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Morning Bible Reading - Psalms 109

  1 <> Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise;  2 For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.  3 They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.  4 For my love they are my adversaries: but I [give myself unto] prayer.  5 And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.  6 Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.  7 When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.  8 Let his days be few; [and] let another take his office.  9 Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.  10 Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek [their bread] also out of their desolate places.  11 Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.  12 Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.  13 Let his posterity be cut off; [and] in the generation following let their name be blotted out.  14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.  15 Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.  16 Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.  17 As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.  18 As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.  19 Let it be unto him as the garment [which] covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually.  20 [Let] this [be] the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul.  21 But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name’s sake: because thy mercy [is] good, deliver thou me.  22 For I [am] poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.  23 I am gone like the shadow when it declineth: I am tossed up and down as the locust.  24 My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness.  25 I became also a reproach unto them: [when] they looked upon me they shaked their heads.  26 Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to thy mercy:  27 That they may know that this [is] thy hand; [that] thou, LORD, hast done it.  28 Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.  29 Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle.  30 I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude.  31 For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save [him] from those that condemn his soul.

Matthew Henry Commentary:   0-999 Chapter Outline David complains of his enemies. (1-5) He prophesies their destruction. (6-20) Prayers and praises. (21-31)

Matthew Henry Commentary:   1-5 It is the unspeakable comfort of all believers, that whoever is against them, God is for them; and to him they may apply as to one pleased to concern himself for them. David|s enemies laughed at him for his devotion, but they could not laugh him out of it.

Matthew Henry Commentary:   6-20 The Lord Jesus may speak here as a Judge, denouncing sentence on some of his enemies, to warn others. When men reject the salvation of Christ, even their prayers are numbered among their sins. See what hurries some to shameful deaths, and brings the families and estates of others to ruin; makes them and theirs despicable and hateful, and brings poverty, shame, and misery upon their posterity: it is sin, that mischievous, destructive thing. And what will be the effect of the sentence, "Go, ye cursed," upon the bodies and souls of the wicked! How it will affect the senses of the body, and the powers of the soul, with pain, anguish, horror, and despair! Think on these things, sinners, tremble and repent.

Matthew Henry Commentary:   21-31 The psalmist takes God|s comforts to himself, but in a very humble manner. He was troubled in mind. His body was wasted, and almost worn away. But it is better to have leanness in the body, while the soul prospers and is in health, than to have leanness in the soul, while the body is feasted. He was ridiculed and reproached by his enemies. But if God bless us, we need not care who curses us; for how can they curse whom God has not cursed; nay, whom he has blessed? He pleads God|s glory, and the honour of his name. Save me, not according to my merit, for I pretend to none, but according to thy-mercy. He concludes with the joy of faith, in assurance that his present conflicts would end in triumphs. Let all that suffer according to the will of God, commit the keeping of their souls to him. Jesus, unjustly put to death, and now risen again, is an Advocate and Intercessor for his people, ever ready to appear on their behalf against a corrupt world, and the great accuser.

A Commentary By J Vernon MCgee For Psalms 109:1-999 


Morning Bible Reading - Psalms 110

  1 <> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.  2 The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.  3 Thy people [shall be] willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.  4 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou [art] a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.  5 The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.  6 He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill [the places] with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.  7 He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.

