1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me bless his holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits;
3 Who forgives all your sins
and heals all your infirmities;
4 Who redeems your life from the Pit
and crowns you with faithful love and compassion;
5 Who satisfies you with good things,
so that your youth is renewed like an eagles.
6 The Lord executes righteousness
and judgement for all who are oppressed.
7 He made his ways known to Moses
and his works to the children of Israel.
8 The Lord is full of compassion and mercy,
slow to anger and of great kindness.
9 He will not always accuse us,
neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his mercy upon those who fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he set our sins from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so is the Lord merciful towards those who fear him.
14 For he knows of what we are made;
he remembers that we are but dust.
15 Our days are but as grass;
we flourish as a flower of the field;
16 For as soon as the wind goes over it, it is gone,
and its place shall know it no more.
17 But the merciful goodness of the Lord is from of old
and endures for ever on those who fear him,
and his righteousness on childrens children;
18 On those who keep his covenant
and remember his commandments to do them.
19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom has dominion over all.
20 Bless the Lord, you angels of his,
you mighty ones who do his bidding
and hearken to the voice of his word.
21 Bless the Lord, all you his hosts,
you ministers of his who do his will.
22 Bless the Lord, all you works of his,
in all places of his dominion;
bless the Lord, O my soul.
17 Then Daniel went to his home and informed his companions, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
18and told them to seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions with the rest of the wise men of Babylon might not perish.
19Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night, and Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
20 Daniel said:
Blessed be the name of God from age to age,
for wisdom and power are his.
21 He changes times and seasons,
deposes kings and sets up kings;
he gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those who have understanding.
22 He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what is in the darkness,
and light dwells with him.
23 To you, O God of my ancestors,
I give thanks and praise,
for you have given me wisdom and power,
and have now revealed to me what we asked of you,
for you have revealed to us what the king ordered.
24 Therefore Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon, and said to him, Do not destroy the wise men of Babylon; bring me in before the king, and I will give the king the interpretation.
25 Then Arioch quickly brought Daniel before the king and said to him: I have found among the exiles from Judah a man who can tell the king the interpretation. 26The king said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Are you able to tell me the dream that I have seen and its interpretation? 27Daniel answered the king, No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or diviners can show to the king the mystery that the king is asking, 28but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has disclosed to King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen at the end of days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay in bed were these: 29To you, O king, as you lay in bed, came thoughts of what would be hereafter, and the revealer of mysteries disclosed to you what is to be. 30But as for me, this mystery has not been revealed to me because of any wisdom that I have more than any other living being, but in order that the interpretation may be known to the king and that you may understand the thoughts of your mind.
20 I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us,* so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
25 Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me.
26I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.
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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