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PSALMS:   13, 43, 73, 103, 133



















For the director of music. A psalm of David.



1 How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?


How long will you hide your face from me?


2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts


and every day have sorrow in my heart?


How long will my enemy triumph over me?



3 Look on me and answer, O LORD my God.


Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death;


4 my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”


and my foes will rejoice when I fall.




5 But I trust in your unfailing love;


my heart rejoices in your salvation.


6 I will sing to the LORD,


for he has been good to me. [1]








1 Vindicate A me, O God,


and plead my cause against an ungodly nation;


rescue me from deceitful and wicked men.


2 You are God my stronghold.


Why have you rejected me?


Why must I go about mourning,


oppressed by the enemy?


3 Send forth your light and your truth,


let them guide me;


let them bring me to your holy mountain,


to the place where you dwell.


4 Then will I go to the altar of God,


to God, my joy and my delight.


I will praise you with the harp,


O God, my God.



5 Why are you downcast, O my soul?


Why so disturbed within me?


Put your hope in God,


for I will yet praise him,


my Savior and my God. [2]








A psalm of Asaph.



1 Surely God is good to Israel,


to those who are pure in heart.



2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;


I had nearly lost my foothold.


3 For I envied the arrogant


when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.



4 They have no struggles;


their bodies are healthy and strong. A


5 They are free from the burdens common to man;


they are not plagued by human ills.


6 Therefore pride is their necklace;


they clothe themselves with violence.


7 From their callous hearts comes iniquity B;


the evil conceits of their minds know no limits.


8 They scoff, and speak with malice;


in their arrogance they threaten oppression.


9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven,


and their tongues take possession of the earth.


10 Therefore their people turn to them


and drink up waters in abundance. C


11 They say, “How can God know?


Does the Most High have knowledge?”



12 This is what the wicked are like–


always carefree, they increase in wealth. [3]


A psalm of Asaph.



13 Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure;


in vain have I washed my hands in innocence.


14 All day long I have been plagued;


I have been punished every morning.




15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,”


I would have betrayed your children.


16 When I tried to understand all this,


it was oppressive to me


17 till I entered the sanctuary of God;


then I understood their final destiny.




18 Surely you place them on slippery ground;


you cast them down to ruin.


19 How suddenly are they destroyed,


completely swept away by terrors!


20 As a dream when one awakes,


so when you arise, O Lord,


you will despise them as fantasies.



21 When my heart was grieved


and my spirit embittered,


22 I was senseless and ignorant;


I was a brute beast before you.



23 Yet I am always with you;


you hold me by my right hand.


24 You guide me with your counsel,


and afterward you will take me into glory.




25 Whom have I in heaven but you?


And earth has nothing I desire besides you.


26 My flesh and my heart may fail,


but God is the strength of my heart


and my portion forever. [4]



27 Those who are far from you will perish;


you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.


28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.


I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge;


I will tell of all your deeds. [5]




PSALMS:  103




Of David.



1 Praise the LORD, O my soul;


all my inmost being, praise his holy name.


2 Praise the LORD, O my soul,


and forget not all his benefits–


3 who forgives all your sins


and heals all your diseases,


4 who redeems your life from the pit


and crowns you with love and compassion,


5 who satisfies your desires with good things


so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.



6 The LORD works righteousness


and justice for all the oppressed.



7 He made known his ways to Moses,


his deeds to the people of Israel:


8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,


slow to anger, abounding in love.


9 He will not always accuse,


nor will he harbor his anger forever;




10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve


or repay us according to our iniquities.


11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,


so great is his love for those who fear him;


12 as far as the east is from the west,


so far has he removed our transgressions from us.


13 As a father has compassion on his children,


so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;


14 for he knows how we are formed, [6]


he remembers that we are dust.


15 As for man, his days are like grass,


he flourishes like a flower of the field;


16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,


and its place remembers it no more.


17 But from everlasting to everlasting


the LORD’s love is with those who fear him,


and his righteousness with their children’s children–


18 with those who keep his covenant


and remember to obey his precepts.



19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven,


and his kingdom rules over all.



20 Praise the LORD, you his angels,


you mighty ones who do his bidding,


who obey his word.


