A Great Man

   
A Great Man  
   
   
9 Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power.  
2 And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.  
   
17 And Samuel called the people together unto the Lord to Mizpeh;  
18 And said unto the children of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed you:  
19 And ye have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes, and by your thousands.  
20 And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken.  
21 When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken, and Saul the son of Kish was taken: and when they sought him, he could not be found.  
22 Therefore they enquired of the Lord further, if the man should yet come thither. And the Lord answered, Behold he hath hid himself among the stuff.  
23 And they ran and fetched him thence: and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward.  
24 And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom the Lord hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, God save the king.  
   
   
21 I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also.  
22 Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.  
23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.  
24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.  
25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;  
26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;  
27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.  
28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.  
29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?  
30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.  
31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.  
32 In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:  
33 And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.  
12 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come tovisions and revelations of the Lord.  
2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.  
3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)  
4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.  
Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.  
6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.  
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.  
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.  
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.  
11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.  
12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mightydeeds.  
   
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Inherit the promises

   
Inherit the promises  
   
   
17 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.  
18 Then went king David in, and sat before the Lord, and he said, Who am I, O Lord God? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?  
   
27 For thou, O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.  
28 And now, O Lord God, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:  
29 Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord God, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.  
   
   
21 And it came to pass, that after we were gotten from them, and had launched, we came with a straight course unto Coos, and the day following unto Rhodes, and from thence unto Patara:  
2 And finding a ship sailing over unto Phenicia, we went aboard, and set forth.  
3 Now when we had discovered Cyprus, we left it on the left hand, and sailed into Syria, and landed at Tyre: for there the ship was to unlade her burden.  
4 And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.  
5 And when we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, till we were out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed.  
6 And when we had taken our leave one of another, we took ship; and they returned home again.  
7 And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day.  
8 And the next day we that were of Paul’s company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him.  
9 And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.  
10 And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus.  
11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.  
12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.  
13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.  
14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.  
15 And after those days we took up our carriages, and went up to Jerusalem.  
16 There went with us also certain of the disciples of Caesarea, and brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom we should lodge.  

His Righteousness

 

 

His Righteousness

 

 

 

 

 

112 Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

 

2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.

 

3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

 

 

 

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

 

 

 

 

 

7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

 

8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

 

9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.

 

10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness😉

 

11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

 

 

 

 

 

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

 

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

 

25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

 

26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

 

9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

 

10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

 

A New Name

   
A New Name  
   
   
5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the Lord, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?  
6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.  
7 In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?  
8 Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel:  
9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth. King David,

King Solomon

10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime,  
11 And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the Lord telleth thee that he will make thee an house.  
12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.  
13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. Jesus Christ
14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:  
15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.  
16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.  
17 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.  
   
   
41 I receive not honour from men.  
42 But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.  
43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.  
44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?  
   
   
25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.  
26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;  
27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:  
28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.  
   
   
2 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,  
2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.  
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.  
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  
   
   
17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.  
   
12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.  

Heavenly Jerusalem

   
Heavenly Jerusalem  
   
   
7 And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the Lord had given him rest round about from all his enemies;  
2 That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.  
3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the Lord is with thee.  
4 And it came to pass that night, that the word of the Lord came unto Nathan, saying,  
5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the Lord, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?  
6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.  
7 In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?  
8 Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel:  
9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth.  
10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime,  
11 And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the Lord telleth thee that he will make thee an house.  
12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.  
13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.  
14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:  
15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.  
16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.  
17 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.  
   
   
   
18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,  
19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:  
20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:  
21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)  
22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,  
23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,  
24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.  
25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:  
26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.  
27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.  
28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:  
29 For our God is a consuming fire.  

Keep Judgment

   
Keep Judgment  
   
   
56 Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.  
2 Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.  
   
   
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.  
Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.  
   

Complacency

   
Complacency  
   
   
7 And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the Lord had given him rest round about from all his enemies;  
2 That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.  
3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the Lord is with thee.  
4 And it came to pass that night, that the word of the Lord came unto Nathan, saying,  
5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the Lord, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?  
6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle. Came to serve, not to be served
7 In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar? to serve, to minister
   
   
17 And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets.  
18 And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?  
19 They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again.  
20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.  
21 And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing;  
22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.  
23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up hiscross daily, and follow me.  
24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.  
25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? Gain
26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.  
27 But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.  
28 And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.  
29 And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.  
30 And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:  
31 Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.  
32 But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.  
33 And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said.  
34 While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.  
35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.  
36 And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen.  
   
   
   
   
35 And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the son of David? glory in the world
36 For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.  
37 David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.  
38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,  
39 And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts:  
40 Which devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.  
41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.  
42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.  
43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:  
44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.  
   
   
   
   
   
9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.  
10 And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago. gain
11 Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have.  
12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.  
13 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:  
14 But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality:  
15 As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.  
   
   
   
9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.  
10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.  
11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.  
12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.  
13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.  
14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.  
15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.