April 7

Leviticus 10
Psalms 11
Psalms 12
Proverbs 25
1 Thessalonians 4

Daily Readings:

Leviticus 10

1 ¶  And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.

2  And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

3 ¶  Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace.

4  And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said unto them, Come near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp.

5  So they went near, and carried them in their coats out of the camp; as Moses had said.

6  And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons, Uncover not your heads, neither rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people: but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the LORD hath kindled.

7  And ye shall not go out from the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: for the anointing oil of the LORD is upon you. And they did according to the word of Moses.

8 ¶  And the LORD spake unto Aaron, saying,

9  Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations:

10  And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;

11  And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.

12 ¶  And Moses spake unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons that were left, Take the meat offering that remaineth of the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and eat it without leaven beside the altar: for it is most holy:

13  And ye shall eat it in the holy place, because it is thy due, and thy sons’ due, of the sacrifices of the LORD made by fire: for so I am commanded.

14  And the wave breast and heave shoulder shall ye eat in a clean place; thou, and thy sons, and thy daughters with thee: for they be thy due, and thy sons’ due, which are given out of the sacrifices of peace offerings of the children of Israel.

15  The heave shoulder and the wave breast shall they bring with the offerings made by fire of the fat, to wave it for a wave offering before the LORD; and it shall be thine, and thy sons’ with thee, by a statute for ever; as the LORD hath commanded.

16  And Moses diligently sought the goat of the sin offering, and, behold, it was burnt: and he was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, the sons of Aaron which were left alive, saying,

17  Wherefore have ye not eaten the sin offering in the holy place, seeing it is most holy, and God hath given it you to bear the iniquity of the congregation, to make atonement for them before the LORD?

18  Behold, the blood of it was not brought in within the holy place: ye should indeed have eaten it in the holy place, as I commanded.

19  And Aaron said unto Moses, Behold, this day have they offered their sin offering and their burnt offering before the LORD; and such things have befallen me: and if I had eaten the sin offering to day, should it have been accepted in the sight of the LORD?

20  And when Moses heard that, he was content.

Psalm 11

1 ¶  « To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. » In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?

2  For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.

3  If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

4 ¶  The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.

5  The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.

6  Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

7  For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.

Psalm 12

1 ¶  « To the chief Musician upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David. » Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

2  They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

3  The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:

4  Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?

5  For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.

6  The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

7  Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

8  The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

Proverbs 25

1 ¶  These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.

2 ¶  It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

3  The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.

4 ¶  Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.

5  Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.

6 ¶  Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:

7  For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.

8 ¶  Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.

9  Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another:

10  Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.

11 ¶  A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

12  As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.

13 ¶  As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.

14 ¶  Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.

15 ¶  By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.

16 ¶  Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.

17 ¶  Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour’s house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.

18 ¶  A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.

19 ¶  Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

20 ¶  As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.

21 ¶  If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:

22  For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.

23 ¶  The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

24 ¶  It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.

25 ¶  As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

26 ¶  A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.

27 ¶  It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.

28 ¶  He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

1 Thessalonians 4

1 ¶  Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.

2  For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

3  For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

4  That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

5  Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

6  That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

7  For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

8  He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

9 ¶  But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

10  And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;

11  And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;

12  That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

13 ¶  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Mediation of the Day: from Charles J Rolls’ book, ‘The World’s Greatest Name’

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