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Bible Reading Plan

Daily Bible Reading

May 13 - Old & New Testament

 

Psalms 32,51

Psalm 32

Of David. A maskil.[a]

1 Blessed is the one
     whose transgressions are forgiven,
     whose sins are covered.(a)
2 Blessed is the one
     whose sin the Lord does not count against them(b)
     and in whose spirit is no deceit.(c)

3 When I kept silent,(d)
     my bones wasted away(e)
     through my groaning(f) all day long.
4 For day and night
     your hand was heavy(g) on me;
my strength was sapped(h)
     as in the heat of summer.[b]

5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you
     and did not cover up my iniquity.(i)
I said, "I will confess(j)
     my transgressions(k) to the Lord ."
And you forgave
     the guilt of my sin.(l)

6 Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
     while you may be found;(m)
surely the rising(n) of the mighty waters(o)
     will not reach them.(p)
7 You are my hiding place;(q)
     you will protect me from trouble(r)
     and surround me with songs of deliverance.(s)

8 I will instruct(t) you and teach you(u) in the way you should go;
     I will counsel you with my loving eye on(v) you.
9 Do not be like the horse or the mule,
     which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle(w)
     or they will not come to you.
10 Many are the woes of the wicked,(x)
     but the Lord 's unfailing love
     surrounds the one who trusts(y) in him.

11 Rejoice in the Lord (z) and be glad, you righteous;
     sing, all you who are upright in heart!

Psalm 33

1 Sing joyfully(a) to the Lord , you righteous;
     it is fitting(b) for the upright(c) to praise him.
2 Praise the Lord with the harp;(d)
     make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.(e)
3 Sing to him a new song;(f)
     play skillfully, and shout for joy.(g)

4 For the word of the Lord is right(h) and true;(i)
     he is faithful(j) in all he does.
5 The Lord loves righteousness and justice;(k)
     the earth is full of his unfailing love.(l)

6 By the word(m) of the Lord the heavens were made,(n)
     their starry host(o) by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathers the waters(p) of the sea into jars[a];(q)
     he puts the deep into storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord ;(r)
     let all the people of the world(s) revere him.(t)
9 For he spoke, and it came to be;
     he commanded,(u) and it stood firm.

10 The Lord foils(v) the plans(w) of the nations;(x)
     he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
11 But the plans of the Lord stand firm(y) forever,
     the purposes(z) of his heart through all generations.

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord ,(aa)
     the people he chose(ab) for his inheritance.(ac)
13 From heaven the Lord looks down(ad)
     and sees all mankind;(ae)
14 from his dwelling place(af) he watches
     all who live on earth—
15 he who forms(ag) the hearts of all,
     who considers everything they do.(ah)

16 No king is saved by the size of his army;(ai)
     no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse(aj) is a vain hope for deliverance;
     despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes(ak) of the Lord are on those who fear him,
     on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,(al)
19 to deliver them from death(am)
     and keep them alive in famine.(an)

20 We wait(ao) in hope for the Lord ;
     he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,(ap)
     for we trust in his holy name.(aq)
22 May your unfailing love(ar) be with us, Lord ,
     even as we put our hope in you.

Psalm 34[a][b]

Of David. When he pretended to be insane(a) before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left.

1 I will extol the Lord at all times;(b)
     his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory(c) in the Lord ;
     let the afflicted hear and rejoice.(d)
3 Glorify the Lord (e) with me;
     let us exalt(f) his name together.

4 I sought the Lord ,(g) and he answered me;
     he delivered(h) me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;(i)
     their faces are never covered with shame.(j)
6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
     he saved him out of all his troubles.(k)
7 The angel of the Lord (l) encamps around those who fear him,
     and he delivers(m) them.

8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;(n)
     blessed is the one who takes refuge(o) in him.
9 Fear the Lord ,(p) you his holy people,
     for those who fear him lack nothing.(q)
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
     but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.(r)
11 Come, my children, listen(s) to me;
     I will teach you(t) the fear of the Lord .(u)
12 Whoever of you loves life(v)
     and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue(w) from evil
     and your lips from telling lies.(x)
14 Turn from evil and do good;(y)
     seek peace(z) and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord (aa) are on the righteous,(ab)
     and his ears are attentive(ac) to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against(ad) those who do evil,(ae)
     to blot out their name(af) from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears(ag) them;
     he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close(ah) to the brokenhearted(ai)
     and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 The righteous person may have many troubles,(aj)
     but the Lord delivers him from them all;(ak)
20 he protects all his bones,
     not one of them will be broken.(al)

21 Evil will slay the wicked;(am)
     the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord will rescue(an) his servants;
     no one who takes refuge(ao) in him will be condemned.

