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May 31 - Evening

"I have become like one who does not hear,
whose mouth can offer no reply.
Lord, I wait for you;
you will answer, Lord my God.

For I said,
'Do not let them gloat
or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.'

For I am about to fall,
and my pain is ever with me.

I confess my iniquity;
I am troubled by my sin.

Many have become my enemies without cause;
those who hate me without reason are numerous.
Those who repay my good with evil
lodge accusations against me,
though I seek only to do what is good.

Lord, do not forsake me;
do not be far from me, my God.
Come quickly to help me,
my Lord and my Savior."

- Psalms 38:14-22

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The Lord is David's Punisher and Protector    

Psalm 38 is identified as a “petition” of David in the superscript. This is then a prayer to the Lord for protection and deliverance that also includes the confession of sin.

Because of his own personal sin David has undergone discipline from the Lord. The discipline has effected both David’s physical health (“body,” “bones,” in 38:3; “wounds festers,” in 38:5; back pain in 38:6-7) and emotional health (“guilt” in 38:4).

This results in social rejection and the rise of David’s enemies. These enemies hope to turn this time affliction from the Lord’s divine discipline into a personal advantage since David seems very vulnerable in this situation both politically and militarily.

“My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds;
    my neighbors stay far away.
Those who want to kill me set their traps,
    those who would harm me talk of my ruin;
    all day long they scheme and lie.” – 38:11-12

During his time of affliction David cannot respond to his critics nor can he rise to defend himself. Because of David’s lack of response to his critics it appears that David does not even hear their arrogant and aggressive accusations:

“I have become like one who does not hear,
     Whose mouth can offer no reply.” – 38:14

Thus, David seeks the Lord’s help for protection from his enemies during this phase of divine discipline. David’s only hope is in the Lord who is the very one disciplining him for his sin.  David knows the Lord as both his punisher and his protector. The Lord will punish David for his sins, but the Lord will also protect David from his enemies. So, David’s only option is to “wait for” the Lord:

“Lord, I wait for you;
You will answer, Lord my God.” – 38:15

In 38:18 David willingly confesses his “iniquity” and is “troubled” by the wrongfulness of his “sin.”

“I confess my iniquity;
   I am troubled by my sin.”

And, with that confession of his sin David fully expects the protection of the Lord to be manifest and the soon arrival of the Lord with his deliverance/salvation. (38:21-22)

  Christian Quote from Church History
"“If every Bible in any considerable city were destroyed, the Book could be restored in all its essential parts from the quotations on the shelves of the city public library. There are works, covering almost all the great literary writers, devoted especially to showing how much the Bible has influenced them.”
-  Cleland B. McAfee
Something to Ponder??

John the Baptist was Jesus’ second cousins since Jesus’ mother, Mary, and John’s mother, Elizabeth, were cousins according to
Luke 1:36. John was born about six months before Jesus, and it is probable that they interacted many times as children, teenagers and young men since it is likely their families got together occasionally or visited during the feast days in Jerusalem.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Thrix (Gr) – Hair (Eng) – thrix is a Greek word for “hair.” Thrix refers to camel’s hair in Matthew 3:4; Men’s hair in Mathew 10:30 and Luke 21:18; the Son of God’s hair in Revelation 1:14 and the hair on demon like beings in Revelation 9:8.


The Amarna Letters support the Old Testament account of events concerning the conquest of the Land in
1400-1300 BC. The same people groups mentioned in the text of scripture are identified in the Amarna Letters: Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians, etc.

Confession to Action
  Facts and Information

Do I realize the reason I feel distant from the Lord and abandoned by him is possibly because of my sin against the Lord and my rebellion towards his ways and his Word? I will identify my rebellion, confess my sin and draw near to the Lord again.

  "A servant cannot be corrected by mere words; though he understands,
he will not respond."

- Proverbs 29:19
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Hosea 14 2 Chronicles 1 and Psalm 72
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Cistern, cover, stone water trough Details of Judges chapter 12 on a map.
A cistern in the hill country of Benjamin is located under the metal plate. This cistern provides water which is poured into the stone water trough. Details of Judges chapter 12 on a map.
The battle of the tribe of Ephraim with Jephthah.
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