1 Clap your hands together, all you peoples;
O sing to God with shouts of joy.
2 For the Lord Most High is to be feared;
he is the great King over all the earth.
3 He subdued the peoples under us
and the nations under our feet.
4 He has chosen our heritage for us,
the pride of Jacob, whom he loves.
5 God has gone up with a merry noise,
the Lord with the sound of the trumpet.
6 O sing praises to God, sing praises;
sing praises to our King, sing praises.
7 For God is the King of all the earth;
sing praises with all your skill.
8 God reigns over the nations;
God has taken his seat upon his holy throne.
9 The nobles of the peoples are gathered together
with the people of the God of Abraham.
10 For the powers of the earth belong to God
and he is very highly exalted.
1 Great is the Lord and highly to be praised,
in the city of our God.
2 His holy mountain is fair and lifted high,
the joy of all the earth.
3 On Mount Zion, the divine dwelling place,
stands the city of the great king.
4 In her palaces God has shown himself
to be a sure refuge.
5 For behold, the kings of the earth assembled
and swept forward together.
6 They saw, and were dumbfounded;
dismayed, they fled in terror.
7 Trembling seized them there;
they writhed like a woman in labour,
as when the east wind shatters the ships of Tarshish.
8 As we had heard, so have we seen
in the city of the Lord of hosts, the city of our God:
God has established her for ever.
9 We have waited on your loving-kindness, O God,
in the midst of your temple.
10 As with your name, O God,
so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;
your right hand is full of justice.
11 Let Mount Zion rejoice and the daughters of Judah be glad,
because of your judgements, O Lord.
12 Walk about Zion and go round about her;
count all her towers;
consider well her bulwarks; pass through her citadels,
13 That you may tell those who come after
that such is our God for ever and ever.
It is he that shall be our guide for evermore.
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.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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