1 I said, I will keep watch over my ways,
so that I offend not with my tongue.
2 I will guard my mouth with a muzzle,
while the wicked are in my sight.
3 So I held my tongue and said nothing;
I kept silent but to no avail.
4 My distress increased, my heart grew hot within me;
while I mused, the fire was kindled
and I spoke out with my tongue:
5 Lord, let me know my end and the number of my days,
that I may know how short my time is.
6 You have made my days but a handsbreadth,
and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight;
truly, even those who stand upright are but a breath.
7 We walk about like a shadow
and in vain we are in turmoil;
we heap up riches and cannot tell who will gather them.
8 And now, what is my hope?
Truly my hope is even in you.
9 Deliver me from all my transgressions
and do not make me the taunt of the fool.
10 I fell silent and did not open my mouth,
for surely it was your doing.
11 Take away your plague from me;
I am consumed by the blows of your hand.
12 With rebukes for sin you punish us;
like a moth you consume our beauty;
truly, everyone is but a breath.
13 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry;
hold not your peace at my tears.
14 For I am but a stranger with you,
a wayfarer, as all my forebears were.
15 Turn your gaze from me, that I may be glad again,
before I go my way and am no more.
10 And when you tell this people all these words, and they say to you, Why has the Lord pronounced all this great evil against us? What is our iniquity? What is the sin that we have committed against the Lord our God? 11then you shall say to them: It is because your ancestors have forsaken me, says the Lord, and have gone after other gods and have served and worshipped them, and have forsaken me and have not kept my law; 12and because you have behaved worse than your ancestors, for here you are, every one of you, following your stubborn, evil will, refusing to listen to me. 13Therefore I will hurl you out of this land into a land that neither you nor your ancestors have known, and there you shall serve other gods day and night, for I will show you no favour.
14 Therefore, the days are surely coming, says the Lord, when it shall no longer be said, As the Lord lives who brought the people of Israel up out of the land of Egypt, 15but As the Lord lives who brought the people of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the lands where he had driven them. For I will bring them back to their own land that I gave to their ancestors.
16 I am now sending for many fishermen, says the Lord, and they shall catch them; and afterwards I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks.
17For my eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from my presence, nor is their iniquity concealed from my sight.
18And* I will doubly repay their iniquity and their sin, because they have polluted my land with the carcasses of their detestable idols, and have filled my inheritance with their abominations.
19 O Lord, my strength and my stronghold,
my refuge on the day of trouble,
to you shall the nations come
from the ends of the earth and say:
Our ancestors have inherited nothing but lies,
worthless things in which there is no profit.
20 Can mortals make for themselves gods?
Such are no gods!
21 Therefore I am surely going to teach them, this time I am going to teach them my power and my might, and they shall know that my name is the Lord.
17The sin of Judah is written with an iron pen; with a diamond point it is engraved on the tablet of their hearts, and on the horns of their altars,
2while their children remember their altars and their sacred poles,* beside every green tree, and on the high hills,
3on the mountains in the open country. Your wealth and all your treasures I will give for spoil as the price of your sin* throughout all your territory.
4By your own act you shall lose the heritage that I gave you, and I will make you serve your enemies in a land that you do not know, for in my anger a fire is kindled* that shall burn for ever.
16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17got into a boat, and started across the lake to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18The lake became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19When they had rowed about three or four miles,* they saw Jesus walking on the lake and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. 20But he said to them, It is I;* do not be afraid. 21Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land towards which they were going.
22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the lake saw that there had been only one boat there. They also saw that Jesus had not got into the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 23Then some boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.* 24So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they said to him, Rabbi, when did you come here? 26Jesus answered them, Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.
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/
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