Wednesday, February 16, 2022

The Daily Bible Readings for Wednesday, February 16, 2022


The Daily Bible Readings
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Psalm 120; Jeremiah 22:11-17; Luke 11:37-52
with commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

Introduction & Summary

In today’s lectionary readings, our psalm is about praying in times of trouble. The psalmist is far from Jerusalem, distant from God in a faraway land. Nobody likes trouble, but God can use trouble to draw you closer to him. The starting point for our journey to God is always discontent with this world and what it offers. It teaches us how we should respond to God in times of trouble.

The words in our reading in Jeremiah were spoken regarding the death of King Josiah and the exile of his son Shallum (also known as Jehoahaz). Josiah was prevented from seeing the evil to come in this world and removed to see the good to come in the other world; therefore, weep not for him, but for his son Shallum, who is likely to live and die a wretched captive.

The timing of the event in our gospel reading is immediately after Jesus has rebuked those that made the illogical, inconsistent, insurrectionary and inane accusation that Jesus had cast out a demon and healed a mute man by the power of Beelzebub and chastened those that were demanding He perform a sign from heaven. Jesus had just finished speaking, and a Pharisee invites Jesus and his disciples to dinner and doubtless invites several Pharisees and scribes to join them. The Pharisees gathered around Jesus and saw some of his disciples eating food with “unclean”—that is, ceremonially unwashed—hands. Jesus widened His warning to that generation in telling them they would only receive the sign of Jonah and that both the men of Nineveh and the Queen of the South would rise up and condemn them in the judgment because something greater than both Jonah and Solomon was present and they neither recognized it nor repented.

In our verse of the day, John introduces the core issue of love, which has been “from the beginning.” This “beginning” likely refers to the beginning of the Christian faith.

Today’s Verse of the Day:
1 John 3:11

For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
Since we are free from sin, we are free to love one another. In verse 11, John introduces the core issue of love, which has been “from the beginning.” This “beginning” likely refers to the beginning of the Christian faith (Jn 13:34), though love for neighbor did not begin there (Lev 19:18).

Today’s Lectionary Readings:
From the Psalter
Psalm 120
Woe to Me

1 I call on the Lord in my distress,
     and he answers me.
2 Save me, Lord,
     from lying lips
     and from deceitful tongues.

3 What will he do to you,
     and what more besides,
     you deceitful tongue?
4 He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows,
     with burning coals of the broom bush.

5 Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek,
     that I live among the tents of Kedar!
6 Too long have I lived
     among those who hate peace.
7 I am for peace;
     but when I speak, they are for war.


The psalmist prays to God to deliver him from false and malicious tongues (vv. 1-4). He complains of wicked neighbors (vv. 5-7).

Verses 1-4: The psalmist was brought into great distress by a deceitful tongue. May every good man be delivered from lying lips. They forged false charges against him. In this distress, he sought God by fervent prayer. God can bridle their tongues. He obtained a gracious answer to this prayer. Surely sinners durst not act as they do, if they knew, and would be persuaded to think, what will be in the end thereof. The terrors of the Lord are his arrows; and his wrath is compared to burning coals of juniper, which have a fierce heat, and keep fire very long. This is the portion of the false tongue; for all that love and make a lie, shall have their portion in the lake that burns eternally.

Verses 5-7: It is very grievous to a good man, to be cast into, and kept in the company of the wicked, from whom he hopes to be for ever separated. See here the character of a good man; he is for living peaceably with all men. And let us follow David as he prefigured Christ; in our distress let us cry unto the Lord, and he will hear us. Let us follow after peace and holiness, striving to overcome evil with good.

From the Prophetic Books of Major Prophets
Jeremiah 22:11-17
Woe to the Unjust

22:11 For this is what the Lord says about Shallum son of Josiah, who succeeded his father as king of Judah but has gone from this place: “He will never return. 12 He will die in the place where they have led him captive; he will not see this land again.”

13 “Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness,
      his upper rooms by injustice,
   making his own people work for nothing,
      not paying them for their labor.
14 He says, ‘I will build myself a great palace
      with spacious upper rooms.’
   So he makes large windows in it,
      panels it with cedar
      and decorates it in red.

15 “Does it make you a king
      to have more and more cedar?
   Did not your father have food and drink?
      He did what was right and just,
      so all went well with him.
16 He defended the cause of the poor and needy,
      and so all went well.
   Is that not what it means to know me?”
      declares the Lord.
17 “But your eyes and your heart
      are set only on dishonest gain,
   on shedding innocent blood
      and on oppression and extortion.”


The message about Shallum (vv. 11-12). The Message to Jehoiakim (vv. 13-17).

Josiah was prevented from seeing the evil to come in this world, and removed to see the good to come in the other world; therefore, weep not for him, but for his son Shallum, who is likely to live and die a wretched captive. Dying saints may be justly envied, while living sinners are justly pitied. Here also is the doom of Jehoiakim. No doubt it is lawful for princes and great men to build, beautify, and furnish houses; but those who enlarge their houses, and make them sumptuous, need carefully to watch against the workings of vain-glory. He built his houses by unrighteousness, with money gotten unjustly. And he defrauded his workmen of their wages. God notices the wrong done by the greatest to poor servants and laborers, and will repay those in justice, who will not, in justice, pay those whom they employ. The greatest of men must look upon the meanest as their neighbors, and be just to them accordingly.

