Day 16

Readings:

  • Philippians 2:1-11
  • Mark 4:35-41
  • Psalm 92
  • Proverbs 10:15-32

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Philippians 2:1-11

Christ’s Example of Humility

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Mark 4:35-41

Jesus Calms a Storm

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

Psalm 92

How Great Are Your Works
A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath.

It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
        to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
2 to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
        and your faithfulness by night,
3 to the music of the lute and the harp,
        to the melody of the lyre.
4 For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work;
        at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

5 How great are your works, O LORD!
        Your thoughts are very deep!
6 The stupid man cannot know;
        the fool cannot understand this:
7 that though the wicked sprout like grass
        and all evildoers flourish,
they are doomed to destruction forever;
8      but you, O LORD, are on high forever.
9 For behold, your enemies, O LORD,
        for behold, your enemies shall perish;
        all evildoers shall be scattered.

10 But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox;
        you have poured over me fresh oil.
11 My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;
        my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.

12 The righteous flourish like the palm tree
        and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 They are planted in the house of the LORD;
        they flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They still bear fruit in old age;
        they are ever full of sap and green,
15 to declare that the LORD is upright;
        he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Proverbs 10:15-32

15 A rich man's wealth is his strong city;
        the poverty of the poor is their ruin.
16 The wage of the righteous leads to life,
        the gain of the wicked to sin.
17 Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life,
        but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.
18 The one who conceals hatred has lying lips,
        and whoever utters slander is a fool.
19 When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
        but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver;
        the heart of the wicked is of little worth.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many,
        but fools die for lack of sense.
22 The blessing of the LORD makes rich,
        and he adds no sorrow with it.
23 Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool,
        but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.
24 What the wicked dreads will come upon him,
        but the desire of the righteous will be granted.
25 When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more,
        but the righteous is established forever.
26 Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
        so is the sluggard to those who send him.
27 The fear of the LORD prolongs life,
        but the years of the wicked will be short.
28 The hope of the righteous brings joy,
        but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
29 The way of the LORD is a stronghold to the blameless,
        but destruction to evildoers.
30 The righteous will never be removed,
        but the wicked will not dwell in the land.
31 The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,
        but the perverse tongue will be cut off.
32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,
        but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.
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