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Apr 15, 2019

Yesterday we read some laws for what kind of people could not enter into the congregation of Israel, and how long before their descendants could enter into the congregation of Israel. And we heard laws about cleanliness based on the fact that God was living with the Israelites. And, God wanted his people to be kind, fair, and thoughtful of the needs of the poor.

Here is a psalm to pray and an example to follow when you feel the world is against you.

ACTS 15b:
Yesterday in the first half of this chapter we heard how the controversy over circumcision started and we heard the speeches of Peter and James.

GNT Translation notes:

[The last verse of this Psalm shows that it is a prayer addressed to God. It is an open question if in verse 5 David is speaking encouragement to his own soul. The vocative form seems to indicate that. I think that CEV is correct in showing that in verses 3-5 David is speaking about himself in the third person.]

Ps. 62:1 I wait patiently for [You, O] God to save me;

I depend on [You//him] alone.
2 [You alone protect and save me//He alone protects and saves me];

[You are//he is] my defender,

and I shall never be defeated.
3 How much longer will all of you [people] attack [me—] someone

who is no stronger than a broken-down fence?
4 You only want to bring [me//him] down from [my//his] place of honor;

you take pleasure in lies.

You speak words of blessing,

but in your heart[s] you curse [me//him].
5 [O my soul, depend on God alone!//I depend on God alone;]

[O Lord, I put my hope in You.//I put my hope in him.]
6 [You alone protect and save me//He alone protects and saves me];

[You are//he is] my defender,

and I shall never be defeated.
7 My salvation and honor depend on [You, O] God;

[You are//he is] my strong protector;

[You are//he is] my shelter.
8 [O my people,//0] Trust in God at all times, [0//my people.]

Tell him all your troubles,

for he is our refuge.
9 Human beings are all like a puff of breath;

great and small alike are worthless.

Put them on the scales, and they weigh nothing;

they are lighter than a mere breath.
10 Don't put your trust in violence;

don't hope to gain anything by robbery;

even if your riches increase,

don't depend on them.
11 [O my God//0] More than once I have heard [You//God] say

that power belongs to [You//him]
12 and that [your//his] love is constant.

You yourself, O Lord, reward everyone according to their deeds.

Acts 15:29 eat no food that has been offered to idols; eat no blood; eat no animal that has been strangled; and keep yourselves from sexual immorality. You will do well if you take care not to do these things. [Farewell] With our best wishes.”