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From Gary... Bible Reading and Study September 9



Bible Reading and Study    


September 9


The World English Bible

Sept. 9
Psalms 52-54
Psa 52:1 Why do you boast of mischief, mighty man? God's loving kindness endures continually.
Psa 52:2 Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.
Psa 52:3 You love evil more than good, lying rather than speaking the truth. Selah.
Psa 52:4 You love all devouring words, you deceitful tongue.
Psa 52:5 God will likewise destroy you forever. He will take you up, and pluck you out of your tent, and root you out of the land of the living. Selah.
Psa 52:6 The righteous also will see it, and fear, and laugh at him, saying,
Psa 52:7 "Behold, this is the man who didn't make God his strength, but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness."
Psa 52:8 But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in God's house. I trust in God's loving kindness forever and ever.
Psa 52:9 I will give you thanks forever, because you have done it. I will hope in your name, for it is good, in the presence of your saints.

Psa 53:1 The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity. There is no one who does good.
Psa 53:2 God looks down from heaven on the children of men, to see if there are any who understood, who seek after God.
Psa 53:3 Every one of them has gone back. They have become filthy together. There is no one who does good, no, not one.
Psa 53:4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and don't call on God?
Psa 53:5 There they were in great fear, where no fear was, for God has scattered the bones of him who encamps against you. You have put them to shame, because God has rejected them.
Psa 53:6 Oh that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When God brings back his people from captivity, then Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
Psa 54:1 Save me, God, by your name. Vindicate me in your might.
Psa 54:2 Hear my prayer, God. Listen to the words of my mouth.
Psa 54:3 For strangers have risen up against me. Violent men have sought after my soul. They haven't set God before them. Selah.
Psa 54:4 Behold, God is my helper. The Lord is the one who sustains my soul.
Psa 54:5 He will repay the evil to my enemies. Destroy them in your truth.
Psa 54:6 With a free will offering, I will sacrifice to you. I will give thanks to your name, Yahweh, for it is good.
Psa 54:7 For he has delivered me out of all trouble. My eye has seen triumph over my enemies.

 
The Composite Bible
The World English Bible
Darby's Translation
Young's Literal Translation

The Composite Bible is a effort to understand the Bible by considering it from different perspectives and different levels of literalcy. First, read the World English Bible (the least literal-black text) for comprehension of the text. Next, read both the World English Bible with the Darby Translation (more literal-blue text)to make comparisons and lastly, read all three versions (Young's is the most literal translation- red text) at one time to obtain an overview of the text. Doing this will make you think about what the Scriptures are actually saying and avoid reading in a superficial manner.
Psalms


