Jerusalem, a Useless Vine

15 And the word of the Lord came to me: (A)“Son of man, how does (B)the wood of the vine surpass any wood, the vine branch that is among the trees of the forest? Is wood taken from it to make anything? Do people take (C)a peg from it to hang any vessel on it? (D)Behold, it is given to the fire for fuel. When the fire has consumed both ends of it, and the middle of it is charred, is it useful for anything? (E)Behold, when it was whole, it was used for nothing. How much less, when the fire has consumed it and it is charred, can it ever be used for anything! Therefore thus says the Lord God: (F)Like the wood of the vine among the trees of the forest, (G)which I have given to the fire for fuel, so have I given up the inhabitants of Jerusalem. (H)And I will set my face against them. Though (I)they escape from the fire, the fire shall yet consume them, (J)and you will know that I am the Lord, (K)when I set my face against them. (L)And I will make the land desolate, because (M)they have acted faithlessly, declares the Lord God.”

In God I Trust

To the choirmaster: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. A (A)Miktam[a] of David, when the (B)Philistines seized him in Gath.

56 (C)Be gracious to me, O God, for man (D)tramples on me;
    all day long an attacker oppresses me;
my enemies trample on me all day long,
    for many attack me proudly.
When I am afraid,
    I (E)put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
    in God I trust; (F)I shall not be afraid.
    What can flesh do to me?

All day long they injure my cause;[b]
    all their thoughts are against me for evil.
They (G)stir up strife, they (H)lurk;
    they (I)watch my steps,
    as they have waited for my life.
For their crime will they escape?
    (J)In wrath (K)cast down the peoples, O God!

You have kept count of my tossings;[c]
    (L)put my tears in your bottle.
    (M)Are they not in your book?
Then my enemies will turn back
    (N)in the day when I call.
    This I know, that[d] (O)God is for me.
10 In God, whose word I praise,
    in the Lord, whose word I praise,
11 in God I trust; (P)I shall not be afraid.
    What can man do to me?

12 I must perform my (Q)vows to you, O God;
    I will (R)render thank offerings to you.
13 (S)For you have delivered my soul from death,
    yes, my feet from falling,
(T)that I may walk before God
    (U)in the light of life.

Let Your Glory Be over All the Earth

To the choirmaster: according to (V)Do Not Destroy. A (W)Miktam[e] of David, when he fled from Saul, in (X)the cave.

57 (Y)Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
    for in you my soul (Z)takes refuge;
in (AA)the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
    (AB)till the storms of destruction pass by.
I cry out to God Most High,
    to God who (AC)fulfills his purpose for me.
(AD)He will send from heaven and save me;
    he will put to shame (AE)him who tramples on me. Selah
(AF)God will send out (AG)his steadfast love and his faithfulness!

My soul is in the midst of (AH)lions;
    I lie down amid fiery beasts—
the children of man, whose (AI)teeth are spears and arrows,
    whose (AJ)tongues are sharp swords.

(AK)Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
    Let your glory be over all the earth!

They set (AL)a net for my steps;
    my soul was (AM)bowed down.
They (AN)dug a pit in my way,
    but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah
(AO)My heart is (AP)steadfast, O God,
    my heart is steadfast!
I will sing and make melody!
    (AQ)Awake, (AR)my glory![f]
Awake, (AS)O harp and lyre!
    I will awake the dawn!
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
    I will sing praises to you among the nations.
10 For your (AT)steadfast love is great to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the clouds.

11 (AU)Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
    Let your glory be over all the earth!

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 56:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  2. Psalm 56:5 Or they twist my words
  3. Psalm 56:8 Or wanderings
  4. Psalm 56:9 Or because
  5. Psalm 57:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  6. Psalm 57:8 Or my whole being

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