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Psalm 37 Acrostic

January 11, 2012

1    Avoid fretting because of evil men

.           or envying those who do wrong;

2    As the grass soon withers, so will they;

.           like green plants they will soon die away.

3    Be always trusting in the Lord and doing good;

.           dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

4    By delighting yourself in the Lord

.           you will receive from him the desires of your heart.

5    Commit your way to the Lord;

.           trust in him and he will reward you,

6    Causing your righteousness to shine like the dawn,

.           the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

7    Daily be still before the Lord

.           and wait patiently for him;

.     Do not fret when men succeed in their ways,

.           when they carry out their wicked schemes.

8    Exercise restraint when angry; turn from wrath,

.           and do not fret—it only leads to evil.

9    Evil men will be cut off,

.           but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

10  For in a little while, the wicked will be no more;

.           though you look for them, they will not be found.

11  Favor and great peace will come to the meek,

.           and they will inherit the land.

12  Gnashing their teeth against the righteous,

.           the wicked plot against them;

13  God laughs at the wicked, however,

.           for he knows their day is coming.

14  Having drawn their sword and bent their bow,

.           the wicked seek to bring down the poor and needy,

.                to slay those whose ways are upright.

15  However, their swords will pierce their own hearts,

.           and their bows will be broken.

16  Is it not better to have the little of the righteous

.           than the wealth of man wicked?

17  Inevitably the power of the wicked will be broken,

.           but the Lord upholds the righteous.

18  Just men’s days are known to the Lord,

.           and their inheritance will endure forever.

19  Joy and plenty will be theirs in days of famine;

.           in times of disaster they will not wither.

20  Know that the wicked will perish:

.           the Lord’s enemies will be like the beauty of the fields;

.     Killed, they will vanish—

.           vanish like smoke.

21  Loans the wicked are always borrowing they do not repay,

.           but the righteous are always able to give generously.

22  Land will be the inheritance of those the Lord blesses,

.           but those he curses will be cut off.

23  Much the Lord delights in the way of the man

.           whose steps he has made firm;

24  May be he will stumble, but he will not fall,

.           for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

25  Never—from the time I was young till now when I’m old—

.           never have I seen the righteous forsaken

.                or his children begging bread.

26  Not grudging, they are always generous, lending freely;

.           their children will be blessed.

27  Once you turn from evil and do good,

.           you will always live securely.

28  Ones who are faithful the Lord does not forsake,

.           for he loves the just.

.     Protected forever will they be,

.           but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off;

29  Prospering, the righteous will inherit the land

.           and dwell in it forever.

30  Quotes of wisdom issue from the mouth of the righteous man,

.           and his tongue speaks what is just.

31  Quietly rooted in his heart is the law of God;

.           therefore his feet do not slip.

32  Relentlessly the wicked lie in wait for the righteous,

.           seeking their very lives;

33  Rescuing them, the Lord will not leave them in their power,

.           or let them be condemned when brought to trial.

34  Seek the Lord, wait for him

.           and keep his way.

.     Surely he will exalt you to possess the land;

.           when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.

35  Though I have see a wicked and ruthless man

.           flourishing like a green tree in its native soil,

36  That man soon passed away and was no more;

.           though I looked for him, he could not be found.

37  Upright, blameless men—consider and observe them,

.           for there is a future for the man of peace.

38  Unrighteous men, though, will all be destroyed;

.           the future of the wicked will be cut off.

39  Victory and salvation for the righteous come from the Lord;

.           he is their stronghold in time of trouble.

.     Vindicating them, he helps and delivers,

.           saving them from the wicked

.                because they take refuge in him.

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Psalm 34 Acrostic

January 11, 2012

1          At all times I will extol the Lord;

.                  Always will his praise be on my lips.

2          Because the afflicted hear my soul

.                  Boasting in the Lord, they rejoice.

3          Come, glorify the Lord with me;

.                  Continually let us exalt his name together.

4          Despairing, I sought the Lord, and he answered me,

.                  Delivering me from all my fears.

5          Exceptionally radiant are those who look to him;

.                  Expressions on their faces are never ones of shame!

6          Fearfully this poor man called, and the Lord heard him,

.                  Freeing him from all his troubles.

7          Guarding those who fear the Lord, his angel

.                   Girds the camp, delivering them.

8          How good is the Lord! Taste, and see

.                   His blessings for those who take refuge in him.

9          If you, his saints, will fear the Lord,

.                  In nothing will you find yourself lacking.

10        Just seek the Lord and you will lack no good thing, though

.                   Jaws of young lions hang limp from hunger.

11        Keep listening to me, my children, and I will

.                  Keep teaching you the fear of the Lord.

12        Love living? Desire to see

.                  Long life filled with good days?

13        Master your tongue, then, to keep it from evil;

.                  Make sure your lips speak no lies.

14        Never stop turning from evil and doing good;

.                  Nurture peace, seeking and pursuing it.

15        On the righteous the Lord keeps his eyes

.                  Opening his ears to their cry;

16        Positioning himself squarely against evildoers, the Lord

.                  Purges their memory from the face of the earth.

17        Quickly hearing the righteous cry out, he

.                  Quite easily delivers them from all their troubles.

18        Remaining close to the brokenhearted, the Lord

.                  Rescues those who are crushed in spirit.

