Can Christianity and our Constitutional Republic endure?
With nearly all their original intent, traditional institution, and their modern offshoots, now thoroughly corrupted by the falsely so-called “better ideas” of men: confused foundations on which they lay, can and will these pillars stand?
Psalms 11:3 asks the question, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
As the Psalm begins, David asks why, in this time of trouble, is the counsel of men to look to these corrupt houses, as a bird flees to a mountain. He says people don’t know it is in these places the wicked wait, “that they may secretly shoot at the upright in heart.” Verse 3 speaks of these places, church and state, as where the foundations have been destroyed.
What follows is the LORD God Almighty (literally) speaking at the moment to those who understand the above-described darkness, and know the only solution is His light now in the world, manifested through His word, His guiding us forward from His throne. Amen! I Am sold out and all in!
1 In the LORD put I my trust: how say you to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?
2 For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily [secretly] shoot at the upright in heart.
3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
4 The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’s throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.
5 The LORD tries the righteous: but the wicked and him that loves violence his soul hates.
6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and a horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.
7 For the righteous LORD loves righteousness; his countenance does behold the upright.
The term above, “sold out,” refers to the LORD saying to sell all we have and follow Him, meaning leaving behind all the ideas and ways we think are valuable, which keeps us from His leading. By taking nothing from these corrupt houses, we become as little children fleeing to the LORD, and as a swept house, we can again learn the foundations.
The first of these foundations appear in Deuteronomy 8, where the LORD, in verse 3, tells us man doesn’t live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. He tells us this word, His authoritative word, is the manna, the name meaning those receiving it didn’t know what it is. Their ignorance is what John describes and John 1 when He says the word was made flesh, the same flesh the LORD tells us we must eat to remember Him, which John says was sent to God’s people in the darkness (in their ignorance) and they comprehended it not – because it can only be fully understood when it is realized as the actual word from God’s mouth.
Later, in ending Deuteronomy 8, the LORD cautions His people against forgetting Him, when we’ve prospered because we have followed and obeyed His leading, as we have. He says what we tend to forget is how He led us out of bondage and from the hand of the oppressors who’ve also forgotten, which we again need. We forget He made water flow from the Rock, which we know is His word coming from Moses’, which is Christ in Him speaking. He speaks of this as manna, again telling of our forgetting resulting in ignorance, and not knowing it’s God’s word, lacking the ability to comprehend.
1 Corinthians 3
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ [the LORD’s presence manifested, personified, in us as we preach and teach the good news of Jehovah’s Salvation].
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire [that now burns] shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
14 If any man’s work abide which he has built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
16 Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God [truly] dwells in you [if His word dwells in you]?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
20 And again, The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;
23 And you are Christ’s [if this word of Jehovah’s Salvation is personified in you]; and Christ is God’s.
1 Corinthians 10
1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that you should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea [baptized as the waters, the word of God, flowed understand from heaven, as rain from the cloud where understand is held as a vapor, and pass through the masses as understanding rightly diving those speaking the word of God from those speaking the words of corrupted men];
3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat [this authentic word of God];
4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
7 Neither be you idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted [questioning if the LORD was truly among them speaking through Moses], and were destroyed of serpents [whose poison is in their mouth, in their misleading advice].
10 Neither murmur you, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
12 Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
13 There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.
14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
15 I speak as to wise men; judge you what I say.
16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread [this is the LORD, now, speaking of one voice, heard here].
18 Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar [as you are partakers of those you are listening to and are misled by]?
19 What say I then? that the idol is anything, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is anything?
20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles [those who don’t really know God] sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils [sa’iyr – misleading he-goats], and not to God: and I would not that you should have fellowship with devils.
21 You cannot drink the cup of the LORD, and the cup of devils [the cup of all others, misleading]: you cannot be partakers of the LORD’s table, and of the table of devils.
22 Do we provoke the LORD to jealousy? are we stronger than he?
23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not [all others do not teach the LORD’s teaching].
24 Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth [seek other’s profiting by this preaching, the only true valuables].
25 Whatsoever is sold in the shambles [these corrupt houses filled with dead flesh], that eat, asking no question for conscience sake:
26 For the earth is the LORD’s, and the fullness thereof.
27 If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and you be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake [because in your mind you know it’s nothing, and it therefore can’t do you any harm].
