1 O give thanks to the Lord and call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples.
2 Sing to him, sing praises,
and tell of all his marvellous works.
3 Rejoice in the praise of his holy name;
let the hearts of them rejoice who seek the Lord.
4 Seek the Lord and his strength;
seek his face continually.
5 Remember the marvels he has done,
his wonders and the judgements of his mouth,
6 O seed of Abraham his servant,
O children of Jacob his chosen.
7 He is the Lord our God;
his judgements are in all the earth.
8 He has always been mindful of his covenant,
the promise that he made for a thousand generations:
9 The covenant he made with Abraham,
the oath that he swore to Isaac,
10 Which he established as a statute for Jacob,
an everlasting covenant for Israel,
11 Saying, To you will I give the land of Canaan
to be the portion of your inheritance.
12 When they were but few in number,
of little account, and sojourners in the land,
13 Wandering from nation to nation,
from one kingdom to another people,
14 He suffered no one to do them wrong
and rebuked even kings for their sake,
15 Saying, Touch not my anointed
and do my prophets no harm.
16 Then he called down famine over the land
and broke every staff of bread.
17 But he had sent a man before them,
Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
18 They shackled his feet with fetters;
his neck was ringed with iron.
19 Until all he foretold came to pass,
the word of the Lord tested him.
20 The king sent and released him;
the ruler of peoples set him free.
21 He appointed him lord of his household
and ruler of all he possessed,
22 To instruct his princes as he willed
and to teach his counsellors wisdom.
2In the second year of Nebuchadnezzars reign, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed such dreams that his spirit was troubled and his sleep left him. 2So the king commanded that the magicians, the enchanters, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans be summoned to tell the king his dreams. When they came in and stood before the king, 3he said to them, I have had such a dream that my spirit is troubled by the desire to understand it. 4The Chaldeans said to the king (in Aramaic),* O king, live for ever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will reveal the interpretation. 5The king answered the Chaldeans, This is a public decree: if you do not tell me both the dream and its interpretation, you shall be torn limb from limb, and your houses shall be laid in ruins. 6But if you do tell me the dream and its interpretation, you shall receive from me gifts and rewards and great honour. Therefore tell me the dream and its interpretation. 7They answered a second time, Let the king first tell his servants the dream, then we can give its interpretation. 8The king answered, I know with certainty that you are trying to gain time, because you see I have firmly decreed: 9if you do not tell me the dream, there is but one verdict for you. You have agreed to speak lying and misleading words to me until things take a turn. Therefore, tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can give me its interpretation. 10The Chaldeans answered the king, There is no one on earth who can reveal what the king demands! In fact no king, however great and powerful, has ever asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or Chaldean. 11The thing that the king is asking is too difficult, and no one can reveal it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with mortals.
12 Because of this the king flew into a violent rage and commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be destroyed. 13The decree was issued, and the wise men were about to be executed; and they looked for Daniel and his companions, to execute them. 14Then Daniel responded with prudence and discretion to Arioch, the kings chief executioner, who had gone out to execute the wise men of Babylon; 15he asked Arioch, the royal official, Why is the decree of the king so urgent? Arioch then explained the matter to Daniel. 16So Daniel went in and requested that the king give him time and he would tell the king the interpretation.
12While I was with them, I protected them in your name that* you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost,* so that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves.* 14I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one.* 16They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 17Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.
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.
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