I have built is called by your name.
44
“If your people go out to battle against their enemy, by whatever way you shall send them, and they pray to the LORD toward the city that you have chosen and the house that I have built for your name,
45
then hear in heaven their prayer and their plea, and maintain their cause.
46
“If they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you are angry with them and give them to an enemy, so that they are carried away captive to the land of the enemy, far off or near,
47
yet if they turn their heart in the land to which they have been carried captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captors, saying, ‘We have sinned and have acted perversely and wickedly,’
48
if they repent with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies, who carried them captive, and pray to you toward their land, which you gave to their fathers, the city that you have chosen, and the house that I have built for your name,
49
then hear in heaven your dwelling place their prayer and their plea, and maintain their cause
50
and forgive your people who have sinned against you, and all their transgressions that they have committed against you, and grant them compassion in the sight of those who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them
51
(for they are your people, and your heritage, which you brought out of Egypt, from the midst of the iron furnace).
52
Let your eyes be open to the plea of your servant and to the plea of your people Israel, giving ear to them whenever they call to you.
53
For you separated them from among all the peoples of the earth to be your heritage, as you declared through Moses your servant, when you brought our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord GOD.”
54
Now as Solomon finished offering all this prayer and plea to the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, where he had knelt with hands outstretched toward heaven.
55
And he stood and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying,
56
“Blessed be the LORD who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke by Moses his servant.
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The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers. May he not leave us or forsake us,
58
that he may incline our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments, his statutes, and his rules, which he commanded our fathers.
59
Let these words of mine, with which I have pleaded before the LORD, be near to the LORD our God day and night, and may he maintain the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel, as each day requires,
60
that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God; there is no other.
61
Let your heart therefore be wholly true to the LORD our God, walking in his statutes and keeping his commandments, as at this day.”
Prayer for a Withered Hand .....................................................................................
1 Kings 13:6
And the king said to the man of God, “Entreat now the favor of the LORD your God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me.” And the man of God entreated the LORD, and the king's hand was restored to him and became as it was before.
Prayer for Closed Skies .............................................................................................
1 Kings 17
1
Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.”
2
And the word of the LORD came to him:
3
“Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan.
4
You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.”
5
So he went and did according to the word of the LORD. He went and lived by the brook Cherith that is east of the Jordan.
6
And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.
7
And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.
8
Then the word of the LORD came to him,
9
“Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.”
10
So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.”
11
And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”
12
And she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.”
13
And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son.
14
For thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the LORD sends rain upon the earth.’”
15
And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days.
16
The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the LORD that he spoke by Elijah.
17
After this the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became ill. And his illness was so severe that there was no breath left in him.
18
And she said to Elijah, “What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance and to cause the death of my son!”
19
And he said to her, “Give me your son.” And he took him from her arms and carried him up into the upper chamber where he lodged, and laid him on his own bed.
20
And he cried to the LORD, “O LORD my God, have you brought calamity even upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by killing her son?”
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Then he stretched himself upon the child three times and cried to the LORD, “O LORD my God, let this child's life come into him again.”
22
And the LORD listened to the voice of Elijah. And the life of the child came into him again, and he revived.
23
And Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper chamber into the house and delivered him to his mother. And Elijah said, “See, your son lives.”
24
And the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in your mouth is truth.”
Prayer for Resurrection of Dead Son ........................................................................
1 Kings 17:20-24
20
And he cried to the LORD, “O LORD my God, have you brought calamity even upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by killing her son?”
21
Then he stretched himself upon the child three times and cried to the LORD, “O LORD my God, let this child's life come into him again.”
22
And the LORD listened to the voice of Elijah. And the life of the child came into him again, and he revived.
23
And Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper chamber into the house and delivered him to his mother. And Elijah said, “See, your son lives.”
24
And the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in your mouth is truth.”
Prayer for Divine Honor ...........................................................................................
1 Kings 18:16-41
16
So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him. And Ahab went to meet Elijah.
17
When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, “Is it you, you troubler of Israel?”
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And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you have, and your father's house, because you have abandoned the commandments of the LORD and followed the Baals.
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Now therefore send and gather all Israel to me at Mount Carmel, and the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel's table.”
20
So Ahab sent to all the people of Israel and gathered the prophets together at Mount Carmel.
21
And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word.
22
Then Elijah said to the people, “I, even I only, am left a prophet of the LORD, but Baal's prophets are 450 men.
23
Let two bulls be given to us, and let them choose one bull for themselves and cut it in pieces and lay it on the wood, but put no fire to it. And I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood and put no fire to it.
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And you call upon the name of your god, and I will call upon the name of the LORD, and the God who answers by fire, he is God.” And all the people answered, “It is well spoken.”
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Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose for yourselves one bull and prepare it first, for you are many, and call upon the name of your god, but put no fire to it.”
26
And they took the bull that was given them, and they prepared it and called upon the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, “O Baal, answer us!” But there was no voice, and no one answered. And they limped around the altar that they had made.
27
And at noon Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry aloud, for he is a god. Either he is musing, or he is relieving himself, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.”
28
And they cried aloud and cut themselves after their custom with swords and lances, until the blood gushed out upon them.
29
And as midday passed, they raved on until the time of the offering of the oblation, but there was no voice. No one answered; no one paid attention.
30
Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come near to me.” And all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that had been thrown down.
31
Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD came, saying, “Israel shall be your name,”
32
and with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD. And he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two seahs of seed.
33
And he put the wood in order and cut the bull in pieces and laid it on the wood. And he said, “Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood.”
34
And he said, “Do it a second time.” And they did it a second time. And he said, “Do it a third time.” And they did it a third time.
35
And the water ran around the altar and filled the trench also with water.
36
And at the time of the offering of the oblation, Elijah the prophet came near and said, “O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word.
37
Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.”
38
Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
39
And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The LORD, he is God; the LORD, he is God.”
40
And Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape.” And they seized them. And Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon and slaughtered them there.
41
And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink, for there is a sound of the rushing of rain.”
Prayer and Perseverance ............................................................................................
1 Kings 18:45
And in a little while the heavens grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode and went to Jezreel.
Prayer for Death .......................................................................................................
1 Kings 19
1
Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword.
2
Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.”
3
Then he was afraid, and he arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.
4
But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying, “It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.”
5
And he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold, an angel touched him and said to him, “Arise and eat.”
6
And he looked, and behold, there was at his head a cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water. And he ate and drank and lay down again.
7
And the angel of the LORD came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise and eat, for the journey is too great for you.”
8
And he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mount of God.
9
There he came to a cave and lodged in it. And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
10
He said, “I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.”
11
And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.
12
And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.
13
And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
14
He said, “I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.”
15
And the LORD said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus. And when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael to be king over Syria.
16
And Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint to be king over Israel, and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint to be prophet in your place.
17
And the one who escapes from the sword of Hazael shall Jehu put to death, and the one who escapes from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha put to death.
18
Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”
19
So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen in front of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and cast his cloak upon him.
20
And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, “Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?”
21
And he returned from following him and took the yoke of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their flesh with the yokes of the oxen and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and went after Elijah and assisted him.
II Kings
Prayer for a Dead Child ............................................................................................
2 Kings 4:32-37
32
When Elisha came into the house, he saw the child lying dead on his bed.
33
So he went in and shut the door behind the two of them and prayed to the LORD.
34
Then he went up and lay on the child, putting his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands. And as he stretched himself upon him, the flesh of the child became warm.
35
Then he got up again and walked once back and forth in the house, and went up and stretched himself upon him. The child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.
36
Then he summoned Gehazi and said, “Call this Shunammite.” So he called her. And when she came to him, he said, “Pick up your son.”
37
She came and fell at his feet, bowing to the ground. Then she picked up her son and went out.
Prayer for Vision .......................................................................................................
2 Kings 6:13-17
13
And he said, “Go and see where he is, that I may send and seize him.” It was told him, “Behold, he is in Dothan.”
14
So he sent there horses and chariots and a great army, and they came by night and surrounded the city.
15
When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”
16
He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17
Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
Prayer for Deliverance from Defiant Foes ................................................................
2 Kings 19
1
As soon as King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of the LORD.
2
And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the secretary, and the senior priests, covered with sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz.
3
They said to him, “Thus says Hezekiah, This day is a day of distress, of rebuke, and of disgrace; children have come to the point of birth, and there is no strength to bring them forth.
4
It may be that the LORD your God heard all the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to mock the living God, and will rebuke the words that the LORD your God has heard; therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.”
5
When the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah,
6
Isaiah said to them, “Say to your master, ‘Thus says the LORD: Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have reviled me.
7
Behold, I will put a spirit in him, so that he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land, and I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.’”
8
The Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria fighting against Libnah, for he heard that the king had left Lachish.
9
Now the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of Cush, “Behold, he has set out to fight against you.” So he sent messengers again to Hezekiah, saying,
10
“Thus shall you speak to Hezekiah king of Judah: ‘Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you by promising that Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.
11
Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, devoting them to destruction. And shall you be delivered?
12
Have the gods of the nations delivered them, the nations that my fathers destroyed, Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Telassar?
13
Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, the king of Hena, or the king of Ivvah?’”
14
Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the LORD and spread it before the LORD.
15
And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD and said: “O LORD, the God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth.
16
Incline your ear, O LORD, and hear; open your eyes, O LORD, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God.
17
Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands
18
and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone. Therefore they were destroyed.
19
So now, O LORD our God, save us, please, from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, O LORD, are God alone.”
20
Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Your prayer to me about Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard.
21
This is the word that the LORD has spoken concerning him: “She despises you, she scorns you— the virgin daughter of Zion; she wags her head behind you— the daughter of Jerusalem.
22
“Whom have you mocked and reviled? Against whom have you raised your voice and lifted your eyes to the heights? Against the Holy One of Israel!
23
By your messengers you have mocked the Lord, and you have said, ‘With my many chariots I have gone up the heights of the mountains, to the far recesses of Lebanon; I felled its tallest cedars, its choicest cypresses; I entered its farthest lodging place, its most fruitful forest.
24
I dug wells and drank foreign waters, and I dried up with the sole of my foot all the streams of Egypt.’
25
“Have you not heard that I determined it long ago? I planned from days of old what now I bring to pass, that you should turn fortified cities into heaps of ruins,
26
while their inhabitants, shorn of strength, are dismayed and confounded, and have become like plants of the field and like tender grass, like grass on the housetops, blighted before it is grown.
27
“But I know your sitting down and your going out and coming in, and your raging against me.
28
Because you have raged against me and your complacency has come into my ears, I will put my hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth, and I will turn you back on the way by which you came.
29
“And this shall be the sign for you: this year eat what grows of itself, and in the second year what springs of the same. Then in the third year sow and reap and plant vineyards, and eat their fruit.
30
And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward.
31
For out of Jerusalem shall go a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the LORD will do this.
32
“Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria: He shall not come into this city or shoot an arrow there, or come before it with a shield or cast up a siege mound against it.
33
By the way that he came, by the same he shall return, and he shall not come into this city, declares the LORD.
34
For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake and for the sake of my servant David.”
35
And that night the angel of the LORD went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians. And when people arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies.
36
Then Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went home and lived at Nineveh.
37
And as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons, struck him down with the sword and escaped into the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place.
Prayer for Longer Life ..............................................................................................
2 Kings 20:1-11
1
In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die; you shall not recover.’”
2
Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, saying,
3
“Now, O LORD, please remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4
And before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him:
5
“Turn back, and say to Hezekiah the leader of my people, Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD,
6
and I will add fifteen years to your life. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city for my own sake and for my servant David's sake.”
7
And Isaiah said, “Bring a cake of figs. And let them take and lay it on the boil, that he may recover.”
8
And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of the LORD on the third day?”
9
And Isaiah said, “This shall be the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he has promised: shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or go back ten steps?”
10
And Hezekiah answered, “It is an easy thing for the shadow to lengthen ten steps. Rather let the shadow go back ten steps.”
11
And Isaiah the prophet called to the LORD, and he brought the shadow back ten steps, by which it had gone down on the steps of Ahaz.
I Chronicles
Prayer for Spiritual Prosperity ..................................................................................
1 Chronicles 4:9
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers; and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.”
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Prayer As Trust .........................................................................................................
1 Chronicles 5:20
And when they prevailed over them, the Hagrites and all who were with them were given into their hands, for they cried out to God in the battle, and he granted their urgent plea because they trusted in him.
Prayer of Fear ............................................................................................................
1 Chronicles 13:12
And David was afraid of God that day, and he said, “How can I bring the ark of God home to me?”
Prayer for Establishment of Covenant ......................................................................
1 Chronicles 17:16-27
16
Then King David went in and sat before the LORD and said, “Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?
17
And this was a small thing in your eyes, O God. You have also spoken of your servant's house for a great while to come, and have shown me future generations, O LORD God!
18
And what more can David say to you for honoring your servant? For you know your servant.
19
For your servant's sake, O LORD, and according to your own heart, you have done all this greatness, in making known all these great things.
20
There is none like you, O LORD, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
21
And who is like your people Israel, the one nation on earth whom God went to redeem to be his people, making for yourself a name for great and awesome things, in driving out nations before your people whom you redeemed from Egypt?
22
And you made your people Israel to be your people forever, and you, O LORD, became their God.
23
And now, O LORD, let the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house be established forever, and do as you have spoken,
24
and your name will be established and magnified forever, saying, ‘The LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, is Israel's God,’ and the house of your servant David will be established before you.
25
For you, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. Therefore your servant has found courage to pray before you.
26
And now, O LORD, you are God, and you have promised this good thing to your servant.
27
Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever before you, for it is you, O LORD, who have blessed, and it is blessed forever.”
Prayer Answered by Fire ...........................................................................................
1 Chronicles 21
1
Then Satan stood against Israel and incited David to number Israel.
2
So David said to Joab and the commanders of the army, “Go, number Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, and bring me a report, that I may know their number.”
