Philemon English Standard Version (ESV)
1 Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,
To Philemon our beloved fellow worker 2 and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house:
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Philemon's Love and Faith
4 I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, 5 because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, 6 and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.[a] 7 For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.
Paul's Plea for Onesimus
8 Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, 9 yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus— 10 I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus,[b] whose father I became in my imprisonment. 11 (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) 12 I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. 13 I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel, 14 but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own accord. 15 For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, 16 no longer as a bondservant[c] but more than a bondservant, as a beloved brother—especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
17 So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me. 18 If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. 19 I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing me even your own self. 20 Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.
21 Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say. 22 At the same time, prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that through your prayers I will be graciously given to you.
23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you, 24 and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.
25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
Lamentations 1-2 English Standard Version (ESV)
How Lonely Sits the City
1 How lonely sits the city
2 She weeps bitterly in the night,
3 Judah has gone into exile because of affliction[a]
4 The roads to Zion mourn,
5 Her foes have become the head;
6 From the daughter of Zion
7 Jerusalem remembers
8 Jerusalem sinned grievously;
9 Her uncleanness was in her skirts;
10 The enemy has stretched out his hands
11 All her people groan
12 “Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?
13 “From on high he sent fire;
14 “My transgressions were bound[f] into a yoke;
15 “The Lord rejected
16 “For these things I weep;
17 Zion stretches out her hands,
18 “The Lord is in the right,
19 “I called to my lovers,
20 “Look, O Lord, for I am in distress;
21 “They heard[g] my groaning,
22 “Let all their evildoing come before you,
The Lord Has Destroyed Without Pity
2 How the Lord in his anger
2 The Lord has swallowed up without mercy
3 He has cut down in fierce anger
4 He has bent his bow like an enemy,
5 The Lord has become like an enemy;
6 He has laid waste his booth like a garden,
7 The Lord has scorned his altar,
8 The Lord determined to lay in ruins
9 Her gates have sunk into the ground;
10 The elders of the daughter of Zion
11 My eyes are spent with weeping;
12 They cry to their mothers,
13 What can I say for you, to what compare you,
14 Your prophets have seen for you
15 All who pass along the way
16 All your enemies
17 The Lord has done what he purposed;
18 Their heart cried to the Lord.
19 “Arise, cry out in the night,
20 Look, O Lord, and see!
21 In the dust of the streets
22 You summoned as if to a festival day
Psalm 101 English Standard Version (ESV)
I Will Walk with Integrity
A Psalm of David.
101 I will sing of steadfast love and justice;
5 Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly
6 I will look with favor on the faithful in the land,
7 No one who practices deceit
8 Morning by morning I will destroy
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