1 I love the Lord,
for he has heard the voice of my supplication;
because he inclined his ear to me
on the day I called to him.
2 The snares of death encompassed me;
the pains of hell took hold of me;
by grief and sorrow was I held.
3 Then I called upon the name of the Lord:
O Lord, I beg you, deliver my soul.
4 Gracious is the Lord and righteous;
our God is full of compassion.
5 The Lord watches over the simple;
I was brought very low and he saved me.
6 Turn again to your rest, O my soul,
for the Lord has been gracious to you.
7 For you have delivered my soul from death,
my eyes from tears and my feet from falling.
8 I will walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.
9 I believed that I should perish
for I was sorely troubled;
and I said in my alarm,
Everyone is a liar.
10 How shall I repay the Lord
for all the benefits he has given to me?
11 I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call upon the name of the Lord.
12 I will fulfil my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.
13 Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his faithful servants.
14 O Lord, I am your servant,
your servant, the child of your handmaid;
you have freed me from my bonds.
15 I will offer to you a sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call upon the name of the Lord.
16 I will fulfil my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people,
17 In the courts of the house of the Lord,
in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was so filled with rage against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego that his face was distorted. He ordered the furnace to be heated up seven times more than was customary, 20and ordered some of the strongest guards in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and to throw them into the furnace of blazing fire. 21So the men were bound, still wearing their tunics,* their trousers,* their hats, and their other garments, and they were thrown into the furnace of blazing fire. 22Because the kings command was urgent and the furnace was so overheated, the raging flames killed the men who lifted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 23But the three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down, bound, into the furnace of blazing fire.
24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up quickly. He said to his counsellors, Was it not three men that we threw bound into the fire? They answered the king, True, O king. 25He replied, But I see four men unbound, walking in the middle of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the fourth has the appearance of a god.* 26Nebuchadnezzar then approached the door of the furnace of blazing fire and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here! So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out from the fire. 27And the satraps, the prefects, the governors, and the kings counsellors gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men; the hair of their heads was not singed, their tunics* were not harmed, and not even the smell of fire came from them. 28Nebuchadnezzar said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants who trusted in him. They disobeyed the kings command and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God. 29Therefore I make a decree: Any people, nation, or language that utters blasphemy against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins; for there is no other god who is able to deliver in this way. 30Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.
3 How great are his signs,
how mighty his wonders!
His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and his sovereignty is from generation to generation.
4Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. 3The devil said to him, If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread. 4Jesus answered him, It is written, One does not live by bread alone.
5 Then the devil* led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.
6And the devil* said to him, To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please.
7If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.
8Jesus answered him, It is written,
Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only him.
9 Then the devil* took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here,
10for it is written,
He will command his angels concerning you,
to protect you,
On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.
12Jesus answered him, It is said, Do not put the Lord your God to the test. 13When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.
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