17 O do good to your servant that I may live,
and so shall I keep your word.
18 Open my eyes, that I may see
the wonders of your law.
19 I am a stranger upon earth;
hide not your commandments from me.
20 My soul is consumed at all times
with fervent longing for your judgements.
21 You have rebuked the arrogant;
cursed are those who stray from your commandments.
22 Turn from me shame and rebuke,
for I have kept your testimonies.
23 Rulers also sit and speak against me,
but your servant meditates on your statutes.
24 For your testimonies are my delight;
they are my faithful counsellors.
25 My soul cleaves to the dust;
O give me life according to your word.
26 I have acknowledged my ways and you have answered me;
O teach me your statutes.
27 Make me understand the way of your commandments,
and so shall I meditate on your wondrous works.
28 My soul melts away in tears of sorrow;
raise me up according to your word.
29 Take from me the way of falsehood;
be gracious to me through your law.
30 I have chosen the way of truth
and your judgements have I laid before me.
31 I hold fast to your testimonies;
O Lord, let me not be put to shame.
32 I will run the way of your commandments,
when you have set my heart at liberty.
21 Do not fear, O soil;
be glad and rejoice,
for the Lord has done great things!
22 Do not fear, you animals of the field,
for the pastures of the wilderness are green;
the tree bears its fruit,
the fig tree and vine give their full yield.
23 O children of Zion, be glad
and rejoice in the Lord your God;
for he has given the early rain* for your vindication,
he has poured down for you abundant rain,
the early and the later rain, as before.
24 The threshing-floors shall be full of grain,
the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
25 I will repay you for the years
that the swarming locust has eaten,
the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
my great army, which I sent against you.
26 You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
and praise the name of the Lord your God,
who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.
27 You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel,
and that I, the Lord, am your God and there is no other.
And my people shall never again
be put to shame.
1James, a servant* of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:
2 My brothers and sisters,* whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; 4and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.
5 If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. 6But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind; 7, 8for the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
9 Let the believer* who is lowly boast in being raised up, 10and the rich in being brought low, because the rich will disappear like a flower in the field. 11For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the field; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. It is the same with the rich; in the midst of a busy life, they will wither away.
12 Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord* has promised to those who love him. 13No one, when tempted, should say, I am being tempted by God; for God cannot be tempted by evil and he himself tempts no one. 14But one is tempted by ones own desire, being lured and enticed by it; 15then, when that desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and that sin, when it is fully grown, gives birth to death.
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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