Psalms 52 1
Why do you boast of mischief, mighty man? God`s lovingkindness endures continually.
{To the chief Musician: an instruction. Of David; when Doeg the Edomite came and told
Saul, and said unto him, David came to the house of Ahimelech.} Why boastest thou thyself
in evil, thou mighty man? The loving-kindness of ·God [abideth] continually.
To the Overseer. -- An instruction, by David, in the coming in of Doeg the
Edomite, and he declareth to Saul, and saith to him, `David came in unto the house
of Ahimelech.` What, boasteth thou in evil, O mighty one? The kindness of God [is]
all the day.
Psalms 52 2
Your tongue plots destruction, Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.
Thy tongue deviseth mischievous things, like a sharp razor, practising deceit.
Mischiefs doth thy tongue devise, Like a sharp razor, working deceit.
Psalms 52 3
You love evil more than good, Lying rather than speaking the truth. Selah.
Thou hast loved evil rather than good, lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.
Thou hast loved evil rather than good, Lying, than speaking righteousness. Selah.
Psalms 52 4
You love all devouring words, You deceitful tongue.
Thou hast loved all devouring words, O deceitful tongue!
Thou hast loved all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.
Psalms 52 5
God will likewise destroy you forever. He will take you up, and pluck you out of your tent,
And root you out of the land of the living. Selah.
·God shall likewise destroy thee for ever; he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of
[thy] tent, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.
Also -- God doth break thee down for ever, Taketh thee, and pulleth thee out of the
tent, And He hath uprooted thee Out of the land of the living. Selah.
Psalms 52 6
The righteous also will see it, and fear, And laugh at him, saying,
The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him, [saying,]
And the righteous see, And fear, and laugh at him.
Psalms 52 7
"Behold, this is the man who didn`t make God his strength, But trusted in the abundance of
his riches, And strengthened himself in his wickedness."
Behold the man that made not God his strength, but put confidence in the abundance of
his riches, [and] strengthened himself in his avarice.
`Lo, the man who maketh not God his strong place, And trusteth in the abundance
of his riches, He is strong in his mischiefs.`
Psalms 52 8
But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in God`s house. I trust in God`s lovingkindness
forever and ever.
But as for me, I am like a green olive-tree in the house of God: I will confide in the loving-
kindness of God for ever and ever.
And I, as a green olive in the house of God, I have trusted in the kindness of God, To
the age and for ever,
Psalms 52 9
I will give you thanks forever, because you have done it. I will hope in your name, for it is
good, In the presence of your saints. Psalm 53 For the Chief Musician. To the tune of
"Mahalath." A contemplation by David.
I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done [it]; and I will wait on thy name, before
thy godly ones, for it is good.
I thank Thee to the age, because Thou hast done [it], And I wait [on] Thy name for
[it is] good before Thy saints!
Psalms 53 1
The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, and have done abominable
iniquity. There is no one who does good.
{To the chief Musician. On Mahalath: an instruction. Of David.} The fool hath said in his
heart, There is no God! They have corrupted themselves, and have done abominable
iniquity: there is none that doeth good.
To the Overseer. -- `On a disease.` -- An instruction, by David. A fool said in his
heart, `There is no God.` They have done corruptly, Yea, they have done
abominable iniquity, There is none doing good.
Psalms 53 2
God looks down from heaven on the children of men, To see if there are any who understood,
Who seek after God.
God looked down from the heavens upon the children of men, to see if there were any that
did understand, that did seek God.
God from the heavens looked on the sons of men, To see if there be an
understanding one, [One] seeking God.
Psalms 53 3
Every one of them has gone back. They have become filthy together. There is no one who does
good, no, not one.
Every one of them is gone back, they are together become corrupt: there is none that
doeth good, not even one.
Every one went back, together they became filthy, There is none doing good -- not
even one.
Psalms 53 4
Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, And
don`t call on God?
Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge, eating up my people [as] they eat bread? they
call not upon God.
Have not workers of iniquity known, Those eating my people have eaten bread,
God they have not called.
Psalms 53 5
There they were in great fear, where no fear was, For God has scattered the bones of him who
encamps against you. You have put them to shame, Because God has rejected them.
There were they in great fear, where no fear was; for God scattereth the bones of him that
encampeth against thee. Thou hast put [them] to shame, for God hath despised them.
There they feared a fear -- there was no fear, For God hath scattered the bones of
him Who is encamping against thee, Thou hast put to shame, For God hath
despised them.
Psalms 53 6
Oh that the salvation of Israel had already come out of Zion! When God brings back the
captivity of his people, Then shall Jacob rejoice. Israel shall be glad. Psalm 54 For the
Chief Musician. On stringed instruments. A contemplation by David, when the Ziphites came
and said to Saul, "Isn`t David hiding himself among us?"
Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God turneth again the
captivity of his people, Jacob shall be glad, Israel shall rejoice.
Who doth give from Zion the salvation of Israel? When God turneth back [to] a
captivity of His people, Jacob doth rejoice -- Israel is glad!
Psalms 54 1
Save me, God, by your name. Vindicate me in your might.
{To the chief Musician. On stringed instruments: an instruction. Of David; when the
Ziphites came, and said to Saul, Is not David hiding himself with us?} O God, by thy name
save me, and by thy strength do me justice.
To the Overseer with stringed instruments. -- An instruction, by David, in the
coming in of the Ziphim, and they say to Saul, `Is not David hiding himself with
us?` O God, by Thy name save me, and by Thy might judge me.
Psalms 54 2
Hear my prayer, God. Listen to the words of my mouth.
O God, hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth.
O God, hear my prayer, Give ear to the sayings of my mouth,
Psalms 54 3
For strangers have risen up against me. Violent men have sought after my soul. They haven`t
set God before them. Selah.
For strangers are risen up against me, and the violent seek after my life: they have not
set God before them. Selah.
For strangers have risen up against me And terrible ones have sought my soul,
They have not set God before them. Selah.
Psalms 54 4
Behold, God is my helper. The Lord is the one who sustains my soul.
Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is among them that uphold my soul.
Lo, God [is] a helper to me, The Lord [is] with those supporting my soul,
Psalms 54 5
He will repay the evil to my enemies. Destroy them in your truth.
He will requite evil to mine enemies: in thy truth cut them off.
Turn back doth the evil thing to mine enemies, In Thy truth cut them off.
Psalms 54 6
With a free will offering, I will sacrifice to you. I will give thanks to your name, Yahweh, for it
is good.
I will freely sacrifice unto thee; I will praise thy name, O Jehovah, because it is good.
With a free will-offering I sacrifice to Thee, I thank Thy name, O Jehovah, for [it
is] good,
Psalms 54 7
For he has delivered me out of all trouble. My eye has seen triumph over my enemies. 
For he hath delivered me out of all trouble; and mine eye hath seen [its desire] upon mine
enemies.
For, from all adversity He delivered me, And on mine enemies hath mine eye
looked!


