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.
14 Therefore Sheol has enlarged its appetite
and opened its mouth beyond measure;
the nobility of Jerusalem* and her multitude go down,
her throng and all who exult in her.
15 People are bowed down, everyone is brought low,
and the eyes of the haughty are humbled.
16 But the Lord of hosts is exalted by justice,
and the Holy God shows himself holy by righteousness.
17 Then the lambs shall graze as in their pasture,
fatlings and kids* shall feed among the ruins.
18 Ah, you who drag iniquity along with cords of falsehood,
who drag sin along as with cart-ropes,
19 who say, Let him make haste,
let him speed his work
that we may see it;
let the plan of the Holy One of Israel hasten to fulfilment,
that we may know it!
20 Ah, you who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter!
21 Ah, you who are wise in your own eyes,
and shrewd in your own sight!
22 Ah, you who are heroes in drinking wine
and valiant at mixing drink,
23 who acquit the guilty for a bribe,
and deprive the innocent of their rights!
24 Therefore, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble,
and as dry grass sinks down in the flame,
so their root will become rotten,
and their blossom go up like dust;
for they have rejected the instruction of the Lord of hosts,
and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
25 Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people,
and he stretched out his hand against them and struck them;
the mountains quaked,
and their corpses were like refuse
in the streets.
For all this his anger has not turned away,
and his hand is stretched out still.
34 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest? 37He said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38This is the greatest and first commandment. 39And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question:
42What do you think of the Messiah?* Whose son is he? They said to him, The son of David.
43He said to them, How is it then that David by the Spirit* calls him Lord, saying,
44 The Lord said to my Lord,
Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet ?
45If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son? 46No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.
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