1 On God alone my soul in stillness waits;
from him comes my salvation.
2 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold, so that I shall never be shaken.
3 How long will all of you assail me to destroy me,
as you would a tottering wall or a leaning fence?
4 They plot only to thrust me down from my place of honour;
lies are their chief delight;
they bless with their mouth, but in their heart they curse.
5 Wait on God alone in stillness, O my soul;
for in him is my hope.
6 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken.
7 In God is my strength and my glory;
God is my strong rock; in him is my refuge.
8 Put your trust in him always, my people;
pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.
9 The peoples are but a breath,
the whole human race a deceit;
on the scales they are altogether lighter than air.
10 Put no trust in oppression; in robbery take no empty pride;
though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.
11 God spoke once, and twice have I heard the same,
that power belongs to God.
12 Steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord,
for you repay everyone according to their deeds.
1 God has taken his stand in the council of heaven;
in the midst of the gods he gives judgement:
2 How long will you judge unjustly
and show such favour to the wicked?
3 You were to judge the weak and the orphan;
defend the right of the humble and needy;
4 Rescue the weak and the poor;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
5 They have no knowledge or wisdom;
they walk on still in darkness:
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
6 Therefore I say that though you are gods
and all of you children of the Most High,
7 Nevertheless, you shall die like mortals
and fall like one of their princes.
8 Arise, O God and judge the earth,
for it is you that shall take all nations for your possession.
6In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple.
2Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.
3And one called to another and said:
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.
4The pivots* on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. 5And I said: Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!
6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs.
7The seraph* touched my mouth with it and said: Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.
8Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? And I said, Here am I; send me!
9And he said, Go and say to this people:
Keep listening, but do not comprehend;
keep looking, but do not understand.
10 Make the mind of this people dull,
and stop their ears,
and shut their eyes,
so that they may not look with their eyes,
and listen with their ears,
and comprehend with their minds,
and turn and be healed.
11 Then I said, How long, O Lord? And he said:
Until cities lie waste
and houses without people,
and the land is utterly desolate;
12 until the Lord sends everyone far away,
and vast is the emptiness in the midst of the land.
13 Even if a tenth part remains in it,
it will be burned again,
like a terebinth or an oak
whose stump remains standing
when it is felled.*
The holy seed is its stump.
23Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses seat; 3therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practise what they teach. 4They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear,* and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. 5They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. 6They love to have the place of honour at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, 7and to be greeted with respect in the market-places, and to have people call them rabbi. 8But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students.* 9And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Fatherthe one in heaven. 10Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah.* 11The greatest among you will be your servant. 12All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.
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.
The Common Worship psalter is © The Archbishops Council of the Church of England, 2000.
Common Worship texts are available at http://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/liturgy/commonworship/
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10 February 2011