Praise the name of the Lord;
give praise, you servants of the Lord,
2 You that stand in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God.
3 Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
make music to his name, for it is lovely.
4 For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself
and Israel for his own possession.
5 For I know that the Lord is great
and that our Lord is above all gods.
6 The Lord does whatever he pleases
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and in all the deeps.
7 He brings up the clouds from the ends of the earth;
he makes lightning with the rain
and brings the winds out of his treasuries.
8 He smote the firstborn of Egypt,
the firstborn of man and beast.
9 He sent signs and wonders into your midst, O Egypt,
upon Pharaoh and all his servants.
10 He smote many nations
and slew mighty kings:
11 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
and Og, the king of Bashan,
and all the kingdoms of Canaan.
12 He gave their land as a heritage,
a heritage for Israel his people.
13 Your name, O Lord, endures for ever
and shall be remembered through all generations.
14 For the Lord will vindicate his people
and have compassion on his servants.
15 The idols of the nations are but silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
16 They have mouths, but cannot speak;
eyes have they, but cannot see;
17 They have ears, but cannot hear;
neither is there any breath in their mouths.
18 Those who make them shall become like them,
and so will all who put their trust in them.
19 Bless the Lord, O house of Israel;
O house of Aaron, bless the Lord.
20 Bless the Lord, O house of Levi;
you who fear the Lord, bless the Lord.
21 Blessed be the Lord from Zion,
who dwells in Jerusalem.
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.
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