3If* a man divorces his wife
and she goes from him
and becomes another mans wife,
will he return to her?
Would not such a land be greatly polluted?
You have played the whore with many lovers;
and would you return to me?
says the Lord.
2 Look up to the bare heights,* and see!
Where have you not been lain with?
By the waysides you have sat waiting for lovers,
like a nomad in the wilderness.
You have polluted the land
with your whoring and wickedness.
3 Therefore the showers have been withheld,
and the spring rain has not come;
yet you have the forehead of a whore,
you refuse to be ashamed.
4 Have you not just now called to me,
My Father, you are the friend of my youth
5 will he be angry for ever,
will he be indignant to the end?
This is how you have spoken,
but you have done all the evil that you could.
18Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles hands, he offered them money, 19saying, Give me also this power so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit. 20But Peter said to him, May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain Gods gift with money! 21You have no part or share in this, for your heart is not right before God. 22Repent therefore of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. 23For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and the chains of wickedness. 24Simon answered, Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you* have said may happen to me.
5 Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens
and your faithfulness to the clouds.
6 Your righteousness stands like the strong mountains,
your justice like the great deep;
you, Lord, shall save both man and beast.
7 How precious is your loving mercy, O God!
All mortal flesh shall take refuge
under the shadow of your wings.
8 They shall be satisfied with the abundance of your house;
they shall drink from the river of your delights.
9 For with you is the well of life
and in your light shall we see light.
10 O continue your loving-kindness to those who know you
and your righteousness to those who are true of heart.
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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