1 Blessed are those who consider the poor and needy;
the Lord will deliver them in the time of trouble.
2 The Lord preserves them and restores their life,
that they may be happy in the land;
he will not hand them over to the will of their enemies.
3 The Lord sustains them on their sickbed;
their sickness, Lord, you will remove.
4 And so I said, Lord, be merciful to me;
heal me, for I have sinned against you.
5 My enemies speak evil about me,
asking when I shall die and my name perish.
6 If they come to see me, they utter empty words;
their heart gathers mischief;
when they go out, they tell it abroad.
7 All my enemies whisper together against me,
against me they devise evil,
8 Saying that a deadly thing has laid hold on me,
and that I will not rise again from where I lie.
9 Even my bosom friend, whom I trusted,
who ate of my bread,
has lifted up his heel against me.
10 But you, O Lord, be merciful to me
and raise me up, that I may reward them.
11 By this I know that you favour me,
that my enemy does not triumph over me.
12 Because of my integrity you uphold me
and will set me before your face for ever.
13 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.
6The ark of the Lord was in the country of the Philistines for seven months. 2Then the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, What shall we do with the ark of the Lord? Tell us what we should send with it to its place. 3They said, If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it empty, but by all means return him a guilt-offering. Then you will be healed and will be ransomed;* will not his hand then turn from you? 4And they said, What is the guilt-offering that we should return to him? They answered, Five gold tumours and five gold mice, according to the number of the lords of the Philistines; for the same plague was upon all of you and upon your lords. 5So you must make images of your tumours and images of your mice that ravage the land, and give glory to the God of Israel; perhaps he will lighten his hand on you and your gods and your land. 6Why should you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? After he had made fools of them, did they not let the people go, and they departed? 7Now then, get ready a new cart and two milch-cows that have never borne a yoke, and yoke the cows to the cart, but take their calves home, away from them. 8Take the ark of the Lord and place it on the cart, and put in a box at its side the figures of gold, which you are returning to him as a guilt-offering. Then send it off, and let it go on its way. 9And watch; if it goes up on the way to its own land, to Beth-shemesh, then it is he who has done us this great harm; but if not, then we shall know that it is not his hand that struck us; it happened to us by chance.
10 The men did so; they took two milch-cows and yoked them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home. 11They put the ark of the Lord on the cart, and the box with the gold mice and the images of their tumours. 12The cows went straight in the direction of Beth-shemesh along one highway, lowing as they went; they turned neither to the right nor to the left, and the lords of the Philistines went after them as far as the border of Beth-shemesh.
13 Now the people of Beth-shemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the valley. When they looked up and saw the ark, they went with rejoicing to meet it.* 14The cart came into the field of Joshua of Beth-shemesh, and stopped there. A large stone was there; so they split up the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt-offering to the Lord. 15The Levites took down the ark of the Lord and the box that was beside it, in which were the gold objects, and set them upon the large stone. Then the people of Beth-shemesh offered burnt-offerings and presented sacrifices on that day to the Lord. 16When the five lords of the Philistines saw it, they returned that day to Ekron.
37 Every day he was teaching in the temple, and at night he would go out and spend the night on the Mount of Olives, as it was called.
38And all the people would get up early in the morning to listen to him in the temple.
22Now the festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was near. 2The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Jesus* to death, for they were afraid of the people.
3 Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve; 4he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers of the temple police about how he might betray him to them. 5They were greatly pleased and agreed to give him money. 6So he consented and began to look for an opportunity to betray him to them when no crowd was present.
7 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8So Jesus* sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare the Passover meal for us that we may eat it. 9They asked him, Where do you want us to make preparations for it? 10Listen, he said to them, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him into the house he enters 11and say to the owner of the house, The teacher asks you, Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples? 12He will show you a large room upstairs, already furnished. Make preparations for us there. 13So they went and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.
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