1 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
for it is good for the just to sing praises.
2 Praise the Lord with the lyre;
on the ten-stringed harp sing his praise.
3 Sing for him a new song;
play skilfully, with shouts of praise.
4 For the word of the Lord is true
and all his works are sure.
5 He loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of the loving-kindness of the Lord.
6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made
and all their host by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathers up the waters of the sea as in a waterskin
and lays up the deep in his treasury.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord;
stand in awe of him, all who dwell in the world.
9 For he spoke, and it was done;
he commanded, and it stood fast.
10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to naught;
he frustrates the designs of the peoples.
11 But the counsel of the Lord shall endure for ever
and the designs of his heart from generation to generation.
12 Happy the nation whose God is the Lord
and the people he has chosen for his own.
13 The Lord looks down from heaven
and beholds all the children of earth.
14 From where he sits enthroned he turns his gaze
on all who dwell on the earth.
15 He fashions all the hearts of them
and understands all their works.
16 No king is saved by the might of his host;
no warrior delivered by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
for all its strength it cannot save.
18 Behold, the eye of the Lord
is upon those who fear him,
on those who wait in hope for his steadfast love,
19 To deliver their soul from death
and to feed them in time of famine.
20 Our soul waits longingly for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
21 Indeed, our heart rejoices in him;
in his holy name have we put our trust.
22 Let your loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us,
as we have set our hope on you.
26 You shall not eat anything with its blood. You shall not practise augury or witchcraft. 27You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard. 28You shall not make any gashes in your flesh for the dead or tattoo any marks upon you: I am the Lord.
29 Do not profane your daughter by making her a prostitute, so that the land may not become prostituted and full of depravity. 30You shall keep my sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord.
31 Do not turn to mediums or wizards; do not seek them out, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.
32 You shall rise before the aged, and defer to the old; and you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.
33 When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. 34The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
35 You shall not cheat in measuring length, weight, or quantity. 36You shall have honest balances, honest weights, an honest ephah, and an honest hin: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt. 37You shall keep all my statutes and all my ordinances, and observe them: I am the Lord.
2As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters,* 2not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here. 3Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first and the lawless one* is revealed, the one destined for destruction.* 4He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God. 5Do you not remember that I told you these things when I was still with you? 6And you know what is now restraining him, so that he may be revealed when his time comes. 7For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but only until the one who now restrains it is removed. 8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus* will destroy* with the breath of his mouth, annihilating him by the manifestation of his coming. 9The coming of the lawless one is apparent in the working of Satan, who uses all power, signs, lying wonders, 10and every kind of wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion, leading them to believe what is false, 12so that all who have not believed the truth but took pleasure in unrighteousness will be condemned.
13 But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters* beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits* for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14For this purpose he called you through our proclamation of the good news,* so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15So then, brothers and sisters,* stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope,
17comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.
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/
Enter another bible reference:
10 February 2011