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June 4 - Old & New Testament


Psalms 68,72,86

Psalm 68[a]

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

1 May God arise,(a) may his enemies be scattered;(b)
     may his foes flee(c) before him.
2 May you blow them away like smoke—(d)
     as wax melts(e) before the fire,
     may the wicked perish(f) before God.
3 But may the righteous be glad
     and rejoice(g) before God;
     may they be happy and joyful.

4 Sing to God, sing in praise of his name,(h)
     extol him who rides on the clouds[b](i);
     rejoice before him—his name is the Lord .(j)
5 A father to the fatherless,(k) a defender of widows,(l)
     is God in his holy dwelling.(m)
6 God sets the lonely(n) in families,[c](o)
     he leads out the prisoners(p) with singing;
     but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.(q)

7 When you, God, went out(r) before your people,
     when you marched through the wilderness,[d](s)
8 the earth shook,(t) the heavens poured down rain,(u)
     before God, the One of Sinai,(v)
     before God, the God of Israel.(w)
9 You gave abundant showers,(x) O God;
     you refreshed your weary inheritance.
10 Your people settled in it,
     and from your bounty,(y) God, you provided(z) for the poor.

11 The Lord announces the word,
     and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng:(aa)
12 "Kings and armies flee(ab) in haste;
     the women at home divide the plunder.(ac)
13 Even while you sleep among the sheep pens,[e](ad)
     the wings of my dove are sheathed with silver,
     its feathers with shining gold."
14 When the Almighty[f] scattered(ae) the kings in the land,
     it was like snow fallen on Mount Zalmon.(af)

15 Mount Bashan,(ag) majestic mountain,(ah)
     Mount Bashan, rugged mountain,
16 why gaze in envy, you rugged mountain,
     at the mountain where God chooses(ai) to reign,
     where the Lord himself will dwell forever?(aj)
17 The chariots(ak) of God are tens of thousands
     and thousands of thousands;(al)
     the Lord has come from Sinai into his sanctuary.[g]
18 When you ascended(am) on high,(an)
     you took many captives;(ao)
     you received gifts from people,(ap)
even from[h] the rebellious(aq)
     that you,[i] Lord God, might dwell there.

19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,(ar)
     who daily bears our burdens.(as)
20 Our God is a God who saves;(at)
     from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.(au)
21 Surely God will crush the heads(av) of his enemies,
     the hairy crowns of those who go on in their sins.
22 The Lord says, "I will bring them from Bashan;
     I will bring them from the depths of the sea,(aw)
23 that your feet may wade in the blood of your foes,(ax)
     while the tongues of your dogs(ay) have their share."

24 Your procession, God, has come into view,
     the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary.(az)
25 In front are the singers,(ba) after them the musicians;(bb)
     with them are the young women playing the timbrels.(bc)
26 Praise God in the great congregation;(bd)
     praise the Lord in the assembly of Israel.(be)
27 There is the little tribe(bf) of Benjamin,(bg) leading them,
     there the great throng of Judah's princes,
     and there the princes of Zebulun and of Naphtali.(bh)

28 Summon your power,(bi) God[j];
     show us your strength,(bj) our God, as you have done(bk) before.
29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem
     kings will bring you gifts.(bl)
30 Rebuke the beast(bm) among the reeds,(bn)
     the herd of bulls(bo) among the calves of the nations.
Humbled, may the beast bring bars of silver.
     Scatter the nations(bp) who delight in war.(bq)
31 Envoys will come from Egypt;(br)
     Cush[k](bs) will submit herself to God.

32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth,(bt)
     sing praise(bu) to the Lord,
33 to him who rides(bv) across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens,
     who thunders(bw) with mighty voice.(bx)
34 Proclaim the power(by) of God,
     whose majesty(bz) is over Israel,
     whose power is in the heavens.
35 You, God, are awesome(ca) in your sanctuary;(cb)
     the God of Israel gives power and strength(cc) to his people.(cd)

Praise be to God!(ce)

Psalm 69[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of "Lilies." Of David.

1 Save me, O God,
     for the waters(a) have come up to my neck.(b)
2 I sink in the miry depths,(c)
     where there is no foothold.
I have come into the deep waters;
     the floods engulf me.
3 I am worn out calling for help;(d)
     my throat is parched.
My eyes fail,(e)
     looking for my God.
4 Those who hate me(f) without reason(g)
     outnumber the hairs of my head;
many are my enemies without cause,(h)
     those who seek to destroy me.(i)
I am forced to restore
     what I did not steal.

