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Deuteronomy 30-31 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Chapter 30

Compassion for the Repentant. [a]When all these things, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, come upon you, and you take them to heart in any of the nations where the Lord, your God, has dispersed you, and return to the Lord, your God, obeying his voice, according to all that I am commanding you today, you and your children, with your whole heart and your whole being, the Lord, your God, will restore your fortunes and will have compassion on you; he will again gather you from all the peoples where the Lord, your God, has scattered you. Though you may have been dispersed to the farthest corner of the heavens, even from there will the Lord, your God, gather you; even from there will he bring you back. The Lord, your God, will then bring you into the land your ancestors once possessed, that you may possess it; and he will make you more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors. The Lord, your God, will circumcise your hearts[b] and the hearts of your descendants, so that you will love the Lord, your God, with your whole heart and your whole being, in order that you may live. The Lord, your God, will put all those curses on your enemies and the foes who pursued you. You, however, shall again obey the voice of the Lord and observe all his commandments which I am giving you today. Then the Lord, your God, will generously increase your undertakings, the fruit of your womb, the offspring of your livestock, and the produce of your soil; for the Lord, your God, will again take delight in your prosperity, just as he took delight in your ancestors’, 10 because you will obey the voice of the Lord, your God, keeping the commandments and statutes that are written in this book of the law, when you return to the Lord, your God, with your whole heart and your whole being.

11 For this command which I am giving you today is not too wondrous or remote for you. 12 It is not in the heavens, that you should say, “Who will go up to the heavens to get it for us and tell us of it, that we may do it?” 13 Nor is it across the sea, that you should say, “Who will cross the sea to get it for us and tell us of it, that we may do it?” 14 No, it is something very near to you, in your mouth[c] and in your heart, to do it.

The Choice Before Israel. 15 See, I have today set before you life and good, death and evil. 16 If you obey the commandments of the Lord, your God, which I am giving you today, loving the Lord, your God, and walking in his ways, and keeping his commandments, statutes and ordinances, you will live and grow numerous, and the Lord, your God, will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. 17 If, however, your heart turns away and you do not obey, but are led astray and bow down to other gods and serve them, 18 I tell you today that you will certainly perish; you will not have a long life on the land which you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, 20 by loving the Lord, your God, obeying his voice, and holding fast to him. For that will mean life for you, a long life for you to live on the land which the Lord swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give to them.

Chapter 31

The Lord’s Leadership. When Moses had finished speaking these words to all Israel, he said to them, I am now one hundred and twenty years old and am no longer able to go out and come in; besides, the Lord has said to me, Do not cross this Jordan. It is the Lord, your God, who will cross before you; he will destroy these nations before you, that you may dispossess them. (It is Joshua who will cross before you, as the Lord promised.) The Lord will deal with them just as he dealt with Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites, and with their country, when he destroyed them. When, therefore, the Lord delivers them up to you, you shall deal with them according to the whole commandment which I have given you. Be strong and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is the Lord, your God, who marches with you; he will never fail you or forsake you.

Call of Joshua. Then Moses summoned Joshua and in the presence of all Israel said to him, “Be strong and steadfast, for you shall bring this people into the land which the Lord swore to their ancestors he would give them; it is you who will give them possession of it. It is the Lord who goes before you; he will be with you and will never fail you or forsake you. So do not fear or be dismayed.”

The Reading of the Law. When Moses had written down this law, he gave it to the levitical priests who carry the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and to all the elders of Israel. 10 Moses commanded them, saying, On the feast of Booths, at the prescribed time in the year for remission[d] which comes at the end of every seven-year period, 11 when all Israel goes to appear before the Lord, your God, in the place which he will choose, you shall read this law aloud in the presence of all Israel. 12 Assemble the people—men, women and children, as well as the resident aliens who live in your communities—that they may hear and so learn to fear the Lord, your God, and to observe carefully all the words of this law. 13 Their children also, who do not know it yet, shall hear and learn to fear the Lord, your God, as long as you live on the land which you are about to cross the Jordan to possess.

