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June 2 - Old & New Testament


Psalms 53,55,58

Psalm 53[a](a)

For the director of music. According to mahalath.[b] A maskil[c] of David.

1 The fool(b) says in his heart,
     "There is no God."(c)
They are corrupt, and their ways are vile;
     there is no one who does good.

2 God looks down from heaven(d)
     on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,(e)
     any who seek God.(f)
3 Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt;
     there is no one who does good,
     not even one.(g)

4 Do all these evildoers know nothing?

They devour my people as though eating bread;
     they never call on God.
5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
     where there was nothing to dread.(h)
God scattered the bones(i) of those who attacked you;(j)
     you put them to shame,(k) for God despised them.(l)

6 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
     When God restores his people,
     let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Psalm 54[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil[b] of David. When the Ziphites(a) had gone to Saul and said, "Is not David hiding among us?"

1 Save me(b), O God, by your name;(c)
     vindicate me by your might.(d)
2 Hear my prayer, O God;(e)
     listen to the words of my mouth.

3 Arrogant foes are attacking me;(f)
     ruthless people(g) are trying to kill me(h)
     people without regard for God.[c](i)

4 Surely God is my help;(j)
     the Lord is the one who sustains me.(k)

5 Let evil recoil(l) on those who slander me;
     in your faithfulness(m) destroy them.

6 I will sacrifice a freewill offering(n) to you;
     I will praise(o) your name, Lord , for it is good.(p)
7 You have delivered me(q) from all my troubles,
     and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.(r)

Psalm 55[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil[b] of David.

1 Listen to my prayer, O God,
     do not ignore my plea;(a)
2       hear me and answer me.(b)
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught(c)
3       because of what my enemy is saying,
     because of the threats of the wicked;
for they bring down suffering on me(d)
     and assail(e) me in their anger.(f)

4 My heart is in anguish(g) within me;
     the terrors(h) of death have fallen on me.
5 Fear and trembling(i) have beset me;
     horror(j) has overwhelmed me.
6 I said, "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
     I would fly away and be at rest.
7 I would flee far away
     and stay in the desert;[c](k)
8 I would hurry to my place of shelter,(l)
     far from the tempest and storm.(m)"

9 Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words,(n)
     for I see violence and strife(o) in the city.(p)
10 Day and night they prowl(q) about on its walls;
     malice and abuse are within it.
11 Destructive forces(r) are at work in the city;
     threats and lies(s) never leave its streets.

12 If an enemy were insulting me,
     I could endure it;
if a foe were rising against me,
     I could hide.
13 But it is you, a man like myself,
     my companion, my close friend,(t)
14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship(u)
     at the house of God,(v)
as we walked about
     among the worshipers.

15 Let death take my enemies by surprise;(w)
     let them go down alive to the realm of the dead,(x)
     for evil finds lodging among them.

16 As for me, I call to God,
     and the Lord saves me.
17 Evening,(y) morning(z) and noon(aa)
     I cry out in distress,
     and he hears my voice.
18 He rescues me unharmed
     from the battle waged against me,
     even though many oppose me.
19 God, who is enthroned from of old,(ab)
     who does not change—
he will hear(ac) them and humble them,
     because they have no fear of God.(ad)

20 My companion attacks his friends;(ae)
     he violates his covenant.(af)
21 His talk is smooth as butter,(ag)
     yet war is in his heart;
his words are more soothing than oil,(ah)
     yet they are drawn swords.(ai)

22 Cast your cares on the Lord
     and he will sustain you;(aj)
he will never let
     the righteous be shaken.(ak)
23 But you, God, will bring down the wicked
     into the pit(al) of decay;
the bloodthirsty and deceitful(am)
     will not live out half their days.(an)

But as for me, I trust in you.(ao)

Psalm 56[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of "A Dove on Distant Oaks." Of David. A miktam.[b] When the Philistines had seized him in Gath.