5 You, God, know my folly;(j)
     my guilt is not hidden from you.(k)

6 Lord, the Lord Almighty,
     may those who hope in you
     not be disgraced because of me;
God of Israel,
     may those who seek you
     not be put to shame because of me.
7 For I endure scorn(l) for your sake,(m)
     and shame covers my face.(n)
8 I am a foreigner to my own family,
     a stranger to my own mother's children;(o)
9 for zeal for your house consumes me,(p)
     and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.(q)
10 When I weep and fast,(r)
     I must endure scorn;
11 when I put on sackcloth,(s)
     people make sport of me.
12 Those who sit at the gate(t) mock me,
     and I am the song of the drunkards.(u)

13 But I pray to you, Lord ,
     in the time of your favor;(v)
in your great love,(w) O God,
     answer me with your sure salvation.
14 Rescue me from the mire,
     do not let me sink;
deliver me from those who hate me,
     from the deep waters.(x)
15 Do not let the floodwaters(y) engulf me
     or the depths swallow me up(z)
     or the pit close its mouth over me.(aa)

16 Answer me, Lord , out of the goodness of your love;(ab)
     in your great mercy turn to me.
17 Do not hide your face(ac) from your servant;
     answer me quickly,(ad) for I am in trouble.(ae)
18 Come near and rescue me;
     deliver(af) me because of my foes.

19 You know how I am scorned,(ag) disgraced and shamed;
     all my enemies are before you.
20 Scorn has broken my heart
     and has left me helpless;
I looked for sympathy, but there was none,
     for comforters,(ah) but I found none.(ai)
21 They put gall in my food
     and gave me vinegar(aj) for my thirst.(ak)

22 May the table set before them become a snare;
     may it become retribution and[b] a trap.(al)
23 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,
     and their backs be bent forever.(am)
24 Pour out your wrath(an) on them;
     let your fierce anger overtake them.
25 May their place be deserted;(ao)
     let there be no one to dwell in their tents.(ap)
26 For they persecute those you wound
     and talk about the pain of those you hurt.(aq)
27 Charge them with crime upon crime;(ar)
     do not let them share in your salvation.(as)
28 May they be blotted out of the book of life(at)
     and not be listed with the righteous.(au)

29 But as for me, afflicted and in pain—
     may your salvation, God, protect me.(av)

30 I will praise God's name in song(aw)
     and glorify him(ax) with thanksgiving.
31 This will please the Lord more than an ox,
     more than a bull with its horns and hooves.(ay)
32 The poor will see and be glad(az)
     you who seek God, may your hearts live!(ba)
33 The Lord hears the needy(bb)
     and does not despise his captive people.

34 Let heaven and earth praise him,
     the seas and all that move in them,(bc)
35 for God will save Zion(bd)
     and rebuild the cities of Judah.(be)
Then people will settle there and possess it;
36       the children of his servants will inherit it,(bf)
     and those who love his name will dwell there.(bg)

Psalm 70[a](a)

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

1 Hasten, O God, to save me;
     come quickly, Lord , to help me.(b)

2 May those who want to take my life(c)
     be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
     be turned back in disgrace.(d)
3 May those who say to me, "Aha! Aha!"(e)
     turn back because of their shame.
4 But may all who seek you(f)
     rejoice and be glad(g) in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
     "The Lord is great!"(h)

5 But as for me, I am poor and needy;(i)
     come quickly to me,(j) O God.
You are my help(k) and my deliverer;(l)
     Lord , do not delay.(m)

Psalm 71(a)

1 In you, Lord , I have taken refuge;(b)
     let me never be put to shame.(c)
2 In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me;
     turn your ear(d) to me and save me.
3 Be my rock of refuge,
     to which I can always go;
give the command to save me,
     for you are my rock and my fortress.(e)
4 Deliver(f) me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,(g)
     from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel.(h)

5 For you have been my hope,(i) Sovereign Lord ,
     my confidence(j) since my youth.
6 From birth(k) I have relied on you;
     you brought me forth from my mother's womb.(l)
     I will ever praise(m) you.
7 I have become a sign(n) to many;
     you are my strong refuge.(o)
8 My mouth(p) is filled with your praise,
     declaring your splendor(q) all day long.

9 Do not cast(r) me away when I am old;(s)
     do not forsake(t) me when my strength is gone.
10 For my enemies(u) speak against me;
     those who wait to kill(v) me conspire(w) together.
11 They say, "God has forsaken(x) him;
     pursue him and seize him,
     for no one will rescue(y) him."
12 Do not be far(z) from me, my God;
     come quickly, God, to help(aa) me.
13 May my accusers(ab) perish in shame;(ac)
     may those who want to harm me
     be covered with scorn and disgrace.(ad)

14 As for me, I will always have hope;(ae)
     I will praise you more and more.

15 My mouth will tell(af) of your righteous deeds,(ag)
     of your saving acts all day long—
     though I know not how to relate them all.
16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts,(ah) Sovereign Lord ;
     I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.
17 Since my youth, God, you have taught(ai) me,
     and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.(aj)
18 Even when I am old and gray,(ak)
     do not forsake me, my God,
till I declare your power(al) to the next generation,
     your mighty acts to all who are to come.(am)

19 Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens,(an)
     you who have done great things.(ao)
     Who is like you, God?(ap)
20 Though you have made me see troubles,(aq)
     many and bitter,
     you will restore(ar) my life again;
from the depths of the earth(as)
     you will again bring me up.
21 You will increase my honor(at)
     and comfort(au) me once more.

