Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Faithful Have Vanished

12:1 Save, O LORD, for the godly one is gone;
   for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.
2Everyone utters lies to his neighbor;
   with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

3May the LORD cut off all flattering lips,
   the tongue that makes great boasts,
4those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail,
   our lips are with us; who is master over us?”

5“Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan,
   I will now arise,” says the LORD;
   “I will place him in the safety for which
he longs.”

6The words of the LORD are pure words,
   like silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
   purified seven times.
7You, O LORD, will keep them;
   you will guard us from this generation forever.

8On every side the wicked prowl,
   as vileness is exalted among the children of man.
 (Psalm 12:1-8. ESV.)

What Defiles A Person

10 And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: 11 it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”
12 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”
13 He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. 14 Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
15 But Peter said to him, “Explain the parable to us.”
16 And he said, “Are you also still without understanding? 17 Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled? 18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. 20 These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.". (Matthew 15:1-20. ESV.)

(Tweeting the Bible in a Year: Day 23)
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