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February 27

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Psalm 53

1 The fool hath said in his heart, "There is no God."
They are corrupt and have done abominable iniquity; there is none that doeth good.

2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men
to see if there were any that understood, that had sought God.
3 Every one of them has turned back; they have altogether become filthy;
there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge--those who eat up my people as they eat bread?
They have not called upon God.
5 There they were in great fear, where no fear was;
for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee;
thou hast put them to shame,
because God hath despised them.

6 O that the salvation of Israel might come out of Zion!
When God bringeth back His captive people, Jacob shall rejoice and Israel shall be glad.

Matthew 18:1-10

1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, "Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?" 2 And Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set him in the midst of them, 3 and said,

"Verily I say unto you, unless ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. 5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in My name, receiveth Me. 6 But whoso shall cause one of these little ones who believe in Me to fall, it were better for him that a millstone were hung about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

7 "Woe unto the world because of offenses! For it must happen that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh. 8 Therefore if thy hand or thy foot cause thee to fall, cut them off and cast them from thee; it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into everlasting fire. 9 And if thine eye cause thee to fall, pluck it out and cast it from thee; it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.

10 "Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you that in Heaven their angels do always behold the face of My Father who is in Heaven.

Acts 28:16-31

16 And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard, but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier who kept him.

17 And it came to pass that after three days Paul called the chief Jews together; and when they had come together, he said unto them, "Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans, 18 who, when they had examined me, would have let me go because there was no cause deserving of death in me. 19 But when the Jews spoke against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar, not that I had anything to accuse my nation of. 20 For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you and to speak with you, because it is for the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain." 21 And they said unto him, "We neither received letters from Judea concerning thee, nor did any of the brethren who came show or speak any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear from thee what thou thinkest; for concerning this sect, we know that everywhere it is spoken against.

23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging, to whom he expounded and testified the Kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the Law of Moses and out of the Prophets, from morning until evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. 25 And when they were unable to agree among themselves, they departed after Paul had spoken one word: "Well spoke the Holy Ghost through Isaiah the prophet unto our fathers, 26 saying,

'Go unto this people and say, "Hearing, ye shall hear and shall not understand;
and seeing, ye shall see and not perceive.
27 For the heart of this people has waxed gross,
and their ears are dull of hearing,
and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and understand with their heart,
and should be converted, and I should heal them."'

28 "Be it known therefore unto you that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it." 29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed and had great reasoning among themselves.

30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house and received all who came in unto him, 31 preaching the Kingdom of God and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

Exodus 33

1 And the LORD said unto Moses, "Depart and go up hence, thou and the people whom thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I swore unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, `Unto thy seed will I give it.' 2 And I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite and the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite" 3 unto a land flowing with milk and honey. For I will not go up in the midst of thee, for thou art a stiffnecked people, lest I consume thee on the way."

4 And when the people heard these evil tidings they mourned, and no man put on his ornaments. 5 For the LORD had said unto Moses, "Say unto the children of Israel, `Ye are a stiffnecked people. I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment and consume thee. Therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee.'" 6 And the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by Mount Horeb.

7 And Moses took the tabernacle and pitched it outside the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass that every one who sought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was outside the camp. 8 And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses until he had gone into the tabernacle. 9 And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses. 10 And all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the tabernacle door; and all the people rose up and worshiped, every man in his tent door. 11 And the LORD spoke unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he returned again into the camp; but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

12 And Moses said unto the LORD, "See, Thou sayest unto me, `Bring up this people,' and Thou hast not let me know whom Thou wilt send with me. Yet Thou hast said, `I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in My sight.' 13 Now therefore, I pray Thee, if I have found grace in Thy sight, show me now Thy way, that I may know Thee, that I may find grace in Thy sight; and consider that this nation is Thy people." 14 And He said, "My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest." 15 And he said unto Him, "If Thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. 16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and Thy people have found grace in Thy sight? Is it not in that Thou goest with us? So shall we be separated, I and Thy people, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth."

17 And the LORD said unto Moses, "I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken; for thou hast found grace in My sight, and I know thee by name." 18 And he said, "I beseech Thee, show me Thy glory." 19 And He said, "I will make all My goodness pass before thee; and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee, and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy." 20 And He said, "Thou canst not see My face, for there shall no man see Me and live." 21 And the LORD said, "Behold, there is a place by Me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock. 22 And it shall come to pass, while My glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a cleft of the rock, and will cover thee with My hand while I pass by; 23 and I will take away Mine hand, and thou shalt see My back parts, but My face shall not be seen."

Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 9:10

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, 
and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.


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