LECTIO DIVINA

There are lots of ways to read the Bible, this is one way that we like to stop and reflect on scripture.


SILENCE

take 60 seconds (or more) in silent preparation for sacred reading


READ

listen to the text by reading out loud slowly and repeat up to 3x if desired


MEDITATE

reflect on - what word, words, phrase, or sentence speaks to you from the text, then write them down


PRAY

pray as responding to the words, phrase, sentence that God has stirred within you


CONTEMPLATE

rest in the presence of God, allowing the words revealed to take root

  • Revelation 11:15-19

    15 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices shouting in heaven:

    “The world has now become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ,

       and he will reign forever and ever.”

    16 The twenty-four elders sitting on their thrones before God fell with their faces to the ground and worshiped him. 17 And they said,

    “We give thanks to you, Lord God, the Almighty,

       the one who is and who always was,

    for now you have assumed your great power

       and have begun to reign.

    18 The nations were filled with wrath,

       but now the time of your wrath has come.

    It is time to judge the dead

       and reward your servants the prophets,

       as well as your holy people,

    and all who fear your name,

       from the least to the greatest.

    It is time to destroy

       all who have caused destruction on the earth.”

    19 Then, in heaven, the Temple of God was opened and the Ark of his covenant could be seen inside the Temple. Lightning flashed, thunder crashed and roared, and there was an earthquake and a terrible hailstorm.

  • Psalm 63

    1 O God, you are my God;

       I earnestly search for you.

    My soul thirsts for you;

       my whole body longs for you

    in this parched and weary land

       where there is no water.

    2 I have seen you in your sanctuary

       and gazed upon your power and glory.

    3 Your unfailing love is better than life itself;

       how I praise you!

    4 I will praise you as long as I live,

       lifting up my hands to you in prayer.

    5 You satisfy me more than the richest feast.

       I will praise you with songs of joy.

    6 I lie awake thinking of you,

       meditating on you through the night.

    7 Because you are my helper,

       I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.

    8 I cling to you;

       your strong right hand holds me securely.

    9 But those plotting to destroy me will come to ruin.

       They will go down into the depths of the earth.

    10 They will die by the sword

       and become the food of jackals.

    11 But the king will rejoice in God.

       All who swear to tell the truth will praise him,

       while liars will be silenced.

  • John 17:20-26

    20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.

    22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. 24 Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!

    25 “O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. 26 I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.”

  • Proverbs 24:26-34

    26 An honest answer

       is like a kiss of friendship.

    27 Do your planning and prepare your fields

       before building your house.

    28 Don’t testify against your neighbors without cause;

       don’t lie about them.

    29 And don’t say, “Now I can pay them back for what they’ve done to me!

       I’ll get even with them!”

    30 I walked by the field of a lazy person,

       the vineyard of one with no common sense.

    31 I saw that it was overgrown with nettles.

       It was covered with weeds,

       and its walls were broken down.

    32 Then, as I looked and thought about it,

       I learned this lesson:

    33 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber,

       a little folding of the hands to rest—

    34 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit;

       scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.

  • Numbers 17:1-11

    1 Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “Tell the people of Israel to bring you twelve wooden staffs, one from each leader of Israel’s ancestral tribes, and inscribe each leader’s name on his staff. 3 Inscribe Aaron’s name on the staff of the tribe of Levi, for there must be one staff for the leader of each ancestral tribe. 4 Place these staffs in the Tabernacle in front of the Ark containing the tablets of the Covenant, where I meet with you. 5 Buds will sprout on the staff belonging to the man I choose. Then I will finally put an end to the people’s murmuring and complaining against you.”

    6 So Moses gave the instructions to the people of Israel, and each of the twelve tribal leaders, including Aaron, brought Moses a staff. 7 Moses placed the staffs in the Lord’s presence in the Tabernacle of the Covenant. 8 When he went into the Tabernacle of the Covenant the next day, he found that Aaron’s staff, representing the tribe of Levi, had sprouted, budded, blossomed, and produced ripe almonds!

