Psalm 36

Human Wickedness and God’s Love

For the choir director. Of David, the Lord’s servant.

An oracle within my heart
concerning the transgression of the wicked person:
Dread of God has no effect on him.[a](A)
For with his flattering opinion of himself,
he does not discover and hate his iniquity.(B)
The words from his mouth are malicious and deceptive;(C)
he has stopped acting wisely and doing good.(D)
Even on his bed he makes malicious plans.(E)
He sets himself on a path that is not good,
and he does not reject evil.(F)

Lord, your faithful love reaches to heaven,
your faithfulness to the clouds.(G)
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your judgments like the deepest sea.(H)
Lord, you preserve people and animals.(I)
How priceless your faithful love is, God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.(J)
They are filled from the abundance of your house.
You let them drink from your refreshing stream.(K)
For the wellspring of life is with you.(L)
By means of your light we see light.(M)

10 Spread your faithful love over those who know you,
and your righteousness over the upright in heart.(N)
11 Do not let the foot of the arrogant come near me
or the hand of the wicked drive me away.(O)
12 There! The evildoers have fallen.
They have been thrown down and cannot rise.(P)

Footnotes

  1. 36:1 Lit There is no dread of God in front of his eyes

The Parable of the Sower

As a large crowd was gathering, and people were coming to Jesus from every town, he said in a parable,(A) “A sower went out to sow his seed. As he sowed, some seed fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the sky devoured it. Other seed fell on the rock; when it grew up, it withered away, since it lacked moisture. Other seed fell among thorns; the thorns grew up with it and choked it. Still other seed fell on good ground; when it grew up, it produced fruit: a hundred times what was sown.”(B) As he said this, he called out, “Let anyone who has ears to hear listen.”(C)

Why Jesus Used Parables

Then his disciples asked him, “What does this parable mean?” (D) 10 So he said, “The secrets of the kingdom of God have been given for you(E) to know, but to the rest it is in parables, so that

Looking they may not see,
and hearing they may not understand.[a](F)

The Parable of the Sower Explained

11 “This is the meaning of the parable:(G) The seed is the word of God.(H) 12 The seed along the path are those who have heard and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 And the seed on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy. Having no root, these believe for a while and fall away in a time of testing.(I) 14 As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who, when they have heard, go on their way and are choked with worries, riches, and pleasures of life,(J) and produce no mature fruit. 15 But the seed in the good ground—these are the ones who, having heard the word with an honest and good heart, hold on to it and by enduring,(K) produce fruit.

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Footnotes

  1. 8:10 Is 6:9

From Slaves of Sin to Slaves of God

15 What then? Should we sin because we are not under the law but under grace?(A) Absolutely not!(B) 16 Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone[a] as obedient slaves,(C) you are slaves of that one you obey(D)—either of sin leading to death(E) or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But thank God that, although you used to be slaves of sin,(F) you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching to which you were handed[b] over,(G) 18 and having been set free from sin,(H) you became enslaved to righteousness. 19 I am using a human analogy(I) because of the weakness of your flesh.[c] For just as you offered the parts of yourselves as slaves to impurity, and to greater and greater lawlessness, so now offer them as slaves to righteousness, which results in sanctification. 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free with regard to righteousness.[d](J) 21 So what fruit was produced[e] then from the things you are now ashamed of?(K) The outcome of those things is death.(L) 22 But now, since you have been set free from sin and have become enslaved to God,(M) you have your fruit, which results in sanctification(N)—and the outcome is eternal life!(O) 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.(P)

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Footnotes

  1. 6:16 Lit that to whom you offer yourselves
  2. 6:17 Or entrusted
  3. 6:19 Or your human nature
  4. 6:20 Lit free to righteousness
  5. 6:21 Lit what fruit do you have

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