A song of David. For the dedication of the temple.
1 I praise You, Eternal One. You lifted me out of that deep, dark pit and denied my opponents the pleasure of rubbing in their success. 2 Eternal One, my True God, I cried out to You for help; You mended the shattered pieces of my life. 3 You lifted me from the grave with a mighty hand, gave me another chance, and saved me from joining those in that dreadful pit.
4 Sing, all you who remain faithful! Pour out your hearts to the Eternal with praise and melodies; let grateful music fill the air and bless His name. 5 His wrath, you see, is fleeting, but His grace lasts a lifetime. The deepest pains may linger through the night, but joy greets the soul with the smile of morning.
6 When things were quiet and life was easy, I said in arrogance, “Nothing can shake me.” 7 By Your grace, Eternal, I thought I was as strong as a mountain; But when You left my side and hid away, I crumbled in fear.
8 O Eternal One, I called out to You; I pleaded for Your compassion and forgiveness: 9 “I’m no good to You dead! What benefits come from my rotting corpse? My body in the grave will not praise You. No songs will rise up from the dust of my bones. From dust comes no proclamation of Your faithfulness. 10 Hear me, Eternal Lord—please help me, Eternal One—be merciful!”
11 You did it: You turned my deepest pains into joyful dancing; You stripped off my dark clothing and covered me with joyful light. 12 You have restored my honor. My heart is ready to explode, erupt in new songs! It’s impossible to keep quiet! Eternal One, my God, my Life-Giver, I will thank You forever.
11 Oh, I can’t help but groan for people who rise and drink without stopping from early morning to late evening Until their passions and emotions burn within them. 12 They entertain themselves with lyres and harps, tambourines and flutes, and plenty of wine at their feasts. But they don’t think for a minute about all the Eternal has done. They don’t stop to consider the work of His hands.
13 Eternal One: Make no mistake: My people are headed for exile because they never took note; Even the most honorable among them will endure hunger while the majority will be parched with thirst.
14 Make no mistake: the force of death is insatiable. The great gaping grave is opened wide To swallow whole Jerusalem’s opulence and pageantry— her noble citizens and her common folk, all the raucous revelry. 15 Human beings will be cut down to size, one after another. Those who walk around with their noses in the air will be humiliated. 16 By contrast, the Eternal, the Commander of heavenly armies, will be high and mighty because He judges fairly. The holy God will be shown to be so because He does what is right. 17 At that time, Jerusalem will become a pasture where lambs graze, and foreigners will eat in the ruins where the wealthy once dined.
14 Write down My words, and send them to the messenger of the church in Laodicea. “These are the words of the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of God’s creation:
15 “I know your works. You are neither cold with apathy nor hot with passion. It would be better if you were one or the other, but you are neither.16 So because you are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 You claim, ‘I am rich, I have accumulated riches, and I need nothing’; but you do not realize that you are miserable, pathetic, poor, blind, and naked. 18 So here is what I suggest you do: buy true gold from Me (gold refined by fire so that you can be truly rich), white garments (to cover you so that you can keep the shame of your nakedness from showing), and eye ointment (to treat your eyes so that you may see clearly).
19 “Those I love I also correct and discipline. Therefore, be shamelessly committed to Me, and turn back.[a]20 Now pay attention; I am standing at the door and knocking. If any of you hear My voice and open the door, then I will come in to visit with you and to share a meal at your table, and you will be with Me.
21 “The one who conquers through faithfulness even unto death I will place next to Me on My throne, just as I Myself conquered and took a place of honor with My Father on His throne.
22 “Let the person who is able to hear, listen to and follow what the Spirit proclaims to all the churches.”
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