From my Scripture reading application in 2014. Check out the YouVersion app!
Ecclesiastes 5.9 – But this is a gain for a land in every
way: a king committed to cultivated fields.
A sign of quality leadership is paying attention to little things, to things that might be considered “beneath” you, to things that affect the daily experience of people you lead.
Psalm 119.96 – I have seen a limit to all perfection, but
your commandment is exceedingly broad.
There is no limit to the perfection of the Word of God! Read it and weep .,, with joy!
– For the bed is too short to stretch oneself
on, and the covering too narrow to wrap oneself in.
I just loved the imagery for judgment in this passage – not one of destruction but one of persistent discomfort. Interesting.
– And if one asks him, ‘What are these wounds
on your back?’ he will say, ‘The wounds I received in the house of my friends.’
In the context, this is about false prophets, who often practiced flogging themselves, attempting to hide their practice. It also sounds exactly like the kinds of stories we fabricate to protect those who abuse us.