    9 When Moses brought all the staffs out from the Lord’s presence, he showed them to the people. Each man claimed his own staff. 10 And the Lord said to Moses: “Place Aaron’s staff permanently before the Ark of the Covenant to serve as a warning to rebels. This should put an end to their complaints against me and prevent any further deaths.” 11 So Moses did as the Lord commanded him.

  • Revelation 22:12-16

    12 “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

    14 Blessed are those who wash their robes. They will be permitted to enter through the gates of the city and eat the fruit from the tree of life.15 Outside the city are the dogs—the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idol worshipers, and all who love to live a lie.

    16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne. I am the bright morning star.”

  • Psalm 90

    1 Lord, through all the generations

       you have been our home!

    2 Before the mountains were born,

       before you gave birth to the earth and the world,

       from beginning to end, you are God.

    3 You turn people back to dust, saying,

       “Return to dust, you mortals!”

    4 For you, a thousand years are as a passing day,

       as brief as a few night hours.

    5 You sweep people away like dreams that disappear.

       They are like grass that springs up in the morning.

    6 In the morning it blooms and flourishes,

       but by evening it is dry and withered.

    7 We wither beneath your anger;

       we are overwhelmed by your fury.

    8 You spread out our sins before you—

       our secret sins—and you see them all.

    9 We live our lives beneath your wrath,

       ending our years with a groan.

    10 Seventy years are given to us!

       Some even live to eighty.

    But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble;

       soon they disappear, and we fly away.

    11 Who can comprehend the power of your anger?

       Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve.

    12 Teach us to realize the brevity of life,

       so that we may grow in wisdom.

    13 O Lord, come back to us!

       How long will you delay?

       Take pity on your servants!

    14 Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love,

       so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.

    15 Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery!

       Replace the evil years with good.

    16 Let us, your servants, see you work again;

       let our children see your glory.

    17 And may the Lord our God show us his approval

       and make our efforts successful.

       Yes, make our efforts successful!

  • John 18:1-27

    1 After saying these things, Jesus crossed the Kidron Valley with his disciples and entered a grove of olive trees. 2 Judas, the betrayer, knew this place, because Jesus had often gone there with his disciples. 3 The leading priests and Pharisees had given Judas a contingent of Roman soldiers and Temple guards to accompany him. Now with blazing torches, lanterns, and weapons, they arrived at the olive grove.

    4 Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward to meet them. “Who are you looking for?” he asked.

    5 “Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied.

    “I am he,” Jesus said. (Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.) 6 As Jesus said “I am he,” they all drew back and fell to the ground! 7 Once more he asked them, “Who are you looking for?”

    And again they replied, “Jesus the Nazarene.”

    8 “I told you that I am he,” Jesus said. “And since I am the one you want, let these others go.” 9 He did this to fulfill his own statement: “I did not lose a single one of those you have given me.”

    10 Then Simon Peter drew a sword and slashed off the right ear of Malchus, the high priest’s slave. 11 But Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath. Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me?”

    Jesus at the High Priest’s House

    12 So the soldiers, their commanding officer, and the Temple guards arrested Jesus and tied him up. 13 First they took him to Annas, since he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest at that time. 14 Caiaphas was the one who had told the other Jewish leaders, “It’s better that one man should die for the people.”

    Peter’s First Denial

    15 Simon Peter followed Jesus, as did another of the disciples. That other disciple was acquainted with the high priest, so he was allowed to enter the high priest’s courtyard with Jesus. 16 Peter had to stay outside the gate. Then the disciple who knew the high priest spoke to the woman watching at the gate, and she let Peter in. 17 The woman asked Peter, “You’re not one of that man’s disciples, are you?”

    “No,” he said, “I am not.”

    18 Because it was cold, the household servants and the guards had made a charcoal fire. They stood around it, warming themselves, and Peter stood with them, warming himself.