Psalm 35

Of David.

1 Contend,(a) Lord , with those who contend with me;
     fight(b) against those who fight against me.
2 Take up shield(c) and armor;
     arise(d) and come to my aid.(e)
3 Brandish spear(f) and javelin[a](g)
     against those who pursue me.
Say to me,
     "I am your salvation.(h)"

4 May those who seek my life(i)
     be disgraced(j) and put to shame;(k)
may those who plot my ruin
     be turned back(l) in dismay.
5 May they be like chaff(m) before the wind,
     with the angel of the Lord (n) driving them away;
6 may their path be dark and slippery,
     with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.

7 Since they hid their net(o) for me without cause(p)
     and without cause dug a pit(q) for me,
8 may ruin overtake them by surprise—(r)
     may the net they hid entangle them,
     may they fall into the pit,(s) to their ruin.
9 Then my soul will rejoice(t) in the Lord
     and delight in his salvation.(u)
10 My whole being will exclaim,
     "Who is like you,(v) Lord ?
You rescue the poor from those too strong(w) for them,
     the poor and needy(x) from those who rob them."

11 Ruthless witnesses(y) come forward;
     they question me on things I know nothing about.
12 They repay me evil for good(z)
     and leave me like one bereaved.
13 Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth(aa)
     and humbled myself with fasting.(ab)
When my prayers returned to me unanswered,
14       I went about mourning(ac)
     as though for my friend or brother.
I bowed my head in grief
     as though weeping for my mother.
15 But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee;(ad)
     assailants gathered against me without my knowledge.
     They slandered(ae) me without ceasing.
16 Like the ungodly they maliciously mocked;[b](af)
     they gnashed their teeth(ag) at me.

17 How long,(ah) Lord, will you look on?
     Rescue me from their ravages,
     my precious life(ai) from these lions.(aj)
18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly;(ak)
     among the throngs(al) I will praise you.(am)
19 Do not let those gloat over me
     who are my enemies(an) without cause;
do not let those who hate me without reason(ao)
     maliciously wink the eye.(ap)
20 They do not speak peaceably,
     but devise false accusations(aq)
     against those who live quietly in the land.
21 They sneer(ar) at me and say, "Aha! Aha!(as)
     With our own eyes we have seen it."

22  Lord , you have seen(at) this; do not be silent.
     Do not be far(au) from me, Lord.
23 Awake,(av) and rise(aw) to my defense!
     Contend(ax) for me, my God and Lord.
24 Vindicate me in your righteousness, Lord my God;
     do not let them gloat(ay) over me.
25 Do not let them think, "Aha,(az) just what we wanted!"
     or say, "We have swallowed him up."(ba)

26 May all who gloat(bb) over my distress(bc)
     be put to shame(bd) and confusion;
may all who exalt themselves over me(be)
     be clothed with shame and disgrace.
27 May those who delight in my vindication(bf)
     shout for joy(bg) and gladness;
may they always say, "The Lord be exalted,
     who delights(bh) in the well-being of his servant."(bi)

28 My tongue will proclaim your righteousness,(bj)
     your praises all day long.(bk)

Psalm 36[a]

For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord .

1 I have a message from God in my heart
     concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:[b](a)
There is no fear(b) of God
     before their eyes.(c)

2 In their own eyes they flatter themselves
     too much to detect or hate their sin.(d)
3 The words of their mouths(e) are wicked and deceitful;(f)
     they fail to act wisely(g) or do good.(h)
4 Even on their beds they plot evil;(i)
     they commit themselves to a sinful course(j)
     and do not reject what is wrong.(k)

5 Your love, Lord , reaches to the heavens,
     your faithfulness(l) to the skies.(m)
6 Your righteousness(n) is like the highest mountains,(o)
     your justice like the great deep.(p)
     You, Lord , preserve both people and animals.(q)
7 How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!(r)
     People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.(s)
8 They feast on the abundance of your house;(t)
     you give them drink from your river(u) of delights.(v)
9 For with you is the fountain of life;(w)
     in your light(x) we see light.

10 Continue your love(y) to those who know you,(z)
     your righteousness to the upright in heart.(aa)
11 May the foot of the proud not come against me,
     nor the hand of the wicked(ab) drive me away.
12 See how the evildoers lie fallen—
     thrown down, not able to rise!(ac)

Psalm 37[a]

Of David.

