November 1

Psalms 119:97-120

MEM

97 O what love I have for your law! I give thought to it all the day.

98Your teaching has made me wiser than my haters: for it is mine for ever.

99I have more knowledge than all my teachers, because I give thought to your unchanging word.

100I have more wisdom than the old, because I have kept your orders.

101I have kept back my feet from all evil ways, so that I might be true to your word.

102My heart has not been turned away from your decisions; for you have been my teacher.

103How sweet are your sayings to my taste! truly, they are sweeter than honey in my mouth!

104Through your orders I get wisdom; for this reason I am a hater of every false way.

NUN

105 Your word is a light for my feet, ever shining on my way.

106I have made an oath and kept it, to be guided by your upright decisions.

107I am greatly troubled, O Lord, give me life in keeping with your word.

108Take, O Lord, the free offerings of my mouth, and give me knowledge of your decisions.

109My soul is ever in danger; but I still keep the memory of your law.

110Sinners have put a net to take me; but I was true to your orders.

111I have taken your unchanging word as an eternal heritage; for it is the joy of my heart.

112My heart is ever ready to keep your rules, even to the end.

SAMECH

113 I am a hater of men of doubting mind; but I am a lover of your law.

114You are my secret place and my breastplate against danger; my hope is in your word.

115Go far from me, you evil-doers; so that I may keep the teachings of my God.

116Be my support as you have said, and give me life; let not my hope be turned to shame.

117Let me not be moved, and I will be safe, and ever take delight in your rules.

118You have overcome all those who are wandering from your rules; for all their thoughts are false.

119All the sinners of the earth are like waste metal in your eyes; and for this cause I give my love to your unchanging word.

120My flesh is moved for fear of you; I give honour to your decisions.

Isaiah 36

1And it came about in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah that Sennacherib, king of Assyria, came up against all the walled towns of Judah and took them.

2And the king of Assyria sent the Rab-shakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem to King Hezekiah with a strong force, and he took up his position by the stream of the higher pool, by the highway of the washerman’s

3And there came out to him Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah, who was over the house, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, the son of Asaph, the recorder.

4And the Rab-shakeh said to them, Say now to Hezekiah, These are the words of the great king, the king of Assyria: In what are you placing your hope?

5You say you have a design and strength for war, but these are only words: now to whom are you looking for support, that you have gone against my authority?

6See, you are basing your hope on that broken rod of Egypt, which will go into a man’s hand if he makes use of it for a support; for so is Pharaoh, king of Egypt, to all who put their faith in him.

7And if you say to me, Our hope is in the Lord our God; is it not he whose high places and altars Hezekiah has taken away, saying to Judah and Jerusalem that worship may only be given before this altar?

8And now, take a chance with my master, the king of Assyria, and I will give you two thousand horses, if you are able to put horsemen on them.

9How then may you put to shame the least of my master’s servants? and you have put your hope in Egypt for war-carriages and horsemen:

10And have I now come to send destruction on this land without the Lord’s authority? It was the Lord himself who said to me, Go up against this land and make it waste.

11Then Eliakim and Shebna and Joah said to the Rab-shakeh, Please make use of the Aramaean language in talking to your servants, for we are used to it, and do not make use of the Jews’ language in the hearing of the people on the wall.

12But the Rab-shakeh said, Is it to your master or to you that my master has sent me to say these words? has he not sent me to the men seated on the wall? for they are the people who will be short of food with you when the town is shut in.

13Then the Rab-shakeh got up and said with a loud voice in the Jews’ language, Give ear to the words of the great king, the king of Assyria:

14This is what the king says: Do not be tricked by Hezekiah, for there is no salvation for you in him.

15And do not let Hezekiah make you put your faith in the Lord, saying, The Lord will certainly keep us safe, and this town will not be given into the hands of the king of Assyria.

16Do not give ear to Hezekiah, for this is what the king of Assyria says, Make peace with me, and come out to me; and everyone will be free to take the fruit of his vine and of his fig-tree, and the water of his spring;

17Till I come and take you away to a land like yours, a land of grain and wine, a land of bread and vine-gardens.

18Give no attention to Hezekiah when he says to you, The Lord will keep us safe. Has any one of the gods of the nations kept his land from falling into the hands of the king of Assyria?

19Where are the gods of Hamath and of Arpad? where are the gods of Sepharvaim? where are the gods of Samaria? and have they kept Samaria out of my hand?

20Who among all the gods of these countries have kept their country from falling into my hand, to give cause for the thought that the Lord will keep Jerusalem from falling into my hand?

21But they kept quiet and gave him no answer: for the king’s order was, Give him no answer.

22Then Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah, who was over the house, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, the son of Asaph, the recorder, came to Hezekiah with their clothing parted as a sign of grief, and gave him an account of what the Rab-shakeh had said.

Isaiah 37

1And on hearing it Hezekiah took off his robe and put on haircloth and went into the house of the Lord.

2And he sent Eliakim, who was over the house, and Shebna the scribe, and the chief priests, dressed in haircloth, to Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz.

3And they said to him, Hezekiah says, This day is a day of trouble and punishment and shame: for the children are ready to come to birth, but there is no strength to give birth to them.

4It may be that the Lord your God will give ear to the words of the Rab-shakeh, whom the king of Assyria, his master, has sent to say evil things against the living God, and will make his words come to nothing: so make your prayer for the rest of the people.

5So the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah.

6And Isaiah said to them, This is what you are to say to your master: The Lord says, Be not troubled by the words which the servants of the king of Assyria have said against me in your hearing.

