July 1: Praise

July 1


“Praise be to the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the LORD has led me on the journey to the house of my master’s relatives.”

–Genesis 24:27


I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.

–Psalm 7:17




Matthew Chapter Eleven


1  When Jesus had concluded giving his

Twelve followers these guidelines, he went on

From there to teach and preach in Galilee’s


Villages. 2 John the Baptist, who was now

In prison, heard what Christ was doing, so

He sent his followers 3 to ask, “Are you


The one who was to come, or shall we keep

On looking?” 4 Jesus answered, “Go and tell

John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive


Their sight, the lame walk, those with leprosy

Are cured, the deaf can hear, the dead are raised,

And the good news is preached unto the poor.


6 Happy the man who does not fall away

Because of me.” 7 As John’s disciples were

Departing, Jesus started speaking to


The crowd concerning John the Baptist: “What

Did you go out into the wilderness

To see? A reed that rippled in the breeze?


8 If not, what did you go to see? A man

Dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes

Are in kings’ palaces, 9 so what did you


Go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell

You, and more than a prophet. 10 This is he

Of whom the Scripture says: ‘Behold, I send


My messenger ahead of you, who will

Prepare your way ahead of you.’ 11 Believe

Me that among those born of women none


Greater than John the Baptist has arisen,

And yet the least in Heaven’s Kingdom is

Greater than he. 12 From John the Baptist’s days


Until now, Heaven’s Kingdom has been taken

By storm, and forceful men lay hold of it,

13 For all the Prophets and the Law foretold


It till the time of John, 14 and if you will

Accept it, he is the Elijah whom

The prophets said would come. 15 He who has ears


To hear must listen now. 16 How can I show

You what this generation’s like? They are

Like children sitting in the marketplace


And calling to their friends: 17 ‘We played the flute

For you, and yet you did not dance; we sang

A dirge, and yet you did not mourn.’ 18 For John


Appeared in strict austerity, and they

Remarked, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 Then the Son

Of Man appeared, enjoying life, and they


Remarked, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunk,

A friend of tax collectors who consorts

With sinners! And yet wisdom is proved right


By her own deeds,” 20 and Jesus started to

Denounce the cities where he had performed

Most of his miracles, for they did not


Repent. 21 “Alas to you, Korazin! Woe

To you, Bethsaida! Because if Tyre

And Sidon had beheld the miracles


Which you have seen, they’d have repented long

Ago in sackcloth and in ashes, 22 but

I tell you, it will be more bearable


For Tyre and Sidon on the judgment day

Than you. 23 And you, Capernaum, will you

Be lifted to the skies? No, you will go


Down to the depths. For if the miracles

That were performed in you had been performed

In Sodom, it would still be standing, 24 but


I tell you it will be more bearable

For Sodom on the day of judgment than

For you.” 25 Then Jesus said, “I praise you, Father,

Lord of heaven and earth, because you have

Concealed these things from those who think themselves

So wise and learned, and revealed them to


The little children. 26 Yes, I thank you, Father,

For this was your good pleasure. 27 Everything’s

Been put in my hands by my Father. No


One knows the Son except the Father, and

Nobody knows the Father but the Son

And those the Son decides to show him to.


28 Come to me, all you who are weary and

Burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Put on

My yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle,


Humble in heart; your souls will rest aright,

30 For my yoke’s easy and my burden’s light.”