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Psalm 5

Trust in God for Deliverance from Enemies

To the leader: for the flutes. A Psalm of David.
1 Give ear to my words, O Lord;
   give heed to my sighing.
2 Listen to the sound of my cry,
   my King and my God,
   for to you I pray.
3Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
   in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.


4 For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
   evil will not sojourn with you.
5 The boastful will not stand before your eyes;
   you hate all evildoers.
6 You destroy those who speak lies;
   the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful.


7 But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
   will enter your house,
I will bow down towards your holy temple
   in awe of you.
8 Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
   because of my enemies;
   make your way straight before me.


9 For there is no truth in their mouths;
   their hearts are destruction;
their throats are open graves;
   they flatter with their tongues.
10 Make them bear their guilt, O God;
   let them fall by their own counsels;
because of their many transgressions cast them out,
   for they have rebelled against you.


11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
   let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
   so that those who love your name may exult in you.
12 For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
   you cover them with favour as with a shield.

Psalm 6

Prayer for Recovery from Grave Illness

To the leader: with stringed instruments; according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David.
1Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger,
   or discipline me in your wrath.
2 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
   O Lord, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror.
3 My soul also is struck with terror,
   while you, O Lord—how long?


4 Turn, O Lord, save my life;
   deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love.
5 For in death there is no remembrance of you;
   in Sheol who can give you praise?


6 I am weary with my moaning;
   every night I flood my bed with tears;
   I drench my couch with my weeping.
7 My eyes waste away because of grief;
   they grow weak because of all my foes.


8 Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
   for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
9 The Lord has heard my supplication;
   the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies shall be ashamed and struck with terror;
   they shall turn back, and in a moment be put to shame.

Psalm 10

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies


1 Why, O Lord, do you stand far off?
   Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
2 In arrogance the wicked persecute the poor—
   let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.


3 For the wicked boast of the desires of their heart,
   those greedy for gain curse and renounce the Lord.
4 In the pride of their countenance the wicked say, ‘God will not seek it out’;
   all their thoughts are, ‘There is no God.’


5 Their ways prosper at all times;
   your judgements are on high, out of their sight;
   as for their foes, they scoff at them.
6 They think in their heart, ‘We shall not be moved;
   throughout all generations we shall not meet adversity.’


7 Their mouths are filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
   under their tongues are mischief and iniquity.
8 They sit in ambush in the villages;
   in hiding-places they murder the innocent.


Their eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;
9   they lurk in secret like a lion in its covert;
they lurk that they may seize the poor;
   they seize the poor and drag them off in their net.


10 They stoop, they crouch,
   and the helpless fall by their might.
11 They think in their heart, ‘God has forgotten,
   he has hidden his face, he will never see it.’


12 Rise up, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;
   do not forget the oppressed.
13 Why do the wicked renounce God,
   and say in their hearts, ‘You will not call us to account’?


14 But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief,
   that you may take it into your hands;
the helpless commit themselves to you;
   you have been the helper of the orphan.


15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoers;
   seek out their wickedness until you find none.
16 The Lord is king for ever and ever;
   the nations shall perish from his land.


17Lord, you will hear the desire of the meek;
   you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear
18 to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed,
   so that those from earth may strike terror no more.*

Psalm 11

Song of Trust in God

To the leader. Of David.
1 In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to me,
   ‘Flee like a bird to the mountains;*
2 for look, the wicked bend the bow,
   they have fitted their arrow to the string,
   to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart.
3 If the foundations are destroyed,
   what can the righteous do?’


4 The Lord is in his holy temple;
   the Lord’s throne is in heaven.
   His eyes behold, his gaze examines humankind.
5 The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked,
   and his soul hates the lover of violence.
6 On the wicked he will rain coals of fire and sulphur;
   a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
7 For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
   the upright shall behold his face.

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Isa. 1:21-31

The Degenerate City


21 How the faithful city
   has become a whore!
   She that was full of justice,
righteousness lodged in her—
   but now murderers!
22 Your silver has become dross,
   your wine is mixed with water.
23 Your princes are rebels
   and companions of thieves.
Everyone loves a bribe
   and runs after gifts.
They do not defend the orphan,
   and the widow’s cause does not come before them.


24 Therefore says the Sovereign, the Lord of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel:
Ah, I will pour out my wrath on my enemies,
   and avenge myself on my foes!
25 I will turn my hand against you;
   I will smelt away your dross as with lye
   and remove all your alloy.
26 And I will restore your judges as at the first,
   and your counsellors as at the beginning.
Afterwards you shall be called the city of righteousness,
   the faithful city.


27 Zion shall be redeemed by justice,
   and those in her who repent, by righteousness.
28 But rebels and sinners shall be destroyed together,
   and those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed.
29 For you shall be ashamed of the oaks
   in which you delighted;
and you shall blush for the gardens
   that you have chosen.
30 For you shall be like an oak
   whose leaf withers,
   and like a garden without water.
31 The strong shall become like tinder,
   and their work* like a spark;
they and their work shall burn together,
   with no one to quench them.

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1 Thess. 2:1-12

Paul’s Ministry in Thessalonica

2You yourselves know, brothers and sisters,* that our coming to you was not in vain, 2but though we had already suffered and been shamefully maltreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. 3For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, 4but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. 5As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; 6nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, 7though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle* among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. 8So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.

9 You remember our labour and toil, brothers and sisters;* we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 10You are witnesses, and God also, how pure, upright, and blameless our conduct was towards you believers. 11As you know, we dealt with each one of you like a father with his children, 12urging and encouraging you and pleading that you should lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.

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Luke 20:9-18

The Parable of the Wicked Tenants

9 He began to tell the people this parable: ‘A man planted a vineyard, and leased it to tenants, and went to another country for a long time. 10When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants in order that they might give him his share of the produce of the vineyard; but the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11Next he sent another slave; that one also they beat and insulted and sent away empty-handed. 12And he sent yet a third; this one also they wounded and threw out. 13Then the owner of the vineyard said, “What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.” 14But when the tenants saw him, they discussed it among themselves and said, “This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance may be ours.” 15So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.’ When they heard this, they said, ‘Heaven forbid!’ 17But he looked at them and said, ‘What then does this text mean:
“The stone that the builders rejected
   has become the cornerstone”?*
18Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.’

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