Sleepy Scriptures Episode Twenty Eight

Steve reads the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke, and Psalm 31 in today’s episode of Sleepy Scriptures. Michael reads Exodus chapters 38 and 39, and Proverbs 25. Follow along with full transcripts at SleepyScriptures.com, or just close your eyes and relax as you receive the word of God against soothing background music. If you’d like to receive a free illustrated Bible verse in your inbox every day, visit SearchTheBible.com to sign up. Now relax and enjoy.

Luke Chapter One

1: Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,
 
2: Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;
 
3: It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,
 
4: That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.
 
5: There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
 
6: And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
 
7: And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.
 
8: And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course,
 
9: According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
 
10: And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.
 
11: And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
 
12: And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
 
13: But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
 
14: And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
 
15: For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.
 
16: And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
 
17: And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
 
18: And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.
 
19: And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.
 
20: And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
 
21: And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.
 
22: And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.
 
23: And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.
 
24: And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,
 
25: Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.
 
26: And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
 
27: To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
 
28: And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
 
29: And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
 
30: And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
 
31: And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
 
32: He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
 
33: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
 
34: Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
 
35: And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
 
36: And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
 
37: For with God nothing shall be impossible.
 
38: And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
 
39: And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;
 
40: And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
 
41: And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
 
42: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
 
43: And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
 
44: For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
 
45: And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
 
46: And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
 
47: And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
 
48: For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
 
49: For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
 
50: And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
 
51: He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
 
52: He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
 
53: He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
 
54: He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
 
55: As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
 
56: And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.
 
57: Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.
 
58: And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.
 
59: And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.
 
60: And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John.
 
61: And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.
 
62: And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.
 
63: And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.
 
64: And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God.
 
65: And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea.
 
66: And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.
 
67: And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,
 
68: Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,
 
69: And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;
 
70: As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:
 
71: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;
 
72: To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;
 
73: The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
 
74: That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,
 
75: In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
 
76: And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
 
77: To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,
 
78: Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
 
79: To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
 
80: And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.

Exodus Chapter Thirty Eight

1: And he made the altar of burnt offering of shittim wood: five cubits was the length thereof, and five cubits the breadth thereof; it was foursquare; and three cubits the height thereof.
 
2: And he made the horns thereof on the four corners of it; the horns thereof were of the same: and he overlaid it with brass.
 
3: And he made all the vessels of the altar, the pots, and the shovels, and the basons, and the fleshhooks, and the firepans: all the vessels thereof made he of brass.
 
4: And he made for the altar a brasen grate of network under the compass thereof beneath unto the midst of it.
 
5: And he cast four rings for the four ends of the grate of brass, to be places for the staves.
 
6: And he made the staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with brass.
 
7: And he put the staves into the rings on the sides of the altar, to bear it withal; he made the altar hollow with boards.
 
8: And he made the laver of brass, and the foot of it of brass, of the lookingglasses of the women assembling, which assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
 
9: And he made the court: on the south side southward the hangings of the court were of fine twined linen, an hundred cubits:
 
10: Their pillars were twenty, and their brasen sockets twenty; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets were of silver.
 
11: And for the north side the hangings were an hundred cubits, their pillars were twenty, and their sockets of brass twenty; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver.
 
12: And for the west side were hangings of fifty cubits, their pillars ten, and their sockets ten; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver.
 
13: And for the east side eastward fifty cubits.
 
14: The hangings of the one side of the gate were fifteen cubits; their pillars three, and their sockets three.
 
15: And for the other side of the court gate, on this hand and that hand, were hangings of fifteen cubits; their pillars three, and their sockets three.
 
16: All the hangings of the court round about were of fine twined linen.
 
17: And the sockets for the pillars were of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver; and the overlaying of their chapiters of silver; and all the pillars of the court were filleted with silver.
 
18: And the hanging for the gate of the court was needlework, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen: and twenty cubits was the length, and the height in the breadth was five cubits, answerable to the hangings of the court.
 
19: And their pillars were four, and their sockets of brass four; their hooks of silver, and the overlaying of their chapiters and their fillets of silver.
 
20: And all the pins of the tabernacle, and of the court round about, were of brass.
 
21: This is the sum of the tabernacle, even of the tabernacle of testimony, as it was counted, according to the commandment of Moses, for the service of the Levites, by the hand of Ithamar, son to Aaron the priest.
 
22: And Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made all that the LORD commanded Moses.
 
23: And with him was Aholiab, son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, an engraver, and a cunning workman, and an embroiderer in blue, and in purple, and in scarlet, and fine linen.
 
24: All the gold that was occupied for the work in all the work of the holy place, even the gold of the offering, was twenty and nine talents, and seven hundred and thirty shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary.
 
25: And the silver of them that were numbered of the congregation was an hundred talents, and a thousand seven hundred and threescore and fifteen shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary:
 
26: A bekah for every man, that is, half a shekel, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for every one that went to be numbered, from twenty years old and upward, for six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty men.
 
27: And of the hundred talents of silver were cast the sockets of the sanctuary, and the sockets of the vail; an hundred sockets of the hundred talents, a talent for a socket.
 
28: And of the thousand seven hundred seventy and five shekels he made hooks for the pillars, and overlaid their chapiters, and filleted them.
 
29: And the brass of the offering was seventy talents, and two thousand and four hundred shekels.
 
30: And therewith he made the sockets to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the brasen altar, and the brasen grate for it, and all the vessels of the altar,
 
31: And the sockets of the court round about, and the sockets of the court gate, and all the pins of the tabernacle, and all the pins of the court round about.

