Psalms 1–41

Psalm 1

Blessed is the one(A)
    who does not walk(B) in step with the wicked(C)
or stand in the way(D) that sinners take(E)
    or sit(F) in the company of mockers,(G)
but whose delight(H) is in the law of the Lord,(I)
    and who meditates(J) on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree(K) planted by streams(L) of water,(M)
    which yields its fruit(N) in season
and whose leaf(O) does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.(P)

Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff(Q)
    that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand(R) in the judgment,(S)
    nor sinners in the assembly(T) of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over(U) the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.(V)

Moses summoned all the Israelites and said to them:

Your eyes have seen all that the Lord did in Egypt to Pharaoh, to all his officials and to all his land.(A) With your own eyes you saw those great trials, those signs and great wonders.(B) But to this day the Lord has not given you a mind that understands or eyes that see or ears that hear.(C) Yet the Lord says, “During the forty years that I led(D) you through the wilderness, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet.(E) You ate no bread and drank no wine or other fermented drink.(F) I did this so that you might know that I am the Lord your God.”(G)

When you reached this place, Sihon(H) king of Heshbon(I) and Og king of Bashan came out to fight against us, but we defeated them.(J) We took their land and gave it as an inheritance(K) to the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh.(L)

Carefully follow(M) the terms of this covenant,(N) so that you may prosper in everything you do.(O) 10 All of you are standing today in the presence of the Lord your God—your leaders and chief men, your elders and officials, and all the other men of Israel, 11 together with your children and your wives, and the foreigners living in your camps who chop your wood and carry your water.(P) 12 You are standing here in order to enter into a covenant with the Lord your God, a covenant the Lord is making with you this day and sealing with an oath, 13 to confirm you this day as his people,(Q) that he may be your God(R) as he promised you and as he swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 14 I am making this covenant,(S) with its oath, not only with you 15 who are standing here with us today in the presence of the Lord our God but also with those who are not here today.(T)

16 You yourselves know how we lived in Egypt and how we passed through the countries on the way here. 17 You saw among them their detestable images and idols of wood and stone, of silver and gold.(U) 18 Make sure there is no man or woman, clan or tribe among you today whose heart turns(V) away from the Lord our God to go and worship the gods of those nations; make sure there is no root among you that produces such bitter poison.(W)

19 When such a person hears the words of this oath and they invoke a blessing(X) on themselves, thinking, “I will be safe, even though I persist in going my own way,”(Y) they will bring disaster on the watered land as well as the dry. 20 The Lord will never be willing to forgive(Z) them; his wrath and zeal(AA) will burn(AB) against them. All the curses written in this book will fall on them, and the Lord will blot(AC) out their names from under heaven.

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34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn

“‘a man against his father,
    a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law(A)
36     a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’[a](B)

37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.(C) 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.(D) 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.(E)

40 “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me,(F) and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.(G) 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”(H)

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  1. Matthew 10:36 Micah 7:6

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