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Selwyn Hughes

For Reading and Meditation:     Job 21:1-9

Before moving on, we pause to remind ourselves once more of the question with which the psalmist struggles in Psalm 73: Why is it that the wicked seem to prosper while the path of the righteous is beset by so many difficulties? Look now at how the psalmist views the condition of...

Bible verses: Job 21:1-9Psalms 73Psalms 73:4-6Luke 12:15-21Luke 16:19-31Psalms 14:1Psalms 53:1Proverbs 12:15

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Selwyn Hughes

For Reading and Meditation:     Psalm 19:7-14

We said yesterday that exposed problems are the only ones that can be resolved. Is this just an interesting theory, or is it something that can be supported from Scripture? Let me see if I can convince you that this statement has a biblical basis. Come back with me to the Garden of Eden and think again about the...

Bible verses: Psalms 19:7-14Genesis 3:9-13Psalms 73Psalms 139:13-241 Corinthians 11:27-28Lamentations 3:40

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Selwyn Hughes

For Reading and Meditation:     Isaiah 55:6-13

We continue examining the psalmist's graphic description of the so-called successful "man of the world": "Their eyes stand out with fatness, they have more than heart could wish, and the imaginations of their minds overflow with follies. They scoff and wickedly utter oppression; they speak loftily - from on high,...

Bible verses: Isaiah 55:6-13Psalms 73:7-9Daniel 4:1-37Hosea 14:9Habakkuk 3:6

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Daily Devotional for January 22, 2022

"– perplexed, but not in despair –" (v. 8)

Selwyn Hughes

For Reading and Meditation:     2 Corinthians 4:7-12

Today we stay with the thought that half our spiritual perplexities would never arise if we started out by being prepared not to understand immediately the things that God does or allows. We must accept that one of the fundamental principles of the Christian life is the truth that there will be many times when...

Bible verses: 2 Corinthians 4:7-12Joshua 1:1-6Isaiah 54:10Hebrews 13:5

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Selwyn Hughes

For Reading and Meditation:     Job 9:21-35

The more the psalmist contemplates the condition of the ungodly, the more his perplexity increases. The next verses show him to be upset over the fact that people treat the ungodly with such admiration: "Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance. They say, 'How can God know? Does the Most High...

Bible verses: Job 9:21-35Psalms 73:10-12Psalms 73Deuteronomy 32:1-15Psalms 37:35Jeremiah 5:27-28

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Selwyn Hughes

For Reading and Meditation:     Job 21:11-16

We come now to the heart of the issue with which the psalmist is struggling in Psalm 73: "Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence. All day long I have been plagued; I have been punished every morning" (

Bible verses: Job 21:11-16Psalms 73Psalms 73:13-14Psalms 37:1-40Proverbs 3:31Proverbs 14:30

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Selwyn Hughes

For Reading and Meditation:     Isaiah 11:1-9

Yesterday we said that envy is born out of two things: ignorance and making wrong comparisons. Having seen how a wrong comparison can produce envy, we focus now on ignorance. How can ignorance give rise to envy? Far too often our judgments of people are based only on what we see, and we fail to take into account other...

Bible verses: Isaiah 11:1-9Psalms 100:32 Corinthians 10:1-181 Corinthians 2:13Psalms 89:6

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Selwyn Hughes

For Reading and Meditation:     1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Having spent the past days identifying the nature of the problem which almost caused the psalmist to give up, we pause today to focus on another great value of the book of Psalms - the fact that it presents its teaching in the form of a recital of experiences. We have exactly the same kind of teaching in the...

Bible verses: 1 Corinthians 10:1-132 Peter 1:15-21Ephesians 1:17-192 Corinthians 4:6

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Selwyn Hughes

For Reading and Meditation:     Lamentations 3:19-27

Now we come to the turning point of the seventy-third psalm - the point where the psalmist takes the first step toward the resolution of his problem. We must not forget that the purpose of this psalm is to show us how the writer solved his problem, so that when we get into the same kind of difficulty we can apply...

Bible verses: Lamentations 3:19-27Psalms 73:15-16Hebrews 4:1-16Matthew 9:36Mark 1:41Luke 7:13

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Selwyn Hughes

For Reading and Meditation:     James 1:12-20

Yesterday we saw that the first step the psalmist took, the step which helped to save him from spiritual disaster, was most surprising. In the midst of overwhelming temptation, he says to himself: "If I give expression to my doubts and speak out of my envious, discouraged heart, I will put a stumbling-block in someone...

Bible verses: James 1:12-201 Peter 3:8-15Proverbs 13:3Proverbs 21:23

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Daily Devotional for January 15, 2022

"The tongue has the power of life and death –" (v. 21)

Selwyn Hughes

For Reading and Meditation:     Proverbs 18:15-21

We are seeing that the first step the psalmist took to save himself from falling was stopping himself from saying what was on the tip of his tongue. In other words, he took himself in hand. This is an extremely important issue. What a lot of heartache would be saved if Christians would take heed to this and learn...

Bible verses: Proverbs 18:15-21James 3:1-18James 1:5Luke 21:15

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Selwyn Hughes

For Reading and Meditation:     John 2:13-17

We continue thinking about the psalmist's decision to take himself in hand and refrain from relaying his doubts to others. I feel it important at this point to say a further word about repression and expression. Christians, we said earlier, are never to pretend about anything. Whether we worry, covet, resent, hate, we...

Bible verses: John 2:13-17Luke 24:13-35Galatians 6:2-5

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Selwyn Hughes

For Reading and Meditation:     Galatians 5:16-26

So important is the point we raised yesterday - the need for selective expression - that we will spend another day considering it. Listen to how the Amplified Bible translates Psalm 73:15: "Had I spoken thus and given expression to my feelings, I would have been untrue...

Bible verses: Galatians 5:16-26Psalms 73:15Ephesians 4:15Proverbs 16:322 Peter 1:3-7

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Selwyn Hughes

For Reading and Meditation:     Nehemiah 6:9-13

We continue meditating on the fact that the psalmist, though filled with doubts about the goodness of God, nevertheless refrained from expressing those doubts to others. He carefully considered what effect his action might have on the family of God. Nothing that we do in life is without consequences. Someone has put it...

Bible verses: Nehemiah 6:9-13Galatians 6:1-9Hosea 8:7Isaiah 17:11James 3:8-9

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