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Psalm 78 Modern English Version (MEV)

Psalm 78

A Contemplative Maskil of Asaph.

Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
    incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in a parable;
    I will utter insightful sayings of old,
which we have heard and known,
    what our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children,
    but will tell the coming generation
the praises of the Lord,
    and His strength, and the wonderful works that He has done.
For He established a rule in Jacob,
    and appointed a law in Israel,
which He commanded our fathers
    that they should make them known to their children,
that the generation to come might know them,
    even the children who are not yet born,
    who will arise and declare them to their children:
that they might set their hope in God
    and not forget the works of God,
    but keep His commandments,
and they might not be as their fathers,
    a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation that did not set their heart steadfast,
    and whose spirit was not faithful to God.

The people of Ephraim, being armed with bows,
    turned back in the day of battle.
10 They did not keep the covenant of God
    and refused to walk in His law;
11 and they forgot His works
    and the wonders that He had shown them.
12 In the sight of their ancestors He did marvelous wonders
    in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
13 He divided the sea and caused them to pass through,
    and He made the waters to stand as a heap.
14 In the daytime He led them with a cloud,
    and all the night with a light of fire.
15 He split rocks in the wilderness
    and gave them abundance to drink as out of the great depths.
16 He brought streams out of the rock
    and caused waters to run down like rivers.

17 They sinned yet more against Him
    by provoking the Most High in the wilderness.
18 They tested God in their heart
    by demanding the food that they craved.
19 They spoke against God by saying,
    “Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?
20 Behold, He struck the rock, so that the waters gushed out
    and the streams overflowed.
Can He give bread
    or provide meat for His people?”
21 Therefore the Lord heard this and was full of wrath;
    a fire was kindled against Jacob,
    and anger also came up against Israel,
22 because they did not believe in God
    nor trust in His deliverance.
23 Yet He had commanded the skies above
    and opened the doors of heaven,
24 and He rained down manna upon them to eat
    and gave them the grain of heaven.
25 Man ate the food of mighty angels;
    He sent them bread in abundance.
26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heavens,
    and by His power He brought out a south wind.
27 He rained meat on them as dust,
    and winged birds as the sand of the sea;
28 and He let them fall in the midst of their camp
    all around their habitations.
29 So they ate and were satisfied,
    for He gave them their own desire;
30 while they were not yet filled up,
    and while the meat was still in their mouths,
31 the wrath of God came upon them,
    and He killed the strongest of them
    and struck down the young men of Israel.

32 For all this they sinned still,
    and did not believe despite His wondrous works.
33 Therefore He made their days vanish like a breath,
    and their years in trouble.
34 When He killed them, then they sought Him;
    they turned back and longed for God.
35 They remembered that God was their rock,
    and the Most High God their redeemer.
36 Nevertheless they flattered Him with their mouth,
    and they lied to Him with their tongues;
37 for their heart was not devoted to Him,
    neither were they committed to His covenant.
38 But He being full of compassion
    forgave their iniquity
    and did not destroy them.
He constantly restrained His anger,
    and did not stir up all His wrath;
39 for He remembered that they were but flesh,
    like a wind that passes away and does not return.

40 How often they provoked Him in the wilderness
    and grieved Him in the desert!
41 Yes, they tested God over and over,
    and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
42 They did not remember His power,
    nor the day when He delivered them from the enemy,
43 how He had performed His signs in Egypt
    and His wonders in the fields of Zoan:
44 and He turned their rivers into blood,
    so that they could not drink from their streams.
45 He sent swarms of flies among them, which devoured them,
    and frogs, which destroyed them.
46 He gave also their crops to the grasshopper
    and the fruit of their labor to the locust.
47 He destroyed their vines with hail
    and their sycamore trees with frost.
48 He gave up their cattle also to the hail
    and their flocks to thunderbolts.
49 He cast upon them the fierceness of His anger,
    wrath, indignation, and trouble,
    by sending angels bringing disaster.
50 He made a path for His anger;
    He did not spare them from death,
    but gave their lives over to the plague,
51 And struck down all the firstborn in Egypt,
    the first fruits of their strength in the tents of Ham.
52 Then He led out His own people like sheep
    and guided them in the wilderness like a flock;
53 He led them in safety, so that they were not afraid,
    but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
54 He brought them to the border of His holy land,
    to the mountain that His right hand had acquired.
55 He cast out the nations also before them,
    and divided for them their tribal allotments,
    and made the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents.

56 Yet they tested and provoked the Most High God,
    and did not keep His commands,
57 but turned back and acted unfaithfully like their fathers;
    they turned aside like a deceitful bow.
58 For they provoked Him to anger with their high places
    and moved Him to jealousy with their graven images.
59 When God heard this, He was full of wrath
    and greatly rejected Israel
60 so that He left the tabernacle at Shiloh,
    the tent where He lived among people,
61 and delivered His strength to captivity
    and His glory into the enemy’s hand.
62 He gave His people over also to the sword;
    He was enraged with His inheritance.
63 The fire consumed their young men,
    and their maidens were not given to marriage in song.
64 Their priests fell by the sword,
    and their widows made no lamentation.

