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August 17 - NT, Psalms & Proverbs


Psalms 84-85

Chapter 84

Psalm 84[a]

For the director of music. According to gittith.[b] Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

1 How lovely is your dwelling place,(a)
     Lord Almighty!
2 My soul yearns,(b) even faints,
     for the courts of the Lord ;
my heart and my flesh cry out
     for the living God.(c)
3 Even the sparrow has found a home,
     and the swallow a nest for herself,
     where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,(d)
     Lord Almighty,(e) my King(f) and my God.(g)
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
     they are ever praising you.[c]

5 Blessed are those whose strength(h) is in you,
     whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.(i)
6 As they pass through the Valley of Baka,
     they make it a place of springs;(j)
     the autumn(k) rains also cover it with pools.[d]
7 They go from strength to strength,(l)
     till each appears(m) before God in Zion.(n)

8 Hear my prayer,(o) Lord God Almighty;
     listen to me, God of Jacob.
9 Look on our shield,[e](p) O God;
     look with favor on your anointed one.(q)

10 Better is one day in your courts
     than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper(r) in the house of my God
     than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
11 For the Lord God is a sun(s) and shield;(t)
     the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold(u)
     from those whose walk is blameless.

12  Lord Almighty,
     blessed(v) is the one who trusts in you.

Chapter 85

Psalm 85[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

1 You, Lord , showed favor to your land;
     you restored the fortunes(a) of Jacob.
2 You forgave(b) the iniquity(c) of your people
     and covered all their sins.[b]
3 You set aside all your wrath(d)
     and turned from your fierce anger.(e)

4 Restore(f) us again, God our Savior,(g)
     and put away your displeasure toward us.
5 Will you be angry with us forever?(h)
     Will you prolong your anger through all generations?
6 Will you not revive(i) us again,
     that your people may rejoice(j) in you?
7 Show us your unfailing love,(k) Lord ,
     and grant us your salvation.(l)

8 I will listen to what God the Lord says;
     he promises peace(m) to his people, his faithful servants—
     but let them not turn to folly.(n)
9 Surely his salvation(o) is near those who fear him,
     that his glory(p) may dwell in our land.

10 Love and faithfulness(q) meet together;
     righteousness(r) and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
     and righteousness(s) looks down from heaven.
12 The Lord will indeed give what is good,(t)
     and our land will yield(u) its harvest.
13 Righteousness goes before him
     and prepares the way for his steps.

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