1 We have heard with our ears, O God, our forebears have told us,
all that you did in their days, in time of old;
2 How with your hand you drove out nations and planted us in,
and broke the power of peoples and set us free.
3 For not by their own sword did our ancestors take the land
nor did their own arm save them,
4 But your right hand, your arm, and the light of your countenance,
because you were gracious to them.
5 You are my King and my God,
who commanded salvation for Jacob.
6 Through you we drove back our adversaries;
through your name we trod down our foes.
7 For I did not trust in my bow;
it was not my own sword that saved me;
8 It was you that saved us from our enemies
and put our adversaries to shame.
9 We gloried in God all the day long,
and were ever praising your name.
10 But now you have rejected us and brought us to shame,
and go not out with our armies.
11 You have made us turn our backs on our enemies,
and our enemies have despoiled us.
12 You have made us like sheep to be slaughtered,
and have scattered us among the nations.
13 You have sold your people for a pittance
and made no profit on their sale.
14 You have made us the taunt of our neighbours,
the scorn and derision of those that are round about us.
15 You have made us a byword among the nations;
among the peoples they wag their heads.
16 My confusion is daily before me,
and shame has covered my face,
17 At the taunts of the slanderer and reviler,
at the sight of the enemy and avenger.
18 All this has come upon us,
though we have not forgotten you
and have not played false to your covenant.
19 Our hearts have not turned back,
nor our steps gone out of your way,
20 Yet you have crushed us in the haunt of jackals,
and covered us with the shadow of death.
21 If we have forgotten the name of our God,
or stretched out our hands to any strange god,
22 Will not God search it out?
For he knows the secrets of the heart.
23 But for your sake are we killed all the day long,
and are counted as sheep for the slaughter.
24 Rise up! Why sleep, O Lord?
Awake, and do not reject us for ever.
25 Why do you hide your face
and forget our grief and oppression?
26 Our soul is bowed down to the dust;
our belly cleaves to the earth.
27 Rise up, O Lord, to help us
and redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love.
2 From the day that the ark was lodged at Kiriath-jearim, a long time passed, some twenty years, and all the house of Israel lamented* after the Lord.
3 Then Samuel said to all the house of Israel, If you are returning to the Lord with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods and the Astartes from among you. Direct your heart to the Lord, and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines. 4So Israel put away the Baals and the Astartes, and they served the Lord only.
5 Then Samuel said, Gather all Israel at Mizpah, and I will pray to the Lord for you. 6So they gathered at Mizpah, and drew water and poured it out before the Lord. They fasted that day, and said, We have sinned against the Lord. And Samuel judged the people of Israel at Mizpah.
7 When the Philistines heard that the people of Israel had gathered at Mizpah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the people of Israel heard of it they were afraid of the Philistines. 8The people of Israel said to Samuel, Do not cease to cry out to the Lord our God for us, and pray that he may save us from the hand of the Philistines. 9So Samuel took a sucking lamb and offered it as a whole burnt-offering to the Lord; Samuel cried out to the Lord for Israel, and the Lord answered him. 10As Samuel was offering up the burnt-offering, the Philistines drew near to attack Israel; but the Lord thundered with a mighty voice that day against the Philistines and threw them into confusion; and they were routed before Israel. 11And the men of Israel went out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, and struck them down as far as beyond Beth-car.
12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Jeshanah,* and named it Ebenezer;* for he said, Thus far the Lord has helped us. 13So the Philistines were subdued and did not again enter the territory of Israel; the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel. 14The towns that the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron to Gath; and Israel recovered their territory from the hand of the Philistines. There was peace also between Israel and the Amorites.
15 Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life. 16He went on a circuit year by year to Bethel, Gilgal, and Mizpah; and he judged Israel in all these places. 17Then he would come back to Ramah, for his home was there; he administered justice there to Israel, and built there an altar to the Lord.
14 When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. 15He said to them, I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 16for I tell you, I will not eat it* until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God. 17Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, Take this and divide it among yourselves; 18for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes. 19Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. 20And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.* 21But see, the one who betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table. 22For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he is betrayed! 23Then they began to ask one another which one of them it could be who would do this.
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.
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