Psalm 119:121-128 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)
121 I have done what is righteous and just;
Philemon New International Version - UK (NIVUK)
1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,
To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker – 2 also to Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier – and to the church that meets in your home:
3 Grace and peace to you[a] from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thanksgiving and prayer
4 I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, 5 because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. 6 I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. 7 Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.
Paul’s plea for Onesimus
8 Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, 9 yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul – an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus – 10 that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus,[b] who became my son while I was in chains. 11 Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.
12 I am sending him – who is my very heart – back to you. 13 I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the gospel. 14 But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favour you do would not seem forced but would be voluntary. 15 Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back for ever – 16 no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a fellow man and as a brother in the Lord.
17 So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. 18 If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. 19 I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back – not to mention that you owe me your very self. 20 I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ. 21 Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.
22 And one thing more: prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers.
23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. 24 And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers.
25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
Lamentations 2:7-3:39 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)
7 The Lord has rejected his altar
8 The Lord determined to tear down
9 Her gates have sunk into the ground;
10 The elders of Daughter Zion
11 My eyes fail from weeping,
12 They say to their mothers,
13 What can I say for you?
14 The visions of your prophets
15 All who pass your way
16 All your enemies open their mouths
17 The Lord has done what he planned;
18 The hearts of the people
19 Arise, cry out in the night,
20 ‘Look, Lord, and consider:
21 ‘Young and old lie together
22 ‘As you summon to a feast day,
3 [b]I am the man who has seen affliction
4 He has made my skin and my flesh grow old
7 He has walled me in so that I cannot escape;
10 Like a bear lying in wait,
13 He pierced my heart
16 He has broken my teeth with gravel;
19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
28 Let him sit alone in silence,
31 For no one is cast off
34 To crush underfoot
37 Who can speak and have it happen