Your Bible Reading for Today is: Psalm 49-50 Romans 1
Psalm 49 For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.
Hear this, all you peoples;listen, all who live in this world, 2 both low and high,rich and poor alike: 3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom;the utterance from my heart will give understanding. 4 I will turn my ear to a proverb;with the harp I will expound my riddle:
5 Why should I fear when evil days come,when wicked deceivers surround me - 6 those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches? 7 No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him - 8 the ransom for a life is costly,no payment is ever enough - 9 that he should live on forever and not see decay.
10 For all can see that wise men die;the foolish and the senseless alike perishand leave their wealth to others. 11 Their tombs will remain their houses forever,their dwellings for endless generations,though they had named lands after themselves.
12 But man, despite his riches, does not endure;he is like the beasts that perish.
13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,and of their followers, who approve their sayings. Selah
14 Like sheep they are destined for the grave, and death will feed on them.The upright will rule over them in the morning;their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions. 15 But God will redeem my life from the grave;he will surely take me to himself. Selah
16 Do not be overawed when a man grows rich,when the splendor of his house increases; 17 for he will take nothing with him when he dies,his splendor will not descend with him. 18 Though while he lived he counted himself blessed - and men praise you when you prosper - 19 he will join the generation of his fathers,who will never see the light [of life].
20 A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish.
Psalm 50 A psalm of Asaph.
The Mighty One, God, the Lord,speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets. 2 From Zion, perfect in beauty,God shines forth. 3 Our God comes and will not be silent;a fire devours before him,and around him a tempest rages. 4 He summons the heavens above,and the earth, that he may judge his people: 5 "Gather to me my consecrated ones,who made a covenant with me by sacrifice." 6 And the heavens proclaim his righteousness,for God himself is judge. Selah
7 "Hear, O my people, and I will speak,O Israel, and I will testify against you:I am God, your God. 8 I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices or your burnt offerings, which are ever before me. 9 I have no need of a bull from your stallor of goats from your pens, 10 for every animal of the forest is mine,and the cattle on a thousand hills. 11 I know every bird in the mountains,and the creatures of the field are mine. 12 If I were hungry I would not tell you,for the world is mine, and all that is in it. 13 Do I eat the flesh of bullsor drink the blood of goats? 14 Sacrifice thank offerings to God,fulfill your vows to the Most High, 15 and call upon me in the day of trouble;I will deliver you, and you will honor me."
16 But to the wicked, God says: "What right have you to recite my laws or take my covenant on your lips? 17 You hate my instruction and cast my words behind you. 18 When you see a thief, you join with him;you throw in your lot with adulterers. 19 You use your mouth for evil and harness your tongue to deceit. 20 You speak continually against your brotherand slander your own mother's son. 21 These things you have done and I kept silent;you thought I was altogether like you.But I will rebuke you and accuse you to your face.
22 "Consider this, you who forget God,or I will tear you to pieces, with none to rescue: 23 He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me,and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God." For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. (NIV)
Romans 1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God- 2 the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3 regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, 4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. 5 Through him and for his name's sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. 6 And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. 9 God, whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you 10 in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God's will the way may be opened for me to come to you.
11 I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong- 12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith. 13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.
14 I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. 15 That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are at Rome. 16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator - who is forever praised. Amen.
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
28 Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. (NIV)