Monday, December 14, 2015

Psalm 13 and Proverbs 3:27-31

Psalm 13
Psalm 13 is a psalm of complaint. The psalmist asks the LORD how long he is going to wait to bring justice on his enemy. Surely the LORD doesn't want him to sleep the sleep of death. Then his enemies would rejoice.

As usual, the psalm ends on a high note. The psalmist rejoices in God and in his faithfulness. He is trusting in the LORD's hesed, his faithfulness. The word "salvation" is in parallel (yeshua), showing that God shows is faithfulness by bringing salvation (see Romans 1:16-17).

Proverbs 3:27-31
These five verses are a series of prohibitions like, "Don't withhold good when you are able to give it" (3:27). It reminds me of James 4:17--if you know to do good and you don't do it, that's sin. Proverbs 3:28 says the same with the timing. Give today if you can; don't postpone.

Several of these verses have to do with plotting or doing harm to your neighbor. Your neighbor trusts you. Don't plot against him or her. Don't start a fight for no reason. Don't envy the violent.

Psalm 1 and Proverbs 1:1-7
Psalm 2 and Proverbs 1:8-14
Psalm 3 and Proverbs 1:15-19
Psalm 4 and Proverbs 1:20-27
Psalm 5 and Proverbs 1:28-33
Psalm 6 and Proverbs 2:1-5
Psalm 7 and Proverbs 2:6-15
Psalm 8 and Proverbs 2:16-22
Psalm 9 and Proverbs 3:1-4
Psalm 10 and Proverbs 3:5-12
Psalm 11 and Proverbs 3:13-18
Psalm 12 and Proverbs 3:19-26

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