From the Gospels
Luke 11:37-52
Woe to the Sinners

11:37 When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited him to eat with him; so he went in and reclined at the table. 38 But the Pharisee was surprised when he noticed that Jesus did not first wash before the meal.

39 Then the Lord said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 40 You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? 41 But now as for what is inside you—be generous to the poor, and everything will be clean for you.

42 “Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.

43 “Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and respectful greetings in the marketplaces.

“Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which people walk over without knowing it.”

45 One of the experts in the law answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also.”

46 Jesus replied, “And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.

47 “Woe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your ancestors who killed them. 48 So you testify that you approve of what your ancestors did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs. 49 Because of this, God in his wisdom said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute.’ 50 Therefore this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for it all.

52 “Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering.”


Jesus’ Rebuke of the Pharisees (vv. 37-44). Jesus’ Rebuke of the Lawyers (vv. 45-52).

We should all look to our hearts, that they may be cleansed and new-created; and while we attend to the great things of the law and of the gospel, we must not neglect the smallest matter God has appointed. When any wait to catch something out of our mouths, that they may ensnare us, O Lord, give us thy prudence and thy patience, and disappoint their evil purposes. Furnish us with such meekness and patience that we may glory in reproaches, for Christ's sake, and that thy Holy Spirit may rest upon us.

Today’s Lectionary Readings are selected from the Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, a three-year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year C. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2022, we will be in Year A. The year which ended at Advent 2021 was Year B. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts. The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle, and Gospel lessons are from The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. Commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible.

The Morning Prayer for Wednesday, February 16, 2022


The Morning Prayer
Wednesday, February 16, 2022

We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.
1 Corinthians 2:12, NIV

Dear Father in heaven, open the door for us, we pray. Grant that we may come to you in spirit. Grant that in you we may find peace and courage for our whole lives. Lead us always by your Spirit. Help us to find your will on earth and grant us access to your heavenly powers, for alone we can do nothing. Strengthen our faith so that we can always serve you. Bless your Word in us. May our hearts be opened, for we are your children, O Lord our God, through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Verse of the Day for Wednesday, February 16, 2022


Verse of the Day
Wednesday, February 16, 2022

1 John 3:11
For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
Since we are free from sin, we are free to love one another. In verse 11, John introduces the core issue of love, which has been “from the beginning.” This “beginning” likely refers to the beginning of the Christian faith (Jn 13:34), though love for neighbor did not begin there (Lev 19:18).

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Scripture from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.

Our Daily Bread — Wise Advice


Wise Advice

The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice. Proverbs 12:15

READ Proverbs 6:20–23

When the roof of Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral caught fire in April 2019, its ancient wood beams and lead sheeting created a furnace so hot it couldn’t be contained. After the cathedral’s spire dramatically fell, attention turned to its bell towers. If the giant steel bells’ wooden frames also burned, their collapse would bring both towers down, leaving the cathedral in ruins.

Pulling his firefighters back for safety, General Gallet, commander of the Paris fire department, pondered what to do next. A firefighter named Remi nervously approached. “Respectfully, General,” he said, “I propose that we run hoses up the exterior of the towers.” Given the building’s fragility the commander dismissed the idea, but Remi spoke on. Soon General Gallet faced a decision: follow the junior firefighter’s advice or leave the cathedral to fall.

Scripture has much to say about taking advice. While this is sometimes in the context of youth respecting elders (Proverbs 6:20–23), most is not. Proverbs says, “the wise listen to advice” (12:15), wars are won with it (24:6), and only a fool fails to heed it (12:15). Wise people listen to good advice, whatever the age or rank of those giving it.

General Gallet listened to Remi. The burning bell frames were hosed down just in time, and the cathedral was saved. What problem do you need godly advice on today? Sometimes God guides the humble through a junior’s lips.

By Sheridan Voysey

In what situations do you find it difficult to listen to advice? How can you best judge good advice from bad?

Father, by the work of the Holy Spirit, please give me the humility to receive good advice from others.


Solomon, the wisest person in the ancient world, wrote some three thousand proverbs (1 Kings 4:30–34). But the Holy Spirit selected only some of his proverbs (see Proverbs 1:1; 25:1) to be included in the Scriptures, as well as proverbs by unnamed Jewish wise men (22:17–24:34), Agur (ch. 30), and Lemuel (ch. 31). In the first nine chapters of the book of Proverbs, these wise sayings are presented as a life manual from a father to his son (see 1:8; 2:1; 3:1; 4:1; 5:1). The father warns, encourages, and instructs his son to live a God-honoring life. Proverbs 6:20–35 warns of the dangers of sexual temptation and sin. Other warnings against sexual immorality appear in chapters 5 and 7. As a safeguard against sin, Solomon admonished his son to bind his instructions on his heart (6:21). Scripture is “a lamp,” “correction and instruction,” and “the way to life” (v. 23).

K. T. Sim