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Psalm 69

1  Save me, O God, 
   for the waters have come up, even to my neck.
2  I sink in deep mire where there is no foothold; 
   I have come into deep waters and the flood sweeps over me.
3  I have grown weary with crying; my throat is raw; 
   my eyes have failed from looking so long for my God.
4  Those who hate me without any cause 
   are more than the hairs of my head;
5  Those who would destroy me are mighty; 
   my enemies accuse me falsely:
      must I now give back what I never stole?
6  O God, you know my foolishness, 
   and my faults are not hidden from you.
7  Let not those who hope in you
      be put to shame through me, Lord God of hosts; 
   let not those who seek you be disgraced because of me,
      O God of Israel.
8  For your sake have I suffered reproach; 
   shame has covered my face.
9  I have become a stranger to my kindred, 
   an alien to my mother’s children.
10  Zeal for your house has eaten me up; 
   the scorn of those who scorn you has fallen upon me.
11  I humbled myself with fasting, 
   but that was turned to my reproach.
12  I put on sackcloth also 
   and became a byword among them.
13  Those who sit at the gate murmur against me, 
   and the drunkards make songs about me.
14  But as for me, I make my prayer to you, O Lord; 
   at an acceptable time, O God.
15  Answer me, O God, in the abundance of your mercy 
   and with your sure salvation.
16  Draw me out of the mire, that I sink not; 
   let me be rescued from those who hate me
      and out of the deep waters.
17  Let not the water flood drown me,
      neither the deep swallow me up; 
   let not the Pit shut its mouth upon me.
18  Answer me, Lord, for your loving-kindness is good; 
   turn to me in the multitude of your mercies.
19  Hide not your face from your servant; 
   be swift to answer me, for I am in trouble.
20  Draw near to my soul and redeem me; 
   deliver me because of my enemies.
21  You know my reproach, my shame and my dishonour; 
   my adversaries are all in your sight.
22  Reproach has broken my heart; I am full of heaviness. 
   I looked for some to have pity, but there was no one,
      neither found I any to comfort me.
23  They gave me gall to eat, 
   and when I was thirsty, they gave me vinegar to drink.
24  Let the table before them be a trap 
   and their sacred feasts a snare.
25  Let their eyes be darkened, that they cannot see, 
   and give them continual trembling in their loins.
26  Pour out your indignation upon them, 
   and let the heat of your anger overtake them.
27  Let their camp be desolate, 
   and let there be no one to dwell in their tents.
28  For they persecute the one whom you have stricken, 
   and increase the sorrows of him whom you have pierced.
29  Lay to their charge guilt upon guilt, 
   and let them not receive your vindication.
30  Let them be wiped out of the book of the living 
   and not be written among the righteous.
31  As for me, I am poor and in misery; 
   your saving help, O God, will lift me up.
32  I will praise the name of God with a song; 
   I will proclaim his greatness with thanksgiving.
33  This will please the Lord more than an offering of oxen, 
   more than bulls with horns and hooves.
34  The humble shall see and be glad; 
   you who seek God, your heart shall live.
35  For the Lord listens to the needy, 
   and his own who are imprisoned he does not despise.
36  Let the heavens and the earth praise him, 
   the seas and all that moves in them;
37  For God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah; 
   they shall live there and have it in possession.
38  The children of his servants shall inherit it, 
   and they that love his name shall dwell therein.

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Jeremiah 16: 10 -17: 4

10 And when you tell this people all these words, and they say to you, ‘Why has the Lord pronounced all this great evil against us? What is our iniquity? What is the sin that we have committed against the Lord our God?’ 11then you shall say to them: It is because your ancestors have forsaken me, says the Lord, and have gone after other gods and have served and worshipped them, and have forsaken me and have not kept my law; 12and because you have behaved worse than your ancestors, for here you are, every one of you, following your stubborn, evil will, refusing to listen to me. 13Therefore I will hurl you out of this land into a land that neither you nor your ancestors have known, and there you shall serve other gods day and night, for I will show you no favour.

God Will Restore Israel

14 Therefore, the days are surely coming, says the Lord, when it shall no longer be said, ‘As the Lord lives who brought the people of Israel up out of the land of Egypt’, 15but ‘As the Lord lives who brought the people of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the lands where he had driven them.’ For I will bring them back to their own land that I gave to their ancestors.

16 I am now sending for many fishermen, says the Lord, and they shall catch them; and afterwards I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks. 17For my eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from my presence, nor is their iniquity concealed from my sight. 18And* I will doubly repay their iniquity and their sin, because they have polluted my land with the carcasses of their detestable idols, and have filled my inheritance with their abominations.


19Lord, my strength and my stronghold,
   my refuge on the day of trouble,
to you shall the nations come
   from the ends of the earth and say:
Our ancestors have inherited nothing but lies,
   worthless things in which there is no profit.
20 Can mortals make for themselves gods?
   Such are no gods!

21 ‘Therefore I am surely going to teach them, this time I am going to teach them my power and my might, and they shall know that my name is the Lord.’

Judah’s Sin and Punishment

17The sin of Judah is written with an iron pen; with a diamond point it is engraved on the tablet of their hearts, and on the horns of their altars, 2while their children remember their altars and their sacred poles,* beside every green tree, and on the high hills, 3on the mountains in the open country. Your wealth and all your treasures I will give for spoil as the price of your sin* throughout all your territory. 4By your own act you shall lose the heritage that I gave you, and I will make you serve your enemies in a land that you do not know, for in my anger a fire is kindled* that shall burn for ever.

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John 6: 16-27

Jesus Walks on the Water

16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17got into a boat, and started across the lake to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18The lake became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19When they had rowed about three or four miles,* they saw Jesus walking on the lake and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. 20But he said to them, ‘It is I;* do not be afraid.’ 21Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land towards which they were going.

The Bread from Heaven

22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the lake saw that there had been only one boat there. They also saw that Jesus had not got into the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 23Then some boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.* 24So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they said to him, ‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’ 26Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.’

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