Study Questions

How did David react to the evil of Doeg? 52:8, 9

What has the fool said? 53:1




The World English Bible

Sept. 9
1 Corinthians 5

1Co 5:1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles, that one has his father's wife.
1Co 5:2 You are puffed up, and didn't rather mourn, that he who had done this deed might be removed from among you.
1Co 5:3 For I most certainly, as being absent in body but present in spirit, have already, as though I were present, judged him who has done this thing.
1Co 5:4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, you being gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
1Co 5:5 are to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
1Co 5:6 Your boasting is not good. Don't you know that a little yeast leavens the whole lump?
1Co 5:7 Purge out the old yeast, that you may be a new lump, even as you are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed in our place.
1Co 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old yeast, neither with the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
1Co 5:9 I wrote to you in my letter to have no company with sexual sinners;
1Co 5:10 yet not at all meaning with the sexual sinners of this world, or with the covetous and extortioners, or with idolaters; for then you would have to leave the world.
1Co 5:11 But as it is, I wrote to you not to associate with anyone who is called a brother who is a sexual sinner, or covetous, or an idolater, or a slanderer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner. Don't even eat with such a person.
1Co 5:12 For what have I to do with also judging those who are outside? Don't you judge those who are within?
1Co 5:13 But those who are outside, God judges. "Put away the wicked man from among yourselves."

 


The Composite Bible
The World English Bible
Darby's Translation
Young's Literal Translation

The Composite Bible is a effort to understand the Bible by considering it from different perspectives and different levels of literalcy. First, read the World English Bible (the least literal-black text) for comprehension of the text. Next, read both the World English Bible with the Darby Translation (more literal-blue text)to make comparisons and lastly, read all three versions (Young's is the most literal translation- red text) at one time to obtain an overview of the text. Doing this will make you think about what the Scriptures are actually saying and avoid reading in a superficial manner.
1 Corinthians