Matthew Henry Commentary:   21-31 Christ|s kingdom. --Glorious things are here spoken of Christ. Not only he should be superior to all the kings of the earth, but he then existed in glory as the eternal Son of God. Sitting is a resting posture: after services and sufferings, to give law, to give judgment. It is a remaining posture: he sits like a king for ever. All his enemies are now in a chain, but not yet made his footstool. And his kingdom, being set up, shall be kept up in the world, in despite of all the powers of darkness. Christ|s people are a willing people. The power of the Spirit, going with the power of the world, to the people of Christs, is effectual to make them willing. They shall attend him in the beautiful attire of holiness; which becomes his house for ever. And he shall have many devoted to him. The dew of our youth, even in the morning of our days, ought to be consecrated to our Lord Jesus. Christ shall not only be a King, but a Priest. He is God|s Minister to us, and our Advocate with the Father, and so is the Mediator between God and man. He is a Priest of the order of Melchizedek, which was before that of Aaron, and on many accounts superior to it, and a more lively representation of Christ|s priesthood. Christ|s sitting at the right hand of God, speaks as much terror to his enemies as happiness to his people. The effect of this victory shall be the utter ruin of his enemies. We have here the Redeemer saving his friends, and comforting them. He shall be humbled; he shall drink of the brook in the way. The wrath of God, running in the curse of the law, may be considered as the brook in the way of his undertaking. Christ drank of the waters of affliction in his way to the throne of glory. But he shall be exalted. What then are we? Has the gospel of Christ been to us the power of God unto salvation? Has his kingdom been set up in our hearts? Are we his willing subjects? Once we knew not our need of his salvation, and we were not willing that he should reign over us. Are we willing to give up every sin, to turn from a wicked, insnaring world, and rely only on his merits and mercy, to have him for our Prophet, Priest, and King? and do we desire to be holy? To those who are thus changed, the Saviour|s sacrifice, intercession, and blessing belong.

A Commentary By J Vernon MCgee For Psalms 110:1-999 

A Commentary By J Vernon MCgee For Psalms 110:3-999 


Morning Bible Reading - Psalms 111

  1 Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with [my] whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and [in] the congregation.  2 The works of the LORD [are] great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.  3 His work [is] honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.  4 He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD [is] gracious and full of compassion.  5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.  6 He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.  7 The works of his hands [are] verity and judgment; all his commandments [are] sure.  8 They stand fast for ever and ever, [and are] done in truth and uprightness.  9 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend [is] his name.  10 The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do [his commandments]: his praise endureth for ever.

Matthew Henry Commentary:   21-31 The Lord is to be praised for his works. --The psalmist resolves to praise God himself. Our exhortations and our examples should agree together. He recommends the works of the Lord, as the proper subject, when we are praising him; and the dealings of his providence toward the world, the church, and particular persons. All the works of the Lord are spoken of as one, it is his work; so admirably do all the dispensations of his providence centre in one design. The works of God, humbly and diligently sought into, shall all be found just and holy. God|s pardoning sin is the most wonderful of all his works, and ought to be remembered to his glory. He will ever be mindful of his covenant; he has ever been so, and he ever will be so. His works of providence were done according to the truth of the Divine promises and prophecies, and so were verity, or truth; and by him who has a right to dispose of the earth as he pleases, and so are judgment, or righteous: and this holds good of the work of grace upon the heart of man, ver. #(7, 8). All God|s commandments are sure; all have been fulfilled by Christ, and remain with him for a rule of walk and conversation to us. He sent redemption unto his people, out of Egypt at first, and often afterwards; and these were typical of the great redemption, which in the fulness of time was to be wrought out by the Lord Jesus. Here his everlasting righteousness shines forth in union with his boundless mercy. No man is wise who does not fear the Lord; no man acts wisely except as influenced by that fear. This fear will lead to repentance, to faith in Christ, to watchfulness and obedience. Such persons are of a good understanding, however poor, unlearned, or despised.

A Commentary By J Vernon MCgee For Psalms 111:1-999 


Evening Bible Reading - Romans 16

  1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:  2 That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.  3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:  4 Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.  5 Likewise [greet] the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.  6 Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us.  7 Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellowprisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.  8 Greet Amplias my beloved in the Lord.  9 Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved.  10 Salute Apelles approved in Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus’ [household].  11 Salute Herodion my kinsman. Greet them that be of the [household] of Narcissus, which are in the Lord.  12 Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, which laboured much in the Lord.  13 Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.  14 Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren which are with them.  15 Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them.  16 Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.  17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.  18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.  19 For your obedience is come abroad unto all [men]. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.  20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you. Amen.  21 Timotheus my workfellow, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you.  22 I Tertius, who wrote [this] epistle, salute you in the Lord.  23 Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus the chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and Quartus a brother.  24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you all. Amen.  25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,  26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:  27 To God only wise, [be] glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen. <<[Written to the Romans from Corinthus, [and sent] by Phebe servant of the church at Cenchrea.]>>

