1 My heart is astir with gracious words;
as I make my song for the king,
my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
2 You are the fairest of men;
full of grace are your lips,
for God has blest you for ever.
3 Gird your sword upon your thigh, O mighty one;
gird on your majesty and glory.
4 Ride on and prosper in the cause of truth
and for the sake of humility and righteousness.
5 Your right hand will teach you terrible things;
your arrows will be sharp in the heart of the kings enemies,
so that peoples fall beneath you.
6 Your throne is Gods throne, for ever;
the sceptre of your kingdom is the sceptre of righteousness.
7 You love righteousness and hate iniquity;
therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness above your fellows.
8 All your garments are fragrant with myrrh, aloes and cassia;
from ivory palaces the music of strings makes you glad.
9 Kings daughters are among your honourable women;
at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.
10 Hear, O daughter; consider and incline your ear;
forget your own people and your fathers house.
11 So shall the king have pleasure in your beauty;
he is your lord, so do him honour.
12 The people of Tyre shall bring you gifts;
the richest of the people shall seek your favour.
13 The kings daughter is all glorious within;
her clothing is embroidered cloth of gold.
14 She shall be brought to the king in raiment of needlework;
after her the virgins that are her companions.
15 With joy and gladness shall they be brought
and enter into the palace of the king.
16 Instead of your fathers you shall have sons,
whom you shall make princes over all the land.
17 I will make your name to be remembered through all generations;
therefore shall the peoples praise you for ever and ever.
1 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble;
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved,
and though the mountains tremble in the heart of the sea;
3 Though the waters rage and swell,
and though the mountains quake at the towering seas.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place of the dwelling of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her;
therefore shall she not be removed;
God shall help her at the break of day.
6 The nations are in uproar and the kingdoms are shaken,
but God utters his voice and the earth shall melt away.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
8 Come and behold the works of the Lord,
what destruction he has wrought upon the earth.
9 He makes wars to cease in all the world;
he shatters the bow and snaps the spear
and burns the chariots in the fire.
10 Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations;
I will be exalted in the earth.
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
13 Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
break forth, O mountains, into singing!
For the Lord has comforted his people,
and will have compassion on his suffering ones.
14 But Zion said, The Lord has forsaken me,
my Lord has forgotten me.
15 Can a woman forget her nursing-child,
or show no compassion for the child of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.
16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are continually before me.
17 Your builders outdo your destroyers,*
and those who laid you waste go away from you.
18 Lift up your eyes all around and see;
they all gather, they come to you.
As I live, says the Lord,
you shall put all of them on like an ornament,
and like a bride you shall bind them on.
19 Surely your waste and your desolate places
and your devastated land
surely now you will be too crowded for your inhabitants,
and those who swallowed you up will be far away.
20 The children born in the time of your bereavement
will yet say in your hearing:
The place is too crowded for me;
make room for me to settle.
21 Then you will say in your heart,
Who has borne me these?
I was bereaved and barren,
exiled and put away
so who has reared these?
I was left all alone
where then have these come from?
22 Thus says the Lord God:
I will soon lift up my hand to the nations,
and raise my signal to the peoples;
and they shall bring your sons in their bosom,
and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders.
23 Kings shall be your foster-fathers,
and their queens your nursing-mothers.
With their faces to the ground they shall bow down to you,
and lick the dust of your feet.
Then you will know that I am the Lord;
those who wait for me shall not be put to shame.
30 The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31He said to them, Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while. For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. 33Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. 34As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. 35When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; 36send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat. 37But he answered them, You give them something to eat. They said to him, Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii* worth of bread, and give it to them to eat? 38And he said to them, How many loaves have you? Go and see. When they had found out, they said, Five, and two fish. 39Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. 41Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. 42And all ate and were filled; 43and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men.
45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray.
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