21 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts,


you his servants who do his will.


22 Praise the LORD, all his works


everywhere in his dominion.



Praise the LORD, O my soul. [7]




PSALMS:  133




A song of ascents. Of David.



1 How good and pleasant it is


when brothers live together in unity!


2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,


running down on the beard,


running down on Aaron’s beard,


down upon the collar of his robes.


3 It is as if the dew of Hermon


were falling on Mount Zion.


For there the LORD bestows his blessing,


even life forevermore. [8]








13 1 A wise son heeds his father’s instruction,


but a mocker does not listen to rebuke.



2 From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things,


but the unfaithful have a craving for violence.



3 He who guards his lips guards his life,


but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.



4 The sluggard craves and gets nothing,


but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.



5 The righteous hate what is false,


but the wicked bring shame and disgrace.



6 Righteousness guards the man of integrity,


but wickedness overthrows the sinner.



7 One man pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;


another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.



8 A man’s riches may ransom his life,


but a poor man hears no threat.



9 The light of the righteous shines brightly,


but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.



10 Pride only breeds quarrels,


but wisdom is found in those who take advice.



11 Dishonest money dwindles away,


but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow. [9]


12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,


but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.



13 He who scorns instruction will pay for it,


but he who respects a command is rewarded.



14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,


turning a man from the snares of death.



15 Good understanding wins favor,


but the way of the unfaithful is hard. A



16 Every prudent man acts out of knowledge,


but a fool exposes his folly.



17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble,


but a trustworthy envoy brings healing.



18 He who ignores discipline comes to poverty and shame,


but whoever heeds correction is honored.


19 A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul,


but fools detest turning from evil.



20 He who walks with the wise grows wise,


but a companion of fools suffers harm.



21 Misfortune pursues the sinner,


but prosperity is the reward of the righteous.



22 A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children,


but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous. [10]


23 A poor man’s field may produce abundant food,


but injustice sweeps it away.



24 He who spares the rod hates his son,


but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.



25 The righteous eat to their hearts’ content,


but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry. [11]







32 1 After all that Hezekiah had so faithfully done, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah. He laid siege to the fortified cities, thinking to conquer them for himself. 2 When Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come and that he intended to make war on Jerusalem, 3 he consulted with his officials and military staff about blocking off the water from the springs outside the city, and they helped him. 4 A large force of men assembled, and they blocked all the springs and the stream that flowed through the land. “Why should the kings A of Assyria come and find plenty of water?” they said.


5 Then he worked hard repairing all the broken sections of the wall and building towers on it. He built another wall outside that one and reinforced the supporting terraces B of the City of David. He also made large numbers of weapons and shields.


6 He appointed military officers over the people and assembled them before him in the square at the city gate and encouraged them with these words: 7 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. 8 With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.


9 Later, when Sennacherib king of Assyria and all his forces were laying siege to Lachish, he sent his officers to Jerusalem with this message for Hezekiah king of Judah and for all the people of Judah who were there:




10 “This is what Sennacherib king of Assyria says: On what are you basing your confidence, that you remain in Jerusalem under siege? 11 When Hezekiah says, `The LORD our God will save us from the hand of the king of Assyria,’ he is misleading you, to let you die of hunger and thirst. 12 Did not Hezekiah himself remove this god’s high places and altars, saying to Judah and Jerusalem, `You must worship before one altar and burn sacrifices on it’?


13 “Do you not know what I and my fathers have done to all the peoples of the other lands? Were the gods of those nations ever able to deliver their land from my hand?


14 Who of all the gods of these nations that my fathers destroyed has been able to save his people from me? How then can your god deliver you from my hand? 15 Now do not let Hezekiah deceive you and mislead you like this. Do not believe him, for no god of any nation or kingdom has been able to deliver his people from my hand or the hand of my fathers. How much less will your god deliver you from my hand!”




16 Sennacherib’s officers spoke further against the LORD God and against his servant Hezekiah. 17 The king also wrote letters insulting the LORD, the God of Israel, and saying this against him: “Just as the gods of the peoples of the other lands did not rescue their people from my hand, so the god of Hezekiah will not rescue his people from my hand.” 18 Then they called out in Hebrew to the people of Jerusalem who were on the wall, to terrify them and make them afraid in order to capture the city. 19 They spoke about the God of Jerusalem as they did about the gods of the [12] other peoples of the world–the work of men’s hands.