1 Do not fret because of those who are evil
     or be envious(a) of those who do wrong;(b)
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,(c)
     like green plants they will soon die away.(d)

3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
     dwell in the land(e) and enjoy safe pasture.(f)
4 Take delight(g) in the Lord ,
     and he will give you the desires of your heart.(h)

5 Commit your way to the Lord ;
     trust in him(i) and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward(j) shine like the dawn,(k)
     your vindication like the noonday sun.

7 Be still(l) before the Lord
     and wait patiently(m) for him;
do not fret(n) when people succeed in their ways,(o)
     when they carry out their wicked schemes.(p)

8 Refrain from anger(q) and turn from wrath;
     do not fret(r)—it leads only to evil.
9 For those who are evil will be destroyed,(s)
     but those who hope(t) in the Lord will inherit the land.(u)

10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;(v)
     though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land(w)
     and enjoy peace and prosperity.(x)

12 The wicked plot(y) against the righteous
     and gnash their teeth(z) at them;
13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
     for he knows their day is coming.(aa)

14 The wicked draw the sword(ab)
     and bend the bow(ac)
to bring down the poor and needy,(ad)
     to slay those whose ways are upright.
15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,(ae)
     and their bows will be broken.(af)

16 Better the little that the righteous have
     than the wealth(ag) of many wicked;
17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,(ah)
     but the Lord upholds(ai) the righteous.

18 The blameless spend their days under the Lord 's care,(aj)
     and their inheritance will endure forever.(ak)
19 In times of disaster they will not wither;
     in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.

20 But the wicked will perish:(al)
     Though the Lord 's enemies are like the flowers of the field,
     they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.(am)

21 The wicked borrow and do not repay,
     but the righteous give generously;(an)
22 those the Lord blesses will inherit the land,
     but those he curses(ao) will be destroyed.(ap)

23 The Lord makes firm the steps(aq)
     of the one who delights(ar) in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,(as)
     for the Lord upholds(at) him with his hand.

25 I was young and now I am old,
     yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken(au)
     or their children begging(av) bread.
26 They are always generous and lend freely;(aw)
     their children will be a blessing.[b](ax)

27 Turn from evil and do good;(ay)
     then you will dwell in the land forever.(az)
28 For the Lord loves the just
     and will not forsake his faithful ones.(ba)

Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed[c];
     the offspring of the wicked will perish.(bb)
29 The righteous will inherit the land(bc)
     and dwell in it forever.(bd)

30 The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,(be)
     and their tongues speak what is just.
31 The law of their God is in their hearts;(bf)
     their feet do not slip.(bg)

32 The wicked lie in wait(bh) for the righteous,(bi)
     intent on putting them to death;
33 but the Lord will not leave them in the power of the wicked
     or let them be condemned(bj) when brought to trial.(bk)

34 Hope in the Lord (bl)
     and keep his way.(bm)
He will exalt you to inherit the land;
     when the wicked are destroyed,(bn) you will see(bo) it.

35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man
     flourishing(bp) like a luxuriant native tree,
36 but he soon passed away and was no more;
     though I looked for him, he could not be found.(bq)

37 Consider the blameless,(br) observe the upright;(bs)
     a future awaits those who seek peace.[d](bt)
38 But all sinners(bu) will be destroyed;(bv)
     there will be no future[e] for the wicked.(bw)

39 The salvation(bx) of the righteous comes from the Lord ;
     he is their stronghold in time of trouble.(by)
40 The Lord helps(bz) them and delivers(ca) them;
     he delivers them from the wicked and saves(cb) them,
     because they take refuge(cc) in him.

Psalm 38[a]

A psalm of David. A petition.

1  Lord , do not rebuke me in your anger
     or discipline me in your wrath.(a)
2 Your arrows(b) have pierced me,
     and your hand has come down on me.
3 Because of your wrath there is no health(c) in my body;
     there is no soundness in my bones(d) because of my sin.
4 My guilt has overwhelmed(e) me
     like a burden too heavy to bear.(f)

5 My wounds(g) fester and are loathsome(h)
     because of my sinful folly.(i)
6 I am bowed down(j) and brought very low;
     all day long I go about mourning.(k)
7 My back is filled with searing pain;(l)
     there is no health(m) in my body.
8 I am feeble and utterly crushed;(n)
     I groan(o) in anguish of heart.(p)

9 All my longings(q) lie open before you, Lord;
     my sighing(r) is not hidden from you.
10 My heart pounds,(s) my strength fails(t) me;
     even the light has gone from my eyes.(u)
11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds;(v)
     my neighbors stay far away.
12 Those who want to kill me set their traps,(w)
     those who would harm me talk of my ruin;(x)
     all day long they scheme and lie.(y)

