May 20

Numbers 29
Psalms 73
Isaiah 21
2 Peter 2

Daily Readings:

Numbers 29

1 ¶  And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you.

2  And ye shall offer a burnt offering for a sweet savour unto the LORD; one young bullock, one ram, and seven lambs of the first year without blemish:

3  And their meat offering shall be of flour mingled with oil, three tenth deals for a bullock, and two tenth deals for a ram,

4  And one tenth deal for one lamb, throughout the seven lambs:

5  And one kid of the goats for a sin offering, to make an atonement for you:

6  Beside the burnt offering of the month, and his meat offering, and the daily burnt offering, and his meat offering, and their drink offerings, according unto their manner, for a sweet savour, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD.

7  And ye shall have on the tenth day of this seventh month an holy convocation; and ye shall afflict your souls: ye shall not do any work therein:

8  But ye shall offer a burnt offering unto the LORD for a sweet savour; one young bullock, one ram, and seven lambs of the first year; they shall be unto you without blemish:

9  And their meat offering shall be of flour mingled with oil, three tenth deals to a bullock, and two tenth deals to one ram,

10  A several tenth deal for one lamb, throughout the seven lambs:

11  One kid of the goats for a sin offering; beside the sin offering of atonement, and the continual burnt offering, and the meat offering of it, and their drink offerings.

12 ¶  And on the fifteenth day of the seventh month ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work, and ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days:

13  And ye shall offer a burnt offering, a sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD; thirteen young bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year; they shall be without blemish:

14  And their meat offering shall be of flour mingled with oil, three tenth deals unto every bullock of the thirteen bullocks, two tenth deals to each ram of the two rams,

15  And a several tenth deal to each lamb of the fourteen lambs:

16  And one kid of the goats for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, his meat offering, and his drink offering.

17  And on the second day ye shall offer twelve young bullocks, two rams, fourteen lambs of the first year without spot:

18  And their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner:

19  And one kid of the goats for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, and the meat offering thereof, and their drink offerings.

20  And on the third day eleven bullocks, two rams, fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish;

21  And their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner:

22  And one goat for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, and his meat offering, and his drink offering.

23  And on the fourth day ten bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish:

24  Their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner:

25  And one kid of the goats for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, his meat offering, and his drink offering.

26  And on the fifth day nine bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year without spot:

27  And their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner:

28  And one goat for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, and his meat offering, and his drink offering.

29  And on the sixth day eight bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish:

30  And their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner:

31  And one goat for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, his meat offering, and his drink offering.

32  And on the seventh day seven bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish:

33  And their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner:

34  And one goat for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, his meat offering, and his drink offering.

35  On the eighth day ye shall have a solemn assembly: ye shall do no servile work therein:

36  But ye shall offer a burnt offering, a sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD: one bullock, one ram, seven lambs of the first year without blemish:

37  Their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullock, for the ram, and for the lambs, shall be according to their number, after the manner:

38  And one goat for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, and his meat offering, and his drink offering.

39  These things ye shall do unto the LORD in your set feasts, beside your vows, and your freewill offerings, for your burnt offerings, and for your meat offerings, and for your drink offerings, and for your peace offerings.

40  And Moses told the children of Israel according to all that the LORD commanded Moses.

Psalm 73

1 ¶  « A Psalm of Asaph. » Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

2  But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.

3  For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

4  For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.

5  They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.

6  Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.

7  Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.

8  They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.

9  They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.

10  Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.

11  And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?

12  Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.

13  Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.

14  For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.

15 ¶  If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.

16  When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;

17  Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

18  Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.

19  How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.

20  As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.

21 ¶  Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.

22  So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.

23  Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.

24  Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.

25  Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

26  My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

27  For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.

28  But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

Isaiah 21

1 ¶  The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land.

2  A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.

3  Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was bowed down at the hearing of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it.

4  My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned into fear unto me.

5  Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield.

6  For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.

7  And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, and a chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed:

8  And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights:

9  And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.

10  O my threshing, and the corn of my floor: that which I have heard of the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared unto you.

11 ¶  The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?

12  The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will enquire, enquire ye: return, come.

13 ¶  The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye travelling companies of Dedanim.

14  The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was thirsty, they prevented with their bread him that fled.

15  For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war.

16  For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Within a year, according to the years of an hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail:

17  And the residue of the number of archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar, shall be diminished: for the LORD God of Israel hath spoken it.

2 Peter 2

1 ¶  But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

2  And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

3 ¶  And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

4  For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

5  And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

6  And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;

7 ¶  And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

8  (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

9  The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

10 ¶  But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

11  Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.

12  But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;

13  And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;

14  Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:

15  Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

16  But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.

17  These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.

18  For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.

19  While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

20  For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

21  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

22  But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

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

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