7See, I will put a spirit into him, and bad news will come to his ears, and he will go back to his land; and there I will have him put to death.

8So the Rab-shakeh went back, and when he got there the king of Assyria was making war against Libnah: for it had come to his ears that the king of Assyria had gone away from Lachish.

9And when news came to him that Tirhakah, king of Ethiopia, had made an attack on him, … And he sent representatives to Hezekiah, king of Judah, saying,

10This is what you are to say to Hezekiah, king of Judah: Let not your God, in whom is your faith, give you a false hope, saying, Jerusalem will not be given into the hands of the king of Assyria.

11No doubt the story has come to your ears of what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, putting them to the curse: and will you be kept safe from their fate?

12Did the gods of the nations keep safe those on whom my fathers sent destruction, Gozan and Haran and Rezeph, and the children of Eden who were in Telassar?

13Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the town of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivva?

14And Hezekiah took the letter from the hands of those who had come with it; and after reading it, Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord, opening the letter there before the Lord,

15And he made prayer to the Lord, saying,

16O Lord of armies, the God of Israel, seated between the winged ones, you only are the God of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth.

17Let your ear be turned to us, O Lord; let your eyes be open, O Lord, and see: take note of all the words of Sennacherib who has sent men to say evil against the living God.

18Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have made waste all the nations and their lands,

19And have given their gods to the fire: for they were no gods, but wood and stone, the work of men’s hands; so they have given them to destruction.

20But now, O Lord our God, give us salvation from his hand, so that it may be clear to all the kingdoms of the earth that you, and you only, are the Lord.

21Then Isaiah, the son of Amoz, sent to Hezekiah, saying, The Lord, the God of Israel, says, The prayer you have made to me against Sennacherib, king of Assyria, has come to my ears.

22This is the word which the Lord has said about him: In the eyes of the virgin daughter of Zion you are shamed and laughed at; the daughter of Jerusalem has made sport of you.

23Against whom have you said evil and bitter things? and against whom has your voice been loud and your eyes lifted up? even against the Holy One of Israel.

24You have sent your servants with evil words against the Lord, and have said, With all my war-carriages I have come up to the top of the mountains, to the inmost parts of Lebanon; and its tall cedars will be cut down, and the best trees of its woods: I will come up into his highest places, into his thick woods.

25I have made water-holes and taken their waters, and with my foot I have made all the rivers of Egypt dry.

26Has it not come to your ears how I did it long before, purposing it in times long past? Now I have given effect to my design, so that by you strong towns might be turned into masses of broken walls.

27This is why their townsmen had no power, they were broken and put to shame; they were like the grass of the field, or a green plant; like the grass on the house-tops, which a cold wind makes waste.

28But I have knowledge of your getting up and your resting, of your going out and your coming in.

29Because your wrath against me and your pride have come to my ears, I will put my hook in your nose and my cord in your lips, and I will make you go back by the way you came.

30And this will be the sign to you: you will get your food this year from what comes up of itself, and in the second year from the produce of the same; and in the third year you will put in your seed, and get in the grain, and make vine-gardens, and take of their fruit.

31And those of Judah who are still living will again take root in the earth, and give fruit.

32For from Jerusalem those who have been kept safe will go out, and those who are still living will go out of Mount Zion: by the fixed purpose of the Lord of armies this will be done.

33For this cause the Lord says about the king of Assyria, He will not come into this town, or send an arrow against it; he will not come before it with arms, or put up an earthwork against it.

34By the way he came he will go back, and he will not get into this town.

35For I will keep this town safe, for my honour, and for the honour of my servant David.

36And the angel of the Lord went out and put to death in the army of the Assyrians a hundred and eighty-five thousand men: and when the people got up early in the morning, there was nothing to be seen but dead bodies.

37Sennacherib, king of Assyria, went back to his place at Nineveh.

38And it came about, when he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer put him to death with the sword, and they went in flight into the land of Ararat. And Esar-haddon, his son, became king in his place.

1 Timothy 3

1This is a true saying, A man desiring the position of a Bishop has a desire for a good work.

2The Bishop, then, is to be a man of good name, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, serious-minded, having respect for order, opening his house freely to guests, a ready teacher;

3Not quickly moved to wrath or blows, but gentle; no fighter, no lover of money;

4Ruling his house well, having his children under control with all serious behaviour;

5(For if a man has not the art of ruling his house, how will he take care of the church of God?)

6Not one newly taken into the church, for fear that, through his high opinion of himself, he may come into the same sin as the Evil One.

7And he is to have a good name among those outside the church, so that nothing may be said against him and he may not be taken by the designs of the Evil One.

8Deacons, in the same way, are to be serious in their behaviour, not false in word, not given to taking much wine or greatly desiring the wealth of this world;

9Keeping the secret of the faith in a heart free from sin.

10And let these first be put to the test; then let them become Deacons if there is nothing against them.

11Women are to be serious in behaviour, saying no evil of others, controlling themselves, true in all things.

12Let Deacons be husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their houses well.

13For those who have done good work as Deacons get for themselves a good position and become free from fear in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

14I am writing these things to you, though I am hoping to come to you before long;

15But if I am long in coming, this will make clear to you what behaviour is right for men in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and base of what is true.

16And without argument, great is the secret of religion: He who was seen in the flesh, who was given God’s approval in the spirit, was seen by the angels, of whom the good news was given among the nations, in whom the world had faith, who was taken up in glory.

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