13 I am like the deaf, who cannot hear,(z)
     like the mute, who cannot speak;
14 I have become like one who does not hear,
     whose mouth can offer no reply.
15  Lord , I wait(aa) for you;
     you will answer,(ab) Lord my God.
16 For I said, "Do not let them gloat(ac)
     or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip."(ad)

17 For I am about to fall,(ae)
     and my pain(af) is ever with me.
18 I confess my iniquity;(ag)
     I am troubled by my sin.
19 Many have become my enemies(ah) without cause[b];
     those who hate me(ai) without reason(aj) are numerous.
20 Those who repay my good with evil(ak)
     lodge accusations(al) against me,
     though I seek only to do what is good.

21  Lord , do not forsake me;(am)
     do not be far(an) from me, my God.
22 Come quickly(ao) to help me,(ap)
     my Lord and my Savior.(aq)

Psalm 39[a]

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.

1 I said, "I will watch my ways(a)
     and keep my tongue from sin;(b)
I will put a muzzle on my mouth(c)
     while in the presence of the wicked."
2 So I remained utterly silent,(d)
     not even saying anything good.
But my anguish(e) increased;
3       my heart grew hot(f) within me.
While I meditated,(g) the fire(h) burned;
     then I spoke with my tongue:

4 "Show me, Lord , my life's end
     and the number of my days;(i)
     let me know how fleeting(j) my life is.(k)
5 You have made my days(l) a mere handbreadth;
     the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,(m)
     even those who seem secure.[b]

6 "Surely everyone goes around(n) like a mere phantom;(o)
     in vain they rush about,(p) heaping up wealth(q)
     without knowing whose it will finally be.(r)

7 "But now, Lord, what do I look for?
     My hope is in you.(s)
8 Save me(t) from all my transgressions;(u)
     do not make me the scorn(v) of fools.
9 I was silent;(w) I would not open my mouth,(x)
     for you are the one who has done this.(y)
10 Remove your scourge from me;
     I am overcome by the blow(z) of your hand.(aa)
11 When you rebuke(ab) and discipline(ac) anyone for their sin,
     you consume(ad) their wealth like a moth(ae)
     surely everyone is but a breath.(af)

12 "Hear my prayer, Lord ,
     listen to my cry for help;(ag)
     do not be deaf(ah) to my weeping.(ai)
I dwell with you as a foreigner,(aj)
     a stranger,(ak) as all my ancestors were.(al)
13 Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again
     before I depart and am no more."(am)

Psalm 40[a](a)

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

1 I waited patiently(b) for the Lord ;
     he turned to me and heard my cry.(c)
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,(d)
     out of the mud(e) and mire;(f)
he set my feet(g) on a rock(h)
     and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song(i) in my mouth,
     a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord (j)
     and put their trust(k) in him.

4 Blessed is the one(l)
     who trusts in the Lord ,(m)
who does not look to the proud,(n)
     to those who turn aside to false gods.[b](o)
5 Many, Lord my God,
     are the wonders(p) you have done,
     the things you planned for us.
None can compare(q) with you;
     were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
     they would be too many(r) to declare.

6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—(s)
     but my ears you have opened[c](t)
     burnt offerings(u) and sin offerings[d] you did not require.
7 Then I said, "Here I am, I have come—
     it is written about me in the scroll.[e](v)
8 I desire to do your will,(w) my God;(x)
     your law is within my heart."(y)

9 I proclaim your saving acts(z) in the great assembly;(aa)
     I do not seal my lips, Lord ,
     as you know.(ab)
10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
     I speak of your faithfulness(ac) and your saving help.
I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness
     from the great assembly.(ad)

11 Do not withhold your mercy(ae) from me, Lord ;
     may your love(af) and faithfulness(ag) always protect(ah) me.
12 For troubles(ai) without number surround me;
     my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.(aj)
They are more than the hairs of my head,(ak)
     and my heart fails(al) within me.
13 Be pleased to save me, Lord ;
     come quickly, Lord , to help me.(am)

14 May all who want to take my life(an)
     be put to shame and confusion;(ao)
may all who desire my ruin(ap)
     be turned back in disgrace.
15 May those who say to me, "Aha! Aha!"(aq)
     be appalled at their own shame.
16 But may all who seek you(ar)
     rejoice and be glad(as) in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
     "The Lord is great!"(at)

17 But as for me, I am poor and needy;(au)
     may the Lord think(av) of me.
You are my help(aw) and my deliverer;(ax)
     you are my God, do not delay.(ay)

