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Psalm 109:21-31 The Voice (VOICE)

21 But You, my Master, the Eternal,
    treat me with kindness for the sake of Your name, the good of Your reputation;
    because Your unfailing love is so good, O deliver me!
22 You see, I am poor and needy,
    and my heart is broken inside me.
23 My life is fading away like a shadow that vanishes in the evening;
    I am like a locust easily brushed off the shoulder.
24 I can barely stand; my knees are weak from not eating;
    I am haggard and drawn, just skin and bones.
25 I have become a person of contempt to my accusers;
    whenever they see me, they taunt me, shaking their heads in disapproval.

26 Help me, Eternal One my God; come to my rescue!
    Save me through Your unfailing love.
27 Let everyone know that You are the source of my salvation
    that You, Eternal One, have done this mighty work.
28 Let them utter a curse, if they will, but You will speak a blessing;
    [when they come to attack,][a] let them know utter shame.
    Then Your servant will celebrate and praise You!
29 Let my enemies be clothed with disgrace and humiliation;
    let them be dressed in a robe of their own shame.
30 I will continually give thanks to the Eternal
    with the praises of my mouth;
    I will praise Him in the company of many.
31 For He always stands in support of the afflicted and needy
    to rescue their souls from those who judge and condemn them.

Footnotes:

  1. 109:28 Greek manuscripts omit this portion.
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Ezekiel 20:33-44 The Voice (VOICE)

33-34 As surely as I live, I, the Eternal Lord, proclaim I will rule as your king with a fierce and mighty hand, an outstretched arm, and an overflowing wrath. With My power, I will bring you out of the nations and gather you from the unfamiliar lands where you have been scattered. 35 I will bring you into the wilderness of nations, and I will personally render My judgment upon you. 36 I will judge you in the same way I judged your fathers in the wilderness that lies east of the land of Egypt.

37 I will have you pass under My rod, and I will make you live up to the terms of the covenant. 38 I will get rid of the rebels and traitors among you. I may bring them out of the lands where they are exiled, but I will not allow them back to the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Eternal One.

39 (to the people of Israel) Go ahead and worship your idols—all of you! Eventually, you will see that what you are doing is pointless. Then you will start listening to Me and stop profaning My sacred name with your gifts and false gods. 40 There upon the high mountain of Israel, which is My holy mountain residence, all the people of Israel will worship and serve Me when they return to the land. There I will accept them. There I will expect your gifts and your firstfruit offerings, with all of your other sacred duties to Me. 41 When I bring you out from the nations and gather you from the unfamiliar lands where you have been scattered, I will accept you as a pleasant aroma. I will put My holiness on display by the way you live as all the world watches! 42 You will know that I am the Eternal One when I bring you into the land of Israel—the splendid land I solemnly promised to give your ancestors. 43 Then and there, you will remember your wrong turns and all of the wicked things you have done to degrade yourselves, and you will hate yourselves every time you see your reflection because of all the evil things you have done. 44 You will know, O people of Israel, that I am the Eternal when I deal fairly with you in order to protect My good name and reputation, and not out of My frustration toward your wickedness and mindless corruption.

So said the Eternal One.

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Luke 6:6-11 The Voice (VOICE)

On another Sabbath, Jesus entered the synagogue and taught there. In the congregation was a man who had a deformed right hand. The religious scholars and Pharisees watched Jesus; they suspected that He might try to perform a healing on that day, which they would use as evidence to convict Him of Sabbath-breaking.

Jesus knew about their plan, and He told the man with the deformed hand to come and stand in front of everyone. The man did so. Then Jesus spoke directly to the religious scholars and Pharisees.

Jesus: Here’s a question for you: On the Sabbath Day, is it lawful to do good or to do harm? Is it lawful to save life or to destroy it?

10 He turned His gaze to each of them, one at a time. Then He spoke to the man.

Jesus: Stretch your hand out.

As the man did, his deformed hand was made normal again. 11 This made the Pharisees and religious scholars furious. They began discussing together what they would do to Jesus.

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