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Psalm 33

The Greatness and Goodness of God


1 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous.
   Praise befits the upright.
2 Praise the Lord with the lyre;
   make melody to him with the harp of ten strings.
3 Sing to him a new song;
   play skilfully on the strings, with loud shouts.


4 For the word of the Lord is upright,
   and all his work is done in faithfulness.
5 He loves righteousness and justice;
   the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.


6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
   and all their host by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle;
   he put the deeps in storehouses.


8 Let all the earth fear the Lord;
   let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
9 For he spoke, and it came to be;
   he commanded, and it stood firm.


10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
   he frustrates the plans of the peoples.
11 The counsel of the Lord stands for ever,
   the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
12 Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord,
   the people whom he has chosen as his heritage.


13 The Lord looks down from heaven;
   he sees all humankind.
14 From where he sits enthroned he watches
   all the inhabitants of the earth—
15 he who fashions the hearts of them all,
   and observes all their deeds.
16 A king is not saved by his great army;
   a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
17 The war horse is a vain hope for victory,
   and by its great might it cannot save.


18 Truly the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
   on those who hope in his steadfast love,
19 to deliver their soul from death,
   and to keep them alive in famine.


20 Our soul waits for the Lord;
   he is our help and shield.
21 Our heart is glad in him,
   because we trust in his holy name.
22 Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
   even as we hope in you.

Psalm 85

Prayer for the Restoration of God’s Favour

To the leader. Of the Korahites. A Psalm.
1 Lord, you were favourable to your land;
   you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
2 You forgave the iniquity of your people;
   you pardoned all their sin.
          Selah
3 You withdrew all your wrath;
   you turned from your hot anger.


4 Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
   and put away your indignation towards us.
5 Will you be angry with us for ever?
   Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
6 Will you not revive us again,
   so that your people may rejoice in you?
7 Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
   and grant us your salvation.


8 Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
   for he will speak peace to his people,
   to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.*
9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
   that his glory may dwell in our land.


10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
   righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
   and righteousness will look down from the sky.
12 The Lord will give what is good,
   and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before him,
   and will make a path for his steps.

Psalm 94

God the Avenger of the Righteous


1Lord, you God of vengeance,
   you God of vengeance, shine forth!
2 Rise up, O judge of the earth;
   give to the proud what they deserve!
3Lord, how long shall the wicked,
   how long shall the wicked exult?


4 They pour out their arrogant words;
   all the evildoers boast.
5 They crush your people, O Lord,
   and afflict your heritage.
6 They kill the widow and the stranger,
   they murder the orphan,
7 and they say, ‘The Lord does not see;
   the God of Jacob does not perceive.’


8 Understand, O dullest of the people;
   fools, when will you be wise?
9 He who planted the ear, does he not hear?
He who formed the eye, does he not see?
10 He who disciplines the nations,
he who teaches knowledge to humankind,
   does he not chastise?
11 The Lord knows our thoughts,*
   that they are but an empty breath.


12 Happy are those whom you discipline, O Lord,
   and whom you teach out of your law,
13 giving them respite from days of trouble,
   until a pit is dug for the wicked.
14 For the Lord will not forsake his people;
   he will not abandon his heritage;
15 for justice will return to the righteous,
   and all the upright in heart will follow it.


16 Who rises up for me against the wicked?
   Who stands up for me against evildoers?
17 If the Lord had not been my help,
   my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.
18 When I thought, ‘My foot is slipping’,
   your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.
19 When the cares of my heart are many,
   your consolations cheer my soul.
20 Can wicked rulers be allied with you,
   those who contrive mischief by statute?
21 They band together against the life of the righteous,
   and condemn the innocent to death.
22 But the Lord has become my stronghold,
   and my God the rock of my refuge.
23 He will repay them for their iniquity
   and wipe them out for their wickedness;
   the Lord our God will wipe them out.

Psalm 146

Praise for God’s Help


1 Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
2 I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
   I will sing praises to my God all my life long.


3 Do not put your trust in princes,
   in mortals, in whom there is no help.
4 When their breath departs, they return to the earth;
   on that very day their plans perish.


5 Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
   whose hope is in the Lord their God,
6 who made heaven and earth,
   the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps faith for ever;
7   who executes justice for the oppressed;
   who gives food to the hungry.


The Lord sets the prisoners free;
8   the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
   the Lord loves the righteous.
9 The Lord watches over the strangers;
   he upholds the orphan and the widow,
   but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.


10 The Lord will reign for ever,
   your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord!

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