    The High Priest Questions Jesus

    19 Inside, the high priest began asking Jesus about his followers and what he had been teaching them. 20 Jesus replied, “Everyone knows what I teach. I have preached regularly in the synagogues and the Temple, where the people gather. I have not spoken in secret. 21 Why are you asking me this question? Ask those who heard me. They know what I said.”

    22 Then one of the Temple guards standing nearby slapped Jesus across the face. “Is that the way to answer the high priest?” he demanded.

    23 Jesus replied, “If I said anything wrong, you must prove it. But if I’m speaking the truth, why are you beating me?”

    24 Then Annas bound Jesus and sent him to Caiaphas, the high priest.

    Peter’s Second and Third Denials

    25 Meanwhile, as Simon Peter was standing by the fire warming himself, they asked him again, “You’re not one of his disciples, are you?”

    He denied it, saying, “No, I am not.”

    26 But one of the household slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Didn’t I see you out there in the olive grove with Jesus?” 27 Again Peter denied it. And immediately a rooster crowed.

  • Proverbs 25:18-22

    18 Telling lies about others

       is as harmful as hitting them with an ax,

    wounding them with a sword,

       or shooting them with a sharp arrow.

    19 Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble

       is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot.

    20 Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart

       is like taking someone’s coat in cold weather

       or pouring vinegar in a wound.

    21 If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat.

       If they are thirsty, give them water to drink.

    22 You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads,

       and the Lord will reward you.

  • Isaiah 40:1-11

    1 “Comfort, comfort my people,”

       says your God.

    2 “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem.

    Tell her that her sad days are gone

       and her sins are pardoned.

    Yes, the Lord has punished her twice over

       for all her sins.”

    3 Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting,

    “Clear the way through the wilderness

       for the Lord!

    Make a straight highway through the wasteland

       for our God!

    4 Fill in the valleys,

       and level the mountains and hills.

    Straighten the curves,

       and smooth out the rough places.

    5 Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,

       and all people will see it together.

       The Lord has spoken!”

    6 A voice said, “Shout!”

       I asked, “What should I shout?”

    “Shout that people are like the grass.

       Their beauty fades as quickly

       as the flowers in a field.

    7 The grass withers and the flowers fade

       beneath the breath of the Lord.

       And so it is with people.

    8 The grass withers and the flowers fade,

       but the word of our God stands forever.”

    9 O Zion, messenger of good news,

       shout from the mountaintops!

    Shout it louder, O Jerusalem.

       Shout, and do not be afraid.

    Tell the towns of Judah,

       “Your God is coming!”

    10 Yes, the Sovereign Lord is coming in power.

       He will rule with a powerful arm.

       See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.

    11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd.

       He will carry the lambs in his arms,

    holding them close to his heart.

       He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.

  • 2 Peter 1:2-15

    2 May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. 3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

    5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.

    8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But those who fail to develop in this way are short sighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.

    10 So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. 11 Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    12 Therefore, I will always remind you about these things—even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth you have been taught. 13 And it is only right that I should keep on reminding you as long as I live. 14 For our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me that I must soon leave this earthly life, 15 so I will work hard to make sure you always remember these things after I am gone.

  • Psalm 126

    1 When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem,

       it was like a dream!

    2 We were filled with laughter,

       and we sang for joy.

    And the other nations said,

       “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.”

    3 Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us!

       What joy!

    4 Restore our fortunes, Lord,

       as streams renew the desert.

    5 Those who plant in tears

       will harvest with shouts of joy.

    6 They weep as they go to plant their seed,

       but they sing as they return with the harvest.

  • John 19:17-27

    17 Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha). 18 There they nailed him to the cross. Two others were crucified with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them. 19 And Pilate posted a sign on the cross that read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20 The place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek, so that many people could read it.

    21 Then the leading priests objected and said to Pilate, “Change it from ‘The King of the Jews’ to ‘He said, I am King of the Jews.’”