Psalm 41[a]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 Blessed(a) are those who have regard for the weak;(b)
     the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.(c)
2 The Lord protects(d) and preserves them—(e)
     they are counted among the blessed in the land—(f)
     he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.(g)
3 The Lord sustains them on their sickbed(h)
     and restores them from their bed of illness.(i)

4 I said, "Have mercy(j) on me, Lord ;
     heal(k) me, for I have sinned(l) against you."
5 My enemies say of me in malice,
     "When will he die and his name perish?(m)"
6 When one of them comes to see me,
     he speaks falsely,(n) while his heart gathers slander;(o)
     then he goes out and spreads(p) it around.

7 All my enemies whisper together(q) against me;
     they imagine the worst for me, saying,
8 "A vile disease has afflicted him;
     he will never get up(r) from the place where he lies."
9 Even my close friend,(s)
     someone I trusted,
one who shared my bread,
     has turned[b] against me.(t)

10 But may you have mercy(u) on me, Lord ;
     raise me up,(v) that I may repay(w) them.
11 I know that you are pleased with me,(x)
     for my enemy does not triumph over me.(y)
12 Because of my integrity(z) you uphold me(aa)
     and set me in your presence forever.(ab)

13 Praise(ac) be to the Lord , the God of Israel,(ad)
     from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and Amen.(ae)

BOOK II

Psalms 42–72

Psalm 42[a][b]

For the director of music. A maskil[c] of the Sons of Korah.

1 As the deer(a) pants for streams of water,(b)
     so my soul pants(c) for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts(d) for God, for the living God.(e)
     When can I go(f) and meet with God?
3 My tears(g) have been my food
     day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
     "Where is your God?"(h)
4 These things I remember
     as I pour out my soul:(i)
how I used to go to the house of God(j)
     under the protection of the Mighty One[d]
with shouts of joy(k) and praise(l)
     among the festive throng.(m)

5 Why, my soul, are you downcast?(n)
     Why so disturbed(o) within me?
Put your hope in God,(p)
     for I will yet praise(q) him,
     my Savior(r) and my God.(s)

6 My soul is downcast within me;
     therefore I will remember(t) you
from the land of the Jordan,(u)
     the heights of Hermon(v)—from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep(w)
     in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
     have swept over me.(x)

8 By day the Lord directs his love,(y)
     at night(z) his song(aa) is with me—
     a prayer to the God of my life.(ab)

9 I say to God my Rock,(ac)
     "Why have you forgotten(ad) me?
Why must I go about mourning,(ae)
     oppressed(af) by the enemy?"(ag)
10 My bones suffer mortal agony(ah)
     as my foes taunt(ai) me,
saying to me all day long,
     "Where is your God?"(aj)

11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
     Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
     for I will yet praise him,
     my Savior and my God.(ak)

Psalm 43[a]

1 Vindicate me, my God,
     and plead my cause(a)
     against an unfaithful nation.
Rescue me(b) from those who are
     deceitful and wicked.(c)
2 You are God my stronghold.
     Why have you rejected(d) me?
Why must I go about mourning,(e)
     oppressed by the enemy?(f)
3 Send me your light(g) and your faithful care,(h)
     let them lead me;(i)
let them bring me to your holy mountain,(j)
     to the place where you dwell.(k)
4 Then I will go(l) to the altar(m) of God,
     to God, my joy(n) and my delight.(o)
I will praise you with the lyre,(p)
     O God, my God.

5 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
     Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
     for I will yet praise him,
     my Savior and my God.(q)

Psalm 44[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.[b]

1 We have heard it with our ears,(a) O God;
     our ancestors have told us(b)
what you did in their days,
     in days long ago.(c)
2 With your hand you drove out(d) the nations
     and planted(e) our ancestors;
you crushed(f) the peoples
     and made our ancestors flourish.(g)
3 It was not by their sword(h) that they won the land,
     nor did their arm bring them victory;
it was your right hand,(i) your arm,(j)
     and the light(k) of your face, for you loved(l) them.

4 You are my King(m) and my God,(n)
     who decrees[c] victories(o) for Jacob.
5 Through you we push back(p) our enemies;
     through your name we trample(q) our foes.
6 I put no trust in my bow,(r)
     my sword does not bring me victory;
7 but you give us victory(s) over our enemies,
     you put our adversaries to shame.(t)
8 In God we make our boast(u) all day long,(v)
     and we will praise your name forever.[d](w)

9 But now you have rejected(x) and humbled us;(y)
     you no longer go out with our armies.(z)
10 You made us retreat(aa) before the enemy,
     and our adversaries have plundered(ab) us.
11 You gave us up to be devoured like sheep(ac)
     and have scattered us among the nations.(ad)
12 You sold your people for a pittance,(ae)
     gaining nothing from their sale.

