1 O Lord our governor,
how glorious is your name in all the world!
2 Your majesty above the heavens is praised
out of the mouths of babes at the breast.
3 You have founded a stronghold against your foes,
that you might still the enemy and the avenger.
4 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have ordained,
5 What is man, that you should be mindful of him;
the son of man, that you should seek him out?
6 You have made him little lower than the angels
and crown him with glory and honour.
7 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands
and put all things under his feet,
8 All sheep and oxen,
even the wild beasts of the field,
9 The birds of the air, the fish of the sea
and whatsoever moves in the paths of the sea.
10 O Lord our governor,
how glorious is your name in all the world!
1 Why stand so far off, O Lord?
Why hide yourself in time of trouble?
2 The wicked in their pride persecute the poor;
let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.
3 The wicked boast of their hearts desire;
the covetous curse and revile the Lord.
4 The wicked in their arrogance say, God will not avenge it;
in all their scheming God counts for nothing.
5 They are stubborn in all their ways,
for your judgements are far above out of their sight;
they scoff at all their adversaries.
6 They say in their heart, I shall not be shaken;
no harm shall ever happen to me.
7 Their mouth is full of cursing, deceit and fraud;
under their tongue lie mischief and wrong.
8 They lurk in the outskirts
and in dark alleys they murder the innocent;
their eyes are ever watching for the helpless.
9 They lie in wait, like a lion in his den;
they lie in wait to seize the poor;
they seize the poor when they get them into their net.
10 The innocent are broken and humbled before them;
the helpless fall before their power.
11 They say in their heart, God has forgotten;
he hides his face away; he will never see it.
12 Arise, O Lord God, and lift up your hand;
forget not the poor.
13 Why should the wicked be scornful of God?
Why should they say in their hearts, You will not avenge it?
14 Surely, you behold trouble and misery;
you see it and take it into your own hand.
15 The helpless commit themselves to you,
for you are the helper of the orphan.
16 Break the power of the wicked and malicious;
search out their wickedness until you find none.
17 The Lord shall reign for ever and ever;
the nations shall perish from his land.
18 Lord, you will hear the desire of the poor;
you will incline your ear to the fullness of their heart,
19 To give justice to the orphan and oppressed,
so that people are no longer driven in terror from the land.
21Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign; he reigned for fifty-five years in Jerusalem. His mothers name was Hephzibah. 2He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, following the abominable practices of the nations that the Lord drove out before the people of Israel. 3For he rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had destroyed; he erected altars for Baal, made a sacred pole,* as King Ahab of Israel had done, worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them. 4He built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, In Jerusalem I will put my name. 5He built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. 6He made his son pass through fire; he practised soothsaying and augury, and dealt with mediums and with wizards. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger. 7The carved image of Asherah that he had made he set in the house of which the Lord said to David and to his son Solomon, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my name for ever; 8I will not cause the feet of Israel to wander any more out of the land that I gave to their ancestors, if only they will be careful to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that my servant Moses commanded them. 9But they did not listen; Manasseh misled them to do more evil than the nations had done that the Lord destroyed before the people of Israel.
10 The Lord said by his servants the prophets, 11Because King Manasseh of Judah has committed these abominations, has done things more wicked than all that the Amorites did, who were before him, and has caused Judah also to sin with his idols; 12therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, I am bringing upon Jerusalem and Judah such evil that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle. 13I will stretch over Jerusalem the measuring line for Samaria, and the plummet for the house of Ahab; I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down. 14I will cast off the remnant of my heritage, and give them into the hand of their enemies; they shall become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies, 15because they have done what is evil in my sight and have provoked me to anger, since the day their ancestors came out of Egypt, even to this day.
16 Moreover, Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, until he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another, besides the sin that he caused Judah to sin so that they did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.
17 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, all that he did, and the sin that he committed, are they not written in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Judah? 18Manasseh slept with his ancestors, and was buried in the garden of his house, in the garden of Uzza. His son Amon succeeded him.
91And after getting into a boat he crossed the water and came to his own town.
2 And just then some people were carrying a paralysed man lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven. 3Then some of the scribes said to themselves, This man is blaspheming. 4But Jesus, perceiving their thoughts, said, Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5For which is easier, to say, Your sins are forgiven, or to say, Stand up and walk? 6But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sinshe then said to the paralyticStand up, take your bed and go to your home. 7And he stood up and went to his home. 8When the crowds saw it, they were filled with awe, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to human beings.
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