Sleepy Scriptures Episode Fifteen

Enjoy your quiet time with this Sleepy Scriptures segment featuring Matthew, Exodus, a Psalm and some Proverbs.

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Matthew Chapter Twenty Three

1: Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
 
2: Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:
 
3: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
 
4: For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
 
5: But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
 
6: And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
 
7: :And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
 
8: But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
 
9: And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
 
10: Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
 
11: But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
 
12: And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
 
13: But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
 
14: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
 
15: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
 
16: Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!
 
17: Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
 
18: And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.
 
19: Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?
 
20: Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon.
 
21: And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.
 
22: And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.
 
23: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
 
24: Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
 
25: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
 
26: Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
 
27: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
 
28: Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
 
29: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
 
30: And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
 
31: Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
 
32: Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
 
33: Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
 
34: Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
 
35: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
 
36: Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
 
37: O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
 
38: Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
 
39: For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Matthew Chapter Twenty Four

1: And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
 
2: And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
 
3: And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
 
4: And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
 
5: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
 
6: And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
 
7: :For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
 
8: All these are the beginning of sorrows.
 
9: Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
 
10: And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
 
11: And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
 
12: And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
 
13: But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
 
14: And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
 
15: When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
 
16: Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
 
17: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
 
18: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
 
19: And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
 
20: But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
 
21: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
 
22: And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
 
23: Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
 
24: For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
 
25: Behold, I have told you before.
 
26: Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
 
27: For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
 
28: For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
 
29: Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
 
30: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
 
31: And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
 
32: Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
 
33: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
 
34: Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
 
35: Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
 
36: But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
 
37: But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
 
38: For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,
 
39: And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
 
40: Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
 
41: Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
 
42: Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
 
43: But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
 
44: Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
 
45: Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
 
46: Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
 
47: Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
 
48: But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
 
49: And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
 
50: The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
 
51: And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Exodus Chapter Six

1: Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.
 
2: And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD:
 
3: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.
 
4: And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.
 
5: And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.
 
6: Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:
 
7: :And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
 
8: And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.
 
9: And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.
 
10: And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
 
11: Go in, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, that he let the children of Israel go out of his land.
 
12: And Moses spake before the LORD, saying, Behold, the children of Israel have not hearkened unto me; how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips?
 
13: And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, and gave them a charge unto the children of Israel, and unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.
 
14: These be the heads of their fathers’ houses: The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel; Hanoch, and Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi: these be the families of Reuben.
 
15: And the sons of Simeon; Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin, and Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman: these are the families of Simeon.
 
16: And these are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari: and the years of the life of Levi were an hundred thirty and seven years.
 
17: The sons of Gershon; Libni, and Shimi, according to their families.
 
18: And the sons of Kohath; Amram, and Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel: and the years of the life of Kohath were an hundred thirty and three years.
 
19: And the sons of Merari; Mahali and Mushi: these are the families of Levi according to their generations.
 
20: And Amram took him Jochebed his father’s sister to wife; and she bare him Aaron and Moses: and the years of the life of Amram were an hundred and thirty and seven years.
 
21: And the sons of Izhar; Korah, and Nepheg, and Zichri.
 
22: And the sons of Uzziel; Mishael, and Elzaphan, and Zithri.
 
23: And Aaron took him Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab, sister of Naashon, to wife; and she bare him Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
 
24: And the sons of Korah; Assir, and Elkanah, and Abiasaph: these are the families of the Korhites.
 
25: And Eleazar Aaron’s son took him one of the daughters of Putiel to wife; and she bare him Phinehas: these are the heads of the fathers of the Levites according to their families.
 
26: These are that Aaron and Moses, to whom the LORD said, Bring out the children of Israel from the land of Egypt according to their armies.
 
27: These are they which spake to Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring out the children of Israel from Egypt: these are that Moses and Aaron.
 
28: And it came to pass on the day when the LORD ake unto Moses in the land of Egypt,
 
29: That the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, I am the LORD: speak thou unto Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say unto thee.
 
30: And Moses said before the LORD, Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips, and how shall Pharaoh hearken unto me?

Exodus Chapter Seven

1: And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.
 
2: Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of his land.
 
3: And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt.
 
4: But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments.
 
5: And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them.
 
6: And Moses and Aaron did as the LORD commanded them, so did they.
 
7: :And Moses was fourscore years old, and Aaron fourscore and three years old, when they spake unto Pharaoh.
 
8: And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
 
9: When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent.
 
10: And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent.
 
11: Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.
 
12: For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.
 
13: And he hardened Pharaoh’s heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.
 
14: And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh’s heart is hardened, he refuseth to let the people go.
 
15: Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goeth out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river’s brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand.
 
16: And thou shalt say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear.
 
17: Thus saith the LORD, In this thou shalt know that I am the LORD: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood.
 
18: And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall lothe to drink of the water of the river.
 
19: And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone.
 
20: And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood.
 
21: And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.
 
22: And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, neither did he hearken unto them; as the LORD had said.
 
23: And Pharaoh turned and went into his house, neither did he set his heart to this also.
 
24: And all the Egyptians digged round about the river for water to drink; for they could not drink of the water of the river.
 
25: And seven days were fulfilled, after that the LORD had smitten the river.

Psalm Nineteen

1: The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
 
2: Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
 
3: There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
 
4: Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
 
5: Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
 
6: His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
 
7: :The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
 
8: The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
 
9: The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
 
10: More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
 
11: Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
 
12: Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.
 
13: Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
 
14: Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Proverbs Chapter Twelve

1: Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.
 
2: A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
 
3: A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
 
4: A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
 
5: The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
 
6: The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
 
7: :The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.
 
8: A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
 
9: He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
 
10: A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
 
11: He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.
 
12: The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.
 
13: The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.
 
14: A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him.
 
15: The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
 
16: A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.
 
17: He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.
 
18: There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
 
19: The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
 
20: Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellers of peace is joy.
 
21: There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.
 
22: Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
 
23: A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
 
24: The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
 
25: Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
 
26: The righteous is more excellent than his ighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
 
27: The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
 
28: In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

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