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.
1 In the Lord have I taken refuge;
how then can you say to me,
Flee like a bird to the hills,
2 For see how the wicked bend the bow
and fit their arrows to the string,
to shoot from the shadows at the true of heart.
3 When the foundations are destroyed,
what can the righteous do?
4 The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lords throne is in heaven.
5 His eyes behold,
his eyelids try every mortal being.
6 The Lord tries the righteous as well as the wicked,
but those who delight in violence his soul abhors.
7 Upon the wicked he shall rain coals of fire
and burning sulphur;
scorching wind shall be their portion to drink.
8 For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds,
and those who are upright shall behold his face.
41Listen to me in silence, O coastlands;
let the peoples renew their strength;
let them approach, then let them speak;
let us together draw near for judgement.
2 Who has roused a victor from the east,
summoned him to his service?
He delivers up nations to him,
and tramples kings under foot;
he makes them like dust with his sword,
like driven stubble with his bow.
3 He pursues them and passes on safely,
scarcely touching the path with his feet.
4 Who has performed and done this,
calling the generations from the beginning?
I, the Lord, am first,
and will be with the last.
5 The coastlands have seen and are afraid,
the ends of the earth tremble;
they have drawn near and come.
6 Each one helps the other,
saying to one another, Take courage!
7 The artisan encourages the goldsmith,
and the one who smooths with the hammer encourages the one who strikes the anvil,
saying of the soldering, It is good;
and they fasten it with nails so that it cannot be moved.
8 But you, Israel, my servant,
Jacob, whom I have chosen,
the offspring of Abraham, my friend;
9 you whom I took from the ends of the earth,
and called from its farthest corners,
saying to you, You are my servant,
I have chosen you and not cast you off ;
10 do not fear, for I am with you,
do not be afraid, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
11 Yes, all who are incensed against you
shall be ashamed and disgraced;
those who strive against you
shall be as nothing and shall perish.
12 You shall seek those who contend with you,
but you shall not find them;
those who war against you
shall be as nothing at all.
13 For I, the Lord your God,
hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, Do not fear,
I will help you.
14 Do not fear, you worm Jacob,
you insect* Israel!
I will help you, says the Lord;
your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
15 Now, I will make of you a threshing-sledge,
sharp, new, and having teeth;
you shall thresh the mountains and crush them,
and you shall make the hills like chaff.
16 You shall winnow them and the wind shall carry them away,
and the tempest shall scatter them.
Then you shall rejoice in the Lord;
in the Holy One of Israel you shall glory.
29 As soon as they* left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simons mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
32 That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. 33And the whole city was gathered around the door. 34And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
35 In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. 36And Simon and his companions hunted for him. 37When they found him, they said to him, Everyone is searching for you. 38He answered, Let us go on to the neighbouring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do. 39And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.
40 A leper* came to him begging him, and kneeling* he said to him, If you choose, you can make me clean. 41Moved with pity,* Jesus* stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, I do choose. Be made clean! 42Immediately the leprosy* left him, and he was made clean. 43After sternly warning him he sent him away at once, 44saying to him, See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them. 45But he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the word, so that Jesus* could no longer go into a town openly, but stayed out in the country; and people came to him from every quarter.
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