Reading: Envy stunts spiritual growth
Reference: 1 Cor. 3:1–9
I Corinthians 3:1: And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
I Corinthians 3:2: I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
I Corinthians 3:3: For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
I Corinthians 3:4: For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
I Corinthians 3:5: Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
I Corinthians 3:6: I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
I Corinthians 3:7: So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
I Corinthians 3:8: Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
I Corinthians 3:9: For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
Reading: Envy leads to Christ’s crucifixion
Reference: Matt. 27:17–26
Matthew 27:17: Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?
Matthew 27:18: For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
Matthew 27:19: When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.
Matthew 27:20: But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
Matthew 27:21: The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.
Matthew 27:22: Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.
Matthew 27:23: And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.
Matthew 27:24: When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
Matthew 27:25: Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
Matthew 27:26: Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
Reading: Envy builds its own gallows.
Reference: Esth. 3:5–9; 5:12–14; 7:10
Esther 3:5: And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath.
Esther 3:6: And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai.
Esther 3:7: In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar.
Esther 3:8: And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king’s laws: therefore it is not for the king’s profit to suffer them.
Esther 3:9: If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the business, to bring it into the king’s treasuries.
Esther 5:12: Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the queen did let no man come in with the king unto the banquet that she had prepared but myself; and to morrow am I invited unto her also with the king.
Esther 5:13: Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate.
Esther 5:14: Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of fifty cubits high, and to morrow speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then go thou in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased Haman; and he caused the gallows to be made.
Esther 7:10: So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified.
Reading: Those who envied Moses judged
Reference: Num. 16:1-11, 31–33
Numbers 16:1: Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:
Numbers 16:2: And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:
Numbers 16:3: And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord?
Numbers 16:4: And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face:
Numbers 16:5: And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the Lord will shew who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him.
Numbers 16:6: This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company;
Numbers 16:7: And put fire therein, and put incense in them before the Lord to morrow: and it shall be that the man whom the Lord doth choose, he shall be holy: ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi.
Numbers 16:8: And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi:
Numbers 16:9: Seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the Lord, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them?
Numbers 16:10: And he hath brought thee near to him, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee: and seek ye the priesthood also?
Numbers 16:11: For which cause both thou and all thy company are gathered together against the Lord: and what is Aaron, that ye murmur against him?
Numbers 16:31: And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them:
Numbers 16:32: And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.
Numbers 16:33: They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.
Reading: King Saul envies David
Reference: 1 Sam. 18:5-11
I Samuel 18:5: And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.
I Samuel 18:6: And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.
I Samuel 18:7: And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.
I Samuel 18:8: And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom?
I Samuel 18:9: And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.
I Samuel 18:10: And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand.
I Samuel 18:11: And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.
Reading: Praying in prison
Reference: Acts 16:22-34
Acts 16:22: And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.
Acts 16:23: And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:
Acts 16:24: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
Acts 16:25: And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
Acts 16:26: And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
Acts 16:27: And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
Acts 16:28: But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
Acts 16:29: Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
Acts 16:30: And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
Acts 16:31: And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Acts 16:32: And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
Acts 16:33: And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
Acts 16:34: And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
Reading: Jesus promises to answer prayer
Reference: Matt. 21:18-22
Matthew 21:18: Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.
Matthew 21:19: And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.
Matthew 21:20: And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!
Matthew 21:21: Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
Matthew 21:22: And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Reading: Jesus prays at night
Reference: Luke 6:12; 22:39-46
Luke 6:12: And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
Luke 22:39: And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.
Luke 22:40: And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.
Luke 22:41: And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
Luke 22:42: Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
Luke 22:43: And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
Luke 22:44: And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Luke 22:45: And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,
Luke 22:46: And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
Reading: Prayer in the face of danger
Reference: Dan. 6:3-10
Daniel 6:3: Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
Daniel 6:4: Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.
Daniel 6:5: Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.
Daniel 6:6: Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.
Daniel 6:7: All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.
Daniel 6:8: Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
Daniel 6:9: Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.
Daniel 6:10: Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
Reading: Searching with all your heart
Reference: Jer. 29:11-14
Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Jeremiah 29:12: Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
Jeremiah 29:13: And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:14: And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.
Reading: Abraham’s importunity
Reference: Gen. 18:23-33
Genesis 18:23: And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
Genesis 18:24: Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?
Genesis 18:25: That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
Genesis 18:26: And the Lord said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.
Genesis 18:27: And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:
Genesis 18:28: Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.
Genesis 18:29: And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty’s sake.
Genesis 18:30: And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there.
Genesis 18:31: And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty’s sake.
Genesis 18:32: And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.
Genesis 18:33: And the Lord went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.
Reading: Prayer at evening, morning, and noon
Reference: Ps. 55:16-17
Psalms 55:16: As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me.
Psalms 55:17: Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.
Reading: Qualities of an ideal home
Reference: 1 Tim. 3:2-7
I Timothy 3:2: A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
I Timothy 3:3: Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
I Timothy 3:4: One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
I Timothy 3:5: ( For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
I Timothy 3:6: Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
I Timothy 3:7: Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Reading: The tongue, a tool for peace
Reference: Prov. 15:1-7
Proverbs 15:1: A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
Proverbs 15:2: The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
Proverbs 15:3: The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
Proverbs 15:4: A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
Proverbs 15:5: A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
Proverbs 15:6: In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
Proverbs 15:7: The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
Reading: God’s plan for marriage
Reference: Eph. 5:25-33
Ephesians 5:25: Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Ephesians 5:26: That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
Ephesians 5:27: That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Ephesians 5:28: So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
Ephesians 5:29: For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
Ephesians 5:30: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
Ephesians 5:31: For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Ephesians 5:32: This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
Ephesians 5:33: Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
Reading: Recipe for familial peace
Reference: Eph. 6:1-4
Ephesians 6:1: Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Ephesians 6:2: Honour thy father and mother; ( which is the first commandment with promise;)
Ephesians 6:3: That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
Ephesians 6:4: And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Reading: Unselfishness keeps the peace
Reference: Gen. 13:1-11
Genesis 13:1: And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.
Genesis 13:2: And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
Genesis 13:3: And he went on his journeys from the south even to Beth–el, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Beth–el and Hai;
Genesis 13:4: Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the Lord.
Genesis 13:5: And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.
Genesis 13:6: And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.
Genesis 13:7: And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.
Genesis 13:8: And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.
Genesis 13:9: Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.
Genesis 13:10: And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.
Genesis 13:11: Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.
Reading: As for me and my house
Reference: Josh. 24:13-18
Joshua 24:13: And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat.
Joshua 24:14: Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord.
Joshua 24:15: And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Joshua 24:16: And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods;
Joshua 24:17: For the Lord our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed:
Joshua 24:18: And the Lord drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the Lord; for he is our God.
Reading: Covetousness causes strife
Reference: Luke 12:13-15
Luke 12:13: And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.
Luke 12:14: And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?
Luke 12:15: And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
Reading: I go and pray
Reference: Matt. 26:36-42
Matthew 26:36: Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
Matthew 26:37: And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
Matthew 26:38: Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
Matthew 26:39: And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
Matthew 26:40: And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
Matthew 26:41: Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Matthew 26:42: He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.