13 You have made us a reproach(af) to our neighbors,(ag)
     the scorn(ah) and derision(ai) of those around us.
14 You have made us a byword(aj) among the nations;
     the peoples shake their heads(ak) at us.
15 I live in disgrace(al) all day long,
     and my face is covered with shame(am)
16 at the taunts(an) of those who reproach and revile(ao) me,
     because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.(ap)

17 All this came upon us,
     though we had not forgotten(aq) you;
     we had not been false to your covenant.
18 Our hearts had not turned(ar) back;
     our feet had not strayed from your path.
19 But you crushed(as) us and made us a haunt for jackals;(at)
     you covered us over with deep darkness.(au)

20 If we had forgotten(av) the name of our God
     or spread out our hands to a foreign god,(aw)
21 would not God have discovered it,
     since he knows the secrets of the heart?(ax)
22 Yet for your sake we face death all day long;
     we are considered as sheep(ay) to be slaughtered.(az)

23 Awake,(ba) Lord! Why do you sleep?(bb)
     Rouse yourself!(bc) Do not reject us forever.(bd)
24 Why do you hide your face(be)
     and forget(bf) our misery and oppression?(bg)

25 We are brought down to the dust;(bh)
     our bodies cling to the ground.
26 Rise up(bi) and help us;
     rescue(bj) us because of your unfailing love.(bk)

Psalm 45[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of "Lilies." Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.[b] A wedding song.(a)

1 My heart is stirred by a noble theme
     as I recite my verses for the king;
     my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

2 You are the most excellent of men
     and your lips have been anointed with grace,(b)
     since God has blessed you forever.(c)

3 Gird your sword(d) on your side, you mighty one;(e)
     clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.(f)
4 In your majesty ride forth victoriously(g)
     in the cause of truth, humility and justice;(h)
     let your right hand(i) achieve awesome deeds.(j)
5 Let your sharp arrows(k) pierce the hearts(l) of the king's enemies;(m)
     let the nations fall beneath your feet.
6 Your throne, O God,[c] will last for ever and ever;(n)
     a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
7 You love righteousness(o) and hate wickedness;(p)
     therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
     by anointing(q) you with the oil of joy.(r)
8 All your robes are fragrant(s) with myrrh(t) and aloes(u) and cassia;(v)
     from palaces adorned with ivory(w)
     the music of the strings(x) makes you glad.
9 Daughters of kings(y) are among your honored women;
     at your right hand(z) is the royal bride(aa) in gold of Ophir.(ab)

10 Listen, daughter,(ac) and pay careful attention:(ad)
     Forget your people(ae) and your father's house.
11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;(af)
     honor(ag) him, for he is your lord.(ah)
12 The city of Tyre(ai) will come with a gift,[d](aj)
     people of wealth will seek your favor.
13 All glorious(ak) is the princess within her chamber;
     her gown is interwoven with gold.(al)
14 In embroidered garments(am) she is led to the king;(an)
     her virgin companions(ao) follow her—
     those brought to be with her.
15 Led in with joy and gladness,(ap)
     they enter the palace of the king.

16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers;
     you will make them princes(aq) throughout the land.

17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;(ar)
     therefore the nations will praise you(as) for ever and ever.(at)

Psalm 46[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth.[b] A song.

1 God is our refuge(a) and strength,(b)
     an ever-present(c) help(d) in trouble.(e)
2 Therefore we will not fear,(f) though the earth give way(g)
     and the mountains fall(h) into the heart of the sea,(i)
3 though its waters roar(j) and foam(k)
     and the mountains quake(l) with their surging.[c]

4 There is a river(m) whose streams(n) make glad the city of God,(o)
     the holy place where the Most High(p) dwells.(q)
5 God is within her,(r) she will not fall;(s)
     God will help(t) her at break of day.
6 Nations(u) are in uproar,(v) kingdoms(w) fall;
     he lifts his voice,(x) the earth melts.(y)

7 The Lord Almighty(z) is with us;(aa)
     the God of Jacob(ab) is our fortress.(ac)

8 Come and see what the Lord has done,(ad)
     the desolations(ae) he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars(af) cease
     to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow(ag) and shatters the spear;
     he burns the shields[d] with fire.(ah)
10 He says, "Be still, and know that I am God;(ai)
     I will be exalted(aj) among the nations,
     I will be exalted in the earth."