Commission to Joshua. 14 The Lord said to Moses, The time is now approaching for you to die. Summon Joshua, and present yourselves at the tent of meeting that I may commission him. So Moses and Joshua went and presented themselves at the tent of meeting. 15 And the Lord appeared at the tent in a column of cloud; the column of cloud stood at the entrance of the tent.

A Command to Moses. 16 The Lord said to Moses, Soon you will be at rest with your ancestors, and then this people will prostitute themselves[e] by following the foreign gods among whom they will live in the land they are about to enter. They will forsake me and break the covenant which I have made with them. 17 At that time my anger will flare up against them; I will forsake them and hide my face from them; they will become a prey to be devoured, and much evil and distress will befall them. At that time they will indeed say, “Is it not because our God is not in our midst that these evils have befallen us?” 18 Yet I will surely hide my face at that time because of all the evil they have done in turning to other gods. 19 Now, write out this song for yourselves. Teach it to the Israelites and have them recite it, so that this song may be a witness for me against the Israelites. 20 For when I have brought them into the land flowing with milk and honey which I promised on oath to their ancestors, and they have eaten and are satisfied and have grown fat, if they turn to other gods and serve them, despising me and breaking my covenant, 21 then, when great evil and distress befall them, this song will speak to them as a witness, for it will not be forgotten if their descendants recite it. For I know what they are inclined to do even at the present time, before I have brought them into the land which I promised on oath. 22 So Moses wrote this song that same day, and he taught it to the Israelites.

Commission of Joshua. 23 Then he commissioned Joshua, son of Nun, and said to him, Be strong and steadfast, for it is you who will bring the Israelites into the land which I promised them on oath. I myself will be with you.

The Law Placed in the Ark. 24 When Moses had finished writing out on a scroll the words of this law in their entirety, 25 Moses gave the Levites who carry the ark of the covenant of the Lord this order: 26 Take this book of the law and put it beside the ark of the covenant of the Lord, your God, that there it may be a witness against you. 27 For I already know how rebellious and stiff-necked you will be. Why, even now, while I am alive among you, you have been rebels against the Lord! How much more, then, after I am dead! 28 Assemble all your tribal elders and your officials before me, that I may speak these words for them to hear and so may call heaven and earth to witness against them. 29 For I know that after my death you are sure to act corruptly and to turn aside from the way along which I commanded you, so that evil will befall you in time to come because you have done what is evil in the Lord’s sight, and provoked him by your deeds.

The Song of Moses. 30 Then Moses recited the words of this song in their entirety, for the whole assembly of Israel to hear:

Footnotes:

  1. 30:1–5 Text such as this suggests a postexilic perspective; cf. also chaps. 31–32.
  2. 30:6 Circumcise your hearts: see note on 10:16.
  3. 30:14 In your mouth: that is, memorized and recited; cf. 6:7; 11:19. And in your heart: internalized and appropriated; cf. 6:6; 11:18.
  4. 31:10 The year for remission: cf. 15:1–3 and note there.
  5. 31:16 Prostitute themselves: lit., “whore after,” a play on the phrase “go after,” viz. after other gods.
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Psalm 102 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Psalm 102[a]

Prayer in Time of Distress

The prayer of one afflicted and wasting away whose anguish is poured out before the Lord.

I

Lord, hear my prayer;
    let my cry come to you.
Do not hide your face from me
    in the day of my distress.
Turn your ear to me;
    when I call, answer me quickly.
For my days vanish like smoke;
    my bones burn away as in a furnace.
My heart is withered, dried up like grass,
    too wasted to eat my food.
From my loud groaning
    I become just skin and bones.
I am like a desert owl,
    like an owl among the ruins.
I lie awake and moan,
    like a lone sparrow on the roof.
All day long my enemies taunt me;
    in their rage, they make my name a curse.[b]
10 I eat ashes like bread,
    mingle my drink with tears.
11 Because of your furious wrath,
    you lifted me up just to cast me down.
12 My days are like a lengthening shadow;
    I wither like the grass.