22 I will praise you with the harp(av)
     for your faithfulness, my God;
I will sing praise to you with the lyre,(aw)
     Holy One of Israel.(ax)
23 My lips will shout for joy(ay)
     when I sing praise to you—
     I whom you have delivered.(az)
24 My tongue will tell of your righteous acts
     all day long,(ba)
for those who wanted to harm me(bb)
     have been put to shame and confusion.(bc)

Psalm 72

Of Solomon.

1 Endow the king with your justice,(a) O God,
     the royal son with your righteousness.
2 May he judge your people in righteousness,(b)
     your afflicted ones with justice.

3 May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,
     the hills the fruit of righteousness.
4 May he defend the afflicted(c) among the people
     and save the children of the needy;(d)
     may he crush the oppressor.(e)
5 May he endure[a](f) as long as the sun,
     as long as the moon, through all generations.(g)
6 May he be like rain(h) falling on a mown field,
     like showers watering the earth.
7 In his days may the righteous flourish(i)
     and prosperity abound till the moon is no more.

8 May he rule from sea to sea
     and from the River[b](j) to the ends of the earth.(k)
9 May the desert tribes bow before him
     and his enemies lick the dust.
10 May the kings of Tarshish(l) and of distant shores(m)
     bring tribute to him.
May the kings of Sheba(n) and Seba
     present him gifts.(o)
11 May all kings bow down(p) to him
     and all nations serve(q) him.

12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out,
     the afflicted who have no one to help.
13 He will take pity(r) on the weak and the needy
     and save the needy from death.
14 He will rescue(s) them from oppression and violence,
     for precious(t) is their blood in his sight.

15 Long may he live!
     May gold from Sheba(u) be given him.
May people ever pray for him
     and bless him all day long.(v)
16 May grain(w) abound throughout the land;
     on the tops of the hills may it sway.
May the crops(x) flourish like Lebanon(y)
     and thrive[c] like the grass of the field.(z)
17 May his name endure forever;(aa)
     may it continue as long as the sun.(ab)

Then all nations will be blessed through him,[d]
     and they will call him blessed.(ac)

18 Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,(ad)
     who alone does marvelous deeds.(ae)
19 Praise be to his glorious name(af) forever;
     may the whole earth be filled with his glory.(ag)
Amen and Amen.(ah)

20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.(ai)


Psalms 73–89

Psalm 73

A psalm of Asaph.

1 Surely God is good to Israel,
     to those who are pure in heart.(a)

2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;(b)
     I had nearly lost my foothold.(c)
3 For I envied(d) the arrogant
     when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.(e)

4 They have no struggles;
     their bodies are healthy and strong.[a]
5 They are free(f) from common human burdens;
     they are not plagued by human ills.
6 Therefore pride(g) is their necklace;(h)
     they clothe themselves with violence.(i)
7 From their callous hearts(j) comes iniquity[b];
     their evil imaginations have no limits.
8 They scoff, and speak with malice;(k)
     with arrogance(l) they threaten oppression.(m)
9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
     and their tongues take possession of the earth.
10 Therefore their people turn to them
     and drink up waters in abundance.[c]
11 They say, "How would God know?
     Does the Most High know anything?"

12 This is what the wicked are like—
     always free of care,(n) they go on amassing wealth.(o)

13 Surely in vain(p) I have kept my heart pure
     and have washed my hands in innocence.(q)
14 All day long I have been afflicted,(r)
     and every morning brings new punishments.

15 If I had spoken out like that,
     I would have betrayed your children.
16 When I tried to understand(s) all this,
     it troubled me deeply
17 till I entered the sanctuary(t) of God;
     then I understood their final destiny.(u)

18 Surely you place them on slippery ground;(v)
     you cast them down to ruin.(w)
19 How suddenly(x) are they destroyed,
     completely swept away(y) by terrors!
20 They are like a dream(z) when one awakes;(aa)
     when you arise, Lord,
     you will despise them as fantasies.(ab)

21 When my heart was grieved
     and my spirit embittered,
22 I was senseless(ac) and ignorant;
     I was a brute beast(ad) before you.