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
     the God of Jacob(ak) is our fortress.(al)

Psalm 47[a]

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

1 Clap your hands,(a) all you nations;
     shout to God with cries of joy.(b)

2 For the Lord Most High(c) is awesome,(d)
     the great King(e) over all the earth.
3 He subdued(f) nations under us,
     peoples under our feet.
4 He chose our inheritance(g) for us,
     the pride of Jacob,(h) whom he loved.[b]

5 God has ascended(i) amid shouts of joy,(j)
     the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets.(k)
6 Sing praises(l) to God, sing praises;
     sing praises to our King, sing praises.
7 For God is the King of all the earth;(m)
     sing to him a psalm(n) of praise.

8 God reigns(o) over the nations;
     God is seated on his holy throne.(p)
9 The nobles of the nations assemble
     as the people of the God of Abraham,
for the kings[c] of the earth belong to God;(q)
     he is greatly exalted.(r)

Psalm 48[a]

A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah.

1 Great is the Lord ,(a) and most worthy of praise,(b)
     in the city of our God,(c) his holy mountain.(d)

2 Beautiful(e) in its loftiness,
     the joy of the whole earth,
like the heights of Zaphon[b](f) is Mount Zion,(g)
     the city of the Great King.(h)
3 God is in her citadels;(i)
     he has shown himself to be her fortress.(j)

4 When the kings joined forces,
     when they advanced together,(k)
5 they saw her and were astounded;
     they fled in terror.(l)
6 Trembling seized(m) them there,
     pain like that of a woman in labor.(n)
7 You destroyed them like ships of Tarshish(o)
     shattered by an east wind.(p)

8 As we have heard,
     so we have seen
in the city of the Lord Almighty,
     in the city of our God:
God makes her secure
     forever.[c](q)

9 Within your temple, O God,
     we meditate(r) on your unfailing love.(s)
10 Like your name,(t) O God,
     your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;(u)
     your right hand is filled with righteousness.
11 Mount Zion rejoices,
     the villages of Judah are glad
     because of your judgments.(v)

12 Walk about Zion, go around her,
     count her towers,(w)
13 consider well her ramparts,(x)
     view her citadels,(y)
that you may tell of them
     to the next generation.(z)

14 For this God is our God for ever and ever;
     he will be our guide(aa) even to the end.

Psalm 49[a]

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

1 Hear(a) this, all you peoples;(b)
     listen, all who live in this world,(c)
2 both low and high,(d)
     rich and poor alike:
3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom;(e)
     the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.(f)
4 I will turn my ear to a proverb;(g)
     with the harp(h) I will expound my riddle:(i)

5 Why should I fear(j) when evil days come,
     when wicked deceivers surround me—
6 those who trust in their wealth(k)
     and boast(l) of their great riches?(m)
7 No one can redeem the life of another
     or give to God a ransom for them—
8 the ransom(n) for a life is costly,
     no payment is ever enough—(o)
9 so that they should live on(p) forever
     and not see decay.(q)
10 For all can see that the wise die,(r)
     that the foolish and the senseless(s) also perish,
     leaving their wealth(t) to others.(u)
11 Their tombs(v) will remain their houses[b] forever,
     their dwellings for endless generations,(w)
     though they had[c] named(x) lands after themselves.

12 People, despite their wealth, do not endure;(y)
     they are like the beasts that perish.(z)

13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,(aa)
     and of their followers, who approve their sayings.[d]
14 They are like sheep and are destined(ab) to die;(ac)
     death will be their shepherd
     (but the upright will prevail(ad) over them in the morning).
Their forms will decay in the grave,
     far from their princely mansions.
15 But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead;(ae)
     he will surely take me to himself.(af)
16 Do not be overawed when others grow rich,
     when the splendor of their houses increases;
17 for they will take nothing(ag) with them when they die,
     their splendor will not descend with them.(ah)
18 Though while they live they count themselves blessed—(ai)
     and people praise you when you prosper—
19 they will join those who have gone before them,(aj)
     who will never again see the light(ak) of life.

20 People who have wealth but lack understanding(al)
     are like the beasts that perish.(am)

Psalm 50

A psalm of Asaph.