3
But Joab said, “May the LORD add to his people a hundred times as many as they are! Are they not, my lord the king, all of them my lord's servants? Why then should my lord require this? Why should it be a cause of guilt for Israel?”
4
But the king's word prevailed against Joab. So Joab departed and went throughout all Israel and came back to Jerusalem.
5
And Joab gave the sum of the numbering of the people to David. In all Israel there were 1,100,000 men who drew the sword, and in Judah 470,000 who drew the sword.
6
But he did not include Levi and Benjamin in the numbering, for the king's command was abhorrent to Joab.
7
But God was displeased with this thing, and he struck Israel.
8
And David said to God, “I have sinned greatly in that I have done this thing. But now, please take away the iniquity of your servant, for I have acted very foolishly.”
9
And the LORD spoke to Gad, David's seer, saying,
10
“Go and say to David, ‘Thus says the LORD, Three things I offer you; choose one of them, that I may do it to you.’”
11
So Gad came to David and said to him, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Choose what you will:
12
either three years of famine, or three months of devastation by your foes while the sword of your enemies overtakes you, or else three days of the sword of the LORD, pestilence on the land, with the angel of the LORD destroying throughout all the territory of Israel.’ Now decide what answer I shall return to him who sent me.”
13
Then David said to Gad, “I am in great distress. Let me fall into the hand of the LORD, for his mercy is very great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man.”
14
So the LORD sent a pestilence on Israel, and 70,000 men of Israel fell.
15
And God sent the angel to Jerusalem to destroy it, but as he was about to destroy it, the LORD saw, and he relented from the calamity. And he said to the angel who was working destruction, “It is enough; now stay your hand.” And the angel of the LORD was standing by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
16
And David lifted his eyes and saw the angel of the LORD standing between earth and heaven, and in his hand a drawn sword stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces.
17
And David said to God, “Was it not I who gave command to number the people? It is I who have sinned and done great evil. But these sheep, what have they done? Please let your hand, O LORD my God, be against me and against my father's house. But do not let the plague be on your people.”
18
Now the angel of the LORD had commanded Gad to say to David that David should go up and raise an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
19
So David went up at Gad's word, which he had spoken in the name of the LORD.
20
Now Ornan was threshing wheat. He turned and saw the angel, and his four sons who were with him hid themselves.
21
As David came to Ornan, Ornan looked and saw David and went out from the threshing floor and paid homage to David with his face to the ground.
22
And David said to Ornan, “Give me the site of the threshing floor that I may build on it an altar to the LORD—give it to me at its full price—that the plague may be averted from the people.”
23
Then Ornan said to David, “Take it, and let my lord the king do what seems good to him. See, I give the oxen for burnt offerings and the threshing sledges for the wood and the wheat for a grain offering; I give it all.”
24
But King David said to Ornan, “No, but I will buy them for the full price. I will not take for the LORD what is yours, nor offer burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”
25
So David paid Ornan 600 shekels of gold by weight for the site.
26
And David built there an altar to the LORD and presented burnt offerings and peace offerings and called on the LORD, and the LORD answered him with fire from heaven upon the altar of burnt offering.
27
Then the LORD commanded the angel, and he put his sword back into its sheath.
28
At that time, when David saw that the LORD had answered him at the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite, he sacrificed there.
29
For the tabernacle of the LORD, which Moses had made in the wilderness, and the altar of burnt offering were at that time in the high place at Gibeon,
30
but David could not go before it to inquire of God, for he was afraid of the sword of the angel of the LORD.
Prayer as a Sentinel ...................................................................................................
1 Chronicles 23:30
And they were to stand every morning, thanking and praising the LORD, and likewise at evening,
Prayer and Giving .....................................................................................................
1 Chronicles 29:10-19
10
Therefore David blessed the LORD in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: “Blessed are you, O LORD, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever.
11
Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all.
12
Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.
13
And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.
14
“But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.
15
For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding.
16
O LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own.
17
I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you.
18
O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you.
19
Grant to Solomon my son a whole heart that he may keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, performing all, and that he may build the palace for which I have made provision.”
II Chronicles
Prayer in National Danger ........................................................................................
2 Chronicles 14:11
And Asa cried to the LORD his God, “O LORD, there is none like you to help, between the mighty and the weak. Help us, O LORD our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this multitude. O LORD, you are our God; let not man prevail against you.”
Prayer and Reform ....................................................................................................
2 Chronicles 15
1
The Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded,
2
and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: The LORD is with you while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.
3
For a long time Israel was without the true God, and without a teaching priest and without law,
4
but when in their distress they turned to the LORD, the God of Israel, and sought him, he was found by them.
5
In those times there was no peace to him who went out or to him who came in, for great disturbances afflicted all the inhabitants of the lands.
6
They were broken in pieces. Nation was crushed by nation and city by city, for God troubled them with every sort of distress.
7
But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”
8
As soon as Asa heard these words, the prophecy of Azariah the son of Oded, he took courage and put away the detestable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities that he had taken in the hill country of Ephraim, and he repaired the altar of the LORD that was in front of the vestibule of the house of the LORD.
9
And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and those from Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon who were residing with them, for great numbers had deserted to him from Israel when they saw that the LORD his God was with him.
10
They were gathered at Jerusalem in the third month of the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa.
11
They sacrificed to the LORD on that day from the spoil that they had brought 700 oxen and 7,000 sheep.
12
And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and with all their soul,
13
but that whoever would not seek the LORD, the God of Israel, should be put to death, whether young or old, man or woman.
14
They swore an oath to the LORD with a loud voice and with shouting and with trumpets and with horns.
15
And all Judah rejoiced over the oath, for they had sworn with all their heart and had sought him with their whole desire, and he was found by them, and the LORD gave them rest all around.
16
Even Maacah, his mother, King Asa removed from being queen mother because she had made a detestable image for Asherah. Asa cut down her image, crushed it, and burned it at the brook Kidron.
17
But the high places were not taken out of Israel. Nevertheless, the heart of Asa was wholly true all his days.
18
And he brought into the house of God the sacred gifts of his father and his own sacred gifts, silver, and gold, and vessels.
19
And there was no more war until the thirty-fifth year of the reign of Asa.
Prayer and Appeal to History ...................................................................................
2 Chronicles 20:3-13
3
Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
4
And Judah assembled to seek help from the LORD; from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.
5
And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,
6
and said, “O LORD, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you.
7
Did you not, our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel, and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend?
8
And they have lived in it and have built for you in it a sanctuary for your name, saying,
9
‘If disaster comes upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before you—for your name is in this house—and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save.’
10
And now behold, the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom you would not let Israel invade when they came from the land of Egypt, and whom they avoided and did not destroy—
11
behold, they reward us by coming to drive us out of your possession, which you have given us to inherit.
12
O our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
13
Meanwhile all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
Prayer of Penitence ...................................................................................................
2 Chronicles 33:13
He prayed to him, and God was moved by his entreaty and heard his plea and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God.
Ezra
Prayer of Thanksgiving .............................................................................................
Ezra 7:27
Blessed be the LORD, the God of our fathers, who put such a thing as this into the heart of the king, to beautify the house of the LORD that is in Jerusalem,
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Prayer and Fasting ....................................................................................................
Ezra 8:21-23
21
Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our goods.
22
For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, “The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.”
23
So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.
Prayer and Confession ..............................................................................................
Ezra 9:5-10:4
5
And at the evening sacrifice I rose from my fasting, with my garment and my cloak torn, and fell upon my knees and spread out my hands to the LORD my God,
6
saying: “O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift my face to you, my God, for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has mounted up to the heavens.
7
From the days of our fathers to this day we have been in great guilt. And for our iniquities we, our kings, and our priests have been given into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, to plundering, and to utter shame, as it is today.
8
But now for a brief moment favor has been shown by the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant and to give us a secure hold within his holy place, that our God may brighten our eyes and grant us a little reviving in our slavery.
9
For we are slaves. Yet our God has not forsaken us in our slavery, but has extended to us his steadfast love before the kings of Persia, to grant us some reviving to set up the house of our God, to repair its ruins, and to give us protection in Judea and Jerusalem.
10
“And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? For we have forsaken your commandments,
11
which you commanded by your servants the prophets, saying, ‘The land that you are entering, to take possession of it, is a land impure with the impurity of the peoples of the lands, with their abominations that have filled it from end to end with their uncleanness.
12
Therefore do not give your daughters to their sons, neither take their daughters for your sons, and never seek their peace or prosperity, that you may be strong and eat the good of the land and leave it for an inheritance to your children forever.’
13
And after all that has come upon us for our evil deeds and for our great guilt, seeing that you, our God, have punished us less than our iniquities deserved and have given us such a remnant as this,
14
shall we break your commandments again and intermarry with the peoples who practice these abominations? Would you not be angry with us until you consumed us, so that there should be no remnant, nor any to escape?
15
O LORD, the God of Israel, you are just, for we are left a remnant that has escaped, as it is today. Behold, we are before you in our guilt, for none can stand before you because of this.”

Ezra 10
1
While Ezra prayed and made confession, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, a very great assembly of men, women, and children, gathered to him out of Israel, for the people wept bitterly.
2
And Shecaniah the son of Jehiel, of the sons of Elam, addressed Ezra: “We have broken faith with our God and have married foreign women from the peoples of the land, but even now there is hope for Israel in spite of this.
3
Therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all these wives and their children, according to the counsel of my lord and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God, and let it be done according to the Law.
4
Arise, for it is your task, and we are with you; be strong and do it.”
Nehemiah
Prayer Born of Distress .............................................................................................
Nehemiah 1:4-11
4
As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
5
And I said, “O LORD God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments,
6
let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Even I and my father's house have sinned.
7
We have acted very corruptly against you and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, and the rules that you commanded your servant Moses.
8
Remember the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples,
9
but if you return to me and keep my commandments and do them, though your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there I will gather them and bring them to the place that I have chosen, to make my name dwell there.’
10
They are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power and by your strong hand.
11
O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” Now I was cupbearer to the king.
Prayer in a Tight Corner ..........................................................................................
Nehemiah 2:4
Then the king said to me, “What are you requesting?” So I prayed to the God of heaven.
Prayer for Deliverance from Reproach ......................................................................
Nehemiah 4:1-6
1
Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he jeered at the Jews.
2
And he said in the presence of his brothers and of the army of Samaria, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore it for themselves? Will they sacrifice? Will they finish up in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish, and burned ones at that?”
3
Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Yes, what they are building—if a fox goes up on it he will break down their stone wall!”
4
Hear, O our God, for we are despised. Turn back their taunt on their own heads and give them up to be plundered in a land where they are captives.
5
Do not cover their guilt, and let not their sin be blotted out from your sight, for they have provoked you to anger in the presence of the builders.
6
So we built the wall. And all the wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.
Prayer Triumphing Over Anger ................................................................................
Nehemiah 4:7-9
7
But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs and the Ammonites and the Ashdodites heard that the repairing of the walls of Jerusalem was going forward and that the breaches were beginning to be closed, they were very angry.
8
And they all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it.
9
And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.
Prayer and Restitution ..............................................................................................
Nehemiah 5
1
Now there arose a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their Jewish brothers.
2
For there were those who said, “With our sons and our daughters, we are many. So let us get grain, that we may eat and keep alive.”
3
There were also those who said, “We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards, and our houses to get grain because of the famine.”
4
And there were those who said, “We have borrowed money for the king's tax on our fields and our vineyards.
5
Now our flesh is as the flesh of our brothers, our children are as their children. Yet we are forcing our sons and our daughters to be slaves, and some of our daughters have already been enslaved, but it is not in our power to help it, for other men have our fields and our vineyards.”
6
I was very angry when I heard their outcry and these words.
7
I took counsel with myself, and I brought charges against the nobles and the officials. I said to them, “You are exacting interest, each from his brother.” And I held a great assembly against them
8
and said to them, “We, as far as we are able, have bought back our Jewish brothers who have been sold to the nations, but you even sell your brothers that they may be sold to us!” They were silent and could not find a word to say.
9
So I said, “The thing that you are doing is not good. Ought you not to walk in the fear of our God to prevent the taunts of the nations our enemies?
10
Moreover, I and my brothers and my servants are lending them money and grain. Let us abandon this exacting of interest.
11
Return to them this very day their fields, their vineyards, their olive orchards, and their houses, and the percentage of money, grain, wine, and oil that you have been exacting from them.”
12
Then they said, “We will restore these and require nothing from them. We will do as you say.” And I called the priests and made them swear to do as they had promised.
13
I also shook out the fold of my garment and said, “So may God shake out every man from his house and from his labor who does not keep this promise. So may he be shaken out and emptied.” And all the assembly said “Amen” and praised the LORD. And the people did as they had promised.
14
Moreover, from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year to the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes the king, twelve years, neither I nor my brothers ate the food allowance of the governor.
15
The former governors who were before me laid heavy burdens on the people and took from them for their daily ration forty shekels of silver. Even their servants lorded it over the people. But I did not do so, because of the fear of God.
16
I also persevered in the work on this wall, and we acquired no land, and all my servants were gathered there for the work.
17
Moreover, there were at my table 150 men, Jews and officials, besides those who came to us from the nations that were around us.
18
Now what was prepared at my expense for each day was one ox and six choice sheep and birds, and every ten days all kinds of wine in abundance. Yet for all this I did not demand the food allowance of the governor, because the service was too heavy on this people.
19
Remember for my good, O my God, all that I have done for this people.
Prayer against Craft ..................................................................................................
Nehemiah 6:9-14
9
For they all wanted to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will drop from the work, and it will not be done.” But now, O God, strengthen my hands.
10
Now when I went into the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah, son of Mehetabel, who was confined to his home, he said, “Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple. Let us close the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you. They are coming to kill you by night.”
11
But I said, “Should such a man as I run away? And what man such as I could go into the temple and live? I will not go in.”
12
And I understood and saw that God had not sent him, but he had pronounced the prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.
13
For this purpose he was hired, that I should be afraid and act in this way and sin, and so they could give me a bad name in order to taunt me.