23 Yet I am always with you;
     you hold me by my right hand.(ae)
24 You guide(af) me with your counsel,(ag)
     and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?(ah)
     And earth has nothing I desire besides you.(ai)
26 My flesh and my heart(aj) may fail,(ak)
     but God is the strength(al) of my heart
     and my portion(am) forever.

27 Those who are far from you will perish;(an)
     you destroy all who are unfaithful(ao) to you.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.(ap)
     I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;(aq)
     I will tell of all your deeds.(ar)

Psalm 74

A maskil[a] of Asaph.

1 O God, why have you rejected(a) us forever?(b)
     Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?(c)
2 Remember the nation you purchased(d) long ago,(e)
     the people of your inheritance,(f) whom you redeemed(g)
     Mount Zion,(h) where you dwelt.(i)
3 Turn your steps toward these everlasting ruins,(j)
     all this destruction the enemy has brought on the sanctuary.

4 Your foes roared(k) in the place where you met with us;
     they set up their standards(l) as signs.
5 They behaved like men wielding axes
     to cut through a thicket of trees.(m)
6 They smashed all the carved(n) paneling
     with their axes and hatchets.
7 They burned your sanctuary to the ground;
     they defiled(o) the dwelling place(p) of your Name.(q)
8 They said in their hearts, "We will crush(r) them completely!"
     They burned(s) every place where God was worshiped in the land.

9 We are given no signs from God;(t)
     no prophets(u) are left,
     and none of us knows how long this will be.
10 How long(v) will the enemy mock(w) you, God?
     Will the foe revile(x) your name forever?
11 Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand?(y)
     Take it from the folds of your garment(z) and destroy them!

12 But God is my King(aa) from long ago;
     he brings salvation(ab) on the earth.

13 It was you who split open the sea(ac) by your power;
     you broke the heads of the monster(ad) in the waters.
14 It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan(ae)
     and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert.(af)
15 It was you who opened up springs(ag) and streams;
     you dried up(ah) the ever-flowing rivers.
16 The day is yours, and yours also the night;
     you established the sun and moon.(ai)
17 It was you who set all the boundaries(aj) of the earth;
     you made both summer and winter.(ak)

18 Remember how the enemy has mocked you, Lord ,
     how foolish people(al) have reviled your name.
19 Do not hand over the life of your dove(am) to wild beasts;
     do not forget the lives of your afflicted(an) people forever.
20 Have regard for your covenant,(ao)
     because haunts of violence fill the dark places(ap) of the land.
21 Do not let the oppressed(aq) retreat in disgrace;
     may the poor and needy(ar) praise your name.
22 Rise up,(as) O God, and defend your cause;
     remember how fools(at) mock you all day long.
23 Do not ignore the clamor(au) of your adversaries,(av)
     the uproar(aw) of your enemies,(ax) which rises continually.

Psalm 75[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of "Do Not Destroy." A psalm of Asaph. A song.

1 We praise you, God,
     we praise you, for your Name is near;(a)
     people tell of your wonderful deeds.(b)

2 You say, "I choose the appointed time;(c)
     it is I who judge with equity.(d)
3 When the earth and all its people quake,(e)
     it is I who hold its pillars(f) firm.[b]
4 To the arrogant(g) I say, ‘Boast no more,'(h)
     and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horns.[c](i)
5 Do not lift your horns against heaven;
     do not speak so defiantly.(j)'"

6 No one from the east or the west
     or from the desert can exalt themselves.
7 It is God who judges:(k)
     He brings one down, he exalts another.(l)
8 In the hand of the Lord is a cup
     full of foaming wine mixed(m) with spices;
he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth
     drink it down to its very dregs.(n)

9 As for me, I will declare(o) this forever;
     I will sing(p) praise to the God of Jacob,(q)
10 who says, "I will cut off the horns of all the wicked,
     but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up."(r)

Psalm 76[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of Asaph. A song.

1 God is renowned in Judah;
     in Israel his name is great.(a)
2 His tent is in Salem,(b)
     his dwelling place in Zion.(c)
3 There he broke the flashing arrows,(d)
     the shields and the swords, the weapons of war.[b](e)

4 You are radiant with light,(f)
     more majestic than mountains rich with game.
5 The valiant(g) lie plundered,
     they sleep their last sleep;(h)
not one of the warriors
     can lift his hands.
6 At your rebuke,(i) God of Jacob,
     both horse and chariot(j) lie still.

7 It is you alone who are to be feared.(k)
     Who can stand(l) before you when you are angry?(m)
8 From heaven you pronounced judgment,
     and the land feared(n) and was quiet—
9 when you, God, rose up to judge,(o)
     to save all the afflicted(p) of the land.
10 Surely your wrath against mankind brings you praise,(q)
     and the survivors of your wrath are restrained.[c]

11 Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them;(r)
     let all the neighboring lands
     bring gifts(s) to the One to be feared.
12 He breaks the spirit of rulers;
     he is feared by the kings of the earth.

