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.
1 Blessed are those who consider the poor and needy;
the Lord will deliver them in the time of trouble.
2 The Lord preserves them and restores their life,
that they may be happy in the land;
he will not hand them over to the will of their enemies.
3 The Lord sustains them on their sickbed;
their sickness, Lord, you will remove.
4 And so I said, Lord, be merciful to me;
heal me, for I have sinned against you.
5 My enemies speak evil about me,
asking when I shall die and my name perish.
6 If they come to see me, they utter empty words;
their heart gathers mischief;
when they go out, they tell it abroad.
7 All my enemies whisper together against me,
against me they devise evil,
8 Saying that a deadly thing has laid hold on me,
and that I will not rise again from where I lie.
9 Even my bosom friend, whom I trusted,
who ate of my bread,
has lifted up his heel against me.
10 But you, O Lord, be merciful to me
and raise me up, that I may reward them.
11 By this I know that you favour me,
that my enemy does not triumph over me.
12 Because of my integrity you uphold me
and will set me before your face for ever.
13 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.
48Hear this, O house of Jacob,
who are called by the name of Israel,
and who came forth from the loins* of Judah;
who swear by the name of the Lord,
and invoke the God of Israel,
but not in truth or right.
2 For they call themselves after the holy city,
and lean on the God of Israel;
the Lord of hosts is his name.
3 The former things I declared long ago,
they went out from my mouth and I made them known;
then suddenly I did them and they came to pass.
4 Because I know that you are obstinate,
and your neck is an iron sinew
and your forehead brass,
5 I declared them to you from long ago,
before they came to pass I announced them to you,
so that you would not say, My idol did them,
my carved image and my cast image commanded them.
6 You have heard; now see all this;
and will you not declare it?
From this time forward I make you hear new things,
hidden things that you have not known.
7 They are created now, not long ago;
before today you have never heard of them,
so that you could not say, I already knew them.
8 You have never heard, you have never known,
from of old your ear has not been opened.
For I knew that you would deal very treacherously,
and that from birth you were called a rebel.
9 For my names sake I defer my anger,
for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you,
so that I may not cut you off.
10 See, I have refined you, but not like* silver;
I have tested you in the furnace of adversity.
11 For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it,
for why should my name* be profaned?
My glory I will not give to another.
12 Listen to me, O Jacob,
and Israel, whom I called:
I am He; I am the first,
and I am the last.
13 My hand laid the foundation of the earth,
and my right hand spread out the heavens;
when I summon them,
they stand at attention.
14 Assemble, all of you, and hear!
Who among them has declared these things?
The Lord loves him;
he shall perform his purpose on Babylon,
and his arm shall be against the Chaldeans.
15 I, even I, have spoken and called him,
I have brought him, and he will prosper in his way.
16 Draw near to me, hear this!
From the beginning I have not spoken in secret,
from the time it came to be I have been there.
And now the Lord God has sent me and his spirit.
17 Thus says the Lord,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
I am the Lord your God,
who teaches you for your own good,
who leads you in the way you should go.
18 O that you had paid attention to my commandments!
Then your prosperity would have been like a river,
and your success like the waves of the sea;
19 your offspring would have been like the sand,
and your descendants like its grains;
their name would never be cut off
or destroyed from before me.
20 Go out from Babylon, flee from Chaldea,
declare this with a shout of joy, proclaim it,
send it forth to the end of the earth;
say, The Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob!
21 They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts;
he made water flow for them from the rock;
he split open the rock and the water gushed out.
22 There is no peace, says the Lord, for the wicked.
6He left that place and came to his home town, and his disciples followed him.
2On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands!
3Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary* and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us? And they took offence* at him.
4Then Jesus said to them, Prophets are not without honour, except in their home town, and among their own kin, and in their own house.
5And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them.
6And he was amazed at their unbelief.
Then he went about among the villages teaching. 7He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; 9but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. 10He said to them, Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. 11If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them. 12So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. 13They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
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