1 O Lord, hear my prayer
and let my crying come before you.
2 Hide not your face from me
in the day of my distress.
3 Incline your ear to me;
when I call, make haste to answer me,
4 For my days are consumed in smoke
and my bones burn away as in a furnace.
5 My heart is smitten down and withered like grass,
so that I forget to eat my bread.
6 From the sound of my groaning
my bones cleave fast to my skin.
7 I am become like a vulture in the wilderness,
like an owl that haunts the ruins.
8 I keep watch and am become like a sparrow
solitary upon the housetop.
9 My enemies revile me all the day long,
and those who rage at me have sworn together against me.
10 I have eaten ashes for bread
and mingled my drink with weeping,
11 Because of your indignation and wrath,
for you have taken me up and cast me down.
12 My days fade away like a shadow,
and I am withered like grass.
13 But you, O Lord, shall endure for ever
and your name through all generations.
14 You will arise and have pity on Zion;
it is time to have mercy upon her;
surely the time has come.
15 For your servants love her very stones
and feel compassion for her dust.
16 Then shall the nations fear your name, O Lord,
and all the kings of the earth your glory,
17 When the Lord has built up Zion
and shown himself in glory;
18 When he has turned to the prayer of the destitute
and has not despised their plea.
19 This shall be written for those that come after,
and a people yet unborn shall praise the Lord.
20 For he has looked down from his holy height;
from the heavens he beheld the earth,
21 That he might hear the sighings of the prisoner
and set free those condemned to die;
22 That the name of the Lord may be proclaimed in Zion
and his praises in Jerusalem,
23 When peoples are gathered together
and kingdoms also, to serve the Lord.
24 He has brought down my strength in my journey
and has shortened my days.
25 I pray, O my God, do not take me in the midst of my days;
your years endure throughout all generations.
26 In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands;
27 They shall perish, but you will endure;
they all shall wear out like a garment.
28 You change them like clothing, and they shall be changed;
but you are the same, and your years will not fail.
29 The children of your servants shall continue,
and their descendants shall be established in your sight.
13 Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness,
and his upper rooms by injustice;
who makes his neighbours work for nothing,
and does not give them their wages;
14 who says, I will build myself a spacious house
with large upper rooms,
and who cuts out windows for it,
panelling it with cedar,
and painting it with vermilion.
15 Are you a king
because you compete in cedar?
Did not your father eat and drink
and do justice and righteousness?
Then it was well with him.
16 He judged the cause of the poor and needy;
then it was well.
Is not this to know me?
says the Lord.
17 But your eyes and heart
are only on your dishonest gain,
for shedding innocent blood,
and for practising oppression and violence.
18 Therefore thus says the Lord concerning King Jehoiakim son of Josiah of Judah:
They shall not lament for him, saying,
Alas, my brother! or Alas, sister!
They shall not lament for him, saying,
Alas, lord! or Alas, his majesty!
19 With the burial of a donkey he shall be buried
dragged off and thrown out beyond the gates of Jerusalem.
20 Go up to Lebanon, and cry out,
and lift up your voice in Bashan;
cry out from Abarim,
for all your lovers are crushed.
21 I spoke to you in your prosperity,
but you said, I will not listen.
This has been your way from your youth,
for you have not obeyed my voice.
22 The wind shall shepherd all your shepherds,
and your lovers shall go into captivity;
then you will be ashamed and dismayed
because of all your wickedness.
23 O inhabitant of Lebanon,
nested among the cedars,
how you will groan* when pangs come upon you,
pain as of a woman in labour!
41 Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, I am the bread that came down from heaven. 42They were saying, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, I have come down from heaven? 43Jesus answered them, Do not complain among yourselves. 44No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. 45It is written in the prophets, And they shall all be taught by God. Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. 46Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48I am the bread of life. 49Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.
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.
The Common Worship psalter is © The Archbishops Council of the Church of England, 2000.
Common Worship texts are available at http://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/liturgy/commonworship/
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