14
Remember Tobiah and Sanballat, O my God, according to these things that they did, and also the prophetess Noadiah and the rest of the prophets who wanted to make me afraid.
Prayer and the Word .................................................................................................
Nehemiah 8:1-13
1
And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the LORD had commanded Israel.
2
So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could understand what they heard, on the first day of the seventh month.
3
And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.
4
And Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden platform that they had made for the purpose. And beside him stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on his right hand, and Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam on his left hand.
5
And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people, and as he opened it all the people stood.
6
And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
7
Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, the Levites, helped the people to understand the Law, while the people remained in their places.
8
They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.
9
And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law.
10
Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
11
So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be quiet, for this day is holy; do not be grieved.”
12
And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.
13
On the second day the heads of fathers' houses of all the people, with the priests and the Levites, came together to Ezra the scribe in order to study the words of the Law.
Prayer and God’s Goodness ......................................................................................
Nehemiah 9
1
Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the people of Israel were assembled with fasting and in sackcloth, and with earth on their heads.
2
And the Israelites separated themselves from all foreigners and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.
3
And they stood up in their place and read from the Book of the Law of the LORD their God for a quarter of the day; for another quarter of it they made confession and worshiped the LORD their God.
4
On the stairs of the Levites stood Jeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani; and they cried with a loud voice to the LORD their God.
5
Then the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, “Stand up and bless the LORD your God from everlasting to everlasting. Blessed be your glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise.
6
“You are the LORD, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.
7
You are the LORD, the God who chose Abram and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans and gave him the name Abraham.
8
You found his heart faithful before you, and made with him the covenant to give to his offspring the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Jebusite, and the Girgashite. And you have kept your promise, for you are righteous.
9
“And you saw the affliction of our fathers in Egypt and heard their cry at the Red Sea,
10
and performed signs and wonders against Pharaoh and all his servants and all the people of his land, for you knew that they acted arrogantly against our fathers. And you made a name for yourself, as it is to this day.
11
And you divided the sea before them, so that they went through the midst of the sea on dry land, and you cast their pursuers into the depths, as a stone into mighty waters.
12
By a pillar of cloud you led them in the day, and by a pillar of fire in the night to light for them the way in which they should go.
13
You came down on Mount Sinai and spoke with them from heaven and gave them right rules and true laws, good statutes and commandments,
14
and you made known to them your holy Sabbath and commanded them commandments and statutes and a law by Moses your servant.
15
You gave them bread from heaven for their hunger and brought water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and you told them to go in to possess the land that you had sworn to give them.
16
“But they and our fathers acted presumptuously and stiffened their neck and did not obey your commandments.
17
They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them.
18
Even when they had made for themselves a golden calf and said, ‘This is your God who brought you up out of Egypt,’ and had committed great blasphemies,
19
you in your great mercies did not forsake them in the wilderness. The pillar of cloud to lead them in the way did not depart from them by day, nor the pillar of fire by night to light for them the way by which they should go.
20
You gave your good Spirit to instruct them and did not withhold your manna from their mouth and gave them water for their thirst.
21
Forty years you sustained them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing. Their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell.
22
“And you gave them kingdoms and peoples and allotted to them every corner. So they took possession of the land of Sihon king of Heshbon and the land of Og king of Bashan.
23
You multiplied their children as the stars of heaven, and you brought them into the land that you had told their fathers to enter and possess.
24
So the descendants went in and possessed the land, and you subdued before them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, and gave them into their hand, with their kings and the peoples of the land, that they might do with them as they would.
25
And they captured fortified cities and a rich land, and took possession of houses full of all good things, cisterns already hewn, vineyards, olive orchards and fruit trees in abundance. So they ate and were filled and became fat and delighted themselves in your great goodness.
26
“Nevertheless, they were disobedient and rebelled against you and cast your law behind their back and killed your prophets, who had warned them in order to turn them back to you, and they committed great blasphemies.
27
Therefore you gave them into the hand of their enemies, who made them suffer. And in the time of their suffering they cried out to you and you heard them from heaven, and according to your great mercies you gave them saviors who saved them from the hand of their enemies.
28
But after they had rest they did evil again before you, and you abandoned them to the hand of their enemies, so that they had dominion over them. Yet when they turned and cried to you, you heard from heaven, and many times you delivered them according to your mercies.
29
And you warned them in order to turn them back to your law. Yet they acted presumptuously and did not obey your commandments, but sinned against your rules, which if a person does them, he shall live by them, and they turned a stubborn shoulder and stiffened their neck and would not obey.
30
Many years you bore with them and warned them by your Spirit through your prophets. Yet they would not give ear. Therefore you gave them into the hand of the peoples of the lands.
31
Nevertheless, in your great mercies you did not make an end of them or forsake them, for you are a gracious and merciful God.
32
“Now, therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love, let not all the hardship seem little to you that has come upon us, upon our kings, our princes, our priests, our prophets, our fathers, and all your people, since the time of the kings of Assyria until this day.
33
Yet you have been righteous in all that has come upon us, for you have dealt faithfully and we have acted wickedly.
34
Our kings, our princes, our priests, and our fathers have not kept your law or paid attention to your commandments and your warnings that you gave them.
35
Even in their own kingdom, and amid your great goodness that you gave them, and in the large and rich land that you set before them, they did not serve you or turn from their wicked works.
36
Behold, we are slaves this day; in the land that you gave to our fathers to enjoy its fruit and its good gifts, behold, we are slaves.
37
And its rich yield goes to the kings whom you have set over us because of our sins. They rule over our bodies and over our livestock as they please, and we are in great distress.
38
“Because of all this we make a firm covenant in writing; on the sealed document are the names of our princes, our Levites, and our priests.
Prayer for Remembrance ...........................................................................................
Nehemiah 13:14
Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and do not wipe out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God and for his service.
, 22, 29, 31
Esther
The Watchful Care of God
Job
Prayer of Resignation ................................................................................................
Job 1:20-22
20
Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped.
21
And he said, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”
22
In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.
Prayer for Pity ...........................................................................................................
Job 6:8
“Oh that I might have my request, and that God would fulfill my hope,
, 9; 7:17-21
Prayer for Justification ..............................................................................................
Job 9
1
Then Job answered and said:
2
“Truly I know that it is so: But how can a man be in the right before God?
3
If one wished to contend with him, one could not answer him once in a thousand times.
4
He is wise in heart and mighty in strength —who has hardened himself against him, and succeeded?—
5
he who removes mountains, and they know it not, when he overturns them in his anger,
6
who shakes the earth out of its place, and its pillars tremble;
7
who commands the sun, and it does not rise; who seals up the stars;
8
who alone stretched out the heavens and trampled the waves of the sea;
9
who made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the chambers of the south;
10
who does great things beyond searching out, and marvelous things beyond number.
11
Behold, he passes by me, and I see him not; he moves on, but I do not perceive him.
12
Behold, he snatches away; who can turn him back? Who will say to him, ‘What are you doing?’
13
“God will not turn back his anger; beneath him bowed the helpers of Rahab.
14
How then can I answer him, choosing my words with him?
15
Though I am in the right, I cannot answer him; I must appeal for mercy to my accuser.
16
If I summoned him and he answered me, I would not believe that he was listening to my voice.
17
For he crushes me with a tempest and multiplies my wounds without cause;
18
he will not let me get my breath, but fills me with bitterness.
19
If it is a contest of strength, behold, he is mighty! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon him?
20
Though I am in the right, my own mouth would condemn me; though I am blameless, he would prove me perverse.
21
I am blameless; I regard not myself; I loathe my life.
22
It is all one; therefore I say, ‘He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.’
23
When disaster brings sudden death, he mocks at the calamity of the innocent.
24
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; he covers the faces of its judges— if it is not he, who then is it?
25
“My days are swifter than a runner; they flee away; they see no good.
26
They go by like skiffs of reed, like an eagle swooping on the prey.
27
If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad face, and be of good cheer,’
28
I become afraid of all my suffering, for I know you will not hold me innocent.
29
I shall be condemned; why then do I labor in vain?
30
If I wash myself with snow and cleanse my hands with lye,
31
yet you will plunge me into a pit, and my own clothes will abhor me.
32
For he is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him, that we should come to trial together.
33
There is no arbiter between us, who might lay his hand on us both.
34
Let him take his rod away from me, and let not dread of him terrify me.
35
Then I would speak without fear of him, for I am not so in myself.
Prayer, Job’s Against Injustice ...................................................................................
Job 10
1
“I loathe my life; I will give free utterance to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
2
I will say to God, Do not condemn me; let me know why you contend against me.
3
Does it seem good to you to oppress, to despise the work of your hands and favor the designs of the wicked?
4
Have you eyes of flesh? Do you see as man sees?
5
Are your days as the days of man, or your years as a man's years,
6
that you seek out my iniquity and search for my sin,
7
although you know that I am not guilty, and there is none to deliver out of your hand?
8
Your hands fashioned and made me, and now you have destroyed me altogether.
9
Remember that you have made me like clay; and will you return me to the dust?
10
Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese?
11
You clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews.
12
You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit.
13
Yet these things you hid in your heart; I know that this was your purpose.
14
If I sin, you watch me and do not acquit me of my iniquity.
15
If I am guilty, woe to me! If I am in the right, I cannot lift up my head, for I am filled with disgrace and look on my affliction.
16
And were my head lifted up, you would hunt me like a lion and again work wonders against me.
17
You renew your witnesses against me and increase your vexation toward me; you bring fresh troops against me.
18
“Why did you bring me out from the womb? Would that I had died before any eye had seen me
19
and were as though I had not been, carried from the womb to the grave.
20
Are not my days few? Then cease, and leave me alone, that I may find a little cheer
21
before I go—and I shall not return— to the land of darkness and deep shadow,
22
the land of gloom like thick darkness, like deep shadow without any order, where light is as thick darkness.”
Prayer for Light on Immortality ...............................................................................
Job 14:13-22
13
Oh that you would hide me in Sheol, that you would conceal me until your wrath be past, that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me!
14
If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my service I would wait, till my renewal should come.
15
You would call, and I would answer you; you would long for the work of your hands.
16
For then you would number my steps; you would not keep watch over my sin;
17
my transgression would be sealed up in a bag, and you would cover over my iniquity.
18
“But the mountain falls and crumbles away, and the rock is removed from its place;
19
the waters wear away the stones; the torrents wash away the soil of the earth; so you destroy the hope of man.
20
You prevail forever against him, and he passes; you change his countenance, and send him away.
21
His sons come to honor, and he does not know it; they are brought low, and he perceives it not.
22
He feels only the pain of his own body, and he mourns only for himself.”
Prayer and Profit .......................................................................................................
Job 21:14-34
14
They say to God, ‘Depart from us! We do not desire the knowledge of your ways.
15
What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? And what profit do we get if we pray to him?’
16
Behold, is not their prosperity in their hand? The counsel of the wicked is far from me.
17
“How often is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out? That their calamity comes upon them? That God distributes pains in his anger?
18
That they are like straw before the wind, and like chaff that the storm carries away?
19
You say, ‘God stores up their iniquity for their children.’ Let him pay it out to them, that they may know it.
20
Let their own eyes see their destruction, and let them drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21
For what do they care for their houses after them, when the number of their months is cut off?
22
Will any teach God knowledge, seeing that he judges those who are on high?
23
One dies in his full vigor, being wholly at ease and secure,
24
his pails full of milk and the marrow of his bones moist.
25
Another dies in bitterness of soul, never having tasted of prosperity.
26
They lie down alike in the dust, and the worms cover them.
27
“Behold, I know your thoughts and your schemes to wrong me.
28
For you say, ‘Where is the house of the prince? Where is the tent in which the wicked lived?’
29
Have you not asked those who travel the roads, and do you not accept their testimony
30
that the evil man is spared in the day of calamity, that he is rescued in the day of wrath?
31
Who declares his way to his face, and who repays him for what he has done?
32
When he is carried to the grave, watch is kept over his tomb.
33
The clods of the valley are sweet to him; all mankind follows after him, and those who go before him are innumerable.
34
How then will you comfort me with empty nothings? There is nothing left of your answers but falsehood.”
Prayer and Reason ....................................................................................................
Job 23
1
Then Job answered and said:
2
“Today also my complaint is bitter; my hand is heavy on account of my groaning.
3
Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his seat!
4
I would lay my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.
5
I would know what he would answer me and understand what he would say to me.
6
Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No; he would pay attention to me.
7
There an upright man could argue with him, and I would be acquitted forever by my judge.
8
“Behold, I go forward, but he is not there, and backward, but I do not perceive him;
9
on the left hand when he is working, I do not behold him; he turns to the right hand, but I do not see him.
10
But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.
11
My foot has held fast to his steps; I have kept his way and have not turned aside.
12
I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.
13
But he is unchangeable, and who can turn him back? What he desires, that he does.
14
For he will complete what he appoints for me, and many such things are in his mind.
15
Therefore I am terrified at his presence; when I consider, I am in dread of him.
16
God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me;
17
yet I am not silenced because of the darkness, nor because thick darkness covers my face.
Prayer Answered by Whirlwind ................................................................................
Job 38
1
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
2
“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3
Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.
4
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.
5
Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?
6
On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone,
7
when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8
“Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb,
9
when I made clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band,
10
and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors,
11
and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?
12
“Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place,
13
that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it?
14
It is changed like clay under the seal, and its features stand out like a garment.
15
From the wicked their light is withheld, and their uplifted arm is broken.
16
“Have you entered into the springs of the sea, or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17
Have the gates of death been revealed to you, or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
18
Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth? Declare, if you know all this.
19
“Where is the way to the dwelling of light, and where is the place of darkness,
20
that you may take it to its territory and that you may discern the paths to its home?
21
You know, for you were born then, and the number of your days is great!
22
“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
23
which I have reserved for the time of trouble, for the day of battle and war?
24
What is the way to the place where the light is distributed, or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?