Exodus Chapter Thirty Nine

1: And of the blue, and purple, and scarlet, they made cloths of service, to do service in the holy place, and made the holy garments for Aaron; as the LORD commanded Moses.
 
2: And he made the ephod of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen.
 
3: And they did beat the gold into thin plates, and cut it into wires, to work it in the blue, and in the purple, and in the scarlet, and in the fine linen, with cunning work.
 
4: They made shoulderpieces for it, to couple it together: by the two edges was it coupled together.
 
5: And the curious girdle of his ephod, that was upon it, was of the same, according to the work thereof; of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen; as the LORD commanded Moses.
 
6: And they wrought onyx stones inclosed in ouches of gold, graven, as signets are graven, with the names of the children of Israel.
 
7: And he put them on the shoulders of the ephod, that they should be stones for a memorial to the children of Israel; as the LORD commanded Moses.
 
8: And he made the breastplate of cunning work, like the work of the ephod; of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen.
 
9: It was foursquare; they made the breastplate double: a span was the length thereof, and a span the breadth thereof, being doubled.
 
10: And they set in it four rows of stones: the first row was a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this was the first row.
 
11: And the second row, an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond.
 
12: And the third row, a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst.
 
13: And the fourth row, a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper: they were inclosed in ouches of gold in their inclosings.
 
14: And the stones were according to the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet, every one with his name, according to the twelve tribes.
 
15: And they made upon the breastplate chains at the ends, of wreathen work of pure gold.
 
16: And they made two ouches of gold, and two gold rings; and put the two rings in the two ends of the breastplate.
 
17: And they put the two wreathen chains of gold in the two rings on the ends of the breastplate.
 
18: And the two ends of the two wreathen chains they fastened in the two ouches, and put them on the shoulderpieces of the ephod, before it.
 
19: And they made two rings of gold, and put them on the two ends of the breastplate, upon the border of it, which was on the side of the ephod inward.
 
20: And they made two other golden rings, and put them on the two sides of the ephod underneath, toward the forepart of it, over against the other coupling thereof, above the curious girdle of the ephod.
 
21: And they did bind the breastplate by his rings unto the rings of the ephod with a lace of blue, that it might be above the curious girdle of the ephod, and that the breastplate might not be loosed from the ephod; as the LORD commanded Moses.
 
22: And he made the robe of the ephod of woven work, all of blue.
 
23: And there was an hole in the midst of the robe, as the hole of an habergeon, with a band round about the hole, that it should not rend.
 
24: And they made upon the hems of the robe pomegranates of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and twined linen.
 
25: And they made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates upon the hem of the robe, round about between the pomegranates;
 
26: A bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate, round about the hem of the robe to minister in; as the LORD commanded Moses.
 
27: And they made coats of fine linen of woven work for Aaron, and for his sons,
 
28: And a mitre of fine linen, and goodly bonnets of fine linen, and linen breeches of fine twined linen,
 
29: And a girdle of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, of needlework; as the LORD commanded Moses.
 
30: And they made the plate of the holy crown of pure gold, and wrote upon it a writing, like to the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD.
 
31: And they tied unto it a lace of blue, to fasten it on high upon the mitre; as the LORD commanded Moses.
 
32: Thus was all the work of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation finished: and the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so did they.
 
33: And they brought the tabernacle unto Moses, the tent, and all his furniture, his taches, his boards, his bars, and his pillars, and his sockets,
 
34: And the covering of rams’ skins dyed red, and the covering of badgers’ skins, and the vail of the covering,
 
35: The ark of the testimony, and the staves thereof, and the mercy seat,
 
36: The table, and all the vessels thereof, and the shewbread,
 
37: The pure candlestick, with the lamps thereof, even with the lamps to be set in order, and all the vessels thereof, and the oil for light,
 
38: And the golden altar, and the anointing oil, and the sweet incense, and the hanging for the tabernacle door,
 
39: The brasen altar, and his grate of brass, his staves, and all his vessels, the laver and his foot,
 
40: The hangings of the court, his pillars, and his sockets, and the hanging for the court gate, his cords, and his pins, and all the vessels of the service of the tabernacle, for the tent of the congregation,
 
41: The cloths of service to do service in the holy place, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and his sons’ garments, to minister in the priest’s office.
 
42: According to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so the children of Israel made all the work.
 
43: And Moses did look upon all the work, and, behold, they have done it as the LORD had commanded, even so had they done it: and Moses blessed them.

Psalm Thirty One

1: In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.
 
2: Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.
 
3: For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.
 
4: Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.
 
5: Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.
 
6: I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.
 
7: I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;
 
8: And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.
 
9: Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.
 
10: For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.
 
11: I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me.
 
12: I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.
 
13: For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.
 
14: But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God.
 
15: My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.
 
16: Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake.
 
17: Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.
 
18: Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.
 
19: Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
 
20: Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
 
21: Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.
 
22: For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.
 
23: O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.
 
24: Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

Proverbs Chapter Twenty Five

1: These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
 
2: It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
 
3: The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.
 
4: Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
 
5: Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
 
6: Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:
 
7: For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.
 
8: Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.
 
9: Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another:
 
10: Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.
 
11: A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
 
12: As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
 
13: As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
 
14: Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
 
15: By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
 
16: Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
 
17: Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour’s house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.
 
18: A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
 
19: Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
 
20: As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.
 
21: If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
 
22: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.
 
23: The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
 
24: It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
 
25: As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
 
26: A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.
 
27: It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.
 
28: He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

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