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.
1 Help me, Lord, for no one godly is left;
the faithful have vanished from the whole human race.
2 They all speak falsely with their neighbour;
they flatter with their lips, but speak from a double heart.
3 O that the Lord would cut off all flattering lips
and the tongue that speaks proud boasts!
4 Those who say, With our tongue will we prevail;
our lips we will use; who is lord over us?
5 Because of the oppression of the needy,
and the groaning of the poor,
I will rise up now, says the Lord,
and set them in the safety that they long for.
6 The words of the Lord are pure words,
like silver refined in the furnace
and purified seven times in the fire.
7 You, O Lord, will watch over us
and guard us from this generation for ever.
8 The wicked strut on every side,
when what is vile is exalted by the whole human race.
6In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple.
2Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.
3And one called to another and said:
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.
4The pivots* on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. 5And I said: Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!
6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs.
7The seraph* touched my mouth with it and said: Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.
8Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? And I said, Here am I; send me!
9And he said, Go and say to this people:
Keep listening, but do not comprehend;
keep looking, but do not understand.
10 Make the mind of this people dull,
and stop their ears,
and shut their eyes,
so that they may not look with their eyes,
and listen with their ears,
and comprehend with their minds,
and turn and be healed.
11 Then I said, How long, O Lord? And he said:
Until cities lie waste
and houses without people,
and the land is utterly desolate;
12 until the Lord sends everyone far away,
and vast is the emptiness in the midst of the land.
13 Even if a tenth part remains in it,
it will be burned again,
like a terebinth or an oak
whose stump remains standing
when it is felled.*
The holy seed is its stump.
23Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses seat; 3therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practise what they teach. 4They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear,* and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. 5They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. 6They love to have the place of honour at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, 7and to be greeted with respect in the market-places, and to have people call them rabbi. 8But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students.* 9And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Fatherthe one in heaven. 10Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah.* 11The greatest among you will be your servant. 12All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.
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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10 February 2011