25
“Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain and a way for the thunderbolt,
26
to bring rain on a land where no man is, on the desert in which there is no man,
27
to satisfy the waste and desolate land, and to make the ground sprout with grass?
28
“Has the rain a father, or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29
From whose womb did the ice come forth, and who has given birth to the frost of heaven?
30
The waters become hard like stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.
31
“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades or loose the cords of Orion?
32
Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season, or can you guide the Bear with its children?
33
Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you establish their rule on the earth?
34
“Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that a flood of waters may cover you?
35
Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go and say to you, ‘Here we are’?
36
Who has put wisdom in the inward parts or given understanding to the mind?
37
Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,
38
when the dust runs into a mass and the clods stick fast together?
39
“Can you hunt the prey for the lion, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40
when they crouch in their dens or lie in wait in their thicket?
41
Who provides for the raven its prey, when its young ones cry to God for help, and wander about for lack of food?
Prayer As Confession ................................................................................................
Job 40:3-5
3
Then Job answered the LORD and said:
4
“Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth.
5
I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but I will proceed no further.”
; 42:1-6
Prayei As Intercession ...............................................................................................
Job 42:7-10
7
After the LORD had spoken these words to Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.
8
Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. And my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.”
9
So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did what the LORD had told them, and the LORD accepted Job's prayer.
10
And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
The Psalms
Prayer Born of Rebellion ..........................................................................................
Psalm 3
1
A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son. O LORD, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me;
2
many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah
3
But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.
4
I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
5
I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.
6
I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.
7
Arise, O LORD! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked.
8
Salvation belongs to the LORD; your blessing be on your people! Selah
Prayer of Holiness .....................................................................................................
Psalm 4
1
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!
2
O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame? How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah
3
But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him.
4
Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah
5
Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the LORD.
6
There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!”
7
You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.
8
In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
Prayer As a Morning Watch .....................................................................................
Psalm 5
1
To the choirmaster: for the flutes. A Psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning.
2
Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray.
3
O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.
4
For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you.
5
The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers.
6
You destroy those who speak lies; the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
7
But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you.
8
Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me.
9
For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue.
10
Make them bear their guilt, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against you.
11
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.
12
For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield.
Prayer for Divine Action ...........................................................................................
Psalm 7
1
A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning the words of Cush, a Benjaminite. O LORD my God, in you do I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers and deliver me,
2
lest like a lion they tear my soul apart, rending it in pieces, with none to deliver.
3
O LORD my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands,
4
if I have repaid my friend with evil or plundered my enemy without cause,
5
let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it, and let him trample my life to the ground and lay my glory in the dust. Selah
6
Arise, O LORD, in your anger; lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies; awake for me; you have appointed a judgment.
7
Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you; over it return on high.
8
The LORD judges the peoples; judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me.
9
Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous— you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God!
10
My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart.
11
God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.
12
If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow;
13
he has prepared for him his deadly weapons, making his arrows fiery shafts.
14
Behold, the wicked man conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies.
15
He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made.
16
His mischief returns upon his own head, and on his own skull his violence descends.
17
I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High.
Prayer of Praise for Divine Action ............................................................................
Psalm 8
1
To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
2
Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.
3
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4
what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?
5
Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
6
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet,
7
all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
8
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
9
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Prayer for Preservation Here and Hereafter ..............................................................
Psalm 16
1
A Miktam of David. Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
2
I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”
3
As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.
4
The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips.
5
The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.
6
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
7
I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
8
I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
9
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.
10
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.
11
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Prayer of the Cross ...................................................................................................
Psalm 22
1
To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
2
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest.
3
Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.
4
In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them.
5
To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
6
But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
7
All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
8
“He trusts in the LORD; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”
9
Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother's breasts.
10
On you was I cast from my birth, and from my mother's womb you have been my God.
11
Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help.
12
Many bulls encompass me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
13
they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion.
14
I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast;
15
my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.
16
For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet—
17
I can count all my bones— they stare and gloat over me;
18
they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.
19
But you, O LORD, do not be far off! O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
20
Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dog!
21
Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!
22
I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23
You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
24
For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him.
25
From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
26
The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD! May your hearts live forever!
27
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you.
28
For kingship belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.
29
All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, even the one who could not keep himself alive.
30
Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
31
they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.
Prayer for Shepherd Care..........................................................................................
Psalm 23
1
A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2
He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
3
He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Prayer for the Manifestation of Divine Glory ...........................................................
Psalm 24
1
A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,
2
for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.
3
Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place?
4
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.
5
He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6
Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah
7
Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
8
Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle!
9
Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
10
Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah
Prayer as Ascent to God ...........................................................................................
Psalm 25
1
Of David. To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
2
O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me.
3
Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
4
Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.
5
Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
6
Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.
7
Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O LORD!
8
Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
9
He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
10
All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
11
For your name's sake, O LORD, pardon my guilt, for it is great.
12
Who is the man who fears the LORD? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
13
His soul shall abide in well-being, and his offspring shall inherit the land.
14
The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.
15
My eyes are ever toward the LORD, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
16
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
17
The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses.
18
Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.
19
Consider how many are my foes, and with what violent hatred they hate me.
20
Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me! Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
21
May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.
22
Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.
Prayer of a Believing Heart .......................................................................................
Psalm 27
1
Of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
2
When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall.
3
Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.
4
One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.
5
For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.
6
And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the LORD.
7
Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me!
8
You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.”
9
Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation!
10
For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the LORD will take me in.
11
Teach me your way, O LORD, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies.
12
Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence.
13
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living!
14
Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!
Prayer As a Cameo of Christ ....................................................................................
Psalm 31
1
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. In you, O LORD, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me!
2
Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!
3
For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name's sake you lead me and guide me;
4
you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge.
5
Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.
6
I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the LORD.
7
I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul,
8
and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place.
9
Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also.
10
For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away.
11
Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach, especially to my neighbors, and an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me.
12
I have been forgotten like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel.
13
For I hear the whispering of many— terror on every side!— as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life.
14
But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.”
15
My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
16
Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love!
17
O LORD, let me not be put to shame, for I call upon you; let the wicked be put to shame; let them go silently to Sheol.
18
Let the lying lips be mute, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.
19
Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!
20
In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues.
21
Blessed be the LORD, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was in a besieged city.
22
I had said in my alarm, “I am cut off from your sight.” But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cried to you for help.
23
Love the LORD, all you his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
24
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!
Prayer of a Tragic Soul ..............................................................................................
Psalm 32
1
A Maskil of David. Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2
Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3
For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.
4
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah
5
I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
6
Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him.
7
You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah
8
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
9
Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.
10
Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD.
11
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
Prayer for Protection against Enemies ..........................................................................
Psalm 35
1
Of David. Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me!
2
Take hold of shield and buckler and rise for my help!
3
Draw the spear and javelin against my pursuers! Say to my soul, “I am your salvation!”
4
Let them be put to shame and dishonor who seek after my life! Let them be turned back and disappointed who devise evil against me!
5
Let them be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the LORD driving them away!
6
Let their way be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them!
7
For without cause they hid their net for me; without cause they dug a pit for my life.
8
Let destruction come upon him when he does not know it! And let the net that he hid ensnare him; let him fall into it—to his destruction!
9
Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD, exulting in his salvation.
10
All my bones shall say, “O LORD, who is like you, delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him, the poor and needy from him who robs him?”
11
Malicious witnesses rise up; they ask me of things that I do not know.
12
They repay me evil for good; my soul is bereft.
13
But I, when they were sick— I wore sackcloth; I afflicted myself with fasting; I prayed with head bowed on my chest.
14
I went about as though I grieved for my friend or my brother; as one who laments his mother, I bowed down in mourning.
15
But at my stumbling they rejoiced and gathered; they gathered together against me; wretches whom I did not know tore at me without ceasing;
16
like profane mockers at a feast, they gnash at me with their teeth.
17
How long, O Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their destruction, my precious life from the lions!
18
I will thank you in the great congregation; in the mighty throng I will praise you.
19
Let not those rejoice over me who are wrongfully my foes, and let not those wink the eye who hate me without cause.
20
For they do not speak peace, but against those who are quiet in the land they devise words of deceit.
21
They open wide their mouths against me; they say, “Aha, Aha! Our eyes have seen it!”
22
You have seen, O LORD; be not silent! O Lord, be not far from me!
23
Awake and rouse yourself for my vindication, for my cause, my God and my Lord!
24
Vindicate me, O LORD, my God, according to your righteousness, and let them not rejoice over me!
25
Let them not say in their hearts, “Aha, our heart's desire!” Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.”
26
Let them be put to shame and disappointed altogether who rejoice at my calamity! Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves against me!
27
Let those who delight in my righteousness shout for joy and be glad and say evermore, “Great is the LORD, who delights in the welfare of his servant!”
28
Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long.
Prayer in Praise of Loving-kindness ..............................................................................
Psalm 36
1
To the choirmaster. Of David, the servant of the LORD. Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes.
2
For he flatters himself in his own eyes that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
3
The words of his mouth are trouble and deceit; he has ceased to act wisely and do good.
4
He plots trouble while on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he does not reject evil.
5
Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
6
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O LORD.
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How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
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They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
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For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.
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Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your righteousness to the upright of heart!
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Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
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There the evildoers lie fallen; they are thrust down, unable to rise.
Prayer of a Pilgrim ........................................................................................................
Psalm 39
1
To the choirmaster: to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. I said, “I will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth with a muzzle, so long as the wicked are in my presence.”
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I was mute and silent; I held my peace to no avail, and my distress grew worse.
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My heart became hot within me. As I mused, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue:
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“O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!
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Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah
6
Surely a man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!
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“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.
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Deliver me from all my transgressions. Do not make me the scorn of the fool!
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I am mute; I do not open my mouth, for it is you who have done it.
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Remove your stroke from me; I am spent by the hostility of your hand.
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When you discipline a man with rebukes for sin, you consume like a moth what is dear to him; surely all mankind is a mere breath! Selah
12
“Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace at my tears! For I am a sojourner with you, a guest, like all my fathers.
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Look away from me, that I may smile again, before I depart and am no more!”
Prayer and Its Accomplish ment ....................................................................................
Psalm 40
1
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
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He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
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He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.
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Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!
5
You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told.
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In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required.
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Then I said, “Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me:
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I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”
9
I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O LORD.
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I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.
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As for you, O LORD, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!
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For evils have encompassed me beyond number; my iniquities have overtaken me, and I cannot see; they are more than the hairs of my head; my heart fails me.
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Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me! O LORD, make haste to help me!
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Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether who seek to snatch away my life; let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt!
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Let those be appalled because of their shame who say to me, “Aha, Aha!”
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But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the LORD!”
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As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!
Prayer in Deep Distress .................................................................................................
Psalm 41
1
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the LORD delivers him;
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the LORD protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land; you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.
3
The LORD sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health.
4
As for me, I said, “O LORD, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you!”
5
My enemies say of me in malice, “When will he die, and his name perish?”
6
And when one comes to see me, he utters empty words, while his heart gathers iniquity; when he goes out, he tells it abroad.
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All who hate me whisper together about me; they imagine the worst for me.
8
They say, “A deadly thing is poured out on him; he will not rise again from where he lies.”
9
Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.
10
But you, O LORD, be gracious to me, and raise me up, that I may repay them!
11
By this I know that you delight in me: my enemy will not shout in triumph over me.
12
But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence forever.
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Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen.
Prayer As a Door of Hope ............................................................................................
Psalm 42
1
To the choirmaster. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah. As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.
2
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
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My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?”
4
These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise, a multitude keeping festival.
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Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation
6
and my God. My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
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Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me.
8
By day the LORD commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.
9
I say to God, my rock: “Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
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As with a deadly wound in my bones, my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?”
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Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
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Prayer for Divine Assistance .........................................................................................
Psalm 44
1
To the choirmaster. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah. O God, we have heard with our ears, our fathers have told us, what deeds you performed in their days, in the days of old:
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you with your own hand drove out the nations, but them you planted; you afflicted the peoples, but them you set free;
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for not by their own sword did they win the land, nor did their own arm save them, but your right hand and your arm, and the light of your face, for you delighted in them.
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You are my King, O God; ordain salvation for Jacob!
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Through you we push down our foes; through your name we tread down those who rise up against us.
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For not in my bow do I trust, nor can my sword save me.
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But you have saved us from our foes and have put to shame those who hate us.
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In God we have boasted continually, and we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah
9
But you have rejected us and disgraced us and have not gone out with our armies.
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You have made us turn back from the foe, and those who hate us have gotten spoil.
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You have made us like sheep for slaughter and have scattered us among the nations.
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You have sold your people for a trifle, demanding no high price for them.
13
You have made us the taunt of our neighbors, the derision and scorn of those around us.
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You have made us a byword among the nations, a laughingstock among the peoples.
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All day long my disgrace is before me, and shame has covered my face
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at the sound of the taunter and reviler, at the sight of the enemy and the avenger.
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All this has come upon us, though we have not forgotten you, and we have not been false to your covenant.
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Our heart has not turned back, nor have our steps departed from your way;
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yet you have broken us in the place of jackals and covered us with the shadow of death.
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If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
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would not God discover this? For he knows the secrets of the heart.
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Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.
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Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever!
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Why do you hide your face? Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
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For our soul is bowed down to the dust; our belly clings to the ground.
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Rise up; come to our help! Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love!
Prayer for a Refuge ........................................................................................................
Psalm 46
1
To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
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Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
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though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
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There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.
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God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.
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The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.
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The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
8
Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth.
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He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire.
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“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
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The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
Prayer of a Broken Heart ..............................................................................................
Psalm 51
1
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
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Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!
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For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
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Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.
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Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
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Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
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Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
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Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
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Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
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Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
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Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
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Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
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Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.
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Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
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O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
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For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
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The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
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Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem;
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then will you delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar.
Prayer at All Times .......................................................................................................
Psalm 55
1
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Maskil of David. Give ear to my prayer, O God, and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!
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Attend to me, and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and I moan,
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because of the noise of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked. For they drop trouble upon me, and in anger they bear a grudge against me.
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My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
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Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me.
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And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest;
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yes, I would wander far away; I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah
8
I would hurry to find a shelter from the raging wind and tempest.”