Psalm 77[a]

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A psalm.

1 I cried out to God(a) for help;
     I cried out to God to hear me.
2 When I was in distress,(b) I sought the Lord;
     at night(c) I stretched out untiring hands,(d)
     and I would not be comforted.(e)

3 I remembered(f) you, God, and I groaned;(g)
     I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.[b](h)
4 You kept my eyes from closing;
     I was too troubled to speak.(i)
5 I thought about the former days,(j)
     the years of long ago;
6 I remembered my songs in the night.
     My heart meditated and my spirit asked:

7 "Will the Lord reject forever?(k)
     Will he never show his favor(l) again?
8 Has his unfailing love(m) vanished forever?
     Has his promise(n) failed for all time?
9 Has God forgotten to be merciful?(o)
     Has he in anger withheld his compassion?(p)"

10 Then I thought, "To this I will appeal:
     the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.(q)
11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord ;
     yes, I will remember your miracles(r) of long ago.
12 I will consider(s) all your works
     and meditate on all your mighty deeds."(t)

13 Your ways, God, are holy.
     What god is as great as our God?(u)
14 You are the God who performs miracles;(v)
     you display your power among the peoples.
15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people,(w)
     the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

16 The waters(x) saw you, God,
     the waters saw you and writhed;(y)
     the very depths were convulsed.
17 The clouds poured down water,(z)
     the heavens resounded with thunder;(aa)
     your arrows(ab) flashed back and forth.
18 Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind,(ac)
     your lightning(ad) lit up the world;
     the earth trembled and quaked.(ae)
19 Your path(af) led through the sea,(ag)
     your way through the mighty waters,
     though your footprints were not seen.

20 You led your people(ah) like a flock(ai)
     by the hand of Moses and Aaron.(aj)

Psalm 78

A maskil[a] of Asaph.

1 My people, hear my teaching;(a)
     listen to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth with a parable;(b)
     I will utter hidden things, things from of old—
3 things we have heard and known,
     things our ancestors have told us.(c)
4 We will not hide them from their descendants;(d)
     we will tell the next generation(e)
the praiseworthy deeds(f) of the Lord ,
     his power, and the wonders(g) he has done.
5 He decreed statutes(h) for Jacob(i)
     and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
     to teach their children,
6 so the next generation would know them,
     even the children yet to be born,(j)
     and they in turn would tell their children.
7 Then they would put their trust in God
     and would not forget(k) his deeds
     but would keep his commands.(l)
8 They would not be like their ancestors(m)
     a stubborn(n) and rebellious(o) generation,
whose hearts were not loyal to God,
     whose spirits were not faithful to him.

9 The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows,(p)
     turned back on the day of battle;(q)
10 they did not keep God's covenant(r)
     and refused to live by his law.(s)
11 They forgot what he had done,(t)
     the wonders he had shown them.
12 He did miracles(u) in the sight of their ancestors
     in the land of Egypt,(v) in the region of Zoan.(w)
13 He divided the sea(x) and led them through;
     he made the water stand up like a wall.(y)
14 He guided them with the cloud by day
     and with light from the fire all night.(z)
15 He split the rocks(aa) in the wilderness
     and gave them water as abundant as the seas;
16 he brought streams out of a rocky crag
     and made water flow down like rivers.

17 But they continued to sin(ab) against him,
     rebelling in the wilderness against the Most High.
18 They willfully put God to the test(ac)
     by demanding the food they craved.(ad)
19 They spoke against God;(ae)
     they said, "Can God really
     spread a table in the wilderness?
20 True, he struck the rock,
     and water gushed out,(af)
     streams flowed abundantly,
but can he also give us bread?
     Can he supply meat(ag) for his people?"
21 When the Lord heard them, he was furious;
     his fire broke out(ah) against Jacob,
     and his wrath rose against Israel,
22 for they did not believe in God
     or trust(ai) in his deliverance.
23 Yet he gave a command to the skies above
     and opened the doors of the heavens;(aj)
24 he rained down manna(ak) for the people to eat,
     he gave them the grain of heaven.
25 Human beings ate the bread of angels;
     he sent them all the food they could eat.
26 He let loose the east wind(al) from the heavens
     and by his power made the south wind blow.
27 He rained meat down on them like dust,
     birds(am) like sand on the seashore.
28 He made them come down inside their camp,
     all around their tents.
29 They ate till they were gorged—(an)
     he had given them what they craved.
30 But before they turned from what they craved,
     even while the food was still in their mouths,(ao)
31 God's anger rose against them;
     he put to death the sturdiest(ap) among them,
     cutting down the young men of Israel.

