1 Bless the Lord, O my soul.
O Lord my God, how excellent is your greatness!
2 You are clothed with majesty and honour,
wrapped in light as in a garment.
3 You spread out the heavens like a curtain
and lay the beams of your dwelling place in the waters above.
4 You make the clouds your chariot
and ride on the wings of the wind.
5 You make the winds your messengers
and flames of fire your servants.
6 You laid the foundations of the earth,
that it never should move at any time.
7 You covered it with the deep like a garment;
the waters stood high above the hills.
8 At your rebuke they fled;
at the voice of your thunder they hastened away.
9 They rose up to the hills and flowed down to the valleys beneath,
to the place which you had appointed for them.
10 You have set them their bounds that they should not pass,
nor turn again to cover the earth.
11 You send the springs into the brooks,
which run among the hills.
12 They give drink to every beast of the field,
and the wild asses quench their thirst.
13 Beside them the birds of the air make their nests
and sing among the branches.
14 You water the hills from your dwelling on high;
the earth is filled with the fruit of your works.
15 You make grass to grow for the cattle
and plants to meet our needs,
16 Bringing forth food from the earth
and wine to gladden our hearts,
17 Oil to give us a cheerful countenance
and bread to strengthen our hearts.
18 The trees of the Lord are full of sap,
the cedars of Lebanon which he planted,
19 In which the birds build their nests,
while the fir trees are a dwelling for the stork.
20 The mountains are a refuge for the wild goats
and the stony cliffs for the conies.
21 You appointed the moon to mark the seasons,
and the sun knows the time for its setting.
22 You make darkness that it may be night,
in which all the beasts of the forest creep forth.
23 The lions roar for their prey
and seek their food from God.
24 The sun rises and they are gone
to lay themselves down in their dens.
25 People go forth to their work
and to their labour until the evening.
26 O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
27 There is the sea, spread far and wide,
and there move creatures beyond number, both small and great.
28 There go the ships, and there is that Leviathan
which you have made to play in the deep.
29 All of these look to you
to give them their food in due season.
30 When you give it them, they gather it;
you open your hand and they are filled with good.
31 When you hide your face they are troubled;
when you take away their breath,
they die and return again to the dust.
32 When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the earth.
33 May the glory of the Lord endure for ever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works;
34 He looks on the earth and it trembles;
he touches the mountains and they smoke.
35 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will make music to my God while I have my being.
36 So shall my song please him
while I rejoice in the Lord.
37 Let sinners be consumed out of the earth
and the wicked be no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
4 He said to me: Mortal, go to the house of Israel and speak my very words to them. 5For you are not sent to a people of obscure speech and difficult language, but to the house of Israel 6not to many peoples of obscure speech and difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely, if I sent you to them, they would listen to you. 7But the house of Israel will not listen to you, for they are not willing to listen to me; because all the house of Israel have a hard forehead and a stubborn heart. 8See, I have made your face hard against their faces, and your forehead hard against their foreheads. 9Like the hardest stone, harder than flint, I have made your forehead; do not fear them or be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house. 10He said to me: Mortal, all my words that I shall speak to you receive in your heart and hear with your ears; 11then go to the exiles, to your people, and speak to them. Say to them, Thus says the Lord God; whether they hear or refuse to hear.
12 Then the spirit lifted me up, and as the glory of the Lord rose* from its place, I heard behind me the sound of loud rumbling; 13it was the sound of the wings of the living creatures brushing against one another, and the sound of the wheels beside them, that sounded like a loud rumbling. 14The spirit lifted me up and bore me away; I went in bitterness in the heat of my spirit, the hand of the Lord being strong upon me. 15I came to the exiles at Tel-abib, who lived by the river Chebar.* And I sat there among them, stunned, for seven days.
16 At the end of seven days, the word of the Lord came to me: 17Mortal, I have made you a sentinel for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. 18If I say to the wicked, You shall surely die, and you give them no warning, and do not speak to warn the wicked from their wicked way, in order to save their life, those wicked persons shall die for their iniquity; but their blood I will require at your hand. 19But if you warn the wicked, and they do not turn from their wickedness, or from their wicked way, they shall die for their iniquity; but you will have saved your life. 20Again, if the righteous turn from their righteousness and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling-block before them, they shall die; because you have not warned them, they shall die for their sin, and their righteous deeds that they have done shall not be remembered; but their blood I will require at your hand. 21If, however, you warn the righteous not to sin, and they do not sin, they shall surely live, because they took warning; and you will have saved your life.
22 Then the hand of the Lord was upon me there; and he said to me, Rise up, go out into the valley, and there I will speak with you. 23So I rose up and went out into the valley; and the glory of the Lord stood there, like the glory that I had seen by the river Chebar; and I fell on my face. 24The spirit entered into me, and set me on my feet; and he spoke with me and said to me: Go, shut yourself inside your house. 25As for you, mortal, cords shall be placed on you, and you shall be bound with them, so that you cannot go out among the people; 26and I will make your tongue cling to the roof of your mouth, so that you shall be speechless and unable to reprove them; for they are a rebellious house. 27But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you shall say to them, Thus says the Lord God; let those who will hear, hear; and let those who refuse to hear, refuse; for they are a rebellious house.
37 On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. 38Just then a man from the crowd shouted, Teacher, I beg you to look at my son; he is my only child. 39Suddenly a spirit seizes him, and all at once he* shrieks. It throws him into convulsions until he foams at the mouth; it mauls him and will scarcely leave him. 40I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not. 41Jesus answered, You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here. 42While he was coming, the demon dashed him to the ground in convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. 43And all were astounded at the greatness of God.
While everyone was amazed at all that he was doing, he said to his disciples, 44Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands. 45But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was concealed from them, so that they could not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying.
46 An argument arose among them as to which one of them was the greatest. 47But Jesus, aware of their inner thoughts, took a little child and put it by his side, 48and said to them, Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me; for the least among all of you is the greatest.
49 John answered, Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not follow with us.
50But Jesus said to him, Do not stop him; for whoever is not against you is for you.
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10 February 2011