28 But if any man says unto you, this is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the LORD’s, and the fullness thereof:
29 Conscience, I say, not your own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience?
30 For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?
31 Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God.
32 Give none offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:
33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
In 1 Corinthians 3:19 above is the one-time Job (from Job 5:13) is quoted in the New Testament. It comes as Eliphaz, meaning his god (idol) is gold, one of Job’s accusers, representing a believer who has partial understanding, which he says in Job 4:12. We begin below, after Eliphaz speaks of the young lions scattered, a result of lacking the meat (prey) referred to in 1 Corinthians 10:3 above, and also spoken of by the LORD in ending Job 38.
1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind [ca’ar – the tempest in Jonah 1:11 & 13], and said,
2 Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge [who are these known liars who continue to tell known lies and have led the world into ignorance]?
3 Gird up now your loins like a man; for I will demand of you, and answer you me.
4 Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if you have understanding.
5 Who has laid the measures thereof, if you know? or who has stretched the line upon it?
6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof [who is Christ, the LORD Himself speaking through man – which only those who listen, go into the depths, will understand – this is the daily sacrifice men took away];
7 When the morning stars [all God’s people] sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy [when there was meat for all daily]?
8 Or who shut up the sea with doors [shut the kingdom to man, when they abandoned His wisdom and were born into a corrupt existence], when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
9 When I made the cloud [understanding held in heaven, as a vapor, waiting to be sent at this appointed time] the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddling band for it [the LORD made the darkness a protective wrapping, until we were, are now, ready TO RECEIVE FULL UNDERSTANDING],
10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,
11 And said, Hitherto shall you come, but no further: and here shall your proud waves be stayed [here is the place where the pride of man ends, and only those who humble themselves and become as little children, ready and willing to learn the foundations, will enter His kingdom]?
12 Have you commanded the morning since your days; and caused the day-spring [the understanding of this new day] to know his place;
13 That it might take hold of the ends [the end and this new beginning] of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?
14 It is turned as clay to the seal [it is the signature of God]; and they stand as a garment [light, understanding as His known clothing].
15 And from the wicked their light is withheld, and the high arm [of the proud] shall be broken.
16 Have you entered into the springs of the sea? or have you walked in the search of the depth?
17 Have the gates of death been opened unto you? or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?
18 Have you perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if you know it all.
19 Where is the way where light [God’s understanding] dwells? and as for darkness [man’s ignorance], where is the place thereof,
20 That you should take it to the bound thereof, and that you should know the paths to the house thereof?
21 Know you it, because you were then born? or because the number of your days is great?
22 Have you entered into the treasures of the snow [God’s word frozen in heaven, in pure white form, held there until now when it is sent in small soft flakes, as His still small voice]? or have you seen the treasures of the hail [the same frozen word sent to destroy the works of men who “refuse the waters of Shiloah that go softly”],
23 Which I have reserved against the time [this time] of trouble, against the day of battle and war [“Blessed be the LORD my strength which teaches my hands to war”]?
24 By what way is the light parted [into the rainbow, which by understanding men see He has come for the salvation of His people], which scatters the east wind upon the earth?
25 Who has divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters [this word of God], or a way for the lightning of thunder [His understanding and the voice thereof];
26 To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man;
27 To satisfy the desolate and waste ground [the earth that has become without form and void, by its own confusion and emptiness]; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth [new life on the new earth]?
28 Has the rain a father? or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29 Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who has gendered it?
30 The waters are hid as with a stone [as in Horeb, in Christ, the man of God’s choosing], and the face of the deep is frozen.
31 Can you bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion [the sons of God, morning stars waiting to sing and shout for joy]?
32 Can you bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or can you guide Arcturus with his sons?
33 Know you the ordinances of heaven [do you understand the set order of heaven]? can you set the dominion thereof in the earth [can you cause heaven to rule over the earth]?
34 Can you lift up your voice to the clouds [where understanding is held], that abundance of waters may cover you [that they send their understanding to you]?
35 Can you send lightning [understanding], that they may go and say unto you, Here we are [as God does to Himself – manifesting Himself at His will in this way]?
36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts? or who has given understanding to the heart?