32 In spite of all this, they kept on sinning;(aq)
     in spite of his wonders,(ar) they did not believe.(as)
33 So he ended their days in futility(at)
     and their years in terror.
34 Whenever God slew them, they would seek(au) him;
     they eagerly turned to him again.
35 They remembered that God was their Rock,(av)
     that God Most High was their Redeemer.(aw)
36 But then they would flatter him with their mouths,(ax)
     lying to him with their tongues;
37 their hearts were not loyal(ay) to him,
     they were not faithful to his covenant.
38 Yet he was merciful;(az)
     he forgave(ba) their iniquities(bb)
     and did not destroy them.
Time after time he restrained his anger(bc)
     and did not stir up his full wrath.
39 He remembered that they were but flesh,(bd)
     a passing breeze(be) that does not return.

40 How often they rebelled(bf) against him in the wilderness(bg)
     and grieved him(bh) in the wasteland!
41 Again and again they put God to the test;(bi)
     they vexed the Holy One of Israel.(bj)
42 They did not remember(bk) his power—
     the day he redeemed them from the oppressor,(bl)
43 the day he displayed his signs(bm) in Egypt,
     his wonders(bn) in the region of Zoan.
44 He turned their river into blood;(bo)
     they could not drink from their streams.
45 He sent swarms of flies(bp) that devoured them,
     and frogs(bq) that devastated them.
46 He gave their crops to the grasshopper,(br)
     their produce to the locust.(bs)
47 He destroyed their vines with hail(bt)
     and their sycamore-figs with sleet.
48 He gave over their cattle to the hail,
     their livestock(bu) to bolts of lightning.
49 He unleashed against them his hot anger,(bv)
     his wrath, indignation and hostility—
     a band of destroying angels.(bw)
50 He prepared a path for his anger;
     he did not spare them from death
     but gave them over to the plague.
51 He struck down all the firstborn of Egypt,(bx)
     the firstfruits of manhood in the tents of Ham.(by)
52 But he brought his people out like a flock;(bz)
     he led them like sheep through the wilderness.
53 He guided them safely, so they were unafraid;
     but the sea engulfed(ca) their enemies.(cb)
54 And so he brought them to the border of his holy land,
     to the hill country his right hand(cc) had taken.
55 He drove out nations(cd) before them
     and allotted their lands to them as an inheritance;(ce)
     he settled the tribes of Israel in their homes.

56 But they put God to the test
     and rebelled against the Most High;
     they did not keep his statutes.
57 Like their ancestors(cf) they were disloyal and faithless,
     as unreliable as a faulty bow.(cg)
58 They angered him(ch) with their high places;(ci)
     they aroused his jealousy with their idols.(cj)
59 When God heard(ck) them, he was furious;(cl)
     he rejected Israel(cm) completely.
60 He abandoned the tabernacle of Shiloh,(cn)
     the tent he had set up among humans.(co)
61 He sent the ark of his might(cp) into captivity,(cq)
     his splendor into the hands of the enemy.
62 He gave his people over to the sword;(cr)
     he was furious with his inheritance.(cs)
63 Fire consumed(ct) their young men,
     and their young women had no wedding songs;(cu)
64 their priests were put to the sword,(cv)
     and their widows could not weep.

65 Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,(cw)
     as a warrior wakes from the stupor of wine.
66 He beat back his enemies;
     he put them to everlasting shame.(cx)
67 Then he rejected the tents of Joseph,
     he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;(cy)
68 but he chose the tribe of Judah,(cz)
     Mount Zion,(da) which he loved.
69 He built his sanctuary(db) like the heights,
     like the earth that he established forever.
70 He chose David(dc) his servant
     and took him from the sheep pens;
71 from tending the sheep(dd) he brought him
     to be the shepherd(de) of his people Jacob,
     of Israel his inheritance.
72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;(df)
     with skillful hands he led them.

Psalm 79

A psalm of Asaph.

1 O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance;(a)
     they have defiled(b) your holy temple,
     they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble.(c)
2 They have left the dead bodies of your servants
     as food for the birds of the sky,(d)
     the flesh of your own people for the animals of the wild.(e)
3 They have poured out blood like water
     all around Jerusalem,
     and there is no one to bury(f) the dead.(g)
4 We are objects of contempt to our neighbors,
     of scorn(h) and derision to those around us.(i)

5 How long,(j) Lord ? Will you be angry(k) forever?
     How long will your jealousy burn like fire?(l)
6 Pour out your wrath(m) on the nations
     that do not acknowledge(n) you,
on the kingdoms
     that do not call on your name;(o)
7 for they have devoured(p) Jacob
     and devastated his homeland.