9
Destroy, O Lord, divide their tongues; for I see violence and strife in the city.
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Day and night they go around it on its walls, and iniquity and trouble are within it;
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ruin is in its midst; oppression and fraud do not depart from its marketplace.
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For it is not an enemy who taunts me— then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me— then I could hide from him.
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But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend.
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We used to take sweet counsel together; within God's house we walked in the throng.
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Let death steal over them; let them go down to Sheol alive; for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart.
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But I call to God, and the LORD will save me.
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Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice.
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He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage, for many are arrayed against me.
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God will give ear and humble them, he who is enthroned from of old, Selah because they do not change and do not fear God.
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My companion stretched out his hand against his friends; he violated his covenant.
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His speech was smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.
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Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
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But you, O God, will cast them down into the pit of destruction; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in you.
Prayer of Distress ..........................................................................................................
Psalm 57
1
To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam of David, when he fled from Saul, in the cave. Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.
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I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.
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He will send from heaven and save me; he will put to shame him who tramples on me. Selah God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness!
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My soul is in the midst of lions; I lie down amid fiery beasts— the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords.
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Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!
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They set a net for my steps; my soul was bowed down. They dug a pit in my way, but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah
7
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody!
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Awake, my glory! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn!
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I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations.
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For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
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Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!
Prayer of Trust ...............................................................................................................
Psalm 71
1
In you, O LORD, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame!
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In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me, and save me!
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Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.
4
Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man.
5
For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth.
6
Upon you I have leaned from before my birth; you are he who took me from my mother's womb. My praise is continually of you.
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I have been as a portent to many, but you are my strong refuge.
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My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day.
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Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent.
10
For my enemies speak concerning me; those who watch for my life consult together
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and say, “God has forsaken him; pursue and seize him, for there is none to deliver him.”
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O God, be not far from me; O my God, make haste to help me!
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May my accusers be put to shame and consumed; with scorn and disgrace may they be covered who seek my hurt.
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But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more.
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My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge.
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With the mighty deeds of the Lord GOD I will come; I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone.
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O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.
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So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.
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Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like you?
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You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again.
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You will increase my greatness and comfort me again.
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I will also praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praises to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel.
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My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed.
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And my tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long, for they have been put to shame and disappointed who sought to do me hurt.
Prayer for God Himself .................................................................................................
Psalm 73
1
A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.
2
But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped.
3
For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
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For they have no pangs until death; their bodies are fat and sleek.
5
They are not in trouble as others are; they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.
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Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment.
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Their eyes swell out through fatness; their hearts overflow with follies.
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They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression.
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They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth.
10
Therefore his people turn back to them, and find no fault in them.
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And they say, “How can God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?”
12
Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches.
13
All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence.
14
For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning.
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If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed the generation of your children.
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But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task,
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until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end.
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Truly you set them in slippery places; you make them fall to ruin.
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How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors!
20
Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.
21
When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart,
22
I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you.
23
Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.
24
You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.
25
Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
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For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.
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But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.
Prayer of a Pilgrim ........................................................................................................
Psalm 90
1
A Prayer of Moses, the man of God. Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
2
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3
You return man to dust and say, “Return, O children of man!”
4
For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.
5
You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning:
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in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.
7
For we are brought to an end by your anger; by your wrath we are dismayed.
8
You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.
9
For all our days pass away under your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
10
The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.
11
Who considers the power of your anger, and your wrath according to the fear of you?
12
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
13
Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants!
14
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15
Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil.
16
Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.
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Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!
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Prayer As Praise for God’s Greatness ............................................................................
Psalm 96
1
Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!
2
Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.
3
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
4
For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.
5
For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens.
6
Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
7
Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
8
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts!
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Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!
10
Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns! Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.”
11
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
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let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
13
before the LORD, for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in his faithfulness.
Prayer for Escape from Trials ........................................................................................
Psalm 102
1
A Prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the LORD. Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry come to you!
2
Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress! Incline your ear to me; answer me speedily in the day when I call!
3
For my days pass away like smoke, and my bones burn like a furnace.
4
My heart is struck down like grass and has withered; I forget to eat my bread.
5
Because of my loud groaning my bones cling to my flesh.
6
I am like a desert owl of the wilderness, like an owl of the waste places;
7
I lie awake; I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop.
8
All the day my enemies taunt me; those who deride me use my name for a curse.
9
For I eat ashes like bread and mingle tears with my drink,
10
because of your indignation and anger; for you have taken me up and thrown me down.
11
My days are like an evening shadow; I wither away like grass.
12
But you, O LORD, are enthroned forever; you are remembered throughout all generations.
13
You will arise and have pity on Zion; it is the time to favor her; the appointed time has come.
14
For your servants hold her stones dear and have pity on her dust.
15
Nations will fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth will fear your glory.
16
For the LORD builds up Zion; he appears in his glory;
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he regards the prayer of the destitute and does not despise their prayer.
18
Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet to be created may praise the LORD:
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that he looked down from his holy height; from heaven the LORD looked at the earth,
20
to hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die,
21
that they may declare in Zion the name of the LORD, and in Jerusalem his praise,
22
when peoples gather together, and kingdoms, to worship the LORD.
23
He has broken my strength in midcourse; he has shortened my days.
24
“O my God,” I say, “take me not away in the midst of my days— you whose years endure throughout all generations!”
25
Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.
26
They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away,
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but you are the same, and your years have no end.
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The children of your servants shall dwell secure; their offspring shall be established before you.
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Prayer of Remembrance ................................................................................................
Psalm 106
1
Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
2
Who can utter the mighty deeds of the LORD, or declare all his praise?
3
Blessed are they who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times!
4
Remember me, O LORD, when you show favor to your people; help me when you save them,
5
that I may look upon the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation, that I may glory with your inheritance.
6
Both we and our fathers have sinned; we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness.
7
Our fathers, when they were in Egypt, did not consider your wondrous works; they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love, but rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea.
8
Yet he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make known his mighty power.
9
He rebuked the Red Sea, and it became dry, and he led them through the deep as through a desert.
10
So he saved them from the hand of the foe and redeemed them from the power of the enemy.
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And the waters covered their adversaries; not one of them was left.
12
Then they believed his words; they sang his praise.
13
But they soon forgot his works; they did not wait for his counsel.
14
But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness, and put God to the test in the desert;
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he gave them what they asked, but sent a wasting disease among them.
16
When men in the camp were jealous of Moses and Aaron, the holy one of the LORD,
17
the earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram.
18
Fire also broke out in their company; the flame burned up the wicked.
19
They made a calf in Horeb and worshiped a metal image.
20
They exchanged the glory of God for the image of an ox that eats grass.
21
They forgot God, their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt,
22
wondrous works in the land of Ham, and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.
23
Therefore he said he would destroy them— had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him, to turn away his wrath from destroying them.
24
Then they despised the pleasant land, having no faith in his promise.
25
They murmured in their tents, and did not obey the voice of the LORD.
26
Therefore he raised his hand and swore to them that he would make them fall in the wilderness,
27
and would make their offspring fall among the nations, scattering them among the lands.
28
Then they yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor, and ate sacrifices offered to the dead;
29
they provoked the LORD to anger with their deeds, and a plague broke out among them.
30
Then Phinehas stood up and intervened, and the plague was stayed.
31
And that was counted to him as righteousness from generation to generation forever.
32
They angered him at the waters of Meribah, and it went ill with Moses on their account,
33
for they made his spirit bitter, and he spoke rashly with his lips.
34
They did not destroy the peoples, as the LORD commanded them,
35
but they mixed with the nations and learned to do as they did.
36
They served their idols, which became a snare to them.
37
They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons;
38
they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was polluted with blood.
39
Thus they became unclean by their acts, and played the whore in their deeds.
40
Then the anger of the LORD was kindled against his people, and he abhorred his heritage;
41
he gave them into the hand of the nations, so that those who hated them ruled over them.
42
Their enemies oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their power.
43
Many times he delivered them, but they were rebellious in their purposes and were brought low through their iniquity.
44
Nevertheless, he looked upon their distress, when he heard their cry.
45
For their sake he remembered his covenant, and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
46
He caused them to be pitied by all those who held them captive.
47
Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.
48
Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the LORD!
Prayer for Those in Perils on Sea ..................................................................................
Psalm 107
1
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
2
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble
3
and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
4
Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in;
5
hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.
6
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.
7
He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in.
8
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!
9
For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
10
Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons,
11
for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
12
So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor; they fell down, with none to help.
13
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.
14
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart.
15
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!
16
For he shatters the doors of bronze and cuts in two the bars of iron.
17
Some were fools through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities suffered affliction;
18
they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death.
19
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.
20
He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.
21
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!
22
And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!
23
Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the great waters;
24
they saw the deeds of the LORD, his wondrous works in the deep.
25
For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea.
26
They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their evil plight;
27
they reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wits' end.
28
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.
29
He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.
30
Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven.
31
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!
32
Let them extol him in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
33
He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground,
34
a fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the evil of its inhabitants.
35
He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water.
36
And there he lets the hungry dwell, and they establish a city to live in;
37
they sow fields and plant vineyards and get a fruitful yield.
38
By his blessing they multiply greatly, and he does not let their livestock diminish.
39
When they are diminished and brought low through oppression, evil, and sorrow,
40
he pours contempt on princes and makes them wander in trackless wastes;
41
but he raises up the needy out of affliction and makes their families like flocks.
42
The upright see it and are glad, and all wickedness shuts its mouth.
43
Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD.
Prayer and Affinity to Scripture ....................................................................................
Psalm 19
1
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
2
Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.
3
There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.
4
Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun,
5
which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
6
Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
7
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
8
the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
9
the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.
10
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
11
Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
12
Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13
Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.
14
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
, 119
Prayer for Searching of Heart .......................................................................................
Psalm 139
1
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O LORD, you have searched me and known me!
2
You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
3
You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.
4
Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.
5
You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
6
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.
7
Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8
If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9
If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10
even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.
11
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,”
12
even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.
13
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
14
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
15
My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16
Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
17
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
18
If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.
19
Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God! O men of blood, depart from me!
20
They speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies take your name in vain.
21
Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22
I hate them with complete hatred; I count them my enemies.
23
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!
24
And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!
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Prayer God Does Not Hear ..........................................................................................
Isaiah 1:15
When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.
; 16:12
Prayer and Cleansing .....................................................................................................
Isaiah 6
1
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.
2
Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
3
And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”
4
And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.
5
And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”
6
Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar.
7
And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
8
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
9
And he said, “Go, and say to this people: “‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’
10
Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”
11
Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said: “Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste,
12
and the LORD removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.
13
And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled.” The holy seed is its stump.
Prayer for a Sign ............................................................................................................
Isaiah 7:11
“Ask a sign of the LORD your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.”
Prayer of Exaltation .......................................................................................................
Isaiah 12
1
You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me.
2
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”
3
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
4
And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted.
5
“Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.
6
Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”
Prayer of Praise for Triumphs ........................................................................................
Isaiah 25
1
O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
2
For you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin; the foreigners' palace is a city no more; it will never be rebuilt.
3
Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless nations will fear you.
4
For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat; for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall,
5
like heat in a dry place. You subdue the noise of the foreigners; as heat by the shade of a cloud, so the song of the ruthless is put down.
6
On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.
7
And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations.
8
He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken.
9
It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
10
For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain, and Moab shall be trampled down in his place, as straw is trampled down in a dunghill.
11
And he will spread out his hands in the midst of it as a swimmer spreads his hands out to swim, but the LORD will lay low his pompous pride together with the skill of his hands.
12
And the high fortifications of his walls he will bring down, lay low, and cast to the ground, to the dust.
Prayer for Peace .............................................................................................................
Isaiah 26
1
In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: “We have a strong city; he sets up salvation as walls and bulwarks.
2
Open the gates, that the righteous nation that keeps faith may enter in.
3
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
4
Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.
5
For he has humbled the inhabitants of the height, the lofty city. He lays it low, lays it low to the ground, casts it to the dust.
6
The foot tramples it, the feet of the poor, the steps of the needy.”
7
The path of the righteous is level; you make level the way of the righteous.
8
In the path of your judgments, O LORD, we wait for you; your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul.
9
My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
10
If favor is shown to the wicked, he does not learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness he deals corruptly and does not see the majesty of the LORD.
11
O LORD, your hand is lifted up, but they do not see it. Let them see your zeal for your people, and be ashamed. Let the fire for your adversaries consume them.
12
O LORD, you will ordain peace for us, for you have indeed done for us all our works.
13
O LORD our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but your name alone we bring to remembrance.
14
They are dead, they will not live; they are shades, they will not arise; to that end you have visited them with destruction and wiped out all remembrance of them.
15
But you have increased the nation, O LORD, you have increased the nation; you are glorified; you have enlarged all the borders of the land.
16
O LORD, in distress they sought you; they poured out a whispered prayer when your discipline was upon them.
17
Like a pregnant woman who writhes and cries out in her pangs when she is near to giving birth, so were we because of you, O LORD;
18
we were pregnant, we writhed, but we have given birth to wind. We have accomplished no deliverance in the earth, and the inhabitants of the world have not fallen.
19
Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the dead.
20
Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the fury has passed by.
21
For behold, the LORD is coming out from his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity, and the earth will disclose the blood shed on it, and will no more cover its slain.
Prayer and Confidence ..................................................................................................
Isaiah 41
1
Listen to me in silence, O coastlands; let the peoples renew their strength; let them approach, then let them speak; let us together draw near for judgment.
2
Who stirred up one from the east whom victory meets at every step? He gives up nations before him, so that he tramples kings underfoot; he makes them like dust with his sword, like driven stubble with his bow.
3
He pursues them and passes on safely, by paths his feet have not trod.
4
Who has performed and done this, calling the generations from the beginning? I, the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.
5
The coastlands have seen and are afraid; the ends of the earth tremble; they have drawn near and come.
6
Everyone helps his neighbor and says to his brother, “Be strong!”
