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PSALMS:   23, 53, 83, 113, 143




















A psalm of David.



1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.


2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,


he leads me beside quiet waters,


3 he restores my soul.


He guides me in paths of righteousness


for his name’s sake.


4 Even though I walk


through the valley of the shadow of death, A


I will fear no evil,


for you are with me;


your rod and your staff,


they comfort me.




5 You prepare a table before me


in the presence of my enemies.


You anoint my head with oil;


my cup overflows.


6 Surely goodness and love will follow me


all the days of my life,


and I will dwell in the house of the LORD


forever. [1]








For the director of music. According to mahalath. A A maskil B of David.



1 The fool says in his heart,


“There is no God.”


They are corrupt, and their ways are vile;


there is no one who does good.



2 God looks down from heaven


on the sons of men


to see if there are any who understand,


any who seek God.


3 Everyone has turned away,


they have together become corrupt;


there is no one who does good,


not even one.



4 Will the evildoers never learn–


those who devour my people as men eat bread


and who do not call on God?


5 There they were, overwhelmed with dread,


where there was nothing to dread.


God scattered the bones of those who attacked you;


you put them to shame, for God despised them.



6 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!


When God restores the fortunes of his people,


let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad! [2]








A song. A psalm of Asaph.



1 O God, do not keep silent;


be not quiet, O God, be not still.


2 See how your enemies are astir,


how your foes rear their heads.


3 With cunning they conspire against your people;


they plot against those you cherish.


4 “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation,


that the name of Israel be remembered no more.”



5 With one mind they plot together;


they form an alliance against you–


6 the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,


of Moab and the Hagrites,


7 Gebal, A Ammon and Amalek,


Philistia, with the people of Tyre.


8 Even Assyria has joined them


to lend strength to the descendants of Lot.





9 Do to them as you did to Midian,


as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,


10 who perished at Endor


and became like refuse on the ground.


11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,


all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,


12 who said, “Let us take possession


of the pasturelands of God.” [3]


13 Make them like tumbleweed, O my God,


like chaff before the wind.


14 As fire consumes the forest


or a flame sets the mountains ablaze,


15 so pursue them with your tempest


and terrify them with your storm.


16 Cover their faces with shame


so that men will seek your name, O LORD.




17 May they ever be ashamed and dismayed;


may they perish in disgrace.


18 Let them know that you, whose name is the LORD–


that you alone are the Most High over all the earth. [4]




PSALMS:  113




1 Praise the LORD. A



Praise, O servants of the LORD,


praise the name of the LORD.


2 Let the name of the LORD be praised,


both now and forevermore.


3 From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,


the name of the LORD is to be praised.



4 The LORD is exalted over all the nations,


his glory above the heavens.


5 Who is like the LORD our God,


the One who sits enthroned on high,


6 who stoops down to look


on the heavens and the earth?



7 He raises the poor from the dust


and lifts the needy from the ash heap;


8 he seats them with princes,


with the princes of their people.


9 He settles the barren woman in her home


as a happy mother of children.



Praise the LORD. [5]




PSALMS:  143




A psalm of David.



1 O LORD, hear my prayer,


listen to my cry for mercy;


in your faithfulness and righteousness


come to my relief.


2 Do not bring your servant into judgment,


for no one living is righteous before you.



3 The enemy pursues me,


he crushes me to the ground;


he makes me dwell in darkness


like those long dead.


4 So my spirit grows faint within me;


my heart within me is dismayed.



5 I remember the days of long ago;


I meditate on all your works


and consider what your hands have done.


6 I spread out my hands to you;


my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.





7 Answer me quickly, O LORD;


my spirit fails.


Do not hide your face from me


or I will be like those who go down to the pit.


8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,


for I have put my trust in you.


Show me the way I should go,


for to you I lift up my soul.


9 Rescue me from my enemies, O LORD, [6]


for I hide myself in you.


10 Teach me to do your will,


for you are my God;


may your good Spirit


lead me on level ground.




11 For your name’s sake, O LORD, preserve my life;


in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.


12In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;


destroy all my foes,


for I am your servant. [7]








23 1 When you sit to dine with a ruler,


note well what A is before you,


2 and put a knife to your throat


if you are given to gluttony.


3 Do not crave his delicacies,


for that food is deceptive.



4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich;


have the wisdom to show restraint.


5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,


for they will surely sprout wings


and fly off to the sky like an eagle.



6 Do not eat the food of a stingy man,


do not crave his delicacies;


7 for he is the kind of man


who is always thinking about the cost. B


“Eat and drink,” he says to you,


but his heart is not with you.


8 You will vomit up the little you have eaten


and will have wasted your compliments.



9 Do not speak to a fool,


for he will scorn the wisdom of your words.



10 Do not move an ancient boundary stone


or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,


11 for their Defender is strong;


he will take up their case against you.



12 Apply your heart to instruction


and your ears to words of knowledge. [8]




13 Do not withhold discipline from a child;


if you punish him with the rod, he will not die.



