40 How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness
and grieved him in the desert!
41 Again and again they tempted God
and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
42 They did not remember his power
in the day when he redeemed them from the enemy;
43 How he had wrought his signs in Egypt
and his wonders in the field of Zoan.
44 He turned their rivers into blood,
so that they could not drink of their streams.
45 He sent swarms of flies among them, which devoured them,
and frogs which brought them ruin.
46 He gave their produce to the caterpillar,
the fruit of their toil to the locust.
47 He destroyed their vines with hailstones
and their sycamore trees with the frost.
48 He delivered their cattle to hailstones
and their flocks to thunderbolts.
49 He set loose on them his blazing anger:
fury, displeasure and trouble,
a troop of destroying angels.
50 He made a way for his anger
and spared not their souls from death,
but gave their life over to the pestilence.
51 He smote the firstborn of Egypt,
the first fruits of their strength in the tents of Ham.
52 But he led out his people like sheep
and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
53 He led them to safety and they were not afraid,
but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
54 He brought them to his holy place,
the mountain which his right hand took in possession.
55 He drove out the nations before them
and shared out to them their inheritance;
he settled the tribes of Israel in their tents.
56 Yet still they tested God Most High
and rebelled against him,
and would not keep his commandments.
57 They turned back and fell away like their forebears,
starting aside like an unstrung bow.
58 They grieved him with their hill altars
and provoked him to displeasure with their idols.
59 God heard and was greatly angered,
and utterly rejected Israel.
60 He forsook the tabernacle at Shiloh,
the tent of his presence on earth.
61 He gave the ark of his strength into captivity,
his splendour into the adversarys hand.
62 He delivered his people to the sword
and raged against his inheritance.
63 The fire consumed their young men;
there was no one to lament their maidens.
64 Their priests fell by the sword,
and their widows made no lamentation.
65 Then the Lord woke as out of sleep,
like a warrior who had been overcome with wine.
66 He struck his enemies from behind
and put them to perpetual shame.
67 He rejected the tent of Joseph
and chose not the tribe of Ephraim,
68 But he chose the tribe of Judah
and the hill of Zion, which he loved.
69 And there he built his sanctuary like the heights of heaven,
like the earth which he founded for ever.
70 He chose David also, his servant,
and took him away from the sheepfolds.
71 From following the ewes with their lambs he took him,
that he might shepherd Jacob his people
and Israel his inheritance.
72 So he shepherded them with a devoted heart
and with skilful hands he guided them.
11 Take care that you do not forget the Lord your God, by failing to keep his commandments, his ordinances, and his statutes, which I am commanding you today. 12When you have eaten your fill and have built fine houses and live in them, 13and when your herds and flocks have multiplied, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied, 14then do not exalt yourself, forgetting the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, 15who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, an arid waste-land with poisonous* snakes and scorpions. He made water flow for you from flint rock, 16and fed you in the wilderness with manna that your ancestors did not know, to humble you and to test you, and in the end to do you good. 17Do not say to yourself, My power and the might of my own hand have gained me this wealth. 18But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors, as he is doing today. 19If you do forget the Lord your God and follow other gods to serve and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish. 20Like the nations that the Lord is destroying before you, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the Lord your God.
11He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.
2He said to them, When you pray, say:
Father,* hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.*
3 Give us each day our daily bread.*
4 And forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.
And do not bring us to the time of trial.*
5 And he said to them, Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him. 7And he answers from within, Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything. 8I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.
9 So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 10For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 11Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for* a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? 12Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? 13If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit* to those who ask him!
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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