4How beautiful you are, my love,
how very beautiful!
Your eyes are doves
behind your veil.
Your hair is like a flock of goats,
moving down the slopes of Gilead.
2 Your teeth are like a flock of shorn ewes
that have come up from the washing,
all of which bear twins,
and not one among them is bereaved.
3 Your lips are like a crimson thread,
and your mouth is lovely.
Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate
behind your veil.
4 Your neck is like the tower of David,
built in courses;
on it hang a thousand bucklers,
all of them shields of warriors.
5 Your two breasts are like two fawns,
twins of a gazelle,
that feed among the lilies.
6 Until the day breathes
and the shadows flee,
I will hasten to the mountain of myrrh
and the hill of frankincense.
7 You are altogether beautiful, my love;
there is no flaw in you.
8 Come with me from Lebanon, my bride;
come with me from Lebanon.
Depart* from the peak of Amana,
from the peak of Senir and Hermon,
from the dens of lions,
from the mountains of leopards.
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I give thanks to my* God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, 5for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind 6just as the testimony of* Christ has been strengthened among you 7so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
10 Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,* by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you should be in agreement and that there should be no divisions among you, but that you should be united in the same mind and the same purpose. 11For it has been reported to me by Chloes people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters.* 12What I mean is that each of you says, I belong to Paul, or I belong to Apollos, or I belong to Cephas, or I belong to Christ. 13Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14I thank God* that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16(I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 17For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power.
1 I will exalt you, O God my King,
and bless your name for ever and ever.
2 Every day will I bless you
and praise your name for ever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord and highly to be praised;
his greatness is beyond all searching out.
4 One generation shall praise your works to another
and declare your mighty acts.
5 They shall speak of the majesty of your glory,
and I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
6 They shall speak of the might of your marvellous acts,
and I will also tell of your greatness.
7 They shall pour forth the story of your abundant kindness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious and merciful,
long-suffering and of great goodness.
9 The Lord is loving to everyone
and his mercy is over all his creatures.
10 All your works praise you, O Lord,
and your faithful servants bless you.
11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your mighty power,
12 To make known to all peoples your mighty acts
and the glorious splendour of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom;
your dominion endures throughout all ages.
14 The Lord is sure in all his words
and faithful in all his deeds.
15 The Lord upholds all those who fall
and lifts up all those who are bowed down.
16 The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord,
and you give them their food in due season.
17 You open wide your hand
and fill all things living with plenty.
18 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and loving in all his works.
19 The Lord is near to those who call upon him,
to all who call upon him faithfully.
20 He fulfils the desire of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them.
21 The Lord watches over those who love him,
but all the wicked shall he destroy.
22 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord,
and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.
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.
Common Worship texts are available at http://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/liturgy/commonworship/
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