7
The craftsman strengthens the goldsmith, and he who smooths with the hammer him who strikes the anvil, saying of the soldering, “It is good”; and they strengthen it with nails so that it cannot be moved.
8
But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend;
9
you whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”;
10
fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
11
Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish.
12
You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all.
13
For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
14
Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel! I am the one who helps you, declares the LORD; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
15
Behold, I make of you a threshing sledge, new, sharp, and having teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and crush them, and you shall make the hills like chaff;
16
you shall winnow them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the tempest shall scatter them. And you shall rejoice in the LORD; in the Holy One of Israel you shall glory.
17
When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the LORD will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
18
I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys. I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.
19
I will put in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive. I will set in the desert the cypress, the plane and the pine together,
20
that they may see and know, may consider and understand together, that the hand of the LORD has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.
21
Set forth your case, says the LORD; bring your proofs, says the King of Jacob.
22
Let them bring them, and tell us what is to happen. Tell us the former things, what they are, that we may consider them, that we may know their outcome; or declare to us the things to come.
23
Tell us what is to come hereafter, that we may know that you are gods; do good, or do harm, that we may be dismayed and terrified.
24
Behold, you are nothing, and your work is less than nothing; an abomination is he who chooses you.
25
I stirred up one from the north, and he has come, from the rising of the sun, and he shall call upon my name; he shall trample on rulers as on mortar, as the potter treads clay.
26
Who declared it from the beginning, that we might know, and beforehand, that we might say, “He is right”? There was none who declared it, none who proclaimed, none who heard your words.
27
I was the first to say to Zion, “Behold, here they are!” and I give to Jerusalem a herald of good news.
28
But when I look, there is no one; among these there is no counselor who, when I ask, gives an answer.
29
Behold, they are all a delusion; their works are nothing; their metal images are empty wind.
Prayer and Practice ........................................................................................................
Isaiah 55
1
“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
2
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.
3
Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.
4
Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples.
5
Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know, and a nation that did not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.
6
“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;
7
let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
9
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
12
“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13
Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the LORD, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”
Prayer Unpopular to Many ............................................................................................
Isaiah 59
1
Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear;
2
but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.
3
For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies; your tongue mutters wickedness.
4
No one enters suit justly; no one goes to law honestly; they rely on empty pleas, they speak lies, they conceive mischief and give birth to iniquity.
5
They hatch adders' eggs; they weave the spider's web; he who eats their eggs dies, and from one that is crushed a viper is hatched.
6
Their webs will not serve as clothing; men will not cover themselves with what they make. Their works are works of iniquity, and deeds of violence are in their hands.
7
Their feet run to evil, and they are swift to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; desolation and destruction are in their highways.
8
The way of peace they do not know, and there is no justice in their paths; they have made their roads crooked; no one who treads on them knows peace.
9
Therefore justice is far from us, and righteousness does not overtake us; we hope for light, and behold, darkness, and for brightness, but we walk in gloom.
10
We grope for the wall like the blind; we grope like those who have no eyes; we stumble at noon as in the twilight, among those in full vigor we are like dead men.
11
We all growl like bears; we moan and moan like doves; we hope for justice, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far from us.
12
For our transgressions are multiplied before you, and our sins testify against us; for our transgressions are with us, and we know our iniquities:
13
transgressing, and denying the LORD, and turning back from following our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart lying words.
14
Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the public squares, and uprightness cannot enter.
15
Truth is lacking, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. The LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice.
16
He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede; then his own arm brought him salvation, and his righteousness upheld him.
17
He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head; he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped himself in zeal as a cloak.
18
According to their deeds, so will he repay, wrath to his adversaries, repayment to his enemies; to the coastlands he will render repayment.
19
So they shall fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun; for he will come like a rushing stream, which the wind of the LORD drives.
20
“And a Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression,” declares the LORD.
21
“And as for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the LORD: “My Spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouth of your offspring, or out of the mouth of your children's offspring,” says the LORD, “from this time forth and forevermore.”
Prayer — Watcher .........................................................................................................
Isaiah 62
1
For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch.
2
The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will give.
3
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
4
You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married.
5
For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.
6
On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent. You who put the LORD in remembrance, take no rest,
7
and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it a praise in the earth.
8
The LORD has sworn by his right hand and by his mighty arm: “I will not again give your grain to be food for your enemies, and foreigners shall not drink your wine for which you have labored;
9
but those who garner it shall eat it and praise the LORD, and those who gather it shall drink it in the courts of my sanctuary.”
10
Go through, go through the gates; prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway; clear it of stones; lift up a signal over the peoples.
11
Behold, the LORD has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to the daughter of Zion, “Behold, your salvation comes; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.”
12
And they shall be called The Holy People, The Redeemed of the LORD; and you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.
Prayer for Display of Divine Power ...............................................................................
Isaiah 63
1
Who is this who comes from Edom, in crimsoned garments from Bozrah, he who is splendid in his apparel, marching in the greatness of his strength? “It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save.”
2
Why is your apparel red, and your garments like his who treads in the winepress?
3
“I have trodden the winepress alone, and from the peoples no one was with me; I trod them in my anger and trampled them in my wrath; their lifeblood spattered on my garments, and stained all my apparel.
4
For the day of vengeance was in my heart, and my year of redemption had come.
5
I looked, but there was no one to help; I was appalled, but there was no one to uphold; so my own arm brought me salvation, and my wrath upheld me.
6
I trampled down the peoples in my anger; I made them drunk in my wrath, and I poured out their lifeblood on the earth.”
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I will recount the steadfast love of the LORD, the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has granted us, and the great goodness to the house of Israel that he has granted them according to his compassion, according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
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For he said, “Surely they are my people, children who will not deal falsely.” And he became their Savior.
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In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
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But they rebelled and grieved his Holy Spirit; therefore he turned to be their enemy, and himself fought against them.
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Then he remembered the days of old, of Moses and his people. Where is he who brought them up out of the sea with the shepherds of his flock? Where is he who put in the midst of them his Holy Spirit,
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who caused his glorious arm to go at the right hand of Moses, who divided the waters before them to make for himself an everlasting name,
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who led them through the depths? Like a horse in the desert, they did not stumble.
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Like livestock that go down into the valley, the Spirit of the LORD gave them rest. So you led your people, to make for yourself a glorious name.
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Look down from heaven and see, from your holy and beautiful habitation. Where are your zeal and your might? The stirring of your inner parts and your compassion are held back from me.
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For you are our Father, though Abraham does not know us, and Israel does not acknowledge us; you, O LORD, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is your name.
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O LORD, why do you make us wander from your ways and harden our heart, so that we fear you not? Return for the sake of your servants, the tribes of your heritage.
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Your holy people held possession for a little while; our adversaries have trampled down your sanctuary.
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We have become like those over whom you have never ruled, like those who are not called by your name.
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Jeremiah
Prayer As Confession of Inability .................................................................................
Jeremiah 1
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The words of Jeremiah, the son of Hilkiah, one of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin,
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to whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.
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It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, and until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the captivity of Jerusalem in the fifth month.
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Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
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“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
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Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.”
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But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.
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Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the LORD.”
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Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the LORD said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.
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See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”
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And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see an almond branch.”
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Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”
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The word of the LORD came to me a second time, saying, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see a boiling pot, facing away from the north.”
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Then the LORD said to me, “Out of the north disaster shall be let loose upon all the inhabitants of the land.
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For behold, I am calling all the tribes of the kingdoms of the north, declares the LORD, and they shall come, and every one shall set his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, against all its walls all around and against all the cities of Judah.
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And I will declare my judgments against them, for all their evil in forsaking me. They have made offerings to other gods and worshiped the works of their own hands.
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But you, dress yourself for work; arise, and say to them everything that I command you. Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them.
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And I, behold, I make you this day a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the people of the land.
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They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, declares the LORD, to deliver you.”
Prayer As Mourning for Backsliding ............................................................................
Jeremiah 2
1
The word of the LORD came to me, saying,
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“Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem, Thus says the LORD, “I remember the devotion of your youth, your love as a bride, how you followed me in the wilderness, in a land not sown.
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Israel was holy to the LORD, the firstfruits of his harvest. All who ate of it incurred guilt; disaster came upon them, declares the LORD.”
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Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the clans of the house of Israel.
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Thus says the LORD: “What wrong did your fathers find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthlessness, and became worthless?
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They did not say, ‘Where is the LORD who brought us up from the land of Egypt, who led us in the wilderness, in a land of deserts and pits, in a land of drought and deep darkness, in a land that none passes through, where no man dwells?’
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And I brought you into a plentiful land to enjoy its fruits and its good things. But when you came in, you defiled my land and made my heritage an abomination.
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The priests did not say, ‘Where is the LORD?’ Those who handle the law did not know me; the shepherds transgressed against me; the prophets prophesied by Baal and went after things that do not profit.
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“Therefore I still contend with you, declares the LORD, and with your children's children I will contend.
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For cross to the coasts of Cyprus and see, or send to Kedar and examine with care; see if there has been such a thing.
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Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit.
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Be appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the LORD,
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for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.
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“Is Israel a slave? Is he a homeborn servant? Why then has he become a prey?
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The lions have roared against him; they have roared loudly. They have made his land a waste; his cities are in ruins, without inhabitant.
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Moreover, the men of Memphis and Tahpanhes have shaved the crown of your head.
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Have you not brought this upon yourself by forsaking the LORD your God, when he led you in the way?
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And now what do you gain by going to Egypt to drink the waters of the Nile? Or what do you gain by going to Assyria to drink the waters of the Euphrates?
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Your evil will chastise you, and your apostasy will reprove you. Know and see that it is evil and bitter for you to forsake the LORD your God; the fear of me is not in you, declares the Lord GOD of hosts.
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“For long ago I broke your yoke and burst your bonds; but you said, ‘I will not serve.’ Yes, on every high hill and under every green tree you bowed down like a whore.
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Yet I planted you a choice vine, wholly of pure seed. How then have you turned degenerate and become a wild vine?
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Though you wash yourself with lye and use much soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me, declares the Lord GOD.
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How can you say, ‘I am not unclean, I have not gone after the Baals’? Look at your way in the valley; know what you have done— a restless young camel running here and there,
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a wild donkey used to the wilderness, in her heat sniffing the wind! Who can restrain her lust? None who seek her need weary themselves; in her month they will find her.
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Keep your feet from going unshod and your throat from thirst. But you said, ‘It is hopeless, for I have loved foreigners, and after them I will go.’
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“As a thief is shamed when caught, so the house of Israel shall be shamed: they, their kings, their officials, their priests, and their prophets,
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who say to a tree, ‘You are my father,’ and to a stone, ‘You gave me birth.’ For they have turned their back to me, and not their face. But in the time of their trouble they say, ‘Arise and save us!’
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But where are your gods that you made for yourself? Let them arise, if they can save you, in your time of trouble; for as many as your cities are your gods, O Judah.
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“Why do you contend with me? You have all transgressed against me, declares the LORD.
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In vain have I struck your children; they took no correction; your own sword devoured your prophets like a ravening lion.
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And you, O generation, behold the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness to Israel, or a land of thick darkness? Why then do my people say, ‘We are free, we will come no more to you’?
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Can a virgin forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? Yet my people have forgotten me days without number.
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“How well you direct your course to seek love! So that even to wicked women you have taught your ways.
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Also on your skirts is found the lifeblood of the guiltless poor; you did not find them breaking in. Yet in spite of all these things
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you say, ‘I am innocent; surely his anger has turned from me.’ Behold, I will bring you to judgment for saying, ‘I have not sinned.’
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How much you go about, changing your way! You shall be put to shame by Egypt as you were put to shame by Assyria.
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From it too you will come away with your hands on your head, for the LORD has rejected those in whom you trust, and you will not prosper by them.
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Prayer As Complaint .....................................................................................................
Jeremiah 4:10-31
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Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD, surely you have utterly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, ‘It shall be well with you,’ whereas the sword has reached their very life.”
11
At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, “A hot wind from the bare heights in the desert toward the daughter of my people, not to winnow or cleanse,
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a wind too full for this comes for me. Now it is I who speak in judgment upon them.”
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Behold, he comes up like clouds; his chariots like the whirlwind; his horses are swifter than eagles— woe to us, for we are ruined!
14
O Jerusalem, wash your heart from evil, that you may be saved. How long shall your wicked thoughts lodge within you?
15
For a voice declares from Dan and proclaims trouble from Mount Ephraim.
16
Warn the nations that he is coming; announce to Jerusalem, “Besiegers come from a distant land; they shout against the cities of Judah.
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Like keepers of a field are they against her all around, because she has rebelled against me, declares the LORD.
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Your ways and your deeds have brought this upon you. This is your doom, and it is bitter; it has reached your very heart.”
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My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain! Oh the walls of my heart! My heart is beating wildly; I cannot keep silent, for I hear the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.
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Crash follows hard on crash; the whole land is laid waste. Suddenly my tents are laid waste, my curtains in a moment.
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How long must I see the standard and hear the sound of the trumpet?
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“For my people are foolish; they know me not; they are stupid children; they have no understanding. They are ‘wise’—in doing evil! But how to do good they know not.”
23
I looked on the earth, and behold, it was without form and void; and to the heavens, and they had no light.
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I looked on the mountains, and behold, they were quaking, and all the hills moved to and fro.
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I looked, and behold, there was no man, and all the birds of the air had fled.
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I looked, and behold, the fruitful land was a desert, and all its cities were laid in ruins before the LORD, before his fierce anger.
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For thus says the LORD, “The whole land shall be a desolation; yet I will not make a full end.
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“For this the earth shall mourn, and the heavens above be dark; for I have spoken; I have purposed; I have not relented, nor will I turn back.”
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At the noise of horseman and archer every city takes to flight; they enter thickets; they climb among rocks; all the cities are forsaken, and no man dwells in them.
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And you, O desolate one, what do you mean that you dress in scarlet, that you adorn yourself with ornaments of gold, that you enlarge your eyes with paint? In vain you beautify yourself. Your lovers despise you; they seek your life.
