1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me,
and are so far from my salvation,
from the words of my distress?
2 O my God, I cry in the daytime,
but you do not answer;
and by night also, but I find no rest.
3 Yet you are the Holy One,
enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
4 Our forebears trusted in you;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
5 They cried out to you and were delivered;
they put their trust in you and were not confounded.
6 But as for me, I am a worm and no man,
scorned by all and despised by the people.
7 All who see me laugh me to scorn;
they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,
8 He trusted in the Lord; let him deliver him;
let him deliver him, if he delights in him.
9 But it is you that took me out of the womb
and laid me safe upon my mothers breast.
10 On you was I cast ever since I was born;
you are my God even from my mothers womb.
11 Be not far from me, for trouble is near at hand
and there is none to help.
12 Mighty oxen come around me;
fat bulls of Bashan close me in on every side.
13 They gape upon me with their mouths,
as it were a ramping and a roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water;
all my bones are out of joint;
my heart has become like wax
melting in the depths of my body.
15 My mouth is dried up like a potsherd;
my tongue cleaves to my gums;
you have laid me in the dust of death.
16 For the hounds are all about me,
the pack of evildoers close in on me;
they pierce my hands and my feet.
17 I can count all my bones;
they stand staring and looking upon me.
18 They divide my garments among them;
they cast lots for my clothing.
19 Be not far from me, O Lord;
you are my strength; hasten to help me.
20 Deliver my soul from the sword,
my poor life from the power of the dog.
21 Save me from the lions mouth,
from the horns of wild oxen.
You have answered me!
22 I will tell of your name to my people;
in the midst of the congregation will I praise you.
23 Praise the Lord, you that fear him;
O seed of Jacob, glorify him;
stand in awe of him, O seed of Israel.
24 For he has not despised nor abhorred the suffering of the poor;
neither has he hidden his face from them;
but when they cried to him he heard them.
25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
I will perform my vows
in the presence of those that fear you.
26 The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek the Lord shall praise him;
their hearts shall live for ever.
27 All the ends of the earth
shall remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations shall bow before him.
28 For the kingdom is the Lords
and he rules over the nations.
29 How can those who sleep in the earth
bow down in worship,
or those who go down to the dust kneel before him?
30 He has saved my life for himself;
my descendants shall serve him;
this shall be told of the Lord for generations to come.
31 They shall come and make known his salvation,
to a people yet unborn,
declaring that he, the Lord, has done it.
42Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
2 He will not cry or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
3 a bruised reed he will not break,
and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
4 He will not grow faint or be crushed
until he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his teaching.
5 Thus says God, the Lord,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people upon it
and spirit to those who walk in it:
6 I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness,
I have taken you by the hand and kept you;
I have given you as a covenant to the people,*
a light to the nations,
7 to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.
8 I am the Lord, that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to idols.
9 See, the former things have come to pass,
and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth,
I tell you of them.
10 Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise from the end of the earth!
Let the sea roar* and all that fills it,
the coastlands and their inhabitants.
11 Let the desert and its towns lift up their voice,
the villages that Kedar inhabits;
let the inhabitants of Sela sing for joy,
let them shout from the tops of the mountains.
12 Let them give glory to the Lord,
and declare his praise in the coastlands.
13 The Lord goes forth like a soldier,
like a warrior he stirs up his fury;
he cries out, he shouts aloud,
he shows himself mighty against his foes.
14 For a long time I have held my peace,
I have kept still and restrained myself;
now I will cry out like a woman in labour,
I will gasp and pant.
15 I will lay waste mountains and hills,
and dry up all their herbage;
I will turn the rivers into islands,
and dry up the pools.
16 I will lead the blind
by a road they do not know,
by paths they have not known
I will guide them.
I will turn the darkness before them into light,
the rough places into level ground.
These are the things I will do,
and I will not forsake them.
17 They shall be turned back and utterly put to shame
those who trust in carved images,
who say to cast images,
You are our gods.
18 Listen, you that are deaf;
and you that are blind, look up and see!
19 Who is blind but my servant,
or deaf like my messenger whom I send?
Who is blind like my dedicated one,
or blind like the servant of the Lord?
20 He sees many things, but does* not observe them;
his ears are open, but he does not hear.
21 The Lord was pleased, for the sake of his righteousness,
to magnify his teaching and make it glorious.
22 But this is a people robbed and plundered,
all of them are trapped in holes
and hidden in prisons;
they have become a prey with no one to rescue,
a spoil with no one to say, Restore!
23 Who among you will give heed to this,
who will attend and listen for the time to come?
24 Who gave up Jacob to the spoiler,
and Israel to the robbers?
Was it not the Lord, against whom we have sinned,
in whose ways they would not walk,
and whose law they would not obey?
25 So he poured upon him the heat of his anger
and the fury of war;
it set him on fire all around, but he did not understand;
it burned him, but he did not take it to heart.
13 Jesus* went out again beside the lake; the whole crowd gathered around him, and he taught them. 14As he was walking along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, Follow me. And he got up and followed him.
15 And as he sat at dinner* in Levis* house, many tax-collectors and sinners were also sitting* with Jesus and his disciplesfor there were many who followed him. 16When the scribes of* the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax-collectors, they said to his disciples, Why does he eat* with tax-collectors and sinners? 17When Jesus heard this, he said to them, Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.
18 Now Johns disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people* came and said to him, Why do Johns disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast? 19Jesus said to them, The wedding-guests cannot fast while the bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.
21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak; otherwise, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. 22And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.*
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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