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Psalm 112:1-9 The Voice (VOICE)

Psalm 112[a]

Praise the Eternal!
    How blessed are those who revere the Eternal,
    who turn from evil and take great pleasure in His commandments.
Their children will be a powerful force upon the earth;
    this generation that does what is right in God’s eyes will be blessed.
His house will be stocked with wealth and riches,
    and His love for justice will endure for all time.
When life is dark, a light will shine for those who live rightly—
    those who are merciful, compassionate, and strive for justice.
Good comes to all who are gracious and share freely;
    they conduct their affairs with sound judgment.
Nothing will ever rattle them;
    the just will always be remembered.
They will not be afraid when the news is bad
    because they have resolved to trust in the Eternal.
Their hearts are confident, and they are fearless,
    for they expect to see their enemies defeated.
They give freely to the poor;
    their righteousness endures for all time;[b]
    their strength and power is established in honor.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 112 A Hebrew acrostic poem
  2. 112:9 2 Corinthians 9:9
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Isaiah 29:1-12 The Voice (VOICE)

For generation after generation of God’s people who have watched their country being attacked repeatedly and humbled by their enemies, Isaiah’s words must provide a great deal of comfort. Nothing could be more traumatic than to know that the temple to the one True God is under siege and finally destroyed. When Isaiah’s words are heard, many audiences must think of a restored temple in Jerusalem. God Himself is promising to lay the foundation for that restored temple, assuring that those who trust in His work will never have to rush around again to figure out how to save themselves from another invader. God’s foundation will hold firm, no matter what, so there is every reason to be confident.

Early Christians see in Isaiah’s message a promise of a new temple, a temple not made with hands. Simon, whom Jesus names “Rock” (Peter), refers to this prophecy when he writes of believers coming to Jesus to form a spiritual house (1 Peter 2:6). Jesus’ followers confess Him to be the stone that forms the foundation for God’s new temple. He is the cornerstone: though rejected by some, He is chosen and precious in God’s sight.

29 O Ariel, woe to you Ariel, our Jerusalem,
    where David set up his camp to stay.
Go ahead, go on with your fruitless festivals,
    your calendar of events, year in and year out.
In the meantime, I will trouble Ariel to the point of mourning and crying.
    She will be for me a fiery hearth.
I will surround you, enclose you, cut you off.
    I will isolate you from aid or reprieve;
I will attack the city walls with towers and siege works.
That will humble you so low, you’ll speak from the earth itself.
    And when you do, your voice will issue from the very dust where you lie;
Your voice will rise from the ground like the voice of a ghost,
    like a soft whisper from the earth.
But in an instant your ruthless enemies, who seem too many to count,
    will become as fluttering dust, as wind-driven chaff.
They will be blown away in the snap of a finger.
For the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies, will visit you
    with thunder and earthquake and great noise,
With raging wind and tempest and consuming fire.
And all those armies intent on destroying Ariel,
    that great international coalition of Jerusalem’s enemies
Battering against the city of God, will disappear.
    They’ll evaporate like a night’s dream in the light of day.
As when a starving person dreams of eating at a banquet and wakes hungry,
    or a thirsty person drinking his fill in sleepy night visions
Finds himself still parched when the morning comes,
    that’s how it will be for the horde attacking Mount Zion, His chosen place.
But it will take some time. Wait and wonder.
    In the meantime, make yourselves unable to see or understand.
Make yourselves drunk and unsteady,
    but not from wine or liquor.
10 For the Eternal One has poured you a cup of sleep—
    deep, heavy sleep.
O prophets and seers, He has closed your eyes and covered your heads.

11-12 Everything God is disclosing to you will be like the words recorded in a book that is sealed. When it is given to one who is literate, he can’t read it because it is sealed. When it is given to one who is illiterate, he can’t read it because he doesn’t know how.

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James 3:13-18 The Voice (VOICE)

13 Who in your community is understanding and wise? Let his example, which is marked by wisdom and gentleness, blaze a trail for others. 14 If your heart is one that bleeds dark streams of jealousy and selfishness, do not be so proud that you ignore your depraved state. 15 The wisdom of this world should never be mistaken for heavenly wisdom; it originates below in the earthly realms, with the demons. 16 Any place where you find jealousy and selfish ambition, you will discover chaos and evil thriving under its rule. 17 Heavenly wisdom centers on purity, peace, gentleness, deference, mercy, and other good fruits untainted by hypocrisy. 18 The seed that flowers into righteousness will always be planted in peace by those who embrace peace.

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The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved.

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