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Psalm 83 Modern English Version (MEV)

Psalm 83

A Song. A Psalm of Asaph.

Do not keep Your silence, O God;
    do not hold Your peace or be still, O God.
For, look, Your enemies make an uproar,
    and those who hate You have lifted up their heads.
They have given crafty counsel against Your people,
    and have consulted against Your treasured ones.
They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation,
    that the name of Israel may be no more remembered.”

For they have conspired together;
    they make a covenant against You—
the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
    even Moab and the Hagrites;
Gebal and Ammon and Amalek,
    the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;
Assyria also is joined with them,
    they are the strength of the descendants of Lot. Selah

Do to them as You did to the Midianites,
    as to Sisera and Jabin at the river of Kishon,
10 who perished at Endor;
    they became as dung for the ground.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb;
    yes, all their princes as Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 who said, “Let us take for ourselves
    the pastures of God as a possession.”

13 O my God, make them like a tumbleweed,
    as stubble before the wind.
14 As fire burns a forest,
    and as the flame sets the mountains ablaze,
15 so pursue them with Your storm,
    and make them afraid with Your hurricane.
16 Fill their faces with shame,
    that they may seek your name, O Lord.

17 Let them be confounded and troubled forever;
    yes, let them be put to shame and perish,
18 that they may know that You, whose name alone is the Lord,
    are the Most High over all the earth.

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Psalm 85-86 Modern English Version (MEV)

Psalm 85

For the Music Director. A Psalm of the songs of Korah.

Lord, You have been favorable to Your land;
    You have brought back the captivity of Jacob.
You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people;
    You have covered all their sin. Selah
You have withdrawn all Your wrath;
    You have turned from the fierceness of Your anger.

Restore us, O God of our salvation,
    and put away Your indignation toward us.
Will You be angry with us forever?
    Will You draw out Your anger to all generations?
Will You not revive us again,
    that Your people may rejoice in You?
Show us Your mercy, O Lord,
    and grant us Your deliverance.

I will hear what God the Lord will speak,
    for He will speak peace to His people and to His saints,
    but let them not turn again to folly.
Surely His salvation is near to them who fear Him,
    that glory may dwell in our land.

10 Mercy and truth have met together;
    righteousness and peace have kissed.
11 Truth springs from the ground,
    and righteousness looks down from the sky.
12 Yes, the Lord gives that which is good,
    and our land shall yield its increase.
13 Righteousness shall go before Him
    and prepare a way for His footsteps.

Psalm 86

A Prayer of David.

Incline Your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
    for I am oppressed and needy.
Preserve my soul, for I am godly;
    You are my God; save Your servant
    who trusts in You.
Have mercy on me, O Lord,
    for to You I cry all day long.
Gladden the soul of Your servant,
    for to You, O Lord,
    I lift my soul.

For You, Lord, are good, and forgiving,
    abounding in kindness to all who call on You.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer,
    and attend to my plea for mercy.
In the day of my trouble I will call upon You,
    for You will answer me.

Among the gods there is none like You, O Lord;
    neither are there any works like Your works.
All nations whom You have made
    shall come and worship before You, O Lord,
    and shall glorify Your name.
10 For You are great and do wondrous deeds;
    You are God alone.

11 Teach me Your way, O Lord,
    that I will walk in Your truth;
bind my heart
    to fear Your name.
12 I will give You thanks, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
    and I will glorify Your name forever.
13 For great is Your mercy toward me,
    and You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

14 O God, insolent men have risen against me,
    and bands of violent men have sought my life;
    they have not set You before them.
15 But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion and gracious,
    slow to anger, and abundant in mercy and truth.
16 Turn to me and have mercy on me;
    give Your strength to Your servant,
    and save the humble son of Your female servant.
17 Show me a sign of Your favor,
    that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed
    because You, Lord, have helped and comforted me.

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Judges 8:22-35 Modern English Version (MEV)

Gideon’s Ephod

22 Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, “Rule over us, you, and your son, and your grandson, for you have saved us from the hands of Midian.”

23 Gideon said to them, “I will not rule over you, and my son will not rule over you. The Lord will rule over you.” 24 Gideon continued, “I have a request to make of you, that each man would give me an earring from his spoils.” (Their enemy had golden earrings because they were Ishmaelites.)

25 They said, “We will certainly give them.” So they spread out a cloak, and each man threw a ring of his spoils there. 26 The weight of the golden earrings that he requested was seventeen hundred gold shekels.[a] This was in addition to the crescent-shaped ornaments, jewelry, and purple clothing worn by the kings of Midian, as well as the chains hanging on the necks of their camels. 27 Gideon used these things to make an ephod. He put it in his city, in Ophrah, and all Israel prostituted themselves to it there. It became a snare to Gideon and his family.

28 The Midianites were humbled before the children of Israel and did not lift their heads high again. The land had peace for forty years in the days of Gideon.

The Death of Gideon

29 Jerub-Baal son of Joash went to his house and lived there. 30 Gideon had seventy sons, for he had many wives. 31 His concubine who lived in Shechem also bore him a son, and he named him Abimelek. 32 Gideon son of Joash died at a good old age, and he was buried in the tomb of his father Joash in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

33 After Gideon died, the children of Israel turned again to prostitute themselves with the Baals. They made Baal-Berith their god. 34 The children of Israel did not remember the Lord their God, who had delivered them from the hands of their enemies around them, 35 and they did not keep faith with the family of Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon), for all the good he had done for Israel.

Footnotes:

  1. Judges 8:26 About 43 pounds, or 20 kilograms.
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Acts 4:1-12 Modern English Version (MEV)

Peter and John Before the Sanhedrin

As they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, being greatly troubled because they taught the people and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they seized them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. But many of those who heard the word believed, and the number of the men grew to about five thousand.

On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes were assembled at Jerusalem with Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John and Alexander, and all who were of the family of the high priest. When they had stood them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?”

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: If we today are being examined concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, how this man has been healed, 10 be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands before you whole. 11 He is

‘the stone you builders rejected,
    which has become the cornerstone.’[a]

12 There is no salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 4:11 Ps 118:22.
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John 1:43-51 Modern English Version (MEV)

The Calling of Philip and Nathanael

43 The next day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip, and said to him, “Follow Me.”

44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, as well as the prophets, wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

46 Nathanael said to him, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?”

Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him and said concerning him, “Here is an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile.”

48 Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?”

Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”

49 Nathanael answered Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”

50 Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And He said to him, “Truly, truly I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

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