19        Surely, a righteous man may have many troubles;

.                   Still, the Lord delivers him from them all.

20        Truly he protects all his bones,

.                  That not one of them will be broken.

21        Unrighteousness will slay the wicked;

.             Unendingly the foes of the righteous will be condemned.

22        Vindicating his servants, the Lord will be

.              Vigilant to keep those hiding in him from condemnation.

Psalm 111 Acrostic

January 11, 2012

1         Praise the Lord!

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.          Always I will extol the Lord with all my heart

.          Before the council of the upright and in the assembly.

2         Certainly the works of the Lord are great,

.          Delighting those who ponder them.

3         Eternally glorious and majestic are his deeds;

.          Forever his righteousness endures.

4         God has caused his wonders to be remembered.

.          How gracious and compassionate the Lord is—

5         Insuring that those who fear him have food,

.          Justly remembering his covenant forever.

6         Knowing him, his people see the power of his works;

.          Lands of other nations he gives into their hands.

7         Moreover, the works of his hands are faithful and just;

.          Not one of his precepts is untrustworthy.

8         Oh, how steadfast they are, forever and ever,

.          Proven in faithfulness and uprightness!

9         Quickly he provided redemption for his people;

.          Righteously he ordained his covenant forever—

.          Surely his name is holy and awesome!

10       The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom

.         Understanding is given to all following his precepts.

.         Very truly, eternal praise belongs to him.

Psalm 25 Acrostic

January 10, 2012

1              Ah, Lord, to you I lift up my soul;

2              Because I trust in you, my God,

.                     do not let me be put to shame,

.                           nor let my enemies triumph over me.

3              Could anyone whose hope is in you

.                      ever be put to shame? No!

.                         But those who are treacherous without excuse

.                                 will be put to shame.

4              Direct me in your ways, O Lord,

.                     teach me your paths;

5              Educate me in your truth and instruct me,

.                     for you are God my Savior,

.                           and my hope is in you all day long.

6              Forget not your great mercy and love, O Lord,

.                     for they are from of old.

7              Graciously forgive the sins of my youth

.                      and my rebellious ways;

.                            according to your love remember me,

.                               for you are good, O Lord.

8              Holy, upright and good is the Lord;

.                     therefore he guides sinners into his ways,

9              Instructing the humble in what is right

.                     and teaching them his way.

10           Just, faithful and loving are all the ways of the Lord

.                     for those who keep the demands of his covenant.

11           Kindly forgive my iniquity, though it is great,

.                     for the sake of your name, O Lord.

12           Look to find the man who fears the Lord:

.                 him will the Lord instruct in the way chosen for him.

13           Many days will he spend in prosperity,

.                     and his descendents will inherit the land.

14           Now making his covenant known to them,

.                     the Lord confides in those who fear him.

15           Only the Lord will release my feet from the snare;

.                     therefore my eyes are ever on him.

16           Prove yourself gracious to me and turn to me,

.                     for I am lonely and afflicted.

17           Quickly free me from my anguish,

.                     for the troubles of my heart have multiplied.

18           Regard my affliction and my distress

.                     and take away all my sins.

19           See how my enemies have increased

.                     and see how fiercely they hate me!

20           Take my life and guard it;

.                     rescue me, and let me now be put to shame,

.                          for I take refuge in you.

21           Uprightness and integrity—let them always protect me,

.                     because my hope is in you.

22           Vindicate Israel, O God;

.                     redeem them from all their troubles!

Proverbs 31 Acrostic

January 10, 2012

Proverbs 31:10-31 (“Proverbs Woman”)

10           A wife of noble character who can find?

.                     She is worth far more than rubies.

11           Because her husband can trust her completely,

.                     he lacks nothing of value.

12           Consistently she seeks his good, not harm,

.                     all the days of her life.

13           Diligently she works with eager hands,

.                     selecting wool and flax.

14           Even if food is far away

.                     she’ll fetch it like the merchant ships.

15           Faithfully she rises before dawn

.                     to provide food for her family and servant girls.

16           Gauging a field suitable, she buys it,

.                     planting a vineyard out of her earnings.

17           Heartily she pours herself into her work

.                     with arms strong to the task at hand,

18           Insuring that her trading will be profitable,

.                     her lamp burning brightly all night long.

19           Joyfully holding distaff in hand,

.                     she grasps the spindle with her fingers.

20           Kindness flows from her open arms to the poor,

.                     through her outstretched hands to the needy.

21           Let it snow—she has not fear for her household;

.                     she has clothed them in scarlet.

22           Majestic in clothes of purple and fine linen,

.                     she stoops to make her own bedcovers.

23           Noted and respected at the city gate, her husband

.                     takes his seat among the elders of the land.

24           Of linen she makes garments to sell,

.                     supplying the merchants with sashes.

25           Perfectly robed in strength and dignity,

.                     she laughs at the days to come.

26           Quiet wisdom is on her lips,

.                     faithful instruction on her tongue.

27           Religiously watching her household affairs,

.                     she does not eat the bread of idleness,

28           So that her children rise, to call her blessed,

.                     and her husband beams with pride:

29           “Though many women do noble deeds,

.                     you outshine them all!”

30           Understand this: Charm deceives and beauty fades,

.                     but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

31           Virtue should be promptly rewarded:

.                     let her works bring her praise at the city gate.