1 Blessed are they who have not walked
in the counsel of the wicked,
nor lingered in the way of sinners,
nor sat in the assembly of the scornful.
2 Their delight is in the law of the Lord
and they meditate on his law day and night.
3 Like a tree planted by streams of water
bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither,
whatever they do, it shall prosper.
4 As for the wicked, it is not so with them;
they are like chaff which the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked shall not be able to stand in the judgement,
nor the sinner in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked shall perish.
1 Why are the nations in tumult,
and why do the peoples devise a vain plot?
2 The kings of the earth rise up,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his anointed:
3 Let us break their bonds asunder
and cast away their cords from us.
4 He who dwells in heaven shall laugh them to scorn;
the Lord shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak to them in his wrath
and terrify them in his fury:
6 Yet have I set my king
upon my holy hill of Zion.
7 I will proclaim the decree of the Lord;
he said to me: You are my Son; this day have I begotten you.
8 Ask of me and I will give you the nations for your inheritance
and the ends of the earth for your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potters vessel.
10 Now therefore be wise, O kings;
be prudent, you judges of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear, and with trembling kiss his feet,
lest he be angry and you perish from the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
12 Happy are all they
who take refuge in him.
1 Lord, how many are my adversaries;
many are they who rise up against me.
2 Many are they who say to my soul,
There is no help for you in your God.
3 But you, Lord, are a shield about me;
you are my glory, and the lifter up of my head.
4 When I cry aloud to the Lord,
he will answer me from his holy hill;
5 I lie down and sleep and rise again,
because the Lord sustains me.
6 I will not be afraid of hordes of the peoples
that have set themselves against me all around.
7 Rise up, O Lord, and deliver me, O my God,
for you strike all my enemies on the cheek
and break the teeth of the wicked.
8 Salvation belongs to the Lord:
may your blessing be upon your people.
20In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, Thus says the Lord: Set your house in order, for you shall die; you shall not recover. 2Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord: 3Remember now, O Lord, I implore you, how I have walked before you in faithfulness with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight. Hezekiah wept bitterly. 4Before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: 5Turn back, and say to Hezekiah prince of my people, Thus says the Lord, the God of your ancestor David: I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; indeed, I will heal you; on the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord. 6I will add fifteen years to your life. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; I will defend this city for my own sake and for my servant Davids sake. 7Then Isaiah said, Bring a lump of figs. Let them take it and apply it to the boil, so that he may recover.
8 Hezekiah said to Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the Lord will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of the Lord on the third day? 9Isaiah said, This is the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do the thing that he has promised: the shadow has now advanced ten intervals; shall it retreat ten intervals? 10Hezekiah answered, It is normal for the shadow to lengthen ten intervals; rather let the shadow retreat ten intervals. 11The prophet Isaiah cried to the Lord; and he brought the shadow back the ten intervals, by which the sun* had declined on the dial of Ahaz.
12 At that time King Merodach-baladan son of Baladan of Babylon sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick. 13Hezekiah welcomed them;* he showed them all his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his armoury, all that was found in his storehouses; there was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them. 14Then the prophet Isaiah came to King Hezekiah, and said to him, What did these men say? From where did they come to you? Hezekiah answered, They have come from a far country, from Babylon. 15He said, What have they seen in your house? Hezekiah answered, They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing in my storehouses that I did not show them.
16 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, Hear the word of the Lord: 17Days are coming when all that is in your house, and that which your ancestors have stored up until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left, says the Lord. 18Some of your own sons who are born to you shall be taken away; they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon. 19Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, The word of the Lord that you have spoken is good. For he thought, Why not, if there will be peace and security in my days?
20 The rest of the deeds of Hezekiah, all his power, how he made the pool and the conduit and brought water into the city, are they not written in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Judah? 21Hezekiah slept with his ancestors; and his son Manasseh succeeded him.
28 When he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes,* two demoniacs coming out of the tombs met him. They were so fierce that no one could pass that way. 29Suddenly they shouted, What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time? 30Now a large herd of swine was feeding at some distance from them. 31The demons begged him, If you cast us out, send us into the herd of swine. 32And he said to them, Go! So they came out and entered the swine; and suddenly, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and perished in the water. 33The swineherds ran off, and on going into the town, they told the whole story about what had happened to the demoniacs. 34Then the whole town came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighbourhood.
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