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Day Twenty-Nine Serving

Friday, July 20, 2012

Welcome to day twenty nine of serving "Five A Day...with A Slice of Wisdom". Tomorrow will be the last day of the challenge. I am so glad you joined me no matter how many servings you partook of. I am glad for any amount of time you spent with me and more importantly my Father. You are always welcome to go back to the beginning at any time and start the challenge anew. I pray that these Scriptures have helped you to grow deeper in your faith and in Your relationship with the LORD. Today's serving comes from the English Standard Version (ESV) .

As always if you desire another version, please go to www.biblegateway.com and choose from array of translations.

A Moment of Grace:

Father, we praise you as we gather around Your table. One thing that has been striking is the strength of Your character as we learn about You through the Psalms and Proverbs. While perusing these Scriptures here is a short list about You. I see You as Protector, Helper, and Supporter. You have a keen memory. You are Provider, Fulfiller, Savior, Grantor. You are trustworthy. You listen and You answer. You are mighty. You are Judge, Speaker, Summoner. You are present. You are Warrior. You are Righteous. You are testifyer, Deliverer, Most High, Disciplinarian, Restorer, Life-Giver, Powerful, Ruler, Preserver, Guard, Defender, and You are Holy. You are so much more! I love the word picture of You Shining out of Zion - the perfection of beauty.
The words in Scripture convey how Mighty You are. Before You is a devouring Fire. Around You is a Mighty Tempest. You are enthroned upon Cherubim. You shine forth. You get angry. You have power to shatter kings and chiefs. You execute judgement. You are the Strength of Salvation. You execute Justice. I am simply in AWE of You and I bow down before You in worship and adoration. Thank You for Who You are in Jesus Name. Amen.




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Psalm 20

English Standard Version (ESV)


Trust in the Name of the Lord Our God

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.


20 May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
2 May he send you help from the sanctuary
and give you support from Zion!
3 May he remember all your offerings
and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah


4 May he grant you your heart's desire
and fulfill all your plans!
5 May we shout for joy over your salvation,
and in the name of our God set up our banners!
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!


6 Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed;
he will answer him from his holy heaven
with the saving might of his right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
8 They collapse and fall,
but we rise and stand upright.


9 O Lord, save the king!
May he answer us when we call.

English Standard Version (ESV)
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Psalm 50

English Standard Version (ESV)


God Himself Is Judge

A Psalm of Asaph.


50 The Mighty One, God the Lord,
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to its setting.
2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God shines forth.


3 Our God comes; he does not keep silence;[a]
before him is a devouring fire,
around him a mighty tempest.
4 He calls to the heavens above
and to the earth, that he may judge his people:
5 “Gather to me my faithful ones,
who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”
6 The heavens declare his righteousness,
for God himself is judge! Selah


7 “Hear, O my people, and I will speak;
O Israel, I will testify against you.
I am God, your God.
8 Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you;
your burnt offerings are continually before me.
9 I will not accept a bull from your house
or goats from your folds.
10 For every beast of the forest is mine,
the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know all the birds of the hills,
and all that moves in the field is mine.


12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for the world and its fullness are mine.
13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls
or drink the blood of goats?
14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,[b]
and perform your vows to the Most High,
15 and call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”


16 But to the wicked God says:
“What right have you to recite my statutes
or take my covenant on your lips?
17 For you hate discipline,
and you cast my words behind you.
18 If you see a thief, you are pleased with him,
and you keep company with adulterers.


19 “You give your mouth free rein for evil,
and your tongue frames deceit.
20 You sit and speak against your brother;
you slander your own mother's son.
21 These things you have done, and I have been silent;
you thought that I[c] was one like yourself.
But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you.


22 “Mark this, then, you who forget God,
lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver!
23 The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who orders his way rightly
I will show the salvation of God!”

Footnotes:a.Psalm 50:3 Or May our God come, and not keep silence
b.Psalm 50:14 Or Make thanksgiving your sacrifice to God
c.Psalm 50:21 Or that the I am

English Standard Version (ESV)
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Psalm 80

English Standard Version (ESV)


Restore Us, O God

To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Testimony. Of Asaph, a Psalm.


80 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
you who lead Joseph like a flock.
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.
2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh,
stir up your might
and come to save us!


3 Restore us,[a] O God;
let your face shine, that we may be saved!


4 O Lord God of hosts,
how long will you be angry with your people's prayers?
5 You have fed them with the bread of tears
and given them tears to drink in full measure.
6 You make us an object of contention for our neighbors,
and our enemies laugh among themselves.


7 Restore us, O God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved!


8 You brought a vine out of Egypt;
you drove out the nations and planted it.
9 You cleared the ground for it;
it took deep root and filled the land.
10 The mountains were covered with its shade,
the mighty cedars with its branches.
11 It sent out its branches to the sea
and its shoots to the River.[b]
12 Why then have you broken down its walls,
so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?
13 The boar from the forest ravages it,
and all that move in the field feed on it.


