1 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all your marvellous works.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will make music to your name, O Most High.
3 When my enemies are driven back,
they stumble and perish at your presence.
4 For you have maintained my right and my cause;
you sat on your throne giving righteous judgement.
5 You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
6 The enemy was utterly laid waste.
You uprooted their cities;
their very memory has perished.
7 But the Lord shall endure for ever;
he has made fast his throne for judgement.
8 For he shall rule the world with righteousness
and govern the peoples with equity.
9 Then will the Lord be a refuge for the oppressed,
a refuge in the time of trouble.
10 And those who know your name will put their trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never failed those who seek you.
11 Sing praises to the Lord who dwells in Zion;
declare among the peoples the things he has done.
12 The avenger of blood has remembered them;
he did not forget the cry of the oppressed.
13 Have mercy upon me, O Lord;
consider the trouble I suffer from those who hate me,
you that lift me up from the gates of death;
14 That I may tell all your praises in the gates of the city of Zion
and rejoice in your salvation.
15 The nations shall sink into the pit of their making
and in the snare which they set will their own foot be taken.
16 The Lord makes himself known by his acts of justice;
the wicked are snared in the works of their own hands.
17 They shall return to the land of darkness,
all the nations that forget God.
18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten
and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever.
19 Arise, O Lord, and let not mortals have the upper hand;
let the nations be judged before your face.
20 Put them in fear, O Lord,
that the nations may know themselves to be but mortal.
10 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, 11Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. 12But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test. 13Then Isaiah* said: Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? 14Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman* is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.* 15He shall eat curds and honey by the time he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16For before the child knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land before whose two kings you are in dread will be deserted. 17The Lord will bring on you and on your people and on your ancestral house such days as have not come since the day that Ephraim departed from Judahthe king of Assyria.
18 On that day the Lord will whistle for the fly that is at the sources of the streams of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria. 19And they will all come and settle in the steep ravines, and in the clefts of the rocks, and on all the thorn bushes, and on all the pastures.
20 On that day the Lord will shave with a razor hired beyond the Riverwith the king of Assyriathe head and the hair of the feet, and it will take off the beard as well.
21 On that day one will keep alive a young cow and two sheep, 22and will eat curds because of the abundance of milk that they give; for everyone that is left in the land shall eat curds and honey.
23 On that day every place where there used to be a thousand vines, worth a thousand shekels of silver, will become briers and thorns.
24With bow and arrows one will go there, for all the land will be briers and thorns;
25and as for all the hills that used to be hoed with a hoe, you will not go there for fear of briers and thorns; but they will become a place where cattle are let loose and where sheep tread.
27 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth. 28So you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
29 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous, 30and you say, If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets. 31Thus you testify against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32Fill up, then, the measure of your ancestors. 33You snakes, you brood of vipers! How can you escape being sentenced to hell?* 34Therefore I send you prophets, sages, and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town, 35so that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. 36Truly I tell you, all this will come upon this generation.
37 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!
38See, your house is left to you, desolate.*
39For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
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