1 We have heard with our ears, O God, our forebears have told us,
all that you did in their days, in time of old;
2 How with your hand you drove out nations and planted us in,
and broke the power of peoples and set us free.
3 For not by their own sword did our ancestors take the land
nor did their own arm save them,
4 But your right hand, your arm, and the light of your countenance,
because you were gracious to them.
5 You are my King and my God,
who commanded salvation for Jacob.
6 Through you we drove back our adversaries;
through your name we trod down our foes.
7 For I did not trust in my bow;
it was not my own sword that saved me;
8 It was you that saved us from our enemies
and put our adversaries to shame.
9 We gloried in God all the day long,
and were ever praising your name.
10 But now you have rejected us and brought us to shame,
and go not out with our armies.
11 You have made us turn our backs on our enemies,
and our enemies have despoiled us.
12 You have made us like sheep to be slaughtered,
and have scattered us among the nations.
13 You have sold your people for a pittance
and made no profit on their sale.
14 You have made us the taunt of our neighbours,
the scorn and derision of those that are round about us.
15 You have made us a byword among the nations;
among the peoples they wag their heads.
16 My confusion is daily before me,
and shame has covered my face,
17 At the taunts of the slanderer and reviler,
at the sight of the enemy and avenger.
18 All this has come upon us,
though we have not forgotten you
and have not played false to your covenant.
19 Our hearts have not turned back,
nor our steps gone out of your way,
20 Yet you have crushed us in the haunt of jackals,
and covered us with the shadow of death.
21 If we have forgotten the name of our God,
or stretched out our hands to any strange god,
22 Will not God search it out?
For he knows the secrets of the heart.
23 But for your sake are we killed all the day long,
and are counted as sheep for the slaughter.
24 Rise up! Why sleep, O Lord?
Awake, and do not reject us for ever.
25 Why do you hide your face
and forget our grief and oppression?
26 Our soul is bowed down to the dust;
our belly cleaves to the earth.
27 Rise up, O Lord, to help us
and redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love.
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 mothers 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.
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.*
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 Philips wife, because Herod* had married her.
18For John had been telling Herod, It is not lawful for you to have your brothers 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 Johns* 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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