8 Do not hold against us the sins of past generations;(q)
     may your mercy come quickly to meet us,
     for we are in desperate need.(r)
9 Help us,(s) God our Savior,
     for the glory of your name;
deliver us and forgive our sins
     for your name's sake.(t)
10 Why should the nations say,
     "Where is their God?"(u)

Before our eyes, make known among the nations
     that you avenge(v) the outpoured blood(w) of your servants.
11 May the groans of the prisoners come before you;
     with your strong arm preserve those condemned to die.
12 Pay back into the laps(x) of our neighbors seven times(y)
     the contempt they have hurled at you, Lord.
13 Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture,(z)
     will praise you forever;(aa)
from generation to generation
     we will proclaim your praise.

Psalm 80[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of "The Lilies of the Covenant." Of Asaph. A psalm.

1 Hear us, Shepherd of Israel,
     you who lead Joseph like a flock.(a)
You who sit enthroned between the cherubim,(b)
     shine forth before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.(c)
Awaken(d) your might;
     come and save us.(e)

3 Restore(f) us,(g) O God;
     make your face shine on us,
     that we may be saved.(h)

4 How long,(i) Lord God Almighty,
     will your anger smolder(j)
     against the prayers of your people?
5 You have fed them with the bread of tears;(k)
     you have made them drink tears by the bowlful.(l)
6 You have made us an object of derision[b] to our neighbors,
     and our enemies mock us.(m)

7 Restore us, God Almighty;
     make your face shine on us,
     that we may be saved.(n)

8 You transplanted a vine(o) from Egypt;
     you drove out(p) the nations and planted(q) it.
9 You cleared the ground for it,
     and it took root and filled the land.
10 The mountains were covered with its shade,
     the mighty cedars with its branches.
11 Its branches reached as far as the Sea,[c]
     its shoots as far as the River.[d](r)

12 Why have you broken down its walls(s)
     so that all who pass by pick its grapes?
13 Boars from the forest ravage(t) it,
     and insects from the fields feed on it.
14 Return to us, God Almighty!
     Look down from heaven and see!(u)
Watch over this vine,
15       the root your right hand has planted,
     the son[e] you have raised up for yourself.

16 Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire;(v)
     at your rebuke(w) your people perish.
17 Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand,
     the son of man(x) you have raised up for yourself.
18 Then we will not turn away from you;
     revive(y) us, and we will call on your name.

19 Restore us, Lord God Almighty;
     make your face shine on us,
     that we may be saved.

Psalm 81[a]

For the director of music. According to gittith.[b] Of Asaph.

1 Sing for joy to God our strength;
     shout aloud to the God of Jacob!(a)
2 Begin the music, strike the timbrel,(b)
     play the melodious harp(c) and lyre.(d)

3 Sound the ram's horn(e) at the New Moon,(f)
     and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival;
4 this is a decree for Israel,
     an ordinance of the God of Jacob.(g)
5 When God went out against Egypt,(h)
     he established it as a statute for Joseph.

I heard an unknown voice say:(i)

6 "I removed the burden(j) from their shoulders;(k)
     their hands were set free from the basket.
7 In your distress you called(l) and I rescued you,
     I answered(m) you out of a thundercloud;
     I tested you at the waters of Meribah.[c](n)
8 Hear me, my people,(o) and I will warn you—
     if you would only listen to me, Israel!
9 You shall have no foreign god(p) among you;
     you shall not worship any god other than me.
10 I am the Lord your God,
     who brought you up out of Egypt.(q)
Open(r) wide your mouth and I will fill(s) it.

11 "But my people would not listen to me;
     Israel would not submit to me.(t)
12 So I gave them over(u) to their stubborn hearts
     to follow their own devices.

13 "If my people would only listen to me,(v)
     if Israel would only follow my ways,
14 how quickly I would subdue(w) their enemies
     and turn my hand against(x) their foes!
15 Those who hate the Lord would cringe(y) before him,
     and their punishment would last forever.
16 But you would be fed with the finest of wheat;(z)
     with honey from the rock I would satisfy you."

Psalm 82

A psalm of Asaph.

1 God presides in the great assembly;
     he renders judgment(a) among the "gods":(b)

2 "How long will you[a] defend the unjust
     and show partiality(c) to the wicked?[b](d)
3 Defend the weak and the fatherless;(e)
     uphold the cause of the poor(f) and the oppressed.
4 Rescue the weak and the needy;
     deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

5 "The ‘gods' know nothing, they understand nothing.(g)
     They walk about in darkness;(h)
     all the foundations(i) of the earth are shaken.

6 "I said, ‘You are "gods";(j)
     you are all sons of the Most High.'
7 But you will die(k) like mere mortals;
     you will fall like every other ruler."

8 Rise up,(l) O God, judge(m) the earth,
     for all the nations are your inheritance.(n)

Psalm 83[a]

A song. A psalm of Asaph.

