Blessed Is Everyone Who Fears the Lord

A Song of (A)Ascents.

128 (B)Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,
    who (C)walks in his ways!
You (D)shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;
    you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.

Your wife will be like (E)a fruitful vine
    within your house;
your children will be like (F)olive shoots
    around your table.
Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
    who fears the Lord.

(G)The Lord bless you (H)from Zion!
    May you see (I)the prosperity of Jerusalem
    all the days of your life!
May you see your (J)children's children!
    (K)Peace be upon Israel!

(A)The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
    fools despise wisdom and instruction.

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The Value of Wisdom

(A)My son, (B)if you receive my words
    and treasure up my commandments with you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom
    and inclining your heart to understanding;
yes, if you call out for insight
    and raise your voice (C)for understanding,
if you seek it like (D)silver
    and search for it as for (E)hidden treasures,
then (F)you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God.
For (G)the Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
    he is (H)a shield to those who (I)walk in integrity,
guarding the paths of justice
    and (J)watching over the way of his (K)saints.
(L)Then you will understand (M)righteousness and justice
    and equity, every good path;
10 for wisdom will come into your heart,
    and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
11 (N)discretion will (O)watch over you,
    understanding will guard you,
12 delivering you from the way of evil,
    from men of perverted speech,
13 who forsake the paths of uprightness
    to (P)walk in the ways of darkness,
14 who (Q)rejoice in doing evil
    and (R)delight in the perverseness of evil,
15 men whose (S)paths are crooked,
    (T)and who are (U)devious in their ways.

16 So (V)you will be delivered from the forbidden[a] woman,
    from (W)the adulteress[b] with (X)her smooth words,
17 who forsakes (Y)the companion of her youth
    and forgets (Z)the covenant of her God;
18 (AA)for her house sinks down to death,
    and her paths to the departed;[c]
19 none who go to her come back,
    nor do they regain the paths of life.

20 So you will walk in the way of the good
    and keep to the paths of the righteous.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 2:16 Hebrew strange
  2. Proverbs 2:16 Hebrew foreign woman
  3. Proverbs 2:18 Hebrew to the Rephaim

Taste and See That the Lord Is Good

[a] Of David, when he (A)changed his behavior before (B)Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.

34 I will bless the Lord (C)at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul (D)makes its boast in the Lord;
    let the humble hear and (E)be glad.
Oh, (F)magnify the Lord with me,
    and let us exalt his name together!

I (G)sought the Lord, and he answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are (H)radiant,
    and their faces shall never be ashamed.
(I)This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
    and (J)saved him out of all his troubles.
(K)The angel of the Lord (L)encamps
    around those who fear him, and delivers them.

Oh, (M)taste and see that (N)the Lord is good!
    (O)Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 34:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, each verse beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet

10 For a day (A)in your courts is better
    than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be (B)a doorkeeper in the house of my God
    than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is (C)a sun and (D)shield;
    the Lord bestows favor and honor.
(E)No good thing does he withhold
    from those who (F)walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts,
    (G)blessed is the one who trusts in you!

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11 You make known to me (A)the path of life;
    in your presence there is (B)fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are (C)pleasures forevermore.

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17 And the Lord said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do, (A)for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” 18 Moses said, “Please (B)show me your glory.” 19 And he said, (C)“I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And (D)I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for (E)man shall not see me and live.” 21 And the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, 22 and while my glory passes by I will put you in a (F)cleft of the rock, and I will (G)cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall (H)not be seen.”

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The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, (A)“The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and (B)gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast (C)love and faithfulness, (D)keeping steadfast love for thousands,[a] (E)forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but (F)who will by no means clear the guilty, (G)visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation.”

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 34:7 Or to the thousandth generation

27 Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor,[a]
    but evil comes to (A)him who searches for it.

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  1. Proverbs 11:27 Or acceptance

Let not (A)steadfast love and (B)faithfulness forsake you;
    (C)bind them around your neck;
    (D)write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will (E)find favor and (F)good success[a]
    in the sight of God and man.

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  1. Proverbs 3:4 Or repute

A good man (A)obtains favor from the Lord,
    but a man of evil devices he condemns.

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30 (A)He must increase, but I must decrease.”[a]

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Footnotes

  1. John 3:30 Some interpreters hold that the quotation continues through verse 36

14 The backslider in heart will be (A)filled with the fruit of his ways,
    and (B)a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.

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A Living Sacrifice

12 (A)I appeal to you therefore, brothers,[a] by the mercies of God, (B)to present your bodies (C)as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.[b] (D)Do not be conformed to this world,[c] but be transformed by (E)the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may (F)discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.[d]

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  1. Romans 12:1 Or brothers and sisters
  2. Romans 12:1 Or your rational service
  3. Romans 12:2 Greek age
  4. Romans 12:2 Or what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God

He Will Not Forsake His Saints

[a] Of David.

37 (A)Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
    be not (B)envious of wrongdoers!
For they will soon (C)fade like (D)the grass
    and wither (E)like the green herb.

(F)Trust in the Lord, and do good;
    (G)dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.[b]
(H)Delight yourself in the Lord,
    and he will (I)give you the desires of your heart.

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  1. Psalm 37:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, each stanza beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet
  2. Psalm 37:3 Or and feed on faithfulness, or and find safe pasture

The Rich Young Man

17 (A)And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and (B)knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to (C)inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: (D)‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” 20 And he said to him, “Teacher, (E)all these I have kept from my youth.” 21 And Jesus, (F)looking at him, (G)loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, (H)sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have (I)treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 (J)Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

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Israel's Only Savior

43 But now thus says the Lord,
(A)he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
(B)“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
    (C)I have called you by name, you are mine.
(D)When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
(E)when you walk through fire (F)you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not consume you.
For (G)I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
(H)I give Egypt as your ransom,
    Cush and (I)Seba in exchange for you.
Because you are precious in my eyes,
    and honored, and I love you,
I give men in return for you,
    peoples in exchange for your life.
(J)Fear not, for I am with you;
    (K)I will bring your offspring from the east,
    and from the west I will gather you.

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22 But (A)the fruit of the Spirit is (B)love, joy, peace, patience, (C)kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 (D)gentleness, (E)self-control; (F)against such things there is no law.

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23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good,
    (A)the expectation of the wicked in wrath.

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10 For (A)we are his workmanship, (B)created in Christ Jesus (C)for good works, (D)which God prepared beforehand, (E)that we should walk in them.

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