1 Fret not because of evildoers;
be not jealous of those who do wrong.
2 For they shall soon wither like grass
and like the green herb fade away.
3 Trust in the Lord and be doing good;
dwell in the land and be nourished with truth.
4 Let your delight be in the Lord
and he will give you your hearts desire.
5 Commit your way to the Lord and put your trust in him,
and he will bring it to pass.
6 He will make your righteousness as clear as the light
and your just dealing as the noonday.
7 Be still before the Lord and wait for him;
do not fret over those that prosper
as they follow their evil schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and abandon wrath;
do not fret, lest you be moved to do evil.
9 For evildoers shall be cut off,
but those who wait upon the Lord shall possess the land.
10 Yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more;
you will search for their place and find them gone.
11 But the lowly shall possess the land
and shall delight in abundance of peace.
12 The wicked plot against the righteous
and gnash at them with their teeth.
13 The Lord shall laugh at the wicked,
for he sees that their day is coming.
14 The wicked draw their sword and bend their bow
to strike down the poor and needy,
to slaughter those who walk in truth.
15 Their sword shall go through their own heart
and their bows shall be broken.
16 The little that the righteous have
is better than great riches of the wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
but the Lord upholds the righteous.
18 The Lord knows the days of the godly,
and their inheritance shall stand for ever.
19 They shall not be put to shame in the perilous time,
and in days of famine they shall have enough.
20 But the wicked shall perish;
like the glory of the meadows
the enemies of the Lord shall vanish;
they shall vanish like smoke.
21 The wicked borrow and do not repay,
but the righteous are generous in giving.
22 For those who are blest by God shall possess the land,
but those who are cursed by him shall be rooted out.
23 When your steps are guided by the Lord
and you delight in his way,
24 Though you stumble, you shall not fall headlong,
for the Lord holds you fast by the hand.
25 I have been young and now am old,
yet never have I seen the righteous forsaken,
or their children begging their bread.
26 All the day long they are generous in lending,
and their children also shall be blest.
27 Depart from evil and do good
and you shall abide for ever.
28 For the Lord loves the thing that is right
and will not forsake his faithful ones.
29 The unjust shall be destroyed for ever,
and the offspring of the wicked shall be rooted out.
30 The righteous shall possess the land
and dwell in it for ever.
31 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
and their tongue speaks the thing that is right.
32 The law of their God is in their heart
and their footsteps shall not slide.
33 The wicked spy on the righteous
and seek occasion to slay them.
34 The Lord will not leave them in their hand,
nor let them be condemned when they are judged.
35 Wait upon the Lord and keep his way;
he will raise you up to possess the land,
and when the wicked are uprooted, you shall see it.
36 I myself have seen the wicked in great power
and flourishing like a tree in full leaf.
37 I went by and lo, they were gone;
I sought them, but they could nowhere be found.
38 Keep innocence and heed the thing that is right,
for that will bring you peace at the last.
39 But the sinners shall perish together,
and the posterity of the wicked shall be rooted out.
40 The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord;
he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.
41 The Lord shall stand by them and deliver them;
he shall deliver them from the wicked and shall save them,
because they have put their trust in him.
46Bel bows down, Nebo stoops,
their idols are on beasts and cattle;
these things you carry are loaded
as burdens on weary animals.
2 They stoop, they bow down together;
they cannot save the burden,
but themselves go into captivity.
3 Listen to me, O house of Jacob,
all the remnant of the house of Israel,
who have been borne by me from your birth,
carried from the womb;
4 even to your old age I am he,
even when you turn grey I will carry you.
I have made, and I will bear;
I will carry and will save.
5 To whom will you liken me and make me equal,
and compare me, as though we were alike?
6 Those who lavish gold from the purse,
and weigh out silver in the scales
they hire a goldsmith, who makes it into a god;
then they fall down and worship!
7 They lift it to their shoulders, they carry it,
they set it in its place, and it stands there;
it cannot move from its place.
If one cries out to it, it does not answer
or save anyone from trouble.
8 Remember this and consider,*
recall it to mind, you transgressors,
9 remember the former things of old;
for I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like me,
10 declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, My purpose shall stand,
and I will fulfil my intention,
11 calling a bird of prey from the east,
the man for my purpose from a far country.
I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass;
I have planned, and I will do it.
12 Listen to me, you stubborn of heart,
you who are far from deliverance:
13 I bring near my deliverance, it is not far off,
and my salvation will not tarry;
I will put salvation in Zion,
for Israel my glory.
5They came to the other side of the lake, to the country of the Gerasenes.* 2And when he had stepped out of the boat, immediately a man out of the tombs with an unclean spirit met him. 3He lived among the tombs; and no one could restrain him any more, even with a chain; 4for he had often been restrained with shackles and chains, but the chains he wrenched apart, and the shackles he broke in pieces; and no one had the strength to subdue him. 5Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always howling and bruising himself with stones. 6When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him; 7and he shouted at the top of his voice, What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me. 8For he had said to him, Come out of the man, you unclean spirit! 9Then Jesus* asked him, What is your name? He replied, My name is Legion; for we are many. 10He begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11Now there on the hillside a great herd of swine was feeding; 12and the unclean spirits* begged him, Send us into the swine; let us enter them. 13So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the lake, and were drowned in the lake.
14 The swineherds ran off and told it in the city and in the country. Then people came to see what it was that had happened. 15They came to Jesus and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the legion; and they were afraid. 16Those who had seen what had happened to the demoniac and to the swine reported it. 17Then they began to beg Jesus* to leave their neighbourhood. 18As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed by demons begged him that he might be with him. 19But Jesus* refused, and said to him, Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you. 20And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.
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