BOOK I

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)

Wineskins

12 “Say to them: ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Every wineskin should be filled with wine.’ And if they say to you, ‘Don’t we know that every wineskin should be filled with wine?’ 13 then tell them, ‘This is what the Lord says: I am going to fill with drunkenness(A) all who live in this land, including the kings who sit on David’s throne, the priests, the prophets and all those living in Jerusalem. 14 I will smash them one against the other, parents and children alike, declares the Lord. I will allow no pity(B) or mercy or compassion(C) to keep me from destroying(D) them.’”

Threat of Captivity

15 Hear and pay attention,
    do not be arrogant,
    for the Lord has spoken.(E)
16 Give glory(F) to the Lord your God
    before he brings the darkness,
before your feet stumble(G)
    on the darkening hills.
You hope for light,
    but he will turn it to utter darkness
    and change it to deep gloom.(H)
17 If you do not listen,(I)
    I will weep in secret
    because of your pride;
my eyes will weep bitterly,
    overflowing with tears,(J)
    because the Lord’s flock(K) will be taken captive.(L)

18 Say to the king(M) and to the queen mother,(N)
    “Come down from your thrones,
for your glorious crowns(O)
    will fall from your heads.”
19 The cities in the Negev will be shut up,
    and there will be no one to open them.
All Judah(P) will be carried into exile,
    carried completely away.

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26 “Fellow children of Abraham(A) and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation(B) has been sent. 27 The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus,(C) yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets(D) that are read every Sabbath. 28 Though they found no proper ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him executed.(E) 29 When they had carried out all that was written about him,(F) they took him down from the cross(G) and laid him in a tomb.(H) 30 But God raised him from the dead,(I) 31 and for many days he was seen by those who had traveled with him from Galilee to Jerusalem.(J) They are now his witnesses(K) to our people.

32 “We tell you the good news:(L) What God promised our ancestors(M) 33 he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus.(N) As it is written in the second Psalm:

“‘You are my son;
    today I have become your father.’[a](O)

34 God raised him from the dead so that he will never be subject to decay. As God has said,

“‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings promised to David.’[b](P)

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 13:33 Psalm 2:7
  2. Acts 13:34 Isaiah 55:3