26 Then God said, (A)“Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; (B)let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over [a]all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man (C)in His own image; in the image of God He created him; (D)male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, (E)“Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and (F)subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that [b]moves on the earth.”

29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; (G)to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to (H)every beast of the earth, to every (I)bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is [c]life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so.

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  1. Genesis 1:26 Syr. all the wild animals of
  2. Genesis 1:28 moves about on
  3. Genesis 1:30 a living soul

before any (A)plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the Lord God had not (B)caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man (C)to till the ground;

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And the Lord God formed man of the (A)dust of the ground, and (B)breathed into his (C)nostrils the breath of life; and (D)man became a living being.

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18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; (A)I will make him a helper comparable to him.” 19 (B)Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and (C)brought them to [a]Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.

21 And the Lord God caused a (D)deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He [b]made into a woman, (E)and He (F)brought her to the man.

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  1. Genesis 2:19 Or the man
  2. Genesis 2:22 Lit. built

Then God (A)blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

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“Whoever (A)sheds man’s blood,
By man his blood shall be shed;
(B)For in the image of God
He made man.

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BOOK ONE

Psalms 1–41

The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly

Blessed (A)is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the [a]ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
(B)Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But (C)his delight is in the law of the Lord,
(D)And in His law he [b]meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
(E)Planted by the [c]rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall (F)prosper.

The ungodly are not so,
But are (G)like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For (H)the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

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  1. Psalm 1:1 wicked
  2. Psalm 1:2 ponders by talking to himself
  3. Psalm 1:3 channels

When I (A)consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
(B)What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You (C)visit[a] him?
For You have made him a little lower than [b]the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor.

(D)You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;
(E)You have put all things under his feet,

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  1. Psalm 8:4 give attention to or care for
  2. Psalm 8:5 Heb. Elohim, God; LXX, Syr., Tg., Jewish tradition angels

The Joy of Forgiveness

A Psalm of David. A [a]Contemplation.

32 Blessed is he whose (A)transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord (B)does not [b]impute iniquity,
And (C)in whose spirit there is no deceit.

When I kept silent, my bones grew old
Through my groaning all the day long.
For day and night Your (D)hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah
I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I have not hidden.
(E)I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

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  1. Psalm 32:1 Heb. Maschil
  2. Psalm 32:2 charge his account with

(A)Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.

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So I said:

“Woe is me, for I am [a]undone!
Because I am a man of (A)unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The Lord of hosts.”

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  1. Isaiah 6:5 destroyed, cut off

Thus says the Lord:

(A)“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
And makes (B)flesh his [a]strength,
Whose heart departs from the Lord.

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  1. Jeremiah 17:5 Lit. arm

26 For what (A)profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or (B)what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

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26 And He has made from one [a]blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and (A)the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 (B)so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, (C)though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for (D)in Him we live and move and have our being, (E)as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ 29 Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, (F)we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. 30 Truly, (G)these times of ignorance God overlooked, but (H)now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which (I)He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by (J)raising Him from the dead.”

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  1. Acts 17:26 NU omits blood