14 Turn again, O God of hosts!
Look down from heaven, and see;
have regard for this vine,
15 the stock that your right hand planted,
and for the son whom you made strong for yourself.
16 They have burned it with fire; they have cut it down;
may they perish at the rebuke of your face!
17 But let your hand be on the man of your right hand,
the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself!
18 Then we shall not turn back from you;
give us life, and we will call upon your name!


19 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts!
Let your face shine, that we may be saved!

Footnotes:a.Psalm 80:3 Or Turn us again; also verses 7, 19
b.Psalm 80:11 That is, the Euphrates

English Standard Version (ESV)
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Psalm 110

English Standard Version (ESV)


Sit at My Right Hand

A Psalm of David.


110 The Lord says to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool.”


2 The Lord sends forth from Zion
your mighty scepter.
Rule in the midst of your enemies!
3 Your people will offer themselves freely
on the day of your power,[a]
in holy garments;[b]
from the womb of the morning,
the dew of your youth will be yours.[c]
4 The Lord has sworn
and will not change his mind,
“You are a priest forever
after the order of Melchizedek.”


5 The Lord is at your right hand;
he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.
6 He will execute judgment among the nations,
filling them with corpses;
he will shatter chiefs[d]
over the wide earth.
7 He will drink from the brook by the way;
therefore he will lift up his head.

Footnotes:a.Psalm 110:3 Or on the day you lead your forces
b.Psalm 110:3 Masoretic Text; some Hebrew manuscripts and Jerome on the holy mountains
c.Psalm 110:3 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
d.Psalm 110:6 Or the head

English Standard Version (ESV)
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Psalm 140

English Standard Version (ESV)


Deliver Me, O Lord, from Evil Men

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.


140 Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men;
preserve me from violent men,
2 who plan evil things in their heart
and stir up wars continually.
3 They make their tongue sharp as a serpent's,
and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah


4 Guard me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
preserve me from violent men,
who have planned to trip up my feet.
5 The arrogant have hidden a trap for me,
and with cords they have spread a net;[a]
beside the way they have set snares for me. Selah


6 I say to the Lord, You are my God;
give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O Lord!
7 O Lord, my Lord, the strength of my salvation,
you have covered my head in the day of battle.
8 Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked;
do not further their[b] evil plot, or they will be exalted! Selah


9 As for the head of those who surround me,
let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!
10 Let burning coals fall upon them!
Let them be cast into fire,
into miry pits, no more to rise!
11 Let not the slanderer be established in the land;
let evil hunt down the violent man speedily!


12 I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted,
and will execute justice for the needy.
13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name;
the upright shall dwell in your presence.

Footnotes:a.Psalm 140:5 Or they have spread cords as a net
b.Psalm 140:8 Hebrew his

English Standard Version (ESV)
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And now, a slice of Wisdom for us.........

Proverbs 20

English Standard Version (ESV)



20 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler,
and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.[a]
2 The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion;
whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his life.
3 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife,
but every fool will be quarreling.
4 The sluggard does not plow in the autumn;
he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
5 The purpose in a man's heart is like deep water,
but a man of understanding will draw it out.
6 Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love,
but a faithful man who can find?
7 The righteous who walks in his integrity—
blessed are his children after him!
8 A king who sits on the throne of judgment
winnows all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, “I have made my heart pure;
I am clean from my sin”?
10 Unequal[b] weights and unequal measures
are both alike an abomination to the Lord.
11 Even a child makes himself known by his acts,
by whether his conduct is pure and upright.[c]
12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye,
the Lord has made them both.
13 Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty;
open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.
14 “Bad, bad,” says the buyer,
but when he goes away, then he boasts.
15 There is gold and abundance of costly stones,
but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
16 Take a man's garment when he has put up security for a stranger,
and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for foreigners.[d]
17 Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man,
but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel.
18 Plans are established by counsel;
by wise guidance wage war.
19 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets;
therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.[e]
20 If one curses his father or his mother,
his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.
21 An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning
will not be blessed in the end.
22 Do not say, “I will repay evil”;
wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.
23 Unequal weights are an abomination to the Lord,
and false scales are not good.
24 A man's steps are from the Lord;
how then can man understand his way?
25 It is a snare to say rashly, “It is holy,”
and to reflect only after making vows.
26 A wise king winnows the wicked
and drives the wheel over them.
27 The spirit[f] of man is the lamp of the Lord,
searching all his innermost parts.
28 Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king,
and by steadfast love his throne is upheld.
29 The glory of young men is their strength,
but the splendor of old men is their gray hair.
30 Blows that wound cleanse away evil;
strokes make clean the innermost parts.

Footnotes:a.Proverbs 20:1 Or will not become wise
b.Proverbs 20:10 Or Two kinds of; also verse 23
c.Proverbs 20:11 Or Even a child can dissemble in his actions, though his conduct seems pure and upright
d.Proverbs 20:16 Or for an adulteress (compare 27:13)
e.Proverbs 20:19 Hebrew with one who is simple in his lips
f.Proverbs 20:27 Hebrew breath

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