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June 8 - Old & New Testament


Psalms 143,144,145

Psalm 143

A psalm of David.

1  Lord , hear my prayer,(a)
     listen to my cry for mercy;(b)
in your faithfulness(c) and righteousness(d)
     come to my relief.
2 Do not bring your servant into judgment,
     for no one living is righteous(e) before you.
3 The enemy pursues me,
     he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in the darkness(f)
     like those long dead.(g)
4 So my spirit grows faint within me;
     my heart within me is dismayed.(h)
5 I remember(i) the days of long ago;
     I meditate(j) on all your works
     and consider what your hands have done.
6 I spread out my hands(k) to you;
     I thirst for you like a parched land.[a]

7 Answer me quickly,(l) Lord ;
     my spirit fails.(m)
Do not hide your face(n) from me
     or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,(o)
     for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way(p) I should go,
     for to you I entrust my life.(q)
9 Rescue me(r) from my enemies,(s) Lord ,
     for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me(t) to do your will,
     for you are my God;(u)
may your good Spirit
     lead(v) me on level ground.(w)

11 For your name's sake,(x) Lord , preserve my life;(y)
     in your righteousness,(z) bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;(aa)
     destroy all my foes,(ab)
     for I am your servant.(ac)

Psalm 144

Of David.

1 Praise be to the Lord my Rock,(a)
     who trains my hands for war,
     my fingers for battle.
2 He is my loving God and my fortress,(b)
     my stronghold(c) and my deliverer,
my shield,(d) in whom I take refuge,
     who subdues peoples[a](e) under me.

3  Lord , what are human beings(f) that you care for them,
     mere mortals that you think of them?
4 They are like a breath;(g)
     their days are like a fleeting shadow.(h)

5 Part your heavens,(i) Lord , and come down;(j)
     touch the mountains, so that they smoke.(k)
6 Send forth lightning(l) and scatter(m) the enemy;
     shoot your arrows(n) and rout them.
7 Reach down your hand from on high;(o)
     deliver me and rescue me(p)
from the mighty waters,(q)
     from the hands of foreigners(r)
8 whose mouths are full of lies,(s)
     whose right hands(t) are deceitful.(u)

9 I will sing a new song(v) to you, my God;
     on the ten-stringed lyre(w) I will make music to you,
10 to the One who gives victory to kings,(x)
     who delivers his servant David.(y)

From the deadly sword(z) 11 deliver me;
     rescue me(aa) from the hands of foreigners(ab)
whose mouths are full of lies,(ac)
     whose right hands are deceitful.(ad)

12 Then our sons in their youth
     will be like well-nurtured plants,(ae)
and our daughters will be like pillars(af)
     carved to adorn a palace.
13 Our barns will be filled(ag)
     with every kind of provision.
Our sheep will increase by thousands,
     by tens of thousands in our fields;
14       our oxen(ah) will draw heavy loads.[b]
There will be no breaching of walls,(ai)
     no going into captivity,
     no cry of distress in our streets.(aj)
15 Blessed is the people(ak) of whom this is true;
     blessed is the people whose God is the Lord .

Psalm 145[a]

A psalm of praise. Of David.

1 I will exalt you,(a) my God the King;(b)
     I will praise your name(c) for ever and ever.
2 Every day I will praise(d) you
     and extol your name(e) for ever and ever.

3 Great(f) is the Lord and most worthy of praise;(g)
     his greatness no one can fathom.(h)
4 One generation(i) commends your works to another;
     they tell(j) of your mighty acts.(k)
5 They speak of the glorious splendor(l) of your majesty—
     and I will meditate on your wonderful works.[b](m)
6 They tell(n) of the power of your awesome works—(o)
     and I will proclaim(p) your great deeds.(q)
7 They celebrate your abundant goodness(r)
     and joyfully sing(s) of your righteousness.(t)

8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate,(u)
     slow to anger and rich in love.(v)

9 The Lord is good(w) to all;
     he has compassion(x) on all he has made.
10 All your works praise you,(y) Lord ;
     your faithful people extol(z) you.(aa)
11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom(ab)
     and speak of your might,(ac)
12 so that all people may know of your mighty acts(ad)
     and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.(ae)
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,(af)
     and your dominion endures through all generations.

The Lord is trustworthy(ag) in all he promises(ah)
     and faithful in all he does.[c]
14 The Lord upholds(ai) all who fall
     and lifts up all(aj) who are bowed down.(ak)
15 The eyes of all look to you,
     and you give them their food(al) at the proper time.
16 You open your hand
     and satisfy the desires(am) of every living thing.

17 The Lord is righteous(an) in all his ways
     and faithful in all he does.(ao)
18 The Lord is near(ap) to all who call on him,(aq)
     to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desires(ar) of those who fear him;(as)
     he hears their cry(at) and saves them.(au)
20 The Lord watches over(av) all who love him,(aw)
     but all the wicked he will destroy.(ax)

21 My mouth will speak(ay) in praise of the Lord .
     Let every creature(az) praise his holy name(ba)
     for ever and ever.

John 18:1-18

Chapter 18

Jesus Arrested(a)

1 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley.(b) On the other side there was a garden,(c) and he and his disciples went into it.(d)

2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples.(e) 3 So Judas came to the garden, guiding(f) a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees.(g) They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.

4 Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him,(h) went out and asked them, "Who is it you want?"(i)

5 "Jesus of Nazareth,"(j) they replied.

"I am he," Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) 6 When Jesus said, "I am he," they drew back and fell to the ground.

7 Again he asked them, "Who is it you want?"(k)

"Jesus of Nazareth," they said.

8 Jesus answered, "I told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, then let these men go." 9 This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: "I have not lost one of those you gave me."[a](l)

10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant's name was Malchus.)

11 Jesus commanded Peter, "Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup(m) the Father has given me?"

12 Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials(n) arrested Jesus. They bound him 13 and brought him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas,(o) the high priest that year. 14 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jewish leaders that it would be good if one man died for the people.(p)

Peter's First Denial(q)

15 Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest,(r) he went with Jesus into the high priest's courtyard,(s) 16 but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the servant girl on duty there and brought Peter in.

17 "You aren't one of this man's disciples too, are you?" she asked Peter.

He replied, "I am not."(t)

18 It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around a fire(u) they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.(v)

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