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. We'll be starting with Psalms.
Chapter 1: True Happiness in God's Law
1 Blessed is the man who does not walk, in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in company with scoffers.
2 Rather, the law of the LORD is his joy; and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted near streams of water, that yields its fruit in season;
Its leaves never wither; whatever he does prospers.
4 But not so are the wicked, not so! They are like chaff driven by the wind.
5 Therefore the wicked will not arise at the judgment, nor will sinners in the assembly of the just.
6 Because the LORD knows the way of the just, but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.
Chapter 2: A Psalm for Royal Coronation
1 Why do the nations protest and the peoples conspire in vain?
2 Kings on earth rise up and princes plot together against the LORD and against his anointed one:
3 “Let us break their shackles and cast off their chains from us!”
4 The one enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord derides them,
5 Then he speaks to them in his anger, in his wrath he terrifies them:
6 “I myself have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.”
7 I will proclaim the decree of the LORD, he said to me, “You are my son; today I have begotten you.
8 Ask it of me, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, and, as your possession, the ends of the earth.
9 With an iron rod you will shepherd them, like a potter’s vessel you will shatter them.”
10 And now, kings, give heed; take warning, judges on earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear; exult with trembling, Accept correction lest he become angry and you perish along the way
when his anger suddenly blazes up. Blessed are all who take refuge in him!
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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