65 Then the Lord awoke as one out of sleep,
    and like a mighty man who shouts because of wine.
66 He routed His enemies back,
    and He made them a perpetual reproach.
67 Moreover, He rejected the tent of Joseph,
    and He did not choose the tribe of Ephraim,
68 but chose the tribe of Judah,
    Mount Zion which He loves.
69 He built His sanctuary like the high heavens,
    like the earth that He has established perpetually.
70 He chose David His servant
    and took him from the sheepfolds;
71 from following the nursing ewes He brought him
    to shepherd Jacob His people,
    and Israel His inheritance.
72 So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart
    and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.

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Judges 7:1-18 Modern English Version (MEV)

Gideon Defeats the Midianites

Then Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) and all the people who were with him got up early and set up camp at Harod Spring. There was a camp of Midianites to the north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh. The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many people with you for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel glorify themselves over Me, saying, ‘Our own power saved us.’ So now, call out so the people can hear, ‘Whoever is afraid or anxious may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.’ ” So twenty-two thousand from among the people turned back, and ten thousand were left.

But the Lord said to Gideon, “There are still too many people. Bring them down to the water, and I will test them for you there. When I say to you, ‘This one will go with you,’ he will go with you. Everyone about whom I will say, ‘This one will not go with you,’ will not go.”

So he brought the people down to the water, and the Lord said to Gideon, “You shall set apart by himself everyone who laps the water with his tongue like dogs; likewise, everyone who kneels down to drink.” The number of those who lapped, putting their hands to their mouths, was three hundred. The rest of the people had knelt to drink water.

The Lord said to Gideon, “With three hundred men who lapped to drink, I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. All the rest of the people should go home.” So the three hundred men took provisions and ram’s horn trumpets in their hands. Gideon sent all the other Israelite men to their tents, but he kept the three hundred men.

Now the Midianite camp was below him in the valley. That night the Lord said to him, “Get up and go down into the camp, for I have given it into your hands. 10 Yet if you are afraid to go down, then go down to the camp with Purah your servant. 11 Listen to what they say, and afterward you will be emboldened to go down to the camp.” So he and Purah his servant went down near the edge of the camp. 12 Now the Midianites, Amalekites, and the Kedemites covered the valley like locusts; and their camels could not be counted, for they were as numerous as grains of sand on the seashore.

13 Gideon came and overheard one man who was telling his dream to another. The man said, “Listen to a dream I had. I saw a dry cake of barley bread rolling into the Midianite camp. It rolled up to a tent and struck it. It fell, turned upside down, and collapsed.”

14 The other man responded, “This is none other than the sword of Gideon son of Joash the Israelite. God has given Midian and the whole camp into his hands.”

15 When Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, he worshipped, returned to the camp of Israel, and said, “Get up, for the Lord has given the Midianite camp into your hands.” 16 He divided the three hundred men into three combat units. He gave all of them ram’s horn trumpets, empty jars, and torches within the jars.

17 He said to them, “Look at me and do likewise. Watch, and when I come to the perimeter of the camp, do as I do. 18 When I and all who are with me blow the horn, then you will blow the horns all around the camp and shout, ‘For the Lord and for Gideon!’ ”

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Acts 3:1-11 Modern English Version (MEV)

The Lame Man Healed at the Temple Gate

Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer. A man lame from birth was being carried, whom people placed daily at the gate of the temple called Beautiful to ask alms from those who entered the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked for alms. Peter, gazing at him with John, said, “Look at us.” So he paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them.

Then Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but I give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” He took him by the right hand and raised him up. Immediately his feet and ankles were strengthened. Jumping up, he stood and walked and entered the temple with them, walking and jumping and praising God. All the people saw him walking and praising God. 10 They knew that it was he who sat for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what happened to him.

Peter’s Speech at Solomon’s Porch

11 As the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the entrance that is called Solomon’s Porch, greatly amazed.

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John 1:19-28 Modern English Version (MEV)

The Testimony of John the Baptist

19 Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.”

21 They asked him, “Who then? Are you Elijah?”

He said, “I am not.”

“Are you the Prophet?”

He answered, “No.”

22 They said to him then, “Who are you? Tell us so that we may give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say concerning yourself?”

23 John said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’[a] just as the prophet Isaiah said.”

24 Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees. 25 They asked him, “Why do you baptize then, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”

26 John answered them, “I baptize with water, but One stands among you, whom you do not know. 27 This is He who comes after me, who is preferred before me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.”

28 These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Footnotes:

  1. John 1:23 Isa 40:3.
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