1 O God, do not remain silent;(a)
     do not turn a deaf ear,
     do not stand aloof, O God.
2 See how your enemies growl,(b)
     how your foes rear their heads.(c)
3 With cunning they conspire(d) against your people;
     they plot against those you cherish.(e)
4 "Come," they say, "let us destroy(f) them as a nation,(g)
     so that Israel's name is remembered(h) no more."

5 With one mind they plot together;(i)
     they form an alliance against you—
6 the tents of Edom(j) and the Ishmaelites,
     of Moab(k) and the Hagrites,(l)
7 Byblos,(m) Ammon(n) and Amalek,(o)
     Philistia,(p) with the people of Tyre.(q)
8 Even Assyria(r) has joined them
     to reinforce Lot's descendants.[b](s)

9 Do to them as you did to Midian,(t)
     as you did to Sisera(u) and Jabin(v) at the river Kishon,(w)
10 who perished at Endor(x)
     and became like dung(y) on the ground.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,(z)
     all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,(aa)
12 who said, "Let us take possession(ab)
     of the pasturelands of God."

13 Make them like tumbleweed, my God,
     like chaff(ac) before the wind.
14 As fire consumes the forest
     or a flame sets the mountains ablaze,(ad)
15 so pursue them with your tempest(ae)
     and terrify them with your storm.(af)
16 Cover their faces with shame,(ag) Lord ,
     so that they will seek your name.

17 May they ever be ashamed and dismayed;(ah)
     may they perish in disgrace.(ai)
18 Let them know that you, whose name is the Lord (aj)
     that you alone are the Most High(ak) over all the earth.(al)

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.

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.

Psalm 86

A prayer of David.

1 Hear me, Lord , and answer(a) me,
     for I am poor and needy.
2 Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
     save your servant who trusts in you.(b)
You are my God; have mercy(c) on me, Lord,
     for I call(d) to you all day long.
4 Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
     for I put my trust(e) in you.

5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
     abounding in love(f) to all who call to you.
6 Hear my prayer, Lord ;
     listen to my cry(g) for mercy.
7 When I am in distress,(h) I call(i) to you,
     because you answer(j) me.

8 Among the gods(k) there is none like you,(l) Lord;
     no deeds can compare with yours.
9 All the nations you have made
     will come(m) and worship(n) before you, Lord;
     they will bring glory(o) to your name.
10 For you are great(p) and do marvelous deeds;(q)
     you alone(r) are God.

11 Teach me your way,(s) Lord ,
     that I may rely on your faithfulness;(t)
give me an undivided(u) heart,
     that I may fear(v) your name.
12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;(w)
     I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your love toward me;
     you have delivered me(x) from the depths,
     from the realm of the dead.(y)

14 Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God;
     ruthless people are trying to kill me—
     they have no regard for you.(z)
15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious(aa) God,
     slow to anger,(ab) abounding(ac) in love and faithfulness.(ad)
16 Turn to me(ae) and have mercy(af) on me;
     show your strength(ag) in behalf of your servant;
save me, because I serve you
     just as my mother did.(ah)
17 Give me a sign(ai) of your goodness,
     that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,
     for you, Lord , have helped me and comforted me.

John 14

Chapter 14

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

1  "Do not let your hearts be troubled.(a) You believe(b) in God[a];(c) believe also in me. 2 My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there(d) to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back(e) and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.(f) 4 You know the way to the place where I am going."

Jesus the Way to the Father

5 Thomas(g) said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?"

6 Jesus answered, "I am(h) the way(i) and the truth(j) and the life.(k) No one comes to the Father except through me.(l) 7 If you really know me, you will know[b] my Father as well.(m) From now on, you do know him and have seen him."

8 Philip(n) said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us."

9 Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.(o) How can you say, ‘Show us the Father'? 10 Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?(p) The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority.(q) Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.(r) 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes(s) in me will do the works I have been doing,(t) and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask(u) in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

15 "If you love me, keep my commands.(v) 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate(w) to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth.(x) The world cannot accept him,(y) because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans;(z) I will come to you.(aa) 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me.(ab) Because I live, you also will live.(ac) 20 On that day(ad) you will realize that I am in my Father,(ae) and you are in me, and I am in you.(af) 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me.(ag) The one who loves me will be loved by my Father,(ah) and I too will love them and show myself to them."

22 Then Judas(ai) (not Judas Iscariot) said, "But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?"(aj)

23 Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.(ak) My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.(al) 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.(am)

25 "All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate,(an) the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name,(ao) will teach you all things(ap) and will remind you of everything I have said to you.(aq) 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.(ar) I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled(as) and do not be afraid.

28 "You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.'(at) If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father,(au) for the Father is greater than I.(av) 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.(aw) 30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world(ax) is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.(ay)

"Come now; let us leave.

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