1 Blessed are those whose way is pure,
who walk in the law of the Lord.
2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies
and seek him with their whole heart,
3 Those who do no wickedness,
but walk in his ways.
4 You, O Lord, have charged
that we should diligently keep your commandments.
5 O that my ways were made so direct
that I might keep your statutes.
6 Then should I not be put to shame,
because I have regard for all your commandments.
7 I will thank you with an unfeigned heart,
when I have learned your righteous judgements.
8 I will keep your statutes;
O forsake me not utterly.
9 How shall young people cleanse their way
to keep themselves according to your word?
10 With my whole heart have I sought you;
O let me not go astray from your commandments.
11 Your words have I hidden within my heart,
that I should not sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, O Lord;
O teach me your statutes.
13 With my lips have I been telling
of all the judgements of your mouth.
14 I have taken greater delight in the way of your testimonies
than in all manner of riches.
15 I will meditate on your commandments
and contemplate your ways.
16 My delight shall be in your statutes
and I will not forget your word.
17 O do good to your servant that I may live,
and so shall I keep your word.
18 Open my eyes, that I may see
the wonders of your law.
19 I am a stranger upon earth;
hide not your commandments from me.
20 My soul is consumed at all times
with fervent longing for your judgements.
21 You have rebuked the arrogant;
cursed are those who stray from your commandments.
22 Turn from me shame and rebuke,
for I have kept your testimonies.
23 Rulers also sit and speak against me,
but your servant meditates on your statutes.
24 For your testimonies are my delight;
they are my faithful counsellors.
6Now this is the commandmentthe statutes and the ordinancesthat the Lord your God charged me to teach you to observe in the land that you are about to cross into and occupy, 2so that you and your children and your childrens children may fear the Lord your God all the days of your life, and keep all his decrees and his commandments that I am commanding you, so that your days may be long. 3Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe them diligently, so that it may go well with you, and so that you may multiply greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you.
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.* 5You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. 6Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. 7Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. 8Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem* on your forehead, 9and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
10 When the Lord your God has brought you into the land that he swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give youa land with fine, large cities that you did not build, 11houses filled with all sorts of goods that you did not fill, hewn cisterns that you did not hew, vineyards and olive groves that you did not plantand when you have eaten your fill, 12take care that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 13The Lord your God you shall fear; him you shall serve, and by his name alone you shall swear. 14Do not follow other gods, any of the gods of the peoples who are all around you, 15because the Lord your God, who is present with you, is a jealous God. The anger of the Lord your God would be kindled against you and he would destroy you from the face of the earth.
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4in him was life,* and the life was the light of all people. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.*
10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11He came to what was his own,* and his own people did not accept him. 12But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a fathers only son,* full of grace and truth.
15(John testified to him and cried out, This was he of whom I said, He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me. )
16From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
17The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
18No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son,* who is close to the Fathers heart,* who has made him known.
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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