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For I heard a cry as of a woman in labor, anguish as of one giving birth to her first child, the cry of the daughter of Zion gasping for breath, stretching out her hands, “Woe is me! I am fainting before murderers.”
Prayer of Lament over Rebellion...................................................................................
Jeremiah 5
1
Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, look and take note! Search her squares to see if you can find a man, one who does justice and seeks truth, that I may pardon her.
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Though they say, “As the LORD lives,” yet they swear falsely.
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O LORD, do not your eyes look for truth? You have struck them down, but they felt no anguish; you have consumed them, but they refused to take correction. They have made their faces harder than rock; they have refused to repent.
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Then I said, “These are only the poor; they have no sense; for they do not know the way of the LORD, the justice of their God.
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I will go to the great and will speak to them, for they know the way of the LORD, the justice of their God.” But they all alike had broken the yoke; they had burst the bonds.
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Therefore a lion from the forest shall strike them down; a wolf from the desert shall devastate them. A leopard is watching their cities; everyone who goes out of them shall be torn in pieces, because their transgressions are many, their apostasies are great.
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“How can I pardon you? Your children have forsaken me and have sworn by those who are no gods. When I fed them to the full, they committed adultery and trooped to the houses of whores.
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They were well-fed, lusty stallions, each neighing for his neighbor's wife.
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Shall I not punish them for these things? declares the LORD; and shall I not avenge myself on a nation such as this?
10
“Go up through her vine rows and destroy, but make not a full end; strip away her branches, for they are not the LORD's.
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For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have been utterly treacherous to me, declares the LORD.
12
They have spoken falsely of the LORD and have said, ‘He will do nothing; no disaster will come upon us, nor shall we see sword or famine.
13
The prophets will become wind; the word is not in them. Thus shall it be done to them!’”
14
Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of hosts: “Because you have spoken this word, behold, I am making my words in your mouth a fire, and this people wood, and the fire shall consume them.
15
Behold, I am bringing against you a nation from afar, O house of Israel, declares the LORD. It is an enduring nation; it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language you do not know, nor can you understand what they say.
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Their quiver is like an open tomb; they are all mighty warriors.
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They shall eat up your harvest and your food; they shall eat up your sons and your daughters; they shall eat up your flocks and your herds; they shall eat up your vines and your fig trees; your fortified cities in which you trust they shall beat down with the sword.”
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“But even in those days, declares the LORD, I will not make a full end of you.
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And when your people say, ‘Why has the LORD our God done all these things to us?’ you shall say to them, ‘As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods in your land, so you shall serve foreigners in a land that is not yours.’”
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Declare this in the house of Jacob; proclaim it in Judah:
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“Hear this, O foolish and senseless people, who have eyes, but see not, who have ears, but hear not.
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Do you not fear me? declares the LORD. Do you not tremble before me? I placed the sand as the boundary for the sea, a perpetual barrier that it cannot pass; though the waves toss, they cannot prevail; though they roar, they cannot pass over it.
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But this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart; they have turned aside and gone away.
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They do not say in their hearts, ‘Let us fear the LORD our God, who gives the rain in its season, the autumn rain and the spring rain, and keeps for us the weeks appointed for the harvest.’
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Your iniquities have turned these away, and your sins have kept good from you.
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For wicked men are found among my people; they lurk like fowlers lying in wait. They set a trap; they catch men.
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Like a cage full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; therefore they have become great and rich;
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they have grown fat and sleek. They know no bounds in deeds of evil; they judge not with justice the cause of the fatherless, to make it prosper, and they do not defend the rights of the needy.
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Shall I not punish them for these things? declares the LORD, and shall I not avenge myself on a nation such as this?”
30
An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land:
31
the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?
Prayer from a Prison .....................................................................................................
Jeremiah 6
1
Flee for safety, O people of Benjamin, from the midst of Jerusalem! Blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and raise a signal on Beth-haccherem, for disaster looms out of the north, and great destruction.
2
The lovely and delicately bred I will destroy, the daughter of Zion.
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Shepherds with their flocks shall come against her; they shall pitch their tents around her; they shall pasture, each in his place.
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“Prepare war against her; arise, and let us attack at noon! Woe to us, for the day declines, for the shadows of evening lengthen!
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Arise, and let us attack by night and destroy her palaces!”
6
For thus says the LORD of hosts: “Cut down her trees; cast up a siege mound against Jerusalem. This is the city that must be punished; there is nothing but oppression within her.
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As a well keeps its water fresh, so she keeps fresh her evil; violence and destruction are heard within her; sickness and wounds are ever before me.
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Be warned, O Jerusalem, lest I turn from you in disgust, lest I make you a desolation, an uninhabited land.”
9
Thus says the LORD of hosts: “They shall glean thoroughly as a vine the remnant of Israel; like a grape gatherer pass your hand again over its branches.”
10
To whom shall I speak and give warning, that they may hear? Behold, their ears are uncircumcised, they cannot listen; behold, the word of the LORD is to them an object of scorn; they take no pleasure in it.
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Therefore I am full of the wrath of the LORD; I am weary of holding it in. “Pour it out upon the children in the street, and upon the gatherings of young men, also; both husband and wife shall be taken, the elderly and the very aged.
12
Their houses shall be turned over to others, their fields and wives together, for I will stretch out my hand against the inhabitants of the land,” declares the LORD.
13
“For from the least to the greatest of them, everyone is greedy for unjust gain; and from prophet to priest, everyone deals falsely.
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They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace.
15
Were they ashamed when they committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed; they did not know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; at the time that I punish them, they shall be overthrown,” says the LORD.
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Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
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I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Pay attention to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not pay attention.’
18
Therefore hear, O nations, and know, O congregation, what will happen to them.
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Hear, O earth; behold, I am bringing disaster upon this people, the fruit of their devices, because they have not paid attention to my words; and as for my law, they have rejected it.
20
What use to me is frankincense that comes from Sheba, or sweet cane from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices pleasing to me.
21
Therefore thus says the LORD: ‘Behold, I will lay before this people stumbling blocks against which they shall stumble; fathers and sons together, neighbor and friend shall perish.’”
22
Thus says the LORD: “Behold, a people is coming from the north country, a great nation is stirring from the farthest parts of the earth.
23
They lay hold on bow and javelin; they are cruel and have no mercy; the sound of them is like the roaring sea; they ride on horses, set in array as a man for battle, against you, O daughter of Zion!”
24
We have heard the report of it; our hands fall helpless; anguish has taken hold of us, pain as of a woman in labor.
25
Go not out into the field, nor walk on the road, for the enemy has a sword; terror is on every side.
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O daughter of my people, put on sackcloth, and roll in ashes; make mourning as for an only son, most bitter lamentation, for suddenly the destroyer will come upon us.
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“I have made you a tester of metals among my people, that you may know and test their ways.
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They are all stubbornly rebellious, going about with slanders; they are bronze and iron; all of them act corruptly.
29
The bellows blow fiercely; the lead is consumed by the fire; in vain the refining goes on, for the wicked are not removed.
30
Rejected silver they are called, for the LORD has rejected them.”
Prayer Forbidden ...........................................................................................................
Jeremiah 7:16
“As for you, do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with me, for I will not hear you.
Prayer for Justice ...........................................................................................................
Jeremiah 10:23-25
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I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.
24
Correct me, O LORD, but in justice; not in your anger, lest you bring me to nothing.
25
Pour out your wrath on the nations that know you not, and on the peoples that call not on your name, for they have devoured Jacob; they have devoured him and consumed him, and have laid waste his habitation.
Prayer of Perplexity .......................................................................................................
Jeremiah 12:1-4
1
Righteous are you, O LORD, when I complain to you; yet I would plead my case before you. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all who are treacherous thrive?
2
You plant them, and they take root; they grow and produce fruit; you are near in their mouth and far from their heart.
3
But you, O LORD, know me; you see me, and test my heart toward you. Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and set them apart for the day of slaughter.
4
How long will the land mourn and the grass of every field wither? For the evil of those who dwell in it the beasts and the birds are swept away, because they said, “He will not see our latter end.”
Prayer for Relief from Sin and Drought .......................................................................
Jeremiah 14:7-22
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“Though our iniquities testify against us, act, O LORD, for your name's sake; for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against you.
8
O you hope of Israel, its savior in time of trouble, why should you be like a stranger in the land, like a traveler who turns aside to tarry for a night?
9
Why should you be like a man confused, like a mighty warrior who cannot save? Yet you, O LORD, are in the midst of us, and we are called by your name; do not leave us.”
10
Thus says the LORD concerning this people: “They have loved to wander thus; they have not restrained their feet; therefore the LORD does not accept them; now he will remember their iniquity and punish their sins.”
11
The LORD said to me: “Do not pray for the welfare of this people.
12
Though they fast, I will not hear their cry, and though they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them. But I will consume them by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence.”
13
Then I said: “Ah, Lord GOD, behold, the prophets say to them, ‘You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you assured peace in this place.’”
14
And the LORD said to me: “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds.
15
Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who prophesy in my name although I did not send them, and who say, ‘Sword and famine shall not come upon this land’: By sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed.
16
And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem, victims of famine and sword, with none to bury them—them, their wives, their sons, and their daughters. For I will pour out their evil upon them.
17
“You shall say to them this word: ‘Let my eyes run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease, for the virgin daughter of my people is shattered with a great wound, with a very grievous blow.
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If I go out into the field, behold, those pierced by the sword! And if I enter the city, behold, the diseases of famine! For both prophet and priest ply their trade through the land and have no knowledge.’”
19
Have you utterly rejected Judah? Does your soul loathe Zion? Why have you struck us down so that there is no healing for us? We looked for peace, but no good came; for a time of healing, but behold, terror.
20
We acknowledge our wickedness, O LORD, and the iniquity of our fathers, for we have sinned against you.
21
Do not spurn us, for your name's sake; do not dishonor your glorious throne; remember and do not break your covenant with us.
22
Are there any among the false gods of the nations that can bring rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Are you not he, O LORD our God? We set our hope on you, for you do all these things.
Prayer for Divine Vengeance .........................................................................................
Jeremiah 15:15-21
15
O LORD, you know; remember me and visit me, and take vengeance for me on my persecutors. In your forbearance take me not away; know that for your sake I bear reproach.
16
Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts.
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I did not sit in the company of revelers, nor did I rejoice; I sat alone, because your hand was upon me, for you had filled me with indignation.
18
Why is my pain unceasing, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will you be to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail?
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Therefore thus says the LORD: “If you return, I will restore you, and you shall stand before me. If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall be as my mouth. They shall turn to you, but you shall not turn to them.
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And I will make you to this people a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail over you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you, declares the LORD.
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I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.”
Prayer for Confusion of Enemies ..................................................................................
Jeremiah 16:19-21
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O LORD, my strength and my stronghold, my refuge in the day of trouble, to you shall the nations come from the ends of the earth and say: “Our fathers have inherited nothing but lies, worthless things in which there is no profit.
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Can man make for himself gods? Such are not gods!”
21
“Therefore, behold, I will make them know, this once I will make them know my power and my might, and they shall know that my name is the LORD.”
, 17:13-18
Prayer for Overthrow of Evil Counsel ..........................................................................
Jeremiah 18:18-23
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Then they said, “Come, let us make plots against Jeremiah, for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, let us strike him with the tongue, and let us not pay attention to any of his words.”
19
Hear me, O LORD, and listen to the voice of my adversaries.
20
Should good be repaid with evil? Yet they have dug a pit for my life. Remember how I stood before you to speak good for them, to turn away your wrath from them.
21
Therefore deliver up their children to famine; give them over to the power of the sword; let their wives become childless and widowed. May their men meet death by pestilence, their youths be struck down by the sword in battle.
22
May a cry be heard from their houses, when you bring the plunderer suddenly upon them! For they have dug a pit to take me and laid snares for my feet.
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Yet you, O LORD, know all their plotting to kill me. Forgive not their iniquity, nor blot out their sin from your sight. Let them be overthrown before you; deal with them in the time of your anger.
Prayer of a Despairing Heart ........................................................................................
Jeremiah 20:7-13
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O LORD, you have deceived me, and I was deceived; you are stronger than I, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all the day; everyone mocks me.
8
For whenever I speak, I cry out, I shout, “Violence and destruction!” For the word of the LORD has become for me a reproach and derision all day long.
9
If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.
10
For I hear many whispering. Terror is on every side! “Denounce him! Let us denounce him!” say all my close friends, watching for my fall. “Perhaps he will be deceived; then we can overcome him and take our revenge on him.”
11
But the LORD is with me as a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble; they will not overcome me. They will be greatly shamed, for they will not succeed. Their eternal dishonor will never be forgotten.
12
O LORD of hosts, who tests the righteous, who sees the heart and the mind, let me see your vengeance upon them, for to you have I committed my cause.
13
Sing to the LORD; praise the LORD! For he has delivered the life of the needy from the hand of evildoers.
Prayer of Gratitude for DivineGoodness ......................................................................
Jeremiah 32:16-25
16
“After I had given the deed of purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed to the LORD, saying:
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‘Ah, Lord GOD! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.
18
You show steadfast love to thousands, but you repay the guilt of fathers to their children after them, O great and mighty God, whose name is the LORD of hosts,
19
great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the children of man, rewarding each one according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds.
20
You have shown signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, and to this day in Israel and among all mankind, and have made a name for yourself, as at this day.
21
You brought your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and wonders, with a strong hand and outstretched arm, and with great terror.
22
And you gave them this land, which you swore to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey.
23
And they entered and took possession of it. But they did not obey your voice or walk in your law. They did nothing of all you commanded them to do. Therefore you have made all this disaster come upon them.
24
Behold, the siege mounds have come up to the city to take it, and because of sword and famine and pestilence the city is given into the hands of the Chaldeans who are fighting against it. What you spoke has come to pass, and behold, you see it.