    22 Pilate replied, “No, what I have written, I have written.”

    23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they divided his clothes among the four of them. They also took his robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. 24 So they said, “Rather than tearing it apart, let’s throw dice for it.” This fulfilled the Scripture that says, “They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing.” So that is what they did.

    25 Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” 27 And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.

  • Proverbs 26:17-28

    17 Interfering in someone else’s argument

       is as foolish as yanking a dog’s ears.

    18 Just as damaging

       as a madman shooting a deadly weapon

    19 is someone who lies to a friend

       and then says, “I was only joking.”

    20 Fire goes out without wood,

       and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.

    21 A quarrelsome person starts fights

       as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.

    22 Rumors are dainty morsels

       that sink deep into one’s heart.

    23 Smooth words may hide a wicked heart,

       just as a pretty glaze covers a clay pot.

    24 People may cover their hatred with pleasant words,

       but they’re deceiving you.

    25 They pretend to be kind, but don’t believe them.

       Their hearts are full of many evils.

    26 While their hatred may be concealed by trickery,

       their wrongdoing will be exposed in public.

    27 If you set a trap for others,

       you will get caught in it yourself.

    If you roll a boulder down on others,

       it will crush you instead.

    28 A lying tongue hates its victims,

       and flattering words cause ruin.

  • Isaiah 11:1-9

    1 Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot—

       yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root.

    2 And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—

       the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,

    the Spirit of counsel and might,

       the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

    3 He will delight in obeying the Lord.

       He will not judge by appearance

       nor make a decision based on hearsay.

    4 He will give justice to the poor

       and make fair decisions for the exploited.

    The earth will shake at the force of his word,

       and one breath from his mouth will destroy the wicked.

    5 He will wear righteousness like a belt

       and truth like an undergarment.

    6 In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together;

       the leopard will lie down with the baby goat.

    The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion,

       and a little child will lead them all.

    7 The cow will graze near the bear.

       The cub and the calf will lie down together.

       The lion will eat hay like a cow.

    8 The baby will play safely near the hole of a cobra.

       Yes, a little child will put its hand in a nest of deadly snakes without harm.

    9 Nothing will hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,

       for as the waters fill the sea,

       so the earth will be filled with people who know the Lord.

  • Acts 28:23-31

    23 So a time was set, and on that day a large number of people came to Paul’s lodging. He explained and testified about the Kingdom of God and tried to persuade them about Jesus from the Scriptures. Using the law of Moses and the books of the prophets, he spoke to them from morning until evening. 24 Some were persuaded by the things he said, but others did not believe. 25 And after they had argued back and forth among themselves, they left with this final word from Paul: “The Holy Spirit was right when he said to your ancestors through Isaiah the prophet,

    26 ‘Go and say to this people:

    When you hear what I say,

       you will not understand.

    When you see what I do,

       you will not comprehend.

    27 For the hearts of these people are hardened,

       and their ears cannot hear,

       and they have closed their eyes—

    so their eyes cannot see,

       and their ears cannot hear,

       and their hearts cannot understand,

    and they cannot turn to me

       and let me heal them.’

    28 So I want you to know that this salvation from God has also been offered to the Gentiles, and they will accept it.”

    30 For the next two years, Paul lived in Rome at his own expense. He welcomed all who visited him, 31 boldly proclaiming the Kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ. And no one tried to stop him.

  • Psalm 80:1-7

    1 Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel,
       you who lead Joseph’s descendants like a flock.
    O God, enthroned above the cherubim,
       display your radiant glory
    2 to Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh.
    Show us your mighty power.
       Come to rescue us!
    3 Turn us again to yourself, O God.
       Make your face shine down upon us.
       Only then will we be saved.
    4 O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies,
       how long will you be angry with our prayers?
    5 You have fed us with sorrow
       and made us drink tears by the bucketful.
    6 You have made us the scorn of neighboring nations.
       Our enemies treat us as a joke.
    7 Turn us again to yourself, O God of Heaven’s Armies.
       Make your face shine down upon us.
       Only then will we be saved.

