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

Isaiah 29:13-16 The Voice (VOICE)

The prophet’s message seems inaccessible or unintelligible to many. For some, a few rituals are enough. But a relationship with God demands a complete commitment to something, Someone greater.

Eternal One: 13 These people think they can draw near to Me by saying the right things,
        by honoring Me with their lips, but their hearts are far away from Me.
    Their worship of Me consists of man-made traditions learned by rote;
        it is a meaningless sham.[a]
14     Therefore, I will do something extraordinary with this people.
        I will add wonder to wonders—
    Shut down the wisdom of their wise
        and hide what the discerning have figured out.

15 Oh, it’ll be bad for those of you who conceal your thoughts from the Eternal,
    who do your deeds in the dark and say:
“Who sees us? Who knows what we are doing?”

Do they really think that God cannot know what they have hidden, so dark and deep? They are sure to be surprised.

16 My goodness, how you’ve turned things around!
    You seem to think that the potter is equal to the clay;
Should the pot say about the potter, “He didn’t make me”?
    Or does the thing formed say about the one who formed it,
“He doesn’t understand anything”?

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

Mark 7:1-8 The Voice (VOICE)

Then the Pharisees returned to talk with Jesus, and with them came some of the scribes and scholars from Jerusalem.

Scribes and Scholars (seeing the disciples eating): Your disciples are eating bread with defiled, unwashed hands.

Now you need to know that the Pharisees, and all Jews for that matter, held the tradition of their ancestors that hands must be washed before eating to avoid being ritually unclean. Likewise, they washed when they returned from the market and followed similar purity teachings as well, from the washing of their food to the washing of their bowls, cups, and kettles.

Scribes and Pharisees: Why don’t Your disciples follow the traditions passed down to us? Why do they eat their bread with defiled hands?

Jesus: Isaiah prophesied wisely about your religious pretensions when he wrote,

    These people honor Me with words off their lips;
        meanwhile their hearts are far from Me.
    Their worship is empty, void of true devotion.
        They teach a human commandment, memorized and practiced by rote.[a]

When you cling blindly to your own traditions [such as washing utensils and cups],[b] you completely miss God’s command.

Footnotes:

  1. 7:6–7 Isaiah 29:13
  2. 7:8 Some of the earliest manuscripts omit this portion.
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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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