Psalm 66

For the director of music. A song. A psalm.

Shout for joy to God, all the earth!(A)
    Sing the glory of his name;(B)
    make his praise glorious.(C)
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!(D)
    So great is your power
    that your enemies cringe(E) before you.
All the earth bows down(F) to you;
    they sing praise(G) to you,
    they sing the praises of your name.”[a]

Come and see what God has done,
    his awesome deeds(H) for mankind!
He turned the sea into dry land,(I)
    they passed through(J) the waters on foot—
    come, let us rejoice(K) in him.
He rules forever(L) by his power,
    his eyes watch(M) the nations—
    let not the rebellious(N) rise up against him.

Praise(O) our God, all peoples,
    let the sound of his praise be heard;
he has preserved our lives(P)
    and kept our feet from slipping.(Q)

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  1. Psalm 66:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 7 and 15.

47 For the time will surely come
    when I will punish the idols(A) of Babylon;
her whole land will be disgraced(B)
    and her slain will all lie fallen within her.(C)
48 Then heaven and earth and all that is in them
    will shout(D) for joy over Babylon,
for out of the north(E)
    destroyers(F) will attack her,”
declares the Lord.

49 “Babylon must fall because of Israel’s slain,
    just as the slain in all the earth
    have fallen because of Babylon.(G)
50 You who have escaped the sword,
    leave(H) and do not linger!
Remember(I) the Lord in a distant land,(J)
    and call to mind Jerusalem.”

51 “We are disgraced,(K)
    for we have been insulted
    and shame covers our faces,
because foreigners have entered
    the holy places of the Lord’s house.”(L)

52 “But days are coming,” declares the Lord,
    “when I will punish her idols,(M)
and throughout her land
    the wounded will groan.(N)
53 Even if Babylon ascends to the heavens(O)
    and fortifies her lofty stronghold,
    I will send destroyers(P) against her,”
declares the Lord.

54 “The sound of a cry(Q) comes from Babylon,
    the sound of great destruction(R)
    from the land of the Babylonians.[a]
55 The Lord will destroy Babylon;
    he will silence(S) her noisy din.
Waves(T) of enemies will rage like great waters;
    the roar of their voices will resound.
56 A destroyer(U) will come against Babylon;
    her warriors will be captured,
    and their bows will be broken.(V)
For the Lord is a God of retribution;
    he will repay(W) in full.
57 I will make her officials(X) and wise(Y) men drunk,(Z)
    her governors, officers and warriors as well;
they will sleep(AA) forever and not awake,”
    declares the King,(AB) whose name is the Lord Almighty.

58 This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“Babylon’s thick wall(AC) will be leveled
    and her high gates(AD) set on fire;
the peoples(AE) exhaust(AF) themselves for nothing,
    the nations’ labor is only fuel for the flames.”(AG)

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  1. Jeremiah 51:54 Or Chaldeans

The Collection for the Lord’s People

And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian(A) churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.(B) For I testify that they gave as much as they were able,(C) and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing(D) in this service(E) to the Lord’s people.(F) And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. So we urged(G) Titus,(H) just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion(I) this act of grace on your part. But since you excel in everything(J)—in faith, in speech, in knowledge,(K) in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you[a]—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

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  1. 2 Corinthians 8:7 Some manuscripts and in your love for us

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