1 The Mighty One, God, the Lord ,(a)
     speaks and summons the earth
     from the rising of the sun to where it sets.(b)
2 From Zion,(c) perfect in beauty,(d)
     God shines forth.(e)
3 Our God comes(f)
     and will not be silent;(g)
a fire devours(h) before him,(i)
     and around him a tempest(j) rages.
4 He summons the heavens above,
     and the earth,(k) that he may judge his people:(l)
5 "Gather to me this consecrated people,(m)
     who made a covenant(n) with me by sacrifice."
6 And the heavens proclaim(o) his righteousness,
     for he is a God of justice.[a][b](p)

7 "Listen, my people, and I will speak;
     I will testify(q) against you, Israel:
     I am God, your God.(r)
8 I bring no charges(s) against you concerning your sacrifices
     or concerning your burnt offerings,(t) which are ever before me.
9 I have no need of a bull(u) from your stall
     or of goats(v) from your pens,(w)
10 for every animal of the forest(x) is mine,
     and the cattle on a thousand hills.(y)
11 I know every bird(z) in the mountains,
     and the insects in the fields(aa) are mine.
12 If I were hungry I would not tell you,
     for the world(ab) is mine, and all that is in it.(ac)
13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls
     or drink the blood of goats?

14 "Sacrifice thank offerings(ad) to God,
     fulfill your vows(ae) to the Most High,(af)
15 and call(ag) on me in the day of trouble;(ah)
     I will deliver(ai) you, and you will honor(aj) me."

16 But to the wicked person, God says:

"What right have you to recite my laws
     or take my covenant(ak) on your lips?(al)
17 You hate(am) my instruction
     and cast my words behind(an) you.
18 When you see a thief, you join(ao) with him;
     you throw in your lot with adulterers.(ap)
19 You use your mouth for evil
     and harness your tongue to deceit.(aq)
20 You sit and testify against your brother(ar)
     and slander your own mother's son.
21 When you did these things and I kept silent,(as)
     you thought I was exactly[c] like you.
But I now arraign(at) you
     and set my accusations(au) before you.

22 "Consider this, you who forget God,(av)
     or I will tear you to pieces, with no one to rescue you:(aw)
23 Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me,
     and to the blameless[d] I will show my salvation.(ax)"

Psalm 51[a]

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.(a)

1 Have mercy(b) on me, O God,
     according to your unfailing love;(c)
according to your great compassion(d)
     blot out(e) my transgressions.(f)
2 Wash away(g) all my iniquity
     and cleanse(h) me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,
     and my sin is always before me.(i)
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned(j)
     and done what is evil in your sight;(k)
so you are right in your verdict
     and justified when you judge.(l)
5 Surely I was sinful(m) at birth,(n)
     sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
     you taught me wisdom(o) in that secret place.(p)

7 Cleanse(q) me with hyssop,(r) and I will be clean;
     wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.(s)
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;(t)
     let the bones(u) you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins(v)
     and blot out(w) all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart,(x) O God,
     and renew a steadfast spirit within me.(y)
11 Do not cast me(z) from your presence(aa)
     or take your Holy Spirit(ab) from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation(ac)
     and grant me a willing spirit,(ad) to sustain me.(ae)

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,(af)
     so that sinners(ag) will turn back to you.(ah)
14 Deliver me(ai) from the guilt of bloodshed,(aj) O God,
     you who are God my Savior,(ak)
     and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.(al)
15 Open my lips, Lord,(am)
     and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice,(an) or I would bring it;
     you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice,(ao) O God, is[b] a broken spirit;
     a broken and contrite heart(ap)
     you, God, will not despise.

18 May it please you to prosper Zion,(aq)
     to build up the walls of Jerusalem.(ar)
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,(as)
     in burnt offerings(at) offered whole;
     then bulls(au) will be offered on your altar.

John 3:16-36

Chapter 3

16 For God so loved(v) the world that he gave(w) his one and only Son,(x) that whoever believes(y) in him shall not perish but have eternal life.(z) 17 For God did not send his Son into the world(aa) to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.(ab) 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned,(ac) but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.(ad) 19 This is the verdict: Light(ae) has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.(af) 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.(ag) 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

John Testifies Again About Jesus

22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized.(ah) 23 Now John(ai) also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were coming and being baptized. 24 (This was before John was put in prison.)(aj) 25 An argument developed between some of John's disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing.(ak) 26 They came to John and said to him, "Rabbi,(al) that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified(am) about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him."

27 To this John replied, "A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.'(an) 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom.(ao) The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.(ap) 30 He must become greater; I must become less."[h]

31 The one who comes from above(aq) is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth.(ar) The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard,(as) but no one accepts his testimony.(at) 33 Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. 34 For the one whom God has sent(au) speaks the words of God, for God[i] gives the Spirit(av) without limit. 35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.(aw) 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,(ax) but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on them.

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