Daily Scripture Reading December 18th
King James Bible – The Holy Bible
11 The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see. 2 O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save! 3 Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention. 4 Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth. 5 Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days which ye will not believe, though it be told you. 6 For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not their's. 7 They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves. 8 Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat. 9 They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand. 10 And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them: they shall deride every strong hold; for they shall heap dust, and take it. 11 Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend, imputing this his power unto his god. 12 Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One? we shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction. 13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he? 14 And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them? 15 They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad. 16 Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag; because by them their portion is fat, and their meat plenteous. 17 Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations?
21 I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. 2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. 4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. 5 Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people: 6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay! 7 Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them? 8 Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; because of men's blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein. 9 Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil! 10 Thou hast consulted shame to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned against thy soul. 11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it. 12 Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and stablisheth a city by iniquity! 13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity? 14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. 15 Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness! 16 Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORD's right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory. 17 For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men's blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein. 18 What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols? 19 Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it. 20 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.
31 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth. 2 O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. 3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. 4 And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power. 5 Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet. 6 He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting. 7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble. 8 Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? was thine anger against the rivers? was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation? 9 Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers. 10 The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high. 11 The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear. 12 Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger. 13 Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah. 14 Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly. 15 Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the heap of great waters. 16 When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops. 17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
Habakkuk 1:1 - 3:19 KJV
91 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. 3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. 5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. 6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. 7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. 8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. 10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. 11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. 12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter. 13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. 16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. 17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. 18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. 19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. 20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
Revelation 9:1-21 KJV
1371 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. 2 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. 3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. 4 How shall we sing the LORD's song in a strange land? 5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. 6 If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy. 7 Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof. 8 O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. 9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.
Psalms 137:1-9 KJV
3010 Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.
Proverbs 30:10 KJV
WRITER–Habakkuk was probably a Levite and connected with the music. of
the temple. He prophesied in Judah in the reign of Josiah about 608 B. C.
TIMES OF THE PROPHET–The world-empire of Assyria had fallen 607 B. C.
as prophesied by Nahum. Egypt and Babylon then fought to see who should
be the master of the earth. At the battle of Carchemish, 605 B. C., the
Babylonians were conquerors, and under Nebuchadnezzar, Babylon a n d
Chaldees became one kingdom, so that their names became synonymous, and
either meant the same kingdom. Habakkuk realized that Judah must fall
before the rising Chaldean power but that one evil nation should put
down another troubled him. That looked like evil triumphing over evil
and no advance in righteousness.
PURPOSE–To discuss the problem of why the wicked prosper, and to vindicate the righteousness of God.
Problem of Why Is Evil Unchecked?
Earlier prophets had pointed to the crimes and idolatry of God’s people
as the cause of their catastrophes, but Habakkuk was living after the
great reformation days of the good king Josiah, who bad destroyed the
idols, restored the Passover, and brought Judah back into the covenant
relationship with Jehovah. It was therefore a great mystery to the
prophet as to why the chosen people of God, the only nation that did
not worship carved images and vain gods, the heirs of divine promise
that they among all the nations should be threatened by calamities.
Habakkuk could understand why the Ten Tribes bad been carried off, for
they had constantly violated God’s law, and given themselves over to
Baal worship, but Judah had repented of her sins with fasting, weeping
and vows of obedience. Yet, the Chaldeans, a wicked heathen nation,
were preparing to swoop down upon them with the fierceness of a wild
beast, and the prophet could see no prospect of deliverance.
LESSON–The prosperity of the wicked was a great problem to the Jews,
who believed so strongly in temporal punishment and rewards. Job,
David, Solomon and the prophets often wrestled with the problem.
Spiritually-minded Christians realize quit often outward prosperity is
not real prosperity. That there is a curse wrapped, up in the wicked
man’s mercies, and a blessing concealed in the righteous man’s crosses.
It is true that the wicked attain their objects and seem to enjoy their
prosperity, but the believer looks forward to the day when everything
will be set right, and he never loses faith in the justice of God. We
cannot judge a building while the scaffolding is up, neither can we
fully measure God’s dealings in the days of our limited vision. An
insect, slowing crawling up a column of the White House, could as well
judge the perfection of its architecture as we the wisdom of God’s
Men do not live great and good lives because of their much ease or many
pleasures, but because they nobly work, and lift and fight and dare!
The heroes, someone has declared, are those who can stand the world as
it is! The best men of all times are those who have made the most,
Livingston, the great missionary who suffered such terrible hardships
in darkest Africa, said: “I do not call my privations sacrifices,’ for
I think the word ought never to be applied to anything we can do for
Him who came down from Heaven and died for us.”
The prophet ascends his watchtower to listen to God’s answer to the
problem. God points out that the Chaldeans are cull of pride and that
they are living by robbery and wrong. In their injustice lie the germs
of their future destruction, although it may be long delayed. On the
other hand for the righteous there is preservation from evil; and
salvation, provided they based their hopes upon faith.
LESSON–Habakkuk was a prophet of a tried but triumphant faith. He
draws for us a contrast between the unjust and the just man. He
pictures the unjust Chaldeans as puffed up with pride and full of
drunkenness, boasting, ambition and oppression, and rejected of God
because not justified. As pride is the cause of much wickedness, so
faith is the root of all moral and spiritual excellence in the soul of
the just man. As pride leads to disobedience, as in the case of Eve, so
faith leads to obedience, as in the case of Abraham.
We must live by faith and not by sight or by sense. These are like two
buckets, the lower sense goes, the higher faith goes. Luther says: “If
you would believe, You must crucify that question, why?” God would not
have us so full of wherefores. If we would live by faith we must be
willing to walk in the dark with God, rather than to walk alone in the
The prophet having heard the answer of Jehovah, and being still in
fear, pours out his troubled soul in prayer, Hab 3:1-2. The prayer
is scarcely uttered before the congregation’s hymn of praise rings out.
It describes the glorious way in which He Put their various enemies
aside, and how all nature bowed before His Majesty, Hab 3:3-15.
The fact that the Chaldean is at hand still fills the prophet with
trembling, yet he is blessed with the hope of salvation, and rejoices
in the Lord.
LESSON–The prophet’s prayer was a model one, for it recounted God’s
goodness in the past, and sought blessings and mercies for the hour. It
was full of adoration, petition, loving appreciation of God’s works and
joyous trust. Webster regarded Hab 3:17-18; as one of the
sublimest, passages of inspired literature.
The power of prayer may be increased in our lives if;
1. We ever remember the importance of it, in that God will be inquired
of for the blessings He is willing to bestow. If we would receive,
the condition is that we ASK. We should do this in secret, family and public prayer.
2. We must put away all doubts as to the reality of divine answers to prayers.
3. We must feel that we cannot get along without God, or we will not
pray. Self-sufficiency is atheistic. All true prayer is the cry of
conscious weakness, “Save, Lord, or I perish.”
4. Holiness is essential to a life of prayer, as is also love. Prayer
is the measure of love. He who loves much will pray much. A beggar
hates to bother your door often, but a son bounds in with
confidence whenever in need. It is only when we forget that we are
“sons of God and joint-heirs of Jesus Christ” that we knock feebly
at mercy’s door!