1 Corinthians 5 1
It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as
is not even named among the Gentiles, that one has his father`s wife.
It is universally reported [that there is] fornication among you, and such fornication as
[is] not even among the nations, so that one should have his father`s wife.
Whoredom is actually heard of among you, and such whoredom as is not even
named among the nations -- as that one hath the wife of the father! --
1 Corinthians 5 2
You are puffed up, and didn`t rather mourn, that he who had done this deed might be removed
from among you.
And *ye* are puffed up, and ye have not rather mourned, in order that he that has done
this deed might be taken away out of the midst of you.
and ye are having been puffed up, and did not rather mourn, that he may be
removed out of the midst of you who did this work,
1 Corinthians 5 3
For I most assuredly, as being absent in body but present in spirit, have already, as though I
were present, judged him who has done this thing.
For *I*, [as] absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged as present,
for I indeed, as being absent as to the body, and present as to the spirit, have
already judged, as being present, him who so wrought this thing:
1 Corinthians 5 4
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, you being gathered together, and my spirit, with the
power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
[to deliver,] in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (ye and my spirit being gathered
together, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ), him that has so wrought this:
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ -- ye being gathered together, also my spirit -
- with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
1 Corinthians 5 5
are to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in
the day of the Lord Jesus.
to deliver him, [I say,] [being] such, to Satan for destruction of the flesh, that the spirit
may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
to deliver up such a one to the Adversary for the destruction of the flesh, that the
spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
1 Corinthians 5 6
Your boasting is not good. Don`t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole lump?
Your boasting [is] not good. Do ye not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
Not good [is] your glorying; have ye not known that a little leaven the whole lump
doth leaven?
1 Corinthians 5 7
Purge out the old yeast, that you may be a new lump, even as you are unleavened. For indeed
Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed in our place.
Purge out the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, according as ye are unleavened. For
also our passover, Christ, has been sacrificed;
cleanse out, therefore, the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, according as ye
are unleavened, for also our passover for us was sacrificed -- Christ,
1 Corinthians 5 8
Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old yeast, neither with the yeast of malice and
wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
so that let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with leaven of malice and
wickedness, but with unleavened [bread] of sincerity and truth.
so that we may keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of evil and
wickedness, but with unleavened food of sincerity and truth.
1 Corinthians 5 9
I wrote to you in my letter to have no company with sexual sinners;
I have written to you in the epistle not to mix with fornicators;
I did write to you in the epistle, not to keep company with whoremongers --
1 Corinthians 5 10
yet not at all meaning with the sexual sinners of this world, or with the covetous and
extortioners, or with idolaters; for then you would have to leave the world.
not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the avaricious and rapacious,
or idolaters, since [then] ye should go out of the world.
and not certainly with the whoremongers of this world, or with the covetous, or
extortioners, or idolaters, seeing ye ought then to go forth out of the world --
1 Corinthians 5 11
But as it is, I wrote to you not to keep company, if any man who is named a brother is a sexual
sinner, or covetous, or an idolater, or a slanderer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner. Don`t even
eat with such a person.
But now I have written to you, if any one called brother be fornicator, or avaricious, or
idolater, or abusive, or a drunkard, or rapacious, not to mix with [him]; with such a one
not even to eat.
and now, I did write to you not to keep company with [him], if any one, being
named a brother, may be a whoremonger, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer,
or a drunkard, or an extortioner -- with such a one not even to eat together;
1 Corinthians 5 12
For what have I to do with also judging those who are outside? Don`t you judge those who are
within?
For what have *I* [to do] with judging those outside also? *ye*, do not ye judge them that
are within?
for what have I also those without to judge? those within do ye not judge?
1 Corinthians 5 13
But those who are outside, God judges. "Put away the wicked man from among yourselves."
But those without God judges. Remove the wicked person from amongst yourselves.
and those without God doth judge; and put ye away the evil from among yourselves.


