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Psalm 72

1Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son.

2May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.

3May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness.

4May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor.

5May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.

6May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.

7In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more.

8May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.

9May his foes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust.

10May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles render him tribute, may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts.

11May all kings fall down before him, all nations give him service.

12For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper.

13He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.

14From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight.

15Long may he live! May gold of Sheba be given to him. May prayer be made for him continually, and blessings invoked for him all day long.

16May there be abundance of grain in the land; may it wave on the tops of the mountains; may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field.

17May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun. May all nations be blessed in him; may they pronounce him happy.

18Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.

19Blessed be his glorious name forever; may his glory fill the whole earth. Amen and Amen.

20The prayers of David son of Jesse are ended.

73Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.

74Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice, because I have hoped in your word.

75I know, O Lord, that your judgments are right, and that in faithfulness you have humbled me.

76Let your steadfast love become my comfort according to your promise to your servant.

77Let your mercy come to me, that I may live; for your law is my delight.

78Let the arrogant be put to shame, because they have subverted me with guile; as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.

79Let those who fear you turn to me, so that they may know your decrees.

80May my heart be blameless in your statutes, so that I may not be put to shame.

81My soul languishes for your salvation; I hope in your word.

82My eyes fail with watching for your promise; I ask, “When will you comfort me?”

83For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, yet I have not forgotten your statutes.

84How long must your servant endure? When will you judge those who persecute me?

85The arrogant have dug pitfalls for me; they flout your law.

86All your commandments are enduring; I am persecuted without cause; help me!

87They have almost made an end of me on earth; but I have not forsaken your precepts.

88In your steadfast love spare my life, so that I may keep the decrees of your mouth.

89The Lord exists forever; your word is firmly fixed in heaven.

90Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.

91By your appointment they stand today, for all things are your servants.

92If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my misery.

93I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life.

94I am yours; save me, for I have sought your precepts.

95The wicked lie in wait to destroy me, but I consider your decrees.

96I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commandment is exceedingly broad.

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Deut. 31:30-32:14

30Then Moses recited the words of this song, to the very end, in the hearing of the whole assembly of Israel:

32Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; let the earth hear the words of my mouth. 2May my teaching drop like the rain, my speech condense like the dew; like gentle rain on grass, like showers on new growth. 3For I will proclaim the name of the Lord; ascribe greatness to our God! 4The Rock, his work is perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God, without deceit, just and upright is he; 5yet his degenerate children have dealt falsely with him, a perverse and crooked generation. 6Do you thus repay the Lord, O foolish and senseless people? Is not he your father, who created you, who made you and established you?

7Remember the days of old, consider the years long past; ask your father, and he will inform you; your elders, and they will tell you. 8When the Most High apportioned the nations, when he divided humankind, he fixed the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the gods; 9the Lord’s own portion was his people, Jacob his allotted share. 10He sustained him in a desert land, in a howling wilderness waste; he shielded him, cared for him, guarded him as the apple of his eye. 11As an eagle stirs up its nest, and hovers over its young; as it spreads its wings, takes them up, and bears them aloft on its pinions, 12the Lord alone guided him; no foreign god was with him. 13He set him atop the heights of the land, and fed him with produce of the field; he nursed him with honey from the crags, with oil from flinty rock; 14curds from the herd, and milk from the flock, with fat of lambs and rams; Bashan bulls and goats, together with the choicest wheat— you drank fine wine from the blood of grapes.

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2 Cor. 11:21b-33

21To my shame, I must say, we were too weak for that! But whatever anyone dares to boast of—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast of that.

22Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. 23Are they ministers of Christ? I am talking like a madman—I am a better one: with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless floggings, and often near death. 24Five times I have received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I received a stoning. Three times I was shipwrecked; for a night and a day I was adrift at sea; 26on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from bandits, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers and sisters; 27in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, hungry and thirsty, often without food, cold and naked. 28And, besides other things, I am under daily pressure because of my anxiety for all the churches. 29Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I am not indignant? 30If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. 31The God and Father of the Lord Jesus (blessed be he forever!) knows that I do not lie. 32In Damascus, the governor under King Aretas guarded the city of Damascus in order to seize me, 33but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped from his hands.

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Luke 19:11-27

11As they were listening to this, he went on to tell a parable, because he was near Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. 12So he said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to get royal power for himself and then return. 13He summoned ten of his slaves, and gave them ten pounds, and said to them, ‘Do business with these until I come back.’ 14But the citizens of his country hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to rule over us.’ 15When he returned, having received royal power, he ordered these slaves, to whom he had given the money, to be summoned so that he might find out what they had gained by trading. 16The first came forward and said, ‘Lord, your pound has made ten more pounds.’ 17He said to him, ‘Well done, good slave! Because you have been trustworthy in a very small thing, take charge of ten cities.’ 18Then the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your pound has made five pounds.’ 19He said to him, ‘And you, rule over five cities.’ 20Then the other came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your pound. I wrapped it up in a piece of cloth, 21for I was afraid of you, because you are a harsh man; you take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ 22He said to him, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked slave! You knew, did you, that I was a harsh man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? 23Why then did you not put my money into the bank? Then when I returned, I could have collected it with interest.’ 24He said to the bystanders, ‘Take the pound from him and give it to the one who has ten pounds.’ 25(And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten pounds!’) 26‘I tell you, to all those who have, more will be given; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 27But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and slaughter them in my presence.’”

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