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ESV — Daily Light on the Daily Path: Day 304
304
Morning
Lam. 3:26; Ps. 77:9; Ps. 32:22; Luke 18:7, 8; Prov. 20:22; Ps. 37:7; 2 Chron. 20:17; Gal. 6:9; Jas. 5:7

It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

“Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up his compassion?”—I had said in my alarm, “I am cut off from your sight.” But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cried to you for help.

“Will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily.”—Wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.—Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

“You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord.”

Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.—See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.

Evening
Song 2:15; Ps. 19:12; Heb. 12:15; Gal. 5:7; Phil. 1:6, 27; Jas. 3:5, 6, 8; Col. 4:6

“Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom.”

Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.—See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.—You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?

He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ…. Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ.—The tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell…. No human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.—Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt.

26  qIt is good that one should wait quietly

for the salvation of the Lord.


nHas God forgotten to be gracious?

oHas he in anger shut up his compassion?” Selah


11  eBe glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,

and fshout for joy, all you gupright in heart!


And vwill not God give justice to whis elect, xwho cry to him day and night? yzWill he delay long over them?


I tell you, he will give justice to them aspeedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, bwill he find faith on earth?”


22  Do not say, j“I will repay evil”;

kwait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.


gBe still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;

hfret not yourself over the one who iprospers in his way,

over the man who carries out evil devices!


17 gYou will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ dDo not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, hand the Lord will be with you.”


And elet us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, fif we do not give up.


Patience in Suffering

Be patient, therefore, brothers,1 until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives kthe early and the late rains.

Footnotes

[1] 5:7 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 9, 10, 12, 19


15  Catch lthe foxes1 for us,

the little foxes

that spoil the vineyards,

ffor our vineyards are in blossom.”

Footnotes

[1] 2:15 Or jackals


12  dWho can discern his errors?

eDeclare me innocent from fhidden faults.


15 See to it that no one vfails to obtain the grace of God; that no w“root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;


gYou were running well. Who hindered you from obeying hthe truth?


And I am sure of this, that he who began ha good work in you iwill bring it to completion at jthe day of Jesus Christ.


27 Only vlet your manner of life be wworthy1 of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you xthat you are standing firm in one spirit, with yone mind zstriving side by side for the faith of the gospel,

Footnotes

[1] 1:27 Greek Only behave as citizens worthy


So also the tongue is a small member, yet hit boasts of great things.

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!


And ithe tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, jstaining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life,1 and set on fire by hell.2

Footnotes

[1] 3:6 Or wheel of birth
[2] 3:6 Greek Gehenna


but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, kfull of deadly poison.


Let your speech always jbe gracious, kseasoned with salt, lso that you may know how you ought to answer each person.