Psalm 123

A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to you,
    to you who sit enthroned(A) in heaven.
As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master,
    as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord(B) our God,
    till he shows us his mercy.

Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us,
    for we have endured no end of contempt.
We have endured no end
    of ridicule from the arrogant,
    of contempt from the proud.

27 “When you tell(A) them all this, they will not listen(B) to you; when you call to them, they will not answer.(C) 28 Therefore say to them, ‘This is the nation that has not obeyed the Lord its God or responded to correction.(D) Truth(E) has perished; it has vanished from their lips.

29 “‘Cut off(F) your hair and throw it away; take up a lament(G) on the barren heights, for the Lord has rejected and abandoned(H) this generation that is under his wrath.

The Valley of Slaughter

30 “‘The people of Judah have done evil(I) in my eyes, declares the Lord. They have set up their detestable idols(J) in the house that bears my Name and have defiled(K) it. 31 They have built the high places of Topheth(L) in the Valley of Ben Hinnom(M) to burn their sons and daughters(N) in the fire—something I did not command, nor did it enter my mind.(O) 32 So beware, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when people will no longer call it Topheth or the Valley of Ben Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter,(P) for they will bury(Q) the dead in Topheth until there is no more room. 33 Then the carcasses(R) of this people will become food(S) for the birds and the wild animals, and there will be no one to frighten them away.(T) 34 I will bring an end to the sounds(U) of joy and gladness and to the voices of bride and bridegroom(V) in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem,(W) for the land will become desolate.(X)

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The Cost of Following Jesus(A)

18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake.(B) 19 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man(C) has no place to lay his head.”

21 Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me,(D) and let the dead bury their own dead.”

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