(A)Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
    be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, (B)“Seek[a] my face.”
My heart says to you,
    “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”[b]
    (C)Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
    O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
    (D)O God of my salvation!
10 For (E)my father and my mother have forsaken me,
    but the Lord will (F)take me in.

11 (G)Teach me your way, O Lord,
    and lead me on (H)a level path
    because of my enemies.
12 (I)Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
    for (J)false witnesses have risen against me,
    and they (K)breathe out violence.

13 I believe that I shall look[c] upon (L)the goodness of the Lord
    in (M)the land of the living!
14 (N)Wait for the Lord;
    (O)be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for the Lord!

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 27:8 The command (seek) is addressed to more than one person
  2. Psalm 27:8 The meaning of the Hebrew verse is uncertain
  3. Psalm 27:13 Other Hebrew manuscripts Oh! Had I not believed that I would look

12 And the Midianites and the Amalekites and (A)all the people of the East lay along the valley like locusts in abundance, and their camels were without number, (B)as the sand that is on the seashore in abundance. 13 When Gideon came, behold, a man was telling a dream to his comrade. And he said, “Behold, I dreamed a dream, and behold, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian and came to the tent and struck it so that it fell and turned it upside down, so that the tent lay flat.” 14 And his comrade answered, “This is no other than the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel; God has given into his hand Midian and all the camp.”

15 As soon as Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, he worshiped. And he returned to the camp of Israel and said, “Arise, for the Lord has given the host of Midian into your hand.” 16 And he divided the 300 men into three companies and put trumpets into the hands of all of them and empty jars, with (C)torches inside the jars. 17 And he said to them, “Look at me, and do likewise. When I come to the outskirts of the camp, do as I do. 18 When I blow the trumpet, I and all who are with me, then blow the trumpets also on every side of all the camp and shout, (D)‘For the Lord and for Gideon.’”

Gideon Defeats Midian

19 So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outskirts of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, when they had just set the watch. And they blew the trumpets and smashed the jars that were in their hands. 20 Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the jars. They held in their left hands the torches, and in their right hands the trumpets to blow. (E)And they cried out, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!” 21 Every man stood in his place around the camp, (F)and all the army ran. They cried out and fled. 22 (G)When they blew the 300 trumpets, (H)the Lord set (I)every man's sword against his comrade and against all the army. And the army fled as far as Beth-shittah toward Zererah,[a] as far as the border of Abel-meholah, by Tabbath.

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Footnotes

  1. Judges 7:22 Some Hebrew manuscripts Zeredah

Lights in the World

12 Therefore, my beloved, (A)as you have always (B)obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for (C)it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for (D)his good pleasure.

14 Do all things (E)without grumbling or (F)disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, (G)children of God (H)without blemish (I)in the midst of (J)a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine (K)as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to (L)the word of life, so that in (M)the day of Christ (N)I may be proud that (O)I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be (P)poured out as a drink offering upon (Q)the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

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