Psalm 111 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)
1 Praise the Lord.[b]
I will extol the Lord with all my heart
2 Great are the works of the Lord;
6 He has shown his people the power of his works,
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
Ephesians 3 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)
God’s marvellous plan for the Gentiles
3 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles –
2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. 8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
A prayer for the Ephesians
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Isaiah 57:14-59:21 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)
Comfort for the contrite
14 And it will be said:
‘Build up, build up, prepare the road!
58 ‘Shout it aloud, do not hold back.
‘Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
6 ‘Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
‘If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
13 ‘If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
Sin, confession and redemption
59 Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save,
9 So justice is far from us,
12 For our offences are many in your sight,
The Lord looked and was displeased
20 ‘The Redeemer will come to Zion,
21 ‘As for me, this is my covenant with them,’ says the Lord. ‘My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants – from this time on and for ever,’ says the Lord.