Psalm 85[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

You, Lord, showed favor to your land;
    you restored the fortunes(A) of Jacob.
You forgave(B) the iniquity(C) of your people
    and covered all their sins.[b]
You set aside all your wrath(D)
    and turned from your fierce anger.(E)

Restore(F) us again, God our Savior,(G)
    and put away your displeasure toward us.
Will you be angry with us forever?(H)
    Will you prolong your anger through all generations?
Will you not revive(I) us again,
    that your people may rejoice(J) in you?
Show us your unfailing love,(K) Lord,
    and grant us your salvation.(L)

I will listen to what God the Lord says;
    he promises peace(M) to his people, his faithful servants—
    but let them not turn to folly.(N)
Surely his salvation(O) is near those who fear him,
    that his glory(P) may dwell in our land.

10 Love and faithfulness(Q) meet together;
    righteousness(R) and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
    and righteousness(S) looks down from heaven.
12 The Lord will indeed give what is good,(T)
    and our land will yield(U) its harvest.
13 Righteousness goes before him
    and prepares the way for his steps.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 85:1 In Hebrew texts 85:1-13 is numbered 85:2-14.
  2. Psalm 85:2 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

11 The people of Judah and the people of Israel will come together;(A) they will appoint one leader(B) and will come up out of the land,(C) for great will be the day of Jezreel.[a](D)

[b]“Say of your brothers, ‘My people,’ and of your sisters, ‘My loved one.’(E)

Israel Punished and Restored

“Rebuke your mother,(F) rebuke her,
    for she is not my wife,
    and I am not her husband.
Let her remove the adulterous(G) look from her face
    and the unfaithfulness from between her breasts.
Otherwise I will strip(H) her naked
    and make her as bare as on the day she was born;(I)
I will make her like a desert,(J)
    turn her into a parched land,
    and slay her with thirst.
I will not show my love to her children,(K)
    because they are the children of adultery.(L)
Their mother has been unfaithful
    and has conceived them in disgrace.
She said, ‘I will go after my lovers,(M)
    who give me my food and my water,
    my wool and my linen, my olive oil and my drink.’(N)
Therefore I will block her path with thornbushes;
    I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way.(O)
She will chase after her lovers but not catch them;
    she will look for them but not find them.(P)
Then she will say,
    ‘I will go back to my husband(Q) as at first,(R)
    for then I was better off(S) than now.’
She has not acknowledged(T) that I was the one
    who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil,(U)
who lavished on her the silver and gold(V)
    which they used for Baal.(W)

“Therefore I will take away my grain(X) when it ripens,
    and my new wine(Y) when it is ready.
I will take back my wool and my linen,
    intended to cover her naked body.
10 So now I will expose(Z) her lewdness
    before the eyes of her lovers;(AA)
    no one will take her out of my hands.(AB)
11 I will stop(AC) all her celebrations:(AD)
    her yearly festivals, her New Moons,
    her Sabbath days—all her appointed festivals.(AE)
12 I will ruin her vines(AF) and her fig trees,(AG)
    which she said were her pay from her lovers;(AH)
I will make them a thicket,(AI)
    and wild animals will devour them.(AJ)
13 I will punish her for the days
    she burned incense(AK) to the Baals;(AL)
she decked herself with rings and jewelry,(AM)
    and went after her lovers,(AN)
    but me she forgot,(AO)
declares the Lord.(AP)

14 “Therefore I am now going to allure her;
    I will lead her into the wilderness(AQ)
    and speak tenderly to her.
15 There I will give her back her vineyards,
    and will make the Valley of Achor[c](AR) a door of hope.
There she will respond[d](AS) as in the days of her youth,(AT)
    as in the day she came up out of Egypt.(AU)

Footnotes

  1. Hosea 1:11 In Hebrew texts 1:10,11 is numbered 2:1,2.
  2. Hosea 2:1 In Hebrew texts 2:1-23 is numbered 2:3-25.
  3. Hosea 2:15 Achor means trouble.
  4. Hosea 2:15 Or sing

Jesus Calms the Storm(A)(B)

22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.

24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master,(C) we’re going to drown!”

He got up and rebuked(D) the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.(E) 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.

In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

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