20 King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz cried out in prayer to heaven about this. 21 And the LORD sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the leaders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king. So he withdrew to his own land in disgrace. And when he went into the temple of his god, some of his sons cut him down with the sword.


22 So the LORD saved Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib king of Assyria and from the hand of all others. He took care of them C on every side. 23 Many brought offerings to Jerusalem for the LORD and valuable gifts for Hezekiah king of Judah. From then on he was highly regarded by all the nations.




24 In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. He prayed to the LORD, who answered him and gave him a miraculous sign. 25 But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him; therefore the LORD’s wrath was on him and on Judah and Jerusalem. 26 Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart, as did the people of Jerusalem; therefore the LORD’s wrath did not come upon them during the days of Hezekiah.




27 Hezekiah had very great riches and honor, and he made treasuries for his silver and gold and for his precious stones, spices, shields and all kinds of valuables. 28 He also made buildings to store the harvest of grain, new wine and oil; and he made stalls for various kinds of cattle, and pens for the flocks. 29 He built villages and acquired great numbers of flocks and herds, for God had given him very great riches.


30 It was Hezekiah who blocked the upper outlet of the Gihon spring and channeled the water down to the west side of the City of David. He succeeded in everything he undertook. 31 But when envoys were sent by the rulers of Babylon to ask him about the miraculous sign that had occurred in the land, God left him to test him and to know everything that was in his heart.


32 The other events of Hezekiah’s reign and his acts of devotion are written in the vision of the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.


33 Hezekiah rested with his fathers and was buried on the hill where the tombs of David’s descendants are. All Judah and the people of Jerusalem honored him when he died. And Manasseh his son succeeded him as king.




33 1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. 2 He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, following the detestable practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites. 3 He rebuilt the high places his father Hezekiah had demolished; he also erected altars to the Baals and made Asherah poles. He bowed down to all the starry hosts and worshiped them. 4 He built altars in the temple of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, “My Name will remain in Jerusalem forever.” 5 In both courts of the temple of [13] the LORD, he built altars to all the starry hosts. 6 He sacrificed his sons in A the fire in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, practiced sorcery, divination and witchcraft, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking him to anger.


7 He took the carved image he had made and put it in God’s temple, of which God had said to David and to his son Solomon, “In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name forever. 8 I will not again make the feet of the Israelites leave the land I assigned to your forefathers, if only they will be careful to do everything I commanded them concerning all the laws, decrees and ordinances given through Moses.” 9 But Manasseh led Judah and the people of Jerusalem astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the LORD had destroyed before the Israelites.




10 The LORD spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention. 11 So the LORD brought against them the army commanders of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh prisoner, put a hook in his nose, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon. 12 In his distress he sought the favor of the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. 13 And when he prayed to him, the LORD was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD is God. [14]







23 But now that there is no more place for me to work in these regions, and since I have been longing for many years to see you, 24 I plan to do so when I go to Spain. I hope to visit you while passing through and to have you assist me on my journey there, after I have enjoyed your company for a while. 25 Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalem in the service of the saints there. 26 For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. 27 They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings. 28 So after I have completed this task and have made sure that they have received this fruit, I will go to Spain and visit you on the way. 29 I know that when I come to you, I will come in the full measure of the blessing of Christ.


30 I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. 31 Pray that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea and that my service in Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints there, 32 so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and together with you be refreshed. 33 The God of peace be with you all. Amen.




16 1 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant A of the church in Cenchrea. 2 I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been a great help to many people, including me.




3 Greet Priscilla B and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus. 4 They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.


5 Greet also the church that meets at their house.


Greet my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia.


6 Greet Mary, who worked very hard for you.


7 Greet Andronicus and Junias, my relatives who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.


8 Greet Ampliatus, whom I love in the Lord.


9 Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and my dear friend Stachys.


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[7] Excerpted from Compton‘s Interactive Bible NIV. Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved

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