Psalm 27

Of David.

The Lord is my light(A) and my salvation(B)
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold(C) of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?(D)

When the wicked advance against me
    to devour[a] me,
it is my enemies and my foes
    who will stumble and fall.(E)
Though an army besiege me,
    my heart will not fear;(F)
though war break out against me,
    even then I will be confident.(G)

One thing(H) I ask from the Lord,
    this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,(I)
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble(J)
    he will keep me safe(K) in his dwelling;
he will hide me(L) in the shelter of his sacred tent
    and set me high upon a rock.(M)

Then my head will be exalted(N)
    above the enemies who surround me;(O)
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice(P) with shouts of joy;(Q)
    I will sing(R) and make music(S) to the Lord.

Hear my voice(T) when I call, Lord;
    be merciful to me and answer me.(U)
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!(V)
    Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Do not hide your face(W) from me,
    do not turn your servant away in anger;(X)
    you have been my helper.(Y)
Do not reject me or forsake(Z) me,
    God my Savior.(AA)
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
    the Lord will receive me.
11 Teach me your way,(AB) Lord;
    lead me in a straight path(AC)
    because of my oppressors.(AD)
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
    for false witnesses(AE) rise up against me,
    spouting malicious accusations.

13 I remain confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the Lord(AF)
    in the land of the living.(AG)
14 Wait(AH) for the Lord;
    be strong(AI) and take heart
    and wait for the Lord.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 27:2 Or slander

Abram and Lot Separate

13 So Abram went up from Egypt(A) to the Negev,(B) with his wife and everything he had, and Lot(C) went with him. Abram had become very wealthy(D) in livestock(E) and in silver and gold.

From the Negev(F) he went from place to place until he came to Bethel,(G) to the place between Bethel and Ai(H) where his tent had been earlier and where he had first built an altar.(I) There Abram called on the name of the Lord.(J)

Now Lot,(K) who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together.(L) And quarreling(M) arose between Abram’s herders and Lot’s. The Canaanites(N) and Perizzites(O) were also living in the land(P) at that time.

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14 The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west.(A) 15 All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring[a] forever.(B) 16 I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted.(C) 17 Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land,(D) for I am giving it to you.”(E)

18 So Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre(F) at Hebron,(G) where he pitched his tents. There he built an altar to the Lord.(H)

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 13:15 Or seed; also in verse 16

Watch out for those dogs,(A) those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. For it is we who are the circumcision,(B) we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus,(C) and who put no confidence in the flesh— though I myself have reasons for such confidence.(D)

If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised(E) on the eighth day, of the people of Israel,(F) of the tribe of Benjamin,(G) a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee;(H) as for zeal,(I) persecuting the church;(J) as for righteousness based on the law,(K) faultless.

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss(L) for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing(M) Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ(N) and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law,(O) but that which is through faith in[a] Christ—the righteousness(P) that comes from God on the basis of faith.(Q) 10 I want to know(R) Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings,(S) becoming like him in his death,(T) 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection(U) from the dead.

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal,(V) but I press on to take hold(W) of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.(X)

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Footnotes

  1. Philippians 3:9 Or through the faithfulness of