  • John 1:9-14

    9 The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

    10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

    14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

  • Proverbs 27:2-6

    2 Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth—

       a stranger, not your own lips.

    3 A stone is heavy and sand is weighty,

       but the resentment caused by a fool is even heavier.

    4 Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood,

       but jealousy is even more dangerous.

    5 An open rebuke

       is better than hidden love!

    6 Wounds from a sincere friend

       are better than many kisses from an enemy.

  • Isaiah 9:2-7

    2 The people who walk in darkness

       will see a great light.

    For those who live in a land of deep darkness,

       a light will shine.

    3 You will enlarge the nation of Israel,

       and its people will rejoice.

    They will rejoice before you

       as people rejoice at the harvest

       and like warriors dividing the plunder.

    4 For you will break the yoke of their slavery

       and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders.

    You will break the oppressor’s rod,

       just as you did when you destroyed the army of Midian.

    5 The boots of the warrior

       and the uniforms bloodstained by war

    will all be burned.

       They will be fuel for the fire.

    6 For a child is born to us,

       a son is given to us.

    The government will rest on his shoulders.

       And he will be called:

    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

       Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

    7 His government and its peace

       will never end.

    He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David

       for all eternity.

    The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies

       will make this happen!

  • Luke 2:1-14

    1 At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2 (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. 4 And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. 5 He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child.

    6 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born.7 She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

    The Shepherds and Angels

    8 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

    13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,

    14 “Glory to God in highest heaven,

       and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

  • Psalm 148

    1 Praise the Lord!

    Praise the Lord from the heavens!

       Praise him from the skies!

    2 Praise him, all his angels!

       Praise him, all the armies of heaven!

    3 Praise him, sun and moon!

       Praise him, all you twinkling stars!

    4 Praise him, skies above!

       Praise him, vapors high above the clouds!

    5 Let every created thing give praise to the Lord,

       for he issued his command, and they came into being.

    6 He set them in place forever and ever.

       His decree will never be revoked.

    7 Praise the Lord from the earth,

       you creatures of the ocean depths,

    8 fire and hail, snow and clouds,

       wind and weather that obey him,

    9 mountains and all hills,

       fruit trees and all cedars,

    10 wild animals and all livestock,

       small scurrying animals and birds,

    11 kings of the earth and all people,

       rulers and judges of the earth,

    12 young men and young women,

       old men and children.

    13 Let them all praise the name of the Lord.

       For his name is very great;

       his glory towers over the earth and heaven!

    14 He has made his people strong,

       honoring his faithful ones—

       the people of Israel who are close to him.

    Praise the Lord!

  • John 20:1-10

    The Resurrection

    1 Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 2 She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, “They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

    3 Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. 4 They were both running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.5 He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn’t go in. 6 Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, 7 while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings. 8 Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed— 9 for until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead. 10 Then they went home.

  • Proverbs 28:12-14

    12 When the godly succeed, everyone is glad.

       When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding.

    13 People who conceal their sins will not prosper,

       but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.

    14 Blessed are those who fear to do wrong,

       but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble.

  • 1 Kings 3:5-15

    5 That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”

    6 Solomon replied, “You showed great and faithful love to your servant my father, David, because he was honest and true and faithful to you. And you have continued to show this great and faithful love to him today by giving him a son to sit on his throne.

    7 “Now, O Lord my God, you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around. 8 And here I am in the midst of your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they cannot be counted! 9 Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?”

    10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom. 11 So God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies— 12 I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have! 13 And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life! 14 And if you follow me and obey my decrees and my commands as your father, David, did, I will give you a long life.”

    15 Then Solomon woke up and realized it had been a dream. He returned to Jerusalem and stood before the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, where he sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings. Then he invited all his officials to a great banquet.