Contemplative Bible Reading

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Entries from August 2014

The King of Peace and Other Things I Don’t Recognize

August 31st, 2014 · No Comments

Zechariah 9:9-10 (New Living Translation) 9 Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt. 10 I will remove the battle chariots from Israel and the warhorses from Jerusalem. […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Zechariah


August 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Zechariah 14:12 (New Living Translation) And the Lord will send a plague on all the nations that fought against Jerusalem. Their people will become like walking corpses, their flesh rotting away. Their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. As I read this, it hit me—this is a […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Zechariah

A Little Maturity

August 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Psalm 131:1-3 (New Living Translation) 1 Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I don’t concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp. 2 Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child […]

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Tags: Old Testament · Psalms

Funny How We Remember and Forget

August 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

2 Samuel 5:1-2 (New Living Translation) Then all the tribes of Israel went to David at Hebron and told him, “We are your own flesh and blood. 2 In the past, when Saul was our king, you were the one who really led the forces of Israel. And the Lord told you, ‘You will be the […]

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Tags: 2 Samuel · Old Testament

A Good Army?

August 17th, 2014 · No Comments

1 Samuel 22:1-2 (New Living Translation) So David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. Soon his brothers and all his other relatives joined him there. 2 Then others began coming—men who were in trouble or in debt or who were just discontented—until David was the captain of about 400 men. David raises […]

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Tags: 1 Samuel · Old Testament

Lying Naked on the Ground

August 16th, 2014 · No Comments

1 Samuel 19:23-24 (New Living Translation) 23 But on the way to Naioth in Ramah the Spirit of God came even upon Saul, and he, too, began to prophesy all the way to Naioth! 24 He tore off his clothes and lay naked on the ground all day and all night, prophesying in the presence of Samuel. […]

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Tags: 1 Samuel · Old Testament

Sin Against David

August 10th, 2014 · No Comments

1 Samuel 19:4  (New Living Translation) The next morning Jonathan spoke with his father about David, saying many good things about him. “The king must not sin against his servant David,” Jonathan said. “He’s never done anything to harm you. He has always helped you in any way he could. I find this to be […]

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Tags: 1 Samuel · Old Testament

The Lord’s Battle

August 9th, 2014 · No Comments

1 Samuel 17:45-47 (New Living Translation) 45 David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you […]

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Tags: 1 Samuel · Old Testament

The LORD Your God is the Supremre God

August 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Joshua 2:8-11 (New Living Translation) 8 Before the spies went to sleep that night, Rahab went up on the roof to talk with them. 9 “I know the Lord has given you this land,” she told them. “We are all afraid of you. Everyone in the land is living in terror. 10 For we have heard […]

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Tags: Joshua · Old Testament


August 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Deuteronomy 34:12 (New Living Translation) With mighty power, Moses performed terrifying acts in the sight of all Israel. I like the words used in this translation. Moses terrified the people. Moses had a difficult job. That is an understatement as Moses had a job that, without the help of Jehovah God, was impossible. He was […]

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Tags: Deuteronomy · Old Testament