May 8

Numbers 16
Psalms 52
Psalms 53
Psalms 54
Isaiah 6
Hebrews 13

Daily Readings:

Numbers 16

1 ¶  Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:

2  And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:

3  And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?

4  And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face:

5  And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the LORD will shew who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him.

6  This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company;

7  And put fire therein, and put incense in them before the LORD to morrow: and it shall be that the man whom the LORD doth choose, he shall be holy: ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi.

8  And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi:

9  Seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them?

10  And he hath brought thee near to him, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee: and seek ye the priesthood also?

11  For which cause both thou and all thy company are gathered together against the LORD: and what is Aaron, that ye murmur against him?

12 ¶  And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab: which said, We will not come up:

13  Is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, except thou make thyself altogether a prince over us?

14  Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land that floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards: wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? we will not come up.

15  And Moses was very wroth, and said unto the LORD, Respect not thou their offering: I have not taken one ass from them, neither have I hurt one of them.

16  And Moses said unto Korah, Be thou and all thy company before the LORD, thou, and they, and Aaron, to morrow:

17  And take every man his censer, and put incense in them, and bring ye before the LORD every man his censer, two hundred and fifty censers; thou also, and Aaron, each of you his censer.

18  And they took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense thereon, and stood in the door of the tabernacle of the congregation with Moses and Aaron.

19  And Korah gathered all the congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the congregation.

20  And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,

21  Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.

22  And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation?

23 ¶  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

24  Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.

25  And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him.

26  And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins.

27  So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children.

28  And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind.

29  If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the LORD hath not sent me.

30  But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD.

31  And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them:

32  And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.

33  They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.

34  And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also.

35 ¶  And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.

36  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

37  Speak unto Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, that he take up the censers out of the burning, and scatter thou the fire yonder; for they are hallowed.

38  The censers of these sinners against their own souls, let them make them broad plates for a covering of the altar: for they offered them before the LORD, therefore they are hallowed: and they shall be a sign unto the children of Israel.

39  And Eleazar the priest took the brasen censers, wherewith they that were burnt had offered; and they were made broad plates for a covering of the altar:

40  To be a memorial unto the children of Israel, that no stranger, which is not of the seed of Aaron, come near to offer incense before the LORD; that he be not as Korah, and as his company: as the LORD said to him by the hand of Moses.

41 ¶  But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the people of the LORD.

42  And it came to pass, when the congregation was gathered against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the tabernacle of the congregation: and, behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD appeared.

43  And Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of the congregation.

44  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

45  Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces.

46  And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the LORD; the plague is begun.

47  And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people.

48  And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.

49  Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah.

50  And Aaron returned unto Moses unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the plague was stayed.

Psalm 52

1 ¶  « To the chief Musician, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said unto him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech. » Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.

2  Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

3  Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

4  Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.

5  God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.

6 ¶  The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:

7  Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

8  But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

9  I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.

Psalm 53

1 ¶  « To the chief Musician upon Mahalath, Maschil, A Psalm of David. » The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

2  God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.

3  Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

4  Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.

5  There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them.

6  Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

Psalm 54

1 ¶  « To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when the Ziphims came and said to Saul, Doth not David hide himself with us? » Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.

2  Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.

3  For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.

4 ¶  Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.

5  He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth.

6  I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good.

7  For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.

Isaiah 6

1 ¶  In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

2  Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

3  And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

4  And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

5 ¶  Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

6  Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:

7  And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

8  Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

9 ¶  And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.

10  Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

11  Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,

12  And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.

13  But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.

Hebrews 13

1 ¶  Let brotherly love continue.

2  Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

3  Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

4  Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

6  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

7  Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

8  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

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.

16  But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

17  Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

18 ¶  Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.

19  But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.

20  Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

21  Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

22  And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words.

23  Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.

24  Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.

25  Grace be with you all. Amen.

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

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