1 Be merciful to me,(a) my God,
     for my enemies are in hot pursuit;(b)
     all day long they press their attack.(c)
2 My adversaries pursue me all day long;(d)
     in their pride many are attacking me.(e)

3 When I am afraid,(f) I put my trust in you.(g)
4       In God, whose word I praise—(h)
in God I trust and am not afraid.(i)
     What can mere mortals do to me?(j)

5 All day long they twist my words;(k)
     all their schemes are for my ruin.
6 They conspire,(l) they lurk,
     they watch my steps,(m)
     hoping to take my life.(n)
7 Because of their wickedness do not[c] let them escape;(o)
     in your anger, God, bring the nations down.(p)

8 Record my misery;
     list my tears on your scroll[d](q)
     are they not in your record?(r)
9 Then my enemies will turn back(s)
     when I call for help.(t)
     By this I will know that God is for me.(u)

10 In God, whose word I praise,
     in the Lord , whose word I praise—
11 in God I trust and am not afraid.
     What can man do to me?

12 I am under vows(v) to you, my God;
     I will present my thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered me from death(w)
     and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God
     in the light of life.(x)

Psalm 57[a](a)

For the director of music. To the tune of "Do Not Destroy." Of David. A miktam.[b] When he had fled from Saul into the cave.(b)

1 Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
     for in you I take refuge.(c)
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings(d)
     until the disaster has passed.(e)

2 I cry out to God Most High,
     to God, who vindicates me.(f)
3 He sends from heaven and saves me,(g)
     rebuking those who hotly pursue me—[c](h)
     God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.(i)

4 I am in the midst of lions;(j)
     I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts—
men whose teeth are spears and arrows,
     whose tongues are sharp swords.(k)

5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
     let your glory be over all the earth.(l)

6 They spread a net for my feet(m)
     I was bowed down(n) in distress.
They dug a pit(o) in my path—
     but they have fallen into it themselves.(p)

7 My heart, O God, is steadfast,
     my heart is steadfast;(q)
     I will sing and make music.
8 Awake, my soul!
     Awake, harp and lyre!(r)
     I will awaken the dawn.

9 I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
     I will sing of you among the peoples.
10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
     your faithfulness reaches to the skies.(s)

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;(t)
     let your glory be over all the earth.(u)

Psalm 58[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of "Do Not Destroy." Of David. A miktam.[b]

1 Do you rulers indeed speak justly?(a)
     Do you judge people with equity?
2 No, in your heart you devise injustice,(b)
     and your hands mete out violence on the earth.(c)

3 Even from birth the wicked go astray;
     from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.
4 Their venom is like the venom of a snake,(d)
     like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,
5 that will not heed(e) the tune of the charmer,(f)
     however skillful the enchanter may be.

6 Break the teeth in their mouths, O God;(g)
     Lord , tear out the fangs of those lions!(h)
7 Let them vanish like water that flows away;(i)
     when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.(j)
8 May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along,(k)
     like a stillborn child(l) that never sees the sun.

9 Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns(m)
     whether they be green or dry—the wicked will be swept away.[c](n)
10 The righteous will be glad(o) when they are avenged,(p)
     when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked.(q)
11 Then people will say,
     "Surely the righteous still are rewarded;(r)
     surely there is a God who judges the earth."(s)

John 13:1-20

Chapter 13

Jesus Washes His Disciples' Feet

1 It was just before the Passover Festival.(a) Jesus knew that the hour had come(b) for him to leave this world and go to the Father.(c) Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus.(d) 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power,(e) and that he had come from God(f) and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.(g) 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet,(h) drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?"

7 Jesus replied, "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand."(i)

8 "No," said Peter, "you shall never wash my feet."

Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me."

9 "Then, Lord," Simon Peter replied, "not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!"

10 Jesus answered, "Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean,(j) though not every one of you."(k) 11 For he knew who was going to betray him,(l) and that was why he said not every one was clean.

12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. "Do you understand what I have done for you?" he asked them. 13 "You call me ‘Teacher'(m) and ‘Lord,'(n) and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet.(o) 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.(p) 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master,(q) nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.(r)

Jesus Predicts His Betrayal

18 "I am not referring to all of you;(s) I know those I have chosen.(t) But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture:(u) ‘He who shared my bread(v) has turned[a](w) against me.'[b](x)

19 "I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe(y) that I am who I am.(z) 20 Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me."(aa)

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