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.
1 How long will you forget me, O Lord; for ever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long shall I have anguish in my soul
and grief in my heart, day after day?
How long shall my enemy triumph over me?
3 Look upon me and answer, O Lord my God;
lighten my eyes, lest I sleep in death;
4 Lest my enemy say, I have prevailed against him,
and my foes rejoice that I have fallen.
5 But I put my trust in your steadfast love;
my heart will rejoice in your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord,
for he has dealt so bountifully with me.
1 The fool has said in his heart, There is no God.
Corrupt are they, and abominable in their wickedness;
there is no one that does good.
2 The Lord has looked down from heaven
upon the children of earth,
to see if there is anyone who is wise
and seeks after God.
3 But every one has turned back;
all alike have become corrupt:
there is none that does good; no, not one.
4 Have they no knowledge, those evildoers,
who eat up my people as if they ate bread
and do not call upon the Lord?
5 There shall they be in great fear;
for God is in the company of the righteous.
6 Though they would confound the counsel of the poor,
yet the Lord shall be their refuge.
7 O that Israels salvation would come out of Zion!
When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
then will Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.
41Listen to me in silence, O coastlands;
let the peoples renew their strength;
let them approach, then let them speak;
let us together draw near for judgement.
2 Who has roused a victor from the east,
summoned him to his service?
He delivers up nations to him,
and tramples kings under foot;
he makes them like dust with his sword,
like driven stubble with his bow.
3 He pursues them and passes on safely,
scarcely touching the path with his feet.
4 Who has performed and done this,
calling the generations from the beginning?
I, the Lord, am first,
and will be with the last.
5 The coastlands have seen and are afraid,
the ends of the earth tremble;
they have drawn near and come.
6 Each one helps the other,
saying to one another, Take courage!
7 The artisan encourages the goldsmith,
and the one who smooths with the hammer encourages the one who strikes the anvil,
saying of the soldering, It is good;
and they fasten it with nails so that it cannot be moved.
8 But you, Israel, my servant,
Jacob, whom I have chosen,
the offspring of Abraham, my friend;
9 you whom I took from the ends of the earth,
and called from its farthest corners,
saying to you, You are my servant,
I have chosen you and not cast you off ;
10 do not fear, for I am with you,
do not be afraid, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
11 Yes, all who are incensed against you
shall be ashamed and disgraced;
those who strive against you
shall be as nothing and shall perish.
12 You shall seek those who contend with you,
but you shall not find them;
those who war against you
shall be as nothing at all.
13 For I, the Lord your God,
hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, Do not fear,
I will help you.
14 Do not fear, you worm Jacob,
you insect* Israel!
I will help you, says the Lord;
your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
15 Now, I will make of you a threshing-sledge,
sharp, new, and having teeth;
you shall thresh the mountains and crush them,
and you shall make the hills like chaff.
16 You shall winnow them and the wind shall carry them away,
and the tempest shall scatter them.
Then you shall rejoice in the Lord;
in the Holy One of Israel you shall glory.
29 As soon as they* left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simons mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
32 That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. 33And the whole city was gathered around the door. 34And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
35 In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. 36And Simon and his companions hunted for him. 37When they found him, they said to him, Everyone is searching for you. 38He answered, Let us go on to the neighbouring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do. 39And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.
40 A leper* came to him begging him, and kneeling* he said to him, If you choose, you can make me clean. 41Moved with pity,* Jesus* stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, I do choose. Be made clean! 42Immediately the leprosy* left him, and he was made clean. 43After sternly warning him he sent him away at once, 44saying to him, See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them. 45But he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the word, so that Jesus* could no longer go into a town openly, but stayed out in the country; and people came to him from every quarter.
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