Study Questions

What sort of unusual immorality existed among them? 5:1

Why would the Corinthians not associate with a "brother"? 5:11

From Jim McGuiggan... Matthew 15:21-28: A little Canaanite woman

Matthew 15:21-28: A little Canaanite woman

Jesus entered the region of an old enemy of Israel. The old Phoenician kingdom centred in Tyre and Sidon came under the rule of Ethbaal, a priest of Astarte who slew his royal predecessor and was father of an infamous daughter, the princess of Sidon, Jezebel. She married Ahab, ruled the roost, turned Israel to Baal worship and scared the fearless Elijah witless. She's listed as among the great evils of Ahab (1 Kings 16). The passing years had made a difference, of course, but old memories and old enmities die hard and live long. Jews cared little for non-Jews but they harboured special feelings toward Samaritans and Sidonians (even if they were Greeks—see Mark 7:26).
Matthew reduces the entire incident to the truths he wants to stress. Jesus, in whom the kingdom of God was being revealed, entered this "foreign" region and before you know it ("suddenly" says the JB or "just then" says the NRSV on 15:22—the Greek has "look") there's a woman (apparently) following them all the way into some house (see Mark 7:24-30). As she follows she keeps calling on Jesus, the son of David (a Messianic title), to show her mercy in connection with her daughter.
Jesus keeps moving and says not a word to her. The disciples grow tired of her and repeatedly (an imperfect tense is used) ask him to, "send her away, for she keeps crying out after us" (15:23). Jesus responds to that remark in 15:24 and he is not addressing the woman; he's speaking to the disciples, so we have to wonder at the "but" with which 15:24 begins. The NIV and NRSV ignore the "but" though it's not ignored—and shouldn't be—by the KJV and others.
Here's the little problem. If they say, "Chase her away" and Jesus says, "But I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel" it's a little difficult to understand his response to them. Some versions ignore the "but" and allow us to think he's addressing the woman. In other words, the disciples say chase her away and Jesus does just that by telling her he wasn't sent to help the likes of her.
But we have no reason to think Jesus was speaking to her (note the opening of 15:23). Most and perhaps all the versions have the disciples saying, "Chase her away" or something like it but that makes it difficult to understand him if he is speaking to them and when we allow the "but" to stand. "But I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel" makes little sense if he's speaking to them. 
I think it's better to understand that they were implying that he should grant her request so that they could be done with her. [The word used for "send away" is also used to mean release or free or loose (it's used of Barabbas) or of forgiveness. See Matthew 18:27 and Luke 13:12 where it is used of a woman "loosed" from her illness.]
Whatever we make of the word used, Jesus' response to the disciples' repeated request seems to suggest that they wanted him to give her what she kept asking for. He reminded them that his mission was to Israel. They knew that, of course, and were glad of it; but they knew he had healed a Gentile centurion's servant. Still, they had no heart for this situation because if they wanted her freed from her suffering (due to her daughter's illness) it was only so they could be rid of her.
Finally the woman gets to him and kneels before him asking for help (15:25). He tells her it isn't right to take the children's food and give it to the dogs. We read that and take offence (sort of) but Matthew records it without any sense that there's rudeness in it; he isn't embarrassed in any way by Jesus. Jesus isn't implying that she or those like her are in a class with dogs. He insists on Israel's primary place in the unfolding drama of redemption—he was never embarrassed about that truth either (compare John 4:22 for a tonally important text).
Still, though he isn't insulting her he's provoking her, knowing that she's up to it. She makes it clear that she doesn't want "the children" to be left without food—she would just like some of the crumbs that fall around the table while the children are being fed. "I'll settle for the crumbs," she shrewdly and passionately responds.
Why is he making it difficult for this woman? We need to bear in mind that she might not have thought he was doing that; because she had love for a suffering daughter that made all apparent racial slurs, racial enmity, needling remarks, or whatever, feel like no burden at all (compare Genesis 29:18-20). But she had more than that and Jesus knew it! He had met another couple of foreigners, a centurion and a woman of (probably) ill-repute and a Samaritan into the bargain and both of them showed remarkable faith. They showed faith that should have made proud Jews feel ashamed. And here is another foreigner that proud Jews wanted rid off—a nuisance at best, they thought her to be. But Jesus provokes her and brings out before their eyes what was really in her.
Had she come and politely asked for help and been given it with hardly a word exchanged we would never have known—nor would the proud Jewish disciples—that this woman indeed had "great faith". I don't believe he worked with the woman as he did, to teach her a lesson of patience and fine stubbornness (see Luke 18:1-8) though she would have learned that. He didn't commend her for her patience or stubbornness. He commended her for her great faith. Once again "the children" had seen that someone outside the family had shown such faith in Jesus as would embarrass a host of Israelites. (This "foreign" element is prominent in Matthew along with the "Israel first" notion. It culminates in Matthew 28:19, and see 8:10-13.)
Let me repeat: Jesus doesn't commend her for her love of her daughter, her patience or her willingness to put up with jibes though all those were in her. He commends her for believing that the God who sent this Saviour to Israel to feed his children would not begrudge crumbs to a needy non-family member. She believed that the God who was now showing his reign in Jesus of Nazareth and showing his faithful love to his children would know how she felt about her child. She believed that God was so showing his power in and through Jesus that just the crumbs or scraps from his table would be more than adequate for her needs.
This remarkable faith was brought out into the open by Christ's prodding. Israel had much to learn from such a woman and Christ saw to it that they got the message. Christ was for the world and not just Israel! And many outside of Israel would have a vision of Jesus that Israel would have been jealous of.
And, anyway, who's to say he wasn't smiling as he bandied words with her?

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