5 Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the friends,* even though they are strangers to you; 6they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on in a manner worthy of God; 7for they began their journey for the sake of Christ,* accepting no support from non-believers.* 8Therefore we ought to support such people, so that we may become co-workers with the truth.
18Then Jesus* told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. 2He said, In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. 3In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, Grant me justice against my opponent. 4For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, 5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming. * 6And the Lord said, Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? 8I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?
Blessed are those who fear the Lord
and have great delight in his commandments.
2 Their descendants will be mighty in the land,
a generation of the faithful that will be blest.
3 Wealth and riches will be in their house,
and their righteousness endures for ever.
4 Light shines in the darkness for the upright;
gracious and full of compassion are the righteous.
5 It goes well with those who are generous in lending
and order their affairs with justice,
6 For they will never be shaken;
the righteous will be held in everlasting remembrance.
7 They will not be afraid of any evil tidings;
their heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
8 Their heart is sustained and will not fear,
until they see the downfall of their foes.
9 They have given freely to the poor;
their righteousness stands fast for ever;
their head will be exalted with honour.
10 The wicked shall see it and be angry;
they shall gnash their teeth in despair;
the desire of the wicked shall perish.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
The Common Worship psalter is © The Archbishops Council of the Church of England, 2000.
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