Psalm 77[a]

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A psalm.

I cried out to God(A) for help;
    I cried out to God to hear me.
When I was in distress,(B) I sought the Lord;
    at night(C) I stretched out untiring hands,(D)
    and I would not be comforted.(E)

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 77:1 In Hebrew texts 77:1-20 is numbered 77:2-21.

11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
    yes, I will remember your miracles(A) of long ago.
12 I will consider(B) all your works
    and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”(C)

13 Your ways, God, are holy.
    What god is as great as our God?(D)
14 You are the God who performs miracles;(E)
    you display your power among the peoples.
15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people,(F)
    the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

16 The waters(G) saw you, God,
    the waters saw you and writhed;(H)
    the very depths were convulsed.
17 The clouds poured down water,(I)
    the heavens resounded with thunder;(J)
    your arrows(K) flashed back and forth.
18 Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind,(L)
    your lightning(M) lit up the world;
    the earth trembled and quaked.(N)
19 Your path(O) led through the sea,(P)
    your way through the mighty waters,
    though your footprints were not seen.

20 You led your people(Q) like a flock(R)
    by the hand of Moses and Aaron.(S)

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Ahab Killed at Ramoth Gilead(A)

29 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah went up to Ramoth Gilead. 30 The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “I will enter the battle in disguise,(B) but you wear your royal robes.” So the king of Israel disguised himself and went into battle.

31 Now the king of Aram(C) had ordered his thirty-two chariot commanders, “Do not fight with anyone, small or great, except the king(D) of Israel.” 32 When the chariot commanders saw Jehoshaphat, they thought, “Surely this is the king of Israel.” So they turned to attack him, but when Jehoshaphat cried out, 33 the chariot commanders saw that he was not the king of Israel and stopped pursuing him.

34 But someone drew his bow(E) at random and hit the king of Israel between the sections of his armor. The king told his chariot driver, “Wheel around and get me out of the fighting. I’ve been wounded.” 35 All day long the battle raged, and the king was propped up in his chariot facing the Arameans. The blood from his wound ran onto the floor of the chariot, and that evening he died. 36 As the sun was setting, a cry spread through the army: “Every man to his town. Every man to his land!”(F)

37 So the king died and was brought to Samaria, and they buried him there. 38 They washed the chariot at a pool in Samaria (where the prostitutes bathed),[a] and the dogs(G) licked up his blood, as the word of the Lord had declared.

39 As for the other events of Ahab’s reign, including all he did, the palace he built and adorned with ivory,(H) and the cities he fortified, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel? 40 Ahab rested with his ancestors. And Ahaziah his son succeeded him as king.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Kings 22:38 Or Samaria and cleaned the weapons

Ahaziah King of Israel

51 Ahaziah son of Ahab became king of Israel in Samaria in the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and he reigned over Israel two years. 52 He did evil(A) in the eyes of the Lord, because he followed the ways of his father and mother and of Jeroboam son of Nebat, who caused Israel to sin. 53 He served and worshiped Baal(B) and aroused the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, just as his father(C) had done.

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Examine yourselves(A) to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.(B) Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you(C)—unless, of course, you fail the test? And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test. Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong—not so that people will see that we have stood the test but so that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. We are glad whenever we are weak(D) but you are strong;(E) and our prayer is that you may be fully restored.(F) 10 This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh(G) in my use of authority—the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.(H)

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