73 Your hands have made me and fashioned me;
give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments.
74 Those who fear you will be glad when they see me,
because I have hoped in your word.
75 I know, O Lord, that your judgements are right,
and that in very faithfulness you caused me to be troubled.
76 Let your faithful love be my comfort,
according to your promise to your servant.
77 Let your tender mercies come to me, that I may live,
for your law is my delight.
78 Let the proud be put to shame, for they wrong me with lies;
but I will meditate on your commandments.
79 Let those who fear you turn to me,
even those who know your testimonies.
80 Let my heart be sound in your statutes,
that I may not be put to shame.
81 My soul is pining for your salvation;
I have hoped in your word.
82 My eyes fail with watching for your word,
while I say, O when will you comfort me?
83 I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,
yet I do not forget your statutes.
84 How many are the days of your servant?
When will you bring judgement on those who persecute me?
85 The proud have dug pits for me
in defiance of your law.
86 All your commandments are true;
help me, for they persecute me with falsehood.
87 They had almost made an end of me on earth,
but I have not forsaken your commandments.
88 Give me life according to your loving-kindness;
so shall I keep the testimonies of your mouth.
89 O Lord, your word is everlasting;
it ever stands firm in the heavens.
90 Your faithfulness also remains from one generation to another;
you have established the earth and it abides.
91 So also your judgements stand firm this day,
for all things are your servants.
92 If your law had not been my delight,
I should have perished in my trouble.
93 I will never forget your commandments,
for by them you have given me life.
94 I am yours, O save me!
For I have sought your commandments.
95 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me,
but I will meditate on your testimonies.
96 I have seen an end of all perfection,
but your commandment knows no bounds.
I will pour out my spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men shall see visions.
29 Even on the male and female slaves,
in those days, I will pour out my spirit.
30 I will show portents in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. 31The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. 32Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.
4 What are you to me, O Tyre and Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia? Are you paying me back for something? If you are paying me back, I will turn your deeds back upon your own heads swiftly and speedily.
5For you have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried my rich treasures into your temples.*
6You have sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, removing them far from their own border.
7But now I will rouse them to leave the places to which you have sold them, and I will turn your deeds back upon your own heads.
8I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a nation far away; for the Lord has spoken.
16Do not be deceived, my beloved.*
17 Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.* 18In fulfilment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
19 You must understand this, my beloved:* let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20for your anger does not produce Gods righteousness. 21Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.
22 But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. 23For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves* in a mirror; 24for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. 25But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who actthey will be blessed in their doing.
26 If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless.
27Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
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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