1 In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
deliver me in your righteousness.
2 Incline your ear to me;
make haste to deliver me.
3 Be my strong rock, a fortress to save me,
for you are my rock and my stronghold;
guide me, and lead me for your names sake.
4 Take me out of the net
that they have laid secretly for me,
for you are my strength.
5 Into your hands I commend my spirit,
for you have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.
6 I hate those who cling to worthless idols;
I put my trust in the Lord.
7 I will be glad and rejoice in your mercy,
for you have seen my affliction
and known my soul in adversity.
8 You have not shut me up in the hand of the enemy;
you have set my feet in an open place.
9 Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am in trouble;
my eye is consumed with sorrow,
my soul and my body also.
10 For my life is wasted with grief,
and my years with sighing;
my strength fails me because of my affliction,
and my bones are consumed.
11 I have become a reproach to all my enemies
and even to my neighbours,
an object of dread to my acquaintances;
when they see me in the street they flee from me.
12 I am forgotten like one that is dead, out of mind;
I have become like a broken vessel.
13 For I have heard the whispering of the crowd;
fear is on every side;
they scheme together against me,
and plot to take my life.
14 But my trust is in you, O Lord.
I have said, You are my God.
15 My times are in your hand;
deliver me from the hand of my enemies,
and from those who persecute me.
16 Make your face to shine upon your servant,
and save me for your mercys sake.
17 Lord, let me not be confounded
for I have called upon you;
but let the wicked be put to shame;
let them be silent in the grave.
18 Let the lying lips be put to silence
that speak against the righteous
with arrogance, disdain and contempt.
19 How abundant is your goodness, O Lord,
which you have laid up for those who fear you;
which you have prepared in the sight of all
for those who put their trust in you.
20 You hide them in the shelter of your presence
from those who slander them;
you keep them safe in your refuge from the strife of tongues.
21 Blessed be the Lord!
For he has shown me his steadfast love
when I was as a city besieged.
22 I had said in my alarm,
I have been cut off from the sight of your eyes.
Nevertheless, you heard the voice of my prayer
when I cried out to you.
23 Love the Lord, all you his servants;
for the Lord protects the faithful,
but repays to the full the proud.
24 Be strong and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait in hope for the Lord.
24 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
who formed you in the womb:
I am the Lord, who made all things,
who alone stretched out the heavens,
who by myself spread out the earth;
25 who frustrates the omens of liars,
and makes fools of diviners;
who turns back the wise,
and makes their knowledge foolish;
26 who confirms the word of his servant,
and fulfils the prediction of his messengers;
who says of Jerusalem, It shall be inhabited,
and of the cities of Judah, They shall be rebuilt,
and I will raise up their ruins;
27 who says to the deep, Be dry
I will dry up your rivers;
28 who says of Cyrus, He is my shepherd,
and he shall carry out all my purpose;
and who says of Jerusalem, It shall be rebuilt,
and of the temple, Your foundation shall be laid.
45Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus,
whose right hand I have grasped
to subdue nations before him
and strip kings of their robes,
to open doors before him
and the gates shall not be closed:
2 I will go before you
and level the mountains,*
I will break in pieces the doors of bronze
and cut through the bars of iron,
3 I will give you the treasures of darkness
and riches hidden in secret places,
so that you may know that it is I, the Lord,
the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
4 For the sake of my servant Jacob,
and Israel my chosen,
I call you by your name,
I surname you, though you do not know me.
5 I am the Lord, and there is no other;
besides me there is no god.
I arm you, though you do not know me,
6 so that they may know, from the rising of the sun
and from the west, that there is no one besides me;
I am the Lord, and there is no other.
7 I form light and create darkness,
I make weal and create woe;
I the Lord do all these things.
4Again he began to teach beside the lake. Such a very large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the lake and sat there, while the whole crowd was beside the lake on the land. 2He began to teach them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: 3Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and it sprang up quickly, since it had no depth of soil. 6And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away. 7Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. 8Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold. 9And he said, Let anyone with ears to hear listen!
10 When he was alone, those who were around him along with the twelve asked him about the parables.
11And he said to them, To you has been given the secret* of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables;
12in order that
they may indeed look, but not perceive,
and may indeed listen, but not understand;
so that they may not turn again and be forgiven.
13 And he said to them, Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand all the parables? 14The sower sows the word. 15These are the ones on the path where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. 16And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: when they hear the word, they immediately receive it with joy. 17But they have no root, and endure only for a while; then, when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.* 18And others are those sown among the thorns: these are the ones who hear the word, 19but the cares of the world, and the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it yields nothing. 20And these are the ones sown on the good soil: they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.
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