Praise to the Lord

25 Lord, you are my God;(A)
    I will exalt you and praise your name,(B)
for in perfect faithfulness(C)
    you have done wonderful things,(D)
    things planned(E) long ago.
You have made the city a heap of rubble,(F)
    the fortified(G) town a ruin,(H)
the foreigners’ stronghold(I) a city no more;
    it will never be rebuilt.(J)
Therefore strong peoples will honor you;(K)
    cities of ruthless(L) nations will revere you.
You have been a refuge(M) for the poor,(N)
    a refuge for the needy(O) in their distress,
a shelter from the storm(P)
    and a shade from the heat.
For the breath of the ruthless(Q)
    is like a storm driving against a wall
    and like the heat of the desert.
You silence(R) the uproar of foreigners;(S)
    as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud,
    so the song of the ruthless(T) is stilled.

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Keep your lives free from the love of money(A) and be content with what you have,(B) because God has said,

“Never will I leave you;
    never will I forsake you.”[a](C)

So we say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?”[b](D)

Remember your leaders,(E) who spoke the word of God(F) to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate(G) their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.(H)

Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings.(I) It is good for our hearts to be strengthened(J) by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods,(K) which is of no benefit to those who do so.(L) 10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle(M) have no right to eat.(N)

11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering,(O) but the bodies are burned outside the camp.(P) 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate(Q) to make the people holy(R) through his own blood.(S) 13 Let us, then, go to him(T) outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore.(U) 14 For here we do not have an enduring city,(V) but we are looking for the city that is to come.(W)

15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice(X) of praise—the fruit of lips(Y) that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others,(Z) for with such sacrifices(AA) God is pleased.

17 Have confidence in your leaders(AB) and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you(AC) as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.

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  1. Hebrews 13:5 Deut. 31:6
  2. Hebrews 13:6 Psalm 118:6,7

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