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June 5 - Evening

"Do you rulers indeed speak justly?
Do you judge people with equity?
No, in your heart you devise injustice,
and your hands mete out violence on the earth...

...The righteous will be glad when they are avenged,
    when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked.

Then people will say,
    'Surely the righteous still are rewarded;
    surely there is a God who judges the earth.' "

- Psalms 58:1-2, 10-11

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Oppressive Leaders are Warned    

Psalm 58 opens with David rebuking the leaders of the people who are referred to as the “Mighty Ones.” The Masoretic Text (the Hebrew text of the OT with manuscripts that date back to 900 AD and comes from much earlier manuscripts) has the Hebrew word for “silence” or “muteness” in 58:1. This word then makes this psalm open with a challenge to the leadership by asking them,

“Do you rulers indeed speak as a mute concerning righteousness?”

Likewise, in 58:4-5 these rulers have also stopped hearing pleas for justice. Psalm 58:4-5 compares them to a venomous snake (a cobra or an adder) that has blocked its ears and refuses to hear the flute of the snake charmer. The motive of the rulers is to mislead the society into a situation that allows the rulers to prosper in the violent, oppressive culture they have created.

But, in this psalm, which is sung to the tune of “Do Not Destroy,” David promises that there is a God in heaven who will fight injustice. God will move against evil and oppressive leadership in governments and in religion. David says that God will:

  • Break their teeth (58:6)
  • Tear out their fangs (58:6)
  • Let them vanish like flowing water (58:7)
  • Blunt their arrows (58:7)
  • Melt them like a slug (58:8)
  • Sweep them away (58:9)

The oppressed righteous will not only be delivered, but they will also be avenged when they bathe in the blood of these wicked leaders and say:

            “Surely the righteous still are rewarded;
                        surely there is a God who judges the earth.”

David’s purpose is to warn leadership, including himself and his own administration, that there is a divine judge watching and willing to balance the scales of justice in history.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"Church is the only society on earth that exists for the benefit of non-members."
- William Temple
Something to Ponder??

Viewpoint of Prayer from Matthew 6:9-15

As a child
“Our Father”

As a worshipper
“Hallowed be your name”

As a subject
“Your kingdom come”

As a servant…
“Your will be done”

As a beggar
“Give us this day”

As a confessor
“Forgive us”

As a follower...
"Lead us"

As a dependent
“Deliver us”

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Sugkrino (Gr) – Compare (Eng) – a Greek word from the word krino which means “to separate, to select, to choose.” Krino is translated “judge” in a variety of ways in Matthew 7:1, John 16:11,
Acts 21:25, Romans 2:27 and 1 Thessalonians 2:12. The verb sugkrino itself means “to judge together.” In 1 Corinthians 2:12 sugkrino could mean “to bring together,” “to combine,” “to compare,” “to explain,” “to interpret.” Josephus uses sugrino to say “to measure oneself against.”


Jeremiah’s book is again proven historically accurate when Jeremiah 39:3 mentions Nebuchadnezzar’s chief officer (or, rab-saris) in 586 BC was named SARSEKIM. The chief officer SARSEKIM saw Judah’s king Zedekiah flee Jerusalem towards the Arabah (Jordan Valley) in Jeremiah 39:4. We now have a cuneiform tablet from 595 BC that documents this same SARSEKIM giving 1.5 pounds of gold to the temple of Esagila, which was Marduk’s temple in Babylon. (SARSEKIM’s name is NABU-SHARRUSSU-UKIN on this tablet which is the NEBO-SARSEKIM in the NIV translation of Jer. 39:3).
(See details here and here and here.
Images here and here.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Today I will consider how I treat other people. Am I oppressive? Am I just?
Am I honest and trustworthy? Do my actions help people?
Do I empower them to make their life and their world better?

  "Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?"
- Proverbs 5:16
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(morning only) Isaiah 6 Proverbs 9
Prayer for Today
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Ask Holy Spirit
to move
through you

Maturity in understanding
and life

Private Property

Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Ashkelon city gate

Diagram of Ashkelon city Gate from 2000-1000 BC

Diagram displayed on-site at the city gate of Ashkelon that was discovered from 2000 BC.
(See the photo of this gate to the left. Details here)

City gate at Ashkelon from 2000-1000 BC.
See diagram of this gate to the right of the photo.
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