II

13 But you, Lord, are enthroned forever;
    your renown is for all generations.
14 You will again show mercy to Zion;
    now is the time for pity;
    the appointed time has come.
15 Its stones are dear to your servants;
    its dust moves them to pity.
16 The nations shall fear your name, Lord,
    all the kings of the earth, your glory,
17 Once the Lord has rebuilt Zion
    and appeared in glory,
18 Heeding the plea of the lowly,
    not scorning their prayer.
19 Let this be written for the next generation,
    for a people not yet born,
    that they may praise the Lord:
20 [c]“The Lord looked down from the holy heights,
    viewed the earth from heaven,
21 To attend to the groaning of the prisoners,
    to release those doomed to die.”
22 Then the Lord’s name will be declared on Zion,
    his praise in Jerusalem,
23 When peoples and kingdoms gather
    to serve the Lord.

III

24 He has shattered my strength in mid-course,
    has cut short my days.
25 I plead, O my God,
    do not take me in the midst of my days.[d]
    Your years last through all generations.
26 Of old you laid the earth’s foundations;
    the heavens are the work of your hands.
27 They perish, but you remain;
    they all wear out like a garment;
Like clothing you change them and they are changed,
28     but you are the same, your years have no end.
29 May the children of your servants live on;
    may their descendants live in your presence.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 102 A lament, one of the Penitential Psalms. The psalmist, experiencing psychological and bodily disintegration (Ps 102:4–12), cries out to God (Ps 102:1–3). In the Temple precincts where God has promised to be present, the psalmist recalls God’s venerable promises to save the poor (Ps 102:13–23). The final part (Ps 102:24–28) restates the original complaint and prayer, and emphasizes God’s eternity.
  2. 102:9 They make my name a curse: enemies use the psalmist’s name in phrases such as, “May you be as wretched as this person!”
  3. 102:20–23 Both Ps 102:20–21 and Ps 102:22–23 depend on Ps 102:19.
  4. 102:25 In the midst of my days: when the normal span of life is but half completed, cf. Is 38:10; Jer 17:11.
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1 Thessalonians 1 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

I. Address

Chapter 1

Greeting. [a]Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: grace to you and peace.

Thanksgiving for Their Faith. We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers, unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love and endurance in hope[b] of our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father, knowing, brothers loved by God, how you were chosen. For our gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the holy Spirit and [with] much conviction. You know what sort of people we were [among] you for your sake. And you became imitators[c] of us and of the Lord, receiving the word in great affliction, with joy from the holy Spirit, so that you became a model for all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth not only in Macedonia and [in] Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything. For they themselves openly declare about us what sort of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God 10 and to await his Son from heaven, whom he raised from [the] dead, Jesus, who delivers us from the coming wrath.

Footnotes:

  1. 1:1 On the address, see note on Rom 1:1–7.
  2. 1:3 Faith…love…hope: this, along with 1 Thes 5:8, is the earliest mention in Christian literature of the three “theological virtues” (see 1 Cor 13:13). The order here stresses eschatological hope, in line with the letter’s emphasis on the Lord’s second, triumphal coming, or parousia (1 Thes 1:10; 2:12, 19; 3:13; 4:13–5:11; 5:23).
  3. 1:6 Imitators: the Pauline theme of “imitation” (see 1 Thes 2:14; 1 Cor 4:16; 11:1; 2 Thes 3:9) is rooted in Paul’s view of solidarity in Christ through sharing in Jesus’ cross and in the Spirit of the risen Lord.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Scripture texts, prefaces, introductions, footnotes and cross references used in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC All Rights Reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

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