Psalm 92[a]

A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day.

It is good to praise the Lord
    and make music(A) to your name,(B) O Most High,(C)
proclaiming your love in the morning(D)
    and your faithfulness at night,
to the music of the ten-stringed lyre(E)
    and the melody of the harp.(F)

For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord;
    I sing for joy(G) at what your hands have done.(H)
How great are your works,(I) Lord,
    how profound your thoughts!(J)
Senseless people(K) do not know,
    fools do not understand,
that though the wicked spring up like grass
    and all evildoers flourish,
    they will be destroyed forever.(L)

But you, Lord, are forever exalted.

For surely your enemies(M), Lord,
    surely your enemies will perish;
    all evildoers will be scattered.(N)
10 You have exalted my horn[b](O) like that of a wild ox;(P)
    fine oils(Q) have been poured on me.
11 My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries;
    my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes.(R)

12 The righteous will flourish(S) like a palm tree,
    they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;(T)
13 planted in the house of the Lord,
    they will flourish in the courts of our God.(U)
14 They will still bear fruit(V) in old age,
    they will stay fresh and green,
15 proclaiming, “The Lord is upright;
    he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.(W)


  1. Psalm 92:1 In Hebrew texts 92:1-15 is numbered 92:2-16.
  2. Psalm 92:10 Horn here symbolizes strength.

“‘If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey(A) my commands, I will send you rain(B) in its season,(C) and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit.(D) Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want(E) and live in safety in your land.(F)

“‘I will grant peace in the land,(G) and you will lie down(H) and no one will make you afraid.(I) I will remove wild beasts(J) from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country. You will pursue your enemies,(K) and they will fall by the sword before you. Five(L) of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you.(M)

“‘I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers,(N) and I will keep my covenant(O) with you. 10 You will still be eating last year’s harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new.(P) 11 I will put my dwelling place[a](Q) among you, and I will not abhor you.(R) 12 I will walk(S) among you and be your God,(T) and you will be my people.(U) 13 I am the Lord your God,(V) who brought you out of Egypt(W) so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke(X) and enabled you to walk with heads held high.

Punishment for Disobedience

14 “‘But if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands,(Y) 15 and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws(Z) and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant,(AA) 16 then I will do this to you: I will bring on you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever(AB) that will destroy your sight and sap your strength.(AC) You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it.(AD) 17 I will set my face(AE) against you so that you will be defeated(AF) by your enemies;(AG) those who hate you will rule over you,(AH) and you will flee even when no one is pursuing you.(AI)

18 “‘If after all this you will not listen to me,(AJ) I will punish(AK) you for your sins seven times over.(AL) 19 I will break down your stubborn pride(AM) and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze.(AN) 20 Your strength will be spent in vain,(AO) because your soil will not yield its crops, nor will the trees of your land yield their fruit.(AP)

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  1. Leviticus 26:11 Or my tabernacle

Living to Please God

As for other matters, brothers and sisters,(A) we instructed you how to live(B) in order to please God,(C) as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.

It is God’s will(D) that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;(E) that each of you should learn to control your own body[a](F) in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust(G) like the pagans,(H) who do not know God;(I) and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister.[b](J) The Lord will punish(K) all those who commit such sins,(L) as we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.(M) Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.(N)

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  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:4 Or learn to live with your own wife; or learn to acquire a wife
  2. 1 Thessalonians 4:6 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family.

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