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Psalm 42

1  As the deer longs for the water brooks, 
   so longs my soul for you, O God.
2  My soul is athirst for God, even for the living God; 
   when shall I come before the presence of God?
3  My tears have been my bread day and night, 
   while all day long they say to me, ‘Where is now your God?’
4  Now when I think on these things, I pour out my soul: 
   how I went with the multitude
      and led the procession to the house of God,
5  With the voice of praise and thanksgiving, 
   among those who kept holy day.
6  Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul, 
   and why are you so disquieted within me?
7  O put your trust in God; 
   for I will yet give him thanks,
      who is the help of my countenance, and my God.
8  My soul is heavy within me; 
   therefore I will remember you from the land of Jordan,
      and from Hermon and the hill of Mizar.
9  Deep calls to deep in the thunder of your waterfalls; 
   all your breakers and waves have gone over me.
10  The Lord will grant his loving-kindness in the daytime; 
   through the night his song will be with me,
      a prayer to the God of my life.
11  I say to God my rock,
      ‘Why have you forgotten me, 
   and why go I so heavily, while the enemy oppresses me?’
12  As they crush my bones, my enemies mock me; 
   while all day long they say to me, ‘Where is now your God?’
13  Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul, 
   and why are you so disquieted within me?
14  O put your trust in God; 
   for I will yet give him thanks,
      who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

Psalm 43

1  Give judgement for me, O God,
      and defend my cause against an ungodly people; 
   deliver me from the deceitful and the wicked.
2  For you are the God of my refuge;
      why have you cast me from you, 
   and why go I so heavily, while the enemy oppresses me?
3  O send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, 
   and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling,
4  That I may go to the altar of God,
      to the God of my joy and gladness; 
   and on the lyre I will give thanks to you, O God my God.
5  Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul, 
   and why are you so disquieted within me?
6  O put your trust in God; 
   for I will yet give him thanks,
      who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

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Isaiah 49: 1-12

The Servant’s Mission

49Listen to me, O coastlands,
   pay attention, you peoples from far away!
The Lord called me before I was born,
   while I was in my mother’s womb he named me.
2 He made my mouth like a sharp sword,
   in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow,
   in his quiver he hid me away.
3 And he said to me, ‘You are my servant,
   Israel, in whom I will be glorified.’
4 But I said, ‘I have laboured in vain,
   I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my cause is with the Lord,
   and my reward with my God.’


5 And now the Lord says,
   who formed me in the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him,
   and that Israel might be gathered to him,
for I am honoured in the sight of the Lord,
   and my God has become my strength—
6 he says,
‘It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
   to raise up the tribes of Jacob
   and to restore the survivors of Israel;
I will give you as a light to the nations,
   that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.’


7 Thus says the Lord,
   the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,
to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations,
   the slave of rulers,
‘Kings shall see and stand up,
   princes, and they shall prostrate themselves,
because of the Lord, who is faithful,
   the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.’

Zion’s Children to Be Brought Home


8 Thus says the Lord:
In a time of favour I have answered you,
   on a day of salvation I have helped you;
I have kept you and given you
   as a covenant to the people,*
to establish the land,
   to apportion the desolate heritages;
9 saying to the prisoners, ‘Come out’,
   to those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’
They shall feed along the ways,
   on all the bare heights* shall be their pasture;
10 they shall not hunger or thirst,
   neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them down,
for he who has pity on them will lead them,
   and by springs of water will guide them.
11 And I will turn all my mountains into a road,
   and my highways shall be raised up.
12 Lo, these shall come from far away,
   and lo, these from the north and from the west,
   and these from the land of Syene.*

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Mark 6: 14-29

The Death of John the Baptist

14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’* name had become known. Some were* saying, ‘John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.’ 15But others said, ‘It is Elijah.’ And others said, ‘It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.’ 16But when Herod heard of it, he said, ‘John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.’

17 For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod* had married her. 18For John had been telling Herod, ‘It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.’ 19And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, 20for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed;* and yet he liked to listen to him. 21But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee. 22When his daughter Herodias* came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, ‘Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.’ 23And he solemnly swore to her, ‘Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.’ 24She went out and said to her mother, ‘What should I ask for?’ She replied, ‘The head of John the baptizer.’ 25Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, ‘I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.’ 26The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s* head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, 28brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother. 29When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

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