37 Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven [who can shut up His word until the end, until now when He opens it],
38 When the dust grow into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?
39 Will you hunt the prey for the lion [speaking of the LORD providing His word in due season, at this time to the body of Judah, His elect remnant]? or fill the appetite of the young lions,
40 When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait [this lying wait is the elect remnant, once fed and filled, now, to give this same word of God to those still covered in darkness]?
41 Who [but the elect remnant] provides for the raven [those covered in darkness – ignorance] his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander [in darkness] for lack of meat [this authentic word of God, now opened as He said].
11 The old lion perishes for lack of prey, and the stout lion’s whelps are scattered abroad.
12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.
13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on men [this is speaking Abram’s deep sleep, Genesis 15:12, from which Daniel 12 describes the awakening, now when the book is again opened and we shine as the stars of heaven, giving the LORD’s understanding to the world],
14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.
15 Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:
16 It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,
17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:
19 How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?
20 They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish forever without any regarding it.
21 Does not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.
1 Call now, if there be any that will answer you; and to which of the saints will you turn?
2 For wrath kills the foolish man, and envy slays the silly one.
3 I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.
4 His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them.
5 Whose harvest the hungry eat up, and taketh it even out of the thorns, and the robber swallows up their substance.
6 Although affliction comes not forth of the dust, neither does trouble spring out of the ground;
7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
8 I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:
9 Which does great things and unsearchable; marvelous things without number:
10 Who gives rain upon the earth, and sends waters upon the fields:
11 To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.
12 He disappoints the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.
13 He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong [the advice of those who twist and pervert truth carries them headlong into self-destruction].
14 They meet with darkness in the day time [their ignorance remain even when understanding is present], and grope in the noonday as in the night [and understanding to them is ignorance].
15 But he saves the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty.
16 So the poor has hope, and iniquity stops her mouth.
17 Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects: therefore despise not you the chastening of the Almighty:
18 For he makes sore, and binds up: he wounds, and his hands make whole.
19 He shall deliver you in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch you.
20 In famine he shall redeem you from death: and in war from the power of the sword.
21 You shall be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shall you be afraid of destruction when it comes.
22 At destruction and famine you shall laugh: neither shall you be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
23 For you shall be in league with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you.
24 And you shall know that your tabernacle shall be in peace; and you shall visit your habitation, and shall not sin.
25 You shall know also that your seed shall be great, and your offspring as the grass of the earth.
26 You shall come to your grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn comes in in his season.
27 Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know you it for your good.
The above speaks of when the LORD’s voice, His correction produces our good, our profiting, when there is no famine for His word, His bread, and when the stones of our fields are as iron. These descriptions are alluding to Deuteronomy 8:9, one of only two verses in the KJV Bible where stones and bread are mentioned together. The other is Matthew 4:3 where the devil tries to mislead (tempt) the LORD by saying “If you be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.” As we know, the LORD answers by quoting Deuteronomy 8:3, saying, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” This is the first temptation to deny God in Him, which He answers with the first foundation, God’s word from His mouth, manifesting His presence.
1 All the commandments which I command you this day shall you observe to do, that you may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD swore unto your fathers.
2 And you shall remember all the way which the LORD your God led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, and to prove you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments, or no.
3 And he humbled you, and suffered you to hunger, and fed you with manna, which you knew not, neither did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD does man live.
4 Your raiment waxed not old upon you, neither did your foot swell, these forty years.
5 You shall also consider in your heart, that, as a man chastens his son, so the LORD your God chastens you.
6 Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.
7 For the LORD your God brings you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;
8 A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;
9 A land wherein you shall eat bread without scarceness, you shall not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you may dig brass.
10 When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which he has given you.
11 Beware that you forget not the LORD your God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command you this day:
12 Lest when you have eaten and are full, and have built goodly houses, and dwelt therein;
13 And when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied;
14 Then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;
15 Who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought you forth water out of the rock of flint;
16 Who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers knew not, that he might humble you, and that he might prove you, to do you good at your latter end;
17 And you say in your heart, My power and the might of mine hand has gotten me this wealth.
18 But you shall remember the LORD your God: for it is he that gives you power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he swore unto your fathers, as it is this day.
