Psalm 24

Of David. A psalm.

The earth is the Lord’s,(A) and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it;(B)
for he founded it on the seas
    and established it on the waters.(C)

Who may ascend the mountain(D) of the Lord?
    Who may stand in his holy place?(E)
The one who has clean hands(F) and a pure heart,(G)
    who does not trust in an idol(H)
    or swear by a false god.[a]

They will receive blessing(I) from the Lord
    and vindication(J) from God their Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
    who seek your face,(K) God of Jacob.[b][c]

Lift up your heads, you gates;(L)
    be lifted up, you ancient doors,
    that the King(M) of glory(N) may come in.(O)
Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord strong and mighty,(P)
    the Lord mighty in battle.(Q)
Lift up your heads, you gates;
    lift them up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory?
    The Lord Almighty(R)
    he is the King of glory.


  1. Psalm 24:4 Or swear falsely
  2. Psalm 24:6 Two Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac (see also Septuagint); most Hebrew manuscripts face, Jacob
  3. Psalm 24:6 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 10.

The Israelites Leave Sinai

11 On the twentieth day of the second month of the second year,(A) the cloud lifted(B) from above the tabernacle of the covenant law.(C) 12 Then the Israelites set out from the Desert of Sinai and traveled from place to place until the cloud came to rest in the Desert of Paran.(D) 13 They set out, this first time, at the Lord’s command through Moses.(E)

14 The divisions of the camp of Judah went first, under their standard.(F) Nahshon son of Amminadab(G) was in command. 15 Nethanel son of Zuar was over the division of the tribe(H) of Issachar,(I) 16 and Eliab son of Helon(J) was over the division of the tribe of Zebulun.(K) 17 Then the tabernacle was taken down, and the Gershonites and Merarites, who carried it, set out.(L)

18 The divisions of the camp of Reuben(M) went next, under their standard.(N) Elizur son of Shedeur(O) was in command. 19 Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai was over the division of the tribe of Simeon,(P) 20 and Eliasaph son of Deuel was over the division of the tribe of Gad.(Q) 21 Then the Kohathites(R) set out, carrying the holy things.(S) The tabernacle was to be set up before they arrived.(T)

22 The divisions of the camp of Ephraim(U) went next, under their standard. Elishama son of Ammihud(V) was in command. 23 Gamaliel son of Pedahzur was over the division of the tribe of Manasseh,(W) 24 and Abidan son of Gideoni was over the division of the tribe of Benjamin.(X)

25 Finally, as the rear guard(Y) for all the units, the divisions of the camp of Dan set out under their standard. Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai(Z) was in command. 26 Pagiel son of Okran was over the division of the tribe of Asher,(AA) 27 and Ahira son of Enan was over the division of the tribe of Naphtali.(AB) 28 This was the order of march for the Israelite divisions as they set out.

29 Now Moses said to Hobab(AC) son of Reuel(AD) the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law,(AE) “We are setting out for the place about which the Lord said, ‘I will give it to you.’(AF) Come with us and we will treat you well, for the Lord has promised good things to Israel.”

30 He answered, “No, I will not go;(AG) I am going back to my own land and my own people.(AH)

31 But Moses said, “Please do not leave us. You know where we should camp in the wilderness, and you can be our eyes.(AI) 32 If you come with us, we will share with you(AJ) whatever good things the Lord gives us.(AK)

33 So they set out(AL) from the mountain of the Lord and traveled for three days. The ark of the covenant of the Lord(AM) went before them during those three days to find them a place to rest.(AN) 34 The cloud of the Lord was over them by day when they set out from the camp.(AO)

35 Whenever the ark set out, Moses said,

“Rise up,(AP) Lord!
    May your enemies be scattered;(AQ)
    may your foes flee before you.(AR)(AS)

36 Whenever it came to rest, he said,

“Return,(AT) Lord,
    to the countless thousands of Israel.(AU)

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The Birth of John the Baptist

57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.

59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise(A) the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, 60 but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.”(B)

61 They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.”

62 Then they made signs(C) to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.”(D) 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak,(E) praising God. 65 All the neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea(F) people were talking about all these things. 66 Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him.(G)

Zechariah’s Song

67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit(H) and prophesied:(I)

68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,(J)
    because he has come to his people and redeemed them.(K)
69 He has raised up a horn[a](L) of salvation for us
    in the house of his servant David(M)
70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),(N)
71 salvation from our enemies
    and from the hand of all who hate us—
72 to show mercy to our ancestors(O)
    and to remember his holy covenant,(P)
73     the oath he swore to our father Abraham:(Q)
74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
    and to enable us to serve him(R) without fear(S)
75     in holiness and righteousness(T) before him all our days.

76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet(U) of the Most High;(V)
    for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,(W)
77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation
    through the forgiveness of their sins,(X)
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
    by which the rising sun(Y) will come to us from heaven
79 to shine on those living in darkness
    and in the shadow of death,(Z)
to guide our feet into the path of peace.”(AA)

80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit[b];(AB) and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel.

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  1. Luke 1:69 Horn here symbolizes a strong king.
  2. Luke 1:80 Or in the Spirit

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