Matthew Henry Commentary:   0-999 Chapter Outline The apostle recommends Phebe to the church at Rome, and greets several friends there. (1-16) Cautions the church against such as made divisions. (17-20) Christian salutations. (21-24) The epistle concludes with ascribing glory to God. (25-27)

Matthew Henry Commentary:   1-16 Paul recommends Phebe to the Christians at Rome. It becomes Christians to help one another in their affairs, especially strangers; we know not what help we may need ourselves. Paul asks help for one that had been helpful to many; he that watereth shall be watered also himself. Though the care of all the churches came upon him daily, yet he could remember many persons, and send salutations to each, with particular characters of them, and express concern for them. Lest any should feel themselves hurt, as if Paul had forgotten them, he sends his remembrances to the rest, as brethren and saints, though not named. He adds, in the close, a general salutation to them all, in the name of the churches of Christ.

Matthew Henry Commentary:   17-20 How earnest, how endearing are these exhortations! Whatever differs from the sound doctrine of the Scriptures, opens a door to divisions and offences. If truth be forsaken, unity and peace will not last long. Many call Christ, Master and Lord, who are far from serving him. But they serve their carnal, sensual, worldly interests. They corrupt the head by deceiving the heart; perverting the judgments by winding themselves into the affections. We have great need to keep our hearts with all diligence. It has been the common policy of seducers to set upon those who are softened by convictions. A pliable temper is good when under good guidance, otherwise it may be easily led astray. Be so wise as not to be deceived, yet so simple as not to be deceivers. The blessing the apostle expects from God, is victory over Satan. This includes all designs and devices of Satan against souls, to defile, disturb, and destroy them; all his attempts to keep us from the peace of heaven here, and the possession of heaven hereafter. When Satan seems to prevail, and we are ready to give up all as lost, then will the God of peace interpose in our behalf. Hold out therefore, faith and patience, yet a little while. If the grace of Christ be with us, who can prevail against us?

Matthew Henry Commentary:   21-24 The apostle adds affectionate remembrances from persons with him, known to the Roman Christians. It is a great comfort to see the holiness and usefulness of our kindred. Not many mighty, not many noble are called, but some are. It is lawful for believers to bear civil offices; and it were to be wished that all offices in Christian states, and in the church, were bestowed upon prudent and steady Christians.

Matthew Henry Commentary:   25-27 That which establishes souls, is, the plain preaching of Jesus Christ. Our redemption and salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, are, without controversy, a great mystery of godliness. And yet, blessed be God, there is as much of this mystery made plain as will bring us to heaven, if we do not wilfully neglect so great salvation. Life and immortality are brought to light by the gospel, and the Sun of Righteousness is risen on the world. The Scriptures of the prophets, what they left in writing, is not only made plain in itself, but by it this mystery is made known to all nations. Christ is salvation to all nations. And the gospel is revealed, not to be talked of and disputed about, but to be submitted to. The obedience of faith is that obedience which is paid to the word of faith, and which comes by the grace of faith. All the glory that passes from fallen man to God, so as to be accepted of him, must go through the Lord Jesus, in whom alone our persons and doings are, or can be, pleasing to God. Of his righteousness we must make mention, even of his only; who, as he is the Mediator of all our prayers, so he is, and will be, to eternity, the Mediator of all our praises. Remembering that we are called to the obedience of faith, and that every degree of wisdom is from the only wise God, we should, by word and deed, render glory to him through Jesus Christ; that so the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ may be with us for ever.

A Commentary By J Vernon MCgee For Romans 16:1-999 

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