The Lord of the temple surely didn’t need to pay the temple tax, but He paid it on account of others who might be tempted.

Scripture: Matthew 17:24-27

ESV Text: Matthew 17:24-27


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 17

     24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? 25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? 26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. 27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.(KJV)


Scripture: Psalms 133-134

ESV Text: Psalms 133-134

Psalms 133-134 (Listen)

When Brothers Dwell in Unity

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

133:1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down on the collar of his robes!
It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
life forevermore.

Come, Bless the Lord

A Song of Ascents.

134:1 Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,
who stand by night in the house of the Lord!
Lift up your hands to the holy place
and bless the Lord!

May the Lord bless you from Zion,
he who made heaven and earth! (ESV)


KJV Text:

KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 133:

     1 A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; 3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.(KJV)


KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 134:

     1 A Song of degrees. Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD. 2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD. 3 The LORD that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 464:
Blest Be the Tie That Binds

— Organ Audio

1. Blest be the tie that binds 
Our hearts in Christian love; 
The fellowship of kindred minds 
Is like to that above. 

2. Before our Father’s throne 
We pour our ardent prayers; 
Our fears, our hopes, our aims, are one, 
Our comforts and our cares. 

3. We share our mutual woes, 
Our mutual burdens bear, 
And often for each other flows 
The sympathizing tear. 

4. When here our pathways part, 
We suffer bitter pain; 
Yet, one in Christ and one in heart, 
We hope to meet again. 

5. This glorious hope revives 
Our courage by the way, 
While each in expectation lives 
And longs to see the day. 

6. From sorrow, toil, and pain, 
And sin we shall be free 
And perfect love and friendship reign 
Through all eternity. 


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