14 Punish him with the rod


and save his soul from death. C



15 My son, if your heart is wise,


then my heart will be glad;


16 my inmost being will rejoice


when your lips speak what is right.




17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,


but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.


18 There is surely a future hope for you,


and your hope will not be cut off.



19 Listen, my son, and be wise,


and keep your heart on the right path.


20 Do not join those who drink too much wine


or gorge themselves on meat,


21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor,


and drowsiness clothes them in rags.



22 Listen to your father, who gave you life,


and do not despise your mother when she is old.


23 Buy the truth and do not sell it;


get wisdom, discipline and understanding.


24 The father of a righteous man has great joy;


he who has a wise son delights in him.


25 May your father and mother be glad;


may she who gave you birth rejoice! [9]


26 My son, give me your heart


and let your eyes keep to my ways,


27 for a prostitute is a deep pit


and a wayward wife is a narrow well.


28 Like a bandit she lies in wait,


and multiplies the unfaithful among men.



29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?


Who has strife? Who has complaints?


Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?




30 Those who linger over wine,


who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.


31 Do not gaze at wine when it is red,


when it sparkles in the cup,


when it goes down smoothly!


32 In the end it bites like a snake


and poisons like a viper.


33 Your eyes will see strange sights


and your mind imagine confusing things.


34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas,


lying on top of the rigging. [10]







15 The Fountain Gate was repaired by Shallun son of Col-Hozeh, ruler of the district of Mizpah. He rebuilt it, roofing it over and putting its doors and bolts and bars in place. He also repaired the wall of the Pool of Siloam, E by the King’s Garden, as far as the steps going down from the City of David. 16 Beyond him, Nehemiah son of Azbuk, ruler of a half-district of Beth Zur, made repairs up to a point opposite the tombs F of David, as far as the artificial pool and the House of the Heroes.


17 Next to him, the repairs were made by the Levites under Rehum son of Bani. Beside him, Hashabiah, ruler of half the district of Keilah, carried out repairs for his district.


18 Next to him, the repairs were made by their countrymen under Binnui G son of Henadad, ruler of the other half-district of Keilah. 19 Next to him, Ezer son of Jeshua, ruler of Mizpah, repaired another section, from a point facing the ascent to the armory as far as the angle. 20 Next to him, Baruch son of Zabbai zealously repaired another section, from the angle to the entrance of the house of Eliashib the high priest. 21 Next to him, Meremoth son of Uriah, the son of Hakkoz, repaired another section, from the entrance of Eliashib’s house to the end of it.


22 The repairs next to him were made by the priests from the surrounding region.


23 Beyond them, Benjamin and Hasshub made repairs in front of their house; and next to them, Azariah son of Maaseiah, the son of Ananiah, made repairs beside his house.


24 Next to him, Binnui son of Henadad repaired another section, from Azariah’s house to the angle and the corner, 25 and Palal son of Uzai worked opposite the angle and the tower projecting from the upper palace near the court of the guard. Next to him, Pedaiah son of Parosh 26 and the temple servants living on the hill of Ophel made repairs up to a point opposite the Water Gate toward the east and the projecting tower. 27 Next to them, the men of Tekoa repaired another section, from the great projecting tower to the wall of Ophel.




28 Above the Horse Gate, the priests made repairs, each in front of his own house.


29 Next to them, Zadok son of Immer made repairs opposite his house. Next to him, Shemaiah son of Shecaniah, the guard at the East Gate, made repairs. 30 Next to him, Hananiah son of Shelemiah, and Hanun, the sixth son of Zalaph, repaired another section. Next to them, Meshullam son of Berekiah made repairs opposite his living quarters. 31 Next to him, Malkijah, one of the goldsmiths, made repairs as far as the house of the temple servants and the merchants, opposite the Inspection Gate, and as far as the room above the corner; 32 and between the room above the corner and the Sheep Gate the goldsmiths and merchants made repairs.




4 1 When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, 2 and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer [11] sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble–burned as they are?”


3 Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building–if even a fox climbed up on it, he would break down their wall of stones!”




4 Hear us, O our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. 5 Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face ofA the builders.




6 So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.


7 But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the men of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. 8 They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. 9 But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.


10 Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.”




11 Also our enemies said, “Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work.”


12 Then the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times over, “Wherever you turn, they will attack us.”


13 Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. 14 After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”


15 When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to his own work. [12]






25 Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. 26 Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for you to remain as you are.


27 Are you married? Do not seek a divorce. Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife. 28 But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.


29 What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they had none; 30 those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep;


31 those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.


32 I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs–how he can please the Lord. 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world–how he can please his wife—34 and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world–how she can please her husband. 35 I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.


36 If anyone thinks he is acting improperly toward the virgin he is engaged to, and if she is getting along in years and he feels he ought to marry, he should do as he wants. He is not sinning. They should get married.


37 But the man who has settled the matter in his own mind, who is under no compulsion but has control over his own will, and who has made up his mind not to marry the virgin–this man also does the right thing. 38 So then, he who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does even better. B


39 A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord. 40 In my judgment, she is happier if she stays as she is–and I think that I too have the Spirit of God. [13]


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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