As many of the wisdom books don't require extensive footnotes...and because a little wisdom and praise never go amiss all our other studying...the wisdom books will be gradually introduced throughout the rest of our study.
Psalm 7: God the Vindicator
1 A plaintive song of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning Cush, the Benjaminite.
2 LORD my God, in you I trusted; save me; rescue me from all who pursue me,
3 Lest someone maul me like a lion, tear my soul apart with no one to deliver.
4 LORD my God, if I have done this, if there is guilt on my hands,
5 If I have maltreated someone treating me equitably—or even despoiled my oppressor without cause-
6 Then let my enemy pursue and overtake my soul, trample my life to the ground, and lay my honor in the dust. Selah
7 Rise up, LORD, in your anger; be aroused against the outrages of my oppressors. Stir up the justice, my God, you have commanded.
8 Have the assembly of the peoples gather about you; and return on high above them,
9 the LORD will pass judgment on the peoples. Judge me, LORD, according to my righteousness, and my integrity.
10 Let the malice of the wicked end. Uphold the just one, O just God, who tries hearts and minds.
11 God is a shield above me saving the upright of heart.
12 God is a just judge, powerful and patient, not exercising anger every day.
13 If one does not repent, God sharpens his sword, strings and readies the bow,
14 Prepares his deadly shafts, makes arrows blazing thunderbolts.
15 Consider how one conceives iniquity; is pregnant with mischief, and gives birth to deception.
16 He digs a hole and bores it deep, but he falls into the pit he has made.
17 His malice turns back upon his head; his violence falls on his own skull.
18 I will thank the LORD in accordance with his justice; I will sing the name of the LORD Most High.
Psalm 8: Divine Majesty and Human Dignity
1 For the leader; “upon the gittith.” A psalm of David.
2 O LORD, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth! I will sing of your majesty above the heavens
3 with the mouths of babes and infants. You have established a bulwark against your foes, to silence enemy and avenger.
4 When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and stars that you set in place--
5 What is man that you are mindful of him, and a son of man that you care for him?
6 Yet you have made him little less than a god, crowned him with glory and honor.
7 You have given him rule over the works of your hands, put all things at his feet:
8 All sheep and oxen, even the beasts of the field,
9 The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, and whatever swims the paths of the seas.
10 O LORD, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth!
Jennifer Becker Landsberger
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~~~Prayer before Writing-
Oh creator of the universe, who has set the stars in the heavens and causes the sun to rise and set, shed the light of your wisdom into the darkness of my mind. Fill my thoughts with a loving knowledge of you, that I may bring you like to others. Just as you can make even babies speak your truth, instruct my tongue and guide my pen to convey the wonderful glory of the Gospel. Make my intellect sharp, my memory clear, and my words eloquent, so that I may faithfully interpret the mysteries what you have revealed.
To my readers & fellow writers,
1. I will pray that God's grace helps illuminate all of our interactions- both those of simple reading and more active conversations.
2. I will communicate with you respectfully and civilly. These are (rightly) issues which we feel passionate about. But even in disagreements, I will respect you fellow "seekers of truth."
3. I will not fall into negative behavior or words, such as insinuations, exaggerations, blames, or personal attacks. I respectfully ask you to do the same.
4. I will pray we will all find the truth and strive to fulfill the two greatest commandments: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30-31)
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