1 Hear this, all you peoples;
listen, all you that dwell in the world,
2 You of low or high degree,
both rich and poor together.
3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom
and my heart shall meditate on understanding.
4 I will incline my ear to a parable;
I will unfold my riddle with the lyre.
5 Why should I fear in evil days,
when the malice of my foes surrounds me,
6 Such as trust in their goods
and glory in the abundance of their riches?
7 For no one can indeed ransom another
or pay to God the price of deliverance.
8 To ransom a soul is too costly;
there is no price one could pay for it,
9 So that they might live for ever,
and never see the grave.
10 For we see that the wise die also;
with the foolish and ignorant they perish
and leave their riches to others.
11 Their tomb is their home for ever,
their dwelling through all generations,
though they call their lands after their own names.
12 Those who have honour, but lack understanding,
are like the beasts that perish.
13 Such is the way of those who boast in themselves,
the end of those who delight in their own words.
14 Like a flock of sheep they are destined to die;
death is their shepherd;
they go down straight to the Pit.
15 Their beauty shall waste away,
and the land of the dead shall be their dwelling.
16 But God shall ransom my soul;
from the grasp of death will he take me.
17 Be not afraid if some grow rich
and the glory of their house increases,
18 For they will carry nothing away when they die,
nor will their glory follow after them.
19 Though they count themselves happy while they live
and praise you for your success,
20 They shall enter the company of their ancestors
who will nevermore see the light.
21 Those who have honour, but lack understanding,
are like the beasts that perish.
1 The Lord, the most mighty God, has spoken
and called the world from the rising of the sun to its setting.
2 Out of Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth;
our God comes and will not keep silence.
3 Consuming fire goes out before him
and a mighty tempest stirs about him.
4 He calls the heaven above,
and the earth, that he may judge his people:
5 Gather to me my faithful,
who have sealed my covenant with sacrifice.
6 Let the heavens declare his righteousness,
for God himself is judge.
7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak:
I will testify against you, O Israel;
for I am God, your God.
8 I will not reprove you for your sacrifices,
for your burnt offerings are always before me.
9 I will take no bull out of your house,
nor he-goat out of your folds,
10 For all the beasts of the forest are mine,
the cattle upon a thousand hills.
11 I know every bird of the mountains
and the insect of the field is mine.
12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for the whole world is mine and all that fills it.
13 Do you think I eat the flesh of bulls,
or drink the blood of goats?
14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving
and fulfil your vows to God Most High.
15 Call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you and you shall honour me.
16 But to the wicked, says God:
Why do you recite my statutes
and take my covenant upon your lips,
17 Since you refuse to be disciplined
and have cast my words behind you?
18 When you saw a thief, you made friends with him
and you threw in your lot with adulterers.
19 You have loosed your lips for evil
and harnessed your tongue to deceit.
20 You sit and speak evil of your brother;
you slander your own mothers son.
21 These things have you done, and should I keep silence?
Did you think that I am even such a one as yourself?
22 But no, I must reprove you,
and set before your eyes the things that you have done.
23 You that forget God, consider this well,
lest I tear you apart and there is none to deliver you.
24 Whoever offers me the sacrifice of thanksgiving honours me
and to those who keep my way
will I show the salvation of God.
8When Samuel became old, he made his sons judges over Israel. 2The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beer-sheba. 3Yet his sons did not follow in his ways, but turned aside after gain; they took bribes and perverted justice.
4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, 5and said to him, You are old and your sons do not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then, a king to govern us, like other nations. 6But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, Give us a king to govern us. Samuel prayed to the Lord, 7and the Lord said to Samuel, Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. 8Just as they have done to me,* from the day I brought them up out of Egypt to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so also they are doing to you. 9Now then, listen to their voice; onlyyou shall solemnly warn them, and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.
10 So Samuel reported all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. 11He said, These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen, and to run before his chariots; 12and he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plough his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. 13He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his courtiers. 15He will take one-tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and his courtiers. 16He will take your male and female slaves, and the best of your cattle* and donkeys, and put them to his work. 17He will take one-tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. 18And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves; but the Lord will not answer you in that day.
19 But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; they said, No! but we are determined to have a king over us, 20so that we also may be like other nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles. 21When Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the ears of the Lord. 22The Lord said to Samuel, Listen to their voice and set a king over them. Samuel then said to the people of Israel, Each of you return home.
24 A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25But he said to them, The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. 27For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
28 You are those who have stood by me in my trials; 29and I confer on you, just as my Father has conferred on me, a kingdom, 30so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
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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