25
Yet you, O Lord GOD, have said to me, “Buy the field for money and get witnesses”—though the city is given into the hands of the Chaldeans.’”
Prayer for a Believing Remnant ....................................................................................
Jeremiah 42
1
Then all the commanders of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least to the greatest, came near
2
and said to Jeremiah the prophet, “Let our plea for mercy come before you, and pray to the LORD your God for us, for all this remnant—because we are left with but a few, as your eyes see us—
3
that the LORD your God may show us the way we should go, and the thing that we should do.”
4
Jeremiah the prophet said to them, “I have heard you. Behold, I will pray to the LORD your God according to your request, and whatever the LORD answers you I will tell you. I will keep nothing back from you.”
5
Then they said to Jeremiah, “May the LORD be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act according to all the word with which the LORD your God sends you to us.
6
Whether it is good or bad, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God to whom we are sending you, that it may be well with us when we obey the voice of the LORD our God.”
7
At the end of ten days the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah.
8
Then he summoned Johanan the son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces who were with him, and all the people from the least to the greatest,
9
and said to them, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, to whom you sent me to present your plea for mercy before him:
10
If you will remain in this land, then I will build you up and not pull you down; I will plant you, and not pluck you up; for I relent of the disaster that I did to you.
11
Do not fear the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid. Do not fear him, declares the LORD, for I am with you, to save you and to deliver you from his hand.
12
I will grant you mercy, that he may have mercy on you and let you remain in your own land.
13
But if you say, ‘We will not remain in this land,’ disobeying the voice of the LORD your God
14
and saying, ‘No, we will go to the land of Egypt, where we shall not see war or hear the sound of the trumpet or be hungry for bread, and we will dwell there,’
15
then hear the word of the LORD, O remnant of Judah. Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: If you set your faces to enter Egypt and go to live there,
16
then the sword that you fear shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine of which you are afraid shall follow close after you to Egypt, and there you shall die.
17
All the men who set their faces to go to Egypt to live there shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence. They shall have no remnant or survivor from the disaster that I will bring upon them.
18
“For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: As my anger and my wrath were poured out on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so my wrath will be poured out on you when you go to Egypt. You shall become an execration, a horror, a curse, and a taunt. You shall see this place no more.
19
The LORD has said to you, O remnant of Judah, ‘Do not go to Egypt.’ Know for a certainty that I have warned you this day
20
that you have gone astray at the cost of your lives. For you sent me to the LORD your God, saying, ‘Pray for us to the LORD our God, and whatever the LORD our God says, declare to us and we will do it.’
21
And I have this day declared it to you, but you have not obeyed the voice of the LORD your God in anything that he sent me to tell you.
22
Now therefore know for a certainty that you shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence in the place where you desire to go to live.”
Lamentations
Prayer of Pain ................................................................................................................
Lamentations 1:20-22
20
“Look, O LORD, for I am in distress; my stomach churns; my heart is wrung within me, because I have been very rebellious. In the street the sword bereaves; in the house it is like death.
21
“They heard my groaning, yet there is no one to comfort me. All my enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that you have done it. You have brought the day you announced; now let them be as I am.
22
“Let all their evildoing come before you, and deal with them as you have dealt with me because of all my transgressions; for my groans are many, and my heart is faint.”
Prayer for Pity ...............................................................................................................
Lamentations 2:19-22
19
“Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the night watches! Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord! Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint for hunger at the head of every street.”
20
Look, O LORD, and see! With whom have you dealt thus? Should women eat the fruit of their womb, the children of their tender care? Should priest and prophet be killed in the sanctuary of the Lord?
21
In the dust of the streets lie the young and the old; my young women and my young men have fallen by the sword; you have killed them in the day of your anger, slaughtering without pity.
22
You summoned as if to a festival day my terrors on every side, and on the day of the anger of the LORD no one escaped or survived; those whom I held and raised my enemy destroyed.
Prayer As Complaint .....................................................................................................
Prayer for the Oppressed ...............................................................................................
Lamentations 5
1
Remember, O LORD, what has befallen us; look, and see our disgrace!
2
Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, our homes to foreigners.
3
We have become orphans, fatherless; our mothers are like widows.
4
We must pay for the water we drink; the wood we get must be bought.
5
Our pursuers are at our necks; we are weary; we are given no rest.
6
We have given the hand to Egypt, and to Assyria, to get bread enough.
7
Our fathers sinned, and are no more; and we bear their iniquities.
8
Slaves rule over us; there is none to deliver us from their hand.
9
We get our bread at the peril of our lives, because of the sword in the wilderness.
10
Our skin is hot as an oven with the burning heat of famine.
11
Women are raped in Zion, young women in the towns of Judah.
12
Princes are hung up by their hands; no respect is shown to the elders.
13
Young men are compelled to grind at the mill, and boys stagger under loads of wood.
14
The old men have left the city gate, the young men their music.
15
The joy of our hearts has ceased; our dancing has been turned to mourning.
16
The crown has fallen from our head; woe to us, for we have sinned!
17
For this our heart has become sick, for these things our eyes have grown dim,
18
for Mount Zion which lies desolate; jackals prowl over it.
19
But you, O LORD, reign forever; your throne endures to all generations.
20
Why do you forget us forever, why do you forsake us for so many days?
21
Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may be restored! Renew our days as of old—
22
unless you have utterly rejected us, and you remain exceedingly angry with us.
Eekiel
Prayer As Protest ...........................................................................................................
Ezekiel 4:14
Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I have never defiled myself. From my youth up till now I have never eaten what died of itself or was torn by beasts, nor has tainted meat come into my mouth.”
Prayer for Preservation of Residue ................................................................................
Ezekiel 9:8-11
8
And while they were striking, and I was left alone, I fell upon my face, and cried, “Ah, Lord GOD! Will you destroy all the remnant of Israel in the outpouring of your wrath on Jerusalem?”
9
Then he said to me, “The guilt of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great. The land is full of blood, and the city full of injustice. For they say, ‘The LORD has forsaken the land, and the LORD does not see.’
10
As for me, my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity; I will bring their deeds upon their heads.”
11
And behold, the man clothed in linen, with the writing case at his waist, brought back word, saying, “I have done as you commanded me.”
Prayer Sanctuary ............................................................................................................
Ezekiel 11:13-16
13
And it came to pass, while I was prophesying, that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then I fell down on my face and cried out with a loud voice and said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Will you make a full end of the remnant of Israel?”
14
And the word of the LORD came to me:
15
“Son of man, your brothers, even your brothers, your kinsmen, the whole house of Israel, all of them, are those of whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, ‘Go far from the LORD; to us this land is given for a possession.’
16
Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: Though I removed them far off among the nations, and though I scattered them among the countries, yet I have been a sanctuary to them for a while in the countries where they have gone.’
Daniel
Prayer for Interpretation ................................................................................................
Daniel 2:17
Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions,
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Prayer in Defiance of Decree ........................................................................................
Daniel 6:10-15
10
When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.
11
Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel making petition and plea before his God.
12
Then they came near and said before the king, concerning the injunction, “O king! Did you not sign an injunction, that anyone who makes petition to any god or man within thirty days except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?” The king answered and said, “The thing stands fast, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be revoked.”
13
Then they answered and said before the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or the injunction you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day.”
14
Then the king, when he heard these words, was much distressed and set his mind to deliver Daniel. And he labored till the sun went down to rescue him.
15
Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, “Know, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or ordinance that the king establishes can be changed.”
Prayer of Confession .....................................................................................................
Daniel 9
1
In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, by descent a Mede, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans—
2
in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, perceived in the books the number of years that, according to the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet, must pass before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years.
3
Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.
4
I prayed to the LORD my God and made confession, saying, “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments,
5
we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules.
6
We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.
7
To you, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us open shame, as at this day, to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, those who are near and those who are far away, in all the lands to which you have driven them, because of the treachery that they have committed against you.
8
To us, O LORD, belongs open shame, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you.
9
To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him
10
and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God by walking in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
11
All Israel has transgressed your law and turned aside, refusing to obey your voice. And the curse and oath that are written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out upon us, because we have sinned against him.
12
He has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us and against our rulers who ruled us, by bringing upon us a great calamity. For under the whole heaven there has not been done anything like what has been done against Jerusalem.
13
As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this calamity has come upon us; yet we have not entreated the favor of the LORD our God, turning from our iniquities and gaining insight by your truth.
14
Therefore the LORD has kept ready the calamity and has brought it upon us, for the LORD our God is righteous in all the works that he has done, and we have not obeyed his voice.
15
And now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and have made a name for yourself, as at this day, we have sinned, we have done wickedly.
16
“O Lord, according to all your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath turn away from your city Jerusalem, your holy hill, because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people have become a byword among all who are around us.
17
Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate.
18
O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy.
19
O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.”
20
While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my plea before the LORD my God for the holy hill of my God,
21
while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the first, came to me in swift flight at the time of the evening sacrifice.
22
He made me understand, speaking with me and saying, “O Daniel, I have now come out to give you insight and understanding.
23
At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved. Therefore consider the word and understand the vision.
24
“Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.
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Know therefore and understand that from the going out of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time.
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And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed.
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And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.”
Prayer and Its Spiritual Results .....................................................................................
Daniel 10
1
In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar. And the word was true, and it was a great conflict. And he understood the word and had understanding of the vision.
2
In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks.
3
I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks.
4
On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river (that is, the Tigris)
5
I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist.
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His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude.
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And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision, but a great trembling fell upon them, and they fled to hide themselves.
8
So I was left alone and saw this great vision, and no strength was left in me. My radiant appearance was fearfully changed, and I retained no strength.
9
Then I heard the sound of his words, and as I heard the sound of his words, I fell on my face in deep sleep with my face to the ground.
10
And behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees.
11
And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly loved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for now I have been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling.
12
Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words.
13
The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia,
14
and came to make you understand what is to happen to your people in the latter days. For the vision is for days yet to come.”
15
When he had spoken to me according to these words, I turned my face toward the ground and was mute.
16
And behold, one in the likeness of the children of man touched my lips. Then I opened my mouth and spoke. I said to him who stood before me, “O my lord, by reason of the vision pains have come upon me, and I retain no strength.
17
How can my lord's servant talk with my lord? For now no strength remains in me, and no breath is left in me.”
18
Again one having the appearance of a man touched me and strengthened me.
19
And he said, “O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage.” And as he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”
20
Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? But now I will return to fight against the prince of Persia; and when I go out, behold, the prince of Greece will come.
21
But I will tell you what is inscribed in the book of truth: there is none who contends by my side against these except Michael, your prince.
Prayer for Light on One’s End ......................................................................................
Daniel 12:8-13
8
I heard, but I did not understand. Then I said, “O my lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?”
9
He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end.
10
Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand.
11
And from the time that the regular burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be 1,290 days.
12
Blessed is he who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days.
13
But go your way till the end. And you shall rest and shall stand in your allotted place at the end of the days.”
Hosea
Prayer —Its Many Sidelights
Joel
Prayer in Emergency .....................................................................................................
Joel 1:19
To you, O LORD, I call. For fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and flame has burned all the trees of the field.
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Prayer and Weeping ......................................................................................................
Joel 2:17
Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep and say, “Spare your people, O LORD, and make not your heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’”
Amos
Prayer for Respite and Forgiveness, ...............................................................................
Amos 7:1-9
1
This is what the Lord GOD showed me: behold, he was forming locusts when the latter growth was just beginning to sprout, and behold, it was the latter growth after the king's mowings.
2
When they had finished eating the grass of the land, I said, “O Lord GOD, please forgive! How can Jacob stand? He is so small!”
3
The LORD relented concerning this: “It shall not be,” said the LORD.
4
This is what the Lord GOD showed me: behold, the Lord GOD was calling for a judgment by fire, and it devoured the great deep and was eating up the land.
5
Then I said, “O Lord GOD, please cease! How can Jacob stand? He is so small!”
6
The LORD relented concerning this: “This also shall not be,” said the Lord GOD.
7
This is what he showed me: behold, the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand.
8
And the LORD said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said, “Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again pass by them;
9
the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste, and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.”
Obadiah
Prayer Absent in This Brief Book
Jonah
Prayer of Heathen Sailors..............................................................................................
Jonah 1:14-16
14
Therefore they called out to the LORD, “O LORD, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not on us innocent blood, for you, O LORD, have done as it pleased you.”
15
So they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging.
16
Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the LORD and made vows.
Prayer Out of Hell ........................................................................................................
Jonah 2
1
Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the belly of the fish,
2
saying, “I called out to the LORD, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice.
3
For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the flood surrounded me; all your waves and your billows passed over me.
4
Then I said, ‘I am driven away from your sight; yet I shall again look upon your holy temple.’
5
The waters closed in over me to take my life; the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped about my head
6
at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God.
7
When my life was fainting away, I remembered the LORD, and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple.
8
Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love.
9
But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the LORD!”
10
And the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.
Prayer of a Repentant City ............................................................................................
Jonah 3
1
Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying,
2
“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.”
3
So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days' journey in breadth.
4
Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”
5
And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.
6
The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
7
And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water,
8
but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands.
9
Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.”
10
When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.
Prayer of a Displeased Prophet .....................................................................................
Jonah 4
1
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.
2
And he prayed to the LORD and said, “O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster.
3
Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.”
4
And the LORD said, “Do you do well to be angry?”
5
Jonah went out of the city and sat to the east of the city and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, till he should see what would become of the city.
6
Now the LORD God appointed a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort. So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant.
7
But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered.
8
When the sun rose, God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint. And he asked that he might die and said, “It is better for me to die than to live.”
9
But God said to Jonah, “Do you do well to be angry for the plant?” And he said, “Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.”
10
And the LORD said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night.
11
And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”
Micah
Prayer Is Looking and Waiting
Nahum
Prayer Finds No Place in This Book of Judgment
Habakkuk
Prayer of Complaint and Vin dication ...........................................................................
Habakkuk 1:1-4
1
The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw.
2
O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save?
3
Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.
4