19 And it shall be, if you do at all forget the LORD your God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish.
20 As the nations which the LORD destroyed before your face, so shall you perish; because you would not be obedient unto the voice of the LORD your God.
In Luke 19:40, as the LORD descended the Mount of Olives, we are told of the people who saw His mighty works, saying, “Blessed be the King that comes in the name of the LORD: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.” The enemies mixed among the people, the Pharisees, told Him to tell them to stop saying it, to which He responded by saying, “I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.”
The people are quoting Psalms 118:26, word by which they bind themselves to the sacrifice, the power (horn) of the altar, which is referred to above in 1 Corinthians 10:15 thru 18. Those who cry out are stones in the temple of God, built together with the LORD, who is the stone the builder of the corrupt houses rejected, who became the headstone of the corner (the turn in direction). In the eye of those who see it, stones from where flow this word of God, it’s known to be the LORD’s work and marvelous in our eyes?
37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
38 Saying, Blessed be the King that comes in the name of the LORD: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke your disciples.
40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
42 Saying, If you hadst known, even you, at least in this your day, the things which belong unto your peace! but now they are hid from your eyes.
43 For the days shall come upon you, that your enemies shall cast a trench about you, and compass you round, and keep you in on every side,
44 And shall lay you even with the ground, and your children within you; and they shall not leave in you one stone upon another; because you knew not the time of your visitation.
45 And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought;
46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but you have made it a den of thieves.
47 And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him,
48 And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.
1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endures forever.
2 Let Israel now say, that his mercy endures forever.
3 Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endures forever.
4 Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endures forever.
5 I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.
6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
7 The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.
8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
10 All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them.
11 They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
12 They compassed me about like bees: they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
13 You have thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me.
14 The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.
15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD does valiantly.
16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD does valiantly.
17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.
18 The LORD has chastened me sore: but he has not given me over unto death.
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:
20 This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.
21 I will praise you: for you have heard me, and are become my salvation.
22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
23 This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day which the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Save now, I beseech you, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech you, send now prosperity.
26 Blessed be he that comes in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.
27 God is the LORD, which has shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will praise you: you are my God, I will exalt you.
29 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endures forever.
There is another time when stones cry out, in Habakkuk 2:11, when those built by iniquity into these corrupt houses, stones and timbers who cry out, witnessing against themselves. These people are those later in verse 18 said to teach lies, and verse 19 are called to preach and give new life, which is not in them because this word of God isn’t.
1 I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.
2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run [escape these corrupt houses] that reads it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his [own] faith [apart from vain faith, the worthless trust in the corrupt houses].
5 Yea also, because he transgresses by wine [drunken with his power to deceive], he is a proud man, neither keeps at home, who enlarges his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathers unto him all nations, and heaps unto him all people:
6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increases that which is not his! how long? and to him that lades himself with thick clay [hides himself in extortion]!
7 Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite you, and awake that shall vex you, and you shall be for booties unto them?
8 Because you have spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil you; because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
9 Woe to him that covets an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!
10 You have consulted shame to your house by cutting off many people, and have sinned against your soul.
11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.
12 Woe to him that builds a town with blood, and establishes a city by iniquity!
13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labor in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity?
14 For the earth shall be [is] filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
15 Woe unto him that gives his neighbor drink, that puts your bottle to him, and makes him drunken also, that you may look on their nakedness!
16 You are filled with shame for glory: drink you also, and let your evil heart be uncovered: the cup of the LORD’s right hand shall be turned unto you, and shameful spewing shall be on your glory.
17 For the violence of Lebanon shall cover you, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
18 What profits the graven image that the maker thereof has graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusts therein, to make dumb idols?
19 Woe unto him that says to the wood [the timber, that is dead wood that cannot shoot forth new life], Awake; to the dumb stone [with which he builds his house, which cannot speak], Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath [life] at all in the midst of it.
20 But the LORD is in his holy temple [in His people]: let all the earth keep silence before him.
1 He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with his feathers, and under his wings shall you trust: his truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness; nor for the destruction that wastes at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come nigh you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the Most High, your habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall you, neither shall any plague come nigh your dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.
12 They shall bear you up in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shall you trample under feet.
14 Because he has set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he has known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.