Read the Bible | August 21st
 Remember your word to your servant,
in which you have made me hope.
 This is my comfort in my affliction,
that your promise gives me life.
 The insolent utterly deride me,
but I do not turn away from your law.
 When I think of your rules from of old,
I take comfort, O LORD.
 Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked,
who forsake your law.
 Your statutes have been my songs
in the house of my sojourning.
 I remember your name in the night, O LORD,
and keep your law.
 This blessing has fallen to me,
that I have kept your precepts.
 The LORD is my portion;
I promise to keep your words.
 I entreat your favor with all my heart;
be gracious to me according to your promise.
 When I think on my ways,
I turn my feet to your testimonies;
 I hasten and do not delay
to keep your commandments.
 Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me,
I do not forget your law.
 At midnight I rise to praise you,
because of your righteous rules.
 I am a companion of all who fear you,
of those who keep your precepts.
 The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love;
teach me your statutes!
 You have dealt well with your servant,
O LORD, according to your word.
 Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
for I believe in your commandments.
 Before I was afflicted I went astray,
but now I keep your word.
 You are good and do good;
teach me your statutes.
 The insolent smear me with lies,
but with my whole heart I keep your precepts;
 their heart is unfeeling like fat,
but I delight in your law.
 It is good for me that I was afflicted,
that I might learn your statutes.
 The law of your mouth is better to me
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
 Your hands have made and fashioned me;
give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.
 Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,
because I have hoped in your word.
 I know, O LORD, that your rules are righteous,
and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
 Let your steadfast love comfort me
according to your promise to your servant.
 Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;
for your law is my delight.
 Let the insolent be put to shame,
because they have wronged me with falsehood;
as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.
 Let those who fear you turn to me,
that they may know your testimonies.
 May my heart be blameless in your statutes,
that I may not be put to shame!
 My soul longs for your salvation;
I hope in your word.
 My eyes long for your promise;
I ask, “When will you comfort me?”
 For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,
yet I have not forgotten your statutes.
 How long must your servant endure?
When will you judge those who persecute me?
 The insolent have dug pitfalls for me;
they do not live according to your law.
 All your commandments are sure;
they persecute me with falsehood; help me!
 They have almost made an end of me on earth,
but I have not forsaken your precepts.
 In your steadfast love give me life,
that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.
 Forever, O LORD, your word
is firmly fixed in the heavens.
 Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
you have established the earth, and it stands fast.
 By your appointment they stand this day,
for all things are your servants.
 If your law had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.
 I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have given me life.
 I am yours; save me,
for I have sought your precepts.
 The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,
but I consider your testimonies.
 I have seen a limit to all perfection,
but your commandment is exceedingly broad.
 Oh how I love your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
 Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
for it is ever with me.
 I have more understanding than all my teachers,
for your testimonies are my meditation.
 I understand more than the aged,
for I keep your precepts.
 I hold back my feet from every evil way,
in order to keep your word.
 I do not turn aside from your rules,
for you have taught me.
 How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
 Through your precepts I get understanding;
therefore I hate every false way. (ESV)
1 Corinthians 5
Sexual Immorality Defiles the Church
 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife.  And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.
 For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing.  When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus,  you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.
 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?  Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.  Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.  But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.  For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?  God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.” (ESV)